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Local News Archives for 2021-06

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting Details from Judge Cowan

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court met in regular session on Tuesday afternoon.
 
Since we made our fiscal court meetings back open to the public we had been meeting at the Jim Blair Recreation Center to allow for social distancing.  Beginning  in July, our meeting will go back to our normal meeting place and times.  Adair County Annex Building Basement, 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. and the last Tuesday of each month at 4:00.
 
The Adair County Fiscal Court is looking at building our own transfer station.  The current location on L. Willis road is leased to the county.  The current lease is a 10 year lease and we are 5 years into this lease agreement.  The past 5 years we have paid $12,000 per year and the next 5 years is $15,000 per year.  The last time the lease agreement was renewed, the price of the lease payments doubled.  We don’t want to keep doing that will county tax payer dollars.  We are looking into building on property the county already owns off of Campbellsville Road.  We feel we can take the money we are paying on the lease to pay for a new building and then when it’s paid off, we will own the building and not have the lease payment each year.  
 
We had 2nd and final reading of our 2021-2022 Fiscal Year Budget.  The budget total of all funds is $10,644,499.97.   This includes $3,724,110.00 in ARPA Funds.  As usual, this budget is extremely tight.  Anyone who wishes to view the budget is welcome to come to the Judge’s Office to view or obtain a copy of the budget.
 
We are still having issues at the Jim Blair Community Center property.  We have been having trouble with people driving around the cable barrier and driving vehicles onto the new basketball courts.  Cameras were viewed last night at approximately 10:30 and noticed cars on the court.  The fiscal court voted tonight to have park hours from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  
 
 
Gale B. Cowan
Adair County Judge Executive

ARRESTS ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30

 
  • Casey Belcher, 39, of Edmonton - arrested Wednesday afternoon by Columbia Police Officer Cross for Burglary 2nd degree and TBUT over $500.
  • James Corbin, 51, of Columbia - arrested by KSP on Wednesday afternoon for Possession of Marijuana and for being a Fugitive.
  • Amber Farmer, 29, of Somerset - arrested by KSP on Wednesday for Failure to Signal, Careless Driving, and DUI.  
  • William Corbin, 36, of Columbia - arrested on Wednesday by ACSO for Custodial Interference.
  • Charles Brown, 40, of Burkesville - arrested Wednesday morning by the Cumberland County Sheriffs Office for Rape 1st degree (Victim under the age of 12), Incest, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, and 4th degree Assault (Domestic Violence) with minor injuries.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

ARRESTS 06-30-21

 
  • Casey Belcher, 39, of Edmonton - arrested Wednesday afternoon by Columbia Police Officer Cross for Burglary 2nd degree and TBUT over $500.
  • James Corbin, 51, of Columbia - arrested by KSP on Wednesday afternoon for Possession of Marijuana and for being a Fugitive.
  • Amber Farmer, 29, of Somerset - arrested by KSP on Wednesday for Failure to Signal, Careless Driving, and DUI.  
  • William Corbin, 36, of Columbia - arrested on Wednesday by ACSO for Custodial Interference.
  • Charles Brown, 40, of Burkesville - arrested Wednesday morning by the Cumberland County Sheriffs Office for Rape 1st degree (Victim under the age of 12), Incest, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, and 4th degree Assault (Domestic Violence) with minor injuries.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Kentucky State Fair Announces Admission Information, Pricing and Ways to Save!

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 29, 2021) - The Kentucky State Fair announced the most affordable Fair experience in more than a decade today and three special days for fairgoers to enjoy. Early bird tickets are available July 2nd at 10 a.m. through Aug. 5th for $8 per person and now includes parking.


“There’s nowhere else in the state where you can experience this much entertainment for only $8 per person if bought before Aug. 5th. After a year without having a public Fair, we thought it was important to focus on accessibility so we could bring as many Kentuckians together to experience the concerts, the food and the fun unique to our annual festival,” said David S. Beck, President and CEO of Kentucky Venues.

 

Early bird admission tickets are available online at kystatefair.org/tickets beginning July 2nd at 10 a.m. through Aug. 5 at 11:59 p.m. and can also be purchased at participating Kroger locations. Prices increase on Aug. 6th. Admission at the gate is $10 per person and $10 parking per vehicle.

 

Advance all-day: Thrill Ville ride wristbands are $25 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster with your admission ticket, in-person at participating Kroger locations or at kisselentertainment.com/tickets.asp.
 

In addition to announcing early bird tickets and Thrill Ville wristbands, the Kentucky State Fair announced the return of two popular special promotional days and a new morning event to welcome more families from across Kentucky.

 

On Sunday, Aug. 22nd, Military Sunday at the Kentucky State Fair will honor veterans, military members and their families with free admission and optional discounted midway wristbands. Military I.D must be presented at the entrance and will include up to four people. Parking is not included. There will be a military recognition ceremony before the Oak Ridge Boys concert at the Texas Roadhouse Concert Series.

 

Senior Day at the Kentucky State Fair returns Tuesday, Aug. 24th with free admission for fairgoers ages 55 and up. Parking is not included. There will be activities for seniors throughout the day, culminating with the Happy Together Tour with special guests The Monarchs performing at the Texas Roadhouse Concert Series.

 

The first ever Sensory Friendly Morning at the Kentucky State Fair will take place Wednesday, Aug. 25th from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The Kentucky State Fair and Kissel Entertainment will partner with local organizations to distribute free admission and midway tickets to family and fairgoers with sensory processing differences. The midway will operate with minimal lights and music during that time to create an enjoyable fair experience for those with sensory sensitivities.

 

 

“The Kentucky State Fair is important to our entire state. For our farmers, it’s a place where they can showcase the best of Kentucky agriculture. The fair is also a celebration of Kentucky, and is a place where people from urban and rural communities come together, learn from each other, and celebrate our common ground,” said Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles.

 

Admission to the Kentucky State Fair includes many free activities, including the Texas Roadhouse Concert Series, livestock competition, outdoor and indoor entertainment, indoor exhibits and 9 other performance areas. Offering lower admission for early bird ticket purchasers gives more Kentuckians the opportunity to enjoy the annual summertime celebration. Admission pricing at the gate remains unchanged and will be $10 per person and parking at $10 a vehicle.

 

The 2021 Kentucky State Fair is August 19-29 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information,

visit www.kystatefair.org or find the Fair on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or its blog.

 

AREA ARRESTS 6-30-21

 

An Albany woman was taken into custody on Criminal Trespassing charges Wednesday afternoon.

Emma Comstock, 43, was arrested by Officer Glover and charged with Criminal Trespassing-1st Degree and Criminal Trespassing-3rd Degree. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Jon Lynn, 29, of Burkesville, KY was taken into custody by Officer Groce with the Burkesville Police Department on Wednesday afternoon. Lynn was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition (Auto) - over $10,000. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

ADAIR COUNTY FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP

 

It was a brief meeting for the Adair County Fiscal Court on Wednesday afternoon. County Judge Exec. Gale Cowan spoke with Jim Lieb following the meeting....

 

Senator Rand Paul Complains about Govt.'s COVID-19 Response at Greensburg, KY Stop

 
GREENSBURG, Ky. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Rand Paul complained bitterly Tuesday about the government's COVID-19 response but did not single out former President Donald Trump for blame, instead accusing Kentucky's governor and Dr. Anthony Fauci of encroaching on personal freedom.
 
In a home state appearance in Greensburg, Kentucky, the libertarian-leaning Republican said Americans should make their own decisions on whether to be vaccinated.
 
“We don’t really need people who believe in some sort of elitism to tell us what to do," said Paul, who is an eye surgeon, speaking before a luncheon audience. “I think we’ve got pretty good sense.”
 
Paul noted that most people age 65 and older have receive their vaccinations, saying they “figured out it was in their best interest to do so.”
 
“In a free society, we make these decisions individually,” he said.
 
Paul acknowledged Trump as “one of the big leaders" of the national Republican Party but said the GOP has a lot of leaders. Paul deflected a question about whether he might seek the presidency again, saying he is focused on his 2022 Senate reelection bid.
 
Paul's talk of individuality comes as the Biden administration tries to reach its COVID-19 vaccination goal by sending A-list officials across the country, devising ads for niche markets and enlisting community organizers to persuade unvaccinated people to get a shot.
 
Paul opened his wide-ranging remarks by taking aim at Fauci, the nation’s top government infectious-diseases expert, and Kentucky's Democratic governor, Andy Beshear.
 
Paul has sparred with Fauci over the need to wear masks once coronavirus vaccines were available and over how COVID-19 originated. The senator told the rural GOP crowd Tuesday that Fauci was “busy being political” and “elitist,” adding: “We’re smart enough to make our own decisions.”
 
The senator lambasted Beshear over his virus-related restrictions on businesses that have since been lifted, saying: “In our state, the governor decided that he was king.” Beshear has said his actions saved lives.
 
The Kentucky Supreme Court is currently reviewing a separation-of-powers case stemming from measures passed by the state's GOP-dominated legislature to limit the governor’s executive powers. Beshear filed a lawsuit after lawmakers overrode his vetoes of bills reining in his executive authority. Paul called it the most important case before the state’s high court in decades.
 
“Because if the court rules that the legislature cannot limit a governor’s powers, then you have a governor with unlimited powers," the senator said Tuesday. "And it is incredibly dangerous.”
 
After his speech, Paul defended his focus on the past virus-related actions. He said he gets more questions about his clashes with Fauci than any other topic when meeting with Kentuckians.
 
“I think it’s still very present on people’s minds," the senator told reporters. "I think it also was the greatest restrictions of our freedom in a long, long time. It’s hard to look for a precedent of where government got so involved in our daily lives over the past many decades.”
 
Paul also criticized a push by liberal advocates to change or eliminate the Senate’s filibuster rules, saying he also opposed such efforts when Republicans led the chamber.
 
“We have a danger zone until the election of 2022,” he said, adding that removing the filibuster would lead to “all kinds of michief” by Democrats — including widespread voting by mail and “confiscatory” tax policies.
 
He said that “having things go at a slower pace” can be a good thing.
 
Paul is seeking a third Senate term in next year's election. Charles Booker, a Black former state lawmaker who touts a progressive agenda, has emerged as a leading potential Democratic challenger. Paul made no reference to Booker during his appearance in Greensburg.
 
Paul did downplay prospects for a repeat run for the presidency in 2024. The Kentucky senator ran for the White House in 2016 but his campaign fizzled as Trump overshadowed the GOP field.
 
Paul said Tuesday that he's focused on his reelection campaign, and said the national GOP political scene will be “upended until President Trump decides what he's going to do."
 
“And so I think we wait and see," Paul said when asked about a 2024 presidential bid. "But it’s not something that I’m actively thinking, oh, this is my next step. I’m not really thinking toward that. It would have to be some extraordinary set of events to come together probably for me to consider it.”
 
Asked if Trump remains the leader of the national GOP, Paul said: “The Republican Party is a big party, so I think there are many leaders. And former President Trump is one of the big leaders in the party. But it’s not monolithic.”
 

ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY 06-29-21

 

Date Issued:  6/29/21

Time Issued: 2:00pmCT

 

 A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers at 702-1125 Campbellsville Rd 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.

 

CAUD is an equal opportunity provider and employer. “Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Speech Impaired users, call the Kentucky Relay Service at (800) 648-6056. Give the communications assistant our phone number to contact us.” 

 

AREA ARREST 6-29-21

A Russell Springs man was taken into custody on charges including fleeing and evading police just after midnight in Adair County.

 

Deputy Perkins of the Adair County Sheriff’s Office arrested 36 year old, Charles Weston on charged of Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Operating Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol/Substance 1st, Fleeding or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle) and No Registration Plates… He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

RUSSELL COUNTY TEEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES


According to Russell Springs Police Chief Tim Pierce, Officer Debra Necessary asked for consent to search a vehicle at the Valero station on Hwy 127 in R.S. that had been stopped for a cancelled registration plate. Consent to search the vehicle was granted. Officers located suspected Methamphetamine, suspected heroin, drug paraphernalia, and a stolen firearm. 
 
Hannah Dabney, 18, of Jamestown, KY was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property (firearm), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree 3rd or > offense (Methamphetamine)(enhancement), No Registration Receipt, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Registration Plates, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree 1st offense (heroin).
 
Officer Debra Necessary was assisted on scene by Lt. Bobby Pritchard and FTO Officer Kyle Wilson. 
 

RUSSELL SPRINGS DRUG INVESTIGATION; ARRESTS FORTHCOMING

 

According to Russell Springs Police Chief Tim Pierce, RSPD Officer Debra Necessary is investigating a drug trafficking complaint at the Lake Country Valero at 2573 S. Hwy 127, Russell Springs, KY. Video surveillance is being obtained to identify the person(s) responsible. Arrest(s) are forthcoming.

 

 

 

2 ADAIR COUNTY ARRESTS 06-28-21

 
  • Jason Dewayne Bernard, 41, of Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Monday afternoon and charged with Failure to Pay Child Support, Failure to Appear, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle, No Operators License in Possession, Improper Display of Registration Plates, No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, and Contempt of Court.
 
  • Wallace Johnson, 55, of Russell Springs - lodged in the Adair County Jail on Monday afternoon for Possession of Methamphetamine and Failure to Appear. 
 
Both men were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

COLUMBIA FLAG SPONSORSHIP (UPDATED)

 

The City of Columbia flag sponsorships have been announced. 

