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Local News Archives for 2022-03

Russell County Man Arrested for Stalking

 
James Brown, 18, of Russell Springs was arrested by KSP on Thursday afternoon for Stalking 1st degree and Violating a Kentucky EPO/DVO. Brown was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

FATAL ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE OF TAYLOR COUNTY MAN


Campbellsville, KY (March 31, 2022) The Kentucky State Police is investigation a 2-vehicle fatal collision that occurred in Taylor County on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at approximately 5:17pmET on the north bypass in Campbellsville. 
 

Preliminary investigations indicate that Casey Hines, 31, of Campbellsville, KY was operating a 2004 Chevy SUV east bound when he crossed the centerline for unknown reasons and struck a west bound 2016 Toyota SUV, operated by David Haibach, 74, of Campbellsville, KY. Haibach was unable to avoid the collision and was struck head-on.

 

Casey Hines was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Two juvenile passengers in Hines vehicle were transported by private vehicle to Taylor Regional hospital. Haibach and his passenger, Ann Haibach, 74, of Campbellsville, KY were transported to Taylor Regional by EMS.
 

This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Weston Sullivan who was assisted at the scene by the Taylor County Coroner, Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, Campbellsville Police, Campbellsville Fire, EMS and Rescue. 

 

Road Work in Puaski County

Pulaski County - KYTC advises motorists that a portion of Mark Shopville Road will be temporarily closed to through traffic at the intersection of KY 461 beginning on Tuesday, 4/5, for approximately three weeks. Closure is part of the KY 461 improvement project. https://t.co/GN51uPgOOY

AREA ARRESTS 3-31-22

 

Prestin Sneed, 28, of Jamestown was taken into custody just after midnight by Deputy Golden with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office. Sneed was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Cocaine).

 

Ernest Foley, 54, of Jamestown was arrested by Officer Lee Smith with the Jamestown Police Department on Wednesday morning just after 10 a.m.. Foley was charged with Criminal Trespassing 1st Degree.

 

Both men were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Donald Bearden, 54, of Columbia was arrested by Officer Conn with the Columbia Police Department just after Midnight. Bearden was charged with Strangulation 1st Degree and Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) with minor injuries. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

RCSO Search Warrant Results in Drug Arrest


R.C. Sheriff Derek Polston reports that a search warrant was executed by the Russell County Sheriffs Office at 771 Nelson Road off Half Acre Rd in Russell County late Wednesday evening 3/30/2022.


The following Individuals were arrested:

  • Misty Collins, 43, charged with Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Menacing & Resisting Arrest.
  • Douglas Alexander, 42, was served numerous Warrants from Russell, Adair, & Taylor Counties.

Both cases will be presented to a Russell County Grand Jury where more charges may be forthcoming.


The Sheriffs Office was assisted on scene by KSP. The case is under investigation by Deputy Corey Meyer.


Sheriff Polston reminds Russell County citizens that if you suspect suspicious activity in your neighborhood, please contact the Sheriffs Office Drug/ Wanted Persons Tipline at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous.

 

RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY 03-30-22

 
There is a boil water advisory in effect on Hwy. E80 from Patty Ridge Road down to the Russell County line, including a section of Decatur Road off Hwy. 80. The advisory was issued on Wednesday due to a water main break. Boil all water used for drinking and cooking for at least 3 minutes.
 

WIND ADVISORY; SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE TONIGHT

 
Gusty south winds will be seen across the outlook area this evening. Sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts of 45 to 50mph will be possible prior to storms arriving later this evening.
 
Showers and embedded thunderstorms this evening and tonight could be strong to severe, with damaging straight line winds and spin up tornadoes possible. This line is expected to pass through the region between the hours of 9 PM and 3 AM.
 
There is also an enhanced fire danger for locations east of I-65 Wednesday afternoon. The combination of strong winds, dry fuels, and low relative humidity will make for difficult conditions to control any outdoor burning. A Red Flag Warning has been posted until 8:00 PM EDT.
 
SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...
Spotter activation is likely this evening. Spotters are also encouraged to relay reports of measured wind speeds or any wind damage during the day.
 
More information, along with other weather, hydrological and climate information can be found, at weather.gov/louisville.
 

Fairplay Road Boil Water Advisory Lifted

 
As of 10:43 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 the boil water advisory for Columbia/Adair Utilities District customers from 6124-9095 Fairplay Road and all side roads in between has been lifted by the Division of Water. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.
 

Columbia-Adair Boil Water Advisory Lifted 3-30-22

 

As of 10:43 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 the boil water advisory for Columbia-Adair Utilities District customers from 8850-10365 Hwy 55 South has been lifted by the Division of Water. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.

 

 

Adair County Election Reminders


Election reminders from Adair County Clerk's office...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  • Also, there will be 3 days of Early Voting and all 16 precincts will be open on Election Day.  The dates, locations and times for Early Voting will be forthcoming. 
     
  • In order to receive a mail-in absentee ballot, you have to meet one of the requirements.

 

AREA ARREST 3-30-22

Area Arrest 3-30-22

Anthony Dow, age 27, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Trooper Brumley of the Kentucky State Police around 10:30 last night. Dow was charged with Burglary, 1st Degree, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree and Theft by Unlawful Taking, Disposition – Firearm.

 

Earl Stearns, age 65, of Russell Springs was arrested by Officer Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office around 8 last evening. Stearns was charged with Reckless Driving and Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Substance -2nd.

 

Kameron Jones, age 30, of Elizabethtown, was arrested by Trooper Payne with the Kentucky State Police around 11:30 yesterday morning. Jones was charged with Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree, Wanton Endangerment – 2nd Degree and Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition all Other greater than $1000 Dollars.

 

All 3 men were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

AREA ARREST 3-30-22

Area Arrest 3-30-22

Anthony Dow, age 27, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Trooper Brumley of the Kentucky State Police around 10:30 last night. Dow was charged with Burglary, 1st Degree, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree and Theft by Unlawful Taking, Disposition – Firearm.

 

Earl Stearns, age 65, of Russell Springs was arrested by Officer Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office around 8 last evening. Stearns was charged with Reckless Driving and Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Substance -2nd.

 

Kameron Jones, age 30, of Elizabethtown, was arrested by Trooper Payne with the Kentucky State Police around 11:30 yesterday morning. Jones was charged with Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree, Wanton Endangerment – 2nd Degree and Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition all Other greater than $1000 Dollars.

 

All 3 men were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Adair Boil Water Advisory - March 29th

 

Date Issued: 3/29/2022

Time Issued: 1:40pmCT

 

 A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers for customers from 6124-9095 Fairplay Rd. and all side roads in between. The advisory has been issued due to a main line break.

           

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

 

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

 

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

 

ADAIR BOIL WATER ADVISORY

 

Date Issued: 3/29/2022

Time Issued:  9:45amCT

 

A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers for customers from 8850-10365 Hwy 55 South. The advisory has been issued due to a main line break.         

 

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

 

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

 

Columbia Fire Dept. Responds to Fire on Smith Street...

 

The Columbia Fire Department responded to 111 Smith Street on Monday afternoon at 1:51pmCT to property owned by James Ford. Upon arrival, an outbuilding was engulfed in flames and was extinguished. The house was cooled off to prevent major damage. The origin of the fire is unknown and 14 firemen were on the scene for approx. 45 minutes.  

 

AREA ARREST 3-29-22

 

Bradley Burton, age 45, of Columbia, was arrested by Deputy Perkins with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just after 6 last evening. Burton was charged with Driving-DUI Suspended License (3rd Offense) and Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Substance, 4th or GREATER Offense.

 

Burton was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Read Across Russell County March 29th

 

Russell County Library Director Lindsey Westerfield spoke with WAVE NEWS about this afternoons event...
 

 

Adair County Fiscal Court Meeting Recap

 

Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan tells WAVE Listeners what took place at Monday's Adair Fiscal Court meeting... 

 

 

KENTUCKY SHERIFFS ASSOC. & COUNTY ATTORNEYS JOIN IN CONDEMNING ELECTION MISINFORMATION

 

Frankfort, Ky. (March 28, 2022) – The Kentucky Sheriffs’ Association and the Kentucky County Attorneys Association have joined Secretary of State Michael Adams, the Kentucky State Board of Elections and the Kentucky County Clerks Association in signing a letter aimed at debunking lies about the election system trafficked by Adrienne Southworth, Stephen Knipper and Jon Schrock. By law, each sheriff sits on his or her county’s board of elections.

 

“I’m grateful to Republican and Democratic local officials for coming together to defend the integrity of our election officials and poll workers,” said Adams. “While voting in Kentucky has never been more accessible than it has been in the past 2 years, it also has never been more secure.”

 

Adair Man Arrested by Fish and Wildlife on Drug Charges

 

Paul Burress, 65, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Fish and Wildlife Officer Young on Sunday afternoon. Burress, was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st Offense (more than 2 Grams of Meth), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (2 grams or Less of Meth), Theft of Identity of Another Without Consent, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

WEEKEND ARRESTS 03/27/22

 
  • Justin McCoy, 32, of Columbia - arrested by Columbia Police for Violating a Kentucky EPO (Emergency Protective Order) and Violation of Conditions of Release.
  • Carolyn Grimes, 74, of Albany - arrested on Saturday evening by the Cumberland County Sheriffs Office for Careless Driving, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified), DUI, Presence of Alcoholic Beverages with Intent to Sell, Improper Display of Registration Plates, and Failure to Notify the Dept. of Transporation of an Address Change. 
  • Alfred James Creselious, 36, of Burkesville - arrested by the Cumberland County Sheriffs Office on Saturday for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Fire Danger Today

...Elevated Fire Danger This Afternoon...

Very dry air mixing down to the surface will result in relative
humidities between 15-30 percent this afternoon. Dry air combined
with breezy winds out of the northwest will result in an elevated
risk for spreading fires.

Please refer to local burn permitting authorities on whether or not
to burn this afternoon. If you do burn, use extreme caution since
fires can spread quickly under these conditions.


...Hard Freeze Expected Again Tonight Into Monday Morning...

Russell County Hospital Announces New CEO

 

The Russell County Hospital Board of Directors announces Scott Thompson will be the new CEO. Mr. Thompson will join RCH on May 1st, 2022. He served as CEO in 2018 & 2019.

 

Adair Co. Man Arrested on DUI & Other Charges...

 
Michael R. Mann, 56, of Columbia - arrested by KSP this morning for Excessive Windshield Tint, DUI, Operating Vehicle with Expired Operators License, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Gov. Beshear, Kentucky State Police Welcome 71 New Troopers to Enhance Public Safety throughout the Commonwealth

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 25, 2022) — Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky State Police (KSP) announced that 71 cadets have graduated the agency’s basic training academy and are now ready to report for duty across the commonwealth with a focus on creating a better and safer Kentucky.

 

Cadet Class 101 is the largest KSP basic training academy graduating class since 2014.

 

“Congratulations cadets. Great job on finishing an intense 24-weeks of training and becoming a state trooper,” Gov. Beshear said. “I join the people of the commonwealth in thanking you for your service to others and for helping to make the commonwealth a better place.”

 

Cadets reported to the KSP training academy on Oct. 3, 2021 to embark upon 24-weeks of intense training to learn the job skills necessary to perform the duties of a state trooper to one day wear the badge of honor as they protect and serve all who live and visit Kentucky’s 120 counties. Graduating cadets pledged to uphold the mission of KSP by promoting public safety through service, integrity and professionalism using partnerships to prevent, reduce and deter crime and the fear of crime, enhance highway safety through education and enforcement, safeguard property and protect individual rights.

 

“Tomorrow is symbolic in many ways. You will start your first day as a Kentucky State Trooper. Each of you will take this independent journey with humility, passion and a thirst to be better each day,” said KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. “Your success rests upon your shoulders and what you have learned while at the academy.”

 

The KSP Training Academy provides cadets with best practices, the latest technology training and legal information to help make the commonwealth’s streets safer, communities stronger and the nation more secure through exceptional law enforcement. The graduates of Cadet Class 101 received more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study in subjects such as constitutional law, juvenile and traffic law, use of force, weapons training, defensive tactics, first aid, high speed vehicle pursuit, criminal investigation, computer literacy, hostage negotiations, evidence collection, radio procedures, search and seizure, crash investigation, drug identification, traffic control, crowd control, armed robbery response, land navigation, electronic crimes, sex crimes, hate crimes, domestic violence, bomb threats and hazardous materials.

 

During today’s graduation ceremony, KSP Academy Commander Shawn Darby took a moment to address the cadet class.

 

“When you join the Kentucky State Police, you not only represent yourself, but you also represent your family and community,” said Capt. Shawn Darby. “We also represent those troopers who have come before us. I know each of you are proud and humbled to represent the Kentucky State Police and Cadet Class 101.”

 

Several members of the graduating class received special recognition during the ceremony.

