The Russell County Lady Lakers beat Metcalfe County in the Girls 16th District Championship Game on Thursday night by a score of 79 to 69 in overtime. It was one of the greatest comebacks in the history of Lady Laker basketball!
Russell County will play Glasgow this Sunday afternoon at 2:00pmCT in the Girls 4th Region Basketball T-ment at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, KY.
...A COUPLE OF CHANCES FOR SNOW...
Two systems moving through the region this morning and then tonight will bring separate chances for minor accumulations of snow. The first system will bring some light snows through mid morning. A few tenths of an inch are possible with this system. The second system will bring scattered snow showers into the area this evening and early overnight. This system will bring better chances for up to an inch of accumulation...especially for areas that end up with multiple showers. Be prepared for some patches of slick roads. When encountering these patches...slow down...do not use cruise control...and leave plenty of distance between you and other vehicles
Cody Cooper, 28, of Russell Springs, KY (who was recently indicted by the Grand Jury) was taken into custody by KY State Police just after 4pmCT on Thursday afternoon. Cooper is charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified).
The state of Kentucky is ready to fight Coronavirus.
Governor Beshear says there have been no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Kentucky. The immediate risk to Kentucky is low...
A single vehicle accident injured one people just before noon on Thursday in Taylor County. Christopher Mast age 38 of Greensburg and a Passenger Wayne Yoder age 18 of Monfordville, were traveling west on Wise Road when according to Mast, his brakes failed on a 1985 Ford F8000 Crane Truck. The vehicle overturned on the roadway. Both were able to exit the overturned vehicle. Mast was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for treatment of an injury in the facial area, Yoder was not injured.
Deputies Benningfield and Burckhead investigated.
The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office responded to 121 Ten Oakes Lane to assist Probation and Parole. When they arrived the deputies made contact with Christopher Grubaugh in front of the residence. Police say Grubaugh was attempting to conceal something in his sleeve, he was found to have a white powdery substance in a plastic bag, along with suspected marijuana. Grubaugh was taken into custody and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree-Drug Unspecified, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Possession of Marijuana. He was lodged in the Taylor County Dentition Center by Deputy Brent Burkhead.
Marion Co. beat Taylor Co. 66 to 53 on Wednesday night to advance to Saturday's championship game at 7:00pmET (6:00pmCT) at the Taylor Co. High School Gym.
Campbellsville and Adair Co. will play tonight (Thursday) at 7:00pmET (6:00pmCT) in the Boys 20th District T-ment.
The Marion Co. Girls beat Adair Co. 59 to 39 on Tuesday night; Taylor Co. defeated Campbellsville 33 to 31.
Marion Co. vs Taylor Co. this Friday night at 7:00pmET in the Girls Championship Game at Taylor Co. High School.
Dr. Pam Stephens, Superintendent of Adair County School s, released the following statement today (Thursday) concerning Elizabeth Smith, an Adair County High School student, who passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at the Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Today the Adair County Schools family mourns the loss of Ms. Elizabeth Smith. Elizabeth was a freshman at Adair County High School and passed away yesterday after an extended illness. As a school family we come together to support Elizabeth’s family and friends in this time of loss.
Elizabeth’s faith was something we could all learn from. Throughout her illness she exhibited astonishing faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She never wavered from Him and we rejoice that her faith was such an inspiration to many.
Our staff, students, and school community extend our deepest sympathies to Elizabeth’s family. Today our families, our schools and our community will all be grieving but will support and love one another.
Last night our school system began implementing our crisis response plan. Counselors will be on sight to provide counseling for our students and faculty. We ask parents to please monitor your child’s behavior and let us know if you feel that your child needs to speak with someone.
May God comfort and bless Elizabeth’s family, friends and loved ones in the coming days.
Around 8:00pmCT, the Eli Fire Department was dispatched to a reported Structure Fire at 269 Highway 1383. The first arriving Engine radioed a confirmed Structure Fire with flames showing from side. Firemen were able to quickly attack the flames. The structure was an old church that had been converted into a home and all occupants were accounted for except the family pet who unfortunately perished in the fire. The building was approximately 30’ x 60’ in size with no basement. Crews made a great stop on the fire and additional crews were rotated out for several hours conducting an overhaul and checking for any hidden fires or hotspots.
Firefighters were on the scene for approximately 5 hours and were assisted by members of the Jamestown Fire Dept. (who provided mobile air refilled air cylinders), and Russell Co. EMS personnel.
Displaced occupants of the residence are being assisted by the American Red Cross.
The Russell County Tourism Commission's monthly meeting was held on Wednesday, Feb. 26th. Here's Eric West with a recap......
It has been 66 days since John "Bam" Carney of Campbellsville was hospitalized with a severe case of pancreatitis. Last night (Tuesday), the family reported that "Bam" continues to improve as he passed a swallowing test. Bam has also been able to drink water and is talking and getting stronger. The primary concern are the infection levels, but doctors remain optimistic. The family asks for your continued prayers.
A day of prayer and encouragement for Bam is planned for Friday, March 6th. Go to "God's Glory over Bam" on Facebook for details on hosting a prayer event.
John "Bam" Carney is hospitalized at Norton's Hospital in Louisville, KY. He is the State Representative for Taylor and Adair Counties.
The Russell County Grand Jury met Tuesday and handed up the following indictments...
Kaitlyn Nopp of Campbellsville and Justin Goodin of Lebanon - Knopp: Driving Under the Influence Goodin: Public Intoxication Both were indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree a Class D Felony and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia a Class A Misdemeanor.
Cody L. Cooper of Russell Springs - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree a Class D Felony a Class D Felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree a Class A Misdemeanor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia a Class A Misdemeanor.
William C. Wilson of Russell Springs - Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, a Class D Felony.
Curtis Hendricks of Russell Springs - Theft by Unlawful Taking over $10,000 dollars, a Class C Felony and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree a Class D Felony.
Wolfgang Burkhart of Edmonton - Bail Jumping 1st Degree a Class D Felony.
Tony Owens of Somerset - Bail Jumping 1st Degree a Class D Felony.
Glen Blankenship of Russell Springs - Criminal Mischief 1st Degree a Class D Felony, and Persistent Felony Offender 1st Degree.
WAVE NEWS reminds listeners that an indictment doesn't express guilt or Innocence in these cases only that further court action is warranted.
The Adair County Fiscal Court met on Tuesday. Jim Lieb files this report for WAVE NEWS...
Columbia Police Dept. Officers responded to a disturbance call at a basement apartment at the corner of Bomar Heights and Pine Tree Street on Monday night just after 7:30 PM.
Upon arrival, there were multiple individuals in and around the apartment. One subject present refused to follow basic commands to keep his hands outside of his pockets after being told repeatedly. Once detained, the subject was found to be in possession of one gram of suspected methamphetamine and was taken into custody.
Matthew Alexander, 22, of Columbia has been charged with Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine). Alexander is currently on probation for fleeing and evading police stemming from an attempted traffic stop last Spring.
Officer Evan Burton was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Drew Conn.
Brittney Helm, 30, of Russell Springs, KY was taken into custody by Russell County Deputy John Wine on charges of Theft by Unlawful Taking/Shoplifting under $500. The arrest was made on Monday evening. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
The Russell County School Board met on Monday evening for the districts regular monthly meeting.
