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2 NEW COVID-19 DEATHS IN LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT - 04/19/21 REPORT

 

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 3.46%.

 

Deaths: We are sad to report 2 new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 387 deaths resulting in a 1.78% mortality rate (about 1 in 56) among known cases. This compares with a 1.45% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.79% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 16 cases in the hospital. This is 2 less than what we reported yesterday. We have had a total of 1,204 hospitalizations resulting in a 5.55% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 18) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.91%. The latest data shows that 91.11% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 22.03% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 21,691 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 10.38% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 0.44% are reinfections.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 39 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 3; Casey: 4; Clinton: -1; Cumberland: -1; Green: 1; McCreary: 7; Pulaski: 15; Russell: 1; Taylor: 7; and, Wayne: 3. In all, we have released 97.6% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 1 more than the new cases we added today. This leaves us with 135 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 12/10/2020 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,342.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Family, Businesses, Medical Facilities, and Schools. Of our active cases, 4% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 40 today: Adair: 3; Casey: 8; Clinton: 2; McCreary: 2; Pulaski: 9; Russell: 4; Taylor: 11; and, Wayne: 1. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.001. This means our total case count is projected to double every 748.06 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 12/30/2020 when we added 301 cases.

 

Today’s new cases include:

Adair: A 66-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 40-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 64-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Casey: A 63-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 73-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 76-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 36-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 32-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Casey: A 3-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Casey: A 48-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Casey: A 55-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 32-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 34-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
McCreary: A 51-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 13-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 34-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 40-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 58-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 22-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 30-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 29-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 92-year-old female who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 11-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 15-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 36-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 28-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 52-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 26-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 29-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 38-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 40-year-old female who is released, Asymptomatic;
Taylor: A 51-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 32-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Taylor: A 27-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Taylor: A 46-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 58-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 30-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 23-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 30-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 41-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic

 

The deaths we announce today are an 83-year-old individual from Clinton who passed in January and an 89-year-old individual from Cumberland who died in February. Both cases were found when auditing local and state data, and both cases had been released from public health observation but later succumbed to lasting complications from the illness.

 

We added more cases today than for the same time period last week, so our 7-day average incidence rate went up. Our 7-day average incidence chart is now showing 5 counties in the “yellow-community-spread” category, Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, and Wayne; and 5 counties in the “orange-accelerated” range of community-spread: Casey, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, and Taylor. We are thankful to not have any “red-critical” counties now. Keep in mind, some of our 7-day-incidence data will be skewed over the next few days as we are reconciling our data against the state data.

 

Don’t forget that at both the world level and in several states, we are seeing sharp increases in new COVID-19 cases. Therefore, please do not assume that the pandemic is completely behind us and take the vaccine as soon as you can. Also, until the vaccine is widely available, and a significant percentage of the population has taken it, let’s all do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing our face coverings, avoiding crowds (especially in confined spaces), social distancing when around others, increasing our hand hygiene, increasing our general sanitation, and by avoiding touching our faces.

 

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Transition of Driver Licensing Services from Circuit Court Clerks to Transportation Cabinet Nearing in 9 Counties Including Russell & Adair...

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 20, 2021) – A new era of driver licensing services, offering an array of options and conveniences for obtaining or renewing driver’s licenses and state identification cards, will soon begin in nine Kentucky counties.

 

The traditional trip to the local Office of Circuit Court Clerk is being replaced in those counties with a visit to a secure, specialized Driver Licensing Regional Office operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).

 

“To make a better Kentucky, we have to strive for constant improvement in our public services and the manner in which they’re delivered,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “The transition to licensing through a network of Driver Licensing Regional Offices, with greater flexibility for customers and greater security for personal information, takes this essential service to the next level.”

 

Making the transition this month will be Adair, Breathitt, Floyd, Hopkins, Madison, McCracken, Pulaski, Rowan and Russell counties. The Office of Circuit Court Clerk in each of those counties will cease nearly all in-person driver licensing services on Monday, April 26. More information about regional offices can be found here.

 

The lone, temporary exception is processing of remotely submitted applications for renewal or replacement of standard-issue licenses and IDs. Circuit clerks in every county except Fayette will continue that processing until June 30, 2021. It was an emergency measure to limit person-to-person contact and safeguard public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The remote renewal option – by mail or by leaving applications in drop boxes – is not available to anyone whose name or address has changed or who requires testing by the Kentucky State Police. Get more information here.

 

Three other counties – Fayette, Franklin and Woodford – made the transition earlier. The new system is to be phased in for every Kentucky county by June 30, 2022.

 

“Our driver licensing regional offices are exclusively dedicated to licensing services,” KYTC Secretary Jim Gray said. “It’s a modernized system that offers convenience and choices to the customer, plus greater security for personal information and the credentials themselves.”

