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T.J. Community Mission Foundation's New Year's Eve Bash


Ring in the New Year in style by attending the T.J. Community Mission Foundation’s New Year’s Eve Bash. Enjoy a night featuring a fabulous upscale dinner, cash bar, a casino, dancing and music by The Jimmy Church Band. 


There will also be a raffle drawing that evening for a Henry New Original .44-40 WCF rifle valued at $2720.00 and a Spending Spree Tree worth $2000.00 which includes 20 - $100.00 gift cards to local boutiques and businesses. Raffle tickets are $10 each. You do not have to be present to win.


Randy Burns, Executive Director of the T.J. Community Mission Foundation stated, “We are very excited to bring this event to the region that is going to allow our guests to have an amazing time bringing in the new year, while supporting a wonderful cause like the T.J. Community Mission Foundation in the process! And, we simply could not do these types of events if it were not for our incredible sponsors who help make it possible. Thank you to all of our sponsors for your support of this event and your continued support of the Foundation.”


Tickets for both the event and raffle can be purchased online at NYEBASH2023.com


Adair County Boil Water Advisory


Date Issued:  12/1/2022

Time Issued: 12:45pmCT


 A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers on Weed Sparksville Road, West 80 from Windmill Mobile Homes to Edmonton Co Line, Weed Keltner Road, & all side roads & in between. The advisory has been issued due to moving line. 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, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This 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.


Adair County Burn Ban Lifted 12/01/22

According to Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan, the county Burn Ban has been liftd as of Thursday, December 1, 2022. 
The Statewide Open Burning regulations remain in effect ...
Kentucky's Fall Fire Hazard Season remains in effect through December 15th. Burning within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland area is allowed only in the evening hours between 6:00pm and 6:00am (local time).
Call 502-782-6592 to report suspected illegal burning or to find out more about Kentucky’s open burning regulation. After hours, leave a message and someone will respond as soon as possible. You may also email burnlaw@ky.gov.

The Fire Hazard Season in Kentucky runs October 1-December 15 AND February 15-April 30.

KSP Post 15 to Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoints


COLUMBIA, KY (December 1, 2022)  Kentucky State Police Post 15 will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints in the Post 15 area, which includes Green, Taylor, Marion, Washington, Russell, Casey, Adair, Metcalfe, Monroe, Clinton, and Cumberland counties.  These checkpoints will be conducted as part of Post 15’s highway safety efforts.  Troopers will be checking for violations of Kentucky traffic and regulatory laws relating to motor vehicle equipment safety, licensing of drivers, motor vehicle registration, and operation of motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants.


A complete list of traffic safety checkpoint locations can be found at the following link: http://kentuckystatepolice.org/post15checkpoints/


Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update 12/1/22


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2022) – Today, First Lady Britainy Beshear updated Kentuckians on the Eastern Kentucky Christmas Toy Drive and the deadline to apply for inclusion in the Team Kentucky Gallery. Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development progress; lower gas prices; disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky; grants to bring high-speed internet; upgrades to Interstate Highway 69; funding for child care providers; the opening of the first female-only juvenile detention center; and public health. The Governor also named those helping with the First’s Lady’s toy drive as Team Kentucky All-Stars.


First Lady Announces Additional Toy Drive Drop-Off Locations
Today, the First Lady kicked off the Team Kentucky Update, announcing new locations where Kentuckians can drop off new, unwrapped gifts as part of the Eastern Kentucky Christmas Toy Drive, benefiting children affected by July’s historic floods. Visit FirstLady.ky.gov/ToyDrive to see all drop-off sites. Donors can mail or ship toys to Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, 75 Theatre Court, Prestonsburg, KY 41653.


The First Lady said that Northern Kentucky University and Murray State University are collecting during specific games and that sites at Kroger stores and the University of Kentucky will be collecting during all regular business hours. Click here to view the current drop-off locations.


First Lady Reminds Photographers To Submit Work for Team Kentucky Gallery
The First Lady reminded Kentucky photographers that tomorrow, Dec. 2, is the deadline to submit their work to be featured in the Spring 2023 Team Kentucky Gallery exhibit. To learn more about the exhibit, see the full release. To apply, click here.


“As many of you know, one of the Capitol hallways is now filled with artwork from Kentuckians,” the First Lady said. “It makes the People’s House even more special, highlighting the talents and stories of those who call our commonwealth home. And this next exhibit is the first to be exclusively photography!”


Economic Development Update
Gov. Beshear highlighted two economic development projects that are expected to create 100 jobs and represent more than $600 million in new investment.


