Local News Archives for 2020-06

ADAIR COUNTY FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP


The Adair County Fiscal Court met on Tuesday afternoon. Jim Lieb files this report... 

 

 

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BRANSCUM WINS 83RD DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE RACE


Josh Branscum will be the next representative of the 83rd district in the Kentucky House.

 

The district includes Clinton, Cumberland, Pulaski and Russell County. Branscum is employed by Branscum Construction Co. of Russell Springs. His wife, Kara, is a teacher in Russell County. The couple has 2 children.
 

Branscum won the Republican Primary with 5510 votes. His Pulaski Co. opponent, Mark Polston, received 4194 votes. There are no Democrat candidates seeking this office so Branscum will be our next State Representative.

 

 

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RUSSELL CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP


The Russell County School Board met at Noon on Tuesday at the ANC. Here's Superintendent Michael Ford.... 

 

 

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RUSSELL COUNTY INDICTMENTS 06/30/20

 
A Russell County Grand Jury has returned indictments against 19 individuals.....
 
 
  1. Travis Passmore, 25, Russell Springs, KY - Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree.
  2. Michael Passmore, 36, Russell Springs, KY - Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree.
  3. Anthony Corrado, 27, Nancy, KY - Trafficking in Methamphetamine; Trafficking in Marijuana; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Failure to Dim Headlights; No Brake Lights; and License to be in Possession.
  4. William Wilson, 55, Russell Springs, KY - Trafficking in Methamphetamine; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Persistent Felony Offender 2nd Degree.
  5. Amber Huff, 33, Russell Springs, KY - Sale of Simulated Controlled Substance, 2nd or Greater Offense; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Possession of Marijuana.
  6. Charles Elkins, Jr., 61, Russell Springs, KY - DUI, 4th or Greater Offense; Driving on a DUI Suspended License, 3rd Offense; and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle.
  7. Vanna Williams, 31, Russell Springs, KY - Custodial Interference.
  8. Leangela Graham, 24, Russell Springs, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  9. John Thompson, 40, Russell Springs, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  10. Christopher Bunch, 21, Russell Springs, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  11. William Chapman, 35, Russell Springs, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine; Possession of Hydrocodone; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  12. Ryan Butrum, 38, Jamestown, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  13. Anthony Byers, 36, Jamestown, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine; Possession of Marijuana; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  14. Jack Lusk, Jamestown, KY - Burglary, 3rd Degree (2 counts); Theft by Unlawful Taking under $500 (3 counts); Receiving Stolen Property; Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree.
  15. Byron Marcum, Russell Springs, KY - Receiving Stolen Property and Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree.
  16. Lee E. Stargle, Jr., 52, Russell Springs, KY - 2 counts of 1st Degree Rape and 2 counts of Incest. The victim is a child less than 12 years old.
  17. Michael P. Foley, 27, Jamestown, KY - Burglary, 3rd Degree; Criminal Mischief, 3rd Degree; Theft by Unlawful Taking under $500; and Persistent Felony Offender.
  18. Michael Ellison, 38, Jamestown, KY - Possession of Marijuana and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
  19. Steven Hunter, 55, Richmond, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.
 

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282 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN KY; 5 MORE DEATHS

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 30, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on several state initiatives, including continuing efforts to address the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) as well as economic developments.

 

“Today we’re going to talk about not just the present, which we spend a lot of time talking about, but we’re going to start talking about the future. Last week when we were able to talk about AgriTech, an exciting area that we are going to lead in in the future, I think it was something people need to see, that we are not going to be battling this virus forever,” the Governor said. “There is a tomorrow, we are planning for the tomorrow and we have an opportunity in creating that tomorrow to change our economy, to make Kentucky a leader, to focus on areas that are going to lead for the next 30 years and give us a brighter future with better jobs.”

 

Gov. Beshear and administration officials also spoke about the challenges posed by surging coronavirus cases in some other states and the latest state budget projections. He also made a major announcement that will significantly reduce the number unemployment insurance claims brought on by the pandemic.

 

Economic Development
Gov. Beshear also spoke Tuesday about economic development in the commonwealth, including two major new investments.

 

“I want to start today with an economic development update because though COVID has slowed things, while it has taken a lot of attention and while it has caused significant unemployment, I am pleased to report that outside interest in this state is still very strong,” the Governor said. “While we haven’t talked about it a lot as we have been dealing with this current pandemic and emergency, we have been working behind the scenes at those next generation of jobs that have been coming to Kentucky.”

 

Since Dec. 10, Gov. Beshear and his administration have announced 135 new projects across the commonwealth. These projects are expected to secure nearly 4,700 new full-time jobs for Kentuckians and represent about $1.35 billion in new investments.

 

Among the new projects is a $9 million hemp processing facility being created by Shyne Labs in Simpson County. Shyne Labs relocated from California and already employs about 20 Kentuckians. The new facility is expected to bring 60 more full-time jobs in the commonwealth as the company expands its CBD oil-extraction business.

 

“We know there is going to be a continuing market, though it looks like it is smaller than people thought it was three or four years ago, for CBD products. And we know how many hemp farmers are out there right now that need a hemp processor, need someone who can buy that crop and we want to make sure that we support Shyne Labs,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Another major project is a $2 million plan by Richmond-based Truck Equipment & Body Co. of Kentucky Inc. to build out a facility in Powell County. The new facility is expected to create 43 full-time jobs.

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. June 30, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 15,624 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 282 of which were newly reported Tuesday.

 

“While we are not seeing the type of very concerning spike like in so many other states, we are seeing ourselves continuing to be in that plateau area between about 150 and 300 cases,” the Governor said. “It’s something we’ve got to watch carefully.”

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 5 new deaths Tuesday, raising the total to 565 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

The deaths reported Tuesday include a 70-year-old man from Campbell County; a 71-year-old man from Hardin County; and two women, ages 77 and 86, and a 92-year-old man from Jefferson County.

 

“Again, let’s not forget that this virus is deadly, it preys on those that have preexisting conditions, and while we have lost some people in their 30s, just because the majority may be older, it doesn’t mean that the person who spread it to them isn’t younger,” the Governor said. “Let’s remember, it’s not just those who have died, but those who get the virus that can spread it to those who die. We are in this together. We’ve all got to take responsibility for our own actions and we have to make sure that we’re never the cause of spreading this to someone whose body ultimately cannot take it.”

 

As of Tuesday, there have been at least 404,781 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. At least 3,990 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

 

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

 

Trends and Outlook
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health, spoke Tuesday about where Kentucky and the rest of the U.S. stand after months of efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

 

“We have tried to be gradual and phased, so we didn’t get into trouble quickly and we could make adjustments if we needed to,” Dr. Stack said.

 

Early, decisive actions by Gov. Beshear and the compassion and sacrifices of all Kentuckians have led to declining case numbers and deaths, positioning the commonwealth to safely restart the economy here. As of Monday, all businesses in Kentucky are able to operate in some capacity.

 

“Ladies and gentleman, we have undeniably blunted the curve in the state of Kentucky,” Dr. Stack said. “Over the last 120 days or so, since we started this on March 6, we have undeniably kept that curve flat. This is a success in the middle of a very, very difficult situation.”

 

In contrast, Dr. Stack spoke about surging cases in the South and Southwest that followed an easing of restrictions. Coronavirus cases in Arizona, South Carolina and Florida have spiked sharply in recent days, leading officials in those states to pull back on reopening economic activities amid renewed fears of hospital capacity shortages.

 

Dr. Stack emphasized Team Kentucky’s mantra for a safe reopening: hands, face, space and testing. Frequent hand washing and sanitization, along with wearing cloth masks and maintaining six feet of distance from others are the frontline measures everyone can take to slow COVID-19. In addition, Kentuckians can fight the deadly pandemic by taking advantage of testing opportunities and cooperating with contact tracers if they call.

 

“So we talk about hands, face, space and, of course, we’ve added testing now. So please, you’ve got to keep your hands clean with soap and water or hand sanitizer. You have to use a mask. This is really simple. Please, please do it because I think folks don’t realize this is like a boomerang and it will come around.”

 

Gov. Beshear also asked Kentuckians to remain vigilant over the Fourth of July weekend.

 

“Because we will not have another one of these briefings unless something comes up before the Fourth of July, we need you to be safe. Safe not just for you, but your actions create safety for the people around you and that you may interact with 10 days after the Fourth of July,” the Governor said. “Remember, so many people can be asymptomatic. If you put yourself in a dangerous place, you get the virus, you could feel fine. It can be five, seven, 10 days after and you can spread it to someone who won’t be fine. So, ‘hands, face, space’ over the Fourth of July. Overall we did pretty good job over Memorial Day weekend. Let’s make sure we continue to protect one another.”

 

Benefits Extension
Eric Friedlander, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, provided information Tuesday about an extension of benefits aimed at keeping children healthy and properly fed.

 

The deadline to apply for Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) has been extended until the end of August. P-EBT provides equivalent funding for meals that students would have been provided in school this spring without the closures due to COVID-19. If people have questions about how to access these benefits, go to chfs.ky.gov and search for “PEBT,” email PEBT.info@ky.gov or call 855-306-8959.

 

“We’ve seen a recent upsurge in folks who are trying to get the P-EBT benefits, and there still remains some questions from folks who are trying to get through,” said Secretary Friedlander. “So with this big upsurge, we’ve signed up over 516,000 individuals. We know there are another 100,000 out there. So we want to give everybody the opportunity to sign up.”

 

Kentuckians who are uninsured can apply for short-term coverage through Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility. Families can apply online at chfs.ky.gov or benefind.ky.gov, by contacting an application assister at healthbenefitexchange.ky.gov or by calling 855-459-6328. Initial coverage ends two months after the application month, unless the person applies for regular Medicaid or Presumptive Eligibility is extended due to a continued COVID-19 state of emergency. The state is extending Presumptive Eligibility benefits for three months for anyone who already applied and whose coverage was previously set to end June 30.

 

Unemployment Insurance Update
Today, Gov. Beshear announced the state has hired a globally renowned firm, Ernst & Young, to help overcome years of funding and personnel cuts to the Office of Unemployment Insurance and begin immediately processing outstanding claims that resulted from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

 

“After years of cuts, we were left with a starved Office of Unemployment Insurance and an antiquated system that was not up to the task that COVID-19 dealt,” Gov. Beshear said. “Our Kentucky families cannot wait any longer – and this is the most affordable, quickest and efficient way to resolve remaining claims. We expect to have 200 E&Y staffers that will begin processing claims on Monday, with another 100 coming soon. Our goal is to process all unresolved claims between March 6 and May 31 in July.”

 

About 56,000 initial claims from March, April and May have not been processed.

 

Starved system

  • The system created in 2000 was designed to tell Kentuckians filing a claim “no.”
  • The state’s unemployment office budget went from $41 million in 2010 to $25 million in 2018.
  • The former administration in 2017 cut 22 of 51 local unemployment offices and 95 employees.
  • These changes either forced Kentuckians to drive longer distances to the few remaining regional offices or call the Frankfort office, which had 12 employees.

 

These financial, geographic and staffing challenges have made it impossible for the office and system to react to the demands of 900,000 to 1 million claims filed because of the COVID-19 economic shutdown, but the Governor said he was determined to find a path forward.

 

Actions taken by the Governor to improve the system

  • Reorganized the unemployment office and moved it to the Labor Cabinet.
  • Increased workforce that is processing claims from roughly 40 to 100.
  • Appointed the Labor Cabinet secretary to oversee the Office of Unemployment Insurance.
  • Announced in June that a contract would be needed with an outside vendor to process claims and answer more public questions.
  • Asked the Labor Cabinet to add more in-person services, including out in the counties.
  • Issued an RFP to secure a new unemployment system.

 

Why Ernst & Young

  • Globally respected firm, with a large presence in the commonwealth.
  • Recent experience processing unemployment claims in Colorado.
  • While the commonwealth has processed 90% of claims, paying out more than $2.7 billion since March, the firm can provide 300 employees to resolve outstanding claims quickly. In comparison, the state would have to pull some existing employees from working claims to help train not nearly as many more adjudicators, which could take up to four to six months.
  • The ready-to-go experts save more than $15 million in annual costs that would be associated with payroll, benefits, equipment and training.
  • Additional assistance covered under federal CARES Act funding.

 

“We must fix this right, right now,” the Governor said. “I am taking decisive action because we must get this matter resolved for our Kentucky families.”

 

The state’s deal with Ernst & Young begins July 1 and runs for four weeks. Its workers will help process claims both in person and over the phone. Officials estimate the contract staffers will be able to process at least 50,000 claims. Ernst & Young also will review the state unemployment insurances processes, data and technology architecture.

 

To learn more about in-person services announced last week, click here.

 

Budget Update
Today, Gov. Beshear provided updated information about the state’s budget outlook as the economy continues to feel the shocks sparked by efforts to slow the coronavirus. As he has noted repeatedly, the Governor said again that the worsening budget outlook is going to require hard choices.

 

“I’ve told you before that this virus is decimating every state budget across the country and that if we do not have additional stimulus from the federal government, another CARES Act, that we would be facing devastating cuts,” the Governor said. “I believe I told you before that I think that they would be the largest cuts that we’ve seen in our history.”

 

According to the most recent estimates, the 2021 budget is likely to face a shortfall of $1.1 billion. Gov. Beshear said that will require cuts of 16% to 29% across state departments.

 

“This would be like letting Kentucky go bankrupt, which we cannot allow to happen. So let’s continue to push our federal delegation, we’ve had good communication with them, and say that we can’t let this happen in Kentucky because this hurts education, it hurts social services, it’s going to hurt our ability to provide UI, unemployment claims. It’s going to hurt every single thing we do and further starve the systems that people are relying on.”

 

Last Week in Review
Click here for last week’s updates including those on COVID-19 case information, long-term care visitation, AgriTech in Kentucky, unemployment insurance, rural hospital funding, school reopening guidance and new guidance for venues.

 

More Information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).

 

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Gov. Beshear Issues Executive Order Ensuring Non-Discrimination in State Hiring, Services and Contracting


FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 30, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear has issued an executive order to ensure that all Kentuckians are treated fairly by the state when it comes to matters of employment, services and contracting in the commonwealth.

 

“When I ran for this office I pledged to be a Governor for all Kentuckians, and when I took my oath I swore to use my position to protect all of our citizens equally,” the Governor said. “This executive order ensures that no Kentuckian has to tolerate being discriminated against because of who they are when it comes to dealing with the state. I’m proud to sign this.”

 

The new executive order builds on previous protections by adding provisions to clearly cover gender expression; pregnancy or related medical conditions; and marital or familial status.

 

According to the executive order: “It shall be the policy of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to prohibit discrimination in employer-employee relations or in the provision of public services because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, age, pregnancy or related medical condition, marital or familial status, disability or veteran status. Employer-employee relations shall include but not be limited to hiring, promotion, termination, tenure, recruitment and compensation.”

 

“The challenges Kentucky faces with a global health pandemic and the widespread financial fallout requires that we draw on the full spectrum of knowledge, skills and talent of our people,” Gov. Beshear said. “This executive order sends the right message about our compassion and our priorities. It establishes the expectation that everyone in Kentucky is treated fairly and ensures that our commonwealth welcomes and benefits from the contributions of all our citizens.”

 

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City Of Columbia Accepting Applications for Light Industrial Company

 
The City of Columbia is accepting applications for a light industrial company that is tentatively planning on coming to the community. The jobs will be temporary at first, with possible full-time employment later. Pay will range from $10.00 to $13.00 per hour. There are shifts available from 20 to 40 hours per week with overtime available.
 
Applications are being taken to ensure that there are employee candidates available. They are looking to start operation in the immediate future.
 
If interested, please come by City Hall and pick up an application. They would like all applications submitted by Monday, July 6, 2020. 
 
The City of Columbia will be set up in front of City Hall on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 from 9:00am-3:00pmCT to take applications. If interested, stop by City Hall on Campbellsville Street in Columbia, KY.
 
 

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LWC Details Plans for a Safe Return in a Statement to the Campus Community

 
Lindsey Wilson College will return for classes on the A.P. White Campus on August 22 with an adjusted academic calendar according to a statement from LWC President William T. Luckey Jr., to the campus community on Monday. 
 
LWC will have an abbreviated semester that will end on November 25. Students will be in class on Labor Day and the two-day scheduled fall break has been eliminated so that students will be home safely for Thanksgiving and enjoy a significant winter break. Classes at LWC’s extended sites and online program are anticipated to proceed as originally scheduled. 
 
Please read the full statement, including the details for a safe return, here: 
 
“The decision to begin early and to end early is based on three guiding principles. First and foremost, we are concerned about the safety of our Lindsey Wilson College family – our students, faculty and staff. Secondly, our students, and our mission, require us to provide the richest experience we can. Our Academic Excellence Statement crafted and unanimously approved by our faculty and president’s cabinet is best achieved through the high quality personal interaction with our gifted faculty for our students who are accustomed to seated courses. Finally, when we all get to the other side of this pandemic, we want to ensure this college, which has survived two world wars, is stronger than it has ever been.
 
“In order to be true to these three guiding principles, things will be different when our students return for the fall semester. To promote social distancing and allow a smoother transition if we are required to move to remote learning, we will be pursuing a hybrid model with students meeting in face to face classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with no classes (excluding labs and other necessary requirements) scheduled for Wednesday. This mid-week break will allow a deep cleaning throughout campus. We will be requiring our students to social distance in the classroom and all faculty, staff and students will be required to wear masks in all public places. It’s critically important that we take care of one another and make the small sacrifices necessary to protect our Lindsey Wilson family and our family back at home. Our residence halls and dining center will be open for our students with modifications.
 
“There will be further details about testing, isolating, quarantining, residence life, athletics, student activities and the dining center in the weeks ahead. We will be modifying the timeframe for move-in weekend which is scheduled to begin on August 19.
 
“I hope this is helpful information as we all look forward to a safe and vibrant return to campus. Stay tuned.” 
 
William T. Luckey Jr., Lindsey Wilson College President
 

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4TH OF JULY REMINDER: BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 29, 2020) –  This Independence Day, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind drivers that “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.”
 
Unfortunately, this summertime celebration creates dangerous road conditions when drivers choose to drive while impaired.
 
“If you are under the influence of any substance and choose to get behind the wheel, you put everyone on the road in danger, including yourself,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “During the Fourth of July holiday, make sure to have a sober, designated driver for all your festivities.”
 
Last year in Kentucky, there were 66 crashes due to a drunken and/or drugged driver over the Fourth of July holiday period, resulting in 28 injuries and four deaths.
 
“Impaired driving is 100 percent preventable,” said KYTC Office of Highway Safety Acting Executive Director Jason Siwula. “Drivers must understand that drugs and/or alcohol not only hinder your ability to drive, but also affect your judgment about whether you can or should drive. You may think you’re fine, but impairment slows judgment, coordination and reaction times.”
 
According to NHTSA, impaired driving fatalities typically spike during holidays. To prevent tragedies from occurring, the KYTC recommends the following:    
 
  • Before the festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night;
  • If you’re impaired, use a ride-booking company, taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely;
  • If you see an impaired driver, safely pull over and contact law enforcement. You may dial the KSP toll-free line directly at 1-800-222-5555 or call 911.
  • If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get them safely to where they are going.
  • Wear a seatbelt! It is not only the law, it is the best defense against an impaired driving. Buckling up helps prevent injury and death if involved in a crash.

 

“We want all Kentuckians to enjoy their Independence Day celebrations,” said Siwula.  “All we ask is that you make smart choices and celebrate responsibly.”
 

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AREA ARREST 6-30-20

A Russell County woman was lodged into the detention center on drug charges last evening.

 

Just after 7, Andrea Fobbe age 38, of Jamestown was taken into custody by Deputy Corey Meyer with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office. Fobbe was charges with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (More or equal to 2 Grams of Meth) and charged with being a Persistent Felony Offender 2nd.

 

Armand Napier age 29, of Knifley was taken into custody by Deputy Hitch with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just before 2 p.m. Monday. Napier is charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.

 

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NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR RUSSELL COUNTY

New Student Registration for families that are new to Russell County will be held next week

 

Cindy Damron Director of Pupil Personnel for the school systems tells 92.7 the WAVE details of the registration... 

 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY 06/29/20

 
There is a Russell County Boil Water Advisory on Highway 910, from the 910/80 intersection up to Salem School and all side roads in between. The advisory was issued today (Monday) due to a water main break. Boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.
 
 

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117 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN KY; 2 MORE DEATHS

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 29, 2020) –  Gov. Andy Beshear today (Monday) updated Kentuckians on the state’s continued efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“Kentucky has been leading with compassion for our fellow citizens throughout this global pandemic,” the Governor said. “We’ve made the changes and sacrifices to keep the most vulnerable among us safe from the coronavirus. Together, our efforts have saved thousands of lives in the commonwealth and now are allowing us to reopen our economy at a time when surging cases have caused other states to pull back.”
 
Case Information
As of 3:00pmCT on Monday, June 29, 2020 Gov. Beshear said there were at least 15,347 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 117 of which were newly reported Monday.
 
The Governor noted that one new case is from Robertson County, which means all 120 of Kentucky’s counties now has logged at least one positive case of COVID-19.
 
“This confirms what we’ve been saying for weeks: This disease is everywhere and because of that we need all Kentuckians to practice social distancing and wear masks to keep each other safe,” the Governor said. “While we might see fewer cases in some areas right now, we know cases can spike quickly if we’re not careful.”
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 2 new deaths Monday, raising the total to 560 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
The deaths reported Monday include a 67-year-old woman and an 83-year-old man, both from Jefferson County.
 
“This is a reminder that no matter how much progress we’ve made, this remains a very challenging disease,” the Governor said. “Practicing social distancing, limiting contacts and especially wearing a cloth mask can greatly reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
 
As of Monday, there have been at least 394,773 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. At least 3,939 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.
 
For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Last Week in Review
Click here for last week’s updates including those on COVID-19 case information, long-term care visitation, AgriTech in Kentucky, unemployment insurance, rural hospital funding, school reopening guidance and new guidance for venues.
 

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2-Vehicle Adair Co. Collision Sends 3 People to Hospital

 
On Sunday afternoon at 4:06pmCT, Adair County 911 dispatched deputies to a 2-vehicle collision 2 miles north of Columbia on KY 55. 20-year-old Hailey White of Russell Springs, KY was traveling south on 55 when her 2007 Ford Fusion hydroplaned. The vehicle then entered the northbound lane of travel and was struck by 56-year-old Rayma Strunk, who was traveling north in a 2020 Kia Sorento. White's vehicle then spun around, struck an earth embankment, and overturned. Neither driver was injured.
 
Three passengers in Strunk’s vehicle, 28-year-old Rae Hughes, 9-year-old Callie Grigsby, and 17-year-old Houston Caldwell were treated at the scene by Adair EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia for additional treatment.
 
The collision was investigated by K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin. He was assisted by Deputy Joey Keith. Other responding agencies include Adair County EMS, the Columbia-Adair County Fire Dept., and the Columbia Police Department.
 

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Columbia Woman Arrested on Heroin Charges After Police Respond to Welfare Check in Walmart Parking Lot


On Sunday evening, June 28, 2020 CPD Officers responded to a welfare check in the Walmart parking lot. When officers arrived, they found a female identified as 30-year-old Rachel Gaskins of Knifley, KY inside a Ford Explorer passed out. After awaking it was determined Gaskins was under the influence. A search of the vehicle yielded suspected heroin that was located in a dollar bill and paper. 


Haskins was charged with numerous traffic violations as well as Public Intoxication, Providing Officers with False Identification, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Heroin. Gaskins was additionally served three active warrants from Taylor and Adair Counties pertaining to previous drug charges.

CPD Officer Evan Burton made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Drew Conn.
 

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AREA ARRESTS 6-29-20


Area Arrests 6-29-20

 

A Richmond man was taken into custody by the Sheriff’s Office on Rape Charges yesterday morning at 10:30 a.m. Jonathan Carnes, 34, of Richmond, KY was arrested by Deputy Meyer on charges of Sexual Misconduct, Rape 1st Degree and Sexual Abuse, 2nd.

 

Bennie Cowan, 55, of Burkesville was arrest by Officer Daniels with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Ooffice last night for Assault 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) with Minor Injuries.


 

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RS POLICE ARREST MAKE EARLY MORNING DRUG ARRESTS


According to a press release from the Russell Springs Police Department, at approximately 3:00amCT on Sunday morning, Officer Lucas Justice initiated a traffic stop on Hwy 80 after a run of the registration plate revealed the registered owner had a non-licensed record. As the vehicle came to a stop, a clear bag was thrown from the passenger side of the auto. Officer Justice exited his vehicle and located the clear plastic bag containing a white crystal substance with an appearance consistent with Methamphetamine. There were two occupants in the vehicle and neither claimed ownership of the Methamphetamine, therefore both occupants were taken into custody.

Glenn Blankenship, 22, of Russell Springs, KY was charged with No Operators License, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Tampering With Physical Evidence. The passenger, Fernando Lopez-Lucero, 33 of Bowling Green, KY was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Tampering With Physical Evidence. Both subjects were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Officer Justice was assisted on scene by RCSO Deputy Jared Pierce and JPD Officer Jeremy England.

 

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LCDHD REPORT 06/28/20

 

Deaths: We are happy to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 27 deaths resulting in a 7.5% mortality rate among known cases.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 6 cases in the hospital. We have had a total of 68 hospitalizations resulting in an 18.8% hospitalization rate among known cases.

 

Released (Recovered) Cases: We released 1 case today from isolation (recovered). Released cases include, Casey: 1. In all, we have released 71.5% of our total cases.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 361 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This has resulted in the health department reaching out to over 2402 individuals during our contact tracing.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 76 active cases in our district across 8 of our 10 counties. Of those active cases, 14 are asymptomatic.

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 3 today: Adair: 1; Casey: 1; and, Taylor: 1.

 

The new cases include:

  • Adair:  73-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Casey:  23-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Taylor:  21-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic

 

Studies are showing that wearing a cloth mask, bandana or surgical mask can reduce the spread of COVID-19 by up to 85%. Unless you have a fit-tested N-95 mask, the wearing of the mask does not protect you from catching COVID-19, it helps to prevent you from spreading it. Remember, you can have and be spreading COVID-19 without even knowing it. If most of the public is not wearing a mask, the few that are will not effectively prevent the spread.

