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Today's News

  • Helping Hands

    They mended roofs, repaired decks and built wheelchair ramps. And they didn't charge a cent.

    For the past three weeks, church youth groups have tackled various home improvement projects in Taylor County as part of Kentucky Heartland Outreach's summer camps.

    In all, 331 church youth group members from Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Michigan, Illinois and Maryland participated, according to Melissa Green, KHO case manager. Youth groups spent a week at a time working on the projects.

  • County budget down nearly $600,000

    Taylor County will operate with about $600,000 less this fiscal year than last, even though the County now keeps all of its occupational tax receipts.

    The County's 2009-2010 nearly $8.4 million budget was unanimously given second reading Tuesday morning at a special meeting.

  • Student's art earns him a trip to Washington

    This past school year, freshman Jon Baker took an art class not knowing what to expect. Having never had any art experience before, Baker will soon begin his sophomore year at Campbellsville High School with two contest wins.

    Earlier in the year, Baker, 15, won a drug and alcohol abuse awareness contest. But the big win came just three weeks ago when he learned that a Greek vase collage he did in class earned him a trip to Washington D.C.

    Read more about this story and others in Thursday's print edition.

  • Merrimac Christian church hosts groundbreaking in 1959

    TEN YEARS AGO

    July 1, 1999

    After more than a century of life, Bessie Redford died last week at the age of 102. Redford was a correspondent for the News-Journal in the 1950s and 1960s, writing for the White Oak area of Taylor County.

    Felicia A. Sapp M.D. graduated from University of Louisville School of Medicine on May 8.

    Jennifer Creason of Campbellsville qualified for the spring 1999 dean's list at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

  • LWC group to perform at Carnegie Hall

    A group of Lindsey Wilson College students, faculty and staff will participate in the equivalent of the choral Final Four on Monday, June 29 in Carnegie Hall.

    The eight LWC students, alumna and faculty members will be part of a performance of Antonio Vivaldi's "Gloria" tonight in New York City's Carnegie Hall. The performance - which will merge more than 175 vocalists - will be accompanied by the New England Symphonic Ensemble.

  • Gambling isn't the solution

    Finances. That has become my least favorite word of late. It's never accompanied by anything good.

    Like many Kentuckians, I'll be watching closely as our legislators return to Frankfort today to tackle Gov. Steve Beshear's proposed budget, among other things.

    I have to commend Beshear for his budget. It's lean, but spares the most crucial areas, like education, from drastic cuts.

  • Seaborne closes the book on 43-year career

    Tomorrow, Gary Seaborne will leave the Taylor County Board of Education office as superintendent for the last time. He says he wants no fanfare or limelight, no statues erected in his honor, no buildings to bear his name.

    Only one thing matters to Seaborne.

    "I will leave on a happy note."

    Seaborne will retire tomorrow, closing the book on a 43-year career in education, including 27 years as superintendent.

    "From the very beginning, I knew I wanted to be an educator. It seemed meant to be. Things fell into place."

  • One injured in KY 70 collision

    A Campbellsville woman was injured Thursday in a one-vehicle collision on KY 70.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Juanita Mitchell, 81, of 208 Skyline Drive was traveling eastbound on KY 70 at 11:25 p.m. when she fell asleep at the wheel of her 2005 Chevrolet.

    Read more about this story and others in Monday's print edition.

  • Woman sentenced on embezzlement charge

    A Glasgow woman has been sentenced to a year and a day in jail for embezzling more than $200,000 from a local company.

    Michelle Simmons, 34, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, according to a March news release from Acting U.S. Attorney Candace G. Hill of the Western District of Kentucky.

    In a news release last week, Hill stated that U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. sentenced Simmons on Tuesday in United States District Court.

    Her prison sentence will be followed by three years' supervised release. She will also be ordered to pay $217,549 in restitution.

  • Campbellsville man indicted in Marion

    A Campbellsville man was indicted in Marion Circuit Court recently.

    Daniel Lee Pittman, 44, of 232 Carl Brockman Road in Campbellsville was charged with theft by unlawful taking more than $300 and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

    Read more about this story and others in Monday's print edition.