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Today's News

  • Start times set for local schools

    Note: School bus routes are published in their entirety in Thursday’s print edition. Watch Monday's issue for information on school dress codes.

    Local students will soon have to set their alarms again to make sure they're on time for the start of the school day.

    Campbellsville, Taylor County and Kentucky Christian School students begin classes Wednesday, Aug. 5.

    Starting times might not be changing much this year, but a change at Taylor County Schools will see its students leaving school early each Friday.

  • Taylor Schools start year with surplus

    Taylor County Schools may have ended the fiscal year in better shape than most, but that's no reason to relax, Superintendent Roger Cook told Board members at last Monday's regular meeting.

    The District ended the 2008-2009 fiscal year with $750,000 - a 4 percent carryover. And while that is double what the state requires, Cook said the District still needs to be frugal.

  • Truck nearly falls into septic tank

    A 78,000-pound truck nearly fell in an old septic tank just off Main Street on Monday.

    Mel Robey, a driver for T&C Stone Slinging of Bardstown, got out of his truck after arriving with his fourth load of stone at the Artesania's Angel Handcrafted Pottery building at 126 E. Main St.

    The incident occurred behind Artesania's and between the buildings housing Sapp Antiques and Café Bonin.

    An old private septic tank beneath the truck gave way and the truck wheels fell in, causing the truck to lean nearly against the Sapp Antique building.

  • Property transfers for July 16

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

    The amount listed is the price paid or the fair market value of the property.

    Ricky Yates of West Finley Ridge Road in Campbellsville to Wanda Gribbins of Liberty Road in Campbellsville, tracts 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the Ricky Yates Division, $16,891.31.

  • Police cite 23,000 through seat belt campaign

    The totals are in. This year's Click It or Ticket enforcement effort, coordinated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Office of Highway Safety, cited 23,253 motorists for not buckling up. 

    The annual campaign, supported by more than 250 local law enforcement agencies and Kentucky State Police, took place May 18-31.

  • Public records can turn up amazing things

    In Kentucky, it's presumed that government documents are open unless there's a good reason to keep them secret.

    Until July 1, people in South Dakota had to prove documents were open as they sought information. A new law shifts the burden to government to show why it has the right to withhold information.

    Officials think it will have a "long-term positive impact on government," according to a news account. It's a long overdue development.

  • Let's not throw away nearly a million bucks

    Tight financial situations seem to generate action in many different forms. Some of us cut back on our budgets, others get second jobs to make more money.

    In years past, tax money was enough for local governments to provide needed services. A decade ago, however, City and County governments decided that they needed more money to operate and instituted a 1 percent countywide occupational tax, with proceeds split between the two agencies.

    However, the first of this month, the two governments decided to go their own way, and now each agency has its own 1 percent tax.

  • Wheeler rolls in Super Late Models at Ponderosa

    Johnny Wheeler of Campbellsville rolled into Ponderosa Speedway on Friday evening and drove away with the win in the 25-lap Good Neighbor Pharmacy Super Late Model main event.

    Randy Turpin of Lebanon took his second straight win in the Clayton Homes Modified feature event while P.J. Feistritzer of Danville claimed the Kentucky National Guard Pro Late Model main event and Bartley Grant of Berea scored the win in the Bob Allen Motor Mall Sportsman feature race.

  • Just for the record

    From time to time, I visit the Topix message board to read what posters are writing about what's going on in Taylor County.

    Most (if not all, really) of what is posted is pure garbage, written only to hurt and embarrass people. The other part is completely incorrect information that further confuses people as to what is really going on in our community.

    Lately, however, I have seen so much misinformation posted that it seemed only proper that I set a few issues correct.

  • Downtown really is booming

    If you read Monday's newspaper, you read a story about the increased development in the downtown area.

    Just take a drive down Main Street in Campbellsville ... talk about progress.

    From new specialty stores and restaurants to residential apartments and the nearly complete judicial center, downtown Campbellsville truly is booming ... at least during the daytime hours.

    We're hoping that some plans are under way that will extend that boom to the evening hours.