 

Our best chance for slowing the spread is for everyone to wear a mask when out in public, to avoid crowds, to social distance (stay 6-feet from others), to wash their hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, to stay home if they have a fever or are coughing, to increase sanitation, and to avoid touching their faces.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 361 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 15,255 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 119 Kentucky Counties as of 06/28/20 (this includes 15,232 statewide plus 23 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s/Department for Public Health’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. The LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

 

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GOV. BESHEARS COVID-19 UPDATE 06/28/20

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 28, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continued efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“I remember the call on March 6 that told me we had our first case of the coronavirus. I remember my concerns about a worldwide health epidemic hitting in Kentucky. But I remember knowing and feeling that Kentuckians were up for it,” the Governor said. “We came together, we put aside our divisions and we not only flattened, we crushed that curve and protected other Kentuckians. In the coming weeks and months, we’re going to be tested again about whether we truly can be Together KY and Team Kentucky once again. I know we’re up for it."

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. June 28, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 15,232 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 67 of which were newly reported Sunday.

 

“We see states in the South like Florida and Texas with rising cases and know it could happen here in Kentucky,” the Governor said. “It wasn’t anything magic that lead us to our early success. It was us truly coming together as a people and showing that the lives of other Kentuckians is more important to us than anything.”

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 4 new deaths Sunday, raising the total to 558 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

“Let’s remember to light up our homes and businesses green and ring our bells each morning at 10 a.m. to let these families know we care about them,” the Governor said.

 

The deaths reported Sunday include two women, ages

30 and 84, from Fayette County; an 81-year-old man from Franklin County; and a 93-year-old man from Shelby County.

 

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

 

Week in Review
Click here for this week’s updates including those on COVID-19 case information, long-term care visitation, AgriTech in Kentucky, unemployment insurance, rural hospital funding, school reopening guidance and new guidance for venues.

 

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RUSSELL CO. AMBULANCE SERVICE BOARD MEETING JUNE 29TH

 

The Russell Co. Ambulance Service Board of Directors will have a Special Called Meeting on Monday.....

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RUSSELL CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING JUNE 30TH

 
The Russell County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 12:00pmCT at the Russell County Auditorium/Natatorium (Room 114). In accordance with current guidelines, guests attending this meeting will be asked to seat 6 feet apart and/or wear a mask; attendance is limited to no more than 50. This meeting can be viewed live at: https://www.youtube.com/user/fordmich1.
 
During the "Public Comments" portion of the agenda, individuals can ask questions via the "chat" function on YouTube or by calling 270-866-6300.
 
AGENDA
 
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Adoption of Agenda
4. Lake Cumberland Regional College and Workforce Center Construction Update
 
5. Consent Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Payment of Bills
  • School Activity Fund Reports
  • Financial Report

6. 2020-2021 District Funding Assurances
7. Bond of Depository
8. Application for Adjunct Instructor Certificate/Rate of Pay
9. Annual Board Action for Emergency Teacher and Emergency Substitute Teacher Certification.
10. Contracts/Memorandum of Agreements Approval
11. 2020 KSBA Policy Updates (#43-Final Reading)
12. Executive Session (Superintendent Evaluation KRS 61.810(1)(k)/Preliminary Discussions)
13. Resume Meeting
14. Superintendent Ford’s Summative Evaluation
15. KSBA Policy Update- 1st Reading (Policy 03.211, Medical Examination)
16. Review of Procedures
17. Public Comment
18. Personnel Reports
19. Adjournment
 

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12 New COVID-19 Cases in Lake Cumberland District; Last Week Worst Week Since Outbreak Began

 
Despite your local health departments’ faithful fight to slow the spread of COVID-19 via Case Investigation and Contact Tracing and the issuing of isolation and quarantine orders, Mother Nature is winning the battle. Except for the week when we had the outbreak in the nursing home, in terms of new cases and active cases, last week was our worst week since the outbreak began. Also, in terms of new cases, it was our state’s worst week since the outbreak began. If the new cases rate continues to grow as it has over the last 2 weeks, we are not far from our capacity being overwhelmed – meaning, we will not have enough staff available to investigate every close contact. Additionally, we are already starting to see hospital bed capacity become a concern at some locations around our nation. It is foolhardy to think that cannot happen in Kentucky. If this were to happen – once the hospital capacity is overwhelmed or once too many medical staff are off sick with the disease – it will not matter what your health care need is, the hospital will be overwhelmed.
 
NOW is our window of opportunity to prevent this eventuality. Now. Not a month from now, not a week from now. NOW. If the public waits too long to shake off its complacency with the public health guidance, the disease will be so embedded within our communities it will be nearly impossible to slow its further spread. Our best chance for slowing the spread is for everyone to wear a mask when out in public, to avoid crowds, to social distance (stay 6-feet from others), to wash their hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, to stay home if they have a fever or are coughing, to increase sanitation, and to avoid touching their faces.
 
Deaths:  We are pleased to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 27 deaths resulting in an 7.5% mortality rate among known cases.
 
Hospitalizations:  We presently have 6 cases in the hospital. We have had a total of 68 hospitalizations resulting in an 19% hospitalization rate among known cases.
 
Released (Recovered) Cases:  We released 1 case today from isolation (recovered). Released cases include, Taylor: 1. In all, we have released 71.8% of our total cases.
 
Total (Cumulative) Cases:  The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 358 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This has resulted in the health department reaching out to over 2392 individuals during our contact tracing.
 
Active (Current) Cases: Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 74 active cases in our district across 8 of our 10 counties. Of those active cases, 14 are asymptomatic.
 
New Cases:  We report that our total case count has increased by 12 today: Adair: 5; Casey: 3; Clinton: 1; McCreary: 1; Russell: 1; and, Taylor: 1. The new cases include:
 
  • Adair: A 33-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 3-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 32-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 54-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 52-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Casey: A 1-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Casey: A 32-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • Casey: A 21-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • Clinton: A 56-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • McCreary: A 61-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • Russell: A 49-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic
  • Taylor: A 28-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 358 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 15,188 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 119 Kentucky Counties as of 06/27/20 (this includes 15,167 statewide plus 21 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s/Department for Public Health’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.
 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING JUNE 30TH

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will have a Special Called Meeting on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 4:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. This meeting will be open to the public. It is highly recommended a mask be worn and everyone must practice social distancing while in attendance. 
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
                                 
1.    APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 
2.    APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
  • June 9, 2020-Regular called meeting minutes
  • June 15, 2020-Special called meeting minutes
3.    DISBURSEMENTS
 
4.    BUDGET AMENDMENTS                              
  • 2nd Reading of Budget Amendment                                                                       
5.     TRANSFERS 
  • LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
  • FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
                                    
 6.     COURT ORDERS 
 7.     READING OF ROADS
 
 8.     ACTION ITEMS:                                    
  • 2nd READING ADMINISTRATIVE CODE-TIME OFF TO VOTE
  • 2ND READING OF PROPOSED BUDGET ORDINANCE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021
  • APPROVAL OF BID FOR ROAD SALT
  • PERMISSION TO CLOSE DIVE & RESCUE BANK ACCOUNT
  • 2020-2021 AMBULANCE BUDGET
  • TVA FUNDS RESOLUTION 
  • PERMISSION TO BORROW UP TO $100,000.00 FROM THE ROAD DEPT. IF NEEDED IN 2020-2021 FISCAL YEAR
  • 1ST READING-AMENDMENT OF FIRE DUES ORDINANCE
  • 2019 SHERIFF TAX SETTLEMENT 
  • FREE TIPPING DISCUSSION

 

 9.   OTHER BUSINESS
10.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
11.  ADJOURN
                                     

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WEEKEND ARRESTS 06/28/20

 
  • Anthony Dean Cook, 30, of Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD early Sunday for Operating a vehicle with Expired Operators License; Failure to Maintain Required Insurance; Trafficking in Methamphetamine; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified); Perscription Controlled Substnace Not in Proper Container; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Fernando Lopez, 34, of Bowling Green - arrested early Saturday morning for Tampering with Physical Evidence and Possession of Methamphetamine
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • Timothy Dick, 54, of Columbia - arrested by KSP early this morning (Sunday) for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, and served a Warrant for another Police Agency.
  • Larin Stotts, 36, of Columbia - arrested early Saturday morning by ACSO for Receiving Stolen Property under $500 and was Served a Bench Warrant for Court.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

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316 NEW COVID-19 CASES; 1 NEW DEATH


FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 27, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday updated Kentuckians on the commonwealth’s ongoing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“Since we first started fighting this virus nearly 4 months ago, Kentuckians have risen to the challenge,” said Gov. Beshear. “We still have a long way to go, but our progress shows the enormous strength and resilience of our people.”

 

He also reminded Kentuckians that on Friday, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack warned Kentuckians that air quality in the state may be poor this weekend and into next week. An enormous cloud of dry and dusty air that originated over the Sahara Desert will move across the southern United States over the next three to seven days.

 

“We absolutely need to be cautious this weekend and next week, monitor the air quality index in our area, and if needed, limit our time outside,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

“We’ve already shown that we can come together to fight a global pandemic for months, so I know we can take the steps needed to protect ourselves and our loved ones over one week.”

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. June 27, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 15,167 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 316 of which were newly reported Saturday.

 

“This virus is not going away yet,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

“We see numbers spiking in states all across the country. We need to be vigilant so that doesn’t happen here in Kentucky.”

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 1 new death Saturday, raising the total to 554 Kentuckians lost to the virus. The death reported Saturday was a 78-year-old woman from Fayette County.

 

“Today, we are grieving with this woman’s family,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is another life gone too soon, after we’ve lost far too many already. We must continue to take the steps to protect each other.”

 

As of Saturday, there have been at least 391,765 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. At least 3,730 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

 

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

 

Week in Review
Click here for this week’s updates including those on COVID-19 case information, long-term care visitation, AgriTech in Kentucky, unemployment insurance, rural hospital funding, school reopening guidance and new guidance for venues.

 

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3 R.C. JAIL INMATES FROM IOWA CAPTURED IN SANO AREA

 
**UPDATE** Additional details from the Russell Springs Police Department...
 

Per Russell Springs Police Chief Irvin:
 

At approximately 12:41pmCT on Friday, Russell Springs Police Chief Joe Michael Irvin received a tip from Russell County Jailer Bobby Dunbar on the possible location of the fugitives from the pursuit and incident that occurred at 8:00pmCT on Wednesday, June 24th,2020 on Melissa Drive. At approximately 1:38pmCT, Russell Springs Police Chief Irvin attempted to conduct a traffic stop based upon the information provided by Jailer Dunbar. Chief Irvin was assisted with this attempt by RSPD Assistant Chief Melissa Taylor, RSPD Sgt. Nathan Antle, RSPD Detective Sgt. Chasity Shirley, Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston, RCSO Deputy Nathan Ginn, RCSO Deputy Luke Hughes, RCSO Deputy Nathan Bradshaw, KSP Trooper Levi Scott and KSP Sgt. Morris Farris, Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman, ACSO Deputy Chandler Staten, along with others. This attempt lead to a lengthy pursuit, that ended at approximately 2:05 pm, after continuing on past the end of West Sulphur Creek Road, through several fields, fences, creeks and ultimately through a barn, finally coming to rest at a tree. The two individuals that had been previously arrested on June 24th and released on the morning of June 25th, were arrested out of the U-Haul truck, Christopher Grady and Sascha Hunt from Cedar Rapids, IA. The suspect that successfully fled on foot on June 24th, was the driver of the U-Haul truck and again fled on foot after striking the tree. After a short foot pursuit, Daniel Muthig was taken into custody by officers from all agencies. All three suspects were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center on numerous charges and are currently being held on a $100,000 cash only bond.

 

(Info from Russell County Sheriff Derick Polston)

 

The Russell County Sheriffs Office, Russell Springs Police Dept, Adair County Sheriffs Office, and Kentucky State Police apprehended all 3 suspects from Iowa involved in the Car Jacking in Russell Springs on Wednesday evening. The pursuit started off Old Sano Road today (Friday) and eventually led onto Bottoms Road, Beckhamridge (Hwy 1729) into Adair County. 
 
Local charges include Wanton Endangerment (a felony) and other charges from the Russell County Sheriffs Office and Russell Springs Police Dept. 
 
Christopher Grady, 29, Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, TBUT (Auto), Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd Degree (on foot)
Sascha Jane Hunt, 45, Cedar Rapids, Iowa - TBUT under $10,000, Promoting Contraband 1st Degree, and Possession of Methamphetamine.
Daniel Edward Muthig, 28, Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Criminal Mischief and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree.
 
 

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COLUMBIA RECEIVES SAFETY GRANT

 
Columbia has received a grant totaling $1,486.00 from the Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services (KLCIS). The grant will be used for training and safety supplies.
 
Mayor Pamela Hoots said in these uncertain times, grants such as this one are a practical way to make our budget go further as well as provide supplies and training that will enhance public safety.
 
KLC Insurance Services helps members increase public safety with a number of proactive programs and services.
 
Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services has awarded in excess of $4.6 million since the Safety Grant Program started in 1999. The awarded funds will go toward Personal Protective Equipment, reimbursement for attending the KLCIS Risk and Safety Conference, Ice and Snow traction devices for footwear, Safety Training, Confined Space Equipment, Trenching and Shoring Safety Equipment, Work Zone Safety Equipment, Utility Safety Manuals, and COVID-19 related expenses.
 

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256 NEW COVID-19 CASES; 7 MORE DEATHS

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 26, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday updated Kentuckians on the state’s marathon battle against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“Kentuckians have what it takes to move into a new normal,” said Gov. Beshear. “It will be tough, but we can do it. Just remember: hands, face and space. Wash your hands, wear a mask on your face and stay six feet apart from other people.”
 
Case Information
As of 4 p.m. June 26, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 14,859 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 256 of which were newly reported Friday.
 
“The simple preventative steps we all know about – wearing masks, social distancing and washing your hands – can prevent our neighbors and family members from getting sick,” said Gov. Beshear. “Never before in my lifetime have such small actions had this much power to save lives.”
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 7 new deaths Friday, raising the total to 553 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
“The people we’ve lost are why we have to keep up the fight for as long as this virus is out there,” said Gov. Beshear. “We owe it to each of them to do continue doing everything we can to make a difference.”
 
The deaths reported Friday include a 90-year-old woman from Clark County; 85- and 88-year-old women and an 83-year-old man from Jefferson County; a 47-year-old man from Monroe County; and 92- and 97-year-old women from Warren County.
 
As of Friday, there have been at least 383,636 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. At least 3,730 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.
 
For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
 
Long-Term Care Visitation Update
Yesterday, Gov. Beshear announced that starting Monday, June 29, the state will resume visitation at assisted living and personal care homes; group activities (10 or fewer) in facilities; communal dining; and off-site appointments.
 
Starting July 15, visitation will resume in nursing homes and in Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-IIDs).
 
School Opening Guidance
Gov. Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman and Kevin Brown, interim commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education, on Wednesday released long-awaited initial guidance for Kentucky schools looking ahead to opening this coming autumn.
 
For more information, click here.
 
Testing Expansion
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians to take advantage of the state’s partnership with Kroger, which has brought free drive-through testing across the commonwealth.
 
Information on how to register at more than 200 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found here.
 

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AIR QUALITY WARNING ISSUED FOR KY

 
FRANKFORT, KY (June 26, 2020) – On Friday, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack warned Kentuckians that air quality in the state may be poor this weekend and into next week. An enormous cloud of dry and dusty air that originated over the Sahara Desert will move across the southern United States over the next three to seven days. 
 
“We absolutely need to be cautious this weekend andnext week, monitor the air quality index in our area, and if needed, limit our time outside,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’ve already shown that we can come together to fight a global pandemic for months, so I know we can take the steps needed to protect ourselves and our loved ones over one week.”
 
This type of dust plume, known as the Saharan Air Layer (SAL), is an annual phenomenon in the late spring, summer and early fall. It can occupy a 2-2.5 mile thick layer in the atmosphere, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. However, the most recent SAL cloud, first formed on June 14, is unusually large. It is one of the thickest on record and nearly 5,000 miles long. That means it could have a significant negative impact on air quality when it moves over Kentucky. 
 
Poor air quality can aggravate those suffering from respiratory conditions such as asthma and COPD. It can also pose health risks for seniors and young children. 
 
“Fortunately, unlike COVID-19, this is a short-term issue, and the masks most Kentuckians are already wearing will also help protect them from inhaling dust,” said Dr. Stack. “But this is still a serious risk for our youngest and oldest residents, as well as those with any respiratory issues. We need to be especially careful this weekend about spending extended time outdoors. Kentuckians should consistently check the air quality in their zip code at airnow.gov and watch for any changes in the sky’s color and visibility.” 
 
Dust particles in the air may cause people to experience eye irritation, lung and throat irritation and trouble breathing. To help prevent health-related issues, people should review and practice the following tips to help limit exposure:
 
  • Pay attention to local air quality reports at https://www.airnow.gov/ and watch for news or health warnings about dust particles in your area. Pay attention to public health messages and take extra safety measures such as avoiding spending time outdoors.
  • Continue to wear the protective mask you are using to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The mask will also help prevent exposure to dust particles if worn correctly.
  • Keep windows and doors closed unless it is very hot outside. Run an air conditioner if you have one, but keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent dust from getting inside. Seek shelter elsewhere if you do not have an air conditioner and it is too warm to stay inside with the windows closed.
  • Follow your doctor's advice about medicines and about your respiratory management plan if you have asthma or another lung disease. Call your doctor if your symptoms worsen.
 
Over the upcoming days, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Kentucky Department for Public Health will continue to work with local and state officials to monitor the Saharan dust plume and if required, disseminate additional public health advisories and guidance to protect our fellow Kentuckians.
 
For more information about the Kentucky Department for Public Health, click here
 

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AREA ARREST 6-26

 

Justin Woodall, 35, of Jamestown, KY was taken into custody just after 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning by Deputy Wine of the Russell County Sheriff’s Department. Woodall was charged with Criminal Trespassing 3rd Degree.  

 

 

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COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP

 

Columbia Mayor Pam Hoots tells WAVE NEWS about Wednesday's special called City Council meeting.... 

 

 

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R.S. CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP

 

The Russell Springs City Council had a special called meeting Thursday night. Mayor Eddie Thomas tell's WAVE listeners what took place... 

 

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280 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IN KY; 8 MORE DEATHS


FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 25, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday updated Kentuckians on the commonwealth’s ongoing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“I’m proud of Kentuckians for the big sacrifices we’ve made to protect each other and also the small inconveniences that we’ve accepted to keep one another safe and to revive our economy,” said Gov. Beshear. “By wearing a mask, staying six feet apart, getting tested and cooperating with contact tracers, we make sure that the lives we’ve lost and the experiences we’ve missed were not in vain.”

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. June 25, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 14,617 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 280 of which were newly reported Thursday.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 8 new deaths Thursday, raising the total to 546 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

“Each of these deaths is more than an age, a gender and a county,” said Gov. Beshear. “Each of these souls was a mother or father, or a sister or brother, or a friend, a daughter, a husband, the list goes on. They were each special to so many other people, whose names we may never know, but whose pain right now is extraordinary.”

 

The deaths reported Thursday were a 69-year-old man from Christian County; a 63-year-old man from Fayette County; an 89-year-old woman and an 86-year-old man from Jefferson County; 84-, 90- and 93-year-old women from Shelby County; and an 81-year-old woman from Warren.

 

As of Thursday, there have been at least 375,636 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. At least 3,719 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

 

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

 

Long-Term Care Visitation Update
Today, Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander announced thatstarting Monday, June 29, the state will resume visitation at assisted living and personal care homes, group activities (10 or fewer) in facilities, communal dining and off-site appointments.

 

“Kentuckians have patiently awaited since March 6 for the opportunity to see loved ones in long-term care facilities again – in person. We are pleased to say that plans are in place to ease back into certain activities,” said Secretary Friedlander, adding that resuming visitation and certain other activities will proceed without taking an eye off the threat that remains with COVID-19.

 

Starting July 15, visitation will resume in nursing homes and in Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-IIDs).

 

School Opening Guidance
Gov. Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman and Kevin Brown, interim commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education, on Wednesday released long-awaited initial guidance for Kentucky schools looking ahead to opening this coming autumn. For more information, click here.

 

Testing Expansion
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians to take advantage of the state’s partnership with Kroger, which has brought free drive-through testing across the commonwealth. Information on how to register at more than 200 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found here.

 

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CORP APPROVES MARINA EXPANSION

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved the expansion of the Lake Cumberland Marina 

 

J.D. Hamilton who runs the marina said he was excited that the approval finally came after a lot of hard work by the marina to make it happen. 

 

According to the Somerset Commonwealth Journal, approval came after a National Environmental Protection Act review concluded with a “Finding of No Significant Impact” regarding an evaluation of effects to the human environment associated with the proposed expansion.

 

The Nashville District's Real Estate Division OK'd Hamilton's lease expansion proposal which includes construction of a 1.26-mile-long floating moorage structure, and a public fishing pier in the Russell County public park with access to the marina.

 

This alternative develops 181.25 acres of water to include 227 boat slips and 26 floating cabins, configured in a parallel fashion. The structure will have two “slip through” bridges to allow boats to move through the walkway. Hamilton noted this is the first marina infrastructure approved under a new law that recognizes floating cabins.

 

The boat dock structure will extend north from the marina near the boundary of the existing water lease area of Russell County Park, and connect to a 530-foot by 16-foot floating courtesy dock. It will extend from the shoreline of Russell County Park and directly serve the park’s visitors. Hamilton said the expansion will join the former Alligator No. 1 and Alligator No. 2 marinas.

 

The marina is located on the shoreline of Lake Cumberland at 2108 State Highway 1383 in Russell Springs.

 

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RUSSELL CO. PRIMARY ELECTION DAY RESULTS

 

RUSSELL CO. PRIMARY ELECTION DAY RESULTS...

 

These are the unofficial results from the booth. The absentee votes will be counted beginning June 27th.

 

Republican Primary for President

Donald Trump  606

 

Democrat Primary for President

Joe Biden 38

 

Senate Republican Primary

Mitch McConnell 531

 

Senate Democrat Primary 

Charles Booker 39

 

State Representative

Josh Branscum  344

Mark Polston 311

 

Again, the official results with the absentee ballots will be released next week by both the Russell and Adair County Clerk's. 

 

 

 

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229 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IN KY; 1 NEW DEATH

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 24, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday updated Kentuckians on the state’s actions to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“We are going to get through this because we have shown, even with a worldwide health pandemic, we can come together, unite, know what it takes, and manage something as aggressive and deadly as COVID-19,” the Governor said. “The only way we can reopen safely is if we continue to test and people work with our contact tracers.”

 

Gov. Beshear and administration officials offered new guidance for Kentucky schools looking to open safely in the fall, new sites for in-person unemployment insurance claims service and new drive-through testing locations as part of the commonwealth’s partnership with Kroger. Information was also provided about a major settlement that will provide millions of dollars to Kentucky’s rural hospitals and major announcements aimed at making Kentucky’s Appalachian region the AgriTech center of America.

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. June 24, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 14,363 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 229 of which were newly reported Wednesday.

 

Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s commissioner for public health, warned that health officials have tied many cases to travel outside of the state.

 

“We have now identified here in Kentucky numerous people that have returned from Myrtle Beach with COVID-19,” Dr. Stack said. “I have to continue to urge and beg folks to be careful. It is not the time to be cavalier because we have a scenario where a place that was just starting the reopening process went from being fine to a state of emergency in three weeks.”

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported one new death Wednesday, raising the total to 538 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

The death reported Wednesday was an 89-year-old man from Laurel County.

 

“It sounds when we say, ‘Only one death,’ like it is a good day, but it’s not a good day for that family. Let’s remember that and continue to light our homes up green. Compassion is needed more in this world than ever for so many reasons. Let’s make sure we keep showing it as Kentuckians,” the Governor said. “I hope that we learned that when we show compassion, when we talk to each other without initial judgement or anger, when we can put other people and their wellbeing ahead of ourselves, that’s a special place to be, and I think Kentucky is that place.”

 

As of Wednesday, there have been at least 368,152 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. At least 3,706 Kentuckians had recovered from the virus.

 

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

 

School Opening Guidance
Gov. Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman and Kevin Brown, interim commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education, on Wednesday released long-awaited initial guidance for Kentucky schools looking ahead to opening this coming autumn.

 

“One of my top priorities as we have fought against the coronavirus is ensuring our children can safely return to school in the fall,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our top health experts and our educators have worked together to craft this guidance to take the necessary steps to protect our children and our dedicated staff as they return to school.”

 

The interim “Guidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools” covers kindergarten through 12th-grade instruction in the commonwealth.

 

“It is critical for everyone to do their part as good neighbors and good Americans to follow this guidance to protect our children, teachers and school personnel, and stop coronavirus outbreaks that would spread the disease, cost us more Kentuckians and further damage our economy," Gov. Beshear said. 

 

These safety expectations were written with input from the Education Continuation Task Force as well as the Governor’s Office, Department for Public Health, Kentucky Department of Education, the Cabinet of Education and Workforce Development and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Throughout this process, stakeholders from all areas of education have been engaged to provide input and expertise.


Commissioner Brown stressed the importance of wearing masks to keep schools open and students, teachers and staff members safe. He noted that we’ve already lost people key to our education community to COVID-19.

 

“I want to re-emphasize why it is important to have these expectations, why it is important that your child wears a mask at school. It’s important because we need to protect teachers like John Page,”

 

Commissioner Brown said, noting that Page – a welding instructor at Monroe County Area Technology Center – died recently of coronavirus at only 47 years old. “Our welding instructors, our teachers, our students, our staff deserve to work and learn in an environment with a reduced risk of a disease without a vaccine and without a treatment. That’s why the document we are releasing today is so important and that’s why I know our districts and our teachers are going to act in good faith to reopen our schools with these expectations.”

 

Dr. Stack said all of the guidance and rules require some sacrifice but are needed.

 

“We know some of these things will be difficult to do in schools, and we tried to minimize these difficulties as much as possible when we developed the guidance,” Dr. Stack said. “But these are the things we need to do to keep students, staff and communities safe.”

 

Lt. Gov. Coleman said the state was working to ensure waivers will be granted to schools needing to use Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) days.

 

She also announced that through Expanded Care, schools can take advantage of federal funding that covers Medicaid-eligible students for services including nursing, audiology, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, interpreters, mobility and mental health.

 

“It is our duty to protect every child, but it is also our duty to protect every adult and every family member of the folks in those school buildings,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “The Governor, the Commissioner and I have come together to help provide the flexibility that is needed by schools to meet these unique circumstances.”

 

Lt. Gov. Coleman also highlighted the essential work teachers and bus drivers are called upon to perform during the global pandemic. She noted that in April, Fayette County school bus driver Eugenia Weathers, 56, died of COVID-19 and 16 other employees were sickened with the virus. In addition, in Grant County two school workers – Garylin “Stoney” Stone, 71, and Jo Ann Banks, 56, – also succumbed to the novel coronavirus.

 

“We are so grateful that Governor Beshear has put the health and safety of our bus drivers and students first,” said John Stovall, president of Teamsters 783 in Louisville. “Our folks are excited to get back to work, but we have to make sure we’re taking the necessary steps to prevent the spread of the virus.”

