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Local News Archives for 2021-04

ADAIR WOMAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES...

 
Columbia Police, acting on a tip of drug activity on Magnolia Drive, began a brief investigation which led to trafficking charges on Friday, April 30th. Officers made contact with a female living in an apartment complex and after a search of the residence, located over an ounce of suspected methamphetamine (approximately 40 grams) as well as over $4,000 cash.
 
Sherry Wagoner, 54, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance within 1,000 Feet of a School.
 
Officer Drew Conn was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Ethan Pike.
 

AREA ARRESTS 04/30/21

 
  • Michael Browning, 40, of Shelbyville, Indiana was arrested Thursday morning by Columbia Police on a Fugitive from Another State Warrant.
  • Joshua Roy, 39, of Liberty, KY arrested by Columbia Police on Friday afternoon for Driving on a DUI Suspended License 1st Offense, No Other State Registration Receipt, and Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Required Insurance.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Columbia Police Arrest Fairdale, KY Man on Meth Charges After Finding Him Passed Out in Vehicle

 
On Wednesday night, April 28, 2021 Columbia Police Officers responded to Terry Street after someone reported a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, officers observed a black Ford parked in a driveway to which they were informed by the caller that the vehicle did not belong at the residence. Inside the auto was a male who was passed out in the back seat. The subject, identified as Kyle Lynch, 29, of Fairdale, KY was awakened by police. Lynch was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
Officer Josh Durbin made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Trevor Foster.
 

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19 Vaccinations, Wishes Kentuckians a Happy Derby Weekend

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 30, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear wished all Kentuckians a happy Derby weekend and announced 1,760,933 Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

“I hope all Kentuckians enjoy Oaks today and the Derby tomorrow – I know we’re so excited to get back to a more normal celebration of such a special tradition,” said Gov. Beshear. “It’s important to keep yourselves and others safe. Mask up when you’re inside or in large groups, and most important, get vaccinated if you haven’t yet.”

 

Kentuckians should visit vaccinemap.ky.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccination site near them.

 

Bipartisan, Regional Group of Governors Encourages Vaccines
Today, Gov. Beshear, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz joined together to release a video on social media urging people in their states to get safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.

 

“The safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are the most effective way to keep you and your family safe and to help us get back to normal sooner,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Friday, April 30, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

Kentuckians vaccinated (have received at least one dose): 1,760,933

New cases today: 723
Positivity rate: 3.22%

 

For more information on cases and hospital capacity, see the full daily COVID-19 report. To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

For detailed information on COVID-19 vaccinations and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

RUSSELL SPRINGS FIRE DEPARTMENT CALLED OUT TO A STRUCTURE FIRE AFTER MIDNIGHT

The Russell Springs Fire Department was called out just after midnight to a garage fire. 

 

The garage was located on Dowell Road and belonged to Estus Emerson. According to Fire Chief H.M. Bottom, There was a vehicle, boat, mowers and numerous other items in the garage. It was located close to the residence and due to the departments quick response they were able to knock the fire down with minimal damage occurring to the residence but the garage was a total loss.  

 

Firemen were on scene for 2 1/2 hours with the cause of the fire being unknown at this time. 

COLUMBIA POLICE WARN OF SCAM CALLS

 

 

 

It has been brought to our attention there are scammer calls again contacting individuals in the area stating they are from Social Security and asking recipients to give personal information over the phone. We stress to everyone to not give any information personal or financial over the phone if you have suspicions.

 

 

 

LOCAL CORONA VIRUS UPDATE 4-30-21

 

 

 

Russell County, 3 new cases Thursday. We had 2 cases released from isolation. We now have 11 active cases of which are all on self-isolation. The new cases are males ages 23 and 26 and a 51 year old female.

 

Adair County, 2 new COVID19 case to report yesterday. We released 3 cases. We have 16 active cases with 14 of those in home isolation. We have 2 case in the hospital at this time.

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 29, 2021) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,751,541 Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

The Governor added that as of today, approximately 750,000 Kentuckians need to get at least their first dose for the state to meet its 2.5 million-vaccine Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge.

 

“Every day, thousands more Kentuckians get their shot of hope, but we need to accelerate our progress,” said Gov. Beshear. “The sooner more Kentuckians get vaccinated, the faster we can lift more restrictions.”

 

Kentuckians should visit vaccinemap.ky.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccination site near them.

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, April 29, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

Kentuckians vaccinated (have received at least one dose): 1,751,541

New cases today: 796
Positivity rate: 3.12%

 

For more information on cases and hospital capacity, see the full daily COVID-19 report. To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

 

Gov. Beshear Visits Counties Eligible for Federal Aid After Severe Storms, Floods
Today, Gov. Beshear visited Floyd, Magoffin and Breathitt counties after all were affected by severe storms, flooding and mudslides Feb. 27–March 14, to encourage individuals and business owners to apply for federal recovery aid.

 

The Governor also awarded transportation funding in all three counties and announced sales tax relief for property owners in nine counties impacted by severe weather. To learn more, see the full release.

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

For detailed information on COVID-19 vaccinations and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

ENTREPRENEURS NEEDED FOR ROGERS SCHOLARS PROGRAM

 

The Rogers Scholars Program is hosting an entrepreneurship panel on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at Lindsey Wilson College from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CST in the Hodge building. The goal is to give the students access to new or established entrepreneurs. The Q&A panel will last from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. CST. Panel members will tell their story about how they started their business(es) and field questions from the students. From 10:30 -11 a.m., students will have a chance to network with the panelists and talk with them one-on-one. If interested, please contact Allison Cross at 

across@centertech.com.

 

LOCAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 4-29-21

 

 

Russell County: NO new cases yesterday. We had noone released from isolation. We have 10 active cases of which are all on self-isolation.

 

Adair County: 2 new COVID19 case to report Wednesday. We released 2 cases. We have 17 active cases with 15 of those in home isolation. We have 2 cases in the hospital at this time.

 

LWC Announces Plan for Spring 2021 Commencement with In-Person and Remote Options

 
COLUMBIA, KY. - Lindsey Wilson College announced plans for spring 2021 commencement that will move the college one step closer to normal operations: a commencement that includes options for in-person and remote celebration. 
 

“Commencement is one of the greatest days of the year at Lindsey Wilson College,” said LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. “None of us could have imagined over a year ago the challenges and obstacles our student body would endure as a result of this virus. The class of 2021 deserves to be properly recognized for their perseverance and resilience.”  

 

The decision comes after a majority of members from the Class of 2021 voiced their desire to have an in-person celebration. 

 

The current plan will include four ceremonies: three in-person ceremonies to be held on Friday, May 7 through Saturday, May 8, 2021 rain or shine at Blue Raider Stadium, 928 Russell Road. Students are assigned to their ceremony based on their major. Graduates who prefer to not commence in-person were given the option to be included in one pre-recorded virtual ceremony which will be delivered via the college’s website and social media services. 

 

All in-person ceremonies will be live-streamed for guests who cannot attend. The live stream link will be available at bit.ly/lwcstream. The streaming service will begin five minutes prior to the event. 

 

Commencing at 9:00amCT on Friday, May 7, 2021 in Blue Raider Stadium are main campus, undergraduate students from the LWC Schools of Professional Counseling, and Business & Communication. Following that ceremony, undergraduates from the Schools of Arts & Humanities, Professional Studies, and Mathematics & Sciences will commence at 11:30amCT. 

 

Commencing at 10:00amCT on Saturday, May 8, 2021 are graduates from LWC’s extended programs, master’s-level programs, as well as graduates who attended LWC exclusively through online format. 

 

The parking lot will open 90 minutes prior to the assigned ceremony and the stadium opens 60 minutes in advance. The in-person ceremonies will continue to follow the state recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Attendance is limited with each graduate receiving four pre-registered tickets for guests. The three, separate ceremonies will ensure a safer, smaller crowd attendance. 

 

Official ceremony programs will be mailed to the graduate’s permanent residence. LWC’s registrar’s office notified students of their assigned ceremony and provided further instruction by letter to their official LWC email accounts. 

 

The pre-recorded virtual ceremony can be accessed at www.lindsey.edu/commencement at 10:00amCT on Thursday, May 6, 2021.  

 

“Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than to celebrate the accomplishments of our students,” said Luckey. “The last year has been an extraordinary test of our character and I am in complete awe of the resiliency in our students. The collective student body has taught us what it truly means to be a Blue Raider. It is my privilege to provide these options for our graduates and their families.” 

 

For more information about spring 2021 commencement, call LWC’s registrar’s office at 270-384-8025 or email registrar@lindsey.edu

 

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 28, 2021) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,742,037 Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

“This week, I’ve visited a few of our state’s most unique vaccination sites – from a mobile clinic run out of an emergency management van that can meet people where they are, to a pop-up clinic at a professional soccer game,” said Gov. Beshear. “No matter where you are, there’s a convenient, and sometimes even fun, place where you can get your shot of hope, protect yourself and save lives.”

 

Kentuckians should visit vaccinemap.ky.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccination site near them.

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

Kentuckians vaccinated (have received at least one dose): 1,742,037

New cases today: 747
New deaths today: 9
New audit deaths: 0
Positivity rate: 3.11%
Total deaths: 6,485
Currently hospitalized: 434
Currently in ICU: 119
Currently on ventilator: 59

 

Top counties with the most positive cases today are Jefferson, Fayette, Boone, Bullitt and Warren. Each county reported at least 32 new cases.

 

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

 

Appointments Open at Federal Emergency Management Agency Supported COVID-19 Vaccination Site in Henderson
Today, Gov. Beshear visited Henderson to help launch one of two new Community Vaccination Center (CVC) sites, which the state is opening in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The commonwealth and FEMA will also open a CVC site in Laurel County. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Nearly $1 Million in Grant Funds Announced for Western Kentucky Communities
Today, Gov. Beshear announced nearly $1 million in funding from the Community Development Block Grant program for communities in Western Kentucky. Recipients will use funds to purchase land for the Western Kentucky Regional Training Center in Webster County and to upgrade the outdated Job Corps Sewer system in Union County.

 

Gov. Beshear also announced more than $750,000 from the Transportation Cabinet to improve highway safety near Kentucky schools. All projects will build a stronger, better Western Kentucky by supporting education and job training and providing modern infrastructure. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Gov. Beshear Requests Federal Funding for 26 More Counties Affected by Flooding
Following Gov. Beshear’s request, President Joe Biden granted a Major Disaster Declaration for the Commonwealth of Kentucky Friday, April 23, which included nine counties, to help individuals and communities recover from severe storms, flooding and mudslides that occurred Feb. 27-March 14. Today, the Governor requested federal funding to assist 26 more counties severely impacted by flooding. To learn more, see the full release.

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

Adair County Sheriffs Office Investigates Vehicle vs Motorcycle Collision on Tuesday....

 
On Tuesday afternoon at 3:54pmCT, K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten was dispatched to an injury collision at the intersection of KY 80 and Greenhills Road. Preliminary investigation shows that a 2014 Honda, operated by Leonardo Vasquez, was traveling south on Greenhills Rd and failed to yield at a stop sign at the intersection of KY 80. Vasquez pulled into the path of a 2002 Harley Davidson being operated by Jonathon Tate. 
 
Tate and his passenger, Kimberly Sanders, were treated at the scene by Adair EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia.
 
Deputy Staten was assisted by Ofc. Gary Roy. The sheriffs office is continuing the investigation.  
 

ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT RECAP; 4TH OF JULY SHOW WILL BE HELD

 

Bryan Mills, Field Representative for U.S. Senator Rand Paul attended the meeting and invited everyone to the “Washington Update with Senator Paul” on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. at the Jim Blair Community Center, 901 Hudson Street, Columbia, KY.

 

The Fiscal Court approved 2 Tourism Board Appointments: Hannah Peck for a 3 year term, who will be replacing Sue Stivers and David Jones to finish out the term of Marla Shelly who has resigned. There is 1 year left on this term.

 

The Court approved a COVID Assistance Utility Grant Resolution. This resolution will allow Judge Cowan to enter into and file a CDBG grant application with the Department for Local Government. This grant is being handled through the Lake Cumberland Area Development District.

 

Approved a contract with Cumberland County to house their inmates in the Adair County Regional Jail for $34 per day per inmate for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. This is an increase of $1.00 per day per inmate. This contract still has to be approved by the Cumberland County Fiscal Court.

 

Jail Policy & Procedures were also approved (no changes).

 

The Fiscal Court also approved the Rural Secondary Program and Flex Fund Budget for fiscal year 2021-2022 as presented by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 8 Office in Somerset.  The States recommended improvements are as follows:
 

  • KY 1104-Caldwell Ridge Road, from mile point 1.600 to mile point 3.2 (1.6 miles of asphalt resurfacing)
  • KY 2971-Holmes Bend Road, from mile point 2.792 to mile point 3.674 (0.882 miles of asphalt resurfacing)
  • KY 2982-Jones Chapel Road, from mile point 0.00 to mile point 1.242 (1.242 miles of asphalt resurfacing)

               

A total of 3.723 miles of asphalt resurfacing. The total amount of flex funds for Adair County is $330,394. (When divided out per district, this is around $47,000 per district).

 

And last but not least……The 4th of July Fireworks show will be a go this year! The Adair County Fiscal Court voted to enter into an agreement with Casey Creek Pyrotechnics to have the fireworks show on Sunday, July 4th, 2021 at the old fairground location. Special thanks goes to Lindsey Wilson College for allowing us to use this property for the Fireworks show.

 

Gale B. Cowan

Adair County Judge Executive

 

RUSSELL COUNTY BOIL WATER ADVISORY

 

There is a Russell County Boil Water Advisory in Remington Estates due to water line work being done. The advisory was issued on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 and will be in effect until further notice.

 

BASSMASTER FISHING TOURNAMENT APRIL 30-MAY 2


The BASSMASTER FISHING TOURNAMENT is happening this week, April 30-May 2, 2021 at Halcomb's Landing. Boats will launch at 6:00amCT and start coming back at 2:00pmCT for the weigh in. This is a great opportunity for RUSSELL COUNTY! Come out and show your support of our local teams and our community!

Adair Sheriffs Office Investigates Injury Collision in Millerfields Community....

 
On Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 3:54pmCT, K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten was dispatched 13 miles east of Columbia to Millerfields Road to an injury collision. Upon arrival, Deputy Staten found that a 2002 Chevrolet Tracker, operated by 28-year-old Anna Hershberger, was heading north when she lost control of her vehicle, left the roadway and struck a tree. 
 
Hershberger and 2 juvenile passengers were treated by Adair County EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia.
 
The Adair County Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation.
 

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES BY CPD

 

The Columbia Police Department made an arrest after receiving multiple complaints of a white pickup truck throughout town early Wednesday just after midnight. The vehicle and the operator were located on Music Lane, where after making contact it was determined the operator was under the influence and was taken into custody. Additionally, a search yielded 10 grams of suspected methamphetamine.

 

29-year-old Adrian Ballou of Columbia has been charged with DUI as well Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine).

 

Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest. He was assisted by Officer Josh Durbin and K9 Unit "Cally" was also used during the investigation.

 

LOCAL CORONA VIRUS UPDATE 4-28-21

 

 

 

Russell County, 6 new cases Tuesday. We had 1 case released from isolation. We now have 10 active cases of which are all on self-isolation. The new cases are 11, 12, 38 and 81 year old males and 13 and 62 year old females.

 

Adair County, 8 new COVID19 case to report Tuesday. We released 2 cases. We have 17 active cases with 15 of those in home isolation. We have 2 case in the hospital at this time.

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 27, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,732,791 Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

“Every day, we get a step closer to reaching the 2.5 million-vaccine Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge and ending this pandemic once and for all,” said Gov. Beshear. “There are now more options than ever for you to sign up for your shot of hope. It’s fast, it’s easy and it will help us save lives and get back to more of the activities we’ve missed over the past year.”

 

Kentuckians should visit vaccinemap.ky.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccination site near them.

 

Gov. Beshear Visits UPS Vaccine Distribution Hub
As all eyes fall on the commonwealth for the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby, today, Gov. Beshear visited the main UPS global air hub to highlight the role Kentuckians are playing in distributing coronavirus vaccines throughout the nation to save lives and end the pandemic.

 

The Governor, joined by leaders at UPS including David Quintilio, senior vice president of UPS Healthcare, visited Worldport Core, where millions of packages are sorted on the way to their final destinations, the freight facility and the Healthcare Command Center, where UPS tracks and monitors vaccine shipments, including the temperature and location. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

Kentuckians vaccinated (have received at least one dose): 1,732,791

New cases today: 716
New deaths today: 10
New audit deaths: 7
Positivity rate: 3.17%
Total deaths: 6,476
Currently hospitalized: 397
Currently in ICU: 103
Currently on ventilator: 41

 

Top counties with the most positive cases today are Jefferson, Fayette, Boone and Warren. Each county reported at least 30 new cases.