 

Trooper Trevor Vandermolen received the ‘Ernie Bivens Award’. This honor is presented to a cadet in each class who, in the opinion of the KSP Academy and fellow cadets, shows distinction as a leader, strives for academic excellence and has excelled in all phases of the academy’s physical and vocational training.

 

Additionally, the honor of Valedictorian was awarded to Trooper Trevor Vandermolen and the Salutatorian was awarded to Trooper Luke Edwards.

 

Upon graduation, new troopers have the opportunity to “Pick Three” posts located throughout the commonwealth that they prefer to be assigned.

 

Cadet Class 101 graduates and their assigned posts are: 

POST 1, MAYFIELD       
Matthew Fleming, Benton, Ky.
Brayden Thomas, Cadiz, Ky.

 

Post 2, MADISONVILLE
Nathan Pedigo, Portland, Tn.

 

Post 3, BOWLING GREEN
Trevor Vandermolen, Rineyville, Ky.
Devon Banaszak, London, Ky.
Walker Hogan, Leitchfield, Ky.
Daniel DeLeon, Lufkin, Tx.
Tavian Thompson, Russell Springs, Ky.

 

Post 4, ELIZABETHTOWN
James Payne, Glasgow, Ky.
Travis Dalton, Brandenburg, Ky.

 

Post 5, CAMPBELLSBURG
Joshua Rexroat, Bedford, Ky.
Amanda Begel, Prospect, Ky.
Colin Bryant, Mt. Washington, Ky.
Alan Spencer, Mount Washington, Ky.

 

Post 6, DRY RIDGE
Caleb Dicken, Ramsey, In.
Garryn Wood, Frankfort, Ky.
Luke Edwards, Frankfort, Ky.
Manuel Ruvalcaba, San Martin de Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico.

 

Post 7, RICHMOND
Jason Montgomery, Tyner, Ky.
Joshua Buckner, Berea, Ky.
Jacob Coffey, McKee, Ky.
Robert Baker, Manchester, Ky.
Tiana Simpson, Corbin, Ky.
Benjamin Holt, London, Ky.
Jon Best, Winchester, Ky.
Bobby Estes, Beattyville, Ky.

 

Post 8, MOREHEAD
Matthew Smith, East Point, Ky.

 

Post 9, PIKEVILLE
Joseph Slone, Pikeville, Ky.
Nicholas Taylor, Pikeville, Ky.
Terry Mounts, Pikeville, Ky.
Megan Thomas, Emmalena, Ky.
Brennan Eckart, Cecilia, Ky.
Zachary Burgess, Pikeville, Ky.
Logan Hillerman, Pikeville, Ky.
Timothy Smith, Canada, Ky.
Dylan Chapman, Red Fox, Ky.
Hunter Kidd, Grethel, Ky.
Michael McKinney, Harold, Ky.

 

Post 10, HARLAN
Jason Blanton, Pineville, Ky.
Cameron Cornett, Evarts, Ky.
Chelsea Brock, Corbin, Ky.
Matthew Abner, Pineville, Ky.
Colby Cochran, Harlan, Ky.
Joshua Jones, Corbin, Ky.
Keston Price, Harlan, Ky.

 

Post 11, LONDON
William Harrison, Somerset, Ky.

 

Post 12, FRANKFORT
Matthew Carter, McKee, Ky.
Jordan Thompson, Lawrenceburg, Ky.
Robert Stepp, Versailles, Ky.
William Watts, Versailles, Ky.
Adam Champlain, Georgetown, Ky.
Chad Hagan, Louisville, Ky.
Austin Watts, Lawrenceburg, Ky.

 

Post 13, HAZARD
Dustin Ballard, Hyden, Ky.
Arlie Stidham Jr., Hazard, Ky.
Ryan Couch, Bonnyman, Ky.
Zachary Neice, Hindman, Ky.

 

Post 14, ASHLAND
Dylan Alexander, Grayson, Ky.
William Galloway, Hindman, Ky.

 

Post 15, COLUMBIA
Stephen England, Campbellsville, Ky.
Trevor Sharp, Liberty, Ky.
Jacob Wilson, Dunnville, Ky.
Maverick Gadberry, Liberty, Ky.
David Sagrecy, Springfield, Ky.
Kendon Young, Campbellsville, Ky.
Hunter McQueary, Windsor, Ky.
Daniel Smith, Mt. Vernon, Ky.
Lucas Justice, Russell Springs, Ky.

 

Post 16, HENDERSON
Lucas Atherton, Beaver Dam, Ky.
James Hendricks, Henderson, Ky.
Jared Lundy, Marion, Ky.

 

Twenty-five cadets earned their associate degree in General Occupational and Technical Studies from the Bluegrass Community and Technical College during their 24-weeks at the training academy. These cadets benefited from the new hiring guidelines established by the state legislature in 2017. Through this revision, anyone who possesses a high school diploma or GED, and has three years of full-time work experience can apply for employment as a KSP Trooper and earn an associate’s degree during the training process.

 

Cadet Class 101 graduates who earned an associate’s degree are:
Matthew Abner, Pineville, Ky.
Dylan Alexander, Grayson, Ky.
Lucas Atherton, Beaver Dam, Ky.
Robert Baker, Manchester, Ky.
Dustin Ballard, Hyden, Ky.
Devon Banaszak, London, Ky.
Chelsea Brock, Corbin, Ky.
Colin Bryant, Mt. Washington, Ky.
Joshua Buckner, Berea, Ky.
Colby Cochran, Harlan, Ky.
Jacob Coffey, McKee, Ky.
Cameron Cornett, Evarts, Ky.
William Galloway, Hindman, Ky.
Chad Hagan, Louisville, Ky.
Joshua Jones, Corbin, Ky.
Michael McKinney, Harold, Ky.
Jason Montgomery, Tyner, Ky.
James Payne, Glasgow, Ky.
Nathan Pedigo, Portland, Tn.
Daniel Smith, Mt. Vernon, Ky.
Timothy Smith, Canada, Ky.
Brayden Thomas, Cadiz, Ky.
Jordan Thompson, Lawrenceburg, Ky.
Trevor Vandermolen, Rineyville, Ky.
William Watts, Versailles, Ky.

 

In Nov. 2021, the Governor announced historic investments to improve public safety, retention, and accountability in his recent budget proposal. His two-year budget plan provides millions of dollars to fund competitive salaries for KSP troopers, officers, and telecommunicators, supply body cameras for KSP sworn troopers, and increase the peace officer training stipend. Read more here and here.

 

In the previous state budget, the Governor allocated $500,000 to help increase KSP’s recruitment efforts by developing the ‘Be The Difference’ marketing initiative to reach individuals from Kentucky’s 120 counties.

Digital ads were launched in unique venues, such as colleges and universities, outdoor billboards in rural communities, social media and streaming television platforms. Additionally, KSP is working with retired minority troopers to further improve their diversity recruitment efforts.

 

KSP’s recruitment branch recently finished accepting applications for the upcoming cadet class 102, which is slated to begin June 2022.


For more information about career opportunities with KSP visit the website.



Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Sara W. Combs administers Oath of Office to Cadet Class 101

 

 

KY Unemployment Rate Down Slightly in February


Kentucky's seasonally adjusted preliminary February 2022 unemployment rate was 4.2%, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC).

The preliminary February 2022 jobless rate was down 0.2 percentage points from the 4.4% reported in January 2022 and down 0.5 percentage points from the 4.7% recorded for the state one year ago.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for February 2022 was 3.8%, down from the 4% reported in January 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

Hosparus Health Breaks Ground on $1.7 Million Community Center in Campbellsville

 

(CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY) - Hosparus Health of Green River today (Thursday) broke ground on a 4,465-square-foot community center at 462 N. Bypass Road in Campbellsville. This expansion will allow the not-for-profit hospice and palliative care organization to increase capacity and reach hundreds more families who are facing serious illness in Adair, Green, Marion, Taylor and Washington counties. Construction is expected to begin in April and be completed in September. The facility will replace HGR’s current Campbellsville office at 295 Campbellsville Bypass and serve as the local headquarters for all hospice care, palliative services under its Pallitus Health Partners brand, and bereavement services through the Hosparus Health Grief Counseling Center.  

 

The project will be funded in part by $500,000 raised during Hosparus Health’s People of Compassion comprehensive fundraising campaign, which raised a total of $29 million to enhance and expand hospice and palliative care services across Kentucky and Indiana. The remainder will be financed by Taylor County Bank. The costs for the project include $100,000 for the purchase of land, $1.4 million for construction and $200,000 for furniture, fixtures and equipment. The building was designed by architecture firm Schmidt Associates. The general contractor on the project is LBM Construction Co. Inc. 

 

To accommodate the increasing need for its services, HGR has increased clinical and support staff to 35, outgrowing its current space. The organization served 486 hospice patients in 2021, and that number is expected to continue to grow significantly in the next five years. 

 

“We believe no one should have to navigate serious illness alone, so it’s absolutely vital that we grow along with the changing needs of our community,” says Jennifer Thompson, Community Director. “Whether it’s a condition that can be managed comfortably for many years or a disease that’s near its end, we walk alongside our patients and their families through every stage of illness. Our new facility will allow us to reach more people than ever before and meet them where they are in their journey.” 

 

For more information or to request an interview, contact Amy Higgs, Public Relations Manager, 502.552.2140 or ahiggs@hosparus.org. 

 

3 Jamestown Residents Arrested for Engaging in Organized Crime and Trafficking in Drugs

 
 
  • Kathy Sutton, 57, of Jamestown - arrested by KSP on Wednesday evening for Theft of Idenity of Another Without Consent, Trafficking in a Legend Drugs, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia, and Engaging in organized Crime.
  • Phillip Sutton, 49, of Jamestown - arrested by KSP on Wednesday for Theft of Identity of Another Without Consent, Trafficking in Legend Drugs, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia, and Engaging in Organized Crime.
  • Andrew Scott Rhodes, 35, of Jamestown - arrested on Wednesday by KSP for Trafficking in Controlled Substances 1st & 3rd degree (Drugs Unspecified), Trafficking in Legend Drugs, and Engaging in Organized Crime.

 

They were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update; Signs 6 Bills Into Law

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 24, 2022) – Today Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on new legislation, tornado recovery and COVID-19 and named two groups of Team Kentucky All-Stars: students who participated in the Governor’s Cup academic competition and Kentucky Girl Scouts. The Governor also provided updates on a UofL Health expansion, Cleaner Water Program funding and investments in tourism.

 

Governor Signs Bills Into Law
Today, joined by lawmakers, advocates and students from Madison County High School, Gov. Beshear signed into law six pieces of legislation recently passed by the General Assembly:

 

  • Senate Bill 104, which establishes in state law the Employment First Council to better serve and empower Kentuckians with disabilities and provide greater opportunities for these citizens and their families;
  • House Concurrent Resolution 47, which encourages local school districts to purchase available goods from their local farmers and producers;
  • Senate Bill 135, which helps county clerks begin to make more services available online;
  • Senate Bill 106, which will help very small cities without an active city government spend funds to improve the lives of residents;
  • House Bill 144, which provides relief to employers who may still be experiencing slow growth or tight margins due to the effects of the pandemic by reducing their unemployment tax costs and suspending an employer surcharge; and
  • House Bill 436, which makes auctions safer for Kentuckians by making auctioneers more accountable to investigation and enforcement.

 

“I was heartened to hear that on some of this legislation, the goal was not just to help our businesses in need, but also to make sure our workers who fall on hard times have the benefits they need,” Gov. Beshear said. “I hope we can come out of this session with some form of a safety net still intact. When Kentuckians are knocked down, we ought to be helping them up.”

 

Tornado Recovery Update
The Governor said that since the quad-state tornado devastated Western Kentucky in December, Kentucky State Parks have provided temporary housing and food to more than 800 individuals and 250 first responders. Recently, parks staff have been working with local and state emergency management to successfully transition impacted families into medium-term housing, such as travel trailers and cottages, or back to their homes. Today state parks continue to provide medium-term housing in cottages and travel trailers to 89 displaced Kentuckians.

 

As of yesterday, 190 people from 61 households were occupying 62 of the available trailers through the Commonwealth Sheltering Program.

 

On March 15, President Joe Biden signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022. This will increase the previous federal cost share from 75% to 90% for any major disaster declared during the time period of Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2021. Five Kentucky disasters will be included.

 

From the period of Dec. 27, 2021, through Jan. 25, 2022, the federal government will be paying 100% of the costs of debris removal. From the period of Dec. 12, 2021, through Jan. 10, 2022, the federal government will be paying 100% of the costs of emergency recovery measures, such as sheltering, emergency operations, evacuation and search and rescue.

 

Omicron BA.2 Sub-variant
The Governor said the omicron BA.2 sub-variant has been confirmed in 29 Kentucky residents since the first week of February. These residents are from 13 different Kentucky counties.

