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Local News Archives for 2022-07

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Flooding Recovery Efforts, Deaths FEMA individual assistance approved for five counties so far; at least 19 shelters open for displaced Kentuckians

 

EASTERN KENTUCKY, Ky. (July 31, 2022) – Gov. Andy Beshear today updated Kentuckians on rescue and recovery efforts in flood-stricken Eastern Kentucky and related deaths from the flooding. The Governor also announced the beginning of an application process for individual disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

 

“We are still focused on meeting the immediate needs of providing food, water and shelter for thousands of our fellow Kentuckians who have been displaced by this catastrophic flood,” Gov. Beshear said. “At the same time, we have started on the long road to eventual recovery.”

 

The Governor toured the flood-damaged area today with stops in Hazard (Perry County), Leburn (Knott County), Hindman (Knott County) and Whitesburg (Letcher County). He said 359 survivors are being temporarily sheltered at 15 shelters and at two state parks and campgrounds. Shelter sites can be found at governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

 

Death Toll Continues To Rise
Gov. Beshear announced today that the death toll from the devastating floods has now risen to 28. Deaths by county are as follows:

  • Breathitt County: 6
  • Clay County: 2
  • Knott County: 15, including 4 children
  • Letcher County: 2
  • Perry County: 3

 

Individual Assistance Available in Five Counties
Today, FEMA announced that renters and homeowners of Breathitt, Clay, Knott, Letcher and Perry counties who were affected by the severe storms, flooding and mudslides that began July 26 may apply for individual disaster assistance.

 

Gov. Beshear said he expects additional counties to qualify for individual assistance as FEMA teams continue to assess the damage: “I fully expect more to be added as was the process in responding to December’s tornadoes.”

 

Applications can be filed online at disasterassistance.gov, by calling 800-621-3362 or by using the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service. To learn more, see the full release.

 

The Governor said it will be important when applying for assistance to have some critical information in hand, including:

  • A current phone number where you can be contacted;
  • Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying;
  • Your Social Security number;
  • A general list of damage and losses;
  • Banking information if you choose direct deposit; and
  • If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name.

 

Survivors with homeowners, renter’s or flood insurance should file a claim as soon as possible. FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If your policy does not cover all your damage expenses, you may be eligible for federal assistance.

 

Take photos to document damage and begin cleanup and repairs to prevent further damage. Remember to keep receipts from all purchases related to the cleanup and repair.

 

In addition to multiple state and federal agencies, Missouri Task Force 1 has been activated by FEMA to assist with response.

 

“Once the team arrives at their destination, the task force will prepare for whatever mission they may be assigned,” the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management said in a statement.

 

“These missions could include water rescues, wide area search, targeted searches or even humanitarian welfare checks.”

 

Travel trailers are being delivered and connected to utilities for emergency sheltering. Seventeen have been delivered to Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Floyd County with 13 more expected by the end of the day. One has been delivered to Mine Made Adventure Park in Knott County with five more expected. Information will be forthcoming for those who may be in need of these temporary shelters.

 

Missing Persons
Kentucky State Police is responding and actively searching for missing people.

  • If you wish to report a missing loved one in the counties of BreathittPerryKnottLetcher or Leslie counties, contact Post 13 Hazard at 606-435-6069.
  • If you wish to report a missing loved one in the counties of MagoffinJohnsonMartinFloyd, or Pike counties, contact Post 9 Pikeville at 606-433-7711.
  • If you wish to report a missing loved one in the counties of JacksonOwsley, or Lee counties, contact Post 7 Richmond at 859-623-2404.
  • If you wish to report a missing loved one in the counties of Wolfe or Morgan counties, contact Post 8 Morehead at 606-784-4127.
  • If you wish to report a missing loved one in Harlan County, contact Post 10 Harlan at 606-573-3131.
  • Please note phone lines are extremely busy right now. It may take a while to get through.
  • A command staging area has been established at the Hazard Armory for emergency personnel only. The public should not travel to the affected areas until emergency personnel gives the all-clear.

 

Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund
As of July 31 at 10 a.m. EDT, there have been 8,935 donations to the Team Eastern Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund, totaling $1,121,426.80.

 

To donate, visit TeamEKYfloodrelieffund.ky.gov.

 

Water Outages

  • Twenty-two water systems have limited operations due to power outages and storm damage.
  • Approximately 27,000 service connections are without water.
  • Approximately 40,000 service connections are under a Boil Water Advisory.
  • Communication has been established with all impacted drinking water systems.
  • All drinking water systems are reporting to be operational.
  • Seventeen wastewater systems have limited operations, primarily due to flooded infrastructure and are experiencing discharges from portions of their systems.

 

Previous Updates
On Thursday, Gov. Beshear declared a State of Emergency due to severe flooding in Eastern Kentucky. To learn more about the Governor’s initial response to Eastern Kentucky floods, see Thursday’s Team Kentucky Update release.

 

Early Friday morning, Gov. Beshear updated Kentuckians via video message on the historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky and his administration’s response.

 

To view the Governor’s full briefing and release from later Friday morning, click here.

 

Friday afternoon the Governor announced that President Biden had approved his request for a federal disaster declaration for 13 Eastern Kentucky Counties. To learn more about the federal declaration and to read additional updates on the response to the flooding, click here.

 

To learn more about the federal disaster declaration, see Friday’s release from the White House.

 

To see Saturday’s full release on the floods’ rising death toll, continued search and rescue efforts, the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund, flood resources, FEMA assistance and more, click here.
 

Adair Man Arrested for Assaulting Jail Staff

 

On Sunday morning, July 31, 2022 officers with the Columbia Police Department responded to the Adair County Regional Jail shortly after midnight after a reported altercation between an inmate and staff. 

 

The male inmate was said to have created a brief disturbance within the jail before a physical altercation with a male Deputy Jailer, which resulted in the employee sustaining minor injuries before the inmate was subdued. 


Adam Harris, 25, of Columbia has been charged with assault 3rd degree on a corrections employee, a class D felony. Harris has been lodged in the Adair Regional Jail since July 27th after being charged with tampering with a monitor device, also a class D felony. 

Officer Trevor Foster was the investigating Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Justin Cross and jail staff.

 

Columbia City Council Meeting 8/1/22

 
The Columbia City Council will have a Regular Called Meeting on Monday, August 1, 2022 at 6:00pmCT at City Hall.
 
AGENDA
ROLL CALL
OPENING PRAYER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 
 
lST ITEM: MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF JULY 18, 2022 SPECIAL CALLED
MEETING
 
2ND ITEM: APPROVAL OF SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER SERVICE CONTRACTS
 
3RD ITEM: OFFICIAL NAME OF PARK ON BURKESVILLE STREET PARK
 
MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS 
COUNCIL COMMENTS
CITIZENS COMMENTS
MOTION TO ADJOURN REGULAR CALLED MEETING
MOTION
 

Weekend Arrest 7/31/22

 

  • Charles Goff, 57, of Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Saturday morning for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree.

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Columbia Boil Water Advisory Lifted

 

As of 1:22 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2022 the boil water advisory for customers starting at 8593-10365 Hwy 55 South and Short Cut Rd has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.
 

Gov. Beshear: Death Toll from Eastern Kentucky Floods Rises as Search and Rescue Efforts Continue

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 30, 2022) – Today, Gov. Beshear updated Kentuckians on his administration’s response to catastrophic flooding in Eastern Kentucky.

 

“We continue to pray for the families who have suffered unfathomable loss,” the Governor said. “We also pray for the first responders. This mission has been especially challenging, and what they are experiencing firsthand is tremendously stressful and difficult. We thank all those involved for their tireless efforts.”

 

Fatalities
There have been 25 confirmed fatalities in five counties: four in Breathitt County; two in Clay County; 14 in Knott County (10 adults and four children); two in Letcher County; and three in Perry County.

 

The Governor announced that contributions to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fundwill first go to paying for each flood victim’s funeral.

 

Rescues
At least 1,432 Kentuckians have been rescued by first responders from Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.

  • The Kentucky National Guard rescued 404 individuals by aircraft.
  • The Tennessee National Guard rescued 224 by air.
  • The West Virginia National Guard rescued 36 by air.
  • Nineteen people and two dogs have been rescued by boat by the Kentucky National Guard.
  • Kentucky State Police has assisted or is assisting in 624 water rescues.
  • Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has assisted in 125 water rescues.

"We are so grateful to all those responders, and a special thank you to the Governors and the Guard of Tennessee and West Virginia,” Gov. Beshear said.


Missing Persons
Kentucky State Police is responding and actively searching for missing people.

  • If you wish to report a missing loved one in the counties of BreathittPerryKnottLetcher or Leslie counties, contact Post 13 Hazard at 606-435-6069.
  • If you wish to report a missing loved one in the counties of MagoffinJohnsonMartinFloyd, or Pike counties, contact Post 9 Pikeville at 606-433-7711.
  • If you wish to report a missing loved one in the counties of JacksonOwsley, or Lee counties, contact Post 7 Richmond at 859-623-2404.
  • If you wish to report a missing loved one in the counties of Wolfe or Morgancounties, contact Post 8 Morehead at 606-784-4127.
  • If you wish to report a missing loved one in Harlan County, contact Post 10 Harlan at 606-573-3131.
  • Please note phone lines are extremely busy right now. It may take a while to get through.
  • A command staging area has been established at the Hazard Armory for emergency personnel only. The public should not travel to the affected areas until emergency personnel gives the all-clear.


Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund

  • As of 10:30 a.m. EDT on July 30, 5,673 donors have contributed $684,668 to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund.
  • To donate, visit TeamEKYFloodReliefFund.ky.gov.
  • To learn more about the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund, see the press release on its launch.

 

Flood Resources
Gov. Beshear is compiling a list of resources for those impacted by flooding at governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

 

Sheltering
State Parks

A total of 142 people are being temporarily housed at Kentucky State Parks:

  • 138 people are staying in temporary housing at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, occupying 36 rooms and two cottages, with eight people staying in the campground. Rooms are fully booked, but campgrounds are available.
  • Four people are staying in temporary housing in campers at the Paintsville State Park Campground.
  • Pine Mountain State Resort Park has six rooms available.
  • Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park is still without power. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has projected the road should be accessible within 4-5 hours. The Energy and Environment Cabinet is currently working on water issues at the park.


Emergency Shelters
For an up-to-date list visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources. If you have been impacted by the recent flash floods, please call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).

 

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Response

  • FEMA search and rescue teams are engaged in rescue operations in Kentucky. Additional teams and personnel will be activated as needed.
  • Eighteen tractor trailer truckloads of water are being provided to the state of Kentucky for flood survivors.
  • Fourteen counties and three cities have declared a state of emergency: Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Wolfe counties; and the City of Beattyville, the City of Paintsville and the City of Salyersville.

 

Power Outages

  • There are more than 18,000 power outages currently being reported. Restoration should mostly wrap up tonight in Johnson, Magoffin and Martin counties.
  • Customers in Floyd and Pike counties should be 95% restored by Sunday night.
  • Restoration will continue into next week in Breathitt, Knott, Letcher and Perry counties.

