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Local News Archives for 2022-02

STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL MARCH 2, 2022

 
The Kentucky Statewide Tornado Drill will take place WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2022 at 9:07amCT (10:07amET). The Adair County outdoor warning sirens will be activated during the drill. 

RUSSELL COUNTY BOIL WATER ADVISORY 02/28/22

 

There's a Boil Water Advisory in Russell Springs, KY on Redmon Road due to a water main being hit. Please boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.

 

Gov. Beshear Provides COVID-19 Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 28, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack discussed Friday’s updated guidance and data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and provided information on living as safely as possible with COVID.

 

The CDC is now using a new “community transmission” model that uses the number of new COVID-19 cases at a county level, percent of hospital capacity devoted to COVID-19 patients and the number of new patients with COVID admitted to the hospital in the past week. This data is produced, mapped and will be updated weekly at the county level on the CDC website.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) will take the data file produced by the CDC and use it to generate a three-tiered, stoplight-colored map that will be posted on kycovid19.ky.gov to make it easy for Kentuckians to quickly see the transmission level for their own county. This will be updated weekly when the CDC shares and posts its new data.

 

Kentuckians are strongly encouraged to align their personal mitigation measures to the risk level of their county and the matching guidance in this table.

 

KDPH will also update its K-12 school guidance. Vaccination, disease isolation, targeted mask use and test-to-stay programs are strongly encouraged. Detailed documents to provide further details for schools are currently being revised to align with new CDC guidance.

 

Gov. Beshear also announced that masks are no longer required in state office buildings. However, the following agencies will continue to require face coverings: Kentucky Department of Veteran Affairs-run nursing homes; Department of Corrections correctional institutions; Cabinet for Health and Family Services-run psychiatric hospitals and immediate care facilities; agencies providing food, beverage and housekeeping services; and other congregant settings as determined by an agency’s appointing authority.

 

“I ask everyone to be thoughtful about your and your family’s personal safety. If you have pre-existing conditions, consider continuing to mask up. If you interact with the public a lot, consider continuing to mask up,” said Gov. Beshear. “To everybody, let’s be respectful and even encouraging of people’s decision that they want to continue to mask.”

 

The Governor and Dr. Stack also said baseline guidance for living safely with COVID includes:

  • Get vaccinated;
  • Keep up to date with vaccine boosters;
  • Isolate when sick or after testing positive for COVID-19;
  • Consider targeted mask use following exposures and for high-risk persons; and
  • Follow applicable state and local guidance.

 

“Fortunately, our COVID-19 numbers still heading in a good direction,” said Dr. Stack. “As we look to the third year of the pandemic, we have arrived at a very different place than where we started. Now, effective vaccines, boosters, treatments and tests are widely available. These tools lessen the individual and societal severity of COVID-19.”

 

COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,882,345
Number of people who have received their vaccination booster in Kentucky: 1,076,684

Feb. 26, Cases: 1,602
Feb. 26, Deaths: 42
Feb. 27, Cases: 481
Feb. 27, Deaths: 22

New Cases Today: 671
New Deaths: 34
Today’s Positivity Rate: 8.56%
Current Hospitalizations: 962
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 203
Currently on Ventilators: 112

 

During the week ending Feb. 27, 13,305 cases were reported in Kentucky and the average test positivity rate was 9.01%.

 

Dr. Stack also warned Kentuckians about Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C), a rare but serious condition that occurs two to six weeks after COVID-19 infection. MIS-C occurs most often in school-age children and can also occur after asymptomatic or mild COVID-19 illness. To prevent MIS-C, Kentuckians must prevent the spread of COVID-19 and lessen its impact by getting vaccinated. Improving statewide vaccination rates of school-age children is key to protecting them from this potentially devastating complication.

 

Govs. Beshear, DeWine Pledge to Seek Federal Funding for Brent Spence Bridge Project
Gov. Beshear and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced today that they will jointly pursue up to $2 billion in federal funding to drastically reduce traffic congestion on and around the Brent Spence Bridge, which connects Covington, Kentucky, to Cincinnati, Ohio. The requested funds would primarily be used to build a new companion bridge over the Ohio River to give drivers an alternative to the Brent Spence Bridge.

 

As part of today’s announcement, Govs. Beshear and DeWine signed a memorandum of understanding confirming the states’ intention to work together on the bridge project. The memorandum also directs transportation officials in both states to begin preparations for construction. A more detailed interstate agreement will be signed later this year. To see the full release, click here.

 

“With today’s signing, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the State of Ohio are aligning our efforts to make this project a reality,” said Gov. Beshear. “This memorandum spells out our obligations and positions us to quickly apply for these federal dollars, which will allow us not only to build this new bridge, but to do it without tolls! And just as important: This project shows what we in government can do when we embrace cooperation and progress and simply do what is best for our people.”

 

Team Western Kentucky Relief Fund
Today the Governor announced that $5.7 million in assistance payments from the Western Kentucky Tornado Relief fund are headed to renters and homeowners who were recently affected by the devastating weather event. The payments are for reimbursements to help cover up to $2,500 out of pocket deductible payments. The reimbursement checks are being allocated to Kentuckians who made a tornado-related insurance claim in one of the 16 counties where FEMA declared a federal disaster. 

 

These checks for renters and homeowners are the latest round of assistance payments from the Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund. So far, $800,000 has been provided to families to help cover funeral expenses to the families of those killed as a result of the tornado. Another $2 million in assistance was sent to uninsured homeowners and renters who were displaced or affected by the December storm. 

 

President Biden Approves Kentucky Disaster Declaration
President Joe Biden declared that a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and ordered federal assistance to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms from Dec.  31, 2021, to Jan. 2, 2022.

Federal funding is available to commonwealth and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, flooding, landslides and mudslides in the counties of Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Christian, Clay, Floyd, Green, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Owsley, Pike and Taylor. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for the entire commonwealth. Those eligible should contact Kentucky Emergency Management for more information.

 

The Governor reminded storm survivors who reside in Barren, Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor or Warren counties that the deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is Monday, March 14. To apply for FEMA assistance, visit DisasterAssistance.gov, use the FEMA mobile app or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. 

 

Goodwill and Norton Healthcare Partner for Historic Investment
Last week, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Norton Healthcare and the Governor announced a $100 million investment in West Louisville that will bring a collection of life-enhancing programs and services to one of Kentucky’s most underserved communities. The investment will transform a 20-acre brownfield site located at 28th Street and Broadway into an Opportunity Campus that will house Goodwill’s headquarters operation, career services, a collection of local social service agencies and Norton Healthcare’s new $70 million hospital. To see the full release, click here.

 

AREA ARREST 2-28-22

Misty Walker, age 42, of Jamestown, was taken into custody by Deputy Meyer with the Russell County Sheriff's Office, around 5 last evening. Walker was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

WEEKEND ARRESTS 02/27/22

 

Mark Martin, 47, of Celina, TN - arrested late Friday night in Cumberland County by KSP for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, Rear License Not Illuminated, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, and Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance.

 

Sherry Lynn Jeffery, 36, of Columbia - arrested on Friday night by CPD for Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree.

 

Charles Dallas Neal, 36, of Columbia - arrested on Friday night by CPD for Assault 4th degree, Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Public Intoxication.

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

KSP Charge Pulaski Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (February 25, 2022) — The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Electronic Crime Branch located and arrested Kyle Matthew Freeman, 28, on charges related to a child sexual abuse material investigation.

 

Freeman was interviewed and arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect distributing sexually explicit images online.

 

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at Boat Dock Rd, Somerset, on February 24, 2022. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

 

Freeman is currently charged with nine counts of distribution of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance. This charge is a Class-D felony punishable by one to five years in prison. Freeman was also charged with 16 counts of promoting a minor under the age of 16 in a sexual performance. This charge is a Class-B felony punishable by 10-20 years in prison. Freeman was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

 

The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is comprised of more than twenty-six local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The mission of the ICAC Task Force, created by the United States Department of Justice and administrated by the Kentucky State Police, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing a response to cyber enticement and child sexual abuse material investigations. This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education. The ICAC program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the internet, the proliferation of child sexual abuse material, and the heightened online activity of predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.
 

AREA ARREST 2-25-22

Gaven Bernard, age 18, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Deputy Phipps with the Russell County Sheriff’s Officer at 8 last evening. Bernard was charged with Wanton Endangerment – 2nd Degree and Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree. He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

ADAIR FISCAL COURT MEETING AGENDA - FEB. 28TH

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court will have it’s regular called meeting Monday, February 28, 2022 at 4:00pmCT at the Jim Blair Center, 901 Hudson Street, Columbia, KY. The public is invited to attend.

 

Action Items on the Agenda: 

  • AARON POYNTER - LCADD KARES PROGRAM
  • PERMISSION TO APPLY FOR HHW/ESCRAP GRANT
  • PERMISSION TO APPLY FOR RECYCLING GRANT
  • PERMISSION TO SIGN 2022 WASTE TIRE COLLECTION AGREEMENT 
  • PRECINCT WORKERS PAYSCALE DISCUSSION

 

ADAIR SCHOOL SYSTEM IMPLEMENTING NEW COVID CHANGES NEXT WEEK

 

Adair County Schools will always strive to provide the safest and best learning experience to each of our students. In hopes of keeping students in classes, we have decided to make some changes to help ensure students can stay in school. We have consulted with local and regional health professionals and feel these changes make an educated attempt for us all to live in these times of COVID. We monitor CDC guidelines and will continue to monitor them as we move forward. 

 

The major change will be starting Monday, February 28th Adair County Schools will no longer be quarantining students based on close contact during the school day or school activity.

 

Please know that we will continue to always require masks while on our busses.

  1. Vaccinated or Unvaccinated Student/Staff with COVID-19 symptom(s)
  • Anyone presenting with symptoms should be tested. An appointment with a provider may be required.
  • If they test positive, they should follow guidelines listed for positive cases.

 

  1. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19
  • Individual must quarantine away from school for at least 5 days. Start of symptoms is day 0. At the end of 5 days, individual may return if symptoms are resolved
  • If symptoms are not improving, individual should quarantine for an additional 5 days.
  • It is highly recommended that a mask be worn for 10 full days when indoors.

 

  1. Close Contact – School
  • School contact – Close contacts will no longer be quarantined.
  • Parents will be notified through a bright green Close Contact Card and should monitor for symptoms.
  • Although Adair Co. Schools will not be quarantining for a close contact, parents will have the option to quarantine their child as a result of a close contact at school.

 

  1. Close Contact Household 
  • Household Contacts (Unvaccinated) – Individuals will be required to quarantine for 5 days from last exposure to the positive case. 
  • Individuals may return on day 6 with a negative test and if they are symptom free.
  • For those who do not test, they will be required to quarantine for the full 10 days from the last exposure to the positive case.
     
  • Household Contacts (Fully-Vaccinated/up to date) – Individuals will not be required to quarantine unless they exhibit symptoms.

 

  1. Definition of Fully-Vaccinated/Up to date

•Individuals are considered fully vaccinated if they

  • Have been boosted (if 18 or older) OR
  • Completed the primary series of Pfizer vaccine or Moderna vaccine within past 5 months OR
  • Completed the primary series of Johnson & Johnson within the last two months OR
  • Have a documented case of COVID-19 with the local health department within the last 90 days

 

City of Columbia Announces Another New Restaurant

 
In an announcement made on Thursday, February 24, 2022 from Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoot’s Office, a new business will be locating in our community.
 
Little Caesars, a national pizza chain, will be locating in Columbia, according to one of the franchise owners.
 
The first Little Caesars was located in Garden City, Michigan, which is outside of Detroit. The first franchise was in Warren, Michigan. It became the fastest growing pizza chain in the United States.
 
The Little Caesars Love Kitchen received the Presidential Volunteer Action Award from President George H.W. Bush and later received the award a second time from President Bill Clinton.
 
The company has stores in all 50 states and in 18 international markets.
 

Gov. Beshear: Vehicle Property Tax Relief Provided, Temporary Sales Tax Cut Needed to Combat Higher Prices

 

Kentucky’s economy is on fire, with record-breaking investments and job creation across the commonwealth, and we have the best budget outlook in 25 years. We see our destiny as leaders rapidly approaching, with more opportunities than ever before for our families and our children.

 

But as we work to fully realize our potential, Kentucky families and small businesses are faced with having to pay more for daily essentials, as well as goods and services.

 

While this challenge is temporary, inflation has reached a 40-year high – directly due to the effects of a once-in-100-years pandemic that has stretched on for nearly two years.

 

It is tougher for our families to get by, and it threatens our small businesses if people can’t afford to buy what they’re selling.

 

So recently, I announced immediate relief on vehicle property taxes and proposed a temporary 1% drop in our state sales tax.

 

Under my proposals, Kentuckians would see tax relief of approximately $1.2 billion – $873 million directly related to sales tax savings and $340 million from the reduction in vehicle property taxes.

 

First, I signed an executive order that will result in savings for Kentuckians by stopping an increase in vehicle property taxes, which in Kentucky have risen nearly 40% since last year, due to unprecedented soaring used car values.

 

In simple terms, under this order, Kentuckians will pay an amount similar to last year if they own the same vehicle in the same condition and are living in the same county, and they will not pay taxes on the inflated value.

 

Under Kentucky state law, only the Kentucky General Assembly can exempt all, or any portion of the property tax applied to motor vehicles. But for the first time, this month, in a joint resolution, the Kentucky Senate stated that I have the authority to make this change. So I took action, and the vehicle property tax is now halted at the 2021 level; and it is effective immediately and effective for two years!

 

Those who have already paid their 2022 tax don’t need to worry – they will be getting a refund.

 

Second, I announced that my administration is working with House Democratic Caucus Whip Representative Angie Hatton of Whitesburg, who filed legislation that would temporarily cut the state sales tax from 6% to 5% during the next fiscal year – from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.

 

This historic sales tax cut will help families until the high U.S. annual inflation rate retreats, which experts predict will fall back to around the 2% range by the end of 2022 and through 2023.

 

This sales tax proposal decreases tax costs for Kentucky families by more than 16%, considering the U.S. inflation rate is currently 7.5%.

 

We are talking about savings on purchases at retailers and restaurants; on building and hardware materials; on clothing; as well as on purchases at grocery stores that are not food or medicine, because those items are already tax-free.

 

Our families need relief, and our proposal provides it. And, I have suggested adjustments to my budget recommendation that allows us to provide this relief while retaining a balanced budget.

 

So, if we are going to alter our tax structure, let’s do it to address current inflation and in a way that will help our all of our families, regardless of their wealth. Let’s do it in a way that will make things cost less and help everyone’s dollar go further.

 

Right now, we can keep our economy moving, make historic investments in education, health care and the jobs of the future, all while we provide our families and small businesses relief.

 

We have the resources to do so. Last year, the commonwealth shattered every economic development record in the books. We also saw an all-time record-setting budget surplus in fiscal year 2021 and entered 2022 with an estimated $1.9 billion more than budgeted – and the largest rainy day fund in our state’s history.

 

Our 2022 is off to a great start. In January alone, new and expanding private-sector businesses in Kentucky announced projects totaling nearly $670 million in new investments and more than 1,400 jobs.

 

The list of positive economic accomplishments goes on-and-on. Our future is hopeful. It is exciting. And it is time for lawmakers in Frankfort to help our families and small businesses by immediately passing sales tax relief.

— Gov. Andy Beshear

 

AREA ARRESTS 2-24-22

 

Kevin Humphery, 49, of Burkesville, KY was arrested on Wednesday night by KSP Trooper Justice on charges of Strangulation 1st Degree, Assault, 4th Degree  (Domestic Violence) Minor Injuries, and Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree.

