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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON ARSON CHARGES...


An Adair County man was arrested for Arson following an early morning fire in the Coburg community.

 
Around 2:30amCT this morning (Monday), August 8, 2020 the Adair County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the Coburg community in response to a vehicle on fire close to a residence.   
    
As a result of the effort by the Columbia Adair County Fire Department, there was evidence of possible arson that was not consumed by the fire. The 2004 Buick SUV was a total loss, but valuable items to the investigation were recovered. It was determined the fire was intentionally set and 41-year-old Bryan Crozier of Adair County was arrested a couple of hours later. 

He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Deputy Joey Keith on charges of Arson, Wanton Endangerment 2nd degree, and Alcohol Intoxication in Public place 

The Adair County Sheriffs office is continuing the investigation. 

 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT AUG. 11TH MEETING AGENDA

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will have a Regular Called meeting Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 6:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair Annex. This meeting will be open to the public. Masks will be required due to the Governor’s Emergency Executive Order. 
 
AGENDA
 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
                            
 1.  APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 2.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
          A.) July 28, 2020 - MINUTES - REGULAR CALLED
           B.) July 30, 2020 - MINUTES - SPECIAL CALLED  
  
 3.  DISBURSEMENTS
 4.  REPORTS
         A.)  SHERIFF’S REPORT 
          B.)  ROAD DEPARTMENT REPORT 
          C.)  G.R.A.S. REPORT 
          D.)  COMMITTEE REPORTS 
          E.)  JAIL REPORT 
 
 5.  TREASURER
         A.) TREASURER’S REPORT 
 
 6.  BUDGET AMENDMENTS
                                              
 7.  BUDGET TRANFERS 
         A.)  LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
          B.)  FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
                                    
 8.   COURT ORDERS 
 9.   READING OF ROADS
 
10.   ACTION ITEMS:                                    
  • REQUEST FOR PAYMENT FOR TRANSFER STATION 
  • PERMISSION TO APPLY FOR AND ALLOW JUDGE TO SIGN LITTER ABATEMENT GRANT 
  • PERMISSON FOR RIGHT OF WAY EASEMENT ON LOY CEM. RD. 
  • PERMISSON TO SIGN CINTAS AGREEMENT FOR ROAD DEPT UNIFORMS, MATS & GRAS SANITIZATON STATION


11.  OTHER BUSINESS

12.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
13.  ADJOURN 
 

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275 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES; 2 NEW DEATHS

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 10, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in the commonwealth.

 

“Let me start by reiterating that we are still in a very difficult, dangerous place with a virus that is spreading so significantly right now,” the Governor said. “One of the foremost experts this morning talked about it raging in the United States. I believe we have stopped the exponential growth, but we can’t just stay where we are. We have got to start decreasing our cases.”

 

School Opening Guidance
Gov. Beshear and administration officials, in consultation with Kentucky teachers and school administrators, on Monday announced new guidance for schools that are planning for the fall semester.

 

“Our recommendation today is that schools wait to begin in-person classes until Sept. 28,” the Governor said. “Yes, that’s six weeks from now, but it’s also six weeks from what I hope is the peak of this virus, six weeks from the last three weeks where we have been at an all-time high week in and week out, six weeks from a time when we just had a 6% positivity rate. Let’s face it, we’re trying really hard and we’ve taken good steps. Masks are working. But we do not have control over this virus. And to send tens of thousands of our kids back into in-person classes when we don’t have control of this virus, it’s not the right thing to do for these kids, it’s not the right thing to do for their faculty and it’s not the right thing to do as Governor.”

 

He said the decision was driven by four factors: Kentucky’s cases being near a peak, an increase in infection rates among children across the U.S., the experience of school districts in other states and families continuing to travel to hotspots for vacations against the advice of health officials.

 

“I think what all of the health care specialists said when we talked about reopening, is we need to be looking at a decline. In other words, we need to get our positive rate down,” the Governor said. “On top of that, what we’re seeing are more outbreaks and more infections in kids. The two hardest things I do every day is read the deaths and the number of kids infected under 5. And it’s not just kids under 5. We’re having record numbers of children that are infected, and it shows this infection spreads to them when we still don’t know the long-term impact. What we do know is children have a harder time social distancing. And we can’t put a whole bunch of them in a classroom with a teacher right now. Other states that have tried to open this new school year are now having to close. We don’t want to start and stop. That may be more difficult on our children.”

 

Restaurants and Bars Update
La Tasha Buckner, the Governor’s chief of staff and general counsel, offered an update on bars and restaurants operating in the commonwealth.

 

“Today we are issuing a new order, effective tomorrow, which will allow bars to reopen and restaurants to increase their capacity,” Buckner said. “Both bars and restaurants can operate at 50% of capacity, as long as people can remain six feet from anyone who is not in their household or group.”