 

Residents of counties making the transition may renew or apply for a REAL ID or new standard card version of driver licenses, permits, commercial driver licenses (CDLs) and ID cards at any KYTC Driver Licensing Regional Office.

 

Regional offices – the only places to get a REAL ID – are operating in Paducah, Madisonville, Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Louisville/Hurstbourne, Burlington, Frankfort, Lexington, Richmond, Morehead, Prestonsburg, Catlettsburg, Somerset, Columbia and Jackson. More offices are on the way. There also is a temporary, appointment-only office at Louisville/Bowman Field.

 

All customers are encouraged to make an appointment online. A limited number of walk-ins will be served due to COVID-19 safety guidelines.

 

Kentucky State Police will continue to oversee all permit and license testing. Appointments for written or road testing can be made online at kentuckystatepolice.org/driver-testing. Until further notice, testing will continue in current locations for counties making the transition. Once testing is successfully completed, a customer will visit a Driver Licensing Regional Office to apply for the permit or license.

 

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Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 20, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Beshear said at least 1,672,364* Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. He also announced 609 new COVID-19 cases and a 3.44% positivity rate.

 

“As our case numbers seem to be plateauing, it’s more important than ever for us to make sure our vaccination numbers are rising consistently,” said Gov. Beshear. “Let’s meet our 2.5 million vaccine Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge so we can get back to more of the activities we enjoy and keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe.”

 

Kentuckians should visit vaccinemap.ky.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccination site near where they live.

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

Kentuckians vaccinated (have received at least one dose): 1,672,364*

New cases today: 609
New deaths today: 7

New audit deaths: 6
Positivity rate: 3.44%
Total deaths: 6,360
Currently hospitalized: 419
Currently in ICU: 121
Currently on ventilator: 48

 

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Warren and Christian. Each county reported at least 22 new cases.

 

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

 

*Vaccination data will continue to update after the state’s reporting system completed a security upgrade.

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

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FREEZE WATCH THURSDAY 1AM-9AM CENTRAL TIME

 
 
 
...FREEZE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT
THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING...
 
* WHAT...Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 29 to 31 will be
  possible.
 
* WHERE...southern Indiana and central Kentucky.
 
* WHEN...From late Wednesday night through Thursday morning.
 
* IMPACTS...Freeze conditions could kill sensitive vegetation
  and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.
 
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent
freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should
be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have
in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-
ground pipes to protect them from freezing.
 

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LOCAL CHEERLEADERS WIN BIG AT NATIONAL COMPETITION

 

Some local cheerleaders won big over the weekend in Florida during a national competition.

 

The gym is called "South Central Athletics" and the name of the team is "Red Alert". The 2 girls from Russell County are Kairi Johnson and Lexus Evans. They competed in the Apex Florida Finals and won 1st place in the Youth Extreme Mount division and the team was the only "Under 12 Team" that made it that far. The other event they competed in was the Quest National Finals and they took 1st place in the Youth Extreme Mount division. Both competitions are National Finals! 

 

The girls have had an amazing season! They have come back from injuries and because of covid19 did not get to practice during the whole month of December and they were still able to go to Florida and represent Kentucky and Russell and Pulaski Counties. Congratulations girls from 92.7 The WAVE!

 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AGENDA FOR APRIL 22ND MEETING

 

 


 

The Adair County School Board will meet on Thursday, April 22, 2021 (for a Regular School Board Meeting) at the Adair Co. Board Conference Room at 6:00pmCT.

 

*Meeting called to order*


**Supt. Dr. Stephens and Adair County Board Members will open meeting with Pledge of Allegiance**

 

***Prayer***

 

1.          APPROVAL OF AGENDA

2.          APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

 

CONSENT AGENDA

3.          APPROVAL OF MINUTES

4.          APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT

5.          APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS

6.          APPROVAL OF PAY APP #6 FOR JENKINS-ESSEX CONSTRUCTION FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY PRIMARY CENTER PRESCHOOL ADDITION PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $89,340.00

7.          APPROVAL OF PAY APP #3 FOR JENKINS-ESSEX CONSTRUCTION FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY SOFTBALL/BASEBALL ADDITION PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $103,850.00

8.          APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER #1 TO DIRECT PURCHASE ORDER FOR NUCOR/VULCRAFT WHICH CANCELS THEIR CONTRACT OUT TO $0 - JOISTS AND DECKING ARE NO LONGER BEING USED DUE TO PRICE AND TIMELINE

9.          APPROVAL OF A LETTER FROM JENKINS-ESSEX EXPLAINING THE ABOVE CHANGE ORDER TO DIRECT PURCHASE ORDER FOR NUCOR/VULCRAFT AND CHANGE ORDER #2 TO THE JENKINS-ESSEX CONTRACT