 

Brandon Burris, 31, of Celina, Tennessee was arrested in Cumberland County on Wednesday evening the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Burris was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence Alcohol/Substance 2nd, Possession of Open Alcohol Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle Prohibited, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense (Opiates), Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy Possession, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

 

Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Columbia Man Arrested on Marijuana Charges...

 
Tyler Miller, 24, of Columbia, KY was arrested on Tuesday night, February 22, 2022 by CPD for Possession of Marijuana and Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excluding alcohol). He was lodged in the ACRJ.
 

Hart County Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges in Adair County

 
While investigating a complaint on KY East 80 on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 11:54pmCT, Adair County Deputy Chris Tweedy made contact with 44-year-old Kevin Thompson of Hart County, KY who was operating a 1998 Honda passenger car. During the investigation, a search of the vehicle was conducted and suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located. 
 
Kevin Thompson was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 
 
Deputy Tweedy was assisted by CPD Ofc. Justin Cross.
 
 

Russell County Woman Flown to Louisville Hospital Following Adair County Accident


On Monday, February 21, 2022 at 5:25pmCT, Adair County 911 received a report of a rollover collision in the Millerfield community, 14 miles east of Columbia.  Upon arrival, Adair County Deputy Kenny Perkins found that 38-year-old Brandon Mathis of Russell Springs was operating a 2004 Buick on KY 76 when he dropped off the shoulder of the road. The vehicle overturned multiple times before coming to rest in an adjacent field.  

A passenger, 37-year-old Tashina Mathis of Russell Springs, was partially ejected and was not wearing a seatbelt. She was treated on scene by Adair EMS and then airlifted via helicopter to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of her injuries. 
   
The operator was cited for no operators license and treated and released at TJ Health Columbia. 
     
Deputy Perkins was assisted on scene by the Columbia-Adair County Volunteer Fire Department. The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.

 

AREA ARREST 2-23-22

Kevin Thompson age 45, of Horse Cave was arrested by Deputy Tweedy with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just after 1 a.m. this morning. Thompson was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19 as Cases Continue to Decline

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said COVID-19 numbers continue to decline. Though the spread of the virus remains high statewide, several counties are no longer in the highest category of disease incidence.

 

The Governor said if Kentucky’s COVID-19 numbers continue to decrease, he plans to update guidance by March 14.

 

“The top line on COVID is, cases continue to fall at a good rate. Our positivity rate continues to fall. Hospitalizations, ICU numbers and ventilator usage are all declining. Deaths are still staying fairly high, but we hope deaths will follow the rest of the trends shortly,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are now below the delta variant’s peak. We are heading in the right direction and at a good pace.”

 

COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,877,881
Number of people who have received their vaccination booster in Kentucky: 1,069,243

 

Feb. 19, Cases: 3,564
Feb. 19, Deaths: 32
Feb. 20, Cases: 1,422
Feb. 20, Deaths: 29

New Cases Today: 969
New Deaths: 21
Today’s Positivity Rate: 12.74%
Current Hospitalizations: 1,333
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 270
Currently on Ventilators: 141

 

During the week ending Feb. 20, 25,173 cases were reported in Kentucky and the average test positivity rate was 13.10%. The percent of PCR tests that are positive for COVID-19 continue to steadily decline. The number of patients currently in the hospital or in intensive care for COVID-19 is also declining steadily, however a large number of Kentuckians still remain hospitalized or in need of critical care.

 

Severe Storms
Kentucky will experience multiple rounds of heavy rain during this week, with the first-round forecast to begin tonight and continue all day Tuesday and again Wednesday night through Friday. The heaviest rainfall is expected Tuesday, with 1- to 3-inches or more of rain possible. A flood watch has been issued for the entire commonwealth to highlight the potential for excessive rainfall and flooding issues during the day Tuesday.

 

There is also a slight risk for severe weather across Western and Southcentral Kentucky for Tuesday afternoon. A few strong storms are possible with heavy rainfall and damaging wind gusts as the most likely hazards, though an isolated tornado is possible.

 

Tornado Death Toll
As of today, the Department of Public Health has confirmed the death toll from the Western Kentucky tornados has risen to 80. The additional losses included a 33-year-old woman from Mayfield and her baby, who lived only six days.

 

Commonwealth Sheltering Program
The commonwealth has launched a new page for tornado survivors to help identify their needs.

 

Currently travel trailers are still available for survivors to be placed on the property of the impacted families or on public property identified by state and local officials. Thirty Kentucky families have benefitted from the program thus far.

 

To access this website, visit governor.ky.gov/TornadoResources. The page will connect survivors to wraparound services from state and nonprofit organizations. It will also connect individuals to the Commonwealth Sheltering Program if they need medium-term housing during the recovery process. Once there, click the register link. Survivors will receive a confirmation email and/or reply within about five business days.

 

To be eligible for continued sheltering, survivors must register with FEMA. The deadline for storm survivors to apply for FEMA for assistance is Monday, March 14, 2022. To apply for FEMA assistance, visit DisasterAssistance.gov, use the FEMA mobile app or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. To find a Disaster Recovery Center, visit fema.gov/drc or call the FEMA Helpline.

 

Federal Government Warning
The federal government has released several warnings amid rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Companies across the U.S. have been encouraged to increase cyber defenses, especially those handling critical infrastructure like power and water. Concerns have also been shared about increased prices on corn and wheat, as well as energy prices. The Biden administration is prepared to deploy various tools to help provide relief at the gas pump. The Governor emphasized that Americans should be united during this difficult time.

 

AREA ARRESTS - 2/21/2022

 
  • Jessica Louise Conover, 36, of Columbia was arrested on Monday morning by the ACSO for Receiving Stolen Property (firearm).
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 
  • Stephen Long, 50, of Russell Springs - arrested by the RSPD for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol.
  • Gomez Ruiz Salvador, 33, of Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday by the RCSO and charged with Alchol Intoxication in a Public Place and Possession of an Open Alcohol Container in Motor Vehicle.
  • Dewayne Creasman, 61, of Havana, FL - arrested by Jamestown Police on Friday for DUI and Possession of an Open Alcohol Container in Motor Vehicle.

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Russell County Man Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charges

 

On Sunday, February 20, 2022 Columbia Police initiated a traffic stop on Burksville Street just before 10:00pmCT. After making contact with the driver, the subject denied a request to search the vehicle, therefore K9 Unit Cally was utilized and alerted on the auto. A subsequent search yielded suspected methamphetamine and marijuana. 


Paul Downs, 35, of Jamestown, KY was taken into custody and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and traffic violations. Downs was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest. He was assisted by Officer Justin Cross and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office.
 

Gov. Beshear Announces $4.3 Million in Tobacco Settlement Funds to Kentucky Farms

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2022) – Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman announced today that the Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission has selected 387 Kentucky farm projects in 85 counties to receive a total of $4,301,038 in tobacco settlement funds.

 

The money will be used to promote practices that protect water quality and prevent soil erosion. Projects include alternative water sources for livestock, grassed waterways, fencing to facilitate rotational grazing and cover crops.

 

“Kentucky’s farming families are the grass roots of our economy,” Gov. Beshear said. “Through this program we are supporting their efforts to build a better Kentucky through production practices that not only protect the environment but improve their bottom line.”

 

The Soil and Water Conservation Commission is administered by the Division of Conservation, within the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources. Tobacco Master Settlement funds are appropriated each year by the General Assembly to support the program. Funds are distributed with the assistance of the 121 Soil and Water Conservation Districts across Kentucky, which work with local farmers to verify and submit proposed projects for consideration. Award recipients have two years to complete their projects. 

 

The Conservation Commission has obligated more than $175 million in state cost share funding in the past 28 years. In 2021, reimbursements were made for the completion of 540 projects. These included 3,856 acres of cover crop, more than 55 miles of fencing, 764,000 square feet of grassed waterway and 28 miles of pipeline to supply 240 waterers. 

 

The most recent list of applications approved by county can be seen here

 

Soil and Water Conservation Commission chair Danny Shipley, a farmer in Allen County, said the program benefits Kentucky farmers and the commonwealth.

 

“Many farmers would be unable to improve their farms without these funds,” Shipley said. “These dollars help conserve soils and improve water quality, but they also turn over in the economy and improve our local communities.”

 

“We’re honored to be able to support our farmers through this and many other programs,” Secretary Goodman said. “By working together, we’re improving soil and water quality and helping our farmers improve productivity in the process.”

 

For more information about the State Cost Share Program, contact the Soil and Water Conservation District in your county or click here
 

Russell County Man Arrested for Cruelty to Animals

 

Kenny Weston, 67, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Deputy Bradshaw with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just after 9:30 Sunday evening. Weston was charged with Cruelty to Animals – 2nd Degree and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

WEEKEND ARRESTS 02/20/22

 
 
  • Brandon Allen, 28, of Columbia - arrested early Sunday morning by the ACSO for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Marijuana, DUI, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Rear License Not Illuminated, No Registration Receipt, No Registration Plates, and No License in his Possession.
     
  • Austin Burch Fruth, 21, of Glensfork - arrested early Sunday morning by the ACSO for Unlawful Transaction with a Minor, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 
  • Latasha Popplewell, 34, of Russell Springs - arrested on Friday afternoon by KSP for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (drug unspecified) and Contempt of Court.
     
  • Douglas Peyton, 50, of Russell Springs - arrested on Friday afternoon by KSP for Possession of Methamphetamine.
     
  • Anna Cox, 34, of Russell Springs - arrested on Friday by RSPD for Violation of a Kentucky EPO and Contempt of Court.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center
 

Congressman Comer: IRS Must Provide Americans' Tax Returns On Time

 

WASHINGTON - House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) is calling on IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig to ensure Americans receive their tax refunds in a timely manner. Comer expressed concerns that the IRS’ failure to modernize its legacy systems and expanded telework policies are harming the agency’s service to American taxpayers.

 

“We write to request information about the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) preparations for the current tax filing season, which the Treasury Department is warning will be ‘frustrating’ for both taxpayers and tax preparers due to processing delays and backlogs. Despite its reliance on decades-old legacy technology systems and the fact that the majority of IRS workers continue to telework remotely, Americans expect their tax returns to be processed in a timely and efficient manner. We therefore write to conduct oversight over the IRS’s ability to complete its critical mission and request information on what steps the IRS has taken to overcome obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and reliance on outdated technologies,” wrote Comer.

 

In 2022, the IRS has a larger backlog than normal, attributable in part to its reliance on a legacy software system built in the 1960s that requires employees to manually open mail and enter information into its system. COVID-19 related telework policies for IRS workers have compounded these delays and backlogs. Most IRS employees continue to work remotely. Currently, the IRS has more than 8.5 million pieces of backlogged work. In a typical year, the IRS has about one million pieces of backlogged work.

 

“For many Americans, their tax refund can equal six weeks of take-home income. The volume of tax returns and refunds completed each year shows the far-reaching impact that processing delays could have for the average American. Processed returns are also essential for those who may be entitled to apply for other government benefits such as loans administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. It is therefore imperative that the IRS take steps to mitigate any processing delays, which can delay refunds and access to economic relief programs,” continued Comer.

 

In the letter to Commissioner Rettig, Comer called on the IRS to provide information on the steps it is taking to ensure Americans receive their tax refund in a timely manner, plans to improve its customer service, efforts being taken to modernize its systems, and remote telework and its impact on the agency’s service to taxpayers.

 

View the letter here.

 

Gov. Beshear Awards $5.6 Million to Nine Counties to Improve Water and Sewer Infrastructure


GLASGOW / SCOTTSVILLE / RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2022) – Today Gov. Andy Beshear delivered $5,688,379 to Allen, Barren, Clinton, Cumberland, Hart, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell and Wayne counties to provide cleaner drinking water and improved sewer and wastewater systems. The funding is part of the Better Kentucky Plan’s $250 million Cleaner Water Program, and is estimated to create approximately 3,800 jobs across the state.

 

“Working together, we are building a better Kentucky with improved, resilient infrastructure that supports our residents and meets the needs of our growing economy,” Gov. Beshear said. “Every Kentuckian has the right to expect access to clean drinking water.”

 

The Governor also presented five counties with $1,128,186 total in Kentucky Transportation Cabinet funding for road resurfacing, including:

  • $485,545 for Barren County to resurface portions of Capitol Hill Church Road, Cooktown Road and Kino 88 Road;
  • $241,555 for Monroe County to resurface portions of Cedar Hill Road and Noel Myatt Road;
  • $16,400 for Cumberland County to resurface part of Purgatory Road;
  • $58,900 for Russell County to resurface portions of Fairview Church Road and Glover Road; and
  • $325,786 for Wayne County to resurface portions of Edwards Mountain Road, Strawberry Road; Old Fall Creek Road; Kelly Lane; and Morris Hill Road.


Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and administered by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA), $250 million was appropriated through a bipartisan agreement at the close of the 2021 General Assembly for clean drinking water and wastewater grants to fund projects across Kentucky.

 

The Lake Cumberland and Barren River area development districts submitted the funding requests for all projects to the KIA.

 

Sample projects include:

 

Allen County
The City of Scottsville will use $679,000 to install new sewer infrastructure to serve the new, 100-acre Allen Springs Industrial Park. The project will help the city and county be competitive in recruiting new business to the community.

 

“Clean water is essential for healthy families and the good people of Allen and Monroe Counties are fortunate to have strong, local leadership to bring these much–needed water infrastructure improvements to fruition,” Sen. Max Wise said.

 

“Today, Scottsville is receiving funding to improve the drinking water and wastewater systems. Safe water is essential for every person. This program will ensure that our community has access to it,” said Rep. Shawn McPherson, who represents Allen and Simpson counties and a portion of Warren County. “Strengthening our critical infrastructure is extremely important, which makes the Cleaner Water Program a step in the right direction.”

 

Barren County
More than $1.6 million will be provided to the Glasgow Water and Sewer Commission to complete phase five of a six-phase project to construct a transmission line from the water treatment plant at Barren River Lake to the site of a proposed water tank on the west side of the city on Grandview Avenue. This project will construct approximately 12,500 feet of water line from the intersection of 31E and Pritchardsville Road to the beginning of phase six, near Old Cavalry Drive. Once complete, the project will meet regional demands by improving water quality and capacity and will reduce pressure on the system.

 

“The Cleaner Water Program will help everyone in our community live a better and safer life. With the improvements to the water systems, we are ensuring that Kentuckians have access to clean water,” said Rep. Steve Riley, who represents Barren County and a portion of Warren County. “Last year, the General Assembly allocated relief funds in SB 36 with improvements of the critical infrastructure in mind. I am proud to support these improvements that will directly impact lives across the commonwealth.”

 

Hart County
The Green River Valley Water District in Hart County will receive $403,307 to install new water lines along Nelson, Moss, Glen Lily and Howard Scott roads, which will provide clean, potable water to 10 unserved households.

 

“Drinking and wastewater are two important parts of our day-to-day infrastructure. Many people take clean water for granted. As time progresses, our infrastructure has deteriorated. Some communities struggle to recover from the lack of clean water,” said Rep. Bart Rowland, who represents Hart, Metcalfe and Monroe counties and a portion of Hardin County. “I am excited to see projects come to fruition as a result the legislature’s allocation. I appreciate the opportunity to share this exciting news with the people of Hart, Metcalfe and Monroe counties.”

 

Metcalfe County
The Green River Valley Water District in Metcalfe County will receive $123,289 to install approximately 7,200 feet of water line and three pump stations to provide service to five unserved households and support future residents along Node Road.

