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Public invited to discuss Foster Care System at Virtual Town Hall Meetings in September


FRANKFORT, Ky., Aug. 30, 2021 – The public is invited to virtual town hall meetings in September to discuss improving outcomes for Kentucky children and families involved in the state foster care system. Anyone with an interest in making the foster care system better is encouraged to attend one of the regional meetings that will take place Sept. 14, 17, 22 and 24. Registration is required.


Citizen Foster Care Review Boards statewide are hosting the events. The meetings are among the reforms called for in House Bill 1, which was passed in 2018 to address issues with foster care and adoption processes. The legislation requires CFCRBs to offer regional meeting at least twice a year to get public input on the foster care system.


At the September meetings, CFCRBs will lead discussions on identifying barriers to getting children in foster care into safe, permanent homes. Due to confidentiality, specific cases will not be discussed.

Findings from the meetings will be reported to the Kentucky Citizen Foster Care Review Board and included in the CFCRB’s annual recommendations to the Supreme Court of Kentucky, governor and legislature.


For more information, contact the Kentucky CFCRB at cfcrb@kycourts.net


Town Hall Schedule

Sept. 14, 2021

11 a.m.-noon CT/noon-1 p.m. ET

Registration required. Click here to register. You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting link.

For citizens residing in these counties: Allen, Ballard, Barren, Breckinridge, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Daviess, Edmonson, Fulton, Graves, Grayson, Hancock, Hardin, Hart, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, LaRue, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Meade, Metcalfe, Muhlenberg, Nelson, Ohio, Simpson, Todd, Trigg, Union, Warren and Webster


Sept. 17, 2021

11 a.m.-noon CT/noon-1 p.m. ET

Registration required. Click here to register. You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting link.

For citizens residing in these counties: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Floyd, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Marion, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Taylor, Washington, Wayne, Whitley and Wolfe


Sept. 22, 2021

11 a.m.-noon CT/noon-1 p.m. ET

Registration required. Click here to register. You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting link.

For citizens residing in these counties: Bullitt, Fayette and Jefferson.


Sept. 24, 2021

11 a.m.-noon CT/noon-1 p.m. ET

Registration required. Click here to register. You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting link.

For citizens residing in these counties: Anderson, Boone, Bourbon, Boyle, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Clark, Estill, Fleming, Franklin, Gallatin, Garrard, Grant, Harrison, Henry, Jessamine, Kenton, Lee, Lincoln, Madison, Mason, Mercer, Nicholas, Oldham, Owen, Owsley, Pendleton, Robertson, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble and Woodford


Citizen Foster Care Review Boards
CFCRBs are teams of court-appointed volunteers who make a difference in the lives of local children who are in foster care in Kentucky. The children are in care due to dependency, neglect or abuse. The 700-plus volunteers review cases and make recommendations to state courts and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services on behalf of the children. The volunteers work to ensure that children’s needs are met while in care and that they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The CHFS administers the state foster care program.  


The Kentucky General Assembly created the Kentucky CFCRB in 1982 to decrease the time children spend in out-of-home care. In Fiscal Year 2020, volunteers reviewed 23,641 cases involving 13,838 children in out-of-home care. View the latest CFCRB Annual Report.


Volunteer with a CFCRB

Make a difference for the children in your community by serving as a CFCRB volunteer. CFCRBs throughout Kentucky are in need of volunteers. Get more information and apply here


Administrative Office of the Courts
The Administrative Office of the Courts provides support services to the CFCRB program. The AOC is the operations arm for the state court system and supports the activities of nearly 3,300 employees and 406 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. The AOC also executes the Judicial Branch budget.


Convicted Felon Arrested in Adair Co. After Trying to Sell Firearms at Local Business


On Tuesday, August 31, 2021 the Columbia Police Department responded to an an anonymous tip called into Adair 911 stating a male subject (a convicted felon) was attempting to sell firearms at a local business.
Officers arrived to the business just after 2:00pmCT and observed the subject outside in the parking lot in clear possession of a firearm. It was later found the male had in his possession a handgun and two rifles. Officers confirmed with Adair County Dispatch that the subject was a convicted felon and placed him into custody.
Brandon Catron, 27, of Columbia, KY was charged with Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon and two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
CPD Officer Josh Durbin made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by CPD Sgt. Evan Burton.

Traffic Safety Check leads to Drug Arrest


Russell Springs, KY (August 30, 2021) - On August 29, 2021 at approximately 10:20pmCT, KSP Trooper Austin Cornett was conducting a traffic safety check on HWY 80 and Owenstown School Road in Russell county when he came in contact with 49-year-old Daniel Nelson of Russell Springs. Nelson was operating a 2019 GMC pickup. Tpr. Cornett noticed the driver appeared to be impaired and a strong odor of marijuana was coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle resulted in Troopers locating a marijuana joint, approximately 2 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, several Ziploc bags of marijuana, a digital scale, glass pipes, and over $10,000 cash.


Nelson was arrested and charged with DUI 1st, Failure to Notify Address Change to the Department of Transportation, Trafficking in Marijuana > 8 ounces, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card. Nelson was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.



The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 4:00 P.M. CT at the Jim Blair Center located at 901 Hudson Street in Columbia. 
This meeting will be open to the public and following all guidelines for social distancing set by the Governor.

Gov. Beshear: A Record 2,198 Kentuckians Hospitalized With COVID-19


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 30, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said a record 2,198 Kentuckians are hospitalized with COVID-19 and 56 new COVID-19 deaths were reported in just three days. Gov. Beshear reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases in one week, from Aug. 23 to 29: 29,456.


The Governor thanked Kentuckians who have stepped up to get vaccinated in recent weeks as the delta variant has surged, noting that more than 2.5 million Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.


“We continue to be hit harder and harder with this delta variant. We’re seeing it all across the United States, now reaching a daily average of more than 100,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations for the first time since the winter peak,” said Gov. Beshear. “This isn’t just people getting COVID; it’s them being sick enough to end up in the hospital.”


In August 2020, 11.8% of COVID-19 cases in Kentucky were among children and teens under 18; in August 2021, 24.5% of cases have been. As of Aug. 27, there have been 18,909 COVID cases this month in those under 18 compared to 2,352 in August 2020. At least 18 Kentucky school districts have already had at least one closure due to COVID-19 this school year.


From March 1 to Aug. 25, 90.6% of COVID-19 cases, 90.8% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 87.1% of COVID-19 deaths in the commonwealth have been among partially vaccinated or unvaccinated Kentuckians.


Health care heroes and COVID-19 survivors urged their fellow Kentuckians to get vaccinated to protect themselves and the people they love.


“We are all overwhelmed at this time. To share our story at Baptist Health Corbin, this morning when we came in, we had a census of 175, all of our ICU beds, our PCU beds, our telemetry beds, our med surge beds are all full. We have no more capacity in those beds. We’ve made the decision to close our surgery department to allow us some extra space should it be needed and utilize that staff to take care of patients as well,” said Sherrie Mays, MSN, RN, vice president and chief nursing officer for Baptist Health Corbin. “The thing I would like to ask is, please get your vaccination. That’s the one thing you can do for our community. The other thing you can do for our community is pray for our patients, and pray for our staff and our physicians that they can be resilient during this pandemic and that we can get through it as quickly as possible.”


“In March 2020, I was one of the first people to contract COVID. Initially I thought it was just the flu, and I was hoping it was just the flu, but things progressed and I ended up comatose on a ventilator for three weeks,” said Dr. Jeffrey Foxx, who practices family medicine at Baptist Health Lexington. “When I got sick, we only had a few masks to protect us. We had limited PPE. We had limited testing. We had no idea how to treat the disease. We had no vaccines. But things have changed since then. We can mitigate the disease. We can protect ourselves. We can protect our family and friends. We can protect our co-workers. Get the vaccine.”


“I was waiting for my turn for the vaccine in January, when in spite of our small circle and lots of care, my two kids, my husband and I tested positive for COVID-19. Within a couple of weeks, I was on a ventilator. I stayed in the hospital during that stay for over 100 days. I was sedated and missed my daughter’s 9th birthday, my son’s 4th birthday and my 17th wedding anniversary. I missed my mom’s birthday. I missed these major milestones,” said Lora Adkins of Pike County, a COVID-19 survivor who spent more than 70 days on a ventilator. “Now the vaccine is readily available and it’s a choice, but to me that choice is simple.”


“Working in the hospital system, you see the effects of COVID,” said Dennis Pitcock, PT, DPT, physical therapist at T.J. Regional Health. “We’ve had many patients that have come through and you can see how devastating the disease can be.”


“I had a rather long and difficult time with COVID. I was in the hospital a little over three-and-a-half months. A month of that time I was on the ventilator. Recovery was difficult, and if I could have avoided that, I definitely would have,” said Bill Kindred, former chief executive officer of T.J. Regional Health. “Getting the vaccine, if it can prevent going through what I did and what I put my family through, is a small price to pay.”


COVID-19 Case Information Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,524,083

New Cases Today: 2,619
Positivity Rate: 13.45% (record during time state has had adequate COVID-19 tests)
Current Hospitalizations: 2,198 (record)
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 615 (record)
Currently on Ventilators: 384 (record)


Gov. Beshear Takes Action to Assist Hospitals During Delta Variant Surge
Today, Gov. Beshear updated Kentuckians on actions his administration has taken to support hospitals during the COVID-19 delta variant surge that is straining health care systems across the state. Those actions include:

  • Deploying the Kentucky National Guard to support COVID-19 response efforts in hospitals;
  • Securing three FEMA emergency medical services (EMS) strike teams that arrived Friday to help with patient transports and patient care through Sept. 25;
  • Requesting two additional FEMA EMS strike teams to support areas with increased need for patient transport;
  • Providing COVID-19 testing assistance to some Kentucky hospitals; and
  • Sending nursing students to help staff area hospitals in need of support.




The deadline for submitting applications for agriculture cost-share programs in Adair County is Tuesday – August 31st.  The Kentucky Ag. Development Board has approved $172,675 for the County Ag Investment Program and $30,000 for the Youth Ag Incentives Program. For more information or an application, stop by the Extension Office at 409 Fairground Street in Columbia or call 270-384-2317. 




Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life announces the second annual Live To Save Lives Concert on Friday, October 22, 2021 bringing attention to the mission of organ donation. This year the live concert event will take place at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Kentucky.


In 2020, Live To Save Lives was created as the first music event of its kind to inspire hope for the 110,000 Americans waiting on a lifesaving organ transplant. Over 4,000 unique viewers tuned into the live-streamed concert from nine different states. With the vital need to grow the Organ Donor Registry, the 2021 concert will continue the effort as the concert will spark conversations about organ donation and increase donor registrations.


“The Live to Save Lives Concert is an exciting and positive way to reach a caring and music-loving audience of all ages with the mission of organ, eye, and tissue donation,” said Dennis Loy, Adair County Circuit Court Clerk.


The 2021 concert line-up will feature gifted singer-songwriter Arlo McKinley with Hello June as the opening band. Hosted by Michael Valentine and TFL Donate Life Community Educator, Leigh Pennington, doors will open at 6 p.m. EST with the show starting at 7 p.m. EST. Tickets are free to the public; reserve your seat starting Friday, September 10, 2021. COVID protocols will be followed.  Visit www.livetosavelives.com for more information.


The audience may see a special performance by the future winner of Donate Life Kentucky’s High School Challenge, a talented and passionate high school artist/band.  Students can submit their videos and learn about the High School Challenge at https://livetosavelives.com/contest/


Everyone can register as an organ donor online at www.donatelifeky.org and when they obtain a driver’s license or Real ID.  There are no age limits or medical requirements to register as an organ donor.  Every registered donor gives hope to patients in need of a lifesaving transplant.


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, support statewide community outreach & public relations efforts to grow the Organ Donor Registry. For more info call 1-866-945-5433, email?info@trustforlife.org?or visit?www.donatelifeky.org




Felecia Woolridge, 32, of Columbia, KY - arrested by KSP Trooper Smith on Sunday evening. Woolridge was charged with Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, 1st Offense, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, No Registration Receipt, No Registration Plates, Reckless Driving, Possession of Open Alcohol Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle Prohibited, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Alcohol Substance – 3rd and Improper Display of Registration Plates. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Ronnie Price,  59, of Russell Springs - arrested this morning (Monday) by RSPD for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place. He was lodged in the Russell County Jail.




  • Charles Sosa, 63, of Russell Springs - arrested Sunday morning by RSPD for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol)
  • Daniel Nelson, 49, of Russell Springs - arrested late Saturday night by KSP for DUI, Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, and Failure to Notify Dept. of Transportation of Address Change.
  • Matthew Adam Burton, 29, of Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday afternoon by RCSO for Receiving Stolen Property Under $10,000.
  • David W. Smith, 51, of Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday morning by RCSO and charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, and 2 counts of Failure to Appear.
  • Bradley Sharp, 20 of Liberty, KY -  arrested by RSPD Friday afternoon for Possession of Marijuana, No Registration Receipt, and Failure to Appear.
  • Rachel Grimsley, 18, of Russell Springs - arrested Friday afternoon by RSPD for Possession of Methamphetamine.
  • Lacey Ann Cape, 33, of Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD Friday morning for Fleeing & Evading Police 2nd degree (on foot) and 3 counts of Contempt of Court.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Gov. Beshear Orders Flags to Half Staff in Honor of U.S. Troops, Others Killed in Afghanistan

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2021) – In accordance with a proclamation from the White House, Gov. Andy Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in honor of the U.S. service members and others killed in the terrorist attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday.


Gov. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the commonwealth to join in this tribute. Flag status information is available at https://governor.ky.gov/flag-status.



Derek Peterson, age 33 of Russell Springs, was arrested by Officer Justice with the Russell Springs Police Department last evening just before 5:30. Peterson was charged with Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury and Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition All Other $500 or More but under $10,000. He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.


Brittany Cowan, age 24 of Burkesville, was arrested by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Officer just before 12:30 yesterday afternoon. She was charged with Possesson of a Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.


The Latest local Covid numbers from the Lake Cumberland District Health Department.


Russell County, We had 37 new cases. We had 32 cases released from isolation. We now have 155 active cases of which 153 cases are self-isolated and 2 cases are hospitalized.


Adair County, had 30 new COVID-19 cases to report for Thursday. We released 23 cases. We have 125 active cases.

Gov. Beshear: 'We are Breaking Our Record for COVID-19 Hospitalizations Every Day'


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2021) – On Thursday during his weekly Team Kentucky update, Gov. Andy Beshear said hospitalizations have increased every day without exception for the past 42 days, from 239 people July 14 to a record 2,074 people Aug. 25. Before the delta variant, Kentucky’s record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations was 1,817 on Dec. 17, 2020.


