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Local News Archives for 2023-01

Second Wave of Wintry Weather Moving Into Kentucky

 

FRANKFORT, KY (Jan. 31, 2023) –  A second wave of wintry weather with the potential for ice accumulation, creating slick roadways, is moving into Kentucky.

 

The National Weather Service this afternoon issued a winter weather advisory for roughly the southern two-thirds of Kentucky, west to east from the Mississippi River to the Big Sandy.

 

Forecasters said to expect light freezing rain and freezing drizzle, with light snow possible, this evening into early Wednesday. Snow accumulation is expected to be less than 1 inch but could be coupled with a glaze of ice.

 

“Freezing rain means hazardous driving conditions,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “A stretch of wet pavement can suddenly become icy. If you must travel, reduce your speed, give yourself extra time and be especially careful. Also, remember that bridges and overpasses freeze faster than roadways.”

 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) crews and contractor plows treated and salted roads yesterday and today in affected counties.

 

“Our crews and contractors are closely monitoring the weather and will do everything possible to keep roads clear and passable,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “But below-freezing temperatures will make ice stick around, which can cause slippery roads. If you see plows out, give them plenty of room on the road to work.”

 

While light ice accumulations are expected, limiting impacts of widespread power outages and downed trees, motorists are reminded to treat any dark traffic signals at intersections as four-way stops. Crews are equipped with chainsaws to help clear roads of downed trees caused by ice.

 

Visit SnowKY.ky.gov for links to district social media accounts, driver tips and snow priority route information. Our GoKY map offers real-time traffic conditions and live traffic cameras. Automated crash notifications are available via Twitter @ KYTCGoKY.

 

Driver Tips Motorists are encouraged to prepare and to stay safe by following these tips:
 

  • Alter travel plans to avoid driving during the peak of weather activity.
  • Drive with a full tank of gas and pack an emergency car kit that contains essential items like blankets, 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 tread, 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. Expect delays.
  • 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.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving, such as using a phone and or eating.

 

One Person Arrested at Local Business After Disturbance Call


On Monday night, January 30, 2023 the Columbia Police Department responded to a local business at Dohoney Trace off of Burkesville Street for a male subject causing a disturbance. 


Officers arrived on scene and made contact with an adult male who appeared under the influence and was taken into custody. The subject was also found to be in possession of Suboxone and suspected methamphetamine. 

James Lee May, 35, of Campton, KY has been charged with public intoxication, possession of a controlled substance 2nd degree (Suboxone), and possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine). 

Officer Holly Necessary made the was the arrest. She was assisted on scene by Officer Trent Williams and Sgt. Drew Conn. 
 

RC Judge Randy Marcum Proclaims Feb. 6-10 FRYSC Week


February 6-10, 2023 is FRYSC Appreciation Week! R.C. Judge Randy Marcum signed a proclamation on Monday. 
 

L to R:  Michael Ford, Superintendent; Cecilia Damron, Director of Pupil Personnel;  Sherry Coffey, RCHS YSC Director; Sarah Huff, FRC Assistant; Amy Roy, FRC (SES & JES); Sherri Selby, YSC Assistant; Danielle Helm, RCMS YSC Director; Gordon Lester, RSES FRC Director. 

 

Area Arrests 1-31-23

 

Zachary Bramlett, 30, of Louisville, KY was arrested by Deputy Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office just after 9 last evening. Bramlett was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, 1st Offense, Operating Vehicle with Expired Operators License, No Registration Receipt and No Registration Plates.

 

James May, 35, of Campton KY, was arrested by Officer Necessary of the Columbia Police Department on Monday night. May was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Meth), Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol) and Possession Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree – Drug Unspecified.

 

Adam Harris, 26, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody by Deputy Padgett with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on Monday afternoon for Tampering with Prisoner Monitoring Device, Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree, Assault 3rd Degree – Inmate Assault on Correctional Employee and Terroristic Threatening, 2nd Degree.

 

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

 

Farmers Market to Increase Amount of Senior Vouchers; Community Assistance Appreciated

 

Farmers Market on the Square in Columbia is acutely aware that the added economic pressure on our Senior Citizens adds to food insecurity. We are reaching out to the community for your help to better help our Seniors.

 

Farmers Market on the Square issues Senior Vouchers in the amount of $48.00 to eligible Seniors who meet income requirements. We would like to add $10.00 more for each Senior upon application for their vouchers.

 

If you would like to help and are able to do so, please send donations to:

Donna Jones

862 L Jones Rd 

Columbia, KY 42728

 

We know the Seniors would really appreciate this.

 

Thank you!

Donna Jones

 

DOR begins Processing 2022 State Returns 2/6/23


Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) began accepting electronically filed 2022 individual income tax returns on January 23, 2023, mirroring the IRS tax filing timeline, with processing of Kentucky returns scheduled to begin on Monday, February 6, 2023.

Electronic individual income tax returns typically take four to six weeks to process. Taxpayers may check the status of their refund by visiting refund.ky.gov and entering their Social Security number and exact dollar amount of the expected Kentucky refund.

The deadline for taxpayers to file 2022 tax returns is Tuesday, April 18, 2023, due to a holiday in the District of Columbia.

"Each year, Department of Revenue staff work tirelessly to ensure confidential Kentucky taxpayer information is protected and secure, while also providing an efficient and convenient way to submit their annual tax returns," said Revenue Commissioner Thomas B. Miller. "By filing electronically, taxpayers can help speed processing and minimize calculation errors, which helps get refunds direct deposited into their bank accounts faster."

Depending upon household income, some taxpayers may qualify for the Free File Alliance, which offers no-cost Kentucky tax return preparation for electronic returns and allows taxpayers to receive refunds via direct deposit. To learn more and find out if you qualify, visit revenue.ky.gov, select "Individual," then "Free Electronic Filing."

Each year, DOR partners with the IRS to operate Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites across the state. At these sites, knowledgeable staff provide free tax filing assistance to eligible individuals and families, as well as Kentucky state government employees.

This free service is available to help individuals with an annual income of $60,000 or less or any Kentucky state government employee, regardless of income. In-person assistance will be offered by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week beginning on Feb. 2 through Apr. 13, 2023.

If you believe you qualify and would like to take advantage of this service, please schedule an appointment by contacting the regional taxpayer service center nearest you. A complete list of the 10 regional centers is available here.

Kentucky also offers KY File, a no-cost option to file Kentucky individual income tax returns. KY File is free and is designed to be the simple electronic equivalent of a paper form. KY File will provide basic mathematical and error checks, but unlike tax software, it does not ask about or explain tax scenarios. There are no income limitations to use this service. 

Before using KY File, taxpayers should complete their federal tax forms. KY File will allow you to file your returns electronically and receive a paper check sooner. Direct deposit is not an option with KY File.

Taxpayers who have questions or require assistance may submit a general inquiry on the DOR website at "Get Help" or contact DOR taxpayer assistance at (502) 564-4581. Representatives are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.

 

Special Columbia Zoning Board Meeting 2/1/23

 

The City of Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a special called meeting at 3:00pmCT on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY. 

The purpose of the meeting is to review site development plans for Zaxby's restaurant located at Dohoney Trace.

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - Potential issues for remainder of 2023 Regular Session


By Representative Amy Neighbors

Lawmakers will reconvene for the remaining 26 days of the 2023 Regular Session in just a few days. Because this is an odd-year session, the legislature only meets for a total of 30 days, half the time devoted to session in even-numbered years. While also attending legislative meetings through this brief recess, I had the opportunity to meet with several of my legislative colleagues from the western region of the state to hear about new opportunities at Western Kentucky University. Because of expansions through several premiere industrial leaders such as Houchens Industries, and the campuses Innovation Commercialization Center, students are able to take advantage of the cutting edge in learning, as well as be presented with job opportunities not far from where they received their education. 

 

Without major issues like a budget, redistricting, or the pandemic on the agenda, the Kentucky House of Representatives will have an opportunity to focus on existing programs with an eye towards ensuring the state’s resources are used as effectively as possible. The House has 20 committees that meet during the session. Called “standing committees,” these groups are tasked with individual subject areas and allow lawmakers a chance to focus on topics like transportation, education, health services, families and children. Legislation must first clear the appropriate committees before it can be considered on the House Floor. 

 

More than 200 bills have already been filed this session. Some of the topics include those already being considered by House Standing Committees and include:

 

Natural Resources & Energy: Committee members will continue focusing on energy independence, as well as the current climate of Kentucky’s coal industry. December’s deep freeze left many Kentuckians in the cold as some energy providers reportedly implemented blackouts, reportedly to preserve energy reserves across the state. 

 

Agriculture: Lawmakers will continue working to help Kentucky farmers access the resources they need, including access to farming equipment. Additionally, the committee will look at issues pertaining to how soil conservation districts are governed on both the state and local level. 

 

Health Services: Members will explore potential measures to increase access to quality health care. These ideas include allowing cancer bio-marker screenings in “at-risk” patients to be covered by insurance, eliminating prior authorization mandates for certain providers, and expanding organ donation options. Currently, organs taken from donors who suffer a damaging injury before death go unused regardless of the condition of individual organs.

 

Tourism & Outdoor Recreation: The committee will evaluate the current state of tourism in our commonwealth and identify ways to help the industry recover from pandemic shutdowns and policies. Last session, the General Assembly passed the biennial budget. Legislators appropriated $75 million to support tourism recovery and investment. This session, the committee is likely to hear updates on tourism recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee will also receive the annual update on finances and administration of Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

 

House Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection: Kentucky’s emergency response is among the best in the nation, as we saw in the days immediately following the December 2021 tornadoes in Western Kentucky and July flooding in Eastern Kentucky. However, those experiences have also given us an opportunity to update how we approach these emergencies. VMAPPS members will focus on this issue, as well as on legislation that deals with veteran cemeteries, and military licensure compacts to help with the transition military families face when moving to a new state. 

 

Judiciary: Members are already working on two major issues, juvenile justice and child support reform. There have seen several incidents at juvenile centers across the state, and youths and the workers at these facilities face danger in places where safety is supposed to be a number one priority. Lawmakers worked on this issue during the interim and have met with the Department of Juvenile Justice, advocates, and other stakeholders. Helping collect back child support for Kentucky families will be another topic for the committee. During the 2022 interim, legislators heard testimony that there are millions owed, including almost $90 million in Jefferson County alone. Without a doubt, the children involved in these cases are suffering as a result of the nonpayment of the court-ordered support payments.

 

As always, I hope you will feel free to contact me with any questions or issues. I can be reached through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181. Please feel free to email me at Amy.Neighbors@lrc.ky.gov. If you would like more information about the legislature, you can visit the Legislative Research Commission website atlegislature.ky.gov.
 

An Adair County Woman Identified with Public's Help is now facing Multiple Felony Charges

 
On Wednesday January 25, 2023 the Adair County Sheriffs Office initiated an investigation into the theft of identity and fraudulent use of the victim’s credit cards. The credit cards and checks were stolen on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 and the credit cards were used in at least 5 locations, with checks cashed at one bank and attempted at another.  
   
A picture of the suspect was sent out to all media outlets asking the public for assistance in helping ID the female in the picture. The ACSO immediately starting receiving calls and started tracking down tips that led them to Russell County, Taylor County, Green County, and multiple locations in Adair County. Sheriff Josh Brockman and deputies responded and investigated every tip called in. On Wednesday, January 25, 2023 a tip came in that was substantiated and led to the suspects location and true identity. 
 
On Friday, January 27, 2023 Deputy Jason Camfield signed a warrant for the arrest of 34-year-old Jacqueline Sandusky of Columbia and served it at 2:28pmCT. Sandusky was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
  • Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree (felony)
  • Receipt of Credit Card (felony) &
  • Theft by Unlawful Taking (auto).

Deputy Jason Camfield was assisted by K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten. 
 
The ACSO is continuing the investigation and would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance.

(Photo from www.bustednewspaper.com)
 

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT... WINTRY MIX POSSIBLE THIS WEEK


?Today and Tonight
Tonight, a wintry mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow will fall over southern Indiana and central Kentucky. A dusting to around a half of an inch of snow and sleet will be possible along and north of the Kentucky parkways. This could cause walkways and roadways to become slippery.
 
Tuesday through Sunday
There will be several other chances for a light wintry mix this week, including Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, and Wednesday night. Minor impacts will be possible, especially with travel. Conditions may vary widely across the region.
 
SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...
Spotters are welcome to report precipitation types and amounts as the waves of light wintry mix move through the area this week. In addition to social media, the mPing app is another excellent way to report precipitation type.
 

Russell Springs Man Arrested on Meth Charges at Columbia Business

 

On Sunday afternoon, January 29, 2023, the Columbia Police Department was dispatched to Walmart on Burkesville Street for a suspicious person call. 


Upon arrival, a CPD offficer approached the male subject and called him by name in the parking lot. The subject fled on foot through Walmart parking lot. He was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit and was found to possess paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine. 

Anthony Cook, 32, of Russell Springs, KY has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing and evading 1st degree, and trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Cook additionally had four outstanding warrants. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest. He was assisted by Officer Joey Keith and Sgt Drew Conn.
 

Two Russell County Women Arrested on Drug Charges

 

Brittany Holt, 32, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by Deputy Nathan Ginn with the Russell County Sherriff’s Office on Sunday afternoon. Holt was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (greater than 2 grams of Meth) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Samantha Hatfield, 39, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by Deputy Keith with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday afternoon for Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition (Shoplifting) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Local KSP Telecommunicator Graduates With Honors and Named Class Valedictorian


Congratulations to Post 15 Telecommunicator Jessica Andrew for her graduation from the KSP Telecommunicator Academy in Frankfort.  Telecommunicator Andrew also graduated with academic honors as she was named the Valedictorian of her academy class. 
 

Captain Bradly Stotts and Telecommunication Manager Miranda Luttrell were also in attendance at the graduation representing Post 15.

 

Russell Springs Field Fire on Saturday

 

According to Fire Chief Bobby Johnson, at 1:29pmCT on Saturday, January 28, 2023 the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a field fire on West HWY 80. Nine firefighters responded to the scene and were on the scene for approximately 30 minutes. No injuries were reported.

 

 

Special Called Adair County School Board Meeting 1/31/23


SPECIAL CALLED ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING ON 1/31/23 AT THE ADAIR COUNTY BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM AT 5:00 P.M. 

