Local News

  • TCHS band reaches state semifinals


    The Taylor County Band participated in the Kentucky Music Educators Association Class AAA West Regional Quarterfinal event Saturday at Hart County High School, finishing third and qualifying for semifinal competition next weekend.

    The Marching Cardinals received a distinguished score, along with Adair County, Russell County and Elizabethtown. Other bands advancing were Hart County, South Warren, Allen County-Scottsville and Warren East. 

  • Officials say safety first for trick-or-treaters


    While getting candy may be the top concern of local trick-or-treaters, safety is paramount to local law enforcement. And nowhere in the City will that be more evident than on Lebanon Avenue.

  • Mayes seeks bond reduction in DUI murder case

     The Campbellsville man accused of killing a local woman in a drunken driving crash will mediate his case with prosecutors.

    William Howard Mayes, 29, of 1350 Liberty Road in Elk Horn, was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury in July. He was charged with first-degree murder, among other charges, and faces as much as life in prison if convicted. Mayes has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

    Mayes appeared in Taylor Circuit Court on Tuesday before Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram. His hearing took nine minutes.

  • Ford to go to trial Nov. 21, charged with murdering husband

    The trial for the Campbellsville woman accused of killing her husband, a Lebanon police officer, is on track for next month.
    Tonya Ford’s case has been set for a final pretrial hearing a week before the trial is set to begin in Taylor Circuit Court.

  • Firefighters want dress uniforms

    It would cost nearly $36,000 to outfit the firefighters in Taylor County with formal dress uniforms.
    On Monday, Taylor Fiscal Court’s Law Enforcement Committee met to discuss the purchase of such uniforms.

  • One killed in Tuesday morning wreck

    A Campbellsville woman is dead following a two-vehicle accident on KY 210 Tuesday morning. Peggy Pyles, 78, was killed when her 1998 Chrysler Sebring collided with a 2004 Toyota Highlander driven by Donna Hunt, 48, of Campbellsville. According to a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office report, Pyles was traveling east and Hunt was traveling west on KY 210 at 8:53 a.m. when Hunt’s vehicle crossed the center line resulting in a head-on collision. Pyles was pronounced dead at the scene. Hunt was not injured. Deputy William Rice investigated.

  • Billeter still serving Taylor County Bank 51 years later

    “Are you Mrs. Billeter? Well, I used to know you at Taylor County Bank.”
    That’s a question Frona Billeter, 88, says she gets a lot, even more so now that she is back at Taylor County Bank after a nearly 23-year retirement.

    “I never did lose interest in the bank,” Billeter said. “It’s something that just gets to be a part of you.”
    Which is why Billeter never hesitated to go back to work at the bank in 2007.

  • Month focuses on domestic violence awareness

    It’s increasing, she said, and more often than not, the situations involve the abuse of drugs and alcohol.

    Leticia Salinas-Newton, Taylor County victim’s advocate, is here to help those who have been the victim of domestic violence.

    She says she spends her days helping victims get protective orders and find counseling services, explaining the court process and talking to those who need someone to listen.

    “Any victim of any crime,” she said. “I’m the middle man between the court system.”

  • Man faces second sex crime indictment

    A Campbellsville man has been indicted and charged with sex crimes for the second time this year.
    Ryan Lacaine Hardin, 32, of 5592 Hodgenville Road in Campbellsville, was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury last Tuesday. He was charged with third-degree sodomy and four counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

    Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy Dickie Benningfield is investigating the case.
    According to a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office report, Hardin allegedly committed the crimes between November 2009 and February 2010.

  • Sex offender registry keeps public informed


    Out of the 51, only one is non-compliant.

    According to the online Kentucky State Police Sex Offender Registry, a large majority of Taylor County’s registered sex offenders are abiding by the terms of their registration.

    Officer Derek Benge with the Danville Probation and Parole Office will soon monitor Taylor County’s sex offenders.