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Local News Archives for 2021-12

Additional Disaster SNAP Benefits Approved for Kentucky Counties Following Historic Storms, Tornadoes

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 30, 2021) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced today that Disaster SNAP benefits have been approved for Kentuckians who live or work in 14 counties impacted by the Dec. 10-11 tornadic storms, and two other counties are on standby to be added in the near future.

 

“We really appreciate the extra assistance from the federal government to ensure our Kentucky families who have lost so much are able to have access to healthy food at this time,” said Gov. Beshear. “When you’re worried about how to rebuild your home and your life, you shouldn’t have the extra burden of worrying about your next meal.”

 

A Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or D-SNAP waiver, has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.

 

Applications may be submitted beginning Jan. 5, 2022 for short-term food help for individuals and families living or working in Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor and Warren counties.

 

Kentuckians residing or working in Barren and Marion County will have an opportunity to apply at a later date.

 

D-SNAP gives food assistance to low-income households with food loss, loss of income or damage caused by a natural disaster. Approved D-SNAP beneficiaries will receive an Electronic Benefits (EBT) card to access them. The card is used just like a debit card to buy food at most local grocery stores. Because of the unique needs of disaster survivors, D-SNAP uses different standards than normal SNAP. If you would not ordinarily qualify for SNAP, you may qualify for D-SNAP if you had one of the disaster-related expenses below:

  • Home or business repairs
  • Temporary shelter expenses
  • Evacuation or relocation expenses
  • Home or business protection
  • Disaster-related personal injury, including funeral expenses
  • Lost or no access to income due to the disaster, including reduced, terminated or delayed receipt of income, for a large part of the benefit period
  • In come cases, food loss after a disaster like flooding or power outages

 

Additionally, residents who currently receive SNAP benefits can request and apply for a replacement of benefits due to power outages and other impacts. Any SNAP recipient can request replacement benefits whenever food purchased with SNAP benefits is destroyed due to a household disaster. Some recipients may have already received replacements automatically. Replacement requests must be made by Jan. 10, 2022.

 

For help applying, call the Department for Community Based Services’ call center for D-SNAP at 1-833-371-8570, the fastest method to receive benefits. Applications will be taken by phone from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST Monday – Friday, and Saturday, 9 a.m.– 2 p.m. EST. Applications may also be made at DCBS offices in the eligible counties.

 

On Monday, Gov. Beshear announced that, through a waiver approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, SNAP beneficiaries affected by the recent storms and tornadoes can request benefit replacements. A second waiver provides automatic replacements of December benefits to some residents of Warren and Hickman counties, Mayfield, Dawson Springs, Auburn and Pembroke. Additionally, the Governor announced that SNAP benefits can be used to purchase hot food from authorized SNAP retailers. Under normal circumstances, hot foods cannot be bought using SNAP benefits. Kentuckians in 30 counties may make hot food purchases through Jan. 17, 2022.

 

For more information, including DCBS office hours, visit governor.ky.gov/tornadoresources and click on the “Food Assistance” tab.

 

ACSO Arrest Three Area Residents on Drug Trafficking Charges; Meth, Heroin, Fentanyl, and other Drugs Seized...

 
On Wednesday night, December 29th, 2021 at approximately 9:00pmCT, Adair County Deputies Tracy McCarol and Kenny Perkins, along with KSP Trooper Jake Harper, arrived at a residence off of Rolling Hills, 7 miles north of Columbia. They were joined by Sheriff Josh Brockman on scene. The Sheriffs Office had received multiple complaints and tips called in of possible drug trafficking in the area and had initiated an investigation into the complaints. Deputies established probable cause to believe there were narcotics on the property, therefore a search was granted.   
 
As a result of the search, a large quantity of suspected Methamphetamine, Heroin, Fentanyl and Marijuana was seized. Over a pound of the substances was seized and will be sent to the KSP Crime Lab for positive ID. The street value of the drugs is up to $30,000 dollars, depending on the quantity it is packaged in. 
 
Arrested were: 42-year-old Alex Howard of Greensburg, KY, 42-year-old Ronald Hayden of Columbia, KY, and 32-year-old Cherish Gilbert of Campbellsville, KY. They were each charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Trafficking in Heroin, Trafficking in Fentanyl, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. 
 
Alex Howard was additionally arrested on an Outstanding Warrant from Metcalfe County and Cherish Gilbert on two Outstanding Warrants, one from Taylor County and the other from Jefferson County. All three individuals were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. 
 
The ACSO is continuing the investigation.
 

ADAIR COUNTY CANDIDATES

 

Adair County Candidates as of 12/29/21....

 

 

 

     

 

 

Gov. Beshear: $1.1 Billion Available Next Year to Support Hospitals, Advance Quality Care

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 29, 2021) – On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Kentucky hospitals that meet federal quality measures can receive up to $1.1 billion in increased payments next year.

 

The funding, available through a federally approved, state-directed payment model, helps deliver and expand quality health care to the commonwealth’s 1.6 million Medicaid members.

 

With over one-third of Kentucky’s population enrolled in Medicaid, the Governor said the payments are critical to building a better Kentucky by ensuring equal access to care in the commonwealth.

 

“Health care is a basic human right, and our people deserve the best care possible,” Gov. Beshear said. “This year, our state has faced so much tragedy and heartbreak from the pandemic, tornadoes and other natural disasters, and we are thankful to our hospitals for continuing to provide quality health care to our Kentucky families in need.”

 

Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Eric Friedlander said this is the second announcement of additional funding to Kentucky hospitals in 2021. In January, the Governor announced Kentucky hospitals would receive an additional $800 million to $1 billion annually to help advance clinical quality care to Medicaid members and provide a stable base for hospitals financially stressed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) President Nancy Galvagni said: “On behalf of our members, KHA is thrilled the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved continuation of the Hospital Rate Improvement Program for calendar year 2022. The ongoing partnership between CHFS and Kentucky’s hospitals made this application successful, and we are grateful to Secretary Friedlander, Medicaid Commissioner Lisa Lee and her staff for all of their work to achieve this outcome for the hospitals and our patients. We look forward to working with our members and the cabinet to further improve the care all Kentuckians receive.”

 

“Medicaid is the largest payer of health care services in our commonwealth and we must continue to think outside the box to bring this program further into the 21st century,” said Commissioner Lee. “This collaboration between Medicaid and KHA is an example of that type of innovative thinking, allowing us to reward our providers for delivering quality services to our members.”

 

Per Kentucky state law, university hospitals and state mental hospitals are excluded from this payment increase.

 

The state-directed payment initiative is in place for all of 2022 and would need to be renewed each year going forward. 

 

To get the latest information on Kentucky’s Medicaid program, which provides benefits to one in three Kentuckians, including over 600,000 children, visit https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dms/Pages/default.aspx.

 

For information about the Kentucky Hospital Association, please visit this site: https://www.kyha.com/.

 

Every eligible facility must meet quality measures next year to receive funding. For information about the quality measures, visit https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/QualityMeasures.

 

NEW COOKOUT RESTAURANT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

 

Applications are being accepted at the Columbia City Hall for the new Cookout Restaurant. You can pick up an application and drop-off at City Hall. Representatives of Cookout will be doing the interviewing at a later date.

 

This is the 299th store opened. The Cookout Restaurant had its first restaurant in Greensboro, North Carolina, 28 years ago. Their first store in the State of Kentucky was in 2013. They also have locations in Bowling Green, Campbellsville, Frankfort, Lexington, Williamsburg, Winchester, Somerset, Murray, and, Morehead.

 

Their menu includes: burgers, chicken strips, hot dogs, quesadillas, bacon wrap, cheese bits, and onion rings.They also have around forty flavors of milkshakes.

 

Cookout's local hours will be: Monday-Friday from 10:30am-2:00amCT and Saturday & Sunday 10:30am-3:00amCT.

 

For further information, please contact the Mayor’s Office.

 

AREA ARRESTS 12-29-21

 

Michael Ballou, 55, of Russell County was arrested by Officer Necessary with the Russell Springs Police Department and charged with: 

  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 
  • Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol) and
  • Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance

Ballou was lodged in the Russell County Detention

 

Charles Gaskins, 35, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Deputy Golden with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just after 10 last evening. Gaskins was charged with Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree, Public Intoxication- Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol), Possession Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense – Opiates, Resisting Arrest, Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree, Menacing, Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container, 1st Offense and Criminal Trespassing – 3rd Degree. He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Dawn Rodriguez, 41, of Burkesville was arrested just after 3 a.m. this morning by Deputy Watson with the Cumberland County Detention Center. Rodriguez was charged with Careless Driving, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Possession of Marijuana, License to be in Possession and Inadequate Silence (Muffler).

 

Antoinette Weston, 34, of Columbia was arrested by Officer Burton with the Columbia Police Department on Tuesday evening. Weston was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (more than 2 grams  of Meth) and Persistent Felony Offender.

 

Both Rodriquez and Weston were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

ADAIR FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP

 

Jim Lieb covered Tuesday's meeting of the Adair County Fiscal Court and files this report... 

 

 

218 New Covid-19 Cases in Lake Cumberland District; 5 New Deaths

 

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 was identified in Kentucky recently. It will only be a matter of time before it becomes the dominant strain here. While it seems it is highly transmissible, vaccination is still the best strategy to protect yourself and your families from serious illness and possible hospitalization. If you have not yet received your vaccination, please consider getting it now.  Also, remember that boosters are strongly recommended for everyone after 6 months.

 

Of today’s 218 reported cases, 157 (72%) were unvaccinated and 38 of today’s cases (17%) 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: 11.8%.

 

Deaths: We are sad to report 5 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 791 deaths resulting in a 1.77% mortality rate (about 1 in 56) among known cases. This compares with a 1.43% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.55% 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 88 cases in the hospital. This is 8 less than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,852 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.13% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 24) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.08%. The latest data shows that 92.73% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 39.13% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 44,790 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 21.44% 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.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 367 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 48; Casey: 16; Clinton: 15; Cumberland: 10; Green: 15; McCreary: 27; Pulaski: 95; Russell: 39; Taylor: 31; and, Wayne: 71. In all, we have released 97.5% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 156 more than the new cases we added since our last report. This leaves us with 319 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, 1,711.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Family, Businesses, Schools, and Medical Facilities.

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 216 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 34; Casey: 6; Clinton: 7; Cumberland: 4; Green: 10; McCreary: 16; Pulaski: 53; Russell: 21; Taylor: 35; and, Wayne: 30. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00138. This means our total case count is projected to double every 500.95 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

 

Tonight’s report includes 5 deaths: 4 Pulaski County residents (3 unvaccinated, 1 partially vaccinated) and 1 Cumberland County resident (unvaccinated).

 

Tonight’s report also includes the deletion of two duplicate cases, one in Adair County and one in Wayne County.

 

State and local vaccination rates can be found at the following link:  https://dashboard.chfs.ky.gov/views/KYPublicFacingDashboard_16191000580170/KentuckyCOVID-19Vaccination?:iid=1&:isGuestRedirectFromVizportal=y&:embed=y

 

For more statewide information click: statewide information.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available for Those Impacted by the Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, Flooding and Tornadoes

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 28, 2021) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday that, as a result of Presidential Disaster Declaration FEMA 4630 Amendments No. 2 and No. 3, the state is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) for Barren and Marion counties, which were hit hard by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes and are now approved for individual assistance.

 

Individuals who became unemployed or those who are self-employed and had work interrupted in these two counties as a direct result of the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes overnight on Dec. 10, 2021, are eligible to apply for DUA benefits through the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance.

 

DUA is available to individuals who:

  • Worked or were self-employed, or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment;
  • Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of a disaster, which can also include the physical inaccessibility of the place of employment due to its closure by the federal, state or local government in immediate response to the disaster;
  • Establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income;
  • Do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits from any state;
  • Cannot work or resume self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster; or
  • Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of the household.


Following Gov. Beshear’s request, President Joe Biden issued a Major Disaster Declaration on Dec. 12, 2021, that designated 14 Kentucky counties for individual assistance. The President issued Amendment No. 2 on Dec. 22 to include Barren County and Amendment No. 3 on Dec. 24 to include Marion County.

 

In order to qualify for DUA benefits, claimants in eligible counties must show that their employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a direct result of the disaster and that they are not otherwise eligible for regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits under state or federal law. Farmers and other self-employed individuals who are traditionally ineligible for UI benefits may qualify for DUA. The federal program requires individuals to provide documents, including a copy of their most recent Federal income tax forms or check stubs, a bill showing their physical address at the time of the disaster and a photo ID, to receive DUA benefits. The administration understands many claimants will not have these documents and will be working to help them obtain new documents. All required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the DUA application is filed.

 

Affected individuals should visit the Kentucky Career Center website, kcc.ky.gov or call 502.875.0442 to file their initial claim. The deadline to apply for assistance for claimants in Barren and Marion counties is January 27, 2021.

 

After claimants apply for UI benefits, they may attend an in-person session at one of the following locations:
 

December 28 – 29, 2021
Greenwood Shopping Mall (old Sears’s store)
262 Scottsville Rd., Bowling Green KY 42101
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

December 28, 2021
56 Federal Street
Madisonville, KY 42431
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

December 29, 2021
56 Federal Street,
Madisonville, KY 42431
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

December 28, 2021
1220 Eagles Way
Mayfield, KY 42066
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

December 29, 2021
1220 Eagles Way
Mayfield, KY 42066
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

Kentucky Career Center locations can also assist with DUA applications.

 

As a reminder to yesterday’s announcement about DUA can be found here: Gov. Beshear Update on Storm Response

 

Updated information will be communicated on the Kentucky Career Center website and future press releases with detailed information.

 

Unemployment assistance is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and benefits are not charged to employers.

 

For more information about the disaster in Western Kentucky:
Governor’s Office
Kentucky Division of Emergency Management
FEMA

 

Follow the Kentucky Career Center on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates.

 

COLUMBIA MAYOR HOOTS RELEASES STATE OF THE CITY REPORT

 

Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoot’s "State of the City" Report for 2021

 

We have been fortunate this year to have several (and I mean several) good things happen for our community.

 

Parks and Recreation

  1. We have signed the Memorandum Agreement with the Commonwealth of Kentucky on the Land and Water Conservation grant. This grant is for a splash pad at the city park on Fairgrounds Street. The grant is for $113,900.00. It is matching at 50%, which does include some in-kind in that amount.
  2. We have signed the agreement with Lindsey Wilson College for additional usage around the track at the city park at the Fairgrounds. We plan on a walking trail. Thanks to LWC for working with us on this project.
  3. We have done additional field toppings, gravel and road work, electrical work, at the Little League Park.
  4. Our 2nd annual Drive-Through Christmas was a success this year. Thank you so much to all who participated.
  5. The committee for the new park (Burkesville Street) has met; and, we will be issuing a request for bids for the Phase I of the new park.
  6. We received a grant from ARC Flex Funding for $4375.00. Grant amount was $3500.00 and in-kind match was $875.00. (This was for a preliminary design for the new park).
  7. We renamed the roadside park, “Columbia Veterans Memorial Park,” in honor of all veterans in our community.

 

Gas Department

  1. We now have a GPS System in place in the Gas Department. Steven Baker and Jerry Watson are coordinating this project. We currently already have around 125 valves on the system.
  2. We have completed an additional eighteen taps for new customers on gas this year.
  3. We have applied for a gas extension to Milltown Church Road. This was for: $1,895,000. Normally gas extensions are not available for any grant funding. This was a one-time possibility. It is still in process. Grant would be possible for a portion and the remainder under USDA funding for loan agreement.

 

Economic Development

  1. Plans are finalized for the Community Development Block Grant of $1,000,000. It will be used for procurement of the Majestic Yachts building. We are also incurring a loan of $525,000. For the same property. This $1,500,000 will be paid to the city in a lease agreement from the manufacturing company. The $1,000,000 is required to go into an account to be utilized for economic development in the city. Synergy Food Group is currently accepting applications; working on some renovation for their needs; and, plan a ribbon-cutting in early spring.
    1. They are planning on hiring around up to ten the first of year; and, increase to 50 by the end of the first year. Applications are available at city hall; and, are picked up by Synergy to interview.
  2. Dairy Queen celebrated one year in Columbia.
  3. Kentucky Fried Chicken opened in July. Their business has been doing great.
  4. Cookout is opening. They will be an addition to the Jamestown Street area.
     