The Governor highlighted other statistics from July 14: On that day, there were 60 Kentuckians in the ICU for COVID-19; as of yesterday, there were 549. On July 14, there were 25 Kentuckians with COVID-19 on a ventilator; as of yesterday, there were 338. On July 14, the state’s COVID-19 test positivity rate was 3.81%, and it was down to a low of 1.79% June 24; yesterday, it was 13.16%, a record high in the time since the state has had adequate testing supplies.


“My point with all of these numbers is that we are in uncharted territory. We have been fighting this virus for almost 18 months, but we have never been here before,” said Gov. Beshear. “As horrible as last year’s surge was, we were never in the position where doctors worried they’d need to choose between treating a patient who can’t breathe because of COVID or treating a patient who is bleeding out from a car accident. But that is the strain that our hospitals are under now.”


Kentucky health care heroes said vaccinations are the “No. 1 priority right now.”


“Last year was extremely difficult taking care of patients with COVID. I thought after last year that we had seen the worst of it, especially with the introduction of vaccines. Once we all got vaccinated, I thought that a lot of this would go away. Unfortunately, it’s come back, and it’s come back pretty ugly,” said Mohan Rao, MD, general surgeon at Baptist Health Madisonville. “I’m not going to tell you that getting vaccinated is going to keep you from getting sick 100% of the time. What I am going to say to you is that as somebody who believes in individual liberties, which I do, I’m vaccinated. And I did that for the protection of myself, for the protection of my family and for the protection of my patients.”


“The crisis is real. Our patient volumes are higher than they ever have been in any summertime period in the history of our hospital and our health system. We’re working the problem. Our health care heroes are flexing, they’re adapting and they’re improvising, working with each other to increase capacity, increase throughput and at the same time, maintain the top quality of care we are known for,” said Dr. Dennis Beck, interim chief administrative officer at Deaconess Henderson Hospital. “The most important thing is to encourage vaccination. If you know somebody, if you know people at your church or your schools who still haven’t been vaccinated or are hesitant, help them get informed.”


“It is exhausting to see more and more patients come in who are struggling,” said Courtney Fales, registered nurse at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “We have to work twice as hard. It takes more staff, it takes more bodies to keep these patients stable. It just makes me really want people to get vaccinated because the ones that I see struggling right now are the ones who have not gotten the vaccine.”


“Hospitals are being filled all over the country and I would say most of our patients right now are unvaccinated folks,” said Sean Kathman, registered nurse at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “Patients who we have had, who have been vaccinated, they have been admitted for maybe a day just for observation and have been discharged in a day or two – not nearly as sick as the folks who are unvaccinated. Vaccinations are our No. 1 priority right now.”


“The decision on broader masking, on masking throughout the commonwealth, is now one that’s going to be left to the legislature. But yesterday, having the third highest number of cases we’ve ever had and having 65 people die, that would’ve been the trigger for me,” added Gov. Beshear. “If it was in my authority to put in a masking order for indoors across the state, every other time we’ve been this high, we’ve done that, and it’s worked. It has decreased the number of cases. I can’t do that now, and I get that, and I’ll provide all of the information I can to the General Assembly. Hopefully they will make the best decision they can. But I am begging you out there, put on that mask. We desperately need for you to do it again.”


New COVID-19 Community Testing Sites
The Governor announced 4 new testing locations across Kentucky:

Gravity Diagnostics
7 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT
Beginning Friday, Aug. 27
Drive-through testing available daily, no appointments required

  • Danville, 224 Southtown Drive, Danville, KY 40422


Wild Health and UK Healthcare
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Beginning Friday, Aug. 27
PCR testing only; next day results via email; walk-up appointments accepted


The Governor said that North Carolina State University modeling results showed that without masks or regular testing, up to 90% of susceptible students may become infected by the end of the semester. The study demonstrated that, when used in combination, masks and testing can prevent 80% of new infections, an especially important finding for schools with children younger than 12 who cannot be vaccinated yet.


COVID-19 Update

Aug. 25, 2021, COVID-19 Case Information (Most Recent Data Available)
Cases: 4,849
Deaths: 65
Hospitalizations: 2,074
ICU Census: 549
On Ventilators: 338
Positivity Rate: 13.16%


From March 1 to Aug. 18, 2021, 85.3% of COVID-19 cases, 90.3% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 87.4% of COVID-19 deaths were among partially vaccinated or unvaccinated Kentuckians.


As of today, 2,488,328 Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; 6,674 have been vaccinated over the past 24 hours.


Gov. Beshear Honors Military Medical Professionals
Led by medical professional Guardsmen, the Kentucky National Guard has distributed approximately 10,000 vaccinations among both the general public and Department of Defense personnel in the commonwealth. As part of Health Care Heroes Appreciation Week, the Governor recognized some of Kentucky’s Guardsmen who also serve in the medical community, including:


  • Air Guardsmen
    • Maj. Angela Himler, a registered nurse practitioner who works full time for the Air National Guard;
    • First Lt. Natasha Perry, a registered nurse at Norton Healthcare; and
    • Senior Master Sgt. Paul Vought, an Air Force medic and a cardiopulmonary technician at UK Healthcare.
  • Army Guardsmen
    • Col. Chris Howell, a physician assistant at the Lexington Veterans’ Affairs Hospital;
    • Capt. T.J. Shaddix, a physician assistant at Eastern State Hospital; and
    • Sgt. Alicia Shultz, an Army medic and ICU technician at St. Joseph Health Care.


“I stand before you as a man who grew up in the same knobs and hollers of LaRue and Nelson counties as Abraham Lincoln,” said Army Col. Chris Howell of the Kentucky National Guard. “Alongside my fellow Kentuckians, I’ve been able to play a small part in a dynamic team that has brought the fight to this pandemic, and we will continue to do so until it’s won. Please help in this fight and do your part. Please get the shot.”


“With as much as we’ve asked of both our medical professionals and our military over the last 18 months, I can only imagine how hard these folks must have worked,” said Gov. Beshear. “Since March 2020, we’ve called on the National Guard to do a variety of jobs across the commonwealth to help combat the COVID-19 virus. In particular, our military medical professionals have helped with drive-through testing services, mass vaccination centers, mobile vaccination teams and long-term care facility and local health department support, as well as setting up and completely staffing our Alternate Care Facility at the Louisville Fair and Expo Center last summer. It’s incredible to look back at their impact.”


On Monday, Gov. Beshear said President Joe Biden extended reimbursement to states for mobilizing National Guard personnel in support of COVID-19 response efforts beyond the original deadline of Sept. 30, through the end of the calendar year. To learn more, see Monday’s release.


FEMA Support for Understaffed Hospitals
On Monday, Gov. Beshear said he had submitted a resource request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for additional health care professionals to help where Kentucky needs them most.


Today he announced that 30 FEMA personnel and 15 advanced life-support ambulance vehicles will be dispatched to Kentucky for 30 days, arriving Friday, Aug. 27.


COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts Help Kentucky’s Economy Continue to Soar
Today, Gov. Beshear highlighted six economic development announcements as Kentuckians work to protect the commonwealth’s economic momentum during the fight against the COVID-19 delta variant:


  • Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance Cuts Ribbon on New Headquarters at Blue Grass Airport: Yet another homegrown Kentucky company is expanding in the commonwealth, as Gov. Beshear congratulated Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance on the opening of its new consolidated headquarters operation at Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport, a project creating up to 47 full-time jobs over the next three years with an $800,000 investment. To learn more, see the full release.
  • James E. Pepper Distilling Co. Breaks Ground on New Woodford County Warehouse: Gov. Beshear joined community and company leaders to break ground on a new James E. Pepper Distilling Co. warehouse in Midway, as the Lexington-based brand expands following the revival of its historic distillery after a 50-year hiatus. To learn more, see the full release.
  • Chapin International Growing Fast in Kentucky: Last September, Chapin International announced its first Kentucky facility in Mount Vernon, and less than a year later, the company is moving forward with two new projects in the state, totaling nearly $16.7 million in new investment. Chapin, which makes compressed air sprayers, is adding 100 additional jobs in Rockcastle County, doubling the planned job creation at that facility. Chapin also is locating a second Kentucky facility in Danville, a nearly 500,000-square-foot facility that will employ another 100 Kentuckians. To learn more, see the full release.
  • Bigelow Tea Co. to Create 31 Jobs with Jefferson County Relocation, Expansion: Gov. Beshear highlighted continued economic growth in Jefferson County, as Bigelow Tea Co. announced plans to relocate and expand in Jeffersontown with a $53 million investment that will create 31 quality jobs for Kentucky residents. To learn more, see the full release.
  • LDG Multifamily to Relocate, Expand Headquarters in Louisville: Gov. Beshear announced affordable-housing developer LDG Multifamily will expand its Louisville operations with an up to $10.75 million investment to purchase and renovate a new headquarters, creating 50 high-wage jobs for Kentucky residents. To learn more, see the full release.
  • Beginning next year, Toyota will assemble hydrogen fuel cell modules in Georgetown: Gov. Beshear said Toyota’s announcement is great news for Kentucky and a sure sign of more electric vehicle (EV)-related manufacturing to come. These hydrogen fuel cell modules will be available to heavy-duty commercial truck-makers, allowing the big-rig industry an emissions-free option. Kentucky remains the number one state per-capita in production of passenger vehicles and is becoming a force in EV-related manufacturing.


Gov. Beshear: Eastern Kentucky Open for Business as Mountain Parkway Expands Again
On Tuesday, Gov. Beshear, joined by his Senior Advisor Rocky Adkins, transportation officials, state legislators and local leaders, said work on the Mountain Parkway Expansion has reached a major milestone with half of the construction segments now complete.


Gov. Beshear celebrated the expansion’s impact on Eastern Kentucky as he officially opened eight more miles of the parkway between mile marker 57, near Helechawa, and mile marker 65. To learn more, see the full release.


“When complete, the 46-mile Mountain Parkway Expansion will be the final, finishing link creating a 400-mile-long, four-lane, high-speed corridor from Paducah to Pikeville,” said Gov. Beshear. “When I ran for Governor, I made a commitment to focus on transportation infrastructure and specifically the Mountain Parkway Expansion. Improved safety and mobility is vitally important for tourism, economic development and overall quality of life for the people who are proud to call Eastern Kentucky home.”


Team Kentucky All-Stars
During Health Care Heroes Appreciation Week, Gov. Beshear visited staff at the Franklin County Health Department, Deaconess Hospital in Henderson, the Powell County Health Department and Mary & Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville to thank them for their work as life-saving Team Kentucky All-Stars. Tomorrow and Saturday, he will visit more health care heroes in Fayette, Woodford, Anderson and Jefferson counties.


“On Monday, I signed a proclamation declaring this Health Care Heroes Appreciation Week in order to put the spotlight where it belongs as the delta variant of COVID-19 is filling up hospital beds across the nation and right here in the commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear. “I again urge everyone in government, everyone in media and everyone in your daily lives: This week and every week, let’s refocus and redouble our support for the people who have been keeping us healthy and safe for so long now.”


Gov. Beshear recognized the Transitional Care Center in Owensboro, where 100% of current residents and staff are vaccinated.




Russell County Schools (Jamestown, KY) has immediate openings for substitute positions (*teachers*, custodial, food service, instructional assistants, nurses, etc.).  Please visit: https://russell.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx to complete an application or call 270-343-3191 for more information. 

* Substitute teachers must meet one of the following requirements*:

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants who possess a bachelor's degree in any subject area from a regionally or nationally accredited institution of post-secondary education do not need to meet the minimum grade point average requirements (KRS.161.102) OR
  2. Have at least 96 semester hours of college credit with at least a 2.5 GPA OR
  3. Have 64 to 95 semester hours of college credit with at least a 2.5 GPA



The Lake Cumberland 40 under 40 Awards recognize stand-out individuals under the age of 40 who have excelled professionally or through civic and community engagement. The event will be held on October 23rd, 2021 at? the Center for Rural Develoment in Somerset, Kentucky. 
You're invited to participate in this event by nominating an outstanding member of the region you feel is deserving of this recognition, or purchasing an individual or group table ticket to the event. Dinner will be provided. For details, go to https://www.ypoflc.org/40under40.html.
Nomination forms must be turned in by Friday, August 27th.

LWC Prepares to Welcome Students for Fall 2021 Semester


COLUMBIA, KY - Columbia's population will swell by nearly 25 percent this weekend. That's because more than 1,000 students are expected to move into Lindsey Wilson College residence halls for the 2021-22 school year, adding to the city's more than 4,600 residents.


Members of the Class of 2025 will begin moving into the residence halls on the A.P. White Campus at 9 a.m. CT, on Saturday morning, August 28. The rest of the student body will move in beginning at noon on Sunday, August 29. 


Prior to arriving on campus for the fall 2021 semester, all residential and commuter students are required to complete one of the following: provide a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination; provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within three days of arrival; or previous positive COVID-19 cases within the last 90 days can submit a release form from their healthcare provider. 


Lindsey Wilson is not mandating a COVID-19 vaccination for faculty, staff or students but it is strongly encouraged. 


“We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our students for the fall,” said LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. “Lindsey Wilson fully intends to operate as ‘normally’ as possible for the upcoming semester while still prioritizing the health and safety of our community. We are concerned about the significant increase in coronavirus cases. It’s going to take all of us working together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 this school year.” 


At the start of the fall semester, all students, faculty and staff will be expected to wear a face mask in public indoor spaces and in crowded outdoor settings.


As of right now, classrooms will return to normal capacity -- students will be in seated classes for the full instructional period -- there are no hybrid or HyFlex classes available. All students, faculty and staff will be expected to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. 


LWC Athletics will follow the guidelines, recommendations, and requirements outlined by the college, the Mid-South Conference (MSC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Fan attendance at all athletic competitions will operate at normal capacity. Student-athletes, staff, essential personnel, officials, and fans will be required to wear masks inside athletic venues.


The Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center will operate at full capacity for residents, commuters, faculty and staff. The dining center is not open to outside guests. 


The Cralle Student Union Building (SUB) will be fully open with access to the service center, Blue Raider Café, and Starbucks. Events and programs will resume with social distancing guidelines being enforced when appropriate; face masks are required indoors. 


“We are excited to be back in face-to-face classrooms, where students have the opportunity to learn in the richest environment available for academic success,” said Luckey. “But if the time comes that in-person classrooms are problematic, we will make a shift. Be prepared and please be flexible. This situation is a moving target and your safety is our top priority.”

You can find LWC’s Playbook for a Safe Return to Campus: Fall 2021 including residence hall expectations, and policies and procedures for isolation and quarantine by going to www.lindsey.edu/LWCPlaybook. For any other questions or concerns please call 1-800-264-0138.

By: Venus Popplewell
LWC Director of Public Relations

Adair Sheriffs Office Gets Equipment Upgrade...


