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Local News Archives for 2022-08

Semi Fire Closes Hwy 80 This Afternoon

 
A semi truck caught on fire on Wednesday afternoon on Hwy 80 about 1/4 mile past the WAVE radio station. The driver & passenger were able to get out of the truck and were not injured. The cause of fire is unknown at this time. The incident resulted in traffic being detoured for a couple of hours.
 

Lane Closures Begin Next Week on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Expressway in Adair County

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2022) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that lanes closures are set to beginning next week on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Expressway in Adair County as crews perform bridge deck restorations.

 

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6, the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Expressway will be reduced to one lane - both east and west bound - on the Russell Creek Bridge (mile point 50.06). In addition, lane widths will be reduced to 13 feet and the speed limit will be lowered to 60 mph through the work zone.  

 

Work is expected to be completed Oct. 6. The duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.

 

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

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on new economic development projects, the historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky tornado relief, rural infrastructure improvement grants, assistance for nonprofits, COVID-19 and monkeypox. He also named corporate and community partners that have donated over $15,000 to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Economic Development Update
Today, the Governor highlighted three economic development projects that will create more than 2,075 new jobs and that represent more than $2.05 billion in new investment. He also announced a new Build-Ready site in Pulaski County.

 

Yesterday, Gov. Beshear, along with state and local officials, joined executives from Envision AESC to break ground on a $2 billion state-of-the-art electric vehicle battery gigafactory in Bowling Green’s Kentucky Transpark that will create 2,000 jobs.

 

Monday, the Governor announced continued momentum of the state’s signature bourbon and spirits industry as Blue Run Spirits LLC will locate a new whiskey operation in Georgetown with a nearly $51 million investment that will create a projected 45 quality jobs for Kentuckians.

 

Today, Gov. Beshear congratulated Delavan Ag Pumps Inc. on plans to locate a new manufacturing facility in Todd County, a $2.3 million investment creating 30 full-time jobs, as Kentucky’s agribusiness sector continues to showcase rapid growth.

 

The Governor also announced a new Build-Ready-certified site at Somerset-Pulaski Economic Development Authority (SPEDA) Commerce Park in Pulaski County, positioning the location to better attract new business to the region.

 

“As we push through the challenges of the present, there is a brighter future ahead of us,” Gov. Beshear said. “We see it in job announcements coming every single week – jobs of the future – through the largest projects we’ve ever seen, spread all across Kentucky.”

 

Eastern Kentucky Flood Update

Emergency Response

Fatalities
Gov. Beshear said there are 39 confirmed fatalities in five counties.

 

Missing Persons
Two people remain missing from Breathitt County: Vanessa Baker, a 60-year-old woman, and Nancy Cundiff, a 29-year-old woman – both from the Lost Creek Community. If you have any information about either of these individuals, please contact Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard at 606-435-6069.

 

Power Outages
There are currently about 60 outages, down from 27,000 on July 29.

 

Water Outages
All drinking water systems are now operational; 22 systems were down immediately after the flooding.

The City of Buckhorn was the last system to come online, and residents began receiving water through the system’s distribution lines late last week. All but 20 connections have been restored.

 

Crews from the Kentucky Rural Water Association and organized volunteers from water companies across the commonwealth continue to check water lines for leaks. These crews are also working on the water line that supplies Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park and hope to restore drinking water soon.

 

There are 84 service connections without water, down from 34,121 on July 28. More than 5,000 customers remain under a boil water advisory, down from 46,000. Three water systems have limited operations: Breathitt, Letcher and Hazard.

 

For residents who still don’t have water service, WaterStep’s Water On Wheels Cart is currently distributing water at sites in Breathitt, Letcher and Perry counties.

 

The EPA recommends that private well owners follow instructions posted on What to Do After the Flood (epa.gov) to ensure that water, well pumps and equipment are safe to use.

 

Shelters
Local organizations including state parks, churches and schools are providing shelter to survivors. Kentucky State Parks are currently housing nearly 350 people.

 

Stabilization Phase

FEMA
To date, more than $92 million has been approved in federal grants, loans and flood insurance payments. More than $53.6 million in grants have been approved under the FEMA Individuals and Households Program for 6,550 households. In addition to a Disaster Recovery Center, Kentuckians can also apply through FEMA at DisasterAssistance.gov, on their mobile app or by calling 800-621-3362. Two Mobile Registration Centers are now open in Magoffin and Owsley counties from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To see the locations, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

 

Travel Trailers
Gov. Beshear and Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the state of Louisiana is donating up to 300 travel trailers originally acquired to aid Hurricane Ida survivors to shelter Eastern Kentucky flood victims. This week, the commonwealth is moving the first trailers from Louisiana to Letcher and Floyd counties. Additional travel trailers will be moved in phases to various community sites in flood-impacted areas.

 

There are 289 individuals being housed in 119 travel trailers at Jenny Wiley State Park, Carr Creek State Park, Mine Made Campground, Crockettsville Campground and Perry County Park. Individuals seeking emergency sheltering in travel trailers can find more information and register at governor.ky.gov/FloodResources or call 502-234-1225.

 

Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)
The Governor announced that residents and people working in the 12 counties approved for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or D-SNAP, now have until Sept. 2 to apply for benefits. For more information on how to apply, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

 

Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Disaster Unemployment Assistance claimants in the 12 Eastern Kentucky counties approved for individual assistance can apply for benefits online through the Kentucky Career Center website or by phone at 502-875-0442. The deadline to apply is Sept. 6.

 

Schools
Of the 25 school districts in the impacted area, 21 are back in session and four are scheduled to return in late September.

 

U.S. Small Business Administration
Survivors who apply to FEMA may be referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to apply for long-term, low-interest loans. This includes homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations of all sizes to cover losses not completely covered by insurance.

 

To further assist disaster survivors, the SBA recently announced that it would extend the first repayment deadline to one year after the loan was signed, instead of the standard five months.

 

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed personal property. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Sept. 28, 2022.

 

Rebuilding Phase

Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund
Flood survivors that qualify for FEMA are eligible for an additional $500. Much like the process for the Western Kentucky tornado relief, there is no application for this assistance. Data is being collected through FEMA, and eligible recipients will receive payment directly.

 

To date, the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief fund has raised over $8.5 million from 36,361 donors. The fund has paid for 39 funerals totaling $390,000. Donations can be made at TeamEKYFloodReliefFund.ky.gov. The Governor said as early as next week, there will be an announcement on how the next round of funds will be used to help flood survivors.

 

More than $3.3 Million in Additional SAFE Funds Awarded for Tornado Recovery
Gov. Beshear announced another round of awards from the West Kentucky State Aid Funding for Emergencies (SAFE) fund. The more than $3.3 million in assistance announced today will go to support the City of Mayfield and Fulton County, as well as several eligible utilities, to help with strained fiscal liquidity and costs associated with damages sustained in the December 2021 tornadoes.

 

“While our people in Eastern Kentucky are currently facing the tragic loss of precious lives taken too soon and homes swept off their foundations, we must also continue to support our communities in Western Kentucky that are still actively cleaning up from the devasting tornadoes that struck just two short weeks before Christmas,” said Gov. Beshear. “We will continue to be with these communities as they continue to clean up and rebuild in the months and even years to come.”

 

SAFE Fund awards announced today include:

  • Fulton County will receive $257,311 to help with strained fiscal liquidity, paving costs and FEMA-ineligible debris removal.
  • The City of Mayfield has been approved for more than $2.4 million in assistance for FEMA-ineligible debris removal, hauling expenses and tipping fees.
  • The Marshall County Refuse District will receive $35,000 in financial assistance to support needed repairs to roads damaged by debris removal trucks.
  • The North Marshall Water District has been approved for $400,000 in assistance to help repair damaged underground waterlines that are ineligible for FEMA assistance.
  • The Princeton Electric Plant Board will receive $110,000 in local FEMA match funds and financial assistance for interest due on loans taken to ease strained fiscal liquidity.
  • Salt River RECC has been awarded nearly $90,000 in funding to cover FEMA ineligible expenses for the replacement of utility poles, lines and equipment, as well as personnel costs associated with the utility’s emergency response following the tornadoes. 

 

Since early May, Gov. Beshear has announced millions in Western Kentucky SAFE funding. Gov. Beshear recommended the appropriation for the SAFE fund, and the 2022 General Assembly supported the aid by passing Senate Bill 150, which the Governor signed into law in April.

 

“We have not turned down any eligible application that has come. We have granted all of them,” said Gov. Beshear. “I do believe there will be more over time.”

 

Kentucky Rural Infrastructure Improvement Grants
Further advancing his commitment to bring high-speed internet to unserved areas across the commonwealth, Gov. Beshear today announced another $20 million in grant funding to assist eligible high-speed internet providers with utility pole replacement costs associated with the expansion of the internet to residents and businesses currently without access or with low internet speeds. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Nonprofit Assistance Fund Update
Gov. Beshear announced the first group to receive a grant through the Team Kentucky Nonprofit Assistance Fund, which will provide one-time direct relief payments of up to $100,000 per eligible nonprofit organization. The first group to receive funding is the Coalition of the Homeless in Louisville. The coalition’s executive director Natalie Harris expressed her gratitude to the Governor and state legislature for making the funding available.

 

“The Coalition for the Homeless and our member agencies would like to thank Governor Beshear and our state legislature for making funds available to nonprofits,” Harris said. “We’re particularly thankful that the help was provided for local shelters throughout Kentucky. These agencies worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep people safe. They kept going to work, they kept shelters open, they got people into housing and that work needs to continue. These funds will make that possible.”

 

Health Updates: COVID-19 and Monkeypox
The Governor said that COVID-19 continues to spread in Kentucky, as there was a small increase in the number of reported cases, including among school-aged children. He recommends that everyone six months of age or older stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations and receive any booster doses when eligible.

 

The number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 has remained stable. However, there has been a small increase in the number of patients receiving intensive care. Gov. Beshear said that the trend will continue to be monitored. Today, the FDA authorized the updated COVID-19 booster shots targeting omicron subvariants. The boosters will soon be available.

 

A total of 30 cases of monkeypox have been identified in Kentucky. All cases have occurred in adults. Anyone who is eligible for the vaccine should contact their local health department to identify options for obtaining the vaccine.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Gov. Beshear named the corporate and community partners that have donated over $15,000 to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund this week as today’s Team Kentucky All-Stars:

  • New York Life - $100,000
  • United Healthcare Services - $98,750
  • Oldham County Fiscal Court - $50,000
  • Solaris Diagnosis - $50,000
  • CC Metals and Alloys - $25,000
  • Fibreform Containers - $25,000
  • CSX Transportation - $25,000
  • Stantec - $25,000

 

“There are so many individuals and groups across our commonwealth who have come together to help with recovery efforts in Eastern Kentucky following the devastating flooding,” said Gov. Beshear. “I am so grateful to every single person who has donated or volunteered their time.”

 

Area Arrest 8-31-22

Area Arrest

Rebecca Sowder, age 38, of Richmond, was arrested by Officer Davis with the Russell Springs Police Department just after 5 last evening. Sowder was charged with Obstructed Vision and/or Windshield, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree, 1st Offense Drug Unspecified and Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container 1st Offense. She was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

Barry Kerr, age 47, of Russell Springs, was arrested by Trooper Harper of the Kentucky State Police just after 2 a.m. this morning. Kerr was charged with Careless Driving, No Registration Plates, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified), Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree – Drug Unspecified, Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd or Greater Offense (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Offense (Carfentanil or Fentanyl Derivatives), Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified), Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, No Registration Receipt, Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance 1st Offense, Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container 1st Offense and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License. Kerr was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.  

ACHS School-Based Decision Making Council Special Election for Minority Parent Member

 

Because Adair County High School has a minority student population of 8% or greater, and the SBDM Council does not currently have a minority member, there will be a special election to add a minority parent member to the council.

 

Nominees must be the parent of a current ACHS student. A parent is defined as anyone who is a parent, stepparent, foster parent and/or a person who has legal custody of a student. [KRS 160.345(1)(d)]

 

For the purposes of SBDM, minority is defined as American Indian; Alaskan native; African-American; Hispanic, including persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Central American or South American origins; Pacific Islander; or other ethnic group underrepresented in the school.” [KRS 160.345(1)(a)]

 

Nominations forms are available by going to the link below or visiting the ACHS website. Nominations are due by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 2, 2022. The election will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at ACHS.

 

Nomination Form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dRzS7JCUSKJNd-6DGpx8QSM0Bu1RLUSb/view?usp=sharing

 

Michigan Man Wanted in Connection with the Theft of Watercraft in Eli has been Arrested...


 
According to Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston, Scott Swartz is now wearing the latest fashion in handcuffs and is under arrest in Michigan. Several stolen items from the Eli community of Russell County are in the process of being recovered. 
 
Deputy Dustin Bunch is in charge of the investigation and charges are forthcoming.

Green County Man Arrested on Rape, Sodomy and Other Sex Abuse Charges

 
21-year-old Jerry York of Greensburg, KY was arrested by the Green County Sheriffs Office early Monday morning, August 29, 2022 and charged with the following offenses:
 
  • Rape 1st degree - 3 counts
  • Rape 3rd degree - 4 counts
  • Sodomy 3rd degree - 3 counts
  • exual Abuse 1st degree - 3 counts
  • Distribution of Obscene Matter to Minors - 2 counts
  • Video Voyeurism
  • Use of a Minor Under the Age of 18 in a Sexual Performance
  • Procuring or Promoting the Use of a Minor in Sexual Performance (Under the age of 12) - several counts.
 
York is lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 

Taylor County Woman Arrested in Connection with Stabbing

 
On Monday, August 29, 2022 at approximately 7:58pmET, Campbellsville Police received a complaint of a stabbing in the area of South Central Avenue.  
 
After an investigation, 33-year old Sasha Elaine Daugherty of Somerset, KY was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd degree. She was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.  
 
The victim was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by private vehicle where she was treated and released.  

Russell County Arrests 8/30/22

 
 
  • Jeffery Wright, 48, of Russell Springs - arrested on Tuesday morning by RSPD for Fleeing/Evading Police (on foot), Bail Jumping, and several counts of Failure to Appear.
  • Amy Wells, 43, of Russell Springs - arrested on Tuesday afternoon by the RCSO for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.

 

Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 

Boil Water Advisory in Russell Springs

 

There is a boil water advisory in Russell Springs, KY on Clear Fork Road, Royce Roy Road, and a section of Veb Smith Road due to waterline repairs. Boil all water used for drinking and cooking for at least 3 minutes.

 

Sign-ups Open for the Donate Life High School Challenge

 

After a slight hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky's Circuit Clerks are excited to announce that sign-ups are open for the 2022 High School Challenge sponsored by Donate Life Kentucky. The theme of the challenge this year is "Be a Hero."

The Donate Life Kentucky High School Challenge is a three-week competition to see which High School Club or group can add the most new names to the organ donor registry or complete the most activities to educate about the important mission of organ, tissue and eye donation. The Donate Life Kentucky High School Challenge has received national awards from Donate Life America for its creativity and success in inspiring registrations.

Any Kentucky club or group of students with a teacher/adult sponsor is welcome to sign up for this community service project at docs.google.com/forms. Sign-ups are due Sept. 30, 2022.

"With over 100,000 Americans in need of lifesaving organ transplants, it is vital that Kentuckians register as organ donors," says Adair Co. Circuit Clerk Dennis Loy. "Each group of students that signs up for this challenge is already a hero."

The winning schools will be determined by reaching a target level in a point system based on outreach activities and another will be determined by the most new signups on RegisterMe.org. Activities include donor registry drives, making commercials, art, school wide assemblies and social media outreach. Prizes in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to the top of these categories.

"High school students can make an incredible impact on this lifesaving mission by educating their peers about the need for more registered donors," explains Shelley Snyder, Executive Director of the Circuit Clerks' Trust For Life. The Circuit Clerks' Trust For Life partners with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates to put on this Challenge and other public education programs across the Commonwealth.

"Right now, 887 teenagers are waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Organ donation and transplantation is an issue that can impact anyone at any time. Every registered donor gives hope," said Loy.

For more information on the High School Challenge, contact info@trustforlife.org or call 866-945-5433.

 

Adair County Fiscal Court Meeting Recap


The Adair County Fiscal Court met on Monday afternoon. Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan spoke with Jim Lieb with Wave News following the meeting...

 

 

Former Adair County Judge Executive Dies...

 

Former Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton of Columbia died over the weekend. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in Columbia.
 

Adair County Woman Arrested on Drug Charges Following Domestic Violence Complaint

 
On Friday, August 26, 2022 the Adair County Sheriff's Office responded to a domestic violence complaint off of Keen Drive.  Upon the deputies arrival, it was believed that at least one party outside of the residence was under the influence and in possession of narcotics. 
 
