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2022 RUSSELL COUNTY CANDIDATES

 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 is the last day to file for office. Russell County Deputy Clerk Janet Antle emailed WAVE News the current Russell County Candidate List.....

 

 

 

 

Kentucky State Police Post 15 Investigates Fatal Collision In Metcalfe County


Edmonton, KY (January 25, 2022) Kentucky State Police is investigating a fatal collision that occurred on January 24, 2022 at 4:11 PM on U.S. 68 in Metcalfe County.
 

Preliminary investigations indicate that Meridith Spear, 32, of Magnolia, KY was operating a 2009 Nissan Altima southbound on U.S. 68 when she failed to correctly negotiate a curve and entered into the northbound lane. As she crossed the centerline, she struck a northbound 2008 Dodge box truck head-on operated by Edward Harris, 54, of Manchester, KY. Harris attempted to swerve to avoid the collision but was unsuccessful.
 

Spear was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Metcalfe County Coroner. Harris was not injured in the collison.
 

This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Dean Lunz.
 

Jamestown City Council Appoints New Councilmember

 

Members of the Jamestown City Council named Ada Lawson to the Council to fill the vacancy left when current Mayor Regina Hinton left the position to serve out the term of mayor. Lawson will be a councilmember the remainder of the year; City Council seats are up for re-election this November. 

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19, Tornado Relief

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 24, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said that his son, Will, tested positive for COVID-19 and is generally asymptomatic, adding that his son is fully vaccinated and recently received his booster shot. The Governor and the rest of the family tested negative for the virus today. The Governor was tested twice today and said he will continue to be tested daily and follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

 

Gov. Beshear joined today’s briefing remotely to provide an update on COVID-19 and tornado relief. He encouraged parents to get their children vaccinated and boosted if they are eligible.

 

“My son is generally asymptomatic, we believe because he is vaccinated and boosted,” said Gov. Beshear. “In fact, he is shooting basketball right now, by himself. The vaccines and booster truly protected him.”

 

The Governor said among Kentucky children ages 5 to 11, only 13.3% are fully vaccinated.

 

“Approximately 25% of new COVID-19 cases reported each day in Kentucky are children. Vaccination provides assurance that children can remain in school and protected against COVID-19,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. “For parents who have not yet vaccinated your children, I encourage you to talk with your pediatrician. It’s important that you make an informed decision and have confidence that you are taking important steps to keep your children safe from this disease that has caused so much harm to our families and communities.”

 

COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,842,876
Number of people who have received their vaccination booster in Kentucky: 1,002,347

Jan. 22, Cases: 13,797
Jan. 22, Deaths: 29
Jan. 23, Cases: 11,648
Jan. 23, Deaths: 25

New Cases Today: 3,912
New Deaths: 22
Today’s Positivity Rate: 33.06%
Current Hospitalizations: 2,326
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 440
Currently on Ventilators: 257

 

During the week ending Jan. 23, Kentucky reported 81,473 new cases, more than 9,000 more cases than the previous record set the week before. Also, during the week ending Jan. 23, Kentucky’s average positivity rate was 33.1%, nearly four points higher than the previous record set the week before.

 

Kentucky is still setting new records for both COVID-19 test positivity rate and new cases. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations are near the all-time peak during the delta surge and many hospitals in Kentucky are struggling.

 

So far, for every major strain of this virus, the vaccines have provided very high protection against severe COVID-19 disease and death.

 

Dr. Stack said for percentage of fully vaccinated people with a booster dose, in both adults 65 and older and adults 18 and older, Kentucky is leading Region 4 and is higher than the national average in both categories.

 

Dr. Stack added that all of us can help our health care workers and hospital system by not going to an emergency room just to get a COVID test. This overwhelms the emergency care system and makes the situation worse.

 

Tornado Response Update
The Governor provided an update related to the deadly tornadoes that occurred this past December.

 

The Governor reminded Kentuckians that the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund will next be used to add 20% on top of what the Federal Emergency Management Agency awards in individual assistance for uninsured homeowners and renters impacted by the storms. Checks should go out within the next two weeks. The number of Kentuckians who are eligible to receive FEMA benefits and the extra 20% includes at least 475 uninsured homeowners and 987 uninsured renters.

