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Local News Archives for 2022-01

Russell Springs Investigating Under Age Alcohol Sales

While doing random Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) inspections throughout town, Officer Jeremie West observed two different incidents of underage males, being in possession of alcoholic beverages, at the same location, within a brief period of time. Officer West went inside the business and spoke to the employee regarding what he had witnessed outside. The employee did admit that they did not card either male before the purchases were made. This lead to Officer West citing the employee with two separate counts of: Selling Alcoholic Beverages To Minors 1st Offense.

The Russell Springs Police Department, in conjunction with our local/state ABC administrators, are present, observing and watching for any violations. If anyone has knowledge that any business/employee is violating these laws, we ask that you contact the Russell Springs Police Department, it can be anonymous. Use this as a reminder, that ALL businesses/employees involved with alcohol sales, needs to be and remain diligent in doing your part to make sure the laws are being followed properly and we as a community are doing our best to keep everyone safe.

Taylor County Man Sets Home on Fire Then Takes His Own Life...

 

Taylor County Firefighters were called out on Saturday afternoon to a structure fire on Bradfordsville Road. The house was totally engulfed in flames upon firefighters arrival and one person was found deceased inside the residence. According to reports, the homeowner allegedly set the home on fire just before taking his own life. The call came into Campbellsville 911 as a domestic disturbance call. 

 

The investigation is continuing by the Taylor County Sheriffs Department.

 

AREA ARREST 1-31-22

 

 

Zachariah Bunch, age 29 of Russell Springs, was taken into custody by Officer Necessary just after 1 this morning. Bunch was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO and Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition – Firearm. He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

Adair County Deputies Arrest One Person in Melson Ridge Community

 

On Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 10:49pmCT, Adair County Deputies arrived at a residence on Cape Road in the Melson Ridge Community to investigate a complaint. Deputies had received information that 30-year-old Jeffrey Helton was hiding at the residence with outstanding warrants out of Russell County. Helton was taken into custody without incident, with methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia being located on him.   

    
Helton was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Deputy Derek Padget who was assisted by Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch and K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten.
 

1-Vehicle Accident Injures Adair County Woman


On Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 9:45pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office responded to a single vehicle collision on Montpelier Rd (KY92). Upon arrival, it was found that Betty Gadberry, 48, was operating a 2012 Ford Focus when she attempted a right hand turn. The vehicle struck ice and Gadberry lost control of the auto as it left the roadway and struck an earth embankment.  
   

Gadberry was treated on scene by Adair County EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia for additional treatment.
 

The collision was investigated by Deputy Derek Padgett. The Adair County Sheriff, Columbia - Adair Fire Dept. and Adair EMS were responding agencies.  

Adair County Sheriffs Office Investigates Fatal Accident in Pellyton Community


On Friday evening, January 28, 2022 at approximately 6:34pmCT, Adair County 911 received a call of a collision approximately 17 miles east of Columbia on KY206 in the Pellyton Community. The Sheriffs Office along with the Knifley Fire Department and Adair County EMS responded to the accident that occurred just prior to Barnetts Creek Road on the bridge. CPR was started by the Sheriffs Office and the Knifley Fire Dept. prior to EMS arrival, however attempts by responders were unsuccessful and the operator was pronounced dead at the scene. Adair County Coroner Todd Akin and Deputy Coroner Roger Huckaby were notified and responded to the scene. 

     
Preliminary investigation indicates that Jessie Allen Johnson, 47, was traveling west on KY206 when he lost control of his 2007 Dodge Dakota pickup truck and struck the concrete bridge abutment, bringing the vehicle to an immediate stop. At the time of the collision the road was covered with snow and ice, making for very hazardous driving conditions. 
   
The accident was investigated by Sheriff Josh Brockman who was assisted by Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch.    
  
The Adair County Sheriffs Office extends their prayers and condolences to the family during the loss of their loved one.

Columbia Police Arrest Cumberland County Man Following Traffic Stop


Early Sunday morning January 30, 2022 Columbia Police Officers initiated a traffic stop on Burkesville Road just outside the city limits near Breakaway Lane. After making contact with the operator, K9 Unit Cally was utilized resulting in suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and other narcotics. 


Christopher Caraway, 37, of Burkesville has been charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified), and trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Police also seized a large sum of cash. 

CPD Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officers Justin Cross and Holly Necessary.

(Mugshot from bustednewspaper.com)
 

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED ON INDICTMENT WARRANT (POSSESSION OF METH)

 

Columbia Police located and served a sealed indictment warrant on a Columbia resident early Sunday morning, January 30, 2022 just after midnight, ending an ongoing drug investigation.


William Clyde Bratcher, 30, of Columbia was indicted by an Adair County Grand Jury for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). CPD Officers located Bratcher at a rent trailer at Pyles Court. He was taken into custody and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 

WEEKEND ARRESTS 01/30/22

 
  • Jeffrey Helton, 30, of Jamestown - arrested by the ACSO on Saturday night for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 2 counts of Failure to Appear.
  • Matthew Hunley, 24, of Burkesville - arrested on Friday night by the Cumberland County Sheriffs Office for Strangulation, Assault 4th degree, and Disorderly Conduct.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. 
 
  • Paul Hadley, 32, of Columbia - arrested by the RCSO on Saturday afternoon for 1st degree Sexual Abuse (Victim Under 12 Years Old) and Contempt of Court. 
  • Marco Guzman, 30, of Jamestown - arrested on Saturday afternoon by the RCSO for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Criminal Trespassing, Criminal Mischief 2nd degree, and 4 counts of Contempt of Court. 
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Transportation Department Reminds Drivers to Use Caution Around Plows

 

When you're out, please help out our snowfighters - give 'em some space! Snowplow drivers have a limited field of vision meaning you may see them, but they may not see you. Keep yourself and our drivers safe by putting plenty of space between yourself and the plow. https://t.co/3HAkP0VabU.

 

Durrett Test Kitchen Moving Headquarters to Columbia

 

The City of Columbia is pleased to announce that Durrett Test Kitchen has chosen our town for their new location. They will be moving their corporate offices to Columbia, Kentucky; and, be opening manufacturing operations.

 

The owners, Chef Barry Durrett and his wife, LeAnne, from neighboring Greensburg are excited about moving their business to Columbia. Their location will be at property owned by Downey Properties LLC on Campbellsville Road.

 

According to Chef Durrett, “Our move to Columbia is largely due to the hard work of Mayor Hoots; and, her team at the City; as well as Dr. Max Downey and his wife, Patricia, owners of Downey Properties LLC.”


The plants will be manufacturing sandwiches, pot pies, and be in the process of development of further design of meals and packaging. The plants will be FDA approved (United States Food and Drug Administration); and, will be making application for USDA inspection as well. The plants will be Kentucky Proud through Kentucky Agriculture and SQF (Safe Quality Food) certified.


“We will be running production lines; and, have a full test kitchen on-site,” says Durrett. 
The plant is anticipating to hire around fifty people from the local community at a very competitive wage. “We aim to be the employer that people want to work for; but, have to wait for a position to become available,” said Durrett.


Chef Durrett has travelled throughout the country in participation in national culinary competitions. His many awards include: the 2019 American Pie Council National Pie Contest, Blue Ribbon Pizza Pot Pie, Blue Ribbon Chicken Pot Pie, and Commercial Division First Place. 


“We are proud to be doing business in Columbia, Kentucky,” said Durrett. “We are looking forward to being a part of the community.”


The company plans on being in production in the near future following modification necessary for their business. Applications for hiring will be announced soon.

 

Tennessee Couple Arrested on Drug Charges in Adair County...

 

Columbia Police and Adair EMS responded to Speedway on Bomar Heights in Columbia on Thursday evening, January 27, 2022 to a call of an unresponsive male in a vehicle. Upon arrival, Officers and Adair EMS were able to wake the party and observed the subject was under the influence. 

After searching the driver and his female passenger several syringes were located as well as suspected marijuana and heroin. 


Raymond Garrett, 38, of Joelton, Tennessee was taken into custody and charged with public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance (Heroin). 

A passenger, 34-year-old Delorean Gibbs of Joelton, Tennessee was charged with public intoxication and possession of marijuana. 


CPD Officers Joey Keith and Josh Durbin made the arrests. 
 

Russell County Candidates; Ballot Position Drawing Today


Here is a list of Russell County Candidates...

 


If you're running for the office of Mayor of Jamestown or a seat on the Russell County School Board, you have until June 7th, 2022 to file your papers at the County Clerk's office.

 

Today (Thursday, January 27th) at 2:00pmCT, the drawing for ballot position will be held in the old Courthouse (2nd floor Courtroom). It will be live-streamed on the RC Fiscal Court’s Facebook page. Only the candidate or a person representing the candidate should attend.

 

Adair Man Arrested on Meth & Fentanyl Charges...


On Wednesday, January 26, 2022 Columbia Police Department Officers went to a residence on Greensburg Road approximately 6 miles from the city limits and served a sealed indictment on a male subject after concluding a drug trafficking investigation. 


Officers on scene made contact and took Larry Shawn Phillips, 47, of Columbia into custody. Phillips was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Carfentanil or Fentanyl derivatives). 

Officer Justin Cross was the primary investigator for the case. He was assisted during the arrest by Officer Holly Necessary and Sgt. Evan Burton.
 

Adair Man Arrested after Assaulting Courtroom Bailiff

 

On Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at approximately 9:25amCT, 25-year-old Micah Roberts was remanded to jail by Adair District Judge Mike Loy. When Court Bailiff Richard Redmond attempted to take him into custody, Roberts resisted arrest in the courtroom and a struggle ensued. He was taken into custody and charged by Deputy Tracy McCarol with Assault 3rd degree, Resisting Arrest, and Disorderly Conduct. 

Sheriff Josh Brockman and CPD Officer Kevin Atwood additionally responded to the courtroom to assist. Court Baliff Redmond was transported by police vehicle to TJ Health where he was treated and released for injuries sustained in the altercation.

 

Adair County Man Arrested on Meth Charges

 

On Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 5:39pmCT, Deputy Sheriff Kenny Perkins initiated a traffic stop on James Flores, 38, to attempt to serve an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Upon the stop and Flores's arrest, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was located on him.

 

Flores was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:

  1. Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine) 
  2. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and
  3. Adair District Court Outstanding Warrant 


The Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation. 
 

Unresponsive Columbia Woman Arrested on Meth Charges

 
Columbia Police responded to a report of an unresponsive female behind the wheel of a vehicle on Jamestown Street on Tuesday afternoon, January 25, 2022. Upon arrival, Officers made contact with the operator, 44-year-old Joann Shaw of Columbia, KY. A search yielded findings of suspected methamphetamine in her vehicle. 
 
Shaw was charged with Possession of a Methamphetamine and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. 
 
Officer Josh Durbin made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Joey Keith. 
 

AREA ARRESTS 01/26/22

 

  • Micah Dale Roberts, 25, of Columbia - arrested Wednesday morning by ACSO for Resisting Arrest, 3rd degree Assault of a Police /Probation Officer, Disorderly Conduct, and Contempt of Court.
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 
  • Timothy Miller, 38, of Jamestown - arrested Wednesday afternoon by RCSO for Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence) and Criminal Mischief 3rd degree.
  • Heather Herd, 35, of Jamestown - arrested Wednesday afternoon by Jamestown Police for Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, Possession of Marijuana, and Assault 3rd degree of a Police/Probation Officer.
  • Sandra Dix, 51, of Jamestown - arrested Wednesday afternoon by RSPD for 2 Parole Violations (for felony offenses) and Contempt of Court.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY 01-26-22

 
There is a boil water advisory in Russell Springs for a section of Lakeway Drive near the Hwy 127 end and also a section of Bluebird Drive. The advisory was issued due to a water main break. Please boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes until further notice.

Adair County Juvenile Charged with Attempted Murder Following Stabbing at ACMS


Adair County School Resource Officers responded and investigated an incident which occurred Tuesday m afternoon, January 25, 2022 at Adair County Middle School. A 13-year-old male juvenile attacked another male student unprovoked with a pocket knife he had in his possession. The juvenile victim did sustain non-life threatening injuries and defensive wounds. 

The student perpetrator was detained and housed locally at the Adair Youth Development Center and is currently facing numerous charges including unlawful possession of a weapon on school property, assault 2nd degree, and attempted murder. 


Officer Jimmy Luttrell made the arrest. He was assisted by Officer John Harris.
 

2022 RUSSELL COUNTY CANDIDATES

 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 is the last day to file for office. Russell County Deputy Clerk Janet Antle emailed WAVE News the current Russell County Candidate List.....

 

 

 

 

RUSSELL COUNTY INDICTMENTS 01/25/22

 

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

 

 

Kentucky State Police Post 15 Investigates Fatal Collision In Metcalfe County


Edmonton, KY (January 25, 2022) Kentucky State Police is investigating a fatal collision that occurred on January 24, 2022 at 4:11 PM on U.S. 68 in Metcalfe County.
 

Preliminary investigations indicate that Meridith Spear, 32, of Magnolia, KY was operating a 2009 Nissan Altima southbound on U.S. 68 when she failed to correctly negotiate a curve and entered into the northbound lane. As she crossed the centerline, she struck a northbound 2008 Dodge box truck head-on operated by Edward Harris, 54, of Manchester, KY. Harris attempted to swerve to avoid the collision but was unsuccessful.
 

Spear was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Metcalfe County Coroner. Harris was not injured in the collison.
 

This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Dean Lunz.
 

Jamestown City Council Appoints New Councilmember

 

Members of the Jamestown City Council named Ada Lawson to the Council to fill the vacancy left when current Mayor Regina Hinton left the position to serve out the term of mayor. Lawson will be a councilmember the remainder of the year; City Council seats are up for re-election this November. 

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19, Tornado Relief

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 24, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said that his son, Will, tested positive for COVID-19 and is generally asymptomatic, adding that his son is fully vaccinated and recently received his booster shot. The Governor and the rest of the family tested negative for the virus today. The Governor was tested twice today and said he will continue to be tested daily and follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

 

Gov. Beshear joined today’s briefing remotely to provide an update on COVID-19 and tornado relief. He encouraged parents to get their children vaccinated and boosted if they are eligible.

 

“My son is generally asymptomatic, we believe because he is vaccinated and boosted,” said Gov. Beshear. “In fact, he is shooting basketball right now, by himself. The vaccines and booster truly protected him.”

 

The Governor said among Kentucky children ages 5 to 11, only 13.3% are fully vaccinated.

 

“Approximately 25% of new COVID-19 cases reported each day in Kentucky are children. Vaccination provides assurance that children can remain in school and protected against COVID-19,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. “For parents who have not yet vaccinated your children, I encourage you to talk with your pediatrician. It’s important that you make an informed decision and have confidence that you are taking important steps to keep your children safe from this disease that has caused so much harm to our families and communities.”

 

COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,842,876
Number of people who have received their vaccination booster in Kentucky: 1,002,347

Jan. 22, Cases: 13,797
Jan. 22, Deaths: 29
Jan. 23, Cases: 11,648
Jan. 23, Deaths: 25

New Cases Today: 3,912
New Deaths: 22
Today’s Positivity Rate: 33.06%
Current Hospitalizations: 2,326
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 440
Currently on Ventilators: 257

 

During the week ending Jan. 23, Kentucky reported 81,473 new cases, more than 9,000 more cases than the previous record set the week before. Also, during the week ending Jan. 23, Kentucky’s average positivity rate was 33.1%, nearly four points higher than the previous record set the week before.

 

Kentucky is still setting new records for both COVID-19 test positivity rate and new cases. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations are near the all-time peak during the delta surge and many hospitals in Kentucky are struggling.

 

So far, for every major strain of this virus, the vaccines have provided very high protection against severe COVID-19 disease and death.

 

Dr. Stack said for percentage of fully vaccinated people with a booster dose, in both adults 65 and older and adults 18 and older, Kentucky is leading Region 4 and is higher than the national average in both categories.

 

Dr. Stack added that all of us can help our health care workers and hospital system by not going to an emergency room just to get a COVID test. This overwhelms the emergency care system and makes the situation worse.

 

Tornado Response Update
The Governor provided an update related to the deadly tornadoes that occurred this past December.

 

The Governor reminded Kentuckians that the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund will next be used to add 20% on top of what the Federal Emergency Management Agency awards in individual assistance for uninsured homeowners and renters impacted by the storms. Checks should go out within the next two weeks. The number of Kentuckians who are eligible to receive FEMA benefits and the extra 20% includes at least 475 uninsured homeowners and 987 uninsured renters.

