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Local News Archives for 2022-09

Columbia City Council Meeting 10/3/22

 

The Columbia City Council will meet on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022 at 6:00pmCT at City Hall....

 

AGENDA

ROLL CALL

OPENING PRAYER

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE AMERICAN FLAG
 

1ST ITEM:   MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 23, 2022 SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

2ND ITEM:   APPROVAL OF APPOINTMENT OF NEW MEMBER TO PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD.

3RD ITEM:   APPROVAL TO SIGN DOCUMENTS FOR THE SECOND ROUND OF CLEANER WATER FUNDING GRANT WITH ADAIR FISCAL COURT AND COLUMBIA ADAIR UTILITY DISCTRICT.

4TH ITEM:  REQUEST FOR ANNEXATION
 

MOTION TO  ADJOURN REGULAR CALLED MEETING

 

American College of Cardiology Names T.J. Samson among the "Best Hospitals" for Cardiac Care

 

T.J. Samson Community Hospital has once again been recognized by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in the "Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report for our dedication to heart patients. Patients and caregivers can trust hospitals and health systems that participate in the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR), and those that receive ACC’s Accreditation seal of approval are recognized for delivering the best inpatient care.
 
Through the capture and reporting of trusted and reliable data, the NCDR helps participants measure, benchmark and improve cardiovascular care. 
 
Through our participation in the ACC’s proven quality programs, we rely upon robust quality improvement processes using data to improve the quality of care provided to our heart patients. T.J. Samson Community Hospital is committed to providing top level care. To learn more go to tjregionalhealth.org/cardiology.

 

 

City of Columbia Gives Update on Business Funding

 

The Columbia City Council allocated a portion of the ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funding to a grant program to be utilized by local businesses. There were certain stipulations placed upon the funding and the manner(s) in which it was to used by the community.


This was a result of the ARPA committee allocation of funding for primarily drug and alcohol abuse and appropriate support funding, small business assistance, and the updating of the city park properties. The city has been very frugal with the monies and have around 60% of the funding received remaining.

 

A 3-person board was appointed by the Mayor, with approval from the City Council, to review applications for small businesses. Any small business within the city limits can apply for funding to be used for updating the exterior of their business. The owner/leaser must complete the application that indicates the name of business, what their project is, and the estimated timeline for completion.

 

There are 13 businesses that were approved in the first round of funding. Projects include: windows/doors for energy efficiency, painting, awning, and other exterior items. There can be no neon colors used in the building(s) on the Public Square. You are required to complete within 6 months (or can request an extension).

 

The City of Columbia is assisting with supplies. The owner/leaser is responsible for labor and any other costs associated with the project. When the project is approved, they must sign that they understand and agree to the terms and conditions.

 

There are currently approx. 4 projects that are in review and they may or may not be approved. There are also 11 other projects that have been submitted and inquiries on 3 more.

 

“We appreciate the support of the community,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots. “This project is to assist with improving our town, helping our small business owners, and working with the local community.”

 

There have been questions when reimbursements would occur. They will happen when the project is completed. As of this date, noone has received a monetary reimbursement. It is expected that some of the projects will be completed in the next couple of weeks.

 

At the time of the completion of projects, the city will immediately notify the next business in line for approval.

 

Area Arrests 9-30-22

 

Prestin Sneed, 29, of Jamestown was taken into custody by Deputy Meyer with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday afternoon. Sneed was charged with Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees or Fines, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Fentanyl Derivatives), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Cocaine) and for being a Persistent Felony Offender. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

James Riley, 62, of Burkesville was arrested by Officer Tweedy with the Burkesville Police Department just before 1 a.m. this morning. Riley was charged with Unapproved or No Eye Protective Device (Motorcycle), Careless Driving, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operator License, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (more than 2 grams of Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Deliver/Manufacture, Prescription Controlled Substance Not Proper Container, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified) and Possession of Marijuana. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Fall Burn Ban

As we get ready to transition into October, state officials have a warning: Beware of outdoor burning.

Kentucky’s fall forest fire season starts Saturday and will last until December 15th. During that period, outdoor burning is banned between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. if the fire is within 150 feet of any woodland, brush or fields containing dry grass or other materials that could catch on fire.

Burning is also not recommended if it is windy.

Columbia Planning & Zoning Board Public Hearing 10/13/22

 

The City of Columbia Planning and Zoning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, October 13, 2022 AT 6:00 p.m. in City Hall. 

 

The purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider the following:

  1. Request for zone change from R3 (Medium Density Residential) to C2 (Highway Oriented Commercial) for a lot located at 125 Parkway Manor Lane (Map # 000-01-06-005-.09).  The purpose is to build storage units. Property owned by Perry Dunbar.

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development projects; his administration’s response to historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky; transportation, health and law enforcement funding; a Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award winner; the opening of CenterWell Senior Primary Care centers in Louisville; and COVID-19. He also named the Flemingsburg Police Department as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

Economic Development Update
Gov. Beshear announced the good news that the Courier Journal reported that Kentucky led the nation in job growth for the month of August. New data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the commonwealth added 26,700 nonfarm payroll jobs from July to August. That translates to a 1.4% month-over-month growth rate, which was the largest seen by any state.

The Governor also highlighted six economic development projects that will create more than 1,000 new jobs and that represent over $760 million in new investment. He also announced a state grant to provide upgrades at an industrial park and the recuperation of an investment the previous administration made that did not materialize.

Gov. Beshear recapped this week’s announcement that Ford Motor Co., which has produced motor vehicles in the commonwealth for 109 years, will expand its presence in Louisville with a $700 million investment creating 500 full-time jobs as the company prepares to produce the all-new Ford F-Series Super Duty truck.

The Governor announced further momentum of the state’s distribution and logistics sector as BM2 Freight Services Inc. will expand in Covington with a $2.3 million investment creating 56 quality jobs.

 

“This incentive program, along with our reinvestment back into the business, will allow us to create jobs in Northern Kentucky, grow and improve our team and develop future industry leaders as we continue to grow our footprint as a best-in-class logistics provider throughout all of North America,” said BM2 Freight Co-Founder Kevin Ball.

Gov. Beshear announced new job creation within Kentucky’s coal industry as River View Coal, which operates an underground coal mine in Union County, will expand its footprint in the state with a new facility in Henderson County, creating 260 well-paying jobs with a $35 million investment.

The Governor announced yet another significant investment in Kentucky’s manufacturing sector, as Elevate Windows and Doors will invest over $16 million and create 203 full-time jobs with a new production and distribution operation in Hopkinsville.

Gov. Beshear highlighted continued momentum of the state’s manufacturing industry as Automotive Service Products Inc. will expand its presence in the commonwealth with an $8 million investment to relocate within Boone County, creating an additional 25 quality jobs for Kentuckians.

The Governor highlighted investment in the state’s site and building development as he announced a $500,000 state grant, paired with a local match from the Winchester-Clark County Industrial Development Authority to provide $1 million in upgrades at the Winchester Industrial Park.

Gov. Beshear announced that the commonwealth has secured the return of the previous administration’s $15 million investment in an aluminum mill in Northeastern Kentucky that never materialized. The Governor said that the land, which was previously acquired as part of the proposed project, would also be donated back to the local communities to be used for future economic development opportunities as part of a larger land transaction being negotiated.

 

“This announcement has been a long time coming, and I want to recognize members of this administration and Commonwealth Seed Capital, as well as Unity Aluminum, for coming together to do what is right for the community and Kentucky by returning these funds to the commonwealth,” Gov. Beshear said. “Given the current economic momentum we are experiencing across the state, I am confident we will secure a significant project on the property, as it is a great site for a potential employer.”

 

Gov. Beshear thanked Cabinet for Economic Development Secretary Jeff Noel for his leadership in securing the return of this funding.

 

“I love Team Kentucky because this announcement required a lot of people working together,” Secretary Noel said. “This is a very significant product development opportunity in Northeastern Kentucky for our great state.”

 

Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
Today, Gov. Beshear and Col. Philip K. Miller, USA Retired, state chairman of the Kentucky Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), presented the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award to the Flemingsburg Police Department. The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their outstanding support of staff serving in the National Guard and Reserve.

“I’d like to point out that, in addition to staying in constant contact with reservists and their families while they are away for military service, Flemingsburg Police Officers – to include the chief – actually go the extra mile by pulling their shifts for them to ensure there are no shortfalls in protecting the public they serve,” Miller said.

“First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who is currently serving in uniform and has served in uniform. You are the reason we are able to do the things we are able to do,” said Flemingsburg Police Chief Brian Bowling. “Thank you to our local leadership for putting policies in place that allow us to be successful. That was the guiding piece to making all this work.”

Gov. Beshear named the Flemingsburg Police Department as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

Eastern Kentucky Flood Update
The Governor provided an update on Eastern Kentucky stabilization and rebuilding efforts following July’s historic floods. Almost $73 million in grants have been approved under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individuals and Households Program for 7,785 households. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is now Oct. 28.

Over $50 million has been approved under the U.S. Small Business Associations for 662 applicants.

Gov. Beshear announced that Kentucky has received approval from the federal Food and Nutrition Service to allow flood survivors in Eastern Kentucky to purchase hot food with SNAP benefits until Nov. 1. The following counties in Eastern Kentucky are approved for hot food purchases with SNAP benefits: Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Wolfe and Whitley. Residents from Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Letcher, Owsley, Perry and Pike counties who are due to recertify or provide a report between Aug. 2022 and Jan. 2023 that would allow the continuation of food assistance now have an additional six months to provide information. For assistance, call 885-306-8959 or go to kynect.ky.gov.

 

The Governor also announced the Department for Aging and Independent Living has been awarded more than $110,000 to assist with rebuilding two senior centers in Knott and Letcher counties that were seriously damaged during July’s historic flooding.

 

In continued work to help communities repair, more than $400,000 in emergency County Road Aid and Municipal Road Aid funding that will repair projects in Knott, Perry, Powell and Wolfe counties and in the City of Hazard.

The Governor said that Kentucky State Parks are currently housing 297 people. Since last Thursday, 34 individuals have transitioned out of state parks. Currently, 464 individuals are being housed in 168 travel trailers.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is collecting and removing damaged cars that came to rest on public rights-of-way or in waterways that block access to a public-use area or threaten infrastructure.

To date, the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief fund has raised over $9.8 million from over 37,000 donors. The Governor also highlighted and thanked the Pikeville Medical Center’s Foundation for Quality Healthcare, which donated nearly $44,000. To contribute, click here.

For other information regarding flooding in Eastern Kentucky, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

Gov. Beshear Announces $3.2 Million in Transportation Funding
Gov. Beshear announced more than $3.2 million in funding from KYTC to make travel and safety improvements on dozens of local streets and roads across the commonwealth. These awards will benefit 43 projects in four cities and 17 counties.

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Updates
The Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services will receive the Medicaid Innovation Award, presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Academy for State Health Policy. Kentucky is one of six states to receive the award and was selected for enrollment innovations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governor also announced that Kentucky will receive a $3,675,000 Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention grant, awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Kentucky is one of just 10 entities to receive the grant, which focuses on reducing suicide among residents of the commonwealth under age 25.

Gov. Beshear Recognizes John Prine Memorial Park
Today, Gov. Beshear recognized local officials and volunteers in Muhlenberg County, who on Saturday will dedicate John Prine Memorial Park at Rochester Dam along the Green River. Prine, whose career as a singer and songwriter spanned five decades, grew up in Chicago but spent his summers in Muhlenberg County, where his parents were from. In his song, “Paradise,” inspired by Kentucky, Prine sang: “When I die let my ashes float down the Green River / Let my soul roll up to the Rochester dam.”

“Sadly, the world lost John Prine in April of 2020 to COVID-19. It was a shocking loss so early in the pandemic,” Gov. Beshear said. “We paid tribute to him during our then-daily COVID briefings, including a video set to his wonderful rendition of ‘My Old Kentucky Home.’ In honor of the park’s dedication, and John Prine’s legacy, I also have issued an official acclamation paying tribute to John Prine Memorial Park. Thanks to everyone who helped make this recognition possible.”

Hurricane Ian Response
The 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade of the Kentucky National Guard is providing five UH-60 Blackhawks with aircrews to assist the Florida National Guard with search and rescue operations. These are the same aircrews that provided lifesaving rescue operations during the Eastern Kentucky flooding in July. Airmen and units from the Kentucky Air National Guard remain on standby to assist. Requests for assistance so far include the Governor authorizing the three C-130 aircraft and 22 personnel to assist Florida as needed.

Governor Announces Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Recipients
Today, Gov. Beshear announced nearly $2 million in Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funding to assist state and local law enforcement in creating safer communities and reducing the sale of illegal drugs. To see a full list of awardees, click here. To learn more about the JAG program, click here.