The Adair County Sheriffs got an equipment upgrade this week. Today (Wednesday) the installation of computers in all cruisers was completed by L&W Technology of Lawrenceburg, KY. 
Each car was equipped with a Panasonic Tough Book, license scanner and printer. This will allow deputies to do a large portion of their work directly from their cars. They will now be able to do electronic citations, accident reports, and case reports without having to drive back to the office to complete. In addition, they will be able to check and print from E -Warrants, check  the Courtnet system and complete many other tasks.

“I am very pleased we were able to get these and I'm thankful to the Adair County Fiscal Court and Judge Executive Gale Cowan for approving the purchase", said Sheriff Brockman. "We have a small department with an extremely high work load. Sheriff’s offices in our commonwealth are tasked with more duties then just taking 911 complaints and patrolling, which is the standard for most police agencies", said Brockman. "They also serve all civil papers & EPO’s, transport prisoners and mental patients, evictions, vehicle inspections, serve warrants, and additional constitutional duties, with all of this being done with 6 deputies", according to Brockman.


The sheriff went on to say the upgrade will allow deputies to utilize their time and work more efficiently by putting them back on the road quicker after a call. Accident reports can be done on the side of the road while waiting for a wrecker, eliminating the drive back to the office to type up the report. Child Protective Services reports can be sent from the scene and deputies will be able to conduct zoom court proceedings from their vehicles. Deputies are exposed to a lot of people every day, and this equipment will allow them to work remotely, reducing the risk of contacting/spreading Covid-19 due to fewer trips inside county government buildings. Sheriff Brockman said these are examples of how the new equipment will benefit the sheriffs office and all Adair County residents.


Bryan Miller, 33, of Russell Springs, KY was taken into custody last night by Officer Necessary of the Russell Springs Police Department on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Charles Oehler, 56, of Springfield, KY was taken into custody by Trooper Begley of the Kentucky State Police last evening. Oehler was arrested on charges of Speeding 26 mph over the Speed Limit, Following Another Vehicle too Closely, Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Wanton Endangerment (Police Officer), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, Reckless Driving, Disregarding Stop Sign and Fugitive. He was lodged in the Adair County Jail.



  • Damian Wilson, 26, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested Tuesday afternoon by RCSO for Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Theft by Failure to to Make Required Disposition of Property, and 2 counts of  Failure to Appear. He was also served a Warrant for another Police Agency.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
  • Dewayne Melson, 54, Columbia, KY - arrested by ACSO on Tuesday afternoon for Reckless Driving, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified), and was served a Bench Warrant for Court.
  • Thomas Bradshaw, 57, of Columbia, KY - arrested by ACSO on Monday morning for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified), Tampering with Physical Evidence, and for being a Persistent Felony Offender.
  • Amanda Broaddus, 30, of Louisville, KY - arrested by KSP on Monday afternoon for Public Intoxication (Excluding Alcohol), Disorderly Conduct 2nd degree, Resisting Arrest, and Failure to Appear. 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Gov. Beshear to Kentuckians: This Week, Celebrate Health Care Heroes


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear visited health care heroes at the Franklin County Health Department and signed a proclamation to recognize the start of Health Care Heroes Appreciation Week in the commonwealth.


He encouraged businesses, schools, communities, churches, families and more to celebrate the health care heroes around them as well.


“Despite the challenges, our health care heroes are doing what they always do: Providing the best, most compassionate care possible to Kentuckians in need,” said Gov. Beshear. “But they need our help now, and the work they’ve been doing for us all deserves to be respected and supported in every way we can.”


Today, Gov. Beshear also announced record numbers of Kentuckians with COVID-19 who are hospitalized, admitted to the ICU and on ventilators, and health care leaders shared what they are experiencing in their hospitals.


“For our inpatient census of COVID patients, we have doubled in one week. And our curve appears to be getting sharper,” said Dr. William Melahn, chief medical officer at St. Claire HealthCare. “We’ve made the very difficult decision to move to code yellow, which is our disaster plan. There’s two reasons to be vaccinated. One is to protect you, and the other is to protect people around you. Let me just point out a little bit of reality: If we had another disaster happen right now – even a small one – we don’t have any reserve left. So if we had a bus accident, an influenza outbreak or anything else, I’m not sure what we would do.”


“It’s a nightmare to try to staff these surge units, and it’s not just COVID patients that we have at the hospital right now. It’s a lot of other critically ill patients. So when you throw COVID patients on top of that, it makes it doubly hard to staff,” said Lerae Wilson, vice president of patient service and chief nursing officer at St. Claire HealthCare.


“We are going to overcome this, but it is going to take a monumental effort. It doesn’t matter how many nurses, therapists, physicians, pharmacists or anything else we have, it is not going to be enough for this surge,” said Steve Haines, RN, BSN, RRT and nursing director of critical care services at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. “Right now, this looks like there is no end. The only chance we have is vaccination.”


“In the past three weeks, we have seen the number of COVID-19 patients in our health care organization quadruple. We are seeing younger patients that are sicker. They are filling up our hospital beds, backing up patients in the emergency department, and we are getting to the point where it us going to be hard to deliver emergency care to those who need it,” said Dr. Jason Smith, M.D., chief medical officer of UofL Health. “I urge everyone in Louisville and the commonwealth, please, step up and get the vaccine for yourself, your families and the communities around you.”


“Like the Governor, I agree there is one thing we can’t do enough of during these times, and that is to thank our caregivers for all they are doing for the men, women and children in our communities,” said Mike Yungmann, senior vice president, Mercy Health, and market president, Paducah and Irvine. “I’m in awe daily of the truly heroic work of our nurses, doctors and care teams to care not just for patients, but for each other, especially as we see the number of COVID-19 cases rise again.”


COVID-19 Case Information Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,476,420

New Cases Today: 2,596
Positivity Rate: 12.87%
Current Hospitalizations: 1,893
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 529
Currently on Ventilators: 301


Governor Announces New Red Zone County Recommendations
Today, Gov. Beshear announced new recommendations for 119 counties in the “red zone” for COVID-19 cases, meaning a county has a weekly average of 25 or more new COVID-19 cases per day, per 100,000 people.


The Governor’s new red zone recommendations include:

  • Increase vaccination efforts to reach unvaccinated persons;
  • Require masking in government buildings;
  • Encourage masking in public indoor settings for all persons > 2 years of age;
  • Encourage masking in crowded outdoor settings for all persons > 2 years of age;
  • Encourage physical distancing of at least six feet apart in public settings;
  • Maximize usage of outdoor spaces for gatherings;
  • Consider limiting in-person community gatherings and postponing large events;
  • Encourage medically vulnerable persons to avoid large crowds; and
  • Engage community partners and stakeholders to implement a strong communication plan.


Gov. Beshear Requests FEMA Support for Understaffed Hospitals
Gov. Beshear said in other COVID-19 surges, Kentucky’s hospitals, emergency medical services (EMS) and health care systems were able to adapt and expand to take care of patients. However, with the surge from the delta variant, some of the state’s systems are in severe distress and facing collapse.


In addition to record numbers of patients, the available pool of licensed health care providers has decreased due to attrition and extreme demand across the country.


For those reasons, Gov. Beshear said he is submitting a resource request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for additional health care professionals to help where Kentucky needs them most.


“We’ve requested eight teams that include eight registered nurses and two certified nursing assistants per team. We’ve also requested two EMS strike teams, which include personnel and trucks,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our hospitals need this support, and we will do what it takes to make it happen. Until then, we need everyone to wear a mask indoors and get vaccinated. We hope FEMA will approve this request quickly.”


If federal approval is received, medical teams will support:

  • St. Claire Regional Medical Center;
  • Pikeville Medical Center;
  • Saint Joseph London;
  • The Medical Center at Bowling Green; and
  • Baptist Health Hardin.


Kentucky National Guard COVID-19 Mission Extended
Gov. Beshear said on Aug. 18, President Joe Biden extended reimbursement to states for mobilizing National Guard personnel in support of COVID-19 response efforts beyond the original deadline of Sept. 30, through the end of the calendar year.


“In Kentucky, this means we’ll have our Kentucky Guardsmen continuing to help combat the surge we’re seeing due to the delta variant,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our Kentucky Guardsmen have been on mission since March 2020 to help our commonwealth combat COVID-19, and we’re appreciative of their continued support.”


The Kentucky National Guard will provide logistical and administrative support to local hospitals beginning Sept. 1. There will be a dedicated National Guard central command for this mission and deployments will be in two-week increments. The initial deployment will include 75 Guardsmen, in five teams of 15 people.


Starting locations are:

  • The Medical Center at Bowling Green;
  • St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Morehead; and
  • Pikeville Medical Center.


Other Kentucky National Guard fall missions include:

  • Mobile Vaccination Teams (local schools, universities, detention centers, among others);
  • Supporting local health departments; and
  • Food bank support.


Shot at a Million
The Governor continued to encourage 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. Two $1 million winners and 10 full-scholarship winners were announced on July 2 and July 30. On Aug. 27, another $1 million winner and five more full-scholarship winners will be announced.


“Our last Shot at a Million drawing is this Thursday. We’ve had almost 100,000 new entries since our last drawing and I hope even more people will get vaccinated and sign up in the next two days,” said Gov. Beshear.


More than 850,000 Kentuckians 18 and over have entered to win a million dollars and nearly 50,000 youth ages 12 to 17 have entered for their chance to receive a full scholarship to a Kentucky public college, university, trade or technical school.




Of Kentucky’s 120 counties, 119 are in the red zone for COVID-19 cases. Because of that, the governor released these recommendations for counties that are in the red zone:



On Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 2:16amET, Campbellsville Police responded to the intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Baptist Street in reference to an assault. Officers arrived on scene and determined that 64-year old Terry Gaines of Campbellsville had assaulted 47-year old Kathy Tungate also of Campbellsville, with a brick.  
Gaines was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd degree and lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. 
Investigating Officer: Officer Josh Morgan


There's a Boil Water Advisory in effect in Russell Springs, KY for Tonkin Dr., Village Dr., Shepard Dr., Gentry Mill Rd, Old Columbia Road and all side roads off Old Columbia Rd. The advisory was issued earlier today (Monday) due to a water main break. Until further notice boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Inviting Public Input on Concepts to Improve U.S. 127 in Russell Springs


SOMERSET, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2021) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is inviting the public to help evaluate potential improvements along the U.S. 127 corridor in Russell Springs between the Jamestown Bypass and KY 379.


KYTC, the Lake Cumberland Area Development District and Stantec Consulting Services have been conducting a planning study to identify public concerns and potential improvements along U.S. 127. An initial round of public outreach was completed in February with more than 150 survey responses. The study team used that public input along with engineering and traffic data (current and projected to 2045) to develop possible short- and long-term improvements. 


Public input continues to be a critical component of the planning and project development process. An online story map summarizing the preliminary improvement concepts can be found by clicking here or on transportation.ky.gov/DistrictEight. The story map ends with a short survey that gives members of the public a second opportunity to register opinions, which the study team will use in developing final recommendations and the priority order of future improvements.


Once recommendations are finalized, a report summarizing findings from the study will be made available to the public. Further funding will be necessary to advance any improvement concept identified as part of this study.


Please complete the survey by Sept. 14, 2021. For additional project information or special assistance, please contact the KYTC Project Manager, Jeff Dick at JeffD.Dick@ky.gov or call 502-764-0331.


Updates can also be found at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.  



Governor Andy Beshear announced last week that Kentucky Health Care Heroes Appreciation Week will begin Sunday, August 22, 2021 as health care workers continue extraordinary efforts to treat patients during the surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations and record ICU admissions. In honor of Kentucky Health Care Heroes Appreciation Week, there will be a proclamation signing by city and county officials Tuesday, August 24th in the parking lot of T.J. Health Columbia, 901 Westlake Drive, Columbia at 9:30AM. 

Two Men Arrested Following Traffic Stop in Millerfields Community


On Thursday August 19, 2021 Adair County K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten initiated a traffic stop in the Millerfields community, approximately 12 miles east of Columbia. During the stop, it was suspected that the two male occupants were in possession of illegal drugs. A search of the auto resulted in methamphetamine, pills, and marijuana being located.

  • Bobby Flatt, 54, of Russell Springs, KY was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Crug Unspecified), Possession of Marijuana, Reckless Driving, and Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle.
  • Brian Waldridge, 26, of Willisburg, KY was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine).
Both men were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. 

K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten was assisted by Deputy Derek Padgett.

Couple Arrested in Knifley Following Traffic Stop

On Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 9:04pmCT while on patrol, Deputy Tracy McCarol initiated a traffic stop on Texas Eastern Rd. Upon contact with the operator and his passenger, a roadside investigation was conducted due to suspected narcotics in the vehicle. A search of the auto was conducted and methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were located.

Arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail was Wayne Murrell, 42, of Russell Springs. Murrell was charged with possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine), possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The passenger, Summer Hart, 43, of Russell Springs was cited for possession of marijuana.

The Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.   



A Columbia man was arrested late last night on drug and other charges.


Ever Peralta, age 32, was taken into custody by Officer Necessary of the Russell Springs Police Department just before Midnight. He was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree- Drug Unspecified, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance 1st Offense, No Registration Plates and No Operators-Moped License. He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.


Wayne Murrell, age 41 of Russell Springs, was arrested by Deputy McCarol of the Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 9:30 last night. Murrell was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Possession of Marijuana. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.



  • Ricky McCloud, 53, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested on Saturday evening by RSPD for Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree and Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.
  • Jaedee Warner, 36, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested on Saturday afternoon by RSPD for Possession of Methamphetamine, Failure to Notify Dept. of Transportation of Address Change, and Improper Equipment.
  • Joseph Chesser, 31, of Lebanon, KY - arrested on Friday afternoon by RSPD for Obstructed Vision and/or Windshield, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, 2 counts of Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees or Fines, and 3 counts of Failure to Appear.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
  • Cecil James Jones, 51, of Morgantown, KY - arrested on Sunday morning by the ACSO and charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident and Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.



The Jamestown Dive Team was called overnight to assist Clinton County emergency personnel at 76 Falls to find a person that never surfaced after going off a houseboat slide.  Upon arrival, the dive team searched the area and was able to surface with the subject within 25 minutes of starting the search. 




