Local News Archives for 2019-10

VOTER FRAUD HOTLINE

 
With the Nov. 5 election coming up, the Office of the Attorney General urges Kentuckians who witness or suspect violations of Kentucky’s election laws to call their hotline.
 
Currently, the hotline is available during regular business hours and will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. eastern time on Election Day itself. If Kentuckians experience election irregularities or possible election law violations, they should report it at 800-328-VOTE (8683).
 
By law, the Office of the Attorney General has jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute election law violations. In addition to the hotline, the office stations investigators throughout the state on Election Day so they can respond quickly to complaints.
 
They will coordinate election monitoring with the State Board of Elections, the Secretary of State’s office, Kentucky State Police, the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI. AG staff members review complaints and, when appropriate, refers them for further action.
 
During the May primary election cycle, the Attorney General’s office took 50 calls on the hotline, but say by law, they cannot provide details regarding specific complaints or pending investigations.
 
Following the election, Kentucky law requires the Office of the Attorney General to conduct post-election audits in no fewer than 5 percent of Kentucky’s counties after each primary and general election.
 
Recently concluded post-2019 primary election audits of Bourbon, Carter, Fleming, Marion, Muhlenberg and Scott counties showed no potential criminal activity.
 
After the public drawing of the names at random in June, the Department of Criminal Investigations Public Integrity Unit verified election forms and interviewed county officials as part of the audits. The unit investigates numerous areas of potential corruption, including election fraud.
 
The Special Prosecutions Unit, which investigates and prosecutes election law violations, then presented the audit findings to respective grand juries.

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COLUMBIA HAS NEW GAS SUPERINTENDENT

 
Columbia has a new Gas Superintendent. Jerry Watson of Columbia, KY has recently rejoined the local department. He previously served as Gas Superintendent and had most recently worked with an engineering firm on projects throughout Kentucky and surrounding states.
 
“I am pleased to rejoin the City of Columbia Gas Department,” said Watson. “I am looking forward to expansion and projects in the future.”
 
The local department includes: Phillip Stotts, Shane Gaskins, Shawn White, and Steven Baker. Zak Smith has recently joined the city as a maintenance worker.
 
“We are looking forward to several projects in the near future. We are pleased that Jerry Watson will be joining our team,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots. “One of our objectives is to extend gas and services that our organization can provide.”
 
The City of Columbia recently decided to proceed with bids on an extension to a project to Green Hills Subdivision. They are also looking at other areas for expansion. 
 
According to Watson, “We currently have several projects that are in line for completion over the next few months.”
 
For further information, please call the Gas Department.
 

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FREEZE WARNING!

 

...FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM EDT /10 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING TO 11 AM EDT /10 AM CDT/ FRIDAY...
 
 
 
* WHAT...Lows in the mid to upper 20s.
 
* WHERE...Portions of south central Indiana and all of central
  Kentucky.
 
* WHEN...From late tonight through Friday morning.
 
* Impacts...Freeze conditions will kill sensitive vegetation and
  possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.
 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds will stay up enough before daybreak
  Friday to allow wind chills to bottom out around 20 degrees
  for most of the region.
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
 
Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent
freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should
be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have
in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-
ground pipes to protect them from freezing.
 
A Freeze Warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or
highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other
sensitive vegetation.
 

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CAMPBELLSVILLE BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED 10/31/19

 
The Campbellsville Division of Water has lifted the boil water advisory for Faye Loop Rd. All tests taken were negative. The presence of harmful bacteria was/is not present. If you have any questions or concerns please contact our office at 270-789-3133 or after 4:30 PM at 270-465-5591.
 
 

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CONGRESSMAN COMER ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY OFFICE HOURS WITH DISTRICT DIRECTOR

 

TOMPKINSVILLE, Ky. – Congressman James Comer’s District Director, Sandy Simpson, will host office hours on behalf of the Congressman in Russell County to help 1st district residents with federal casework issues.
 
Tuesday, November 12th
2:00pm - 3:00pmCT
Russell County Courthouse
Fiscal Courtroom, 2nd Floor
410 Monument Square
Jamestown, KY
 
For a list of community office hours throughout the district, you can visit Congressman Comer’s website https://comer.house.gov/services/mobile-office-hours 
 

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AREA ARRESTS 10/31/19

 

  • Wayne Tidwell, 25, Nancy - arrested Wednesday afternoon in Russell Co. for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Adam Kouba, 36, Russell Springs - arrested overnight by RSPD for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol)
  • Rebecca Padgett, 41, Russell Springs - arrested Wednesday night by KSP for Menacing and Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees or Fines

 

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

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R.S. CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL CALLED MEETING NOV. 1ST


The Russell Springs City Council will have a Special Called Meeting on Friday, November 1st, 2019 at 7:00amCT.

AGENDA
  • MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
  • RESOLUTION 2019-05 – RESOLUTION ADOPTING AND APPROVING THE EXECUTION OF A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF RUSSELL SPRINGS & THE COMMONWEALTH OF KY TRANSPORTATION CABINET, DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS
  • ADOPTION OF 2 STREETS INTO THE CITY ROAD SYSTEM
  • ADJOURNMENT
 

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ADAIR CO. WOMAN ARRESTED ON THEFT CHARGES

 

According to Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman, on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 the Sheriffs Office received a complaint of a stolen firearm from Grider Road in Columbia. On Thursday, October 24th, 2019 the investigation led to a suspect and an arrest warrant was issued for 26-year-old Maggie Zimmerman of Columbia. On Saturday, October 26th, 2019 Zimmerman was located and arrested on Carrie Bolin Drive. The stolen 40 caliber Taurus handgun was recovered and returned to the owner. 
   
Zimmerman was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of Theft by Unlawful Taking (Firearm), a Class D Felony.
 
The Adair Co. Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation. 

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ACHS ORNAMENTS TO BE DISPLAYED IN WASHINGTON D.C.

 
Adair County High School is one of 56 schools across the country chosen to make one-of-a-kind ornaments for the 2019 National Christmas Tree display in Washington, D.C.
 
Each year the National Christmas Tree is surrounded by trees in President's Park representing each of the country's states, territories, and District of Columbia. The National Park Service and U.S. Department of Education worked with state leaders to select a Kentucky school to represent the Commonwealth, eventually choosing Adair County High School.
 
The handcrafted ornaments will adorn 56 smaller trees that surround the National Christmas Tree. The 56 trees represent each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia as part of the America Celebrates display. Over 1,500 students will participate in this year’s project. The project is funded by the National Park Foundation. 
 
The America Celebrates display is one of the highlights of the National Christmas Tree experience, which will begin on Thursday, Dec. 5th, 2019 with the 97th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Congratulations ACHS!!
 
 

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TIME CHANGES THIS WEEKEND!

 
Daylight Saving Time officially comes to an end this weekend, so don’t forget to roll your clocks back an hour.
 
Most people usually set their clocks back before heading to bed on Saturday night, however, the annual time change comes in the middle of the night, at 2:00 a.m. This means there will be more daylight when you’re headed to work, but it will also get dark a lot earlier.
 
While you’re setting your clocks back, it’s also a good time to install fresh batteries in smoke detectors.
 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP


The Adair County Fiscal Court met on Tuesday afternoon. Jim Leib has details.....


 

 

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AREA ARRESTS 10/30/19

 

  • Amy McElroy, 33, Russell Springs - arrested early this morning (Wednesday) for Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License
  • James Garner, 57, Jamestown - arrested Wednesday night by KSP and charged with Wanton Endangerment, 2nd Degree; Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree; and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified)
  • Derrick Robertson, 35, Russell Springs - arrested overnight by KSP for Disregarding a Traffic Control Device; Reckless Driving; and Failure to Give Right of Way to Emergency Vehicle

 

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

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AREA ARRESTS 10/29/19

 

  • David Johnson, 32, Russell Springs, KY - arrested on Monday afternoon by RCSO for Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operator's License; Contempt of Court; and 2 Warrants (1 for another police agency; 1 Bench Warrant for Court)
 
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
  • Benjamin Claywell, 33, Albany, KY - arrested by CCSO overnight for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of a Controlled Substance (Drug Unspecified); DUI; Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License; Fleeing or Evadig Police (Motor Vehicle); Speeding 26MPH or more Over the Limit; Rear License Not Illuminated; and arrested on a Parole Violation Warrant
  • Patrick Dylan Sharp, 23, Burkesville, KY - arrested overnight by Burkesville Police for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Drug Unspecified)
  • Brittany Ann Wray, 30, Albany, KY - arrested overnight by Burkesville Police for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Drug Unspecified)
 
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 

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KY TOURISM SECRETARY & STATE PARKS COMMISSIONER IN RUSSELL CO. OCT. 30TH

 

Secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet Don Parkinson along with State Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland, will be in Russell County this week. Secretary Parkinson & Commissioner Holland will be making an announcement regarding the “Restoring the Finest” initiative at Kentucky State Parks on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 at 1:30pmCT at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park in Jamestown, KY.
 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING OCT. 29TH

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 4:00 PM CT in the basement of the Adair County Annex building located at 424 Public Square, Suite 1, Columbia, KY 42728. The public is invited to attend.  
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
                                 
1.  APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
A.) October 8, 2019 Regular Called Meeting 
3.  DISBURSEMENTS
4.  BUDGET AMENDMENTS                 
5.  TRANFERS
A.)  LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
B.)   FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
                                    
6.  COURT ORDERS 
7.  READING OF ROADS-Cally Lane to Briggs second reading
 
8.  ACTION ITEMS:
A.) OPEN AND POSSIBLE AWARD OF BIDS FOR BOOM MOWER AND TRACTOR
B.) ADAIR COUTY PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD APPOINTMENT 
C.) PERMISSION TO SIGN 911 SERVICE BOUNDARY AGREEMENT WITH SURROUNDING COUNTIES
D.) PERMISSON-WATER LINE EASEMENT-OVERSTREET RD.-DISTRICT 3
E.) 2nd READING AMENDMENT TO ADMIN CODE-ADDITION TO SAFE DRIVING POLICY – SECTION 5.43   
F.) PERMISSION TO CLOSE SAR BANK ACCOUNT
G.) DISSCUSSION OF I-PAD PURCHASES
 
 9.   OTHER BUSINESS
10.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
11.  ADJOURN 
 
The meeting is open to the public.
 