 

AGENDA
**Meeting called to order**

***Pledge of Allegiance***

***Prayer***

 

1.  APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

REGULAR AGENDA

2.   APPOINTMENT OF SECRETARY TO THE BOARD FOR 2023

3.   DISCUSSION OF SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH PROCESS

4.   APPROVAL TO ADJOURN.

 

Gov. Beshear, Kentucky State Police Announce Telecommunications Academy Class 21 Graduates (Including One from KSP Post 15 in Columbia)

 

FRANKFORT, KY (Jan. 27, 2023) - Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky State Police (KSP) announced 14 telecommunicators, representing eight posts across the commonwealth, have graduated from the KSP Telecommunications Academy and are ready to begin answering the call for assistance to both citizens and law enforcement throughout the commonwealth.

 

“Congratulations to Class 21 on your accomplishments from the KSP Telecommunications Academy,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our telecommunicators are the heroes behind the headset that ensure our emergency services personnel are reaching citizens in need. We thank you for serving the commonwealth and creating a better Kentucky.” 

 

The graduates of Class 21 received 160 hours of instruction over four weeks. Major training areas include legal liability, limits of telecommunicator authority, telecommunicator’s role in public safety, interpersonal communications, customer service, combating stress and PTSD, ethics and confidentiality, responder safety, basic fire dispatch, state emergency operation plans, criminal justice information systems, first aid training, emergency medical dispatch and special needs callers.

 

During the academy, graduates were required to successfully process scripted calls for service and demonstrate proficiency in obtaining pertinent information, dispatching responders, providing emergency medical dispatch if needed, and correctly documenting information from the call for assistance. The training concluded with a computer simulation system that simulates their work environment in the radio room.

 

“Telecommunicators from the sixteen state police posts provide a link and a lifeline for the public to the vital emergency services they may need,” says KSP Telecommunications Training Instructor Jason Long. “Telecommunicators are unseen, but often heard, first responders to any incident and can provide lifesaving information at a moment’s notice.

 

Class 21 graduates and their assigned posts are:

  • Mairkqus Thompson, Post 1, Mayfield
  • Sarah Gowen, Post 4, Elizabethtown
  • Hannah Burgess, Post 9, Pikeville
  • Cory Fields, Post 9, Pikeville
  • Christy Ray, Post 9 Pikeville
  • Ana Loreto, Post 12, Frankfort
  • Timothy Neal, Post 12, Frankfort
  • Elizabeth Smith, Post 12, Frankfort
  • Hannah Tucker, Post 12, Frankfort
  • Ethan Brown, Post 13, Hazard
  • Kyler Calhoun, Post 13, Hazard
  • Kayla Spearman, Post 14, Ashland
  • Jessica Andrew, Post 15, Columbia
  • Hunter Hedges, Post 16, Henderson

 

After each class, the ‘Charlotte Tanner Valedictorian’ Award is presented to the graduate who earned the highest-class GPA and demonstrated extraordinary effort during the KSP Telecommunications Academy. The award is named in honor of the founder of the KSP telecommunications program, Charlotte Tanner, who served the commonwealth for more than 50 years as a telecommunicator, radio room supervisor, and instructor.

 

This year’s Charlotte Tanner Valedictorian Award has been awarded to Jessica Andrew, with a grade point average of 96%.

 

To apply for a telecommunicator position with KSP, click here, or contact the KSP post nearest to you for more information. The starting salary for KSP telecommunicators ranges from $27,733 to $33,559 annually based on experience, plus a $3,100 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

 

The mission of KSP is to promote 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 number one priority for KSP is to create a better Kentucky by making the commonwealth’s streets safer, communities stronger and the nation more secure by providing exceptional law enforcement made up of a diverse workforce. For more information about career opportunities with KSP visit the website.

 

Columbia Boil Water Advisory Lifted

 
As of 8:52 a.m. on Friday, January 27, 2023 the boil water advisory for customers from 278-2550 Prices Creek Rd, East Fork Rd, and Bragg Rd has been lifted by the Division of Water. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.
 

Area Arrests 1-27-23

 

 

  • Marcos Vasquez, 28, of Russell Springs - arrested by the Russell Springs Police Department early Friday morning for Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol, Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle, and No Operators License.
     
  • Zachary Mann, 21, of Jamestown - arrested on Thursday night by the Russell Springs Police Department on a Fugitive from Another State Warrant.

 

Both men were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

  • Jacqueline Sandusky, 34, of Columbia - arrested on Friday afternoon by the ACSO for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree, Receipt of Credit Card, and Theft by Unlawful Taking (Auto).
     
  • April Ellis, 41, of Indianapolis, Indiana - arrested on Thursday afternoon for Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth), Possession of Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, and Possession of Marijuana.

 

Both individuals were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

30 to 40 mph Gusty Winds Tomorrow...

 
Windy conditions out of the southwest are expected over the region beginning tomorrow mid-morning and lasting throughout the day. Wind gusts are expected to be 30 to 40 mph and most significant in the afternoon. Any outdoor items should be secured to prevent from blowing away. High profile vehicles driving on east-west oriented roads should use caution.

Special Called Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 1/27/23

 
The Adair Count Fiscal Court will meet in special called meeting Friday, January 27, 2023 at 3:30pmCT in the basement of the Adair Annex. 
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
                                 
  1. PERMISSION FOR THE COUNTY CLERK TO ORDER E-POLL BOOKS FOR THE ELECTION. 
  2. PERMISSION FOR THE JUDGE TO SIGN ALL PAPERWORK FOR THE POLL BOOKS FOR THE ELECTION.
  3. ADJOURNMENT                 
                                                                           
The meeting is open to the public. 
 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development progress; a recognition for Georgetown Police Department’s Master Senior Officer Teresa Hollon; disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky; awards for cleaner water projects and to nonprofits; inclement weather; the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline; public health; and the reopening of the Jefferson Juvenile Detention Center. He also named Ethan Almighty, a dog that travels the commonwealth to advocate for other shelter animals, and his family as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Economic Development Update
Gov. Beshear highlighted five economic development projects that are expected to create nearly 320 jobs and that represent more than $360 million in new investment.

 

The Governor also announced that the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority had its first meeting of the year. The board approved state tax incentives for projects bringing over  half a billion dollars in new investments and nearly 600 Kentucky jobs.

 

“I am very happy to share more great news about our economy, which continues to show amazing strength,” said Gov. Beshear. “And we’re not slowing down. We’re starting off 2023 the way we finished 2022, by bringing significant job-creating economic development projects to the commonwealth.”

 

The Governor announced an expansion in Ghent for North American Stainless (NAS), the largest fully integrated stainless steel producer in the United States. The company will expand its presence in the commonwealth with an addition to its 4.4 million-square-foot facility in Carroll County, creating 70 new full-time jobs with a $244 million investment.

 

“I have lived in Kentucky for 31 years and I am proud to be here. I want to thank all the talented employees at NAS. I want to thank all the elected officials of Kentucky and D.C. for all the help they have brought to support the $3 billion investment that we made in Kentucky,” said Cristobal Fuentes, NAS CEO. “This is the biggest investment from Spain in the United States. We manage 50% of stainless steel made in North America. This demonstrates our commitment to our customers and to Kentucky.”

 

The Governor announced further growth in the state’s electric vehicle industry as LioChem e-Materials, a subsidiary of Toyo Ink SC Holdings Co., will locate a new facility in Simpson County with a $104.4 million investment, creating 141 quality jobs for local Kentuckians, to support EV battery production.

 

“I couldn’t be happier or more thrilled to call Kentucky our home. So, I want to thank you Governor for the support and thank you all, state of Kentucky, for supporting this venture,” said John Easley, president of LioChem. “We look forward to being a part of this community.”

 

Gov. Beshear announced leaders at Carter Lumber Co., one of the nation’s largest lumberyard businesses, will expand its presence in Bowling Green with an $8.1 million investment, creating 86 quality jobs. The new construction is part of the company’s rebuilding efforts following the devasting tornadoes that impacted much of Western Kentucky in December 2021.

 

Gov. Beshear highlighted continued momentum of the state’s manufacturing industry, as Precision Sonar & Outdoors, a producer of GPS and sonar mounting systems, announced an expansion of operations in Benton with a nearly $2.2 million investment creating 12 full-time jobs for the local community.

 

The Governor announced a new investment from Kentucky’s signature bourbon industry, as startup Henderson Distilling Co. will establish a new distillery in Henderson County, creating 12 full-time jobs with a $5 million investment.

 

Gov. Beshear Presents Kentucky Colonel to Senior Officer
The Governor presented a Kentucky Colonel commission to Master Senior Officer Teresa Hollon from the Georgetown Police Department for exemplary service to her community. Officer Hollon served her country for seven years with the Kentucky National Guard and as an Estill County EMT for five years. She is retiring after 20 years of service with the Georgetown Police Department.

 

“Officer Hollon has served our commonwealth for 44 years through various roles. She is an exceptional leader and caring member of the Georgetown community,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

“Thank you to Officer Hollon for her dedicated time with the Georgetown Police Department and the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Georgetown Police Captain Josh Nash. “She has served her citizens well and we wish her the best in retirement.”

 

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

 

“This week marks six months since the floods devastated Eastern Kentucky and took the lives of 44 Kentuckians,” Gov. Beshear said. “The day the floods hit, I made a promise that we would be there until every structure and life is rebuilt. But we aren’t just committed to building back Eastern Kentucky, we’re going to build back stronger to ensure the future for these communities and the families who live there is brighter than ever before.”

 

Currently, 235 families are housed in travel trailers. Kentucky State Parks are now housing 25 people, down from the 360 people sheltered on Sept. 1, 2022.

Just under 1,100 state- and county-owned bridges have been inspected by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Approximately 100 were found to need replacement or major repair. To date, 33 of those bridges have been replaced and 13 others have been repaired.

 

If flood victims need help, they should call FEMA directly or visit a Multi-Agency Resource Center. Visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources for more information. FEMA is still approving claims and actively working to help flood victims.

 

The Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund has raised over $13.1 million from more than 41,000 donors. To contribute, click here.

 

EKSAFE Funds
Today, Gov. Beshear also announced over $4.6 million in awards from the Eastern Kentucky SAFE Fund. Today’s awards include:

  • $414, 674 for three projects in Fleming Neon;
  • Over $1.1 million to the Knott County Fiscal Court to fund a FEMA match;
  • Over $390,000 to Letcher County Water and Sewer District to fund a FEMA match;
  • $25,548 to Magoffin County Water District for FEMA project match;
  • $300,000 to Mountain Water District to help with strained fiscal liquidity; and
  • Just under $159,570 to the City of Whitesburg for three projects.

 

Since September 2022, Eastern Kentucky has received over $31.2 million in SAFE Fund payments.

 

Gov. Beshear Announces Second Rebuilding Location in Eastern Kentucky
Tuesday, as part of his ongoing commitment to help Eastern Kentucky rebuild after devastating flooding six months ago, Gov. Beshear announced a second location for new, high-ground homes.

 

Located just five miles from downtown Hazard, the 50-acre building site is close to schools, shopping centers and the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center. Plans for the first phase of the site include approximately 150 houses, partially funded by the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund in partnership with local nonprofit builders.

 

“Rebuilding on high ground is a chance to lift up entire communities with upgraded infrastructure and safe, affordable, energy-efficient homes,” Gov. Beshear said. “But our work in Eastern Kentucky is not done until there is prosperity in the entire region.”

 

The Ison family is contributing prime land for the project.

 

Funding for Clean Water, Nonprofits in Pike and Perry Counties
Tuesday, Gov. Beshear announced more than $3.8 million in awards to expand access to clean water and support nonprofits in Pike County. He also announced over $8 million in awards for Perry County, including waterline updates, sewer infrastructure projects and nonprofit assistance.

 

Winter Weather Update
The Governor provided an update on recent inclement weather in the commonwealth. He encouraged Kentuckians to stay alert as scattered snowstorms and 15 to 25 mph winds impact Kentucky. Some areas are expected to receive at least an inch of snow. Gov. Beshear also reminded everyone to drive carefully and stay aware of weather conditions.

 

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Gov. Beshear provided an update on 988, the easy-to-remember, three-digit mental health crisis hotline, which connects Kentuckians facing thoughts of suicide, mental health distress or an addiction crisis to compassionate and trained counselors who can help.

 

The Governor reported it has been just over six months since Kentucky took part in the national changeover to 988. During this time, trained counselors have responded to an average of 2,420 calls per month, which is a 26% increase of calls per month compared to the first half of 2022, when the 10-digit National Suicide Lifeline was the primary phone number.

 

Additionally, there has been a 14% decrease in abandoned calls since activating 988, and 92% of the call centers across the state have answer rates of less than 20 seconds.

 

Public Health Update
Gov. Beshear also updated Kentuckians on influenza, RSV and COVID-19. The spread of influenza seems to be declining but remains at elevated levels in Kentucky. Locations and appointments for the flu vaccine can be found at vaccines.gov.

 

The Governor said the most recent COVID-19 data shows there have not been substantial increases in cases or hospitalizations in Kentucky. However, most Kentucky counties have moderate or high COVID-19 Community Levels. He encouraged those who are eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine booster.

 

Jefferson Juvenile Detention Center to Reopen
The Governor said that the Jefferson Juvenile Detention Center will reopen next week and begin accepting male juveniles who have been ordered to secure detention.

 

The detention center was temporarily closed in November after Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) facilities management performed a test fire alarm which raised questions about the system’s functionality. Since then, DJJ has been making improvements to the facility, including upgrades to the doors, locks and fire alarm system.

 

The building has now been cleared for partial occupancy. Only one living unit will be opened at this time and will house 10 males. The other two living units are continuing to receive upgrades and will open once the upgrades are complete.

 

Only male juveniles younger than 14 or who have been charged with lower-level offenses (class D felony or lower) will be housed at Jefferson Juvenile Detention Center. DJJ central office leadership will be filling in at the detention center until a superintendent is hired.

 

“I am committed to fostering a juvenile justice system that meets the needs of today’s at-risk youth and works to rehabilitate them, so when they leave, they will have a better foundation to succeed and hopefully not return to the system,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
The Governor named Ethan Almighty, a dog that travels the commonwealth to advocate for other shelter animals, and his family as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. He thanked the Kentucky Humane Society for their incredible efforts to save Ethan’s life and to protect other animals like him.

 

“Ethan’s journey has been nothing short of amazing,” said Gov. Beshear. “Left at the Kentucky Humane Society in horrible condition, Ethan recovered with the help of some pretty incredible Kentuckians. Now, Ethan travels far and wide to teach us the importance of caring for our animals.”

 

On Monday, Gov. Beshear joined the Kentucky Humane Society to declare January as Ethan Almighty Shelter Animal Awareness Month in Kentucky.

 

Marion County Man Found Guilty of Intentional Murder

 

LEBANON, KY (January 26, 2023) - Timothy R. Mays, 51 of Lebanon, KY was found guilty by a jury on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 in Marion County Circuit Court. The jury found that Mr. Mays was guilty of Intentional Murder with an Aggravating Circumstance. The aggravating circumstance to the murder charge stems from Mr. Mays murdering Nina Hunt while an interpersonal protection order (IPO) was in effect. 