 

She said the reopening and increase in capacity comes with new requirements to avoid another spike in COVID-19 cases. First, customers in both bars and restaurants will be required to remain in their seats, except when entering, leaving or using the restroom.

 

Second, bars and restaurants will be required to halt food and beverage service by 10 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. local time.

 

“Third, as the Governor mentioned previously, the face-covering requirement has been extended as of Sunday for another 30 days,” Buckner said. “Therefore, just like in other businesses, all customers and staff must wear a face covering while in the bar or restaurant except when actively eating or drinking.”

 

The full list of requirements is posted on the Healthy at Work website.

 

Case Information – Monday, Aug. 10
As of 4 p.m. Aug. 10, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 35,254 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 275 of which were newly reported Monday. Thirteen of the newly reported cases were from children ages 5 and younger, including five who are less than a year old.

 

The Governor noted that a technical issue with the state’s data processor is causing a delay in some reporting, leading to lower numbers that will be updated later this week.

 

“Today’s number needs to have a giant asterisk on it, because we know that number is higher and will change,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 2 new deaths Monday, raising the total to 775 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

The deaths reported Monday include a 60-year-old woman from Graves County and a 98-year-old woman from Lincoln County.

 

“We hope we are getting even better at treating this virus,” said Gov. Beshear. “But these are two families that still need our support, our green lights, those bells and most important, for us all to do the things we know will help prevent more tragic loss.”

 

As of Monday, there have been at least 700,417 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate currently stands at 5.71%. At least 8,738 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

 

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here. To see all recent daily reports, click here.

 

Case Information – Sunday, Aug. 9
Due to limited reporting on the weekends, some updated information is now available from Sunday, Aug. 9.

 

As of Sunday, there were 698,854 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate was at 5.74% and at least 8,721 Kentuckians had recovered from the virus.

 

For a detailed look at coronavirus case information from Sunday, Aug. 9, click here.

 

Behavioral Health Care
Eric Friedlander, Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, also spoke Monday about a new project that Kentucky has been selected to take part in to expand behavior health care treatment.

 

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently informed Kentucky it had been selected to participate in the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic demonstration.

 

“In addition to a more efficient payment system, more treatment options for serious mental illness are needed, and that includes attention to opioid addiction,” Secretary Friedlander said.

 

Initial results from an evaluation of the eight original states to participate in the program found positive outcomes across a range of factors, officials said.

 

Secretary Friedlander also provided an update about payment assistance to providers impacted by COVID-19. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made $15 billion available to help cover lost revenue attributed to the coronavirus, or to help defray the cost of expenses to prevent, prepare or respond to COVID-19. Providers may be eligible for approximately 2% of reported revenue from patient care. The application deadline is Aug. 28, and providers may call 866-569-3522 for more information.

 

State Budget Update
The Office of the State Budget Director announced today that the state’s General Fund receipts for July, the first month of Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21), totaled $905.1 million, a 7% increase compared with July 2019 receipts. Collections for the month were surprisingly strong given the general slowdown in consumer spending arising from the uncertainty of the novel coronavirus.

 

“That’s really good news. It suggests that our economy is still afloat. But we know what it’s taken to keep it afloat,” said Gov. Beshear. “The people of Kentucky are doing what we need them to do with those stimulus and unemployment insurance dollars – they are spending them. They are helping our economy in so many different ways. And so the federal government is going to have to come to some compromise to continue to support state and local governments.”

 

More Information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

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2 ADAIR COUNTY TEENS ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES


On Sunday evening, August 9, 2020 a traffic stop was initiated by the Columbia Police Department near Helen Flatt Drive. The operator could not produce a valid operators license and denied Officers consent to search the vehicle. 


K-9 Unit Nitro was utilized from the Adair Sheriff’s Office and alerted on the vehicle. A search of the vehicle yielded drug paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine. 

Noah Dial, 18, of Columbia, KY has been charged with No Operators License, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Methamphetamine 1st offense (a class D felony).


Additionally, Riley Baker, 18, also of Columbia who was a passenger in the vehicle, was charged with possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamine 1st offense and Tampering with Physical Evidence. 

Officer Trevor Foster was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Deputy Justin Cross and Deputy Josh Durbin.

 

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RUSSELL COUNTY WOMAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES


Latisha Bunch, 31, of Russell Springs, KY was taken into custody by Deputy Hughes of the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just after noon on Sunday. Bunch was charged with Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) with Minor Injury and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth). She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


 

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LOCAL CORONA VIRUS UPDATE 8-10-20

Russell County 2 new cases Sunday, a 50 year old female and a 51 year old female which are both on self-isolation.We had 1 case released today from isolation. We now have 27 active cases which 26 are on self-isolation and 1 is hospitalized in Lexington at Central Baptist. One of the new cases is symptomatic and the other new case is asymptomatic.