The big topic on the agenda was a change in the school calendar for the 2020/2021 school year to now "have" school on Veterans Day. We asked Supt. Ford about the change...
Ford went on to share with WAVE listeners the other items on the agenda...
The Jamestown Fire Department was dispatched out at 2:15pmCT on Monday afternoon to the report of a car on fire just off the Square. When the department arrived on scene they found a vehicle, owned by Jasmine Brooke York, with fire under the hood. The blaze was quickly extinguished.
Firemen were on the scene for approx. 30 minutes and were assisted by Jamestown PD and the Russell County Sheriff's Office.
The Russell Springs City Council special called meeting was brief with only two items on the agenda. City Clerk Chris Ramsey has all the details for WAVE listeners...
Tomkinsville, KY (February 24,2020) - On February 21st, 2019 at approximately 4:30 PM CST Trooper Allen Shirley, along with Officers from Tompkinsville Police Department, responded to an apartment that had been burglarized at the Green Hills Subdivision. Tonya Bartley stated that when she arrived home, she realized someone had entered her apartment, broken several items and stole her microwave. A nearby witness stated that he observed 65 year old Ted Frazier of Tompkinsville, KY leave the apartment carrying a microwave.
Tpr. Shirley located Frazier at his residence on South Main Street and placed him under arrest. Frazier was charged with Burglary 2nd degree, Theft by unlawful taking U/$500, and Criminal Mischief 3rd degree. Frazier was lodged in the Barren County Detention Center.
Tpr. Shirley was assisted by Officers Ricky Shirley and Aaron White.
An Elk Horn, KY man dies as a result of a single vehicle collision in northern Adair County on Friday night.
On Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7:19pmCT, Adair County 911 received a call of a single vehicle collision on Elk Horn Rd, approx. 15 miles north of Columbia. Adair County Deputy Joey Keith, along with additional emergency services, responded to the collision.
Preliminary investigation shows that Ronald Woodrum, 67, was operating a 2018 GMC Sierra truck traveling north on Elk Horn Road, along with a 3-year-old passenger. Woodrum lost control of his vehicle, leaving the roadway on the left side and striking a tree.
Woodrum was pronounced deceased at the scene; the 3-year-old child was airlifted to University of Louisville by helicopter. Seatbelts were in use for both driver and passenger. As of Sunday, the child has been released from the hospital.
The investigation is continuing by the Adair County Sheriffs Office. Deputy Joey Keith was assisted on scene by Chief Deputy Justin Cross.
Agencies responding: Knifley Fire Department, Columbia-Adair Fire Department, Adair EMS, Adair County Coroner's Office and the Adair County Sheriffs Office.
Justin Weddle, 34, Russell Springs, KY was arrested by RSPD Officer Antle on Friday night for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree (Drug Unspecified); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Contempt of Court.
Weddle was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
On Saturday morning, February 22, 2020 an attempted traffic stop was initiated on Oak Street and Edna Drive in Columbia, KY when the operator ran out of vehicle and fled on foot. The subject was apprehended shortly after attempting to flee. He was found hiding behind residences on Edna Drive. Officers also located a black bag containing narcotics and drug paraphenalia the suspect had discarded while running.
Cory Wayne Polk, 29, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody and charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Fleeing or Evading Police (on foot), No Seatbelt, and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License. Polk was additionally served an outstanding warrant for Probation Violation.
Officer Evan Burton made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Columbia Police Dept. Officer Jordan Dean as well as Adair Co. Sheriff's Deputies Justin Cross and Chandler Staten.
According to Jamestown Fire Chief Jeff Landers, the department was dispatched out at 4:45pmCT on Saturday, February 22, 2020 to a structure fire on Hwy 1680 South at Pleasant Hill. The structure was a lakehouse owned by Judy Johnson who reported that when she came home, she found heavy smoke in the residence. The first firefighter on the scene found heavy smoke and fire on the main floor. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze and discovered the fire apparently had started in the crawlspace under the main floor around the flu. Firemen were on the scene for approx. 3 hours. The home sustained light damage to the floor around the flu and smoke damage throughout the residence.
The Columbia Police executed a search warrant within a room at The Sleep Inn, Friday, February 21, 2020 after beginning an investigation upon receiving a tip of drug activity. After conducting a search, Officers located and seized 5 stolen firearms as well as 4 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, digital scales, $9,742 in cash, Xanax and marijuana.
Paul Cruse, 28, of Greensburg has been charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Trafficking in Marijuana, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Receiving Stolen Property.
Officer Drew Conn was the investigating Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Jordan Dean, Deputy Justin Cross and Deputy Joey Keith.
The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board (KADB), chaired by Gov. Andy Beshear, approved $92,714 in 10 on-farm energy efficiency projects across the Commonwealth at its monthly board meeting. Application and guidelines for the KADB’s On-Farm Energy Efficiency Incentives Programs are available online at ag-energy.ky.gov.
Gov. Andy Beshear said, “These energy grants are the next step in funding agritech to improve efficiency and sustainability on Kentucky farms. With the latest innovations and technology, cost savings for our farmers and producers will result in economic growth in our rural communities.”
The On-Farm Energy Efficiency Incentives Program provides incentives for Kentucky farm families to increase energy efficiency of existing equipment or facilities. The program will provide 50 percent reimbursement of the actual cost of a qualified energy project, up to $10,000 plus the $150 third-party energy audit. Permissible items include, but are not limited to, energy audits, energy efficient farm building components, and on-farm energy upgrades.
Charles Peden, a dairy farmer, was approved for $7,350 in State funds to replace an existing vacuum pump.
Shady-Green, Inc., a horticultural operation, was approved for $10,150 in State funds to install a 7.7 kW solar array.
Michael Geary, a poultry producer, was approved for $10,150 in State funds to replace plastic curtains and install sidewalls in his barns.
Two poultry producers were approved. Daniel Bilbrey was approved for $10,150 in State funds to replace plastic curtains and install sidewalls and a radiant heater in his barns. Michael Harmon was approved for $4,362 in State funds to install insulation on the exterior side of the wall framing in his barns.
Foxy Farm, LLC, a poultry operation, was approved for $10,150 in State funds to install LEDs, security lights and add ceiling insulation in his barns.
Timothy McGowan, a dairy farmer, was approved for $10,150 in State funds to replace lights, pumps and an automatic takeoff milker in his barn.
James Cowherd, a dairy farmer, was approved for $10,150 in State funds to replace two existing refrigeration units.
Sumner Dairy, LLC was approved for $10,084 in State funds to install variable speed milk pumps, milk plate coolers and circulating fans.
The On-Farm Energy Efficiency Incentives Program is a competitive program. All applications are reviewed on a triannual basis and scored by a committee comprised of representatives from the KADB, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, USDA Rural Development and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Upcoming 2020 deadlines to apply for energy grants are April 24, August 28 and December 18.
For more information, contact Stefanie Osterman, County Programs Manager, at (502) 782-1763 or Stefanie.Osterman@ky.gov.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2020) - The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $1,467,261 in 32 agricultural diversification and rural development projects across the Commonwealth at its monthly board meeting, including projects in this area for Russell, Taylor, and Metcalfe counties.