Last week, Gov. Beshear announced the largest distilled spirits-related investment on record in Kentucky, as Louisville-based Sazerac Co. will invest $600 million to construct nearly 20 barrel warehouses and expand Robinson Stave and Cumberland Cooperage in London, creating up to 50 full-time jobs and supporting the company’s continued growth.


Yesterday, the Governor joined local leaders and executives from LDG Multifamily, an affordable-housing developer, to cut the ribbon on the company’s new location in the Madrid Building in Louisville. LDG leaders have invested $10.75 million to purchase and renovate the new headquarters, creating 50 high-wage jobs for Kentucky residents.


Gas Prices
Gov. Beshear shared that the average price for gas in Kentucky, at $3.179 per gallon, is 29 cents lower than the national average of $3.470, according to the American Automobile Association. To see a full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to provide Kentuckians relief from high gas prices as well as tips to help families save, click here. A free application for help with home heating costs is available through Dec. 16 as part of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. Visit capky.org for more information.


Eastern Kentucky Floods Update
Gov. Beshear provided an update on Eastern Kentucky’s stabilization and rebuilding efforts following July’s historic floods. More than $89.5 million in grants have been approved under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individuals and Households Program. Over $56.4 million has been approved under the U.S. Small Business Administration.


Although Disaster Recovery Centers have closed, seven Multi-Agency Resource Centers are available for face-to-face help. Visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources for more information.


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet continues to oversee contractors who are clearing streams of debris and transporting damaged vehicles found in waterways or on public rights-of-way to vehicle management sites. Residents searching for a missing vehicle can find information on Gov. Beshear’s Flood Resources web page.


The Governor said that Kentucky State Parks are now housing 154 people, down from the 360 people sheltered on Sept. 1. Currently, 675 individuals are being housed in travel trailers, and 75 individuals have transitioned out. There are 325 travel trailers on site in 10 different locations.

To date, the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund has raised over $12.4 million from more than 41,000 donors. The Governor thanked the Arby’s Inspire Foundation for its donation of $23,516 and the Kentucky Distillers Association for its additional donation of $85,352 to the fund. To contribute, click here. For other information regarding flooding in Eastern Kentucky, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.


Abandoned Mine Lands Water Supply Restoration Project
Using $10.6 million of the first year’s grant from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, commonly referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Division of Abandoned Mine Lands will restore water infrastructure for over 3,600 residences in Breathitt, Knott and Letcher counties, which suffered heavy damage in the Eastern Kentucky flooding.

  • The award will help 961 residences in the Breathitt County communities of Lost Creek, Clay Hole, Hardshell, Haddix, Altro, Turners Creek, Morris Fork, River Caney and Watts, which will see $1.7 million worth of work. The work in Breathitt County will include the replacement of 4-inch and 6-inch waterlines, radio-read meters, meter bases, directional boring of stream crossings and the installation of flush hydrants. This project will help ensure safe and adequate supply of potable water.
  • Nearly 2,500 customers in Knott County who live in or near Big Branch, Montgomery Creek, Kentucky Highway 15 North, Kentucky Highway 1231, Amburgey, Sassafras, Kodak and Vicco will see about $4 million worth of work, which will include reconnecting and replacing transmission and service lines and other damaged equipment. The Knott County water system repairs and upgrades will help alleviate water loss and low pressure at the Montgomery Creek pumping station and is only the first phase to meet current service demands and future growth plans for Knott and Perry counties.
  • The 176 residences in Letcher County in the Millstone area will see $4.9 million worth of work, which will include the installation of potable water service lines and meters, construction of a 100 gallon-per-minute pump station, and a 100,000 gallon elevated water storage tank.


Applications Open for Grants To Bring High-Speed Internet to More Kentucky Families
The Governor announced that the application window is open for the next round of grant funding to support the state’s expansion of high-speed internet access to more families across Kentucky. This round includes more than $206 million. The distribution of these funds supports Gov. Beshear’s Better Internet Initiative, which is committed to expanding high-speed internet access to areas of the commonwealth with unserved populations or those with download speeds of 10 megabits per second or less.


I-69 Upgrade
Gov. Beshear, whose Better Kentucky Plan includes continuous improvement of Kentucky’s transportation system, announced today that work will begin in December on a project to bring the Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway up to interstate standards, allowing Interstate Highway 69 to be extended from Mayfield to Fulton.


Funding Available for Prospective Child Care Providers
Today, Gov. Beshear announced that more than $6.5 million from the American Rescue Plan Act has been made available to support child care services in Kentucky, including funds to incentivize Kentuckians to open licensed child care facilities that will support and retain the state’s workforce and will help parents and guardians connect with qualified, accessible help.