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EARLY MORNING TRAFFIC STOP IN MILLERFIELD AREA RESULTS IN 2 ARRESTS

 

On Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 1:21amCT, Sheriff's K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin and K-9 "Nitro" initiated a traffic stop 15 miles east of Columbia in the Millerfield community. As a result of the stop, 37-year-old Wendell Reynolds of Greensburg, KY was arrested by Deputy Durbin on the following charges:
 
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia  
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle on Suspended Operators License 
  • No Tailights 

 

A passenger, 35-year-old Mary K. Underwood, was arrested by Deputy Joey Keith on an outstanding Felony Indictment Warrant out of Green County. Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.  
 
 
 

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CASEY CO. MAN ARRESTED IN ADAIR CO. ON METH CHARGES

 
According to Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman, on Friday, October 25th, 2019 at 1:25pmCT, Chief Deputy Justin Cross was investigating a complaint of suspicious activity on Holstein Lane. During his investigation, Deputy Cross came into contact with 56-year-old Lewis Burton of Casey County, KY. Multiple baggies of suspected methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia were found to be in his possession. Items commonly used in the sell of illegal substances were also seized, such as baggies and digital scales.
 
Lewis Burton was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The Adair County Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation. 
 

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ACHS MARCHING BAND WINS 24TH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

 
The ACHS Marching Band won the KMEA State Championship in Class 3A on Saturday night for the 24th time, setting a new state record! The Adair County Band will have a free Community Encore Performance of their award winning show "Whiplash" this evening (Monday) at 6:30pmCT at the LWC Blue Raider Stadium on Russell Road (Hwy E80) Columbia.  
 

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AREA ARRESTS 10/28/19

 

 

  • Nicholas Franklin, 39, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Sunday evening for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree (Drug Unspecified); Prescription Controlled Substance Not In Proper Container; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Non-payment of Court Costs, Fees or Fines
  • Brenda Martin, 44, Russell Springs - arrested by RCSO on Sunday afternoon for Criminal Trespassing, 3rd Degree and Criminal Mischief, 3rd Degree
  • Sandra Stacy, 51, Russell Springs - arrested Saturday by RCSO for Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree
  • Christopher David Bunch, 47, Jamestown- arrested Friday by RSPD for TBUT and Failure to Appear
  • Joshua Montville, 24, Jamestown- arrested Friday night by RCSO for 3 counts of TBUT over $500; Criminal Mischief, 1st degree; Criminal Mischief, 3rd degree 

 

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • Jonathan Tyler Coomer, 24, Columbia- arrested on Friday by KSP for DUI; Leaving the Scene of an Accident; Driving on a DUI Suspended License (3rd Offense)
  • Sierra Miller, 24, Russell Springs - arrested Friday morning by KSP for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Dallas Hayes, 28, Burkesville- arrested Friday afternoon by Burkesville Police for Disorderly Conduct, Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (on Foot) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 
  • Matthew Jasper, 40, Russell Springs - arrested Saturday night by Columbia Police for Theft By Unlawful Taking Under $500 (Shoplifting)
  • Charles Coffey, 49, Campbellsville - arrested Saturday by KSP for Promoting Contraband, 1st Degree

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

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FATAL COLLISION ON KY 163 IN MONROE CO.


Tompkinsville, KY. (October 25, 2019) – Kentucky State Police investigated a two-vehicle collision, which resulted in a Tompkinsville woman being killed on KY 163 this morning around 6:24amCT.

 

Preliminary investigation indicates 35-year-old Nicholas Cunningham of Tompkinsville was operating a 1998 Mack dump truck traveling north on KY 163 inside Tompkinsville. Cunningham was stopped to make a left hand turn into J. Stephens Construction, when a 2013 Audi being operated by 52-year-old Melissa Nelson of Tompkinsville struck the rear of the dump truck. 

 

Nelson was not wearing her seat belt and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Monroe County Coroner. Cunningham was uninjured and wearing his seat belt. 
 

Officer 1st Class Casey Tooley is investigating and was assisted on scene by Sgt. Randall Honeycutt, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, EMS, Fire and Rescue.

 

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DRIVER IMPAIRMENT FACTOR IN ADAIR CO. HEAD-ON COLLISION


On Thursday, October 24th, 2019 the Adair County Sheriff's Office responded to the 2-vehicle head-on collision that occurred approximately 6 miles east of Columbia on Hwy 80 (Russell Springs Road). 

 

32-year-old Bradley Whitehead of Russell Springs, KY was operating a 2012 Kia Soul westbound on Hwy 80, when he crossed the center line and struck a 2015 Chevy Cruze, being driven by 20-year-old Kassondra Sanford of Russell Springs, KY.

According to the police report, an impaired operator (Bradley Whitehead) is believed to have been a factor in the collision.

Adair County Deputy Derek Padgett is continuing the investigation.
 

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AREA ARRESTS 10/25/19

 

  • Courtney Gray, 26, Russell Springs - arrested on Thursday by RSPD for Resising Arrest, Fleeing or Evading Police (2nd Degree (on Foot), and 5 counts of Contempt of Court.
 
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
 
  • Lewis Burton, 56, Liberty - arrested by ACSO on Thursday afternoon for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and served a Bench Warrant for Court 
  • Earl Richards, Burkesville - arrested by CCSO on Thursday afternoon on Fugivitive from Another State Warrant. Richards also charged with Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd degree (on foot); Wanton Endangerment; Resisting Arrest; Criminal Mischief, 2nd degree; Possession of Marijuana; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Julius Reed Speers, 37, Burkesville - arrested overnight by Burkesville Police Officer Scott for Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence).

 

Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 

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NEW RUSSELL CO. DEPUTY SWORN INTO OFFICE OCT. 24TH

 

Jared Pierce was sworn in as a new Russell Co. Deputy Sheriff on Thursday at the Russell County Courthouse. Sheriff Derek Polston said Pierce is committed to fighting Russell Co.'s drug epidemic. There are now a total of 9 Russell Co. Sheriffs Deputies. When Sheriff Polston took office, there were only 6 deputies.
 

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RUSSELL CO. WOMAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES

 
According to Russell Co. Sheriff Derek Polston, 45-year-old Robin Doss of Old Clear Springs Road, Jamestown, KY was served warrants on Thursday morning, Oct. 24, 2019 for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine), and for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 2nd degree (Pills). The  case remains  under investigation by the Russell County Sheriffs Office and more arrests may be forthcoming. The charges against Doss will be presented to the Russell County Grand Jury. 
 
Sheriff Polston reminds all Russell  County citizens that if you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighborhood, to contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug-Wanted Persons Tip-Line at 270-343-8116.  All callers will remain anonymous.
  

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

 
An Adair County man was arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop last night.  
 
On Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 2019 at 10:42pmCT, K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin initiated a traffic stop 5 miles north of Columbia on a 1994 black Ford truck. During the stop it was found that the operator, 46-year-old Jeremy Kimbler of Columbia, KY had a suspended Kentucky operator's license and was in possession of suspected methamphetamine.  
 
Kimbler was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
  1. Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine)  
  2. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 
  3. Operating on a Suspended License 
  4. No tailights/brakelights 

The Adair County Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation. 
 

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TAYLOR CO. MAN FACING DRUG CHARGES AFTER 6-MONTH INVESTIGATION

 

On Tuesday, October 22, 2019 indictments for Trafficking In a Controlled Substance 1st Degree and 2nd Degree were served on Campbellsville resident Ricky Barnett. These indictments conclude a 6-month investigation that began after complaints from the community. The investigation was conducted by Kentucky State Police DESI WEST, the Columbia Area HIDTA Drug Task Force, the Campbellsville and Columbia Police Departments. 

 

 

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2-VEHICLE CAMPBELLSVILLE COLLISION SENDS GREEN CO. WOMAN TO HOSPITAL

 

On Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 3:18pmET, the Campbellsville Police Department responded to an injury collision at the intersection of Kentucky 210 and North Bypass. A 2006 Ford F-150, operated by 24-year-old Zachary T. Carmichael of Greensburg, KY collided with a 2015 Nissan Altima being operated by 56-year-old Bonnie F. Durham of Greensburg, KY.

 

Durham was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville-Taylor Co. EMS for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Carmichael was not injured.

 

Campbellsville Police Officer Josh Patrick investigated the accident. He was assisted on scene by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS and the Campbellsville Fire Dept.