As a result of the investigation, 43-year-old Cindy Shaw of Columbia was arrested on the following charges:
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified)
  • Possession of Marijuana &
  • Public Intoxication 
 
The arrest was made by K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten who was assisted by Deputy Kenny Perkins.

Gas Prices Continue to Drop in Kentucky

 

AAA: Gas Prices Decrease in Kentucky
Gas prices in West Central Kentucky are three cents lower this week at $3.354, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

 

This week’s average prices:

Western Central KY Average                                                              $3.354
Average price during the week of August 22, 2022                            $3.381
Average price during the week of August 30, 2021                            $2.796 

 

Average prices of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas: 
$3.438        Bowling Green
$3.191        Elizabethtown
$3.594        Louisville
$3.312        Owensboro
$3.236        Paducah

 

Trend Analysis:

The national average for a gallon of gas fell a nickel this past week to $3.85. Even though crude oil prices increased slightly over the past week, lower domestic demand for gasoline is keeping gas prices lower. Today’s national average is $1.16 less than the record set in mid-June and 71 cents more than a year ago.

 

According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand decreased from 9.35 million barrels per day to 8.43 million barrels per day last week. This rate is 920,000 barrels per day lower than last year. Moreover, according to EIA, total domestic gasoline stocks remained almost unchanged week over week. With gas demand down and supplies unchanged, prices at the pump continue to fall. This steady daily decrease, now in its 74th consecutive day, is the longest streak since October 11, 2018 when the national average price of gas fell for 85 consecutive days.

 

Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at GasPrices.AAA.com.

 

AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 71 local offices in Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia serving 2.7 million members.  News releases are available at news.eastcentral.aaa.com.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Area Arrests 8-29-22

 

  • Devan Durrant, 28, of Russell Springs - arrested late Sunday night by the RSPD for DUI, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and only One Headlight. 
     
  • Kermit W. Burchett, 58, of Russell Springs - arrested on Sunday night by KSP for Improper Equipment, Failure to Wear Seat belt, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, DUI, and Possession of Marijuana.
 

Both men were lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

Gov. Beshear Joins Lawmakers to Sign $212 Million Relief Package to Help Flood-Damaged Eastern Kentucky Rebuild Over Next 6 Months

 

FRANKFORT, KY (Aug. 26, 2022) – Today (Friday), Gov. Andy Beshear joined state lawmakers in the Capitol Rotunda to sign a nearly $212.7 million relief package that will provide critical help over the next six months to Eastern Kentucky communities devastated by the deadly flooding that began July 26.

 

The Governor called a special session earlier this week after working with legislative leaders on the relief needed to help Eastern Kentucky.

 

“Today, we stand here together in our Capitol Rotunda – and we stand united,” Gov. Beshear said. “We stand united in our love and compassion for those who have lost loved ones in the flood. And we stand united in our purpose to help the people of Eastern Kentucky rebuild their lives and their communities.”

 

Senate President Robert Stivers, House Speaker David Osborne and House Mountain Caucus Chair John Blanton shared their support for the legislation.

 

“Each day since the floodwaters began rising in Eastern Kentucky, we have made every effort to maximize available federal dollars while allocating these available state funds,” President Stivers said. “The sequence of our actions and the commitment we’ve demonstrated today will have a long-lasting impact on Eastern Kentucky’s future. The passage of this bill and the actions we’ll take in future sessions demonstrate our thoughtful plan to rebuild our communities.”

 

“I am hopeful that the people of Eastern Kentucky see today as a reminder that their elected officials hear them and see the devastation this flooding has caused,” Speaker Osborne said. “The legislators in impacted areas worked tirelessly to pass a plan that includes funding to support the region’s rebuilding efforts. As we have with similar efforts in Western Kentucky, we remain committed to working with state and local leaders as well as other stakeholders as the rebuilding process continues and needs evolve.”

 

“We’ve been through a devastating time over the past four weeks,” Rep. Blanton said. “We are a strong, proud, resilient people and we will get through this. But we need a little help along the way and this is that help. I can’t say thank you enough to the Governor, Rocky and the entire executive branch and to leadership in the Senate and the House. To steal a phrase from the Governor, this is not a bipartisan bill, it’s a nonpartisan bill. But I’m going to add one to that: This is a Kentucky bill. This is Kentuckians coming together to help Kentuckians.”

 

He added, “This is step one. Right now, we still have people in tents and we still have people in shelters. This bill provides funding for intermediate housing to get them into something with a roof and with heat before the cold weather months. I want to ensure people that we are prepared to make further purchases to get every single family and individual into housing.”

 

The nearly $212.7 million Eastern Kentucky relief plan is much like the aid provided to help Western Kentucky rebuild following last December’s tornadoes. To read more about the bill’s details, click here, or to read the bill, click here.

 

Kentucky lost at least 39 Kentuckians, and thousands of families lost everything due to the flooding. To learn more about the recovery efforts, visit the Governor’s disaster relief resources website and click here to donate to Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund.

 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 8/29/22

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session Monday, August 29, 2022 at 4:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair County Annex building located at 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. The meeting is open to the public. 
 

 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL                        
  1.  APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  2.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES  
 A.) Regular Called Meeting – AUGUST 8, 2022
  3.  DISBURSEMENTS
  4.  BUDGET AMENDMENTS                                             
  5.  BUDGET TRANFERS
A.) LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
B.) FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS       
 6. COURT ORDERS 
 7. READING OF ROADS
 
 8.  ACTION ITEMS:                                    
A)  ADAIR COUNTY TAX RATES 
B)  ADAIR COUNTY TAX RATES 
C)  HOSPTIAL DISTRICT TAX RATES
D)  AMBULANCE DISTRICT TAX RATES
E)  HEATH DEPT. DISTRICT TAX RATES
F)  SOIL CONSERVATION TAX RATES
G)  LIBRARY DISTRICT TAX RATES
H)  EXTENSION DISTRICT TAX RATES
I)  SCHOOL DISTRICT TAX RATES
J)  2021 SHERIFF LOCAL TAX SETTLEMENT
K)  SURPLUS PROPERTY
L)  PATRICK AND ASSOCIATES-FY 2022 AUDIT
 
 9.  OTHER BUSINESS
10. PUBLIC COMMENTS
11.  ADJOURN
 

Two Russell County Residents Arrested on Gun & Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop...

 

 

On Friday, August 26, 2022 Adair County Deputy Derek Padgett initiated a traffic stop on a 2001 Toyota 4 Runner at the intersection of KY 55 south and the Veterans Memorial Bypass.  The stop stemmed from a violation observed on KY 92. 

 

During the roadside investigation heroin, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a firearm was located. As a result, the driver and a passenger were arrested on felony charges and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.  

 

  • Andrew Bolin, 35, of Russell Springs was charged with Driving on a DUI Suspended License, Failure to Maintain Insurance, Improper Registration Plate, Improper Display of Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Preston Sneed, 29, of Russell Springs was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deputy Padgett was assisted on the scene by Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman.

 

Russell County Lakers Presented with Wave Bowl Trophy Friday Morning...

 

The 2022 WAVE BOWL trophy was presented to the Russell County Athletic Director and Head Football Coach on Friday, August 16, 2022 after the Lakers defeated the Adair County Indians last Friday night. The trophy will remain in the Lakers display case until next years game!

 

Russell County Athletic Director Michael Carpenter with Head Coach Ford. The Lakers beat the Indians last Friday night 27-14 to win this year's Wave Bowl.

 

Significant Traffic Delay for Westbound Cumberland Parkway for Car Parade 8/27/22

 


SOMERSET, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2022) – Motorists are advised that the westbound lanes of the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Expressway will experience a significant delay Saturday, Aug. 27, to accommodate the Somernites Car Cruise event.

 

Westbound lanes will be blocked at approximately 4 p.m. ET from the expressway’s intersection with U.S. 27 (mile point 88.2) to its intersection with Kentucky Route 914 (mile point 86.1). At approximately 5 p.m., the roadway will be blocked from KY 914 to Exit 78 (Nancy). The event is expected to be complete by 9 p.m.

 

Westbound traffic will detour via KY 80 to Exit 78.

 

Eastbound traffic will not be affected. Motorists are reminded that parking along the shoulders is prohibited. 

 

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

 

Jamestown Boil Water Advisory 8/26/22

 

The Jamestown Distribution Department has issued a boil water advisory from Park Avenue to Airport Rd. and all areas in between. This will be in force until further notice.

 

Adair County Road Closure 8/26/22

 
Adair County Road Foreman Barry Hamlett has announced that A. Jones Rd. will be closed for repairs after 8:30 A.M. CT Friday, August 26, 2022.

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on new economic development projects, the historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky, the special legislative session, investments in Eastern Kentucky, COVID-19 and monkeypox. He also named the Kentucky Distillers’ Association as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Economic Development Update
Today, the Governor highlighted six economic development projects, which, combined with other announcements this week, will create more than 1,450 new jobs and which represent more than $398 million in new investment.

 

“We are going to start with economic development, because even as we are facing natural disasters and challenges of the present, we have to keep moving forward. We are in a time where we have the opportunity and the chance to move our state’s economy ahead of so many others,” Gov. Beshear said. “Don’t let anybody tell you we aren’t building the economy of the future, because the numbers don’t lie.”

 

On Monday, Gov. Beshear announced that Kentucky-based Atlas Machine and Supply Inc. is investing $3.47 million to construct a new 32,500-square-foot facility in Hardinsburg, creating 78 well-paying jobs for local residents.

 

On Tuesday, Gov. Beshear announced that Bluegrass Bottling LLC, a Kentucky-based, woman-owned business, will construct a new bottling facility in Lancaster with a $6.25 million investment that will create 27 full-time jobs for Kentucky residents.

 

Also Tuesday, Gov. Beshear joined local officials and leaders from Summit Packaging Solutions LLC for the opening of the manufacturing packaging company’s $18.3 million operation in unincorporated Boone County, a project creating 185 contracted positions and 69 direct full-time jobs.

 

Gov. Beshear announced that Advanced Nano Products (ANP), a supplier of carbon battery nanomaterials used in electric vehicle battery production, will locate in Hardin County with a $49.6 million investment creating 93 high-wage jobs to supply battery producers including BlueOvalSK Battery Park.

 

The Governor announced that Mackenzie and Paige Logistics LLC (M&P), a woman-owned logistics provider based in the commonwealth, will invest nearly $4 million and create 210 full-time jobs, including positions for at least 120 Kentucky residents, with a new headquarters operation in Florence.

 

Gov. Beshear also announced the continued momentum of the state’s manufacturing sector as Worldwide Technologies LLC, a manufacturer of precision machined parts, will invest over $1.2 million and create 16 quality jobs with a new facility in Glasgow.

 

Eastern Kentucky Flood Update

Fatalities
Gov. Beshear said there are 39 confirmed fatalities in five counties.

 

Missing Persons
Two people remain missing from Breathitt County: Vanessa Baker, a 60-year-old woman, and Nancy Cundiff, a 29-year-old woman – both from the Lost Creek Community. If you have any information about either of these individuals, please contact Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard at 606-435-6069.

 

Power Outages
There are currently 107 outages, down from 27,000 on July 29.

 

Water Outages
The City of Buckhorn remains without water due to damaged distribution lines in the Hazard Water District, which supplies the city’s water. However, two simultaneous relief efforts are in progress to resupply the city.

 

Hazard, which has been restoring its own water system, has begun pumping water to a holding tank in Buckhorn, which when filled will supply water to the city. Meanwhile, crews from the Kentucky Rural Water Association and volunteers from water companies across the commonwealth are checking the 13 miles of water line between Hazard and Buckhorn for leaks. As a second option, an unused emergency line connected to the Breathitt County Water District will be tested within two weeks. If successful, it could supply water to almost half of the city.

 

To provide immediate relief to Buckhorn residents, state officials have redirected mobile showers, restrooms and washer/dryer units, as well as water tanks from other areas that could be used in tandem with the WaterStep’s Water On Wheels cart already deployed in the city.

 

There are 647 service connections without water, down from 40,000 on July 28. More than 7,000 customers remain under a boil water advisory, down from 46,000. Three water systems have limited operations: Breathitt, Letcher and Hazard.

 

Team Kentucky continues to bring water relief to those residents whose service remains out through WaterStep’s Water On Wheels Cart, currently distributing water at sites in Breathitt, Letcher and Perry counties.

 

Shelters
There are 380 people being housed in state parks, churches, schools and community centers. Kentucky State Parks are currently housing 354 people.

 

Travel Trailers
There are 233 individuals being housed in 76 travel trailers. In total, 94 travel trailers were transported to four sites: Jenny Wiley State Park, Carr Creek State Park, Mine Made Campground and Crockettsville Campground. Individuals seeking emergency sheltering in travel trailers can find more information and register at governor.ky.gov/FloodResources or call 502-234-1225 to register.

 

“Media reports and rumors have inaccurately created some fear in folks staying in these trailers. There is not a 60- or 90-day occupancy limit for these folks,” Gov. Beshear said. “We are going to make sure we are there as long as necessary.”

 

FEMA
More than $49.1 million in grants have been approved under the FEMA Individuals and Households Program for 6,116 households. In addition to a Disaster Recovery Center, Kentuckians can also apply through FEMA at DisasterAssistance.gov, on their mobile app and by calling 800-621-3362. Two Mobile Registration Centers are now open in Magoffin and Owsley counties from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To see the locations, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

 

Legal Assistance
Free legal assistance is available to survivors in Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Whitley counties who were affected by Eastern Kentucky flooding. Survivors facing disaster-related issues who cannot afford an attorney may call the KBA Young Lawyers Section Disaster Legal Relief Committee hotline toll free at 844-478-0099. The number will be routed to a voicemail box. Calls are checked Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST.

 

Debris
So far, 15,904 tons of debris have been removed from state and county rights-of-way and 1,633 tons of debris have been removed from waterways. Victims who need help having debris moved to rights-of-way can call Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster at 606-268-0896.

 

Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)
On Monday, the Governor announced that disaster food benefits have been approved for residents and people working in 12 Eastern Kentucky counties that suffered significant damage from flooding. For more information on how to apply, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

 

Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund
Today, the Governor announced additional relief to flood victims in Eastern Kentucky from the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund.

 

“The process has started for $500 payments to be sent to uninsured homeowners and renters in addition to what they are eligible for through FEMA,” Gov. Beshear said. “The immediate needs in these disaster areas are great, and every little bit can help.”

 

Much like the process for the Western Kentucky tornado relief, there is no application for this assistance. Data is being collected through FEMA, and eligible recipients will receive the $500 payment directly.

 

To date, the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief fund has raised over $8 million from 35,954 donors. The fund has paid for 39 funerals totaling $390,000. Donations can be made at TeamEKYFloodReliefFund.ky.gov.

 

Plans to Stabilize Panbowl Lake
Gov. Beshear announced that a $5.9 million contract has been awarded to stabilize and strengthen the dam impounding Panbowl Lake and carrying Kentucky Highway 15 through the city limits of Jackson in Breathitt County. The North Fork flooded downtown Jackson last month, and the state advised residents to evacuate as the water nearly came over the highway. The river also flooded the city in February 2021. To learn more, see the full release. To see Jackson Mayor Laura Thomas’ video about the announcement, click here.

 

ARPA Funding for Tourism Industry
In response to the flooding in Eastern Kentucky, the deadline for application submissions for the $75 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to boost the state’s tourism industry and economy has been extended. The new deadlines for application submissions are as follows:

  • Pool two: $25 million for destination marketing organizations – Friday, Sept. 30
  • Pool three: $25 million for meetings and conventions – Friday, Oct. 7
  • Pool four: $10 million for multi-jurisdiction marketing – Friday, Nov. 4

 

Mountain Parkway Expansion
This week, the Governor continued to support Eastern Kentucky by announcing over $100 million in awards, which includes yesterday’s groundbreaking on the $97.1 million Wolfe County segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion. It will widen the Mountain Parkway from Campton to Helechewa. While in Campton, the Governor also announced six projects totaling $3,681,827 in funding. The projects will benefit Breathitt, Lee, Magoffin and Wolfe counties. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Special Legislative Session for Eastern Kentucky Floods
Following his call for a special legislative session to speed relief to Eastern Kentucky, Gov. Beshear joined state lawmakers in the Capitol Rotunda to announce a plan to spend nearly $212.7 million over the next six months to help rebuild communities devastated by the deadly flooding that began July 26. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Health Updates: COVID-19 and Monkeypox
Gov. Beshear said COVID-19 continues to spread in Kentucky, but he is hopeful that most communities will have a plateau or slight decline. Several Kentucky counties are now back to a low (green) COVID-19 Community Level.

