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Local News Archives for 2023-02

Adair County EDA Board to Receive $456,441 Grant for Green River Commerce Park

 
The Adair County Economic Development Authority (EDA) Board has been awarded a grant totaling  $456,441 from KPDI. The funds are to develop a Certified Build-Ready Pad in the Green River Commerce Park. 
 
Heather Spoon, grant writer for the KPDI grant, says this is a huge step forward for the Green River Commerce Park. There is another application that must be completed to fully finalize the award, but they are confident they can do that. Heather goes on to say that the EDA Board is so thankful that the Columbia City Council and the Adair County Fiscal Court agreed to help with the matching funds because industrial growth is certainly good for all of us!
 

Area Arrests 2/28/23

 
Cavese Jones, 19, of Vestavia Hills, Alabama was arrested early Tuesday morning by KSP for Speeding, Reckless Driving, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree (Police Officer), Fleeing or Evading Police, Receiving Stolen Property (more than $10,000), Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Insurance, and Resisting Arrest. Jones was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.  
 
Courtney Gray, 29, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Tuesday afternoon by KSP for Bail Jumping, Persistent Felony Offender, and four counts of Failure to Appear. Ms. Gray was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

State Wide Tornado Drill 3/1/23

 

The Kentucky statewide tornado drill will be conducted on March 1st, 2023 at 9:07amCT.  Adair County E-911 will be activating the outdoor warning sirens which will serve in place of our monthly test for March. County and City responders will be participating in the drill and emergency tones with the drill message will go out over agency communications. (Both the outdoor siren activation and responder agency drill may be delayed or cancelled if an actual emergency exists). The Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alert System will NOT be activated, however NOAA Weather Radios will be activated during the test. This drill is a great time to hold a drill to test emergency preparedness at any venue.

 


 

Area Arrest 2-28-23

 

 

Charles Willard, age 47, of Russell Springs, was taken into custody by Officer Golden with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just after 2 a.m. this morning. Willard was charged with Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO and lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

Adair County Fiscal Court Meeting 2/28/23

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular called session Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 6:00 P.M. CT in the basement of the Adair County Annex building located at 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY 42728. 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 
  • Special Called Meeting-January 12, 2023
  • Regular Called Meeting-January 24, 2023
  • Special Called Meeting January 27, 2023     
  • Special Called Meeting February 17, 2023
 3.  DISBURSEMENTS
 4.  REPORTS
  • SHERIFF’S REPORT
  • ROAD DEPARTMENT REPORT
  • G.R.A.S. REPORT
  • COMMITTEE REPORTS
  • JAIL REPORT 
 5.  TREASURER
  • TREASURER’S REPORT
 6.  BUDGET AMENDMENTS-2
 7.  BUDGET TRANFERS 
  • LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
  • FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS - 2
 8.  COURT ORDERS 
 9.  READING OF ROADS
 
10.  ACTION ITEMS:                                             
  • APPROVAL FOR JUDGE BRYANT TO SIGN THE KY DEPT OF ARCHIVES GRANT FOR THE COUNTY CLERK
  • COUNTY CLERK EXCESS FEE SETTLEMENT FOR 2022
  • COUNTY CLERK 2023 BUDGET AMENDMENT
  • BATHROOMS AT THE JIM BLAIR CENTER DISCUSSION  
  • SECOND READING TO AMEND COUNTY TOURISM ORDINANCES 
  • APPOINT BOARD MEMBERS TO THE COUNTY TOURISM BOARD
  • LITTER ABATEMENT EMPLOYEE DISCUSSION
  • TRASH FOR CASH DISCUSSION 
  • IWORK ROAD SYSTEM DISCUSSION 
  • OPEN BIDS FOR TRAILER FOR ROAD DEPT.
  • DISCUSSION TO CHANGE GARBAGE HAULERS ORDINANCE 
  • PERMISSION FOR DAMON’S PTA TO PUT A SIGN UP AT JIM BLAIR
  • APPROVAL OF HEALTH INSURANCE OPEN ENROLLMENT-JUNE 13
  • HOSPITAL BOARD APPOINTMENT
  • COST OF LIVING RAISES FOR MAGISTRATES AND COUNTY ATTORNEY
  • PERMISSION TO PROCEED WITH FIREWORKS 
  • PERMISSION FOR COUNTY TREASURER TO OPT IN ON THE NEW OPIOD SETTLEMENT 
  • JAIL ELEVATOR DISCUSSION 
  • DISCUSSION OF HAVING TWO MONTHLY FISCAL COURT MEETINGS
  • PERMISSION TO APPLY FOR THE HHW/ESCRAP GRANT
  • PERMISSION TO APPLY FOR THE RECYCLING GRANT
  • EX OFFICIO DISCUSSION 
  • NUISANCE ORDINANCE DISCUSSION
  • ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE DISCUSSION 
  • S.T.O.P.-OSHA PROGRAM DISCUSSION 
  • SET ABC ADMIN DIRECTOR’S PAYRATE
  • OCCUPATION TAX/NET PROFIT-ROLL CALL VOTE 
11.  OTHER BUSINESS
12.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
13.  ADJOURN                                                                                                     
 

Gov. Beshear: $117 Million Federal Award To Increase Access to Capital for Kentucky Small Businesses

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Kentucky will receive a $117 million award to expand access to capital for small businesses across the state through the U.S. Department of Treasury’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI).

 

Kentucky will use the award, allocated in three phases over a 10-year period, to launch a suite of initiatives known as the Kentucky Small Business Credit Initiative 2.0. The funding will support venture capital programs, loan support programs and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI), with an emphasis on access for underserved business owners.

 

“These funds are a boost for businesses still recovering from the pandemic, but also represent a potential watershed for the future of innovative businesses in our state,” Gov. Beshear said. “This significantly increases the capital available to promising businesses at critical early stages and helps lay the foundation for Kentucky’s innovative economy of the future. We must also acknowledge that while the talent and energy of our entrepreneurs and small-business owners are unmatched, the opportunity has not existed in equal measure. This funding will help more Kentuckians who may have been excluded from that opportunity in the past to realize their dreams of owning and growing a business.”

 

The funding will be distributed through KY Innovation, the office within the Cabinet for Economic Development responsible for supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses. Qualifying businesses can access support through certified lending institutions for the loan programs and Keyhorse Capital, the venture funding arm of the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC), for investment capital.

 

“Back in 2010, Kentucky used these SSBCI dollars to increase loan security and saw tremendous success,” said Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman, executive director of KY Innovation. “These funds enable us to build upon that success by strengthening that loan capital program and investing heavily into our venture capital community. Moreover, we are building a better commonwealth for all by ensuring that all Kentuckians, including those who have historically had difficulty accessing or have outright been denied access to capital, are able to get the resources needed to make their dreams a reality. It’s a great day for every Kentucky founder and for the future of entrepreneurship in our state.”

 

The state plans to allocate the award toward areas KY Innovation has identified as lacking within its startup network.

 

A significant portion of KSBCI 2.0 funding will be allocated toward venture capital, which has been identified as a key area of need for Kentucky startups. In addition to funding more businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged founders, Keyhorse will create educational programs to foster a new generation of venture capital fund managers and give them the resources needed to be successful in Kentucky’s growing venture capital community.

 

“SSBCI 2.0 is a huge opportunity for early-stage startups in Kentucky. These funds will give more founders the chance to succeed with access to capital at those critical early stages, particularly founders from underrepresented communities,” said KSTC President Terry Samuel. “Our venture finance arm, Keyhorse Capital, has been doing this work for over two decades through the Kentucky Enterprise Fund. We’re ready to hit the ground running and build upon the work we’ve done in partnership with the Cabinet for Economic Development and KY Innovation to back scalable businesses throughout the state.”

 

Commonly known as SSBCI 2.0, the Treasury Department program was authorized as part of the American Rescue Plan Act and builds upon the 2010 SSBCI initiative. Kentucky used previous funding to create the Kentucky Small Business Credit Initiative (KSBCI), which secures loans by covering gaps between lent capital and posted collateral of up to 20%. This allowed lenders to make loans that fall outside of their general purview or guidelines.

 

“This is a historic investment in entrepreneurship, small business growth and innovation through the American Rescue Plan that will help reduce barriers to capital access for traditionally underserved communities,” said Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen. “These SSBCI funds will promote equitable economic growth across the country.”