 

He said that, to date, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration have approved nearly $36 million in total federal assistance for survivors. This includes more than $10.7 million in FEMA assistance approved for individuals and households, including more than $7.6 million for housing assistance and more than $3 million for other disaster-related needs. Nearly $25 million in SBA disaster loans has been approved for homeowners, renters and businesses. The Governor reminded those who need to apply for FEMA assistance to do so by Friday, Feb. 11. To apply visit disasterassistance.gov, use the FEMA mobile app or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.

 

Regarding debris removal, the Governor said the extreme damage caused by the tornadoes will take a long time rebuild. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that more than 4.6 million cubic yards of debris existed and more than 1.1 million cubic yards have been removed for a total of approximately 24.5% debris removed thus far.

 

“Remember, we’ve got to dig in knowing that this is going to take a lot of time because of how destructive these storms are. Let’s not get frustrated, and let’s not attack those that are out there cleaning it up,” said Gov. Beshear. “It’s the level of damage that creates the length of debris removal. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates more than 4.6 million cubic yards of debris and that is like nothing that most – of even them – have ever seen before.”

 

The Governor said that Kentucky State Parks are continuing to provide housing and food services for 352 displaced Kentuckians and 58 first responders. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help should contact Andy Kasitz at andy.kasitz@ky.gov.

 

The Governor also said that FEMA has approved direct temporary housing assistance in six Kentucky counties: Caldwell, Graves, Hopkins, Marshall, Muhlenberg and Warren. FEMA is contacting survivors in these counties who applied for assistance and may be eligible for direct temporary housing options. The Governor said the state is working with data from Graves and Hopkins county officials, the American Red Cross and FEMA partners to assess the temporary sheltering needs of displaced families with school-age children in order to relocate them as close as possible to their school districts.

 

He announced that the Commonwealth Sheltering Program will make available 200 newly purchased travel trailers for these impacted families as an interim step in the rebuilding process.

 

“The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is working on the placement of the trailers right now and supporting the wraparound services,” Gov. Beshear said. “We are in the process of transporting and installing 10 travel trailers in Mayfield and 10 in the Dawson Springs area. That will mean 20 trailers will be hooked up and ready for families this week.”

 

The priority is to make sure all of the temporary travel trailers are ready to help displaced families with school age children as soon as possible.

 

Appalachian Communities: Apply for Community, Economic Development Grants
Gov. Beshear announced Monday that Appalachian communities can now apply for grants to help them achieve economic and community development goals.

 

The Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands is accepting applications in anticipation of receiving 2022 Abandoned Mine Lands Economic Revitalization, or AMLER, grant funding, previously known as the Abandoned Mine Lands, or AML, program. The deadline to submit an application is April 1, 2022. To learn more, see the full release.

 

ADAIR COUNTY INDICTMENTS 01/24/22

 
An Adair County Grand Jury has returned indictments against the following individuals:
 
 
  1. Jared Wheat, 27, of Columbia - Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia, and 
  2. Trafficking in Methamphetamine. 
  3. Randy Crawhorn, 31, of Campbellsville - Rape 3rd degree with someone under the age of 16 and Persistent Felony Offender 2nd degree.
  4. Toshia Byers, 27, of Columbia - Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia.
  5. James M. Gilliatt, 36, of Columbia - Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Methamphetamine, Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, and Persistent Felony Offender 1st degree.
  6. Jose Michael Foster, 20, of Columbia - Fleeing or Evading Police, 2 counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st degree (including Wanton Endangerment involving a Police Officer), Possession of Marijuana, License to be in Possession, Speeding, Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance, Failure to Signal, Reckless Driving, No Registration Receipt, No/Expired Registration Plates, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.
  7. Terry Lynn Hollis, 57, of Sulligent, Alabama - Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Operating a Commercial Vehicle in Violation of Part 395 of the Federal Safety Regulations- Hours of Service for Drivers.
  8. Kaleb Weber, 19, of Indianapolis, Indiana -  Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest, and Disorderly Conduct.
  9. Nathan J. Irvin, 30, of Louisville, KY - Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
  10. Heather M. Yates, 31, of Bowling Green, KY - Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Hydrocodone), Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Amphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, and Reckless Driving.
  11. Jenna Philpott (a.k.a. Jenna Hawthorn-Philpott), 32, of Columbia - Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia.
  12. Oba Z. Thompson, 32, of Columbia - Promoting Contraband, Possession of Methamphetamine (3rd or subsequent offense), and Persistent Felony Offender 1st degree.
  13. Kevin Vanarsdale, 52, of Columbia - Tampering with Physical Evidence, 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 3rd degree, and Persistent Felony Offender 2nd degree.
  14. Coy Delane Morrison Jr., 47, of Columbia - Tampering with Physical Evidence, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 3rd degree, and Persistent Felony Offender 1st degree.
  15. Larry D. Taylor (a.k.a. Grasshopper), 42, of Columbia - 2 counts of Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Marijuana, 2 counts of Persistent Felony Offender, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  16. Yolanda Watt Sanchez, 45, of Columbia - Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Promoting Contraband.
  17. John M. Thompson, 42, of Columbia - Trafficking in Methamphetamine (second or subsequent offense) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  18. Eron J. Davis, 33, of Breeding, KY - Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Promoting Contraband.
  19. Brittany Stone, 36, of Columbia - Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Persistent Felony Offender.
  20. Cindy G. Smith (a.k.a. Cindy Rowe), 47, of Columbia - Promoting Contraband and Persistent Felony Offender.
  21. Nicole R. Hicks, 37, of Columbia - Theft of Identity, DUI (aggravating circumstance), Promoting Contraband, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating on a Suspended License, and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle.
 
Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.
 
 

AREA ARREST 1-24-22

Area Arrest 1-24-22

 

Jonathon Bryant, age 38, of Columbia, was taken into custody by Trooper Jones of the Kentucky State Police just before 8 last evening. Bryant was charged with Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon.

 

Tasha Spaulding, age 35, of Columbia was taken into custody by Trooper Brumley of the Kentucky State Police, Spaulding was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Possession of Marijuana.

 

Both were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.  

Jamestown Council will Meet Tonight to Nominate Council Member

The Jamestown City Council will hold a special called meeting this evening to appoint a new council member.

 

Regena Hinton who was formally a council member, filed the Mayor position after former Mayor Nick Shearer resigned the after accepting a position as executive director with the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency. Hinton stated that she preferred that each council, member be able to be at the meeting for the nomination process. The meeting is set for 5 p.m. tonight.

Local Real Estate Company Wins Awards at State Convention...

 
At the Kentucky Auctioneers Association Annual Convention in Lexington, KY over the weekend, Golden Rule Wilson Real Estate and Auction won two awards and one employee won a state competition.
 
Alex Popplewell won the 2022 State Ringman Contest and Golden Rule won awards for Best Black & White Magazine Ad and Best Television spot.
 
Congratulations to owner Chris Wilson and all of the employees at Golden Rule Wilson Real Estate and Auction in Columbia and Russell Springs.
 
 
 

FREE AT-HOME COVID-19 TESTS FOR U.S. RESIDENTS

 

Free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests are available for order and shipment through the United States Postal Service®. Each order will contain 4 tests. There is a limit of 1 order per residential address. Additional tests cannot be ordered regardless of the size of the household.

 

This effort is part of a federal program to provide free at-home COVID-19 tests with free shipping to every residential address and residential PO Box™ in the United States. Orders cannot be shipped outside of the United States, but we do ship to APO/FPO/DPO addresses and U.S. territories and possessions. Tests cannot be ordered for business addresses or business PO Boxes. Orders will ship free starting in late January. Tests will usually ship within 7-12 days.

 

These free at-home COVID-19 tests can be ordered online or by phone.
 

  • To complete the order online, please visit: www.covidtests.gov
    • To receive order confirmation and tracking information, please provide an email address. USPS Customer Care agents will not be able to retrieve your tracking number & cannot assist you without it.
    • If you complete your order without an email address, you will not have any access to tracking information or be able to receive any assistance locating your order.
    • Service Requests and Missing Mail searches cannot be submitted without a tracking number.
       
  • If you do not have access to the internet and need to place an order by phone, you can call the covidtests.gov test kit order fulfillment helpline at: 
    • 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489)
    • Hours: 8 am - Midnight Eastern, 7 days per week.

 

TAX FILING SEASON BEGINS MONDAY, JANUARY 24TH

 
Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) is in the process of finalizing its tax filing processes and procedures, striving to make this the most efficient and safe filing season possible.
 
The IRS recently announced it will begin accepting electronic and paper federal individual income tax returns on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. Kentucky will follow the same timeline and begin accepting and processing returns on the same date.
 