 

A total of 26 cases of monkeypox have been identified in Kentucky. All cases have occurred in adults. Anyone who is eligible for the vaccine should contact their local health department to identify options for obtaining the vaccine.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
The Governor named the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, which hosted a bourbon auction with all proceeds going to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund, as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. The Kentucky Bourbon Benefit auctioned rare and signed bottles, private barrel selections and more. The auction raised over $1.4 million for flood recovery efforts and members donated more than $275,000 directly to the relief fund. The bourbon industry has also been helping provide fresh water to impacted areas since the floods first occurred.

 

“I am grateful to the distilleries across our commonwealth for the support and love they have shown to our fellow Kentuckians,” Gov. Beshear said. “This community rallied together, and their efforts will truly make a difference.”

 

Gov. Beshear also recognized the donors that have given $15,000 or more to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund:

  • Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance - $200,000
  • Diversified Gas and Oil Corp. - $166,412.02
  • Texas Roadhouse- $70,000
  • Kentucky Utilities - $50,000
  • Delta Dental of Kentucky- $50,000
  • AT&T - $25,000
  • Marathon Community Investment - $25,000
  • Mariner Finance - $25,000
  • Zaxby’s - $17,500
  • Farmer Mac - $15,000
  • Invenergy - $15,000

Area Arrests 8-25-22

 

  • Patrick Kimes, 49, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Deputy Pierce with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday evening. Kimes was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident-Failure to Render Air or Assistance, Operating Motor Vehicle under the Influence 1st and Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

  • Richard Hawkins, 35, of Louisville, KY was arrested by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday afternoon. Hawkins was charged with Posession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine), Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, 1st Offense and Failure to Signal. Hawkins was lodged in the Adair County Reginal Jail.

 

Columbia Man Arrested on Theft Charges; Another Man Arrested on Fugitive from Another State Warrant

 
Area Arrests:
 
  • Steven Harmon, 38, of Columbia, KY - arrested on Wednesday afternoon by the ACSO for TBUT.
  • Eric Faulkner, 33, of Gray, KY - arrested by KSP on Wednesday morning on a Fugitive from Another State Warrant and Criminal Mischief 2nd degree.
  • Paul Abrell, 43, of Columbia - arrested by RSPD on Wednesday morning for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol). He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Gov. Beshear, Lawmakers Announce $212 Million to Help Flood-Damaged Eastern Kentucky Rebuild Over Next 6 Months

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2022) – Following his call for a special legislative session to speed relief to Eastern Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear today joined state lawmakers in the Capitol Rotunda to announce a plan to spend $212.7 million over the next six months to help rebuild communities devastated by the deadly flooding that began July 26.

 

“Since the beginning of this natural disaster, I’ve been speaking with legislative leaders about the need for this special session. These conversations have been productive, because when it comes to helping Kentuckians during their time of need, our work isn’t bipartisan, it’s nonpartisan,” Gov. Beshear said. “To the people of Eastern Kentucky: Today, we are once again showing you that we are with you and we’re going to be with you as long as it takes to rebuild.”

 

Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker David Osborne joined Gov. Beshear today and echoed his commitment to impacted families through Eastern Kentucky State Aid Funding for Emergencies (EKSAFE).

 

“Our cities and counties are hurting in the worst way. Our collective, nonpartisan effort today is the initial step to bolster local city and county government services impacted by the flood disaster,” President Stivers said. “You should know you have our long-term commitment when we are back in full session in January to address your long-term needs.”

 

“Kentucky’s response to natural disasters like the July flooding in Eastern Kentucky has been incredible, but we are entering a new phase of rebuilding and that will require a significant investment,” Speaker Osborne added. “We’ve been working closely with legislators in the areas impacted by the flooding, as well as local officials, the executive branch and our federal delegation, to identify the most effective way to help. Fortunately, we have a model that we know works. And for the first time in history we have the resources available in our budget reserve trust fund to commit to EKSAFE.”

 

The Governor said the nearly $212.7 million Eastern Kentucky relief plan is much like the aid provided to help Western Kentucky rebuild following last December’s tornadoes and includes:
 

  • $200 million from the Budget Reserve Trust Fund – the state’s $2.7 billion rainy day fund – to EKSAFE.
    • $115 million of that $200 million will be provided to the Department of Military Affairs Division of Emergency Management to provide financial support to cities, counties, school districts, state agencies and nonprofit or public utility service providers located in areas named in the Presidential Declaration of a Major Disaster. The use of this portion includes reimbursement for services, personnel and equipment provided during the response and recovery phases; cost of replacement or repair of publicly owned buildings and their contents; and advancement of funds to local governments, utilities and school districts awaiting insurance claims and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster assistance.
    • $45 million to be provided to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s highways budget for the state matching funds to pay for bridge and road repairs and replacement. 
    • $40 million will be provided to the Department of Education for financial assistance to school districts to support repairs of school building facilities, additional transportation costs for displaced students and wrap-around services for schoolchildren and their families recovering from the impacts of the storms and flooding.
       
  • Nearly $12.7 million in fiscal year 2022-2023 from the State Fiscal Recovery Fund of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is earmarked for EKSAFE. These funds will go toward water and sewer infrastructure projects, the building of replacement school facilities and housing sites not previously used, but now designed to mitigate the risk of future flooding.

 

Other Assistance to School Districts Impacted by the Flooding
The legislation will also provide the commissioner of education flexibility to waive up to 15 student attendance days through Jan. 20, 2023, due to the flooding.

 

“We are also making sure our school employees are secure by ensuring that days ‘waived’ will count as days worked,” Gov. Beshear said. “And school districts may modify their school calendars and allow additional employee emergency leave, if necessary due to the disaster.”

 

Under the bill’s provisions, a school district may temporarily assign students to remote instruction due to uninhabitable school buildings. Up to 20 days of remote instruction may be permitted, with safeguards. It also expedites the approval process for school district facility plans to renovate, repair and replace flood-damaged school buildings.

 

Finally, the bill would provide SEEK Funding Relief to both Eastern Kentucky flood-affected areas and Western Kentucky tornado-affected areas.

 

This bill also provides some additional spending flexibility for the Western Kentucky SAFE funds and extends the funding through June 30, 2026. So far, more than $67 million has been provided from this fund to help Western Kentucky cities, counties, utilities and schools with the costs of recovery.

 

“In this session, we are taking care of our Eastern Kentucky communities – just like we did for Western Kentucky – while also making sure they have the flexibility needed as they continue to rebuild,” Gov. Beshear said. “After many dark days in this emergency response, we are seeing a little more hope in the path forward toward stabilization and rebuilding.”

 

Kentucky lost at least 39 Kentuckians and thousands of families have lost everything due to the flooding. To learn more about the recovery efforts, visit the Governor’s disaster relief resources website and click here to donate to Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund.

 

Russell County School Board Special Called Meeting 8/26/22

 
The Russell County School Board will have a Special Called Meeting on Friday, August 26, 2022 at 9:30amCT at the Russell County Audiorium/Natatorium (room above the pool). The meeting is open to the public.
 
AGENDA
  1. Pledge of Allegiance/Prayer
  2. Call to Order
  3. Roll Call
  4. Adoption of Agenda
  5. Consideration and Possible Action Regarding Restrictions in Previous Deed to Real Property
  6. Adjoun
 
 

Adair County Man Arrested After Pursuit


On Monday, August 22, 2022 at 8:25pmCT, Deputy Kenny Perkins attempted a traffic stop on KY 551 for speeding. The vehicle continued to accelerate and began fleeing. The pursuit came to an end 4 miles north of Columbia and the operator was taken into custody without incident.
 

Jeffrey Perkins, 48, of Columbia, KY was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:

  • Speeding 20 mph Over the Limit 
  • Fleeing or Evading Police 1st degree
  • Reckless Driving
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs &
  • Wanton Endangerment 2nd degree


The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.

 

Area Arrests 8-24-22

 

April Roy, 46, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by Officer Harlan of the Jamestown Police Department just after 8:30pmCT on Tuesday night. Roy was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition (Shoplifting) and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Chasity Williams, 41, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody by Deputy Perkins with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday evening. Williams was charged with Giving Officer False Identifying Information, Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (on foot), Escape 3rd Degree, Contempt of Court and for a Probation Violation.

 

Megan Shuck, 27, of Louisville, KY (formerly of Columbia) was arrested by Deputy Hitch with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday afternoon. Shuck was charged with Burglary, 2nd Degree, Persistent Felony Offender, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree and Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition.


Williams & Shuck were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

One Person Flown to Louisville Hospital Following Boating Accident on Green River Lake

 
Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a reported boating accident near Smith Ridge Boat Ramp on Green River Lake at 9:50pmET (8:50pmCT) on Monday night, August 22, 2022. Upon arrival, firefighters interviewed the reporting party who heard some type of boat accident west of the loading ramp. A recon (recovery control) team was sent to assess the situation while other personnel were launching additional watercraft. 
 
Upon arrival of the recon team, they found a bass boat approximately 30' into the wood line with a male subject pinned underneath boat. The patient was conscious and did have injuries. No other victims were on board. Crews extracted the patient from underneath the boat and started providing medical care, requesting Air Evac for a scene flight. The patient was flown via Air Evac to UL Hospital in Louisville.
 
Special operations crews then responded back to the accident location to search for a missing pet and mitigated a significant fuel leak on the watercraft. This is still under investigation by the Taylor County Sherriff's Dept. and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. No rescuers were injured during this rescue operation and 22 firefighters responded to the scene.

Non-Perishable Items Being Collected for Blessing Box in Columbia

 
The City of Columbia is collecting non-perishable items for the Blessing Box located at the City Park on Fairground Street.
 
“We are seeing an increase in the use of the blessing box,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots.
 
Any non-perishable items that you would like to donate, can be dropped off in the tote located at the back entrance to City Hall. The city appreciates the community’s support during this endeavor.
 

Adair County Sheriff's Office Makes Drug Arrest

 

An Adair County man has been arrested on felony drug charges following a traffic stop.
 

On Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 6:03pmCT, K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten, along with K-9 Nitro, initiated a traffic stop off of Office Park Drive. As a result of the stop and roadside investigation, Justin Rexroad, 42, of Columbia, KY was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine), no registration plates, and possession of marijuana

 

The ACSO is continuing the investigation and was assisted by Ofc. Josh Durbin and Ofc Joey Keith of the Columbia Police Department.

 

Area Arrests 8-23-22


John Jackson, age 34, of Russell Springs, was arrested by Officer Llane with the Russell Springs Police Department just before 11:30 last night. Jackson was charged with Failure to Appear and Sexual Abuse, 1st Degree, Victim Under 12 Years of Age.

 

Allan Burton, age 21, of Columbia, was arrested by Trooper Justice of the Kentucky State Police around 3:30 yesterday afternoon. Burton was charged with Improper Display of Registration Plates, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License and Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO order.

 

Both men were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Jeffrey Perkins, age 48, of Columbia, was arrested by Deputy Perkins with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just before 10 last night. Perkins was charged with Speeding 20 mph over Limit, Feeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Alcohol or Substance 1st, Wanton Endangerment – 2nd Degree and Reckless Driving. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

 

Area Arrests 8-22-22

 

 

  • Scott Hamm, 54, of Jamestown - arrested by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just after midnight on Sunday night. Hamm was charged with Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense) and Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree.
  • Allan Burton, 21, of Columbia - arrested on Monday afternoon by KSP for Improper Display of Registration Plates, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, and Violation of a Kentucky EPO (Emergency Protective Order).

     

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

KSP Make Arrests in State Fair Investigation

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2022) – At approximately 9:20 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, Kentucky State Police (KSP) received an initial report of a disturbance in front of the Midway area on the Kentucky State Fairgrounds. 

 

Subsequently, the Kentucky State Fair Board initiated a soft close of the fair out of an abundance of caution for event attendees. The initial investigation indicates that a group of individuals caused panic with noise-making devices, leading fair-goers to believe shots had been fired. At this time, KSP investigators have found no physical evidence that a weapon was discharged during the disruption, but the investigation remains ongoing. Upon completion of the investigation, KSP will issue the final details.

 

Last night, KSP arrested 8 individuals and the Kentucky Fair Board Police arrested one individual. Of those arrests, 3 were adults and 6 were minors. The individuals arrested all reside in Jefferson County. Charges include disorderly conduct, menacing, possession of stolen property and possession of a handgun. 

 

 In 2019, the Kentucky State Fair Board revised the attendance policy requiring fair-goers under 18 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian 21 years of age or older after 6:00pmET. To enter, all adults must show an ID at the gate. They also increased lighting throughout the fairgrounds and law enforcement presence during peak hours.

 

The Kentucky State Fair is open under normal operations.

 

Weekend Arrests - 8/21/22

 

  • Dakota Petty, 25, of Russell Springs - arrested by the ACSO for Assault (Domestic Violence) with Minor Injuries.
  • Anthony Thomas Dickson, 19, of Columbia - arrested by the ACSO on Saturday night for Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle, Failure to Surrender Revoked Operators License, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, and Failure to Appear.
  • Justin Lee Rexroad, 42, of Columbia - arrested on Friday evening by the ACSO for No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Methamphetamine.
  • Tommy Dotson, 55, of Columbia - arrested early Saturday morning by KSP for One Headlight, No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance, Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, DUI, Improper Display of Registration Plates, and Failure to Wear Seatbelt.
  • Brandon Miles Mosley, 38, of Columbia - arrested on Friday night by the ACSO for Possession of Marijuana and No Operators License.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 
  • Charles Sikes, 51, of Russell Springs - arrested by the RCSO on Sunday morning for No Brake LIghts, Failure to Maintain Insurance, Operating on a Revoked or Suspended License, and No Operators License.
  • Cody Dix, 33, of Russell Springs - arrested on Sunday morning by the RCSO for No Motorcycles License, Failure of Non-Owner/Operator to Maintain Insurance, Receiving Stolen Property, No Registration Plates, and Unapproved or No Eye Protective Device.
  • Benito Ayala Segovia, 26, of Russell Springs - arrested early Saturday morning by KSP for Reckless Driving, Failure to Dim Headlights, Improperly on Left Side of Road, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle, DUI, No Operators License, Lights/Lanterns Required on Motorless Vehicles (Except Bicycles) Between Sunset/Sunrise.
  • Raul Rosas, 41, of Russell Springs - arrested late Friday night by the RCSO for 4th degree Assault (Domestic Violence).
  • Crystal Loften Kemp, 46, of Jamestown - arrested on Friday night by the Jamestown Police Dept. for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, 1st & 2nd Offenses.
  • Dudley Devine, 38, of Mackville - arrested by Jamestown Police on Friday night for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Early Morning Traffic Stop Results in Columbia Man being Arrested on Meth Charges...

 

The Columbia Police Department initiated a traffic stop early Saturday morning on Hwy. 61 (Burkesville Street) just after 3:00amCT. During the duration of the stop, K9 Unit Nitro from the Adair County Sheriff’s Office was deployed and alerted on the vehicle. A search yielded findings of suspected methamphetamine and the male operator, identified as 29-year-old Matthew Stapleton of Columbia, KY was taken into custody.


After arriving at the Adair County Regional Jail, the arresting officer observed Mr. Stapleton chewing and quickly swallowing an unknown object as he was being taken out of the cruiser. Adair EMS was called to the scene and Stapleton was taken to TJ Health Columbia for observation before being released and transported back to the Adair County Regional Jail.


Stapleton has been charged with Careless Driving, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

Officer Justin Cross made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Trevor Foster and Deputy Chandler Staten.
 

'Ag tag' donations reach $606,223 for 2022; Total divided among 4-H, FFA, KDA

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2022) – Kentucky farmers donated $606,223.11 to the Ag Tag Program for 2022, bringing the total of donations to more than $4.3 million since 2016, Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles announced today.

 

“I want to thank everyone who donated to the voluntary ‘Ag Tag’ program this year. 2022 has been a tough year, but despite that, our agricultural community still saw the benefit of donating to the ‘Ag Tag’ fund,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Through the years, the Ag Tag Program has succeeded in providing much-needed funding for promoting agriculture and educating Kentucky’s youth on the importance of agriculture in our everyday lives. Your generosity will help ensure Kentucky agriculture has a bright future.”

 

The voluntary donations are divided equally among Kentucky 4-H, Kentucky FFA, and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA). This year, each group will receive $202,074.37. Since 2016, Kentucky FFA and Kentucky 4-H have received, collectively, more than $2.9 million from donations made by ag producers renewing their vehicles each year.

 

The KDA uses its share of the Ag Tag funds for various programs such as the Ag Athlete of the Year awards, the Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award, Kentucky Women in Agriculture, and the University of Kentucky Grain and Forage Center of Excellence.