 

Unemployment Claims
Gov. Beshear on Wednesday announced several in-person services to address those who have filed unemployment insurance claims. The Governor reiterated his pledge to address every claim that has been filed during this unprecedented time.

 

“We are working day in and day out to rebuild an unemployment office that through years of neglect, and then huge cuts in 2017, started this year with 12 individuals that could face-to-face communicate with the public,” the Governor noted.

 

Beginning next week, in-person services will be offered five days a week in Frankfort.

 

In addition, officials will begin taking the services on the road. In-person services will be provided Monday and Tuesday, June 29 and 30, in Ashland and Owensboro. On July 7 and 8, in-person services will be held in Somerset and Hopkinsville.

 

Testing Expansion
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians to take advantage of the state’s partnership with Kroger, which has brought free drive-through testing across the commonwealth.

 

“So, our new testing sites for this week: We’re going to continue in Louisville and in Lexington, and we’re adding a site in Kenton County again – we are actually seeing some disturbing numbers in the Cincinnati area – and our last site for next week is going to be in Pikeville,” the Governor said. “We need to make sure we get people to these sites.”

 

Information on how to register at more than 200 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found here.

 

Settlement Benefits Rural Hospitals
Gov. Beshear and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday announced $383 million in state and federal dollars for 54 rural hospitals by settling a 13-year-old dispute regarding Medicaid funding rates.

 

“Health care is a basic human right, and our rural hospitals have been having significant difficulty, long before COVID-19, in our current health care system,” the Governor said. “The expansion of Medicaid in Kentucky has kept many of them open while other states have seen them shuddered, but it hasn’t eliminated the true hardships that are there.”

 

The settlement negotiated by Gov. Beshear, with support from Senate Majority Leader McConnell, successfully convinced the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to offer funding in combination with the state’s liability of $93.9 million.

 

The previous administration had budgeted an estimated $425 million in state funding to settle the case.

 

The Governor said the settlement saved the state more than $300 million and provides long-awaited funds immediately back to rural hospitals. For more information about the settlement, click here.

 

Building America’s AgriTech Capital
Gov. Beshear took several actions today to keep his administration’s promise to build America’s AgriTech capital in Kentucky’s Appalachian region.

 

“Our future is the reason that I ran for this office. I wanted to create a brighter, better future for all Kentuckians,” the Governor said. “AgriTech: It is where our past meets our future, where a rich tradition of farming turns into one of innovation – of intellectual property, of scaling ideas to help a small family farm into the next multibillion-dollar industry.”

 

Among the moves taken Wednesday, Gov. Beshear signed an international agreement with 16 partner organizations, including the Dutch government, that are committed to the same goal. The international agreement group was brought together by AppHarvest, an innovative, certified B corporation which is creating one of the largest controlled environment agriculture facilities in the world.

 

“Why has everybody gravitated to this effort? Because of our state. That willingness to work, from an area of the country that has been known for powering the United States: Eastern Kentucky,” said AppHarvest founder and CEO Jonathan Webb. “We don’t believe that the future of farming in America is going to be in Boston, New York City or San Francisco. We believe the future of farming is going to be somewhere in the middle of the United States, and now it just takes leadership to determine who wants to grab it and go.”


The Governor also established an AgriTech Advisory Council to guide the commonwealth’s increased focus on this industry that will expand the state’s economy and create jobs for Kentuckians. He announced the state has launched a new website highlighting AgriTech in Kentucky, agritech.ky.gov.

 

“This is a great day for Kentucky, but this is an especially unbelievable day for Eastern Kentucky: to see the diversification, rebuilding of an economy and a new economy we have never seen before,” said Rocky Adkins, Senior Advisor to the Governor. “This is especially rewarding for all of us who have worked so long and so hard to build up a region of Kentucky that needs to be competitive in every shape and form and fashion.”

 

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AREA ARREST 6-24-20

 

Area Arrest…

 

Jeremy Feese, 28, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody by KSP Trooper Scott on Tuesday evening. Feese was charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree.

 

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ADAIR COUNTY ELECTION DAY TOTALS

 

Results from the voting machines in Adair County were posted by Adair Clerk, Lisa Greer. 
 

The top results are as follows:

President


Donald Trump (R) - 649
Joe Biden (D) - 82

Senate

Mitch McConnell (R) - 565
Charles Booker (D) - 76
Amy McGrath (D) - 55

The final official results will be available after absentee ballots are  eceived by mail thru June 27th.

 

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48 ACTIVE CORONAVIRUS CASES IN LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT

 

Deaths: We are happy to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 27 deaths resulting in an 8.4% mortality rate among known cases.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 3 cases in the hospital. We have had a total of 65 hospitalizations resulting in an 20.2% hospitalization rate among known cases.

 

Released (Recovered) Cases: We released 4 cases today from isolation (recovered). Released cases include, Pulaski: 1; and, Taylor: 3. In all, we have released 76.7% of our total cases.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 322 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This has resulted in the health department reaching out to over 2311 individuals during our contact tracing.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 48 active cases in our district across 9 of our 10 counties. Of those, 8 are asymptomatic.

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 2 today: McCreary: 1; and, Pulaski: 1. The new cases include:

  • McCreary: A 34-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 20-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic

 

While it was a better day for Lake Cumberland, it was a tough day for the state, adding 315 cases (the largest jump in over two weeks), and 11 deaths. We urge everyone to remember the guidance: we strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask when out in public, to avoid crowds, to social distance (stay 6-feet from others), to wash their hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, to stay home if they have a fever or are coughing, to increase sanitation, and to avoid touching their faces.

 

Since we were asked to do a church-related update yesterday, we were further asked to do an all-around update today. We broadly categorize cases as related to (or tied to) businesses, churches, long-term care (LTC) facilities, medical facilities, or travel. Keep in mind that some cases are not tied to any of those, and some cases may be tied to more than one category. We have had:

 

  • 49 cases, 488 contacts, 3 hospitalizations, and 0 deaths tied to businesses,
  • 37 cases, 627 contacts, 7 hospitalizations and 1 death tied to churches,
  • 123 cases, 578 contacts, 32 hospitalizations, and 23 deaths tied to LTC facilities,
  • 18 cases, 179 contacts, 1 hospitalization, and 0 deaths tied to medical facilities,
  • 12 cases, 61 contacts, 1 hospitalization, and 0 deaths tied to travel,
  • all other cases weren’t tied to any of these categories.


We were asked to explain why churches pose a greater risk than some other locations. Inside a church (or a factory, for that matter), the 6-foot distance rule becomes less effective. Generally speaking, the 6-foot distancing rule is for normal breathing, for a short period of time while with few others, and in a well-ventilated or open space. Singing or praising enthusiastically makes the 6-foot distance increasingly risky due to ejecting more particles more forcefully into the air. Not wearing masks increases the risk further. The longer you are with a group, the more risk. The more people in the group you are with, the more risk. The longer you are with a group in an enclosed space, even more risk. The older the population (and church members tend to skew toward the high-risk age group) or the number of people with compromised immune systems or other health issues, the riskier the interaction. Shaking hands or hugging adds additional risk. Riskier places include daycares and bars. However, we have had no cases that I am aware of associated with those types of facilities yet, but they have been largely closed, at least until this point.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 322 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 14,144 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 119 Kentucky Counties as of 06/23/20 (this includes 14,141 statewide plus 3 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

 

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315 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN KY; 11 MORE DEATHS

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 23, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on the state’s actions to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“We have made the changes in our daily lives, all in order keep our fellow Kentuckians safe from this deadly disease,” Gov. Beshear said. “I see the sacrifices being made by so many and I’ve never been more proud to be your Governor. It’s not only the compassionate thing to do, it’s also letting us reopen our economy without the problems we’re seeing in other states that threaten to reverse such efforts.”

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. June 23, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 14,141 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 315 of which were newly reported Tuesday.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 11 new deaths Tuesday, raising the total to 537 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

The deaths reported Tuesday include a 52-year-old woman from Allen County; three women, ages 77, 77 and 91, and a 90-year-old man from Clark County; a 78-year-old woman from Fayette County; an 84-year-old woman from Graves County; a 46-year-old woman from Harlan County; a 67-year-old man from Jefferson County; a 106-year-old man from Logan County; and a 77-year-old woman from Shelby County.

 

“These are 11 Kentuckians whose families are hurting and who need all of us to keep them in mind and in our prayers,” the Governor said. “Let’s remember to light our homes and businesses up green and to ring bells every morning at 10 a.m. to let everyone who has lost someone to the coronavirus know we care.”

 

As of Tuesday, there have been at least 363,027 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. At least 3,591 Kentuckians had recovered from the virus.

 

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

 

New Guidance for Venues
Gov. Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s commissioner of public health, are preparing Kentuckians for updated guidance beginning Monday, June 29, for many venues, including restaurants and bars. The new guidance also covers wedding venues and gatherings of 50 or fewer people.

 

Adherence to rules on social distancing, mask use and sanitation remains critically important, and people in more vulnerable categories should continue to avoid such gatherings.

 

Testing expansion
Gov. Beshear is reminding Kentuckians to take advantage of the state’s partnership with Kroger, which has brought free drive-through testing across the commonwealth.

 

This week, Kroger is providing testing in Fayette County at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (500 Newtown Pike, Lexington); in Jefferson County at Southern High School (8620 Preston Highway, Louisville); in Shelby County at Milestone Academics (1361 Frankfort Road, Shelbyville); and Warren County at Basil Griffin Park (2055 Three Springs Road, Bowling Green).

 

Information on how to register at more than 180 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found here.

 

Census Update
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians of the critical importance of filling out their U.S. Census forms. Those who have not can fill out the Census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

 

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ADAIR CO. FIRE DUES BEING ACCEPTED

 

Public Notice 

June 23, 2020

 

To property owners who own property in the Columbia-Adair County Volunteer Fire Department jurisdiction. The Columbia-Adair County Volunteer Fire Department will be accepting fire dues through property tax bills beginning October 1st, 2020. Please do not mail your fire dues directly to the fire department. Fire dues for residential and commercial properties are $25.00 per deed with a cap of 3 deeds ($75.00). Non-Membership fire runs are $500.00.  A letter from the Columbia-Adair County Fire Department will be mailed to all taxpayers who don’t receive a bill due to homestead or disability exemption.  

 

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PRIMARY ELECTION DAY 2020 IN KENTUCKY


Today is Primary Election Day 2020.

 

Voters will have until 6 p.m. this evening to cast their ballots before the voting booth is closed. If you are mailing in your ballot today, it must be postmarked for today (June 23rd) in order for your vote to be counted…

 

Voters will be voting for their party’s representatives for the November General Election, except in the case of State Representative which the Republican Primary winner will go on to hold the office as there is no Democrat candidate seeking the office. Josh Branscum, Russell Springs, and Mark F. Polston, Somerset, both have filed in the 83rd House District.

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7 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT; NO NEW DEATHS

 

Deaths: We are pleased to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 27 deaths resulting in an 8.4% mortality rate among known cases.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 3 cases in the hospital. We have had a total of 65 hospitalizations resulting in an 20.3% hospitalization rate among known cases.

 

Released (Recovered) Cases: We released 5 cases today from isolation (recovered). Released cases include, Casey: 1; Green: 1; Pulaski: 2; and, Russell: 1. In all, we have released 75.9% of our total cases.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 320 cases since the onset of the outbreak.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 50 active cases in our district across 9 of our 10 c ounties. Of those, 8 are asymptomatic.

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 7 today: Adair: 1; Casey: 1; McCreary: 1; Pulaski: 1; Taylor: 2; and, Wayne: 1.
 

The new cases include:

 

Adair: A 62-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Casey: A 37-year-old female who has been released
McCreary: A 59-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 62-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 35-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Taylor: A 73-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 75-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic

 

We are off to a fast start this week. The best advice we have for the public is to take individual precautions to protect yourselves and those you love. Those precautions include, we strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask when out in public, to avoid crowds, to social distance (stay 6-feet from others), to wash their hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, to stay home if they have a fever or are coughing, to increase sanitation, and to avoid touching their faces.

 

We were asked to give an update on COVID-19 in area churches. Again, churches present a unique challenge since they encourage groups of people to stay inside a confined space for a significant period of time. So far we have experienced cases associated with seven area churches. These have resulted in thirty-seven positive cases, six-hundred and twenty-seven close contacts, two hospitalizations, and one death.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 320 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 13,854 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 119 Kentucky Counties as of 06/22/20 (this includes 13,839 statewide plus 15 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report).
 

Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

 

 

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MESSAGE FROM A.C. BOARD OF ELECTIONS REGARDING ELECTION DAY....

 
The Adair County Board of Elections will only have the tally totals from the machines used for Election Day in-person voting on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 posted on the front doors of the Adair Annex after polls close tomorrow evening at 6:00pmCT. The Adair County Board of Elections will meet on Tuesday, June 30th at 9:00amCT in the Adair County Clerk’s Office to certify election totals, if any candidate, their representatives, or the press would like to be present.
 

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90 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN KY; NO NEW DEATHS

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 22, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday updated Kentuckians on the state’s actions to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
The Governor held Monday’s news conference in the Old State Capitol.
 
“The Old State Capitol helps us to make connections between our past and our future. That is important now more than ever,” Gov. Beshear said. “We learn from the past to do better in the future. Watch History.ky.gov for more details about the reopening of the historic state Capitol building.”
 
Gov. Beshear and administration officials also provided updates on new guidance for venues, including for weddings and gatherings of 50 or fewer people; preparations for Tuesday’s primary elections, including polling help from plain-clothed Kentucky National Guardsmen; and upgrades being made to help administer unemployment insurance claims.
 
Case Information
As of 4 p.m. June 22, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 13,839 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 90 of which were newly reported Monday. He also noted Sunday’s number of new cases was revised up by 3, to 120 cases.
 
Fortunately, Gov. Beshear reported no new deaths Monday.
 
“For somebody who has read the names, genders and ages of those we have lost, to have no reportable deaths today is special,” the Governor said. “We are very grateful and blessed that today there is a reprieve from this deadly virus.”
 
The total number of Kentuckians lost to the virus stands at 526.
 
At least 3,534 Kentuckians had recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
New Guidance for Venues
Gov. Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s commissioner of public health, spoke about updated guidance beginning next week for many venues, including restaurants and bars. The new guidance also covers wedding venues and gatherings of 50 or fewer people.
 
“Next Monday, just about everything in the commonwealth will be open, from bars, wedding venues, public pools and even Kentucky Kingdom,” the Governor said. “It has been a long road dealing with this virus. But by following medical guidelines we have gone from a time when our cases were doubling every week, to a point where we are safely beginning to reopen businesses and our economy.”
 
Beginning June 29, people can begin gathering in groups of 50 or fewer people. Adherence to rules on social distancing, mask use and sanitation remains critically important, and people in more vulnerable categories should continue to avoid such gatherings.
 
“Despite reopening, there are small things we have to do until we get a vaccine or treatment,” Dr. Stack said. “Continue to socially distance, wear face masks, wash hands frequently and do temperature screenings at work and places of businesses.”
 
Dr. Stack said using face masks and getting tests are crucial in keeping the virus under wraps.
 
“This is a dangerous disease. We are seeing in other states dramatic surges in virus cases,” he said. “The increase is not just about testing more, it’s about hospitals needing to admit more people, and having to treat more people.”
 
Tuesday’s Primary Elections
Gov. Beshear offered an update on the plan for plain-clothed Kentucky National Guardsmen to help manage some polling stations across the commonwealth.
 
In all, 234 soldiers will be helping out in 45 counties. He said the soldiers will not be in uniform and their primary duties include aiding traffic control, social distancing, sanitization and general voter assistance.
 
Gov. Beshear also spoke about Kentucky’s operation of the primary elections in light of some questions about the reduced number of polling sites. The Governor noted that the plan was the result of a compromise with Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams and included, for the first time in the commonwealth, absentee voting offered to all voters.
 
“Though the election is tomorrow, it has actually been going on about a month. Through an agreement with my office and the Secretary of State, we for the first time allowed mail-in voting and ‘no-excuse’ early voting in Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said. “We are on track to have a record number of votes in Kentucky in this primary election.”
 
The Governor said the end result is that he’s expecting the highest voting totals for a primary in the state in many years. As of Monday, he said, 883,054 absentee ballots had been requested, 88,530 people already voted early and 452,305 ballots already had been returned.
 
“If your absentee ballot is postmarked by tomorrow, June 23, your vote will be counted,” Gov. Beshear said. “If you need to vote in person, please make sure to follow county voting guidelines and directions.”
 
Unemployment Insurance Update
Gov. Beshear provided information about the administration’s latest moves to address the unprecedented number of unemployment insurance claims brought on by the global pandemic.
 
“We continue to face difficulties with our unemployment system, due to it being starved of funds and outdated in the past,” the Governor said. “That is making our job of processing a record number of claims very hard.”
 
As he explained last week, Gov. Beshear noted that the state’s unemployment office budget went from $41 million in 2010 to $25 million in 2018; in addition, in 2017, the state cut 22 of 51 local unemployment offices and 95 employees. These financial, geographic and staffing challenges have made it more difficult to provide in-person services throughout the commonwealth, but the Governor said he was determined to find a path forward.
 
“We are instituting three major changes to improve the unemployment claims processing system. These include: One, reorganizing the unemployment office and moving it to the Labor Cabinet, which means the entire cabinet will be working day in and out to solve these claims. Two, contracting with an outside vendor to train more claim processors and answer more public questions. Three, adding more in-person services, including out in the counties.”
 
Gov. Beshear said Labor Cabinet Secretary Larry Roberts is now in charge of the unemployment system and that the state is working to finalize a contract with an outside consulting firm that has experience working with these claims.
 
In addition, new in-person help soon will be offered outside of Frankfort.
 
For more information from the Labor Cabinet at the Kentucky Career Center portal, click here.
 
Price-gouging Update
Gov. Beshear has signed an executive order prohibiting price-gouging, extending a previous order. This order will remain in effect for the duration of the state of emergency.
 
Census Update
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians of the critical importance of filling out their U.S. Census forms. Those who have not can fill out the Census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).
 

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JES SITE BASE COUNCIL MEETING JUNE 23RD

 
There will be a special called Jamestown Elementery School SBDM Council Meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) at the school cafeteria beginning at 9:00amCT. Social Distancing and Masking observed.
 
AGENDA:
 
CALL TO ORDER
 
1. OPENING BUSINESS
  • APPROVE AGENDA
  • READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM June 16, 2020

 

2. EXECUTIVE SESSION  per KRS 61.810 (1)(f) 
  • Review of any new applications for two P-5 positions
  • Interviews
  • Return to Open Session for possible action

 

3. PUBLIC COMMENTS
 
4. ADJOURN
 

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Police Respond to Columbia Bypass Accident Involving Car & UPS Truck


Columbia Police and Adair EMS responded to a 2-vehicle collision this (Monday) morning at the intersection of the Veterans Memorial (Columbia) Bypass and Greensburg Road. 


Melissa Moreland, 55, of Russell Springs, KY was operating a 2006 Volvo XC90 and attempted to cross Greensburg Road onto the Bypass and pulled into the path of a UPS delivery truck, being operated by David Burton, 45, of Campbellsville, KY. Burton attempted to avoid the Moreland auto but was struck in the side, resulting in both vehicles becoming inoperable. 
 
Both drivers and an adult female passenger with Moreland escaped injury and waved ambulance transport.
 
Sgt. Charles Greer investigated the collision. He was assisted on scene by other members of the Columbia Police Department, the Adair County Sheriff’s Office and the Columbia Fire Department.
 

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7 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN LCDHD; NO NEW DEATHS

 

Deaths: We are happy to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 27 deaths resulting in an 8.6% mortality rate among known cases.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 4 cases in the hospital. We have had a total of 65 hospitalizations resulting in an 20.8% hospitalization rate among known cases.

 

Released (Recovered) Cases: We released 0 cases today from isolation (recovered). In all, we have released 76% of our total cases.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 313 cases since the onset of the outbreak.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 48 active cases in our district across 9 of our 10 counties.

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 7 today: Pulaski: 4; Russell: 1; and, Taylor: 2. The new cases include:

 

  • Pulaski: A 3-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 33-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 48-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 44-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Russell: A 39-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Taylor: A 71-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Taylor: A 77-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic

 

It is historically unusual to add so many new cases over the weekend. Hopefully, that isn’t an ill omen for the week ahead. There is considerable public complacency with following the COVID-19 prevention guidance. With the economy largely reopened, it now falls upon us as individuals to use good judgment. Therefore, we strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask when out in public, to avoid crowds, to social distance (stay 6-feet from others), to wash their hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, to stay home if they have a fever or are coughing, to increase sanitation, and to avoid touching their faces.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 313 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 13,758 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 119 Kentucky Counties as of 06/21/20 (this includes 13,750 statewide plus 8 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

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AREA ARREST 6-22-20

Brandon Mosley age 35, of Columbia, was taken into custody by officer Staten with the Columbia Police Department just after midnight. Mosley was charged with Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury.

 

Sandra Dyer age 50, of Burkesville, was arrested by deputy Daniels with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office around 10:30 last evening. Dyer was charged with Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container, 1st Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree – Drug Unspecified, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine), Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Alcohol/Drugs .08 – 1st Offense, Careless Driving and One Headlight…

 

Dan Webb age 48, of Tompkinsville was taken into custody just before 3 a.m. on Sunday morning by Deputy Daniel with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Webb was charged with Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence Alcohol/Drug .08 Aggravated Circumstances 2nd, Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Speeding 26mph over the Speed Limit, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container 1st Offense, Reckless Driving, Failure to Register or Transfer Vehicle, and Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance 1st Degree.   

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Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 21, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday updated Kentuckians on the commonwealth’s ongoing efforts to defeat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“Team Kentucky, we can do this,” the Governor said.

“Keep getting tested, keep wearing masks, keep answering the call if our contact tracers reach out to you. We have the tools we need to slow the spread of COVID-19 significantly until we get a vaccine.”

 

The Governor also wished all Kentucky dads a happy Father’s Day.

 

“My dad worked tirelessly to show up for my brother and me, no matter what challenges he was facing,” said Gov. Beshear. “I always want to do the same for Will and Lila. They are my greatest joy. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and father figures out there who are giving their kids their very best even during such a difficult year.”

 

Case information
As of 4 p.m. June 21, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 13,750 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 117 of which were newly reported Sunday.

 

“We’ve been in this fight for more than three months now and, unfortunately, we still have a long way to go,” said Gov. Beshear. “But I have total confidence that Kentuckians will rise to the challenge in order to do one of the things we do best: watch out for families, friends and neighbors.”

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported two new deaths Sunday, raising the total to 526 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

“I know these families are in so much pain right now, and the reality is, there’s nothing anyone can do to fix it,” said Gov. Beshear. “We can’t fix it, but we can continue to support all families who are grieving during this time. You are not alone.”

 

The deaths reported Sunday include a 73-year-old man from Butler County and a 61-year-old man from Fayette County. 
 

As of yesterday, at least 3,530 Kentuckians had recovered from the virus.

 

Census Update
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians of the critical importance of filling out their U.S. Census forms. Those who have not can fill out the Census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

 

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RUSSELL CO. WEEKEND ARRESTS

 
  • Skylor Neal Turner, 30, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday afternoon by the RCSO for Leaving the Scene of an Accident and DUI.
  • Mark Williams, 27, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Saturday afternoon for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine).
  • Fernando Lopez, 34, of Bowling Green and Perry Bryant Bishop, 25, of Russell Springs  were arrested by Deputy Kenny Perkins with the RCSO on Friday night for Trafficking in Methamphetamine; Trafficking in Heroin; Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd or more offense (Drug Unspecified); and Possession of Marijuana. Additionally, Lopez was charged with Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License and Mr. Bishop was also charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 

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183 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN KY; 2 MORE DEATHS - 06/20/20

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 20, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continued initiatives to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“It’s another beautiful weekend, and I know we’re all wishing for a faster return to normal,” said Gov. Beshear. “But in this test of our lifetimes, we’ve stepped up to make changes that protect each other, and that has made an enormous difference.”
 
Case information
As of 4 p.m. June 20, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 13,630 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 183 of which were newly reported Saturday.
 
“The virus remains a serious threat to Kentuckians,” said Gov. Beshear. “As we try to safely return to a new normal, we can’t forget we’re still up against an invisible enemy.”
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 2 new deaths Saturday, raising the total to 524 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
“When I was inaugurated as your governor, I could never have imagined we would lose this many Kentuckians to a single, brand new illness in such a short period of time,” said Gov. Beshear. “It’s devastating. Announcing these deaths is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, and I hope, ever will have to do. As we recognize those we’ve lost, let’s remember and celebrate their extraordinary lives.”
 
The deaths reported Saturday include a 91-year-old woman from Hopkins County and an 80-year-old woman from Jefferson County.
 
At least 3,530 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.
 
For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Census Update
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians of the critical importance of filling out their U.S. Census forms. Those who have not can fill out the Census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).
 
More Information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 

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258 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN KY; 2 MORE DEATHS

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 19, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday updated Kentuckians on the state’s efforts to combat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“I’m so proud of Team Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “As we realize that this fight will be a marathon, not a sprint, we have not lost heart. We have not lost our determination to protect each other. Instead, we have steeled ourselves to live in this new normal until we get a vaccine.”
 
Yesterday, the governor signed a proclamation recognizing today, June 19, as Juneteenth National Freedom Day. He will encourage the legislature to adopt it as a state holiday in the next regular session.
 
“In recent months, we’ve faced troubling reminders that justice is not always blind,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’ve also seen the Black and African-American community suffer disproportionately from COVID-19. We have so much more to do to ensure that all men and women are treated equally, but today we can also commemorate how far we’ve come.”
 
Case information
As of 4 p.m. June 19, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 13,454 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 258 of which were newly reported Friday.
 
“I know Kentuckians have what it takes to reopen as safely as possible,” said Gov. Beshear. “We must continue to strike the balance between supporting our local economies and still cutting our contacts significantly.”
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 2 new deaths Friday, raising the total to 522 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
The deaths reported Friday include a 95-year-old man from Franklin County and a 68-year-old man from Harlan County.
 
“This year has been tough for everyone. But just imagine, in addition to all this fear and uncertainty and sudden change, also losing a loved one, and not being able to grieve with extended family and friends,” said Gov. Beshear. “It’s unimaginable for those of us who haven’t experienced it. We might not understand these families’ pain, but we will still be there to support them.”
 
At least 3,516 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.
 
For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Unemployment Insurance
Yesterday, Gov. Beshear said that the state continues to work to help Kentuckians resolve unemployment insurance claims.
 
He also explained that the state’s unemployment office budget went from $41 million in 2010 to $25 million in 2018; in addition, in 2017, the state cut 31 out of 51 local unemployment offices and 95 employees. These financial, geographic and staffing challenges have made it more difficult to provide in-person services throughout the commonwealth, but the governor said he was determined to find a path forward.
 