 

 

 

The City of Columbia appreciates and would like to recognize all who participated:

 

Veteran

Branch of Service

Sponsor

Edgar Troutman

U.S. Army

Patti Troutman

Ricky Conner

U.S. Army

Carol Conner

Robert Troutman

U.S. Army

Patti Troutman

James Troutman

U.S. Army

Patti Troutman

Fred Troutman

U.S. Army

Patti Troutman

Gilbert Harmon

U.S. Army

Family

Ken Howard

U.S. Air Force

Sonja Reeder

Peter Trumpis

U.S. Army

Shea Toney

Mitchell Doll

U.S Marine Corps

Emma Doll

Willard Fudge

U.S. Army

Shea Toney

Robert Bryant

U.S. Army

Aleisha Karnes

Ronnie Janes

U.S. Army

Tammy Hatcher

Frances Chesley

U.S. Army

Trish Parrish

Orvis Grider

U.S. Army

Shirley Grider

Clifton Cowan

U.S Army

Rebecca Smith

Sanford Green

U.S. Army

Wanda Roots

Shane Ross

U.S. Marines

Connie Stotts

Dearing Fletcher

U.S. Army

Connie Stotts

Vernon Williams

U.S. Army

Tammy Humphress, Melinda Beard,

 

 

Jamie Cole, Jeremy Cole

Glenn Shirley Glasgow

U.S. Army

Elizabeth Rouse Glasgow

Donald Loy

U.S. Air Force

Marsha Reddick

Walter (Gene) Hoots

U.S. Army

Gene Hoots Family

William (Ralph) Hoots

U.S Marines

Gene Hoots Family

Edgar Holmes

U.S. Army

Beth Holmes

Wally Burress

U.S. Army

Laura Burress

Horace P. Beard

U.S. Army

Doug Beard

Russell L. Murphy

U.S. Army

Doug Beard

Wm. Coy Turner

Vietnam War

Family

George Howard Keltner

U.S. Air Force

Jane Akin Keltner

Marvin Hutchison

U.S. Army

Donna Hutchison Royse

James E. Abell

U.S. Army

Paull & Cathy Abell

Sidney Grant

U.S Army

Family

Alfred W. Flowers

U.S. Army Air Corps

Joseph W. Flowers

R.T Gossett

U.S. Marine Corps

Ramona Dial

 

James Sparks

 

John Shelley

Joe C. Sparks

 

John Shelley

Joe Spires

 

Mitchell & Lisa Burton

James Willard Nokes

U.S. Army

Family

William L. Walker

Navy

Family

Leonard Cheatham

Army Medic

Family

Costa Adair Cox

U.S. Army

Brad and Kathy Cox

Buell Coomer

U.S. Army

Family

James Russell Reece

U.S. Army

Danny & Paula Propes

Brad Scholl

National Guard

Vicki Brock Miller

James E. Shirley

U.S. Army

Mary Ann Hext,Betty Knifley, Jamie Simpson

 

 

Margaret O'Malley and Leslie Bosse

Rollin Knifley

U.S. Army

Don & Betty Knifley

Donald Knifley

U.S. Army

Betty Knifley

James Collins

WW II

Sandra Vanarsdale

Orville Earl Ellis

Army WW II

Donna Feese

 

 

WEEKEND ARRESTS 06-27-21

 
  • Paul Mills, 54, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested by RSPD on Sunday morning for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree (Drug Unspecified).
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
  • Schyler Kjelsen, 28, of Columbia, KY - arrested by KSP on Friday night for DUI, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear.
  • Paulette Wilson, 46, of Burkesville, KY - arrested Friday morning by Burkesville Police on a Fugitive Warrant. Wilson was also charged with Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol) and Disorderly Conduct. 
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP 06-25-21

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court held a Special Called Meeting on Friday morning to take care of a couple of things. Here's Judge Gale Cowan.....
 

Conner Logistics Inc. to Relocate HQ to Somerset, Create 20 Full-Time Jobs

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 25, 2021) – Kentucky continues to show its strength in the  distribution and logistics sector as today Conner Logistics Inc., a third-party logistics provider, announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters from California to Kentucky with a starting investment of $1.3 million, creating 20 full-time jobs in Pulaski County.

 

“Distribution and logistics continues to be a strong point for Kentucky’s growing economy, and I am glad to welcome Conner Logistics Inc. to that flourishing industry in the commonwealth,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “CLI is a company with leadership focused on long-term growth, and I anticipate much more to come as they establish their new headquarters in Pulaski County.”

 

CLI will establish its new corporate headquarters at a yet-to-be-determined location in Somerset. While the company will maintain existing operations in Arizona, California and Nevada, the new Kentucky location will allow the company to better serve customers in the Eastern U.S. The Kentucky operation also will further CLI’s partnerships with major/national logistics providers.

 

“Conner Logistics is very excited to announce the relocation of our corporate headquarters to Somerset, Kentucky,” said Sean Conner, CEO of CLI. “It is our hope that through a partnership with the Commonwealth of Kentucky and our collaboration with the local leaders in Somerset, Conner Logistics Inc. can serve the economy and citizens of Kentucky through employment opportunities, community involvement and operational excellence.”

 

Founded in 2002, CLI provides a range of services as a third-party logistics provider, including fulfillment and warehousing, line haul and transportation and same-day courier services. The company currently operates six facilities in California with additional locations in Arizona and Nevada.

 

CLI adds to Kentucky’s thriving distribution and logistics sector, which includes more than 580 facilities employing nearly 78,000 residents statewide. In 2020, distribution and logistics companies announced 33 new location and expansion projects in Kentucky, expected to create more than 1,600 full-time jobs with over $313 million in announced investments.

 

This investment from CLI adds to recent economic momentum in the commonwealth, as the state builds back stronger following the effects of the pandemic.

 

Last week, Gov. Beshear announced Kentucky’s year-to-date private-sector new-location and expansion figures, which include over $2 billion in total planned investment and the creation of 4,000-plus full-time jobs across the coming years. Through May, Kentucky’s average incentivized hourly wage is $23.15 before benefits, a 4.7% increase over the previous year.

 

Last month, Moody’s Analytics published a positive economic outlook for Kentucky, noting mass vaccination as the driving force behind a sustained recovery in consumer services. The state’s recovery, Moody’s said, benefited from earlier reopening efforts and increased demand for manufactured goods over services. The report also found Kentucky’s manufacturing industry outperformed the nation’s since the national downturn last year.

 

Fitch Ratings last month improved the state’s financial outlook to stable, reflecting the commonwealth’s solid economic recovery. The state’s April sales tax receipts set an all-time monthly record at $486.5 million, as did vehicle usage tax receipts at over $64 million.

 

In March, 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. Site Selection also recently placed Kentucky in a tie for fifth in its 2021 Prosperity Cup rankings, positioning the state among the national leaders for business climate.

 

Pulaski County Judge/Executive Steve Kelley looks forward to building a strong relationship with the region’s newest employer.

 

“It is exciting to see strong, growing companies choose Pulaski County as their corporate headquarters,” Judge/Executive Kelley said. “We boast a good record of growth among our local industries, and I look forward to working alongside the Conners to help them continue to prosper here in Pulaski County.”

 

Somerset Mayor Alan Keck said the project speaks to a broader effort to position the community for economic growth.

 

“We are humbled the Conner Logistics family chose Somerset not only for the company’s headquarters, but also as their personal home,” Mayor Keck said. “It’s evident they did so because of the exceptional change we’re seeing here, change that wouldn’t have been possible without the collaborative effort of our team in the last two and a half years to make Somerset a place people truly want to live and work. The Conners have built an incredible, thriving business, and I look forward to partnering with them as we continue our work to build a thriving community.”

 

Chris Girdler, president and CEO of the Somerset-Pulaski Economic Development Authority, said CLI’s leaders have already made themselves part of the community.

 

“It has been a joy getting to know the Conner Logistics family, and we welcome them from California with open arms to Somerset and Pulaski County to establish their new corporate headquarters,” Girdler said. “The Commonwealth of Kentucky presents a wealth of opportunity for those looking to relocate, and here in the capital of Lake Cumberland we are seeing unprecedented growth and success. It is an exciting time and the Conners have already been very engaged in our community and the great values of which they operate their company are evident.”

 

To encourage investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in April preliminarily approved a 15-year incentive agreement with the company under the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based agreement can provide up to $400,000 in tax incentives based on the company’s investment of $1.3 million and annual targets of:

  • Creation and maintenance of 20 Kentucky-resident, full-time jobs across 15 years; and
  • Paying an average hourly wage of $44.50 including benefits across those jobs, which include executive and managerial positions.

 

By meeting its annual targets over the agreement term, the company can be eligible to keep a portion of the new tax revenue it generates. The company may claim eligible incentives against its income tax liability and/or wage assessments.

 

In addition, CLI can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives.

 

For more information on CLI, visit ConnerLogistics.com.

 

A detailed community profile for Pulaski County can be viewed here.

 

Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at www.CED.ky.gov. Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion at facebook.com/CEDkygov, on Twitter @CEDkygov and LinkedIn.

 

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

 

Casey County Man Convicted on Drug Charges; Jury Recommends 20-Year Sentence

 

JUNE 25, 2021 – On Thursday, June 24, 2021 a Casey County Circuit Court jury convicted Kevin J. Russell, age 41, of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance in the First Degree [2 grams or more of methamphetamine], Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, and of being a Persistent Felony Offender. The jury recommended that Russell serve 20 years in prison. 
 
According to testimony at trial, Kentucky State Police Trooper Billy Begley and Casey County Deputy Sheriff Bryan Shepard went to Russell’s residence on Kentucky Highway 49 to serve arrest warrants on Russell in August 2019. While there, Trooper Begley noticed some empty baggies commonly associated with the sale and/or use of illegal drugs. Trooper Begley obtained permission to search the residence and found several items indicative of drug trafficking. Trooper Begley testified that he located over 145 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a large quantity of empty plastic baggies, a set of digital scales, marijuana, and $714 in cash. Russell admitted to the officers that all the items belonged to him. Kentucky State Police Detective George Atwood also testified at the trial. Det. Atwood testified that he has worked in law enforcement for over 30 years and that he has worked in narcotics investigations for a large portion of his career. Det. Atwood testified that he believed the drugs in this case were possessed with the intent that they be sold, and he further testified regarding the street value of crystal methamphetamine. According to testimony, the methamphetamine seized from Russell had a potential street value of between $14,000 - $20,000. After hearing the evidence in the case, the jury found Russell guilty of the crimes charged. 
 
Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright, who prosecuted the case, informed the jury of Russell’s criminal history during the penalty phase of the trial, which included a 2010 conviction in Casey Circuit Court for Manufacturing Methamphetamine as well as several other offenses. The jury found Russell guilty of being a Persistent Felony Offender and recommended the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. 
 
Wright commended Trooper Begley and the other officers for their efforts in removing such a large quantity of illegal drugs from Casey County. Wright added, “my office will continue to aggressively prosecute those persons who choose to profit from the production and/or sale of illegal drugs in this jurisdiction.” Formal sentencing for Kevin Russell is scheduled for August 9, 2021 before Casey Circuit Judge Judy Vance Murphy. 
 

AREA ARRESTS 6-25-21

 

A Russell Springs man has been arrested on several charges including Impersonating a Peace Officer and Terroristic Threatening.

 

Dustin Daniels, 36, was taken into custody by Officer Phillips with the Russell Springs Police Department last evening. Daniels was charged with Speeding (26 mph or more over the Speed Limit), Reckless Driving, Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree (Police Officer), No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Impersonating a Peace Officer, Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree, and Failure to Notify DOT of Address Change. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

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Ryan Johnson, 31, of Columbia was arrested by Deputy Tweedy with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office for Assault 2nd Degree on Thursday night. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

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A Glasgow man was arrested in Cumberland County on Speeding and Evading Police charges.

 

James Campbell, 20, was taken into custody by Burkesville Police last evening. Campbell was charged with Speeding (more than 26 mph Over the Speed Limit), Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Reckless Driving, and Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree. He was also lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

ADAIR FISCAL COURT MEETING JUNE 25TH

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in special called session on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 8:00amCT at the Jim Blair Center, 901 Hudson St., Columbia, KY. The meeting will be open to the public and will follow all guidelines for social distancing set by the Governor. There will be NO Facebook Live.
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
                            
1.   APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 
2.   ACTION ITEMS:
  • PERMISSION FOR JUDGE TO SIGN THE SOUTHERN HEALTH PARTNERS CONTRACT FOR THE JAIL 
  • OPEN AND POSSIBLE AWARDING OF BIDS FOR JAIL AC UNIT
  • POSSIBLE ROAD DEPT. NEW HIRE
  • SIGNATURES FOR JAIL BANK ACCOUNTS

3.  ADJOURN   
                                                                            

ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING 06/24/21

 
The Adair County School Board will meet on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 6:00pmCT at the Adair County Board Conference Room for a Special Regular School Board Meeting.
 