 

Molecular sequencing is performed on only a small subset of cases, so there have likely been many more BA.2 infections that weren’t confirmed. According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last week, approximately 35% of cases that went through molecular sequencing were identified as the BA.2 variant in the U.S.

 

Gov. Beshear said based on some early studies, BA.2 is thought to spread faster and be more infectious than the initial omicron variant. It is too soon to know whether BA.2 will lead to an overall increase in cases, hospitalizations or deaths or if BA.2 causes more severe disease or can evade immunity from vaccines or prior infections.

 

The week ending March 20, 8,639 COVID-19 cases were reported in Kentucky and the average test positivity rate was 3.08%.

 

UofL Health Announces $144 Million Expansion at UofL Hospital
Gov. Beshear joined Louisville leaders to announce a new seven-story tower that will anchor a $144 million expansion and upgrade to UofL Health – UofL Hospital in downtown Louisville. The project will increase the operating capacity and facilitate a modernization to include all private beds throughout the remainder of the hospital. When complete, UofL Hospital will offer more than 360 beds, each in a private room, 20 operating rooms, plus a new 24-bed observation unit. Alongside the increased clinical space, the expansion will include an enhanced visitor experience with a new lobby, waiting area, along with updates to the gift shop and coffee shop. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Gov. Beshear Awards $5.3 Million in Tourism Recovery Funding
Yesterday, Gov. Beshear joined the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and members of the General Assembly to announce that 103 tourism and destination marketing organizations in 88 Kentucky counties will receive a total of $5.3 million in funding. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Gov. Beshear Awards $5.4 for Infrastructure Upgrades in Five Counties
This week, Gov. Beshear awarded more than $5.4 million to Hopkins, Johnson, Martin, Muhlenberg and Warren counties, including:

 

  • $2,765,765 to nine utilities and seven cities in Hopkins and Muhlenberg counties through the Better Kentucky Plan’s Cleaner Water Program;
  • $273,963 in Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding to the City of Nortonville (Hopkins County);
  • $300,000 of Community Development Block Grant funding to Johnson County to expand and upgrade the W.R. Castle Fire Station;
  • $28,144 in KYTC funding to Johnson County to resurface portions of Deboard Hollow Road;
  • $411,148 to the Martin County Water District through the Better Kentucky Plan’s Cleaner Water Program;
  • $1.6 million in TAP funding for the City of Bowling Green to rehabilitate the College Street Pedestrian Bridge and $25,000 from the Department for Local Government’s Recreational Trails Program for Warren County to add new features to Weldon Peete Park.

 

Gov. Beshear also joined local officials in Johnson County this week to announce the addition of a new Build-Ready site at Hager Hill Industrial Park, positioning the location to attract new business to the region.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Today Gov. Beshear announced two groups of Team Kentucky All-Stars: Kentucky students who competed in the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition’s Governor’s Cup and Kentucky Girl Scouts who visited the Capitol this week.

 

“The students who competed in the Governor’s Cup have worked hard and sacrificed so much throughout this pandemic, all while staying dedicated to their goals. I’m really proud of them,” Gov. Beshear said. “I want to also give a shout out to KAAC Executive Director John Bennett who is retiring this summer after 30 years of service to this organization – and to the students of Kentucky.”

 

The Governor signed a proclamation this week recognizing Girl Scout Day in the commonwealth and celebrating 110 years of Girl Scouts.

 

“These girls came together in Frankfort to advocate for the causes they believe in. They are gaining the skills they need to follow their dreams, starting right now,” Gov. Beshear said. “And yes, there is still time to buy cookies. Look for a booth near you soon!”

 

Russell Springs Fire Department Responded to an Apartment Fire Last Evening

Russell Springs Fire Department responded to an Apartment fire on Snow Road just before 7 last evening. Two apartment owned by Chad Aaron, were affected by the blaze and according to reports received moderate Damage. Everyone that was inside the apartments at the time of the fire were able to get out safely, with no injuries being reported.

AREA ARREST 3-24-22

Tiffany Johnson, age 32, of Russell Springs, was arrested by Trooper Harper with the Kentucky State Police just before 7 last evening. Johnson was charged with Fugitive from Another State and Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees or Fines. She was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail. 

 

R.C. Hospital Board wants Former CEO to Return/Another Special Board Meeting 03/25/22

 

The Russell County Hospital Board of Directors met on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 and voted to offer a contract to former hospital CEO Scott Thompson to return and fill that position. Thompson was CEO at Russell County Hospital in 2018 and 2019. Former CEO Patrick Branco retired earlier this month.

 

There will be another special called meeting of the Russell County Hospital Board of Directors on Friday, March 25, 2022 at 4:00pmCT at Duo Broadband. 


TOPICS:

1.Discussion, Review and Possible Action on Nursing Compensation Plan

2.Possible Executive Session Pursuant to KRS 61.810 (1) (f)

3.Discussion and Possible Action on Contract of Employment for Position of Chief Executive Officer

 

AREA ARREST 3-23-22

Angelina Kennett, age 39, of Columbia, was arrested by Deputy Perkins of the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just before 8 last evening. Kennett was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Heroin) and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified). She was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

AREA ARRESTS

 

  • Justin McCoy, 32, of Columbia - arrested by CPD this afternoon for Violating a KY EPO.
 
  • Michael White, 52, of Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Monday afternoon for Possession of Methamphetamine and Marijuana, Non-payment of Court Costs, Fees, or Fines, No Registration Plates, Resisting Arrest, Fleeing or Evading Police (Motor Vehicle), Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree, and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

RUSSELL COUNTY INDICTMENTS 03-22-22

 

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

 

 

Columbia Announces First 32 Veteran's Banners will be on Square by Memorial Day

 

The first 32 veterans that were submitted for a veterans banner on the square are scheduled to be up by Memorial Day. Those veterans are from the Vietnam War, Korean War, World War I, World War II, and active duty.

 

Phillip Gaskins    U.S. Army

Derek Cundiff     U.S. Marines

Randall Jones    U.S. Army

Joe Payne          U.S. Army

Leland Grant      U.S. Marines

Wallace Alexander  U.S. Army

Bobby Kimbler   U.S. Marines

Bernard Dunn    U.S. Army

Sammy Hughes  U.S. Army

Charlie Morrison  World War I

James Abell    U.S. Army

John Burr        U.S. Army

Paul Smith      U.S. Marines

Michael Callison   U.S. Army

Orvis Grider     U.S. Army

Travis Giles     U.S. Army

Vince Giles      U.S. Army

Ronald Burton    U.S. Army

Brad Scholl      U.S. Marines

Joe Spires      U.S. Army

Tommy Corbin   U.S. Army

C.W. Grant     U.S. Navy

Bernard Janes  U.S. Navy

William Coy Turner   U.S. Army

Joe Hare     U.S. Army

Ronnie Holt    U.S. Army

Alfred Baker     World War I

George Hancock  U.S. Army

William Antle    U.S. Army

George Howard Keltner    U.S. Air Force

Russell Arnold     U.S. Army

Walter Gene Hoots   U.S. Army

 

The next phase of banners is scheduled to be announced by fall.

 

AREA ARRESTS 3-22-22

 

Charles Curnette, 54, of Jamestown was arrested by Deputy Golden with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just before 11:30 last night. Curnette, was charged with Burglary, 2nd Degree, Criminal Mischief, 1st Degree, Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense), Possession of Burglary Tools and Serving a Warrant for Another Police Agency. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Noah Neal, 24, of Albany was taken into custody by Trooper Poole of the Kentucky State Police early Tuesday morning. Neal was charged with Rear License Not Illuminated, Inadequate Silencer (Muffler), Failure to Wear Seat Belt, Failure to Notify Address Change to Department of Transportation, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Suicide Prevention Training At Adair Co. Extension Office 03/24/2022

 
On Thursday, March 24, 2022 all farmers are invited to attend a QPR training at the Adair County Cooperative Extension Service at 5:30pmCT.
 
In as little as 1½ hours, you can learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to apply three simple steps that may save a life.
 
QPR stands for: Question, Persuade, and Refer - 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. 
 
People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to get a person at risk the help they need. You might be surprised and may find it useful at some point in your life with someone you know and care about.
 
Each attendee will receive a QPR booklet and card with information on suicide prevention, as well as resource information for treatment providers and support groups within their community.

Special Called Columbia City Council Meeting March 22nd

 

The Columbia City Council will have a Special Called Meeting on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 6:00pmCT at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

 

AGENDA
 

CALL TO ORDER:  SPECIAL CALLED MEETING OF MARCH 22, 2022 AT 3:00 P.M. IN CITY HALL.

 

1ST ITEM:   REQUEST FOR APPROVAL TO SUBMIT A PHMSA GRANT APPLICATION FOR INFRASTRUCTURE & MODERNIZATION OF BARE STEEL GAS LINES.

 

2ND ITEM:  REQUEST FOR APPROVAL TO ADVERTISE FOR PURCHASE OF VEHICLE TO BE UTILIZED BY THE STREET DEPARTMENT.

 

MOTION TO ADJOURN

 

Special Called Adair School Board Meeting March 22nd

 

The Adair County School Board will meet for a special regular board meeting on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 6:00pmCT at the board conference room. The meeting is open to the public.

 

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

***Prayer***
 

1.APPROVAL OF AGENDA

2.APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

 

CONSENT AGENDA

3.APPROVAL OF MINUTES

4.APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT

5.APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS

6.APPROVAL OF SHORTENED SCHOOL DAY WAIVER TO KDE FOR STUDENT

1.2120753475

2.2120756850

3.2120745986

4.2120736262

7.ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION

 

____________________________________________________________________________

REGULAR AGENDA

8.SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

9.APPROVAL OF REVISED 2021/2022 SCHOOL CALENDAR

10.APPROVAL TO CREATE A SECOND INSTRUCTIONAL SUPERVISOR POSITION

11.APPROVAL OF BG5 FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY PRESCHOOL PROJECT

12.APPROVAL OF BG4 FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY PRESSBOX PROJECTS

13.APPROVAL OF BG5 FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY PRESSBOX PROJECTS

14.APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Renae Smith

15.BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – Steve Burton

16.UPDATE ON COVID19

17.PUBLIC COMMENTS

18.ADJOURNMENT

 

Weekend Accident Injures Adair County Man

 
The Russell County Sheriffs Office investigated a 1-vehicle accident over the weekend that injured a Columbia man.
 
The accident occurred on Hwy 379 on Saturday morning when 57-year-old Gary Duncan, who was operating a Scion xB traveling west, left the roadway and struck a utility pole. Duncan told deputies he had blacked out at the wheel.
 
Duncan was taken to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset for treatment and was later transported to the UK Hospital in Lexington, KY for treatment of his injuries.
 
The accident was investigated by the Russell County Sheriffs Office.

Scam Alert from Adair County Sheriff's Office


Over the last few days, the Adair County Sheriffs Office has seen an uptick in online scams. Sheriff Josh Brockman says they are getting reports of several that involve emails. He says while the emails may look like it's coming from a familiar source, the email may be just slightly different. They are asking for updated information for payroll and other personal identifiers.


Sheriff Brockman urges everyone to please be vigilant of these scams and do not reply to untrusted emails. Never give out your personal or banking information in an email (or on the phone). If in doubt, call the source and verify they are actually trying to contact you.  

 

Sheriff Brockman says it is unknown if it is connected to world events, but it is likely we will continue to see a rise in cyber crimes. Please safeguard your personal information.

 

Columbia Man Arrested on Vehicle Theft Charges

   
On Saturday, March 19, 2022 the Adair County Sheriffs office was assisting the CPD in trying to locate a vehicle that had been stolen from Fairground Street and was involved in a collision. Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch located the stolen Dodge truck on KY 551 after observing a gate that looked like it had been driven through. The operator had fled on foot. The vehicle was released to Columbia Police who are conducting the investigation.

  

A short time later, Deputy Tracy McCarol received a call of an abandoned vehicle on Bull Run Lane. Upon arrival, Deputy McCarol checked with the registered owner to find that the 2000 GMC had been stolen. While recovering the vehicle, a male was located coming out of the woods and was detained by deputies. He was identified as Daryl Hale, 60, of Columbia. Hale admitted to stealing both vehicles and being involved in the collision on Fairground Street.


Hale was arrested and charged with Theft By Unlawful Taking (auto) and Criminal Mischief 2nd degree. More charges are pending from the Columbia Police Department in reference to the first vehicle theft. Hale was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Adair Man Arrested on Multiple Charges after Attempted Warrant Service


On 3-18-22 at 11:49pmCT, K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten and Deputy Derek Padgett arrived at a residence off of Bull Run Road to attempt to serve a warrant of arrest and an emergency protection order. The respondent, Randy Hutchison, 54, of Columbia met deputies outside the residence. Hutchison was advised he had a warrant for his arrest as well as the EPO and he turned to go back into the house, disregarding orders to stop.  Deputies perused him into the house to take him into custody and a physical confrontation ensued.