“So we take offices that were cut almost 50%, an antiquated system that was designed to tell people no, and claims that went in 2019 from 190,000 unemployment claims all year long to having 900,000 claims in just three months and it is a perfect storm that results in so many people who have had to wait far, far too long that haven’t been helped and I know are at their wits end,” said Gov. Beshear on Thursday. “And I’ve been saying it for weeks and I know it’s not a solace to those that are struggling, but we are working our hardest. We will continue to do better.”
 
For more information from the Labor Cabinet at the Kentucky Career Center portal, click here.
 
Testing expansion
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians yesterday that the state’s partnership with Kroger is bringing testing for coronavirus to several new locations.
 
Kroger will provide testing next week in Fayette County at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (500 Newtown Pike, Lexington); in Jefferson County at Southern High School (8620 Preston Highway, Louisville); in Shelby County at Milestone Academics (1361 Frankfort Road, Shelbyville); and Warren County at Basil Griffin Park (2055 Three Springs Road, Bowling Green).
 
Information on how to register at more than 180 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found here.
 
Census Update
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians of the critical importance of filling out their U.S. Census forms. Those who have not can fill out the Census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).
 
Week in Review
Click here for other recent updates from Gov. Beshear, including those on voting rights, the Team Kentucky Fund, FAFSA, health care exchange, PPE for election workers, Department for Community Based Services leadership, contact tracing and the importance of wearing masks.
 
More Information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).
 

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Taylor Co. Woman Jailed for Allegedly Stealing Thousands of Dollars from a C-ville Business

 

The Taylor County Sheriff's Office conducted an extensive investigation beginning in January 2020 involving several thousand dollars being taken from a bank account belonging to a local business in Taylor County. Through the investigation, it was determined that the suspect, Lura "Gail" Cox, 62, of Campbellsville, KY had obtained the bank account number to the business and unlawfully stole nearly $18,000 over a 2-year period. Cox was indicted by the Taylor County Grand Jury earlier this month. She was arrested on the indictment today (Friday, June 19th) and lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.

 

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JAMESTOWN CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP....

 

The Jamestown City Council met in regular session last night. Mayor Nick Shearer spoke to WAVE NEWS following the meeting... 

 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP...

 

The Adair County School Board meeting took place on Thursday evening via Teleconference. Jim Lieb covered the meeting for 92.7 the WAVE and files this report....

 

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LCDHD Report Thursday, June 18th

 

LCDHD Report 06/18/20


Deaths: We are happy to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 27 deaths resulting in a 9.1% mortality rate among known cases.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 4 cases in the hospital. We have had a total of 64 hospitalizations resulting in a 21.6% hospitalization rate among known cases.

 

Released (Recovered) Cases: We released 5 cases today from isolation (recovered). In all, we have released 78% of our total cases.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 296 cases since the onset of the outbreak.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 38 active cases in our district across 7 of our 10 counties.

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 6 today: Adair: 2; Casey: 2; Pulaski: 1; and, Wayne: 1. The new cases include:

 

Adair: A 83-year-old male who is hospitalized
Adair: A 79-year-old female who is self-isolated
Casey: A 49-year-old male who is self-isolated
Casey: A 65-year-old male who is self-isolated
Pulaski: A 33-year-old female who is self-isolated
Wayne: A 46-year-old female who is self-isolated

 

We continue to see new cases in our district. This should serve as a reminder that COVID-19 is still with us and spreading freely through our communities.

 

Therefore, we strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask when out in public, to avoid crowds, to social distance (stay 6-feet from others), to wash their hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, to stay home if they have a fever or are coughing, to increase sanitation, and to avoid touching their faces.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 296 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 13,206 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 119 Kentucky Counties as of 06/18/20 (this includes 13,197 statewide plus 9 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). 


Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

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Gov. Beshear Updates on COVID-19; Signs "Juneteenth National Freedom Day" Proclamation

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 18, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continued fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“We’re going to address all the challenges that are in front of us and we’re going to come out on the other side stronger, better, more compassionate people, better prepared for the future,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’re going to take the lessons we have learned and we are going to make sure that we make the changes that are necessary so that the next time we face a challenge, whether it’s like this or something else, that we are ready.”
 
Gov. Beshear also signed a proclamation recognizing tomorrow, June 19, as Juneteenth National Freedom Day. He will encourage the legislature to adopt it as a state holiday in the next regular session.
 
Juneteenth celebrates the events of June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger led Union soldiers into Galveston, Texas, to bring news that the Civil War had ended and to read General Order #3, which stated that in accordance with President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation all enslaved African-American people were free and entitled to absolute equality of personal and property rights.
 
“During these times when again we have heard voices and we have seen the frustration of hundreds of years of ramifications of slavery, discriminations, Jim Crow, of segregation, I think it’s more and more important that we remind everybody of this dark chapter in our history and that its impacts continue to linger,” said Gov. Beshear. “We should celebrate the dates that at least portions of that dark chapter ended.”
 
Case information
As of 4 p.m. June 18, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 13,197 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 234 of which were newly confirmed Thursday.
 
“Let’s remember while these numbers are in an area where we still have reopening that is on track, where we still have the capacity in our health care systems to take care of people, that it’s a very fragile place where we are,” said Gov. Beshear. “We need to continue to follow the Healthy at Work rules. We need to continue to wear masks, and those that aren’t out there, I know there’s a number, we need you to reconsider.”
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 3 new deaths Thursday, raising the total to 520 Kentuckians lost to the virus. After review, one death previously counted was determined not to be a COVID-related death and has been removed from the death count.
 
The deaths reported Thursday include a 91-year-old woman from Jefferson County, an 87-year-old man from Logan County and a 79-year-old man from Perry County.
 
“It’s 520 individuals just since March and its 520 individuals whose families are reeling and need our help,” said Gov. Beshear. 
 
“Let’s make sure we continue to share the compassion we have, light our homes and our businesses up green, and ring those bells at 10 a.m. These are three families that need us.”
 
At least 3,506 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.
 
For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
FAFSA
Today, Gov. Beshear urged all graduating high school seniors, parents and adult learners across Kentucky to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA form. You can complete this form entirely online by visiting KHEAA.com, where you can find instructions for submitting a form, including videos, along with other details about the process.
 
Each year, the U.S. Department of Education provides more than $120 billion in federal grants, loans and work-study funds to students.
 
“Kentucky’s overall FAFSA numbers are down 2.7% from this time last year. And for returning Pell-eligible students, the very students with the greatest financial need, the percent decrease is 3.8%,” said Gov. Beshear. “We can do better in Kentucky. These are dollars to help break often times generational cycles of poverty that are still there, that are still on the table, that we want to make sure people take advantage of.”
 
Voting Rights
On his third day in office, Gov. Beshear signed an executive order restoring the right to vote to Kentuckians who have paid their debt to society by completing their sentences for nonviolent offenses.
 
Today, Gov. Beshear provided an update that 175,053 ex-offenders have regained voting eligibility since the order was signed. The number will continue to increase as more people complete their sentences. Each of these individuals still has to register to vote, and although the deadline has passed for the primary election, Gov. Beshear encouraged them to register for the general election.
 
“We’d love to see 175,053 people registered,” said Gov. Beshear. “This was a priority of ours, it was the right thing to do, it was something driven by my faith and belief that people deserve second chances, that redemption is possible, and that by giving people not just the tools but the dignity to rebuild their lives that better outcomes are possible.”
 
Team Kentucky Fund
Today, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman updated Kentuckians that 421 households have now been helped by the Team Kentucky Fund and the total value of the assistance given currently stands at $350,215. There are currently 398 applications that are pending for approval. To apply, go to Community Action Partnerships’ website, capky.org.
 
“As an applicant, when you apply for the Team Kentucky Fund, you can have access to our funds if you qualify, but you now also have access to all of the services provided by Community Action, which helps with job placement, affordable housing, health care, child care, education and job training,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “So I would recommend for all Kentuckians who are in need of assistance to apply and take advantage of all of the resources from Community Action of Kentucky as well as the resources from the Team Kentucky Fund.”
 
Unemployment Insurance
Today, Gov. Beshear announced that the state would continue to expand in-person services to help Kentuckians resolve unemployment insurance claims.
 
He also explained that the state’s unemployment office budget went from $41 million in 2010 to $25 million in 2018; in addition, in 2017, the state cut 22 out of 51 local unemployment offices and 95 employees. These financial, geographic and staffing challenges have made it more difficult to provide in-person services throughout the commonwealth, but the governor said he was determined to find a path forward.
 
“So we take offices that were cut almost 50%, an antiquated system that was designed to tell people no, and claims that went in 2019 from 190,000 unemployment claims all year long to having 900,000 claims in just three months and it is a perfect storm that results in so many people who have had to wait far, far too long that haven’t been helped and I know are at their wits end,” said Gov. Beshear. “And I’ve been saying it for weeks and I know it’s not a solace to those that are struggling, but we are working our hardest. We will continue to do better.”
 
For more information from the Labor Cabinet at the Kentucky Career Center portal, click here.
 
Health Care Exchange
Gov. Beshear announced Wednesday his intention to move the commonwealth back to the successful Kynect state health care exchange. For more information, click here.
 
Testing Expansion
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians Thursday that the state’s partnership with Kroger is bringing testing for coronavirus to several new locations.
 
Kroger will provide testing next week in Fayette County at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (500 Newtown Pike, Lexington); in Jefferson County at Southern High School (8620 Preston Highway, Louisville); in Shelby County at Milestone Academics (1361 Frankfort Road, Shelbyville); and Warren County at Basil Griffin Park (2055 Three Springs Road, Bowling Green).
 
Information on how to register at more than 180 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found here.
 

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NEW COLUMBIA POLICE OFFICER

 
Ethan Pike has joined the Columbia City Police Department. Officer Pike joins a seasoned police department with years of experience.
 
Pike previously worked for the Russell Springs City Police Department and the Russell County Sheriff’s Office. He graduated from the Eastern Kentucky University Police Academy in 2016 and is a 2012 graduate of Russell County High School.
 
“We are pleased to welcome Officer Pike to our team at the Columbia City Police Department,” said Chief Jason Cross.
 
Mayor Pamela Hoots noted, “Officer Pike is a great addition to our city police. We welcome him to Columbia.”
 
 

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AREA ARREST 6-18-20

Jacob Demody age 21, of Columbia, was taken into custody by officer Foster with the Columbia Police Department just after 1 a.m. this morning.  Demody was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs/ETC .08 2nd Offense, Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle Prohibited, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree – Drug Unspecified.

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Governor Beshear Gives COVID-19 Update; KY to Move Back to State Healthcare Exchange

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 17, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday updated Kentuckians on steps the state is taking to address the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“COVID-19 has been tough. It has changed so much about our daily lives. It has upended our economy, it has required us to sacrifice. It has taken the lives of so many of our loved ones, and it has tested our mental and emotional health. It has also taught us critical lessons: that we are compassionate people, that our ability to survive and thrive depends on each other, and that we Kentuckians are some tough people,” the Governor said. “It’s also taught us a critical and deadly lesson on the importance of health care. When we fail to provide our people coverage, we allow our population to suffer from diabetes, lung cancer and congestive heart failure. This pandemic shows us that the lack of good health care options makes us more vulnerable and less resilient.”
 
The Governor also offered new information on efforts to get personal protective equipment (PPE) to poll workers ahead of next week’s primary elections and new testing sites as part of the state’s partnership with Kroger. The Governor also made announcements about the Cabinet for Health and Family Services health care exchange and leadership at the Department for Community Based Services.
 
Case information
As of 4 p.m. June 17, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 12,995 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 170 of which were newly confirmed Wednesday.
 
“We don’t want 170 new cases, but when you look at Arizona, a state that is one-and-a-half times our population, I believe, they had over 2,000 new cases yesterday. There’s only about a 20,000 difference overall in how many tests have been out there,” Gov. Beshear said. “So Kentuckians are doing a good job. But we’ve got to remember, what we see around us says it can come back very, very quickly.”
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported six new deaths Wednesday, raising the total to 518 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
The deaths reported Wednesday include a 71-year-old man from Clay County; a 90-year-old woman from Fayette County; and four women, ages 45, 87, 93 and 95, from Jefferson County.
 
“Let’s make sure we continue to turn on those green lights and ring the bells every morning at 10 a.m.,” the Governor said. “It’s something that’s brought us together as a people, but more important it’s something that’s been there for people at that tough time. It’s something small we can all do to lift someone up. It’s well worth it.”
 
At least 3,444 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.
 
For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
The Governor also shared a story of a remarkable recovery, as reported by WLKY.
 
“Let’s share a good news story. The story of Marilyn Newton. After a 58 day stay at Baptist Hospital in Louisville, she can now say she officially beat COVID-19,” said Gov. Beshear. “She’s being transitioned to Kindred Healthcare for rehabilitation. Her daughter, Amber, said they were told she wasn’t going to make it. Amber and their family have a renewed sense of faith from their experience.”
 
PPE for Election Workers
Gov. Beshear directed his administration to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep voters and poll workers safe during Kentucky’s primaries next Tuesday.
 
“I encourage every Kentuckian to vote, which is their duty as an American, but we must take every precaution available to protect voters and poll workers exercising that fundamental right,” the Governor said. “We continue to take action to allow people to safely exercise their right to vote on Tuesday, including ensuring our poll workers have this protective gear.”
 
The Governor’s office is providing 5,000 masks, 4,000 gallons of hand sanitizer, 5,800 face shields and 20,000 gloves for the June 23 election. The PPE will be distributed to all 120 counties.
 
Gov. Beshear, the Board of Elections and Secretary of State Michael Adams previously reached an agreement to allow Kentuckians to vote via absentee ballot ahead of the election to protect voters from COVID-19, but there will be in-person voting on Tuesday. To read the news release from earlier today, click here.
 
Health Care Exchange
Gov. Beshear announced Wednesday his intention to move the commonwealth back to the successful Kynect state health care exchange.
 
“We have been paying more over the last four years to get less. So today, I’m announcing that I’ve submitted a declaration of intent letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to transition to a state-based exchange beginning Jan. 1, 2022,” the Governor said.
 
In 2013, Kentucky implemented a state-based exchange, known as Kynect. About 500,000 newly eligible people were enrolled in Medicaid coverage and Qualified Health Plans, making Kynect one of the most successful exchanges in the nation.
 
However, Gov. Matt Bevin dismantled Kynect in 2017, forcing people to use the federal exchange. Gov. Beshear pointed out that Kentuckians are paying a roughly 3% user fee for that exchange, totaling $9.8 million in 2018, based on the most recent information from CMS.
 
The Governor said launching the state exchange will incur a one-time cost of $5 million for the system, with operating costs pegged at between $1 million and $2 million annually. He said that means the state system will save $2.8 million to $3.8 million the first year, and $7.8 million to $8.8 million annually thereafter.
 
“In the last four years, we moved backward in health care. The rate of uninsured and uninsured children grew,” Gov. Beshear said.
 
Gov. Beshear said a state-based exchange will provide benefits beyond avoiding the federal user fees. He said the new system would offer Kentuckians a reduction in premium costs; integrate with Medicaid, offering a single door to access coverage; allow greater flexibility and autonomy than the federal system; and keep control local, putting officials in position to determine the needs of Kentuckians.
 
“We have an opportunity to be better, to get healthier, to save money and ultimately to provide that basic human right that is health care,” the Governor said. “It also allows us greater flexibility and autonomy than the federal exchange, where we can extend the annual open enrollment period and offer special open enrollment periods. It finally offers us local control. I believe we can do this much better than the federal government. We proved that many years ago, and as we go forward, this is just going to be one part of a larger set of announcements on health care that we anticipate we will be making in August.”
 
Unemployment Insurance
Gov. Beshear provided an update on the state’s ongoing efforts to administer and process the unprecedented number of unemployment insurance claims brought on by the pandemic.
 
“No one in state government will be happy until all Kentuckians have received the benefits for which they qualify,” the Governor said. “As COVID-19 restrictions are easing, offering in-person services for those experiencing issues with their unemployment insurance benefits is now possible.”
 
During the past two days, in-person unemployment insurance services located near the Capitol building has reached capacity. To continue helping Kentuckians with their insurance claims, in-person services will be provided Thursday, June 18, and Friday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services headquarters, 275 E. Main St. in Frankfort.
 
In order to provide service to those Kentuckians who have waited the longest on their claim, there will be a separate line on Thursday for those who filed a claim in March. On Friday, there will be a line for those who filed in March and April.
 
Additional times and locations for in-person services are being worked out. For more information from the Labor Cabinet at the Kentucky Career Center portal, click here.
 
New Leadership
Gov. Beshear and Eric Friedlander, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, on Wednesday announced Marta Miranda-Straub as the new commissioner for the Cabinet’s Department for Community Based Services (DCBS).
 
Gov. Beshear lauded Miranda-Straub’s career and knowledge.
 
“Marta has served families and children through trauma, substance abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault intervention, and gender equity and anti-racism activism. Her professional goal for 40 years has been to make people’s lives better,” the Governor said. “She understands the importance of human service professionals and what a difference their support can make for the welfare of Kentucky children, adults and families. She is a valuable addition to Team Kentucky.”
 
Testing expansion
Gov. Beshear said Wednesday that the state’s partnership with Kroger is bringing testing for coronavirus to several new locations.
 
Kroger will provide testing next week in Louisville, Lexington, Shelby County and Warren.
 
“Let’s make sure we fill every spot. Let’s not have any no-shows,” said Gov. Beshear. “Let’s make sure that we get as much testing as possible. We have the capacity, now we’ve got to have the will.”
 
Information on how to register at more than 180 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found here.
 
Updated Guidance on Pools, Larger Gatherings
Gov. Beshear’s administration has offered updated guidance covering public pools and gatherings of up to 50 people.
 
Condolences for Congressman Barr
Gov. Beshear on Wednesday offered heartfelt condolences to U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and his family following the unexpected passing Tuesday of the congressman’s wife, Carol.
 
“My heart goes out to Congressman Andy Barr, someone I’ve known basically my whole life, for the loss of his wife last night,” the Governor said. “They have young kids, and a family a lot like ours. I’m thinking about them. You know, we’re people, and we should be people before we’re Democrats or Republicans. His loss, the family’s loss, just like the loss of all the families from COVID-19, is devastating.”
 
Census Update
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians of the critical importance of filling out their U.S. Census forms. Those who have not can fill out the Census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).
 
More Information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).
 

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DAIRY QUEEN IS STILL COMING TO COLUMBIA

 

In a release today from the City of Columbia, Mayor Pamela Hoots would like to dispel apparent rumors in our community. The Dairy Queen restaurant is still coming to our community and is hoping to break ground within the next 45 days.
 
The following statement is from Justin Kraus, Chief Investment Officer, who has been working with the city on the new Dairy Queen location. The statement was received late yesterday:
 
Mayor Hoots,
 
We are extremely looking forward to bringing a new Dairy Queen restaurant to Columbia, KY as we were really drawn to the community. We have been continually impressed with the support and responsiveness of city leaders and partners.  Upon completing the first ever, new building design plans and permit approvals, our plan is to be open for business this year.
 
Thank you,
 
Justin J. Kraus
Chief Investment Officer
 
Mayor Hoots commented, “We are extremely excited about Dairy Queen coming to Columbia. They have been a pleasure to work with over the last year.”
 
For further information, please contact City Hall.
 

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LCDHD COVID-19 UPDATE - 06/16/20

 

Deaths: We are happy to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 27 deaths resulting in a 9.6% mortality rate among known cases. We failed to mention that yesterday’s death was a 77-year-old female from Green. Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone who has lost a loved one.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 3 cases in the hospital. We have had a total of 63 hospitalizations resulting in a 22.4% hospitalization rate among known cases.

 

Released (Recovered) Cases: We released 1 case today from isolation (recovered). In all, we have released 79% of our total cases.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 281 cases since the onset of the outbreak.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 32 active cases in our district across 7 of our 10 counties.

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 2 today: Pulaski: 1; and, Taylor: 1. The new cases include:

 

Pulaski: A 43-year-old male who is self-isolated

Taylor: A 59-year-old female who is self-isolated

 

COVID-19 is still spreading in our communities. A few states are experiencing significant spikes in COVID-19 cases sufficient to start worrying about hospital capacity. While Lake Cumberland is presently not in danger of running out of COVID-19 hospital beds, we hope to avoid the chances of such. Therefore, we strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask when out in public, to avoid crowds, to social distance (stay 6-feet from others), to wash their hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, to stay home if they have a fever or are coughing, to increase sanitation, and to avoid touching their faces.
 

While we realize we cannot stop the spread of COVID-19 completely, observing this guidance can help our area avoid too many new cases too quickly and thus, overwhelm our medical and public health infrastructure.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 281 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 12,833 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 119 Kentucky Counties as of 06/16/20 (this includes 12,829 statewide plus 4 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.


 

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ADAIR CO. INFINITE CAMPUS ONLINE REGISTRATION

 

Infinite Campus Online Registration is coming to Adair County Schools....

 

 

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203 NEW COVID-19 CASES; 7 NEW DEATHS

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 16, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on steps the state is taking to address the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“Everybody needs to remember that COVID-19 is still out there, it spreads aggressively and it can be deadly. As part of Team Kentucky we all have to do our part and remember there are three things you can do to help stop the spread of COVID,” the Governor said. “No. 1: Socially distance, wash your hands and wear a mask; that’s critically important. No. 2: Make sure you regularly get tested for COVID-19. We need that all over the commonwealth. And No. 3: If you’re contacted by one of our contact tracers, make sure you talk to them. That’s how you protect yourself and everybody around you. If we can do those three things, we can continue to reopen Kentucky, to do it safely and to protect one another.”
 
The Governor’s team also offered new information on guidance for public pools and gatherings of up to 50 people.
 
Case information
As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Gov. Beshear said there were at least 12,829 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 203 of which were newly confirmed Tuesday.
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 7 new deaths Tuesday, raising the total to 512 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
“We have come so far, we have sacrificed so much, we have shown so much compassion for one another,” the Governor said. “Let’s continue to be good people, because that’s what’s going to defeat the coronavirus.”
 
The deaths reported Tuesday include a 72-year-old man from Allen County; a 43-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman from Boone County; a 77-year-old woman from Green County; an 80-year-old woman from Hardin County; and two women, ages 74 and 89, from Jefferson County.
 
At least 3,431 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.
 
For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Updated Guidance on Pools, Larger Gatherings
On Tuesday, Gov. Beshear’s administration offered updated guidance covering public pools and gatherings of up to 50 people.
 
Census Update
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians of the critical importance of filling out their U.S. Census forms. Those who have not can fill out the Census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).
 
More Information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).
 

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Truck Carrying Live Chickens Overturns in Clinton Co.

 

Albany, KY. (June 16, 2020) – The Kentucky State Police investigated a single-vehicle injury collision on KY 90 near Albany today around 4:15 a.m. CT.

 

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2016 Kenworth being operated by 37 year-old Robert Albertson of Columbia, KY was traveling east on KY 90 approximately 6 miles northwest of Albany.  For an unknown reason, Albertson crossed the centerline into the westbound lane (off the westbound shoulder), and overcorrected causing the vehicle to overturn spilling the load of live chickens.  
 

Albertson was wearing his seat belt and was flown to the University of Kentucky Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  
 

Sergeant Randall Honeycutt investigated the collision, and assisted by the Clinton Co Sheriff’s Office, Fire Department, EMS, Air Evac 43, and KYTC.

 

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Primary Election Reminders from Adair Clerks Office

 

DEADLINES FOR JUNE 23, 2020 PRIMARY

 

• Deadline to request a ballot to be mailed was Monday, June 15th.
• If you missed that deadline, you can still vote in person at the Adair Annex Basement during the following times.
 
1. Monday-Friday 8am-4pm
2. Saturday, June 20 - 8am-11am
3. Monday, June 22 - 8am-4pm
4. Election Day, June 23 - 6am-6pm

 

Remember, you do not have to wait until Election Day to come in and vote in person if that is your choice.  You may come in at any of the times listed above.  

 

It is the same building that has the Adair County Clerk’s Office, PVA, County Judge, Sheriff, and County Attorney. When you enter the front doors, directly ahead you will see the elevator or the steps. Go directly downstairs and there will be precinct workers.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you have received a ballot by mail, please make sure to have it postmarked if mailing by June 23rd.

 

You may also drop the ballot off in the secure ballot drop-box located in the Clerks office, 424 Public Square, Ste 3, Columbia, KY Monday- Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.

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1 NEW DEATH & 5 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT

 

Deaths:        

 

We are sad to report 1 new death today. We have experienced a total of 27 deaths resulting in a 9.7% mortality rate among known cases.

 

Hospitalizations: 

We presently have 3 cases in the hospital. We have had a total of 63 hospitalizations resulting in a 22.6% hospitalization rate among known cases.

 

Released Cases:

 

We released 2 cases today from isolation (recovered). In all, we have released 79.2% of our total cases.

 

Total Cases:        

The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 279 cases since the onset of the outbreak.

 

Active (Current):                   

Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 31 active cases in our district across 7 of our 10 counties.

 

New Cases:          

We report that our total case count has increased by 5 today: Adair: 1; Pulaski: 1; and, Taylor: 3.
 

The new cases include:

 
  • Adair: A 69-year-old female who is hospitalized
 
  • Pulaski: A 21-year-old female who is self-isolated
 
  • Taylor: A 36-year-old male who is self-isolated
 
  • Taylor: A 34-year-old female who is self-isolated
 
  • Taylor: A 67-year-old female who is self-isolated

 

From Sunday to Sunday, we saw positive COVID-19 cases that had gone to church resulting in scores of “close contacts” being quarantined. Some of those “close contacts” are now converting to positive COVID-19 cases; so, it is good that these individuals were already on quarantine. Church continues to be a difficult environment due to several people being in close contact for an extended period.

 

The numbers for Lake Cumberland have been high in the last couple of weeks. This week we are off to a fast start with 5 new cases. We continue to see widespread complacency when it comes to the public observing the guidance of wearing a mask when out in public, the avoidance of crowds, and social distancing. If the public would do these things and wash their hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, stay home if they have a fever or are coughing, increase sanitation, and avoid touching their faces, a second wave of COVID-19 might be avoided. While we realize we cannot stop the spread of COVID-19 completely, observing this guidance can help our area avoid too many new cases too quickly and; thus, overwhelm our medical and public health infrastructure.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 279 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 12,652 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 119 Kentucky Counties as of 06/15/20 (this includes 12,647 statewide plus 5 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). 
 

Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.


 

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ADAIR CO MAN ARRESTED IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY ON SEVERAL CHARGES MONDAY NIGHT


A Columbia man was taken into custody on several charges last evening in Cumberland County.