 

Funding will also support two programs intended to make it easier for lending institutions to finance creditworthy businesses in need of additional capital. The Kentucky Collateral Support Program (KYCSP) provides a pledged asset of up to 20% of the loan to enhance the collateral coverage of a small-business borrower that would otherwise be qualified but unable to meet the lender’s security requirements.

 

The Kentucky Loan Participation Program (KYLPP) will receive a portion of the funding as well. KYLPP allows the Kentucky Economic Development Financial Authority to purchase up to 20% of a small-business loan to support a lender or CDFI in originating much larger loans that, on their own, would not have been possible.

 

For both the KYCSP and KYLPP, the state may participate up to 50% if the loan is used to meet the needs of a certified SEDI-owned business, a Very Small Business (VSB) or a Disaster Relief Effected Business locating or planning to locate in the counties declared Disaster Relief Areas by a state or federal agency as of or after Dec. 1, 2021.

 

“KY Innovation is using a creative solution for a common problem it hears when interacting with the entrepreneurial community which is: ‘How do we get more money for our business?’” said Jeff Noel, Secretary of KCED. “This utilization of these funds is thoughtful, sustainable, will support Kentucky businesses at every stage of development and entice outside businesses to relocate to our beautiful commonwealth.”

 

The first round of funding is expected within 60 days. For more information about Kentucky’s plan and SSBCI 2.0, visit the KY Innovation site.

 

Since the beginning of his administration, Gov. Beshear has announced the creation of 43,200 full-time jobs and 828 private-sector new-location and expansion projects totaling $24.6 billion in announced investments.

 

With the books closed on 2022, the Governor has now secured the best two-year period in state history for economic growth.

 

In 2021, the commonwealth shattered every economic development record in the books. Private-sector new-location and expansion announcements included a record $11.2 billion in total planned investment and commitments to create a record 18,000-plus full-time jobs across the coming years.

 

That momentum continued strongly into 2022 with 248 new-location and expansion announcements totaling 16,000 full-time jobs behind nearly $10.5 billion in new investment.

 

The robust job creation has been accompanied by rising wages across the commonwealth. The average incentivized hourly wage in 2022 was $26.78 before benefits, the second-highest mark since 2010 and an 11.5% increase over the previous year.

 

Gov. Beshear also announced the two largest economic development projects in state history. In September 2021, Gov. Beshear and leaders from Ford Motor Co. and SK Innovation celebrated a transformative $5.8 billion investment that will create 5,000 jobs in Hardin County. And in April 2022, the Governor was joined by leadership at Envision AESC to announce a $2 billion investment that will create 2,000 jobs in Warren County. These announcements solidify Kentucky as the EV battery production capital of the United States.

 

Kentucky’s success has been noted by both S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings, which have upgraded the state’s financial outlook to positive in recognition of the commonwealth’s surging economy. In addition, Site Selection magazine placed Kentucky at 6th in its annual Prosperity Cup rankings for 2022, which recognizes state-level economic success based on capital investments.

 

Gov. Beshear’s administration is projected to post the four highest years of budget surpluses in Kentucky history, and the state’s rainy day fund has a record balance of $2.7 billion.

 

Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at CED.ky.gov. Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion at facebook.com/CEDkygov, on Twitter @CEDkygov, Instagram @CEDkygov and LinkedIn.

 

Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

 

Dunnville Woman Arrested on Drug & Traffic Offenses

 

Brandy Emerson, 30, of Dunville, KY was taken into custody by KSP Trooper Harper just after 1:00amCT on Monday morning. Emerson was charged with Rear License Not Illuminated, Careless Driving, Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Controlled Substance 1st, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Tennessee Man Arrested after Parkway Vehicle Pursuit

 

On Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 5:31pmCT, Adair County Deputy Sheriff Josh Durbin observed a 2018 white Malibu traveling east on the LBN Cumberland Parkway in excess of 100 mph. Deputy Durbin initiated his emergency equipment at mile marker 43 in an attempt to make a traffic stop, but the vehicle failed to slow or stop.  

 

The pursuit continued at high speeds, eventually crossing into Russell County where Kentucky State Troopers, Russell Springs Police Dept. and the Russell County Sheriff‘s Office assisted in bringing the pursuit to a stop, just short of the Russell Springs exit around mile marker 60.

 

Dallas Pike, 25, of Oneida, Tennessee was arrested without incident and transported back to Columbia and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. He was charged with Fleeing and Evading Police 1st degree (motor vehicle), Speeding 26 mph or greater over the limit, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs, Wanton Endangerment, Operating on a Suspended License, and Reckless Driving.

 

The ACSO is continuing the investigation.

 

KY Emergency Management & National Weather Service To Host 2023 Severe Weather Awareness Week

 

FRANKFORT, KY. (Feb. 23, 2023) – The Commonwealth is no stranger to severe weather. The last three years have shown that being prepared for and knowing how/what to do in an emergency is crucial for response, recovery and, most importantly, survival.

 

As part of the 2023 Severe Weather Preparedness Week, Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) and the National Weather Service (NWS) have teamed up to host several events and share valuable information to help Kentuckians be more prepared in the future.

 

“It is never a question of if, but the reality of when,” said KYEM Director Jeremy Slinker when asked about severe weather preparedness. “The last few years have taught everyone in Kentucky that being prepared at all times is not something we can put off till next week, next month, or even tomorrow. We must be proactive in taking steps today. That is exactly what severe weather awareness week is all about.”

 

The Governor of Kentucky proclaimed March 1-7 each year as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

 

This week, Kentuckians are encouraged to:

  • Watch the KET Severe Weather special airing March 1 at 8 p.m. and March 3 at 4 p.m.;
  • Join us for a Kentucky-wide tornado drill March 1 at 10:07 a.m.;
  • Participate in the tornado drill via our virtual Facebook event – https://fb.me/e/2A60aSiAN – for contests and prizes;
  • Be sure to follow KYEM and NWS on your preferred social media for all kinds of severe weather awareness content; and
  • Share what you are doing to practice preparedness in your everyday life and use the hashtags #SWAW23, #KYEM and #KYNWS.

The NWS is the official agency for issuing severe weather watches, warnings and advisories to alert the public when dangerous weather conditions are expected.

 

“Severe weather, including tornadoes, can occur anytime day or night,” said NWS Louisville Warning Coordination Meteorologist Mike Kochasic. “As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, strongly consider having multiple ways to receive life-saving messages, so you’re ready to move to safety at any hour of the day.”

 

In 2022, Kentucky communities had between 110 and 130 thunderstorm risk days, some of which included large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding and tornadoes. This is roughly one out of every three days of the year that Kentuckians are exposed to lightning risk, among other thunderstorm hazards.

 

This year, we will focus on topics from tornado safety, lightning safety and hail/wind safety, and even how to be safe while on beach vacations this summer.

 

“From a state-wide tornado drill on March 1 to engaging events for kids, these teams have put together a lot of great opportunities for our families,” said Gov. Beshear. “Let’s work together to keep our loved ones safe by being more prepared.”

 

For more information about what to do before, during and after severe weather, please visit:

 

KYEM Website: Kentucky Emergency Management

KYEM Twitter: @KentuckyEM)

KYEM Facebook: Kentucky Emergency Management | Frankfort KY | Facebook

KYEM Instagram: @kentuckyemergencymanagement

KYEM Nextdoor: COMING SOON

 

NWS Website: National Weather Service

NWS Louisville Facebook: (6) US National Weather Service Louisville Kentucky | Facebook

NWS Louisville Twitter @NWSLouisville

NWS Paducah Facebook: (6) US National Weather Service Paducah Kentucky | Facebook

NWS Paducah Twitter: @NWSPaducah

NWS Wilmington, OH Facebook: (6) US National Weather Service Wilmington OH | Facebook

NWS Wilmington, OH Twitter; @NWSILN

NWS Jackson Facebook: (6) US National Weather Service Jackson Kentucky | Jackson KY | Facebook

NWS Jackson Twitter: @nwsjacksonky

 

Weekend Arrests

 

Levi Hausdorfer, 26, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday night by the ACSO for Possession of Methamphetamine, Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol), Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, and Driving on a DUI Suspended License.

 
Chris Pierce Carson, 39, of Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday afternoon by KSP for Cruelty to Animals 2nd degree.
 
