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Today's News

  • Shopping with 'the good guys'

    Talon Walker is having trouble making up his mind. There are simply too many Star Wars figures to consider. He picks one up, studies it and then grabs another. Luckily, he has a little help from Kentucky State Police Trooper David Smith and his wife, Stephanie.

    Walker, who is from Washington County, is one 13 kids who participated in KSP Post 15's "Shop With a Trooper" program last week.

  • Take me home?

    He jumps on the couch and curls up in a ball. The fuzzy black and white dog is oblivious to the sounds around him, even though the barks and meows are bound to disrupt his nap.

    So begins another day at the Taylor County Animal Shelter.

    Those wanting to adopt a stray animal have been able to do so for just a $20 donation for nearly a year. As a result, Director John Harris says, the shelter's adoption rates have just about doubled.

    And with the Christmas holiday quickly approaching, Harris said, that rate is about to increase even more.

  • Teen charged in 2007 fatal crash

    A Springfield teenager has been indicted on a charge of reckless homicide stemming from a single-car crash that killed another teen.

    Michael A. Barnett, 19, of 301 Hagan Lane was indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, the crash occurred at about 1:54 a.m. Sept. 16, 2007, on U.S. 68 when Barnett was driving a 2001 Infiniti I30.

    Barnett allegedly lost control of the car, dropped off the shoulder of the road and overcorrected, which caused the car to overturn.

  • Christmas Tapestry concert

    The annual “Christmas Tapestry” concert at Campbellsville University on Friday helped to kick off the beginning of the Christmas season.

    A wide range of secular and sacred pieces was performed by the University Chorale, Handbell Choir, Flute Ensemble, Concert Band, String Quartet, Chamber Choir, New Doxology and Woodwind Quintet.

  • Tina Turner still rocks at 68

    It wasn't really my scene, but I loved every minute of it.

    A few weekends ago, my mother and I traveled to Atlanta, Ga. to see one of her all-time favorite artists in concert - Tina Turner.

    I knew from the moment I stepped into Philips Arena that this concert was going to be a bit different than ones I have been to before.

    First, there were no cowboy hats or opening acts. The stage looked massive and more like the set of a production than a concert.

  • What has happened to our Christmas spirit?

    "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

    -Luke 2:14

    We heard the first stories early on Thursday. Unconfirmed reports of additional incidents surfaced throughout the weekend.

  • Official holiday season begins

    And we're off. The official 2008 holiday season has begun. And there's certainly no shortage of events and activities to help put us in the holiday spirit.

    Last Wednesday, the annual Santa's Helper award was presented, and winner Doug Mullins turned on the lights at Miller Park. This year's Christmas lights extend the entire length of the park. It won't take a trip out of town anymore to see beautiful Christmas displays.

  • Consider all the aspects

    We've got a bit of an oxymoron between today's Front page and the Opinion page.

    On the one hand, we have a feature story about the animal shelter and its no-fee adoption policy. However, this page features a letter to the editor from a woman cautioning us about bringing home pets at this time of the year.

    Obviously, adopting a pet is a huge responsibility, and parents who plan to give their children a pet need to make sure they - and their children - are truly prepared for that extra responsibility.

  • Cox comes through in the clutch

    Senior guard Chase Cox hit a basket with 4.6 seconds remaining and Michael Coulter stole the in-bounds pass and converted two free throws as Taylor County posted a 61-57 road victory vs. Elizabethtown on Friday night.

    The Cardinals fought back from a 12-point second-half deficit with a 10-0 run to end the third quarter and took the lead when Coulter fed Lloyd Stotts for a left-wing three-pointer at 2:09 in the fourth.

    The Panthers knotted the score at 57-57 on a Chris Ulis free throw with 13.8 seconds left and just before Cox’s length-of-the-court drive.

  • Murakami cuts 28 jobs

    In another sign of the nationwide economic slump, one of Taylor County's largest manufacturers has let go more than two dozen employees.

    Citing a drop in automotive sales, Murakami Manufacturing USA has laid off 28 employees. The company produces rearview mirrors for automotive manufacturers.

    According to a MMUS press release issued Friday morning, "The economy as a whole has created significant challenges for the automotive industry. As a result, we have had to make a difficult decision within our company to ensure the future success of MMUS."