10.        APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER #2 TO THE JENKINS-ESSEX CONTRACT WHICH ADDS THE AMOUNT FOR PRE-TAX MATERIALS FROM DE-AM-RON IN THE AMOUNT OF $7,483.00.00

11.        APPROVAL OF THE ADAIR COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION SCHOOL FOOD SERVICE DEPARTMENT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM THROUGH 2021

12.        APPROVAL TO ACCEPT BIDS FOR THE SERVING LINES FOR ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL AND ADAIR COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL

13.        APPROVAL TO DECLARE TECHNOLOGY ITEMS AS JUNK FOR DISPOSAL OR RECYCLING

14.        APPROVAL FOR ACHS CHOIR TO TRAVEL TO ORLANDO, FLORIDA, DECEMBER 2021, PENDING COVID RESTRICTIONS

15.        APPROVAL OF THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL ACTIVITY FUNDS BUDGET

16.        ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION

 

 

REGULAR AGENDA

17.         SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

18.         PUBLIC COMMENTS

19.         APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Renae Smith

20.         BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – Steve Burton

21.         APPROVAL OF BOYS BASKETBALL SHOOTING MACHINE IN THE AMOUNT OF $4,400.00 TO $4,800.00 – Dr. Stephens

22.         APPROVAL TO INCREASE STIPEND FOR BAND DIRECTOR FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR AND AN INCREASE IN STIPEND AND WORK DAYS FOR THE ASSISTANT BAND DIRECTOR FOR THE 2021--2022 SCHOOL YEAR – Dr. Stephens

23.         DISCUSSION/APPROVAL OF BOARD ATTORNEY FOR SCHOOL YEAR JULY 1, 2021-June 30 2022 - -Renae Smith

24.         APPROVAL TO APPROVE THE TENTATIVE BUDGET FOR THE 2021-2022 – Renae Smith

25.         APPROVAL OF THE COMPREHENSIVE IMPROVEMENT PLAN FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR. - -PHYLLIS CURRY
26.         APPROVAL OF THE NTI LEARNING PLAN FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR. – PHYLLIS CURRY

27.         ADJOURNMENT

 

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LOCAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 4-20-21

 

Russell County: 4 new cases Monday. We had 1 case released from isolation. We now have 12 active cases of which are all on self-isolation.

 

Adair County: 3 cases yesterday. We have 12 active cases with 11 of those in home isolation. We have 1 case in the hospital at this time.

 

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RC SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP 4/19/21

 

Monday evening was the regular monthly meeting for the Russell County School Board. Here's Superintendent Michael Ford with details... 

 

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Gov. Beshear, Dr. Stack Update Kentuckians on Healthy at Work Policies

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 19, 2021) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, updated Kentuckians on the state’s Healthy at Work requirements aimed at keeping all employees and their families safe.

 

The Healthy at Work minimum requirements list has been simplified and now applies to all businesses.

 

“We have fought really hard to get where we are – a much better place than in the fall and winter – allowing us to streamline some of our guidance,” said Gov. Beshear. “I hope people are able to enjoy some of these capacity increases. We can do so safely if we continue to wear our masks.”

 

The minimum requirements list includes specifications for:

  • Physical distancing;
  • Facial coverings;
  • Hand washing and sanitizing;
  • Ventilation;
  • Telework;
  • Common areas; and
  • Daily temperature/health checks.

 

Events with 1,000 or fewer people in a single space are limited to 60% capacity, or the maximum number of people that allows for physical distancing. Events with more than 1,000 people in a single space are limited to 50% capacity, or the maximum number of people that allows for physical distancing.

 

Only a few types of businesses still have supplemental Healthy at Work requirements: health care facilities; wedding, funeral or memorial service venues; restaurants and bars; pools and bathing facilities; and gyms, sports and exercise activities.

 

“What we’re doing today is simplifying our guidance so it’s easier for Kentuckians to follow and easier for them to stay safe,” said Dr. Stack. “I look forward to the day when we put COVID behind us and none of these requirements are necessary. The way we get there is for everyone to make the choice to get vaccinated. These vaccines are amazing tools to help us get our lives back.”

 

Gov. Beshear also said that Black and Hispanic Kentuckians are no longer disproportionately represented among the commonwealth’s COVID-19 deaths.

 

“I’m proud to report in our newest statistics, we have now either achieved proportionate or even disproportionately low numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths among most groups of minority Kentuckians,” said Gov. Beshear. “For instance, Black and African-American Kentuckians make up 8.4% of the state’s population; to date, they make up only 8% of all of Kentucky’s COVID-19 cases and 8.1% of Kentucky’s COVID-19 deaths. This used to be 16% and it’s been cut in half.”

