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Local News Archives for 2022-10

Adair County Burn Ban Lifted 10/31/22

 

The Burn Ban in place for Adair County has been lifted. Judge Exec. Gale Cowan asks that you still use caution when burning and be advised it could be reinstated if we don’t see more rain in the near future. The state's forest fire hazard season rules still apply. 
 
Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season: Oct. 1 - Dec. 15 
During the Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brush-land between the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 

Russell County Burn Ban Lifted 10/31/22

 
Due to the rain received Sunday and overnight, Russell County Judge Executive Gary D. Robertson has lifted the county-wide burn ban effective immediately. If dry conditions return, the burn ban could be reinstated, but as of now it is lifted.  Please remember the county still follows the state’s Fall burning guidelines which states you can only burn outside between the hours of 6pm till 6am and must be 150 feet away from a wooded area. Judge Robertson thanks you for your cooperation and should you have any questions, please contact the Judge’s office at 270-343-2112.
 

Adair County Man Arrested on Methamphetamine Charges

 
On Friday, October 28, 2022 at approximately 11:15pmCT, Adair County K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten observed a male walking in the area of a local business on KY80 east. Upon stopping to investigate, he concluded the male was intoxicated on a controlled substance. A continued investigation led to the discovery of over 5 grams of suspected methamphetamine.  
    
The individual, identified as 22-year-old William Chandler Jones of Columbia, KY was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail for Possession of Methamphetamine, Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excludes alcohol), and Failure to Appear.
 
The ACSO is continuing the investigation. 

 

ADAIR COUNTY EARLY VOTING (NO EXCUSE IN-PERSON VOTING) SCHEDULE

 

  • Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Friday, November 4, 2022 from 8:00am till 4:00pm
  • Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 8:00am to 4:00pm

 

In the basement of the Adair County Courthouse Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia KY.

Please bring proof of ID!

Any registered voter in Adair County (regardless of your precinct) may vote at this location.

Remember, if you haven’t voted by Election Day, you have to vote at your precinct

 

Mail out absentee ballots

For those who requested absentee ballots, these must either be dropped off at the County Clerk's office in the ballot drop-off box or returned by mail no later than Tuesday, November 8, 2022 (6:00pmCT).

Taylor County Man Arrested Following Hit & Run


On Saturday afternoon, October 29, 2022 CPD Officers were dispatched to Will Walker Road after a reported hit and run. According to callers, the operator of a white Dodge Ram struck another vehicle and fled the scene. 

 
A witness and caller followed the truck until Officers were able to catch up to the vehicle and initiated a stop on Campbellsville Road. Once Officers made contact with the operator, it was determined the subject was under the influence and was taken into custody. 
 
Guadalupe Soto, 54, of Campbellsville has been charged with DUI 1st as well as leaving the scene of an accident and wanton endangerment 1st degree, a class D felony. 

Officer Joey Keith was the arresting Officer. He was assisted by Sgt Drew Conn.
 

Weekend Arrests 10/30/22

 
The following individuals were arrested over the weekend and late last week...
 
 
  • Michael Brown, 47, of Liberty - arrested on Saturday by the ACSO for No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Failure of Non-Owner/Operator to Maintain Insurance, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, and 2 counts of Failure to Appear.
  • Guadalupe Roy Soto, 54, of Campbellsville - arrested on Saturday afternoon by the CPD for Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs 2nd Offense (Aggravated Circumstances), and 1st degree Wanton Endangerment.
  • Colyn Levi Curry, 20, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday morning by the ACSO for Assault 4th degree.
  • William Chandler Jones, 22, of Columbia - arrested on Friday night by the ACSO for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), and Failure to Appear.
  • Angela Ottney, 46, of Columbia - arrested on Friday night by the Cumberland County Sheriffs Office for Failure to Wear Seatbelt, License to be in Possession, Failure to Produce insurance Card, Improper Display of Registration Plates, Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Jaggar Rane Compton, 20, of Columbia - arrested on Thursday afternoon by the ACSO for Assault 4th degree (Dating Violence with Minor Injuries).
  • Jayla Harmon, 20, of Columbia - arrested on Thursday afternoon by the ACSO for Assault 4th degree (Dating Violence with Minor Injuries).
  • Robert Maynard, 37, of Columbia - arrested on Wednesday for Assault 3rd degree (Police or Probation Officer).
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 
  • Salvador Gomez-Ruiz, 34, of Russell Springs - arrested early Sunday morning by the RSPD for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st & 2nd Offense), No Operators License, and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle.
  • Brandy Tolliver, 44, of Russell Springs - arrested on Friday night by KSP for Criminal Mischief 3rd degree, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct 2nd degree, Menacing, and Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.
  • Marty Buis, 54, of Dunnville - arrested late Saturday night by KSP for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine).
  • Justin Gilpatrick, 29, of Russell Springs - arrested Thursday night by RSPD for 4th degree Assault (Dating Violence). 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

KSP Investigates Fatal Collision in Laurel County involving London PD Officer

 

LONDON, KY (October 30, 2022) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 11 in London is investigating a fatal collision involving a London Police Department (London PD) Officer. At approximately 12:49 AM, KSP Post 11 Troopers responded to a two-vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of South Main Street and KY 229 Barbourville Street in the city limits of London in Laurel County.

 

The preliminary investigation indicates that a 2022 Ram Pickup Truck operated by Casey P. Byrd, 36, of Oneida, TN was traveling North on KY 229 (Barbourville Rd) when his vehicle entered the intersection of South Main Street and struck a 2019 Dodge Charger Police Cruiser traveling Southbound on South Main Street operated by on-duty London PD Officer Logan K. Medlock, 26, of Keavy, KY.

 

As a result of the collision, Officer Medlock suffered life-threatening injuries, and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Laurel County Coroner’s Office. Mr. Byrd was not injured in the collision.

 

Alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor in this collision. Mr. Byrd was arrested and charged with:

  • Murder – Police Officer
  • Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence 1st Aggravating Circumstance

 

Mr. Byrd was transported to the Laurel County Correctional Center.

 

The Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team is continuing the investigation. They were assisted at the scene by Post 11 personnel, the London Police Department, Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, Laurel County EMS, London City Fire Department, London ECO Tech, Laurel County Fire Department, and the Laurel County Coroner’s office.

 

Injury Collision in Metcalfe Co. Results in Arrest of Crestwood Man for DUI

 

The Kentucky State Police investigated a 2-vehicle injury collision on KY 90 near Summer Shade on Monday around 10:05 a.m. CT.

 

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2016 Toyota being operated by 42-year-old Robert Amback of Crestwood, was traveling East on KY 90 at a slow speed.  A 2005 Kenworth truck operated by 55-year-old Gary Dile of Greensburg was traveling East on KY 90 following Amback attempted to pass.  While Dile was passing, Amback chose to make a left turn onto Pitcock Road into the path of Dile resulting in the collision.

 

Amback and Dile were both wearing their seat belts.  The Barren-Metcalfe EMS with non-life threatening injuries transported both to T.J. Samson Hospital in Glasgow. 

 

The Kentucky State Police arrested Amback, charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, and lodged in the Barren County Jail.

 

Sergeant Randall Honeycutt investigated the collision, and assisted by the Metcalfe Co Sheriff’s Office, Barren-Metcalfe EMS, and Summer Shade Fire Department.

 

Russell County Burn Ban 10/28/22

 

Russell County Judge Exec. Gary Robertson has issued an Executive Order declaring a ban on open burning...
 

 

Gov. Beshear Proposes Education First Plan to Advance Student Learning, Ease Teacher Shortage

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2022) – With the World Health Organization stating last month that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight, Gov. Andy Beshear joined state education leaders today in the Capitol Rotunda to announce his Education First Plan.

 

The Governor’s plan aims to address student learning loss brought on by the pandemic and years of denied pay raises that have contributed to the state’s nearly 11,000 public school teacher vacancies, by providing funding for a 5% pay raise for school staff, universal pre-K, textbooks, technology and training, teacher student loan forgiveness and social and mental health services. The Governor is also asking lawmakers to consider restoring new teacher pensions, which he said is the single most effective action we can take to keep new teachers in the classroom.

 

The General Assembly will have an opportunity to pass the plan during the 2023 regular session.

 

“In many ways, COVID-19 has been our generation’s deadliest enemy, taking more than 17,000 Kentucky lives, becoming the third-leading cause of death and even shortening the life expectancy of Kentuckians. Britainy and I personally experienced both the loss of people we love and what it was like to be parents of elementary and middle school students during the pandemic,” Gov. Beshearsaid. “In order to help ensure we are doing everything possible to help every child reach their full potential and to rebound from what history shows us occurs as the result of difficult and deadly times of pandemic or war, we must address our teacher and staff shortages in our schools.”

 

The Governor said that, during the height of the pandemic and through case surges, every state in the country took some type of step to save lives. According to a reportfrom the Center for American Progress, during the 2019-2020 school year, all public school buildings in the United States closed in response to COVID-19. Schools in 48 states remained closed or offered remote instruction through the end of the year. Throughout 2021 and 2022 in Kentucky, local school districts had to decide when to implement remote learning days to prevent more illnesses.

 

Instruction disruptions have persisted across the nation as staff, students and their families became ill and missed school. Through these challenges, though, Kentucky students’ 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress performance was found to be consistent with those of the rest of the nation.

 

“Right now, Kentucky has a record-setting revenue surplus, with the revenue trend running 11% higher than last year and substantially above estimates. When you combine the strong fiscal management by my administration with the greatest year for economic development in our state’s history, and more than 13,200 new jobs announced this year, now is the time to invest in our public schools,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

“Ensuring every child in Kentucky has access to a world-class education means we must put our kids first, support the people who show up for our kids and make certain our schools have the resources to do what we’ve asked them to do,” said Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman. “Our Education First Plan does that, proving our administration’s commitment to public education is unwavering.”

 

“I think we all recognize that we are in a vastly different place today than we were three years ago, and it’s important to acknowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on many students, including slowing academic progress, increased social emotional and mental health needs and delayed behavioral development,” Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Demetrus Liggins said. “It is also important to recognize that schools are a reflection of the communities we serve and the supply chain and workforce challenges that are affecting other industries across our state and nation are also playing out in education with the shortage of teachers and other critical positions that impact school operations.”

 

Education First Plan

Raise Teacher and School Staff Pay
Since taking office, Gov. Beshear has supported an across-the-board educator raise for every school employee, from teachers to bus drivers. Once again, the Governor is proposing to fund a 5% raise for every school employee in Kentucky. This raise would be above and beyond any recent raises by school districts. At a time when schools struggle to recruit and retain educators, a pay raise is necessary.

 

“It is simple. We cannot expect to make up for math losses if we don’t have math teachers,” Gov. Beshear said. “According to the National Educational Association, Kentucky ranks 44th in the nation for starting salaries, with new teachers averaging about $37,373 per year. We need to increase our teacher’s pay and make sure they are paid what they deserve.”

 

“Earlier this year, I asked folks in my district to nominate people in the community for special recognition, people who are doing great things for others. And unsurprisingly, most of the nominees were people who work in our public schools,” Rep. Rachel Roberts of Newport said. “Their former students told stories about how school staff went above and beyond, making sure students were fed, and housed, and felt safe and seen and had a trusted and consistent adult in their lives. And most of these stories took place before the pandemic hit, before we asked even more from educators.”

 

“If we learned one important lesson during the pandemic, it is this: Kentucky students and teachers are resilient and they meet challenges head on, but we also learned that we must not take teachers or schools for granted; we must provide them with the fiscal resources they need to meet post-pandemic academic, social, emotional and wellness needs of Kentucky’s children and youth as we move past the pandemic with grit and determination,” Kentucky Board of Education Chair Lu Young said.

 

“We didn’t get into our teacher pipeline problems overnight, and similarly, solving these challenges is going to take a direct and multi-part effort that will take years of focused investment,” Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Jason Glass said. “We must start addressing the financial reasons why our potential future teachers don’t go into the profession and why our current teachers leave earlier than we’d hoped.”

 

Fund Universal Pre-K
The Governor’s last budget proposal called for a historic investment in the commonwealth’s youngest learners by providing universal preschool for all 4-year-olds and full-day kindergarten for every Kentucky child – for the first time ever. This year’s Kentucky School Report Card on the Kindergarten screen showed 62.7% of Kentucky’s children were ranked below average for academic/cognitive abilities. Funding pre-K will ensure learning losses do not continue for these children who will be starting school.

 

“This year, I am again proposing funds to support universal pre-k. We know pre-K provides positive outcomes on children’s early literacy and mathematics skills and foster long-term educational success,” Gov. Beshear. “To become and stay a top economy in the U.S. we have to continue to build a world-class education system, and that starts with universal pre-K. Pre-K is also the single most effective step we can take to immediately increase our workforce.”

 

Studies have also shown that universal pre-K significantly bolsters the workforce and saves families tens of thousands of dollars. Finally, pre-K has proven to be an effective time for screening and identification of learning challenges, with early intervention yielding best results.

