Local News

  • Santa letters being accepted through Dec. 9


    Christmas is just around the corner, and Santa is busy checking his list in preparation for his trip around the world.

    Santa recently told Central Kentucky News-Journal staff members that letters and drawings from children are the best part of his holiday season. As always, the CKNJ will serve as a drop-off station for letters and drawings to Santa this Christmas season.

    CKNJ staff members will publish those items in a special section in the Monday, Dec. 21, issue.

  • Still bowling 'em over


    The sound of balls crashing into pins and the chatter of friends and the smell of fresh coffee fills the air at Phillips Lanes.

    Juanita Cox and her tie-dye orange and red bowling ball can be found participating in the 33-week Thursday morning coffee league.

    "I'm not good at it by no means," Cox said.

    The 89-year-old is modest when it comes to talking about her skill.

  • Students volunteer for annual recycling day


    Around 55 people attended Saturday morning's annual Recycling Day.

    Students from both local high schools volunteered at the county's recycling center, located near Miller Park and the water treatment plant on Lebanon Avenue.

    Taylor County agriculture teacher Lindsay Wayne congratulated the nine students who volunteered on a job well done this year.

    Everyone who came by said they recycle frequently, according to Wayne. But she wants to encourage people who don't already recycle to do so.

  • Book to honor 100 years of fire department


    The Taylor County Historical Society is honoring the Campbellsville Fire Department with a commemorative book as the department celebrated its 100th year of service in 2014.

    The rich history and service runs deep within Campbellsville as the fire department formed in 1914.

    "Really what we're trying to do is honor the contributions of their time and skill of these people who have kept the fire department going," Joe DeSpain, historical society vice president, said.

  • Fundraiser benefits homeless shelter


    All donations from Saturday night╒s third annual Hearts to Help concert will go to help the Green River Ministries homeless shelter. The event was held at Lowell Avenue Baptist Church.

    "It was very successful. We had about 200 people there," GRM Executive Director Shirley Cheatham said. "We were really pleased at the crowd."

    As in previous years, there was no admission fee, but people were encouraged to make a love offering to GRM's homeless shelter.

  • Community salutes its veterans

    “Thank you, veterans, very much, for all you went through and what you still do,” Phil Davis, senior vice commander for the American Legion, Department of Kentucky, said during the Wednesday afternoon ceremony at the city’s War Memorial.

    Vietnam War veteran Bill Perkins said it was as large a crowd as there’s ever been during a Veterans Day service.

    Perkins also announced that there will be a parade on Memorial Day next year.

  • Officials, business leaders to be ‘arrested’ for charity Dec. 1

    A number of public officials and business leaders will be “arrested” and “jailed” from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

    But the “bail” money will go toward the Senior Services Endowment Fund, which helps the Taylor County Senior Center.

    “I am looking forward to an exciting day as we arrest some of our finest citizens and raise money to support a worthy cause during this holiday season,” said Taylor County Senior Center Director Mitzi Hay.

    Hay is asking for people to volunteer.

  • Gorin-Smith receives history award

    The Kentucky Historical Society presented its 2015 Award of Distinction to Betty Jane Gorin-Smith, of Campbellsville, on Friday, Nov. 6, in Frankfort during its annual membership meeting and history awards presentation.

    Gorin-Smith received the award for her efforts to preserve and promote Kentucky history. On Saturday, Oct. 10, Gorin-Smith also received the Edith S. Bingham Excellence in Preservation Education Award.

  • OCC project to help needy children around the world

    Campbellsville University will once again serve as the community’s relay station for the Operation Christmas Child effort.

    OCC is a nationwide effort, coordinated through Samaritan’s Purse, to give packed shoeboxes of gifts, toiletries and school supplies to impoverished children in several countries around the globe and to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. The CU collection station opens today, Monday, and will stay open through next Monday, Nov. 23.

  • Officer Ellis laid to rest

    A week after Richmond police officer Daniel Ellis was shot, many residents and colleagues from around the country gathered at Eastern Kentucky University’s Alumni Coliseum in Richmond Wednesday for his funeral.

    Ellis, 33, was shot while investigating a robbery last Wednesday. He died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital Friday.

    “When Daniel sank his teeth into something he just wouldn’t let it go. That’s what he was doing last week,” Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock said during the funeral Friday.