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Monday, April 19, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

Kentuckians vaccinated (have received at least one dose): 1,665,196*

New cases today: 231
New deaths today: 4
New audit deaths: 5
Positivity rate: 3.46%
Total deaths: 6,347
Currently hospitalized: 402
Currently in ICU: 121
Currently on ventilator: 43

 

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Trigg, Crittenden, Kenton and Fayette. Each county reported at least 10 new cases.

 

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

 

*Last Monday, the Governor reported that vaccination data would update throughout the week after the state’s reporting system completed a security upgrade.

 

Gov. Beshear Recognizes National Minority Health Month
The U.S. Office of Minority Health has proclaimed April 2021 as National Minority Health Month, and Gov. Beshear signed a proclamation recognizing that month in the commonwealth.

 

“COVID-19 laid bare the inequalities that have plagued our nation for far too long, highlighting the need for more work and progress to be made,” said Gov. Beshear. “That’s why my administration launched the 1-2-3 campaign to enroll more Black and Hispanic Kentucky residents in Medicaid. Now, we are working to ensure the equitable distribution of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines by increasing access and services to those underserved communities. The recognition of this month is another step in the right direction of a better Kentucky for all.”

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

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KSP Post 15 Investigates Fatal Collision In Casey County

 

Liberty, KY (April 19, 2021) - Kentucky State Police Post 15 was notified on April 16th, 2021 at 5:55 AM of a three vehicle fatal collision that occurred on west KY 70 in Casey County. Preliminary investigations indicate that Donald Cocanougher, age 26 of Harrodsburg, KY was operating a 2007 Dodge pickup east bound when he entered into the west bound lane, side swiping a 2020 Dodge pickup operated by 41 year old Joseph Cooper of Hustonville, KY. Cocanougher continued into the west bound lane striking a 1994 Ford dump truck head on, operated by 32 year old Derek Cochran of Stanford, KY.

 

Cocanougher and a rear passenger, 26 year old Michael Reeves of Burgin, KY were pronounced deceased by the Casey County Coroner. A third passenger in that vehicle David Brady age 36 of Harrodsburg, Ky was airlifted to UK hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Cochran received minor injuries and was treated at the Casey County hospital. Cooper was not injured.

 

This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Dean Lunz. Tpr. Lunz was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Adam Likins, Casey County EMS, and the Casey County Coroner. 

 

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AN ELI RESIDENCE WAS DAMAGED BY FIRE LAST EVENING

 

 

 

Around 5:30 Sunday evening, the Eli Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire at occupied residence located at 463 Old Jamestown Rd. First arriving personnel found moderate smoke emitting from the first floor of the structure. During size up it was determined the fire was located in the basement. Entry was forced into the residence from an exterior basement door. An aggressive interior attack was made encountering hoarder conditions in the basement, located and extinguished the fire near the electrical panel box. Ventilation was completed and the property was turned back over the the occupant and owner. The Department thanks SKRECC and RCSO for their assistance at the incident.

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Columbia-Adair EDA Meeting April 20th...

 

The Columbia-Adair Economic Development Authority Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 8:00 A.M. Central Time at the Columbia/Adair Chamber of Commerce building on Burkesville Street. Please enter through basement door.

 

AGENDA

 

Presiding – Bobby Morrison, Chairman

Welcome and Call To Order

Determination of a Quorum

Pledge of Allegiance – Prayer

 

Business:

Approval of Minutes as presented – Kenzie Rowe, Secretary

Approval of Treasurer’s Report as presented – Roger Meadows, Treasurer

 

Business:

  1. Work with industrial prospect, planned visit, etc.
  2. Road work update
  3. TC Energy update on using pipeline 45 easement to fill sinkhole
  4. Review of By-Laws, thoughts, etc.
  5. Website: Doyle Lloyd, Heather Bryant
  6. Rodney Hicks, East Kentucky Power on interest solar on 300 acres

 

 

Comments: Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan                                                      

                     City of Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots

                     Adair Progress Drew Bergman

                     Community Voice Sharon Burton

                     Columbia Magazine Linda Waggener

 

Adjourn: Next regular meeting, Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 8 a.m.

 

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Two Russell County Men Arrested on Meth and Other Charges...

 
  • Jeffrey Helton, 29, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Friday evening by the RCSO and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, TBUT over $500, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
  • Dustin Popplewell, 34, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by the RCSO for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, TBUT over $500, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
 
Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

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Russell County School Board April 19 Meeting Agenda

 

Russell County School Board Meeting Agenda - Monday, April 19, 2021...

 

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Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge at 1,654,407 Vaccinated

 
By TOM LATEK, Kentucky Today
 
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The number of new COVID-19 cases, deaths, and the state’s positivity rate all fell on Saturday in Kentucky.
 
There were 599 new cases reported to state public health officials, 132 of which were people 18 years of age of younger. This compares to 713 on Friday and 834 on Thursday, although it should be noted that some labs are not open or do not report results during the weekend. There have now been 437,037 positive cases of the coronavirus, since the first one was reported in Harrison County on March 6, 2020.
 