 

“The pandemic punctuated the complexity of the student experience and helped to emphasize the multi-faceted approach schools must take to support the whole child – the social, emotional, physical and academic needs of students that directly impact school success,” Young said. “With those aspirations in mind, the Kentucky Board of Education enthusiastically supports universal preschool and promotes the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child framework premised on the core belief that every student should be healthy, safe, engaged, supported and academically challenged.”

 

Restore Funding to Textbooks and Professional Development
Last year, the Governor proposed adding millions each year to restore funding for professional development, as well as textbooks and instructional resources, but lawmakers in Frankfort failed to pass this funding. The Governor is again proposing these funds for specialized training and materials aimed at addressing learning loss.

 

Launch Loan Forgiveness Programs
To further help keep teachers in the classroom, the Governor is once again recommending providing a student loan forgiveness program that will offer a maximum $3,000 annual award for each year of employment in a public school as a teacher.

 

“Obtaining higher education to advance in their careers is critical for our teachers, and we want to encourage them to complete higher education – so we must support them getting there,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Support Social and Mental Health
The Governor said his administration has always believed that mental health is just as important as physical health.

 

“Given the vast challenges that all of us, especially our children, have faced through the pandemic and the many natural disasters, we must advocate for more social, emotional and mental health services for students,” Gov. Beshear. “Any teacher can tell you how important these services are.”

 

The Governor is again proposing to set aside funds to assemble statewide staff and eight regional Social Emotional Learning institutes so that educators have access to training on how best to help our students with their mental health. The Governor will provide two new grant programs for school districts to provide wrap-around services to students impacted by violence, substance abuse, child abuse and parental incarceration, and other training and resources to help students.

 

Restore Pensions
In March 2021, lawmakers overrode Gov. Beshear’s veto, leaving new teachers without the traditional, defined benefits pension plan, which guaranteed benefits after so many years of service. This action severely cut overall compensation for new teachers by eliminating the most valuable benefit and the only benefit aimed at retention. Now, new teachers are in a hybrid plan, where they are expected to pay more into retirement. In 2018, then-Attorney General Beshear led efforts to have the well-known “sewer bill” – which would have stripped teacher retirement benefits – struck down by the Kentucky Supreme Court.

 

“During my administration, we have fully funded the pension system, and given the need for more teachers in our classrooms, the first thing lawmakers should do is restore teacher pensions,” Gov. Beshearsaid. “With the revenues we’re seeing this year, there is more than enough funding for all the pieces we’ve laid out today. When you look at long-term costs, it makes much more sense to hire one teacher now and retain them for 30 years versus hire one teacher now, have them quit in a year or two, and then face a constant cycle of turnover.” 
 

Project to Realign U.S. 127 in Russell and Clinton Counties Entering New Phase

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 Office announces the start of a new phase of a long-awaited project to put U.S. 127 in a new alignment in Russell and Clinton Counties.

 

The next phase, which will cost $105 million, involves a 6 mile section of the roadway, from the north banks of the Cumberland River in Russell County extending south, ending prior to the intersection of KY 3063 near the community of Desda in the northwestern corner of Clinton County. The work will include construction of five new bridges, plus pavement work on a recently realigned section of U.S. 127 from its intersection with KY 55 to the Cumberland River.

 

U.S. 127 runs the north-south length of Kentucky, from the Ohio River to the Tennessee border, south of Albany. It is one of the main arteries in Southern Kentucky, where its current alignment crosses Wolf Creek Dam, which impounds Lake Cumberland. The current, overall project will re-route U.S. 127 off the dam.

 

Bizzack Construction LLC, prime contractor for the new project, began mobilizing equipment this week with full construction activities to begin in the next couple weeks.

 

Construction activities will have minimal impact on motorists at this time.

 

Work is scheduled to be complete Fall 2027. 
 

Knifley Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges


On Wednesday evening, October 26, 2022 CPD Officers received a tip of a pending drug transaction within the city limits of Columbia. Officers located a vehicle matching the description given, parked at a local business on Campbellsville Street and initiated contact. A search of the vehicle yielded findings of suspected narcotics, paraphernalia and a firearm. 


Brandon Greer, 32, of Knifley was placed into custody and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia as well as three felonies: possession of a controlled substance, trafficking in methamphetamine, and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Officer Holly Necessary was the arresting Officer. She was assisted on scene by Sgt Evan Burton.
 

Area Arrests 10/26/22

 
Logan Lee Withaar, 34, of Jamestown, KY - arrested by Jamestown Police Dept. on Wednesday afternoon for Criminal Trespassing 1st degree and Contempt of Court.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
Autumn Powell, 34, of Lebanon, KY - arrested on Tuesday afternoon by the ACSO for Criminal Abuse 2nd degree (Child 12 years of age or younger).
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Russell County Chamber Clean-Up Day 10/27/22

 
The Russell County Chamber of Commerce is having a Clean-Up Day on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 from Lakeway Drive to the intersection of Highways 80 & 127. Safety vests and garbage bags are available at the Chamber, 650 US-127, Russell Springs, KY.
 

UPDATE: Missing Taylor County Man Has Been Located

 

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY (October 26, 2022) - Mr. Diego has been located.  

 

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CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY (October 25, 2022) - The Kentucky State Police requests assistance in an on-going investigation attempting to locating a missing person.  Pedro Diego, age 26 of Campbellsville, KY, was last seen at a friend’s residence in Taylor County at approximately 1:00 A.M. EST on Saturday, October 22, 2022. KSP is urging the public to contact Post 15 at 270-384-4796 with any assistance locating Mr. Diego. Mr. Diego has been entered as a missing person and the case is continuing by Trooper James Ford.

 

Lt. Gov. Coleman Announces More Than $16 Million in Funding to Central Kentucky Communities

 

CAMPBELLSVILLE / GREENSBURG / MUNFORDVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 26, 2022) – Today, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman delivered $16,595,296 in infrastructure and education funding to Green, Hart and Taylor counties. The funding comes through Gov. Andy Beshear’s Cleaner Water Program, his Better Schools Program, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Transportation Alternatives Program.

 

“Investments in our education and infrastructure, such as high-speed internet, clean water, roads and bridges, provide Kentucky a solid foundation for building tomorrow’s economy, today,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “What excites me, as a rural Kentuckian, is that opportunity is coming to all corners of the commonwealth.”

 

Green County
In Green County, the Lieutenant Governor awarded:

  • $6,738,200 to the Green County School District through the Better Schools Program, part of Gov. Beshear’s Better Kentucky Plan. The funding will be used to renovate and expand the Green County Area Technical Center, which serves more than 500 students. 
  • $1.7 million to the Green-Taylor Water District through the Cleaner Water Program, part of Gov. Beshear’s Better Kentucky Plan. Approximately 3,500 feet of waterline will be constructed to provide clean water to 76 unserved households for the first time, in Green, LaRue, Adair and Metcalfe counties.
  • $285,000 to the Green-Taylor Water District through the Cleaner Water Program. This will be used to rehabilitate the Summersville Booster Pump Station.
  • $116,820 to the Green-Taylor Water District through the Cleaner Water Program. This funding will be used to rehabilitate the Pikeview water storage tank located in the Gresham community.

 

“Today’s announcement is welcome news for Green County,” Green County Judge/Executive John Frank said. “Making sure people here have access to clean water is both the right and smart thing to do. These funds are going to help our community for decades.”

 

“We are thrilled to accept the Better Schools Program funding to be utilized for additions and renovations at the Green County Area Technology Center,” Green County Schools Superintendent Will Hodges said. “This funding will expand opportunities for the students of Green County and surrounding communities. Our district is one of 14 districts to receive a ‘very high’ rating on postsecondary readiness. This funding will continue to help us ensure that students leave our institution prepared for college or a career.”

 

Hart County
In Hart County, the Lieutenant Governor awarded:

  • $720,700 to Hart County through KYTC. This funding will be used to resurface portions of Davis Bend Road, Pleasant Hill Road, Dennison Ferry Road, Shelton Road, Sam Goodman Road, John Hornback Road, Commanche Drive, East Sullivan Road, BF Richardson Road and Cherokee Road.
  • $434,576 to the City of Horse Cave through TAP. New 6-foot sidewalks will be constructed along Main Street from Peebles Street to North Dixie Street. The sidewalks will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and improve safety and ease of transportation for several neighborhoods and the Greenwood apartment complex.

 

“Upgrading our local communities with higher quality roads provides access where businesses can grow and families can flourish,” Sen. David Givens of Greensburg said. “I’m delighted to see so many improvements in Hart County that will have a positive effect for our small business owners and their families.”

 

“I’m grateful that the Lieutenant Governor is bringing attention to how these projects will benefit Hart County,” Rep. Brandon Reed of Hodgenville said. “I am proud of the work our budget committee put into figuring out how we can make the biggest impact with every dollar we allocate and look forward to continuing that approach as Vice Chair of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.”

 

“This funding is a game-changer for Hart County,” Hart County Judge/Executive Joe Choate said.

“Making sure our roads are safe is a fundamental responsibility of government. Our road infrastructure is taking a big step forward because of today’s announcement.”

 

“I am truly elated about the announcement of the sidewalk grant awarded to Horse Cave,” Horse Cave Mayor Randall Curry said. “This will allow Horse Cave to replace sidewalks that are not compatible for motorized wheelchairs and improve the ability of walking traffic to be able to navigate on level and wider surfaces.”

 

Taylor County
In Taylor County, the Lieutenant Governor awarded:

  • $6.6 million to the Taylor County School District through the Better Schools Program, part of Gov. Beshear’s Better Kentucky Plan. The funding will be used to renovate, expand and add programming at the Central Kentucky Career Academy, which serves more than 275 students.

 

“This is precisely the kind of investment we must make in our students today,” Sen. Max Wise of Campbellsville said. “The late state Rep. Bam Carney and the Taylor County School District leadership laid the foundation years ago for students to achieve their academic goals and these dollars will continue to reap benefits for Kentucky residents.”

 

“This is an instant where the needed infrastructure creates exponential opportunities in our communities, and I am especially delighted to see upgrades to our vocational schools where so many young people can learn a trade, find a vocation and become contributing members of their communities,” Sen. David Givens of Greensburg said.

 

“This is the next step in fulfilling a commitment to Kentucky students looking to learn skills that will help them find a successful path to the workforce,” Rep. Michael Sarge Pollock of Campbellsville said. “I’m proud of the legislature for allocating the money and appreciate the administration’s role in getting it out to the vocational schools who need it. This is yet another part of Bam Carney’s legacy and I am honored to see it become reality.”

 

“This money is going to help people in our community find opportunities and get good jobs,” Taylor County Judge/Executive Barry Smith said. “We want to thank the state for this transformational investment. It’s going to do a lot of good for years to come.”

 

“We feel honored to be chosen as a recipient of Better Schools Program grant funds from the State of Kentucky,” Taylor County Schools Superintendent Charles Higdon Jr. said. “It is our full intention to further utilize these funds to continue the creation of the most highly efficient and effective career development program in the commonwealth. Our program will offer opportunities to students, as well as adults, and specifically work to eliminate joblessness and financial hardships, which have generationally plagued many families throughout our community and state. Additionally, our partnership with Campbellsville University to offer an even higher level of seamless career and technical certifications, will prove to be a model collaboration for the state of Kentucky. I praise God for the blessing!”

 

About the Transportation Alternatives Program
TAP is a federally funded reimbursement program administered through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Local Programs. Funding supports non-motorized forms of transportation to improve connectivity, accessibility, safety and equity in communities. Transportation projects commonly include bicycle and pedestrian pathways, ADA compliance, Safe Routes to School and wildlife mitigation. The program covers 80% of the project cost.

 

About the Cleaner Water Program
Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and administered by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority, $500 million has been appropriated through a bipartisan agreement with the General Assembly to provide clean drinking water and wastewater grants to fund projects across Kentucky since 2021.

 

About the Local Area Vocational Education Centers Program
As part of his Better Kentucky Plan, Gov. Beshear awarded Kentucky school districts $75 million to upgrade Vocational Education Centers. The grants were approved by the Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission Board.

 

Area Arrest 10/26/22

 

Jeff Scott, 40, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Trooper Scott with the Kentucky State Police early Wednesday morning. Scott was charged with Resisting Arrest, Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree, Menacing and Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Two Boil Water Advisories in Columbia-Adair County 10/25/22

 

Date issued:  10/25/22

Time Issued:  4:30 p.m.
 

A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers at 1172-2701 Hwy 768 East and Old Flatt Rd. The advisory has been issued due to a main line break. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality. For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.

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Date Issued: 10/25/2022

Time Issued: 3:30 p.m.
 

 A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers at Clinton St, Center St, Garrett St, Todd St, Hemlock Circle, Page St, Bowen St, Smith St. and Taxus St. The advisory has been issued due to a main line break. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality. For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.

