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Local News Archives for 2022-11

Christmas in the Park

 
Work is continuing on this year’s “Christmas in the Park". According to Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots, there are approx. 50 different displays for this year’s event. Churches, businesses, banks, school organizations, and others are participating with various displays. If you want to be a part of this year’s event, please call City Hall at 270-384-2501. Displays are beginning to go up this week.
 

2022 Christmas in Columbia Parade Biggest One Ever

 
The Christmas in Columbia Parade is this Saturday, Dec. 5th, 2022. Columbia-Adair Chamber of Commerce Exec. Director Ellen Zornes says it will be the biggest one yet (and it's not too late to enter). 
 

 

Ellen goes on to tell us who the Grand Marshalls will be this year....
 

 

Again, for more info. on the Christmas in Columbia Parade, call 270-384-6020 or email: coladair@duo-county.com.
 

Columbia City Council Meeting 12/5/22

 

The Columbia City Council will have a Special Called Meeting on Monday, December 5, 2022 at 6:00pmCT at City Hall.

 

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER

ROLL CALL
 

1ST ITEM:    MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 21, 2022 SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

2ND ITEM:    2022 AUDIT PRESENTATION BY CAMPBELL, MYERS & RUTLEDGE

3RD ITEM:    APPROVAL OF NEW APPOINTMENT TO PLANNING AND ZONING
                         

MOTION TO  ADJOURN REGULAR CALLED MEETING

 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting Recap

 

The Adair Fiscal Court met on Tuesday afternoon. Here's Judge Exec. Gale Cowan....

 

 

Taylor County Man Dies Following Farming Accident...

 
On Monday, November 28, 2022 at 4:33pmET, the Taylor County Coroner’s Office was called to the scene of a farming accident on Collins Lane in Campbellsville.
 
83-year-old William Moran of Campbellsville had been operating a tractor in a feed lot and had dismounted it. Then for unknown reasons the tractor rolled forward, striking Mr. Moran causing fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased by the Taylor County Coroner’s Office.
 
The investigation is ongoing by the Taylor County Coroners Office & the Taylor County Sheriffs Office.
 

Green River Animal Shelter to Remain Closed the Rest of the Week

The Green River Animal Shelter will be closed to the public the remainder of this week due to sickness.  Hopefully everyone will be well and we can reopen on Monday.  Sorry for any inconveniences.  If anyone needs anything, please call the Adair Co. Judge’s Office at 270-384-4703. (All animals are being cared for).

 

Fire Tuesday Night in Russell Springs

According to Russell Springs Fire Chief Bobby Johnson, his department is investigating a Tuesday night fire on Clara Drive.

Firefighters were called out to a home fire just before 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

No injuries were reported from the blaze, and firefighters were on scene for about an hour.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Ohio Man Arrested in Columbia After Trying to Fill Forged Prescriptions


On Tuesday, November 29, 2022 the Columbia Police Department received an anonymous tip that a party (or parties) may travel through the area and attempt to pass and fill forged prescriptions for controlled substances. 


While checking a local pharmacy, CPD Officers made contact with a male subject who attempted to flee on foot when encountering police. The man was apprehended by the Columbia Police Department after a brief foot pursuit and was taken into custody with no further incident. 

Matthew Joshua Winston, 24, of Franklin, Ohio has been charged with fleeing or evading police on foot (2nd degree) as well as forgery of a prescription 1st offense, a class D felony. 

Sgt. Evan Burton made the arrest and was assisted on scene by Officer Trevor Foster.
 

KSP Investigates Fatal Collision on KY 90 in Metcalfe County

 

SUMMER SHADE, Ky. (November 28, 2022) – On November 26, 2022 at approximately 11:28 P.M. EST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a single vehicle injury collision on KY 90 in Metcalfe County.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed that Wilmer Alexander Alonzo Canales, 38, of Summer Shade, was traveling east on KY 90 in a 2000 Chevrolet S-10 when he lost control and left the roadway. Once Mr. Canales left the roadway, he struck an earth embankment and went airborne before coming to final rest in a private drive.    
 

Mr. Canales was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Metcalfe County Coroner. 

 

KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Metcalfe County Sheriff's Office, Metcalfe County Fire and EMS, Metcalfe County Rescue Squad, and Metcalfe County Coroner. The collision remains under investigation by Trooper Matthew Lee.

 

Adair County Burn Ban Reinstated

 

Due to an excess number of incidents this week and after discussions with local fire officials and Emergency Management, the Burn Ban has been re-instated for Adair County.  No open burning is allowed at this time.

 

Gale B. Cowan
Adair County Judge Executive

 

KSP Arrests Russell County Woman on Drug Charges

 
Megan Miller, 31, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Trooper Pierce with the Kentucky State Police early Wednesday morning. Miller was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of a Controlled Substance 1st.  She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Russell County Board of Education District Calendar Committee Meeting 11/29/22

 
The Russell County Board of Education District Calendar Committee Meeting will be on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 3:30pmCT at the Lake Cumberland Regional College & Workforce Center (ROOM 124). The District Calendar Committee is charged with developing a draft SY 2023-2024 calendar to present to the Russell County Board of Education. 
 
(Note: This is a meeting of the District Calendar Committee, not the Russell County Board of Education)
 
AGENDA: 
1) Call to Order
2) Roll Call and Introduction of Russell County Board of Education Approved District Calendar Committee Members
3) Adoption of Agenda
4) Review KRS 158.070 (school district calendar committee, school calendar adoption procedures, variable student instructional year, and other school calendar requirements.)
5) Discuss school year 2023-2024 calendar planning options
6) Public Comments
7) Adjourn Meeting
 

Gov. Beshear Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of John Y. Brown Jr.

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 22, 2022) – Gov. Andy Beshear today announced the death of former Kentucky Governor John Y. Brown Jr. The 55th Governor of the commonwealth, Brown served from 1979 to 1983. He was 88 years old.

 

“I am sad to share that former Governor John Y. Brown Jr. passed away yesterday,” said Gov. Beshear. “Gov. Brown was a remarkable leader who was committed to serving the people of Kentucky. He made our commonwealth a better place. Britainy and I are praying for his family and loved ones.”

 

The family of John Y. Brown Jr. released the following statement:

 

Our Dad, John Y. Brown Jr., not only dreamed the impossible dream, he lived it until the very end. His positive attitude and zest for life was unrivaled and allowed him to beat the odds many times over. Every day was an exciting adventure for him. He was a true Kentucky original who beamed with pride for his home state and its people. He had many prominent accomplishments, but most of all he loved his family with all of his heart, and we in turn loved him with all of our hearts. We are heartbroken by his passing, but find comfort in what he wrote in one of his final days, “I have never been so happy.”
 

Gov. Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff in Brown’s honor until sunset on the day of interment. The former Governor will lie in state in the rotunda of the Kentucky State Capitol. Additional arrangements will be forthcoming.

 

Individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the commonwealth are encouraged to join in this tribute. Flag status information is available at governor.ky.gov/flag-status.

 

Russell County School Board Meeting Recap

 

Russell County School Superintendent Michel Ford shares with WAVE Listeners what took place at Monday's meeting... 

 

Casey Jury Trial Finds Defendant Guilty of Sex Abuse Charges

 

NOVEMBER 21, 2022 - A Casey County Circuit Court jury found Dennis Keith Sims, age 71, guilty of two (2) counts of First-Degree Sexual Abuse late Friday following a two-day jury trial.

 

According to testimony at trial, Sims sexually abused two (2) children between December 2020 and January 2021 in Liberty. The children were ages 7 and 9 at the time of the abuse. The case was investigated by Kentucky State Police Trooper Billy Begley. The jury convicted Sims and recommended that he serve the maximum sentence – ten (10) years – for each count. Pursuant to Kentucky law, those sentences must be served consecutively (one after the other) since the crimes involved multiple victims, meaning Sims faces a total of twenty (20) years in prison. Additionally, Sims will be required to complete a sex offender treatment program and will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

 

Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright prosecuted the case. After the trial, Wright thanked Trooper Begley for his efforts investigating the case – including conducting an interview with Sims that was played during the trial. Wright also thanked the members of the jury for their attention during the trial and for ensuring that justice was served in this case. Wright added, “protecting the children in this community is one of the top priorities of my office. I will continue to aggressively prosecute anyone who abuses a child in this county.”

 

Sims, who was represented at trial by attorney Theodore Lavit from Lebanon, will appear before Casey Circuit Judge Judy Vance Murphy for final sentencing on February 13, 2023.

 

Zaxby's Restaurant Coming to Columbia

 

Zaxby’s, a national restaurant with over 900 locations, will be coming to Columbia. The restaurant offers chicken fingers, salads, and sandwiches. They currently have locations in Glasgow, Somerset, Danville, and Bowling Green.

 

The first Zaxby’s was started in Statesboro, Georgia, in 1990, by two friends Tony Townley and Zach McLeroy. The first location outside of Georgia came four years later and was in Bowling Green, Kentucky. In 2013, they started locations in Utah, the first outside of the southeastern United States. In 2019, they had locations in seventeen different states.

 

Zaxby's is planning a ground-breaking within the next few weeks. More details will be available later.

 

“We welcome Zaxby’s to Columbia,” said Pamela Hoots, Mayor.

 

KSP Post 15 Welcomes New Troopers to Enhance Public Safety Throughout the Commonwealth

 
COLUMBIA, Ky. (November 18, 2022) - Kentucky State Police (KSP) announced that 38 cadets have graduated the agency’s basic training academy and are now ready to report for duty across the commonwealth with a focus on creating a better and safer Kentucky.
 
Cadets reported to the KSP training academy on June 5, 2022 to embark upon 24-weeks of intense training to learn the job skills necessary to perform the duties of a state trooper. Graduating cadets pledged to uphold the mission of KSP by promoting public safety through service, integrity and professionalism using partnerships to prevent, reduce and deter crime and the fear of crime, enhance highway safety through education and enforcement, safeguard property and protect individual rights.
 
The KSP Training Academy provides cadets with best practices, the latest technology training and legal information to help make the commonwealth’s streets safer, communities stronger and the nation more secure through exceptional law enforcement. The graduates of Cadet Class 102 received more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study in subjects such as constitutional law, juvenile and traffic law, use of force, weapons training, defensive tactics, first aid, high speed vehicle pursuit, criminal investigation, computer literacy, hostage negotiations, evidence collection, radio procedures, search and seizure, crash investigation, drug identification, traffic control, crowd control, armed robbery response, electronic crimes, sex crimes, hate crimes, domestic violence, bomb threats and hazardous materials.
 
KSP Post 15 Captain Bradly Stotts is excited to welcome a new trooper to Columbia. “We are excited to add 4 new Troopers to serve the citizens of the Post 15 area. We look forward to them beginning their career with the Kentucky State Police” said Captain Stotts
 
The Post 15 graduates of the 102nd KSP Training Academy included:
  • Trey Binder, Georgetown, KY
  • Matthew Lee, Somerset, KY
  • Timothy Moore, Somerset, KY &
  • Daniel Pierce, Edmonton, KY
     
13 cadets earned their associate degree in General Occupational and Technical Studies from the Bluegrass Community and Technical College during their 24-weeks at the training academy. These cadets benefited from the new hiring guidelines established by the state legislature in 2017. The Post 15 troopers who received their associate’s degree are Matthew Lee, Somerset, KY, Timothy Moore, Somerset, KY, and Daniel Pierce, Edmonton, KY.
 
KSP’s recruitment branch is currently accepting applications for the upcoming cadet class 103, which is slated to begin February 26, 2023. The deadline to apply is by close of business November 25.
 
For more information about career opportunities with KSP visit kentuckystatepolice.org.
 

Campbellsville Man Dead; Foul Play is Suspected


Campbellsville Police and the Taylor County Coroner’s office received a call of a deceased man on Lincoln Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. The coroner’s office responded and pronounced Tommy R. Pyles, 69, of Campbellsville, dead.