On-Farm Energy Efficiency Incentives
The On-Farm Energy Efficiency Program provides incentives for Kentucky farm families to increase energy efficiency of existing equipment or facilities. Ten On-Farm Energy Efficiency grants were approved totaling $92,714 for recipients in Barren ($7,350), Daviess ($10,150), Grayson ($10,150), Metcalfe (2, $14,512), Muhlenberg ($10,150), Russell ($10,118), Taylor ($10,050), Warren ($10,084) and Webster ($10,150) counties.
4-H Country Ham Project
Metcalfe County 4-H Council, Inc. was approved for up to $1,446 in Metcalfe County funds to purchase 18 hams for Metcalfe County 4-H. Metcalfe County 4-H members that participate in the country ham project learn about the history behind curing hams, curing process, food safety, meat production and food preservation. For more information on this project, contact Amy Branstetter at (270) 432-3561 or email@example.com.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2020) – In an effort to better protect children at schools throughout the Commonwealth, Gov. Andy Beshear signed the school safety measure Senate Bill 8 into law Friday.
The bill, which received bipartisan support among state lawmakers, passing the Senate 34-1 and the House 78-8, requires the sworn law enforcement officers already serving in Kentucky schools, in accordance with the passage of SB 1 in 2019, to be armed and requires standards for security and training.
“We cannot ask a school resource officer to be in a school to stop an armed shooter if they are not armed themselves,” Gov. Beshear said at the Capitol. “But we understand that there are some children in our schools that don’t feel safe because of the presence of an armed officer. And that is something we must address.”
Gov. Beshear and top administration officials have met with those concerned about the bill and have vowed to continue listening to those concerns as the curriculum for the training for these officers is developed.
The following is a statement from Kentucky Senate Education Chairman Max Wise regarding the signing of Senate Bill 8 into law:
“The signing of Senate Bill 8 into law is an incredibly important day for the Commonwealth. This new legislation, which goes into effect immediately, is crucial to the General Assembly’s continued efforts to protect Kentucky’s children, teachers and staff by improving the safety of our schools. I am appreciative of all those who provided the necessary input and support to see this measure come to fruition.”
Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan has proclaimed the week of February 22-29, 2020 as National FFA Week in Adair County. Be listening to 92.7 The WAVE for FFA messages throughout National FFA Week.
Pictured: Coleton Wall, Parliamentarian; Elizabeth Stamper, Secretary; Kiley Feese, Sweetheart; Jeanene Pike, Vice President; Judge Cowan; Ty Cheatham, President; Heidi McGrady, Treasurer, Rebecca Heuser, Reporter and Walter Baker, Sentinel. (Not pictured: Emmy Farmer, Student Advisor; and Brandi Grider, Historian)
Jamestown City Council met last evening for their regular monthly meeting.
2 items were on the agenda so the meeting was brief, Mayor Nick Shearer discussed what took place to WAVE NEWS...
The Russell Springs Police Dept. reports an early morning arrest on Thursday after a complaint of a suspicious person.
Just before 1:30amCT on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 RSPD Officer Ethan Pike received a complaint of a male sitting on a motorcycle in the Middletown Trailer Park. Through the course of the investigation, approximately 7.43 grams of suspected methamphetamine was located and seized.
Arrested was 46-year-old Steven G. Allen of Somerset, KY who was taken into custody on the following charges:
- Possession Controlled Substance 1st Meth
- Operating motor vehicle under the influence
- Possession of Drug paraphernalia
- Operating on suspended license
- No motorcycle license
- License to be in possession
- No registration plates
- No registration receipt
- Failure to transfer motor vehicle
- Failure to maintain insurance
- Failure to produce insurance
Allen was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. Officer Pike was assisted on scene by Deputy Dustin Bunch.
The regular monthly meeting of the Adair County School board was held on Thursday evening. Jim Lieb was there for WAVE NEWS and files this report...
The Russell County Hospital has a new CEO after Thursday evenings meeting of the board of directors.
Patrick J. Branco was announced as the new leader of the local hospital, he was unanimously approved by the board members. Branco was born in Texas and raised in Minnesota. He has more than 40 years of professional experience in healthcare and more than half of that time as a Chief Executive Officer.
The Russell County Board of Education Meeting will be on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 5:00pmCT at the Russell County Auditorium/Natatorium.
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Adoption of Agenda
4. Russell County Education Association (RCEA) Certified and Classified Employee Recognition: Kara Stille, Teacher (RSES) & Thomas Sayers Bus Driver
5. Russell County Schools-Unit Charter Agreement with Blue Grass Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) (Discussion Only)
6. Lake Cumberland Regional College and Workforce Center Construction Update
7. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
B. Payment of Bills
C. Construction Funds
D. School Activity Fund Reports
E. Financial Report
F. Field Trips
G. Family Medical Leave
8. 2020-2021 School Schedule/Calendar
9. 2020-2021 Tentative District Staffing and SBDM Allocation Policy
10. Shortened School Day and/or Week
11. Memorandum of Agreements
12. Out of State and/or Overnight Trips
14. Buses for 34th Annual Catch a Rainbow Kids Fishing Derby June 6, 2020
15. Review of Procedures
16. Public Comment
17. Personnel Reports
Another drug trafficker from "Operation Christmas Jeer" (who was on the run in Jamestown, KY) was arrested on Wednesday evening.
Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports the suspect was hiding under a house on Pinehurst Circle. 38-year-old Ryan Butrum was arrested for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine) and for being a Persistent Felony Offender 1st degree.
The investigation is still ongoing by Deputy Kenny Perkins and more arrests from the December operation are forthcoming.
All Russell County residents are urged to call the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-line at 270-343-8116 if you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighborhood. All callers will remain anonymous.
The Columbia City Council will meet on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 at 11:30amCT.....
The Russell County Public Library experienced an underground water line break Wednesday afternoon which cut off access to running water and restrooms making it necessary for the library to be closed to the public today (Thursday) for repairs. All of this evening’s programs, including our Puppet Making Workshop and Coding Club, will be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date. Services will be restored by late today and the library will be open as normal at 8:00amCT tomorrow (Friday).
As of 10:50 a.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2020 the Boil Water Advisory for customers from 95 Sulphur Creek Road to 910 Sulphur Creek Road has been lifted by the Division of Water, Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption and you no longer have to boil your water.
Kentucky State Police made a couple of arrests yesterday in Russell County…
Tony Russell age 52 and Deborah Russell age 56, both of Jamestown, KY were taken into custody by KSP Trooper Begley on charges of Receiving Stolen Property under $10,000. Both were lodged into the Russell County Detention Center just after 3:00pmCT on Wednesday afternoon.
South Kentucky RECC, will have a planned power outage this morning (weather permitting), in the Sewellton are of Russell County. The outage will begin around 9 a.m. central time. The Highway 55 circuit will be out approximately 2 hours while crews change a pole, this will affect more than 900 members.
In a news release from Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots office, the month of February 2020 has been proclaimed African American History Month in Columbia, KY.
"We want to recognize African Americans in our community and their achievements to make our town such a great place to live," said Mayor Hoots.
This year's national theme for the month is "African Americans & the Vote" and focuses on their journey to get the right to vote.
