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Local News Archives for 2021-09

JAMESTOWN CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP

 

Jamestown Mayor Nick Shearer tells WAVE listeners what took place at todays special called meeting... 
 

 

RUSSELL COUNTY SHERIFF POLSTON ANNOUNCES DEPUTY'S GRADUATION

 

Russell County, lets all congratulate Deputy Sheriff Ron Golden on his graduation from the Department of Criminal Justice in Richmond, KY - Class #519. This is Sheriff Polston's 2nd Deputy that has been put thru the Academy. Deputy Corey Meyer was the other one. May God keep you safe during your career in Law Enforcement.

 

RUSSELL CO. FISCAL COURT SPECIAL CALLED MEETING OCT. 4TH

 
The Russell County Fiscal Court will have a Called Fiscal Court Meeting on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 9:00amCT. 
 
AGENDA
  1. CRIME STOPPERS RESOLUTION 
  2. CDBG UTILITY GRANT DOCUMENTS 
  3. ADJOURN 

 

 

LWC ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME CEREMONY POSTPONED

 

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The Lindsey Wilson College Athletics Hall of Fame scheduled for Saturday, October 2, 2021 has been postponed. A makeup date will be announced later in October.

 

With the tragic passing of Lindsey Wilson athletics administrative assistant Beth Boisvert on Sunday and her funeral schedule for Saturday, athletics department personnel, with the blessing of the hall of fame inductees, decided to postpone to a later date.

 

“Everyone in the athletics department is heartbroken over the loss of our dear friend,” Lindsey Wilson athletics director Willis Pooler said. “It is important to us to be able to attend her funeral and pay our respects to Beth and her family.

 

“I would like to thank our hall of fame inductees for their understanding and willingness to postpone our event,” Pooler added. “This is the highest honor we can bestow on a student-athlete and there should be nothing but a celebratory atmosphere. With Beth’s passing, it is difficult right now to celebrate. Again, thank you to our inductees and their families and friends for understanding.”

 

Krista Burton, Terran Duncan, and Tyler Sharpe were announced as the 20th Lindsey Wilson College Athletics Hall of Fame class in mid-August. Click here to read more about the 2021 LWC Athletics Hall of Fame Class.

 

CIRCUIT CLERKS' TRUST FOR LIFE POSTPONES CONCERT UNTIL APRIL 2022 DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

 

Due to the spike in the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life (TFL) and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates have postponed the Live To Save Lives Concert to Friday, April 8, 2022. The live concert event will take place at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Ky.

 

“Although we are disappointed to postpone this exciting event in Kentucky, we know the safety of our communities, especially our transplant recipients must be top priority. Please mark your calendar to join us for this free, inspiring concert during Donate Life Month on April 8. 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 2022 concert line-up will feature Arlo McKinley with Hello June as the opening band.

 

Although the concert is postponed, you should not postpone making your decision to register as an organ donor online at www.donatelifeky.org. There are no age limits or medical requirements to register as an organ donor.  Everyone can register while obtaining a driver’s license or Real ID.

 

313 New Covid-19 Cases in Lake Cumb. District; 3 New Deaths (including 2 Adair Co. Residents)

 

IMPORTANT – Due to the continued increase in positive cases it may be several days before you are contacted by the health department. If you’ve tested positive for COVID19 please isolate yourself immediately, do NOT wait on a call from the health department. Please notify anyone you may have been in contact with so they can begin quarantine. Visit www.lcdhd.org for more specific COVID-19 guidance.

 

Of today’s 313 reported cases, 279 (89%) were unvaccinated and 91 of today’s cases (29%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 10.05%.

 

Deaths: We are sad to report 3 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 611 deaths resulting in a 1.65% mortality rate (about 1 in 61) among known cases. This compares with a 1.27% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.6% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 64 cases in the hospital. This is 10 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,624 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.39% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 23) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.19%. The latest data shows that 60.44% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 32.43% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 36,972 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 17.7% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.28% are reinfections, and 5.45% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 6.89% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 205 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 16; Casey: 7; Clinton: 11; Cumberland: 2; Green: 26; McCreary: 32; Pulaski: 42; Russell: 24; Taylor: 30; and, Wayne: 15. In all, we have released 95.2% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 105 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 1,148 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,812.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Long-term Care/Residential Facilities. Of our active cases, 8% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 313 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 10; Casey: 18; Clinton: 25; Cumberland: 8; Green: 18; McCreary: 57; Pulaski: 97; Russell: 22; Taylor: 31; and, Wayne: 27. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00668. This means our total case count is projected to double every 104.12 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

 

If the numbers appear to be “off” tonight, we moved one case from Pulaski County to McCreary County and one case from Russell County to Adair County due to corrected addresses.

 

The deaths reported tonight include two Adair County residents (both unvaccinated) and one Green County resident (unvaccinated). We are so very sorry for these losses.

 

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 22,903 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.55% were unvaccinated.

 

Below are our area’s COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average.

  • State – 60.00%
  • Taylor – 53.01%
  • Pulaski – 49.38%
  • Russell – 46.54%
  • Green – 41.68%
  • McCreary – 41.30%
  • Wayne – 41.17%
  • Cumberland – 41.03%
  • Clinton – 38.97%
  • Adair – 38.02%
  • Casey – 35.60%

 

For more statewide information click: statewide information.

 

AREA ARRESTS 09-30-21

 
Edward Lee Morgan, 51, of Columbia, KY - arrested by the ACSO Thursday afternoon on a Fugitive from Another State Warrant.
 
Buddy Dyer, 34, of Burkesville, KY - arrested early Thursday morning by the CCSO for Criminal Trespassing, Public Intoxication, Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Assaulting a Police Officer. 
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

RCHS Paving/Drainage Project to Begin Today (Thursday, September 30th)

 
We are extremely pleased that our high-school parking lots/drives are going to be paved along with the area in front of the ANC. In order to ensure (barring weather delays, etc.) that the bulk of the project can be completed during fall break the milling of the main student parking (area between RCHS & the ANC) will need to begin this week, Thursday, September 30. On Wednesday afternoon, the main student parking area will be gated off. When students drive to school on Thursday and Friday of this week they will need to park at the lower level of the Lake Cumberland Regional College & Workforce Center (north end of the high school), in front of the ANC or other areas as directed by school administrators and/or school resource officers, etc.  When parking at the lower level of the Lake Cumberland Regional College & Workforce Center, students will need to enter the lower level doors and walk through the LCRCWC to the high-school.  If students park in front of the ANC, they will need to enter the ANC lobby doors and exit the EAST side of the ANC, following the sidewalk to the high-school.  
 
There is a home volleyball game on Thursday and a home football game on Friday. The main parking lot area will still not be accessible Thursday evening for the volleyball game and may not be accessible on Friday evening for the football game (even if it is accessible, it will only be a base coat and will not be stripped). Obviously, this will lead to congestion but we ask for everyone’s patience and to utilize other available parking (front of ANC, RCMS, lower level of the LCRCWC, etc.).  
 
There is a possibility that the main drive leading into the high-school will be reduced to one lane on Thursday and/or Friday of this week. If that occurs, exiting traffic will be rerouted. Again, patience will be key. If you pick your child up in the afternoon, I would encourage you to wait until after school dismisses to come to RCHS and/or RCMS because there will not be any extra parking.
 
Again, we just ask for everyone’s patience…this will be short term disruption for a long term gain!
 

Michael A. Ford
Superintendent

Russell County Schools

 

Magician Lance Burton Guest Entertainment at RC Chamber Banquet Oct. 28th

 

Tickets are available now for chamber members only!  Tickets will go on sale to the general public after Oct. 8th (if there are any available).

 
The Russell County Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet will be held on Thursday, October 28th @ the ANC. Doors will open at 6:00 PM. Due to COVID concerns, individual charcuterie boxes with drink will be available prior to the awards ceremony. As you move into the auditorium, please be considerate of social distancing. 
 
The Chamber is excited to announce that MASTER MAGICIAN, LANCE BURTON will be the featured entertainment for this year's banquet along with Keith West. Lance is a native of Columbia, KY and has performed more than 15,000 shows in Las Vegas from 1979-2010. Tickets are available at the Chamber office for $30.00 each now until October 8th. Tickets will then be available to the general public at local banks. *Cash or check will be acceptable payment.*  Due to COVID concerns, tickets are limited, so be sure to get yours soon! 
 

COVID-19 News Brief & Vaccination Update 9/28/2021 - 8 New Deaths

 

Of today’s 364 reported cases, 319 (88%) were unvaccinated and 75 of today’s cases (21%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 10.4%.

 

Deaths: We regret we must report 8 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 608 deaths resulting in a 1.66% mortality rate (about 1 in 60) among known cases. This compares with a 1.26% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.6% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 54 cases in the hospital. This is 9 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,611 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.39% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 23) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.2%. The latest data shows that 56.18% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 32.89% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 36,659 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 17.55% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.28% are reinfections, and 5.44% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 6.73% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 250 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 22; Casey: 13; Clinton: 10; Cumberland: 4; Green: 16; McCreary: 39; Pulaski: 45; Russell: 26; Taylor: 42; and, Wayne: 33. In all, we have released 95.5% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 106 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 1,043 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,814.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Long-term Care/Residential Facilities. Of our active cases, 7% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 364 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 39; Casey: 21; Clinton: 10; Green: 26; McCreary: 25; Pulaski: 138; Russell: 30; Taylor: 39; and, Wayne: 36. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00694. This means our total case count is projected to double every 100.29 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

 

The deaths reported on Tuesday night include one Adair County resident (unvaccinated), one Cumberland County resident (unvaccinated), three McCreary County residents (two unvaccinated, one vaccinated), and three Pulaski County residents (two unvaccinated, one vaccinated). We are so very sorry for these losses.

 

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 22,590 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.56% were unvaccinated.

 

Below are our area’s COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average (last updated 9/24/2021).

State – 60.00%
Taylor – 52.42%
Pulaski – 48.89%
Russell – 46.21%
Green – 41.08%
McCreary – 40.80%
Wayne – 40.42%
Cumberland – 40.26%
Clinton – 37.99%
Adair – 37.71%
Casey – 35.29%

 

For more statewide information click: statewide information.

 

Gov. Beshear Honors 14 'Selfless Heroes' at Kentucky Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service Including Green Co. Fireman....

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear remembered 14 “selfless heroes” who died in the line of duty, as their names were added to the Kentucky Fallen Firefighters Memorial at Juniper Hill Park.

 

“As we add these names and reflect on this day, we must always remember these names represent real people, real Kentuckians, who meant so much to their loved ones, to their friends, to their communities,” said Gov. Beshear. “My faith tells me that these are all irreplaceable children of God. Let us be inspired by their lives as we move through our days and remember to live for one another in times of crisis and times of calm.”

 

The Governor joined Kentucky Professional Fire Fighters, the Kentucky Firefighters Association, the Kentucky Association of Fire Chiefs, the Kentucky Fire Commission, Franklin County Judge/Executive Huston Wells, Frankfort Mayor Layne Wilkerson, the Franklin County Fire Department and the Frankfort Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department for the 20th Annual Kentucky Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service.

 

The ceremony celebrated the lives and legacies of:

  • Barbara Bordenkircher, Wickliffe Rural Fire Department
  • Dale Brown, Covington Fire Department
  • Gerald Cox, Priceville Fire Department
  • Virgil Craven, Fulton Fire Department
  • Walter Gay, Berea Fire Department
  • Arthur Henley, New Haven Fire Department
  • Ronald Ingram, Woodford County Fire Department
  • Jonathan Jacobs, Georgetown Fire Department
  • Johnnie Jessie, Greensburg-Green County Fire Department
  • Charles Keller, Louisville Fire Department
  • John Martin, Louisville Fire Department
  • James McKenzie, Pikeville Fire Department
  • Curley Moore, Left Beaver Fire Department and
  • Charles Wilburn, Kentucky Division of Forestry

 

“The Kentucky Professional Fire Fighters express our sincerest gratitude to Gov. Beshear for attending this solemn ceremony to recognize those in our profession who paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Joe Baer, president of Kentucky Professional Fire Fighters.

 

“There are no more essential workers than our first responders: Those who run into a burning building; those who get up every morning, put on their uniforms and leave the safety of their homes and families willing to risk their lives for others,” said Gov. Beshear. “And while we’ve come to expect this of our firefighters, this is the kind of work that takes a heavy toll even in the best of times. It’s important that you know I and my administration are supporting the crucial work Kentucky’s firefighters do in communities across the commonwealth every day.”

 

Columbia Christmas Parade Being Organized; "To The Nines" is this Friday...

 
Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commmerce members have been meeting and organizing the 2021 Christmas Parade scheduled for Saturday, December 4th. The theme is "A Hometown Christmas". Feel free to also honor any Hometown Heroes you wish with your parade entry. All participants must register with the Chamber of Commerce by calling 270-384-6020 or by emailing coladair@duo-county.com.  Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated floats. The parade will begin at 6:00pm with the lineup beginning at 4:30pm. Chamber members are needed to help with the parade lineup. If you can help, call 270-384-6020 or email: coladair@duo-county.com.
 
Also, remember ‘To the Nines’ is this Friday evening, October 1st, 2021 until 9:00pmCT. Come shop, dine and enjoy the fun on the square in downtown Columbia!
 

Adair County Woman Injured in 2-Vehicle Collision in Campbellsville

 

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 12:32pmET, Campbellsville Police responded to a collision with injuries on Broadway at the entrance to Obanion Tax Service.  
 
A 2015 Chevrolet Equinox, operated by 25-year old Jessica Burris of Columbia, KY collided with a 2014 Nissan Altima, operated by 65-year old Bonnie Gribbins of Campbellsville, KY.  
 
Ms. Burris was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS for possible injuries. Gribbins was not injured. 
 
Investigating Officer: Sgt. Brian Morgan
 
Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police, Campbellsville/Taylor Co. EMS & Campbellsville Fire 
 

LWC to Celebrate Methodist Heritage on Wednesday


The Lindsey Wilson College community will hold its annual Church College Celebration Day at 2:30 p.m. CT, on Wednesday, Sept. 29 in V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street.

 

The annual Church College Celebration Day observes Lindsey Wilson’s affiliation with the United Methodist Church. The ceremony will consist of songs of worship, scripture readings, and a college and church affirmation. The message will be delivered by Rev. Mark Dickinson, Superintendent for the South Central District of the Kentucky Conference.

 

Church College Celebration Day was started more than 20 years ago by then-LWC Provost and Dean of the Faculty Walter S. Reuling as an expression of the college's relationship with The United Methodist Church, which dates to LWC's founding in 1903.

 

All those attending are required to wear masks and social distancing will be implemented for seating in an effort to provide a safe environment. The event is open to the public.

 

For more information, contact LWC Assistant Professor of Religion Curt Lee at leec@lindsey.edu or call 270-384-7322.  
 

Russell County Woman Arrested on Meth and Other Charges...

 

Lakeisha Murrell, 20, was taken into custody by Officer Necessary with the Russell Springs Police Department just after 2:30amCT this morning. Murrell was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

PAINT THE TOWN WINNERS ANNOUNCED BY COLUMBIA MAYOR

 

The Paint the Town Sidewalk winners were announced recently

The City of Columbia would like to thank all the participants in the 2nd annual Paint The Town contest.

Residents, businesses, churches, and organizations did sidewalk art work around the public square.

Winners are:

Kid friendly: Natalie Gilbert with 3Trees Church

Color the City: Cayce Davenport

Best in show: Renee Stinson and Bethoni

Peace award: Milltown Methodist Church

Community participation: Glens Fork Nazarene Church

Best decoration: Nanwood Market

Most colorful: Pickett’s Chapel Church

Prizes were sponsored by Mayor Pamela Hoots.

10 New Covid Deaths in LC District; 4 in Adair!

 

Of today’s 429 reported cases, 385 (90%) were unvaccinated and 123 of today’s cases (29%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 10.55%.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 45 cases in the hospital. This is 5 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,597 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.4% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 23) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.2%. The latest data shows that 100% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 40.79% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Deaths: Today, we report 10 deaths for our district.  Four Adair County residents (all unvaccinated), one Casey County resident, one Green County resident, one McCreary County resident, one Pulaski County resident, one Russell County resident and one Taylor County resident – all unvaccinated. We are so sorry for the losses these families and our communities are enduring.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 36,295 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 17.38% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.27% are reinfections, and 5.4% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 6.29% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 638 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 30; Casey: 44; Clinton: 12; Cumberland: 30; Green: 26; McCreary: 76; Pulaski: 180; Russell: 84; Taylor: 80; and, Wayne: 76. In all, we have released 95.8% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 219 more than the new cases we added since our last report. This leaves us with 937 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,816.


Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 5% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).