 

Adrian Stotts, 38, of Columbia was arrested by Deputy Walter with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office just after 10:30 p.m. Monday evening. Stotts was charged with Failure to Illuminate Head Lamps, Reckless Driving, Speeding 15 mph over the Limit, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, No Registration Plates and Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol Drugs .08 2nd Offense.

 

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RC Board of Education met Monday night

The Russell County Board of Education met by Zoom meeting Monday night. 

 

Superintendent Michael Ford tells WAVE listeners what took place during the meeting... 

 

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Gov. Beshear's COVID-19 Update - Monday, June 15th

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 15, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday updated Kentuckians on steps the state is taking to address the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“We’re going to get through this together, we are going to come out the other side, we are going to rebuild and restart our economy, we’re going to take care of each other as we’re going through this, and I believe we have the opportunity to be not only stronger, but better coming out of it,” the Governor said. “We have seen what we are capable of when we come together, and that ought to tell us what our potential is moving forward.”
 
Gov. Beshear and administration officials also spoke about the importance of wearing masks and aiding contact tracing efforts in preventing spikes of the virus in the commonwealth. Officials also reminded Kentuckians that today is the deadline to request an absentee ballot for the upcoming primary elections and of the need to fill out U.S. Census forms. Updates on education and corrections also were provided.
 
Final Day to Request Absentee Ballot
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians that they have until midnight tonight to request an absentee ballot for the upcoming primary elections.
 
“The election is eight days away. Get online, make sure that you order this,” the Governor said. “Voting is the bedrock of our democracy. Agree, don’t agree with a candidate or elected official – still vote. It’s the way we peacefully transition power, it’s the way we make our voices heard.”
 
Because of the pandemic, all voters are eligible to use the Absentee Ballot Application Portal available online. A link to the State Board of Elections’ portal can be found at govoteky.com.
 
Masks Prevent Outbreaks
Gov. Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health, stressed the importance of wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect Kentucky from experiencing the surges and spikes that are being seen in other states.
 
“The one most important thing we can do to prevent a spike, to make our reopening go the way we want it to, is to wear a mask. I know this has become part of what some people call a cultural war. Folks, this is not. This is key to keeping each other alive. It’s the key to keeping our reopening,” the Governor said. “You want our kids to be back in school as soon as possible and you’re not wearing a mask? You could be preventing what it is you want to see. I know it’s not comfortable. But when every single health official – those working for President Trump, those working for me – say this is the very shot we have, shouldn’t we be willing to do it?”
 
Gov. Beshear noted that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the renowned infectious disease expert on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and Dr. Jerome Adams, the U.S. Surgeon General, both say wearing a mask is the best way to halt the spread of the virus.
 
The Governor said he wears a mask to keep his family safe and told about the mask he wore Monday to the news conference.
 
“Today, I wear the mask sent to me by David Turner Jr. David is an 8-year-old boy fighting brain cancer. I met with David before COVID hit, on Jan. 23. He had come in for a rally at the Capitol that day. He came into my office. He sat in a chair, pulled up to my desk. I said, ‘Come on, you’re governor for at least 15 seconds – what are you going to do with it?’ He declared that day National Ice Cream Day in Kentucky. This is something I’ll never forget. It’s one of the best moments I’ve had as governor,” said the Governor. “I am willing to wear this mask for my kids. I most certainly am willing to wear it for David. I think we can all do the same.”
 
The renewed emphasis on wearing masks comes as several states are starting to see troubling growth in the number of coronavirus cases. Dr. Stack showed graphs showing recent increases in Arizona, South Carolina and Florida.
 
“If you look at all three of these other states, you see a sudden increase. That sudden increase is roughly 30 days ago. That’s about the middle of May,” Dr. Stack said. “That corresponds roughly with when social distancing restrictions were lifted in many of these states.”
 
He noted that in Houston, Texas, officials there are considering reopening NRG Stadium as a field hospital as cases in the state have soared to an average of more than 1,700 daily last week. He pointed out Arizona’s increase is happening despite a heatwave.
 
“If you’re hoping that the coronavirus will take a nap in the summer, it’s 106 degrees in Phoenix, Arizona, today,” Dr. Stack said. “It kind of suggests that if that kind of heat doesn’t slow it down, I’m not sure what kind will.”
 
Contact Tracing Efforts
Gov. Beshear and Mark Carter, named by the Governor to lead the state’s contact tracing efforts, also highlighted the importance of tracing in keeping the virus under control in the commonwealth.
 
“Contact tracing isn’t a new approach. It’s been used by health departments for decades,” Carter said. “All we’re trying to do here when we identify someone who’s tested positive for COVID is just to identify the folks that that person has been in contact with recently, and then get in touch with those folks and let them know what they can do to protect their own health and to protect their family and friends and loved ones.”
 
Kentucky’s Contact Tracing and Tracking system (KYCTT) launched May 21. Users have been onboarded to the online system in four waves. At last count, more than 340 users were in the system and more than 600 local contact tracers were working to support the efforts.
 
Carter also warned about scams connected to the tracing efforts.
 
“A couple words of caution with all the fraud and spam calls that you get these days: This is a private process, no one will ever ask you for bank account information or credit cards or anything like that,” said Carter. “If it happens, you need to call the hotline in the Attorney General’s office and report that call. You may be asked about your address and who lives with you, but that’s just to identify your contacts. The fraudulent stuff with social security numbers and bank accounts, call the Attorney General.”
 
People can call to report scams to the Attorney General at 888-432-9257.
 
Contact tracers will call people who may have been exposed from 1-844-KYTRACE (1-844-598-7223) to offer information and resources to keep them and others safe.
 
Case information
As of 4 p.m. June 15, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 12,647 COVID-19 cases in Kentucky. The Governor provided updated information about coronavirus cases newly confirmed Sunday and Monday in Kentucky.
 
On Sunday, 85 new cases of coronavirus were reported. On Monday, 120 new cases were reported.
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also announced one new death reported Sunday and five new deaths reported Monday. The total number of reported deaths attributed to coronavirus stands at 505 Kentuckians.
 
“We lost one additional Kentuckian on Sunday. One is too many, but that one on Sunday put us at 500 deaths due to COVID-19. As Governor, but I think as any citizen of the commonwealth, you never want to see us lose 500 individuals in the course of only three months to this virus,” he said. “I know it’s a virus we’d never seen. It’s a virus that we’re actively fighting against, but in that short period of time, taking 500 people is devastating. It’s awful.”
 
The death reported Sunday was a 91-year-old woman from Henry County. The deaths reported Monday include an 83-year-old woman from Fayette County; a 47-year-old man from Jefferson County; a 61-year-old woman from Logan County; and two women, ages 82 and 85, from Warren County.
 
The Governor reminded Kentuckians to light their homes, places of business and places of worship green for compassion.
 
“That’s six people we’ve lost in the past two days, six too many,” said Gov. Beshear. “Let’s remember, let’s keep those green lights on to show compassion to everybody who needs it. It’s an emotion that all of these families, 505 of them now, need. It lets people know they are not alone in a time that is incredibly difficult.”
 
At least 3,416 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity: for Sunday’s information, click here; for Monday’s information, click here.
 
Education Update
Today, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman offered an update on recent proposals for changes aimed at helping schools better represent all the students they serve and the road ahead as schools hope to reopen for the fall.
 
“The task force includes representatives of Kentucky’s educational cooperatives, educational partner organizations such as the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, Kentucky School Board Association, Kentucky Parent Teacher Association, Kentucky Education Association and Kentucky High School Athletic Association, as well as Kentucky Educational Television, the Southern Regional Education Board and other relevant partners,” Lt. Gov. Coleman said. “This task force focuses on providing timely information, research and instructional resources to our school districts as they dealt with an unprecedented length of school closure and are now trying to figure out ways to reopen amid the crisis.”
 
On March 16, the Kentucky Department of Education created the Education Continuation Task Force, which is comprised of K-12 education stakeholders, that is charged with developing plans to continue education in the state during this unprecedented time.
 
Right now, the task force is working to create guidance to help districts plan for fall.
 
Corrections Update
J. Michael Brown, secretary for the Governor’s Executive Cabinet, spoke about current conditions and efforts to keep staff and inmates healthy and safe at the state’s correctional facilities.
 
Kentucky currently is performing mass testing of all inmates and staff members at the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women (KCIW) in Shelby County. The move comes after three staffers and 11 inmates tested positive for COVID-19. More than 270 of the facility’s 639 inmates have been tested thus far.
 
“First, good news, no one is hospitalized from the facility. At the end of May three employees tested positive and 11 inmates, so we used what we learned from Green River and we immediately stepped up mitigation efforts and started mass testing,” said Secretary Brown. “We will complete testing at KCIW by the end of this week. We are confident using the methods we’ve learned that we will bring case numbers at KCIW under control.”
 
At Green River Correctional Complex where a previous outbreak sickened dozens, an initial retesting found 10 new positive coronavirus cases among the 876 retested.
 
Supreme Court Ruling
Gov. Beshear hailed a ruling handed down today by the U.S. Supreme Court that extended protections from Title VII of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 to gay, lesbian and transsexual people. The ruling means it is illegal to fire or refuse housing based on someone’s sexual orientation.
 
“The Supreme Court has ruled, I think rightfully so, that you can’t fire someone or deny them housing simply because they are gay or transgender,” said Gov. Beshear. “I believe discrimination in all of its forms is wrong. We should all be judged by our merit. They did the right thing.”
 
Major PPE Donation
Gov. Beshear praised a company with a warehouse in Louisville that made a significant donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help the commonwealth.
 
Solutions 2 Go LLC is based in Ontario, Canada, but has operations in Louisville. Company officials have donated 52,800 KN95 masks that will be distributed to Kentucky health care providers.
 
“This is a major donation,” the Governor said. “It’s one of the hardest PPE pieces to find and it’s really going to help us.”
 
Census Update
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians of the critical importance of filling out their U.S. Census forms. Those who have not can fill out the Census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

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KSP Cancels Kids Camp, Announces Virtual Alternative

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 15, 2020) – It was supposed to be a celebration as Kentucky State Police (KSP) planned to host the fifty-fifth year of their Trooper Island Kid’s Camp. Then the COVID-19 pandemic struck and out of concern for safety, KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer made the tough decision to cancel camp – but with a twist. He challenged his Trooper Island Camp Staff to develop a free virtual camp that kids can attend by watching online via an electronic device or television.
 
“Trooper Island Camp, located on an island in Dale Hollow Lake, provides a camping experience for nearly 800 underprivileged children each year,” says Brewer. “I couldn’t fathom not sharing this experience with Kentucky children and ending 55 years of tradition by not hosting it.”
 
Brewer decided that if the kids couldn’t come to camp, he would bring camp to them.
 
“We have the technology and resources to bring a piece of the island to the kids – even if it is virtually,” adds Brewer. “While we may not be able to interact in person, we can still connect with these young people and teach them skills they can utilize at home or when camp is back in session.”
 
The first episode will air on the KSP YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/kentuckystatepolice/) and the Trooper Island Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TrooperIslandCamp/) on June 30, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. After that, there will be two episodes each week during the month of July for children to watch and participate in. Each episode will feature an activity that campers would do if they were at the island. It will also include a downloadable activity kids can do at home. Some of the topics include swimming, campfire cooking, archery and the traditional flag raising ceremony. If a child misses an episode, not a problem. KSP intends to upload every episode after it airs to the KSP Trooper Island Camp website, along with the downloadable activity.
 
Trooper Island Camp Director Trooper Jonathan Biven was excited to accept Brewer’s challenge to develop a virtual camp and hopes children will participate and share their ‘virtual’ experience along the way.
 
 “We have some neat things planned for our virtual campers and one thing we want to do is show their involvement with us at home,” notes Biven. “We developed a hashtag and a method for parents to share photos of their children learning the activities, doing the activities or just watching along with us.”
 
KSP will use the hashtag #VirtualTrooperIsland and welcome parents to share photos or videos of their child during the camp episodes on KSP social media or through the agency website. Biven plans to share some of those and use them for a special graduation ceremony in August.
 
“The neatest thing for me, is that we are going to host a ‘live’ graduation on Facebook. During that time, we plan to highlight many of the photos that we receive, announce our camp graduates and have the opportunity to give some prizes away,” says Biven.
 
Biven says every child that certifies they have watched all the episodes will receive a camp certificate and patch. Virtual Camp is open to all ages of children.
 
KSP hopes Virtual Camp may help the agency reach demographics they haven’t had the opportunity to interact with before. Commissioner Brewer said Trooper Island Camp is targeted at children who otherwise could not afford to attend a summer camp and that the 800 they usually serve is a small number of the kids out there.
 
“Virtual Camp is open to all children. There are no ‘qualifiers’ for this program and because of that, I hope this platform provides the opportunity to connect troopers with more young people,” says Brewer.
 
Brewer says Trooper Island Camp is inspiring for many children. In fact, KSP has had over 60 children attend camp and then go on to become a trooper in their adult lives.
 
“Although Trooper Island was certainly never intended to be a recruitment effort, it speaks volumes to the positive influence that troopers have with campers during their experience.”
 
Parents can register their kids for ‘Virtual Trooper Island Camp’ at http://www.ksponline.org/TIslandVirtualCamp/
 
Trooper Island is a free summer camp for disadvantaged boys and girls age 10-12. It’s operated by KSP on Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County. It is financed entirely by donations; no public funds are used. Each year, the camp hosts approximately 700 children, providing good food, fresh air, recreation, guidance and structure, esteem building activities designed to build good citizenship and positive relationships with law enforcement officers.
 
For more information or to donate to Trooper Island Camp, please visit trooperisland.org.
 

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RS MAYOR TALKS ABOUT NEW BUSINESSES IN THE CITY

 

Russell Springs Mayor Eddie Thomas stopped by the WAVE Studios Monday morning and discussed NEW Businesses in the city…

 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES AFTER POLICE FOOT PURSUIT

 

While providing general patrol for the City Park at the former Adair County Fairgrounds, the Columbia Police Dept. arrested an Adair County man who is facing numerous charges.


On Sunday evening, June 14, 2020 CPD Officers initiated contact with Dustin Stone, 33, of Columbia. Upon encountering officers, Stone attempted to flee on foot before being apprehended. Stone was found to be in possession of narcotics and several forms of drug paraphernalia, including over 8 grams of suspected methamphetamine. He has been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, Resisting Arrest, Fleeing and Evading Police (on foot), Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree, and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine over 2 grams), a class C felony. Stone was additionally served 2 outstanding warrants including a probation revocation for failure to enter drug treatment.

 

Officer Evan Burton made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Drew Conn.

 

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AREA ARREST 6-15-20

 

Christopher Harrison, 49, of Cumberland County, KY was taken into custody by Deputy Daniels with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail just before 4pm on Sunday afternoon on charges that included Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possess, Possession of Marijuana, and was served 2 warrants for other Police Agency.

 

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29 Active COVID-19 Cases in Lake Cumberland District

 
Deaths: We are happy to report no new deaths today.
 
Hospitalizations: We are sad to report 1 new hospitalization today. We now have 3 cases in the hospital.
 
Released (Recovered) Cases: We released 1 case today from isolation (recovered). Therefore, we have released 80% of our total cases.
 
Total (Total Cumulative Cases):  Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 274 cases since the onset of the outbreak.
 
Active (Current Cases): There are 29 active cases across 7 of our 10 counties. New cases include a 71-year-old Pulaski County male and a 68-year-old Taylor County female.
 
It is said that Public Health is a victim of its own success. The public, for example, doesn’t fully appreciate the disease outbreaks that never happen – the ones that are prevented by good public health work, such as vaccinations, proactive public health messaging, and the enforcing of sanitation laws.  


In a similar vein, while Lake Cumberland has experienced 274 positive COVID-19 cases, those cases resulted in over 1,800 “close contacts”. This means your local health department has reached out to over 1,800 people to determine how at-risk they were of contracting COVID-19 from their case exposures. A significant number of these were considered “high-risk” and asked to self-quarantine. Some of these “close contacts” converted to positives (became positive COVID-19 cases). The fact that they were already self-quarantined directly prevented other exposures. Thus, we have been actively mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic in our district.

 

Health departments across the nation are reporting how the public and political establishment are turning against them as they attempt to enforce closure orders, social distancing and the wearing of masks, for example. Understandably, everyone longs for things to be “back to normal”. No one wishes that more than public health. We certainly do not relish the role of enforcing such orders when they place us at odds with our friends, neighbors, business owners, worshipers, politicians, etcetera. However, we are required to do so by law, by administrative regulation and by Executive Order of the Governor. We also sincerely believe that the wearing of masks, the avoidance of crowds, and social distancing, for example, will help to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 274 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 12,448 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 119 Kentucky Counties as of 06/14/20 (this includes 12,445 statewide plus 3 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report).

 

Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

 

 

 
   
 

 

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RUSSELL CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING JUNE 15TH

 
 

 
The Russell County School Board will meet on Monday, June 15, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 State Emergency, the meeting will be held virtually and can be viewed at the following link https://www.youtube.com/user/fordmich1. During the "Public Comments" portion of the agenda, individuals can ask questions via the "chat" function on YouTube or by calling 270-343-3191.
 

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JAMESTOWN ELEM. SCHOOL SPECIAL CALLED SITE BASE COUNCIL MEETING JUNE 18

 
 
JAMESTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
SCHOOL BASED DECISION MAKING COUNCIL
SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Thursday, June 18, 2020, 10:00amCT
JES Cafeteria, Social Distancing & Masking observed
AGENDA
CALL TO ORDER
 
1. OPENING BUSINESS
a. APPROVE AGENDA
b. READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM May 26, 2020
 
2. FINANCIAL REPORT
a. SEEK fund
b. Activity fund
 
3. EXECUTIVE SESSION  per KRS 61.810 (1)(f) 
a. Review of applications for two P-5 positions
b. Return to Open Session for possible action
 
4. PUBLIC COMMENTS
 
5. ADJOURN
 

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315 New COVID-19 Cases in KY; 2 More Deaths

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 13, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday updated Kentuckians on steps the state is taking to address the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“We’ve been fighting this virus for months and I know every single Kentuckian has sacrificed for the greater good during that time,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Today, I especially want to thank our health care workers who continue to save lives on the front lines and who have never given up.”

 

Today, pursuant to the Governor's request and the Historic Properties Advisory Commission’s bipartisan vote, the statue of Jefferson Davis was removed from the Capitol Rotunda. To read Gov. Beshear’s full statement, click here.

 

Case information
As of 4 p.m. June 13, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 12,445 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 315 of which were newly confirmed Saturday.

 

“As we reopen, we must continue to follow precautions and protect each other,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’ve come a long way but the fight is not over.”

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported two new deaths Saturday, raising the total to 499 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

“We will hold their families in our hearts and lift them up,” said Gov. Beshear. “While today we are reporting a relatively low number of deaths, the pain their loved ones are going through is exactly the same as all other 497 families.”

 

The deaths reported Saturday include a 68-year-old man from Grayson and a 78-year-old man from Oldham.

 

Fortunately, 3,409 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

 

Absentee ballot request application online
Gov. Beshear is reminding all voters to use the absentee ballot request application now available online before the deadline to request a ballot on June 15. A link to the State Board of Elections’ portal can be found at govoteky.com.

 

Testing expansion
Gov. Beshear on Wednesday announced that the state’s ongoing partnership with Kroger will bring expanded COVID-19 drive-through testing next week in several locations across the commonwealth.

 

Information on how to register at more than 180 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

Census update
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians of the critical importance of filling out their U.S. Census forms. Those who have not can fill out the Census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

 

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Early Morning Adair County Traffic Stop Leads to Meth Arrest


An early morning traffic stop resulted in an Adair County man being arrested for possession of drugs and resisting arrest.

At 12:10amCT on Saturday morning, Adair County Chief Deputy Justin Cross initiated a traffic stop on a 2007 Mazda on Jamestown Street. The vehicle was operated by Jonathon Dickson, 24, of Columbia. During the stop, it was found that Dickson was operating on a suspended license. A roadside interview led Deputy Cross to believe their were illegal narcotics in the vehicle. At one point, Dickson grabbed a bag from the passenger side of the car and tried to swallow it. Deputies were able to pull him from the vehicle and retrieve the baggie (that contained methamphetamine) and a handgun.

 
Dickson was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail for Operating on a Suspended License, Resisting Arrest, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine). 


The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation. Deputy Justin Cross was assisted by Deputy Chandler Staten and Columbia Police Department Officers.

 

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Georgia Man Arrested Following Police Pursuit on Cumberland Parkway


The Columbia Police Department arrested a Georgia man after a pursuit on the Parkway early Saturday morning.


The pursuit began just after 3:00amCT when an Officer attempted to make a stop on a 2004 Mustang as it got onto the Parkway and the operator failed to stop. The pursuit ended at mile marker 24 after units were able to box around the vehicle and force it to come to a stop.

Robert York, 50, with a listed residence of Lithia Springs, Georgia was taken into custody and is facing numerous charges including driving under the influence, resisting arrest, wanton endangerment (of police officers), fleeing and evading 1st degree, and several traffic violations. 
 
Officer Trevor Foster was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Jamie Cole, Deputy Justin Cross, and units from Metcalfe and Edmonton.
 

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Adair County Man Drowns; Missing Juvenile Safely Located


Today (Friday, 06/12/2020) has proven a busy day for first responders in and around Adair County. A call of a possible drowning at Mt. Carmel boat ramp (also known as Butler Creek Ramp) was received by Adair E-911 at 12:57pmCT this afternoon. Emergency responders specializing in technical and dive rescue scrambled to the scene. The body of Paul Wayne Dinkens, a 46 year old male from Columbia, KY was located at 3:08pmCT. The investigation of the death is pending by Adair County Coroner Todd Akin and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Officer Cody Berry.  
 
At the same time as the body was recovered, Adair County E-911 received a call of a missing 8 year old male in Eastern Adair County. Personnel responded from multiple areas and departments to begin search efforts. Arriving Columbia-Adair County Firefighters close to the area began hasty searches within minutes of the initial call. As other responders arrived and began search efforts, a call was received by Adair County 911 at 3:49pmCT from a caller reporting a male juvenile near Highway 206 matching the description of the missing juvenile. Sheriffs deputies responded from the scene and confirmed that the juvenile was in fact the one reported missing. The male was found safe.  
 
“Today’s multi-jurisdictional responses required efforts, dedication and skills that often go beyond the average or typical calls that we respond too” Says Mike Keltner, Adair County Emergency Management, “We are all fortunate to have these responders in our county and have the relationship with Campbellsville Fire & Rescue on our shared waterway”. 
 
On the initial call of the drowning, Adair County EMS, Breeding Fire Technical Rescue Team, Columbia - Adair County Fire Department, Campbellsville Fire - Rescue, Adair County Sheriff Office, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, District 6 Constable, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan, Kentucky State Police, Adair County Coroner, Kentucky Emergency Management and Adair County Emergency Management responded. The Barren County Dive Team was on standby for dive services. 
 
“Teamwork between all agencies resulted in providing closure to the family of the deceased in a timely manner and a quick response to a missing child.” said Captain Brandon Harvey, Breeding Fire Department TRT.  
 
As the second call came in, the same responders transitioned from dive recovery to ground search with additional responders from Knifley and Burkesville Fire Departments on standby for other calls. Russell County Emergency Management was contacted but was cancelled before deployment of rescue or fire personnel. 
 
Deputy Emergency Manager Chad Wheet says “We appreciate the support and teamwork between everyone involved in today’s response”.  
 
Thank you to the observant caller who noticed the male juvenile as being out of place. "See something, say something".
 
 

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2 RUSSELL CO. RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES

 

Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports 2 drug trafficking arrests after Deputies went to a residence in the Russell Springs area to serve probation violation warrants.

 

After receiving a consent to search for the suspect, 2 persons were arrested and charged. Trent W. Tieman, 55, of Russell Springs was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree 1st offense (Methamphetamine over 2 grams), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and served with 2 Probation Violation warrants. Also arrested was Sarah E. Cox, 40, for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree 1st offense (over 2 grams of Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

 

Deputy Corey Meyer is heading the investigation. 

 

Sheriff Polston reminds all Russell County citizens that if you suspect drug trafficking in your neighborhood to contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug-Wanted Persons Tipline at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous.

 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT SPECIAL CALLED MEETING JUNE 15TH

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court will have a special called meeting on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 4:30 P.M. in the basement of the Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. This meeting will not be open to the public due to the Governor’s restrictions but will be live-streamed via the Adair County Fiscal Court’s Facebook page. 
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
 
  1. ROLL CALL
  2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  3. APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION-APPROVING A RELEASE WITH KACO
  4. PERMISSION TO SIGN PAPERWORK WITH LEASE KACO
  5. DISCUSSION OF RECYCLING LABORERS
ADJOURN 

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GOV. BESHEAR: 331 COVID-19 CASES; 4 MORE DEATHS

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 12, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear this afternoon (Friday) updated Kentuckians on the state’s ongoing fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“I know this has been an extraordinarily difficult year for many Kentuckians,” said Gov. Beshear. “But we will finish the fight against COVID-19 because of your compassion for each other and dedication to protecting those around you.”
 
Today, pursuant to the Governor’s request, the Historic Properties Advisory Commission met and, in a bipartisan vote, voted to remove the statue of Jefferson Davis from the Capitol Rotunda. To read Gov. Beshear’s full statement, click here.
 
Case information
As of 4 p.m. June 12, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 12,166 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 331 of which were newly confirmed Friday. 
 
“Remember, due to a backlog in the data management system we use to report data to the federal government, today’s numbers include some cases that should have been reported yesterday,” said Gov. Beshear.
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 4 new deaths Friday, raising the total to 497 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
“I grieve with these four new families, along with all 497 families in Kentucky who have lost a loved one to COVID-19,” said Gov. Beshear. 
 
“This dangerous disease is still out there and we must stay vigilant to protect more people going forward.”
 
The deaths reported Friday include an 89-year-old woman from Fayette County and 54- and 79-year-old men and a 90-year-old woman from Jefferson County.
 
Currently, there are 418 Kentuckians hospitalized with COVID-19 and 67 are in the ICU. At least 3,390 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.
 
For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Testing expansion
Gov. Beshear on Wednesday announced that the state’s ongoing partnership with Kroger will bring expanded COVID-19 drive-through testing next week in several locations across the commonwealth.
 
Information on how to register at more than 180 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov. At least 315,068 tests for the coronavirus have been conducted in Kentucky so far.
 
Census update
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians of the critical importance of filling out their U.S. Census forms. Those who have not can fill out the Census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).
 
Absentee ballot request application online
Gov. Beshear is encouraging all voters to use a new absentee ballot request application now available online. A link to the State Board of Elections’ portal can be found at govoteky.com. He urged everyone who plans to vote in the primary elections to go to the portal and request an absentee mail-in ballot. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is June 15.
 