 

Water Outages

  • According the Emergency Response Branch Division of Waste Management, 18 wastewater systems are under limited operations, primarily due to flooded infrastructure. Three wastewater plants are experiencing bypasses.
  • Nineteen water systems have limited operations due to power outages.
  • There are 26,480 service connections without water.
  • There are 29,214 service connections under Boil Water Advisory.
  • Three drinking water systems are not operational.
  • Breathitt County Water District: 3,245 service connections without water.
  • Fleming-Neon Water Company: 1,402 service connections without water.
  • Jackson Municipal Water Works: 2,329 service connections without water.

 

Panbowl Lake Dam

  • River water is down 10 feet. Leaks are almost negligent.
  • The situation is no longer dangerous or hazardous.
  • KY 15 is open and all barricades have been removed.

 

Natural Gas

  • 135 customers in Hindman are without natural gas service due to flooding. Frontier Gas had to shut off system in Jackson to due to flooding of regulator stations that are under 10 feet of water.
  • There are 635 customers there without gas and no restoration will start until water recedes could be next week.

 

Road and Bridge Closures

  • The road into Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park – KY Route 1883 – could be reopened later today. Crews began working this morning to replace a washed-out pipe.
  • At least 10 bridges remain closed in Knott, Letcher, Perry and Pike counties. A full assessment of bridge and road damage cannot be completed until flood waters fully recede.
  • All state routes are reopened in Clay County. Highway crews cleared approximately 100 rock and mud slides in the Manchester highway district and have so far replaced or repaired about a dozen highway culverts. KYTC crews are turning their attention to helping Clay County crews clear and reopen county roads in Oneida-Bullskin area.
  • Crews also are busy clearing roads in the Pikeville highway district and assessing damage to their own equipment and facilities.
  • KYTC is also engaged in hauling water and other supplies and in locating temporary trailer housing for displaced families.
  • About 100 travel trailers that were purchased for tornado victims in western Kentucky, and which have been decommissioned and cleaned or were never deployed, are being delivered to eastern Kentucky by contract haulers. KYTC personnel from the Paducah district are flying in to assist with trailer installation.

 

Previous Updates
On Thursday, Gov. Beshear declared a State of Emergency due to severe flooding in Eastern Kentucky. To learn more about the Governor’s initial response to Eastern Kentucky floods, see Thursday’s Team Kentucky Update release.

 

Early Friday morning, Gov. Beshear updated Kentuckians via video message on the historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky and his administration’s response.

 

To view the Governor’s full briefing and release from later Friday morning, click here.

 

Friday afternoon the Governor announced that President Biden had approved his request for a federal disaster declaration for 13 Eastern Kentucky Counties. To learn more about the federal declaration and to read additional updates on the response to the flooding, click here.

 

To learn more about the federal disaster declaration, see Friday’s release from the White House.
 

Congressman Rogers Announces Expedited Federal Disaster Declaration

 

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) announces President Joe Biden has approved a federal disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, expediting federal resources for flood relief efforts in Eastern Kentucky. 

 

"Even as search and rescue efforts continue, this expedited disaster declaration from the President means federal assistance will be immediately available to help our people in Eastern Kentucky," said Congressman Rogers, Dean of the U.S. House of Representatives. "The work ahead is daunting for our communities and federal assistance will be critical for the long-term recovery process. I am grateful for the strong support of the entire Kentucky Federal Delegation in raising Governor Beshear's prompt request to the President's immediate attention. As we address the crises in each county, I will work diligently to ensure federal assistance is maximized for our communities."

 

According to the President's major disaster declaration, "federal funding is available to the commonwealth and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures in the counties of Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike, and Wolfe. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for the entire commonwealth."

 

Damage assessments are continuing in other areas, and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed.

 

Lake Cumberland Unemployment Numbers

 

Kentucky unemployment rates fell in 119 counties between June 2021 and June 2022 and remained the same in Robertson County, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet.
 

County CLF EMP UNEMP June22 May21 June21
Adair 7,136 6,776 360 5.0% 3.9% 6.3%
Casey 6,814 6,538 276 4.1% 3.4% 4.9%
Cumberland 3,424 3,314 110 3.2% 2.5% 4.2%
Green 5,333 5,119 214 4.0% 3.3% 4.9%
Metcalfe 3,925 3,724 201 5.1% 4.5% 6.5%
Russell 6,237 5,896 341 5.5% 4.5% 6.6%
Taylor 12,596 12,097 499 4.0% 3.3% 4.9%
 

Area Arrest 7-29-22

Joshua Arnold, age 39, of Florida, was arrested by Deputy Staten with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, just before 10 last night. Arnold was charged with Public Intoxication Controlled Substance (excludes alcohol), Resisting Arrest, Possession of Marijuana and Possession Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense (Opiates).

 

Chad Teague, age 48, of Columbia, was arrested by Deputy Hitch with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office around 7:30 last evening. Teague was charged with Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree.

 

Both men were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Area Arrests 07/28/22

 

  • Paul Thomas Mills, 55, of Russell Springs - arrested on Wednesday afternoon for Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence) and Failure to Appear. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
  • Joshua Bradshaw, 44, of Columbia - arrested by KSP on Thursday afternoon for Receiving Stolen Property over $1,000. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Gov. Beshear Opens Online Portal for Donations to Help Victims of Flooding in Eastern Kentucky

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 28, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear opened an online portal for donations to flood victims at TeamEKYFloodReliefFund.ky.gov. The website will allow Kentuckians once again to help their neighbors in a time of desperate need.

 

“I wish I could tell you why we keep getting hit here in Kentucky. I wish I could tell you why areas – where people may not have that much – continue to get hit and lose everything. I cannot give you the why, but I know what we do in response to it. And the answer is: Everything we can,” Gov. Beshear said. “Today, we’re giving everyone that opportunity to help through the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund.”

 

Donations can be made at TeamEKYFloodReliefFund.ky.gov. The funds will be used to provide long-term relief to individuals directly impacted by this historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky. These donations can help with food, shelter and other necessities of life and supplement emergency funds that come into the area.

 

Money collected through the donation site will not be used for administrative costs. Credit card and treasury fees may apply.

 

After Western Kentucky’s devastating tornadoes in December 2021, people came together and raised $52 million through more than 150,000 donations to help survivors with their long-term recovery.

 

If you would like to donate items toward immediate relief in Eastern Kentucky, contact your local shelter, Red Cross or United Way. Immediate needs include water and cleaning supplies.

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update Focused on Flooding Response

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 28, 2022) – Today, following a morning briefing on the state’s response to devastating flooding in Eastern Kentucky overnight, Gov. Andy Beshear’s Team Kentucky update focused on the ongoing rescue and recovery efforts. 

 

The Governor also updated Kentuckians on new economic development growth and the dedication of a memorial highway honoring the service of Cpl. Jacob M. Moore, a Boyd County Marine. He also named everyone working to help aid the counties affected by recent flash flooding in Eastern Kentucky as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Eastern Kentucky Flood Update
Earlier today, Gov. Beshear declared a State of Emergency due to severe flooding in Eastern Kentucky. To view updates shared during the Governor’s 9:30 a.m. briefing, click here.

 

During the 12:30 p.m. Team Kentucky Update, the Governor urged those in Eastern Kentucky to remain weather-aware as additional rain is expected through the day with more possible throughout the weekend.

 

“This is an ongoing, natural disaster. We are in the midst of it and for some places, it is going to continue through tonight with the possibility of more rain in the days to come,” said Gov. Beshear. “We urge everyone to continue to take precautions to keep yourself and others safe.”

 

Gov. Beshear noted that he reached out to West Virginia’s governor, and they are sending two aircraft with hoist capabilities to aid rescue efforts. He also spoke with the federal government, and there will be a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) response team on the ground by tonight in Eastern Kentucky.

 

The Governor also confirmed the loss of three Kentuckians, adding, “Unfortunately, we expect the fatality number to rise to double-digits, which is heartbreaking and something we rarely see. This is going to take time.” 

 

If Kentuckians have a missing loved one in Breathitt, Knott, Letcher or Perry counties, please do not call 911. Instead, call Kentucky State Police Post 13 directly at 606-435-6069 or your local law enforcement agency. Please note phone lines are extremely busy right now and it may take multiple calls to get through.

 

The adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Haldane B. Lamberton said, “The Governor alluded to the aircraft that the Kentucky National Guard currently has working in the area. We’ve got three UH-60 Black Hawks that are hoist capable, meaning they are actively engaged with picking up people off the rooftops. We’ve also been in contact with the adjutant general out of Tennessee. They are also providing helicopters with hoist capabilities. Is this just meeting the need that we’re tracking right now? No. It’s striving to get ahead of what we anticipate the need to be.”

 

He added, “The Governor also mentioned that we’ve got what we call ‘zodiac boats.’ This is an inflatable, rigid boat that’s often used in swift water response and rescue efforts. The Department of Fish and Wildlife have some of their boats and crews currently engaged with it. We are going to augment their efforts. We are bringing folks down from the airwing that’s based out of Louisville right now. If you look up over you, you might see that those are going to be airlifted underneath our helicopters.”

 

Gov. Beshear Launches Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund
Today, Gov. Beshear launched the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund for families impacted by the historic flooding. These funds can help with food, shelter and other necessities of life and supplement any emergency funds that come into the area.

 

“I wish I could tell you why we keep getting hit here in Kentucky. I wish I could tell you why areas – where people may not have that much – continue to get hit and lose everything. I cannot give you the why, but I know what we do in response to it. And the answer is: Everything we can,” Gov. Beshear said. “Today, we’re giving everyone that opportunity to help through the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund.”

 

The website for donations is now live at TeamEKYFloodReliefFund.ky.gov.

 

Donations may be made through the online portal, and there are additional instructions on the website about how to pay with a check. Monetary donations are the priority at this stage, but when we turn to in-kind donations, the priority will be water and cleaning supplies.

 

Economic Development Update
“Today we are going to need to support those who are living through the unimaginable at the moment, and at the same time celebrate the companies that are investing in us and creating a brighter future for our families,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Today, the Governor highlighted five economic development projects that are investing $655 million in the commonwealth and creating 496 jobs.

 

Gov. Beshear announced Hydro Aluminum Metals USA LLC, a producer of recycled aluminum products, will invest $15 million and retain up to 56 full-time employees at its Henderson plant. Hydro’s investment will support two projects simultaneously, including the installation of a new homogenization furnace to improve the facility’s ability to meet specifications within the growing U.S. automotive market.

 

“This is a very exciting investment for us at Hydro, but more importantly, it’s an exciting announcement for Henderson,” said Duncan Pitchford, head of product supply and joint venture offtake for Hydro. “We’re making an investment in Henderson that will allow us to produce advanced products to serve the growing automotive market.”

 

The Governor announced another major investment in Kentucky’s bourbon industry as Beam Suntory will expand the capacity of Jim Beam Brands Co. with a $400 million investment that will create more than 50 full-time jobs at the Booker Noe Distillery in Boston.