New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 429 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 38; Casey: 10; Clinton: 8; Cumberland: 10; Green: 49; McCreary: 64; Pulaski: 124; Russell: 21; Taylor: 59; and, Wayne: 46. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00683. This means our total case count is projected to double every 101.81 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.


Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 22,226 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.60% were unvaccinated.

2 Columbia Residents Arrested on Receiving Stolen Property Charges


Columbia Police have made two arrests in connection with a burglary that occurred earlier this month at Diamonds on the Square.
 

The investigation had been ongoing with numerous tips given which led to warrants being issued on a male and a female on September 27th. A subsequent search of their residence on Hill Street yielded several thousands of dollars in merchandise including coins, jewelry, and other property. 

Kyle Jones, 38, of Columbia has been charged with two counts of receiving stolen property $10,000 or more as well as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

 

Marley Arms, 35, also of Columbia, has been charged with one count receiving stolen property $10,000 or more.

 

Officers also seized two vehicles while on the scene at Hill Street and were additionally made aware of an estimated $3,000 worth of property that had been sold to a jewelry store in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Officer Kevin Atwood is the investigating the incident. He was assisted by several other Columbia Police Department Officers.

 

308 New Covid Cases in Lake Cumb. District; 7 New Deaths

 

IMPORTANT – Due to the continued increase in positive cases it may be several days before you are contacted by the health department. If you’ve tested positive for COVID19 please isolate yourself immediately, do NOT wait on a call from the health department. Please notify anyone you may have been in contact with so they can begin quarantine. Visit www.lcdhd.org for more specific COVID-19 guidance.

 

Of today’s 308 reported cases, 275 (89%) were unvaccinated and 102 of today’s cases (33%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 10.99%.

 

Deaths: We are sad to report 7 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 590 deaths resulting in a 1.65% mortality rate (about 1 in 61) among known cases. This compares with a 1.26% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.6% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 40 cases in the hospital. This is 2 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,590 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.43% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 23) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.22%. The latest data shows that 98% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 39.47% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 35,866 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 17.17% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.25% are reinfections, and 5.4% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 6.39% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 290 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 27; Casey: 12; Clinton: 8; Cumberland: 9; Green: 26; McCreary: 28; Pulaski: 67; Russell: 36; Taylor: 39; and, Wayne: 38. In all, we have released 95.1% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 11 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 1,156 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,815.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 7% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).


New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 308 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 20; Casey: 13; Clinton: 13; Cumberland: 2; Green: 39; McCreary: 37; Pulaski: 58; Russell: 24; Taylor: 45; and, Wayne: 57. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00729. This means our total case count is projected to double every 95.45 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

 

The 7 deaths included in tonight’s report are four Pulaski County residents (two unvaccinated, two vaccinated), one Green County resident (unvaccinated), one Russell County resident (unvaccinated) and one Adair County resident (unvaccinated). 

 

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 21,797 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.60% were unvaccinated.

 

Below are our area’s COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average.
 

  • State – 60.00%
  • Taylor – 52.42%
  • Pulaski – 48.89%
  • Russell – 46.21%
  • Green – 41.08%
  • McCreary – 40.80%
  • Wayne – 40.42%
  • Cumberland – 40.26%
  • Clinton – 37.99%
  • Adair – 37.71%
  • Casey – 35.29%

 

For more statewide information click: statewide information

 

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Recommendations

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 27, 2021) – Following the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s amended authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, Gov. Andy Beshear said today that his administration recommends the following Kentuckians who received a Pfizer vaccine series get a booster six months after their second shot:
 

  • Individuals 65 and older;
  • Those living in a long-term care facility;
  • People 18 to 64 who have a medical condition that increases their risk of severe COVID-19 infection – examples of these include diabetes, heart, kidney or lung disease, or a BMI greater than 25; or
  • People 18 to 64 who are likely to get exposed at their place of work – examples of high-risk work environments include health care and education.

 

“What I want to do is clear up any confusion that’s out there and let you know who can get the boosters,” said Gov. Beshear. “If you are eligible, go get them. There are plenty of vaccine doses out there.”

 

In addition, the Governor said for immunocompromised individuals – for example, people who are undergoing cancer treatment or who are taking a high dose of an immunosuppressant – a third shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is recommended at least 28 days after the second shot.

 

For those who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, no booster dose is recommended at this time.

 

“It appears that because of these vaccines, new cases may not only be plateauing, but we may be seeing a decrease in cases, hospitalizations and the positivity rate,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

He added: “With that said, we are still seeing far too many deaths, and this strain is killing more and more younger Kentuckians, primarily those who are unvaccinated. On Saturday, our report included a 39-year-old woman from Bell County. If you’re in your teens, 20s, 30s or 40s – don’t wait. Get vaccinated as quickly as possible.”

 

Gov. Beshear also said the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services has confirmed five monoclonal antibody injection teams will arrive this week to provide treatment courses for Kentuckians with severe COVID-19.

 

“The teams are trained folks from the federal government that are going to come in and take over doing the monoclonal antibody treatments, which frees up other people in the hospital to tend to patients. Thursday, we are going to have our website up showing the 50-plus locations that you can get monoclonal antibodies, which will be in each area development district,” said Gov. Beshear. “We have been aggressive and we have argued our cause, which allowed us to receive more than the original ration, but over time that probably will not be the case. With our current rates of infection, there will not be enough for everyone.”

 

The injections will be administered subcutaneously (under the skin). Today, a team arrived at Baptist Health Corbin; on Sept. 29, teams will arrive at Highlands ARH Regional Medical Center in Floyd County and Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky; and on Oct 1, teams will arrive at Taylor Regional Hospital in Campbellsville and ARH Middlesboro. Each team will include two to four nurses and/or paramedics to assist with injections.

 

Kentucky National Guard, Nursing Student and Testing Support for Hospitals
Currently, over 500 Kentucky National Guard members are deployed at hospitals across the commonwealth to assist health care heroes as they fight COVID-19. In addition, 27 hospitals are receiving nursing student support from Galen College of Nursing, Eastern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, Jefferson Community and Technical College System campuses and regional Kentucky Community and Technical College System campuses.

 

The state is also sponsoring six community testing sites across Kentucky, in partnership with Gravity Diagnostics, the University of Kentucky and Wild Health.

 

“With the recent spike of the delta variant, we have been providing the community with quick testing so we can stay on top of this,” said Jordan Kelsey, clinical specialist at Gravity Diagnostics. “If we don’t have testing, people are going to spread this even worse than it currently is. We are able to provide a safe environment besides the emergency room (ER). Here, we can get people in and out quickly and help relieve the ER. We get results back in 24 hours, while other clinics can take up to two or three days.”

 

To see an updated map of all Kentucky National Guard, nursing student and testing support for hospitals, click here.

 

To learn more about the aggregate, anonymized demographics of Kentuckians who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, including age, race, gender and ethnicity, click here.

 

COVID-19 Case Information Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,688,829
Number of people who received at least one vaccine dose since Friday: 16,537

 

From March 1 to Sept. 22, 86.7% of COVID-19 cases, 92.1% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 84.6% of COVID-19 deaths in Kentucky have been among those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

 

The Governor reported that 60% of all Kentuckians, including those that are too young to be eligible, have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose; 71% of Kentuckians 12 or older, or 71%, of all eligible Kentuckians, have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose; and 73% of Kentucky adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.

 

Eleven Kentucky counties have reached the milestone of at least 60% of residents receiving at least their first dose: Anderson, Boone, Boyle, Campbell, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Kenton, Perry, Scott and Woodford.

 

Sept. 25, Cases: 3,171
Sept. 25, Deaths: 37
Sept. 26, Cases: 1,563
Sept. 26, Deaths: 31

New Cases Today: 1,729
New Deaths: 19
Today’s Positivity Rate: 10.55%
Current Hospitalizations: 2,045
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 617
Currently on Ventilators: 399

 

AREA ARRESTS 9-27-21

 

Jeremy Coffey, 46, of Russell Springs was taken into custody Sunday night by Officer Phelps with the Russell Springs Police Department. Coffey was charged with Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance 1st Offense, Improper Turning, and Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

James Deslongchamps, 42, of Campbellsville was arrested Sunday night by KSP Trooper Scott in Adair County. He was charged with Operating a Vehicle under the Influence Substance 1st, Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree (on Foot), Wanton Endangerment – 2nd Degree (Police Officer), Menacing, Resisting Arrest, Assault 3rd Degree (Police Officer or Probation Officer), and Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Brandon Shepherd, 42, of Russell Springs was arrested on Monday morning by the RCSO and charged with Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excluding alcohol). He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Campbellsville Woman Charged with Murder After Shooting & Killing her Husband

 

On Friday, September 24, 2021 at 10:55pmET, Campbellsville Police responded to a report of a shooting at 117 South Central Avenue. After an investigation, it was determined that 28-year old Katie Morrison of Campbellsville and her husband, 38-year old John H. Berry of Summersville, had gotten into an altercation.  During the altercation, Katie Morrison shot Mr. Berry.  
 
John Berry was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital where he later died. 
 
Katie Morrison was arrested and charged with Murder and lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.  
 
Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police 
Investigating Officer: Detective/Sergeant Nelson Bishop
 
 

WEEKEND ARRESTS 09-26-21

 

  • Felisha Dawn Mann, 34, of Russell Springs - arrested Friday morning for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Appear.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
  • Kendra Scott Wright, 30, of Burkesville - arrested late Saturday night by the CCSO for Failure to Signal, Careless Driving, DUI 2nd offense (Aggravating Circumstances), Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage in Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree(Drug Unspecified), Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, Prescription Controlled Substance Not In Proper Container, and No Seatbelt.
  • James Inman, 52, of Burkesville- arrested by BPD overnight for Public Intoxication.
  • James Lane, 20, of Columbia - arrested on Friday afternoon by KSP for Disorderly Conduct.
  • Dustin Hayes, 34, of Burkesville - arrested by the CCSO late Friday night for Reckless Driving, Fleeing or Evading Police, 2 counts of Wanton Endangerment, One Headlight, Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia, and Receiving Stolen Property (over $10,000).
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

7 New Covid Deaths in Lake Cumberland District

 

Of today’s 308 reported cases, 275 (89%) were unvaccinated and 102 of today’s cases (33%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 10.99%.

 

Deaths: We are sad to report 7 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 590 deaths resulting in a 1.65% mortality rate (about 1 in 61) among known cases. This compares with a 1.26% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.6% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 40 cases in the hospital. This is 2 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,590 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.43% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 23) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.22%. The latest data shows that 98% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 39.47% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experiencedtotal of 35,866 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 17.17% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.25% are reinfections, and 5.4% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 6.39% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 290 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 27; Casey: 12; Clinton: 8; Cumberland: 9; Green: 26; McCreary: 28; Pulaski: 67; Russell: 36; Taylor: 39; and, Wayne: 38. In all, we have released 95.1% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 11 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 1,156 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,815.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 7% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 308 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 20; Casey: 13; Clinton: 13; Cumberland: 2; Green: 39; McCreary: 37; Pulaski: 58; Russell: 24; Taylor: 45; and, Wayne: 57. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00729. This means our total case count is projected to double every 95.45 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

 

The 7 deaths included in tonight’s report are four Pulaski County residents (two unvaccinated, two vaccinated), one Green County resident (unvaccinated), one Russell County resident (unvaccinated) and one Adair County resident (unvaccinated). We are so sorry for the losses these families are enduring.

 

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 21,797 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.60% were unvaccinated.

 

Below are our area’s COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average.

State – 60.00%
Taylor – 52.42%
Pulaski – 48.89%
Russell – 46.21%
Green – 41.08%
McCreary – 40.80%
Wayne – 40.42%
Cumberland – 40.26%
Clinton – 37.99%
Adair – 37.71%
Casey – 35.29%

 

For more statewide information click: statewide information.

 

Western Kentucky triple murder (with Louisville ties) featured on Dateline Tonight

 

The 2015 Pembroke murders of Cal and Pam Phillips and Ed Dansereau will be featured tonight (Friday) on the season premiere of Dateline NBC. Christian Martin was arrested and charged with the murders in 2019 before piloting a commercial flight at Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole earlier this month. Friday's Dateline episode, titled "The Evil that Watches," will air at 7:00pmCT.


 

4 New Covid-19 Deaths in Lake Cumberland District; 3 from Pulaski and 1 from Adair

 

IMPORTANT – Due to the continued increase in positive cases it may be several days before you are contacted by the health department. If you’ve tested positive for COVID19 please isolate yourself immediately, do NOT wait on a call from the health department. Please notify anyone you may have been in contact with so they can begin quarantine. Visit www.lcdhd.org for more specific COVID-19 guidance.

 

Of today’s 300 reported cases, 266 (89%) were unvaccinated and 94 of today’s cases (31%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 11.33%.

 

Deaths: We regret we must report 4 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 583 deaths resulting in a 1.64% mortality rate (about 1 in 61) among known cases. This compares with a 1.26% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.6% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 38 cases in the hospital. This is 2 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,581 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.45% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 22) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.23%. The latest data shows that 98% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 44.74% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 35,558 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 17.02% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.23% are reinfections, and 5.39% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 5.69% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 340 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 24; Casey: 16; Clinton: 5; Cumberland: 13; Green: 20; McCreary: 44; Pulaski: 81; Russell: 41; Taylor: 46; and, Wayne: 50. In all, we have released 95.1% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 44 more than the new cases we added since our last report. This leaves us with 1,145 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,815.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 9% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 300 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 20; Casey: 30; Clinton: 9; Cumberland: 2; Green: 15; McCreary: 35; Pulaski: 67; Russell: 34; Taylor: 48; and, Wayne: 40. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00786. This means our total case count is projected to double every 88.48 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

 

The deaths included in tonight’s report are 3 Pulaski County residents (all unvaccinated) and 1 Adair County resident (unvaccinated). We are so sorry for the losses these families are enduring.

 

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 21,489 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.61% were unvaccinated.

 

Below are our area’s COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average.

  • State – 60.00%
  • Taylor – 52.42%
  • Pulaski – 48.89%
  • Russell – 46.21%
  • Green – 41.08%
  • McCreary – 40.80%
  • Wayne – 40.42%
  • Cumberland – 40.26%
  • Clinton – 37.99%
  • Adair – 37.71%
  • Casey – 35.29%

 

For more statewide information click: statewide information.

 

Columbia Man Arrested after Officers Found Him Hiding Under Trailer Underpinning


Columbia Police responded to a residence on Royal Oaks, just outside city limits, early Friday morning, September 24, 2021. Upon arrival, a male subject was located attempting to hide underneath a trailers underpinning. The man gave Officers two different names as well as two different social security numbers. He was also determined to be intoxicated and placed into custody. While the subject was being booked into jail, he was found to be concealing loose prescription medication on him. 

Jeremy Ferrell, 36, of Columbia has been charged with giving Officers false identifying information, public intoxication and additionally charged with promoting contraband 1st degree.

Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest. He was assisted by Officer Justin Cross.

 

Russell County Man Arrested on Contraband Charges while being Booked into Adair County Jail


On Thursday night, September 23, 2021 Officers with the Columbia Police Dept. were called to the Adair County Regional Jail after Deputy Jailers located contraband and suspected narcotics on an individual that was being booked in. The suspect had been brought in by another agency for an active warrant. 

After speaking with jail staff and collecting seized contraband (approximately 19 grams of suspected methamphetamine), Bryan Huff, 41, of Russell Springs, KY has been charged with promoting contraband and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). 


Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest.

 

AREA ARREST 9-24-21

 

JaeDee Warner, age 36 of Russell Springs, was arrested by Trooper Cornett of the Kentucky State Police just after 6 last evening in Russell County. Warner was charged with Carless Driving, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Operating Motor Vehicle under the Influence Controlled Substance 1st and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified). She was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Timothy Stephens, age 40 of Jamestown was arrested by Deputy Meyer of the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just after 3:30 Thursday afternoon. Stephens was charged with Reckless Driving, Wanton Endangerment – 2nd Degree, Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle), Inadequate Silencer (Muffler) and Improper Start from Parked Position. He was also lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Michael Tucker, age 41 of Columbia, was arrested by Deputy McCarol with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just before 10 last evening. Tucker was charged with Criminal Trespassing – 3rd Degree, Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense) and Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Daniel Cappiello, age 50 of Columbia was arrested in Cumberland County just after 11 yesterday morning on the charge of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meht). Also lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Robert Crouch, age 49 of Columbia, was arrested by Officer Greer of the Columbia Police Department, just after 8 a.m. yesterday morning. Crouch was charged with Public Intoxication – Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol), Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, Resisting Arrest and Burglary in the 2nd Degree… Lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail. 

Gov. Beshear Orders Flags to Half-Staff Friday for Kentuckians Lost to COVID-19

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2021) – Gov. Andy Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in honor of all of the Kentuckians lost to COVID-19, including the more than 30 educators and K-12 school employees. This tribute coincides with the funeral of a 29-year-old Jenkins Independent Schools teacher and the interment of a Lee County educator, the third person from that school system to die from COVID-19 in the recent surge of the virus.

