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Today's News

  • Community leader dies

    He has been described as funny, friendly and a true leader.

    Richie McClerkin, 30, died last Tuesday at Taylor Regional Hospital. Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney said McClerkin died of a sudden heart attack.

    McClerkin was a member of Greater Campbellsville United and Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce.

    "We just loved him," Wanda Washington, GCU coordinator, said last week. "He was a leader in every aspect."

  • Cowherd celebrates birthday

    Charles Cowherd celebrated his 90th birthday on Feb. 8.

  • One year later: Still no arrest in police officer's death

    It's been a year since David M. Ford was shot and killed, and those who knew him are still coming to terms with his death.

    Ford's brother Darrell says the past year has been full of ups and downs.

    "I thought I could handle anything," he said. "It's rough. Especially knowing the person's walking free."

    Law enforcement personnel are continuing to investigate who killed Ford but have yet to make an arrest in the case.

  • Petition opposing nickel tax circulating

    A petition opposing Taylor County School District's approval of a nickel tax is now in circulation.

    Headed up by James DeWitt, a committee of five people filed an affidavit with Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney Friday afternoon. Carney said the committee can start collecting signatures immediately.

    For a complete story on the petition effort, see Thursday's issue of the Central Kentucky News-Journal.

  • Overloaded circuits No. 1 cause of local fires

    It's a cold night in Campbellsville. Trying to keep his family warm, a father plugs in two or three electric space heaters. He notices the lights dim and flicker, but thinks nothing of it. An hour later, the family stands on their front lawn watching firefighters battle a blaze that has erupted in their home.

    It's a common scenario for local fire departments as the temperatures drop.

  • CU valentine concert postponed

    Valentine's Day typically comes with a challenge of finding a meaningful gift for your significant other, and this year Campbellsville University's Chamber Choir will present a special concert featuring love songs.

    According to Dr. Frieda Gebert, Chamber Choir director, an evening of love songs, performed by CU grad student Matt Hodge and some of CU's favorite singers was scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Living Grace Church. The event has been postponed until March.

  • Greensburg man charged with bringing drugs into jail

    A Greensburg man has been arrested and charged with bringing drugs into the Taylor County Detention Center.

    Brian Douglas Caven, 22, of 906 Bales Mill Road was arrested at 11:45 a.m. last Tuesday.

    According to Caven's arrest citation, he was allegedly found in possession of marijuana while entering the jail.

    He pleaded not guilty to the charge, which is a Class D felony punishable by as much as five years in prison, in Taylor District Court last Wednesday. Bond was set at $10,000 cash and he was appointed a public defender.

  • Public libraries concerned about budget cuts

    "Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library."

    American Author Barbara Tuchman

    Green County Public Library is now closed on Thursdays and Taylor County Public Library staff worry that their library could be next.

    Representatives from public libraries all over the state, including Taylor County, traveled to Frankfort on Feb. 10 to discuss statewide budget cuts.

    The Department of Libraries and Archives in Frankfort has had its own budgets cut. The cuts have reduced the size of the staff.

  • TRH to offer basic life support class

    Taylor Regional Hospital will present a Basic Life Support for Family & Friends Class on Friday, Feb. 12 from 8 a.m. to noon at the TRH Learning & Resource Center located at 125B Kingswood Drive in Campbellsville.

    The class will be presented by Richard Phillips, TRH staff development coordinator.

  • Man charged with violating sex offender terms, selling drugs

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with failure to comply with the terms of his sex offender registration.

    Grant William Odegard, 43, of 120 S. Central Ave. was arrested last Monday at 4:45 p.m. by Kentucky State Police Trooper John Boyd.

    According to the Kentucky Sex Offender Web site, Odegard is a lifetime registrant who is a move-in offender from Michigan. The Web site states he was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct of a 27-year-old.