 

“The Kentucky FFA Foundation is thrilled with the 2022 Ag Tag campaign. The Ag Tag program has become a vital part of accomplishing our vision of Growing Leaders, Building Communities & Strengthening Agriculture,” said Sheldon McKinney, executive director of the Kentucky FFA Foundation. “We give half of the funds given in each county back to the local chapters in that county, so this means a greater impact in each community. We also use Ag Tag donations to fund Ag Achievers grants, which offer much needed technology upgrades to agriculture classrooms across Kentucky, provide travel scholarships to our students competing at National FFA Convention, and provide a great experience for our students at the Kentucky State Fair. The Ag Tag program has become a vital part of accomplishing our vision of Growing Leaders, Building Communities & Strengthening Agriculture.”

 

“Farmer-supported Ag Tag dollars are instrumental in supporting 4-H programs in all 120 counties. Giving allows local 4-H programs to grow youth as leaders, build their communication skills, and develop them into active, engaged members of their community,” said Melissa Miller, executive director of the Kentucky 4-H Foundation. “Thank you to everyone who chose to make the $10 donation and support Kentucky’s youth.”

 

Kentucky motorists who buy or renew farm vehicle license plates, or “ag tags,” may make a voluntary donation of up to $10 to the Ag Tag Fund. Half of the 4-H and FFA funds go back to the county where the tag is purchased, where both organizations use the funds to support local programming, awards, and scholarships.

 

Columbia Boil Water Advisory Lifted

 

As of 10:42 a.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022 the boil water advisory for customers from 2432-3477 Fairplay Rd, Hwy 704, Eddie Compton Rd, Johnson School Rd., Brice Morrison Rd., Rick Rob Rd., Stone Cemetery Rd, and Loy Cemetery Rd. has beenlifted by the Division of Water. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.

 

Thank You,

Columbia Adair Utilities District

 

Adair County School Board Meeting Recap

 

Jim Lieb was at the Adair County School Board meeting for WAVE NEWS and spoke with Supt.  Dr. Pamela Stephens...

 

Area Arrests 8-19-22

 

David Wisdom, 34, of Russell Springs, KY was taken into custody by KSP Trooper Harper Thursday morning. Wisdom was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Controlled Substance 4th or GREATER Offense, Reckless Driving and Failure to Wear Seat Belts. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Kyle Kenyon, 23, of Burkesville, KY was arrested by Burkesville Police on Thursday morning. Kenyon was charged with Sexual Abuse, 1st Degree (Victim under 12 Years of Age). Kenyon was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update 8/18/22

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on new economic development projects, historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky, Red Cross blood drives, the Kentucky State Fair, a scholarship for nursing students, COVID-19 and monkeypox. He also named those who donated $15,000 or more to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

“It is important, even for those who have been through the most difficult of times these last couple of weeks, to see that there is a big bright future in front of us. Yes, we might get knocked down, but we don’t get knocked out, and we also don’t get knocked backward,” Gov. Beshear said. “As a commonwealth, we can pick up our brothers and sisters in the west and the east, rebuild lives, rebuild towns and also move forward in providing the type of economic opportunity for our kids and our kids’ kids that we have always dreamed of.”

 

Economic Development Update
Today, the Governor highlighted two economic development projects. Combined, they are investing $25 million and creating 450 jobs.

 

Yesterday, Gov. Beshear welcomed the opening of Confluent Health LLC’s new company headquarters as leaders and local officials held the grand opening for the $10 million project that will create 350 full-time Kentucky jobs.

 

Earlier today, the Governor congratulated DAS Cos. Inc., a distributor of automotive supplies, travel gear and mobile electronics, on the announcement of the company’s new distribution center in Simpson County, which is creating 100 full-time jobs with a $15 million investment.

 

Eastern Kentucky Flood Update

Fatalities
Gov. Beshear said there are 39 confirmed fatalities in five counties:

  • 8 in Breathitt;
  • 2 in Clay;
  • 19 in Knott;
  • 3 in Letcher; and
  • 7 in Perry.

 

Missing Persons
Two people remain missing from Breathitt County – Vanessa Baker, a 60-year-old woman and Nancy Cundiff, a 29-year-old woman – both from the Lost Creek Community. If you have any information about either of these individuals, please contact Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard at 606-435-6069.

 

Shelters
There are 455 people being housed in state parks, churches, schools and community centers. Kentucky State Parks are currently housing 319 people.

 

Travel Trailers
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has delivered 94 travel trailers to four sites: Jenny Wiley State Park, Carr Creek State Park, Mine Made Campground and Crockettsville Campground. Individuals seeking emergency sheltering in travel trailers can find more information and register at governor.ky.gov/FloodResources or call 502-234-1225 to register.

 

Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund
The total number of donations is 34,157 and the donated amount stands at $6,715,099. A total of 39 funeral payments have been dispersed totaling $390,000. To donate online, visit TeamEKYFloodReliefFund.ky.gov.

 

Power Outages
All wireless providers are reporting full restoration. 95% of power outages were restored as of Aug. 4. There are currently 74 outages, down from 27,000 on July 29.

 

Water Outages
Drinking Water: 2,634 service connections are without water, down from 40,000 on July 28; and 22,371 service connections are under a Boil Water Advisory, down from 46,000 on July 28.

 

FEMA
More than $42 million in grants have been approved under the FEMA Individuals and Households Program for 5,267 households:

  • This includes nearly $32.4 million in Housing Assistance grants to homeowners to bring their damaged properties to a sanitary and habitable condition; and
  • $8 million in Other Needs Assistance provides grants to provide applicants for immediate needs such as medical and dental expenses, moving and storage, funeral costs and childcare.

“There’s a lot of moving pieces, and we’re going to try to further drill down on the different buckets. How many are pending, how many have been denied, how many have been denied and then later approved, what are the reasons,” Gov. Beshear said. “We are getting more transparency and more numbers. I will help us to be good advocates and it will help families to know the additional work they need to do.”

 

In addition to a Disaster Recovery Center, Kentuckians can also apply through FEMA at DisasterAssistance.gov, on their mobile app and by calling 800-621-3362. Two Mobile Registration Centers are now open in Magoffin and Owsley counties from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To see the locations, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources. Gov. Beshear encouraged those who have been approved for assistance to sign up for direct deposit with FEMA. Call FEMA at 800-621-3362 (FEMA) to sign up for electronic deposits.

 

Roadways and Bridges Update
100% of assessments on public bridges have been completed, with 1,098 bridges inventoried: 75 bridges have been identified for replacement, and an additional 75 bridges have been identified as needing repair.

 

Debris
As of Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1,199 loads of debris have been removed. Flood victims needing debris to be picked up can place most types of debris on state and county rights-of-way in front of their houses, sorted into piles of different types of debris: construction and demolition materials; electronic items; household hazardous material in non-leak containers; household appliances; and vegetative debris. Victims that need help having debris moved to rights-of-way can call Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster at 606-268-0896. Cleanup of flood debris from creeks and streams is expected to begin this Saturday, Aug. 20.

 

Crisis and Behavioral Health Support for Flood Victims
Gov. Beshear announced that there are 32 crisis counselors in the areas impacted by flooding in Eastern Kentucky. Crisis counseling teams will work through the local Community Mental Health Centers to provide support and awareness. Since Aug. 3, 2,413 crisis and behavioral health contacts have been made by center staff and Kentucky Crisis Counseling Team members on the ground in Eastern Kentucky. They are stationed at DRCs, shelters and other congregant locations, as well as going door-to-door to raise awareness of available resources. For more information, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

 

Red Cross Blood Drive
Tuesday, Gov. Beshear, First Lady Britainy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman donated blood at an American Red Cross blood drive in the Capitol Rotunda.

 

“We are going through some incredibly tough times in Kentucky, and the importance of donating blood has never been higher,” Gov. Beshear said. “One way that we can make sure we are there for those who were there for us is to ensure we have a blood supply in this country that is there and ready to help those that experience physical trauma during one of these disasters.”

 

This summer, the American Red Cross faced a concerning drop in blood and platelet donations. This has led to a 20% drop in the blood supply. This decline may soon make it tougher to keep blood products stocked on hospital shelves. During the event, the Governor encouraged Kentuckians to visit RedCrossBlood.org to find a blood drive or donation location near them and to donate blood to help those in need.

 

Kentucky State Fair
Today, the Governor attended the Kentucky State Fair’s Commodity Appreciation Breakfast and celebrated the hard work of Kentucky farmers. He also attended the Fair’s Opening Ceremonies and visited several booths. The Governor encouraged everyone to attend this year’s state fair to celebrate all that makes Kentucky special.

 

“For many families, I hope this is a chance to take a breath with everything we’ve been through these last two-and-a-half years, to bring many generations together to continue great traditions, and ultimately to see so much of what our state has to offer,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

HCTC and ARH Nursing Scholarship
The Governor congratulated Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) and Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) on announcing a new scholarship for nursing students.

 

“We know the nationwide nursing shortage is hurting everyone, and that’s especially true in our Eastern Kentucky region,” Gov. Beshear said. “The ARH Healthcare Scholarship is part of the solution.”

 

Students who have been accepted into and enrolled in HCTC’s two-year nursing program will be eligible to apply. After completing licensing requirements, students can receive up to $15,000 with a commitment to work at ARH. For more information, visit hazardctv.com/ARHscholarship.

 

Health Updates: COVID-19; Monkeypox
Gov. Beshear said COVID-19 continues to spread in Kentucky, but he is hopeful that most communities will have a plateau or slight decline. Several Kentucky counties are now back to a low (green) COVID-19 Community Level.

 

The Governor encouraged those who are sick to stay home to avoid spreading disease to others. If you are sick or have had a known close contact to someone with COVID-19, please test yourself to lower the risk of spreading the virus unknowingly to others.

 

A total of 17 cases of monkeypox have been identified in Kentucky. All cases have occurred in adults. Anyone who is concerned they may have symptoms of monkeypox or who may have been exposed to the monkeypox virus should talk to their health care provider. Anyone who is eligible for the vaccine should contact their local health department to identify options for obtaining the vaccine.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
The Governor recognized the corporate and community partners who have donated over $15,000 to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

  • Kentucky Association of Health Plans - $100,000
  • Jim Beam Brands Co. - $50,000
  • Brown-Forman Corp. - $30,000
  • River Metals Recycling - $25,000
  • Rent-A-Center Customers & Co-workers - $25,000
  • NTS Development Co. - $25,000
  • Wieland North America Inc. - $15,000

 

Gov. Beshear also recognized the Kentucky Distillers Association, which is hosting a bourbon auction with all proceeds going to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund. The auction is now open through Aug. 21. Visit kybourbonbenefit.com for more information.

 

“100% of the funds raised from the Kentucky Bourbon Auction will go to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund. Last time, people not only enjoyed it, but you could tell that they were really giving because they wanted to help,” Gov. Beshear said. “Thank you to all these companies that are really going above and beyond.”

 

Columbia Man Arrested on Meth Charges After Suspicious Vehicle Investigation

 
On Wednesday evening, August 17, 2022 Columbia Police Officers arrived at Columbia Christian Church’s park pavilion, located off North Reed Street, to check a suspicious vehicle.  
K9 Matt was dispatched to the scene and alerted officers of suspected narcotics. A search of the vehicle yielded findings of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
 
Gage Scheel, 31, of Columbia, KY was placed into custody and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
Sgt. Drew Conn made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Josh Durbin and Sgt. Evan Burton.
 

LWC Prepares to Welcome Class of 2026, Telehealth Services Added for New Academic Year

 

COLUMBIA, KY. – The A.P. White Campus and the city of Columbia are abuzz with excitement as Lindsey Wilson College finalizes the preparations to begin a new academic year. 

 

Although student-athletes involved in fall sports have been settling in for the last few weeks, LWC freshman residential students will not arrive for move-in until 9 a.m. CT, Saturday morning, August 20. The rest of the residential student body will move in beginning at noon on Sunday, August 21. 

 

Students will be welcomed with a full week of events and activities planned to help them ease into college and campus life. 

 

“We eagerly await the arrival of our students for the fall,” said William T. Luckey Jr., who has served as president of Lindsey Wilson College for more than 24 years. “This academic year will bring exciting opportunities as we are planning to fully resume service projects, student activities, Blue Raider athletics and collaborative academic pursuits. We are ready to see our beloved Lindsey Wilson running at full capacity for the first time in over two years.” 

 

When students arrive, they will be greeted with campus improvements ranging from new furniture in residential and academic spaces to new equipment in the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center. Parnell Family Stadium, which is home to Lindsey Wilson football and track & field, also received a facelift. Over the summer, new turf was installed on the football field and the track was resurfaced. 

 

LWC Adds Telehealth Access for Campus Community
 

Also new for fall, LWC has partnered with Cumberland Family Medical Centers to provide primary care and mental health services to students, faculty and staff. 

 

“The LWC community will now have access to primary healthcare services through telehealth technology,” said LWC Dean of Students Chris Schmidt. “This partnership also provides access to more than 50 mental health counselors. Remote services will be available to all students including those who attend LWC online and at extended campus locations.”

 

Students who need to see a service provider will contact LWC Director of Health Services and Campus Nurse Tamara Coots. 

 

“I will assess the student or employee and then help them to sign in and set up the telehealth call,” said Coots, an Adair County native who joined LWC to manage health services in a full-time capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The telehealth technology provided by Cumberland Family Medical Centers is secure, reliable and accessible. CFMC is a perfect partner for LWC – serving this underserved region is as important to them as it is to Lindsey Wilson.”

 

When students, faculty or staff are feeling unwell they can visit Coots in the Blue Raider Sports Medicine office located in the basement of Phillips Hall or call 270-384-8138. 

 

The first day of classes for the 2022-23 academic year at Lindsey Wilson College is on Monday, August 22. 

 

Tamara Coots

Because of a partnership with Cumberland Family Medical Centers, LWC will offer telehealth primary care and mental health services to all LWC students beginning fall 2022. LWC Director of Health Services and Campus Nurse Tamara Coots will coordinate the telehealth visit for any LWC student, faculty or staff member who is feeling unwell. 

 

 

 

 

Parnell Family Stadium Facelift

Parnell Family Stadium, which is home to Lindsey Wilson football and track & field, received a facelift for the fall 2022 season. Over the summer, new turf was installed on the football field and the track was resurfaced. The first home football game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CT on Aug. 27 when the Blue Raiders take on St. Andrews (North Carolina) University.

 

Columbia City Council Special Called Meeting 8/18/22

 

The Columbia City Council will have a Special Called Meeting on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 2:00pmCT at City Hall.

 

AGENDA
 
CALL TO ORDER
.
1ST ITEM: MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF AUGUST 4, 2022 SPECIAL CALLED MEETING.
 
2ND ITEM: 2nd READING OF ORDINANCE 220.186 - An ordinance providing for the levying and collection of an ad valorem tax for the City of Columbia, Kentucky for 2022
 
3RD ITEM: CITY PROJECT PHASE 1 DESIGN APPROVAL
 
4TH ITEM: DONATION OF BRICK FROM FOUST PROPERTY TO COUNTY FOR COURTHOUSE RESTORATION.
 
5TH ITEM: DONATION OF FIRE ENGINE #2 TO EASTERN KENTUCKY
 
6TH ITEM: AWARD BID FOR BLACKTOPPING CITY STREETS
 
7TH ITEM: APPROVAL OF EASEMENT FOR TRAIL TOWN SITE ON WATERWORKS
STREET
 
8TH ITEM: APPROVAL OF EASEMENT FOR TRAIL TOWN SITE ON N. HWY 55
 
9TH ITEM: ENTER EXECUTIVE SESSION KRS 61.8I0(I) - DELIBERATION ON THE FUTURE ACQUISITION OR SALE OF REAL PROPERTY WHEN PUBLICITY WOULD BE LIKELY TO AFFECT THE VALUE OF THE PROPERTY
 
RESUME SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
 
ADJOURN 
 

Russell County Man Arrested Following Traffic Stop...

 
24-year-old Christopher Bunch of Russell Springs was arrested on Wednesday morning by RSPD for Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Failure to Appear, 3 counts of Contempt of Court, and 3 counts of Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees, or Fines. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Russell County Boil Water Advisory 8/17/22

 
There is a boil water advisory in affect in Russell Springs on Highway 80, in town from Coes Steak House down to Milton Heights Road. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes. The advisory was issued due to a water main break.

RC Chamber Area Job Openings

 

Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency is looking for an in-home direct service provider for their Jamestown location. Duties include, but not limited to, carrying a case load of 8-10 cases, provide services for minimum of 12 weeks per family, facilitate in the best interest of the child, document details of in-home visits, provide parent education using specific curriculum, assist families in locating resources, develop an aftercare plan for each family, input data in data collection system, participate in activities including child abuse prevention month, regional network and community outreach events. Must be 21 years of age, have a bachelor’s degree in human services or related field, successful completion of criminal records check, child abuse and neglect registry check, driving record, drug and alcohol testing, must live in the 10-county service area and possess a valid driver’s license. Applications are available at www.lc-caa.org Submit applications/resumes at apply@lc-caa.org.