 

The Governor previously lowered the flag to half-staff for a week after Kentucky suffered its first 100 losses of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Early in the pandemic, and as a sign of compassion and healing, the Governor’s Mansion was lit green following the third reported COVID-19 death in Kentucky. Shortly thereafter, the dome of the State Capitol was lit green and has remained so ever since.

 

The Kentucky State Police Honor Guard placed a wreath in the Capitol Rotunda to mark the loss of the first 150 Kentuckians to the virus and again to mark the loss of 1,000. A large wreath with green lights was placed on the front of the Capitol when the commonwealth lost 2,000 Kentuckians to the virus and, in January, more than 3,000 flags were planted on the lawn of the Capitol to commemorate all Kentuckians lost at that time.

 

To date, more than 8,000 Kentuckians have died due to COVID-19 and plans are underway to develop a permanent memorial on the grounds of the Capitol.

 

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.

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 22ND PROCLAIMED AARON BRANHAM DAY IN COLUMBIA!

 
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 was proclaimed as Aaron Branham Day as the result of a proclamation issued by Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots. It was also Aaron’s 16th birthday! 
 
Branham is currently collecting socks for Norton’s Children’s Hospital. His goal for 2021 is 3000 pairs of socks. The City of Columbia took donations, coordinated by Ann Marie Austin, and had over 2,200 pairs of socks donated. The socks were presented to Aaron yesterday.
 
You still have time to donate as socks will be collected through October 1st. Drop off your Sock donations at Columbia City Hall, The Adair Progress, The Community Voice, or the Adair County Public Library.
 

362 New Covid-19 Cases in L.C. District; 1 New Death (Taylor Co. Resident)

 

IMPORTANT – Due to the continued increase in positive cases it may be several days before you are contacted by the health department. If you’ve tested positive for COVID19 please isolate yourself immediately, do NOT wait on a call from the health department.

 

Please notify anyone you may have been in contact with so they can begin quarantine. Visit www.lcdhd.org for more specific COVID-19 guidance.

 

Of today’s 362 reported cases, 307 (85%) were unvaccinated and 92 of today’s cases (25%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 11.66%.

 

Deaths: We are sad to report 1 new death since our last report. We have experienced a total of 579 deaths resulting in a 1.64% mortality rate (about 1 in 61) among known cases. This compares with a 1.26% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.6% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 36 cases in the hospital. This is equal to what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,572 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.46% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 22) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.23%. The latest data shows that 95.83% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 44.16% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 35,258 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 16.88% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.23% are reinfections, and 5.35% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 5.1% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 236 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 26; Casey: 5; Clinton: 5; Cumberland: 10; Green: 20; McCreary: 32; Pulaski: 59; Russell: 25; Taylor: 36; and, Wayne: 18. In all, we have released 95% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 125 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 1,189 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,814.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 11% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 362 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 14; Casey: 10; Clinton: 16; Cumberland: 6; Green: 34; McCreary: 36; Pulaski: 75; Russell: 60; Taylor: 69; and, Wayne: 42. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00862. This means our total case count is projected to double every 80.74 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

 

We moved one case from Casey County to Pulaski County today when we corrected an address.

 

The death reported tonight was a Taylor County resident (unvaccinated). We are so sorry for this loss.

 

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 21,189 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.65% were unvaccinated.

 

Below are our area’s COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average.
 

State – 60.00%
Taylor – 52.42%
Pulaski – 48.89%
Russell – 46.21%
Green – 41.08%
McCreary – 40.80%
Wayne – 40.42%
Cumberland – 40.26%
Clinton – 37.99%
Adair – 37.71%
Casey – 35.29%

 

For more statewide information click: statewide information.

 

Gov. Beshear Expands Kentucky National Guard Support to More Hospitals

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2021) – On Thursday during his weekly Team Kentucky update, Gov. Andy Beshear said he has now deployed 505 Kentucky National Guard members to 29 hospitals throughout the state, expanding the Guard’s presence by 94 members and to four more hospitals.

 

“This is the largest deployment of the Kentucky National Guard for a health care crisis in the commonwealth’s history,” said Gov. Beshear. “We continue to hear from our hospitals how much these incredible professionals help.”

 

As of today, 64 of 96 Kentucky hospitals are reporting critical staffing shortages, and 130 adult ICU beds are available statewide. Five Kentucky children with COVID-19 are currently on ventilators.

 

To see a map of current Kentucky National Guard, COVID-19 testing and nursing student support to hospitals, click here.

 

Already this week, 90 acute care hospitals have administered 4,385 monoclonal antibody treatment courses. Kentucky will receive 4,960 treatments for the entire week.

 

“We see these being very popular with folks who don’t want to get vaccinated, but the moment they get sick, want to get the monoclonal antibodies,” said Gov. Beshear. “I’m just trying to tell you: There’s not going to be enough. Don’t put yourself in the position where you show up hoping to get these and we’ve run out.”

 

Gov. Beshear said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the emergency use authorization yesterday for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to allow for a single booster dose to be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series in specific populations. To learn more, see the FDA’s full release.

 

COVID-19 Update
Today, Gov. Beshear reported 2,667,900 Kentuckians have received at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, meaning 70% of all eligible Kentuckians (those 12 and older) have received at least one dose.

 

Sept. 23 2021, COVID-19 Case Information
Cases: 4,099
Deaths: 44
Positivity Rate: 11.33%
Hospitalizations: 2,223
Intensive Care Admittances: 625
On Ventilators: 424

 

From March 1 to Sept. 22, 2021, 86.7% of COVID-19 cases, 92.1% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 84.6% of COVID-19 deaths have been among partially vaccinated or unvaccinated Kentuckians.

 

Gov. Beshear: National Disaster Medical System Team Arrives in Hazard
In his latest action to support strained Kentucky hospitals, Gov. Beshear announced that a National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) team he requested arrived at Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Hazard yesterday and will stay for two weeks. Another NDMS team arrived Sept. 4 at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead. To learn more, see the full release.

 

The Governor has also requested a 30-day extension of the five Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Medical Services strike teams tasked with transferring and transporting COVID-19 patients. To learn more, see the full release.

 

“These NDMS and FEMA teams have played a crucial role assisting our health care heroes as they fight the worst COVID-19 surge we have ever faced,” said Gov. Beshear. “We need continued federal assistance to save Kentucky lives, both from COVID and from other serious illnesses and injuries that require emergency medical treatment.”

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
This week, Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman celebrated National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, Sept. 20-24, by signing a proclamation and launching the new “My Story Reimagined” campaign to promote Kentucky Skills U (KYSU), the state’s adult education program in the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

 

The following eight KYSU participants were honored during the campaign launch as Adult Education Champions, and today as Team Kentucky All-Stars. To learn more, see the full release.

  • Kelli Jo Blair, Martin County;
  • Michael Curd, Anderson County;
  • Shengxia Ding, Jefferson County;
  • Mason Hampton, Pike County;
  • Maria Hill, Russell County;
  • Danielo Pickett, Warren County;
  • Ginger Sparks, Warren County; and
  • Bonnie Sprinkles, Taylor County.

 

In January 2020, Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Coleman waived the $120 GED testing fee for first-time test-takers, resulting in an 81% jump in test sign-ups after just two months. To date, more than 6,300 Kentuckians have taken advantage of the fee-waiver program to work toward their GED credential.

 

“We’re going to make sure that no one is ever prevented from getting their high school diploma or equivalency in Kentucky due to cost. We are proud of each and every one of these All-Stars,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Kentucky Companies Launch Innovative Products as Economy Builds Momentum
Gov. Beshear welcomed executives from Bullard, a fifth-generation, family-owned Kentucky company based in Cynthiana that develops and produces safety and personal protective equipment (PPE). The company recently began manufacturing an innovative respirator that is designed to help frontline heroes battle COVID and more.

 

The company is launching that device, called a Powered Air-Purifying Respirator, or PAPR, that offers increased protection and comfort for medical professionals and others.

 

“As the pandemic took hold last year and global demand for PPE skyrocketed, Bullard partnered with Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown. Working together, Bullard gained efficiencies and ramped-up production of its existing respirators while expediting development of this new respirator, specifically for health care workers,” said Gov. Beshear. “This shows the very best of Team Kentucky.”

 

Wells Bullardthe company’s chief executive officer, explained: “Health care workers have worn PAPRs for years, but Bullard’s salus HC PAPR is a better solution because it’s truly designed to be comfortable, to be easy to use and also to enable better care through better communication. And it’s designed, developed and manufactured right here in Kentucky. I want to say a huge thanks to our incredible team at Bullard, to our amazingly brave customers and to this commonwealth for supporting us.”

 

Landon BordersBullard’s director of product development, added: “The salus HC PAPR removes particulates from the atmosphere and provides clean, breathable air to the person wearing it. We wanted to make it extremely comfortable to wear, as traditional PAPRs are worn around the waist and may not be designed for all day use. The salus HC PAPR is worn around the shoulders, which is much better for supporting weight. It’s very easy to use with one-button operation. It also makes it very easy for a patient to see the doctor’s or nurse’s face to communicate, and it rests around the ears to keep them exposed so doctors can still use stethoscopes and hear their patients better. It protects our health care professionals so that they can in turn treat our patients.”

 

This week, Gov. Beshear also announced third-party logistics firm Lighthouse Transportation Services LLC plans to create 64 well-paying jobs for Kentuckians across the coming years with a $400,000 investment, thanks to the company’s strong growth in Covington. To learn more, see the full release.

 

In addition, he said Horse Soldier Bourbon expects to create more than 50 jobs with a new $200 million tourism development project that will bring bourbon and tourism dollars to Pulaski County.

 

Horse Soldier Bourbon was founded by retired members of the U.S. Special Forces – the first to enter Afghanistan, on horseback, following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Later, they were called “Horse Soldiers.”

 

Never satisfied, the Horse Soldiers committed themselves to a new mission in 2014 to make history again, this time by creating a world-leading, ultra-premium bourbon brand. The Horse Soldier team was training on the Cumberland River on Sept. 11, 2001, when the call came to defend our nation in its darkest hour. Now, 20 years later, they are coming home. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Columbia Man Arrested on Fugitive From Another State Charges...

 

Acting on a tip, Columbia Police went to a residence located on Parkway Manor Lane on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 to attempt to locate an out of state fugitive. Upon arrival, Officers located an adult male and placed him into custody without incident. Joshua Lee Smith, 26, of Columbia, KY was placed under arrest for an Iowa probation violation warrant with extradition for a previous charge of Assault 1st degree (Domestic Abuse). While at the residence, Child Protective Services was called to the residence to place a 14-month-old girl temporarily until she can be returned to Iowa with family.


Sgt. Drew Conn made the arrest. He was assisted by CPD Officer Josh Durbin and ACSO Deputy Tracy McCarol.

 

ADAIR FISCAL COURT SPECIAL CALLED MEETING SEPT. 27

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in special called session on Monday, September 27, 2021 at 4:00 P.M. CT at the Adair County Jim Blair Center located at 901 Hudson Street, Columbia, KY. The public is invited to attend. There will be NO Facebook Live.

 

 ACTION ITEMS ON AGENDA:

  • JAIL PAY SCALE – 2ND READING
  • AMENDMENT TO PROCUREMENT POLICY-1ST READING 
  • WATERLINE RIGHT OF WAY EASEMENT ON ANDERSON RD.
  • SHERIFF VEHICLE DISCUSSION

 

LCDHD Reports 6 New Covid-19 Deaths Today (Wednesday)

 

IMPORTANT – Due to the continued increase in positive cases it may be several days before you are contacted by the health department. If you’ve tested positive for COVID19 please isolate yourself immediately, do NOT wait on a call from the health department.

 

Please notify anyone you may have been in contact with so they can begin quarantine. Visit www.lcdhd.org for more specific COVID-19 guidance.

 

Of today’s 318 reported cases, 286 (90%) were unvaccinated and 105 of today’s cases (33%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 11.95%.

 

Deaths: We are sad to report 6 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 578 deaths resulting in a 1.66% mortality rate (about 1 in 60) among known cases. This compares with a 1.27% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.6% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 36 cases in the hospital. This is 2 less than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,568 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.49% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 22) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.24%. The latest data shows that 93.75% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 46.75% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 34,896 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 16.71% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.22% are reinfections, and 5.3% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 4.55% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 250 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 22; Casey: 17; Clinton: 9; Cumberland: 9; Green: 12; McCreary: 25; Pulaski: 51; Russell: 38; Taylor: 42; and, Wayne: 25. In all, we have released 95.3% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 62 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 1,064 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,814.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 15% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 318 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 46; Casey: 19; Clinton: 20; Cumberland: 16; Green: 11; McCreary: 9; Pulaski: 67; Russell: 44; Taylor: 64; and, Wayne: 22. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00862. This means our total case count is projected to double every 80.73 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

 

We removed one case from Casey County’s numbers tonight due to an incorrect report.

 

The deaths reported tonight include a Wayne County resident (unvaccinated), a McCreary County resident (unvaccinated), a Cumberland County resident (unvaccinated) and three Pulaski County residents (two were unvaccinated and one was vaccinated). We are so sorry for these losses.

 

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 20,827 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.70% were unvaccinated.

 

Below are our area’s COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average (last updated 9/17/2021).

 

State – 59.00%
Taylor – 51.69%
Pulaski – 48.33%
Russell – 45.61%
McCreary – 40.34%
Green – 40.32%
Cumberland – 39.90%
Wayne – 39.69%
Clinton – 37.56%
Adair – 37.27%
Casey – 34.75%

 

For more statewide information click: statewide information.

 

Columbia Man Arrested in Russell County on Drug Charges

 
Allan Burton, 20, of Columbia was arrested on Wednesday afternoon by KSP and charged with Improper Equipment, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified), and Disorderly Conduct. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

RC CORONER RELEASES NAME OF FIRE VICTIM

 

According to Russell County Coroner Mark Coots, the victim of the fire in Jamestown, KY on Tuesday evening was 60-year-old Lynn David Withers of Jamestown, KY. Withers died in a structure fire on Hales Highway. Foul play is not suspected, but an autopsy is being performed. The investigation into the fire is continuing. 

 

AREA ARREST 9-22-21

A Jamestown woman was arrested on bail jumping and other charged Tuesday.

 

Brenda Hammond, age 58, was taken into custody and charged with Bail Jumping 1st Degree, Persistent Felony Offender 2nd, Failure to appear and Contempt of Court Libel/Slander Resistance to Order. She was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.  

A STRUCTURE FIRE IN JAMESTOWN RESULTS IN THE DEATH OF THE HOME OWNER

Jamestown Fire was dispatched just after 7 PM Tuesday night for the report of a structure fire in the 4400 block of Hales highway, on scene members were advised of a possible rescue. Due to the circumstance,and location, Russell Springs fire department was also dispatched, both departments working together were able to locate the owner, but the owner had succumb to injuries from the fire. They were assistant by members of the Russell County sheriffs department , Russell County EMS , Kentucky State police and the Russell County corner. The name of the deceased is  being with held for notification of family members. Firefighters were on scene just over three hours. The fire is being  investigated by Members of the Kentucky State Police and the state Arson Bureau.

Lake Cumberland District COVID-19 Report - 2 New Deaths

 

Of today’s 526 reported cases, 460 (87%) were unvaccinated and 137 of today’s cases (26%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.
 
Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 12.18%.
 
Deaths: We are sad to report 2 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 572 deaths resulting in a 1.65% mortality rate (about 1 in 61) among known cases. This compares with a 1.27% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.6% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.
 
Hospitalizations: We presently have 38 cases in the hospital. This is 1 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,562 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.52% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 22) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.24%. The latest data shows that 59.55% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 45.83% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.
 
Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 34,578 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 16.55% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.21% are reinfections, and 5.3% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 4.61% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.
 
Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 776 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 72; Casey: 49; Clinton: 18; Cumberland: 28; Green: 48; McCreary: 77; Pulaski: 199; Russell: 95; Taylor: 117; and, Wayne: 73. In all, we have released 95.4% of our total cases.
 
Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 253 more than the new cases we added since our last report. This leaves us with 1,002 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,813.
 
Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 20% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).
 
New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 525 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 32; Casey: 36; Clinton: 4; Cumberland: 26; Green: 30; McCreary: 73; Pulaski: 137; Russell: 54; Taylor: 73; and, Wayne: 60. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00887. This means our total case count is projected to double every 78.46 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.
 
We removed one case from Russell County’s numbers tonight that had been previously reported, as it did not meet case definition after further investigation.
 
The deaths reported tonight include a Russell County resident (unvaccinated) and a Pulaski County resident (vaccinated). 
 
Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 20,509 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.70% were unvaccinated.
 

TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER. 21. 2021.