Pyles was taken to the Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy. Following an investigation, the state medical examiner determined that foul play is suspected.
 

The Campbellsville Police Department, in conjunction with the Taylor County Coroner’s office, is investigating. They urge anyone with information in regards to the death of Tommy Pyles or may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area of Lincoln Avenue, to contact the Campbellsville Police Department at 270-465-4121 or the anonymous tip line at 270-469-PRIDE (7743). 
 

Columbia City Council Special Called Meeting 11/21/22

 
There will be a Special Called Meeting of the Columbia City Council on Monday, November 21, 2022 at 11:15amCT at City Hall.
 
AGENDA
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
 
1ST ITEM:   MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 07, 2022 REGULAR CALLED MEETING
2ND ITEM:   BID APPROVAL FOR SNOW PLOW AND SALT SPREADER
3RD ITEM:  PROCUREMENT OF POLICE VEHICLE
 
MOTION TO ADJOURN REGULAR CALLED MEETING
 

Special Called CACEDA Meeting 11/21/22

 

The Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority, Inc. will have a special called meeting Monday, November 21, 2022 at 8:30amCT in the Board Room of the Chamber of Commerce Building, 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY. The meeting is open to the public.

 

Gov. Beshear, KSP Welcome 38 New Troopers to Enhance Public Safety throughout the Commonwealth

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2022) — Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky State Police (KSP) announced that 38 cadets have graduated the agency’s training academy and are now ready to report for duty across the commonwealth with a focus on creating a better and safer Kentucky.

 

“The Kentucky State Police has a long history of serving and protecting this great commonwealth, and I know that the troopers graduating today will continue to uphold this standard of excellence,” said Gov. Beshear. “Thank you for choosing to protect and serve Kentucky while asking for nothing in return – and we owe you our utmost gratitude.”

 

Cadets reported to the KSP training academy on June 5, 2022 to embark upon 24-weeks of intense training to learn the job skills necessary to perform the duties of a state trooper. Graduating cadets pledged to uphold the mission of KSP by promoting public safety through service, integrity and professionalism using partnerships to prevent, reduce and deter crime and the fear of crime, enhance highway safety through education and enforcement, safeguard property and protect individual rights.

 

KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. encouraged Cadet Class 102 to engage in their local communities to earn the trust and respect of the citizens they will serve.

 

“I challenge each of you to interact frequently with those in your designated post areas. Attend community events, stop by local stores, visit the schools, and so much more to earn the trust and respect of those you serve,” said Commissioner Burnett. “Today, you have earned the title of trooper, but now you must live up to it.”

 

The KSP Training Academy provides cadets with best practices, the latest technology training and legal information to help make the commonwealth’s streets safer, communities stronger and the nation more secure through exceptional law enforcement. The graduates of Cadet Class 102 received more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study in subjects such as constitutional law, juvenile and traffic law, use of force, weapons training, defensive tactics, first aid, high speed vehicle pursuit, criminal investigation, computer literacy, hostage negotiations, evidence collection, radio procedures, search and seizure, crash investigation, drug identification, traffic control, crowd control, armed robbery response, electronic crimes, sex crimes, hate crimes, domestic violence, bomb threats and hazardous materials.

 

During today’s graduation ceremony, KSP Academy Commander Captain Shawn Darby took a moment to share how Cadet Class 102 honored fallen troopers.

 

“Over the past 24 weeks, cadets have taken time to recognize all of KSP’s fallen troopers and officers through specially designed workouts that included repetition schemes significant to the service of each of the fallen units,” said Captain Darby. “Additionally, cadets recognized these heroes on their end of watch dates by gathering in front of the memorial and humbly reading their end of watch stories.”

 

Several members of the graduating class received special recognition during the ceremony.

 

Trooper Myron Jackson received the ‘Ernie Bivens Award’. This honor is presented to a cadet in each class who, in the opinion of the KSP Academy and fellow cadets, shows distinction as a leader, strives for academic excellence and has excelled in all phases of the academy’s physical and vocational training. Additionally, he received the class Valedictorian award, which includes a new 2022 police cruiser. The Salutatorian was awarded to Trooper Jordan Sammons.

 

Trooper Colby Amburgey received the ‘Commissioner’s Commitment to Excellence Award’. This is presented to the cadet who has demonstrated leadership, the desire to get the job done and is always determined to be the best every day.

 

Cadet Class 102 graduates and their assigned posts are: 

Post 1, MAYFIELD        
Lukas Rice, Mayfield, Ky.

 

Post 2, MADISONVILLE 
Hunter Combs, Central City, Ky.

 

Post 3, BOWLING GREEN 
Madison Akemon, McKee, Ky.
Landon Key, Glasgow, Ky.
Grant Robertson, Columbia, Ky.
Evan Smith, Annville, Ky.

 

Post 4, ELIZABETHTOWN 
Samuel Bogner, Shelbyville, Ky.
Chase Shouse, Berea, Ky.

 

Post 5, CAMPBELLSBURG 
Jake Noel, Port Royal, Ky.
Cameron Paynter, Sulphur, Ky.

 

Post 6, DRY RIDGE 
Caleb Hamm, Nicholasville, Ky.
Zachary Loudermilk, Mt. Vernon, Ky.
Braxton Montgomery, Petersburg, Ky.

 

Post 7, RICHMOND 
Adam Quiles, Miami, Fl.

 

Post 8, MOREHEAD 
Jordan Barnett, Jackson, Ky.
Isaiah Bryant, Kite, Ky.
Cory Cornett, Wellington, Ky.
William Hall, Greathel, Ky.
Carolyn Henson, Richmond, Ky.
Myron Jackson, Nicholasville, Ky.
Jacob Williams, Harold, Ky.

 

Post 9, PIKEVILLE 
Cameron Whitaker, Jenkins, Ky.
Tanner Wood, Pikeville, Ky.

 

Post 10, HARLAN 
Colby Amburgey, Garner, Ky.
John Hoskins, London, Ky.
Elizabeth Smith, Manchester, Ky.

 

Post 12, FRANKFORT 
Jude Remilien, Haiti, Port-au-Prince

 

Post 14, ASHLAND 
Chase Coverdale, Louisa, Ky.
Brett Criswell, Louisa, Ky.
Colton Cross, Canada, Ky.
Christin Mitchell, Prestonsburg, Ky.
Jordan Sammons, Belfry, Ky.
Zachary Wright, Louisa, Ky.

 

Post 15, COLUMBIA 
Trey Binder, Georgetown, Ky.
Matthew Lee, Somerset, Ky.
Timothy Moore, Somerset, Ky.
Daniel Pierce, Edmonton, Ky.

 

Post 16, HENDERSON 
William Dalton, Scottsville, Ky.

 

Thirteen cadets earned their associate degree in General Occupational and Technical Studies from the Bluegrass Community and Technical College during their 24-weeks at the training academy. These cadets benefited from the new hiring guidelines established by the state legislature in 2017. Through this revision, anyone who possesses a high school diploma or GED, and has three years of full-time work experience can apply for employment as a KSP Trooper and earn an associate’s degree during the training process.

 

Cadet Class 102 graduates who earned an associate’s degree are: 
Madison Akemon, McKee, Ky.
Brett Criswell, Louisa, Ky.
William Hall, Greathel, Ky.
Caleb Hamm, Nicholasville, Ky.
Myron Jackson, Nicholasville, Ky.
Matthew Lee, Somerset, Ky.
Timothy Moore, Somerset, Ky.
Cameron Paynter, Sulphur, Ky.
Daniel Pierce, Edmonton, Ky.
Jake Noel, Port Royal, Ky.
Jordan Sammons, Belfry, Ky.
Chase Shouse, Berea, Ky.
Zachary Wright, Louisa, Ky.

 

KSP’s recruitment branch is currently accepting applications for the upcoming cadet class 103, which is slated to begin February 26, 2023. The deadline to apply is by close of business November 25.

 

For more information about career opportunities with KSP visit the website.

 

Beshear-Coleman Administration Commitment to Making Kentucky a National Leader in Public Safety 

The Beshear-Coleman administration’s top priority is the safety of all Kentuckians. The public safety actions already taken by the Governor are creating safer communities and a better Kentucky now and into the future.

 

The recently enacted bipartisan state budget signed by Gov. Andy Beshear allows the commonwealth to take additional steps forward to make Kentucky a leader in public safety by enhancing law enforcement training, creating safer communities and improving the safety of both law enforcement officers and Kentuckians. In July, the Governor announced additional steps to enhance public and officer safety including funding for firearms training, Western Kentucky training facility, increased training stipend.

 

Since taking office, Gov. Beshear has awarded almost $8 million in grant funding to assist state and local law enforcement agencies to purchase the tools and resources that will not only allow them to protect our communities but will also ensure their own safety as they stand on the front lines every day. Recently, the administration announced nearly $2 millionin grant funding to enhance public safety, curb the sale of illegal drugs and fight addiction.

 

In Oct., the administration took another step forward in creating safer communities by awarding more than $350,000 in grant funding to prevent youth crime across the commonwealth.

 

In June, Gov. Beshear announced the Military to Law Enforcement Program (M-2-LE). M-2-LE allows local law enforcement agencies in Kentucky to hire active service members within all branches of the U.S. Military during their last 180 days of service. Upon being contracted by a law enforcement agency, the military member will continue to receive their pay and benefits from the U.S. Military while they undergo law enforcement training at DOCJT.

 

In April, the Governor signed into law two pieces of legislation recently passed by the General Assembly to make historic investments in law enforcement by providing funds to KSP to recruit, train and retain the essential workforce needed to continue to provide the highest level of security to all Kentuckians. House Bill 259 ensures that all troopers will receive a $15,000 raise. Additionally, KSP’s starting pay for sworn officers will increase from $37,887 to $55,888 annually. By signing Senate Bill 209, Gov. Beshear established paid vacation, sick leave and holiday pay, as well as enhanced health insurance contribution payments for retired KSP troopers and CVE officers.

 

Also, as the Governor recommended in January 2022, $12.2 million was included in the state budget for KSP to purchase body cameras, which is the first time in the commonwealth’s history that funding has been allocated for this much-needed expense.

 

Gov. Beshear has championed legislative action like Senate Bill 64 and House Bill 254, making it easier for law enforcement to conduct undercover stings and increase the chances of stopping a horrific crime against a child from being facilitated through the internet. These actions will also provide law enforcement officers with the authority to charge offenders with harsher crimes to keep them away from the public, preventing further interactions with Kentucky’s most vulnerable population.

 

Ky. Court of Appeals Judge Sara W. Combs administers the oath of office as Commissioner Burnett & Gov. Beshear look on Cadet Class 102.

 

Adair County Board of Education Recognized for Outstanding Workplace Safety

 
COLUMBIA, KY (November 17, 2022) – A strong safety record in the workplace is something to be proud of. The Adair County Board of Education has been recognized for their efforts and has received the KEMI Destiny Award for the first time.
 
The Adair County School Board has created an environment that is safe and healthy for employees and students alike. The school board has instituted mandatory annual school safety trainings, along with a safety committee that meets quarterly with representatives from Charles M. Moore Insurance Agency.
 
“The more we call attention to safety, and the more we practice safe procedures, the better we become at it,” said Pamela Stephens, Superintendent of Adair County Schools. “Instituting these procedures and making small changes can have a bigger impact than people know.”
 
Along with safety trainings and protocols, each school has a designated employee who is trained and knows what to do should an injury occur. Adair County School Board believes proper protocols and trainings can create a much safer environment for all employees.
 
Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI), the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance, recognizes employers for their commitment to workplace safety annually. The Destiny Award is presented to policyholders that best exemplify KEMI’s motto, “Control your own destiny.” The award symbolizes what can be accomplished when organizations work together to improve workplace safety.
 
“Winning this award as a school district is pretty amazing,” said Stephens. “Our being more diligent to take care of each other has rewarded us in so many ways.”
 
