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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP - SEPT. 2019

 

The Adair County School Board met on Thursday evening. Jim Leib has details....

 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 
The Russell County Boil Water Advisory on Oak St., Richards Dr. and Alexandra Dr. has been lifted.
 

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ADAIR CO. BURN BAN

 

Adair County is now under an "Open Burning Ban". Adair Co. Judge Exec. Gale Cowan signed the proclamation earlier today.....

 

 

 

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ARRESTS 09/19/19

 
  • Timothy McWhorter, 32,  Russell Springs, KY - arrested Wednesday afternoon by Probation & Parole for Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8 ounces); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine); and a Parole Violaton (for Techical Violation)
  • Christopher Dalton Smothers, 35, Russell Springs, KY - arrested Wednesday afternoon by RCSO for 2 counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possesssion of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Marijuana; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Lodged in the Russell County Jail.

 
  • Carla Perkins, 53, Columbia, KY - arrested by KSP on Wednesday afternoon for DUI; Failure to Wear Seatbelt; Improper Windshield; Failure to Produce Insurance Card; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Vicki Hodges, 38, Elizabethtown, KY - arresed Wednesday night by ACSO for Leaving the Scene of an Accident; DUI; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Ricky Melton, 32, Burkesville - arrested Wednesday night by BPD for Disregarding a Stop Sign and DUI

Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.

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R.C. SHERIFFS OFFICE PHONE LINES DOWN TODAY

 
The Russell County Sheriff's office phone lines are down for the day (Thursday). In case of emergency, call dispatch at 270-343-6600 or 911.
 
 

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LOCAL SHERIFF'S ON THE WAVE TODAY

 

Adair Co. Sheriff Josh Brockman & Russell Co. Sheriff Derek Polston were guests on the WAVE this morning. Here's the interview in case you missed it.........

 

 

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RUSSELL CO. TELECOMMUNICATOR PROCLAMATION

 
On Wednesday, Sept. 18th, Russell County Judge Executive Gary D. Robertson and the Fiscal Court issued a proclamation recognizing Russell County 911 Telecommunicators as first responders.  
 
Currently, Telecommunicators are classified as Office and Administrative Support Occupations. Recently, Texas became the first state to pass legislation recognizing 911 Telecommunicators as first responders and classify them as Protective Services, which includes police, fire, EMS, etc. The 911 Saves Act is a national bill that would reclassify 911 telecommunicators nationwide as Protective Services. Currently it has passed the House and is being considered in the Senate. 
 
Item #7 in the local proclamation states, "The Russell County Fiscal Court recognizes that a 911 Telecommunicator is far from clerical and supports the national movement to reclassify 911 Telecommunicators as First Responders, to truly recognize the work they do. Additionally, the Russell County Fiscal Court supports the 911 Saves Act to properly classify the proffession of 911 Telecommunicators." 
 
Full time Telecommunicators are required to complete an intensive 5-week academy through the Dept of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond, KY. The academy is considered among the best in the nation. Telecommunicators also are required to receive ongoing training each year to maintain this certification. In addition, they are certified in Telephone CPR and Criminal Justice Information System, which houses sensitive data such as Driver License, Vehicle registration, Criminal History, Wanted Persons, etc.  
 
Russell County 911 employees 11 Telecommunicators (7 full time and 4 part time).  They want to thank the Russell County Judge Executive and Fiscal Court for this recognition and will continue to strive to provide the best possible 911 service to the citizens and tourists of Russell County.
 
 
Pictured front row left to right: Kori Skaggs (911 Training officer), Gary Robertson (County Judge Executive), Gary Wheat (911 Supervisor).  Back row left to right Valerie Baker (911 Telecommunicator), Nichole Simpson (911 Telecommunicator), Derek Polston (Sheriff/911 Board), H M Bottom (911 Board Chair), Penny Jones (911 Telecommunicator), Ashley Pearson (911 Telecommunicator). Not pictured are: Laura Willis, Elizabeth Skaggs, Krystal Redmon, Carrie Burton and Nicole Bradshaw.
 

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2 RUSSELL COUNTIANS ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 
In the continued battle to combat the drug epidemic in Russell County, 2 Russell Countians were arrested on Wednesday.
 
According to Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston, a search warrant was executed at 3372 West Hwy 76 in the old Foley store area of Russell County. Arrested at the scene were Christopher D. Smothers, age 35, who was charged with Trafficking In A Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine). Rebeka Devore, age 37, was charged with Possession of Marijuana (less than 8oz) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Sheriff Polston says more arrests are forthcoming. 
 