Hutchison was arrested and was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine once detained. He was charged with the following:

outstanding warrant of arrest

  • served an EPO (emergency protective order)
  • resisting arrest
  • possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine) and
  • possession of drug paraphernalia

 

Deputy Staten is continuing the investigation.

 

AREA ARRESTS 3-21-22


Michelle Goforth, 39, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by KSP Trooper Roark on Sunday evening. Goforth was charged with Driving on a DUI Suspended License – 1st Offense (Aggravated Circumstances), Operating Motor Vehicle under Influence 3rd or more offense (Aggravated Circumstances), Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd degree – Drug Unspecified and Possession of Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree- Drug Unspecified. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Noah Richie, 31, of Edmonton, KY was taken into custody by Officer Clemmons of the Edmonton Police Department on Sunday night. Richie was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Meth), Operating Motor Vehicle under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – 1st (Aggravated Circumstances), Reckless Driving and Rear License not Illuminated.

 

Clay Smith, 22, of Albany, KY was arrested by Officer Cary with the Burkesville Police Department and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Cocaine), Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8 oz) 1st Offense, Operating Motor Vehicle under the Influence Controlled Substance – 1st, Driving without License/Negligence in Accident, Reckless Driving and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle.

 

Both men were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

KSP Post 15 Investigates Adair County Fatal Collision; Adair Teen Deceased


Kentucky State Police Post 15 is investigating a two vehicle fatal collision that occurred on Sunday March 20, 2022 at approximately 10:43 AM on Bridgewater Rd., in Adair County.
 

Preliminary investigations indicate that Jessica Wilkinson, 28, of Columbia KY was operating a 2019 Chrysler Van north bound on Bridgewater Rd., when she crossed into the south bound lane striking a 2003 Ford Mustang head-on. The operator of the Mustang, a 16 year Juvenile from Columbia, KY was unable to avoid the collision because of the hillcrest.


Wilkinson and her two passengers, Derek Wilkson, 31, of Columbia, KY and a 3-year-old passenger received minor injuries. The operator of the mustang and one other juvenile passenger were transported to T.J. Health Columbia, KY. A juvenile passenger in the back seat was pronounced deceased by the Adair County Coroner.

 

This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Brandon Roark. Trooper Roark was assisted at the scene by other KSP personnel, Adair County Sheriffs Department, Adair County Fire and EMS.



FATAL MARION COUNTY ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE OF TAYLOR COUNTY WOMAN

 

Lebanon, KY (March 20, 2022) The Kentucky State Police is investigation a 3-vehicle fatal collision that occurred on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at approximately 4:52 PM on Hwy 68 between Campbellsville and Lebanon.
 

The preliminary investigation indicates that Melissa Roberts, 48, of Campbellsville, KY was operating a 2021 Acura west bound on HWY 68 when she crossed the centerline and sideswiped an east bound 2015 Ford Focus, operated by Noah Kammerer, 20, of Evansville, IN. The collision caused Roberts to skid sideways into the path of another east bound vehicle, a 2011 GMC pickup operated by Jared Pittman, 21, of Bradfordsville, KY. Pittman struck Roberts in in the passenger side.
 

Roberts was transported to Springview hospital where she succumbed to injuries sustained in the collision. Kammerer and Pittman were also transported to Springview hospital and treated for minor injuries.
 

This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Weston Sullivan. Tpr. Sullivan was assisted at the scene by other KSP personnel, Marion County Sheriff Department, Marion County Rescue Squad, Marion County Fire and EMS.

 

Adair County Fatal Accident Sunday Morning

 
A fatal accident occurred in Adair County this (Sunday) morning. 92.7 The WAVE will have more details when they are made available.
 

WEEKEND ARRESTS 03/20/22

 
  • Daryl Wayne Hale, 60, of Columbia - arrested by the ACSO on Saturday night for Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, Criminal Mischief, and Theft by Unlawful Taking (an Auto).
  • Randy Hutchison, 54, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday afternoon by the ACSO for Violating a Kentucky Emergency Protective Order.
  • Nicole R. Hicks, 37, of Russell Springs - arrested on Friday morning by the RCSO for Theft of Identity of Another without Consent, Promoting Contraband, DUI 2nd or more offense (Aggravating Circumstances), Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Open Alcoholic Container in Motor Vehicle and Contempt of Court.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 
  • Debra Haste, 54, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday afternoon by KSP for Reckless Driving, Driving on a DUI Suspended License (Aggravating Circumstances), DUI 3rd or more offense (Aggravating Circumstances), Failure to Produce Insurance Card, and Failure to Wear Seatbelt.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Jail.
 
 

Russell County School Board Meeting 03/21/22

 

The Russell County School Board will meet on Monday, March 21, 2022 at 5:00pmCT at the Russell County Auditorium/Natatorium.....

 

 

Russell County Hospital Board Meeting March 22nd

 

The Russell County Hospital Board of Directors will meet again on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 4:00pmCT in the Duo-Broadband Boardroom for the Regular Scheduled meeting, pursuant to KRS 61.810.

Russell County Woman Arrested for Theft of Identity & Other Charges

 

Nicole Hicks, 37, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by the RCSO on Friday morning for Theft of Identity of Another Without Consent, Promoting Contraband, DUI 2nd or more offense (Aggravating Circumstance), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle. Hicks was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

R.S. Man Arrested for Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration

 

Phillip Bryant, 49, of Russell Springs, KY was taken into custody by Officer Durbin with the Columbia Police Department on Thursday night. Bryant was charged with Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration (1st Offense) and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

KSP Continues Search for Missing Albany Teenager


Kentucky State Police are asking for the publics assistance in attempting to locate 15 -year-old Cody Reynolds, of Albany, KY. Cody is a 5’10 ” 215 pound, white male, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen at the Foothills Academy in Albany, KY on March 16th at approximately 11:30 PM wearing blue jeans, a grey sweat shirt and glasses.

 

If anyone has information regarding his whereabouts, please contact the Kentucky State Police, Post 15 at 1-800-222-5555 or your local law enforcement agency. Tpr. Bobby Maxwell is investigating.

 

 

Russell County Man Arrested on Burglary Charges...

 
Jerry Barido, 42, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by KSP on Thursday afternoon for Burglary 2nd degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

ADAIR COUNTY ROAD CLOSED FRIDAY FOR REPAIRS

 
Per Adair County Road Foreman Barry Hamlett, the Marvin Jones Road will be shut down on Friday morning at 9:30amCT for repairs. 
 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 17, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on steps he is taking to support economic development, clean water access, infrastructure and legislative action that benefit Kentucky families. He also shared plans for Capitol dome repairs, wished good luck to all Kentucky teams competing in the NCAA tournament and honored Team Kentucky All-Star Shannon Bailes.

 

Governor Signs Bills into Law
Today, Gov. Beshear signed three pieces of legislation into law that recently were passed by the General Assembly:

 

Senate Bill 64, sponsored by Sen. Mike Wilson, allows any public agency to establish a peer support counseling program for Kentucky’s public safety officers who have faced a traumatic, emotional, difficult incident while on duty.

 

Gov. Beshear said: “I can personally attest that for the last two years, this workforce has faced some of the most difficult situations that most of us cannot even imagine, from responding to deadly storms in Western Kentucky, reporting to work every day while the rest of us stayed home to protect ourselves from a national pandemic, to helping rescue Kentuckians from severe snow, ice and rainstorms.”

 

Senate Bill 140, sponsored by Sen. Max Wise. Gov. Beshear said this bill “allows patients to take the medication that their doctor believes is best for their treatment, rather than the medicine the insurance company – or those who set drug prices – think is best. In times past, patients would have to start with the insurance company’s preferred medication.”

 

House Bill 284, sponsored by Rep. Michael Meredith, will significantly improve the efficiency of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s vehicle title and registration process by allowing for electronic filing of applications for titles and liens.

 

Capitol Dome Restoration Project
A project to repair and restore the dome that crowns the Kentucky State Capitol will begin this spring. The work will require the construction of extensive scaffolding that will encircle the dome. Materials for the scaffolding will be delivered in early April, and installation is expected to take two months. The scaffolding will remain in place for approximately two years or until the project’s completion.

 

The dome restoration will be performed by a team of nationally recognized professionals who have worked on similar projects, including the Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia state capitols and the U.S. Supreme Court Building.

 

“Our state Capitol building is one of the most significant and recognizable historic landmarks in the commonwealth, and its dome is a visual landmark that has graced and defined the skyline of the city of Frankfort for more than a century,” Gov. Beshear said. “It is our duty and responsibility to ensure it is protected for generations to come.”

 

The project will replace 80-year-old terracotta tiles, help with waterproofing, make structural repairs and remove algae and other organic material from the dome. With proper periodic maintenance, the refurbished dome will be preserved for at least another 50 years.

 

In 2020, the Department for Facilities and Support Services began a massive, multiyear renovation and restoration project at the State Capitol. The primary work so far has focused on electrical, mechanical and plumbing system repairs and upgrades inside the Capitol building.

 

Gov. Beshear Breaks Ground on Consumer Cellular Customer Support Center in Louisville
Last week, Gov. Beshear joined leadership from the city of Louisville and Consumer Cellular to officially break ground on the company’s new customer support center. The $15.5 million investment is Consumer Cellular’s first operation in Kentucky and will create 486 full-time jobs. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Gov. Beshear, Lt. Gov. Coleman Present Infrastructure Awards to Eight Counties
This week, Gov. Beshear travelled across Kentucky to present $5,209,669 in funding to Crittenden, Graves, Livingston, McCreary and Pulaski counties. Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman presented $2,771,935 in funding for Breckinridge, Grayson and Meade counties. These awards are from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Department for Local Government and the Better Kentucky Plan’s Cleaner Water Program. To learn more about awards in the following counties, see the full releases: Crittenden, Graves and LivingstonMcCreary and Pulaski; and Breckinridge, Grayson and Meade.

 

Governor Wishes Kentucky Teams Good Luck as March Madness Begins
The Governor congratulated four teams from the commonwealth competing in the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments, which begin today and tomorrow. University of Kentucky men’s basketball and Murray State University men’s basketball teams both play tonight.

 

“Should both teams win, they’ll face each other on Saturday in the second round. So, there might be some households divided this weekend,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

No. 1-seed University of Louisville women’s basketball hosts Albany on Friday night, and the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team takes on Princeton this Saturday.

 

Severe Weather Possible on Friday
Gov. Beshear said several lines of showers and thunderstorms will move through Western Kentucky on Friday afternoon and evening. Damaging straight line winds are the main threat, though an isolated tornado or two will be possible. The highest risk of severe weather is in areas west of Interstate Highway 65.

 

Team Kentucky All-Star
Today, Gov. Beshear honored ATEAM AmeriCorps Program Director Shannon Bailes as today’s Team Kentucky All-Star. Bailes is retiring this year after spending more than 25 years serving communities in Western Kentucky. In her career, Shannon has led over 1,000 AmeriCorps members in service to Kentuckians.

 

“Yesterday, I had the honor of meeting Shannon and her fellow AmeriCorps members in person during a proclamation signing that proclaims this week as AmeriCorps Week in Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

“Shannon says she’s most proud of all the AmeriCorps members who have come through the program and became leaders in their respective communities. Over the years, Shannon’s AmeriCorps program has served during two tornado disasters. And they’re still there, still making a difference and still deeply appreciated by me and everyone across Kentucky.”

 

ADAIR COUNTY VOTER INFORMATION

 

Deadline to register to vote for the 2022 Primary

Last day to register or change address to vote for the primary is April 18, 2022.  The deadline to change party and vote in the Primary was December 31, 2021. 

How can I register?

  • Elect.ky.gov
  • Come into our office, during normal business hours

 

Absentee Request:

If you have prior requested an absentee ballot, you will still need to request again for every election.  Please use one of the following to request ballot.

  • Call Adair County Clerk’s Office, 270-384-2801 or email Lisa.Greer@ky.gov.  This only takes a moment but we will need required information.
  • Online mail-in absentee request portal will open Saturday, April 2, 2022.  Elect.Ky.Gov

Deadline to request absentee ballot is 14 days before the election, Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. CST.  Online (Elect.ky.gov) is Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST

 

URGENT

ELECTION WORKERS NEEDED

 

We are still in need of Election Workers for the May 17, 2022 Primary.  The Adair County Fiscal Court voted to raise the pay to the following:

  • Election School (Lasts approximately 2hrs) starts at 5:00 p.m. CST,  $50.00
  • Election School is May 3, 2022, 5:00 p.m. at Adair County Extension Office
  • Working Election  (from 5:30 am., CST to 6:00?) pay is $150.00

If you are interested please contact Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer, 270-384-2801 or Email:  Lisa.Greer@ky.gov... Or Nadalie Inscho, Nadalie.Inscho@ky.gov

 

Please note:  In the Primary Election you have to vote your party. Un-opposed candidates, city council, mayor, and school board will only be on the General Ballot in November

 

Special Called Russell County Hospital Board Meeting March 18


A Special Meeting has been called by the Russell County Hospital Board of Directors Chairperson, Neal Dalton, for Friday, March 18th, 2022 at 4:00pm in the Duo-Broadband Boardroom. Executive Session Pursuant to KRS 61.810(f)(1) with Topic of Personnel Issues.