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HEAD-ON COLLISION ON US 68 2 MILES FROM C-VILLE

 

According to the Big Dawg's Larry Smith, police are investigating a possible fatal head-on collision on US 68, 2 miles from Campbellsville toward Greensburg, KY. No other details are available at this time.

 

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POSSIBLE DROWNING AT MT. CARMEL BOAT RAMP

 

According to Larry Smith with our sister station 99.9 the Big Dawg, officials are on the scene looking for a possible drowning victim in the Mt. Carmel Boat Ramp area near the Adair/Taylor County line. A 47-year-old male is alleged to have gone under water and not resurfaced. The WAVE will have more information as it is made available.
 

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Statement from Gov. Beshear on Vote to Remove Jefferson Davis Statue from Capitol Rotunda

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 12, 2020) – “Today has been a historic day in the Commonwealth. Pursuant to my request, the Historic Properties Advisory Commission met and, in a bipartisan vote, voted to remove the Jefferson Davis statue from our Rotunda. It was past time for this vote and for this action. But what it will mean is that we get a little closer to truly being Team Kentucky – that every child who walks into this Capitol feels welcome, and none of them have to look at a symbol and a statue that stands for the enslavement of their ancestors. Today is a move toward showing that everybody is welcome in this building and that our government should work for the betterment of every single Kentuckian – that we have systematic issues that we must address, but that now is the time to truly move forward, to truly make progress and to show that Team Kentucky includes every single Kentuckian.”

 

Governor Andy Beshear

 

 

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4 NEW COVID-19 CASES CONFIRMED THURSDAY IN LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT....

 
 
We are happy to report no new deaths today (Thursday, June 11th) and no new hospitalizations. We released 2 cases today from isolation (recovered). Therefore, we have released 77% of our total cases. Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 34 active cases in our district across 7 of our 10 counties. We report that our total case count has increased by 4 today:
 
  1. Pulaski:  75-year-old male who is self-isolated
  2. Pulaski:  22-year-old female who is self-isolated
  3. Pulaski:  69-year-old male who is self-isolated
  4. Russell:  29-year-old male who is self-isolated

   

Remember, avoiding crowds as much as possible remains your best way to reduce your risk. Washing your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, wearing a mask when out in public, staying home if you have a fever or are coughing, increasing sanitation, and avoiding touching your face further reduces your risk
 
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 270 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 11,945 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 119 Kentucky Counties as of 06/11/20. Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.
 
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • Droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • While you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a face mask.
  • Put on a face mask before you enter a healthcare facility or any time you may come into contact with others.

 

 

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RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP.....

 

The Russell Springs City Council met last evening for their regular monthly meeting. Mayor Eddie Thomas spoke to WAVE NEWS following the meeting.....

 

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KEVIN'S KIDS RECEIVES $28,800; CHECK PRESENTED THURSDAY

 

Russell County native Kevin Williams does an annual gospel concert fundraiser to raise money for the Russell County Family Resource Centers. 100% of the money raised goes to help less fortunate kids in our community, known as "Kevin's Kids".  Kevin Williams presented a check to the Family Resource Centers on Thursday, June 11, 2020 even though this years concert was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. He spoke with WAVE NEWS  about this year’s fundraiser…

 

 

Check Amounts:

Russell Springs/Salem - $9,953.23

Jamestown 6th Grade Center - $6,879.17

R.C. Middle/High School (7th & 8th) - $11,977.60

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR GOD'S FOOD PANTRY

 
The Corona virus has affected almost everything and everybody in one way or another and that is true with God’s Food Pantry as well. 
 
God’s Food Pantry has been in operation for over 25 years and last year presented 3,697 boxes of food to families that included 9315 people. However, this year with the virus and its fallout, the Pantry’s experience has been very different due to unique challenges brought on by the virus shut-downs.
 
The Pantry relies on about 25 volunteers to cover the 3 days of operation that usually takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The volunteers (mostly retirees) are all on the plus side of 60 years of age. Therefore when the mandate of the Governor and the regulations of the CDC called for anyone over 65 to stay at home, the pantry’s volunteers were mostly put on homebound restrictions. In turn, the Pantry was left with very few workers. John Veigel, volunteer and director, worked overtime and extra days in attempt to keep regular hours. But after several weeks, the Pantry had to cut its hours. Not only were hours cut, but without the many faithful volunteers, the days of services were also cut.
 
For several days during the last few months, the Pantry was unable to open its doors. Anita Hardy, Pantry Board Member and volunteer said, “We have got to have more workers especially abled bodied men”. Veigel makes daily trips to pick up donations and bring them back to the pantry. Kathy Hammond, also a volunteer and Board Member said, “We have got to get more help to keep the Pantry providing the quality and amount of food we want to offer the people of Russell County”.
 
With the extra effort of daily pick-ups, the pantry is able to offer along with canned goods, 2 to 3 types of meats, bread, fresh fruits, pastries and desserts. 
 
If anyone would be interested in helping with the work of the Pantry, please contact John Veigel at 859-421-1240.
 
Submitted by: Tony Stephens / Cross Creek Church 
270-866-0322
 

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T.J. Regional Health Launches New Website

 
T.J. Regional Health is inviting visitors to explore the organization’s new website. The new site has been designed to create a user-friendly experience, with improved navigation and new functionalities.
 
The website, relaunched as tjregionalhealth.org, ties together all of the entities under the T.J. Regional Health umbrella, including both hospitals, outpatient services, rural health clinics, and the Community Mission Foundation. The previous website address at tjsamson.org, will now redirect to the new site.
 
“This website redesign, along with the new domain name, truly ties together all of our facilities and services,” according to Stacey Biggs, EVP of Marketing, Planning & Development. “This allows each patient and visitor from all of the areas we serve to have the same online experience and access to our services and information.”
 
Created with patients and visitors in mind, the redesigned site is mobile friendly and includes features to help users quickly find information and perform common tasks such as:
  • Online Bill Pay
  • Request an Appointment by location
  • Transfer a Prescription
  • Find a Provider
  • Login to the Patient Portal

 

Visitors to the new site can also find many health resources, sign up for e-newsletters related to specific topics, and read the latest health news, including ongoing updates related to COVID-19. Additional information and features are continually being added.
 
“The launch of this new site allows our customers to perform many common tasks online and to tap into an enormous library of health resources,” said Neil Thornbury, CEO of T.J. Regional Health. “We believe patients and visitors will find the website to be extremely useful and easy to use.”
 
For more information on T.J. Regional Health, and to view the new website, please visit http://www.tjregionalhealth.org.
 

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Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 11, 2020) –  Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday updated Kentuckians on the state’s initiatives to combat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“Some feel that the world is changing. I saw a poll that many people feel like the world’s out of control. We’ve got to breathe. We’ve got to stay calm and know that we will get through this together,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’ve already shown that we have what it takes.”
 
Case information
As of 4 p.m. June 11, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 11,945 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 69 of which were newly confirmed Thursday.
 
“There is a backlog in the federal system that we put our results into and, because of that, a significant number of results that would have come in today are going to come tomorrow,” said Gov. Beshear. “So our number today is really low but you should not read anything into that.”
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported nine new deaths Thursday, raising the total to 493 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
“These are nine families that are going to need us during this difficult time, a time when there is already anxiety because it’s harder right now to grieve,” said Gov. Beshear. “Let’s try to do even more, those small things that can help people around us and lift them up.”
 
The deaths reported Thursday include 74-, 80- and 85-year-old men from Boone County; a 69-year-old man from Fayette County; a 75-year-old man from Gallatin County; 68- and 93-year-old men from Jefferson County; and a 63-year-old woman and 81-year-old man from Kenton County.
 
At least 3,379 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Historic Properties Advisory Commission
Today, Gov. Beshear updated Kentuckians on a request he has made to the commission.
 
“I have asked the state Historic Properties Advisory Commission to meet tomorrow to vote to remove the statue of Jefferson Davis from our capitol rotunda,” said Gov. Beshear. “It is long past due to remove a statue that some kids who come into this capitol, a capitol that’s supposed to be the people’s house and there for everybody, see as a symbol that they don’t matter.”
 
Testing expansion
Gov. Beshear on Wednesday announced that the state’s ongoing partnership with Kroger will bring expanded COVID-19 drive-through testing next week in several locations across the commonwealth.
 
As of Thursday, more than 308,786 coronavirus tests have been conducted in Kentucky. Gov. Beshear said the state’s testing capacity is high and urged everyone to get tested.
 
Information on how to register at more than 180 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
Churches reopen to 50% capacity
As of yesterday, churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship can begin hosting congregants at 50% of their pre-pandemic capacities.
 
Census update
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians of the critical importance of filling out their U.S. Census forms. Those who have not can fill out the Census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).
 
Absentee ballot request application online
Gov. Beshear is encouraging all voters to use a new absentee ballot request application now available online. A link to the State Board of Elections’ portal can be found at govoteky.com. He urged everyone who plans to vote in the primary elections to go to the portal and request an absentee mail-in ballot. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Monday, June 15.
 
More information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).
 

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LCDHD: Last Week One of the Worst; This Week Trending Even Higher

 
Deaths: We are happy to report no new deaths today. 

Hospitalizations: We are sad to report 1 new hospitalization today. 
 
Released: We released 2 cases today from isolation (recovered). Therefore, we have released 78% of our total cases. Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 32 active cases in our district across 7 of our 10 counties. 
 
New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 6 today:  Casey: 2; Pulaski: 2; Taylor: 1; Wayne: 1.
 
The new cases include:
   Casey: 62-year-old female who is self-isolated
   

Casey: 31-year-old male who is self-isolated

    Pulaski: 55-year-old female who is self-isolated
    Pulaski: 76-year-old male who is hospitalized
    Taylor: 70-year-old male who is self-isolated
    Wayne: 45-year-old male who is self-isolated
         

Last week was one of our worst weeks for COVID-19 since the outbreak began. So far, this week is trending even higher. We fear that public complacency has set in and a sense of urgency has been lost. Hopefully, we won’t have to experience another significant spike before we start heeding the precautions.

 

Remember, avoiding crowds as much as possible remains your best way to reduce your risk. Washing your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, wearing a mask when out in public, staying home if you have a fever or are coughing, increasing sanitation, and avoiding touching your face further reduces your risk.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 266 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 11,889 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 119 Kentucky Counties as of 06/10/20 (this includes 11,883 statewide plus 6 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). 

 

Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.


 

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ADAIR COUNTY INDICTMENTS


An Adair County Grand Jury has returned indictments
 

Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.

 

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Area Arrests 6-11-2020


Area Arrests…

 

Ethan Woolridge, 29, of Columbia was taken into custody by Columbia Police Officer Jordan Dean this morning just after 2 a.m. Woolridge was charged with Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury.

 

Lakeshia Murrell, 18, of Columbia was arrested by officer Foster with the Columbia Police Department just after 1:30 this morning, also on a charge of Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury.

 

A Russell Springs man was taken into custody this morning just after 1 a.m. on charges of Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License and No Operators Moped License. Officer Lucas Justice with the Russell Springs Police Department lodged Thomas Elliot Andrew, 37, of Russell Springs in the Russell County Detention Center on those two charges.

 

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Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19 - 06/10/20


FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 10, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday updated Kentuckians on the state’s efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“Hopefully the Kentucky that we build as we come out of COVID-19 is one where we are more together,” the Governor said. “All of us, as one community, as one Team Kentucky, are ready to take on the challenges of the future, but knowing that if we are more united and more connected, there is so much more that we can get done.”

 

Gov. Beshear and other administration officials also spoke Wednesday about expanded testing that will launch next week.

 

Case Information

As of 4 p.m. June 10, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 11,883 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 191 of which were newly confirmed Wednesday.

 

“At this point, we have seen COVID cases in all but one Kentucky county. Robertson County is the only county that we don’t have a COVID case in,” the Governor said. “It means the virus has no geographic boundaries and any place can become a hotspot.”

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported seven new deaths Wednesday, raising the total to 484 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

The deaths reported Wednesday include an 84-year-old woman from Hardin County; a 66-year-old man from LaRue County; two women, ages 78 and 79, and a 66-year-old man from Logan County; an 83-year-old woman from Jefferson County; and a 55-year-old woman from Simpson County.

 

At least 3,375 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

 

Testing expansion
Gov. Beshear on Wednesday announced that the state’s ongoing partnership with Kroger will bring expanded COVID-19 drive-through testing next week in several locations across the commonwealth.

 

“Testing is absolutely critical if we want to reopen safely,” the Governor said.

 

Next week’s testing will include:

  • Louisville (Jefferson County) from June 15 to June 19 at Louisville Southern High School, 8620 Preston Highway;
  • Lexington (Fayette County) from June 15 to June 19 at Bluegrass Community & Technical College, 500 Newtown Pike
  • Bowling Green (Warren County) from June 16 to June 19 at Basil Griffin Park, 2055 Three Springs Road; and
  • Buckner (Oldham County) from June 16 to June 18 at Oldham County High School, 1150 KY-393


As of Wednesday, more than 302,000 coronavirus tests have been conducted on Kentuckians. Gov. Beshear said the state’s testing capacity is high and urged everyone to get tested.

 

“If you haven’t ever had a test, get one. If you haven’t had one in about a month, get one. If you’ve started doing more things out there, get one. If you are somebody who is going back to work, get one,” the Governor said. “It not only can give you peace of mind to know that you are not spreading it to other people, it also helps us as a state to have the data that we need.”


Information on how to register at more than 180 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

“If you have been out in a demonstration or a march, pushing for a better, safer world, we would really encourage you to get tested,” Gov. Beshear added. “At just about all testing sites, it is completely free. This is just a good idea to make sure that you are completely safe and healthy.”

 

Board of Education Ruling
Gov. Beshear welcomed a ruling Wednesday from a federal judge that found he broke no laws in reorganizing the Kentucky Board of Education.

 

“One of my first acts as Governor was reforming Kentucky’s Board of Education. I was wanting to ensure that we had a board that had vast education experience and was a board that would find a new commissioner through a national search so that we could get the very best, not just hiring one of the Governor’s buddies,” the Governor said. “Today, the federal court in the Eastern District of Kentucky ruled in our favor, saying it was a valid reorganization.

 

“The Senate confirmed all but one of the members even in a time when there were arguments about it. I thought that was a very bipartisan gesture led by Senator Stivers. It helped us move forward and I think that we are going to have some dynamite candidates (for education commissioner).”

 

The lawsuit was brought by former board members who claimed Gov. Beshear had violated federal law in his move.

 

Churches Reopen to 50% Capacity
Beginning today, churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship can begin hosting congregants at 50% of their pre-pandemic capacities.

 

Census update
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians of the critical importance of filling out their U.S. Census forms.


Those who have not can fill out the Census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

 

Absentee Ballot Application PortalOnline
Gov. Beshear is encouraging all voters to use a new Absentee Ballot Application Portal now available online.

 

A link to the State Board of Elections’ portal can be found at govoteky.com. He urged everyone who plans to vote in the primary elections to go to the portal and request an absentee mail-in ballot. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is June 15.

 

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Adair Man Injured in 1-Vehicle Accident on Cumberland Parkway


On Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 10:44amCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office responded to a reported accident with injuries around the 52 mile marker on the LBN Cumberland Parkway. The accident occurred when 32 year old Jospeh Graves, who was traveling west in a 2013 Nissan, struck a tree that had fallen on the Parkway. Graves was treated at the scene by Adair EMS and then transported to TJ Health Columbia.
 
The collision was investigated by Deputy Brandon Hitch. He was assisted at the scene by the Columbia-Adair County Fire Department. 
 

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Mannsville Man Arrested Following Traffic Stop on Columbia Bypass

 

On Monday, June 8, 2020 the Adair County Sheriffs Office initiated a traffic stop on a 2006 Cadillac on the Columbia Bypass for a traffic violation. The vehicle was operated by 51-year-old Donald Brockman of Mannsville, KY. During the stop, it was found that Brockman was in possession of a handgun and was a convicted felon and not allowed by law to possess firearms. 

Brockman was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Deputy Chandler Staten for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (a class D felony). 

 

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RUSSELL CO. 12 CURRENT COVID-19 CASES; ADAIR CO. 4

 

Deaths:We are happy to report no new deaths today.

 

Hospitalizations:We are happy to report no new hospitalizations today.

 

Released:We released 2 cases today from isolation (recovered). Therefore, we have released 79% of our total cases. Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 28 active cases in our district across 6 of our 10 counties.

 

New Cases:We report that our total case count has increased by 3 today: Adair: 1; Pulaski: 1; and, Russell: 1. The new cases include: Adair: A 67-year-old male who is self-isolated Pulaski: A 53-year-old female who has been released Russell: A 88-year-old male who is self-isolated.

 

Cases are on the rise locally. Expanded testing alone does not fully account for our increased COVID-19 cases. In other words, COVID-19 is actively expanding in our communities. We do believe, however, that COVID-19 can be contained in the general public, without another economic shut-down, if most people will observe the precautions. Avoiding crowds as much as possible remains your best way to reduce your risk. Washing your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, wearing a mask when out in public, staying home if you have a fever or are coughing, increasing sanitation, and avoiding touching your face further reduces your risk.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 260 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 11,714 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 119 Kentucky Counties as of 06/09/20 (this includes 11,708 statewide plus 6 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report).

Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.



 

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AREA ARREST 6-10-2020

In area arrest…

 

Trevor Dylan Cash age 27 of Burkesville, was taken into custody by officer Watson with the Burkesville Police Department last night just before 11:30. Cash was charged with Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth).

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Adair County Fiscal Court met this evening in their regular session

The Adair County Fiscal Court met Tuesday evening by Zoom for their regular monthly meeting...

 

Jim Liebe spoke with County Judge Gayle Cowan about what took place...

 

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Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 9, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on the state’s efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
The Governor also spoke about his plan to address racial disparities in health care and a proposal to hold the Kentucky State Fair.
 
“All around the commonwealth, I have seen people going the extra mile, and taking these precautions very seriously,” the Governor said. “It’s very important that we follow the Healthy at Work guidelines so we can do this and do it right. Our goal is to be able to reopen our economy without pausing, and get our kids back in school this fall.”
 
J. Michael Brown, secretary for the Governor’s Executive Cabinet, followed the Governor’s COVID-19 updated with new information on the Kentucky State Police investigation into the death of David McAtee.
 
Case Information
As of 4 p.m. June 9, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 11,708 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 245 of which were newly confirmed Tuesday.
 
“These new cases are a reminder that this virus is everywhere in Kentucky, and we need to continue to follow the good practices that we know help us manage this virus,” the Governor said.
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported five new deaths Tuesday, raising the total to 477 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
The deaths reported Tuesday include an 82-year-old man from Barren County; a 69-year-old woman from Jefferson County; a 53-year-old woman from McCracken County; a 58-year-old man from Shelby County; and a 95-year-old man from Warren County.
 
“We continue to lose Kentuckians of all ages, and it continues to be a time when our compassion is needed,” Gov. Beshear said. “Even with everything else going on in the world, let’s make sure we have enough compassion for these families that have lost someone.”
 
At least 3,365 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Racial Disparities in Health Care
Gov. Beshear on Tuesday offered more details about an effort he is launching to address racial disparities in health care in the commonwealth.
 
“I believe that health care is a basic human right. I made a pledge that we would work to sign up every Kentuckian for some form of health coverage,” the Governor said.
 
He noted that he took early steps to rescind the previous administrations Medicaid waiver, which would have taken coverage from 90,000 people. In addition, Gov. Beshear also made a budget proposal for health care coverage for children, but the legislature did not include that in the budget.
 
“COVID-19 has shown us where our health care priorities need to be, in terms of where we begin providing this type of coverage,” the Governor said. “Our African-American population is dying at twice the rate than is forecasted by population.”
 
He said nearly 20,000 black Kentuckians lack health insurance.
 
“We have an obligation to make sure that members of our African-American communities are able to sign up for health care coverage right away,” Gov. Beshear said. “There is long history of racial inequality in health care. The coronavirus is making that more clear than ever.”
 
He said his goal is to make sure that everybody has coverage either through Medicaid, expanded Medicaid or the private market.
 
Capacity Limits Rise
Gov. Beshear said Tuesday that industries that currently are operating under capacity limits soon will see those restrictions eased.
 
“All of our industries that right now have a capacity limit, like retail at 33%, restaurants and others – at the month date, where they’ve been operating for a month under that 33%, we are going to increase that capacity to 50%.”
 
He said compliance with Healthy at Work guidelines and other requirements remain key to keeping establishments open.
 
Kentucky State Fair
Gov. Beshear announced Tuesday that the administration approved a proposal to allow the Kentucky State Fair to take place.
 
“We have approved the State Fair proposal. It will look very different this year, but the main thing is that we are keeping the agricultural competition and so many of the things that make the fair great,” the Governor said. “However, the fair will not be able to use the portion of the Expo Center that houses our state field hospital. We are nowhere close to needing it, but we do not want to take it down and then need it later.”
 
Louisville Shooting Investigation
J. Michael Brown, secretary for the Governor’s Executive Cabinet, spoke Tuesday about the ongoing investigation into the shooting death of David McAtee.
 
“The Kentucky State Police is going to do a frame-by-frame review, that’s going to be more than 3,000 frames. Previously, I reported that David McAtee appears to have succumbed to a single gunshot wound to the chest, and that remains our conclusion,” said Secretary Brown.
 
“Tonight I’m providing some further details on our findings: First, we have been conclusively able to identify the type of weapon that fired the fatal shot; second, we have identified that the 9 millimeter pistol seen in the videos with Mr. McAtee and found at the scene had fired at least two shots that evening; lastly, I’ll report to you that David McAtee had gunshot residue on his person from that evening.”
 
“Our crime lab was not able to match up the particular bullet fragments with a particular rifle,” said Secretary Brown. “But we do know the caliber and type of ammunition and we know that night those rounds were only fired by one agency, and that was the Kentucky National Guard, responding to the fire that they had received.”
 
Secretary Brown said the forensic evidence showed McAtee had a 9mm handgun and had fire the weapon at least twice.
 
“We have no doubt about that Mr. McAtee’s weapon was tested and the shell casings we found outside the door came from that weapon,” he said, adding that Mr. McAtee was tested for gunshot residue and those reports came back positive.
 
“One of the particles found was consistent with a firearms discharge,” Brown said. “Five other particles were consistent with him either handling or being around a weapon that had been discharged.”
 
Absentee Ballot Application Portal Online
Gov. Beshear is encouraging all voters to use a new Absentee Ballot Application Portal now available online. A link to the State Board of Elections’ portal can be found at govoteky.com. He urged everyone who plans to vote in the primary elections to go to the portal and request an absentee mail-in ballot. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is June 15.
 
More Information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).
 

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RUSSELL CO. INDICTMENTS - 06/09/20

 

A Russell County Grand Jury has returned indictments against 8 individuals......
 
  • Coy A. Marcum, 43, Jamestown, KY - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine).
  • Christopher Collins, 21, Jamestown, KY - Bail Jumping 1st Degree.
  • Stephanie Bennett, 32, Jamestown, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Posession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (Alprazolam), and Possesssion of a Legend Drug (Gabapentin).
  • Robert Grimsley, 42, Junction City, KY - Assault 4th Degree (3rd or greater offense) and Reckless Driving.
  • Gary Badgley, 69, Russell Springs, KY - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Hydrocodone), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (Alprazolam), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (Clonazepam), Trafficking in a Legend Drug (Gabapentin), Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, Operating on a DUI Suspended License, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.
  • Stephanie Portman, 37, Russell Springs, KY and Lucas McFarland, 35, Jamestown, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana.
  • Terry Ashley, 49, Nicholasville, KY - Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree (3 counts), Boating Under the Influence, and Motorboat to be Registered and Numbered.

 

Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.

 

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Adair County Man Arrested on Drug & Assault Charges



The Columbia Police Department responded to an apartment complex on Carrie Bolin Drive on Monday evening, June 8, 2020 to assist with an individual who had possibly overdosed and who was being combative with family.


Upon arrival, contact was made with a male who was violent and under the influence. While trying to maintain control, the subject threw a table at the responding Officer before other Officers came on the scene to assist. Once the party was subdued, a Deputy rode in the ambulance to TJ Health Columbia for the safety of Adair EMS.

After being medically released from the ER, Raheem Lotts, 24, of Columbia, KY was charged with Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Assault 3rd degree on law enforcement (a class D felony). 

Officer Ethan Pike made the arrest. He was assisted by other Columbia Police Department Officers and the Adair County Sheriffs Office.
 

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WORK PROGRAM APPROVED FOR CERTAIN INMATES AT RC DETENTION CENTER

Monday night during the Russell County Fiscal Court meeting, Magistrates approved a new work release program for Russell County Inmates.

 

Jailer Bobby Dunbar explains to WAVE NEWS what this would mean for certain inmates... 

 

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COVID-19 Cases Increasing in Lake Cumberland District


LCDHD COVID-19 REPORT MONDAY, JUNE 8TH:

 

We are happy to report no new deaths or hospitalizations today. There were 8 new cases added today, 2 in Adair: a 59-year-old female and a 6-month-old female; 5 in Russell: a 4-year-old female, a 31-year-old male, a 47-year-old female, a 34-year-old female, and a 12-year-old male. All of these are on home isolation. We also added 1 additional case to our “Total Cases”, but not to our “Current Cases” (they were added and released on the same day): a 47-year-old male from Taylor County who had the anti-body test, whose symptoms were several weeks ago.

 

We released 4 cases today (recovered), this includes the gentlemen mentioned above who was added and released on the same day. Taking everything into account, we now have 27 active cases across 6 counties in our district.

 

Clearly, cases are on the rise locally. We do believe, however, that COVID-19 can be contained in the general public without another economic shutdown if most people will observe the precautions. Avoiding crowds as much as possible remains your best way to reduce your risk. Washing your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, wearing a mask when out in public, staying home if you have a fever or are coughing, increasing sanitation, and avoiding touching your face further reduces your risk.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 257 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 11,484 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 119 Kentucky Counties as of 06/08/20 (this includes 11,476 statewide plus 8 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). 


Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.


 

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Important Primary Election Facts from Adair Co. Clerks Office

 

The Primary Election is on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. You can only vote your party in this election.  

 

FQ’S FOR VOTING IN PERSON 

1. If I want to vote in person, when can I do so:  Anytime from now until Election Day June 23, 2020
2. What times can I vote in person:  Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Election Day 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
3. Where is the location to vote in person:  Adair County Annex Basement, 424 Public Square, Columbia
4. Is there an elevator going to basement:  Yes, there is an elevator or steps
5. Can I come any day or do I have to wait for Election Day: You may come at any time, during the provide hours listed above
6. Is this the only location to vote in person:  Yes
7. What will I need to vote: Proof of identity by one of these methods:

Driver’s License (which is quickest); Personal Acquaintance with election officer; Social Security Card; Credit Card; Any ID card with picture and signature of voter; Any KY State Government issued ID card; and Any United State government –issued ID card. Please have one of these ready.