United Citizens Bank- currently has openings for a full time and a part time teller position. If interested please send resume to sandyc@ucbsky.com. Equal Opportunity Employer

Little Caesar’s in Russell Springs Seeking Full Time / Part Time Employees
Crew / Assistant Managers. Apply at mrkpizza.com.
As a top international pizza chain in business for more than 50 years, Little Caesars offers tremendous career opportunities. As a family-owned company, we take an active interest in the professional growth of our team members. This personal approach to career development allows our work force to feel recognized and rewarded. Our mission is to be the best take-home pizza chain by exceeding customer expectations with extraordinary value, great tasting products, and outstanding people.
 
The Food Wagon is looking for a friendly face who can run the register and do basic food prep. This would only be a couple of days per week. MUST be flexible and friendly!  Message Lynae Riggins on Facebook or visit her at 1032 W. Steve Wariner Drive in Russell Springs, KY.

Lawless & Smith True Value is adding to their team. You can apply in person at 979 W. Steve Wariner Drive in Russell Springs, KY or send your resume by Facebook Messenger.

Neat Companies is hiring for an Order Entry Specialist. Job will require inputting of orders into the accounting system based on information provided by sales team or from customer. Applicants must have attention to detail, great attendance, organizational skills, and knowledge of agriculture products is a plus, but not required. Applicants should also be proficient in Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft based applications. To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and three (3) references to:  Neat Companies, PO Box 82, Dunnville, KY. 42528. The deadline to apply is August 19.

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park is currently looking for a Chef, mechanical maintenance tech III and housekeeping supervisor to complete their team. If you are interested, please apply at: https://kypersonnelcabinet.csod.com/ats/careersite/search.aspx?site=2&c=kypersonnelcabinet

Dr. Schneider Automotive System is hiring Production Operators, Assembly Supervisor, Financial Analyst, Process Engineer, Tool Maker, IATF Lead Auditor, Injection Mold Setters and Technicians. They offer great compensation and benefits packages. If interested, contact them at www.jobs-drs.com or email at info_usa@dr-schneider.com

The Pretty Creekside Boutique is hiring!  They’ve grown and now growing their sales staff.  Apply in person at 212 Steve Drive or email them at prettycreeksideboutique@hotmail.com.  Applicant must be honest, dependable, outgoing and knowledgeable with social media.  Also must be available to work weekdays from 11:00-6:00 and Saturday from 9:00-5:00. 

Russell County Detention Center is hiring full and part time positions for male and females.  Starting pay begins at $12.00 an hour with full benefits, paid insurance, and retirement.  Applications can be picked up at the Judge Executive’s office, 410 Monument Square, Jamestown, KY (in the old courthouse) or at the Detention Center, 228 Brian Walters Drive in Russell Springs, KY.

Bennett’s Carpets- is looking to hire a delivery truck driver. This is a full time position. A clean driving record is necessary and a drug test will be performed. The position will require some heavy lifting and deliveries within a 90 mile radius. Starting pay will be $13.00 per hour. If interested, please submit your resume in person at 149 Steve Drive in Russell Springs, KY.  We look to hire for this position soon.

Stapp’s Trucking Center- is hiring one full time heavy truck and trailer technician. Some experience preferred but reliability and willingness to learn are valued above all else. Schedule is 7:30am - 4:00pm, Monday to Friday. Apply in person at 2768 North Hwy. 127, Russell Springs, KY 42642.

Somerset Community College-Exciting job opportunities are at SCC! They are searching for a college mentor coordinator and two community mentors to join their team. Learn more about the positions and apply at the links below:  

Adair County School Board Meeting 8/18/22

 

The Adair County School Board will meet on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 6:00pmCT for the regular monthly meeting.

 

***Pledge of Allegiance **

***Prayer***

 

1.   APPROVAL OF AGENDA

2.   APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

 

CONSENT AGENDA

3.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES

4.   APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT

5.   APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS

6.   APPROVAL TO ASSURE THAT ALL ASSURANCES ARE LISTED IN THE GMAP CONSOLIDATE GRANT APPLICATION

7.    REVIEW/APPROVAL OF ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT FOR THE 2022/2023 SCHOOL YEAR

8.   APPROVAL OF ADMISSIONS AND RELEASE COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS (ARC) FOR THE 2022/2023 SCHOOL YEAR

9.   APPROVAL OF MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE LAKE CUMBERLAND HEAD START GRANTEE PROGRAM AND THE ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE 2022/2023 SCHOOL YEAR

10.  APPROVAL OF THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE OFFICE OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION, EDUCATION AND LABOR CABINET AND THE ADAIR COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR THE 2022/2023 SCHOOL YEAR

11.   ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION


 

REGULAR AGENDA

 

12.   SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

 

13.   APPROVAL FOR OUT OF STATE TRAVEL FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY FFA CHAPTER TO ATTEND THE NATIONAL FFA CONVENTION IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA ON OCTOBER 25 – 28TH, 2022

 

14.   APPROVAL OF FUNDRAISER FOR ADAIR COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITH PALMETTO FUNDRAISING ON AUGUST 24, 2022

 

15.  APPROVAL OF FUNDRAISER FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY PRIMARY SCHOOL WITH GREAT AMERICAN OPPORTUNITIES ON OCTOBER 24, 2022 – NOVEMBER 4, 2022

 

16.  APPROVAL OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH TJ HEALTH FOR HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER/SPORTS FOR THE 2022/2023 SCHOOL YEAR (SECOND RENEWAL AGREEMENT) – Dr. Pamela Stephens

 

17.   APPROVAL OF NON-CRIMINAL JUSTICE GOVERNMENT ENTITY CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD INFORMATION USER AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE KENTUCKY STATE POLICE AND THE ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOLS – Carolee Lloyd

 

18.  APPROVAL OF MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE BLUEGRASS PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING AND THE ADAIR COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR THE 2022/2023 SCHOOL YEAR

 

19.  APPROVAL TO CREATE AN ACADEMIC, BAND AND SPORTS EVENT LIASON POSITION – Craig Biggs

 

20.  APPROVAL TO INCREASE THE ADULT MEAL PRICES – Dayna Parnell

 

21.  DISCUSSION/APPROVAL OF TAX RATES FOR 2022/2023 – Jaimie Wisdom

 

22.  APPROVAL TO APPLY FOR ANY AND ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL OR PRIVATE GRANT OPPORTUNITIES THAT WOULD BE ADVANTAGEOUS TO THE ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE 2022/2023 SCHOOL YEAR

 

23.  APPROVAL OF THE DECISION ON HOW TO PROCEED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW ADAIR COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

24.  APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Jaimie Wisdom

 

25.  BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – Steve Burton

 

26.  PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

27.  ADJOURNMENT

Area Arrests 8-16-22

 

Marvin Perez, 23, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Deputy Phipps of the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just after 1 a.m. this morning. Perez was charged with No Operators-Moped License, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle Prohibited, Careless Driving and Failure to Produce Insurance Card. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Kindre Crawley, 27, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by Deputy Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office early Tuesday morning. Crawley was charged with Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol), Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Possession of Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree – Drug Unspecified and Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container.

 

Timmie Graham, 52, of Burkesville, KY was arrested by Trooper Poole of the Kentucky State Police early Tuesday morning. Graham was charged with Rear License Not Illuminated, Failure to Wear Seatbelts, Careless Driving, Posession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Driving DUI Suspended License -1st Offense (Aggravated Circumstances), Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Controlled Substance 3rd and Failure to Notify Address Chance to Department of Transportation.

 

Crawley and Graham were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Cumberland County Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

 

On Saturday, August 13, 2022 around 11:31pmCT, K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten & his K-9 Nitro, along with Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch, initiated a traffic stop on a 2007 Volvo passenger car in the vicinity of Cane Valley Mill Road.


After a roadside investigation and a search of the vehicle, suspected methamphetamine was located. 
    

Arrested was 31-year-old Dallas Hayes of Burkesville. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
  • Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine) 
  • Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (drug unspecified) &
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia 
 
The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.
 

Area Arrest 8-15-22

Area Arrest 8-15-22

Zachary Dixon, age 40, of Greensburg was arrested by Officer Davis with the Russell Springs Police Department just before 6 Sunday evening. Dixon was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) (more than 2 grams) and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth).

 

Heather Houk, age 38, of Campbellsville, was arrested by Officer Davis of the Jamestown Police Department just before 6 last evening. Houk, was charged with Failure to or Improper Signal, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (more than 2 grams) (Meth).

 

Both were lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Dallas Hayes, age 31, of Burkesville, was arrested by Deputy Staten with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just after midnight Sunday Morning. Hayes was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 3rd or Greater Offense (Meth), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Public Intoxication – Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol) he was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Columbia-Adair Economic Development Authority Board Meeting August 16th

 

The Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 8:00amCT at 201 Burkesville Street (lower level), Columbia, KY.

 

AGENDA

Presiding – Bobby Morrison, Chairman

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

 

Business:
        Approval of Minutes as presented - Doyle Lloyd, Secretary
        Approval of Treasurer's financial report - Roger Meadows

New Business:
1. Update of Board Members, Terms, etc.
2. KPI (Kentucky Product Development Initiate). Letter of Intent sent 08.02.2022
3. There is a lot of work to prepare the extensive application to be submitted by September 16th. Awards decisions are to be decided by December 23rd and announced in January. It is a 50/50 match but TVA & ARPA funds can be used to match. We are applying for the total amount shown for Adair County, $459,441, no guarantee. The Fiscal Court voted to allocate $150,000 and hopefully City of Columbia will also allocate ARPA funds.
4. Discuss ME engineering cost to prepare extensive information for application and approval.
5. Update on 2nd road project
6. Update on service road project & possible delay
7. Other business
8. Motion to adjourn

       

The next regular meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at 8:00amCT.

 

Russell County School Board Meeting 8-15-22

 

The Russell County School Board will meet on Monday, August 15, 2022 at 5:00pmCT at the Russell County Schools Auditorium/Natatorium Complex in Room 114. 

 

 

Weekend Arrests 08-14-22

 

  • Dallas Hayes, 31, Burkesville, KY - arrested late Saturday night by the ACSO for Public Intoxication, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified).
  • Bryan Lee Kelsey, 29, of Columbia, KY - arrested on Saturday night by KSP for Speeding, Reckless Driving, Fleeing or Evading Police (Motor Vehicle), Failure to Signal, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, DUI, and License to be in Possession.
  • Wendell Reynolds, 39, Campbellsville, KY - arrested on Saturday by KSP for Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Anabolic Steroids.
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 
  • Jacobo Salvador, 33, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested early Sunday morning by the RSPD for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol (Aggravating Circumstances).
  • Anthony Drury, 38, of Stanford, KY - arrested on Saturday night by the RCSO for Fleeing or evading Police (Motor Vehicle), Wanton Endangerment (Police Officer), Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Heroin, DUI, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Possession of Marijuana, 2 counts of Persistent Felony Offender, and Contempt of Court.
  • Pamela Johnson, 32, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested on Saturday night by the RSPD for Disorderly Conduct 2nd degree.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Traffic Pattern Changes at KY 461 and KY 80 Intersection in Pulaski County

 
SOMERSET, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2022) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that significant traffic pattern changes will take place Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the intersection of KY 461 and KY 80 in Pulaski County as part of a transformative project to improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and support economic development.
 
Traffic changes include lane shifts and travel on a ramp. This is necessary for the ongoing KY 461 improvement project, which includes the replacing of the intersection at KY 80.
 
Motorists should be prepared for the following changes:
 
Westbound KY 80 traffic will be switched on the new alignment traveling under the bridge and take the ramp to loop around toward Somerset.
 
Westbound KY 80 traffic seeking to access KY 461 will turn right at the current intersection.
Southbound KY 461 traffic will continue straight onto the new alignment, cross the bridge and continue on toward Somerset.
 
Southbound KY 461 traffic traveling to London will exit left onto old KY 461 and make a left turn at the current intersection.
 
Eastbound KY 80 traffic will be unchanged.
Motorists should exercise extreme caution and are advised to slow down, avoid distractions and obey directional signage.

Adair Transfer Station Now Open Following Repairs

 

UPDATE:  All equipment issues have been repaired and the Transfer Station is open.

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Due to mechanical issues, the Adair County Transfer Station will be closed temporarily. They are working on getting the equipment fixed, but it could be Monday before repairs are finished. Please call before you go to see if they are open at 270-384-6014.
 

Russell County Head-On Collision Sends Both Drivers to Hospital; Charges Expected Pending Release of One Driver


The Russell County Sheriffs Office responded to a 2-vehicle accident with injuries on Thursday, August 11, 2022 on Hwy 910 in the Salem Community.

Unit #1, Matthew Green of Russell Springs, was operating a 2001 Chevrolet Cobalt on Ky 910. Unit #2, Donald Lucas of Ohio, was operating a 2012 Cadillac on Ky 910. The vehicles collided nearly head-on and both drivers were transported to Russell County Hospital and later taken to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington.
 
Pending release from the hospital, charges are expected to be filed on Matthew Green. 
 
Deputy Dustin Bunch is the investigating officer and was assisted at the scene by Deputies Corey Meyer and Nathan Ginn along with Sheriff Derek Polston. Also assisting were Coroner Mark Coots, the Eli Fire Department, Russell County EMS, Petey's Towing and Coe's Towing.

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update Focused on Flood Response

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 11, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear focused his weekly Team Kentucky update on the continuing efforts in Eastern Kentucky following historic flooding, noting that the state is now moving from the emergency phase to the stabilization phase.

 

“I see our response to this flooding in three phases: emergency, stabilization and rebuilding,” said Gov. Beshear. “This was the most devastating and deadly flooding our commonwealth has experienced in my lifetime. But the good news is, we are likely out of the emergency phase of responding to this disaster. Now we move into the stabilization phase, and then we can start rebuilding.”

 

The Governor also updated Kentuckians on new economic development projects, a surplus in the General Fund, the ongoing decline in gas prices and COVID-19. He also named those who have donated to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund as this week’s Team Kentucky All-stars.

 

Eastern Kentucky Flood Update

Fatalities
The Governor said there are 38 confirmed fatalities in five counties. The increase is due to the loss of Aaron “Mick” Crawford, a Knott County High School student who died after assisting with cleanup efforts in the area.

 

Missing Persons
Kentucky State Police (KSP) reports there are two missing persons from Breathitt County they are still searching for after the flooding in Eastern Kentucky:

  • Vanessa Baker, a 60-year-old woman from the Lost Creek Community, is described as white, 5-feet-7-inches tall, weighing approximately 215 pounds and having dark-colored hair. Her last known location was at her residence in the area of Lower River Caney Road.
  • Nancy Cundiff, a 29-year-old woman from the Lost Creek Community, is described as white, 5-feet-1-inch tall, weighing approximately 280 pounds and having dark-colored hair. Her last known location was at her residence in the area of Lower River Caney Road.
  • Anyone with information about either woman is asked to contact Post 13 in Hazard at 606-435-6069.


Search and Rescue
A total of 1,334 rescues were completed between July 28 and Aug. 2 by the Kentucky National Guard, the Tennessee National Guard, the West Virginia National Guard, the Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

 

Shelters
Twenty local organizations – including state parks, churches, schools and community centers – are housing 483 survivors.

Congregate Shelters – 162 survivors.

Kentucky State Parks – 321 people housed.

  • Jenny Wiley State Park: 177 people
  • Paintsville State Park: Four people
  • Pine Mountain State Park: Four people
  • Buckhorn Lake State Park: 136 people

 

Travel Trailers
The commonwealth immediately began transporting unoccupied trailers purchased for the December tornadoes in Western Kentucky to Eastern Kentucky after the floods.

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has delivered 82 travel trailers to four sites:

  • Jenny Wiley State Park (Floyd County): 25 trailers on scene.
  • Carr Creek State Park (Knott County): 18 trailers on scene.
  • Mine Made Campground (Knott County): 30 trailers on scene.
  • Crockettsville Campground (Owsley County): Nine trailers on scene.

 

Individuals seeking emergency sheltering in travel trailers can find more information and register at governor.ky.gov/FloodResources or call 502-234-1225 to register.

 

Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund

  • Total number of donations: 31,667
  • Donated amount: $5,246,022
  • Distribution update: A total of 35 funeral payments have gone out totaling $350,000.
  • The Governor asked Kentuckians not to donate clothing. These donations are overcrowding much-needed storage space. He said to please focus on monetary donations through trusted funds.

To donate online, visit TeamEKYFloodReliefFund.ky.gov.

 

Kentucky National Guard
The Kentucky National Guard has distributed nearly 39,094 bottles of water and 43,882 meals.

