• Most of us have visited a local pharmacy, and with a pharmacy on nearly every street corner, the profession of pharmacy is not an unfamiliar one. In fact, about 250 million Americans walk into a pharmacy each week, which is nearly equivalent to the entire population.

  • A woman was missing last Friday night. She needed medication and family members were worried. Local emergency services and residents stepped in, and within 24 hours she was located and taken to the hospital.

    We would expect nothing less from our emergency services. They are the best at what they do, and we're glad that we live in a community where volunteers will step up and get the job done.

  • Do you have a favorite candidate who's running for election this November? If so, let the community know why.

    On a weekly basis, the News-Journal publishes letters on a variety of topics, but this time of year is a perfect time to focus on political races.

    We anticipate there will be letters written supporting and possibly even criticizing candidates. If you support a candidate, write and tell our readers the reasons why. If there's a candidate you don't particularly like, you can write about that, too.

  • If you haven't been on the campus of Campbellsville University for a while, you're in for a pleasant surprise.

    Alumni and visitors at CU Homecoming 2010 on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22 and 23, will see several changes on campus.

    New buildings and dorms for sure, but it's not just physical changes that are being noticed.

  • Murakami Manufacturing USA recently celebrated a milestone - 10 years in Campbellsville.

    MMUS was Murakami's first U.S. company. It started production with one customer - Toyota - and 11 employees.

    Since opening its doors in 2000, the company, which manufactures automotive rearview mirrors, has grown to more than 200 employees and four customers.

    We applaud Murakami for reaching 10 years. And we hope to see the company celebrate many more milestones here in Campbellsville.


  • The way that people consume information is changing rapidly, and I hear frequently that the death of newspapers is imminent. I think that people feel this way because they aren't regular newspaper readers or they just don't think that other people read newspapers as much as they did 10 years ago. If they're referring to the printed newspaper, they are usually correct.

  • Why anyone would take advantage of an organization with the goal of helping people is beyond us.

    Check out the front-page story on the C&S Mission Store's troubles and you'll be scratching your head, too.

    Most Monday mornings, staff at the C&S Mission Store are faced with a parking lot full of other people's garbage. And even those who might drop off items over the weekend that could actually be used still aren't doing it right.

  • Quick, responsible action by emergency services and Campbellsville Water Co. staff after Saturday's chlorine leak at the water treatment plant deserves recognition.

    As soon as the incident occurred, streets leading to the area were closed and residents downwind were notified by the one-call-now system to close their doors and windows and turn off air conditioners.

  • Woody, the Kentucky Wiener dog is back. And starting today, children in Campbellsville and Taylor County can follow along through 10 weeks of his adventures - and misadventures.

    This time, Woody is playing detective in "Canine Secret Investigator." The 10-week serial story begins today and will be featured each Thursday in the Central Kentucky News-Journal.

    The story marks the seventh in a newspaper series written by Kentucky author Leigh Anne Florence. Lexington native Paul Brett Johnson provides an illustration for each chapter.

  • The second time around doesn't always make it right.

    Earlier this year, the Taylor County School Board approved an extra nickel tax. A petition committee saw to it that the issue was brought before voters in June, and residents voted it down.

    Now, the Taylor County School Board is once again trying for a nickel tax, though this time it's asking for even more - 5.6 cents.

  • Traditionally, the week of the Campbellsville v. Taylor County high school football game is a big week in the area. We are seeing Cardinals and Eagles all over the community and an emotion-filled rivalry. While the teams may not have gotten off to the season's start each was looking for, we encourage all involved to play hard, have fun and respect each other, whether it is a win, a loss or a draw. Good luck to both teams.

  • "All things bright and beautiful,

    All creatures great and small,

    All things wise and wonderful,

    The Lord God made them all."

    What would you do if a strange dog started to chase you? Approach it? Or retreat?

    We vote for retreating.

    And that's exactly what a mail carrier had to do on Gowdy Street in Campbellsville just last week. A not-so-friendly dog was loose on the street, and that kept residents who live there from having their mail delivered.

  • Today's newspaper is an important one. In case you didn't happen to notice it, a tiny number - located on the top left of the front page - changed today.

    Monday's News-Journal issue was numbered "Vol. 99, Issue 104." Today's issue is "Vol. 100, Issue 1."

    That means we are beginning our second century of covering news and events in Taylor County.

    While the names and faces of staff members have changed over the past century, the premise has not.

  • It's time to get back to learning. Yes, it's that time of year again - early-morning alarms, homework, research papers, tests and more. But it's also time for residents to be more careful in their daily travels.

    Classes begin next Wednesday for students at Campbellsville and Taylor County schools and next week for those at Kentucky Christian Academy.

  • It is a typical scene in our office.

    A person - generally irate - although sometimes simply confused - walks through the door, picks up a paper from the stand and slaps it on the counter.

    Wait - I take that back. Sometimes they are angry and confused.

    Sometimes they shake the paper.

    Other times, they turn a few pages and jab a finger at an article.

    "Who wrote this?" they demand.

    Sometimes they add a few choice words.

  • Thousands of people showed up last weekend for what many claim is the largest July Fourth Celebration in the state.

    Indeed, how many such celebrations can lay claim to a visit from U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell?

    Regardless of all the dignitary participation, the four days worth of events attract people from all walks of life. Where else can one celebrate for four days at no cost?

  • Campbellsville’s own Jefra Bland was chosen as third runner-up in the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Pageant in Lexington over the weekend. She was also the winner of the Miss Congeniality title. Another Campbellsville native, Elizabeth Ellis, also participated.

    Local girls have traditionally done well in scholarship and beauty pageants. And behind the scenes, we’re sure the girls are supportive of each other and encouraging. That kind of sportsmanship is needed in all areas of life.

    Thanks for representing Campbellsville so well, we’re proud of you!

  • Patriotism, according to Webster, is the "love of country; devotion to the welfare of one's country; the virtues and actions of a patriot; the passion which inspires one to serve one's country."

    We all show patriotism in different ways.

    Some join the military in order to serve their country. Others proudly fly an American flag. Still others serve the country in elected office, while some simply hold that feeling inside.

  • The voters have spoken. There is to be no extra nickel paid to the Taylor County School District in annual property taxes.

    That also means that, for now, Taylor County Elementary students will continue to attend class in an overcrowded building that leaks and has a continuing problem with mold and sewer issues.

  • Tuesday is Election Day, the day that will decide the fate of the nickel tax proposed by the Taylor County School District. Only those living within the Taylor County School District boundaries and are registered voters are eligible to participate in this decision.