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Local News Archives for 2022-04

Pulaski Man Arrested on DUI Charges Following Columbia Accident

On Friday afternoon, April 29, 2022 CPD Officers were dispatched to a 2-vehicle collision on Campbellsville Street near the intersection of Fairground Street. Upon arrival, witnesses stated they had been behind one vehicle involved, a white Chevy Traverse on Highway 55 coming into town, and stated it had been repeatedly all over the road and reckless before the accident.

Officers were able to review video from a local business on Campbellsville Street and observed the Traverse veer into the southbound lane before making contact with a private bus from Somerset Christian School which was occupied by 9 juveniles as well as the driver. 

Officers performed onsite field sobriety tests on the male subject who was operating the Traverse and also located a substance believed to be methamphetamine on this person. The man, identified as 45-year-old Paul Schilling of Somerset, KY also had 7 active warrants from Pulaski and Lincoln Counties. 

Schilling was taken into custody and is facing multiple traffic charges as well as 10 counts of wanton endangerment first degree, possession of methamphetamine 2nd offense, operating on a suspended operators license, and DUI 2nd with aggravated circumstance. 

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

Jamestown Man Arrested on Drug Charges

Michael Robertson, 46, of Jamestown was arrested by KSP on Friday afternoon for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree and Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drugs Unspecified), Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Wear Seatbelt.
He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Branscum earns 100% NFIB Small Business Voting Record


FRANKFORT (April 29, 2022) – The state office of the National Federation of Independent Business said today that Representative Josh Branscum achieved a 100% NFIB voting record in the 2021-22 session of the General Assembly.


“It’s important to have elected leaders who understand the challenges facing Kentucky’s small business and will do everything they can to enable small businesses to grow and create jobs,” NFIB State Director Tom Underwood said.


During his time in the legislature Representative Branscum has earned a reputation as an outspoken advocate for Kentucky’s small businesses and the role they play in creating jobs and strengthening communities.


“As executive vice president of a family business myself, I understand firsthand the challenges that businesses like ours have faced over the past few years,” Branscum added. “During my time as a legislator, I am working to ensure that small businesses are able to thrive in our state.”


Underwood said the NFIB Voting Record does not reflect every element considered by a lawmaker when voting, nor does it represent a complete profile of a leg­islator. The 2021-22 voting record includes eight key votes in both chambers on critical issues such as tax relief, unemployment reform, and COVID-19 recovery.


To learn more about NFIB in Kentucky, visit www.NFIB.com/KY.




Zachariah Bunch, 29, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Deputy Bradshaw with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office around 5 last evening. Bunch was charged with Burglary, 1st Degree, Criminal Mischief, 1st Degree, 2 Counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition – Firearm, Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition All Others (more than 10,000), 2 Counts of Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO and Persistent Felony Offender 1. Bunch was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Timothy Kirkpatrick, 51, of Burkesville, KY was arrested by Kentucky State Trooper Justice on Thursday night. Kirkpatrick was charged with Speeding 26 mph or more over the Speed Limit, Reckless Driving, Improper Passing, Driving too fast for Traffic Conditions and Fleeing or Evading Police. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Gov. BeShear Provides Team Kentucky Update; Announces new economic development projects, tornado relief funding


FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 28, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development, tornado relief, COVID-19 and the Governor’s Derby Week Kick-off. He also named the commonwealth’s military children as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.


Gov. Beshear Highlights Continued Economic Growth
Gov. Beshear highlighted five companies adding to Kentucky’s economic momentum, collectively investing $183.5 million and 903 jobs.


Columbia Brands USA LLC, a manufacturer of apparel and footwear products, will expand its presence in Henderson County with a $3.7 million investment in its existing distribution operation, creating 175 full-time jobs. To learn more, see the full release.


Summit Polymers Inc., a designer and manufacturer of automotive interior components, moved forward with plans to construct a $37.5 million manufacturing facility in Anderson County, creating 218 full-time jobs. To learn more, see the full release.


Whitehorse Freight LLC is planning to purchase a 25,000-square-foot facility in the Florence/Boone County area to increase its office space following a spike in business during the last year. With this new facility, Whitehorse is investing $5 million and plans to create 455 full-time jobs.


Showing further momentum in the state’s bourbon and spirits industry, Casey Jones Distillery will expand in Christian County with a $1.9 million investment that will create 15 full-time jobs for local residents. To learn more, see the full release.


Heaven Hill Distillery – the nation’s largest family-owned maker of distilled spirits – just announced plans to invest $135.4 million to build a new distillery in Bardstown, creating 40 jobs.


At today’s Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority meeting, companies considering new location or expansion projects in Kentucky were approved for performance-based state tax incentives on investments totaling over $380 million with potential to create more than 1,400 full-time jobs.


Gov. Beshear Announces Tornado Relief Funding for Hopkins County
Today, Gov. Beshear announced that Hopkins County will receive $8.5 million in assistance from the West Kentucky State Aid Funding for Emergencies (SAFE) fund to help them recover from the December tornadoes that devastated the county and took the lives of Hopkins County residents.


Gov. Beshear recommended the funding, and the 2022 General Assembly supported the aid by passing Senate Bill 150, which the Governor signed April 15. Hopkins County is the first county to receive SAFE funds. Kentucky Emergency Management anticipates as many as 19 additional applications for SAFE funding will be filed in the coming weeks, and those will be carefully reviewed to ensure the funds are used to their maximum benefit. To learn more, see the full release.


“Our Western Kentucky communities are strong, but they need our help as they continue to recover and rebuild following the tornadoes that took so much from them last December,” Gov. Beshear said. “These funds will help Hopkins County cover services that are not eligible for FEMA support and will ease some of the financial strain they have endured as so many of their resources have been directed toward restoration.”


Hopkins County Judge/Executive Jack Whitfield said: “Thankfully through the efforts of the legislature, especially Sen. Robby Mills and Gov. Beshear, the SAFE Act was passed. This act will help provide funding for the county to continue to move forward in our rebuilding process. In a day when all too often politics gets in the way of getting work done, I am pleased that our state has come together to assist all of the counties that have seen so much devastation. Again, Gov. Beshear, Sen. Mills and the entire legislature, thank you and God bless.”


COVID-19 Community Level Low in All 120 Counties
Gov. Beshear said that all 120 Kentucky counties remain green on the state’s COVID-19 community level map for the second week in a row, representing both low incidence rate of the virus and low numbers of hospitalizations for COVID-19.


All Kentucky counties have been green since April 22, 2022. The Governor reported some positive news that now 70% of Kentuckians 5 and older have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and 77% of those who are 18 years old and up have been vaccinated.


Team Kentucky Derby Week Kick-off at the Capitol
Gov. Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear are inviting Kentuckians to the Team Kentucky Derby Week Kick-off that will take place Saturday, April 30, from noon to 5 p.m. EDT on the South Lawn of the Capitol – the area directly behind the Capitol building and in front of the Capitol Annex. To view a map of the location with event details, click here. To learn more, see the full release.


Team Kentucky All-Stars
On Friday, the First Lady travelled to Fort Campbell to celebrate Month of the Military Child. She visited Fort Knox earlier this month.


“Together, she and children at Fort Campbell planted flowers, started a garden, held a dance recital, read books and talked about what these kids love most about Kentucky and serving alongside their soldiers,” Gov. Beshear said. “I am so proud of to have these families on Team Kentucky. They sacrifice so much for our state, country and world, and they deserve our full support, this month and every month.”


Because of their extraordinary service and resilience, Gov. Beshear named Kentucky’s military children this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.


Columbia City Council Meeting Monday, May 2nd


The Columbia City Council will meet on Monday, May 2, 2022 at 6:00pmCT at City Hall for a Regular Called Meeting.















4TH ITEM: MOTION TO RECONVENE REGULAR SESSION.                                









KSP Arrests Columbia Woman on Meth and other Charges


Vickie Childers, 56, was taken into custody by KSP Trooper Sharp just after 10:30pmCT on Wednesday night and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (more than 2 grams of Meth), Persistent Felony Offender, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Hydrocodone). She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


LWC to Hold 115th Commencement on Saturday


COLUMBIA, KY. – Lindsey Wilson College will cap off its largest class in school history at this year's spring commencement.


Lindsey Wilson's spring commencement, the 115th commencement in College history, will be held at 10 a.m. CT, rain or shine, on Saturday, April 30, in Parnell Family Stadium, 828 Russell Road. This will be the second time LWC has held commencement exercises at College’s football stadium. 


A total of 296 degrees will be conferred for the 2022 spring class. That number includes 216 undergraduate degrees and 80 graduate degrees. Combined with the 409 degrees awarded at LWC's winter commencement ceremony, the Lindsey Wilson Class of 2022 will be a record 705 graduates – the most in the 119-year history of The United Methodist-affiliated college. The College awarded a record 688 degrees in 2017.


"Commencement is always the highlight of the school year," said Lindsey Wilson President William T. Luckey Jr., who has been the college's eighth president since July 1, 1998. "And it’s an especially exciting day this year as our celebrations have returned to full capacity after more than two years of limited interactions with our family, friends and colleagues. This will be a wonderful day for our students and their loved ones.” 


The Lindsey Wilson College Nursing Division will honor its seniors at 6 p.m. CT, on Thursday, April 28 with a pinning ceremony in V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street.


Longtime LWC Professor of Religion and Dean of the Chapel Terry Swan will deliver the message at the baccalaureate ceremony, which will be at 7 p.m. CT on Friday, April 29 in V.P. Henry Auditorium. Swan recently retired from LWC after more than 37 years of service to the College.


If it is raining or rain is in the forecast on commencement day, graduates and guests should come prepared with appropriate rain gear. Ponchos, raincoats and something to cover wet bleachers are advised for guests. If there is a thunderstorm or lightning forecasted, college officials will communicate alternative arrangements via email, the LWC app, Facebook and Twitter. 


LWC’s 2022 spring commencement ceremony will be live-streamed at bit.ly/lwcstream from Parnell Family Stadium on Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m., CT. For more information contact LWC’s registrar’s office at 270-384-8025 or email registrar@lindsey.edu.



Clifton Collins, 48, of Russell Springs, KY was taken into custody by Officer Parrish with the Russell Springs Police Department just after midnight. Collins was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd or greater (more than 2 grams of Meth), Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of a Controlled Substance 1st, Possession of Marijuana, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, No Registration Receipt, Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle, Failure to Notify of Address Change to Department of Transportation, Obstructed Vision and or Windshield, Rear License Not Illuminated and Persistent Felony Offender 1. Collins was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Parker Perdue, 43, of Burkesville, KY was arrested just before 3 a.m. this morning, by Deputy Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Officer. Perdue was charged with Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (excludes alcohol), Criminal Trespassing, Criminal Mischief, 1st Degree, Burglary, 2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest, Assault 3rd Degree (Police Officer or Probation Officer), and Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree. Perdue was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.