 

Adair County had 1 new case of COVID19 to report Sunday. We released 3 cases today. Adair has 28 active cases with 27 in home isolation and 1 in an area hospital.

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425 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN KY; 1 NEW DEATH

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 9, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“Some good news and some bad news in today’s COVID-19 report,” the Governor said. “In good news, we’re ending the week with about 330 fewer cases than we had last week. That’s directly attributable to people wearing their facial coverings or masks. Please keep it up, wear them even more, especially when you’re inside. On the bad side, our positivity rate, which won’t be official until tomorrow for this week, will be higher meaning that the virus continues to spread aggressively.”

 

Case Information
As of 3 p.m. Aug. 9, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 34,982 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 425 of which were newly reported Sunday. Nine of the newly reported cases were from children age 5 and younger.

 

“We’ve got a number of counties that have 10 or more new cases – Jefferson, Fayette, Pulaski, Taylor, Hardin, Madison, Casey, Warren and Wayne – and a number that are really close there. So remember no matter where you are in the commonwealth, COVID-19 is spreading,” the Governor said. “Nine new kids under 5 have tested positive, so again let’s make sure we’re protecting each other.”

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported one new death Sunday, raising the total to 773 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

“That’s yet another family that is suffering during this time,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

The death reported Sunday was a 71-year-old man from Pulaski County.

 

Due to limited reporting on Sundays, some statistics are unavailable until Monday.

 

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health, said: “Last week, we saw rising case counts of COVID-19 in all but five Kentucky counties.
 

COVID-19 is still out there and it’s still a threat. We are encouraged, though, by the many Kentuckians taking this seriously and taking steps to keep themselves and others safer, including wearing a mask.”

 

Dr. Stack added: “More Kentuckians will get COVID-19 resulting in more hospitalizations and deaths, but we know what to do right now to mitigate the risk. Every time we take steps, such as wearing masks and social distancing, it impacts how many Kentuckians will test positive, how many businesses, schools and other places where we gather can remain open, and how many Kentuckians will get hurt.”

 

He noted that this can be done by remembering a few things. “When you and your household members leave your home, be aware that it increases your risk of exposure. Ultimately, you decide when to leave your home, how often, and for what reasons. If you do, please do it in a safe way,” Dr. Stack said.

 

“Continue to wear a mask. When possible, walk or bike to your destination or take your own vehicle,” he said.

 

“Avoid interacting closely with people and unnecessarily touching things. Keep disinfecting wipes or hand sanitizer with you. Wash your hands frequently. If you sneeze, sneeze into your elbow. If you sneeze into a cloth mask, wash your mask when you get home.”

 

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

 

Week in Review
For more information on this week’s updates, including those on expanded COVID-19 testingnew flexibility for schoolsthe David McAtee shooting investigationthe First Lady’s Coverings for Kids programlong-term caretransportation CARES Act fundingDollar General’s expansion in Kentuckythe Nettie Depp monumentKentucky Infrastructure Authority loans, the 2020 Kentucky State Faircorrectionsdriver’s licensingpharmacy refills and price-gouging prohibition, visit governor.ky.gov.

 

More Information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

 

Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at teamkentuckytranslations.com.
 

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Work From Home Positions to be Available in Columbia....

 
The City of Columbia will be working with Senture on work-at-home positions that will be available in our community. They are anticipating at least 100 positions to be needed. Representatives will be on-site Monday, August 10th from Noon until 5 p.m., Tuesday, August 11th and Wednesday, August 12th from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The title of the position is Signify Scheduling Coordinator and the rate of pay is $12.50 an hour plus incentives are possible.
 
You will need to bring the following information with you to appointment:
 
  • Drivers License or state-issued identification
  • Social security card
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Home internet test (test can be run by going to www.speedtest.com)

 

Jason Blackaby with Human Resources will be onsite to talk with you. He will be set up at the pavilion and meeting area on Fairgrounds Street.
 
For information, go to http://www.senture.com/index.php/en/.
 
CDC guidelines will be utilized. Please use appropriate social distancing.
 
 

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2 NEW COVID-19 DEATHS IN LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT

 
 
 
Deaths: We are sad to report 2 new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 44 deaths resulting in a 3.4% mortality rate among known cases. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.
 
Hospitalizations: We presently have 7 cases in the hospital. We have had a total of 123 hospitalizations resulting in a 9.4% hospitalization rate among known cases. The latest state data shows that 63% of ICU beds and 24% of ventilator capacity are being utilized.
 