AGENDA
**Meeting called to order**
***Superintendent Dr. Stephens & A.C. 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 TO CLOSE OUT FISCAL YEAR 2020-2021
7.  APPROVAL OF CERTIFIED EVALUATION PLAN FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
8.  DISCUSSION/APPROVAL OF PAY APP #5 FOR JENKINS-ESSEX CONSTRUCTION FOR THE SOFTBALL/BASEBALL PRESSBOX IN THE AMOUNT OF $67,051.00
9.  DISCUSSION/APPROVAL OF PAY APP #8 FOR JENKINS-ESSEX CONSTRUCTION FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY PRIMARY CENTER PRESCHOOL ADDITION PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $38,455.00.
10.  ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION
__________________________________________________________________________
 
REGULAR AGENDA
11.  SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
12.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
13.  APPROVAL OF INDIRECT COST RATES FOR 2020-2021 AND 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR – Renae Smith
14.  APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Renae Smith
15.  APPROVAL OF THE ADDITION TO POLICY 05.3 OF COMMUNITY USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES REGARDING STUDENTS NOT CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOLS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY
16.  PERMISSION TO APPLY AND SUBMIT APPROVAL OF FEDERAL ASSURANCES FOR ALL FEDERAL GRANTS AND ARP FUNDS FOR 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR – Renae Smith
17.  APPROVAL OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH WESTERN KY UNIVERSITY FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2021/2024.
18.  APPROVAL OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING REGARDING AMERICORPS COACH FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR AT ACHS
19.  APPROVAL OF SCHOOL THERAPY SERVICE AGREEEMENT WITH THE ADANTA GROUP FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR 
20.  APPROVAL OF BUSINESS ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT WITH THE ADANTA GROUP FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
21.  APPROVAL OF ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOLS TRAUMA INFORMED CARE PLAN – Robbie Harmon
22.  APPROVAL OF SCHOOL BASED SATELLITE CLINIC AGREEMENT WITH CUMBERLAND FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR – Robbie Harmon
23.  BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – Steve Burton
24.  DISCUSSION/APPROVAL OF TRANSPORTATION AUDIT – Steve Burton
25.  APPROVAL OF 2021-2022 BOND OF TREASURER AND FINANCE OFFICER – Renae Smith
26.  APPROVAL OF NEW SPORTS FOR ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOLS
  • ARCHERY
  • CROSS COUNTRY
  • E SPORTS
  • FISHING


27.  APPROVAL OF EMPLOYEE MANUAL FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

28.  APPROVAL OF 2021/2022 BOND OF DEPOSITORY – Renae Smith
29.  APPROVAL TO ACCEPT THE PREMIUM INSURANCE RENEWAL FOR THE 2021/2022 SCHOOL YEAR AND CONSIDER 3 RECOMMENDATIONS
30.  ADJOURNMENT
 

Russell County Woman Charged with Public Intoxication...

 
Brenda Martin, 46, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by the RCSO this afternoon (Thursday) for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excluding alcohol). 
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Gov. Beshear Announces Return-to-Work Incentive

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 24, 2021) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced a new incentive plan today to pay as many as 15,000 Kentuckians on unemployment insurance a one-time $1,500 bonus to rejoin the workforce by July 30.

 

The Governor set aside $22.5 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to pay for the program to incentivize more people to leave unemployment insurance and begin filling job vacancies throughout the commonwealth, to further ignite an economy that is beginning to lift off as Kentucky emerges from the pandemic with weekly job announcements and positive economic news.

 

“We want every Kentuckian working and participating as we sprint out of this pandemic with our economy booming,” Gov. Beshear said. “We wanted the right solution – not a red state or blue state solution – to thread this needle right to energize our thriving economy while looking out for those still trying to emerge from this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic who desperately need help. This is a step in the right direction for our people, our economy and our employers.”

“On behalf of Houchens Industries, its family of companies and the entire community, we applaud the Governor’s action taken today to incentivize employees to return to work,” said Spencer A. Coates, president of Houchens Industries Inc. in Bowling Green.

 

To qualify, an applicant must:

  • Be a Kentucky resident;
  • Be employed by a Kentucky business between June 24 and July 30, 2021; and
  • Have an active unemployment insurance claim as of June 23, 2021.

 

Employers will be responsible for completing an online application verifying that employees accepted employment between June 24 and July 30, 2021. They must also verify that employees worked 120 hours in the four weeks following new employment.

 

A full outline of the criteria to qualify is available on the Back to Work Incentive website, teamkybacktowork.ky.gov. The application will be available beginning Aug. 1.

 

The first 15,000 people to successfully qualify will be approved for a $1,500 taxable incentive. The last day to file an application for the Team Kentucky Back to Work Incentive is Oct. 1, 2021.

 

The Public Protection Cabinet will administer the program and process applications.

 

The incentive plan is the latest effort from Gov. Beshear and his administration to continue the commonwealth’s economic momentum as the state builds back stronger following the effects of the pandemic.

 

Last week, Gov. Beshear announced Kentucky’s year-to-date private-sector new-location and expansion figures, which include over $2 billion in total planned investment and the creation of 4,000-plus full-time jobs across the coming years. Through May, Kentucky’s average incentivized hourly wage is $23.15 before benefits, a 4.7% increase over the previous year.

 

Last month, Moody’s Analytics published a positive economic outlook for Kentucky, noting mass vaccination as the driving force behind a sustained recovery in consumer services. The state’s recovery, Moody’s said, benefited from earlier reopening efforts and increased demand for manufactured goods over services. The report also found Kentucky’s manufacturing industry outperformed the nation’s since the national downturn last year.

 

Fitch Ratings last month improved the state’s financial outlook to stable, reflecting the commonwealth’s solid economic recovery. The state’s April sales tax receipts set an all-time monthly record at $486.5 million, as did vehicle usage tax receipts at over $64 million.

 

In March, 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. Site Selection also recently placed Kentucky in a tie for fifth in its 2021 Prosperity Cup rankings, positioning the state among the national leaders for business climate.

 

Kentucky Child Care Providers Awarded $763 Million in Federal Funds
The Governor also announced today that Kentucky has been awarded more than $763 million in federal funds to provide relief for financially stressed child care providers, further helping Kentuckians with young children return to work. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Kroger Shooter Sentenced to Life in Prison for Hate Crime Murders

 

A Kentucky man was sentenced in federal court to life in prison without parole in connection with his racially motivated murder of two Black patrons at a Kroger grocery store, and his attempted murder of a third in Jeffersontown, Kentucky.

 

Gregory A. Bush, 53, of Louisville, Kentucky previously pleaded guilty-but-mentally-ill to state charges for murder, attempted murder and wanton endangerment arising out of the shooting and was sentenced to a life term in state prison.

 

During his federal plea hearing, Bush admitted that on Oct. 24, 2018, he drove to a Kroger grocery store in Jeffersontown armed with a Smith & Wesson, model 411, .40-caliber pistol. In the store, Bush followed a Black man, who was shopping with his grandson, for the length of an aisle before pulling the gun from his waistband and shooting the victim in the back of the head. Bush then shot the victim several more times in the torso, killing him. Bush had no prior relationship with the victim and chose to shoot him because of the victim’s race. Bush then re-holstered his gun and calmly walked out of the store.

 

In the parking lot, Bush walked up to a Black woman, and shot her several times in the head and body, killing her. Bush had no prior relationship with this victim and chose to shoot her because of her race.

 

Seconds later, Bush encountered a Black man who was in lawful possession of a handgun. The third victim asked Bush what was going on, and Bush, without responding, began walking toward him with the gun drawn. The third victim fired at Bush, and Bush returned fire. After about a minute, Bush stopped shooting and walked away. Bush had no prior relationship with the third victim and chose to shoot at him because of his race. Bush next encountered a white man, who was legally armed with a firearm. Bush told him, “Don’t shoot me [and] I won’t shoot you. Whites don’t shoot whites.”  

 

“The defendant is being held accountable for his vicious, racially-motivated attack on three Black individuals who were targeted because of the color of their skin, resulting in the untimely death of two of his victims and irreparable harm to the third,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “Racially motivated acts of violence must not be tolerated in our country today. The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice will continue to work with our federal, state and local partners to ensure that individuals who commit bias-motivated crimes are brought to justice for their actions.”

 

“Life in prison is appropriate in light of the brutal acts committed by the defendant against our fellow citizens,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky. “The initial law enforcement response and investigation, collaboration by federal and state prosecutors, and the sentence imposed serve notice to all that race-based violence will be met with swift and exacting justice.”

 

“Today, Mr. Bush was held responsible for his vile conduct," said Special Agent in Charge Robert Brown of the FBI Louisville Field Office. “We are a diverse city and country, bound together by shared values and beliefs. We are also a nation of laws. When those like Mr. Bush betray our shared values and violate our laws, the FBI and its Department of Justice partners will be ready to hold them accountable. This is just one example of how hate and violence will not be tolerated and have no place in our community.” 

 

“This was a heinous crime where innocent victims were gunned down for no other reason than the color of their skin,” said Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow of the ATF Louisville Division. “The ATF Louisville Division worked tirelessly alongside our law enforcement partners to seek justice for the victims, their families, and the community at large impacted by this hate crime. Today’s life sentence in prison demonstrates law enforcement’s stance against race-based violence and our commitment to justice.”

 

This case was investigated by the FBI Louisville Office, the ATF Louisville Field Division, and the Jeffersontown Police Department, and was prosecuted by Special Litigation Counsel Christopher J. Perras of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Gregory of the Western District of Kentucky.

 

Gov. Beshear: Kentucky Student-Athletes Now Allowed to Profit from their Name, Image and Likeness

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 24, 2021) – After talking with higher education and legislative leaders in the commonwealth, Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order on Thursday allowing student athletes in Kentucky to receive fair compensation for the use of their name, image and likeness.

 

Gov. Beshear is the first governor to allow compensation for name, image and likeness by executive order.

 

“Today’s step was done in cooperation with all of our public universities as well as leadership of both parties,” said Gov. Beshear after signing the executive order Thursday at the Capitol. “This action ensures we are not at a competitive disadvantage in recruiting, and also that our student athletes have the same rights and opportunities as those in other states. For any individual athlete, their name, image and likeness are their own and no one else’s.”

The Commonwealth’s public universities applauded Gov. Beshear’s executive order.

 

“On behalf of our student athletes at the University of Louisville, we are incredibly grateful for Gov. Beshear’s executive order allowing them to earn compensation based on their name, image and likeness,” said University of Louisville Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Vince Tyra. “Bringing the state of Kentucky into competitive balance with other states across the country and, more specifically, the Atlantic Coast Conference is critical. The collaboration with legislative leadership in Frankfort is welcome and needed in leveling the playing field for our institutions and, more important, for our student athletes.”

 

“Today’s executive order from the Governor provides us the flexibility we need at this time to further develop policies around name, image and likeness (NIL),” said University of Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart. “We are appreciative of that support as it is a bridge until such time as state and/or federal laws are enacted. The landscape of college sports is now in the midst of dramatic and historic change – perhaps the biggest set of shifts and changes since scholarships were first awarded decades ago. What won’t change is our core and most important principle – the well-being and development of our student athletes, while they are at UK and, as importantly, in preparing them for success in life, on whatever path they choose. We are extremely well-positioned to help our student athletes navigate this new and complex terrain. Much of what we need to do to support students in terms of NIL – through The Kentucky Road initiative – has been in place for some time. We have a strong foundation, which we will now work to build on.”

 

“First, we would like to thank Gov. Beshear for his leadership on this emerging and very important issue affecting higher education,” said President Robert L. (Bob) Jackson of Murray State University. “This executive order will help maintain consistency across intercollegiate athletics by ensuring that rules regarding name, image and likeness are fairly applied to our universities and student-athletes. We believe our student-athletes will benefit from this executive order which provides much-needed direction for our university athletic programs here in the commonwealth.”

 

Leadership in the Kentucky General Assembly voiced support for the executive action, noting their intent to deal with the topic in the 2022 regular session.

 

“This has long been an issue of fairness for student-athletes, but last week’s Supreme Court ruling also places our universities at a competitive disadvantage as other states move forward,” House Speaker David Osborne added. “These temporary steps address the immediate need, while we continue working with universities and other stakeholders to craft comprehensive legislation for the 2022 regular session.”

 

“We’ve been working for two years in the legislature with Democrats and Republicans to give our student athletes control over their name, image and likeness,” said Senate Minority Floor Leader Morgan McGarvey. “We can’t fall behind. I’m glad the Governor is stepping up to make sure Kentucky’s student athletes have the same opportunities here that they would in other states, and Sen. Max Wise, Sen. Whitney Westerfield and I remain committed to making sure protections like those in the Governor’s executive order become part of our law as soon as possible.”

 

“This is a landmark day for college athletics in Kentucky, and I am proud to stand with Gov. Beshear, Senate Minority Floor Leader Morgan McGarvey and many others in supporting this executive order,” said House Minority Floor Leader Joni Jenkins. “This change will make sure Kentucky’s student athletes are fairly rewarded for their hard work while making sure they are not treated any differently than their counterparts in other states. The goal going forward is to make sure this executive order becomes law next year, because it’s time we take this permanent step.”

 

The following university coaches applauded the action.

 

“We are entering into an exciting age in college athletics,” University of Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari said. “At the University of Kentucky, we have always put student-athletes first and today’s executive order by Gov. Beshear – who I want to thank for making this a priority – will empower universities across the state to support their young men and women better than ever. Whether we are talking about name, image and likeness, lifetime scholarships, financial literacy, health and wellness, or player welfare, student-athletes have been at the center of every decision at Kentucky. With today’s announcement, we continue to take positive steps forward in supporting our student-athletes to an even greater degree statewide. They deserve our time, effort and resources in making sure they have the opportunities to benefit from the hard work they put into their athletic and educational careers. As we wait on federal legislation, our program will continue to support, elevate and educate our kids.”