  • Janson Flatt, 18, of Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD on Monday for TBUT (Parts from a Vehicle over $1,000). Flatt was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
  • Brittany Marie Brown, 29, of Columbia - arrested by CPD on Tuesday afternoon for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
  • Larin Stotts, 38, of Columbia - Failure to Appear and Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees, or Fines.
  • Shasta Vaughn, 34, of London, KY - arrested last Monday night by KSP for Speeding, Reckless Driving, Driving too Fast for Conditions, No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, and Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property $10,000 or more.
Lodged in the ACRJ.

Casey County Middle School Student Assaulted in Bathroom on Friday

A disturbing video has surfaced, showing an incident involving several students at Casey County Middle School.
The 7 second video shows one boy, an African American student, being held in a choke hold by another student, as several others watch, and another records the altercation on his phone.
School officials issued a statement on their facebook page saying, they are aware of the incident, which took place Friday. It says school administrators took immediate action with the support from a Liberty Police Officer who serves as the School Resource Officer.   
Parents of the students involved have been made aware of the investigation. No further information can be released due to all parties involved being juveniles, and the investigation is still ongoing.
The statement goes on to say, "CCMS is committed to our core values and school-wide expectations instilling in our students to be respectful, show integrity, have a safe learning environment and excellence in every aspect of being a successful student in our school."

Adair Woman Dies Following Forklift Accident

According to Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman, Adair County 911 received a call at 10:14 a.m. on Monday morning of a female who had turned a forklift over on Scott Dial Road just outside city limits off KY55 north. Upon arrival, it was found that the operator was pinned under the commercial  forklift.  
The preliminary investigation by the ACSO shows that 56-year-old Charlene Oakes Cowan, the owner of Local Pallet Wholesale was loading a tractor trailer with pallets when she dropped off in a hole while backing up. The forklift started to turn over and Cowan attempted to jump off but was unable to get herself free. The forklift struck Cowan, pinning her underneath.

First responders and bystanders from nearby businesses worked to free Cowan from the forklift and EMS provided care. Attempts to secure air medical flight from the scene were unsuccessful due to the weather and Cowan was rushed to the TJ Health Columbia Emergency Room. At 11:38 a.m. on Monday, April 25th, 2022 Charlene Cowan was pronounced deceased and Adair County Coroner Todd Akin was notified.

The Adair County Sheriffs Office extends its condolences to the family and friends of the Cowan family as they deal with the loss of their loved one.
The Adair County Sheriffs Office, Adair EMS, the Columbia-Adair County Fire Dept. and the Breeding Fire Dept. all responded to the scene. 



Russell Springs Man Arrested on Theft Charges


Jason Flatt, 18, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Officer Necessary just before 2 a.m. on Monday morning. Flatt was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking Parts from a Vehicle Over $10,000 dollars. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


KY 61 Reduced to One Lane in Adair County beginning April 25th


SOMERSET, Ky. (April 22, 2022) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 Office advises motorists that beginning Monday, April 25, KY 61 in Adair County will be reduced to one lane at the Russell Creek bridge (mile point 16.9) as crews work to remove drift and other debris from beneath the structure.


Work will require a full closure of the roadway as debris is being loaded onto trucks. Motorists may experience longer delays during this process. Flaggers will maintain traffic during the work.


Work is expected to be completed Friday, April 29. The 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.  


Columbia Police make Drug Arrest Last Night

A Columbia woman was taken into custody on drug charges last night. Just after 11, Hailey Tate, age 20, was taken into custody by Officer Foster with the Columbia Police Department. Tate was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth). She was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Adair County School Board Meeting Recap

The Adair County School Board held their regular monthly meeting last evening. Jim Liebe was at the meeting for WAVE News and spoke with Dr. Pam Stephens following it... 


Russell County Man Arrested on Assault & Strangulation Charges


Ronald Webb, 38, of Russell Springs was arrested by the Russell Springs Police Dept. on Thursday morning for Strangulation, 4th degree Assault (Domestic Violence), and Failure to Appear. Webb was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Vehicle Caught on Camera Vandalizing Jim Blair Center has been Identified

The owner and operator of a vehicle that was caught on security cameras vandalizing the Jim Blair Center has been found. The ACSO would like to thank everyone for their calls and the media for assisting in this matter. Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman says his office immediately began receiving calls after the incident was publicized. The owner & operator of the vehicle in question has been identified.  

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Updat


FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 21, 2022) – Today Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development, outlined steps being taken on medical cannabis and named new Team Kentucky All-Stars after a first-of-its-kind rescue in the Red River Gorge.


First Lady Britainy Beshear updated Kentuckians on the tulips from the Capitol grounds, the Month of the Military Child and the Team Kentucky Derby Week Kick-off event on Saturday, April 30.


Kentucky’s Economic Momentum Builds
Gov. Beshear highlighted four companies that are betting on Kentucky. Combined, they have invested more than $30 million this month in projects that will create 114 jobs.


Augusta Distillery LLC’s new operation in Bracken County – a $23 million investment – will create 14 quality jobs for Kentucky residents.


Ryan Edwards, founder and board member of Augusta Distillery, attended Thursday’s briefing and said, “We are excited to announce we have chosen to create our first full-scale distillery operation in Augusta, Kentucky. For anyone that hasn’t ever had the benefit of visiting Augusta: It’s a beautiful town located right on the banks of the Ohio. Bourbon was founded on the banks of the Ohio in Eastern Kentucky, and we are going to create a world-class distillery experience there.”


Lexmark International Inc. plans to invest $4 million to establish a solar panel array and educational greenspace area at its corporate headquarters in Lexington.


Ethos Laboratories, which provides laboratory testing services for the health care industry, will expand its presence in Campbell County with a more than $2.2 million investment.


Legacy Metals LLC, a building materials supplier and manufacturer, will grow its current operation with a $1.2 million, 24,000-square-foot expansion that will create 100 well-paying jobs for local residents.


Governor Provides Update on Medical Cannabis
The Governor said that despite wide public support, legislation on medical cannabis once again was not passed by the General Assembly.


The Governor said those suffering from Alzheimer’s, ALS, cancer, severe and chronic pain, epilepsy and seizures, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions in many other states can work with their health care providers to gain access to medical cannabis to help treat their symptoms. Medical cannabis is a popular treatment and often referred to as an alternative to highly addictive opioids that many are still prescribed to deal with their pain.


As of February 2022, a total of 37 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands regulate cannabis for medical use by qualified individuals.


With so many Kentuckians supporting moving forward on medical cannabis, including many in the state’s House of Representatives, today the Governor announced four steps his administration is taking on this important topic:

  • Gov. Beshear asked his general counsel to begin analyzing options under the law for the Governor to consider regarding executive action on medical cannabis;
  • Establishing the Governor’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Team;
  • He will ask this advisory team to travel around the state and listen to what Kentuckians have to say about medical cannabis; and
  • The Governor has established a way for Kentuckians to communicate with his office specifically on this topic. They can email the Governor’s Office at GovMedicalCannabisAdvisoryTeam@ky.gov.

Capitol Tulips Donation
The First Lady said while the beauty of the Capitol tulips is well known, fewer people know that it is a tradition for the First Lady to pick an organization to receive the tulip bulbs after they are dug up each April. If tulips are treated with proper care and attention, they can bloom again.


“Andy and I are honored to donate this year’s Capitol tulip bulbs to the communities in Western Kentucky that were impacted by the terrible storms,” the First Lady said. “Our hope is that these tulips help bring some of the joy that so many visitors experience here at the Capitol and that they serve as a sign of hope and renewal for our Western Kentucky families.”


The First Lady is working directly with local officials to distribute roughly 15,000 tulip bulbs. She thanked the Barren River, Green River, Pennyrile and Purchase Area Development Districts and the Capitol landscaping team for their assistance with the tulips’ donation and distribution.


Month of the Military Child
The First Lady said that across the nation and here in Kentucky, people are coming together to recognize April as Month of the Military Child: “To the military kids of Kentucky, we love you and are so grateful to have you on our team. Thank you for your service.”


Kentucky is the proud home of two crucial U.S. military installations: Fort Campbell and Fort Knox. Each serves thousands of students in active military families through their on-base school systems and provides kids in those communities with important resources through after-school opportunities and extracurricular activities and wraparound services.


Last week, the First Lady visited each of the four schools at Fort Knox with Stacy Davis, the wife of Fort Knox Garrison Commander Major General Johnny Davis. Tomorrow she will travel to Fort Campbell to visit their schools as celebrations continue this month.


Team Kentucky Derby Week Kick-off at the Capitol
Gov. Beshear and the First Lady are inviting Kentuckians to the Team Kentucky Derby Week Kick-off that will take place Saturday, April 30, from noon to 5 p.m. EDT on the South Lawn of the Capitol – the area directly behind the Capitol building and in front of the Capitol Annex. To view a map of the location with event details, click here. To learn more, see the full release.


Team Kentucky All-Stars
Gov. Beshear honored Team Kentucky All Stars: Kentucky State Police (KSP) teams, along with the Wolfe County Search and Rescue and Red STAR Wilderness EMS, who used a state police helicopter to perform a first-of-its-kind rescue in the Red River Gorge on Tuesday, saving two canoers amid freezing temperatures and heavy rain.


KSP recently installed a hoist on their aircraft, so this was a brand-new program for Kentucky State Police, and their first mission was a success. Two RedSTAR paramedics joined KSP Troopers aboard the aircraft, and from approximately 200 feet above the Red River, they located the couple and safely hoisted them up to an awaiting ambulance.


“This mission and rescue is extraordinary and this couple is alive today because law enforcement agencies showed some Team Kentucky spirit by working together with one goal in mind – like they do every single day – to protect and serve all Kentuckians no matter the emergency,” Gov. Beshear said.


Today’s All-Stars are: Hoist Operator KSP Sgt Jason Denny; Rescue Specialist KSP Trooper Todd Coleman; KSP pilots Captain Brad Austin, Trooper David Long, Trooper Zack Lusk, Kerry Salyers and Ken Abbott; David Fifer, the paramedic/rescue specialist who was lowered to the canoers; Jeremy Urekew, the paramedic aboard the helicopter; and Mike Hackett, nurse/rescue specialist, who assisted in mission coordination.


Church Groups Participating in Trash for Cash Pickup

Several church youth groups will be participating in the "Trash for Cash" litter pickup this weekend so please be alert and careful while driving in the HWY 80 (and side roads off HWY 80) and Cane Valley area.   


Lakefest Planning Meeting & Jamestown City Council Meeting Thursday


A Lakefest planning meeting will be held today (Thursday, April 21st) at 5:00pmCT at Jamestown City Hall.


