• The divide between Taylor County Fiscal Court and members of the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is likely greater now than ever before. And, frankly, we understand why.
    In December, magistrates voted to revive the defunct Animal Control Board, inviting two SPCA members to join. This agreement was spurred by the allegations of abuse at Taylor County Animal Shelter. Those allegations have since been proven false following a state investigation.

  • Greetings from Frankfort.
    Anyone visiting the capitol this week would have enjoyed watching democracy in action, both on an individual level as well as a grander level. We passed legislation that made road travel safer for the Amish as well as the “English,” we moved forward in education and we found consensus on congressional redistricting even as legislative redistricting moved to the courts. It was a full week.

  • Since 1926, although by different names, America has celebrated Black History Month. Most of us think of the obvious names when we look back on black history, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington Carver and many more.
    But there are many other contributions to society by black people whose names you may not know, but without their contributions, your life may be very different. Below are just a few black people and the significant contributions they have made to the world as we know it today.

  • As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee, I have voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and participated in dozens of hearings that revealed astronomical costs, billion-dollar slush funds and countless other negative consequences of the health care law.

  • While it seems many, including this editorial board, are divided on the issue of expanded gaming in Kentucky, legislators say their constituents want to vote on the issue.

    So does Gov. Steve Beshear, who plans to release his expanded gaming proposal this month.
    Before voters go to the polls, we’d hope they would do their research, weighing the pros and the cons of any candidate or issue. We’d hope that would also be the case if the issue of expanded gaming comes to a public vote.
    But, there’s a chance that may be impossible.

  • What is the real cost of the nine-year war in Iraq? Monetarily it is penned in the history books as $800 billion.
    But the sacrifice of American troops during the Iraq war, which started March 19, 2003, has been much greater. There were 4,487 American servicemen and servicewoman and an estimated 100,000 Iraqis killed during the war. And, there’s another 30,000 troops wounded, many maimed for life.

  • CKNJ Editorial Board

    For thousands of years, people have welcomed the new year by making resolutions. On today's Front Page, you will find local officials offering their resolutions, as well as a story on one of the most popular resolutions - losing weight and getting healthier.

    The staff of the Central Kentucky News-Journal decided to share our own resolutions for 2012.

  • And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
    And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.

    And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, (because he was of the house and lineage of David,) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

  • You may remember years ago seeing a credit card commercial that touted the phrase, “Membership has its privileges.” That is often true, and one example of that is in being a member, or in this case, a subscriber, to the Central Kentucky News-Journal.

    It’s no secret that many consumers are coupon crazy these days, looking for a way to save some money and find a bargain. We at the CKNJ understand that, and we are pleased to be able to help in that process by offering coupons in our Monday edition of the newspaper.

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    Addressing the prescription drug abuse epidemic occurring here in Kentucky is and will continue to be a daunting task. But the recent announcement that Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, and others are developing legislation that will go a long way in prevention.


    "Hey, buddy, how are you doing? I haven't seen you in years!"

    We've all been there - you're out in a store or restaurant, and suddenly you see someone you recognize, and they recognize you - but you just can't remember their name. You try hard, but you can't seem to come up with that name you once knew well, so you just call them "Buddy" or "Pal," or some other vague name like that, trying to conceal your forgetfulness.


    We had just left the Hindu temple when I noticed the red dot on my mother’s forehead

    It was the “tilaki,” the third eye or mind’s eye, associated with many Hindu gods, also symbolizing the idea of meditation and spiritual enlightenment.

    I, a recent graduate of a high school education, feeding on my scholastic possibilities, feeling strong in my evangelical superiority, upbraided my mother: “You let them mark you! And, that’s a false religion.”

  • CKNJ Editorial Board

    Gail Godsey said it best in Monday’s front page story on the upcoming “Hearts To Help” benefit concert for the Taylor County Food Pantry.

    “Christmas is a time of giving, and what better way to launch the Christmas season than giving to our neighbors?”

    Considering the economic hardships many of us are under these days, charitable donations are even more important. And there are many ways to give to those in need in Taylor County.

  • It’s a right as well as a privilege for Americans to speak their voices by casting a vote on Election Day.
    According to numbers at the Taylor County Clerk’s office, our county has 17,077 registered voters who will be eligible to cast a vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

    Sadly, if the so-called political experts are correct, only about 3,400 of us will actually vote; turnout for the upcoming election is estimated to be around 20 percent.

  • He snored softly, his chest rising and falling ever so slowly.
    I waited in the room as he slept, secretly hoping to wake him but not wanting to startle him.

    I visited my grandfather last weekend at the veteran’s center that is now his home. If you read a previous column of mine about this topic, you know he moved there unwillingly. But now, well, he doesn’t really know much of anything.

  • Monday evening, the streets and sidewalks will be lined with hungry little ghouls, goblins and many other characters limited only by the imagination of the children underneath the costumes. And while Halloween can be a fun time for children, it can also be dangerous.


    Homecoming at Campbellsville University carries with it a rich tradition of history and pageantry. For those of us here at the CKNJ who have experienced homecoming, there is nothing quite like it in our community, and it has given us great memories of the past, and events to which we can look forward this year and others in the future.
    From the opening of festivities to the final horn of the football game and beyond, we have so many activities to enjoy. No matter what your preference might be, there’s something for everyone.

  • I was standing at the street corner, waiting for the light to change when I saw him out of the corner of my eye. He was waving his left arm from his car window, urgently trying to get my attention. Then, pulling out of his parking space, he stopped in front of me, blocking me from crossing the street. Only after he lowered his electric window on the passenger side could I see who it was.

  • CKNJ Editorial Board

    Campbellsville Fourth of July Celebration play-by-play announcer, the late Everette Lee, had a saying when introducing the next people in the annual parade, something to the affect, they're "one of ours."

    That's the way it seems of the United States Marine Corps veteran Dakota Meyer, who was bestowed the Medal of Honor last week by President Obama, and was the grand marshal of the Cow Days Parade in Greensburg.

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    Neither rain, nor sleet nor gloom of night.

    While the above refrain was never the official slogan for the U.S. Postal Service, we all know it well. And, it always gave us some reassurance that the mail would always be delivered.

    However, back in the late 1800s, when that slogan first became associated with USPS, no one had likely anticipated the impact of the internet.