 

 

 

 

 

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COLUMBIA PAVING PROJECTS

 
Several projects on roads, streets, and sidewalks will be occurring in Columbia over the next several days.
 
The City of Columbia would like to remind residents that the paving of city streets for Fall will resume on Monday, October 28, 2019. Streets remaining are: Church Street, Terry Street, Page Street, Marshall Street, Colony Drive, and North Bramlett Street.
 
The City understands that the milling and paving on Burkesville Street will be starting at the end of the week or beginning of next week. This project is scheduled to start at the Public Square and go to the traffic signal at the intersection of the Columbia Bypass. It will take approximately 1 week.
 
The sidewalk project on Lowe’s Lane and Young Street will be continuing the latter part of this week into next week. It will extend the sidewalk from the Holloway Center to Jamestown Street.
 
According to Mayor Pamela Hoots, “The City urges drivers to use caution in these areas and allow extra time for travel.”
 
All dates and times are subject to change. 

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AREA ARRESTS 10/24/19

 
  • Ernest Bradley Foley, 51, Jamestown - arrested Wednesday night by the RCSO for Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd Degree (on Foot), Resisting Arrest, and 7 counts of Contempt of Court.
  • Jamie Lynn Russell, 41, Jamestown - arrested Wednesday night by the RCSO for Assault, 4th Degree and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified).
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
 
  • Jeremy Kimbler, 46, Columbia - arrested Wednesday night by the ACSO for No Brake Lights, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine), DUI, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Lodged in the Adair Co. Jail
 
 
  • Joshua Ferguson, 35, of Campbellsville - arrested Wednesday night by Campbellsville Police Officer Fields for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine). 
Lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.

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ADAIR CO. MAN FLOWN OUT FOLLOWING LOGGING ACCIDENT


An Adair Co. man was flown to a Lexington hospital following a logging accident on Wednesday afternoon.
 

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office responded to a logging accident 16 miles east of Columbia in the Neatsville community of Adair County.   
     

Adair 911 received the call at 1:57pmCT of a 23-year-old that had been struck by a limb that fell from a tree. Due to being a distance back into the woods and the rough terrain, the Adair County & Knifley Fire Departments and Emergency Management were notified to assist. EMS worked to stabilize the patient and treat him on scene before they began to transport him.  
 
According to witness statements, 23-year-old David Miller of Pellyton was cutting a tree down for harvest, when a large limb that was lodged came down. Another logger was able to see the limb starting to come down and was trying to get the attention of Miller, but due to the saw running, David couldn’t hear him and the other logger couldn’t get to him in time. The limb struck David in the head. He was wearing a hard hat, however the impact busted completely through the helmet.
 
At the request of EMS, a landing zone for air medical was established at a church in the area. Miller was loaded into the Air Evac helicopter and was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, KY where he is in serious condition.
 
 

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CAMPBELLSVILLE MAN ARRESTED AFTER PASSING OUT BEHIND THE WHEEL

 

On Monday, October 21, 2019 at 11:30pmET, Officers with the Campbellsville Police Department responded to the Windstream building at the intersection of North Central Avenue and East Broadway in reference to an individual passed out in a vehicle. Once officers arrived, they discovered a male passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle in the alley beside the Windstream building. Once they were able to awaken the male, he was identified as 22-year-old Dylan Tate of Campbellsville, KY. 

 

After an investigation, Officers determined that Dylan Tate was under the influence. As Officers attempted to place him under arrest, he began to resist. After a brief struggle, Tate was arrested and charged with Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, No Insurance, DUI  2nd, Menacing, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Mischief 2nd degree, and Assault 3rd degree on a police officer. Both officers sustained minor injuries.


Campbellsville Police Dept. Officers Jacob Hedgespeth and Officer Aaron Fields investigated the incident.

 

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TAYLOR CO. AUTO ACCIDENT INJURES 1 PERSON

 

On Monday, October 21, 2019 at 11:51amET, the Campbellsville Police Department responded to an injury collision in the area of KY 210 (Campbellsville Bypass and Jefra Avenue). A 2004 Pontiac, operated by 66-year-old Hilda Lynch of Campbellsville, pulled into the path of a 2008 KIA operated by 17-year-old Jacob Ewing, also of Campbellsville. 

 

Lynch was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. 

 

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department, Campbellsville Taylor County EMS, and Campbellsville Fire.

 

Investigating Officers: Officer Aaron Fields

 

 

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"UNITY DAY" IN RUSSELL SPRINGS & JAMESTOWN

 
Calling it a historic day, city leaders of two Kentucky communities held a joint council meeting Monday night. The mayors of Jamestown and Russell Springs signed proclamations declaring it "Unity Day" in each city. They stressed that the goal is to strengthen the relationship between the municipalities in order to ensure growth.
 
Jamestown Mayor Nick Shearer said the region is finding common ground by embracing the concept of a shared prosperity. “It’s a win-win,” he stated. “Two cities, one county. We have lived by that moto. Two cities, one county, one purpose – grow.”
 
The proclamation outlines the goal as bridge building, saying it will be “for the betterment of our city and community as a whole.” It encourages the citizens of both cities to work together. “If you don’t work together, you’re working against each other,” noted Russell Springs Mayor Eddie Thomas. He pointed out now is the time to remove those boundaries in order to ensure the region’s success.
 
Even though Jamestown and Russell Springs are only about six miles apart, Mayor Shearer admitted they have not always been the best of neighbors. “Four years ago, 10 years ago, 40 years ago this would never have happened,” he remarked. However, both cities’ elected leaders say it is time for change. “We’re looking forward,” added Mayor Shearer. “We’re taking out the rearview mirror.”
 
KLC Deputy Executive Director J.D. Chaney spoke about the relationship the two mayors have established and the impact it is having on their communities. “It is inspiring to see these two cities with a storied history of rivalry and competition pledge to work collaboratively to improve the services provided to their citizens.”
 
Mayor Thomas said he celebrates all successes, including those just down the road in Jamestown. “It doesn’t matter if we get it or they get it,” he responded. “It’s a benefit to Russell County.” Both mayors and members of their city councils hope to hold another joint meeting in the near future.
 
 

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KY 2971 IN ADAIR CO. TO BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED THURSDAY

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2019) – The Kentucky Department of Highways will temporarily close KY 2971 in Adair County to through traffic between KY 530 and KY 682, on Thursday, October 24th, 2019.
 
The closure is for cross drain replacement beneath the roadway.
 
Crews will close the route at approximately 8:00amCT and will re-open by approximately 2:00pmCT. The date and duration may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. 
 
Motorists can access travel and traffic conditions at http://goky.ky.gov or contribute their own reports at http://www.waze.com or via the Waze mobile application.
 
Traffic information for the District 8 counties is also available at http://www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.  
 

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RUSSELL CO. INDICTMENTS - OCT. 2019

 

A Russell Co. Grand Jury has returned indictments. Lisa Clark has details.....

 

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ADAIR CO. MAN JAILED FOLLOWING COMPLAINT INVESTIGATION


An Adair County man was arrested on Meth charges after authorities investigated a complaint. 
 

On October 18th, 2019 at 8:20pmCT, Adair County K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin, Deputy Joey Keith and Sheriff Josh Brockman responded to a residence off Guthrie Street. The Sheriff's office had received complaints of suspected drug activity in the area. Upon arriving at the residence in question, contact was made with 37-year-old Justin Wallace of Columbia. Wallace was found to be under the influence and in possession of methamphetamine. 

Wallace was arrested by K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of Public Intoxication and Possession of Methamphetamine. 
 
The Adair County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation.
 

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2ND FOOD TRUCK EVENT IS NOV. 8TH

 
The 2nd "Food Truck" event of the year will be held on Friday, November 8, 2019 in conjunction with the "To The Nines" monthly event, only 3 weeks away! “The purpose of the activity is to promote downtown Columbia and to encourage people to shop local,” said Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots.
 
Food trucks scheduled to date include: Hogan’s Hogs & Dogs of Bowling Green; Gold Star Chili of Somerset; Happy Hawg Barbeque of Russell Springs; Mimi’s Ice of Columbia; Bobby’s World Ice Cream of Campbellsville; and Master Artisan Food Truck of Burkesville. More food trucks are anticipated. All varieties of food will be available including: chili, nachos, catfish, tenderloin, barbeque, funnel cakes, and more. 
 
Proceeds will go toward funding of handicapped ramps for people in the community who need them. For more information, call Columbia City Hall at 270-384-2501.
 

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ADAIR CO. WOMAN ARRESTED OVER THE WEEKEND AFTER ERRATIC BEHAVIOR

 

WAVE News has more details on an arrest made over the weekend.
 
On Sunday morning, October 20, 2019 Columbia Police Officers responded to a suspicious person on Marshall Street. Shortly after turning onto the street, Officers observed and made contact with a female in a yard yelling and acting erratically. While speaking with the party she took her purse and dumped the contents onto the ground in front of the Officers who observed a small plastic baggie with a white powdery substance consistent with methamphetamine. 
 
Sarah Scott Mann, 29, of Columbia, KY was placed into custody and charged with Public Intoxication as well as Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). Scott was lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 
Officer Drew Conn was the arresting Officer. He was assisted by Sergeant Charles Greer.
 