 

“I appreciate Gov. Beshear stepping up and making student-athletes in the state of Kentucky a priority,” said Kyra Elzy, University of Kentucky women’s basketball head coach. “The University of Kentucky has been a leader in name, image and likeness. I know our administration will work with the Governor’s office to ensure that student-athletes in Kentucky will continue to take the necessary steps to stay atop of NIL issues.”

 

“Supporting our student-athletes is at the center of Kentucky Athletics and today’s announcement is another step in that direction,” said University of Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops. “Name, image and likeness issues are at the forefront of college athletics and we appreciate Gov. Beshear helping us address current needs while long-term solutions are being developed on the national level. Our established principles of educational excellence, athletic success and personal development have us well-positioned as the NIL process begins.”

 

“I’m very appreciative that Gov. Beshear worked so quickly putting together an executive order allowing our student-athletes to earn additional compensation for use of their name, image and likeness,” said University of Louisville head football coach Scott Satterfield. “It’s an extraordinary opportunity for our players moving forward and I know they are grateful for everyone coming together to make this a reality.” 

 

“We applaud Gov. Beshear on this ground breaking decision,” said University of Louisville women’s basketball head coach Jeff Walz. “This is the right thing to do. This allows our student-athletes to enhance their profile in the profession of their choice. This is about opportunity, and we are all for it.” 

 

“I’m all for student athletes maximizing their opportunity as students, as athletes and as earners of income,” University of Louisville men’s basketball head coach Chris Mack said. “Thankful that our state and Gov. Beshear feel this way as well. Name, image and likeness rights have become a reality for our student athletes today and that’s a good thing in my eyes.”

 

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the NCAA in a significant case that challenged the association’s ability to have national limits on benefits for athletes that are related to education, but more broadly the case has raised questions about the NCAA’s ability to limit benefits at all.

 

Nineteen states have passed legislation to allow such compensation for student-athletes. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas enacted laws that will take effect July 1, 2021. The NCAA Board of Governors has preliminarily approved changes to their eligibility rules that would allow such compensation, and the U.S. Congress has held hearings on creating a national standard for compensation. However, until that happens, Kentucky colleges and universities would have faced a competitive disadvantage as other states’ legislation becomes effective as soon as July 1, 2021.

 

Kentucky colleges and universities have been directed to provide education and other resources to assist students with financial literacy, time management and social media and brand management. Additionally, colleges and universities will retain the flexibility to reasonably limit the time, dates and associations from which the student-athlete may earn compensation.

 

ADAIR CO. BOARD OF EDUC. BID INVITATION

 
The Adair County School Food Service will be accepting sealed bids for the furnishing and delivering of pizza for the 2021-2022 school year. Anyone wishing to bid may pick up a copy of the Invitation to Bid at the Adair County Board of Education, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY 42728. Bids will be accepted until time of the bid openings on July 12, 2021 at 9:00amCT at the Adair County Board of Education Conference Room. Bid acceptance will be made at the July 22, 2021 Board Meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Roy or Dayna Parnell at 270-384-2476. 

AREA ARREST 6-24-21

Area Arrest 6-24-21

 

Dakota Petty age 24, of Russell Springs, was taken into custody by Officer West with the Russell Springs Police Department just after 11 last night. Petty was charged with Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO.

 

Christopher Harmon age 39, of Georgetown was arrested by Office Baugh of the Russell Springs Police Department around 10 last night. Harmon was charged with Violation of Withholding Order Issued for Child Support and Resisting Arrest.

 

Both men were lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

A Knifley man was arrested on several charges Wednesday Afternoon. Steve Durbin age 37, was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail just after 1 yesterday afternoon. Durbin was charged with Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon Persistent Felony Offender 1, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Torture Dog/Cat with Severe Physical Injury or Death, Public Intoxication Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol), Robbery 1st Degree-Residence (Identify Weapon) and Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense).

AREA ARRESTS 06/23/21

 

  • David Alan Wisdom, 33, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested on Tuesday by RSPD for DUI, Driving on a DUI Suspended License, and Failure to Surrender Revoked Operators License.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
  • Steven Durbin, 37, of Knifley, KY - arrested Wednesday afternoon for 1st degree Robbery (of a residence), Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Torture of a Dog/Cat with Serious Physical Injuries or Death, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol), and for being a Persistent Felony Offender.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

"REDNECK RAVE" RESULTS IN ARRESTS & INJURIES..

 
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. (AP) - Dozens of people face criminal charges or suffered injuries during a five-day party in south central Kentucky billed as a “Redneck Rave."
 
Blue Holler Offroad Park in Edmonson County hosted the event last week that organizers said would feature “mud, music and mayhem,” the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. The crowd was estimated to be in the thousands.
 
Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle told the newspaper 14 people were arrested and another 34 were cited on criminal charges that ranged from assault and strangulation to drug and alcohol possession. Those arrested came from Kentucky and several other states including Michigan, Indiana, Missouri and Tennessee, according to court records.
 
Some who attended reported accidental injuries including one person who was impaled by a log that pierced the floorboard of his vehicle and others suffered lacerations, dislocated fingers and broken bones, Doyle said.
 
Organizer Justin Stowers did not immediately respond to the newspaper when asked about the event.
 
Stowers said in a Facebook post that it was "the biggest event we’ve ever done and with as many people and random things that popped up unexpectedly I feel like we all handled it very well,” the Herald-Leader reported.
 
In addition to live music, the rave featured a football game and a demolition derby. Another event is scheduled in October.
 

ADAIR COUNTY AWARDED SAFETY GRANT FROM KACO

 
Dwayne Litton, Safety & Loss Control Specialist with KACo, presented Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan with a check this morning (Wednesday) for the safety grant that was used to purchase 2 sets of aluminum bleachers for the softball field at the Jim Blair Park.
 

RC SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP

 

The Russell County School Board met on Monday evening for June’s regular monthly meeting. Superintendent Michael Ford tells WAVE listeners what took place…

 

ADAIR CO. MOBILE HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE...

 

The Adair County Fire Department responded to a residential mobile home fire on Saturday night at 130 Longview Lane. Upon arrival, the home was fully engulfed in flames and was a total loss. There were 10 firemen on the scene for approximately 2 hours.

 

KSP TO PARTICIPATE IN OPERATION SAFEDRIVE

 

Kentucky State Police (KSP) Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers will be participating in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Operation SafeDRIVE (Distracted Reckless Impaired Visibility Enforcement) from June 22-24. This enforcement campaign targets unsafe driving behavior that often leads to crashes involving passenger cars and commercial vehicles. It complements national efforts to educate all drivers on how to share the roads safely with large trucks.

 

The national SafeDRIVE initiative cracks down on dangerous interstate driving behaviors such as aggressive driving, speeding, tailgating, failing to wear a seat belt, distracted driving and driving under the influence. During this effort, KSP Commercial Vehicle Inspectors will have scale facilities open ensuring commercial drivers are following safety regulations, including hours of service compliance, commercial driver license compliance, medical certification, and commercial motor vehicle credentialing.

 

Major Nathan Day, Director for the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division says Operation SafeDRIVE can significantly impact highway safety.

 

“High visibility interstate enforcement combined with safety inspections at our scale facilities will ensure unsafe drivers and vehicles are removed from Kentucky highways,” says Day. “With so many motorists traveling through Kentucky during the summer months, our number one priority is their safety while they are in the commonwealth.”

 

KSP encourages all motorists to take the following advice while driving on the roads:
 

· Stay out of blind spots: Large trucks and buses have big blind spots on all four sides.

· Pass safely: Make sure you can see the truck driver in their side mirror. Use your turn signals and don’t linger in the blind spot. Make sure you can see the CMV vehicle in your rearview mirror before you pull in front.

· Don’t cut off large vehicles: It takes a large truck traveling at highway speeds the length of two football fields to stop.

· Don’t tailgate: Tailgating a commercial vehicle puts you in a blind spot.

 

In 2020, commercial trucks were involved in 5,640 collisions resulting in 101 fatalities and 1,112 injuries.

 

Operation SafeDRIVE coordinates with a national campaign run by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration called “Our Roads, Our Safety”, which educates all motorists on how to share the road safely.

 

RC CLERKS OFFICE CLOSING EARLY TUESDAY

 

The Russell County Clerks Office will be closing tomorrow (Tuesday, june 22, 2021) at 11:00amCT to attend the funeral of a friend and co-worker's father. The office will reopen on Wednesday morning.

 

METCALFE CO. MAN DIES FOLLOWING MOTORCYCLE VS CAR COLLISION...

 

Edmonton, KY (June 21, 2021) - Kentucky State Police Post 15 was contacted on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at approximately 7:52pmCT by Metcalfe County 911 regarding a 2-vehicle fatal collision on Cedar Flat Curtis Rd.

 

The preliminary investigation indicates that Nicholas Smith, 25, of Edmonton, KY was operating a 1985 Yamaha motorcycle east-bound on Cedar Flat Curtis Road (a narrow roadway with no dividing yellow lines). Smith attempted to make a left turn off the roadway, crossing into the path of 2013 Dodge passenger car being operated by 17-year-old Jasmine Coleman of Edmonton, KY, who was traveling west-bound on Cedar Flat Curtis Road. Coleman attempted to swerve to avoid the collision but was unable to do so. Smith was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Metcalfe County Coroner. Coleman was belted and was not injured. 

 

This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Weston Sullivan.

 

Columbia Woman Arrested on Assault Charges...

 

 

An Adair County woman was charged with Assault and Resisting Arresting charges last evening.

 

Nicole Hodge, 20, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody just before 8 last evening by Officer Foster with the Columbia Police Department. Hodge was charged with Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol), Resisting Arrest and Assault 3rd Degree-Police Officer or Probation Officer. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

WEEKEND ARRESTS 06-20-21

 

  • Cory Hewitt, 25, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested late Saturday night by RSPD for Possession of Marijuana. 
  • Brianne Bottom, 23, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested late Saturday night by RCSO for Public Intoxication.
  • Jennifer Stockton, age 45 - arrested Saturday night by RSPD for 5 counts of Trafficking in Methamphetamine 2nd or greater offense, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking in Marijuana, Trafficking in Legend Drugs, several counts of being a Persistent Felony Offender, and for Engaging in Organized Crime.
  • Craig Evan Scott, 42, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested Saturday night by Fish & Wildlife Resources for Operating a Boat while Intoxicated, Possession of Marijuana, Failure to Operate Boat at Idle Speed, and Non-Approved or No Personal Floatation Device.
  • James Huntington, 60, of Anderson, Indiana - arrested Saturday night by Fish & Wildlife Resources for Operating a Boat while Intoxicated and Failure to Operate a Boat at Idle Speed.
  • Tyler Sult, 25, of Knifley, KY - arrested by RSPD on Saturday for Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified).
  • David Pierce, 29, of Paris, KY - arrested on Saturday evening by Fish & Wildlife Resources for Failure to Illuminate or No Navigation LIghts, Operating a Boat while Intoxicated, and Non-Approved, Insufficient, or No Personal Floatation Device.
  • Alex Carpenter, 31, of Lexington, KY - arrested on Saturday evening by Fish & Wildlife Resources for Failure to Illuminate or No Navigation Lights, Operating a Boat while Intoxicated, and Non-Approved, Insufficient, or No Personal Floatation Device.
  • Felicia Hall, 32, of Albany, KY - arrested Friday evening for Harrassing Communications and Probation Violation (for a Felony Offense).
  • Mary Adams, 42, of Albany, KY - arrested on Friday evening on a Fugitive from Another State Warrant and Contempt of Court.
  • Amanda Jewell, 32, of Byrdstown, TN - arrested Friday afternoon for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Trafficking in Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession/Use of a Radio that Sends/Receives Police Messages.
 
All of these individuals were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Waiver may be Available for Overpaid Unemployment Benefits

 
By: TOM LAYTEK, Kentucky Today
 
FRANKFORT, KY – Unemployment insurance claimants who were overpaid benefits during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 can now apply for a waiver that may clear them from having to repay those funds.
 
On Friday, the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance mailed Notice of Determination letters to approximately 14,000 people who were identified as having been overpaid between Jan. 27 and Dec. 31, 2020.  Those letters inform claimants how much they were overpaid and provide instructions on how to apply for the waiver; either online, which will help speed up the process, or by completing an enclosed form.
 
Gov. Andy Beshear said that early in the pandemic the federal government asked state unemployment offices to get benefit payments in the hands of millions of people as quickly as possible.  Weeks later, as guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor changed, some people who received benefits were deemed ineligible and asked to repay those funds.
 
“I have fought for this waiver because it is the right thing to do,” the Governor said. “Without it, a lot of Kentuckians would have received collection notices during a pandemic, and in many cases the money they received has already been spent, creating an additional hardship for folks in the toughest of times.”
 
Claimants have 30 days from the date postmarked on the letter to apply for the waiver, and must attest that the overpayment was the result of no fault of their own and that recovery of the funds would be contrary to equity and good conscience.
 