The Jamestown City Council also meets this evening at 6:00pmCT at City Hall for the regular monthly meeting.


Both meetings are open to the public.

Columbia Police Make Cocaine Arrest

On Wednesday night, April 20, 2022 Columbia Police conducted a traffic stop on Burksville Street initially regarding a shoplifting complaint. As first Officer approached vehicle a male passenger opened their door and appeared to be attempting to conceal something. The subject was removed from the vehicle, and in doing so was observed trying to pass off a pipe to the vehicle operator. Contents of the pipe were consistent with crack cocaine. 

The male subject, identified as George Smith, 57, of Campbellsville, KY was placed into custody without incident and charged with theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), and tampering with physical evidence. Officers also recovered $439 of stolen merchandise. 

Officer Justin Cross was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Sgt Drew Conn.



Vincent Miller, 46, of Louisville, KY was arrested by Deputy Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office overnight and charged with being a Fugitive. Miller was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.



  • Angel Taylor, 30, of Columbia - arrested by KSP on Wednesday for DUI 2nd or More offense (Aggravating Circumstance), Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Possession License When Privileges have been Revoked, Failure to Surrender Revoked Operators License, Failure to Use Child Restraint Device in Vehicle, Driving on a DUI Suspended License 2nd offense (Aggravating Circumstance), and Failure to Wear Seatbelt.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
  • Brad Callinan, 34, of Russell Springs - arrested by the ACSO on Wednesday afternoon for Escape 2nd degree and Persistent Felony Offender.
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

ACSO Needs Help in Finding Owner of Vehicle Caught on Security Cameras...

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is looking for assistance in locating the owner of this vehicle. The vehicle was observed by security cameras damaging property at the Jim Blair Center on Sunday night, April 17, 2022. Please call the Adair Sheriffs Office with any information at 270-384-2776 or Adair 911. All callers will remain anonymous. 



92.7 The WAVE and the Adair County Community Voice are teaming up to provide voters a chance to learn about their candidates.“Meet the Candidates” will air live on 92.7 the WAVE beginning Monday, April 25, 2022. All candidates will be given the opportunity to spend 5 minutes telling listeners about themselves. Lisa Clark (WAVE) and Sharon Burton (Community Voice) will moderate the event.

Email questions to: lisaclark@shorelinestations.com OR snburton@farmlandpub.com



6:00 P.M. – MAGISTRATE #1
Tony Denton (R)
Harold Burton*(R)

6:30 P.M. – MAGISTRATE #2
Daryl Flatt*(R)
Sandra Smith Antle (R)
Ronnie Bryant (R)

Jimmy Carter (R)
Terry David Dubree (R)
Daniel Thomas Glass (R)
Joshua Wes Ellis (R)
Amy Neighbors (R)

6:00 P.M. -MAGISTRATE #3
Sammy Baker*(R)
Brian Turner (R)

6:30 P.M. - MAGISTRATE #6
Greg Caldwell*(R)
Ronald Mark Humphress (R)

7:00 P.M. – MAGISTRATE #7
Terry M. Hadley*(R)
Terry Farris (R)



6:00 P.M. – CONSTABLE #3

Robert R. Loy*(R)
Kenneth D. Hill (R)

6:30 P.M. – CONSTABLE #5
Jeffrey “Keith” Streeval (R)
Tim Bottoms*(R)

7:00 P.M. – CONSTABLE #7
Joe Collins, Jr.*(R)
Charles Esch (R)

Gale Burris Cowan*(R)
Larry Russell Bryant (R)
David Herbst (R)


Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Begins Mowing Season


SOMERSET, Ky. (April 20, 2022) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 advises motorists that roadside mowing season is underway, which runs from April to October. State and contract crews will complete three mowing cycles, including litter removal on interstates, parkways and other primary routes throughout the state.


KYTC officials ask Kentuckians to do their part by keeping the state right of way clear of temporary signs and other obstacles that can obstruct the path of mowers and pose a hazard for mowing crews and motorists.


Kentucky law and Transportation Cabinet policy prohibit the placement of non-official signs of any type – for campaigns, yard sales or other advertising – on state highway right of way, utility poles, fences and guardrails or on road signs. Depending on size and construction, illegally placed signs are a distraction and can be a safety issue for motorists when blocking the view of oncoming vehicles.


Illegally-placed signs also can disrupt or endanger right-of-way operations such as mowing, ditch cleaning and litter removal, and can pose a direct safety hazard to motorists who run off the roadway – particularly when installed with large wooden or metal stakes.


Campaign signs and other signs placed on state right of way that restrict sight distance or interfere with mowing and maintenance operations will be removed by KYTC crews. Signs that are removed will be held at the state highway garage in each county of KYTC District 8 and kept for two weeks. Unclaimed signs will be discarded.


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet asks that motorists use extra caution when traveling through these work zones.


Traffic information for the District 8 counties is also available at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.  


Adair County School Board Meeting April 21st


The Adair County School Board will meet on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 6:00pmCT. The meeting is open to the public with social distancing in place.





Meet the Russell Co. Candidates Continues Tuesday



Sherita Medaris (R)
Patti Glover (R)
Amy Riggins Melson (R)
Kimberly Fenske (R)
Kennedy Coffey (R)


6:45 P.M. - MAGISTRATE #1
Terry Waddell*(R)
Greg Popplewell (R)


7:00 P.M. - SHERIFF
Derek Polston* (R)
Nicholas Bertram (R)


7:45P.M. - MAGISTRATE #2
Mickey Garner*(R)
Phillip Aaron (R)


Legislative Update Representative Josh Branscum


The Kentucky legislature officially wrapped up the 2022 Regular Session last Thursday night, capping off what will go down as one of the most productive and effective sessions in history. I share regularly that my mission as your legislator is to pass good, long-term public policy that provides Kentuckians with the opportunity to build a better life and make the state a better place to live and work. That is exactly what we achieved during the past 60 days. We arrived in Frankfort with a full agenda and leave with a long list of legislation that puts Kentuckians first.


While we passed many pieces of legislation, here are a couple of examples of the key bills we passed:


Balanced and Fiscally Responsible Budget:From the start of session, one of our main priorities was passing a fiscally responsible budget, and that is what we did. We approved a $31 billion budget that includes record-breaking investments in education, workforce development, health and family services, and public pensions. The budget includes $4.5 billion each fiscal year for kindergarten through 12thgrade public education, $130 million for full funding of full-day kindergarten, more than $3 billion in funding to maintain existing roads and bridges as well as build new where necessary, $274.5 million in transportation funding for school districts, salary supplements, and $7.4 million to support school-based mental health programs. We also included $100 million for business site development in rural areas. The budget also invests in our social workers with $25.6 million allocated in the first year for raises, and then a $61.7 million increase in the second year. I cannot wait to see how all of these investments will lead to a brighter future for the commonwealth.


Highway Construction Plan: Another investment in our future is HB 242, which is our biennial highway construction plan. Each one of Kentucky’s 120 counties is getting record funding for improvements in safety, mobility, congestion, and bridges. This legislation includes funding for the Brent Spence Bridge, the I-69 corridor in Henderson, and the widening of the Mountain Parkway in Eastern Kentucky. While these are three of the largest projects in the legislation, there are many other projects that will create safer roads. Additionally, District 83 will be receiving more than $95 million in road projects which includes continued funding of the US 127 project between Russell County and Clinton County. Roads lead us to the future, with more economic opportunities and an improved quality of life. In addition to HB 242, we also adopted a two-year budget for Kentucky’s Transportation Cabinet. That bill, HB 241, includes funding for programs like an additional $4 million to increase access to driver’s license and permit testing, and $11.4 million to be divided equally among the state’s 57 general aviation airports.


Pro-Life Omnibus Bill: HB 3, also known as Humanity in Healthcare, is Kentucky’s largest piece of pro-life legislation ever passed. Within the measure, a woman seeking a chemical abortion must receive a prescription from a physician, and it requires the physician to schedule and pursue a follow-up visit in order to ensure no conditions have developed as a result of the chemical abortion. It also states that physicians must ensure that at least one parent of a minor seeking an abortion is consulted. The bill would require that parents receive notice of their right to take responsibility or relinquish their child’s remains within 24 hours of the procedure. HB 3 also includes language which would ban abortions after fifteen weeks of pregnancy. This language was added in the event the Supreme Court upholds Mississippi legislation it is currently reviewing as constitutional.


Public Assistance Reform: Kentucky’s public assistance programs have not been significantly reformed since the 1990s, and this year the General Assembly took the step to reform an outdated system. With HB 7 we wanted to make sure that the people who need public assistance programs had access to the benefits they qualify for while ending benefits for those who are not eligible. We toughened penalties on public benefit fraud and added in a community engagement program for able-bodied adult Medicaid recipients without a child or dependent. The legislation is meant to emphasize the importance of work, and it will ensure the eligibility of those who qualify for programs like food benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 


Tax Modernization: Another big step the legislature took this year was modernizing our outdated tax code. HB 8 would gradually eliminate the state personal income tax with the first decrease scheduled to lower the rate to 4.5% on January 1, 2023. Economists believe this first decrease will leave an estimated $500 million in taxpayer pockets. To ensure there is enough revenue to trigger decreases in the future, HB 8 would place a sales tax or a user fee to services like ride share companies, temporary rental services like AirBnB, security systems, bodyguard services, valet services, and lobbyists. It is another example of the legislature’s commitment to grow the state’s economy and put more money back into Kentuckians’ pockets. 


Protecting Women’s Sports: The Save Women’s Sports Act prohibits those who are biologically male from participating in women’s and girls’ school sport teams. SB 83 requires any schools regulated by the Kentucky Board of Education and postsecondary institutions that participate in athletic competitions to designate team sports for students in grades six through twelve as boys, girls, or coed. The language reads that the sex of the student who wants to participate in a sport would be determined by what is on their birth certificate and a signed affidavit from a physician. The legislation stands for the simple truth that there is a biological difference between males and females. Neither are superior, but each has strengths that provide a competitive advantage in some areas.


Election Security: Prior to joining the Kentucky legislature, I was fortunate to serve our Commonwealth as a member of the Kentucky State Board of Elections. I have and continue to believe that elections are the fabric of our democracy and it is critical that we uphold the security and integrity of the election process. I was proud to be the primary sponsor of HB 564 which does the following: establishes excused in person absentee voting, establishes the times in which polls will be open for no excuse absentee voting, sets up security protocol for election officials to check the public counter and tamper resistant seals to ensure that voting equipment has not been tampered with, voting equipment cannot be capable of being connected to the internet and any attempt to do so is a Class D felony, intimidation of an election officer will be a Class D felony, and HB 564 outlines the minimum criteria for the Risk Limit Audit pilot program. HB 564 was signed into law by the Governor and with the bill having an emergency clause, it will be in effect prior to the May primary election.


