Today's News

  • Rash earns first place for Lincoln speech

    SaVannah Rash, Taylor County Middle School sixth grader, won first place in the Abraham Lincoln Speech Contest on Saturday.

    Rash will receive reserved seating at the Bicentennial Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Featured invited guests include President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, Gov. Steven L. Beshear, Pulitzer-Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin, and actor Sam Waterston from Law & Order.

    Music will be provided by the Saxton Cornet Band and the American Spiritual Ensemble.

  • Traffik Stop changes to Lil T's Traffik Stop

    Gary Porter and his daughter, Candace, are the new owners of the former Traffik Stop. The name will be changed to Lil T's Traffik Stop in memory of Candace's son, Thomas Porter.

    At the end of every year, a percentage of the profits will be donated to a special needs foundation. Lil T's will be a convenient store and dine-in restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and homemade cooking. You may dine in or take out. The gas pumps will be full, so stop by to fuel up. Opening day will be Monday, Feb. 4.

  • Tuesday storm causes no problems

    Taylor County's second severe weather threat in as many weeks left behind no reported damage.

    According to Ronnie Dooley, Taylor County Emergency Management public information coordinator, the storm that rolled through the area Tuesday night and Wednesday morning was mild compared to last week.

    "We didn't have any damage reported to us," he said. "We had nowhere near as many calls as last week."

    Dooley said Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 received about 50 calls during the storm.

  • TCES Writers of the Week

    Taylor County Elementary "Writers of the Week" for the week of Wednesday, Jan. 30 are: Victoria Williams, kindergarten; Emili Cochran, first grade; Hunter Sallee, second grade; Chase Craig, third grade; Allie Reynolds, fourth grade; and Masi Wilson, fifth grade.

  • Area seniors get income tax help

    Beginning Feb. 5, senior citizens in Green, Taylor and surrounding counties can get free income tax service.

    The American Association of Retired Persons is offering its tax-aide program again this year. Electronic filing will be available free of charge. The free service will be offered from Feb. 5 through April 15 at the Green County Senior Citizens Center. The center is located at 112 S. First St. in Greensburg. The service is offered from 3 to 7 p.m. EST.

    Other times are available by appointment by calling local coordinator Brenda Cook at (270) 932-7459.

  • CU to host annual Valentine pageant tomorrow

    Campbellsville University will host its annual Valentine pageant tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in The Gheens Recital Hall of Gosser Fine Arts Center.

    Nine students will be representing CU, their organization and the ONE campaign, a nationwide organization that seeks to help eliminate poverty, as they vie for the title of 2008 CU Valentine queen.

    The pageant is sponsored by the Student Government Association, and the SGA asks that individuals show their support through attendance and by bringing a non-perishable canned good for the ONE campaign.

  • CHS basketball homecoming court

    Campbellsville High School's basketball homecoming will take place tomorrow when its girls' and boys' teams host Adair County. The 2008 Basketball Sweetheart ceremony is scheduled to take place at halftime of the boys' game (the second game). Members of the homecoming court are, from left, front: Miranda Willis and Devin Larimore, sophomore candidates; and Tiffany Giles and Tameka Williams, freshman candidates. Back: Jenna Williams and Auburn Wigginton, junior candidates; and Alison Medders and Paige Taylor, senior candidates.

  • News-Journal editorial staff wins KPA awards

    News-Journal staff won 10 awards at the Kentucky Press Association's Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers awards banquet Jan. 25 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Hotel in Lexington.

    The contest is a competition between newspapers across Kentucky.

    The News-Journal staff, which competes in the multi-weekly category, won a first-place award, four second- and four third-place awards as well as an honorable mention.

    Social Writer Neila Schuhmann garnered a first-place award for Best Feature Picture with her photo of the Real Encounter BMX stunt bike demonstration in May 2007.

  • Girl Scouts kick off cookie sales

    Taylor County Girl Scouts hosted a cookie kick off on Friday, Jan. 11 at Campbellsville Christian Church.

    This year's theme was "Make It a Hit," with a special movie star, glamorous kind of scene. Activities included mini-makeover stations for the Girl Scout stars, karaoke, crafts and cookie stacking.

  • Man sentenced to a year in prison for child sex abuse

    A Campbellsville man has been sentenced to serve a year in prison for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.

    Robert Elzie Followell, 39, of 3825 Raikes Hill Road appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, Jan. 22 for sentencing.

    In October 2007, Followell avoided facing a jury by pleading guilty to first-degree sex abuse. A first-degree persistent felony offender charge was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

    According to court records, Followell was accused of grabbing and attempting to kiss the girl.