 

The jury also found Mr. Mays was guilty of Violation of Kentucky IPO/DVO and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

 

Timothy Mays had previously been indicted on these charges by the Marion County Grand Jury in June 2020. 

 

Mays is scheduled to be formally sentenced before a Marion County Circuit Court Judge on February 16, 2023.

 

 

 

Raywick, KY  (April 6, 2020) – The Kentucky State Police is investigating a shooting that occurred on April 5th, 2020 at approximately 8:48 PM EST on Clear Creek Road in the Raywick community of Marion County. KSP Post 15 was contacted by the Marion County 911 Center to respond to a complaint of 48 year old Timothy Mays of Lebanon being in violation of his KY EPO/DVO, by showing up at the petitioner’s residence. When Units arrived they discovered that 42 year old, Nina Devonne Hunt of Raywick, KY had been assaulted and had a single gunshot wound to her head. During the investigation, an arrest warrant was obtained and Troopers were able to locate and arrest Mays charging him with Assault 1st Domestic Violence and Violation of a KY EPO/DVO. Mays was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center. Hunt was transported to Springview Hospital by EMS and airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital where she is listed in critical condition. KSP Detective Marvin Blakey leads the investigation.

 

Pulaski County Sheriffs Office Investigating Shooting

 

Sheriff Bobby Jones reports that the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a shooting that occurred at a residence on Normandy Lane in Pulaski County.  

 

Sheriff Jones stated that Natosha Robinson, 44, was dropped off at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was dropped off by an unknown male. Ms. Robinson was later transported to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, KY.    

 

Upon the initial investigation by the Somerset Police Department, it was believed that the victim had been shot at the residence on Normandy Lane. The residence was secured, and a search warrant was served on the home. Evidence located at the scene indicated the shooting took place at the residence. 

 

The suspect is Sonny Lee Powell, 48, from Normandy Lane in Somerset, KY. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office has obtained an arrest warrant for Powell’s arrest. His location is not known at this time. He is described as a white male, 5’10”, weight is approximately 150 lbs. Powell has blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen driving a black, 1997 Jeep Cherokee, KY License Plate # 979-PYW. Anyone with information is asked to call 606-678-5145.

 

The victim and the accused have the same address but the relationship between the two individuals is unknown at this time.  

 

The Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the Somerset Police Department, Kentucky State Police, the Somerset/Pulaski County Emergency Medical Services, Somerset Fire Department, and Pulaski County Animal Control.  

 

This case is still under investigation by Detective Joey Johnson with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and the Pulaski County Major Crimes Task Force, which consist of the Sheriff’s Office, the Somerset Police Department, and KSP.

 

   Any information that you may have, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 606-678-5145.  You can remain anonymous.

 

Sheriff Bobby Jones stated that if you have any information, you can also call our anonymous tip line at 606-679-8477.  

Columbia- Adair Boil Water Advisory 1/26/23

 

Date Issued: 1/26/2023

Time Issued: 9:00 a.m.

 

A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers from 278-2550 Prices Creek Rd, East Fork Rd, and Bragg Rd. The advisory has been issued due to main line leak. 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, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.

 

Three People Arrested in Columbia on Drug Charges


On Wednesday night, January 25, 2023 the Columbia Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence on Bridgeport Circle, off of the Veterans Memorial Bypass. During the search and investigation, CPD Officers located drug paraphernalia, suboxone, and suspected methamphetamine and three occupants were placed into custody. 


Craig Irvin, 34, and Shaunna Wathen, 38, of Columbia, KY and Olivia Kelly, 29, of Nancy, KY have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). They were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
Officer Justin Cross is the primary investigator. He was assisted by multiple CPD Officers.
 

Area Arrest 1-26-23

Area Arrest

Shaunna Wathen, age 38, of Columbia, was arrested by Officer Necessary of the Columbia Police Department just before midnight last night. Wathen was charged with Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Possession of Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Meth). She was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Craig Irvin, age 34, of Columbia, was arrested by Officer Cross with the Columbia Police Department, just after 11:30 last evening. Irvin was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Possession of Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree – Drug Unspecified and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession. He was also lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Adair Fiscal Court Recap 1/24/23


The Adair County Fiscal Court met this week. Jim Lieb files this report for Wave News...

 

 

Head-on Collision in Adair County Results in Both Drivers being Injured


On Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 3:55pmCT, Adair 911 received multiple calls of an injury collision 10 miles east of Columbia on Highway 80.
 
The preliminary investigation shows that 26-year-old Logan Russell of Russell Springs, KY was traveling east on Hwy. 80 when he lost control of his 2014 Ford passenger car and entered into the westbound lane of traffic, striking a 2012 Mazda head-on that was being driven by 25-year-old Mark Hutchison of Columbia. 
 
Hutchison was treated on scene by Adair EMS after he was extricated from the vehicle by the Columbia-Adair County Fire Department and was transported to Russell County Hospital. 

Russell was treated on scene by Adair EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia where he was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital.  

The accident is being investigated by Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch who was assisted by Sheriff Josh Brockman. The Columbia-Adair County Fire Department, Adair EMS and Adair County Sheriffs Office were responding agencies.

ACSO Needing Help in Identifying Female Involved in Stolen Identity Case


The Adair County Sheriffs Office is seeking assistance in identifying this female. Identification is in reference to a stolen identity case and fraudulent credit card use. If you have any information who this female is, you may remain anonymous but please call the ACSO at 270-384-2776.  

 

Deputy Jason Camfield is the investigating officer.
 

 

 

 

Russell County Indictments 1/24/23

 

A Russell County Grand Jury has returned indictments against three individuals...
 
 
  1. Scott Swartz, 41, of Adrain, Michigan - Persistent Felony Offender 1st degree.
  2. Mario Gomez Batolon, 51, of Russell Springs - Strangulation 1st degree, Assault 4th degree
  3. Ronnie Johnson, 42, of Russell Springs - 16 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument (or forged checks) 2nd degree.
 
Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.
 

Area Arrest 1-24-23

William Phillips, age 48, of Pulaski Tennessee, was taken into custody by Deputy Gills with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just before 4 yesterday afternoon. Phillips was charged with Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st degree (motor vehicle) and Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Alcohol 1st. He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

Area Arrests 1/23/23

 
  • Joseph Russell Chapman, 57, of Columbia - arrested Monday afternoon by CPD for DUI and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle.
  • Justin Highfield, 30, of Russell Springs - arrested on Sunday night by KSP for Possession of Methamphetamine 2nd offense, Resisting Arrest, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Contempt of Court, 2 counts of Failure to Appear, and Probation Violation (for a Felony Offense).
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 
  • Justin Emerson, 32, of Russell Springs - arrested on Friday afternoon by RSPD for Non-Payment of Fines, Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court.
 
Lodged in the RC Detention Center.
 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 1/24/23

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in "Regular Called Session" on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 6:00pmCT in the Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. The meeting is open to the public.

 

AGENDA

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

PRAYER

CALL TO ORDER

ROLL CALL
                                

1.   APPROVAL OF AGENDA

2.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES

           A.)  Regular Called Meeting - December 27, 2022
           B.) Special Called Meeting - January 3, 2023

3.   DISBURSEMENTS

4.   REPORTS
           A.)  SHERIFF’S REPORT
           B.)  ROAD DEPARTMENT REPORT
           C.)  G.R.A.S. REPORT
           D.)  COMMITTEE REPORTS
           E.)   JAIL REPORT

5.   TREASURER
           A.)  TREASURER’S REPORT
           B.)  QUARTERLY REPORT                   

6.   BUDGET AMENDMENTS                                       

7.   BUDGET TRANFERS

           A.)  LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
           B.)  FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS

8.   COURT ORDERS

9.   READING OF ROADS
 

10.   ACTION ITEMS:                             

           A)   PERMISSION TO ADVERTISE FOR BIDS FOR THE BATHROOMS AT THE JIM BLAIR CENTER

          B)    2023 FISCAL COURT COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

          C)   COUNTY CLERK-E-POLL BOOKS DISCUSSION

          D)   OPEN AND POSSIBLE AWARDING OF JUDICIAL CENTER CARPET BIDS

          E)   BENEFIT REQUEST TO WAIVE FEE FOR JIM BLAIR CENTER

          F)   TRANSFER STATION WALL PROPOSAL

          G)   FIRST READING TO AMEND COUNTY TOURISM ORDINANCES

          H)   APPOINT BOARD MEMBERS TO THE COUNTY TOURISM BOARD

 

11.   OTHER BUSINESS

12.   PUBLIC COMMENTS

13.   ADJOURN

 

KSP Charges Washington County Man with Criminal Abuse

 

UPDATE: (January 23, 2023) - Following an investigation by KSP, the Washington County Grand Jury has returned an indictment for James Dalton Jeffries and Savannah Brooke Turner of Springfield, KY. The charges are the following:

  • Murder
  • Criminal Abuse 1st Degree - Child 12 or Under
  • Wanton Endangerment - 1st Degree
  • Trafficking in a Controlled Substance - 1st Degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Drug Paraphernalia - Buy/Possess

Both individuals have been arrested and lodged in the Marion County Detention Center.

 

 

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, 25-year-old James Dalton Jeffries of Springfield, KY was arrested and is being charged with the following:

  • Criminal Abuse 1st Degree – Child 12 or Under
  • Assault 1st Degree
  • Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree
  • Assault 4th Degree (Domestic Violence)
  • Trafficking Controlled Substance 1st Degree (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.

 

KSP Announce 2023 Trooper Island Raffle Vehicle

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (January 13, 2023) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is offering the public the opportunity to own a brand-new vehicle in 2023. The agency’s non-profit, Trooper Island Camp, is raffling off a luxurious 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 4WD, and proceeds from the sales support the camp for underprivileged children. Coming from Bailey-Gibson Buick GMC in Glasgow, Ky., this advanced Denali is cloaked in a white frost exterior and perforated forge leather interior. It’s equipped with a 5.3L, EcoTec3 V-8 engine, and an integrated trailer brake controller and trailering package.

 

Last year, Trooper Island Camp set a new record by selling all 35,000 tickets for the 2022 GMC Sierra raffle truck. KSP Trooper Island Camp Commander Trooper Jonathan Biven said he hopes to surpass that number in 2023.

 

“We are once again we are excited to be able to offer an amazing truck,” said Trooper Biven. “Every year, our raffle sales increase and it would not be possible without the generosity of our supporters.”

 

Tickets are $10 each and are available on the Trooper Island website or any KSP post throughout the state. A total of 50,000 tickets will be sold, with the raffle truck drawing on August 27, 2023, at 3 PM (ET) at the Kentucky State Fair. Ticket holders do not have to be present to win. The raffle winner is responsible for all tax and license fees. (Charitable gaming license #0000633.)

 

The 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 4WD is equipped with a remote engine start and an electric sliding sunroof. Inside the truck are heated front and back seats, a heated steering wheel, hitch guidance with hitch view and image adjustment, and an OnStar Communication System and Sirius XM satellite radio. This first-class truck has a power sliding rear window with a defogger, power retracting assist steps with perimeter lighting, and a 2-speed autotrac transfer case. A full list of features and equipment can be found on the Trooper Island website.

 

Trooper Island is a free summer camp for underprivileged boys and girls aged 10-12 operated by the Kentucky State Police on Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County. It is financed entirely by donations; no public funds are used. Each year, the camp hosts approximately 700 children, providing good food, fresh air, recreation, guidance, and structured, esteem-building activities designed to build good citizenship and positive relationships with law enforcement officers.

 

Adair School Board Announcement Concerning "Gender & Sexuality Alliance Club"

 
The following announcement is from the Adair County School Board:
 
"Be it known that the Adair County Board of Education has had no involvement in making the decision thus allowing the "Gender & Sexuality Alliance Club" recently initiated at the Adair County High School. This decision was solely the responsibility of the Adair County High School Site Based Decision Making Council with vested authority in the principal of the school who chairs the committee. Per Kentucky law, there exists separation of duties between the Adair County Board of Education and the Site Based Decision Making Council, particular to each school, as members of each the School Board and the Site Based Decision Making Council are duly elected in their own respect."
 

Golden Rule-Wilson Wins State Advertising Awards; Alex Popplewell and Wesson Burton Bring Home State Auctioneer Awards

 
The Kentucky Auctioneer’s Association held its annual Convention the weekend of January 21, 2023 in Lexington, KY. Golden Rule-Wilson Real Estate & Auction brought home several state advertising awards including:
 
  • Best Real Estate & Personal Property Newspaper Advertisement (B&W)
  • Best Personal Property Newspaper Advertisement (B&W) &
  • Best Radio Advertisement. 
Local Auctioneer Alex Popplewell won Professional Division State Reserve Champion Auctioneer. Wesson Burton brought home the State Junior Division Championship.  
 
Pictured accepting the awards (left to right): Simon Wilson, Chris Wilson, Alex Popplewell and Wesson Burton.  
 

Adair County Woman Dies After High Winds Blow Restaurant Sign Down on Vehicle


An Adair County woman is dead and two others injured after a Denny’s restaurant sign crushed a car Thursday afternoon in Elizabethtown. The sign toppled from the high-mast post located along US 62 just off the I-65 interchange at Exit 94. All of the vehicle’s occupants had to be cut out by emergency responders. 

 

The deceased passenger is identified as 72-year-old Lillian Curtis. She passed away due to head trauma after being transported to the University of Louisville Hospital. Her husband, Lloyd Curtis (who was also a passenger) and their daughter, Mary Graham (who was driving the late model Dodge Dart), were taken to Baptist Health Hardin with less severe injuries. 
 

The family was returning to Columbia from Louisville after Mr. Curtis’s treatment for complications of recent heart surgery. The car was traveling through the parking lot between Denny’s and White Castle as the sign fell. Winds were gusting to near 50mph at the time. While the long-standing sign has endured higher gusts, meteorologists note the whipping characteristic of winds Thursday was extreme. 

 

Police and city officials are investigating the incident and are reviewing sign permit details.

Adair County Woman Dies in House Fire


On Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 5:37amCT, Adair County 911 received a call of a structure fire at 111 Sulpher Springs Road, 8 miles north of Columbia. The Columbia-Adair County Fire Department was notified and responded to the scene with 13 firefighters. 
 

Upon their arrival, the rear of the house was fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters made entry into the home and stopped the fire from spreading throughout the structure, but continued to fight hot spots in the attic and in the walls for an extended period of time. It was confirmed on scene that 74-year-old Darlene Wick (the homeowner) was unaccounted for and believed to still be in the home.