The Continued Assistance Act amended federal law to allow states to waive non-fraudulent unemployment insurance overpayments during the pandemic late last year, but Kentucky was among a handful of states that required legislative action in order to be able to provide that relief.
 
On March 12, the Governor signed legislation that allows the waiver after the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation (Senate Bill 7) during its regular session.
 
The state has paid out more than $6 billion in total unemployment benefits during the pandemic.  An unprecedented number of unemployment insurance claims, more than 2.2 million, have been filed in Kentucky since March 2020.
 

COLUMBIA-ADAIR BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED 06-19-21

 

As of 3:17pmCT on Saturday, June 19, 2021 the boil water advisory for customers starting at 4769-6797 Burkesville 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.

 

2ND ANNUAL COLUMBIA TRUCK-IT-UP SCHEDULE

 

The 2nd Annual Truck It Up for Columbia will be held on Friday, August 6, in the city parking lot at the corner of Merchant and Campbellsville Streets.

 

Food trucks scheduled so far:

  • Layo Tacos of Glasgow
  • Kona Ice of Bowling Green
  • Ben’s Jammin’ Ice Cream of Bardstown
  • Mac Chaos of Somerset
  • Epic Meats of Somerset

 

Other trucks and activities are being planned. For further information, contact City Hall at 270-384-2501.

Gov. Beshear Hosts First Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 17, 2021) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear held the first Team Kentucky Update at 12:30 p.m. EDT in the Capitol Rotunda.

 

After more than 15 months of fighting the pandemic and hosting more than 250 news conferences to keep Kentuckians informed, the Governor said Kentuckians will still have a regular opportunity to hear directly from him and other state leaders.

 

“The weekly update is an opportunity to provide Kentuckians and the media with information about what is going on in our great state as we emerge from this pandemic and become a leader in the post-COVID economy,” Gov. Beshear said. “While we are no longer in a COVID crisis and we have concluded our regular COVID briefings – I still wanted to have a chance to share good news with you directly – and with all our Kentucky families.”

 

Updates are scheduled to be held every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. EDT. Journalists are invited to attend and ask questions and Kentuckians can watch live on the Governor’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. The weekly updates will include topics that Kentucky families want to hear about, like education, health care and job growth. The Governor will also highlight Kentuckians who are working to build a better commonwealth.

 

Today, the Governor shared positive mid-year economic development results and updated Kentuckians on vaccine efforts and a health care victory at the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

U.S. Supreme Court
Today, Gov. Beshear and a coalition of states won a U.S. Supreme Court case, California v. Texas, that upholds the Affordable Care Act, protecting health care coverage for 1.8 million Kentuckians and millions more Americans with pre-existing medical conditions. To learn more, see the full news release.

 

Economic Development Growth
Today, Gov. Beshear highlighted Kentucky’s private-sector new-location and expansion announcements from the first half of 2021, which show an economy ramping up for post-pandemic growth. In 2021, companies have announced more than $2 billion in new investments expected to create over 4,000 full-time jobs with an average incentivized hourly wage of $23.15 before benefits. Economic growth in Kentucky is outpacing last year’s figures, with several key industries playing a pivotal role in building back the state’s economy. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Gov. Beshear also announced that MAB Fabrication Inc., which manufactures awnings and steel structures for greenhouses, garden centers and big-box stores, will locate a new production operation in Walton, creating 24 full-time jobs for Kentucky residents in the coming months with a $6.9 million investment. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Better Kentucky Plan
Gov. Beshear updated Kentuckians on his Better Kentucky Plan, which allocates $1.3 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funds to boost the economy by delivering clean drinking water, building new schools and expanding access to broadband while creating 14,500 jobs.

 

The Governor announced that, since launching the call for projects on June 1, the Cleaner Water Program has received 141 requests for funding representing 46 counties and totaling more than $343 million, with funding announcements expected this summer. The Kentucky Schools Facilities Construction Commission selected 13 schools for Better Schools program funding and is awaiting additional guidance from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to determine how and when funding will be allocated. The Governor also mentioned that the Better Internet Program is finalizing a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit input from potential broadband providers. The RFI is expected to be finalized by the end of June, with proposals from providers accepted sometime in July. To learn more about the Better Kentucky Plan, click here.

 

Ribbon-Cutting for Crown Recovery Center in Springfield
On Monday, Gov. Beshear joined Addiction Recovery Care (ARC), a leading provider of treatment and recovery services across the commonwealth, at the ribbon cutting for ARC’s newest residential treatment center, Crown Recovery Center, in Springfield. It is the state’s largest and most comprehensive addiction treatment center, offering a full continuum of care for individuals seeking long-term recovery from substance use disorders. Once operating at full capacity, it will be able to serve more than 700 individuals. To learn more, see ARC’s full release.

 

Shot at a Million
Kentucky’s Shot at a Million sweepstakes is an incentive for Kentuckians to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Three winners, drawn on three separate occasions, will each win $1 million. For Kentuckians age 12-17, who are ineligible for the money drawing, there are 15 chances to win a full scholarship, including room-and-board, tuition and books, to any public Kentucky college, university, trade or technical school. To date, 414,584 Kentuckians have registered for a chance at $1 million and 23,080 Kentucky youth have registered for the chance to win a full scholarship. The winners of the first drawing will be announced on Friday, July 2. Learn more and sign up for your Shot at a Million at shotatamillion.ky.gov.

 

Concert Incentives
The Governor also said the Troubadour Concert Series is hosting COVID-Free Concerts at the historic Cardome in Georgetown, happening every week now through June 29. If you are fully vaccinated, you qualify for a free ticket to any or all of the COVID-Free concerts at Cardome. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, anyone age 12 and up can get vaccinated for free at the concert. The vaccines are being administered by Wild Health, which has partnered with the Beshear administration throughout the pandemic to administer thousands of COVID-19 tests and vaccinations. For more information visit, covidfreeconcert.com.

 

Eviction Relief
Gov. Beshear said Thursday that, while the federal eviction moratorium is ending June 30, Kentucky’s Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund (HHERF) is open until Sept. 30, 2022 and has about $200 million left to assist Kentuckians with up to 15 months of rent and utilities. To date, Team Kentucky has helped Kentuckians with more than 5,500 rent and utility payments totaling more than $20.3 million in assistance. Just last week, the Kentucky Housing Corporation, an important partner in administering the HHERF, paid out more than $2 million from the fund to Kentuckians in need, which is up 15% from the week before.

 

Kentuckians can submit an application today at teamkyhherf.ky.gov if they live outside of Lexington or Louisville. To apply in Fayette County, visit covid19renterhelp.org. To apply in Jefferson County, visit stopmyeviction.org.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
The Governor highlighted two Kentuckians who are true Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Milo Golding, a student at Lexington Christian Academy, won the national Doodle for Google competition this week. The Governor hosted a celebration for Milo with Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton on Monday at City Hall. Milo was awarded a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology package for his school. Milo’s art, titled “Finding Hope,” was inspired by the words of his late father and stood above thousands of submissions from across the country. Milo said, “Regardless of life’s hardships and uncertainties, hope is always there. It’s our job to find that hope in order to move forward.”

 

“Milo and his work left me feeling inspired, and I know it will have the same impact on others. He’s a remarkable kid and we in Kentucky are so proud of what he accomplished,” the Governor said.

 

Sean Sullivan, of Frankfort, is the only American competing in the European Firefit Championship this week. Sean is an Air Force Veteran and served on the Frankfort Fire Department for 20 years. In May, the Governor met Sean and officially named him a Kentucky Colonel.

 

“We are proud of him,” Gov. Beshear said. “Kentucky, let’s join together and cheer Sean on during this week’s major event.”

 

AREA ARRESTS 6-18-21

 

Krista Meece, 48, of Russell Springs was arrested by Deputy Meyer just before 8 last evening. Meece was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Meth) and lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Christopher Woodall, 30, of Albany was arrested by Trooper Begley with Kentucky State Police yesterday afternoon. Woodall was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession. He was also lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

JAMESTOWN CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP...

 

The Jamestown City Council met on Thursday evening for the regular monthly meeting. Mayor Nick Shearer spoke with WAVE NEWS following the meeting and shared what took place including a big announcement coming next month of a new manufacturing business coming to Jamestown... 
 

 

COLUMBIA-ADAIR BOIL WATER ADVISORY 06-17-21

 
Date Issued: 6/17/2021
Time Issued: 3:40 PM
 
A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District at 4769-6797 Burkesville Rd and all side roads in between. The advisory has been issued due to a main line leak. 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, bring the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. The advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.
 
For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.

COLUMBIA WOMAN ARRESTED ON TRESPASSING & WANTON ENDANGERMENT CHARGES

 

On Wednesday night, Columbia Police responded to a residence on Sandusky Drive for a female party refusing to leave a property. Upon arrival and making contact with the female, Officers observed she was under the influence.

 

During the on-scene investigation, Officers were informed the female attempted to hand a loaded syringe to a teenage juvenile prior to their arrival. The female told police that she was attempting to give the juvenile a gift. The syringe was located and seized and the female was taken into custody.

 

Brittany Brown, 28, of Columbia has been charged with criminal trespassing 3rd as well as wanton endangerment 1st, a class D felony.

 

Officer Justin Cross made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Josh Durbin.

 

AREA ARREST 6-17-21

 

 

 

A Columbia man was taken into custody early this morning on reckless driving and DUI charges.

 

William White, age 39, was taken into custody by Officer Durbin with the Columbia Police Department around 3 a.m. this morning. White was charged with Reckless Driving and Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence Alcohol .08 1st. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Brittany Brown, age 28 of Columbia was arrested by Officer Cross with the Columbia Police Department just before 11 last night. Brown was charged with Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree and Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree. She was also lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

HEAT RELATED ILLNESS ON THE INCRESS

 

 

 

 

Heat-related illnesses are becoming increasingly common as people spend more time outdoors.  
  
Heat-related illnesses can affect anyone, in varying weather conditions.  
 
Experts say drinking coffee, alcohol, and even just dehydration can lead to excess heat stress. They say most people are chronically dehydrated.  
 
It’s important if you’re spending any time outdoors to wear light and loose-fitting clothing, and make sure you have enough water to keep you hydrated.  

SOUTH KENTUCKY RECC HAS A PLANNED OUTAGE IN RC

We will have a planned outage tomorrow (Wednesday) weather permitting, in the Clifty Creek Rd. area beginning at 9 a.m. This outage is expected to last at least 2 hours and affect about 42 members. 

KY 90 Temporarily Reduced to One Lane Starting Tomorrow in Cumberland County

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (June 15, 2021) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 advises motorists that starting tomorrow, June 16, the KY 90 bridge (mile point 14.1) over the Cumberland River in Burkesville will be temporarily reduced to one lane for cleaning and painting.

 

Temporary traffic signals will be in place on the east and west bound approaches for the lane closure. 

 

In addition, the speed limit has been reduced to 25 mph through the work zone and lane widths reduced to 12’.

 

Work is expected to be completed September 30. The starting date and duration of the lane closures 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.  

 

AREA ARREST 6-15-21

 

A Jamestown, KY man was taken into custody for violation of an EPO/DVO last night…

 

Billy Thomas, 29, was arrested by Deputy Corey Meyer of the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Monday night. Thomas was charged with Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO order and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL MET IN SPECIAL SESSION MONDAY MORNING

Russell Springs City Council met yesterday morning in a special called meeting.

 

Mayor Eddie Thomas tells WAVE NEWS what took place and thanks those in charge on the city departments for their hard work with the budget during the pandemic…

 

AMERICAN RED CROSS NEEDS BLOOD DONATIONS

 

 

 

The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise – and deplete the nation’s blood inventory. Donors of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets – are urged to make an appointment to give as soon as possible to prevent further impact to patients.

 

Right now, hospitals are responding to an atypically high number of traumas and emergency room visits, as well as overdoses and resulting transplants. In comparison to 2019, the Red Cross has seen demand from trauma centers climb by 10% in 2021− more than five times the growth of other facilities that provide blood transfusions.  

 

Patients need the help of the American people. Schedule an appointment to give blood now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Columbia-Adair EDA Meeting June 15th...

 

Columbia-Adair Economic Development Authority Board of Directors Meeting - Tuesday, June 15, 2021

 8:00amCT - 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY

 

 

AGENDA

 

Presiding – Bobby Morrison, Chairman

Welcome, 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

 

New Business:

  1. Introduce Rodney Hitch, East KY Power EDA and David Crews, Senior VP EKPC/East KY Power for discussion of opportunity for economic development, etc.
  2. Update North Road Project: Billing, payments, status, etc.
  3. Update property exchange: Deeds, filing clerk, clearing, burning, covering, payment
  4. Update South property access road: planning, tentative beginning estimate, location, etc.
  5. Update MSE Johnny Webb visit: Reviewed North road, reviewed South access options, reviewed limitations, got utility dept. to mark lines and clean around sewer pump station, etc. Utility will furnish maps location to Johnny and us. MSE will locate on drawings.
  6. Park signs renovation: Letter color, entrance 1 added, option of standard or reflective lettering, select color, approval
  7. Other Business for discussion or Announcements

 

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, July 20, 2021 at 8:00amCT

 

Gov. Andy Beshear Announces Launch of Online Renewal Option for Driver's and Motorcycle Licenses

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 14, 2021) – Gov. Andy Beshear today announced that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has launched a service to drive Kentucky into a new era of driver licensing– online renewal of driver’s and motorcycle licenses.