 

He said that, to date, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration have approved nearly $36 million in total federal assistance for survivors. This includes more than $10.7 million in FEMA assistance approved for individuals and households, including more than $7.6 million for housing assistance and more than $3 million for other disaster-related needs. Nearly $25 million in SBA disaster loans has been approved for homeowners, renters and businesses. The Governor reminded those who need to apply for FEMA assistance to do so by Friday, Feb. 11. To apply visit disasterassistance.gov, use the FEMA mobile app or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.

 

Regarding debris removal, the Governor said the extreme damage caused by the tornadoes will take a long time rebuild. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that more than 4.6 million cubic yards of debris existed and more than 1.1 million cubic yards have been removed for a total of approximately 24.5% debris removed thus far.

 

“Remember, we’ve got to dig in knowing that this is going to take a lot of time because of how destructive these storms are. Let’s not get frustrated, and let’s not attack those that are out there cleaning it up,” said Gov. Beshear. “It’s the level of damage that creates the length of debris removal. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates more than 4.6 million cubic yards of debris and that is like nothing that most – of even them – have ever seen before.”

 

The Governor said that Kentucky State Parks are continuing to provide housing and food services for 352 displaced Kentuckians and 58 first responders. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help should contact Andy Kasitz at andy.kasitz@ky.gov.

 

The Governor also said that FEMA has approved direct temporary housing assistance in six Kentucky counties: Caldwell, Graves, Hopkins, Marshall, Muhlenberg and Warren. FEMA is contacting survivors in these counties who applied for assistance and may be eligible for direct temporary housing options. The Governor said the state is working with data from Graves and Hopkins county officials, the American Red Cross and FEMA partners to assess the temporary sheltering needs of displaced families with school-age children in order to relocate them as close as possible to their school districts.

 

He announced that the Commonwealth Sheltering Program will make available 200 newly purchased travel trailers for these impacted families as an interim step in the rebuilding process.

 

“The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is working on the placement of the trailers right now and supporting the wraparound services,” Gov. Beshear said. “We are in the process of transporting and installing 10 travel trailers in Mayfield and 10 in the Dawson Springs area. That will mean 20 trailers will be hooked up and ready for families this week.”

 

The priority is to make sure all of the temporary travel trailers are ready to help displaced families with school age children as soon as possible.

 

Appalachian Communities: Apply for Community, Economic Development Grants
Gov. Beshear announced Monday that Appalachian communities can now apply for grants to help them achieve economic and community development goals.

 

The Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands is accepting applications in anticipation of receiving 2022 Abandoned Mine Lands Economic Revitalization, or AMLER, grant funding, previously known as the Abandoned Mine Lands, or AML, program. The deadline to submit an application is April 1, 2022. To learn more, see the full release.

 

ADAIR COUNTY INDICTMENTS 01/24/22

 
An Adair County Grand Jury has returned indictments against the following individuals:
 
 
  1. Jared Wheat, 27, of Columbia - Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia, and 
  2. Trafficking in Methamphetamine. 
  3. Randy Crawhorn, 31, of Campbellsville - Rape 3rd degree with someone under the age of 16 and Persistent Felony Offender 2nd degree.
  4. Toshia Byers, 27, of Columbia - Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia.
  5. James M. Gilliatt, 36, of Columbia - Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Methamphetamine, Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, and Persistent Felony Offender 1st degree.
  6. Jose Michael Foster, 20, of Columbia - Fleeing or Evading Police, 2 counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st degree (including Wanton Endangerment involving a Police Officer), Possession of Marijuana, License to be in Possession, Speeding, Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance, Failure to Signal, Reckless Driving, No Registration Receipt, No/Expired Registration Plates, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.
  7. Terry Lynn Hollis, 57, of Sulligent, Alabama - Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Operating a Commercial Vehicle in Violation of Part 395 of the Federal Safety Regulations- Hours of Service for Drivers.
  8. Kaleb Weber, 19, of Indianapolis, Indiana -  Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest, and Disorderly Conduct.
  9. Nathan J. Irvin, 30, of Louisville, KY - Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
  10. Heather M. Yates, 31, of Bowling Green, KY - Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Hydrocodone), Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Amphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, and Reckless Driving.
  11. Jenna Philpott (a.k.a. Jenna Hawthorn-Philpott), 32, of Columbia - Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia.
  12. Oba Z. Thompson, 32, of Columbia - Promoting Contraband, Possession of Methamphetamine (3rd or subsequent offense), and Persistent Felony Offender 1st degree.
  13. Kevin Vanarsdale, 52, of Columbia - Tampering with Physical Evidence, 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 3rd degree, and Persistent Felony Offender 2nd degree.
  14. Coy Delane Morrison Jr., 47, of Columbia - Tampering with Physical Evidence, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 3rd degree, and Persistent Felony Offender 1st degree.
  15. Larry D. Taylor (a.k.a. Grasshopper), 42, of Columbia - 2 counts of Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Marijuana, 2 counts of Persistent Felony Offender, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  16. Yolanda Watt Sanchez, 45, of Columbia - Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Promoting Contraband.
  17. John M. Thompson, 42, of Columbia - Trafficking in Methamphetamine (second or subsequent offense) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  18. Eron J. Davis, 33, of Breeding, KY - Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Promoting Contraband.
  19. Brittany Stone, 36, of Columbia - Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Persistent Felony Offender.
  20. Cindy G. Smith (a.k.a. Cindy Rowe), 47, of Columbia - Promoting Contraband and Persistent Felony Offender.
  21. Nicole R. Hicks, 37, of Columbia - Theft of Identity, DUI (aggravating circumstance), Promoting Contraband, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating on a Suspended License, and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle.
 
Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.
 
 

AREA ARREST 1-24-22

Area Arrest 1-24-22

 

Jonathon Bryant, age 38, of Columbia, was taken into custody by Trooper Jones of the Kentucky State Police just before 8 last evening. Bryant was charged with Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon.

 

Tasha Spaulding, age 35, of Columbia was taken into custody by Trooper Brumley of the Kentucky State Police, Spaulding was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Possession of Marijuana.

 

Both were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.  

Jamestown Council will Meet Tonight to Nominate Council Member

The Jamestown City Council will hold a special called meeting this evening to appoint a new council member.

 

Regena Hinton who was formally a council member, filed the Mayor position after former Mayor Nick Shearer resigned the after accepting a position as executive director with the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency. Hinton stated that she preferred that each council, member be able to be at the meeting for the nomination process. The meeting is set for 5 p.m. tonight.

Local Real Estate Company Wins Awards at State Convention...

 
At the Kentucky Auctioneers Association Annual Convention in Lexington, KY over the weekend, Golden Rule Wilson Real Estate and Auction won two awards and one employee won a state competition.
 
Alex Popplewell won the 2022 State Ringman Contest and Golden Rule won awards for Best Black & White Magazine Ad and Best Television spot.
 
Congratulations to owner Chris Wilson and all of the employees at Golden Rule Wilson Real Estate and Auction in Columbia and Russell Springs.
 
 
 

FREE AT-HOME COVID-19 TESTS FOR U.S. RESIDENTS

 

Free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests are available for order and shipment through the United States Postal Service®. Each order will contain 4 tests. There is a limit of 1 order per residential address. Additional tests cannot be ordered regardless of the size of the household.

 

This effort is part of a federal program to provide free at-home COVID-19 tests with free shipping to every residential address and residential PO Box™ in the United States. Orders cannot be shipped outside of the United States, but we do ship to APO/FPO/DPO addresses and U.S. territories and possessions. Tests cannot be ordered for business addresses or business PO Boxes. Orders will ship free starting in late January. Tests will usually ship within 7-12 days.

 

These free at-home COVID-19 tests can be ordered online or by phone.
 

  • To complete the order online, please visit: www.covidtests.gov
    • To receive order confirmation and tracking information, please provide an email address. USPS Customer Care agents will not be able to retrieve your tracking number & cannot assist you without it.
    • If you complete your order without an email address, you will not have any access to tracking information or be able to receive any assistance locating your order.
    • Service Requests and Missing Mail searches cannot be submitted without a tracking number.
       
  • If you do not have access to the internet and need to place an order by phone, you can call the covidtests.gov test kit order fulfillment helpline at: 
    • 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489)
    • Hours: 8 am - Midnight Eastern, 7 days per week.

 

TAX FILING SEASON BEGINS MONDAY, JANUARY 24TH

 
Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) is in the process of finalizing its tax filing processes and procedures, striving to make this the most efficient and safe filing season possible.
 
The IRS recently announced it will begin accepting electronic and paper federal individual income tax returns on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. Kentucky will follow the same timeline and begin accepting and processing returns on the same date.
 
DOR will begin processing individual income tax returns on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. Electronic individual income tax returns typically take two to three weeks to process with refunds issued shortly thereafter. Taxpayers may check the status of their refund by visiting refund.ky.gov and entering their Social Security number and exact dollar amount of the expected refund. Due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic public health recommended precautions, please note DOR has reduced the number of employees at our physical office locations. While DOR will make every effort to process returns as quickly and efficiently as possible, the processing of all refunds may be slightly delayed.
 
"The Department of Revenue works hard to ensure Kentucky taxpayers have efficient, secure and convenient means to submit their annual tax returns," said Revenue Commissioner Thomas B. Miller. "As always, we encourage taxpayers to file their returns electronically, if possible, which helps minimize mistakes and expedite the processing of refunds."
 
Depending upon household income, some taxpayers may qualify for the Free File Alliance, which offers no-cost Kentucky tax return preparation for electronic returns and allows taxpayers to receive refunds via direct deposit. To learn more and find out if you qualify, visit revenue.ky.gov, select "Individual", then select "Free Electronic Filing."
 
Three years ago, Kentucky launched KY File, a no-cost option to file Kentucky individual income tax returns. KY File is free to users and is designed to be the simple electronic equivalent of a paper form. KY File will provide basic mathematical and error checks, but unlike tax softxADware, it does not ask about or explain tax scenarios. There are no income limitations to use this service.
 
Before using KY File, taxpayers should complete their federal tax forms. KY File will allow you to file your returns electronically and receive a paper check sooner. Direct deposit is not an option with KY File. You may also choose to use KY File and print and mail returns to DOR. To learn more, visit filetaxes.ky.gov.
 
The deadline to file 2021 tax returns is Monday, April 18, 2022. Individuals and households affected by the December 2021 severe storms, tornados and flooding who reside or have a business in Barren, Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor and Warren counties have been granted an extension until May 16, 2022. DOR will provide the same relief to any additional counties designated by FEMA in Kentucky or neighboring states.
 
Taxpayers who have questions or require assistance may submit a general inquiry on the DOR website at "Get Help" or contact DOR taxpayer assistance at (502) 564-4581.
 
By Jill Midkiff
 

WEEKEND ARRESTS 01/23/22

 
  • Natalie Owens, 29, of Columbus, IN - arrested by the RCSO late Saturday night for Possession of Methamphetamine and Marijuana. Owens also arrested on a Fugitive from Another State Warrant. 
  • Timothy Hughes, 23, of Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Saturday evening for Speeding, Reckless Driving, and DUI (3rd or more offense).
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
  • Kemisha Leshea Bryant, 29, of Russell Springs - arrested by the ACSO early Sunday morning for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle.
  • Alan Leischner, 24, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday night by ACSO for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree.
  • Robert Lee Young, 43, of Burkesville - arrested on Saturday afternoon by KSP for Speeding, Reckless Driving, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, DUI (4th or more offense - Aggravating Circumstances), and Wanton Endangerment 1st degree.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Columbia Man Arrested on Meth Charges


Columbia Police went to a residence on Bridgeport Circle on Thursday night, January 20, 2022 to attempt to locate a subject with multiple active warrants. 

 
Upon arrival, Officers did locate and make contact with the subject inside the residence. During this time it was discovered male was in possession of suspected methamphetamine. 

Joseph D. Hammond, 35, of Columbia was served with three warrants as well as being charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Officer Justin Cross made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officers Trevor Foster and Holly Necessary. 
 

Columbia Fundraiser for Animal Shelters


The City of Columbia is having a drive for local animal shelters. Supplies will be distributed to two local shelters: the Green River Animal Shelter and Sugarfoot Farm Rescue.


If you would like to donate dog or cat food, treats, blankets, or cleaning supplies, please drop in the tote at the back entrance to City Hall.
The city appreciates your support of the local animal shelters.

 

AREA ARREST 10-21-22

Dale Reasoner, age 45, of Burkesville was taken into custody by Deputy Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office just before 11:30 last night. He was charged with Receiving Stolen Property $10,000 dollars or more.

 

Sherri Hadley, age 57, of Glensfork, was arrested by Trooper Harper with the Kentucky State Police. Hadley was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – 1st, Rear License Not Illuminated, Obstructed Vision and or Windshield, Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Required Insurance 1st Offense, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Failure to Use Child Restraint Device in Vehicle and Wanton Endangerment – 2nd Degree.

 

Both were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on disaster recovery, his budget’s proposal to fund universal pre-K, employment statistics, economic development, COVID-19 and a new regional hydrogen hub workgroup. He also signed a proclamation declaring Joe B. Hall Day in the commonwealth.

 

Updates on FEMA Awards and Team Western Kentucky Relief Fund
Gov. Beshear announced that the state will add 20% on top of what the Federal Emergency Management Agency awards in individual assistance for uninsured homeowners and renters impacted by the storms.

 

Approximately $1.4 million from the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund will go to more than 1,400 Kentuckians who are registered and qualify for FEMA benefits.

 

“This is a way we can quickly and clearly identify individuals who qualify for assistance and get the money out the door,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Checks should go out within the next two weeks. The number of Kentuckians who are eligible to receive FEMA benefits and the extra 20% includes at least 475 uninsured homeowners and 987 uninsured renters.

 

The Governor said if Kentuckians haven’t signed up yet for individual assistance through FEMA and think they may qualify, they should apply now. The final deadline to apply is Feb. 11.

 

Applying for help is free and can be done online at DisasterAssistance.gov, by calling 800-621-3362, or by using the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service, captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week.

 

The Governor added that the fund has now paid every family that has lost a loved one to the tornadoes – 77 Kentuckians – to cover funeral expenses.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Signs Disaster Designation for 15 Kentucky Counties
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has signed a Secretarial Disaster Designation for the following counties: Adair, Allen, Barren, Butler, Casey, Edmonson, Grayson, Green, Hart, Larue, Logan, Marion, Simpson, Taylor and Warren.

 

The Secretarial Disaster Designation will expand resources available for agriculture producers in these counties as they rebuild operations.

 

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a new program for farmers to rebuild and repair permanent fencing through the Emergency Conservation Program at the Farm Service Agency. Lt. Gov. Coleman thanked Dean Schamore, Kentucky’s new USDA FSA state director, and Secretary Vilsack for their support.

 

FEMA Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers
Disaster Recovery Centers and Mobile Registration Intake Centers provide one-on-one help with the FEMA application process.

 

Since Dec. 12, FEMA and the Commonwealth have operated 18 Disaster Recovery Centers in the affected areas of Western Kentucky. The expected schedules for six mobile recovery centers. To find the latest information on Disaster Recovery Centers, visit fema.gov/drc or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.

 

COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,833,323
Number of people who have received a booster vaccination in Kentucky: 980,565

Average positivity rate for week ending Jan. 16: 29.33%

 

The Governor reminded Kentuckians they can order four at-home COVID-19 tests per household at COVIDtests.gov, as President Joe Biden announced this week.

 

Lt. Gov. Coleman Outlines Benefits of Universal Pre-K
Lt. Gov. Coleman said universal pre-K, which the Governor’s budget funds for all 4-year-olds, would provide a strong foundation for Kentucky’s youngest learners, ensure significant cost savings for families promote immediate and long-term academic success and boost our workforce in the short-term and long-term.

 

“Only about 30% of 4-year-olds in Kentucky are enrolled in preschool. That means up to 70% of our kids are behind before they walk in the door on their first day of kindergarten,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “By funding pre-K for every 4-year-old in the state, we are ensuring a child’s ZIP code or socioeconomic status does not predetermine their educational outcomes.”

 

Unemployment Decreases, Employment Increases in December 2021
The Governor said Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December 2021 unemployment rate was 3.9%, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, down 0.2 percentage points from the 4.1% reported in November 2021 and down 1.7 percentage points from the 5.6% recorded for the state one year ago.

 

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for December 2021 was 3.9%, down from the 4.2% reported in November 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The number of people employed in December increased by 8,105, to 1,923,807, while the number of unemployed decreased by 2,854 to 78,817.

 

Kentucky Regional Hydrogen Hub Workgroup Launched
Gov. Beshear and Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman today announced the formation of Kentucky’s Regional Hydrogen Hub Workgroup.