Policyholders that earn the KEMI Destiny Award effectively demonstrate their ability to manage a formal safety program, provide on-site training and regular safety meetings for employees, and display an ongoing commitment to safety from all levels throughout their organizations.
 
“Destiny Award winners are part of an elite group of organizations that have emphasized safety each day and demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of Kentucky’s workforce,” remarked Jon Stewart, President and CEO of KEMI.
 
To celebrate the announcement of this award, the Adair County School Board held a presentation and reception at their office. For pictures, see below.
 
KEMI offers the public free safety resources through worksafeky.com, a website anyone can access. It has and array of safety articles, best practices and helpful links.
  
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About KEMI
 
Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI) is the leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Kentucky with more than 20,000 policyholders in all 120 counties. We are rated A- (Excellent) by A.M. Best for our financial stability. 
 
 

Teen Claims she was Sexually Assaulted during Recent Riot at Adair Youth Development Center

 
On Friday night, November 11, 2022 at approximately 9:40pmCT, Kentucky State Police Post 15 received a call requesting assistance with a riot at the Adair Regional Detention Center, a maximum security juvenile detention center, located in Adair County. The initial call was regarding a juvenile who had assaulted a staff member, confiscated the staff member’s keys and released other juveniles from their cells.
 
KSP troopers, along with other local law enforcement officers, entered the facility and restored order. Two employees were assaulted and 9 people were taken by EMS to the hospital for treatment.
 
According to the Adair Community Voice, a 17-year-old female reported that she had been sexually assaulted. That allegation is being investigated by Kentucky State Police. A spokesperson with the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice told the Community Voice that the female who reported the assault was in a “separate, secure wing.” However, sources with first-hand knowledge of the situation confirmed to the Voice that the female was in a block of 10 cells with males occupying other cells.
 
A custodian at the Youth Development Center was seriously injured and flown out for medical care and a youth worker was reportedly seriously injured and later suffered a stroke. A 13-year-old male juvenile was dragged out of his cell by the ones involved in the riot and severely beaten. The juvenile was taken to T.J. Health Columbia and later transferred to a children’s hospital.
 
In addition to the criminal investigation led by KSP, the Internal Investigations Branch of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet has opened an investigation.
 
Another attack occurred at the youth detention center in September at the Columbia facility when two juveniles attacked a guard and another youth.
 
To read more details about the riot, including info. from whistleblowers at the facility, pick up a copy of this weeks Adair County Community Voice.
 

"Cops for Kids" Fundraiser 11/29/22

 

On Tuesday, November 29, 2022 the Shogun Express Food Truck will be in town, parked across from City Hall between 11AM-3PM. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Columbia Police Department's funds for Christmas for the "Cops for Kids" program. Come by and have lunch on Tuesday, November 29th!


 

ACSO Investigate Vehicle vs Pedestrian Collision on KY206

 

On Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 4:49pmCT, Adair County 911 received a call that a vehicle had struck a person in the 1500 block of KY 206 (Liberty Road). Upon arrival of Sheriff Brockman, it was found that 58-year-old Paul Dart of Columbia was walking east on the roadway with the flow of traffic. Dart was struck by the mirror of a 2017 Chevrolet SUV being operated by Bonnie Powell, who was also traveling east.  
 
Multiple witnesses gave statements that they too had also almost struck the male prior to the collision. Witnesses also stated he was on the roadway and not on the shoulder. At the time of the collision, it was almost dark, and the pedestrian’s clothing was dark in nature.  

Dart was treated on scene by Adair EMS then transported to TJ Health Columbia. Air Flight was denied due to icing conditions, so he was transferred to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, KY by EMS. 

Sheriff Brockman is continuing the investigation.

Area Arrest 11-17-22

AnnaGayle Harley, age 23, of Cookeville Tennessee, was taken into custody by Deputy Daniels with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, just before 2:30 yesterday afternoon. Harley was charged with Possession of a controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Cocaine), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Substance 1st (aggravated Circumstances), Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, 1st Offense and Possession of Open Alcohol Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle Prohibited.

 

John Metz, age 28, of Roadhill Kentucky, was arrested by Officer Tweedy with the Burkesville Police Department, just after 1:30 yesterday morning. Metz was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and Possession of Marijuana. Both were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Elderly Adair County Man Transported to Hospital Following Accident with Entrapment

 

The Columbia Police Department responded to a single vehicle accident with entrapment on Wednesday evening, November 16, 2022 on Greensburg Street between Paul Mann Road and Adventist Road.


The accident occurred when the operator, 79-year-old Lewis Wheeler of Columbia, KY swerved to miss an animal in the roadway which resulted in him losing control of his vehicle before rolling it off the roadway. Wheeler had to be mechanically extracted from the vehicle and was transported to TJ Health Columbia by Adair EMS.


Officer Trevor Foster investigated the accident and was assisted on scene by Officer Holly Necessary. The Adair Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police, Adair EMS, and Columbia-Adair Fire Department also responded to the scene.
 

Russell County Couple Arrested on Burglary Charges in Adair County

  


On Tuesday afternoon, November 15, 2022 at 3:10pmCT,  Adair County 911 received a call from a residence in the 5000 block of KY80 East. The caller advised that an unknown male was shooting at his house and then broke into his camper in the driveway.
    

Upon arrival, the Sheriffs Office found that a male and a female were still inside the camper. Commands by Sheriff Brockman and Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch for the pair to exit the camper were unsuccessful. Additional units from the Columbia Police  Dept. and KSP arrived on the scene. Sheriff Brockman and CPD Officer Jimmy Luttrell made entry into the camper and located the pair hiding in the bedroom. The couple was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
    
  • Mathew Boutwell, 22, of Russell Springs, KY was charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree (2 counts), Burglary 1st degree, Burglary 3rd degree, and Theft by Unlawful Taking (Firearm).
  • Subena Shonta Ramirez, 25, of Russell Springs, KY was charged with Burglary 2nd degree.
 
During the investigation, a 22 revolver and 4 shell casings were located, along with video surveillance of the incident from the homeowner. The homeowners have had no prior contact with the perpetrators and did not know who they were.
 
The investigation is ongoing by Sheriff Josh Brockman.
 

Transportation Cabinet Crews Prepped for Winter Weather to Keep Kentuckians Moving Safely

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2022) – In keeping with their priorities to promote safety in the commonwealth, the Beshear administration is taking extra measures this year to prepare for winter weather. November is traditionally the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) snow and ice season launch, where more than 2,000 staff and crew members stand ready to keep roads passable for the safe movement of people and goods throughout the state. KYTC is also launching its first-ever “Name the Plow” program to foster community excitement when crews are out.

 

“Our crews have been on high alert, monitoring weather conditions to keep Kentuckians safe when snow and ice strike. Crews were dispatched Saturday for the first time this season in Western and Central Kentucky,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “As fall transitions to winter, we’re thankful for their work to keep Kentucky drivers and their families safe, especially during the unusually harsh winter conditions we’ve seen in recent years.”

 

For months, crews have been trained, salt and road treatment supplies have been restocked, plow trucks have been serviced and route plans have been updated. A fleet of 1,365 state-owned and contracted plow trucks is on deck to be deployed when needed. View a short video here.

 

“Our crews are essential to keeping citizens and commerce moving in Kentucky,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “While the severity and frequency of snow events are unknown, we are ready to act and do our best with the resources we have.”

 

The cabinet has stockpiled over 300,000 tons of salt, nearly 1 million gallons of brine for anti-icing efforts and more than 1 million gallons of calcium chloride – an additive to salt for deicing.

 

KYTC uses a three-tier system to prioritize treatment and snow clearing on state-maintained routes. Route designations are based on factors such as traffic volume and connectivity to critical services like hospitals. During routine snow and ice events, crews operate using snow and ice priority route maps for maximum equipment and materials usage efficiency. The cabinet has established a snow emergency plan for severe winter storm events to deploy resources within each county to cover the highest priority routes.

 

State Highway Engineer James Ballinger described what motorists can expect when plows are out.

 

“Like commercial trucks, our snow trucks have blind spots and tend to travel between 25 and 35 mph for optimal salting and plowing results,” said Ballinger. “Plows are not immune to the same dangers motorists face. By driving where the plow operator can see you, being patient and giving them room on the roads, you can help some of our most essential public servants make it home safely at the end of their shift.”

 

Kentucky’s fleet of snow-clearing vehicles includes nine tow plows in different parts of the state. Tow plows have a trailer-mounted rear plow that swings out to resemble a jackknifed truck. It allows one driver and a truck to clear two driving lanes in one pass. Two of the plows are housed in Frankfort for deployment wherever severe weather creates a need for increased support on wide, high-priority routes. Seven others are based in Graves, Grayson, Hardin, Lyon and McCracken counties.

 

KYTC maintains most roads, streets and bridges that are part of the State Highway System. Examples include interstates, parkways, and U.S. route designations.

 

Name the Plow KYTC is introducing the first statewide Name the Plow program, offering drivers a chance to name one of 14 snow trucks in the state. One truck will be named in each of Kentucky's 12 highway districts and two tow plows from the Franklin County-based KYTC strike force. The name will be displayed on the vehicle so residents can see it while it’s out for pre-treating and plowing activities. Kentucky residents of all ages can submit names beginning Nov. 14 and running through Dec. 2 by completing this online form. KYTC staff will vote on the winning names, and winners will be announced in early January. Entry rules are posted on the form.

 

“Many of our drivers live in the communities they serve and giving the public a chance to name a plow in their home county is a fun way to make the most of winter weather and showcase pride for our dedicated employees,” said Gray.

 

Driver Tips this Winter Season Safe roadways are a shared responsibility, especially during inclement weather when risks increase. KYTC also encourages motorists to prepare for winter and remain safe by following these tips:
 

  • Travel only when necessary during major snow events.
  • Stock vehicles with ice scrapers, jumper cables, blankets, a flashlight, a cell phone charger, non-perishable snacks and a first aid kit should you get stranded on the road.
  • Winterize your vehicle. Check your car battery, tire pressure and brakes. Ensure your heater, defroster, headlights and windshield wipers are working properly.
  • When snow and/or ice are on roadways, drive slowly no matter what type of vehicle you drive. It takes more time and distance to stop your vehicle in poor weather, so brake early and slowly.
  • Pay attention to weather advisories and allow more time to travel for routine commutes.
  • Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shaded areas. These are all candidates for developing black ice – a thin coating of clear ice that can form on the pavement surface that may be difficult to see.
  • Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment, and do not pass snowplows on the shoulder.
  • Know before you go. Download the free WAZE app or visit ky.gov to check traffic conditions before you travel. The map also offers access to select traffic cameras on interstates and parkways.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving, such as using a phone and or eating.

 

Visit snowky.ky.gov for snow and ice resources, like priority route maps, tips and highway district updates.

 

Gov. Beshear To Allow Kentuckians With Severe Medical Conditions To Use Medical Cannabis for Treatment

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 15, 2022) – In an effort to reduce Kentuckians’ reliance on addictive opioids and to provide them relief from pain, Gov. Andy Beshear today said that, starting next year, Kentuckians with certain severe medical conditions and who meet specific requirements will be able to possess and use small amounts of legally purchased medical cannabis to treat their medical conditions.

 

In an executive order, the Governor outlined conditions that Kentuckians with at least one of 21 medical conditions, which include cancer, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, muscular dystrophy or a terminal illness, must meet to access medical cannabis beginning January 1, 2023. These conditions include:

  • Cannabis must be bought in the United States of America in a state where the purchase is legal and regulated. Kentuckians will need to keep their receipt.
  • The amount a person can purchase and possess at any one time must not exceed 8 ounces, which is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony in Kentucky.
  • Each Kentuckian must also have a certification from a licensed health care provider that shows that the individual has been diagnosed with at least one of 21 medical conditions. A copy of the certification must be retained.