SWAP SHOP - 09/21/21

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RUSSELL COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MET LAST NIGHT

The Russell County School Board met last night for their regular monthly meeting... 

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

 

AREA ARREST 9-21-21

Pamela Johnson age 31, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Fish and Wildlife Officer Wilson just after 1:30 this morning. Johnson was charged with Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol) and Disorderly Conduct, 1st Degree. She was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

Gov. Beshear: 'Due to National Shortage, There Will Not Be Enough Monoclonal Antibody Infusions Anywhere. Get the Vaccine.'

 

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky administered more than 5,000 monoclonal antibody treatment courses last week, but the state will only receive 4,960 courses this week due to a national shortage. They will be allocated to 79 sites around Kentucky based on backorder requests, current inventory and previous week utilization.

 

“We will have at least one monoclonal antibody treatment provider in each of our Area Development Districts, but there’s not going to be enough anywhere,” said Gov. Beshear. “If you’re putting off a vaccine to have an infusion, let me tell you, an infusion is much more invasive, and there are not going to be enough of those anywhere in the commonwealth. Get that vaccine.”

 

The Governor said 8,750 COVID-19 cases and 88 COVID-19 deaths were reported in Kentucky since Friday. Three of the Kentuckians who died were in their early twenties.

 

“While we hope that our weekly case numbers are plateauing, we cannot sustain a plateau at this level with the number of people it would put in the hospital,” said Gov. Beshear. “On any given day, we’ve only got between 90 and 120 total open adult ICU beds in the state. And that’s with many outpatient and elective procedures canceled to allow more space in the hospital to be converted to ICU units. This cannot become business as usual.”

 

“This is like a war zone to us. We have staff members experience PTSD, just as a soldier would in the time of war,” said Sherrie Mays, MSN, RN, vice president and chief nursing officer at Baptist Health Corbin. “My heart breaks for my staff. I see them out there working every day. They put this hospital and the patients ahead of their families so that our patients can be taken care of.”

 

She added: “If you have the vaccine, your case is going to be milder. You can’t think that this is just the flu and you’re going to stay home and take care of it. It is COVID, and we have to address it early on.”

 

COVID-19 Case Information Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,652,144
Number of people who received at least one vaccine dose since Friday: 13,752

 

From March 1 to Sept. 15, 87.1% of COVID-19 cases, 92.1% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 84.6% of COVID-19 deaths in Kentucky have been among those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

 

The Governor reported that 59% of all Kentuckians, including those that are too young to be eligible, have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose; 70% of Kentuckians 12 or older, or 70%, of all eligible Kentuckians, have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose; and 72% of Kentucky adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.

 

The Governor said Kentucky ranks third among neighboring states for both percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated and percentage who have received at least one dose.

 

The Governor said Pfizer and BioNTech announced today their vaccine has been shown to be safe and highly effective in young children ages 5 to 11. The companies plan to apply to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by the end of the month for authorization to administer the vaccine to children in this age group.

 

Sept. 18, Cases: 3,811
Sept. 18, Deaths: 48
Sept. 19, Cases: 2,685
Sept. 19, Deaths: 23

New Cases Today: 2,075
New Deaths: 17
Today’s Positivity Rate: 12.18%
Current Hospitalizations: 2,254
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 654
Currently on Ventilators: 452

 

COVID-19 BinaxNOW Rapid Tests
The Governor said Kentucky will receive an allocation of BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 tests.

 

“We are going to be using these on transient and difficult to track populations, such as homeless shelters, jails, prisons and other places where you need a quick response to know whether or not to mix someone with the rest of the population,” said Gov. Beshear. “If we have extras, universities are interested, and we will try to make those available.”

 

COVID-19 Testing, Prevention in K-12 Schools
Today, Gov. Beshear shared Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) guidance to K-12 schools for preventing the spread of COVID-19 among students, educators and school staff.

 

Those include instituting multiple, layered prevention strategies; requiring universal masking; encouraging COVID-19 vaccinations among all eligible Kentuckians 12 and older; ensuring physical distancing as much as possible; improving facility ventilation; making sure sick students and staff stay home; making COVID-19 testing available and quarantining unvaccinated individuals after exposures; and collaborating with local health departments.

 

KDPH has contracted with 19 laboratory service providers to offer COVID-19 testing in K-12 schools in Kentucky at no cost. This service is available to schools in all Kentucky counties, though it is the responsibility of the school or district leadership to set up a testing program for their school community.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot Update
The Governor said an FDA committee met Sept. 17 and voted unanimously that benefits outweigh risks of a Pfizer-BioNTech booster for individuals 65 and older and individuals at high risk of severe COVID-19.

 

The FDA also informally considered people in high-risk professions (e.g. health care) for booster eligibility. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised states to not implement booster programs until the FDA takes regulatory action and the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices committee meets Sept. 22-23 to make recommendations. There is no current timeline on guidance for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters.

 

Capitol Security Upgrades
Today, Gov. Beshear said upon the recommendation of the Kentucky State Police and federal security partners, the Finance and Administration Cabinet’s Department for Facilities and Support Services will be seeking a request for quotes for the installation of bollards on the grounds of the Kentucky State Capitol, making the area between the floral clock and the Capitol rose garden accessible only to pedestrian traffic. The remainder of Capital Avenue will continue to be open to vehicular traffic.

 

AREA ARREST 9-20-21

 

Dallas Hayes, age 30 of Burkesville, was arrested by Officer Tweedy of the Burkesville Police Department on just after midnight Sunday on Charges of Public Intoxication – Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possess and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified). He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

LCDHD COVID-19 REPORT - 9 NEW DEATHS 09-17-21

 
Of today’s 466 reported cases, 415 (89%) were unvaccinated and 130 of today’s cases (28%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.
 
Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 13%.
 
Deaths: We regret we must report 9 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 568 deaths resulting in a 1.69% mortality rate (about 1 in 59) among known cases. This compares with a 1.27% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.6% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.
 
Hospitalizations: We presently have 35 cases in the hospital. This is 11 less than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,552 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.62% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 22) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.28%. The latest data shows that 95.65% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 41.56% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.
 
Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 33,618 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 16.09% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.2% are reinfections, and 5.3% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 4.78% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.
 
Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 302 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 27; Casey: 18; Clinton: 10; Cumberland: 8; Green: 17; McCreary: 27; Pulaski: 89; Russell: 42; Taylor: 38; and, Wayne: 26. In all, we have released 94.7% of our total cases.
 
Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 153 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 1,200 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,813.
 
Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 14% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).
 
New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 464 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 35; Casey: 39; Clinton: 14; Cumberland: 17; Green: 19; McCreary: 47; Pulaski: 124; Russell: 62; Taylor: 57; and, Wayne: 50. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00873. This means our total case count is projected to double every 79.74 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.
 
Today we moved one case from Taylor County to Adair County after address verification. We also deleted a duplicate case in Green County.
 
The deaths reported tonight (Friday) include a Green County and a Cumberland County resident (both unvaccinated). In addition, the state has reported some additional deaths they found upon review of death certificates. These include 4 McCreary County residents (all unvaccinated), 1 Pulaski County resident (vaccinated) and 2 Taylor County residents (one vaccinated and one not vaccinated).
 
Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 19,549 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.70% were unvaccinated.
 

AREA ARRESTS 09-19-21


Timothy Miller, 38, of Jamestown - arrested on Saturday afternoon by RSPD for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, DUI, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, and Persistent Felony Offender.

 
Shane Grant, 48, of Jamestown - arrested on Saturday morning by Jamestown Police for Burglary 2nd degree and Assault 2nd degree.
 
Johnny Hensley, 39, of Jamestown - arrested by the RCSO on Thursday night for 1st degree Rape (victim less than 12 years old), Sodomy 1st degree (victim less than 12 years old), 3 counts of Use of a Minor Under 16 in a Sex Performance, and Persistent Felony Offender.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 
Marcus Samuel, 20, of Columbia - arrested by the ACSO on Saturday night for DUI and Fleeing or Evading Police.

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

COLUMBIA BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED 09/18/21


As of 4:24 p.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2021 the boil water advisory starting at 4705-5125 Hwy 55 South, Zion Rd, Montpelier Rd., Keen Wilson Rd., Buddy Ln., Combest Dr., Harlan Brown Rd. has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.

 

Special Called Adair School Board Meeting Today (Saturday)

 
Agenda  
Adair County Board of Education 
September 18, 6:00 PM
 
Call to Order
 
Pledge to the flag
 
Prayer
 
Opportunity for The Adair County School Board will be listening to additional information at a meeting being held this Saturday evening.  
 
Public Comments 
 
Hopefully the board will reach consensus with clearer language that will allow moving forward for Adair Count Schools plan for the 2021/2022 School Year.
 
Adjournment 

 

ADAIR SHERIFF DONATES $800 FROM CHARITY RIDE TO JOY MINISTRIES

 
On Saturday, August 28, 2021 the 1st annual South Central Kentucky Sheriff’s Charity Ride was held. Sheriffs from Adair, Russell, Casey, Clinton, and Cumberland counties organized the event. By 9:00amCT, over 100 motorcycles and riders from all 5 counties showed up to support the event. $5,000 was rasied for various charities in each county. Each sheriff donated $200.00 to the KY Boys and Girls Sheriffs Ranch and presented a check for $1,000 to Jerry Wagner, Director of the KY Sheriffs Association (can be seen in the top pic below). In addition, each sheriff received $800.00 to donate to a charity from their community. Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman presented his $800.00 check to Leann Jessie of JOY Ministries (can be seen in the bottom pic below) to be used however the organization sees best to benefit our community.  
 
Sheriff Brockman said “There are so many great charities in Adair County; we are truly a blessed county. The residents in Adair have always been generous in giving and JOY Ministries has been so helpful to our community. Many of the things they do go unnoticed, but for law enforcement officers and other emergency workers, we see first-hand the things they do, especially helping us with situations when families need help. We look forward to next years ride and pray that it continues to grow", said Brockman.
 
 

ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP 9-16-21


The Adair County School Board met last night. Jim Lieb covered last nights meeting for WAVE NEWS and spoke to Supt. Dr. Pamela Stephens ...

 

 

RUSSELL COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD VOTES 3-2 TO CONTINUE MASKS IN DISTRICT


The Russell County School Board voted 3-2 to continue the use of masks in the school district. Board members Joy Stephens Wilson and Gerald Murray cast the only no votes. Here's Superintendent Michael Ford with a recap of the meeting ... 

 

 

COLUMBIA/ADAIR BOIL WATER ADVISORY 09-16-21

 

Date Issued: 9/16/2021

Time Issued: 8:48 AM

 

A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District at 4705-5125 Hwy 55 South, Zion Rd, Montpelier Rd., Keen Wilson Rd., Buddy Ln., Combest Dr., Harlan Brown Rd. The advisory has been issued due to main line leak. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bring the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. The advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.

 

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

 

RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY 9-16-21

 

There is a Boil Water Advisory in Russell County on Highway 910 from Mount Eden Road up to Oliver Thomas Road. The advisory was issued due to a water main break. Boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes until further notice.
 

KY Doctor on COVID-19: 'It's Hard to Tell a 40-Year-Old They're Going to be Dead Within 24 Hours and There's Nothing We Can Do'

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2021) – On Thursday during his weekly Team Kentucky update, Gov. Andy Beshear said the state is supporting hospitals in the fight against COVID-19 with expanded personnel and testing assistance, as health care professionals sound the alarm on the delta variant’s threat, even to young Kentuckians.

 

From March 2020 to May 2021, before the delta variant was dominant in the United States, 74% of COVID-19 deaths in Kentucky were among those 70 and older, and 98% were among those 50 and older. From June 2021 to Sept. 15, 2021, once the delta variant became dominant, the share of younger COVID-19 patients dying increased significantly. During that time, 48% of COVID-19 deaths in Kentucky were among those 70 and older, and 88% were among those 50 and older.

 

“The No.1 thing that we can do to get through this is to get vaccinated,” said Gov. Beshear. “I think the tough conversations we’re having with those we love who may be hesitant to get the vaccine are making a difference, but we need a lot more of those conversations.”

 

As of today, Kentucky has 93 total adult ICU beds left. Out of 96 Kentucky hospitals, 66 are experiencing critical staffing shortages.

 

“Within the last month or so, we’ve been seeing 20-year-olds and 30-year-olds and 50-year-olds come in and within 24 to 48 hours they die,” said Traci Sanchez, MD, KDMC. “Families are angry. They’re lost. Patients are lost because they know they’re dying. It’s hard to tell someone who is 40 years old that they’re going to be dead within 24 hours and there’s nothing we can do.”

 

The Governor said more than two dozen hospitals are receiving or soon will receive Kentucky National Guard support. To see a map of all hospitals receiving assistance, click here.

 

The state is supporting six community testing sites across Kentucky. To see a map, click here.

 

Nursing students are also supporting more than a dozen hospitals throughout the commonwealth. To see a map of these hospitals, click here.

 

To see a map that includes Kentucky National Guard, nursing student and testing support, click here.

 

Three other doctors from King’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) in Ashland and the chief executive at Harrison Memorial Hospital in Cynthiana shared the pain and sudden loss they see families go through every day due to COVID-19.

 

“We have seen significant changes this week alone. We have been concerned about our oxygen pressure and being able to support all of the oxygen BiPAP and ventilators for these COVID patients. We have had to order 10 additional ventilators this week, and we’ve had to cancel all elective surgeries to be able to staff our COVID units, ICU units and the rest of our floors,” said Stacy Caudill, MD, chief medical officer, KDMC. “We’ve seen an overwhelming volume of patients in our emergency department and in our urgent care. We have seen our positivity continue to increase, which tells us in a couple of weeks our admissions are only going to go up.”

 

“I’ve been in codes not just for people my age, but my kid’s age. I think that when you see that you really think, and it really scares us about going forward,” said James Goetz, MD, KDMC. “I just ask everyone out there to get vaccinated and help all of us here.”

 

“COVID is a very difficult disease to care for. Our treatment options are extremely limited. Oftentimes despite our best efforts and all that we can do to try to prevent the progression of this disease, people still worsen. People pass regardless of whatever measures we can take,” said Josh Bryant, DO, KDMC. “It’s one thing to have an end-of-life conversation with someone who’s had time to live and prepare. It’s a very different conversation to have when you’ve having this with a 20-, 30- or 40-year-old.”

 

“Despite our hospital being ground zero in Kentucky for the onset of the pandemic 18 months ago, this week we are being hit with a COVID surge like never before since the onset of the pandemic,” said Dr. Stephen Toadvine, chief executive officer at Harrison Memorial Hospital. “We are setting records in terms of our volume of patients being seen in our emergency room and our urgent treatment centers. Our test positivity rate in our COVID clinic is well-exceeding 30%. We’ve hit an all-time high in terms of the number of inpatients currently admitted with COVID.”

 

Monoclonal Antibody Utilization
The Governor said the week ending Sept. 14, Kentucky hospitals used 5,063 COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment courses and had 6,883 additional courses on hand. Just a week before, Kentucky hospitals distributed 3,642 monoclonal antibody courses and had 7,435 additional courses on hand. The trend indicates that soon Kentucky may not have enough monoclonal antibody courses to meet the demand, as the federal government recently announced a national shortage.

 

COVID-19 Update
Today, Gov. Beshear reported 2,631,420 Kentuckians have received at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, meaning 69% of all eligible Kentuckians (those 12 and older) have received at least one dose.

 

Sept. 16 2021, COVID-19 Case Information
Cases: 4,891
Deaths: 62
Positivity Rate: 13.00%
Hospitalizations: 2,453
Intensive Care Admittances: 667
On Ventilators: 448

 

The week ending Sept. 12, the state’s seven-day average COVID-19 positivity rate was the highest it has ever been since the commonwealth had adequate testing supplies, at 13.88%.

 

From March 1 to Sept. 15, 2021, 87.1% of COVID-19 cases, 92.1% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 84.6% of COVID-19 deaths have been among partially vaccinated or unvaccinated Kentuckians.

 

In addition to getting vaccinated for COVID-19, Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, encouraged Kentuckians to get the influenza vaccine to help lessen the strain on hospitals.

 

“In a typical winter, flu always drives up the number of people in the hospital. In bad years, hospitals really get strained or taxed with the number of influenza patients who fill them,” said Dr. Stack. “The flu vaccine does protect large numbers of people and prevents substantial burdens to the hospitals. So if we all get immunized for the flu, we can keep the hospitals with more capacity and more able to care for COVID patients and other patients as well.”

 

COVID-19 Memorial
The Governor said this week our commonwealth suffered another heartbreaking loss when Amanda Nutt, a 36-year-old teacher with Caverna Independent Schools in Horse Cave, passed away after a battle with COVID-19.