 

Columbia Fire on Monday Morning


The Columbia Fire Department was called out on Monday morning at 8:14amCT to 1124 Gaston Avenue to property owned by Joe Pyles. Upon arrival, heavy smoke was coming from the eaves of the roof. The property sustained heavy damage and 12 firemen were on the scene for 2.5 hours.  
 

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 14, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the COVID-19 positivity rate continues to decline, with a decrease marked each day during the past week.

 

“A lot of good news for our COVID-19 update today,” said Gov Beshear. “The top line today is that while we still have some struggles, things continue to move in the right direction, and they are continuing to move at a regular pace. Every metric is moving in the right direction.”

 

COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,894,264
Number of people who have received their vaccination booster in Kentucky: 1,096,243

 

Today’s Positivity Rate: 4.17%
Current Hospitalizations: 470
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 95
Currently on Ventilators: 56

 

During the week ending March 13, 283 deaths were reported in Kentucky.

 

During the week ending March 13, there were 9,532 newly reported cases of COVID-19 and the seven-day test positivity rate was 4.17%. Cases and the positivity rate have decreased compared with the prior week, ending March 6, when there were 12,010 new cases and the average test positivity rate was 6.04%.

 

As Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack previously announced, the commonwealth has aligned with the weekly data reporting of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is expected to release data and a community-level map after the close of business every Thursday. On Fridays, KDPH will update the state map on kycovid19.ky.gov. On the following Monday, KDPH will post weekly data reports on the website. The website will continue to maintain information about COVID-19 vaccination, monoclonal antibodies and public health guidance documents.

 

The Governor is pausing the standing weekly COVID news conferences but said, as needed, he will continue to keep Kentuckians informed of the virus.

 

“We know so much more about the virus and how to fight it. In many ways, it has become a part of our daily lives,” said Gov Beshear. “If today is the last update we give, living with COVID is not ignoring COVID. It is having the information to be empowered to make the right decision and to protect ourselves.”

 

Emergency Funding Losses for COVID-19 Response
The Governor warned that in the absence of new ARPA funding or other legislative appropriations, several programs that have helped Kentuckians during the pandemic are anticipated to end.

 

Without more funding, beginning July 1, 2022:
 

  • The COVID-19 test-to-stay program for kindergarten through 12th grade will end; no program will be possible for the 2022-2023 academic year;
  • The Community Antibody Administration Center program – which was mandated during the 2021 legislative special session – will cease;
  • State-supported community-based COVID-19 testing provided throughout the commonwealth by Gravity Diagnostics and the University of Kentucky will cease;
  • State-supported COVID-19 testing in Kentucky’s long-term care facilities will cease or wind down as federal CDC funds available to support this activity run out; and
  • The ability to support the commonwealth’s 90-day PPE emergency supply and necessary warehouse storage space is uncertain, as a pre-paid lease is set to expire and will require renewal beginning July 1, 2023; an alternative funding source has not yet been identified to sustain this program.

 

Three Mayfield Residents Receive Keys to Commonwealth Sheltering Program Trailers
Friday Gov. Beshear presented three residents with keys to their new temporary travel trailers provided by the Commonwealth Sheltering Program. There are now 41 families and 148 individuals living in travel trailers through the Commonwealth Sheltering Program. Click here to read the release.

March 14 is the Last Day to Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance
Today is the last day for homeowners and renters who had damage from the Dec. 10-11 tornadoes in Barren, Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor and Warren counties to apply for FEMA disaster assistance. Those eligible have until 11:59 p.m. local time tonight, March 14, to submit applications. Those who have already applied to FEMA do not need to apply again.

 

The Governor reminded Kentuckians impacted by the December tornadoes that today is the deadline to apply for FEMA assistance. Visit disasterassistance.gov, use the FEMA app or call the helpline at 800-621-3362.

 

FRIENDS OF GREEN RIVER LAKE

 
The Friends of Green River Lake was formed in 2009 as a nonprofit, non- political, and non-sectarian organization that works closely with the Corps of Engineers and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, and Green River Lake State Park.
 
Our group is involved with one large project at this time and it is the Fishing Pier at Green River Lake State Park. This has been a project in the works for many years and is finally becoming a reality. This will give all people the opportunity to fish that normally don’t have a boat or bank to fish from. We are also having built a new wood shed for Holmes Bend Campground for the sell of firewood to assist us in our events and programs funding.
 
The purpose of our group is to promote the educational and recreational uses of Green River Lake, lake shore, and associated regions while protecting and enhancing their ecological, historical, and cultural value and to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife resources to provide opportunities for hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife education, habitat enhancement, and related activities.
 
Events our group is associated with present and past are: I’m a Dam Runner 5K/Walk- this is our 10th year and will be May 14, 2022, Kids Fishing Derby, Lakeshore Cleanup, Fishing With a Veteran, Green River Lake State Park- Halloween In The Park, Green River Lake State Park Corn Maze and Haunted Maze. Kids Outdoor Day, Moonshine 5K Run/Walk, & Outhouse Trail Ride.
 
Projects and other:  Assisted funding for Green River Lake State Park Fishing Pier, framing and artwork for pictures at the Corps of Engineers visitors center, specialty designed benches for the dam area, trail signs for Green River Lake State Park, supplies for fishing derby, supplies for fishing with a veteran, supplies for campground programs, supplies for Halloween In the Park.
 
If interested in becoming a member, please see our facebook page: Friends of Green River Lake or our website https://www.friendsofgreenriverlake.org/ for a form. You may also contact the President Sharion Abney at 270-465-1670. Other board members are: Bud Mirus(Vice President), Dave Bufford (Treasurer) and Cora Mirus.
 
Membership fees are $10.00 for Single and $15.00 for family. 
 
Meetings are on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 ET at the Corps of Engineer Office.
 

April is Pride Spring Cleanup Month in Adair County

 

SOMERSET, KY - If you are tired of winter, then start planning to get outdoors during PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month in April.

 

Throughout April, Adair County residents are encouraged to volunteer to pick up litter across the community. The annual Spring Cleanup is an opportunity to enjoy and care for this area’s natural beauty, which is a treasure for residents and attraction for tourists.

 

The annual PRIDE Spring Cleanup is hosted by Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental cleanup and education, as well as economic development through tourism, in southern and eastern Kentucky. The 2022 PRIDE Spring Cleanup sponsors are Outdoor Venture Corporation and Fibrotex, USA.

 

“PRIDE is celebrating its 25th year of partnering with communities to keep our region’s majestic environment clean and healthy, so we are encouraging a large turnout of volunteers in every community,” said Tammie Nazario, PRIDE President and CEO.

 

“Since 1997, 445,827 people have volunteered with PRIDE, and more than 985,128 bags of trash and 972,103 old tires have been pulled from hillsides and waterways,” Nazario said. “Those are amazing numbers, but our region always needs one more volunteer ? you!”

 

“After you pick up litter, dispose of it with your own trash and then call your local PRIDE Coordinator. Your volunteer hours will be added to the city or county’s Spring Cleanup tally,” Nazario said.

 

PRIDE Coordinators are volunteers who are appointed by mayors and judge-executives. They work with the PRIDE staff to organize cleanup activities, recruit volunteers and track cleanup results.

 

PRIDE Coordinators now are preparing for Spring Cleanup Month. They will schedule cleanups and recruit volunteers to participate. They also will assist volunteers who want to plan their own cleanups.

 

In Adair County, the PRIDE Coordinators are:

 

PRIDE, which stands for “Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment,” was founded in 1997 by Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-5) and the late James Bickford, who was the Kentucky Secretary for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. The PRIDE mission is to contribute to the economic and cultural growth of southern and eastern Kentucky by improving water quality, cleaning up solid waste problems and advancing environmental education, in order to improve living conditions for its residents while enhancing the potential for tourism industry growth in the region.

 

To learn more about PRIDE and Spring Cleanup events near you, visit www.kypride.org.

 

Rollover Accident on Cumberland Parkway Over the Weekend Injures Barren County Family


The Adair County Sheriffs Office investigated a single vehicle collision over the weekend involving a Barren County family that resulted in 3 medical helicopters being dispatched to the scene.

On Sunday, March 13, 2022 at approximately 1:20pmCT, Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch and Deputy Tracy McCarol were dispatched to the collision on the LBN Cumberland Parkway near mile marker 44. Upon arrival, deputies found 3 occupants entrapped and one occupant who had been ejected.

 
The preliminary investigation shows that a 2019 Nissan Rogue, operated by 47 year old William Graham of Glasgow, KY was traveling east on the Cumberland Parkway when he lost control and entered the median. The vehicle overturned several times with a 13-year-old juvenile, Julies Noto, being ejected. William Graham and two passengers, 35-year-old Mary Alice Noto and 11-year-old Bella Noto, were entrapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by mechanical means by the Columbia - Adair County Fire Department. 
 
13 -year-old Noto was airlifted to the UK Medical Center in Lexington, KY.  Air Methods and PHI landed two additional helicopters at TJ Health Columbia where Mary Noto and Bella Noto were airlifted to the UK Hospital and to the University of Louisville Hospital. The driver, William Graham, was treated and released. All occupants were stabilized before flight by multiple EMS crews at the scene. 
 
Deputy Tracy McCarol is leading the investigation and was assisted by Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch. In addition to the Adair County Sheriffs Office, other agencies responding include the Columbia Police Dept., Adair EMS, Columbia-Adair County Fire Department, PHI Air Medical, Air Methods Air Medical, and Adair County 911.
 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting March 14th

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session on Monday, March 14, 2022 at 901 Hudson Street, Columbia, KY at 6:00pmCT. The public is invited to attend.

  

Action Items on the Agenda include: 

  • NATURAL GAS DISCUSSION
  • MACK TRUCK DISCUSSION
  • COUNTY CLERK ANNUAL SETTLEMENT 2021
  • JAIL TRUCK BIDS OPEN AND POSSIBLE AWARD
  • OLD GLENSFORK RD-BRIDGE DISCUSSION
  • JAIL MEDICAL CONTRACT-PERMISSION TO BID
  • ARPA PROJECTS

 

 

SPECIAL R.C. HOSPITAL BOARD MEETING MARCH 15TH

 
A Special Meeting has been called by the Russell County Hospital Board Chairperson for Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 4:00pmCT in the Duo-Broadband Boardroom. Executive Session KRS 61.810.
 

Former R.S. Asst. Police Chief Files Lawsuit Against Mayor; Alleges Gender Discrimination

 

Former Russell Springs, KY Assistant Police Chief Melissa Taylor alleges she was discriminated against for being female when Mayor Eddie Thomas did not hire her for the Police Chief position in March 2021.

 

When former R.S. Police Chief Joe Michael Irvin retired in July 2020, Taylor was named interim chief. Then in March 2021, Mayor Thomas announced that Tim Pierce would be hired as the department’s new chief.

 

According to Taylor's lawsuit, the city’s decision to hire Pierce instead of her were “invalid and pre-textual.” Taylor is seeking damages for loss of income, severe emotional distress, embarrassment and humiliation.

 

Melissa Taylor worked for the Russell Springs Police Dept. for seventeen years and held many positions including Patrol Officer, Sergeant, & Assistant Chief.

 

WEEKEND ARRESTS 03/13/22

 
Angie Stargel, 49, of Jamestown, KY was arrested on Saturday night, March 12, 2022 by KSP for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the influence of Alcohol (Aggravating Circumstance). She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Adair County Attorney Jailed after Contempt of Court Charge...

 
Reportedly, Bethany Stanziano appeared to be under the influence of illegal substances during a trial on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. The judge says Stanziano agreed several times to be tested for drugs but later changed her mind while deputies were taking her to be tested. Stanziano was lodged in the Taylor County Jail. A hearing has been set for March 15, 2022.
 

Lane Closures Begin Next Week on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway in Russell County

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (March 11, 2022) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 Office advises motorists of a pavement rehabilitation and improvement project scheduled to begin Monday, March 14, on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Expressway in Russell County.

 

The project will consist of shoulder repairs, grade, drain and ditching improvements along with milling and paving operations. Work will require lane closures - both east and westbound - between Exit 62 (Russell Springs) and mile point 72 (Pulaski County line). Motorists are reminded to pay close attention to highway signs and be prepared for traffic shifts through the duration of the project. 

