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  • Change in the airwaves

    Television viewers who use "rabbit ears" or a rooftop antenna to watch TV have less than a month to prepare for the switch to digital broadcasts.

    While Congress is mulling over the possibility of delaying the transition, as of now television stations will still cease to provide analog programming on Feb. 17.

  • Men plead guilty to criminal mischief at car wash

    Two Campbellsville men may receive three-year sentences on criminal mischief charges.

    John David Smith, 31, of 801 N. Columbia Ave. and William Brandon Smith, 25, of 143 Eastport Road appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday, Jan. 20 during regular motion hour proceedings.

    The defendants each pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal mischief.

    John Smith also pleaded guilty to giving an officer a false name or address. He was sentenced to a year's probation on that charge.

  • Man arrested, charged with DUI

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with DUI after being stopped by a sheriff's deputy for driving at speeds of more than 90 mph.

    Charles D. Coffey, 39, of 400 Taylor Blvd. was arrested at 9:29 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24.

    According to Coffey's arrest citation, the sheriff's department received a call reporting reckless driving on KY 210.

    The citation states that Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Ricky Underwood clocked Coffey driving at a speed of 92 mph on KY 210, passing vehicles and weaving.

  • Send us your snow photos!

    If you have photos of the snow and ice storm, send them our way.

    We will use them for a slide show on our Web site.

    Email photos to editor@cknj.com.

  • Campbellsville superintendent search under way

    The search for a new Campbellsville Independent School superintendent is under way.

    According to Frank Kidwell, who is serving as the Campbellsville Independent School Board's facilitator in the search, the screening committee has been selected, the timeline for the search and hiring procedures have been set and the position has been posted.

    At a Board meeting in December, Superintendent Diane Woods-Ayers announced her resignation.

  • News-Journal editorial staff wins KPA awards

    Staff members at the Central Kentucky News-Journal won 12 awards at the Jan. 23 Kentucky Press Association's Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers awards banquet at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville.

    The News-Journal competes in the multi-weekly division with other newspapers from across the state. Entries for this year's contest were dated from Oct. 1, 2007, through Sept. 30, 2008.

    Collectively, the staff won three first-place awards, three second-place, two third-place and four honorable mentions.

  • Change in value leads to vehicle registration delay

    Motorists who should have received notice that their vehicle registration expires this month will have a deadline extension.

    According to Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney, motorists whose vehicle registration expires this month have not received a notice from the Department of Revenue in Frankfort because the department changed the value that the amount of property taxes are based on from what was originally put in the computer on Jan. 1, 2009.

  • Competing for the Crown

    Campbellsville native Emily Cox says competing in the Miss America pageant this past weekend was the time of her life.

    Cox, 22, was named a Top 12 finalist in the competition.

    "It was an incredible feeling to make it into the Top 12 at Miss America," Cox stated in an e-mailed response. "Just being on the Miss America stage was the realization of a dream that I have had since I was a little girl. 

  • BREAKING NEWS: Ice storm leaves hundreds without power

    About 10 people without electricity spent the night in an emergency shelter Tuesday night as crews worked to restore power to hundreds of Taylor County residents.

    Due to the number of people without power, Taylor County Emergency Management opened an emergency shelter at the Campbellsville Baptist Church Christian Life Center.

    And with additional winter weather expected Wednesday, Ronnie Dooley, Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 assistant supervisor, said two additional shelters were on standby.

  • Man who gave teen cocaine sentenced to prison

    A Campbellsville man who gave cocaine to a teenager has been sentenced to serve three years in prison for violating the terms of his probation.

    Benjamin Lee Burton, 25, of 1000 S. Central Ave. appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

    In August 2007, Burton pleaded guilty to second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor. He originally faced a first-degree charge. A charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance was dismissed.