Kentucky health officials say more than 3,000 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in an outbreak that has entered its second year.
Kentucky Department for Public Health statistics show 19 people have died in the outbreak. Patients have been hospitalized in more than half of the state's 3,122 reported cases from August 2017 through the first week of December 2018.
Officials in Jefferson and Fayette counties have recommended that all residents get vaccinated against the disease. Previous vaccination efforts were targeted at people with a high-risk of contracting hepatitis A, including those who use illegal drugs and the homeless.
Hepatitis A is transmitted by oral contact with fecal matter. It attacks the liver and causes symptoms including abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, fever and jaundice.
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(Metcalfe County, KY December 13, 2018) - Trooper Bobby Maxwell is investigating a collision that occurred on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at approximately 3:35pmCT on Ritters Mill Rd, 2 miles east of Summershade. 23-year-old Charles Sherman of Edmonton, KY was operating a southbound 2018 Ford van when he met a northbound 2015 Dodge Charger operated by Metcalfe County Deputy Sheriff Charles Massey, 57, of Edmonton, KY. Sherman struck Massey’s vehicle head-on on the narrow roadway. Massey was wearing his seatbelt and was transported by Barren-Metcalfe EMS to TJ Samson Hospital where he was treated and released. Sherman was belted and was not injured. Trooper Maxwell was assisted at the scene by the Summershade Fire Dept., Barren-Metcalfe EMS and the Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Department.
Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce "Shop Local" $100 prize winners:
- Eva Cooley
- Allison Bardin
- Rita Dial
- Jo Janes
- Steven Hubbard
- Keri Burton
- Janice Karnes
- Daren Smith
- Charla Vander Myde
On November 29, 2018 the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office receuved the complaint that property had been stolen from two vehicles, one in the Sha Lawn Village are and the other on Tabernacle Road, After an investigation, evidence was located which led deputies to Justin Skaggs of Campbellsville, KY. During an interview, Skaggs admitted to the theft of property from the two vehicles. A warrant was requested and received. Skaggs was picked up on the warrant charging him with one count of Theft by Unlawful Taking - contents from auto over $500, and one count of Theft by Unlawful Taking - contents from auto over $500. Skaggs was arrested and lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center, The stolen property has been recovered.
On Thursday, December 13, 2018 Columbia Police Officer Drew Conn responded to a complaint in the area of Wal-Mart on Burkesville Rd. Arrested was 38-year-old Ashley Allen of Campbellsville, KY. Allen was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Offense 1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st offense 1st degree (Drug Unspecified),Promoting Contraband 1st Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Trespassing 3rd degree, Giving Officer False Identifying Information, Disorderly Conduct 2nd degree, and Resisting Arrest.
Allen was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Officer Drew Conn.
(Metcalfe County, KY December 13, 2018) - KSP Trooper Bobby Maxwell is investigating a collision that occurred on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at approximately 3:35 PM CST on Ritters Mill Rd, 2 miles east of Summershade. 23-year-old Charles Sherman of Edmonton, KY was operating a southbound 2018 Ford van, when he met a northbound 2015 Dodge Charger operated by Metcalfe County Deputy Sheriff Charles Massey, 57, of Edmonton. Sherman struck Massey’s vehicle head-on on the narrow roadway. Massey was wearing his seatbelt and was transported by Barren-Metcalfe EMS to TJ Samson Hospital in Glasgow, KY where he was treated and released. Sherman was belted and was not injured.
Trooper Maxwell was assisted at the scene by Summershade Fire and Barren-Metcalfe EMS and Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Dept.
The Russell Springs City Council will meet on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 at 6:00pmCT.
I. MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
II. ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES
III. ACCEPTANCE OF CASH DISBURSEMENTS & FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
IV. OLD BUSINESS
V. NEW BUSINESS
- HEALTH INSURANCE RENEWAL
- 911 INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT
The meeting is open to the public.
Russell County High School Drama is proud to announce that RCHS student Justin Burton has been accepted into the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City and Los Angeles! Justin recently auditioned in Nashville and despite the 21.8% acceptance rate, he made it in. If Justin chooses to earn his BFA here, he will spend 2 years in NYC and 2 years in LA.
Justin currently stars as Charlie Brown in a A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS being peformed at the Star Theater in Russell Springs again this weekend!
The Wave's Jim Leib has news from Tuesday night's Adair County Fiscal Court meeting . . .
On Saturday, December 8, 2018 at approximately 11:37pmCT, KSP Trooper Clint Bale was on routine patrol 8 miles north of Columbia on Ky 55N when he initiated a traffic stop on a 2001 Dodge Dakota for a traffic violation. The Columbia Police Department’s canine unit arrived and alerted on the passenger side of the vehicle. Trooper Bale searched the side of the vehicle where 26 year old Tara Corbin of Columbia, KY was seated and located several small plastic bags, with one containing a white powdered substance suspected to be methamphetamine.
Trooper Bale arrested and charged Corbin with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1stdegree 1st offense (drug unspecified) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Corbin was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. A short time after Trooper Bale left the jail, he was notified by jail staff that a glass smoke pipe had been located on Corbin. Corbin received an additional charge of Promoting Contraband 1st degree. Trooper Bale was assisted on the scene by the Columbia Police Department.
Jim Leib has the news from last night's regular monthly Russell County Fiscal Court Meeting . . .