 

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

RUSSELL COUNTY INDICTMENTS 04/27/21

 

A Russell County Grand Jury has returned numerous indictments:
 
  • David S. Meyer, 53, of Dunnville, KY - Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and for being a Persistent Felony Offender.
  • Cecil Kemp, 26, of Jamestown, KY  & Bryce England, 26, of Covington, KY -  Assault 2nd degree for causing serious physical injury to Alex Kemp.
  • William Galbreath, 34, of Russell Springs, KY - Burglary 2nd degree (for unlawfully entering the residence of Robert & Mary Young), Indecent Exposure, Assault 4th degree (for causing serious physical injury to Robert Young), Terroristic Threatening 3rd deree, Disorderly Conduct, and Criminal Mischief.
  • Gerald Popplewell, 45, Angela Passmore, 38, and Kenneth Dyer, 35, all of Russell Springs - Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (buprenorphine). Passmore also indicted for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Promoting Contraband, and Violating a Kentucky EPO/DVO. Gerald Popplewell was also indicted for Trafficking in Marijuana under 8 ounces (2nd or greater offense) and for being a Persistent Felony Offender.
  • Ernesto Trevino Richards, 33, of Jamestown, KY - Theft by Unlawful Taking (Firearm)
  • Luis Martinez-Cruz, 20, of Russell Springs, KY - Strangulation 1st degree and 3 counts of 4th degree Assault.
  • Dakota Sullivan, 28, of Columbia, KY - Arson 1st degree and 2 counts of Wanton Endangerment.
  • Darian Carroll, 27, of Jamestown, KY - Strangulation 1st degree, 5 counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, and 2 counts of Unlawful Imprisonment.
  • Jeramie Graham, 26, Russell Springs, KY - Trafficking in Methamphetamine and for being a Persistent Felony Offender 2nd degree.
  • Nicholas A. Bray, 28, of Jamestown, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Christopher Camp, 22, of Jamestown, KY - Receiving Stolen Property, Operating on a Suspended License, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Joshua Holt, 27, of Russell Springs, KY - Rear License Not Illuminated, Possession of Metamphetamine, Possession of a Legend Drug, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Kathy Sutton, 56, Phillip Sutton, 48, and Andrew Rhodes, 34, all of Jamestown, KY and Tiffany Johnson, 31, of Russell Springs, KY - Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Brent Grimsley, 39, of Dunnville, KY - Theft of Identity and Persistent Felony Offender.
  • Bobby Beard, 50, Patricia Norris, 39, and Jimmy George, 51, all of Russell Springs, KY - Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Beard and Norris were also indicted for being Persistent Felony Offenders.
  • Jared Lloyd, 43, of Russell Springs, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Jakob K. Jones, 25, of Russell Springs, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Fleeing or Evading Police, and Resisting Arrest.
  • Trisha Welch, 38, Russell Springs, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana.
  • Jordan Luttrell, 27, of Russell Springs, KY - Wanton Endangerment, Criminal Mischief, and Persisten Felony Offender.
  • Miranda York, 25, of Jamestown, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Lortab) and Possession of a Legend Drug.
  • Alexander Bilodeau, 33, of Russell Springs, KY - DUI, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of Marijuana.
  • Jerry Barido, 41, of Russell Springs, KY - Speeding, Failure of Non-Owner to Maintain Insurance, No/Expired Registration Plate, No/Expired Registration Receipt, No Operators License, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Permitting Operation of a Motor Vehicle with Improper Registration, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Sandra Kellam, 34, of Russell Springs, KY - Assault 4th degree (for intentionally causing injury to William Kelly), Arson 1st degree, Criminal Mischief, 5 counts of Wanton Endangerment (for trying to set fire to a house that was occupied by William Kelly and 4 minors), Criminal Abuse 2nd degree, 3 counts of Criminal Abuse 1st degree, Alcohol Intoxication, and Resisting Arrest.

 


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

AREA ARRESTS 4-27-21

 

 

 

Lacey Cape, 33, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Deputy Meyer with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office late Monday night. Cape was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and Failure to Appear.

 

Christopher Bunch, 22,, of Russell Springs was arrested by Deputy Meyer Monday night and charged with Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possess and 3 counts of Probation Violation (for Felony Offense)

 

Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

LOCAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 4-27-21

 

 

Russell County: 1 new case Monday. We released 3 cases from isolation. We now have 5 active cases which are all on self-isolation. The new case is a 10 year old male.

 

Adair County, 3 new COVID19 cases to report Monday. We released 3 cases. We have 11 active cases with 9 of those in home isolation. We have 2 cases in the hospital at this time.

Gov. Beshear: 'National Work Zone Awareness Week a Reminder to Stay Safe, Protect Others'

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 26, 2021) – It’s a sure sign of spring.

 

The pinks, whites, greens and purples of flowering trees and shrubs along Kentucky’s roadways will increasingly be complemented by the bright orange and yellow barrels, cones and “high-vis” vests and helmets of highway construction and maintenance crews, working to repair and enhance Kentucky’s roads, highways, landscapes and utilities.

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is joining other state transportation agencies and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to promote National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 26-30. Gov. Andy Beshear signed a proclamation honoring the awareness week in Kentucky to keep drivers and workers safe.

 

“This is the time of year when drivers encounter more and more work crews on and along our highways and roadsides,” said Gov. Beshear. “Help protect yourselves, your families and your neighbors – the men and women who serve on the front lines improving our infrastructure – by slowing down in work zones and putting away any devices that might distract you.”

 

National Work Zone Awareness Week is an effort to prevent crashes, injuries and fatalities in work zones of all kinds – highway construction and maintenance workers, mowing contractors, utility crews, brush cutters and tree trimmers. But it’s not solely for the protection of work crews.

 

“It often comes as a surprise to learn that in Kentucky, and in fact nationally, most work zone victims are motorists, not the workers,” KYTC Secretary Gray said. “We want drivers to know they, too, have a vested interest in work zone safety.”

 

According to FHWA records, one person is killed every 13 hours and one is injured every 13 minutes in a work zone. But four out of five are motorists, not workers. In Kentucky in 2020, there were 905 work zone crashes, 228 injuries and six fatalities. All of those killed were motorists.

 

During National Work Zone Awareness Week, KYTC will be promoting two opportunities to show support for work zone safety. Wednesday, April 28, is “Glow Orange Day”, during which KYTC invites organizations and citizens throughout the commonwealth to use the Cabinet’s Facebook profile frame, posts and tweets to show support for work zone safety.

 

Participants can use a #glowky hashtag. They also can tag the KYTC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kytc120/ or mention the Cabinet on Twitter using @KYTC.

 

“Glow Orange Day” will be followed by “Vested in Work Zone Safety Day,” Thursday, April 29. The Cabinet requests participants to wear high visibility gear, take photos and post them on social media accounts using #vestedinwzsafety.

 

Gov. Beshear: Mask Mandate Changing for Smaller, Outdoor Events Due to Increased Vaccinations

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 26, 2021) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,726,346 Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

The Governor said beginning tomorrow, based on recent studies and Kentucky’s increasing number of vaccinations, the statewide mask mandate will no longer be in effect when Kentuckians are outside at events or venues with 1,000 people or fewer.

 

“What this means is at events like the Kentucky Derby, you still have to wear a mask, but if you’re at a backyard barbeque, your community pool or an outdoor wedding, you’re not required to wear a mask,” said Gov. Beshear. “We hope this is a relief for people, and remember, the state will be able to lift even more restrictions once the 2.5 million vaccine Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge is reached.”

 

Masks are still recommended at outdoor events with 1,000 people or fewer, and the mask mandate is still in effect when Kentuckians are indoors or at any outdoor event with more than 1,000 people.

 

Kentuckians should visit vaccinemap.ky.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccination site near where they live.

 

National Women’s Soccer League club Racing Louisville FC has announced it will host a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic tonight at its game against the North Carolina Courage. The clinic will be run by Wild Health. Fans who sign up to receive a vaccine dose will receive free admission. Those who get vaccinated at the game but already have a ticket will be given a voucher to attend a future game free of charge.

 

The vaccine appointments are available from 5 to 8 p.m. and can be made online, here.

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Monday, April 26, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

Kentuckians vaccinated (have received at least one dose): 1,726,346

New cases today: 213
New deaths today: 4
New audit deaths: 7
Positivity rate: 3.15%
Total deaths: 6,459
Currently hospitalized: 414
Currently in ICU: 108
Currently on ventilator: 47

 

Top counties with the most positive cases today are Jefferson, Daviess, Fayette and Bullitt. Each county reported at least nine new cases.

 

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

 

Gov. Beshear Asks Artists to Apply to Design COVID-19 Memorial at State Capitol
The Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet is requesting that artists apply to design the upcoming COVID-19 Memorial at the state Capitol. To learn more and apply, click here.

 

“As we get excited about a light at the end of the tunnel in the pandemic, we must also make sure we never forget the loss and sacrifices of so many Kentuckians during the last 14 months,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Kentuckians can help make this memorial a reality by contributing to the Team Kentucky COVID-19 Memorial Fund here.

 

Dr. Stack Updates Kentuckians on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined yesterday that the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine may be used in individuals 18 and older as outlined in the current FDA Emergency Use Authorization.

 

All Kentucky vaccination sites may now resume use of the J&J vaccine with the inventory already in their possession, although vaccination sites may prefer to wait until more detailed guidance from the CDC and FDA is provided tomorrow. At present, new J&J vaccine shipments into Kentucky are not anticipated until the week of May 3.

 

Federal Funds Now Available to Those Most Affected by Severe Flooding
Following, Gov. Beshear’s request, President Joe Biden granted a Major Disaster Declaration for the Commonwealth of Kentucky on Friday. The president’s action makes federal funding available to help individuals and communities in the counties of Breathitt, Clay, Estill, Floyd, Johnson, Lee, Magoffin, Marion and Powell recover from the severe storms, flooding and mudslides that occurred Feb. 27-March 14, 2021. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Gov. Beshear Proclaims April 25-May 1 Ed Brown Society Week in Kentucky
Today, Gov. Beshear signed a proclamation naming April 25 – May 1 Ed Brown Society Week in the commonwealth, recognizing African Americans’ contributions to horse racing ahead of the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby. The Ed Brown Society is named after Edward D. Brown, who was born into slavery in Lexington in 1850, but through his tenacity and love of the sport developed into one of the most accomplished African American horsemen in the history of thoroughbred racing. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Gov. Beshear Congratulates University of Kentucky Women’s Volleyball on National Title
Gov. Beshear congratulated the University of Kentucky Women’s Volleyball Team on their NCAA championship victory, the first national title for the program and for any women’s volleyball program in the Southeastern Conference.

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER STRIKING A MALE WITH HER VEHICLE

 

 

The Columbia Police Department responded to TJ Health Columbia early Monday morning, April 26, 2021 just before 2AM after receiving a call that a male subject had been struck by a vehicle on Willis Street.

 

Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim who stated he and a female driver had gotten into an argument while in the vehicle together. The male then exited the auto and began walking away when the female struck him and drove away. The victim was taken to TJ Health by a relative and Adair 911 was called.
 

Officers located the female, 41-year-old April Smith of Columbia, on Edna Drive and she was taken into custody without incident. The vehicle was also located and had visible cosmetic damage. Smith was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Assault 1st degree, a class B felony.

 

Officer Kevin Atwood made the arrest. He was assisted by Officer Josh Durbin and Deputy Justin Cross.

 

AREA ARREST 4-26-21

 

Kevin Rosas, 18, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Officer Pritchard with the Russell Springs Police Department last night. Rosas was charged with Improper use of Blue Lights, No Operators-Moped License, Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence and Possession of Open Alcohol Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle. Rosas was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

ALLEN COUNTY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR STOLEN VEHICLE IN ADAIR CO.


An Allen County woman has been arrested for DUI and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.

    
On Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 11:28amCT, Deputy Derek Padgett observed a 2006 white Toyota truck sitting on the side of the roadway, 9 miles south of Columbia on KY 61 south. The vehicle matched the description of a vehicle that had been reported as stolen the prior day. 

 

The vehicle was occupied by Tammy Weaver, 42, of Scottsville, KY.  Weaver was suspected to be under the influence of an intoxicating substance and also had a suspended drivers license. Weaver was arrested by Deputy Derek Padgett and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:

  • Theft by Unlawful Taking over $10,000 (auto)
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs/Alcohol and
  • Operating on a Suspended Operators License

 

    The Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.

 

ADAIR SHERIFFS OFFICE MADE DRUG ARREST LAST WEEK

  
A Columbia man was arrested on Heroin and methamphetamine charges after the sheriffs office investigated a suspicious vehicle.

    

On 4-21-21 at 6:19pm, K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten stopped on KY south 55 to check on a 2010 Kia passenger vehicle that he had received a complaint on from a motorist who waved him down. During the investigation, the deputy came in contact with the operator, Jeremy Tucker, 37, of Columbia. It was found that Tucker's license was suspended and it was also believed that there was narcotics in the vehicle.

   
A search of the auto resulted in the discovery of suspected Heroin, Methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.


Tucker was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (heroin), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.

 

Deputy Staten was assisted by Ofc Gary Roy and Evan Burton. The investigation is continuing. 

 

 

President Biden Approves Gov. Beshear's Request for Major Disaster Declaration for Historic Flooding

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 23, 2021) – Just over two weeks after Gov. Andy Beshear requested a major disaster declaration from the federal government, President Joe Biden approved the request Friday and ordered federal assistance to support Kentucky communities and individuals to help them recover from some of the worst flooding in Kentucky’s history. 

 

This is the largest award for displaced individuals from damages to homes since a massive flooding event impacted the state in May 2010, when more than 4,200 structures were affected. In this case, counties have reported more than 1,200 instances of damage to infrastructure, debris removal and emergency measures costing more than $72 million.

“So many families and communities were hurt by this historic flooding, and we thank President Biden for working so quickly to grant this relief,” Gov. Beshear said. “I will be traveling to affected counties next week to help inform those who have been impacted on how to apply for relief.”

 

Gov. Beshear added that when the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opens the application portal, which is expected as soon as Saturday, his office will notify Kentuckians and the media.

 

From Feb. 26 to March 1, Kentucky experienced some of the greatest one-day and three-day winter rainfall totals in history, exceeding seven inches in several Southcentral and Southeastern Kentucky counties. Flooding occurred on the Green, Kentucky, Licking, Ohio, Rolling Fork and Mississippi rivers. State roads in 21 counties closed due to flooding, mudslides and pavement breaks.

 

The Governor issued a State of Emergency Order on Feb. 28th. 49 counties and 31 cities also declared states of emergency. The Governor activated the Kentucky National Guard to assist with evacuations and partner with state agencies to deliver 45,000 gallons of water and more than 53,000 meals to Kentuckians in need.

 

“We’re very appreciative of the major disaster declaration from President Biden for the recent severe flooding event,” stated Michael Dossett, director of Kentucky Emergency Management.  “We look forward to working with our FEMA Region IV partners in moving quickly to authorize payments for individual assistance to our many citizens who were displaced due to damages from the record flooding.”

 

FEMA conducted joint damage assessments and subsequently awarded individuals and households assistance for more than 2,300 impacted homes in the counties of Breathitt, Clay, Estill, Floyd, Johnson, Lee, Magoffin, Martin and Powell. The federal Disaster Declaration includes activation of the individuals and households Assistance Program for these impacted counties. Application directions for individual assistance are not yet available.

 

The federal Disaster Declaration includes Public Assistance for the counties of Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Cumberland, Elliott, Floyd, Franklin, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Magoffin, Marion, Martin, Mason, Morgan, Ohio, Pike, Powell, Rockcastle and Wolf counties.

 

Gov. Beshear will submit an additional request for FEMA assessments of homes in counties that were not included in this declaration.

 

Residents with questions or additional reports of flood damage should contact their local county emergency management agency.

 

Russell County Man Arrested on Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop


Derrick Robertson, 36, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Friday night by KSP and charged with DUI, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (drug unspecified), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Failure to Surrender Revoked Operators License, No Seatbelt, and No Registration Plates.

 

He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Adair County Man Arrested on Drug Charges + Terroristic Threatening


On Saturday afternoon, April 24, 2021, Columbia Police Dept. officers arrived at a residence on West Barbee Street to attempt to serve an indictment warrant for drug trafficking on a resident. Upon arrival, the party with the active warrant was observed inside a vehicle on the property and was actively using narcotics when officers made contact. 

In addition to the indictment, Matthew Reece, 35, of Columbia, KY was also charged with Possession of Marijuana, Terroristic Threatening, and Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine). Reece was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Officer Evan Burton made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Deputy Chandler Staten.

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 23, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,708,318 Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

“We’ve reached another milestone in the 2.5 million vaccine Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge,” said Gov. Beshear. “Now, fewer than 800,000 Kentuckians 16 and older need to sign up to receive their shot of hope in order for us to reach our goal and lift a lot more restrictions.”

