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Local News Archives for 2021-07

FRIDAY AFTERNOON ARRESTS....

 

  • Amber Huff, 34, of Jamestown - arrested Friday afternoon by RSPD for Possession of Marijuana, Non payment of Fines, No seatbelt, No Insurance, No Registration Plates, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, No Registration Receipt, Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Failure to Notify Dept. of Transportation of Address Change, Improper Registration Plate, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
  • Christopher Dale Harvey, 37, of Columbia - arrested by CPD Friday afternoon for Public Intoxication, Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence), and Violation of Conditions of Release. Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 

NEW COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS ANNOUNCED THURSDAY...

 

On Thursday during his Team Kentucky Update, Gov. Andy Beshear announced new COVID-19 precautions based on updated guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

“With the delta variant spreading across the U.S. and only 62% of Kentuckians ages 18 or older vaccinated, right now our answer is: Masks plus vaccines equals victory over COVID,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are strong enough and resilient enough to do this. We are compassionate enough to know we have to do this.”

 

The Governor said his first priority is to ensure safe, in-person instruction in our schools for the maximum number of days. His second priority is to continue the commonwealth’s unprecedented economic progress.

 

Gov. Beshear and state officials expect that, without mitigation efforts, the delta variant will spread through unvaccinated workplaces and classrooms, disrupting education and slowing economic growth through loss of productivity and frequent quarantines. Therefore, he announced:

 

K-12 Return to School Guidance Updated to Reflect CDC Guidance: Gov. Beshear said school districts should require universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time, in-person learning in the fall with layered strategies in place to prevent COVID-19 infection and transmission.
 

Masks Required in State Office Buildings: The Governor said masks will now be required at all state office buildings, regardless of vaccination status.

 

“I’m fully vaccinated, but I’m still my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper. I still believe in loving my neighbor as I would myself, so I’m going to mask up,” said Gov. Beshear. “I promised when I became Governor that I would lead by example.”

 

COVID-19 Update
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said from March 1 to July 28, 2021, 94.5% of COVID-19 cases, 91.8% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 88.8% of COVID-19 deaths were among partially vaccinated or unvaccinated Kentuckians.

 

“We have changed in the blink of an eye from a quiet, calm state to a horribly inflamed state,” said Dr. Stack. “We all know what we need to do, and that’s to get vaccinated. I’m not begging folks. I’m wondering why folks wouldn’t want to be protected. The vaccines are at no additional costs to you, and they protect you from all of these harms. It’s puzzling why folks wouldn’t do it.”

 

Today, five local health department directors joined Gov. Beshear and Dr. Stack to discuss COVID-19 mitigation efforts: Denise Beach, director of the Hopkins County Health Department; Greg Brewer, director of the Gateway District Health Department; Mark Hensley, director of the Laurel County Health Department; Dr. Crystal Miller, DrPH, director of the WedCo District Health Department; and Dr. Sarah Moyer, MD, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

 

“I want us all to take ourselves back to that moment in time in March, because I think that we all had the same goal in common that we knew without a shadow of a doubt that we would do whatever it took to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe,” said Dr. Miller. “Somehow we’ve grayed those lines. We’ve gotten away from that mission. It’s been a long 16 months. It’s frustrating. It’s exhausting. But the difference between March 6 and today is that we have a solution. We know exactly what works: vaccines and masking.”

 

The Governor encouraged all Kentuckians 12 and older to get a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine and then sign up for a chance to win $1 million or a full college scholarship at ShotAtAMillion.ky.gov. One $1 million winner and five full-scholarship winners have already been selected. On both July 30 and Aug. 27, another $1 million winner and five more full-scholarship winners will be announced.

 

So far, 692,205 vaccinated Kentuckians have signed up for the $1 million drawing and 40,934 vaccinated youth have signed up for the full scholarship drawing.

 

Kentucky’s Economy, Workforce Charge Ahead
Gov. Beshear highlighted three major economic and workforce development announcements, including the largest investment in the Western Kentucky region in more than 25 years. In 2021, companies have announced more than 60 projects totaling more than $2.6 billion in investment and creating 5,500 jobs. More than 1,500 jobs have been announced in the last 11 days alone.

 

“This is how we make sure we are never seen as a ‘flyover’ state again. We have more opportunity now than at any point in my lifetime, and we have to grasp it,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Area Technology Center to Serve Estill and Powell Counties: On Friday, Gov. Beshear celebrated the grand opening of a $14.7 million technology center that will serve hundreds of high school and technical college students and provide training for displaced workers seeking new career paths. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Fruit of the Loom Expansion in Bowling Green: Today, Gov. Beshear announced Bowling Green-based Fruit of the Loom plans to expand its existing distribution center in Warren County and create 50 full-time job opportunities. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Pratt Paper Announces Historic $400 Million Investment in Henderson: Today, Gov. Beshear and Anthony Pratt, executive chairman of Pratt Industries, announced the company’s new $400 million paper mill, a project committed to creating 321 well-paying jobs over the next five years. Pratt joined Gov. Beshear’s press conference via video.

 

Pratt’s investment is the largest investment in this region of Kentucky in more than 25 years, the largest in the state in nearly two years and the third largest job-creation announcement of 2021. The project further propels Kentucky’s recent wave of economic growth toward a sustainable future with quality job opportunities for residents across the state.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Today, the Governor recognized two groups of Team Kentucky All-Stars.

First, he congratulated two Kentuckians who just became Olympic gold medalists.

 

“Lee Kiefer, a medical student at the University of Kentucky (UK), not only won gold in women’s individual foil, but made history as the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic medal in this event,” said Gov. Beshear. “In addition, Will Shaner won the air rifle gold medal and set an Olympic record. Will was a three-time All-American as a college athlete at UK. On behalf of the entire commonwealth, we are so proud of you.”

 

The Governor also celebrated Kentucky high school students who spent this summer at the Governor’s Scholars Program, Governor’s School for the Arts or the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs.

 

“Your Lieutenant Governor and I have been so inspired by meeting many of you and we can’t wait to watch you lead our commonwealth into the future,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’re rooting for you as you work toward your next goals and enjoy the friendships you’ve made this summer that I hope will last a lifetime.”

 

Gov. Beshear Congratulates 2nd Winners in KY's 'Shot at a Million' Vaccine Incentive Drawing

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 30, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear congratulated the second set of winners in Kentucky’s Shot at a Million sweepstakes, the state’s vaccine incentive program to encourage Kentuckians to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

“Congratulations to all of our winners! When you’re the Governor you get to do a lot interesting things, but getting to tell folks they just won a million dollars or that their kid’s education is taken care of, that’s pretty high on the list of duties I look forward to,” said Gov. Beshear. “Now, with the delta variant surging, it’s more important than ever that we talk about why we’re doing this drawing in the first place. We did it to encourage everyone to get vaccinated. Everyone eligible should sign up for a vaccine and the remaining drawing as soon as possible.”

 

The Governor said the second drawing was conducted Thursday, randomly selecting one adult Kentuckian for the $1 million prize and five youth to receive full-ride scholarships to a Kentucky public college, university, technical or trade school.

 

The winner of the $1 million prize is Ginger Schultz from Louisville. Ginger’s husband, Michael Essen, also attended the news conference Friday.

 

“I have never experienced anything like this. It’s shocking because you don’t really think you’re going to win,” said Ginger Schultz. “Why take a chance at getting very sick and possibly die or even passing it on to someone else? That’s what my main concern was. My mom is 85 and she has breathing issues and I have always been very concerned about her getting it or me passing it on to her.”

 

“The reason we got vaccinated was because it was the right thing to do to protect ourselves and the people around us,” said Michael Essen. “I really believe getting vaccinated is what we have to do to get out of this tough situation.”

 

The five Kentucky youth selected for full scholarships are:

  • Shelby Anderson of Louisville
  • Isabella Brozak of Crestwood
  • TJ Ponder of Owenton
  • Reese Johnson of Harrodsburg
  • Julian Sandberg of Ft. Mitchell

 

Shelby Anderson, who was joined by her parents, Chip and Kate Anderson, and sister Georgia, said: “As an immunocompromised person, there was no second guessing my decision to be vaccinated. I took the vaccine unaware of the shot at a million scholarship, and I am so grateful I have the vaccine and I got a scholarship for doing it. I’m looking forward to the opportunities this scholarship provides me and what those will turn in to.”

 

Her mother, Kate Anderson, said: “As someone who works in health care I have seen first-hand how devastating COVID can be. As soon as the vaccine was available to our children, we wanted to make certain we did everything we could to protect our girls and the community that surrounds us. This scholarship is an added blessing to our family. We want to offer our gratitude to Gov. Beshear and his team for the grace they are offering us. We will have a lot more peace of mind around knowing how we will afford college for Shelby.”

 

Isabella Brozak and her parents, Kimbra and Mark Brozak, sister Madeleine, brother Dane and grandparents Cathy and Tony Cave attended the news conference.

 

Isabella said: “I’m so grateful for this opportunity and so thankful for this scholarship. I think it’s so important to get vaccinated.”

 

Her parents, Kimbra and Mark, said: “We are so grateful Isabella has been awarded this wonderful incentive for being vaccinated. After our family was fully vaccinated, we could relax a little sending our kids to summer camps, activities and returning to school in August. The scholarship award is the ultimate icing on the cake. As parents of three children, one who is starting her junior year at UK, we’re very familiar with the investment. This scholarship is a greatly appreciated gift for our family. Thank you to Gov. Beshear for promoting both public health and education in our state. We are truly thankful.”

 

TJ Ponder was joined by his mother, Thonya Greene, grandparents, Vicki and Melvin Greene, his aunt, Terry Arnce, his uncle, Travis Green and cousin, Taylor Arnce. He said: “I got the shot so when I go to school I can play football. Winning the scholarship means a lot to me because my mom is a single mom and it will help us out a lot, so I can go to college or a trade school.”

 

His mother, Thonya, said: “This scholarship means a lot to us, as TJ said. I am a single mom of two and this is greatly appreciated. Everyone get the shot.”

 

Reese Johnson, who was in attendance with her parents, Sherry and John Johnson, and sister, Rylie, said: “I would like to thank Gov. Beshear, Lt. Gov. Coleman and all those involved in making this happen. I consider myself very blessed to have been given this opportunity. I think everyone should be vaccinated, and it's nice to be rewarded for doing what I think is right! Besides being stuck with a needle, getting vaccinated wasn't so bad. I had zero side effects and it's worth knowing that I am protecting myself, my family and friends. Get a shot, save a life, it could be yours.”

 

Her parents said: “Our family is truly grateful for this opportunity, and would like to thank everyone involved in making this possible. The scholarship will help Reese realize her childhood dream of becoming a teacher. We highly encourage everyone that can be vaccinated to get vaccinated. We allowed Reese to make the decision for herself. She knew it was the responsible thing to do, and we couldn't be more proud of her for it.”

 

Julian Sandberg, the son of Maria Sanders and Kal Steinberg, and grandson of Shirley and Robert Sanders, said: “I'd like to thank Gov. Beshear for this crazy opportunity and my parents for helping me get the vaccine. When kids my age were able to receive the vaccine, I got mine as soon as I could because I wanted my life to be normal again and to see my friends. Now the fact that I won this huge scholarship is completely surreal. I hope everybody gets vaccinated soon so that the school year goes well, and no one has to worry about COVID anymore.”

 

His mother, Maria, said: “The real prize here comes from the vaccine itself – freedom from anxiety and the ability to reclaim our lives from COVID. And now Julian's college education is paid for. It's icing on the cake. We can't believe our good fortune. I hope folks realize that scientists blessed us all with a miracle, and by saying yes to the vaccine, we move our state and country forward.”

 

His father, Kal, said: “Relief from the pressure of paying for college feels like an incredible burden has been lifted. Knowing that Julian won't have to take on student loans, and that Maria and I can breathe a bit – it's truly a gift.  I'm amazed that this reward comes simply from having him vaccinated – something we jumped at the chance to do anyway because it was the right thing to do. Thank you to Gov. Beshear for always prioritizing the health of Kentuckians and for looking out for kids like Julian.”

 

Vaccinated Kentuckians still have one more chance to become a millionaire or a scholarship winner. The remaining incentive drawing will take place Aug. 26, with one millionaire and five scholarship recipients announced the following day. Those who have not won remain eligible for the final drawing.