AUGUST 20, 2021 – On Thursday, August 19, 2021, an Adair County Circuit Court jury convicted Donnie J. Campbell, age 48, of First-Degree Assault, First-Degree Robbery, Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO, and of being a Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree following a two-day trial. The jury recommended a sentence of Life Imprisonment for Campbell.
According to testimony at trial, Campbell entered the home of Michael A. “Bowdy” Smith on Burkesville Street in Columbia on May 22, 2020, and assaulted Smith with a weapon. Campbell then stole a wallet from Smith before leaving Smith’s home. Smith sustained several injuries to his head, neck, and face – including a fractured skull, broken vertebrae, lacerations, and a significant head wound. Smith was able to reach a neighbor’s residence where 911 was called and Smith was able to identify Donnie Campbell as the person who had attacked him.
The case was investigated by officers from the Columbia Police Department, with CPD Officer Kevin Atwood leading the investigation. Shortly after the assault, CPD Officer Trevor Foster located Campbell at a residence on Pine Tree Street and arrested Campbell for violating a domestic violence order after he was observed in the presence of Felicia Woolridge – who Campbell had been ordered to have no contact with.
Jurors were shown photographs of Smith’s injuries and of Smith’s home - which depicted a bloody scene following the assault. State crime lab examiners testified that Campbell’s clothing seized the night of the incident contained evidence of blood. The crime lab analysts further testified that the DNA profile obtained from Campbell’s clothing matched Michael Smith.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright prosecuted the case and informed the jury of Campbell’s criminal history during the penalty phase of the trial, which included three prior convictions for Second-Degree Robbery in Jefferson County; prior Burglary convictions from Jefferson County and Taylor County; and several other convictions from Warren County and Adair County. The jury found Campbell guilty of all charges and recommended the maximum sentence of Life in prison. Campbell will be eligible for parole after he has served 20 years of that sentence.
Wright commended Officer Atwood and the other Columbia Police Department officers for their efforts investigating such a violent crime and for helping to ensure justice for the victim of the crime. Wright added, “my office remains committed to ensuring the safety of all citizens of this jurisdiction and will continue to aggressively prosecute those persons who commit such violent criminal acts against others.”
Campbell, who was represented at trial by attorney Samantha Costello, will appear before Adair Circuit Judge Judy Vance Murphy for final sentencing on September 14, 2021.

Russell County Man Arrested on Drug Charges in Adair County...

Bobby Flatt, 54, of Russell Springs was arrested by Adair County Deputy Sheriff Staten last night. Flatt was charged with Reckless Driving, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Possession of Open Alcohol Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle Prohibited. He was lodged in the Adair County Jail.




The regular monthly meeting of the Adair County School Board was held on Thursday evening. Jim Lieb was there for WAVE NEWS and spoke with Supt. Dr. Pamela Stephens following the meeting... 




Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency, Inc, in partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, is proud to announce upcoming Nurturing Parenting Classes


Due to the rising cases of COVID and the safety of the participants and presenters, this series of classes will be conducted LIVE virtually


Do you know a new parent, step-parent, grandparent, caregiver, foster parent, teacher, community member or just someone who loves to work with children?  Please share this opportunity with your clients, families, and community members and encourage them to attend these classes. This is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about building healthy and positive relationships with children, along with getting a lot of wonderful resource information and some great incentives for just participating. There is absolutely NO COST to enroll! Call today to enroll at 270-343-4600.


LCCAA serves the following South Central Kentucky Counties: Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell,Taylor, & Wayne.






A Jamestown man was taken into custody early this morning on Drug charges…

Lucas McFarland, age 36, was taken into custody by Officer Tarter with the Jamestown Police Department just after 3 a.m. on the charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree – 1st Offense Heroin. He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

Rocky Weddle age 51, of Russell Springs, was arrested by Trooper Begley of the Kentucky State Police at 5 yesterday evening and charged with Hindering Prosecution Or Apprehension-2nd Degree. He was also lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.



The Adair County Board of Education has made a change to the Guidelines for our Virtual Option.  The new deadline for applying for the Virtual Option is TOMORROW @ MIDNIGHT. If you have already completed an application, you will notneed to complete another application.  


Dr. Pamela A. Stephens,




Adair County School Board values parent choice. As an option for your child’s education we will be offering a virtual option to students. This program will be offered under certain admittance guidelines and ongoing expectations. Certain criteria must be met and agreed on prior to being approved to participate in Adair County School’s Virtual Program.


One request form must be completed for each child. Multiple children should not be placed on one request form. 


This form must be completed and submitted by midnight on Thursday, August 19th. All 3 sections of this form must be completed.  If you have already filled out this form you DO NOT have to complete another form.


Section 1. Student/Guardian General Information 


Student Name/Grade Level



Parent/Guardian Name



Parent Email Address



Student/Parent Address



Parent Phone Number



Reason for requesting virtual instruction 




Section 2. Virtual Program Eligibility Guidelines- Please initial beside each program expectation.


1. Student must have shown success during last year’s virtual instruction. Success may be determined by, but not limited to, grades and participation from the 2020-21 school year.


2. Students must have access to reliable internet service that is capable of handling formats such as YouTube. Adair County Schools will not provide internet service. 



3. Students will only be allowed to enter or exit the virtual program at a semester break. The only exceptions to this would be a legitimate medical/mental health issue, signed off by a licensed medical or mental health professional, or an addition to a students individualized education program. 



4. To help ensure we can provide a quality virtual program, once the district determines that the school’s virtual program capacity is met we reserve the right to stop admittance.




Section 3. Virtual Program Required Expectations-Please initial beside each program expectation.


1. Students will be required to log on at specific times each day as designated by school staff/teacher. All Adair County Schools attendance guidelines will apply. Grades K-5 minimum of twice per day, ACMS each class period (7), ACHS Each class period (4).


2. Students/parents may reach out for instructional assistance between the hours of 8:00-3:00 Monday through Friday.


3. A district Acceptable Use Policy will be adhered to for any district owned devices or school provided learning platform.


4. Students must be present at school for any state or district mandated tests.


5. Adair County Schools staff will monitor academic progress every week. If a student is not making acceptable progress the student will be required to come back to in person classes.


6. Adair County Schools reserves the right to discontinue the virtual program in part or as a whole at any time.




**Principals, or other school staff, will be contacting families by Tuesday, August 24th at 4:00 p.m. with an acceptance or denial decision.



Gov. Beshear, Dr. Stack: Third Dose of Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines Recommended for Immunocompromised Kentuckians Pediatric COVID-19 hospital admissions in Kentucky reach record high

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced record pediatric COVID-19 hospital admissions, and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, announced that a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for immunocompromised Kentuckians at least 28 days after a second dose.


“COVID-19 isn’t just hitting adults. With the delta variant, your kids are at a greater risk than they have been before,” said Gov. Beshear. “In a Southern Indiana school district, 750 students are already in quarantine. Do the right thing: Get vaccinated, mask up in schools and in high-risk indoor settings. Protect our kids.”


Dr. Stack said Kentuckians with the following conditions should consider receiving a third dose:

  • Active or recent treatment for cancer/malignancy;
  • Solid-organ or hematopoietic stem cell transplants;
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome);
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection; and
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers and other immunosuppressive medications.


“This is for individuals who may not have received adequate protection from their initial primary vaccine series. People with normal immune systems are not advised to receive an additional dose at this time,” said Dr. Stack. 


“Anyone with questions about their eligibility should talk with their health care provider.”


Individuals who have received a Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine are not recommended to receive an additional dose at this time. Third doses can be received by any COVID-19 vaccine provider that stocks the same mRNA vaccine that was used for an individual’s primary series (Pfizer or Moderna).


Kentucky’s Pediatric COVID-19 Admissions Up by More Than 400% in One Month
COVID-19 cases in Kentucky children have increased more than 400% in the last month, from 133 July 16 to 548 Aug. 16.


In addition, as of Aug. 16, Kentucky had 17 pediatric admissions for COVID-19, the state’s highest ever total. The previous highest number was 12 admissions in December 2020.


The United States is reporting recordCOVID-19 hospitalizations in children. Alabama has reported it only has two ICU beds still available. Mississippi public health officials confirmed another child has died from COVID-19 complications, the state’s fifth pediatric death since March 2020.


Physicians and nurses from Lake Cumberland Hospital shared a video message encouraging Kentuckians to get vaccinated. Joseph Weigel, MD, MACP and director of medical student education at Lake Cumberland Hospital said:


“We’ve done so much already to protect ourselves and each other from COVID-19. Your health means everything. Get vaccinated today.”


In a separate video message, William Haugh, chief executive officer of Georgetown Community Hospital and market president of Lifepoint Health Central Kentucky, said: “We are seeing an increase of COVID-19 patients across our hospitals as the delta variant continues to spread. We need to band together to protect our families and friends and neighbors. One of the best things you can do to combat COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. We know these vaccines work. We know they are safe. We know that a majority of the people coming through our doors with COVID-19 are not vaccinated. I encourage you to be brave. Trust the science and help our community.”


COVID-19 Update
Kentuckians Vaccinated
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,425,305


Number of people vaccinated in Kentucky over the past 24 hours: 5,863


As of Aug. 15, there were only 17 Kentucky counties where at least 50% of residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.


From March 1 to Aug. 16, 2021, 86.8% of COVID-19 cases, 90.5% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 87.4% of COVID-19 deaths in the state were among partially vaccinated or unvaccinated Kentuckians.


August 16, 2021 Case Information (Most Recent Available) 
New Cases: 2,100
Positivity Rate: 12.40%
Hospitalizations: 1,528 (up from 1,139 Aug. 9)
Intensive Care Admittances: 429 (up from 331 Aug. 9)
On Ventilators: 224 (up from 158 Aug. 9)

Kentucky’s case numbers and positivity rate have continued to rise rapidly after record lows for the past year were recorded for both metrics in June.


From Aug. 9-15, 17,935 Kentuckians were diagnosed with COVID-19, up from 13,903 the week of Aug. 2-8, and up from 1,024 the week of June 21-27 (the week the state reported its lowest number of cases in more than a year).


During the week ending Aug. 15, the state’s average COVID-19 positivity rate was 12.19%, up from 10.57% the week ending Aug. 8, and up from 1.84% the week ending June 27. (The week ending June 27, the state reported its lowest positivity rate ever since adequate testing supplies have been available; the last comparable positivity rate, 2.01%, was reported the week ending May 17, 2020.)


Dr. Stack said a variety of hospitals across the state have already started canceling and postponing non-urgent, but important, surgeries and other procedures that would require admission to the hospital for overnight stays. He added that larger receiving hospitals in Kentucky are receiving calls from hospitals in Louisiana and Alabama seeking ICU beds to transfer patients to them; and reports from Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Missouri and Louisiana saying there are no beds available in these states.


“Critical access hospitals in Kentucky are beginning to report difficulty getting their patients accepted at larger hospitals in Kentucky,” said Dr. Stack. “In one instance, a hospital called 10 other hospitals and was unable to receive an accepting hospital to take their patient.”


Ford Motor Company Donates 1 Million More Masks to Kentucky Kids
Following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and support from leaders in health care, business and education, last week, the Governor issued an executive order to mandate face coverings in all of Kentucky’s K-12 schools. To ensure all kids had access to masks last year, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman and First Lady Britainy Beshear launched the Coverings for Kids initiative, which collected more than 1.8 million masks from donors.


The most significant Coverings for Kids contributor was the Ford Motor Co., which donated 1.5 million masks last year. The company also supplied 2 million masks to the state’s PPE stockpile last September.


Today, First Lady Beshear announced Ford has answered the call once again by donating 1 million more masks for Kentucky children.


“As students head into this new school year – which will undoubtedly be a challenge while we battle the delta variant – I cannot overstate how important this donation is for our state,” said First Lady Beshear. “Until every child can get vaccinated, masks are our greatest weapon against this virus and a vital tool to keep students and teachers safe and healthy.”


In honoring the two late Zoneton fire leaders Major Garry Key and Chief Rob Orkies, who both died of COVID-19, current Zoneton Fire Chief Kevin Moulton said: “I’m glad to be the voice of these men when I say, please get vaccinated. I know they were waiting to get vaccinated, but unfortunately the vaccine was just a few months too late. If vaccinated, life could be different: Wives would have husbands; kids would have fathers; grandkids would have grandfathers; and the Fire Department would still have mentors and leaders.”


“Looking at our medical runs that we have made in the last month, they have dramatically increased because of the new delta variant and the illness that delta variant is bringing with it,” he added. “As many have said, this variant is affecting our little ones and younger people more than the earlier COVID-19 strain. Please help us as first responders protect our families and those that we protect daily. We need your help now. Please get vaccinated.”


Shot at a Million
The Governor continued to encourage 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. Two $1 million winners and 10 full-scholarship winners were announced on July 2 and July 30. On Aug. 27, another $1 million winner and five more full-scholarship winners will be announced.



Adair man charged with trafficking in methamphetamine after traffic stop Saturday night.



        On Saturday night the Adair Sheriffs Office initiated a traffic stop 8 miles north of Columbia on KY 55 .  At 10:34 pm a stop was conducted on 2000 red Chevrolet passenger car for traffic violations . 

    The vehicle was operated by Kristie Weston of Russell Springs along with her passenger Brant Lane .  Both were arrested and lodged in Adair County Regional Jail on charges of


Kristie Weston 35

1 - operating a motor vehicle on a suspended operators license .

2 - no registration plate

3- no insurance

4 - outstanding warrants for arrest Russell county


Brant Lane 42

  Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree methamphetamine

- outstanding warrants for arrest Adair County . 


 Deputy Kenny Perkins is leading investigation for sheriffs office




   On Saturday just after 11 a.m. Sheriff Deputy Kenny Perkins initiated a traffic stop on a 2003 Nissan on the Veterans Memorial Bypass .   The vehicle was operated by Derek Coyle 42 of Columbia . 

    As a result of the roadside investigation Coyle was arrested for

- possession of a controlled substance 1st degree -prescription controlled substance not in proper container. He was lodged in the Adair Regional Jail .


Sheriffs Office is continuing investigation .


A Jamestown man has pled guilty to murder charges.

Jason W. Clark age 35, who was charged with killing Brandy Johnson at Coe’s Steakhouse 3 years ago in 2018, pled guilty Monday in Russell Circuit Court to Murder and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

According to report the Commonwealth in recommending a 25 year sentence for Clark for the charges.


A Russell Springs woman was taken into custody on a warrant for being a Fugitive from Another State. Natalie Owens, age 29 of Russell Springs was arrested by Officer Justice from the Russell Springs Police Department around noon on Sunday and lodged into the Russell County Jail.


Brant Lane age 43, of Columbia, was arrested just before 1 a.m. this morning. Lane was taken into custody by Deputy Perkins of the Adair County Sheriff’s Office and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (METH), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Date Rape Drug), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 2nd Offense and 2 Counts of Failure to Appear. Lane was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

3 Men Arrested in Columbia Following a Search of a Residence

On Saturday, August 14, 2021 Columbia Police executed a search warrant at a residence on Dillon Street after conducting a drug trafficking investigation. Multiple Officers with the CPD were on hand for a home search which yielded findings of drug paraphernalia, suspected methamphetamine and fentanyl as well as laced Xanax. 

Timothy Wheeler, 51, of Columbia, KY is facing multiple charges including possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substances (including methamphetamine), and trafficking in a controlled substance (fentanyl). 