The sheriff reminds all Russell County citizens that if you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighborhood, call the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-Line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous. 

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ELEVATED FIRE RISK IN WAVE AREA

 

September 17th, 2019
Mike Keltner, Adair County Emergency Management 
 
While in discussion with the National Weather Service (NWS) and Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan, in regard to the dry conditions of the county, it was decided to bring attention to the elevated risk of fire spread.  The majority of Adair County remains out of the abnormally dry conditions indicated on the included drought monitor infographic and further information from the NWS expects the conditions to remain the same through the end of the week.  Many counties around Adair are experiencing moderate drought conditions and have enacted local burn bans.  We will continue to monitor conditions along with our government partners and make determination on a local ban if conditions change.  
 
Please use caution if you must burn in Adair County and consult with your local government if out of the county. 
 
 

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72 KY COUNTIES ELIGIBLE FOR USDA RURAL COMMUNITY NATURAL DISASTER AID

 
 
LEXINGTON, KY, Sept. 17, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kentucky State Director Hilda Legg today announced 72 counties in the commonwealth (including Russell, Adair, Casey, Cumberland & Metcalfe) are eligible to apply for grants to help recover from natural disasters.
 
The announcement comes after U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service Administrator Bruce Lammers announced that USDA is making $150 million in grants available through the Community Facilities Program.
 
The $150 million is included in the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act that President Trump signed into law on June 6, 2019. The grants may be used for relief in areas affected by Hurricanes Michael and Florence; wildfires in 2018; and other natural disasters where the Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided a notice declaring a Major Disaster Declaration and assigned a FEMA disaster recovery number.
 
Grant applications will be accepted at USDA state offices on a continual basis until funds are exhausted. Grant assistance will be provided on a graduated scale; smaller communities with the lowest median household income are eligible for a higher proportion of grant funds. 
 
Eligible counties: Adair, Ballard, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell, Campbell, Carlisle, Carroll, Carter, Casey, Clay, Crittenden, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Fulton, Gallatin, Grant, Graves, Greenup, Hancock, Hardin, Harlan, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Kenton, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Livingston, Madison, Magoffin, Marion, Marshall, Martin, McCracken, McCreary, McLean, Metcalfe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Owen, Owsley, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Powell, Rockcastle, Russell, Spencer, Trigg, Trimble, Union, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Whitley, and Wolfe.
 
More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in eligible rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.
 
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/.
 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY 09/18/19

 

There is a Boil Water Advisory in Russell County, KY on Oak St., Richards Dr. and Alexandra Drive due to water main repairs. Boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes before using.
 

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1-VEHICLE ADAIR CO. ACCIDENT INJURES 2 PEOPLE

On Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 3:23pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office was dispatched to a single vehicle collision on KY 704.  Upon arrival, it was found that Sandra Loy of Columbia, KY was operating a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox traveling south on KY 704, when she dropped off the shoulder of the roadway, traveled through a residential yard, with the vehicle rolling over.  
 
Loy and a juvenile passenger were treated at the scene by Adair EMS and then transferred to TJ Health Columbia for additional treatment.
 
The collision was investigated by Chief Deputy Justin Cross. 
 

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AREA ARRESTS 09/17/19

 

  • Ricky Barnett, 65, Campbellsville - arrested by the TCSO on Monday afternoon for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 2nd offense (Drug Unspecified)
  • Ester Hunt, 56, Columbia - arrested Monday evening by KSP for DUI (Aggravating Circumstance) 3rd Offense; Driving on a DUI Suspended License; Reckless Driving; Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle; Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Required Insurance; and Failure to Produce Insurance Card
  • Maverick Parr, 30, Glasgow - arrested on Monday afternoon for Rape, 3rd degree; Ppossession of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor; Use of a Minor (under the age of 16) in a Sex Performance; Sodomy, 1st degree (Victim under 12 years old); and Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd degree (on foot)

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

 

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RUSSELL CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP 09/16/19

 

The Russell County School Board met on Monday evening. Jim Leib has information.....

 

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KDA'S MOBILE SCIENCE ACTIVITY CENTER COMING TO ADAIR CO.

 

FRANKFORT (September 16, 2019) - The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s high-tech Mobile Science Activity Center (MSAC) will visit Adair County Middle School September 17-19, 2019 to teach students about agriculture and its vital role in their everyday lives.
 
3 MSACs travel to schools throughout the Commonwealth to give students the opportunity to conduct scientific experiments related to agriculture using current educational standards and core content.
 