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RUSSELL CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP

 

The Russell Co. School Board met on Monday evening. Jim Leib has details......

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ADAIR CO. INDICTMENTS 10/21/19

 

An Adair Co. Grand Jury has returned numerous indictments. Lisa Clark has details...    

 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON THEFT CHARGES AFTER STEALING AN ATV

 
On October 1st, 2019 the Adair County Sheriffs Office was made aware of a Honda 4-wheeler that had been stolen from the Chance community of Adair County. 
 
On October 3rd, 2019 Sheriff Josh Brockman located the ATV at a residence on Independence Ridge in the Breeding community. The ATV was seized  by Sheriff Brockman and returned to its owners. A warrant for the arrest of 26-year-old Justin Bledsoe of Adair County was sworn out by Chief Deputy Justin Cross who was able to determine through investigation that Bledsoe was in possession of the ATV.   
 
On Sunday, October 20th, 2019 Adair Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Dereck Padgett received information as to Justin Bledsoe's whereabouts and was able to take him into custody on the warrant for theft. Bledsoe also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest from Adair District Court. 
 
Chief Deputy Justin Cross is continuing the investigation. 
 

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AREA ARRESTS 10/21/19

 
  • Toby Gillispie, 28, Midway, KY - arrested Sunday night in Russell Co. by KSP for Careless Driving; Failure to Wear Seatbelt; Failure to Notify Kentucky Dept. of Transportation of Address Change; and DUI
  • Sara Lea Martin, 59, Taylorsville, KY - arrested by RSPD Officer Justice early this morning (Monday) on a Fugitive from Another State Warrant
  • Wesley Taylor, 31, Russell Springs - arrested Sunday night by RSPD for Public Intoxication
  • Bobby Beard, 48, Russell Springs - arrested by RCSO for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine); Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument; Sell/Transfer Simulated Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree; and Persistent Felony Offender
  • Amber Thomas, 41, Russell Springs, KY - arrested Saturday night by Deputy Nathan Ginn of the Russell Co. Sheriff's Office for Criminal Trespassing, 1st Degree. 
  • Joshua Montgomery, 35, Russell Springs, KY - arrested Saturday afternoon by KSP for Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree and Tampering With Physical Evidence. 
  • Ashley Elizabeth Exline, 32, Somerset, KY - arrested Friday afternoon by Probation & Parole Officer Hardwick for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Escape, 2nd Degree. 
  • Makenzie Abbot, 23, Somerset, KY - arrested by the Pulaski Co. Sheriffs Office and booked into the Russell Co. Detention Center on Friday afternoon for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), 2 counts of Promoting Contraband, and 2 counts of Violating Probation for a Felony Offense.

 

Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
 
  • Justin Bledsoe, 26, Columbia - arrested Sunday morning by ACSO for Receiving Stolen Property (under $10,000), and served a Bench Warrant for Court
  • Sara Scott, 29, Columbia - arrested by CPD on Sunday morning for Public Intoxication and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Terry Keeling, 32, Columbia - arrested Sunday afternoon by CPD for Fleeing or Evading Police (on foot); Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence with Minor Injuries); and servded 2 Bench Warrants for Court
  • Jessy McQueary, 34, Russell Springs - arrested by RCSO on Sunday afternoon for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Brandon Davis, 35, Greensburg, KY - arrested Saturday evening by the Green Co. Sheriff's Office for TBUT (Shoplifting under $500).
  • Janet Faye Dobson, 63, Glasgow, KY - arrested Saturday evening by Columbia Police Officer Jordan Dean for TBUT (Shoplifting under $500), and Criminal Trespassing, 3rd Degree.
  • Justin Wallace, 37, Columbia, KY - arrested Friday night by ACSO for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
  • Andy Lee Field, 40, Elkhorn, KY - arrested by Probation & Parole for Fraudulent Firearm Transaction (Class D Felony).

 

Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.

 

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RUSSELL CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING OCT. 21ST

 
The Russell County School Board will meet on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM at the Russell County Middle School (Library).
 
AGENDA
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Adoption of Agenda
4. Russell County Education Association (RCEA) Certified and Classified Employee Recognition: Eric Godby, RCHS Social Studies Teacher & Clay Roy, Bus Mechanic
5. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
B. Payment of Bills
C. Construction Funds
D. School Activity Fund Reports
E. Financial Report
F. Field Trips
6. Lake Cumberland Regional College and Workforce Center Construction Update
7. Cumberland Family Medical Center Contract (Addendum #2)
8. Occupational Therapist Stipend
9. Purchase of two (2) school buses
10. Shortened School Day and/or Week
11. Overnight Trips
12. Pulaski County Schools Use of Russell County Auditorium/Natatorium Complex Pool
13. Fundraiser Approval
14. Public Comment
15. School Year 2018-2019 K-PREP Assessment Data Presentation
16. 2019 Energy Management Report (EMR)
17. Personnel Reports
18. Adjournment
 

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SPECIAL CALLED R.S. & JAMESTOWN JOINT COUNCIL MEETING OCT. 21ST

 
There will be a Special Called Joint Council Meeting with the Russell Springs City Council and the Jamestown City Council on Monday, October 21st, 2019 at 6:00pmCT at the Russell County Courthouse (Fiscal Court Room) in Jamestown, KY.
 
AGENDA
PRAYER - DENNIS PRICE, RUSSELL SPRINGS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - RUSSELL SPRINGS, JAMESTOWN, AND SALEM ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
  • MEETING CALLED TO ORDER – ROLL CALL
  • KLC RECOGNITION OF SENATOR MAX WISE AND SENATE BILL 1
  • SIGNING PROCLAMATION

ADJOURNMENT

 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP

 

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

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ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 
As of 10:21amCT on Friday, October 18, 2019 the Boil Water Advisory starting at 1405-610 Campbellsville Rd, N. Bramlett St., Pickett Hill Rd, W Barbee St., W Page St., Parrott Ave., Grant Ln, and Joe R. Barbee Rd. has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.

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ARRESTS 10/18/19

 

  • Jessica May Whitis, 37, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Thursday morning for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Failure to Appear.

 

  • Jesse Huckaby, 20, Columbia, KY - arrested by KSP on Thursday night for DUI and Careless Driving.

 

Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 

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TAYLOR CO. MAN FLOWN TO LOUISVILLE HOSPITAL FOLLOWING 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT

 
A Taylor County man was flown to a Louisville hospital following a 1-vehicle accident on Thursday night.
 
The accident occurred at 11:47pmET. Kyle A. Mardis, 39, of Campbellsville, KY was operating a 2007 Chevy Cruze, traveling East on Stoner Creek Road, when the vehicle left the roadway striking an embankment causing the auto to flip numerous times before coming to rest on its roof. Mardis was ejected and pinned under the vehicle and had to be extricated by fire personnel. He was flown by Air Evac to the Univ. of Louisville Hospital for treatment. A passenger, 26-year-old Tiffany Renee Clark of Campbellsville, KY sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital. 
 
Deputy Paul Pinson with the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office investigated the injury accident. He was assisted on scene by CTCEMS, the Taylor County Fire Dept., the Campbellsville Fire Dept., and Air Evac.
 

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ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY 10/17/19


Date Issued: 10/17/2019

Time Issued: 2:45 p.m.

 

BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District on 1405-610 Campbellsville Rd, N. Bramlett St., Pickett Hill Rd, W Barbee St., W Page St., Parrott Ave., Grant Ln, and Joe R. Barbee Rd. The advisory has been issued due to a reduce in pressure.

 

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.

 

The 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.

 

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RUSSELL CO. MAN ARRESTED FOR VIOLATING KY EPO/DVO

 
Russell Grimsley, 40, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested Wednesday afternoon by the RCSO for Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (on foot) and 2 counts of Violating a Kentucky EPO/DVO. Grimsley was lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING DOMESTIC ASSAULT


On Monday, October 14th, 2019 the Adair County Sheriff's Office investigated a Domestic Assault that took place around the 2300 Block of Russell Road. A 42-year-old female was assaulted, which caused multiple facial fracture injuries.
 

Following a preliminary investigation, 30-year-old Derek W. Brown of Columbia, KY was arrested and charged with Assault, 2nd degree - Domestic Violence. Brown was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. The investigation is on going by Deputy Derek Padgett.

 

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RUSSELL COUNTY DRUG ARREST


A Russell County woman was arrested on drug charges Wednesday as the Russell County Sheriffs Office continues to battle the local Drug epidemic.
 
According to Sheriff Derek Polston, a Drug Search Warrant was executed at 160 Geneva Drive in Russell Springs. Arrested at the scene was 35-year-old Nicole R. Hicks (aka Nikki Grider). She was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine); Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Marijuana (less than 8oz); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 
 
Deputy Kenny Perkins is the investigating Officer. Assisting at the scene were Deputies Melton, Ginn, and Meyer. This brings the total of Drug Search warrants (either by search or consent) to 30 for 2019. 
 
Sheriff Polston reminds all Russell County citizens that if you suspect drug or any type of suspicious activity, to call the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Person Tip-line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous.

 
 

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A.C. DEPUTY DURBIN & K-9 "NITRO" ATTENDS TRAINING IN RICHMOND

 
Adair County K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin along with his partner "Nitro" recently attended training in Richmond, KY. The event was hosted by the Madison County Sheriffs Office. K-9 Deputies and Officers from over 30 agencies participated in the training which covered topics such as: Case Law involving the use of K-9’s, First Aid & Trauma, and Nutrition & exercise.
 