To apply for a new provider start-up grant, click here. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2023.

“High-quality facilities give kids the strong start they need while allowing parents or guardians to stay or get back into the workforce,” Gov. Beshear said. “These federal funds will help address the needs of more facilities, especially in underserved areas.”


The Governor added that the one-time start-up funds for family child care homes have doubled in amount to $5,000 in an effort to incentivize more new providers. Retroactive payments have been made to individuals who had previously applied, so that they will receive the full $5,000. In addition to the $5,000 start-up grants, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Department for Child Care has offered a $100,000 matching grant for those wanting to establish a facility in a child care desert. The deadline to apply for this matching grant is Dec. 31. To get the list of regional childcare agencies and contacts, click here.


First Female-Only Juvenile Detention Center to Open
Furthering his commitment to keeping youth in state custody safe and secure, Gov. Beshear has ordered the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to open a female-only detention center in Campbell County. Beginning this month, females between the ages of 11 to 18 ordered by the courts to secure detention will be housed at the DJJ Campbell Regional Juvenile Detention Center, with limited exceptions.


Health Updates
The Governor also updated Kentuckians on influenza, RSV and COVID-19 in the commonwealth. Gov. Beshear said that the spread of influenza is increasing in Kentucky. Six influenza deaths have been reported for Kentucky’s current 2022-2023 influenza season. Most influenza detections in the commonwealth have been identified as Type A. The flu vaccine has been updated this year and is expected to perform well against this circulating strain.


RSV, a common respiratory virus that causes mild cold-like symptoms, has recently increased in the United States, and outbreaks of the virus have occurred in Kentucky daycares and preschools. People of any age can become infected with RSV, and most recover within one to two weeks.  RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults. Early data suggest that RSV activity has peaked in Kentucky and is on the decline. The Kentucky Department for Public Health will continue to monitor trends from available data.


Gov. Beshear said that the most recent COVID-19 data continues to be encouraging. Fewer Kentuckians are hospitalized for COVID-19 than seen at nearly any point during the past two years and more and more counties are showing as “green” on the COVID-19 community levels map.


One Casey County Inmate who Escaped has been Captured; One Still At Large


UPDATE: One of two female inmates who escaped from the Casey County Jail early this morning has been captured. Liberty Police Department Chief Garrett says Angela Mason has been apprehended and he believes they are closing in on Chasity Burton as well.



These are the 2 inmates that escaped from Casey County Jail this morning and are still on the run. If you happen to see either of these individuals, please contact law enforcement immediately!




Christmas in the Park

Work is continuing on this year’s “Christmas in the Park". According to Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots, there are approx. 50 different displays for this year’s event. Churches, businesses, banks, school organizations, and others are participating with various displays. If you want to be a part of this year’s event, please call City Hall at 270-384-2501. Displays are beginning to go up this week.

2022 Christmas in Columbia Parade Biggest One Ever

The Christmas in Columbia Parade is this Saturday, Dec. 5th, 2022. Columbia-Adair Chamber of Commerce Exec. Director Ellen Zornes says it will be the biggest one yet (and it's not too late to enter). 


Ellen goes on to tell us who the Grand Marshalls will be this year....


Again, for more info. on the Christmas in Columbia Parade, call 270-384-6020 or email: coladair@duo-county.com.

Columbia City Council Meeting 12/5/22


The Columbia City Council will have a Special Called Meeting on Monday, December 5, 2022 at 6:00pmCT at City Hall.










Adair Fiscal Court Meeting Recap


The Adair Fiscal Court met on Tuesday afternoon. Here's Judge Exec. Gale Cowan....



Taylor County Man Dies Following Farming Accident...

On Monday, November 28, 2022 at 4:33pmET, the Taylor County Coroner’s Office was called to the scene of a farming accident on Collins Lane in Campbellsville.
83-year-old William Moran of Campbellsville had been operating a tractor in a feed lot and had dismounted it. Then for unknown reasons the tractor rolled forward, striking Mr. Moran causing fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased by the Taylor County Coroner’s Office.
The investigation is ongoing by the Taylor County Coroners Office & the Taylor County Sheriffs Office.

Green River Animal Shelter to Remain Closed the Rest of the Week

The Green River Animal Shelter will be closed to the public the remainder of this week due to sickness.  Hopefully everyone will be well and we can reopen on Monday.  Sorry for any inconveniences.  If anyone needs anything, please call the Adair Co. Judge’s Office at 270-384-4703. (All animals are being cared for).


