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Opinion

  • Woody, the Kentucky Wiener dog is back. And starting today, children in Campbellsville and Taylor County can follow along through 10 weeks of his adventures - and misadventures.

    This time, Woody is playing detective in "Canine Secret Investigator." The 10-week serial story begins today and will be featured each Thursday in the Central Kentucky News-Journal.

    The story marks the seventh in a newspaper series written by Kentucky author Leigh Anne Florence. Lexington native Paul Brett Johnson provides an illustration for each chapter.

  • The second time around doesn't always make it right.

    Earlier this year, the Taylor County School Board approved an extra nickel tax. A petition committee saw to it that the issue was brought before voters in June, and residents voted it down.

    Now, the Taylor County School Board is once again trying for a nickel tax, though this time it's asking for even more - 5.6 cents.

  • Traditionally, the week of the Campbellsville v. Taylor County high school football game is a big week in the area. We are seeing Cardinals and Eagles all over the community and an emotion-filled rivalry. While the teams may not have gotten off to the season's start each was looking for, we encourage all involved to play hard, have fun and respect each other, whether it is a win, a loss or a draw. Good luck to both teams.

  • "All things bright and beautiful,

    All creatures great and small,

    All things wise and wonderful,

    The Lord God made them all."

    What would you do if a strange dog started to chase you? Approach it? Or retreat?

    We vote for retreating.

    And that's exactly what a mail carrier had to do on Gowdy Street in Campbellsville just last week. A not-so-friendly dog was loose on the street, and that kept residents who live there from having their mail delivered.

  • Today's newspaper is an important one. In case you didn't happen to notice it, a tiny number - located on the top left of the front page - changed today.

    Monday's News-Journal issue was numbered "Vol. 99, Issue 104." Today's issue is "Vol. 100, Issue 1."

    That means we are beginning our second century of covering news and events in Taylor County.

    While the names and faces of staff members have changed over the past century, the premise has not.

  • It's time to get back to learning. Yes, it's that time of year again - early-morning alarms, homework, research papers, tests and more. But it's also time for residents to be more careful in their daily travels.

    Classes begin next Wednesday for students at Campbellsville and Taylor County schools and next week for those at Kentucky Christian Academy.

  • It is a typical scene in our office.

    A person - generally irate - although sometimes simply confused - walks through the door, picks up a paper from the stand and slaps it on the counter.

    Wait - I take that back. Sometimes they are angry and confused.

    Sometimes they shake the paper.

    Other times, they turn a few pages and jab a finger at an article.

    "Who wrote this?" they demand.

    Sometimes they add a few choice words.

  • Thousands of people showed up last weekend for what many claim is the largest July Fourth Celebration in the state.

    Indeed, how many such celebrations can lay claim to a visit from U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell?

    Regardless of all the dignitary participation, the four days worth of events attract people from all walks of life. Where else can one celebrate for four days at no cost?

  • Campbellsville’s own Jefra Bland was chosen as third runner-up in the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Pageant in Lexington over the weekend. She was also the winner of the Miss Congeniality title. Another Campbellsville native, Elizabeth Ellis, also participated.

    Local girls have traditionally done well in scholarship and beauty pageants. And behind the scenes, we’re sure the girls are supportive of each other and encouraging. That kind of sportsmanship is needed in all areas of life.

    Thanks for representing Campbellsville so well, we’re proud of you!

  • Patriotism, according to Webster, is the "love of country; devotion to the welfare of one's country; the virtues and actions of a patriot; the passion which inspires one to serve one's country."

    We all show patriotism in different ways.

    Some join the military in order to serve their country. Others proudly fly an American flag. Still others serve the country in elected office, while some simply hold that feeling inside.

  • The voters have spoken. There is to be no extra nickel paid to the Taylor County School District in annual property taxes.

    That also means that, for now, Taylor County Elementary students will continue to attend class in an overcrowded building that leaks and has a continuing problem with mold and sewer issues.

  • Tuesday is Election Day, the day that will decide the fate of the nickel tax proposed by the Taylor County School District. Only those living within the Taylor County School District boundaries and are registered voters are eligible to participate in this decision.

  • Councilman Mike Hall Jr. asked a question at last week's Campbellsville City Council meeting that deserved an answer.

    He didn't get one.

    Mayor Brenda Allen had asked the Council for its approval to hire Tony Smith as an information technology specialist. The plan is for Smith to be a shared employee, with the City paying 40 percent of his $40,000 salary and the County paying 60 percent plus benefits.

  • The sound of children laughing, bells ringing, music playing ... the smell of popcorn, cotton candy, hamburgers and lemonade.

    Now that it's back in full swing, the Taylor County Fair continues to get bigger and better.

    We can only imagine all the volunteer hours required to put together a week of activities like this.

    This past Saturday marked the first events for this year's fair with the youth and adult horse shows. So far this week, we've had several beauty pageants - with many more to come.

  • Taylor Countians continue to step up in tough times.

    This past weekend's Crusade for Children drive raised nearly $31,000. Although that number was down from last year's $38,000, it's still a significant amount in this time of economic hardship.

    Considering the fact that firefighters didn't go door to door this year, that makes the effort even more impressive.

     

  • This week and next mark the official end of childhood for area high school seniors. They'll be considered "grownups" now.

    Sure, they have the summer to look forward to ... sunny days at the lake, sleeping late, last gatherings with their friends, but, for many, the dog days of summer are the last of the carefree times.

    Adulthood is now staring them in the face.

  • Mental health problems are both prevalent and painful - for adults, of course, but also for children. Children and adolescents with mental health problems (about one in five young people have a diagnosable mental health issue) are particularly susceptible to words that make fun of mental health problems, and attitudes reflecting a lack of understanding and compassion.

  • We're down to the wire now. Tuesday is Primary Election Day. Are you ready to make the best choices?

    When we vote, it's important to ask ourselves two vital questions:

    -- Have I examined all the issues I feel are most important and learned where each candidates stands?

    -- Am I truly voting for the candidate I believe will do the best job?

    Go vote. It's as simple as that.

  • The proposed nickel tax is a popular topic of conversation in our community. The Campbellsville Independent School District has chosen not to make any public statements concerning this because, quite simply, it is not our referendum.

    However, due to recent incorrect allegations, I now find it necessary to clarify the misinformation in a public manner.

  • The Central Kentucky News-Journal welcomes letters on a variety of topics, including letters about political races and candidates.

    We anticipate there will be letters written supporting and possibly criticizing candidates. If you support a candidate, write and tell our readers the reasons why. If there’s a candidate you don’t particularly like, you can write about that, too.

    Use good taste and don’t libel anyone. You can say what you believe, but personal attacks or allegations that cannot be verified will not be accepted.