Local News

  • Grand jury charges woman with murder

    The Campbellsville woman accused of setting her sister's house on fire has now been accused of murdering her husband.

    Geneva M. Hicks, 40, of 108 W. Walnut St. was indicted for murder Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury. Hicks was also charged with first-degree arson, first-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

    The charges stem from a May 2 incident.

  • Domestic violence continues

    She didn't know who she could trust. She was in the process of getting a divorce from her husband, who lived in another state. And though he never crossed state lines, that didn't stop the abuse.

    "He was hiring private investigators to watch her," said Leticia Salinas, Taylor County Victim's Advocate. "He was letting her know that he knew where she was at all times."

    The experience left the woman in a fragile emotional state. She was never sure who to trust. Anyone she met could have been hired by her husband to watch her.

  • Judicial center security costs more than expected

    Security at the Taylor County Judicial Center may cost a bit more than the County has budgeted. Magistrates discussed the cost of providing the security at last Tuesday's regular Fiscal Court meeting.

    Taylor County Sheriff John Shipp, whose office oversees security, told the Court that Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram has recommended that Paul Lacy, who has been coordinating the security officers, be hired as a full-time employee. Lacy currently works only 24 hours a week.

  • Committee forges ahead with new restrooms at VMP

    Taylor Fiscal Court's Planning, Parks and Recreation Committee met last Thursday to discuss the status of a new building at Veterans Memorial Park.

    Magistrates Richard Phillips and Ed Gorin and Chris Ambers, Robby Speer and Brad Lauer from Campbellsville Baptist Church attended.

    Gorin said that plumbing for restrooms at the new building will cost $4,700. He said the County Road Department has agreed to do some of the labor involved.

  • Motion for new trial denied

    A motion asking for a new trial after a jury found that Taylor Regional Hospital failed to provide adequate care for a local man's wife but didn't award any damages has been denied.

    Greensburg attorney Danny Butler filed a wrongful death claim in Taylor Circuit Court in April 2007 on behalf of William H. Wethington, executor of the estate of Betty H. Wethington.

  • Committee discusses County budget

    Taylor Fiscal Court's Budgets, Audits and Personnel Committee met last Monday to discuss the status of this fiscal year's budget.

    Taylor County Treasurer Melissa Williams presented the Committee with a copy of what has been spent so far this quarter, with accounts circled in which more than 25 percent has been spent.

    Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers, Sheriff John Shipp, Jailer Rick Benningfield, Solid Waste Coordinator Debbie McNear and all magistrates except for Milford Lowe attended the meeting.

  • First emergency shelter training session canceled

    The first of two emergency shelter training sessions has been canceled.

    The session scheduled for Wednesday at Campbellsville Baptist Church's Life Center has been canceled, but will be rescheduled at a later date.

    The second class is set for Saturday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. at Living Grace Church.

    The training is open to those interested in volunteering at emergency shelters and those who have facilities that could be used as an emergency shelter such as churches, life centers, schools and government buildings.

  • 2nd Sunday: Focus on healthy living

    Taylor County residents focused on healthy living at the second annual "2nd Sunday" event this past weekend at the Green River Lake Tailwater area and The Homeplace on Green River.

    Guests at the event were treated to a trolley ride through The Homeplace and Toll House property.

    2nd Sunday is an annual event coordinated by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service through a partnership with UK HealthCare, local governments and other community partners.

    See more photos in Thursday's print edition.


  • School attendance still below norm

    The flu hasn't loosened its grip on Taylor County just yet.

    Though attendance rates are back up at local schools, they are not as strong as school officials had hoped.

    Campbellsville Independent recorded a 93 percent attendance rate Monday, while Taylor County saw a 93.4 percent attendance rate.

    "We are really 4 percent down from where we normally run," said Taylor County Superintentendent Roger Cook. "As long as we don't drop below 88 percent it's not costing us money."

  • One injured after striking tree with vehicle

    A New Haven man was injured Saturday after he struck a tree with his vehicle.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Floyd L. Vittitow, 73, of 1510 Monks Road was traveling east on KY 70 at about 1:30 p.m. in a green 1985 Buick.

    The report states that Vittitow ran off the right shoulder of the road and struck a tree.

    He was flown to University of Louisville Hospital by Air Evac personnel and, according to the report, was listed in serious condition at the time of the collision.

    He remained in serious condition as of Tuesday morning.