Donna Furkin, 49, of Edmonton - arrested late Friday night by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine), DUI, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified), No Operators License, No Registration Plates and No Registration Receipt.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 
Sarah Giles, 42, of Russell Springs - arrested on Friday afternoon by the RSPD for Criminal Mischief 1st Degree and Persistent Felony Offender.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 

Boil Water Advisory for Jamestown

 

There's a Boil Water Advisory in Jamestown, KY for all of Hwy 379 from the overpass to Hwy 1058, including all side roads, French Valley and Snow Road. If you experience low pressure, please boil your water for at least 3 minutes, bringing the water to a rolling boil.

 

RSPD Arrest Tollesboro, KY Female for Public Intoxication

 
On Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at approximately 8:02 PM, Russell Springs Police Department Officer Jeremie West responded to a call of a female that appeared to be unsteady on her feet.
 
The female (identified as 35-year-old Amanda Robersion of Tollesboro, KY) told two different stories to Officer West. Her speech was slurred, she was unsteady on her feet, and her eyes were non-responsive to light.
 
Ms. Robersion was charged with Public Intoxication of Controlled Substances (excluding alcohol) and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Area Arrest 2-24-23

Branden Phillippe, age 44, of Dunville was arrested by Officer Pritchard of the Russell Springs Police Department just after 8 last evening. Phillippe was charged with Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree and lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Dallas Pike, age 25, of Oneida, Tennessee, was arrested by Deputy Durbin with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just after 7 last evening. Pike was charged with Speeding 26mph or more over Speed Limit, Reckless Driving, Failure to or Improper Signal, Operating Motor Vehicle Function without Ignition Interlock Device, Operating Motor Vehicle under Influence of Alcohol .08, 1st (Aggravated Circumstances), Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle) and Wanton Endangerment – 1st. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Columbia Tourism Commission Meeting 2/24/23

 

The City of Columbia Tourism Commission will meet on Friday, February 24, 2023 at 12:00pmCT at City Hall.

 

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER:  ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA TOURISM COMMISSION

ROLL CALL:

1ST ITEM: APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS

2ND ITEM: APPROVAL OF GRANT APPLICATION

3RD ITEM: ESTABLISHMENT OF REGULAR MEETING DATE

4TH ITEM: APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE TO CREATE BY-LAWS AND PROCEDURES

MOTION TO ADJOURN ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman updated Kentuckians on economic development projects; rebuilding and recovery efforts in Eastern Kentucky; Severe Weather Week in Kentucky; mental health funding for students; home energy funding award; Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs awards; Department of Juvenile Justice; Shop & Share; a week of events at the Capitol; and public health. The Governor also named Kentucky chefs Ouita Michel and Sara Bradley as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Economic Development
Gov. Beshear congratulated Neogen, a leading manufacturer of animal and food safety products, on the relocation and expansion of its Lexington operation, a $6 million investment creating over 70 full-time jobs and furthering the Governor’s initiative to grow Kentucky’s agritech sector.

 

“The commitment from Neogen’s leaders to continue to invest in multiple communities in our state is the type of success we love to see,” said Gov. Beshear. “I want to thank Neogen’s leadership for continuing to invest in the Lexington community and growing their presence here in Kentucky.”

 

Eastern Kentucky Flood Update
Gov. Beshear provided an update on recent flooding, as well as Eastern Kentucky’s recovery and rebuilding efforts.

 

Last week, many communities across the commonwealth experienced a variety of severe weather events that led several cities to declare a state of emergency due to damages bought by the storm. Kentucky Emergency Management monitored the events and are working with counties impacted across the state to submit damage assessments.

 

“Many counties that were declared over last summer’s floods experienced additional flooding last week,” said Gov. Beshear. “I know that those impacted by the secondary event could be struggling to cope with the emotional distress of compounding traumatic events.”

 

The Governor encourages those who need help to call or text the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990.

 

Currently, 208 families are housed in travel trailers. Kentucky State Parks are now housing 20 people, down from the 360 people sheltered on Sept. 1, 2022.

 

As of this week, over $10 million in awards have been approved for the buy-out program. The awards account for 61 properties from Perry County, the City of Jackson, Breathitt County and newly approved Letcher County applicants. Homeowners wishing to learn more about the program should contact their local judge/executive or emergency management office for more information.

 

If flood victims need help, they should call FEMA directly or visit a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC). MARCs are now on a rotating schedule, which consists of two onsite personnel and one remote support person as needed. The staff will rotate from county to county each day. Visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources for more information.

 

The Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund has raised over $13.1 million from more than 41,500 donors. To contribute, click here.

 

EKSAFE Fund Awards
Today, the Governor announced over $4.4 million in awards from the Eastern Kentucky SAFE Fund. Today’s awards include:

  • Almost $6,000 to the City of Booneville to fund a FEMA match and $100,000 to help ease fiscal strain;
  • Over $3.5 million to Knott County to fund a FEMA match; and
  • Over $700,000 to Perry County to purchase equipment necessary for relief efforts.

 

Severe Weather Week
The Governor joined representatives from Kentucky Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and members of the severe weather awareness week planning team to declare March 1-7, 2023, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky. During that week, the groups will host several events to help educate more Kentuckians on the preparations they can take when facing severe weather.

 

“From a state-wide tornado drill on March 1 to engaging events for kids, these teams have put together a lot of great opportunities for our families,” said Gov. Beshear. “Let’s work together to keep our loved ones safe by being more prepared.”

 

Mental Health Funding for Students
Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Coleman joined students and local educational leaders to announce federal funding that will increase access to school-based mental health services for over 100,000 students.

 

The U.S. Department of Education selected two educational cooperatives that applied for funding. The Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services (NKCES) will receive $13,263,481 over five years, and the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC) will receive $5,281,577 over five years.

 

“Now is the time to invest heavily in our students – beyond tangible objects like facilities and textbooks. We must invest in the whole child,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “I stand ready to work with anyone, anywhere, anytime, who is serious about tackling the mental health crisis our students face.”

 

Home Energy Funding
Lt. Gov. Coleman announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding over $14 million to Kentucky for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. This brings the total amount of funding awards for this program to over $80 million. For more information, click here.

 

“These dollars will directly help eligible families in need. Funding can help folks pay their heating, cooling and energy bills – and so far, this program has helped around 150,000 Kentucky families,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman.

 

KDVA Award
Gov. Beshear announced that for the third year in a row, the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs won the Department of Veterans Affairs Abraham Lincoln Pillar of Excellence Award in the Customer Service for Veterans Affair Benefits and Services category.

 

“This award means that we are a national leader in how to treat our veterans,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are getting them their benefits faster and easier than other states, and that is something to be proud of.”

 

Last week, the Governor signed House Bill 2, which will provide funding to complete the Bowling Green Veterans Center. All four of Kentucky’s long-term care facilities for veterans are 5-star rated, the highest rating from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

 

Department of Juvenile Justice Welcomes New Security Personnel
The Governor announced that 59 people have graduated from the Department of Juvenile Justice’s training academy and have reported for the first day to their assigned facility. Another 22 began the training academy on Monday and are expected to graduate in March.

 

Of the 81 new security personnel, 61 have been hired as correctional officers for a juvenile detention center. The remaining 20 have been hired as youth workers at other facilities like youth development centers and group homes.

 

“A core component of ensuring safety at our juvenile justice facilities is having enough qualified, trained individuals on-duty,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Several of the changes that are needed within the juvenile justice system require new legislation. The administration presented its juvenile justice legislative request to the General Assembly on Feb. 14. Yesterday, House Bill 591 was filed by Representative Derrick Graham (D – Franklin). The bill supports some of the positive changes to meet today’s challenges facing the juvenile justice system nationwide. The Governor asked legislators to support these measures.

 

Shop & Share Event
Gov. Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear thanked every Kentuckian who participated in this year’s Shop & Share, an annual event that benefits the commonwealth’s 15 regional domestic violence shelters and is a continuing partnership with the First Lady, the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV), Kroger and other participating grocery stores throughout Kentucky. The 2023 Shop & Share event raised over $300,000 for domestic violence shelters across Kentucky.

 

“Britainy and I want to thank everyone who took time out of their busy weekend to give back to their neighbors,” said Gov. Beshear. “Your generosity makes a difference in the lives of our brave domestic violence survivors and their families.”

 

Events at the Capitol
This week, Gov. Beshear took part in advocacy events at the Capitol. On Tuesday, the Governor joined students, educators and advocates to proclaim February 2023 as Career and Technical Education month in the commonwealth. On Wednesday, the Governor met with Kentucky social workers for Social Work Lobby Day to discuss how his administration can provide continued support to these essential workers.