Safeguarding Religious Freedoms: During the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw restrictions put in place that stopped people from attending in-person worship services. HB 43 addresses this issue, stating that in a state of emergency, places of worship cannot be deemed unessential. It recognizes that religious freedom is essential to our commonwealth and prevents state and local governments from prohibiting religious services during a state of emergency.


Reducing the Motor Vehicle Tax: HB 6, which permanently lowers the motor vehicle taxes for Kentuckians, became law in March, and we are already seeing the benefit of this measure as motor vehicle taxes are frozen at last year’s rate. The bill ensures property valuation administrators (PVAs) under the Kentucky Department of Revenue only uses the average trade-in value, not the clean trade-in value, as the standard when assessing the value of motor vehicles for tax purposes. I received an update on this measure before we adjourned, and it looks like those who paid their motor vehicle tax before the bill became law will be receiving refunds in the mail in the next couple of weeks.


In the last two days, we passed more crucial pieces of legislation and overrode many of the Governor’s vetoes. It is the Governor's privilege to veto bills he does not like, but it is the legislature's authority to overturn those vetoes and set the policy for Kentucky. Conservatives hold 75 seats in the House Chamber, a clear reminder that Kentuckians want leadership that defends their values, fights for their rights, and works to create opportunities.


As we wrap up with this year’s session, I want to emphasize I am proud to represent the people of the 83rd District. I was sent to Frankfort by you to create positive policy, and this session we achieved just that. 


As always, I can be reached through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181. Feel free to contact me via email atJosh.Branscum@lrc.ky.gov. If you would like more information, please visit the LRC websitewww.legislature.ky.gov.


Columbia Man Arrested in Russell County for Assault and Wanton Endangerment

Ronnie Dial, 46, of Columbia was arrested by Officer Wilson with the Russell Springs Police Department, just after 6 last evening. Dial was charged with Assault, 4th Degree - Dating Violence (No Visible Injury), Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree, (Motor Vehicle), Leaving the Scene of Accident, Reckless Driving, Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (On Foot) and Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.




Lisa Clark (WAVE) & Wade Daffron (TIMES JOURNAL) will moderate the event and have a chance to ask questions. The candidates will also have a few minutes to respond to their opponents’ answers. Send us your questions by emailing: thewave@ridingthewave.com or by calling 270-866-7979.


6:00 P.M. - CORONER
Mark Coots*(R)
Clifton Bunch (R)

Clarissa Moochie Hart (R)
Clete McAninch (R)
Landon Helm (R)
Patrick Loy (R)
Brad Burch (R)
Benny Joe Smith (R)
Randy Marcum (R)

7:45 P.M. – CONSTABLE #5
Jeffrey T Wilson (R)
Richard A Wooldridge*(R)



Sherita Medaris (R)
Patti Glover (R)
Amy Riggins Melson (R)
Kimberly Fenske (R)
Kennedy Coffey (R)


6:45 P.M. - MAGISTRATE #1
Terry Waddell (R)
Greg Popplewell*(R)


7:00 P.M. - SHERIFF
Derek Polston* (R)
Nicholas Bertram (R)


7:45P.M. - MAGISTRATE #2
Mickey Garner*(R)
Phillip Aaron (R)







6:00 P.M. - MAGISTRATE #3
Zach Wilson (R)
Chase Antle (R)
Barry Flatt (R)
Darry Flatt (R)


6:30 P.M. - MAGISTRATE #4
Steve Richardson*(R)
Robert Curtis Coppage (R)
Travis Dixon (R)


7:00 P.M. - MAGISTRATE #5
Vince White (R)
Ryan Vaughn (R)
Larry Skaggs (R)

7:30 P.M. - CONSTABLE #1
Jeffrey Aaron*(R)
Keith Scholl (R)

7:45 P.M. - CONSTABLE #4
Greg Hammond*(R)
John Wayne Grimsley (R)
Dustin Posey (R)


Local SkillsUSA Student's Placed in State Competition

Congratulations to these SkillsUSA members that placed at state competition:
Mason Caldwell (ACHS) - 2nd Place Welding 1
Larin Coffey - 3rd Place CNC Milling 
Logan Russell - 1st Place Tool Identification
Cass Foley - 2nd Place Electrical Construction Wiring
Eli Russell, Kaleb Carter, Skylier Allen  - 1st Place Automated Manufacturing 

Also, shout out to all others that completed and represented LCRCWC well!  Great job!


Russell Springs Man Arrested on Theft Charges


According to RSPD Police Chief Tim Pierce, on April 14, 2022, Lt. Bobby Pritchard received a theft complaint of a catalytic converter from one of Bennett's Carpet work vehicles.


Bennett's Carpet had posted still images of the vehicle involved in the theft on their Facebook page and this post was shared by several people. The circulation of the post resulted in tips being called in to Bennett's Carpet of possible vehicles matching the description and possible individuals that could have been in the vehicle at the time of the theft. 


Based on the tips, an investigation ensued that led Lt. Pritchard to the location of the stolen converter and video footage that confirmed the vehicle and individuals involved in the theft.


As a result, 18-year-old Austin Passmore of Russell Springs was arrested on a warrant for the theft. He was taken into custody and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center by Kentucky State Trooper Jacob Harper. Additional arrests are pending as the investigation is still ongoing by RSPD Lt. Bobby Pritchard. 


Burkesville Couple Arrested for Endangering the Welfare of a Minor


Two Burkesville residents were arrested early Monday morning on charges of endangering the Welfare of a Minor. Jonathan Bolin, 36, and Randi Patton were both taken into custody just after midnight by Deputy Daniels with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.


Police Agencies Make Arrests in Russell County

Alex Kemp, 23, of Jamestown - arrested on Friday night by Jamestown Police for Falsely Reporting an Incident, 2 counts of Assault 3rd degree (Police or Probation Officer), Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, and Criminal Trespassing.

Carrie Lawless, 24, of Jamestown - arrested on Friday night by the RCSO for 1st degree Wanton Endangerment.
Timothy Miller, 39, of Russell Springs - arrested on Friday evening by the RCSO for DUI (2nd or more offense), Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Persistent Felony Offender.
Walter Russell, 41, of Jamestown - arrested on Friday night by the RSPD for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Columbia Police Arrest One Person on Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

On Friday afternoon, April 15, 2022 Columbia Police Dept. Officer Joey Keith initiated a traffic stop on Greensburg Street near the intersection of High Street. Upon making contact with the driver, a strong odor of marijuana was detected. K9 Unit Rowdy was utilized and after alerting on the vehicle, Officers searched the car and located marijuana, 10 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, and a 9MM handgun. 

Skylar Riggins, 26, of Madisonville, KY was taken into custody and is facing numerous traffic charges as well as possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a defaced firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine). 

Officer Joey Keith made the arrest. He was assisted by Officers Justin Cross and Jimmy Luttrell.

More Russell County Arrests....

Natalie Polston, 24, of Jamestown - arrested by KSP on Friday afternoon for Permitting Unlicensed Driver to Operate Motor Vehicle.
Austin Passmore, 18, of Dunnville - arrested by KSP Friday afternoon for TBUT (Parts from Vehicle Over $1,000).
Lodged in the Russell County Jail.

Two Individuals Jailed in Russell County on Good Friday...

  • Tristan Bryant, 38, of Gordonsville, TN - arrested Friday afternoon by KSP for DUI, Following Another Vehicle too Closely, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Leslie Owens, 28, of Russell Springs - arrested Friday morning by RSPD and charged with Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.


Jarrod Genovese, 41, of Santa Cruz, California, was arrested by Deputy Staten with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just before midnight. Genovese was charged with Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense), Drinking Alcoholic Beverage in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense), Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.


Brie Hughes, age 28 of Columbia, was arrested by Trooper Sharp with the Kentucky State Police, just before 6 last evening. Hughes is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Heroin) and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified).


Both were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

T.J. Regional Health 12 Months of Giving Initiative for April


Over the past two years, the support for our organization from the communities we serve has been nothing short of amazing. While we are always very involved in the communities we serve, we decided to find ways to go above and beyond in giving back to those who have supported T.J. Regional Health. Every month in 2022, we are doing a little extra to support local families, charities, partner organizations, students, schools, healthcare workers and more as part of our 12 Months of T.J. initiative.


For April, we will be offering a Healthy Cooking Class for members of the community. Studies show that families that prepare meals at home eat a healthier diet and are also more likely to eat at home most days of the week, make better food choices while saving money.


Families are encouraged to attend the Healthy Cooking Class on Monday, April 25th starting at 5:30PM at the T.J. Health Pavilion Community Center. The event will be hosted by Emily Matthews, FCS Program Assistant with the Barren County Cooperative Extension Office. Registration is required and you can register at tjregionalhealth.org/healthycooking. For more information, please contact Kati Bowman at 270.651.4520.


T.J. Regional Health also wants to provide 3 months of membership to those who are interested in starting a membership or continuing to improve their health by attending a local area gym. These gyms include Barren County YMCA, Extreme Fitness in Glasgow, Workout Anytime in Glasgow, and the Health and Wellness Center at Lindsey Wilson College. This is a way to encourage folks to revisit those forgotten New Year’s Resolutions.


Please complete the online form by midnight April 17, 2022. Winners will be notified the week of April 18. Gym memberships will be paid for May, June and July 2022. Visit tjregionalhealth.org/gymmembership to register!


Adair Govt. Offices Closed Good Friday

The Adair County Judge Executive, Green River Animal Shelter, Adair County Road Department along with the Adair County Annex building will be closed Friday, April 15, 2022 in observance of Good Friday. Have a blessed Holiday and Happy Easter.
The Adair County Fiscal Court ARPA Committee will meet Monday, April 18, 2022 at 9:00 A.M. CT in the basement of the Adair County Annex. The meeting is open to the public. 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update; Envision AESC invests $2 billion for 30GWh electric battery gigafactory, creating 2,000 jobs


FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 14, 2022) – Today Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development, his released tax returns, the Kentucky Derby Festival, Easter and Derby week celebrations and vehicle property tax refunds. He also named the Capitol landscaping team as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.


Envision AESC’s Investment in 30GWh Kentucky Gigafactory Creates 2,000 New Jobs and Solidifies the Commonwealth as Electric Vehicle Battery Capital of U.S.
Envision AESC, a world-leading Japanese electric vehicle battery technology company, along with Gov. Beshear, announced yesterday its $2 billion investment to build a new, state-of-the-art gigafactory in the Kentucky Transpark in Bowling Green, Warren County. The 30GWh plant will create 2,000 skilled jobs in the region, producing battery cells and modules to power the next generation EVs. To learn more, see the full release.