On Monday, December 1, 2018, KSP Post 15 received a complaint of an adult male having sexual relations with a 14-year-old juvenile in Columbia. Troopers Marvin Blakey and Billy Begley spoke with the victim and she stated that she had been talking to a man on Snapchat. He showed up at her residence, she met him outside, they had sexual intercourse and he left. The female stated that the perpetrator was coming back to meet with her on December 8th, 2018. The snapchat messages confirmed that the male subject knew he was meeting with a juvenile and they awaited the subjects arrival. Kentucky State Police and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office located and detained 39-year-old Samuel Hicks of Marysville, TN operating a 1999 Toyota Avalon. Hicks was advised of his Miranda rights by Trooper Begley and he confessed to having sexual relations with the juvenile.
Hicks was arrested and charged with Sodomy 3rd degree, Unlawful Transaction with a Minor 1st degree, Illegal Sex Act with someone under 16 years of age, and Prohibited Use of an Electronic Communication System to Procure a Minor (sexual offenses). Hicks was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. This case remains under investigation by Trooper Billy Begley who was assisted on the scene by Troopers Marvin Blakey & Clint Bale along with Adair Co. Sheriff's Deputy Joey Keith.
On Monday, December 10, 2018 at approximately 6:00amCT, Adair County Deputy Joey Keith responded to a single vehicle injury accident 7 miles west of Columbia on Edmonton Road. 56-year-old Mark Rheinschmidt of Michigan was traveling eastbound on Edmonton Road when for unknown reasons went off the right side of the road and struck a tree head-on. Rheinschmidt was treated on the scene by Adair EMS and transported to TJ Heath Columbia where he was taken by Air Evac to the University of Louisville hospital.
Deputy Keith was assisted on the scene by Deputy Durbin and Adair County EMS.
On Monday, December 10, 2018 Adair County Deputy Josh Durbin was dispatched to a 2-vehicle injury accident 8 miles east of Columbia on Russell Springs Road. The accident occurred when 82-year-old Joe Conover of Columbia, KY was westbound in a 1996 Dodge Dakota when he attempted to make a left turn into a private driveway and pulled into the path of a 2005 Chrysler being operated by 52-year old Robert McCann of Columbia, KY. A passenger, Patricia McCann of Columbia, KY was taken by Adair County EMS to TJ Heath Columbia for treatment of her injuries.
Deputy Durbin is the investigating officer and was assisted on the scene by Adair County EMS.
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 6:00pmCT in the Adair Annex Basement.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
CALL TO ORDER
1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
- November 13 2018 Special-Regular
- November 28, 2018 Special
- SHERIFF'S REPORT
- ROAD DEPARTMENT REPORT
- G.R.A.S. REPORT
- COMMITTEE REPORTS
- JAIL REPORT
- TREASURER'S REPORT
- APPROVAL TO ADD LINE IN BUDGET FOR SHERIFF CONTRIBUTION
6. BUDGET AMENDMENTS
- LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
- FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
8. COURT ORDERS
9. READING OF ROADS
10. ACTION ITEMS:
- Approval of County Clerk 2019 Budget
- Approval of County Sheriff 2019 Budget
- Rescind Motion on Federal Grant for Co. Attorney
- Appointment of 2 Extension Board Members
11. OTHER BUSINESS
12. PUBLIC COMMENTS
This meeting is open to the public.
CLINTON COUNTY - According to officials, a man is being held in the Clinton County Jail after being accused of attacking his three-year-old niece and slitting her throat.
The local sheriff told reporters in Lexington that the little girl is in critical condition at a hospital.
According to authorities, Emanuel Fluter slit his niece's throat on Saturday at a home on Beatty Creek Road in Albany.
According to Fluter’s arrest citation, the victim’s father heard the child screaming over a baby monitor.
Neighbors told reporters they were shocked.
"They're such a beautiful family the kids, mom, and the dad, they are very friendly the kids are out in the yard playing a lot. It was just extremely heartbreaking. I just can't imagine someone being able to do that."
Fluter was charged with first degree assault and first degree wanton endangerment. Officials say more charges are possible.
The jail told Lexington reporters that no mugshot is available because Fluter has been acting too violent to have his picture taken.
The Boil Water Advisory on Milton Heights and Park View Estates in Russell County has been lifted.
A Russell County man was arrested on Friday for animal torture, assault & wanton endangerment.
Brently Ray Vaught, 35, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested after he reportedly beat a cat to death with a baseball bat, and then held a loaded rifle to the heads of a woman and 4 year old son.
Vaught was charged with Animal Torture, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree and Assault 4th degree (domestic violence). He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center by Russell Springs Police Officer Nathan Antle.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Campbellsville, KY, man pleaded guilty before United States District Court Judge Greg N. Stivers today (Friday, Dec. 7, 2018) to five counts of wire fraud as part of a scheme to obtain money from clients of his legal practice, by means of misappropriating funds, in order to pay personal expenses including gambling losses, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman.
Danny Butler, 72, was indicted on November 15, 2017. According to the indictment, Butler was an attorney licensed with the Kentucky Bar Association who was authorized to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He operated a legal practice in Greensburg, located in Green County, Kentucky, and provided clients with a broad range of legal services including probate, general civil, and government benefits.
According to the plea agreement before the Court, from August 2009 through October 2016, Butler obtained money by false pretenses from the clients of his legal practice by not performing work for his clients and by stealing funds belonging to estates of his clients.