 

Gov. Beshear initially announced the Shot at a Million sweepstakes June 4. Since then, more than 692,000 adult Kentuckians and more than 40,900 youth have signed up for the sweepstakes.

 

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 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 prizes.
  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.

 

For more information, official rules and to enter, visit shotatamillion.ky.gov.

 

Moderna Vaccinations Now Available 5 Days a Week at T.J. Samson


Due to the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases in our communities, T.J. Samson Community Hospital is expanding vaccine appointment availability from two days per week to five days per week starting Monday, August 2nd.

 

The vaccine has been administered safely to millions of Americans and to tens of thousands of people right here in Southcentral Kentucky. T.J. Samson offers the Moderna vaccine for those who are 18 years of age and older and encourages everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated.

 

You can schedule a vaccine appointment by calling 270.659.1010.  

 

Gov. Beshear Takes Action to Protect Kentucky Families and Unprecedented Economic Progress

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 29, 2021) – On Thursday during his Team Kentucky Update, Gov. Andy Beshear announced new COVID-19 precautions based on updated guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

“With the delta variant spreading across the U.S. and only 62% of Kentuckians ages 18 or older vaccinated, right now our answer is: Masks plus vaccines equals victory over COVID,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are strong enough and resilient enough to do this. We are compassionate enough to know we have to do this.”

 

The Governor said his first priority is to ensure safe, in-person instruction in our schools for the maximum number of days. His second priority is to continue the commonwealth’s unprecedented economic progress.

 

Gov. Beshear and state officials expect that, without mitigation efforts, the delta variant will spread through unvaccinated workplaces and classrooms, disrupting education and slowing economic growth through loss of productivity and frequent quarantines. Therefore, he announced:

 

K-12 Return to School Guidance Updated to Reflect CDC Guidance: Gov. Beshear said school districts should require universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time, in-person learning in the fall with layered strategies in place to prevent COVID-19 infection and transmission.

 

Masks Required in State Office Buildings:The Governor said masks will now be required at all state office buildings, regardless of vaccination status.

 

“I’m fully vaccinated, but I’m still my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper. I still believe in loving my neighbor as I would myself, so I’m going to mask up,” said Gov. Beshear. “I promised when I became Governor that I would lead by example.”

 

COVID-19 Update
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said from March 1 to July 28, 2021, 94.5% of COVID-19 cases, 91.8% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 88.8% of COVID-19 deaths were among partially vaccinated or unvaccinated Kentuckians.

 

“We have changed in the blink of an eye from a quiet, calm state to a horribly inflamed state,” said Dr. Stack. “We all know what we need to do, and that’s to get vaccinated. I’m not begging folks. I’m wondering why folks wouldn’t want to be protected. The vaccines are at no additional costs to you, and they protect you from all of these harms. It’s puzzling why folks wouldn’t do it.”

 

Today, five local health department directors joined Gov. Beshear and Dr. Stack to discuss COVID-19 mitigation efforts: Denise Beach, director of the Hopkins County Health Department; Greg Brewer, director of the Gateway District Health Department; Mark Hensley, director of the Laurel County Health Department; Dr. Crystal Miller, DrPH, director of the WedCo District Health Department; and Dr. Sarah Moyer, MD, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

 

“I want us all to take ourselves back to that moment in time in March, because I think that we all had the same goal in common that we knew without a shadow of a doubt that we would do whatever it took to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe,” said Dr. Miller. “Somehow we’ve grayed those lines. We’ve gotten away from that mission. It’s been a long 16 months. It’s frustrating. It’s exhausting. But the difference between March 6 and today is that we have a solution. We know exactly what works: vaccines and masking.”

 

The Governor encouraged all Kentuckians 12 and older to get a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine and then sign up for a chance to win $1 million or a full college scholarship at ShotAtAMillion.ky.gov. One $1 million winner and five full-scholarship winners have already been selected. On both July 30 and Aug. 27, another $1 million winner and five more full-scholarship winners will be announced.

 

So far, 692,205 vaccinated Kentuckians have signed up for the $1 million drawing and 40,934 vaccinated youth have signed up for the full scholarship drawing.

 

Kentucky’s Economy, Workforce Charge Ahead
Gov. Beshear highlighted three major economic and workforce development announcements, including the largest investment in the Western Kentucky region in more than 25 years. In 2021, companies have announced more than 60 projects totaling more than $2.6 billion in investment and creating 5,500 jobs. More than 1,500 jobs have been announced in the last 11 days alone.

 

“This is how we make sure we are never seen as a ‘flyover’ state again. We have more opportunity now than at any point in my lifetime, and we have to grasp it,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Area Technology Center to Serve Estill and Powell Counties: On Friday, Gov. Beshear celebrated the grand opening of a $14.7 million technology center that will serve hundreds of high school and technical college students and provide training for displaced workers seeking new career paths. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Fruit of the Loom Expansion in Bowling Green: Today, Gov. Beshear announced Bowling Green-based Fruit of the Loom plans to expand its existing distribution center in Warren County and create 50 full-time job opportunities. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Pratt Paper Announces Historic $400 Million Investment in Henderson: Today, Gov. Beshear and Anthony Pratt, executive chairman of Pratt Industries, announced the company’s new $400 million paper mill, a project committed to creating 321 well-paying jobs over the next five years. Pratt joined Gov. Beshear’s press conference via video.

 

Pratt’s investment is the largest investment in this region of Kentucky in more than 25 years, the largest in the state in nearly two years and the third largest job-creation announcement of 2021. The project further propels Kentucky’s recent wave of economic growth toward a sustainable future with quality job opportunities for residents across the state.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Today, the Governor recognized two groups of Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

First, he congratulated two Kentuckians who just became Olympic gold medalists.

 

“Lee Kiefer, a medical student at the University of Kentucky (UK), not only won gold in women’s individual foil, but made history as the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic medal in this event,” said Gov. Beshear. “In addition, Will Shaner won the air rifle gold medal and set an Olympic record. Will was a three-time All-American as a college athlete at UK. On behalf of the entire commonwealth, we are so proud of you.”

 

The Governor also celebrated Kentucky high school students who spent this summer at the Governor’s Scholars Program, Governor’s School for the Arts or the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs.

 

“Your Lieutenant Governor and I have been so inspired by meeting many of you and we can’t wait to watch you lead our commonwealth into the future,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’re rooting for you as you work toward your next goals and enjoy the friendships you’ve made this summer that I hope will last a lifetime.”

 

AREA ARRESTS 7-30-21


A Russell County man was taken into custody just after midnight Thursday on several charges.

 

Joey Popplewell age 41 of Jamestown, was taken into custody by Deputy Meyer with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office. Popplewell was charged with Giving Officer False Identifying Information, Possession of Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree – Drug Unspecified, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia - Buy/Possession, Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container 1st Offense and 2 counts of Contempt of Court Libel/Slander Resistance to Order Charges. He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Cody Overby was taken into custody by Deputy Phipps with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just before 6 last evening. Overby is charged with Rape, 3rd Degree, Unlawful Transaction with Minor, 1st – Illegal Sex Act under 16 years of age, Sodomy, 3rd Degree, Unlawful Transaction with a Minor, 1st – Illegal Controlled Substance, under 18 years of age and for being a Persistent Felony Offender 1. He was also lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Adair Man Arrested on Meth Charges after Traffic Stop ....

 
On Monday, July 26, 2021 at 2:09amCT, Deputy Kenny Perkins initiated a traffic stop on KY 80 west.  During a roadside interview, the deputy suspected illegal narcotics in the vehicle and requested a K-9 unit. CPD Sgt. Evan Burton and K-9 Matt arrived to assist and K-9 Matt gave a positive hit indicator. A search of the auto was conducted and Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located. 
 
Arrested was 56-year-old Allen Crouch of Columbia, KY. He was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Crouch was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
The Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation. 
 

Gov. Beshear: KSP, KY Transportation Cabinet Unveils Signage in Tribute to Fallen Trooper

 

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (July 29, 2021) –Today, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) unveiled new signage renaming a portion of Kentucky Highway 55 in Taylor County in honor of Sergeant David R. Gibbs, who was involved in a fatal crash in 2015, while on duty. KSP was joined by Sergeant Gibbs’ family, Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Deputy Secretary Ronnie Bastin and KYTC Chief District Engineer for the Department of Highways, Paul Sanders.

 

“I appreciate KSP and KYTC for paying tribute to Sgt. Gibbs’ heroic and courageous dedication when he answered the call to serve and protect Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “The commonwealth will never forget the contributions made by Sgt. Gibbs.”

 

During the roadway dedication, KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. thanked Sgt. Gibbs and his family for serving the commonwealth. “Sgt. Gibbs spent most of his seventeen years of service at Post 15 Columbia, except for six months at Post 12 Frankfort when he was promoted to sergeant in 2006. He loved being a trooper and he loved serving the people of this community on a daily basis.”  

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet facilitated the official renaming project and provided new signage on Kentucky Highway 55. Chief District Engineer Paul Sanders attended the ceremony and spoke on behalf of Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray, when he said that the Cabinet is honored to recognize Sergeant Gibbs’ service and sacrifice with this signage.

 

“We hope this action today of naming Kentucky Highway 55 in his honor will leave a continuous reminder to his dedication to public safety in the community that he cared so much for,” said Sanders.

 

As a longtime law enforcement leader in Kentucky, Ronnie Bastin, Deputy Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, spoke at the ceremony stating that he understands first-hand that losing a colleague is never easy, and it is especially difficult when their life is taken while on duty.  

 

“No job was taken lightly and Sgt. Gibbs was always determined to provide that selfless sacrifice that is engrained in so many law enforcement officers,” said Deputy Secretary Bastin. “Sgt. Gibbs, like many of his KSP colleagues, left home knowing he might not return but his work would not be done in vain. The loss of Sgt. Gibbs has left a void in this state, community and agency.”

 

KSP Sergeant Adam Likins, one of Gibbs’ closest friends, spoke on behalf of the Gibbs family at the ceremony.

 

"Everyone who knew David, loved him," said Likins. "His smile and his kindness were known by everyone. He loved his friends and his family but most of all he loved being a Kentucky State Police Trooper."

 

The Gibbs family assisted officials with unveiling the official highway sign during the ceremony, which was held at Swan’s Landing in Campbellsville, Ky.

 

 

 

EXTREME HEAT TODAY

 

...HEAT INDEX VALUES 100 TO 105 THIS AFTERNOON...

 

 

 

 

 

Temperatures reaching the lower to mid 90s will combine with high humidity to make it feel like 100 to 105 degrees this afternoon. Take extra precautions if working or engaging in strenuous activities outside.

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Plan rest breaks in a shaded or air conditioned environment
  • Never leave people or pets unattended in a parked vehicle

Adair County Hosted Volunteer Appreciation Day at Zoo

 

July 27, 2021 – Adair County celebrated the gift of life and the generosity of Kentucky’s registered organ donors in partnership with the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life at the Louisville Zoo on Saturday, July 24, 2021. The Volunteer Appreciation event was two-fold – it raised awareness of organ, eye, and tissue donation while honoring the volunteers whose impact is vital growing the life-saving mission.

 

Nearly 200 people from across the Commonwealth attended the Volunteer Appreciation Day and wore signature blue and green Donate Life colors. By bringing together transplant recipients, donor families, patients waiting for a lifesaving transplant, and dedicated advocates, stories were shared, and new advocates were registered as donors. Education efforts like these provide hope to the 1,000 Kentuckians who are waiting on a lifesaving transplant.

 

“As a community, we must embrace our role in saving lives through the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. Registering as a donor not only provides hope but celebrates and appreciates all that the journey of life has to offer. Adair County’s support is essential for our mission,” said Dennis Loy, Adair County Circuit Court Clerk.

 

Since 1992 more than two million Kentuckians have joined the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. Those registrations are critical to save the lives. Join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry in one of the following ways: 
 

 

About Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life 

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

 

UPDATE FROM RC SUPERINTENDENT MICHAEL FORD

 

SCHOOL UPDATE FROM SUPT. MICHAEL FORD:

 


1)  After several meetings with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials and others I am proposing at tomorrow’s special called school board meeting that we start school 15 minutes later and dismiss school 15 minutes later. This is in an effort to help reduce congestion along Hwy 127. Representatives from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are also talking with local industry asking that they too adjust their times. For example:  If some of the local industries could start earlier and dismiss at 2:15 that would give 30 minutes for their traffic to clear Hwy. 127 before we dismissed at RCMS/RCHS at 2:45 PM. I did not want tomorrow’s board meeting to be the first that everyone heard of this. I am happy for the school district to play a part in helping to make Hwy 127 safer for everyone during peak traffic hours. We plan for school doors to open 30 minute prior to the start of school. 