Humana’s CenterWell Senior Primary Care
Humana announced the launch of three new Louisville locations for the company’s CenterWell Senior Primary Care. On Saturday, the company broke ground on one center in West Louisville at the Sports and Learning Complex. Two more centers will open in the coming months in the Okolona area and on South 2nd Street near the University of Louisville.


COVID-19 Update
The Governor said Kentucky is in the fourth week of decline or plateau. This week, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, patients in the ICU, patients on ventilators and COVID-19 related visits per day have decreased. Gov. Beshear continued to urge eligible Kentuckians to get the new booster shots to protect against COVID-19. These boosters are recommended for all persons 12 years and older who had their last COVID-19 vaccine dose at least two months ago. Locations and appointments can be found on vaccines.gov.

 

Russell County Man Arrested on Rape & Incest Charges

 

Vicente Hernandez, 35, of Russell Springs was arrested on Wednesday evening by KSP and charged with 1st degree Rape, Incest and Intimidating a Participant in the Legal Process.
 
Hernandez was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Russell County Woman Arrested on Disorderly Conduct Charges

 

Tracy Bryant, 34, of Russell Springs was arrested on Wednesday night by the RCSO for Disorderly Conduct 2nd degree.

 

Bryant was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center by Deputy Nathan Ginn.

 

KY 80 in Adair County to be Reduced to One Lane Beginning Monday

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2022) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that beginning Monday, Oct. 3, KY 80 in Adair County will be reduced to one lane as crews perform bridge maintenance.

Work will be performed at mile point 3 on the Louie B Nunn Cumberland Expressway overpass between D Reliford Road and KY 768. Temporary traffic signals will be in place on the east and west bound approaches for the lane closures.  
 

Work is expected to be completed October 12. The start date 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. 
 

Russell County Man Arrested on Burglary and Assault Charges

 

Adam Mann, 37, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Trooper Gadberry early Thursday morning. Mann was charged with Wanton Endagerment – 1st Degree-Police Officer, Assault 3rd Degree-Police Officer or Probation Officer, Criminal Mischief, Resisting Arrest, Burglary, 1st Degree, Wanton Endagerment-1st Degree-Police Officer, Assault 3rd – (Peace Officer Non- Communicable Bodily Fluid) and an additional count of Resisting Arrest.

 

He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Golden Alert Issued for Pulaski County Man Canceled


SOMERSET, Ky. (September 29, 2022) - Claude E. Klebba has been located and has been returned home safe to his family in Pulaski County. Ambert alert cancelled.

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Kentucky State Police Post 11 is actively investigating a missing persons investigation of a Pulaski County man with Alzheimer's.

 

Claude Elmo Klebba, AKA (BUTCH), 78, of Somerset was last seen at his residence on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at approximately 6:30 PM.


Claude is described as a white male, 5’9’’ tall, roughly 190 pounds, with gray hair. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and blue sweatpants. Claude left driving a 2014 Black Ford F150 KY TAG A6L-136.

 

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

 

Trooper Adam Childress is continuing the investigation.

 

Missing Columbia Teenager

 
The Columbia Police Department is seeking information that could lead to the location of a juvenile.
 
CPD is looking for 17-year-old Lucille Atwell. If anyone has information regarding Atwell's whereabouts, please notify the Columbia Police Department at 270-384-4119 or the Adair E911 Center at 270-384-6464.
 

Science Hill Man Arrested by Jamestown Police on Wednesday

 

Rahul Mathews, 22, of Science Hill, KY was arrested by the Jamestown Police Dept. on Wednesday afternoon for Reckless Driving, Fleeing or Evading Police (Motor Vehicle), and Resisting Arrest. Mathews was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

2022 General Election Voting Info. from Adair County Clerk's Office

 

How You Can Vote in ADAIR COUNTY in the 2022 General Election...

 

The LAST DAY to register to vote in the 2022 General Election is Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

Online Registrations must be received by 4:00 p.m. (local time) at www.elect.ky.gov and at the Adair County Clerk’s Office, 424 Public Square, Suite 3, Columbia, KY by the close of business at 4:00pmCT.

 

Not sure if you're registered to vote?  Visit elect.ky.gov or call the Adair County Clerk’s Office during normal business hours 270-384-2801.

 

EXCUSED MAIL-IN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Voter must meet criteria; has to meet one of the designated reasons.

Do I meet criteria? Visit GoVoteky.com or call the Clerk’s Office 270-384-2801 during normal business hours Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:00pmCT and Saturday 8:00am-11:00amCT.

The online portal opens September 24 and closes October 25, 2022. Visit GoVoteky.com.

Voters can return their ballots via the US Postal Service or drop off in the Secured Ballot Box located in the Adair County Clerk’s Office during normal business hours. 

No requests can be taken after October 25, 2022.

 

EXCUSED IN PERSON ABSENTEE VOTING

Voter must meet criteria. Has to meet one of the designated reasons.

Do I meet criteria?  Visit GoVoteKy.com or call the Adair County Clerk’s Office 270-384-2801.

Excused in-person absentee voting dates: Oct. 26, 27, 28, 31 and Nov. 1 & 2, 2022 from 8:00am-4:00pmCT. NO voting on Saturday, Oct. 29th.

Absentee voting will be held at the Adair County Clerk’s Office, 424 Public Square, Suite 3, Columbia, KY. Voters MUST confirm their identity!

 

NO EXCUSE IN-PERSON EARLY VOTING - 11/3/22-11/5/22

Any Adair County voter may vote at this location these three (3) days regardless of their precinct. No reason is required to vote on these days: Nov. 3rd, 4th, & 5th, 2022 from 8:00am-4:00pmCT at the Adair County Annex, 424 Public Square, Suite 3, Columbia, KY. Again, voters MUST confirm their identity!

 

ELECTION DAY, TUESDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2022

If you have not voted by this time, you must vote at your precinct on record (unless it's a medical emergency). All precincts will be open from 6:00am to 6:00pmCT. Voters MUST confirm identity!


ADAIR COUNTY PRECINCTS:

  1. White Oak - Mary Carter Building, 3401 Sano Road, Columbia
  2. Eunice Pellyton - Old A-1 Gate Shop (across from the old Shepherd School), 7624 Liberty Road, Columbia
  3. Little Cake - Old A-1 Gate Shop (across from old Shepherd School), 7624 Liberty Road, Columbia
  4. East Columbia - Wheet Fellowship Hall, 1208 Jamestown St, Columbia, KY
  5. Ozark - Leon Huff Building, 7692 Russell Springs Road, Columbia, KY 
  6. South Columbia-Harmony - Wheet Fellowship Hall, 1208 Jamestown St, Columbia, KY 
  7. Glensfork-Melson Ridge - Gaddie Shamrock Office Building, 4097 Hwy 55 South, Columbia, KY  
  8. Gradyville-Nell - Gradyville General Store (formerly D&F Grocery), 4731 Edmonton Road, Columbia, KY 
  9. Sparksville-Breeding - Breeding Fire Department, 290 Fire Dept Rd, Columbia, KY
  10. South Columbia #2 - Jim Blair Center (Christian Life Center), 901 Hudson Street, Columbia, KY  
  11. Milltown - Lewis Garrison Building (in the back) 6980 Greensburg Road, Columbia, KY 
  12. West Columbia - Jim Blair Center (Christian Life Center), 901 Hudson Street, Columbia, KY 
  13. Cane Valley-Holmes -Trinity Fellowship Hall, 2252 Campbellsville Road, Columbia, KY 
  14. Knifley-Roley - Knifley Fire Department, 6130 Elkhorn Road, Knifley, KY 
  15. North Columbia -Trinity Fellowship Hall, 2252 Campbellsville Road, Columbia, KY
  16. Hurt - VFW Building, 500 Greenhills Road, Columbia, KY  

NO VOTING WILL BE CONDUCTED ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7th

Regardless of where or when you vote, please remember to bring proof of identity!

 

Portion of Old Glensfork Rd Closed for Bridge Replacement 9/28/22

 

Effective Wednesday, September 28, 2022 Old Glensfork Rd. from Yellow Hammer Rd. to HWY 55 will be closed for thru traffic for a bridge replacement until further notice. The road is anticipated to be closed for up to 6-9 weeks.

 

Russell County Clerks Office Closed for Training 9/28/22

 
According to County Clerk Patti Glover, the Russell County Clerk’s office will be closed from 9:30 a.m. until 12 noon on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 for staff training. The office will reopen for normal business hours at 12 noon on Wednesday.
 

Russell County Man Dies Following UTV Accident

 

RUSSELL SPRINGS, KY  (September 27, 2022) – On September 26, 2022 at approximately 5:19 P.M. CST, Kentucky State Police Post 15 Troopers responded to a two-vehicle injury collision on East KY 80 in Russell County.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed that Rylie Kean, 27, of Russell Springs, KY was traveling west on East KY 80 in a 2019 Chrysler Pacifica van when she struck a 2017 Yamaha Wolverine UTV that had pulled onto East KY 80 from Foley Rd.  The Yamaha Wolverine was being operated by Edward Robertson, 70, of Russell Springs.  
 

Mr. Robertson was transported to Russell County hospital where he was pronounced deceased by the Russell County Coroner.

 

KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Russell County Sheriff's Office, Jamestown Police Department, Russell County EMS and Fire, and the Russell County Coroner. The collision remains under investigation by Tpr. Dean Lunz.

 

Male Juvenile Faces Several Charges After Russell County Motorcycle Pursuit

 

Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that a motorcycle pursuit was initiated on Monday evening in Jamestown and picked up on Hwy 127 and onto East 80 by an off-duty Sheriffs Deputy and a Russell Springs Police SRO Officer.
 

The pursuit ended in the Fairview community of Russell County where a roadblock had been set up at the junction of KY 910/80 by Sheriff Polston. The suspect, a male juvenile, spotted that the intersection was blocked and slowed down to a stop with no place to go.
 

The juvenile was arrested at the scene on the following charges:

  • 5 counts Wanton Endangermemt 1st degree
  • 3 Counts Wanton Endangerment of a Police Officer
  • Resisting Arrest 
  • Fleeing or evading police
  • Reckless driving
  • Improper passing 
  • Disregarding traffic control device
  • No operators License & numerous other  traffic offenses. 


He was lodged in the Adair County Juvenile Detention Center.

 

The case remains under investigation by arresting Deputy Dustin Bunch, Officer Lee Smith, and School Resource Officer Clete MacAnich. More Charges are expected to be filed as the investigation continues. 
 

Marion County Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash...

 
The wreck occurred on Friday evening, September 23, 2022 when 25-year-old Jon Samuel David Beyer of Lebanon, KY lost control of his motorcycle while attempting to pass an automobile on Miller Pike in Lebanon. Beyer was pronounced dead at the scene. 
 
Jon Beyer was an employee of Heaven Hill Distillery and a 2016 graduate of Marion County High School.  
 
Mattingly Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.
 

Adair County Man Arrested on Heroin Charges...

 

Tate Walkup, 22, of Columbia, KY was arrested on Monday afternoon by KSP and charged with Trafficking in Heroin. He was also arrested for a Probation Violation (for a Felony Offense). 
 
Walkup was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Adair County Man Airlifted Following a Sunday Morning Accident in Taylor County

 
The Taylor County Sheriffs Department investigated the 2-vehicle accident on Sunday morning, September 25, 2022 at 8:53amET on Highway 55 North (New Columbia Road).
 
Eric Rowe, 37, of Columbia was operating a 2009 Chevy HHA, traveling south in the northbound lane, when he collided with a 2007 Chevy Silverado pulling an enclosed box trailer that was being operated by 64-year-old Greg Ratliff of Columbia.
 
Ratliff & a passenger, 55-year-old Tresa Ratliff, were not injured. Eric Rowe was airlifted to the UK Medical Center in Lexington.
 
The Taylor County Sheriff's Department was assisted at the scene by the Campbellsville Police Dept., Taylor County & Campbellsville Fire Departments, and Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS. The investigation is still underway at this time.
 

KSP Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest in Russell County

 

RUSSELL SPRINGS, KY (September 26, 2022) – A traffic stop by Kentucky State Police (KSP) in Russell Springs on Sunday night leads to drug trafficking arrest. On Sunday, September 25, 2022 at approximately 10:57 p.m., a KSP Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier passenger car on Rose Street in Russell Springs. The Trooper observed a passenger in the vehicle not wearing a seat belt.    

 

During the traffic stop, the Trooper learned that a passenger in the vehicle had a warrant for his arrest. The passenger was identified as Patrick Michael Sisco, 37, of Yosemite, KY. Sisco was removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest. Due to his arrest, Sisco was searched and the search produced suspected methamphetamine, suspected marijuana, and prescription medication pills. Also discovered during the search was a handgun and a large sum of cash. 