 

“This is a dramatic step forward for customer convenience – the ability to go online to renew your driving credential and save yourself a trip to a licensing office if you don’t otherwise require in-person service,” Gov. Beshear said. “Modernizing state services puts Kentuckians in the driver’s seat to choose how they want to be served and make a Better Kentucky.”

 

Online license renewal is among the new modern conveniences and options available to Kentuckians as a result of the phased transfer of licensing services to KYTC regional offices from local Offices of the Circuit Court Clerks. All counties are required to have made the transition by June 30, 2022, and 20 already have done so.

 

“We’re taking driver licensing to a new level in Kentucky,” KYTC Secretary Jim Gray said. “Greater efficiency, greater security and more choices.”

 

KYTC’s new driver licensing service is being administered through a network of Driver Licensing Regional Offices located around the state. Eighteen offices are now operating, and more offices are planned to open.

 

The online renewal option is for holders of standard-issue or REAL ID licenses whose credentials will expire within six months – or have been expired for less than a year- and want to maintain the same card version as their current license (standard or REAL ID). The applicant’s name and address must be the same as what is listed on their current credential.  

 

Online renewal is available at https://dlrenewal.ky.gov

 

The online renewal option does not apply to:

  • Kentuckians requesting a license replacement (lost/stolen cards).
  • Kentuckians upgrading from standard-issue license to a REAL ID.
  • Kentuckians upgrading from four-year to eight-year expiration.
  • Those needing a license with changed name or address.
  • Commercial driver’s licenses (CDL).

 

Applications for a replacement license or a license that reflects a change of name or address must be made in person. That can be done at any Driver Licensing Regional Office, or Office of Circuit Court Clerk in the customer’s county of residence, provided the clerk has not yet transferred licensing services. A list of counties that have transferred services to regional offices is available at drive.ky.gov/pages/circuit-clerks.aspx.

 

Initial application for a REAL ID must be made in person and can only be done at a KYTC Driver Licensing Regional Office due to document verification requirements. Kentucky REAL ID cardholders may renew their REAL ID online when they are due to renew.

 

Regional Offices currently are operating in Bowling Green, Burlington, Catlettsburg, Columbia, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, Jackson, Lexington, Louisville/Bowman Field, Louisville/Dixie Highway, Louisville/Hurstbourne, Madisonville, Morehead, Owensboro, Paducah, Prestonsburg, Richmond and Somerset. The Louisville/Bowman Field office is open by appointment only.

 

NEW ADAIR CO. JAILER SWORN IN OVER THE WEEKEND...

 
Jamie Richard, newly appointed Jailer of Adair County, was sworn into office on Sunday, June 13, 2021 by Adair Co. Judge Executive Gale Cowan, surrounded by his family. Jailer Richard will take office on Wednesday, June 16th, 2021. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pictured: Jamie Richard with wife Sharon & their 3 children: Chase, Devin, & Bode
 

JAMESTOWN WOMAN ARRESTED ON METH & HEROIN CHARGES...

 

 

Hannah Dabney, 18, of Jamestown, KY was taken into custody just after midnight on Sunday night by members of the Russell Springs Police Department for Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm), Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 3rd or Greater Offense (METH), No Registration Receipt, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance 2nd Offense, No Registration Plates, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Heroin).  She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

WEEKEND ARRESTS 06-13-21

 
  • Joseph Hammond, 23, of Jamestown, KY - arrested on Saturday afternoon by KSP for Speeding, Reckless Driving, Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance 2nd offense, Fleeing or Evading Police, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Criminal Mischief 3rd degree, and Failure to Wear Seatbelt.
  • Angel Little, 29, of Russell Srings, KY - arrested on Saturday evening by KSP for Careless Driving, Failure to Signal, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, DUI, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Wear Seatbelt.
  • Larry Ware, 46, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested on Saturday evening by RSPD for Violating a Kentucky EPO (Emergency Protective Order).
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • James McGuffin, 54, of Columbia, KY - arrested late Saturday night by CPD for DUI and Reckless Driving.
  • Thomas Renfro, 31, of Burnside, KY - arrested on Saturday afternoon by KSP for Reckless Driving, DUI, and No License in his Possession.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Gov. Beshear: While COVID-19 Remains a Threat, We Are No Longer In Crisis

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 11, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear marked his final regularly scheduled COVID-19 briefing by thanking Kentuckians for their hard work and sacrifices that saved countless lives in the commonwealth.

 

The Governor also lifted the statewide mask mandate for most settings and ended capacity limits for restaurants, bars and other pubic venues. The mask mandate for vaccinated Kentuckians has been lifted since May 13. A new executive order keeps the mask requirement in place only in certain high-risk settings identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: public transit, long-term care facilities and health care facilities.

 

Masks are recommended for people in correctional facilities or homeless shelters and people who are immune-compromised, are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days.

 

“Today, we are lifting the final restrictions put in place to keep our people safe during this once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic,” said Gov. Beshear. “COVID-19 remains deadly. Our war against it is not yet won. But after more than 15 months of struggle and sacrifice, we can also say this: While COVID-19 remains a threat, we are no longer in crisis.”

 

The Governor said he was able to make these changes safely because more Kentuckians continue to receive one of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. Everyone ages 12 and older is eligible for their shot of hope. As of today, 2,106,464 people in the commonwealth have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said the proof of vaccines’ effectiveness is in the data: The state’s weekly number of COVID-19 cases has declined 93% since January 2021; the state’s number of deaths occurring each week has declined 95% since January 2021; and the state’s number of patients who are hospitalized for COVID-19 has declined 83% since January.

 

“We would not be here today were it not for the collective effort of so many Kentuckians,” said Dr. Stack. “While I wish it weren’t for this reason, it’s been the privilege of a lifetime to come into Kentuckians’ lives and to serve with the team at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), as well as with local health departments across the state. Thank you, Team Kentucky, and here’s to a better summer ahead.”

 

The Governor said he would not yet end the commonwealth’s state of emergency because major programs, grants and executive orders that continue to help Kentuckians impacted by COVID-19 would be at risk if it weren’t still in place, including a $96 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for vaccine distribution and administration.


Kentuckians 18 and older who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 can sign up for three chances to win $1 million dollars. Those 12 to 17 years old can sign up for 15 chances to win a full scholarship to any Kentucky public college, university, technical or trade school. Winners will be announced Friday, July 2; Friday, July 30; and Friday, Aug. 27. To enter the drawings and for more information, visit ShotAtAMillion.ky.gov.

 

To date, 349,780 Kentuckians have signed up for the $1 million drawings and 19,579 Kentuckians have signed up for the full tuition scholarship drawings.

 

The Governor thanked close partners in the state’s fight against COVID-19 over the past 15 months, including: American Sign Language interpreter, Virginia Moore; Dr. Stack; and CHFS Secretary Eric Friedlander.

 

The Governor recognized that for the families of 7,147 Kentuckians lost to the virus, the pain and sadness of the COVID-19 pandemic will never go away. But he said the Kentuckians whose lives were cut short will never be forgotten.

 

“Reading the ages and counties of the dead, almost daily, is the hardest thing I have ever done,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are in the process of developing a permanent monument that will replace that sea of flags on the Capitol lawn representing every Kentuckian lost to COVID-19, which I hope will inspire generations of future leaders to think about these Kentuckians, these families and the challenges of these times.”

 

The Governor said Team Kentucky has gotten through the hardships and grief of the past 15 months together, and now can begin the work of building a better Kentucky for all.

 

“We know that our actions saved thousands, likely tens of thousands of lives. I’ve never felt more pride in our commonwealth and our people than knowing how we did this for one another,” the Governor said.

 

Vaccination and Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Friday, June 11, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

 

People vaccinated in Kentucky (have received at least one dose): 2,106,464

 

New cases today: 237
Positivity rate: 2.05%

 

For more information on cases and hospital capacity, see the full daily COVID-19 report, which will be updated by 5 p.m. EDT.

 

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.

 

LANE CLOSURE SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK ON PARKWAY

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 Office advises motorists that a temporary lane closure is scheduled to take place next week on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Expressway in Pulaski County as crews perform rock removal operations.

Beginning Monday, June 14, westbound Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Expressway will be be reduced to one lane prior to the Fishing Creek Bridge (mile point 84.5). Work is expected to be complete Friday, June 18.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet asks motorists to be aware of the work zone, expected delays and to utilize safe driving habits when traveling through the area.

AREA ARREST 6-11-21

 

 

 

A Russell Springs man was arrested on drug and other charges last evening. Christopher Corbin age 36, was taken into custody by officer Justice with the Russell Springs Police Department. Corbin was charged with Driving on a DUI Suspended License – 1st Offense, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense More or Equal to 2 grams (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession, 2 counts of Probation Violation (for Felony Offense), Failure to Appear and Non-Payment of Court Cost – Fees or Fines.

 

Two people were taken into Custody early this morning on drug charges by the Kentucky State Police.

Nikki Riter age 36, and Anthony Alley age 44, were taken into custody just before 3 a.m. by Trooper Brumley. Riter was charged with Trafficking in Marijuana less than 8oz, Possession of Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree – Drug Unspecified, Possession Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree- Amphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession.  Alley was charged with Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8oz) – 1st Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree – Drug Unspecified, Possession Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree – Amphetamine, Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession. Both were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

A RUSSELL COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER HAS BEEN NAMED TO THE KDE TEACHERS ADVISORY COUNCIL

 

 

 

A Russell County Teacher was named one of Fourteen Kentucky public school educators to be named to the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) Teachers Advisory Council (TAC), according to Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass.

 

Brook Bartrug, Social Studies and Math teacher at the Russell County Middle School, will begin a three-year term at the council’s next meeting on June 17. Nearly 100 teachers from across the Commonwealth applied for a spot on the advisory council.

 

The council is designed to improve Kentucky’s educational landscape by providing the commissioner of education with direct input from classrooms. Bridging the gap between policy and practice, the TAC was created to advise the commissioner on educational priorities so students of the Commonwealth are well-prepared for any career they choose.

RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL MET LAST NIGHT

The Russell Springs City Council met last night for their city leaders regular monthly meeting. 

 

Mayor Eddie Thomas shares with WAVE listeners what took place... 

 

AREA ARREST 6-10-21

 

 

 

An Indiana woman was arrested by Jamestown Police last night for being a fugitive from another state.

Cassie Anderson 38 of Indianapolis was taken into custody by officer Tarter just after 7 last night and lodge into the Russell County Detention Center.

DUNBAR NAMED KENTUCKY JAILER OF THE YEAR FOR 2nd TIME

 

 

 

WAVE NEWS would like to congratulate Russell County Jailer Bobby Dunbar on being named the 2021 Kentucky Jailer of the year.

 

This is Dunbar’s 2nd time to win the honor as he was also named Jailer of the year in 2018.

COLUMBIA WOMAN ARRESTED ON TRAFFICKING CHARGES

 

On Tuesday, June 8, 2021 Columbia Police initiated an early morning traffic stop on Campbellsville Street at 1:00amCT. K9 Unit Cally was utilized and alerted on the vehicle for possible narcotics. A search of the auto yielded findings of drug paraphernalia, suspected methamphetamine and marijuana. 
 
Kala Byrd, 36, of Glasgow, KY was taken into custody and charged with numerous traffic violations as well as Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Drug Unspecified), and Trafficking in Methamphetamine.
 
Officer Josh Durbin made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Justin Cross, Deputy Kenny Perkins, and K9 Handler Officer Trevor Foster.
 

AREA ARREST 6-9-21

 

 

 

A Burkesville man was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail on Drug and Harassing Communication charges.

 

David Davidson age 53, was arrested by Deputy Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office on charges of Harassing Communications, Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (on foot), Resisting Arrest, Possession of Marijuana, Cultivating in Marijuana (5 plats or more) 1st Offense and Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury.

2021 ADAIR COUNTY CRUSADE TOTALS

 

The Columbia-Adair County Volunteer Fire Depatments ended the "68th Annual WHAS Crusade for Children Telethon Roadblock" with $46,500. This is a $9,653.49 increase over the 2020 total and brings our total to $1,267,370.88 collected and brought back to Adair County since 1954. 

 

Thanks to everyone who donated and we will see you again next year! This year's Crusade is dedicated in memory of Mr. Bobby Caldwell, the last founding member of the Columbia-Adair County Fire Department who passed away this year. 

 

OTHER COUNTY TOTALS:

  • Breeding Fire Department: $2,012.19
  • Knifley Fire Department: $694.22

 

 

Adair Woman Arrested on Felony Drug Charges...

 
On Friday, June 4, 2021 at 8:10pmCT, Adair County Deputy Kenny Perkins initiated a traffic stop on Melson Ridge Road approximately 15 miles south of Columbia. During the stop, it was found that 31-year-old Samantha Yates of Columbia, KY had an active Adair County warrant. During her arrest, methamphetamine and marijuana were discovered on her.
 
Melson was arrested and lodged in Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified)
  • Possession of Marijuana and
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 

 

The Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation. 
 

Taylor County Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges over the Weekend...

 
On Saturday morning, June 5, 2021 at 2:48amCT, Adair County Deputy Kenny Perkins initiated a traffic stop on KY 55  approximately 5 miles north of Columbia. As a result of the stop, methamphetamine and a large amount of suspected Spice (a synthetic drug), along with cash was located and seized.      
 