Butler misappropriated funds from the following clients:
· Approximately $148,106 from the estate of L.A.;
· Approximately $29,987.07 from the estate of L.P.;
· Approximately $401,500 from the representation of B.M.;
· Approximately $50,000 from the representation of D.M.;
· Approximately $50,000 from the estate of D.B.;
· Approximately $90,000 from the representation of J.R.B.;
· Approximately $90,000 from the estate of E.U.;
· Approximately $25,000 from the estate of E.M.;
· Approximately $59,000 from the representation of J.W.S.;
· Approximately $25,000 for the representation of E.S.; and
· Approximately $125,000 from the estate of L.P.M.
Butler could be sentenced to a maximum 100 years in prison, fined $1,250,000, and be required to serve a three year period of supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled for March 4, 2019.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bryan Calhoun, and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Kentucky State Police.
A Boil Water Advisory is in effect until further notice in Russell County, KY in the area of Milton Heights and Park View Estates due to water line repairs.
Congratulations to firefighers Kurt Klingberg and Tyler Solum. Klingberg and Solum were recently recognized as "Firefighters of the Year" on behalf of the Columbia-Adair County Fire Department.
Kentuckians shopping online this Christmas season should be on the lookout for scam emails, Attorney General Andy Beshear warned recently.
With Christmas shopping in full swing, and the National Retail Federation predicting spending to increase by more than 4 percent this season, Kentuckians say they are receiving what appear to be legitimate emails from popular retailers that are actually scams. The scam email is often personalized and includes a logo of a retailer such as PayPal, Apple or Amazon, and instructs the receiver to resolve an issue with their online account or order by reentering their bank, credit card or Social Security numbers.
Beshear said it is sad that con artists take advantage of the Christmas season to trick folks into handing over their personal and financial information. “I want Kentuckians to enjoy the Christmas season and not end up checking off a con artist’s Christmas wish list,” said Beshear. “Kentuckians should always take the time to scrutinize every email and financial transaction closely, especially throughout the Christmas shopping season.”
Beshear said Kentuckians should also be wary of emails, apps and social media posts that offer too good to be true deals, discounts and sales, as those offers could be a ploy to collect information. To spot a scam email, website or app Kentuckians should:
- Watch for misspelled words.
- Avoid clicking on email hyperlinks. Always independently type in the actual retailer website and sign in.
- Pay attention to the sender’s email address. Scam emails are often from an email address that looks very similar to an official company account, but may have a couple of letters or words that are different.
Beshear asked Kentuckians to report these types of email scams to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection hotline at 888-432-9257 and complete an online report.
To receive text message alerts, text the words KYOAG Scam to GOV311 (468-311) or enroll online at ag.ky.gov/scams and select either text message or email alerts.
BOWLING GREEN, KY – United States District Judge Greg N. Stivers sentenced Waylon J. Horton, a former employee of a container manufacturing plant located in Hart County, KY to 60 months imprisonment followed by 2 years of supervised release for tampering with consumer products, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman.
“Mr. Horton did real harm, placing both families and a major local employer at risk,” stated U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman, “And for that, federal prison time is just punishment.”
In 2016, Horton, now age 44, worked on printers on production lines for Styrofoam drinking cups at the container manufacturing plant in Horse Cave, KY. On two separate dates in July 2016 Horton, with reckless disregard for the risk of death or bodily injury it might cause, placed pieces of broken glass into Styrofoam drinking cups that were then shipped to fast food restaurants. Glass pieces were subsequently found in cups at three different restaurants in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. After receiving complaints, the container manufacturing plant put the distribution of Styrofoam cups that were produced in its facility on hold and seven additional boxes containing Styrofoam cups with broken glass were ultimately found.
Horton pleaded guilty to tampering with consumer products on July 13, 2018.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Amanda Gregory and Marisa Ford, and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hart County Sheriff’s Office.
A note found at Campbellsville High School caused a lock-down situation Thursday.
Both the Campbellsville High School and Middle School campuses were locked down at approx. 1:30pmET while Resource Officer Charlie Houk & local law enforcement officials investigated. All students were safe during the lock-down & extra law enforcement were on the scene to aid in the investigation.
The lock-down was lifted at 2:20pmET. School was dismissed at 3pmET with increased law enforcement presence.
Hunter Hedgespeth, the 3-year-old son of David & Sarah Hedgespeth of Columbia, KY passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5th at Norton Hospital in Louisville, KY from injuries sustained in an auto accident in Taylor Co. last Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. The accident was a chain reaction type accident that involved 4 vehicles and occurred on Hwy 55 (New Columbia Road) in Campbellsville, KY. The same accident claimed the life of 31-year-old Steven Kyle Taylor of Burkesville, KY, who was a passenger in a taxi at the time of the crash.
According to the Campbellsville Police Dept., the accident occurred at 3:27pmET when a 2017 GMC Yukon, operated by 50-year-old Kathy Begley of Campbellsville, KY was stopped on KY 55 waiting to make a left hand turn into Swan's Landing. A 2003 Dodge dually pickup, operated by 29-year-old John Yoder of Columbia, KY was pulling a gooseneck trailer loaded with logs and failed to see several vehicles stopped in front of him waiting for Begley to turn. Yoder struck a 2007 Chevrolet Impala in the rear operated by 48-year-old David Coop of Albany, KY which caused a chain reaction collision. The Coop vehicle (which was a taxi owned by Smith's Taxi LLC of Albany) then struck a 2003 Honda Element operated by 30-year-old Sarah Hedgespeth of Greensburg, causing the Hedgespeth vehicle to strike Begley's vehicle which was stopped waiting to turn. Coop's vehicle (a taxi) had several passengers, 55-year-old Rosa Muse, 61-year-old Earl Muse, and 31-year-old Steven Taylor all of Burkesville, KY.