 

Kentuckians should visit vaccinemap.ky.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccination site near where they live.

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Friday, April 23, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

Kentuckians vaccinated (have received at least one dose): 1,708,318*

New cases today: 607
New deaths today: 5
New audit deaths: 17
Positivity rate: 3.26%
Total deaths: 6,403
Currently hospitalized: 420
Currently in ICU: 113
Currently on ventilator: 50

 

Top counties with the most positive cases today are Jefferson, Fayette, Kenton and Warren. Each county reported at least 21 new cases.

 

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

 

*Vaccination data will continue to update after the state’s reporting system completed a security upgrade.

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

LOCAL CORONA VIRUS UPDATE 4-23-21

 

 

 

Russell County, we have 4 new cases Thursday. We had 5 cases released from isolation. We now have 9 active cases of which are all on self-isolation. The new cases are 10, 50, 52 year old males and a 20 year old female.

 

Adair County, 1 new COVID19 case to report Thursday. We released 3 cases. We have 9 active cases with 8 of those in home isolation. We have 1 case in the hospital at this time.

Gov. Beshear: Two New Regional Vaccination Sites Coming to Eastern, Western Kentucky

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 22, 2021) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear said the Federal Emergency Management Agency will stand up two new regional vaccination sites soon in Eastern and Western Kentucky.

 

The Governor said the state’s largest vaccination site, UofL Health’s Cardinal Stadium location, can now vaccinate up to 6,000 Kentuckians per day. To sign up, visit UofLHealth.org.

 

Kentuckians should visit vaccinemap.ky.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccination site near where they live and to see a list of vaccination sites with openings this week.

 

“We need you to get vaccinated. The good news is there are half a million first doses ready to go into people’s arms. At many of these vaccination sites, you can sign up right now for tomorrow at about any time, or any day that’s most convenient for you,” said Gov. Beshear. “Make the decision tonight.”

 

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meets tomorrow, April 23, for follow-up discussion on its recommended temporary pause of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, following reports of exceedingly rare, but dangerous, blood clots.

 

“The risk of severe harm and death from COVID-19 vastly exceeds any rare risk from the Johnson & Johnson vaccination, and most experts anticipate the pause on this vaccine will be lifted soon, possibly as soon as tomorrow,” said Dr. Stack.

 

Dr. Stack also commented on an investigation into a COVID-19 outbreak at a Kentucky skilled nursing facility, which he previously reported and has discussed on multiple occasions, after most residents and some staff members had already been vaccinated. The outbreak was featured in the CDC’s most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

 

“Compared to vaccinated residents, unvaccinated residents had a three-fold increased risk of infection and unvaccinated staff a four-fold increased risk of COVID-19 infection,” said Dr. Stack. “Vaccination was approximately 87% effective in preventing symptomatic infections among both residents and staff. These vaccines work. They are highly safe and effective. The sooner we all get vaccinated, the sooner COVID-19 can be put behind us and we can more fully resume our pre-COVID-19 lives.”

 

Kentuckians put themselves at significant risk if they do not get vaccinated. Looking at the overall population, roughly 1 in 706 Kentuckians has died from COVID-19 since the first case of the virus was confirmed in the commonwealth; approximately 1 of every 69 Kentuckians who has been infected with COVID-19 has died.

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, April 22, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

Kentuckians vaccinated (have received at least one dose): 1,696,530*
 

New cases today: 628
New deaths today: 5
New audit deaths: 3
Positivity rate: 3.36%
Total deaths: 6,381
Currently hospitalized: 440
Currently in ICU: 121
Currently on ventilator: 55

 

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Boone, Warren and Daviess. Each county reported at least 20 new cases.

 

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

*Vaccination data will continue to update after the state’s reporting system completed a security upgrade.

 

Unemployment Insurance Update
Today, Amy Cubbage, general counsel for Gov. Beshear, updated Kentuckians on unemployment insurance (UI).

 

Kentucky Career Centers In-Person Appointments
Cubbage said there have been more than 4,400 in-person appointments scheduled for unemployment insurance assistance at 13 regional Kentucky Career Centers. New appointments are available each night at midnight Monday through Friday. Cubbage said if Kentuckians have an in-person appointment, they should bring two forms of ID with them. The website kcc.ky.gov, under “unemployment services,” lists what identification documents are acceptable.

 

UI Help Line
 Over the last two weeks, we have assisted more than 37,000 claimants with their PINs and with registering in the updated UI system on our Help Line, 502-564-2900. To date, more than 102,000 people have registered in the UI system,” Cubbage said.

 

Unemployment insurance specialists will begin assisting people with their claim issues again April 26. The UI Help Line phone menu will be updated for PIN reset and registration assistance and claim assistance. The hours for the UI Help Line effective next week are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. EST.

 

Work Search Requirements
Cubbage said the Office of Unemployment Insurance will reinstate work search requirements May 9. Claimants will be required to seek suitable full-time employment and report at least one job contact per week.

 

It is recommended that claimants keep a record of all of their job contacts, including the name of the business, the title of the position, the name/title of the person contacted, the date of the contact and the method of contact (phone, email, address, etc.). Claimants will be required to provide these details during their bi-weekly benefit requests.

 

“You are allowed a reasonable period of time to find work that is comparable in pay and skill level to your most recent employment. If you are not able to find comparable work after a reasonable period of time, or if that type of work is not available in your area, you must adjust your work search,” Cubbage said.

 

Claimants will not be required to conduct a job search if they:

  • Are members of a trade union that finds work for them;
  • Are students in an approved training program;
  • Have a definite recall date within 12 weeks of their initial claim filing date;
  • Are on a temporary leave of absence while still considered an employee; or
  • Know their employer filed a mass electronic claim (E-Claim) on their behalf.

 

More information on work search requirements is available at kcc.ky.gov.

 

Gov. Beshear Helps Launch AppHarvest Container Farm Classroom
Today, Gov. Beshear visited Madison Central High School, where agricultural technology leader AppHarvest announced the expansion of the company’s educational high-tech container farm program for Eastern Kentucky high school students. To see photos from the Governor’s visit click here (credit – Governor’s Communications Office). To learn more, see the company’s full release.

 

Gov. Beshear Commits $23 Million for School Highway Safety Projects
Gov. Beshear announced plans to invest $23 million to improve highway safety near public schools, protecting students, educators and families. Nearly 70 safety improvement projects in 44 counties across the state are included in the award: to see the full list, click here. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Gov. Beshear Allocates $5 Million to Revive, Repair and Build Roads Statewide
Gov. Beshear announced renewed road and infrastructure repairs are coming for much of the commonwealth through a $5 million transportation investment. Nearly 60 miles of roadway will be resurfaced, repaired or built with the funding. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Gov. Beshear Takes on PokerStars in Court After Illegal Company Scams Kentuckians
In 2012, the Commonwealth brought a new lawsuit against the owners and operators of the PokerStars’ websites, which are part of the largest illegal internet-based gambling company in the world. Between 2008 and 2011, more than 34,000 Kentuckians played a quarter of 1 billion hands of internet poker on PokerStars’ illegal, unregulated gambling websites, and lost more than $290 million in real money.

 

The Franklin Circuit Court entered a final judgment against PokerStars for Kentuckians’ actual losses, which it then tripled as required by Kentucky law to more than $870 million. In December 2020, the Supreme Court of Kentucky affirmed that judgment, which as of today, with interest, stands at almost $1.6 billion dollars.

 

“We will receive the first $100 million by May 14, and I look forward to announcing more recoveries in the future,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

State releases county unemployment data for March 2021

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 22, 2021) – Unemployment rates fell in 81 Kentucky counties between March 2020 and March 2021, rose in 31, and stayed the same in eight counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. (Unemployment rates in Lake Cumberland District below)

Oldham, Todd and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the Commonwealth at 3.8% each. They were followed by Logan, Shelby, Spencer and Washington counties, 3.9% each; and Green, Scott and Taylor counties, 4% each.

 

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 13.6%. It was followed by Harlan County, 9.4%; Martin County, 9.3%; Breathitt County, 8.6%; Leslie County, 8.5%; Carter, Lewis and Menifee counties, 8.4%; Elliott County, 8.3%; and Johnson County, 8%.

 

Kentucky’s county unemployment rates and employment levels are not seasonally adjusted because of small sample sizes. Employment statistics undergo sharp fluctuations due to seasonal events such as weather changes, harvests, holidays and school openings and closings. Seasonal adjustments eliminate these influences and make it easier to observe statistical trends. The comparable, unadjusted unemployment rate for the state was 5% for March 2021, and 6.2% for the nation.

 

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted March 2021 unemployment rate was released on April 15, 2021, and can be viewed at https://kentucky.gov/Pages/Activity-stream.aspx?n=EducationCabinet&prId=486. In that release, Kentucky’s statewide unemployment rate and employment levels are adjusted to observe statistical trends by removing seasonal influences such as weather changes, harvests, holidays and school openings and closings. For more information regarding seasonal fluctuations, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics at https://www.bls.gov/cps/cps_htgm.htm#why.

 

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.

Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at https://kystats.ky.gov/KYLMI

 

 

                                    MAR. 21    FEB. 21    MAR. 20

LAKE CUMBERLAND             5.1%         4.9%           5.6%

  ADAIR                                     5.6%         5.5%          6.1%

  CASEY                                   4.6%         4.4%           6.3%

  CLINTON                               4.5%         4.3%           5.8%

  CUMBERLAND                      4.3%         3.9%          5.5%

  GREEN                                  4.0%         3.6%          4.3%

  MCCREARY                          6.4%          6.1%          6.9%

  PULASKI                               5.5%          5.4%          5.5%

  RUSSELL                              5.9%          5.9%          6.3%

  TAYLOR                                4.0%          4.0%          4.3%

  WAYNE                                 5.4%          5.1%          6.2%

 

KENTUCKY STATE FAIR ANNOUNCES PLAN TO HOLD ANNUAL SUMMERTIME CELEBRATION AUGUST 19-29, 2021

 

The Kentucky State Fair will return August 19-29, 2021 after a vote by the Kentucky State Fair Board at the April 22nd meeting. Kentucky State Fair staff have begun programming more than 1.2 million square feet of space and more than 300 acres of outdoor space with health and safety of everyone top of mind.

 

“The Kentucky State Fair is an important event for thousands of people around the Commonwealth and the economic activity created by the Fair will help Kentucky’s recovery. While we will need to make adjustments to respond to COVID-19, we plan to produce as much of the Fair as safely possible. We look forward to once again being where Kentucky comes together,” said David S. Beck, President and CEO of Kentucky Venues.

Tickets go on sale in July. Specifics about events, artists, and competitions will be announced at a later date. The Kentucky State Fair celebrates the best of the bluegrass state by highlighting the Commonwealth’s history, heritage and culture. The summertime celebration features the World’s Championship Horse Show, exhibits, livestock, food, rides, entertainment and concerts included with admission.

 

The safety of competitors, employees and visitors to the Kentucky State Fair is the highest priority. The event will follow the recommendations of the Kentucky Healthy at Work and Healthy Events initiatives as well as the Center for Disease Control and Jefferson County Health Department. Fairgoers will be required to follow all Kentucky guidelines at the time of the event.  

 

The 117th Kentucky State Fair will be held August 19-29, 2021.  For more information and to stay up to date about the event, visit www.kystatefair.org. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

 

2 ADAIR COUNTY ARRESTS....

 

  • Robert Joseph Hand, 44, of Columbia - arrested Thursday afternoon by Columbia Police and charged with Voyeurism.
  • Jeremy Tucker, 37, of Columbia - arrested on Wednesday evening by the ACSO for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Drug Unspecified), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operator's License.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

FATAL GREEN COUNTY ACCIDENT


Greensburg, KY (April 22, 2021) Kentucky State Police is investigating a two vehicle fatal collision that occurred on April 21st, 2021 at 3:59 PM on KY 61 at the Green Larue County line. Preliminary investigations indicate that Christopher Helm, age 42 of Elizabethtown, was operating a 2008 Ford SUV northbound on KY 61 when he crossed the center line and struck a south bound 2008 Nissan passenger car head-on that was being operated by Courtney Feduccia, age 23 of Greensburg.

 

Helm was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital where he is listed in stable condition. Feduccia was pronounced deceased at the scene by Taylor County Coroner.
 

This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Jason Warinner. Tpr. Warinner was assisted at the scene by additional members of the Kentucky State Police, Larue County Sheriff’s Department, Green County Sheriff’s Department, Taylor County Coroner, Green County Fire, EMS and Rescue. 
 

AREA ARREST 4-22-21

 

 

 

A Jamestown man was taken into custody for resisting arrest and fleeing or evading police charges after a pursuit last evening.

 

Charles Elkins, age 61, was taken into custody by Trooper Harper with the Kentucky State Police around 8 last evening. Elkins was charged with Reckless Driving, Failure to or Improper Signal, Improper use of Left Lane – Overtaking Vehicle, Failure to Wear Seat Belt, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, 1st Offense, Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence – 4th or Greater (Aggravated Circumstances) Resisting Arrest and Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle) he was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

LOCAL CORONA VIRUS UPDATE 4-22-21

 

 

 

Russell County, 2 new cases yesterday. We had 1 case released from isolation Wednesday. We now have 10 active cases of which are all on self-isolation.

 

Adair County, 1 new COVID19 cases to report Wednesday. We released 2 cases. We have 12 active cases with 11 of those in home isolation. We have 1 case in the hospital at this time.

FREEZE WARNING TONIGHT

 
..FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM CDT TONIGHT TO 9 AM CDT/ THURSDAY...
 
 
* WHAT...Temperatures tomorrow morning around 28-32 degrees.
 
* WHERE...Southern Indiana and most of central Kentucky.
 
* WHEN...Until 10 AM EDT /9 AM CDT/ This morning. Then from
  midnight EDT /11 PM CDT tonight to 10 AM EDT /9 AM CDT/
  Thursday morning.
 
* IMPACTS...Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops, other
  sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor
  plumbing.
 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Wind chills this morning will be in the
  lower and middle 20s Thursday morning.
 
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
 
Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent
freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should
be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have
in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-
ground pipes to protect them from freezing.

ROLLOVER ACCIDENT IN RUSSELL COUNTY

 

Authorities are reportedly investigating a rollover 1-vehicle accident in the Fonthill area of Russell County that occurred on Wednesday afternoon. According to info. the WAVE has received, 5 people were in a vehicle that overturned, trapping one person underneath it. A helicoptor was called in for transport. No other details are available at this time.

 

 

Paving to Begin on KY 61 in Cumberland County

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (April 21, 2021) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 Office advises motorists that a paving project will begin by the end of the week on a portion of KY 61 in Cumberland County.

 

Work will be performed on KY 61 between mile point 14.5 (Scotts Ferry Road) to KY 704 (mile point 17). Flaggers will maintain traffic during the work.

 

The project includes microsurfacing paving, a high-tech process that uses a thin layer of quick-set, grout-like paving material to preserve the roadway surface. It seals pavement cracks, prevents pavement from degrading and can improve surface friction.   

 

KYTC ask motorists to be aware of the work zone, expect delays, and to utilize safe driving habits when traveling through the area.

 

Work is expected to be completed in approximately 6-8 weeks. The start and duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.   

 

For Kentucky’s latest traffic and travel information, visit goky.ky.gov or navigate traffic by downloading the free Waze app at www.waze.com. Motorists can also access traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 and at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.  

 

Gov. Beshear: 'Now is the Time to Find Your Shot of Hope'

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 21, 2021) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear encouraged all Kentuckians 16 and older to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment so the commonwealth can reach its 2.5 million vaccine Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge aimed at lowering infections, saving lives and ending this pandemic.

 

When the 2.5 million vaccine goal is reached, the state will lift most capacity restrictions on many Kentucky businesses.

 

“As we can see from today’s case numbers, this virus isn’t going away on its own. We have to come together to stop it. Hundreds of Kentuckians are still getting sick every day. Our people are still dying from COVID-19,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

“But we have the power to defeat this pandemic now, and the way we can do that is by choosing to get vaccinated.”

 

Kentuckians should visit vaccinemap.ky.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccination site near where they live.

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

Kentuckians vaccinated (have received at least one dose): 1,682,774*

New cases today: 785
New deaths today: 7

New audit deaths: 6
Positivity rate: 3.39%
Total deaths: 6,373
Currently hospitalized: 417
Currently in ICU: 113
Currently on ventilator: 52

 

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Boone and Warren. Each county reported at least 34 new cases.

 

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

 

*Vaccination data will continue to update after the state’s reporting system completed a security upgrade.

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

AREA ARREST 4-21-21

 

A Jamestown man was arrested on Trespassing charges early Tuesday morning.