Mayor Hoots with Mrs. Duvall as a proclamation was signed for African American History Month.
State Auditor Mike Harmon spoke at yesterday's Chamber meeting in Russell County.
Harmon told WAVE NEWS what he shared with the chamber members...
This morning (Tuesday) the Russell County Sheriffs responded to Old Columbia Road to assist RSPD Officer Matt Parrish on an active theft investigation case that had just occurred in Russell Springs. The homeowner had confronted and held one of the suspects until Officers arrived. The investigation continued into the County off Old Columbia Road where a total of 6 individuals were arrested.
3 of the individuals were arrested by Officer Matt Parish:
- Jack Lusk, 32, of Owensboro, KY - Receiving Stolen Property (under $10,000), 2 counts of Non-payment of Fines, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear
- Byron Marcum, 36, of Russell Springs, KY -Receiving Stolen Property (under $10,000)
- Alex Oaks,33, of Russell Springs, KY - Receiving Stolen Property (under $10,000). He was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (pills) by the RCSO
3 other individuals were arrested by the RCSO:
- Nathan Irvin, 28, of Russell Springs, KY - served with 3 outstanding warrants
- Stephanie Bennett, 32, of Jamestown, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine, 1st degree, 1st offense and Possession of a Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), and was served with an outstanding warrant
- Cayce Fowler, 22, of Louisville, KY - served with an outstanding warrant
All 6 individuals were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing.
Responding law enforcement: RSPD Officer Matt Parrish along with Deputy Nathan Ginn, Chief Deputy Jerry Melton, and Sheriff Derek Polston of the Russell County Sheriffs Office.
Sheriff Polston reminds Russell County residents that if you suspect drug activity or any type of suspicious activity, to please contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-line at 270-343-8116.
The Kentucky Division of Forestry is reminding Kentuckians of a burn ban now that we are in the Spring Forest Fire Hazard Season. The season started Saturday and runs through April 30. During that time frame no burning is permitted between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. local time.
It's illegal to set fire to any flammable material capable of spreading fire located in or within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland.
The Kentucky Division of Forestry is also reminding people that all fires should be attended until they are extinguished.
The Girls' & Boys' 20th District Basketball Tournament begins next week at Taylor County High School.
The Girls’ Tournament begins Tuesday, Feb. 25th.
At 6:30pmET Adair Co. will take on Marion Co.
At approx. 8:00pmET, Campbellsville High School vs.Taylor Co.
The Girls’ Championship Game will be Friday, Feb. 28, at 7:00pmET.
The Boys’ Tournament begins on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Marion Co. will take on Taylor Co. at 7:00pmET.
The next night, on Thursday, Feb. 27th, Adair Co. will battle CHS at 7:00pmET.
The Boys' Championship Game will be Saturday, Feb. 29, at 7:00pmET.
Admission is $6. All school-age children will be required to pay admission.
There will be a Russell County Veterans meeting on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 5:00pmCT at the Community Center on Main Street in Russell Springs, KY. The meeting is concerning having school on Veterans Day in Russell County. All Veterans are invited to come to this meeting and express your feelings on this issue. For more information, call 270-566-4334 or 270-585-4636.
Auditor Mike Harmon, Kentucky’s 47th Auditor of Public Accounts (APA), will discuss the work of his office in bringing greater transparency and accountability to state and local government during remarks to members of the Russell County Chamber of Commerce. Auditor Harmon’s speech is scheduled for Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the Russell County Public Library, 535 North Main Street, Jamestown, KY. The Board meeting will begin at 11:30amCT with the general meeting set to begin at 12:00pmCT. The Bank of Jamestown is the sponsor for this month's meeting.
In a release from the City of Columbia today, work continues to progress on expansion of drug enforcement policies in the city. “We have just received a grant from the USDA for a drug enforcement vehicle,” said Chief Jason Cross. “This vehicle will be equipped for educational purposes to be utilized in the school system and public activities in our community,” he noted. The drug enforcement vehicle is scheduled to be equipped by this summer.
The City of Columbia also implemented a Drug Task Force and is continuing to work on enforcement of drug tips to the department.
Around 1:00amCT this morning (Monday), Adair County Sheriffs K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin observed a vehicle heading westbound on the LBN Cumberland Parkway at a high rate of speed. Deputy Durbin locked speed by radar at 123 mph. He activated his lights and sirens and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, however the vehicle (a 2014 Kia), continued on in an attempt to elude the Deputy.
The vehicle tried to exit the Parkway at the 49mm at a high rate of speed. The driver then lost control of the auto, striking an earth embankment in front of the Kentucky State Police Post and continuing on through the KSP fence. The vehicle came to rest approximately 11 feet from the KSP Post building.
The driver was identified as 24-year-old Rachael Lundy of Burkesville, KY. She was arrested by Deputy Durbin and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
- Fleeing/Evading Police 1st Degree
- Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, 1st offense (aggravated circumstances)
- Speeding 26+ mph over limit
- Reckless Driving
- Tampering with Physical Evidence &
- Possession of Open Alcoholic Container in vehicle
The Adair County Sheriffs Office was assisted by Columbia Police Officer Adam Cravens along with KSP Trooper Allan Shirley and Sgt. Adam Likens.
A Russell County man was lodged in the detention center on Rape Charges Sunday.
Lee Stargle, 52, of Russel Springs, KY was taken into custody by Deputy Hughes with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office at 5:18pmCT on Sunday afternoon and booked into the Russell County Detention Center. Stargle is charged with Rape 1st Degree (Victim 12 years of Age).
Rachael Lundy, 24, of Burkesville, KY was taken into custody by Deputy Durbin with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just before 2 a.m. on Monday morning on several charges. Lundy is charged with Speeding 26mph over the limit, Reckless Driving, Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs (Aggravated Circumstances) 1st Offense, Fleeing or Evading Police (Motor Vehicle), Tampering with Physical Evidence and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle. Lundy was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.
NO SCHOOL IN RUSSELL AND ADAIR CO. ON MONDAY, FEB. 17, 2020 DUE TO PRESIDENT'S DAY.
- John Wilburn, 27, of Breeding, KY was arrested Saturday afternoon by the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office for Assault 4th Degree (Deomestic Violence), DUI, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
- Bill Irvine, 25, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by KSP on Sunday for Assault 4th Degree.
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
The February meeting of the Russell County Hospital District Board of Directors is scheduled Thursday, February 20, 2020 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the hospital conference room.
Saturday morning at approximately 7:34AM, Officers Anthony Darnell and Trevor Foster of the Columbia Police Department responded to the intersection of the Adair Veterans Memorial Bypass and Greensburg Road to an accident with injuries.
Preliminary investigation indicates that 77 year old George A. Blevens, Sr. of Shepherdsville, KY was operating a 2013 Buick when he pulled from Greensburg Road into the path of a 2017 Kenworth tractor trailer operated by Edward L. Johnson, III of Madison, TN. Johnson was not injured in the collision. Blevens was transported by Adair EMS to T.J. Health Columbia and later transferred to University of Kentucky Hospital via air ambulance where he ultimately passed away due to his injuries.