All parties involved in the collision (except Yoder) were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital. Steven Taylor of Burkesville was pronounced dead at Taylor Regional Hospital.
Funeral arrangements for 3-year-old Hunter Hedgespeth are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster Toler Curry Funeral Home in Greensburg.
- Jesse M. Delay, 40 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff's Office for Careless Driving, DUI, No Registration Plates, & No Insurance.
- Lester Turner JR., 51 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for DUI-2nd Offense, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, No Insurance-2nd Offense, & Possessing License when Privileges are Revoked.
- Sarah M. Stevens, 36 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.
- Yul F. Davis, age 35, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 2 counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Heroin/Methamphetamine), & 3 counts of Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin/Methamphetamine).
- Christina R. Cloud, age 33, arrested by Danville Police for Careless Driving, Improper Turning, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified), Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, Possession of/Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin).
Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
THE RUSSELL COUNTY FISCAL COURT WILL HAVE A SPECIAL CALLED MEETING IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ROAD COMMITTEE ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2018 AT 5:30 P.M.
AS REQUIRED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT, THE RUSSELL COUNTY ROAD COMMITTEE WILL HAVE THEIR QUARTERLY MEETING TO DISCUSS ROAD REPAIRS AND SAFETY AND OTHER ISSUES RELATING TO THE OPERATION OF THE ROAD DEPARTMENT.
RUSSELL COUNTY FISCAL COURT WILL MEET ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2018 AT 6:00 P.M.
- WELCOME, PLEDGE & OPENING PRAYER
- PAY BILLS
- DETENTION CENTER REPORT
- TREASURER’S MONTHLY SETTLEMENT REPORT
- AE TRANSFERS & APPROVAL OF END OF QUARTER AE TRANSFERS AS NEEDED
- 1st READING BUDGET AMENDMENT 18-07
- TRANSFER $55,695.00 FROM GENERAL TO GRANTS FOR VICTIM’S ADVOCACY GRANT
- 2nd READING BUDGET AMENDMENT 18-06
- 2019 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
- RC SHERIFF –2019 BUDGET, SALARY SCHEDULE & STATE ADVANCEMENT
- RC CLERK –2019 BUDGET & SALARY SCHEDULE
- TOURISM BOARD APPOINTMENTS
- EXTENSION BOARD APPOINTMENTS
- AIRPORT BOARD APPOINTMENTS
- HOSPITAL BOARD APPOINTMENT
- OTHER BUSINESS
On Tuesday, December 4, 2018 an arrest was made by Columbia Police Officer Jordan Dean. Arrested was 30-year-old Charlene Hulsey of Fordville, KY. Hulsey was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition under $500 (shoplifting), Theft by Deception (including cold checks - less than $500), Operating a Motor Vehicle with an Expired Operators License, and Only 1 Headlight.
Hulsey was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Officer Jordan Dean who was assisted by Officer Drew Conn.
Columbia, Ky. (December 5, 2018) - On December 4, 2018 at approximately 11:30pmCT, Troopers from KSP Post 15 arrived at a residence located 5 miles north of Columbia on Slick Rock West Rd to assist the Adair County Sheriff’s Department and Columbia Police Department attempt to locate a possible endangered juvenile. The homeowner, 34-year-old William Corbin of Columbia, KY refused to allow units to search his residence resulting in a search warrant being obtained. Upon entering the residence at approximately 3:23amCT, Troopers John Carlock and Levi Scott were encountered by Corbin who became very combative. Following a short altercation, Corbin was placed under arrest. Corbin’s girlfriend, 22-year-old Alicia Burton of Columbia, KY was also placed under arrest for assaulting units.
The residence was searched resulting in the juvenile being located. Trooper Levi Scott charged Corbin with assault 3rd, resisting arrest and menacing. Deputy Joey Keith charged Corbin with custodial interference, assault 3rd and obstructing governmental operations. Burton was charged with custodial interference, assault 3rd, and menacing.
Both subjects were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
On Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Columbia Police Officer Drew Conn arrested 34 year old Timothy Russell of Russell Springs, KY on Burkesville St. in Columbia. Russell was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs 1st offense, Theft by Unlawful Taking u/$500 (shoplifting), Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree 1st offense (methamphetamine), Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (drug unspecified), Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Russell was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Officer Drew Conn who was assisted by Adair County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Durbin.
A Springfield, KY man was cited Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 for allegedly passing a stopped school bus in Nelson County.
51-year-old Kevin Newsome is accused of passing the bus as it stopped on Lawrenceburg Road to unload children. The bus driver told sheriff’s deputies the signal lights were activated; the stop sign was out and a child was standing on the steps to exit when Newsome's vehicle came around the right side of the bus by the doors. Newsome claims he swerved to avoid striking the bus, going around the right side and hitting a mailbox and a ditch. Newsome told deputies he had taken a prescription pain pill early that morning, but nothing else. Tests conducted at the scene did not show any signs of Newsome being impaired.
Newsome is charged with passing a bus in the process of loading or unloading, reckless driving, and failure to produce an insurance card. He has an arraignment scheduled for Dec. 26.