DOR will begin processing individual income tax returns on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. Electronic individual income tax returns typically take two to three weeks to process with refunds issued shortly thereafter. Taxpayers may check the status of their refund by visiting refund.ky.gov and entering their Social Security number and exact dollar amount of the expected refund. Due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic public health recommended precautions, please note DOR has reduced the number of employees at our physical office locations. While DOR will make every effort to process returns as quickly and efficiently as possible, the processing of all refunds may be slightly delayed.
 
"The Department of Revenue works hard to ensure Kentucky taxpayers have efficient, secure and convenient means to submit their annual tax returns," said Revenue Commissioner Thomas B. Miller. "As always, we encourage taxpayers to file their returns electronically, if possible, which helps minimize mistakes and expedite the processing of refunds."
 
Depending upon household income, some taxpayers may qualify for the Free File Alliance, which offers no-cost Kentucky tax return preparation for electronic returns and allows taxpayers to receive refunds via direct deposit. To learn more and find out if you qualify, visit revenue.ky.gov, select "Individual", then select "Free Electronic Filing."
 
Three years ago, Kentucky launched KY File, a no-cost option to file Kentucky individual income tax returns. KY File is free to users and is designed to be the simple electronic equivalent of a paper form. KY File will provide basic mathematical and error checks, but unlike tax softxADware, it does not ask about or explain tax scenarios. There are no income limitations to use this service.
 
Before using KY File, taxpayers should complete their federal tax forms. KY File will allow you to file your returns electronically and receive a paper check sooner. Direct deposit is not an option with KY File. You may also choose to use KY File and print and mail returns to DOR. To learn more, visit filetaxes.ky.gov.
 
The deadline to file 2021 tax returns is Monday, April 18, 2022. Individuals and households affected by the December 2021 severe storms, tornados and flooding who reside or have a business in Barren, Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor and Warren counties have been granted an extension until May 16, 2022. DOR will provide the same relief to any additional counties designated by FEMA in Kentucky or neighboring states.
 
Taxpayers who have questions or require assistance may submit a general inquiry on the DOR website at "Get Help" or contact DOR taxpayer assistance at (502) 564-4581.
 
By Jill Midkiff
 

WEEKEND ARRESTS 01/23/22

 
  • Natalie Owens, 29, of Columbus, IN - arrested by the RCSO late Saturday night for Possession of Methamphetamine and Marijuana. Owens also arrested on a Fugitive from Another State Warrant. 
  • Timothy Hughes, 23, of Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Saturday evening for Speeding, Reckless Driving, and DUI (3rd or more offense).
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
  • Kemisha Leshea Bryant, 29, of Russell Springs - arrested by the ACSO early Sunday morning for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle.
  • Alan Leischner, 24, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday night by ACSO for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree.
  • Robert Lee Young, 43, of Burkesville - arrested on Saturday afternoon by KSP for Speeding, Reckless Driving, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, DUI (4th or more offense - Aggravating Circumstances), and Wanton Endangerment 1st degree.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Columbia Man Arrested on Meth Charges


Columbia Police went to a residence on Bridgeport Circle on Thursday night, January 20, 2022 to attempt to locate a subject with multiple active warrants. 

 
Upon arrival, Officers did locate and make contact with the subject inside the residence. During this time it was discovered male was in possession of suspected methamphetamine. 

Joseph D. Hammond, 35, of Columbia was served with three warrants as well as being charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Officer Justin Cross made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officers Trevor Foster and Holly Necessary. 
 

Columbia Fundraiser for Animal Shelters


The City of Columbia is having a drive for local animal shelters. Supplies will be distributed to two local shelters: the Green River Animal Shelter and Sugarfoot Farm Rescue.


If you would like to donate dog or cat food, treats, blankets, or cleaning supplies, please drop in the tote at the back entrance to City Hall.
The city appreciates your support of the local animal shelters.

 

AREA ARREST 10-21-22

Dale Reasoner, age 45, of Burkesville was taken into custody by Deputy Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office just before 11:30 last night. He was charged with Receiving Stolen Property $10,000 dollars or more.

 

Sherri Hadley, age 57, of Glensfork, was arrested by Trooper Harper with the Kentucky State Police. Hadley was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – 1st, Rear License Not Illuminated, Obstructed Vision and or Windshield, Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Required Insurance 1st Offense, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Failure to Use Child Restraint Device in Vehicle and Wanton Endangerment – 2nd Degree.