Officer Anthony Darnell is continuing the investigation. He was assisted on scene by Columbia Police Officers Trevor Foster and Jordan Dean, along with Deputy Chandler Staten of The Adair Sheriff’s Department and members of the Adair Co. Fire Department and Adair Co. EMS.
Snake Creek Bridge Road in Adair County is closed due to flooding until further notice.
At 3:48amCT this morning (Friday, Feb. 14th), Adair Co. Sheriff's Deputy Dereck Padgett initiated a traffic stop on a 2000 Cadillac on Adventist Church Road. A roadside investigation led to the arrest of 24-year-old Skyler Riggins of Russell Springs. He was found to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine consistent with trafficking. Riggens was also wanted on a Parole warrant and had marijuana in his possession.
Riggens was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana, Promoting Contraband, and a Parole Violation warrant. He was lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
Deputy Padgett was assisted by Columbia Police Officer John Dial and K-9 Gunner. The Adair County Sheriff's Office is continuing investigation.
Campbellsville, Ky. (February 14, 2020) - On Thursday, February 13, 2020 at approximately 4:32 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Benjamin A. Sallee, 27, on charges related to unlawful distribution and possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.
Sallee was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online.
The investigation resulted in a search warrant at a residence in Campbellsville on February 13, 2020. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.
Sallee is currently charged with ten counts of distribution of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance and five counts of possession of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance. These charges are Class-D felonies punishable by one to five years in prison. Sallee was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
The Russell Springs City Council met last evening for the regular monthly meeting for the city leaders.
Mayor Eddie Thomas sit down with Wave News and discussed what took place…
Thomas during his Mayor Update discussed new business coming to the community…
- How does Adair County appear to first time visitors?
- What is our appearance?
- Are needed services available and readily found?
- What are the strengths and shortcomings through the eyes of first-time visitors?
These are all questions that are being answered by the First Impressions program conducted by the UK Community Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK).
This past fall, volunteer teams have made unannounced, one-day visits to Adair County, recorded their observations, and provided constructive feedback. Their photos and responses have been compiled and are ready to be presented back to the community. A representative from CEDIK will be providing this feedback during an open forum on March 3rd at 10:00 am CT at the Adair County Cooperative Extension Service. All citizens and community leaders are invited to attend.
In addition to providing feedback of strengths and shortcomings, this program will offer suggestions and resources to address the areas identified for potential improvement. The knowledge gained through this program is intended to serve as a basis for community action.
For more information, contact the Adair County Cooperative Extension Service at (270) 384-2317.
Another earthquake was reported Wednesday along the Kentucky/Tennessee border.
the 2.8 magnitude earthquake happened just after 12:30 p.m..
Reports from the US Geological Survey, say the earthquakes epicenter was a little over 2 miles from Fincastle Tennessee.
No damage was reported, this is the same general area that had an earthquake last year that was felt in the Lake Cumberland Area.
Walmart donated $800 to the Adair County Fair, which was part of a community grant. These funds were donated to help with the Fair’s Christmas Basket program that assisted over 150 people this past Christmas. Recently the Fair also received assistance from Glen and Daniel Turner with GAT Trucking in hauling gravel, and Clinton Garrison with skid steer work at the new site fairground site, all at no charge. If anyone would like to donate or assist the Adair County Fair, please contact Anthony Brockman at 270-634-4446 or any fair member.
Front row: Jennifer Carter, Amanda Page, Sam Scharbrough with Walmart, and Anthony Brockman. Back row: Dan Held and Benjamin Coffey.
On Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 4:45pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office conducted a search of a residence off Bryant Cemetery Lane in eastern Adair County. The search stemmed from an investigation that had been ongoing in reference to illegal activity going at the residence involving narcotics.
As a result, Jerry Dale Sneed of Columbia was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Adair County Jail.
The arrest was made by K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin who was assisted in the search by Deputy Chandler Staten and Kentucky State Police.
4 people were taken into custody by Jamestown Police and the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Theft and other charges…
The arrests occurred just after 4:00pmCT on Wednesday afternoon. 37-year-old Kyle Piercy and 49-year-old Shaun Johnson, both of Jamestown, KY and 49-year-old Sandra Dix and 39-year-old Nathan Stargel, both of Russell Springs, KY were arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of Burglary, 3rd Degree and Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500 but under $10,000).
Piercy and Stargel were also charged with Failure to Appear.
Cheers erupt following the passage of a medical marijuana bill. KNN's Hailey Hanson has details.....
The medical marijuana bill now heads to the full House, where similar legislation has failed in the past.
The Russell Springs City Council will meet on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 6:00pmCT.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
I. MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
II. ROLL CALL
III. ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES
IV. ACCEPTANCE OF CASH DISBURSEMENTS & FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
V. OLD BUSINESS
- CLASS ACTION OPIOID LAWSUIT
VI. NEW BUSINESS
- KEVIN WILLIAMS - KEVIN'S KIDS
- MAYOR'S UPDATE
- Pamela Hammond, 52, Russell Springs - arrested Wednesday by RCSO for Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Failure of Non-Owner/Operator to Maintain Insurance.
- Clifton Lee Thompson, 32, Albany - arrested on Tuesday afternoon by KSP for Sexual Abuse 1st Degree (Victim under 12 years old).
- Sean Campbell, 45, Russell Springs - arrested on Tuesday by RCSO for Distribution of Sexually Explicit images Without Consent, Harassing Communications, and Contempt of Court.
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
On Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:27pmET, Campbellsville Police received a complaint of a possible intoxicated person at Walmart in Campbellsville, KY. Officer Elliott Taylor responded and came into contact with 26-year-old Kyrie Hollins of Greensburg, KY. Ms. Hollins was determined to be under the influence of methamphetamine and placed under arrest. Upon a search of Ms. Hollins, meth was located. She was transported to the Taylor County Detention Center and charged with Public Intoxication and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine).
On Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:40pmET, Campbellsville Police received a complaint of another intoxicated person inside C-ville Walmart. Officer Josh Patrick responded and located 24-year-old Mark A. Rice of Greensburg inside the store. Rice was yelling at Walmart employees as Officer Patrick came into contact with him. Officer Patrick determined that Rice was under the influence and placed him under arrest. Officer Patrick searched Mr. Rice and found Walmart merchandise concealed on him, along with methamphetamine. Rice was transported to the Taylor County Detention Center where he was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking U/$500 (Shoplifting), Public Intoxication, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), and Disorderly Conduct.
The Russell County Emergency Management Office and the Russell County Judge Executive’s Office received information on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers concerning a probability of future rising water that could impact residents in the area of Ray Mann Road, River View Drive, and Little Indian Drive below Wolf Creek Dam. Releases are not anticipated to impact any other locations at this time. They're not expecting these releases to be anything near last year’s flooding. Access for residents in this location could be affected. There is a high probability that this will happen in the coming days or weeks, so we want to assure the residents in this area that we will keep them informed as we receive additional information. Also, we will maintain a detour that was used last year during the flooding that is located between Little Indian Drive and Kauffman Road off of Ray Mann Road.
H.M. Bottom, Emergency Management Director, can be reached at 270-585-1416 and Judge Executive Gary D. Robertson can be reached at 270-343-2112 or 270-566-3205.
Jim Lieb has details of Tuesday evening's Adair County Fiscal Court Meeting...