 

Gov. Beshear announced continued growth of the commonwealth’s manufacturing sector as O-I Glass Inc. will invest $239 million toward a new glass bottle manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, creating 140 high-wage jobs for Kentucky residents.

 

On Wednesday, the Governor joined officials from Louisville and Purem by Eberspaecher representatives to celebrate the opening of the automotive supplier’s Louisville operation, which is expected to create close to 250 quality jobs and will serve as the company’s seventh site in the United States.

Gov. Beshear announced a $500,000 state grant, paired with a local match from the Berea Industrial Development Authority, to provide $1 million in upgrades at the Mayde Road Industrial Park in Madison County.

 

The Governor also announced that KY Innovation, the entrepreneurship office within the Cabinet for Economic Development, will be participating in the 20th annual Lexington Minority Business Expo as a presenting sponsor. The exposition, which will be held next week, brings together minority and women business owners to network, learn about new opportunities and create growth plans.

 

Dedication of Highway Signs Honoring Boyd County Marine
Gov. Beshear, along with state and local officials, joined the American Legion in Boyd County on Monday to dedicate the “Corporal Jacob M. Moore, USMC Memorial Highway” and honor the life of the local Marine and service to our country. Moore, 24, of Catlettsburg, died March 19 in a military aircraft crash while on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps in Norway.

 

Team Kentucky All-Star
Gov. Beshear named everyone working to help aid the counties affected by flash flooding as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. He thanked Emergency Medical Services, paramedics and firefighters; Kentucky State Police; Local police and emergency responders; Kentucky National Guard members; Community support providers; Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife staff; Kentucky Division of Emergency Management staff; Kentucky Transportation Cabinet staff and anyone working to help.

He said these heroes are working around the clock on the ground to save lives.

 

“Kentuckians are good, strong people. We are always there for one another. Right now, we have people putting themselves in harm’s way to help other people.” Gov. Beshear said. “If you are out there helping your fellow human being right now, you are a Team Kentucky All-Star. We appreciate you, we love you and we need you.”

 


There will be a watch party for GREAT DAY LIVE RUSSELL COUNTY edition on Friday, July 29, 2022 at Key Twin Cinema in Russell Springs. This event is FREE and is open to the public. The show will begin at 9:00amCT and is an hour in length. 

 

GREAT DAY LIVE was in Russell County on June 24th, 2022 and highlighted several locations throughout the area. Hope to see you on July 29th at 9:00 am at Key Twin Cinemas!
 

KSP Investigates Fatal in Pulaski County

 

Nancy Ky. (July 26, 2022) - At approximately 2:12pmET on Tuesday, Kentucky State Police (London Post) responded to a 3-vehicle collision that occurred on the Cumberland Parkway in Pulaski County. This accident resulted in one fatality. 
 

The initial investigation indicates that a 2002 Buick Park Avenue, operated by Michael A. Fillmore, 41, of Hemet, CA was traveling west on the Parkway, when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed into the path of a 2002 Ford Ranger operated by Roy C. Nicholas, 19, of Nancy, KY. The third vehicle in the collision was a 2015 Freightliner operated by William V. Galloway, 40, of Charlette, TN. The commercial vehicle that Galloway was operating was struck by both of the other vehicles.

 

As a result of the collision Michael A. Fillmore suffered fatal injuries, Fillmore was pronounced deceased by the Pulaski County Coroner’s office. The other parties involved in the accident were treated for minor injuries and released. An autopsy is scheduled for Fillmore in Frankfort at the State Medical Examiner's office.

 

KSP Post 11 Trooper Shane Bowling is continuing the investigation. He was assisted at the scene by Post 11 and Post 15 personnel, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Pulaski County SRT, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Eubank Fire Department, and the Pulaski County Coroner’s office.
 

*UPDATE* - KSP Conducting Assault Investigation in Marion County; Two Suspects Arrested

 

LEBANON,KY (July 26, 2022) - The arrest warrant for Assault 1st Degree on Edwin Riley has been served. Riley has been arrested and lodged in the Shelby County Detention Center.  Chrissy Rogers has also been located.

 

"Second Release"

LEBANON, KY (July 26, 2022) - The Kentucky State Police continues the investigation this incident.  An arrest warrant has been issued for Edwin Riley for Assault 1st Degree.  At this time, the arrest warrant for Riley is still outstanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Suspect: Edwin Riley)

 

*Original Release*

LEBANON, KY (July 25, 2022) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) received a call from Marion County Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance with a shooting in the Gravel Switch community.

 

On Friday morning, July 22, 2022 at approximately 10:18 A.M. EST, KSP troopers responded to KY 337 and learned that one male had been shot. The preliminary investigation revealed that Edwin Riley, age 45 of Harrodsburg, had discharged a firearm, striking the male victim. The male victim was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. 

 

As a result of the preliminary investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Riley for Assault 1st Degree. At this time, the arrest warrant for Riley is still outstanding. Riley is also believed to be in the company of Chrissy Rogers, age 31 of Lebanon. Rogers is also being sought by KSP for questioning in regards to the incident.

 

The case remains under investigation by Detective Zach Scott.  Det. Scott was assisted by other KSP Troopers and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.  Anyone with information regarding this investigation or the whereabouts of either Edwin Riley or Chrissy Rogers are urged to call the Kentucky State Police Post 15 at either 270-384-4796 or 1-800-222-5555 or by using the KSP application on an electronic device.

 

KSP Conducts Assault Investigation in Marion County


LEBANON, KY (July 25, 2022) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) received a call from Marion County Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance with a shooting in the Gravel Switch community.


On Friday morning, July 22, 2022 at approximately 10:18 A.M. ET, KSP troopers responded to KY 337 and learned that one male had been shot. The preliminary investigation revealed that Edwin Riley, age 45 of Harrodsburg, had discharged a firearm, striking the male victim. The male victim was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. 
 

As a result of the preliminary investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Riley for Assault 1st Degree. At this time, the arrest warrant for Riley is still outstanding.  Riley is also believed to be in the company of Chrissy Rogers, age 31 of Lebanon. Rogers is also being sought by KSP for questioning in regards to the incident.


The case remains under investigation by Detective Zach Scott. Det. Scott was assisted by other KSP Troopers and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.  Anyone with information regarding this investigation or the whereabouts of either Edwin Riley or Chrissy Rogers are urged to call the Kentucky State Police Post 15 at either 270-384-4796 or 1-800-222-5555 or by using the KSP application on an electronic device.

Summer Cooling Assistance Underway


Enrollment is now underway for the 2022 LIHEAP Summer Cooling Subsidy and Crisis program.

 

Applications are being accepted now through September 30, 2022 or until all funds are depleted. Qualified residents can apply at the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency.

 

For more information about LIHEAP and other resources available call 270-343-4565, 800-456-3452, or visit www.CAPKY.org.

 

Area Arrests 7-26-22


Donnie Branham, 41, of Burkesville, KY was arrested by Deputy Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office just after 10 last night. Branham was charged with Failure to Wear Seat Belts, Drug Paraphernalia-Buy Possession, Possession Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 3rd or GREATER Offense (Meth), Operating Motor Vehicles under Influence Substance – 3rd, Possession Controlled Substance, 3rd  Degree- Drug Unspecified and Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container 1st Offense.

 

Randall Dishman, 33, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody on Monday afternoon by Deputy Perkins with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office. Dishman was charged with Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO and Stalking 1st Degree.

 

Both men were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail

Adair County Fiscal Court Recap 7-25-22


The Adair County Fiscal Court met last evening

 

Jim Lieb covered the meeting for WAVE NEWS and files this report with County Judge Gale Cowan... 

 

 

Russell Springs Boil Water Advisory 7/25/22

 

There is a Russell Springs Boil Water Advisory in effect for the area of Patty Ridge Road off Highway 127 starting at  361 down to 1368. The advisory was issued due to a water main being hit. Boil all water used for drinking and cooking for at least 3 minutes until further notice.

Man Arrested After Pursuit on ATV Sunday Morning


Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that Deputy Corey Meyer attempted to stop an ATV on Sunday Morning 7/24/2022 at 10:25amCT on East Hwy 619. The operator of
the ATV, James Richard Goins, 35, from the Pleasant Hill - Apple Lane area of Russell County, was arrested and charged with the following offenses.


#1 All terrain vehicle operations
#2 Reckless Driving
#3 Assault 3rd Police Officer
#4 Resisting Arrest
#5 D. U. I. Controlled Substance
#6 Disorderly Conduct 1st Degree
#7 Possesion of Marijuana
#8 Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree 1st offense Methamphetamine
#9 Fleeing or Evading Police  2nd Degree Motor Vehicle
#10 Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd Degree on Foot
#11 Attempted Escape 2nd from Russell County Hospital and
#12 Possession of Controlled Substance 3rd Degree Drug Unspecified


Deputy Corey Meyer is heading up the investigation. He was assisted on scene by Deputy Nathan Bradshaw and Russell Springs Police Officer Kyle Wilson. Also assisting were Chief Tim Pierce, Chief Deputy Jerry Melton, and Sheriff Derek Polston.


The case will be presented to a Russell County Grand Jury where more charges are expected. Goins was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Local School Resource Officers Complete Training


Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) announced that 29 law enforcement officers from agencies across the commonwealth assigned to specific school campuses graduated the sixth School Resource Officer (SRO) III Training. Local graduates include:

 

  • Anthony B. Darnell, Columbia Police Department
  • Jordan D. Buis, Liberty Police Department
  • Troy G. Young, Russell County Sheriff's Office
  • Clete P. McAninch, Russell Springs Police Department
  • Jackie A. Grider, Russell County Sheriff's Office

Columbia-Adair Boil Water Advisory Lifted 7-22-22

 

As of 3:01 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 2022 the boil water advisory for customers starting at 911-3416 Milltown Church Rd and all side roads in between has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.
 

Adair Man Airlifted After Motorcycle Collision on KY 92


On Thursday, July 21, 2022 at approximately 8:21pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office responded to a vehicle vs. motorcycle accident on Montpelier Road near the Russell-Adair County line. 

The preliminary investigation indicates that Patrick Loy, 32, of Columbia, KY and a passenger, Cara Pemberton, 34, of Russell Springs, KY were traveling toward Russell County on a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Whitney Coe, 30, of Columbia, KY was traveling from Russell County towards Columbia on  Montpelier Road in a 2014 Ford Edge. Mr. Loy attempted to make a left turn onto Old Montpelier Road and as Ms. Coe’s vehicle neared the rise, she was unable to avoid the motorcycle that was in her lane resulting in a head-on collision. 

 
The operator and passenger of the motorcycle were treated on scene by Adair County EMS for their injuries. Patrick Loy was transported to T.J. Health Columbia and then airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital. The passenger, Cara Pemberton, was transported by private vehicle to Russell County Hospital; Coe was not injured.
     
Deputy Chandler Staten is continuing the investigation and was assisted on scene by Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch, the Columbia-Adair County Fire Dept. and Adair EMS.
 