 

“We spoke with school officials who said Amanda was the teacher who would not let kids fail. She got involved in their lives, in and out of the classroom. She was the ‘mom’ at the school to many, and her loss will be felt by students and faculty alike,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’ve all had that teacher who made an impact on us, the one who we credit for our success. Amanda was that teacher to so many. Tonight, as we light our homes green, let us lift Amanda’s family and the entire Caverna school district in prayer.”

 

Gov. Beshear urged all schools that haven’t already instituted a mask mandate locally to take action ahead of tomorrow’s expiration of the Kentucky Board of Education’s school masking requirement.

 

State Has Provided More than $65 Million in Eviction, Utility Relief to Kentuckians
Today, Gov. Beshear said the state has paid more than $65 million in rent and utility relief to Kentuckians during the pandemic, including more than $51 million since March, to help keep them in their homes and keep their electricity and water on. The Governor encouraged Kentuckians to apply for the remaining $152 million available to Kentuckians for rent and utility assistance. To learn more, see the full release.

 

 

If a tenant is facing eviction, they are encouraged to:

  • Apply for rent assistance;
  • Speak with their landlord to see if they can stay in their home while the application is processed;
  • Contact their local legal aid agency. A list is available here;
  • Attend their eviction hearing; and
  • Ask the judge for additional time while they await their assistance through the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund.

 

Kentuckians can apply for and receive funds from the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund until Sept. 30, 2022, or until funds run out.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Today, Gov. Beshear recognized 9-year-old Brody Fromholt as a Team Kentucky All-Star. Brody is an advocate for other kids across the country who have Usher Syndrome like he does.

 

Usher Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that impacts three major senses in the body: vision, hearing and balance. At least 25,000 people in the United States are affected. Although there is no cure, we know that early intervention can make a difference.

 

“We are fortunate to have a supportive community here in Kentucky with leaders like Virginia Moore, and also Brody’s mom and her entire team at Heuser Hearing. And of course, First Steps and preschool opportunities also play a major role,” said Gov. Beshear. “Brody, you’re the man. I know your parents, Katie and Jordan, are so proud of you and all of us on Team Kentucky are, too.”

 

The Governor proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 18, as Usher Syndrome Awareness Day in the commonwealth.

 

Gov. Beshear: ‘Kentucky’s Time is Now and Our Future is Now’
As Kentucky’s economy continues to thrive and expand despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, today, Gov. Beshear recognized five Kentucky companies that recently celebrated significant investments and anniversaries in the commonwealth.

 

  • Gov. Beshear Congratulates Rajant on Opening of New Morehead Facility: Today, Gov. Beshear congratulated Kinetic Mesh wireless networks provider Rajant Corp., as leaders cut the ribbon on the company’s new Rowan County facility, a project that will create 100 full-time jobs over the coming years with a $2 million investment. To learn more, see the full release.


“It’s my goal to take this facility from 30 people to 100 people over the next few years,” said Robert Schena, chief executive officer and co-founder at Rajant. “We will be adding folks with all kinds of backgrounds from manufacturing and assembly all the way to artificial intelligence and even genetics research as we branch into health care as well as part of our expansion here in Kentucky.”

 

  • Load Covering Solutions to Create 30 Jobs, Construct Manufacturing Facility in Cadiz: Load Covering Solutions Ltd., a producer and distributor of tarp systems for commercial trucks and trailers, plans to construct a $2 million plant in Trigg County and create up to 30 quality jobs for Kentuckians across the coming years, Gov. Beshear announced. To learn more, see the full release.
     
  • Gov. Beshear Welcomes New President of Phoenix Paper Parent Company to Kentucky: Today, the Governor welcomed Michael Grimm, the new president and chief executive officer of Global Win Capital Corp., to Kentucky. Global Win is the North American parent company for Phoenix Paper, which operates a renovated paper mill in Wickliffe, a major employer for both Ballard and Carlisle counties. The mill closed in July 2016, but was later bought by the Chinese paper company Shanying, which invested $150 million to modernize and reopen the facility.

 

“Congratulations to Mike, and thanks to Global Win for their continued investment in this Kentucky facility,” said Gov. Beshear. “I anticipate seeing more great developments at Phoenix Paper and ongoing success for the West Kentucky region.”

 

  • Gov. Beshear Recognizes Longstanding Kentucky Company Toyota Boshoku: The Governor said Toyota Boshoku, which primarily manufactures automotive door trim and interior and exterior components, this week reached 30 years of operation in Bardstown, and said he “looks forward to another 30-plus years of this great partnership.”
     
  • Amazon Announces Plans to Hire 4,000 Kentuckians: The Governor said earlier this week, Amazon – which is an increasingly important Team Kentucky partner – announced plans to hire 125,000 employees across the country, and 4,000 of those jobs will be available in Kentucky. These jobs will largely be in fulfillment and transportation and, on average, will pay more than $18 per hour, with up to a $3,000 sign-on bonus in select locations, comprehensive benefits and access to training programs to help employees to launch into long-term careers. Kentuckians interested in one of these openings can apply and learn more at amazon.com/apply.

 

“Amazon sees exactly what we have in Kentucky: an incredible workforce, ready to get any job done,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

The Governor said compared with last year, Kentucky’s manufacturing employment is up 14,600 filled jobs; educational and health services employment is up 8,300 filled jobs; professional and business services employment is up 2,100 filled jobs; management company employment is up 2,200 filled jobs; transportation and utilities employment is up 1,000 filled jobs; construction sector employment is up 4,400 filled jobs; and leisure and hospitality employment is up 7,900 filled jobs.

 

AREA ARRESTS 09-15-21

 
  • Jesse Kane, 44, of Russell Springs - arrested on Wednesday evening by RSPD for Speeding, Possession of Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • Justin Gibson, 26, of Albany - arrested on Wednesday by KSP for Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Coaine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

COLUMBIA BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 

As of 9:45amCT on Thursday, September 16, 2021 the boil water advisory starting at 7993-10799 Knifley Rd and side roads in between including Robinson Ridge Rd., 475-511 Tucker Warren Rd., Casey Creek Rd., Callahan Loop, Pike Ridge Rd., Hovious Ridge Rd., Genesis Rd., R Beard Rd, Wildlife Ln., Harrison Rd., Ray Boss Rd. and Gumm Rd. has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.

 

RUSSELL COUNTY JUDGE EXECUTIVE ROBERTSON WILL NOT SEEK ANOTHER TERM IN OFFICE

 

Russell County Judge Executive Gary Robertson spoke to WAVE NEWS on Wednesday concerning his recent decision to not seek another term in office. Judge Robertson said he was a firm believer in term limits and would not seek re-election for the office in 2022. Robertson went on to say that it had been a pleasure to serve the citizens of Russell County during his 3 terms as County Judge Executive and his term as magistrate. Filing for County offices will begin later this year.


 

 

RUSSELL COUNTY INDICTMENTS 09/14/21

 

A Russell County Grand Jury has returned numerous indictments. The WAVE's Lisa Clark has details....

 

 

11 COVID-19 DEATHS TODAY IN LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT

 
Of today’s (Wednesday's) 345 reported cases, 301 (87%) were unvaccinated and 114 of today’s cases (33%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when at indoor settings where there are large crowds.
 
Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 13.45%.
 
Deaths: We are sad to report 11 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 558 deaths resulting in a 1.7% mortality rate (about 1 in 59) among known cases. This compares with a 1.28% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.61% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.
 
Hospitalizations: We presently have 47 cases in the hospital. This is 2 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,544 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.71% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 21) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.31%. The latest data shows that 100% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 37.66% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.
 
Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 32,810 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 15.71% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.18% are reinfections, and 5.36% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 6.01% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.
 
Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 227 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 18; Casey: 12; Clinton: 6; Cumberland: 5; Green: 13; McCreary: 17; Pulaski: 49; Russell: 45; Taylor: 47; and, Wayne: 15. In all, we have released 95.3% of our total cases.
 
Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 107 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 994 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,815.
 
Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 16% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).
 
New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 345 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 40; Casey: 10; Clinton: 14; Cumberland: 10; Green: 31; McCreary: 26; Pulaski: 70; Russell: 49; Taylor: 73; and, Wayne: 22. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00806. This means our total case count is projected to double every 86.37 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.
 
We moved one case from Taylor County to Green County today after an address verification. We also deleted one Wayne County case that was found to be a duplicate.
 
The 11 deaths include 4 in Pulaski, 3 in Green, 1 in McCreary, 1 in Adair, 1 in Taylor and 1 in Wayne County. 10 of the 11 had not been vaccinated. 
 
Again, citizens are encouraged to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of the 18,741 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.64% were unvaccinated.
 
The area’s COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average:
  • State – 59.00%
  • Taylor – 51.20%
  • Pulaski – 47.95%
  • Russell – 45.25%
  • Green – 39.96%
  • McCreary – 39.95%
  • Cumberland – 39.69%
  • Wayne – 39.01%
  • Clinton – 37.20%
  • Adair – 36.95%
  • Casey – 34.28%

 

KSP Arrests 2 People in Connection with a Fire that Destroyed a Jamestown Business

 
Jamestown, KY (September 15, 2021) - The Kentucky State Police arrested two people today after conducting a 7-month investigation of an arson that destroyed Triple Crown Outfitters Lodge in Jamestown, KY in February of this year. 
 
33-year-old Sarah Turner-Lykins of Jamestown, KY was charged with Arson 2nd degree. 41-year-old Richard Carlisle of Owensboro, KY was charged with Complicity to Arson 2nd Degree. Both subjects were lodged in the Daviess County Detention Center. 
 
This investigation was conducted by Detective Terry Scott.
 
       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ADAIR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING SEPT. 16TH

 
The Adair County School Board will meet on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 (for the regular monthly meeting) at 6:00pmCT at the Adair County Board Conference Room.
 
BOARD AGENDA 
 
**Meeting called to order**
***Supt. Dr. Stephens & Board Members will open meeting with Pledge of Allegiance***
***Prayer*** 
 
1.    APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2.    APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA 
 
CONSENT AGENDA
 
3.    APPROVAL OF MINUTES
4.    APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT
5.    APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS
6.    APPROVAL OF SHORTENED SCHOOL DAY WAIVER TO KDE FOR A STUDENT
7.    ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION
____________________________________________________________________
 
REGULAR AGENDA 
 
8.     SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
9.     ADDITIONAL EMERGENCY DAYS FOR COVID-19 ILLNESS/QUARANTINE. THESE DAYS ARE FOR ALL EMPLOYEES
10.   APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER #1 TO DPO2 FOR MODERN WELDING FOR A CREDIT IN THE AMOUNT OF $10,396.00
11.   APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER #5 TO JENKINS-ESSEX IN THE AMOUNT OF $10, 396.00
12.   APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER #6 FOR THE SOFTBALL PRESSBOX TO GCI IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,147.13.
13.   APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER #7 FOR EXCAVATION OF ROCK AT THE SANITARY LINE IN THE AMOUNT OF $12,823.65
14.   APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER #8 FOR ELECTRICAL METER WIRING AT THE BASEBALL PRESSBOX IN THE AMOUNT OF $4,215.75
15.   APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER #9 FOR ADA ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE SOFTBALL PRESSBOX IN THE AMOUNT OF $14,973.00.
16.   APPROVAL OF BG1 FOR ADAIR COUNTY PRESSBOX PROJECTS
17.   APPROVAL OF PAY APP #8 TO JENKINS-ESSEX FOR ADAIR COUNTY PRESSBOX PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $48,583.53
18.   APPROVAL OF PAY APP #11 TO JENKINS-ESSEX FOR ADAIR COUNTY PRIMARY PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $25,138.00
19.   APPROVING 5K CROSS COUNTRY FUNDRAISER FOR SEPTEMBER 23, 2021 AT 6 PM CST.—Sheila Willis
20.   APPROVAL OF ADAIR COUNTY PRIMARY CENTER SCHOOLWIDE FUNDRAISER FOR OCTOBER 22, 2021-NOVEMBER 5, 2021—DEBBIE BRADSHAW
21.   THE ADAIR COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION IS CREATING A FULL-TIME DISTRICT-WIDE AG TEACHER POSITION FOR THE 2022/2023 SCHOOL YEAR (240 DAYS).  THE POSITION IS TO SERVE HALF TIME (1/2) ACMS AND HALF TIME (1/2) ACHS. 
22.   BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – Steve Burton
23.   APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Renae Smith
24.   APPROVAL OF WORKING BUDGET FOR THE 2021/2022 SCHOOL YEAR—Renae Smith
25.   UPDATES ON ARCHITECT AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS
26.   PUBLIC COMMENTS
27.   ADJOURNMENT
 

ADAIR COUNTY BOIL WATER ADVISORY 9-14-21

 
Date Issued: 9/14/2021
Time Issued: 6:15 pm 
 
A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers at 7993-10799 Knifley Rd and side roads in between including Robinson Ridge Rd., 475-511 Tucker Warren Rd., Casey Creek Rd., Callahan Loop, Pike Ridge Rd., Hovious Ridge Rd., Genesis Rd., R Beard Rd, Wildlife Ln., Harrison Rd., Ray Boss Rd., Gumm Rd. The advisory has been issued due to main line break.    
 
Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure.  Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for three minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.
 
For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.
 

AREA ARREST 9-15-21

 

An Albany, KY man was arrested on drug charges overnight by Kentucky State Police.

 

Justin Gibson, 26, was taken into custody by Trooper Begley on the following charges:  Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Cocaine), and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth). He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

RUSSELL COUNTY MAN ARRESTED ON SEX ABUSE CHARGES

 
Tory Ryder, 53, of Russell Springs was arrested Tuesday afternoon by the RCSO and charged with Sexual Abuse 1st degree, Unlawful Imprisonment, and Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence) with minor injuries. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

 

Gov. Beshear: Federal Government Announces Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Shortage Due to Extraordinary Demand

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said the federal government announced a change in the way COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatments will be distributed among states due to supply shortages and extraordinary demand across the country.

 

Health care providers will no longer be able to order the treatments directly; instead, state governments will supervise the distribution of a capped number of treatments delivered to them each week.

 

“I have a concern that some Kentuckians who are hesitant about the vaccine are placing faith in monoclonal antibodies. What this shortage ought to tell you is that if you’re unvaccinated and you get really sick, not only might there not be a bed in the hospital for you because they are so full, but that monoclonal antibody treatment might not be there for you either,” said Gov. Beshear. “That thing you’re counting on might not be available. What is available, and there are no supply issues at all, are these safe and effective vaccines.”

 

Yesterday, Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, explained monoclonal antibodies are synthetic, laboratory-created antibodies. They give patients a temporary immune boost, ideally helping people who are already sick have a milder disease. They do not teach a patient’s body how to create its own antibodies.

 

“Monoclonal antibodies are an important tool, but we have another alternative, vaccinations. Vaccines prime your immune system to create natural antibodies that your own body will produce to create a natural immune response that then can protect you for at least eight months or more,” said Dr. Stack. “It’s a lot easier to get vaccinated than to get monoclonal antibodies.”

 

During the week ending Sept. 7, 2021, 3,642 treatment courses of monoclonal antibodies were used in Kentucky. As of Sept. 7, Kentucky hospitals have 9,363 monoclonal antibody treatment courses on hand.

 

Currently, monoclonal antibody treatments are available at 139 locations across Kentucky.

 

Despite the national shortage of the treatments, the Governor said his administration will continue to do everything in its power to get available monoclonal antibodies to as many Kentucky health care facilities as possible.

 

Gov. Beshear added: “Listen, even if you disagree with me – even if you’ve stood outside my house or this Capitol and yelled about me – I care about you. I care about you and your families and I want you to be safe. These vaccines are safe. Please, go out and get yours.”

 

As of today, 59% of all Kentuckians have had at least their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, and 69% of eligible Kentuckians – ages 12 and up – have had at least their first dose.

 

Adair Magistrate in Louisville Hospital....

 

District 7 Magistrate Terry Hadley had a medical emergency earlier today (Tuesday) and is currently in a Louisville Hospital, according to Judge Exec. Gale Cowan. Any constituent in District 7 who may need assistance is urged to call the Adair County Judge's Office at 270-384-4703 or any other Adair County Magistrate. Judge Cowan asks that you pray for Magistrate Hadley and his family during this difficult time.

 

Glasgow Woman Arrested on Meth Charges Following Traffic Stop


On Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 4:02pmCT, Adair County Deputy Kenny Perkins initiated a traffic stop for a registration violation 8 miles east of Columbia on Snake Creek Road. The stop was a result of increased patrol in the area due to multiple complaints from area residents of possible drug activity in their community. 

During a roadside interview, Deputy Perkins suspected the operator was in possession of controlled substances. A search of the auto was conducted and methamphetamine, along with other suspected controlled substances, were located.
 
Arrested was Paula Johnson, 36, of Glasgow,  KY. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Charge on the following charges:

  • Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine)  
  • Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (drug unspecified) and
  • Expired Registration Plates


The sheriffs office is continuing the investigation.

