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Today's News

  • Smiling all the way

    Taylor County's 2008 Junior Miss Megan Romines returned home Sunday after a week of preparation and participation in the state Junior Miss Program in Lexington.

    Romines, competing against 36 other high school senior girls from across the state, earned a Top 15 designation.

    "It was definitely one of the most stressful but rewarding experiences of my life," Romines said.

    On Monday, she said she was happy to be home.

    "I never thought I'd say this, but I really missed calculus and the yearbook staff."

  • Primary Election deadline nears

    The deadline for candidates to file to run in the May Primary is Tuesday, Jan. 29.

    The Primary Election is Tuesday, May 20. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Locally, voters could see City Council and State Representative races on the Primary ballot.

    City Council candidates will need to file their papers at the Taylor County Clerk's office by 4:30 on Jan. 29.

  • Taking charge

    It took only a few days for her hair to fall out. But that didn't falter her positive attitude.

    "I'm very blessed and grateful," she says.

    Campbellsville resident Annette Thompson, 42, said she has always had regular mammograms. With fibrocystic breast disease, she said, she knew it was only a matter of time before she had a "bad" mammogram.

    Thompson said the doctor who had performed her last mammogram told her to contact her family doctor. At that point, Thompson said, she became scared her mammogram wasn't normal.

    "In June 2007, it was a bad one," she said.

  • Jail a month behind schedule

    Work on Taylor County's jail is officially behind schedule.

    At last week's Fiscal Court meeting, Magistrate James Jones told the Court on behalf of the Law Enforcement and Detention Center Committee that the jail is now 58 percent complete.

    However, he said, rain and other weather has caused a month-long delay in finishing construction.

    Therefore, Jones said, the jail's opening date is expected to be pushed back from May to the end of June or the beginning of July.

    On the financial side, Jones said, the jail is in good shape.

  • Court traveling a slippery gravel slope

    "I'm warning you," Mom says. "This is the last time!"

    That idle threat is probably heard on a regular basis in every household from here to Timbuktu. But Taylor County magistrates heard something similar recently, and we certainly hope they'll really start to listen soon.

    Last November, magistrates voted to adopt a resolution recommended by the Court's Transportation Committee that the County no longer accept gravel roads into its road system - with the exception of three roads already in the process of being accepted.

  • Auditions for musicals are Jan. 17-19

    Stephen Foster Productions will be hosting auditions for summer productions of "Stephen Foster-The Musical," "Annie" and "The Civil War."

    Organizers are seeking adult males and females and boys and girls ages 5 to 15.

    Lead roles, chorus, internships and apprenticeships are available.

    On Thursday, Jan. 17, auditions will be at Kentucky State University's Bradford Hall in the Little Theatre at 6 p.m.

    On Jan. 18, auditions will be at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. beginning at noon.

  • Simplify: Not as simple as it sounds

    You've heard it before, but as we enter the New Year it's good to remember. Here it is: Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. Now, of course, I have to ask the question, "Where does most of your discussion fall?"

    My guess is, if you were determined to talk more about ideas, than events, and least and last of all, people, you would probably talk less ... period! Talking about ideas requires thinking, and let's admit it, that isn't easy.

  • Relay for Life kick off is Jan. 21

    Millions of people have joined the fight against cancer. Many have done so by participating in Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society's team event to fight cancer.

    The event will return to Taylor County on June 6-7. A kick off planned for Monday, Jan. 21 will officially get the new Relay season under way.

    Relay For Life is the largest cancer fundraiser in the nation. Held in more than 4,200 communities nationwide last year, the event brings participants together to raise money for cancer research, education, advocacy and patient support programs.

  • 'Nothing endures like change'

    I'll admit that when I learned 11 days ago that the company I'm working for is going to shop itself around to potential new owners, you could have blown me over with a feather.

    Thirty-five years (3 1/2 less than I've been with my wife) will solidify a feel-good relationship. Times do change.

    I've been asked what's going to happen by fellow employees and the public alike. I wish I had THE answer they're looking for, because uncertainty breeds wild thoughts - most of them a waste of productive concentration.

  • Students earn math medals

    Antonio Smith and Shay Stone were honored with a math medal at a recent celebration assembly at Campbellsville Elementary School. The fourth graders received the award for completing 80 multiplication or division problems in less than 2 minutes.