 

Lt. Gov. Coleman to Visit Taylor County Wednesday Oct. 26th

 

12:00pmET - Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman will be in Campbellsville, KY on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022 to address the Campbellsville-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce Womens Small Business Luncheon at Swan's Landing, 2930 New Columbia Road, Campbellsville.


1:30pmET - Lt. Gov. Coleman will make a Funding Announcement for the Taylor County School District - Central Kentucky Career Academy, 1100 Lebanon Avenue, Campbellsville. Also in attendance will be Rep. Michael “Sarge” Pollock, Taylor County School District Superintendent Charles Higdon, and Taylor County High School Principal Sara Tucker.

 

KSP Investigates Taylor County Missing Person

 

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (October 25, 2022) - The Kentucky State Police requests assistance in an on-going investigation attempting to locating a missing person. Pedro Diego, age 26 of Campbellsville, KY was last seen at a friend’s residence in Taylor County at approximately 1:00 A.M. EST on Saturday, October 22, 2022. KSP is urging the public to contact Post 15 at 270-384-4796 with any assistance locating Mr. Diego. Mr. Diego has been entered as a missing person and the case is continuing by Trooper James Ford.

 

 

Russell County Indictments 10/24/22

 

A Russell County Grand Jury has returned indictments against several individuals. Lisa Clark has details....

 

 

Columbia Man Arrested After Allegedly Pointing Gun at 16-Year-Old Neighbor

 

On Monday night, October 24, 2022 CPD Officers responded to Grissom Street after receiving a call from parents stating a neighbor had pointed a handgun at their 16 year old son while he was walking a dog. 


Officers made contact with the male subject at his residence on Pyles Court. Lawson admitted he drew a handgun on the juvenile stating he thought he was in his yard, before then stating to Officers he wasn’t sure if the 16 year old was actually on his property. 

Douglas Lawson, 61, of Columbia was placed into custody and charged with menacing as well as wanton endangerment 1st degree, a class D felony. 

Officer Holly Necessary was the arresting Officer. She was assisted on scene by Sgt Drew Conn.
 

Meet The Russell County Candidates 10/24/22-10/27/22

 
 

 

  

92.7 The WAVE and The TIMES JOURNAL are teaming up to provide 
voters a chance to learn about their candidates.

 

“Meet the Candidates” will air live on 92.7 the WAVE and www.ridingthewave.com beginning Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. Below is the schedule which tells you when you should be at the WAVE, 7955 Russell Springs Rd. (Hwy E80) between Adair Co. & Russell Co. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled airtime.

 

All candidates will be given the opportunity to spend 2-3 minutes telling listeners
about themselves. Lisa Clark (WAVE) & Lisa Coffey (Times Journal) will moderate the event and ask questions. 

 

Listeners and readers can email questions to: 

lisaclark@shorelinestations.com OR news@russellcountynewspapers.com


 

MONDAY, OCT. 24
 
6:00 -7:00 P.M. - R.S. CITY COUNCIL (City Council candidates will draw to see if you go on air the 1st half hour or the 2nd half hour)
Tommy Holt*
Ricky Barnes*
Johnny Bell
Timmy Hudson*
Sherry Bottom Daniel*
David C Blakey*
Larry “Gene” Brown
Cody L Wilson

 

7:00 P.M. - SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 2
Sheila Wicker*
Eric Selby

 

7:30 P.M. - DISTRICT JUDGE (Division 1: Russell, Wayne & Clinton Counties)
Scarlett Latham*
Lee Whittenburg

 

TUESDAY, OCT. 25
6:00 P.M. - JAMESTOWN MAYOR
Regena Hinton*
Richard Bennett

 

6:45 P.M. - CIRCUIT JUDGE (57th Circuit: Russell & Wayne Counties)
Sara Beth Gregory
Matthew Leveridge

 

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26 - NO FORUM

 

THURSDAY, OCT. 27

6:00 P.M. - COUNTY JUDGE EXEC.
Randy Marcum (R)
Brent West (D)

 

6:45 - 7:45 P.M. - JAMESTOWN CITY COUNCIL (City Council candidates will draw to see if you go on air the 1st half hour or the 2nd half hour)
Barry Coffey*
Dwight W Richards
William Murray*
Mitchell Marcum*
Ada Lawson*
Terry Robertson*
Tony H Wright*
Jared Roy 
 
* denotes incumbent
 

TJ COLUMBIA HEALTH FAIR


T.J. Health Columbia will be hosting their annual community health fair on Saturday, October 29th, 2022 from 7AM to 10AM at TJ Health Columbia located at 901 Westlake Drive in Columbia.  
 

Pre-registration is required to ensure you receive the free lab test. The health fair includes a basic lab panel and lipid panel, flu shots as well as height, weight and blood pressure checks. To register go online at www.tjregionalhealth.org or call 270-651-4618.

 

Casey County Teen Dies in Early Morning Taylor County Accident

 

The fatal 1-vehicle accident occurred at 3:33amET on Saturday, October 22nd. 18-year-old Dalton Weddle of Dunnville, KY was driving a 2018 Chevy truck on private property off Hwy 76 (Knifley Road), when he traveled over an embankment and overturned in a pond. 


Weddle and three male passengers were taken to Taylor Regional Hospital where Weddle was later pronounced dead by the Taylor County Coroners Office. The other three passengers were treated for non-life threatening injuries.


Taylor County Deputy Brent Burkhead investigated the fatal collision. He was assisted on scene by Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton and Deputy Stephen Dobson.

 

 

OBITUARY

Dalton Galen Weddle, 18, of Dunnville, KY passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2022 in Taylor County, KY from injuries sustained in an auto accident. He was born on February 3, 2004 in Danville, KY, the son of Chad & April Vanoy Weddle of Dunnville.

 

Dalton was a member of Creston Missionary Baptist Church. He was an FFA member that loved hunting, fishing, diesel trucks, riding his side by side, and being outdoors. He was a Retail Support Specialist for Neat Companies.

 

SURVIVORS:

His parents: Chad & April Vanoy Weddle of Dunnville

2 sisters: Madison (Colton) Patterson and Carli Vanoy Weddle of Dunnville

1 brother: Bradley Jasper Weddle of Dunnville

Paternal grandparents: Roger & Judy Weddle of Liberty

His pet dog: Nash

 

Dalton is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Glen & Freida Vanoy.

 

Graveside Service: Monday, October 24, 2022 at 1:00pmET at Antioch Cemetery with Bro. Derick Terry officiating

 

Pallbearers: Dustin Neat, Brad Neat, Jamie McAnelly, Jason Weddle, Neal Weddle, and Colton Patterson.

 

Memorial contributions may take the form of donations In Memory of Dalton Weddle to the Casey County Sheriff’s Office Christmas for Kids at PO Box 100, Liberty, KY 42539.

 

McKinney-Brown Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.mckinneybrown.com.

 

Russell County Chamber Award Winners

 
The Russell County Chamber of Commerce held their annual Chamber Banquet on Thursday evening at Lake Cumberland State Park in Jamestown. 
 
Award Winners:
  • Hall of fame award - Gary Robertson
  • Outstanding Business Award - Cumberland Guitars
  • 2021 Past President Award - Stephen Hill
  • President’s Award - Anita Tucker
  • Exemplary Service Award - Don Byrom
  • New Business Award - Hymn and Heirs
 
Kim Byrom was the winner of the gift basket that was full of donated items from local businesses.
 

Adair County Stilwell Award Recipients Honored With Commemorative Coin


A “special version" of the Stilwell “red suspenders" award, a meritorious medal in the form of a commemorative coin was presented by KY K-12 Education Commissioner Jason Glass and David Couch, Associate Commissioner for Office of Education Technology, to all the key KY K-12 Education Technology staff in OET and KY K-12 school districts.  This “special coin" was given for their successful and meritorious tour of duty of providing crucial role and quality education technology services on the school campus and beyond the school campus for KY K-12 students, teachers, staff and leaders to each district during the core of the pandemic beginning on 10 March 2020 during the 1st day of the 2020 KY Society of Technology in Education (KySTE) conference and ending on 11 March 2022 the last day of the 2022 KySTE conference. District CIO, DTC, digital learning coach, library media specialist, technicians/network admin, virtual/remote learning leader, data systems staff, STLP coach/mentor and OET staff member that played a crucial role during that timeframe when education technology was counted on more than any other time in KY K-12 history received this award as a simple but heartfelt way to say, “Thanks for what was accomplished and sacrificed over those 24 months".

 

One of the US Army's most prestigious awards is the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM). This special Stilwell award is the equivalent version of the MSM.  During those 24 months, KY K-12 Education Technology staff not only survived and but thrived in providing quality EdTech enabled products and services to KY K-12 students, teachers and staff, across this entire state, amongst all the sudden demands, uncertainty and intensity going on during that timeframe.  Lots of folks do great things who are never publicly thanked or recognized. This is especially true in the technology field where the average person is not aware of the great skill, long hours and dedication that it takes to make the EdTech work and then help folks do wonderful magical/educational things with it.  No money comes with the Stilwell award, but folks greatly appreciate a simple “thanks" and “high five" for a job well done.

 

Nearly every one of the past Stilwell award winners had never been publicly thanked or recognized for their role in helping KY K-12 be successful until they received the Stilwell.

 

Over those 24 months, peers in the other 49 states regularly said, “KY K-12 EdTech is what they strive to be". Our secret sauce in KY K-12 is our cooperative and helpful relationships within districts, between districts, with KDE Office of Education Technology (OET) staff and our true vendor partners in EdTech. No other state has “this" secret sauce. KY K-12 EdTech has been and continues to be “the" pioneer and “the" national leader in most aspects of K-12 EdTech over the past 30 years. Our KETS Timeline (at KETS 2018 - 2024 Master Plan - Appendix G - Kentucky Department of Education) and 2022 Digital Readiness Infographic ( at KETS 2018 - 2024 Master Plan - Appendix B - Kentucky Department of Education) easily supports that statement. This past planning and implementation of KY K-12 EdTech, greatly positioned KY K-12 during those 24 months, however “the" key ingredient to that success was the quality EdTech people, their dedication and skills during that 24-month timeframe. 

Stilwell Award Recipients:

Jason Rector

Anthony Watkins

Dylan Claiborne

Connie Makranszky

Sarah Antle

Sarah Burton

Alice Curry

Jennifer Myers

Adam Cox

Jennifer Cross

Pam Montgomery


Casey County Man Faces Numerous Charges After Pursuit that ended in Russell County


A Casey County Man led police on a pursuit late Thursday night that ended in Northern Russell County. Casey County Officers pursued the man through Dunnville until he crashed after crossing the county line into Russell County.
 

Clinton Smith, 36, of Kings Mountain, KY is facing numerous charges after refusing to stop for police after running a stop sign. Smith is charged with Disregarding a Stop Sign, No Registration Plates, Careless Driving, Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Reckless Driving, Speeding 26 mph over the Speed Limit, Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree (Police Officer), Failure to Wear Seat Belt, Resisting Arrest, No Operator-Moped License, Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of a Controlled Substance (4th or Greater Offense), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (less than 2 grams of Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia - Buy/Possession, and Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree.
 

Officer Atwood of the Liberty Police Department made the arrest. Smith was lodged in the Casey County Jail.

 

Russell County Boil Water Advisory Lifted 10/20/22

 
The Russell Springs boil water advisory on Peach Tree Lane has been lifted. The boil water advisory on Hwy 1611 down to Lake View Circle has also been lifted.
 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman updated Kentuckians on economic development growth; a new initiative to boost workforce participation; Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) Program funds; the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association (KMCA) 70th Anniversary proclamation; historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky; Domestic Violence Awareness Month; National Crime Prevention Month; tips to save on heating bills; and COVID-19. Staff and volunteers for Kentucky’s afterschool programs were also named as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Economic Development Update
The Governor highlighted two economic development projects that will create 420 new jobs and that represent nearly $1 billion in new investment. He also highlighted a Build-Ready location in Wayne County.

 

Today, Gov. Beshear will join local officials in Christian County and leaders from Ascend Elements Inc., a manufacturer of advanced, sustainable battery materials made from recycled lithium-ion batteries, for the groundbreaking of the company’s largest operation in the United States, which has grown in scope to include up to a nearly $1 billion investment creating as many as 400 full-time jobs. Thanks to Ascend being awarded two federal grants combining to total $480.5 million yesterday, the project is now the largest economic development project announced in Western Kentucky. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Yesterday, the Governor congratulated Vector Corrosion Technologies Inc., which provides corrosion mitigation products and services, as the company cut the ribbon on a new operation in Lexington, creating 20 full-time jobs with more than $1 million investment.

 

Monday, Gov. Beshear highlighted continued momentum of the state’s site development efforts with the announcement of a new Build-Ready location in Wayne County, positioning the region for future economic success.

