• Those who broke into the Taylor County Fairgrounds and stole more than $10,000 worth of equipment committed a crime against the entire community.

    There's a feeling of violation that accompanies such a theft. So many of those who attend the fair each year are children, and crimes against children are especially vile.

  • Although summer won't officially be over until Sept. 23, the summer break is drawing to a close as area school children head back to the classroom next week.

    While teachers and school districts are held accountable by the state for ensuring that students learn what they're supposed to, it's up to parents to see that their children get to school on time each day, do their homework and study for tests.

  • CKNJ Editorial Board

    There is no doubt that economic development is important for Campbellsville and Taylor County. We all want our community to flourish.

    We aren't really sure how the most recent disagreement as to the funding and purpose of the Campbellsville/Taylor County Economic Development Authority came about, but it does bring up some important questions.

  • Imagine this scenario:

    John, 34, has looked forward to this day for a long time - 11 years and 4 months, to be exact. When John was 22, he got into some trouble and made poor decisions. A bad couple of years ended in an arrest, a conviction and a prison sentence.

  • We don't make a habit of tooting our own horn, but every now and then we feel it's important to remind readers of all that their community newspaper offers for free - something that no one else in town can.

    In addition to in-depth news and events coverage in each issue, we also enjoy publishing reader-submitted news. With our small staff, we recognize that we can't be everywhere all the time, so we count on our readers to submit news.

    What can you submit for free?

  • From fireworks to floats, food to entertainment and shopping to crafts, this year's Fourth of July celebration has something everyone can enjoy. And, the best part of it all, the majority of it is free.

    The Campbellsville/Taylor County Fourth of July celebration offers family-oriented events to help all residents celebrate independence in style.

    Be sure to take the children to the Family Fun Zone for some free games and activities.

  • Social media can be a useful - and even helpful - way to easily connect with friends and family members. At the same time, however, it can also cause unpleasant problems and even danger.

    It's important for parents to monitor their children's use of social media - and computer usage in general. There are many dangers in our world today, and more and more are originating from the Internet.

    Just a couple of weeks ago, there was an arrest in Campbellsville resulting from alleged improper interaction between an adult and a 15-year-old on Facebook.

  • CKNJ Editorial Board

    Imagine you resigned from your job in the private sector after making a few less-than-savory choices. Would you expect to benefit from your employer's pension plan?

    Certainly not. So, why should former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner be entitled to an estimated $1.28 million pension after resigning his post amid a sexting scandal?

  • CKNJ Editorial Board

    Fireworks fans no longer need to travel to Tennessee or another state to buy fireworks. We can purchase them right here in Taylor County.

    A new amendment to state law allows us to have fireworks that shoot into the air. While we have an opportunity for more fun, we also have the responsibility for safety.

    Adults should set a good example for the younger generation when enjoying the sight and sounds of fireworks. Be sure to light fireworks in a safe area, away from buildings and animals.

  • It was no less meaningful with a smaller crowd. And the money raised was certainly nothing to sneeze at. But we were definitely dismayed at the low turnout for this year's Relay for Life.

    Most everyone, at some point in their life, will be touched by cancer, whether it is one's self, a family member or a friend. That's why the search for a cure is so desperately important.

  • As Congress crafts a budget that addresses our nation's long-term fiscal challenges, the Kentucky Association of Food Banks and our network partners - 1,068 food pantries, meal sites, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs - are urging our elected officials to safeguard nutrition assistance and other safety net programs.

  • Firefighters with the Campbellsville and Taylor County fire departments will begin collecting for the Crusade for Children fundraising campaign tomorrow.

    Unlike years past, there will be no door-to-door collections, only roadblocks set up at major intersections throughout town.

    This means we all need to drive a little slower and more carefully than usual.

    It also means we should search our hearts (and our pockets) and give what we can to this worthwhile charity.

  • Friday marks the official end of childhood for Campbellsville and Taylor County high school seniors. Adulthood is now directly in front of them.

    Graduates have important decisions to make - whether to continue their education or head straight into the job market. Then there's marriage, family and other important life choices. No matter the path they choose, we wish all of them the very best of luck.

    The CHS ceremony is at 6:30 and the TCHS ceremony at 7:30.

  • Memorial Day is a time set aside to specifically honor the memory of those who have died in our nation's service.

    It is because of their sacrifices on our behalf that we live in freedom today, so it's only fitting that there be a day set aside especially for honoring them.

    Pope John Paul II once said, "War should belong to the tragic past, to history: it should find no place on humanity's agenda for the future." However, as long as there is evil in the world, the right will fight against it.

  • After more than three months of back-and-forth discussion, the issue of funding Rescue and E-911 has finally been decided for the next four years.

    Monday's joint meeting of Campbellsville City Council and Taylor Fiscal Court provided several proposals to settle how these services could be funded.

    After two and a half hours of discussion, however, the decision to simply divide the shortfalls of the two entities evenly between the city and county seemed to be the most fair and equitable solution.

  • How long has this been goin' on?

    How long has this been goin' on?

    Well, your friends with their fancy persuasions

    Don't admit that it's part of a scheme,

    But I can't help but have my suspicions

    'Cause I ain't quite as dumb as I seem.

    And you said you were never intendin'

    To break up our scene in this way,

    But there ain't any use in pretendin',

  • The rhetoric continues ... or does it? There have been a multitude of discussions at City Council and Fiscal Court meetings over the past two months regarding the responsibility of providing E-911 and Rescue service.

  • Readers were asked ... What are your thoughts on the President's news about terrorist Osama bin Laden's death?

    You said ...

    "Missed the television speech by the President ... but best 'news' I've heard in a long time!"

    —Sharon Spurling

  • Mother's Day comes but once a year. But, honestly, it should be celebrated every day of the year.

    We all have mothers ... either by birth or in someone we look to as a mother figure. They are the women who comfort us when we need comforting, encourage us when we need encouragement, who teach us right from wrong, who love us even when we feel we have failed them.

    And Sunday is their day.

  • What did you first think when you heard the news about Osama bin Laden's death?

    Answer the following question and your answer could be published in Thursday's News-Journal: