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Russell County Woman Arrested by Columbia Police for Driving Under the Influence...

 
Ashley Bunch, 32, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Columbia Police on Monday evening for  DUI and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

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RC SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP

 

The Russell County School Board met on Monday evening for June’s regular monthly meeting. Superintendent Michael Ford tells WAVE listeners what took place…

 

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ADAIR CO. MOBILE HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE...

 

The Adair County Fire Department responded to a residential mobile home fire on Saturday night at 130 Longview Lane. Upon arrival, the home was fully engulfed in flames and was a total loss. There were 10 firemen on the scene for approximately 2 hours.

 

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KSP TO PARTICIPATE IN OPERATION SAFEDRIVE

Kentucky State Police (KSP) Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers will be participating in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Operation SafeDRIVE (Distracted Reckless Impaired Visibility Enforcement) from June 22-24. This enforcement campaign targets unsafe driving behavior that often leads to crashes involving passenger cars and commercial vehicles. It complements national efforts to educate all drivers on how to share the roads safely with large trucks.

 

The national SafeDRIVE initiative cracks down on dangerous interstate driving behaviors such as aggressive driving, speeding, tailgating, failing to wear a seat belt, distracted driving and driving under the influence. During this effort, KSP Commercial Vehicle Inspectors will have scale facilities open ensuring commercial drivers are following safety regulations, including hours of service compliance, commercial driver license compliance, medical certification, and commercial motor vehicle credentialing.

Major Nathan Day, Director for the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division says Operation SafeDRIVE can significantly impact highway safety.

“High visibility interstate enforcement combined with safety inspections at our scale facilities will ensure unsafe drivers and vehicles are removed from Kentucky highways,” says Day. “With so many motorists traveling through Kentucky during the summer months, our number one priority is their safety while they are in the commonwealth.”

KSP encourages all motorists to take the following advice while driving on the roads:

· Stay out of blind spots: Large trucks and buses have big blind spots on all four sides.

· Pass safely: Make sure you can see the truck driver in their side mirror. Use your turn signals and don’t linger in the blind spot. Make sure you can see the CMV vehicle in your rearview mirror before you pull in front.

· Don’t cut off large vehicles: It takes a large truck traveling at highway speeds the length of two football fields to stop.

· Don’t tailgate: Tailgating a commercial vehicle puts you in a blind spot.

In 2020, commercial trucks were involved in 5,640 collisions resulting in 101 fatalities and 1,112 injuries.

Operation SafeDRIVE coordinates with a national campaign run by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration called “Our Roads, Our Safety”, which educates all motorists on how to share the road safely

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RC CLERKS OFFICE CLOSING EARLY TUESDAY

 

The Russell County Clerks Office will be closing tomorrow (Tuesday, june 22, 2021) at 11:00amCT to attend the funeral of a friend and co-worker's father. The office will reopen on Wednesday morning.

 

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METCALFE CO. MAN DIES FOLLOWING MOTORCYCLE VS CAR COLLISION...

 

Edmonton, KY (June 21, 2021) - Kentucky State Police Post 15 was contacted on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at approximately 7:52pmCT by Metcalfe County 911 regarding a 2-vehicle fatal collision on Cedar Flat Curtis Rd.

 

The preliminary investigation indicates that Nicholas Smith, 25, of Edmonton, KY was operating a 1985 Yamaha motorcycle east-bound on Cedar Flat Curtis Road (a narrow roadway with no dividing yellow lines). Smith attempted to make a left turn off the roadway, crossing into the path of 2013 Dodge passenger car being operated by 17-year-old Jasmine Coleman of Edmonton, KY, who was traveling west-bound on Cedar Flat Curtis Road. Coleman attempted to swerve to avoid the collision but was unable to do so. Smith was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Metcalfe County Coroner. Coleman was belted and was not injured. 

 

This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Weston Sullivan.

 

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Columbia Woman Arrested on Assault Charges...

 

 

An Adair County woman was charged with Assault and Resisting Arresting charges last evening.

 

Nicole Hodge, 20, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody just before 8 last evening by Officer Foster with the Columbia Police Department. Hodge was charged with Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol), Resisting Arrest and Assault 3rd Degree-Police Officer or Probation Officer. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

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WEEKEND ARRESTS 06-20-21

 

  • Cory Hewitt, 25, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested late Saturday night by RSPD for Possession of Marijuana. 
  • Brianne Bottom, 23, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested late Saturday night by RCSO for Public Intoxication.
  • Jennifer Stockton, age 45 - arrested Saturday night by RSPD for 5 counts of Trafficking in Methamphetamine 2nd or greater offense, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking in Marijuana, Trafficking in Legend Drugs, several counts of being a Persistent Felony Offender, and for Engaging in Organized Crime.
  • Craig Evan Scott, 42, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested Saturday night by Fish & Wildlife Resources for Operating a Boat while Intoxicated, Possession of Marijuana, Failure to Operate Boat at Idle Speed, and Non-Approved or No Personal Floatation Device.
  • James Huntington, 60, of Anderson, Indiana - arrested Saturday night by Fish & Wildlife Resources for Operating a Boat while Intoxicated and Failure to Operate a Boat at Idle Speed.
  • Tyler Sult, 25, of Knifley, KY - arrested by RSPD on Saturday for Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified).
  • David Pierce, 29, of Paris, KY - arrested on Saturday evening by Fish & Wildlife Resources for Failure to Illuminate or No Navigation LIghts, Operating a Boat while Intoxicated, and Non-Approved, Insufficient, or No Personal Floatation Device.
  • Alex Carpenter, 31, of Lexington, KY - arrested on Saturday evening by Fish & Wildlife Resources for Failure to Illuminate or No Navigation Lights, Operating a Boat while Intoxicated, and Non-Approved, Insufficient, or No Personal Floatation Device.
  • Felicia Hall, 32, of Albany, KY - arrested Friday evening for Harrassing Communications and Probation Violation (for a Felony Offense).
  • Mary Adams, 42, of Albany, KY - arrested on Friday evening on a Fugitive from Another State Warrant and Contempt of Court.
  • Amanda Jewell, 32, of Byrdstown, TN - arrested Friday afternoon for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Trafficking in Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession/Use of a Radio that Sends/Receives Police Messages.
 
All of these individuals were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

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Waiver may be Available for Overpaid Unemployment Benefits

 
By: TOM LAYTEK, Kentucky Today
 
FRANKFORT, KY – Unemployment insurance claimants who were overpaid benefits during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 can now apply for a waiver that may clear them from having to repay those funds.
 
On Friday, the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance mailed Notice of Determination letters to approximately 14,000 people who were identified as having been overpaid between Jan. 27 and Dec. 31, 2020.  Those letters inform claimants how much they were overpaid and provide instructions on how to apply for the waiver; either online, which will help speed up the process, or by completing an enclosed form.
 
Gov. Andy Beshear said that early in the pandemic the federal government asked state unemployment offices to get benefit payments in the hands of millions of people as quickly as possible.  Weeks later, as guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor changed, some people who received benefits were deemed ineligible and asked to repay those funds.
 
“I have fought for this waiver because it is the right thing to do,” the Governor said. “Without it, a lot of Kentuckians would have received collection notices during a pandemic, and in many cases the money they received has already been spent, creating an additional hardship for folks in the toughest of times.”
 
Claimants have 30 days from the date postmarked on the letter to apply for the waiver, and must attest that the overpayment was the result of no fault of their own and that recovery of the funds would be contrary to equity and good conscience.
 
The Continued Assistance Act amended federal law to allow states to waive non-fraudulent unemployment insurance overpayments during the pandemic late last year, but Kentucky was among a handful of states that required legislative action in order to be able to provide that relief.
 
On March 12, the Governor signed legislation that allows the waiver after the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation (Senate Bill 7) during its regular session.
 
The state has paid out more than $6 billion in total unemployment benefits during the pandemic.  An unprecedented number of unemployment insurance claims, more than 2.2 million, have been filed in Kentucky since March 2020.
 

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COLUMBIA-ADAIR BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED 06-19-21

 

As of 3:17pmCT on Saturday, June 19, 2021 the boil water advisory for customers starting at 4769-6797 Burkesville Rd and all side roads in between  has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.

 

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2ND ANNUAL COLUMBIA TRUCK-IT-UP SCHEDULE

 

The 2nd Annual Truck It Up for Columbia will be held on Friday, August 6, in the city parking lot at the corner of Merchant and Campbellsville Streets.

 

Food trucks scheduled so far:

  • Layo Tacos of Glasgow
  • Kona Ice of Bowling Green
  • Ben’s Jammin’ Ice Cream of Bardstown
  • Mac Chaos of Somerset
  • Epic Meats of Somerset

 

Other trucks and activities are being planned. For further information, contact City Hall at 270-384-2501.

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Gov. Beshear Hosts First Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 17, 2021) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear held the first Team Kentucky Update at 12:30 p.m. EDT in the Capitol Rotunda.

 

After more than 15 months of fighting the pandemic and hosting more than 250 news conferences to keep Kentuckians informed, the Governor said Kentuckians will still have a regular opportunity to hear directly from him and other state leaders.

 

“The weekly update is an opportunity to provide Kentuckians and the media with information about what is going on in our great state as we emerge from this pandemic and become a leader in the post-COVID economy,” Gov. Beshear said. “While we are no longer in a COVID crisis and we have concluded our regular COVID briefings – I still wanted to have a chance to share good news with you directly – and with all our Kentucky families.”

 

Updates are scheduled to be held every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. EDT. Journalists are invited to attend and ask questions and Kentuckians can watch live on the Governor’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. The weekly updates will include topics that Kentucky families want to hear about, like education, health care and job growth. The Governor will also highlight Kentuckians who are working to build a better commonwealth.

 

Today, the Governor shared positive mid-year economic development results and updated Kentuckians on vaccine efforts and a health care victory at the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

U.S. Supreme Court
Today, Gov. Beshear and a coalition of states won a U.S. Supreme Court case, California v. Texas, that upholds the Affordable Care Act, protecting health care coverage for 1.8 million Kentuckians and millions more Americans with pre-existing medical conditions. To learn more, see the full news release.

 

Economic Development Growth
Today, Gov. Beshear highlighted Kentucky’s private-sector new-location and expansion announcements from the first half of 2021, which show an economy ramping up for post-pandemic growth. In 2021, companies have announced more than $2 billion in new investments expected to create over 4,000 full-time jobs with an average incentivized hourly wage of $23.15 before benefits. Economic growth in Kentucky is outpacing last year’s figures, with several key industries playing a pivotal role in building back the state’s economy. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Gov. Beshear also announced that MAB Fabrication Inc., which manufactures awnings and steel structures for greenhouses, garden centers and big-box stores, will locate a new production operation in Walton, creating 24 full-time jobs for Kentucky residents in the coming months with a $6.9 million investment. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Better Kentucky Plan
Gov. Beshear updated Kentuckians on his Better Kentucky Plan, which allocates $1.3 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funds to boost the economy by delivering clean drinking water, building new schools and expanding access to broadband while creating 14,500 jobs.

 

The Governor announced that, since launching the call for projects on June 1, the Cleaner Water Program has received 141 requests for funding representing 46 counties and totaling more than $343 million, with funding announcements expected this summer. The Kentucky Schools Facilities Construction Commission selected 13 schools for Better Schools program funding and is awaiting additional guidance from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to determine how and when funding will be allocated. The Governor also mentioned that the Better Internet Program is finalizing a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit input from potential broadband providers. The RFI is expected to be finalized by the end of June, with proposals from providers accepted sometime in July. To learn more about the Better Kentucky Plan, click here.