“Envision is a company with a tremendous track record for success,” said Gov. Beshear. “They’ve been producing high-performance, extended-range batteries for 12 years. They are not new to this and they currently power over 650,000 vehicles operating in 44 counties. In that time, Envision has achieved a record of zero critical battery malfunctions.”


Gov. Beshear Releases Tax Returns for Sixth Straight Year, Again Challenges Other Elected State Leaders to Release Theirs
Gov. Beshear reiterated his commitment to transparency once again when he released his 2021 tax returns and 2021 Statement of Financial Disclosure. For the sixth consecutive year, the Governor has released his tax returns and called on all other constitutional officers and legislative leaders to do the same. So far, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman is the only other statewide elected official to release their returns in the last six years. To learn more, see the full release.


Governor, First Lady Unveil 2022 Governor’s Derby Celebration Poster
Gov. Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear joined officials from the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Derby Festival (KDF) and the 2022 Derby Festival Royal Court for the unveiling of the 2022 Governor’s Derby Celebration Poster yesterday.


“Around the world, the Kentucky Derby is known as ‘the most exciting two minutes in sports,’ but here in Kentucky, it is more than just a race: It’s our culture,” the Governor said. “Whether you are standing against the rail at Churchill Downs or watching with friends and family at home, the Derby is when we come together to celebrate what it means to be a Kentuckian.”


Easter Celebration and Team Kentucky Derby Week Kick-Off at Capitol
The Governor reminded Kentuckians of the Easter celebration that is taking place at the Capitol this Saturday, April 16, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. EDT. This event is free to attend.


“The celebration will have a variety of family-fun activities, including an Easter egg hunt, festive games, crafts, food trucks and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny,” Gov. Beshear said.


On April 30, from noon to 5 p.m. EDT, there will be a Team Kentucky Derby Week Kick-Off at the Capitol that will host arts and crafts vendors, the Franklin County farmers market, food trucks, kids’ crafts and game stations and live music.


Vehicle Property Tax Refunds
Gov. Beshear today announced that vehicle property tax refund checks will soon be in the mail to Kentuckians who had already paid their vehicle taxes this year because their birthdays fell in the months of January, February and March. This action is estimated to save Kentucky vehicle owners more than $370 million in vehicle property taxes.


The Governor took executive action in February to immediately stop an increase in vehicle property taxes for two years, which was caused by the rising cost of used cars. As a result, vehicle owners will pay the same amount in tax in 2022 and 2023 as they paid in 2021, provided they own the same vehicle, it is in similar condition and they continue to live in the same county.


In addition to the executive action, which immediately began the refund process, the General Assembly also passed House Bill 6, which codifies the effects of the Governor’s executive order. That bill included a requirement that these refunds be issued within 90 days to eligible vehicle owners.


“Today, I’m pleased to report that we are not only meeting that deadline but are issuing them significantly faster than required due to the hard work and collaboration of many state and local agencies,” Gov. Beshear said. “This is good news for Kentucky vehicle owners who collectively are expected to save more than $370 million in vehicle property taxes.”


More than 221,000 recorded refund checks, which are scheduled to be mailed out over a two-week period, may begin going out as early as next week. Checks will be issued in batches of 25,000 per day until all the refunds for vehicle taxes paid in January, February and March have been sent. The average refund amount is expected to be between $40 to $50, depending upon the vehicle’s value.


Notices of vehicle taxes due in April through the remainder of the year already have been adjusted to reflect this rate freeze, avoiding the need for a refund to be issued.


Vehicle owners with questions can find more information on the Kentucky Department of Revenue’s website.


Team Kentucky All-Stars
Gov. Beshear said that each year, visitors from all around the state travel to Frankfort to take photos of the beautiful landscaping on our Capitol grounds, which is designed, planted and maintained by employees in the landscaping branch of the Finance Cabinet’s Department for Facilities and Support Services.


In addition to the tulips, the landscaping crew is also responsible for the seasonal designs featured on Kentucky’s one-of-a-kind floral clock, which holds 100 tons of dirt and flowers and measures 34 feet in diameter. This group of professional landscapers also maintains the Capitol rose garden and designs and cares for the variety of beautiful hanging planters and other flora that surround the Capitol.


During the height of the pandemic, they had the somber responsibility of placing thousands of flags that were planted on the Capitol lawn in remembrance of Kentuckians lost to COVID-19.


Members of the Capitol landscaping crew include: Ryan Hix, landscape manager; Shawn Purvis, landscape gardener supervisor; Kaitlin Farlee, who is responsible for the grounds at the Governor’s Mansion; Harper Smith, landscape gardener II, who has more than 40 years of experience working for the department; Erica Van Meter, landscape gardener II; and Tim Depenbrock, the long-time arborist for the department.


“Today, we recognize them for their exceptional talent and hard work by naming them Team Kentucky All-Stars,” Gov. Beshear said.


Overturned Truck Closes Parkway in Metcalfe County; One Person Injured


Edmonton, Ky. (April 11, 2022) – The Kentucky State Police investigated a 4-vehicle injury collision on the Cumberland Parkway near Edmonton on Monday night around 10:25pmCT.


The preliminary investigation indicates that a 2010 Peterbilt, being operated by 26-year-old Tavian Smith of Winchester, KY was traveling West on the Cumberland Parkway when he swerved to avoid a construction barrel in the roadway. This caused the vehicle to overturn, closing the westbound lanes of the parkway. 

A 2013 Chevrolet, operated by 17-year-old Alexus Roberson of Edmonton, KY was traveling West on the Parkway. Roberson did not see the truck & trailer had overturned, striking the truck. 


A 2015 Chevrolet ambulance, being operated by 37-year-old Tyler Abner of Albany, KY was traveling West on the Parkway with it's emergency equipment in operation and did not observe the collision, striking the two vehicles. 


36-year-old Bonnie Withers of Berea, KY was stopped to offer assistance when she was struck by the 2013 Chevrolet.


Ms. Withers was transported to T.J. Samson Hospital by Barren-Metcalfe EMS with non-life threatening injuries. 

Officer Casey Tooley investigated the collision and was assisted by other members of Kentucky State Police, the Metcalfe Co Sheriff’s Office, and Barren-Metcalfe EMS.

Adair Inmate Charged After Drugs Found in Cell

Early Thursday morning on April 14, 2022 Columbia Police were called to the Adair Regional Jail after Deputy Jailers discovered suspected narcotics within a cell.


Upon arrival, Officers observed suspected methamphetamine located within a drink top cap along with a syringe, which is believed to have been taken from the nurses station which is on hand for inmates insulin injections.


Bradley Graham, 36, of Columbia has been charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) as well as promoting contraband.


Officer Justin Cross was the investigating Officer. More charges are forthcoming.



Mark Pearson, 19, of Columbia was arrested by Deputy Perkins with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just after 10:30 last night. Pearson was charged with Speeding 26 mph or more over the Speed Limit, Reckless Driving, Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Alcohol/Substance 1st (aggravated circumstances), Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree – Police Officer and Possession of Marijuana. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Timothy Miller, 39, of Jamestown was arrested by Deputy Bunch with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just before 1:30 this morning. Miller was charged with Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operator License, Failure to Notify Address Change to Department of Transportation, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession


Sonnie Seratt, 33, of Russell Springs, was taken into custody by Trooper Sharp with the Kentucky State Police around 7:30 last evening. Seratt is charged with Failure to Appear, Citation for Misdemeanor, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (more than 2 grams of Meth) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.


Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.



The Adair County Courthouse Annex basement is open for temporary storm sheltering during tonight’s (Wednesday's) storm. Access via the main floor entry doors closest to the Public Square mailboxes.

Mike Keltner 
Adair Co. Emergency Management

RC School Board Special Called Meeting ReCap

The Russell County School Board met in Special Session this afternoon. Athletic Facilities was the main topic of discussion. Superintendent Michael Ford discussed with Wave News what took place...




Golden Alert Issued in Wayne County *UPDATED STORY*

*Mr Allen has been located in Berea and the Golden Alert is lifted* 


Kentucky State Police Post 11 is actively investigating a missing persons investigation in Wayne County. The male has been missing since April 13, 2022, around 3:30 AM.


James Ray Allen Jr., 38, of Crab Orchard, KY was last seen at his residence in Monticello at Dishman’s Personal Care Home.


Mr. Allen is described as a white male, 5’9’’ tall, weighs roughly 175 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. Mr. Allen was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue suit jacket and gray & white starter tennis shoes. Mr. Allen has disabilities.


Anyone with any information is urged to contact Kentucky State Police Post 11, London at 606-878-6622 or 1-800-222-5555.


Detective James Moore is continuing the investigation.



Charles Gaskins, 35, was taken into custody on Tuesday afternoon, on charges of Criminal Trespassing 3rd Degree and Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Radio Legend, Hot Air Balloon Enthusiast, & Best Friend to Many Dies in Car Crash

Tom McClendon, former radio DJ and Russell County native died as the result of a car crash on Highway 127 in Casey County on Monday evening. He was a good friend to many, a kind soul who loved his family, his friends, radio, and hot air balloons. You could put a microphone in front of Tom and he could talk for hours. He knew a lot about a little bit of everything.

Tom had one of the best personalities on & off air. Ask anyone who knew Tom and it doesn’t take you long to realize how well respected he was. Pre-pandemic, Tom would swing by the WAVE and visit for hours. He would sit in Jan’s office and you could hear his laugh all over the building. The last time I saw Tom was at Kroger’s in R.S. and I’m pretty certain he asked if I was keeping Larry Smith straight, and of course he already knew the answer to that lol.

I never worked with Tom, but felt like I’d known him his entire life, because that’s how he made you feel. I certainly enjoyed his old radio stories (and he had lots of them)!  
R.I.P. Tom McClendon. As they say: "Old radio dJ’s don’t die, they just fade away."
Lisa Clark


KSP Post 15 Investigates Fatal Collision In Casey County

Liberty, KY (April 12, 2022) The Kentucky State Police is investigating a 2-vehicle fatal collision that occurred on Monday, April 11, 2022 at approximately 6:13 PM south of Liberty, on US-127 near Walnut Hill Rd.

Preliminary investigations indicate that Keith McQueary, age 21, of Russell Springs, KY was operating a 2007 Scion passenger car north on US-127 when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed the centerline, striking a southbound 2008 Mercury passenger car head-on. The Mercury was operated by Tom McClendon, age 63 of Russell Springs, KY.


McClendon was entrapped in the vehicle, life-saving measures were attempted by Casey County EMS, however McClendon succumbed to injuries sustained in this collision and was pronounced deceased by the Casey County Coroner.

McQueary was transported to Casey County Hospital by EMS.