 

AREA ARREST 9-14-21

 

A Somerset, KY woman was arrested Monday morning in Russell Springs on a Warrant for Court and other charges.

 

Mary Darnell, 20, was taken into custody by RSPD Officer Necessary on Monday morning on a Warrant for Court, 2 counts of Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees or Fines, and Giving an Officer False Identifying Information. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

RUSSELL COUNTY FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP 9-13-21

 

The Russell County Fiscal Court held their regular monthly meeting on Monday evening. Judge Gary D. Robertson tells WAVE LISTENERS what took place... 
 

 

JAMESTOWN EXPLOSION OCCURRED MONDAY

 

According to Fire Chief Jeff Landers, members of the Jamestown Fire Department were dispatched out just before 7pmCT on Monday to the report of an explosion on E. Cumberland Ave. Firemen found a trash fire in a vacant lot. The fire is still under investigation to try to determine what caused the explosion. The Jamestown Fire Dept. was assisted by the Jamestown Police Department. 

 

Gov. Beshear: 'I Am Asking You to Break the Thanksgiving Dinner Rule to Get People Vaccinated'

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky currently ranks third in the nation for the highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases per capita, with a seven-day average of approximately 90 new cases reported per 100,000 people.

 

“I am asking you to break the Thanksgiving dinner rule and have a tough conversation with those you love and care about who are hesitant to get the vaccine,” said Gov. Beshear. “It won’t be easy. But they are more likely to listen to a friend or family member, and that one conversation could save their life.”

 

The Governor highlighted a recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study that found people who were not fully vaccinated this spring and summer were more than 10 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 11 times more likely to die of COVID-19, than those who were fully vaccinated.

 

“Today, I have 38 COVID patients on my unit. That is every room that we could possibly open and every patient we could possibly take care of,” said Laura Gevedon, RN, shift supervisor for the Pikeville Medical Center COVID unit. “Every patient that we have had say that they regret not getting their COVID-19 vaccine. They wish that they had never listened to anyone who said not to get it. They regret waiting. Get the vaccine and wear a mask.”

 

She added: “Last week, a man had a BiPAP on and was maxed out on his oxygen, but he was dropping. He told me to take it off and let him die. I told him that he had more fight and we weren’t going to do it. I called his wife and she talked to him convinced him to give it a little while longer. His BiPAP was so loud that his wife couldn’t hear what he was saying, so I asked him what he wanted me to tell her. He wanted me to tell her that he loved her and that he would be on the ventilator by that evening. Two hours later, he was unresponsive so we put him on a ventilator. The next day he passed away. That is my every day.”

 

“One thing that we have noticed recently is a big influx of COVID-19-positive patients that are younger. The ones that are the sickest are the ones who are unvaccinated,” said Alicia Hume, RN, clinical outcomes specialist at the Medical Center at Bowling Green Emergency Department. “The ones who are vaccinated aren’t getting as sick and typically don’t have to be admitted unless they have some comorbidities or health problems prior to coming in.”

 

“In addition to helping take care of patients when we have had such a high influx, I also work with our specialty infusion clinic giving the Regeneron antibody infusions. We have seen a lot of success with this, and the folks who are able to get in to get the infusions are all feeling better,” said Melissa Gilpin, BSN, clinical nurse educator at the Medical Center at Bowling Green Emergency Department.

 

“Unfortunately, we just can’t keep up with the demand. We have so many positive patients come in and we don’t have enough time or space to give them this treatment that could be helpful. We are overwhelmed, and our staff is tired. They are wanting to do the best they can for this community. Get your vaccines, wear your mask and stay safe.”

 

COVID-19 Case Information Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,618,081
Number of people who received at least one vaccine dose since Friday: 26,219

 

Sept. 11, Cases: 4,470
Sept. 11, Deaths: 18
Sept. 12, Cases: 3,111
Sept. 12, Deaths: 21

New Cases Today: 2,426
New Deaths: 29
Today’s Positivity Rate: 13.70%
Current Hospitalizations: 2,446
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 646
Currently on Ventilators: 411

 

The Governor said after receiving new census data, the state now will be able to report percentages of Kentuckians 12 and older and ages 12 to 17 who have been vaccinated; demographic information for more than 170,000 additional vaccinated Kentuckians; and the number of Kentuckians vaccinated, rather than the number of people vaccinated in Kentucky.

 

The Governor said he could now report that 59% of all Kentuckians, including those that are too young to be eligible, have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose; 69% of Kentuckians 12 or older, or 69% of all eligible Kentuckians, have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose; and 71% of Kentucky adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.

 

COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Treatments
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, updated Kentuckians on the use and availability of monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 patients. During the week ending Sept. 7, 2021, 3,642 treatment courses of monoclonal antibodies were used in Kentucky. As of Sept. 7, Kentucky hospitals have 9,363 monoclonal antibody treatment courses on hand.

 

Monoclonal antibody treatments are available at 139 locations across Kentucky.

 

“Monoclonal antibody administration in Kentucky has expanded dramatically,” said Dr. Stack. “In the last eight weeks, we have gone from about 204 monoclonal doses given in the beginning of July all the way up to 3,642 doses given through last Wednesday. That is an 18-fold increase in just eight weeks.”

 

Dr. Stack explained that monoclonal antibodies are synthetic, laboratory-created antibodies. They give patients a temporary immune boost, ideally helping people who are already sick have a milder disease. They do not teach a patient’s body how to create its own antibodies.

 

“Monoclonal antibodies are an important tool, but we have another alternative, vaccinations. Vaccines prime your immune system to create natural antibodies that your own body will produce to create a natural immune response that then can protect you for at least eight months or more,” said Dr. Stack. “It’s a lot easier to get vaccinated than to get monoclonal antibodies.”

 

K-12 School Testing Program
Dr. Stack also updated Kentuckians on the state’s school testing program, and said parents and school leaders can find more information here: https://govstatus.egov.com/K-12-kentucky-school-testing-program.

 

“We stood up, using federal funds, a testing program where every single county in the commonwealth should have access to an approved testing vendor,” said Dr. Stack. “There are probably around 2,000 schools within the commonwealth. There’s no way that is going to work more effectively than having the local school and local district involved to refine and tailor the program to them. We’re going to put together the guidance we have to give in one packet all information that schools will need to know for how to do layered mitigation, how to do testing as a tool to help keep people safe from COVID, to keep sick people out of the school setting and to give other guidance for how to be isolated or quarantine.”

 

Kentucky National Guard Assisting Overwhelmed Hospitals
The Governor said the Kentucky National Guard is handling COVID-19 testing at some of the state’s most overwhelmed hospitals to assist with staff shortages.

 

Last week, he announced that along with the four hospitals that already have National Guard teams on the ground at their facilities, 21 more hospitals will receive assistance from an additional 310 soldiers and airmen.

 

They will assist with non-clinical functions within the hospitals for a maximum of two weeks. Ten to 30 members will be deployed to each facility in the next week. They are assisting with logistical and administrative support to allow hospital staff to focus on patients. To learn more, see the full release.

 

“There will now be 411 Kentucky National Guard members in 25 Kentucky hospitals helping to expand their capacity and ability to respond to this dangerous surge,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our Guard is stepping up yet again to help the commonwealth and our people. Thank you to you, your families, your employers and your community for you continued sacrifice and service.”

 

DROWNING VICTIM RECOVERED

 

UPDATEThe drowning victim is 52-year-old Brian Keith Patterson of Shepherdsville, KY who had a houseboat at Lake Cumberland.

 

On Friday, September 10, 2021 the Jamestown Dive Team was called by the Jamestown Police Department due to a missing person report of an individual that was last seen on Thursday night around 11:00pmCT at the Jamestown Marina.

 

Upon investigation by JPD and upon speaking with the Dive Captain, it was determined that more than likely the missing person was in the water. The rest of the Jamestown Dive Team was informed to respond to the Jamestown Marina around 11:15amCT on Friday. Upon searching in multiple locations around the Marina using the FIFISH and sonars, the person of interest was found in 82 ft. of water and was successfully removed from the water and turned over to the Russell County Coroner’s Office and the Fish and Wildlife Department.  

 

2-Vehicle Columbia Accident Sends Several to Hospital


The Columbia Police Department investigated a 2-vehicle collision with injuries on Sunday night, September 12, 2021 just after 7:30 PM on Jamestown Street. 


The collision occurred when a white GMC Terrain, operated by Phyllis Smith, crossed the center line in a slight curve and struck an oncoming vehicle that was being operated by Melinda Stapleton.

Stapleton was transported by ambulance to TJ Health Columbia for possible injuries. Three passengers, including two juveniles, were also taken to TJ Health for precautionary reasons. Smith denied EMS treatment but was later taken to TJ Health by private vehicle.
 
Officer Trevor Foster investigated the collision. He was assisted by Sgt Drew Conn. The Columbia Fire Department and Adair EMS also responded. 
 

WEEKEND ARRESTS 09/12/21

 
  • John White, 46, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested early Sunday morning by the RCSO for DUI and Disregarding a Stop Sign.
  • Anthony Burton,  41, of Winchester, KY - arrested early Sunday morning by KY Fish & Wildlife Resources for Operating a Boat/Watercraft while Intoxicated.
  • Nathan Kenworthy, 37, of Mooresville, IN - arrested on Saturday by RCSO for Resisting Arrest, Menacing, Disorderly Conduct, and Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.
  • Edward Herring Jr., 31, of Richmond, KY - arrested Saturday afternoon by KSP for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon.
  • Jae Dee Warner, 36, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested on Saturday afternoon by KSP for Improper Equipment, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and failure to Notify Dept. of Transportation of Address Change.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • Kenny Dotson, 36, of Edmonton, KY - arrested by CPD early Sunday morning for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Matthew Edward Farthing, 37, of Richmond, KY - arrested on Saturday afternoon by CPD for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED 09-12-21

 

As of 9:35amCT on Sunday, September 12, 2021 the boil water advisory for customers starting on 270-2151 FairPlay Rd and all side roads in between has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.

 

ADAIR MAN ARRESTED ON COUNTERFEIT MONEY CHARGES

 

On Saturday, September 11, 2021 the Columbia Police Department received a call from a local restaurant just before midnight stating they had been given a counterfeit $100 bill during the night. Workers identified the party who provided the fake bill and the male subject was located at a residence on Parkway Manor Lane. He admitted to using the counterfeit bill and was taken into custody.

 

28-year-old Schyler Kjelson of Columbia, KY has been charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree (a class D felony) and was also served multiple outstanding warrants.

 

CPD Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest.

 

ADAIR BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED


As of 1:00pm on September 11, 2021 the boil water advisory for customers starting on 2601-3091 FairPlay Rd. And 1662-2421 Hwy 55 S has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.

 

ADAIR COUNTY BOIL WATER ADVISORY 9-10-21


Date Issued:  9/10/21

Time Issued:  6:15 pm

 
BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers at 270-2151 FairPlay Rd and all side roads in between.
  The advisory has been issued due to main line break.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED ON CHILD PORN CHARGES BY FBI

 
A Columbia man has been arrested by the FBI and is accused of distributing child pornography through a social messaging app.
 
According to the Adair County Community voice, 39-year-old Matthew Ross Mouser was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 8th after being interviewed by an FBI agent.  Mouser reportedly began messaging with an undercover FBI agent in June of this year using an app popular with sexual predators. Mouser allegedly sent the agent 2 photos involving the sexual abuse of a 4-year-old female, and stated that he raped the child. He said he was also considering the sexual abuse of a 7-year-old male child. During the interview, Mouser reportedly told agents that his statements in the messaging app were only fantasy.
 
Matthew Mouser is currently charged with the distribution of child pornography and is being held in the Warren County Detention Center. He is scheduled for a detention hearing in Bowling Green this Monday, Sept. 13th.
 
Mouser has been a coach with the youth football league in Adair County. The league issued a statement on social media on Wednesday stating they have cut ties with this coach.
 
To read more, pick up a copy of the Adair County Community Voice.

RUSSELL/ADAIR ARRESTS 09-10-21

 
  • Corey Melton, 22, of Coumbia - arrested Friday afternoon by ACSO for Possession of a Controlled Subtance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Marijuana, Public Intoxication, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
  • Bianca Keith, 28, of Columbia - arrested Friday afternoon by ACSO for TBUT (Shoplifting), Flagrant Non-Support, and Contempt of Court.
     
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 
  • Michael Wiles, 44, of Science Hill, KY - arrested Friday afternoon by RCSO for Possession of Methamphetamine.
  • Tony Acey, 52, of Somerset, KY - arrested on Friday by KSP for Reckless Driving, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Operating a Vehicle with Expired Operators License, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified), DUI, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

THURSDAY ARRESTS 9-9-21

 
  • Rebecca Kathleen Major, 27, of Jamestown, KY - arrested on Thursday by the RCSO for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear.
  • Gregory Collins, 47, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested Thursday afternoon by KSP for Possession of Methamphetamine, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Transfer Device for Theft of Services, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Non-Payment of Fines.
  • Jordan Wheat, 26, of Liberty, KY - arrested on Thursday afternoon by the RCSO for TBUT (Shoplifting Under $500) and False Statement to Receive Benefits Less than $500. He was also served a Bench Warrant for Court.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Gov. Beshear: More Than 300 Additional Guard Members Will Support Strained Hospitals Across Kentucky

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2021) – On Thursday during his weekly Team Kentucky update, Gov. Andy Beshear said more teams from the Kentucky National Guard will arrive over the next week at strained Kentucky hospitals. Assisting with nonclinical functions within the hospitals to allow hospital staff to focus on patient care, 310 additional Guard members will support 21 hospitals around the commonwealth.

 

“This shows that every hospital is bursting at the seams, that they desperately need help and that we are a state full of more desperately sick people than we have ever seen,” said Gov. Beshear. “I believe this is the largest deployment of the Guard in this crisis health care situation in our history. Every time we’ve asked, they’ve stepped up and served us so proudly.”

 

More than 100 Guard members already are assisting at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Hazard, The Medical Center at Bowling Green and Pikeville Medical Center. The additional teams will support:

  • T.J. Samson Community Hospital, Glasgow;
  • Taylor Regional Hospital, Campbellsville;
  • Ohio County Hospital, Hartford;
  • Manchester Hospital, Manchester;
  • CHI Saint Joseph Health, London;
  • Baptist Health Hospital, Corbin;
  • Baptist Health Hospital, Elizabethtown;
  • Baptist Health Hospital, Lexington;
  • Baptist Health Hospital, Louisville;
  • Baptist Health Hospital, Paducah;
  • Highlands ARH Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg;
  • Tugvalley ARH Regional Medical Center, South Williamson;
  • Middlesboro ARH Hospital;
  • Harlan ARH Hospital;
  • Mercy Health - Lourdes Hospital, Paducah;
  • UofL Hospital, Louisville;
  • TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital, Bowling Green;
  • Rockcastle Regional Hospital, Mount Vernon;
  • Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, Somerset;
  • Kentucky River Medical Center, Jackson; and
  • St. Elizabeth Covington Hospital.

 

“In coordination with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, we’ve now mobilized more than 400 soldiers and airmen to help provide logistical and administrative support to 25 hospitals across the commonwealth,” said Brig. Gen. Bryan Howay, director of the joint staff, Kentucky National Guard.

 

“Supporting this critical mission impacts our service members as well since we’re part of the same communities we’re assisting. While our mission is temporary, it serves to highlight the importance of wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and most importantly, getting vaccinated.”

 

Brett Weber, vice president and chief operations officer at ATA College, joined Gov. Beshear to provide an update on 40 nursing students who answered the call to support hospital teams at Kindred Hospital in Louisville, Isaiah House Treatment Center in Willisburg and Signature Healthcare locations across the commonwealth.

 

“We have been working with a number of hospitals, nursing homes and health care facilities in the area to provide support during the pandemic,” said Weber. “Our students have been able to gain valuable knowledge and real-word experience by providing direct patient care at these facilities. Not only are our students helping with the shortage that exists at these facilities by providing direct patient care, but they’re also preparing for long-term careers in the health care field, and there’s a dire need for that right now.”

 

COVID-19 Update
The Governor reported that 60 of 96 Kentucky hospitals currently have critical staffing shortages. He also said there are only 90 available adult intensive care beds throughout the commonwealth, the lowest ever during the pandemic.

 

“Folks, our hospital situation has never been more dire in my lifetime than it is right now,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Today, Gov. Beshear reported 2,587,406 Kentuckians have received at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, meaning 70% of Kentucky adults are vaccinated.