 

In addition, the speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph through the work zone and double fines will be in effect.All work is expected to be complete by August 21.The start date and duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.

 

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

 

JAMESTOWN BOIL WATER ADVISORY

 

On Friday, March 11, 2022 the Jamestown Water Department issued a Boil Water Advisory for customers on Hwy 619 from Bubby Flanagan Rd. to the overpass, including Voils Rd. The advisory is in effect until further notice. Boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.

 

Adair Clerks Office Closed Saturday for Funeral of 911 Dispatcher

 
Due to the loss of a dear friend and valued colleague of the Adair County Fiscal Court, the Adair County Clerk’s Office will be closed this Saturday to attend the visitation and funeral of 911 Dispatcher Kevin Jones #202. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Kevin’s wife Paige and his family. Please keep them in your prayers and thoughts in the coming days.
 
Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer
 

Russell County Man Arrested After Vehicle Pursuit in Adair County...

 
On Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 2:32pmCT, Deputy Tracy McCarol received a call from Adair 911 dispatch of a reckless driver on KY 80 East. Dispatch had received complaints of a vehicle driving erratically and a description of the auto. Deputy McCarol met the vehicle, a gold colored Ford Ranger, approximately 4 miles east of Columbia and observed it running off the roadway. The deputy attempted a traffic stop by initiating his emergency equipment but the vehicle failed to yield and picked up speed.   
   
Sheriff Josh Brockman responded to assist and was able to get in front of the suspect's vehicle with his cruiser and slow it to a stop, with Columbia Police Chief Jr. Murphy positioning his cruiser to box the Ford Ranger in, just prior to city limits.
    
The pursuit was brought to an end and 36-year-old Cody Foley of Russell Springs was taken into custody and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
 
  • Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol
  • Operating on a DUI Suspended License 2nd offense
  • Fleeing and Evading Police 1st degree &
  • Reckless driving
 
The Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.
 

Adair Inmate Faces Additional Charges After Drugs Found on Him


Early Friday morning, March 11, 2022 just before 2:00amCT, Columbia Police were called to the Adair County Regional Jail after Deputy Jailers located suspected narcotics on a male inmate. 

Upon arrival, the inmate was interviewed and the responding Officer viewed camera footage of the holding cell where the subject had been placed. 

Christopher Driskell, 31, of Columbia has additionally been charged with Promoting Contraband 1st degree as well as Possession of a Controlled Substance (fentanyl), both felonies. 


Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest.

Driskell was originally arrested on Tuesday afternoon by the ACSO and charged with Trafficking in Fentanyl, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, One Headlight, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.
 
 

AREA ARRESTS 3-11-22


Jonathan Bryant, 38, of Columbia was arrested by Trooper Jones of the Kentucky State Police around 6:30 last evening. Bryant was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Persistent Felony Offender 1.

 

Christian Jones, 47, of Burkesville was taken into custody by Deputy Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office just after 5 yesterday afternoon. Jones was charged with Criminal Trespass-1st Degree and Probation Violation (For Felony Offense).

 

Cody Foley, 36, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Deputy McCarol of the Adair County Sheriff’s Office yesterday afternoon. Foley was charged with Reckless Driving, Fleering or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle), Driving on a DUI Suspended License – 2nd Offense, Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Substance 3rd, Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court.

 

They were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Jeremy Vanfleet, 39, of Russell Springs was arrested by the RSPD overnight for Disorderly Conduct. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Russell Springs City Council Meeting Recap


The Russell Springs City Council met last evening in regular Monthly session. Mayor Eddie Thomas tells WAVE NEWS What took place...

 

 

WINTER STORM WATCH FRIDAY 9PM - SATURDAY 9AM

 
...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING...
 
* WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches with locally higher amounts possible.
 
* WHERE...Portions of east central, north central and south central Kentucky.
 
* WHEN...From late Friday evening through Saturday morning.
 
* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult late Friday night and early Saturday morning.
 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Bitter cold wind chills in the teens expected by Saturday morning.
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.
 

R.C. Hospital Board of Directors Called Meeting March 11th

 
The Russell County Hospital Board of Directors will have another special called meeting on Friday, March 11th, 2022 at 4:00pmCT in the Duo Broadband boardroom to discuss Personnel Issues.

FORMER COLUMBIA POLICE CHIEF INDICTED BY FEDERAL GRAND JURY FOR STEALING DRUG MONEY

 

Bowling Green, Kentucky – A federal grand jury in Bowling Green, Kentucky returned an indictment today charging the former Columbia, Kentucky Chief of Police with stealing over $25,000 from the city of Columbia, Kentucky.

  

According to court documents, between February 2020 and February 2021, Jason D. Cross, 44, of Columbia, stole over $25,000 from the police department evidence locker and the city’s drug purchase fund. 

 

Cross is charged with one count of violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 666(a)(1)(A), which makes it a federal offense for a city employee to steal more than $5,000 from a city that received over $10,000 in federal assistance in a calendar year.  The defendant made his initial court appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Brent Brennenstuhl of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.  If convicted, he faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

 

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky made the announcement. 

 

The Kentucky State Police are investigating the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Weiser is prosecuting the case.

 

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

 

Governor Supports Federal Gas Tax Holiday; Signs 4 Bills Passed by General Assembly

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 10, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on steps he is taking to support federal gas tax relief, new laws passed by the General Assembly, student-athletes, eviction, sales tax relief and the state’s ongoing tornado response efforts.

 

Federal Gas Tax Holiday
This week, Gov. Beshear joined other Governors to send a letter to leaders in Washington to let them know he supports federal legislation to address rising gas prices by suspending the federal gas tax until the end of the year. As Congress looks to relieve Americans of the financial stress caused by increased gas prices amid international crises and rising inflation, it is clear that legislative action is needed, the Governor said.

According to the American Automobile Association, the national average gas price in the United States is $4.17, up more than $1 from 2021. The Gas Prices Relief Act, as introduced in the U.S. House and Senate, would alleviate the consumer cost of rising gas prices while protecting the federal government’s capacity to make infrastructure investments. The legislation would help Kentuckians save at the pump, which translates into dollars back in consumers’ pockets for groceries, child care, rent and more. And the legislation ensures the Highway Trust Fund stays solvent.

 

“We know it is possible to invest in infrastructure while also providing immediate relief in times of temporary – but still great – difficulty,” Gov. Beshear said. “At a time when people are directly impacted by rising prices on everyday goods, a federal gas tax holiday is a tool to reduce costs for our Kentucky families.”

 

This is only the latest step the Governor is taking to help provide relief to families. He recently signed an executive order to stop vehicle property taxes from increasing for the next two years.

 

“Kentuckians should not have to pay more because the impacts of COVID have caused used vehicle prices to soar,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

The Governor is also working with Rep. Angie Hatton of Whitesburg to propose temporarily lowering the state sales tax rate from 6% to 5% over the next fiscal year. This would help provide families needed relief from higher prices by providing approximately $1.2 billion in tax relief.

 

Governor Signs Bill into Law
Today, Gov. Beshear signed four pieces of legislation recently passed by the General Assembly.

House Bill 6, primarily sponsored by Rep. Sal Santoro of Union, codifies the Governor’s executive order signed Feb. 16, that provides vehicle property tax relief for Kentuckians by holding the tax rate at the 2021 level. Those who already paid their 2022 taxes will be issued a refund.

Senate Bill 30, sponsored by Sen. Brandon Storm of London, allows those renewing motor vehicle registrations to make a monthly donation to the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk’s Trust for Life and express their willingness to be an organ donor.

Senate Bill 38, co-sponsored by Sens. Julie Raque Adams of Louisville and Denise Harper Angel of Louisville, defines Class A and B felony incest as a violent offense, which requires offenders to serve longer sentences for committing this heinous crime.

Senate Bill 96, sponsored by Sen. Mike Wilson of Bowling Green, adds the Bowling Green police chief to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council.

 

Joined by state lawmakers, university leaders, coaches and student-athletes yesterday, Gov. Beshear signed legislation that allows student-athletes in Kentucky to receive fair compensation for the use of their name, image and likeness.

 

In June of last year, after consulting with lawmakers and universities, Gov. Beshear was the first governor to sign an executive order immediately allowing students to receive such compensation after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the NCAA and its rules limiting educational benefits for college players as part of their scholarships. Senate Bill 6 codifies the Governor’s Executive Order 2021-418 in state law. To learn more, see the full release.

 

$38.7 Million More in Eviction, Utility Relief to Help Families in Lexington, Louisville
Gov. Beshear announced that he has directed an additional $38.7 million to Lexington and Louisville to provide assistance with rent and utilities to more Kentuckians financially harmed by the pandemic. Using federal funds from the commonwealth’s program, this week the Governor presented Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton with a check for $11.7 million and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer with a check for $27 million to aid the cities’ programs. The Governor said the federal funding formula gave Lexington and Louisville, which have their own eviction relief programs, fewer funds than anticipated. In June 2021, the Governor granted each mayor’s request to allocate additional funds to keep their local programs going. To read the full release click here.

 

Governor to Visit Western Kentucky Friday
Gov. Beshear said he will present Cleaner Water Program and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet funding to Crittenden, Graves and Livingston counties on Friday. He will also give keys to new travel trailers to women who lost their homes in the Dec. 10 tornado. The Commonwealth Sheltering Program is providing the travel trailers.

 

As of today, 138 individuals from 36 households now occupy 37 travel trailers from the program.

Impacted families at Kentucky State Parks are now transitioning into medium-term housing, such as travel trailers and cottages, so they can be closer to their communities and schools. Sheltered guests’ homes that experienced no visible damage, minor damage or were not within the impacted tornado zone are transitioning back to their homes. Currently, 116 displaced sheltered guests are being temporarily housed at Kentucky State Parks. Sheltered guests are being housed in 11 lodge rooms, 28 cottages and 7 travel trailers. 

 

The Governor said the state recently launched a registration site for survivors to indicate their needs, and 218 survivors have already completed the form. For others in need, visit governor.ky.gov/tornadoresources to register.

 

The Governor reminded storm victims 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.

 

Governor Warns Kentuckians of Severe Weather this Weekend
The Governor said more severe weather is expected this weekend. Rain is forecast for Central and East-Central Kentucky tomorrow night and right behind the rain will come a strong cold front that is going to cause temperatures to plummet rapidly and turn the rain to snow. Three to 6 inches of snow are possible Friday night and Saturday morning. Higher snow accumulations are likely east of Interstate Highway 65, with the heaviest snow near and east of Interstate Highway 75. Very cold temperatures are likely following the snow. The winter storm watch is for portions of Central and East-Central Kentucky, and a winter weather advisory may be needed in additional Kentucky counties. The Governor encouraged Kentucky families to take time to prepare and stay warm and safe.

 

Governor Sends Condolences to Shepherdsville Police Department After K-9 Killed
The Governor shared his condolences with the Shepherdsville Police Department after one of its K-9 officers, Dash, was shot and killed in the line of duty. Officer Dash, a Belgian Malinois, was assisting Lebanon Junction Police in the pursuit of a shoplifting suspect when the suspect fired on officers, striking and killing Dash.

 

“Dash was a beloved member of the police force doing exactly what he was trained to do. Our hearts go out to his handler and all the colleagues he leaves behind,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Team Kentucky All-Star
Gov. Beshear recognized Rhyne Howard as a Team Kentucky All-Star. Howard, a student-athlete on the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team, is the SEC Player of the Year and 2022 SEC Tournament Champion and most valuable player. The Governor thanked her for her advocacy on behalf of all Kentucky student-athletes related to recent name, image and likeness legislation.

 

“A number of our college basketball teams from all divisions are having incredible seasons,” said Gov. Beshear. “And thanks to the passing of Senate Bill 6, Kentucky will be an even more attractive place for student-athletes, from all over the world, to come to and share their talents with us.”

 

He also recognized the Bellarmine University men’s basketball team, which won the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament title this week. The Knights are playing in just their second season as an NCAA Division-I program. The Murray State Racers were the first men’s team from Kentucky to earn a spot in this year’s NCAA Tournament, while making history as 18-time Ohio Valley Conference champions.

 

The Louisville women’s basketball team is projected to be among the top seeds in the NCAA Tournament, once again hosting the first two rounds at home. University of Kentucky men’s basketball player Oscar Tshiebwe earned the Sporting News’ National Player of the Year award. The Transylvania women’s basketball team is currently 26-0 and playing in the Division-III Sweet Sixteen tomorrow.