 

In addition to his warrant, Sisco was arrested and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center and was charged with the following:

  • Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Possession of Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Drug Unspecified)
  • Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Public Intoxication
  • Menacing

The investigation is ongoing by Trooper Jake Smith.  Trooper Smith was assisted at the scene by other KSP Troopers, Russell County Sheriff’s Office, and Russell Springs Police Department.

 

LWC News - The Journey Continues with Interactive Social Media Campaign

 

Columbia, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson College Board of Trustees, along with Chairman of the Board and Adair County native Allan Parnell have an important question for LWC alumni and friends -- “Will you join the journey?”

 

The 48-hour event to raise money for student aid will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 27 and will last until midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 28. The social media campaign dubbed All-In For LWC began in 2014 and has raised more than $4.5 million.

 

“The ‘All-In’ campaign is a time of fellowship and fun,” says LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. “For two days each year, we loosen our ties and get down to business. It’s a campus-wide effort and we enjoy every minute working alongside our students.”  

 

This year’s campaign will include a safari scavenger hunt. The campaign gifts will be placed along a hidden treasure trail. LWC students will be given clues to the “treasure” via an LWC history trivia game. LWC alumni and friends will be challenged to answer the trivia questions to assist the students in their search. 

 

“This social media-driven, interactive format will allow even more people to take a part in the campaign this year,” says LWC Director of Alumni Relations Lafawn Nettles. “Connecting current and former students with the LWC history trivia game will add excitement to the day’s activities. We are looking forward to the past and present coming together to meet the one meaningful goal of helping more students receive a life-changing LWC education.” 
 

The fall 2022 campaign is structured so that students will immediately benefit from the financial support. By going to www.lindsey.edu/giving, donors may give their gift directly to more than 30 affinity programs. For example, if you are a former baseball player, cheerleader, band member, or if you have a love for theatre, you can designate your gift to go to your favorite program, team, club or group. 
 

“I want to personally thank everyone who has taken part in this eight-year journey to raise money for students,” said board chair, Dr. Allan Parnell. “We encourage the LWC family to take part in this exciting new initiative and help students answer the questions to receive even more scholarship aid. 

 

“We have 48 hours to make a difference and we can’t do it without our alumni and our friends, in Adair County and beyond.”

 

To make a gift of any amount to the All-In for LWC Chair's Challenge during Sept. 27-28, you can give online by clicking on www.lindsey.edu/giving. You can also call the college's development office at 270-384-8400. Gifts can be restricted to a specific program or can be unrestricted to the general fund.
 

Adair County Surplus Auction


The Adair County Fiscal Court will have a Surplus Property Auction on Friday, October 7, 2022 at 4:30pmCT. The auction will be held at 971 Campbellsville St. (behind the old Rescue Squad Building). A complete list of items to be sold may be picked up at the Adair County Judge’s Office, 424 Public Square, Suite 1, Columbia, KY.

 

WEEKEND ARREST

 
Luis Foster, 38, of Nancy, KY was arrested on Sunday morning by the RCSO for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol) and Improper Parking in a Fire Lane.
 
Foster was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Holiday Assistance Available for Eligible Adair County Residents

 

Holiday Assistance applications are ready for eligible Adair County families. Eligible families must be residents of Adair County, meet income requirements, and have children up to 17 years old. The goal is to provide essential items such as clothing and a few wishlist items that are listed. You must apply no later than October 31st. No applications will be accepted after this date and you'll be contacted by the Adair County Holiday Assistance Committee for your application acceptance or denial by mail.  

 
To apply, complete this form: holiday assistance.
 
If you know of someone in Adair County that does not have access to complete the online application, please have them contact one of the following individuals:
 
  • Heather Dudley (270) 384-9752
  • Pam Bivens (270) 384-9112
  • Kara Iqbal (270) 384-7617
  • Hali Anderson (270) 384-6050
 

Russell Springs Boil Water Advisory

 

There is a Boil Water Advisory for all of Old Columbia Road starting at Talking Drive, all the way to the county line and all side roads in between including Gentry Mill Rd, Rose St., Village Drive and Shepherd Drive. The advisory was issued due to a water main break. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.

 

Columbia Police Investigates Accident on Bypass


The Columbia Police Department responded to a two vehicle collision on Friday, September 23, 2022 at the intersection of Burkesville Street and Veterans Memorial Bypass. 

After speaking with witnesses on scene, the accident appears to have occurred when Mark Burton, 52, of Summershade, who was operating a Chevy Silverado pulling a camper trailer, was making a left turn onto the Bypass westbound, while under a caution arrow. Simon Coblentz, 18, of Columbia was driving southbound on Burksville Street in a Dodge Charger and impact was made before Burton had completed the turn. 


Adair EMS and the Columbia Fire Department also responded to the scene. Coblentz waived treatment by EMS but was later taken to TJ Health by private vehicle. 

Officer Joey Keith was the investigating Officer. He was assisted by Assistant Chief Charles Greer and Chief Jr Murphy.

KSP Investigates Fatal Collision in Taylor County

 

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY (September 24, 2022) – On Friday, September 23, 2022 at approximately 8:18amET. Kentucky State Police Post 15 Troopers responded to a 2-vehicle injury collision on Bengal Rd. in Taylor County.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed that Cheryl Sanders, age 57 of Campbellsville, was traveling east on Bengal Rd. in a 2013 Honda Odyssey when she struck a Kubota UTV traveling east on Bengal Rd. in the rear. The Kubota UTV was being operated by Jason Jones, 69, of Campbellsville.  

 

Mr. Jones was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Taylor County Coroner.

 

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

 

New Funding at the Center will Help Russell, Adair and Surrounding Counties

The Center for Rural Development has been awarded $300,000 by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to implement the Succeed, Thrive and Recover (STAR) program to benefit businesses and individuals in recovery in 43 Southern and Eastern Kentucky counties, including Adair, Casey, Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, and Russell.

The STAR program is part of a $12 million award package through the ARC's INSPIRE initiative.

Lake Cumberland Area Unemployment Rates

Unemployment rates fell in 111 counties between August 2021 and August 2022, rose in six, and stayed the same in three according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet.

Locally, unemployment rates fell both month-to-month and year-to-year in Adair, Russell and surrounding counties.


 

County

CLF

EMP

UNEMP

Aug22

Jul22

Aug21

Adair

7,044

6,749

295

4.2%

4.9%

5.0%

Casey

6,760

6,526

234

3.5%

3.9%

4.1%

Cumberland

3,418

3,326

92

2.7%

3.0%

3.2%

Green

5,318

5,133

185

3.5%

3.7%

3.6%

Metcalfe

3,894

3,717

177

4.5%

4.9%

5.3%

Russell

6,168

5,869

299

4.8%

5.1%

5.5%

Taylor

12,478

12,040

438

3.5%

3.9%

3.9%

 

Last Day of the Farmers Market in Russell County

 The Russell County Farmer’s Market will open this morning at 7:30 a.m. and remain open until noon.

The Market located off Highway 127 in the parking lot of the Russell County Extension Office. This will be the final day of the market this season. Anyone with any vouchers that they haven’t used yet, please stop by and use those today!

Area Arrest 9-23-22

Area Arrest 9-23-22

Richard Hubert, age 69, of Burkesville, was arrested by Trooper Maxwell with the Kentucky State Police just before 5:30 last evening. Hubert was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified) and Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container 1st Offense.

He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail

 

 

Gov. Beshear Announces Department of Criminal Justice Training Class 530 Graduates Basic Training

 

RICHMOND, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) announced that 26 law enforcement officers from agencies across the state have graduated the basic training academy.

 

“Congratulations to these 24 men and women who have dedicated themselves to 20 weeks of extensive basic training,” said Gov. Beshear. “I ask the commonwealth to join me and First Lady Beshear in prayer for a safe and fulfilling career of service for these heroes.”

 

DOCJT is committed to providing officers with best practices, the latest technology training and legal information to protect the diverse communities they serve. The graduates of Class 530 received 800 hours of recruit-level instruction over 20 weeks. Major training areas include patrol procedures, physical training, vehicle operations, defensive tactics, criminal law, traffic and DUI, firearms, criminal investigations, cultural awareness, bias related crimes and tactical responses to crisis situations.

 

“I am proud of your commitment to learning the skills and knowledge presented in the Basic Training Academy and wish you success in implementing this training in your home communities,” said DOCJT Commissioner Nicolai Jilek. “You now carry with you the responsibility of serving with honor, integrity, fairness and transparency. Take this responsibility to heart and the people you protect will see how much you care.”

 

DOCJT provides basic training for city and county police officers, sheriffs’ deputies, university police, airport police throughout the state, only excluding Louisville Metro Police Department, Lexington Police Department, Bowling Green Police Department and the Kentucky State Police, which each have independent academies.

 

Class 530 graduates and their agencies are:

Louis E. Armstrong, Hopkinsville Police Department

Bennett R. Baldwin, Mt. Vernon Police Department

Tyler A. Burd, Warren County Sheriff’s Office

James Kenneth Cable, Paintsville Police Department

Zachary R. Chapman, Calloway County Sheriff’s Office

Lucas Davis, Hazard Police Department

Michael J. Davis, Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Zacary L. Downs, Nelson County Sheriff’s Office

John D. Evans, Shively Police Department

Daymond F. Foster, Union County Sheriff’s Office

Nicholas L. Hopkins, Calloway County Sheriff’s Office

Nathan W. Huff, Daviess County Sheriff’s Office

Zachary B. King, Mt. Vernon Police Department

Ashley J. Mairose, Villa Hills Police Department

Jonathan R. Milburn, Stanford Police Department

Austin T. Miller, Henderson Police Department

Daniel Miller, Hazard Police Department

Colton H. Mott, Georgetown Police Department

Holly M. Necessary, Columbia Police Department

Madison Puryear, Frankfort Police Department

Justin S. Rader, Richmond Police Department

Andy I. Sanchez, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office

Isaiah D. Schneider, Bellevue Police Department

Travis K. Simmons, Shively Police Department

Shelby T. Tekulve, Bellevue Police Department

Matthew C. Wurster, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
 

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on the historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky, the creation of the Council for Community Recovery and Resiliency, Mountain Parkway expansion, eviction relief funding, orphan well capping progress, declining gas prices and COVID-19. He also named the 2023 Kentucky Teachers of the Year and Kentucky’s Blue Ribbon Schools as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Eastern Kentucky Flood Update

Emergency Response
Missing Persons
Kentucky Emergency Management and the Kentucky State Police (KSP) are continuing search efforts to locate two missing Breathitt County citizens: 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 KSP Post 13 in Hazard at 606-435-6069.

 

Water Outages
All drinking water systems are now operational; 22 systems were down immediately after the flooding. There are 32 service connections without water, down from 34,121 on July 28. More than 330 customers remain under a boil water advisory, down from 46,000. The Village of Buckhorn lifted a portion of their boil water advisory, which includes the Buckhorn Lake State Park Lodge. Four wastewater systems are not operational: Fleming-Neon, Millstone Alternative, Buckhorn Elementary and High Schools and Robinson Elementary School.

 

Shelters
Local organizations including state parks, churches and schools are providing shelter to survivors. Kentucky state parks are currently housing more than 331 people. Seventeen individuals are sheltering in six hotels in Eastern Kentucky.

 

Debris
Another 523 loads of debris, amounting to 7,928 tons, were removed on Wednesday from waterways and state and county rights-of-way. To date, 225,253 tons of debris have been removed from state and county rights-of-way and waterways.

 

Today, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is beginning to remove and collect abandoned cars and trucks and start the process of notifying their owners. This applies to vehicles that came to rest on public rights-of-way or in waterways and which block access to a public-use area or pose a threat to infrastructure. Vehicle management sites have been designated in five counties where recovered vehicles can be temporarily stored. Those counties are Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott and Letcher. For more information on this process visit, governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

 

Stabilization Phase
FEMA
More than $71 million in grants has been approved under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individuals and Households Program for 7,610 households. In addition to visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, Kentuckians can also apply through FEMA at DisasterAssistance.gov, on their mobile app or by calling 800-621-3362. There are six fixed Disaster Recovery Centers now open. To see the locations, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

 

Travel Trailers
Currently, 409 individuals are being housed in 149 travel trailers across seven state parks. There are 248 travel trailers onsite. So far, 16 individuals have transitioned out of the Commonwealth Sheltering Program. Individuals seeking emergency sheltering in travel trailers can find more information and register at governor.ky.gov/FloodResources or call 502-234-1225.

 

Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Lee County residents are now eligible to receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Disaster Unemployment Assistance claimants in Lee County can apply for benefits online through the Kentucky Career Center website or by phone at 502-875-0442. The deadline to apply is Oct. 10.