There were 12 counties with a double-digit number of new cases: Jefferson 103, Fayette 38, McCracken 31, Warren 28, Daviess and Kenton 21, Logan and Montgomery 18, Christian 15, Lewis 11, and  Boone and Harlan  10.
 
Reports from local health departments indicated three new deaths, while the ongoing audit of death certificates between last fall and the end of February added 10 more. The locations and ages of the victims was not available.
 
This marks the third straight day of declines, as there were 15 deaths on Friday and 17 on Thursday and brings the number of Kentuckians lost due to COVID-19 during the pandemic, to 6,330.
 
Kentucky’s positivity rate on Saturday was 3.42%, based on a seven-day rolling average of tests versus positive cases. The positivity rate had increased for seven straight days, after reaching a low of 2.79% on April 9, and peaking at 3.51% on Friday.
 
Gov. Andy Beshear announced the Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge last Monday, April 12, in which he said he would lift capacity and other restrictions at restaurants, bars, other businesses, and venues with up to 1,000 people when 2.5 million Kentuckians have had at least their first vaccination. He predicted that this goal can be reached in six weeks or less.
 
Currently, the number of Kentuckians who have received at least one dose of the vaccine stands at 1,654,407, an increase of more than 16,000 from Friday. Kentuckians should visit vaccinemap.ky.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccine near where they live.
 
To see the state’s full daily COVID-19 report, which includes such information as the red zone counties and red zone recommendations, testing locations, vaccine sites and availability, the weekly White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky, executive orders, revised travel guidance from the CDC and other information on the state’s pandemic response, go to kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
The Governor’s next scheduled live press briefing on COVID-19 will be Monday afternoon at 4, but his office is expected to issue a daily report on COVID-19 numbers on Sunday.
 

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LWC ADVANCES TO NAIA FCS PLAYOFF QUARTERFINALS

 

COLUMBIA, Ky. - For the second straight season, the Lindsey Wilson football team will be advancing on to the NAIA FCS Playoff Quarterfinals. The Blue Raiders dropped Bethel (Kan.) today at Blue Raider Stadium by a final of 42-10, improving to a flawless 8-0 on the season. 

 

LWC, who led just 14-10 at halftime, pushed forward 28 unanswered points while corralling an interception by TJ James in the win.

 

Today was also a special day for running back Jaylen Boyd, who now stands as the programs all-time leading rusher. With his team-high 15 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns today, Boyd now has 2,244 career rushing yards which is good enough to move past the 2,219 career rushing yards from Blake Ingleton who was with the team from 2016-18.

 

Boyd was joined offensively by the good company of quarterback Cameron Dukes, who went 11-of-18 passing for 144 yards while tossing two touchdowns and one interception. Joshua Lewis, who was the favorite target for Dukes today, caught a team-best five passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns.

 

On defense, Luke Bowman grabbed a team-leading 11 total tackles while Michael Leslie was close behind with nine. James, who pulled in a big interception for his defense in the third quarter, was joined by Peyton Doles and David Hylick with seven total tackles, respectively.

 

Overall, the Blue Raiders outgained the Threshers in total offense by a mark of 373-to-309. Total passing (144-to-108) and total rushing (229-to-201) were both won by Lindsey Wilson. Despite this, Bethel easily won the possession margin by 13 minutes and 12 seconds. Defensively, each team notched a turnover. 

 

The Threshers got the edge on the scoreboard first by amassing a powerful 14 play, 68 yard opening drive which resulted in a 29 yard field goal. BC held this 3-0 lead for the full length of the first quarter.

 

Despite an interception on the opening drive, the Blue Raider offense stepped back on the field a drive later and produced the game's first touchdown. The 15 play, 74 yard drive was capped off by a Dukes five yard rushing score.

 

The lead was lost, but it didn’t bother Bethel, who quickly jumped back in front after a 59 yard passing touchdown gave the Threshers a 10-7 advantage as the half neared its end.

 

The answer came on the next offensive possession by Lindsey Wilson, who used up just 2:45 on the game clock in an eventual four yard passing touchdown from Dukes to Lewis. This gave the Blue Raiders a 14-10 edge at the half.

 

LWC took a spot in the driver's seat and never looked back in the second half, scoring a pair of unanswered touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters.

 

After the crucial interception by James in the endzone on Bethel’s second half opening drive, the Blue Raiders needed just one play for Dukes to launch an 80 yard touchdown pass to Lewis which gave the team an 11-point cushion.

 

Lindsey Wilson turned the Threshers over on downs a drive later, and would capitalize with a 5 play, 13 yard drive that was concluded when Boyd found his way in the endzone for a one yard rushing touchdown.