 

New Incentive to Boost Workforce Participation
Today, the Governor announced a new initiative to help boost workforce participation by improving health coverage in the critical areas of dental, vision and hearing.

 

The Governor noted that the state has set record low unemployment rates this year, holding at or below 3.9% since April, and led the nation in job growth for August. In 2021, Gov. Beshear announced a record number of new jobs for Kentuckians, at the second-highest average wage on record.

 

“Our strong economy and workforce should benefit all our Kentucky families, and that is why my administration is working to reach those who have left the workforce due to factors like incarceration, addiction, lack of access to childcare or poor health,” Gov. Beshear said. “Today’s announcement is focused on improving health to get people back in the workforce by removing the roadblocks for many Kentuckians in accessing dental, vision and hearing care. We know that when people cannot see or hear well, or have poor oral health, it hinders their ability to seek and maintain a job.”

 

The Governor added, “With such low unemployment, our focus can’t be there, as our people aren’t out of the workforce because of unemployment benefits. So we have to look at what has some people out of the workforce altogether. It is straightforward – to get more people into the workforce, we must get them healthy enough.”

 

The initiative largely will use federal dollars to reach more than 900,000 adults enrolled in the state Medicaid program. To learn more, click here.

 

AMLER Program Funds for Eastern Kentucky Counties
Yesterday during the annual SOAR Summit, Gov. Beshear and U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced $24.4 million in AMLER Program funds for economic development projects in nine Eastern Kentucky counties.

 

When completed, the projects in Clay, Elliott, Floyd, Knox, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary and Wolfe counties will enable cold storage of bulk apples, broadcasting equipment at the Mountain Arts Studio, an emergency services center, a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and diesel-mechanics training facility, RV and industrial parks, a resort bordering the Jefferson National Forest, a wastewater treatment plant and a visitors’ center. The projects are expected to retain or create more than 200 jobs, train 300 Kentuckians and serve more than 100,000 people via tourism, infrastructure development or training opportunities.

 

Governor Praises Economic Development Awards for Eastern Kentucky
Today, Gov. Beshear congratulated several Eastern Kentucky communities for receiving more than $9.9 million in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) funds to support 11 projects that will create more than 600 jobs, generate over $40 million in private investment and support Appalachian businesses.

 

KMCA 70th Anniversary Proclamation
The Governor signed a proclamation recognizing the 70th anniversary of KMCA.

 

“As Governor, I’ve seen the strength and determination of local leaders as they work tirelessly for their communities,” said Gov. Beshear. “I’ve seen it as our state has faced crisis after crisis … and just as important, I’ve seen it as we build a brighter future with more opportunities than ever before.”

 

KMCA was formed in 1952 to serve as the unified voice for all of Kentucky’s fiscal courts. The organization provides quality solutions, education and programming for local officials while advocating for effective legislation. KMCA board members David Livingston, Roger Deckard, Michael Logsdon, Stevie Givens, Gary Morgan and Mark Bates, as well as KMCA staff leadership, including J.C. Young and Lauren Germond, attended the proclamation signing.

 

Eastern Kentucky Flood Update
Gov. Beshear provided an update on Eastern Kentucky stabilization and rebuilding efforts following July’s historic floods.

 

More than $79.1 million in grants have been approved under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individuals and Households Program for 8,157 households. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Oct. 28. Over $53.7 million has been approved under the U.S. Small Business Administration.

 

Thanks to significant progress in removing right-of-way debris, residents who still have flood debris eligible for pickup should move it to a state or county right-of-way or deposit it at a designated community drop-off site by Nov. 1. Crews will be making final rounds to collect debris. This applies to Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Letcher, Perry and Pike counties. The phasing out applies to roadside debris collection only. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will continue to clear streams of debris and transport damaged vehicles found in public rights of way to vehicle management sites. Residents unable to meet the deadline should follow up with their county fiscal court to pursue further private property debris removal by county-selected contractors. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will continue to collect and remove 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.

 

The Governor said that Kentucky State Parks are currently housing 263 people. Since last Thursday, 13 individuals have transitioned out of state parks. Currently, 526 individuals are being housed in 200 travel trailers.

 

To date, the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund has raised over $10.5 million from more than 37,000 donors. The Governor highlighted and thanked Domtar Paper for donating $50,000 to the fund. To contribute, click here. For other information regarding flooding in Eastern Kentucky, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Lt. Gov. Coleman said that on Monday, Gov. Beshear signed a proclamation declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Kentucky. Domestic violence affects both men and women. In Kentucky, more than 45% of women and 35% of men experience intimate partner physical violence or rape in their lifetimes.

 

Lt. Gov. Coleman said as state leaders and as parents to young kids, they would not stand by and accept those statistics. Since taking office, this administration has awarded more than $96 million in grant funding to provide victim services throughout Kentucky. In April, Gov. Beshear signed Senate Bill 271, which requires the commonwealth to produce an annual report on domestic violence-related data.

 

“This month, and every month, we must recommit to protecting our fellow Kentuckians and standing with survivors of these unspeakable acts,” Lt. Gov. Coleman said. “Let’s lead with the courage that survivors show every day and prove that Kentucky does not tolerate domestic violence.”

 

Mary Foley, executive director of Merryman House in Paducah, said, “October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we encourage Kentuckians to get connected, get help or give back.”

 

National Crime Prevention Month
Lt. Gov. Coleman highlighted that October is National Crime Prevention Month and encouraged Kentuckians to reflect on the important work of our public safety officers serving their communities. The Lieutenant Governor said this administration has made preventing crime a top priority since day one.

 

“We have provided grant money to organizations and communities to purchase equipment and hire additional personnel,” Lt. Gov. Coleman said. “We have expanded access to resources to improve the safety of our peace officers while they are on the job – like with body cameras for the first time in history for the state police. We increased the training stipend for officers – ensuring that they not only receive some of the best training in the nation but can provide for their family.”

 

The administration has entered into a partnership with the U.S. military to recruit active service members to Kentucky law enforcement. By championing legislative action, the administration has made it easier for law enforcement to conduct undercover stings and increase the chances of stopping horrific crimes against children from being facilitated through the internet.

 

The Lieutenant Governor reminded Kentuckians, that this month and every month, we all can play role in crime prevention by sharing information with the proper authorities.

 

Tips to Save
Lt. Gov. Coleman said winter is just around the corner and there are many free resources available to Kentuckians to help reduce the cost of utilities.

 

First, she recommended that Kentuckians connect with their local community action network and apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Kentuckians can also contact their utility provider to see if they are offering financial assistance on bills. To learn more about energy affordability, visit the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s energy affordability page. To see a full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to provide Kentuckian’s relief from high gas prices and tips to help families save, click here.

 

COVID-19 Update
Gov. Beshear said the most recent COVID-19 data continues to be encouraging. The number of new cases reported each week continues to decline, fewer Kentuckians are hospitalized for COVID-19 than at nearly any point during the past two years, and more and more counties are showing as “green” on the COVID-19 community levels map. The Governor and the Kentucky Department for Public Health continue to recommend that people get boosted with the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine this fall. Locations and appointments can be found on vaccines.gov.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Lt. Gov. Coleman announced that tonight, Gov. Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear will be lighting the Mansion gold to celebrate Lights on Afterschool. The Lieutenant Governor also named staff and volunteers for Kentucky’s Afterschool Programs as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

“I want to thank the dedicated teachers, school staff and volunteers who make this possible,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. As a former teacher and coach, I know it takes a lot of work. But when you see the smiles on the kids’ faces and have that comfort of knowing they are safe, it’s all worth it. Thank you for taking care of our kids and for keeping our workforce strong.”

 

Gov. Beshear Launches Initiative to Boost Workforce Participation by Improving Health in Critical Areas

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced a new initiative to help boost workforce participation by improving health coverage in the critical areas of dental, vision and hearing.

 

The Governor noted that the state has set record low unemployment rates this year, holding at or below 3.9% since April, and led the nation in job growth for August. In 2021, Gov. Beshear announced a record number of new jobs for Kentuckians, at the second-highest average wage on record.

 

“Our strong economy and workforce should benefit all our Kentucky families, and that is why my administration is working to reach those who have left the workforce due to factors like incarceration, addiction, lack of access to childcare or poor health,” Gov. Beshear said. “Today’s announcement is focused on improving health to get people back in the workforce by removing the roadblocks for many Kentuckians in accessing dental, vision and hearing care. We know that when people cannot see or hear well, or have poor oral health, it hinders their ability to seek and maintain a job.”

 

The Governor added, “With such low unemployment, our focus can’t be there, as our people aren’t out of the workforce because of unemployment benefits. So we have to look at what has some people out of the workforce altogether. It is straightforward – to get more people into the workforce, we must get them healthy enough.”

 

The initiative largely will use federal dollars to reach more than 900,000 adults enrolled in the state Medicaid program. Families who qualify are at or under 138% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, approximately $18,700 per year for an individual; $38,200 for a family of four. Children and youth ages 21 and under, enrolled in Medicaid already qualify for these health services.

 

Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, Medicaid members will be able to access the benefits. No special enrollment period is needed.

 

The Governor outlined research that supports the decision to expand benefits to help more Kentuckians return to the workforce.
 

Dental Services Facts

 

Vision Coverage Facts

 

Hearing Aids Facts

  • Hearing aids have been shown to reduce the risk of dementia, depression, anxiety and myocardial infarction.
  • Hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical condition among all U.S. adults and is more prevalent than diabetes or cancer.
  • Approximately 16% of Kentuckians have some degree of hearing loss, according to 2020 U.S. Census data. The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing estimates that that up to 700,000 Kentuckians identify as hard of hearing.

 

“The social drivers of health are what are particularly important. Maybe the most important social driver of all is to have a job, to be able to be employed, to be able to make a living for your family and to get your family in a healthy economic position,” said Ben Chandler, president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “All of the data shows that when you work, you have a much better chance of having good health. You have to be able to have good health to work and you have to be able to work to have good health.”

“Through our years of experience assisting Kentuckians with career and employment services, we know that a significant percentage of people – especially those in recovery – lack access to adequate dental and vision care, in turn creating barriers to employability,” said Executive Director, EKWorkforce Innovation Board / EKCEP, INC., Jeff Whitehead. “We are encouraged by the Governor’s focus on expanding Medicaid to increase these services, as this is vital not only for individuals’ well-being, but also their ability to land a job and thrive in the workplace.”

 

Dr. Emmick Morris, OD, president of the Kentucky Optometry Association and a primary health care provider in Brandenburg, said, “All too often, I hear that people don’t go to the eye doctor because they can’t pay for treatment, glasses or contact lenses to help them see. As a doctor of optometry, I know firsthand the role vision care has on a person’s overall health. The ability to properly see is necessary to be a contributing member of society – without the proper glasses or contact lenses, a person cannot even drive to work. Having these benefits readily available and covered within the Medicaid program will encourage more citizens to get the care they need. I am grateful the administration has acknowledged the value of improved eye health.”

 

Virginia Moore, executive director of the Kentucky Commission of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing said, “Good health care is so important for the overall physical and mental health of Kentuckians. Unaddressed hearing loss and the inability to access care or hearing aids can lead to early-onset dementia, mental health issues and a lot of other challenges. I applaud what the Governor is doing to provide good, quality health care to more of our people so that they can live healthy lives and pursue more opportunities.”

 

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander said, “Great strides have been made over the past several years, starting with Medicaid expansion in 2014. This transformational agreement with the federal government provides coverage for services that is long overdue. We know the impact of hearing and vision loss on the overall health of too many Kentuckians and updating dental coverage and supporting better oral health will improve the health of our neighbors and communities.”

 

Other Efforts to Remove Workforce Barriers
The Governor noted that, as expected, many Baby Boomers have retired over the past several years, which is a significant reason why the number of Kentuckians not in the workforce has increased. In addition to today’s announcement, Gov. Beshear and his administration continue to work to remove workforce barriers for Kentuckians affected by addiction or incarceration as well as for those who need access to childcare.

 

The Governor has also worked to help the incarcerated population through a statewide project that provides transportation to former inmates so they can access substance-abuse recovery facilities, medical appointments, job interviews, educational courses, probation and parole meetings and employment. State agencies are partnering to serve nearly 50,000 Kentuckians currently under the supervision of probation or parole who can benefit from this project.

For those suffering from addiction, in September 2021, Gov. Beshear announced the commonwealth had launched a new initiative to help employers address addiction, boost hiring and retention and support employees in the workplace.

 

To help remove the barrier of access to childcare for those in the workforce, Gov. Beshear’s administration is currently working to establish an Employee Childcare Assistance Partnership, which allows eligible parents and guardians to access employer-subsidized childcare. The program will be implemented in 2023. Through federal funding the administration has also provided more than $800 million to help support childcare and families during the pandemic.

 

Expanding Access to Affordable Health Care
The Governor believes that health care is a basic human right and since taking office has fought for affordable and accessible health care coverage for every Kentucky family, regardless of where they live or how much money they make.