 

Both were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on disaster recovery, his budget’s proposal to fund universal pre-K, employment statistics, economic development, COVID-19 and a new regional hydrogen hub workgroup. He also signed a proclamation declaring Joe B. Hall Day in the commonwealth.

 

Updates on FEMA Awards and Team Western Kentucky Relief Fund
Gov. Beshear announced that the state will add 20% on top of what the Federal Emergency Management Agency awards in individual assistance for uninsured homeowners and renters impacted by the storms.

 

Approximately $1.4 million from the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund will go to more than 1,400 Kentuckians who are registered and qualify for FEMA benefits.

 

“This is a way we can quickly and clearly identify individuals who qualify for assistance and get the money out the door,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Checks should go out within the next two weeks. The number of Kentuckians who are eligible to receive FEMA benefits and the extra 20% includes at least 475 uninsured homeowners and 987 uninsured renters.

 

The Governor said if Kentuckians haven’t signed up yet for individual assistance through FEMA and think they may qualify, they should apply now. The final deadline to apply is Feb. 11.

 

Applying for help is free and can be done online at DisasterAssistance.gov, by calling 800-621-3362, or by using the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service, captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week.

 

The Governor added that the fund has now paid every family that has lost a loved one to the tornadoes – 77 Kentuckians – to cover funeral expenses.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Signs Disaster Designation for 15 Kentucky Counties
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has signed a Secretarial Disaster Designation for the following counties: Adair, Allen, Barren, Butler, Casey, Edmonson, Grayson, Green, Hart, Larue, Logan, Marion, Simpson, Taylor and Warren.

 

The Secretarial Disaster Designation will expand resources available for agriculture producers in these counties as they rebuild operations.

 

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a new program for farmers to rebuild and repair permanent fencing through the Emergency Conservation Program at the Farm Service Agency. Lt. Gov. Coleman thanked Dean Schamore, Kentucky’s new USDA FSA state director, and Secretary Vilsack for their support.

 

FEMA Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers
Disaster Recovery Centers and Mobile Registration Intake Centers provide one-on-one help with the FEMA application process.

 

Since Dec. 12, FEMA and the Commonwealth have operated 18 Disaster Recovery Centers in the affected areas of Western Kentucky. The expected schedules for six mobile recovery centers. To find the latest information on Disaster Recovery Centers, visit fema.gov/drc or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.

 

COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,833,323
Number of people who have received a booster vaccination in Kentucky: 980,565

Average positivity rate for week ending Jan. 16: 29.33%

 

The Governor reminded Kentuckians they can order four at-home COVID-19 tests per household at COVIDtests.gov, as President Joe Biden announced this week.

 

Lt. Gov. Coleman Outlines Benefits of Universal Pre-K
Lt. Gov. Coleman said universal pre-K, which the Governor’s budget funds for all 4-year-olds, would provide a strong foundation for Kentucky’s youngest learners, ensure significant cost savings for families promote immediate and long-term academic success and boost our workforce in the short-term and long-term.

 

“Only about 30% of 4-year-olds in Kentucky are enrolled in preschool. That means up to 70% of our kids are behind before they walk in the door on their first day of kindergarten,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “By funding pre-K for every 4-year-old in the state, we are ensuring a child’s ZIP code or socioeconomic status does not predetermine their educational outcomes.”

 

Unemployment Decreases, Employment Increases in December 2021
The Governor said Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December 2021 unemployment rate was 3.9%, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, down 0.2 percentage points from the 4.1% reported in November 2021 and down 1.7 percentage points from the 5.6% recorded for the state one year ago.

 

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for December 2021 was 3.9%, down from the 4.2% reported in November 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The number of people employed in December increased by 8,105, to 1,923,807, while the number of unemployed decreased by 2,854 to 78,817.

 

Kentucky Regional Hydrogen Hub Workgroup Launched
Gov. Beshear and Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman today announced the formation of Kentucky’s Regional Hydrogen Hub Workgroup.

 

The primary purpose of the workgroup will be to develop projects eligible for funding under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Creation Act of 2021. Workgroup stakeholders will consist of academic institutions, individuals, organizations, and business focused on hydrogen production, transportation, delivery, and end use utilization opportunities. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Joe B. Hall Day
The Governor signed a proclamation declaring Joe B. Hall Day in the commonwealth, to honor the life and legacy of the beloved University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach. Coach Hall, from Cynthiana, passed away Jan. 15 at age 93. Coach Hall won a national championship in 1948 while playing for UK and won another national championship in 1978 as head coach. In retirement, he continued to mentor UK men’s basketball players and alumni and could often be found on the sidelines cheering them on.