 

2)  As of now, the only mask requirement is on school buses (regardless of vaccination status).  I often am asked about the COVID-19 vaccine and I would encourage anyone age 12+ not vaccinated to be vaccinated and/or wear a mask. I realize that is a personal decision for each individual to make and I respect that. The situation is fluid and Russell County Schools will continue to monitor the situation. Again, unvaccinated individuals (students and employees) are not required to wear masks except on school buses (everyone is required to on school buses) but are encouraged to.  

 

3) I am pleased to report that in consultation with the Lake Cumberland District Health Department and our partnership with Cumberland Family Medical our plan does include a "test to stay" option in that students or employees that have had a + COVID-19 exposure do NOT have to automatically quarantine (go home) if they receive a negative COVID-19 test each day at school and are not exhibiting any symptoms.  The "test to stay" is of course voluntary and parents/guardians will need to provide consent (permission) but it is a great option to keep students in school.  

 

Please know that Russell County Schools is committed to starting in-person school on August 18 (3 weeks from today) and to stay in-person.  

 

Thank you for all of your support and understanding, it is appreciated!

 

God Bless,

Michael A. Ford, Superintendent
Russell County Schools

 

TRAFFIC DELAYS DUE TO ROADWORK IN PULASKI CO.

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that a portion of Ringgold Road (KY 3263) at the KY 80 intersection (mile point 3.5) in Pulaski County will be temporarily closed beginning Monday, Aug. 2.

 

The road will be closed to through traffic between KY 80 and Turner Street (mile point 3.4) as part of the ongoing pavement project.

 

The closure is expected to last two weeks.

 

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

 

The dates and duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. 

 

Motorists can access travel and traffic conditions at http://goky.ky.gov or contribute their own reports at www.waze.com or via the Waze mobile application.

 

AREA ARREST 7-28-21

Jushua Burton age 25 of Columbia, was taken into custody by officer Necessary of the Russell Springs Police Department, just before 5 a.m. this morning. Burton was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Meth) and Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol). He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Anthony Cook age 31 and Lacey Cape age 33, both of Russell Springs was also taken into custody just after 11 last evening by officer Necessary of the Russell Springs Police Department both were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Heroin) and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth).

 

All 3 were lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

 

 

 

 

COLUMBIA BOIL WATER ADVISORY

BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers at 11359-14332 Burkesville 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 three minutes before using.

 

 

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

 

 

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

ADAIR FISCAL COURT RECAP

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court met in regular session on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 in the basement of the Adair Co. Annex Building.

 

The Fiscal Court approved normal business items such as approving of minutes, bills for payment, and budget transfers. 

 

The Court heard from Bobby Morrison and Mark Dykes from the Economic Development Board who explained projects going on at the Industrial Park on Highway 55 and they also requested the next 3 years of TVA funds be allocated to the Economic Development Board.  This is money that comes from the State to be allocated to an Industrial Authority.  This request was approved by the court.

 

They approved a request from Jailer Richard on a CHIRP agreement. This is a program that will allow inmates to go into an agreement with Combined Communications who already has the contract for the inmate telephone system.  This will be at no cost to the county but the jail will receive a minimal revenue from the program.  This will allow inmates to text and communicate with family members (all text will be monitored).


The fiscal court also gave permission for Judge Cowan to sign a COVID Utility Assistance Grant Award Letter.  This is a $200,000 pass through CDBG grant that is being administered by the ADD District.  Residents will be able to apply for funds to help pay past due utility bills due to COVID.  If awarded, the money will go directly to the Utility Companies to pay on past due bills. (more info will be made available at a later date).

 

Hired 2 part time employees for the Adair Co. 911 Center…Kelsey Brizendine and Lori Rineholt.

 

RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY 07/28/21

 

There is a boil water advisory on Jamestown Street in Russell Springs, KY due to a water main break starting at 74 Jamestown St. down to 350 Jamestown St. Boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.

 

ADAIR SENIOR CENTER ELEVATED TO RED DUE TO COVID; MEALS DRIVE THRU ONLY

 

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, Adair County has been elevated to Red (critical) status. To ensure the safety of those most vulnerable, effective immediately, the Adair County Senior Citizen Center will be transitioning to Drive-Thru meals ONLY until the level is reduced to yellow.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Senior Center at 270-380-1899.

 

Jeric DeVore

Director of Senior Services

Lake Cumberland Area Development District

 

RUSSELL COUNTY INDICTMENTS 07/27/21

 

A Russell County Grand Jury has returned numerous indictments. Lisa Clark has details.....

 

 

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED ON ROBBERY & OTHER CHARGES...

 

Tate Walkup, 21, of Columbia, KY was arrested on Sunday night by Adair County Deputy Kenny Perkins and charged with Assault 4th degree, Harassment, Robbery 1st Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, and Failure to Appear.  He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

MISSING TAYLOR CO. JUVENILE FOUND

 

The missing Taylor County juvenile has been found safe. Campbellsville Police would like to thank the public for their assistance!

SYNERGY FOOD GROUP COMING TO COLUMBIA...

 
In an announcement today (Monday) from Mayor Pamela Hoots’ office, plans are proceeding with the Synergy Food Group location in Columbia.
 
Last week, the company received approval on the Kentucky Proud membership. The Kentucky Proud program is Kentucky’s official program for any marketing that is related to being agricultural based.
 
Synergy Food Group supplies shelf-stable meals to locations throughout the United States.
 
They will be releasing dates in the immediate future for applications for their production line.
 

CEP BREAKFAST - EVERYONE EATS AT NO CHARGE!

 

Mornings can be really crazy…the alarm doesn’t go off…the kids don’t want to get up…there’s no time to eat breakfast before the bus comes…or they’re just not ready to eat. Or maybe your teenager grabs a can of soda and a candy bar on the way to school. If this sounds like your house, we have good news for you.

 

Breakfast is served at school! School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day.  A nutritious breakfast helps students be more alert so they can learn more in class. Breakfast has vitamins and nutrients for a strong and healthy body.

 

Breakfast at your child’s school is affordable because it is AT NO CHARGE to you!  You cannot find a healthy breakfast at such a low cost anywhere else!

 

Help your child start the day right with school breakfast!

 

Gov. Beshear Announces K-12 School Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Delta Variant

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 26, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear shared new masking recommendations for K-12 schools in response to the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant.

 

“Our priority is our kids,” said Gov. Beshear. “How we make decisions has to come from one simple place: What gives us the best chance to have our kids in school the maximum number of days in the midst of a pandemic? That is our North Star.”

 

The Governor was joined by Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Jason Glass and Kentucky Board of Education Chair Lu Young.

 

Gov. Beshear and the state officials agreed Kentucky’s challenge is that the delta variant spreads quickly and aggressively among unvaccinated people of all ages. Without mitigation efforts, they expect the delta variant will spread through unvaccinated classrooms and throughout buildings resulting in large, frequent quarantines of students and staff.

 

Therefore, the Governor recommended the following:

  • School districts should require all unvaccinated students and unvaccinated adults to wear a mask when in classrooms and other indoor school settings;
  • School districts should require all students under 12 years of age to wear a mask when in classrooms and other indoor school settings; and
  • School districts wishing to optimize safety and minimize risk of educational and athletic disruption should require all students and all adults to wear a mask while in classrooms and other indoor school settings.

 

“Those working in and learning in our schools know what to do to keep in-person learning going and to do so safely. We have already definitively proven that,” said Commissioner Glass. “Now as conditions have shifted again with the rise of the delta variant and reinfections, we need to call once again upon your courage, dedication and commitment to keep our schools open for school this fall.”

 

“I want to thank elected school board officials for consistently rising to the challenges that we’ve faced throughout this pandemic,” said Chair Young. “You have maintained a laser-like focus on the best interests, safety and health of the children in our districts and you’ve proven that we can put these kind of return-to-school guidelines in place successfully.”

 

K-12 COVID-19 Testing Program
The K-12 School COVID-19 Testing Program is a voluntary program offered by KDPH in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for Kentucky K-12 schools to assist in reopening safely for in-person instruction.

 

“We’ve been given $134 million by the federal government to create a testing program for K-12 schools, public and private, throughout the entire commonwealth,” said Dr. Stack. “I urge everyone who operates a school out there to explore the options and make testing available to keep yourselves safe.”

Superintendents and school administrators can learn more here.

 

  • Testing will be limited to staff and students of Kentucky K-12 public, private and charter schools and includes school district employees and staff (contracted or otherwise), such as bus drivers, maintenance, office staff or as determined by the school administrator.
  • The K-12 School COVID-19 Testing Program will operate the entire 2021-22 academic year.
  • Participation in the school-based COVID-19 screening testing program is voluntary and at no-cost

 

COVID-19 Case Information
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,278,834
Number of unique individuals who have received a vaccine dose in the past day: 17,513

 

New Cases: 783
Positivity Rate: 7.89%
Current Hospitalizations: 486
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 159
Currently on Ventilators: 71

 

10 MORE KENTUCKY COUNTIES TRANSITIONING TO NEW REGIONAL DRIVERS LICENSE OFFICES

A new era of driver licensing services, offering an array of options and conveniences for obtaining or renewing driver’s licenses and state identification cards, will begin in 10 more Kentucky counties this week.

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

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

Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Garrard, Hickman, Livingston, Magoffin, Martin, Morgan and Muhlenberg counties will make the transition this month. The Office of Circuit Court Clerk in each of those counties ceased in-person driver licensing services today and licensing services will instead be performed at KYTC’s regional offices moving forward. With the July transition, one-third of Kentucky’s 120 counties will have made the transfer of services.

During the transition, KYTC has taken a leap forward in customer convenience by launching online renewal of driver’s and motorcycle licenses. The service is not available to anyone whose name or address has changed or who requires testing by the Kentucky State Police. Get more information at https://dlrenewal.ky.gov.

Thirty counties to date have already transferred services to regional offices: Adair, Breathitt, Caldwell, Casey, Elliott, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Franklin, Green, Hancock, Hardin, Hart, Hopkins, Knott, Lee, Madison, McCracken, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Owen, Owsley, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Webster, Wolfe and Woodford. The phased county-by-county transition will be complete statewide by June 30, 2022.

“Licensing is our only business at the regional offices so we can focus on providing a consistent and positive experience across our network of application sites,” KYTC Secretary Jim Gray said. “Our offices also offer a more secure issuance process and upgraded card security features to curb fraud.”

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

Regional offices – the only places to get a REAL ID – are operating in Paducah, Madisonville, Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Louisville/Bowman Field (by appointment only), Louisville/Dixie Highway (appointment only), Louisville/Hurstbourne, Burlington, Frankfort, Lexington, Richmond, Morehead, Prestonsburg, Catlettsburg, Somerset, Columbia and Jackson. More offices are planned.

Customers are encouraged to make an appointment online at https://drive.ky.gov/driver-licensing/Pages/Regional-Offices-Map/aspx.

Kentucky State Police administers all permit, driver and commercial driver license testing for the commonwealth. Testing services are offered Monday through Friday by appointment only. Applicants who require testing by KSP for a permit, driver license or commercial driver license may make an appointment online by visiting KSP’s website, selecting written or road testing and then locating the schedule associated with their county of residence.

COLUMBIA POLICE RECEIVE DONATION FOR DRUG VEHICLE

 

The City of Columbia was recently awarded a grant that assisted with the purchase of a drug vehicle and trailer to be utilized for drug education.

 

The vehicle will be used in education at the school system, activities in the community, and to assist with drug awareness.

 

This week, three donations were presented to the Columbia Police Dept. for assistance with outfitting the vehicle:
 

  1. $5,000 from the local Adair County High School Youth Service Center.
  2. $300 from the local Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy.
  3. Display from the Adair County Schools Healthy Kids Program.