 

At 6:03amCT Sheriff Josh Brockman and Adair County Coroner Roger Huckaby were notified to respond to the scene. At 7:05amCT, the body of Ms. Wicks was discovered by the fire department in the back bedroom where she slept.


The fire is believed to have started in the back bedroom and an investigation shows that 3 space heaters, one kerosene and the other two electric, were being used regularly.  


Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman and Coroner Roger Huckaby are continuing the investigation.

 

The Columbia-Adair County Fire Department was on scene for 4.5 hours along with responses from multiple agencies including the Breeding Fire Department, Adair County EMS, Adair County Emergency Management, Kentucky State Fire Marshall’s Office, Adair County Sheriffs Office and the Adair County Coroner’s Office.

 

Interstate Shooting in Mayflower, Arkansas Claims Life of Russell County Man

 
According to the Mayflower Arkansas Police Department who is conducting the homicide investigation, the shooting happened on the on-ramp from Arkansas 89 South about 12:20 p.m. Saturday, and blocked traffic on the westbound ramp.
 
Reportedly, multiple shots were fired and a Russell County man was transported to a local hospital for treatment where he was later pronounced deceased. WAVE News has been asked to remove the victim's name from our website due to safety concerns.
 
The suspect is a black male wearing a blue hoodie and driving a silver or gray 4-door sedan with Tennessee plates. He was last seen headed westbound on Interstate 40.
 
We'll have more details as they are released from the Mayflower Police Dept.
 

Department of Revenue Offers Tax Filing Assistance

 
At his Team Kentucky press conference today (Thursday), Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians that each year, the Department of Revenue partners with the IRS to operate Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites. At these sites, knowledgeable staff provide free tax filing assistance to eligible individuals and families, as well as Kentucky state government employees.
 
This free service is available to help individuals with an annual income of $60,000 or less or any Kentucky state government employee. The window to schedule an appointment opened this week. In-person assistance will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from February 2 - April 13, 2023.
 
If you believe you qualify and would like to take advantage of this service, please schedule an appointment. You can find a list of all the regional taxpayer service centers on the Department of Revenue’s website: www.revenue.ky.gov.
 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 19, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on UofL Health – South Hospital; applications for the Recovery Ready Communities program; tax filing assistance; eviction relief; recovery and rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky; the Department of Juvenile Justice and public health. He also named the Louisville Orchestra musicians and staff as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

UofL Health – South Hospital 
Yesterday, Gov. Beshear joined UofL Health to celebrate the hoisting of the commemorative community beam at the new South Hospital in Bullitt County. The new facility will provide additional inpatient beds, enhanced emergency capabilities, an intensive care unit, a cardiac/vascular lab and increased surgical and outpatient services. The project will add 100,000 square feet of new space and is expected to create at least 100 new jobs.

 

“I believe that health care is a basic human right. And the new UofL Health – South Hospital will provide lifesaving care and treatment for all of the people who come through the doors,” Gov. Beshear said. “The completion of UofL Health – South Hospital represents the steps we’re taking to move Kentucky forward and make it a better place to call home for our families.”

 

Applications Open for Recovery Ready Communities Program
Today, Gov. Beshear announced that applications are open for Kentucky communities to apply for Recovery Ready certification.

 

In June of 2022, the Governor announced the creation of the Recovery Ready Communities program. The Office of Drug Control Policy, the Advisory Council for Recovery Ready Communities and Volunteers of America Mid-States created this certification program for communities across the commonwealth.


Communities are eligible to apply for this certification, which measures their services to residents seeking help for drug or alcohol addiction in three different categories: prevention, treatment and recovery support. To read more, see the full release.

 

Department of Revenue Offers Tax Filing Assistance
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians that each year, the Department of Revenue partners with the IRS to operate Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites. At these sites, knowledgeable staff provide free tax filing assistance to eligible individuals and families, as well as Kentucky state government employees.

 

This free service is available to help individuals with an annual income of $60,000 or less or any Kentucky state government employee. The window to schedule an appointment opened this week. In-person assistance will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 2 to Apr. 13.

 

If you believe you qualify and would like to take advantage of this service, please schedule an appointment. You can find a list of all the regional taxpayer service centers on the Department of Revenue’s website.

 

Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund
Gov. Beshear said that rent and utility assistance applications through the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief portal will no longer be reviewed beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023.

 

“We will use the remaining dollars to fund programs for those most at risk of eviction and homelessness. If Kentucky receives more federal funding, the program will resume,” Gov. Beshear said. “The goal is to have an ongoing program for rent assistance.”

 

The fund has provided 52,738 households nearly $205 million in rental assistance and more than $23.5 million in utility and internet assistance to help keep families in their homes during the pandemic.

 

In December, Gov. Beshear announced the reallocation of $54 million through Team Kentucky’s Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund to further support Lexington and Louisville homeowners, renters and landlords who are still impacted by the pandemic. Since the program launched in February 2021, Gov. Beshear has directed over $46 million in funds to Lexington and $92.2 million in funds to Louisville.

 

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

 

“Next week, we will mark six months since unprecedented flooding destroyed many homes and devastated communities in Eastern Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said. “We are making good progress, but there is much work left to be done.”

 

Currently, 243 families are housed in travel trailers. Kentucky State Parks are now housing 28 people, down from the 360 people sheltered on Sept. 1, 2022.

 

If flood victims need help, they should call FEMA directly or visit a Multi-Agency Resource Center. Visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources for more information. FEMA is still approving claims and actively working to help flood victims.

 

The Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund has raised over $13.1 million from more than 41,000 donors. To contribute, click here.

 

Future of Juvenile Justice System
Today, Gov. Beshear expanded upon recent steps taken by his administration to enhance youth and staff safety at the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) in response to recent violent incidents.

 

The Governor announced additional action to improve the juvenile justice system and called on the General Assembly to support these changes and fund the salary increase. Click here to read the full release.

 

Public Health Update 
Gov. Beshear also updated Kentuckians on influenza, RSV and COVID-19. The spread of influenza seems to be declining but remains at elevated levels in Kentucky. Locations and appointments for the flu vaccine can be found at vaccines.gov.

 

RSV activity appears to be declining in the state. People of any age can become infected with RSV, and most recover within one to two weeks. RSV can be serious, however, especially for infants and older adults.

 

The Governor said the most recent COVID-19 data shows that the virus is increasing nationwide. Most Kentucky counties now have moderate or high COVID-19 Community Levels. He encouraged those who are eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine booster.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Gov. Beshear named the Louisville Orchestra musicians and staff as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. The Governor joined the Louisville Orchestra yesterday to announce the orchestra’s two-year touracross Kentucky beginning in May, playing for audiences as part of “In Harmony – The Commonwealth Tour of the Louisville Orchestra.”

 

“These musicians are the living legacy of the many who came before them, all working to build a better Kentucky. The Louisville Orchestra is meeting Kentuckians where they are, highlighting the impact an orchestra can have,” Gov. Beshear said. “Team Kentucky knows you all are going to touch countless lives – and we are grateful to each of you.”

ACMS D.A.R.E Graduation


Adair County Middle School held their DARE graduation ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, January 17, 2023. The seventh grade class completed DARE's middle school curriculum the previous semester under School Resource Officer Jimmy Luttrell.

During the ceremony, students were recognized, had the opportunity to draw for prizes, and heard from guest speaker Ben Hadley.

 

Area Arrest 1-19-23


Zachary Bramlett, 30, of Louisville, KY was arrested by Officer Tweedy with the Burkesville Police Department just before 2 a.m. yesterday morning. Bramlett was charged with No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Possession of Marijuana, Operating Vehicle with Expired Operators License, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Meth) and on a Fugitive from Another State Warrant. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Russell County Man Arrested for Possession of Gun by Felon

 
Christopher Stephens, 40, of Jamestown, KY was arrested on Tuesday night by KSP for Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon and 2 counts of Non-Payment of Fines. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Lindsey Wilson Volleyball has New Head Coach

 

Aubrey Beaumont has been selected as the 11th head coach of the Lindsey Wilson volleyball program, Athletics Director Willis Pooler announced.

Beaumont comes to Lindsey Wilson with collegiate coaching and playing experience. For the past two seasons, she served as an assistant coach with McPherson College. Her leadership pushed the Bulldogs to a 30-23-1 record over the span and a birth in the NAIA National Championship Tournament in 2021.

 

Severe Weather Possible Tonight and Thursday Morning

Mike Keltner, Director of Adair Co. Emergency Management tells WAVE NEWS that the National Weather Service is advising of possible severe weather this week. A strong low pressure system will move into the region on Wednesday. Heavy rainfall with the system could result in isolated instances of flooding (both flash flooding and river). Isolated strong to severe storms are possible as well.

The timeframe for severe weather across southern Indiana and central Kentucky will generally be from 10pmCT on Wednesday through 5amCT on Thursday.

Russell Springs Police Release Monthly Activity Report

Russell Springs Police Department released its monthly report for December.

The department responded to 19 auto collisions and issued 28 citations they also performed 38 motorist assists and 52 traffic stop. This according to Police Chief Pierce. 

Columbia Man Charged for Trafficking in Meth

 

Columbia Police responded to a suspicious person call on Tuesday afternoon, January 17, 2023 in the vicinity of Tutt Street and Burksville Street. A male, matching the description of the suspicious person, was located at FiveStar on Hudson Street. While speaking to the male, officers received a call of a subject dropping belongings on property on Grissom Street (off of Tutt Street) which was found to contain suspected narcotics and $1895 in cash.


The male subject stated to police he had used methamphetamine earlier in the day. After he was searched, he was found to be in possession of suspected narcotics and drug paraphernalia.


Larin Stotts, 39, of Columbia was placed into custody and has been charged with public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine).


CPD Officer Holly Necessary made the arrest. She was assisted on scene by Sgt. Evan Burton and Chief Jr Murphy.
 

Columbia/Adair County Arrests...

 

Larin Stotts, 39, of Bowling Green, KY (formerly of Adair County) - arrested by CPD on Tuesday for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, and Public Intoxication.
 
Mark Ford, 36, of Pikeville, KY - arrested by KSP on Tuesday morning on a Fugitive from Another State Warrant and for Non-Payment of Fines.
 
Jeffery Glenn Rowe, 39, of Columbia, KY - arrested on Sunday afternoon by CPD for Giving Officer False Identifying Information, Non-Payment of Fines, Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Inmate Walks Away from Adair Class D Facility

 
The Columbia Police Department was called to the Class D Facility of the Adair Regional Jail on Sunday night, January 15, 2023 after staff reported a Class D inmate had walked away from the facility.
 
Shawn Hamilton, 28, of Nicholasville, KY had been in Adair’s Class D facility since January 9, 2023 before waking away on Sunday. He was being held for 1st degree Burglary and now faces Escape charges.
 
If anyone has any information leading to Hamilton’s capture, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 270-384-4119.
 

Area Arrest 1-17-23

Jason Miller, age 46 of Columbia, was arrested by Officer Foster with the Columbia Police Department just before 7 last evening. Miller was charged with Menacing, Resisting Arrest and Assault, 4th Degree Dating Violence (No Visible Injury). He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Adair County Man Injured after Striking Horse in Roadway


On Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 6:05pmCT, Adair County 911 received a call of a reported injury collision 5 miles west of Columbia on KY 80.  
    

Deputy Josh Durbin arrived on scene to find that a 2007 Tahoe, operated by Jeff Dixon of Columbia, had struck a horse that was in the roadway. 
 
Mr. Dixon was treated on scene by Adair EMS and taken to TJ Health Columbia. He was later transferred to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington for additional treatment of injuries sustained in the collision.  

Deputy Josh Durbin was assisted on scene by Deputy Jason Camfield and Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch.

 

Two Dead and another in Hospital with Life-Threatening Injuries following Fatal Collision in Clinton County

 
On Saturday, January 14, 2023 at approximately 4:48 P.M. CST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a 2-vehicle injury collision on US 127 in Clinton County.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed that Jonathan Farmer, age 32 of Eubank, was traveling north on US 127 in a 2001 Nissan Frontier, when he attempted to pass a slower-moving vehicle. Mr. Farmer attempted to avoid a collision with the vehicle he was passing and lost control of his vehicle. Mr. Farmer met a 2019 Chevrolet Trax traveling south on US 127 being operated by Deborah Scott, age 72 of New Castle, IN. Ms. Scott attempted to avoid a collision but was unable to do so and struck the passenger side of Mr. Farmer’s vehicle.

 

A passenger in Mr. Farmer’s vehicle, Jacob Dick, age 31 of Science Hill, was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Clinton County Coroner. Jonathan Farmer was transported to the Clinton County Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by the Clinton County Coroner.  Ms. Scott was transported to the University of Kentucky hospital with life-threatening injuries. 


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

 

KY Teens Facing Violent Charges Moved to High-Level Security Facilities

 

All male juveniles 14 or older facing violent charges in KY have been moved to high-level security facilities. Gov. Beshear announced Thursday that the facilities to be given the high-security designation are the Adair Regional Detention Center, Fayette Regional Juvenile Detention Center and Warren Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Those centers, he said, will house male juveniles ages 14 and older who are charged with violent or other serious offenses. The Governor said 37 male juveniles have been transported to facilities in Adair, Fayette or Warren Counties.


“At the higher-level facilities, we can really amp up our security, and that will make everyone safer," the governor said at his weekly news conference.

 

It's the next step in a series of changes to the Dept. of Juvenile Justice, which include separating inmates by gender and offense. Until now, juveniles charged in Kentucky had been housed at their closest regional detention center.


Last November, several young people and staff were wounded in the disturbance at the Adair County Youth Detention Center. It began when a juvenile assaulted a staff member, took the employee’s keys and released other young people from their cells, according to KSP. Order was restored after KSP troopers and other law enforcement officers entered the facility.
 

State Rep. Amy Neighbors "Legislative Update"

 

By State Representative Amy Neighbors

I left Frankfort on Friday, January 6 after four busy legislative days. While we are set to reconvene session on February 7, committees are meeting and legislators continue to work on the bills and resolutions we will take up when we return.

Session is a great time to visit the Capitol in Frankfort. If you are interested in making the trip while we are in session, please consider allowing me to schedule a tour of the Capitol. We are also able to arrange tours of the Kentucky History Center, the Old Capitol, and the Military History Museum.

Of course, I welcome you to attend legislative committee meetings and House Floor proceedings. The House Gallery is open to the public and provides a bird's eye view of the work we do while in session. Please let me know in advance if you are making plans to visit during the session.

One of my favorite duties as a legislator is welcoming school groups to Frankfort. These tours remind me why I am serving this community and provide school children with a firsthand appreciation of their state capitol building and capital city. If you have a school group or civic organization that would like to come visit, I hope you will let me arrange the tour. I also have some resources for groups that cannot make the trip - including a video tour and activity books.