Deputy Durbin and "Nitro" have been a valuable asset to our office, according to Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman. He goes on to say that the sheriff's office will continue to train and improve this new program in an effort to combat the drug problems in the community.
 
 

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FATAL TAYLOR CO. ACCIDENT 10/16/19

 

The Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office responded to a 1-vehicle fatal accident at 5:47amET this (Wednesday) morning on Speck Ridge Road. 29-year-old Matthew Burress of Elkhorn, KY was operating a 2011 Chevrolet traveling west on Speck Ridge Road, when it appears he lost control in a curve, traveled off the roadway and down an embankment. Burress was ejected from the auto. He was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor Co. EMS where he was pronounced deceased by the Taylor Co. Coroner.

 

Deputy Rodney Cox was the investigating officer.

 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 

The Russell County Boil Water Advisory on Robertson Street near the Save-a-lot area including Butler Drive and Highway 127, and a section from Butler Drive north to Reeder Road has been lifted. The Advisory was issued on Monday, Oct. 14th due to a water main break.

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COLUMBIA STREET CLOSED TODAY

 
Lowes Lane in Columbia, KY will be closed today (Wednesday) due to sidewalk repairs. 
 

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RUSSELL CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP


The Russell County Fiscal Court met last evening. Jim Lieb has details....

 

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EDMONTON MAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION FOLLOWING MOTORCYCLE VS VAN ACCIDENT


Edmonton, Ky. October 14, 2019) - Trooper Jonathan Paull is investigating a collision that occurred Saturday, October 12th, 2019 at approximately 4:00pmCT on Glasgow Road at the intersection of Wisdom Road, approx. 5 miles west of Edmonton, KY. 34-year-old Tyra Cross of Gamaliel, KY was operating a 2003 Chevy van eastbound on Wisdom Road attempting to turn onto Glasgow Road, when she failed to see a 2002 Harley Davidson Motorcycle traveling westbound. As Cross turned onto Glasgow Rd, she struck the motorcycle being operated by 52-year-old Darrell Stephens of Edmonton, KY. 
 

Cross was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. Stephens was not wearing a helmet and was airlifted from the scene to Vanderbilt Hospital in Tennessee, where he is listed in critical condition. 
 

KSP Trooper Paull was assisted at the scene by additional members of the Kentucky State Police, Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Department, Barren-Metcalfe EMS, Edmonton Fire Department, and Summer Shade Fire Department.

 

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AREA ARRESTS - 10/13/19

 
  • Donna Michelle Brown, 54,  Jamestown - arrested Saturday afternoon by Jamestown Police Dept. Officer Wesley for Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License; Failure to Maintain Insurance; Improper Registration Plate; and 3 counts of Failure to Appear.
  • Joshua Bell, 39, Jamestown - arrested on Sunday night for Driving on a DUI Suspended License, 2nd offense.

 

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 
  • Brandon Myers, 21, Columbia - arrested early Sunday morning by CPD for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excluding alcohol).
  • Michelle Stearns, 36, Burkesville - arrested by CCSO on Saturday night for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine).
  • Ashley Sroka, 33, Columbia - arrested on Friday afternoon by Glasgow Police Dept. for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine).

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

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RUSSELL CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING OCT. 14TH

 

The Russell County Fiscal Court will meet on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. 
 
AGENDA 
WELCOME, PLEDGE & OPENING PRAYER 
MINUTES 
PAY BILLS 
DETENTION CENTER REPORT 
SHERIFF’S REPORT 
TREASURER’S MONTHLY & QUARTERLY SETTLEMENT REPORTS & AE TRANSFERS 
2ND READING BUDGET AMENDMENT 19-07 
TRANSFER $10,036.40 FROM GENERAL TO GRANTS FOR SAFE ROOMS 
COMPLIMENT ADJUSTMENTS 
RUSSELL CO. COMMERCIAL BUILDING INSPECTOR 
AIRPORT BOARD APPOINTMENT 
NCIC BOARD APPOINTMENTS 
DISCONTINUANCE OF PORTION OF JUMP OFF ROAD – 2ND READING 
RESOLUTION 19-14 LOGAN ANTLE BRIDGE 
ROAD CHANGES 
HALLOWEEN HOURS 
OTHER BUSINESS 
ADJOURN 
 

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ADAIR CO. BURN BAN LIFTED AT 6PM FRI.

 
Effective at 6:00pmCT on Friday, October 11, 2019 the Burn Ban that has been in place in Adair County will be lifted. Please keep in mind we are still under the Fall Burn Ban set in place by the KY Division of Forestry, and open burning is still prohibited from 6:00am-6:00pm within 150 feet of any woodland or brush land, pursuant to KRS 149.400.
 
We will continue to watch the drought monitors and if the situation worsens, we may be required to put the ban back in place. Please be mindful of wind speeds and your surroundings if you plan on burning anything outside.
 
Gale Cowan, Adair Co. Judge Exec.
Mike Keltner, Adair Co. Emergency Mgmt. Dir.

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JAMESTOWN CITY COUNCIL CALLED MEETING OCT. 14TH

 

The Jamestown City Council will have a Special Called Meeting on Monday, Oct. 14th, 2019 at 6:00pmCT. The purpose of the meeting is 1st Reading of Ordinance 2019-003 (Ad Valorem Tax) and 1st Reading of Ordinance 2019-0004 (Parking Ticket). the meeting is open to the public.

 

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DOWNTOWN DAYS BEAUTY PAGEANT MOVED TO FAIRGROUNDS

 

The Downtown Days beauty pageant has been moved to the pavilion at the old Adair County Fairgrounds. Registration begins at 5:00pmCT with the pageant starting at 6:00pmCT.
 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED 10/11/19

 

The Russell County Boil Water Advisory on Shepard Drive, Tonkin Drive and the Old Columbia Road area has been lifted.
 

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AREA ARRESTS

 
  • Christopher Ayers, 31, Albany, KY - DUI; Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia; No/Improper Registration Plate; Improper Equipment; No Seatbelt; No Registration Receipt; Failure to Maintain Insurance; and a Probation Violation (for a Technical Violation)
  • Joni Gale Roberts, 39, Albany, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Carlos Hernandez Jr., 24, Dunnville - arrested by RSPD on Thursday night and charged with Driving on a DUI Suspended License; Failure to Surrender Revoked Operators License; and Failure to Illuminate Head Lamps.

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 
 
  • Nicholas Smith, 25, Edmonton - Arrested by KSP on Thursday just before noon for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Meth) and Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon.
  • April Schoenbaechler, 45, Columbia - arrested on Thursday morning by ACSO for Public Intoxication and Resisting Arrest.

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

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R.S. CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP 10/11/19

 

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

 

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COLUMBIA WOMAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE; SUBSEQUENTLY FIRED FROM JOB AS CNA

 
Officers with the Columbia Police Dept. arrested an Adair County woman on drug charges yesterday in connection with a drug investigation that began on Sunday, October 6th, 2019.
 
25-year-old Alexandria Foster of Columbia, KY was taken into custody at her residence on Burksville Street on Thursday night at approx. 9:00pmCT. Foster was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, a class D Felony.
 
The investigation began on Sunday, October 6th, 2019 when Foster, who at the time was working at a local care facility as a CNA, was found by fellow employees to have been in possession of a small baggie containing a white powder substance. Foster was drug tested and her employment was subsequently terminated from the facility.
 
Columbia Police Officers were called and began an investigation which also utilized K9 "Gunner" and his handler Officer John Dial. After a brief investigation, Officer Adam Cravens arrested Alexandria Foster and lodged her in the Adair Co. Regional Jail. Officer Cravens was assisted by CPD Officer Jamie Cole and Adair Co. Deputy Josh Durbin.
 
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services currently has a separate case against Foster. 
 

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RUSSELL CO. MAN ARRESTED ON THEFT, DRUG & OTHER CHARGES

 
According to Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston, 34-year-old Joshua Michael Bunch of 692 West Drive, Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Thursday evening. Sheriffs Deputies were investigating recent thefts in the area, one involving a stolen utility trailer and other items. A warrant for Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500 was obtained.
 
The Russell County Sheriffs office was also investigating Mr. Bunch for Cruelty to Animals. Warrants were obtained for Cruelty to Animals (2nd degree) involving a bunch of small puppies. While at the scene to serve those warrants, consent to search was given. Following a search of Joshua Bunch and his vehicle, he was also charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Parphanalia. More charges may be forthcoming as the investigation continues.  
 
Sheriff Polston reminds all Russell County residents that if you see something suspicious or if you suspected drug activity in your neighborhood, to contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous. 
 

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SENATOR MAX WISE TOWN HALL MEETING DATES/TIMES

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (October 9, 2019) – Senator Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) has announced the dates and locations of his upcoming town halls.
 
“Town hall forums are a beneficial and transparent way for me to listen to my constituents and gain feedback from them on the issues that the General Assembly plans to tackle during the upcoming legislative session,” Senator Wise said.  “I am proud to have held these meetings every year since assuming office.”
 