Fire Tuesday Night in Russell Springs

According to Russell Springs Fire Chief Bobby Johnson, his department is investigating a Tuesday night fire on Clara Drive.

Firefighters were called out to a home fire just before 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

No injuries were reported from the blaze, and firefighters were on scene for about an hour.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Ohio Man Arrested in Columbia After Trying to Fill Forged Prescriptions

On Tuesday, November 29, 2022 the Columbia Police Department received an anonymous tip that a party (or parties) may travel through the area and attempt to pass and fill forged prescriptions for controlled substances. 

While checking a local pharmacy, CPD Officers made contact with a male subject who attempted to flee on foot when encountering police. The man was apprehended by the Columbia Police Department after a brief foot pursuit and was taken into custody with no further incident. 

Matthew Joshua Winston, 24, of Franklin, Ohio has been charged with fleeing or evading police on foot (2nd degree) as well as forgery of a prescription 1st offense, a class D felony. 

Sgt. Evan Burton made the arrest and was assisted on scene by Officer Trevor Foster.

KSP Investigates Fatal Collision on KY 90 in Metcalfe County


SUMMER SHADE, Ky. (November 28, 2022) – On November 26, 2022 at approximately 11:28 P.M. EST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a single vehicle injury collision on KY 90 in Metcalfe County.


The preliminary investigation revealed that Wilmer Alexander Alonzo Canales, 38, of Summer Shade, was traveling east on KY 90 in a 2000 Chevrolet S-10 when he lost control and left the roadway. Once Mr. Canales left the roadway, he struck an earth embankment and went airborne before coming to final rest in a private drive.    

Mr. Canales was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Metcalfe County Coroner. 


KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Metcalfe County Sheriff's Office, Metcalfe County Fire and EMS, Metcalfe County Rescue Squad, and Metcalfe County Coroner. The collision remains under investigation by Trooper Matthew Lee.


Adair County Burn Ban Reinstated


Due to an excess number of incidents this week and after discussions with local fire officials and Emergency Management, the Burn Ban has been re-instated for Adair County.  No open burning is allowed at this time.


Gale B. Cowan
Adair County Judge Executive


KSP Arrests Russell County Woman on Drug Charges

Megan Miller, 31, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Trooper Pierce with the Kentucky State Police early Wednesday morning. Miller was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of a Controlled Substance 1st.  She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Russell County Board of Education District Calendar Committee Meeting 11/29/22

The Russell County Board of Education District Calendar Committee Meeting will be on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 3:30pmCT at the Lake Cumberland Regional College & Workforce Center (ROOM 124). The District Calendar Committee is charged with developing a draft SY 2023-2024 calendar to present to the Russell County Board of Education. 
(Note: This is a meeting of the District Calendar Committee, not the Russell County Board of Education)
1) Call to Order
2) Roll Call and Introduction of Russell County Board of Education Approved District Calendar Committee Members
3) Adoption of Agenda
4) Review KRS 158.070 (school district calendar committee, school calendar adoption procedures, variable student instructional year, and other school calendar requirements.)
5) Discuss school year 2023-2024 calendar planning options
6) Public Comments
7) Adjourn Meeting

Gov. Beshear Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of John Y. Brown Jr.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 22, 2022) – Gov. Andy Beshear today announced the death of former Kentucky Governor John Y. Brown Jr. The 55th Governor of the commonwealth, Brown served from 1979 to 1983. He was 88 years old.


“I am sad to share that former Governor John Y. Brown Jr. passed away yesterday,” said Gov. Beshear. “Gov. Brown was a remarkable leader who was committed to serving the people of Kentucky. He made our commonwealth a better place. Britainy and I are praying for his family and loved ones.”


The family of John Y. Brown Jr. released the following statement:


Our Dad, John Y. Brown Jr., not only dreamed the impossible dream, he lived it until the very end. His positive attitude and zest for life was unrivaled and allowed him to beat the odds many times over. Every day was an exciting adventure for him. He was a true Kentucky original who beamed with pride for his home state and its people. He had many prominent accomplishments, but most of all he loved his family with all of his heart, and we in turn loved him with all of our hearts. We are heartbroken by his passing, but find comfort in what he wrote in one of his final days, “I have never been so happy.”

Gov. Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff in Brown’s honor until sunset on the day of interment. The former Governor will lie in state in the rotunda of the Kentucky State Capitol. Additional arrangements will be forthcoming.


Individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the commonwealth are encouraged to join in this tribute. Flag status information is available at governor.ky.gov/flag-status.