Occupational Tax 2021

1st quarter 2021 $270,642.32

1st quarter 2020 $268,941.26

Increase: $1701.06

.1% increase in first quarter

2nd quarter 2021 $307,735.96

2nd quarter 2020 $276,130.35

Increase $31,605.61

10 % increase in 2nd quarter

3rd quarter 2021 $286,748.03

3rd quarter 2020 $249,876.09

Increase $36,871.94

12.5% in 3rd quarter increase

 

City Street Department

  1. The USDA grant for the Columbia Maintenance Building Purchase project is completed. We had a closing on that property. The grant is for $125,000 and is a 50% matching. The sanitation, public works, and parks and recreation will be using that facility.
  2. The City Street Department and Parks and Recreation have been doing work on the building that includes places for their supplies, tools, etc.
  3. Around 400 loads of brush were picked up during the year.
  4. Several tiles were installed.
     

Special Projects

  1. The community participated in the “Planters on the Square,” again. We thank everyone who adopted a planter.
  2. The 2nd annual “Paint The Town,” was held. Several had chalk drawings in the city. The Mayor sponsored prizes for the designated winners.
  3. We did our 2nd annual “Truck It Up,” in addition to several Food Truck Fridays. This helps with bringing business to the downtown area.
  4. The 2nd annual Fall Decorating Contest was held. Prizes were sponsored by Mayor.
  5. We had so many that participating in bringing “Whoville,” to downtown Columbia (and, outside). Thank you to all the businesses that participated. So many children enjoyed it. Our appreciation to all who donated for new lights for downtown.
  6. We did our 2nd annual “Letters to Santa,” and, they were responded to by our volunteers, Stacia and Amanda. Thank you to the Welding Class at Adair County High School for the mailbox.
  7. We held our 2nd annual “Christmas In The Park,” and appreciate all the businesses and individuals that participating. Thank you to the Event Management Class at Lindsey Wilson College for sponsoring candy and popcorn, the Live Nativity Scene from Bloomington Chapel, and Pickett’s Chapel for caroling.
  8. New flags were procured for downtown area in memory of local veterans. We appreciate everyone who participated in this project.
  9. We again did several projects for Summit Manor (a special place in my heart). We did Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day.
  10. We participated again in Malvina Farkle Day. This is one of my favorite days. Lindsey Wilson College students helped in projects throughout the town.
    1. We had projects in downtown, at the roadside park on South Highway 55, at the Little League Park, at the city park on Fairgrounds Street, and at Trabue Russell House.

 

ABC Numbers

2020    Sales: $3,140,915.03                           Fees: $138,978.45

2021    Sales: $3,114,906.03                           Fees: $145,083.70

 

Note: The 2021 numbers are not inclusive of December.

We are going to be up around 1% over last year in fees.

We are probably going to be up around $30,000 in sales; Probably up around $10,000 in fees, a 7% increase.

 

Police Department

  1. The grant for the vehicle cameras and computers for the police department is progressing. We have received a letter from the USDA that the amount of $33,997.72 is agreeable to consideration of approximately amount in a formal application. 75/25 match. This will be an approximate match of $11,350.00 for the city.
  2. We made application through the KLC grant program for a grant for body cameras for city police (10 cameras). We received our maximum; with our cost to be around $3000. Approved.
  3. The City Police Department received a grant of $2000.00 from Walmart for their annual Christmas for Children.
  4. We now have two officers trained in the DARE Program.
  5. We sponsor three of the four SRO Officers at the Adair County School System.

 

Coronavirus State and Local Relief Funds

  1. We received our first check for $596,123.63 for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. This is part one of two.
  2. We have agreed to allocate $100,000 of that into a grant program for local businesses. Committee: Leon Lewis, Joe Willis, and Mary Beth Phelps.
  3. This funding is restricted for specific uses.

 

COVID 19 Relief Fund

  1. We received two payments: $103,636.00 and $333,358. We have made application for and received approval for an additional $34,531.00.
  2. Our pavilion at the city park on Fairgrounds Street was utilized as a drive-through testing site for a period of time.


Trabue Russell House

  1. We have replaced outside doors and done some painting.
  2. An anniversary activity was done in September. Thank you to the committee: Mary Ann Loy, Susan Loy, Mike Watson, and Richard Phelps. A great menu was on hand in conjunction with the period of the house; and, several toured.
    1. The Lindsey Wilson College singers did a choral selection.
    2. Mel Hankla was in attendance to sign and autograph his book.
  3. Another activity was held during the “Christmas In Columbia.” Santa Claus was there to greet children for around two hours (had about 25 children). Children were read to during the activities; and, students from Lindsey Wilson College helped serve refreshments.

 

Funding Received

Community Development Block Grant                      $1,000,000

Splash Pad (Land and Water)                                   $113,900

Kentucky League of Cities Grant (cameras)             $3,000.00

Walmart (funds for Christmas project-police)            $2,000.00

USDA Community Facilities (Street Dept. Bldg.)       $125,000

COVID Cares Funding                                               $436,994.00

Rescue Fund                                                              $596,123.63

 

CURRENT CANIDATES LIST FOR RUSSELL COUNTY

COUNTY JUDGE EXECUTIVE

MAGISTRATE #1

CONSTABLE #1

Clarissa “Moochie” Hart

Terry Waddell

Jeffrey Aaron

Clete McAninch

 

Keith Scholl

Landon C Helm

 

 

Patrick Loy

MAGISTRATE #2

 CONSTABLE #2

Brad Burch

Mickey Garner

Paula Glover Mann

Benny Joe Smith

 

 

Randy Marcum

MAGISTRATE #3

CONSTABLE #3

 

Zach Wilson

Kenny Luttrell

 

Chase Antle

 

COUNTY CLERK

Barry Flatt

 

Sherita Medaris

 

 

Patti Glover

 

 

Amy Riggins Melson

MAGISTRATE #4

CONSTABLE #4

Kimberly Fenske

Steve Richardson

Greg Hammond

 

Robert Curtis Coppage

John Wayne Grimsley

PVA

Travis Dixon

Dustin Posey

Tim S Popplewell

 

 

 

MAGISTRATE #5

CONSTABLE #5

JAILER

Vince P White

Richard A Wooldridge

Bobby S Dunbar

Ryan Vaughan

 

 

Larry D Skaggs

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM RUSSELL COUNTY CLERKS OFFICE

         

As we wrap up 2021, I just wanted to remind you of very some important information.

 

  • The last day to make any changes to your voter registration, and still be eligible to vote in the May primary, is December 31st, 2021.
  • The last day to file for office, if you must run in a primary, is January 7th , 2022.
  • You can make any changes, or call for any assistance, in our office December 27th & 28th from 8am-4pmCT. After that, any changes can be made up until the deadline, online at www.elect.ky.gov.
  • The public drawing for ballot positions will be Thursday, January 13th, 2022 at 2:00pmCT in the old Circuit Court Room, 2nd floor, of the  Russell County Courthouse.

 

AREA ARREST 12-28-21

Shaun Willis, age 36, of Campbellsville, was taken into custody by Trooper Brumley of the Kentucky State Police, just after 8:30 last evening in Adair County. He was charged with Careless Driving and Operating a Vehicle under Alcohol and Other Substance, 1st Offense. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Dec. 31 Last Day to Change Party Registration for May Primary Election


Frankfort, Ky. (December 27, 2021) – Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams reminds Kentuckians who wish to update their political party affiliation to do so by December 31, 2021 in order to be eligible to vote in the May 17, 2022 primary election.

 

“If you are currently a registered voter and want to vote in a political party’s primary election next May, by law you must be registered to vote in that party by this Friday, December 31,” said Adams. “Anyone wishing to update party affiliation, or any other voter information, can visit sos.ky.gov, click on ‘Elections’ and select ‘Register to Vote’.”

 

In each regular session of the General Assembly since he took office, Adams has asked legislators to extend the party-switch deadline to closer to the primary election date.
 

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Storm Response, COVID-19

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 27, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on his administration’s response the Dec. 10 tornadoes and COVID-19.

 

“We are here for the long haul,” said Gov. Beshear. “Rebuilding these homes and structures and lives is going to take years, and we’ve got to make sure that when support is needed down the road, we have it and can deploy it quickly to help these families.”

 

New Tornado-Related Death Reported
The Governor announced Monday that another death has been confirmed – that of an infant from Graves County. The death toll related to the tornadoes is now 77.

 

“Britainy and I ask everyone to join us in lifting up this family and their friends and community in prayer,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Amendment to Emergency Declaration
Marion County has been added to the disaster declaration for individual assistance and public assistance, bringing the total to 16 counties. This means that residents in Marion County can now apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance.

 

Federal Resources and Available Assistance for Families Impacted by Tornadoes
The Governor said he has seen significant progress getting those who have been impacted registered for assistance. Already, there are more than 11,400 validated registrants with over $4.7 million approved.

 

Again, to apply for FEMA assistance:

FEMA is currently operating nine mobile registration centers in the following counties: Christian, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Muhlenberg and Ohio.

 

Three additional Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) have opened, bringing the total to seven. The three new locations are in Fulton, Marshall and Graves counties. These are in addition to the mobile registration centers:

  • Gibson Electric Membership Corp., 1702 Moscow Avenue, Hickman, KY 42050
  • Joe Creason Community Center, 1600 Park Avenue, Benton, KY 42025
  • Graves County Library, 601 N. 17th Street, Mayfield, KY 42066


Kentuckians who have homeowners or renters insurance must first file a claim with their insurance agency.

 

Debris Removal
Debris management and removal remains a key priority.

 

“We’re working diligently with our federal partners to remove debris from our neighborhoods, roads and highways as quickly and safely as possible,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Counties have identified, and continue to identify, approved locations for debris to be taken. County and city leaders are working to ensure program understanding and compliance while at the same time securing contracts to remove and monitor debris.

 

Kentucky State Parks Update
Kentucky State Parks are providing housing and food services for 606 displaced Kentuckians and 154 first responders.

 

Currently, there are 208 state park rooms occupied by displaced Kentuckians and 81 rooms have been provided for first responders.

 

Assistance for Dislocated Workers
Residents who have temporarily or permanently lost their jobs because of the tornadoes that swept through Kentucky are eligible to receive disaster relief assistance.

 

The U.S. Labor Department has approved up to $25 million to assist dislocated workers in Kentucky with a first distribution of $8.3 million to the commonwealth.

 

The federal dislocated worker grants are available in the FEMA-declared disaster area, which includes Caldwell, Fulton, Graves, Hopkins, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Taylor and Warren counties.

 

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available
Individuals who became unemployed or those who are self-employed and had work interrupted in sixteen Kentucky counties as a direct result of the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes, are eligible to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits through the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance. Those counties include: Barren, Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, Marion, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor and Warren.

 

We have updated locations for this week’s disaster unemployment insurance clinics.
 

Dec. 27-29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time. (Madisonville and Mayfield will close at 3 p.m. Dec. 29.)

  • 262 Scottsville Road, which is the Greenwood Mall in the old Sears store, Bowling Green, KY 42101
  • 56 Federal Street, Madisonville, KY
  • 233 Ring Road, Elizabethtown, KY
  • 3108 Fairview Drive, Owensboro, KY
  • 1220 Eagles Way, Mayfield, KY

 

It is not necessary to attend an in-person session if you can do everything online. These sessions are to assist individuals in filling out the application or answer questions.

The deadline to apply for assistance is January 18, 2022.

 

Visit kcc.ky.gov for updated information on DUA.

 

Pop-up Driver Licensing
A portable pop-up driver licensing team began operating this morning at the Dawson Springs City Hall to issue replacement or renewal driver licenses and ID cards for tornado survivors.

 

On Tuesday, the pop-up team will move to Hopkins County Central High School near Earlington and return to Dawson Springs on Wednesday, Dec. 29.

 

Also tomorrow, a pop-up licensing team will be operating at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park.

 

The first pop-up licensing team sent into the disaster area is still operating in Mayfield. It issued 53 replacement or renewal credentials last week. The address is 355 Charles Drive.

 

As a reminder, the Governor has waived the fee for a replacement license, permit or ID card for disaster survivors.

 

The Department of Insurance is joining the unemployment insurance officials and Transportation Cabinet to provide one-stop services at Pennyrile State Park, December 28-29, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST.

 

New Website on Resources for Tornado-Impacted Kentuckians
Last week, the Beshear Administration launched a convenient, easy-to-access online resource to assist Kentuckians impacted by the tornadoes. The website is at governor.ky.gov/TornadoResources.

 

“We want to make sure that every individual and family in Western Kentucky who has lost their home, property, employment, transportation or important documentation can easily access the information they need to apply for assistance and work to quickly recover from these storms,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

The webpage provides a listing of information from a large number of state government assistance programs, including how to apply for unemployment insurance, health care coverage, food assistance, driver license replacement and long-term housing.

 

It also provides steps on how to remove debris, submit a claim to FEMA and how Western Kentuckians can locate needed resources, such as temporary shelter, hot meals and relief hotlines.

 

The tornado resource webpage will be regularly updated with new resources, revised contact information and addresses.

 

Team Western Kentucky Relief Fund Donations
The Governor said thanks to the generosity of people across the country, and right here in Kentucky, the families and counties impacted by tornadoes have received an overwhelming number of donations.

 

As today, the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund has received 130,491 donations for a total of $29.9 million.

 

“This is truly extraordinary. We have issued 39 funeral expense checks, and six additional checks are ready to be sent tomorrow,” said Gov. Beshear. “If you are interested in donating to the fund – where 100% of the proceeds will go to those affected by these storms – visit TeamWKYReliefFund.ky.gov.”

 

Food Benefits
The Governor said many Kentucky residents who were receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits when the storms and tornadoes came through lost all of their food.

 

Now, through a special waiver, current SNAP beneficiaries affected can request benefit replacement by calling the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) at 855-306-8959 or visit their county’s DCBS office.

 

The benefits are available through a waiver approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. Replacements can be requested until Jan. 8, 2022.

 

A second waiver to help storm victims has also been approved. It provides automatic replacements of December benefits to some residents of Warren and Hickman counties, Mayfield, Dawson Springs, Auburn and Pembroke.

 

A third waiver was approved, allowing the purchase of hot food from authorized SNAP retailers with their benefits. Under normal circumstances, hot foods cannot be bought using SNAP benefits. Kentuckians in 30 counties may make hot food purchases through Jan. 17, 2022. More information will be posted on our tornado response website.

 

COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,764,914

Dec. 25, Cases: 1,946
Dec. 25, Deaths: 34
Dec. 26, Cases: 981
Dec. 26, Deaths: 22

New Cases Today: 1,342
New Deaths: 17
Today’s Positivity Rate: 11.80%
Current Hospitalizations: 1,225
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 348
Currently on Ventilators: 205

 

The Governor said 62% of all Kentuckians have received at least their first dose, as well as 66% of Kentuckians ages 5 and older and 73% of all Kentucky adults.

 

During the week ending Dec. 26, Kentucky reported 15,255 new COVID-19 cases and an average positivity rate of 11.35%.

 

The five counties with the highest percentage of residents vaccinated are: Fayette (74%), Woodford (73%), Jefferson (70%), Campbell (69%) and Perry (67%).

 

Western Kentucky Toy Drive Update
Finally, First Lady Britainy Beshear provided an update on the Western Kentucky Toy Drive. She said the program collected hundreds of thousands of toys and gift cards for impacted families – so many that she and volunteers will be able to provide additional gifts to children in 2022 for their birthdays or other special occasions.

 

She said her office was able to assist every family that reached out to her for help before the end of the toy drive on Dec. 23, including families that did not have transportation to storefront sites and needed individual deliveries to their home. In addition, thanks to dedicated volunteers, the program was able to deliver toys to additional families even after the drive ended, on Christmas Eve.

 

“In less than one week, you gave millions of dollars in in-kind donations to help provide financial relief to parents at Christmastime,” the First Lady said, thanking donors and volunteers. “But the true value of this initiative can’t be measured with a dollar amount. It can only be measured in the smiles of these kids.”

 

See a photo from today’s Toy Drive update here.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Today, the Governor recognized as Team Kentucky All-Stars five emergency management public information officers (PIOs) who deployed from different cities and states to assist in Kentucky’s relief efforts after the Dec. 10 tornadoes.

 

The PIOs are: Jordan Yuodis, Advanced PIO, Jefferson County Fire; Steve Bosso, Master PIO, Twinsburg Fire, Ohio; Katie Brady, Advanced PIO, Stafford County Fire, Virginia; Alyssa Sanders, PIO III, Nebraska Emergency Management; and Jeff Sands, Advanced PIO, Delaware Emergency Management.

 

“They gave up their Christmas in their hometowns and with their families to be here with us, protecting us,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Adair County Woman Arrested on Burglary Charges After Homeowner Discovers Someone in Their Residence

 
On Sunday afternoon, December 26, 2021 Adair County Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch responded to a residence off of Pine Lake Drive to a reported break-in.  A resident came home and found that someone was inside the home. Deputy Hitch made contact with a female in the basement of the home. Several bags were located with belongings of the house packed in them. Christmas presents had been opened as well. 
 