The MSACs use tablet computers, a 70-inch LED monitor, and an all-in-one touchscreen desktop computer to interact with students. The mobile units contain internal generators; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and handicapped-accessible ramps.
 
The mobile units are administered by the Education and Outreach Division in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Office of Marketing.
 
If you plan to cover a visit, please contact the school in advance.
 
To find out more about the Mobile Science Activity Center, contact the Education and Outreach Division at 502-782-4125 or visit http://kyagr.com/marketing/mobile-science-center.html. For information about Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom, go to http://teachkyag.org.
 
 

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DAY OF CARING SATURDAY, SEPT. 21ST IN COLUMBIA

 
The City of Columbia, in conjunction with local churches and organizations, will be sponsoring a "Day of Caring" this Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 in Columbia and Adair County.
 
Projects are to be completed for the elderly, disabled, and community on that day. This past week, Don Neat and Dwan Hadley have been delivering wood to residents in the county that burn wood for heat in the winter.
 
Bobby Morrison and the Band of Brothers from the Columbia Christian Church will be working with an activity at the Rosenwald School near Santa Fe Church.
 
The Columbia Baptist Church will be overseeing a project at Signature Healthcare at Summit Manor. Projects include: cleaning gutters, tree trimming, cleaning windows, and other smaller household chores throughout the day.
 
If you or your church would like to participate, please contact Columbia City Hall at 270-384-2501.
 
“We hope that this will become a biannual event for our town,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots, “The support of the community has been amazing.”
 

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GOV. BEVIN TO VISIT LIBERTY TO MAKE FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

 
Governor Matt Bevin, along with a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) official, will attend the Liberty City Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 to make a transportation funding announcement. The meeting will be held at the Central KY Ag/Expo Center, 678 S. Wallace Wilkinson Blvd., Liberty, KY at 2:00pmET.
 

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AREA ARRESTS 09/16/19

 
  • Jeffery Milburn, 50, Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD early this morning (Monday) for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Promoting Contraband; No Tail Lamps; No License in Possession; Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon; and 2 counts of Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees or Fines
  • Justin Withers, 18, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Saturday night for Careless Driving; Communication Device Violation; No Rear View Mirror; Improper Windshield; Possession of Marijuana; and DUI
  • Chris Dunlap, 32, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Saturday night for Cruelty to Animals, 2nd degree
  • Christopher Lawrence Glover, 24, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Saturday night for DUI
  • Wilson Perez-Aguilar, 22, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Saturday night for DUI and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle

 

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • Oscar Alfaro, 49, Campbellsville - arrested by ACSO on Sunday night for Reckless Driving; no Operators-Moped License; and DUI
  • Hugo Vasquez, 38, Columbia - arrested by ACSO on Sunday night for Fleeing or Evading Police (on foot) and Alcohol intoxication in a Public Place
  • Susan Jasper, 47, Columbia - arrested by ACSO and charged with Assault, 4th degree (Minor Injuries)
  • Bryany Pelt, 23, Campbellsville - arrested by KSP in Columbia early Sunday morning for DUI (Aggravating Circumstance); Failure to Produce Insurance Card; and Assault, 4th degree (Minor Injuries)
  • LeRoy Spencer, 51, Columbia - arrested by CPD on Saturday night for Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence) 
  • Brandon Beldon, 21, Liberty - arrested by KSP early Sunday for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs, 1st offense
  • Matthew Miller, 30, Albany - arrested by CCSO on Saturday for Reckless Driving; Fleeing or Evading Police; DUI; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 
  • Austin Lewis, 23, Greensburg - arrested by GPD on Friday afternoon for Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence) and Terroristic Threatening, 3rd degree

 

 Lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.
 

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3 RUSSELL COUNTIANS ARRESTED AFTER SEARCH OF RESIDENCE

 
Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that on Sunday evening, September 15, 2019 a search warrant was executed at 100 Walnut Lane (Hwy 1680) in the Bernard Ridge/Pleasant Hill area by members of the Russell Co. Sheriffs Office. Three individuals were arrested at the scene. 47-year-old Phillip Sutton and 55-year-old Kathy Sutton, both of Jamestown, KY were arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana (less than 8oz), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Phillip Grider, age 41, was also arrested and served with 3 outstanding warrants for Flagrant Non-Support. 
 
Sheriff Polston reminds all Russell County citizens that if you suspect illegal drug activity or anything suspicious, to contact the Russell County Sheriff's Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous. 
 