 

“It’s a great week at the Capitol when we get to meet so many amazing Kentuckians and talk about how we can make the commonwealth a better place to live for everyone,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Public Health
Influenza activity continues to decline in Kentucky. Vaccination against the flu is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. Locations and appointments can be found on vaccines.gov.

 

COVID-19 remains stable in Kentucky. The Governor continues to recommend that individuals who have not received the bivalent booster be vaccinated to lower their risk of developing severe disease from COVID-19.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Gov. Beshear named two Kentucky chefs, Ouita Michel and Sara Bradley, as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Ouita Michel, the six-time James Beard Foundation Award nominee known for her restaurants Holly Hill Inn, Honeywood, Wallace Station and Smithtown, was recently appointed to the American Culinary Corps.

 

“This remarkable achievement will allow her to work with other culinary stars to utilize food, hospitality and more to bridge cultures and strengthen relationships,” said Gov. Beshear. “Ouita, thanks again for representing our commonwealth on the national stage. We are so proud to call you a Kentuckian.”

 

Sara Bradley, the runner-up on “Top Chef” season 16, is returning for season 20, which will take place in England and France, to compete against other previous winners and finalists for the World All-Stars title.

 

“Sara is already an all-star here in Kentucky – so we wish her the best of luck,” said Gov. Beshear. “Let’s cheer her on when the show begins on March 9.”

 

Adair County Man Arrested Following Short Vehicle Pursuit

 

On Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 11:19pmCT, K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten initiated a traffic stop off of KY 206 on a suspected impaired driver.  Adair County 911 had received several calls throughout the evening on the individual. Upon activation of emergency equipment the driver failed to stop, leading Deputy Staten down multiple city streets. The pursuit ended on Westlake Drive without incident.  
 
Christopher Darnell, 44, of Columbia, KY was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
  • Fleeing and Evading Police 1st degree (motor vehicle)
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol - 3rd offense (aggravated circumstances)
  • Reckless Driving
  • Failure/Improper Signal and
  • Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree 
 
The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.

Area Arrest 2-23-23

 

Jennice Goodman, 58, of Russell Springs, was taken into custody by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just before 6 last evening. Goodman was charged with Assault, 4th Degree (domestic violence) No Visible Injury and Resisting Arrest. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Jamestown Man, Columbia Woman & R.S. Woman Arrested Wednesday Afternoon...

 
 
  • Logan Lee Withaar, 34, of Jamestown - arrested on Wednesday afternoon by the Jamestown Police Dept. for Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Trespassing 3rd degree, Resisting Arrest, Fleeing or Evading Police (on foot), and Failure to Appear.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 
  • Kristie May Weston, 36, of Russell Springs - arrested Wed afternoon by KSP for Improper or No Windshield, No Rear View mirror, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, DUI, Disorderly Conduct 2nd degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Martha Judd, 58, of Columbia - arrested Wednesday afternoon by the Columbia Police Dept. for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place 1st & 2nd offense.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. 
 

Human Remains Discovered in Taylor County have been Identified

 
On Wednesday, February 15, 2023 the Taylor County Coroner's Office and Taylor County Sheriff's Office began an investigation into the cause and manner of death as well as the identity of an individual who's remains had been located in between New Columbia Road and Sheridan Drive near the old Fruit of the Loom plant. 
 
The Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office has identified the remains as that of 34-year-old Brandon Gunter of Campbellsville. 
 
According to Taylor County Coroner Daniel Cook, foul play is not suspected but they are awaiting further testing on Cause & Manner of Death. The investigation is ongoing.
 

Jamestown Man Arrested on Drug Charges in Casey County...

 
According to our sister station, 98.7 The BUCK, Troy L. Pierce, 47, of Jamestown, KY was arrested during a traffic stop on KY 70 in Casey County. Pierce, who was a passenger, was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, 2 counts of Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Menacing, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified). 
 
After a search at the Casey County Detention Center, Pierce was also charged with Promoting Contraband 1st degree and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Meth).
 

Adair County Commodities Distributed 2/28/23 & 3/1/23

 

The Adair County Judge Executive, along with the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency, are pleased to announce they will be receiving and distributing another load of commodities on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 and Wednesday, March 1, 2023 from 9:00am-1:00pmCT at the Jim Blair Recreational Center located at 901 Hudson St., Columbia, KY.  ALL Adair County citizens are welcome. 

Local Honor Guard Needs New Members

 

The Russell County Honor Guard has several members battling illness and the group is in need of new members. It is hard to recruit people to donate so much of their time to an unpredictable date for a funeral. Sgt. Bray, a Purple Heart recipient, will join us Thursday at 8:30amCT on the WAVE Morning Show and would like to speak directly to Veterans about joining the group in this mission. They need to refill their ranks. If you are a Veteran, tune in on Wednesday morning and find out how you can join up.

 

Additional Information Released on Arrest of Columbia Man


On Thursday afternoon, February 16, 2023 the Columbia Police Department was dispatched to an altercation on Jamestown Street near the intersection of Gaston Avenue. The caller had advised Adair 911 that a pickup truck was behind another vehicle, chasing it into town and ramming it from behind. 


Officers arrived on scene and located a male and female near the parking lot of Tractor Supply and initiated contact. 

A witness also showed and provided CPD Officers with video footage they had taken during the altercation and the male subject was placed into custody. 

Michael Taylor, 56, of Columbia was taken into custody and charged with wanton endangerment 1st degree as well as operating a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked license. 

Officer Joey Keith made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Holly Necessary and Chief Jr Murphy. 
 

Area Arrests 2-20-23

 

Kayla Goff, 29, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday afternoon. Goff was charged with Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) No Visible Injury, Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

 

Lonny Chaney, 43, of Stamping Ground, KY was taken into custody by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office for Disregarding Traffic Controlled Device, Fleeing or Evading Police (Motor Vehicle), and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree (Police Officer).

 

Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Kentucky Agricultural Development Board Approves more than $1.2 Million for Projects Across the Commonwealth; Adair County Awarded On-Farm Energy Grant

 
FRANKFORT (Feb. 17, 2023) – The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $1,263,891 for agricultural diversification and rural development projects across the commonwealth at its monthly board meeting.
 
“The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approves projects that will contribute to a pathway for agricultural diversification across the state," said Commissioner of Agriculture and board chair Dr. Ryan Quarles. “Agriculture is still very strong in Kentucky and projects, such as the ones awarded today, will guarantee that continues into the future.”
 
County and State Funded Projects
  • Avios Cuban Meats, LLLP was approved $155,403 in state funds to purchase equipment for their meat processing facility. For more information, contact Elaisy Gonzalez at alvioscubanmeats@gmail.com.
 
  • Blackacre Conservancy, Inc. was approved $2,785 in Jefferson County funds to build a hoop barn and purchase storage for equipment. For more information, contact Dennis Craig at dennisc@visitblackacre.org.
 
  • Community Farm Alliance, Inc. was approved $621,717 in state funds over a two-year period to continue supporting market and nutrition incentives and increase access to local food for low-income populations. For more information, contact Martin Richards at martin@cfaky.org.
 
  • Daviess County Cattleman's Association was approved $5,775 in Daviess County funds to purchase a Mobile Beef Promotion Trailer. For more information, contact Joan Hayden at haydenfarms14@gmail.com.
 
  • Metcalfe County 4-H Council, Inc. was approved $1,500 in Metcalfe County funds to purchase 25 hams for Metcalfe County 4-H members. For more information, contact Marla Young at marla.young@uky.edu.
 
State Program
 
On-Farm Energy Efficiency Incentives Program
The On-Farm Energy Efficiency Incentives Program provides incentives for Kentucky farm families to increase the energy efficiency of existing equipment or facilities on the farm.
 
Four On-Farm Energy grants were approved by the board totaling $36,639: 
  • Adair ($6,189)
  • Bell ($10,150)
  • Graves ($10,150)
  • Jessamine ($10,150)
 
County Programs
 
County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP)
CAIP provides Kentucky agricultural producers with cost-share assistance on practices to allow them to improve and diversify their current farm operations. CAIP covers a wide variety of agricultural enterprises in its 11 investment areas, including, but not limited to, bees and honey; equine; forage; beef and dairy cattle; goats and sheep; horticulture; poultry; swine; timber and technology, as well as energy efficiency and production; farm infrastructure and water enhancement; marketing; and value-added production.
 