 

“There’s no question that in basketball and in life, he left it all on the court,” said Gov. Beshear. “Fly high, coach.”

 

Two More Russell County Candidates Have Filed for Public Office

 

Two more candidates filed for office on Wednesday, January 19th:
 
  1. Richard “Dick” Kazsuk filed for R.C. School Board, District 4
  2. Kennedy Coffey filed for Russell County Clerk

According to Russell County Deputy Clerk Janet Antle, the public drawing for ballot positions will be Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 2:00pmCT in the old circuit court room, 2nd floor, of the Russell County Courthouse.

 

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Closings and Delays - Friday, Jan. 21st...
 

  1. No School in Russell County on Friday. It'll be an N.T.I. day.
  2. No School in Adair County on Friday. Students can enjoy a snow day!
  3. Adair County Elementary School's School-Based Decision Making Council's regular meeting is cancelled due to weather and is rescheduled for Thursday, Jan 27th.  The meeting will be held in the conference room of ACES (870 Indian Dr.) at 4:00pmCT. The meeting is open to the public.
  4. The January production of "Monster in the Closet" at Barn Lot Theater in Edmonton, KY is canceled due to illness. They hope to reschedule the show for later this year.
  5. Barn Lot Bingo #0797 has been canceled for Thursday and Friday, January 6th & 7th due to inclement weather.
  6. Russell Springs Active Day - 1 hr Delay
  7.  

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY 6PM WEDNESDAY TILL 7AM THURSDAY

 

...A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM CST THIS EVENING TO 7 AM CST THURSDAY...
 
* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of one to three  inches in most locations, possibly locally two to four inches  in the southern Blue Grass. A light glaze of ice may be possible  as well.
 
* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions due to icy or snow  covered roads. The hazardous conditions could impact the  Thursday morning commute.
 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds out of the north may gust to around  20 mph and will bring wind chills down into the 5 to 15 degree  range by morning.
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
Slow down and use caution while traveling.
 
In Kentucky, for Kentucky Road Conditions please visit http://goky.ky.gov.

KYTC District 8 Crews Ready for Next Winter Event

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Jan. 19, 2022) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 snowfighters are ready for the next round of winter weather expected across the area tonight.

 

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for all ten counties in District 8. Weather forecasts are calling for rain to transition to snow this evening through tonight. A brief wintry mix in between the transition is possible. Temperatures are expected to drop which will cause roads to quickly become icy and snow covered tonight. Motorists are advised to avoid unnecessary travel. If you must travel, motorists should expect hazardous travel conditions.

 

The KY Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) mission is to keep traffic moving in a safe manner with an emphasis on maintaining mobility along critical corridors and priority routes. When bad weather hits, crews are assigned 12-hour shifts to plow and treat roads using a priority system based on the amount and nature of traffic within each individual county. Priority A routes include major through routes and are those most heavily traveled. Priority B routes include other important, but lesser traveled, state routes. Other roads fall into Priority C.

 

The Cabinet’s snow and ice information website, http://snowky.ky.gov, provides details about priority routes, helpful winter weather tips, fact sheets and videos on salt application and snow removal. 

 

In addition, the public can monitor winter operations in real time on the state’s interactive traffic system – GoKY.ky.gov – to find out what’s happening on state routes in their local counties.

 

You are an important part!  Safe travel begins with YOU!

 

Be prepared:

The following measures will help keep motorists safe and prepared:

  • Put yourself in emergency mode
  • Pay attention to weather advisories. Weather will impact your commute on some level
  • Travel only as necessary during major snow events. It’s better to be stuck at home than to be stuck on the road
  • Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment
  • Do not pass snowplows on the shoulder
  • Allow time for a slower commute
  • Winterize vehicles
  • Supply vehicles with blankets, flash light and an emergency supply kit
  • Know before you go. Visit goky.ky.gov and download the free Waze app to check traffic conditions before you travel. You can also get traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8
  • Eliminate distractions (e.g. operating phone and eating) while driving
  • Cooperate with the expectations of the Quick Clearance law, which requires drivers to move vehicles to the shoulder in the event of a non-injury crash

 

KYTC District 8 is responsible for maintaining state highways in Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell and Wayne counties.

 

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