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  • KSP officer educates community about street drugs


    It's a problem in Taylor County, he said, and the community needs to take notice.

    They don't target any specific gender, race or socioeconomic status, and it can only take one time for someone to become addicted.

    Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Billy Gregory spoke on Tuesday about the street drugs popular in Taylor County.

    The class, hosted at Taylor Regional Hospital's Learning & Resource Center, was open and free to the public.

  • Commonwealth Cleanup Week starts this weekend

    Those wanting to pitch in and "spring clean" their community have several chances to do just that.

    This weekend marks the beginning of the 16th annual Commonwealth Cleanup Week, and Taylor Countians will once again participate.

    Debra McNear, the county's solid waste coordinator, says the weeklong event is designed to allow residents to join with civic, religious and other nonprofit groups to clean up their communities. Those who participate will be entered to win one of several $100 cash drawings.

  • Local kids not ready for kindergarten, study says


    The majority of Taylor County children aren't ready for kindergarten.

    School officials say they believe there will be an increase in those who are ready for school, however, now that the first results of a new kindergarten readiness screener have been released.

    The Governor's Office of Early Childhood released early childhood data profiles for each of Kentucky's counties last week.

    According to a news release, the data profiles include results from a kindergarten screener used in every school district last fall.

  • Library thrives in first year at new location


    The Taylor County community is using its public library more than ever before.

    On Tuesday, library staff members paused to celebrate that and the one-year anniversary of the opening of the new library building on Broadway.

    Taylor County Public Library staff members opened the doors to their new building on March 18, 2013. Since then, nearly 90,000 items have gone in and out of the building, into the hands of residents wanting to read a good story.

  • CHS choir performs at state basketball tournament


    Filled with anticipation and hope that their team would make the first basket, the crowd of more than 4,000 people in Western Kentucky University's Diddle Arena stopped their pre-game banter and listened quietly to the 200-year-old words of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

  • Play our college basketball bracket and you could win cash!


    Want to win some cash? It's simple! Just fill out our CKNJ NCAA Basketball Bracket and you could win.

    Prizes of $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place will be paid.

    One point will be awarded for each game picked correctly in the first round, two points for the second, and so forth, with five points for each correct Final Four pick, and 10 points for each correct team picked for the championship game.

    Picking the correct team for the national championship game will be worth an additional 20 points.

  • Campbellsville Police Department presents awards


  • Making a Splash


    They made a splash, literally and figuratively.

    Though participation was down compared to last year, this year's Color to Conquer event was a success, more than 200 people running and walking to raise money for childhood cancer research. And they got a bit of color, too, when they were splashed with colored cornstarch.

    Participation numbers and final fundraising figures weren't final at press time.

  • County to offer free electrical permits

    Residents wanting electrical work performed at their homes might not have to pay for a permit for the work after all.

    Coy Neat, the county's electrical inspector, currently charges $20 to issue an electrical permit and $55 for an inspection.

    But at last Tuesday's regular Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates took the first step in making the permits free.

  • KSP investigating Columbia man's death

    According to a KSP news release, CVE Officer Derek Cundiff responded to a collision at 9:10 a.m. Friday, 10 miles south of Campbellsville on KY 55.

    Donnell York, 83, of Columbia, was driving a 2008 Chevy Impala north. A witness to the crash told KSP troopers that York pulled off the shoulder of the roadway, slumped over the steering wheel, briefly stopped before taking off again, crossed the center line and struck a guardrail before coming to a final rest in the ditch line.