 

Ribbon-Cutting for Crown Recovery Center in Springfield
On Monday, Gov. Beshear joined Addiction Recovery Care (ARC), a leading provider of treatment and recovery services across the commonwealth, at the ribbon cutting for ARC’s newest residential treatment center, Crown Recovery Center, in Springfield. It is the state’s largest and most comprehensive addiction treatment center, offering a full continuum of care for individuals seeking long-term recovery from substance use disorders. Once operating at full capacity, it will be able to serve more than 700 individuals. To learn more, see ARC’s full release.

 

Shot at a Million
Kentucky’s Shot at a Million sweepstakes is an incentive for Kentuckians to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Three winners, drawn on three separate occasions, will each win $1 million. For Kentuckians age 12-17, who are ineligible for the money drawing, there are 15 chances to win a full scholarship, including room-and-board, tuition and books, to any public Kentucky college, university, trade or technical school. To date, 414,584 Kentuckians have registered for a chance at $1 million and 23,080 Kentucky youth have registered for the chance to win a full scholarship. The winners of the first drawing will be announced on Friday, July 2. Learn more and sign up for your Shot at a Million at shotatamillion.ky.gov.

 

Concert Incentives
The Governor also said the Troubadour Concert Series is hosting COVID-Free Concerts at the historic Cardome in Georgetown, happening every week now through June 29. If you are fully vaccinated, you qualify for a free ticket to any or all of the COVID-Free concerts at Cardome. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, anyone age 12 and up can get vaccinated for free at the concert. The vaccines are being administered by Wild Health, which has partnered with the Beshear administration throughout the pandemic to administer thousands of COVID-19 tests and vaccinations. For more information visit, covidfreeconcert.com.

 

Eviction Relief
Gov. Beshear said Thursday that, while the federal eviction moratorium is ending June 30, Kentucky’s Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund (HHERF) is open until Sept. 30, 2022 and has about $200 million left to assist Kentuckians with up to 15 months of rent and utilities. To date, Team Kentucky has helped Kentuckians with more than 5,500 rent and utility payments totaling more than $20.3 million in assistance. Just last week, the Kentucky Housing Corporation, an important partner in administering the HHERF, paid out more than $2 million from the fund to Kentuckians in need, which is up 15% from the week before.

 

Kentuckians can submit an application today at teamkyhherf.ky.gov if they live outside of Lexington or Louisville. To apply in Fayette County, visit covid19renterhelp.org. To apply in Jefferson County, visit stopmyeviction.org.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
The Governor highlighted two Kentuckians who are true Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Milo Golding, a student at Lexington Christian Academy, won the national Doodle for Google competition this week. The Governor hosted a celebration for Milo with Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton on Monday at City Hall. Milo was awarded a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology package for his school. Milo’s art, titled “Finding Hope,” was inspired by the words of his late father and stood above thousands of submissions from across the country. Milo said, “Regardless of life’s hardships and uncertainties, hope is always there. It’s our job to find that hope in order to move forward.”

 

“Milo and his work left me feeling inspired, and I know it will have the same impact on others. He’s a remarkable kid and we in Kentucky are so proud of what he accomplished,” the Governor said.

 

Sean Sullivan, of Frankfort, is the only American competing in the European Firefit Championship this week. Sean is an Air Force Veteran and served on the Frankfort Fire Department for 20 years. In May, the Governor met Sean and officially named him a Kentucky Colonel.

 

“We are proud of him,” Gov. Beshear said. “Kentucky, let’s join together and cheer Sean on during this week’s major event.”

 

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AREA ARRESTS 6-18-21

 

Krista Meece, 48, of Russell Springs was arrested by Deputy Meyer just before 8 last evening. Meece was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Meth) and lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Christopher Woodall, 30, of Albany was arrested by Trooper Begley with Kentucky State Police yesterday afternoon. Woodall was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession. He was also lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

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JAMESTOWN CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP...

 

The Jamestown City Council met on Thursday evening for the regular monthly meeting. Mayor Nick Shearer spoke with WAVE NEWS following the meeting and shared what took place including a big announcement coming next month of a new manufacturing business coming to Jamestown... 
 