 

We ask that you follow the CDB’s guidelines!

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS IF VOTING BY MAIL

  • If calling our office to request a ballot by mail, the deadline to do so is June 15, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
  • If requesting a ballot by mail on the online secure portal GoVoteKy.com the deadline is June 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
  • If you have requested a ballot by mail please read carefully the enclosed instructions, make sure all highlighted areas are signed and all envelopes are sealed.
  • Please make sure to return as soon as possible, either by mail or in our drop-off box located within the County Clerk’s office.

 

If you have any questions call 270-384-2801 or email Lisa.Greer@ky.gov.

 

 

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Russell Co. Fiscal Court Meeting Recap....


The Russell County Fiscal Court held their regular monthly meeting last evening. 

 

Judge Executive Gary Robertson spoke with WAVE NEWS following the meeting... 

 

 

Russell County had a jump Monday in the number of positive Covid-19 cases. Judge Robertson asked that everyone please remain vigilant in taking the necessary steps to stay safe... 

 


Also at the meeting, Jailer Bobby Dunbar got approval for a program that will allow inmates to work while incarcerated. We'll have more details tomorrow on WAVE News.

 

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Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Fight Against COVID-19 - June 8th

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 8, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday updated Kentuckians on the state’s efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and address the deep societal problems laid bare by the deadly pandemic.
 
“Already with COVID-19, the world was going to be different afterwards, the United States was going to be different afterwards and Kentucky was going to be different afterwards,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our commitment is to make sure it’s not just different from a public health perspective, but it is truly different from an equality and a justice perspective.”
 
The Governor and top officials in his administration also spoke about racial disparities in health care access in the commonwealth, a review of criminal justice training protocols, changes in our education system, and updates on skilled nursing facilities and pandemic food benefits.
 
Case information
As of 4 p.m. June 8, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 11,476 COVID-19 cases in Kentucky. The Governor provided updated information about coronavirus cases newly confirmed Sunday and Monday in Kentucky.
 
On Sunday, 70 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed. On Monday, 120 new cases were reported.
 
“Both Sunday’s and Monday’s numbers are down, but we will have to be watching as this continues,” the Governor said.
 
“Keep getting tested. Every week since the week of May 11, we’ve had over 40,000 tests conducted in the commonwealth.”
 
The total number of reported deaths attributed to coronavirus stands at 472 Kentuckians.
 
The death reported Sunday was of a 51-year-old woman from Daviess County. The death reported Monday was a 66-year-old man from Hardin County.
 
The Governor reminded Kentuckians to light their homes, places of business and places of worship green for compassion.
 
“While the number of deaths the past two days are so much lower than what we’ve been reporting recently, these are two other families who are grieving,” said Gov. Beshear. “Let’s make sure we don’t treat their loss any differently than we have treated others.”
 
At least 3,359 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity: for Sunday’s information, click here; for Monday’s information, click here.
 
Racial disparity in health care
Gov. Beshear announced today the launching of a new effort that aims to provide health care coverage for 100 percent of black and African-American people in the commonwealth.
 
“This is just the first commitment in making up for the inequality that Dr. King said was one of the most severe: inequality in health care,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’re going to be putting dollars behind it, we’re going to have a multifaceted campaign to do it. It is time, especially during COVID-19.”
 
Department of Criminal Justice Training review
J. Michael Brown, secretary for the Governor’s Executive Cabinet, announced Monday that a council with the Department of Criminal Justice Training’s (DOCJT) is reviewing and assessing its curriculum in light of demands for change across the nation.
 
Secretary Brown said the review will look at how current and future police officers are trained, with a plan to develop a proposed eight-hour online training course. The new course will cover several issues, including implicit bias, the use of force, deadly force and firearm deployment.
 
“Kentucky has one of the highest requirements in the country for officer training, and it has served us very well,” Secretary Brown said. “We are committed to providing at least eight hours of in-service training to all of our officers by the end of the calendar year, focused on specific and timely topics.”
 
As mandated by state statutes, all training materials are governed by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council (KLEC) to meet the Kentucky Peace Officer Professional Standards. KLEC will review any updated curriculum proposal. DOCJT remains committed to providing officers with tactical best practices, latest technology training and information to protect the diverse communities they serve.
 
Board of Education Update
Today, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced that at last week’s Board of Education meeting, she proposed three immediate changes that will help schools better represent all the students they serve.
 
“As we have seen over the past week and a half, our society is crying out for change, and as I look into the crowds of people, I notice often it is our young people leading the way,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “Let me be clear: public education was made to meet this moment.”
 
The proposed changes include:
 
  1. Appoint a non-voting member to the board that is a current student
    “Gov. Beshear added a teacher as non-voting member for the first time,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “By adding a current student to the BOE, this ensures every group has a seat at the table as we lead Kentucky into the future.”
  2. Mandate statewide implicit bias training for all school staff
    “The issue of bias that all of us harbor is something we must confront,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “Especially if bias is hindering a child’s education.”
  3. Develop new strategies and programs to recruit more persons of color to be teachers
    “For many kids, the first leader they have outside of their home is their teacher. Kentucky’s kids of color deserve to see themselves reflected in their community leaders,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “All of our children are better prepared for their future when exposed to a diverse community of leaders and teachers.”
 
Lt. Gov. Coleman shared that in a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, end-of-year test scores are higher for black students who have a teacher who looks like themselves. Black students who have just one black teacher by third grade are 13% more likely to go to college and black students who have two are 32% more likely.
 
“We want to work with our colleges and universities, including our HBCUs Kentucky State University and Simmons College, to recruit the best and the brightest who have a passion to change their community,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman.
 
Skilled nursing facilities update
Today, Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Eric Friedlander updated Kentuckians on the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in skilled nursing facilities.
 
One hundred twenty-seven out of 285 facilities have at least one COVID-19 positive resident or staff member. And 84.9% of Kentucky’s facilities have already been surveyed for COVID-19, compared to the national average of 54.1%. Kentucky’s resident case rate is 33.8 out of 1,000 compared with the national average of 62. Kentucky’s resident death rate is 11.8 out of 1,000 compared with the national average of 27.6.
 
Kentucky’s staff case rate is 20.7 out of 1,000 compared with the national average of 39.5. Kentucky’s staff death rate is 0.02 out of 1,000 compared with the national average of 0.05.
 
“The Governor was aggressive in shutting down visitation to long-term care facilities quite early in this process,” said Secretary Friedlander. “We’ve been strategic for how we test and have helped make sure facilities have a plan. We’ve been able to keep our resident case rate at just over half of the national average and our resident death rate at less than half of the national average. We want our numbers to be better, but when you compare them to the national averages, Kentucky has done a very good job.”
 
Food benefits update
Secretary Friedlander also provided an update on food benefits. Specifically, he spoke about the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT).
 
“The Kentucky Department of Education has been a fantastic partner,” said Secretary Friedlander. “In less than a week, we’ve been able to extend P-EBT to 359,330 kids who already receive other DCBS benefits and to an additional 99,000 kids who did not previously receive other DCBS benefits. Thousands of children are still eligible. Please apply at benefind.ky.gov or for households that don’t speak English or Spanish, call 1-855-306-8959.”
 
Kentucky National Guard, State Police units leaving Louisville 
“The marches that have been going on in Louisville the last several nights, if not more, have been very peaceful,” the Governor said. “Because of that, neither the KSP or the National Guard are stationed in Louisville anymore.”
 
He stressed that the state’s efforts don’t begin or end with law enforcement alone.
 
“While those units are no longer stationed in Louisville, the calls for justice obviously continue and we need to listen,” said Gov. Beshear. “So today we’re going to talk about efforts that this administration is going to take to create equality and to start addressing some of the systematic racism that’s existed in our health care system, in our law enforcement training and in public education.”

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING AGENDA JUNE 9TH

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 6:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair Annex. This meeting will not be open to the public due to the restrictions set by Governor Beshear but will be broadcast live on the Adair County Fiscal Court’s Facebook page. 
 
AGENDA
    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
    PRAYER
    CALL TO ORDER
    ROLL CALL
                                 
 1.  APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 2.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES 

            May 26, 2020-Regular called meeting minutes   

 3.  DISBURSEMENTS
 4.  REPORTS     

          SHERIFF’S REPORT 

          ROAD DEPARTMENT REPORT 

          G.R.A.S. REPORT 

          COMMITTEE REPORTS 

          JAIL REPORT & MONTHLY CANTEEN FUND SUMMARY 
 

 5.  TREASURER

          TREASURER’S REPORT

          MONTHLY SETTLEMENT REPORT 

          OTHER TRANSFERS 
                             

 6.  BUDGET AMENDMENTS                                                
 7.  TRANSFERS

          LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS

          FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
                                

 8.  COURT ORDERS 
 9.  READING OF ROADS
 
10. ACTION ITEMS:     
  • COLUMBIA/ADAIR COUNTY WATER BOARD APPOINTMENT
  • HIRING OF SEASONAL EMPLOYEES FOR RECYCLING 
  • 911 2020 GEOCONEX HARDWARE REFRESH
  • OPEN AND POSSIBLY AWARD YEARLY ROAD SERVICE BIDS
  • PERMISSION TO GET QUOTES TO MOW COUNTY PROPERTY & BOAT RAMP ACCESSES
     
11.  OTHER BUSINESS
12.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
13.  ADJOURN
 

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2-Vehicle Accident Involving Taylor County Ambulance Results in 1 Fatality


Lebanon, KY (June 8, 2020) - On Saturday, June 6th, 2020 at approximately 9:00amET, KSP Post 15 was notified of a 2-vehicle fatal collision involving a Taylor County Ambulance on U.S. 68 five miles west of Lebanon. Preliminary investigations indicate that 43 year old George Mars of Campbellsville, KY was operating a 2018 Chevy Ambulance westbound when he approached a 2011 Ford F150 that was slowing down attempting to make a left turn onto Elk Run Rd. The driver of the Ford pickup, 47 year old Justin Grace of Gravel Switch, KY turned left, crossing the eastbound lane at the same time the ambulance had entered that lane attempting to avoid the rear end collision. The Ford pickup was struck in the driver side by the ambulance.

 

Justin Grace was transported to Springview Hospital by EMS where he was airlifted to UK Medical Center. A 10 month old passenger in the truck was treated and released from Springview Hospital. Another passenger in the vehicle, Rose Grace, 41, of Gravel Switch was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Marion County Coroners office. Mars and a passenger, Sydney Smith, 27, of Greensburg, KY were transported to Taylor County Hospital where they were treated and released. All parties involved were wearing their seat belts.

 

The incident remains under investigation by Sergeant Adam Likins. Sgt. Likins was assisted at the scene by Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Lebanon PD, Marion County EMS, and Lebanon Fire Department.

 

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2-vehicle collision results in one fatality in Taylor County


Campbellsville, KY (June 8, 2020) Trooper Dexter Colvin is investigating a collision that occurred on Sunday, June 7th, 2020 at 9:28 AM on KY 210 4 miles north of Campbellsville. Kentucky State Police Post 15 received a complaint of a reckless driver on KY 210. Troopers were able to locate the vehicle matching the description on KY 210 and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Thomas Hunt, 76, of Campbellsville, KY was operating a 2007 Chevy pickup westbound on KY 210 when he ran off the roadway multiple times, before leaving the left side of the roadway and striking a culvert.
 

Hunt was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital and later transported to University of Louisville Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by the Jefferson County Coroners office. Hunt was not belted and is suspected to have had a medical emergency at the time of the collision.
 

KSP Trooper Colvin was assisted at the scene by Trooper Weston Sullivan, Taylor County Fire, EMS and Rescue.

 

 

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Russell County Library starts phase 2 opening today

The Russell County Library begins Phase 2 of opening today! 

 

Library Director Lindsey Westerfield, recently stopped by 92.7 the WAVE and told us exactly what this means... 

 

Westerfield discussed the importance of the computers at the library and how they will be available starting today! 

 

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Two Drowning Victims Recovered Overnight on Lake Cumberland

 

The 2 missing swimmers who went missing on Friday, June 5th on Lake Cumberland were recovered early this morning (Monday).

 

According to reports, Russell County Search and Rescue along with Christian Ministries Search and Rescue (a private organization), made the recovery this morning around 2:30 a.m.

 

According to officials, 4 people were swimming in the lake (Friday) when their boat began drifting away. Two men were picked up by another boat, while two other men both age 23, were trying to catch the boat. Those two went went under and never came back up. The two are international students from China.

 

The incident happened between Jamestown Marina and Wolfe Creek Dam.

 

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RUSSELL CO. MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT

 
Russell Springs Police responded to a 1-vehicle accident on French Valley Road on Friday night. 32-year-old John Bernard of Russell Springs, KY lost control of his 2003 Jeep, ran off the roadway and overturned. Bernard was not injured, but was arrested by Officer Chasity Shirley for DUI. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

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COVID-19 on the Rise at State and Local Level


Correction: One case identified as an Adair case in yesterday’s brief was, in actuality, a Taylor case and not affiliated with the Nursing Home in Adair County. We apologize for any confusion.
 
We are happy to report no new cases, deaths, or hospitalizations today. Of course, some lab work submitted over the weekends doesn’t get processed until the following Monday. Nevertheless, cases seem to be trending upward.
 
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 249 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 11,287 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 119 Kentucky Counties as of 06/06/20 (this includes 11,287 statewide plus 0 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report).
 
Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland county, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.
 
Judging by the chart below, it is clear COVID-19 is back on the rise at the state and local level. We strongly encourage the public to take precautions to protect themselves and those they love. Avoiding crowds as much as possible remains your best way to reduce your risk. Washing your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, wearing a mask when out in public, staying home if you have a fever or are coughing, increasing sanitation, and avoiding touching your face further reduces your risk.
 
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person: 1) between people in close contact with one another (within 6 feet), and/or 2) via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
 
 
 

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Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Fight Against COVID-19

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 6, 2020) – On Saturday, Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update on case information and reminded Kentuckians to follow public health guidance this weekend during the ongoing fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

Yesterday, Gov. Beshear spoke at the March on Frankfort hosted by For the People Coalition.

 

“Today, you are leading and I am listening,” said Gov. Beshear. “I will earn your faith, and we will work together. Change is possible. You’re demanding it. And I’m going to work with you to make that happen.”

 

Case information
As of 4 p.m. June 6, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 11,287 coronavirus cases in Kentucky. There were 319 newly confirmed cases Saturday, 65% of which are from Jefferson County. There were 6,640 new tests today.

 

“The virus is still out there. I know we’re tired. I know we all just want to have a normal summer,” said Gov. Beshear. “But we’ve already saved so many lives as Team Kentucky and we can’t let up now.”

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported four new deaths Saturday, raising the total to 470 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

The deaths reported Saturday include a 73-year-old man from Clay County, 73- and 90-year old men from Jefferson County and a 70-year-old woman from Logan County.

 

“These deaths are another tragic loss for all of Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “Light your houses up green, ring your bells tomorrow, and most important, continue taking action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect your neighbors.”

 

At least 3,344 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

 

Stay safe this weekend
This week, the Governor consistently reminded Kentuckians that the novel coronavirus is still in our midst and we need to take precautions to prevent its spread. The Governor and state health officials are asking all Kentuckians to keep gatherings to 10 or fewer people.

 

Other guidance includes wearing masks, maintaining social distancing of six feet or more, gathering outside instead of inside, washing hands frequently, covering food and individually wrapping plates.

 

Healthy at Work
To see the state’s full reopening schedule and industry-specific guidance, including updates announced this week, visit healthyatwork.ky.gov.

 

Week in review
To review updates and case information from MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday and Friday visit https://governor.ky.gov/news.

 

More information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

 

Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).

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2-vehicle collision results in one fatality


Greensburg, KY (June 6, 2020) On Friday, June 5th, 2020 at approximately 1:20pmCT, Kentucky State Police Post 15 was notified of a 2-vehicle fatal collision on Matney Rd. Preliminary investigations indicate that 40 year old Jamie Young of Greensburg, KY was operating a west bound Ford Explorer when he crossed into the east bound lane striking a Nissan Rogue head on, operated by 57 year old Geraldine Turner of Greensburg, KY.

 

Turner was belted and pronounced deceased at the scene by the Green County Coroner. Young was not wearing a seat belt and was air lifted to U of L hospital. This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Weston Sullivan.

 

Tpr. Sullivan was assisted at the scene by other KSP personnel, Green County Sheriff’s Department, Green County Fire/ EMS, Green County Rescue, Exie Fire Department and the Campbellsville Fire Department.

 

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3 NEW CASES; NO NEW DEATHS IN LAKE CUMBERLAND HEALTH DEPT. DISTRICT


We are happy to report no new deaths or hospitalizations. One was released today from isolation, which translates now to 80% of our total cases having recovered. We do report three new cases today, all on home isolation. The new cases include a 41-year-old female from Russell, a 58-year-old female from Pulaski, and a 61-year-old female from Adair. Taking into account new cases and released cases, we now have twenty-five active cases across seven of our ten counties.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 249 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 10,979 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 119 Kentucky Counties as of 06/05/20 (this includes 10,977 statewide plus 2 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

We strongly encourage the public to take precautions to protect themselves and those they love. Avoiding crowds as much as possible remains your best way to reduce your risk. Washing your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, wearing a mask when out in public, staying home if you have a fever or are coughing, increasing sanitation, and avoiding touching your face further reduces your risk.

 

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289 NEW COVID-19 CASES & 8 NEW DEATHS

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 5, 2020) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update on case information and encouraged people to follow public health guidance this weekend as Kentuckians continue the fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
Gov. Beshear also noted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter that today would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday and he asked all Kentuckians to keep her family in their thoughts.
 
Gov. Beshear said, “We grieve with her mother, Tamika Palmer, and we are committed to building a more just and equitable commonwealth.”
 
Case information
As of 4 p.m. June 5, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 10,977 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 289 of which were newly confirmed Friday.
 
“Remember, COVID-19 is still out there spreading aggressively and it can be lethal to certain populations,” said. Gov. Beshear. “Let’s make sure we’re keeping our social distance, let’s make sure we’re wearing masks and let’s protect one another.”
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 8 new deaths Friday, raising the total to 466 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
The deaths reported Friday include a 66-year-old man from Daviess County, a 48-year-old man from Fayette County, an 82-year-old woman from Franklin County, an 86-year-old woman from Graves County and an 89-year-old man and 52-, 77- and 87-year-old women from Jefferson County.
 
“We’ve lost a 3rd health care worker, and like the first two we lost, this person worked in a long-term care facility,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’ll be reaching out to her family to see if they want us to share her story. Let’s make sure that we remember not only the seriousness of COVID-19 but that we continue to show our compassion to these families.”
 
At least 3,316 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Stay safe this weekend
This week, the Governor consistently reminded Kentuckians that the novel coronavirus is still in our midst and we need to take precautions to prevent its spread. The Governor and state health officials are asking all Kentuckians to keep gatherings to 10 or fewer people.
 
Other guidance includes wearing masks, maintaining social distancing of six feet or more, gathering outside instead of inside, washing hands frequently, covering food and individually wrapping plates.
 
Pharmacy refills update
?Today, Gov. Beshear signed an executive order that extends previous orders allowing pharmacists to dispense 30-day refills. This order will be in effect until July 7.
 
Price-gouging update
Today, Gov. Beshear signed an executive order prohibiting price-gouging, extending a previous order. This order will remain in effect for the duration of the state of emergency.
 
Healthy at Work
To see the state’s full reopening schedule and industry-specific guidance, including updates announced this week, visit healthyatwork.ky.gov.
 
“Follow the rules, be healthy at home and be healthy at work,” said Gov. Beshear. “Let’s continue to make sure that we work to defeat this pandemic.”
 
Week in Review
To review updates and case information from Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday visit https://governor.ky.gov/news.
 

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FATAL GREEN CO. ACCIDENT ON US 68

 

US 68 will be closed for an undetermined amount of time due to a 2-vehicle that occurred at approximately the 4-mile marker. The suggested detour for westbound traffic will be Hwy 218 to Liletown Road; eastbound traffic should use Liletown Road to Hwy 218. Please avoid this area if possible!

 

 

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RUSSELL CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING AGENDA JUNE 8TH

 

The Russell County Fiscal Court will meet on Monday, June 8th....

 

 

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JAMESTOWN UTILITIES PLANNED WATER OUTAGE JUNE 8TH

 

Weather permitting, Jamestown Utilities has a planned water outage on Monday, June 8, 2020 at 8:00amCT. Water will be off for approx. 2 to 4 hours for maintenance of a portion of main line on E. Hwy 619 from Stephens Ridge Rd. to the end of Hwy 1680 at Pleasant Hill Boat Ramp. This includes all side roads as well.

 

 

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Gov. Beshear COVID-19 Update: 295 New Cases & 8 Deaths

 
 
 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 4, 2020) – This afternoon (Thursday), Gov. Andy Beshear detailed the state’s concerted efforts to combat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
Gov. Beshear updated Kentuckians on new case numbers and Healthy at Work announcements.
 
Gov. Beshear also noted that he asked all Kentuckians to observe a moment of silence at 2:00pmET to honor George Floyd as loved ones and leaders remembered him in Minneapolis. The Governor delayed his news conference Thursday until the memorial service concluded.
 
“Today, the best thing I can do is let the words of Mr. Floyd’s memorial lead the way and renew our commitment to make sure the world looks different moving forward,” Gov. Beshear said.
 
Given the memorial service, the Governor’s update on COVID-19 was brief.
 
Case information
As of 4 p.m. June 4, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 10,705 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 295 of which were newly confirmed Thursday. Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 8 new deaths today (Thursday), raising the total to 458 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
The deaths reported Thursday include an 87-year-old woman from Boone County, a 72-year-old man from Franklin County, an 82-year-old man from Grayson County, a 92-year-old man from Kenton County, a 71-year old woman and 91- and 92-year-old men from Jefferson County and an 86-year-old woman from Metcalfe County.
 
“We need compassion in our world and in this commonwealth now more than ever. So turn on those green lights, ring those bells tomorrow at 10 a.m.,” Gov. Beshear said. “Let’s remind these families, ourselves and our neighbors that we are called be good people that care about each other, listen to each other, and comfort one another in our pain.”
 
At least 3,303 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Jefferson Davis statue
Responding to a reporter’s question about the statue of Jefferson Davis in the Capitol Rotunda, Gov. Beshear said Thursday that the statue has no place in the Capitol, which should be welcoming to all Kentuckians.
 
“I believe the statue of Jefferson Davis is a symbol that divides us. Even if there are those who think it’s a part of history, there should be a better place to put it in historical context,” Gov. Beshear said. “I don’t think it should be in the Capitol Rotunda.”
 
Healthy at Work
NASCAR returns with no spectators.
 
Races have been on hold at the Kentucky Speedway due to COVID-19, but they will return for the annual July weekend, which includes the 10th anniversary of the NASCAR Cup Series, Quaker State 400. The full schedule is:
 
  1. Thursday, July 9 – NASCAR Xfinity Series, Kentucky 300
  2. Friday, July 10 – NASCAR Xfinity Series, Alsco 300
  3. Saturday, July 11 – NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series, Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 (Sponsored by Transportation Cabinet, Department of Highway Safety to encourage seatbelt usage, especially in trucks)
  4. Sunday, July 12 – NASCAR Cup Series, Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart

All 4 races will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1
 
These dates do not currently correspond with the dates on the Kentucky Speedway, NASCAR and Fox Sports websites. An announcement of date changes due to coronavirus is expected soon from NASCAR.
 
Historical horse racing
Gov. Beshear said that historical racing would begin June 8.
 

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COLUMBIA PLANNING & ZONING PUBLIC HEARING JUNE 18TH

 
The City of Columbia Planning and Zoning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 3:00pmCT at City Hall to consider the following:
 
  1. Request to zone 3 lots located on Will Walker Road (PVA Map No. 041-00-00-037.17, 041-00-00-037.15 and 041-00-00-037.09) that has been annexed into the city limits. The owner is Green River Medical Holdings, LLC. Zone proposed for the area is to be C-2 Highway Oriented Commercial.
  2. Request to zone 1 lot located on Will Walker Road (PVA Map No. 041-00-00-037.16) that has been annexed into the city limits. The owner is First and Farmers National Bank. Zone proposed for the area is to be C-2 Highway Oriented Commercial.
  3. Request to zone 1 lot located on Will Walker Road (PVA Map No. 041-00-00-037.10) that has been annexed into the city limits. The owner is Loy Properties, Inc. Zone proposed for the area is to be C-2 Highway Oriented Commercial.
  4. Request to zone 1 lot located on Will Walker Road (PVA Map No. 041-00-00-037.11) that has been annexed into the city limits. The owner is Cumberland Family Medical Center, Inc. Zone proposed for the area is to be C-2 Highway Oriented Commercial.
  5. Request to zone 1 lot located on Will Walker Road (PVA Map No. 041-00-00-037.14) that has been annexed into the city limits. The owner is MP&P LLC. Zone proposed for the area is to be C-2 Highway Oriented Commercial.
  6. Request to zone 1 lot located on Will Walker Road (PVA Map No. 041-00-00-037.13) that has been annexed into the city limits. The owner is Bozachs, LLC. Zone proposed for the area is to be C-2 Highway Oriented Commercial.
 
The hearing is open to the public.
 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 

The Russell County Boil Water Advisory has been lifted. The Advisory was issued on Wednesday on Baldett Road due to a water main break.

 

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COOKOUT TO START CONSTRUCTION IN 30 TO 60 DAYS

 
According to the Columbia Mayor's office, the Cookout restaurant is planning on starting construction in the next 30 to 60 days at their Jamestown Street location. Cookout originated in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1989. The 250th restaurant opened in 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. Their restaurant's menu includes burgers, barbeque, hot dogs, and quesadillas, as well a variety of milkshakes.
 

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KSP MONTHLY ACTIVITY REPORT FOR MAY 2020

 
During the month of May 2020, there were 13 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.
 
During the month of May 2020, there were:
  • 1054 Citations written
  • 191 Courtesy Notices written
  • 470 Complaints answered
  • 103 Motorists assisted
  • 55 Criminal Cases opened
  • 279 Criminal Arrests made

 

There were 3 fatal collisions during the month of May in the Post 15 area:
  1. Darrell Underwood, 56, of Larue County was killed on 05/02/2020 in Marion County
  2. Janson Sallee, 26, of Casey County was killed on 05/19/2020 in Russell County
  3. Bruce Martin, 62, of Barren County was killed from a collision that occurred on 05/22/20 in Metcalfe County
 
This brings our yearly fatality count to 8 compared with 6 through this same period in 2019.
 
Statewide fatality count stands at 237 compared with 290 through this same period in 2019.
 