Released (Recovered) Cases: We released 15 cases today from isolation (recovered). Released cases include: Adair: 1; Cumberland: 1; Green: 3; Pulaski: 9; and, Wayne: 1. In all, we have released 75.4% of our total cases.
Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 1,303 cases since the onset of the outbreak.
 
Active (Current) Cases: Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 276 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. Of those active cases, 47 are asymptomatic.
 
New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 18 today: Adair: 1; Clinton: 1; McCreary: 1; Pulaski: 4; Taylor: 4; and, Wayne: 7. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.03. This means our total case count is projected to double every 27.17 days.
 
NEW CASES:
  • Adair: 23-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Clinton: 75-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • McCreary: 27-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: 46-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: 18-year-old female who is self-isolated, missing info
  • Pulaski: 19-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: 11-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Taylor: 42-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Taylor: 62-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Taylor: 63-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • Taylor: 31-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • Wayne: 59-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Wayne: 67-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic
  • Wayne: 49-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • Wayne: 17-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Wayne: 13-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • Wayne: 15-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • Wayne: 35-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic

 

We experienced two COVID-19 related deaths today: an 82-year-old female from Clinton; and, a 70-year-old male from Pulaski. This pushes our mortality rate back above that of the state and national averages. Obviously, this is not how we want to see our hospitalization numbers reduced. We added three more new cases today than we released cases as recovered.
 
For the second week in a row, our new case growth rate exceeded that of the state’s average growth rate. Kentucky ends the week with the second highest week of growth since the onset of the outbreak. For the Lake Cumberland area, it was our largest week of growth. We also ended the week with our largest number of active cases since the onset of the outbreak (276 total – 26 higher than last Saturday). We saw four COVID-19 related deaths this week.
 
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 1,303 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 34,802 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of 08/08/20 (this includes 34,578 statewide plus 224 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s/Department for Public Health’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.
 
The LCDHD is working tirelessly, including nights and weekends, to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact, and to follow-up daily with positive cases. Additionally, we are striving diligently to follow-up on business-related complaints regarding noncompliance with the Governor’s Executive Orders.
 
 
 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS 08/08/20

 
  • Thomas McVay, 37, Campbellsville - arrested on Saturday morning by the Cumberland County Sheriffs Office for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Giving Office False Identifying Information, and was served 3 Warrants for other Police Agencies.
  • Bryan Cozier, 42, Columbia - arrested by the ACSO early Saturday morning for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st & 2nd Offense).
  • Brian White, 56, Columbia - arrested Saturday night by CPD for Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree and Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place. 
  • Michael White, 57, Columbia- arrested last night by the CPD for Speeding, Reckless Driving, DUI, Menacing, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage in Motor Vehicle, Disorderly Conduct 2nd degree, and 2 counts of Terroristic Threatening.

 

Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 
 
  • Kenny Robertson, 65, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Saturday morning for DUI, Driving on a DUI Suspended License, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified).
  • Pamela Murray, 66, Jamestown - arrested by RSPD for Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug and Failure to Appear.
  • Robert Gagel, 57, of Battletown, KY arrested by Fish and Wildlife Resources for Failure to Operate his Boat at Idle Speed; Operating Boat/Watercraft While Intoxicated or Under the Influence; and Non-Approved, Insufficient, or No Personal Floatation Device.
 
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 

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801 NEW COVID-19 CASES; 8 MORE DEATHS

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 8, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“Today is a tough day in our fight against COVID-19,” said Gov. Beshear. “I know we are slowing the growth of this virus in Kentucky, but it’s still aggressive. We simply need to do better.”

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Aug. 8, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 34,578 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 801 of which were newly reported Saturday. Twenty-nine of the newly reported cases were from children age 5 and younger.

 

“Our positivity rate is the highest we’ve had since we tested the entire Green River Correctional Facility back in May,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 8 new deaths Saturday, raising the total to 772 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

“Folks, we need your help. This is the time where we need to buckle down and do what it takes to get this virus under control. Please stay safe and take this seriously,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

The deaths reported Saturday include a 64-year-old woman from Fulton County; a 56-year-old woman from Kenton County; a 68-year-old man from Bell County; a 93-year-old man from Christian County; a 97-year-old woman, also from Christian County; a 66-year-old woman from Pulaski County; an 82-year-old woman from Clinton County, and a 73-year-old woman from Muhlenberg County.

 

COVID-19 has hit us hard, “but we are not powerless,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health. “We have shown repeatedly that our individual actions will determine our future. Will you continue to wear a face covering? Are you keeping at least six feet distance between yourself and others?

 

Are you washing your hands frequently? And, if you receive a call from a contact tracer, will you answer? If each of us answers ‘Yes!’ through our actions, we can keep Kentuckians safe and keep Kentucky open.


Together, Team Kentucky can contain the coronavirus.”