 

Sept. 8 2021, COVID-19 Case Information (Most Recent Data Available)

Cases: 4,468
Deaths: 30
Positivity Rate: 14.16%
Hospitalizations: 2,424
Intensive Care Admittances: 674
On Ventilators: 431

 

COVID-19 Community Testing Sites
The Governor reminded Kentuckians to take advantage of community testing sites including:

 

Gravity Diagnostics
Drive-through testing available, no appointments required:

  • Covington
    Open daily: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    302 W. 4th Street, Covington, KY 41011
  • Danville
    Open daily: 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    224 Southtown Drive, Danville, KY 40422
  • Pineville
    Open Tuesday-Saturday: 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    302 S. Walnut Street, Pineville, KY 40977

 

First Round of Vax and Visit Kentucky Winners Announced
Today, Gov. Beshear announced the first round of winners from the Vax and Visit Kentucky incentive program, the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet’s program to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by offering in-state travel incentives.

 

The winners are:

  • Michael James of Flemingsburg,
  • Gladys Hutcherson of Frankfort,
  • Casey Apgar of Erlanger,
  • Alisa Lipsky of Louisville,
  • Nancy Allen of Monticello,
  • Robert Rippingale of Hodgenville,
  • Jason Phillips of Clermont,
  • Debbie Yancey of Monticello,
  • Mary McCloud-Jones of Louisville, and
  • Pamela Campbell of Fort Thomas.

 

The next drawing will take place Sept. 20, with winners announced Sept. 21. For more information and to enter, click here

 

Louisville Hotel Groundbreaking Signals Continued Economic Momentum
Earlier this week, Gov. Beshear joined local officials, business leaders and developers to break ground on a 122-room avant-garde hotel that is expected to create more than 40 quality jobs in Louisville’s burgeoning Nulu neighborhood. For more information, read the full release.

TAYLOR COUNTY FATAL ACCIDENT

 

Campbellsville, KY (September 9, 2021) On Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 at approximately 12:19pmET, Troopers from Kentucky State Police Post 15 responded to a 2-vehicle injury collision on HWY 210 in Taylor County that resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigations indicate that 21-year-old Timothy McAtee of Louisville, KY was travelling southbound on KY 210 in a 2019 Nissan Altima, when he lost control of the vehicle, ran off the right shoulder of the roadway and struck a guardrail. McAtee then crossed back into the northbound lane into the path of a 2013 Peterbuilt. The semi was operated by Sidney Dosier, age 55 of Magnolia, KY. Dosier was unable to stop and struck McAtee in the driver side.
 

McAtee was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Taylor County Coroner. A passenger in the McAtee’s vehicle, Fred Scott, age 24 of Louisville, KY was transported to the Taylor County Hospital by EMS and is in critical condition. Dosier was not injured in this collision.
 

This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Matthew Brumley. Brumley was assisted at the scene by other KSP personnel and Taylor County EMS.

 

ADAIR COUNTY BOIL WATER ADVISORY 09-09-21


Date Issued: 9/9/2021

Time Issued: 7:30 AM

 

?A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District at2601-3091 Fairplay Rd. and 1662-2421 Hwy 55 S Rd. and all side roads in between. The advisory has been issued due to pressure drop. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bring the water to a rolling boil for three minutes before using. The advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality. For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.

 

8 New Covid19 Deaths in Lake Cumberland District

 
Of today’s (Wednesday's) 731 reported cases, 634 (88%) were unvaccinated and 215 of today’s cases (29%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.
 
Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 13.74%.
 
Deaths: We are sad to report 8 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 531 deaths resulting in a 1.71% mortality rate (about 1 in 58) among known cases. This compares with a 1.31% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.61% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.
 
Hospitalizations: We presently have 53 cases in the hospital. This is 3 less than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,516 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.89% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 20) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.39%. The latest data shows that 95.65% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 45.07% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.
 
Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 30,983 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 14.83% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.13% are reinfections, and 5.26% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 6.63% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.
 
Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 1462 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 78; Casey: 161; Clinton: 88; Cumberland: 50; Green: 92; McCreary: 103; Pulaski: 385; Russell: 206; Taylor: 214; and, Wayne: 85. In all, we have released 94.8% of our total cases.
 
Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 740 more than the new cases we added since our last report. This leaves us with 1,079 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,815.
 
Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Family, Businesses, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 22% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).
 
New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 730 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 33; Casey: 90; Clinton: 15; Cumberland: 46; Green: 45; McCreary: 46; Pulaski: 237; Russell: 104; Taylor: 86; and, Wayne: 28. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00919. This means our total case count is projected to double every 75.77 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 731 cases.
 
The 8 deaths we report tonight include 4 Green County residents (all unvaccinated) – one who was in the 50-59 year age group, one in the 60-69 year age group, and two others in the 80-89 year age group; an Adair County resident (unvaccinated) who was in the 70-79 year age group; 2 Taylor County residents (both unvaccinated) – one who was in the 60-69 year age group and the other in the 70-79 year age group; and a Casey County resident who was in the 50-59 year age group.
 
We also deleted one case in Taylor County that was found to be a duplicate.
 
Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 16,914 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.74% were unvaccinated.
 
Below are our area’s COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average (last updated 9/3/2021).
 
  • State – 57.00%
  • Taylor – 49.29%
  • Pulaski – 45.69%
  • Russell – 42.65%
  • Green – 36.96%
  • Wayne – 35.98%
  • Adair – 35.02%
  • Cumberland – 34.14%
  • Casey – 32.27%
  • Clinton – 30.07%
  • McCreary – 28.68%
 

RUSSELL CO. HOSPITAL SAYS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS OVERWHELMED!

 
Russell County Hospital urges anyone who believes they have a “life-or-limb threatening emergency” to call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Department, ESPECIALLY people experiencing serious health emergencies such as: stroke symptoms, chest pain, or trauma. In Russell County and the Lake Cumberland area, COVID19 hospitalizations are reaching record highs so the hospital is getting explicit about what medical needs indicate a trip to the emergency room. Emergency Room waiting time could be several hours for health issues that do not qualify as life-or-limb threatening. Emergency Rooms are not “First-come-First-served,” but determination is made whether the Individual has a life -or-limb threatening emergency, by Qualified Physicians and Clinical Teams who prioritize based on Medical Necessity. 
 
ER visits for COVID-19 tests are specifically discouraged!
 
Russell County Hospital strongly advises against using emergency departments for COVID testing and warns the use of ER's for testing will not lead to faster results. Patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, ICUs are full, After-Hours Clinics & Urgent-Care Clinics are overwhelmed, and Emergency Rooms are backed up, so Russell County Hospital is managing capacity to ensure Individuals with the most critical needs, can access the care needed.  
 

ARRESTS 09-08-21

 
  • Dustin Ray Ard, 34, of Nancy, KY - arrested Tuesday night by the RCSO for Possession of Methamphetamine and was serveds a Warrant for another Police Agency.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Jail.
 
  • Ronald Graham Webb, 60, of Columbia, KY was arrested Wednesday afternoon by Columbia Police and charged with Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place and Criminal Mischief. 
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

GOLF BENEFIT IN RUSSELL COUNTY FOR UNITED WAY SEPT. 17TH

 

Join us at Lakewood Country Club for the Friday Night Glow Golf tournament! We'll have dinner, games, raffle items and a silent auction at the Clubhouse. You don't want to miss all the fun that night golf brings!


United Way of South Central Kentucky serves the 10-county Lake Cumberland area: Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, Taylor and Wayne. In 2019 we helped more than 71,000 people across the region through our 27 Partner Agencies.
 

 

COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP 09-08-21

 

The Columbia City Council held a special called meeting on Tuesday and Jim Lieb was there for WAVE NEWS and spoke with Mayor Pamela Hoots... 

 

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

 

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.  

 

ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING SEPT. 9TH

 
There will be a Special Called Adair County School Board Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 at 6:00pmCT at the Adair County Board Conference Room.
 
BOARD AGENDA
**Meeting called to order**
***Superintendent Dr. Stephens and Adair County Board Members will open the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance***
***Prayer***
 
1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 
REGULAR AGENDA
 
2. TAX RATE HEARING FOR 2021/2022 SCHOOL YEAR
 
1. APPROVAL OF TAX RATES FOR 2021/2022 SCHOOL YEAR
  • REAL ESTATE  53.5 + 0.1. EXONERATION =53.6
  • TANGIBLE  53.5 + 0.1. EXONERATION =53.6
  • MOTOR VEHICLE  56.3
  • UTILITY  3.0
  • AIRCRAFT  YES
  • WATERCRAFT  YES
  • CABLE  YES

2. APPROVAL TO ADMINISTER THE KENTUCKY INCENTIVES FOR ABUSE POLICY (KIP) SURVEY TO STUDENTS IN GRADES 6, 8, 10 & 12
3. PRESENTATION OF OPENING OF ARCHITECTURE BIDS 
4. REPORT ON CONSTRUCTION MANAGER OPENING OF BIDS
5. ESTABLISH DATES FOR INTERVIEWS FOR CONSTRUCTION MANAGER
6. ESTABLISH DATES FOR INTERVIEWS FOR ARCHITECTURE
7. APPROVAL TO ADJOURN
 
THE BOARD MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC WITH MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES.
 

Marion County Man Indicted on Federal Drug Charges

 

Louisville, KY – A federal grand jury in Louisville returned an Indictment today charging Marion County, KY resident Jerry Lee Bright with possession with intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamine.

 

According to court documents, Jerry Lee Bright, 62, of Marion County, has been charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

 

“The allegations contained in the Indictment are serious controlled substance offenses,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett.  “I commend the work and partnership of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and HSI during the investigation of this case.”

 

If convicted, Bright faces a mandatory sentence of five years in prison up to a maximum of forty years in prison for each count.  A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.  There is no parole in the federal system.

 

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are investigating the case.

 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mac Shannon is prosecuting the case.

 

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

RUSSELL/ADAIR ARRESTS 09/07/21

 
  • Nicholas Rogers, 41, of Columbia, KY - arrested Tuesday afternoon by ACSO for Possession of Methamphetamine 2nd offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, and DUI.
  • Nathan Curry, 39, of Columbia, KY - arrested on Tuesday by KSP for Receiving Stolen Property over $10,000.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 
  • Misti Rubbo, 39, of Jamestown, KY - arrested on Monday afternoon by the RCSO for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place and was served a Warrant for another Police Agency.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Casey County Man Arrested on Meth Charges Following Traffic Stop in Columbia

 
Columbia Police initiated the traffic stop on Burksville Street on Monday night, September 6, 2021. After making contact with the operator, identified as 44-year-old Brad Vaughn of Liberty, KY, officers obtained permission to search the vehicle. Police located a glass pipe inside the auto. While Mr. Vaughn was outside the vehicle, he grabbed the pipe and threw it over a hillside. Vaughn was placed into custody and police were able to locate the pipe.
 
Vaughn is facing numerous charges including Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and several traffic violations as well.
 
CPD Officer Joey Keith made the arrest. He was assisted by Officer Justin Cross and Sgt. Drew Conn.
 

AREA ARREST 9-7-21

A Columbia woman was arrested on Meth and other charges yesterday and lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

Timer Greene, age 32, was taken into custody by Deputy Staten just after 1:30 yesterday afternoon. She was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense Meth, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Possession of Marijuana, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree and Non Payment of Court Costs, Fees or Fines.

 

Ethan Atwood, age 22, of Columbia was arrested by Officer Keith with the Columbia Police Department just before 2 a.m. this morning, and charged with Burglary, 2nd Degree.

 

Brad Vaughn, age 45, of Liberty was arrested by Officer Cross with the Columbia Police Department just after 1:30 this morning and charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.

 

Harlee Frioni, age 23, of Perryopolis Pennsylvania, was arrested by Officer Durbin with the Columbia Police Department just before 9 p.m. last night. She was charged with Reckless Driving, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License and Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence Alcohol .08 1st.

 

Danny Tungate, age 56 of Campbellsvile, was arrested by Officer Conn with the Columbia Police Department around 12:30 Monday morning and charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

 

All were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.  

Taylor County Man Arrested on Firearms Charge in Columbia

 

On Sunday night, September 5, 2021 Columbia Police received a complaint of a driver on Jamestown Street shortly before midnight. Officers located the vehicle at FiveStar and made contact with the operator. It was found that the male subject was in possession of a firearm and was a convicted felon, as well as having an active EPO (Emergency Protective Order).


Danny Tungate, 56, of Campbellsville, KY was taken into custody and charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. 


Sgt Drew Conn made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officers Trevor Foster and Joey Keith. 
 

MISSING PERSON

 

The Adair County Sheriff's Office and Adair County Emergency Management are seeking information in locating or verifying the safety of 39-year-old Stacy L Perez (5'7" tall, 120 pounds) and her 4-year-old daughter, Keturah Perez. They may be in Adair County, probably traveling on foot, and may be trying to evade detection. If you see this female or know their whereabouts, please contact the Adair County 911 Center at 270-384-6464.

 

Russell County Man Arrested After Breaking into Govt. Office; Jail Time Delayed Due to 6-Day Hospital Stay


The Russell County Sheriffs Office, Jamestown Police Department, and Russell Springs Police Department responded to a disturbance call last Monday, August 30, 2021 around 3:30pmCT from the Russell County Circuit Court Clerks Office at the Russell County Judicial Center. Upon arrival, Officers encountered a male subject inside the Circuit Clerks Office area, who had gained access to a room through a door next to the Clerks Office. The man, later identified as Ernesto Richards, was transported to the Russell County Hospital for medical attention. On Sunday upon release from the hospital, he was transported to the Russell County Detention Center.

 

33-year-old Ernesto Augusto Trevino Richards of Jamestown, KY has been charged with the following:

  • Burglary 3rd degree 
  • Criminal Mischief 1st degree 
  • Obstructing Govermental Operations
  • Disorderly Conduct 1st Degree
  • Menacing
  • Assault 3rd (Police Officer)
  • Assault of a Police Officer (Bodily Fluids) 
  • Resisting Arrest and
  • 3 Outstanding Warrants of Arrest


The incident remains under investigation by Deputy Dustin Bunch and the Russell County Sheriffs Office. Charges will be presented to a Russell County Grand Jury at a Later Date. 

 

WEEKEND ARRESTS 09-05-21

 

  • Jordan Paul Bryant, 48, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested on Saturday evening by KSP and charged with DUI, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Failure to Notify the Kentucky Dept. of Transportation of Address Change, No Operators License, Operating a Vehicle with Expired Operators License, No Registration Receipt, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.
  • Jeffery Wright, 47, of Jamestown, KY  - arrested on Saturday afternoon by KSP for Theft of Identity, Prescription Controlled Substance Not In Proper Container, Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug, Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified), Non-payment of Fines, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, No Registration Plates, and No Registration Receipt.
  • Ronald Daniel, 36, of Albany, KY - arrested on Friday morning by CCSO for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Posession of Methamphetamine, and Criminal Trespassing 3rd degree.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
Jamie Green, 34, of Columbia, KY - arrested overnight by the ACSO for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
Stephen S. Coomer, 44, of Glensfork, KY - arrested overnight by ACSO for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
Betty Carol Patterson, 58, of Burkesville, KY - arrested on Saturday afternoon by the Burkesville Police Dept. for Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, and Public Intoxication.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Gov. Beshear Calls Special Legislative Session to Extend COVID-19 State of Emergency Action necessary to continue pandemic measures needed to fight COVID-19

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2021) – As COVID-19 cases increase at the fastest growth rate of the pandemic, straining Kentucky hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday called lawmakers to Frankfort next week to extend the pandemic state of emergency, which provides administration and public health officials with the tools and measures needed to slow the spread of the virus and save lives.

 

A state of emergency clearly continues in the commonwealth, and following a recent Kentucky Supreme Court ruling, the Governor worked with the General Assembly to assess a call for a special session, which will begin in Frankfort at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.

 

“This is one of the most dangerous times we’ve experienced this entire pandemic, with the delta variant burning through Kentucky and taking more of our loved ones and neighbors. It’s also overwhelming more and more of our hospitals and shutting down our schools,” the Governor said. “We need as many tools as possible to fight this deadly surge in order to save lives, keep our children in school and keep our economy churning.”

 

The Governor is asking lawmakers to consider legislation to address several topics including: extending the state of emergency until Jan. 15, 2022; setting forth the criteria regarding the Governor’s authority to require facial coverings in indoor settings in certain circumstances; providing additional flexibility for school districts; and making an appropriation from the American Rescue Plan Act to support mitigation and prevention activities, such as testing and vaccine distribution. 

 

While in Frankfort, the Governor also is asking lawmakers to extend by an additional 30 days a state of emergency declared by the Governor, in response to the flash flooding in Nicholas County and the City of Carlisle, on Aug. 3, 2021. The action is necessary to ensure any emergency services that may be required are provided to residents and businesses, as the commonwealth’s request for federal assistance submitted to President Joe Biden through the Federal Emergency Management Agency remains under review.

