http://www.cknj.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Miller second runner-up at DYW nationals http://www.cknj.com/content/miller-second-runner-dyw-nationals <img src="http://www.cknj.com/sites/www.cknj.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kassie_miller-dyw_finals_1_web.jpg" alt="Kassie Miller displays her talent, playing “Scherzo in D Minor” on the piano at the Distinguished Young Women national competition. Miller took home second runner-up honors in Mobile, Ala., after winning the local and state events." title="Kassie Miller displays her talent, playing “Scherzo in D Minor” on the piano at the Distinguished Young Women national competition. Miller took home second runner-up honors in Mobile, Ala., after winning the local and state events." align="left" hspace="6" width="123" height="85" /><p> Kassie Miller, a Taylor County native who recently graduated from Taylor County High School, was the second runner-up at the Distinguished Young Women Nationals in Mobile, Ala., over the weekend.</p> <p> But Miller says she had no expectations with regard to winning, as she faced stiff competition.</p> <p> &ldquo;It was really hard to have any expectations going into it, because as we rehearsed ... you noticed that each girl was good in each category,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;It was entirely hard to tell not only who would win but who would even make the top 10.&rdquo;</p> Barefield gets Father’s Day makeover on GMA http://www.cknj.com/content/barefield-gets-father%E2%80%99s-day-makeover-gma <img src="http://www.cknj.com/sites/www.cknj.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/barefield_makeover_pic_web.jpg" alt="Pictured to the right is John Barefield before his makeover, left, and afterwards, right. On the Thursday, June 18, episode of “Good Morning America,” Barefield received a makeover, which his wife Kristina and five kids had nominated him for earlier this year. He and his wife say they’ll continue with his new look." title="Pictured to the right is John Barefield before his makeover, left, and afterwards, right. On the Thursday, June 18, episode of “Good Morning America,” Barefield received a makeover, which his wife Kristina and five kids had nominated him for earlier this year. He and his wife say they’ll continue with his new look." align="left" hspace="6" width="137" height="85" /><p> Campbellsville man John Barefield, 33, couldn&rsquo;t believe how he looked after getting a makeover care of the television program &ldquo;Good Morning America.&rdquo;</p> <p> His wife Kristina, 37, nominated him to have a makeover via GMA. He works at Wal-Mart as an unloader. He had long, gray hair and a thick beard. On the show, he ended up clean-shaven, with short hair and a new suit, hat and shoes. He hadn&rsquo;t seen himself until he stepped out of the time capsule.</p> Local trail system at Tebbs Bend dedicated http://www.cknj.com/content/local-trail-system-tebbs-bend-dedicated <img src="http://www.cknj.com/sites/www.cknj.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tebbs_bend_dedication_web.jpg" alt="Jodi Williams (left) with the Governor’s Office of Local Government, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers (right) and others unveiled the Homeplace trailhead sign at Tebbs Bend-Green River Nature Area." title="Jodi Williams (left) with the Governor’s Office of Local Government, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers (right) and others unveiled the Homeplace trailhead sign at Tebbs Bend-Green River Nature Area." align="left" hspace="6" width="130" height="85" /><p> Local and state officials and many others were on hand for a Tuesday morning dedication ceremony for the trail system at Tebbs Bend.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s been a long time coming, but believe me, it&rsquo;s going to be well, well worth it,&rdquo; said Campbellsville University biology and environmental science professor Dr. Richard Kessler.</p> <p> The Tebbs Bend-Green River Nature Area is located off of Ky. 55 between Campbellsville and Columbia, a few miles before the county line and not far from the Green River.</p> VIDEO: Today's News http://www.cknj.com/node/73043 <img src="http://www.cknj.com/sites/www.cknj.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/today-in-history15_1.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /> Early Childhood Council receives grant http://www.cknj.com/content/early-childhood-council-receives-grant <img src="http://www.cknj.com/sites/www.cknj.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ecp_2015_taylor-1.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="65" height="85" /><p> The Green-Taylor Early Childhood Council received $15,810 last week as part of a state effort to improve education for the youngest students.</p> <p> The grant is part of the almost $1 million that has been awarded to 55 CECCs (Community Early Childhood Councils), said Sue Crabtree of the Campbellsville FRYSC (Family Resource and Youth Services Center).</p> Smith Ridge beach reopened by Army Corps of Engineers http://www.cknj.com/content/smith-ridge-beach-reopened-army-corps-engineers <p> The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Green River Lake State Park re-opened their beach at the Smith Ridge Recreation Area on Friday.</p> <p> The beach was closed on Tuesday, June 23, due to high levels of E. coli bacteria found in a water sample taken from the beach. The beach remained closed until another water sample was able to be taken and sent for testing.</p> <p> The Corps of Engineers received the results from the recent water sample on Friday, and the results proved that the water was again safe for visitors.</p> Duck Derby returns to the creek at Miller Park http://www.cknj.com/content/duck-derby-returns-creek-miller-park <img src="http://www.cknj.com/sites/www.cknj.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ducksfor_web.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Central Kentucky News-Journal&rsquo;s 11th annual Duck Derby is fast approaching.</p> <p> The event will take place on Saturday, July 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Miller Park.</p> Two charged in Marine’s murder http://www.cknj.com/content/two-charged-marine%E2%80%99s-murder <img src="http://www.cknj.com/sites/www.cknj.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dawan_mulazim.jpg" alt="Muzalim" title="Muzalim" align="left" hspace="6" width="66" height="85" /><p> A Fayette County grand jury has indicted two men in the 2014 shooting death of a former Marine outside Lexington&rsquo;s Austin City Saloon.</p> <p> Quincinio D. Canada and Dawan Q. Mulazim each are charged with murder, first-degree robbery and second-degree assault in the death of Jonathan Price, 26, and the assault on his wife, Megan.</p>