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Today's News

  • Keep public records public

    Editor's Note: This editorial first appeared in the Casey County News on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

    One of the provisions in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that citizens have the right to a free press.

    And that means a press unencumbered by the dictates of a local, state or federal government deciding what can be printed or broadcast.

    However, one state legislator wants to limit access to 911 recordings because the recordings, in his opinion, are being used by media companies to attract viewers and boost ratings.

  • Hospice tea and auction is Jan. 31

    Hosparus - Hospice of Central Kentucky will host a tea and auction, "World UniTea," from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown. 

    Tickets are $25. No reservations will be accepted without payment.

    For more information, call Lisa Sanford at (270) 737-6300 or (800) 686-9577. Tickets are available for purchase at Hosparus' Elizabethtown office at 105 Diecks Drive.

    Tea proceeds benefit Hospice of Central Kentucky patients and families.

  • Girl Scouts earn badge of recognition

    Taylor County Junior Girl Scout Troop 222 recently earned a badge in recognition for their participation in the Toys for Tots distribution on Dec. 24. Pictured are, from left, front: Sara Courtwright and Sara Clark. Back: Brittany Rose, Samantha Clark, Meredith Johnson and Troop Leader Jeannie Clark.

  • Raising the minimum wage in hard times

    The federal minimum wage was not enacted during good times, but during the extraordinarily hard times of the Great Depression. When it was established in 1938, the unemployment rate was still 19 percent.

  • National Guard activated for debris cleanup

    Gov. Steve Beshear on Saturday directed Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini to order the unprecedented activation of all Kentucky Army National Guard units, along with selected portions of the Kentucky Air National Guard.

    The activation is in response to the devastating winter storms that rendered more than a half million Kentuckians without electric power and has paralyzed most of Western Kentucky.

  • Man accused of smoking marijuana with minors

    A Lebanon man has been arrested and charged with unlawful transaction with a minor after he admitted to police that he had been smoking marijuana with minors.

    Miguel Andres, 18, of 5169 Highway 1157 was arrested at 10:29 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23.

    According to Andres' arrest citation, Campbellsville Police Officer Andy Warren approached his vehicle, which was parked behind the Campbellsville Water Co., and smelled marijuana.

    The citation states that a search of Andres' vehicle found several suspected marijuana seeds in the rear floorboard.

  • Police warn of scam

    Kentucky State Police are warning residents about several Nigerian scams that are ongoing throughout the area.

    The scams have taken several forms, according to KSP Detective B.J. Burton.

  • Power outage sends some to shelter

    The power went off at around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, and Susie Skeels immediately began to worry.

    Her husband, Lucien, who is on dialysis, also uses an oxygen machine to help him breathe. No electricity for extended periods can put Mr. Skeels at risk.

    So, she called the power company and the lights were on again at their Saloma Road home in short order.

    "But it only stayed on for about five minutes," Mrs. Skeels said.

  • Change in the airwaves

    Television viewers who use "rabbit ears" or a rooftop antenna to watch TV have less than a month to prepare for the switch to digital broadcasts.

    While Congress is mulling over the possibility of delaying the transition, as of now television stations will still cease to provide analog programming on Feb. 17.

  • Men plead guilty to criminal mischief at car wash

    Two Campbellsville men may receive three-year sentences on criminal mischief charges.

    John David Smith, 31, of 801 N. Columbia Ave. and William Brandon Smith, 25, of 143 Eastport Road appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday, Jan. 20 during regular motion hour proceedings.

    The defendants each pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal mischief.

    John Smith also pleaded guilty to giving an officer a false name or address. He was sentenced to a year's probation on that charge.