- Around 10:30am Tuesday morning, Casey County Deputy Bryan Shepard responded to a call involving a shoplifter at Dollar General on W KY 70. 25 year old Monica M. Wethington, of W KY 70, was observed by employees stealing items from the store. Wethington admitted to taking the items from the store and was placed under arrest. She is charged with theft by unlawful taking (Shoplifting) under $500.
- Donald Propes JR., 44 of Liberty, arrested by Officer Smith with Liberty Police for Careless Driving, License to be in Possession, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, No Registration Receipt, No Insurance, & DUI.
Lodged in the Casey County Jail.
- Brock P. Muse, 43 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, Congressman James Comer (KY-01) recognized Jay Tucker for winning the 1st District 2018 Congressional App Challenge.
Tucker is a Senior at Campbellsville High School. Her winning app is called “Learn Your Sounds!” It is intended to be an educational tool to help early learners or students with disabilities learn sounds and words.
“I want to congratulate Jay on winning the 1st District 2018 App Challenge. Her app is not only an impressive technological creation, but a tool to help future generations achieve educational success. Jay’s coding and precision are great examples of the inventiveness and intelligence of students throughout the 1st District. Technology is vital to this district, state and country, and competitions like these are important for our country and the future,” said Congressman Comer.
“Two years ago, our school district was one of the first in the nation to offer the new AP Computer Science Principles course. We use MIT’s App Inventor as part of our class and the Congressional App Challenge fits in well as a class project. Jay Tucker has shown substantial growth in not just coding skills, but also in problem solving and critical thinking and learning how to work collaboratively with her peers. These real-life skills will ensure her success in the future and possibly a career in Computer Science where many jobs are currently going unfilled. Thanks to Congressman Comer and the organizers of the Congressional App Challenge for recognizing and encouraging our students,” said Sonya Kessler, teacher at Campbellsville Independent Schools.
The Congressional App Challenge was created to help promote interest in STEM skills, abilities that are imminently important to the future of the United States. The competition is open to high school students across the 1st District. For more information on the 2019 competition, you can visit comer.house.gov.
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman James Comer was recently awarded the Friend of Farm Bureau Award by the American Farm Bureau Federation for his commitment to improving the lives of those in rural America. This award is given to Members of Congress who have supported Farm Bureau’s position on policy issues, as shown through their voting records.
Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) First Vice President, Eddie Melton, commented, “Kentucky Farm Bureau appreciates the support Congressman James Comer gives to agriculture in this state and across the country. As a farmer himself, he brings a true perspective of our industry to his service on the House Agriculture Committee and has worked tirelessly on such issues as the Farm Bill. The Friend of Farm Bureau Award recognizes those legislative leaders who support the organization’s agricultural policy and its advocacy efforts. Congressman Comer is truly deserving of this honor and we congratulate him.”
Sharon Furches, owner of Furches Farms Partnership and newly-elected Second Vice President of KFB also commented on the award, “Congressman Comer is a friend of farmers in Kentucky and the Kentucky Farm Bureau organization in every way. He has supported and been a part of KFB for many years and truly understands the issues facing agriculture. As our former Commissioner of Agriculture prior to being elected to the U.S. Congress, he worked tirelessly to improve farm and rural life in Kentucky. Now he champions agriculture to support this great industry across America.”
- Joseph A. Singleton, 53 of Liberty, arrested by Trooper Forbis with KSP for Wanton Endangerment, & Tampering with Physical Evidence.
- Timothy W. Passmore, 39 of Russell Springs, arrested by Officer Smith with Liberty Police for Trafficking in Marijuana (Over 5 Pounds), Receiving Stolen Property (under $10,000), Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument-2nd Degree (2 counts), License to be in Possession, No Registration Receipt, & Failure to Wear Seat Belts (2 counts).
Lodged in the Casey County Jail.
- Callie P. Bowcock, 20 of Science Hill, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff's Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Hindering Prosecution/Apprehension-1st Degree, & Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.
- Heather L. Childers, 21 of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Communication Device Violation, Careless Driving, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st/2nd Degree (drug unspecified), Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, One Headlight, & Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.
- Luther Fugate, 48 of Waynesburg, arrested by KSP for Rear License Not Illuminated, License to be in Possession, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, No Operator's License, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.
- Minnie J. Uffman, 30 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Shoplifting (under $500), Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The Columbia City Council met on Monday evening, Dec. 3, 2018. Jim Leib has details......
The FDA is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about recalls of several dry dog foods after receiving complaints that dogs eating the food experienced vitamin D toxicity.
Testing found that samples of the dog food contained excessive, potentially toxic amounts of vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, but very high amounts can cause serious health problems like kidney failure or death.
At this time, the only pet products that have been impacted are food made for dogs. Pet owners should discontinue feeding these recalled products.
The FDA is asking veterinarians who suspect vitamin D toxicity in their patients to report them through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. Pet owners can also report suspect cases to the FDA.
What is the Problem?
The FDA has become aware of reports of vitamin D toxicity in dogs that ate dry dog food common contract manufacturer and marketed under several different brand names. This is a developing situation, and the FDA will update this page with additional information as it becomes available.
What are the Symptoms of Vitamin D Toxicity?
Excess vitamin D in the diet can cause vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. Vitamin D at toxic levels can cause kidney failure and death. Pet owners whose dogs have been eating the recalled brands and are showing these symptoms should contact their veterinarians.