 

“Providing sound infrastructure deserves the attention of our community leaders,” Sen. Max Wise said. “I am so pleased Barren, Hart, and Metcalfe Counties now have the funding that will provide cleaner water, something so important to help these communities flourish.”

 

Wayne County
In Monticello, $746,751 will fund an extensive project which will include a new pump station at Powersburg. A new pump station and 30,000-gallon storage tank with a mixing system will be installed at Wray Hill. Strawberry Hill, Cumberland Ridge, as well as Main, Elk and Castel streets will see improvements to water lines and hydrants. These improvements will increase both capacity and fire protection for residents and businesses in each area.

 

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Gov. Beshear on behalf of Wayne County and the City of Monticello,” said Wayne County Judge/Executive Mike Anderson. “The funding received today for Cleaner Water Program is a very positive step for improving the lives of all Wayne Countians. This is a historic day for our community, and this funding is much appreciated and needed.”

 

To see all projects awarded today for the Glasgow Water and Sewer Commission; Green-Taylor Water District; the City of Edmonton; Green River Valley Water District; the City of Scottsville; Allen County Water District; Fountain Run Water District No. 1; Monroe County Water District; the City of Albany; the City of Burkesville; Cumberland County Water District; the City of Russell Springs; the City of Jamestown; and the City of Monticello, click here.

 

“Strong communities need sound infrastructure and clean water,” said Sen. Rick Girdler. “I am grateful for the funding for this project and for the strong leadership in Russell, Wayne, Clinton and Cumberland counties, seeing it through.”

 

“The funding announced today for the improvement of the water infrastructure will help improve the lives of the communities of Clinton, Cumberland and Russell counties. Safe drinking water is something everyone should have access to,” said Rep. Josh Branscum, who represents Clinton, Cumberland and Russell counties and a portion of Pulaski County. “I am proud to be a member of the General Assembly who voted to include ARPA funds in SB 36 in the efforts of funding programs like this.”

 

“Cumberland County is very grateful for the Marrowbone Water Project funding. This particular project is a very important one for the citizens of Cumberland County for the safety and public health of the residents of our county,” said Cumberland County Judge/Executive John A. Phelps Jr. “Thank you to Gov. Beshear and his awesome staff and all the wonderful folks at Kentucky Department of Local Government and Lake Cumberland Area Development District. Also thank you to Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray and Commissioner Bobbi Jo Lewis and her staff at Kentucky Rural and Municipal Aid for the road resurfacing project. Cumberland County is forever grateful.”

 

“Clean water is a resource that many people take for granted,” said Russell County Judge/Executive Gary Robertson. “Those of us that live in these rural communities are very appreciative of that assistance that is being provided by these federal ARPA funds through the Beshear administration.”

 

“We, the City of Albany, would like to take the opportunity to thank you and the Commonwealth of Kentucky for the Cleaner Water Program funds that has been allocated for the Albany Bypass Sewer System Extension Project,” said Albany Mayor Lyle Pierce. “Your leadership and vision to make investments in the water and wastewater infrastructure in Clinton County will help prepare us for the future growth that is headed our way. Reliable sewer/sanitation is a vital necessity to the citizens of Albany and Clinton County. This grant will go a long way for a wastewater project that will not only just serve our citizens in Albany and Clinton County, but expand the attractiveness to businesses wanting to develop along the new Albany Bypass.”

 

About the Cleaner Water Program
More than $106 million has been awarded to grantees to fund transformative projects since the call for projects was announced June 1. Eligible government agencies, such as city-owned water or sewer utilities, water commissions, water and sewer districts and counties, collaborated with their local Area Development Districts and Area Water Management Councils to submit projects for Cleaner Water Program funding. There are 713 public drinking water and wastewater utilities in Kentucky.

 

Cleaner Water Program funding is allocated in three ways:

  • $150 million based on each county’s proportion of the state’s population, with the exception of Jefferson County’s share, which is discounted by 50% based on its high per capita allocation from the federal act. A list of the allocations by county can be found here.
  • $50 million is available for utilities to provide drinking water services to unserved, rural customers or to utilities under a federal consent decree. The KIA shall consider social, economic and environmental benefits in determining the allocations.
  • $49.9 million is available to supplement a project grant for a project with a cost in excess of a county’s allocation amount and other available grant sources. The social, economic and environmental benefits shall be considered in determining project allocations. KIA will receive $75,000 to administer the grant program.


The application deadline was Nov. 19, 2021; however, KIA will make awards continuously throughout the year. All grant awardees must obligate the funds by Dec. 31, 2024.

 

The American Society of Civil Engineers in 2019 projected that Kentucky faces nearly $14.5 billion in water/wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years, including over $8.2 billion in drinking water upgrades and $6.2 billion in sewer system improvements.

 

Information about the Cleaner Water Program, as well as grants for broadband expansion, school facility upgrades and vocational education center renovations, can be found at governor.ky.gov/BetterKy.

Adair Inmate Attempts Another Escape


The Columbia Police Department was called to the Adair Regional Jail early Friday morning, February 18, 2022 after being advised an inmate had attempted to escape. 

Upon arrival, Officers spoke with Deputy Jailers who advised a male inmate had wanted to speak with one of them, and when the Deputy opened the cell door, the inmate rushed passed and began trying to find any open door before being subdued and placed back in his cell. 


Brad Callinan, 33, of Russell Springs is now facing additional charges of attempting to escape. Callinan had previously walked away from the class D facility on January 2nd of this year before being located and apprehended in Russell County several days later. 

Officer Trevor Foster was the investigating Officer.

 

Adair County School Board Meeting Recap


Adair School Superintendent Dr. Pamela Stephens spoke with Jim Lieb with WAVE News following last nights meeting...

 

 

Kentucky Senate Passes Controversial Transgender Bill

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky's Senate has passed a controversial bill regarding transgender athletes.  
 
SB 83 would ban trans girls from playing on girls' sports teams in Kentucky middle and high schools. Bill sponsor Repubican Senator Robby Mills says those assigned male at birth have athletic advantages over girls. Opponents argue the bill is unnecessary, adding similar legislation in other states has been struck down by the courts.  
 
The measure passed 27-8. It now heads over to the House for consideration.  

 

Senator Max Wise of Campbellsville, KY is in favor of the trans ban....

 

 

Story courtesy of KNN (Kentucky News Network)

 

Political and Other Promotional Signs are Restricted on Right of Way

 

Illegally placed items along state maintained right of way areas are subject to being removed. Political campaigns, residents, business operators and property owners along US and KY routes are reminded no signage is allowed on right of way other than official highway signs and items approved through a permit process. Non-permitted signs can create additional hazards by blocking sight distance or distracting drivers, particularly at intersections. 

 

Requests have been received to clear non-permitted signs from right of way areas across the district.  With May Primary races and the traditional yard sale season coming up, anyone wanting to place such signage must do so beyond roadway right of way limits. This also includes all yard sale activities and associated parking. 

 

It is also illegal to attach signs or items such as flyers, posters, balloons or streamers to stop signs, highway markers or any other road sign or utility pole. Illegal placement on utility poles presents additional obstacles and potential dangers for utility crew workers. 

 

Removed items will be taken to each county’s KYTC maintenance facility and held for a short period of time. Unclaimed materials will be trashed or recycled. 

 

If you have questions related to legal/illegal sign placement, contact the KYTC District 8 office in Somerset, KY at 606-677-4017. Hours are 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. EST, M-F.

 

KYTC District 4 serves: Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, and Wayne counties.

 

Gov. Beshear, Lt. Gov. Coleman Provide Team Kentucky Update 02/17/22

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 17, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear was joined by Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman to provide this week’s Team Kentucky update, where they discussed Kentucky’s latest advancements in agritech and job growth and provided updates on the Cleaner Water Program and the Commonwealth Sheltering Program.

 

The Governor also reiterated that Kentuckians will not see an increase in their vehicle property tax for the next two years due to an executive order he signed yesterday. He added that he is working with House Democratic Caucus Whip Angie Hatton of Whitesburg to provide more relief from inflation by supporting a temporary 1% state sales tax cut over the next fiscal year. The move would save Kentuckians more than 16% on many goods and services, including on purchases at retailers, restaurants and items at grocery stores as well as building and hardware materials and clothing.

 

“Under these proposals, Kentuckians will see tax relief of approximately $1.2 billion, of which $873 million is directly related to sales tax savings, and $340 million is from the reduction in vehicle property taxes,” Gov. Beshear said. “Right now, we can keep our economy moving, make historic investments in education, health care and the jobs of the future, all while we provide our families and small businesses relief.”

 

Kentucky-Netherlands Agritech Collaboration Adds Nine Members
Gov. Beshear was joined by Dutch Consul General Bart Twaalfhoven to announce that the partnership between governments, universities and companies in Kentucky and the Netherlands has added nine new members. Joining the collaborative effort are the Kentucky Horticulture Council, Kentucky State University and Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands, as well as Kentucky-based companies AppleAtcha and Kentucky Fresh Harvest and Dutch companies Arcadis, Delphy, HortiTech and Royal Brinkman.

 

Consul General Twaalfhoven said: “The commitment of renowned Dutch organizations like Wageningen University and strong Dutch companies like Arcadis, along with the entrepreneurial spirit of new Kentucky businesses like AppleAtcha and Kentucky Fresh Harvest, sends a clear signal to the rest of the United States and the world: Kentucky means business.”

 

To read the full release, click here.

 

200 New Quality Jobs Added by Quadrant in Louisville
As the commonwealth’s economic momentum and job growth continues to soar in 2022, the Governor thanked Louisville-based Quadrant for bringing an important industry to our state while building upon our rapidly growing presence of electric vehicle-related investments.

Since 2001, Quadrant has operated an engineering, machining and assembly hub in Louisville, and now the company is significantly growing its footprint in the area. A producer of rare-earth magnets used in EV motors and other applications, Quadrant is going to construct a 171,000-square-foot manufacturing facility near its existing Louisville operation.

 

It will be the company’s first mass production facility in the U.S. and furthers its plans to establish a world-class magnetics, manufacturing and research campus in Kentucky. Quadrant will invest over $95 million and create 200 quality jobs with this new facility.

 

Quadrant President Michael Brand joined Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Coleman and said, “This manufacturing center and this research center will further the position of Kentucky in the magnetics industry as a leader. One day – and this is the hope – when people mention Kentucky, they’re going to say, ‘That’s the state where they have bourbon, horse racing and the best college basketball in the country, but they also have the best magnetics hub anywhere.’”

 

To read the full release, click here.

 

Severe Storms Thursday
The Governor also warned Kentuckians to prepare for a strong storm system that is likely to bring widespread rain, gusty winds and possibly a few thunderstorms on Thursday. Widespread downpours with 1 to 2 inches of rain likely could result in a few instances of flooding. Strong winds with gusts of over 40 mph and isolated damaging winds above 60 mph are expected.

 

Commonwealth Sheltering Program
Lt. Gov. Coleman recently visited Mayfield to deliver travel trailer keys to five families who lost their homes in December’s tornadoes. Following the storm, the state purchased 200 travel trailers from various RV dealers across Kentucky to serve as medium-term housing solutions. Lt. Gov. Coleman reminded storm survivors to be eligible for continued sheltering they have to register with FEMA. To apply for FEMA assistance, visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. For more information on these travel trailers, see full release.

 

Cleaner Water Program
Lt. Gov. Coleman and Gov. Beshear announced $13.75 million in Cleaner Water Program funding within the last week.

 

“Investing in high-speed internet, clean water, roads and bridges helps build a solid foundation for tomorrow’s economy, today,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “These systems can make the difference for business leaders looking to invest in Kentucky and they also make a huge difference for our families.”

 

Funding included:

  • $6 million in Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Fulton and Hickman counties. To learn more, see the full release.
  • $2.5 million in Boyle, Mercer and Washington counties. To learn more, see the full release.
  • $2.5 million in Rowan, Morgan, Menifee and Montgomery counties. To learn more, see the full release.
  • $2.75 million in Estill, Garrard and Madison counties. To learn more, see the full release.

 

The Cleaner Water Program, as well as grants for high-speed internet expansion, school facility upgrades and vocational education center renovations, is part of Gov. Beshear’s Better Kentucky Plan. More information can be found at governor.ky.gov/BetterKy.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
For today’s Team Kentucky All-Star, the Governor was excited to celebrate the folks at WoodSongs for their tornado relief efforts to bring 1,000 free instruments to tornado victims.

 

Many Western Kentucky families lost their instruments due to these devastating tornadoes. If you are one of those families, you can receive a free replacement instrument through WoodSongs on March 18 in Mayfield or March 19 in Dawson Springs or Owensboro while supplies last. No one will be turned away, but FEMA and Red Cross cardholders will be given priority. Those needing a replacement should email WFPA@woodsongs.com or visit the Woodsongs.com/tornado for more information.

 

“Thank you to all of those at WoodSongs for creating this program and helping our families recover,” Gov. Beshear said. “I know this will help make a difference. We are incredibly proud to have you as a member of Team Kentucky!”

 

KSP Post 11 Investigates Fatal House Fire in Pulaski County

 

Somerset, KY. (February 17, 2022) – KSP Post 11 in London received a call for assistance from Pulaski County 911 at approximately 3:38amET with a fatal structure fire on Dry Branch Road in Pulaski County.

 

 After the fire was extinguished, firefighters discovered human remains inside the burnt residence. The human remains could not be identified and have been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for identification. Investigators are working together to determine the cause of the fire. WAVE News has learned the remains are reported those of a 16-year-old Pulaski County teenager.

 

Kentucky State Police was assisted on scene by Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, and several local fire departments in Pulaski County, Pulaski County EMS and Pulaski County Coroner’s Office. This case remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police, Detective Eric Moore.

 

AREA ARREST 2-17-22

State Police made a couple of arrest Wednesday in Russell County. Brandon Knight, age 41, of Jamestown was taken into custody by Trooper Jones just before 8:30 last night. Knight was charged with Driving on a DUI Suspended License – 1st Offense, Seat Belt Anchor and Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence Substance 2nd. Trevor Harrison age 26 of Russell Springs was arrested by Trooper Begley, just before 6 last evening. Harrison was charged with Menacing, Resisting Arrest and Failure to Appear. Both were lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Claude Cole, age 53, of Albany was taken into custody by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Officer. Cole was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Offense Meth, Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Alcohol/Substance 1st, Operating Vehicle with Expired Operators License, License to be in Possession, Failure to Notify Address Change to Department of Transportation, Possession of Open Alcohol Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle Prohibited, Careless Driving, Disregarding Stop Sign and Inadequate Silencer (Muffler). April Siggers, age 43, of Burkesville, was arrested by Officer Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office just after 6 last evening. Siggers was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. Both were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Gov. Beshear Provides Vehicle Property Tax Relief and Proposes Temporary Cut in State Sales Tax

 

To help Kentuckians combat rising prices due to inflation brought on by the global pandemic, Gov. Andy Beshear announced today that he is providing immediate vehicle property tax relief and proposed a temporary 1% drop in the state sales tax.

 

Under the Governor’s proposal, Kentuckians would see tax relief of approximately $1.2 billion, of which $873 million is directly related to sales tax savings and $340 million is from the reduction in vehicle property taxes.

 

“A booming economy and the best state budget in 25 years means we can do more to help our working families and small businesses buy and sell the essential goods and services that are costing more and that are simply priced too high,” Gov. Beshear said. “We have all had enough – and today I am doing something about it by providing immediate vehicle property tax relief and proposing a cut in the sales tax.”

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Vehicle Property Tax Relief
The Governor signed an executive orderthat will stop an increase in vehicle property taxes caused by soaring used car values, which in Kentucky rose approximately 40% since last year.

