Local News

  • Three injured in New Columbia crash

    Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Monday on New Columbia Road.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Louella Helm, 42, of 3103 Milltown Road in Columbia was traveling north on KY 55 when she struck a 2002 Chevrolet in the rear with her 1990 Oldsmobile.

  • One injured in Bengal Road crash

    A Campbellsville woman was injured Friday in a one-vehicle crash on Bengal Road.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Tatem Smith, 22, of 107 Taylor Ave. was traveling south on Bengal Road at 12:53 p.m.

    The report states that Smith told officers she was run off the road and her car struck a tree and overturned. Smith's 1997 Toyota 4Runner came to a rest upside down.

    Smith was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by private vehicle with a cut on her head. As of press time, no information was available as to her condition.

  • Taylor Countians eligible for disaster unemployment assistance

    Officials from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have announced that 46 additional Kentucky counties have qualified for disaster unemployment assistance, including Taylor. This brings the total to 61 counties.

    Kentuckians in these counties who have lost work or whose businesses were damaged due to severe weather on May 1 may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

  • Preacher faces rape, sex abuse charges

    A Columbia preacher has been accused of sexually abusing four women from Taylor and Adair counties.

    Carlos Mendez-Almendra, 42, of 2227 Cane Valley Road in Columbia was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury last Tuesday.

    He is charged with first-degree sexual abuse and intimidating a witness in the legal process.

    Kentucky State Police Detective B.J. Burton investigated.

  • Kentuckians warned of flood scams, fraud

    When floodwaters subside, one of the first things to float to the surface is the scam artist.

    The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration remind businesses and homeowners to be wary of individuals who may try to take advantage.

    The most common types of fraud after disaster strikes are scam artists, contractor fraud and identity theft.

  • Absentee voting deadlines for special election near

    Those who wish to vote in the upcoming special election but are unable to be at the polls on Election Day have two options, according to Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney.

    The election, set for June 22, will decide whether Taylor County School Board will receive an extra nickel on property tax. The money can only be used for construction. Only voters who live in the County School District may vote on the issue.

    Those who wish to vote by absentee paper ballot have until tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. to request their ballot.

  • Taylor County Fair

    The 2010 Taylor County Fair opened last Saturday with the annual horse shows.

    See more photos from the various fair events and competitions in upcoming issues and in a slideshow on today's home page.

  • Man accused of bringing drugs to jail

    A Campbellsville man has been accused of bringing drugs to the Taylor County Detention Center to sell.

    Nathaniel B. Sanders, 23, of 100 Todd St., Apt. #2, in Campbellsville was arrested Sunday, June 6 at about 9 p.m.

    According to Sanders' arrest citation, he was arrested on another warrant and searched at the detention center. Officers found 13 oxycodone pills in his wallet.

    Court records state that Sanders admitted to delivering the pills to the detention center and said he was told he would receive $5 per pill.

  • Man killed in Tuesday morning incident

    The Taylor County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a Campbellsville man on Tuesday morning after he jumped onto a moving vehicle.

    According to a sheriff's report, the office received a call reporting a domestic situation on Raikes Hill Road at 8:38 a.m.

    Upon arrival, the report states, officers found Raymond Dale Garrett, 44, not breathing.

  • KSP awards funds to prevent underage drinking

    Kentucky State Police has awarded $354,000 in federal grant funds to enforce underage drinking laws that prohibit the sale, purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors.

    Taylor County Fiscal Court is among the grant recipients and will use the $31,695 to facilitate the W.A.L.K. - Without Alcohol, Life's Kickin' - Project in colleges and high schools in the area. The project includes partners from the schools, college, law enforcement and the court system aligning together to prevent alcohol abuse among youth.