 

Play moved into the fourth quarter, and the Blue Raiders continued to execute on both ends of the ball. After forcing Bethel to turn the ball over on downs once again, Boyd broke free for a 36 yard rushing touchdown on the first play of the drive.

 

The final score of the game came after another executed turnover on downs sequence by the LWC defense. Off the turnover, a 10 play, 48 yard drive was capped off by a three yard rushing touchdown by Kobe Belcher.

 

With the win, Lindsey Wilson advances on into the NAIA FCS Playoff Quarterfinals. An opponent and location for this game will be announced at a later time. Stay updated at www.lindseyathletics.com.

 

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Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 16, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,638,235 Kentuckians have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. He also reported 714 new COVID-19 cases and said the state’s positivity rate has risen to 3.51%.

 

“Today’s report shows why it’s so important for every Kentuckian to get their shot of hope and help us meet the 2.5 million vaccine Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge,” said Gov. Beshear. “We have come so far in this fight, but it isn’t over.

 

There are more than half a million Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines available in Kentucky right now, and it just takes a few minutes to find yours.”

 

Kentuckians should visit vaccinemap.ky.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccine near where they live.

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Friday, April 16, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

Kentuckians vaccinated (have received at least one dose): 1,638,235*

New cases today: 714
New deaths today: 10

New audit deaths: 5
Positivity rate: 3.51%
Total deaths: 6,317
Currently hospitalized: 418
Currently in ICU: 94
Currently on ventilator: 42

 

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Warren, Kenton and Daviess. Each county reported at least 22 new cases.

 

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

 

*Monday, the Governor reported that vaccination data would update throughout the week after the state’s reporting system completed a security upgrade.

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

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Email from Adair Co. Judge Exec. Gale Cowan Explaining Jail Closing Discussion in Detail....

 

There have been several rumors going around since the Adair County Fiscal Court meeting on Tuesday night.  One from a media outlet that never even covered the meeting.  So, below I will try to explain the situation and discussion regarding the Adair County Regional Jail. It will be lengthy, but I think it needs to be to explain the whole discussion.

 

In December the Adair County Fiscal Court voted to close the Class D Facility located on Hwy 55 North in Columbia.  This was due to only having a few state inmates in the facility since so many was pulled by the state during COVID.  At the March 30, 2021 fiscal court meeting, I asked the court if they wanted to consider reopening the Class D Facility.  If not, we needed to consider taking bids to mow county property. Magistrate Flatt stated he did not want to reopen the Class D Facility at this time and stated he felt we owed it to the citizens of Adair Co. to see what it would cost us to have another county house our inmates. Magistrate Flatt then made a motion to have Judge Cowan get figures together to house Adair County inmates elsewhere. 

 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Fiscal Court meeting, I gave my report to the Fiscal Court. I emailed approximately 10 surrounding counties that have jails what they would charge us to house inmates. I had 3 emails returned. Be advised this does not say they WOULD OR COULD house our inmates. The email stated IF they housed our inmates they would be at these charges:

  • Hart County - $45 per day per inmate
  • Russell County - $34 per day per inmate (subject to change)
  • Taylor County - $35 per day per inmate

 

On Tuesday, Adair County had 48 county inmates that we would have to pay for. I rounded it to 50 inmates X $35 per day X 365 days per year = $638,750.00. 

 

As of Tuesday’s meeting, we had transferred $716,214.31 to the jail fund. BUT, only $580,759.92 was from the general fund to the jail fund. The other $135,454.39 was CARES funding to reimburse the jail fund for items related to COVID.

 

My (rounded) estimates if we close our jail including inmate pay, medical, jailer salary, transport officers, and purchase of a van to transport inmates from that county back to Adair for court days….$857,000. That does not include employee benefits, fuel, vehicle maintenance, or additional transport hours on the sheriff’s department who is already strapped and needing more employees. On top of that we would put over 20 people out of a job.

 

All of this brought us to Tuesday’s motion. It was my recommendation to the fiscal court to reopen the Class D Facility at this time. By opening the Class D, Jailer White can move classified State inmates back to the Class D Facility where he can separate those inmates from the general population inside the main jail. This will allow him to be able to take inmates back out to mow county property and have a litter pickup crew with jail staff. This again, is the only way we can utilize the inmate labor per Department of Corrections regulations at this time due to COVID restrictions. A motion was made to reopen the Class D Facility with the above mentioned guidelines and reevaluate the situation in 6 weeks to see if it is feasible to keep the facility open.

 

If anyone would like to make an appointment with myself or any of our magistrates to explain this further, please call the Adair County Judge’s Office at 270-384-4703.

 

Gale B. Cowan

Adair County Judge Executive

 

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Paving to Begin Next Week on East KY 80 in Russell County

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (April 16, 2021) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 Office advises motorists that a paving project will begin the week of April 19 on a portion of KY 80 in Russell County.