What Brands Have Been Recalled?
This is a developing situation and this list may not be complete. The FDA will update this list as more information becomes available.
The list of recalled dry dog food products provided to the FDA include:
- Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food
- UPC 8-84244-12495-7 – 4 lb. bag
- UPC 8-84244-12795-8 – 15 lb. bag
- UPC 8-84244-12895-5 – 28 lb. bag
- Best by date range: February 25, 2020 through September 13, 2020
- Natural Life Pet Products
- Chicken & Potato Dry Dog Food
- UPC 0-12344-08175-1 – 17.5 lb. bag
- Best by dates range: December 4, 2019 through August 10, 2020
- Sunshine Mills, Inc.
- Evolve Chicken & Rice Puppy Dry Dog Food
- UPC 0-73657-00862-0 – 14 lb. bag
- UPC 0-73657-00863-7 – 28 lb. bag
- Sportsman’s Pride Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food
- UPC 0-70155-10566-0 – 40 lb. bag
- UPC 0-70155-10564-0 – 40 lb. bag
- Triumph Chicken & Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food
- UPC 0-73657-00873-6 – 3.5 lb. bag
- UPC 0-73657-00874-3 – 16 lb. bag
- UPC 0-73657-00875-0 – 30 lb. bag
- ANF, Inc.
- ANF Lamb and Rice Dry Dog Food
- UPC 9097231622 – 3 kg bag
- Best by Nov 23 2019
- UPC 9097203300 – 7.5 kg bag
- Best by Nov 20 2019
- Lidl (Orlando brand)
- Orlando Grain-Free Chicken & Chickpea Superfood Recipe Dog Food
- Lidl product number 215662
- TI1 3 Mar 2019
- TB2 21 Mar 2019
- TB3 21 Mar 2019
- TA2 19 Apr 2019
- TB1 15 May 2019
- TB2 15 May 2019
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- Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food
- UPC 11110-83556 – 4 lb. bag, all lots
- UPC 11110-83573 – 14 lb. bag
- All lot codes
- UPC 11110-89076 – 24 lb. bag
- All lot codes
- ELM Pet Foods, Inc.
- ELM Chicken and Chickpea Recipe
- UPC 0-70155-22507-8 – 3 lb. bag
- D2 26 FEB 2019
- TE1 30 APR 2019
- TD1 5 SEP 2019
- TD2 5 SEP 2019
- UPC 0-70155-22513-9 – 28 lb. bag
- TB3 6 APR 2019
- TA1 2 JULY 2019
- TI1 2 JULY 2019
- ELM K9 Naturals Chicken Recipe
- UPC 0-70155-22522-9 – 40 lb. bag
- TB3 14 Sep 2019
- TA2 22 Sep 2019
- TB2 11 Oct 2019
- Ahold Delhaize
- Nature’s Promise Chicken & Brown Rice Dog Food
- UPC 068826718472 – 14 lb. bag
- All lot codes
- UPC 068826718471 – 28 lb. bag
- All lot codes
- UPC 068826718473 – 4 lb. bag
- All lot codes
- Nature’s Place Real Country Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food
- UPC 72543998959 – 5 lb. bag
- All lot codes
- UPC 72543998960 – 15 lb. bag
- All lot codes
The recalled products were sold nationwide.
What is FDA doing to address the situation?
After receiving complaints from pet owners about dogs with vitamin D toxicity, one of the firms reported to the FDA that it was recalling dry pet food due to potentially toxic levels of vitamin D. Many other brands with a common contract manufacturer have also been recalled. The FDA is working with the contract manufacturer to provide a comprehensive list of affected brands.
FDA scientists are still analyzing reports and the information currently available to determine whether the illnesses are definitively connected to diet.
FDA scientists have evaluated samples of some of these products, and State and private lab test results indicate that the food contained as much as approximately 70 times the intended amount of vitamin D. Consuming food with such high levels of vitamin D is potentially toxic to dogs and in severe cases may lead to kidney failure and/or death.
What Do Retailers Need To Do?
Don’t sell the recalled foods. Contact the manufacturer for further instructions. The FDA also encourages retailers to contact consumers who have purchased recalled products, if they have the means to do so (such as through shopper’s card records or point-of-sale signs).
What Do Pet Owners Need To Do?
If your pet is having symptoms of vitamin D toxicity, contact a veterinarian immediately. Provide a full diet history to your veterinarian. You may find it helpful to take a picture of the pet food label, including the lot number.
Don’t feed the recalled products to your pets or any other animal. Contact the company listed on the package for further instructions or throw the products away in a way that children, pets and wildlife cannot access them.
You can report suspected illness to the FDA electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling your state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. It’s most helpful if you can work with your veterinarian to submit your pet’s medical records as part of your report. For an explanation of the information and level of detail that would be helpful to include in a complaint to the FDA, please see How to Report a Pet Food Complaint.
What Do Veterinarians Need To Do?
The FDA encourages veterinarians treating vitamin D toxicity to ask their clients for a diet history. We also welcome case reports, especially those confirmed through diagnostics. You can submit these reports electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling your state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. For an explanation of the information and level of detail that would be helpful to include in a complaint to the FDA, please see How to Report a Pet Food Complaint.
Veterinarians should also be aware that vitamin D toxicity may present as hypercalcemia, similar to dogs that have consumed rodenticide. In these cases, we suggest that you confirm diet history to verify whether the dog has been eating any of the recalled products.