 

The primary purpose of the workgroup will be to develop projects eligible for funding under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Creation Act of 2021. Workgroup stakeholders will consist of academic institutions, individuals, organizations, and business focused on hydrogen production, transportation, delivery, and end use utilization opportunities. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Joe B. Hall Day
The Governor signed a proclamation declaring Joe B. Hall Day in the commonwealth, to honor the life and legacy of the beloved University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach. Coach Hall, from Cynthiana, passed away Jan. 15 at age 93. Coach Hall won a national championship in 1948 while playing for UK and won another national championship in 1978 as head coach. In retirement, he continued to mentor UK men’s basketball players and alumni and could often be found on the sidelines cheering them on.

 

“There’s no question that in basketball and in life, he left it all on the court,” said Gov. Beshear. “Fly high, coach.”

 

Two More Russell County Candidates Have Filed for Public Office

 

Two more candidates filed for office on Wednesday, January 19th:
 
  1. Richard “Dick” Kazsuk filed for R.C. School Board, District 4
  2. Kennedy Coffey filed for Russell County Clerk

According to Russell County Deputy Clerk Janet Antle, the public drawing for ballot positions will be Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 2:00pmCT in the old circuit court room, 2nd floor, of the Russell County Courthouse.

 

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Closings and Delays - Friday, Jan. 21st...
 

  1. No School in Russell County on Friday. It'll be an N.T.I. day.
  2. No School in Adair County on Friday. Students can enjoy a snow day!
  3. Adair County Elementary School's School-Based Decision Making Council's regular meeting is cancelled due to weather and is rescheduled for Thursday, Jan 27th.  The meeting will be held in the conference room of ACES (870 Indian Dr.) at 4:00pmCT. The meeting is open to the public.
  4. The January production of "Monster in the Closet" at Barn Lot Theater in Edmonton, KY is canceled due to illness. They hope to reschedule the show for later this year.
  5. Barn Lot Bingo #0797 has been canceled for Thursday and Friday, January 6th & 7th due to inclement weather.
  6. Russell Springs Active Day - 1 hr Delay
  7.  

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY 6PM WEDNESDAY TILL 7AM THURSDAY

 

...A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM CST THIS EVENING TO 7 AM CST THURSDAY...
 
* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of one to three  inches in most locations, possibly locally two to four inches  in the southern Blue Grass. A light glaze of ice may be possible  as well.
 
* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions due to icy or snow  covered roads. The hazardous conditions could impact the  Thursday morning commute.
 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds out of the north may gust to around  20 mph and will bring wind chills down into the 5 to 15 degree  range by morning.
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
Slow down and use caution while traveling.
 
In Kentucky, for Kentucky Road Conditions please visit http://goky.ky.gov.

KYTC District 8 Crews Ready for Next Winter Event

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Jan. 19, 2022) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 snowfighters are ready for the next round of winter weather expected across the area tonight.

 

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for all ten counties in District 8. Weather forecasts are calling for rain to transition to snow this evening through tonight. A brief wintry mix in between the transition is possible. Temperatures are expected to drop which will cause roads to quickly become icy and snow covered tonight. Motorists are advised to avoid unnecessary travel. If you must travel, motorists should expect hazardous travel conditions.

 

The KY Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) mission is to keep traffic moving in a safe manner with an emphasis on maintaining mobility along critical corridors and priority routes. When bad weather hits, crews are assigned 12-hour shifts to plow and treat roads using a priority system based on the amount and nature of traffic within each individual county. Priority A routes include major through routes and are those most heavily traveled. Priority B routes include other important, but lesser traveled, state routes. Other roads fall into Priority C.

 

The Cabinet’s snow and ice information website, http://snowky.ky.gov, provides details about priority routes, helpful winter weather tips, fact sheets and videos on salt application and snow removal. 

 

In addition, the public can monitor winter operations in real time on the state’s interactive traffic system – GoKY.ky.gov – to find out what’s happening on state routes in their local counties.

 

You are an important part!  Safe travel begins with YOU!

 

Be prepared:

The following measures will help keep motorists safe and prepared:

  • Put yourself in emergency mode
  • Pay attention to weather advisories. Weather will impact your commute on some level
  • Travel only as necessary during major snow events. It’s better to be stuck at home than to be stuck on the road
  • Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment
  • Do not pass snowplows on the shoulder
  • Allow time for a slower commute
  • Winterize vehicles
  • Supply vehicles with blankets, flash light and an emergency supply kit
  • Know before you go. Visit goky.ky.gov and download the free Waze app to check traffic conditions before you travel. You can also get traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8
  • Eliminate distractions (e.g. operating phone and eating) while driving
  • Cooperate with the expectations of the Quick Clearance law, which requires drivers to move vehicles to the shoulder in the event of a non-injury crash

 

KYTC District 8 is responsible for maintaining state highways in Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell and Wayne counties.

 

AREA ARREST 1-19-22


Clifton Collins, age 48, of Russell Springs, was taken into custody by Trooper Justice with the Kentucky State Police just after 10 last night. Collins was charged with Rear License Not Illuminated, No Registration Receipt, Obstructed Vision and or Windshield, Failure to Notify Address Change to Department of Transportation, Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Controlled Substance – 1st, Possession of Marijuana and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense more than 2 grams of Meth. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

New Filing in Russell County for County Surveyor

 
Robert “Bobby” Smith has filed for the office of County Surveyor.
 
According to Russell County Deputy Clerk Janet Antle, the public drawing for ballot positions will be Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 2:00pmCT in the old circuit court room, 2nd floor, of the  Russell Co Courthouse.
 

Kentucky Passes 1 Million COVID-19 Cases as Omicron Variant Continues to Surge

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 18, 2022) – Today (Tuesday), Gov. Andy Beshear said that Kentucky has surpassed 1 million total COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with 1,014,703 total cases as of Tuesday.

 

The Governor also announced the state’s highest ever day for newly reported cases on Saturday – 14,896 – as well as the highest ever test positivity rate Tuesday – 30.25%.

 

“The increase in cases is severe, by far more than any other surge we’ve had,” said Gov. Beshear. “But the good news is, 75% of Kentuckians 18 and up have been vaccinated. I think that’s a pretty big deal. Three quarters of everyone in Kentucky who can make their own health care decisions have decided to get vaccinated. That is an overwhelming majority. Hopefully this encourages even more people to get that shot of hope.”

 

The state also reported 72,165 new COVID-19 cases the week ending Jan. 16, the highest week ever. This new record surpasses the second-highest week by nearly 20,000 cases (Jan. 3-9: 52,603 cases) and the third-highest week by nearly 40,000 cases (Aug. 30–Sept. 5: 30,680 cases).

 

The Governor also reported the state’s highest ever average weekly positivity rate, 29.33%, for the week ending Jan. 16. This is nearly 4 percentage points higher than the second highest week (Jan. 3-9: 25.84%); and 9 percentage points higher than the third highest week (Dec. 27–Jan. 2: 20.38%). The highest weekly positivity rate during the delta variant surge was 13.88% the week ending Sept. 12, 2021.

 

COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,824,262
Number of people who have received their vaccination booster in Kentucky: 959,754

 

Jan. 15, Cases: 14,896
Jan. 15, Deaths: 39
Jan. 16, Cases: 9,730
Jan. 16, Deaths: 23
Jan. 17, Cases: 6,644
Jan. 17, Deaths: 18

New Cases Today: 8,742
New Deaths: 16
Today’s Positivity Rate: 30.25%
Current Hospitalizations: 2,200
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 431
Currently on Ventilators: 244

 

The Governor said 63% of all Kentuckians have received at least their first dose, as well as 67% of Kentuckians ages 5 and older and 75% of all Kentucky adults.

 

“Hospitals are struggling, and some have declared crisis standards for staffing,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. “More than 450 Kentucky National Guard women and men are currently supporting the COVID-19 response in health care facilities. Thank you to all of our health care professionals who keep showing up to help others even under these circumstances.”

 

He continued: “There could be some light ahead. If Kentucky follows the pattern of Rhode Island and New York. Both Rhode Island and New York are showing a rapid decline in new cases that appears to mirror the immediately prior vertical climb. If Kentucky follows this pattern, then we may see our own peak within the next one to two weeks. This would be a very welcome reprieve. Until then, I urge all Kentuckians to not go to an ER just to get a COVID test.”

 

Dr. Stack said that President Biden’s plan to make 1 billion at-home tests directly available to the public launches tomorrow. The Biden administration has informed the public that you may order four at-home COVID-19 tests per household at COVIDtests.gov starting on Jan. 19.

 

Dr. Stack said the one monoclonal antibody treatment effective against the omicron variant, as well as the Pfizer antiviral medication, are not yet widely available, but vaccines and boosters are abundant and highly effective.

 

COVID-19 in Corrections Facilities Update
The Governor said there are 294 active corrections staff COVID-19 cases and 392 active inmate COVID-19 cases. Three institutions are under quarantine (Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex, Kentucky State Reformatory and Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women) to help protect inmates, staff and the broader community. No inmates have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 during the omicron surge. In addition, 84% of inmates have been vaccinated and 55% have gotten a booster.

 

First Lady of the United States Jill Biden Visits Kentucky
Gov. Beshear said on Friday, he and First Lady Britainy Beshear were honored to welcome the First Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden, to Bowling Green. Dr. Biden visited to see firsthand the challenges so many Kentuckians are facing in the aftermath of two rounds of violent tornadoes that hit the state in just four weeks.

 

“This was an incredibly special day, because once again Kentucky saw that the entire country – from the President of the United States and the First Lady – are here to support us during this time of need,” said Gov. Beshear. “We will not only clean up these communities, we will rebuild every building and every life.”

 

Feb. 11 Deadline to Apply for FEMA Assistance, Relief Fund Update
The Governor said the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund will now provide 10% on top of the individual assistance for housing provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to qualifying storm survivors who were uninsured renters. The Governor already announced the fund would provide 10% on top of the individual assistance for housing provided by FEMA to qualifying storm survivors who were uninsured homeowners. The Governor said that, as of Tuesday, the fund has paid for every tornado casualty’s funeral. The Governor reminded Kentuckians affected by the Dec. 10-11 tornadoes that Feb. 11 is the deadline to apply for FEMA assistance.

 

Winter Weather Expected Wednesday, Thursday
The Governor said rain will begin Wednesday morning and transition to snow and/or a wintry mix Wednesday night behind a cold front. Temperatures will drop from the 40s Wednesday afternoon into the 20s by early Thursday morning. Roads could quickly become icy and snow-covered Wednesday night, and travel may be difficult.

 

Russell County Man Arrested Following Traffic Stop

 
Kenny Weston, 31, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 by RSPD Officer Necessary for Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, and Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees, or Fines. Weston was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AGENDA - JANUARY 2022

 

The Adair County School Board will have a Special Called Meeting on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 5:30pmCT in the Board Conference Room. The Regular School Board Meeting will start at 6:00pmCT. Social distancing guidelines will be in place.

 

SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING - 5:30pmCT
 

AGENDA

**Meeting called to order**

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

***Prayer***


APPROVAL OF TAX RATES FOR 2021/2022 SCHOOL YEAR

  • REAL ESTATE  54.1
  • PERSONAL  54.1 
  • MOTOR VEHICLE  56.3 
  • UTILITY  3.0 
  • AIRCRAFT  YES 
  • WATERCRAFT  YES
  • CABLE  YES 

APPROVAL TO ADJOURN.

 

 

REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING - 6:00pmCT
 

AGENDA

**Meeting called to order**

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

***Prayer***

***Swearing in of 2 Board Members***
 

CONSENT AGENDA

  1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  2. APPOINTMENT OF SCHOOL BOARD CHARPERSON FOR 2022
  3. APPOINTMENT OF SCHOOL BOARD VICE-CHARIPERSON FOR 2022
  4. APPOINTMENT OF SECRETARY TO THE BOARD FOR 2022
  5. APPROVAL TO SET DATE AND TIME FOR REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2022 (THIRD THURSDAY EACH MONTH)
  6. PUBLIC FORUM TO ADDRESS QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS ON THE NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REPORT – Carol Roy
  7. APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
  8. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  9. APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT
  10. APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS
  11. APPROVAL OF SHORTENED SCHOOL DAY WAIVER TO KDE FOR STUDENT
  12. 2120447545
  13. 2120706390
  14. DISCUSS APPROVAL OF PAY APP #12 FOR JENKINS-ESSEX CONSTRUCTION FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY PRIMARY CENTER PRESCHOOL ADDITION PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $19,623.00
  15. DISCUSS APPROVAL OF PAY APP #9 FOR JENKINS-ESSEX CONSTRUCTION FOR THE PRESSBOX/CONCESSION STANDS ADDITION PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $30,000.00
  16. ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION

_________________________________________________________________

REGULAR AGENDA

  1. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
  2. APPROVAL OF TAX RATES
  3. APPROVAL TO INCREASE CREDIT CARD LIMIT
  4. APPROVAL TO OBTAIN A DEBIT CARD FOR ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITY FUND CHECKING ACCOUNT—Chad Parnell
  5. APPROVAL OF MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT (MOA) BETWEEN MIDWAY UNIVERSITY TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM AND THE ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOLS
  6. APPROVAL OF OUT OF STATE TRIP FOR CAYCE DAVENPORT TO NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, MARCH 3-5, 2022 TO NATIONAL ART EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE (NAEA)
  7. APPROVAL OF ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL JR/SR. PROM AT CITY FARM VENUE FOR APRIL 30, 2022
  8. DISCUSSION OF 2022-2023 SCHOOL CALENDARS – Dr. Stephens
  9. APPROVAL OF DRAFT BUDGET FOR THE 2022-2023 FISCAL YEAR – Renae Smith
  10. APPROVAL OF SFCC OFFER OF ASSISTANCE-Renae Smith
  11. APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Renae Smith
  12. BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – Steve Burton
  13. PUBLIC COMMENTS
  14. ADJOURNMENT

 

AREA ARREST 1-18-22

 

Alfred Creselious, 36, of Burkesville, KY was arrested Monday night by Officer Williams of the Burkesville Police Department. He was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

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Closings and Delays  for Tuesday, January 18th...

 

  1. NTI DAY on Tuesday, January 18, for Russell County Schools. Students are to use their Google Classrooms for instruction/assignments. 
  2. Adair County - No School traditional snow day
  3. Little Lakers Daycare
  4. Dirty Dog Grooming - Closed 
  5. Russell Springs Active Day will open at 8 a.m. with limited van service
  6. Adair County Senior Center no meals today
  7. Russell and Pulaski County Senior Center will be Closed today 

ESCAPED INMATE CAUGHT IN RUSSELL COUNTY


Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that an escaped inmate from the Adair County Jail was caught hiding in the furnace area of a residence off Lawless Cemetery Road in Russell County.
 

Brad Callinan, 33, was arrested and a warrant was served for Escape 2nd degree. He escaped from the Adair County facility on 1/2/2022 when Charles Gaskin and Rachel Grimsley picked Callinan up at Five Star in Columbia and transported him to a location in Lebanon, KY.  Charles Gaskins had been located earlier this month and was also charged with Escape 2nd and Violating Conditions of his Release. Callinan was a convicted felon and was serving time there.
 

Deputies Nathan Bradshaw, Corey Meyer, Josh Phipps and members from Ky State Police assisted at the scene.

 

If anyone has any information on wanted persons or Drug activity, Sheriff Polston advises them to please call the Wanted Persons/ Drug Tipline at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous. 
 

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Closings and Delays  for Monday, January 17th... 

  1. Another Tots Landing - Closed
  2. Little Lakers Daycare - Closed
  3. Little Wonders Daycare - Closed
  4. Jones Garbage will NOT run Monday. Will get Mondays route NEXT Monday for both weeks.
  5. Burton’s  Garbage will not be running Monday. Will pickup for both weeks next Monday
  6. Little People Childcare - Owner Rita Cox - Closed 
  7. Russell Springs Active Day - Closed 
  8. Superior Battery not running 3rd shift tonight and no 1st shift for Monday
  9. Adanta - Closed 
  10. Back Yard World - no shed deliveries on Monday 
  11. Russell County Hospital Clinics will Open at 10 a.m. tomorrow
  12. All Tarter Gate locations will open on a 2-hour delay on Monday
  13. Genesis Family Medical Center - Closed
  14. Adair County Farm Bureau North will open at 10 a.m. 
  15. Morgan Sanitation will not be running today. The Office and Trasnfer Station will also be closed
  16. The Office of Dr. Giles and Associates will be opening at 9 a.m.
  17. Crossroads Family Medicine in Campbellsville - Closed 
  18. Russell County Physical Therapy will be closed this morning... opening at noon today
  19. Family First Healthcare - Closed 

Campbellsville Man Charged with Murder


On Sunday, January 16, 2022 at approximately 12:22 P.M., Campbellsville Police received a call of a possible DVO violation at 600 North Jackson Street, Campbellsville. 