 

During his first week in office, Gov. Beshear worked to expand access to critical health care for nearly 100,000 Kentuckians by eliminating governmental roadblocks. And in an effort to improve maternal and child health outcomes and increase access to life-saving health care services for more Kentuckians, the Governor in May 2022 announced that Medicaid coverage would expand to a full 12-month postpartum period.

 

Last year, the Governor also announced Kentucky hospitals will receive an additional $800 million to $1 billion annually to help advance the quality of care for Medicaid members and provide a stable base for hospitals that will extend beyond the financial challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Gov. Beshear also relaunched kynect, which offers health coverage options for Kentucky families. The program has expanded to include food, rent and childcare assistance programs for those in need.

And in July, the Governor announced the launch of the 988 Lifeline, the easy-to-remember crisis and suicide prevention line that connects someone in a mental health crisis with a compassionate person trained to help.

 

During Gov. Beshear’s term, the state is also seeing health care services expand across the state. For example, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky and Norton Healthcare are making a historic $100 million investment in West Louisville. Soon life-enhancing programs, including the first hospital built west of Ninth Street in more than 150 years, will open.


The Governor has also supported many pieces of good legislation, including measures that have capped the cost of lifesaving insulin for many Kentuckians; expanded access to mental health care through telehealth; increased mental health support for first responders and students; created a lung cancer screening program and improved the quality of mental health treatment; enhanced stroke care and provided access to the lowest-cost medicine.

 

2022 GENERAL ELECTION REMINDERS FROM ADAIR COUNTY CLERK

 

TUESDAY, OCT. 25, 2022 IS THE LAST DAY TO REQUEST A MAIL-IN ABSENTEE BALLOT
 

You must meet one of the designated reasons for a mail-in absentee ballot:

  • I am a covered voter under the Kentucky Uniform Military and Overseas Act, KRS 117A.010
  • I am a student who temporarily resides outside the county of my residence. 
  • I am incarcerated in jail but have not been convicted of the crime for which I have been charged.
  • I have changed my place of residence to a different state during a period in which my new state’s voter registration books are closed (you will receive a ballot only for the offices of President and Vice-President of the United States).
  • I am temporarily residing outside of Kentucky but am still eligible to vote in the state.
  • I will be absent from my county of residence on Election Day and on all of the days that in-person absentee voting is conducted. 
  • I am a participant in the Secretary of State’s crime victim address confidentiality program. 
  • I am not able to appear at the polls on Election Day or on the days in-person absentee voting is conducted on account of age, disability, or illness and I have not been declared mentally disabled by a court of competent jurisdiction.


To Request a Mail-in Absentee Ballot:

  • Online at Govote.ky.gov
  • Call the Clerk’s Office during normal business hours 270-384-2801.

How can I return the ballot?

  • US Postal service
  • Secured Ballot drop-off box located in the Adair County Clerk’s Office, 424 Public Square, Suite 3, Columbia, KY during normal business hours

 

EXCUSED IN-PERSON ABSENTEE VOTING

  • DATES: Oct. 26th, 27th, 28th, 31st, Nov 1st & 2nd from 8:00am-4:00pmCT (none on Saturday)
  • LOCATION:  Adair County Clerk’s Office, 424 Public Square, Suite 3, Columbia, KY
  • Must confirm identity
  1. Voter must meet Criteria to vote on these dates. 
  2. Not sure you meet criteria? Contact the clerk’s office, 270-384-2801.

 

EARLY VOTING; EXCUSED IN-PERSON ABSENTEE VOTING

ANY REGISTERED VOTER CAN VOTE ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS IN THE BASEMENT OF THE ADAIR ANNEX  (ALL PRECINCTS) 8:00AM-4:00PM - MUST CONFIRM IDENTITY

  • Thursday, Nov. 3rd
  • Friday, Nov. 4th and
  • Saturday, Nov. 5th 

 

ELECTION DAY If you have NOT voted by Tuesday, Nov. 8th, you will need to vote at your regular precinct.

 

Another Russell County Boil Water Advisory 10/18/22

 

There is a boil water advisory in Russell Springs on Highway 1611 from Paddington Lane down to the end of Lakeview Circle, and all roads off of that including Beacon Street, the Edgewater area, and Perkins Road. The advisory was issued due to a water main break. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.

 

Russell County Man Arrested on Drug Charges

 
39-year-old Russell Miller of Russell Springs was arrested early Tuesday morning by RSPD and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol), and License to be in Possession.  
 
Miller was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

KSP Investigates Missing Casey County Man

 

LIBERTY, KY (October 18, 2022) - The Kentucky State Police (KSP) requests assistance in their on-going investigation of locating a missing person. Dennis Keith Davis, age 37 of Dunnville, KY, was last seen at his home in Casey County at approximately 1:30pmET on Tuesday, August 30, 2022. 

 

KSP is urging the public to contact Post 15 in Columbia at 270-384-4796 with any assistance locating Mr. Davis. Mr. Davis has been entered as a missing person and the case is continuing by Trooper Jake Smith.

 

Boil Water Advisory Russell Springs


There is a boil water advisory on Peach Tree Lane in Russell Springs due to fire hydrant work being done. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.

 

 

Russell County Woman Arrested on Assault Charges

 
Elizabeth Mary Wisdom, 29, of Russell Springs - arrested by the RCSO on Monday for 4th degree Assault (Domestic Violence) with minor injuries.
 
Wisdom was lodged in the Russell County Jail.
 

AREA ARRESTS 10/17/22

 
 
  • Ronald Sharp, 46, of Russell Springs - arrested on Monday afternoon by KSP for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Persistent Felony Offender.
  • Alex Daniel Kemp, 23, of Jamestown - arrested on Saturday evening by the Jamestown Police Dept. for Strangulation 1st degree, Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence), Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, and Resisting Arrest.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • Jacob Atika, 39, of Columbia - arrested by the Columbia Police Dept. on Monday afternoon for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Adair School Board Meeting 10/20/22

 
The Adair County School Board will meet for a Regular School Board Meeting on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 6:00pmCT at the board of education conference room on Greensburg Street.
 
AGENDA
***Adair County Board Members will open the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance***
***Prayer***
 
1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2. APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
 
CONSENT AGENDA
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
4. APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT 
5. APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS
6. APPROVAL OF SHORTENED SCHOOL DAY WAIVER TO KDE FOR STUDENTS
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2. 2120912031
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7. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION
___________________________________________________________________________________
REGULAR AGENDA
8. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
 
9. PRESENTATION OF THE ADAIR COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATE - DECO 
 
10. UPDATE ON CURRICULUM/DEEPER LEARNING – Sarah Hatton & Susan Pfefferman
 
11. APPROVAL OF SALARY SUPPLEMENT FOR SPEECH PATHOLOGIST EMPLOYED BY ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR 2022/2023 AND 2023/2024 SCHOOL YEARS – Wes Irvin
 
12. APPROVAL FOR OUT-OF-STATE TRAVEL FOR ACHS SENIOR TRIP TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA MAY 10-13, 2023 – Jennifer Martin
 
13. APPROVAL FOR GIFTED COORDINATOR TO ATTEND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GIFTED EDUCATION CONFERENCE IN INDIANPOLIS, INDIANA ON NOVEMBER 17 – 20, 2022 – Candice Flatt
 
14. APPROVAL FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL JR BETA CLUB TO ATTEND THE STATE BETA IN LEXINGTON, KY ON JANUARY 18 – 20, 2023 – Angel Woodrome
 
15. APPROVAL OF STUDENT TEACHER AGREEMENT BETWEEN CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY AND THE ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE 2022/2023 SCHOOL YEAR
 
16. APPROVAL TO HIRE ROSSTARRANT ARCHITECTS FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT CAMPUS WIDE ATHLETIC FACILITIES PLAN – Craig Biggs
 
17. APPROVAL TO SCRAP TECHNOLOGY SURPLUS – Jason Rector
 
18. APPROVAL TO MATCH FY-2023 FIRST KETS OFFER OF ASSISTANCE IN THE AMOUNT OF $29,207.00 – Jaimie Wisdom
 
19. APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Jaimie Wisdom
 
20. BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – Steve Burton
 
21. APPROVAL TO CHANGE THE NOVEMBER REGULAR SCHEDULED BOARD FROM THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2022 TO A SPECIAL REGULAR BOARD MEETING ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2022
 
22. PUBLIC COMMENTS
 
23. ADJOURNMENT
 

Adair County Judge Issues Ban on Open Burning

 

Adair County Judge Exec. Gale Cowan has signed an Executive Order declaring a ban on open burning until further notice due to dry conditions. For penalties, see KRS 149.990 (below).

 

 

149.990 Penalties

(1) Any person who violates subsection (2) of KRS 149.040 shall be fined not less than five hundred dollars ($500), or confined in jail for not less than thirty (30) nor more than one hundred (100) days, or both.

(2) Any physically able resident of this state above the age of eighteen (18) who refuses or neglects to assist in extinguishing forest fires, when summoned by a warden as authorized by KRS 149.090(2), and any person who refuses to allow the use of required equipment or materials authorized by KRS 149.090

(3), shall be fined not less than fifty ($50) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500). (3) Any person who violates KRS 149.083 shall be fined not less than one hundred ($100) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or imprisoned for not less than ninety (90) days nor more than twelve (12) months, or both.

 

Fatal Marion County Accident Claims Life of Former Russell Countian

 
The deadly accident occurred on Friday afternoon, October 14, 2022 at 4:26pmET on North Loretto Road.
 
According to the Marion County Sheriffs Office, the preliminary investigation found that 31-year-old Jessica Passmore of Loretto, KY was operating a 1998 Ford pickup traveling south, when she lost control in a curve, traveled off the shoulder of the roadway and overcorrected, then re-entered the roadway and crossed into the opposite lane. The pickup then exited the roadway on the northbound side and overturned in an open field with Passmore being ejected from the vehicle.
 
Jessica Passmore and a 13-year-old passenger were transported to Springview Hospital in Lebanon by Marion County EMS where Passmore was pronounced deceased a short time later. The 13 year old sustained non-life-threatening injuries.  
 
Marion County Deputy John Purdom is investigating the fatal accident. The Loretto Fire Department and Marion County Rescue assisted at the scene.
 
Jessica Passmore's obituary can be found on the obituary page of this website.
 

CPD Arrest Two Campbellsville Residents on Meth Charges

 

On Thursday, October 13, 2022 CPD Officers initiated a traffic stop on Merchant Street shortly before 11PM. A search of the vehicle yielded findings of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
 

The driver, Justin Groover, 22, of Campbellsville and a passenger, Shelby Netherland, 26, also of Campbellsville were both charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Groover was additionally charged with careless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Officers Justin Cross and Trevor Foster were the arresting Officers. 
 

October 16-22, 2022 Designated Retired Teachers Appreciation Week in Columbia

 

The week of October 17-23, 2022 has been recognized as Retired Teachers Appreciation Week in Columbia, KY by Mayor Pamela Hoots. “We appreciate our local retired teachers and their commitment in our community,” said Mayor Hoots.

 

From an announcement from the Adair County Teacher’s Association:

What does it mean to be a retired educator? If people were polled individually the answers would be as varied as people’s interest. No matter what it means to you personally, collectively with Retired Teacher’s Association (KRTA) celebrates retired educators with Retired Teachers Week, October 16-22, 2002.

 

The local organization would like to thank all who stopped at their Downtown Days booth and who have helped with other activities in the community.

 

During this week, your mayor has signed a proclamation designating Retired Teachers Week. ACRTA has donated to the food pantry, family resource center, raised money for an Adair County graduate to receive a $500.00 scholarship, recognized a local essay winner, and donated to various other local and state organizations. This is the perfect time to notice how much retired teachers give back to their community.

 

Retired teachers continue to render valuable services in diverse leadership roles in their communities. They represent a tremendous pool of experience and training which remains dedicated to the betterment of society everywhere. These individuals represent a loyal, patriotic, and concerned citizenry, which provide dedicated and dependence support to the leaders of our communities, state, and nation.

 

Established in 19957, KRTA is the largest association (32,000 members) of retired educators in the state, whose sole purpose is to look out for the welfare of retired educators.

 

Pictured: retired teacher Mark Fudge & Mayor Pamela Hoots

 

PROCLAMATION BY THE KENTUCKY RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION


To All To Whom These Presents Shall Come.
 