 

Private Bridges
KYTC has identified 854 private crossings within the flood-impacted counties in Eastern Kentucky. More than 730 of these bridges have been assessed for damage by a team that includes representatives from FEMA and KYTC. So far, 40 bridges have been approved by FEMA for emergency repair funding.

 

New Legal Actions
On Sept. 15, the Governor sent a request to FEMA to extend the registration period for the Individuals and Households Assistance program for an additional 30 days. If approved, the deadline will be Oct. 29.

 

On Sept 17, FEMA approved Kentucky Emergency Management’s request to activate the Community Disaster Loan (CDL) Program for Kentucky. The CDL program provides operational funding to help local governments that have incurred a significant loss in revenue, due to a major disaster, that has or will adversely affect their ability to provide essential municipal services. Interested local governments should reach out to FEMA representative Martha Castro at Martha.Castro@FEMA.dhs.gov to apply.

 

FEMA also extended the performance period for emergency work eligible for reimbursement under Category B of the Public Assistance Program to Dec. 12, 2022, as it pertains to the non-congregate sheltering program.

 

Yesterday, FEMA approved Direct Temporary Housing Assistance for Floyd County. To see a full list of executive legal actions, click here.

 

Rebuilding Phase
Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund
Flood survivors that qualify for FEMA are eligible for an additional $500 from the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund. Much like the process used following the tornadoes in Western Kentucky, there is no application for this assistance. Data is being collected through FEMA, and eligible recipients will receive payment directly. So far, 6,507 checks are going out for this additional $500, totaling $3,253,500 in payments. The fund has paid for 40 funerals totaling $400,000.

 

To date, the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief fund has raised over $9.7 million from over 37,000 donors. The Governor also highlighted and thanked the Kelly Clarkson Show, which donated $20,000. Donations can be made at TeamEKYFloodReliefFund.ky.gov.

 

Gov. Beshear also thanked Rep. Randy Bridges and the Kentucky Moose Association, who donated $53,265 to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund to support rebuilding efforts in Western Kentucky.

 

The Council for Community Recovery and Resiliency
Gov. Beshear announced that he signed an Executive Order to establish the Council for Community Recovery and Resiliency. The group will consist of members from several state and federal agencies ranging from local government, health and family services to transportation, infrastructure, housing and more. With support from Kentucky Emergency Management and Military Affairs, this group will meet and provide leadership and guidance for community recovery and resiliency planning across the commonwealth.

 

“We have to accept the fact that we are going to face more frequent disasters with more intensity. Once we accept that, we know we have to be ready. We have to be resilient and we have to be strong,” said Kentucky Emergency Management Director Jeremy Slinker. “This council will allow us to all come together with our resources, our funds and our expertise and sit down in the same room to make sure we are not duplicating efforts but amplifying them.”

 

Gov. Beshear Announces Plans to Complete Mountain Parkway
Monday, Gov. Beshear joined state and local officials to announce plans for the final section of the Mountain Parkway Expansion in Eastern Kentucky – delivering on a decades-old promise to expand the parkway into far Eastern Kentucky. While in Prestonsburg, the Governor also announced that the first phase of a $4.1 million Dawkins Line Rail Trail project will soon begin to improve the popular recreation trail.

 

Lexington Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Funding
Today, the Governor announced that the U.S. Department of Treasury approved reallocating nearly $7 million of the remaining Health and Home Eviction Relief funds to Lexington’s program. Fayette County residents can continue to apply for rental assistance through the Fayette County program at covid19renterhelp.org.

 

Since March 2021, more than $187 million has been provided to help Kentuckians stay in their homes and to help them keep the lights and air on and the water running throughout the pandemic. This funding has helped over 43,000 households keep their family safe during tough times.

 

Orphan Wells
As part of his Better Kentucky Plan’s Stronger Communities Program, Gov. Beshear previously announced a $25 million grant to plug orphan oil and gas wells across the commonwealth. Interested contractors are encouraged to bid through the Finance Cabinet on “packages” of orphan wells identified by the Division of Oil and Gas as eligible for this program.

 

The first ten contracts were awarded last week. These contracts will plug 153 wells in Allen, Christian, Cumberland, Daviess, Henderson, Lee, McClean, Ohio, Pulaski and Webster counties. The commonwealth has the potential to receive an additional $79 million in the next phase of the five-year infrastructure program.

 

Kentucky Gas Prices Continue to Decline
The Governor shared that while other states are seeing an increase in prices at the pump today following a break in the 99-day decline of gas prices nationwide, Kentucky’s gas prices continue to decline. The average price for gas in the commonwealth is almost 43 cents lower than the national average of $3.684 at $3.253, according to the American Automobile Association. To see a full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to provide Kentuckians relief from high gas prices as well as tips to help families save, click here

 

Funding to Support Crime Victims
Today, Gov. Beshear announced nearly $23 million in grant funding from the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula Victim Assistance Grant Program supporting victims of crime in the commonwealth.

 

Health Updates: COVID-19
The Governor urged eligible Kentuckians to get the new booster shots to protect against COVID-19. These boosters are recommended for all persons 12 years and older who had their last COVID-19 vaccine dose at least two months ago. The updated vaccine is available at pharmacies, doctors’ offices and health departments. Locations and appointments can be found on vaccines.gov.

 

“These vaccines are the exact same technology that has been used all along. They are also the same technology that has been used to immunize hundreds of millions of Americans,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. “They are well proven, highly safe and very effective and well tolerated.”

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Gov. Beshear named the 2023 Kentucky Teachers of the Year as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. This year’s Teachers of the Year include:

  • Elementary School Teacher of the Year: Kelly Gates of Pride Elementary in Hopkins County;
  • High School Teacher of the Year: Amber Sergent of Woodford County High School; and
  • Middle School Teacher of the Year and Kentucky Teacher of the Year: Mandy Perez of Crittenden County Middle School.

 

He also recognized the schools named 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools, which include:

  • Fancy Farm Elementary School in the Graves County School District;
  • Samuel Woodfill Elementary School in the Fort Thomas Independent School District;
  • Frankfort High School in the Frankfort Independent School District;
  • Cairo Elementary School in the Henderson County School District;
  • Saint Francis of Assisi School at the Archdiocese of Louisville;
  • Saint Therese School in the Diocese of Covington; and
  • Longbranch Elementary School in the Boone County School District.

 

“These past few years, schools across Kentucky have shown resilience during unprecedented times. Our teachers have kept showing up each-and-every day for our kids. Our schools have adapted and bounced back better than ever,” Gov. Beshear said. “As Governor, and as a dad to two young kids myself, I am so grateful.”

 

Area Arrest 9-22-22

 

Zachery Ballou, 26, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman on Wednesday afternoon. Ballou was charged with Resisting Arrest, Menacing and Disorderly Conduct. Ballou was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Adair County E-Scrap Recycling Event 10/3/22-10/7/22

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court is happy to announce that the County has been awarded grant funding from the Kentucky Division of Waste Management to host an E-Scrap (Electronic Waste) Recycling Event October 3-7, 2022. Bins will be set in front of the Adair County Recycling building at 64 Service Drive, Columbia, KY for you to drop off your electronic waste. This is a reputable company that Adair County has used the past several years. This company destroys hard drives so you don't have to worry about someone obtaining your secure information. If you have concerns about sensitive information being obtained, please drop off those items during regular business hours from 7:00am-3:00pmCT (NOT after hours).

 

Acceptable items include:

  • Computers/Monitors
  • Cameras
  • Printers
  • Scanners and copiers
  • Fax machines                                                          
  • Servers
  • Cell phones & iPods
  • Shredders
  • Television
  • VCR, Blu Ray, DVD, and CD players
  • Speakers
  • TV cable boxes
  • Telephones
  • Power supplies
  • Video game equipment
  • Circuit boards
  • Media tapes and disks
  • Hard drives
  • Routers/hubs
  • Modems

 

For additional information or questions, please contact Adair County Solid Waste Coordinator Bridget Compton at the Adair County Judge Executive’s office at 270-384-4703.

 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting Agenda 9/26/22

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular called session on Monday, September 26, 2022 at 4:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair County Annex building. The public is invited to attend. 
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL          
               
 1.    APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 2.    APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
             A.)   Regular Called Meeting - September 12, 2022
             B.)   Special Called Meeting - September 19, 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.)   ANNEX BUILDING RENTAL-SLEEPOVERS 
            B.)   APPROVAL OF FY 2023 FLEX FUND RESOLUTION 
            C.)   APPROVAL FOR JUDGE TO SIGN FY 2023 FLEX AGREEMENT
 
 9.   OTHER BUSINESS
10.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
11.  ADJOURN
 

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT

 

A Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, provided by Adair County Judge Exec. Gale Cowan, Adair County Fiscal Court, and Division of Waste Management, will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 8:00am-12:00pmCT at the Adair County Road Department, 62 Service Rd, Columbia, KY (across from Harvey Ellis Motors on Hwy 55N). This is for residents of Adair County only! 

 

ITEMS ACCEPTED:

  • Aerosol cans - all aerosol cans will be accepted          
  • Antifreeze - NO mixtures will be accepted                           
  • Batteries (all types) - Alkaline, Ni Cad, Lithium, Lead Acid
  • Corrosives/Flammables (fuel, kerosene etc.)  
  • Oil - used motor oil
  • Gasoline                                                                            
  • Paint
  • Pesticides (2 gallon/2 lbs. limit per vehicle)
  • Insecticides
  • Propane Tank - (limit is 20lbs)
  • Bulbs - CFL bulbs, 4ft tubes and 8ft tubes 
  • Pool chemicals 
  • Drain Cleaners
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Mercury
  • Roofing tar
  • Driveway sealant
  • Moth balls    
  • Household cleaners
  • Floor cleaners
  • Ammonia
  • Metal polish &
  • Bleach

ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Appliances
  • Fertilizers
  • Medications - Medical waste
  • Tires
  • Explosives
  • Electronic wastes
  • Ammunition
  • Fireworks
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Asbestos
  • Trash/Household trash

 

The vendor will not accept from any business. The vendor reserves the right to refuse any waste deemed unsafe to handle or unsuitable for the collection.  

 

Have questions about an item you would like to dispose of? Call your Adair County Solid Waste Coordinator, Bridget Compton, at 270-384-4703.

 

Five to be Honored at 91st LWC Homecoming Weekend

 

COLUMBIA, KY. -- Three alumni and two longtime friends will be honored during Lindsey Wilson College’s 91st homecoming celebration, Sept. 21-25. The awards luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, Sept. 24 in the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive.

 

The event-packed weekend dubbed “Wildly Blue” will also feature several reunions and events, including a reunion of the Bonner Scholars program; a reunion for current and former members of the LWC swimming program; an LWC Singers reunion and performance; the inaugural Brady Conrad Button Memorial Golf Scramble; and a 5K run/walk for LWC alumni and friends. 

 

LWC Director of Alumni Relations Lafawn Nettles says this will be the first in-person homecoming celebration since 2019.

 

“For two years, the pandemic forced us to cancel so many of the LWC traditions that we hold dear,” says Nettles, who has served as LWC alumni director since 2020. “There is no better way to resume normal life than to come home and spend time with friends. We are excited to be in the same room again with our LWC family and have a wonderful weekend.”

 

At the Alumni Awards Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 24, in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center, the Lindsey Wilson National Alumni Association will honor five individuals:

  • Stanley Curry ’84 of Campbellsville, Kentucky, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award;

  • Brady Button ’98 of Glasgow, Kentucky, will receive the Distinguished Service Award, posthumously;

  • Casey Hardy McGowan ’14 of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, will receive the Outstanding Young Alumna Award;

  • Duane Bonifer of Monmouth, Illinois, will receive the Honorary Alumnus Award;

  • and Betty Jean Moseley of Bowling Green, Kentucky, will receive the Honorary Alumna Award.

 

“We are planning a spectacular homecoming for 2022,” says LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. “The one positive that has come out of this pandemic is a greater appreciation for the smaller things in life. The members of the LWC campus community are looking forward to your return and interacting with you in-person while you reflect on your time at LWC.” 

 

The weekend of celebrations kicks off at 7 p.m. CT, on Thursday, Sept. 22, with the Homecoming Kickoff Fireworks and Pep Rally.

 

All current and former LWC faculty and staff are invited back to campus at 11 a.m. CT, on Friday, Sept. 23 for the 6th-annual faculty and staff reunion picnic on the campus quadrangle.  

 

Running Wildly Blue with the Blue Raiders 5K will be held on Saturday morning, Sept 24, at the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center, 399 Williams St. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. CT, and the race starts at 8 a.m. CT.

