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Today's News

  • Jessie off to "Flying Start" in thoroughbred career

    John Jessie is enjoying the warm, dry Kentucky weather.

    Jessie is spending the summer back home in Campbellsville. But for the past six months, he has been in Ireland as part of the Irish National Stud horse program. There, he and 26 other students from around the world got an inside look at the breeding of thoroughbreds.

    "You hear about Ireland getting a lot of rain and being damp," Jessie said. "It was definitely that."

    But it was also a beautiful country, Jessie said, with its lush green countryside.

  • Fourth celebration has largest crowd ever

    This year's Fourth of July celebration was a success, with more people estimated to have attended than ever before.

    According to Greg Gribbins, who served as chair of the celebration, said all events went smoothly, with only one being canceled due to rain, a patriotic musical by Campbellsville Christian Church at the Miller Park Amphitheater.

    "We got in every event and we were on schedule," Gribbins said.

  • Money expertise garners Bright annual "Spirit' award

    For some, keeping a checkbook balanced - and in the black - might prove difficult. But to Shirley Bright, it's just a part of life.

    Bright, who is branch manager of Citizens Bank and Trust Co.'s Campbellsville Bypass location, has actually kept up with four checkbooks - her personal one, her family's farm account, the Campbellsville Fourth of July Celebration's and the Campbellsville Kiwanis Club's.

    And her work keeping the books balanced is part of the reason Bright was chosen to receive this year's Spirit of the Fourth award.

  • Man pleads guilty to child sex abuse

    A Campbellsville man accused of sexually abusing two young children has pleaded guilty to amended charges and may spend a year in prison for his crimes.

    In January 2008, Darrin Leonard Watson, 44, of 209 McNary St. was indicted on two counts of first-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree sex abuse.

    Watson pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and two counts of second-degree sex abuse on Tuesday, June 16 before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram. Records from Bertram's hearings that day became available only last week.

  • Board of Education denies discrimination

    The Campbellsville Independent School System has filed an answer to a claim that one of its former students was subjected to discrimination at the middle school because of his race.

    The lawsuit was filed last month at the Taylor Circuit Clerk's office.

    The plaintiffs - identified only by their initials - are A.R.G.R., a minor, and his parents, R.G.R. and B.J.R.

    The suit names the Campbellsville Board of Education, CMS Principal Chris Kidwell, CMS Dean of Students Tim Bailey and CMS teacher Angela Brasser as defendants.

  • Slideshows bring you more

    If you haven't seen the slideshow of photographs from the July Fourth Celebration in Campbellsville, then stop reading here. Go to www.cknj.com and do so now.

    I'll wait.

    I lost count sometime after loading 100 photos into the slideshow. There are pictures of those who participated and those who attended events during the weekend.

    We all know the shape our economy has been in lately. And that means advertisers have reduced their spending, which in turn reduces the amount of space we are allotted in the newspaper.

  • Inmate labor a good deal

    Sixty-three cents. That’s the best deal going these days.

    For each day a Taylor County Detention Center inmate works in our community, that’s how much it costs taxpayers.

    Inmate labor isn't new to our community - inmates have cleaned our roads for several years. But now inmates can help rescue and fire personnel with the duties that often go overlooked when there are not enough hours in the day.

  • Hands On

    From studying bat roosts to tagging turtles, a couple of Campbellsville University students have spent their summer getting a firsthand look at the life of environmental workers.

    Recent CU graduate Andrea O'Bryan and junior Amy Etherington are taking part in CU's Environmental Studies Internship Experience this summer.

  • A hamster and some dead birds

    One of parenting's biggest challenges is when to protect your kids from life and when to let them learn the truth about it.

    This is a regular challenge for most parents. When I was dating, it was unclear how much I should disclose to the boys or when I should introduce them to a woman I was seeing. When their mother abandoned them and literally disappeared, did I tell them the truth about her (mental) instability or gloss over it?

  • Little League Stars post first-round victories

    Campbellsville's Little League All Stars posted first-round victories in District Tournament action last week at Miller Park.

    The 9-10s bested South Hardin 10-3 on Tuesday.

    Chase Thomas got the pitching win while Spencer Agee had two hits (single, double) and Thomas, Zack Bottoms, Will Miller, Jordan Cowherd and Chandler Stewart contributed singles.

    The 10-11-year-old squad run-ruled Washington County 10-0 on Tuesday with Austin Hash getting the victory.