Two other males at the residence during the search were taken into custody on outstanding warrants: Brandon Gillock, 41, of Russell Springs and Brandon Dial, 36, of Columbia.


Supt. Dr. Pamela Stephens: Staff/Students Required to Wear Masks, according to KY Board of Education


Adair County School students, parents and staff:


Over the past 72 hours there have been a lot of decisions made. Some of these decisions were made locally by our board and our central office administration while others were made in Frankfort. The Adair County Board of Education and the staff of Adair County schools are committed to Adair County students, their families, the community and the decisions we make will always be based on what we feel is best for everyone, especially our students. We take every piece of feedback into consideration and every piece plays a role in our decision-making process. 


The Kentucky Board of Education voted unanimously to require masks for this school year. This completely takes the mask decision out of our school boards hands.  Although we wished this decision was left in local hands, it is no longer the school boards decision.  If our board directs students and/or staff that they are NOT required to wear a mask in direct contradiction to Tuesday’sExecutive Order, the superintendent and board members would be subject to immediate arrest without warrant by a trooper or police officer. Therefore, when students and staff return to school on August 25th everyone will be required to wear a mask. We ask that this situation not divide our community and our school family. At the end of the day, it is all about providing a quality education in a safe environment and that must continue to be our focus.


We’ve had many questions about the mask requirement, from both sides of the issue. We have taken your phone calls and read/replied to your emails.  We have been asked what will happen if a parent tells their child not to wear a mask at school. This will put a child in a situation where we must respond by calling the parent to come pick your child up from school if they refuse to wear a mask. This incident may result in an unexcused absence.


We have been asked about offering a virtual option for students, so we are adding a virtual option. This virtual option will NOT look like last school year and teachers will NOT be asked to serve a dual role as a virtual instructor and an in-person teacher. The virtual option has some very strict guidelines and expectations. Guidelines and expectations as well as the virtual program request form will be released by 5:00 on Friday, August 13th. You can access the Adair County Schools K-12 Virtual Program Request Form byvisiting our district website at www.adair.kyschool.us.


Now that the Kentucky Board of Education has made this decision, we must refocus on what is best for our children, which is providing a quality education. I think we all agree that everyone’s top priority is getting back to in-person instruction and moving on with this academic year. We beg you to not let the mask issue divide our schools and our community like it has in some places across our state and our country. Let’s find some common ground in knowing that we must all work together to find a way to provide a quality education for all students and support them emotionally, psychologically and educationally. 


Once again, we appreciate all that you do for our students, our staffand our community.
Please continue to work for unity, pray for our students and our staff in the days and weeks ahead. 


Thank you for your support!


Lane Closures Next Week on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Expressway in Pulaski County


SOMERSET, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2021) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 Office advises motorists that the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Expressway at the Fishing Creek bridge (mile point 84.4) in Pulaski County will be temporarily reduced to one lane next week as crews perform routine bridge inspections.


The lane closures will be in place starting Monday, Aug. 16 and are expected to be complete Friday, Aug. 20. Crews will be conducting inspections both east and west bound having only one direction reduced to a single lane at a time.


The dates and duration of the lane closures may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.


For Kentucky’s latest traffic and travel information, visit goky.ky.gov or navigate traffic by downloading the free Waze app at www.waze.com. Motorists can also access traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8and at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.  

Lane Closures Next Week on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Expressway in Pulaski County


SOMERSET, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2021) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 Office advises motorists that the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Expressway at the Fishing Creek bridge (mile point 84.4) in Pulaski County will be temporarily reduced to one lane next week as crews perform routine bridge inspections.


The lane closures will be in place starting Monday, Aug. 16 and are expected to be complete Friday, Aug. 20. Crews will be conducting inspections both east and west bound having only one direction reduced to a single lane at a time.


The dates and duration of the lane closures may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.


For Kentucky’s latest traffic and travel information, visit goky.ky.gov or navigate traffic by downloading the free Waze app at www.waze.com. Motorists can also access traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8and at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.  


Lane Closures Next Week on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Expressway in Pulaski County

Lane closures for bridge inspection

SOMERSET, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2021) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 Office advises motorists that the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Expressway at the Fishing Creek bridge (mile point 84.4) in Pulaski County will be temporarily reduced to one lane next week as crews perform routine bridge inspections.

The lane closures will be in place starting Monday, Aug. 16 and are expected to be complete Friday, Aug. 20. Crews will be conducting inspections both east and west bound having only one direction reduced to a single lane at a time.

The dates and duration of the lane closures may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.

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


It has come to our attention this afternoon, Friday, August 13, 2021, that an attendee of Tuesday’s Adair County Fiscal Court meeting has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.  We have been in contact with the Adair Co. Health Department and anyone  we feel was within 6 ft of this person, we have tried to notify directly and should quarantine for 7 days with no symptoms.  You would be allowed to return to normal activity on Tuesday with no symptoms and a negative test on Sunday or Monday of next week.   If you have been fully vaccinated, you are not required to quarantine as long as you show no symptoms.


It is highly recommended that anyone who attended the meeting watch for symptoms and use all precautions necessary to keep family and friends safe.



Gale B. Cowan

Adair County Judge Executive


A body found by two fishermen this morning on the Cumberland River has been identified as Frank Steven Slade, 62, of Lexington. Slade also had a rental cabin in Russell County. The body was found on the Swan Pond side of the river.

According to Russell County Coroner Mark Coots, the body will be taken later today for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.


According to KSP who is investigating the death, foul play is not suspected at this time. 

Gov. Beshear: Unvaccinated Kentuckians Face Greatest Risk Since Pandemic Began

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 12, 2021) – On Thursday during his weekly Team Kentucky update, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky’s economic momentum continues to build as more Kentuckians get vaccinated, fighting the commonwealth’s fastest ever surge of COVID-19 cases.


“The delta variant is the most aggressive, and it looks like it may be the most deadly, form of COVID that we have faced,” said Gov. Beshear. “If you are unvaccinated, you are at the very greatest risk that you have been at since the start of the pandemic. COVID has been the third leading cause of death in the United States over the past year and a half. Right now, it’s putting more pressure than it ever has before on our health care heroes.”


The Governor highlighted a recent warning that Mississippi’s hospital system could fail in 10 days because of an exponential rise in COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated residents.


On Aug. 10, Arkansas officials reported there were only eight empty ICU beds in the entire state.


Health care leaders from across Kentucky emphasized the risks of not getting vaccinated for COVID-19.


“Right now, in our hospitals, nurses across the commonwealth are leaving their families to take care of yours,” said Cindy Lucchese, MBA, BSN, RN, chief nurse executive for UofL Physicians at UofL Health in Louisville.


“Many think only the elderly and those with underlying health conditions will experience complications from this virus. Well, that’s just not the case. With the emergence of the delta variant, we are seeing younger and healthier people become very sick, and this includes pediatric patients. Some are children under 12, who currently cannot be protected by a vaccine.”


“One of the most important things we have seen with this round of COVID is that the age of admission has significantly decreased. The average age of admission has dropped from 75 to 55, and we have noticed the same with our mortalities,” said Stacy Caudill, M.D., hospitalist and chief medical officer of King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland. “Of our current admissions in the hospital, 94% are unvaccinated and 100% of our ICU patients are unvaccinated.”


“We are seeing the most rapid rise of cases that I have seen since the pandemic started,” said William Melahn, chief medical officer of St. Claire Health Care in Morehead. “We are worn out, but we are not going to give up. If you really want to help us, go get vaccinated. Vaccinations are extraordinarily safe. We have not seen anyone in our hospital with vaccine complications, but we have seen too many patients with COVID that have not been vaccinated.”


“Our veterans have served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, have served our country – that’s just who they are and what they do. Most of them were asking, ‘When can I get a vaccine?’ They looked at it as simply another way for them to continue to serve and to be of service,” said Martha Workman, deputy executive director of the Office of Kentucky Veterans Centers. 


“Our staff stepped up, and they also have been getting vaccinated. I’m happy to tell you today, across our veterans centers, our veterans are at a 94.5% vaccination rate. Our staff is at 71.5%, and I’m also happy to report that this week alone we had 18 additional staff step up and get their first vaccinations, plus we’ve had two more veterans who’ve done that. Our veterans deserve to be safe in our facilities.”


Two staff members from Thomson-Hood Veterans Center, where 34 residents died of COVID-19 last year during the state’s fall and winter surge in cases, honored those “loved and lost” and said vaccines can prevent Kentuckians from experiencing the painful losses their team did.


“We had our first COVID preparedness meeting Feb. 23, 2020, before just about anyone else in the United States,” said Joni Gosser, administrator of Thomson-Hood Veterans Center. “Our staff bravely held the line, and we went months without having one case of COVID. But last fall when the community started to see a surge, COVID finally breached our facility.”


“We’ve finally got our shot. We have a weapon we didn’t have last year, that we prayed for last year, that we dreamed of,” said Caity Grose, nurse executive at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center, after sharing a story about one patient she lost to the virus. “The death and the pain is preventable. The school closures, the business closures, the nursing home shutdowns, all of it is preventable this time. We’ve been nurses for a long time. This is not political. It’s about humanity. We do not have to needlessly suffer through a round two of this.”


COVID-19 Update
From March 1 to Aug. 11, 2021, 89.8% of COVID-19 cases, 90.5% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 88.5% of COVID-19 deaths were among partially vaccinated or unvaccinated Kentuckians.


As of today, 2,386,200 Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; 5,589 have been vaccinated over the past day.


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. Two $1 million winners and 10 full-scholarship winners were announced on July 2 and July 30. On Aug. 27, another $1 million winner and five more full-scholarship winners will be announced.


Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Launches ‘Vax & Visit KY’ Initiative
Gov. Beshear and Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berryannounced the Vax & Visit KY initiative, the commonwealth’s latest effort to encourage Kentuckians to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Kentucky will offer in-state travel incentives at Kentucky State Parks for Kentuckians who have received the COVID-19 vaccination.


“The tourism industry remains committed to being a partner in the commonwealth’s efforts to sprint out of this pandemic,” said Secretary Berry. “Offering vaccine incentives to Kentucky State Parks will not only boost travel revenue in local communities, but also ensure that Kentucky continues to be seen as a safe travel destination post pandemic.”


Beginning today, eligible Kentuckians who have received their shot of hope can register for a chance to win a safe-cation at any of Kentucky’s 45 state parks. Safe-cations include golf, lodging and campground gift certificates. Kentuckians must be 18 years old or older to enter and have received at least their first dose of a Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


Winners will be selected beginning Thursday, Sept. 9. The final drawing will take place on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. To learn more, visit tah.ky.gov.


Gov. Beshear: Fighting COVID-19 Will Also Protect Economic Progress
The Governor said his three top priorities in fighting COVID-19 are saving lives and protecting health; ensuring as much in-person learning for students as possible; and protecting Kentucky’s continued economic resurgence. He highlighted two of the most recent examples of the state’s growing economic momentum.


In congratulating Amazon this week on beginning operations at its 2,000-job air cargo hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Gov. Beshear said the $1.5 billion facility cements Kentucky’s role as a top U.S. location for distribution and logistics, a major industry moving the commonwealth’s economy forward. To learn more, see the full release.


This week, Gov. Beshear congratulated Lexington-based Quality Logistics LLC, doing business as Longship, on opening its new office in Fayette County, a $4.3 million investment creating 155 well-paying jobs for Kentucky residents. To learn more, see the full release.


Team Kentucky All-Stars
Today, Gov. Beshear recognized education leaders who chose to require masks in schools this fall to protect students, staff and their communities even before the Governor signed an executive order requiring universal masking in schools and child care.


“Masks work to keep our children safe and our schools open. That's a fact,” said Gov. Beshear.


“This is a united front of saving lives, keeping our kids in school and continuing our economic momentum. I want to thank the school system in Dawson Springs, my dad’s hometown, for being one of the first districts to require masks in schools this fall, a full week before the statewide executive order was signed. That took guts, but you did it because you knew it would protect our kids and communities.”





The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will lead to heat index values between 100-104 degrees. These elevated heat indices may cause heat illnesses to occur. Drink plenty of fluids...Stay in an air-conditioned room...Keep out of the sun...and check up on relatives and neighbors.


A Russell County man was taken into custody on theft and Bench Warrants Wednesday.

Onza Wilson age 82, of Russell Springs, was arrested by Deputy Bunch with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office around 7:30 last night. Wilson was charged Receiving Stolen Property $10,000 or More, Theft by Deception-Include Cold Check under $10,000 and served 2 Bench Warrants for Court. He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.



The Russell County School Board met in a special session at noon on Wednesday. Superintendent Michael Ford tells WAVE listeners what took place during the meeting... 



Delay of Adair County Schools Update


From A.C. Supt. Dr. Pamela Stephens:

Earlier today, the decision was made for Adair County Schools to open on Wednesday, August 25th. This decision was made based on the late announcement of the governor’s executive order that masks/face coverings must be worn in schools. This additional time allows for us to explore parental choice options, to allow legislative challenges be resolved in Frankfort, and to monitor our local COVID numbers.  

Our intent is to provide the safest in-person instruction possible to our students. Adair County School District values parental input and choice. Our hope is that this delay gives us the best opportunity to provide that parental option. We hope the next 2 weeks provides answers, guidance, and a brighter educational experience for all Adair County students during the 2021-22 school year. 


Columbia Police Made 2 Drug-Related Arrests Wednesday


The Columbia Police Department made two separate arrests today (Wednesday) with both instances pertaining to drug related offenses. 

The first occurrence took place when probation and parole contacted on-duty Officers for a female in their office attempting to conceal a bottle of urine for a drug test which still tested for methamphetamine. Tia Hancock, 28, of Cumberland County was placed in custody and has been charged with tampering with physical evidence. 

In a separate instance, Officers were called to Bomar Heights for an individual who appeared intoxicated. The male subject was located and initially charged with public intoxication. Officers obtained permission to search a residence the party was staying at nearby and located suspected methamphetamine. Charles Neal, 36, of Columbia was charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). 


Officer Justin Cross and Sgt. Drew Conn were the arresting Officers. 


Late yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon, we were made aware of Governor Beshear’s Executive Order concerning the new mask mandate. In light of this news, Adair County Schools has made the decision to postpone the first day of school for students. 


The first day for students will now be Wednesday, August 25th. We feel that this time will give time to assess the COVID numbers in our county and hopefully allow time for the mask mandate to be revisited. 


Please know we hear your concerns and will continue to look at opportunities for parent choice to be a major part of our plan.


We will release a statement later this afternoon with more specifics.



Elevated Heat Indices Expected Today... Hot temperatures and high humidity will lead to heat index values between 100-104 degrees. These elevated heat indices may cause heat illnesses to occur. Drink plenty of fluids...stay in an air-conditioned room...stay out of the sun...and check up on relatives and neighbors.