 

“Kentuckians suffering from chronic and terminal conditions are going to be able to get the treatment they need without living in fear of a misdemeanor,” Gov. Beshear said. “With 37 states already legalizing medical cannabis and 90% of Kentucky adults supporting it, I am doing what I can to provide access and relief to those who meet certain conditions and need it to better enjoy their life, without pain.”

 

Read the executive order for the complete list of conditions.

 

The Governor said that guidance is being created for law enforcement to determine quickly and accurately who does and does not qualify.

 

He added that today’s actions are not a substitute for much-needed legislation to fully legalize medical cannabis. The Governor stated that he will work with lawmakers this upcoming session to push for full legalization of medical cannabis once again, which would further provide relief for those suffering, fuel job growth and support Kentucky’s farmers.

 

The Governor also announced that the state will regulate the sale of Delta 8. Delta 8 contains THC, but at a lower level than marijuana. It is not a controlled substance in Kentucky nor under federal law, and a court has ruled that it is legal in Kentucky.

 

“Right now, there are no checks on how it is packaged and sold. We must establish a regulatory structure to ensure that Delta 8 is sold and purchased safely in the commonwealth,” Gov. Beshear said. “The structure can and will also serve as a template for when the General Assembly fully legalizes medical cannabis. That means we can learn in real-time, train our people and be ready to go.”

 

The executive orders come after Gov. Beshear formed the Team Kentucky Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee in June to travel the state and listen to Kentuckians’ views on the topic after the state legislature failed to pass legislation earlier this year. On Sept. 30, the Governor released the summary from the committee that proved Kentuckians agree that it is past time for the commonwealth to take action on legalizing medical cannabis.

 

Kerry Harvey, co-chair of the committee and secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet said, “Our committee met good people all across the commonwealth who are suffering from terrible chronic conditions that are relieved by medical cannabis. This is real-world experience, not conjecture. The Governor's action will improve the quality of life for these Kentuckians, but more should be done in the coming legislative session.”

 

“It took bravery to overcome anxiety and often physical pain to stand up at a town hall meeting, but people did it to make sure their story was heard. Not only for themselves, but also for the benefit of family members, friends and others facing a similar condition,” said Ray Perry, co-chair of the committee and secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet. “Each story made it clear that people are finding real relief from chronic conditions with medical cannabis.”

 

Military veterans attending the town halls emphasized the benefits of cannabis in reducing PTSD symptoms. Some described the inability to sleep because of the disorder, while others reported being prescribed numerous medications to ease pain, treat anxiety, sleep or move their joints fully.

 

A veteran from Northern Kentucky, Jared Bonvell, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, described his daily struggle after being prescribed 13 medications that weren’t effective, which left him contemplating suicide.

 

“Within a year, I didn’t drink and was off 12 of the 13 medications,” said Bonvell. “I still have all those injuries and disabilities, but I can function. I can live. I can have friendships and conversations again.”

 

Craig Manley, a small business owner from McCracken County, said “Medical marijuana is a way to ease pain without messing with your body. Prescription pain killers and alcohol are dangerous in the construction business, like mine. However, if someone takes THC at night for the pain, they come to work rested and ready to work. I am very conservative and both sides should want to help people. This should have nothing to do with your views politically.”

 

In addition to the town hall meetings, the state’s medical cannabis website allowed Kentuckians to submit their opinions online. The website received 3,539 comments, 98.64% of which expressed support for legalizing medical cannabis in Kentucky.

 

Visit medicalcannabis.ky.gov for a list of advisory team members, which includes Kentuckians with experience in health care, treatment of opioid use disorder and other diseases of addiction, law enforcement, criminal justice and advocacy for medical cannabis. 

 

“Providers should be able to offer medical cannabis as a therapeutic option, which would potentially decrease the use of narcotics and opioid epidemic in Kentucky,” said Dr. Linda McClain a Louisville OB/GYN and addiction specialist, who served on the advisory committee. “I applaud the Governor's actions taken today and strongly believe that many Kentuckians will now be able to find relief. I previously managed a clinic in Georgia where I saw first-hand the efficacy of medical cannabis. Those patients were not interested in getting high, they simply wanted to feel better.”

 

A total of 37 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands allow cannabis for medical use by qualified individuals. In May 2021, Alabama legalized medical cannabis. This year, Mississippi and Rhode Island did the same. Kentucky’s neighboring states of Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and West Virginia have legalized medical cannabis.

 

Gov. Beshear said, “This is not a red or blue issue. It is about our people and helping those who are in pain and suffering.”

 

Allowing Kentuckians diagnosed with certain medical conditions and receiving palliative care to purchase, possess and/or use medical cannabis would improve the quality of their lives and may help reduce the abuse of other more dangerous and addictive medications, such as opiates.

 

One recent study showed a 64% reduction in opioid use among chronic pain patients who used medical cannabis. These patients experienced fewer side effects and improved quality of life. Unlike opioids, cannabis does not cause respiratory depression leading to lesser mortality rates, and medical cannabis is far less addictive.

 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting Recap (by Judge Exec. Gale Cowan)

 

Old Glensfork Road Bridge is Open!

 

This project began in January 2021. The original structure built around 1955, consisted of 2 steel plate arch’s, each spanning 21 feet wide and almost 7 foot tall bearing on standard concrete footings.  We received a letter from District 8 Transportation Office in Somerset that they had lowered the weight limit on the Old Glensfork Road bridge  structure from 18 Ton down to 3 Ton.  When I inquired as to why the drastic change so sudden, Michael Edwards, P.E., Engineering Support Branch for Structures, KYTC District 8, stated that “Following a statewide load rating analysis of select steel culverts, our bridge preservation engineers determined the posting was necessary due to deterioration and insufficient supporting material above the pipes. The culverts require a minimum amount of fill on top of the barrels in order to rate out and these did not meet that minimum.” This low of a posting means school busses, dump trucks, and farm equipment can’t safely cross the structure.

 

We worked with District 8 office for several months to see if the state could correct the issues with the structure because we did not have the resources to take on the job ourselves. When they said they didn’t have the man power to do it, I contacted Engineer Gregory Eastham to look at the structure  and get his recommendations on adding fill between the existing culverts and blacktop or replacing the structure completely. His examination of the structure showed significant deterioration in the footings and channel support brackets and recommended the complete structure be replaced. This is when I went to Frankfort seeking funding for the project. The state has what they call the 80/20 bridge fund. In the past this meant Kentucky Transportation would fund 80% of the project and the county would be responsible for 20%.  Now, counties are only eligible for $80,000 per fiscal year. The first estimates for a new structure was over $280,000. Then I ask for emergency funding from Ky Transportation Office of Rural and Municipal Aid.  I was told the emergency funds had been depleted for the fiscal year, but if we could wait until the new fiscal year, I could get $200,000. (I printed and held tight to that email.)

 

The Fiscal Court voted to bid the project and we received two bids. The lowest bid came in at $208,000 from Mick Murf Construction, Inc. in Bowling Green, KY. This did not include any rock or the blacktopping of the entrances because the county already has bids in place for that material. Once the bids came in, I contacted Rural and Municipal Aid asking for the $200,000 Emergency Funds. My reply was, we can give you $100,000. Nope!!  Don’t think so! I then sent a copy of the original email saying we could get $200,000. We are thankful for those funds. This means Adair County is only going to be out approximately $20,000 plus labor and equipment.

 

I want to thank everyone involved in getting the project complete. Even though we have been a year and a half working on the project, actual road closure time from opening bids to opening the road today (Monday) has been less than 2 months. Thank you goes out to Magistrate Sammy Baker and the entire Fiscal Court for seeing this project through.

 

Gale B. Cowan

Adair County Judge Executive

270-384-4703

 

KSP Post 11 Investigates Fatal in Pulaski County

 

SOMERSET, KY (Nov. 15, 2022) – The Kentucky State Police, London Post is investigating a fatal collision that occurred on West KY Highway 635 in the Science Hill area of Pulaski County at approximately 9:40amET on Monday morning.

 

The initial investigation indicates that a 2000 Peterbilt Semi operated by 66-year-old Fred Haste JR.of Bethelridge, KY was traveling west on KY 635 when he lost control of his vehicle and collided into a 2015 KIA operated by 61-year-old Benjamin L. Durham III, of Danville, KY. Mr. Haste sustained fatal injuries in the collision and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Pulaski County Coroner’s Office. Mr. Durham was transported to the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, where he was treated for non-life threating injuries.

 

Drugs and alcohol are not suspected factors in the crash. The investigation is being conducted by Kentucky State Police Post 11 Trooper Shane Bowling. He was assisted at the scene by Post 11 Personnel, Pulaski County EMS, Since Hill Fire Department and the Pulaski County Coroner.

 

Russell County Fiscal Court Meeting Recap

 

Russell County Judge Exec. Gary Robertson spoke with WAVE NEWS after last nights meeting and shared with listeners what took place... 

 

 

Adair County Fiscal Court Meeting Recap


Jim Lieb attended last nights Fiscal Court meeting for 92.7 the WAVE and files this report with County Judge Gale Cowan... 

 

 

Taylor County Man Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges

 

On Sunday, November 13, 2022 at approximately 1:51 a.m., Campbellsville Police Officers Chris Milby and Josh Morgan conducted a traffic stop on 35-year old Nicholas Mattew Zunker of Campbellsville. After an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Zunker was under the influence of drugs.  

 

A search of Mr. Zunker’s vehicle led to approximately 90 grams of Methamphetamine, approximately 2 pounds of Marijuana, multiple pills, mushrooms, 2 handguns, along with paraphernalia. 

 

Mr. Zunker was arrested, lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center and charged with the following;

1. No registration plates
2. No insurance
3. Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 2nd degree
4. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
5. Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Meth)
6. Trafficking in Marijuana
7. Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree
8. DUI
9. Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

 

Date: Sunday, November 13, 2022           


Time: 1:51 a.m.

 

Location: East Broadway, Campbellsville, KY

 

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department 

 

Investigating Officers: Officers Chris Milby, Josh Morgan and Jeremy Burton

 

Approving Supervisor: Lt. Shannon Wilson

 

Kentucky State Police Charges Washington County Man with Criminal Abuse

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ky. (November 14, 2022) – On November 13, 2022 the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 received a call from the Marion County 911 Center in reference to a 1 month old child that had arrived at Spring View Hospital emergency room in Lebanon. The child arrived at the hospital with signs of possible physical abuse and was being treated for life-threatening injuries. The child was later transported via medical helicopter to Norton’s Children’s Hospital in Louisville. 
 

A KSP trooper responded to Spring View Hospital and launched an investigation. As a result of medical examinations and interviews completed during the investigation, James Dalton Jeffries, age 22 of Springfield, was arrested and is being charged with the following charges:

  • Criminal Abuse 1st Degree – Child 12 or Under
  • Assault 1st Degree
  • Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree
  • Assault 4th Degree (Domestic Violence)
  • Trafficking Controlled Substance 1stDegree (Methamphetamine)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Mr. Jeffries was lodged at the Marion County Detention Center. The investigation is being conducted and is ongoing by Trooper James Ford.

 

Adair Woman Arrested on Felony Drug Charges after Execution of Warrant

 

On Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 10:40pmCT, Adair County Deputy Sheriff Chris Tweedy and Chief Deputy served a felony warrant for the arrest of Leah Helm, 36, on Downey Lake Drive. Upon her arrest, Helm was found to be in possession of additional narcotics and paraphernalia.  

 
Leah Helm was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
  • Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (Fentanyl)
  • Possession of Synthetic Drugs
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia &
  • Wanton Endangerment

The Adair County Sheriffs Office was assisted by Columbia Police Officers.
 

Area Arrest 11-14-22

Leah Helm, age 36, of Columbia was taken into custody by Deputy Tweedy with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just after midnight. Helm, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Opiates), Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree, Possession of Synthetic Drugs – 1st Offense, Failure to Notify Address Change to Department of Transportation, Failure to Surrender Revoked Operators License, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Driving DUI Suspended License – 2nd Offense (Aggravated Circumstances), Operating Motor Vehicle under Influence Controlled Substance – 3rd and Failure to Produce Insurance Card. She was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.  