 

Following the Alumni Awards Celebration, the inaugural Brady Conrad Button Memorial Golf Scramble will take place. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. CT. Participants will meet at The Pines at Lindsey Wilson. All proceeds will benefit the Brady Conrad Button Endowed Scholarship.  

 

In Blue Raider athletics: LWC volleyball will take on Campbellsville University at 6 p.m. CT, on Wednesday, Sept. 21 in Biggers Sports Center; and the LWC swimming program will hold a Fall Frenzy Invitational in the Doris and Bob Holloway Natatorium. The meet times are listed in the 2022 Homecoming schedule of events. 

 

The crowning of the 2022 LWC homecoming king and queen will be held at halftime of the football game between LWC and Campbellsville University at Parnell Family Stadium, Lindsey Wilson Sports Park, 820 Hanley Lane. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT. For more information about LWC’s 2022 homecoming weekend, Sept. 21-25, contact the LWC Alumni Office at alumni@lindsey.edu or 270-384-8400. A complete list of events is available at www.lindsey.edu/homecoming.

 

Jamestown Boil Water Advisory Lifted

Boil Water Advisory for Little Louisville Road to the Jamestown Marina (including all side roads) has been lifed... 

 

No Circuit Jury on Wednesday

 

There will be no circuit court jury duty today (Wednesday). Jurors should call the jury information line (270-343-4018) for their next report date. 

 

Constitution Week in Columbia 9/17-9/23, 2022

 

Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots has proclaimed the week of September 17-23, 2022 as "Constitution Week" in Columbia, KY.  September 17th marked the 235th anniversary of the framing of the constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention.

 

 

Adair Boil Water Advisory Lifted 9/20/22

 

As of 11:53 a.m. on September 20, 2022 the Columbia-Adair Utilities District boil water advisory for customers from 1139-1297 Flatwoods, 1430-3649 Portland Rd, Kemp Rd, and Bill Handy Rd. has been lifted by the Division of Water. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.

 

 

Mark Twain Marching Band Invitational

 
The Adair County Marching Band will host the 45th annual Mark Twain Marching Band Contest this Saturday, September 24, 2022. The first band will play in preliminary performance at 2:15pmCT. Final performances will begin at 6:30pmCT and Adair County will perform in exhibition at 9:00pmCT. There are 9 bands on the schedule for competition.
 
Cost of admission is $10 per person. Concessions will be provided by the Adair Band Boosters, Mimi's Shaved Ice and Campbell's Concessions. 
 
The Adair Marching Band and Band Boosters welcomes the community to come out to support and cheer on these amazing band programs from across our state!
 

Adair County School Board Special Called Meeting 09/22/22

 

The Adair County School Board will have a "Special Called School Board Meeting" on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 5:15pmCT at the Adair County Board Conference Room.

 

 AGENDA

**Meeting called to order**

***Adair County Board Members will open the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance***

***Prayer***

 

  1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

REGULAR AGENDA

  1. KRS 158.150 SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION OF PUPILS
  2. EXECUTIVE SESSION
  3. MOTION ON FINDINGS
  4. APPROVAL TO ADJOURN

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Jamestown Boil Water Advisory 9/20/22

 

There is a Boil Water Advisory in Jamestown. The advisory includes Little Louisville Road to the Jamestown Marina (including all side roads). Boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.

 

LWC Has Record-Setting Start To Academic Year

 

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Lindsey Wilson College has experienced a record-setting start to the new academic year. 

 

The 119-year-old liberal arts college reached its largest-ever total enrollment with 3,097 students enrolled for fall 2022. This number is a 19% increase over the previous fall and exceeds LWC’s prior enrollment record of more than 2,700 students set in 2020. 

 

LWC has also achieved its highest-ever, first-year student retention rate. More than 70% of first-time LWC students decided to return to the College for a second year. That number represents a 6% increase over the previous record. 

 

“We are incredibly pleased with enrollment this fall,” said Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management Dean Adams. “We know from national trends there are fewer graduating high school seniors pursuing higher education and we also know that jobs are plentiful. So we are not only competing with other institutions but also with workforce opportunities.”

 

In addition to strong enrollment for the incoming freshman class, the historical growth can be attributed to LWC’s largest-ever enrollment of graduate students. More than 1,350 students are currently enrolled in LWC graduate programs. That number denotes a 64% increase in graduate student enrollment over the previous fall. 

 

“The importance of the graduate enrollment increase cannot be overstated,” said Adams. “...we have also been encouraged by the numbers at the returning undergraduate and doctoral level. Our student retention rate remains robust which means students are finding value in what they are experiencing and re-enrolling.”

 

The nearly 3,100 students represent enrollment from more than 43 U.S. states and 49 countries with students attending class on the Columbia, Kentucky, A.P. White Campus; online; in blended programming; and at one of the 11 extended sites located in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio. 

 

“I am proud of everyone in every area of LWC but never have I been more proud of our admissions teams,” said LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. “For two years, the student recruiting environment has been chaotic and uncertain. This achievement is a reflection of their talent and perseverance.”

 

And Luckey says the value of an LWC education and the strength of its academic programs should also be commended. 

 

“These impressive numbers tell us that our mission still resonates with students,” said Luckey. “Our academic programs are led by engaging faculty who are experts in their fields. Our alums are leaving LWC and outperforming the very best in medical and law school, engineering studies, education, business, nursing and so many other career and professional paths. It’s an exciting time to be at LWC.”

 

LWC welcomes 13 new faculty members for the fall 2022 semester. Pictured (in no particular order): Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Development David Moran; Instructor of Communication Laura Burwash; Director of Graduate Studies/Associate Professor of Business Steve Hallman; Assistant Professor of History Lucas Somers; Instructor of Music and Band Director Anthony Baird; Assistant Professor of Education Kristina Andrews; Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Development Charles Shephard; Associate Professor of Technology Management Melissa Carlton; Instructor of Art Karly Flynn; and Assistant Professor of Business Christopher Hubbard. Not pictured: Instructor of Nursing Jamie Owens; Professor of Biology Sara Ash; and Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Academic Growth/Associate Professor of Sociology Eric Carter.

 

LWC Class of 2026 gathers on the campus quadrangle for a photo to commemorate their first move-in day at LWC. The incoming freshman class is part of the largest-ever student body in the history of the 119-year-old liberal arts college. A record 3,097 students enrolled for fall 2022. This number is a 19% increase over the previous fall and exceeds LWC’s prior enrollment record of more than 2,700 students set in 2020.

 

LWC President William T. Luckey Jr., rings the victory bell on the campus quadrangle signifying the start of the 2022-23 academic year. LWC announced record enrollment, surpassing 3,000 total students for the first time in College history. A record first-year student retention rate and a 64% increase in graduate student enrollment can be attributed to the historical growth.

 

KY 768 in Adair County Reduced to One Lane Beginning Wednesday

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2022) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that beginning Wednesday, Sept. 21, KY 768 in Adair County will be reduced to one lane as crews perform bridge deck restorations.

 

Work will be performed at mile point 1.4 (Big Creek Bridge) located between KY 959 and Ollen James Road. Temporary traffic signals will be in place on the east and west bound approaches for the lane closures. In addition, lane widths will be reduced to 9’ 6”. 

 

Work is expected to be completed Oct. 19. 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.   

 

Road Work in Casey County Tomorrow

 

Casey County - Tomorrow (Tuesday) crews will temporarily close KY 551 at the intersection of Keith Wolford Road/Stubblefield Road to replace a cross drain beneath the roadway. Work is scheduled to begin approximately 8 a.m. and will be complete late Tuesday evening.

 

Adair Boil Water Advisory 9-19-22


Date Issued:  9/19/2022

Time Issued?:  8:00 a.m.

 

A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers at 1139-1297 Flatwoods, 1430-3649 Portland Rd, Kemp Rd, and Bill Handy Rd. The advisory has been issued due to a main line break.

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Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriologicalcontamination 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 three 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.

 

 

 

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Gov. Beshear Working to Bring Hydrogen Investments, Jobs to Kentucky

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2022)– Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said he was working to bring hydrogen investments and jobs to Kentucky by working with fellow governors in six states to advance a hydrogen market, supply chain and workforce development across the Midwest region.

 

Gov. Beshear joins governors of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin in creating a Midwest Hydrogen Coalition (M-H2 Coalition). The coalition provides a regional framework for a strong hydrogen market that will spur new industries and good-paying jobs, promote energy resilience and improve public health by reducing pollution.

 

“Kentucky’s robust infrastructure, strong chemical and manufacturing base, along with our leadership in the automotive and logistics sectors position us as a natural location for economic development in hydrogen,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are looking forward to working with our Midwest and local industry partners to build a hydrogen economy in Kentucky.”

 

Hydrogen can be produced through fossil, renewable and nuclear resources. The energy density and energy carrying capacity of hydrogen make it an attractive cleaner fuel option for transportation, aviation and industrial uses as well as electricity generation applications.

 

With its extensive freight and pipeline network and underground storage areas, Kentucky has the energy infrastructure to support, enhance or expand hydrogen production, hydrogen distribution and hydrogen vehicle infrastructure.

 

Kentucky is also uniquely located at the center of a 34-state distribution area for shipping products by truck or rail across the Eastern United States, placing the commonwealth within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population.

 

In 2021, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky announced a $461 million upgrade to its Georgetown manufacturing plant, which starting next year will begin assembling integrated dual fuel cell (FC) modules destined for use in hydrogen-powered, heavy-duty commercial trucks.

 

The state’s Regional Hydrogen Hub Workgroup was formed earlier this year to develop projects around the use of hydrogen, such as natural gas blending or transportation fuel. Hydrogen is one component of Kentucky’s energy strategy, KYE3.

 

“This strategy will move the state forward by connecting job creators, energy providers and environmental stewards with communities to create a sustainable energy infrastructure,” said Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman.

 

In July, Kentucky Interstates 64, 65 and 75 were approved by the Federal Highway Administration as hydrogen transportation corridors, supporting the development of hydrogen fueling infrastructure on those key freight corridors. The approval of these three corridors signals the importance of transportation connectivity to a nationwide hydrogen economy.

 

“The automotive industry is undergoing fundamental change,” said Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray. “We’re looking to the future, and alternative fuels will offer consumers more choices to power their drives. Kentucky, already becoming the capital of electric vehicle battery production, and now with three interstates designated as hydrogen fuel corridors, is ideally positioned for a leadership role.”

 

More Weekend Arrests


Kyle Murry, 22, of Columbia, was arrested by Deputy Tweedy with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just before 1 a.m. this morning. Murry was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence -2nd and Reckless Driving.

 

Zachery Ballou, 26, of Columbia, was arrested by Officer Foster with the Columbia Police Department just after 8 last evening. Ballou was charged with Criminal Trespassing-3rd Degree, Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense), Resisting Arrest, Possession of Marijuana, Receiving Stolen Property under $500 dollars and Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree.

 

Reshandall Bridgewaters, 41, of Columbia, was arrested by Officer Foster with the Columbia Police Department just before 7:30 last evening. Bridgewaters was charged with Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree.

 

All 3 were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Weekend Arrests 09/18/22

 
 
  • Justin Gabehart, 33, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested on Friday evening by the RSPD for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (PCP) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Marvin Alonzo-Anderas, 23, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested early Saturday morning by the RCSO for DUI, Resisting Arrest, No Operators License, and Fleeing or Evading Police.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • Marion Denton, 52, of Franklin, IN - arrested early Sunday morning by KSP for Strangulation 1st degree.
  • James Whitlow, 37, of Burkesville, KY - arrested on Saturday night by the CCSO for Kidnapping, Wanton Endangerment, Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol), Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified), Resisting Arrest, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Prescription Controlled Substance Not In Proper Container, Fleeing or Evading Police, and Failure to Appear.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Pick It Up Columbia Day 09/20/22

 

The 2nd annual Pick-It-Up Day for the City of Columbia is Tuesday, September 20, 2022. If you have an item that needs to be picked up and taken to the transfer station, call City Hall 270-384-2501. There is a maximum number of items that can be picked up. For further information, call the Mayor’s Office at 270-384-2501.

 

 

Columbia Police Make Arrest for Felony Assault


The Columbia Police Department responded to the TJ Health Emergency Room early Friday morning, September 16, 2022. The initial call came after a 17 year old male juvenile was brought to TJ Health for possible head injuries sustained in an earlier altercation.

The juvenile was later flown to Norton Hospital in Louisville for further treatment due to the severity of his injuries. Officers later made contact and met a 20 year old male on the Public Square, where he was arrested without further incident.

Jamestown City Council Votes to Lower City Taxes


Last night at the Jamestown City Council meeting, city leaders unanimously approved cutting the city's taxes. Real and personal property will be taxed at 15.8 cents per $100 of assessed value, down from 16.8 cents the year before.