Four CAIPs were approved by the board totaling $341,072:
  • Campbell ($37,685)
  • Harlan ($53,387)
  • Ohio ($130,000)
  • Washington ($120,000)
 
Deceased Farm Animal Removal (DAR)
The Deceased Farm Animal Removal Program serves as a measure to facilitate the coordination of environmentally-sound and cost-effective disposal of deceased livestock for Kentucky producers. 
 
One DAR program was approved by the board totaling $15,000:
  • Shelby ($15,000)
 
Next Generation Farmer Program (NextGen)
NextGen addresses the growing need for a specialized program that would benefit producers ages 18 to 40 that have been engaged in an agricultural operation for a minimum of three years. 
 
One NextGen program was approved by the board totaling $37,500:
  • Washington ($37,500)
 
Youth Agricultural Incentives Program (YAIP)
YAIP encourages youth to engage in and explore agricultural opportunities. 
 
Four YAIPs were approved by the board totaling $46,500:
  • Harlan ($2,500)
  • Shelby ($10,000)
  • Washington ($19,000)
  • Wayne ($15,000)*
 
All application periods and deadlines for CAIP, NextGen, and YAIP will be advertised locally. 
 
*Existing programs receiving additional funding.
 

Columbia Man Arrested on Thursday...

 
Michael Taylor, 56, of Columbia was arrested Thursday afternoon by the CPD for 1st degree Wanton Endangerment and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License. Taylor was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Special Called Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 2/17/23

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in special called session on Friday, February 17, 2023 at 2:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair County Annex. The meeting is open to the public. 
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
 
  1. DISBURSEMENTS
  2. LINE TO LINE 
  3. FUND TO FUND 
  4. ADJOURNMENT 

             

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update 2/16/23

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 16, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development projects; general fund growth; the Brent Spence Bridge project; inclement weather; rebuilding and recovery efforts in Eastern Kentucky; orphan well plugging; and public health. He also named singer Chris Stapleton this week’s Team Kentucky All-Star.

 

Economic Development
On Tuesday, Gov. Beshear joined leaders from Wilde Brands Inc. – a producer of high-protein, low-carb snack chips made from all-natural chicken breast, egg whites and bone broth – for a flag-raising ceremony at their new Winchester facility.

 

In September 2020, Wilde Brands announced plans for a $9.78 million, 50-job production and distribution facility in Clark County. Due to the company’s rapid growth, it now employs 100 workers and plans to hire an additional 50 in the coming months.

 

“I want to thank Wilde Brands CEO Jason Wright for continuing to expand the company’s presence here in the commonwealth and contributing to Kentucky’s thriving food and beverage industry, which employs over 57,000 Kentuckians,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

General Fund Growth
Gov. Beshear said Kentucky’s economic momentum continues, as State Budget Director John Hicks reported revenues for January were $1.2 billion, which is $75.1 million more than was collected in January 2022, making it the best January in terms of state revenue in Kentucky’s history. Revenues have grown 7.6 % through the first seven months of fiscal year 2023. The increase shows that Kentucky continues to have strong business and job growth and that Kentuckians are confident in the economy.

 

The Governor also noted that increases in both wages and employment have positioned Kentucky’s revenue collections to despite the income tax rate reduction. January’s sales tax collections of $553.2 million set an all-time monthly record and were 7% higher than the previous monthly high. Individual income tax collections grew 2.1 % for the month as increases in withholding and net returns offset a decline in estimated payments.

 

“We are in the midst of the best economic roll that Kentucky has ever been on,” Gov. Beshear said. “We are breaking every record on the books, and it hasn’t even been close. The best part is that with the creation of 43,000 full-time jobs during this administration, more Kentuckians have good-paying jobs to provide for their families than ever before.”

 

Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project 
Gov. Beshear shared more good news regarding the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project in Northern Kentucky. The Governor said that the state is close to issuing a Request for Proposals, which is an invitation to engineering and construction companies to apply and compete for the contract to design and build the bridge. A design-build team will be selected by this summer and is expected to break ground before the end of the year.

 

“We are getting this project done as fast as we can,” said Gov. Beshear. “It is going to bring good construction jobs and ultimately boost the economy of the entire region as we expand one of the nation’s most crucial freight corridors.”

 

Weather Update
The Governor said severe weather is moving across the commonwealth today, and it is expected to continue through this evening. This morning, Kentucky experienced heavy rain and thunderstorms. This afternoon, the state is expected to get damaging winds ahead of a cold front, with a possibility of hail and tornadoes. Southeastern Kentucky continues to be under a flood watch.

 

Gov. Beshear said that he is working closely with the National Weather Service and Kentucky Emergency Management for the most up-to-date information. He encouraged Kentuckians to stay alert and listen to local weather.

 

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

 

Currently, 222 families are housed in travel trailers. Kentucky State Parks are now housing 20 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 (MARCs). Beginning Feb. 20, MARCs will go to a rotating schedule. This will consist of two onsite personnel and one remote support person as needed. The staff will rotate from county to county each day. Visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources for more information.

 

The Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund has raised over $13.1 million from more than 41,500 donors. To contribute, click here.

 

EKSAFE Fund Awards
Today, the Governor announced over $6.5 million in awards from the Eastern Kentucky SAFE Fund. Today’s awards include:

  • $18,326 to Jackson Energy Cooperative to fund a FEMA match;
  • $400,000 to Letcher County Fiscal Court to help ease the fiscal strain of FEMA ineligible reimbursement; and
  • More than $6 million to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to fund a FEMA match.

 

Orphan Well Plugging 
As part of his Better Kentucky Plan’s Stronger Communities Program, Gov. Beshear previously announced a $25 million grant to plug orphan oil and gas wells across the commonwealth. To date, 354 wells have already been capped in 14 counties. Over 40 contracts have been signed to plug a total of 638 wells. Of the 22 states that received money to plug wells, seven have begun plugging. Kentucky is reporting the highest number of wells plugged under the initial grant. This well capping has created up to 90 jobs and has the potential to create 30 more.

 

Public Health
Influenza activity continues to decline in Kentucky. In some years, influenza has had a second surge, so Kentuckians should still take precautions. Vaccination against the flu is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Locations and appointments can be found on vaccines.gov.

 

COVID-19 remains stable in Kentucky. The Governor continues to recommend that individuals who have not received the bivalent booster be vaccinated to lower their risk of developing severe disease from COVID-19.

 

Team Kentucky All-Star
Gov. Beshear named Chris Stapleton, who performed the national anthem before the Super Bowl, as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Star. The Governor also thanked the singer for his help following the floods in Eastern Kentucky.

 

“From his music to his on-site support of his neighbors after July’s devastating flooding, Chris is always representing our commonwealth in the best way,” said Gov. Beshear. “That’s why this week I am proud to name Chris Stapleton as our Team Kentucky All-star. Chris, thanks for making all of us proud!”

 

Kentucky State Police Investigate Marion County Murder

 

LEBANON, Ky. (February 16, 2023) - On Monday, February 13, 2023 at approximately 11:44pmET, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 received a call from Marion County 911. The Lebanon Police Department requested investigative assistance regarding finding a deceased female inside a residence on Harrison Street in Lebanon.

 

KSP Troopers and Detectives responded to the scene and learned Kaitlyn Wise, age 29 of Lebanon, had suffered fatal injuries from apparent gunshot wounds. 

 

Detective Josh Dicken, assisted by other KSP Troopers and Detectives, is continuing the murder investigation.

 

Anyone with information in regards to this investigation are urged to contact KSP Post 15 in Columbia at 270-384-4796 or the KSP hotline at 800-222-5555. Callers may remain anonymous when providing information pertaining to this case.

 

Russell County Man Arrested on Meth Charges

 

Ashley Denney, 41, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Deputy Bunch with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday afternoon. Denney was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Adair Annex Open for Storm Shelter

 

The Adair Annex will be open for a temporary storm location beginning tonight (Wednesday).
 

Mike Keltner 
Director,
Adair Co. Emergency Management
 

Columbia has New Tourism Commission

 
A new tourism commission has been placed into operation by the City of Columbia. “The commission will support local businesses in our community and assist with the promotion of activities and events for tourism, not only for Columbia, but for the entire community,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots.
 