Casey Jury Trial Finds Defendant Guilty of Sex Abuse Charges


NOVEMBER 21, 2022 - A Casey County Circuit Court jury found Dennis Keith Sims, age 71, guilty of two (2) counts of First-Degree Sexual Abuse late Friday following a two-day jury trial.


According to testimony at trial, Sims sexually abused two (2) children between December 2020 and January 2021 in Liberty. The children were ages 7 and 9 at the time of the abuse. The case was investigated by Kentucky State Police Trooper Billy Begley. The jury convicted Sims and recommended that he serve the maximum sentence – ten (10) years – for each count. Pursuant to Kentucky law, those sentences must be served consecutively (one after the other) since the crimes involved multiple victims, meaning Sims faces a total of twenty (20) years in prison. Additionally, Sims will be required to complete a sex offender treatment program and will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.


Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright prosecuted the case. After the trial, Wright thanked Trooper Begley for his efforts investigating the case – including conducting an interview with Sims that was played during the trial. Wright also thanked the members of the jury for their attention during the trial and for ensuring that justice was served in this case. Wright added, “protecting the children in this community is one of the top priorities of my office. I will continue to aggressively prosecute anyone who abuses a child in this county.”


Sims, who was represented at trial by attorney Theodore Lavit from Lebanon, will appear before Casey Circuit Judge Judy Vance Murphy for final sentencing on February 13, 2023.


Zaxby's Restaurant Coming to Columbia


Zaxby’s, a national restaurant with over 900 locations, will be coming to Columbia. The restaurant offers chicken fingers, salads, and sandwiches. They currently have locations in Glasgow, Somerset, Danville, and Bowling Green.


The first Zaxby’s was started in Statesboro, Georgia, in 1990, by two friends Tony Townley and Zach McLeroy. The first location outside of Georgia came four years later and was in Bowling Green, Kentucky. In 2013, they started locations in Utah, the first outside of the southeastern United States. In 2019, they had locations in seventeen different states.


Zaxby's is planning a ground-breaking within the next few weeks. More details will be available later.


“We welcome Zaxby’s to Columbia,” said Pamela Hoots, Mayor.


KSP Post 15 Welcomes New Troopers to Enhance Public Safety Throughout the Commonwealth

COLUMBIA, Ky. (November 18, 2022) - Kentucky State Police (KSP) announced that 38 cadets have graduated the agency’s basic training academy and are now ready to report for duty across the commonwealth with a focus on creating a better and safer Kentucky.
Cadets reported to the KSP training academy on June 5, 2022 to embark upon 24-weeks of intense training to learn the job skills necessary to perform the duties of a state trooper. Graduating cadets pledged to uphold the mission of KSP by promoting public safety through service, integrity and professionalism using partnerships to prevent, reduce and deter crime and the fear of crime, enhance highway safety through education and enforcement, safeguard property and protect individual rights.
The KSP Training Academy provides cadets with best practices, the latest technology training and legal information to help make the commonwealth’s streets safer, communities stronger and the nation more secure through exceptional law enforcement. The graduates of Cadet Class 102 received more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study in subjects such as constitutional law, juvenile and traffic law, use of force, weapons training, defensive tactics, first aid, high speed vehicle pursuit, criminal investigation, computer literacy, hostage negotiations, evidence collection, radio procedures, search and seizure, crash investigation, drug identification, traffic control, crowd control, armed robbery response, electronic crimes, sex crimes, hate crimes, domestic violence, bomb threats and hazardous materials.
KSP Post 15 Captain Bradly Stotts is excited to welcome a new trooper to Columbia. “We are excited to add 4 new Troopers to serve the citizens of the Post 15 area. We look forward to them beginning their career with the Kentucky State Police” said Captain Stotts
The Post 15 graduates of the 102nd KSP Training Academy included:
  • Trey Binder, Georgetown, KY
  • Matthew Lee, Somerset, KY
  • Timothy Moore, Somerset, KY &
  • Daniel Pierce, Edmonton, KY
13 cadets earned their associate degree in General Occupational and Technical Studies from the Bluegrass Community and Technical College during their 24-weeks at the training academy. These cadets benefited from the new hiring guidelines established by the state legislature in 2017. The Post 15 troopers who received their associate’s degree are Matthew Lee, Somerset, KY, Timothy Moore, Somerset, KY, and Daniel Pierce, Edmonton, KY.
KSP’s recruitment branch is currently accepting applications for the upcoming cadet class 103, which is slated to begin February 26, 2023. The deadline to apply is by close of business November 25.
For more information about career opportunities with KSP visit kentuckystatepolice.org.

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