The Taylor County Sheriff's Office reports a couple of arrests...
Early this morning (Wedneday) at 1:41amET, the Sheriff's Office received a report of a disturbance complaint on Garnett Road. Upon arrival, Officer Stephen Dobson made contact with Ricky Cox, who was standing in the middle of the street. After further investigation, Cox was found to be in possession of suspected Methamphetamine. Cox was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
Last night just after 9:30pmET, the Sheriff's Office made contact with 40-year-old Thomas Rawlings of Campbellsville, KY in the driveway of his residence in reference to outstanding warrants. Once contact was made, Rawlings was found to be in possession of Methamphetamine, Marijuana and 2 pills believed to be Suboxone. Rawlings was taken into custody and lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
Danny K. Bolen age 46, of Russell Springs, was taken into custody by the Russell Springs Police Department on the charge of Theft by Unlawful Taking/Shoplifting under $500.
Just after 10:40 a.m. Tuesday morning, Sean Campbell age 45, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Officer Perkins of the Russell County Sheriff's Office on charges of Distribution of Sexually Explicit Image's without Consent, 1st Offense, Harassing Communications and Contemp of Court Libel/Slander Resistance to Order.
Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
Jerry Dale Sneed, age 71 of Columbia, was taken into custody by Officer Durbin with the Adair County Sheriff's Office, just before 7 p.m. last evening on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession. Sneed was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
The Russell County Fiscal Court met on Monday evening. Russell Co. Judge Exec. Gary D. Robertson tells WAVE News about a Garbage Ordinance......
Judge Robertson goes on to talk about other items discussed at the meeting......
The Adair County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on the identity of this man. He is a suspect in connection to a break-in and theft in northern Adair County. If you have any information or know the identity of this person, please call the Adair County Sheriff's Office at 270-384-2776.
By Lisa Newell
Adair County Elementary School Academic Team participated in and had BIG wins in the District 53 Governor's Cup on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 and Saturday February 8, 2020.
All placing students will advance on the Regional Competition, on February 29, 2020 at Clinton County Middle School. Congratulations to all students who participated, coaches, and parents! Good luck at Regional Competition. They were recognized and awarded medals/trophies in the following: 1st Place FPS, 1st Place Quick Recall, 1st Place Over All District and the Hume Sportsmanship Award (this award is voted on by all four schools). Click on headline for a listing of the participants:
On Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 the following students departed from ACES to Green County Intermediate School to participate in Future Problem Solving (FPS) and Written Composition.
Future Problem Solving:
Braylee Corbin (4th Grade)
Sophie Eaton (5th Grade)
Natalea Kaylor (5th Grade)
Mariah Kelsay (4th Grade)
Hannah Kotter (5th Grade)
Kailan Parrott (5th Grade)
Ben Peck (4th Grade)
Harli Polk (5th Grade)
FPS is coached by Mrs. Jeana Pike
Addie Baker (5th Grade)
Hannah Kotter (5th Grade)
Harli Polk (5th Grade)
Written Composition is coached by Mrs. Lisa Newell-Hare
On Saturday, February 8th, the remainder of the team of Written Assessment participants in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies along with Quick Recall participants competed in District competition with Campbellsville Elementary, Green County Intermediate, and Taylor County Elementary schools.
Arts & Humanities:
Kylieanne Akin (5th Grade)
Briley Breeding (4th Grade)
Callie Jo Compton (5th Grade)
Kylieanne Akin (5th Grade)
Addie Baker (5th Grade)
Braylee Corbin (4th Grade)
Madi Burns (4th Grade)
Briley Breeding (4th Grade)
Samantha Oliver (5th Grade)
Matthew Ayala (5th Grade)
Ben Peck (4th Grade)
Madison Turner (5th Grade)
Samantha Oliver (5th Grade)
Sophey Smith (5th Grade)
Hailey Thomas (5th Grade)
Written Assessments coached by Mrs. Lisa Newell-Hare
At 11:20am, Quick Recall began with Adair County Elementary School (ACES) competing against Taylor County, winning the match with a score of 23-8. In the second round, ACES competed in the winner'sbracket where they faced Campbellsville, winning with a final score of 16-15. ACES Quick Recall earned a bye for round three and in the fourth round, Adair was victorious of a final score of 14-13 over Campbellsville. ACES swept in Quick Recall, earning first place honors, competing against excellent teams.
Students who competed in the matches included:
Kylieanne Akin (5th Grade)
Matthew Ayala (5th Grade)
Briley Breeding (4th Grade)
Braylee Corbin (4th Grade)
Sophie Eaton (5th Grade)
Hannah Kotter (5th Grade)
Patrick Oliver (3rd Grade)
Samantha Oliver (5th Grade)
Summer Rowe (4th Grade)
Sophey Smith (5th Grade)
Hailey Thomas (5th Grade)
Quick Recall is coached by Mrs. Lisa Newell-Hare
The Awards Ceremony was held in the gymnasium of Green County Elementary School following the last Quick Recall match. Mrs. Donna Young, Principal of Green County Intermediate School, welcomed all students, coaches, and families and then presented the awards to the top five in the written assessment categories. The following students placed for ACES:
Arts & Humanities:
Callie Jo Compton (2nd Place)
Briley Breeding (3rd Place)
Kylieanne Akin (4th Place)
Braylee Corbin (1st Place)
Kylieanne Akin (4th Place)
Samantha Oliver (4th Place)
Matthew Ayala (2nd Place)
Ben Peck (3rd Place)
Samantha Oliver (1st Place)
Hailey Thomas (3rd Place)
Sophey Smith (4th Place)
Hannah Kotter (1st Place)
Addie Baker (3rd Place)
Harli Polk (4th Place)
ACES was recognized and awarded medals/trophies in the following:
* 1st Place FPS
* 1st Place Quick Recall
* 1st Place Over All District
* Hume Sportsmanship Award (this award is voted on by all 4 schools)
All placing students will advance on to the Regional Competition on February 29, 2020 at Clinton County Middle School. Congratulations to all students who participated, coaches, and parents! Good luck at the Regional Competition!
A traffic stop for expired registration leads to a drug charge for one Russell County Resident.
Just after 9:00pmCT on Sunday, February 9, 2020 RSPD Officer Lucas Justice observed a vehicle traveling North on Hwy 127. Officer Justice determined the vehicles tag to be expired. Upon a traffic stop and contact with the driver, Officer Justice learned the operator to have two outstanding warrants of arrest. Verbal consent to search was granted. Upon a search of the auto, Officer Justice locating suspected Methamphetamine.
Nathan Rooks, 35, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested and charged with the following:
- No Registration Plates
- No Registration Receipt
- Possession Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st offense
- Served 2 warrants
Rooks was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. Officer Justice was assisted on scene by RCSO Deputy John Wine.
The Kentucky Auctioneer’s Association held its annual convention in Bowling Green, KY on the weekend of February 8th, 2020. Top auction professionals from all across the state convened for meetings, seminars and annual award ceremonies.
Local real estate and auction company Golden Rule - Wilson received the following state marketing awards:
1. Best Color Magazine Ad
2. Best B&W Magazine Ad
3. Best Radio Spot
4. Best Personal Property Newspaper Ad (B&W) 5. Best Real Estate & Personal Property Newspaper Ad ( B&W)
The awards this year were hand made in Kentucky and engraved on rustic bourbon barrel staves.