Post 15 Troopers Honored at Kentucky State Police Sworn Award Ceremony

 

Columbia, KY. (July 26, 2021) – Executive Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown joined Kentucky State Police (KSP) Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. to recognize 58 KSP troopers and officers for their professionalism and dedication to duty at a ceremony in Lexington. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the award ceremony, originally scheduled to take place in 2020, was postponed. The achievement awards presented at the ceremony were for acts of service that occurred 2019.

 

KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. praised troopers and officers for going above the call of duty and placing service above self.

 

“Tonight, we honor troopers and officers who have went above the call,” said Burnett. “From lifesaving rescues to acts of bravery during critical incidents, your efforts have impacted the lives of the citizens you serve.”

 

Post 15 troopers were included in those honors.
Trooper Clinton D. Bale was named the Post 15 Trooper of the Year. An 8-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, he is currently assigned to the Executive Security Branch.

 

Detective Nicholas B. Davis was named Post 15 Detective of the Year. An 11-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, he is currently assigned to Post 15 Columbia.

 

Post 15 Commander Bradly Stotts said, “I’m extremely proud of the hard work and dedication displayed over the last year by Trooper Bale and Detective Davis.”

 

KSP Post 15 Award Winners (from left to right): Tpr. Clint Bale and Det. Nick Davis.

 

MISSING CAMPBELLSVILLE JUVENILE 07-26-21


Campbellsville Police are requesting assistance from the community in locating a missing 13-year old female, Cheyenne Rose Harmon of Campbellsville. 


Ms. Harmon was last seen in the area of Short Street and Martin Luther King Blvd. at approximately 2:00 A.M. on Monday, July 26, 2021.  

 

Ms. Harmon is a white female, 13-years of age, 5’5” tall, weighs 240 lbs, blue eyes, red hair, with a light complexion.

 

If anyone sees this individual, please call local authorities ASAP!

 

RUSSELL COUNTY WOMAN ARRESTED IN EARLY MORNING TRAFFIC STOP IN ADAIR COUNTY


On 7-21-21 at 12:15amCT, K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten and Deputy Joey Keith initiated a traffic stop on a 2005 KIA, 11 miles east of Columbia on Millerfield Road. Deputies suspected illegal narcotics were in the vehicle and K-9 Nitro was deployed and gave a positive hit indicator of the detection of narcotics. A search was conducted and suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located.
 

Tessa Stargell, 40, was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

The Adair Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.

 

AREA ARRESTS 7-23-21

 

Michael Ellison, 39, was taken into custody by Officer West with the Russell Springs Police Department just after 2 this morning. He was arrested on charges of Criminal Trespassing-3rd Degree, Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possession and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree-Drug Unspecified. Ellison was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.  

 

Kandy Popplewell, 43, of Russell Springs, was taken into custody by Officer Wilson with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife just before 8 last night. She was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and Contempt of Court Libel/Slander Resistance to Order. Popplewell was also lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP


The Adair County School Board met last night. Superintendent Dr. Pamela Stephens sat down with WAVE NEWS following the meeting...

 

 

KSP ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS


Today, Kentucky State Police (KSP) held the annual achievement awards ceremony in Lexington to honor 62 troopers and officers who put on a uniform each day to patrol Kentucky’s neighborhoods with a mission of serving and protecting their fellow citizens. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, last year’s ceremony was postponed until it was safe to hold an in-person event in accordance with Healthy at Work and CDC guidelines. The achievement awards presented were for acts of service that occurred during 2019.

 

On behalf of Gov. Andy Beshear, Secretary of the Executive Cabinet J. Michael Brown attended the event to thank the award recipients for their valiant service to the commonwealth and protection of all Kentuckians.

 

“The COVID-19 pandemic may have delayed this recognition but nothing can diminish the achievement, dedication and bravery of those we honor this evening,” said Secretary Brown.  “I am honored to be able to personally congratulate the award recipients.”

 

KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. also spoke during the ceremony praising the agency’s personnel for going above the call of duty and placing service above self.

 

“Tonight we honor troopers and officers who have went above the call,” said Burnett. “From lifesaving rescues to acts of bravery during critical incidents, your efforts have impacted lives of the citizens you serve.”

 

The 2019 award recipients include:

Trooper Jerry A. Baker Jr. was named 2019 Trooper of the Year. Trooper Baker is a 3-year veteran of KSP assigned to KSP Post 13 in Hazard.

 

Detective Michael R. Robichaud was named 2019 Detective of the Year. Detective Robichaud is a 10-year veteran of KSP assigned to the KSP Post 1 in Mayfield.

 

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Mark A. Puckett was named the 2019 Jason Cammack Officer of the Year for the KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Troop. Officer Puckett is a 9-year CVE veteran of KSP assigned to the CVE Central Region.

 

Trooper Shane Jacobs was named 2019 Public Affairs Officer of the Year. Trooper Jacobs is a 19-year veteran of KSP assigned to KSP Post 10 in Harlan.

 

Detective Terry A. Scott was named 2019 Arson Investigator of the Year. Detective Scott is a 19-year veteran of KSP assigned to the Special Operations Branch.

                            

Officer Rick D. Kuiper was named 2019 Facilities Security Officer of the Year. Officer Kuiper is a 8-year veteran of KSP assigned to the Security Branch.

 

Seven troopers were awarded the KSP Citation for Bravery, an honor bestowed on officers of the agency who perform acts of bravery, without regard for personal risk despite clear and obvious peril, and clearly above and beyond the call or risk of ordinary duty.

 

Five troopers received the Lifesaving Medal, which is awarded to officers who perform life-saving acts under extraordinary circumstances.

 

Three troopers received the Guthrie Crowe Award, which is named in honor of the first commissioner of KSP and bestowed upon officers of the agency who sustain a severe wound or injury during the performance of their law enforcement duty.

 

Eighteen troopers were named Detective of the Year at the post, branch or division level.

 

Twenty troopers were named Trooper of the Year at the post, branch or division level.

 

Three Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers were named Officer of the Year at the regional level.

 

The mission of KSP is to promote public safety through service, integrity and professionalism using partnerships to prevent, reduce and deter crime and the fear of crime, enhance highway safety through education and enforcement, and safeguard property and protect individual rights.

 

KSP’s focus this year is to maintain and strengthen its essential workforce in order to better provide public safety, maintain critical services and better reflect the diverse communities that KSP serves. The agency has expanded their recruitment department with the addition of one female trooper, one male trooper and the hiring of three new minority troopers.

 

KSP is also partnering with Dr. Aaron Thompson of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, Vickie Stone of the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet, and working closely with retired minority KSP Troopers, to further improve their diversity recruitment efforts.

 

RUSSELL COUNTY MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG & OTHER CHARGES FOLLOWING POLICE PURSUIT


Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports the arrest of David Wayne Passmore, 42, of Decatur Rd. Deputies Josh Phipps, Corey Meyer and John Wine attempted to serve a Probation Violation Warrant on the suspect when the individual fled on foot when they pulled into the driveway. Deputies called for more assistance to help locate the suspect. Officers from the Russell Springs Police Department, Kentucky State Police, and Russell County Constable Richard Wooldridge arrived on scene.
 

The suspect was later located within a mile from where he had ran from police. He was additionally charged with Fleeing and evading Police (on foot) 2nd degree, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Mischief 1st degree, Wanton Endangerment 2nd Degree, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine).
 

The case will be presented to a Russell County Grand Jury where more charges may be forthcoming.
 

Deputy Josh Phipps is the investigating Officer. 

 

RUSSELL COUNTY HOSPITAL CELEBRATES 40th ANNIVERSARY


The Russell County Hospital celebrated it's 40th Anniversary yesterday. Jeff Henderson with Shoreline Communications was there and files this report for WAVE NEWS... 

 

 

R.C. COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE


Community blood drive Thursday, July 22, 2021 at South Kentucky RECC in Jamestown from 12:30-5:30pmCT.  McDonalds of Russell County is the community sponsor giving away a 100 dollar prize. Also the ball caps, that were supposed to be given away in May, will be available. If you requested a cap, you can pick it up as you give blood Thursday. 
 

Blood supplies are critically low and everyone is asked to please come out and donate.

 

BOIL WATER ADVISORY IN JAMESTOWN LIFTED

The Boil Water Advisory in Jamestown for Valley Drive including the Housing Authority Apartments, has been lifted! 

POWER OUTAGE ON HIGHWAY 80


Due to an accident on Highway 80 in the Royville community of Russell County, the power remains off in the area (including at the WAVE studios). According to SKRECC, they're in the process of getting power restored. 

 

 

AREA ARRESTS 7-21-21


Tessa Sturgill, 40, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by Deputy Staten of the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just before 2 a.m. this morning. Sturgill was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Offense (METH). She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Dale Wilson, 24, of Burkesville, KY was arrested by Deputy Watson of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. Wilson was charged with Operating Motor Vehicle under the Influence Substance 1st, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance 1st, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Failure to Appear. Jalena Wilson, 24, of Burkesville, was arrested by Deputy Haynes with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office on charges of Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession and Failure to Appear.  Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.  
 

AREA ARREST 7-20-21

James Wilson age 24, of Burkesville, was taken into custody by Officer Cary with the Burkesville Police Department around 11 last night. Wilson was charged with Criminal Trespassing – 3rd Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified), Prescription Controlled Substance not in the Proper Container 1st Offense and Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

David Runyon age 33, of Breeding, was arrested by Trooper Pool with the Kentucky State Police just before 9 last evening. Runyon was charged with Assault 4th Degree, Domestic Violence (Minor Injury) and Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree. He was also lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

RUSSELL COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MET MONDAY NIGHT

It was a busy night for school leaders during last night’s meeting of the Russell County Board of Education.

 

Superintendent Michael Ford shares with WAVE listeners what took place…

 

ADAIR COUNTY FIRE DUES

To property owners who own property in the Adair County Volunteer Fire Department jurisdiction. The Adair County Volunteer Fire Department will be accepting fire dues through property tax bills beginning October 1, 2021. Please do not mail your fire dues directly to the fire department.  Fire dues for residential and commercial properties are $ 25.00 per deed with a cap of 3 deeds ($75.00). Non-Membership fire runs are $500.00.  Property owners who wish to “opt out” of paying fire dues may do so from July 1, 2021 through April 15, 2022.  Property owners who wish to “opt out” will need to obtain the “opt out” form from the Adair County Judge Executive Office. The Adair County Judge Executive Office is located at 424 Public Square, Suite 1, Columbia KY 42728.  A letter from the Adair County Volunteer Fire Department will be mailed to all taxpayers that do not receive a bill due to homestead or disability exemption regarding fire dues. 

Unvaccinated Kentuckians should wear masks indoors when not in their home


FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 19, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, provided an update on the COVID-19 delta variant, a highly contagious strain that is spreading in the commonwealth.

 

“We have the most aggressive variant that we have seen to date in our battle against COVID. It’s a serious, even deadly, threat to unvaccinated Kentuckians,” said Gov. Beshear. “If more adults don’t get vaccinated, it’s not just adults who pay the price. It’s our kids who will. Many of them can’t get vaccinated yet, and they count on us to make good decisions and do the right thing.”

 

The Governor and Dr. Stack encouraged unvaccinated Kentuckians and Kentuckians in jobs that require consistent contact with the public to take additional precautions, including:

  • All unvaccinated Kentuckians should wear masks indoors when not in their home;
  • Kentuckians at higher risk from COVID-19 due to pre-existing conditions should wear masks indoors when not in their home;
  • Vaccinated Kentuckians in jobs with significant public exposure should consider wearing a mask at work; and
  • All unvaccinated Kentuckians, when eligible, should be vaccinated immediately.

 

“Getting vaccinated is a choice,” said Dr. Stack. “We’ve said that all along. It’s your choice. It’s an incredibly important choice. It’s a choice that should you choose to get vaccinated, you protect yourself and also all the others who are both vaccinated and unvaccinated because the more of us who are vaccinated, the less the virus is able to spread, to infect people and to hurt people. If you choose not to get vaccinated, that is your choice as well, but it is a particularly dangerous choice.”


Dr. Stack discussed recent outbreaks that have occurred in other states, accelerated by the delta variant, including incidences in Illinois, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Missouri.