Weekend Arrests 11/13/22

 

  • Jonathan Andrew Grider, 21, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday afternoon by CPD for Criminal Mischief 3rd degree.
  • April Neathery, 41, of Burkesville - arrested by KSP on Friday night for Possession of Methamphetamine, Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon.
     
  • David Davidson, 54, of Burkesville - arrested on Thursday afternoon by the Cumberland County Sheriffs Office for Burglary 3rd degree, No Operators License, Fleeing or Evading Police (on foot), Possession of Methamphetamine, Assault 4th degree, Possession of Synthetic Drugs, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified), Tampering with Physical Evidence, Cultivating Marijuana, No Insurance and 2 counts of Failure to Appear.
     
  • Frank Williams, 62, of Kinderhook, NY - arrested on Thursday by KSP for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified) and Possession of Marijuana.
     
  • Terry Aaron, 35, of Columbia - arrested by CPD on Thursday for TBUT (Shoplifting).
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 
  • Austin Edwards, 23, of Albany, KY was arrested on Oct. 26, 2022 & booked into jail on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 for Possession of Methamphetamine and 3 counts of 4th degree Assault.
     
  • David Glenn, JR., 53, of Jamestown - arrested on Thursday afternoon by KSP for DUI, Following Another Vehicle too Closely, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License and Failure to Appear.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Russell Springs City Council Meeting 11/10/22

 

The Russell Springs City Council met last Thursday night…

Mayor Eddie Thomas has details including on those of a new restaurant coming to town that he announced last week on the WAVE Morning SHOW…

 

Adair Burn Ban Lifted

 

 

Per Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan the County Burn Ban has been lifted, the statewide forest fire hazard season burn ban remains.  

 
Forest Fire Hazard Season:
  • During fire seasons, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Spring Forest Fire Hazard Season: Feb. 15 - April 30.
  • Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season: Oct. 1 - Dec. 15.
 
Mike Keltner 
Director,
Adair Co. Emergency Management
107 N High Street
Columbia, KY 42728
 

KSP Responds to Riot at Adair Juvenile Detention Center

 

COLUMBIA, Ky. (November 12, 2022) – On November 11, 2022 at approximately 9:40 P.M. CST, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 received a call requesting assistance with a riot at the Adair Regional Detention Center, a maximum security juvenile detention center, located in Adair County.

 

The initial call was regarding a juvenile who had assaulted a staff member, confiscated the staff member’s keys and released other juveniles from their cells.

 

KSP troopers, along with other local law enforcement officers, entered the facility and restored order.

 

Several staff and juveniles were injured during the incident and transported to the hospital for treatment.

 

KSP has launched an investigation and Detective Zach Scott is investigating the incident. Charges against the juveniles are pending further investigation.
 

KSP Post 15 Enhance Public Safety with Promotion of Troopers & Officers

 

COLUMBIA, Ky. (November 10, 2022) – On November 9, Governor Andy Beshear and the Kentucky State Police (KSP) recognized 31 troopers and officers who have been promoted into leadership roles since Nov. 1, 2021, including one major, two captains, three lieutenants, and 25 sergeants with a mission of creating a better Kentucky through public safety efforts and service to all Kentuckians.

 

During the ceremony, KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. encouraged the recently promoted leaders to continue leading by example, putting integrity and honesty first and making Kentucky’s safety the utmost priority.

 

“As I look out at you today, I see leaders who will continually instill the highest levels of professionalism into those they lead,” said Commissioner Burnett. “I see leaders that will ensure those they lead provide public safety for all citizens of the commonwealth. I am proud of the work you have put into this promotional process and look forward to seeing how you will impact this agency.”

 

Post 15 area promotions include:

  • Senior Trooper Marvin L. Blakey II was promoted to Sergeant and is assigned to Post 15, Columbia.


KSP’s focus this year is to maintain and strengthen its essential workforce in order to better provide public safety, maintain critical services and better reflect the diverse communities that KSP serves. For more information about KSP’s commitment of creating a better Kentucky by making the commonwealth’s streets safer, communities stronger and the nation more secure by providing exceptional law enforcement, click here.

 

Russell County Clerk's Office Closed 11/14-11/16 Due to a Conference

 

Due to a County Clerk Conference in Louisville next week, the Russell County Clerks Office will be closed Monday through Wednesday. They will be open on Thursday and Friday at 8:00amCT and on Saturday from 8:00am-11:00amCT. They apologize for the inconvenience, but the conference is mandated by the state. 

 

Area Arrest 11-11-22

 

James Wilson, 26, of Burkesville was arrested by Officer Tweedy with the Burkesville Police Dept. early Friday morning just after 2:00amCT. Wilson was charged with Improper Use of Blue Lights, No Registration Plates, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, 1st Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree – Drug Unspecified and Operating Motor Vehicle under the Influence of a Controlled Substance. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

CORRECTION to Arson Arrest Story

 

On Thursday, November 8th, 92.7 the WAVE ran a story about an Adair County man being arrested on arson charges in connection with a fire at Save A Lot in Columbia. The man arrested was “Zachary” Ballou. We did name Zachary Ballou in the story, but had the name listed as “Kyle" Ballou in another part of the story. We are sorry for the mixup and want to clarify that “Kyle” Ballou has not been arrested; it was “Zachary” Ballou who was charged with arson.
 

Area Arrests 11/10/22

 
Elvis Bray, 57, of Jamestown - arrested this afternoon by KSP for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance.
Ashely Turner, 37, of Russell Springs - arrested overnight by KSP for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence and No License in her Possession.
Jeff Scott, 40, of Russell Springs - arrested on Wednesday evening by RSPD for Disorderly Conduct 1st degree.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
Leslie Owens, 28, of Russell Springs - arrested Thursday morning by CPD for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol).
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

McCarthy Names James Comer to Co-lead Transition Team

 

WASHINGTON – Today, (Thursday, Nov. 10th) House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R- Calif.) established Transition Teams for the 118th Congress to ensure that a Republican Majority is ready to get to work for the American people on Day One. Congressman James Comer (R-Ky.) was selected to lead the Oversight and Accountability Transition Team.
 
These Transition Teams will address three core priorities as Republicans prepare to lead the House of Representatives. These teams are:

 

  1. Commitment to America Implementation, led by Republican Whip Steve Scalise
  2. Oversight and Accountability, led by Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member James Comer and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan
  3. Restoring the People’s House, led by Congressman Bryan Steil
     

Leader McCarthy released the following statement on the Transition Teams for the 118th Congress:
 
“The House Republican majority is getting right to work. These Transition Teams will ensure we hit the ground running on issues that Democrats have ignored or made worse for the American people under one-party rule, all while shutting out our fellow citizens from the People’s House.”

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development progress; continued General Fund growth; tips to save; gas prices; the new Prison-to-Work Pipeline program; disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky; wildfires; COVID-19; the Kentucky State Police promotion ceremony; and the unveiling of the Nettie Depp statue. He also named Kentucky’s veterans as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Economic Development Update
The Governor highlighted an economic development project expected to create 35 full-time jobs and that represents $30 million in new investment. He also highlighted investment in Kentucky’s workforce training initiatives.

 

Tuesday, Gov. Beshear announced another significant investment in Kentucky’s bourbon industry, as the Western Kentucky Distilling Co. will invest nearly $22 million, with the potential to grow to $30 million with a second phase, and create 35 full-time jobs with a new distillery and 15 warehouses in Beaver Dam.

 

Today, the Governor announced further investment in the commonwealth’s workforce training initiatives, with approval of $1.88 million in funds and credits toward training efforts for 8,432 Kentucky-resident employees. With training funds and credits approved during this month’s Bluegrass State Skills Corporation meeting, the state’s support of workforce training in fiscal year 2023 totals over $3.8 million for nearly 60 applicants across Kentucky to train more than 12,700 employees.

 

General Fund Recap
Gov. Beshear said that Kentucky’s economic momentum continues as State Budget Director John Hicks reported that October’s General Fund receipts rose 15.2% over last year’s total. Revenues for the month were $1.2 billion compared to $1 billion collected in October 2021. This is the eighth month this year in which collections have exceeded $1 billion. The increase shows that Kentucky continues to have strong business and job growth and that Kentuckians are confident in the economy.

 

With more than $1.3 billion in revenue surplus estimated for the fiscal year 2023, the Governor noted that we can more than afford his Education First Plan which will give educators pay raises and fund universal pre-k.

 

“By making these historic investments in our children, educators and workforce we can continue to build that better Kentucky for all our families,” the Governor said.

 

Efforts to Remove Workforce Barriers for Inmates
Monday, the Governor joined Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Kerry Harvey and Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Ashli Watts to announce two new programs aimed at boosting workforce participation by helping the justice-involved population who have paid their debt to society and are leaving prison to find meaningful employment.

 

Gas Prices
Gov. Beshear shared that the average price for gas in Kentucky, at $3.483 per gallon, is 32 cents lower than the national average of $3.803, according to the American Automobile Association. To see a full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to provide Kentuckians relief from high gas prices as well as tips to help families save, click here. A free application for help with home heating costs is available through Dec. 16 as part of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. Visit capky.org/network/ for more information.

 

Eastern Kentucky Flood Update
Gov. Beshear provided an update on Eastern Kentucky stabilization and rebuilding efforts following July’s historic floods. More than $86.8 million in grants have been approved under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individuals and Households Program for 8,442 households. Over $55.5 million has been approved under the U.S. Small Business Administration. Disaster Recovery Centers and Multi-Agency Resource Centers are open until Nov. 22. The centers will be closed Friday, Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day. Visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources for locations and times or follow Kentucky Emergency Management on social media.

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet continues to oversee contractors who are clearing streams of debris and transporting damaged vehicles found in waterways or on public rights of way to vehicle management sites. Community drop-off sites where residents can take eligible debris on their own will remain open until at least Nov. 14. Residents who still need debris removed from private property should contact their local fiscal court for information. Residents searching for a missing vehicle can find information on Gov. Beshear’s Flood Resources web page.

 

The Governor said that Kentucky State Parks are now housing 224 people, down from the 360 people sheltered on Sept. 1. Currently, 645 individuals are being housed in travel trailers. There are 320 travel trailers on site in 10 different locations.

 

To date, the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund has raised over $12.2 million from more than 41,000 donors. To contribute, click here. For other information regarding flooding in Eastern Kentucky, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

 

Team Kentucky Nonprofit Assistance Fund
Gov. Beshear said that the Team Kentucky Nonprofit Assistance Fund will remain open until Nov. 16. This fund is for nonprofit organizations that have not previously applied for or received an award from the Team Kentucky Nonprofit Assistance Fund. Awards of up to $100,000 in unrestricted funds are available for qualified applicants. Nonprofits can learn more and apply at teamkynonprofitfund.ky.gov. So far, 839 nonprofits have received awards totaling over $56 million dollars.

 

Wildfire Update
Gov. Beshear said that the U.S. National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Eastern Kentucky. This means there is an increased risk of fire danger because of dry conditions, warm temperatures, low humidity and strong winds. As of this morning, Kentucky has 52 active fires across the state in 28 counties, covering over 6,000 acres. More than 30 of those fires are still burning but are contained. The other 20 are in the process of being contained.

 

The two largest fires, both in Estill County, have burned almost 1,000 acres. One is contained, and the other is in the process of being contained. The Kentucky Division of Forestry is working with the U.S. Forest Service in a unified command that includes using helicopters for water drops. More than 15,700 acres have burned so far this fall fire season, which began on Oct. 1.

 

The Governor thanked those working to put out the fires, including the five state forestry agencies from Virginia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Texas, which offered assistance and will be sending fire crews. He also asked Kentuckians to refrain from any outdoor burning during this time, as debris burning, campfires and sparks from farm equipment can cause a fire, especially in the dry conditions.