I am also excited to welcome individual students who are interested in serving as a legislative page. The program has a limited number of slots and fills up quickly, so please let me know as soon as possible so we can try to reserve a slot. Pages must be 10 years old or older. They serve for a day on the House Floor, running errands, delivering copies of bills or paperwork, and performing other errands and duties. It is a great opportunity to experience the legislative process firsthand. Honestly, they also remind us that the work we are doing will have long term repercussions for their generation and those to come.

While I welcome the opportunity to visit with constituents who travel to the capital city, I also know that lives are busy and sometimes that is not possible. Because of this, we are still using a variety of tools to keep the legislature's work accessible to Kentuckians across the state. In fact, if anything good came out of the pandemic, it is the fact that we are able to use technology to increase transparency. For decades, Kentucky Educational Television (KET) has televised committee meetings and the work we do on the House Floor. In addition, the legislature now offers a YouTube channel and broadcasts live from committees that KET is unable to cover. To access the KET and YouTube coverage, visit www.legislature.ky.gov and click on the Live Coverage box. You may also go directly to them via www.ket.org and KY LRC Committee Meetings on YouTube. Both the legislature and KET keep an archive of meetings so you can watch them at any time.

The House Majority Caucus also has a presence (@KYHouseGOP) on YouTube and other social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. These are also a valuable resource as they often share information throughout the day as news unfolds.

The Legislative Research Commission (LRC) is the legislature's administrative arm and maintains a fantastic website. That website contains every bill we consider, schedules, contact information, and information about the legislative process. I regularly refer to LRC publications, which provide research information on a variety of issues and can also be downloaded from the website.

As always, I hope you will feel free to contact me with any questions or issues. I can be reached through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181. Please feel free to email me at Amy.Neighbors@LRC.KY.GOV. If you would like more information about any of these committees or legislative actions, you can visit the Legislative Research Commission website at legislature.ky.gov.

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Email Me: Amy.Neighbors@lrc.ky.gov
702 Capital Avenue, Annex Room 395, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

Meeting Calendar Information: 1-800-633-9650

Facebook: @Amy Neighbors, State Representative - District 21, @KYHouseGOP

 

Adair County Man Arrested on Alcohol & Assault Charges


Devin Mikal Kaylor, 21, of Columbia, KY was arrested on Thursday night by CPD for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Assault 3rd Degree (Police or Probation Officer), Resisting Arrest and Failure to Appear. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Russell Springs Man Arrested on Numerous Drug Charges


Barry Kerr, 48, of Russell Springs, KY was taken into custody by Trooper Lunz of the Kentucky State Police on Thursday afternoon. Kerr was charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd or Greater Offense (more than 2 grams of Meth), Persistent Felony Offender, Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree, 2nd Offense (Drug Unspecified), Trafficking in Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified), Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Drug Unspecified), Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Handgun by Convicted Felon, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, Careless Driving, Operating on Suspended or Revoked Operators License, No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle and Failure to Produce Insurance Card. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Russell Springs Boil Water Advisory Lifted 1/12/23

 
The Russell Springs boil water advisory on South Side Drive and the Cooper Road area off South Highway 127 has been lifted. You no longer have to boil your water.

Public Notice from Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer on Vehicle Registration SCAM!

 

Please be advised there is a scam which offers to pay motor vehicle registration for taxpayers/customers or provide a discount of the cost of the license of motor vehicles. The only  legitimate methods for registering motor vehicles is through the Adair County Clerk’s Office by coming in-person, by US mail, or web renewals through “drive.ky.gov”.

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 12, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development; increased child care options for military families; public safety; the 2022 Governor’s Awards in the Arts recipients; inclement weather; rebuilding and recovery efforts in Eastern Kentucky; his work to protect youth and staff at the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ); the open enrollment deadline for health care coverage; and public health. He also named Fahe Housing as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Star.

 

Economic Development Update
Gov. Beshear highlighted two economic development projects that are expected to create nearly 160 jobs and represent $54.8 million in new investment. The Governor also announced eight Kentucky companies receiving grants as part of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) matching funds program.

 

“We continue to see companies moving forward with projects throughout the commonwealth, building on the best two-year period for economic growth in our state’s history,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

The Governor congratulated Neogen Corp., a manufacturer of animal and food safety products, on its new facility in Montgomery County, a $9.8 million investment creating 79 full-time jobs and furthering the Governor’s initiative to grow Kentucky’s agritech sector.

 

Today, Gov. Beshear joined local officials and representatives from PACCAR Parts, a distributor of aftermarket parts for heavy- and medium-duty trucks, trailers, buses and engines, for the ribbon cutting of the company’s $45 million, state-of-the-art parts distribution center in Louisville, which is creating 80 full-time jobs in the region.

 

Gov. Beshear recently announced eight innovative Kentucky companies receiving nearly $900,000 in state matching grants as part of the SBIR/STTR matching funds program. The program provides capital for promising early-stage tech companies based in Kentucky or companies committed to relocating to the state. To date, Kentucky SBIR/STTR-awarded companies have created more than 725 quality jobs, with 70 percent of those jobs having an annual salary over $50,000. Kentucky SBIR match recipients have generated more than $44 million in sales and licensing revenue.

 

Increased Child Care Options for Military Families
The Governor announced today that Kentucky has been identified as one of the first states to receive federal approval from the Department of Defense to help connect military families with quality child care through the Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood – PLUS program.

 

The program:

  • Provides child care fee assistance to eligible military families when on-base or installation care is unavailable;
  • Expands child care options for military parents by providing more quality child care providers and reduces the cost of care; and
  • Benefits child care providers by offering them the opportunity to increase their income and grow their businesses by including military families.

 

There are currently 145 licensed child care providers participating. Families taking part in the Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood-PLUS program will receive a $1,500 monthly stipend to help with child care expenses. The program is expected to encourage retention in the armed forces.

 

Child care providers who are not accredited can apply for fee assistance through the Division of Child Care or participate in the Quality Improvement program. For more information, visit chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dcbs/dcc or call (502) 564-2524.

 

“I am proud to be governor during a time when we are making child care more accessible to our hard-working military families,” Gov. Beshear said. “These are the heroes who put their lives on the line every day. We are always grateful to them and the sacrifices that their families make. And we want to support them in any way we can.”

 

Governor’s Awards in the Arts
On Tuesday, Gov. Beshear recognized nine recipients of the commonwealth’s most prestigious art awards, the Governor’s Awards in the Arts, in recognition of their dedication to sharing Kentucky’s rich art heritage.

 

Open Enrollment Deadline is Jan. 15
The Governor said that Kentuckians have until Jan. 15 to shop and enroll for health and dental coverage starting on Feb. 1 on the state-based marketplace, kynect. To see plan options, visit kynect.ky.gov or call 1-855-459-6328. The next open enrollment period will begin in November, with coverage starting Jan. 1, 2024.

 

Public Safety
Gov. Beshear thanked the Kentucky State Police (KSP) and the Warren County Drug Task Force for stopping a vehicle on I-65 south of Bowling Green. Officers found 80 pounds of methamphetamine, carrying a street value of more than $500,000. This represents the largest seizure of meth in Warren County’s history. Two men were arrested on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

 

The Governor also applauded the KSP Post 12 troopers in Franklin County for resolving an incident earlier this month. On Jan. 1, KSP Post 12 troopers conducted a routine traffic stop for a speeding violation. Through the investigation, approximately two pounds of methamphetamine was located inside the vehicle. The troopers arrested the man involved and confiscated the illegal drugs. The Governor applauded KSP for their hard work and dedication to public safety.

 

“Both of these operations are incredibly significant, but it’s important to remember that operations like these occur in our communities every single day,” said Gov. Beshear. “So thank you to our law enforcement for taking dangerous drugs off the streets and making our communities safer.”

 

Department of Juvenile Justice Update
Today, Gov. Beshear announced that all male juveniles, 14 or older, who have been charged with a violent or serious offense (Capital, Class A, B or C felony) are now housed at one of three high-security detention centers in Adair, Fayette and Warren counties.

 

Male juveniles younger than 14 or who have been charged with a lower-level offense (Class D felony or lesser offense) are being housed at facilities in Boyd, Breathitt, Jefferson and McCracken counties.

Female juveniles will continue to be housed at a facility in Campbell County, as the Governor announced in December.

 

“I am proud to say that our juveniles are now separated by crime – and females are housed separately – for the first time in the commonwealth’s history,” Gov. Beshear said. “Thank you to all the staff at the Department of Juvenile Justice for caring about our youth, for being willing to make quick changes for their benefit.”

 

The Governor further explained that as new male juveniles are ordered to detention these facilities will at times house both serious offenses and low-level offenses until the initial detention hearing is held.  

 

The Governor said his administration is working to implement a transportation plan to help reduce any transportation burden on law enforcement than currently required by statute. Once the transportation branch is resourced and implemented, the goal is that any time a male juvenile is ordered to detention, law enforcement will transport them to the nearest detention center, as they have done in the past, where they will remain until their initial detention hearing. This hearing is usually within the first 48 hours excluding weekends and holidays.

 

Law enforcement would then return to transport the youth to court and return them to detention if ordered by the judge. At that time, juvenile justice would assign them to the facility based on their committed crime. The department plans to hire additional staff and expand training requirements.

 

The department is in the process of purchasing non-lethal defensive equipment and providing staff with the necessary training to better protect themselves and youth in their care in the event of violent outbursts.

More changes and requested legislative action are forthcoming, which the Governor will announce next week.

 

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

Currently, 249 families are housed in travel trailers. Kentucky State Parks are now housing 36 people, down from the 360 people sheltered on Sept. 1.

 

If flood victims need help, they should call FEMA directly or visit a Multi-Agency Resource Center. Visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources for more information. FEMA is still approving claims and actively working to help flood victims.

 

Just under 1,100 state- and county-owned bridges have been inspected by the Transportation Cabinet. Approximately 100 were found to need replacement or major repair. To date, 26 of those bridges have been replaced and 14 others have been repaired.

 

The Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund has raised over $13 million from more than 41,000 donors. To contribute, click here.

 

EKY SAFE Fund Awards
Today, Gov. Beshear announced more awards from the Eastern Kentucky SAFE Fund to communities and public entities impacted by the devastating late July 2022 floods. This week, nearly $4.6 million in funding was approved for communities in Eastern Kentucky, including:

  • $70, 242 to the City of Jenkins to fund the FEMA match;
  • $24,707 to the Johnson County Fiscal Court for the FEMA match;
  • $1.5 million to the Magoffin County Fiscal Court to help ease strained fiscal liquidity; and
  • $3 million to the Perry County Fiscal Court for strained fiscal liquidity.

 

Since September 2022, Eastern Kentucky has received $23.8 million in SAFE fund payments.

 

Weather Update
The Governor encouraged Kentuckians to stay alert as severe weather and thunderstorms continue to impact the commonwealth. Last night there were multiple thunderstorm warnings across Western Kentucky. Severe weather has continued this morning in Central Kentucky as multiple tornado watches and warnings have been issued.

 

“Watch your local weather and follow social accounts like the National Weather Service or Kentucky Emergency Management for the most up-to-date information. And most importantly, stay safe Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Public Health Update
Gov. Beshear also updated Kentuckians on influenza, RSV and COVID-19. The spread of influenza seems to be declining but remains at elevated levels in Kentucky. Eight children have died from the disease, making this the deadliest flu season for Kentucky children.

 

RSV activity appears to be declining in the state. People of any age can become infected with RSV, and most recover within one to two weeks. RSV can be serious, however, especially for infants and older adults.

 

The Governor said the most recent COVID-19 data shows that the virus is increasing nationwide. Several Kentucky counties now have high COVID-19 Community Levels. The CDC estimates that the XBB.1.5 omicron subvariant is now causing an increasing proportion of cases in the United States. This variant is not expected to cause more severe disease than other omicron subvariants. He encouraged those who are eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine booster.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Gov. Beshear named Fahe Housing, a group that brings people, resources and organizations together to rebuild homes and communities, as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. Following July’s historic floods in Eastern Kentucky, Fahe members and Kentucky Habitat for Humanity responded to the immediate shelter needs of affected families. So far, they have moved nearly 200 Kentucky families back home.

 

In October, Fahe launched the Housing Can’t Wait Campaign. This program is a collaborative effort between Fahe, Habitat for Humanity, Kentucky Housing Corporation and the Kentucky State Office of USDA Rural Development. Through this initiative:

  • 60 new homes have been completed or are under construction; and
  • 175 additional homes have received major rehabilitation.

 

City of Columbia Thanks those who made Christmas Drive-Thru Possible

 

The City of Columbia would like to extend their appreciation to the many individuals, churches, organizations, and businesses that participated in the 2022 Drive-Through Christmas.

Churches: Columbia Baptist Church, JOY Church, Milltown Methodist, Pickett's Chapel, Sparksville Nazarene, Through The Fire Ministries.

Organizations: JOY Ministries, Agape House, Boy Scout Troop #185, ACHS SOS Class, Columbia-Adair County Airport Board, Columbia Police Department, Columbia-Adair County Fire Department, Shriners

Individuals: Representative Amy Neighbors, Mayor Pamela Hoots, PVA Landon Edwards

Companies: Kentucky Utilities, Class and Sass, Walker Realty, Adair Family Medical, A-l Auto Supply, Shawn's Quik Lube, McQueary Finds, Jeffries Hardware, Hooligan's Burgers, Edward Jones, Summit Manor Nursing Home, Rogers Chiropractic, WAIN, Hot Prints, Knight's Pressure Washing, First and Farmers Bank, UCB Bank. Subway, Kozy Cabins, Blake Hatcher, Walmart, TJ Samson Hospital, H2 Health, Synergy, Cash Express, Grissom Martin, Community Medical, Happy Cow Cafe.

Also, would like to thank JAG Manufacturing (Joshua Grant) for the arch and the Adair County Welding Class (Barney Taylor) for the mailbox.

If we have inadvertently left anyone out, we apologize. This is a great event for our community.

 

RCSO Activity Report

 

The Russell County Sheriff’s Office has released its December 2022 Activity Report...
 

  • 312 calls for service
  • 21 arrests
  • 13 domestic calls
  • 19 auto collisions (2 with injuries)
  • 16 mental health transports
  • 44 court papers served
  • 2,200 court security miles
  • Issued criminal summons
  • 26 vehicle inspections
  • 6 concealed carry permits issued

 

New Year's Eve Bash 2023 Sets Record Fundraising for T.J. Community Mission Foundation

 

Glasgow, KY - The T.J. Community Mission Foundation held its annual fundraiser on Saturday, December 31st at the Cave City Convention Center. The New Year’s Eve event featured a fabulous upscale dinner, cash bar, a casino, dancing and music by The Jimmy Church Band.  The evening brought in a record fundraising total of $120,909 through corporate sponsorships, ticket sales, donations, raffles, and a live auction. 

