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  • Campbellsville man sentenced to five years on drug charges

    A Campbellsville man will spend five years in prison for selling drugs.

    Velvet Mandrell Smith, 26, of 105 McNary St. appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

    Smith pleaded guilty to first-degree selling cocaine. A second-degree persistent felony offender charge was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

    Bertram sentenced Smith to serve five years in prison. He was also ordered to pay $100 in restitution to the Campbellsville Police Department Drug Elimination Fund.

  • Girl Scout cookie sales begin Friday

    Cookie lovers rejoice! Soon local Girl Scouts will start knocking on doors and taking orders for their famous cookies.

    Door-to-door sales begin on Friday, the same day as the Hollywood premiere-style kick off event at Campbellsville Christian Church at 6:30 p.m.

  • Industrial park gets funding

    Efforts to complete Taylor County's newest industrial park received a funding boost last week.

    U.S. Rep Ron Lewis secured $98,000 in funding for the Heartland Commerce and Technology Park in Campbellsville as part of the fiscal year 2008 Omnibus Appropriations bill signed into law last week by President Bush.

    The funds will be used to develop two sites in the park.

    The Industrial Development Authority Board bought the site - located on KY 55, near Blue Hole Road - in October 2003 for $2.24 million.

  • CKNJ parent company exploring sale

    Central Kentucky News-Journal Publisher Richard RoBards had a meeting earlier this week with employees to discuss plans by parent company Landmark Community Newspapers Inc. to explore selling the Norfolk-based company.

    Frank Batten Jr., chairman and chief executive of Landmark Communications Inc., said that the decision to explore the sale of the company was made by him, with input from his entire family.

    "There was a consensus of the board of directors to do this," said Batten, who has controlling interest of the private company.

  • Local briefs

    Adoption fees waived at animal shelter

    For the entire month of December, the Taylor County Animal Shelter waived all adoption fees for those who wanted to adopt stray animals.

    As a result, 85 animals were adopted, according to Taylor County Animal Shelter Director John Harris.

    Because waiving the fees was so successful, Harris said, he asked Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers if the shelter could also waive the fees for the month of January. Harris said Rogers agreed.

  • CHS plans financial aid workshop

    Campbellsville High School will host two financial aid workshops this month.

    The first one is Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the school library.

    The second will take place Thursday, Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m., also in the school library.

    For more information, parents may call 465-8899.

  • 4-H Superstars

    The 2007 4-H Superstars were named at the 4-H Awards banquet. They are: Kensi Moore, Britany Harden, Aryn Massengale and Ashley Phillips.

  • New year's baby born on Jan. 1

    The first baby of the New Year, Delona Lillian Hayes, came as a surprise to nurses at Taylor Regional Hospital.

    "We were surprised because 75 percent of our babies are male," said Registered Nurse Darlene Loy.

    Born at 6:18 p.m. on Jan. 1 to parents Anthony Hayes and Erika Davis of Greensburg, Delona weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces.

    Davis said her daughter is healthy, for the most part, and the family was expected to go home on Saturday.

    Her grandparents are Daryl and Sharon Davis and Eddie and Madeline Hayes, all of Greensburg.

  • Yates graduates from EKU

    Ricky Lane Yates Jr. graduated from Eastern Kentucky University on Dec. 15 with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice.

    He is the son of Ricky and Michelle Yates of Campbellsville and Jimmy and Tammy Hunt of Finley. His grandparents are J.B. and Susie Yates of Lebanon, Dennis and Susie Hayes of Campbellsville and Howard and Virginia Shearer of Gravel Switch. Great-grandparents are Cornelia McCarty and Lucille Hayes, both of Lebanon.

  • Three Taylor residents earn degrees from Lindsey

    Three Taylor County residents recently received degrees from Lindsey Wilson College.

    The three were among 247 graduates who were awarded degrees - 176 undergraduate degrees and 71 graduate degrees - at the college's 2007 winter commencement on Dec. 15.

    Kentucky Hall of Fame journalist Al Smith delivered the commencement address to a crowd of more than 1,500 guests in Biggers Sports Center. In his address, Smith praised the graduates for the obstacles they overcame to earn a degree.