Chris Wilson stated it was an honor to be present and accept the awards on behalf of all of the agents, auctioneers and staff at Golden Rule-Wilson because it truly takes a team effort for successful auction events. He went on to say how the marketing awards can also translate into dollars for sellers because good advertising and marketing equals good results when selling.
Golden Rule - Wilson conducts both live auctions and online auctions throughout south central Kentucky with the majority being in Adair, Russell and surrounding counties. They have offices in both Adair and Russell Counties.
Pictured accepting the awards is Broker and Auctioneer Chris Wilson (left) and Auctioneer Alex Popplewell (right).
Liberty, Ky. (February 10, 2020) – On February 8, 2020 at approximately 10:08 AM EST, Trooper Jake Harper responded to a residence on Strong Branch Rd in reference to a theft complaint. Upon arriving, Tpr. Harper made contact with 52-year-old Joseph Lynn of Liberty. Lynn appeared to be under the influence and stated his mother was inside the residence disposing of methamphetamine. Tpr. Harper spoke with the home owner, Wanda Henson who consented to a search of the residence. Tpr. Harper located several clear plastic bags with suspected methamphetamine inside of them.
Lynn was arrested for public intoxication-control substance and possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense (methamphetamine); he was lodged in the Casey County Jail.
(Feb. 7, 2020) – Feb. 14th is not only Valentine’s Day but also "National Donor Day", which serves as a reminder of the importance of discussing with your loved ones the life-saving possibilities of organ and tissue donation.
Dennis Loy, Circuit Court Clerk in Adair County, said “We hope everyone will use National Donor Day as a time to discuss organ and tissue donation with those closest to you. Together, through spreading the word and educating others about donation, we can take small steps each day toward saving more lives.”
In Kentucky, one can join the Kentucky Donor Registry at the Circuit Court Clerk’s offices in each of Kentucky’s 120 counties or online at https://donatelifeky.org/ where one can learn about the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates, and the Kentucky Lions Eye Bank.
The need for organ and tissue donation is ongoing. Currently in the United States, there are more than 113,000 people awaiting a life-saving transplant, with nearly 1,000 of those people living in Kentucky. Each day, 22 people die while awaiting a transplant.
National Donor Day is a time to focus on all types of donation that can help others including blood donations. Also, it is a wonderful time to think about those people who have given the gift of donation, have received a donation, are currently waiting on a transplant or did not receive an organ in time.
“Valentine’s Day (and every day) is the perfect day to register as an organ and tissue donor,” said Loy. “Joining one’s state donor registry is a commitment to saving and healing lives. Sometimes starting the conversation can be difficult but National Donor Day is an annual observance that can help. Joining the donor registry is an amazing opportunity to give someone else a second chance at life through donation.”
The financial donations at Circuit Court Clerks’ Driver’s License counters and other philanthropic partners, including KODA and Kosair Charities, fund the statewide community outreach and public relations efforts to grow the Registry. Kentucky was recently recognized by Donate Life America for major increases in Registry rates.
For more information, call 1-866-945-5433, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.trustforlife.org. To join the Kentucky Donor Registry online as a potential organ and tissue donor, go to https://donatelifeky.org/.
The following is a statement from Adair Co. School Supt. Dr. Pamela Stephens on the passing of an ACHS student:
It is with great sadness that our school district has learned that Anthony Parra Lopez, a Senior at Adair County High School, passed away Friday night. On behalf of our students, staff and school community we extend our deepest sympathies to Anthony's family. We pray God's comfort will cover his family and friends during this difficult time. Our school district has activated our crisis response team. Trained counselors and staff will be on site Monday morning to talk with students, parents and staff as they process their grieving and loss. Over the next several days and weeks we will work together to cope with this loss. Please feel free to contact your child's school if you feel that someone needs to check on or speak with your child. Again, our sympathies, condolences and prayers are with Anthony's family in this time of grief.
The Jamestown Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 2 missing Russell County juveniles: 16-year-old Austin Passmore & 17-year-old Alexis Shaneese Warren.
- Austin Passmore is a white male, 5’7” tall, weighs 165lbs, with brown hair & brown eyes. He was last seen on Friday, February 7, 2020 as he ran from the Dept. of Social Services office in Jamestown. Austin was wearing a black sweatshirt, blue jeans with holes in them, and black Nike shoes.
- Alexis is a black female, 5’9” tall, weighs 162lbs, with black hair & brown eyes. She was last seen on Friday, February 7, 2020 as she ran from 59 Coffey Avenue in Jamestown. She was wearing a spaghetti strap top, camo leggings, black boots, a grey loose jacket with a rooster logo on the side.
If you have information on the location of Alexis Shaneese Warren or Austin Passmore, please call the Jamestown Police Department at 270-343-3300 or Russell County Dispatch at 270-343-6600.
- Jason Trevino, Russell Springs - arrested Saturday by RSPD for Menacing, Assault 4th Degree, and Resisting Arrest.
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
- Sarah Smith, 28, Columbia - arrested by CPD on Saturday afternoon for 3 counts of Theft by Deception (Cold Checks) Under $500.
- Billy Isabell, 41, Burkesville - arrested by BPD on Saturday evening for Speeding, Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia.
- Kristie Mooreland, 35, Albany - arrested by Cumberland Co. Sheriffs Office on Friday afternoon for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified), and Speeding.
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
40-year-old Chris Patrick Benham of Columbia, KY was arrested overnight on Thursday night by KSP for Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (on foot), Resisting Arrest, and was served 3 Bench Warrants for Court.
Benham was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
On Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 9:28pmCT, Adair Co. Deputies Justin Cross and Joey Keith initiated a traffic stop on a 2005 Pontiac car on Russell Rd. During the investigation, the Deputies suspected illegal narcotics in the vehicle and called for the on-duty K-9 to respond. Columbia Police K-9 Officer John Dial and K-9 "Gunner" arrived on scene. Gunner made a positive hit indicator to the odor or presence of narcotics in the vehicle, therefore a search of the auto was conducted. As a result, methamphetamine was located.
38-year-old Joey Burton and 39-year-old Allana Burton, both of Columbia, KY were arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine). They were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Deputy Joey Keith. The Adair Co. Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation.
The search for a new CEO by the Russell County Hospital Board of Directors continued last night as they met in executive session.
No action was taken during the meeting as the board continues to review applications for the position and conducting interviews with prospective applicants who are seeking the position with the local hospital.
Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that just before 9:00amCT on Thursday, February 6, 2020 a 2-vehicle accident occurred on Hwy 80 in the Royville community. Brooklyn Beard, age 18 of Magnolia, KY was operating a 2016 Ram 1500 pickup. She rear-ended a 2002 Ford Van being operated by Russell Antle of Russell Springs, KY as he was waiting to turn into his residence. According to authorities, rain slick highways played a factor in the accident.
Brooklyn Beard was arrested at the scene by Sheriff Polston for Operating on Suspended License and No Insurance. She was also served with a outstanding warrant and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. Assisting at the scene were Chief Deputy Jerry Melton and Deputy Luke Hughes.