 

Area Arrests 9-16-22


Dyan Gray, 20, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Officer Foster with the Columbia Police Department around 2 a.m. this morning. Gray was charged with Assault, 2nd Degree, and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Robert Adams, 22, of Columbia was arrested by Officer Conn with the Columbia Police Department just after 7 last evening. Adams was charged with Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury. He was also lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on continued economic growth, the historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky, the newly updated COVID-19 booster, National Recovery Month, the Rockport Bridge Rehabilitation Rail Project, declining gas prices, public safety and COVID. He also named the officers and troopers awarded at Kentucky State Police’s annual sworn awards ceremony as Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Economic Development Update Today, the Governor highlighted four economic development projects that will create close to 400 full-time jobs and that represent nearly $200 million in investment.

 

Gov. Beshear joined local leaders and executives from Log Still Distillery to cut the ribbon on the Nelson County operation’s full-scale opening, including a more than $60 million investment and the creation of at least 146 full-time jobs.

 

The Governor announced further growth of the state’s distribution and logistics sector as Renfro Supply Co., one of the region’s largest wholesalers, will expand operations in Whitley County with a nearly $8.5 million expansion creating 25 full-time jobs for Kentucky residents.

 

Gov. Beshear announced Chemical & Industrial (C&I) Engineering Inc., a full-service engineering firm, will expand the company’s operations in Louisville with a $264,000 investment that will create 24 full-time jobs.

 

The Governor and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer joined leaders from Inxeption, an industrial commerce and supply chain digitization company, to cut the ribbon on the company’s new Louisville headquarters, which will create 200 full-time jobs with a $125 million investment over the next five years.

 

Eastern Kentucky Flood Update


Emergency Response
Fatalities
Gov. Beshear said there are 40 confirmed fatalities in five counties.

 

Missing Persons
Kentucky Emergency Management has coordinated with the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Aviation Branch to conduct an aerial search for the two missing Breathitt County citizens: 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 KSP Post 13 in Hazard at 606-435-6069.

 

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

 

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park lodge and cabins are now completely restored to city water connection. Boil Water Advisory will likely remain through Monday, Sept. 19, for the entire Buckhorn system.

 

There are 52 service connections without water, down from 34,121 on July 28. More than 330 customers remain under a boil water advisory, down from 46,000. Two water systems have limited operations: Breathitt and Hazard. Four wastewater systems are not operational: Fleming-Neon, Millstone Alternative, Buckhorn Elementary and High Schools and Robinson Elementary School.

 

Shelters
Local organizations including state parks, churches and schools are providing shelter to survivors. Kentucky state parks are currently housing more than 338 people.

 

Debris
Another 558 loads of debris, amounting to 7,351 tons, were removed on Wednesday from waterways and state and county rights-of-way. To date, 171,089 tons of debris have been removed from state and county rights-of-way and waterways. Based on hauling tonnages to date, it’s estimated costs will reach $11.5 million for waterway and $18.6 million for right of way debris.

 

Stabilization Phase
FEMA
More than $65.8 million in grants have been approved under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individuals and Households Program for 7,348 households. In addition to visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, Kentuckians can also apply through FEMA at DisasterAssistance.gov, on their mobile app or by calling 800-621-3362. There are six fixed Disaster Recovery Centers now open. To see the locations, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

 

Travel Trailers
Since Sept. 7, an additional 51 travel trailers have been moved to Eastern Kentucky. Currently, 371 individuals are being housed in 132 travel trailers across seven state parks. There are 248 travel trailers onsite. Individuals seeking emergency sheltering in travel trailers can find more information and register at governor.ky.gov/FloodResources or call 502-234-1225. Last week, Gov. Beshear and Louisiana 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.

 

Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Lee County residents are now eligible to receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Disaster Unemployment Assistance claimants in Lee County can apply for benefits online through the Kentucky Career Center website or by phone at 502-875-0442. The deadline to apply is Oct. 10.

 

Private Bridges Emergency Repair
Currently, 475 private bridges have been registered through the Private Bridge/Access Emergency Repair program. These bridges will be evaluated by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and FEMA. The Governor noted, however, that evaluation does not guarantee eligibility for emergency access. So far, 314 bridge assessments have been completed. To register for the program, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

 

National Flood Insurance Program
The program has issued a total of $16.5 million in payments.

 

U.S. Small Business Administration
To date the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $40.7 million.

 

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. So far, 6,507 checks are going out for this additional $500, totaling $3,253,500 in payments. The fund has paid for 40 funerals totaling $400,000.

 

To date, the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief fund has raised over $9.6 million from 37,060 donors. The Governor also highlighted and thanked major donors this week including: Humana Inc., $250,000; Liberty Utilities Co., $50,000; Four Roses Distillery, $50,000; Chevron Products Company, $25,000; Altria Group Inc., $25,000; North American Stainless Employees, $18,200; and United Way of Laurel Co., $16,200. Donations can be made at TeamEKYFloodReliefFund.ky.gov.

 

Eastern Kentucky SAFE Fund Awards
Gov. Beshear announced Tuesday that Knott and Letcher counties are the first to submit requests for and receive financial assistance from the Eastern Kentucky State Aid Funding for Emergencies (EKSAFE) Fund. These funds will be used to help support recovery efforts following the massive flooding that began July 26, devastating areas of Eastern Kentucky.

 

Together the two counties will receive more than $1.28 million in funding, which includes $531,000 to the Knott County Fiscal Court to relieve strained fiscal liquidity and $531,000 to the Letcher County Fiscal Court to ease strained fiscal liquidity and $220,000 to engage a floodplain coordinator.

 

Rockport Bridge Rehabilitation Rail Project
Today, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced that the Biden-Harris Administration has awarded $1.5 billion from the popular Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) competitive grant program for highway, multimodal freight and rail projects that will make the nation’s transportation systems safer and more resilient, eliminate supply chain bottlenecks and improve critical freight movements. A project in Kentucky was selected for a $17.3 million grant for the Rockport Bridge Rehabilitation Freight Rail Project. The investment will rehabilitate the 100-year-old bridge, which serves as a vital link for the transportation of commodities such as chemicals, grain, coal, lumber, steel and petroleum along the 280-mile railway. The project will replace the deck of the bridge and upgrade the electrical and mechanical components that allow the bridge to be raised to accommodate river traffic.

 

Gas Prices Continue to Decline
The Governor shared the good news that gas prices continue to decline in the commonwealth. The average price for gas in Kentucky is almost 40 cents lower than the national average of $3.698 at $3.31, according to the American Automobile Association. The Governor said this morning that gas in Frankfort is at $2.99. To see a full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to provide Kentuckian’s relief from high gas prices as well as tips to help families save, click here

 

Gov. Beshear, First Lady Receive Updated COVID-19 Booster During an event hosted Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda, Gov. Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear rolled up their sleeves to receive the newly updated bivalent COVID-19 booster. The Governor said his son received a booster yesterday and his daughter will also receive one soon, once she is eligible. These boosters are recommended for everyone 12 and older who had their last COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago. The booster is available at pharmacies, doctor’s offices and health departments. Locations and appointments can be found on vaccines.gov.

 

National Recovery Month
National Recovery Month is held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those struggling with mental health or addiction to live healthy lives.National Recovery Month celebrates gains made by those in recovery and reinforces the message that behavioral health is essential to overall health.

 

“This isn’t a fight that’s won overnight. But it’s a fight we are committed to seeing through,” Gov. Beshear said. “Addiction affects us all. It affects those we love and care about, and it impacts our economic success. Let’s work together to win the fight against opioids and build a better Kentucky – a better country – for us all.”

 

The Governor recapped the actions he took as attorney general to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for inundating Kentucky with opioids as well as steps he has taken as Governor to help make sure more treatment and recovery options are available to help Kentuckians.

 

If you or someone you love needs help with treatment resources, please call the KY Help Call Center at 833-8KY-HELP or, visit findhelpnowky.org. Kentuckians can also visit the KSP website to find one of KSP’s 16 posts where those suffering from addiction can be paired with a local officer who will assist with locating an appropriate treatment program.

 

Public Safety
At a time where more Americans are concerned about crime, the Governor said that Team Kentucky is working to put more law enforcement on the streets in communities across our commonwealth.

 

“From responding to crimes or safety concerns to stepping up following natural disasters or the pandemic, our officers are the brave heroes who are there for Kentuckians during their greatest times of need,” Gov. Beshear said. “It’s essential we invest in them – because through those investments, we are investing in the safety of our families.”

 

To date the administration has:

  • Secured a $15,000 pay raise for Kentucky State Police troopers;
  • Increased training stipends;
  • Put enhanced benefits in place for retired KSP troopers and CVE officers to help make a career in law enforcement more desirable;
  • Invested in recruitment efforts; and,
  • Launched the Military to Law Enforcement Program, making it easier for local law enforcement to hire our military heroes looking to begin a career in law enforcement.

 

“We aren’t just talking about building a better Kentucky – we’re actually doing it,” Gov. Beshear said. “And that includes making our local communities safer.”

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
In speaking of public safety, Gov. Beshear named the 75 law enforcement officers recently awarded at Kentucky State Police’s sworn awards ceremony as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. The ceremony is held every year to recognize troopers and officers for their acts of bravery and service.

 

He also recognized the five “Of the Year” recipients, who include:

  • 2021 Public Affairs Officer of the Year, Trooper Daniel Priddy;
  • Trooper of the Year, Trooper Elliott Young;
  • Detective of the Year, Detective Kyler Wright;
  • Commercial Vehicle Officer of the Year, Logan Lynch; and
  • Facilities Security Officer of the Year, Officer Wayne Burke.

 

“There were 75 troopers and officers honored, making this year’s event one of the largest in recent years. This speaks volumes – because these honors are not given, they are earned,” Gov. Beshear said. “All 75 awardees should be commended. As well as the incredible families who stand with them. Together, they make unimaginable sacrifices for the safety of our commonwealth.”

 

Clinton County Man Arrested on Drug Charges


Allen Evans, 62, of Albany was arrested by Deputy Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office just before midnight. Evans was charged with Careless Driving, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, 1st Offense, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Controlled Substance 1st, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container 1st Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree – Drug Unspecified. He was lodged int the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Adair County School Board Meeting 9/15/22

 

The Adair County School Board will meet for a Regular School Board Meeting on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 6:00pmCT at the Adair County Board Conference Room.

 

**Meeting called to order**

***Adair County Board Members will open the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance***

***Prayer***
 

  1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  2. APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

CONSENT AGENDA

  1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  2. APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT
  3. APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS
  4. APPROVAL OF SHORTENED SCHOOL DAY WAIVER TO KDE FOR A STUDENT
  5. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION

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REGULAR AGENDA

  1. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
  2. APPROVAL OF APPOINTMENT OF CERTIFIED APPEALS COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND ALTERNATES, AS WELL AS APPROVAL OF TEACHER ELECTED CERTIFIED APPEAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND ALTERNATES FOR 2022-2025 – Sarah Hatton
  3. APPROVAL FOR OUT OF STATE TRAVEL FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FBLA TO ATTEND THE FALL NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA ON NOVEMBER 16 – 19, 2022
  4. APPROVAL OF 2022-2023 MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN KENTUCKY EDUCATION COLLABORATIVE FOR STATE AGENCY CHILDREN (KECSAC) AND THE ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
  5. APPROVAL OF ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM MAINTENANCE AND UPGRADES – Craig Biggs
  6. APPROVAL OF 2022-2023 BUS ORDER REQUEST – Steve Burton
  7. BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – Steve Burton
  8. APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Jaimie Wisdom
  9. APPROVAL OF WORKING BUDGET FOR THE 2022/2023 SCHOOL YEAR—Jaimie Wisdom
  10. PRESENTATION OF THE ADAIR COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATE - DECO
  11. PUBLIC COMMENTS
  12. ADJOURNMENT

 

Please note: There will be a working meeting beginning at 5:00 pm to preview the presentation of the Adair County Middle School update given by DECO. The presentation update will also be given during the 6:00 pm Regular Board Meeting.

 

Adair Fiscal Court Special Called Meeting 9/15/22

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court will have a "Special Called Meeting" on Friday, September 16, 2022 at 9:00amCT at the Adair Annex Basement on the Public Square in Columbia. The meeting is open to the public.