The female, 27-year-old Megan Shuck of Columbia, KY was taken into custody and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges: Burglary 2nd degree, Criminal Mischief 3rd degree, and Theft by Unlawful. Shuck was also arrested on an Outstanding Warrant from Casey County and a Kentucky Parole Violation Warrant of Arrest.
 
Chief Deputy Hitch was assisted by CPD Officer Josh Durbin.
 

Columbia Woman Arrested on Drug Charges Following Christmas Night Traffic Stop...


On Saturday, December 25th, 2021 at 11:05pmCT, Adair County Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle just off Burkesville Road in the limits of Columbia. During the roadside investigation, a substance believed to be heroin was located during a search of the vehicle. It was also found that the operator, 30-year-old Kristen Pike of Columbia, KY had outstanding Taylor County Circuit Court Indictment warrants for her arrest.  
    

Pike was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Heroin) and outstanding warrants from Taylor County. Pike faces an additional felony of Promoting Contraband after she was brought into jail and a female deputy found additional suspected heroin hidden on her.  

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.

WEEKEND ARRESTS 12/26/21

 

Kristen Pike, 30, of Columbia, KY - arrested by the ACSO on Saturday night for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Promoting Contraband.


Joel Yarberry, 36, of Columbia, KY - arrested on Saturday by ACSO for Assault 4th degree (Child Abuse) and Contempt of Court.

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


 

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES...

 
Early Sunday morning, December 26, 2021 Columbia Police Officers were attempting to locate a vehicle that had previously been reported as stolen. While searching an area between Bomar Heights and Tutt Street, Officers located a male subject who was attempting to hide from police. After making contact, it was determined the subject, 28-year-old Joshua Holt of Columbia, KY, was under the influence and was placed into custody. Holt was also in possession of suspected methamphetamine at the time of his arrest. He was charged with Public Intoxication and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
Officer Justin Cross made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Trevor Foster.
 

AREA ARREST 12-24-21

 

Dakota Elliot, age 34, of Burkesville, KY was arrested by the Clinton County Sheriffs Office on Thursday afternoon. Elliot was charged with Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree, Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Gov. Beshear Launches Tornado Relief Resources Website, Updates Kentuckians on Storm Response

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 22, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear launched a new website, governor.ky.gov/tornadoresources, to better assist those impacted by the tornadoes and the ?severe weather systems that occurred overnight Dec. 10 in Western Kentucky.

 

“We want to make sure that every Kentuckian hurting from and impacted by the tornadoes can easily access the information they need to rebuild and recover from these storms,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are committed to the folks of Western Kentucky, and we won’t be here just this week or this month, but we will be here every single day for however long it takes to rebuild every building and every life, to get everyone as close as we can to where they need to be.”

 

The website provides a listing of information from a large number of state government assistance programs, including how to apply for unemployment, health care coverage, food assistance, driver’s license replacement and long-term housing. It also provides steps on how to remove debris, submit a claim to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and how Western Kentuckians can locate needed resources, such as temporary shelter, hot meals and relief hotlines.

 

The tornado resource website will be updated as needed when information is available or revised.

 

The Governor said other key updates on the storm response include:

  • The death toll remains at 76. No one is considered missing from the storm.
  • There has been significant progress getting those who have been impacted registered for individual assistance. There are more than 9,700 validated registrants and FEMA has approved around $3.6 million.
  • The Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund has received 122,193 donations pledging $27 million. To donate click here.
  • As of this morning, Kentucky State Parks are providing housing and food services for 600 displaced Kentuckians and 169 first responders.
  • The Governor reminded storm survivors that the FEMA application for assistance is accessible by calling 800-621-3362, going online to DisasterAssistance.gov, using the FEMA App or by visiting a FEMA mobile registration center.
  • Two existing Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are located at:
    • Central High School, 6625 Hopkinsville Road, Madisonville, KY 42431
    • Former Sears location at Greenwood Mall, 2625 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42104
  • There are two new DRCs in Caldwell and Muhlenberg counties, located at:
    • Caldwell Butler Gym Building, 600 Main Street, Princeton, KY 42445
    • Neal’s Chapel General Baptist Church, State Route 81, Sacramento, KY 42372
  • If anyone observes individuals removing items from properties where they do not belong, please contact law enforcement. Kentucky State Police, Kentucky National Guard and local law enforcement are providing saturated patrols in these areas to fend off this criminal activity. Kentuckians can report suspicious individuals or activity to the Kentucky State Police at 270-856-3721.
  • Those who became unemployed or those who are self-employed and had work interrupted in 14 Kentucky counties as a direct result of the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes Dec.10 are eligible to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits through the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance. Those counties include: Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor and Warren.
  • The updated locations for next week’s unemployment insurance DUA clinics are below. They are open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 27, 28 and 29, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.:
    • 262 Scottsville Road, which is the Greenwood Mall in the old Sears store, Bowling Green, KY 42101 (new location)
    • 56 Federal Street, Madisonville, KY 42431
    • 233 Ring Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701
    • 3108 Fairview Drive, Owensboro, KY 42303
    • 351 Charles Drive, Mayfield, KY 42066 (new location)
  • It is not necessary to attend an in-person session if you can do everything online. These sessions are to assist individuals in filling out the application or answer questions. The deadline to apply for assistance is Jan. 18, 2022. You can go to kcc.ky.gov for updated information on DUA.
  • A new popup licensing office in Mayfield, 355 Charles Drive, is open, to read more click here.
  • Thursday, Dec. 23, the Governor, First Lady and Lieutenant Governor will visit Kentuckians lodged at state resort parks after losing their homes in tornado storms in Western Kentucky.
    • 10 a.m. CST
      Lake Barkley State Resort Park
      3500 State Park Road
      Cadiz, KY
    • 12:15 p.m. CST
      Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
      20781 Pennyrile Forest State Park Road
      Dawson Springs, KY

 

To read the latest news releases from Gov. Beshear visit, governor.ky.gov/news.

 

LCDHD: 138 New Covid-19 Cases; 6 New Deaths

 

Due to the upcoming Christmas holiday, LCDHD offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, December 23 and 24. There will be no reports available on those dates, but reports will resume on Monday, December 27. LCDHD staff will continue to work positive cases reported over the weekend.

 

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 was identified in Kentucky at the end of last week. It will only be a matter of time before it becomes the dominant strain here. While it seems it is highly transmissible, vaccination is still the best strategy to protect yourself and your families from serious illness and possible hospitalization. If you have not yet received your vaccination, please consider getting it now.  Also, remember that boosters are strongly recommended for everyone after 6 months.

 

Of today’s 138 reported cases, 106 (77%) were unvaccinated and 18 of today’s cases (13%) 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: 9.33%.

 

Deaths: We regret we must report 6 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 784 deaths resulting in a 1.76% mortality rate (about 1 in 57) among known cases. This compares with a 1.43% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.58% 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 98 cases in the hospital. This is equal to what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,845 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.15% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 24) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.12%. The latest data shows that 96.36% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 33.33% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 44,499 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 21.3% 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.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 80 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 9; Casey: 8; Clinton: 1; Cumberland: 1; Green: 3; McCreary: 8; Pulaski: 26; Russell: 7; Taylor: 6; and, Wayne: 11. In all, we have released 97.2% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 52 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 457 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, 1,711.

 

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.

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 138 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 13; Casey: 11; Clinton: 6; Cumberland: 4; Green: 2; McCreary: 15; Pulaski: 41; Russell: 11; Taylor: 9; and, Wayne: 26. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00191. This means our total case count is projected to double every 362.7 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

 

Tonight’s report includes 6 deaths: one Green County resident (unvaccinated), two McCreary County residents (both unvaccinated), two Pulaski County residents (both unvaccinated), and one Wayne County resident (vaccinated).

 

State and local vaccination rates can be found at the following link:  https://dashboard.chfs.ky.gov/views/KYPublicFacingDashboard_16191000580170/KentuckyCOVID-19Vaccination?:iid=1&:isGuestRedirectFromVizportal=y&:embed=y

 

ADAIR COUNTY INDICTMENTS 12-21-21

 
An Adair County Grand Jury has returned numerous indictments:

 
  1. Zachary Janes, 28, of Columbia, KY - Receiving Stolen Property, 4 counts of Persistent Felony Offender, 2 counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, Criminal Mischief 1st degree, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, DUI 3rd or more offense, and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License.
  2. Jason D. Green, 39, of Columbia, KY - Tampering with a Prisoner Monitoring Device, Persistent Felony Offender 2 counts, and Escape 2nd degree.
  3. Lauren Ashley Howard, 33, of Olmstead, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Public Intoxication.
  4. Brian Keith Huff, 41, of Russell Springs, KY - Promoting Contraband 1st degree, Trafficking in 2 Grams or More of Methamphetamine (2nd or more offense), and Persistent Felony Offender (2 counts).
  5. Wesley Kyle Davis, 37, of Columbia, KY - Strangulation 1st degree and Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence).
  6. Melissa Hubbard, 37, of Edmonton, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Clonazepam), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  7. Wayne Murrell, 42, of Russell Springs, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine 2nd offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana.
  8. Terra Lynn Armstrong, 37, of Logan, Ohio - Trafficking in 4 grams or more of Cocaine, Promotion Contraband 1st degree, and Public Intoxication.
  9. Rachel Anne Wilson, 45, of Columbia, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine, Tampering wiht Physical Evidence, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, DUI, Prescription Controlled Substance Not In Proper Container, Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.
  10. James Christopher Powell, 23, of Columbia, KY - 6 counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st degree and Criminal Mischief 3rd degree.
  11. Justin Eric Gibson, 26, of Albany, KY - Trafficking in 2 grams or more of Methamphetamine, Trafficking in Cocaine (less than 4 grams), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  12. Shaun Johnson, 43, of Jamestown, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine,Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Buprenorphine), Public intoxication, and Theft by Unlawful Taking Under $500.
  13. Steven Shane Flatt, 49, of Columbia, KY - DUI 4th or more offense (Aggravating Circumstance), Fleeing or Evading Police (2 counts), Persistent Felony Offender (2 counts), Criminal Mischief 3rd degree, Driving on a DUI Suspended License 2nd offense, Failure of Non Owner/Operator to Maintain Insurance, Expired Registration Plates, No Tail Lamps, and Reckless Driving. 

 

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

 

Give the Gift of Holiday Safety: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

 

This holiday season, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is partnering with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) to share the message about the dangers of drunk driving. NHTSA and the KOHS want all drivers to remember this lifesaving message: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. In support of the law enforcement community’s dedication to protecting the lives of residents in their communities, officers across the Commonwealth will be working together December 17, 2021, through January 1, 2022, to take drunk drivers off the roads. These expanded efforts to protect against impaired driving will be conducted in a fair and equitable way.

 

According to NHTSA, 10,142 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2019, accounting for nearly one-third of traffic crash fatalities. On average, more than 10,000 people were killed each year from 2015 to 2019 — one person was killed in a drunk-driving crash every 52 minutes in 2019. This is why the KOHS is working with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it’s a matter of life and death. As your community members head out for the holiday festivities, it’s important that they remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

 

It’s so important that drivers act responsibly and that includes refraining from impaired driving. The holidays are a special time of year for most and we really want our community members to enjoy this season. We need commitment from our drivers that they’ll keep the roads free of drunk drivers so that everyone can have a safe holiday. This is a campaign to get the message out that drunk driving is illegal and it takes lives. Help us put an end to this senseless behavior. 

 

During the month of December 2019, 837 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver. During the Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday periods in 2019 alone, there were more drunk-driving-related fatalities (210) than during any other holiday period that year. These fatalities are preventable, and drivers must remember that driving impaired by any substance — alcohol or other drugs — is deadly, illegal, and selfish behavior.

 

The KOHS and NHTSA are reminding citizens of the many resources available to get them home safely. Drunk driving is not acceptable behavior. It is essential for them to plan a sober ride home before they ever leave for the party. There are too many resources to get them home safely. There are just no excuses for drunk driving. 

 

Understand the Risks

Nationally, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, except in Utah, where the limit is .05 g/dL. And the costs can be financial, too: If caught drinking and driving, violators could face jail time, lose your driver’s license and your vehicle, and pay up to $10,000 in attorney’s fees, fines, higher insurance rates, and lost wages.

 

Celebrate with a Plan

The KOHS recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

  • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
  • If available, use your community’s sober ride program.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement agency.
  • Do you have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

 

For more information about the 2021 Holiday Season Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving.

 

Thank you for your help in making our roads safe this holiday season!

 

Be Safe!

 

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on COVID-19, Storm Response 12/20/21

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 20, 2021) – Today (Monday), Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on the state’s response to the devastating storms that hit Western Kentucky just over a week ago and to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“The message is pretty simple: Omicron is spreading faster than anything we’ve ever seen, and it looks like this might be one of the most contagious viruses in modern history,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

“Unfortunately, some of the therapeutics won’t work on it. But what does work is being vaccinated and being boosted. If you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, please consider doing it now.”

 

The Governor also reported today that, according to the company, Moderna’s COVID-19 booster dose should offer protection against the omicron variant. Lab tests revealed the half-dose booster shot increased by 37 times the level of antibodies able to fight omicron and a full-dose booster generated an 83-fold jump in antibodies. They did note that the full-dose booster had an increase in the usual side effects. The full-dose booster is recommended for people with weakened immune systems; the half-dose booster is more commonly administered. Similar results have been found in tests of Pfizer’s booster shots.

 

“So the message here again is, these vaccines are helping to prevent severe disease and we need everyone to go get a Pfizer or Moderna booster as soon as they’re eligible,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,749,942

Number of people who have received a vaccination booster in Kentucky: 777,448

Dec. 18, Cases: 2,575
Dec. 18, Deaths: 32
Dec. 19, Cases: 1,531
Dec. 19, Deaths: 29

New Cases Today: 1,215
New Deaths: 32
Today’s Positivity Rate: 9.20%
Current Hospitalizations: 1,206
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 325
Currently on Ventilators: 176

 

During the week ending Dec. 19, 15,588 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Kentucky, and the average test positivity rate was 9.06%.

 

Western Kentucky Tornado Toll
Gov. Beshear said the most accurate number of lives lost now stands at 76. The Governor has said multiple times he has been waiting to confirm three people from Dawson Springs that at one point had been included in Hopkins County’s report. He said those three are believed to already be counted in the Caldwell County numbers. The Governor said that would have pushed the number back to 75, but one additional employee of the candle factory who escaped the collapse later succumbed to their injuries.  

 

Gov. Beshear said there continues to be no one listed as missing from the storm. No active search or rescue operations are underway, he said.

 

Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund
As of Monday morning, the relief fund set up by the Beshear administration to help those in Western Kentucky impacted by the devastating tornado storms that hit the region Dec. 10 has received 112,079 donations totaling $21,483,814.

 

First Lady’s Western Kentucky Toy Drive
To help distribute the toys donated through First Lady Britainy Beshear’s Western Kentucky Toy Drive, locations across the state will host a Christmas storefront on Tuesday, Dec. 21, and Thursday, Dec. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST. Locations include:

  • Kenlake State Resort Park, 542 Kenlake Road, Hardin, KY 42048
  • Lake Barkley State Resort Park, 3500 State Park Road, Cadiz, KY 42211
  • Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, 20781 Pennyrile Lodge Road, Dawson Springs, KY
  • Hope House Ministries at Stryker Logistics, 308 Dishman Lane, Bowling Green, 42101
  • West Kentucky Educational Cooperative, 435 Outlet Avenue, Eddyville, KY 42038

 

For those unable to make it to the storefront site, please email toydrive@ky.gov with county of residents in the subject line to arrange an alternative delivery method.

 

Kentucky State Parks Update
Kentuckians displaced by the tornadoes are being lodged at Kentucky state resort parks. Currently there are 226 state park rooms occupied by displaced Kentuckians and 92 rooms have been provided for first responders. Parks with vacancies still available for displaced families are:

  • Kentucky Dam Village – 4 rooms available;
  • Kenlake State Resort Park – 13 rooms available;
  • Lake Barkley State Resort Park – 3 rooms available;
  • Barren River Lake State Resort Park – 42 rooms available;
  • John James Audubon State Park – 4 rooms available; and
  • Rough River Dam State Resort Park – 51 rooms available.