The following are the dates and locations for the town halls:
 
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 8:30amCT
Adair County Town Hall Meeting
Adair County Public Library
Columbia, KY
 
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 12:00pmCT
Cumberland County Town Hall Meeting
Veterans Memorial Community Center
Burkesville, KY
 
Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 8:30amET
Taylor County Town Hall Meeting
Taylor County Public Library
Campbellsville, KY
 
Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 4:00pmET
Wayne County Town Hall Meeting
Wayne County Public Library
Monticello, KY
 
Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 12:00pmCT
Russell County Town Hall Meeting
Location TBD
 
Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 3:00pmCT
Clinton County Town Hall Meeting
Clinton County Courthouse, 2nd Floor
Albany, KY
 
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 5:00pmET
McCreary County Town Hall Meeting
Christina’s Kitchen
Whitley City, KY
 
If you have any questions or comments about these issues or any other public policy issue, please call 1-800-372-7181 or email: Max.Wise@LRC.ky.gov.  You can also review the Legislature’s work online at www.lrc.ky.gov.
 
Senator Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) represents the 16th District which encompasses Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne Counties.  
 

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AREA ARRESTS 10/10/19

 
  • Christopher Nalley, 34, Campbellsville - arrested Wednesday night by Campbellsville Police and charged with Robbery, 2nd degree; Fleeing or Evading Police (on foot); Resisting Arrest; and 4 counts of Contempt of Court.

 

  • William Wethington, 55, Liberty - arrested Wednesday night by Campbellsville Police for TBUT (shoplifting) under $500; Resisting Arrest; Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place; and Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd degree.

 

Lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 
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  • Bobby L. Hunter, 37, Burkesville - arrested by BPD on Wednesday night for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified); Prescription Controlled Substance Not In Proper Container; Possession of Marijuana; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

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SOCIAL SECURITY ANNOUNCES 1.6% BENEFIT INCREASE FOR 2020

 

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 69 million Americans will increase 1.6 percent in 2020, the Social Security Administration announced today.
 
The 1.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 63 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2020. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2019. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits). The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 
Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $137,700 from $132,900.
 
Social Security and SSI beneficiaries are normally notified by mail in early December about their new benefit amount. Most people who receive Social Security payments will be able to view their COLA notice online through their my Social Security account. People may create or access their my Social Security account online at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.
 
Information about Medicare changes for 2020, when announced, will be available at https://www.medicare.gov/. For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2020 are announced. Final 2020 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and my Social Security’s Message Center.
 
The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated. To read more, please visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/cola.
 

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RECOMMENDATION BY COLUMBIA PLANNING & ZONING BOARD STANDS "AFFIRMED" AFTER QUESTIONS REGARDING MAYOR'S VOTE SURFACE

 
Release from the office of Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots
 
On Wednesday, October 9, 2019 Columbia City Hall received several questions in reference to the vote at Monday night’s City Council meeting concerning the planning and zoning recommendation on Burkesville Street. This was on property owned by Dustin Brockman. There was a tie vote on the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation; with the Mayor breaking the tie, allowing the zone change to be made from residential to commercial. 
 
Questions relative to whether the Mayor could break a tie vote on a Planning and Zoning Commission recommendation were then raised by a few individuals. Columbia City Attorney Derrick Helm has responded with the following memorandum to the Mayor:
 
Dear Mayor:
 
Upon your request regarding the Columbia City Council’s vote on the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Board, I have the following response:
 
KRS 83A.130(5) allows a Mayor to cast a vote on a measure before the city council when a tie among the body exists. However, the Kentucky Court of Appeals has modified that principal by stating that a mayor is not considered a member of the legislative body as defined by KRS Chapter 100 and may not vote on recommendations of the Planning and Zoning Board. Chandler, et al v. Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission, 125 S.W. 3d 851 (Ky. App. 2002).
 
Therefore, the vote on the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Board regarding a proposal by Dustin Brockman on October 7, 2019 was a tie of the full legislative body and the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Board shall be considered affirmed.
 
Derrick G. Helm
 

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RUSSELL CO. MAN ARRESTED IN CAMPBELLSVILLE FOR BURGLARY

 
46-year-old Clifton Collins of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Wednesday afternoon, October 9, 2019 by the Campbellsville Police Dept. for Burglary, 3rd degree. Collins was lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY 10/10/19

 
There is a Russell County Boil Water Advisory on Shepherd Drive, Tonkin Drive, Rose Street, Gentry Mill Road and the Old Columbia Road area due to a water main break. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.
 

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COLUMBIA SOCK & TOGIE DRIVE SUCCESSFUL!

 

14-year-old Aaron Branham of Columbia, KY wants to thank everyone who helped him make his wish come true! Aaron's Sock & Togie Drive for patients at Norton Children's Hospital was a success. Aaron's goal was to collect 500 items, and altogether 2,000 items were donated! For Aaron's 14th birthday, he (with help from his grandma, Norma Scott) wanted to "give" rather than receive, and since he was a former patient of the children's hospital, felt the sock & togie drive would be a good idea. A special thanks to Aaron Branham for doing this for the patients of Norton Childrens Hospital. 
 
Pictured: Norma Scott, Norton Children's Hospital Rep, & Aaron Branham
 

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R.S. CITY COUNCIL MEETING OCT. 10TH

 
The Russell Springs City Council will meet on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 6:00pmCT at City Hall.
 
AGENDA
PRAYER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
I. MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
II. ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES
III. ACCEPTANCE OF CASH DISBURSEMENTS & FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
IV. OLD BUSINESS
V. NEW BUSINESS
· ZONING BOARD APPOINTMENT
· MAYOR'S UPDATE
ADJOURNMENT
 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES

 

On Wednesday, October 9, 2019 the Columbia Police Department executed an arrest warrant for drug trafficking after a lengthy and ongoing investigation.
 
Kelvin Bowers, 32, of Columbia, KY was apprehended at FiveStar on Hudson Street just before 5:00pmCT. Bowers was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and Wanton Endangerment, 1st degree (both felony offenses).
 
The charges stem from an incident on October 2nd, 2019 when Bowers is believed to have been in possession of 57 grams of methamphetamine with the intent to sell. He discarded the methamphetamine at a local business on a shelf and left the property when he became aware law enforcement was in the area. Bowers is also currently on federal probation for a prior drug trafficking charge. He was lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 
Columbia Police Dept. Officer Evan Burton is the investigating officer. He was assisted at the scene by Officer Jordan Dean and Adair Co. Deputies Justin Cross and Josh Durbin.
 

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KY 76 CLOSED THURS. & FRI. DUE TO SINKHOLE

 
The Kentucky Dept. of Transportation will be repairing a sink hole on KY 76 at the .3 mile point near Wade Hollow Road. KY76 will be closed today (Thursday), Oct. 10th and Friday, Oct. 11th. The detour will be at Eastridge Cemetery Road just past the Adair County line. The other end will be at Hovious Ridge Road. 
 

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MAN ARRESTED IN ADAIR CO. FOR NOT COMPLYING WITH SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY


One person was arrested for Failure to Comply with the Sex Offender Registry.   
 

On Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 9th, 2019 the Adair County Sheriff’s Office arrested 62-year-old Roy Stephen Helm in the Sano community of Adair County. Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman received information from Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston of Helm possibly living in the Sano area near the Adair/Russell Line and was not in compliance with his mandated responsibilities of notifying the authorities of his address change and whereabouts. Failure to comply with the sex offender registration is a Class D Felony in KY.

 

With the assistance from KSP Criminal Intelligence Analyst Stacy Kelsay, Helm’s identity was confirmed and information was obtained that probable cause existed that he was not in compliance. Sheriff Brockman located Helm in a barn 12 miles east of Columbia where he was arrested and lodged in the Adair Co. Jail.

 
The Adair County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation. 
 

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BANK OF COLUMBIA SCAM CALLS

 

The Bank of Columbia takes the safety of its customer's identity very seriously. They have been alerted to a new type of FRAUD which involves the scammer spoofing a business phone number and calling the victim pretending to represent them, demanding payments with pre-paid debit/credit cards.
 
DO NOT give out personal information like your social security number, birthdate, account number, email or PIN over the phone! If you receive a call that shows up as the Bank of Columbia and you do not know the caller, HANG UP and call the bank at 270-384-6433 to verify they called. In any instance that you feel threatened or pressured by any phone call, ALWAYS hang up before giving out any information.
 
 
 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court met on Tuesday evening. Jim Leib has details....

 

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AREA ARRESTS 10/09/19

 
  1. Joshua Denson, 36, Junction City, KY  - arrested on Tuesday morning by RCSO for Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree; Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol); Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (on Foot); and Resisting Arrest.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
  1. Shalea Monique Hufnagel, 26, Burkesville - arrested by CCSO on Tuesday evening for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  2. Timothy Lee Wray, 20, Breeding - arrested Tuesday by CCSO for License to be in Possession; Obstructd Vision and/or Windshield; One Headlight; and Improper Equipment.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

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SCHEDULED WATER OUTAGE


From Campbellsville Municipal Water & Sewer Systems......

 

Areas Affected:

Hwy 55, New Columbia Rd, Coburg--possible side roads connecting

 

This notice is to inform you that the areas listed above may be without water service during the hours of approximately 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM Eastern Time tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 9th). This outage is necessary for the relocation of our water lines for the State Department widening the road on Hwy 55.

 

Please contact our office at 270-789-3133 if you have any questions.