 

AREA ARRESTS 3-10-22

 

David Johnson, 34, of Russell Springs, KY was taken into custody by KSP Trooper Begley on Wednesday afternoon. Johnson was charged with Speeding, Operating on a Suspended or Revokd Operators License, Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession, Possession of Marijuana, Theft of Identity of Another without Consent, Wanted Endangerment 2nd Degree (Police Officer), Failure to Notify Transportation Department of Address Change, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, 2 counts of Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees and Fines, Failure to Appear, Contempt of Court, and Operating with an Inactive/Cancelled/Revoked Motor Fuel Tax License. Johnson remains lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

A Glasgow, KY man has been taken into custody on a Fugitive From Another State Warrant. Brandon Frazier, 37, was arrested by the Cumberland County Sheriffs Office overnight. Frazier was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Russell County Hospital CEO Retiring

 

Russell County Hospital CEO Pat Branco will be leaving his position at the hospital. The Russell County Hospital Board of Directors held a special called meeting on Wednesday afternoon. Here's R.C. Hospital PR Specialist Mary Lynn Bailey…
 

 

 

AREA ARRESTS 3-9-22

 

Christopher Driskell, 31, of Columbia was arrested by Deputy Hitch with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, just after 2:30 yesterday afternoon. Driskell was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Offense (Carfentanyl or Fentanyl Derivatives, Criminal Possess of a Forged Instrument, 1st Degree, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, One Headlight and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.

 

Bobbi Coomer, 27, of Columbia was taken into custody by Deputy Hitch of the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday afternoon. Coomer was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Possession of Marijuana.

 

Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Applications for Sue Stivers Scholarship Due May 1st

 

Each year, a $500 scholarship in the honor of Sue C. Stivers is made available to an Adair County resident who is currently working toward a degree at the University of Kentucky in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment OR perusing an Education degree at Lindsey Wilson College.

Applications can be downloaded, picked up at the Adair County Extension Office, 409 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY, or emailed by request to dkge222@g.uky.edu. Applications should be made during the Spring semester of a student's Junior or Senior year.

Junior and Senior status will be considered both by number of years in college and by number of credit hours attained.

Completed applications, with transcripts, must be submitted by midnight on May 1, 2022. Submissions after office closing must be emailed. Paper applications may be picked up and dropped off at the Adair County Cooperative Extension Service during normal operating hours. Questions can be directed to Dylan Gentry, Adair County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LWC Junior Wins 19th Annual "Lindsey Idol"

 

A Lindsey Wilson College junior from Columbia, KY won the 19th-annual "Lindsey Idol" on Wednesday night, March 2, 2022 in V.P. Henry Auditorium.

Junior Madison Smith won the singing competition, which included 5 LWC students in the event's final round. Senior Nicholas Miniard from Russell Springs, KY won second place and Senior Hannah Brown from Greenville, KY received third place.

Gov. Beshear Gives COVID-19 Update 3/7/22

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 7, 2022) – Today Gov. Andy Beshear announced that during the week ending March 6, there were 12,010 newly reported cases of COVID-19 and the 7-day test positivity rate was 6.04%. Cases and the positivity rate have decreased compared with the prior week, ending February 27, when there were 13,305 new cases and the average test positivity rate was 9.01%.

 

“We’re seeing a steady decline in COVID-19 numbers,” said Gov. Beshear. “Some might worry that our cases are plateauing, but two weeks ago, we had President’s Day, so we believe that some of the cases that otherwise would have been in two weeks ago, ended up coming in last week. Our hope is that next week we will see an even larger decline.”

 

As Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack announced last week, the commonwealth has aligned with the weekly data reporting of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is expected to release data and a community-level map after the close of business every Thursday. On Fridays, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) will update the state map on kycovid19.ky.gov. On the following Monday, KDPH will post weekly data reports on the website. The website will continue to maintain information about COVID-19 vaccination, monoclonal antibodies and public health guidance documents.

 

“Folks, we are in a phase now with vaccines, with therapies, with abundant access to testing and with all the information we know about this disease, we can hopefully now take individual responsibility in a different way and enable people to have more flexibility in how they live their lives, while still supporting vulnerable individuals,” said Dr. Stack. “We’re also now in a stage where weekly reporting becomes much more sustainable and reliable in some ways, because the data sets are larger over time.”

 

COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,887,805
Number of people who have received their vaccination booster in Kentucky: 1,085,434

Today’s Positivity Rate: 6.04%
Current Hospitalizations: 652
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 148
Currently on Ventilators: 88

 

During the week ending March 6, 275 deaths were reported and for the week ending February 27, 196 deaths were reported in Kentucky.

 

The Governor added that every home in the country is now able to order four additional free at-home COVID-19 tests. The rapid antigen at-home tests can be taken anywhere and provide results within 30 minutes. The tests will be sent through the U.S. Postal Service, and Kentuckians can order them by visiting covidtests.gov.

 

Kentucky’s 2021 Annual Unemployment Rate Decreased to 4.7%
Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate for 2021 was 4.7% according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The rate is lower than the national rate and is a decrease from 6.4% in 2020. To see the full release, click here.

 

Capitol and Mansion Lighting to Support the People of Ukraine
The Governor said that the Capitol dome and Governor’s Mansion will continue to light up blue and yellow in honor of Ukraine and he invited Kentuckians to light their homes as well. The Governor again emphasized that Americans should be united during this difficult time.

 

Columbia Veterans Project Continues to Progress

 

The City of Columbia will be placing veteran flags around the Square (and one square off the Square) starting this Memorial Day. The project honors local veterans from World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War; along with other veterans.

 

“We were initially planning for 8 banners and due to demand, increased it to 16,” say Mayor Pamela Hoots. “We again increased the number to 32 banners and that number is now full.”

 

The City would like to recognize Ronnie Holt, with the local VFW, who has been assisting with the project. “Without his help we could have not done this,” said Hoots.

 

The banner procurement has been stopped for this time due to the high demand and to get the initial project completed.

 

“We hope to be able to add more veterans at a later date,” Hoots noted.

 

Nonprofits Urged to Participate in Statewide Day of Online Giving on May 10

Kentucky Gives Day, Kentucky’s statewide 24-hour online giving event, celebrates a tenth year on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Nonprofit organizations interested in a tool to raise needed funds for their mission and boost their online fundraising efforts are encouraged to participate.

The 24-hour event begins at midnight (EDT) on May 10 and continues until 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Kentuckians near and far will go online to www.kygives.org, connect with the Kentucky charities and causes they care about, and make donations.   
 
Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) designation and operating in Kentucky may register through April 19 at www.kygives.org. Kentucky Gives Day registration is free for members of Kentucky Nonprofit Network (KNN), the state association of nonprofits. Charities that are not yet members of KNN may join at the time of registration or pay a one-time Kentucky Gives Day registration fee. Free training for participating organizations is provided by KNN’s online giving platform partner, GiveGab. Interested organizations are invited to view a webinar recording with details on the event at www.kygives.org/info/trainings.
 
Nonprofits participating in Kentucky Gives Day have raised $3.5 million since the event’s launch nine years ago. During the 2021 event, Kentuckians came together to help 219 nonprofits raise over $721,385.
 
The 2022 online fundraising event provides a critical opportunity for a still struggling nonprofit sector. According to the Year-End Health of the Sector Survey conducted by KNN, responding nonprofits continue to report an increase in the demand for services and increased costs, with many still experiencing lost revenue. The challenges not only impact the nonprofit sector – the state’s third largest private sector employer – the challenges ultimately impact the communities and Kentuckians nonprofits serve, with many organizations reporting long waiting lists for critical programs and services. 
 
“Kentucky’s nonprofit sector is resilient, and we know they need every tool available to them to raise funds to address the increased demand for services, lost revenue, shrinking donations, workforce shortages, increased expenses, and loss of volunteers they’ve been facing,” said Danielle Clore, CEO of Kentucky Nonprofit Network. “We urge all eligible nonprofits to register to participate and allow Kentucky Gives Day to help tell your story. And we also ask all Kentuckians to mark their calendars for May 10 and plan to participate in this powerful day of action by donating to these organizations investing in our Commonwealth’s quality of life and recovery,” Clore added.
 
Prizes will be awarded to the most successful charities on May 10, and organizations are encouraged to secure matching gifts as an incentive to encourage donations. The Central Kentucky Community Foundation in Elizabethtown is providing regional prize incentives to participating nonprofits in Hardin and eight surrounding counties. The event is sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky and media partners supporting the event include WKQQ, WHAS, WLAP, WBUL and Kentucky News Network.
 
For more information about Kentucky Gives Day, visit www.kygives.org.  

 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Reminds Drivers to Check for Vehicle Recalls

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), in partnership with the National Safety Council (NSC), encourages every Kentucky vehicle owner to check their recall status during national Vehicle Safety Recalls Week March 7-11 and schedule a free repair if needed.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, nearly 53 million vehicles on the road today have unrepaired safety recalls. This is roughly one out of every five vehicles. In Kentucky, 21.5% of vehicles on the road today have unrepaired safety recalls. Many recalls involve defective parts that can pose life-threatening risks to drivers or passengers. Led by NSC, the Check to Protect campaign encourages all vehicle owners to proactively check their recall status and, if necessary, schedule a free repair at a local dealer as soon as possible. Owners are encouraged to check for recalls every time the vehicle is serviced.

“Springtime and safety checks go hand in hand, “said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “Kentuckians can choose one of two convenient ways to check if their vehicle has an open recall. With free repairs, there’s no reason to neglect this life-saving safety practice that can save you and others on the road.” 

“Preparing your vehicle before you depart for your destination is a critical component to safety,” said Lonny Haschel, senior program manager of mobility safety at NSC. “Checking for open safety recalls is important and easy to do. NSC encourages every driver to check their vehicle for an open recall and get it repaired for free as soon as possible, so they can drive safely knowing their vehicle is in good-working condition for all involved.”

Vehicle owners and fleet managers can easily learn if their vehicle(s) have an open recall by visiting CheckToProtect.org and entering their license plate number(s) and state.  Owners may also enter the 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to learn about open recalls. The VIN can be found on the driver’s side dash, inside the driver’s door, on registration documents, or on insurance documents. Another option for vehicle owners is to text “RECALL” to 99724 – or, for Spanish speakers, text “REVISA” to 99724 – and snap a picture of the license plate when prompted.

All recalls are FREE to have repaired at authorized dealers, regardless of whether the vehicle was purchased from the dealer. For more information on safety recalls, visit CheckToProtect.org.

About Check to Protect

Check to Protect is a national campaign, bringing together a coalition of automakers, traffic safety partners, state DMVs and others. The coalition is led by the National Safety Council and encourages drivers to check the recall status of their vehicle and have open recalls fixed immediately.

Columbia Man Arrested on Drug Charges

   
An Adair County man was arrested on drug charges after an investigation of a suspicious vehicle.

 

On Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 7:31pmCT, K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten responded to a complaint on Music Lane of a suspicious vehicle parked. Upon arrival, a  2002 Tacoma truck was located that matched the description of the suspicious vehicle called in and a stop was conducted. 

 

Deputy Staten made contact with the operator, 41-year-old William Bradshaw of Columbia. After investigation he was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:

Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of drugs

  • Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine)
  • Possession of Marijuana and
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation. Deputy Staten was assisted by CPD Ofc. Trevor Foster.

 

 

 

 

Sheriff Josh Brockman

AREA ARRESTS 3-7-22

 

Jessie Thomas, age 27, of Monticello, was taken into custody by Officer Necessary just before Midnight. Thomas was arrested on a Fugitive from Another State Warrant and lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Joshua Vibbert, age 39, of Burkesville, was arrested by Officer Cary with the Burkesville Police Department around 8:30 last night. Vibbert was charged with Violation of Kentucky EPO/DVO, Improper Start of Parked Position, Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Reckless Driving, Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (On Foot), Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree, No Registration Receipt and No Registration Plates.

 

Barksdale Miller, age 67, of Columbia, was arrested by Deputy Tweedy with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, just before 8 last night. Miller was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 3rd of Greater Offense – Cocaine and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.

 

Tanner Rooks, age 19 of Columbia, was arrested by Trooper Jones, around 12:30 yesterday afternoon. Rooks was charged with Trafficking in Marijuana (more than 5 lbs), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Offense (Carfentanil or Fentanyl Derivatives), Trafficking in Marijuana (more than 5 lbs) 1st Offense and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.

 

Phillip Rooks, age 24, of Columbia was taken into custody by Trooper Harper of the Kentucky State Police just after 12 Noon yesterday. Rooks was charged with Trafficking in Marijuana (more than 5 lbs), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Offense (Carfentanil or Fentanyl Derivatives), Trafficking in Marijuana (more than 5 lbs) 1st Offense and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.

 

All were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MEETING MARCH 7TH

 

The Columbia City Council will meet for a Regular Called Meeting on Monday, March 7, 2022 at 6:00pmCT at Columbia City Hall.