Members will include:
 
  • Donna Jones. Jones has been instrumental with the Farmers Market on the Square, which is a source of pride for Columbia. Numerous visitors to Columbia have been referred due to the success in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  • Jason Thrasher. Thrasher is the owner of “Hooligan’s Burgers” located on Jamestown Street. He is a young entrepreneur that started with a food truck; and, continues to expand.
  • Linda Waggener. She is the owner of Columbia Magazine, an active member of the Columbia/Adair County Chamber of Commerce, and is a former member of the Columbia City Council.
  • Brenda Kinnett Mann. Mann is retired from the Adair County School System. She is an active member of the Columbia/Adair County Chamber of Commerce, where she has been active in the Leadership Adair County. She will be working as a liaison with the board of Renaissance Columbia in the promotion of Downtown Days.
  • Hannah Peck. Peck just joined the Columbia City Council. She is a former member of the Columbia-Adair County Tourism Commission. She is active with JOY Ministries; and, works with Lindsey Wilson College, which has numerous visitors to their campus through the year. This year’s enrollment broke records. She will be the liaison with the City’s legislative body.
  • Greg Redford. Redford is with Three Springs RV Resort located on Holmes Bend Road. He is familiar with the tourism from the Green River Lake; and, brings knowledge of those camping and utilizing the lake during the summer.
  • Susan Barbee Harvey. Harvey is the owner and manager of Sleep Inn and Suites. The motel is utilized by the regional training center of our Walmart; and, also, guests frequent from the wedding barn industry in Adair County.
 
“We hope that people will welcome all these into their new positions,” said Mayor Hoots. “This is a great plan for our community as it continues to grow.”
 
As the city moves forward, “Our plans are to continue to work with all activities in Columbia and Adair County. Our goal is to promote the entire community,” she concluded.
 

Lt. Gov. Coleman Presents More Than $7 Million in Lincoln, Pulaski Counties; Lake Cumberland Tourism Also Awarded Funds

 

STANFORD / SOMERSET, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2023) – Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman today announced $7,010,141.67 in funding to Lincoln and Pulaski counties. The funding will provide clean water, assist local nonprofit organizations, increase tourism funding and provide housing for youth aging out of foster care.

 

Funding comes through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the Cleaner Water Program (CWP), the Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response (CDBG-CV) and the Team Kentucky Nonprofit Assistance Fund.

 

“Investments in our communities through clean water, nonprofits, tourism and community development provide Kentucky a solid foundation for building tomorrow’s economy,” Lt. Gov. Coleman said. “What excites me, as a rural Kentuckian, is that opportunity is coming to all corners of the commonwealth, not just our big cities.”
 

Lincoln County

  • City of Crab Orchard: $300,000 committed to improving roadside flooding.


“Improving our stormwater drainage is crucial to making sure Crab Orchard is better prepared for rain, sleet and snow,” said Mayor Jesse Harris. “This project is going to make our community a safer place to live. Our thanks to all the state officials who worked together to help make this possible.”

  • City of Hustonville: $300,000 committed to replacing 2,000 water meters.

 

“The City of Hustonville is very thankful for the support of the Cleaner Water Program,” said Mayor Tim Smith. “The grants announced today will play a significant role in preserving the clean drinking water for our Hustonville Water Customers. We as a community look forward to working with the state on future investments as well.”

  • Stanford Water Commission: $300,000 committed to replacing the Will Chancellor Pump Station.
  • McKinney Water District: $287,289 committed to replacing a water main.
  • Lincoln County Sanitation District: $287,288 committed to providing sanitary sewer to 363 households in the Moreland area.
  • Lincoln County: $55,649.49 was awarded through the Nonprofit Assistance Fund for the Lincoln County Senior Citizens Center.

 

“Lincoln County welcomes and appreciates funding that improves the quality of life in our community,” said Lincoln County Judge/Executive Woods Adams. “Our community vows be good stewards of these funds entrusted to us. Many thanks to the Lt. Governor Coleman and the leadership in Frankfort for delivering this funding to Lincoln County!”

 

“On behalf of Lincoln County Senior Citizens Center, I would like to thank Gov. Beshear, Lt. Gov. Coleman, our state legislatures and staff for making available funds to nonprofits through the Team Kentucky Nonprofit Fund. Agencies such as ours worked tirelessly, during the COVID-19 pandemic, to provide senior citizens with meals and keep them connected through a variety of supportive services. This fund allows us to move forward for those who need us most,” said Miranda Perkins, executive director of Lincoln County Senior Citizens Center. “We take great pride in serving our community and thank you again for allowing us to continue to make this impact for the aging population in Lincoln County.”

 

“Today, Lincoln County is receiving necessary funds in order to improve water systems across the county,” said Rep. David Meade, whose district includes Lincoln County. “It is crucial we fund projects like these because they help improve the lives of those who call Lincoln County home. Every Kentuckian deserves access to safe water systems whether it be their drinking water, storm systems, or sanitary systems and these grants are vital to our community. This is a step in the right direction in strengthening the commonwealth’s infrastructure and the legislature is committed to ensuring grants like these are funded.”


Pulaski County

  • City of Burnside: $790,094 committed to water improvements.

 

“These funds will be a big win for the students at the new Burnside Elementary School and everyone in our community,” said Mayor Robert Lawson. “By providing water service to our new school, we’re prioritizing the future of our city. By updating our water storage tanks, we’re improving water service for hundreds of residents. Today is a good day for our town, and for Kentucky.”

  • City of Science Hill: $790,094 committed to wastewater treatment plant upgrades.

 

“Our current treatment plant is in need of repairs, and these funds will help us make them,” said Mayor Mike Hall. “This project prioritizes the health and safety of every member of this community. Infrastructure projects like this can be overlooked, but this will provide a big lift for the city of Science Hill.”

  • City of Somerset: $790,094 committed to water treatment plant improvements.

 

“Today’s announcement not only shows our commitment to maintaining and improving Somerset’s infrastructure, but it also demonstrates public safety is our top priority,” Mayor Alan Keck said. “These funds will help us make important updates to the filtration system at our state-of-the-art water treatment facility – just another way we’re working to improve the lives of our residents and make our community even better than it was the day before.”

  • Western Pulaski County Water District: $790,094 committed to improving the Faubush/Nancy water main.
  • Lake Cumberland Tourist Commission: $104,357 committed to increasing tourism in the region.

 

“Lake Cumberland is growing hand over foot, and after the pandemic removed the travel bans, we offered a drivable vacation destination with wide open spaces. We have more visitors now than we ever have, and that is in part due to the tourism industry and how powerful it can be for a destination like ours,” said Danielle Wilson, Lake Cumberland Tourist Commission executive director. “The ARPA Funding is allowing us to revive the ideas we had that were put on hold during the pandemic. We are utilizing the funding on several major projects, some of which include a renowned research company, entering new digital advertising markets and upgrades to our website to bring it to 2023. We are so very thankful for this opportunity to grow our community and our culture here in Russell County, and without the ARPA Funding, these things would not be possible.”

  • Burnside Tourism & Recreation Commission: $66,629 committed to marketing tourism in the region.

 

“The pandemic hit our community hard – much like other small rural communities across the commonwealth. The funding will be instrumental in marketing our locally owned and operated attractions,” said Alison Pyles, executive director of the Burnside Tourism & Recreation Commission. “We are the only town on Lake Cumberland, and we cannot wait to use this funding to showcase what a special place Burnside is to visit!”

  • Lake Cumberland Wayfinding Signage: $175,000 committed to updating signage on and around Lake Cumberland.
  • Somerset/Pulaski County Convention & Visitors Bureau: $199,886 committed to marketing tourism in the region.

 

Michelle Allen, executive director of the Somerset/Pulaski County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Partnerships are a vital part of growing the tourism industry and we in Somerset, Pulaski County, are creating new experiences because of these partnerships between our city, county, and economic development organizations.  This funding will be used as a collaborative marketing effort to further entice our visitors to create new memories in The Capital of Lake Cumberland.”

  • Pulaski County: $1,040,000 committed to the construction of the Foothills Academy Independent Living Center, for youth aging out of foster care.

 

“We, the citizens of Pulaski County, offer a big thank you to the Department of Local Government for providing these funds,” said Pulaski County Judge/Executive Marshall Todd. “We are more than happy to help expedite this more than three-million-dollar Pulaski County Foothills Multifamily Housing Project to provide housing for the young adults that are aging out of foster care. We are confident this will provide education and workforce development skills for these individuals to help meet the growing need for a prepared workforce in Pulaski County.”

 

Lt. Gov. Coleman has 12 awards from Gov. Beshear’s Nonprofit Assistance Fund, which helps organizations recover from the effects of the pandemic.