By Tpr. Nick Hale
 

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2-VEHICLE MONROE CO. COLLISION RESULTS IN ONE FATALITY

 

Tompkinsville, KY (June 4, 2020) - On Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 at approximately 6:18pmCT,  KSP Post 15 in Columbia was notified of a 2-vehicle fatal collision on Celina Road. Preliminary investigations indicate that 60-year-old Tina Stephens of Celina, Tennessee was operating a northbound 2001 Honda when she crossed into the southbound lane striking a 1996 Buick head-on, being operated by 33-year-old William Young of Muncie, Indiana. Young and a passenger in his vehicle, 33-year-old Courtney Young of Muncie, IN were both wearing seatbelts. They were transported by Air Evac to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, TN where they are listed in critical condition. Stephens was not wearing a seatbelt and was transported to the Monroe County Hospital where she was pronounced deceased by the Monroe County Coroner. 
 
This collision is under investigation by Trooper Jonathan Paull.  Tpr. Paull was assisted at the scene by other KSP personnel, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and Monroe County EMS.

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CANDIDATES FILING FOR OFFICE IN ADAIR CO FOR THE NOV ELECTION

 

According to Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer, the following candidates have filed to run in the November 2020 General Election…

 

Columbia City Council

  • Ben Burris
  • Ronald “Butch” Rogers
  • Craig Dean
  • Mark D. Harris
  • Linda Waggener
  • Sharon Payne
  • Robert W. Flowers

 

Adair County School Board

  • District 2 - Dana King
  • District 4 - David Karnes
  • District 5 - Troy H. Grider

 

Soil & Water Conservation

  • Larry K. Burton
  • James E. Bennett
  • Brent Baker
  • Mike McMinoway 

 

A public drawing for ballot position was held on Thursday afternoon in the office of Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer.

 

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RC SCHOOL BOARD HELD A SPECIAL CALLED MEETING WEDS

The Russell County School Board held a special called meeting Wednesday afternoon... 

 

Superintendent Michael Ford spoke to WAVE NEWS following the ZOOM meeting that was broadcast on the schools YouTube Channel

 

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Concern is Growing Over 2nd Wave of COVID-19


While we are happy to report no new deaths, it has still been a difficult day. We report 12 new or presumptively new cases today and five new hospitalizations. Other than outbreaks at specific facilities, this is one of our toughest days. The new cases are: one from Adair, a 66-year-old female, hospitalized; three from Casey, a 73-year-old female, hospitalized, a 53-year-old female and a 20-year-old female; one from Clinton, a 50-year-old male, hospitalized; one from Green, a 77-year-old female, hospitalized; one from Pulaski, a 45-year-old female; four from Russell, a 15-year-old female, a 33-year-old male, an 80-year-old female, and a 54-year-old male; and, one from Wayne, a 79-year-old male. We are now up to 22 active cases in our district across eight counties.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 243 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 10,421 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 118 Kentucky Counties as of 06/03/20 (this includes 10,410 statewide plus 11 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report).
 

Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

We had earlier informed the public that yard sales could recommence on May 20th. However, following the Governor’s comments today, we must rescind that. We’re sorry for any confusion or frustration this may have caused.

 

From our COVID-19 page on our LCDHD website, we have added a way for the public to take and upload pictures of business non-compliance regarding employee social distancing or mask usage (employee, not public non-compliance). The scale of enforcement is very large, and this will help us with administering some remote enforcement.

 

With 22 current active cases in our district, our concern is growing that a second wave of COVID-19 is underway. The daily growth rate in the world today is 1.11 (meaning, however many current cases there are today, that will double in about 6.6 days). Please use good judgment to protect yourself and those you love.
 

Avoiding crowds as much as possible remains your best way to reduce your risk. Washing your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, wearing a mask when out in public, staying home if you have a fever or are coughing, increasing sanitation, and avoiding touching your face further reduces your risk.

 

 

 

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2 TAYLOR CO. MEN ARRESTED FOR SHOPLIFTING AT WALMART

 
On Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 5:32pmET, Campbellsville Police responded to Walmart in reference to 2 males shoplifting.  Officer Josh Patrick responded and made contact with 40-year-old Charles E. Jernigan of Campbellsville, KY and 33-year-old Christopher A. Thompson of Mount Sherman, KY. 
 
After an investigation, both Jernigan and Thompson were arrested. Charles Jernigan was charged with Burglary 3rd degree. Christopher Thompson was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking U/$500 (Shoplifting), Possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified), and Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container 1st offense. Both men were lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.
 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY 06/03/20

 
There is a Russell County Boil Water Advisory on Baldett Road due to a water main break. Boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes until further notice.
 

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52 Children Died in "Hot Cars" Last Year

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 1, 2020) – During the first week of June, KSP is sending a plea to parents and caregivers with ‘Keeping Kids Cool’, a statewide initiative to provide awareness about leaving children in hot cars. It may seem like common sense, but statistics show that these deaths are continuing to happen across the U.S.
 
According to the National Safety Council, 52 children died in 2019 of vehicular heatstroke and Kentucky accounted for two of those. One child in Texas has already died this year from being left in a hot car. Since 1998, there have been 850 child-related vehicular heatstroke deaths in the United States. These include instances where a child has been forgotten in a car, accidentally locks themselves in a vehicle or, in a small number of cases, when a child has been intentionally left in a car.
 
KSP spokesman Sgt. Josh Lawson says the most common reason children are left in a hot car is the parent or caregiver forget they are there. A majority of parents are misinformed and like to believe they could never ‘forget’ about their child.
 
“As both a trooper and a father, I can’t emphasize enough the danger involved with hyperthermia,” says Lawson. “None of us want to believe that we would get so distracted with our day or other activities that we would exit our vehicle without our child. But it happens and it happens too often.”
 
Lawson continues to say that it can be a matter of minutes before a child is in distress from being left in a hot car.
 
“Temperatures inside a car can rise 19 degrees in 10 minutes,” adds Lawson. “When you combine that with a warm weather day and the facts that a child’s body heats up 3-5 times faster than adult, you have a recipe for disaster.”
 
In 2000, Kentucky passed “Bryan’s Law,” which makes a person liable for second-degree manslaughter or first-degree wanton endangerment for leaving a child younger than 8 years of age in a motor vehicle where circumstances pose a grave risk of death. The law was named after 11-month old Bryan Puckett, who died July 13, 1999 after being left in a hot car by his babysitter.
 
Lawson offers the following safety tips:
 
  • Look before you lock. Make this a priority and a habit.
  • Never leave a child in an unattended car, even with the windows down.
  • Make it a habit of opening the rear door of the car every time you park to ensure no one is left inside.
  • To enforce this habit, place an item that you can’t start your day without such as a purse, briefcase, employee badge, phone, etc.
  • When at home, keep your vehicle locked at all times, even in the garage.
  • Never leave keys within reach of children.
  • If a child is missing, immediately check the inside, floorboards and trunk of all vehicles in the area.

 

KSP asks citizens to keep an eye out for children left in vehicles on hot days and to call 911 if they see an unaccompanied child in distress.
 

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265 NEW COVID-19 CASES; 8 NEW DEATHS

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Fight Against COVID-19
 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 3, 2020) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear detailed the efforts undertaken to combat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
Sadly, the Governor reported the tragic loss of one of the youngest Kentuckians to fall victim to the deadly virus.
 
“Today we’ve got to announce that we have on our list of deaths a 9-month-old child from Hopkins County,” Gov. Beshear said. “We grieve for everybody we have lost from COVID-19. This is a reminder of how deadly this virus can be, how precious all of our lives are.
 
“As a father of two kids, one of which I was scared at birth might not make it, I want this family to know – and it’s a family I have never met even in my dad’s hometown county – that we, regardless of what will ultimately be listed as the cause of death, we are grieving for you, we care about you, and I cannot imagine how you are feeling right now.”
 
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health, said the child’s death initially was ruled to be a case of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. He said a later COVID-19-positive test requires the death to be included in the reporting. Dr. Stack said the death of such a young person to coronavirus was rare yet devastating.
 
“I would encourage parents to not worry overly, but that you should be concerned because for the individual, for the families, they suffer the illness or loss of child,” Dr. Stack said. “For them it is real. It doesn’t make a difference if it is rare. For them it was 100% occurrence. They lost their loved young one. So it’s important we are all careful with this disease.”
 
Early Action
Gov. Beshear spoke of the unimaginable loss suffered by all of the families and communities as this deadly virus has taken its toll. Deaths nationwide have surged to more than 105,000, with nearly 450 Kentuckians’ lives lost among them.
 
But months into the fight, several studies now show that the fast and focused response by the Governor’s administration, along with the sacrifices of people across the commonwealth, benefited Kentucky greatly.
 
“Every day I worried it would not be enough to blunt that curve,” Gov. Beshear said. “And we didn’t know when it was going to happen and thank goodness it did.”
 
Among other actions, on March 6, the day of the first confirmed coronavirus case in Kentucky, Gov. Beshear declared a state of emergency and activated the Emergency Management Operations Center. In the weeks that followed, the Governor’s administration continued to take actions daily across a spectrum of issues to keep Kentuckians safe.
 
At all times, the guidelines and orders issued by Gov. Beshear and his cabinet officials have hewed closely to recommendations from the White House and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
Gov. Beshear launched Healthy at Home on March 26, providing information, advice and restrictions aimed at ensuring social distancing and protecting the state’s health care operations. The results are in: studies by the CDC, the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky all show that these early and decisive actions saved the lives of thousands of Kentuckians.
 
“Healthy at Home was a significant step. It was asking a lot of the people of Kentucky, and they did it and because of their efforts we saved thousands of lives. I believe when we look back on this it will be 10,000-plus lives,” the Governor said. “I remember that the first modeling suggested we would lose 80,000 Kentuckians, and in the first couple of weeks people were scared.”
 
As a result of this hard work, Kentucky is nationally recognized as among few states that are meeting the White House and CDC guidance for reopening the economy. Our cases are on a downward trend, our hospitals are able to handle the patient load, and our COVID-19 testing program is robust.
 
Gov. Beshear said while Kentuckians should be proud of the work we’ve all done, the road ahead remains challenging and requires resilience.
 
Kentucky was not spared from worldwide economic upheaval caused by this deadly virus. Gov. Beshear said getting through it together as Kentuckians will require managing unprecedented unemployment, deep budget shortfalls and steep growth in the use of public benefits.
 
No special session
Gov. Beshear announced Wednesday that he has reached an agreement with legislative leaders to avoid the need for the General Assembly to return in a special session to resolve budget matters.
 
Previously, the Governor had said he had expected to call a “short, targeted” special session to allow lawmakers to pass a reduced budget proposal to account for revenue lost due to the global pandemic and response.
 
“All we are looking at is the Transportation Cabinet Budget. There is zero discretion in what needs to be done. It is a revision of a number,” Gov. Beshear said. “This is an agreement between all of the legislative leaders and the Governor’s office. So we do not believe at this time that there will be a need and there is agreement on the actions that have to be taken.”
 
Louisville update
J. Michael Brown, secretary of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet, spoke about the state of an investigation into the death of David McAtee in Louisville.
 
“Yesterday, I reported that we believed from the preliminary autopsy that he died of single gunshot wound to the chest. We still are of that belief. We have not recovered a whole bullet, but we have recovered, I understand from today, some fragments,” Secretary Brown said. “We are now in the process of trying to identify the very nature of those fragments to determine if they indeed came from one bullet or might have come from more than one bullet and, hopefully, be able to determine the caliber of the bullet.”
 
Case information
As of 4 p.m. June 3, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 10,410 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 265 of which were newly confirmed Wednesday.
 
“I don’t think this 265 is cause for alarm, though it is at least a reminder just like what we’ve talked about today that this virus is still out there and spreading,” the Governor said.
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 8 new deaths Wednesday, raising the total to 450 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
The deaths reported Wednesday include two women, ages 91 and 99, from Edmonson County; an 84-year-old woman from Gallatin County; the 9-month-old baby girl from Hopkins County; three women, ages 91, 92 and 93, from Jefferson County; and a 48-year-old man from Shelby County.
 
“We need compassion now more than ever: compassion for these families, compassion for our fellow human beings who are hurting,” the Governor said. “So let’s make sure we turn on those green lights, that we ring those bells at 10 a.m. and let’s ring them for these families who are in pain. Let’s ring them for all families who are in pain.”
 
At least 3,283 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
Testing expansion
 
Gov. Beshear continues to urge Kentuckians to get tested for COVID-19. For information on how to register at sites throughout the commonwealth visit kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
“I know we are now in the upper half of states for the total number of tests that have been run, and that’s an incredible story, given where we started,” the Governor said about ongoing testing efforts.
 
Absentee Ballot Application Portal online
Gov. Beshear is encouraging all voters to use a new Absentee Ballot Application Portal now available online. A link to the State Board of Elections’ portal can be found at govoteky.com. He urged everyone who plans to vote in this month’s primary elections to go to the portal and request an absentee mail-in ballot.
 

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LCDHD JUNE 3RD ZOOM MEETING QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

 

 

 


**UPDATE ON YARD SALES**

LCDHD had sought guidance from the state and understood that yard sales could open on May 20th. We learned today that the Governor is not comfortable with allowing yard sales at this time. We will now rescind our earlier comments allowing yard sales so that we are in line with what the Governor issued during today's public briefing. We regret any inconvenience this has caused to the public

 

Questions & Answers from today's ZOOM meeting with media.....

 

 

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COLUMBIA, KY TOP 10 SEMI-FINALIST IN NATIONAL CONTEST

 
Columbia, Kentucky was honored to be named to the Top 10 semi-finalists in the "America’s Main Street Contest". The winner was Main Street Sykesville in Maryland.
 
As a semi-finalist, Columbia will receive a lifetime premium membership from Independent We Stand. The membership gives access to local marketing materials that the city, as well as merchants, will be able to utilize. 
 
“We were pleased to be in the top 10 semi-finalists,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots. “With the help of our community; we were able to achieve this goal.”
 
This was the 5th Annual America’s Main Street Contest. “We plan on making application again in 2021,” said Mayor Hoots. “We want to promote our downtown community and our local businesses.”
 

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AREA ARREST 6-3-2020

Area Arrest…

 

Two people were arrested yesterday on Assault and other charges…

Landan Foster Kirk age 27, of Burkesville was taken into custody by Officer Wesly Long of the Burkesville Police Department around 10:30 last night. Kirk was charged with Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) no visible injury.

 

Wilda Giles age 55 of Columbia, was taken into custody by Trooper Scott of the Kentucky State Police just before 10 last evening. She was charged with Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury, Violation of Conditions of Release and Criminal Trespassing -3rd Degree.

 

Both were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail

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Local Candidates in RC for November Election...

With yesterday’s filling deadline, Russell County Clerk Sue Popplewell Brockman released the names of those that have filed for offices that will be on the November General Election in Russell County.

 

Jamestown City Council

Regina Hinton, Mitchell Marcum, Larry Joe Murray, Terry Robertson, Tony Huston Wright, Barry Coffey and Larry Appleby Sr.

 

Russell Springs City Council

Sherry Bottom Daniel, Larry D. Skaggs, David C. Blakey, Ricky Barnes, Milton Thomas Holt, Timmy Hudson, Brandon T. Wilson, Jeff Padilla and Ray Barrett.

 

School District #1 Candidates

Incumbent Brenda Higginbotham (only candidate to file)

 

School District #3 Candidates

Joy Wilson (Only Candidate to file)

 

School District #5 

Gerald Murray (Incumbent)

James Gray

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7-YEAR OLD RUSSELL CO. FEMALE HAS CORONAVIRUS

 

LCDHD REPORT - 06/01/20

 

We report 2 new cases today, a 7-year-old female in Russell who is asymptomatic; and, a 78-year-old-male from Taylor who had an antibody test. The Taylor case was added to our Total Cases, but not to our Current

 

Cases as he was released (recovered) the day we added him to our numbers. Besides him, we released one other case, bringing our total released cases to 195 or 84% of our Cumulative Total Cases. We report no new hospitalizations or deaths. We have 10 active cases at present across five of our ten counties.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 231 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 10,189 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 119 Kentucky Counties as of 06/02/20 (this includes 10,185 statewide plus 3 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

Please use good judgment to protect yourself and those you love. Avoiding crowds as much as possible remains your best way to reduce your risk. Washing your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, wearing a mask when out in public, staying home if you have a fever or are coughing, increasing sanitation, and avoiding touching your face further reduces your risk.


 

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Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Events in Louisville, COVID-19

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 2, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on demonstrations in Louisville and the state’s continuing measures to address the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“As we move forward, we will be reducing our National Guard presence in Louisville,” the Governor said. “That is a recommendation by our adjutant general that we will be following.”

 

Gov. Beshear talked about the search for justice for Breonna Taylor, a Louisville woman whose death touched off the protests there.

 

“Yesterday, I met with Breonna Taylor’s mother before she came up here. I sat and I listened. What I heard was a mother in pain. She wants justice and the truth. She deserves both,” the Governor said. “Breonna’s death along with others across the country have led to thousands of people giving voice and a demand for truly equal treatment under the law and an end to injustices that permeate almost every part of our society.”

 

Gov. Beshear also spoke of the death of David McAtee. He noted that he authorized the Kentucky State Police’s Critical Incident Response Team to quickly investigate McAtee’s death.

 

J. Michael Brown, secretary for the Governor’s Executive Cabinet, spoke about the state of the investigation.

 

“I can tell you very preliminarily the first results of an autopsy seem to indicate that Mr. McAtee succumbed to a single – we believe – a single gunshot wound to the chest, but tests on bullet fragments will have to be conducted at the Kentucky State Police crime lab to see if we can determine what exactly type of bullet he was struck by,” Brown said. “At this time we do not know that. We do believe it was a single bullet.”

 

“It is our belief at this time that approximately 18 shots were fired between the Kentucky National Guard and the Louisville Metro Police that evening. Those weapons are also in our custody for further testing, and they will be tested for DNA and any other things we can get from them,” he added.

 

Brown said that the goal is to get all the facts, get them quickly and be able to present, as much as possible, a clear determination of what happened shortly after midnight on June 1.

 

The Governor said: “Our commitment is the truth, no matter what that truth is – good, bad, ugly – our commitment is the truth. That’s what the people of Kentucky deserve. That’s what the families involved in this deserve. And that’s what we’re going to ensure happens.”

 

Gov. Beshear pledged to continue to listen and to take action.

 

“I hope later this week we are going to announce some of our initial plans about trying to get with leaders in the African-American community and the actual providers – hospital systems, Medicaid, insurers, all in the same room together. Not to have a task force or a study but to see how we can actually get this done. How we can actually make change in the health of individuals,” the Governor said. “Just like in many ways it shouldn’t have had to take some terrible incidents around our country to wake people up or to get them to listen to the type of injustices that are occurring in our society, it shouldn’t take a one-in-every-100-year pandemic for us to see the same in health care.”

 

Case information
As of 4 p.m. June 2, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 10,185 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 155 of which were newly confirmed Tuesday.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported three new deaths Tuesday, raising the total to 442 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

The deaths reported Tuesday include a 69-year-old woman from Clay County, a 94-year-old man from Jefferson County and a 92-year-old man from Muhlenberg County.

 

“Let’s keep lighting our homes up green,” the Governor said. “Let’s continue to ring our bells at 10 a.m. Let’s do it for those that we’ve lost from this and from senseless violence. Everybody that we’ve lost should still be here and deserves that same level of compassion.”

 

At least 3,275 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

 

U.S. Supreme Court decision
Gov. Beshear spoke Tuesday about a new decision from the U.S. Supreme Court that confirms that his actions to protect public health are consistent with the U.S. Constitution.

 

In four federal court cases, plaintiffs – including Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron – argued that Kentucky’s executive order on mass gatherings, which prohibited people from congregating in groups, was unconstitutional. Gov. Beshear and officials with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services insisted that the restrictions were both legal and necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

Late Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order agreeing with Gov. Beshear and confirming that the order limiting mass gatherings did not violate the Constitution.

 

In an opinion rejecting a church’s challenge to California’s order against mass gatherings, Chief Justice John Roberts said state officials have broad latitude to protect public health and admonished federal courts not to “second-guess” states’ temporary emergency measures.

 

“Where those broad limits are not exceeded, they should not be subject to second-guessing by an ‘unelected federal judiciary,’ which lacks the background, competence, and expertise to assess public health and is not accountable to the people,” Roberts wrote in his opinion.

 

The Governor’s Office of General Counsel is making the various federal courts aware of the Supreme Court’s decisive opinion, which should resolve all current cases challenging the Governor’s orders.

 

Testing expansion
Gov. Beshear continues to urge Kentuckians to get tested for COVID-19. For information on how to register at sites throughout the commonwealth visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

“I know we are now in the upper half of states for the total number of tests that have been run, and that’s an incredible story, given where we started,” the Governor said about ongoing testing efforts.

 

Absentee Ballot Application Portal online
Gov. Beshear is encouraging all voters to use a new Absentee Ballot Application Portal now available online. A link to the State Board of Elections’ portal can be found at govoteky.com. He urged everyone who plans to vote in next month’s primary elections to go to the portal and request an absentee mail-in ballot.

 

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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT FROM RC SHERIFF DEREK POLSTON

Sheriff Derek Polston wants to announce some Great News to the Citizens of Russell County.

 

Russell County has been awarded $144,467.00 thru the COPS GRANT. Russell County was 1 of only 19 Counties to be awarded this amount. This Money will now allow us to Hire 2 additional Deputies and place them at the Salem Elementary School and Russell Springs Elementary. When we reapply next year I will put a grant in for Jamestown Elementary School as well. I want to Thank Susan Melton for all the hard work she did for writing the Grant, Superintendant Michael Ford and the Russell County School Board, my office Staff and Deputies for everything they do as well. When running for Sheriff this was one of my Objectives if I was elected as Russell County Sheriff.  Thank God and Russell County for putting me where I'm at. 

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KSP Makes Drivers Permit Test Announcement


NOTE: Driver permit testing in Russell & Adair is 8am-4pm Mon.-Fri.


FRANKFORT, KY. (June 2, 2020) – The KSP Driver Testing Branch announced today that it will resume permit testing in select counties where the required CDC/Healthy at Work guidelines can be adhered to. In an effort to ensure the safety of permit applicants and staff, we have implemented a registration process where everyone will be required to schedule a specific date for their permit test. KSP will begin taking appointments, by phone, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020


For a listing of counties currently offering permit testing and the contact information, please click the link below.

http://kentuckystatepolice.org/drivers-testing/

 

There you will find a list of current open test locations and the phone number for the KSP Drivers Test Administrator or clerk at each location. Please be patient as phone lines are limited and we anticipate high call volumes.

 

More information will be distributed as additional counties are added to our list. Please visit the KSP website periodically to see when your county will begin permit testing. We anticipate an announcement at a later date regarding road tests to begin in July.

 

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AREA ARREST 6-2-20

A Russell Springs woman was lodged in the detention center last evening on several charges…

 

Nicole Hicks age 35, of Russell Springs was taken into custody at 9 last evening by Deputy Corey Meyer.  Hicks was charged with No Registration Plates, No Brake Lights, Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle), Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Required Insurance, No Registration Receipt, Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle and Resisting Arrest.

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TODAY'S THE DEADLINE FOR THOSE SEEKING SOME LOCAL OFFICES...

TODAY IS THE DEADLINE FOR CANDIDATES NEEDING TO FILE FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION!

 

This afternoon at 4:00pmCT is the filing deadline for any candidates that will be appearing on the November General Election ballot.

 

Offices include:

  • Soil Conservation positions
  • School Board positions
  • City Council 

If you have question call the county clerk… in Adair County 270-384-2801 for Russell County 270-343-2125

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Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19

 
FRANKFORT, KY (June 1, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday updated Kentuckians on the state’s efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
Case Information
As of 3:00pmCT on June 1st, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 10,046 COVID-19 cases in Kentucky. The Governor provided updated information about coronavirus newly confirmed Sunday and Monday in Kentucky.
 
“Kentucky has had 131 new positive cases with zero new deaths on Sunday and 214 new cases with eight new deaths on Monday,” reported Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner for Public Health. “We continue our efforts to expand testing, ramp up contact tracing and urge the public to practice social distancing and wear cloth face coverings to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
 
The total number of reported deaths attributed to coronavirus stands at 439 Kentuckians.
 
The deaths reported Monday include an 84-year-old woman from Campbell County; an 82-year-old woman from Gallatin County; a 98-year-old woman from Grayson County; three men, ages 33, 53 and 75, from Jefferson County; a 90-year-old woman from Kenton County; and an 88-year-old man from Logan County.
 
The Governor reminded Kentuckians to light their homes, places of business and places of worship green for compassion.
 
At least 3,232 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity: for Sunday’s information, click here; for Monday’s information, click here.
 
Monday Morning 
Monday, the Governor addressed an event that occurred when the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and the Kentucky National Guard were dispatched to 26th and Broadway around 12 a.m. Monday. While working to disperse a crowd, LMPD and the Kentucky National Guard were fired upon. LMPD and the Kentucky National Guard returned fire resulting in a death.
 
“Given the seriousness of the situation, I have authorized the Kentucky State Police to independently investigate the event,” the Governor stated.
 
Gov. Beshear also joined Breonna Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, along with attorney Lonita Baker to speak about the search for justice in Taylor’s death and the need for calm on the streets of Louisville. To view the news conference, click here.
 
More Information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).
 

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Campbellsville Man Charged With Possession of LSD & Marijuana Following Traffic Stop

 
On Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 8:46pmET, Campbellsville Police Officer Jonathon Leigh stopped a vehicle on Maple Street for traffic violations. The driver, 41-year-old Michael Collings of Campbellsville, KY was found to be driving under the influence of drugs. 
 
Collings was charged with DUI 1st offense, Possession of LSD, and Possession of Marijuana. He was lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.
 
Date: Saturday, May 30, 2020               
Time: 8:46 P.M. 
Location: Maple Street, Campbellsville 
Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Dept 
Investigating Officer: Officer Jonathon Leigh 

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AREA ARRESTS 6-1-2020

 

3 people lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on various charges.....

 

  • Leah Belcher, 34, of Columbia was arrested early this morning. KSP Trooper Lunz charged Belcher with Reckless Driving, No Rear View Mirror, No Registration Receipt, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, No License in Possession, Operating A Motor Vehicle Under Influence Alcohol/Drugs/ETC 3rd Offense, and Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container 1st Offense.

 

  • Levi HausDorfer, 23, of Columbia, was taken into custody by CPD Officer Foster overnight. Hausdorfer was charged with Operating Motor Vehicle under Influence Alcohol/Drugs/ETC .08 2nd Offense, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Careless Driving and License Plate Not Legible.

 

  • Betty Graves, 26, of Tompkinsville, KY was arrested by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office last night and charged with Careless Driving, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.

 

 

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