 

The property valuation for the average motor vehicle in Kentucky rose from $8,006 to $11,162 in just one year. The Governor said the abrupt adjustment warrants a change and under his order, for example, a Kentuckian will pay a tax amount similar to last year – if they own the same vehicle in the same condition and are living in the same county – and they will not pay taxes on the inflated value for the next two years.

 

The Governor said those who have already paid their 2022 taxes do not need to worry – they will be getting a refund from their local county clerk’s office.

According to Kentucky state law, only the General Assembly can exempt all or any portion of the property tax applied to motor vehicles. For the first time, in Senate Joint Resolution 99 (R.S. 2022), the Kentucky Senate stated that the Governor has the authority to provide vehicle property tax relief, and in response, Gov. Beshear has acted quickly.  

 

Gov. Beshear Wants Sales Tax Cut
The Governor also is working with Kentucky House Democratic Caucus Whip Angie Hatton of Whitesburg, who is filing legislation to support cutting the state sales tax from 6% to 5% from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.

 

The sales tax proposal decreases sales tax costs for all Kentucky families by more than 16%, as the U.S. inflation rate is 7.5%, on purchases at retailers, restaurants and items at grocery stores that are not food or medicine, because those items are already tax-free. Building and hardware materials and clothing purchases will also benefit from the sales tax reduction.         

 

This historic step would help families until the high U.S. annual inflation rate retreats, which is projected to be through 2022 and into 2023.

 

The Governor will propose adjustments to his recommended budget to accommodate the reduction in revenues.

 

The Governor also cautioned against those in Frankfort who are using evasive terms like “comprehensive tax reform.” He said these groups only want to do one thing: raise the sales tax on our hard-working families and, likely, apply it to critical items like food and medicine. In return, they would lower income tax rates on the most profitable corporations and our most economically fortunate Kentuckians.

 

“Our families don’t need this type of ‘reform.’ They need relief,” Gov. Beshear said. “So, if we are going to alter our tax structure, let’s do it to address the current inflation and in a way that will help our families. Let’s do it in a way that will make things cost less for all Kentuckians.”

 

“I’m proud to sponsor this legislation, because Kentuckians deserve this relief and, during a time of record revenues, the state can afford to provide it,” Rep. Hatton said. “I want to thank Gov. Beshear for taking quick action to lower our vehicle property taxes and for backing my legislation to temporarily cut our sales tax for a year. These moves would benefit all of us, but there is no doubt they are desperately needed in regions like mine in Eastern Kentucky, which has had to do more with less for so long that there’s just not any more to give.”

 

The Governor said the cuts are possible because Kentucky’s economy continues to surge. Last year, the commonwealth shattered every economic development record in the books. Private-sector new-location and expansion announcements included a record $11.2 billion in total planned investments and commitments to create a record 18,000-plus full-time jobs across the commonwealth in the coming years. Kentucky’s average incentivized hourly wage for projects statewide in 2021 was $24 before benefits, a 9.4% increase over the previous year.

 

Kentucky recently placed seventh overall in Site Selection magazine’s annual Business Climate Rankings. The commonwealth ranked third nationally in the 2020 projects per capita ranking and fifth in the 2021 Prosperity Cup rankings, positioning the state among national leaders for business climate.

 

Kentucky saw an all-time record-setting budget surplus in fiscal year 2021 and enters 2022 with an estimated $1.9 billion more than budgeted.

 

And 2022 is off to a great start. In January alone, new and expanding private-sector businesses in Kentucky announced projects totaling nearly $670 million in new investments and more than 1,400 new jobs.

 

On Jan. 28, Gov. Beshear announced S&P Global Ratings revised Kentucky’s financial outlook to positive from stable and affirmed its “A-” credit rating. S&P cited a reduced reliance on one-time items to balance the budget and a higher balance in the state’s rainy day fund as primary factors influencing the change.

 

“We can keep our economy moving, make historic investments in education, health care and the jobs of the future, all while we provide our families and small businesses tax relief,” Gov. Beshear said. “We have the resources to do so, and I urge lawmakers in Frankfort to immediately act to reduce the state sales tax.”
 

January Report for the Russell County Sheriff's Office

Russell County Sheriff’s Office January Report…

 

 

 

 

354 911 Service Calls (broken down that includes)

8 Domestic

47 Traffic Stops

12 Accidents No Injuries

4 Accidents with Injuries

40 Lock Outs

16 Alarm Calls

10 EAS Assist

16 Suspicious Person Complaint

17 Welfare Checks

11 Theft Complaints

19 Officer Request

 

28 Arrest

18 Mental Health Transports

74 Court Papers Received

1373 Court Security Transport

13 Criminal Summons

52 Vehicles Inspected

January Tax Collection

$614,985.80

Total Collection $10,839,165.75

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ADAIR COUNTY BOIL WATER ADVISORY 02/14/22

 

A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia-Adair Utilities District for customers at 2506-3509 Cane Valley Rd., Austin Trace, Biggs Rd, Dulworth Rd., Huntingway and all side roads, Griffin Springs Rd., Coburg Rd, Farris Rd., and 6489-7299 Campbellsville Rd. The advisory has been issued due to a main line leak. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure.

Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, 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.

CAUD is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  “Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Speech Impaired users, call the Kentucky Relay Service at (800) 648-6056. Give the communications assistant our phone number to contact us.”

 

RUSSELL COUNTY BOIL WATER ADVISORY 02/14/22

 

There is a Boil Water Advisory in Russell County off Bernard Ridge on McQueary Road and all side roads. Boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes. This advisory is in effect until further notice.

 

Gov. Beshear Provides COVID Update 02/14/22

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 14, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky is seeing a good trajectory in regard to weekly cases and positivity rate and that if these trends continue, Kentucky likely will be moving out of the red zone and into the orange or yellow by March 14.

 

The Governor said that if weekly COVID-19 cases and positivity rates continue to decrease, his goal is to provide updated guidance for the state workforce by next month.

 

“The topline message is that cases continue to fall,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’re still seeing significant numbers of deaths, but cases continue to fall, and the trajectory is exactly what we want to see.”

 

COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,870,708
Number of people who have received their vaccination booster in Kentucky: 1,057,632

Feb. 12, Cases: 3,755
Feb. 12, Deaths: 48
Feb. 13, Cases: 2,220
Feb. 13, Deaths: 36

New Cases Today: 1,907
New Deaths: 32
Today’s Positivity Rate: 17.93%
Current Hospitalizations: 1,750
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 322
Currently on Ventilators: 162

 

During the week ending Feb. 13, 35,961 cases were reported in Kentucky and the average test positivity rate was 18.37%. The Governor said that 318 National Guard members are deployed helping Kentucky hospitals. While cases continue to decrease, the Governor said this past week was still the sixth highest week for new cases during the pandemic.

 

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health, urged expecting mothers to get vaccinated and said there is no evidence of adverse maternal or fetal effects.

 

“A growing body of data demonstrates the safety of vaccine use in pregnant individuals and that there are risks from contracting COVID during pregnancy, including that COVID increases risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death, and increases the risk of preterm delivery and a small increased risk of stillbirth,” Dr. Stack said. “COVID-19 vaccination reduces the risk of these complications and is safe for both the mother and the unborn child.”

 

Tornado Recovery Update
As of this morning, 243 displaced guests are being housed at Kentucky State Parks. With declining numbers of sheltering guests, state parks will soon begin to consolidate the number of parks providing housing for displaced families by transitioning individuals to mid-term housing options such as travel trailers and cottages, both of which are more private and offer kitchens.

 

The Governor provided an update on the Commonwealth Sheltering Program and said 25 families have been placed in travel trailers. That number includes four families placed Feb. 11-12, one in Pennyrile State Park and three in the Mayfield Mobile Home Park.

 

The deadline for storm survivors to apply for FEMA for assistance is Sunday, March 13, 2022. To apply for FEMA assistance, visit DisasterAssistance.gov, use the FEMA mobile app or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. To find a Disaster Recovery Center, visit fema.gov/drc or call the FEMA Helpline.

 

BlueOvalSK Battery Park
Today, the Governor announced another major step toward the construction and development of the Ford Motor Co. and SK Innovation BlueOvalSK Battery Park to be located in Hardin County. The $5.8 billion project is the single largest economic development investment in the history of the commonwealth and will create 5,000 jobs.

 

The Finance and Administration Cabinet, on behalf of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, released a Request for Proposals seeking professional design and construction administration services for this new onsite training facility to be constructed in Glendale, Kentucky. The cutting-edge training facility will provide the classrooms used to train the employees who will produce these electric vehicle batteries. It will also include the laboratories that will be used in research and development of this advanced technology, as well as providing offices and meeting space for the faculty and staff. To read more about the BlueOvalSK Battery Park announcement click here.

 

ADAIR COUNTY ROAD CLOSED TUESDAY FOR REPAIRS

 

Bird Rd. in Adair County will be closed after 8:00amCT on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 for repairs, per Adair County Road Foreman Barry Hamlett.

Adair County Man Accused of Violating Clean Water Act

 
A Columbia man is accused of violating the Clean Water Act by illegally discharging oil and brine water into creeks in Adair County in 2018, according to federal prosecutors. KNN's Hailey Hanson has details....
 


According to the indictment, 32-year-old Joshua Franklin attached a conduit to the bottom of the oil tank and placed the open end of the conduit just yards from a creek. He then opened the tank valve, which allowed a mixture of brine water and oil to discharge from the tank. Prosecutors say that with the valve still open, Franklin left the site, which allowed about 4,000 gallons of the oily mixture to discharge into a nearby creek which flowed into connecting tributaries.

 

The maximum penalty under the Clean Water Act is 3 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A court could also impose a restitution payment for the cost of the cleanup.

 

The EPA and Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection investigated the incident.

 

Russell County Man Arrested on Burglary & Theft Charges...

 

David M. Stargle, 50, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Saturday afternoon, February 12, 2022 by the RCSO for 2nd degree Burglary, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Theft by Unlawful Taking. Stargle was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

COLUMBIA-ADAIR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING FEB. 15TH

 

The Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Board of Directors meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 8:00amCT at the Chamber building,  201 Burkesville Street (lower level), Columbia, KY.

 

AGENDA  

Presiding – Bobby Morrison, Chairman

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

Business:

  • Approval of Minutes as presented – Kenzie Rowe, Secretary
  • Approval of Treasurer’s Report as presented – Roger Meadows, Treasurer

 

New Business:

  1. Economic Development Board of Directors and anyone that wants to go will be going to tour the New Lake Cumberland Technology Center for Russell & Adair Counties. Thanks to Chester Taylor for arranging. This is a "State of the Art" facility.
  2. Update on 2nd road design (if time permits)
  3. Other business if time permits.

 

Russell County Woman Arrested on Meth Charges at Columbia Business


The Columbia Police Department was dispatched to what was initially a vehicle complaint at Dollar Tree on Will Walker Lane in Columbia on Saturday afternoon, February 12, 2022.


Upon arrival, CPD Officers were advised a female had ran through the store and out the back door once Officers had arrived. The subject was located and while speaking with her, it was determined she was under the influence and was taken into custody. 

After being transported to the Adair Regional Jail, the female was found to be concealing suspected methamphetamine on her by jail staff. 

Nicolette Hare, 30, of Russell Springs has been charged with public intoxication, promoting contraband, and possession of methamphetamine. She was additionally served with three active warrants. 

Officer Joey Keith made the arrest. He was assisted by Officer Kevin Atwood and Adair Regional Jail Staff.
 

Gov. Beshear Awards $3 Million to 4 Counties (Including Adair, Taylor & Casey) Through Cleaner Water Program

 

CAMPBELLSVILLE, LEBANON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear delivered $2,943,884 to Taylor, Adair, Casey and Marion counties to provide cleaner drinking water and improved sewer and wastewater systems. The funding is part of the $250 million Cleaner Water Program and is estimated to create approximately 3,800 jobs across the state.

 

The WAVE's sister station, 99.9 The Big Dawg was at today's presentation and Larry Smith spoke to the Governor....
 

 

“None of our local water districts should have to piece together their lines or equipment in order to provide wastewater services or clean drinking water to their citizens,” Gov. Beshear said. “These investments will restore aging infrastructure, increase capacity for future growth and secure reliable services to the residents of this area. All part of our plan to build a better Kentucky.”

 

While in Campbellsville, the Governor also presented a ceremonial check for $147,600 to Adair County, representing a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) project to resurface part of Richard Hollow Road. He also presented a $530,000 ceremonial check to Casey County representing KYTC projects to resurface parts of Rouse Branch Road and South Fork Creek Road.

 

Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and administered by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA), $250 million was appropriated at the close of the 2021 General Assembly through a bipartisan agreement for clean drinking water and wastewater grants to fund projects across Kentucky.

 

“I am grateful for the allocation of funding for the Cleaner Water Program in Casey County and Marion County,” said Sen. Jimmy Higdon, whose district includes Marion County. “I no longer represent Casey County after state Senate redistricting became law, as most are now aware. However, I want the people of the county to know how much I appreciate them. They are in good hands with their new state senator, Brandon Storm, and I trust he joins me in celebration of today’s announcement and in thanks to all involved in bringing reliable water services to the county.”

 

“Clean water is essential for the health of families and the vibrancy of a society,” said Sen. Max Wise, whose district includes Taylor and Adair counties. “I appreciate the work that Taylor and Adair County officials are doing to ensure a sound infrastructure for their residents.”

 

The Lake Cumberland and Lincoln Trail Area Development Districts submitted the funding requests for all projects to the KIA. The $3 million will fund nine projects ranging from water line extensions to tank repairs.

 

Sample awards include:

Taylor County
The City of Campbellsville will receive $804,197 to upgrade aging water treatment plant equipment, including filters and sedimentation machinery, which will improve the quality and supply of water provided to customers.

 

“Today, Adair and Taylor County are receiving necessary funds to improve the drinking water and wastewater systems,” said Rep. Michael Sarge Pollock, who represents Adair and Taylor counties. “Safe water is something every person should have access to and this program will ensure that every person has access to it. The strengthening of Kentucky’s critical infrastructure is extremely important and the Cleaner Water Program is a step in the right direction.”

 

Adair County
The Adair County Water District will receive $705,214 to construct a new water line along Kentucky Highway 551 that will connect two existing water lines on each side of the Green River. This will improve water volume and pressure for the Knifley area. The local pump station and pressure-reducing valve also will be replaced.

 

“Clean water is something that a lot of people take for granted. Improvement to these water line projects and the pump station will be a tremendous asset to Adair County,” said Adair County Judge/Executive Gale Cowan. “The resurfacing project on Richards Hollow Road will also be a huge asset. This road has 25 to 30 homes and businesses on it and is a heavily traveled road in Adair County. We are happy to see state funding for this project and want to thank Gov. Beshear and his staff for the assistance.”

 

Casey County
The growing East Casey County Water District will use $593,456 to replace or upgrade aging, obsolete equipment including pump stations, water tanks, water meters with automatic technology and more.

 

“The Cleaner Water Program will ensure that every person in Casey County has access to clean water,” said Rep. Daniel Elliott, whose district includes Casey County. “It is extremely important for the citizens of the commonwealth to live without worry about their water systems and this program will hopefully do just that. When allocating the funds in last year’s Senate Bill 36, programs to improve Kentucky’s infrastructure are just what we had in mind. I voted for the budget with confidence that this money would be used to help improve the lives of Kentuckians and it is clear the money will to just that.”