  • The Center for Rural Development: $100,000
  • God’s Pantry of Pulaski County: $100,000
  • Hospice of Lake Cumberland: $100,000
  • Somerset/Pulaski County Economic Development Authority: $100,000
  • Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation: $100,000
  • Habitat for Humanity Pulaski County, KY: $91,486
  • Be The Village: $42,641.03
  • Eastern Kentucky PRIDE: $35,803
  • United Way of South Central Kentucky: $25,802
  • CASA of Southern Kentucky: $18,168.04
  • The Salvation Army, Pulaski County: $17,608.87
  • John Sherman Cooper Community Arts Center: $2,158.24

 

“Clean water and improving water infrastructure has been a top priority throughout the legislature and today our efforts are paying off,” said Rep. Shane Baker, whose district includes parts of Pulaski County. “Our investment into the Cleaner Water Program through ARPA funds will not only benefit Pulaski County but will benefit Kentucky as a whole as it shows the legislature is committed to alleviating pressures citizens face. Serving Pulaski County and helping deliver on these grants is an achievement I am most proud of, and I look forward to continuing my work for you in Frankfort.”  

 

“Today Pulaski County is receiving various necessary funds to improve our county’s water and tourism,” said Rep. Josh Bray, whose district includes parts of Pulaski County. “Through the legislature’s support of the Cleaner Water Program, grants such as these awarded today are made possible. From inflation to rising gas prices, Kentuckians should not have to worry about having a clean and reliable water source. The ARPA funds we allocated towards this program will continue to make a lasting impact on District 71.”

 

“The Salvation Army expresses our gratitude to the Team Kentucky Nonprofit Assistance Fund and Gov. Beshear. These funds will allow us to continue ‘Doing the Most Good’ in Pulaski County. We thank the Governor for consistently thinking of and meeting the needs of our neighbors,” said Lieutenant Cornelius Walton, corps officer.

 

“The additional funding from Team Kentucky Nonprofit Assistance Fund will allow CASA of Southern Kentucky to recruit and train more volunteers to advocate for children that have been affected by dependency, abuse or neglect. YOU- Can change a child’s story,” said Amy L. Marcum, executive director of CASA of Southern Kentucky.

 

“Hospice of Lake Cumberland is a recipient of an award from the Team Kentucky Nonprofit Assistance Fund,” said Euretha Godby, CEO of Hospice of Lake Cumberland. “This financial assistance award will allow Hospice of Lake Cumberland to serve the patients of Pulaski, Russell, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Wayne and McCreary County. The specialized form of health care is designed for people facing serious illnesses. Hospice is unique in that it focuses on comfort and assistance with an interdisciplinary team approach that differs from other health care providers. Services are not based on the ability to pay so this award will allow Hospice of Lake Cumberland to continue the mission of providing excellent care to over 1,000 patients and families per year. Thank you to Lt. Gov Coleman for presenting our organization with this award.”

 

About ARPA Tourism Funding
Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, $75 million was supported by the Governor and allocated by the General Assembly in the 2022 legislative session. The funds are distributed by the Kentucky Department of Tourism to eligible tourism organizations throughout the commonwealth.

 

About the Cleaner Water Program
Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and administered by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority, $500 million has been appropriated through a bipartisan agreement with the General Assembly to provide clean drinking water and wastewater grants to fund projects across Kentucky since 2021. The 2022 funding will be allocated based on each county’s proportion of the state’s population, with the exception of Jefferson County’s share, which is discounted by 50% based on its high per capita allocation from the federal act. As the project progresses, the utility will be reimbursed by Cleaner Water Program funds.

 

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

 

About the Nonprofit Assistance Fund
The funding helps organizations across Kentucky recover from the effects of the pandemic. The fund provides one-time direct relief payments to support the long-term sustainability of eligible nonprofits. To learn more about the fund, see the full release from when it was announced last year.

 

Gov. Beshear Signs Legislation To Fund Completion of Bowling Green Veterans Center

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2023) – Today, at the State Capitol, Gov. Andy Beshear joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to sign House Bill 2. The measure provides much-needed support to complete the Bowling Green Veterans Center, which will provide compassionate care for Kentucky’s veterans.

 

In November 2022, Gov. Beshear joined federal, state and local leaders to break ground on the Bowling Green Veterans Center. House Bill 2 dedicates an additional $16,630,000 in fiscal year 2022-2023 from the Budget Reserve Trust Fund to previously appropriated budget items to complete construction of the $53 million Veterans Center in Bowling Green. The center is expected to be completed in 2024.

 

The Veterans Center will create 120 new jobs and will be the state’s fifth long-term skilled nursing care facility. The 80,000-square-foot facility will provide 60 beds and is being built on 25 acres donated by the Inter-Modal Transportation Authority at the Kentucky Transpark in Warren County.

 

The Governor said efforts have been underway for more than 10 years to locate a state veterans home in Bowling Green.

 

“Supporting our veterans is a sacred duty, one that I have made a priority during my administration,” said Gov. Beshear. “Today is another example of how, when we work together, we can do what’s right for our people – especially our heroic veterans. I hope we, as Kentuckians, can commit to the hard work of being worthy of their sacrifices, which sustain us.”

 

This new center will provide compassionate care for Kentucky’s veterans through state-of-the-art equipment, physical therapy and recreational activities. The single-story skilled nursing facility was designed using the federal Department of Veterans Affairs’ small-house design, which provides a private suite for each veteran and will include common living and support areas.

 

“I am thrilled that, with the passage of HB 2, we finally have the full funding in place for this new Bowling Green veterans home,” said Senate Majority Whip Mike Wilson of Bowling Green. “More than a decade in the making, we have broken ground and can now look forward to the completion of this wonderful, much-needed new facility to support our veterans and their families.”

 

“I think it says a great deal about our commitment to Kentucky’s veterans that one of the first bills to become law this session provides the funding necessary to complete the Bowling Green nursing home,” said Rep. Michael Meredith of Oakland. “I am extremely grateful to my colleagues in the legislature, the Governor and the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs for their part in making this possible. However, I also want to recognize the folks in Warren County who worked for years to see local veterans get quality care close to home.”

 

“Today’s signing demonstrates Kentucky’s enduring promise in honoring the sacrifices and service of our great veterans and their families, and the Commonwealth’s commitment to providing compassionate long-term specialty healthcare for our aging and most vulnerable veterans,” said Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) Commissioner Whitney Allen.

 

“We consider it an honor and a privilege to care for America’s heroes that call Kentucky their home,” said Mark Bowman, executive director of the KDVA’s Office of Kentucky Veterans Centers. “Each and every day our committed staff go above and beyond to provide the highest level of care and services for our veterans. We look forward to the opportunity to serve veterans of Bowling Green and South Central Kentucky, and we are extremely grateful for the passion and commitment from everyone that made this day possible.”

 

Support for Veterans
Since day one, Gov. Beshear and his administration have been committed to supporting Kentucky’s military community and families.

 

The Governor has signed legislation that simplifies the job certification process for military spouses; expanded the Military Family Assistance Trust Fund; improved leave benefits for state employees who serve in the military and added seven active military unit license plates to the 28 military-related plates that were already available.

 

The Governor approved funds to support the Bowling Green Veterans Center, the Homeless Veterans Program, staffing at four of the veterans cemeteries, and a permanent memorial honoring Kentucky Medal of Honor recipients at the Campus of Freedom’s Foundation in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

 

The administration is also supporting veterans’ organizations through the Veterans Program Trust Fund, which has granted hundreds of thousands of dollars to partners like Honor Flight Bluegrass, Honor Flight Kentucky, the Louisville Chapter of the National Association of Black Veterans and the Homeless Veterans Trust Fund.

 

To help lift up members of the veteran community who are struggling, Kentucky joined the Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families.

 

Last year, the Governor also broke ground on a new Louisville VA Medical Center campus. The new center is set to include a Women’s Health Clinic to better serve our female veterans, who deserve not just the best care, but specialized care.

 

Adair County School Board Meeting 2/16/23

 

The Adair County School Board will meet on Thursday, February 16, 2023 for a Regular Monthly Meeting at 6:00pmCT at the Adair County Board Conference Room.
 