 

Kentucky State Parks will be looking for volunteers after the New Year to help with dining room, kitchen, housekeeping and laundry as well as some maintenance work assistance. Those interested in volunteering should contact Andy Kasitz via email at andy.kasitz@ky.gov and provide the following information: your name, a cell phone number, the name of park(s) at which you wish to volunteer and your availability.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Today, Gov. Beshear named Kentucky State Park employees as this week’s Team Kentucky All-stars for their continued efforts to care for and house displaced Kentuckians from last week’s historic tornadoes. The Governor shared that some employees of Pennyrile State Resort Park are now living at the park after losing their own homes in the storm, yet they are still showing up daily to help staff the park showing their dedication and compassion to the people of Western Kentucky.

 

Driver’s License Replacement
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet opened a temporary driver licensing issuance station in Mayfield. Fees are waived for disaster victims needing to replace lost operator licenses, permits and state ID cards. The office, at 355 Charles Drive, will operate Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST, through at least Jan. 28.

 

A temporary driver licensing station will be set up in Dawson Springs once an appropriate space is located.

 

Insurance Claims
As of Monday morning, the Department of Insurance (DOI) has received 10,235 insurance claims of which 84 have been addressed and closed. DOI provided on-site consumer assistance Monday. A toll-free number is available for additional consumer assistance: 800-595-6053.

 

Insurance companies are reportedly onsite in Western Kentucky and claims adjusters are working with affected residents.

 

Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Kentuckians who became unemployed or who are self-employed and had work interrupted in one of 14 counties as a direct result of the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes on Dec. 10, 2021, are eligible to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits through the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance. The 14 counties are Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor and Warren.

 

To qualify for DUA benefits, claimants in eligible counties must show that their employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a direct result of the disaster and that they are not otherwise eligible for traditional unemployment insurance benefits under state or federal law. Farmers and other self-employed individuals who are traditionally ineligible for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits may qualify for DUA.

 

Affected individuals should visit the Kentucky Career Center website or call 502-875-0442 to file their initial claim. The deadline to apply for assistance is Jan. 18, 2022. For more information, visit kcc.ky.gov.

 

Beware of Bad Actors
Kentucky State Police (KSP) is warning Kentuckians affected by the tornadoes to be aware of fraudulent disaster relief workers. These individuals may be posing as FEMA representatives, American Red Cross workers, insurance adjusters, contractors for debris removal or general contractors.

 

While there have been reports of fraudulent workers, there are also legitimate FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams, housing inspectors and other officials working in areas impacted by the storms. Legitimate FEMA representatives carry official identification badges with photo IDs and will have residents’ relevant FEMA application numbers.

 

FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration representatives never charge applicants for disaster assistance, inspections or help with filling out applications for federal assistance. FEMA representatives will never promise a disaster grant in return for payment and are never authorized to collect your personal financial information.

 

Anyone observing individuals removing items from properties where they do not belong should contact law enforcement. KSP, Kentucky National Guard and local law enforcement are providing saturated patrols in storm-damaged areas to fend off this criminal activity. Suspicious individuals or activity can be reported to KSP at 270-856-3721.

 

FEMA Assistance
Survivors may continue to apply for assistance by calling 800-621-3362, going online to DisasterAssistance.gov, or using the FEMA App. We’ve seen significant progress getting those who have been impacted registered for assistance. Already, there are more than 8,500 validated registrants approved for more than $2.6 million. FEMA is currently operating seven Mobile Registration Centers and two Disaster Recovery Centers are now open in Hopkins and Warren counties.

 

Debris Removal
Debris management and removal is a key priority. Counties are identifying and approving locations, and we are working with county and city leaders and our state and federal partners to ensure program understanding and compliance, while at the same time securing contracts to remove and monitor debris.

 

Economic Development Announcements
Gov. Beshear noted three recent announcements for more jobs and investments coming to Kentucky.

  • Universal Piping Industries Inc., a subsidiary of Gallagher-Kaiser Corp. and fabricator of prepackaged industrial piping assemblies, will construct a new operation in Georgetown and consolidate its existing Lexington facilities, adding 25 new high-wage jobs. See the full release here.
  • Taylor Corp., among the largest graphic communications companies in North America, will invest $18.8 million in its Radcliff operation and create 28 quality job opportunities in the Radcliff area. See the full release here.
  • Commonwealth Rolled Products Inc. will invest more than $167 million in its Lewisport aluminum rolling mill, a project that will create 40 full-time jobs in the years ahead. See the full release here.

 

Build Back Better Regional Challenge
At Monday’s briefing, Gov. Beshear announced that Kentucky is a finalist for the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge. The Build Back Better Regional Challenge aims to boost economic pandemic recovery and rebuild communities, including some that have been grappling with decades of disinvestment.

 

Kentucky is one of 60 finalists, chosen from a pool of 529 applicants, and will receive a grant of approximately $500,000 to further develop the proposed project, Prosperity through AgriTech Hub, or Kentucky’s PATH.

 

The proposal involves five aligned projects that revolve around the construction of a new state-of-the-art AgriTech research and development center that will establish Eastern Kentucky as an agriculture technology hub.

 

A diverse group of partners that includes international partners, economic development agencies, workforce innovation boards, colleges and universities, industry leaders and local governments is joining together to elevate PATH.

 

AREA ARRESTS 12/20/21

 

  • Michael Ellison, 39, of Jamestown, KY - arrested on Sunday by JPD for Receiving Stolen Property Under $10,000.
  • Billy Philpott, 51, of Columbia, KY - arrested by RSPD on Saturday night for Possession of Methamphetamine 3rd or more offense.
  • Mary Durham, 36, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested on Saturday night by RSPD for Possession of Methamphetamine, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, and DUI.

 

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


 

  • Dustin Hayes, 35, of Columbia, KY - arrested on Saturday night by the CCSO for Careless Driving, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Gov. Beshear Says Fast-Spreading COVID-19 Omicron Variant Confirmed in Multiple Counties, Urges Masking in Schools and Workplaces

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear urged rigorous masking in schools and workplace settings after testing confirmed the fast-spreading COVID-19 omicron variant in multiple Kentucky counties.

 

“This thing is going to spread so fast that any school that is not doing mandatory masking, any business that is not having their folks wear masks could see entire schools, entire shifts get infected very, very quickly,” Gov. Beshear said.
 

“Folks I’m telling you: If we don’t make the decision to put back on that mask in these situations, it’s going disrupt everything we’ve worked so hard to get back up and going.”

 

The Governor said Gravity Diagnostics reported positive omicron tests Friday to the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH). The positive tests were from patients in Kenton, Campbell and Fayette counties.

 

In addition, wastewater testing by the University of Louisville and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness detected the presence of the omicron variant in Jefferson County.

 

Dr. Steven Stack, commission of the KDPH, said: “The omicron variant of COVID-19 is probably one of the most transmissible or contagious infections we’ve had in the last century at least. To put this into perspective, one person who gets influenza may infect one to two people. The delta variant really escalated COVID’s transmissibility, and one person with the delta variant might infect up to five other people under the right situations. Omicron now, it may be that one person with omicron may infect up to 18 or 20 other people.”

 

Key facts about the omicron variant:

  • It is much more transmissible than other variants.
  • It appears to take a much smaller amount of omicron to produce spread.
  • So far, omicron appears to cause mostly mild disease. South Africa and the United Kingdom, where there already is significant spread, have not reported severe rises in hospitalizations. However, it is too soon to tell how Kentucky will fare.
  • Recent data suggests monoclonal antibody treatments may not be as effective a treatment against the omicron variant.

 

The Governor noted that vaccinations and boosters are still the best lines of defense.

 

Key points on vaccines:

  • Three doses of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) appear to provide very good protection against severe COVID disease and death.
  • Mild breakthrough cases appear more common with the omicron variant than delta variant.
  • Currently, 62% of Kentuckians are fully vaccinated. Every eligible person 5 and older should get vaccinated as soon as possible. Those who have recovered from COVID also should be vaccinated.
  • Everyone 16 and older who is at least six months past receiving their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine should get a booster dose as soon as possible.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said the mRNA vaccines are preferred over the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those who previously had the J&J shot are encouraged to get a Pfizer or Moderna booster dose.

 

The Governor also provided updates on the response to last weekend’s deadly storms that devastated areas in Western Kentucky.

 

“We are now one week, exactly, from the worst tornado disaster in our history,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Other key updates provided:

  • The death toll from the storms now stands at 78. Gov. Beshear noted a discrepancy between the toll he is reporting and the 75 deaths reported by Kentucky Emergency Management and the Kentucky Department for Public Health. He said difference is centered in Hopkins County and officials are working to resolve the issue.
  • There are no longer any people considered missing from the storm.
  • Gov. Beshear announced the state is adding 10% on top of the individual assistance for housing provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to qualifying storm survivors who were uninsured. The state funding will come from the Team Kentucky Fund. The Governor said the funds can assist with expenses over and above what the FEMA declaration covers by categories and that the funds cannot be used for the same expenses that FEMA is covering.
  • The Team Western Kentucky Relief Fund has received 105,370 donations pledging $19,777,726. To donate click here.
  • Six additional counties have been declared a disaster on Dec. 16, 2021: Christian, Hart, Hickman, Logan, Lyon and Ohio counties have been added and are now eligible for additional federal assistance.  
  • FEMA assistance: Survivors may continue to apply for assistance by calling 800-621-3362, going online to DisasterAssistance.gov, or using the FEMA App.
  • Already, more than 7,770 registrations have been validated for processing. To date FEMA has approved around $1.67 million in individual assistance.
  • As of this morning, Kentucky State Parks are providing housing and food services for 636 displaced Kentuckians and 188 first responders.
  • The state is housing approximately 944 Kentuckians between our parks system and hotels.
  • More than 10,000 insurance claims related to the storms already have been filed.

 

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available

Individuals who became unemployed or those who are self-employed and had work interrupted in 14 Kentucky counties as a direct result of the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes on Dec. 10, 2021, are eligible to apply for DUA benefits through the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance. Those counties include: Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor and Warren.

 

In order to qualify for DUA benefits, claimants in eligible counties must show that their employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a direct result of the disaster and that they are not otherwise eligible for traditional unemployment insurance benefits under state or federal law. Affected individuals should visit the Kentucky Career Center website, kcc.ky.gov, or call 502.875.0442 to file their initial claim and get more information. The deadline to apply for assistance is Jan. 18, 2022.

 

After claimants apply for UI benefits, they should attend an in-person session at one of the following locations Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 21 - Dec. 22, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:


Additional days and times will be available from Dec. 27 - Dec. 29 at locations that are still being finalized. Updated information will be communicated on the Kentucky Career Center website KCC.ky.gov and future press releases with detailed information. The administration will work with those who need help obtaining required documentation.

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Storm Response, Encourages Kentuckians to Donate Blood in Wake of Disaster

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2021) – Today, before donating blood at the American Red Cross Kentuckians for Kentuckians blood drive in the rotunda of the state Capitol, Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update on the state’s response to last weekend’s quad-state tornado outbreak.

 

“As we sit here almost one week to the day after the worst tornado disaster the state has ever seen, we are digging out,” said Gov. Beshear. “Yes, we are down; yes, we are hurting; but we are not defeated and we are not broken. Together, we will dig out; together, we will clean up; and together, we will rebuild both structures and lives.”

 

During the event, the Governor encouraged Kentuckians to visit redcrossblood.org or to find a blood drive or donation location near them and to donate blood to help Western Kentuckians in need.
 

Other key updates provided:

  • The death toll from the storms now stands at 77. Two new deaths have been confirmed, one in Lyon County and one in Warren County.
  • There is now only one person still reported missing statewide, in Hopkins County.
  • More than 1,300 state workers are onsite in Western Kentucky, including:
    • 640 National Guard members;
    • More than 600 employees of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet;
    • 100 Kentucky State Police troopers and personnel; and
    • More than 20 individuals from the Division of Forestry.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will have approximately 700 personnel on the ground this week.
  • The mission of the Kentucky National Guard is shifting from search-and-rescue/recovery to one of law enforcement augmentation to prevent looting.
  • The Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund has so far received $18.39 million.
  • Kentucky state parks continue to lodge more than 600 displaced Kentuckians. Nearly all seven state parks are at capacity.

 

Unrelated to the storms, Gov. Beshear mentioned that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising people that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are preferred over Johnson & Johnson, after the agency reported that the rate of a rare but serious blood-clotting condition was higher than previously detected.

 

Two Men Facing Methamphetamine Charges Following Early Morning Arrest

 
On Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 12:19amCT, Adair County Deputy Kenny Perkins along with KSP Trooper Mathew Brumley, initiated a stop 11 miles east of Columbia on Gentry Mill Road. As a result of a roadside investigation, 41-year-old John Norton of Columbia, KY and 31-year-old Jacob Roberts of Russell Springs, KY were arrested on warrants and drug charges. 
 
John Norton was charged for outstanding warrants in Adair and Russell counties along with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Jacob Roberts was charged with outstanding warrants in Adair County along with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  
 
Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.  
 
The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation. 

LWC WINTER COMMENCEMENT DEC. 18TH

 
COLUMBIA, KY - Lindsey Wilson College will award 409 degrees on Dec. 18 at its 114th commencement ceremony. The college's 2021 winter commencement ceremony will be at 9 a.m. CT, Saturday, Dec. 18, in Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive.
 
This will be the first time the College has returned to Biggers Sports Center for commencement activities since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Each LWC graduate is allowed four complimentary tickets for family members or guests. Graduates can pick up their four tickets beginning at 7 a.m. CT, on Saturday in the Cralle Student Union Building, 420 Helen Flatt Drive. Everyone in attendance is expected to wear a mask. 
 
A total of 409 graduate and undergraduate degrees will be conferred by the 118-year-old liberal arts college. The LWC Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision will award 12 doctoral degrees on Saturday, the program's largest graduating class since its inception in 2014. The Master of Science in Technology Management program will award 17 degrees to its first-ever graduating cohort. 
 
“The winter class of 2021 has powered through nearly two incredible years,” said William T. Luckey Jr., who has served as LWC’s eighth president since 1998. “In addition to a worldwide pandemic they have faced a global recession, political unrest and deeply felt racial and social injustice. We are just so grateful we can hold an in-person graduation for this class with their friends and family present.” 
 
LWC’s 2021 winter commencement ceremony will be live-streamed at bit.ly/lwcstream from Biggers Sports Center on Saturday, December 18 at 9 a.m. CT. For more information contact LWC’s registrar’s office at 270-384-8025 or email registrar@lindsey.edu.
 

AREA ARRESTS - FRIDAY, DEC. 17TH

 
  • Billy Philpott, 50, of Columbia - arrested by RSPD for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Drug paraphernalia.
 
Lodged in the  Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
  • Jacob Roberts, 32, of Columbia - arrested early Thursday by the ACSO for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court.
  • John Norton, 50, of Russell Springs - arrested by the ACSO early Thursday morning for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 2 counts of Failure to Appear.
 
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 
All suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
 

CACEDA BOARD MEETING DEC. 21ST

 

The Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority, Inc. will have a Board of Directors Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 at 8:00amCT at 201 Burkesville Street (lower level) in Columbia, KY.

 

AGENDA

Presiding – Bobby Morrison, Chairman

Welcome, Call to Order, Determination of a Quorum, Pledge of Allegiance & Prayer

 

Business:

Approval of Minutes as presented – Kenzie Rowe, Secretary

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

 

New Business:
             1. Update on second entrance and road: Soybeans out, Mike M has shot topo for area but will take a few days to get entries and topo done. Talked Glen and he said we would be ok as long as they got first of New Year but will delay bidding.  


2. Update on Quitclaim Deed – Kenzie and Mark


3. Current road finished and final payment approvals to Roger

 

4. Balance of 2021 TVA paperwork filed and check received

 

5. Worked with Ok4 on plans for typical buildings, proposed roads, etc. Went out and studied area more for options and due to two water lines and two gas lines running in off start entrance road and the limitations caused by distance to power line poles started considering other options. 

Seems a better route and shorter to go in near woods past water, across in front tank then down near as possible between 2 water lines (no gas lines) and power lines. Talked gas department and was fine with them.

 

6. Lot of work with utilities, gas and engineers trying to get location of all lines on engineering drawing so can be sent digital.