 

Summer camps in Illinois and Texas were associated with COVID-19 outbreaks, including cases of the delta variant, which also infected six vaccinated guests at an outdoor wedding in Texas. Officials in Mississippi warned of a potential COVID-19 surge as seven children were hospitalized with severe cases of the virus. The Louisiana State Health Officer, Dr. Joseph Kanter, said that Louisiana is facing a statewide outbreak as the delta variant began spreading and as vaccination rates fell. Hospitals in Missouri have been understaffed and under-resourced as the delta variant continues to infect more people.

 

Vaccines appear to be highly effective against the delta variant. However, hospitalizations have surged more than 30% in the past two weeks and more than 80% in Nevada, Mississippi, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Nationwide, 97% of COVID-19 related hospitalizations are among those who have not yet been vaccinated.

 

“The delta variant is so contagious it will infect most unvaccinated people,” said Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “It is going to be the most serious virus they will get in their lifetime in terms of the risk of putting them in the hospital.”

 

“I want to point out that Dr. Gottlieb was the FDA commissioner under the last president. We have never brought politics in to what we do with COVID. We want to make sure we listen to experts that cross party or administration,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

The Governor said to date, 2,248,235 Kentuckians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Sixty-one percent of Kentuckians 18 or older have been vaccinated, but only 51% of Kentuckians age 40 to 49, 46% of Kentuckians age 30-39 and 36% of Kentuckians age 18 to 29.

 

All Kentuckians can sign up for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment near where they live or work at vaccine.ky.gov.

 

JAMESTOWN BOIL WATER ADVISORY

From the Jamestown Water Departmemt...

 

Due to a waterline and meter  repair valley Dr, including Housing Authority Apartments will be under a boil water advisory until further notice. 

AREA ARREST 7-19-21

 

Mary Wilson age 36, of Liberty, was arrested by Officer Necessary, just after 2 a.m. on Sunday morning. Wilson was taken into custody on the charge of Receiving Stolen Property (Fire Arm) and lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

WEEKEND ARRESTS 07-18-21

 
  • Mary Wilson, 36, of Liberty, KY - arrested overnight by RSPD for Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm).
  • Cecil Allen Kemp, 26, of Jamestown, KY - arrested on Saturday night by Jamestown Police for 2nd Degree Assault.
 

STATE REP. JOHN "BAM" CARNEY DIES AT THE AGE OF 51

 

 

State Representative John "Bam" Carney has died.
 

51-year-old Carney had returned home after being hospitalized more than a year ago due to a serious illness. He was diagnosed with pancreatitis in Dec. 2019 which led to several life-threatening complications. Bam Carney represented Adair and Taylor counties in the 51st district and was first elected in 2009. 

 

Mark Carney (Bam's brother) posted the following on Facebook this morning:
 

Philippians 1:21 for me, to live is Christ to die is gain. That verse has been heavy on my mind the last few weeks. This morning around 7:00 it came to fruition as Bam passed peacefully at the University of Kentucky medical center. Bam nd we have tried to glorify Christ throughout our lives and especially have tried to praise God for his watch care over Bam this last year and a half. So living was about Christ, now in death Bam has gained healing, peace, rest, Amazing Grace, love, the well done thou good and faithful servant talk and acceptance into his eternal home. Thanks be to God for the life that Bam lived — and for all that he has gained today.
 

Thank you to so so many of you for all your thoughts, prayers and for the many many ways you have supported us over he last year and a half and we appreciate and say thank you for your continued prayers for our family during this time.
 

 

Senator Mitch McConnell released the following statement on Carney's death:

Bam Carney was a tireless public servant whose devotion to his fellow Kentuckians knew no bounds. He uplifted the lives of his constituents through more than a decade of hard work and dedication, deeply committed to Central Kentucky and its people. It is a testament to his strong character that he was chosen to lead Kentucky Republicans as the House Majority Leader, a role which he passionately embraced.

Throughout his tenure, Bam took on tough issues and fought for Kentucky’s most vulnerable students, using his expertise as an educator and coach to change the Commonwealth for the better. During his long illness, he continued to serve in a different way by becoming an inspiration to others who face hardships. The people of Kentucky are profoundly thankful for his advocacy and work.

From the statehouse, to the classroom, to the United States Senate, Kentuckians are deeply saddened by this loss. Elaine and I share our heartfelt condolences with Bam’s family, colleagues, and friends.

House Speaker David Osborne issued the following statement on behalf of the House Majority Caucus:

"Our hearts are broken at the loss of our friend and brother, Bam Carney. Bam was a passionate educator, an outstanding legislator, and a tremendous leader for our Commonwealth. Those who had the privilege of working with Bam knew he led by example and subscribed heavily to the belief that you can do great things if you don't care who gets the credit. As House Education Chair and House Majority Floor Leader, he worked diligently to provide a voice for children in classrooms across our state. His collaborative approach led to the passage of the School Safety and Resiliency Act, bringing focus to both strengthening physical safety and our approach to childhood mental health issues.

"For more than a year and a half Bam fought valiantly to overcome his health issues, all while remaining steadfastly dedicated to the people of his district. While there is great comfort in knowing he is free from the constant pain and struggle, we pray his sons, his mother, and his entire family find comfort in knowing so many join them in mourning the legacy of a good man."
 
 
 
 

AREA ARREST 7-16-21

A Russell Springs woman was taken into custody on meth and other charged Thursday.

 

Just before 10 last evening, Nancy Hammons, age 36, of Russell Springs was arrested on a Parole Violation by Deputy Phipps of the Russell County Sheriff’s Officer. Hammons had been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Resisting Arrest, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Operating Motor Vehicle under the Influence of a Controlled Substance. She was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

James Gregory, age 38, of Leburn Tennessee, was taken into custody just before 9 p.m. last evening, by Deputy Staten of the Adair County Sheriff’s Officer on charges of Possession of Marijuana, Resisting Arrest and Giving Officer False Identifying Information.

 

Mark Brady was arrested at 4 yesterday by Deputy Perkins of the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, on charges of Serving Warrant (for other Police Agency), Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Meth) and Possession of a Hand Gun by a Convicted Felon.

 

Both men were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

JAMESTOWN CITY COUNCIL MET LAST NIGHT...

Jamestown City Council met last night at city hall for the regular monthly meeting for the city leaders.

 

Mayor Nick Shearer shares with WAVE Listeners what took place during the meeting…

 

RUSSELL COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL HAS A NEW PRINCIPAL

Superintendent Michael Ford announces the new principal for the Russell County High School...

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

On behalf of Russell County High School’s school based decision making council, please join me in congratulating Mrs. Shanna Tarter as Russell County High School’s new principal.  Mrs. Tarter brings her middle school and classroom teaching experience coupled with her years helping to lead the Laker Success Academy to Russell County High School and looks forward to this next chapter in school leadership.  

On a personal note, I want to extend my gratitude to Russell County High School’s SBDM council for their dedication to the process and thoughtful consideration of all the candidates.  

Have a blessed evening.

Michael A. Ford, Superintendent
Russell County Schools

R.C. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING JULY 19TH

 

The Russell County School Board will meet on Monday, July 19, 2021 at 5:00pmCT. Here's the meeting agenda....

 

COLUMBIA-ADAIR EDA MEETING JULY 20TH

 
The Columbia Adair Economic Development Authority Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 8:00amCT at 201 Burkesville Street (lower level) in 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. Sign installed, looks good
  2. Second payment Greer Construction, Road almost finished
  3. Second payment MSE
  4. Heather Spoon got lights and installed
  5. Heather yard type signs to call attention to Park
  6. Is there a policy that authorizes Chairperson to approve up to certain amount without Board approval?
  7. Second road estimate discussion, engineers estimate $244,320.00. Recommend we have engineers to design for our approval and prepare bid document. Decision and vote.
  8. Website update thoughts, plans, etc. Decisions, we have been fooling with this for well over a year, time to move forward.
  9. Decided with Greer place to put extra dirt for future use
  10. Would like to clear on North side road to water tank toward gas pump section. Dozer or chip?
  11. 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, August 17, 2021 at 8 a.m. 
 

AREA ARREST 7-15-21

A Russell Springs man was arrested on DUI and Reckless Driving Charges early this morning in Adair County.

 

Bernal Perez, age 28, was taken into custody by Officer Durbin with the Columbia Police Department, just after 1:30 this morning. Perez was charged with Reckless Driving, No Operators-Moped License, Failure to Produce Insurance Card and Operating Motor Vehicle under Inlfluence of Alcohol .08 1st.

He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

VESTER ROAD CLOSED THURSDAY

 
The Bull Run side of Vester Road in Adair County will be CLOSED for road work on Thursday, July 15, 2021 from 7:30amCT through late Thursday afternoon.  

CAMPBELLSVILLE ACCIDENT SENDS 2 PEOPLE TO LOUISVILLE HOSPITAL...

 

On Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 11:08amET, Campbellsville Police responded to an injury collision at the intersection of East Broadway and the US Post Office. A 2002 Volvo semi-tractor trailer, operated by 48-year old Charles Spears of Glasgow, KY collided with a 2015 Subaru operated by 69-year old Paul Clark of Greensburg, KY. 

 

Clark and a passenger, 71-year old Jean Clark, also of Greensburg, KY were both transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS, and later transported to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment. Spears was not injured.

 

Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021      Time: 11:08 A.M.

 

Location: East Broadway at the intersection of the US Post Office

 

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police, Campbellsville Fire-Rescue, Campbellsville-Taylor County EMS, and Taylor County Sheriff’s Office

 

Investigating Officer: Officer Aaron Fields

 

ADAIR FISCAL COURT MEETING (By Judge Gale Cowan)

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court met in regular session on Tuesday evening. It felt like we returned Home as we had our first meeting back at the Adair County Annex Building in over a year.

 

We began our meeting as we always do with the Pledge to the American Flag. We were honored to have Jayden Campbell with Boy Scout Troop #185 to lead this for us.

 

The court approved for Judge Cowan to sign a Cooperative Agreement to participate in the Safety Circuit Rider Program. The technology Transfer Program of the Kentucky Transportation Center, University of Kentucky, provides the Safety Circuit Rider Program for the benefit of Kentucky Local governments. The mission of this program is to reduce crashes on rural, low volume roadways by providing information and technical assistance in the areas of roadway departures, intersection safety, and pedestrian safety.  

 

The Court also approved first reading to amend an ordinance that will update the booking fees and per diem fees at the jail. When Jailer Richard took over, he began checking with other counties and we were the lowest around. By raising these fees, we are hoping this will cut down on the amount of tax dollars that will be put into the jail budget.

 

Two Appointments to the Ambulance District Board:

1)  Darryl McGaha was appointed to a 4 year term. Darryl will be replacing Dr. Robert Beshear who passed away earlier this year. His term would have been up this month.  

2)  Re-appointed Doug Sapp for another 4 year term.

 

Formed a Committee to look into ways to use the ARPA (Federal Funding) dollars allocated from the US Treasurer in Washington. The Court passed 2 resolutions tonight that pertain to the ARPA money. The first was to purchase computer equipment for the Sheriff’s Department vehicles. The second is for upgrades to the Jim Blair Park in the form of a Inclusive Playground. The next expense I want to look at is Premium Pay for our employees. This is an allowable expense for these funds but there are several guidelines that have to be met. This will be something the committee will be discussing.

 

The fiscal court also approved a security light to be placed close to the new basketball courts at the Jim Blair Center. This will allow for our courts to be utilized after dark.

 

Gale Cowan

 

AREA ARREST 7-14-21

 

 

An Adair County man was taken into custody on charges of being a fugitive from another state Tuesday.

 

Craig Cato, 36, of Columbia, was taken into custody by Trooper Poole of the Kentucky State Police on Tuesday afternoon. Cato was arrested on the fugitive warrant and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

ADAIR FISCAL COURT MEETING 7-13-21


The Adair County Fiscal Court met last evening and Judge Gayle Cowan sat down with WAVE NEWs following the meeting and discussed what took place…

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY INDICTMENTS 07/13/21

 
An Adair County Grand Jury has returned several indictments....
 