 

AGENDA

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

PRAYER

CALL TO ORDER

?ROLL CALL
                                

  1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  2. HIRING OF EMPLOYEES
  3. PERMISSION TO PAY PREMIUM PAY
  4. BUDGET TRANSFERS
  5. ADJOURN

 

Adair County Native Arrested on Murder for Hire Charges


51-year-old Jeffery Allan Young of Bowling Green, KY (an Adair County native) was arrested on Tuesday night, September 13, 2022 and arraigned this morning (Tuesday) in Warren District Court for Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Solicitation to Commit Murder. Reportedly, Mr. Young paid an undercover agent to have his wife, Ashley, murdered. 
 
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 16, 2022 at 9am in Warren District Court. Both charges, Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Solicitation to commit Murder, are Class B felonies and carry a prison sentence of 10 to 20 years for each charge, if found guilty.
 
We remind our listeners that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

Boil Water Advisory Lifted off 910

 

The Russell County boil water advisory on Highway 910 from Salem school up to Fairview, has been lifted.

 

Election Information from Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer

From Lisa Greer, Adair County Clerk

Registration: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 is the last day to register for the November General Election.

  • Online Registrations must be received by 4pmCT
  • Online registration is available at Elect.ky.gov
  • Registrations returned to the Clerk's Office in person will be accepted until the close of business

Requests for Mail-In Absentee Ballots must meet certain requirements. The Absentee online portal will open September 24, 2022. The last day to request an absentee mail-in ballot is October 25, 2022. Ballots may be requested at GoVoteky.com or by calling the Clerk's Office at 270-384-2801; information to help confirm your identity will be required. If you have questions call the Clerks Office at 270-384-2801 during normal business hours.

Area Arrest 9-14-22

George Young, age 41, of Monticello was arrested by Officer Parrish with the Russell Springs Police Department just before 7 last evening. Young was charged with Assault, 4th Degreee, (Domestic Violence Minor Injury) and Strangulation 1st Degree.

 

Heith Necessary, age 40, of Columbia was arrested by Trooper Justice with the Kentucky State Police, just after 2 p.m. yesterday Necessary was charged with Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration (1st Offense) and Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO Order…

Both men were lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Gregory Richardson, age 49, of Columbia was arrested by Deputy Perking with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just before 6:30 last evening. Richardson was charged with Assault, 4th Degree (Minor Injury), Criminal Mischief, 1st Degree and Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol)

He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Boil Water Advisory in Russell Springs

There will be a boil water advisory on highway 76 from scales Foley Road over to Highway 80 also includes Denver Cove Road This will be due to a water main break and will be under a boil water advisory until further notice

Russell County Man Dies Following House Fire

 
72-year-old Phillip Justice of Russell Springs, KY died at the UofL Hospital in Louisville, KY from injuries sustained in a house fire that occurred at 8:30pmCT on Friday night at 2164 West Highway 80, Russell Springs.
 
Mr. Justice's son, who reportedly helped rescue his father from the fire, sustained minor burns and was treated & released at Russell County Hospital.
 
Russell Springs Firefighters were on the scene for about 2 hours. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
 

Columbia Police Dept. Receives Grant for In-Vehicle Cameras and Computers

 
In an announcement on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 from Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots’ office, the City of Columbia has received notification of approval for a United States Department of Agriculture Community Facilities grant. This grant will be utilized by the Columbia City Police Department for in-vehicle cameras and computers.
 
“We are pleased to be selected for this grant” said Mayor Hoots. “It will be utilized by the local police to continue their commitment to the community.”
 
The city noted that they had been fortunate during the last couple of years to receive a USDA Facilities grant for a trailer and vehicle that will be used for drug education in the school system, a Kentucky League of Cities grant for the body cameras, a DARE support grant from Walmart, and a couple of grants for the Christmas Program assisting children.
 
Further details on the implementation will be available soon.
 

Boil Water Advisory in Russell Springs

 

There is a boil water advisory in Russell Springs, KY on Highway 910 from Fairview down to Salem School including Mcclendon Ridge, Karen’s Road, Wilson Town Road off Highway 910 down to Selby Hopper Road and all roads in between. 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.

 

 

 

J.O.Y. Ministries Helping the Homeless in Adair County

 

In the past month, J.O.Y. Ministries has seen a large increase in homelessness and those on the borderline of homelessness in our community. We are looking for partners in serving the least of these. You can help by sharing your change in our "J.O.Y. Jars.

We will be delivering jars to local businesses and schools in the area. If you are a local business, please call J.O.Y. at 270-380-1808 and leave a message letting us know you want a jar. We will get one to you ASAP. If you see it filling up, please let us know and we will come collect it or you can drop it off at our location directly off the square, down the alley from Acapulco Grill and the Columbian Theater.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call our office at 270-380-1808. 

 

Russell County Fiscal Court Recap 9-13-22

 

The Russell County Fiscal Court met in Regular Session on Monday evening. Russell County Judge Exec. Gary Robertson has details... 

 

Russell County Man Arrested on Alcohol Intoxication Charges

 
Timothy Owens, 52, of Russell Springs was arrested by Deputy Ginn with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just after 3 a.m. on Monday morning, Owens was charged with Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense) and Resisting Arrest. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Two Adair County Men Arrested on Charges including Felony Possession

 
On Sunday, September 11, 2022 Deputy Chris Tweedy investigated an incident on Dean Woods Road, 14 miles south of Columbia. As a result, 29-year-old Schyler KJelson was arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine), Tampering with Physical Evidence and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Also arrested was 51-year-old Rodney Keith Moss for Hindering Prosecution or Apprehension 1st degree.

Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Deputy Chris Tweedy who was assisted by Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch.

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.

 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting Agenda 9/12/22

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session Monday, September 12, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. CT in the basement of the Adair County Annex building. 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 29, 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'S REPORT             
 6.  BUDGET AMENDMENTS                       
 7.  BUDGET TRANSFERS 
         A.)  LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
         B.)  FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
 8.   COURT ORDERS 
 9.   READING OF ROADS
            `           
10.   ACTION ITEMS:
           A.)  RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE 5 YEAR SOLID WASTE PLAN 
           B.)  SURPLUS PROPERTY 
           C.)  911 GENERATOR 
           D.)  HIRING PERSONNEL 
           E.)   FENCE FOR PLAYGROUND AT JIM BLAIR CENTER
           F.)   911 DIRECTOR DANNA BURTON 
                                                                        
11.   OTHER BUSINESS
12.   PUBLIC COMMENTS
13.   ADJOURN   
                                                                            

WEEKEND ARRESTS 9/11/22

 

The following individuals were arrested over the weekend, according to online jail information.

 

 

  • Raymond Oliver, 53, of Burkesville - arrested on Friday night by KSP for 1st degree Rape, Sodomy, and Sexual Abuse.
  • Jacqueline Marie Wallace, 23, of Columbia - arrested late Friday night by KSP for No Registration Receipt, No Registration Plates, and Non-Payment of Fines.

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

 

2 Jefferson County men arrested in Russell County late Saturday night…

  • Trevor Happel, 28, of Louisville was charged with DUI and Possession of Marijuana. 
  • Robert Ford, 25, of Louisville was charged with Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.

Both men were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Russell Springs City Council Meeting Recap

 

The Russell Springs City Council met in regular session late last week. Mayor Eddie Thomas explains what took place... 

Two Adair County Women Arrested on Methamphetamine Trafficking Charges

 

On Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 9:35pmCT, Adair County Deputies Chris Tweedy and Kenny Perkins initiated contact with two females in the parking lot of a local business on KY55. As a result of their investigation a quantity of methamphetamine, cash, marijuana and an automobile were seized.
 
Aleya Milby, age 40, and Anita Napier, age 58, both of Columbia, KY were charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Meth), Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. They were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Napier was additionally charged with Promoting Contraband (a felony) after female jail deputies discovered more methamphetamine hidden on Napier during jail booking.

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation. CPD Officer Josh Durbin assisted.
 

Russell County Clerks Office Closed Due to Illness

 

According to Russell County Clerk Patti Glover, the Russell County Clerk’s Office will be closed today (Friday), Sept. 9th through Monday, Sept. 12th due to sickness. The office will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 13th.

 

Russell County Woman Flown to UK Hospital Following 1-Vehicle Accident

 
The accident occurred on Tuesday evening, September 6, 2022 just after 6:00pmET on Hwy 127N near the Russell/Casey County line. 
 
58-year-old Deborah Hall of Russell Springs was traveling north on Hwy 127N, near the Russell/Casey County line, when she reportedly hydroplaned, causing her to lose control of her 2007 Chevy Silverado. Hall then left the roadway and struck an embankment. 
 
Ms. Hall had to be extricated from the vehicle by mechanical means and was flown from the scene to the UK Medical Center in Lexington, KY where she was treated & released on Wednesday. Four passengers (her grandchildren) were not injured. 
 

Russell County School Board Meeting Recap

 

Russell County School Superintendent Michael Ford tells WAVE listeners what took place at Thursday evening's R.C. School Board meeting...

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on the historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky, infrastructure awards, Western Kentucky tornado recovery, an award to plug orphan wells, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Hunger Action Month, COVID-19 and monkeypox. He also named Kentucky State Parks employees as Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Eastern Kentucky Flood Update


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

 

Missing Persons
Kentucky Emergency Management has coordinated with the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Aviation Branch to conduct an aerial search for the two missing Breathitt County citizens: 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 KSP Post 13 in Hazard at 606-435-6069.

 

Power Outages
There are currently about 262 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 water system is now fully operational. Connection restoration to Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park should be completed by the end of the week.

 

There are 53 service connections without water, down from 34,121 on July 28. More than 1,310 customers remain under a boil water advisory, down from 46,000. Two water systems have limited operations: Breathitt and Hazard. Four wastewater systems are not operational: Fleming-Neon, Millstone Alternative, Buckhorn Elementary and High Schools and Robinson Elementary School.

 

Shelters
Local organizations including state parks, churches and schools are providing shelter to survivors. Kentucky state parks are currently housing more than 340 people.

 

Debris
Another 542 loads of debris, amounting to 8,705 tons, were removed on Wednesday from waterways and state and county rights-of-way. To date, 78,218 tons of debris have been removed from state and county rights-of-way and 37,041 tons from waterways.

 

Stabilization Phase

FEMA
More than $60.6 million in grants have been approved under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individuals and Households Program for 7,100 households. In addition to visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, Kentuckians can also apply through FEMA at DisasterAssistance.gov, on their mobile app or by calling 800-621-3362. There are six fixed Disaster Recovery Centers now open. To see the locations, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

 

Travel Trailers
Currently, 300 individuals are being housed in 100 travel trailers across seven state parks. Individuals seeking emergency sheltering in travel trailers can find more information and register at governor.ky.gov/FloodResources or call 502-234-1225. Last week, Gov. Beshear and Louisiana 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. As of today, 65 of those travel trailers have arrived in Kentucky and are being prepared to house Eastern Kentucky families through the Commonwealth Sheltering Program.

 

Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Lee County residents are now eligible to receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Disaster Unemployment Assistance claimants in Lee County can apply for benefits online through the Kentucky Career Center website or by phone at 502-875-0442. The deadline to apply is Oct. 10.

 

Homeland Security Grant Funding
The Governor announced that Kentucky will receive nearly $1 million in FEMA Disaster Case management grant funding for expanded flood survivor services in Eastern Kentucky.  The $996,457 award from Homeland Security FEMA Disaster Case Management will expand long-term disaster case management services in the 13 counties that were approved for Individual Assistance through the federal disaster declaration. The funding will help residents of Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Whitley counties.

 

It will provide basic support, including housing assistance, food assistance and help with navigating insurance and legal entities. The grant will fund case managers who will work with individuals to secure basic needs, allowing them to move toward a more familiar life. The grant is in place through July 30, 2024.

 

Schools
Of the 25 school districts in the impacted area, 22 are back in session and three are scheduled to return in late September.

 

Private Bridges Emergency Repair
Currently, 423 private bridges have been registered through the Private Bridge/Access Emergency Repair program. These bridges will be evaluated by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and FEMA. The Governor noted, however, that evaluation does not guarantee eligibility for emergency access. To register for the Private Bridge/Access Emergency Repair program, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

 

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 $9 million from 36,768 donors. The fund has paid for 39 funerals totaling $390,000. Donations can be made at TeamEKYFloodReliefFund.ky.gov.

 

Public Bridges
So far, 156 FEMA assessments on public bridges have been completed, with 1,098 bridges inspected. The estimated cost to fix the damaged bridges is $74 million. On Friday, the Governor announced the beginning of construction to permanently replace county and state bridges damaged by flooding. The priority projects include more than 170 publicly owned crossings that were damaged or destroyed and that have significantly limited or eliminated access for drivers. Among the 170 bridges identified for replacement or repair, approximately 100 require full replacement or replacement of the bridge superstructure, which is the area at the top of the bridge.

