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Today's News

  • Cigarette taxes hit smokers early

    Attention smokers. That expensive habit will soon cost you even more.

    On April 1, two new cigarette taxes will go into effect, forcing smokers to pay nearly $1 more per pack, $10 per carton.

    House Bill 144, state legislators' response to Kentucky's revenue shortfall, will double the current state tax on cigarettes from 30 cents to 60 cents. In addition, retailers will pay a one-time stock tax to the state on the tobacco products they have in stock on April 1. On the same day, a federal tax of $1.01 per pack - an increase of 62 cents - also takes effect.

  • Kudo: Lady Tigers

    Ginger Colvin has been to the NAIA Division 1 Women's Basketball Championship in Jackson, Tenn. as a Campbellsville University player and as an assistant coach.

    Today, she will be guiding her first squad as head coach when the Lady Tigers battle Columbia (Mo.) at 10 a.m. ET.

    This will be the 17th national appearance for the Lady Tigers in basketball, the first 16 coming under the direction of NAIA Hall of Fame coach Donna Wise.

    Good luck. We'll be watching.

     

  • Onions on pizza or blood pressure control?

    "Hello, Supreme Pizza, Carmen speaking, how can I help you Dr. Applebaum?"

    How do you know my name?

    "Caller ID, my friend, would you like the usual, vegetarian with extra onions delivered to 23 High Side Lane?"

    That would be great.

    "Ok, Dr., it will be there in 20 minutes and we'll charge it to your credit card on file, OK?"

    Sure, thank you, goodbye.

  • Have you plans to help?

    Commonwealth Cleanup Week starts Sunday. Have you made your plans to help?

    Commonwealth Cleanup Week is an annual weeklong event geared toward cleaning up Kentucky's communities. And all across the state, groups are gearing up to clean roadsides and parks in their communities.

    Last year, more than 5,151 people participated in the statewide event, picking up 14,860 bags of trash along 1,846 miles of roadway and cleaning up 26 dumps statewide. Participants also collected and recycled 337 appliances and 3,956 tires.

  • IRS has $1.3 billion for people who have not filed a 2005 tax return

    Unclaimed refunds totaling about $1.3 billion are awaiting more than a million people who did not file a federal income tax return for 2005, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

    However, to collect the money, a return for 2005 must be filed with the IRS no later than Wednesday, April 15.

    In Kentucky, an estimated 14,600 did not file a return for 2005, meaning a total estimated refund of $12.5 million remains unclaimed.

  • Man pleads guilty to selling drugs

    A Campbellsville man has pleaded guilty to selling drugs and could be sentenced to six years in prison for his crimes.

    Steve Lane Underwood, 53, of 206 S. Court St. appeared before Senior Status Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday, March 3 during regular motion hour proceedings.

    Underwood pleaded guilty in two separate cases to possession of drug supplies and four counts of selling controlled substances. Two of the controlled substance charges were first-degree offenses and two were second-degree. A charge of possessing less than 8 ounces of marijuana was dismissed.

  • Two Big East teams, Carolina and Memphis in Final Four

    The sometimes trusty old crystal ball has picked the national champion in men's collegiate basketball. He wiped his eyes and came up with these picks for the 2009 tourney.

    First-round upsets see No. 12 Arizona over No. 5 Utah, No. 10 Maryland vs. No. 7 California, No. 10 Minnesota over No. 7 Texas, No. 11 Temple vs. No. 6 Arizona State and No. 10 Michigan over No. 7 Clemson.

    In the second round, look for No. 6 West Virginia and No. 7 Boston College to advance to the Sweet 16 in the Midwest Region and No. 5 Purdue and No. 6 Marquette to move on in the West Region.

  • CU cheerleaders claim MSC crown

    Campbellsville University captured the 2009 Mid-South Conference Cheerleading Championship on March 5 at the Frankfort Civic Center.

    The Tigers won their second cheerleading championship in three seasons. Campbellsville also won the 2007 title.

    The Mid-South Conference is the only league in the country that gives President's Cup points for cheerleading.

    University of the Cumberlands finished second in the team competition followed by Georgetown College in the five-team event.

  • Child endangerment charge dismissed

    A charge against a Campbellsville man accused of endangering the welfare of a minor has been dismissed.

    Nicholas Scott Galarza, 25, of 1123 Apache St. was arrested at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday, March 3.

    According to Galarza's arrest citation, Campbellsville Police received a call to respond to his home. Galarza had allegedly locked a woman and her 2-year-old child, his daughter, out of the home and would not open the door, according to court records.

    Campbellsville Police Officer Bryan Simpson's citation states that the temperature was 29 degrees.

  • Sunshine is for more than just flowers

    Sun - shine [suhn-shahyn] n.

    1. the shining of the sun; direct light of the sun

    2. brightness or radiance; cheerfulness or happiness

    3. the effect of the sun in lighting and heating a place

    4. a place where the direct rays of the sun fall

    Say you have gone to a government or school board meeting to hear and maybe even participate in a discussion about why a certain action is being taken.

    Then, to your surprise, a vote is taken without that discussion taking place.

    What happened?