Christopher Spaulding of Campbellsville, KY was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
  • No Tail Lamps
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle on a DUI Suspended License 
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Trafficking in a Synthetic Drug 1st degree (Spice)

 

The investigation is continuing. 
 

ADAIR FISCAL COURT MEETING JUNE 8TH

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 6:00 P.M. CT at the Jim Blair Center located at 901 Hudson Street, Columbia, KY 42728. This meeting is open to the public with all guidelines for social distancing set by the Governor to be followed. There will be NO Facebook Live.

 

ACTION ITEMS on the AGENDA:

  • JAIL MEDICAL CONTRACT BIDS-POSSIBLE AWARD
  • ROAD BIDS-POSSIBLE AWARD
  • LIBRARY BUDGET PRESENTATION     

           

 

MAYOR AND COUNTY JUDGE PROCLAIM JUNE DAIRY MONTH

I was honored to proclaim June as Dairy Month in Adair County this morning along with Mayor Pamela Hoots. Thank you to Extension Agent Nick Roy and Dairy Farmers Tony Joe and Ben Compton for being in our photo.

Dairy Farmers play a very important role in our economy and get very little recognition for all their hard work. So THANK YOU to all of our Adair County Dairy Farmers! You are appreciated.

 

From County Judge Gayle Cowan

AREA ARREST 6-8-21

 

 

 

A Glasgow woman was arrested in Adair County on Drug and other charged early this morning. Kala Byrd age 36, was taken into custody by officer Durbin with the Columbia Police Department. Byrd was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (less than 2 grams), Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree – Drug Unspecified, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.

 

Jackie Allan age 56, of Columbia, was arrested by Trooper Poole with the Kentucky State Police just after 8:30 last night. Allen was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Meth), Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Operating Motor Vehicle under the Influence Substance – 2nd and Failure to Wear Seat Belt.

 

Zachary Janes age 27, of Columbia was taken into custody by Deputy Dohran with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office just after 2:30 yesterday afternoon. Janes was charged with Possession Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.

 

All 3 were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Russell Co. Man Arrested on Meth Charges...

 
Nicholas Aaron Bray, 29 of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Monday afternoon by RCSO for Possession of Methamphetamine. Bray was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 

2 Russell County Men Arrested after Abandoned U-haul Truck Found in Russell Co. Field

 
Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports the arrest of two individuals after the discovery of an abandoned U-haul truck in a field off Hwy 1611 on Thursday morning, June 3, 2021. Also discovered was a go-cart, a red Honda 4-wheeler and a Husky generator, all of which had been reported as stolen.
 
Sheriff Polston and deputies recovered the U-haul truck, the Husky generator, and a stolen silver dollar. The generator was later identified as being stolen from a residence on Royce Roy Road in Eli. The go-cart and 4-wheeler were taken to Campbellsville and then transported out of state. Three vehicles involved in the thefts were towed from Eli. 
 
Two individuals were later arrested in connection with the burglary. On Thursday evening, Deputy Nathan Bradshaw served one of the individuals, 35-year-old James Davis of the Webbs Crossroads area of Russell County, with outstanding warrants and charged him with Possession of Methamphetamine. On Friday, Davis along with 38-year-old Thomas Gene Blackburn, Jr. of the Eli community, were charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking under $10,000, and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree.
 
More local arrests may be forthcoming as well as arrests across state lines. 
 
Sheriff Polston and Deputy Nathan Ginn are heading the investigation. They were assisted by Chief Deputy Jerry Melton and other deputies from the sheriffs office. Law enforcement officers from the state where the 4-wheeler and go-cart were taken have been notified and are working with local officials.
 
Sheriff Polston reminds Russell County citizens that if you see something suspicious and out of the ordinary, to report it to local dispatch at 270-343-6600. Your call can help catch individuals involved in drug and theft activities. The Drug/Wanted Persons Tipline is 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous.
 
 
 

Driver & her 4 Children Escape Serious Injuries Following Adair County Accident

 
According to Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman, the accident occurred on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 1:30pmCT. Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch was dispatched to the collision on KY 80 East. 
 
The preliminary investigation shows that 42-year-old Mechelle McFarland of Russell Springs, KY was traveling west on KY 80 in a 2010 Nissan, when she lost control of her vehicle and over-corrected. The vehicle then overturned, coming to rest on its top in the ditch.
 
McFarland and her 4 juvenile children where all treated on scene by Adair EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia. 
 
The Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation. Adair EMS and the Columbia-Adair County Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Russell County Man Arrested Following High Speed Police Pursuit

 

Columbia Police attempted a traffic stop for speeding early this morning, Monday, June 7, 2021 shortly after 2:00amCT on Campbellsville Road/HWY 55 North. The motorcycle operator refused to stop, reaching speeds over 100 MPH, and was pursued before the chase being called off for safety concerns. 

After continuing to monitor the area, the motorcycle and operator were located, parked on North Bramlett Street, where the male, 39-year-old Adam Lee of Russell Springs, KY was taken into custody and found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine. 

Lee was charged with numerous traffic violations as well as multiple felonies including fleeing and evading police, wanton endangerment of a police officer, and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). 

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

 

AREA ARRESTS 6-7-21

 

A Russell Springs man was arrested on Drug and Speeding Charges early this morning.

 

Adam Lee, 39, was taken into custody by Officer Durbin of the Columbia Police Department just before 3:00amCT this morning. Lee was charged with Speeding 26 mph or more over the speed limit, Reckless Driving, Failure to or Improper Signal, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree – Police Officer, Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle)

Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Ryan Dudgeon, 42, of Campbellsville, KY was taken into custody by Officer Cross with the Columbia Police Department just before 1:00amCT this morning. Dudgeon was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Possession of Marijuana, Rear License Not Illuminated and No Registration Plates. He was also lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Jeffrey Newland, 35, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Monday afternoon by the RCSO for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
 

Adair Co. Woman Arrested on Wanton Endangerment & DUI Charges...

 

On Saturday night, June 5, 2021 Columbia Police responded to Walmart after receiving a complaint of a female in a gold van throwing a car seat into the vehicle with an infant strapped inside the seat.


Upon arrival, officers located the auto matching the description given and initiated a stop for a welfare check. Upon making contact with the operator, it was soon determined she was under the influence and was placed into custody. The infant was not harmed or injured and the baby’s father was contacted and was allowed to take the infant.

Dawn Brewer, 41, of Columbia, KY has been charged with DUI 1st (aggravated circumstances) as well as Wanton Endangerment 1st (a class D felony). She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

CPD Officer Justin Cross made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Sgt Drew Conn.
 

WEEKEND ARRESTS 06/06/21

 

  • Brittany Marie Brown, 28, of Columbia - arrested by CPD on Friday evening for Pubic Intoxication and Resisting Arrest. 
  • Kristina Cooper, 24, was arrested by Greensburg Police on Saturday for Promoting Contraband, Failure to Appear, and 2 Probation Violations for felony offenses.

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 
  • Mario Ochoa, 32, of Russel Springs -  arrested on Saturday night by Fish & Wildlife Resources Officer Wilson for Operating a Boat/Watercraft While Intoxicated and Operating a Motorboat in a Reckless Manner.
  • Onza Wilson, 81, of Macon, Georgia - arrested Saturday morning by RSPD Officer Parrish for 3 counts of Failure to Appear

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Russell County Man Arrested on Burglary & Theft Charges...

 

Thomas Gene Blackburn, Jr., 38, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Friday afternoon by the RCSO for Burglary 3rd degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking (Over $500), and Criminal Mischief 1st degree. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Russell County Woman Arrested on Meth Charges...

 
Michelle McFarland, 42, of Russell Springs was arrested this afternoon by KSP for Possession of Methamphetamine. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Green Co. Man Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges Following Lengthy Investigation...

      

On Saturday, May 29, 2021 Jordan Hilty, 20, of Greensburg, KY was arrested on an Adair County Grand Jury indictment warrant. Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch presented the results of an investigation to the Grand Jury last month. As a result, an indictment was returned for Sexual Abuse 1st degree (Victim Under 12) and Video Voyeurism. 

Jordan Hilty was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. The Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.
 

Two People Injured in Adair County Accident....

 
On Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 2:14pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office was dispatched to an injury collision at the intersection of Industrial Drive and KY 55 north, approximately 4 miles north of Columbia.
 
The preliminary investigation indicates that 38-year-old Joshua Honald of Hardin County, KY was traveling north on Hwy 55 operating a 2018 Ford F-150, when he fell asleep at the wheel and left the roadway. His vehicle then struck a 2008 Saturn being driven by 20-year-old Jodeci Miller of Columbia, KY who was waiting to pull from Industrial Drive.  
 
Both parties were treated for minor injuries.  
 
The collision was investigated by K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten. He was assisted on-scene by Deputy Chris Tweedy.
 

Gov. Beshear Launches 'Shot at a Million' Vaccine Incentive Drawing

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 4, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear invited Kentuckians to get a COVID-19 vaccine and enter for a Shot at a Million – the state’s new vaccine incentive drawing.

 

“This is a lifesaving and now possibly life-changing opportunity,” said Gov. Beshear. “You can get your shot of hope and then enter for a shot at $1 million or a shot at one of 15 full scholarships – both protecting you from this deadly virus and possibly transforming your future.”

 

The Governor announced two types of drawings that permanent residents of Kentucky can enter to win, at shotatamillion.ky.gov, if they have received at least the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
 

  1. $1 million: Kentuckians 18 years old and older who have received at least their first dose of a Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, may enter to win one of three $1 million drawings.
     
  2. Full Scholarship: Kentuckians 12 to 17 years old who have received at least their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine may enter to win one of 15 full scholarships to a Kentucky public college, university, technical or trade school, which includes tuition, room-and-board and books.


“This initiative underscores two critical points in our state’s recovery: higher education matters and so does health and safety,” said Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Aaron Thompson, who joined Gov. Beshear in the Capitol Rotunda for the announcement. “If we want to take advantage of the pent up demand in our economy, now is the time to get vaccinated and trained up for the next generation of jobs. I want to thank Gov. Beshear for advancing both of these priorities.”

 

Prizes and Important Drawing Information
Entry begins Friday, June 4, 2021. The last day to enter each drawing is listed below along with drawing and announcement dates.

 

Entry End Date

Drawing Date

Announcement Date

Wed. June 30, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Friday, July 2, 2021

Wed. July 28, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Friday, July 30, 2021

Wed. August 25, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Friday, August 27, 2021

 

Only one entry per person will be accepted, and each entry is eligible for all future drawings. However, winners will be removed from eligibility for future drawings.

 

Entering Shot at a Million Drawing
Visit shotatamillion.ky.gov. Entry requires Kentuckians to provide personal and contact information, including: name, birth date, email address, phone number, home address and the name and location of the place that provided you with the vaccine. Entry also requires agreement to the official rules of the drawing and agreement to allow the Kentucky Department for Public Health to verify your vaccination information. The website also offers information about eligibility, how to find a vaccine appointment, frequently asked questions and official rules.

 

Make a Vaccine Appointment
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, 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). Kentuckians can text their zip code to GETVAX (438829) to receive three vaccine locations near them. Text VACUNA (822862) for Spanish. For detailed information on COVID-19 vaccinations and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund
On Friday, the Governor also announced he is directing a portion of the state’s federal funds for emergency rental assistance to the cities of Louisville and Lexington to continue their programs and ensure more Kentuckians harmed financially by the pandemic receive assistance with rent and utilities.

 

The Governor said the federal funding formula gave Louisville and Lexington, which had their own eviction relief programs, fewer funds than anticipated. The mayors of both cities recently asked the Governor to consider allocating a portion of the commonwealth’s funds to keep their local programs going.

 

The Governor presented Jeff O’Brien, director of Develop Louisville, with a check for $27 million of federal funds from the commonwealth for the city’s local program. Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton also accepted an $11.7 million check from the Governor for the city’s program.

 

“This is part of our ongoing effort to help as many Kentuckians as possible with eviction and utility relief – landlords, tenants and utility companies,” said Gov. Beshear. “This funding represents more of the Team Kentucky spirit as we continue our strong partnership between Louisville, Lexington and the commonwealth by working together to ensure that the needs of Kentuckians are met and we can help those impacted by the pandemic.”

 

“Thanks to Gov. Beshear, we will now have the additional dollars we need to continue to prevent evictions in our community,” Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton said. “With these funds, we will be able to help many citizens through their immediate crisis and beyond.”

 

“I am proud that our team at Louisville Metro Government has helped more than 23,000 residents facing a pandemic-related loss of income remain housed,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “Thank you to Gov. Beshear and Team Kentucky for this additional funding that will go a long way toward ensuring our residents have a safe and dry place to sleep at night.”

 

Under the federal emergency rental assistance program that passed Congress in late December 2020, the cities of Louisville and Lexington applied for direct funding from the federal government for their own local rent and utility assistance programs. Louisville received about $22.8 million and Lexington received about $9.6 million from the federal government for their programs.

 

The commonwealth received an allocation of $264 million in federal funds for the emergency rental assistance program. With this, the Beshear administration launched the Team Kentucky Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund (HHERF) on February 15, 2021 and, working with partners, has processed over $18 million to landlords and utilities across Kentucky on behalf of 2,800 renter households.

 

The state’s HHERF must obligate all funds by Sept. 30, 2025. For more information visit, https://teamkyhherf.ky.gov/.