 

Gov. Beshear Presents $14.2 Million for Eastern Kentucky Counties, Provides Update on Travel Trailers
On Tuesday, Gov. Beshear presented $11.6 million for four projects to improve infrastructure, public safety and water treatment in Perry County. He also announced the start of a project to replace almost 20,000 feet of waterlines and awarded $2.6 million in funding to improve water infrastructure in Floyd County. While in Perry and Floyd counties, the Governor updated Kentuckians on the travel trailers enroute to Floyd, Letcher and Perry counties, donated by the State of Louisiana after they were originally purchased to house Hurricane Ida survivors. To read more, click here and here.

 

Western Kentucky Tornado Update
Gov. Beshear also provided an update on recovery efforts almost nine months after the deadly tornadoes in Western Kentucky.

 

“Soon we will recognize the nine-month anniversary of the December 10-11 tornadoes. As we continue to mourn those we lost, I want to provide some updates on where we stand on helping the survivors of the Western Kentucky storms rebuild and recover,” Gov. Beshear said. “We continue to stand with Western Kentucky.”

 

To date, it is estimated that federal, state and Red Cross disaster assistance totals more than $224.3 million – with the Commonwealth of Kentucky efforts representing more than $123 million through SAFE Act Funds and the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund.

 

Western Kentucky State Aid for Emergencies (SAFE) Fund
Through the Western Kentucky SAFE Fund $71.3 million has been approved to provide victims shelter in travel trailers, support impacted schools and their students and provide local rebuilding assistance.

 

Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund
The Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund raised more than $52 million, with more than $42.5 million committed from the fund for both short- and long-term recovery efforts, which included paying for victims’ funerals and housing.

 

Shelters
At the highest point, Kentucky State Parks housed and provided food service for 835 people. As of last week, Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park had one camper on-site. The last distressed guest checked out of Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park on July 18.

 

Temporary Trailer Sheltering
Currently, 164 individuals are being sheltered in eight travel trailers across Western Kentucky. At the peak of the sheltering program, 99 families were sheltered in travel trailers. Forty-four decommissioned and 75 vacant trailers have been moved from Western to Eastern Kentucky.

 

Orphan Wells
As part of his Better Kentucky Plan’s Stronger Communities Program, Gov. Beshear announced a $25 million federal grant to plug orphan oil and gas wells across the commonwealth. The initiative is expected to create 180 jobs.

 

September is ‘Childhood Cancer Awareness Month’ and ‘Hunger Action Month’
Last week, the Governor signed a proclamation recognizing September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and he lit the Governor’s Mansion gold in honor of Kentucky kids fighting this disease. Childhood cancer is the No. 1 cause of death by disease in children, and 1 in 285 children and teens in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer before their 20th birthday. In each year since his inauguration, Gov. Beshear has recognized Childhood Cancer Awareness Month as well as David Turner Jr. Ice Cream Day, in honor of a 9-year-old Kentuckian who died of cancer after a courageous battle.

 

Yesterday, along with advocates from Feeding Kentucky and regional food banks, Gov. Beshear recognized September as Hunger Action Month in the commonwealth. Kentucky has the ninth-highest rate of hunger in the nation. More than 200,000 kids may not know where their next meal is going to come from. The Beshear administration delivered more than 5 million meals to Kentucky seniors during the pandemic. The Governor also vetoed the legislature’s decision to cut SNAP benefits for more than 600,000 Kentuckians, before that veto was overridden.

 

Health Update: COVID-19 and Monkeypox
The Governor urged eligible Kentuckians to get the new booster shots that protect against the omicron subvariants as COVID-19 continues to spread in the commonwealth. These boosters are recommended for all persons 12 years and older who had their last COVID-19 vaccine dose at least two months ago. The updated vaccine is available at pharmacies, doctors’ offices and health departments. Locations and appointments can be found on vaccines.gov.

 

A total of 34 cases of monkeypox have been identified in Kentucky. All cases have occurred in adults. Anyone who is at risk of contracting the disease should contact their local health department to identify options for obtaining the vaccine.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Gov. Beshear named Kentucky State Parks employees as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. Following July’s historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky, more than 350 individuals have been provided emergency shelter at four state parks. Park staff have also been working with the American Red Cross, local churches, businesses and restaurants to ensure Eastern Kentucky flood victims have basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing.

 

“Our state employees at the parks are true Team Kentucky All-Stars and I want to recognize them and celebrate their efforts today,” said Gov. Beshear. “Thank you to every Team Kentucky member working at these four parks and across our entire Kentucky State Parks team for everything you are doing.”

 

Jamestown Boil Water Advisory 9/8/22

 

Effective immediately, a Boil Water Advisory is in effect for all residents on Bell Harbor to the end of Hwy 379 at Creelsboro. This includes all side roads. Boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.

 

Area Arrests 9-8-22

 

Tracy Bryant, 34, of Russell Springs was arrested by Deputy Ginn with the Russell County Sheriff’s Officer just before 8 last evening. Bryant was charged with Assault 3rd – Peace Officer –Non- Communicable Bodily Fluid. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Anita Napier, 60, of Columbia was arrested by Deputy Tweedy with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, just before 11 last night. Napier was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense more than 2 grams of Meth, Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Promoting Contraband – 1st Degree. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Area Arrest 9-7-22


Tavana Stone, 41, of Columbia was arrested by KSP Trooper Lunz around 12:30amCT this morning. Stone was charged with License to be in Possession, Booster Seat Violations, Excessive Windshield/Window Tinting, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Substance 1st, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree and Wanton Endangerment – 2nd Degree. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. 

 

Synergy Food Group & City of Columbia Issue Joint Statement on Negotiations with National Brand to Co-Pack Products at Columbia Facility

 


In a joint announcement today from the City of Columbia and Synergy Food Group LLC, they issued the following statement:


According to Greg Durrett, CEO of Synergy Food Group LLC based out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Synergy Food Group is in negotiations with a national retail brand to co-pack some of their products at the Columbia, KY facility (known as “The Boathouse"). Final negotiations are expected to be completed by the end of this year. For further information, contact Craig Dean, Manager at the local facility.

 

Area Arrests 9-6-22

 

Cecil Stacy, 31, was arrested on Monday night by Deputy Ginn with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office. Stacy was charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree and Speeding in a Highway Work Zone.

 

Vinnie Stacy, 32, of Russell Springs, KY was taken into custody just before 11 by Officer Parrish with the Russell Springs Police Department and charged with Probation Violation (for a Felony Offense).

 

Cecil Stacy and Vinnie Stacy were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Flint Stone, 30, of Monticello, KY was arrested by KSP on Monday night. Stone was charged with Speeding more than 26 mph over the Speed Limit, Reckless Driving, Failure to or Improper Signal and Operating Motor Vehicle under Influence of Controlled Substance 1st. Stone was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

CPD Arrest Columbia Man on Meth and Theft Charges

 

On Friday, September 2, 2022 the Columbia Police Department executed two search warrants which resulted in the recovery of tens of thousands of dollars in stolen property as well as drug charges. 


Officers arrived at a residence on Hutchison Loy Road with Probation and Parole as well as Sheriff’s Deputies, where a male was initially charged with possession of methamphetamine. Search warrants were executed at Hutchison Loy Road as well as at storage units on Gaston Avenue resulting in property from numerous active theft cases being recovered. 


Tyler Grooms, 31, of Columbia has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, as well as receiving stolen property over $10,000. Additionally Grooms probation has been revoked. 


The investigation is ongoing and is believed to be linked to multiple thefts which have taken place locally. The Columbia Police Department was assisted by Probation and Parole’s Adair County Office and The Adair County Sheriff’s Office.
 

Adair County Man Arrested on Meth Charges

 
Tyler Scott Grooms, 31, of Columbia was arrested on Friday afternoon by CPD for Possession of Methamphetamine, Receiving Stolen Property over $10,000, and a Parole Violation (for a felony offense). He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Columbia City Council Meeting 9/6/22

 
The Columbia City Council will have a Regular Called Meeting on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 6:00pmCT at Columbia City Hall.                                                
 
AGENDA
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
 
1ST ITEM:   MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF AUGUST 18, 2022 SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
 
2ND ITEM:  REQUEST FOR ZONING CHANGE: 
The City of Columbia Planning and Zoning commission denies that an application for amendment to the City of Columbia Official Zoning Map effecting a request for a zone change from R2 Low-Moderate Density Residential to C2 Highway Oriented Commercial for lots located at 821 Burkesville Street (PVA Map# 000-05-03-026.01) and 823 Burkesville Street (PVA Map# 00-05-03-026.00).  The purpose is to resale property as commercial. Property owned by Bobby Bowe. Denied due to the fact it would be considered spot zoning.
 
3RD  ITEM:  REQUEST FOR ZONING CHANGE:
The City of Columbia Planning and Zoning commission recommends that an application for amendment to the City of Columbia Official Zoning Map effecting a request for a zone change from R2 Low-Moderate Density Residential to C2 Highway Oriented Commercial for lots located at 707 Bomar Heights (PVA Map # 000-05-09-003.00), 709 Bomar Heights (PVA Map # 000-04-09-002.00) and 711 Bomar Heights (PVA Map # 000-05-09-001.00). The purpose is to resell the property as commercial. The property is owned by Bobby Bowe.
 
4th ITEM:   REQUEST FROM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY BY HEATHER SPOON
 
5th ITEM:   REQUEST FOR APPROVAL TO APPLY FOR A LITTER ABATEMENT GRANT
 
MOTION TO ADJOURN 
 

Kentucky State Police Post 15 Hosting "Meet the Recruiter" Event

 

Campbellsville, Ky. (September 2, 2022) – Kentucky State Police will be hosting a “Meet the Recruiter” event at Campbellsville University - Winters Dining Hall in Campbellsville on September 7, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The address is 1 University Drive, Campbellsville, KY 42718.

 

Trooper First Class Jonathan Houk of Post 15 Columbia and the Kentucky State Police Recruitment Branch will be available to answer questions and provide information about the application process, what it takes to be a Trooper, and what opportunities a career with the Kentucky State Police could provide.

 

Thanks to efforts during the last legislative session, Kentucky State Troopers received a substantial raise effective July 1, 2022. The starting salary for a Kentucky State Trooper is now $61,500 with a new and improved retirement system including a sick leave buyback program.

 

Kentucky State Police is currently accepting applications for Cadet Class 103 which is slated to begin February 28, 2023. The application deadline for Cadet Class 103 is October 28, 2022.

 

If you have ever been interested in becoming a Kentucky State Trooper, now is the time to apply! More information can be found at joinksp.com or by emailing ksprecruit@ky.gov.

 

Kentucky State Police Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

 
Columbia, Ky. (September 1, 2022) – Traffic stop on the Cumberland Parkway on Tuesday night leads to drug trafficking arrest. On Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at approximately 11:27 p.m. a Kentucky State Police Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2011 Chevrolet Impala car on the Cumberland Parkway. The Trooper observed the vehicle’s registration was not valid and the vehicle was driving recklessly headed eastbound on the Parkway in Adair County. 
 
The vehicle was being operated by Barry Joe Kerr, age 47 of Russell Springs, KY. During the stop, the Trooper observed Kerr drop a glass smoking pipe out of his hand. Kerr and the vehicle were subsequently searched and the search produced suspected Fentanyl, suspected Methamphetamine, and prescription medication pills. Also discovered during the search was a handgun and a large sum of cash. 
 
Kerr was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail and was charged with the following:
 
  • Trafficking in controlled substance, 1st degree, fentanyl
  • Trafficking in controlled substance, 1st degree, methamphetamine
  • Possession of controlled substance, 1st degree, methamphetamine
  • Trafficking in controlled substance, 3rd degree, drug unspecified
  • Possession of controlled substance, 3rd degree, drug unspecified
  • Possession of a Handgun by a convicted felon
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and
  • Other traffic charges
 
The investigation is ongoing by Trooper Jake Harper.

Boil Water Advisory Jamestown

 

Effective immediately, there is a Boil Water Advisory for the following areas of the Jamestown Water District: from the overpass at Hwy 379 to the intersection of Blair School Rd and French Valley. This also includes Blair School Road, Mt Pleasant Road and all side roads, French Valley Road and Snow Road, including Hadley Blvd.  Also included is Snow Rd back to Hwy 379 and all side roads. This boil water advisory is in effect until further notice. Boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes before using.

 

 

Area Arrests 9-1-22

 

Tyler Lee, 25, of Columbia was arrested by Trooper Gadberry of the Kentucky State Police on Wednesday night. Lee was charged with Wanton Endagerment – 1st Degree.

 

Jesse Abell, 35, of Columbia, was taken into custody by Officer Durbin with the Columbia Police Department on Wednesday. Abell, was charged with Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm) and Receiving Stolen Property greater than $1000.
 

They were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

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