As of Saturday, there have been at least 690,942 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate currently stands at 6.02%. At least 8,647 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

 

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

 

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ADAIR COUNTY MAN ARRESTED ON HEROIN CHARGES


On Saturday, August 8, 2020 CPD Officers observed a subject at FiveStar on Hudson Street behind the wheel, whom they were aware had a suspended operators license. The individual, identified as 33-year-old Patrick Rowe of Columbia, KY also had warrants from Adair and Russell counties. Officers observed scales in the auto and suspected there was heroin in the vehicle. 


Rowe was arrested on multiple charges including Possession of Heroin (a class D felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Operating on a Suspended License.

 

As Rowe was being taken into custody, he was asked if he had anything on him that would poke or stab Officers and he replied “no”. However, following a search of Mr. Rowe an uncapped syringe was located. He was additionally charged with Wanton Endangerment of a Police Officer, 2nd degree.

 

CPD Officer Ethan Pike made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Evan Burton and KSP Trooper Billy Begley.

 

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COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED ON HEROIN CHARGES


The Columbia Police Department initiated a traffic stop on Bomar Heights near Cedar Street on Friday afternoon, August 7, 2020 which resulted in drug charges.


The operator of the vehicle, Lonnie Mann, 25, of Columbia was taken into custody on three active warrants related to previous drug charges. Mann was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroine) after he was found to be in possession of suspected narcotics at the time of his arrest. 

Officer Evan Burton was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Drew Conn.

 

 

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CASEY CO. MAN FLOWN TO LOUISVILLE HOSPITAL FOLLOWING CAR VS MOPED ACCIDENT; JAMESTOWN MAN NOT INJURED

 
On Friday, August 7, 2020 at 12:18pmET, Campbellsville Police responded to East Broadway at Auto Smart in reference to an injury collision involving a moped. A 2012 Kia, operated by 68-year-old Jimmy Glover of Jamestown, KY was attempting to make a left turn from East Broadway into Auto Smart. Glover turned into the path of 41-year-old Brandon J. Halecki of Liberty, KY who was operating a moped. 
 
Halecki was flown from the scene to the University of Louisville Hospital by Air Evac. Glover was not injured. 
 
Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police, Campbellsville Fire / Rescue, Campbellsville Taylor County EMS, and Air Evac.
 

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573 NEW COVID-19 CASES; 4 NEW DEATHS...

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 7, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday updated Kentuckians on the continued fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in the commonwealth.

 

Yesterday, the Governor extended the state’s mandate requiring face coverings in some situations for another 30 days, citing its success and continued importance in flattening the curve of Kentucky’s COVID-19 cases.

 

“I hope you are staying safe and have planned a weekend that will help you enjoy but also do what it takes to defeat COVID-19,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our positivity rate is up to 5.57%, and what it suggests is that we are still in a very dangerous place where this virus could easily get out of control.”

 

On Monday, the Governor is expected to have additional guidance for Kentucky’s bars and restaurants.

 

“Expectations ought to be that capacity will increase again to 50%, but there will be some changes. Especially in restaurants, we need people to still prioritize outdoor seating,” said Gov. Beshear yesterday. “Bars and restaurants are both going to be expected to have their last item served at 10 p.m. Then there is going to be an hour to let people eat and drink and ultimately go home.”

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Aug. 7, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 33,796 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 573 of which were newly reported Friday. Twenty-one of the newly reported cases were children age 5 and younger.

 

“We all ought to do our part for these kids and all of our kids,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported four new deaths Friday, raising the total to 764 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

The deaths reported Friday include a 62-year-old woman from Graves County; a 73-year-old woman from Jefferson County; a 91-year-old man from Laurel County; and a 53-year-old man from Pulaski County.

 

“We are in a place right now where this virus is spreading too much,” said Gov. Beshear. “Let’s beat COVID-19 so we don’t lose even more beloved Kentuckians.”

 

As of Friday, there have been at least 684,356 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate currently stands at 5.57%. At least 8,589 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

 

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here. To see all recent daily reports, click here.

 

Expanded COVID-19 Testing
Gov. Beshear continues to encourage all Kentuckians to take advantage of coronavirus testing being offered at more than 200 locations across the commonwealth.

For additional information about each location, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

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ADAIR CO SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES BACK TO SCHOOL PLAN

The start of school for Adair County Students is just a couple weeks away and according to Superintendent Dr Pamela Stephens classes will resume in the classroom... We discussed that and other action taken at last nights board meeting with Dr. Stephens... 

 

 

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8 New COVID-19 Cases in Adair; 1 in Russell; 1 New Death in Lake Cumberland District

 

Deaths: We are sad to report 1 new death today from Pulaski. We have experienced a total of 41 deaths resulting in a 3.3% mortality rate among known cases. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 9 cases in the hospital. We have had a total of 121 hospitalizations resulting in a 9.7% hospitalization rate among known cases. The latest state data shows that 62% of ICU beds and 24% of ventilator capacity are being utilized.