 

The Governor also is asking for additional flexibility for the manner in which incentives can be provided to economic development projects with more than $2 billion in investment, which would constitute the largest in Kentucky’s history. The Cabinet for Economic Development currently is pursuing at least five projects of this size, and the changes would allow Kentucky to be competitive with other states.

 

More than 7,840 Kentuckians have died from COVID-19 during the last 18 months, with case numbers spiking now because of the delta variant. In the last two days alone, the Governor announced 69 deaths, one of whom was just 27 years old, and more than 10,500 new cases in the commonwealth. We also have record numbers of Kentuckians in the hospital (2,365), in intensive care (661) and on ventilators (425). On Friday, 1,547 of the 5,111 new cases were Kentuckians 18 and younger. The positivity rate Friday was 13.17%. Just two months ago, on July 1, 2021, Kentucky reported only 215 new cases of COVID-19 – 47 of which of were for those age 18 and under – and three deaths, 201 hospitalizations, 55 patients in the ICU, 25 patients on ventilators and a positivity rate of 1.99%.

 

Kentucky is fast approaching nearly 600,000 COVID-19 cases during the almost 18 months of the pandemic.

 

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the delta variant is nearly twice as contagious as previous COVID-19 variants, and fully vaccinated people with delta variant breakthrough infections can spread the virus to others. Further, per the CDC, on Aug. 30 Kentucky had averaged more than 4,000 cases a day in the prior seven days, equaling approximately 28,000 for the week, and the United States had averaged more than 150,000 new cases a day.

 

The special session call is available here.

 

R.C. SCHOOL BOARD SETS TAX RATES

 

The Russell County School Board met Thursday afternoon and set the School System's Tax Rates. Supt. Michael Ford tells WAVE NEWS the rates are unchanged from last year... 

 

 

5 COVID-19 DEATHS IN LAKE CUMB. DISTRICT

 

IMPORTANT – Due to the continued increase in positive cases it may be several days before you are contacted by the health department. If you’ve tested positive for COVID19 please isolate yourself immediately, do NOT wait on a call from the health department. Please notify anyone you may have been in contact with so they can begin quarantine. Visit www.lcdhd.org for more specific COVID-19 guidance.

 

Of today’s 334 reported cases, 299 (90%) were unvaccinated and 96 of today’s cases (29%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 13.35%.

 

Deaths: We are sad to report 5 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 515 deaths resulting in a 1.75% mortality rate (about 1 in 57) among known cases. This compares with a 1.34% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.63% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 52 cases in the hospital. This is 5 less than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,476 hospitalizations resulting in a 5.02% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 20) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.49%. The latest data shows that 100% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 52.05% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 29,375 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 14.06% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.05% are reinfections, and 5.15% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 7.85% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 261 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 13; Casey: 20; Clinton: 21; Cumberland: 4; Green: 22; McCreary: 14; Pulaski: 67; Russell: 36; Taylor: 48; and, Wayne: 16. In all, we have released 93% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 68 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 1,528 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/01/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,528.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Family, Businesses, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 21% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 334 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 19; Casey: 50; Clinton: 16; Cumberland: 19; Green: 22; McCreary: 16; Pulaski: 61; Russell: 54; Taylor: 59; and, Wayne: 18. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.01013. This means our total case count is projected to double every 68.78 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 08/30/2021 when we added 614 cases.

 

The deaths we report tonight include 3 Pulaski County residents (all unvaccinated), two of whom were in the 70-79 year age group, and the other who was in the 60-69 year age group; a McCreary County resident (unvaccinated) who was in the 60-69 year age group; and a Casey County resident (unvaccinated) who was in the 60-69 year age group.

 

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 15,306 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.85% were unvaccinated.

 

Below are our area’s COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average (last updated 8/30/2021).
 

  • State – 57.00%
  • Taylor – 48.65%
  • Pulaski – 45.09%
  • Russell – 42.17%
  • Green – 36.56%
  • Wayne – 35.35%
  • Adair – 34.56%
  • Cumberland – 33.59%
  • Casey – 31.67%
  • Clinton – 29.74%
  • McCreary – 28.22%

 

Gov. Beshear: FEMA Strike Teams, Kentucky National Guard Assisting Hospitals as COVID-19 Cases Surge

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2021) – On Thursday during his weekly Team Kentucky update, Gov. Andy Beshear said Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) strike teams and Kentucky National Guard members are assisting Kentucky hospitals in need during the surge of COVID-19 cases sparked by the delta variant.

 

“With hospital staff and resources stretched thin, we need this additional help, and we thank all those serving on the front lines,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

He added: “Kentucky’s brave National Guard members have stood up to fight this virus since the beginning. From helping with testing efforts, to administering vaccines and now helping our health care heroes, their dedication to the people of the commonwealth has undoubtedly made a difference.”

 

Kentucky health care heroes shared their experiences in two of the state’s hospitals, emphasizing their need for additional support.

 

“Without a doubt, cases of COVID-19 have increased significantly in our hospital and our community. Like every other health care facility in Kentucky, Lake Cumberland is operating at the very edge of our capacity,” said Dr. Ted Qualls, emergency medicine physician at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. “Our team has been working tirelessly to care for our community, and we ask that the community please be patient and understanding as we work to respond to this surge with all of our available resources. Vaccination is the primary way we will avoid further overwhelming the health care system here at home, in our region and across the state.”

 

“I hear a lot that children aren’t getting affected by COVID. That’s no longer true,” said Dr. Beth Brooks, pediatrics, T.J. Regional Health in Glasgow. “Right now, they’re getting just as sick as adults. They’re ending up in the same ICUs. They’re on ventilators. They are getting treated the best we can, but they are getting sick.”

 

FEMA Medical Strike Teams Assist Kentucky Hospitals During COVID-19 Surge
Gov. Beshear updated Kentuckians on the status of FEMA strike teams his administration has requested or will request soon to assist strained Kentucky hospitals.

 

Emergency Medical Services Teams
Gov. Beshear said three FEMA Emergency Medical Services (EMS) strike teams are onsite in Kentucky tasked with transfers and transporting COVID-19 patients. The EMS strike teams are being managed by the Kentucky Board of Emergency Management Services (KBEMS) through American Medical Response.

 

Each team is comprised of five advanced life support ambulances and each ambulance is staffed with one paramedic and one emergency medical technician (EMT). Each strike team is positioned regionally, in Somerset, Prestonsburg and Louisville. They are centrally dispatched and can respond to any area in the state.

 

The Governor will continue to monitor the availability of teams.

 

Monoclonal Antibody Injection Teams
The Governor said a resource request form will soon be submitted to FEMA seeking two monoclonal COVID-19 antibody injection teams to administer the antibodies subcutaneously (applied under the skin, rather than through an infusion) to Kentuckians infected with the virus.

 

Long-Term Care Nurse Strike Teams
The Governor said two long-term care nurse strike teams are being developed by the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s Healthcare-Associated Infections program.

 

New Kentucky National Guard COVID-19 Mission
The Governor said as Kentucky hospitals continue to face challenges from the surge of the COVID-19 delta variant, his administration is working to ensure they have the support they need.

 

In total, 105 Kentucky National Guardsmen have been deployed for a new COVID-19 response mission, in seven teams of 15. So far, hospitals that have received Kentucky National Guard assistance include: St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Hazard, The Medical Center at Bowling Green and Pikeville Medical Center.

 

“We are pleased to have the temporary assistance of 30 members of the National Guard who arrived at the Medical Center at Bowling Green Aug. 31. These men and women are serving in various general, non-clinical and non-administrative capacities throughout our facility. Their assistance and service is much appreciated and will offer relief to our staff. We are so very grateful,” The Medical Center at Bowling Green leadership team said in a statement.

 

Price-Gouging
The Governor extended an executive order prohibiting price-gouging. To report price-gouging to the attorney general’s office, click here.

 

Pharmaceuticals
The Governor signed an executive order that extends previous orders allowing pharmacists to dispense 30-day refills.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Earlier this week, the Governor shared a story from a weekend event where Galen College of Nursing stepped up and offered to support health care heroes during the current COVID-19 surge. Today, Gov. Beshear welcomed the college’s chief executive officer, Mark Vogt; Dean of the Kentucky Campus, Lisa Peak; Dr. Brittney Welch, DNP, RN, director of clinical education; and three students: Sophia Allen, Jaquar Morris and Sabrina Hale.

 

Nursing students from Galen will be joining hospitals and health care teams in need by offering assistance with testing, clinical needs and other services.

 

“This will make a huge difference in our fight against COVID, while also offering these students real-life training,” said Gov. Beshear. “Thank you. What you and these students are doing is the true spirit of Team Kentucky. We are grateful for your bravery and dedication to caring for our people, supporting our health care teams and furthering education in such a critical field. For that, I am honored to name Galen College of Nursing’s students and staff this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.”

 

“Never before in our history have we seen a need for nursing care like we are seeing today. We are receiving calls daily from our clinical partners around the commonwealth in dire need of nursing staff,” said Vogt. “We acknowledged at Galen College early on that we wanted to do our part. As nurse educators, we feel like it is our obligation and opportunity to give this time for our students to provide that support. In these most vulnerable times, Galen students have spent hundreds if not thousands of hours supporting the commonwealth. We’ve delivered over 100,000 vaccinations with our partnership with the Kentucky Nursing Association. We’ve administered thousands of tests related to COVID for our students, and we’re continuing to do that today.”

 

Kentucky’s Economic Momentum Grows Despite COVID-19 Challenges
Even though COVID-19 is surging in the commonwealth, Gov. Beshear said Kentucky’s economic momentum continues to grow.

 

  • School Districts Awarded $75 Million to Upgrade Vocational Education Centers: In another significant step forward in his Better Kentucky Plan, which is creating jobs and opportunities in every corner of the commonwealth, yesterday Gov. Beshear announced $75 million has been approved to go to Kentucky school districts to fund renovation projects at Local Area Vocational Education Centers. To learn more, see the full release.
     
  • Gov. Beshear: Martinrea to Expand Hopkinsville Facility, Create 33 Jobs: Martinrea Hopkinsville LLC, a Tier 1 automotive supplier of lightweight structures and propulsion systems, will expand its presence in Christian County with an investment of more than $31 million that will create 33 quality job opportunities, Gov. Beshear announced this week. To learn more, see the full release.
     
  • Setco To Relocate Headquarters to Boone County, Create 30 Well-Paying Jobs: Setco Sales Co., a manufacturer of spindles and other precision parts and specialty products for the automotive and aerospace industries, will relocate its headquarters to Boone County and create 30 quality jobs in the coming years, Gov. Beshear announced this week. To learn more, see the full release.

 

2 Former Columbia Residents Arrested in Connection with the Death of 10-Month Old Baby


The Columbia Police Department, in cooperation with several local and state agencies, has concluded a child fatality investigation spanning several months which has resulted in two arrests. 


On June 4, 2020 at approximately 9:36amCT, Officers were dispatched to an apartment at Bridgeport Circle (along with Adair EMS) for a child who was unresponsive. Adair County Deputy Coroner Wayne Ray would also respond and 10-month-old Arya Wyntre Bell Graham was pronounced deceased. Officers on scene began a death investigation and after results from an autopsy and forensic toxicology exam, it was determined the cause of death was due to a fentanyl overdose.

On August 26, 2021 the case was presented to the Adair County Grand Jury and two indictment warrants were issued. Graham’s parents were located yesterday (September 1st) in Cleveland, Ohio and both were taken into custody by Officers with the Cleveland Police Department. 

Melanie Graham, 36, formerly of Columbia, has been charged with Manslaughter 2nd degree; Bradley Graham, 36, formerly of Columbia, has been charged with reckless homicide. 

Both individuals are currently being held in Cleveland, Ohio and will be extradited to Adair County at a later date. 

Sgt Evan Burton was the lead investigator. He was assisted by multiple Officers as well as The Adair County Coroners Office, Department of Child Protective Services, Kentucky State Police Post 15, and The Cleveland Ohio Police Department.
 

KSP RELEASE DETAILS ON FATAL GREEN COUNTY ACCIDENT


Greensburg, KY - On September 1st, 2021 at approximately 8:03amCT, Troopers from Kentucky State Police Post 15 responded to a 2-vehicle injury collision on U.S. 68 in Greensburg, KY that resulted in one fatality. 

 
During the preliminary investigation, it was determined that Whitney Brown, age 30, of Greensburg, KY was operating a 2011 Mazda west bound on Highway 68 when she crossed the center line for unknown reasons and struck an east bound 2018 Chevy pickup head on. The Chevy was operated by Maxie Houk, age 28, of Greensburg, KY who attempted to swerve to avoid the collision but was unsuccessful. Brown was pronounced deceased at scene by the Green County Coroner. Houk, along with three juvenile passengers in Browns vehicle, were all transported to Jane Todd Crawford hospital by Green County EMS. 
 
This collision remains under investigation by Tpr. Weston Sullivan. Tpr. Sullivan was assisted at the scene by other KSP personnel, Green County Sheriffs Department, Green County Fire/EMS, and the State Highway department. 
 

Adair Man Arrested on Drug Charges Following Warrants being Served

 

On Wednesday evening, September 1, 2021 the Columbia Police Department located and served a male party with multiple warrants. After being transported to the Adair County Regional Jail, staff located suspected narcotics the subject was hiding after a routine body search. 

Christopher Harvey, 37, of Columbia has been charged with two counts of  possession of a drug unspecified as well as possession of methamphetamine and promoting contraband, in addition to being originally arrested for active warrants. 


Officer Josh Durbin made the arrest. He was assisted by Sgt Drew Conn. 

 

R.C. FISCAL COURT SPECIAL MEETING & TAX HEARING SEPT. 2ND

 
The Russell County Board of Education will hold a tax hearing beginning at 4:30 PM on Thursday, September 2, 2021 in Room 114 of the Russell County Auditorium/Natatorium Complex on Hwy 127 in Russell Springs. The proposed tax rate is 52.2 for Real Estate & Personal Property (Tangible), the motor vehicle is (52.2), and utility (3%). The proposed rates will keep the current rates unchanged.
 
Following the Tax Hearing, the Russell County Board of Education will have a Special Called Meeting at 5:00pmCT in Room 114.
 

FATAL GREEN CO. ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE OF GREENSBURG WOMAN

 
The head-on collision occurred just east of Greensburg between the old skating rink and Mill Creek on Hwy 68 (Campbellsville Road).
 
30-year-old Whitney Brown of Greensburg, KY struck another auto head-on that was being operated by Maxie Kyle Houk of Greensburg. Ms. Brown was pronounced dead at the scene by the Green County Coroner; Mr. Houk was not injured.
 
The fatal accident occurred Wednesday morning and was investigated by Kentucky State Police.
 

ADAIR COUNTY SHERIFF RELEASES ACTIVITY REPORT

 

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

 

55 WARRANTS OF ARREST SERVED

6 CRIMINAL CASES OPENED

1 CALL RESPONSE REPORTS WRITTEN

8 DOMESTIC ABUSE CASES WORKED

11 NON-INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED

0   INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED

10 OUT OF COUNTY TRANSPORTS

19 CITATIONS WRITTEN FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

34 CIVIL PROCESS PAPERS SERVED

1 CRIMINAL SUMMONSES SERVED

90 SUBPOENAS SERVED

100 HOURS OF COURT SECURITY PROVIDED

443 VEHICLE INSPECTIONS DONE 

6  ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

12 MOTOR ASSISTS

705 911 CALLS

8 ALCOHOL/ DRUG RELATED

 

U.S. 68 Greensburg Back Open

 

UPDATE:  The roadway is back open. Everyone may resume their normal routes of travel. 
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Greensburg, KY (September 1, 2021) Kentucky State Police Post 15 is currently on the scene of a two vehicle injury collision on U.S. 68 approximately a half mile east of Greensburg. The roadway is currently closed while Troopers are on scene conducting the investigation. Motorist travelling east bound from Greensburg should detour by taking Bluff Boom Rd to Ewing Hicks Rd back to U.S. 68. Motorist travelling west bound from Campbellsville to Greensburg should take Marshall Ridge Rd to KY 61 North.
 

Adair Man Arrested for Trafficking in Meth Following Investigation


The Columbia area HIDTA Drug Task Force arrested Damon Cruse, 47, of Campbellsville on charges from an Adair County sealed indictment for 3 counts of trafficking over 2 grams of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest stems from an investigation in drug trafficking in Adair County.

Assisting in the investigation were Columbia Police, Campbellsville Police, KSP DESI West. KSP Special Operations Branch, and the Columbia Area HIDTA Drug Task Force. 

Cruse was taken into custody in Taylor County, initially being lodged lodged in the Taylor County Jail, before being transported to the Adair County Regional Jail. 

 

ADAIR COUNTY FISCAL COURT MET LAST NIGHT

Adair County Fiscal Court met last night. Jim Liebe attended the meeting for WAVE NEWS and talked to Judge Gayle Cowan for details on what took place... 

 

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