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  • Central Kentucky Arts Series begins

     

    The familiar sounds of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and music from "The Empire Strikes Back" filled Campbellsville University's Ransdell Chapel on Sunday afternoon.

    The Central Kentucky Arts Series kicked off its 2014-2015 season with a performance by The Louisville Civic Orchestra.

    Aaron Boaz was the conductor and the performance was part of the orchestra's 100th season.

    The next CKAS event will be Monday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. at the chapel. Stephen Beus, a pianist, will perform.

  • Firefighters extinguish field fire

     

    About 10 Taylor County Fire & Rescue firefighters responded on Saturday afternoon to the report of a field fire next to a home on Dragway Lane.

    The firefighters used two apparatus to extinguish the flames.

    The personnel were on the scene for about an hour. No injuries were reported and the nearby home suffered no damage.

  • One injured in Smith Ridge crash

     

    A Campbellsville woman was treated and released after a two-vehicle crash on Smith Ridge Road last Saturday.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, the crash happened at about 3:10 p.m.

    The report states that Marie Ratcliff, 68, of Martin Road, was traveling west on Smith Ridge Road in a 1993 Buick Regal when she was stopped to turn left onto Jacobs Trail.

    Diana Evans, 51, of Smith Ridge Road in Campbellsville, was also traveling west in a 2001 Jeep.

  • Monday is deadline for voter registration

    Those who want to vote in the general election on Nov. 4 have just days left to register to do so.

    Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney said those wanting to register must come to his office to complete the paperwork or mail it by Monday. He said applications postmarked with Monday's date will be accepted.

    "So if you can't get by the office, that'll be OK, too," he said.

    Carney said his office staff members have received several new registrations, as many as 100, in the past few weeks.

  • Voter registration deadline is Monday

     

    Those who want to vote in the general election on Nov. 4 have just days left to register to do so.

    Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney said those wanting to register must come to his office to complete the paperwork or mail it by Monday. He said applications postmarked with Monday's date will be accepted.

    "So if you can't get by the office, that'll be OK, too," he said.

    Carney said his office staff members have received several new registrations, as many as 100, in the past few weeks.

  • Elk Horn Baptist to host Christian concert

     

    Hoping to raise money to fulfill the dream of building a new sanctuary, Elk Horn Baptist Church started sponsoring contemporary Christian concerts a year ago.

    Their first concert featured Dove Award-winning and contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Plumb, accompanied by Josh Wilson and the band Mikeschair.

    Although he wasn't the main act, Jamie Browning, chairman of the church's fundraising team, said the crowd of nearly 900 was in awe of Wilson's vocals and instrumental talent.

  • Two on the ballot to serve as county coroner

     

    Two people want to be Taylor County's coroner, and on Nov. 4, voters will be asked to choose the one they want to serve in the position.

    Incumbent Terry Dabney, a Republican, will face Lyndell R. Petty, a Democrat, for the position.

    Central Kentucky News-Journal staff members mailed questionnaires to candidates in the contested races on the general election ballot. Dabney and Petty responded and their answers are printed below.

    See the candidates' complete questionnaires with this story online.

  • VanMeter bikes to beat cancer

     

    She doesn't remember much about when it happened, and only recently has she been willing to share her story.

    Lauren VanMeter, 22, is a cancer survivor.

    When she was 2, VanMeter was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia.

    She and her family moved from Louisville to Campbellsville in 2004 and have made their home here since. The VanMeters lived in Middlesboro before moving to Louisville in 2001.

  • Two local murder cases headed to jury trials

     

    Murder cases against three Campbellsville residents are continuing to move toward a jury of their peers deciding their fate.

    Jesse Durham, 23, who is charged with killing his great-grandmother, and Brianna Means Brucker, 22, and Dale Brucker, 27, who are accused of killing Brianna's infant son, had their cases heard in Taylor Circuit Court on Tuesday.

    The Bruckers, formerly of Mill Street, are now scheduled to appear in court again on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

  • One injured in crash involving school bus

     

    A man was injured in a crash involving a motorcycle and a Taylor County school bus on Tuesday night that shut down all four traffic lanes on East Broadway.

    The crash occurred at the intersection of East Broadway and Ingram Avenue at about 8:15 p.m.

    According to Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette, the initial investigation shows that the bus, driven by Brad Lackey, age 52, pulled into the motorcycle's path while attempting to make a left turn onto Ingram Avenue.