 

Officers arrived on scene and found 34-year old Justin George of Campbellsville deceased from a gunshot.  After an investigation, 27-year old Joseph Blake Roberts of Campbellsville was arrested and charged with Murder. 
 

Weekend Arrests 1/16/22


 

  • Maudencio Roberto Velasquez Escalante, 31, of Russell Springs - arrested early this morning by RSPD for DUI and No Operators License.
  • Chris Carson, 38, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday night for Possession of Methamphetamine.
  • Zachary Mann, 20, of Russell Springs - arrested on Friday afternoon by KSP for Operating on a Suspended License, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, No Insurance, Failure to Notify the Kentucky Dept. of Transportation of Address Change, and Failure to Appear. He was also arrested for being a fugitive.
  • Bobby Amonett, 54, of Albany- arrested on Thursday for Engaging in Organized Crime, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree, Theft by Deception (including Cold Checks under $500), and Probation Violation (for a Felony Offense).
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 
  • Jesse Cross, 45, of Columbia- arrested early this morning by ACSO for Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd degree (on foot), Resisting Arrest, and Failure to Appear.
  • Scott Roberts, 25, of Columbia - arrested late Friday night by CPD for Reckless Driving, DUI, Possession of Marijuana, and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License.

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Update from KYTC District 8

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2022) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 highway crews are out treating routes this morning as another round of winter weather moves into the district.

The U.S. National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for all ten counties in District 8. Weather forecasts are calling for mixed precipitation with snow accumulations up to 8 inches. Motorists are advised to avoid unnecessary travel. If you must travel, motorists should expect hazardous travel conditions.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) mission is to keep traffic moving in a safe manner with an emphasis on maintaining mobility along critical corridors and priority routes. When bad weather hits, crews are assigned 12-hour shifts to plow and treat roads using a priority system based on the amount and nature of traffic within each individual county. Priority A routes include major through routes and are those most heavily traveled. Priority B routes include other important, but lesser traveled, state routes. Other roads fall into Priority C.

The Cabinet’s snow and ice information website, http://snowky.ky.gov, provides details about priority routes, helpful winter weather tips, fact sheets and videos on salt application and snow removal. 

In addition, the public can monitor winter operations in real time on the state’s interactive traffic system – GoKY.ky.gov – to find out what’s happening on state routes in their local counties.

You are an important part!  Safe travel begins with YOU!

Be prepared:

The following measures will help keep motorists safe and prepared:

  • Put yourself in emergency mode
  • Pay attention to weather advisories. Weather will impact your commute on some level
  • Travel only as necessary during major snow events. It’s better to be stuck at home than to be stuck on the road
  • Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment
  • Do not pass snowplows on the shoulder
  • Allow time for a slower commute
  • Winterize vehicles
  • Supply vehicles with blankets, flash light and an emergency supply kit
  • Know before you go. Visit goky.ky.gov and download the free Waze app to check traffic conditions before you travel. You can also get traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8
  • Eliminate distractions (e.g. operating phone and eating) while driving
  • Cooperate with the expectations of the Quick Clearance law, which requires drivers to move vehicles to the shoulder in the event of a non-injury crash

KYTC District 8 is responsible for maintaining state highways in Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell and Wayne counties.

 

Transportation Department Treating Roads this Morning

Crews are out spot treating routes this morning. More mixed precipitation still heading our way. Snowfall rates could be heavy at times. Travel only if necessary today. If you must be out, use caution, take it slow, and know before you go at https://t.co/vfDlt3mEAN. https://t.co/ENgaB0aDPJ

Russell County Man Arrested for Rape and Incest

 

Michael D. Foster, 36, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Friday afternoon by KSP Trooper Begley for 1st Degree Rape (Incapable of Consent - Physically Helpless), Incest (Individual Under the Age of 18), and Strangulation.

 
Foster was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

WINTER STORM WARNING

 
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM EST /MIDNIGHT CST/
MONDAY...
 
* WHAT...Heavy wet snow, possibly mixed with some sleet and freezing rain at times. Total snow and sleet accumulations of 4 to 6 inches with locally higher amounts possible. A light glaze of ice less than one tenth of an inch is also possible.
 
* WHERE...Portions of east central and south central Kentucky.
 
* WHEN...From 6 AM EST /5 AM CST/ Sunday to 1 AM EST /midnight CST/ Monday. *
 
IMPACTS...Travel could become difficult. Higher snow totals could result in a few power outages due to the wet nature of the snow.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. For Kentucky Road Conditions please visit http://goky.ky.gov
 

Semi Accident Closes Parkway on Friday in Russell County

 

A Semi Tractor Trailer overturned Friday morning in the eastbound lane of the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway around 8:30amCT. The semi & trailer blocked all traiffic. The driver, 45-year-old Tavares Bell and a passenger, 34-year-old Pamela Bell of Wilmer, Texas escaped injuries. 

 

The driver was transporting electrical wire to a Somerset business when he apparently dozed off and ran into the median and overcorrected, turning the semi and trailer over on its side. The Parkway was blocked for approximately 2 hours; 1 lane was open for traffic due to the wreckers, enviromental cleanup and other units assisting to get the semi unloaded and reloaded onto another truck.

 

The accident remains under investigation by Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston who was assisted at the scene by Chief Deputy Melton, EMS, Russell Springs Fire Department, and other first responders. 

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update 1/13/22

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 13, 2021) – Today, at 12:30 p.m. EST, Gov. Andy Beshear provided his Team Kentucky update, during which he signed legislation to support Western Kentucky tornado relief and provided a final preview of the commonwealth’s game-changing investment opportunities ahead of his budget address at 7 p.m.

 

Tornado Relief Legislation
Today, the Governor was joined by many Western Kentucky lawmakers when he signed House Bill 5, tornado relief legislation.

 

“It was my first priority during this session to get aid to Kentuckians impacted by the deadly tornadoes, and while more will be needed, today I am proud to sign this bill,” Gov. Beshear said. “I want every family and community touched by these storms to know that we are with you, all of Kentucky is with you – today, tomorrow and however long it takes until we rebuild every structure, every life.”

 

Rep. Richard Heath, sponsor of HB 5 who represents Graves County and part of McCracken County, said: “This shows the bipartisan effort that’s needed. We all know that natural disasters does not know the difference between Democrat and Republican.”

 

Sen. Mike Wilson, who represents Warren County and sponsored identical legislation in the Senate, said: “We first heard – on a call from the Governor – the needs, as we also talked with our area judge/executives and city mayors and on the ground, FEMA was there almost immediately. But our Emergency Management folks were so critical in all of this. This is just the first allocation of that fund. There will be more after we figure out what the immediate needs are.” 

 

Public Safety and State, Local Government Budget Priorities
Today, the Governor discussed his final budget priorities, including endorsing a historic 6% pay increase for state employees. Kentucky State Police troopers, sworn officers and telecommunicators, will also receive a raise. The Governor’s budget also funds body cameras for state police for the first time ever. The Governor is also supporting the state prosecutor network to help enhance victim services, including the implementation of Marsy’s Law, as well as address case backlogs and additional workload due to recent legislative changes.

 

The Governor is funding efforts to retain correctional officers, juvenile justice youth workers and social workers.

 

The Governor’s budget adds 350 social workers to help address staffing shortages and reduce the average caseload by nearly 25%. To attract and retain more social workers, the Governor is funding a loan forgiveness program to provide a maximum $3,000 a year for each year of employment as a social service worker with the Department for Community Based Services.

 

The Governor’s budget restores the Commission on Women, restores funding to the Commission on Human Rights and reinstates the Office of Minority Empowerment. The Governor is also returning 100% of coal severance funds to coal counties and creating a $100 million Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

 

“This is a budget built on the values we as Kentuckians live by. Now is the time to invest in our people,” said Gov. Beshear. “Whether it’s public safety, our state employees, education or our economic future, my budget makes the bold investments we need to move our commonwealth forward.”

 

To learn more about the Governor’s budget priorities, including a $2 billion investment in pre-K–12 education; creating and attracting the jobs of the future, while readying our workforce; and expanding Kentuckians’ health care and supporting the most vulnerable, see this week’s press releases.

 

COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,813,659
Number of people who have received a booster vaccination in Kentucky: 936,060

 

The Governor said 63% of all Kentuckians have received at least their first dose, as well as 67% of Kentuckians ages 5 and older and 74% of all Kentucky adults.

 

Novelis to Expand, Create 140 Additional Kentucky Jobs
Kentucky is rolling the economic momentum of 2021 into the new year, as this week Gov. Beshear announced aluminum producer and recycler Novelis will move forward with a Phase 2 expansion. In October, the company opened an operation in Todd County with a roughly $365 million investment to construct a new recycling center that will create 140 well-paying jobs for local residents. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Kentucky State Police Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Investigative Team Expands
Earlier today, Gov. Beshear and Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Kerry Harvey announced that an additional $849,491 in grant funding from the federal government to expand the Kentucky State Police Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Investigative Team. The funds will help hire an additional investigator to focus their efforts on the Louisville-Jefferson County region. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Gov. Beshear, Miss USA Encourage Blood Donations Amid Critical Shortage
The Governor said the state and nation are experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. The dangerously low blood supply levels have forced some hospitals to defer patients from major surgery, including organ transplants.

 

In December, the Governor gave blood in the Capitol Rotunda along with Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman and other state leaders. Today, he thanked another Kentuckian who are bringing attention to this issue: Miss USA and a former Team Kentucky All-Star, Elle Smith, who gave blood and encouraged donations last week.

 

“We desperately need more folks to sign up and donate. You could save a life,” said Gov. Beshear. “Elle, thanks for stepping up again to serve your community.”

 

Sign up now at RedCrossBlood.org.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Today, Gov. Beshear honored two groups of Team Kentucky All-Stars, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association and Shop Local KY, that contributed to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund to help impacted families honor the loved ones they lost and begin to rebuild their lives.

 

KDA donated $3.4 million dollars, the largest donation to date, and Shop Local KY raised more than $400,000 through the sale of “Kentucky Strong” T-shirts.

 

“KDA, you’ve stepped up so many times during the pandemic to help keep our communities safe. This is just the newest way you’ve shown that a signature industry in Kentucky will always be there for Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “Shop Local KY reminded us that Kentucky is strong because our people are strong. No pandemic, and no natural disaster, will ever change that.”

 

Gov. Beshear to Deliver Budget Address to General Assembly

 

Who: 

Gov. Andy Beshear

What: 

The Governor will outline his budget priorities in a speech to a joint session of the Kentucky State Senate and House of Representatives.

When: 

Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 at 6:00pmCST (7:00pmEST)

Where: 

House Chambers
Kentucky State Capitol
Frankfort, KY

More: 

The Budget Address will be broadcast on Kentucky Educational Television (KET) and livestreamed at https://ket.org/live/


The speech will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.

 

Columbia Man Arrested on Heroin Charges after found Passed Out in Vehicle at Local Business...

 

On Tuesday, January 11, 2022 CPD Officers responded to Fivestar on Jamestown Street after receiving a call of a male slumped over the wheel of a parked vehicle. Officers also had EMS to respond and the subject was brought to. After speaking with the male, identified as 27-year-old Charles Alex Tooley of Columbia, it was determined he was under the influence and was placed into custody. Tooley was also found to be in possession of suspected narcotics. He was charged with DUI 1st as well as Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroin) and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


CPD Officer Josh Durbin made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Joey Keith.

 

County Judge Gary Robertson and the KYTC Offering Popup Licences Opportunity in RC

KYTC Partnered with Russell Co. Judge-Exec Gary Robertson and is launching a new Popup Driver Licensing Program in Russell Co. on Jan. 18 from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Russell Co. Courthouse at 410 Monument Square in Jamestown. Appointments must be scheduled at

https://drive.ky.gov/driver-licensing/Pages/Regional-Offices-Map.aspx

AREA ARREST 1-13-22

Joseph Irick, age 41, of Baxter Tennessee, was arrest by Officer Cary with the Burkesville Police Department last night just after 11. Irick was charged with Criminal Trespassing-3rd Degree and Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

HOUSE BILL 5 PASSES...

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A bill directing millions of dollars to those hardest hit in last month's deadly tornadoes is on its way to the governor's desk.  
 

According to the Kentucky News Network, HB5 sends $200 million to tornado relief efforts in western Kentucky. $155 million would go towards rebuilding and reimbursing local governments. $30 million will go to schools to cover "wrap-around" services, including mental health counseling, transportation and more. The final $15 million is earmarked for FEMA housing solutions.  
 
The measure passed unanimously through both chambers and awaits Governor Beshear's signature.  
 

 

Adair County Offices Closed for MLK Day

The Adair County Judge Executive’s office, The Adair County Road Department, and the Green River Animal Shelter will be closed Monday, January 17, 2022 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

 

2 Adair Countians Arrested on Felony Drug Charges


The arrests were made on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at a residence 14 miles west of Columbia off of Dean Woods Rd. K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten and Deputy Kenny Perkins arrested Amy Curry, 38, and Skyler Kjelson, 28, after a search of the residence. 

Amy Curry was charged with the following offenses:

  • Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine) and
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia 


Skyler Kjelson was charged with:

  • Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine) 
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia 
  • Possession of marijuana and
  • Outstanding warrants of arrest in multiple counties 


The Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation. 
 

Adair County Man Arrested on Cocaine & Other Charges


On January 8, 2022 Adair County K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten arrested an Adair County man on drug charges. The arrest occurred approximately 10 miles south of Columbia at a residence off KY 768. 
   

Arrested was 22-year-old Corey Melton of Columbia on the following charges:

  • possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (Cocaine)
  • possession of a controlled substance 2nd degree (drug unspecified) and
  • outstanding warrant of arrest


The ACSO is continuing the investigation.
 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES FROM RUSSELL COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES will be posted to Facebook on Thursday afternoon. All entries expire after four weeks to keep this service current. Let the Chamber know if you have any JOB OPPORTUNITIES. 

 
 

 

 
State Dock of Lake Cumberland is looking for a Maintenance Associate w/Electrical Experience, a Maintenance Associate w/Plumbing Experience, a Maintenance Associate, a Retail Manager and a Parts Manager.  For more information or to send a resume’, contact Beverly at 270-344-5253 or email resume’ to bcrow@suntex.com

  Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency-is looking for a Child Plus Administrator/ERSEA Specialist.  Must have an associate degree in business administration (experience may be substituted), computer proficiency, pre-employment drug test, physical exam, criminal background check and Child Abuse & Neglect Registry required.  Duties include:  data input and reporting of Head Start Child Plus records, review, track and report in-kind donations, general office duties of filing, data entry, reports, answering phone, others as assigned, track Head Start enrollment for 10 county area. EOE. Applications available at www.lc-caa.org Submit applications/resumes to apply@lc-caa.org

Hubbard’s Building Supply is now hiring! Applicants MUST have Class B or higher CDL license and Moffett Forklift Experience (preferred).  This is a delivery driver/yard worker position.  Applicant would be taking out deliveries, pulling orders, and loading customers. Yard worker is responsible for pulling orders, loading customers, going out on some deliveries and unloading trucks. Applicants should be friendly, honest and trustworthy.  For full time, health insurance, uniforms, 401K and weekly pay is offered. Apply in person Monday-Friday from 6:30-4:30 or Saturday 7:00-12:00 at 542 E. Steve Wariner Drive, Russell Springs, KY.

Kentucky Farm Bureau of Russell Springs is needing a CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE.  No experience is required, you will be trained.  You can drop off a resume’ to Stacy at 234 Steve Drive in Russell Springs, KY or email her at stacy.wilson@kyfb.com

Lala Lucy Blue is hiring for TWO positions!  Serious inquiries ONLY!
Position #1 - We are looking for someone to run the shop. This person must be outgoing, motivated, honest and dependable. This is a daytime position, 10-5. Someone who has customer service experience and creative is a PLUS!
*MUST BE ABLE TO PASS A DRUG TEST UPON HIRE*
 
Position #2 Screen Printing Position - (Daytime hours/no weekends) This can be either a full or part-time screen printing position. No experience necessary - we will train. This is a manual labor job - we print hundreds of shirts per hour - candidate must be goal oriented, honest, dependable, pay attention to detail and multi-task. Must be able to lift boxes up to 40 lbs. Person must be able to work in a fast-paced working environment.
*MUST BE ABLE TO PASS DRUG TEST UPON HIRE*
PLEASE ONLY APPLY IF YOU ARE SERIOUS AND READY TO WORK.
 