Transportation Department Announces Waterline Placement in Pulaski County that will Effect Traffic on Highway 80


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be reducing KY 80 at Fishing Creek Bridge in Pulaski County to one lane next week due to waterline placement. The lane closure will be in place beginning Monday, July 25 through Thursday, July 28, 2022 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Temporary traffic signals will be in place on the east and west bound approaches for the lane closure. Lane width will also be reduced.

 

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.

 

Adair Fire Dept. Responds to Structure Fire


The Adair County Volunteer Fire Department responded to a residential house fire at 11:31pmCT on Wednesday night at a residence at 131 Pear Tree Lane owned by Dean Adams.
 

According to Columbia Magazine, the fire appears to have been caused by a lightning strike and firefighters were able to control the fire quickly. The home sustained moderate damage.
 

There were 12 firemen on the scene for approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.

 

Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman Releases More Details on Vehicle Theft Arrest


A stolen vehicle has been recovered by the Adair County Sheriffs Office.


On April 11, 2022 a 2011 Jeep Patriot SUV was reported stolen from the Millerfield community of Adair County. On July 19, 2022 the investigation led Sheriff Josh Brockman and Deputy Tracy McCarrol to a location on Sano Road where the vehicle was discovered and seized behind a barn in the edge of some woods.

 

As a result of the investigation, Arron Wilkerson, 31, of Adair County was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on felony charges of receiving stolen property over $1,000 but less then $10,000.

 

Deputy Gary Roy is lead investigator and was assisted by Deputy Tracy McCarrol and Sheriff Brockman.

 

Taylor County SPCA Pet Food Giveaway July 26th

 

The Taylor County SPCA, in conjunction with KY HSUS and CHEWY, are bringing much-needed complimentary pet food and supplies to the pet families of Central KY!

Pickup will be from 10amCT/11amET until 5pmCT/6pmET on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at the Campbellsville National Guard Armory, 1503 East Broadway, Campbellsville, KY.

Please note that this is for pet owners only, and only those from Adair, Casey, Green, Hart, Marion, Taylor, and Washington Counties.

 

Dairy Appreciation Picnic Today in Adair County


Dairy Farmers, dairy farm families, and anyone involved with the dairy industry are invited to attend a Dairy Farmer Appreciation Picnic at Noon today at the Adair Co. Extension Office located at 409 Fairgrounds St. in Columbia.

As we celebrate National Ice Cream Month, we thank you for all you do to provide milk and dairy products for us all to enjoy!

If you have any questions and to RSVP, please email djones@thedairyalliance.com or call/ text 270-970-4790.

 

Area Arrest 7-21-22


Elbert Loy, 60, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody by Deputy Tweedy with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office and charged with Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO.

 

James Inman, 53, of Burkesville, KY was arrested by Deputy Long with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday afternoon. Inman was charged with Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol), Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree and Indecent Exposure, 2nd Degree.

 

Cynthia Tuuhetoka, 47, of Burkesville, KY was arrested by Deputy Daniels with the Cumberland County Sherriff’s Office last evening. She was charged with Drinking Alcoholic Beverage in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense), Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense), Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree and Menacing.

 

They were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Monroe County Man Arrested in Adair County on Felony Drug Charges

 

On Saturday, July, 16, 2022, Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman received a call of a suspicious vehicle on Bull Run Road, 2 miles east of Columbia. Sheriff Brockman and Deputy Derek Padgett located the vehicle, a 2013 black Dodge Avenger, and initiated contact. The operator appeared under the influence during the roadside investigation. A field sobriety test was conducted by Deputy Padgett and as a result, 31-year-old Shawn Nuckols of Tompkinsville, KY was placed under arrest for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs. It was also found that he was operating on a suspended drivers license for 3 prior DUI's. Upon taking him into custody, pills and suspected methamphetamine were found concealed in Nuckol's belt line.


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

  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of a controlled substance 3rd degree (pills)
  • Possession of prescription controlled substance not in original container
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs 4th offense
  • Operating on a DUI suspended license and
  • No insurance

 

Deputy Padgett was assisted by Sheriff Josh Brockman.

 

New Cigar Business Opens in Russell Springs


A new cigar shop/cigar lounge, The Smoke Hour, has opened in Russell Springs. Owners are Jon Stephens and Travis Stringer.
 

Russell Springs Mayor Eddie Thomas and the City of Russell Springs held a news conference on Tuesday welcoming them to the community. The owners shared what inspired the new business...

 

 

 

2 People Arrested on Criminal Abuse Charges (Victim under 12 years old)


Dakota Jones, 27, of Russell Springs was arrested by Officer Parish with the Russell Springs Police Department early Tuesday morning. Jones was charged with Criminal Abuse 1st Degree - Child 12 or Under.

 

Darren Jones, 28, of Russell Springs was also taken into custody and charged with Criminal Abuse 1st Degree - Child 12 or Under, Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees or Fines and Failure to Appear. Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Announcement of New Business in Russell Springs


The city of Russell Springs will be holding a news conference introducing a new business to the city.

 

Mayor Eddie Thomas has asked the news media to be at his office (City Hall) for an 11:30amCT announcement. A new cigar shop/cigar lounge, "The Smoke Hour", has opened in Russell Springs. Owners are Jonn Stephens and Travis Stringer, both from Russell County.
 

WAVE NEWS will be there and have details on Wednesday’s local news.

 

Two Upcoming Columbia Planning & Zoning Board Public Hearings July 28th

 

The City of Columbia Planning and Zoning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 6:00pmCT at City Hall. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider the following:
 
  • Request for zone change from R2 (Low- Moderate Density Residential) to C2 (Highway Oriented Commercial) for lots located at 707 Bomar Heights, 709 Bomar Heights and 711 Bomar Heights. The purpose is to resell the property as commercial. Property is owned by Bobby Bowe.
 
The City of Columbia Planning and Zoning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 6:10pmCT at City Hall. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider the following:
 
  • Request for zone change from R2 (Low- Moderate Density Residential) to C2 (Highway Oriented Commercial) for lots located at 821 Burkesville Street (PVA Map # 000-05-03-026.01) and 823 Burkesville Street (PVA Map # 000-05-03-026.00). The purpose is to resell the property as commercial. Property owned by Bobby Bowe.
 

Special Columbia City Council Meeting July 18th

 
There will be a Special Called Meeting of the Columbia City Council on Monday, July 18, 2022 at 11:30amCT at City Hall.
 
AGENDA:
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
OPENING PRAYER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE AMERICAN FLAG
 
1ST ITEM:  MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF JULY 5, 2022 REGULAR CALLED MEETING 
 
2ND ITEM:  APPROVAL OF SCHOOL RESORCE OFFICER CONTRACT WITH THE ADAIR COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION.
 
3RD ITEM:  REQUEST TO APPLY FOR A KY DEPT. OF LIBRARY & ARCHIVES LOCAL RECORDS GRANT FOR ELECTRONIC RECORDS FOR POLICE DEPARTMENT. 
 
4TH ITEM:  APPROVAL OF BID FOR INSTALLATION OF SPLASH PAD AT CITY PARK.
 
5TH ITEM:  APPROVAL OF BID FOR THE PURCHASE OF A TRACTOR.
 
6TH ITEM:  APPROVE OF BID FOR PURCHASE OF 4 POLICE VEHICLES.
 
7TH ITEM:  APPROVAL OF BID FOR CLEANUP AT BURKESVILLE STREET PARK
 
8TH ITEM:  MOTION TO PROCEED WITH PARTNERSHIP WITH COLUMBIA -ADAIR UTILITES DISTRICT FOR TRAILTOWN EXPANSION SITE.
 
MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
COUNCIL COMMENTS
CITIZENS COMMENTS
MOTION TO ADJOURN
 

Columbia-Adair Boil Water Advisory 7/17/22

 

Date Issued:  7/17/2022

Time Issued:  8:00 am
 


 A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia-Adair Utilities District for customers at 1068-3649 Portland Rd and all side roads in between, Flatwoods Rd, Kemp Rd. and Bill Handy Rd. The advisory has been issued due to a main line break. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality. For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.
 

Weekend Arrests 7/17/22


Jerry Wood, 53, of Elizabethtown  - arrested early on Saturday morning by CPD for No Registration Receipt, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Driving on a DUI Suspended License, and was served 3 Warrants for other police agencies.

 
Shawn Nuckols, 31, of Tompkinsville - arrested on Saturday afternoon by KSP for Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, DUI, Failure to Maintain Required Insurance, Possession of Methamphetamine 2nd Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container.
 
Nicholas Flatt, 34, of Columbia - arrested by ACSO on Saturday night for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excluding alcohol).
 
Gerald Ray Beckner, 44, of Burkesville - arrested by the ACSO early Sunday morning for Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Christina Stockton, 41, of Burkesville - arrested by the CCSO early Sunday morning for Possession of Methamphetamine 2nd Offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 
Walter Peatross, 60, of Jamestown - arrested early Sunday morning by Fish & Wildlife for Operating a Boat while Intoxicated, Operating a Motorboat in a Reckless Manner, and Indecent Exposure.
 
Jacob Glover, 31, of Jamestown - arrested by the RCSO on Saturday night for 4th degree Assault (Domestic Violence), Assault 3rd degree (Police Officer), Strangulation 1st degree, Menacing, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, and Criminal Mischief 2nd & 3rd degree.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Gov. Beshear Signs Bills Promoting Better Health Care in Kentucky

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 15, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear joined state lawmakers and health care advocates in the Capitol Rotunda to ceremonially sign six bills that provide Kentucky families with better access to health care.

 

The bills the Governor signed support lung cancer screenings and community health workers, and they improve access to dental care, mental health benefits, stroke care and medication.

 

“One of the reasons I became Governor is because I believe health care is a basic human right. I believe that government should do everything possible to make sure people have access to health care no matter where they live, no matter how old or young they are, no matter how much money they have,” Gov. Beshear said. “Every Kentuckian should be able to get health care for themselves and for their families.”

 

First, the Governor signed House Bill 219, sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser of Taylor Mill, which establishes a lung cancer screening program in the Kentucky Department for Public Health. The bill also sets up a lung cancer screening fund and a Lung Cancer Screening Advisory Committee, in order to catch the disease earlier.

 

“We worked really hard to get this bill through and it passed unanimously,” Dr. Mike Gieske, a primary care doctor with St. Elizabeth Healthcare, said. “We are going after cancer with lung cancer screening, even what we find in the late stages. There is a tremendous amount of hope. We can make a big difference.”

 

“Kentucky Medical Association is thrilled to see House Bill 219 officially signed into law,” KMA Executive Vice President Patrick Padgett said. “Kentucky currently has the highest incidence rate of lung cancer in the U.S. and consistently ranks at the top of the list in lung cancer deaths. This legislation will increase lung cancer screening, reduce the state’s morbidity and mortality from lung cancer, reduce the cost associated with treatment and raise public awareness regarding the benefits of screening. Lung health is a top priority for KMA members, and we thank the physicians who advocated tirelessly for this bill, as well as its sponsor, Rep. Moser, for helping see this important legislation cross the finish line.”