 

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER

ROLL CALL

OPENING PRAYER

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE AMERICAN FLAG

 

1ST ITEM:     MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 7, 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:   1st READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 110.45

                        AN ORDINANCE ANNEXING TERRITORY LOCATED AT THE CITY OF

COLUMBIA’S NORTHERN BOUNDARY OF HIGHWAY 55 INTO THE CITY OF COLUMBIA

 

4TH ITEM:  OPENING OF SEALED BIDS FOR THE SALE OF 2010 FREIGHTLINER TRUCK & CHASSIS

 

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

COUNCIL COMMENTS

CITIZENS COMMENTS

MOTION TO  ADJOURN

 

KSP POST 15 ACTIVITY REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2022

 

Columbia, KY (March 4, 2022) During the month of February 2022, there were 8 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.

 

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

  • Joshua Wilson, 30, of Casey County was killed on 2/5/2022 in Casey County.

 

This brings our yearly fatality count to 3 compared with 3 through this same period in 2021.
Statewide fatality count stands at 87 compared with 103 through this same period in 2021.

 

During the month of January 2022, there were 1041 citations written, 256 courtesy notices written, 393 complaints answered, 89 motorists assisted, 55 criminal cases opened and 208 criminal arrests made.

 

Trooper Nick Hale
Public Affairs Officer
Post 15, Columbia

 

Transportation Crews to begin Treating for Noxious Weeds

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 4, 2022) – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) crews will begin treating for noxious and nuisance weeds throughout the state in April to help control their presence along state highways to improve driver safety and maintenance operations. Property owners who are actively treating noxious weeds on private property may request highway crews to treat select nuisance weeds found on adjacent state-owned right of way.

 

The Cabinet targets 11 noxious weeds: Johnson grass, giant foxtail, Canada thistle, nodding thistle, common teasel, multiflora rose, Amur honeysuckle, poison hemlock, marestail, Japanese knotweed and kudzu.

 

“Weeds are more than a nuisance – they pose safety concerns,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “Actively treating the weeds on state-maintained property enhances driver visibility near roadways, prevents damage to ditches and drains and minimizes the presence of plants that attract deer near highways.”

 

Noxious weeds often invade and destroy the roadside turf grass, leaving these areas vulnerable to erosion. They can also smother native plants through rapid reproduction and long-term persistence.

 

Kentuckians who want to request weed treatment must submit a written application to their local KYTC highway district office. To request an application, please contact the appropriate district highway office. Contact information may be found here.

 

Motorists are reminded to use extra caution when crews spraying for weeds are out on the roadways.

 

WEEKEND ARRESTS 03/06/22

 
  • William Bradshaw, 61, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday night by the ACSO for DUI (3rd or more offense), Possession of Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Brandon Anderson, 28, of Burkesville - arrested on Saturday by the CCSO for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, and Failure to Appear.
  • Roy Helm, 64, of New Hope, KY - arrested by RSPD on Friday night for Possession of Cocaine and Drug Paraphernalia, Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees, or Fines and a Probation Violation (for a Felony Offense).
  • Paul Abrell, 42, of Columbia- arrested on Friday night by CPD for Public Intoxication and Failure to Appear.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 
  • Jacob Hall, 21, of Jamestown - arrested on Saturday night by the RCSO for Disorderly Conduct 2nd degree, 2 counts of Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree, Resisting Arrest, and Wanton Endangerment.
  • Kassie Burton, 33, of Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday afternoon by RSPD for Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence).
  • Amanda Butrum, 33, of Jamestown - arrested late Friday night by the RCSO for Possession of Methamphetamine and was served 2 warrants (for other police agencies).
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Adair County Man Arrested Following Short Police Pursuit

 
On Saturday night, March 5, 2022 Columbia Police attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Burkesville Street when the vehicle sped up and attempted to elude Officers. The pursuit came to a stop on Wheeler Hill Road, off of Burksville Road, and the male driver was taken into custody.
 
Terry Ervin, 33, of Columbia has been charged with multiple traffic violations as well as DUI 3rd offense, Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container, and Fleeing and Evading Police. Ervin was lodged in the ACRJ.
 
Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest. He was assisted by Deputy Chandler Staten and Trooper Jake Smith.
 

Election Reminder from Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer

Deadline to register to vote for the 2022 Primary

Last day to register or change address to vote for the primary is April 18, 2022.   The deadline to change party and vote in the Primary was December 31, 2022.  

How can I register?

• Elect.ky.gov

• Come into our office, during normal business hours

Absentee Request:

If you have prior requested an absentee ballot, you will still need to request again for every election.  Please use one of the following to request ballot.

• Call Adair County Clerk’s Office, 270-384-2801 or email Lisa.Greer@ky.gov.  This only takes a moment but we will need required information.

• Online mail-in absentee request portal will open Saturday, April 2, 2022.  Elect.Ky.Gov

Deadline to request absentee ballot is 14 days before the election, Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. CST.  Online (Elect.ky.gov) is Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST

 

URGENT

ELECTION WORKERS NEEDED

 

We are still in need of Election Workers for the May 17, 2022 Primary.  The Adair County Fiscal Court voted to raise the pay to the following:

• Election School (Lasts approximately 2hrs) starts at 5:00 p.m. CST,  $50.00

• Election School is May 3, 2022, 5:00 p.m. at Adair County Extension Office

• Working Election School (from 5:30 am., CST to 6:00?) pay is $150.00

If you are interested please contact Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer, 270-384-2801 or Email:  Lisa.Greer@ky.gov... Or Nadalie Inscho, Nadalie.Inscho@ky.gov

 

Please note:  In the Primary Election you have to vote your party.  Un-opposed candidates, city council, mayor, and school board will only be on the General Ballot in November

Transportation Crews will Soon Treat Noxious Weeds

 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) crews will begin treating for noxious and nuisance weeds throughout the state in April to help control their presence along state highways to improve driver safety and maintenance operations. Property owners who are actively treating noxious weeds on private property may request highway crews to treat select nuisance weeds found on adjacent state-owned right of way.

The Cabinet targets 11 noxious weeds: Johnson grass, giant foxtail, Canada thistle, nodding thistle, common teasel, multiflora rose, Amur honeysuckle, poison hemlock, marestail, Japanese knotweed and kudzu.

“Weeds are more than a nuisance – they pose safety concerns,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “Actively treating the weeds on state-maintained property enhances driver visibility near roadways, prevents damage to ditches and drains and minimizes the presence of plants that attract deer near highways.”

Noxious weeds often invade and destroy the roadside turf grass, leaving these areas vulnerable to erosion. They can also smother native plants through rapid reproduction and long-term persistence.

Kentuckians who want to request weed treatment must submit a written application to their local KYTC highway district office. To request an application, please contact the appropriate district highway

AREA ARREST 3-4-22

Jessica Helm, age 29, of Jamestown, was taken into custody by Trooper Harper with the Kentucky State Police just before 11 last night. Helm was charged with No Registration Receipt, No Registration Plates, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession. She was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Kevin Williams Concert for Russell County Kids Back This Year

Russell County native Kevin Williams returns home for a huge concert on May 14th. Williams is an internationally-known musician, entertainer, humorist, and music producer whose work has appeared on Grammy award-winning projects. 

 

After over 30 years of personal appearances in all 50 states and five continents, Williams says his favorite concert is the one he does in his hometown. His guitar playing can be heard on over 1000 albums, and he is the longest running band leader on a Christian music TV series in history.

 

Williams credits growing up in Russell County as one of the key factors that has influenced him. In 2014, he began an effort that is now called KEVIN’S KIDS to benefit economically challenged youth in Russell County. 

 

 

More details about the concert will be announced soon. Williams has always had special guests and notables in the music industry who participate in the fundraiser. 

 

The concert will be Saturday, May 14th at 6pm at the Russell Springs First Baptist church. It is a community event and is free. 

 

State Board of Election Approves Russell County Primary Election Plan

 

The State Board of Elections has approved the Russell County Clerks Primary Election Plan which is as follows....

 

  • There will be 3 days of "early voting" in Russell County: May 12th, 13th, & 14th from 9am-5pmCT at the South KY RECC Community Room.  All registered voters in Russell County can vote there at this location regardless of their registered precinct.
  • If voters want to wait and vote on Election Day (Tuesday, May 17th) they can do so, regardless of their registered precinct from 6am-6pmCT at one of the following 3 Voting Center locations:
  1. Levee Building, by Jamestown Christian Church, 65 Main St., Jamestown
  2. Salem Elementary School, 1409 S Hwy 76, Russell Springs
  3. South KY RECC Community Room, 2405 N Main St., Jamestown
  • The first day to request an Absentee Ballot is April 2nd, 2022 and you may do so by contacting the County Clerk’s Office at 270-343-2125 or 270-566-0135.
  • The last day to register to vote in the Primary is April 18th, 2022 and you can register online at elect.ky.gov or in the County Clerk’s Office, Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm.

 

If anyone is interested in working at the polls or if you have any questions, please contact Russell Co. Deputy Clerk Janet Antle at 270-566-0135.

 

 

AREA ARREST 3-3-22

Richard Hawkins, age 34, of Columbia, was arrested by Trooper Scott with the Kentucky State Police, just before 6 last evening. Hawkins was charged with Failure to Or Improper Signal, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Failure to Produce Insurance Card and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth). He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Applications Available at Columbia City Hall for Durant Test Kitchen

Applications are now available at City Hall for Durrett Test Kitchen. The new company is scheduled to be on Highway 55 North in Columbia.

The new company will be processing packaged food for a variety of customers.

Come by City Hall at 116 Campbellsville Street during regular office hours. The company will pickup applications and contact the candidates.

Job Opportunities listed by the Russell County Chamber of Commerce

State Dock is hiring for housekeepers, bellhops, water taxi drivers, valet, fuel pier attendants, store cashiers, land shuttle bus drivers and more. These are seasonal positions. Pay is based on position and experience.  You can call 270-266-1465 for more information.

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park is seeking an experienced, motivated and friendly adult beverage server for the Rowena Landing Restaurant located on the beautiful 60,000 + acre Lake Cumberland. In addition to hosting and serving adult beverages, applicant will work with the sales department and other park staff to provide delivery of exceptional guest services and catering for multiple groups, events and banquets in various locations around the Park throughout the year. Applicants must be 21 years of age, be a high school graduate and have one year of experience in food service operations. For more information, contact Mark Baker at markb@ky.gov or call 270-343-3111.

Superior Battery is currently hiring for our Form and Fill division for 2nd Shift. We also have opportunities across our facility based on work experience and certifications. Superior Battery offers a training bonus, health/dental/vision insurance, paid holidays, paid vacation, life insurance, supplemental insurance, and a 401K plan. Please pick up an application at the main office across from Salem Elementary on Hwy 910 between 7am – 4pm.  If you are looking to join our team, we would like to meet you. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/superiorbattery for more information or text “worksuperior” to (270) 214-7133 to get future updates on career opportunities.

Lake Cumberland District Health Department is actively looking for Diabetes Program Staff.  Applicants must be:  energetic, care about your community, able to reach participants through education and outreach, effective communication skills and a high school diploma or GED.  This is a full time position with full benefits.  You must apply before March 5, 2022. Visit the following link to apply, https://www.lcdhd.org/about/employment

AREA ARREST 3-2-22

 

Joshua Philpott, age 29, of Elizabethtown, was taken into custody by Deputy Meyer with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. Philpott was charged with Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property and lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Chris Cundiff, age 41, of Columbia, was arrested by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just before 6:30 last evening. Cunidiff was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

AREA ARREST 3-1-22

Tyrell Hall, age 37, of Glasgow was taken into custody by Trooper Roark with the Kentucky State Police just before 11 last night. Hall was charged with Speeding 19 MPH Over the Speed Limit, No Operators-Moped License, Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Required Insurance 1st, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, No Registration Receipt, No Registration Plates, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified) and Possession of Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree – Drug Unspecified.

David Davidson, age 53, of Burkesville, was arrested by Deputy Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office around 7:30 last evening. Davidson was charged with Possession of Synthetic Drugs – 1st Offense and Harassing Communications.

Both men were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

 

Russell County School Board met Monday Evening

It was a busy meeting for the school leaders last night with several items on the agenda. Superintendent Michael Ford spoke with WAVE NEWS and discussed what took place... 

 

More Details on Mondays Big Announcement of the New Facility Purchased by Cumberland Family Medical Inc.

Big Announcement yesterday from city and county leaders in Russell County as Cumberland Family Medical Inc. will be purchasing the 44,000 square foot spec building and the 6.5 acre lot it sits in the Lake Cumberland Regional Industrial Complex, or former French Valley Business Park, from the Russell County Industrial Development Authority and will utilize the building as a distribution center for its clinic network, to provide conference space, and additional administrative offices.

County Judge Gary Robertson made the announcement yesterday at Russell Springs City Hall…

The facility will create between 80 and 110 new jobs and Dr. Eric Loy, the CEO of Cumberland Family Medical Center, said despite economic and healthcare challenges of the last few years that his company has continued to expand and provide more services across the area.

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