Tobacco For Less-has an immediate opening for a part-time cashier.  Part time up to 28 hours per week and quarterly bonus.  2nd shift and rotating weekend days required.  Subject to pre-employment drug test and criminal background check.  If interested, stop by the store located at 114 W. Steve Wariner Drive and fill out an application.

Neat Companies has the following positions available:

  • Diesel Mechanic, 2 years experience preferred but not required, No CDL required and must be able to pass a drug test. Pick up an application at 12561 S. US 127, Dunnville, KY 42528
  • Freight Broker-must have experience in freight brokerage, basic knowledge of all aspects of the trucking industry preferred, must be computer literate, and a team player. Please mail your cover letter, resume’ and three  references to FREIGHT BROKER PO BOX 82, Dunnville, KY 42528
  • Production Operator-HDPE Line, must have the ability to meet production, must be able to physically bend, lift push and pull, a team player, good attendance and work ethic. Please mail a cover letter and resume’ to PRODUCTION OPERATOR PO BOX 82, Dunnville, KY 42528
  • Material Handler great work ethic and attendance, forklift certification, attention to detail, team player and able to physically bend, lift, push and pull. Mail your cover letter and resume’ to MATERIAL HANDLER  PO BOX 82, Dunnville, KY 42528.
  • Class A CDL drivers

NEAT Companies offer an excellent benefit package for all positions:  100% employer paid health & life insurance, 401k with employer match, holiday pay, vacation pay, bereavement pay, backhaul pay, drop pay, tarp pay, layover pay, safety bonus, fuel mileage bonus, clean inspection bonus, home every week, designated truck, onsite service center, Christmas/Vacation Club
Branscum Construction Company is looking for a BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER.  For more information or to send a resume’, contact 270-866-5107 or email resume’ to mrose@branscumconstruction.com
 
Responsibilities

  • Adhere to the company’s Mission/Vision and Values
  • Oversee the implementation of business objectives and coordinate to achieve established goals
  • Promote goodwill, public relations and customer satisfaction
  • Research new project opportunities through networking
  • Procuring and following up on project leads
  • Establishing introductory communication with potential clients
  • Maintain strong rapport with current clients and potential clients
  • Active involvement in industry-related networks, organizations, events, seminars, etc.
  • Assist internal Marketing and Estimators with estimates/ proposals/ presentations
  • Submit reports regarding activity, contacts, strategy and status updates

 

 
 
 
 

ADAIR FISCAL COURT SPECIAL CALLED MEETING


AGENDA

ADAIR COUNTY FISCAL COURT

SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

JANUARY 14, 2022 @ 9:00 A.M. CST

ADAIR ANNEX


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

PRAYER

CALL TO ORDER 

ROLL CALL

 

  1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  2. POSSIBLE AWARD OF VOTING MACHINE BID 
  3. DISBURSEMENTS
  4. LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
  5. EXECUTIVE SESSION PURSUANT TO KRS 61.810(1)(C)
  6. ADJOURN 

?The meeting is open to the public.

 

Columbia Man Arrested on Heroin Charges

 

Charles Tooley, age 27, of Columbia, was arrested by Officer Durbin with the Columbia Police Department just after 4 yesterday afternoon. Tooley was charged with Operating Motor Vehicle under the Influence of a Controlled Substance 1st and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Heroin).

Adair County Schools Providing NTI Rest of Week Due to Covid-19

 
Over the past several days we have observed an increase in the number of COVID-19 positive and quarantine cases.
 
Our current numbers are as follows: # of Staff Positives 14 # of Student Positives 28 # of Staff Quarantines 5 # of Student Quarantines 131
 
At this time our district will provide Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) for the remainder of this week. All students will be participating in nontraditional instruction for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week (January 12th -14th). Monday, January 17th, there will be no school in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr holiday. All classes will resume on Tuesday, January 18th.
 
This break will give us time for deep cleaning our buildings and buses and keep large groups apart to hopefully help slow the spread and get our positive and quarantine numbers lowered.
 
Extracurricular activities will continue as planned. All COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions remain in effect.
 
If you have any questions, please contact your school or the Adair County Board of Education.
Thank you for your continued support.
 
Tomorrow, January 12th, at 12:00 PM CST, is the deadline for all students to change from virtual to face-to-face or face-to-face to virtual for the third nine weeks. The new nine weeks begins January 18th.
 

ADAIR AND RUSSELL COUNTY FISCAL COURTS MET MONDAY EVENING

 

Jim Lieb covered last nights Adair County Fiscal Court meeting for WAVE NEWS and spoke with Judge Gayle Cowan... 

 

It was also a short meeting last night for the Russell County Fiscal Court. Judge Gary Robertson shares with WAVE LISTENERS what took place... 

 

Adair County School District Announcement Regarding Loss of ACHS Employee

 
The Adair County Schools family is saddened to report the loss of one of our beloved school family members, Mrs. Tracey Pierce. As a school family, we mourn the loss of Mrs. Tracey and we collectively pray for her family, friends and colleagues in their time of loss. 
 
Mrs. Tracey was such a caring and kind person and her love for her Lord shined through to everyone who had the privilege of knowing or interacting with her. She and her smile will be greatly missed at Adair County High School and in our community. Our staff, students and school community extend our deepest sympathies in such a difficult time. 
 
May God comfort and bless Tracey’s family, friends, and loved ones in the coming days. 
 
Last night our school system began implementing our crisis response plan. Counselors will be on site to provide counseling for our students and faculty as needed. We ask parents to please monitor your child’s behavior and let us know if you feel that your child needs to speak with someone. 

Gov. Beshear: State Reports Highest Week Ever for New COVID-19 Cases

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 10, 2022) – Today (Monday), Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky reported 52,603 new COVID-19 cases last week, the highest weekly total ever by nearly 22,000 cases. The second highest week for new cases was the week ending Sept. 5, 2021, when 30,680 cases were reported.
 
The Governor also reported the state’s highest ever test positivity rate today, 26.33%, and updated Kentuckians on relief efforts for families impacted by Dec. 10-11 tornadoes.
 
“Omicron continues to burn through the commonwealth, growing at levels we have never seen before. Omicron is significantly more contagious than even the delta variant,” said Gov. Beshear. “If it spreads at the rate we are seeing, it is certainly going to fill up our hospitals.”
 
The Governor said he is deploying 445 Kentucky National Guard members to 30 health care facilities to provide support, beginning this week.
 
“We are now in a nearly vertical spike the likes of which dwarf all prior escalations,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH). “In just two weeks, Kentucky has gone from roughly half our delta variant surge peak to more than double our delta variant surge peak. At this point, essentially all COVID-19 in Kentucky is likely to be the omicron variant.”
 
Omicron appears to cause less severe illness, particularly among people who are vaccinated. Dr. Stack provided several tips to help Kentuckians during the surge:
 
  1. If you are sick, stay home until you feel better.
  2. Get vaccinated or boosted, if eligible. Boosters dramatically bolster your protection against severe disease and death.
  3. Wear a well-fitting mask at all times when indoors in public places such school, work, stores, etc.
  4. If you think you have COVID-19 and/or have had a high-risk exposure and you are able, get tested.
Dr. Stack also said K-12 schools guidance is changing in light of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updating its K-12 isolation and quarantine guidance last week.
 
Dr. Stack said, “Most importantly, universal masking is essential with omicron. If universal masking is not required in K-12 schools, omicron will spread rapidly and result in rapid and massive student and staff absences to due illness.”
 
If a school requires universal masking then it:
 
  1. Does not have to do contact tracing within the school population if a positive person is identified in the school population, and
  2. Does not have to quarantine any of the students or staff in the school population due to finding a positive person in the school setting.
In schools that do not require universal masking, the schools are urged to maintain robust contact tracing when positive persons are identified in the school setting and to quarantine all persons not up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccination if exposed in the school setting.
 
Regardless of a school’s masking requirements, individuals who test positive should isolate for at least five days.
 
Individuals who are not up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccination and who are exposed to COVID-19 at home or outside school should quarantine for at least five days unless participating in a test-to-stay modified quarantine program as described by KDPH.
 
To learn more, see Dr. Stack’s presentation from today’s press conference.
 
COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,807,380
Number of people who have received their vaccination booster in Kentucky: 922,104
 
Jan. 8, Cases: 6,750
Jan. 8, Deaths: 32
Jan. 9, Cases: 5,235
Jan. 9, Deaths: 21
 
New Cases Today: 5,049
New Deaths: 14
Today’s Positivity Rate: 26.33%
Current Hospitalizations: 1,873
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 452
Currently on Ventilators: 238
 
The Governor said 63% of all Kentuckians have received at least their first dose, as well as 67% of Kentuckians ages 5 and older and 74% of all Kentucky adults.
 
Dec. 10-11 Tornadoes
Today, Gov. Beshear provided an update on relief efforts for the historic Dec. 10-11 tornadoes:
 
Currently, Kentucky State Parks are providing housing and food services for 480 displaced Kentuckians and 139 first responders. There are 177 state park rooms occupied by displaced Kentuckians and 99 rooms have been provided for first responders. Parks housing has been extended for an additional 30 days for families and first responders who need it.
 
President Joe Biden amended Kentucky’s Disaster Declaration last week. Federal funds for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, have been increased to 100 percent of the total eligible costs for a 30-day period of the commonwealth’s choosing within the first 120 days of the declaration.
 
“For those who are displaced because of the tornadoes staying in our state parks, we’ve got you,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are going to make sure that we can make that transition to semi-permanent housing and do it the right way. We are going to keep that housing available for at least another 30 days.”
 
Budget Address
The Governor reminded Kentuckians that he will deliver his 2022 Budget Address on Thursday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. EST.
 

Today, Gov. Beshear unveiled his budget’s $2 billion investment in pre-K-12 education.

 

AREA ARRESTS

 
  • Corey Melton, 22, of Columbia, KY - arrested on Saturday evening by the ACSO for Possession of Cocaine and a Probation Violation (for a technical violation).
  • Shannon Lavoy Walters, 43, of Tompkinsville, KY - arrested by CCSO on Thursday for Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia, and TBUT (Auto). 
  • Keisha Crawford, 23, of Tompkinsville - arrested by the CCSO on Thursday for TBUT (Auto).
  • Andrew Weiss, 23, of Burkesville, KY - arrested on Friday morning by CCSO for Possession of Marijuana, Failure to Maintain Insurance, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Operators License, No Registration Plates, and No Registration Receipt.
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 
  • Richard Rodgers, 42, of Russell Springs, KY and Jessica Helm, 29, of Jamestown, KY were arrested last week by the RCSO for Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Richard Rodgers was also charged with Possession of a firearm by a Convicted Felon.
Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Gov. Beshear Unveils $2 Billion Investment in Pre-K–12 Education

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 10, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear outlined his budget plan to make a record $2 billion investment in pre-K–12 education to create a world-class education system across the commonwealth, the single largest investment in this sector in state history.

 

The Governor added that the state’s recent record-breaking economic growth, with more than $11.2 billion in new investments and 18,000 new full-time jobs added in 2021 alone, proves Kentucky is a destination for leading global companies like Ford, Toyota, GE Appliances and Amazon.

 

“We must meet this moment by ensuring we have a world-class education system to support our future workforce,” Gov. Beshear said. “Perhaps the most important step in ensuring we are never a flyover state ever again is investing in our teachers, schools and students. We are the destination, but to stay a world-class destination for world-class companies, we must have a world-class workforce. And that starts with education.”

 

In his budget, at every level, from pre-K to postsecondary education, the Governor is making game-changing investments that will turn two years of economic progress into 20 years of economic prosperity.

 

“We have an education-first administration in action, not just words,” said Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman. “When we think about our budget and our priorities, we ask three questions: Does it adopt a kids-first mentality? Does it care for the people who care for our kids? Finally, does it provide the resources necessary for our schools to do what we asked of them? To students and teachers from all across the state, thank you for your input and your work.”

 

Pre-K–12 Education
The Governor’s budget starts with investments in the commonwealth’s youngest learners, providing universal preschool for all 4-year-olds and full-day kindergarten for every Kentucky child – for the first time ever.

 

Gov. Beshear said, “No longer will tens of thousands of our children be left out of preschool or head start – programs that we know provide positive outcomes on children’s early literacy and mathematics skills and foster long-term educational success.”

 

The historic investment starts with a 16.9% increase in SEEK funding. It has been more than 30 years since this type of investment has been made. The Governor is dedicating $11 million each year to provide statewide learning focusing on literacy and mathematical ability and to implement a regional coaching program. He is providing a 12.5% increase in the SEEK base per pupil funding formula for elementary and secondary schools. This budget also fully funds school districts’ costs for student transportation, with $175 million annually, which is an 81% increase in funding.

 

“What this means is our schools won’t have to bear this cost, freeing up funds for other needs, like hiring a school nurse to help keep students healthy throughout this pandemic,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

The Governor’s budget provides $22.9 million each year to restore funding for professional development as well as textbooks and instructional resources.

 

“This is basic: Our children cannot learn if they do not have the resources to do so,” Gov. Beshear said.

The Governor added that a great education system requires more than learning resources and said we cannot ignore the social, emotional and mental health needs of our students. He noted Lt. Gov. Coleman’s efforts this past year traveling to schools to talk firsthand with students about their mental health needs. The Governor’s budget provides $6.2 million each year to address this by assembling statewide staff and eight regional Social Emotional Learning institutes so that our educators have access to training on how best to help our students with their mental health.

 

The Governor is providing two new grant programs for school districts to provide wrap-around services to students impacted by violence, substance abuse, child abuse and parental incarceration, and other training and resources to help students.

 

Career and Technical Education
The Governor said career and technical education centers are a critical component of high school curricula, helping meet the needs of students in academic achievement, career exploration, career preparation and leadership development.

 

To support Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, Gov. Beshear is providing $97.4 million this year to support the renovation of 11 local CTE centers that were not funded last year through the Better Kentucky Plan. The CTE centers still in need are in the following school districts: Boyd, Carter, Edmonson, Fleming, Grayson, Lewis, Livingston, McCreary, Marshall, Nelson and Union counties.

 

Also included is an additional $75 million for a new round of applications to renovate more CTE centers and an additional $8 million each year provides funding to 12 locally operated CTE centers that have not been part of the formula funding in the last 12 years due to lack of funding. They include centers in the following school districts: Ashland Independent, Bardstown Independent, Boone, Boyle, Hardin, Hopkins, Hart, Laurel, Oldham, Spencer, Washington and Whitley counties.

 

Additional funding is provided for state-operated area technical schools in the amount of $3.2 million in fiscal year 2023 and $3.6 million in fiscal year 2024.

 

The Governor is also supporting schools chosen by the U.S. Department of Education that need additional leadership, literacy and numeracy support by providing $14.4 million each year to support all schools identified.

 

Gov. Beshear’s budget also restores a longstanding library grant program that has been eliminated, with $2.5 million annually for grants to local libraries.

Local and state education leaders applauded the Governor’s plan.

 

“There is no greater investment in our state’s future than education, which ensures the next generation is prepared to successfully enter the workforce and contribute to the incredible economic growth and job development Kentucky has worked to achieve,” said Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass. “All of the Kentucky Department for Education’s priorities for this budget cycle are supported by this budget proposal, along with other investments that will contribute to the quality of education for Kentucky’s public school students. We are at a great and historic starting point for education in these coming two years and we look forward to working with the governor and the legislature in the weeks ahead as the budget is finalized.”

 

Teacher Pay and Benefits
Gov. Beshear said it was past time to pay those educating our children what they are worth. He is proposing a minimum 5 percent salary increase for all school personnel. That’s in addition to the regular salary schedule increases for certified staff.

This is the first identified pay increase in a state budget since the 2006-08 budget.

 

According to the National Educational Association, Kentucky ranks 42nd in the nation for starting salaries, with new teachers averaging about $37,000 per year.

 

The Governor’s budget goes further by providing $26.3 million each year for a student loan forgiveness program that will provide a maximum $3,000 annual award for each year of employment in a public school as a teacher.

 

“Our teachers continue obtaining higher education to advance in their careers – and we want to encourage that. So let’s help them get there,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

The Governor is also fully funding teachers’ pension and medical benefits. And there will be no health insurance premium increases for school employees.

 

Gov. Beshear also included much-needed funding for Family Resource and Youth Service Centers, providing $6 million more each year to support the 874 Family Resource and Youth Services Centers in 1,200 schools that serve nearly 650,000 students and families.

 

Student leaders, education advocates and educators across the state lauded the Governor’s plan.