ADAIR CO. SHERIFF’S DEPT. ACTIVITY REPORT - NOVEMBER, 2018
26 WARRANTS OF ARREST SERVED
4 CRIMINAL CASES OPENED
7 CALL RESPONSE REPORTS WRITTEN
8 DOMESTIC ABUSE CASES WORKED
10 NON-INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED
5 INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED
39 OUT OF COUNTY TRANSPORTS
13 CITATIONS WRITTEN FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
34 CIVIL PROCESS PAPERS SERVED
1 CRIMINAL SUMMONS SERVED
16 SUBPOENAS SERVED
154 HRS OF COURT SECURITY PROVIDED
172 VEHICLE INSPECTIONS
19 ANIMAL COMPLAINTS
12 MOTORISTS ASSISTED
536 911 CALLS
A Vine Grove, KY woman died late Monday afternoon, December 3, 2018 after riding passenger in an automobile that was struck head-on by another car.
Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton said that Kristan M. Dielkes was a passenger in a car driven by 30 year old John Fulks of Campbellsville, KY when the Fulks vehicle was struck head-on by an automobile driven by 35 year old Matthew Cash of Campbellsville, KY. Cash and Fulks were taken to Taylor Regional Hospital.
The fatal mishap occured at 5:55pmET on Monday on Kentucky Hwy 70 in Taylor County. Taylor Co. Deputy Dickie Benningfield investigated the accident.
Two people were injured in a two vehicle accident Sunday involving motorcycles.
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded around 4:45pm Sunday to the scene on Hacker Road in Somerset. Investigators say both bikes left the roadway at the same time. 21 year old Steven Barron of Somerset, KY was operating a 2017 Harley Davidson and Austin West, age 20, also of Somerset, KY was riding a 2004 Yamaha motorcycle. According to the two riders, they entered a sharp curve too fast and were unable to negotiate the curve and left the roadway.
Both men were treated at the scene by EMS personnel and was transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital for treatment. West was later airlifted to UK Medical Center by Air Methods for further treatment.
Somerset Fire Department personnel also responded. The investigation is on-going.
Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck reports an early morning traffic stop, on Monday, led to the arrest of three individuals on various drug charges.
Deputy Brandon Smith was on patrol on south Highway 27 shortly before 1amET Monday morning when he conducted a traffic stop on a car operated by Keith Hoskins, age 42 of London, KY. A search of the driver led to the discovery of a needle cap. Mr. Hoskins also had a room at a local hotel, which was occupied by two additional individuals, 51 year old Robert Martin, of Eubank, and Melinda Hoppin, age 36 of London. A search of the room netted illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.
All three occupants were charged with: Possession of Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified); & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Martin was also charged with Possession of Marijuana.
All three were lodged in the Pulaski County Jail. The investigation continues by the PCSO.
Kentucky State Police, Post 15 will be conducting safety traffic checkpoints in the Post 15 area, which includes Washington, Marion, Taylor, Green, Casey, Russell, Adair, Metcalfe, Monroe, Clinton and Cumberland. Troopers will be checking for impaired drivers, children that are not properly restrained in child safety seats and informing the public about the use of seatbelts. These safety checkpoints will be conducted in various locations throughout the Post 15 area that are experiencing a high ratio of vehicular crashes resulting in injury and/or death compared to relatively low safety restraint usage ratio.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2018) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, encourages Kentuckians to get a flu shot during National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 2-8, to help prevent the spread of flu this holiday season.
"The flu vaccine is the single best way to protect you and your loved ones against the flu,” said Jeff Howard, M.D., commissioner of DPH. “If you are vaccinated, you are less likely to get the flu and spread the flu to those at greatest risk for becoming dangerously ill, including young children, pregnant women, people 65 and older and those with certain medical conditions. By getting vaccinated you are protecting your family and those people you cross paths with every day.”
DPH officials report weekly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of statewide flu surveillance efforts. Kentucky currently is reporting 118 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu with the state flu activity level currently classified as “regional”. The weekly report is now available online at https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/dehp/idb/Pages/influenza.aspx and will be updated each Friday before noon.
Flu is a serious upper respiratory illness that can lead to prolonged illness and absenteeism from school or work; inpatient and outpatient medical care including visits to the emergency room or hospitalizations; and, in severe cases, death.
Christa Mitchell, who lives in central Kentucky, got the flu the day after Christmas last year. “I almost died and it all started with the flu,” said Christa. “I developed complications and was told that I was probably going to lose all of my toes, if not more, and at least all the fingers on my left hand.”
Christa spent 49 days in the hospital. Her road to recovery has included surgeries to remove and repair parts of her hands and feet. She continues an aggressive re-hab and wound care regiment today, along with multiple doctors’ appointments.
“I’ve always been healthy and have never been prone to being sick. I didn’t get my flu shot,” continued Christa. “My advice is simple: get your flu shot. Had I gotten a flu shot and then came down with the flu it would not have been as serious. As it turns out I have to deal with the impact of the flu for the rest of my life.”
CHFS produced a video story about Christa. It’s available on the Cabinet’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kychfs/. Additionally, unedited video of an interview with Christa and several family members, along with b-roll elements of Christa at home and photos of the family before and after the flu is now available for unrestricted media use at the CHFS MediaLink channel on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC99OwJNHHYu9ve13279wlIg. Media members can freely use any of the material on our Medialink site for use in their own stories.