 

36 year old Justin Woodall was taken into custody by Jamestown Police Chief Jeff Kerns yesterday morning and charged with Criminal Trespassing – 1st Degree.  He was lodged in the Russell County Jail.

 

LOCAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 4-21-21

 

 

Russell County:1 new case Tuesday. We had 4 cases released from isolation. We now have 9 active cases of which all are on self-isolation. The new case today is a 12 year old male.

 

Adair County: 2 new COVID19 cases reported yesterday. We released 1 case. We have 13 active cases with 12 of those in home isolation. We have 1 case in the hospital at this time.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Arrives in Russell County

 

All children under the age of 5 have something to be excited about as Russell County becomes the newest home for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.


This free book gifting program is credited for being a literacy game changer, instilling a love of books and reading, and impacting school readiness and overall community health. The program is open to all children in Russell County, birth to 5 years old.


Within 2 months of enrolling, a child will start to receive a free, high-quality, age-appropriate book addressed to them and mailed directly to their home every month until their 5th birthday. Enrollment is simple and can be completed by visiting the Russell County Public Library or online at www.russellcountylibrary.com.


The Russell County Imagination Library is made possible by a partnership between the Russell County Public Library, Russell County Schools, and Russell County Community Early Childhood Council, as well as Founding and Sustaining Partner, the Woodland Farms Foundation. Make sure your child is one of the first in Russell County to join Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library by attending the enrollment kickoff event at the Russell County Public Library this Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 11:00am-1:00pmCT. Families are invited to take part in activities, free book giveaways, prizes, early enrollment, and more!
 

2 NEW COVID-19 DEATHS IN LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT - 04/19/21 REPORT

 

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 3.46%.

 

Deaths: We are sad to report 2 new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 387 deaths resulting in a 1.78% mortality rate (about 1 in 56) among known cases. This compares with a 1.45% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.79% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 16 cases in the hospital. This is 2 less than what we reported yesterday. We have had a total of 1,204 hospitalizations resulting in a 5.55% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 18) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.91%. The latest data shows that 91.11% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 22.03% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 21,691 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 10.38% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 0.44% are reinfections.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 39 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 3; Casey: 4; Clinton: -1; Cumberland: -1; Green: 1; McCreary: 7; Pulaski: 15; Russell: 1; Taylor: 7; and, Wayne: 3. In all, we have released 97.6% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 1 more than the new cases we added today. This leaves us with 135 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 12/10/2020 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,342.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Family, Businesses, Medical Facilities, and Schools. Of our active cases, 4% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 40 today: Adair: 3; Casey: 8; Clinton: 2; McCreary: 2; Pulaski: 9; Russell: 4; Taylor: 11; and, Wayne: 1. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.001. This means our total case count is projected to double every 748.06 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 12/30/2020 when we added 301 cases.

 

Today’s new cases include:

Adair: A 66-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 40-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 64-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Casey: A 63-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 73-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 76-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 36-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 32-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Casey: A 3-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Casey: A 48-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Casey: A 55-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 32-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 34-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
McCreary: A 51-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 13-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 34-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 40-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 58-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 22-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 30-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 29-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 92-year-old female who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 11-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 15-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 36-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 28-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 52-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 26-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 29-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 38-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 40-year-old female who is released, Asymptomatic;
Taylor: A 51-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 32-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Taylor: A 27-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Taylor: A 46-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 58-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 30-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 23-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 30-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 41-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic

 

The deaths we announce today are an 83-year-old individual from Clinton who passed in January and an 89-year-old individual from Cumberland who died in February. Both cases were found when auditing local and state data, and both cases had been released from public health observation but later succumbed to lasting complications from the illness.

 

We added more cases today than for the same time period last week, so our 7-day average incidence rate went up. Our 7-day average incidence chart is now showing 5 counties in the “yellow-community-spread” category, Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, and Wayne; and 5 counties in the “orange-accelerated” range of community-spread: Casey, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, and Taylor. We are thankful to not have any “red-critical” counties now. Keep in mind, some of our 7-day-incidence data will be skewed over the next few days as we are reconciling our data against the state data.

 

Don’t forget that at both the world level and in several states, we are seeing sharp increases in new COVID-19 cases. Therefore, please do not assume that the pandemic is completely behind us and take the vaccine as soon as you can. Also, until the vaccine is widely available, and a significant percentage of the population has taken it, let’s all do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing our face coverings, avoiding crowds (especially in confined spaces), social distancing when around others, increasing our hand hygiene, increasing our general sanitation, and by avoiding touching our faces.

 

Transition of Driver Licensing Services from Circuit Court Clerks to Transportation Cabinet Nearing in 9 Counties Including Russell & Adair...

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 20, 2021) – A new era of driver licensing services, offering an array of options and conveniences for obtaining or renewing driver’s licenses and state identification cards, will soon begin in nine Kentucky counties.

 

The traditional trip to the local Office of Circuit Court Clerk is being replaced in those counties with a visit to a secure, specialized Driver Licensing Regional Office operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).

 

“To make a better Kentucky, we have to strive for constant improvement in our public services and the manner in which they’re delivered,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “The transition to licensing through a network of Driver Licensing Regional Offices, with greater flexibility for customers and greater security for personal information, takes this essential service to the next level.”

 

Making the transition this month will be Adair, Breathitt, Floyd, Hopkins, Madison, McCracken, Pulaski, Rowan and Russell counties. The Office of Circuit Court Clerk in each of those counties will cease nearly all in-person driver licensing services on Monday, April 26. More information about regional offices can be found here.

 

The lone, temporary exception is processing of remotely submitted applications for renewal or replacement of standard-issue licenses and IDs. Circuit clerks in every county except Fayette will continue that processing until June 30, 2021. It was an emergency measure to limit person-to-person contact and safeguard public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The remote renewal option – by mail or by leaving applications in drop boxes – is not available to anyone whose name or address has changed or who requires testing by the Kentucky State Police. Get more information here.

 

Three other counties – Fayette, Franklin and Woodford – made the transition earlier. The new system is to be phased in for every Kentucky county by June 30, 2022.

 

“Our driver licensing regional offices are exclusively dedicated to licensing services,” KYTC Secretary Jim Gray said. “It’s a modernized system that offers convenience and choices to the customer, plus greater security for personal information and the credentials themselves.”

 

Residents of counties making the transition may renew or apply for a REAL ID or new standard card version of driver licenses, permits, commercial driver licenses (CDLs) and ID cards at any KYTC Driver Licensing Regional Office.

 

Regional offices – the only places to get a REAL ID – are operating in Paducah, Madisonville, Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Louisville/Hurstbourne, Burlington, Frankfort, Lexington, Richmond, Morehead, Prestonsburg, Catlettsburg, Somerset, Columbia and Jackson. More offices are on the way. There also is a temporary, appointment-only office at Louisville/Bowman Field.

 

All customers are encouraged to make an appointment online. A limited number of walk-ins will be served due to COVID-19 safety guidelines.

 

Kentucky State Police will continue to oversee all permit and license testing. Appointments for written or road testing can be made online at kentuckystatepolice.org/driver-testing. Until further notice, testing will continue in current locations for counties making the transition. Once testing is successfully completed, a customer will visit a Driver Licensing Regional Office to apply for the permit or license.

 

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 20, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Beshear said at least 1,672,364* Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. He also announced 609 new COVID-19 cases and a 3.44% positivity rate.

 

“As our case numbers seem to be plateauing, it’s more important than ever for us to make sure our vaccination numbers are rising consistently,” said Gov. Beshear. “Let’s meet our 2.5 million vaccine Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge so we can get back to more of the activities we enjoy and keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe.”

 

Kentuckians should visit vaccinemap.ky.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccination site near where they live.

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

Kentuckians vaccinated (have received at least one dose): 1,672,364*

New cases today: 609
New deaths today: 7

New audit deaths: 6
Positivity rate: 3.44%
Total deaths: 6,360
Currently hospitalized: 419
Currently in ICU: 121
Currently on ventilator: 48

 

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Warren and Christian. Each county reported at least 22 new cases.

 

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

 

*Vaccination data will continue to update after the state’s reporting system completed a security upgrade.

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

FREEZE WATCH THURSDAY 1AM-9AM CENTRAL TIME

 
 
 
...FREEZE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT
THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING...
 
* WHAT...Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 29 to 31 will be
  possible.
 
* WHERE...southern Indiana and central Kentucky.
 
* WHEN...From late Wednesday night through Thursday morning.
 
* IMPACTS...Freeze conditions could kill sensitive vegetation
  and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.
 
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent
freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should
be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have
in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-
ground pipes to protect them from freezing.
 

LOCAL CHEERLEADERS WIN BIG AT NATIONAL COMPETITION

 

Some local cheerleaders won big over the weekend in Florida during a national competition.

 

The gym is called "South Central Athletics" and the name of the team is "Red Alert". The 2 girls from Russell County are Kairi Johnson and Lexus Evans. They competed in the Apex Florida Finals and won 1st place in the Youth Extreme Mount division and the team was the only "Under 12 Team" that made it that far. The other event they competed in was the Quest National Finals and they took 1st place in the Youth Extreme Mount division. Both competitions are National Finals! 

 

The girls have had an amazing season! They have come back from injuries and because of covid19 did not get to practice during the whole month of December and they were still able to go to Florida and represent Kentucky and Russell and Pulaski Counties. Congratulations girls from 92.7 The WAVE!

 

ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AGENDA FOR APRIL 22ND MEETING


There will be a working session on Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 5:15-5:45 PM CST prior to the Regular Board Meeting. The doors will open to the public immediately following the working session.

 

The Adair County School Board will meet on Thursday, April 22, 2021 (for a Regular School Board Meeting) at the Adair Co. Board Conference Room at 6:00pmCT.

 

*Meeting called to order*


**Supt. Dr. Stephens and Adair County Board Members will open meeting with Pledge of Allegiance**

 

***Prayer***

 

1.          APPROVAL OF AGENDA

2.          APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

 

CONSENT AGENDA

3.          APPROVAL OF MINUTES

4.          APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT

5.          APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS

6.          APPROVAL OF PAY APP #6 FOR JENKINS-ESSEX CONSTRUCTION FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY PRIMARY CENTER PRESCHOOL ADDITION PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $89,340.00

7.          APPROVAL OF PAY APP #3 FOR JENKINS-ESSEX CONSTRUCTION FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY SOFTBALL/BASEBALL ADDITION PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $103,850.00

8.          APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER #1 TO DIRECT PURCHASE ORDER FOR NUCOR/VULCRAFT WHICH CANCELS THEIR CONTRACT OUT TO $0 - JOISTS AND DECKING ARE NO LONGER BEING USED DUE TO PRICE AND TIMELINE

9.          APPROVAL OF A LETTER FROM JENKINS-ESSEX EXPLAINING THE ABOVE CHANGE ORDER TO DIRECT PURCHASE ORDER FOR NUCOR/VULCRAFT AND CHANGE ORDER #2 TO THE JENKINS-ESSEX CONTRACT

10.        APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER #2 TO THE JENKINS-ESSEX CONTRACT WHICH ADDS THE AMOUNT FOR PRE-TAX MATERIALS FROM DE-AM-RON IN THE AMOUNT OF $7,483.00.00

11.        APPROVAL OF THE ADAIR COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION SCHOOL FOOD SERVICE DEPARTMENT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM THROUGH 2021

12.        APPROVAL TO ACCEPT BIDS FOR THE SERVING LINES FOR ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL AND ADAIR COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL

13.        APPROVAL TO DECLARE TECHNOLOGY ITEMS AS JUNK FOR DISPOSAL OR RECYCLING

14.        APPROVAL FOR ACHS CHOIR TO TRAVEL TO ORLANDO, FLORIDA, DECEMBER 2021, PENDING COVID RESTRICTIONS

15.        APPROVAL OF THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL ACTIVITY FUNDS BUDGET

16.        ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION

 

 

REGULAR AGENDA

17.         SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

18.         PUBLIC COMMENTS

19.         APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Renae Smith

20.         BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – Steve Burton

21.         APPROVAL OF BOYS BASKETBALL SHOOTING MACHINE IN THE AMOUNT OF $4,400.00 TO $4,800.00 – Dr. Stephens

22.         APPROVAL TO INCREASE STIPEND FOR BAND DIRECTOR FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR AND AN INCREASE IN STIPEND AND WORK DAYS FOR THE ASSISTANT BAND DIRECTOR FOR THE 2021--2022 SCHOOL YEAR – Dr. Stephens

23.         DISCUSSION/APPROVAL OF BOARD ATTORNEY FOR SCHOOL YEAR JULY 1, 2021-June 30 2022 - -Renae Smith

24.         APPROVAL TO APPROVE THE TENTATIVE BUDGET FOR THE 2021-2022 – Renae Smith

25.         APPROVAL OF THE COMPREHENSIVE IMPROVEMENT PLAN FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR. - -PHYLLIS CURRY
26.         APPROVAL OF THE NTI LEARNING PLAN FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR. – PHYLLIS CURRY

27.         ADJOURNMENT

 

LOCAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 4-20-21

 

Russell County: 4 new cases Monday. We had 1 case released from isolation. We now have 12 active cases of which are all on self-isolation.

 

Adair County: 3 cases yesterday. We have 12 active cases with 11 of those in home isolation. We have 1 case in the hospital at this time.

 

RC SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP 4/19/21

 

Monday evening was the regular monthly meeting for the Russell County School Board. Here's Superintendent Michael Ford with details... 

 

Gov. Beshear, Dr. Stack Update Kentuckians on Healthy at Work Policies

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 19, 2021) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, updated Kentuckians on the state’s Healthy at Work requirements aimed at keeping all employees and their families safe.

 

The Healthy at Work minimum requirements list has been simplified and now applies to all businesses.

 

“We have fought really hard to get where we are – a much better place than in the fall and winter – allowing us to streamline some of our guidance,” said Gov. Beshear. “I hope people are able to enjoy some of these capacity increases. We can do so safely if we continue to wear our masks.”

 

The minimum requirements list includes specifications for:

  • Physical distancing;
  • Facial coverings;
  • Hand washing and sanitizing;
  • Ventilation;
  • Telework;
  • Common areas; and
  • Daily temperature/health checks.

 

Events with 1,000 or fewer people in a single space are limited to 60% capacity, or the maximum number of people that allows for physical distancing. Events with more than 1,000 people in a single space are limited to 50% capacity, or the maximum number of people that allows for physical distancing.

 

Only a few types of businesses still have supplemental Healthy at Work requirements: health care facilities; wedding, funeral or memorial service venues; restaurants and bars; pools and bathing facilities; and gyms, sports and exercise activities.

 

“What we’re doing today is simplifying our guidance so it’s easier for Kentuckians to follow and easier for them to stay safe,” said Dr. Stack. “I look forward to the day when we put COVID behind us and none of these requirements are necessary. The way we get there is for everyone to make the choice to get vaccinated. These vaccines are amazing tools to help us get our lives back.”

 

Gov. Beshear also said that Black and Hispanic Kentuckians are no longer disproportionately represented among the commonwealth’s COVID-19 deaths.

 

“I’m proud to report in our newest statistics, we have now either achieved proportionate or even disproportionately low numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths among most groups of minority Kentuckians,” said Gov. Beshear. “For instance, Black and African-American Kentuckians make up 8.4% of the state’s population; to date, they make up only 8% of all of Kentucky’s COVID-19 cases and 8.1% of Kentucky’s COVID-19 deaths. This used to be 16% and it’s been cut in half.”

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Monday, April 19, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

Kentuckians vaccinated (have received at least one dose): 1,665,196*

New cases today: 231
New deaths today: 4
New audit deaths: 5
Positivity rate: 3.46%
Total deaths: 6,347
Currently hospitalized: 402
Currently in ICU: 121
Currently on ventilator: 43

 

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Trigg, Crittenden, Kenton and Fayette. Each county reported at least 10 new cases.

 

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

 

*Last Monday, the Governor reported that vaccination data would update throughout the week after the state’s reporting system completed a security upgrade.

 

Gov. Beshear Recognizes National Minority Health Month
The U.S. Office of Minority Health has proclaimed April 2021 as National Minority Health Month, and Gov. Beshear signed a proclamation recognizing that month in the commonwealth.

 

“COVID-19 laid bare the inequalities that have plagued our nation for far too long, highlighting the need for more work and progress to be made,” said Gov. Beshear. “That’s why my administration launched the 1-2-3 campaign to enroll more Black and Hispanic Kentucky residents in Medicaid. Now, we are working to ensure the equitable distribution of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines by increasing access and services to those underserved communities. The recognition of this month is another step in the right direction of a better Kentucky for all.”