 

“This unprecedented budget presented is unbelievable. I just want to say I am so thankful and grateful. As a superintendent in the commonwealth of Kentucky and as an education leader, I believe that this will spark an incredible movement towards the success that needs to happen for students who are looking to read by the third grade level,” said Houston Barber, Frankfort Independent Schools Superintendent.

 

“As a parent and as a leader in the commonwealth, I think the Governor’s budget is one of the greatest presentations that this commonwealth has ever seen.”

 

“Teachers need current and reliable instructional resources to meet the needs for a unique and diverse student population,” said Kentucky educator Crystal Culp, a National Board-Certified Teacher in her 25th year of teaching. “I believe it to be true that ongoing learning for teachers is an essential part of a teacher’s effectiveness in student achievement. We currently have an education-first administration as reflected in Gov. Beshear’s budget.”

 

“My husband and I both teach and come from a long line of teachers. With the 5% salary increase, that’s going to help us because we’re not going to have to have a second job,” said Lori Baker, a 5th and 6th grade language arts and science teacher in Knox County Public Schools, who has taught for 18 years. “We have always had a second job. I hold three degrees and have always worked earning money another way when school is over. I just pray and hope with everything in me that these budget items will pass and be approved because they will all have an impact on the future of education in the state of Kentucky.”

 

“Being safe and healthy is a basic need,” said JuLeah Edie, a senior at Rowan County Senior High School. “Investing these funds in mental health services on site as well as access to updated resources will directly benefit students’ social and emotional learning. These historic investments in education will directly address some of the things we have heard from our Kentucky students.”

 

“With this new investment, we could see the most up-to-date curriculum for every student across the commonwealth,” said Sam Smith, a senior at Daviess County High School. “We could see new AP classes being offered, allowing students everywhere to appreciate cheaper college and free college credits. Additionally, we could see updated and new trade school opportunities – allowing students to graduate with certificates to be work ready as soon as they step out of high school. I would like to thank the Governor and Lt. Governor for this historic investment in our school systems.”

 

“Gov. Beshear’s historic investment in his education budget proposals illustrates his deep commitment and passion for investing in Kentucky’s students, educators and public schools of the commonwealth,” said KEA President Eddie Campbell. “KEA applauds the Governor’s education budget proposal and the brighter futures it will create for all Kentucky’s children. The Governor’s education budget addresses the real-world needs of parents who can now count on reduced childcare costs and increases educational opportunities for their kids, and it invests in the dedicated educators who work tirelessly to teach and care for the students of the commonwealth.”

 

KY120 United American Federation of Teachers shared the following statement on the Governor’s Proposed Budget: “We are glad that the Governor’s proposed budget demonstrates his strong commitment to public education and state employees. By proposing the largest increase to SEEK funding since KERA; fully funding transportation, which will save districts millions; giving badly needed and long overdue raises to employees; and including funding for universal pre-K for 4-year-olds, which will save families thousands of dollars a year and allow more parents to be able to enter the workforce, it is evident that our Governor has set a budget proposal that is ready to move Kentucky forward. We look forward to reviewing his proposed budget with our members and comparing it to the legislative budget to see which of these high-priority items have been included, and which is truly centered around moving Kentucky forward.”

 

Higher Education
In addition to its $2 billion investment in Pre-K–12 education, the Governor’s budget also provides the highest funding increase for higher education in decades with a nearly 12% increase. And it is needed – from 2008 to 2020, about $250 million in General Fund support has been cut from the nine public postsecondary education institutions.

 

“Past budget cuts have led to tuition increases and cutbacks,” Gov. Beshear said. “Restoring a significant share of past budget cuts will better position these institutions to graduate the world-class thinkers that our world-class companies and opportunities demand.”

 

The Governor’s budget includes $60 million for the Bucks for Brains program to be matched dollar-for-dollar with private donations. Bucks for Brains helps the state support our world-class economy by aligning postsecondary education with emerging needs of business and industry, and there are many new and exciting businesses coming to Kentucky. These funds also help students prepare for employment and nurture an entrepreneurial climate.

 

Another top priority for postsecondary education is paying down the debt of deferred maintenance for nine postsecondary institutions.

 

“We can’t let our schools crumble,” said Gov. Beshear. “My budget includes $500 million from the General Fund, the first significant funding for this in 20 years.”

 

And the Governor is investing funds, including agency bonds as well as third-party donations, for new construction of 19 new university capital projects, which include:
 

  • Eastern Kentucky University constructing a new Model Laboratory School;
  • Morehead State University building a new science and engineering building;
  • Murray State University renovating classrooms and offices to support science and nursing curriculum;
  • Northern Kentucky University expanding Herrmann Natural Science Center;
  • University of Kentucky constructing a new health education building;
  • University of Louisville adding on to its Speed Engineering School;
  • Western Kentucky University constructing a new Gordon Ford College of Business; and
  • The Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) renovating and/or replacing buildings in Elizabethtown, Jefferson County and Somerset.

 

The Governor is also helping our postsecondary education students in need by increasing the maximum award aid programs, the College Access Program (CAP) and the Kentucky Tuition Grant program.

 

Both of these programs have benefitted from the dedication and growth of Kentucky Lottery receipts in the past several years. By leveraging federal Pell Grant dollars, the CAP program now covers full-time tuition and fees at KCTCS and nearly covers the average tuition and fees at four-year institutions. With additional General Fund dollars the Governor is increasing the maximum CAP award to $3,100 and $3,300 in fiscal years 2023 and 2024, while continuing to fund all eligible applicants.

 

The Governor announced a new program – the Better Kentucky Promise Scholarship – which fills the gap between tuition and federal and other state aid for all new associate degree and certificate-seeking students at public universities and private, nonprofit Kentucky institutions.

 

“What this means is we can fully cover the cost for approximately 6,000 additional students in the first year and 9,700 in the second year.” Gov. Beshear said. “We are removing another barrier to higher education for those students that want to go to school but could not afford it.”

 

“These investments in higher education are truly significant contributions to better the lives of Kentucky’s people, who will help power historic progress in the state’s workforce and post-pandemic economy,” said Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Aaron Thompson. “Now is the time to make strategic investments to provide greater opportunities to our citizens, regardless of where they are in the education pipeline. Gov. Beshear, we stand ready to do our part to fulfill Kentucky’s vision – to lift up our citizens through affordable and accessible higher education programs, including high-demand, workforce credentials, two- and four-year degrees, and beyond. It’s a simple truth: We can’t have a strong workforce and economy without a strong higher education system. Thank you, Governor.”

 

“The significant investments that policymakers – Gov. Beshear and our legislative partners – are proposing for higher education are really investments in the future of our state. Whether Bucks for Brains or deferred maintenance, new dollars for our general funds or new construction projects, these investments will create jobs, provide healing and help in every corner of the commonwealth and make education more affordable and accessible to young Kentuckians from all walks of life. We look forward to working with Gov. Beshear and the legislature in making these proposed investments pay off in tangible ways that advance Kentucky,” said Eli Capilouto, president, University of Kentucky.

 

“We are in a transformative time. Whether we are referring to COVID or our economic boom, its clear things will be different going forward,” Gov. Beshear said. “A transformative time demands a transformative budget.”

 

Responsible and Real Budget
The Governor told Kentuckians that we are rapidly recovering from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and saw record new private sector investment in 2021. The state’s successes under Gov. Beshear’s leadership have vaulted Kentucky’s finances to a historic level, which has set the table for game-changing investments. The state’s budget strengths include:

 

  • An all-time, record-setting revenue surplus with $1.9 billion more in General Fund revenues than budgeted;
  • Best back-to-back growth rate since 2005-2006;
  • General Fund receipts have grown over 15% in the first half of the current fiscal year;
  • Gov. Beshear continues paying down on the commonwealth’s pension liability;
  • State has the lowest debt ratio since the policy was adopted; and
  • Largest rainy day fund in state history.

 

The Governor thanked the full-time Executive Branch budget staff for their unmatched experienced and for working every day to communicate with the Executive Branch on budget needs.

 

The Governor added that the Legislative Branch’s attempt to draft and file an Executive Branch budget without the knowledge or input of the Executive Branch itself is unprecedented, unprovoked, unprofessional, unwise and perhaps even unlawful.

 

The Governor concluded his media briefing by reminding Kentuckians that last week, during his State of the Commonwealth address, he spoke of the strength and spirit of our people when faced with devastating natural disasters and a continuing pandemic. And even in dark times, bright spots like the record-breaking strength of our economy have paved the way for us to make these historic investment in our educators, schools and children.

 

“Let’s get to work moving our state forward by creating a world-class education system,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

FLOOD ADVISORY UNTIL 3PM SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

 
...FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM CST/4 PM EST/ THIS AFTERNOON...
 
* WHAT...Flooding caused by excessive rainfall is expected.
 
* WHERE...Portions of South Central Kentucky including the following areas: Casey, Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, Metcalfe, Monroe and Russell.
 
* WHEN...Until 3:00 PM CST /4:00 PM EST/.
 
* IMPACTS...Minor flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas.
 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...
  - At 11:49 AM CST /12:49 PM EST/, Doppler radar indicated moderate to occasionally heavy rain. Minor flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly in the advisory area. Between 1 and 1.5 inches of rain have fallen. Additional rainfall amounts of 0.5 to 1 inch are expected over the area. This additional rain will result in minor flooding. Some locations that will experience flooding include... Liberty, Columbia, Tompkinsville, Albany, Jamestown, Edmonton, Burkesville, Leslie, Russell Springs and Gamaliel.
 
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
 

RUSSELL CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING JAN. 10TH

 

The Russell County Fiscal Court will meet on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 5:30pmCT at the R.C. Courthouse in Jamestown, KY.....

 

 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 8 Crews Continue to Clear Roadways

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Jan. 7, 2022) - Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 highway crews continue their efforts to clear roadways across the district.

 

Sunshine and repeated plowing has helped to improve conditions along main routes. Crews will continue throughout the night to clear routes after Thursday’s winter storm dumped 5-8 inches of snow across the region.

 

Motorists are still advised to avoid travel if possible. Many routes still remain completely covered and roadways that have become clear will likely refreeze into the evening and overnight hours creating icy conditions. If you must travel slow down, leave plenty of space between vehicles and give yourself extra time to reach your destination.

 

For real-time traffic information or to keep up with state snowfighters in your county, visit http://GoKY.ky.gov. Follow District 8 updates on Twitter and Facebook at http://twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8  or http://facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8.

 

KYTC District 8 is responsible for maintaining state highways in Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell and Wayne counties.

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Winter Storm; Record COVID-19 numbers announced today

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 6, 2021) – Today, at 12:30 p.m. EST, Gov. Andy Beshear provided his Team Kentucky update and said due to inclement weather he closed all state office buildings as of 12 p.m. EST. Executive branch agencies will continue to provide services to the citizens of the commonwealth.

 

“The severe winter weather we’re seeing across Kentucky right now is both real and dangerous,” said Gov. Beshear. “The roads are already incredibly slick across most of the state and we are seeing ice and numerous accidents. We are urging Kentuckians to please not travel if you don’t have to today.”

Gov. Beshear updated Kentuckians on the winter storms moving across the commonwealth today, with snow expected to become moderate to heavy this afternoon. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued in portions of Central Kentucky north of the Western Kentucky and Bluegrass Parkways, where 1 to 4 inches of snow can be expected. The highest amounts of snowfall, 4 to 8 inches, are expected to fall across Southcentral and Eastern Kentucky, roughly from Bowling Green to Richmond.

 

The Governor urged Kentuckians to avoid travel due to hazardous road conditions and reports of multiple accidents. District crews from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have been pretreating roads this week, with crews out today responding to hazardous roadways. The cabinet asked for cooperation and partnership of the public, with four specific requests:

  • Limit travel to what’s necessary when snow and ice are on the roads;
  • Give snow plows and crew members plenty of room on the road; and
  • Ensure personal vehicles are winter ready, with the recommendation of keeping an emergency kit in vehicles.
  • Mask up to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help protect against the quarantine of plow crews essential to roadway treatment;

 

For more information on roadway conditions during the winter, visit SnowKy.Ky.gov.

 

COVID-19 Omicron Variant Update
The Governor also announced 9,836 new COVID-19 cases were reported today, the highest number of new daily cases since the pandemic began. The state also reported its highest ever daily test positivity rate, 23.67%.

 

“Nearly 1 in 4 people being tested are coming up positive,” the Governor said. “So this week we will surpass last week’s numbers for most cases in any week during the pandemic. Hospital admissions are also increasing, and they are starting to increase rapidly.”

 

Gov. Beshear said Kentucky continues to experience a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant, which state officials believe is the predominantly circulating variant in the commonwealth.

The Governor said although he is hopeful that we will not see a similar increase in ICU admissions and patients needing to be placed on a ventilator, there are still people who are getting very sick from the omicron variant and it is still placing a strain on our health care system. Most patients who are hospitalized for COVID-19 are unvaccinated or have not received their booster.

 

The Governor reported the Department of Corrections appear to be experiencing a COVID outbreak based on wastewater testing. The impacted facilities include Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex (EKCC), Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women (KCIW), Roederer Correctional Complex and Lee Adjustment Center. EKCC and KCIW are moving into lockdown to help curb the spread.

 

COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,792,116

New Cases Today: 9,836
New Deaths: 35
Today’s Positivity Rate: 23.67%
Current Hospitalizations: 1,783
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 402
Currently on Ventilators: 227

 

The Governor said 62% of all Kentuckians have received at least their first dose, as well as 67% of Kentuckians ages 5 and older and 74% of all Kentucky adults. In addition, 890,081 Kentuckians have had a vaccination booster, about 20% of the total population.

 

The Governor also noted that on Jan. 5, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed youth 12 to 17 years old are recommended to receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series. At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents age 12 to 17 years old.

 

Tornado and Storm Recovery Efforts
The Governor also provided an update on New Year’s Day storms that impacted much of the commonwealth, reporting the National Weather Service has confirmed nine tornadoes affecting 10 Kentucky counties with wind speeds ranging from 80 to 115 mph. On Monday, Gov. Beshear visited Hopkinsville to assess the damage from the EF-2 tornado with local Mayor Wendell Lynch and Emergency Management Director Randy Graham.

 

“It is an absolute miracle that no lives were lost and there were no injuries in Hopkinsville,” said Gov. Beshear. “We were very blessed that people were prepared and aware the storm was coming.”

 

Several other communities were impacted by flash flooding, including Green, Barren, Taylor, Adair, Owsley, Breathitt and Casey counties. These areas had numerous road closures and water rescues. High water blocked all or parts of multiple roads in Floyd, Knott and Pike counties. Damage assessments are ongoing, and the state will continue to assist and respond to Kentucky families affected.

 

The same day he traveled to Hopkinsville, Gov. Beshear visited Mayfield and met with local leaders in Graves and Hopkins counties to discuss cleanup and rebuilding efforts.

 

“Our priority continues to remain helping our Western Kentucky families recover and rebuild by working with our local, state and federal partners to ensure access to programs, resources and benefits are available to those in need,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Governor Delivers State of the Commonwealth Address
Last night, Gov. Beshear delivered his third State of the Commonwealth address, noting this year’s speech feels both the toughest – as the state faced the most deadly tornado outbreak, numerous natural disasters and a worldwide pandemic – and the most exciting, because of the state’s record-breaking job growth and economic investments. To learn more, see the full releaseClick here to read the transcript of the Governor’s State of the Commonwealth address.

 

Kentucky County Unemployment Data
Unemployment rates fell in all 120 counties between November 2020 and November 2021, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The comparable, unadjusted unemployment rate for the state was 3% for November 2021, and 3.9% for the nation. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Today, Gov. Beshear honored Jack Brammer, Frankfort bureau chief for the Lexington Herald-Leader and a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, as a Team Kentucky All-Star, following his retirement on Dec. 30, 2021. Brammer reported for the Herald-Leader for 43 years, covering 10 Kentucky governors.

 

“Jack, thank you for more than 43 years in the Capitol providing quality journalism that is so critical to Kentuckians and our communities,” said Gov. Beshear. “I know the Capitol will miss Jack and so will we.”
 

POLAR REPORT (CLOSINGS/CANCELLATIONS) 1/7/22


The WAVE Polar Report is brought to you by Barger Insurance Agency in Columbia and Jack & Jack Insurance in Jamestown.

 

  1. Kerr's Garbage - No Pickup
  2. Community Medical Service - Open 10-2 p.m. central time. 
  3.  Family First Healthcare - Closed 
  4. Community Medical Services in Columbia - Open tentatively 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. 
  5. Bennett Insurance Group - Closed
  6. Morgan Sanitation - Will not run
  7. Genesis Family Medical - Closed
  8. McDonald's in Columbia -  Open at 8 a.m.
  9. All T.J. Rural Health Clinics and the Glasgow Family Medicine Center will be closed on Friday. The T.J. Health Pavilion, including Urgent Care and the Pharmacy will be closed on Friday. 