 

Released (Recovered) Cases: We released 18 cases today from isolation recovered). Released cases include: Adair: 1; Casey: 2; McCreary: 1; Pulaski: 8; Russell: 2; and, Taylor: 4. In all, we have released 75.1% of our total cases.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 1,251 cases since the onset of the outbreak.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 271 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. Of those active cases, 37 are asymptomatic. 

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 25 today: Adair: 8; Casey: 1; Green: 1; McCreary: 2; Pulaski: 7; Russell: 1; Taylor: 3; and, Wayne: 2. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.03. This means our total case count is projected to double every 23.44 days.

 

New cases include:

  • Adair: A 1-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 54-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 73-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 77-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 44-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 17-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 18-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 12-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Casey: A 51-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Green: A 70-year-old male who is self-isolated, under investigation
  • McCreary: A 31-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • McCreary: A 33-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 17-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 55-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 52-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 45-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 44-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 26-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 46-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Russell: A 28-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Taylor: A 19-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Taylor: A 19-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Taylor: A 4 months-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • Wayne: A 60-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Wayne: A 57-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic

 

It’s always heartbreaking to report a death, this time a 53-year-old male from Pulaski. He had been released as free of the virus but succumbed to lingering complications from the disease.

 

We are glad our hospitalizations lowered by one. Today we added 6 more new cases than we released recovered cases. Our growth rate still suggests that our total cumulative case count will double about every 23 days. The top three categories of what our active cases are tied to, in descending order, are business, recreation, and travel.
 

Until there is a vaccine, we will continue the common-sense suggestions of encouraging everyone to continue to wear their face coverings, the avoidance of crowds as much as possible, social distancing, washing their hands frequently, increasing sanitation, and the avoidance of touching their faces.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 1,251 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 33,469 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of 08/06/20 (this includes 33,254 statewide plus 215 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s/Department for Public Health’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.
 

The LCDHD is working tirelessly, including nights and weekends, to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact, and to follow-up daily with positive cases. Additionally, we are striving diligently to follow-up on business-related complaints regarding noncompliance with the Governor’s Executive Orders.


 

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JAMESTOWN CITY COUNCIL MET IN SPECIAL SESSION THURSDAY NIGHT

Jamestown city council met last night in special session and approved a purchase that will improve water quality in Russell and surrounding areas that get their water from Jamestown. 

 

Mayor Nick Shearer shared with WAVE NEWS details about the meeting... 

 

 

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KSP Raises Over $16K for Special Olympics

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 6, 2020) –The first Kentucky State Police (KSP) “Cover the Cruiser” event is in the books and raised $16,206.16 to support Special Olympics of Kentucky (SOKY). 

 

KSP posts across the state parked their cruises at designated locations and encouraged the public to cover their cruisers with custom SOKY stickers. A minimum donation of $1 was requested to place a sticker on the cruiser, but Kentuckians donated more than the minimum. 

 

The 'Cover the Cruiser’ campaign was developed when the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run was canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Each year, The Torch Run escorts the Special Olympics Flame of hope to kick off the Kentucky State Summer Games in Richmond. State Troopers, in conjunction with national law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S., participate to raise awareness and funding for Special Olympics programs. 

 

KSP Spokesman Sergeant Josh Lawson gave credit to the troopers who hosted the local 'Cover the Cruiser' events. "Even in the midst of a global pandemic our troopers stepped up and took ownership of this new program, adding it to their long list of community outreach activities," said Lawson. "Whether it was during torrential downpours or sweltering heat they did what was needed, as they always do, to demonstrate their service to the citizens of Kentucky." 

 

SOKY President Trish Mazzoni said the new campaign was a tremendous success. “We are deeply grateful to the Kentucky State Police, all of the Troopers who took part, our host locations and to everyone who donated," said Mazzoni.

 

"Thank you to KSP and to all of the law enforcement community that continues to be so deeply committed to the support of Special Olympics Kentucky Athletes.” 

 

The fundraiser developed into a friendly competition among Kentucky State Police posts*. For this inaugural event, the London Post took top honors with a total of $2,577.94 raised. Trooper Scottie Pennington organized the post fundraiser and battled heavy rain on the date of his event. ”To say that I am humbled by the support and generosity of our Laurel County Citizens is an understatement. Special Olympics of Kentucky holds a special place in my heart and it was an honor to assist them in this way." 

 

Special Olympics is the world’s largest program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The organization has been serving the needs of our athletes and their families since 1970 and welcomes 11,300 athletes in Kentucky. 

 

Photo Description: Trooper Scottie Pennington, KSP London Post accepting a donation from a young girl at the London Walmart. 