 

Second, the Governor signed House Bill 525, which provides funding and other support for community health workers who work primarily in underserved communities. Community health workers help Kentuckians make the best possible health care decisions. They advise people on matters such as how to deal with chronic illness and assist them in learning about preventive care services.

 

“It is a step toward making a statewide system of navigation to improve access to health care,” Rep. Moser said. “We have expanded Medicaid, yet there are still people who are not accessing care for a variety of reasons. We know that our community health workers are those individuals who can really connect the dots for individuals who are struggling.”

 

Next, the Governor signed House Bill 237, co-sponsored by Rep. Moser and Rep. Lisa Willner of Louisville, which increases the number of mental health professionals able to treat patients, particularly in underserved areas. The bill also adds cultural and social training requirements for psychologists so they can better understand all the factors that influence their patients’ decision-making, particularly when it comes to issues related to health and quality of life.

 

House Bill 237 follows two other mental health bills signed by the Governor last month: House Bill 127, which expands access to assisted outpatient treatment, and House Bill 562, which promotes mental health care for first responders.

 

“Thank you to Gov. Beshear, thank you to everybody that’s here today, thank you to Rep. Moser for this really important bill to expand health care access to make it easier to attract and retain psychologists across Kentucky,” Rep. Lisa Willner said. “As we have opened up access to mental health care through telehealth, it is so important that psychologists across the state have strong training and cultural determinants of health and social determinants of health, and that’s what this bill does.”

 

Today, Gov. Beshear also signed House Bill 370, sponsored by Rep. Derek Lewis of London. This bill addresses the need for greater transparency when it comes to dental health benefits by helping Kentuckians better manage their coverage and costs and preventing insurance companies from misleading patients.

“We’ve been seeing some insurance companies misleading patients about what’s covered, and about how their coverage works when it comes to dental health,” Gov. Beshear said. “This bill addresses those bad practices and it expands access to dental health for Kentuckians.”

 

Following House Bill 370, Gov. Beshear signed another bill improving health care in Kentucky, Senate Bill 55, sponsored by Senator Donald Douglas of Nicholasville, helps more Kentucky hospitals earn the formal designation of “certified stroke center,” which will allow for patients with stroke emergencies to be directed to the most qualified hospital faster. This will enhance stroke care and prevention throughout Kentucky.

 

“Heart disease and stroke affects everyone. It touches all of our lives” Dr. D.P. Suresh, executive medical director of the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Heart & Vascular Institute, said. “For the people of the commonwealth, these measures today are really going to benefit their lives.”

 

The final bill Gov. Beshear signed today, Senate Bill 140, sponsored by Senator Max Wise of Campbellsville, pertains to the health insurance practice of step therapy. Step therapy is the insurance company practice that requires doctors to prescribe the lowest-cost medicine from the insurance company’s approved list, rather than the medication the doctor thinks is best. If that medication is ineffective, the clinician is then required to prescribe the medicine with the next step up in price, and so on. The process of step therapy can lead to a lot of needless suffering for Kentuckians.

 

Senate Bill 140 requires insurers to allow patients and doctors to choose which medications are best for treatment, rather than automatically having to start with the least expensive medication.

 

“Kentucky now joins more than two dozen states that have enacted legislation to put common sense patient protections into the step therapy practice,” Senator Wise said. “This new law will help ensure that patients and their health care providers will have a clear, transparent and timely process particularly when it comes to medically recommended for a patient to receive a step-therapy exception request.” 

 

Columbia City Hall Computers Down July 20-22 Due to Upgrade

 

Columbia City Hall’s computer systems will be down Wednesday, July 20 through Friday, July 22, 2022 due to a system upgrade. During this time, they will be unable to accept payments. Columbia City Hall apologizes for the inconvenience.

 

 

Recent Rains Improved Drought Level in the Area

Recent rains have helped conditions for Russell and Adair County to improve from Moderate Drought (D1) to Abnormally Dry (D0), according to this week's U.S. Drought Monitor report.

 

With more rain in the forecast on Sunday and Monday those level could continue to improve.

Area Arrest 7-15-22

Chad Wierzcki, age 42, of Jamestown, was taken into custody around 9 last evening. He was charged on a Warrant from Another Polcie Agency.

 

Daniel Murphy, age 18, of Columbia, was arrested by Deputy Staten with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just after 8:30 last night. Murphy was charged with Custodial Interference.

 

Richard Major, age 42, of Somerset was taken into custody by Officer Durbin with the Columbia Police Department just after 7 last evening. Major was charged with Speeding 15 mph over the Speed Limit, Driving on a DUI Suspended License -1st Offense and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.

 

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

Russell County School Board Meeting July 18th

 

Russell County Board of Education Meeting Notice/Agenda - Monday, July 18, 2022 at 5:00 PM at the Russell County Schools Auditorium/Natatorium Complex (Room 114).

 

AGENDA

1. Pledge of Allegiance/Prayer

2. Call to Order

3. Roll Call

4. Adoption of Agenda

5. Public Comments

6. Consent Agenda A. Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes B. Payment of Bills C. School Activity Fund Reports D. Treasurer's Monthly Report-June 2022

7. 2022-2023 Student Code of Acceptable Behavior and Attendance Policy

8. Out-of-State and/or Overnight Trips

9. Contracts/Memorandum of Agreements

  • Adanta
  • Physical Therapy Services w/ Kristen Brents
  • Branscum Construction Company, Inc. (Construction Management for Russell County Schools Athletic Facility Upgrades)
  • AGE Engineering Services, Inc. (Professional Engineering Services for Russell County Schools Athletic Facility Upgrades)
  • Brookside Counseling
  • Second Mile Behavioral Health
  • Somerset Mental Health

10. Personnel Reports

11. Public Comments

12. Adjournment

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 14, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development, a decrease in gas prices and state real property taxes, the highest annual growth rate in decades, tips to ease the burden of rising costs for Kentuckians, Western Kentucky tornado recovery, work to address the water shortage in the city of Marion, the new 988 mental health crisis lifeline, Christmas in July events for families impacted by December tornadoes and COVID-19. He also announced Ada Limón, the 24th U.S. poet laureate, as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Star.

 

Economic Development
Today, the Governor highlighted two economic development projects in the commonwealth, totaling over $2.5 million in investment, which will create 50 full-time jobs.

 

Gov. Beshear congratulated Advanced Handling Systems LLC, a Hy-Tek Material Handling company and leader in full-service integration of automated fulfillment and distribution products, on the grand opening of its newly renovated innovation space in Erlanger yesterday. The innovation lab is a catalyst for 35 new, high-wage jobs with a more than $500,000 investment.

 

The Governor also announced leaders at Accuride Corp., a manufacturer of wheels, wheel ends and braking components for commercial and passenger vehicles, are investing in the company’s Henderson County facility with a $2 million commitment, creating 15 well-paying jobs for Kentucky residents.

 

Decrease in Gas Prices
Today the Governor shared good news with Kentuckians, as U.S. gas prices have seen nearly a 50-cent drop over the last month, with a 4-cent-per-gallon drop since just yesterday in Kentucky. The average price for gas in Kentucky is 32 cents lower than the national average of $4.605 at $4.285, according to AAA.

 

The Governor highlighted the average price drops over the past month in the following areas:

  • 57 cents in Bowling Green;
  • 45 cents in Covington;
  • 69 cents in Elizabethtown;
  • 57 cents in Henderson;
  • 50 cents in Hopkinsville;
  • 34 cents in Lexington;
  • 45 cents in Louisville; and
  • 70 cents in Owensboro.

 

While prices are still higher than usual, the Governor shared a story from John Hicks, the current state budget director and incoming executive cabinet secretary, that stuck with him: “‘When you watch inflation, it’s like a rocket coming up and a feather coming down.’ We’re certainly seeing that in a couple of areas, including gas prices, as those prices start to decrease. While these silver linings can give us hope, we must still acknowledge these are tough times. This is why my administration is committed to doing everything we can to help Kentuckians save money.”

 

To see a full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to provide Kentuckian’s relief from high gas prices, click here.  

 

State Real Property Tax Decrease
In more positive news for Kentuckians, Gov. Beshear shared that the state real property tax rate has decreased, dropping from 11.9 cents to 11.5 cents per $100 assessed value. The Kentucky Department of Revenue is required by statute to set the real property tax rate each year by July 1. This is the second annual decrease in the real property tax rate – the only two years the rate has decreased since 2008.

 

The Governor said, “I want Kentuckians to know, we’re watching and we know the property you own has gone up in value. That’s why we’ve cut the state property tax rate for real estate to try to help out. To ensure your bill isn’t going up significantly and hopefully, for many of you, it is in fact going down.”

 

The drop in the state rate may also help mitigate an increase by other local taxing districts.

 

Highest Annual Growth Rate in 31 Years
Gov. Beshear said that Kentucky’s record-breaking economic momentum continues this week as the state’s fiscal year 2022 General Fund receipts grew at the highest rate in 31 years. On Monday, the Office of State Budget Director reported 14.6% growth over last year and noted that General Fund receipts totaled $14.7 billion, exceeding the budgeted estimate by $945.4 million. This is the second-highest revenue surplus ever – surpassed only by last year’s record amount – and the budget surplus is expected to be even higher once the books are closed on spending later this month.

 

“We’re seeing more jobs and better wages for Kentuckians, which allow more people to put food on the table and live the lives they want and deserve,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

The Governor also noted that, once the books are closed later this month, the state’s Rainy Day fund is expected to reach almost $2.7 billion. When Gov. Beshear took office, that fund was at $129 million. Read more here.

 

Helping Kentuckians Save
Gov. Beshear continued to share resources for Kentuckians across the commonwealth to save money. Two new recourses the Governor added today are the Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program and a resource to help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan costs. The Governor also announced a one-stop website where individuals can access all the resources at governor.ky.gov/tipstosave.

 

Gov. Beshear Announces Additional $12 Million for Western Kentuckians
Today, the Governor announced an additional $12 million from the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund to assist individuals impacted by the December 2021 tornadoes with specific unmet needs. This assistance is targeted at long-term recovery and will be managed with the assistance of local long-term recovery groups (LTRGs).

 

Eleven local LTRGs sought assistance from the fund. They will collect and evaluate the needs of their community members and submit individuals’ needs to the Public Protection Cabinet. This collaboration will ensure that funding efforts are not duplicated and that those still in need of life essentials are getting assistance. Survivors wishing to apply for this assistance can contact their local LTRG. Contact information is available here.

 

Helping the City of Marion Address Water Shortage
The Kentucky Emergency Operations Center, the Kentucky National Guard, the Division of Water, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the City of Marion and the private sector are coordinating daily to bring bottled and raw water to the city and to find short- and long-term solutions to the water emergency.

 

Leak detection and repair crews have identified and fixed waterlines, saving an estimated 100,800 gallons of water per day. The engineering will be done to complete a water connection from the City of Marion to the Sturgis Water Co., which will meet more of the city’s water demand.

 

The Kentucky National Guard is continuing to distribute bottled water to those in need. To date, the guard has handed out more than 398,000 bottles of water provided by the state and through donations.