 

7. Lenny Stone new concept options for service road and he is fine with it but I found out other information:

 

a. There’s a 70’ capped off water line running straight out from water tower toward new road

 

b. There is a 12” water line that runs at angle off water tower East over to woods then through woods to lower corner of woods and over to Hwy 551. This would affect some the route of gravel road from this direction going over to gas station
 

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Storm Response

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 16, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear provided his weekly Team Kentucky update, focusing on his administration’s latest response efforts to last weekend’s quad-state tornado outbreak. He was joined at the briefing by Michael Dossett, director of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and First Lady Britainy Beshear. To watch the press conference, click here. Key updates provided:
 

  • The official death toll stands at 75 confirmed fatalities, with one additional death reported since Tuesday, Dec. 15.
  • The Governor said 138 Kentuckians were treated at emergency rooms in the aftermath of the storms.
  • Gov. Beshear praised President Joe Biden for his personal visit Wednesday to Mayfield and Dawson Springs and thanked the President for his quick action in declaring disaster and major disaster declarations.
  • During the visit, President Biden and Gov. Beshear announced the President approved the request for the federal government to cover 100% of costs for emergency work and clean up for the first 30 days of recovery.
  • Deanne Criswell, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), announced Wednesday that President Biden has made additional federal emergency aid available to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  • This assistance allows for funding at 100% federal cost share for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, for a 30-day period from the date of declaration.
  • More than 400 FEMA responders are working on the Kentucky tornado response. FEMA deployed four USAR teams (Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Missouri) which are completing their missions.
  • FEMA opened a Mobile Registration Center in Bowling Green today, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, until 5 p.m. CST for those affected by the tornadoes to apply for federal assistance and provide information about recovery resources.
    • The center is located at: Henry F. Moss Middle School, 2565 Russellville Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42101.
    • Survivors who are unable to visit the center may continue to apply for assistance by calling 800-621-3362, going online to DisasterAssistance.gov, or using the FEMA App.
  • At our request, FEMA has provided the commonwealth with supplies such as meals, cots, generators, toddler kits, pandemic shelter kits and water that are available to support our ongoing sheltering operations.
  • The age range of those killed now ranges from 2 months old to 98 years old.
  • Gov. Beshear said there were 23 disaster declarations:
    • Counties: Barren, Caldwell, Calloway, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor, Warren.
    • Cities: Bowling Green, Cave City, Horse Cave, Munfordville, Park City, Princeton.
  • There currently are 16 Kentuckians unaccounted for, as local, state and federal crews continue rescue and recovery efforts.
  • Total number of Kentucky National Guardsmen supporting storm relief: 672.
  • National Guard mission is transitioning toward aiding law enforcement. Guard military police and security forces are working with Kentucky State Police (KSP) and local law enforcement to provide traffic control, wellness checks and patrols to deter looting.
  • Gov. Beshear has signed an executive order waiving fee for disaster victims needing to replace lost operator licenses, permits and state ID cards through January 28, 2022.
  • The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is setting up a temporary credential issuance station in Mayfield at 355 Charles Drive.
  • Two “pop-up” driver licensing units will be ready by 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20, and operate each business day through the first week of January.
  • A temporary driver licensing station will be set up in Dawson Springs when space is located.
  • Transportation Secretary Jim Gray issued an official order that exempts commercial vehicles from certain regulations while engaged in disaster response, which has been expanded to include “vehicles transporting agricultural products, feed and supplies.”
  • About 600 KYTC employees are clearing the roads and helping with recovery efforts.
  • Total customers without power: about 3,280.
  • Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund has received:
  • First Lady Britainy Beshear’s Western Kentucky Toy Drive has collected at least 70,000 toys so far for impacted families. The greatest remaining need is for $25 Visa/Mastercard gift cards (No. 1 priority because they are flexible and easy to transport), and gifts for older children and teens such as electronics, athletic equipment, books and art supplies. Also, batteries and gift bags. To learn more and find drop-off locations, visit FirstLady.ky.gov/ToyDrive.
  • The Department of Insurance (DOI) has received a total of 9,145 claims as reported as of 10 a.m. EST today.
  • DOI response teams will be available on-site in the counties as identified below to assist:
    • Graves County                
      • Location: Old Walmart, 1102 Paris Road, Mayfield, KY                                                                                      
    • Hopkins County               
      • Location: First Baptist Church, 960 Industrial Park Drive, Dawson Springs, KY
    • Warren County
      • Old Sears Store, Greenwood Shopping Mall, 2625 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green, KY
    • Muhlenberg County
      • Bremen Park Community Center, 47 College Street, Bremen, KY
         
  • The Kentucky Department of Revenue will honor the IRS special tax relief for individuals and households affected by the severe storms and tornados. This extension allows affected taxpayers until May 16, 2022, to file Kentucky income tax returns and submit tax payments for individual income tax, corporate income tax, income tax withholding and limited liability entity tax.
  • President Joe Biden’s federal disaster declaration also makes Kentuckians in these impacted counties eligible for a refund of Kentucky sales and use tax paid on the purchase of building materials permanently installed in the repair or replacement of structures damaged as result of the tornados and severe storms. Applicants have three years from the date of the disaster declaration to submit their refund claims after repairs or replacement are completed and are eligible for up to $6,000 in tax relief per building.
  • Kentucky Emergency Management says the National Weather Service issued 92 warnings – including for tornados, severe storms and flash flooding – during the duration of the tornado’s track.
  • Kentucky Emergency Management says 3,905 people have been vetted as they register with FEMA.
  • As of Thursday morning, Kentucky State Parks were providing housing and food services for 610 displaced Kentuckians and 176 first responders.
  • Today, Gov. Beshear announced park accommodations will be extended for displaced families. He also said park accommodations have been extended to a minimum of four weeks, up from an initial two weeks.

 

KENTUCKY TORNADO RELIEF (As of 12-14-2021)


UPDATED!!

By AC Judge Gale Cowan 

 

The state of Kentucky has set up a relief fund that anyone can donate to. This fund is managed by the Kentucky State Treasurer. 

www.TeamWKYReliefFund.ky.gov

 

Kentucky Department of Agriculture has a website to show how to assist rural communities as well.   www.kyagr.com/tornado

 

Caldwell County – Supply level is currently high.  Focusing on Debris removal at this time.  

 

Fulton County – Supply level is currently high.  Most needed at this time, monetary donations (cash, gift cards, fuel cards) or Toys for Christmas. Monetary Donations: Cayce Vol. Fire Tornado Relief Fund – Citizens Bank, Hickman KY

 

Graves County – Supply level is currently high. Could use toiletries, generators, gas/fuel cards (for generators), monetary donations.  Mayfield/Graves Co. Tornado Relief Fund C/o Independence Bank

 

Hart County – Monetary Donations: Hart Co. Tornado Relief c/o Limestone Bank

 

Hopkins County – Needing cleanup supplies, tarps, shovels, boxes, totes with lids, crates, Toys for Kids Christmas.  Monetary Donations:  Hopkins Co. Tornado Relief Fund C/o Independence Bank  and  Hopkins Co. Make Christmas Happen (on Facebook)

 

Marshall County – Supply level high.  Focusing on Debris removal.  Long term needs will be housing and lodging.  Road Dept. needs dump trucks, flaggers, people to help cut up debris.

 

Muhlenberg County – Make A Better Christmas Program

 

Taylor County – Monetary Donations, debris removal.  Monetary Donations:  TCB Tornado Relief Fund C/o Taylor County Bank

 

Warren County – Cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, Monetary Donations: Warren Co. Storm Relief c/o Independence Bank

 

From listening to each of these counties via zoom call on Tuesday, the supply level is high at this point.  If you want to send water, food, and clothes, wait a few weeks until they can go through what they have. The immediate need at this time for most is help with debris removal, monetary donations and gift cards that can be used to assist with housing, generators (and fuel for generators), tarps, shovels, gloves, etc.

 

I will try to update again first of the week.  Feel free to call the Adair County Judge’s Office (270-384-4703) for account information for monetary donations in each specific county.
 

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Amends Kentucky Major Disaster Declaration

 

WASHINGTON -- FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced today that President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. made additional federal emergency aid available to the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes beginning Dec. 10, 2021.

 

This assistance allows for funding at 100% federal cost share for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, for a 30-day period from the date of declaration.

 

Under the President’s major disaster declaration issued on Dec. 12, federal funding was made available at a 75% federal cost-share basis for emergency protective measures, hazard mitigation and assistance to affected individuals.        

 

Congressman Comer, Kentucky Delegation Honor Victims of Deadly Storms on Floor of U.S. House of Representatives

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday evening, Congressman James Comer (KY-1) and Kentucky’s federal delegation in the U.S. House honored the victims of horrific tornadoes that swept through Kentucky in recent days.

 

Following his remarks, Comer led the full House of Representatives in a moment of silence to pay tribute to the lives lost.

 

You can view his full remarks here.

 

Congressman Comer represents the region of Kentucky most impacted by Friday evening’s storms.

 

 

Congressman Comer’s Full Remarks:

 

“Madam Speaker, 

 

On behalf of all the citizens of West Kentucky, I want to thank everyone in America for the outpouring of support, the prayers, the financial support, the people who took off and traveled to West Kentucky to help remove debris and save people… 

 

The devastation there is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. And in talking to the media that’s all in Mayfield, Kentucky right now as we speak, it’s the worst damage they’ve ever seen from a tornado. 

 

But the people in West Kentucky are resilient. They have so much pride in their communities. Neighbor has helped neighbor, and that will continue. 


I ask, Madam Speaker, for a moment of silence on the House floor to remember the 74 citizens of Kentucky who perished in the terrible series of tornadoes that swept through our state this weekend.”

 

Columbia Man Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charges


On Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 4:46pmCT, Deputy Chris Tweedy and Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch arrived at a location on Grissom Street to attempt to execute a probation and parole warrant. The Sheriffs Office had received information the suspect was at this location and that he was engaged in possible drug trafficking.

 

Upon entry into the residence, 19-year-old Noah Dial was located in the basement. During the arrest, Deputies located suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, suboxon pills, scales, syringes and additional drug paraphernalia. Deputies also recovered multiple firearms including a sawed-off shotgun. Dial is a convicted felon and not allowed to own or possess a firearm. 

Dial was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Deputy Chris Tweedy on charges of 
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and a Probation Violation Warrant for Failure to Appear.

The investigation is continuing. KSP Trooper Levi Scott assisted at the scene.

 

TWO COLUMBIA RESIDENTS ARRESTED FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

 

The Columbia Police Department initiated a traffic stop on Jamestown Street early Wednesday morning, December 15, 2021 just after midnight near FiveStar.

 

After making contact with the occupants, Officers were denied consent to search the vehicle K9 Unit Cally was utilized and alerted on the auto. Officers located marijuana, paraphernalia, cash, and suspected fentanyl in the vehicle..


Christopher Driskell, 31, of Columbia has been charged with multiple traffic violations as well as criminal possession of a forged instrument, and trafficking in a controlled substance (fentanyl). 


Bobbi Coomer, 27, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and trafficking in a controlled substance (fentanyl).


Officers Trevor Foster and Justin Cross were the arresting Officers. They were assisted by Deputy Tracy McCarol.
 

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ADAIR FISCAL COURT MEETING DEC. 14TH

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 6:00pmCT at the Jim Blair Center, 901 Hudson Street, Columbia, KY. The public is invited to attend. There will be no Facebook Live.
 
ACTION ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE:             
  • FLEET TECHNOLOGY BIDS OPENING AND POSSIBLE AWARD
  • PAYSCALE RATES
  • 911 NEW HIRES
  • SHERIFF BUDGET AMENDMENT-2021
  • SHERIFF MAXIMUM 2021 SALARY ALLOTMENT AMENDMENT
  • COUNTY CLERK 2021 BUDGET AMENDMENT
  • COUNTY CLERK MAXIMUM 2021 SALARY ALLOTMENT AMENDMENT
  • APPROVAL OF SHERIFF 2022 BUDGET
  • APPROVAL OF SHERIFF 2022 MAXIMUM SALARY ALLOTMENT
  • APPROVAL OF 2022 SHERIFF ADVANCEMENT BOND 
  • APPROVAL OF SHERIFF SURETY BOND 
  • KENTUCKY AMBULANCE BLOCK GRANT
  • 911 WRECKER POLICY-2ND READING 
  • SHERIFF’S VEHICLE LEASE AGREEMENT BIDS OPEN AND POSSIBLE AWARD
  • UTILITY ASSISTANCE GRANT 
  • APPROVAL OF VETERANS AFFAIRS ADVERTISEMENT

AREA ARRESTS - 12-14-21

 
  • Jay Faulkner, 31, of Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD on Tuesday morning for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.
  • Anna Cox, 34, of Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD on Monday afternoon for 4th degree Assault (Domestic Violence).
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 
  • Thomas Lee Doughty, 36, of Columbia - arrested by ACSO on Monday afternoon for Strangulation 1st degree, Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence), Assault 3rd degree (Inmate Assault), Menacing, and Resisting Arrest.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. 
 

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Storm Response

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 14, 2021) – At noon Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on his administration’s response to the Dec. 11 quad-state tornado outbreak. He was joined at the briefing by Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman and Michael Dossett, director of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management. To watch the press conference, click here. Key updates provided:
 

  • The official death toll did not rise overnight and remains at 74 confirmed fatalities.
  • Reported deaths: 21 in Graves County; 17 in Hopkins County; 15 in Warren County; 11 in Muhlenberg County; 4 in Caldwell County; 2 in Marshall County; and one each in Franklin, Fulton, Lyon and Taylor counties.
  • Eight of the dead remain unidentified or next of kin have not yet been notified.
  • The age range of those killed now ranges from 2 months old to 98 years old.
  • Twelve of those killed were children.
  • There currently are 122 Kentuckians unaccounted for, as local, state and federal crews continue rescue and recovery efforts.
  • Total number of Kentucky National Guardsmen supporting storm relief: 568.
  • 79 soldiers and airmen completed search and extraction and fatality search and retrieval at factory site in Mayfield, with two chaplain?s serving for spiritual support.
  • Kentucky State Police continues to request that ALL Mayfield Consumer Products-Candle Factory employees go to His House Ministries Church at 1250 KY-303 in Mayfield. KSP is in the process of verifying information provided by executives from MCP Candle Factory to ensure that all potential victims are accounted for. Call 888-880-8620 if transportation is unavailable (MCP employee support line).
  • Utility companies continue working to safely restore power and repair water outages. Total customers without power: 24,000.
  • FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams are on the ground in Mayfield and are helping families apply for federal disaster assistance.
    • In the coming days, these teams will continue to move into other effected communities.
    • To date, more than 1,800 families have already applied for assistance.
    • Those with damage from the storms should apply for disaster assistance, as this is the first step toward gaining access to resources that are becoming available.
    • There are multiple ways to register right now: Call 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-621-FEMA; visit DisasterAssistance.gov; by downloading the FEMA App on your mobile phone.
       
  • Damage assessments are ongoing, and major work continues to remove debris from roadways and restore or replace damaged traffic signals.
  • Blood donations are still needed. In response to requests from the community for blood donation information, the Red Cross has provided more than 40 blood products to hospitals in Kentucky. The Red Cross remains in touch with hospital partners throughout affected areas and stand ready to provide additional blood products as needed.
  • The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Division of Driver Licensing is making plans to set up temporary stations for issuing replacement licenses and state IDs in Mayfield and Dawson Springs.
  • Graves County Clerk’s equipment for vehicle titling and registration has been recovered and being tested. It will be reinstalled by Transportation Cabinet IT staff and the Commonwealth Office of Technology once a temporary location has been arranged.
  • As a stopgap, Graves County residents needing auto titling and registration can go to a neighboring county’s clerk’s office temporarily. Online renewal is available for anyone with internet service.
  • Jackson Purchase, in partnership with its sister facility Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, has opened a mobile clinic in Mayfield to care for nonemergent issues.
    • It is operating out of the Lowe’s parking lot until further notice. The site was chosen in coordination with the Graves County Emergency Operations Center and Graves County Health Department.
    • The mobile clinic is providing care for local residents, first responders and anyone needing local medical assistance.
    • Staffed by a nurse practitioner, registered nurse and licensed practical nurse, the clinic is able to provide first aid, sick visits, medication refills, testing for flu, strep and COVID-19, and is stocked with first-aid supplies and over-the-counter meds.
    • The clinic is at 1208C Paris Road in Mayfield. It’s open and accepting walk-ins all day and closes each day before the Graves County curfew at dusk.
       
  • The Team Western Kentucky Relief Fund has accepted 66,829 donations totaling $9,894,603.18. Donations can be made at teamwkyrelieffund.ky.gov.
  • Kentucky State Parks are providing emergency shelters to distressed people affected by the tornado as well as the American Red Cross, utility crews, and first responders.
  • As of last night, Kentucky State Parks has provided 152 rooms for displaced residents and 67 rooms for first responders.
  • Families who are in need of emergency housing may contact their local emergency management office to request lodging.
     
  • Volunteer Information
    • Yesterday, 16 volunteers were placed at Kenlake, Kentucky Dam and Pennyrile.
    • We have received an outpouring of support with people wishing to volunteer at our parks.
    • People wishing to volunteer can email Andy Kasitz at andy.kasitz@ky.gov.
       