 

Power Outages
Due to storms overnight Wednesday, power outages rose to 749 from 230 reported the day prior in impacted counties. The overnight storms did not cause significant damage to infrastructure, and the additional outages are expected to be resolved quickly. On July 25, there were 25,111 reported power outages.

 

Water Outages
Drinking Water:

  • One water system not operational;
  • 6,325 service connections without water, down from 40,000 almost two weeks ago;
  • More than 35,000 service connections under Boil Water Advisory, down from 46,194 about a week ago; and
  • Five water systems under limited operations, down from 18 on almost two weeks ago.

 

Wastewater:

  • Five wastewater systems not operational;
  • Six wastewater systems under limited operation, down from 18 almost two weeks ago;
  • Three wastewater plants are experiencing bypasses; and
  • Six systems are experiences discharges from portions of their collection systems, down from the 13 reported a week ago.

 

FEMA Programs and Updates

  • To learn more about Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) programs and updates for flood survivors, see yesterday’s release.
  • The fastest way to apply for all of these programs is through DisasterAssistance.gov. Kentuckians can also apply through the FEMA mobile app or by calling 800-621-3362.
  • Kentuckians can also visit the FEMA Mobile Registration Centers traveling through the affected counties or one of the Disaster Recovery Centers in impacted counties. To find lists of locations, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

 

Roadways and Bridges Update

  • 100% of assessments on public bridges have been completed, with 1,098 bridges inventoried: 27 state and county bridges remain impassable; 32 bridges have been identified for replacement, and an additional 52 bridges have been identified as needing repair.
  • At least 153 landslides and mudslides that were blocking roadways have been removed and repaired.
  • KYTC assisted overwhelmed county road departments by reopening at least 96 county routes.

 

Debris

  • Debris removal began Saturday, Aug. 6. Through close of business yesterday, 227 truckloads of debris had been removed from six counties.

 

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

  • Residents in Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Whitley counties are now eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits and can file an application online through the Kentucky Career Center website (kcc.ky.gov) or by phone at 502-875-0442.
  • Since July 28, six mobile (DUA) mobile offices have been opened and 1,000 claims have been processed.
  • The application deadline for all claimants has been extended until Sept. 6, 2022. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Disaster Recovery Center Resources
For a full list of Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), locations that provide both state and federal resources in one place to best serve flood victims, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources. Unless otherwise noted, DRCs are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

 

Complete List of Executive Actions
To see a full list of the Governor’s executive actions in response to Eastern Kentucky flooding, click here.

Economic Development Update
Today, the Governor highlighted four economic development projects that are investing over $38 million and creating 259 jobs.

 

“We are keeping the economic momentum going with more exciting news each week – and it’s critical we continue these announcements across our state, and especially in the areas that have been hit by natural disasters,” the Governor said. “We want to help these Kentuckians rebuild and remain in the communities they love by providing good jobs that people can see a future in.”

 

Tuesday, the Governor announced leaders at third-party logistics provider Bluegrass Supply Chain Services LLC (BSC) will locate a new operation in Warren County with a $25 million investment creating 110 full-time jobs as the company expands its logistics capabilities to serve the automotive and food and beverage markets.

On Wednesday, Gov. Beshear highlighted continued momentum of the state’s metals and manufacturing sectors with the announcement of Skilcraft LLC’s expansion in Boone County, an $8.4 million investment that will create 14 well-paying jobs for local residents.

 

Today, the Governor announced continued momentum of the state’s manufacturing sector as STOBER Drives Inc., a producer of gearbox and servo motors, will expand operations in Maysville with a $5 million investment that will create 35 full-time jobs.

 

And earlier today, Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman welcomed the opening of Ellie Diagnostics LLC’s flagship laboratory as leaders at the full-service veterinary wellness and diagnostic services provider held the grand opening of the company’s national hub, which will create up to 100 full-time jobs for Kentuckians.

 

General Fund Surplus
Yesterday, the Office of State Budget Director announced that Kentucky’s General Fund receipts for July, the first month of the 2023 Fiscal Year, totaled almost $1.08 billion. This is a 9.7% increase compared to July 2021 receipts. Gov. Beshear said that this is the fifth consecutive month in which collections have exceeded $1 billion.

 

“I don’t think we have ever seen five consecutive months, or even two consecutive months, with over $1 billion in receipts,” Gov. Beshear said. “The increase in revenue proves that Kentucky’s economy remains strong, with payrolls increasing and consumers continuing to make purchases.”

 

Gas Prices Continue to Decline
The Governor shared the good news that gas prices have dropped by 77 cents over the last month in the commonwealth. The average price for gas in Kentucky is almost 40 cents lower than the national average of $3.990 at $3.594, according to the American Automobile Association.

 

COVID-19 Update
Gov. Beshear noted that most Kentucky counties have a COVID-19 Community Level that is medium or high (orange or red). However, there are 9 counties with a Community Level that is low (green).

 

Although the number of Kentuckians hospitalized or in the ICU for COVID-19 has increased over the past several weeks, hospitalizations remains much lower than what was observed during other surges. The positivity rate is also continuing to increase.

 

The Governor encouraged those who are sick to stay home to avoid spreading disease to others. If you are sick or have had a known close contact to someone with COVID-19, please test yourself to lower the risk of spreading the virus unknowingly to others.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
The Governor recognized everyone who has donated to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. He also recognized corporate and community partners who have donated more than $10,000 to the fund:

  • HCA Healthcare - $100,000
  • New York Life - $100,000
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield - $50,000
  • Brown-Forman - $30,000
  • Chevron- $25,000
  • The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels - $25,000
  • Duke Energy - $12,500

 

“These are just a couple of groups that have stepped up and we wanted to make sure that we acknowledge them and anyone else who wants to help. The fund is fully transparent, and every dollar is going to help,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Area Arrest 8-11-22

Area Arrest 8-11-22
Leah Pigram, age 49, of Burkesville, was taken into custody by Deputy Daniels with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office just after 8; 30 last night. Pigram was charged with Alcohol Intoxication in a Publica Place (1st and 2nd Offense) and Menacing. 

James Atwood, age 59, of Columbia was arrested just after 8 last evening by Deputy Perkins with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office. Atwood was charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury and Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container 1st Offense. 

Both were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail. 

KSP looking to repeat in Best-Looking Cruiser competition

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is gearing up for a repeat win to be named 'America's Best-Looking Cruiser' and asks Kentuckians to cast their vote in support of the agency. The American Association of State Troopers (AAST) host an annual calendar contest and encourages state police agencies across the nation to submit a photo entry that is unique and represents their state.

KSP has placed in the 'Top 3' in the past three years. The agency took top honors in 2021 with 77,944 total votes and earned the coveted calendar cover spot on the 2022 calendar.

Voting began Monday at www.surveymonkey.com/r/QHXV8ZS. Voting ends on Thursday, August 25, 2022, at 5pmET. The top 13 finishers will earn a spot on the 2023 calendar.

Road Work in Casey County

The Kentucky Department of Highways will temporarily close part of KY 70 in Casey County on Wednesday as crews replace a cross drain beneath the roadway.

Today KY 70 will be closed to through traffic between the intersection of KY 206 (mile point 9) and V. Goode Road (mile point 9.2). Work is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. and will be complete approximately 3:30 p.m.

Motorists will detour via KY 206. The date and duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays.

Two Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charges Following Investigation

 

The Columbia Police Department concluded a contraband and drug trafficking investigation which had previously began on May 4 of this year. Officers were notified by Adair County Regional Jail after suspected narcotics were found by Deputy Jailers. 


After a preliminary investigation, evidence was presented to a Grand Jury with two indictments being returned. Skylar Riggins, 26, of Russell Springs has been charged with conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance as well as persistent felony offender. Brent Grimsley, 40, of Dunnville has been charged with trafficking in a controlled substance methamphetamine, trafficking in a controlled substance drug unspecified, promoting contraband, and persistent felony offender. Grimsley was located in Russell County and taken into custody before being transported to the Adair County Regional Jail. Riggins was served his indictment warrant while lodged within the Adair Regional Jail. 

Sgt Evan Burton was the investigating Officer. He was assisted during investigation by Officer Justin Cross and Adair Regional Jail staff.
 

Jamestown Woman Arrested on Trespassing Charges

 

April Roy, 46, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by Officer Tarter with the Jamestown Police Department on Monday. Roy was charged with Criminal Trespass – 1st Degree and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting Recap


Jim Lieb with Wave News has details about the meeting...

 

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court met in regular session on Monday, August 8, 2022.  This was a very productive meeting that will benefit the citizens of Adair County in many ways for a long time.

 

The Old Glensfork Road Bridge project had final approval tonight to remove the existing structure and build a new bridge.  We have been allotted $200,000 from the State of Kentucky Emergency Funds to go towards this project.

 

The fiscal Court approved tonight to move forward on the removal of the additions (or wings) of the old historic courthouse. Central Kentucky Design Inc. out of Berea Kentucky will be overseeing this project.

 

The Fiscal Court also approved tonight the purchasing of the property and the Transfer Station located on L. Willis Road.  We have looked at many options such as relocating and building a new transfer station, but feel this is the best option for everyone. The property will have to be surveyed and hopefully this will be complete in the next couple months. But we are happy to say that the transfer station will be staying at the current location.

 

The Adair County EDA Board came to the court tonight requesting $150,000 to go towards a grant match and that request was granted. The Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Board will be applying for a Kentucky Product Development Initiative Grant in the amount of $459,441. This is the maximum amount allotted for Adair County. This grant is a 50/50 match grant and if the full amount is awarded, the Fiscal Court will be putting forth $150,00 to help match the grant. The EDA Board will be asking the City of Columbia for $150,000 and the EDA board will put forth $150,000 to make up the match amount.
 

“I want to commend our EDA board for the accomplishments they have made over the past 3-4 years at our Green River Commerce Park. The park sat stagnant for many years and we are finally seeing improvements made. Along with those improvements, we are getting lots of interest in our Industrial Park and hopefully we will be able to make announcements of business coming to Adair County in very near future.”

 

The final thing addressed tonight is that we are happy to announce the re-opening of the Recycling Center in the very near future. We have to get some employees hired and trained and get a few other things done first, but the recycling center will be opening soon.

 

 

Gale B. Cowan
Adair County Judge Executive

 

Russell Fiscal Court Meeting Recap


Russell County Judge Gary Robertson discussed what took place following last night's meeting...

 

 

Area Arrests 8/8/22

 

  • Travis Passmore, 27, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested on Monday afternoon by the RCSO for Bail Jumping and 2 counts of Failure to Appear. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
  • Brent Grimsley, 40, of Dunnville, KY - arrested on Saturday by the RCSO for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Promoting Contraband, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified) and 3 counts of Persistent Felony Offender. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Adair County Boil Water Advisory 08/08/22

 

Date Issued:  8/8/2022

Time Issued: 9:45 a.m.

 

A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers for customers at 597- 4590 Little Cake Rd, Treetop Ln., Avery Rooks Rd, and Neat Hollow 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.

 

Columbia City Council Meeting Recap

 

Jim Lieb attended Friday's Called Columbia City Council Meeting and files this report for WAVE News...
 

 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 8/8/22

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular called session Monday, August 8, 2022 at 4:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair County Annex building, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. The public is invited to attend.

 

AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
                                 
 1.   APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 2.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
               Regular Called Meeting – July 25, 2022
 3.   DISBURSEMENTS
 4.   REPORTS
          A.)   SHERIFF’S REPORT 
          B.)   ROAD DEPARTMENT REPORT 
          C.)   G.R.A.S. REPORT 
          D.)  COMMITTEE REPORTS 
          E.)   JAIL REPORT
 5.   TREASURER
          A.)  TREASURER’S REPORT                      
 6.   BUDGET AMENDMENTS                                                
 7.   BUDGET TRANFERS 
          A.)  LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
          B.)  FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS                                    
 8.    COURT ORDERS 
 9.    READING OF ROADS

10.   ACTION ITEMS:                                    
           A)   OLD GLENSFORK BRIDGE DISCUSSION
           B)   GREEN RIVER ANIMAL SHELTER PRICING CHANGE REQUEST
           C)   HISTORIC COURTHOUSE COMMITTEE UPDATE
           D)   TRANSFER STATION LEASE AGREEMENT PAYMENT REQUEST
           E)   911 GENERATOR DISCUSSION
           F)   GREEN RIVER COMMERCE-EDA REQUEST
11.   OTHER BUSINESS
12.   PUBLIC COMMENTS
13.   ADJOURN 

 

Adair County Man Arrested on Felony Drug & Firearms Charges Following Traffic Stop

 

 

On Saturday, August 8, 2022 at 11:57pmCT the Adair County Sheriffs Office initiated a traffic stop on Pelly Lane. After a roadside investigation, a search of the vehicle resulted in the location of a large amount of methamphetamine, suspected cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and a handgun.  

 

Arrested was 33-year-old James Burris of Columbia. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:

  • Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine) 
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Cocaine)
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 

 

The arrest was made by Deputy Chandler Staten and his K-9 "Nitro".   

 

President & First Lady to Visit Kentucky Next Week

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. - A presidential visit to the Commonwealth is planned for next week. 
 
On Monday, August 8, 2022 President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Eastern Kentucky to visit families affected by recent flooding. They'll join Governor Beshear to survey recovery efforts at a FEMA State Disaster Recovery Center.  
 
The death count from the eastern Kentucky floods remains at 37 across five counties. Kentucky State Police are reporting two missing persons. 
 
The Team EKY Flood Relief Fund is now up to over $3.6 million. The first of those dollars have paid for funerals for flood victims.
 
(Story from KNN)

ARRESTS - FRIDAY, AUG. 5TH

 

  • Crystal Loften Kemp, 46, of Russell Springs - arrested on Thursday afternoon by RSPD for Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence).
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • Kanissa'ai Thompson, 28, of Columbia - arrested on Friday by CPD for TBUT over $1,000, Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO and Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence).
  • Barksdale Miller, 68, of Columbia - arrested on Friday morning by the ACSO for Possession of Cocaine 3rd or greater offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Nicki George, 37, of Columbia - arrested on Thursday night by CPD for Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence).
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Adair Man Arrested on Theft Charges


The Adair County Sheriffs Office arrested 39-year-old Christopher Helm of Columbia after a lengthy investigation. Helm was arrested after Deputy Tracy McCarol secured an indictment for his arrest stemming from a theft that occurred at a farm off Milltown Church Rd. where a fuel pump (valued at $1800.00) was stolen out of a barn. The pump was located by the ACSO and returned to the owner undamaged.  

Helm was charged with Theft by unlawful taking (over $1,000 but under $10,000) and Burglary 3rd degree and was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail

 
Deputy McCarol was assisted by Deputy Gary Roy and Sheriff Josh Brockman.
 

Russell County Man Arrested on Drug & Other Charges

 
Gale Meeks, 48, of Jamestown, KY was arrested on Wednesday evening by the Jamestown Police Dept. for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd degree (on foot) and Contempt of Court. Meeks was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update Focused on Flood Response

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 4, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear focused his weekly Team Kentucky update on the continuing stabilization efforts following the historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky, sharing news that Owsley County has been added to the list of impacted areas approved for Individual Assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

 

The Governor also updated Kentuckians on new economic development projects, assistance for nonprofits, the ongoing decline in gas prices, the growing economic impact of Kentucky’s tourism industry and COVID-19. He also named members of the Kentucky National Guard, Kentucky State Police and Lexington Fire Department as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Eastern Kentucky Flood Update
The Governor announced today that FEMA has approved Individual Assistance for Owsley County. The counties currently approved include Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Letcher, Owsley, Perry and Pike.

Currently, renters and homeowners in these counties who were affected by the severe storms, flooding and mudslides that began July 26 may apply for individual disaster assistance by visiting one of the in-person mobile registration centers, applying online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362).

 

“Let me address something – there are a lot of rumors out there about who qualifies for FEMA or who can apply,” said Gov. Beshear. “Everyone who has been significantly impacted by the flooding in the eight counties approved for Individual Assistance needs to apply for FEMA. It’s a requirement for our travel trailers and it will be a requirement for other programs. Please apply.”

 

Two FEMA Mobile Registration Centers have been added in Floyd and Pike counties. There are now a total of nine mobile registration centers. Hours for all the centers are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. FEMA representatives will be at the centers to help with applications for federal assistance and to provide information about other disaster recovery resources. For additional information visit governor.ky.gov/floodresources.

 

Fatalities
Gov. Beshear said today the number of confirmed fatalities in the flooding remains at 37.

 

Missing Persons
Kentucky State Police (KSP) reports there are two missing persons still being searched for in relation to the flooding. This number is fluid and reflects reports made only to KSP.

 

Weather
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will reach 95 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit today in Eastern Kentucky. Slow-moving thunderstorms could lead to local heavy rainfall and high water today and Friday, with the possibility of strong to damaging wind gusts.

