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  • Tonya Ford loses appeal in murder case

     

    A Campbellsville woman convicted of killing her husband has lost a chance at freedom.

    Tonya Ford, 40, was accused of shooting and killing her husband, Lebanon Police Officer David Ford, on Feb. 10, 2009. She pleaded not guilty in November 2010, but was found guilty during a trial in August 2012. After deliberating for about five minutes, jurors recommended that she spend 20 years in prison for her crime, which she is now serving.

    Ford has maintained her innocence and filed an appeal with the Kentucky Supreme Court after she was sentenced.

  • County to fund road improvements

    Residents will drive on improved county roads this year.

    Magistrates are considering how much of the county's money they want to use toward sealing county roads, and when the work will be done.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers told magistrates during last Tuesday's regular Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting that there has been some controversy about their discussion last month about a plan to microseal and chip and seal to eliminate all gravel roads in the community.

  • Free garden supply program begins Tuesday

    Taylor County residents with budding green thumbs have a chance to get some free garden supplies.

    Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency's annual garden program begins tomorrow, with applications taken for free $35 vouchers to be spent at local retailers.

    Those interested can apply at the LCCAA office on North Jackson Street from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    The vouchers will be given to residents meeting income guidelines. For a breakdown of the maximum monthly gross income figures, see a sidebar to this story.

  • Addiction center struggling to stay open

    For nearly 20 years, it has provided help for those suffering from addictions.

    Despite a dwindling bank account, and being turned down when asking for help, the doors at The Haven will remain open.

    Cheryl Yates, secretary at The Haven, told Taylor County's magistrates during their meeting last Tuesday that the club is running out of money.

  • Fired deputy drops suit seeking unemployment

    The former sheriff's deputy who now faces federal prison time for selling steroids has dropped a civil suit seeking unemployment benefits.

    Former Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy William "Billy" Rice, 38, of Campbellsville, was charged in early October with committing federal drug crimes. He pleaded not guilty to the crimes, but entered a guilty plea two weeks ago in federal court.

    Rice now faces as much as 30 years in prison, a maximum $1.5 million fine and two years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal prison system.

  • Autism awareness event set for Wednesday

     

    As the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder continues to rise, so does the importance of raising awareness in the community.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder.

    Brandy Close and Jennifer Houk, owners of The Kid SpOt Center in Campbellsville, are offering the community an opportunity to learn more about the lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people.

  • Emergency dispatchers recognized for service

     

    They spend their days on the phone, talking to caller after caller. Often, those callers aren't having a good day. But the dispatcher on the other end is there to try and make it better.

    Today marks the beginning of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. And at Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 Center, there is cause for celebration.

    According to a news release, recent events at the center have highlighted the work the dispatchers do and just how important it is.

  • Remembering the county's abused children

     

    A slight breeze passes through, and the 144 pinwheels come to life. They spin faster and faster, catching the sunlight as they turn.

    As the wind blows, another pinwheel is placed in the ground to represent a child in need. Last year, there were 144 children in Taylor County who were abused or found in need of social services.

  • Lawsuit dismissed in 2011 shooting

    A Campbellsville man who was shot three years ago has lost a civil suit he filed, asking the alleged triggerman to pay him damages.

    Hodgenville attorney Kyle Williamson filed the suit in Taylor Circuit Court on Jan. 30, 2012, on Tony Vaughn's behalf. Ricky H. Humphress of Columbia was listed as the defendant.

    According to Vaughn's complaint, he was riding a wagon being pulled by mules on DKB Road in Taylor County on Jan. 30, 2011. The mules ran into a field Humphress owned, the claim states, and Humphress fired a shotgun at him.

  • City looks to add five police cruisers to its fleet

     

    Hoping to replenish an aging fleet, Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young presented a proposal to Campbellsville City Council members at its regular meeting on Monday to purchase five police cruisers for the Campbellsville Police Department.

    Young said the city saves dramatically on maintenance costs by having a regular rotation of police vehicles.

    There are presently 24 vehicles in the police fleet. The vehicles are used for patrol, investigations and administrative support.