 

Health Updates
The Governor also updated Kentuckians on influenza, RSV, COVID-19 and monkeypox in the commonwealth. Gov. Beshear said that the spread of influenza in Kentucky is widespread. One influenza death has been reported for Kentucky's current 2022-2023 influenza season. Most influenza detections in the commonwealth have been identified as Type A. The flu vaccine has been updated this year and is expected to perform well against this circulating strain.

 

RSV, a common respiratory virus that causes mild cold-like symptoms, has recently increased in the United States, and outbreaks of the virus have occurred in Kentucky daycares and preschools. People of any age can become infected with RSV, and most recover within one to two weeks.  RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults.

 

Gov. Beshear said that the most recent COVID-19 data continues to be encouraging. Fewer Kentuckians are hospitalized for COVID-19 than seen 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.

 

A total of 74 cases of monkeypox have been reported in Kentucky from 17 different counties. All cases have occurred in adults. More than 6,300 doses of the monkeypox vaccine have been administered in Kentucky. The current vaccine eligibility criteria is listed on the Kentucky Department for Public Health website.

 

KSP Promotion Ceremony
Yesterday, Gov. Beshear joined Kentucky State Police to recognize 31 troopers and officers who have been promoted into leadership positions since Nov. 1.

 

“The Kentucky State Police is a crucial part of Team Kentucky. No matter the emergency, KSP shows up,” said Gov Beshear. “They make our local communities safer for the families who call this great state home. And that is why I’ve made it a priority to do what I can to support our troopers, officers and their families.”

 

Nettie Depp Statue
The Governor announced that he will join Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, First Lady Britainy Beshear and members of Monumental Women of Kentucky Committee to officially unveil the long-awaited statue of Nettie Depp in the Kentucky State Capitol. The installation of Depp’s statue marks the first large-scale Capitol monument to honor a Kentucky woman. Watch the unveiling live via Facebook.com/GovAndyBeshear or YouTube.com/GovAndyBeshear.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
To celebrate Veterans Day, Gov. Beshear named Kentucky’s veterans this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

The Beshear-Coleman administration is dedicated to supporting veterans, and the Governor has signed several pieces of legislation to improve conditions and opportunities in Kentucky for military families. He has also cut state taxes on military retirement pay and simplified the job certification process for military spouses.

 

“As Kentuckians – and as Americans – we continually give thanks to our veterans for their bravery, selflessness and dedication to our great country,” Gov. Beshear said. “We honor those who fight on the front lines of war; save lives in times of natural disasters and throughout the pandemic; and defend our way of life. And we pray for those who continue to serve. And I hope we, as Kentuckians, can commit to the hard work of being worthy of their sacrifices, which sustain us.”

 

Gov. Beshear added, “Our military veterans represent the best of Team Kentucky and of America, and I am proud to name them this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.”

 

Columbia's 3rd Annual "Christmas in the Park"

 

The City of Columbia is in process of planning their 3rd annual "Christmas in the Park". Local businesses, individuals and organizations put up displays and holiday greetings at the Joe Johnson Little League Park in Columbia. If you would like to participate, please call the Mayor’s Office at 270-384-2501 and leave your name & telephone number and you will be assigned a location.


“We appreciate people caring about our community,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots.

 

KY Sec. of State Michael Adams Releases Statement on General EIection

 

Frankfort, KY (November 8, 2022) – Secretary of State Michael Adams has released the following statement on Tuesday’s General Election.

 

“Kentucky continues to lead the nation in election administration. I’m proud that our people resisted falsehoods about our election process and voted in historic numbers – a huge vote of confidence in our system.

 

“Despite the utilization of 3 days of early voting, lines were long today in some of our counties. As we look to further election reform, expanding access should focus on expanding the number of voting locations rather than the number of voting days. As in 2020, 2021 and 2022, I will work in good faith with both Republicans and Democrats in the 2023 legislative session to further improve elections in Kentucky.”

 

Gov. Beshear, Kentucky State Police Enhance Public Safety with the Promotion of 31 Troopers and Officers

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2022) – Today, Governor Andy Beshear and the Kentucky State Police (KSP) recognized 31 troopers and officers who have been promoted into leadership roles since Nov. 1, 2021, including one major, two captains, three lieutenants, and 25 sergeants with a mission of creating a better Kentucky through public safety efforts and service to all Kentuckians.

 

“The Kentucky State Police is a key part of the commonwealth’s efforts to enhance the safety of all Kentucky’s communities,” Gov. Beshear said. “We owe each trooper and officer a debt of gratitude for sacrificing their lives for a better Kentucky. Thank you for wearing the badge of honor, creating safer communities and being on Team Kentucky.”

 

Also, during the ceremony KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. encouraged the recently promoted leaders to continue leading by example, putting integrity and honesty first and making Kentucky’s safety the utmost priority.

 

“As I look out at you today, I see leaders who will continually instill the highest levels of professionalism into those they lead,” said Commissioner Burnett. “I see leaders that will ensure those they lead provide public safety for all citizens of the commonwealth. I am proud of the work you have put into this promotional process and look forward to seeing how you will impact this agency.”

 

Those recognized during today’s ceremony and their new leadership titles are:

 

  • Captain Jeremy S. Hamm was promoted to major and is assigned to the Office of Technical Services Division.
  • Lieutenant James H. Green III was promoted to captain and is assigned to the Internal Affairs Branch.
  • Lieutenant Kenny N. Johnson was promoted to captain and is assigned to the Program Support Branch.
  • Sergeant Dallas R. Greer was promoted to lieutenant and is assigned to the Special Response Team.
  • Sergeant Trenton L. Miller was promoted to lieutenant and is assigned to the Facilities Security Branch.
  • Sergeant William B. Sparks was promoted to lieutenant and is assigned to Post 6, Dry Ridge.
  • Trooper Aaron P. Jestes was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to Post 1, Mayfield.
  • Trooper Alison J. Ramsey was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to the Security Branch.
  • Trooper Blake E. Owens was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to Post 4, Elizabethtown.
  • Officer David M. Beaver was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to the Facilities Security Branch.
  • Officer George T. Pointer was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to the CVE West Region.
  • Trooper Harrison J. Wells was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to Post 6, Dry Ridge.
  • Trooper Heath L. Ayres was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to the Special Response Team.
  • Trooper Jack A. Hedges was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to the Critical Incident Response Team.
  • Trooper James R. Austin was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to Post 16, Henderson.
  • Trooper James E. Moore was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to the Critical Incident Response Team.
  • Trooper Jason K. Briscoe was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to Post 12, Frankfort.
  • Trooper Jeffrey A. Moore was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to Post 6, Dry Ridge.
  • Trooper Jeffrey C. Stumbo was promoted to sergeant and is assigned Post 6, Dry Ridge.
  • Trooper John E. Adams was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to Post 5, Campbellsburg.
  • Trooper Joseph F. Brown was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to Post 5, Campbellsburg.
  • Trooper Justin M. Rundles was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to the Academy Branch.
  • Trooper Leslie E. Strong was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to the Electronic Crime Branch.
  • Officer Lucas A. Salyer was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to the Program Support Branch.
  • Trooper Marvin L. Blakey II was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to Post 15, Columbia.
  • Trooper Matthew C. Sudduth was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to the Public Affairs Branch.
  • Officer Matthew J. Hutti was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to the CVE Central Region.
  • Trooper Michael J. Snowden was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to the Academy Branch.
  • Officer Michael R. Hamblin was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to the CVE Central Region.
  • Officer Robert B. Andrus was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to the Drivers Testing Branch.
  • Trooper Zachary E. Lusk was promoted to sergeant and is assigned to the Aircraft Branch.

 

KSP’s focus this year is to maintain and strengthen its essential workforce in order to better provide public safety, maintain critical services and better reflect the diverse communities that KSP serves. For more information about KSP’s commitment of creating a better Kentucky by making the commonwealth’s streets safer, communities stronger and the nation more secure by providing exceptional law enforcement, click here.

 

Beshear-Coleman Administration Commitment to Making Kentucky a National Leader in Public Safety 

The Beshear-Coleman administration’s top priority is the safety of all Kentuckians. The public safety actions already taken by the Governor are creating safer communities and a better Kentucky now and into the future.

 

The recently enacted bipartisan state budget signed by Gov. Andy Beshear allows the commonwealth to take additional steps forward to make Kentucky a leader in public safety by enhancing law enforcement training, creating safer communities and improving the safety of both law enforcement officers and Kentuckians. In July, the Governor announced additional steps to enhance public and officer safety including funding for firearms training, Western Kentucky training facility, increased training stipend.

 

Since taking office, Gov. Beshear has awarded almost $8 million in grant funding to assist state and local law enforcement agencies to purchase the tools and resources that will not only allow them to protect our communities but will also ensure their own safety as they stand on the front lines every day. Recently, the administration announced nearly $2 millionin grant funding to enhance public safety, curb the sale of illegal drugs and fight addiction.

 

In Oct., the administration took another step forward in creating safer communities by awarding more than $350,000 in grant funding to prevent youth crime across the commonwealth


In June, Gov. Beshear announced the Military to Law Enforcement Program (M-2-LE). M-2-LE allows local law enforcement agencies in Kentucky to hire active service members within all branches of the U.S. Military during their last 180 days of service. Upon being contracted by a law enforcement agency, the military member will continue to receive their pay and benefits from the U.S. Military while they undergo law enforcement training at DOCJT.

 

In April, the Governor signed into law two pieces of legislation recently passed by the General Assembly to make historic investments in law enforcement by providing funds to KSP to recruit, train and retain the essential workforce needed to continue to provide the highest level of security to all Kentuckians. House Bill 259 ensures that all troopers will receive a $15,000 raise. Additionally, KSP’s starting pay for sworn officers will increase from $37,887 to $55,888 annually. By signing Senate Bill 209, Gov. Beshear established paid vacation, sick leave and holiday pay, as well as enhanced health insurance contribution payments for retired KSP troopers and CVE officers.

 

Also, as the Governor recommended in January 2022, $12.2 million was included in the state budget for KSP to purchase body cameras, which is the first time in the commonwealth’s history that funding has been allocated for this much-needed expense.

 

Gov. Beshear has championed legislative action like Senate Bill 64 and House Bill 254, making it easier for law enforcement to conduct undercover stings and increase the chances of stopping a horrific crime against a child from being facilitated through the internet. These actions will also provide law enforcement officers with the authority to charge offenders with harsher crimes to keep them away from the public, preventing further interactions with Kentucky’s most vulnerable population.
 

Adair School Board Meeting Agenda 11/10/22

 

The Adair County School Board will have a Special Regular School Board Meeting on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 6:00pmCT at the Adair County Board Conference Room.

 

BOARD AGENDA

**Meeting called to order**

**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

7.    ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION

_______________________

REGULAR AGENDA

8.     SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

9.     APPROVAL OF DESIGN DEVELOPMENT PACKAGE FOR NEW ACMS PROJECT (BG #22-433) - DECO

10.   UPDATE ON CURRICULUM/DEEPER LEARNING – Sarah Hatton & Susan Pfefferman

11.   APPROVAL OF 2023/2024 CALENDAR COMMITTEE – Robbie Harmon

12.   APPROVAL FOR ACHS JUNIOR CLASS TO HOLD THE 2022/2023 SCHOOL YEAR PROM AT SWAN’S LANDING - Vanessa Burton

13.   APPROVAL FOR OUT-OF-STATE TRAVEL FOR ACHS CADET CORPS FIELD TRIP TO WASHINGTON, D.C. ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2023 TO SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023 – Krystal Redmon

14.   APPROVAL TO UPGRADE SECURITY CAMERA SERVER STORAGE SPACE FOR $23,250.00 – Jason Rector

15.   APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Jaimie Wisdom

16.   BUILDINGS & GROUNDS UPDATE – Steve Burton

17.   PUBLIC COMMENTS

18.   ADJOURNMENT

 

Columbia Boil Water Advisory Lifted 11/9/22

 

As of 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 the Columbia- Adair County boil water advisory for customers on 399-4663 Weed Keltner Rd and all side roads in between, 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.
 