  • The World Central Kitchen (WCK) arrived to Western KY on Saturday and started providing meals that same day. Today, they are operating six sites with food trucks, including:
    • Hurrikane’s: Splitting time between First Baptist Church (960 Industrial Park Road, Dawson Springs KY) and Landmark Apostolic Holiness Church (590 Industrial Park Road, Dawson Springs KY).
    • Jus Burgers & Let's Get Fried: Dawson Springs High School (317 Eli Street, Dawson Springs KY)
    • Chicago Jerk: Jenning's Creek Elementary School (2617 Russellville Road, Bowling Green KY)
    • Rolling Smoke: East Marshall Baptist Church (6324 Moors Camp Hwy, Gilbertsville KY)
    • World Central Kitchen Food Truck, All Tied Up: Mayfield Fairgrounds (1001 Housman Street Mayfield KY)
    • Infiniti Farms: The Plaza by Lowe's (1104 Paris Road, Mayfield KY)
    • WCK also has six community outreach teams who have crossed the affected paths of the tornados from Wingo up to Dawson Springs and Princeton.
    • There are 10 WCK employees on the ground with eight local volunteers coming today.
    • WCK is working closely with Chef Ed Lee, who operates the Lee Initiative, and Louisville-area food trucks to provide warm meals. They also have their own food trucks producing hot meals and delivering them into communities.
    • So far, they have done 2,000 meals and are ramping up – they expect to serve 1,200 to 1,500 meals today.

 

RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY 12-14-21

 
There is a boil water advisory in Russell County on E. Mount Eden Rd. from 3052 to 941 Mount Eden Rd. Boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes before using.

LWC FOOTBALL COACH RESIGNS/ PHIL KLECKLER NAMED HEAD COACH

 

Chris Oliver has resigned as Lindsey Wilson College football coach, LWC athletics director Willis Pooler announced today.

 

Oliver departs after 12 seasons and a 105-34 record. He helped lead the Blue Raiders to five divisional titles, seven playoff appearances, and the 2020 national championship after becoming Lindsey Wilson’s first head coach in 2010.

 

“Coach Oliver did a fantastic job during his tenure here,” Pooler said. “To build a football program from scratch and win a national championship in 11 short years is a remarkable accomplishment.

 

“Although the winning is great, I mostly appreciate the countless successes he had helping our student-athletes blossom into well-prepared and equipped adults,” Pooler added. “We will forever be grateful for his contribution to our athletics department and institution. He leaves us with the premier NAIA football program in the country and we are excited about the future.”

 

The Blue Raiders reached the NAIA Football Championship Series National Semifinals for a third straight year this season, finishing the season with a 12-1 record.
 

Phil Kleckler has been named head coach of the Lindsey Wilson College football program, LWC Athletics Director Willis Pooler announced on Tuesday. Kleckler becomes the second head coach in Lindsey Wilson football history.


He takes over for Chris Oliver who announced his resignation Monday to become the head coach at Georgetown College.


Kleckler takes over as head coach after five seasons as the Blue Raiders’ defensive coordinator. He led the Lindsey Wilson defense to its best season in 2021 — leading the NAIA in scoring defense (11.2) and takeaways (36). Lindsey Wilson also ranked second in the NAIA in total defense (220.5 yards allowed per game), rushing defense (60.5 yards), and interceptions (24).
 

“Coach Kleckler has been an outstanding football coach for us for the past five seasons and when the opportunity presented itself to name him head football coach, I jumped on it immediately,” Pooler said. “It is no coincidence that our rise to becoming the best football program in the NAIA included his leadership on the defensive side of the football. Besides his quality as a football coach, he is a good man. He understands and lives our mission, and his goals and expectations for our football program align with the administration.”

 

Kleckler was named the 2020 FootballScoop NAIA Coordinator of the Year following Lindsey Wilson’s national championship run in 2020. The Blue Raiders posted an 11-0 record during the season while holding their opponents to 14.4 points per game and producing 33-1/2 sacks — tying a program record set in 2014.

 

Adair County Judge Exec. Tornado Relief Update


As usual, Adair County residents are stepping up and wanting to help our friends and neighbors affected by the devastating tornadoes over the weekend. I have been in contact with these county officials and legislators all weekend offering assistance and asking what the immediate needs are. The first and most important….PRAYER! Pray for the families that lost loved ones, pray for those who have lost everything, pray for the first responders and the elected officials. 

 

I will be on a statewide zoom call in the morning to discuss the immediate needs in each county and community that was affected by the tornados. The purpose of the call is to communicate the exact needs for each community and how to distribute and meet these needs. 

 

We want to help in any way we can. But, we don’t want to over run these communities with things they don’t need right now and then they have to find a way to store items. We know these families will need clothing, household items, etc., but for now, a lot of these families have nowhere to put these things. They may need money more than supplies for now to help with rent until they can get a home rebuilt. 

 

We hopefully will know more tomorrow and I will put out a needs list as soon as we hear from each community.

Thank you Adair County for stepping up once again in times of need.

 

 

Gale B. Cowan

Adair County Judge Executive

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Storm Response

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2021) – Monday morning, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on his administration’s response to the Dec. 11 quad-state tornado outbreak.

 

To watch the Governor’s remarks, click here. The Governor provided key updates:
 

  • This was the worst tornado event in state history;
  • At least four tornados touched down in Kentucky; one was on the ground for more than 200 miles in this state alone;
  • We believe a 1,000 homes were damaged or destroyed;
  • In 8 counties, lives were lost;
  • In 18 counties, there was significant damage;
  • There are 64 confirmed deaths at this point: 20 in Graves County, 13 in Hopkins County, 11 in Muhlenberg County; 12 in Warren County; four in Caldwell County; one each in Marshall, Taylor, Fulton and Lyon counties;
  • There are 18 people who died in the storm who are still unidentified;
  • Ages of those lost range from 5 months to 86 years;
  • At least 6 of those lost were younger than 18;
  • 105 people remain unaccounted for;
  • Mayfield Consumer Products owner says eight employees were killed and eight are still missing. The Governor is hoping for a miracle and is working to confirm this report;
  • Final death and destruction numbers may take a week or more;
  • Yesterday, President Joe Biden declared that a major disaster exists in Kentucky and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected;
  • The declaration makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Caldwell, Fulton, Graves, Hopkins, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Taylor and Warren counties;
  • Starting today, residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians); The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice;
  • At least 300 National Guard members have been deployed to help;
  • Hundreds of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Energy and Environment Cabinet Division of Forestry staff members are clearing debris;
  • Kentucky State Parks in the area are now open to host families who need housing for at least 2 weeks. Volunteers who are willing to assist state parks staff housing distressed guests should contact Kentucky State Parks Division Director Andy Kasitz at andy.kasitz@ky.gov;
  • The Governor ordered flags to be flown at half-staff Tuesday through next Monday evening in honor of those lost and impacted;
  • The Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund will provide $5,000 to each victim’s family for funeral expenses. There is no need to apply the state will be working to contact families;
  • As of this morning, the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund has received:
  • Both Department for Community Based Services locations in Mayfield/Graves County suffered damage and cannot serve the public at this time. A mobile unit has been requested. Until the mobile unit is ready, those who need help may call 855-306-8959, or they may apply for help online on the kynect site. The URL is kynect.ky.gov. Starting today, a special queue is in place for people needing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, or SNAP;
  • Walgreens in Mayfield has been the only pharmacy that’s been open and starting today, Walmart Pharmacy plans to open for prescription fulfillment;
  • Around 30,000 homes are still without power;
  • Any family members of missing loved ones should report to the office building of His House Ministries to provide a reference standard to law enforcement for identification purposes. His House Ministries is located at 1250 KY-303 in Mayfield. Anyone who needs assistance in getting to His House Ministries can call 859-267-7775.
  • The Kentucky State Police Forensic Laboratory is using Rapid DNA technology to assist in the identification of victims in Friday night’s storms;
  • Rapid DNA has been used throughout the country for this purpose and can provide results in less than two hours. This allows family members to be reunited with the remains of their loved ones as quickly as possible.

 

ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING DEC. 16TH

 

The Adair County School Board will meet for a Regular School Board Meeting on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at the Adair County Board Conference Room on Greensburg Street in Columia. The meeting starts at 6:00pmCT and is open to the public with social distancing guidelines in place.

 

**Meeting called to order**

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

***Prayer***
 

1.     APPROVAL OF AGENDA

2.     APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

 

CONSENT AGENDA

3.    APPROVAL OF MINUTES

4.    APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT

5.    APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS

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

7.    APPROVAL OF A SHORTENED SCHOOL DAY WAIVER TO KDE FOR A STUDENT

8.    ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION

____________________________________________________________________________________

REGULAR AGENDA

 

9.      SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

10.    APPROVAL OF JR BETA CLUB AT ACMS TO TRAVEL TO LOUISVILLE, KY JANUARY 12-14, 2022 FOR STATE COMPETITION, PENDING COVID19 RESTRICTIONS – ANGEL WOODROME

11.   APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Renae Smith

12.   BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – Steve Burton

13    PUBLIC COMMENTS

14.   DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON TEST TO PLAY

15.   UPDATE ON COVID19/MASKING

16.   ADJOURNMENT

 

Two Adair Co. Fires Over the Weekend; Mobile Home Destroyed by Fire

 

The Columbia Fire Dept. responded to a reported house fire on Sunday afternoon at 208 Miller Avenue. Upon arrival, light smoke was coming from one side of the house. The fire was extinguished and contained to the kitchen area of the home. There were no injuries reported. The property owner is Danny Downey and the home was occupied by Barry Taylor. Eleven firefighters were on scene for approximately 45 minutes. Assisting at the scene were Columbia Police and the Adair County Sheriff's Office.

 

The Adair County Fire Department responded to 125 Cape Road on Saturday afternoon at 1:28pmCT to a residential mobile home fire. Upon arrival, the home was completely engulfed in flames and was a total loss. There were 12 firemen on the scene for approximately 1 hour.  

 

Adair County Sheriffs Office Assists in Relief Efforts in Western KY

    

By: Adair Co. Sheriff Josh Brockman

 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office joined in the relief efforts for Western Kentucky over the weekend due to the tornadoes and storms that caused widespread damage and loss of live. 

   

Sheriff Brockman and Deputies Kenny Perkins and Chandler Staten traveled to Muhlenburg County to assist the Muhlenburg County Sheriff. A tornado touched down in the community of Bremen in Muhlenburg County that resulted in 12 fatalities and multiple injuries.  

   

We originally received a call from Adair County native Deputy Attorney General Barry Dunn who advised us they were needing help and Attorney General Daniel Cameron was sending officers from their agency down. We made contact with the Sheriffs Office there and the Sheriff's Association who confirmed they could use more help with security of the community and the shutting down of roads. We headed out immediately.

 

I only wish I could have sent more, but we still had to leave enough here to cover our county. I’ve seen a lot in over 20 years of being an officer but I have never witnessed anything like that in my career. The destruction was almost unbelievable. We worked with the sheriff’s office and deputies from surrounding counties through the night to relieve the Muhlenburg counties as much as we could so they could try and take at least a small break as they had been working non-stop.   

    

Deputy Perkins has family in the community as his son is an educator in the school system and Deputy Perkins worked in the area as a State Trooper for many years. The community is a strong one; it was evident as we watched how they pulled together. They have a long way to go and a tough road ahead of them, but they won’t be alone. Kentuckians take care of one another. We send our prayers to all of the counties affected by this weather event. 

 

AREA ARREST 12-13-21

 

Rebecca Major, age 27, of Jamestown. Was taken into custody by Deputy Bradshaw with the Russell County Sheriff’s Officer around 1:30 this morning, She was charged with Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest and Served a Warrant for other Police Agency.

 

Zachary Mann, age 20, of Jamestown was taken into custody by Deputy Bunch with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just 1:30 this morning. Mann was charged with Fugitive from Another State, Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition over $1000 and Burglary 2nd Degree.

 

Shawn Gentry, age 40, of Lafayette Indiana. Was arrested by Officer Necessary of the Russell Springs Police Department just after 1 a.m. this morning. Gentry was charged with Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree, Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense, and Menacing.

 

All 3 were lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

WEEKEND ARRESTS 12-12-21


Tyler Joseph Spencer, 26, of Evans, Georgia - arrested by CPD on Sunday morning for DUI.

 
Cassie White, 39, of Indianapolis, Indiana - arrested by the ACSO on Friday afternoon for Promoting Contraband.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
Alex Daniel Kemp, 23, of Russell Springs - arrested late Saturday night by RSPD for Assault 4th degree (Dating Violence) and Possession of Marijuana.
 
Richard Brewer, 46, of Nicholasville, KY - arrested by RSPD on Saturday night for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Heath Necessary, 39, of Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD on Friday afternoon for Possession of Methamphetamine and Marijuana.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

2 Columbia Residents Arrested on Meth Charges Following Traffic Stop

 

On Saturday night, December 11, 2021 CPD Officers initiated a traffic stop on Jamestown Street just after 11:00pmCT. After making contact with the vehicle operator and passenger, a search was conducted of the auto during which time suspected methamphetamine was located. Both individuals were taken into custody. 

Glenn Richard, 40, of Columbia has been charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) as well as a traffic violation. Jessie Streeval, 32, also of Columbia was charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). 


Officer Trevor Foster made the arrests. He was assisted on scene by Officer Justin Cross.


 

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on Storm Response Team; Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund is now live at TeamWKYReliefFund.ky.gov

 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2021) – Today, at 3 p.m. CST, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on his administration’s response to last night’s deadly quad-state tornado.

 

Updates included some good news: President Joe Biden approved the emergency declaration the Governor requested earlier today. The declaration orders federal assistance to help with local response efforts. The Governor thanked the President for his commitment to helping our people recover.

 

“Today, Kentucky is absolutely united,” Gov. Beshear said. “We are united with our people; united to find and rescue as many as possible; united to grieve; and united to be here for our families impacted – not just today, but in the years to come so that we can rebuild together.”

 

The Governor also reminded Kentuckians of three tips for assisting impacted families:

 

  1. First, if they are in a community that has been hit hard by the storms, and they are safe and have power, stay off the roads. “Let our first responders get to everybody. Don’t go to these areas to see it. We need to make sure those who do this work can do it at the fastest possible speed,” the Governor said.
     
  2. Second, give blood. “We were already pretty short with COVID out there. We’re going to have a lot of deaths, but we are also going to have a lot of injuries,” the Governor said.
     
  3. The Governor added: “Third, we have set up a single fund connected with the state that people who want to help – in Kentucky and out of the state – can give to. It is solely dedicated to helping the on-the-ground efforts going on right now and the relief efforts these families are going to need to rebuild. The Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund is now live at TeamWKYReliefFund.ky.gov.”


Earlier today, the Governor immediately declared a state of emergency and activated over 180 Kentucky National Guard members as well as the Kentucky State Police. The state also is using armories as places of refuge for Kentuckians in need of shelter.

 

State workers are on the ground to help clear roadways and debris.

 

Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on Storm Response

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on his administration’s response to last night’s deadly quad-state tornado. At more than 200 miles long, the storm event was the longest tornado track on record and the largest in Kentucky history.

 

“I want to thank every local emergency management employee, police officer, firefighter and first responder. This has been one of the toughest nights in Kentucky history. It’s hard to put into words,” said Gov. Beshear. “Remember, each of these lost lives are children of God, irreplaceable to their families and communities. But we will make it through this. We will rebuild. We are strong, resilient people – and we’re going to be there every step of the way. This is one state standing strong.”

 

The Governor immediately declared a state of emergency and activated over 180 Kentucky National Guard members as well as the Kentucky State Police. The state also is using armories as places of refuge for Kentuckians in need of shelter.

 

State workers are on the ground to help clear roadways and debris. The Governor said he is working to quickly establish the Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund to accept donations to help communities across this region recover.

 

The Governor already has held two media briefings, with at least two more planned today. During this morning’s briefing in Mayfield, he said: “This will be, I believe, the deadliest tornado system to ever run through Kentucky. Earlier this morning at about 5 a.m., we were pretty sure that we would lose over 50 Kentuckians. I’m now certain that number is north of 70. It may in fact end up exceeding 100 before the day is done. The damage is even worse now that we have first light. A couple places have been hit incredibly hard, certainly Mayfield here in Graves County, but everywhere along the line of this tornado that touched down and stayed down for 227 miles.”