Jim Lieb covered last nights meeting of the Adair County Fiscal Court and spoke with County Judge Executive Gayle Cowan... 




The Adair County Fiscal Court met in a lengthy regular called fiscal court meeting on Tuesday night.  Regular monthly items were addressed along with several Action Items on the agenda.


  • The fiscal court voted to amend the 2021 Sheriff’s Salary Allotment  and amended the Sheriff’s budget to be able to hire 1 additional deputy to assist the Sheriff’s Department.
  • Approved the Sheriff’s 2020 Tax Settlement
  • Approved second reading and adopted an ordinance to amend the Jail Fees, raising the booking fees from $25.00 to $50.00
  • Set the county tax rates….tax rates were left the same as last year….Real Property 14.5%, Personal Property 18.15%, water craft and motor vehicle at 11.20%
  • The Court approved a $1.50 per hour raise for full time employees and $1.00 per hour raise for part time employees.
  • A resolution was presented to pay employees “essential pay” from ARPA funds but was tabled until some further questions could be answered.
  • The Animal Ordinance was brought up but after a long heated discussion the county attorney will make recommended changes and this will be brought up at a later date.


Some magistrates had brought up if we should consider moving our meetings back to the Jim Blair Center due to the rise in COVID cases.  The court approved this recommendation and beginning with our next meeting on August 31, 2021, Adair County Fiscal Court meetings will be held back at the Jim Blair Center.  I know some have said it’s hard to hear everyone at this location, so we will see about moving microphones to the center.


Gale B. Cowan

Adair County Judge Executive


Gov. Beshear: To Save Lives, Keep Schools Open and Protect Surging Economy, Masks Required in All Kentucky Schools, Child Care Settings


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 10, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said in response to the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant and recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, he will require the following via an executive order:


  • All individuals – all teachers, staff, students and visitors – must cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when indoors in all public and private preschool, Head Start, elementary, middle and high schools (preschool through grade 12) in Kentucky, including but not limited to inside of vehicles used for transportation such as school buses, regardless of vaccination status; and
  • All staff, visitors and children ages 2 and older who are able to wear a face covering must cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when indoors in all child care settings in Kentucky, regardless of vaccination status.


“We are in the midst of the fastest surge that we have ever seen during COVID right now. This move is supported by medical organizations, local health department leaders, businesses and education leaders. It is also supported by the Kentucky Chamber, representing 3,800 member businesses across the commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is a united front of saving lives, keeping our kids in school and keeping our economy and workforce going.”


The order includes a list of exemptions.


The CDC now recommends universal indoor wearing of face coverings for all teachers, staff, students (ages 2 and older) and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status. The CDC recommends that all people ages 2 and older who are not fully vaccinated should wear a face covering while indoors in child care settings. The CDC also recommends that fully vaccinated people wear a face covering in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high COVID-19 transmission.


The surge of hospitalizations of children with COVID-19 is causing children’s hospitals to become overwhelmed, with recent CDC data showing an average of 225 children with COVID-19 admitted to U.S. hospitals every day over the past week. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that more than 93,000 children and teenagers were infected with COVID-19 from July 29 to Aug. 5.


While Kentucky has had success in administering at least a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 2,376,891 people, vaccinations remain unavailable for approximately 661,500 Kentucky children ages 11 and under, and less than 34% of all eligible Kentucky children between ages 12 and 17 have received their first dose of a vaccine.


Health care, public health, school and business leaders across Kentucky echoed support for the Governor’s order.


Health Care Leaders Share Experiences Treating Patients with Delta Variant
Two practicing health care leaders joined the Governor’s briefing to share their recent experiences treating young patients infected with the COVID-19 delta variant.


“This is very different than what we saw the first time around. When we look across the country at the case rates, pediatric cases are representing anywhere from 14-17% of the total cases, which is very concerning,” said Dr. Scottie B. Day, MD, FAAP, physician-in-chief, UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington. “As many may know, an estimated 400 children have died, which may seem like a small number relative to adults, but these are children. These are the future generations. We need to keep our children safe.”


“As we have been seeing more patients with the delta variant, we have had to deal with a new problem: younger patients who become unstable more unpredictably,” said Miriam Haas, RN, BSN, nurse manager at Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville. “These patients tend not to have other health issues that contribute to their illness – they don’t have anything in common other than the delta variant and the fact that many of them were not vaccinated. Many of our COVID patients say that if they had it to do over again, they would have received the vaccine. As a nurse this has been the most difficult thing I have been through in my 13-year career. The things we have seen will never leave me.”


Public Health Leaders: Masks Are Simple Step to Keep Children Safe
Dr. Crystal Millerdirector of the WEDCO District Health Department, whose department addressed the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Kentucky last year, said the delta variant has created some of the greatest challenges local hospitals have faced since the start of the pandemic.


“We had the highest COVID admission rate in one of our local hospitals today that we’ve seen this entire pandemic,” said Dr. Miller. “The COVID unit is full. Our local hospital CEO told me that his day begins and ends with texts from other CEOs around Kentucky asking if there are beds available to transfer patients. This is the most concerning thing that I have been told since the pandemic began.”


“Wearing a mask is a simple step to help keep our children healthy and safe,” said Rebecca KissickMSW, public health director, Clark County Health Department. “The Clark County Health Department recognizes the benefit of in-person learning and support the Governor’s efforts to keep our children healthy in school.”


“As a minimal tool to help mitigate the risk of increased transmission of COVID-19 in our schools and as recommended by the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics, I support the Governor’s required mask mandate for K-12 schools until there is a significant reduction in disease to protect our unvaccinated and most vulnerable students and staff,” added Randy Gooch, executive director, Jessamine County Health Department.


Eleven other local health department leaders also shared their support for the executive order.


Education Leaders: Mask Requirements Provide Best Chance for Safe In-Person Learning
Kentucky Education Commissioner Dr. Jason Glass agreed that mask requirements will give Kentucky school districts the best chance to safely return to full-time, in-person learning this fall with layered strategies in place to prevent COVID-19 infection and transmission. He also said the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) will meet to discuss and act on an emergency regulation regarding face coverings in school facilities in a special-called meeting on Thursday, in coordination with the Governor’s executive order.


“Our primary goal is to keep our students safe while prioritizing in-person learning, which our students both crave and need,” said Commissioner Glass. “We have been unambiguous that our guidance and decisions here at the department will be based on science and upon recommendations from public health organizations. Besides vaccinations (which our students under 12 are not yet eligible for), masking is one of the most effective virus mitigation strategies we can deploy. With strong and consistent precautions in place, Kentucky’s schools have proven that we can safely open for in-person instruction. The Governor’s executive order and the KBE’s pending emergency regulation to require masking both put the health and learning of Kentucky’s children first, and I support them unconditionally.”


KY120 United – American Federation of Teachers issued the following statement of support: “We are grateful for Gov. Beshear’s strong leadership when it comes to keeping our most vulnerable Kentuckians safe in the classroom, our children. We applaud his willingness to follow science and the recommendations of the CDC and our state health departments when others have struggled to make the right decisions. We are excited to welcome children back to our buildings and classrooms, and look forward to a safe year of learning and growing across the commonwealth.”


Kentucky Education Association (KEA) President Eddie Campbell said: “Our schools count on our elected leaders to do what is best for the safety and health of our children, and to lead with that goal foremost in their minds. KEA supports Gov. Beshear’s mask requirement in all public schools. Masks are a simple, low-impact, essential precaution that will protect students, educators and families and will hopefully allow schools to remain open. No one wants to return to extended virtual learning or to the society-wide restrictions of 2020. But to avoid that, we must all use common sense to protect ourselves and each other.


“More than 90% of teachers and support staff nationwide have been vaccinated, according to a recent survey. Educators know the importance and value of in-person learning and they are doing their part to ensure that students can continue to learn in-person. But educators cannot do this alone; all public education stakeholders and every member of every Kentucky community needs to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep our students in school.”


Houston Barbersuperintendent of Frankfort Independent Schools and president of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, said: “The small sacrifice and commitment to wear masks has opened up the world of opportunities for our students to be successful during in-person school. Our team at Frankfort Independent Schools has been dedicated to ensuring we have in-person school for all of 2021-2022. We have had no spread of COVID-19 cases and have been in school since Aug. 2. We must remain faithful to this small sacrifice at this time to thrive and transform the lives and minds of our most precious gifts (students) without any disruption. It’s a team effort, and we must do this together!”


“The Jefferson County Teachers Association (JCTA) appreciates Gov. Beshear’s leadership in keeping Kentucky’s students and education employees safe and healthy through the COVID-19 pandemic,” said JCTA President Brent McKim. “As the commonwealth’s public schools reopen with full student schedules every day, we know most schools will not be able to maintain ideal social distancing between students, so it is more important than ever for all students and staff to wear masks when the COVID-19 infection rates are high, as they are now. Just across the river in Indiana, we have already seen students losing a great deal of instructional time and schools closing due to COVID-19 spread in schools. We don’t want that to happen in Kentucky. That’s why the teacher’s association support’s Gov. Beshear’s call for masking in our schools.”


Business Leaders: Masking Requirement Strengthens Kentucky’s Workforce
Winston Griffin, chairman of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and president and chairman of Laurel Grocery, said requiring masks in schools will not only protect kids, it will protect their parents’ health and ability to work, ensuring Kentucky’s economy can continue to build momentum.


“The Chamber recognizes the importance of masking in schools at this time, because masking not only keeps our children and teachers safe but also because of its impact on the workforce,” said Griffin. “We learned last year that when a student gets exposed to the virus and needs to quarantine, this has an impact on the work-life of parents. Masking can help mitigate these issues and keep us all safer. But the best way to keep us safe and keep our economy moving is for all Kentuckians to get vaccinated.”


“We all thought that the worst was behind us with the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we are all looking at incredibly tough decisions to make sure we can keep all Kentuckians safe and keep our economy moving,” said president and chief executive officer of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Ashli Watts. “Employers are doing everything they can to keep their workforce safe and encourage vaccinations, which is the one way we know we can put a stop to this. Hundreds of students are now quarantined. That means that hundreds of parents are now probably not going to be able to go to work for the next couple of weeks. This cycle cannot continue.”


COVID-19 Case Information Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,376,891

New Cases Today: 2,500
Positivity Rate: 11.05%
Current Hospitalizations: 1,251
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 339
Currently on Ventilators: 168


“This is the fastest and steepest rise in cases of the entire pandemic. We had a 43% increase in hospitalized COVID cases in Kentucky in one week,” said Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack. “We had a 32% increase in the number of hospitalized COVID patients in the intensive care units in one week. We had a 61% increase in number of COVID-19 patients on a ventilator in just one week. At this rate, in two weeks we will blow past our previous peaks.


“As of today, 15 hospitals that we are aware of have reported staffing shortages. Out of about 96 acute care hospitals in the state, that’s more than 15% of the hospitals having staffing shortages. We must take this seriously and pull together like we have before.”


Dr. Stack said on July 9, 2021, Kentucky had a seven-day average of 4.75 new cases per day per 100,000 people. On August 9, 2021, Kentucky had a seven-day average of 43.83 new cases per day per 100,000 people.


“For hospitalizations, we are seeing the most significant, severe slope, meaning the rate of growth, that we have ever seen. We are doubling the number of Kentuckians hospitalized with COVID-19 every two weeks,” said Gov. Beshear. 

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. Two $1 million winners and 10 full-scholarship winners were announced on July 2 and July 30. On Aug. 27, another $1 million winner and five more full-scholarship winners will be announced.



The Russell County Fiscal Court met last night with several items on the agenda including tax rates and budget amendments. County Judge Gary Robertson spoke to WAVE NEWS following the meeting and discussed what took place... 



August 1-7, 2021 was proclaimed as Farmers Market Week in Kentucky as well as Adair County. When I went to the market on Saturday, all of the vendors were busy so we didn’t get a group picture but here are a few of the pictures I got. Please support your local Farmers Market on the Square! I hate to think where our country would be without our farmers!

Gale Cowan
Adair County Judge Executive


Marion County Man Arrested in Adair County for Stealing a Golf Cart from Green River Lake State Park

On Sunday, August 7, 2021 the Adair County Sheriffs Office received a complaint of suspicious activity on KY W80, approximately 2.5 miles from Columbia. Upon arrival, Deputy McCarol made contact with 36-year-old Joseph Wise of Lebanon, KY. Wise stated he was out of gas and was on his way to get some. Deputy McCarol observed a golf cart on the back of the truck with a Green River State Park sticker on the window. A call was made to the park manager who said a golf cart had been stolen from the park.   

The golf cart Mr. Wise was hauling turned out to be the stolen golf cart, so he was taken into custody and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail for Theft By Unlawful Taking (over $500 but less then $10,000) and Contempt of Court. The golf cart, valued at over $5,000, was returned to Green River State Park in Taylor County.

The investigation is continuing.



  • Jerry Dale Sneed, 72, of Columbia, KY - arrested early this morning by KSP for DUI, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, Criminal Mischief 2nd degree, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle.
  • Brandy Roberson, 33, of Columbia, KY - arrested on Saturday night by Columbia Police for Disorderly Conduct 1st degree.
  • Glenda Vaughn, 51, of Glasgow - arrested by KSP on Friday afternoon for Speeding, Failure to Signal, DUI, Reckless Driving, No License in her Possession, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, and Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage in Motor Vehicle. 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
  • Christy Lawless, 46, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested by RSPD on Saturday evening for Theft of Mail Matter and Disorderly Conduct.
  • Jeremy Boutwell, 24, of Columbia - arrested by KSP on Saturday afternoon for Possession of Methamphetamine.
  • Ronald Price,  59, of Russell Springs - arrested Friday night by RSPD for 4th degree Assault (Domestic Violence).
  • Nathan Stargell, 40, of Russell Springs - arrested by RCSO on Friday evening for Arson 2nd degree.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Kentucky State Police Post 15 Monthly Activity Report


Columbia, KY (August 5, 2021) During the month of July 2021, there were 21 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.


There was one fatal collision during the month of July in the Post 15 area:

  • Gerald K. Sullivan, 73, of Marion County, KY was killed on 07/24/2021 in Marion County.


This brings our yearly fatality count to 18 compared with 28 through this same period in 2020.

Statewide fatality count stands at 422 compared with 427 through this same period in 2020.


During the month of July 2021, there were 1335 citations written, 286 courtesy notices written, 516 complaints answered, 182 motorists assisted, 64 criminal cases opened and 280 criminal arrests made.


11 Hospital Systems in KY to Require Vaccinations for Health Care Workforce


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 5, 2021) – On Thursday during his weekly Team Kentucky update, Gov. Andy Beshear said hospital executives from 11 health care systems in the commonwealth are announcing the following pledge:


“The health care facilities below are committed to the health and safety of our patients and employees. In support of this commitment, we will all require our health care workforce to initiate a complete COVID-19 vaccination series no later than Sept. 15, 2021.”