 

Cooling Centers
There are a total of eleven cooling stations across Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Letcher, Perry, Pike and Wolfe counties. For current details visit governor.ky.gov/floodresources.

 

Shelters

  • Emergency Shelters – 76 occupants in shelters
  • Parks – 293 people are being housed at Kentucky State Parks.
    • Jenny Wiley State Park: 172 people
    • Paintsville State Park: 4 people
    • Pine Mountain State Resort Park: 2
    • Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park: 115
  • Travel Trailers: 68 travel trailers delivered
    • 25 at Jenny Wiley State Park in Floyd County
    • 25 at Mine Made Campground in Knott County
    • 18 at Carr Creek State Park in Knott County
  • Red Cross – 143 individuals in eight Red Cross shelters in six counties

 

Kentucky National Guard

  • 389 Guard members supporting the flood efforts in Eastern Kentucky.
  • 11,682 cases of water distributed.
  • 118 pallets of food, 332 meals distributed.

 

Debris
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has awarded a contract for removal and disposal of debris on state and county rights-of-way. Information regarding debris drop-off locations will soon be added to governor.ky.gov/floodresources.

 

Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund

  • Total number of donations: 24,100
  • Donated amount: $3,426,962.96
  • Distribution update: The first payments are going out.
    • So far, $120,000 in funeral payments have been paid to the families of 12 lost loved ones. This includes funeral payments to the family of the four young siblings.

Power Outages

  • 3,044, down from 5,068 reported yesterday. 


Water Outages

  • Drinking Water:
    • 13,590 service connections without water, down from 18,002 reported yesterday.
    • 41,004 Service Connections under Boil Water Advisory, down from 45,656 reported yesterday.
  • Wastewater:
    • Three wastewater systems not operational.
    • 14 wastewater systems under limited operation, down from 17 reported yesterday. 
    • Two wastewater plants are experiencing bypasses, down from three reported yesterday.
    • 13 systems are experiencing discharges from portions of their collection systems.

 

Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Residents in the seven Eastern Kentucky counties that were approved prior to today for individual assistance can begin applying immediately for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits. Impacted residents in Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Letcher, Perry and Pike counties can file a claim for DUA benefits online through the Kentucky Career Center website kcc.ky.gov or by phone at 502-875-0442. You do not need to appear in person to file a DUA claim. The Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance will have staff available at two locations beginning at 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, to help claimants file for benefits:

  • Floyd County Community Center
    9188 KY Highway 80
    Langley, KY  41645

     
  • Knott County Sportsplex
    450 Kenny Champion Loop #8765
    Leburn, KY 41831

Agency staff will soon be available to assist claimants in every county. More information about those locations, as well as any additional counties being added for DUA, will be announced in future updates and will be available at governor.ky.gov/floodresources.

 

New Popup Licensing Locations
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) driver licensing staff will be making one-day “popup” visits at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Pine Mountain State Resort Park and Buckhorn State Resort Park between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. EDT to help Kentuckians replace driver’s licenses, permits and ID cards. An additional “popup” will begin today at the Knott County Sportsplex from 12 to 5 p.m. EDT. For more information or additional locations and hours of operation, visit governor.ky.gov/floodresources.

 

Scam Warning
A fraudulent text message (to see photos, click here, here and here) impersonating an official KYTC message was reportedly sent to several people this week. The sender appears to target flood victims by including a link to submit information related to the waiver of card and registration replacement fees. The text message is not from KYTC, and recipients are warned not to click the link. While the cabinet may send text messages about Driver Licensing Regional offices, it will never solicit personal information via text. Victims who have submitted any personal information are advised to visit the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General website, ag.ky.gov, to follow their guidance concerning potential identity theft.

 

Economic Development Update
Today, the Governor highlighted three economic development projects related to Kentucky’s growing electric vehicle industry that are investing over $550 million and creating 384 jobs. He also noted that during last week’s meeting of the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority alone, private-sector companies were approved for state tax incentive on new-location and expansion projects totaling over $1 billion in new investments and creating more than 800 full-time jobs.

 

“We have to do two things at once. We have to help people get back on their feet. We have to rebuild Eastern and Western Kentucky, which have been hit so hard,” Gov. Beshear said. “At the same time we are doing that, we have to provide a bright future for all Kentuckians, and one thing that gives hope to all these regions is jobs.”

 

On Monday, Gov. Beshear announced continued growth of electric vehicle-related manufacturing in the commonwealth, as Ascend Elements Inc., a producer of advanced, sustainable battery materials made from recycled lithium-ion batteries, will invest $310 million and create 250 full-time jobs in Christian County. The Governor noted this is the single largest economic development project in the county’s history.

 

On Tuesday, the Governor and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman congratulated Flottweg Separation Technology Inc. as company representatives and local officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the liquid-solid separation equipment manufacturer’s new warehouse facility in Boone County. This is a $1.75 million investment that will create 12 high-wage jobs.

 

Today Gov. Beshear announced the latest electric-vehicle-related investment in Kentucky, as LOTTE Aluminium Materials USA LLC will locate an aluminum foil manufacturing operation in Hardin County with a $238.7 million investment that will create 122 full-time jobs.

 

Relief for Nonprofits
The Governor announced a $75 million fund to help Kentucky’s nonprofit organizations recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Team Kentucky Nonprofit Assistance Fund will provide one-time direct relief payments, up to $100,000 per eligible nonprofit organization.

 

The Kentucky Nonprofit Network has information to assist nonprofits in the application process and other technical information posted on its website at kynonprofits.org. Nonprofits can apply at TeamKYnonprofitfund.ky.gov.

 

Decrease in Gas Prices
Today, Gov. Beshear shared the good news that gas prices have dropped by 70 cents over the last month in the commonwealth. The average price for gas in Kentucky is almost 40 cents lower than the national average of $4.139 at $3.743, according to the American Automobile Association, or AAA.

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

 

Economic Impact of Tourism Industry 
Today, Gov. Beshear and Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry announced Kentucky tourism exceeded 2021 expectations with a total economic impact reaching $11.2 billion, generating 83,100 jobs across the commonwealth. According to a study from Tourism Economics, in 2021, travel confidence rebounded from the COVID-19 pandemic in Kentucky, with total visitation recovering to approximately 96% of 2019 volumes.

 

COVID-19
Gov. Beshear noted that all 120 Kentucky counties have a COVID-19 Community Level that is medium or high (orange or red), with roughly two-thirds at high or red level. According to data from the CDC, the Omicron BA.5 is the predominant variant and is estimated to cause over 85% of cases in the U.S.

 

Although the number of Kentuckians hospitalized for COVID-19 has increased over the past several weeks, hospitalizations remain much lower than what was observed during other surges.

 

The Governor encouraged those who are sick to stay home so as not to spread disease to others. If you are sick or have had a known close contact to someone with COVID-19, please test yourself to lower the risk that you are spreading the virus unknowingly to others.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Gov. Beshear recognized the Kentucky National Guard hoist team and the Kentucky State Police aircraft branch as this week’s Team Kentucky All-stars. The Governor thanked them for their continued hard work in rescue and recovery efforts following the devastating flooding in Eastern Kentucky. In attendance was Kentucky State Police Captain Brad Austin, commander of the Aircraft Branch, who oversees all air rescue missions for the state police, as well as four Kentucky National Guard hoist soldiers: Chief Warrant Officer 4 Travis Womer, flight medic Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Krull, crew chief Sgt. Robert Lemmon and flight medic Sgt. Ashley Renye.

 

“We were part of 78 hoist operations in Eastern Kentucky,” said Sgt. Lemmon. “It is important to note that we are neighbors helping neighbors. The special thing about the Kentucky National Guard is that we live here too, so it’s personal when we take part in these missions.”

 

“This is a special group of folks that live in your community. They just did something that I am not sure we have ever seen: 1,300 plus rescues in a short period of time, pulling people from the tops of roofs that are the only thing left, getting them to safety. It is absolutely incredible work,” said Gov. Beshear. “People have seen the videos. It is just astounding the capabilities, the expertise of these amazing guardsmen and women. On behalf of Kentucky, thank you all so much.”

 

Gov. Beshear also named the Lexington Fire Department Swift Water Crew and Mobile Ambulance Bus Crew as All-Stars and mentioned that he would be visiting them later in the day to acknowledge the heroism in their response and recovery efforts.

 

Area Arrest 8-4-22

Joshua Bowling, age 39, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Officer West with the Russell Springs Police Department around 1:30 this morning. Bowling was charged with Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (excludes alcohol) and Possession of Marijuana. He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

Resource list for disaster relief available to farm families on KDA website

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 3, 2022) – The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has created a resource page on its website for those affected by July’s flooding in Eastern Kentucky, Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles announced today.

 

“Our neighbors, families, and friends in Eastern Kentucky have a long road ahead of them as they begin to clean up from the devastating floods. Recovery is going to take time for many in this area,” Commissioner Quarles said. “I’ve witnessed incredible feats of humanity and strength these past few days, not only in those on the ground helping, but also those donating with much needed supplies and money. As the flood waters start to recede and the loss of life, homes, and property becomes clear, we, at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, are committed to being a resource for farm families across the state.”

 

The resource page, at kyagr.com/disasters/eastern-ky-flood, profiles a list of ways ag producers can find the help they need while they work to recover what was lost.

 

The page features:

  • Disaster Assistance Programs from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency
  • An overview of federal assistance programs
  • A tip sheet for ag producers for assessing damage
  • Information from the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s office on livestock disposal
  • Mental health resources

 

In addition, the page also have links on how individuals not affected by the flooding can help out their fellow Kentuckians, including donating in both physical and monetary forms.

 

Ways to help
 

KDA and the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation joined together to launch the KFB for Kentucky Relief Fund, managed by the Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation. Funds collected will be administered to aid flooding victims as recovery efforts get underway. The donations will be used to support the families and communities in the affected areas.

 

To make a tax-deductible donation to this relief fund online, please visit www.kyfb.com/KFBforKYRelief, or checks may be mailed to:

Drew Graham, Executive Vice President

Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation

9201 Bunsen Parkway

Louisville, KY 40220

 

Checks should be made payable to “Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation” and denoted “KFB for Kentucky Relief Fund” on the memo line.

 

KDA is also accepting physical donations of bottled water, including individual bottles and gallon jugs, toiletries, and non-perishables items at its Frankfort location through Aug. 5.

 

Donations can be brought or mailed to:

Kentucky Department of Agriculture

105 Corporate Drive, Suite A

Frankfort, KY, 40601

 

For questions about the KDA’s donation site, please call the KDA office at (502) 573-0282.

 

KSP Post 15 Monthly Activity Report July 2022

 

Columbia, KY (August 3, 2022) During the month of July 2022, there were 19 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Green, Taylor, Marion, Washington, Adair, Casey, Russell, Clinton, Cumberland, Metcalfe and Monroe.

 

There were three fatal collisions during the month of July in the Post 15 area:

  1. Tara Reed, 47, of Barren Co. was killed on 7/13/2022 in Cumberland Co.
  2. Bruce McCarty, 79, of Cumberland Co. was killed on 7/13/2022 in Cumberland Co.
  3. Ashley Barton, 35, of Clinton Co. was killed on 7/29/2022 in Clinton Co.

 

This brings our yearly fatality count to 14 compared with 18 through this same period in 2021. Statewide fatality count stands at 381 compared with 445 through this same period in 2021.

 

During the month of July 2022 there were 1262 citations written, 347 courtesy notices written, 473 complaints answered, 153 motorists assisted, 47 criminal cases opened and 149 criminal arrests made.

 

Steve Wariner to be Inducted Into The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

 

Steve Wariner along with Shania Twain, Hillary Lindsey, Gary Nicholson and David Malloy, will be inducted Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame during the 52nd Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on Sunday, October 30th, 2022 at the Music City Center. The five music stars have all been chosen for the list due to their connection to Nashville, and because their songs began experiencing success at least 20 years ago.

 
Steve Wariner is being inducted into the Veteran Songwriter Artist category. He wrote some of his biggest hits, including “Where Did I Go Wrong,” “Holes in the Floor of Heaven” and “Two Teardrops,” among others. Wariner has also had songs recorded by other artists as well, such as Keith Urban’s “Where the Blacktop Ends,” Clint Black‘s “Nothin’ But the Taillights,” and Garth Brooks' “Longneck Bottle,” a song Wariner recorded with Garth Brooks.
 
Steve says he's honored to be included in this year’s class of 2022 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famers and says he was a songwriter long before he was a recording artist. He wants to thank all the artists who have recorded his songs thru the years and says he is truly humbled.
 
Again, the induction ceremony will be held during the 52nd Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on Sunday, October 30th, 2022 at the Music City Center.
 

Columbia City Council Called Meeting August 4th

 

The Columbia City Council will have a Special Called Meeting on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 9:30amCT at City Hall.

 

CALL TO ORDER

ROLL CALL
 

1ST ITEM:   MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF AUGUST 01, 2022 REGULAR CALLED MEETING

2ND ITEM:   1ST READING OF ORDINANCE 220.186 - AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE LEVYING AND COLLECTION OF AN AD VALOREM TAX FOR THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, KY FOR 2022      

3RD ITEM:   CITY PROJECT PHASE 1 APPROVAL
                                                 

MOTION TO  ADJOURN 

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Eastern Kentucky Flooding

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 3, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update on rescue and recovery efforts following historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky. The Governor said the death toll remains the same, 37, but is still expected to increase and that vicious heat is expected in the impacted regions, where cooling centers are open.

 

“Our biggest concern for today and tomorrow is the weather. It is very, very hot,” the Governor said. “Highs are ranging in the 90s. Combined with a humid air mass, it’s going to make it feel much hotter. That’s why we have set up these cooling centers.”

 

Yesterday, Gov. Beshear visited the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and emergency shelter at Shelby Valley Elementary School in Pike County and the Floyd County EOC and emergency shelter. He met with local officials in Breathitt County and toured the high school in the City of Jackson.

 

The Governor reminded Kentuckians to visit the state’s flood resources web page for information about the different types of help and services, including individual assistance directions, for flood victims. Those seeking to donate to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund, where all proceeds go to help victims, can visit TeamEKYFloodReliefFund.ky.gov.

 

Fatalities
There are 37 confirmed fatalities in five counties:

  • Breathitt – 8
  • Clay – 2
  • Knott – 17 (13 adults and 4 children) 
  • Letcher – 3
  • Perry – 7

 

Gov. Beshear noted that Kentucky State Police is reporting three missing persons within the affected posts. But the Governor said this number does not consider other missing person reports made to local agencies.

 

Weather Update
Highs ranging in the 90s are expected in the impacted areas. These temperatures combined with a humid air mass will make it feel much hotter. The heat index is expected to peak near or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in some locations. There is also a possibility for additional thunderstorms Thursday. For Eastern Kentucky, more rain is expected Friday night through Saturday and into Sunday morning.

 

Cooling Stations
There are a total of eight cooling stations across Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Letcher, Perry, Pike and Wolfe counties. For details visit the Governor’s flood resources web page.

 

“If you don’t have power, if you don’t have a cool place to be, today and tomorrow is going to get really hot,” Gov. Beshear said. “For seniors, people with medical conditions and really everybody, make sure you take care of yourselves.”

 

Emergency Shelters
There are 10 emergency shelters actively assisting 221 people. Please visit the Governor’s flood resources web page for a full list of locations and addresses.

 

FEMA
Earlier this week the Governor sent a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for additional individual assistance (IA), to add to the IA already approved for the counties of Breathitt, Clay, Knott, Letcher and Perry. Yesterday morning, IA was approved for Floyd and Pike counties. Currently, renters and homeowners of Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Letcher, Perry and Pike counties who were affected by the severe storms, flooding and mudslides that began July 26 may apply for individual disaster assistance by applying online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362).

 

“I would strongly encourage people, because this is a tougher process than it should be, to actually go in and talk to someone,” Gov. Beshear said. “We have been promised mobile folks on the ground will be going neighborhood to neighborhood in the near future to document people’s losses.”

 

Additional counties are expected to qualify for individual assistance as FEMA teams continue to assess the damage.

 

FEMA Mobile Registration Centers
A mobile registration center is located in each of Knott, Breathitt, Letcher, Clay and Perry counties. Center locations:

  • Breathitt County – 421 Jett Drive, Jackson, KY 41339
  • Clay County – Clay Community Center – 311 Highway 638, Manchester, KY 40962
  • Knott County – Knott County Sportsplex – 450 Kenny Champion Loop #8765, Leburn, KY 41831
  • Letcher County – Letcher County Recreation Center – 1505 Jenkins Rd., Whitesburg, KY, 41858
  • Perry County – Hazard Community and Technical College – 1 Community College Drive, Hazard, KY 41701

 

Hours for all the centers are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. FEMA representatives will be at the centers to help with applications for federal assistance and provide information about other disaster recovery resources.