 

*Link to individual post level donation totals: http://kentuckystatepolice.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Cover-The-Cruiser-Donation-Results.pdf

 

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516 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES; 8 MORE DEATHS

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 6, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday extended the state’s mandate requiring face coverings in some situations for another 30 days, citing its success and continued importance in flattening the curve of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the commonwealth.

 

“By now, we all know someone that we care about, that we’re close to who is fighting this virus or has fought this virus. And as things progress, we will all probably know somebody who we have lost to this virus. This is going to be a month where I hope we turn things around, but based on July, we’re still going to see a lot of pain,” said Gov. Beshear. “So let’s make sure that we protect our mental and emotional health, stay as committed as we’ve always been to defeating this virus and step it up.”

 

The Governor also noted that on Monday, he will have additional guidance for Kentucky’s bars and restaurants.

 

“Expectations ought to be that capacity will increase again to 50% but there will be some changes. Especially in restaurants, we need people to still prioritize outdoor seating,” said Gov. Beshear. “Bars and restaurants are both going to be expected to have their last item served at 10 p.m. Then there is going to be an hour to let people eat and drink and ultimately go home.”

 

Case Information
As of 3:00pmCT on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 Gov. Beshear said there were at least 33,254 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 516 of which were newly reported Thursday. 12 of the newly reported cases were from children ages 5 and younger.

 

“We appear to not just be slowing, but we hope stopping any escalation that we’ve seen. It’s further evidence that wearing that facial covering is truly helping Kentucky in so many different ways – our people, our economy, our kids,” said Gov. Beshear. “So let’s keep it up. I believe that if we continue to do this, we can see even better numbers than what we have now.”

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 8 new deaths Thursday, raising the total to 760 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

The deaths reported Thursday include a 68-year-old woman from Bell County; an 86-year-old woman from Fayette County; a 94-year-old woman and a 94-year-old man from Franklin County; an 87-year-old man from Graves County; a 78-year-old woman from Jefferson County; a 68-year-old woman from Kenton County; and an 84-year-old woman from Ohio County.

 

“We’ve had major wars that we’ve gone through, at least in the last 40 years, where we’ve lost fewer Kentuckians than those who we’re going to lose to Covid-19,” said Gov. Beshear. “So let’s remember that just because we don’t see numbers like New York had or Florida is going to experience, that doesn’t mean this isn’t hitting Kentucky really hard.”

 

As of Thursday, there have been at least 674,490 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate currently stands at 5.51%, unchanged from yesterday. At least 8,523 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

 

“We know the deaths follow large numbers of cases and that we’re going to have days when it’s really hard to read that list. But I do feel hopeful. I do feel optimistic that if we do wear that facial covering that we have found a way to stop what was going to be devastating,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here. To see all recent daily reports, click here.

 

Kentucky Infrastructure Authority Loans Update
Gov. Beshear announced today the approval of five project loans from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) totaling $7,230,900 for wastewater and sewer system improvements in the cities of Bardstown, Calvert City, Dawson Springs, Lewisburg and Whitesburg. For more information, read the full release.

 

“Every city and county in Kentucky should have reliable wastewater and sewer systems” said Gov. Beshear. “I’m glad these five cities can make necessary updates and provide more reliable service to their communities.”

 

State Fair Update
Today, the Governor announced that through consultation with public health officials, the Kentucky State Fair Board determined that limiting the fair to participants only was a necessary step to prevent a surge in COVID-19 cases.

 

The fair will feature wider aisle ways, reduced occupancy, increased hygiene accessibility and facial covering requirements. In an effort to manage crowds and social distancing, Lot A exhibits, Midway, concerts, entertainment and food vendors will not be featured in this year’s fair.

 

“By hosting a participant-only event, fair officials can more effectively enforce social distancing and facial covering requirements as well as gather the necessary information to perform contact tracing,” said Gov. Beshear. “I appreciate the board’s willingness to be agile, and their efforts to ensure that the health and safety of Kentuckians remains a top priority.”

The Kentucky State Fair will be held Aug. 20-30 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville.

 

The World’s Championship Horse Show will be held without spectators and adhere to the U.S. Equestrian Federation COVID-19 guidelines.

 

“We believe the decision will allow Kentucky to continue our tradition of highlighting the state’s premiere agriculture and equestrian industry while prioritizing the health and safety of Kentuckians,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

“We are proud that we are having the fair, but obviously the health and safety of our community is uppermost in our minds and we’re delighted that we will at least be able to have the horse show and livestock contestants, the 4H-ers and the FFA kids,” said Steve Wilson, chair of the State Fair Board.

 

Agriculture is one of the state’s leading and most vital industries. There are nearly 76,000 farms in Kentucky, contributing about $45.6 billion to Kentucky’s economy each year.