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

KSP Post 15 Investigates Fatal Collision In Casey County

 

Liberty, KY (April 19, 2021) - Kentucky State Police Post 15 was notified on April 16th, 2021 at 5:55 AM of a three vehicle fatal collision that occurred on west KY 70 in Casey County. Preliminary investigations indicate that Donald Cocanougher, age 26 of Harrodsburg, KY was operating a 2007 Dodge pickup east bound when he entered into the west bound lane, side swiping a 2020 Dodge pickup operated by 41 year old Joseph Cooper of Hustonville, KY. Cocanougher continued into the west bound lane striking a 1994 Ford dump truck head on, operated by 32 year old Derek Cochran of Stanford, KY.

 

Cocanougher and a rear passenger, 26 year old Michael Reeves of Burgin, KY were pronounced deceased by the Casey County Coroner. A third passenger in that vehicle David Brady age 36 of Harrodsburg, Ky was airlifted to UK hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Cochran received minor injuries and was treated at the Casey County hospital. Cooper was not injured.

 

This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Dean Lunz. Tpr. Lunz was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Adam Likins, Casey County EMS, and the Casey County Coroner. 

 

AN ELI RESIDENCE WAS DAMAGED BY FIRE LAST EVENING

 

 

 

Around 5:30 Sunday evening, the Eli Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire at occupied residence located at 463 Old Jamestown Rd. First arriving personnel found moderate smoke emitting from the first floor of the structure. During size up it was determined the fire was located in the basement. Entry was forced into the residence from an exterior basement door. An aggressive interior attack was made encountering hoarder conditions in the basement, located and extinguished the fire near the electrical panel box. Ventilation was completed and the property was turned back over the the occupant and owner. The Department thanks SKRECC and RCSO for their assistance at the incident.

Columbia-Adair EDA Meeting April 20th...

 

The Columbia-Adair Economic Development Authority Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 8:00 A.M. Central Time at the Columbia/Adair Chamber of Commerce building on Burkesville Street. Please enter through basement door.

 

AGENDA

 

Presiding – Bobby Morrison, Chairman

Welcome and Call To Order

Determination of a Quorum

Pledge of Allegiance – Prayer

 

Business:

Approval of Minutes as presented – Kenzie Rowe, Secretary

Approval of Treasurer’s Report as presented – Roger Meadows, Treasurer

 

Business:

  1. Work with industrial prospect, planned visit, etc.
  2. Road work update
  3. TC Energy update on using pipeline 45 easement to fill sinkhole
  4. Review of By-Laws, thoughts, etc.
  5. Website: Doyle Lloyd, Heather Bryant
  6. Rodney Hicks, East Kentucky Power on interest solar on 300 acres

 

 

Comments: Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan                                                      

                     City of Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots

                     Adair Progress Drew Bergman

                     Community Voice Sharon Burton

                     Columbia Magazine Linda Waggener

 

Adjourn: Next regular meeting, Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 8 a.m.

 

Two Russell County Men Arrested on Meth and Other Charges...

 
  • Jeffrey Helton, 29, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Friday evening by the RCSO and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, TBUT over $500, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
  • Dustin Popplewell, 34, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by the RCSO for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, TBUT over $500, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
 
Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge at 1,654,407 Vaccinated

 
By TOM LATEK, Kentucky Today
 
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The number of new COVID-19 cases, deaths, and the state’s positivity rate all fell on Saturday in Kentucky.
 
There were 599 new cases reported to state public health officials, 132 of which were people 18 years of age of younger. This compares to 713 on Friday and 834 on Thursday, although it should be noted that some labs are not open or do not report results during the weekend. There have now been 437,037 positive cases of the coronavirus, since the first one was reported in Harrison County on March 6, 2020.
 
There were 12 counties with a double-digit number of new cases: Jefferson 103, Fayette 38, McCracken 31, Warren 28, Daviess and Kenton 21, Logan and Montgomery 18, Christian 15, Lewis 11, and  Boone and Harlan  10.
 
Reports from local health departments indicated three new deaths, while the ongoing audit of death certificates between last fall and the end of February added 10 more. The locations and ages of the victims was not available.
 
This marks the third straight day of declines, as there were 15 deaths on Friday and 17 on Thursday and brings the number of Kentuckians lost due to COVID-19 during the pandemic, to 6,330.
 
Kentucky’s positivity rate on Saturday was 3.42%, based on a seven-day rolling average of tests versus positive cases. The positivity rate had increased for seven straight days, after reaching a low of 2.79% on April 9, and peaking at 3.51% on Friday.
 
Gov. Andy Beshear announced the Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge last Monday, April 12, in which he said he would lift capacity and other restrictions at restaurants, bars, other businesses, and venues with up to 1,000 people when 2.5 million Kentuckians have had at least their first vaccination. He predicted that this goal can be reached in six weeks or less.
 
Currently, the number of Kentuckians who have received at least one dose of the vaccine stands at 1,654,407, an increase of more than 16,000 from Friday. Kentuckians should visit vaccinemap.ky.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccine near where they live.
 
To see the state’s full daily COVID-19 report, which includes such information as the red zone counties and red zone recommendations, testing locations, vaccine sites and availability, the weekly White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky, executive orders, revised travel guidance from the CDC and other information on the state’s pandemic response, go to kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
The Governor’s next scheduled live press briefing on COVID-19 will be Monday afternoon at 4, but his office is expected to issue a daily report on COVID-19 numbers on Sunday.
 

LWC ADVANCES TO NAIA FCS PLAYOFF QUARTERFINALS

 

COLUMBIA, Ky. - For the second straight season, the Lindsey Wilson football team will be advancing on to the NAIA FCS Playoff Quarterfinals. The Blue Raiders dropped Bethel (Kan.) today at Blue Raider Stadium by a final of 42-10, improving to a flawless 8-0 on the season. 

 

LWC, who led just 14-10 at halftime, pushed forward 28 unanswered points while corralling an interception by TJ James in the win.

 

Today was also a special day for running back Jaylen Boyd, who now stands as the programs all-time leading rusher. With his team-high 15 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns today, Boyd now has 2,244 career rushing yards which is good enough to move past the 2,219 career rushing yards from Blake Ingleton who was with the team from 2016-18.

 

Boyd was joined offensively by the good company of quarterback Cameron Dukes, who went 11-of-18 passing for 144 yards while tossing two touchdowns and one interception. Joshua Lewis, who was the favorite target for Dukes today, caught a team-best five passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns.

 

On defense, Luke Bowman grabbed a team-leading 11 total tackles while Michael Leslie was close behind with nine. James, who pulled in a big interception for his defense in the third quarter, was joined by Peyton Doles and David Hylick with seven total tackles, respectively.

 

Overall, the Blue Raiders outgained the Threshers in total offense by a mark of 373-to-309. Total passing (144-to-108) and total rushing (229-to-201) were both won by Lindsey Wilson. Despite this, Bethel easily won the possession margin by 13 minutes and 12 seconds. Defensively, each team notched a turnover. 

 

The Threshers got the edge on the scoreboard first by amassing a powerful 14 play, 68 yard opening drive which resulted in a 29 yard field goal. BC held this 3-0 lead for the full length of the first quarter.

 

Despite an interception on the opening drive, the Blue Raider offense stepped back on the field a drive later and produced the game's first touchdown. The 15 play, 74 yard drive was capped off by a Dukes five yard rushing score.

 

The lead was lost, but it didn’t bother Bethel, who quickly jumped back in front after a 59 yard passing touchdown gave the Threshers a 10-7 advantage as the half neared its end.

 

The answer came on the next offensive possession by Lindsey Wilson, who used up just 2:45 on the game clock in an eventual four yard passing touchdown from Dukes to Lewis. This gave the Blue Raiders a 14-10 edge at the half.

 

LWC took a spot in the driver's seat and never looked back in the second half, scoring a pair of unanswered touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters.

 

After the crucial interception by James in the endzone on Bethel’s second half opening drive, the Blue Raiders needed just one play for Dukes to launch an 80 yard touchdown pass to Lewis which gave the team an 11-point cushion.

 

Lindsey Wilson turned the Threshers over on downs a drive later, and would capitalize with a 5 play, 13 yard drive that was concluded when Boyd found his way in the endzone for a one yard rushing touchdown.

 

Play moved into the fourth quarter, and the Blue Raiders continued to execute on both ends of the ball. After forcing Bethel to turn the ball over on downs once again, Boyd broke free for a 36 yard rushing touchdown on the first play of the drive.

 

The final score of the game came after another executed turnover on downs sequence by the LWC defense. Off the turnover, a 10 play, 48 yard drive was capped off by a three yard rushing touchdown by Kobe Belcher.

 

With the win, Lindsey Wilson advances on into the NAIA FCS Playoff Quarterfinals. An opponent and location for this game will be announced at a later time. Stay updated at www.lindseyathletics.com.

 

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 16, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,638,235 Kentuckians have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. He also reported 714 new COVID-19 cases and said the state’s positivity rate has risen to 3.51%.

 

“Today’s report shows why it’s so important for every Kentuckian to get their shot of hope and help us meet the 2.5 million vaccine Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge,” said Gov. Beshear. “We have come so far in this fight, but it isn’t over.

 

There are more than half a million Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines available in Kentucky right now, and it just takes a few minutes to find yours.”

 

Kentuckians should visit vaccinemap.ky.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccine near where they live.

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Friday, April 16, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

Kentuckians vaccinated (have received at least one dose): 1,638,235*

New cases today: 714
New deaths today: 10

New audit deaths: 5
Positivity rate: 3.51%
Total deaths: 6,317
Currently hospitalized: 418
Currently in ICU: 94
Currently on ventilator: 42

 

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Warren, Kenton and Daviess. Each county reported at least 22 new cases.

 

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

 

*Monday, the Governor reported that vaccination data would update throughout the week after the state’s reporting system completed a security upgrade.

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

Email from Adair Co. Judge Exec. Gale Cowan Explaining Jail Closing Discussion in Detail....

 

There have been several rumors going around since the Adair County Fiscal Court meeting on Tuesday night.  One from a media outlet that never even covered the meeting.  So, below I will try to explain the situation and discussion regarding the Adair County Regional Jail. It will be lengthy, but I think it needs to be to explain the whole discussion.

 

In December the Adair County Fiscal Court voted to close the Class D Facility located on Hwy 55 North in Columbia.  This was due to only having a few state inmates in the facility since so many was pulled by the state during COVID.  At the March 30, 2021 fiscal court meeting, I asked the court if they wanted to consider reopening the Class D Facility.  If not, we needed to consider taking bids to mow county property. Magistrate Flatt stated he did not want to reopen the Class D Facility at this time and stated he felt we owed it to the citizens of Adair Co. to see what it would cost us to have another county house our inmates. Magistrate Flatt then made a motion to have Judge Cowan get figures together to house Adair County inmates elsewhere. 

 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Fiscal Court meeting, I gave my report to the Fiscal Court. I emailed approximately 10 surrounding counties that have jails what they would charge us to house inmates. I had 3 emails returned. Be advised this does not say they WOULD OR COULD house our inmates. The email stated IF they housed our inmates they would be at these charges:

  • Hart County - $45 per day per inmate
  • Russell County - $34 per day per inmate (subject to change)
  • Taylor County - $35 per day per inmate

 

On Tuesday, Adair County had 48 county inmates that we would have to pay for. I rounded it to 50 inmates X $35 per day X 365 days per year = $638,750.00. 

 

As of Tuesday’s meeting, we had transferred $716,214.31 to the jail fund. BUT, only $580,759.92 was from the general fund to the jail fund. The other $135,454.39 was CARES funding to reimburse the jail fund for items related to COVID.

 

My (rounded) estimates if we close our jail including inmate pay, medical, jailer salary, transport officers, and purchase of a van to transport inmates from that county back to Adair for court days….$857,000. That does not include employee benefits, fuel, vehicle maintenance, or additional transport hours on the sheriff’s department who is already strapped and needing more employees. On top of that we would put over 20 people out of a job.

 

All of this brought us to Tuesday’s motion. It was my recommendation to the fiscal court to reopen the Class D Facility at this time. By opening the Class D, Jailer White can move classified State inmates back to the Class D Facility where he can separate those inmates from the general population inside the main jail. This will allow him to be able to take inmates back out to mow county property and have a litter pickup crew with jail staff. This again, is the only way we can utilize the inmate labor per Department of Corrections regulations at this time due to COVID restrictions. A motion was made to reopen the Class D Facility with the above mentioned guidelines and reevaluate the situation in 6 weeks to see if it is feasible to keep the facility open.

 

If anyone would like to make an appointment with myself or any of our magistrates to explain this further, please call the Adair County Judge’s Office at 270-384-4703.

 

Gale B. Cowan

Adair County Judge Executive

 

Paving to Begin Next Week on East KY 80 in Russell County

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (April 16, 2021) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 Office advises motorists that a paving project will begin the week of April 19 on a portion of KY 80 in Russell County.

 

Work is scheduled to begin mid to late next week and will be performed on KY 80 east between the U.S. 127 intersection in Russell Springs (mile point 3.9) to KY 76 - Fonthill (mile point 7.9). Flaggers will maintain traffic during the work.

 

KYTC ask motorists to be aware of the work zone, expect delays, and to utilize safe driving habits when traveling through the area.

 

Work is expected to be completed in approximately one week. The start and duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.   

 

For Kentucky’s latest traffic and travel information, visit goky.ky.gov or navigate traffic by downloading the free Waze app at www.waze.com. Motorists can also access traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 and at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.  

 

LOCAL CORONA VIRUS UPDATE 4-16-21

 

 

 

Russell County, 2 new cases Thursday. We had 3 cases released from isolation. We now have 6 active cases which are all on self-isolation.

 

Adair County, 3 new COVID19 cases to report yesterday. We released 4 cases. We have 16 active cases with 15 of those in home isolation. We have 1 case in the hospital at this time.

JAMESTOWN CITY COUNCIL MET LAST EVENING...

Last night the regular monthly meeting of the Jamestown City Council took place at City Hall.

 

Mayor Nick Shearer shares with WAVE listeners what took place... 

 

 

Gov. Beshear: 'There are Half a Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Available in Kentucky Right Now'

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 15, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky has 499,735 Moderna and Pfizer vaccines on hand and ready to be administered, more than half the number the state would need to meet its 2.5 million Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge.

 

“As of today, we are only 877,076 vaccinations away from our goal of 2.5 million Kentuckians 16 and older receiving their vaccine,” said Gov. Beshear. “The way we defeat this virus is with vaccines, and I want to give you one statistic to show just how incredible they are.

 

“Congregate settings, like long-term care facilities, at one time made up more than 68% of our COVID-19 deaths; today, just 37.72% of COVID-19 deaths are from congregate settings, after we prioritized their residents and staff for the vaccine. The vaccines virtually eliminate death and serious illness from this virus. They are a miracle.”

 

To see a list of all vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. Gov. Beshear highlighted eight vaccination sites with at least 1,000 open appointments:
 

 

When discussing the state’s largest vaccination site, at Cardinal Stadium, Gov. Beshear said: “The work being done is nothing short of amazing. The entire process takes 25 minutes – 10 minutes for the shot, and 15 minutes of being monitored as a precaution. This site alone has the ability to vaccinate up to 4,000 people a day with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. They just need Kentuckians to take advantage of this opportunity.”

 

The Governor shared a video from Dr. Jason Smith, UofL Health’s chief medical officer, walking Kentuckians through the Cardinal Stadium vaccination site and encouraging them to sign up for appointments now.

 

Memorial
“Today we are honoring the life of Gill Scott, who passed away from COVID-19 on March 26. Gill was one of nine children, born and raised in Adair County. He moved to Louisville as a teenager, where he met and married his wife of 60 years, Mary,” said Gov. Beshear. “Family was always his number one priority – he loved them more than anything.

 

“Gill also loved being outdoors. It didn’t matter if he was mowing the yard, or RVing with Mary and their dog Harley Dee, he was just happy to be outside. Gill loved God and family, and had a witty sense of humor with a knack for one-liners.

 

“Gill’s life changed forever after the 2018 passing of his granddaughter, Detective Deidre Mengedoht, while on duty as a police officer for the Louisville Metro Police Department. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary and the entire family. We hope Gill is reunited with his granddaughter, and together they are looking down on you all.”

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, April 15, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

Kentuckians vaccinated (have received at least one dose): 1,622,924*

New cases today: 834
New deaths today: 17
New audit deaths: 0
Positivity rate: 3.45%
Total deaths: 6,302
Currently hospitalized: 416
Currently in ICU: 102
Currently on ventilator: 49

 

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Warren and Daviess. Each county reported at least 33 new cases.

 

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

 

*Monday, the Governor reported that vaccination data would update over the next two to three days after the state’s reporting system completed a security upgrade.

 

Unemployment Insurance Update
Today, Amy Cubbage, general counsel for Gov. Beshear, updated Kentuckians on in-person unemployment insurance (UI) appointments, federal tax returns for UI claimants and the UI system reopening after a temporary shutdown to enhance security.