- Christopher Schuster, 53, Columbia - arrested by ACSO on Thursday morning for Cultivating Marijuana (5 plants or more), 2nd or greater Offense.
- Bryan Keith Huff, 39, Columbia - arrested by KSP on Thursday afternoon for Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Failure to Render Aid or Assistance).
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
3 candidates have filed for office in Russell and Adair County according to both County Clerks Office. City Council members as well as a couple of the county seats for school board members will be on the ballot for the November General Election this year. In Russell County 2 incumbent school board members have already filed for re-election... Joy Wilson and Gerald Murray have already filed the necessary paperwork to run. In Adair County, Ben Burris has filed and is seeking a seat on the Columbia City Council. Anyone interested in filing, have until June 2nd to file the paper work to be eligible to be on the ballot in November.
A Special Meeting has been called by the Russell County Hospital Board of Directors Chairman, Daren Johnson for Thursday, February 6, 2020 beginning at 5:00pmCT in the hospital conference room.
Executive Session KRS 61.810 (1)(f) Appointment
Columbia Christian Church announces that all Upward Sports events for Thursday evening & Saturday morning have been cancelled due to illness. Practices & games will resume next week.
...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 6:00PM CST/ 7:00PM EST THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING...
Additional rain will fall in the Flood Watch area tonight. This
rain falling over areas that received soaking rains since Tuesday
may lead to areal flooding.
* Up to an inch of additional rainfall possible.
* This rainfall may result in flooding of low-lying and poor
drainage areas. The rainfall will also lead to rises on area
creeks and streams.
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
Monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings.
Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to
take action should flooding develop.
A light wintry mix is possible late Thursday evening before
precipitation transitions over to all snow. Light accumulating snow
is possible Thursday night through Friday morning. The Friday morning
commute could be negatively impacted.
Light snow or a rain and snow mix is also possible late Friday into
early Saturday morning which could bring some minor snow
A very active wet weather pattern is expected next week.
Russell and Adair Co. schools will be closed on Thursday & Friday due to widespread illness.
Russell Springs & Jamestown Head Start Centers will be closed on Thursday
Adair Co. Head Start will be closed the rest of the week.
Metcalfe, Taylor, Cumberland & Green Co. Schools are closed the rest of the week.
The Lady Eagles basketball game at Metcalfe County for this Saturday, Feb. 8th has been cancelled
Campbellsville High School has rescheduled its basketball homecoming activities. Homecoming activities will now be Feb. 10-13. This year’s theme is “We Got The Beat!” Students will dress up each day and compete in spirit games.
During the month of January 2020, there were 32 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.
There was one fatal collision during the month of January in the Post 15 area.
Richard B. Spalding age 29 of Marion Co KY was killed on 01/20/2020 in Marion Co KY.
This brings our yearly fatality count to 1 compared with 0 through this same period in 2019.
Statewide fatality count stands at 35 compared with 51 through this same period in 2019.
During the month of January 2020, there were 1065 citations written, 271 courtesy notices written, 473 complaints answered, 83 motorists assisted, 48 criminal cases opened and 264 criminal arrests made.
Rebekah Devore age 37, of Russell Springs was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center just after 10:30 Tuesday night. Devore was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 2nd or Greater Offense, Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug, Driving a motor vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs, Possession of Marijuana and Reckless Driving. Officer Hughes with the Russell County Sheriff's Office made the arrest.
Cumberland Co. Schools closed rest of week due to illness.....
On Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 at 5:34pmCT, the Adair County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the 2-vehicle injury accident at the intersection of Christine Road and Hwy East 80. Upon arrival and a roadside investigation, Deputy Joey Keith determined that 19-year-old William Feese of Columbia, who was traveling on Christine Road, reportedly disregarded the stop sign at the intersection of Christine Rd and KY 80 and struck a vehicle traveling East on Hwy 80 being driven by Scotty Enis of Cane Valley.
Feese was not injured and was arrested and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under The Influence, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
Enis was transported to TJ Health Columbia by Adair County EMS for treatment. A 14-year-old passenger was transported by private vehicle to Russell County Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident.
Adair County Deputy Joel Keith investigated the accident.
The Columbia City Council met on Monday evening. Jim Leib has details.....
Metcalfe County Schools will be closed Wednesday, February 5th thru Friday, February 7th, 2020 due to illness. These three days will be NTID. Students should follow the instructions provided by their teachers in order to complete studies and assignments at home each day. In addition, school activities will be canceled for the remainder of the week.
Liberty, KY (February 4, 2020) - 34-year-old Ed Edwards of Liberty, KY was arrested on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 at 9:12amET on Industrial Park Drive in Liberty following an investigation by KSP Trooper Billy Begley. Edwards was indicted on January 27th, 2020 by the Casey County Grand Jury and charged with 8 counts of Incest (victim under 12 years of age or serious physical injury), 3 counts of Incest (forcible compulsion/incapable of consent or under 18 years old), 2 counts of Rape 1st degree, 2 counts of Sexual Abuse 1st degree, 7 counts of Sodomy 1st degree (victim under 12), 2 counts of Sodomy 1st degree, and 11 counts of Criminal Abuse 1st degree (child 12 or under).
Edwards was lodged in the Casey County Detention Center.
While schools in surrounding counties have canceled due to illness, Adair and Russell County School districts have remained above the numbers which would warrant it as necessary to close. 92.7 WAVE NEWS spoke to school officials on Monday in both districts on the current number of students in the classrooms. Russell County was at 91.5% and Adair County at 91.69% on Monday. Usually when those numbers drop below 90%, that is when officials take canceling classes into consideration. The Kentucky Department for Public Health says new flu cases reported between January 19 and January 25, 2020 topped 1,700. The WAVE will continue to stay in touch with school officials and if classes are canceled, we'll pass that along to our listeners.
Phillip W. Sullivan, 42, of Jamestown, KY was arrested Monday morning for Receiving Stolen Property Under $10,000. He was lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
Because of an increased number of sick students and staff members, school will be canceled for Campbellsville Independent Schools on Monday, Feb. 3rd and Tuesday, Feb. 4th. Tuesday will be a teacher work day. Any changes to the school calendar will be announced as they are approved.
Casey Co. Schools will also be closed on Monday & Tuesday due to widespread sickness. The buildings and buses will be disinfected at this time. Casey Co. officials encourage parents & guardians to wash coats, backpacks and lunch boxes as well. Monday & Tuesday will be non-traditional instruction days. Teachers will be availble both days online from 10am-12pmET. If you have questions, please feel free to contact your child's school.
On Friday, January 31, 2020 CPD Officers were dispatched to an injury accident on Walker Street just after 10PM. Upon arrival, units observed a Pontiac G6 which had flipped upside down after making impact with a parked Ford pickup.
The driver was located outside of a residence and it appeared he was intoxicated. Bobby Spencer, 43, of Columbia, KY was placed into custody and charged with DUI, Operating on Suspended License, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, and Criminal Mischief 1st degree. Spencer was taken from the scene to TJ Health Columbia where he consented to having his blood drawn. He was then transported and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
Officer Adam Cravens made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer John Dial as well as Adair County Deputies Justin Cross and Derek Padgett. Adair EMS also responded to the scene.