 

The Governor added: “Kentucky is united today behind the people of Western Kentucky. We want to be here to help dig out, to help make rescues, to help provide when people are suffering and then to help rebuild. This is not a one-day thing. This is one state, and we will stand united to make sure that we can lift our families back up. But please know that there are a lot of families that need your prayers, prayers that somebody may be found or prayers to help them through the grieving process.”

 

Gov. Beshear Requests Federal Emergency Declaration
Gov. Beshear said he has spoken directly to President Joe Biden, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Deanne Criswell about his request for a federal emergency declaration. The Governor said he is expecting to receive approval.

 

“This will bring additional resources to Western Kentucky counties devastated by these tornadoes and allow for quicker reimbursements. I appreciate the President’s swift response during our time of need. Now we can get to work supporting our people as we recover,” said Gov. Beshear. “The entire commonwealth is with all of Western Kentucky, and those Kentuckians impacted are in our thoughts and prayers. We will get through this together.”

 

Gov. Beshear Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Price Gouging
Today, Gov. Beshear signed an executive order prohibiting price gouging in the aftermath of devastating storms overnight Friday that took multiple lives and left widespread damage.

 

Under the state declaration, Gov. Beshear is empowered to implement certain provisions to protect consumers. The Governor’s executive order prevents the sale of goods or services, such as gasoline, at a price grossly in excess of its sale point before the state of emergency was declared. The executive order remains in place for the duration of the state of emergency.

To report price gouging call 888.432.9257 or visit ag.ky.gov/pricegouging.

 

RUSSELL COUNTY CANDIDATE FILINGS - 12/10/21

 

The following candidates have filed for office in Russell County as of Friday, December 10, 2021.....


COUNTY JUDGE EXECUTIVE

Clarissa “Moochie” Hart  
Clete McAninch               
Landon C Helm
Patrick Loy
Brad Burch
Benny Joe Smith
Randy Marcum

 

MAGISTRATE #1
Terry Waddell

 

CONSTABLE #1       
Jeffrey Aaron       

 

MAGISTRATE #2
Mickey Garner

 

CONSTABLE #2       
Paula Glover Mann   

 

MAGISTRATE #3
Zachary Wilson 
Chase Antle 
Barry Flatt 

 

CONSTABLE #3       
Kenny Luttrell 

 

MAGISTRATE #4
Steve Richardson  
Robert Curtis Coppage
Travis Dixon

 

CONSTABLE #4
Greg Hammond       
John Wayne Grimsley 

 

MAGISTRATE #5
Vince P White
Ryan Vaughan
Larry D Skaggs

 

CONSTABLE #5
Richard Wooldridge 

 

COUNTY CLERK              
Sherita Medaris               
Patty Glover               
Amy Riggins Melson
Kimberly Fenske      

 

PVA            
Tim Popplewell               

 

JAILER      
Bobby Dunbar       

 

CORONER               
Mark Coots               
               
COUNTY ATTORNEY              
Kevin S Shearer               
               
SHERIFF              
Derek Polston               
Nicholas Bertram               
               
MAYOR – JAMESTOWN               
Richard Bennett               
Barry Coffey

 

Gov. Beshear Warns of Powerful Storm Moving Through Kentucky Tonight

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 10, 2021) – Gov. Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians that a powerful storm system is forecast to impact much of the commonwealth late tonight and into Saturday morning. The Friday night forecast calls for severe thunderstorms and the potential for high-level damaging winds. Tornadoes are likely in Western Kentucky and portions of Central Kentucky.

 

Intense downpours and high rainfall rates are likely to produce localized flooding issues. River flooding is also possible. Widespread power outages and roads blocked by debris are also possible across the state.

 

“Kentuckians should follow their local forecasts as this storm front moves through our state,” said Gov. Beshear. “Folks need to have plans for safely sheltering in place in the event of a tornado, and they need to be prepared in case there are disruptions to local utilities.”

 

Since this will be an overnight event, Kentuckians are advised to have ways to receive weather warnings during the night. Those living in vulnerable locations should consider finding lodging elsewhere. Everyone should stay away from any downed power lines.

 

In preparation for tonight’s storm, the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) will activate at 8 p.m. EST. Staff will monitor the storm system as it moves across the state and respond to any requests for assistance.

 

“The National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are forecasting a very strong weather system entering the western part of the state today at 8 p.m. CST and moving east throughout the late night into the mid-morning hours on Saturday,” said Michael Dossett, director of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management. “This is a dangerous system with conditions that are favorable for severe thunderstorms, longer-lived tornadoes, supercells and squall lines.”

 

Dossett continued, “Prior to the storm event is an excellent time to engage in a family review of your safety plan and emergency supplies, in preparation for any possible impact to your community. Make every effort to monitor news and weather reports for storm updates in your area.”

 

This storm is arriving during Kentucky’s Winter Weather Awareness Week, which underscores the importance of reviewing emergency plans, building or resupplying emergency kits, and educating others on the hazards of winter weather: “Be Aware – Be Prepared – Have a Plan!”

 

JAMESTOWN WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING POLICE OFFICER

 

Heather Herd, 35, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by Officer Smith with the Jamestown Police Department just after noon on Thursday. Herd was charged with Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest, 3 counts of Assault 3rd Degree- (Police or Probation Officer), and Possession of Marijuana. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Russell Springs City Council Meeting Recap...

 

The Russell Springs City Council met last night for the regular monthly meeting for the city leaders. Mayor Eddie Thomas discussed this years Christmas Parade and how succesful it was as well as they city making a donation to the local Food for the Needy drive... 

 

RUSSELL CO. FISCAL COURT/ROAD COMMITTEE MEETING DEC. 13TH

 
The Russell County Fiscal Court will have a Special Called Meeting in conjunction with the Road Committee on Monday, December 13, 2021 at 5:00pmCT.
 
AGENDA 
AS REQUIRED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT, THE RUSSELL COUNTY ROAD COMMITTEE WILL HAVE THEIR QUARTERLY MEETING TO DISCUSS ROAD REPAIRS AND SAFETY AND OTHER ISSUES RELATING TO THE OPERATION OF THE ROAD DEPARTMENT. 
ADJOURN 
 
The Russell County Fiscal Court will meet on Monday, December 13, 2021 at 5:30pmCT.
 
AGENDA 
WELCOME, PLEDGE & OPENING PRAYER 
MINUTES 
PAY BILLS 
DETENTION CENTER REPORT 
SHERIFF’S REPORT & AMENDED 2021 BUDGET & SALARY SCHEDULE 
TREASURER’S MONTHLY SETTLEMENT REPORT & AE TRANSFERS 
1st READING BUDGET AMENDMENT 21-07 
TRANSFER $1,276.21 FROM DISPATCH TO RC AMBULANCE – ENHANCED MEDICAID 
RUSSELL COUNTY 4-H 
PAY PULASKI COUNTY $13,375.00 FOR THE REGIONAL SHELTER 
2022 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE 
RC SHERIFF –2022 BUDGET, SALARY SCHEDULE & STATE ADVANCEMENT 
RC CLERK –2022 BUDGET & SALARY SCHEDULE 
ABC INTER-LOCAL AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF JAMESTOWN 
OTHER BUSINESS 
ADJOURN 
 

AREA ARREST 12-9-21

Jose Foster, age 20, of Columbia, was arrested by Trooper Lunz of the Kentucky State Police just before 5 last evening. Foster was charged with Speeding 26 mph over the Speed Limit, Failure to or Improper Signal, License to be in Possession, Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree – Police Officer, Reckless Driving, No Registration Receipt, No Registration Plates, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, 1st Offense, Possession of Marijuana, Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree, Failure to Wear Seat Belts and Failure to Produce Insurance Card. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES; CPS NOTIFIED

 

Columbia Police responded to an apartment at Magnolia Drive on Tuesday morning, December 7, 2021 for a welfare check. The caller had reported he had arrived at the apartment to drop off children and had noticed narcotics and paraphernalia within the residence.


After arriving on scene, officers made contact with a male party at the apartment and found drug paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine in plain view. 26-year-old Jared Wheat of Columbia was taken into custody and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Child Protective Services was also notified.


Assistant Chief Charles Greer made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Kevin Atwood and Chief Jr. Murphy.
 

AREA ARREST 12-8-21

Cameron Bland, age 56, of Nancy was taken into custody by Trooper Begley with the Kentucky State Police just before 11 last evening. Bland was charged with Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8oz), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (more than 2 grams), Tampering with Physical Evidence, 2 counts Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (more than 2 grams) Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (less than 2 grams) and Persistent Felony Offender 1.

 

Elizabeth Simpson, age 32, of Nancy was arrested by Deputy Golden with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just after 11 last night. Simpson was charged with 2 counts of Failure to Appear and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (less than 2 grams Meth). Both were lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Jared Wheat, age 26, of Columbia was arrested by Officer Greer with the Columbia Police Department just after 9:30 yesterday morning. Wheat, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Meth) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

DEC. 31ST IS LAST DAY TO CHANGE POLITICAL PARTY AFFILIATION

 

The last day for any voter who wants to change their party affiliation and be able to vote in the 2022 Primary election is  Dec. 31st, 2021. Below are some election/filing questions frequently asked, according to the Kentucky Secretary of State's website....
 

If an individual is seeking office as a Republican or Democratic candidate, must he/she be registered as a member of that specific party?
Yes. Candidates must be eligible to vote in their party's primary to have their name printed on the ballot as a candidate of that party.

 

If an individual is seeking office as an independent or political group/organization candidate, must he/she be registered independent or as a member of the political group/organization?
Yes, except for certain city candidates. A candidate's registration status cannot be Republican or Democrat on January 1st preceding the general election for which the person seeks to be a candidate.

 

What is the deadline to change party affiliation to be a candidate of a specific party or an independent or political group/organization candidate?
December 31st is the last date for an individual to change party affiliation with the county clerk to be eligible as a candidate in the subsequent primary of that specific party or to be eligible as an independent or political group/organization candidate in a general election.

 

If an individual is registered Republican or Democrat and does not file for office as a Republican or Democratic candidate, may he/she seek office as in independent candidate in the general election?
No, except for certain city candidates. To be eligible as an independent candidate in a general election, the candidate must have changed his/her party affiliation by December 31st preceding the general election for which he/she seeks to be a candidate.

 

What is the earliest date a candidate may affix signatures on the filing documents?
Signatures shall not be affixed on filing documents prior to the first Wednesday after the first Monday in November of the year preceding the year in which the office will appear on the ballot.

 

What is the earliest date an individual may file as a candidate (excluding Presidential Preference Primary) for an office?
A candidate (excluding a Presidential Preference Primary) may not file earlier than the first Wednesday after the first Monday in November of the year preceding the year the office will appear on the ballot.

 

With whom should candidacy papers be filed?
If the office sought is an office to be voted for by the electors of more than one county, member of Congress, member of the General Assembly, or a nonpartisan judicial office, documents are to be filed with the Office of the Secretary of State. Candidates for all other offices should file with the county clerk.

 

How much does it cost to file to become a candidate for public office?
Filing fees are determined by the office sought and are set forth in KRS 118.255. The Secretary of State accepts personal checks, campaign account checks, cash or money order for payment of filing fees. Candidates who file with the county clerk should contact their county clerk regarding acceptable forms of payment.

 

How many signatures are required to become a candidate?
Two signatures are required to file as a Republican or Democrat.

To become an independent or political group/organization candidate, the number of signatures required varies by office:

  • State officer or any officer for whom all the electors of the state are entitled to vote: 5,000
  • United States Representative: 400
  • County officer, member of the General Assembly or Commonwealth's Attorney: 100
  • Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor: 25
  • Magistrate/Justice of the Peace or Constable: 20
  • Board of Education (School Board Member): 2
  • City Officer: 2

 

Which filing form does an individual use to file as a candidate for the nonpartisan Board of Education (School Board Member), Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor or City Officer?
The filing form for these offices is a nominating petition. In addition to filing the nominating petition, Board of Education (School Board Member) candiates are required to file an Affidavit for School Board Candidacy and Membership.

 

Must a candidate be registered with a specific party to file for a nonpartisan judicial office?
No. The candidate must be a registered voter, but all judicial offices are nonpartisan.

 

What is the deadline for an individual to withdraw as a candidate?
A candidate may withdraw his/her name at any time; however, if the candidate does not wish his/her name to appear on the ballot, the withdrawal must be filed before the time of certification of candidates who will appear on the ballot (the second Monday after the filing deadline for a primary or general election during a non-presidential election year, or the Monday after the Friday following the first Tuesday in September preceding a general election in a presidential election year). There is no statutory authority for returning a filing fee in the event a candidate withdraws.

 

When must a candidate file reports relating to campaign contributions or campaign expenditures?
For information regarding campaign contribution and expenditure reporting requirements, contact the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance at (502) 573-2226.

 

If a candidate has a change of campaign treasurer, who should he/she contact?
For questions regarding campaign treasurers, contact the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance at (502) 573-2226.

 

What are the most common errors made by candidates seeking ballot access?

  • The title of office and district number (where applicable) is omitted or improperly stated
  • The name the candidate wishes to appear on the ballot does not conform to the statutory requirements of KRS 118.129
  • The candidate fails to sign and/or the document is not properly notarized
  • The candidate fails to verify voter registration and party affiliation of the persons signing the filing documents
  • The candidate fails to submit the required filing fee or file by the deadline date and time. 

 

For more details, visit https://sos.ky.gov

 

 

Adair Co. Man was Arrested on Numerous Charges Sunday night..

 

Danny Keith Cox, 50, of Columbia, KY - arrested on Sunday night by KSP for Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, Criminal Mischief 1st degree, Menacing, Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Disorderly Conduct.

 

Gov. Beshear: Highest COVID-19 Case Count in Nine Weeks

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 6, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said as COVID-19 cases rise in Kentucky, across the United States and in many countries throughout the world, families must get vaccinated and boosted to stay safe over the holiday season.

 

“We are certainly in the middle of another COVID-19 escalation. But we have more tools to stop this in its tracks than ever before,” said Gov. Beshear. “The great news is, we saw more vaccinations over this last weekend than we have seen in a long time, in every stage of the vaccination process. This is how we fight back against this virus.”

 

Over the past weekend alone, 45,137 Kentuckians received a booster, 15,117 received their first dose and 18,189 got fully vaccinated.

 

The Governor encouraged Kentuckians to stay safe this holiday season by taking the following steps:

  • Get a COVID-19 vaccination;
  • Get a vaccination booster (all Kentucky adults are now eligible for a booster);
  • Stay home and avoid gatherings if sick;
  • Wear masks if indoors and unvaccinated and/or not boosted, and
  • Keep gatherings small.

 

The Governor also outlined new guidelines for international air travel. All travelers age two and older who are returning to the U.S.:

  • Must show proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test performed within one day of departure;
  • Should get tested three to five days after return;
  • Should self-isolate and get tested if they develop any symptoms, and
  • All unvaccinated travelers should quarantine for seven days.

 

COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,703,247

Number of people who have received a vaccination booster in Kentucky: 640,061

 

Dec. 4, Cases: 2,350
Dec. 4, Deaths: 67
Dec. 5, Cases: 1,194
Dec. 5, Deaths: 68

New Cases Today: 1,347
New Deaths: 63
Today’s Positivity Rate: 9.13%
Current Hospitalizations: 1,077
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 310
Currently on Ventilators: 168

 

During the week ending Dec. 5, 15,936 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Kentucky, and the average test positivity rate was 8.79%.

 

Columbia Police make 3 Meth Arrests....

 

On Sunday night, December 6th, 2021 Columbia Police Officers went to a residence on Taylor Ford Road approximately 5 miles east of the city limits to attempt to serve multiple warrants on a male individual. After arriving, Officers received verbal permission to search inside the home where the subject was found to be hiding. After being taken into custody, the male was found to be in possession of narcotics and suspected methamphetamine. Kenneth Whittle, 36, of Columbia was taken into custody with 6 active warrants and additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified) and possession of methamphetamine.


On Monday, December 7, 2021 just before 2:00amCT, a traffic stop was initiated on Holmes Bend Road where both occupants were found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine. Charles Gaskins, 35, of Louisville, KY was charged with possession of methamphetamine as well as traffic violations. A female passenger, Jenna Hawthorn-Philpott, 32, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody with one outstanding warrant and possession of methamphetamine.


Officers Justin Cross and Josh Durbin made the arrests in both instances.
 

State Police Arrest Taylor County Man after Standoff

Troopers with Kentucky State Police, Post 4 arrested a Taylor County man after a late night standoff with law enforcement. A little after 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 5th, Troopers with Post 4 were working an ongoing investigation which led them to a residence on College Street in the Buffalo Community of LaRue County.  As a trooper attempted to make contact with an individual inside the residence, the person inside made verbal threats toward the trooper’s life. 

