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Marking history

You don’t have to feel guilty any more about not stopping at that historic roadside marker. Now you can look it up in a book, thanks to Roadside History, A Guide to Kentucky Highway Markers, compiled by Dianne Wells and edited by Melba Porter Hay and Thomas H. Appleton Jr. Published by the University Press of Kentucky, the book lists the locations and text of the more than 1,800 roadside histories in Kentucky. It also includes a brief history and background of the markers. The 344-page book costs $35 for the cloth-bound version and $19.95 for the paperback.

A heroes’ FOURTH

Campbellsville’s July Fourth Celebration is honoring area “Hometown Heroes”—the local emergency officials who are the counterparts of those New York City emergency workers who responded to the terrorist attacks of September 11. Emergency workers from Taylor, Adair, Green, Marion, LaRue, and Casey counties will be invited to participate in the parade.

Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney, who has been to New York several times since September 11 to help identify victims’ remains, will be one of the grand marshals of the parade. Scott Shaw, a Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue battalion chief who traveled to New York to help firefighters after the attacks, will be the other grand marshal.

The celebration begins Sunday, June 30, with gospel music at Miller Park at 6:30 p.m. On July 3, the K-Country Showdown will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Taylor County High School. The showdown consists of talent from around the area competing in country music.

On July 4, booths will open at 8 a.m. along Main Street. The Rotary Club 3-on-3 basketball tournament will also begin at 8, and continue until the parade begins. The tournament will continue after the parade ends. There will also be a car show at 8 a.m., hosted by the Tri-County Car Club, located behind Campbellsville High School.

At 9:30 a.m., the parade begins and will travel down Main Street. The parade starts near Campbellsville High School and Fruit of the Loom.

Immediately following the parade, the quilt show will take place. At 12:30 there will be a tractor pull located at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Central Avenue. Also starting at noon and continuing throughout the day will be the tractor show, where antique tractors will be displayed on the east end of Main Street. At 4 p.m. there will be a big-wheel race for children, sponsored by the Central Kentucky News-Journal.

Ending the celebration at 10 p.m. will be the display of fireworks at Miller Park.

For more information contact Debra Sullivan at (270) 465-8601 or (270) 465-9636, or visit the Web site at

Dotting co-ops

Member-owned cooperatives around the world have registered some 5,500 Internet domain names ending in .coop since the new address went into effect this year. Among those are (an alternate address for and the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives Web site, (an alternate address for Two years ago the international body that approves Web addresses, like the well-known .com at the end of a Web site name, OK’d .coop. Registration for use of the .coop domain opened up early this year. The .coop domain is restricted for use by approved cooperative businesses. There are more than 750,000 co-op businesses in the world, including credit unions and food and electric cooperatives, with some 725 million members. You can find out more on the Internet at

Clean posters

The winners of this year’s Natural Resources and Environ-mental Protection Cabinet’s annual Commonwealth Cleanup Week poster contest are:

  • Grades 1-2, Blake Parmley from Walker Elementary, Wayne County;
  • Grades 3-5, Coltin Franklin of Dixon Elementary, Webster County;
  • Grades 6-8, Brittney Hurt of Viper Elementary, Perry County.

They each received a $150 U.S. savings bond and a Commonwealth Cleanup Week T-shirt.
Students from grades 1–8 were invited to participate in the art contest. The 2002 poster contest was conducted with the help of the electric cooperatives’ Touchstone Energy® and the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.

Students were asked to draw a message about Commonwealth Cleanup Week, a statewide event held each year during the fourth week in March. During this week volunteers join state and local government workers to remove litter from roadsides, illegal dumps, and waterways.

Preparations are already beginning for next year’s contest. Information will be sent to schools statewide beginning in December 2002. To learn more about the contest rules and deadlines, visit target=_blank>

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