 

“I would like to thank Gov. Beshear for his help in acquiring funding for improvements to our road and water systems,” said Casey County Judge/Executive Randy Dial. “The addition of a new water storage tank, upgraded water pump stations and additional water meters will greatly improve the ability of the East Casey Water District to deliver safe drinking water to our citizens. Repairs to and resurfacing of Rouse Branch Road and Southfork Creek Road will improve safety for the traveling public and provide better roads for increased tourism and positive economic impacts for one of our larger rural business communities.”

 

Marion County
The Lebanon Water Works Company will receive $83,524 to add a new flow meter to the raw water intake system, allowing the company to better monitor water from both the Rolling Fork River and the Fagan Branch Reservoir.

 

“Today, Marion County is receiving necessary funds to improve their water systems and it will ensure every person has access to safe and clean drinking water,” said Rep. Brandon Reed, whose district includes Marion County. “As vice chair of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee, we worked the appropriate the funds from ARPA into last year’s Senate Bill 36 so programs like this one would be fully funded. I am proud to be a part of a legislature that works to improve the lives of Kentuckians.”

 

A list of all funded projects can be found here.

 

About the Cleaner Water Program
More than $106 million has been awarded to grantees to fund transformative projects since the call for projects was announced June 1. Eligible government agencies, such as city-owned water or sewer utilities, water commissions, water and sewer districts and counties, collaborated with their local Area Development Districts and Area Water Management Councils to submit projects for Cleaner Water Program funding. There are 713 public drinking water and wastewater utilities in Kentucky.

 

Cleaner Water program funding is allocated in three ways:

  • $150 million based on each county’s proportion of the state’s population, with the exception of Jefferson County’s share, which is discounted by 50% based on its high per capita allocation from the federal act. A list of the allocations by county can be found here.
  • $50 million is available for utilities to provide drinking water services to unserved, rural customers or to utilities under a federal consent decree. The KIA shall consider social, economic and environmental benefits in determining the allocations.
  • $49.9 million is available to supplement a project grant for a project with a cost in excess of a county’s allocation amount and other available grant sources. The social, economic and environmental benefits shall be considered in determining project allocations. KIA will receive $75,000 to administer the grant program.

 

The application deadline was Nov. 19, 2021; however, KIA will make awards continuously throughout the year. All grant awardees must obligate the funds by Dec. 31, 2024.

 

The American Society of Civil Engineers in 2019 projected that Kentucky faces nearly $14.5 billion in water/wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years, including over $8.2 billion in drinking water upgrades and $6.2 billion in sewer system improvements.

 

Information about the Cleaner Water Program, as well as grants for broadband expansion, school facility upgrades and vocational education center renovations, can be found at governor.ky.gov/BetterKy.

 

AREA ARRESTS 02/11/22

 
  • Dustin Daniels, 36, of Columbia - arrested Friday afternoon and charged with Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree, Resisting Arrest, Intimidating a Witness in the Legal Process, and Failure to Appear.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
  • Dillan Neeley, 23, of Columbia - arrested on Thursday evening by Burkesville Police for Assault 3rd degree - Police or Probation Officer, Resisting Arrest, and Criminal Trespassing 3rd degree.
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Governor BeShear in Taylor County Today to Present Cleaner Water Funding for Adair, Taylor & Casey

 

Taylor, Adair, and Casey Counties Cleaner Water Funding

Taylor County Courthouse, Second 203 N Court St, Campbellsville, KY 42718

Fri 2/11/2022 1-1:45pmET

 

Agenda: 

Welcome: Taylor County Judge/Executive Barry Smith

Remarks and Emcee: Gov. Beshear

 

  • Recognize Lake Cumberland ADD and Executive Director Waylon Wright
  • Accept check and remarks: Campbellsville Mayor Diane Ford-Benningfield 
  • Accept check and remarks: Green-Taylor Water District General Manager Andrew Tucker
  • Accept check and remarks: Adair County Judge/Executive Gale Cowan
  • Accept check and remarks: Adair County Water District Representative General Manager Lenny Stone
  • Accept check and remarks: East Casey County Water District General Manager Andy Greynolds
  • Accept check and remarks: Casey County Judge/Executive Randy Dial
     

Adair County Water District- CAUD-- River Crossing & Loop

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Richard Hollow Rd – Adair County 

Resurface

 

East Casey County Water District- 2020 System Upgrades

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Rouse Branch Road – Casey County 

Resurface

South Fork Creek Rd – Casey County

Resurface
 

Taylor County Man Arrested on Felony Charges after Stealing Package off Porch in Columbia

 

On Tuesday, February 8, 2022 CPD Officers were dispatched to a theft at a residence on Fairground Street where callers had reported a male subject was caught on their security cameras stealing a package. 


Officers identified the individual and were able to recover the stolen property, however the male suspect did not turn himself in and a warrant of arrest was signed through the Adair County Attorney’s Office. 

On Thursday, February 10, 2022 the individual was located and taken into custody in Taylor County by The Campbellsville Police Department. 


David Weiand, 24, of Taylor County has been charged with criminal trespassing as well as theft of mail matter, a class D felony. 


Officer Josh Durbin is investigating the incident.
 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear provided his Team Kentucky update and discussed a new electric vehicle charging network, the Commonwealth Sheltering Program, the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund and the state’s positive financial outlook. He also announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended its deadline for those affected by the tornadoes to apply for individual assistance to March 13.

 

First Lady Invites Kentuckians to ‘Shop & Share’ on Saturday, Feb. 12
First Lady Britainy Beshear continues to partner with the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) and Kroger in support of the commonwealth’s 15 regional domestic violence shelters through the 2022 Shop & Share event Saturday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time.

 

“My primary mission as First Lady is to do all I can to better the lives of families and children across Kentucky. A safe and stable home environment is foundational to that mission,” Mrs. Beshear said. “Sadly, domestic violence remains a very real threat to the safety of many Kentuckians. Thankfully, KCADV’s programs provide life-saving shelter and support for individuals and families in crisis.”

 

This year’s Shop & Share event once again aligns with Super Bowl weekend, when many Kentuckians visit grocery stores to prepare for Super Bowl celebrations. Kroger stores across the commonwealth, as well as select Food City and Super Dollar locations are participating. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Kentucky to Build Electric Vehicle Charging Network
Gov. Beshear today announced that Kentucky is set to receive as much as $10,280,470 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for fiscal year 2022 to deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure. To learn more, see the full release.

“We know that electric vehicles are the way of the future, and Kentucky is going to be at the center of that transition,” said Gov. Beshear. “Kentuckians are going to be making the batteries for these cars, and this will ensure we have the infrastructure in place that will allow Kentuckians to drive and enjoy them.”

 

Commonwealth Sheltering Program
Kentucky Emergency Management has confirmed that seven new families are ready to move into travel trailers this Friday. Today, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman visited Mayfield to hand over more keys to families moving in. Since Jan. 28, 18 families, in 18 trailers, have been placed in Dawson Springs/Hopkins County and Mayfield/Graves County and a total of 60 individuals are living in travel trailers.

 

New FEMA Deadline, Sunday, March 13
Just today, the commonwealth was notified that the deadline for storm survivors to apply for FEMA for assistance is now Sunday, March 13, 2022. The commonwealth asked for an extension to make sure all storm survivors have more time to apply. The previous deadline was Friday, Feb. 11. To apply for FEMA assistance, visit DisasterAssistance.gov, use the FEMA mobile app or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. To find a Disaster Recovery Center visit fema.gov/drc or call the FEMA Helpline.

 

Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund Update
The Governor shared the latest numbers on the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund. The total amount of donations is $46,365,094 and the fund balance is $43,264,987. In January, the Governor announced that the state would apply the funds to add 20% on top of what FEMA awards in individual assistance for uninsured homeowners and renters impacted by the storms. The fund was use to first pay every family that has lost a loved one to the tornadoes – 77 Kentuckians – to cover funeral expenses.

General Fund Receipts Up
The Office of State Budget Director reported today that January’s General Fund receipts totaled $1,212.9 million, marking an unprecedented fifth consecutive month in which General Fund collections have exceeded $1 billion. General Fund receipts for January 2022 increased 12.7%, year-to-date up 15.4%. This growth rate marks the sixth consecutive month of double-digit percentage growth, a feat not accomplished since FY 1991.

 

“This positive news is a result of strong fiscal management, continued strength in consumer spending and consumer sentiment as well as increases in wages and business growth,” said Gov. Beshear. “And this news comes just as we recently announced that S&P Global Ratings revised Kentucky’s financial outlook to positive from stable and affirmed its ‘A-’ credit ranking.”

 

Team Kentucky All Star
Gov. Beshear recognized Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officer Samantha Faoro as today’s Team Kentucky All Star. On Friday, Jan. 28, a Kentucky State trooper was shot during a traffic stop in Cynthiana. Officer Faoro rushed to the scene, not knowing whether the shooter was still there. When she arrived, the trooper was alert, but was clearly wounded, having been shot six times. Officer Faoro drove the Trooper to the hospital, and now he is recovering at home.

 

“Samantha is everything we look for in law enforcement officers and she is this week’s Team Kentucky All Star,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Kentuckian Sandra Mae Frank Performing ASL During Super Bowl Halftime Show
The Governor said one of Kentucky’s own will be doing the ASL performance of the Super Bowl Halftime show this weekend. Sandra Mae Frank is a graduate from the Kentucky School for the Deaf.

 

“We are proud that Sandra Mae is representing the commonwealth and our ASL community this weekend on the national stage,” Gov. Beshear. “As Virginia Moore has taught us, there is nothing more important than inclusion, and Sandra Mae is ensuring that happens during one of our country’s biggest events. Good luck!”

 

Gov. Beshear: Kentucky to Build Electric Vehicle Charging Network

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2022) – Gov. Andy Beshear today announced that Kentucky can receive as much as $10,280,470 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for fiscal year 2022 to deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

 

The money is part of $5 billion available to states over the next five years under the new federal National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program.

 

“We know that electric vehicles are the way of the future, and Kentucky is going to be at the center of that transition,” said Gov. Beshear. “Kentuckians are going to be making the batteries for these cars, and this will ensure we have the infrastructure in place that will allow Kentuckians to drive and enjoy them.”

 

Gov. Beshear is co-chair of the National Governor’s Association’s Economic Recovery and Revitalization Task Force, which recently met with automotive industry leaders to discuss the growth in the EV industry and how it can spur job growth and economic development in states that adopt EV infrastructure.

 

Projects eligible for funding under NEVI include:

  • The acquisition and installation of EV charging infrastructure to serve as a catalyst for the deployment of such infrastructure and to connect it to a network to facilitate data collection, access and reliability;
  • Proper operation and maintenance of EV charging infrastructure; and
  • Data sharing about EV charging infrastructure to ensure the long-term success of investments.

 

States must submit an EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan before they can access these funds. A second, competitive grant program designed to further increase EV charging access in locations throughout the country, including in rural and underserved communities, will be announced later this year. The Federal Highway Administration will issue guidance on how states can apply for the funding in coming months.

 

DOT has also released an EV Rural Charging Toolkit, which is a one-stop resource for rural communities to plan and implement EV charging infrastructure projects.

 

Kentucky is at the red-hot center of the EV revolution. Last September, the single largest economic development project in state history was announced, with Ford Motor Co. and its partner SK Innovation investing nearly $6 billion and creating 5,000 to build the BlueOvalSK battery park in Hardin County. The Governor said we believe that when the park’s two plants are fully operational, it will be the nation’s largest producer of EV batteries.

 

Not long after that, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, which has been building cars for 30 years at its massive plant in Scott County, made its own major EV announcement. Toyota is investing $461 million to prepare the Georgetown plant for EVs and is welcoming about 1,400 temporary workers to permanent full-time positions.

 

“These projects are so large that they create their own gravity,” Gov. Beshear said. “Companies are looking to come to Kentucky to be part of this EV revolution, to help us build out the EV supply chain.”

 

Last month, the Governor said with Kentucky taking the lead on electric vehicles, his budget proposal includes $100 million to begin building up our electric vehicle charging station infrastructure. It uses $30.5 million from the General Fund, of which $17 million will meet the state match to unlock nearly $70 million in federal funding from the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

 

AREA ARREST 1-20-22

 

James Hurst, 51, of Harrodsburg, KY was arrested by Deputy Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday afternoon. Hurst was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (more than 2 grams of Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

New Online Health Education Program Teaches Students About Organ Donation

 

The Donate Life Kentucky partnership is revolutionizing elementary education by bringing its in-person program, Life is Cool, to an online platform for 4th grade students in Kentucky.

 

“The Circuit Clerks have been longtime advocates for the mission of organ donation. We are thrilled to support yet another groundbreaking advancement in donation education throughout Kentucky schools,” explains Adair Circuit Court Clerk, Dennis Loy.

 

The Life is Cool program meets state-approved curriculum standards for topics such as organs, tissues, blood, corneas, and the importance of making healthy choices. The program is free to all teachers and parents.

 

Teachers will be able to register their class for the online program without disclosing student information and will have access to resources housed on the site as well. These resources include a digital teaching manual complete with topics for discussion, support materials for 10 teaching sessions, videos that complete each lesson, and a grade book that keeps track of student progress. 

 

“It is my hope that our schools in Adair County will utilize this free opportunity to educate students on healthy choices and the mission of organ donation and transplantation,” says Loy.

 

The Life is Cool program moved to the online platform due to the pandemic so that students would still have a way to experience this educational program. The interactive, virtual program will provide even more students the memorable experience while helping them understand at an early age how organs can be used to help save lives.

 

“This program exemplifies why the Circuit Clerks have advocated for this mission since 1992.  Our philanthropic partners Kosair Charities, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates, and everyone who has donated a dollar over the years has made innovative education like this possible. I have been proud to promote the mission of donation and inspire more people to register as an organ donor. Every registered donor gives hope to over 1000 Kentucky children and adults waiting and in need of lifesaving transplants. All Adair County residents can register as a donor. There are no health or age limits. And all teachers and parents can participate in this new, engaging online platform,” says Loy.

 

To learn more about the Life is Cool program, visit https://lifeiscoolky.org/about/.

 

To learn more about Kentucky’s Donate Life mission and register as a donor, visit https://donatelifeky.org/.

 

About Donate Life KY:

The mission of the Circuit Clerks’ Trust For Life is to educate and encourage Kentuckians to register as organ and tissue donors while obtaining a driver’s license and beyond. Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates’ is a federally-designated organ procurement organization whose mission is to provide organs and tissues to those in need while maintaining a profound respect for those who gave. These organizations partner in education and outreach and use the combined national Donate Life brand; contact the community outreach team at 502-694-3015, email info@donatelifeky.org and learn more at www.donatelifeky.org.

 

Super Bowl LVI Viewers Reminded 'Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk'


 

FRANKFORT, Ky.  (Feb. 9, 2022) – Football fans across the country are gearing up for America’s most-watched sporting event, Super Bowl LVI, on Sunday, Feb. 13. While celebrations may look different this year, the dangers of drunken driving remain the same.

 

“We want everyone to have a good time watching and celebrating the Super Bowl, but we can’t afford to let our guard down,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Keep yourself and others safe by getting vaccinated for COVID-19, masking up if you’re indoors with people outside of your household and planning a sober ride home if you plan to drink. Together, we can avoid preventable tragedies on Kentucky roads.”  

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety is teaming with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” reminder urging football fans to drive unimpaired and avoid a major fumble.  

 

“Drunken driving crashes are 100 percent preventable,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray.

 

“Drivers must understand that drugs and/or alcohol not only hinder your ability to drive but also affect your judgment about whether you can or should drive. You may think you’re fine, but impairment slows judgment, coordination and reaction times.”

 

According to KYTC, preliminary numbers indicate 116 people in Kentucky were killed in crashes that involved a drunken driver in 2021.

