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Today's News

  • Carney’s bill in favor of charter schools

    Charter schools have come to the forefront of discussion during the 2017 Kentucky General Assembly, with two bills already being introduced.

    However, Rep. John “Bam” Carney, R-Campbellsville, introduced a third bill regarding charter schools last Friday, Feb 17. The bill, HB 520, would allow for charter schools in the state of Kentucky to open as early as the 2018-2019 school year.

  • 40 years of service

    For many, Druther’s restaurant is a memory of an era gone by. At its peak in the 1960s and1970s, the Louisville-based chain had more than 200 restaurants across Kentucky.

    However, for Campbellsville/Taylor County residents and those who travel through the community, the Druther’s Restaurant on North Columbia Avenue is the only place they can swing by to grab a hot breakfast, fish sandwich, or much more that brings back that nostalgic feeling.

    The Campbellsville Druther’s is the only operating Druther’s in the U.S.

  • Committee wants to expand local trails

    The city’s Trail Town Committee wants to expand the trails and sidewalks around the city and county.

    “There’s lots of opportunities for expansion,” Trail Town Chair and Campbellsville City Council member David Nunery said at a Monday afternoon workshop. “We’ve also got a lot of other things that are ambitious.”

    That workshop was attended by Trail Town Committee members, as well as representatives from the Taylor County Health Department, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Palmer Engineering and others.

  • Bill would ban tobacco on all school properties

    A bill being considered in the Kentucky House of Representatives would ban all tobacco use on all school properties starting next year.

    Senate Bill 78, if passed, would require that all school districts have bans by the 2018-2019 school year prohibiting the use of tobacco products by students, school personnel and visitors in schools, school vehicles, school properties and at school activities.

    The bill was sponsored by Sen. Julie Adams (R-Louisville) and Sen. Ralph Alvarado (R-Winchester).

  • England charged with rape, assault

    A Campbellsville man accused of a violent rape is among six that a Taylor County Grand Jury indicted on Tuesday.

    Richard England, 23, of Interlaken, was charged with two counts of first-degree rape with serious physical injury, both Class A felonies; first-degree sodomy, a Class B felony; and second-degree assault, a Class C felony.

    If convicted, England could face as much as life imprisonment.

  • St. Baldrick’s event set for March 18

    The Campbellsville St. Baldrick’s “Shaving for a Cure” event is coming up, and organizers are hoping for another strong turnout.

    The annual event, now in its 10th year in Campbellsville, is looking to raise enough money to surpass a grand total of $400,000 raised over the past 10 years.

    The “Shaving for a Cure” event will be held March 18, 2017, at Powell Athletic Center on the campus of Campbellsville University at 11 a.m.

  • Art display by cancer patients starts Monday

    Taylor Regional Hospital’s Cancer Center will be hosting an art exhibit starting today.

    The Lilly Oncology On Canvas exhibit is a traveling display of artwork by cancer patients from across the country, according to Ann Dabney, public relations director at TRH.

    “It’s a wonderful thing and we are excited to have it here,” Dabney said.

    Cancer Center Director Sherri Angel, who has worked there for about nine years, said she tears up when she reads the descriptions that patients and their caregivers give for each piece.

  • Oakes joins CKNJ staff

    Zac Oakes is the newest member of the Central Kentucky News-Journal staff, having started last Monday.

    Oakes graduated from Russell County High School in 2013, and from Lindsey Wilson College in December 2016. While at LWC, he worked as the editor for the school newspaper, RaiderView.

  • County hires manager for Veterans Park

    A new parks director will start next week after being selected by the county’s Parks and Recreation Committee.

    At a Tuesday night meeting of the Taylor County Fiscal Court, District Four Magistrate Matt Pendleton announced that Chris Ambers has been selected as the county’s parks manager. His employment was also part of the discussion around employee changes.

    “He’s going to have a big job ahead of him,” said Pendleton. “I’m excited for him, and I’m excited for the park, and excited for the county.”

  • County schools give Cook two-year extension

    The Taylor County School Board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to extend a two-year contract to Superintendent Roger Cook, who is currently under contract until June 2017.

    The contract is worth $180,000 annually, which would present Cook with a $15,000 raise.

    “I think that is a steal,” Board Chair Tony Davis said. “… The man has saved Taylor County a lot of money.”