Local News

  • Woman receives treatment after report of fire in home


    A woman was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital for treatment after it was reported to Campbellsville Fire & Rescue personnel on Wednesday at about 4 p.m. that her home might have been on fire.

    Firefighters responded and removed some paper from the woman's home on Brookside Avenue that was in flames. The fire was extinguished quickly.

    Campbellsville Police also responded and Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS personnel treated the woman at the scene.

  • KSP to host 'Cram the Cruiser' food drive

    Kentucky State Police recently began its fifth annual "Cram the Cruiser" food drive.

    Food collection sites have been established at all 16 posts, including Post 15 in Columbia, which services Taylor County. Sites have also been established throughout the state and at the agency's headquarters in Frankfort. The campaign extends through Dec. 16 and is designed to collect non-perishable food items for needy families.

    KSP spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb said the agency collected more than 124,000 pounds of food during the 2013 campaign.

  • Man could get probation for violating terms of sex offender registration


    A Campbellsville man might serve 180 days in jail for failing to abide by the terms of his sex offender registration.

    Michael Lee Vanheck, 34, of 702 Buckner St., was indicted in September by a Taylor County grand jury.

    Vanheck was charged with failure to comply with the terms of his sex offender registration and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

    According to Vanheck's arrest citation, he registered his address with probation and parole staff members as 3735 Bengal Road in Campbellsville.

  • Charges dismissed after man completes pre-trial diversion

    A Campbellsville man accused of raping a young girl has completed a diversion and the charges against him have been dismissed.

    Michael J. James, 40, of Fieldstone Estates, was indicted in September 2008 by a Taylor County grand jury. He was charged with two counts of first-degree rape.

    According to the indictment, James was accused of having sexual intercourse with a female younger than age 12 in 2006.

  • Dairy protection program deadline extended

    The deadline to participate in the Dairy Margin Protection Program has been extended to Friday, Dec. 5.

    Farmers can enroll in the voluntary program, which was established by the Farm Bill. The program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin - the difference between the price of milk and feed costs - falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

    Producers are encouraged to the www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool to calculate the best levels of coverage for their dairy operation.

  • Two charged with attempting to mail drugs to jail


    A Campbellsville woman and a Greensburg man have been indicted on charges alleging they attempted to mail drugs to the Taylor County Detention Center.

    Rebecca Underwood, 36, of Campbellsville, and Daniel T. Marcum, 21, of Lowe Street, were indicted last Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    Underwood and Marcum were charged with first-degree promoting contraband and being second- and first-degree persistent felony offenders, respectively.

  • Taylor County named one of top child support offices

    The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has announced the state's 20 top-performing child support collection partners, and recognized one that has made significant improvement during the past year.

    Taylor County was named to the Top 20 list.

    County Attorney John Bertram said he is very proud of the workers at the local child support office.

    The winners were announced recently at a conference in Covington hosted by the CHFS Child Support Enforcement program.

  • PVA warns homeowners of deed scam


    Opening the letter, the recipient sees "Recorded Deed Notice" in bold letters.

    They also read specific information about their property, such as how many bedrooms and bathrooms are in the house, when it was built, how much it cost, the specific parcel number and more.

    On the surface, Taylor County PVA Chad Shively said, the document looks real. But he says it's really just a scam.

    "So someone who looks at that could be like, 'This could be legit.'"

  • Religious materials allowed in county schools


    They have taken the first step to change their policy on distributing religious materials on campus.

    Before Tuesday night, the distribution of religious materials on the Taylor County School District campus was allowed only if approved by Superintendent Roger Cook.

    But that night, Board members had first reading setting a policy allowing religious materials to be allowed on a day intended to recognize religious freedom and diversity, should the District want to ever set such a day.

  • Melton again denied release from prison


    He has asked many times over the years to be released from his jail cell. And the answer has been "no" on all but one occasion.

    Rex Melton filed another request in August to be immediately released from prison. But a week and a half ago, a local judge denied the request.

    Melton was accused of beating another man and placing him inside a car trunk with a turtle about 25 years ago.