According to information provided by the CHFS Office of Health Data and Analytics, expenditures for Medicaid beneficiaries for flu-related healthcare services totaled $4.4 million during a three-month timespan from October to December of 2017. This includes hospitalizations related to flu as well as associated emergency room visits and inpatient services associated with each case.
National Influenza Vaccination Week is a weeklong observance that serves as a reminder to those people who have not yet received a flu vaccine that the time to get vaccinated continues into winter – through February or later, when flu season typically peaks. Because it takes about two weeks for the body to develop protective antibodies against the flu following vaccination, Kentuckians who have not had a chance to be vaccinated should seek out the opportunity now. Vaccine supplies are considered plentiful at this time, but people are urged to call their providers or pharmacies to check on availability.
Throughout the week, the CDC and DPH will highlight the importance of vaccinations for those people at high risk, their close contacts and all those who want to be protected against the flu. In addition, good health habits such as washing hands often with soap and warm water, avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth, and staying at home from work or school when sick will also be emphasized.
The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for all individuals six months of age and older. People who are strongly encouraged to receive the flu vaccine because they may be at higher risk for complications or negative consequences include:
? Children age six months through 59 months;
? Women who are or will be pregnant during the influenza season;
? Persons 50 years of age or older;
? Persons with extreme obesity (Body Mass Index of 40 or greater);
? Persons aged six months and older with chronic health problems;
? Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities;
? Household contacts (including children) and caregivers of children aged ≤59 months
contacts of children aged
? Household contacts and caregivers or people who live with a person at high-risk for
complications from the flu; and
? Health care workers, including physicians, nurses, and other workers in inpatient and
outpatient-care settings, medical emergency-response workers (e.g., paramedics and
emergency medical technicians), employees of nursing home and long-term care
facilities who have contact with patients or residents, and students in these professions
who will have contact with patients.
Dr. Howard added, “You should also follow the advice your parents gave you to prevent flu and other illnesses that tend to circulate at this time of year – wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and stay home when you’re sick.”
Adequate supplies of flu vaccine are expected to be available for this year’s season. Vaccination can be given any time during the flu season.
Infection with the flu virus can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches. Flu can be very contagious. For more information on influenza or the availability of flu vaccine, Kentuckians should contact their primary care medical professional, local health department or local pharmacy. Influenza information is also available online at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.
During the month of November 2018, there were 32 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.
There was one fatal collision during the month of November in the Post 15 area.
Steven K. Taylor, 31 years old of Cumberland Co KY was killed on 11/27/18 in Taylor Co KY.
This brings our yearly fatality count to 27 compared with 22 through this same period in 2017.
Statewide fatality count stands at 653 compared with 727 through this same period in 2017.
During the month of November 2018, there were 775 citations written, 203 courtesy notices written, 759 vehicles inspected, 615 complaints answered, 67 motorists assisted, 51 criminal cases opened and 248 criminal arrests made.
Area arrests over the weekend . . .
Christopher L. Pickett, 41, Jamestown - receiving stolen property under $10,000
Christopher Withers, 28, Russell Springs - contempt of court libel/slander, resistance to order.
Christy Farley, 31, Jamestown - failure to appear, contempt of court libel/slander, resistance to order.
All lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
Brett Allen, 30, Columbia - alcohol intoxication in a public place
Clifton Bault, 30, Columbia - operating a motor vehicle under the infuence of alcohol/drugs, drug parahernalia and other charges.
Both lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
- Robert D. Martin, 51 of Eubank, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff's Office for Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.
- Keith Hoskins, 42 of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, DUI-2nd Offense, Failure to Signal, Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
- Melinda B. Hoppin, 36 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff's Office for Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
- Nathan K. Lee, 28 of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Speeding (26 MPH over limit), Reckless Driving, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Insurance, DUI, & Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License.
- Brian B. Reetz, 48 of Science Hill, arrested by Burnside Police for Improper Signal, Reckless Driving, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, No Insurance, No Registration Receipt, DUI, Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.
- Krista G. Hughes, 30 of Somerset, arrested by KSP for DUI-2nd Offense, Reckless Driving, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, License to be in Possession, Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
- Cooper D. Decker, 38 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff's Office for Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Assault-4th Degree, Operating on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, Reckless Driving, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), Disregarding a Stop Sign, Improper Signal, & Wanton Endangerment-2nd Degree.
- Mary K. Lamb, 38 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of Controlled Substance (Amphetamine), Theft by Unlawful Taking/Shoplifting (under $500), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
- Angela J. Meadows, 50 of Somerset, arrested by Burnside Police for Failure to Wear Seat Belts, Booster Seat Violations, No Registration Receipt, No Insurance, License to be in Possession, No Opertor's License, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, DUI (Aggravated Circumstance), & Wanton Endangerment-2nd Degree.
Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Louisville, KY (December 1, 2018) – Russell County Farm Bureau was recognized during the 99th Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) annual meeting in Louisville for its outstanding membership and program achievement in 2018. The award honors county Farm Bureau offices who meet the company’s profitability requirements and whose insurance policy growth meets or exceeds its annual growth goal.
Victor Rexroat, of Russell County Farm Bureau (center left), accepts the award from John Sparrow, Executive Vice President and CEO of KFB Insurance (left), Mark Haney, President of Kentucky Farm Bureau (center right), and Drew Graham, Executive Vice President of the KFB Federation (right), during a November 30 recognition and awards program.