 

Kentucky Career Centers Open to In-Person Appointments
After the previous administration eliminated in-person unemployment assistance, the Beshear administration returned those services to regional career centers on Thursday to assist more Kentuckians with their claims.

 

Cubbage said this morning, 13 regional Kentucky Career Centers opened for approximately 9,500 in-person appointments that are scheduled through April 30.

 

On April 19, Kentuckians can begin scheduling appointments for May 3; after that, appointments will open up for an additional day each night at 12 a.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Claimants with appointments are being offered additional career center services, including re-employment services, as part of their appointments.

 

Employers were handing out applications at some of the career centers on Thursday.

 

“We hope to have employers onsite next week with job opportunities available at all career center locations. These employer booths are outside the career centers and will be available, weather permitting, with no appointment. Masks and social distancing will still be required,” said Cubbage.

 

Kentuckians can also register for and access job search resources at kcc.ky.gov.

 

Federal Tax Refunds
Cubbage said if claimants filed federal taxes before Congress exempted the first $10,200 in unemployment insurance benefits from taxes, they do not need to file an amended return. The IRS has announced it will start processing refunds owed due to this new exemption in May.

 

UI System Reopened After Temporary Shutdown
The UI system reopened Tuesday morning after a temporary shutdown to stop suspicious and aggressive criminals attempting to gain unauthorized access to UI customer data.

 

“During the system shut down we moved everyone to a new eight-digit PIN so it would be more secure than our previous four-digit PIN. Letters were mailed in batches giving claimants new PIN numbers and step-by-step instructions on how to register in the new UI system,” said Cubbage.

 

Approximately 30,000 people have already registered in the new UI system.

 

“If you have not received your letter and need to access your UI account you can call our UI Help Line at 502-564-2900 and staff will be able to reset your PIN once they verify your identification,” Cubbage added.

 

Hours for the UI Help Line are:

  • Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. through 8 p.m. EDT. If claimants are in the que by 8 p.m., they will be assisted.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT
  • Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT

 

At this time, UI staff will only be helping with the registration process or resetting PIN numbers on the help line.

 

“If your PIN is reset over the phone with our staff, when your letter arrives that PIN is no longer valid. You will need to use the PIN that was reset for you over the phone,” said Cubbage. “Once you receive your PIN, you will need to register in the UI system as a new user. Your letter that has your new PIN also has step-by-step instructions on how to complete the registration.”

 

There is a tutorial video and step-by-step guide online at kcc.ky.gov.

 

Log Still Distillery to Create 126 Jobs with Phase 2 Investment
Today, Gov. Beshear announced Log Still Distillery, a startup reviving a historic site in southern Nelson County, expects to create 126 full-time jobs with a $24 million Phase 2 investment as they open a 300-acre campus that will be home to the distillery and other amenities to be rolled out over the next year. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Worldwide Technologies to Create 25 Jobs with Green County Facility
Kentucky companies continue to grow and create future job opportunities for residents, as today Gov. Beshear and leaders of Worldwide Technologies LLC, a manufacturer of precision machined parts, shared plans to open an operation in Greensburg, creating 25 full-time jobs with a $1.42 million investment. To learn more, see the full release.

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

To view the full daily reportincidence rate map, information on testing locationsvaccinescontact tracingschool reports and guidanceguidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

2-Vehicle Columbia Accident Results in Entrapment of one Driver

 
Columbia Police responded to the 2-vehicle injury collision on Burkesville Street this afternoon. The accident occurred when a Chevy pickup, operated by 33-year-old Corey Tucker of Columbia, KY was traveling south and lost its left front wheel. As a result, the driver lost control and collided with an oncoming vehicle being driven by 44-year-old Kelly Wilson of Somerset, KY who was operating a Honda Ridgeline. Wilson's vehicle was struck on the left side resulting in entrapment. Kelly Wilson had to be extracated from the vehicle and was then transported to TJ Health Columbia for treatment. Traffic was diverted until both vehicles could be removed and the scene cleared.
 
Officer Drew Conn investigated the collision. He was assisted by multiple officers from the Columbia Police Department and Adair Sheriff’s Office. The Columbia Fire Department and Adair EMS also responded.
 
 

KSP Charge Marion Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

 

Lebanon, Ky. (April 15, 2021)  The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Joseph M. Craig Jr., 38, on charges related to child sexual abuse material.

 

Mr. Craig was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online.

The investigation resulted in a search warrant at a residence in Lebanon on April 14, 2021. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

 

Mr. Craig is currently charged with eight counts of possession of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance and eight counts of distribution of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance. These charges are Class-D felonies punishable by one to five years in prison. Mr. Craig was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center.

 

The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is comprised of more than twenty-six local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The mission of the ICAC Task Force, created by the United States Department of Justice and administrated by the Kentucky State Police, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing a response to cyber enticement and child sexual abuse material investigations. This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education. The ICAC program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the internet, the proliferation of child sexual abuse material, and the heightened online activity of predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.

 

LOCAL CORONA VIRUS UPDATE 4-15-21

 

 

 

Russell County, 2 new cases Wednesday. We had none released from isolation. We now have 7 active cases, which are all on self-isolation.

 

Adair County, 3 new COVID19 cases to report yesterday. We released 3 cases. We have 17 active cases with 16 of those in home isolation. We have 1 case in the hospital at this time.

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 14, 2021) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced a 3.33% COVID-19 positivity rate and 782 new COVID-19 cases.

 

“While not a drastic change, today’s increase in the positivity rate is concerning,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is why it’s so important for Kentuckians to help us meet our Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge and reach our 2.5 million vaccine goal. The sooner we meet this goal, the sooner we can lift many restrictions on most venues and businesses. With over 1.6 million Kentuckians already vaccinated, we need everyone to help us meet our goal, including those who will directly benefit: for example, bars, restaurants, music venues, funeral homes, retail, event spaces, wedding venues, public pools, grocery stores, country clubs, museums, festivals and distilleries.”

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

Kentuckians vaccinated (have received at least one dose): 1,605,100*

New cases today: 782
New deaths today: 14
New audit deaths: 10
Positivity rate: 3.33%
Total deaths: 6,285
Currently hospitalized: 420
Currently in ICU: 115
Currently on ventilator: 51

 

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Warren and Christian. Each county reported at least 30 new cases.

 

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

 

*Monday, the Governor reported that vaccination data would update over the next two to three days after the state’s reporting system completed a security upgrade.

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

State Representative Josh Branscum - Legislative Update

 

We have come a long way from the primers and alphabet boards used to educate children in Kentucky’s early days. The first school opened in Harrodsburg when we were still part of Virginia and the children who met in those modest, unhewn cabins still represented only the few families that could afford to send them. Today’s students have traded horn books for Chromebooks and our system of public education has evolved to include 173 school districts and almost 650,000 students, as well as more than 42,000 teachers and 46,000 classified staff.

 

More than 42 percent of our state’s general fund is spent on educating children in kindergarten through 12th grade. However, Kentucky consistently ranks among the lowest states in literacy and student achievement. The COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s response to it have only exacerbated the challenges facing education and our educators. Yet, I am optimistic because our state’s history is chock-full of examples of using difficulties to forge opportunities.

 

So, what are we going to do? As a legislator, my view of public education begins and ends with one question: Is this good for children? Before I vote on a bill, I ask myself how it will impact the children sitting in classrooms across our state. I am happy to share that we made strides in improving the educational opportunities offered to our children.

 

HB 178: This measure addresses the current instability in the organization in the Kentucky Board of Education, which has seen several commissioners and reorganizations in the last few years. It requires appointments to the Kentucky Board of Education to reflect equal gender representation and proportionally reflect the Commonwealth's political affiliation and minority racial composition. It provides that members can be removed if composition requirements are not met and adds a student and a teacher to the board as non-voting members. HB 178 also prohibits the Governor from reorganizing the board.

 

SB 128: You may have heard this legislation referred to as the “do-over bill” because it provides Kentucky’s public and non-public K-12 students the option to complete a “do-over” of the school year interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Students and their parents or caregivers must submit their request for a supplemental school year to retake and supplement coursework already completed to their local board of education, who can accept or deny all requests. While some have managed to continue learning through this pandemic, this is not the case for all students. We know the digital divide and access to technology, availability of a parent or other supportive adult throughout the school day, and many other factors impact how a student fared during the 2020-2021 school year. A “do-over” academic year offers families the opportunity to put their child’s individual education needs first and help close any learning gaps.

 

HB 331: Endorsed by the Kentucky School Boards Association, HB 331 is aimed at holding local school board members accountable to the people who elected them. The measure eliminates the Commissioner of Education and Kentucky Board of Education’s authority to remove a local school board member. Kentucky’s Attorney General can petition the court to remove a school board member for a number of reasons, including engaging in bribery or forgery, influencing school personnel decision, nepotism, conflict of interest, moving out of the district, missing three meetings in a row or not completing the required school board training.

 

HB 163: This measure eliminates an unnecessary burden keeping quality educators from our classrooms.  Currently, a teacher’s certification might expire if they retire, change careers, or take time away from the classroom. Getting that certification back can be an expensive, lengthy process that ultimately has no impact on their ability to teach. HB 163 creates new eligibility standards for a limited opportunity to gain recertification.

 

SB 101: Career and technical education provides thousands of Kentucky students with a successful career path each year. SB 101 will help build a stronger relationship between the centers and their local communities by allowing local management while still providing a consistent, reliable level of state funding. 

 

SB 127: Saving lives does not have to be complicated. SB 127 encourages school districts to include two emergency inhalers with their student medication policies.

 

SB 129: This new law creates a technical advisory panel within the Kentucky Department of Education to provide input on establishing state school goals, designing school accountability, and recommending state academic assessments. 

 

HB 258: Teacher’s Retirement System costs have grown significantly (from $360 million in 2000 to more than $1 billion in 2020), and are projected to grow significantly more in the future ($2.5 billion by 2040). HB 258 modernizes the retirement benefit plans that will be available to new hires as of January 1, 2022. The proposed new tier includes a stabilization fund that prevents the pension from being underfunded and a combination of defined benefit and defined contribution approaches. We chose to do this because teachers are not allowed to participate in Social Security, so a defined benefit approach is critical to ensuring a consistent benefit. This measure was endorsed by the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, Kentucky Association of School Administration, Jefferson County Teacher’s Association, public universities, and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

 

As you can see, education was a hot topic during the 2021 Session and this legislature is committed to doing what is right for Kentucky. However, nowhere is it more evident than in the pages of our state budget and how we chose to invest taxpayer dollars. This session we committed $140 million to pay the entire cost of full-day kindergarten; $75 million to local vocational education centers’ construction pool; $3 million each in funding for the Kentucky School for the Deaf and the Kentucky School for the Blind; $2.6 million for Advanced Placement Exams; $800,000 for Dolly’s Imagination Library; and an additional $1 million for the Kentucky Adult Learner Pilot Program. We also allocated $127 million in federal COVID-relief funds to the School Facilities Construction Commission to replace aging and inadequate school buildings.

 

I once heard that the best way to find out what your priorities are is to look at your checkbook. While the amount we spend is important, it is equally critical that we spend every single dollar with an eye on getting the best return possible for our state.

 

Now that the 2021 Regular Session has adjourned, I will use these legislative updates to share summaries of the legislation we passed this year. I can still be reached through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181 or by email at Josh.Branscum@lrc.ky.gov. If you would like more information about any of these bills or legislative actions, you can also visit legislature.ky.gov.

 

AREA ARRESTS 4-14-21

 

 

Jared Lloyd, 43, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Oofficer Justice with the Russell Springs Police Department just before 6pm last evening. Lloyd was charged with Contempt of Court Libel/Slander Resistance to Order, Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (on foot), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Ormit Kelsey, 31, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Deputy Meyer with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just before 5pm on Tuesday. Kelsey was charged with Resisting Arrest, Assault, 4th Degree Dating Violence (Minor Injury), Strangulation 1st Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment 2nd Degree. Kelsey was also lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

 

LOCAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 4-14-21

 

 

Russell County: 4 new cases Tuesday. We had 2 cases released from isolation. We now have 5 active cases which are all on self-isolation.

 

Adair County: 2 new COVID19 cases to report yesterday. We released no cases. We have 17 active cases with 16 of those in home isolation. We have 1 case in the hospital at this time.

ADAIR COUNTY FIRE EARLY TUESDAY

 

 

The Adair County Fire Department was called to a residential house fire at 3415 Little Cake Road on Tuesday morning at 2:11amCT. The property was owned by Michael Bryant and was a total loss. There were 20 firemen on the scene for 1.5 hours.  

ADAIR CO. JUDGE & COLUMBIA MAYOR SIGN TELECOMMUNICATORS PROCLAMATION

 
Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan and Columbia Mayor Pam Hoots came together today to proclaim April 12-17, 2021 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Columbia and Adair County. 
 
Our 911 Dispatchers are the heros behind the scenes. They are the lifeline to our emergency service organizations day in and day out. Mayor Hoots & Judge Cowan says they are very thankful and appreciative of the job they do. Thank you to all of our 911 Dispatchers for a job well done!
 

Pictured with Judge Cowan and Mayor Hoots are 911 Director Jason Upchurch and Deputy Director Danna Burton

 

Kentucky Temporarily Pauses Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 13, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, advised all Kentucky vaccine providers to temporarily pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine.

 

Early this morning, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the pause after extremely rare blood clotting conditions developed in six Americans who received the J&J COVID-19 vaccine, out of 6.8 million total Americans who have received it.

 

“Everyone should still get one of the other two COVID-19 vaccines during this pause. We cannot let this slow us down.

 

The United States is going to get about 1.85 million more doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines this week. We should be able to make up any loss of appointments,” Gov. Beshear said. “Stay calm – it looks like the risk here from the J&J vaccine is very, very small versus the really significant risk of being harmed by COVID.”

 

During a media briefing Tuesday morning, Gov. Beshear said the president’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky indicated the chance of developing blood clots after the J&J vaccine was less than 1 in 1 million. In contrast, 1 in 558 Americans has died of COVID-19 in just over 13 months.

 

The Governor reported 1,586,411 Kentuckians have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose so far. Yesterday, the Governor reported that vaccination data would update over the next two to three days after the state’s reporting system completed a security upgrade.

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases today: 799
New deaths today: 3
New audit deaths: 1
Positivity rate: 3.20%
Total deaths: 6,261
Currently hospitalized: 405
Currently in ICU: 96
Currently on ventilator: 53

 

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Warren and Kenton. Each county reported at least 30 new cases.

 

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

2-VEHICLE HEAD-ON COLLISION IN ADAIR CO. SENDS 3 PEOPLE TO THE HOSPITAL...


On Monday, April 12, 2021 at approximately 5:10pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office responded to a 2-vehicle injury accident on Highway South 55 approximately 4 miles south of Columbia.


42-year-old Joann Shaw of Columbia, KY was traveling south in a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer when she dropped off the right shoulder, overcorrected, and slid across the roadway into the northbound lane where her vehicle was struck by a 2013 Fiat, being operated by 58-year-old Ruth Ware of Columbia.

 
Both drivers and a passenger in the Ware auto, 59-year-old William Ware of Columbia, KY were transported to T.J. Health Columbia by Adair County EMS for treatment of their injuries.
 

Adair County Deputy Brandon Hitch investigated the accident. He was assisted on scene by the Adair County Fire Department.

 

 

LOCAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 4-13-21

 

Russell County: 1 new case Monday. We had 1 case released from isolation. We now have 3 active cases which are all on self-isolation.

 

Adair County: 4 new COVID19 cases to report yesterday. We released 3 cases. We have 15 active cases with 14 of those in home isolation. We have 1 case in the hospital at this time.

RC FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP...

 

Last nights regular monthly meeting for the county leaders was a long one as several items were on the agenda. 

 

Russell County Judge Executive Gary Robertson spoke with WAVE NEWS following the meeting and tells us what took place during this months Fiscal Court meeting... 

 

 

APRIL 15TH LAST DAY TO PAY ADAIR COUNTY TAXES

 
The Adair County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone that Thursday, April 15th at 4:00pmCT will be the last day the sheriff's office will collect property taxes for 2020. Tax bills outstanding will be transferred to Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer’s Office.
 

Gov. Beshear Announces 2.5 Million Vaccination Challenge to Lift Many Capacity Restrictions

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 12, 2021) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge: When 2.5 million Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the state will remove most capacity restrictions.

 

When the goal is met, the Governor said he will lift capacity restrictions and physical distancing requirements for nearly all venues, events and businesses that cater to 1,000 or fewer patrons. In addition, he will end the curfew for bars and restaurants.

 

“The question is, how quickly can we get there? With the vaccine supply we have, we could get there in as little as three-and-a-half weeks from now. That minimum time frame might not be realistic, but we should get there in four to six weeks if we are intentional,” said Gov. Beshear. “We have to try everything to reach this point as quickly as possible. That will help us have a more normal summer than any of us could have imagined this winter.”