    T.J. Samson Community Hospital and T.J. Health Columbia remain open 24/7.

  10. All 1st shift KY Tarter facilities will be closed on Friday, January 7th, with the exception of Fab Dept. at Tarter Industries in Liberty

  11. The Fab Weekend crew will be on a delayed schedule starting at 11:00 a.m to 6:45 p.m. A determination of 2nd shift will be made tomorrow.

  12. Russell County Court House will open at 10 a.m. 

  13. All offices in the Adair County Annex will be opening on a 2hr delay (10 a.m.).

  14. Russell County Hospital Physical Therapy will be closed. All patients will need to call and reschedule.

  15. Russell and Adair County Health Departments - Closed 

  16. First and Farmers Bank will open at 10 a.m. 

  17. Jamestown City Hall will open at 10 a.m. 

  18. Russell Springs City Hall - Closed

  19. Grant Chiropractic Center opening at noon. 

  20. Jones Garbage will not run today. They'll pick up Fridays route next week. 

  21. Dirty Dog Grooming - Closed 

  22. Community Trust Bank in Jamestown opening at 10 a.m. 

  23. Russell County Library - Closed 

  24. Russell County Hospital Clinics and After Hours will not be open today. 

  25. Adair County Senior Center - Closed

  26. All 2nd shift operations tonight at Tarters Facilities will be closed this evening 

  27. Bank of Jamestown will be closing today at 4:00 pm. Our Industrial Park and East 80 Branches will be open tomorrow during normal hours from 9:00 until noon.

  28. All Farmers National Bank locations will close at 3 this afternoon. 

LCDHD REVISES COVID 19 CONTACT INVESTIGATIONS


To better serve our communities through the recent surge of COVID 19, beginning Thursday, January 6, 2022 we will only be providing documentation for positive COVID 19 cases.
 
Household or other contacts of a positive case who need documentation to adhere to the quarantine guidelines should provide a copy of the positive test of the person with whom they were in contact to their employer.
 
If you have tested positive for COVID 19 or been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID 19, you should follow the most recent guidelines issued by the Kentucky Department for Public Health.
 

Columbia Man Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charges

 

On Wednesday night, January 5, 2022 CPD Officers initiated a traffic stop on Hudson Street. After making contact, Officers could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle with male passenger stating to Officers he had just smoked. Subsequent search yielded findings of marijuana, suspected methamphetamine, crack cocaine, and a large some of cash on the driver and he was taken into custody. 

Michael Thompson, 47, of Columbia has been charged with trafficking a controlled substance (methamphetamine), trafficking a controlled substance (cocaine), and possession of marijuana. Over $2,000 cash was also seized. 

Officer Justin Cross was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Sgt Evan Burton.

 

AREA ARREST 1-6-22

 

Michael Thompson, age 47, of Columbia was arrested by Officer Cross with the Columbia Police Department just before 10 last evening. Thompson was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Cocaine) and Possession of Marijuana. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

KSP POST 15 DECEMBER ACTIVITY REPORT

 

Columbia, KY (January 5, 2022) During the month of December 2021, there were 19 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.

 

There was one fatal collision during the month of December in the Post 15 area.

  • Cody D. Gosser, 23, of Russell County was killed on 12/31/2021 in Russell County.

This brings our yearly fatality count to 28 compared with 27 through this same period in 2020.

 

Statewide fatality count stands at 764 compared with 773 through this same period in 2020.

 

During the month of December 2021, there were 1180 citations written, 278 courtesy notices written, 461 complaints answered, 121 motorists assisted, 47 criminal cases opened and 253 criminal arrests made.

 

ADAIR COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE ACTIVITY REPORT FOR 2021

 

2021 was a very busy year for the Adair County Sheriffs Office. 

 

Activity for the year is as follows:

  • 8704 calls for service and complaints (this includes 911 and walk-in complaints)
  • 454 warrants of arrest served
  • 114 cases opened
  • 225 accidents investigated
  • 4,840 vehicles inspected
  • 819 subpoenas served
  • 482 civil process papers served
  • 137 motorists assisted
  • 144 prisoners transported
  • 96 mentally ill transports for medical help
  • 177,232 miles driven patrolling
  • $7,830,293.13 in taxes collected as of 01-01-2022

 

In addition, court security bailiffs provided 1655 hours in the Adair County Judicial Building serving District and Circuit Courts.

 

The Sheriffs Office employees 7 full-time Deputies providing law enforcement 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to over 412 square miles of Adair County. 

 

KYTC District 8 Crews Preparing for Potential Winter Weather Event on Thursday

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Jan. 5, 2022) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 highway crews are ready to respond to the winter storm expected to move across the state on Thursday.

 

The U.S. National Weather Service out of Louisville has issued a winter storm warning for all ten counties in District 8. Weather forecasts are calling for snow accumulations of 4" - 6" across the region. Motorists should expect hazardous travel conditions, especially during the Thursday evening commute.

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) mission is to keep traffic moving in a safe manner with an emphasis on maintaining mobility along critical corridors and priority routes. When bad weather hits, crews are assigned 12-hour shifts to plow and treat roads using a priority system based on the amount and nature of traffic within each individual county. Priority A routes include major through routes and are those most heavily traveled. Priority B routes include other important, but lesser traveled, state routes. Other roads fall into Priority C.

 

The Cabinet’s snow and ice information website, http://snowky.ky.gov, provides details about priority routes, helpful winter weather tips, fact sheets and videos on salt application and snow removal. 

 

In addition, the public can monitor winter operations in real time on the state’s interactive traffic system – GoKY.ky.gov – to find out what’s happening on state routes in their local counties.

 

You are an important part!  Safe travel begins with YOU!

 

Be prepared:

The following measures will help keep motorists safe and prepared:
 

  • Put yourself in emergency mode
  • Pay attention to weather advisories. Weather will impact your commute on some level
  • Travel only as necessary during major snow events. It’s better to be stuck at home than to be stuck on the road
  • Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment
  • Do not pass snowplows on the shoulder
  • Allow time for a slower commute
  • Winterize vehicles
  • Supply vehicles with blankets, flash light and an emergency supply kit
  • Know before you go. Visit goky.ky.gov and download the free Waze app to check traffic conditions before you travel. You can also get traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8
  • Eliminate distractions (e.g. operating phone and eating) while driving
  • Cooperate with the expectations of the Quick Clearance law, which requires drivers to move vehicles to the shoulder in the event of a non-injury crash

 

KYTC District 8 is responsible for maintaining state highways in Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell and Wayne counties.

 

WINTER STORM WARNING

 
Winter Storm Warning issued January 5, 2022 at 1:30 PM CST until January 6, 2022 at 9:00 PM EST by NWS
 
...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM EST /9 AM CST/ TO 10 PM EST /9 PM CST/ THURSDAY... * WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches, with locally higher amounts possible. * WHERE...Portions of east central and south central Kentucky. * WHEN...Snow beginning mid to late morning. Peak snowfall noon. Click the following link for the complete message:
 

Gov. Beshear: Kentucky State Police Offers Winter Driving Tips to Motorists

 

Frankfort, Ky. (Jan. 5, 2022) – Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky State Police (KSP) are preparing for Thursday’s winter weather as snow and ice are predicted to impact the commonwealth. KSP asks motorists to be aware of the changing weather conditions in the next 24 hours.

 

“Winter weather is here in Kentucky, and it’s important to plan and be patient on the roadways,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “We are fortunate to have KSP and other emergency personnel ready and available for those who are experiencing emergencies this winter season.”

 

KSP has developed a list of items motorists should place in their vehicles before the weather sets in. This includes a winter weather kit with a cell phone charger, blankets, first-aid kit, jumper cables, windshield scraper, collapsible shovel, and a flashlight with batteries.

 

KSP Public Affairs Commander Captain Paul Blanton reminds motorists to wear their seat belts, slow down, leave more space between cars and prep their car with the necessary supplies in the event they were to become stranded.

 

“I encourage Kentuckians to avoid any unnecessary travel when road and weather conditions are dangerous,” said Blanton. “If travel is necessary, I urge you to review road conditions before you leave, clear your windows and mirrors and be patient.”

 

 In addition to the roadway reminders, KSP is asking citizens to refrain from dialing 9-1-1 to obtain road and weather conditions. 

 

"Our radio rooms experience a high number of calls from citizens inquiring about road conditions. It’s important we leave the lines open for individuals who are experiencing real emergencies,” Capt. Blanton said. 

 

KSP will use Facebook, Twitter, and their website to share winter weather updates. Before traveling, drivers are encouraged to check road and weather conditions by visiting the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet online traffic, roadway, and weather portal website

 

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

 

This year, the number one priority for KSP is creating a better Kentucky by making the commonwealth’s streets safer, communities stronger and the nation more secure by providing exceptional law enforcement made up of a diverse workforce. For more information about career opportunities with KSP visit their website.
 

New Road Closure for Adair County

 

Rowetown Road in District 4 of Adair County is temporarily closed to through traffic. There is another tile wash-out. The closure is around the 500 block, just before the intersection of Marion Fudge Rd. Please use extreme caution in this area!

 

Also, Bird Road in District 4 is now open to thru traffic.

Application Window Opens Thursday for Parents to Move Students from Face-to-Face to Virtual

 
Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 8:00amCT, the application window will open for parents requesting to move their students from Face to Face to Virtual or from Virtual to Face to Face for the third nine weeks which runs from January 18, 2022 through March 16, 2022.
 
The application window closes at NOON (12 PM CST) on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.
 
The application can be found on the homepage of our District website at www.adair.kyschools.us Please contact your child’s school with any
question/concerns.
 
ALL Adair County Students will be participating in Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) on Thursday and Friday.
 

Boil Water Advisory in Russell Springs


There is a boil water advisory at the corner of Hwy 127 and Hwy 619 near the Shell station due to hydrant repairs. The few customers without water will be on this advisory until further notice.

 

 

Area Arrest 1-5-22


Lindsey Brockman, 32, of Jamestown was taken into custody on Tuesday evening by Officer Wilson with the Russell Springs Police Department. Brockman was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence Alcohol/Substance – 1st and Wanton Endangerment – 1st degree. She was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Columbia City Council Meeting Recap


Jim Lieb was at the Columbia City Council meeting for WAVE NEWS and spoke with Dr Ronald Rogers and Mayor Hoots... 

 

 

LCDHD: 383 NEW COVID CASES; 8 NEW DEATHS

 

We are seeing a surge of cases, likely due to the Omicron variant that has been identified in the state. 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.

 

Today is our highest reported daily total for the district since September 27. This is likely partly due to a backlog of reporting from the holidays, however, cases are definitely increasing.

 

Of today’s 383 reported cases, 291 (76%) were unvaccinated and 57 of today’s cases (15%) 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: 20.72%.

 

Deaths: We are sad to report 8 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 801 deaths resulting in a 1.76% mortality rate (about 1 in 57) among known cases. This compares with a 1.39% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.49% 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 95 cases in the hospital. This is 5 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,868 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.11% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 24) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 3.97%. The latest data shows that 94.23% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 32.39% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 45,476 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 21.77% 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 280 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 29; Casey: 14; Clinton: 10; Cumberland: 19; Green: 18; McCreary: 33; Pulaski: 44; Russell: 15; Taylor: 33; and, Wayne: 65. In all, we have released 97% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 95 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 586 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, 1,709.

 

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

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 383 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 41; Casey: 15; Clinton: 11; Cumberland: 37; Green: 13; McCreary: 29; Pulaski: 70; Russell: 38; Taylor: 66; and, Wayne: 63.

 

The deaths we report tonight includes: a Casey County resident (partially vaccinated), a Taylor County resident (vaccinated) and a Wayne County resident (unvaccinated). We were notified of an additional 5 deaths today that were identified through the state audit of death certificates. These include 2 Pulaski County residents (both unvaccinated), 2 Taylor County residents (both partially vaccinated) and one Wayne County resident (unvaccinated).

 

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.

 

Road Closure

Bird Road in District 4 of Adair County is temporarily closed at the 2 ½-3 ½ mile area due to a tile collapse.  We will update as soon as the road is open.

 

Gale B. Cowan

Adair County Judge Executive

R.C. Couple Arrested on Meth Charges Early This Morning..

 

Sheriff Derek Polston reports the arrest of a Russell County woman and man from the Roy Lane area of Russell County on Drug Trafficking charges; close to 20 grams of suspected Methamphetamine was seized. 


A search warrant was executed at 735 Roy Lane near the Gosser Ridge/Salem area of Russell County early this morning. Arrested was 20-year-old Jessica Helm who was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 42-year-old Richard Rogers (from the same address) was also arrested and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine) Enhanced by a Firearm, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both subjects were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

If you suspect illegal drugs being sold in your neighborhood, contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tipline at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous. 

 

A NEW CANIDATE HAS FILED FOR STATE SENATOR IN THE DISTRICT

Dr. Justy Engle is seeking the Democrat nomination for State Senate in the 16th District, which includes Russell County. Engle, who is a Campbellsville University Associate Professor of English recently filed for the seat in the 16th District which is currently held by Max Wise of Campbellsville. 

Gov. Beshear Reports Highest Ever COVID-19 Case Numbers, Test Positivity Rate

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 3, 2022) – Today (Monday), Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on the COVID-19 omicron variant and the storms affecting Western, South Central and Eastern Kentucky on New Year’s Day.

 

On Dec. 30, 6,441 cases were reported in Kentucky, the highest ever in a single day. The previous highest number was 5,742 cases reported Jan. 6, 2021. Today’s test positivity rate, 20.72%, is the highest ever.

 

“The most important thing for everyone to hear today is that omicron has not only come to the commonwealth, it has hit us harder, in terms of escalation of cases, than anything we have seen to date,” said Gov. Beshear. “We have gone from the plateau to the second highest week of reported cases since the start of the pandemic.”

 

During the week ending Jan. 2, Kentucky reported 29,955 new COVID-19 cases and an average positivity rate of 20.38%. This is approximately twice the number of cases as were reported the week prior (15,255). This is also the second highest week of reported cases since the start of the pandemic, surpassed only by the week of Aug. 30, 2021 during the delta variant wave.

 

“The omicron variant is spreading rapidly. Omicron spreads so easily, it is compared to measles, the most contagious human virus on the planet,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH). “Hospitalization numbers are also increasing, though not yet as rapidly as cases, but health care resources are stretched very thin due to both the increased number of COVID patients in hospitals coupled with an even more strained health care workforce due to workers who are themselves out sick with COVID.”

 

Due to the volume of COVID-19 cases and the speed at which the omicron variant is spreading, individuals who test positive should self-isolate, notify their close contacts and contact their health care provider if symptoms worsen or if they need to seek medical care.

 

KDPH has revised the guidance for the general public in light of the changes presented by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week allowing for shortened isolation and quarantine under certain circumstances. Click here to review the CDC guidance. Institutes of higher education may follow the guidance for the public. Health care facilities (including long-term care) should follow the health care personnel guidance for isolation and quarantine (updated 12/23/2021).

 

KDPH guidance for K-12 Schools and Early Childhood Education remain unchanged and schools/child care centers should continue to follow this guidance: Universal use of masks and physical distancing are still recommended, and test-to-stay remains an option for K-12 students who are exposed and asymptomatic.

 

Vaccine Effectiveness Against Omicron Variant
Dr. Stack said overwhelmingly, people who suffer severe COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Moderna and Pfizer mRNA vaccines remain highly effective for people who are fully vaccinated and boosted, if eligible. Today, the U.S. Food and Drug and Administration authorized the COVID vaccine booster for children 12-15. The CDC is expected to meet later this week to discuss whether the agency will officially recommend the booster shots for kids ages 12 to 15.

 

Monoclonal Antibodies Update
Dr. Stack said, unfortunately, two of the three monoclonal antibodies FDA-authorized for COVID-19 in the United States are ineffective against the omicron variant. As such, new shipments of those antibodies to Kentucky have ended as of Jan. 3, 2022. The third FDA-authorized monoclonal antibody is available nationwide in only very limited quantities. Unless supplies increase and/or new monoclonal antibodies effective against the omicron variant are released, supplies in Kentucky will be extremely limited and many treatment locations will not have monoclonal antibodies to offer at their sites.

 

“Particularly given the loss of most of the monoclonal antibody supply, I again urge all eligible persons 5 and older to get vaccinated and/or boosted with a Moderna or Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine to prevent serious and/or life-threatening COVID-19 disease,” said Dr. Stack.