 

The volume of raw water hauled to Marion has increased to 120,000 gallons per day. That capacity will increase in the coming weeks. Additionally, a secondary source of raw water has been identified and the Kentucky Division of Water has confirmed the water quantity and quality are sufficient to meet water hauling needs.

 

988 Suicide and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline
Gov. Beshear said this upcoming weekend, Saturday, July 16, the easy-to-remember three-digit mental health crisis hotline, 988, will operationally launch in the commonwealth.

 

The move is part of a nationwide departure away from the 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 800-273-8255, which remains available during the changeover to help those in need.

 

The 988 number will soon connect Kentuckians facing thoughts of suicide, mental health distress or an addiction crisis with compassionate and trained counselors who can help. The lifeline is available 24/7 and councilors respond to calls, chats or text messages from those seeking help as well as from Kentuckians who are concerned about a loved one who may need crisis support.

 

The Governor said that the state has been working diligently to implement the new number, which has been called the “911 of mental health.”

 

“My administration has always prioritized mental health the same as physical health,” Gov. Beshear said. “And with the launch of 988, we have made it easier for Kentuckians to reach out and get the assistance they need and deserve.”

 

The Governor plans to join mental health partners at a news conference Monday at the Capitol to officially launch 988.

 

Governor and First Lady Celebrate Christmas in July with Tornado-Impacted Families
Gov. Beshear said this week marks seven months since the historic December tornadoes that killed 81 Kentuckians and caused serious destruction in communities across 200 miles.

 

“I still remember when we were all trying to process the destruction from the tornadoes, and Britainy called me while walking the dog and said, ‘They don’t have any presents.’ And I said, ‘You mean they lost their Christmas presents?’ and she replied, ‘No, they lost all their presents, Andy,” Gov. Beshear said. “And from there Britainy put together what I think is the most successful toy drive this world has ever seen, in just two weeks.”

 

Starting last Friday, the Governor and First Lady celebrated Christmas in July with six Kentucky communities that were impacted by the tornadoes:

  • Campbellsville in Taylor County;
  • Bowling Green in Warren County;
  • Bremen in Muhlenberg County;
  • Dawson Springs in Hopkins County;
  • Mayfield in Graves County; and
  • Benton in Marshall County.

 

The Governor noted a similar event will soon be held in Caldwell County. During these events, the Governor also presented six checks to the following communities to support high-speed internet expansion and improvements at local parks:

  • In Bowling Green, he presented $1,885,000 to South Central Telecom for high-speed internet expansion in Edmonson and Warren counties;
  • In Dawson Springs, he presented $13,827,320 to the Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative for high-speed internet expansion in Caldwell, Christian, Lyon, Todd and Trigg counties;
  • Also in Dawson Springs, he announced the selection of the city for a $100,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant for improvements at Dawson Springs City Park;
  • In Mayfield, he presented $4,650,880 to Gibson Connect to high-speed internet expansion in Carlisle, Fulton, Graves and Hickman counties;
  • In Marshall County, he presented $3,365,704 to the West Kentucky Rural Telephone Co-op Corporation for high-speed internet expansion in Calloway and Marshall counties; and
  • In Marshall County, he announced the selection of the City of Benton for a $15,500 LWCF grant for improvements at H.H. Lovett Park. The project will install a quarter-mile-long paved walking trail and expand an existing ballfield sidewalk.

 

COVID-19 Update
Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health Dr. Steven Stack provided an update on COVID-19, noting that while hospitalizations, ICU bed and ventilator use all remain at some of the lowest levels we have seen since the beginning of the pandemic, the virus is still actively spreading in Kentucky. Approximately two-thirds of Kentucky counties are at a medium or high COVID-19 community level.

 

“Currently, all active variants in Kentucky continue to be Omicron variants,” Dr. Stack said. “BA.5 has become the predominant variant nationwide at about 65% of the total COVID sequenced, and Kentucky is seeing a similar pattern. BA.5 does not appear to cause increased hospitalization or death, but it is causing more reinfections because previous strains confer less immunity to BA.5.”

 

For the greatest level of protection against COVID-19, the Governor and Dr. Stack encouraged unvaccinated Kentuckians to get vaccinated and for vaccinated Kentuckians to get boosted if they haven’t already.

 

Nine out of 10 Kentuckians under 60 who have died from COVID-19 in the past year were unvaccinated, and two-thirds of Kentuckians over 60 who died from COVID-19 in the past year were unvaccinated.

 

Team Kentucky All-Star
Gov. Beshear congratulated Ada Limón, a renowned poet from Lexington who was just named the 24th U.S. poet laureate by the Library of Congress and recognized her as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Star. In her role as poet laureate, Limón will serve as the official poet of the United States and raise national appreciation for reading and writing poetry.

 

“Literature is an important and special part of Kentucky culture, which is why I’m proud to congratulate Ada on being named the 24th U.S. poet laureate,” Gov. Beshear said. “Every year, the Library of Congress appoints one American to this esteemed position – and this year, it’s a member of Team Kentucky!”

 

Columbia Woman Arrested on Meth Charges


On Wednesday night, July 13, 2022 CPD Officers responded to a complaint at a residence on Tutt Street. Upon arrival, a female let Officers inside and while on scene, a search yielded findings of suspected methamphetamine as well as various forms of drug paraphernalia. 

Cindy Fox, 46, of Columbia was taken into custody and charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) as well as possession of drug paraphernalia. 


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

 

Area Arrests 7-14-22

 

 

  • Robert Czerwinski, 40, of Jamestown, KY - arrested by Jamestown Police on Wednesday afternoon for Criminal Mischief 2nd degree, Contempt of Court, and 2 counts of Failure to Appear.
     
  • Georgianna Richardson, 67, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by Trooper Gadberry with the Kentucky State Police on Wednesday night. Richardson was charged with Failure to Illuminate Head Lamps, No Operators-Moped License, Failure to Notify Address Change to Department of Transportation, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container 1st Offense, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd or Grater Offense (Opiates) and Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Controlled Substance 1st.
     

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.  
 

 

  • Debbie Symmes, 61, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody by Officer Durbin with the Columbia Police Department. Symms was charged with Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Alcohol .08 – 1st and Reckless Driving.
     
  • Justin Didion, 31, of Indianapolis, IN was arrested by Trooper Scott with the Kentucky State Police on Wednesday evening. He was charged with Criminal Abuse 2nd Degree-Child 12 or Under, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, No Rearview Mirror and No Operators-Moped License.
     
  • Teya Spratt Didion, 30, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Kentucky State Police around on Wednesday evening for Criminal Abuse 2nd Degree-Child Under 12.


These individuals were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Adair County Man Arrested Following Altercation that Resulted in a Firearm being Discharged


On Monday, July 11, 2022 at 1:02pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office responded to a call made to Adair County 911 from Marlo Campbell Road approx. 9 miles east of Columbia. The caller advised that an altercation had taken place and gunshots had been fired.   
    

Upon arrival, witnesses told Deputy McCarol that at least 5 to 7 gunshots were heard during the altercation. Deputies located a 10 mm handgun hidden behind a tree along with 5 fired 10 mm shell casings near the roadway of the residence.  
   
Upon investigation, Deputy Tracy McCarol arrested 21-year-old Michael Allen Burton of Columbia and lodged him in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following Felony charges:
 
  • Wanton endangerment 1st degree &
  • Tampering with physical evidence. 

The investigation is ongoing by the Adair County Sheriffs Office. Kentucky State Police assisted on-scene with the investigation. 
 

KSP Investigates Fatal Collision in Cumberland County that Claims Lives of Both Drivers

 

BURKESVILLE, KY  (July 12, 2022) – On Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at approximately 15:13pmCT, Kentucky State Police Post 15 Troopers responded to a 2-vehicle injury collision on KY 90 in Cumberland County.   

 

The preliminary investigation revealed that Tara Reed, age 49 of Cave City, KY was traveling west on KY 90 in a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze when she crossed the center line and struck a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu traveling east on KY 90 head-on. The Chevrolet Cruze was being operated by Bruce McCarty, age 79 of Burkesville, KY.  

 

Both Reed and McCarthy were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Cumberland County Coroner. 

 

KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, Cumberland County EMS and Fire, and the Cumberland County Coroner.The collision remains under investigation by Tpr. Brandon Roark.
 

Russell County Sheriff Derick Polston Releases Monthly Activity Report

 

The RCSO Activity Report for June, 2022 has been released.

 

There were 452 calls for service, 25 arrests, 15 mental health transports, 106 court papers received, 2,631 court security transport miles, 11 criminal summons, 36 vehicle inspections, and 10 concealed carry of deadly weapons permits. The RCSO responded to 15 domestic calls, 20 auto collisions, 19 welfare checks, 19 suspicious person complaints, 16 EMS assist calls, and 4 trespassing complaints.

 

McConnell Secures Nearly $2.5 Million to Fight Drug Abuse in Kentucky

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will provide $2,499,828 through the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) program to 20 community programs throughout Kentucky including $125,000 for neighboring Casey County (see chart below).

 

As part of a comprehensive approach to combatting the drug abuse epidemic through prevention, treatment, and interdiction, the DFC program awards grants to organizations that fight substance abuse among young people.

 

Senator McConnell supports the DFC program as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and secured $106 million for the initiative in this year’s government funding bill, which the Senate passed and the President signed into law this March.

 

“Recent CDC data confirms that the substance abuse epidemic in Kentucky is entering its worst phase yet. In response, I have helped mobilize federal resources to combat this crisis across the Commonwealth and hosted Drug Czars from several administrations to see the effects of our efforts firsthand. I’m glad the Drug-Free Communities program, which plays a special role in fighting drug abuse among young people, is investing in Kentucky and helping to keep dangerous substances out of our communities,” said Senator McConnell.

 

The following organizations received funding through the DFC program:

 

Facility

Program

Location

Funding

Bullitt County Board of Education

Bullitt County Partners in Prevention

Shepherdsville

$125,000

Butler County Educational Foundation, Inc.

Butler County Drug Free Coalition

Morgantown

$125,000

Campbell County Drug Free Alliance, Inc.

Campbell County Drug Free Alliance

Newport

$125,000

Casey County School District

Casey County KY ASAP

Liberty

$125,000

Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School District

Erlanger-Elsmere Early Childhood Community Collaborative, E3C

Erlanger

$125,000

Family & Children’s Place, Inc.

Central Louisville Coalition

Louisville

$125,000

Gallatin County Board of Education

Champions for a Drug Free Gallatin County

Warsaw

$125,000

Grant County Schools

Champions for a Drug-Free Grant County

Williamstown

$125,000

Graves County Fiscal Court

Graves County Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention Community Support Program

Mayfield

$125,000

Hope’s Hands, Inc.

Owen County Drug Prevention Coalition

Owenton

$125,000

Madison County Health Department-Nancy Crewe

Youth Impact Team

Berea

$124,828

Mental Health America Of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio

Mental Health America of Northwest Kentucky and Southwest Ohio, Inc.