This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Matt Brumley. Tpr. Brumley was assisted on scene by other KSP personnel, Casey County EMS, Casey County Fire Dept. and the state highway department. 



Area Arrest 4-12-22

Pamela Johnson, age 32, of Russell Springs, was arrested by Deputy Meyer with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, just after 10:30 last night, on a charge of Failure to Appear, Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree and Criminal Trespass – 1st Degree.


Ronald Rose, age 42, of Eubank, was arrested by Deputy Golden with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, around 7:30 Monday Morning, and charged with Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Substance – 2nd, Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition Shoplifting, Disregarding a Stop Sign, Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle) and Operating Off Road Vehicle on Private/Public Land without Consent.


Both were lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.


Deana Lindsey, age 52, of Jamestown, was arrested by Trooper Justice with the Kentucky State Police just after 11 last night. Lindsey was charged with Possession of a Legend Drug.


Nathan Scudder, age 28, of Columbia was arrested by Deputy Perkins with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office around 10:30 last night. Scudder was charged with Criminal Trespass – 1st Degree and Resisting Arrest.


Both were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Russell County Fiscal Court ReCap

Russell County Fiscal Court met Monday night. Judge Gary Robertson tells WAVE NEWS how the court honored the late Emergency Management Director H.M. Bottom and gave details on other items on the agenda..


Adair County Fiscal Court ReCap

Adair County Fiscal Court met Monday night, Jim Liebe has details for WAVE NEWS...


National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 11-15


FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 11, 2022) – Two words to remember when approaching a highway work zone: Slow down. You could save a life, and it might be your own.


Kentucky last year recorded 1,247 crashes in construction and maintenance/utility work zones. Seven people were killed and 299 injured. Six of the seven fatalities were motorists or their passengers. Those tragic numbers compared with 905 crashes, six fatalities and 228 injuries in 2020.


“The spring and summer months are active construction seasons so you’re likely to encounter a work zone on your commute,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Speeding and driving with distractions compromises safety for both workers and motorists. Whether you’re behind the wheel or in one of the work zones, we all have an interest in exercising safe practices on our roadways.”


Monday, April 11, kicks off National Work Zone Awareness Week, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is joining other state transportation agencies to promote its importance in saving lives and preventing injuries.


A work zone is anywhere a crew member is working. Work zones can involve construction workers, maintenance workers, utility crews, mowing contractors, brush cutters and tree trimmers.

“Regardless of type, work zones are a sign to slow down and be alert,” Gov. Beshear said. “Let’s be good neighbors on the road and watch out for each other. We all have loved ones we want to see at the end of the day.”


The 1,247 work zone crashes recorded in Kentucky last year were the second-most in at least 15 years, and the number of fatalities was the highest since 2017, when 12 people died. Year after year, the great majority of victims are drivers or their passengers, and most work zone crashes in 2021 occurred in the daytime.


KYTC has an ongoing effort to increase safety in work zones through a combination of equipment innovations and training. They include temporary rumble strips, made of heavy rubber, which are portable and can be moved as a work zone advances.


They also include the use of a queue protection vehicle, also called a crash cushion, which is a large, truck-mounted shock absorber equipped with warning lights and message board. It is positioned on the shoulder of the highway, a half-mile before stopped traffic, and moves with the traffic queue.


The cabinet also plans to expand training to include a temporary traffic management planning course for project designers.


“It takes safe drivers plus safe workers to have save work zones,” KYTC Secretary Jim Gray said. “On any given day, the ‘office’ for a work zone crew may be the emergency shoulder, a grassy median or a blocked-off driving lane. These crews work in hazardous conditions every day.”


Here are tips for driving safely in a work zone:

  • Pay attention. Don’t text or talk on the phone. Keep both hands on the wheel.
  • Drive alert. Watch for speed limit reductions, narrowing lanes, changing traffic patterns and – most importantly – workers.
  • Respect posted speed limits.
  • Be patient. Driving 45 mph instead of 55 mph through a 5-mile work zone will only add 1.2 minutes to your trip. Speeding and aggressive driving are major causes of work zone crashes.
  • Keep a safe distance. Allow space on all sides of your vehicle and maintain a safe following distance. The most common type of work zone crash is a rear-end collision.
  • Respect flaggers and obey their guidance. A flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign, so a driver can be cited for disobeying the flagger’s directions.
  • Follow instructions on construction signage. Those signs are carefully selected to give drivers accurate information and important warnings.
  • Know before you go. Check out go.ky.gov or use the free WAZE app for traffic and travel information. Select alternate routes when possible. If a work zone cannot be avoided, expect delays and allow for extra time.
  • Get excited. Work zones mean crews are working to improve your commute or community.


To learn more about KYTC’s Vested in Work Zone Safety Campaign, visit | KYTC. Work zone testimonials and tips will be shared all week on KYTC’s social media accounts.


KSP Investigates Trooper-Involved Shooting in Green County


GREENSBURG, Ky. (April 11, 2022) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is investigating a trooper-involved shooting that occurred on April 9, 2022, at approximately 9:15 p.m. CDT in Green County.


The KSP Critical Incident Response Team responded to the scene, and the investigation into the incident remains ongoing. A male subject was pronounced deceased at the scene. 


No other citizens were injured during the incident.


KSP has statewide jurisdiction and investigates officer-involved shootings throughout the Commonwealth as requested by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. KSP is committed to being transparent while ensuring the integrity of the investigation. To protect the integrity of an ongoing investigation, it is KSP’s standard operating procedure not to release specific details until vital witnesses have been interviewed and pertinent facts gathered. Timelines to complete investigations vary based on the complexity of the case.




MAIL IN ABSENTEE EXCUSED voting from April 2 to May 3, (in which ballots can be mailed back to the County Clerk’s office, or returned in person, to the drop box located inside the County Clerk’s Office)


EXCUSED Voting to be held in the Russell County Clerk’s Office 6 business days immediately preceding the Thursday of no excuse in-person voting. (May 4, 5, 6, 9, 10 and 11 during regular business hours.)


Some lawful reasons to vote EXCUSED voting in the Clerk’s Office, or by Mail in Absentee:

  • Is a resident of Kentucky who is a covered voter as defined in KRS 12 117A.010, who will be absent from the county of his or her residence on the day of an election and during the days of no-excuse in-person absentee voting;
  • Has surgery, or whose spouse has surgery, scheduled that will require hospitalization on the day of an election and during the days of no-excuse in-person absentee voting; 
  • Temporarily resides outside the state, but is still eligible to vote in this state and will be absent from the county of his or her residence on the day of an election and during the days of no-excuse in-person absentee voting; 
  • Is a resident of Kentucky who is a uniformed-service voter as defined in KRS 117A.010 confined to a military base on election day and during the days of no-excuse in-person absentee voting; 
  • Is in her last trimester of pregnancy and the voter completes the form that is prescribed by the State Board of Elections, which contains a sworn statement that the voter is in her last trimester of pregnancy at the time she wishes to vote
  • Has not been declared mentally disabled by a court of competent jurisdiction and, due to age, disability, or illness, is not able to appear at the polls on election day and during the days of no-excuse in-person absentee voting; 


There will be 3 days of NO EXCUSE early voting on May 12, 13, & 14 from 9am-5pm at the South KY RECC Community Room building.


IN PERSON ON ELECTION DAY Tuesday, May 17 from 6am-6pm at one of 3 voting centers.

  1. South KY RECC Community Room
  2. The LEVEE Building behind the Courthouse
  3. Salem Elementary School


**Must Provide a Photo ID to Vote**


If you have any questions, call Janet Antle at 270-566-0135, Amy Helton at 270-566-0163, or the Russell County Clerk’s Office at 270-343-2125.




Barry Gibson, 52, of Tompkinsville, was taken into custody by Officer Cary with the Burkesville Police Department around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. Gibson was charged with Improper Equipment, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense, Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (on foot), Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, No Registration Receipt and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Columbia Man Arrested Following Police Pursuit Sunday Afternoon...

Columbia Police attempted to make a traffic stop on a 2011 orange Nissan Rogue on Sunday afternoon, April 9, 2022 after Columbia and Adair units where given an attempt to locate the vehicle by Adair 911.
Police attempted to stop the vehicle after observing it leaving the Public Square and turning onto Campbellsville Street. headed North on Highway 55. Just outside city limits, the driver turned and began driving southbound on Highway 55, back towards Columbia. That's when Columbia Police and the Adair County Sheriffs Office were able to box in the vehicle and force it to come to a stop. The male operator then exited the auto and fled on foot, leaving the vehicle in gear and striking Deputy Tracy McCarol's cruiser.
Following a brief foot pursuit, the suspect, identified as 19-year-old Jagger Rane Compton of Columbia, KY was detained and taken into custody. Compton is facing multiple charges including Fleeing and Evading Police (in a motor vehicle), Fleeing and Evading Police (on foot), Wanton Endangerment, Criminal Mischief, and Assault 3rd degree (police officer).
CPD Officer Kevin Atwood and Adair County Deputy Tracy McCarol made the arrest.

Columbia Police Arrest 2 Pulaski County Residents on Drug Charges

On Saturday night, April 9, 2022 Columbia Police Dept. Officers initiated a traffic stop on Veterans Memorial Bypass just after 11:00pmCT that resulted in both occupants being taken into custody on drug charges.
After making contact with the occupants, K9 Unit Cally was deployed and alerted on the vehicle. When the vehicle was searched, Officers located suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and cash.
  • David Hoke, 37, of Somerset was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia as well as Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (over 2 grams of Methamphetamine). 
  • Kayla Strong, 33, of Somerset was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Drug Unspecified) and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).
CPD Officers Justin Cross and Trevor Foster made the arrests.


  • Marcos Vazquez, age 27 - arrested early Sunday morning by Officer Necessary with the RSPD for DUI, No Operators License, and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage in Motor Vehicle.
  • Barbara Walters, 48, of Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday night by KSP for DUI,  Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, and No Registration Receipt. 
  • Georgianna Richardson, 66, of Jamestown- arrested on Friday night by KSP for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified), DUI, Failure to Illuminate Head Lamps, No Operators License, Failure to Notify Dept. of Transportation of Address Change, and Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container.
  • Joseph Hammond, 35, of Columbia - arrested by Jamestown Police Dept. on Friday night for Failure to Illuminate Head Lamps, Operating on a Suspended License, Possession of Methamphetamine, Failure to Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Insurance, 4 counts of Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees or Fines, and Failure to Appear.
  • Ricky Robbins, 54, of Liberty - arrested on Friday night for Criminal Mischief 2nd degree, Burglary 3rd degree, TBUT (over $1,000), Possession of Burglary Tools, and Persistent Felony Offender.
  • Robby Lovins, 48, of Russell Springs - arrested on Friday by KSP for Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration and Failure to Appear.
  • Michael Chumbley, 28, of Russell Springs  - arrested on Friday by KSP for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Appear, and No Seatbelt.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
  • Arsenio Dushawn Watts, 32, of Richmond, KY - arrested by the ACSO early Sunday morning for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol (2nd offense).
  • Bradley Gunter, 35, of Jamestown - arrested by KSP overnight (late Saturday night) for Trafficking in Heroin and Methamphetamine, Possession of marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, DUI, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.
  • Jarred Allen Scott, 34, of Owensboro - arrested by CPD on Saturday night for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Controlled Substance - 2nd offense. 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting April 11th

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular called session on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. CT  in the basement of the Adair Annex. The public is invited to attend. 