 

Randy Burns, Executive Director of the Foundation stated, “We are so grateful for the outpouring of generosity from our community and region.  We simply could not do these types of events if it were not for our incredible sponsors who help make it possible. Thank you to all of our sponsors for your support of this event and your continued support of the Foundation.”

 

Established in 2014, the T.J. Community Mission Foundation exists to support the mission of T.J. Regional Health. The Foundation supports capital projects, community engagement programs and other projects that aid in accomplishing T.J. Regional Health’s goal of improving the health of the residents of southcentral Kentucky. By creating partnerships with employees, business leaders, social groups and families, together, we will further advance excellence in healthcare to those we serve in this region.  To learn more about how to become involved in the work of the Foundation, visit tjmissionfund.org or contact Randy Burns at (270) 651-4619.

 

Columbia Boil Water Advisory 1/11/23

 

Date Issued:  1/11/2023

Time Issued: 1:30 p.m.


A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers on 1562-4566 Weed Sparksville Rd, Richard Rd, Leatherwood Church Rd, 7784-1350 Edmonton Rd & all side roads & in between. The advisory has been issued due to main line leak. 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.

 

Adair County Man Arrested on Felony Drug Trafficking Charges After Search of Residence


The investigation originated on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 around 9:30pmCT when Deputy Chris Tweedy received a call to respond to TJ Health Columbia regarding an individual who had possibly overdosed. The investigation led Deputy Tweedy and Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch to a residence off Burkesville Street in the limits of Columbia. A search of the residence yielded methamphetamine, marijuana, synthetic drugs, and firearms. 
 
43-year-old Benjamin Shroyer of Columbia was arrested and lodged in the Adair Regional Jail on the following charges:
 
  • Trafficking Controlled Substances 1st degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Possession of Synthetic Drugs
  • Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon and
  • Possession of Marijuana
 
 The Adair County Sheriffs Office was assisted in the investigation by the Columbia Police Department. 

3 Arrested for Theft and Multiple Felony Charges after Execution of Search Warrant in Sano Community

 

On Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at 5:47amCT, Adair County 911 received a call from Kentucky State Police requesting for the ACSO to respond to the Sano community to a reported Breaking & Entering complaint. 
     
Sheriff Brockman responded to the call. Upon investigation of the residential break-in, a suspect and possible location of the stolen items was developed. Sheriff Brockman applied for and was granted a search warrant by Adair Circuit Judge Judy Vance Murphy for a residence located at 145 West Sulphur Creek Rd, 12 miles east of Columbia.  
   
At 10:27amCT on Tuesday, a search warrant was executed at the residence by Sheriff Brockman along with K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten and KSP Troopers.  
 
Several thousand dollars worth of stolen items were recovered from the residence. Items from a different break-in that occurred several days prior were also located.  
   
The following were arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail:
 
  • Chris Smothers, 39, of Columbia, KY was charged with Receiving Stolen Property Over $1,000, Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm), Persistent Felony Offender, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, a Russell Circuit Court Probation Violation Warrant for a felony offense, and a Russell District Court Warrant for Failure to Appear.
 
  • Anthony Lee Popplewell, 34, of Columbia, KY was charged with Receiving Stolen Property over $1,000 and arrested on an Outstanding Russell District Court Warrant for Failure to Appear.

 

  • Randy Brown, 38, of Jamestown, KY arrested on a Parole Violation Warrant for a Felony Offense and two Russell County Warrants for Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees, or Fines.

The investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending. 
 

Russell County Woman Arrested on Public Intoxication Charges

 
  • Kassie Burton, 34, of Jamestown - arrested Tuesday morning by the RCSO for Public Intoxication (excluding alcohol) and was served a Bench Warrant for Court.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 

Columbia-Adair Boil Water Advisory Lifted 1/10/23

 

As of 1:55pmCT on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 the boil water advisory for customers on 1562-4566 Weed Sparksville Rd, Richard Rd, Leatherwood Church Rd, 7784-1350 Edmonton 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 Springs Boil Water Advisory 1/10/23

 
There is a boil water advisory in Russell Springs, KY on Cooper Road off Hwy 127 South and Southside Drive. The advisory was issued due to water main repairs. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.
 

Adair County Attorney & Child Support Offices Closes 1/16/23 and 1/17/23

 

The office of the Adair County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin and the Adair County Child Support Office will be closed Tuesday, January 17, 2023 for repairs due to flood damage in Annex building that occurred in October. These offices will also be closed Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. If for any unforeseen reason the offices are unable to reopen on Wednesday, January 18th at 8:00amCT, we will notify the public as soon as possible.

 

 

Columbia Boil Water Advisory 1/9/23

 
Date issued: January 9, 2023
Time Issued: 5:30pmCT

 A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers at 1562-4566 Weed Sparksville Rd, Richard Rd, Leatherwood Church Rd, 7784-1350 Edmonton 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.

 

Jamestown Releases Yearly Police Report


The Jamestown Police Department have released their yearly activity report.

 

For the year 2022, Jamestown Police investigated 35 accidents without injury, three accidents with injury, received 1,608 calls for police services though Russell County Dispatch, made 223 arrests, opened 109 criminal cases, assisted 86 motorists, responded to 35 alcohol-related/DUI complaints, and made 10 alcohol-related/DUI arrests.

 

Two Russell County Men & One Taylor County Man Arrested

 
Jimmy Weston, Jr., 40, of Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Monday for Speeding, Fleeing or Evading Police, DUI, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Failure to Surrender Revoked License, Criminal Mischief 2nd degree, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, Failure to Notify Dept. of Transportation of Address Change, and Failure to Appear.
 
Ernest Bradley Foley, 54, of Jamestown - arrested on Monday by the RCSO for Disorderly Conduct, Fleeing or Evading Police (on foot), Assault 3rd degree (Police or Probation Officer), Resisting Arrest, and was served four Bench Warrants for Court.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 
Wendell Reynolds, 40, of Campbellsville - arrested on Sunday by KSP for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Anabolic Steroids, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, and Failure to Produce insurance Card.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Adair Clerk's Office Closing for Martin Luther King Holiday & for Renovation Work due to Flood Damage

 
The Adair County Clerks office will be closed Saturday, January 14th and Monday, January 16th, 2023 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. The office will also be closed on Tuesday, January 17th and will reopen Wednesday January 18th at 10:00amCT. The closing for January 17th and January 18th until 10:00amCT is for a renovation process from the flood damage the office received in October of 2022. Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer says if for any unforeseen reason the office is unable to reopen on January 18th, the public will be notified as soon as possible. Your patience and understanding during this renovation process is greatly appreciated.
 
 

Weekend Arrests 01/08/23

 

  • James Smith, 39, Columbia - arrested on Friday evening by the ACSO for Careless Driving, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle. 
  • Steven Fowler, 32, of Elkhorn - booked into the ACRJ on Friday following an arrest made on December 22, 2022 by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office for Possession of Methamphetamine.
  • Kristopher Kees, 51, of Nashville, TN - arrested on Thursday evening, January 5, 2023 by CPD for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place 1st & 2nd offense.
  • Joshua Ray Thomas, 33, of Greensburg, KY - arrested on Thursday night by the CCSO for No Registration Receipt, No Registration Plates, Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance, Improper Display of Registration Plates, Failure to Produce Insurance Card and Failure to Appear.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 
  • Penaloza Armando, 42, of Russell County - arrested by the RCSO for Disregarding a Traffic Control Device, Driving on a DUI Suspended License and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License.
  • Gallagher Karis, 29, of Jamestown - arrested on Friday afternoon by RSPD for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excluding alcohol).
  • Joseph Nathaniel Hammond, 25, of Jamestown - arrested on Thursday afternoon by KSP for Careless Driving, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Failure to Signal, Failure to Maintain Insurance, No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Improper Display of Registration Plates, and DUI.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Former Russell County Man Arrested in Pulaski County


Pulaski County Sheriff Bobby Jones reports that on Friday, January 6, 2023 a Pulaski County man was arrested pursuant to an indictment warrant issued by a Pulaski Grand Jury following an investigation by detectives with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigation Division.
 
On Friday, an indictment was issued for Sean O. Campbell, 48, of Science Hill, charging him with Kidnapping, Strangulation, and Persistent Felony Offender. These charges stem from a November 23, 2022 incident in which Campbell’s wife, Angela Campbell, alleged that Campbell forced her into his vehicle near their Science Hill home. She alleged that Campbell then took her to a local motel where he pushed her up against a wall and placed his hands on her neck, strangling her. Another man who was staying at the motel, who at the time was an employee of Sean Campbell, intervened and got Campbell to stop holding Ms. Campbell against the wall. Ms. Campbell was able to then flee and hid in a bathroom in a public area of the motel while she waited for a family member to pick her up. After she left the motel, Ms. Campbell went to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital's Emergency Department where she was treated for her injuries.
 
During the investigation, it was determined that Sean Campbell has an extensive criminal history consisting of at least two felony convictions. As a result, he was indicted for being a Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree.
 
On Friday, Campbell was observed by officers on Ash Street in Ferguson and was apprehended a short time later on an adjacent street. Serving the indictment warrant on Sean Campbell was Deputy Nathan Meadows with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Kacy Thomas, a companion of Sean Campbell, was also arrested at the scene on an out-of-county warrant for charges unrelated to the November 23rd incident.

 

Deputy Meadows was assisted in the arrest by Ferguson Police Chief David Cornett and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Officer Jason Estes.
 
Campbell is currently held in the Pulaski County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.

Columbia Police Investigate Altercation Between Inmate & Jail Staff at Adair County Jail


The Columbia Police Department was dispatched to the Adair County Regional Jail on Saturday afternoon, January 7, 2023 for an altercation between an inmate and jail staff. 


Upon arrival, Officers spoke with Deputy Jailers and reviewed video showing a male inmate attacking two male Deputy Jailers as they entered his cell. 

Ryan Dudgeon, 43, of Campbellsville, KY who was previously in custody for an outstanding warrant, has now been charged with two counts of Assault 3rd degree (inmate or correctional employee). 

Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest.
 

Russell County Boil Water Advisory Lifted

 
The Russell Springs, KY Boil Water Advisory on Dickerson Ridge off Highway 127 has been lifted. Also, the boil water advisory for a section of Old Columbia Road, Shepard Drive and Tonkin Drive has been lifted. You no longer have to boil your water.
 

KSP Investigates Fatal Collision at Intersection of US 127 and KY 90 in Clinton County

 

ALBANY, Ky.  (January 6, 2023) – On January 5, 2023 at approximately 11:43 A.M. CST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a two-vehicle injury collision at the intersection of US 127 and KY 90 in Clinton County.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed that Lena Dickerson, age 89 of Albany, was stopped at the intersection of US 127 and KY 90 in a 2005 Buick Lacrosse when she pulled into the path of a 1999 Mack log truck traveling west on KY 90.  The Mack truck was being operated by Herbert Stevens, age 65 of Whitley City.  Mr. Stevens attempted to avoid the collision but was unable to do so and collided with Ms. Dickerson’s vehicle.

 

Ms. Dickerson was transported to the Clinton County Hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased by the Clinton County Coroner.  Mr. Stevens was not injured during the collision. 

 

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

Latest Unemployment Info

 

Unemployment rates rose in 84 counties between November 2021 and November 2022, fell in 20, and stayed the same in 16 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet.

Locally, unemployment rates were up year-to-year in Adair, Casey, Cumberland, Green, Russell and Taylor Counties, and down in year-to-year in Metcalfe County. Comparing month-to-month, unemployment rates were down in Adair, Casey, Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, and Taylor Counties, and remained unchanged in Russell County.

 

County CLF EMP UNEMP Nov22 Oct22 Nov21
Adair 7,278 6,937 341 4.7% 4.9% 3.7%
Casey 6,619 6,371 248 3.7% 3.8% 3.3%
Cumberland 3,369 3,268 101 3.0% 3.1% 2.8%
Green 5,330 5,160 170 3.2% 3.4% 3.1%
Metcalfe 3,836 3,671 165 4.3% 4.5% 4.4%
Russell 5,978 5,654 324 5.4% 5.4% 4.4%
Taylor 12,906 12,473 433 3.4% 3.7% 3.1%
 

Perry County Man Arrested in Russell County on Drug & Terroristic Threatening Charges

 

Johnny Gay, 53, of Chavies (Perry County), KY was arrested on Thursday night by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office. Gay was charged with Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (excludes alcohol), Resisting Arrest, Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree and Possession of Marijuana. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Adair County Jail Inmate Arrested for Soliciting the Murder of Another

 

COLUMBIA, KY (January 5, 2023) – On Tuesday, January 3, 2023 Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 in Columbia, KY was contacted by the Adair County Detention Center in regards to a suspicious letter that an inmate at the jail had attempted to send out in the mail.

 

KSP Troopers launched an investigation after receiving the letter that the detention center staff had intercepted. Troopers learned that Paul Bricker, 37, of Columbia, KY had attempted to send a letter in the mail, while incarcerated, soliciting the murder of another individual. As a result of the investigation, Mr. Bricker was arrested and charged with Solicitation of Murder. Bricker remains lodged in the Adair County Detention Center. 

 

KSP Trooper Dean Lunz continues his investigation.

 

According to jailtracker.com, Paul Bricker was lodged in the ACRJ on Oct. 18, 2022 after being arrested by the Cumberland County Sheriffs Office. Bricker, who had a Burkesville address at the time of his arrest, was listed as a Controlled Intake inmate charged with numerous offenses including: Murder, Rape (Victim Under 12), Incest, Strangulation, Unlawful Transaction with a Minor, Sodomy, Wanton Endangerment, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, 4th degree Assault, & Murder. 

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 5, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on the toll-free Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project; his State of the Commonwealth Address; his new role as the states’ co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission; inclement weather; recovery and rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky; and public health. The Governor also named Mike Berry, who is retiring as Secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Star.

 

Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project
Yesterday, Gov. Beshear joined President Joe Biden, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and other national, state and local leaders in Covington to highlight one of the largest federal infrastructure funding awards in history. Last week, the Governor announced that the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project secured more than $1.6 billion in federal grants. This will allow a companion bridge to the west of the Brent Spence Bridge to be built without tolls. To learn more, see the full release.

 

The I-71/I-75 corridor is one of the most important stretches for commercial freight traffic east of the Mississippi River. The project is critical to sales, supply chains and tourism and will create thousands of construction jobs during the building phase.

