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Today's News

  • Why not 21? The renewed debate over underage drinking

    Renewed public discourse about the advisability of lowering the legal drinking age, largely fueled by former Middlebury College President John M. McCardell Jr., has opened a different front in the war on substance use and abuse among young people.

    While some have tired of the now decades-old debate, a fresh round of honest discussion by informed public policy-makers and pundits can only inure to the benefit of those with the most at stake.

  • Campbellsville man sentenced to five years on drug charges

    A Campbellsville man will spend five years in prison for selling drugs.

    Velvet Mandrell Smith, 26, of 105 McNary St. appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

    Smith pleaded guilty to first-degree selling cocaine. A second-degree persistent felony offender charge was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

    Bertram sentenced Smith to serve five years in prison. He was also ordered to pay $100 in restitution to the Campbellsville Police Department Drug Elimination Fund.

  • Girl Scout cookie sales begin Friday

    Cookie lovers rejoice! Soon local Girl Scouts will start knocking on doors and taking orders for their famous cookies.

    Door-to-door sales begin on Friday, the same day as the Hollywood premiere-style kick off event at Campbellsville Christian Church at 6:30 p.m.

  • Industrial park gets funding

    Efforts to complete Taylor County's newest industrial park received a funding boost last week.

    U.S. Rep Ron Lewis secured $98,000 in funding for the Heartland Commerce and Technology Park in Campbellsville as part of the fiscal year 2008 Omnibus Appropriations bill signed into law last week by President Bush.

    The funds will be used to develop two sites in the park.

    The Industrial Development Authority Board bought the site - located on KY 55, near Blue Hole Road - in October 2003 for $2.24 million.

  • CKNJ parent company exploring sale

    Central Kentucky News-Journal Publisher Richard RoBards had a meeting earlier this week with employees to discuss plans by parent company Landmark Community Newspapers Inc. to explore selling the Norfolk-based company.

    Frank Batten Jr., chairman and chief executive of Landmark Communications Inc., said that the decision to explore the sale of the company was made by him, with input from his entire family.

    "There was a consensus of the board of directors to do this," said Batten, who has controlling interest of the private company.

  • Help the Girl Scouts by eating

    Ask anyone what comes to mind when they hear the words "Girl Scouts" and they're likely to say: "cookies."

    And they'd be right.

    But Girl Scouts are much more than just cookies. Just ask one.

    For nearly 100 years, Girl Scouting has helped to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

    According to the organization's Web site, Girl Scouting is the world's leading organization dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, young ladies build character and skills for success in the real world.

  • Local briefs

    Adoption fees waived at animal shelter

    For the entire month of December, the Taylor County Animal Shelter waived all adoption fees for those who wanted to adopt stray animals.

    As a result, 85 animals were adopted, according to Taylor County Animal Shelter Director John Harris.

    Because waiving the fees was so successful, Harris said, he asked Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers if the shelter could also waive the fees for the month of January. Harris said Rogers agreed.

  • Driver safety program is Jan. 30

    Although experts agree that driving ability begins deteriorating around the age of 55, drivers have widely differing skills. While some drivers continue to drive safely well into their older years, studies show the crash rate per mile driven rises steadily for drivers age 65 and older.

    Older drivers have fewer collisions because they drive less and at less dangerous times. However, when they are in a crash, it can be serious.

  • CHS plans financial aid workshop

    Campbellsville High School will host two financial aid workshops this month.

    The first one is Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the school library.

    The second will take place Thursday, Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m., also in the school library.

    For more information, parents may call 465-8899.

  • 4-H Superstars

    The 2007 4-H Superstars were named at the 4-H Awards banquet. They are: Kensi Moore, Britany Harden, Aryn Massengale and Ashley Phillips.