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Today's News

  • Magistrates approve hazardous duty retirement

    Taylor County magistrates agreed to provide hazardous duty retirement pay for sheriff's deputies at a special meeting Tuesday afternoon.

    Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers told magistrates that Kentucky Retirement Systems restructured its retirement plans and no longer give hazardous retirement pay for hazardous duty employees.

    However, he said, magistrates can agree to reinstate hazardous duty retirement pay.

    Rogers said the hazardous retirement pay rate the County is responsible for could increase in the next year to more than the current budgeted amount.

  • Congressional action to curb oil speculation will hurt consumers

    Congress continues to wrangle on measures to curb the alleged influence of speculators on oil prices. Republicans want to insert provisions on offshore and ANWR drilling, while Democrats prefer to focus on enlarging the regulatory powers of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

    However the political maneuvering turns out, cracking down on investors will only harm consumers. There is no hard evidence that speculation is responsible for high oil prices, and the proposed legislation would hamstring the beneficial role that futures markets play in our economy.

  • Retail Business Association meets Wednesday

    The Campbellsville/Taylor County Retail Business Association will meet Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the City Council meeting room above Campbellsville Police Department.

    Security and surveillance is this month's topic and several companies will have related products on display.

    All local business owners and managers are invited to attend.

  • Goodwill to stop accepting computer and television donations

    Goodwill Industries of Kentucky will soon stop accepting donations of televisions and computers at its 53 locations statewide.

    The decision takes effect Dec. 1 and will include all donated goods centers in Campbellsville, Crestwood, Shelbyville, Shepherdsville and Bardstown.

    For Goodwill, acceptance of televisions and computers has become cost-prohibitive.

  • We all need to take 'PRIDE'

    Fall is in the air. The evenings are getting chilly, children are planning their Halloween costumes and, before we know it, Christmas decorations will start appearing.

    But it's also a time for pride.

    October is "Roadside PRIDE Month" in southern and eastern Kentucky. Throughout October, residents will be picking up roadside litter and getting rid of items they no longer need.

    When children are told to clean up a mess, often their response is "... but I didn't do it." And, honestly, the rest of us often have a similar response.

  • Normal? What do you call normal?

    We all have it. Cluttering our spare rooms, basements, attics or garages. We accumulate it through the years, amassing massive collections as we make our way through life. Junk.

    My obsession began sometime during my high school years, when I started earning a dollar. I'd always been a film buff, and at some point I realized there was a whole world of movie memorabilia out there. And thus began my downward spiral into obsessive collecting of anything related to the films I loved.

  • Campbellsville chaplain gets state appointment

    A Campbellsville chaplain has been appointed to the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board.

    Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Karl K. Lusk to the Board last week. Lusk is a New Haven resident and chaplain at St. Thomas Church and Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue in Campbellsville.

    Lusk represents a statewide chaplain's association involved in emergency services. The appointment replaces Linda G. Frost, whose term has expired. Lusk's term expires June 20, 2010.

  • Piano performance is Monday

    Campbellsville University will feature Dr. Vernon and Nancy Cherrix, piano duettists, in concert at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22 in The Gheens Recital Hall in the Gosser Fine Arts Center on campus.

    The concert is free and open to the public.

    Dr. Cherrix is on the piano faculty of the School of Music at the University of Louisville, where he is also director of the community music program.

    The couple has been performing together as piano duettists for more than 25 years. They met while Dr. Cherrix was a visiting professor at Soochow University in Taipei, Taiwan.

  • Family dinner day is Sept. 22

    Family dinners have long been an American ritual but with hectic schedules these days, it can be hard to get everyone in the same place at the same time for a sit-down meal.

    Yet research is finding that the benefits of this simple custom go far beyond just banishing hunger pangs.

    Studies link the practice to healthier children, who earn better grades and are more likely to resist risky adolescent behaviors as they grow older.    

  • Author to speak at library Sept. 23

    Russell Lunsford, author of "Letters from a Captive Heart" will read excerpts from his book at the Taylor County Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

    Lunsford's book discusses rural Kentucky in the 1950s and the reality of POW camps.

    According to Lunsford's Web site, www.russelllunsford.com, "in 'Letters from a Captive Heart,' the contrast between the innocence of the early 1950s in rural Kentucky and the horrific reality of the POW camps is starkly portrayed as the story travels back and forth from the Land of the Morning Calm to the Heartland of America.