 

“This isn’t just the fulfillment of my administration’s promise. It’s also the beginning of an even brighter future for the families of this region, for the tens of thousands of travelers who pass through this area every day and for the many businesses that rely on this key commercial link,” Gov. Beshear said. “This project has been talked about for years and we are the folks who are working together in a non-partisan way to actually get it done.”

 

State of the Commonwealth
In his State of the Commonwealth AddressWednesday night, Gov. Beshear said Kentucky is strong and the future is bright, with 2023 presenting the opportunity to turn two amazing years of historic progress into decades of lasting prosperity.

 

Throughout his address, the Governor recognized challenges from the pandemic, natural disasters and rebuilding communities, as well as the enormous success Kentucky has seen, including the best two-year period for economic development and job creation, record-high budget surpluses and the longest period of the lowest unemployment rate in state history.

 

The Governor also unveiled his 2023 legislative proposals. He said he is working with his state representative, Derrick Graham of Frankfort, to file bills this session that will further support economic growth and lift up Kentuckians for generations to come.

 

Gov. Beshear Named States’ Co-Chair of Appalachian Regional Commission
The Governor has been elected by his fellow Appalachian governors to serve as the states’ co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for 2023. In this role, Gov. Beshear will work alongside federal co-chair Gayle Manchin to lead the commission in bolstering economic and community growth across the 13 states of the region. Kentucky will also host ARC’s annual conference in the fall of 2023.

 

Recent Weather Update
Gov. Beshear said Kentucky Emergency Management continues to work across the commonwealth on response and coordination efforts regarding the arctic storm and recent heavy rainfall that has led to localized flooding. Four Kentuckians lost their lives as a result of arctic weather, and that number could change.

 

Yesterday, Ohio County declared a state of emergency due to weather events this week. This was a county level declaration, and the state of emergency issued by the Governor regarding the arctic front is still in effect, which allows the state to respond as needed.

 

All survivors sheltering in travel trailers through the Commonwealth Sheltering Program have moved back into their units. Water distribution efforts continue as rain has impacted the counties working to recover from the arctic storm.

 

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

 

Currently, 262 families are housed in travel trailers. The Governor said Kentucky State Parks are now housing 53 people, down from the 360 people sheltered on Sept. 1.

 

If flood victims need help, they should call FEMA directly or visit a Multi-Agency Resource Center. Visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResourcesfor more information. FEMA is still approving claims and actively working to help flood victims.

 

Waterway debris removal is nearly complete. Just under 1,100 state- and county-owned bridges have been inspected by the Transportation Cabinet. Approximately 100 were found to need replacement or major repair. To date, 25 of those bridges have been replaced and 13 others have been repaired.

 

To date, the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund has raised over $13 million from more than 41,000 donors. To contribute, click here.

 

Public Health Update
Gov. Beshear also updated Kentuckians on influenza, RSV and COVID-19. The spread of influenza continues to increase in Kentucky. Eight children have died from the disease, making this the deadliest flu season for Kentucky children.

 

RSV activity appears to be declining in the state. People of any age can become infected with RSV, and most recover within one to two weeks. RSV can be serious, however, especially for infants and older adults.

 

The Governor said the most recent COVID-19 data shows that the virus is increasing nationwide. The CDC estimates that the XBB.1.5 omicron subvariant is now causing an increasing proportion of cases in the United States. This variant is not expected to cause more severe disease than other omicron subvariants. He encouraged those who are eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine booster.

 

Team Kentucky All-Star
Gov. Beshear named Mike Berry, the Secretary of the Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet, as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Star. The Governor said Secretary Berry has helped Kentucky’s tourism industry rebound from the pandemic. Under his leadership, the commonwealth invested more than $88 million in the tourism industry and nearly $1.7 million toward the recovery of the arts industry.

 

“We are sad to see him go, but we congratulate him on this new chapter. And today, I am proud to recognize him for his dedicated service and his many accomplishments,” Gov. Beshear said. “Thank you, Secretary Berry. We appreciate your commitment to Team Kentucky and wish you the best.”

 

Taking over the helm at the Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet will be Lindy Casebier. Casebier has been the deputy secretary for the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet after many years as a public school educator, administrator, legislator and nonprofit director. He also previously served in senior roles within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet for 18 years. To see the full release, click here.

 

“The experience that Lindy brings with him means he will hit the ground running and work hard to support our important tourism and arts sectors as well as our employees,” Gov. Beshear said.
 

Adair County Sheriff's Office Release 2022 Yearly Report

2022 Activity Report for the Adair County Sheriff's Office:

  • 8,029 Complaints/Calls of Service
  • 342 Accidents investigated
  • 519 Warrants of arrest served
  • 480 Citations
  • 152 Cases opened
  • 142 Motorist assist
  • 103 Mental health transports
  • 161 Prisoner transports
  • 4,823 Vehicle inspections
  • 581 Civil papers served
  • 760 Subpoenas served
  • 45 Criminal summons served
  • 142,231 Miles driven

Adair County Man Arrested Following Altercation at Columbia Residence


The Columbia Police Department responded to a residence on West Barbee Street on Wednesday night, January 4, 2023. 

Upon arrival, CPD Officers were advised that the male subject had fled the residence. Officers observed property damage throughout the residence and multiple victims gave statements regarding an altercation between them and the male subject identified as 27-year-old Marcus Yarberry of Columbia. 


Yarberry was later located behind FiveStar on HWY 55 North in Columbia where he was placed into custody without incident. 


Yarberry is facing numerous charges including strangulation 1st degree, wanton endangerment 1st degree, and unlawful imprisonment 1st degree; all felonies. 

CPD Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest. He was assisted by Sgt Evan Burton.

 

Area Arrest 1-5-23

Area Arrest 1/5/23

Brad Gary, age 49 of Columbia, was arrested by Officer Conn with the Columbia Police Department just after 11 last night. He was charged with Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree.

 

Marcus Yarberry, age 27 of Columbia, was arrested by Officer Foster with the Columbia Police Department just before 9 last night. Yarberry was charged with Strangulation 1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree, Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury, Unlawful Imprisonment 1st Degree and Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree.

 

Both men were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Gov. Beshear: State of the Commonwealth Is Strong, Future Is Bright

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 4, 2023) – In his State of the Commonwealth Address tonight, Gov. Andy Beshear said the commonwealth is strong and the future bright, with 2023 presenting the opportunity to turn two amazing years of historic progress into decades of lasting prosperity.

 

“2023 provides a special opportunity for the state and for this legislative session to change everything for the better,” Gov. Beshear said. “To be the generation that puts aside partisanship and ushers Kentucky into a new era of prosperity.”

 

Throughout his address, he recognized challenges from the pandemic, natural disasters and rebuilding communities, as well as the enormous success Kentucky has seen, including the best two-year period for economic development and job creation, record-high budget surpluses and the longest period of the lowest unemployment rate in state history.

 

“In the Book of Psalms, we’re told: ‘Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.’ The joy of that morning – that promise of a better Kentucky – means that our children and grandchildren never have to leave this state to pursue their dreams, because no matter how big they dream, they can chase their dreams right here. A tomorrow where people don’t move from our state, but to it. Where people and businesses choose Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said. “This promise of a better future has never been brighter, as our commonwealth has emerged from the pandemic as a national economic leader. Every day, we are winning, with company after company picking us – picking Kentucky.”

 

Gov. Beshear spoke about other administration advancements on mega infrastructure projects, like securing enough federal grant dollars to build the Brent Spence Companion Bridge without tolls, boosting public safety and our workforce, as well as expanding access to health care.

 

The Governor also unveiled his 2023 legislative proposals and said he is working with his state representative, Derrick Graham of Frankfort, to file bills this session that will further support economic growth and lift up Kentuckians for generations to come.

 

The first bill would make his Education First Plan law. The plan would provide a 5% pay raise for public school educators to address the 11,000 teacher vacancies and fully fund universal pre-K, which would help young parents rejoin the workforce while ensuring every child is kindergarten-ready. The plan would also provide mental health services for students and student loan forgiveness for public school teachers.

 

“Let’s make Kentucky a shining example of how to treat educators and our public school systems,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

The Governor is also asking lawmakers to finally pass legislation to legalize medical cannabis, following his executive order that allows Kentuckians with certain severe medical conditions, who meet specific requirements, to possess and use small amounts of legally purchased medical cannabis to treat their medical conditions.

 

In his address, the Governor recognized Chasity Harney, a mother and wife from Kenton County, who in 2019 was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer at the age of 40. She said she was prescribed every form of pain medicine before turning to medical cannabis for relief. The Governor applauded her efforts to advocate for healing medicine for herself and others who are suffering.

 

The Governor also asked lawmakers to finally pass legislation legalizing sports betting.

 

To further support our workforce, the Governor is proposing a raise for all our state workers, following last year’s commitment by the Governor and lawmakers to do so. The Governor is also showing appreciation to the retirees in the state employee retirement systems by filing legislation to provide retirees with a 1.5% increase in their pension payment.

 

“It has been 10 long years since the last increase, and inflation has hit our retirees hard,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

With our record surplus, the Governor is proposing to further shore up the state employee retirement system with a $100 million investment and another $100 million to pay down the unfunded liability of the Teachers’ Retirement System.

 

To further build a safer commonwealth, Gov. Beshear is currently implementing the most significant reforms to Kentucky’s juvenile justice system in 20 years. To build on these efforts, and to better protect both workers and youth in these facilities, the Governor is calling on the General Assembly to help fund higher salaries, upgrades in facilities and for necessary changes to state law.

 

“If we double down right now. Lead with our values and put politics aside – there is nothing that we cannot achieve. Our future is brighter than it’s ever been,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Throughout his address, the Governor highlighted the successes and challenges of 2022 and the stories of several Kentuckians he invited to attend.

 

When talking about the ongoing efforts to help families and communities rebuild after deadly tornadoes and flooding last year, the Governor thanked first responders and those representing them Wednesday night, including Kentucky State Police rescue helicopter pilots Capt. Brad Austin and Sgt. Zach Lusk, Kentucky National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Lowe and Tech Sgt. Cole Kyser, as well as Lt. Robbie Spears and Conservation Officer Bobby Owens from the Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources. Together, these teams helped rescue more than 1,300 Kentuckians. Battalion Chief Adam Sorrell and Capt. Ryan Hogsten from the Lexington Fire Department also attended to represent their Swift Water Rescue Crew members, who put their lives on the line to rescue 130 Kentuckians.

 

The Governor recognized Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Manager Trinity Shepherd and state park employees for helping shelter others after some of their own homes were severely impacted by the flood.

 

Gov. Beshear also recognized Shawn and Tammy Adams, who showed all of Kentucky what it means to truly live out our values by providing land, at no cost, for the state to build the first of several high-ground communities in Eastern Kentucky. The Governor also thanked First Lady Britainy Beshear for hosting a toy drive before Christmas for the children of Eastern Kentucky, just as she did for the children in Western Kentucky following the December 2021 tornadoes.

 

“We want the people of Eastern Kentucky to know that we love you, we care about you and we’re going to be there for you – every step of the way, as long as it takes,” Gov. Beshear said. “For those in the West affected by the tornadoes, we know there is much work left to be done. We remain committed, and we look forward to celebrating each milestone with you.”

 

The Governor gave an update on Kara McKnight, who was watching from home in Western Kentucky. Last year, months after losing her brother in a car accident, Kara’s home was taken by the tornadoes. Gov. Beshear reported that the family is in their new home, and Kara even got to design her own room.

 

The Governor also thanked Justice Dingle, Envision AESC’s director of operations in Bowling Green, and Jiem Cranney, the chief financial officer of BlueOval SK, for their companies’ investments in our state, which have helped solidify Kentucky as the electric vehicle battery production capital of the United States.

 

When talking about expanding access to health care, Gov. Beshear thanked Dr. Kelly McCants of Norton Healthcare, who led vaccination efforts in the West End of Louisville during the pandemic to ensure every family had access.

 

During his speech, the Governor also called on Kentuckians to never forget the law enforcement officers lost in the line of duty.

 

“Let us always remember their sacrifices and continue to support these families,” said Gov. Beshear. “To our law enforcement community, we love you, we support you and we need you.”

 

Sec. of State Michael Adams Offers Plan to Open More Voting Locations

 

Frankfort, Ky. (January 4, 2023) – Secretary of State Michael Adams provided the following testimony today to the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, offering a plan to increase the number of voting locations and improve the recount process:

 

Members of the Committee: good afternoon, and welcome back. I would be proud to serve anywhere as the Secretary of State, but after all we’ve achieved in raising Kentucky’s profile as innovators in election administration over the past 3 years, I’m especially proud to serve as Kentucky’s Chief Election Official.

 

Before I begin in earnest, let me say thank you, not just for our major election reform legislation in 2021, for which our Commonwealth continues to draw praise from across the country and from our own citizens; but thank you also for continuing that trend of improving our voting process. In 2022, you voted, in bipartisan fashion and nearly unanimously, for a budget that fully funds our elections, for a further expansion of voter access, and for a further tightening of election security. Kentucky is the only state in America that is simultaneously making it easier to vote and harder to cheat.

 

The subject of this hearing is an overview of the 2022 general election. By all means, we should assess that, and I’ll give you my take; but, as the purpose of this review is to inform potential legislation, I hope you’ll permit me to focus on the future.

 

I understand the sentiment this session is not to enact many major policy reforms, but rather to return to the focus originally intended for odd-year sessions: tweaks to existing legislation. I totally agree with that as applied to our elections. There has been a lot of change, fast, in our voting process over the last 3 years. That change has been good, but additional large-scale reforms of our election system would not just confuse our voters, they would limit our ability to learn from previous elections and make improvements based on that knowledge – and, of course, they would cost a lot of money in your first non-budget session since 2019.

 

There are modest things we can do, though, that can have a significant impact.

 

To reiterate my interim testimony in November, let’s acknowledge that early voting works. At my urging, you acted in bipartisan fashion to enact it, and over a quarter-million voters took advantage of it in the general election. I’ll note that the turnout for early voting correlated pretty closely with the partisan affiliation of our voters – Republicans with a little less than 50%, then Democrats close behind, then Independents. In other words, early voting is not a partisan issue. There is no Republican or Democratic way to vote. Early voting doesn’t favor a side; it just helps the voters. It doesn’t just help the voters who vote early. It also helps the voters who don’t. The counties that had long lines on Tuesday, November 8th, would have had even longer lines had their voters not already had 3 days to vote.

 

Although I’m proud of early voting, the solution to long lines is not to add more voting days, at least not in a non-presidential election year. More than four times as many voters voted on Tuesday, November 8th, as voted in the 3 early voting days combined. The lesson here is that in order to reduce lines, we need more voting locations, not more voting days.