 

Power Outages
Power outages have been cut in half. Currently there are about 5,000 reported outages across Breathitt, Knott, Perry, Floyd and Letcher counties.

 

Kentucky National Guard
In addition to their great rescue work, the Kentucky National Guard has distributed 2,404 cases of water and 65 cases of meals ready to eat in the affected counties. Four hundred Kentucky National Guard members are currently supporting the mission.

 

Parks Housing
A total of 219 people are temporarily housed at Kentucky State Parks:

  • Jenny Wiley State Resort Park has a total of 147 people occupying rooms, cottages and the campground. Rooms are fully booked, but campground space is available.
  • The road to Jenny Wiley between the ranger’s station and convention center remains flooded, but parks are providing shuttle by boat to transport to May Lodge.
  • Four people are staying in one camper at the Paintsville State Park Campground.
  • Pine Mountain State Resort Park has a total of two people staying and five rooms available.
  • Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park’s power has been restored, and now has running water.
  • Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park has 55 people occupying rooms and 20 rooms and two cottages are available.

 

Travel Trailers
Today, the Governor announced a way for people who are seeking emergency shelter in a travel trailer to register for assistance. That registration page is linked on the flood resources page, and the state also has supplied flyers to FEMA disaster recovery centers and Red Cross shelters that have the registration link. The Eastern Kentucky Sheltering Program is available to survivors whose homes were majorly damaged, destroyed or deemed not habitable in one of the seven counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance: Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Letcher, Perry and Pike. Program eligibility requires that participants register for assistance with FEMA at disasterassistance.gov.

 

Location of travel trailers so far: 25 at Jenny Wiley State Park, two are operational and ready for occupancy; 25 are at Mine Made Campground in Knott County, soon to be operational; nine are at Carr Creek State Park in Knott County, soon to be operational.

 

Transportation

  • Bridge inspections continue. There are nearly 1,100 inventoried bridges in the region, and 84% have been inspected.
  • Twenty-one bridges that have been checked are still impassable. Four are state bridges; the other 17 are county bridges.
  • Transportation Cabinet crews from as far away as the Paducah highway district are in Eastern Kentucky, helping to reopen county roads in Breathitt, Knott and Letcher counties.

 

Debris Clean Up

  • The Transportation Cabinet is seeking sites where debris can be safely disposed.
  • Requests for quotes have gone out to dozens of potential vendors.
  • The cabinet is coordinating on this with the Division of Emergency Management and the Army Corps of Engineers.

 

Replacing Licenses, Titles and Registrations

  • Mobile “pop-up” driver licensing services will be set up to issue replacement driver licenses, permits and state ID cards for flood victims sheltering at Jenny Wiley, Pine Mountain and Buckhorn Lake state resort parks.
  • The one-day visits will be Friday at Jenny Wiley, Monday at Pine Mountain and Tuesday at Buckhorn Lake.
  • The hours at each location will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointments needed, walk-ins only.
  • There’s no charge for the replacement documents and credentials for residents of the 13 counties covered by the federal disaster declaration: Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Wolfe.
  • There is also no charge for replacing titles or registrations for motor vehicles, boats, mobile homes and ATVs.

 

For more information read the full release.

 

HVAC Mechanics and Plumbers
The director of Kentucky Emergency Management issued a directive allowing HVAC mechanics and plumbers who have out-of-state licenses in good standing to perform volunteer work in the counties of Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Wolfe counties.

 

Team KY Flood Relief Fund
Donations through TeamEKYFloodReliefFund.ky.gov include 21,692 donations for a total of more than $3 million. The first expenditures from the fund will start going out this week. The Governor said we have 11 funeral payments ready to go out to those families who lost a loved one, and more is on the way as the fund is covering the cost of each victim’s funeral. These first payments will be $10,000 per lost loved ones going to the families of the deceased. No one will have to apply for this assistance as the state is working with area officials and funeral directors to identify these families.

 

“After all that work you put in, for your family, you’re suddenly left with only the clothes on your back,” Gov. Beshear said. “These are proud hard working folks that just lost it all, and maybe even lost someone they love. The least we can do as human beings, as people of faith and values, is to give and do what we can to get them back on their feet.”

 

Comprehensive Vehicle Coverage
Comprehensive auto insurance covers flood damage. People with comprehensive coverage should contact their insurance agent to file a claim.

 

Kentucky Department of Revenue
The Kentucky Department of Revenue will honor the recently announced IRS special tax relief for taxpayers in any area designated by FEMA as qualifying for individual assistance due to flooding. Individuals and households who reside or have a business in Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Wolfe counties qualify for this income tax relief. Affected taxpayers with a valid extension will have until Nov. 15, 2022, to file Kentucky tax returns for individual income tax, corporate income tax, and limited liability entity tax.

 

Estimated income tax payments due on Sept. 15, 2022, are also allowed an extension until Nov. 15, 2022. Payroll withholding filings and payments due between July 26 and Nov. 15, 2022, are also eligible for this extension. Late filing and payment penalties will be waived for those affected taxpayers seeking relief based on these tax categories. Kentucky's tax laws do not allow interest to be waived due to natural disasters. Taxpayers should label the top margin of the tax forms filed under this relief provision in large, red letters with the words "Kentucky Flood Relief."

 

U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that Floyd and Pike counties are now included as primary counties in the disaster declaration in Eastern Kentucky, and the SBA will open three Business Recovery Centers this week. For complete information read the release from the SBA.

 

For more information on flooding response efforts visit the Governor’s flood resources page.

 

Gov. Beshear Emergency Order Helps Flood Victims in Disaster Area to Replace Licenses, IDs, Vehicle Registrations and Titles

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 3, 2022) – Gov. Andy Beshear issued an emergency order making it easier for flood victims in 13 Eastern Kentucky counties to replace lost driver’s licenses and other essential documents at no cost. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is also deploying driver licensing staff to take the full range of licensing services to flood-impacted areas.

 

The emergency order waives statutory fees otherwise required for duplicate licenses, permits, state identification cards and auto titles and registration, including those for motor vehicles, boats, mobile homes and ATVs. The waiver applies to residents in the following federally declared disaster areas: Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Wolfe counties.

 

“Our fellow Kentuckians who have lost so much in this catastrophic flooding need immediate help,” Gov. Beshear said. “Licenses and IDs and titles do more than authorize someone to own and operate a motor vehicle. They’re needed to access essential public services, like doing business at a bank or applying for disaster assistance in the days and weeks ahead. Sadly for so many of our fellow Kentuckians, these documents and credentials were swept away. We’re doing what we can to help Kentuckians rebuild their lives.”

 

The order, which is retroactive to Thursday, July 28, will remain in effect for the duration of the state of emergency.

 

Residents can request vehicle registration and related documents at county clerks’ offices. Driver licenses, learner permits and state-issued IDs can be replaced at any Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Driver Licensing Regional Office or at Pop-up Driver Licensing events.

 

Pop-up Driver Licensing Program
KYTC driver licensing staff will be making one-day “pop-up” visits at the following state park locations between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET to help Kentuckians who need to request replacement driver’s licenses, permits and ID cards. No appointments are needed.  

 

  • Friday, August 5: Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, 75 Theatre Court, Prestonsburg, Ky. 41653
  • Monday, August 8: Pine Mountain State Resort Park, 1050 State Park Road, Pineville, Ky. 40977
  • Tuesday, August 9: Buckhorn State Resort Park, 4441 Ky Hwy. 1833, Buckhorn, Ky. 41721 

 

More pop-up driver licensing locations offering longer-term services are being coordinated in additional Eastern Kentucky counties.

 

“We’re finalizing arrangements and deploying staff as soon as possible to make it convenient for residents to replace crucial documents,” KYTC Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said. “While these initial pop-up locations are intended to serve residents sheltering at the parks, we are proud to have our Driver Licensing Regional Offices in Jackson, Manchester, Pikeville and Prestonsburg open for business to serve all Kentuckians.”

 

Regional offices in the affected counties are located in Jackson, Manchester, Pikeville and Prestonsburg. Appointments can be made online at drive.ky.gov. Walk-in customers are welcome as long as slots are available.

 

State Warns of Text Message Scam
A fraudulent text message (for examples, click herehere and here) was reported today impersonating the Transportation Cabinet. The sender appears to target flood victims by including a link to submit information related to the waiver of card and registration replacement fees. The text message is not from KYTC and recipients are warned not to click the link. While the Cabinet may send text messages about Driver Licensing Regional offices, we do not solicit personal information via text.

 

Victims who have submitted any personal information are advised to visit the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General website, ag.ky.gov, to follow their guidance concerning potential identity theft.

 

R.C. Man Arrested on Bail Jumping Charges...

 

Chris Carson, 38, of Russell Springs, KY was taken into custody early Wednesday morning by Deputy Golden with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office. Carson was charged with Failure to Appear, Bail Jumping 1st Degree, and Persistent Felony Offender 2. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

 

LIHEAP Program in Russell County Out of Funds

 

Funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been depleted, according to Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency Executive Director Nick Shearer. He told WAVE NEWS that if anymore LIHEAP funds become available, it will be publicly announced.

 

Russell County Clerk Elect Patti Glover Takes Over Clerk's Office Early after Brockman Announces Retirement

 

Russell County Clerk-Elect Patti Glover became the County Clerk on Monday, August 1st, 2022 as current Clerk, Sue Popplewell Brockman, announced her retirement.

 

Brockman announced her retirement on Monday morning and Judge Executive Gary Robertson swore in County Clerk-Elect Patti Glover as the new County Clerk. Glover won the Republican primary in May and was unopposed in the November General Election.

 

Area Arrests 8-2-22

 

Felicia Bunch, 33, of Russell Springs was arrested by Deputy Ginn with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Monday evening. Bunch was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree – Drug Unspecified.

 

Michael Bailey, 52, of Russell Springs was arrested by KSP on 4 Monday afternoon for Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition (over $1,000).

 

Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Adair County Constable Candidate withdraws from Race...

 

According to Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer, the Democrat candidate for Constable in District 3, Brandon Scott Nokes, has withdrawn from the November General Election. Nokes withdrew from the race as of July 25th, 2022.

 

Columbia Police Dept. Activity Report for June 2022

 
Columbia Police Department 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
 

Well Known Adair County Resident Sue Stivers Dies

 

Sue Stivers, long time Adair County Extension Agent and former Chamber of Commerce President and Tourism Director has died. 92.7 the WAVE will have funeral arrangements as soon as they are available. Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

KSP POST 15 TO CONDUCT TRAFFIC SAFETY CHECKPOINTS

 
Columbia, KY (Aug. 1, 2022) - Kentucky State Police Post 15 will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints in the Post 15 area, which includes Green, Taylor, Marion, Washington, Russell, Casey, Adair, Metcalfe, Monroe, Clinton, and Cumberland counties. These checkpoints will be conducted as part of Post 15’s highway safety efforts. Troopers will be checking for violations of Kentucky traffic and regulatory laws relating to motor vehicle equipment safety, licensing of drivers, motor vehicle registration, and operation of motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants.

Russell County Arrests 08-01-22

 
Michael David Bailey, 52, of Russell Springs - arrested on Monday afternoon by KSP for TBUT over $1,000. 
 
Austin Passmore, 18, of Russell Springs - arrested by the RCSO on Monday afternoon for Criminal Mischief 3rd degree. He was also served a Bench Warrant for Court.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Eastern KY Flooding Death Toll Rises to 30

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 1, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update on rescue and recovery efforts following historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky. Unfortunately, the Governor reported severe weather is continuing to hit the region even as the death toll rises.

 

“If things weren’t hard enough on the people of this region, they’re getting rain right now,” Gov. Beshear said, noting that Floyd, Magoffin, Knott and Pike counties remain under a flash flood warning Monday morning. “There is severe storm potential today in all of the impacted areas, and that is just not right. The most risk is on the northernmost point of the impacted areas, but it is very unstable.”

 

Death Toll Continues To Rise
Gov. Beshear announced today that the death toll from the devastating floods has now risen to 30. Deaths by county are as follows:

  • Breathitt County: 7
  • Clay County: 2
  • Knott County: 16, including 4 children
  • Letcher County: 2
  • Perry County: 3

 

Governor Seeks Expanded Individual Assistance
Today, the Governor is sending a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) asking for the other impacted areas – Floyd, Johnson, Leslie, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley and Pike counties – to be eligible for individual disaster assistance.

 

The Governor said he fully expects more counties to be added as was the process during the December tornadoes.

 

FEMA has already 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.

 

For the approved counties, 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 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 company name.


Survivors with homeowners, renters 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.

 

“FEMA folks are on the way. In these counties, what we’ve asked for, is folks who can go door to door to help our people. Also, a set location where people can come in and access all the services they need in one place.” Gov. Beshear said. “Don’t give up. We want to make sure everyone who can qualify, does qualify.”

 

Travel trailers are being delivered and connected to utilities for emergency sheltering. Twenty-five travel trailers have been delivered to Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Floyd County. And between two areas in Knott County, 25 more are being set up. Information will be forthcoming for those who may be in need of these temporary shelters.

 

Missing Persons
Kentucky State Police is continuing to respond and actively search 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.

 

Cellular Service Being Restored
Gov. Beshear reported that progress is being made in restoring cellular service to the affected areas.

 

“Letcher County’s cellular infrastructure is being reported as restored. That is huge,” the Governor said. “And Appalachian Wireless, which serves so much of this region, is reporting that it is completely restored. That is really good news.”

 

Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund
As of 7:30 a.m. EDT on Aug. 1, there have been 12,035 donations to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund, totaling $1,534,308.30. To donate, visit TeamEKYfloodrelieffund.ky.gov. The fund is fully transparent and the first distribution of funds will go toward paying for each victim’s funeral.

 

Flags Lowered in Honor of Victims
Gov. Beshear announced today that he is ordering flags at all state buildings to fly at half-staff for one week (ending Aug. 8) in honor of the victims of the Eastern Kentucky floods.

 

“I encourage businesses, individuals and organizations throughout Kentucky to do the same,” the Governor said. “Let’s make sure we’re recognizing the loss our people have been through.”

 

He said he would also be lighting the Capitol dome and Governor’s Mansion green.

 

“Green is the color of compassion, and just like we did during COVID, we’re showing compassion for those lost during this devastating flood,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Governor Signs Order on Licensing
Today, Gov. Beshear signed an executive order to suspend fees for replacement driver’s licenses and permits, as well as replacement of motor vehicle registration and titles.

 

Utility Outages

  • Statewide, as of 8 a.m. EDT on Aug. 1, there were approximately 12,000 customers without power.
  • 25,325 service connections were without water.
  • 44,119 service connections were under a boil water advisory.
  • 22 water systems have limited operations due to power outages and storm damage.
  • 17 wastewater systems have limited operations, primarily due to flooded infrastructure and are experiencing discharges from portions of their systems.

 

The Governor also noted that he and the First Lady are canceling their planned trip to Israel this week. He said, “I cannot be overseas while the people of Eastern Kentucky are suffering and while the region will still be in a critical stage over the coming weeks. I promised the people yesterday that I would be there for them – today, tomorrow and in the coming weeks – and I am going to keep that promise.” 

 

Previous Updates
Yesterday, the Governor toured the flood-damaged area with stops in Hazard (Perry County), Leburn (Knott County), Hindman (Knott County) and Whitesburg (Letcher County). Shelter sites can be found at governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

 

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.
 

ACSO Drug Arrest in Breeding Following Traffic Stop

 
On Sunday, July 31, 2022 at 5:06pmCT, Deputy Kenny Perkins initiated a traffic stop in the Breeding community of Adair County. The operator, Billy Collins, 44, of Columbia, KY was suspected of having illegal substances on him. 
 
Suspected methamphetamine was located along with drug paraphernalia. In addition there was an outstanding arrest warrant from Adair District Court. 
 
Collins was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
 
  • Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine)
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia and
  • Outstanding Adair District Court bench warrant
 
The Adair County Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation.

Adair Man Arrested on Drug Charges After Struggle with Authorities

 
On Friday, July 29, 2022 at 8:39pmCT,  K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten and Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch were dispatched to Lampton Lane to investigate a suspicious male in the area. The suspect was located and identified as Joshua Arnold, 40, of Columbia.
 
After a roadside investigation it was determined that Arnold was under the influence and was advised to place his hands behind his back. At that point Arnold pulled away and attempted to elude arrest and a struggle ensued. Arnold was taken into custody without injury.  
   
Upon his arrest, suspected fentanyl was located along with marijuana. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
 
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Fentanyl)
  • Possession of Marijuana 
  • Public Intoxication (excludes alcohol) &
  • Resisting Arrest
 
K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten was the arresting officer. 
 

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