         A.) Regular Called Meeting – March 28, 2022


           A.)  SHERIFF’S REPORT 


           C.)  G.R.A.S. REPORT 

           D.)  COMMITTEE REPORTS 

           E.)  JAIL REPORT 














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A.C. Judge Exec. on HB1 – House & Senate Version of Executive Budget


By now, everyone should be aware that the current version of HB1 was delivered to Governor Andy Beshear on March 30, 2022. This is the House and Senate version of the Executive Branch budget for the next 2 years. It has been mentioned that several surrounding counties got large projects funded with specific line item projects in the budget, but Adair did not.


While this may be true, if signed by the Governor, Adair County will see a lot of benefits from this budget.  


  • There is Water Infrastructure money that will be allocated to each county based on population.
  • There is money allocated to establish an office for Broadband to focus on unserved and underserved areas. 
  • There is money allocated for aerial mapping projects for PVA’s.
  • There is money for the Rocket Docket court program.
  • There are additional positions for County Attorney’s offices to enforce Marsy’s Law for victims.
  • There are taxpayer dollars saved with assistance on county officials annual audit payments.  
  • This budget includes grant funding for County Clerks for recording equipment and election equipment.  We are working hard and are very hopeful this will be retroactive and will cover the recent purchase of our voting machines purchased earlier this year.
  • Also included is grant money for jails to apply for video arraignment equipment. If awarded, this would allow our jail to purchase equipment for a video arraignment system within the jail. This will cut down on the number of staff needed for court for not only the jail, but also the Sheriff’s department because inmates could be arraigned from the jail and not have to be transported to the judicial center by deputies and/or court security, decreasing the chance for any safety concerns moving inmates. 
  • This budget allocates an increase from $9/hr. to $15/hr. reimbursement to the Sheriff’s Office for Court Security.


One of the most significant benefits from this budget, that I assisted on and fought for, is the increase in per diem fees paid to counties for housing state inmates in our local jails. This budget increases the per diem fee by $4.00 per day per state inmate. This will be an ongoing benefit to counties, not just a one-time payment.  As of today, per jail staff, we have 66 state inmates in our local jail. If you add $4.00 per state inmate, and if we had that number every day, that is an increase of over $96,000.00 per year we could be paid from the state that would not be transferred out of our general fund budget, and your local tax dollars.


Adair County has 3 projects in the 2022-2024 Biennial Highway Construction Plan. One is addressing conditions of the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway, and two on KY N 55. We are fighting to keep a turning lane at Betty’s Country Cooking included and improve safety and mobility near Doc’s Market. We hope these two very important projects will stay in the Construction Plan.


Specific line-item projects in the state budget are submitted by your State Representative. As everyone knows, we went 3 sessions without a vote in the House of Representatives during the illness and passing of Representative John “Bam” Carney.  Representative Carney was working hard on Adair County projects. One of those was  the Adair County Courthouse. After Representative Carney’s passing, Adair County taxpayers was out over $25,000 for a special election to elect his replacement. Representative Michael “Sarge” Pollock was also on board and eager to assist Adair County. But, before he got started, redistricting took place, and we lost what I feel would have been another great State Representative.  Adair County is now in the 21st District, comprised of Adair, Cumberland, Metcalfe, and Monroe Counties, and has Representative Bart Rowland representing us. Representative Rowland is a great asset to have on the hill in Frankfort, but we didn’t have the time to work on prospective projects for Adair County by the time the redistricting took place. And, he is retiring at the end of this year. 


This is where you, the voters in Adair County, come in. We have several people running for the State Representative seat that Representative Rowland will vacate. Do your homework, talk to the candidates, see what they stand for, and if they are willing to assist local officials in getting much needed funding for Adair County.  We are already working on projects for the next budget.


I want to thank our engaged citizens, our State and Local officials and their staff, State Association employees, and anyone who has advocated and fought for all funding for Adair and surrounding counties.  I won’t stop!  I will continue working with those State and Local officials and our Associations in Frankfort, fighting for our community. We deserve those line item projects as much as anyone.


Gale Cowan

Adair Co. Judge Exec.


Structure Fire Thursday in Adair County

The Adair County Volunteer Fire Department responded Thursday at 1:16 PM to a residential mobile home fire at 3414 Allen Schoolhouse Road. Home was being occupied by Howard Grigsby.   Upon firefighters' arrival home was engulfed in flames.  There were 13 firemen on the scene for around 1.5 hours.  

Russell County Man Arrested in South Carolina for Hindering Prosecution


A Russell County man was arrested in South Carolina by Myrtle Beach Police.


92.7 The Wave has learned that 48-year-old Matthew Joel Gosser of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Monday, April 4, 2022 at 12:55 a.m. for Interference/Hindering an Officer in Serving a Warrant on a wanted person that was riding in Gosser's vehicle at the time of the arrest. Gosser was lodged in the Myrtle Beach South Carolina Jail.

(Information in this story presents only one side of the case. The individual has been arrested but not convicted.  This information does not infer or imply guilt of any actions or activity other than their arrest.)

Team Kentucky Update; Gov. BeShear Signs "Bella Dawn Streeval Bill" Into Law


FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 7, 2022) – Today Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development, new legislation, COVID-19, the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast and the Easter celebration at the State Capitol. He also named Kentucky State Police (KSP) Cadet Class 101 as Team Kentucky All-Stars.


New Jobs and Investment
Over the past week, Gov. Beshear announced 212 new Kentucky jobs and $100 million in private investment in the commonwealth.


“As many of you know, last year we shattered every economic development record in the books and the progress continues,” Gov. Beshear said. “We continue to see wonderful opportunities with new companies picking us for the biggest investments in their history, and employers already in Kentucky showing confidence that they can do so much more.”


F&E Aircraft Maintenance LLC (FEAM AERO), a provider of aircraft maintenance and engineering services, will locate a new three-bay hangar at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport,  creating nearly 250 full-time positions, including at least 124 Kentucky-resident jobs, with a $40.2 million investment.


“The hangar helps us build economy of scale, builds our staff base and allows us to invest in additional capabilities to benefit our customers,” FEAM COO Wayne Sisson said. “Any man or woman who has any interest in aviation, we invite you to become part of a phenomenal industry and the FEAM team.”


The Governor shared news of the Bardstown Bourbon Co.’s distillery expansion in Nelson County, a $28.7 million investment that will create 29 full-time jobs and increase the operation’s annual capacity by approximately 55,000 barrels.


G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Inc. will invest $8.9 million toward a new facility in Maysville, creating approximately 73 jobs, with at least 45 of those positions allocated to Kentuckians.


Augusta Distillery LLC’s new operation in Bracken County, a $23 million investment, will create 14 quality jobs for Kentucky residents.


Governor Signs Bills Into Law
Joined by lawmakers, Gov. Beshear signed five pieces of legislation recently passed by the General Assembly. The bills will become law on their effective date.


House Bill 564 ensures that Kentucky’s expansion of voting options continues. Last year, while other states were restricting voting, Kentucky expanded it by adding early voting days. This bill requires that early, in-person voting is available for at least eight hours between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday prior to an election. 


“This ensures the early days are real. With normal hours where people can vote,” Gov. Beshear said.


This bill won bipartisan support in the General Assembly, is supported by the State Board of Elections and continues the work from last session – when Kentucky was one of few states working to expand access to voting – to make it easier for Kentuckians to vote. The Governor thanked Secretary of State Michael Adams for being a good, bipartisan partner in these efforts.


Rep. Josh Branscum said: “Kentuckians are very fortunate to have safe and secure elections. While there is still work to be done, we have taken great strides to ensure they are conducted in a safe, secure and honest manner. This is due to the diligence of our election officials across the commonwealth and the passage of legislation such as House Bill 564 by the General Assembly. We will never stop in continuing to build upon the work that we have done over the past few years, as we advance towards our goal of becoming a leading in election integrity and security.”


Senate Bill 10 helps colleges and universities that face barriers to expanding their nursing programs. This bill addresses key issues in Kentucky’s nursing pipeline and aims to eliminate some of the barriers nurses face when practicing or attempting to practice in Kentucky.


Sen. Robby Mills said: “It is important that Kentucky has quality nursing care that will meet our future needs. SB10 is a big step forward in ensuring that our commonwealth’s health care systems have the nurses to meet our citizens health needs now and in the future.”


Senate Bill 105, or Bella Dawn Streeval’s Law, will help newborns, children and families by increasing awareness and screenings for the cytomegalovirus (CMV), a virus that can cause childhood deafness and other health challenges. Unfortunately, most CMV infections are not diagnosed without newborn screening, resulting in missed opportunities for needed care. Bella Dawn Streeval passed away two years ago today after suffering from CMV.


Bella Dawn’s mom, Sarah Streeval, said: “Two years ago today, I held my baby girl for the last time as she struggled to take her last breath. I held my breath waiting to see if there would be another. My world ended two years ago today, but little did I know that there would be new doors that would open. Bella’s Law unfortunately doesn’t change anything for our sweet Bella, but it just may be that her spirit will be living on inside of other little ones who are affected by this law. Bella Dawn truly is changing the world.”


Sen. Max Wise said: “I cannot thank the entire Streeval family enough, as well as all of the families from across the commonwealth who have collectively advocated and helped make this legislation and bill signing in honor of Bella Dawn possible. Today shows what persistence, collective efforts and compromise can do to put legislation into law. Bella’s Law will be able to provide infant screenings and educational information to expectant mothers and families in an effort to raise CMV awareness across the commonwealth. I also want to thank the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Sarah Roof with KY Hands & Voices, as well as Rep. Deanna Frazier Gordon for their hard work and collaboration. While I never got to personally meet Bella, her imprint and legacy on this earth will live on forever with this law, and I could not be prouder.”


Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Executive Director Virginia Moore said: “The fight came from the families. I think we all have that in us. We can make change, it happens and it’s so important. CMV is something that we need to educate all doctors about and I think with this bill we can do that.”