After the arrival of other KSP troopers, along with other local agencies, troopers made several requests for the individual to come out unarmed. After some time, KSP’s Special Response Team (SRT) was called to the scene. Around 12:30 A.M. this morning, the individual surrendered to KSP without further incident.  

James A. Deslongchamps, 42 of Campbellsville, was charged with terroristic threatening, 3rd degree, menacing and resisting arrest. He was lodged in the LaRue County Jail.

Neither Deslongchamps nor any law enforcement units were injured during the incident. KSP was assisted on scene by LaRue County Sheriff's Office, Hodgenville Police Department and LaRue County EMS. KY 61 was shut down for several hours due to the incident.

AREA ARREST 12-6-21

 

Charles Gaskins, 36, of Louisville, KY was arrested by Officer Cross of the Columbia Police Department early Monday morning around 3:00amCT. Gaskins was charged with Inadequate Silencer (Muffler), License to be in Possession, Rear License not Illuminated, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth).

 

Jenna Haworth Philpot, 32, of Columbi, KY was taken into custody by officer Durbin with the Columbia Police Department just after 2 a.m. on Monday morning. Philpot was charged with Contempt of Court and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth).

 

Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

SENATOR WISE ASKS FOR PUBLIC'S INPUT; PUBLISHES 2022 LEGISLATIVE SURVEY

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (December 3, 2021) Senator Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) has announced the publication of his 2022 Legislative Survey for his constituents in Senate District 16.

 

“This survey allows me to hear the thoughts of my constituents on important policy-related issues. I can best represent my fellow citizens in the 16th District when I am informed of how they feel and know what they care most about,” Senator Wise said. “It is critical that citizens be engaged to make sure their voices are heard. I hope for high participation in this survey.”

 

Senator Wise’s legislative survey is now published on his legislative profile on the Legislative Research Commission website. The survey is intended only for constituents of Senate District 16, encompassing Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne Counties. Citizens of the 16th District can access the survey by clicking on this link or visiting Senator Wise’s profile at legislature.ky.gov and clicking “surveys” right of the screen. The survey will be available through Feb. 2.

Per the Constitution of Kentucky, the 2022 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly begins on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

 

Please visit legislature.ky.gov for more information on Senator Wise and to keep up with legislative activity. To confirm members of your state delegation, see the “Find Your Legislator” tool on that same website or by clicking here.

 

SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE TONIGHT (SUNDAY)


Widespread showers and storms are expected tonight ahead of a cold front.Some of the storms could become strong to severe with localized damaging winds being the main threat. Brief tornadoes can also not be ruled out.Outside of showers and storms, gusty winds between 30 and 40 mph will be possible at times this evening.

 

Overall, 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected through Monday morning with a few localized amounts over 2 inches possible across far southern KY. While flooding is not a major concern, a few nuisance water issues could arise.

 

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Monday through Saturday

There is potential for minor snow accumulation late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Confidence remains low in amounts and potential impact.

 

SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

Spotters may be needed to report instances of heavy rain or gusty winds late Sunday into Monday.

 

 

COLUMBIA CHRISTMAS PARADE FLOAT WINNERS

 
The Christmas in Columbia Parade was held on Saturday, December 4, 2021 and here are the float winners..... 
 
IN-COUNTY FLOATS  (1st $250; 2nd $150; 3rd $75)
  • 1st: Picketts Chapel Church
  • 2nd: Bloomington Chapel Church
  • 3rd: Columbia Church of Christ
 
OUT-OF-COUNTY FLOATS  (1st $100; 2nd $75)
  • 1st: Russell County Jaycees
  • 2nd: US All Star Softball Champs 12 & Under Little League
 
ADAIR COUNTY NON-FLOATS  (1st $75; 2nd $50)
  • 1st: ACHS FFA - Tractor 1
  • 2nd: Southern Nest Realty
 

WEEKEND ARRESTS 12-05-21

 
  • Noah Dial, 19, of Columbia, KY - arrested overnight by CPD for Failure to Signal, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court.
  • Austin Joe Patterson, of Greensburg, KY - arrested this morning by Green County Sheriffs Office for Assault 1st degree, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, and DUI (Aggravating Circumstances).
  • Justin Dean Brumley, 31, of Vero Beach, Florida - arrested by CPD on Saturday night for DUI and Reckless Driving.
  • Jerry Yates, 50, of Monticello, KY - arrested on Saturday morning by KSP for Speeding, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, and DUI.
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 
  • Joseph Creekmore, 27, of Russell Springs - arrested on Friday night by RSPD for Criminal Mischief 3rd degree and 2 counts of Contempt of Court.
  • Jeffrey Williams, 54, of Nancy, KY - arrested early Friday morning by RCSO for Strangulation 1st degree and 4th degree Assault (Domestic Violence) with no visible injuries.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Casey County Man Found Guilty of Manslaughter & Wanton Endangerment Following 3-Day Jury Trial


DECEMBER 3, 2021 – After deliberating well past midnight on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, a Casey County Circuit Court jury found Randall Lee Atwood, age 59, guilty of Second-Degree Manslaughter and First-Degree Wanton Endangerment following a three-day trial.

 

According to testimony at trial, Atwood shot and killed 33-year old Elza E. King on November 4, 2020, near Calhoun Creek Road in Casey County. The men had been involved in an argument regarding property that King was purchasing located near land owned by Atwood and adjacent to a driveway leading to Atwood’s home. The argument escalated and Atwood brandished a firearm as the two men argued. Atwood eventually placed his gun back inside his truck as King and King’sgirlfriend, Savannah Lynn, got into King’s truck. King drove towards Atwood’s truck, where Atwood was standing near the driver’s side door. King slammed on his brakes before reaching Atwood’s vehicle, but King’s truck hit the side of the bed of Atwood’s truck just behind the driver’s side door before coming to a stop. Atwood retrieved his 9mm handgun again and proceeded to shoot into the driver’s side window of King’s truck, striking King in the left shoulder.  The state medical examiner testified that the bullet then penetrated King’s lungsand aorta before lodging in the back of his right shoulder. The medical examiner also testified that the autopsy report revealed the presence of an illicit drug in King’s blood.  

 

Atwood made several statements immediately following the shooting, and never denied firing the weapon at King. Atwood’s defense at trial was that he was acting in self-defense, although Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright maintained that Atwood initiated the confrontation and that Atwood was not in actual danger when he fired through the side of the driver’s window into King’s stationary truck.  

 

Atwood was initially charged with Murder but was convicted of the lesser offense of Second-Degree Manslaughter. The conviction for Wanton Endangerment was based on the danger Atwood posed to Savannah Lynn when he shot into King’s truck.

 

The jury recommended the maximum sentences available for both charges – ten (10) years on Second-Degree Manslaughter and five (5) years on First-Degree Wanton Endangerment – and the jury recommended that the sentences be served consecutively, for a total sentence of fifteen (15) years in prison.

 

The case was investigated by Kentucky State Police Det. Marvin Blakey and Det. B.J. Burton, with assistance from the Casey County Sheriff’s Department and Casey County Constable Darren Wesley, who was the first member of law enforcement to arrive at the scene of the shooting. Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright commended the officers for their hard work and dedication in this investigation. Wright further expressed appreciation to the jurors who served during this trial.  Wright said, “I respect and appreciate the jury’s decision in this case. They spent several days listening to testimony and deliberated for a considerable time before reaching their verdict in this case. I’m thankful that justice was served on behalf of Elza and his family. The Commonwealth has always maintained that Elza’s death was unnecessary and was the result of an unlawful act, and the jury agreed.” Wright added, “my office remains committed to ensuring the safety of all citizens of this jurisdiction and will continue to aggressively prosecute those persons who commit criminal acts of violence against others.”  

 

Atwood, who was represented at trial by attorneys Theodore Lavit and Cameron Griffith, will appear before Casey Circuit Judge Judy Vance Murphy for final sentencing on January 24,2022.
 

Two Columbia Residents Arrested Following Residential Burglary in Southern Adair County

 

On Thursday, December 2, 2021 the Adair County Sheriffs Office was dispatched to a break-in at a residence on Chestnut Grove Rd in the Breeding Community. Around 1:00amCT, Deputy Kenny Perkins, K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten and Sheriff Josh Brockman initiated a traffic stop on the suspect's vehicle at the intersection of Jones Chapel Rd and KY61 south.

 

36-year-old Daniel Burton and 35-year-old Jessica Conover of Columbia, KY were taken into custody following a roadside investigation by Deputy Perkins. They were charged with Burglary 2nd degree, Possession of Marijuana, and Theft by Unlawful Taking and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.  

 

On Friday, December 3rd, 2021 Deputy Padgett and Sheriff Brockman recovered the remaining stolen items (that exceeded over $1500.00 in value) at a residence off Liberty Road. More charges and additional arrests are expected. Deputy Kenny Perkins is continuing the investigation.

 

AREA ARREST 12-3-21

Area Arrest 12-3-21

 

Jeffrey Williams, age 54, of Nancy was arrested by Deputy Phipps with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just after 1 a.m. this morning. Williams was charged with Strangulation 1st Degree and Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) No Visible Injury. He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Jessica Conover, age 35, and Daniel Burton, age 36 (both of Columbia) was arrested just before 1 a.m. this morning by Deputy Perkins with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office. Both were charged with Burglary, 2nd Degree and Possession of Marijuana.

 

James Brannon, age 45, of Smyrna Tennessee, was arrested by Officer Keith with the Columbia Police Department just after 1 yesterday afternoon. Brannon was charged with Reckless Driving, No Operators-Moped License, Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence Substance -1st and Possession of Marijuana.

 

All were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.  

ADAIR FISCAL COURT SPECIAL CALLED MEETING DEC. 6TH

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will have a special called meeting Monday, December 6, 2021 at 8:30amCT in the basement of the Adair County Annex building. 
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
 
  1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  2. DISBURSEMENTS
  3. FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
  4. ADJOURN                                                                                
This meeting is open to the public. There will be NO Facebook Live.
 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear provided his Team Kentucky update and said 60% of all Kentuckians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. At least 2,682,277 Kentuckians have been vaccinated: 64% of all Kentuckians five and older, and 72% of all Kentuckians 18 and older.

 

“I want to acknowledge that 60% of Kentuckians vaccinated is not enough, but this has never been done in the history of the world before,” said Gov. Beshear. “It hasn’t even been a year since the first vaccines were shipped out, and we’ve got 60% of every man, woman and child who lives in this state vaccinated. We need to be proud of that accomplishment and use it as motivation to keep going.”

 

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, noted the COVID-19 omicron variant has now been identified in the United States. The variant has not yet been found in Kentucky. Dr. Stack said he is working with local health departments and labs to identify suspected cases as quickly as possible. The variant has several genetic changes. Research is underway to determine if these changes impact transmissibility, severity, immunity and treatments.

 

“The question is: What is the impact and what do we do about it? It is important to be careful and concerned but it is not a time to panic,” said Dr. Stack. “We have much better tools than when this pandemic started – the future is not outside our control.”

 

The Governor and Dr. Stack said it is more important than ever to: Get vaccinated and boosted (all Kentucky adults are eligible to receive a vaccination booster); wear a mask in indoor public settings; get tested after experiencing symptoms; and stay home when sick.

 

As of today, 581,442 Kentuckians have had a vaccination booster, approximately 13% of the population.

From March 1 to Dec. 1, 2021, 82.6% of all COVID-19 cases, 84.6% of all COVID-19 hospitalizations and 82.7% of all COVID-19 deaths in Kentucky were among partially vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals.

 

Enhancements to the COVID-19 Public-Facing Dashboard
Gov. Beshear said as the pandemic evolves, so does the data that state officials track and publish on kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

“Since the start of administering vaccines, we’ve been frequently asked what ‘vaccinated’ means. To help provide that information, we’ve made enhancements to the vaccination data,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

It is now possible to find the number of fully vaccinated Kentuckians and the number who have received the booster. The Governor said the site continues to define “fully vaccinated” as being two weeks beyond receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two weeks beyond the second Pfizer or Moderna vaccination shot. This information can also be broken down by age and vaccine brand using a dropdown menu. Users can now access a map where they can learn the number of vaccinations and boosters by county broken down by age and vaccine brand.

 

Gov. Beshear to Propose $10 Million in Next Budget for Waterfront Park Expansion in West Louisville
This week, Gov. Beshear said his upcoming budget proposal will include $10 million to support the Waterfront Park Phase IV expansion between 10th and 14th Streets in Louisville.

 

“For so many people in this city, Waterfront Park is not just a place, it’s an experience. It’s the backdrop for some of their happiest moments with family and friends,” said Gov. Beshear. “It’s time that this experience is accessible to all members of the Louisville community. Let’s make sure these dollars stay in the budget and that we get this expansion done.”

 

The total cost of the expansion is $50 million, making it the largest public amenity investment in West Louisville in decades. Waterfront Park requested funds from the next state budget to help increase access to the Ohio River and open space. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Gov. Beshear Awards $8 Million Through Better Kentucky Plan Cleaner Water Program
On Monday, Gov. Beshear awarded more than $2.5 million to one city and six utilities for 10 projects in Floyd, Magoffin and Johnson counties.

 

On Tuesday, Gov. Beshear awarded more than $2.7 million to two cities and one utility for three projects in Anderson and Franklin counties.

 

On Wednesday, Gov. Beshear awarded a total of $2,787,139 for six projects to the cities of Georgetown and Cynthiana, as well as the Harrison County Sanitation District and the Harrison County Water Association.

 

The funding, from the Better Kentucky Plan’s $250 million Cleaner Water Program, will deliver clean drinking water and improved sewer and water systems. State officials estimate that the program will create approximately 3,800 jobs across the commonwealth.

 

Pineville Community Health Center to Receive Funding Through Newly Established Rural Hospital Loan Program
Rural communities across the commonwealth are looking to improve health care access for Kentucky residents, and yesterday, Gov. Beshear announced Pineville Community Health Center Inc. (PCHC) is the first health care facility to be approved for support through the Kentucky Rural Hospital Loan Program (KRHLP). To learn more, see the full release.

 

Gov. Beshear Congratulates SendCutSend on Opening of Paris Operation
Companies continue to locate in Kentucky to capitalize on the state’s logistical advantages, and yesterday Gov. Beshear congratulated SendCutSend LLC, a manufacturer of customized laser-cut metal parts, on the recent opening of its $3.9 million operation in Paris, creating 75 full-time jobs for Kentuckians. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Lt. Gov. Coleman, Local Officials Cut Ribbon on Richmond Build-Ready Tract
Last week, Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman congratulated local officials in Richmond and Madison County, as they cut the ribbon on the community’s first Build-Ready-certified site, positioning the location to attract new business to the region.

 

The Madison County tract, located in Richmond Industrial Park South III, builds on the growing list of sites certified by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (KCED) and available statewide for companies looking to quickly begin construction and start operation as soon as possible. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Eligible Kentuckians Can Now Apply for $18 Million in Funds from Temporary Water Assistance Program
As part of an ongoing effort to address the financial impact of COVID-19, Gov. Beshear has announced that Kentucky will receive over $18 million in federal aid to help households that have fallen behind on paying their water bills and face disconnection of service or have already been disconnected.

 

The funding – $18,684,749 – will come from the federal Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). Applications opened yesterday, Dec. 1. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Gov. Beshear, First Lady to Light State Christmas Tree Saturday During 73rd Annual Frankfort Christmas Parade
Yesterday, Gov. Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear invited Kentuckians to view the Frankfort Christmas Parade and the lighting of the state’s Christmas tree this Saturday, Dec. 4, on the state Capitol grounds.

 

To honor all of the heroes in Frankfort and across Kentucky who have been on the front lines through the pandemic, this year’s parade theme is Superhero Christmas. The parade will honor heroes like first responders, service members, local health leaders, doctors, nurses and so many more. Click here to watch a video message from Gov. Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Today, Gov. Beshear honored Elle Smith, a Louisville journalist who was crowned Miss USA 2021 this week. She will now compete for the title of Miss Universe in Israel on December 12.

 

“Elle is an incredible Team Kentucky All-Star representing her community on a national – and now international stage,” said Gov. Beshear. “Good luck, Elle! We’re all rooting for you.”

 

Russell County Man Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges

 

Torry Ryder, 53, of Russell Springs was arrested Wednesday afternoon by the RCSO and charged with Sexual Abuse 1st degree, Unlawful Imprisonment, and Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injuries. Ryder was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. 

 

In other area arrests:

Trevor Piercy, 21, of Columbia - arrested Wednesday by the ACSO for 2 counts of Assault 4th degree and TBUT (Shoplifting) Under $500. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

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