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ARRESTS 10/07/19

 
  • Joseph Barnes, 33, Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD on Monday afternoon for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and Public Intoxication.
  • Joshua Eugene York, 32, Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD on Monday afternoon for Assault, 2nd degree (Police Officer); Terroristic Threatening, 3rd degree; Assault, 2nd degree; and served a Bench Warrant for Court.

 

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
  1. Mya Muschette, 20, Radcliffe - arrested by CPD on Monday night for Criminal Mischief, 2nd degree and Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence) with minor injuries.

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

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ADAIR ANNEX OFFICES CLOSING EARLY OCT. 11TH

 
The Adair County Annex Building, with the exception of the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, will be closing at 1:00 p.m. CST on Friday, October 11, 2019 for the Downtown Days Festival. Sheriff Brockman will keep his office open for anyone wishing to come in and pay property taxes. The City of Columbia Police Department will begin blocking traffic from the Public Square beginning at 1:00 p.m. to allow vendors to begin setting up.  Come out & support the Downtown Days Festival!
 

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COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP 10/08/19

 

The Columbia City Council met on Tuesday evening. Jim Leib has details.....

 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING OCT. 8TH

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 6:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair Annex. The public is invited to attend.
 
AGENDA:
Pledge of Allegiance
Prayer
Call to Order
Roll Call
 
1. Approval of Agenda
2. Approval of Minutes
  • September 24, 2019-Minutes-Regular
  • September 26, 2019-Minutes-Special Called

3. Disbursements

4. REPORTS
  • Sheriff’s Report
  • Road Department Report
  • G.R.A.S. Report
  • Committee Reports
  • Jail Report

5. Treasurer’s Report - Quarterly Report

6. Budget Amendments
7. Tranfers
  • Line to Line Transfers
  • Fund to Fund Transfers

8. Court Orders

9. Reading of Roads
 
10. Action Items:
  • Kentucky Wired-Donovan Mcclure
  • Recycling Discussion
  • Adair County Airport
  • 1st Reading Amendment to Admin Code-Addition to Safe Driving Policy
  • 1st Reading Amendment to NCIC Ordinance

 

11. Other Business
12. Public Comments
13. Adjourn
 

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ADAIR CO. ACCIDENT SENDS JUVENILE TO THE HOSPITAL

 
The Adair County Sheriffs Office investigated an injury accident over the weekend that sent a juvenile to the hospital.
 
The single vehicle collision occurred on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 approx. 17 miles east of Columbia on KY 551 at 11:41amCT. 56-year-old Gail Gribbs of Indiana was traveling east, when her vehicle left the roadway and went over a steep earth embankment.  A juvenile passenger was injured as a result of the impact and was treated at the scene by Adair EMS and the Knifley Fire Department. Adair EMS transferred the juvenile to TJ Health Columbia where she was treated for her injuries.   
 
The collision was investigated by Chief Deputy Justin Cross.
 

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TJ COLUMBIA HEALTH FAIR OCT. 26TH

 
The TJ Health Columbia Community Health Fair will be held Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 7:00am-11:00am at the hospital, 901 Westlake Drive, Columbia, KY. 
 
TJ Health Columbia is offering 1,600 free lab tests this year. Pre-registration is required to ensure that the lab test will be free. Pre-register online at https://www.tjsamson.org/tj_health_columbia/tj_health_columbia_health_fair.aspx
You may also pre-register by calling 270-384-4753 or visit any TJ Regional Health location.
 
There are two more Lab pre-draw dates: October 15th &16th from 6:30-9:30amCT each day. Lab draws will also be available the day of the health fair, Saturday, Oct. 26th, from 7:00am-10:00amCT. Blood work and flu shots, as well as vascular screenings will be available. Please call 270-384-7510 to register for the vascular screenings. ABI, Carotid and Aorta Screenings will be available for $50 each or all 3 for $120. 500 free flu shots will be available during the pre-draw dates (ages 18 and over).
 
The TJ Health Columbia Health Fair includes: Basic Lab Panel, Lipid Panel and PSA testing for males. Height & weight, blood pressure and body mass index will also be offered.
 
The TJ Columbia Health Fair is made possible with support from the Good Samaritan Foundation and the Lindsey Wilson College Nursing Division.
 

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RUSSELL CO. BURN BAN HAS BEEN LIFTED 10/07/19

 

Effectively immediatey, the Russell County burn ban is now lifted. However, the state-wide burn ban imposed by the Kentucky Division of Forestry is still in effect from 6:00am - 6:00pm and not within 150 feet of a wooded area. For any questions or concerns, please call Russell Co. Judge Exec. Gary D. Roberton's office at 270-343-2112 or Russell Co. Emergency Management Director H.M. Bottom at 270-585-1416.

 

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3 PEOPLE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN RUSSELL CO.

 

On Friday, October 4th, 2019 at 11:39pmCT, Russell County Deputy Corey Meyer observed two vehicles parked at the back of Parkview Estates. Upon approaching the vehicles, a suspect (later identified as 28-year-old Cortez Lawrence of Bowling Green, KY) fled from the rear of one of the vehicles, into a wooded area. Deputy Meyer gave verbal commands to come out of the woods and the suspect eventually complied and was detained. Deputy's located a red backpack in the wooded area belonging to Cortez, containing marijuana, synthetic marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and other personal items. Deputy's also recovered $500 cash laid on the trunk of the vehicle Cortez fled from.
 
33-year-old Nathan Keeney of Somerset, KY and 29-year-old Teresa Daniel of Russell Springs, KY were sitting in the auto Cortez fled from. Deputies observed a syringe in plain view inside the vehicle and conducted a search of the auto. Several rolled blunts containing marijuana, a small bag containing synthetic marijuana, several items of drug paraphernalia, 21 Oxycodone pills, and 1 Suboxone pill were located.
 
Prior to be taken to the Russell County Detention Center, Nathan Keeney was observed by deputy's in the rear of the patrol car trying to destroy a Suboxone pill he had in his possession. 
 
Nathan Keeney (of Somerset) was placed under arrest and lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center on the following charges:
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Tampering with Physical Evidence

 

Teresa Ann Daniel (of Russell Springs) was arrested and taken to the Russell Co. Jail on the following charges:
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

Cortez Lawrence (of Bowling Green) was arrested and lodged in the Russell Co. Jail on the following charges: 
  • Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8 oz) 
  • Tampering with Physical Evidence

 

While at the jail, Deputy's discovered Lawrence had more cash hidden on him totaling $3,103.
 
Deputy Corey Meyer is the investigating officer. He was assisted on scene by Deputy Nathan Bradshaw, Sgt. Bobby Pritchard, RSPD Officer Lucas Justice, and KSP Trooper Jacob Harper.
 
R.C. Sheriff Derek Polston reminds Russell Countians that if you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighborhood, to contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous. 

 

 

 

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OTHER AREA ARRESTS 10/07/19

 

 

  • Leah Wilson, 52, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Saturday afternoon for No Registration Plates; Improper Display of Registration Plates; No Registration Receipt; Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance; Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle; DUI; and Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug
  • Steven Huff, 35, Columbia - arrested by KSP on Saturday afternoon for Driving on a DUI Suspended License
  • Scott Holt, 31, Harrodsburg - arrested by RSPD Officer Pritchard on Friday evening for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol); Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Tampering with Physical Evidence

 

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
  • Justin Groover, 19, Campbellsville - arrested by ACSO on Sunday night for Driving on a DUI Suspended License
  • Christopher Palmer, 23, Glasgow, KY - booked into the Adair Co. Regional Jail on Friday morning for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Travis Farris, 35, London, KY - arrested by CCSO on Saturday night for DUI and Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle
  • Jason Syverson, 24, Celina, TN - arrested by CCSO on Saturday afternoon for Burglary, 1st Degree; Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm); Criminal Trespassing, 1st Degree; and Criminal Trespassing, 2nd Degree

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

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CURRENT PIPELINE SOUND UPDATE (VIA TRANSCANADA ENERGY)

 

 

 

The following is an email sent on Friday, Oct. 4th from Trans Canada Energy:

 

TC Energy representatives have been actively working on a solution to remedy the sounds heard by residents in Adair County, Kentucky. These sound waves do not pose a safety issue, and we want to ensure residents that after extensive assessment, the integrity of our pipe and system are safe to operate. Since the issue was first discovered, engineers and operations personnel have been on site conducting tests and have determined that the sound heard by nearby residents is being caused by sound waves reverberating along the pipe.
 
We will continue to actively monitor the situation and investigate possible ways to address the noise levels. We appreciate the input from the community, and we have heard them and are working toward addressing their concerns. We will continue to keep community leaders informed going forward.
 

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ARRESTS 10/04/19

 
  • Faith Ann Starr, 38, Russell Springs - arrested overnight by the RCSO for TBUT (Shoplifting Under $500)
  • Timothy Dykes, 47, Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD early this morning (Friday) for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place
 
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
  • Courtney Flickner, 19, Glasgow, KY - arrested by KSP on Thursday night for Speeding; Reckless Driving; Failure to Wear Seatbelt; Rear License Not Illuminated; DUI; Failure to Produce Insuance Card; and Failure to Notify the Dept. of Transportation of Address Change
  • Megan Dettling, 43, Burkesville - arrested by CCSO early this morning (Friday) for Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance; DUI; No Registration Receipt; and No Registration Plates
  • Amber Rains, 36, Albany - arrested by CCSO on Thursday night for Reckless Driving and DUI

 

Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY - 10/04/19

 

There is a Russell County Boil Water Advisory in the Mcclendon Ridge area. Roads involved include: Frontage Road, McClendon Lane, Roarke Road, Bernard Farm Road, and JDB Road. Boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.

