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  • Taylor County youth recognized at awards dinner for State 4-H Communications Day

    Lindsay Cissell, Beth Cook, Andrew Massengale, Kensi Moore and Jordyn Southern represented Taylor County at the State 4-H Communications Day and were recognized for their efforts at the annual 4-H Awards Banquet with a plaque.

    The daylong state competition, which took place on the University of Kentucky campus, showcased the communications expertise of 4-H Youth Development member in 51 different categories. Youth ages nine through 18 are eligible to compete in the event.

  • Celebrate reading!

    Usually a place of hushed whispers and quiet reading, Taylor County Public Library was bustling with visitors, children's giggles and welcoming smiles on Tuesday.

    The Friends of the Library volunteer board hosted an open house in celebration of the library's 33 years of service to the community. The library offered extended hours on Tuesday, from 5 to 7 p.m. Full library services were available in addition to refreshments.

    The children's room featured various storytellers, and anyone dropping by the Kentucky room could make a snowman bookmark.

  • Winners of annual MLK essay contest announced

    More than 200 entries were received for this year's "I Have a Dream" essay contest sponsored by Greater Campbellsville United and the Central Kentucky News-Journal in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is celebrated today.

    First-place winners of the "I Have a Dream" essay contest are: Devin Powers, children's division; Joshua Percell, teen's division; and John Stone, adult's division.

  • School needs to be reassessed

    Thanks to a new formula that considers the age of school buildings, Taylor County Schools will reassess its building needs.

    Architect Ken Wood, who has been working with the District on its facility improvement plan, told Taylor County School Board members last week that the new formula means more need for the District.

    "We're potentially talking millions of more dollars of needs," Wood said.

    More need, Superintendent Gary Seaborne said, means a greater offer of assistance from the state.

  • Smith-Cecil earns math medal

    Ricky Smith-Cecil was recently honored with a math medal at a Campbellsville Elementary celebration assembly.

    Smith-Cecil is a student in Debbie Baugh's third grade classroom at Campbellsville Elementary.

  • CU alumni and friends can buy new license plate

    Campbellsville University alumni and friends can now buy a newly-designed license plate to support CU.

    The new license plate went on sale Jan. 2 at all county clerk's offices.

    The original license plate design, which included all 20 independent colleges with a common background and color scheme, reached the end of its state-mandated five-year life cycle in 2007.

  • Mobley will not seek re-election

    Mobley will not seek re-election

    After eight years in office, State Rep. Russ Mobley has decided not to seek re-election this November.

    Mobley, R-Campbellsville, made the announcement in a press release on Tuesday.

    "It has been a great pleasure to serve the citizens of the 51st House District for the past eight years," Mobley stated. "We have made great strides in education; road and transportation enhancements; and infrastructure improvements. I'm proud to say I was a part of that process."

  • Man charged with rape

    A Columbia man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly took a woman and her child hostage.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, on Tuesday at about 7:30 a.m., a woman and a child entered Minit Mart on Old Lebanon Road. The woman told the clerk that she was being held hostage at gunpoint at her home. Her alleged captor, Anthony D. Holliman, 30, was in the store at the time.

    According to the report, the woman said she was able to convince Holliman to let her go to the store for coffee.

    The clerk called police, who were able to arrest Holliman without incident.

  • CMS students honored in Martin Luther King Jr. contest

    Three Campbellsville Middle School students were recently selected as state winners in the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay and Visual Arts Contest.

    Students submitted an essay or artwork that reflected their most inspired King moment or speech in concert with the theme stating how he or she is using that inspiration to shape their lives and communities.

    A total of 1,200 entries were received. Two students were chosen as state first place winners while another received second place accolades.

  • Kids chapter story begins next week

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal's younger readers will soon have a chance to learn about our 33rd U.S. President on the Just For Kids page.

    Beginning Jan. 24, "A Familiar Face," an eight-chapter serial story, will follow a boy named Scotty Brown as he learns about Harry S. Truman.

    A homework assignment leads Scotty to discover "A Familiar Face" in the pages of history and to learn about the role a boy from Missouri had as an adult in international decisions of humanitarian aid, war and racial equality.