 

Work is scheduled to begin mid to late next week and will be performed on KY 80 east between the U.S. 127 intersection in Russell Springs (mile point 3.9) to KY 76 - Fonthill (mile point 7.9). Flaggers will maintain traffic during the work.

 

KYTC ask motorists to be aware of the work zone, expect delays, and to utilize safe driving habits when traveling through the area.

 

Work is expected to be completed in approximately one week. The start and duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.   

 

For Kentucky’s latest traffic and travel information, visit goky.ky.gov or navigate traffic by downloading the free Waze app at www.waze.com. Motorists can also access traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 and at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.  

 

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LOCAL CORONA VIRUS UPDATE 4-16-21

 

 

 

Russell County, 2 new cases Thursday. We had 3 cases released from isolation. We now have 6 active cases which are all on self-isolation.

 

Adair County, 3 new COVID19 cases to report yesterday. We released 4 cases. We have 16 active cases with 15 of those in home isolation. We have 1 case in the hospital at this time.

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JAMESTOWN CITY COUNCIL MET LAST EVENING...

Last night the regular monthly meeting of the Jamestown City Council took place at City Hall.

 

Mayor Nick Shearer shares with WAVE listeners what took place... 

 

 

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Gov. Beshear: 'There are Half a Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Available in Kentucky Right Now'

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 15, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky has 499,735 Moderna and Pfizer vaccines on hand and ready to be administered, more than half the number the state would need to meet its 2.5 million Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge.

 

“As of today, we are only 877,076 vaccinations away from our goal of 2.5 million Kentuckians 16 and older receiving their vaccine,” said Gov. Beshear. “The way we defeat this virus is with vaccines, and I want to give you one statistic to show just how incredible they are.

 

“Congregate settings, like long-term care facilities, at one time made up more than 68% of our COVID-19 deaths; today, just 37.72% of COVID-19 deaths are from congregate settings, after we prioritized their residents and staff for the vaccine. The vaccines virtually eliminate death and serious illness from this virus. They are a miracle.”

 

To see a list of all vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. Gov. Beshear highlighted eight vaccination sites with at least 1,000 open appointments:
 

 

When discussing the state’s largest vaccination site, at Cardinal Stadium, Gov. Beshear said: “The work being done is nothing short of amazing. The entire process takes 25 minutes – 10 minutes for the shot, and 15 minutes of being monitored as a precaution. This site alone has the ability to vaccinate up to 4,000 people a day with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. They just need Kentuckians to take advantage of this opportunity.”

 

The Governor shared a video from Dr. Jason Smith, UofL Health’s chief medical officer, walking Kentuckians through the Cardinal Stadium vaccination site and encouraging them to sign up for appointments now.

 

Memorial
“Today we are honoring the life of Gill Scott, who passed away from COVID-19 on March 26. Gill was one of nine children, born and raised in Adair County. He moved to Louisville as a teenager, where he met and married his wife of 60 years, Mary,” said Gov. Beshear. “Family was always his number one priority – he loved them more than anything.

 

“Gill also loved being outdoors. It didn’t matter if he was mowing the yard, or RVing with Mary and their dog Harley Dee, he was just happy to be outside. Gill loved God and family, and had a witty sense of humor with a knack for one-liners.

 

“Gill’s life changed forever after the 2018 passing of his granddaughter, Detective Deidre Mengedoht, while on duty as a police officer for the Louisville Metro Police Department. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary and the entire family. We hope Gill is reunited with his granddaughter, and together they are looking down on you all.”

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, April 15, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

Kentuckians vaccinated (have received at least one dose): 1,622,924*

New cases today: 834
New deaths today: 17
New audit deaths: 0
Positivity rate: 3.45%
Total deaths: 6,302
Currently hospitalized: 416
Currently in ICU: 102
Currently on ventilator: 49

 

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Warren and Daviess. Each county reported at least 33 new cases.

 

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

 

*Monday, the Governor reported that vaccination data would update over the next two to three days after the state’s reporting system completed a security upgrade.

 

Unemployment Insurance Update
Today, Amy Cubbage, general counsel for Gov. Beshear, updated Kentuckians on in-person unemployment insurance (UI) appointments, federal tax returns for UI claimants and the UI system reopening after a temporary shutdown to enhance security.

 

Kentucky Career Centers Open to In-Person Appointments
After the previous administration eliminated in-person unemployment assistance, the Beshear administration returned those services to regional career centers on Thursday to assist more Kentuckians with their claims.

 

Cubbage said this morning, 13 regional Kentucky Career Centers opened for approximately 9,500 in-person appointments that are scheduled through April 30.

 

On April 19, Kentuckians can begin scheduling appointments for May 3; after that, appointments will open up for an additional day each night at 12 a.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Claimants with appointments are being offered additional career center services, including re-employment services, as part of their appointments.