 

Masking would remain in effect and mass gatherings would still be limited until COVID-19 variants are under control and more Kentucky children are able to be vaccinated. The Governor said Kentucky has reported cases of all three variants of concern: the B-117 variant first detected in the United Kingdom, the B-1427 and B-1429 variants first detected in California and the P1 variant first identified in Brazil.

 

The Governor said he estimates more than 1.6 million Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine; he added that vaccination data would update to that number in the next two to three days after the state’s reporting system completed a security upgrade.

 

To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov.

 

As he encouraged Kentuckians to get vaccinated, the Governor referenced comments from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, who said the US economy is at an "inflection point" and that economic growth and job creation could accelerate if the U.S. continues to increase vaccinations and avoids another wave of COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance from Federal Emergency Management Association
“We have lost more than 6,000 Kentuckians to this horrible virus, leaving many grieving families with unanticipated funeral costs,” said Gov. Beshear. “To help ease some of the stress and burden caused by the pandemic, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has opened a COVID-19 funeral assistance program that provides financial support for funeral expenses incurred due to COVID-19 related deaths.”

 

Starting today, applications can be submitted for financial assistance from FEMA. At this time, there is no deadline to apply for the assistance, but the Governor encouraged Kentuckians not to delay in submitting an application.

 

To apply, Kentuckians can call the toll-free FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at 844-684-6333, or 800-462-7585 for deaf and hard of hearing Americans. The help line is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT.

“Please note, FEMA is not contacting anyone until the individual seeking assistance either has called FEMA first or has applied for assistance,” said Gov. Beshear. “If you doubt a FEMA representative is legitimate, hang up and report it to FEMA at 800-621-3362 or the National Center for Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.”

 

For more information about COVID-19 Funeral Assistance eligibility and the application, visit fema.gov and search “COVID-19 Funeral Assistance.”

 

Gov. Beshear, Health Care Leaders Open Kentucky’s Largest Vaccination Site
Gov. Beshear marked another key moment in Kentucky’s fight against COVID-19 on Monday when he joined health care leaders to open a drive-through vaccination site at Cardinal Stadium where 200,000 Kentuckians can get their shot of hope over the next seven weeks. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Protecting Lives at Correctional Facilities
J. Michael Brown, secretary of the Executive Cabinet, said to date, 6,602 out of 9,653 (68.39%) state inmates have received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine and additional vaccine clinics are being conducted this week at the Kentucky State Penitentiary. If inmates declined a vaccine when it was first offered to them, but they change their minds in the future and request one, they will still be able to receive a vaccine.

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Monday, April 12, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases today: 270
New deaths today: 7
New audit deaths: 0
Positivity rate: 3.16%
Total deaths: 6,257
Currently hospitalized: 380
Currently in ICU: 104
Currently on ventilator: 54

 

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Harlan, Laurel and Daviess. Each county reported at least 11 new cases.

 

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

 

“I urge everyone – for your own safety, for your own well-being – to make that choice to get vaccinated to keep yourself and your loved ones safe,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. “Vaccines are available. For example, all Kroger and Walgreens stores in the state of Kentucky are offering COVID-19 vaccines. If we can all rally around this and go get vaccinated, we can get back to activities safely.”

 

Unemployment Insurance Update
Today, Amy Cubbage, general counsel for Gov. Beshear, updated Kentuckians on when the state’s unemployment insurance (UI) system will go live again after a temporary shutdown for security upgrades.

 

“We are on track for the system to go live again at 7 a.m. EDT tomorrow,” said Cubbage. “So far, 100,000 letters have been mailed with new login information for claimants and the remaining letters will be mailed tomorrow. Knowing that the letters will not reach you in time for the system’s reopening, we will have call center assistance at 502-564-2900 available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT for the next 10 days.”

 

Claimants can only get PIN assistance on this call line. Wait times are expected to be longest between 7 and 8 a.m. and between 8 and 9 p.m. when there are fewer call center staff on duty.

 

“A valid email address is required to verify identity in new registration process. Free email accounts are available through Google and Yahoo. You will also need the new eight-digit PIN to create the new account,” said Cubbage. “If you are not due to request benefits this week, please hold off on requesting a PIN via phone and wait for the letter.”

 

Kentucky Tops South Central Region for 2020 Economic Development Projects Per Capita
Though the past year brought no shortage of obstacles for businesses across the globe, private-sector companies continued to announce job-creating projects in the commonwealth as Team Kentucky works to build a stronger economy for the long-term.

 

As evidence, Site Selection magazine’s annual Governor’s Cup rankings for 2020 positioned Kentucky atop the South Central region, and third nationally, for qualifying projects per capita. The commonwealth also placed seventh overall in total projects, the highest of any state with a population under 5 million. To learn more, see the full release.

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

DRIVE-THRU HIRING EVENT IN RUSSELL COUNTY APRIL 13TH

 

Patriot Industries, Inc. will conduct an exploratory Drive-Thru Hiring Event on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 11:00am-1:00pmCT. The hiring event will be located at 36 Ferco Way in Jamestown, KY (at the former JOMEL building). Patriot Industries, Inc. is a cut & sew manufacturer of military items and has been in business since 1998. Patriot Industries, Inc. is considering expanding to Russell County and their initial goal is to hire between 30 and 50 team members.

 

 

Appointments Available for COVID-19 1st Dose Vaccine

 

T.J. Regional Health has COVID-19 first does vaccine appointments available in Glasgow for Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Many appointments are available throughout the day. If you are 18 years of age or older and would like to schedule an appointment for your first dose of the Moderna vaccine, please call 270-659-1010.

 

ACES Special Called SBDM Council Meeting April 13th


ACES's SBDM council will meet Tuesday, April 13th at 4:00. This will be a special called regular meeting to review applications for a teacher vacancy. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the school.

 

Adair Man Arrested on Felony Drug and Gun Charges

 

On Friday. April 9, 2021 at 9:15amCT, Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman and Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle were following up on an investigation on Dunville Rd near the Adair/Casey line. A search of the residence yielded methamphetamine, marijuana, pills, drug Paraphernalia and a firearm. 

 
Chris Cundiff, 30, of Dunnville was arrested by Sheriff Brockman on the following charges:
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon 
  • Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine)
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia 
  • Possession of marijuana and
  • Possession of a controlled substance 3rd degree 

Deputy Brandon Hitch, Derek Padgett and Probation and Parole officers assisted on scene.
 

AREA ARRESTS 4-12-21

 

A Lebanon couple was taken into custody on bench warrants and drug charges by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday…

 

Christina Marples, 38, was taken into custody on 3 bench warrants for court, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st offense (Heroin), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.

 

Tyler Marples, 38, was arrested on charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of a Controlled Substance 1st, Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession, Possession of a Controlled  Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Heroin) and Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance.

 

Deputies Golden and Perkins made the arrests. Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

WEEKEND ARRESTS 04/11/21

 
  • Jackie Hardin, 19, of Campbellsville, KY was arrested early Sunday morning by the ACSO for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
  • Robert Schultz, 54, of Whitley City, KY was arrested late Friday night by KSP for No Operators License, No Registration Receipt, No Registration Plates, Improper Registration Plate Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance 3rd offense, and Failure to Appear.
  • Casey James Lewis, 35, of Breeding, KY arrested Saturday afternoon by KSP for Assault 4th Degree Dating Violence, Strangulation 1st Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Chris Cundiff, 40, of Columbia, KY arrested by the ACSO on Friday morning for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Methamphetamine and Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Sherry Whittle, 44, of Russell Springs, KY arrested on Friday by KSP for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, DUI, License to be in Possession, Improper Equipment, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Opiates), Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified), Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. 
 

Use Caution in Little Cake Area on Saturday


Participants in the “Trash for Cash“ promotion will be picking up in the Little Cake area of Adair County tomorrow (Saturday). Please use caution in this area. 

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 9, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 744 new COVID-19 cases and a 2.79% positivity rate.

 

“It’s encouraging to see our positivity rate decrease again, but we need to work even harder to make sure our weekly case numbers start decreasing again as well,” said Gov. Beshear. “Every Kentuckian 16 and older should get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. It’s fast, it’s safe, it’s easy and you could save a life by doing so, maybe even your own life.”

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Friday, April 9, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases today: 744
New deaths today: 4
New audit deaths: 5
Positivity rate: 2.79%
Total deaths: 6,223
Currently hospitalized: 382
Currently in ICU: 106
Currently on ventilator: 60

 

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Christian and Kenton. Each county reported at least 21 new cases.

 

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

To view the full daily reportincidence rate map, information on testing locationsvaccinescontact tracingschool reports and guidanceguidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

LOCAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 4-9-21

 

Russell County, 2 new cases Thursday. We had 2 cases released from isolation. We now have 6 active cases which are all on self-isolation.

 

Adair County, 1 new COVID19 cases to report yesterday. We released 5 cases. We have 14 active cases with 13 of those in home isolation. We have 1 case in the hospital at this time.

 

AREA ARREST 4-8-21

 

Thomas Blackburn, 37, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Deputy Melton with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just before 9 a.m. Wednesday. Blackburn was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense, (Meth), Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana.  Blackburn was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

COMMODITIES AVAILABLE TO R.C. RESIDENTS TODAY

 

Today, Judge Gary D. Robertson and the Russell County Fiscal Court in conjunction with the Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland program will be giving out commodities at the First Baptist Church located at 392 E Hwy 80 (across from the Dollar Store) beginning at 12:00 noon until all commodities are given away. This will be DRIVE THRU ONLY! NO ONE WILL BE PERMITTED TO GET OUT OF THEIR CAR.


For more information please contact the office of Russell County Judge/Executive Gary D. Robertson at 270-343-2112.

 

 

LOCAL CORONA VIRUS UPDATE 4-8-21

 

 

 

Russell County, 1 new case Wednesday. We had 1 case released from isolation. We now have 6 active cases which are all on self-isolation.

 

Adair County, 3 new COVID19 cases to report yesterday. We released 2 cases. We have 18 active cases with 17 of those in home isolation. We have 1 case in the hospital at this time.

LOCAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 4-7-21

 

Adair County, 2 new COVID19 cases to report Tuesday. We released no cases. We have 17 active cases with 16 of those in home isolation. We have 1 case in the hospital at this time.

 

Russell County, NO new cases yesterday. We had 1 case released from isolation. We now have 6 active cases which all are on self-isolation.

COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP

 

Columbia Mayor Pam Hoots spoke with WAVE NEWS following Monday Nights special called meeting of the City Council and shares what took place... 

 

 

SHERIFF BROCKMAN RELEASES FURTHER DETAILS ON MONDAY AFTERNOON ARREST

 

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office has released more details on the recent arrest of a Columbia man wanted on felony charges that led to a vehicle pursuit.

 

Just after noon on Monday, Deputy Derek Padgett observed a 2005 black Tahoe operating on Bliss Rd. The operator was believed to be Dustin Stone, 32, of Columbia. Stone was wanted on several felony warrants and was also believed to be in possession of a firearm that was stolen from Adair County in a prior case.  

  

Deputy Padgett attempted to initiate a stop but Stone failed to stop and continued on. The pursuit travelled from the Bliss community to North 61. Speeds reached 70 mph at times but for the most part, stayed in ranges from 20-50 mph as Stone's vehicle started experiencing mechanical problems. Columbia Police Officers joined in the pursuit to assist along with Sheriff Brockman. The sheriff’s office along with CPD was able to maneuver into position and box in the vehicle on Milltown Rd near Portland and bring the pursuit to a controlled stop.  

 

Stone was taken into custody and placed under arrest on multiple felony charges.  A search of the vehicle was conducted after K-9 Officer Evan Burton and K-9 Matt conducted a walk-around and "Matt" alerted to narcotics in the vehicle. A quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana, pills, cash, a stolen handgun, scales, and additional paraphernalia was located. Stone was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:

 

  • 2 felony Adair Circuit Court Warrants
  • Fleeing and Evading Police 1st degree
  • Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamin)
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • Possession of a Stolen Firearm
  • Reckless Driving and
  • Wanton Endangerment 2nd degree (4 counts)

 

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

 

LOCAL CORONA VIRUS UPDATE 4-6-21

 

 

 

Russell County, 2 new cases Monday. We had 3 cases released from isolation yesterday. We now have 7 active cases which are all on self-isolation.

 

Adair County, 3 new COVID19 cases to report yesterday. We released 3 cases. We have 15 active cases with 14 of those in home isolation. We have 1 case in the hospital at this time.

AREA ARREST 4-6-21

 

 

 

Crystal Kemp age 45 of Russell Springs, was taken into custody by Officer Justice with the Russell Springs Police Department just before 5 Monday evening. Kemp was charged with Contempt of Court Libel/Slander Resistance to Order, Improper Equipment, Reckless Driving, Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Substance – 1st, Leaving the Scene of an Accident – Failure to Render Aid or Assistance. She was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

Two Taylor County Residents Arrested on Drug Charges Over Holiday Weekend

 
On Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 11:49 P.M., Campbellsville Police responded to a suspicious person complaint on East Walnut Street. Officer Josh Patrick arrived on scene and came into contact with 23-year-old Carolyn M. Carter of Campbellsville.  After an investigation, it was determined that Ms. Carter was in possession of a stolen truck and drugs. She was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property U/$10,000, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana. Carter was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 
On Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 10:41 A.M., Officer Aaron Fields conducted a traffic stop on 26-year-old James Harris of Campbellsville. It was determined that Mr. Harris’ license was suspended and he was placed under arrest. While making the arrest Officer Fields located drugs on Mr. Harris. He was additionally charged with Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Operating on a Suspended Operators License, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroin), and Possession of Synthetic Drugs. Harris was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 

Gov. Beshear: All Kentuckians 16 and Older Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 5, 2021) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear said all Kentuckians 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for individuals 16 and older; the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for individuals 18 and older.

 

“Beginning today, Kentuckians as young as 16 can sign up for their shot of hope,” said Gov. Beshear. “This means Kentucky has beaten by a full month President Joe Biden’s goal and timeline for all Americans 16 and up being able to get the vaccine. These vaccines are our ticket out of this pandemic. They are not only safe; they are saving lives.”

 

The Governor and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, shared new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that fully vaccinated Americans can safely travel domestically. Updated travel guidance will be posted on kycovid19.ky.gov soon.

 

“We all need to get vaccinated as soon as we can so fewer variants have the opportunity to form,” said Dr. Stack. “We’ve got to stay vigilant. Wear your masks, wash your hands, socially distance and get vaccinated when it’s your turn.”

 

The Governor said more than 1.438 million Kentuckians have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose so far.

 

Gov. Beshear also highlighted five vaccination locations that have many open appointments over the next week:

 

To see a list of all vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov.

 

Case Information – Monday, April 5
As of 4 p.m. Monday, April 5, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases today: 110
New deaths today: 4

New audit deaths: 4
Positivity rate: 2.9%
Total deaths: 6,171
Currently hospitalized: 353
Currently in ICU: 97
Currently on ventilator: 46

 

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Floyd and Montgomery. Each county reported at least six new cases.

 

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

 

Case Information – Sunday, April 4
On Sunday, April 4, Kentucky’s COVID-19 report included:

New cases: 299
New deaths: 5
New audit deaths: 9
Positivity rate: 2.89%
Total deaths: 6,163
Currently hospitalized: 355
Currently in ICU: 95
Currently on ventilator: 47

 

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus Sunday, click here.

 

Gov. Beshear Announces Task Force on Unemployment Insurance Fraud
Today, Gov. Beshear signed an executive order creating the Kentucky Unemployment Insurance Fraud Detection and Prevention Task Force, which will coordinate between state and federal entities to detect, investigate, prosecute and prevent unemployment insurance fraud in Kentucky. To learn more, see the full release.

 

National Public Health Week
Today, Gov. Beshear recognized National Public Health Week, April 5-11, 2021. To learn more, visit nphw.org.

 

“Thank you to everyone who works in this field. They have been our rocks in getting through this pandemic. You are heroes who are working so hard to make all our communities and families healthier,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Executive Order on Pharmaceuticals
The Governor extended an executive order on pharmaceuticals that allows all Kentucky pharmacists to dispense emergency 30-day refills on medications.

 

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

 

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

Gov. Beshear Announces Task Force on Unemployment Insurance Fraud

 

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 5, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order creating the Kentucky Unemployment Insurance Fraud Detection and Prevention Task Force, which will coordinate between state and federal entities to detect, investigate, prosecute and prevent unemployment insurance fraud in Kentucky.

 

“Like many other states across the country, Kentucky has seen a surge in fraudulent unemployment insurance claims,” Gov. Beshear said. “This task force will bring together the needed resources to combat this scourge.”

 

During the current pandemic, the entire United States has seen an increase in fraudulent claims for unemployment insurance. To date more than $63 billion in fraudulent benefits has been paid nationwide. This fraud is complex and requires a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional response. The implementation of the task force is designed to address the unique challenges presented.