 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 

On Thursday, October 3, 2019 just before 12:00 noon CST, Columbia Police Dept. Officers arrived at a residence on Bomar Heights to attempt to locate an individual with multiple drug-related outstanding warrants from Adair and Russell Counties. The party was located within the premises, hiding in a closet, and was taken into custody. After apprehension, the party was found to be in possession of narcotics.

 

William Miller, 28, of Columbia, KY has been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. Miller’s warrants included a Drug Court Violation in Adair County and a Warrant of Indictment for Possession of Methamphetamine from Russell County.

 

CPD Officer Drew Conn was the arresting Officer. He was assisted by Deputy Justin Cross. 

 

 

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R.S. AWARDED $137,700 IN DISCRETIONARY FUNDS FOR CRITICAL PAVEMENT IMPROVEMENTS

 

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2019) – During a meeting with officials from the City of Russell Springs, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Department of Rural and Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II announced $137,700 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing work on Dowell Road, Gentry Mill Road and Cade Road. Resurfacing repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes, raveling, and base failures.

 

The investment supports Governor Matt Bevin’s commitment to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects and increase economic opportunity across the Commonwealth.

 

“The Bevin Administration continues to focus on taking care of what we have at both the state and local level to address critical infrastructure needs that improve safety and support job creation and retention,” said KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas. “This funding builds upon existing transportation investments and allows the Cabinet to collaborate with local governments to identify projects that will have large impacts to communities.”

 

City of Russell Springs Mayor Eddie Thomas identified these roads as being among the most critical in the city.

  

“I would like to thank Governor Bevin and his Administration for their commitment to helping Russell Springs grow and prosper,” said Mayor Thomas. “Without the support of Governor Bevin, I know these road projects would not be possible.” 

 

Projects submitted to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration were evaluated by KYTC district staff to assess the condition of roads and determine the most critical needs based on factors such as safety, economic impact, and traffic volumes.

 

“I’m pleased to see that Russell Springs has received funding for these much-needed resurfacing projects,” said Sen. Max Wise. “I look forward to their completion knowing the community will benefit greatly from upgraded roadways. I’d like to thank the Governor for working with the General Assembly to ensure we have funding for road repairs throughout the Commonwealth.”

 

The roads provide access to more than 50 homes, 11 businesses and the local hospital.

 

“Resurfacing Dowell, Gentry Mill and Cade roads will go a long way toward making driving in Russell Springs both smoother and safer,” said Rep. Jeff Hoover. “I’m extremely pleased to see that this area is a priority for the Transportation Cabinet.”

 

The Russell Springs City Council is responsible for administering the work, and KYTC will reimburse the city for the projects.

 

Resurfacing work will address:

 

  • Dowell Road (City Street 2123) – resurfacing of 0.816 miles
  • Gentry Mill Road (City Street 2035) – resurfacing of 0.409 miles
  • Cade Road (City Street 2014) – resurfacing 0.333 miles

 

 

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PIPELINE NOISE IN KNIFLEY AREA; COMPANY ISSUES STATEMENT

 
Last Thursday, September 24th, 2019 Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman was notified of a noise coming from the Trans Canada Energy (Columbia Gulf) pipeline in the area of Knifley Road and Robinson Ridge Road. Notification was made to Emergency Management by Sheriff Brockman, and the pipeline company emergency contact through Adair E911. 
 
Since the initial notification, Sheriff Brockman, Adair County Judge Exec. Gale Cowan, and Emergency Management Director Mike Keltner have met with Trans Canada Energy personnel on several occasions. County Officials have been in constant contact with Trans Canada Energy Government Relations and Community Affairs. We want to ensure accountability of Trans Canada Energy, on behalf of our community, and will work to keep communications open between agencies involved. 
 
Trans Canada Energy has issued the following statement for the community:
 
TC Energy representatives have been aware of the noise issue and are actively monitoring the situation. Engineering and operations teams have been working to determine the cause of the noise and will continue to keep community officials informed of their progress. Responsible and safe operations is the top priority for the company.

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ARRESTS 10/03/19

 
  • Brandon Fleming, 27, Russell Springs - arrested Wednesday night by KSP and charged with 4th degree Assault (domestic violence) and DUI
  • Brandon Crawhorn, 34, Russell Sprngs - arrested by KSP on Wednesday night for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine), and a Probation Violation (for a Felony Offense)

 

Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
 
  • Kyle Alexander Trotter, 31, Edmonton - arrested overnight by ACSO for DUI; Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance; and Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle

 

Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 

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TAYLOR CO. WOMAN DIES FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN ACCIDENT

 
A Taylor Co. woman died earlier this week from injuries sustained in an auto accident last week
 
45-year-old Paula Jill Rainwater of Campbellsville, KY died Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Univ. of Louisville Hospital where she was airlifted following the 1-vehicle accident that occurred last Friday night around 11:00pmET.  According to the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office, Rainwater was operating a Toyota Camry on Greensburg Road when she struck an embankment. The auto then overturned, ejecting Rainwater. A passenger, 55-year-old James Bridgewater of Campbellsville, KY was not injured.
 
Paula Jill Rainwater's funeral service will be on Saturday at 1:00pmET at L.R. Petty Funeral Home in Campbellsville, KY. For her complete obituary, go to https://ridingthewave.com/obits/466364.
 

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TRANSPORTATION CABINET OFFICIAL TO VISIT RS TO MAKE FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2019) – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II will visit Russell Springs on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 to make a transportation funding announcement.

 

What:  Transportation funding announcement

 

Who:  KYTC Department of Rural & Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II

 

Where:  Russell Springs City Hall

 

When:  Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. CDT 

 

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KSP ACTIVITY REPORT - SEPT. 2019

 
During the month of September 2019, there were 15 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 1 fatal collision during the month of September in the Post 15 area:
  • Ashley Coulter, age 33, of Nelson Co. was killed on 09/08/19 in Casey Co.

 

This brings our yearly fatality count to 17 compared with 20 through this same period in 2018. Statewide fatality count stands at 566 compared with 539 through this same period in 2018.
 

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R.C. WOMAN ARRESTED ON TRAFFIC CHARGES

 

Allie Burton, 21, Russell Springs, KY was arrested Tuesday evening by RSPD for No Registration Plates; No Registration Receipt; Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License; and Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance.
 
Burton was lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 

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ADAIR CO. EOC GETS REFRIGERATOR DONATION

 
Adair County Emergency Management would like to thank The Appliance Store for the generous refrigerator donation to be utilized in the Backup Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The EOC serves as a point for responders to coordinate efforts during emergencies and train before emergencies occur.  
 
 

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DANVILLE COUPLE ARRESTED ON FIREARM CHARGES & LODGED IN ADAIR CO. JAIL

 
William Brice Gibson, 41, and Jessica Crawford Wilson, 34,  both of Danville, KY were arrested by KSP on Tuesday night for Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm). William Gibson was also charged with Driving on a DUI Suspended License (Aggravating Circumstance); Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon; and DUI, 2nd Offense.
 
The couple was lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 

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LOUISVILLE WOMAN CHARGED WITH PROMOTING CONTRABAND AFTER CONCEALING SUSPECTED METH AT ADAIR JAIL

 

On Tuesday, October 1, 2019 Columbia Police Dept. Officers were asked to respond to the Adair Co. Regional Jail just before 2:00amCT after an inmate, who was being booked in from Cumberland County, was found to have concealed contraband. The inmate was being searched as part of the booking process when a Deputy Jailer located a clear plastic baggie containing a white crystal substance. 
 
Jevonda Denee Cundiff, 49, of Louisville, KY was charged at the jail with Promoting Contraband, 1st degree as well as Possession of Methamphetamine, 3rd or greater offense (both felonies). 
 
This is the third instance in just over 3 weeks that Jail staff have located suspected methamphetamine on individual suspects as they were been booked into jail.
 

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DUMP TRUCK OVERTURNS IN RUSSELL CO.; DRIVER ESCAPES INJURY

 

At approximately 8:00amCT this morning, 27-year-old Daniel P. Turner of Columbia, KY was traveling south on Hwy 76 in a 2006 International Tri-Axle dump truck when his right tires left the roadway. Turner attempted to pull back onto the roadway and overcorrected, causing the truck to overturn onto the drivers side. 

 
Turner, who was hauling 26 tons of gravel for GAT Trucking, Inc. of Columbia, was not injured. 
 
The accident is being investigated by Russell County Sheriff’s Deputy Luke Hughes. He was assisted at the scene by the Eli Fire Dept. 
 

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BEWARE OF PHONE SOLICITORS!

 

It has been brought to the Russell County Chamber's attention that there is a party that is making phone calls (from a 'private' number) requesting $500.00 to renew their subscription in the Russell County Business District catalog.  


Keep in mind that the Chamber will ALWAYS identify themselves as being with the Chamber and will NOT call from a 'private' number.  Also, at the moment, there isn't a catalog of Russell County businesses.  


The Chamber regrets that these calls are being made, and warns business owners to always be wary of solicitors. PLEASE keep being vigilant with phone calls and emails!
 

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