The new policy will help health systems respond to a surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the delta variant. Yesterday, the Governor announced 2,583 new cases (the highest since Feb. 3, 2021) and a 10.08% test positivity rate (the highest since Jan. 24, 2021).


“We have an opportunity for more prosperity, more potential than ever before in my lifetime. We can have the Kentucky that we have always dreamed of. We have that potential at our fingertips,” said Gov. Beshear. “But if we are truly going to realize that opportunity, we must win our war against COVID. If we are going to defeat and not just delay COVID-19, there is one and only one answer. That answer is vaccinations. So each decision that we make has to gauge the impact on getting the unvaccinated to take that shot.”


The health care systems adding this vaccine requirement for staff include: Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH), Baptist Health, CHI Saint Joseph Health, King’s Daughters Health System, Med Center Health, Norton Healthcare, Pikeville Medical Center, St. Claire Healthcare, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, UK Healthcare and UofL Health.


In a joint statement, the Kentucky Hospital Association, Kentucky Medical Association and the Kentucky Nurses Association said: “KHA, KMA and KNA support hospitals and health systems amending their existing vaccine policies to require COVID-19 vaccines for their health care employees. Vaccination against COVID-19 is our best tool to prevent spread of the disease, protect our patients and ensure the health and well-being of our hospital workforce and all Kentuckians. We recognize that each hospital and health system is unique and encourage each hospital and health system to determine the appropriate timeline to implement a requirement.”


Executives from each of the 11 health care systems explained why the pledge was necessary in this stage of the fight against COVID-19.


“Despite COVID-19 vaccination education and outreach efforts, the communities we serve, including our ARH health care staff, have not yet reached a critical mass of vaccination to provide sufficient protection for the unvaccinated. We are seeing an alarming rapid increase in COVID-19 delta variant cases in our service area. For these reasons, and in support of our mission to provide a safe work environment for our staff and a safe place of care for our patients, ARH will now require all employees, providers, students, volunteers, vendors and contractors who work within ARH locations in Kentucky and West Virginia to receive full COVID-19 vaccination,” said Hollie Harris Phillips, president and chief executive officer, Appalachian Regional Healthcare.


“We must lead by example by requiring that all Baptist Health employees are fully vaccinated. It is the ethical and responsible thing to do to live our mission of improving the health care of the communities that we serve,” said Gerard Colman, chief executive officer, Baptist Health.


“During times of a public health crisis, there is no greater priority than to ensure the safety of each other, and for those who rely on us for safe care, often when they are most vulnerable. We stand united with Gov. Beshear and other health systems across Kentucky to set an example for the citizens of the commonwealth, so that we may all move past this pandemic together,” said Anthony A. Houston, Ed.D., FACHE, market chief executive officer, CHI Saint Joseph Health.


“As a health care provider, it is very important we take every possible step to safely care for our patients and families. We firmly believe being fully vaccinated from COVID is essential to protect our patients, team members and people in the community that cannot be vaccinated, in particular children under 12 years old,” said Kristie Whitlatch, president and chief executive officer of King’s Daughters Health System (KDHS), who was unable to attend the press conference in person, but signed the pledge on behalf of KDHS.


“I’m encouraged by the increasing number of health care systems and other employers outside of health care now requiring COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccination rate must go up as we fight together to end this pandemic – lives literally depend on it,” said Connie Smith, president and chief executive officer, Med Center Health.


“This delta variant has created a dire circumstance for us, and we need to be proactive for our community. We all chose a career in health care because we’re willing to serve others. This is a time when we can serve our patients, our families, our coworkers and our entire community by protecting ourselves as much as possible, which in turn protects others. This vaccine is the way we can do exactly that,” said Russ Cox, president and chief executive officer of Norton Healthcare (via video).


“Thank you, Gov. Beshear and Dr. Stack, for your leadership in this unprecedented time. I am honored today to be here with my colleagues in this monumental step forward in defeating this virus. Just a month ago I had three COVID patients and only one in the ICU. As of this morning, I had 43 patients in the hospital. Over a third of them are in the ICU fighting for their life. Vaccines are necessary if we are going to win the fight,” said Donovan Blackburn, president and chief executive officer, Pikeville Medical Center.


“This opportunity to collaborate with health systems across the commonwealth is not only a good outcome for our staff and patients it is, in my view, a demonstration of our collective commitment to safety, accountability, and in keeping with our moral and ethical obligation to do no harm,” Donald H. Lloyd II, president and chief executive officer, St. Claire Healthcare.


“With the onset of the new, highly contagious delta variant and recent surges in COVID cases in our facilities and in our communities, we must ensure that all of our associates are protected. We must do our part to keep our patients and communities safe. As health care providers, we must lead by example in creating the safest environment possible for all those we serve, and vaccines provide the strongest protection against the virus by reducing and preventing the spread among patients and peers,” Gary Blank, executive vice president and chief operating officer, St. Elizabeth Healthcare.


“For many of us in medicine, we remember the day that the vaccine became available. It was a huge relief, even amongst the surge that we were having at that time. I think I even described it as the beginning of the end of COVID. Then and now, our best weapon is the vaccine if we want to see an end to this pandemic. However, for us to see that end, we have to work together. Hopefully that reinforces to everyone that the vaccine is safe and effective, and we hope encourages everyone in the commonwealth to think about how they can move forward,” said Mark Newman, MD, executive vice president of health affairs, UK HealthCare.


“Vaccinations are an essential tool in protecting our health care heroes so they will be healthy and ready to help when you need them. While UofL Health was first to announce vaccine requirements in Kentucky, it is now the collective commitment that truly reflects the strength of health care in our commonwealth,” said Tom Miller, chief executive officer, UofL Health.


COVID-19 Update
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said from March 1 to Aug. 4, 2021, 92.3% of COVID-19 cases, 91.4% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 88.7% of COVID-19 deaths were among partially vaccinated or unvaccinated Kentuckians.


In June, there were 1,197 COVID-19 cases among Kentuckians ages 12-18, and 534 cases among Kentucky children under age 12. In July, those numbers both spiked significantly: there were 4,165 cases reported for the 12 to 18 age group and 2,092 cases reported in Kentucky children under 12.


“The delta variant is serious. You need to take precautions. The measures that we did last year and the ones that we still have to rely on now work,” said Dr. Stack. “Vaccines are the exit strategy. Vaccines are how we bolster our immune systems to protect ourselves and others from this disease. Vaccines are the ways we don’t have to rely on masks and space and rigid adherence to hygiene to keep ourselves safe and protected from this terrible disease.”


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. Two $1 million winners and 10 full-scholarship winners were announced on July 2 and July 30. On Aug. 27, another $1 million winner and five more full-scholarship winners will be announced.


So far, more than 780,000 vaccinated Kentuckians have signed up for the $1 million drawing and nearly 46,000 vaccinated youth have signed up for the full scholarship drawing. Since the Shot at a Million incentive program was announced, 268,550 Kentuckians received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.


Executive Branch State Employee Vaccine Incentives
The Governor said starting in January, when COVID-19 vaccines started to become more readily available, his administration allowed all Executive Branch employees up to two hours of scheduled work time to take each of the COVID-19 vaccines – with prior supervisory approval. Additionally, Executive Branch employees are able to receive up to 7.5/8 hours of leave for recuperation from any side effects that may occur.


Today, Gov. Beshear added a new incentive to encourage some state employees to get vaccinated: Active, permanent, full and part-time Executive Branch employees will be awarded one additional day of annual leave upon submission of proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination (or first dose in a series) on or since Dec. 1, 2020. Any constitutional office that would like to participate in this initiative should submit a request to the Personnel Cabinet.


“Your state government does critical, even life-saving work – things like inspecting bridges, preventing child abuse, protecting health care and the right to vote and increasing the number of good jobs in the commonwealth that help our people put food on the table for their families,” said Gov. Beshear. “To keep the services in place that we provide to help Kentuckians, we need to get more people vaccinated.”


Kentucky’s Economic Momentum Continues to Build
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman highlighted four major economic development projects in the commonwealth announced in the past week. In 2021, companies have announced more than 60 projects totaling more than $2.6 billion in investments and creating 5,500 jobs.


“Kentucky’s economy has been on fire and that momentum continued this week,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “We are building an economy and workforce of the future by investing in our children’s education and combining that with the innovation and dedication of these companies.”


  • Firestone Industrial Products Whitley County Expansion: On Monday, Gov. Beshear joined executives from Firestone Industrial Products Co. LLC and local officials to break ground on the company’s 250-job expansion in Williamsburg, a project that includes a more than $50 million investment to increase production of automotive air springs in support of the burgeoning electric vehicle market. To learn more, see the full release.
  • Pennington Stave & Cooperage Building Upgrades in Metcalfe County: On Tuesday, Gov. Beshear announced a $616,900 grant for improvements at a building in the Metcalfe County Industrial Park that will house Pennington Stave & Cooperage LLC (PS&C, LLC). The company will manufacture staves and barrels for bourbon and whiskey production, building on positive momentum in the growing spirits industry in the commonwealth. PS&C LLC will invest $3.5 million in new equipment and create 60 jobs with above-average wages for Kentuckians in the Metcalfe County area. To learn more, see the full release.
  • R.A. Jones: On Wednesday, Gov. Beshear announced R.A. Jones & Co., a designer and manufacturer of packaging equipment, will upgrade its Kenton County facility with a more than $2 million investment that will create 20 high-wage jobs. To learn more, see the full release.
  • WellCare of Kentucky: Today, Gov. Beshear announced WellCare of Kentucky, a Medicaid and Medicare services provider, is adding 18 full-time jobs at its national call center in Hazard, nearly doubling employment at the facility. The Eastern Kentucky facility was selected for the expansion over call centers in Nashville, Tenn., San Antonio, Texas, and Tempe, Ariz. Including the new positions, WellCare’s call center will infuse over $1.6 million in wages annually into the community. To learn more, see the full release.


Team Kentucky All-Stars
On July 30, there was a severe storm in Nicholas County that caused historic flooding. There was more rainfall in 110 minutes in this area than there typically is in the entire month of July. The flooding caused multiple road closures, flooded streets and vehicles, destroyed approximately 80 homes and 30 businesses and caused at least $1.5 million in infrastructure damage. Tragically, one resident drowned in the flood.


“The damage from this flood is staggering. But this community is not backing down. Instead, folks are coming together to help one another get through this and rebuild,” the Governor said. “They are this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. I want to thank first responders, health care workers, emergency management personnel and every Kentuckian in Nicholas County who has stepped up to be their brother and sister’s keeper. All of Team Kentucky is with you.”


On Tuesday, Gov. Beshear issued a state of emergency to unlock more resources for assistance. He also sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting that the Federal Emergency Management Agency conduct Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments in Nicholas County.


Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Coleman visited the community to tour the damage and meet Kentuckians working together to help their neighbors. To learn more, see the full release.


Yesterday, Gov. Beshear announced that a multiagency recovery center will open this week to assist impacted Nicholas County residents. To learn more, see the full release.




Jeffrey Rowe, 37, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Officer Brumley with the Kentucky State Police last night. Rowe was charged with Improper Passing, Reckless Driving, No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, 1st Offense and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operator License.


Angela Covey, 30, of Albany, KY was taken into custody by Deputy Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office last night. Covey was charged with Carless Driving, Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Offense (Meth), Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Substance, 1st and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License.




Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that his office, with assistance from the Russell Springs Police Department and KY State Police, continue to stop illegal drug trafficking in Russell County. Within the last 2 weeks, two individuals (two separate incidents) were arrested on drug trafficking and possession charges.


On July 29, 2021 at 9:55pmCT, Deputies Meyer, Phipps, and Pace from the Russell County Sheriffs Office, assisted by the Russell Springs Police Department, arrested Joey L. Popplewell, 41, of Jamestown, KY. He was at a residence off Carlos Foley Road in the Webbs Cross Roads area of Russell County and was charged with Trafficking in controlled substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Trafficking in a controlled substance 3rd, 1st offense (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Controlled Substance 2nd Degree (Drug Unspecified), Giving Officer False Information, Prescription Drugs not in Proper Container, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was also served with 2 active Bench Warrants for Probation Violation. Popplewell had a large amount of cash on him ($1,725) that was also seized.


On August 4, 2021 Deputy Corey Meyer made a traffic stop on a vehicle for a broken windshield at the Cumberland Lodge which led to a Monticello man, 27-year-old Brandon Bratcher, being arrested on the following charges: Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 2nd offense (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroin), Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Theft of Identity, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and was served with an Outstanding Felony Warrant out of Monticello.


If anyone suspects illegal srug activity in your area, please contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-Line at 270-343-8116, the Russell Springs Police Department at 270-866-3636, or the Jamestown Police Department at 270-343-3300. All callers will remain anonymous.





Kentucky has reported its highest daily number of new COVID-19 cases since early February


Gov. Andy Beshear is warning that the growing outbreak will lead to more deaths. The state reported 2,583 new coronavirus cases and 10 more virus-related deaths Wednesday. Beshear says the rate of Kentuckians testing positive for COVID-19 surpassed 10% as the highly contagious delta variant spreads. He says Kentucky also has its most virus patients hospitalized and in intensive care units since February. The governor continues to urge people to get vaccinated against the virus.





Columbia has a new Fire Chief after long-time Chief Mike Glasgow retired. Tyler Solum is the new Fire Chief and he has been sworn into office by Mayor Pamela Hoots (see pic below).


Tyler Solum has been sworn in as the new Columbia Fire Chief by Mayor Pam Hoots. Also in the picture is Mike Glasgow and Tyler's wife, Sara Solum.


The Columbia-Adair County Fire Department would like to thank Steve Mckinney and Napa Auto parts for their generous donation of oil dry to the fire department. Also, thanks to Columbia Wal-Mart for your donation of a pallet of drinking water. We truly appreciate the support we receive from the community!



There will be a Special Called School Board Meeting on Friday, August 6, 2021 at 5:30pmCT at the Adair County Board Conference Room.
**Meeting called to order**
***Superintendent Dr. Stephens and Adair County Board Members will open the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance***



The 127 Yard Sale, the World's Largest Yard Sale, is BACK! The Russell County Chamber of Commerce reminds you to show your hospitality and PATIENCE as you travel Hwy. 127.  BE KIND and SHARE A SMILE! Who knows what you might find or discover!



The Columbia Police Department responded to Edna Drive Tuesday night, August 3, 2021 after a reported altercation between a male subject and two females. The male reportedly pointed a firearm at the victims and prevented them from leaving the area. 
Upon arrival, officers located and detained the subject, 30-year-old Stephen Crew of Columbia, KY before taking him into custody after a brief on-scene investigation. Crew was charged with Menacing as well as Wanton Endangerment 1st and Unlawful Imprisonment, both felonies. 
Officer Justin Cross made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Sgt. Drew Conn.