 

Task force members appointed by the Governor include:

  • The commissioner of the Kentucky State Police;
  • The executive director of the Kentucky Department of Homeland Security;
  • The secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet;
  • The state’s chief information officer; and
  • The executive director of the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance.

 

Additionally, the task force may include representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Secret Service, the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Diplomatic Service, the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General or other investigative entities the Governor may deem appropriate.

 

In an ongoing effort to address the high volume of fraud in claims in Kentucky, the Office of Unemployment Insurance (OUI) has added a new welcome screen to the claimant website with a more secure login. OUI has also updated the fraud form to report identity theft on the site, entered into a new partnership with ID.me, implemented reCaptcha and adopted new measures for out-of-state Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, putting a hold on those claims until identification can be verified.

 

Most recently, OUI announced Friday that it was stopping all claimants from making changes to the bank account information on file with the agency.

 

The move comes after OUI was made aware of claimants reporting unauthorized changes to their bank accounts in recent days. In this newest form, the fraudulent activity occurs when criminals exploit unsophisticated PIN numbers created by claimants, used in conjunction with publicly available information obtained from other sources on the Internet.

The agency will soon require new and existing claimants to create more complex PIN numbers. In addition, all new UI claimants will only be paid by paper check effective immediately.

 

System analysts keep a watchful eye on fraud and data breach attempts. They flag anomalies like repeat bank accounts, out of state banks, duplicate email addresses and multiple names using the same bank account.

 

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Labor launched a new website to educate the public about the growing problem of unemployment identity theft and provide reporting guidance for citizens in every state.

 

Two Adair County Residents Arrested Monday Afternoon...

 
Dustin Stone, 33, of Columbia, KY was arrested Monday afternoon, April 5th, 2021 by the ACSO and charged with Careless Driving, Possession of Marijuana, Wanton Endangerment 2nd degree (Police Officer), Disregarding a Stop Sign, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Deliver/Manufacture Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Subtance 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of a Controlled Subtance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified), Fleeing or Evading Police, Driving on a DUI Suspended License (3rd Offense), Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Receiving Stolen Property, and  was served two warrants for other Police Agencies.
 
 
Leslie Ann Mings, 28, of Columbia was arrested by the ACSO on Monday afternoon for Obstruction/Interference with an Officer and Disorderly Conduct. 

 

ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 
As of 6:35 p.m. on April 4, 2021 the boil water advisory for customers starting at 765-4574 Independence Ridge Rd, 14063-15337 Burkesville Rd., Johnny Harvey Rd, Greenbriar Rd., Orbin Branham Rd., Dirigo Rd., Breeding Loop, L Smith Rd. has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.
 

Taylor County Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

 

On Thursday, April 1st, 2021 at 535pmCT, Adair County K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten along with K-9 "Nitro" initiated a traffic stop 3 miles north of Columbia. The vehicle, a 2000 Toyota, was being operated by 33-year-old Curtis Keith of Campbellsvillle, KY.  A search of the vehicle was conducted and as a result Curtis Keith was arrested and charged with Reckless Driving, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in Adair County Regional Jail by Deputy  Staten.

 

The investigation is continuing.

 

ADAIR CO SHERIFF MONTLY ACTIVITY REPORT (MARCH)

ADAIR COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

424 PUBLIC SQUARE

COLUMBIA, KENTUCKY    42728

(270)384-2776

FAX (270)384-5049

 

 

ADAIR CO. SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY REPORT FOR MARCH, 2021

 

19           WARRANTS OF ARREST SERVED

 

10           CRIMINAL CASES OPENED

 

3              CALL RESPONSE REPORTS WRITTEN

 

7              DOMESTIC ABUSE CASES WORKED

 

10           NON-INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED

 

0                INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED

 

13           OUT OF COUNTY TRANSPORTS

 

29           CITATIONS WRITTEN FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

 

63           CIVIL PROCESS PAPERS SERVED

 

0              CRIMINAL SUMMONSES SERVED

 

AREA ARREST 4-5-21

 

 

 

Jeremy Boutwell, age 23 of Columbia was taken into custody by officer Justice with the Russell Springs Police Department, just before 11 Sunday morning. Boutwell was charged with Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Hand Gun by a Convicted Felong and Tampering with Physical Evidence, he was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

COVID 19 VACCINATION CLINICS TO BE HELD AT ADAIR CO. HEALTH DEPARTMENT

 
 
BE A HERO!
 
Protect our community by getting vaccinated for Covid-19. Everyone 18 years and older is now eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccination! The Lake Cumberland District Health Department is now offering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Make your appointment at the Adair County Health Department … (270) 384-2286.
 

COVID-19 UPDATE - 04/03/21

 

On Saturday, Gov. Andy Beshear reported 587 new #COVID19 cases in the commonwealth and a positivity rate of 3%. The Governor will not be reporting any COVID-19 information today (Sunday) in observance of Easter. The next coronavirus update will be on Monday afternoon at 3:00pmCT.
 

 

LCDHD NOW HAS THE JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE; ACCEPTING APPOINTMENTS

 
The Lake Cumberland District Health Department now has Johnson and Johnson vaccine for Phase 1A, 1B, and 1C (most people now qualify).
 
The numbers to call are:
  • Adair: 270-384-2286
  • Casey: 606-787-6911
  • Clinton: 606-387-5711
  • Cumberland: 270-864-2206
  • Green: 2709324341
  • McCreary: 606-376-2412
  • Pulaski: 606-679-4416
  • Russell: 270-343-2181
  • Taylor: 270-465-4191
  • Wayne: 606-348-9349

 

Phase 1C for COVID-19 vaccination has expanded to cover more people, including all adults age 40 and older. It also covers anyone with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25. For example, a person who is 6 feet tall and weighs 185 pounds has a BMI of 25.1 and would qualify! Learn more: https://www.lcdhd.org/2021/03/30/24175-2-2/.
 

ATTN: RUSSELL COUNTIANS - IMPORTANT DRIVER'S LICENSE INFO.

 
Beginning Monday, April 26, 2021, the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in Russell County will no longer serve as the application site to request operator licenses, learner permits, or state identification cards.
 
Across the Commonwealth, driver licensing services offered by circuit court clerks in the Judicial Branch will gradually transfer to KYTC’s new network of Driver Licensing Regional Offices. Instead of visiting the Office of Circuit Court Clerk, residents will visit ANY Driver Licensing Regional Office to apply for or renew driver licenses, permits, commercial driver licenses (CDLs), and ID cards. Regional offices offer all credentials in either a standard or REAL ID card version. REAL ID versions meet federal requirements to board U.S. commercial flights, enter military bases or enter federal buildings that require ID once REAL ID enforcement starts Oct. 1, 2021. To schedule an appointment at a regional office, visit drive.ky.gov. 
 
KYTC Driver Licensing Regional Offices are open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Only debit and credit cards are accepted (no cash or check) at this time.
 
Driver Licensing Regional Offices are located in: Paducah, Madisonville, Bowling Green, Owensboro, Louisville/Hurstbourne, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, Lexington, Burlington, Richmond, Columbia, Somerset, Jackson, Morehead, and Prestonsburg. There also are smaller, temporary field offices at Louisville/Bowman Field and Catlettsburg.
 
Circuit court clerks will temporarily continue to process card renewal or replacement requests submitted remotely by standard-issue cardholders whose credential expires on or before June 30, 2021. This option only applies to applicants who have not had a change of address or name and do not require driver testing performed by the Kentucky State Police. Information about the remote renewal process can be found here. 
 
REAL IDs must be requested in person and cannot be renewed remotely through the Circuit Court Clerks' temporary mail-in renewal program. 
 
Kentuckians who require driver testing (primarily first-time cardholders) must successfully do so with the Kentucky State Police before applying at a licensing office.
 
DRIVER TESTING
Kentucky State Police will continue to oversee all permit and license driver testing for Russell County residents at the current testing locations. Information on how to schedule a written or driving test is available at kentuckystatepolice.org/driver-testing
 
NEXT LEVEL LICENSING
The shift is more than a change in locations. It represents a new licensing model that provides Kentuckians with modern services that offer more choices in how they want to be served.
  • Book an appointment online to visit an office to better plan your day. Walk-in customers are always welcome.
  • You will soon be able to renew your license online! If your name or address has not changed, you can renew your standard or REAL ID card version online.
  • All Driver Licensing Regional Offices will offer applicants a choice between a REAL ID or a new standard card version.
  • Applicants can choose their preferred card version to be valid for four or eight years!  That doubles the current lifespan of four years.
  • Licensing is our only business. Our focus is on providing an excellent, uniform experience across our network of offices.
  • You can visit ANY regional office, regardless of where you live in Kentucky.
  • Periodic “Popup Driver Licensing” visits will occur in counties without a regional office to offer on-site application and renewal services.
  • New card versions and office buildings offer state-of-the-art security to protect your information better.
  • No more waiting for your card to be printed after taking your photo. You’ll get a temporary document at the end of your transaction and the permanent card will be sent to you in the mail. This change improves security in the card issuance process.
 
ARRIVE PREPARED
Applicants requesting a REAL ID must present documentation that meets specific guidelines. Click here for a list of acceptable documents required to prove your identity, social security and proof of residency. If your names on the proof documents do not match, additional documentation may be required (like a marriage certificate or divorce decree) to link the name change. If your legal name is not listed on the proof documents, you may need to update the document first before requesting a REAL ID (like reordering a social security card to list your legal name, not nickname). Applicants will receive a 30-day temporary document until their permanent card is mailed within 10-15 business days.
 
Avoid a repeat trip! Take the IDocument Guide quiz to create a personalized list of documents you need to bring.
 
Click here for pricing information
 
 
 
 

ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY 04/03/21

 
Date Issued:  04/03/2021
Time Issued:  5:15 p.m.
 
 
 A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers at 765-4574 Independence Ridge Rd, 14063-15337 Burkesville Rd., Johnny Harvey Rd, Greenbriar Rd., Orbin Branham Rd., Dirigo Rd., Breeding Loop, L Smith Rd. The advisory has been issued due to main line break.
 
Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure.
 
Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.
 
For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.
 
 

ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON ASSAULT CHARGES....

 

Tyler Scott Grooms, 30, of Columbia, KY was arrested this afternoon (Friday) by KSP for 4th degree Assault (Domestic Violence) with minor injuries. Grooms was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED 04/02/21

 

As of 2:15 p.m. on Friday, April 2, 2021 the Columbia Utilities District Boil Water Advisory for customers starting at 7993-12158 Knifley Rd and all side roads in between has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.

 

KSP POST 15 INVESTIGATING CHILD ABUSE IN CLINTON COUNTY

 

Albany, KY (April 2, 2021) Kentucky State Police Post 15 was contacted by the Clinton County Hospital on March 29th, 2021 in reference to a juvenile that had been brought in with injuries sustained at the Foothills Academy in Albany, KY. As a result of the investigation, Trooper Jason Warriner arrested 3 of the employees on March 31, 2021.

 

Tpr. Warriner charged Gabriel Martin, 18, of Albany, KY with two counts of Assault 4th degree (child abuse). Cecil Nevels, 24, of Monticello, KY was charged with two counts of Assault 4th and 1 count of Assault 2nd degree. Chris Dunagan, 20, of Monticello, KY was charged with one count of Assault 4th (child abuse). Nevels and Dunagan were lodged in the Wayne County Detention center; Martin was lodged in the Clinton County Detention Center.

 

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED ON HEROIN CHARGES & MULTIPLE TRAFFIC OFFENSES....

 

On Thursday night, April 1, 2021 a traffic stop was initiated on Campbellsville Street (HWY 55 North). After making contact with the motorcycle operator, it was found the subject had an outstanding warrant from Casey County. After being taken into custody, the male was found to be in possession of suspected heroin.


Jordan Wheat, 25, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody and is now facing charges in Columbia for multiple traffic violations as well as Possession of Heroin, a Class D Felony.


Officer Josh Durbin made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Drew Conn and Deputy Justin Cross.

 

 

AREA ARREST 4-2-21

 

An Albany woman was taken into custody by State Police on drug and other charges. Robyn Conner, 27, was arrested by Trooper Harper around 10:30 last evening. Conner was charged with operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of a Controlled Substance 1st, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Possession of Marijuana, License to be in Possession and Rear License not Illuminated. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

LOCAL CORONA VIRUS UPDATE 4-2-21

 

 

 

Russell County, 3 new cases Thursday. We had 1 case released from isolation. We now have 10 active cases which are all on self-isolation.

 

Adair County, 2 cases yesterday. We have 13 active cases with 12 of those in home isolation. We have 1 case in the hospital at this time.

ADAIR COUNTY BOIL WATER ADVISORY 4/1/21

 

Date Issued:  04/01/2021

Time Issued:  3:15 p.m.


A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers at 7993-12158 Knifley Road and all side roads in between.

           

The advisory has been issued due to main line break.

        

Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure.

 

Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using.

 

This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.

 

For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.

 

KY Circuit Court Clerks Celebrate "Donate Life Month"

 

April 1, 2021 – Every April Adair County Circuit Court Clerk, Dennis Loy, celebrates National Donate Life Month in partnership with the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life and Donate Life America. 

 

To help illustrate the message of donation, Donate Life America creates unique artwork for each National Donate Life Month. The 2021 National Donate Life Month art was inspired by the springtime scene of a garden.  

 

A garden and the insects within in it serve as symbols of hope, courage, and transformed life — themes repeatedly found within the?donation and transplantation journey. April is a time to focus Adair County’s attention on every individual’s power to make LIFE possible by registering his or her decision to be a potential organ and tissue donor.  

 

“Just as each of us takes care of our own garden, registering as an organ donor produces hope within our own community,” said Dennis Loy, Adair County Circuit Court Clerk.

 

One of the many ways communities will celebrate locally is with inspiring billboards across Kentucky. With 52 in total, each billboard features a local donor family or a recipient. These faces represent hope and a second chance at life. Ava, daughter of Kati and Kyle Dietz, received her gift of life in June 2020. Despite the global pandemic, children and adults are still in need of this lifesaving gift. Because of an organ donor, Ava recently celebrated her first birthday!

 

Currently, over 60 percent of Kentucky’s adults have registered their decision to make life possible and register as organ donors. Yet the number of people in need of transplants continues to outpace the number of organs donated.

Currently, 108,000 people are waiting for a transplant in America. On average, 22 people die each day because the organ they need is not donated in time - that is almost one person dying every hour. Everyone can help by registering your decision to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor. 

 

Join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry in one of the following ways: 

 

  • Online 24/7 at RegisterMe.org  
  • On your Apple iPhone, go to your Health App and toggle to “organ donor.” 
  • Driver’s License Renewals: All Circuit Clerks’ offices and all KYTC offices have re-opened, adhering to Governor Beshear’s COVID-19 guidelines and continue to do so. 

 

 

About Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life 

The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life (TFL) is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that informs, educates, and encourages Kentuckians to be registered organ & tissue donors to save lives.TFL was founded in 1992 as the charitable arm of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks.The dollar donations at driver’s license counters and other philanthropic partners, including KODA, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and Kosair Charities, fund the statewide community outreach & public relations efforts to grow the Registry. For more info call 1-866-945-5433, email info@trustforlife.org or visit www.trustforlife.org

 

 

KSP POST 15 MONTHLY ACTIVITY REPORT

 

Columbia, KY (April 1, 2021) During the month of March 2021, there were 16 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.

 

There were 3 fatal collisions during the month of March in the Post 15 area:

  • Ricky Nelson, 57, of Dawson, GA was killed on 03/15/2021 in Adair County
  • Lottie June Baker, 42, of Cumberland County, KY was killed on 03/19/2021 in Cumberland County
  • Brandon M. Heath, 27, of Harrah, OK was killed on 03/25/2021 in Taylor County

 

This brings our yearly fatality count to 9 compared with 5 through this same period in 2020.


Statewide fatality count stands at 149 compared with 143 through this same period in 2020.

 

During the month of March 2021, there were 1452 citations written, 246 courtesy notices written, 469 complaints answered, 127 motorists assisted, 79 criminal cases opened and 464 criminal arrests made.

 

RUSSELL SPRINGS MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES...

 

A Russell Springs man was taken into custody on several charges on Wednesday including Failure to Appear.

 

Brandon Burton, 30, of Russell Springs was arrested by Officer Justice with the Russell Springs Police Department just before 11pm. Burton was charged with Failure to Appear, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container 1st Offense, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree - Drug Unspecified. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

LOCAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 4-1-21

 

 

Adair County - 4 new COVID19 cases to report yesterday. We released 2 cases Wednesday. We have 10 active cases with 10 of those in home isolation. No cases in the hospital at this time.

 

Russell County -  NO new cases yesterday. We had 2 cases released from isolation. We now have 8 active cases which are all self-isolated.

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