 

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COLUMBIA-ADAIR BOIL WATER ADVISORY 06-17-21

 
Date Issued: 6/17/2021
Time Issued: 3:40 PM
 
A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District at 4769-6797 Burkesville Rd and all side roads in between. The advisory has been issued due to a main line leak. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure.
 
Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bring the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. The advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.
 
For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.

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COLUMBIA WOMAN ARRESTED ON TRESPASSING & WANTON ENDANGERMENT CHARGES

 

On Wednesday night, Columbia Police responded to a residence on Sandusky Drive for a female party refusing to leave a property. Upon arrival and making contact with the female, Officers observed she was under the influence.

 

During the on-scene investigation, Officers were informed the female attempted to hand a loaded syringe to a teenage juvenile prior to their arrival. The female told police that she was attempting to give the juvenile a gift. The syringe was located and seized and the female was taken into custody.

 

Brittany Brown, 28, of Columbia has been charged with criminal trespassing 3rd as well as wanton endangerment 1st, a class D felony.

 

Officer Justin Cross made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Josh Durbin.

 

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AREA ARREST 6-17-21

 

 

 

A Columbia man was taken into custody early this morning on reckless driving and DUI charges.

 

William White, age 39, was taken into custody by Officer Durbin with the Columbia Police Department around 3 a.m. this morning. White was charged with Reckless Driving and Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence Alcohol .08 1st. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Brittany Brown, age 28 of Columbia was arrested by Officer Cross with the Columbia Police Department just before 11 last night. Brown was charged with Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree and Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree. She was also lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

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HEAT RELATED ILLNESS ON THE INCRESS

 

 

 

 

Heat-related illnesses are becoming increasingly common as people spend more time outdoors.  
  
Heat-related illnesses can affect anyone, in varying weather conditions.  
 
Experts say drinking coffee, alcohol, and even just dehydration can lead to excess heat stress. They say most people are chronically dehydrated.  
 
It’s important if you’re spending any time outdoors to wear light and loose-fitting clothing, and make sure you have enough water to keep you hydrated.  

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SOUTH KENTUCKY RECC HAS A PLANNED OUTAGE IN RC

We will have a planned outage tomorrow (Wednesday) weather permitting, in the Clifty Creek Rd. area beginning at 9 a.m. This outage is expected to last at least 2 hours and affect about 42 members. 

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RCHS SBDM COUNCIL SPECIAL CALLED MEETING JUNE 17TH

 

The RCHS Site Base Council will have a "Special Called Meeting" on Thursday, June 17th...

 

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Russell County Ambulance Service Board Meeting June 17th...

 

 

The R.C. Ambulance Service Board of Directors will have a Special Called Meeting on Thursday, June 17th....
 

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KY 90 Temporarily Reduced to One Lane Starting Tomorrow in Cumberland County

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (June 15, 2021) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 advises motorists that starting tomorrow, June 16, the KY 90 bridge (mile point 14.1) over the Cumberland River in Burkesville will be temporarily reduced to one lane for cleaning and painting.

 

Temporary traffic signals will be in place on the east and west bound approaches for the lane closure. 

 

In addition, the speed limit has been reduced to 25 mph through the work zone and lane widths reduced to 12’.

 

Work is expected to be completed September 30. The starting date and duration of the lane closures 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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AREA ARREST 6-15-21

 

A Jamestown, KY man was taken into custody for violation of an EPO/DVO last night…

 

Billy Thomas, 29, was arrested by Deputy Corey Meyer of the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Monday night. Thomas was charged with Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO order and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

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RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL MET IN SPECIAL SESSION MONDAY MORNING

Russell Springs City Council met yesterday morning in a special called meeting.

 

Mayor Eddie Thomas tells WAVE NEWS what took place and thanks those in charge on the city departments for their hard work with the budget during the pandemic…

 

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THE RUSSELL COUNTY FISCAL COURT MET LAST NIGHT FOR THEIR REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING

The Russell County Fiscal Court met last night 

 

County Judge Gary Robertson tells WAVE LISTENERS what took place... 

 

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