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Today's News

  • 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.”

  • City schools recognize students, teachers

    Monday night’s meeting of the Campbellsville Independent Schools board featured several elementary school students and a Campbellsville Middle School teacher being recognized for their accomplishments and effort.

  • Foster sodomy trail set for June 19

    A jury trial for a Campbellsville man who allegedly sodomized a young boy 4-5 years ago has been tentatively set for June.

    At a pre-trial conference on Tuesday afternoon, Taylor County Circuit Judge Allan Bertram set a trial date for Monday, June 19, at 8:30 a.m. for Gary W. Foster, 78, who is charged with first-degree sodomy of a victim younger than 12. Foster was indicted on the charge in December 2014. According to the indictment, Foster, a former foster parent, reportedly sodomized the boy between March 2012 and July 2013.

  • Fire destroys CU fieldhouse

    A fire at a field house at Campbellsville University caused no injuries, but the building itself is likely a total loss.

    CU’s field house, known as H & W Sport Shop Ronnie Hord Fieldhouse, caught fire shortly before 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Everyone made it out with no injuries, a CU press release said.

  • 200-year-old barn to be protected

    A protective pavilion will be built around a 200-year-old log pen barn at the Homeplace on Green River, thanks to donations.

    Homeplace on Green River officials said that 32 businesses and individuals, mostly from Taylor, Adair and Green counties, donated $5,520 to the organization, more than the $5,000 goal they had in mind. The group will come up with the extra $5,000 match.

  • Fire science program gives students a career head-start

    Many young people have trouble choosing a career path. But thanks to a program at Taylor County High School, that decision has come a little easier for one group of young men, and they hope it will also help others.

    Taylor County Fire Science is a program offered to any TCHS student who has interest in a potential career as a firefighter, or for those who may someday want to serve their community as a volunteer firefighter.

  • Chandler addresses state, local health issues

    Kentuckians are in poor health compared to Americans in most other states, and Taylor Countians’ health is about at the state average.

    That was the message that Ben Chandler, president and CEO of Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, delivered at a luncheon meeting Wednesday of the Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce.

    “We simply have to improve our health to improve Kentucky’s economy,” Chandler said. “But putting more dollars into the health care system is not necessarily the answer.”

  • Ground could be broken for sports complex

    Ground could be broken later this year on a sports complex that would be located on KY 55, near the proposed Campbellsville Bypass.

    That is what Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young said during Monday night’s Campbellsville City Council meeting. He added that the complex won’t replace the ball fields at Trace Creek or Miller Park.

    “This is going to enhance what we already have,” said Young. “We hope to have things ready to go by spring or summer of this year.”