 

For more information, visit the Kentucky State Fair’s website.

 

Corrections Update
Today, Secretary of the Executive Cabinet J. Michael Brown provided a Department of Corrections update.

 

“To date, system-wide, we’ve had 844 positive cases with inmates and 136 with our employees. But we’ve also had 560 inmates recover and 87 employees recover, leaving today 49 active employee cases and 284 active inmate cases,” said Secretary Brown.

 

Unfortunately, 10 DOC inmates have died from complications due to the coronavirus.

 

For more information on Department of Corrections cases and facilities, click here.

 

Driver’s Licensing Update
Today, the Governor’s chief of staff and general counsel, La Tasha Buckner, reminded Kentuckians that Secretary of Transportation Jim Gray issued an order for two emergency actions that help limit in-person traffic at driver’s licensing offices:

 

  1. There is a 90-day rolling extension of expiration dates for driver’s licenses whose printed expiration date was March 16 to July 6.
  2. Kentuckians must use mail or a clerk’s drop box for renewal or replacement of standard operator’s licenses, permits and ID cards that expire(d) between March 1 to Sept. 30 and do not require testing for renewal.

 

For more information, go to drive.ky.gov.

 

Pharmacy Refills Update
Buckner also announced that Gov. Beshear signed an executive order extending previous orders allowing pharmacists to dispense 30-day refills. This order will be in effect until Sept. 5 and is subject to renewal.

 

“Pharmacists in any Kentucky county can dispense emergency refills for up to 30 days on medicines that are not controlled substances to residents of any Kentucky county,” said Buckner. “You can get multiple 30-day refills. The order allows people to be healthy at home and still get the medicine they need.”

 

Price-Gouging Update
In addition, Buckner announced that Gov. Beshear signed an executive order prohibiting price gouging, extending a previous order. This order will remain in effect for the duration of the state of emergency.

 

“The order protects Kentuckians from those who would take advantage of the pandemic by charging inflated prices for goods – goods like hand sanitizer, soap, cleaners and disinfectants,” Buckner said.

 

First Lady Launches Coverings for Kids Program
First Lady Britainy Beshear on Tuesday launched a new program, Coverings for Kids, which will help Kentuckians donate facial coverings directly to school districts.

 

More information, including links to tutorials and patterns to make both child- and adult-size facial coverings, can be found on the Coverings for Kids web page. To view the complete Coverings for Kids news release, click here.

 

Expanded COVID-19 Testing
Gov. Beshear continues to encourage all Kentuckians to take advantage of coronavirus testing being offered at more than 200 locations across the commonwealth.

 

For additional information about each location, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

More Information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at teamkentuckytranslations.com.

 

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RC SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES VIRTUAL START TO THE SCHOOL YEAR

In a special called meeting Thursday the Russell County School Board approved the recommendation of Superintendent Michael Ford to start the school year virtually for students. Ford spoke to WAVE NEWS following the meeting... 

The school board heard numerous options for students whose parents do not have access to the internet at their home. As of right now the school system doesn't have the Google Chromebooks that were ordered a couple of months back. Ford said this could cause a delay in the start of the school year until they are received. 

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Letter From Adair Co. School Supt. Dr. Pamela Stephens Regarding 2020-2021 School Year....

 

Letter from Adair Co. School Supt. Dr. Pamela Stephens to parents, guardians and community regarding the reopening of schools for the 2020/2021 school year.....
 

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COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING POLICE PURSUIT

 

The Columbia Police Department made an arrest Wednesday night following a brief vehicle pursuit on Liberty Road.


The pursuit began when a vehicle refused to stop during an attempted traffic stop on Fairground Street. The operator continued on into the county and finally brought his vehicle to a stop on Walker Lane. Tyler Scott Grooms, 29, of Columbia, KY has been charged with Fleeing and Evading Police, DUI, Possession of Marijuana and numerous traffic violations. Grooms was transported to TJ Health Columbia where he refused the blood draw.

CPD Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Jamie Cole and members of the Adair Sheriffs Office, including the K-9 unit.
 
Mugshot courtesy of bustednewspaper

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ADAIR COUNTY GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS

Mike Scales with WAVE NEWS has the list of indictments from the Adair County Grand Jury... 

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AREA ARRESTS 8-6-2020

 

A Cannon man was taken into custody by Officer Justice with the Russell Springs Police Depart just before midnight on Drug Charges…

 

David Mason, 55, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Theft by Failure to make Required Disposition of Property $500/$10,000, Persistent Felony Offender.

 

Jacob Hall, 20, of Jamestown, KY was taken into custody by the Kentucky State Police,Trooper Begley on Wednesday night. Hall is charged with Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) No Visible Injury and Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury.

 

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