WHEREAS,  Kentucky’s retired teachers have devoted their careers to the education and training of literally thousands upon thousands of Kentucky’s youth; and

 

WHEREAS,  Kentucky’s retired teachers have retrained and/or provided primary educational opportunities to hundreds of adults in the state who for one reason or other, had fallen behind in the formal education needed for job and social skills, and

 

WHEREAS,  Kentucky’s retired teachers rendered valuable services in diverse leadership roles in their communities and institutions throughout their careers and continue to render such services as retirees; and

 

WHEREAS,  Kentucky’s retired teachers represent the profession, which is given the basic responsibility for launching the careers of state and national leaders and for laying the foundation for the welfare of all members of our society; and

 

WHEREAS,  Kentucky’s retired teachers have toiled ceaselessly to improve the quality of life in the state and nation, too often in less than adequate circumstances and for less than adequate pay; and

 

WHEREAS,  Kentucky’s retired teachers represent a tremendous pool of experience and training which remains dedicated to the betterment of society everywhere; and

 

WHEREAS,  Kentucky’s retired teachers represent a loyal, patriotic, and concerned citizenry, which provided a dedicated and dependable support to the leaders in our communities, state, and nation

 

WHEREAS,  Kentucky’s 2014 General Assembly has honored Kentucky Retired Teachers retired teachers by recognizing the third week of October as Kentucky Retired Teachers’ Appreciation Week

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Golden Hale, President of the Kentucky Retired Teachers

Association, do hereby proclaim October 17-23, 2022, as 

RETIRED TEACHERS’ APPRECIATION WEEK

                

Kentucky State Police Post 15 Accepting Police Telecommunicator Applications

 

COLUMBIA, Ky. (October 13, 2022) - Kentucky State Police is now accepting applications for the position of Police Telecommunicator I for Post 15 in Columbia which serves Green, Taylor, Marion, Washington, Casey, Russell, Adair, Metcalfe, Monroe, Clinton, and Cumberland Counties.

 

           Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • High school graduate or GED equivalent
  • No felony convictions or other crimes of moral turpitude
  • Mandatory background check

If employed as a KSP Telecommunicator, submission to random drug testing will be mandatory during the course of employment. Applications must be submitted on-line to the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet website and should be received by October 23, 2022 at 8:00 P.M. EST.  Anyone with questions or inquiries about this position may contact Telecommunication Supervisor Miranda Luttrell at Kentucky State Police Post 15 - Columbia at 270-384-4796.

 

Police Telecommunicator I

https://kypersonnelcabinet.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=41965&site=2

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 13, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development growth; September’s strong General Fund receipts; his administration’s response to historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky; Western Kentucky tornado relief; preventing youth crime grant awards; COVID-19 and monkeypox; a website for food safety; child tax credit sign-ups and medical cannabis. He also named the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and those working in our manufacturing sector this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

Economic Development Update
The Governor highlighted five economic development projects that will create more than 420 new jobs and that represent nearly $40 million in new investment.

 

Today, Gov. Beshear congratulated VITRONIC Machine Vision Ltd., which develops innovative machine vision technology for a range of industries – including automotive, logistics and traffic enforcement – as company leaders celebrate the grand opening of a new Customer Collaboration Center and an expansion of its Louisville facility. As part of the company’s growth plan, 35 to 50 new, highly skilled employees are being hired in fields such as engineering, sales and marketing.

 

“It is very good opportunity for us to be part of this growth that happens here in Kentucky,” said Daniel Scholz-Stein, group CEO of VITRONIC Machine Vision. “We have a global presence, but the U.S. has always been a very important market for us. We have been here since 1999. It has always been a pleasure to work in Kentucky and to serve the U.S. market.”

 

“We are focused on best-in-class machine vision technology. We are involved in smart mobility, logistics automation, automotive electric vehicles and health care,” said Kjell Lyngstad, president and CEO of VITRONIC North America. “We have been here in Louisville since 1999 when we established our first global subsidiary outside of Germany. That is what established our presence in Kentucky. We have been growing since then.”

 

Yesterday, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, along with federal, state and local officials, joined executives from Flash Steelworks Inc. to break ground on a new steel manufacturing facility in Middlesboro. Over the next 15 years, Flash Steelworks will invest $12.1 million and create 250 full-time jobs at an hourly rate of $39, including benefits. Of those, 100 new jobs are expected to be created in the next three years.

 

Tuesday, Gov. Beshear highlighted growth in the state’s health care sector as eBlu Solutions, which provides software for clients within the industry, announced plans to relocate its corporate office in Louisville with a nearly $700,000 investment, creating 82 full-time jobs for Kentuckians.

 

Also on Tuesday, the Governor announced further momentum of Kentucky’s bourbon and spirits industry as Jackson Purchase Distillery LLC, a startup bourbon producer, will increase its distilling operation investment in Fulton County to nearly $26 million and create 54 full-time jobs.

September General Fund Receipts
The Governor announced that State Budget Director John Hicks reported September’s General Fund receipts are the third highest revenue month ever, with revenues of more than $1.4 billion. This is the seventh month this year in which collections have exceeded $1 billion.

 

“The increases show that Kentucky continues to have strong business and job growth and that Kentuckians are confident in our economy,” said Gov. Beshear.

Eastern Kentucky Flood Update
Gov. Beshear provided an update on Eastern Kentucky stabilization and rebuilding efforts following July’s historic floods. The Governor said the number of fatalities has risen to 43. This increase is due to losses reported out of Letcher and Breathitt counties.

 

More than $76.5 million in grants have been approved under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individuals and Households Program for 8,050 households. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Oct. 28. Over $53.7 million has been approved under the U.S. Small Business Administration.

 

The Department for Community Based Services 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 counties approved for hot food waivers with SNAP benefits include Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Wolfe and Whitley. For assistance, call 885-306-8959 or go to kynect.ky.gov.  

The Governor said that Kentucky State Parks are currently housing 276 people. Since last Thursday, 21 individuals have transitioned out of state parks. Currently, 532 individuals are being housed in 200 travel trailers.

 

To date, the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund has raised over $10 million from more than 37,000 donors. The Governor highlighted and thanked the Four Roses Distillery, which donated over $320,000. To contribute, click here.

 

Gov. Beshear also thanked Coach John Calipari and his wife, Ellen, who donated $10,000 to the Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund. This year, the University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball annual Blue-White Game will be held in Pikeville at Kentucky’s Appalachian Wireless Arena Oct. 22. A $100 donation to the TeamEKYFloodReliefFund.ky.gov will sponsor a flood survivor to attend the Blue-White Game. All ticket revenue will be donated to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund.

 

“Thanks to the University of Kentucky and the men’s basketball program for bringing this game to Eastern Kentucky. The first time the game has left Lexington in over 30 years,” said Gov. Beshear. “We know there will be a big crowd to cheer on the cats and continue to raise money in support recovery in Eastern Kentucky.”

 

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

Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund
The Governor also announced that gift cards will be distributed to new homeowners and volunteers in Western Kentucky. Over $14,000 in gift cards have been collected. The gift cards to grocery stores and home improvement stores will be part of a welcome package to help families who are moving into new homes funded by the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund. Donated restaurant gift cards will be provided to workers assisting with remodeling and reconstruction of damaged properties.

 

At least 300 homes will be built in Western Kentucky in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, the Fuller Center, and Homes and Hope for Kentucky. Over 50 will be completed by the end of the year.

EKSAFE and WKYSAFE Fund Awards
Today, the Governor announced another $3.1 million in awards from the Eastern Kentucky SAFE Fund to communities and public entities to support recovery efforts in counties impacted by the late July floods. Payments going out this week include:

  • $100,000 to the City of Hindman to help ease financial strain and provide funds to support general government expenses;
  • $5,000 to the City of Paintsville to relieve financial resources (fiscal liquidity); and
  • $3 million to the Perry County Fiscal Court to relieve financial resources (fiscal liquidity).

 

The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management has issued almost $4.4 million in payments from the nearly $213 million dollars appropriated for the Eastern Kentucky SAFE Fund.

 

Gov. Beshear also announced more awards from the Western Kentucky SAFE Fund, including:

  • $24,440 to the Princeton Water District to cover the FEMA-required applicant share of repair projects, and
  • $34,670 to Taylor County for non-FEMA eligible debris removal.

To date, more than $78.3 million in West Kentucky SAFE funds have been sent to cities, counties, eligible utilities and school districts in Western Kentucky to help ease financial strain as they repair and replace damaged infrastructure and remove debris and rubble following the destruction of last December’s tornadoes.

$4.6 Million to Support Economic Opportunity, Job Growth in Western Kentucky
Tuesday, Gov. Beshear announced more than $4.6 million in Delta Regional Authority funding to support eight projects that will create or retain 57 jobs, train 36 Kentuckians and improve the lives of nearly 6,000 families across Western Kentucky.

Child Tax Credit Sign-Up
Gov. Beshear said Kentucky families who did not file taxes in 2019 and 2020 still have time to check their eligibility and sign up for the Child Tax Credit under the American Rescue Plan Act. Those who missed the Child Tax Credit payments during 2021 can visit GetCTC.org through Nov. 15 and file a simplified tax return to get the full credit. Each qualifying household can receive up to $3,600 per child under six years old and up to $3,000 per child between six and 17 years old. Anyone who has a child with a Social Security number is eligible. This is not a loan and does not change public benefits received.

Preventing Youth Crime Grant Awards
Wednesday, the Governor and the Department of Juvenile Justice awarded $354,666 in grant funding to public agencies and nonprofit programs through the Title II Formula Grants Program, administered by the United States Department of Justice. The federal government makes this grant available to assist state and local governments in reducing juvenile crime by preventing justice system involvement or intervening with first-time and non-serious offenders to divert contact with the juvenile justice system.

Health Updates: COVID-19 and Monkeypox
Gov. Beshear said that 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. Yesterday, the FDA authorized the bivalent booster for children five years of age and older. Locations and appointments can be found on vaccines.gov.

 

“We are solidly now in the living with COVID-19 phase. Living with COVID-19 does not mean that COVID-19 is gone. We still sadly announce 60 to 80 deaths every week from COVID-19. It will still be the third leading cause of death in Kentucky this year,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. “The single most important thing you can do to keep yourself safe from severe illness and death is get vaccinated.”

 

A total of 63 cases of monkeypox have been reported in Kentucky from 15 different counties. All cases have occurred in adults. Anyone who is concerned they may have symptoms of monkeypox or who may have been exposed to the monkeypox virus should talk to their health care provider. Anyone who is eligible for the vaccine should contact their local health department to identify options for obtaining the vaccine.

Food Safety Website Announcement
Today, in keeping with his priorities to improve public health and safety in the commonwealth, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health Dr. Steven Stack announced the launch of a new website – FoodSafetyReporting.ky.gov – where Kentuckians can easily report foodborne issues. The website also allows state public health officials to get the necessary information more efficiently, and in return, allows for quicker action to prevent others from becoming sick.

Medical Cannabis Update
Today, Gov. Beshear said that even though 90% of Kentucky adults support legalizing medical cannabis, legislation on medical cannabis failed before the General Assembly in the last session, leaving those suffering from Alzheimer’s, ALS, cancer, severe and chronic pain, epilepsy and seizures, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions without access to medical cannabis for relief.

 

With so many in need, in April, Gov. Beshear outlined steps his administration would take on this important topic: analyzing options under the law that the Governor could consider regarding executive action on medical cannabis; establishing a Medical Cannabis Advisory Team; and inviting Kentuckians to communicate with the administration directly, via a designated email. The Governor published a summary of the committee’s work last month, which showed that Kentuckians overwhelmingly support medical cannabis.

 

The Governor said he was not briefed before the President’s decision last week to pardon some federal offenses of simple possession of marijuana and ask states to do the same for state-level charges. The Governor explained that there are differences between federal and state law and said his administration will be taking the time to analyze this information before the next steps are announced.

 

Gov. Beshear also said he asked the Administrative Office of the Courts for more information on how many Kentuckians could be eligible for a state pardon on a possession-only charge.

 

“Let me be clear, I agree that no one should be in jail simply because of possession of marijuana,” Gov. Beshear said. “I know the vast majority of Kentuckians demand medical cannabis be legalized, and I am committed to keeping Kentuckians updated as we review the information and make plans to move forward.”

 

The Governor also encouraged Kentuckians who have a misdemeanor charge for simple possession of marijuana to visit the Governor’s website and apply for a pardon.

Team Kentucky All-Stars
The Governor named the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. KAM works with educators and manufacturers to provide training and seminars to ensure a world-class workforce for manufacturers in Kentucky.

 

“Through partnering with the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, we are building a foundation that allows not only our growing manufacturing sector to continue to thrive, but also allows our hard-working Kentuckians to prosper,” said Gov. Beshear. “Thank you, KAM, for your hard work and for keeping this sector moving forward.”

 

Gov. Beshear proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month in the commonwealth, highlighting a sector that employs nearly 250,000 Kentuckians across 5,000 operations. Since the start of the Beshear administration, manufacturing projects have contributed to 475 private-sector new-location and expansion announcements that are creating more than 25,300 full-time jobs for Kentuckians with over $18 billion in new investment.

 

Social Security Announces 8.7 Percent Benefit Increase for 2023; Largest Increase in 40 Years

 

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 8.7 percent in 2023, the Social Security Administration announced today. On average, Social Security benefits will increase by more than $140 per month starting in January.

