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Today's News

  • Court approves clerk budget

    Those who work in the County Clerk's office will get a little something extra in their paychecks starting this week.

    At Tuesday's regular Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates gave their approval to County Clerk Mark Carney's 2010 budget, which includes a $15-per-week raise for his employees. But the decision didn't come without much discussion.

    Carney told the Court that the County has budgeted to receive $97,000 in excess fees from his 2009 budget year. That figure, he said, will actually be $142,000.

  • Not your everyday classroom

    For Taylor County students, the world is literally at their fingertips. Now at the halfway point of its first year, Taylor County Virtual Learning Academy offers students nearly any course they are interested in.

    Currently, about 100 middle and high school students are enrolled in more than 130 courses such as math, foreign languages and computer applications.

    "It opens up so many possibilities," said Bill Mattingly, academy principal.

  • Board hires architect for building projects

    New construction again took center stage at Taylor County School Board's meeting Tuesday night.

    During the meeting, the Board hired Lexington-based architectural firm Sherman Carter Barnhart to design and engineer the District's upcoming building projects for a 5 percent fee.

    Superintendent Roger Cook said he was pleased with the fee, and the fact that the firm will not charge for reimbursable items, such as meals and copies, will save the District a lot of money.

    Strong on environmentally friendly buildings, the firm's work impressed Cook.

  • Circuit court action for Jan. 14

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

    Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram’s Nov. 19 docket:

  • Restaurant inspections for Jan. 4

    The following restaurants were inspected by the Lake Cumberland District Health Department using the scale below.

    - 85 to 100, pass inspection

    - 70 to 84, restaurant must be reinspected within 30 days

    - Less than 70, a suspension of permit notice is sent to owner; if owner doesn't reply within 10 days, the permit will be revoked and the restaurant will be closed.

  • Restaurant inspections for Jan. 14

    The following restaurants were inspected by the Lake Cumberland District Health Department using the scale below.

    - 85 to 100, pass inspection.

    - 70 to 84, restaurant must be reinspected within 30 days.

    - Less than 70, a suspension of permit notice is sent to owner; if owner doesn't reply within 10 days, the permit will be revoked and the restaurant will be closed.

    - Kathy's Catering of East Main Street in Campbellsville received a health code score of 100, citing no violations.

  • Circuit court action for Jan. 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 "Circuit Court Action" are published without exception, to preserve the fairness and impartiality of the CKNJ and as a news service to our readers.

    Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram's Nov. 17 docket:

    - Paula Lynn Glover, 30, of 206 Chestnut St. in Campbellsville, completed terms of three-year diversion granted in September 2006, 23 counts of second-degree criminal possession of forged checks dismissed.

  • Former County Attorney dies

    Those who knew him say he was a "lawyer of lawyers," a "southern gentleman" and didn't leave the house unless he was "dressed to the nines."

    Campbellsville resident and former long-time Taylor County Attorney Fuller Harding died Sunday at his home. He was 94.

    Harding, the son of the late Abel Turner Harding and Mary Moore Harding, was born Aug. 23, 1915, in Taylor County. Harding died at his home, which was the same place he was born.

  • County should make best choice

    At Monday night's County budget meeting, magistrates said they planned to consider holding off on giving pay raises to County employees this year. They all said they felt that would be best.

    While that's likely not considered a positive to those employees involved, it should be to the rest of the community.

    Workers across the community, the state and even the nation are having to bite the economic recession bullet. Those who still have jobs are grateful every day - or should be.

  • What happened to common sense?

    A winter wonderland? Not quite, but Taylor County's first significant snowfall of the season dumped a nice 3 inches of powder on our laps.

    Best of all, it gave me an excuse to stay home Saturday and Sunday. Any opportunity for slothfulness is never wasted on my part.

    With little else to do, I found myself mired in news reports on the state budget. I must have experienced déjà vu at least a dozen times on Saturday alone. All of the fears and worries were the same as before.