 

“These are not just numbers,” said Secretary Gray.  “These are people – mothers, daughters, sons, fathers – who never made it home to their loved ones due to someone’s choice to drink and drive.  Any number above zero is unacceptable.”

 

To prevent impaired driving-related crashesthe KOHS recommends the following:           

    • Before the festivities begin, plan a way to get home at the end of the night safely;
    • If you’re impaired, use a ride-booking company, taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation;
    • If you see an impaired driver, safely pull over and contact law enforcement. You may dial the KSP toll-free line directly at 1-800-222-5555 or call 911;
    • If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to their destination safely; and
    • Wear a seat belt! It is not only the law, it is the best defense against an impaired driver. Buckling up helps prevent injury and death if involved in a crash.

 

“Our ask is simple,” said Secretary Gray. “Make safe choices each and every time you get behind the wheel.”.

 

Adair County Judge Cowan Releases State of the County Address

 

The state of the County address…...I could just say, so far, we have survived COVID.  That is the number one thing we have dealt with since I gave this address two years ago.  As of last night, Adair County has had over 5,000 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in 2020.  We have lost 95 Adair County Citizens.  That is 95 loved ones that have been taken away from us too early.  We have had multiple family members, employees, staff, and elected officials that have fought this virus, and some have had to fight hard to survive, just like some of you have.  We have had employees in the hospital and out of work for weeks.   I came in early many mornings and mopped floors, cleaned toilets, and disinfected doorknobs and handrails.  I’m not going to ask my employees to do something I wouldn’t do myself.  And it wasn’t just me.  All the elected officials and staff stepped up and did whatever was needed.  Whether it was in their job description or not.  We did, what Adair County has done so many times before, we pulled together, worked together and got the jobs done. 

 

COVID caused us to have to shut down some of our buildings to the public.  Notice I said, our BUILDINGS…not our offices.  That was an Executive Order handed down from the Governor’s Office in Frankfort.  We could have not followed the orders, but I can promise you, had we not, we would have lost thousands of dollars in state funding. Because you know as well as I do, had we not followed the executive order passed down, Frankfort would have pulled any state funding possible.   When the building was closed to the public, your elected officials did everything we could to still be available for the citizens of Adair County.  And not just me…every elected official from me, Magistrates, County Clerk, PVA, Sheriff, County Attorney, Circuit Clerk, Jailer, Mayor, and City Council.   Every office was staffed daily.  Most days we had half the staff working, but every office was staffed and working for the Citizens of Adair Co.  This kept staff working separate so if (or when) someone came down with COVID or got quarantined, the entire office didn’t risk getting sick and having to quarantine at the same time…...then we would have had to shut down.

 

COVID cost us a lot.  We spent thousands of dollars on mask, Lysol, disinfecting wipes, plexiglass, and gloves.  Just like a lot of you did.  We bought laptops so inmates could still attend court, but it was via zoom or skype instead of in person so we could hopefully cut down on the COVID exposure being brought back into the jail.   We should all be pro’s at setting up a zoom meeting these days.

 

Now on to better things……

It’s time to begin working on the budget for the next fiscal year.  We will have a budget workshop sometime this month that will be given by the Department for Local Government.  As everyone knows our budget is tight.  It is every year. But I am happy to be able to say we were able to give our employees a raise this past year and increase what the county pays of an employees’ health insurance.  Most of our employees are still being paid less than they deserve but they are now more comparable with surrounding areas.  For some of our employees, this was the first raise they had received in almost 10 years!!  I’m a firm believer in “you get what you pay for”.  That goes for employees as well.  It was time we helped our employees and they are grateful for what they got.  We employee some very important positions.  Not just anyone is cut out to be a 911 dispatcher.  You need someone that can keep their cool and at the same time try to calm down someone who has been in an accident or console a parent who has found their child unresponsive and still get emergency personnel to them.  Our road department employees…. they sometimes are like emergency personnel.  They get called out on holidays, at night, on weekends.  And believe me, they have earned their pay over the last month.

 

Recycling – I’m happy to say, Bridget Compton and I are trying to work on ways to get our recycling center back open.  We are negotiating with a company that will accept our recyclables.  One of our main issues is that most companies want a full trailer load of one item (such as cardboard, plastic, and paper).  We don’t have the storage space to store a full load of one particular item.  Therefore, we must try to sell mixed loads.  The recycling center was shut down when the prices of recyclables dropped to almost nothing and we lost our inmate labor, again due to COVID.  Our budget was extremely tight, and we were looking for ways to cut costs.  Since the Recycling Center was shut down, I think that has increased the amount of trash we have seen on the sides of the roads.  It’s disheartening when the litter crew picks up a couple miles of roadway, and before they can get back where they started, more trash has been thrown out.  But they are trying.  I’m going to brag on one of our employees here…. Robert Dean takes inmates out to pick up litter each chance he gets.  He even picks up by himself on days he can’t get inmate labor. (If the temperature drops below a certain degree, the state will not allow us to take the inmates out).  That is what you call a dedicated employee and I want to thank him for everything he does for our county.  We continue to apply and have received the Litter Abatement Grant each year.  This year’s grant is over $41,000.  This helps pay for the staff salary, garbage bags, gloves, vest, and even educational material that we can get and pass out to school aged children.   Even with the recycling center shut down, we were happy to still be able to have our ESCRAP and HHW events by the way of grants from the Division of Waste Management. We are planning to have our free tipping event again this spring (dates will be announced soon) and I’m also happy to announce that we think we will be able to have the 3-day Tire Amnesty Event in Adair Co. again this year.  We have a meeting set up the end of this month and should learn more about that then. So, keep an eye out for that information.

 

KACO has provided a safety grant the past 3 years and I’m happy to say we have received this grant each year.  We can submit projects up to $10,000 to update something that could potentially be a safety hazard.  We submit a project and get a percentage of that covered by the grant.  We have done work at the 911 building, gotten new bleachers at the softball field at the Jim Blair Center, and this year, we are replacing stair treads that have come loose and caused a trip hazard at the annex building.  They are scheduled to begin that work this week, so we encourage everyone to use caution in the annex building later this week.

 

We have just approved the purchase of new voting machines for all precincts in the amount of $213,000.00.  We currently do not have enough machines working to operate a full 16 precinct election.  It was either spend money repairing machines that was going to have to be replaced within a couple years or go ahead and purchase the new machines now.  The new machines will have a paper ballot scanner and ballot marking devices for a HAVA (Help America Vote Act) compliant voting system. Each paper ballot will have a unique bar code.  It is our hopes that all 16 precincts will be able to be used for the primary election.  With that being said, WE NEED ELECTION POLL WORKERS!!!   If you are willing to serve or if you know someone willing to serve as a poll worker, call the County Clerk’s Office at 270-384-2801. 

 

Sheriff’s Office – I’m happy to say that since I took office the fiscal court has been able to get the Sheriff’s Office 5 new vehicles.  Two of those were obtained through a USDA grant of $26,000.  These 5 vehicles replaced cars that were 9-11 years old with 170,000-215,000 miles on them that were breaking down going to calls at times.  The Fiscal Court approved the purchase and installation of computers for all the Sheriff Department vehicles.  We also turned excess fees back over to the Sheriff’s Office to allow an additional deputy position for the department.  

 

We have two dispatchers on duty 24/7 now instead of just 1 part of the time.  At times, I will agree 1 dispatcher would be enough.  But several years ago, when dispatch was still located at the jail, we had a dispatcher have a medical emergency while at work.  Had someone else not been there, that dispatcher could have lost their life.

 

Jim Blair Center – since I last gave a state of the county address 2 years ago, we have updated the ball field with new bleachers, as mentioned earlier, and maintenance on the field.  We have 2 full size basketball courts outside with security lights to allow for night games, we have a pickleball court that is between the 2 basketball courts.  For now, you need to bring your own net.  We have patched the walking track to make it safer to walk on, and we are working now on new playground equipment.

 

Since the beginning of my term, we have blacktopped over 30 miles of county roads.  I know that doesn’t sound like much, but one mile of blacktop averages between $80-$100,000.  It all depends on the thickness and the width of the road.  That is over $2.5M dollars in 3 years.  Even though I would like it to be much more, most of that money is determined by the state.  We submit request, but the state will send someone to review the roads and they determine if the projects are funded or not.

 

I could go on and on.   I want to encourage all of you to get involved in your city and county governments.  Attend our Fiscal Court meetings.  Attend the City Council meetings.  Ring our phones off the hook.  My door is always open.  If you have an idea about something, come discuss it with me.  If you can’t get there during our normal hours, I’m happy to meet you after hours or on Saturday.  I have done that many times the past 3 ½ years.

 

Thanks again for your time and I look forward to seeing you all again soon. 


Grants Received (past 3 years)

Pass through Block Grant for Ambulance Service  $10,000 (Each year)
Waste Tire Grant  $4,000 (Each Year)
KACo Safety Grants - $3,000, $4,480.00, $8,000
House Hold Hazardous Waste Grants   $14,700.00 and  $11,700
Illegal Open Dump Grant  $6,876.05
Wal-Mart Grant for 911 Center $700.00
Ky Cattlemen’s Association Grant for Animal Shelter  $1,000
Litter Abatement Grant $36,997.11,  $37,024.62,  $41,569.86
80/20 Bridge $3,368.69
USDA (Sheriff Vehicles) $26,000.00
Jail Tech Grant  $10,000 (2 years – applied for this year)
CARES Funding  $728,755.00
LCADD Hazard Mitigation Grant – $108,633.00
Utility Assistance Grant - $200,000
HB566 – COVID Assistance for Jail  $26,969.52
Homeland Security for 911  $10,000 and $43,000

 

AREA ARREST 2-8-22

 

Brian Muse, age 35, of Columbia, KY was arrested by the Edmonton Police Department on Monday afternoon for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Columbia City Council Meeting Recap

 

Jim Lieb covered the Columbia City Council meeting for Wave News and spoke with Mayor Pam Hoots...

 

 

KSP Post 15 Investigates Fatal Collision In Casey County


Clementsville, KY (February 7, 2022) Kentucky State Police is investigating a fatal collision that occurred on Saturday, February 5th, 2022 at 8:33 PM on KY 70 in Casey County.  Preliminary investigations indicate that Joshua Wilson, age 30 of Liberty, KY was operating a 2002 Chevy Tracker when he dropped off the roadway and struck a tree. Wilson succumbed to injuries sustained in this collision and was pronounced deceased by the Casey County Coroner. 

 

This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Matthew Spears. 

 

KSP Releases Monthly Activity Report for January

 

During the month of January 2022, there were 16 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 were two fatal collisions during the month of January in the Post 15 area:

  1. Mary Miller, 81, of Taylor County was killed on 1/13/2022 in Taylor Co.
  2. Meredith Spear, 32, of Metcalfe County was killed on 1/24/2022 in Metcalfe Co.

 

This brings our yearly fatality count to 3 compared with 3 through this same period in 2021.

Statewide fatality count stands at 39 compared with 50 through this same period in 2021.

 

During the month of January 2022, there were 1286 citations written, 272 courtesy notices written, 409 complaints answered, 184 motorists assisted, 51 criminal cases opened and 274 criminal arrests made.

 

Details Released on Cumberland Parkway Accident early Friday due to Slick Roadway

 

On Friday, February 4, 2022 at 5:01amCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office was dispatched to the 41 mile marker east bound on the LBN Cumberland Parkway. Adair 911 had received reports of multiple collisions in the area. 

 

Upon arrival and investigation, Deputy Chandler Staten found that a 2015 Jeep Cherokee, operated by 29-year-old Bethany Lickeig of Edmonton, KY had stopped on the Parkway due to the roadway being blocked by a turned over 2000 Freightliner tractor and trailer, operated by 52-year-old Juan Diaz of Tennessee. A third vehicle, a 2019 Freightliner tractor and trailer operated by 45-year-old Calvin Rayford of Alabama, came upon the collision and was unable to stop. Rayford's semi and trailer jackknifed and began to slide down the Parkway sideways in the eastbound lane, striking the 2015 Jeep Cherokee operated by Ms. Lickeig.  

 

Bethany Lickeig was transported by Adair EMS to TJ Health Columbia for treatment of her injuries. The commercial vehicle operators were not injured.  

 

The collision prompted the closure of the Parkway at the Edmonton exit. Columbia Police Officers and additional Sheriff's Deputies were called out and closed down the Parkway at the 46 mile marker for nearly 7 hours. All other motorists between Edmonton and Adair County who had got stuck in traffic during the collision, had been sitting for hours. Those vehicles were eventually cleared off the roadway during the shutdown due to frigid temperatures and the possibility of the vehicles beginning to run out of gas, leaving the operators stranded and without heat.   

 

Ice on the roadways was a contributing factor in the collision. Many other vehicles had slid into the median but were not damaged.

 

The Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation and thanks to Adair EMS, Columbia Police Department, Columbia-Adair Fire Department, Kentucky State Police, Emergency Management Director Mike Keltner, and the State Highway Department for all of their assistance.

 

Adair County Man Arrested After Early Morning Traffic Stop

 
 
On Monday, February 7, 2022 at 1:06amCT, Adair County K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten initiated a traffic stop 15 miles south of Columbia on Cape Road. The operator, 57-year-old Jeffrey Spears of Columbia, KY was operating a 2019 Nissan Versa. A roadside investigation led to a search of the vehicle and driver where suspected methamphetamine was located. 
 
Spears was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
  • Failure to Signal 
  • Failure to Produce Insurance Card
  • No Registration Receipt 
  • Driving on a DUI Suspended License
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine) &
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.
 

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 7, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said that there has been a substantial decrease in Kentucky’s new COVID-19 cases, however deaths remain high.

 

“For the most part we have good news today. Cases are significantly, if not rapidly, declining,” said Gov. Beshear. “We believe the weather and a lot of places closing for a number of days last week did have an impact. This may make the drop in cases look a little bit larger than it would otherwise be. Regardless, we are definitely moving in the right direction.”

 

The Governor added, “This is still the fifth highest week in our entire COVID experience. So while we are moving in the right direction, there is still a whole lot of virus out there. We ask people to be careful in the next couple weeks. Next month we may see really serious reductions which might get us to a place we can all be really excited about.”

 

COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,862,756
Number of people who have received their vaccination booster in Kentucky: 1,044,257

 

Feb. 5, Cases: 4,816
Feb. 5, Deaths: 33
Feb. 6, Cases: 3,696
Feb. 6, Deaths: 31

New Cases Today: 3,835
New Deaths: 29
Today’s Positivity Rate: 23.51%
Current Hospitalizations: 2,124
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 414
Currently on Ventilators: 207

 

During the week ending Feb. 6, 46,639 cases were reported in Kentucky and the average test positivity rate was 23.95%.

 

The Governor reviewed a slide from the CDC and said that the use of face masks or respirators is recommended to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Wearing a mask in indoor public spaces lowers the odds of testing positive for COVID-19.

 

The Governor said that Pfizer and BioNTech are requesting emergency use authorization for their two-dose COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 6 months up to 5 years. The FDA’s advisory committee will meet February 15 to discuss the submission.

 

Super Bowl Guidance
The Governor provided tips to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday safely. Gov. Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to:

  • Stay home if sick;
  • Require attendees to be vaccinated and boosted;
  • Get tested that day, or as close as possible;
  • Wear masks if everyone is not vaccinated; and
  • Maintain a smaller attendance size.

