Today's News

  • Benningfield attends jailers' conference

    Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield attended the Kentucky Jailers Conference in Lexington on Oct. 14.

    Jailers have two conferences a year and Benningfield has attended every conference since taking office in 2007. Jailers must have 40 hours of training each year. Benningfield completed 62 hours in 2007, 67 hours in 2008 and 48.75 hours this year.

  • LINK representatives to speak at CU

    Representatives from Liberty in North Korea, also known as LINK, will speak at Campbellsville University on Monday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in Ransdell Chapel.

    LINK is an organization that raises awareness about the human rights and humanitarian crisis in North Korea through the use of media and grassroots support. It also helps those who have fled their country because of this crisis.

    Deborah Dean of Rising Sun, Md., a junior at CU, is a member of LINK and will be speaking, along with others, about LINK.

  • Former Campbellsville graduate to bring show to Lebanon

    On Friday, Nov. 13, the new Angelic Hall at Center Square in Lebanon will feel more like the Rocky Mountains as the music of John Denver fills the air.

    "Take Me Home Country Roads - An Evening with the Music of John Denver and Emmylou Harris," will take the stage. The show, featuring Bardstown residents Gary Vidito and Rene' Hardesty Buckman, is making its Lebanon debut at 8 p.m. that evening.

    "Take Me Home" has sold out in other venues including two past performances at nearby St. Catharine College.

  • Judicial Center to get more parking

    There will soon be more parking available for the Taylor County Judicial Center.

    The Project Development Board met Monday afternoon to discuss the status of the remaining work to be done at the judicial center building, as well as the status of the road that runs between it and Gowen's Auto Glass & Installation.

    AOC representative Danny Rhoades said he believes there has been some confusion about the order in which issues involving the road have been approved.

  • Detention Center employees to get pay raise

    Some Taylor County Detention Center employees will soon get a raise.

    At Taylor Fiscal Court's regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 10, Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield told magistrates that the detention center has now been open for a year.

    When it first opened, he told the Court, he asked magistrates to consider giving some employees a raise when reaching the one-year mark. Benningfield asked that the employees who began working at $9 an hour, and have since received a raise to $9.27 an hour, now receive $10 an hour.

  • Honoring our veterans

    About 60 people gathered at the Taylor County War Memorial on Wednesday afternoon to pay tribute to local veterans.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers said the new green space on which the ceremony took place was in honor of veterans.

    "This is your park," he said.

    Rogers remarked on the crowd gathered for the ceremony. He said the crowd was excellent but that it should be overflowing.

    "All of us need to be reminded of the freedom we all share."

  • U.S. Senator in town Friday

    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., discussed the health care issue, taxes and unemployment at a reception and book signing for him at Campbellsville University on Friday.

    He autographed copies of the John David Dyche book titled "Republican Leader: Political Biography of Senator Mitch McConnell."

    The longest serving U.S. Senator from Kentucky, McConnell said Campbellsville University has improved Taylor County, the area and the state. He praised Dr. Michael V. Carter, CU's president, for his leadership.

  • Still serving readers, nearly a century later

    Today's newspaper features a full-color keepsake issue celebrating a decade of news in Taylor County. We plan to have nine more such issues, celebrating nine more decades of local news between now and August 2010.

    That's when the Central Kentucky News-Journal will celebrate its 100th anniversary.

    Over the past century, we have published thousands upon thousands of stories about news and events and people in Campbellsville and Taylor County. And, as with everything else over the years, the newspaper has changed.

  • Tough Times: With families facing financial crisis, many turn to helping agencies

    The number of people asking for help from the food pantry, crisis relief center and homeless shelter is up, but officials say another number is a bit more important. According to officials, many are asking for that help who have never asked before.

    According to Taylor County Ministerial Food Pantry volunteer Marietta Moyers, the number of families receiving free food last year was about 220 each month. This year, she says, that number has risen to about 300.

    And a lot of those people, Moyers said, are those who are now unemployed.

  • Parkway meeting is Tuesday

    Local residents will have another chance to provide their input on the proposed plans for the Heartland Parkway next week.

    On Tuesday, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials will present the final conceptual alternatives for the Heartland Parkway. The meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Taylor County High School cafeteria. A meeting also took place in Columbia on Tuesday.