 

Employers were handing out applications at some of the career centers on Thursday.

 

“We hope to have employers onsite next week with job opportunities available at all career center locations. These employer booths are outside the career centers and will be available, weather permitting, with no appointment. Masks and social distancing will still be required,” said Cubbage.

 

Kentuckians can also register for and access job search resources at kcc.ky.gov.

 

Federal Tax Refunds
Cubbage said if claimants filed federal taxes before Congress exempted the first $10,200 in unemployment insurance benefits from taxes, they do not need to file an amended return. The IRS has announced it will start processing refunds owed due to this new exemption in May.

 

UI System Reopened After Temporary Shutdown
The UI system reopened Tuesday morning after a temporary shutdown to stop suspicious and aggressive criminals attempting to gain unauthorized access to UI customer data.

 

“During the system shut down we moved everyone to a new eight-digit PIN so it would be more secure than our previous four-digit PIN. Letters were mailed in batches giving claimants new PIN numbers and step-by-step instructions on how to register in the new UI system,” said Cubbage.

 

Approximately 30,000 people have already registered in the new UI system.

 

“If you have not received your letter and need to access your UI account you can call our UI Help Line at 502-564-2900 and staff will be able to reset your PIN once they verify your identification,” Cubbage added.

 

Hours for the UI Help Line are:

  • Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. through 8 p.m. EDT. If claimants are in the que by 8 p.m., they will be assisted.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT
  • Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT

 

At this time, UI staff will only be helping with the registration process or resetting PIN numbers on the help line.

 

“If your PIN is reset over the phone with our staff, when your letter arrives that PIN is no longer valid. You will need to use the PIN that was reset for you over the phone,” said Cubbage. “Once you receive your PIN, you will need to register in the UI system as a new user. Your letter that has your new PIN also has step-by-step instructions on how to complete the registration.”

 

There is a tutorial video and step-by-step guide online at kcc.ky.gov.

 

Log Still Distillery to Create 126 Jobs with Phase 2 Investment
Today, Gov. Beshear announced Log Still Distillery, a startup reviving a historic site in southern Nelson County, expects to create 126 full-time jobs with a $24 million Phase 2 investment as they open a 300-acre campus that will be home to the distillery and other amenities to be rolled out over the next year. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Worldwide Technologies to Create 25 Jobs with Green County Facility
Kentucky companies continue to grow and create future job opportunities for residents, as today Gov. Beshear and leaders of Worldwide Technologies LLC, a manufacturer of precision machined parts, shared plans to open an operation in Greensburg, creating 25 full-time jobs with a $1.42 million investment. To learn more, see the full release.

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

To view the full daily reportincidence rate map, information on testing locationsvaccinescontact tracingschool reports and guidanceguidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

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2-Vehicle Columbia Accident Results in Entrapment of one Driver

 
Columbia Police responded to the 2-vehicle injury collision on Burkesville Street this afternoon. The accident occurred when a Chevy pickup, operated by 33-year-old Corey Tucker of Columbia, KY was traveling south and lost its left front wheel. As a result, the driver lost control and collided with an oncoming vehicle being driven by 44-year-old Kelly Wilson of Somerset, KY who was operating a Honda Ridgeline. Wilson's vehicle was struck on the left side resulting in entrapment. Kelly Wilson had to be extracated from the vehicle and was then transported to TJ Health Columbia for treatment. Traffic was diverted until both vehicles could be removed and the scene cleared.
 
Officer Drew Conn investigated the collision. He was assisted by multiple officers from the Columbia Police Department and Adair Sheriff’s Office. The Columbia Fire Department and Adair EMS also responded.
 
 

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KSP Charge Marion Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

 

Lebanon, Ky. (April 15, 2021)  The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Joseph M. Craig Jr., 38, on charges related to child sexual abuse material.

 

Mr. Craig was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online.

The investigation resulted in a search warrant at a residence in Lebanon on April 14, 2021. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

 

Mr. Craig is currently charged with eight counts of possession of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance and eight counts of distribution of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance. These charges are Class-D felonies punishable by one to five years in prison. Mr. Craig was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center.

 

The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is comprised of more than twenty-six local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The mission of the ICAC Task Force, created by the United States Department of Justice and administrated by the Kentucky State Police, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing a response to cyber enticement and child sexual abuse material investigations. This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education. The ICAC program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the internet, the proliferation of child sexual abuse material, and the heightened online activity of predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.

 

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LOCAL CORONA VIRUS UPDATE 4-15-21

 

 

 

Russell County, 2 new cases Wednesday. We had none released from isolation. We now have 7 active cases, which are all on self-isolation.

 

Adair County, 3 new COVID19 cases to report yesterday. We released 3 cases. We have 17 active cases with 16 of those in home isolation. We have 1 case in the hospital at this time.

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