 

The 8.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 65 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2023. Increased payments to more than 7 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 30, 2022. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits). The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

“Medicare premiums are going down and Social Security benefits are going up in 2023, which will give seniors more peace of mind and breathing room. This year’s substantial Social Security cost-of-living adjustment is the first time in over a decade that Medicare premiums are not rising and shows that we can provide more support to older Americans who count on the benefits they have earned,” Acting Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi said.

 

To view a COLA message from Acting Commissioner Kijakazi, please visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vgm5q4YT1AM.

 

Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $160,200 from $147,000.

 

Social Security and SSI beneficiaries are normally notified by mail starting in early December about their new benefit amount. The fastest way to find out their new benefit amount is to access their personal my Social Security account to view the COLA notice online. It’s secure, easy, and people find out before the mail arrives. People can also opt to receive a text or email alert when there is a new message from Social Security--such as their COLA notice--waiting for them, rather than receiving a letter in the mail. People may create or access their my Social Security account online at www.ssa.gov/myaccount.

 

Information about Medicare changes for 2023 is available at www.medicare.gov. For Social Security beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare, their new higher 2023 benefit amount will be available in December through the mailed COLA notice and my Social Security's Message Center.

 

The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated. To read more, please visit www.ssa.gov/cola.

 

Temporary Closure Scheduled for KY 768 in Adair County

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Oct. 13, 2022) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that KY 768 in Adair County will be temporarily closed on Monday, Oct. 17, as part of the ongoing bridge deck restoration project.

 

KY 768 will be closed at mile point 1.4 (Big Creek Bridge) between KY 959 and Ollen James Road. The temporary closure is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. on Monday and the roadway will reopen to the current single lane closure by midnight.  

 

The date and duration of the closure may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. 

 

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/KYTCDistrict8and at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8. 
 

Adair Teen Arrested on Receiving Stolen Property Charge

 

Hannah Philpot, 18, of Columbia was arrested by Deputy Melton with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday afternoon. Philpot was charged with Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm) and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Bowling Green Federal Grand Jury Returns Five Indictments for Drug Trafficking & Firearms Offenses; Two of the Five are Taylor County Residents

 

Bowling Green, KY – A federal grand jury in Bowling Green returned five indictments today separately charging individuals with drug trafficking and firearms offenses. Two of the five indicted are Taylor County residents.

 

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow of the ATF Louisville Field Division, Special Agent in Charge Jerry C. Templet, Jr. of the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, and Special Agent in Charge J. Todd Scott of the DEA Louisville Field Division made the announcement.

 

According to the indictments:
 

Ahmed Al-Dulaimi, 23, of Bowling Green, KY is charged with being a felon in possession of three firearms. His prior felony convictions include theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more), fraudulent use of a credit card ($500 or more but less than $10,000), retaliation against a participant in the legal process, theft by unlawful taking (firearm), and receiving stolen property (firearm). If convicted, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison;

 

Michael S. Johnson, 45, of Adolphus, KY is charged with possessing with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison;

 

James Duke, 43, of Campbellsville, KY is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. His prior felony convictions include third-degree burglary, knowingly and fraudulently using an ID card/electronic code for benefits, and manufacturing methamphetamine. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison;    

 

David Bridgewater, 39, of Campbellsville, KY is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. His prior felony convictions include possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, first-degree wanton endangerment, and first-degree possession of a controlled substance. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison; and

 

Bladimir Gomez-Aguilar, 38, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawful re-entry into the United States and possessing a firearm by a person unlawfully in the United States. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.

 

A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. There is no parole in the federal system.

 

The ATF Bowling Green Field Office, the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, the DEA, the Bowling Green/Warren County Drug Task Force, the Kentucky State Police, the Bowling Green Police Department, the Campbellsville Police Department, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, and the Allen County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the cases.

 

These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark J. Yurchisin II and Madison Sewell of the U.S. Attorney’s Bowling Green Branch Office.

 

These cases are part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

 

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

 

2-Vehicle Adair County Accident Injures One Person

 

On Monday, October 10, 2022 at 7:18amCT, the  Adair County Sheriffs Office responded to a 2-vehicle injury collision at the intersection of Hughes Road and KY 61 south. 

 

Upon arrival, Deputy Tracy McCarol found that a 2017 Nissan Sentra, being operated by Seth Staley of Cumberland County, ran a stop sign at the end of Hughes Rd. Staley's vehicle struck a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado in the side that was being operated by Kenny Smith of Columbia, KY who was heading north on KY 61. The impact caused Smith's vehicle to overturn multiple times before coming to rest.   

Smith was transported to TJ Health Columbia by Adair EMS then later transferred to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the collision. Staley was not injured and was issued traffic violation citations by Deputy McCarol.

 

(UPDATE: Owner Found) Hunting Rifle Found and Turned Into ACSO

 

UPDATE:  The lost rifle has been claimed.  The owner described the firearm right down to the design on the leather sling and was happy to get it back as it was his grandfathers rifle who had passed it down.

 

A hunting rifle has been located on KY 551 and has been turned into the Adair County Sheriffs Office. If anyone has lost a rife that was possibly left on a vehicle or ATV, please contact the sheriffs office at 270-384-2776 . Serial number can be provided or you must be able to provide the make of the firearm and scope, along with description and caliber.

 

Area Arrest 10-11-22

Melissa Roy, age 44, of Somerset, was arrested by Deputy Gibbs with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just before 3:30 yesterday afternoon. Roy was charged with (2 Counts) of Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition All Others $500 or More but Under $10,000.

Weekend Arrests 10/9/22

 
The following arrests were made over the weekend in the WAVE listening area....
 
 
 
  • Derrick Robertson, 38, of Russell Springs - arrested by KSP late Saturday night for DUI, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear.
  • Medina Jorge, 19, of Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD on Saturday night for TBUT (Firearm) and Wanton Endangerment 1st degree.
  • Scott Duncan, 32, of Russell Springs - arrested early Saturday morning by the RCSO for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.

  • Jeffery Elkins, 61, of Russell Springs - arrested on Friday night by the RCSO for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excluding alcohol).
     

     

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
All individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 
 

Taylor County Man Dies from Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Accident in Green County


The accident occurred at 10:30amCT on Friday morning. A motorcycle, being operated by 24-year-old Kelly Micheal Durham of Campbellsville, and a vehicle being operated by Patsy Moran of Greensburg, collided on the Summersville-Coakley Road.
 
Durham was airlifted to the UofL Hospital in critical condition where he died a short time later. 
 
Durham, a 2016 graduate of Taylor County High School and an Eastern Kentucky University graduate, was the choral director for LaRue County Schools. His parents survive, Kevin and Amy Durham of Campbellsville, as well as 2 brothers and his fiancée. A memorial service for Kelly Michael Durham will be held on Monday at 6:30pmET at the Campbellsville Vineyard Church. L.R. Petty Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. For a complete list of survivors and funeral arrangements, visit our sister stations website, WVLC.com and click on obituaries.
 
The Green County Sheriffs Department investigated the fatal accident.
 

Major Water Leak in Adair Annex; Deed Room Closed Monday

 
Due to a major water leak at the Adair County Annex building, the deed room in the County Clerks Office will be closed on Monday, Oct. 10, 2022. All offices in the Adair Annex will be open; only the deed room will be closed. We will update on Monday if it extends longer than Monday.
 
Gale Cowan
Adair County Judge Exec.

 

KSP Investigates Fatal Collision at US 68 and KY 61 Intersection in Green County

 

GREENSBURG, KY - On Friday, October 7, 2022 at approximately 2:09pmCT, KSP Post 15 Troopers responded to a 2-vehicle injury collision at the intersection of US 68 and KY 61 in the limits of Greensburg.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed that Wanda Carter, 72, of Greensburg, KY was traveling south on KY 61 in a 2015 Jeep Patriot when she failed to stop at the US 68/KY 61 intersection traffic light. Ms. Carter’s vehicle entered the intersection and collided with a 2004 International truck traveling west on US 68, being operated by Darrell Wright, 50, of Greensburg.  

 

Ms. Carter was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Green County Coroner. Mr. Wright was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Green County Sheriff's Office, Greensburg Police Department, Green County Fire and EMS, Green County Rescue Squad, Campbellsville Rescue Squad, and Green County Coroner. The collision remains under investigation by Trooper Weston Sullivan.

 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 10/10/22

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session on Monday, October 10, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. CT in the basement of the Adair County Annex building located at 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. This 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 – SEPT 26, 2022  
                             
3.   DISBURSEMENTS
4.   REPORTS
           A.)  SHERIFF’S REPORT
           B.)  ROAD DEPARTMENT REPORT 
           C.)  G.R.A.S. REPORT 
           D.)  COMMITTEE REPORTS 
           E.)   JAIL REPORT 
 
5.   TREASURER
          A.)  TREASURER’S REPORT
          B.)  QUARTERLY 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)  PERMISSION TO APPLY FOR LATCF MONEY FY 2022 & FY2023
            B)  APPROVAL TO ADVERTISE FOR BIDS FOR JUDICIAL CENTER CARPET 
            C)  PERMISSION TO HIRE RECYCLING EMPLOYEE
            D)  PERMISSION TO APPLY FOR THE 2023 LITTER ABATEMENT GRANT
            E)   LIBRARY BOARD APPOINTMENTS
            F)   DEMSEY LANE NUISANCE COMPLAINT
 
11.  OTHER BUSINESS
12.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
13.  ADJOURN
 

Fatal Green County Accident

 

WAVE News has learned that one person involved in a Green County accident has died from injuries sustained in the crash.

 

The Green County Sheriffs Office is investigating the fatal accident that claimed the life of a Green County woman. The accident occurred this (Friday) afternoon at the intersection of US-68 & KY-61 involving a Jeep Cherokee and a truck. The road was closed for a few hours as a result of the crash but has reopened. No other details are available at this time. 
 

Area Arrests 10/7/22

 

Brandon Roy, 41, of Russell Springs was arrested by Deputy Bunch with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday afternoon. Roy was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine) and Drug Paraphernalia - Advertisement. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

  • Paul Dartt, 57, of Columbia was arrested by Deputy Padgett with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on Friday. Dartt was charged with Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine). 
  • Kimberly Bischof-Thomas, 32, of Hardin County - arrested by the ACSO on Friday afternoon for Hitchhiking on Limited Access Facilities.
  • Heath Necessary, 40, of Columbia - arrested by KSP on Thursday morning for Violating a Kentucky EPO/DVO.


Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Head-On Marion County Collision Claims Lives of Two Adults and a Juvenile...

 

LEBANON, KY (October 6, 2022) – On Thursday, October 6, 2022 at approximately 10:58amET, Kentucky State Police Post 15 Troopers responded to a 2-vehicle injury collision on US 68 in Marion County.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed that Matthew Brady, 32, of Lebanon, KY was traveling west on US 68 in a 2015 Nissan Sentra when he crossed the centerline and struck a 2011 Lexus SUV traveling east on US 68 head-on. The Lexus SUV was being operated by Timothy Mays, 46, of Campbellsville, KY.  

 

Mr. Brady, as well as a passenger in his vehicle, Amber Perez 33, of Lebanon, were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Marion County Coroner. A juvenile passenger in Brady’s vehicle was transported to Springview Hospital with life threatening injuries and later succumbed to those injuries. 

 

KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Marion County Fire and EMS, Marion County Rescue Squad, Marion County Coroner, and Kentucky State Highway Department. The collision remains under investigation by Trooper Weston Sullivan.

 

 

R.C. Boil Water Advisory Lifted

 

The Russell County boil water advisory for customers on McClendon Ridge and all of that area has been lifted.

 

Columbia-Adair Boil Water Advisory 10/6/22

 

Date Issued: 10/6/2022

Time Issued:  9:00 a.m.

 

A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers at Hwy 768, Old Montpelier Rd, Old Flatt Rd. The advisory has been issued due to a main line break. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 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.

Fatal Collision Claims Life of Adair County Woman


The Columbia Police Department responded to a fatality collision at the intersection of Burkesville Street and Veterans Memorial Bypass on Wednesday afternoon, October 5, 2022.

According to witnesses, the accident occurred when Sandra Dotson, 58, of Columbia, while operating a 1998 Ford Ranger southbound on Burkesville Street, continued through the intersection at a red traffic light and was struck by a 2015 Chevy Silverado operated by Jordan York, 31, of Greensburg, who was traveling westbound on the Bypass.

Dotson was airlifted directly from the scene. She was later pronounced deceased at Taylor Regional Hospital in Campbellsville. A 15-year-old male passenger was taken by Adair EMS to TJ Health Columbia where he was treated and released. It is believed Dotson may have suffered a medical event while driving prior to the collision.

Officer Adam Cravens is investigating the collision. He was assisted on scene by Officer Holly Necessary, Sheriff Josh Brockman and Deputy Brandon Hitch. Adair EMS, Kentucky State Police, and Columbia Fire Department also responded to the scene.