Ft. Mitchell

$125,000

Muhlenberg County Health Department

Champions for a Drug-Free Muhlenberg County

Central City

$125,000

Oldham County Health Department

Coalition for a Healthy Oldham County

LaGrange

$125,000

Pendleton County Board of Education

Champions for a Drug Free Pendleton County

Butler

$125,000

Seven Counties Services, Inc.

The Graymoor-Devondale Healthy Community Coalition

Louisville

$125,000

Shawnee Transformation Youth Coalition

Shawnee Transformation Youth Coalition

Louisville

$125,000

Spencer County Public Schools

Spencer County Community Action Network

Taylorsville

$125,000

The Save Our Kids Coalition, Inc.

Drug Free Warren County

Bowling Green

$125,000

Wolfe County Fiscal Court

Wolfe County Coalition UNITED Against Drugs

Campton

$125,000

 

Special Adair Co. School Board Meeting July 14th

 

There will be a Special Called Adair County School Board Meeting on Thursday, July 14, 2022 at 5:00pmCT in the School Board Conference Room. The meeting is open to the public.

 

AGENDA

**Meeting called to order**

***Superintendent Dr. Stephens & Board Members will open meeting with Pledge of Allegiance***

***Prayer***
 

  1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  2. SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION
  3. EXECUTIVE SESSION
  4. APPROVAL TO ADJOURN

 

Area Arrests 7-12-22

 

  • Kenny Weston, 31, of Russell Springs - arrested on Tuesday afternoon by KSP for 4th degree Assault and Failure to Appear.
     
  • Matthew Burton, 30, of Jamestown, KY was taken into custody by Officer Harlan with the Jamestown Police Department, just after 8 last evening. Burton was arrested on a Warrant for another Police Agency.
  • Brenda Martin, 47, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Deputy Meyer with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Monday afternoon. Martin was charged with Criminal Trespassing 3rd Degree and Public Intoxication (Excluding Alcohol).

 

Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

  • Dannae Billings, 40, of Columbia - arrested by Columbia Police on Tuesday afternoon for Cruelty to Animals 2nd degree. 
     
  • Allan Burton, 21, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Deputy McCarol with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, just before on Monday afternoon. Burton was charged with Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

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Covid cases are rising again throughout the U.S., Kentucky, and Lake Cumberland

 
The Lake Cumberland District Health Department currently has 2 counties in the "red" or high Covid community spread level, 7 counties are in the "yellow" or medium level of community spread, and 1 county is in the "green" or low level of community spread.
 
Adair and Russell counties are in the Yellow (or medium level of community spread); Green County is in the Green (low level of community spread); and Pulaski and Cumberland counties are in the Red (or high level of community spread). 
 
The Lake Cumberland District Health Dept. says if you are eligible for a booster, this is the time to get it.  If you haven't been vaccinated yet, please consider getting the vaccine. Many studies have shown that immunity from recent vaccination is more effective against COVID variants than immunity resulting from a prior COVID infection. The strain that is circulating now is very contagious.
 

Altercation Between Two Females Results in One Getting Stabbed Several Times and the Other One Jailed

 

Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that an altercation between two females resulted in one being stabbed early Saturday morning. 

 
According to the report, 45-year-old Brittany Guidry of Jamestown, KY stabbed LaTonya Bell four times. Bell was transported to Russell County Hospital and then on to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington for treatment of her injuries. Brittany Guidry was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center by Deputy Corey Meyer for Assault 1st degree. 
 
Deputy Meyer was assisted by Russell Springs Police Officer Bobby Pritchard, KY State Police and Russell County EMS. The case remains under investigation and will be presented to a Russell County Grand Jury. 
 

KSP Pursuit in Casey County Ends in Arrest of Eubank Woman

 

LIBERTY, KY (July 9, 2022) - Kentucky State Police (KSP) was involved in a vehicle pursuit which ended in the arrest of one individual.

 

On Saturday, July 9, 2022 at approximately 2:14pmET, a KSP Trooper performed a traffic stop on a 2007 Ford Edge on KY 70, west of Bethelridge in Casey County, for a traffic violation. Shortly after making contact with the operator, the vehicle sped away. The Trooper returned to his patrol vehicle and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit continued until the vehicle ran out of fuel on KY 328 in Lincoln County. Upon termination of the pursuit, the suspect, Tabatha L. Baker, 52, of Eubank, KY was taken into custody. 

 

Baker was charged with the following:

  • Operating on Suspended Operator’s License
  • Fleeing or Evading Police – 1st Degree (Police Officer)
  • Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree
  • Possession of Controlled Substance – 1st Degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence – 2nd Degree
  • And several other traffic violations

 

Baker was taken to the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital by EMS as a precautionary measure and later lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

 

The case remains under investigation by Trooper Billy Begley. Tpr. Begley was assisted by other KSP Troopers as well as the Casey County Sheriff’s Office, Liberty Police Department, and Lincoln County EMS.

Preview: First Lady and Governor to Host Christmas in July Events for Families Impacted by December Tornadoes

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 7, 2022) – First Lady Britainy Beshear and Gov. Andy Beshear are inviting families impacted by the December 2021 tornadoes to join them for upcoming Christmas in July events, which will help demonstrate the true meaning of the Christmas spirit during the summer season as Western Kentucky continues to recover and rebuild.

 

The events will include Santa Claus, food and gifts, including toys and presents from the First Lady’s Christmas Toy Drive that were delivered after Christmas or left over after four local toy giveaways and deliveries directly to Western Kentucky families. The Christmas in July celebrations will allow families to take home additional gifts after they’ve settled into housing.

 

Families can learn about event locations and times here and RSVP for the events here.

 

The First Lady said that after the toy drive was announced, Americans responded with overwhelming generosity. At least 100,000 toys, thousands of shoes and tens of thousands of gift cards were donated in December, sent by families from at least 36 different U.S. states, as far as Alaska.

 

“The outpouring of generosity means that on top of the Christmas celebrations we were able to host in December with impacted families, we can now also celebrate Christmas in July for these kids who have lost so much but have shown such resilience and strength,” the First Lady said.

 

“I was truly inspired by Britainy’s toy drive last December and the joy and excitement of these children knowing Santa would still be there for them, after all they had been through,” Gov. Beshear said. “I want to thank everyone on Team Kentucky and so many of our fellow Americans for their overwhelming support during one of the most devastating moments in our state’s history.”

 

Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund
The First Lady is no longer accepting toy or gift card donations, but she strongly encouraged those who want to support families impacted by the tornadoes to donate to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund.

 

More than 150,000 individuals and organizations from all over the world have contributed to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund, raising more than $52 million to assist in long-term recovery. To date, more than $26.8 million has been distributed from the fund to individual Kentuckians and families as they rebuild from the devastating December 2021 tornadoes. This includes funeral expenses to the families of the deceased, payments to insured and uninsured homeowners and renters and funds to build 300 homes through the help of Homes and Hope for Kentucky, Habitat for Humanity and the Fuller Center on Housing.

 

Recently, the Governor announced the Graves County Grain Assistance Program, a new effort to help farmers in Western Kentucky in the aftermath of the December 2021 tornadoes. The Team West Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund will also provide aid through the program to help local farmers doing business with Mayfield Grain Co., which took a direct hit from the tornadoes.

 

Donations to the fund are still being accepted. All donations to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund are tax-deductible, and donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes after donating.

 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting July 11th

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular called session at 6pmCT on Monday, July 11, 2022 in the basement of the Adair County Annex building located at 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. The public is invited to attend.

Meeting Agenda:

Pledge of Allegiance

Prayer

Call To Order

Roll Call

 

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Approval of Minutes

  • Regular Called Meeting- June 27, 2022
  • Special Called Meeting- June 30, 2022

3. Disbursements

4. Reports

  • Sheriff's Report
  • Road Department Report
  • G.R.A.S. Report
  • Committee Reports
  • Jail Report

5. Treasurer

  • Treasurer's Report

6. Budget Amendments

7. Budget Tranfers

  • Line To Line Transfers
  • Fund To Fund Transfers

8. Court Orders

9. Reading of Roads

 

10. Action Items:

  • 2022-2023 Rural Secondary Recommendations
  • Summer Blacktop Money Discussion
  • Transfer Station Discussion
  • 2nd Reading of Admin Code-Vacation Policy
  • 911 Pricing Change Motion Withdrawal
  • County Clerk 2021 Final Settlement Presentation

 

11. Other Business

12. Public Comments

13. Adjourn

 

Russell County Boil Water Advisory Lifted 6/7/22

 
The boil water advisory In Russell Springs in the area of Jamestown Street starting at High Street down to Rick Neff Drive up to Sullivan Street on Lakeway Drive has been lifted.

Additional Info on Fatal Adair County Logging Accident

 

Kentucky State Police Post 15 Troopers and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office responded to a logging accident on Tower Rd. off Hwy 206 in Adair County. The preliminary investigation revealed that 53-year-old Tony Burton of Columbia, KY had been using a farm tractor to maneuver timber. Mr. Burton overturned the tractor into a deep ravine causing him to become entrapped underneath it. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Adair County Coroner. 

 
KSP was assisted at the scene by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, Adair County Fire and Adair EMS. The investigation is ongoing by Trooper Levi Scott.
 

Russell County Boil Water Advisory 7/7/22

 
There is a boil water advisory In Russell Springs in the area of Jamestown Street, starting at High Street down to Rick Neff Drive and up to and including Sullivan Street on Lakeway Drive. The advisory was issued due to a water main break. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes before using.

Fatal Logging Accident in Adair County

 

A fatal logging accident occurred today (Thursday) in ADair County. It occurred about 9 miles east of Columbia on KY 206 off of Tower Rd. 

 

53-year-old Tony Burton was using a tractor to remove timber and it overturned into a creek. Mr. Burton was found deceased, pinned underneath the tractor, by Adair Co. Sheriff Josh Brockman. The investigation was turned over to KSP since Sheriff Brockman is a cousin to the deceased. 

 

92.7 will have more details as they are made available.

 

 

AREA ARRESTS 07/06/22

 
  • Ormit Gene Kelsey, 32, of Russell Springs - arrested on Tuesday morning for Strangulation 1st degree, Assault 4th degree (Dating Violence), Unlawful Imprisonment, 2 counts of Resisting Arrest, Wanton Endangerment, Receiving Stolen Property (Anhydrous Ammonia) with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Assault 3rd degree (Police or Probation Officer), and Menacing.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • Kayla Goff, 28, of Russell Springs - arrested on Wednesday afternoon by Columbia Police for Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence).
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

J.O.Y. Ministries Opens New Location

 

J.O.Y. Ministries is excited to announce that they have moved to a new location! The J.O.Y Crisis Resource Center will now be located at 116 Public Square in Columbia, KY. This central location (next to Moore's Pool Hall) will provide easy access to the Columbia community.

The J.O.Y. Ministries team has been hard at work preparing this space for their clients and will open to the community on Tuesday, July 5th. "We are so excited for this new chapter. We have been so fortunate to have great locations in our community that make us accessible to our clients," shares J.O.Y. Vice President, Hannah Peck.