 

Lt. Gov. Coleman, Kentucky State Police Present Special Olympics Kentucky Day Proclamation

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 4, 2021) – On Thursday, Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman and Kentucky State Police (KSP) Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. presented representatives from Special Olympics Kentucky with a proclamation signed by Gov. Andy Beshear declaring June 5, 2021, as Special Olympics Kentucky Day in the commonwealth.

 

Lt. Gov. Coleman said the proclamation is a way for Kentucky to show support for the athletes participating in this year’s annual summer games scheduled to begin June 5th in Richmond, which is designed to build confidence and showcase the tremendous abilities people with intellectual disabilities possess.

 

“Special Olympics Kentucky is a very important organization and I am proud to present this proclamation on behalf of Gov. Beshear,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “These athletes model what inclusion for all should look like and I want to wish all participants the best of luck as they return to compete in the State Summer Games after taking a year off as the nation fought against a global pandemic.”

 

The proclamation comes on the heels of a recent fundraising event hosted by KSP called ‘Cover the Cruiser.’ This event allowed citizens to purchase stickers for a $1 donation and place them on KSP cruisers parked at a variety of public locations throughout the state during a week in mid-May.

 

“Our agency has had a long-standing partnership with Special Olympics Kentucky,” said Commissioner Burnett. “I’m very proud of our troopers for their dedication to this project and to the many Kentuckians who helped raised funds to transform an athlete’s life.”

 

During the event, Commissioner Burnett presented Special Olympics Kentucky with a check in the amount of $20,103.32 for the funds raised from ‘Cover the Cruiser’. This year’s fundraising amount is an increase of nearly four thousand dollars over last year.

 

Special Olympics is the world’s largest program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The organization has been serving the needs of our athletes and their families since 1970 and welcomes 11,300 athletes in Kentucky.


For more information about the ‘Cover the Cruiser’ campaign or to make a tax deductible donation visit, http://soky.org/coverthecruiser/.


 


Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman presents the proclamation to athletes representing Special Olympics of Kentucky.

 

RUSSELL SPRINGS MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES...

 

James Davis, 35, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Russell County Deputy Sheriff Bradshaw on Thursday evening and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Offense (Meth), Possession of Marijuana, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, and Contempt of Court Libel/Slander Resistance to Order. He was also served a warrant for another police agency. Davis was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

AREA ARREST 6-3-21

 

 

 

A Russell Springs woman was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident around 10 last night. Becky Partin age 48 was taken into custody by Deputy Bradshaw with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – 3rd (Aggravated Circumstance), Driving on a DUI Suspended License – 1st Offense and Leaving the Scene of an Accident Hit and Run. She was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

Plans Proceeding on Synergy Food Group's Manufacturing Location in Columbia

 
In an announcement released today (Wednesday) from Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots, plans are proceeding on the Synergy Food Group’s manufacturing location. Synergy Food Group is headquartered in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and is a production management and food marketing company.
 
“We are excited to be locating in Columbia, Kentucky,” said CEO Greg Durrett. “South central Kentucky is home to us and we are pleased to be able to be a part of a growing economy in this area.”
 
Synergy Food Group has a new brand called EduKitchens, which is a K-12 program for schools developed for the purpose of school nutrition. They produce the individual frozen and multi-frozen meal kits in addition to shelf stable meals. They have SQF certified production facilities in Georgia and North Carolina, as well as several affiliate offices.
 
The company will have an initial job fair during the month of June. “We urge people in Columbia and surrounding communities that are interested to visit with us,” said Durrett. “Our goal is to be a good employer for the community.”
 
Synergy Food Group will be having a groundbreaking and a press conference prior to their opening.
 
For further information, you can visit their website at: www.sfgllc.net.
 

HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS SIGNS DEAL TO OPEN NEW LOCATION IN CAMPBELLSVILLE

 
 
(June 2, 2021; Calabasas, CA) Harbor Freight Tools, America’s go-to store for quality tools at the lowest prices, has announced that it will be opening a new store in Campbellsville, KY. The new store will be located at 600 Campbellsville Bypass and is expected to open this summer. An official opening date will be announced closer to opening. Construction has already begun at the location, using local workers and companies from the surrounding Campbellsville area.
 
In addition, the store is expected to bring between 25 and 30 new jobs to the community, including Sales and Logistic Supervisors, Senior Associates, Sales Associates, and seasonal opportunities as well. Harbor Freight Tools offers a competitive starting rate along with a best-in-class retail benefits package that includes robust health coverage, and Thanksgiving and Christmas off. Harbor Freight provides stability and the opportunity to advance in a company that continues to grow, with over 23,000 associates and more than 1,100 locations nationwide. Forbes Magazine recently recognized Harbor Freight as the country’s number one employer for Veterans as well as one of the top 20 large employers in all of retail. In addition, DiversityJobs.com has named Harbor Freight one of their 2021 Top Employers, citing the company’s commitment to recruiting and hiring from all diversity groups.
 
“We’ve been looking to open a location in Campbellsville for a number of years so that we can provide the tools and equipment at tremendous values to the community,” said Trey Feiler, Senior Vice President, Real Estate and Construction for Harbor Freight Tools. “In addition to finding a great location, we were attracted by the availability of great associates in the Campbellsville area, and we look forward to having them join the Harbor Freight team.”
 
Interested applicants can apply online at www.harborfreightjobs.com/retail and search “Campbellsville, KY”.
 
About Harbor Freight Tools
For more than 40 years, Harbor Freight Tools has been America’s go-to source for affordable tools. The family-owned company started in Southern California in 1977, when 17-year-old Eric Smidt began transforming his father’s small phone sales business into a successful mail order company, bypassing the resellers, dealing directly with factories, and passing the savings on to the customer.
 
The company opened its first store in 1980. Today Harbor Freight Tools has 1,100 stores across the country, 23,000 associates and more than 40 million customers who depend on Harbor Freight’s quality and value to earn a living, repair their homes and cars and pursue their hobbies. With core values of excellence and continuous improvement, Harbor Freight Tools works to constantly improve the quality of its products and this year will introduce more than 600 new tools and accessories. Harbor Freight Tools is one of the nation’s fastest growing retailers, opening two new stores every week.
 

KSP POST 15 MONTHLY ACTIVITY REPORT FOR MAY 2021

 

Columbia, KY (June 2, 2021) During the month of May 2021, there were 18 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 2 fatal collisions during the month of May in the Post 15 area:
 

  1. Mimi Bairstow, 87, of Columbia, KY was killed on 05/13/2021 in Adair Co.
  2. Otis Burton, 87, of Columbia, KY died on 05/29/2021 as the result of a collision that occurred on 05/26/2021 in Adair Co.

 

This brings our yearly fatality count to 14 compared with 8 through this same period in 2020.

Statewide fatality count stands at 284 compared with 258 through this same period in 2020.

 

During the month of May 2021, there were 1140 citations written, 373 courtesy notices written, 462 complaints answered, 159 motorists assisted, 53 criminal cases opened and 263 criminal arrests made.

 

68TH ANNUAL CRUSADE FOR CHILDREN


It's time for the 68th annual WHAS Crusade for Children roadblock this weekend, Friday June 4th and Saturday June 5th.
 

The Columbia Adair County Volunteer Fire Department has collected money since 1959 for the WHAS Crusade for Children. A reminder that every dollar, 100% of what is collected, comes back and then some to Adair County! The 2020 total was $36,846.51 bringing the Columbia-Adair County total raised to $1,257,314.90.

 
Firemen will be out this Friday from 3-8 and on Saturday from 8-2 at all the usual locations.   
 

The following pictures were from last Sunday's roadblock.

1st: Phillip Richard and Brandon White

2nd: Robert Montgomery, Austin Glasgow, and Travis Starns

3rd: Charles and Jennifer Esch

4th: Robby Shelton and James Maulden Family


 
 
 
 
 
 

JAMESTOWN CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP

 

The Jamestown City Council met last night in a special called meeting with only a couple of items concerning the budget on the agenda. Mayor Nick Shearer spoke with WAVE NEWS following the meeting... 
 

 

RUSSELL COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP...

 

Members of the Russell County School Board met at noon on Tuesday for a special called meeting at the ANC. 

Superintendent Michael Ford tells WAVE NEWS what took place... 
 

 

Adair Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges after Foot Pursuit


On 5-27-21 at around 230pmCT, Adair K-9 Deputy  Chandler Staten and Deputy Chris Tweedy observed 29-year-old William Miller of Columbia on Burkesville Street. Deputies had knowledge there were two outstanding circuit court indictments for his arrest. As deputies attempted to contact Miller, he fled and a foot pursuit ensued. Miller was caught and taken into custody. During a search suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was also found in Miller's possession.
   
Miller was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
- Fleeing and Evading Police 
- Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine) 
- Possession of drug paraphernalia 
- Circuit Court indictment and
- Probation and Parole warrant 

Deputy Chandler Staten made the arrest. He was assisted by Deputy Chris Tweedy.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT PROMOTIONS

 

 

 

The Columbia Police Department announces the promotions of three Officers within the Department. Sergeant Charles Greer has been named as Major, Assistant Chief and Officers James Andrew Conn and Evan Burton have been promoted to the positions of Sergeant.

 

Charles Greer has been with the Columbia Police Department since 2010 and previously worked for the Adair Sheriff’s Office prior to joining the Columbia Police. Sergeant Conn has been with the Columbia Police Department over 10 years while Sergeant Burton joined the Columbia Police Department in 2019 after previously serving with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Less Than 3 Months Left for Eligible Kentuckians to Sign Up for Reduced-Cost Health Insurance Coverage

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 1, 2021) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced today that more uninsured Kentuckians are eligible for reduced-cost health care coverage under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021.

 

To take advantage of reduced- and no-cost plans, eligible Kentuckians – both uninsured and current enrollees – must be properly enrolled through the health insurance marketplace at healthcare.gov. The deadline to enroll is Aug. 15.

 

“Health care is a human right, and increased affordability and health insurance coverage expansion allows historically uninsured communities – especially those who have faced significant health disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic – to access coverage,” Gov. Beshear said. “The historic American Rescue Plan is already deeply impacting Kentuckians by ensuring that more of our families get the care they need and deserve.”

 

Through Aug. 15, more than 35,000 uninsured Kentuckians with incomes greater than 400% of the federal poverty level can sign up for a recently launched health insurance marketplace subsidy. Uninsured Kentuckians with incomes between 150% and 400% of the federal poverty level potentially qualify for additional financial support to reduce out-of-pocket costs for Marketplace premiums. Furthermore, through Aug. 15, 7,100 uninsured Kentuckians with incomes below 150% of the federal poverty level can sign up for free health insurance coverage.

 

Though savings will vary on an individual basis, premiums will decrease on average by $50 per person per month, or by $85 per policy per month.

 

The Biden-Harris administration introduced the special enrollment period through the federal marketplace from Feb. 15 to Aug. 15, 2021, for people who needed health care coverage during the pandemic.

 

More than 1 million people have signed up for marketplace coverage through healthcare.gov since the beginning of the special enrollment period.

 

“Following the passage of the ARP, tens of thousands of our families can receive additional financial support to find the coverage that best meets their needs at a price they can afford,” said Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Eric Friedlander.

 

CHFS Deputy Secretary Carrie Banahan said, “Four of five enrollees will be able to find a plan for $10 or less per month after premium tax credits, and over half will be able to find a Silver plan with a zero-dollar premium.”

 

Silver plans are the most common choice of Marketplace shoppers, Banahan said, noting that consumers who qualify for cost-sharing reductions, or “extra savings,” can save a lot of money on deductibles, copayments and coinsurance when they seek care if they choose a Silver plan.

 

While the 2021 special enrollment period is available through Aug. 15, current enrollees can decide if they may want to change to a new plan for the rest of the year.

 

Assistance is available through Kentucky licensed insurance agents and kynectors registered on the insurance marketplace. Those with current plans simply need to reselect their plans for the changes to take effect and for their premiums to be reduced.

 

For more information, visit www.healthcare.gov.

 

Missouri Man Arrested on Drug Charges in Columbia...

 

The Columbia Police Department responded to FiveStar on Burkesville Street near Walmart early Tuesday morning, June 1, 2021 for a suspicious male. Upon arrival, contact was made with the male party inside his vehicle. Officers observed the suspect behaving nervous and erratically.


After searching the individual, officers found suspected marijuana and methamphetamine. A further search of the vehicle yielded findings of more suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Lon James Berryhill, 42, of Bonneterre, Missouri has been charged with Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Methamphetamine. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Officer Josh Durbin made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Justin Cross.

(Mugshot courtesy of bustednewspaper.com)
 

AREA ARRESTS 6-1-21

 

A Russell Springs man was arrested just before noon Sunday on Heroin charges…

 

Jeffrey Newland, 35, was taken into custody by Russell County Deputy Sheriff Nathan Ginn and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Heroin). Newland was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Other area arrests include…

 

Lon Berryhill, 42, was arrested by Officer Durbin with the Columbia Police Department. Berryhill was charged with Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Drug Paraphernalia –Buy/Possession, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth). He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Randal Dotson, 40, of Missouri was arrested by Deputy Hitch with the Adair County Sheriffs Office at 7:20pmCT on Monday on charges of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, 1st Offense, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, No Registration Receipt and no Registration Plates. Dotson was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

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