 

Columbia ARPA Applications Must Be Submitted by Oct. 7th

 
The City of Columbia has requested that all applications for the grant program through ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) be submitted by 12 noon on Friday, October 7, 2022. 
 
The ARPA board that reviews and authorizes the allocation of funding will be meeting. All applications that would like to be considered are to be turned in to the Mayor’s office by this Friday.
 
If you have any questions, please call Columbia City Hall at 270-384-2501.

General Election Absentee Voting

 

ABSENTEE BALLOT

 


Paper Ballots


Voters unable to get to the polls on Election Day are eligible to vote by paper absentee ballot. You must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Due to advanced age, disability, illness or medical emergency
  • You are a member of the Armed forces
  • You are a dependent of a member of the Armed forces
  • You are a student attending school outside the county of your voter registration
  • You temporarily reside outside the state but are still eligible to vote in Kentucky
  • You are incarcerated in jail and have been charged but not convicted of a crime

You may request an application for paper ballot in person, by mail, by phone or by fax.

The application must be completed & mailed to the County Clerk prior to 7 days before the election. Once the Clerk receives the application, the paper ballot will be sent to the voter. Please allow ample time for your ballot to be returned to you & to be mailed back to the clerk to be received by 6 P.M. on Election Day.

 

Voting by Absentee Machine


If you are going to be out of town on Election Day and you do not qualify for a paper ballot, you may vote on an absentee machine in the County Clerk’s office at least 12 days prior to the election.

 

KY Voter Registration Surges; Oct. 11th is Deadline to Register for Nov. General Election

 

Secretary of State Michael Adams announced that, following two years of flatlined voter registration, Kentucky is seeing a surge, with 9,631 new voters joining the rolls in August.

 

 “Voter registration is back,” Adams said. “With COVID increasingly in the rearview mirror, political parties and civic organizations are able to promote voter registration, and we’re doing our part as well.”

 

In the same month, 5,373 voters were removed from the rolls – 4,189 deceased voters, 677 voters who were convicted of felonies, 412 voters who moved out of state, 65 voters adjudged incompetent, 29 voters who voluntarily de-registered, and 1 duplicate registration. 
 

Republican registrants account for 45.3 percent of the electorate, with 1,618,444 voters. Republican registration increased by 3,266 voters, a .20 percent increase. Democratic registrants account for 44.9 percent of the electorate. Democratic registration shrunk by 1,099 voters, a .07 percent decrease. Voters registered as Independent or with other affiliations account for 9.8 percent of the electorate. “Other” registration increased by 2,191 voters, a .63 percent increase. Voters who are not Republicans or Democrats remain the fastest-growing share of the electorate.  

 

Adams reminds Kentuckians that the deadline to register to vote to participate in the general election is October 11.
 

Russell County Chamber of Commerce Job Openings

 

Contact the Russell County Chamber with any JOB OPPORTUNITIES that you have available, full or part time. An updated list will be posted to Facebook on Thursday afternoon. 

Lake Cumberland Tourism is looking for a responsible Administrative Assistant to perform a variety of administrative and clerical tasks. Duties of the Administrative Assistant include providing support to our director assisting in daily office needs and managing our company’s general administrative activities. The ideal candidate should have excellent oral and written communication skills and be able to organize their work using tools like QuickBooks, MS Excel, and MS Word, Canva, as well as be familiar with TikTok, Facebook stories/posts, Instagram reels, etc. Ultimately, a successful Admin Assistant should ensure the efficient and smooth day-to-day operation of our office. Resumes and applications will be accepted until October 10. An application MUST be filled out and can be picked up at the Tourism office, located between Arby’s and KFC, Monday through Friday 8:00-4:00.

Associates in Eye Care of Russell Springs is looking to hire a part-time entry level Optometric assistant.  No experience is needed.  Applicants will be trained.  Applicants need to apply in person by bringing a resume and filling out an application at 546 Steve Drive in Russell Springs, KY.

Frost Machine Shop in Russell Springs, KY is looking for a full-time machinist. This position is required to run several different types of equipment (CNC mills & lathes, EDM, manual mills & lathes, grinding, etc.).  Applicant must be able to work with several different machines, read blue prints, program, run and set up CNC machines. Five years of experience is preferable and it would be a plus if you have some of the basic machinist tools. Applicant should have a positive attitude, strong communication skills, ability to perform complex set ups, strength in CNC machining functions (grinding, milling, hard turning, etc.), ability to use precision measuring instruments, a thorough understanding of machine tool capabilities, and the ability to read and interpret complex drawings, specifications and written instructions. Send resume to frost@duo-county.com

 

Area Arrest 10-5-22

 

Joshua Burton, 26, of Columbia, KY was arrested by KSP Trooper Scott on Tuesday afternoon. Burton was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

KY Transportation Cabinet Annual 'Antler Alert' Provides Reminder of Fall Driving Hazard

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 4, 2022) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has issued an annual "Antler Alert" to remind motorists that the peak season for deer-vehicle collisions has arrived. About half of all such crashes occur during the last three months of the year.

 

"October, November, and December bring a noticeable increase in highway collisions involving deer," KYTC Secretary Jim Gray said. "We’d like to remind drivers to be especially watchful for deer and other wildlife on the move at dusk and at night, when poor visibility is already an issue.”

 

According to Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Deer Program Coordinator Noelle Thompson, shorter days and cooler nights help to trigger deer mating season and put deer on the move.

 

“The onset of autumn brings about physiological changes in male deer,” Thompson said. “Bachelor groups of bucks break up and expand from their core area, leading to increased deer movement and the possibility of being hit on the roadways.”

 

Autumn harvesting also contributes to this movement as deer are forced to range farther afield for forage and hiding places.

 

In addition to causing vehicle damage, deer can be hazardous to humans. Deer are among the leading causes of animal-related human fatalities in the United States, contributing to about 200 deaths on the highway every year.

 

In Kentucky, 2,988 highway crashes involving deer were reported to police in 2021, according to crash data used by the KYTC Office of Highway Safety to monitor highway crash trends. That was an increase of about 100 crashes from 2020.  There were three reported fatalities and 25 serious injuries due to deer collisions in 2021.

 

A complete list of deer-vehicle crashes listed county-by-county can be found here.

 

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., which uses insurance claims to produce a closely followed annual report on collisions involving wildlife, said deer accounted for 1.5 million of the 1.9 million animal collision claims in the United States for the year ending June 30, 2020.

 

On average, U.S. drivers have a 1 in 116 chance of a collision with an animal. Kentucky ranks above the national average and 18th among the states at 1 chance in 88. Drivers in neighboring West Virginia run the highest risk – 1 in 37, according to State Farm.

 

KYTC offers these driving tips:

  • Slow down immediately upon spotting a deer crossing the roadway; they tend to travel in groups.
  • Don’t swerve to avoid a deer, which can result in a more serious crash with an oncoming vehicle or roadside object.
  • In the event of a crash, keep both hands on the wheel and apply brakes steadily until stopped.
  • Always wear a seat belt.
  • Keep headlights on bright at night unless other vehicles are approaching.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving: Phones down!
  • Drive defensively, constantly scanning the roadside, especially at dawn and dusk, when deer are most active.


Motorists are asked to report all deer-vehicle collisions to police. KYTC traffic engineers use the crash data to aid in placing deer-crossing warning signs and other safety measures.


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Deer Crash Numbers 2017 to 2021

Year        

Total Collisions

Fatalities       

Suspected Serious Injury     

Suspected Non-Serious Injury  

Possible Injury 

2021

2,988

3

25

82

58

2020

2,886

3

11

65

80

2019

3,069

3

12

71

82

2018

3,073

3

8

45

82

2017

3,181

0

17

66

86

 

 

Russell County Arrests 10/4/22

 
  • Johnathan Espinoza, 41, of Columbia - arrested Tuesday afternoon by KSP for DUI
     
  • Judy Walters, 53, of Russell Springs - arrested Tuesday morning by KSP for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument and Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees, or Fines.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

OCC National Collection Week is November 14-21

 

National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child is Monday, November 14, 2022 through Monday November 21, 2022.

The theme for the Green River Area team in 2022  is "Mission Possible." The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to provide our ministry partners around the world with shoebox gifts as a way to reach children in their communities. For many children, this is the first gift they will ever receive. More important than the items inside the shoebox, the gifts are an opportunity to share God's love and the Good News of Jesus Christ with children and families in need. 

"I sincerely hope and pray that churches and organizations will give serious consideration to participating in this ministry opportunity," said Green River Area Coordinator Mark Fudge.

Last year the Green River Area Team which includes the counties Adair, Casey, Green, Metcalfe and Taylor Counties collected more than 12,000 shoebox gifts. These boxes were given to girls and boys all around the world. The children that receive the shoebox gifts are between the ages of two and 14 years of age. Drop off times for drop off locations in each of the five counties will be announced in the next few days.

The Bible tells us in Matthew 28:19-20, Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Together we can make this "Mission Possible".

A simple gift, packed with love, can communicate hope and transform the lives of children and families worldwide! 

The new OCC promotional materials are available and can be ordered at: samaritanspurse.org.

 

For more information about this wonderful global outreach ministry call 270–634–2919.

 

Columbia Boil Water Advisory Lifted 10/4/22

 

As of 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 the boil water advisory for customers on Clinton St, Center St, Garrett St, Todd St, and Hemlock Circle 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.

 

Thank You,

Columbia Adair Utilities District
 

Adair County Sheriff's Office Monthly Activity Report

 

ADAIR CO. SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER, 2022

 

34   WARRANTS OF ARREST SERVED

 7    CRIMINAL CASES OPENED

 2    CALL RESPONSE REPORTS WRITTEN

 8    DOMESTIC ABUSE CASES WORKED

 9    ACCIDENTS WORKED

13   OUT OF COUNTY TRANSPORTS

12   CITATIONS WRITTEN FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

32   CIVIL PROCESS PAPERS SERVED

 3    CRIMINAL SUMMONSES SERVED

60   SUBPOENAS SERVED

 

Russell Springs Boil Water Advisory


There is a boil water advisory in Russell Springs on McClendon Ridge Road, Frontage Road, McClendon Lane, Roanoke Road, and all side roads in this area due to water line repairs. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.

 

Low Income Heating Assistance Open

 

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Subsidy pre-registration is now underway for those who receive a fixed income and are over 60 years of age or are disabled, according to the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency.

 

Registration for the program begins Monday, October 17, 2022. To be eligible for the LIHEAP program, households must be responsible for their utility bill, provide a copy of the bill, provide proof of residence and proof of income for all household members as well as a photo ID for any member of the household 18 or over, and proof of social security numbers for any household member age 2 or over. Total household income must be at or below 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

 

For more information, call 270-343-4565.

 

Columbia Police Activity Report

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

  • Calls for Service: 671
  • Citations: 56
  • Motorists Assists: 13
  • Escorts: 8
  • Accidents Investigated: 26
  • Injury Accidents: 3
  • Incident Reports: 10
  • Criminal Cases Opened: 13

Campbellsville Man Arrested After Road Rage Incident; Shots Fired into Another Driver's Auto

 

On Monday, October 3, 2022 at 10:51amET, Campbellsville Police received a complaint of shots fired at the intersection of Meader Street and Nancy Cox Drive. 

 

After an investigation, it was determined that 22-year-old Zachary L. Robertson of Campbellsville got into a verbal altercation with a 79-year old male over a road rage incident. During the verbal altercation, Robertson fired several shots into the 79-year old male’s vehicle. 

 

Robertson was arrested and charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence. He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.

 

Russell County Man Arrested in Greensburg on Indictment Warrant

 

Zachary Dixon, 40, of Greensburg, KY was arrested on Monday afternoon by Greensburg Police Dept. Officer Johnson on a Russell County Circuit Court Indictment Warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine). Dixon was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


 

Columbia Man Arrested on Meth & Marijuana Charges...

 

Larry Taylor, 42, of Columbia, KY was arrested by the Taylor County Sheriffs Office on Monday afternoon for Trafficking in Methamphetamine (2 counts), Trafficking in Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Persistent Felony Offender (2 counts). Taylor was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Adair Boil Water Advisory 10/3/22

 

Date Issued:   10/3/2022

Time Issued:   1:00 p.m.

 

 A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers at Clinton St, Center St, Garrett St, Todd St, Hemlock Circle. The advisory has been issued due to a main line break. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.

 

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

Weekend Arrests

 

 

  • Lindsey Savannah Goodwin, 37, of Columbia - arrested by Columbia Police on Sunday for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Steven Hargis, 52, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday afternoon by KSP for No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Giving Officer False Identifying Information, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle and No Insurance.
  • Zachery Ballou, 26, of Columbia - arrested by Columbia Police on Saturday night for Criminal Trespassing, Menacing, Criminal Littering, and Resisting Arrest.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

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