 

That is not to say that I did not try in this past election to get more voting locations, even though I lacked the legal authority to compel it. I did place calls to and visit county clerks and request that they open more voting locations. Sometimes they were cooperative, sometimes not. I also had my senior staff, in particular my Elections Director, Heather Quinn, conduct a review of all 120 counties’ election plans. Unfortunately, the Board of Elections expressed impatience with our review, questioned our authority to conduct it, and overruled my objections.

 

There are a few ways to accomplish an increase in the number of voting locations. One would be to do what we did in 2020, via emergency powers that you granted: we gave the counties flexibility to consolidate voting locations, but they had to get the approval of the Governor and me. I think it’s important that someone politically accountable – whether it’s the Governor, me, both of us, or some other statewide constitutional officer – review and approve a local election plan that reduces voting locations.

 

An alternative approach to fixing this problem would be to develop a statutory formula to set a floor for how many voting locations a county needs for early voting and election day. I don’t know offhand what that formula should be. It might need to be different in one county than another, because some counties’ voters use early voting more than other counties’ voters. It’s complicated, but I think it’s doable. I’m neutral over which approach you prefer, but we must do something to prevent long lines in the future.

 

Finally, we should incentivize the counties to open more voting locations when they apply for funds appropriated for this purpose. Let me give you an example: shortly after the election, Carroll County was given a grant of $2,805, based on a formula of $255 per precinct for their 11 precincts. However, in that election, Carroll County offered only 1 voting location. Boyle County was compensated for 25 locations but opened 6; Hardin County was compensated for 59 locations but opened 10. If a county opens 1 voting location, it shouldn’t be compensated as though it had opened 11, and you should consider either directing eligibility for funds be tied to the polls being opened, or you should at least alter any funding formula to award funds to counties based on voter population rather than the number of precincts – indeed, otherwise you create a perverse incentive for counties to create more precincts than they should have, and then to close them.

 

There’s a second way we can improve the voting experience: close the loophole that allows electioneering at the polls during early voting. KRS 117.235 provides, quote, “No person shall electioneer at the polling place on the day of any election . . . or within a distance of one hundred (100) feet of any entrance to a building in which voting is conducted if that entrance is unlocked and is used by voters on any primary or election day.” This statute also provides, quote, “No person shall electioneer within . . . any building designated by the county board of elections and approved by the State Board of Elections for in-person absentee voting, during the hours in-person absentee voting is being conducted in the building.” So, we’ve prohibited electioneering at the polls on the 6 days of excused in-person absentee voting, and on election day, but not on the 3 days in the middle, the no-excuse early voting days. Some clever candidates took advantage of this in the past election, and voters complained. Applying this prohibition universally should be an easy fix.

 

And third, we need to improve the recount process, in two ways. Our recount law is fairly new. It was presented last year by Speaker Osborne and Leader Jenkins, who worked together in bipartisan fashion to develop a clear and workable process. They did not foresee that the process would be misused by bad-faith actors, who seek to create unwarranted doubt in the integrity of our elections. Ironically, this measure became law in the same bill that closed the loophole that had allowed bad-faith actors to demand a recanvass even if they lost by a landslide. We should close the same loophole on recounts, which are far more taxing on our election officials than recanvasses. We have a separate law that permits an election challenge upon an allegation of fraud, corruption, or even administrative error, and any person with evidence of same will not lose the right to contest an election; but, the frivolous lawsuits by people who lack evidence of fraud, corruption, or administrative error, and lose by a wide margin, must be stopped. I won’t sugarcoat it: recount abuse contributed to the high attrition we saw last year in county clerks’ offices.

 

Additionally, you should provide clearer standards in the recount law. For example, we recently saw a recount in a state house election in a district that covered two counties. One county promptly performed a hand recount; ultimately, so did the other, but for a time it appeared they would conduct only a machine recount. We should have not different standards that apply in different counties in the same election. Whichever approach you prefer, you should make it universal.

 

Although none of these changes is major, they are all important. I am well aware that this is an election year, and the temptation is to do little and leave the election rules alone. I would submit that an election year, particularly one in which we expect close outcomes in major races, is exactly the time to make these modest but crucial improvements to the process. Thank you very much.

 

2023 Columbia Veterans Project

 
The City of Columbia will again be placing Veteran's Flags around the Public Square and just off the Square beginning this Memorial Day. The project honors local Veterans from World War I, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War, along with those in active duty and other veterans.
 
“The town started last year with an initial plan for 8 banners, and it gradually increased to 32 total banners,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots.
 
The City would like to encourage those who would like a banner in recognition of a family member or friend to come by City Hall and complete a form. You will need the name of the Veteran, branch of service, date(s) of service, your name and contact information. A picture will need to be provided as well. The banners that were purchased last year will be put up again this year, with the addition of new banners.
 
The City would again like to recognize Ronnie Holt with VFW Post 6097 who assisted with the project last year and is helping again this year.
 
“We urge people that want to participate to come by City Hall. We will attempt to call everyone that has requested a banner,” said Mayor Hoots.
 
The City will start with the first 12 Veterans names submitted for banners. For more information, please call Columbia City Hall at 270-384-2501.
 

Two Area Men Arrested by KSP on Wednesday...

 
  • Nicholas Rogers, 43, of Russell Springs - arrested Wednesday morning by KSP for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Persistent Felony Offender. 
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 
  • Oren Todd Grider, 51, of Columbia - arrested Wednesday afternoon by KSP for Disorderly Conduct. 
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Russell County School Bus Driver Class

 

The next school bus driver training class will be starting soon. If you know anyone that might be interested in driving a bus for Russell County Schools, please encourage them to consider applying. The link to apply is: https://russell.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx (click on bus driver at the bottom of the page).

 

Information regarding school bus driver qualifications can be found here:  https://education.ky.gov/districts/trans/Pages/CDL-Program.aspx

  

If a potential applicant has any questions, please ask them to contact Eric Wolford (Transportation Director) at 270-866-4844 or email eric.wolford@russell.kyschools.us.

 

Fatal Head-On Russell County Collision Claims Life of Russell Springs Woman; Other Driver in Lexington Hospital with Life-Threatening Injuries

 

RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky.  (January 4, 2023) – On Monday, January 2, 2023 at approximately 5:47 P.M. CST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a 2-vehicle injury collision on US 127 in Russell County.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed that Alex Fabian Lopez Entzin, 23, of Russell Springs, KY was traveling south on US 127 in a 2013 Ford Escape when he met a 2022 GMC Terrain traveling north on US 127. The two vehicles collided in a head-on manner on US 127.  The GMC Terrain was being operated by Wanda Wethington, 75, of Russell Springs.  

 

Mrs. Wethington was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Russell County Coroner. Mr. Entzin was transported to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington with life-threatening injuries. 

 

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

Sheriff Brockman Extends Property Tax Deadline

Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman has extended the period to pay taxes before the penalty kicks in by one extra day due to the way the holiday fell at the end of 2022.

Normally, the 10% penalty would kick in on the first, however, with the holiday causing the Annex to be closed on Friday, this courtesy is being offered. County taxes have been steadily coming in with over 77% collected in the month of October alone.

Usually about 99% of all taxes are collected and they are running ahead this season with 94% in now.

Area Arrest 1-4-23

Christian Bow, age 18 of Burkesville, was arrested by Deputy Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office just after 10 last night. Bow was charged with Speeding 21 mph over limit, Reckless Driving, Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Operating Motor Vehicle under Influence Substance – 1st. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Columbia City Council Recap 1/3/23

Jim Liebe with Wave News spoke with new council members and mayor Hoots following the meeting...

 

City of Columbia Gives Update on Business Funding

 
The Columbia City Council allocated a portion of the ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funding to a grant program that is being utilized by local businesses. There were certain stipulations placed upon the funding and the manner(s) in which it was to used by the community.
 
This was a result of the ARPA committee allocation of funding for primarily drug and alcohol abuse and appropriate support funding, small business assistance, and the updating of the city park properties. The city has been very frugal with the monies and have around 75% of the funding received remaining.
 
A 3-person board was appointed by the Mayor with approval from the city council to review applications for small businesses. Any small business within the city limits can apply for funding to be used for updating the exterior of their businesses. The owner/leaser complete the application that indicates name of business, what their project is, and the estimated time line for completion. The three board members are: Leon Lewis, Mary Beth Phelps, and Joe Willis.
 
There are 13 businesses that were approved in the first round of funding. Projects include: windows/doors for energy efficiency, painting, awning, and other exterior items. There can be no neon colors used in the building(s) on the square. You are required to complete within 6 months (or request an extension).
 
The City of Columbia is assisting with supplies. The owner/leaser is responsible for labor and any other costs associated with the project. When project is approved, they must sign they understand and agree to the terms and conditions.
 
Currently, there are around 40 projects in total that are approved or that are in review (may or may not be approved). There are also inquiries on some more.
 
“We appreciate the support of the community,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots. “This project is to assist with improving our town, helping our small business owners, and working with the local community.”
 
There have been questions when reimbursements would occur. The reimbursements occur when a project is completed and/or a portion of the project is done. Receipts are submitted and verified. A total of $46,399.13 has been reimbursed as of this date. 
 
When projects are approved, the applicant is notified and required to sign notification of their agreement to the specifications. If not signed within 30 days, the amount of funding will go back into the original funding and that applicant will be required to apply again.
 

Russell Springs Boil Water Advisory 1/3/23

 
There is a "Boil Water Advisory" in Russell Springs, KY on Dickerson Ridge off Hwy 127. The advisory was issued due to a water main break. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.
 

K-9 officers join Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement

 

FRANKFORT, KY (Jan. 3, 2023) - The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources recently welcomed new additions to its Law Enforcement Division to assist conservation officers across the commonwealth.

 

Three sibling Labrador Retrievers - sisters Cosmo and River and their brother Gambit – have joined the division as its new K-9 service dogs.

 

“In researching the various types of dog breeds that we could add to our division, we wanted dogs that would be approachable and can aid officers in their duties,” said Col. Eric Gibson, director of the Law Enforcement Division. “We wanted to create a canine program that would provide a positive reflection of the Department’s relationship with the public.”

 

The K-9s are strategically partnered with officers to spread out coverage and serve regional needs. Conservation Officer Evan Hughes and K-9 Cosmo will serve Region 1 in western Kentucky. Conservation Officer Cody Berry and K-9 Gambit will serve Region 2 in southcentral Kentucky. And Conservation Officer Glenn Griffie and K-9 River will serve Region 5 in eastern Kentucky.

 

The dogs were paired with their conservation officer handlers at the Highland Canine Training center in Harmony, North Carolina. The officers spent three weeks receiving training to handle and communicate with the K-9s, which have been trained to assist in the field with trailing, article location and narcotics detection.

 

The three dogs reside with the conservation officers and their families to help them to trust and care for each other.

 

Generally considered the most popular dog breed in the United States, Labrador Retrievers are also a popular choice for law enforcement agencies across the country. They are easy-going, intelligent, easily trained and eager to learn. They are also powerful and indefatigable swimmers and can tolerate cold waters. Those same traits make them a popular breed for outdoor sporting enthusiasts.

 

Police dogs, or K-9s (an abbreviation for canine), are specifically trained to assist members of law enforcement. Labs are native to Newfoundland, Canada, and were originally developed to retrieve fish for anglers. A confident water dog, the breed also has been used to patrol and protect ships and harbors, among many other duties conducive to natural environments.

 

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Conservation Officer Cody Berry and K-9 Gambit will serve Region 2 in South Central Kentucky. (Photo by Rachel Cummings, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources)

 

Columbia City Council Meeting 1/3/23

 

The Columbia City Council will have a "Called Meeting" on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 6:00pmCT at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

 

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER

ROLL CALL

OPENING PRAYER

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE AMERICAN FLAG
 

1ST ITEM:  MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF DECEMBER 16, 2022 SPECIAL CALLED MEETING.

2ND ITEM:   BID APPROVAL FOR INSTALLATION OF NATURE TRAIL AT CITIZENS PARK.

3RD ITEM:   APPROVAL TO APPLY FOR A DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION R.A.I.S.E. GRANT
 

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

COUNCIL COMMENTS

CITIZENS COMMENTS

MOTION TO  ADJOURN

 

Columbia Police Dept. 2022 Year-End Activity Report

 

Columbia Police Department Activity Report for 2022:


 

  • Calls for Service: 7276
  • Citations: 860
  • Motorist Assists: 129
  • Escorts: 129
  • Accidents Investigated: 304
  • Injury Accidents: 47
  • Fatality Accidents: 1
  • Incident Reports: 93
  • Criminal Cases Opened: 183

 

J.O.Y. Ministries Reaches Goal!

 

The Board and staff of JOY Ministries sends a heartfelt thank you to all who have given to the 2022 Christmas Campaign - the goal has been reached! JOY reached their $45,000 dollar goal for the Christmas Fundraiser. The J.O.Y. Christmas Campaign funds a third of the upcoming years operational budget. J.O.Y. Ministries operates the JOY Crisis Resource Center, Cally's House Men's Shelter and Ruth's Place Women and Children's Shelter. Find out more about the Ministry at joy-ministries.org.

 

Congratulations to JOY for achieving the goal and thanks, for what they do for Adair County!

 

Strong Storms Possible Tonight


A strong storm system will bring multiple rounds of showers and occasional thunderstorms to the region. Much of this activity will start tonight and continue through early Wednesday. There will be breaks in the rain/storms during this timeframe.

There is a threat for isolated strong to severe storms, as well as localized flooding.

 
 

Weekend Arrests 1/1/23

 
  • Teresa Neathery, 45, of Jamestown, KY - arrested Friday night by JPD for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol), Disorderly Conduct 2nd degree, and Neglect.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • Jacob Atika, 39, of Columbia, KY - arrested Saturday afternoon by CPD for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place 3rd or more offense in 12 months.
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Adair County Sheriffs Office Locates Casey County Escaped Inmate

 
41-year-old Chasity Burton of Columbia, KY, the second of two females who escaped the Casey County Detention Center on December 1st,  2022 has been arrested. Adair County Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch, along with Deputies Josh Durbin and Derek Padgett, located Burton after a search of a residence off Harris Road in eastern Adair County. Ms. Burton was taken into custody at 9:04pmCT on Saturday night after she was located hiding inside the residence. Burton was transported to Casey County where she was turned over to the custody of the Casey County Sheriffs Office.  Additional charges for escape are pending.  
 
The other female escapee, 45-year-old Angela Mason of Middlesboro, KY was apprehended on December 2, 2022.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Inmate: Chasity Burton 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Inmate: Angela Mason
 

KSP Post 15 to Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoints

 

COLUMBIA, KY (January 1, 2023)  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/

 

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