 
  1. Phillip Chad Bardin, 47, of Columbia - Stalking 1st degree and 6 counts of Harrassment.
  2. Stephen Allen Kelsay, 37, of Columbia, KY - Strangulation 2nd degree, Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence), Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree, Resisting Arrest, Menacing, Disorderly Conduct, and Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.
  3. Casey James Lewis, 35, of Breeding, KY - Strangulation 1st degree, Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence), and Possession of Marijuana.
  4. Coy Delane Morrison, Jr., 46, Columbia, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Disregarding a Stop Sign.
  5. Treasa Carol Smith, 42, of Burkesville, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine 2nd offense.
  6. Adrian S. Ballou, 30, Columbia, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine 3rd or more offense and DUI 2nd offense (Aggravating Circumstances).
  7. Alex Bryan Corbett, 21, of Lexington, KY - Criminal Mischief 1st degree.
  8. Charles Dale Coffey, 51, of Campbellsville, KY - Assault 3rd degree.
  9. Matthew J. Reece, 35, of Columbia, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine, Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree, and Possession of Marijuana.
  10. Christopher Dickson, 22, of Columbia, KY - Escape 2nd degree and Persistent Felony offender.
  11. Latosha J. Murray, 39, of Barbourville, KY - Promoting Contraband and Possession of Methamphetamine.
  12. Curtis Montgomery, 27, of Russell Springs, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine and Public Intoxication.
  13. Hannah Rose Dabney, 18, of Russell Springs, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Public Intoxication.
 
Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.
 

Police Report on Fatal Adair County Accident


On Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 9:51amCT, Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch was dispatched to a 2-vehicle injury collision approximately 4 miles northeast of Columbia on KY 551. Upon arrival, Deputy Hitch found that two vehicles had collided and there were multiple patients, one with critical injuries.  
 
Preliminary investigation shows that a 2000 Toyota sedan, operated by 46-year-old Rebecca Conover Strange of Columbia, KY was traveling west (towards Columbia) when she headed into a long, right banking curve. It appears that her car broke traction in the rear on the rain slick roadway and began to go into a skid sideways through the curve. Her auto then slid into the oncoming lane into the path of a 2016 Chevy pickup that was traveling East, being driven by 57-year-old Mark Willis of Columbia, KY. The pickup was unable to avoid the collision and struck Ms. Strange’s Toyota in the drivers side.   
    
Adair County EMS began life-saving measures on Rebecca Strange upon arrival and continued as they transferred the patient to TJ Health Columbia. Approx. one hour later, Ms. Strange succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased in the emergency room.
    
Mark Willis and his passengers: Deborah Willis, Holly Loy, Alex Loy, and Andrew Loy were all treated at the scene by Adair EMS and transported to the hospital for further treatment.
     
The Adair County Sheriffs Office, Adair EMS, Columbia -Adair Fire Dept, and Constable Jason Rector were responding agencies to the scene.
 

AREA ARREST 7-13-21

 

Justin Weddle, 36, of Russell Springs was arrested by Deputy Bradshaw on Monday afternoon. Weddle was charged with Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree and Indecent Exposure, 1st Degree, 1st Offense. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

RUSSELL COUNTY FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP


The Russell County Fiscal Court met last evening for the regular monthly meeting. Several items were on the agenda and County Judge Exec. Gary Robertson spoke with WAVE NEWS following the meeting...

 

 

UPDATE ON SEARCH FOR NEW RCHS PRINCIPAL

 

The RCHS school based decision making council conducted principal interviews on Monday afternoon and will be bringing two of the candidates back for follow-up interviews on Thursday. A complete meeting notice/agenda will be sent out on Tuesday.

 

Michael A. Ford
Superintendent

 

BOIL WATER ADVISORY IN JAMESTOWN


A Boil Water Advisory is in effect until further notice for all persons on Blair Rd in Jamestown from Hwy 92 to Hwy 379. 
 

ADAIR FISCAL COURT MEETING JULY 13TH

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 6:00 P.M. CT in the basement of the Adair County Annex building located at 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. The public is invited to attend. There will be NO Facebook Live!
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
                                 
1.   APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
A.)  Regular Called Meeting – June 29, 2021
 
3.  DISBURSEMENTS
       
4.  REPORTS
A.)  SHERIFF’S REPORT 
B.)  ROAD DEPARTMENT REPORT
C.)  G.R.A.S. REPORT
D.)  COMMITTEE REPORTS
E.)   JAIL REPORT 
 
5.  TREASURER
A.) TREASURER’S REPORT
B.) QUARTERLY REPORT
C.) YEAR END SETTLEMENT                  
   
6.  BUDGET AMENDMENTS
                                                
7.  BUDGET TRANSFERS
A.)  LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
B.)  FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
                                    
8.  COURT ORDERS 
9.  READING OF ROADS
 
10.  ACTION ITEMS:
A)  SAFETY CIRCUIT RIDER PROGRAM
B)  JAIL COPIER/PRINTER
C)  CAT ORDINANCE B DISCUSSION 
D)  APPROVAL OF ARPA RESOLUTION #1 TECHNOLOGY UPGRADE
E)   APPROVAL OF ARPA RESOLUTON # 2 PARK UPGRADE            
F)   PERMISSION TO MAKE FUTURE TRANSFER STATION SITE A PRIVATE PASSAGEWAY. 
G)  APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE TO UPDATE JAIL FEES
H)  APPROVAL TO HAVE SURPLUS PROPERTY AUCTION
 I)   PERMISSION FOR KACO TO USE JIM BLAIR CENTER
            
11.  OTHER BUSINESS
12.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
13.  ADJOURN
                   

Vehicle Services Temporarily Unavailable at County Clerk Offices Due to System Issue

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 12, 2021) –  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises Kentuckians that all County Clerk offices are temporarily unable to process vehicle-related transactions due to intermittent system issues.

 

County Clerks use KYTC’s Automated Vehicle Information System (AVIS) to process transactions such as vehicle registrations, transfers and vehicle titling.

 

“Our team of programmers is working diligently to identify the issue and restore service as soon as possible,” said Department of Vehicle Registration Commissioner Matt Cole. 

 

The vehicle titling and registration system is experiencing intermittent issues from a recent system implementation. The implementation is part of an effort to modernize license plate production and to support the cabinet’s long-term goal of transferring all motor vehicle transactions from the 40-year-old AVIS system to a new KAVIS system. No driver information was impacted.

 

Kentuckians are advised to contact the local County Clerk office to ensure it is open for non-vehicular business and be prepared for delays. Kentuckians can renew vehicle registrations online at drive.ky.gov.

 

It is not known when the system interruption will be resolved and normal vehicle transactions will be resumed. For the latest updates, check KYTC’s social media accounts at www.facebook.com/kytc120 and www.twitter.com/kytc

 

Clinton County Man Jailed on Drug Charges...

 

Matthew Wray, 32, of Albany, KY was booked into the Russell County Detention Center this afternoon (Monday) for Receiving Stolen Property and Trafficking in Methamphetamine.

 

 

Adair Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges After Early Morning Traffic Stop...

 
On Saturday, July 10, 2021 at approximately 1:00amCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office initiated a traffic stop on Hughes Road, 4 miles south of Columbia. The traffic stop was a result of deputies who had been patrolling the area due to multiple complaints of possible drug activity.
 
Deputy Kenny Perkins initiated the stop of 58-year-old James Todder of Columbia, KY. Following a roadside investigation it was believed narcotics were in the vehicle.  A search of the auto was conducted and as a result Todder was charged with: Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License. Todder was also served two outstanding Adair District Court Warrants  
 
James Todder was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. The Sheriffs office is continuing the investigation.
 

FATAL ADAIR COUNTY ACCIDENT CLAIMS ONE LIFE....


UPDATE:

According to Adair County Coroner Todd Akin, the lady who died in the crash is Rebecca Anne Conover Strange. 
 

A fatal accident occurred this morning (Sunday) on Hwy 551 in Adair County. It was a 2-vehicle head-on collision that claimed the life of an Adair County woman. No other details are available at this time.

 

INDIANA MAN ARRESTED ON SEVERAL CHARGES AFTER AN "ATTEMPT TO LOCATE CALL" FROM CASEY CO.

 

According to Russell Springs Police Chief Tim Pierce, Russell County officers received an attempt to located an orange motorcycle that had fled from the Casey County Sheriff’s Office.  Officer Hayden Phillips observed an orange motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed South bound on Hwy 127. Officer Phillips initiated a traffic stop on the motorcycle and the motorcycle fled. A short time later due to safety concerns for the public, the pursuit was terminated. 

 

Kentucky State Police and the Russell County Sheriff’s Office located the motorcycle and operator in the Wolf Creek Dam area a short time later. 
 

Bryan Reynolds, 38, of Columbus, Indiana was arrested and charged with speeding 26 mph or > speed limit, reckless driving, fleeing or evading police 1st degree (motor vehicle), improper use of left lane - overtaking vehicle, failure to or improper signal, commercial driver’s license - conviction improper or erratic lane change, disregarding stop sign, driving too fast for traffic conditions, failure to give right of way to emergency vehicle, failure to produce insurance card, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/sec 1st offense, no registration receipt, inadequate silencer, improper passing, and improper display of registration plate. 
 

The Casey County Sheriff’s Office will also have charges against Reynolds. 
 

Officer Hayden Phillips was assisted on scene by Sgt. Lucas Justice, KSP Trooper Austin Cornett, RCSO Chief Deputy Jerry Melton and Deputy Josh Phipps.

 

LOG HOME IN JAMESTOWN DESTROYED BY FIRE

 

The Jamestown Fire Department was called out about 11pm on Saturday night to the report of a fire at 103 Bunny Lane off Boat Dock Rd. Upon arrival firefighters found a log home fully involved. They were able to save some outbuildings, one of which was said to have been one of the first homes on the Jamestown Square and moved to the current location. Firemen were on the scene for about 3 hours. The owner of the property is Shelly Stoyell.

WEEKEND ARRESTS 07-11-21

 
  • James Tudder II, 50, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested early Saturday morning by ACSO for Driving on a DUI Suspended License, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified), and was served a Bench Warrant for Court and a Warrant for Another Police Agency.
  • Bryan Keith Huff, 40, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested by ACSO on Friday evening for Assault 5th degree (Minor Injuries), Public Intoxication (Excluding Alcohol), Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance, and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 
  • Jack Lusk, 33, of Jamestown, KY - arrested by the RCSO for 2 counts of 3rd degree Burglary, Possession of Marijuana, Receiving Stolen Property, TBUT over $500, Abuse Action - UJC, and for being a Persistent Felony Offender.
  • Brian Reynolds, 38, of Columbus, IN - arrested on Saturday afternoon by RSPD for Speeding, Reckless Driving, Fleeing or Evading Police, Improper Use of Left Lane - Overtaking a Vehicle, Failure to Signal, Commercial Drivers License - Conviction Improper or Erratic Lane Change, Disregarding a Stop Sign, Driving too Fast for Conditions, Failure to Give Right-of-Way to Emergency Vehicle, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance, No Registration Receipt, Inadequate Silencer (Muffler), Improper Passing, and Improper Display of Registration Plates. 
     
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

RCHS SITE BASE COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING JULY 12TH

 
The Russell County High School Site Based Decision Making Council will have a "Special Called Meeting" on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 3:45pmCT in the RCHS Library, 2166 S. Hwy 127, Russell Springs, KY.
 
AGENDA
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Adoption of Agenda
4. Public Comments
5. Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes (June 30, 2021)
6. Executive Session KRS 61.810(1)(f) - (Personnel- Russell County High School Principal Application/Candidate Reviews & Interviews)
7. Resume Open Meeting
8. Discussion with Possible Action to Hire Russell County High School Principal
9. Adjourn Meeting
 

RUSSELL COUNTY FISCAL COURT MEETING JULY 11TH

 
The Russell County Fiscal Court will meet on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 5:30pmCT.
 