 

Gov. Beshear Announces Team Kentucky Homeowner Assistance Fund
The Governor announced that he partnered with Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) to launch the Team Kentucky Homeowner Assistance Fund, a program that can help homeowners impacted by the pandemic rebound and avoid foreclosure. The program is funded through $85.4 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds that the commonwealth received to protect homeowners impacted by COVID-19. To learn more, see the full release.

 

The Governor also reminded Kentucky renters who suffered financially due to COVID-19 that the $264 million Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund is still in place to assist them with housing and utility payments. At least $95.7 million remains available to assist Kentucky renters. To learn more and apply for assistance, visit TeamKYHHERF.ky.gov.

 

Abandoned Mine Lands Program
Today, we learned that through the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Kentucky will have more than $74 million available to help reclaim abandoned mines through the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) program.

 

“We have shown and continue to show great ingenuity and creativity in creating the jobs of the future – and this funding will create the jobs to reclaim these abandoned mine lands, making them safe and usable,” said Gov. Beshear. “And once that’s done, we will work to fill those spaces with industries that will keep jobs in the region.”

In the weeks ahead, the federal government will issue more guidance on how to apply for the funds so that Kentucky can begin addressing outstanding reclamation needs.

 

Tyson Foods Breaks Ground at Site of New Bacon Plant in Bowling Green
On Feb. 2, Gov. Beshear joined leaders from Tyson Foods and local officials in Warren County to break ground on Tyson’s new $355 million bacon production facility, which will create 450 jobs and meet growing demand for the company’s iconic Wright and Jimmy Dean brands. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Team Western Kentucky Relief Fund
The Governor also said that the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund has now paid more than $1.2 million in assistance payments to 425 uninsured homeowners and more than $559,000 in assistance payments to 693 uninsured renters who registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In January, the Governor announced that the state would apply the funds to add 20% on top of what FEMA awards in individual assistance for uninsured homeowners and renters impacted by the storms. The FEMA registration deadline is Feb. 11, 2022, so additional payments may occur. The first fund expenditures paid for the funerals of the 77 storm victims. More than $43 million remains in the fund, and the Governor will continue to provide updates on how the fund will be used to support long-term recovery efforts.

 

Two Russell County Middle School Students Advance to State in Academics

 

WAVE News would like to congratulate Asa Woodcock who placed 4th in Mathematics and Kamden Templin who placed 1st in Social Studies. Both students will advance to the state finals coming up March 19-21, 2022 at the Galt House in Louisville, KY. Coach Holly Pierce is the Head Coach and Brittany Murrell is the Asst. Coach.

 

Fight in Progress Call Leads to R.S. Drug Arrest

 

According to RSPD Chief Tim Pierce, on Saturday, February 5, 2022 Officer Debra Necessary responded to a call of a fight in progress at a residence on Milton Heights. Upon arrival, Rosanell Hill was at the residence and gave consent to search. Upon searching Ms. Hill, Officer Necessary found a bag of suspected Methamphetamine in her wallet. Hill confirmed that the substance was in fact meth. A loaded firearm was also found in Ms. Hill's back pocket.

 

Rosanell M. Hill, 29, of Albany, KY was taken into custody and charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine) (Enhanced) and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

WEEKEND ARRESTS 02/06/22

 
 
  • Alex Oakes, 34, of Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday afternoon by the RCSO for Possession of Methamphetamine, Receiving Stolen Property, and Contempt of Court.
  • Rocky Weddle, 51, of Russell Springs - arrested y KSP on Saturday afternoon for DUI 3rd or greater offense (Aggravating Circumstances), Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, and Failure to Notify Dept. of Transportation of Address Change.
  • William Oliver, 43, of Henderson, KY - arrested on Friday night by RSPD for No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance, Operating a Vehicle with Expired Operators License, Failure to Appear, and was served a Parole Violation Warrant.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • Jeffrey Perkins, 41, of Knifley - arrested early Saturday morning by the ACSO for Burglary, 2nd degree.
  • Howard Prim, 43, of Columbia - arrested on Friday night by the ACSO for Possession of Methamphetamine and Failure to Appear.
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Columbia City Council Meeting February 7th

 
The Columbia City Council will meet for a Regular Monthly Meeting on Monday, February 7, 2022 at Columbia City Hall at 6:00pmCT.
 
AGENDA                                    
ROLL CALL
OPENING PRAYER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE AMERICAN FLAG
 
1ST ITEM:   MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF JANUARY 04, 2022 REGULAR CALLED MEETING.
 
2nd ITEM:   1ST READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 230.30(a) - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 230.30 AND ESTABLISHING COMPENSATION FOR THE OFFICE OF MAYOR. 
 
3rd ITEM:   OPENING SEALED BIDS FOR PHASE 1 OF BURKESVILLE STREET PARK  PROJECT.
 
4TH ITEM:  REQUEST TO APPLY FOR A FLEX GRANT THROUGH ARC.
 
5TH ITEM:  REQUEST TO APPLY FOR A CRUMB RUBBER TIRE DERIVED PRODUCT GRANT FOR THE CITY PARK WALKING TRAIL ON FAIRGROUND STREET. 
 
6TH ITEM:  MOTION TO ACCEPT RESOLUTION 2022-01 -  A RESOLUTION LISTING ALL CITY STREETS INCLUDING LENGTH.
 
MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
COUNCIL COMMENTS
CITIZENS COMMENTS
MOTION TO ADJOURN REGULAR CALLED MEETING
 

ARRESTS FROM 02-03-22

 
Rodney Rowe, 23, of Columbia - arrested on Thursday evening by CPD for DUI 3rd or more offense, Driving on a DUI Suspended License, Failure to Appear, and was served two Warrants for other Police Agencies
 
Kenneth McCallister, 33, of Columbia - arrested on Thursday afternoon for Assault 3rd degree (Inmate Assault of a Corrections Officer) and Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
 
Lodged in the ACRJ.
 

Green County Woman Pleads Guilty to CARES Act Fraud

 

Bowling Green, KY - United States Attorney Michael A. Bennett announced today that Mandy Ellen Bauer, age 41, pleaded guilty to an Information charging her with 9 counts of fraud related to various CARES Act financial assistance programs.  

 

According to court documents, between April and July 2020, Bauer, of Greensburg, Kentucky filed 9 fraudulent applications for various CARES Act financial assistance programs, including Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), and advance payment of tax credits, resulting in an attempted theft of over $230,000. Bauer exaggerated the gross revenues, number of employees, and payroll of her company, Family Personal Sales, in the fraudulent applications.

 

PPP loans were designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. Under this program, the Small Business Administration (SBA) would forgive all or part of loans if all employees were kept on the payroll for 8 weeks and borrowers submitted documentation confirming that the loan proceeds were used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

 

EIDLs provided loan assistance (including $10,000 advances) for small businesses and other eligible entities for loans up to $2 million. The EIDL proceeds could be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.

 

Finally, as part of the CARES Act, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) created the Form 7200, Advance of Employer Credits Due To COVID-19, to allow employer businesses to request an advance payment of the tax credits prior to the filing of their Form 941. 

 

Bauer waived an Indictment and pleaded guilty to a nine count Information charging her with wire fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343. Bauer made her initial court appearance and pleaded guilty on February 2, 2022, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. A sentencing hearing is currently scheduled for May 11, 2022. Bauer faces a maximum of 180 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

 

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is investigating the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Weiser is prosecuting the case.

 

Anyone with information about allegations of attempted fraud involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via the NCDF Web Complaint Form at: https://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.

 

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CUMBERLAND PARKWAY EAST & WESTBOUND LANES CLOSED FRIDAY MORNING DUE TO ACCIDENT


The East & Westbound lanes of the Cumberland Parkway were closed Friday morning for a few hours due to chain reaction accident involving 3 commercial vehicles and a car. The accident occurred near mile marker 41 in Adair County and was due to icy conditions, according to Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman. No other details are available at this time.


 

 

ADAIR HIT & RUN VEHICLE LOCATED; DRIVER REMAINS AT LARGE

 
The Adair County Sheriff's office has located the white Chevrolet truck that was involved in a hit and run collision on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.   
 
Adair County Deputies observed the vehicle on Wednesday morning on Russell Road around 9:30amCT and tried to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle accelerated, leading the sheriffs office on a pursuit. The suspect's vehicle left the roadway near the county line and struck an earth embankment and became hung up. The operator baled out of the truck and headed into the woods. Multiple deputies from Adair and Russell counties as well as KSP Troopers searched for the driver but were unsuccessful.  
 
The driver has been identified and is not a resident of Adair County. Warrants of arrest will be obtained by Deputy Gary Roy for the collision on Tuesday and charges related to the pursuit on Wednesday.  
 
The Adair County Sheriffs Office wants to thank everyone for all the calls they received and every lead called in was investigated.  More updates will be provided when the driver is located.   
 
The white Chevy truck was involved in a hit and run collision on KY East 80 (aka Russell Road) around 1:30pmCT on Tuesday afternoon.
 

WAVE POLAR REPORT (CLOSINGS & CANCELLATIONS)

 

CLOSINGS, CANCELLATIONS & DELAYS

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  1. Russell County Clerks Office will be Closed Saturday 
  2. Mt. Gilead Baptist Church  in Green Co. will NOT be having the Agape Shoppe on Saturday. 

  3. Russell County Hospital Afterhours clinic will be closing at 6pm this evening (Friday) and will be open tomorrow (Saturday) from 8am-8pm. 

  4. Tonight's Adair County Girls/Boys Basketball Doubleheader will be played at ACHS as both teams take on Campbellsville. The girls game will start at 5:30pmCT followed by the boys game at approximately 7:00pmCT.
     


 

 

District 8 Crews Preparing for Challenging Winter Storm; Motorists advised to avoid travel

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2022) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 highway crews have been preparing for several days to respond to the winter storm expected to impact the region with a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet, ice and snow.

 

The National Weather Service forecast calls for rain gradually transitioning over to a wintry mix of freezing rain in the District 8 region Thursday afternoon and lasting into Friday. The expected ice and arctic temperatures will create difficult to impossible travel conditions.

 

Damage to trees and power lines is likely – a condition that poses its own dangers to KYTC crews and can delay road response work. Motorists are strongly advised to avoid any unnecessary travel.

 

KYTC District 8 crews have spent this week replenishing material supplies, sharpening chainsaws, and preparing equipment for response to the winter weather event. Rain throughout today will prohibit pre-treating of area highways in advance of the approaching winter system.

 

Snowfighters will do all they can to keep highways passable, but it’s likely roads will not be clear until after the storm passes. 

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says crews are as prepared as they can be, and asks that the public prepare, too, 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;
  • Ensure personal vehicles are winter ready, with the recommendation of keeping an emergency kit in vehicles; and
  • Mask up to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help protect against the quarantine of plow crews essential to roadway treatment.

 

Stay up to date by visiting SnowKy.ky.gov for snow and ice information and GoKY.ky.gov for traffic and roadway information. 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.
 

TJ REGIONAL HEALTH WINTER WEATHER CLOSINGS


To allow for safe travel for our patients, team members, and providers, some T.J. Regional Health facilities will close early today.

 

CLOSING EARLY:

• All Rural Health Clinics, the Glasgow Family Medicine Center, Dermatology, and the T.J. Outpatient Pharmacy will close today at 4 p.m.

 

• The T.J. Health Pavilion will also close at 4 p.m. with the exception of Urgent Care and the Retail Pharmacy. Urgent Care and the Retail Pharmacy will remain open on their normal schedule but we will continue to evaluate weather conditions throughout the day to determine if an early closing is necessary.

 

Patients who have appointment times affected by the early closing will be contacted to reschedule.

 

Continue to follow us on social media and tjregionalhealth.org/weather for any changes or updates to the winter weather plan.
 

AREA ARREST 2-3-22

 

 

Alex Kemp, 23, of Jamestown was arrested by Officer West with the Russell Springs Police Department on Wednesday night. Kemp was charged with Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense), Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree and Resisting Arrest. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Columbia Police Dept. Activity Report for January 2022

 

Columbia Police Dept. Activity Report for January 2022:

 

 

  • Calls for service 637
  • Citations 97
  • Motorists Assists 21
  • Escorts 13
  • Accidents investigated 31
  • Injury accidents 6
  • Incident reports 7
  • Criminal cases opened 18

 

COLUMBIA BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED 2-2-22

 

As of 9:25 a.m. on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 the boil water advisory for customers from corner of Hurt Street and Jamestown Street down to Willis Street, Rule Street, Harvey Street, Jessie Avenue and Loy Street 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.

 

COLUMBIA SANITATION DEPT. SCHEDULE UPDATED

 
The City of Columbia will be running the Thursday and Friday garbage pickup starting tonight due to the inclement weather. The Sanitation Department thanks you for your cooperation.

Adair County Election Board is Needing Help

The Adair County Board of elections are needing your help with the May 2022 Primary Election.
When we submitted our election plan for Adair co last year, we submitted 16 precinct locations open as normal. But in order to have those precincts open we have to have the workers. We cannot run elections without Poll Workers. They are the most fundamental piece of the process. Finding workers can not wait until the last minute. If we are short on election workers for the 2022 Primary, we may have to change our Election Plan and this decision will need to be done by the end of February.
To operate all 16 precincts, we will need 80 workers. We need four workers plus alternate workers at each precinct. Alternates come in at last minute to replace the poll workers in case of sickness, etc. Each worker and alternate have to be trained and ready to work.
We encourage registered voters of Adair County to serve their community as poll workers. Poll workers will be paid for Election day and for attending a two hour election school training. With the new HB574 Bill, most voters are eligible to work as poll workers, regardless of political affiliation.
For more information about becoming a poll worker, please call The Adair Co Clerk's Office at 270-3842801 or send an email to Lisa.Greer@ky.gov. Please respond as soon as possible.
Respectfully,
Lisa Greer, Adair County Clerk and The Adair County Board of Elections

 

Gov. Beshear Declares a State of Emergency as State Braces for Major Winter Storm

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2022) – Gov. Andy Beshear has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of a major winter storm expected to hit Kentucky Wednesday night through Friday morning, producing significant amounts of rain, sleet, snow and ice. A winter weather warning is in place across much of the commonwealth.

 

The powerful winter storm is expected to create difficult travel conditions on major interstates as well as state and local roadways. Tree damage and power outages may occur given the impacts from ice and wind. Snowfall of 1-2 inches is expected in northwestern and Northern Kentucky.

 

The National Weather Service at Louisville issued an ice storm warning for the Jackson Purchase and Pennyrile regions and most of the rest of Kentucky north of the Cumberland Parkway. Ice accumulations are expected to range from 0.25 to 0.75 inches.

 

A Flood Watch has been issued for portions of Central Kentucky from Thursday morning through late Thursday night, as the area is expected to receive 2.5-3.5 inches of rain.

 

The Governor also issued an executive order to protect Kentuckians from price gouging that can occur during an emergency with goods and services like gasoline, food and household items. This order activates the state laws that prohibit price gouging, and Kentuckians should report it to the Office of the Attorney General at 1-888-432-9257 or ag.ky.gov/pricegouging.

 

State Offices Closed Thursday
After declaring a state of emergency, Gov. Beshear said he was closing state office buildings Thursday, Feb. 3, to help keep thousands of employees off dangerous roadways. 

“Freezing roadways are extremely dangerous,” Gov. Beshear said. “I am closing all state office buildings and asking Kentuckians to stay off the roadways if possible, so crews can continue plowing and clearing roads.”

 

State employees should refer to guidance issued by the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet. If state employees have questions regarding the closure, they should contact their agency’s management or human resources office.

Emergency Management Response
Kentucky Emergency Management has activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and personnel from the Kentucky National Guard, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), Kentucky State Police (KSP) and Kentucky Department for Public Health are monitoring the situation from the SEOC.