Chris Carson age 37, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Officer Necessary with the Russell Spring Police Department just before 4 a.m. this morning. Carson was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Meth). He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.



Jamestown City Council met last night with only a couple items on the agenda for the special session. 

The meeting included an executive session by the city leaders. Mayor Nick Shearer tells WAVE listeners what took place... 




Jamestown Elementary School will have a Special Called School-Based Decision Making Council meeting on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 9:00amCT in the JES Conference Room.




    1. Approve Agenda
    2. Reading and Approval of Minutes from July 20, 2021
  2. EXECUTIVE SESSION per KRS 61.810(1)(f)
    1. Review of applications for P-5 position, Instructional Assistant Positions
    2. Return to Open Session for possible action



Mel Hankla, founder of American Historic Services LLC, will be appearing in Columbia on, Friday, September 17, 2021. Hankla is a noted collector, researcher, lecturer, and writer of Kentucky heritage.
Hankla, who is an active member of the Kentucky Rifle Association, is a past president of the Contemporary Longrifle Association and editor-in-chief of American Tradition Magazine.
He grew up in Jamestown, KY and attended Western Kentucky University. His bachelor’s degree is in Agriculture, and Wildlife Management & Ecology. His Master’s degree is in Administration. In 2010, he completed an Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Administration through Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville Cooperative Doctoral Program.
He has worked for 25 years with the Kentucky Humanities Council presenting Chautauqua characters of frontiersman Simon Kenton and General George Rogers Clark. In 2012, he was cast for the leading role in the PBS documentary "An Audacious American", the story of Kentucky abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay.
Hankla will be signing his book: "Into The Bluegrass" at the Trabue Russell House on September 17th. This will be in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of the Trabue Russell House.

Gov. Beshear Announces More Than $600,000 Award to Upgrade Building in Metcalfe County Industrial Park


EDMONTON, Ky. (Aug. 3, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced a $616,900 grant for improvements at a building in the Metcalfe County Industrial Park that will house Pennington Stave & Cooperage LLC (PS&C, LLC). The company will manufacture staves and barrels for bourbon and whiskey production, building on positive momentum in the growing spirits industry in the commonwealth.


“Kentucky’s economy is on fire, and today’s announcement adds to our economic progress by creating more quality jobs in Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “Pennington Stave & Cooperage will add to the growth we’re seeing in Kentucky’s robust spirits industry, especially our signature bourbon industry.”


Funding comes from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in addition to $1 million previously awarded from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and $91,000 in local funds, making the project total $1,707,000.


The CDBG award funded construction, including the costs of electric, water, concrete, sewer and fixtures in the 30,000-square-foot speculation building that will house the company. The ARC funding will be used for additional utility work and the interior build-out of the building. PS&C LLC will invest $3.5 million in new equipment and create 60 jobs with above-average wages for Kentuckians in the Metcalfe County area.


“PS&C LLC is proud to locate in Edmonton, Kentucky,” said Chad Pennington, president of PS&C LLC. “Being a part of Kentucky’s iconic bourbon industry and bringing jobs to the local community is something we are excited about. We look forward to the growth of the company and the opportunities it will bring to citizens in the area.”


“The Metcalfe County Fiscal Court has worked tirelessly alongside the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton/Metcalfe Industrial Development Authority to bring Pennington Stave & Cooperage to Metcalfe County,” said Metcalfe County Judge/Executive Harold Stilts. “This industry will be a great asset to our area by providing a positive economic impact in offering approximately 60 new jobs. We reached out to the Governor’s Office and the Department for Local Government for assistance in this venture, and both offices were able to assist us tremendously. We greatly appreciate all their efforts in making this industry a reality. With all grants and funding in place, we are ready to begin the startup process in getting Pennington Stave & Cooperage into operation.”


PS&C LLC expects to have this facility up and running by the end of 2021. Upon completion of the project, they will have the ability to produce 25,000 staves daily using one production line.


“The Metcalfe County Southside Industrial Park’s partnership with PS&C will have a long lasting economic impact for generations to come,” said Eric Sexton, Barren River Area Development District (BRADD) executive director, whose organization helped bring the project to fruition. “The embodiment of BRADD’s mission is to improve the quality of life of our citizens. Thanks to our local, state and federal partnerships, the investment in this project will do just that, not only for Metcalfe County and the City of Edmonton, but for our entire region.”


The Department for Local Government (DLG) administers ARC funding in Kentucky. Since the beginning of his administration, Gov. Beshear has announced more than $86 million in investment through DLG for more than 200 projects that are helping to update infrastructure, support Kentuckians and diversify regional economies.






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A Burkesville man was arrested on drug charges Monday.

Andrew Weiss, 22, was taken into custody by Officer Williams with the Burkesville Police Department. Weiss was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Offense more than 2 Grams (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possess, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified) and Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container 1st Offense. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.




The Columbia City Council met last evening. Jim Lieb with WAVE NEWS was at the meeting and spoke with Mayor Pam Hoots... 




There will be a special called RCHS SBDM council meeting at 4:30pmCT in the college and career readiness office at the school on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 to interview assistant principal candidates. 





Date Issued: 8/2/2021

Time Issued: 7:30 pm


BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers at 6168-8520 Greensburg Rd, Milltown Church Rd., Milltown Rd and Portland Rd and all side roads in between. The advisory has been issued due to main line break. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality. For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.


Governor Beshear to Announce Industrial Park Improvements in Metcalfe County on Aug. 3rd

WHO:   Gov. Andy Beshear 
             Congressman James Comer 
             Dennis Keene, commissioner, Department for Local Government 
             Tim Hughes, Department of Agriculture 
             Metcalfe County Judge/Executive Harold Stilts 
             Edmonton Mayor Doug Smith 
             Matt South, chair, Edmonton/Metcalfe Industrial Development Authority
             Chad Pennington, owner, Pennington Stave and Cooperage
WHAT:  The Governor will join state & local leaders to announce funding for improvements to the industrial  park in Edmonton and benefits for economic development in the area.
WHEN:  Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 10:00amCT
WHERE:  102 Commercial Drive, Edmonton, KY


Campbellsville Police has received numerous complaints of fake money being passed in the Campbellsville area.
There is not just one denomination of cash being passed, they have received complaints of 5, 10, and 20 dollar bills being passed at different establishments in the area. The currency has a different feel and the word, “REPLICA”, is printed on the bills. The statement: “this note is not legal, it is to be used for motion pictures”, is also printed in small letters on the left side of the note.
Campbellsville Police encourages all businesses taking cash to slow down and pay attention to the cash that is being passed. They also encourage businesses to use a counterfeit marker on all denominations of currency.  



On Monday, August 2, 2021 at 7:52amET, Campbellsville Police received a complaint of an armed robbery at Bo’s Smoke Shop on East Broadway.  
A black male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses, and a mask entered the store with a handgun and demanded money. He then fled the scene with an undetermined amount of money.
Suspect description:
  • Black male
  • Height: approx. 6’ tall
  • Weighs approx. 160 lbs
  • Wearing a black hoodie, sunglasses, and a mask 


If you have any information, please contact Campbellsville Police at 270-465- 4122.
Officer Aaron Fields is investigating the robbery.



TJ Regional Health has been notified that scammers have recently called patients posing as employees of T.J. Regional Health. The wording may vary, but in general, the caller states that they are updating their records and are then asking for the patient’s Medicare number and/or other private information. 
If you receive a call of this nature, it’s okay – and even encouraged – to be skeptical and to protect yourself by asking questions and confirming that the call is legitimate. Feel free to ask the caller for the name of their supervisor and for a call-back number. Representatives from T.J. Regional Health will only contact you in conjunction with a service you are planning to have or have already completed (such as a doctor’s visit, a test or a procedure). 
Please share this information to raise awareness about scam calls and to help everyone in our communities protect their personal information.

Gov. Beshear Announces New Testing and Vaccine Program in State-Run Health Care Facilities


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 2, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear discussed the latest on the COVID-19 delta variant in Kentucky and explained how Kentucky is leading by example with a new testing and vaccine program at state-run health care facilities.


“We are back into a period of time where a whole lot of things are moving – in the public sector, at the federal level – and we are learning more about the delta variant,” said Gov. Beshear. “The delta variant is spreading like wildfire. This variant is spreading faster than anything we have seen. If you’re unvaccinated, you are at significant risk.”


Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander, who joined the Governor on Monday, explained that universal masking will be required in all state-run health care facilities, including veterans nursing homes, effective tomorrow, Aug. 3. In addition, following the recommendation of the Long-Term Care Task Force, the cabinet will strongly encourage all contractors and state employees working in these state-operated facilities be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 1, unless there is a religious or medical reason they cannot be vaccinated. If any of the staff in these facilities is unvaccinated, they will be tested at least twice weekly for their safety and the safety of the Kentuckians they serve.


“Despite all of our efforts, this virus has claimed lives in our facilities, just as it has in facilities across America, and it threatens to do so again,” said Secretary Friedlander. “Increasing the vaccination rate and/or testing rates for staff is a critical next step to ensure that we defeat this COVID variant and provide the best protection possible for the people who receive care in our facilities.”


The latest move comes after Gov. Beshear announced last week new COVID-19 precautions based on updated guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Governor required all employees and visitors at state office buildings, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings. Many businesses and organizations have followed by increasing indoor masking, including Ford Motor Co. in Louisville.


In accordance with CDC guidance, Gov. Beshear also recommended school districts 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. 


“We want to get back to normal. Those who are not vaccinated are preventing us from getting back to normal,” said Gov. Beshear. “If you’re unvaccinated, your chances of being in the hospital are significantly higher than those who are vaccinated.”


COVID-19 Case Information, Aug. 2
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,319,625
Number of unique individuals who have received a vaccine dose since Friday: 22,663


New Cases: 1,052
Positivity Rate: 9.77%
Current Hospitalizations:
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 250
Currently on Ventilators: 98


Executive Order Renewing Emergency Order for Pharmacists
On Friday, Gov. Beshear signed an executive order renewing emergency orders for pharmacists to ensure their authority in the ongoing battle against COVID-19. The order says pharmacists located in any Kentucky county may dispense emergency refills of up to a 30-day supply of any non-scheduled medication for residents of any county in the state.




Adair County Fair Pageant Winners....
















Winner:  Lanti Bleu Russell, 2-month-old daughter of Scott and Amy Russell of Liberty

1st runner-up:  Aubree Fern Caudill, 3-month-old daughter of Josh and Morgan Caudill of Columbia

2nd runner-up:  Wesslynn Kay Morgan, 3-month-old daughter of Cheyenne and Randy Morgan of Columbia



Winner:  Westin Estes, 1-month-old son of Brianna and Roger Estes of Columbia



Winner:  Alaya Brooke Creekmore, 9-month-old daughter of Joseph Creekmore and Natalie Polston of Russell County

1st runner-up:  Kaydence Layne Burton, 7-month-old daughter of Kevin and Christina Burton of Columbia

2nd runner-up:  Evelyn May Gosser, 10-month-old daughter of Cody and Mackenzie Gosser of Russell Springs



Winner:  Payton Lane Estes, 1-year-old daughter of Brianna and Roger Estes of Columbia

1st runner-up:  Baylee Cowan, 1-year-old daughter of Brady and Kara Cowan of Columbia

2nd runner-up:  Abileigh Westray, 1-year-old daughter of Desaray and Joshua Westray of Columbia



Winner:  Lucas Blake Caldwell, son of Jeff and Tiffany Caldwell of Columbia

1st runner up:  Jaxon Ray Bell, 1-year-old son of Bradley and Erin Bell of Glensfork

2nd runner-up (TIE):  Noah Dudley, son of Jennifer and Ricky Dudley of Edmonton AND Isaiah Olson, son of Alexandra & Michael Olson of Columbia



Winner: Linleigh Robert Roy, daughter of Michael and Miranda Roy of Russell Springs

1st runner-up: Remington Ballenger, daughter of Dustin and Makayla of Russell County

2nd runner-up: Isabella Hope Rossa, daughter of Jeremy and Ronika Rossa of Nancy



Winner: Tucker Asbery, son of Travis and Rhonda Asbery of Moreland

1st runner-up: Kaiden Liam Creekmore, son of Joseph Creekmore and Natalie Polston of Russell County



Winner: Bailee Rae Parrigin, daughter of Matt and Courtney Parrigin of Albany

1st runner-up Natalee Privett, daughter of Nathanael and Savannah Privett of Hustonville

2nd runner-up:  Drionna Jayde Ennis, daughter of Dion Ennis and Tara Johnson of Russell Springs



Winner: Kaiden Hinebaurgh, son of Brianna and Roger Estes of Columbia

1st runner-up:  Kasen Maulden, son of Taylor and James Maulden of Columbia



Winner:  Nellie Davis, daughter of Ashley and Michelle Davis of Jamestown and Hank Coffey, son of Kennedy and Ashton Coffey of Jamestown 

1st runner-up:  Camryn Kate Wilson, daughter of Zachary and Danielle Wilson of Russell Springs and Tyson Lee Luttrell, son of Brand and Brittany Luttrell of Jamestown

2nd runner-up:  Annabelle Walden, daughter of Travis and Lydia Walden of Campbellsville and Drew Craig, son of Michael and Jessica Craig of Lebanon



Winner of Miss Pre-Teen Adair County Fair:  Leah Lain Howard, daughter of Alex and Mary Ellen Howard of Columbia

Winner of Miss Pre-Teen Adair County:  Abby Grace Maulden, daughter of James and Taylor Maulden of Columbia

1st runner-up:  Rylee Joan Bennett, daughter of Chasity and the late Casey Bennett of Columbia

2nd runner-up:  Sophie Anderson, daughter of Jack and Melanie Anderson of Tompkinsville



Winner of Miss Teen Adair County Fair:  Jamie Hiser, daughter of Tina and Craig Hiser of Barren County

Winner of Miss Teen Adair County:  Kiley Mari Parker, daughter of Michelle Parker of Columbia

1st runner-up:  Allison Ella Shae Burnett, daughter of Billy and Elaine Burnett of Gamaliel

2nd runner-up:  Marque Hicks, daughter of Damon Hicks of Columbia



Winner:  Makehcsle Fair Woods, daughter of Brandan and Amanda Woods of Liberty

1st runner-up:  Shne Crain, daughter of Steve and Patty Crain of Horse Cave

2nd runner-up:  Katie Beth Smith, daughter of Hank and Laura Smith of Hustonville




Robert Loy, 33, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Officer Necessary of the Russell Springs Police Department just after midnight. Loy was charged with: Speeding 20 mph over the speed limit, Reckless Driving, Operating Motor Vehicle under the Influence  Alcohol .08 – 1st, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, No Registration Receipt, Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle) Disregarding Stop Sign and Failure to or Improper Signal. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.



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