AGENDA
WELCOME, PLEDGE & OPENING PRAYER
MINUTES
PAY BILLS
DETENTION CENTER REPORT
SHERIFF’S REPORT
TREASURER’S MONTHLY, QUARTERLY & FISCAL YEAR END SETTLEMENT REPORTS & AE TRANSFERS
1ST READING ORDINANCE 21-05 BUDGET AMENDMENT
TRANSFER $25,000.00 FROM GENERAL TO TOURISM
TRANSFER $96,806.00 FROM GENERAL TO 911 DISPATCH
TRANSFER $362,418.00 FROM GENERAL TO JAIL
TRANSFER $7,270.00 FROM GENERAL TO LGEA
TRANSFER $15,000.00 FROM ABC TO 911 DISPATCH
TRANSFER $15,000.00 FROM ABC TO JAIL
TRANSFER $15,000.00 FROM GENERAL TO AIRPORT
TRANSFER $30,000.00 FROM AIRPORT FUEL TO AIRPORT GENERAL
TRANSFER $8,933.47 FROM DISPATCH TO AMBULANCE SERVICE – ENHANCED MEDICAID PAYMENT
TRANSFER $99,655.00 FROM GENERAL TO ROAD FOR NEW TRUCK
RUSSELL COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT DAR PROGRAM
AE TRANSFERS APPROVAL FY 21-22
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION REPORT FOR FY 20-21
MITCH NOBLES – LSV LAW
ROAD CHANGES
OTHER BUSINESS
ADJOURN
 

COMPUTERS AT KY COUNTY CLERKS OFFICES STILL DOWN...

 
Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer's office has received word from the KYTC that the IT team will be working on the computer issues this weekend. The clerk's office will NOT be open Saturday, July 10th because of the computer outage. Greer says she's hopeful all issues will be resolved by Monday, July 12th. Please call the office before you come in at 270-384-2801 OR 270-384-4007 to make sure the computers are up and running. Listen for updates on 92.7 The WAVE and online at www.ridingthewave.com on Monday morning. Greer apologizes for any inconvenience, but says this is a statewide issue.
 
(SEE STORY BELOW)
 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 9, 2021) –  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises Kentuckians that all County Clerk offices are temporarily unable to process vehicle-related transactions due to intermittent system issues.

 

County Clerks use KYTC’s Automated Vehicle Information System (AVIS) to process transactions such as vehicle registrations, transfers and vehicle titling.

 

“Our team of programmers is working diligently to identify the issue and restore service as soon as possible,” said Department of Vehicle Registration Commissioner Matt Cole. 

 

A transfer of systems over the holiday weekend from AVIS to a new inventory system caused a service interruption. The new system is part of an effort to modernize license plate production and to support the cabinet’s long-term goal of transferring all motor vehicle transactions from the 40-year-old AVIS system to a new KAVIS system. No driver information was impacted.

 

Kentuckians are advised to postpone transactions until next week if possible. Otherwise, customers should contact the local County Clerk office to ensure it is open for non-vehicular business and be prepared for delays. Kentuckians also can renew vehicle registrations online at drive.ky.gov.

 

It is not known when the system interruption will be resolved and normal vehicle transactions will be resumed. For the latest updates, check KYTC’s social media accounts at www.facebook.com/kytc120 and www.twitter.com/kytc.

 

AREA ARRESTS 7-9-21



Larry Ware, 46, of Russell Springs, was arrested by Officer Phillips with the Russell Springs Police Department just before 11:30 last night. Ware was charged with Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO and Resisting Arrest. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Clifton Collins, 48, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Officer Justice just before 6:30 last night. Collins was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container, 1st Offense, No Registration Plates and No Registration Receipt. He was also lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Howard Prim, 40, of Columbia, KY - arrested Thursday afternoon by KSP for Possession of Methamphetamine. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Angie Dhane, 32, of Stephenville, Texas - arrested in Adair County by KSP Thursday afternoon for Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, Speeding, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

COUNTY CLERKS OFFICES EXPERIENCING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES

 

 

 

(Message received at 3:50pmCT on Thursday)
The Adair County Clerk's office is open for anyone having questions, recordings, marriage licenses, boats, and handicap placards. Call 270-384-2801 before coming in on Friday to check on State progress. 

 
(Message received at 2:08pmCT on Thursday)
All County Clerk Offices are temporarily unable to process vehicle-related transactions on Thursday due to intermittent system issues. County Clerks use KYTC’s Automated Vehicle Information System (AVIS) to process transactions such as vehicle registrations, transfers, and vehicle titling. Contact your local County Clerk office to learn if they are open for non-vehicular business transactions. Online vehicle registration renewal is available at drive.ky.gov. There is currently no estimate for when the issue will be resolved for clerks to resume vehicle transactions. For the latest updates, check KYTC’s social media accounts at www.facebook.com/kytc120 and www.twitter.com/kytc.
 
 

Branscum signs on as the primary co-sponsor of bill relating to private entity permission to collect and store biometric data

 

Frankfort, Kentucky (July 8, 2021) – Representative Josh Branscum of Russell Springs signed on as the primary co-sponsor of legislation that would prevent private entities from collecting, capturing, purchasing, trading, or otherwise obtaining a person’s biometric identifier or biometric information. The bill, BR 172, would require entities to obtain consent from the person in writing with an indication of the purpose and length of time that the information would be stored.

 

Biometric identifiers include:

• Retina or iris scan

• Fingerprint

• Voiceprint

• Textbooks

• Scan of hand

• Face geometry

 

Biometric identifiers do not include:

• Writing samples used for scientific testing or screening

• Demographic data

• Physical descriptions: height, weight, eye color, or hair color

• Information captured in patient healthcare

 

This pre-filed bill is in response to news that TikTok and Facebook are collecting biometric data without user consent. According to media reports, TikTok changed its privacy policy indicating that it “may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information” from its users’ content. Recent statements from TikTok have been vague, and the company has not explained why they need to collect this information. It has also failed to elaborate about how they would go about seeking the “required permissions” from the users. 

 

TikTok is a Chinese owned and operated company with ties to the Chinese government. According to media reports, they found internal documents instructing TikTok moderators to censor content that could anger the Chinese government. In 2019, the Pentagon indicated there was a “potiential risk associated with using the TikTok app,” prompting the US Department of Defense to advise all military personnel to remove the TikTokapplication from both government-issued and personal smartphones. 

 

As it stands today, only five states, Illinois, Texas, New York, California, and Washington, currently have active biometric privacy laws. Unless BR 172 or similar legislation becomes law, social media platforms would not be required to notify and gain consent from users.

 

“It’s a huge issue that social media platforms and other private entities collect biometric data from their customers without their consent. TikTok has been using personal data and biometrics to target their users with personalized content, features, and effects. Applications like TikTik aim to draw in the younger generation to collect their private data leaving children unprotected and taken advantage of,” Branscum explained.

 

Any person feeling that they have been unfairly treated by a violation would have the right to take action in federal court. Those found guilty by negligence could be fined up to $1,000, while entities found to be intentionally violating the law could be fined up to $5,000. BR 172 also provides courts the authority to award reasonable attorneys’ fee costs, witness fees, litigation expenses, and other relief the court deems as appropriate. 

 

BR 172 can be found on the Legislative Research Commission’s website at www.legislature .ky.gov

 

AREA ARREST 7-8-21

 

 

 

A Tennessee man was arrested on drug and trespassing charges early this morning in Cumberland County.

Takota Sheerwood, age 20, of Cookville Tennessee, was taken into custody by Deputy Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office just after 5 this morning and charged with Possession of Marijuana, Criminal Tresspasing-2nd Degree and Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (excludes alcohol). He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Michelle Clark, age 43, of Columbia was arrested by Deputy Staten with the Adair County Sheriff’s Officer just after midnight, and charged with Reckless Driving and Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence Substance – 1st. She was also lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

CAMPBELLSVILLE POLICE ARREST 3 ON BURGLARY CHARGES...

 
On Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 5:13pmET, Campbellsville Police received a theft complaint on Broad Street at the Shearson Storage Units. Officers arrived and came into contact with the victim, who had caught people stealing items from his storage units. 
 
After an investigation, Sgt. Brian Morgan arrested 33-year old Charles Delano Johnson and 41-year old Winona Mae Herrington both of Stanford, KY, along with 66-year old Clara Loraine Cox of Lebanon, KY. Johnson, Herrington, and Cox were all lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center and charged with Burglary 3rd degree.
 
 

KY 61 IN ADAIR COUNTY TO BE REDUCED TO ONE LANE


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 Office advises motorists that KY 61 in Adair County has been reduced to one lane at the Russell Creek bridge (mile point 16.9) as crews work to remove drift and other debris from beneath the structure.

 

Work is requiring a full closure of the roadway as debris is being loaded onto trucks. Motorists may experience longer delays during this process. Flaggers will maintain traffic during the work.

 

Work is expected to be completed Monday, July 12. The duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.   
 

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

 

COUNTY CLERKS COMPUTER ISSUES STATEWIDE

 

 

 

Currently Kentucky Department of Transportation Computers are only partially working state wide.

We are not able at this time to do any transfers, dealer assignments, etc.  We can do renewals.

State is currently working on the issues, once they give us the go ahead we will let you know, Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call

 

Adair County 270-384-2801

Russell County 270-343-2125

AREA ARREST 7-7-21

A Russell Springs man is in custody on Rape charges.

Justin Coonce, age 32, was taken into custody just before 6 last evening by officer Deputy Phipps with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on the charge of Rape 1st Degree. He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Dustin Wethington age 34, of Liberty, was arrested by Trooper Scott with the Kentucky State Police just after midnight in Adair County on DUI and other charges. Wethington was charged with Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol .08-1st, Operating Vehicle with Expired Operators License, Improper Equipment and Failure to or Improper Signal. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Amanda Wood, age 32, of Glasgow was arrested by Deputy Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office just before 2 p.m. yesterday, on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Offense (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession, Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Substance-1st, Careless Driving, Obstructed Vision and/or Windshield and Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance 1st Offense. Wood was also lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

ADAIR CO. BOARD OF EDUCATION VACANCY...

 

The Adair County School Board has a vacancy due to board member Lisa Burton resigning since her daughter has her teaching degree and would love to work in the Adair County School District. Burton said she doesn't want there to be a conflict of interest so she is stepping down after serving 6 years on the board.

 

 

RUSSELL COUNTY COMMODITIES GIVEAWAY JULY 8TH...

 
Russell County Judge Gary D. Robertson and the Russell County Fiscal Court, in conjunction with the Feeding America program, will be giving out commodities on Thursday, July 8th, 2021 at the First Baptist Church, 392 E Hwy 80 (across from the Dollar Store), in Russell Springs, KY beginning at 12:00pmCT until all commodities are given away. This will be DRIVE THRU ONLY! NO ONE WILL BE PERMITTED TO GET OUT OF THEIR CAR! For more information, please contact the judge's office at 270-343-2112.
 

Lakeway Drive in Russell Springs to be Closed Beginning July 12

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (July 6, 2021) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that, beginning Monday, July12, crews will temporarily close Lakeway Drive in Russell Springs to realign the angles of its intersection with KY 80 for safety purposes.

 

KY 80, known locally as West Steve Wariner Drive, divides Lakeway Drive. North of the intersection, Lakeway is designated KY 379; south of the intersection, it’s KY 3017. Each part of Lakeway intersects KY 80 at a sharp, 45-degree angle. The project is to rebuild the intersection to make it a safer 90-degree angle. 

 

Beginning Monday, crews will close KY 379 - the section of Lakeway north of the intersection - to through-traffic near the south entrance to Key Village. KY 3017, south of the intersection, is scheduled to be closed near BB&T Bank by the end of next week. Both routes will be reopened to traffic as realignment work is completed. 

 

Access to businesses in the area will be maintained.

  

During the project KY 80 will be reduced to one lane at times with traffic controlled by flaggers. Motorists should expect delays and are asked to heed all warning signs, slow down in work zones and remain aware of workers and construction equipment when traveling.

 

In addition, the caution light currently located at the intersection will be removed next week, the new alignment will no longer require for the light to be in place.

 

Work is expected to be complete Aug. 15. The starting date and duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays.

 

Motorists can access travel and traffic conditions at http://goky.ky.gov or contribute their own reports at www.waze.com or via the Waze mobile application.

 

Traffic information for the District 8 counties is also available at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.  

 

Adair County Man Arrested After a Search of his Residence...

 

On Thursday, July 1st the Adair County Sheriffs Office executed a search warrant (obtained through Commonwealth Attorney Brian Wright's office) at a residence in the Pellyton community of Adair County, approx. 17 miles east of Columbia.     
During the search, numerous pills were located along with a quantity of processed marijuana and 138 marijuana plants in an indoor grow operation.  The plants, along with equipment used, were confiscated.
 
Arrested was 40-year-old Carlton Dobson of Columbia, KY. Dobson was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
  • Cultivating Marijuana (over 5 plants) 
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified) and
  • Possession of Marijuana 

 

Deputy Kenny Perkins is leading the investigation. He was assisted by Sheriff Brockman, K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten and Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch.  

