Today's News

  • County approves new agreement with City

    County employees will get a 3 percent pay raise next fiscal year. Magistrates and Taylor County Attorney Craig Cox, however, have passed on receiving the increase.

    The Taylor Fiscal Court's Budget, Audits and Personnel Committee met Tuesday afternoon to discuss the 2009-2010 budget that must be finalized by June 30.

    As a result of that meeting, Magistrate James Jones told Fiscal Court members during their regular meeting Tuesday night that the Court needs to discuss what should be done with unbudgeted occupational tax proceeds the County will now receive.

  • Property transfers for June 4

    It is the policy of the Central Kentucky News-Journal to publish public records as they are reported by various agencies. Names appearing in "Property Transfers" are published without exception, to preserve the fairness and impartiality of the CKNJ and as a news service to our readers.

    The amount listed is the price paid or the fair market value of the property.

  • Curley, Chase named NAIA second-team All-Americans

    Chris Curley and Brian Chase, both juniors on Campbellsville University's 39-12 NAIA World Series team, have been named to the 2009 NAIA Baseball All-American Second Team.

    Curley and Chase are the only players from a Mid-South Conference team to receive the honor this year.

    Seventeen position players are named to the First and Second teams. Thirty-four players, without specific position consideration, are chosen on the Honorable Mention team.

  • Fair Association hosts two talent contests

    The Taylor County Fair Association is hosting two talent contests again this year.

    The Coca-Cola Talent Classic is set for Monday, June 8 at 7 p.m. The Open Talent Contest will be Tuesday, June 9 at 8 p.m.

    Contestants are allowed to enter both contests, provided they meet age requirements.

    Concessions will be available during both events.

    The Coca-Cola Talent Classic

    The Coca-Cola Talent Classic is open to those ages 13 to 21.

    The contest will be under a big tent at the Taylor County Fairgrounds.

  • Crusade donations increase

    Crusade for Children donations are up in Taylor County.

    According to firefighter Kenny Phillips, $38,380 was collected locally, up considerably from last year's total of $26,455. Phillips said donations were still trickling in and the total could increase by about $300.

    Statewide, the effort raised $5.28 million for special needs children, a slight increase from last year's $5.24 million.

    Volunteers who helped with the door-to-door drive during the week and the roadblocks over the weekend were again the key to the fundraiser's success, Phillips said.

  • Firefighters deserve our thanks

    Firefighters live their lives on call, hoping they're never needed. But just after 5 a.m. Tuesday, they got the call they probably hoped they'd never receive.

    A fire at the former Fruit of the Loom plant destroyed a warehouse there. And, boy, was it a doozy. The fire was so huge, it took all our local firefighters plus those from surrounding counties hours to contain it.

    There's probably nothing being discussed more in our community this week than the fire.

  • UPDATE: Fire damages FOL storage building

    Firefighters were still battling the fire at the former Fruit of the Loom storage building yesterday morning and do not yet know what caused it.

    The east side of the building at the facility, which closed its doors in 1998, caught fire early Tuesday morning.

    Campbellsville Fire Chief Allen Johnson said at a press conference Tuesday that three explosions inside the building have been confirmed.

    Firefighters were dispatched to the scene after the E-911 Center received a call reporting the fire at 5:19 a.m., Johnson said.

  • Smoking ban is the right thing to do

    We've said it before. But we think it's time to say it again. The right to breathe clean air should take precedence over the right to smoke.

    Just prior to tonight's Campbellsville City Council meeting, there will be a public hearing on the issue of a smoking ban in public buildings. That will be followed by a vote of the Council.

    Such a ban simply makes sense ... because smoking endangers others' health.

  • "Kerri-On" cancer benefit is Saturday

    A "Kerri-On" benefit to raise money for cancer patients and their families will be Saturday beginning at noon at Joe's Place in Liberty.

    There will be a pig roast, live music, auction, raffle, horseshoe tournament and games.

    All proceeds will be given to those who have had cancer and their families.

    The benefit will be hosted in memory of the late Kerri Jo Gilpin, who died Oct. 6, 2002.

    For more information, call Joe at (606) 787-4108.


  • Dancing with the Fair Stars is Monday, June 8

    Taylor County Fair's third annual Dancing with the Fair Stars event is set for Monday, June 8 at the fairgrounds.

    The competition will begin at 7 p.m. in the grandstands. In case of rain, it will be moved to Campbellsville High School's Hamilton Auditorium.

    Sponsored by Q-104, this year's dance couples will include:

    - Steve and Patti Phillips.

    - Deidre Davis and Wayne Hayden.

    - Emily Judd and Clint Graham.

    - Ashley White and Zach Sharp.

    - Dr. Eugene and Susan Shively.

    - Joel and Suzanne Bennett.