 

Oral Antivirals
Dr. Stack said the Merck antiviral pill is available in Kentucky for the first time today. Only 3,300 treatment courses were allocated to Kentucky, so supplies are very limited. There will be a new page on the kycovid19.ky.gov website today that shows where to find the drug at 10 initial Walgreens locations.

 

“There is very little medication and a great demand. It is very likely these pharmacies will run out of their supply quickly. This is not their fault. Please be kind and patient with the staff at these pharmacies,” said Dr. Stack.

 

The Pfizer antiviral pill will arrive in Kentucky this week. Its supply is even more limited – Kentucky has only received 720 treatment courses. Because the supply is so small, it will be given to a small number of nursing home pharmacies and federally qualified health care centers in the early weeks to ensure it reaches some of the most vulnerable Kentuckians.

 

COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,781,123

Jan. 1, Cases: 4,359
Jan. 1, Deaths: 26
Jan. 2, Cases: 2,767
Jan. 2, Deaths: 24

New Cases Today: 4,111
New Deaths: 15
Today’s Positivity Rate: 20.72%
Current Hospitalizations: 1,579
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 373
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 74% of all Kentucky adults.

 

Request to Extend Tornado Recovery Federal Cost-Share
Today, Gov. Beshear asked President Joe Biden to extend the 100% federal cost share to 90 days, instead of 30 days, for the clean-up of the massive damage efforts required to restore Western Kentucky communities impacted by the deadly tornadoes that killed 77 Kentuckians, including 14 children.

 

“This is an unprecedented request for an unprecedented disaster,” said Gov. Beshear. “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has estimated the total amount of debris to be removed in all counties to be in excess of 4.7 million cubic yards. To date it is estimated that only 3% of the debris has been removed in all counties, and those counties need help lightening the financial burden after many have faced multiple natural disasters over the past year.”

 

New Year’s Day Tornadoes
Kentucky Emergency Management is reporting nine tornadoes from New Year’s Day have been confirmed, including:

  • Christian County, EF-2
  • Warren County, EF-0
  • Logan and Todd counties, EF-0
  • Hart County, EF-0
  • Barren County, EF-1
  • Taylor County, EF-1
  • Marion County, EF-1
  • Madison County, EF-1
  • Estill County, EF-0

 

Additional Disaster SNAP Benefits Approved for Kentucky Counties Following Historic Storms, Tornadoes
Gov. Beshear announced last week that Disaster SNAP, or D-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. Applications open Jan. 5. If you would not ordinarily qualify for SNAP, you may qualify for D-SNAP if you had a disaster-related expense. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Disaster Unemployment Insurance Update
Gov. Beshear signed an Executive Order on Dec. 28, 2021 to temporarily suspend the work search requirement and the waiting week period for unemployment insurance (UI) and Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) claimants impacted by the severe weather on Dec. 10, 2021.

 

“I am happy to report that the United States Department of Labor approved the request. This means UI claimants who are unemployed due to the severe weather that work or live in the 16 counties that are included in the FEMA major disaster declaration will not have to search for work or wait for benefits for their first eligible week. This will include claims starting on Dec. 10 and only in the 16 counties that are under the disaster declaration.”

 

The updated locations for this week’s unemployment insurance DUA clinics are:

  • 262 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green, KY
  • 351 Charles Drive, Mayfield, KY

 

They will be open Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 4-6 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time.

 

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 answering questions. Individuals who became unemployed or those who are self-employed and had work interrupted in the sixteen Kentucky counties as a direct result of the severe storms on Dec. 10, 2021, are eligible to apply for DUA benefits through the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance. The deadline to apply for assistance in Barren and Marion counties is Jan. 27, 2022. For updated information on DUA, go to kcc.ky.gov.

 

Kentucky Closes out Record-Breaking Year for Economic Development
Gov. Beshear said last year’s books have officially closed and Kentucky indeed shattered the all-time records for investment and job creation last year – with 264 private-sector new-location and expansion projects committed to invest over $11.2 billion and create over 18,100 full-time jobs. To learn more, see today’s full release.

 

State of the Commonwealth Address
The Governor reminded Kentuckians that he will deliver his 2022 State of the Commonwealth Address on Wed. Jan. 5, at 7 p.m. EST.

 

JAMESTOWN CITY COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY, JAN. 3RD

 
The Jamestown City Council will hold a special-called meeting on Monday, January 3, 2022 at 5:00pmCT. The Council is expected to accept the resignation of Mayor Nick Shearer and appoint Council member Regena Hinton as Interim Mayor. The meeting is open to the public.
 

Update from the District 8 Transportation Department

D8 crews are out treating roadways throughout the district this morning. Motorists should be prepared for slick travel conditions. Slow down and leave early to arrive safely. Keep up with road conditions at https://t.co/vfDlt3mEAN, or learn more at https://t.co/3Nvq2lZXqp. #kywx https://t.co/NoOp7lCVTG

Local Tourist Director Named President of the KACVB

Janette Marson, executive director of the Lake Cumberland Tourist Commission, has been elected 2022 president of the Kentucky Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (KACVB). 
KACVB is a state association focusing on political advocacy, public awareness, and education for Convention & Visitors Bureaus (Tourism Offices) across the Commonwealth. The organization’s goal is to elevate the understanding of the tourism industry’s economic and social contribution to society as well as to monitor and influence government policies and programs affecting members, the convention and visitor industry.
In addition, the organization encourages ongoing educational opportunities for members which enhance their proficiency and to support high standards if professional practices throughout the convention and visitor industry.
“2022 is shaping up to be a great year for tourism in Kentucky, maybe even bigger than pre-pandemic, and I am honored to be President of this great organization”, said Marson.  “We have a lot of brand-new executive directors of tourism in Kentucky, and there is no better place to learn and grow in the industry than the Kentucky Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. Directors come in, learn, and then bring new, innovative ideas to promote their communities. I’m excited for the new year and to guide our association to even greater heights.”
KACVB collaborates with sister organizations such as the Kentucky Department of Tourism, Kentucky Travel Industry Association, Kentucky Restaurant Association, and the Kentucky Marina Association.
Marson will serve as president of KACVB through the year and will conclude her appointment at the December 2022 meeting. Marson has been the executive director of the Lake Cumberland Tourist Commission in Russell County since May 2013.
Executive officers for 2022 include: Vice President Traci Cunningham, Oak Grove Tourism; Secretary Lori Murphy, Richmond Tourism Commission; Treasurer Lori Saunders, Georgetown/Scott County Tourism; Immediate Past President Erin Carrico, Murray Convention & Visitors Bureau.

 

Transportation Department Ready for Winter Weather


With more than 29,000 tons of salt on hand, combined with more than 80 snow plows, salt spreaders and other equipment ready in Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell and Wayne counties, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 8 crews are ready for winter weather duty.

 

KYTC has been monitoring the possible winter weather forecasted to impact the District 8 area tonight. All District 8 crews are on standby and ready to report when necessary.

 

A winter weather advisory has been issued for most of the district. Forecasts are calling for dropping temperatures and possible snow accumulations of up to 1”- 2” in some areas which could lead to hazardous travel conditions overnight into Monday morning. 

 

Since October, district crews have been inspecting snow plows, calibrating salt-spreading equipment and developing snowstorm response procedures to keep District 8 state roads passable during inclement weather.

 

“We take snow and ice response very seriously,” Chief District Engineer James Jones said. “Highway safety is an essential function of the Transportation Cabinet, and our crews are prepared to meet that mandate by keeping our roads safe during bad weather.”

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) mission is to keep traffic moving in a safe manner with an emphasis on maintaining mobility along critical corridors and priority routes. When bad weather hits, crews are assigned 12-hour shifts to plow and treat roads using a priority system based on the amount and nature of traffic within each individual county. Priority A routes include major through routes and are those most heavily traveled. Priority B routes include other important, but lesser-traveled state routes. Other roads fall into Priority C.

 

The Cabinet’s snow and ice information website, http://snowky.ky.gov, provides details about priority routes, helpful winter weather tips, fact sheets, and videos on salt application and snow removal. 

 

In addition, the public can monitor winter operations in real-time on the state’s interactive traffic system – GoKY.ky.gov – to find out what’s happening on state routes in their local counties.

 

Be prepared: 

The following measures will help keep motorists safe and prepared:

- Pay attention to weather advisories. Weather will impact your commute on some level

- Travel only as necessary during major snow events. It’s better to be stuck at home than to be stuck on the road

- Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment

- Do not pass snowplows on the shoulder

- Allow time for a slower commute

-Winterize vehicles

-Supply vehicles with blankets, flash light and an emergency supply kit

-Know before you go. Visit goky.ky.govand download the free Waze app to check traffic conditions before you travel. You can also get traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8. 

-Eliminate distractions (e.g. using phone and eating) while driving

-Cooperate with the expectations of the Quick Clearance law, which requires drivers to move vehicles to the shoulder in the event of a non-injury crash

 

COLUMBIA BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED 1/2/22

 
As of 2:12 p.m. on Sunday, January 2, 2022 the Columbia Adair Utilities District boil water advisory for customers starting at 2169-4590 Little Cake Rd., Neat Hollow Rd., and Avery Rooks Rd. has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Severe Weather; Freezing temperatures, snow expected for many impacted areas tonight; 4 tornadoes confirmed so far

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 2, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said the state is continuing to respond to a severe weather system that impacted much of Western, Eastern and South Central Kentucky Saturday and is preparing for winter weather to arrive tonight.

 

The weather event generated heavy rain, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and strong straight-line winds and caused flash flooding, loss of power and damage to public infrastructure and private properties.

 

The Governor urged Kentuckians to monitor the weather as snow and freezing temperatures are forecast for many of the affected areas this evening.

 

“We are urging Kentuckians in impacted areas to please stay off the roads as much as possible tonight,” Gov. Beshear said. “Cold temperatures and the possibility of snowfall, combined with wet roads and standing water, are expected to create even more hazardous road conditions.”

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is preparing snowplow trucks and working with Kentucky Emergency Management to monitor conditions.

 

Updates:

  • The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed 4 tornadoes so far:
    • Bowling Green, Warren County, EF-0, 85 mph;
    • Union City, Madison County, EF-1, 110 mph;
    • Northwest of Glasgow, Barren County, EF-1, 95 mph; and
    • Campbellsville, Taylor County, EF-1, 105-110 mph.
  • At this time, no fatalities or injuries have been confirmed.
  • NWS is still conducting tornado surveys in Warren, Barren, Hart, Marion, Taylor, Madison and Christian counties.
  • A possible tornado touched down in Hopkinsville, Christian County. Numerous buildings were damaged on the east side of the city, on 13th and 14th streets.
  • A possible tornado touched down six miles southwest of Russellville in Logan County. Damage assessment indicates damage to several outbuildings.
  • A possible tornado touched down in Marion County at 135 Wendy Lane, damaging a barn.
  • Possible tornado touchdowns in Green and Metcalfe counties caused damage to several homes.
  • Local State of Emergency Declarations are in effect in Casey, Clay, Floyd, Madison, Owsley, Pike and Taylor counties.
  • Electric customer outages have been reported in Pike County, affecting 1,190 customers, and 342 customers have been affected in Floyd County.
  • Heavy rains caused more than 75 roadway closures throughout the day Saturday, primarily due to flooding in Eastern Kentucky. Thirty-two roads remain closed.
  • At least seven landslides have been reported as well as washouts. One bridge embankment was destroyed in Owsley County.
  • The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated with personnel from the Kentucky National Guard, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Kentucky State Police and Kentucky Department for Public Health.

 

Based on preliminary data, 31 counties were impacted in some way by the weather event. Those counties are Adair, Barren, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Christian, Clay, Floyd, Graves, Green, Hart, Hopkins, Jackson, Knott, Lee, Logan, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Mason, Metcalfe, Monroe, Nicholas, Owsley, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Simpson, Taylor and Warren.

 

The Governor will travel to Hopkinsville tomorrow to assess damage, as well as to Graves and Hopkins counties to check on rebuilding efforts following the deadly Dec. 10 tornadoes. Details regarding media availability in Western Kentucky tomorrow are forthcoming.

 

To read yesterday’s news release regarding the Governor declaring a State of Emergencyclick here. For more information about KYEM, visit kyem.ky.gov.

 

WEEKEND ARRESTS 1/2/22


Archie Dowell, 49, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested by the RSPD early this (Sunday) morning for Possession of Methamphetamine and Tampering with Physical Evidence. 

 

Lisa Creason, 42, of Greensburg - arrested on Friday afternoon by Metcalfe County authorities and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail for DUI, Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Failure to Produce Insurance Card,  Failure to Appear, Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees, or Fines.

 
Ashley Stotts, 37, of Burkesville, KY - arrested by Burkesville Police for False Statement/ Misrepresentation to Receive Benefits over $1,000. Stotts was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
Tyler Scott Grooms, 31, of Columbia, KY - arrested on Thursday by the ACSO for Possession of Methamphetamine. Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
Vickie Patton, 49, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested by the RCSO last week for Theft by Deception (Cold Checks) and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Gov. Beshear Declares State of Emergency Due to Severe Weather Across Much of Kentucky

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 1, 2022) – Gov. Andy Beshear declared a State of Emergency today due to a powerful severe weather system generating heavy rain, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and strong straight-line winds impacting much of Western, Eastern and South Central Kentucky.

 

The severe weather caused flash flooding, loss of power and damage of public infrastructure and private properties.

 

Heavy rain bringing totals of 2 to 5 inches is expected throughout the day in much of Kentucky, followed by a cold front tonight, which could complicate response efforts. Casey County reported a rainfall total of 5.25 inches.

 

Flash flooding in Green, Barren, Taylor, Adair, Owsley, Breathitt and Casey counties has resulted in numerous road closures and water rescues. High water was blocking all or parts of multiple roads in Floyd, Knott and Pike counties as of noon. Casey County and Owsley County have declared local states of emergency.

 

A tornado touchdown was reported in Hopkinsville, causing severe damage to downtown businesses, and a possible tornado touchdown was reported in Taylor County, where numerous households have been damaged. Severe thunderstorm warnings have also been issued for Logan, Simpson, Marion and Washington counties.

 

“It is devastating that we are once again experiencing severe weather just weeks after the deadly tornadoes hit Western Kentucky. Sadly, some counties have been affected by both of these events,” Gov. Beshear said. “We will continue to monitor the weather and provide needed updates. Everyone be aware, stay safe and seek shelter when advised.”

 

Kentucky Emergency Management has activated the State Emergency Operations Center, and personnel from the Kentucky National Guard, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Kentucky State Police and Kentucky Department of Public Health are monitoring the situation from the SEOC.

 

“Unfortunately, we continue to experience severe weather in the commonwealth as we move into the new year, with impacts across our south central counties experiencing heavy rainfall, flash flooding, tornado strikes and continuous squall lines,” said Michael Dossett, director of Kentucky Emergency Management.

 

“Please give way to emergency responders operating in numerous counties and stay off of transportation routes today if at all possible.”

 

Steps to keep yourself safe after flooding:

  • Watch your step. Floodwaters often hide sharp and dangerous debris, like broken glass and metal.
  • Wear the appropriate protective clothing and gear such as boots, gloves and safety glasses when it comes to moving debris.
  • Stay away from electrical utility equipment after a storm, or if it is wet, to prevent being electrocuted. Report any utility issues to your local utility company.
  • Flooded homes are hazards. Get a professional to check for loose wires, mold and hidden damage before re-entering.
  • Avoid walking in floodwater. It can be contaminated with oil, gasoline or sewage.
  • Use generators or other gas-powered machinery only outdoors and away from windows.


For more information about KYEM, visit kyem.ky.gov
 

TORNADO WARNING IN CAMPBELLSVILLE


The National Weather Service has issued aTornado Warning for Southeastern Marion and Northeastern Taylor Co. until 1:30pmET.

 

* At 1:08pmET, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located 7 miles northeast of Campbellsville, moving east at 55 mph.

 

SOURCE...Radar indicated rotation.

 

Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs,windows & vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely.

 

* This tornadic thunderstorm will remain over mainly rural areas of southeastern Marion and northeastern Taylor Counties, including the following locations: Mannsville, Wooleyville, Spurlington,  Bradfordsville, Phillipsburg, Salleetown and Merrimac.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW!  Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

 

COLUMBIA BOIL WATER ADVISORY 1/1/22


Date Issued: 1/1/2022

Time Issued: 10:45 a.m.

 

BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers at Neat Hollow Rd., Avery Rooks Rd., 2169-4590 Little Cake Rd. The advisory has been issued due to a main line break.

        

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

 

Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using.

 

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

 

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

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