 

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RUSSELL CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING SEPT. 16

 
The Russell County School Board will meet on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 6:00 PM at Russell County High School (Library)
 
AGENDA
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Adoption of Agenda
4. Russell County Education Association (RCEA) Certified and Classified Employee Recognition: Melissa McGowan, SES Guidance Counselor & Marvin Sullivan, RCHS Custodian
5. Recognition of Lakers 15U Baseball Team (Representing the Ohio Valley Region in Bismark North Dakota for the Babe Ruth World Series Championship)
6. Presentation: Engineering Program at Russell County High School, Mrs. Carol Ackerman
7. Lake Cumberland Regional College and Workforce Center Construction Update
8. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
B. Payment of Bills
C. Construction Funds
D. School Activity Fund Reports
E. Financial Report
F. Field Trips
9. Approval of Working Budget for SY 2019-2020 (FY 20)
10. Employee Trainer Payment Fee
11. Revised Section 6 Fund Allocations "KERA Money"
12. Contract Approval-Family Resource & Youth Service Centers
13. Fundraiser Approvals
14. Out of State and/or Overnight Trips
15. Executive Session (Employee Discipline KRS 61.810 (1)(f))
16. Resume Meeting
17. Public Comment
18. DUO BroadBand Donation
19. Personnel Reports
20. Adjournment
 

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CALLED R.S. CITY COUNCIL MEETING SEPT. 16

 
 
 
AGENDA
RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2019
7:00 A.M.
 
I.  MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
II. 2ND READING OF ORDINANCE 2019-04 - AN ORDINANCE LEVYING THE ANNUAL AD VALOREM TAX ON REAL, PROPERTY, MOTOR VEHICLES AND MOTOR BOATS AND OTHER PERSONAL PROPERTY FOR CITY PURPOSES IN THE COPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF RUSSELL SPRINGS, KENTUCKY FOR THE YEAR 2019
III. ADJOURNMENT
 

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AREA ARRESTS

 
  • Charles Sybert, 50, Knifley - arrested Thursday night by KSP for Theft by Deception - Including Cold Checks (Under $10,000), and a Fugitive From Another State Warrant. Sybert was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

  • Douglas Gilbert, 31, Nancy, KY - arrested by KSP on Thursday night for Assault, 3rd degree (Police or Probation Oficer); Disorderly Conduct, 1st & 2nd degree; Resisting Arrest; Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place; Menacing; and Resisting Arrest. Gilbert was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

  • Corey Giles, 37, Knifley, KY - arrested by Campbellsville Police on Thursday afternoon for Public Intoxication, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Meth); and Outstanding Taylor County District Court Warrant. He was lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center. Giles was arrested after he was observed acting suspicious and appearing to be under the influence in the Druthers restaurant parking lot on Main St. in Campbellsville.

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4 CUMBERLAND CO. RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 
  1. Thomas Gene Moore, 57, Burkesville - arrested by BPD for Cultivating Marijuana; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Parhaphernalia; and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor
  2. Thomas Gene Moore Jr., 23, Burkesville - arrested by CCSO for Cultivating Marijuana; Possession of Drug Parhaphernalia; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor
  3. Lance Humphrey, 23, Burkesville - arrested by BPD for Possession of Drug Parhaphernalia; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor
  4. Trista Reynolds, 25, Burkesville - arrested by CCSO for Cultivating Marijuana; Possession of Drug Parhaphernalia; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor

 

All four were lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.

 

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ARRESTS MADE BY ADAIR CO. SHERIFFS OFFICE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

 
 
On Thursday, September 12, 2019 at approximately 11:00pmCT, Adair County K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin observed a red Dodge truck, being operated by Kyle Leishner of Columbia. The deputy also observed a passenger in the vehicle that he believed to be 32-year-old Wyatt Long, also of Adair County. Deputy Durbin had knowledge that both individuals had outstanding Circuit Court Warrants for their arrest in Adair and Casey Counties. 
 
Deputy Durbin initiated contact and Kyle Leishner was taken into custody without incident. When Long was being arrested, he began to resist.  Deputy Durbin was able to gain control of Long and place him in custody without injury to either party. Long was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
 
Wyatt Long was charged with Resisting Arrest, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Outstanding Adair County Circuit Court Indictment Warrant.
 
Kyle Leishner was arrested on an Outstanding Casey County Warrant.
 
K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin was assisted by Deputy Joey Keith. The investigation is continuing.
 

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RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP

 

The Russell Springs City Council met on Thursday evening. Jim Leib has details....

 

 

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