 

“The approaching storm front is forecast to be one of the most dangerous events in our recent history of record-breaking disasters, due to the possibilities of heavy icing accumulations.

 

Please make every effort to stay off of all local and interstate roadways, as travel will be extremely hazardous and rescue efforts for stranded motorists will severely limit first responder capabilities,” said Michael Dossett, Director of Kentucky Emergency Management.

 

KYTC, KSP and the Kentucky National Guard are actively preparing for the storm and will be ready to respond.

 

The Adjutant General of Kentucky Maj. Gen. Haldane B. Lamberton said, “Working with Kentucky Emergency Management, we have soldiers and airmen on standby to enable a quick and effective response to the commonwealth so that we may help those most in need.”

 

KYTC Secretary Jim Gray said highway crews are as prepared as they can be: “They will do everything possible to keep roadways passable, but we advise everyone who can do so to stay off the road.”

 

The storm system began as rain, so roadways can’t be pretreated with brine and rock salt, because it would wash away. The Governor asked Kentuckians, if possible, to avoid travel as hazardous road conditions are expected.

 

KYTC 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;
  • Ensure personal vehicles are winter ready, with the recommendation of keeping an emergency kit in vehicles; and
  • Mask up to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help protect against the quarantine of plow crews essential to roadway treatment.


Stay up to date by visiting SnowKy.ky.gov for snow and ice information and GoKY.ky.gov for traffic and roadway information.

 

The Governor also urged Kentuckians to follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on preventing carbon monoxide exposure and safety tips to prepare for and cope with the loss of power. Best practices when using a generator include:

  • Never have a generator near your home or in your garage;
  • If you feel ill, call 911;
  • Never leave your vehicle running in your garage; and
  • Never use a charcoal grill or portable camping stoves inside your home.
     

Columbia Couple Arrested on Theft of Animal Charges


On Tuesday, February 1, 2022 around 10:30amCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office received a complaint of a missing dog from Waterworks Street in the limits of Columbia. The owner advised that she felt like the dog had been taken the day prior and not a case of the dog running off. After investigating the incident, Sheriff Josh Brockman found evidence supporting that the dog had been stolen.
 

At approximately 4:00pmCT on Tuesday, the investigation led Sheriff Brockman to T & C apartments on Russell Rd. The dog, an Aussiedoodle, was located at an apartment. While Sheriff Brockman was securing the dog in the police vehicle to keep it from running into the roadway, the accused suspect took off and a foot pursuit ensued. The suspect was caught near Jamestown Street in the parking lot of the KY Department of Family Services and was taken into custody by Sheriff Brockman and CPD Officer Josh Durbin.  
   
Arrested on felony theft charges were:

  • Jainkidza Debarge, 26, of Columbia (formally of Michigan) was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500 but less then $10,000 and Fleeing and Evading Police 2nd degree.
  • Ann Martinez Debarge, 32, of Columbia (formally of Michigan) was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500 but less then $10,000.

Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail and the dog was returned home safely to its owners. 

 
The sheriffs office is continuing investigation. 

FEMA Issues Public Notice for Counties Affected by Kentucky Tornadoes


FRANKFORT, Ky. – A public notice is now available that addresses FEMA’s intention to reimburse eligible applicants in 23 counties in Kentucky for costs to repair and/or replace facilities damaged by the Dec. 10-11, 2021, tornadoes.
 
The notice is now posted on FEMA’s Kentucky disaster website at https://www.fema.gov/disaster-federal-register- notice/dr-4630-ky-public-notice-001. It will also be posted to the Kentucky Emergency Management website.
 
The public notice describes proposed activities that may affect historic properties and activities and critical actions that may affect wetlands and floodplains.
 
The president approved a disaster declaration Dec. 12 for the tornadoes.
 
16 counties were designated eligible to apply for FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program: Barren, Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Ohio, Marion, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Taylor and Warren. The program provides financial assistance and direct services, including Direct Housing, to disaster-affected eligible individuals and households with uninsured or underinsured necessary expenses and serious needs. Under the Direct Housing program, FEMA must evaluate temporary housing sites and take into consideration all environmental laws and executive orders.
 
The following 23 counties were designated for the FEMA Public Assistance program: Barren, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Grayson, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Meade, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Shelby, Spencer, Taylor, Todd and Warren.
 
Under the Public Assistance program, FEMA reimburses eligible applicants for eligible costs to repair and/or replace publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain private nonprofit organizations that sustained damage in the Dec. 10-11, 2021, tornadoes. The program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures.
 
Under Public Assistance Category A, eligible applicants in Barren, Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor, Todd and Warren counties can seek reimbursement for emergency debris removal work.
 
Under Public Assistance Category B, eligible applicants in Barren, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Grayson, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Meade, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Shelby, Spencer, Taylor, Todd and Warren counties can seek reimbursement funding for emergency work to protect lives and secure property.
 
Under Public Assistance Categories C-G, eligible applicants in Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor, Todd and Warren counties can submit projects for permanent work. Additional counties may be designated at a later date if requested by the Commonwealth and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
 
FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is available statewide.
 
To obtain information about FEMA’s actions or a specific project, write to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency – Region IV - EHP, 3005 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta, GA 30341-4112 or send an email to FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Please include in the subject line of the email “DR 4630-KY.”
 
FEMA is required by law to share the public notice of its intent to provide federal assistance and grant opportunities through its Public Assistance program and its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
 
FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.
 
Learn more at fema.gov.
 

Sheriff Brockman Asks For Help Identifying Truck & Driver


 

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office is looking for help to locate this truck and its driver. The vehicle was involved in a hit and run collision on KY 80 east (also known as Russell Rd) around 1:30 pm on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.  If anyone sees a vehicle matching this description, please contact the ACSO at 270-384-2776. The vehicle should have extensive damage to the front-end.  

 

Adair 911 non-emergency: 270-384-6464

 

 

 

 

Adair County Woman Arrested for Stealing an Auto...

 

Anna Rosa Debarge, 32, of Columbia was arrested by the ACSO on Tuesday afternoon and charged with TBUT (Auto) $500 or more but under $10,000. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Columbia Residents Arrested on Burglary Charges...

 

On Tuesday, February 1, 2022 Columbia Police responded to a breaking and entering call on Hanley Lane just after 1:00pmCT. Upon arrival, Officers located and made contact with a male and female still at the property and were taken into custody.

 

  • Danny Ingram, 47, of Columbia was charged with Burglary 2nd degree as well as Criminal Mischief 3rd degree.
  • Jasmine Borders, 20, of Columbia has been charged with Public Intoxication, Resisting Arrest, Burglary 2nd degree, and Criminal Mischief 3rd degree.

Officer Josh Durbin made the arrests. He was assisted on scene by Sgt Evan Burton and Chief Jr Murphy.
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Governor Beshear Announces Funding to Help Kentuckians in Need Pay Household Heating, Cooling Bills

 

FRANKFORT, KY. (Jan. 31, 2022) – Gov. Andy Beshear today announced federal funding that will help low-income Kentuckians pay their heating and cooling bills. Kentucky will receive $1,572,878 through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the first installment of a five-year, $500 million investment in LIHEAP provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

 

“This assistance is the latest form of support to help our Kentucky families pay for critical bills,” said Gov. Beshear. “Eligible households will receive vital support to help them stay safe and healthy, something that becomes even more important during the harshest weather months. No one should have to make the tough choices about which bills to pay, and this program is in place to safely and reliably warm and cool the homes of Kentuckians in greatest need.”

 

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander noted that the program provides support beyond heating and cooling, acknowledging that it also provides crisis assistance, weatherization and other vital services.

 

“Too many Kentuckians continue to fall below the Federal Poverty Level,” Secretary Friedlander said. “We believe the most important action we can take to assist vulnerable individuals is to help keep them in their home. That’s why we are grateful for this much-needed emergency assistance for help paying for this basic need – assistance with paying for household utilities.”

 

Residents interested in applying for this assistance may contact Kentucky Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The phone number is 1-866-674-6327.

 

Get more information about Kentucky LIHEAP.

 

RUSSELL COUNTY BOIL WATER ADVISORY 02-01-22

 
There is a boil water advisory in Russell Springs starting at 1629 Mount Eden Road down to 3648 Mountain Eden Rd, including Cooper Creek Spur. The advisory was issued due to a water main being hit. This advisory is until further notice. Boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.

1-Vehicle Weekend Accident Sends Columbia Man to Hospital

 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office investigated an injury collision over the weekend that sent an Adair County man to the hospital for treatment.

 

The collision occurred on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 6:50pmCT when 50-year-old Samuel Gaddis of Columbia was traveling west on Gradyville Club Rd when he lost control of his vehicle, a 2008 Chevrolet truck. The vehicle traveled down an earth embankment and came to rest in a creek. Adair County EMS treated Gaddis on scene then transported him to TJ Health Columbia.  

 

Adair County K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten investigated the collision and was assisted on scene by the Columbia/Adair County Fire  Department.

 

KU Offers Winter Tips

With icy winter weather forecast across the region, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are closely monitoring the situation and are in contact with mutual assistance partners to prepare for any potential issues. The utilities encourage area residents plan in advance as well and offer tips to help residents stay safe and comfortable in their homes.

•        Keep warm air in and cold air out – Ensure heating systems are operating efficiently. Seal leaks and gaps around the home with caulk, spray foam or weather-stripping. Make sure warm-air registers are not blocked by drapes or furniture. Check out additional cold weather energy saving tips on our website.

•        Build an emergency kit – Keep an emergency kit on hand that includes a battery-powered radio, flashlights for everyone in the family, fresh batteries for any devices, a first-aid kit, and over-the-counter and prescription medications. Visit www.ready.gov for a complete list of essential emergency kit supplies.

•        Avoid and report fallen power lines – Strong wind, snow and ice accumulation on tree branches can sometimes cause them to break and fall into power lines. Consider all fallen lines dangerous. Stay away and contact the utilities to report a downed wire. LG&E customers should call 502-589-1444; KU customers should call 1-800-981-0600.

•        Stay informed – Download the LG&E and KU mobile app before inclement weather strikes. Customers can use the utilities’ mobile app, available from the Apple and Google stores, to access and keep track of near real-time outage information on the utilities’ online outage map. Customers can also use the app to report their outage and more.

LG&E and KU customers can also sign up for outage texting to report an outage to 4LGEKU (454358) and to request status updates from their mobile device.

How utilities are planning ahead

LG&E and KU’s system is built to withstand extreme conditions. When winter weather moves across Kentucky, the utilities monitor the forecast and are prepared to safely and quickly respond to severe weather impacts and reliably meet customers’ energy demands.

LG&E and KU cover more than 90 counties in Kentucky and have more than 40 crew centers. During severe weather events, the utilities are able to pull from their nearly 600 employee and resident contractor line technicians and other resources and position crews where they’re needed most.

Mutual Assistance Partnerships

In addition to these efforts, LG&E and KU maintain relationships, including four different mutual assistance partnerships, that provide access to invaluable resources and hundreds of crews from more than 20 states when mobilizing for potential large-scale restoration efforts.

Visit lge-ku.com/storm for more storm safety information.

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19, Economic Development

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 31, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky’s new COVID-19 cases and the test positivity rate are both trending downward.

 

“Last week, for the first time in a while, we had fewer new COVID-19 cases than the week before,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our positivity rate is also down. What we hope we are seeing is the beginning of the downward slope in omicron cases. But last week was still the second highest number of cases that we’ve ever had. We need to keep getting vaccinated, getting boosted and wearing masks indoors, but the trajectory on cases is now going in the right direction.”

 

The Governor also announced more economic development successes as January closes out.

 

“Today we have even more good news as we close out a banner month,” said Gov. Beshear. “Vector Corrosion Technologies will establish a manufacturing facility in Lexington creating 20 new full-time jobs through a $1 million investment. That means we have announced more than $660 million in investments in January alone and created more than 1,400 jobs in just the last 30 days.”

 

COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,845,828
Number of people who have received their vaccination booster in Kentucky: 1,029,065

 

Jan. 29, Cases: 9,144
Jan. 29, Deaths: 31
Jan. 30, Cases: 5,821
Jan. 30, Deaths: 25

New Cases Today: 4,950
New Deaths: 14
Today’s Positivity Rate: 28.49%
Current Hospitalizations: 2,413
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 454
Currently on Ventilators: 232

 

During the week ending Jan. 30, 74,376 cases were reported in Kentucky and the average test positivity rate was 28.97%.

 

Economic Development Update
Gov. Beshear said that this is the best January for new jobs during his term. On Thursday and Friday of last week, Gov. Beshear announced more than 1,200 new jobs for Kentuckians through $291.8 million in new investments.

In total, during January 2022, $660 million in new investments have been secured, creating more than 1,400 quality jobs for Kentuckians.

 

New economic development projects and expansions include those at 80 Acres FarmsConfluent HealthLevi StraussKrogerPiston AutomotiveNovelisQuadrant MagneticsEurofins Genomics, Aristech Surfaces, Rajant, Russellville Dental Lab and Vector Corrosion Technologies.

 

S&P Revises Outlook from Stable to Positive
Gov. Beshear announced that on Jan. 28, S&P Global Ratings revised Kentucky’s financial outlook to positive from stable and affirmed its “A-” credit ranking. S&P cited a reduced reliance on one-time items to balance the budget and a higher balance in the state’s rainy day fund as primary factors influencing the change.

 

Kentucky’s continued economic recovery, including significant recent investments in the auto industry such as Ford Motor Co. and SK Innovation’s decision to build two electric battery plants in Hardin County, were cited by S&P as key to the decision to revise Kentucky’s outlook to positive. Kentucky’s continued commitment to fully funding pensions, including funding the actuarially determined contributions, as well as improved governance and a demonstrated willingness to reduce expenditures to balance the budget, were also cited as influencing factors in S&P’s decision.

 

The improved outlook incorporates the Governor’s 2022-2024 executive branch budget recommendations.

 

Kentucky Emergency Management Update
Gov. Beshear announced his appointment of Col. Jeremy Slinker as the new director of Kentucky Emergency Management beginning March 1. Col. Slinker will replace the outgoing director, Michael E. Dossett, who is retiring from the agency after more than 44 years of public service.

 

Col. Slinker has been in public service for almost 30 years. He is currently the director of the Ranger Division for Kentucky State Parks and served with the Kentucky State Police (KSP) for 25 years as a trooper and in all supervisory ranks. He has held command positions in post operations, special operations and drug enforcement/special investigations. In 2016 he was appointed to the KSP command staff as the special enforcement troop commander and in 2017 was promoted as the operations division director.

 

Utility Bill Assistance
Kentucky has been awarded over $1.5 million through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or (LIHEAP). Eligible households will be able to access vital support with paying utility bills. LIHEAP also provides crisis assistance, weatherization and other services that helps keep Kentuckians in their homes. The $1.5 million is the first installment of a five-year, $500 million investment in LIHEAP provided by the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Residents interested in applying for help paying heating and cooling bills may contact Kentucky Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The phone number is 1-866-674-6327.

 

AREA ARRESTS 2-1-22

 

John Thompson, age 42, of Columbia was taken into custody by Officer Necessary with the Columbia Police Department just after 7:30 last evening. Thompson was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree-Drug Unspecified, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Greater Offense (more than 2 grams of Meth), Persistent Felony Offender 1 and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.

 

Yolanda Sanchez, age 45, of Columbia, was taken into custody by Deputy McCarol with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just after 2 yesterday afternoon. Sanchez was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (more than 2 grams of Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8oz) 1st Offense and Promoting Contraband – 1st Degree.

 

Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

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