Russell County (Unofficial) Election Results...


RUSSELL COUNTY VOTE TOTALS 

 

US SENATOR 

Rand Paul (R) - 5373 - WINNER

Charles Booker (D) - 973

 

US REPRESENTATIVE 1st District

James Comer (R) - 5600 - WINNER

Jimmy Ausbrooks (D) -  642 

 

CIRCUIT JUDGE 57th Division

Sarah Beth Gregory - WINNER


Russell County:

Sarah Beth Gregory - 3030

Matthew Leveridge - 2564

 

Wayne County:

Sarah Beth Gregory - 3619

Matthew Leveridge - 955

 

TOTAL (Russell & Wayne - 57th Division) 

Sarah Beth Gregory - 6649 votes

Matthew Leveridge - 3519 votes

 

DISTRICT JUDGE - 40th District

Scarlett Latham - WINNER 

 

Russell County:

Scarlett Latham - 4214

Lee Whittenburg - 658

 

RC JUDGE EXEC.

Randy Marcum (R) - 5456

Brent West (D) - 831

 

RC SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 2

Eric Selby - 810

Sheila Wicker - 450 

 

RS CITY COUNCIL (top 6 vote-getters elected)

Ricky Barnes - 413

Timmy Hudson - 399

David Blakey - 395

Tommy Holt - 376

Sherry Daniel - 372

Cody Wilson - 367

 

Others vying for a seat on the RS City Council:

Larry Gene Brown - 360

Johnny Bell -169 

 

JAMESTOWN MAYOR

Regena Hinton - 335

Richard Bennett - 161

 

JAMESTOWN CITY COUNCIL (top 6 vote-getters elected)

Barry Coffey -  323

Terry Robertson - 309

Dwight Richards - 290

William Murray -  276

Tony Wright - 275

Mitchell Marcum - 269

 

Other candidates vying for a seat on the Jamestown City Council:

Ada Lawson - 232

Jared Roy - 169 

 

LWC to Hold 20th-Annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon on Friday

 

COLUMBIA, KY - The Lindsey Wilson College community will hold its 20th-Annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 11, at the VFW Post 6097, 500 Greenhills Drive, Columbia, Kentucky. The luncheon is free and open to all area veterans and their spouses. 

 

A special presentation will be given by U.S. Marine Corps-Lance Corporal, Retired, Chaplain Richard Schmidt. The meal will be prepared by the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. Lindsey Wilson College students and staff will be on-hand to serve the meal. 

 

"What started as a small gathering 20 years ago now hosts more than 200 local veterans and their families," said LWC Dean of Students and event coordinator Chris Schmidt. "This event is one of the best days of the year for LWC. It's an opportunity for the College community to show gratitude and honor the service and sacrifice of our local veterans. We are pleased it has become an anticipated annual event for the community."

 

The luncheon started in 2003 as part of the college's centennial celebrations. The 2020 event was abbreviated due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is coordinated by LWC's Office of Student Services.

 

There is no charge to attend the luncheon, but guests are asked to RSVP by contacting LWC Office of Student Services at studentservices@lindsey.edu or (270) 384-8036.
 

Parksville, KY Man Arrested in Adair Co. on Assault Charges...

 
Jason Taylor, 33, of Parksville, KY - arrested on Monday night by the ACSO for Assault 4th degree (Dating Violence), Criminal mischief, Failure to Surrender Revoked Operators License. Taylor was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Adair County Burn Ban Reinstated 11-08-22

 
After discussions with Emergency Management and local fire department officials, Adair County officials have decided to reinstate the Burn Ban for Adair County. This means no open burning is allowed at this time due to the extremely dry conditions in our area.
 
 
 

Columbia Boil Water Advisory 11/7/22

 

Date Issued:  November 7, 2022

Time Issued:  5:15pmCT

 A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers at 399-4663 Weed Keltner Rd and all side roads in between. 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.

 

Cumberland County Man Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges...

 
Nicholas Sexton, 23, of Burkesville, KY was arrested by KSP on Sunday night, November 6, 2022 for 2nd degree Sodomy and 1st degree Sexual Abuse. He was lodged in the Adair Couny Regional Jail.

Vester Rd Blacktopping Postponed

 
The blacktopping of Vester Road in Adair County has been postponed due to several calls concerning accessibility due to election day (Tuesday).  
 

Columbia City Council Meeting 11/07/22

 
The Columbia City Council will meet on Monday, November 7, 2022 for a Regular Called Meeting at 6:00pmCT in City Hall.
 
AGENDA
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
OPENING PRAYER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 
 
1ST ITEM:  MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF OCTOBER 03, 2022 SPECIAL CALLED MEETING 
 
2ND ITEM:  REQUEST FROM COLUMBIA/ADAIR FIRE DEPARTMENT
 
3RD ITEM:  1ST READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 920.118  - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE COLUMBIA ZONING REGULATIONS & COLUMBIA OFFICIAL ZONING DISTRICTS MAP
From R2 Low-Moderate Density Residential to C2 Highway Oriented Commercial for lots located at 707 Bomar Heights (PVA Map # 000-05-09-003.00), 709 Bomar Heights (PVA Map # 000-04-09-002.00) and 711 Bomar Heights (PVA Map # 000-05-09-001.00). The purpose is to resell the property as commercial. The property is owned by Bobby Bowe.
 
MOTION TO ADJOURN
 

Kentucky Recruiting Dispatchers to Provide a Lifeline to Citizens and Law Enforcement

 

FRANKFORT, KY (Nov. 3, 2022) – Kentucky State Police (KSP) is currently seeking Kentuckians to join the agency as a telecommunicator to fill 46 full-time positions at 13 posts across the commonwealth. Telecommunicators are front-line essential law enforcement personnel who answer the call to provide assistance and assurance to both citizens and law enforcement officers when someone calls 9-1-1.

 

“Telecommunicators are essential to our law enforcement and are truly the bridge between our state troopers and the public.,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “I encourage any Kentuckian who wants a challenging, yet rewarding career, to serve their community by applying today. Let’s work together to create a better, safer Kentucky for future generations.”

 

KSP telecommunicators oversee dispatch duties for Kentucky State Troopers, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officers and other emergency service agencies as needed. New hires will undergo four-weeks, 160 hours of training at the KSP academy in Frankfort. Major training areas include mitigation PTSD, handling callers in distress, proper dispatching and call-taking techniques, emphasis on responder and caller safety, emergency medical dispatch and more.

 

KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett Jr. says the role of a telecommunicator is critical to public safety and that unfortunately KSP is experiencing the highest vacancy rate for this position in the agency’s history.

“Now more than ever, we are seeking individuals who want a purposeful and fulfilling job,” said Commissioner Burnett. “We provide paid training, a clothing allowance and a great benefit package, plus the opportunity to make a difference every day.”

 

The starting salary for KSP telecommunicators ranges from $27,733 to $33,559 annually based on experience, plus a $5,500 training stipend after successful completion of the Telecommunications Academy. Additional benefits include paid holidays, paid vacation, paid sick leave and the opportunity to earn compensatory pay.

 

The requirements to become a KSP telecommunicator include:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to handle extremely stressful and challenging conditions
  • Handle flexible work schedules, including nights, weekends and holidays
  • Ability to learn and adapt, especially in areas of technology
  • Must be a High School Graduate

 

To apply for a telecommunicator career with KSP visit the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet’s website and search for ‘Public Safety Telecommunicator’ or contact your local post on the KSP website.

 

KSP’s focus this year is to maintain and strengthen its essential workforce in order to better provide public safety, maintain critical services and better reflect the diverse communities that KSP serves. For more information about KSP’s commitment of creating a better Kentucky by making the commonwealth’s streets safer, communities stronger and the nation more secure by providing exceptional law enforcement, click here.

 

Beshear-Coleman Administration Commitment to Making Kentucky a National Leader in Public Safety

The Beshear-Coleman administration’s top priority is the safety of all Kentuckians. The public safety actions already taken by the Governor are creating safer communities and a better Kentucky now and into the future.

 

Since taking office, Gov. Beshear has awarded almost $8 million in grant funding to assist state and local law enforcement agencies to purchase resources that will allow them to protect communities and ensure their own safety as they stand on the front lines every day. Recently, the administration announced nearly $2 million in grant funding to enhance public safety, curb the sale of illegal drugs and fight addiction.

 

In October, the administration took another step forward in creating safer communities by awarding more than $350,000 in grant funding to prevent youth crime across the commonwealth.

 

The enacted bipartisan state budget signed by Gov. Beshear allows the commonwealth to take additional steps forward to make Kentucky a leader in public safety by enhancing law enforcement training, creating safer communities and improving the safety of both law enforcement officers and Kentuckians. In July, the Governor announced additional steps to enhance public and officer safety including funding for firearms training, a Western Kentucky training facility and a training stipend.

 

In June, Gov. Beshear announced the Military to Law Enforcement Program (M-2-LE). M-2-LE allows local law enforcement agencies in Kentucky to hire active service members within all branches of the U.S. military during their last 180 days of service. Upon being contracted by a law enforcement agency, the military member will continue to receive their pay and benefits from the U.S. military while they undergo law enforcement training at DOCJT.

 

In April, the Governor signed into law two pieces of legislation recently passed by the General Assembly to make historic investments in law enforcement by providing funds to KSP to recruit, train and retain the essential workforce needed to continue to provide the highest level of security to all Kentuckians. House Bill 259 ensures that all troopers will receive a $15,000 raise. Additionally, KSP’s starting pay for sworn officers will increase from $37,887 to $55,888 annually. By signing Senate Bill 209, Gov. Beshear established paid vacation, sick leave and holiday pay, as well as enhanced health insurance contribution payments for retired KSP troopers and CVE officers.

 

Also, as the Governor recommended in January 2022, $12.2 million was included in the state budget for KSP to purchase body cameras, which is the first time in the commonwealth’s history that funding has been allocated for this much-needed expense.

 

Gov. Beshear has championed legislative action like Senate Bill 64 and House Bill 254, making it easier for law enforcement to conduct undercover stings and increase the chances of stopping a horrific crime against a child from being facilitated through the internet. These actions will also provide law enforcement officers with the authority to charge offenders with harsher crimes to keep them away from the public, preventing further interactions with Kentucky’s most vulnerable population.

 

Columbia Man Flown to Louisville Hospital Following Adair County Collision; Casey County Man Arrested for DUI

 
On Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 3:12pmCT, Adair 911 received a call of an injury accident near the Adair/Casey line on KY 551. Upon arrival by Deputy Tracy McCarrol and Sheriff Josh Brockman, it was found that a 2013 Toyota truck, being operated by Anthony Wolford of Liberty, KY attempted to pass Gerry Wethington of Columbia, KY who was operating a 3930 Ford tractor. The collision resulted in the tractor being broken in half and Wethington being ejected.  
 
After an investigation, Wolford was arrested and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs, Wanton Endangerment, and Assault 1st degree. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail after clearance from hospital.   
 
Wethington was airlifted from the old Knifley Grade School parking lot after being treated on scene by Adair EMS. He was flown  to University  of Louisville Hospital by Air Evac.
 
The investigation is being conducted by Deputy Tracy McCarol who was assisted by Sheriff Josh Brockman. Also responding were Adair 911, the Knifley Fire Department, Adair EMS, Air Evac and the Adair County Sheriffs Office. 
 

Columbia Adair County Economic Development Authority Progresses to Phase II

 
WAVE News received the following info. from Heather Spoon concerning a grant applied for by the Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority (EDA)...
 
On Wednesday evening, November 2nd, 2022 the EDA received an email stating that the Columbia- Adair County Economic Development Authority will be progressing to the next phase of the KPDI Grant Application process! This is a wonderful accomplishment for the EDA. The next phase entails a site visit by the Site Selection Group and will occur in mid-November. This visit does not indicate the awarding of the grant, but is definitely something to be celebrated as our community has been so supportive of the EDA as we pursue industry that will inevitably bring better jobs and more revenue to our hometown.  
 