AREA ARREST 7-6-21

Stacy Ehrsam age 52, of Ferguson was arrested by Deputy Meyer just before 6 last evening. Ferguson was charged with Reckless Driving, Driving Too Slow for Traffic Conditions/Minimum Speed and Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence Alcohol/Substance-2nd. She was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Gerald Bruso age 62, of Russell Springs was arrested by Officer Pace of the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just before 1 a.m. Monday morning. Bruso was charged with Driving on a DUI Suspended License-1st Offense and Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense). He was also lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

ADAIR COUNTY SIREN TEST CANCELLED MONDAY


The audible Adair County outdoor warning siren test has been cancelled for July 5th, 2021.  A silent communication test will be conducted.

 

Mike Keltner 

Director,

Adair Co. Emergency Management

 

FIREWORKS TONIGHT IN ADAIR COUNTY!


The Adair County 4th of July Fireworks show is estimated to begin at 8:45-9:00pmCT tonight at the old Fairgrounds. Bring your family out and enjoy a great show! Thank you to all of our sponsors & Casey Creek Pyrotechnics!

 

FIREWORKS IN COLUMBIA-ADAIR COUNTY TONIGHT!


The Adair County 4th of July Fireworks show is estimated to begin 8:45-9:00pmCT tonight at the old Fairgrounds. Bring your family out and enjoy a great show! Thank you to all of our sponsors & Casey Creek Pyrotechnics!

 

Here's Judge Exec. Gale Cowan with details....

 

 

WEEKEND ARRESTS 07-04-21

 
  • Autumn Powell, 32, of Columbia, KY - arrested by KSP on Saturday afternoon for Receiving Stolen Property less than $10,000.

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
  • Rocky Weddle, 50, of Jamestown, KY - arrested late Friday night by Russell Springs Police Officer Wilson for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified) and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
  • William Grayson Riggins, 27- arrested Saturday night by Russell Springs Police Officer Necessary for Speeding in a Restricted Zone and Failure to Appear.

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

State Rep. Josh Branscum: Kentucky's legacy in the fight for freedom


On this 245th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, I thought it might be worthwhile to reflect a little on the role Kentuckians have played in securing and defending our nation’s freedom. 

 

While Kentucky was only a Virginia County during the Revolutionary War, early settlers like George Rogers Clark played a big role in defending the Western frontier from the British and Native Americans. Clark led a group of Kentuckians called the Long Knives to capture British strongholds at Kaskaskia and Vincennes. Victories at both weakened British influence in the Northwest Territory and Clark is referred to as the "Conqueror of the Old Northwest" in the pages of our history.

 

Kentuckians again rose to the defense of our young nation during the War of 1812. After a bloody defeat at the Battle of the River Raisin, the Kentucky General Assembly authorized Governor Isaac Shelby to personally take command of reinforcements. Shelby’s rally was successful as an estimated five of every six Kentucky men of military age fought against the British and their allies. Can you imagine sending that proportion of the population to war? The death toll was equally staggering. While 19 states contributed troops to the effort, Kentuckians accounted for approximately 64 percent of casualties.

 

Generations later, the tenacity of Lawrenceburg native Anna Mac Clarke. Clarke joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in 1942. Clarke was one of only three African American women in the first desegregated class of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Officer Candidate School, and the only one to graduate. While her career was cut short when she died as a result of complications after an appendectomy, Clarke became the first African-American woman to command an otherwise all white regiment.

 

That legacy was again evident on February 23, 1945 when a 20-year old from Hill Top, Kentucky climbed to the top of Mount Suribachi and planted an American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Private First Class Franklin Sousley was one of six Marines to make that climb and has been memorialized for generations in the iconic photograph and the Marine Corps Memorial at Arlington National Cemetary. Iwo Jima was believed to be critical to defeating Japan. American forces invaded the island on February 19, 1945, and the ensuing battle lasted for five brutal weeks. Almost 7,000 Marines died in some of the bloodiest fighting of World War II, and almost the entire 21,000 Japanese soldiers on the island was killed. PFC Sousley was one of those casualties, after taking an enemy sniper’s bullet in the back.

 

These are just a handful of examples of the Kentuckians who have defended our nation. They are ordinary men and women who stepped up to fill a need. The United States of America is still the greatest country on the face of the Earth. I believe it and I make no apologies for it.  What was once an experiment forged out of tyranny by a small group of patriots is today a beacon of opportunity and hope defended by the generations that followed.

 

I hope you know that I always welcome your comments and concerns on any issues impacting our Commonwealth, even while we are not in session. As always, I can be reached at home anytime or through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181. You can also contact me via e-mail at Josh.Branscum@lrc.ky.gov. You can also keep track of committee meetings and potential legislation through the Kentucky Legislature Home Page at www.lrc.ky.gov.

 

AREA ARRESTS 7-2-21

 

A Burkesville man was taken into custody early this morning on drug and other charges.

 

Ritchie Lawson, 34, was arrested by Officer Williams of the Burkesville Police Department just after midnight last night. Williams, was charged with Reckless Driving, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and Tampering with Physical Evidence. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Tracy Burton, 53, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Trooper Smith with the Kentucky State Police at 11:30 last night. She was charged with Wanton Endangerment-2nd Degree and Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence Alcohol .08 Aggravated Circumstances.

 

Carlton Dobson, 40, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Deputy Perkins with the Adair County Sheriff’s Officer just after 8 last evening. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified) and Cultivating in Marijuana (5 plants or more) 1st Offense.

Gov. Beshear Announces $11.8 Million in Transportation Funding to Local Governments for Street and Road Improvements; Russell, Green, & Metcalfe Receives Funding

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 1, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced more than $11.8 million in discretionary transportation funding to help dozens of local governments make street and road repairs and improvements for the betterment of their communities.

 

The funding from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will support 177 projects that include resurfacing, patching and sealing, storm drain work, slip repair and in one case, a connector road for economic development.

 

“One way we build a better Kentucky is by making our streets and roads better,” said Gov. Beshear. “This funding enables 46 cities and counties to upgrade pavements and improve local transportation infrastructure, which will directly benefit Kentuckians in these communities.”

 

With this latest round of discretionary transportation funding, Gov. Beshear’s administration has invested $17.3 million in local infrastructure in 2021 and $33.2 million since January 2020.

 

Most of the approved projects are for resurfacing deteriorating roads. Exceptions include $575,000 approved for Bourbon County to construct a much-needed second access road to and from the rapidly growing Paris-Bourbon County Industrial Park. The project involves a half-mile extension of an existing industrial park road to connect it with U.S. Route 68 (Paris Bypass). It’s needed to handle increased freight traffic and for industrial park employees.

 

Additionally, the City of Warsaw will receive $162,060 toward the cost of new storm drains on East Main Street. And the City of Cynthiana will receive $211,325 for repair of Waterworks Avenue, which has been reduced to one-way traffic because of slides caused by flooding on the South Licking River.

 

“These are the types of projects that make a positive difference in Kentuckians’ daily lives,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “I’m excited to see them completed and for many of our local streets and roads to be safer and easier to travel.”

 

All the projects were submitted to the KYTC Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration. They were evaluated by staff in each of the 12 Department of Highways districts, who considered such factors as safety, traffic volume and economic impact.

 

In each case, the county fiscal court or city council approved for funding is responsible for administering the work and will be reimbursed by KYTC.

 

For a complete list of awards, click here.

 

 

The following counties in the WAVE listening area received funding:

 

Russell County -  $112,750.00 

  • Resurface 1.322 miles of Cooper Creek Spur  $78,000.00  
  • Resurface 0.444 miles of C. Wooldridge Rd   $20,750.00
  • Resurface 0.380 miles of Abbey Dr   $14,000.00

 

Green County - $405,243.00

  • Resurface Walnut Springs Rd   $161,433.00 
  • Resurface Union Church Rd   $121,905.00
  • Resurface Black Gnat Rd    $31,185.00
  • Resurface Chestnut Ridge Rd   $90,720.00

 

Metcalfe County - $1,097,600.00 

  • Resurface 4.630 miles of New Liberty Big Meadow  $324,100.00 
  • Resurface 5.090 miles of Mosby Ridge   $356,300.00
  • Resurface 5.960 miles of Iron Mountain  $417,200.00

 

RUSSELL COUNTY SCHOOLS PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING JULY 8TH

 

The Russell County Schools Local Planning Committee Meeting will be held at the Russell County Schools Auditorium/Natatorium Complex (Room 114) on Thursday, July 8, 2021 6:00 PM.

 

AGENDA

 

  1. Call to Order by the LPC Chair, Mr. Wayne Ackerman – Quorum Determination

 

  1. Welcome LPC Members and Guests

 

  1. Review and Approve Meeting Minutes from the last meeting
    1. Questions from last meeting
    2. Approve Meeting Minutes

 

  1. District Facility Plan (DFP) Development & Goals
    1. Review current building conditions
    2. Discuss future building goals/needs
    3. Questions/Comments
    4. Review Draft DFP for consensus to submit to Kentucky Department of Education for review

 

  1. Discuss Schedule

 

  1. Schedule Next Meeting
    1. Questions

 

  1. Adjourn LPC Meeting

 

KY 80 and KY 3263/Ringgold Road Intersection Project to Begin Tuesday, July 6 in Pulaski County

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (July 1, 2021) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that starting Tuesday, July 6th, crews will begin a concrete pavement project at the intersection of KY 80 (mile point 18.2) and KY 3263/Ringgold Road in Pulaski County.

 

The project will consist of removing existing asphalt pavement and placing new concrete pavement.

 

KY 80 will be reduced to 1 lane in each direction for the duration of the project. In addition, lane widths will be reduced to 12 feet.

 

KY 3263 and Ringgold Road traffic will be detoured for several weeks during this project. Currently, these detours are scheduled to begin Monday, July 26th.

 

The project is expected to be complete November 15th.

 

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

 

The dates and duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. 

 

Motorists can access travel and traffic conditions at http://goky.ky.gov or contribute their own reports at www.waze.com or via the Waze mobile application.

 

Traffic information for the District 8 counties is also available at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.  

 

Russell County Man Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit


On Friday, June 28, 2021 at 10:49pmCT, Adair County Deputy Kenny Perkins was patrolling an area in the White Oak community due to the sheriffs office receiving several complaints of illegal activity in the area. Deputy Perkins observed a 2002 GMC run a stop sign and attempted to initiate a traffic stop but the vehicle fled. 

 

After a short pursuit, the vehicle was caught and the operator, Charles Weston, 36, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on the following charges:

  • operating under the influence of drugs 
  • operating on a DUI suspended license 
  • fleeing  and evading police 
  • expired tags and
  • failure to obey traffic control 

Deputy Perkins was assisted on scene by CPD Ofc Trevor Foster.
 

BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED 7-1-21

 

As of 8:55 a.m. on Thursday, July 1, 2021 the boil water advisory starting at 702-1125 Campbellsville 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.

 

Thank You

Columbia Adair Utilities District

 

AREA ARREST 7-1-21

 

Timothy Eads, age 40 of Russell Springs, was taken into custody by Officer Jeremy West with the Russell Springs Police Department just before 5 a.m. this morning. Eads was charged with Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol), Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possession and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree-Drug Unspecified. He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

A Burkesville man was taken into custody on several charged including Rape on a victim under 12. Charles Brown, age 40, was arrested by Deputy Wells with the Cumberland County Sherriff’s Office on the charges of Rape 1st Degree – Victim under 12 years of Age, Incest – Forcible Compulsion/Incapable of Consent Un 18, Wanton Endagerment-1st Degree and Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury.

 

Casey Belcher, age 39 of Edmonton, was arrested by Officer Cross with the Columbia Police Department just before 1:30 yesterday afternoon. Belcher was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition all other $500 or More but Under $10,000 and Burglary, 2nd Degree…

 

Both men were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

UPDATE ON SEARCH FOR NEW RCHS PRINCIPAL...

 

The Russell County School board met yesterday afternoon for the annual end of the fiscal year meeting. Several items were on the agenda including pay raises. Here's Supt. Michael Ford... 
 

 

Supt. Ford also tells WAVE news the latest on the search for a new principal at the Russell County High School... 
 

 

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