House Bill 494 provides regulatory oversight of the student education loan servicing industry in Kentucky for the first time. Student education loan servicing has become a significant issue, with billions of dollars in outstanding debt nationwide. About 600,000 Kentuckians have outstanding federal student loans. This legislation empowers the Department of Financial Institutions, or DFI, with the tools to protect consumers here before harm occurs. Under this bill’s provisions, DFI will be able to address unlicensed activity and prohibit deceptive acts and practices. It also provides for enhanced penalties for any violations involving the military, public servants and older borrowers.


Rep. Deanna Frazier Gordon said: “For many Kentuckians, attending a college or university is only possible by receiving a student loan. However, repayment of the loan can be a burden once the individual completes their education in Kentucky. There is currently over $19 billion in outstanding student loan debt with over 600,000 Kentuckians owing student debt. This bill will allow Kentucky to have the regulatory authority over these loan companies to ensure they comply with statute and treat borrowers fairly.”


Rep. Patti Minter said: “I’m proud to be a cosponsor of House Bill 494, which incorporates ideas I first introduced as part of the Student Loan Borrowers Bill of Rights – long-overdue ideas such as requiring careful oversight of student loan processors and cracking down on predatory practices. While there is more work to be done to make paying for a college education as safe, affordable and transparent as possible, this bipartisan bill is an important milestone in our work to protect each and every borrower.”


House Bill 525 codifies an existing program administered by the Department for Medicaid Services, which requires Medicaid reimbursement for certain services provided by certified community health workers (CHW). It also establishes a formal CHW certification program and requires the Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program to reimburse for certain services provided by CHWs.


Rep. Kim Moser said: “Having health insurance, whether Medicaid or private coverage, doesn’t always equate to getting preventative care or care for chronic disease management, sending people to the emergency room, lengthy hospital stays and even premature death. HB 525 will provide a network of Community Health Workers, a system of navigation helping people access health care and improving health outcomes across the state.”


Gov. Beshear Vetoes Unconstitutional House Bill 9
Gov. Beshear vetoed House Bill 9, which he said is unconstitutional. The bill would send taxpayer dollars to charter schools that have boards that are not elected by or answerable to the people, and that are not required to comply with the same controls and accountability measures as traditional public schools.


“My administration has always been an education-first administration. I am a proud Kentucky public school graduate,” Gov. Beshear said. “My teachers helped prepare me for this job and this world. I owe them so much. So I deeply and personally believe that we should be investing in our public schools and our educators. The answer to concerns about the performance of public schools is to help them and fund them – not to bleed them out.”


Click here to read the Governor’s veto message on House Bill 9.


COVID-19 Update
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said the state’s COVID-19 community level map is the best it has ever been, with 114 green/low incidence rate counties, six yellow/medium incidence rate counties and zero red/high incidence rate counties.


Dr. Stack said state leaders will stay vigilant in our monitoring the omicron BA.2 variant, but regardless of any new variant, Kentuckians know what they need to do to best protect themselves from COVID-19:

  • Keep up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots; and
  • Follow the community level map at kycovid19.ky.gov and adjust behaviors accordingly.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for older people and certain immunocompromised individuals:

  • Anyone 50 or older is eligible for a second Pfizer or Moderna booster four months after their most recent dose; and
  • People 12 and older for Pfizer, and 18 and older for Moderna, with substantial immunocompromising medical conditions are also eligible for a second booster four months after their most recent dose. This determination is between a healthcare professional and a patient.


“Everyone should get your first booster. For the second booster, I recommend you consult your health care professional to help make your decision,” Dr. Stack said.


There is now only one authorized monoclonal antibody in most of the country – bebtelovimab. The state currently has enough to meet demand in Kentucky.


Two oral antivirals, molnupiravir and paxlovid are now available at many Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, and Kroger pharmacies. Physicians, nurse practitioners or physician assistants can prescribe these to eligible patients.


Gov. Beshear Invites Kentuckians to Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, Easter Celebration
On April 13 at 7:30 a.m. EDT, Gov. Beshear will host his first Governor’s Prayer Breakfast on the State Capitol’s South Lawn. State leaders from all three branches of government will join religious leaders to recognize Kentuckians living their faith through service to others. The Ukrainian Pentecostal Church of Lexington choir will perform and Oscar Tshiebwe, University of Kentucky men’s basketball player, SEC Player of the Year and National Player of the Year, will deliver the keynote speech. A limited number of tables are still available for purchase in advance at $200 each; please call 859-338-0072 or email swhitely@ncfgiving.com for more information. Individual tickets will be sold at the door if space allows.


On April 16, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. EDT, the Governor will host a prayer service and Easter egg hunt for Kentucky families on the State Capitol Terrace. This event is free to attend.


“After such a difficult two years, these celebrations are going to mean even more, and I can’t wait to enjoy them with my family and with so many other Kentucky families,” Gov. Beshear said.


Team Kentucky All-Stars
Today Gov, Beshear recognized KSP Cadet Class 101 as Team Kentucky All Stars, after their graduation from the agency’s basic training academy March 25. With 71 cadets, Cadet Class 101 was the largest KSP basic training academy graduating class since 2014.


“These 71 men and women completed 24 weeks of some of the most intense training they will probably ever receive, all so they can respond to emergencies and provide assistance when their fellow Kentuckians are facing some of the darkest days of their lives,” Gov. Beshear said. “No matter the emergency facing the commonwealth, KSP shows up, all while continuing to answer countless calls for service to assist Kentuckians who are afraid and in danger. Let’s all commit to these 71 cadets that as one state – working together – we will be their keepers and show them support and gratitude for their service to our great commonwealth.”


Adair Man Injured in Rollover Collision

On Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 12:02pmCT, Adair 911 received a call of a single vehicle rollover collision with possible motorist ejection on Montpelier Road, approx. 10 miles east of Columbia.


The preliminary investigation shows that 20-year-old Issac Green of Columbia was traveling west on Montpelier Rd when he dropped off the right shoulder, struck an earth embankment and overturned, resulting in Green being ejected from the auto.

Isaac Green was treated on scene by Adair EMS then transported to TJ Health Columbia for additional treatment.


The collision was investigated by Deputy Gary Roy who was assisted on scene by the Columbia-Adair County Fire Dept and Adair EMS.



Russell & Cumberland County Women Arrested on Drug Charges

Joy Patterson, 42, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Officer Parish with the Russell Springs Police Department just after 10:30 last night. Patterson was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Heroin). She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Kristin Cooper, 36, of Burkesville was arrested by Deputy Daniels with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday night. Cooper was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Heroin), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excludes alcohol), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Heroin), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Offense (Carfentanil or Fentanyl Derivatives), and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified). She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.



The Russell County Hospital Board of Directors will have a Special Called Meeting on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 4:00pmCT at the Duo County Broadband Boardroom.



1.  Consider, with possible action, granting authorization to Dr. Richard Miles to sign contracts on behalf of Russell County Hospital as may be necessary prior to May 1, 2022 to meet Medicaid requirements.

2.  Consider, with possible action, the issue of staff coverage and compensation in Radiology Department 

3.  Consider, with possible action, the issue of payment for current managers, who are salaried employees, for extra shifts worked in Emergency Room

4.  Consider, with possible action, the issue of coverage for Steve Aitken for at least 6 weeks

5.  Consider, with possible action, the issue of ongoing plumbing work and dates of work

6.  Consider, with possible action, the issue of hospitalist vacancy as of August 31, 2022 and possible compensation package for new hospitalist

7.  Consider, with possible action, purchase of new refrigerator which houses blood bank within the hospital

8.  Adjourn


Jamestown Residential Fire Wednesday


The Jamestown Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on Tuesday night at the 3000 block of South Highway 619 in Jamestown to a home being rented by Lela Russell. Firefighters discovered heavy smoke throughout the structure, with the fire contained to a utility room in the rear of the home. The home sustained light fire damage and heavy smoke damage throughout.


The Jamestown Fire Dept. was assisted on scene by the South Russell Fire Department. The Russell Springs Fire Department was on standby. Firefighters were on the scene just over an hour and a half.


RC Clerk's Office Closed Friday

The Russell County Clerk’s Office will be closed this FridayApril 8th for a state-wide election training meeting. 


KY 90 in Cumberland County Temporarily Reduced to 1 Lane Next Week

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 advises motorists that the KY 90 bridge (mile point 14.1) over the Cumberland River in Burkesville will be temporarily reduced to one lane next week as crews perform routine bridge inspections.


The lane closures are scheduled to take place Tuesday, April 12, and Wednesday, April 13, starting at approximately 8:30 a.m. CT each day. Both lanes will be open during the evening and overnight hours. Temporary traffic signals will be in place on the east and west bound approaches for the lane closure. 

The dates and duration of the lane closures 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.



Michael Janes, 34, of Columbia was taken into custody by Trooper Sagrecy on Tuesday night. Janes was charged with Rape, 3rd Degree.


Also arrested on Tuesday was Karen Spears, 48, of Burkesville. She was arrested by Officer Durbin with the Columbia Police Department and charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition (Shoplifting under $500) and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Meth).


Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Columbia City Council Meeting Recap

Councilman Mark Harris and Mayor Pamela Hoots spoke with Jim Lieb following this weeks Columbia City Council meeting...




Derek Brown, 32, of Columbia was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on Monday by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office for Assault, 1st Degree – Domestic Violence and for being a Persistent Felony Offender. 


  • Matthew Duggar, 32, of Russell Springs was arrested on Monday by the RCSO for TBUT (Auto).
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
  • Christopher Dale Harvey, 37, of Columbia - arrested by KSP on Monday afternoon for Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Offense (Methamphetamine) and Probation Violation (for felony offense).
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. 


Kassie Burton, 33, of Russell Springs was arrested by Deputy Tweedy with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just after 4:30 this morning. Burton was charged with Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence Substance – 1st, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, 1st Offense, No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, License to be in Possession, and Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.




  • Christopher Smothers, 38, of Russell Springs - arrested on Sunday morning by KSP for Operating a Vehicle with Expired Operators License, DUI, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Operators License in Possession, and Failure to Appear.
  • Frederick Katon, 28, of Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday evening by the ACSO for Fleeing or Evading Police and was served 3 Bench Warrants for Court. 
  • Demetrias Matherly, 28, of Bethelridge, KY - arrested by RSPD on Thursday evening for Strangulation 2nd degree, Assault 4th degree, and Wanton Endangerment 2nd degree. He was also arrested for Probation Violation (for a Technical Violation).
  • Augustus Crank, 24, of Jamestown - arrested by KSP on Thursday for 2 counts of Assault 4th degree (with minor injuries).

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
  • Harold Bruce Willis, 23, of Columbia - arrested early Saturday morning by the ACSO for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol.
  • Chance Teron Mitchell, 24, of Stanford, KY - arrested on Friday by KSP for Speeding, Reckless Driving, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, and Failure to Surrender Revoked Operators License.
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


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