Reminder / Follow up: This is the grant in which both the Adair County Fiscal Court and the Columbia City Council voted unanimously to support by offering 1/3 of the matching funds determined by the Site Selection Group, if the grant is awarded. Another huge step in the right direction for our community as financially backing a project is a great indicator that the leadership of Columbia, and greater Adair County, is serious about the pursuit of good paying jobs for our residents!
 

Area Arrests 11-4-22

 

Carrie Lawless, 24, of Jamestown was arrested by Deputy Ginn with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday afternoon. Lawless was charged with Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance, Possession Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st offense (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Possession of Marijuana. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Anthony Wolford, 53, of Liberty was arrested by Deputy McCarol of the Adair County Sheriff’s Office jon Thursday evening. Wolford was charged with Operating Motor Vehicle under Influence Alcohol/Substance – 1st (aggravated circumstances), Wanton Endangerment – 1st degree, and Assault 1st degree. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Gov. Beshear Announces $1.6 Million in Funds for Casey and Lincoln Counties

 

STANFORD, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced $1,607,879 in funding to Casey and Lincoln Counties. The funds will provide internet access to nearly 300 people and businesses, expand a senior center kitchen and repair sidewalks in the City of Stanford.

 

“Today, we announced funds to bring internet access to more Kentuckians, better serve our senior citizens and ensure our sidewalks are safe and accessible,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is the infrastructure of today and of tomorrow. We’re setting Kentucky up for success for years to come by investing in the communities our families call home.”

 

Casey County Broadband Expansion
Gov. Beshear presented a check to representatives of Cumberland Cellular for the $1,012,879 grant award announced in June, which will expand high-speed internet access to 290 households and businesses in Casey County. These grant dollars, coupled with the matching funds pledged by Cumberland Cellular, represent an overall project investment of more than $2 million. The funds come from a bipartisan agreement signed into law by Gov. Beshear in April 2021 that allocated $300 million in federal American Rescue Plan dollars to bring internet access to unserved and underserved communities across the commonwealth.

 

“Access to high-speed internet is crucial in the modern day,” said Casey County Judge/Executive Randy Dial. “This funding is going to expand internet to almost 300 homes and businesses in Casey County. This will set us up for economic success and improve the well-being of people in our community.”

 

Lincoln County Senior Center Kitchen Expansion
Gov. Beshear also awarded Lincoln County $575,000 in Community Block Development Coronavirus Response (CDBG-CV) funds. The funding will go toward the renovation and expansion of the current Lincoln County Senior Center located in Stanford. The project will expand the kitchen and commodity distribution portion of the senior center to accommodate the demand for more readily prepared meals and commodities. The renovations will also include the installation of a covered drive-thru to facilitate non-contact meal and commodity distribution.

 

“The Lincoln County Senior Center is a vital resource for senior citizens in our community,” said Lincoln County Judge/Executive Jim Adams. “The center serves hundreds of meals to seniors in need each month. The renovations and expansion of the kitchen will help us better serve Lincoln County. This is a great and much-needed project, and we are very thankful for the funding.”

 

The expansion will include increasing the size of the kitchen space and the installation of commercial-grade appliances.

 

“The funding announced today will allow us to better serve the aging population in Lincoln County. On behalf of Lincoln County Senior Center, I would like to thank Gov. Beshear and his staff for their consideration and approval of this grant,” said Miranda Perkins, executive director of the Lincoln County Senior Center. “We take great pride in serving our community and thank you again for allowing us to make this impact. Our agency serves thousands of meals each month to the senior citizens of Lincoln County. That demand has increased with the pandemic, in which our services never ceased. This expansion will help those who rely on our vital programs.”

 

“I’m excited to hear that Lincoln County will receive funding for a renovation and expansion of the senior center. This facility gives our senior residents the opportunity to socialize, do activities, and stay healthy,” Speaker Pro Tem David Meade said.

 

Stanford Sidewalk Improvements
Gov. Beshear announced $20,000 in discretionary funds from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to the city of Stanford to replace over 800 feet of sidewalk along Whitley Avenue. The new sidewalks will be more accessible to the many senior residents who live on the street.

 

Speaker Pro Tem Meade said, “In addition to the funding for the senior center, the funding for the sidewalks on Whitley Avenue will expand safe pedestrian traffic to shops and businesses in the downtown area.”

 

“We want to ensure our sidewalks are accessible to all of our citizens,” said Stanford Mayor Dalton Miller. “We have a lot of senior citizens along Whitley Avenue, and this funding will make sure they are able to easily walk around their neighborhood. Many thanks to KYTC and Gov. Beshear for helping us with this much-needed project.”

 

About the Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response Program
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated Kentucky’s Department for Local Government $38 million to help communities prevent, prepare for and respond to the Coronavirus pandemic from the Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response (CDBG-CV) program. The CDBG-CV program guidelines can be found here.

 

Synergy Food Group Releases Statement on Military Meals/Company Positions

 

In an announcement on Thursday, November 3, 2022 from Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots office, Synergy Food Group issued the following:
 

Greg Durrett, owner and president of Synergy Food Group, made the statement, “Two of the shelf stable meals kits from Synergy Food Group have been approved by the military. These meals will be packaged in the Columbia, Kentucky, plant. National stock numbers have been assigned to the kits and they are to be published in a catalog for military bases.” Durrett noted that the next two administrative positions that the facility will be interested in are accounting and logistics.

 

Synergy currently has 14 people onsite at the Columbia, KY plant.

 

Columbia - Adair Boil Water Advisory Lifted 11/03/22

 

As of 3:20 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, 2022 the Columbia-Adair Utilities District boil water advisory for customers from Bird Road and all side roads 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.

 

Russell County Woman Arrested for Trafficking in Methamphetamine

 
Sarah Elizabeth Cox, 42, of Russell Springs, KY arrested on Wednesday afternoon by KSP for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Obstructed Vision and/or Windshield, and Obstructing a Highway. Cox was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Daylight Saving Time Ends This Sunday, Nov. 6th

 
The first Sunday in November is when Daylight Saving Time ends in most areas of the U.S. We’ll “fall back” one hour and return to Standard Time this Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 2 a.m. Be sure to set your clocks back one hour before bed Saturday night!  It's also a great time to change the smoke alarm batteries!
 
Will daylight saving time be eliminated in 2022?
In March, the Senate unanimously passed the Sunshine Protection Act of 2021. The bill would extend daylight saving time from the usual March to November period to the entire year. If it becomes law, it means the clocks will not change after the spring forward in March 2023. But for now, while the bill awaits a House vote, daylight saving time remains.
 

Gov. Beshear To Announce Project Funding for Casey, Lincoln Counties

 
 
 
Who:  Gov. Andy Beshear, Casey County Judge/Executive Randy Dial, Lincoln County Judge/Executive Jim Adams Jr., Stanford Mayor Dalton Miller, & Miranda Perkins (Lincoln County Senior Citizens Center Executive Director)
 
What:   The Governor will join local leaders to announce funding for the expansion of access to high-speed internet in Casey County, the renovation and expansion of the senior center in Lincoln County, and transportation safety improvements in Stanford.
 
When:  Thursday, Nov. 3, at 4:30pmET
 
Where:  Lincoln County Senior Citizens Center, 100 Senior Way, Stanford, KY
 
 

ACHS Head Football Coach Resigns

 

WAVE News received the following email from Adair County Athletic Director Craig Biggs concerning the ACHS football coach resigning:

 

Adair County High School Football Coach Van Isaac has resigned from his position as head coach to pursue other opportunities. We would like to thank him for his service for the past 4 seasons and wish him well. The search for his replacement will begin in the new future and an update will be provided at that time.

 

Thanks

Craig Biggs

District Athletic Director

Adair County Schools

 

 

Early Voting in Russell County Nov. 3-5, 2022

 

The Russell County Chamber of Commerce reminds residents of Russell County that early voting is available at SKRECC on November  3-5 from 8:00am-5:00pmCT. 

Voting on ELECTION DAY will be from 6:00 am-6:00pmCT at the following locations:

  • JES - Bryan, Jamestown, Lake and Rowena
  • ANC - Eller, Esto, Middletown and Parkway
  • RSES - City Hall, Font Hill, Royville and Webb's Crossroad
  • SES - Eli, Irvin, Jabez and Salem

You must have a photo i.d. to vote (preferably a driver's license).  
 

Three People Arrested After Search Warrant Issued at Columbia Residence


On Tuesday, November 1, 2022 the Columbia Area HIDTA Taskforce executed a search warrant at 174 G. Stephens Road. On scene, CPD Officers seized a large quantity of suspected marijuana and methamphetamine as well as firearms. Additionally, Officers seized approximately 1041 rounds of ammunition from the residence. 


34-year-old Jordan Durham, 35-year-old Casaundra Adams and 53-year-old Troy Harris, all of Columbia, KY were taken into custody from the residence and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail where they’re facing various charges. Durham was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon; Adams was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Tampering with Physical Evidence; and Harris was served a Parole Violation Warrant.


The Columbia HIDTA Taskforce was assisted by local Probation and Parole as well as Kentucky State Police.
 

Columbia-Adair Boil Water Advisory 11/2/22

 

Date Issued: 11/2/2022

Time Issued: 8:50 a.m.

 

A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers on Bird Rd and all side roads off Bird 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.
 

Meet the Adair County Candidates 11/1/22 and 11/2/22

 

Meet the Adair County Candidates will air live on 92.7 The WAVE beginning Tuesday, November 1, 2022. All candidates will be given the opportunity to spend 2-3 minutes telling listeners about themselves.
 

Lisa Clark (WAVE) & Sharon Burton (Community Voice) will moderate the event & ask questions. The candidates will have a few minutes to respond to their opponents’ answers.

 

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

 

TUESDAY, NOV. 1ST
6:00 P.M. - JAILER
Jeremy Wethington (D)
Jamie Richard (R)

6:30 P.M. - MAGISTRATE #3
Sammy Baker*(R)
Ben Loy (D)

7:00 P.M. - COLUMBIA MAYOR
Pamela Hoots*
Curtis Hardwick

7:30 P.M. - MAGISTRATE #5
Billy Dean Coffey* (R)
Jason Grider (D)

 

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2ND
6:00 P.M. - COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL
Ronald “Butch Rogers*
Sharon Lorene Payne*
Robert Flowers*
Charles Grimsley
Craig Dean*
Linda Waggener*
Mark D. Harris*
Natalie Marcum
Mike Robertson
Hannah Peck
Rhonda Bennett Loy

 

*Denotes incumbent

 

KSP Police Post 15 to Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoints

 

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

 

A complete list of traffic safety checkpoint locations can be found at the following link: http://kentuckystatepolice.org/post15checkpoints/

 

Area Arrests 11/1/22

 

The following individuals were arrested in the WAVE listening area....

 

 

  • Craig Allen Irvin, 34, of Russell Springs - arrested on Tuesday afternoon by KSP for 1st degree Assault & Persistent Felony Offender.
  • Carla Bernett, 36, of Jamestown - arrested on Monday night by the RCSO for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree and Persistent Felony Offender. 
  • Marco Guzman, 33, of Jamestown - arrested by the RCSO on Monday night for Alcohol intoxication in a Public Place and Cruelty to Animals 2nd degree.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • Kyle Kenyon, 23, of Burkesville - arrested on Monday afternoon by Burkesville Police for Rape 1st degree (Victim Under 12 Years Old) and Sexual Abuse 1st degree (Victim Under 12).
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Knifley Man Arrested for Public Intoxication 11-1-22


Tyler Sult, 26, of Knifley, KY was arrested by Officer Lann with the Russell Springs Police Department. Sult was charged with Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol) and Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container 2nd Offense.  He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

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