J.O.Y Ministries is open Monday - Friday from 11amCT-5pmCT and can be reached at 270-380-1808.

Columbia Police Monthly Activity Report

 

 

 

 

The Columbia Police Department's Activity Report for June 2022:

  • Calls For Service 648
  • Citations 77
  • Motorist Assists 10
  • Escorts 10
  • Accidents Investigated 28
  • Injury Accidents 7
  • Incident Reports 10
  • Criminal Cases Opened 18

Columbia City Council ReCap 7-6-22

 

The Columbia City Council met in regular session on Tuesday. Jim Lieb was at the meeting for WAVE NEWS and spoke with Mayor Hoots... 

 

Reminder Concerning Columbia-Adair County Fire Dept. Fire Dues

 

To property owners who own property in the Columbia - Adair County Volunteer Fire Department jurisdiction:

 

The Columbia-Adair County Volunteer Fire Department will be accepting fire dues through property tax bills beginning October 1, 2022. Please do not mail your fire dues directly to the fire department. Fire dues for residential and commercial properties are $25.00 per deed with a cap of 3 deeds ($75.00). Non-Membership fire runs are $500.00. Property owners who wish to “opt out” of paying fire dues may do so from July 1st through April 15th annually. Property owners who wish to “opt out” will need to obtain the “opt out” form from the Adair County Judge Executive Office, 424 Public Square, Suite 1, Columbia, KY.  A letter from the Columbia-Adair County Volunteer Fire Department will be mailed to all taxpayers that do not receive a bill due to homestead or disability exemption regarding fire dues. 

 

4th of July Arrests 7/4/22

 
  • Chester Voils, 29, of Russell Springs - arrested by the RSPD on Monday afternoon for Violating a Kentucky EPO/DVO.
     
  • Brandy Tolliver, 44, of Russell Springs - arrested early Monday morning by the RCSO for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • Gary Wright, 35, of Knifley - arrested on Monday morning by KSP for Violating a Kentucky EPO/DVO and Contempt of Court.
     
  • Cyvesck Miller, 32, of Columbia - arrested by KSP on Saturday night for Burglary 2nd degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking under $500, Theft by Unlawful Taking (Bicycles) under $500, Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Columbia Adair Boil Water Advisory Lifted 07/03/22

 

As of 7:22 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, 2022 the boil water advisory for customers starting at 618-6905 Milltown Rd and all side roads in between: Portland Rd, Flatwoods Rd, Kemp Rd, Billy Handy Rd has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.
 

RC Coroner Releases Details in Drowning Death of Ohio Man


57-year-old Gary “Todd” Bankenship of Ohio was swimming off the back of a houseboat on Friday afternoon when he went under and never resurfaced. Rescue personnel were on the scene and began the search immediately. After approximately an hour, the search turned into a recovery effort. Todd was recovered from the water around 10 p.m. on Friday night by the Jamestown Dive Team.

 

Agencies involved:
Fish and Wildlife
Jamestown Dive Team
Russell co Rescue Squad
Taylor Co Search and Rescue
Pulaski Co Rescue and 
Russell Co Coroners Office

 

 

Brad Hodges Named President of Columbia FFNB

 

By Andrea Clue

First & Farmers National Bank recently announced the promotion of employee Brad Hodges to Columbia Market President/Senior Lender.

Brad joined First & Farmers National Bank in June 2017 as Columbia Market's Senior Lender. Prior to joining First & Farmers, Brad served as Market President for PBI's Greensburg location. He currently serves on the bank's Executive Loan Committee, Managed Assets Committee, and chairs the Columbia Market Senior Loan Committee.

Banking is not Brad's only job. He is proud to be a lifelong farmer who resides on the family farm in Green County, Kentucky, raising corn and soybeans and managing a beef cattle herd. Brad's experience in agriculture, both from a hands-on and a banking perspective, was instrumental in guiding local farmers through last year's PPP loan process. In fact, his energy, work ethic, and experience resulted in him being the bank-wide top producer for PPP loans.

FFNB President & CEO Terry Pugh stated, "Brad has made a significant impact on our bank and the Columbia Market in particular. His leadership skills have enabled him to develop the team in Columbia as he demonstrates as much interest in his teammates' clients and interests as his own. Further, Brad's farming background allows him to better understand the challenges faced by our agri-businesses. I am genuinely excited Brad is a part of FFNB and will continue to lead the Columbia Market and the bank as a member of our senior management team."

FFNB Board Member and retiring Columbia Market President Ann Martin added, "Having worked with him for the past five years, I am pleased that Brad Hodges will assume the responsibility of First & Farmers National Bank Columbia Market President. I have seen his commitment to work with our customers and assist them in achieving their financial goals. Brad's banking experience and his leadership abilities make him a perfect choice for this position. I feel confident that he will continue the FFNB commitment of 'Putting the Customer First'."

Brad has been working closely with Ms. Martin to ensure a seamless transition of leadership in the Columbia market and throughout the bank. "First off, I want to thank Ms. Ann Martin for both her leadership and her generosity in sharing her wealth of knowledge over the five years that I have worked with her. I am eager to capitalize on the momentum of our bank's recent success and lead our team to even greater heights. I appreciate the opportunity that First & Farmers National Bank has extended to me and my family."

First & Farmers National Bank, Inc., a community bank with assets in excess of $653 million, offers eleven banking locations and serves the financial needs of customers in Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, and Pulaski counties. First & Farmers is very proud of their long history as a well-respected, safe, sound, and profitable bank. For more information about First & Farmers National Bank, please visit www.firstandfarmers.com or call (270) 384-2361.

 

Weekend Arrests 7/3/22

 

Ralph Wariner, 53, Russell County - arrested by KSP on Saturday afternoon for 2 counts of Theft by Deception (cold checks).

 
Ronald Litteral, 32, of Russell County - arrested by KSP on Saturday afternoon for Obstructed Vision and/or Windshield, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, No Seatbelt, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Appear, and Persistent Felony Offender.
 
Eric Faulkner, 33, of Gray, KY - arrested by KSP on Saturday morning for No Operators License, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Theft of Identity of Another Without Consent, Possession of Methamphetamine, Failure to Appear, Criminal Mischief 2nd degree and arrested on a Fugitive from Another State Warrant.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 

Lisa Renee Mueller, 49, of Columbia - arrested on Thursday by the ACSO for Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence).

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 


 

Jamestown Dive Team Recovers Body of Ohio Man

 

The Jamestown Fire Department Dive Team was dispatched just after 2:00pmCT on Friday to a reported drowning on Lake Cumberland around Lowgap. A 58-year-old Ohio man was recovered about 10:30pmCT on Friday night. The person's name is being withheld pending notification of family.

 

Jamestown Dive Team members were assisted by the Russell County Rescue Squad, Campbellsville Taylor County Rescue Squad, Pulaski County Rescue Squad, Ky Fish & Wildlife, and Russell County Emergency Management.

 

Columbia-Adair Boil Water Advisory 7/1/22

 

Date Issued:  7/1/2022

Time Issued: 9:00 a.m.

 

A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for Columbia-Adair County Utilities District customers from 618 to 6905 Milltown Rd and all side roads in between, Portland Rd., Flatwoods Rd., Kemp Rd. and Bill Handy Rd. The advisory has been issued due to a main line break. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality. For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.

Traffic Blocked Around Jamestown Square for Lakefest Celebration

 

The Jamestown Police Department wants to remind our listeners that traffic will be blocked around the Jamestown Square beginning at 6 a.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. on Sunday morning. Traffic will be blocked up to 2 blocks in each direction from the square. Police officers and volunteers will be out assisting with traffic and signs will be posted.

 

The traffic flow is as follows: South bound on U. S. 127 business traffic will need to make right turn at the intersection of Shelby Street and travel to Ballard Street where a left turn can be made to access U. S. 127 Business South where they can make a right turn. If the motorist chose they may continue across 127 Business onto Ballard Street to the intersection of Jefferson Street where they may make a left turn to access Kentucky 92 (a right turn) to travel to the Jamestown Marina or residential areas off of Kentucky 92.

 

Motorist entering Jamestown from the south on U. S. 127 will need to make a right turn onto Ballard Street and a left turn onto Jefferson Street to access Kentucky 92 or they may continue across Kentucky 92 onto Jefferson Street then to Meadows Lane where a left turn can be made.

 

Motorist arriving at the intersection of Meadows Lane and East Cumberland Ave. or Kentucky 619 must turn right onto Kentucky 619 where they may travel on Kentucky 619 or make a left onto Scholl Street if they wish to access U. S. 127 Business North. Motorist after turning left onto Scholl Street must turn left onto Shelby Street to access U. S. 127 Business North. Once at the intersection of U.S. 127 Business motorist have the option of a right turn or travel across U. S. 127 Business onto Shelby Street to access U. S. 127 Business South. A one way traffic flow pattern around the perimeter of blocked access will be utilized for the expedient flow of traffic and will be in a counter clockwise direction. No left turns are permitted from: • Southbound on U. S. 127 (North Main Street) at Shelby Street (right turn only) • Northbound on U. S 127 Business (West Cumberland Ave.) at Ballard Street (right turn only) • Kentucky 92 from Jamestown Marina (Boat Dock Road) at Jefferson Street (right turn only) • Kentucky 619 (East Cumberland Ave) at Jefferson Street (right turn only)

 

Semi, Large Box Van Trucks and Boat Trailers of Excessive Length: Semi’s, large box van type trucks and boat trailers of excessive length which are traveling north or south and have no legitimate business in the Jamestown area are encouraged to utilize the U.S. 127 Bypass for traveling north or south around the Lakefest event during the hours specified in this news release, for street blockages.

 

During the fireworks display at 9 p.m. all traffic in and around Meadows Lane and East Cumberland Ave. will be shut down completely. Traffic in-bound on East Cumberland can still turn right onto Scholl Street.

 

2-Vehicle Collision Sends Russell County Woman to the Hospital

 
According to Russell Springs Police, the accident occured on Thursday morning on S. Hwy 127 around 6:30amCT. 25-year-old Tristan Adkins of Jamestown was operating a 2003 Chevy Pickup and struck a 2012 Kia Sportage being driven by 57-year-old Monica Burke of Russell Springs. Burke left the roadway and entered into the Valero parking lot with her auto coming to rest next to a semi trailer.
 
Monica Burke was treated and released at Russell County Hospital; Tristan Adkins was not injured. 
 
RSPD Officer Clete McAninch investigated the accident.
 

AREA ARRESTS 7-1-22

 

Josh A. Parnell, 27, of Columbia - arrested by the Columbia Police Dept. on Thursday for Disorderly Conduct 2nd degree.
 

Brian Hawkins, 53, of Burkesville was arrested by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday evening. Hawkins was charged with Failure to Wear Seat Belts, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operator License, Possession of Methamphetamine 2nd Offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Marijuana.

 

David Eugene Harding, 74, of Albany - arrested on Wednesday by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office for Criminal Trespassing 3rd degree, No Operators License, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified).

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.  

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