AGENDA
**Meeting called to order**
***Adair County Board Members will open meeting with Pledge of Allegiance***
***Prayer***
 
 1.       APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 2.       APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
 
CONSENT AGENDA
 3.      APPROVAL OF MINUTES
 4.      APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT
 5.      APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS
 6.      APPROVAL TO DECLARE TECHNOLOGY ITEMS AS JUNK FOR DISPOSAL OR RECYCLING
 7.      APPROVAL OF 2023/2024 SBDM ALLOCATIONS
 8.      ACKNOWLEDMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTIONS
_________________________________________________________________________
 
REGULAR AGENDA
 9.      SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
10.     APPROVAL OF CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS PACKAGE FOR THE NEW ADAIR COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL PROJECT (BG22-433) – Kyle Choate, Project Manager DECO Architects
11.     APPROVAL OF 2023/2024 ADAIR LEARNING ACADEMY SCHOOL CALENDAR – Robbie Harmon
12.     PRESENTATION FROM KSBA REGARDING CONTRACT SERVICES FOR SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH PROCESS – Tim Eaton
13.     APPROVAL OF OUT OF STATE TRAVEL FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL PLANT SCIENCE PATHWAY STUDENTS TO TRAVEL TO NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE TO PARTICIPATE IN A HORTICULTURE TOUR OF THE OPRYLAND HOTEL FACILITIES AND PRACTICES GUIDED BY CHIEF ENGINEER OF HORTICULTURE AND PEST CONTROL ON MARCH 21, 2023 - Brittany Smith
14.    APPROVAL FOR OUT OF STATE TRAVEL WITH A PORTION OF THE DISTRICT DEEPER LEARNING TEAM, TO ATTEND THE NATIONAL DEEPER LEARNING CONFERENCE IN SAN DIEGO, CA, UTILIZING GRANT FUNDS PROVIDED BY GRECC, TITLE II PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDS, SECTION 6 FUNDS, AND $500 IN GENERAL FUNDS. – Sarah Hatton
15.    APPROVAL OF OUT OF STATE TRAVEL FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL BAND TO TRAVEL TO WALT DISNEY WORLD IN ORLANDO FLORIDA DURING THE WEEK OF MARCH 30 – APRIL 6, 2024, TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MAIN STREET USA PARADE – Jordan Humphress
16.    APPROVAL FOR $247, 053.38 FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL BAND TO PURCHASE THE NECESSARY INSTRUMENTS NEEDED FOR THE 2023/2024 ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND – Jordan Humphress
17.    APPROVAL OF TWO CHANGES TO PROCEDURE 03.6 AP.22 COACHES/NONFACULTY ASSISTANTS CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK REQUIREMENTS. (1) ADD CAN CHECK REQUIREMENT TO THE PROCEDURE (2) NO LONGER COMPLETE THE BACKGROUND CHECKS AT THE CENTRAL OFFICE – Robbie Harmon
18.    APPROVAL TO AUTHORIZE THE SUPERINTENDENT TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY STEPS TO SUPPORT THE COUNCIL FOR BETTER EDUCATION, INC (“CBE”), IN ITS LEGAL CHALLENGE TO THE UNCONSTITUTIONALITY OF HOUSE BILL 9, AND THE PAYMENT OF ANY APPROPRIATE DUES OR ASSESSMENTS RELATED TO THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT’S MEMBERSHIP IN CBE OR ITS SUPPORT OF THE REFERENCED LEGAL CHALLENGE.
19.    UPDATE ON CURRICULUM/DEEPER LEARNING – Sarah Hatton/Susan Pfefferman
 
INSTRUCTIONAL REPORT PRESENTED BY EACH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL:
  • ADAIR COUNTY PRIMARY CENTER
  • ADAIR COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  • ADAIR COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL
  • ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
20.    APPROVAL OF THE COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLANS FOR TARGETED SUPPORT AND IMPROVEMENT, BASED ON THEIR DESIGNATION BY THE KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, FOR ADAIR COUNTY PRIMARY CENTER, ADAIR COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND ADAIR COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND THE METHODS OF SUPERVISION AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL AS STATED IN THE COMPREHENSIVE DISTRICT IMPROVEMENT PLAN – Sarah Hatton
21.    APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Jamie Wisdom
22.    BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – Steve Burton
23.    PUBLIC COMMENTS
24.    ADJOURNMENT
 

Russell County Man Arrested for Murder in Connection with Accident that Claimed the Life a of R.S. Woman

 

RUSSELL SPRINGS, KY (February 14, 2023) – Through the course of the investigation, Senior Trooper Weston Sullivan obtained an arrest warrant for Alex Fabian Lopez Entzin, 23, of Russell Springs and he was charged with the following:

  • Murder
  • Speeding 14 MPH over Limit
  • No Operator's License
  • Operating Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol - 1st degree Aggravating Circumstance
  • Failure to Give Oncoming Vehicle 1/2 of Highway
  • Reckless Driving


Trooper Jacob Guffey of KSP Post 12 in Frankfort served the warrant and arrested Mr. Entzin on Saturday, February 11, 2023. Mr. Entzin was lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center. The investigation continues by Senior Trooper Sullivan.
 


RUSSELL SPRINGS, KY  (January 4, 2023) – On 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 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 University of Kentucky Hospital 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.

 

Russell County Fiscal Court Meeting Recap 2-13-23

 

Russell County Judge Executive Randy Marcum tells WAVE NEWS about three big items on the agenda for Monday nights meeting including the Occupational Tax, the Opioid Settlement, and switching Russell County to the Eastern Time Zone...
 

 

Early Morning Investigation by Campbellsville Police Department Led to Numerous Charges and the arrest of Two Individual

 
On Monday, February 13, 2023 at 1:00amET, Walter Parker and Tammy White were arrested in the Auberry Funeral Home Parking Lot.
 
Walter Parker was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and four other traffic related offenses. 
 
Tammy White was arrested for Possession of Marijuana and Tampering with Physical Evidence. 
 
Both were lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center by Campbellsville Police Officers Jeremy Burton and Chris Milby.

Russell Springs Fire Department Called Out Sunday

 

According to Fire Chief Bobby Johnson, crews were called out at around 4:15 p.m. on Sunday to a small woods fire off Highway 1870 (Old Columbia Road). Nine firefighters were on scene for about 30 minutes, and no damage or injuries were reported.

 

Local fire officials are reminding citizens the Kentucky Forest Fire Hazard Season begins Wednesday and goes through April 30. During that period, it is unlawful for persons to set fire within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland before 6 p.m.

 

Fire in Greensburg Sunday

Sommerville Firefighters responded to assist Green County Fire Department Sunday afternoon with a field and woods fire. Spring fire season is coming and chances for field and woods fires are high right now. Use caution when burning outside.

Weekend Arrests 2/12/23

 

  • Oscar Alfaro, 52, of Columbia, KY - arrested on Saturday night by CPD for Strangulation 2nd degree and Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence). 
  • Richard Hubert, 29, of Glasgow, KY- arrested by KSP on Saturday night for Public Intoxication, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, Strangulation 1st degree, and Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence). 
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

LIHEAP Crisis Phase Underway Through 3/31/23

 

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Crisis Component is available to assist households experiencing a home heating crisis situation. Community Action Agencies across Kentucky are accepting applications on a first come, first serve basis through March 31, 2023 or until funds have been expended.

 

Clients must meet certain criteria and be in a crisis situation involving imminent loss of heating energy (applicants must provide a utility disconnect notice); have four or fewer days of fuel oil, propane, kerosene, wood or coal available; or have received an eviction notice citing unpaid rent (applies to applicants whose heating costs are included as an undesignated portion of the rent. Households at or higher than 75 percent of poverty level must pay a portion or co-payment of the minimum amount necessary to alleviate the crisis.

 

Contact your local Community Action Agency for details/appointment:  Adair County (270) 384-2147,  Russell County (270) 343-4565,  Taylor County (270) 465-6554,  Green County (270) 932-7324,  Casey County (606) 787-9209, and Marion County (270) 692-6411.

Another Columbia Boil Water Advisory Lifted

 

As of 4:21 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2023 the boil water advisory for customers from 319-1858 Keltnertown Rd, Elroy Coffey Rd, Thomas Coffey Rd, and 8420-7784 Edmonton Rd has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.

 

Columbia Boil Water Advisory Lifted

 

As of 4:21 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2023 the boil water advisory for Columbia - Adair Utilities District customers fromm 974-3374 Milltown Church Rd and all side roads in between has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.
 

Russell County Man arrested on Numerous Charges Following Traffic Stop

 
Rocky Weddle, 52, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Thursday night by KSP for Reckless Driving, Driving Too Fast for Conditions, Rear License Not Illuminated, Failure to Maintain Insurance, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree (Police Officer), Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Criminal Mischief 1st degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Ignition Interlock Device, and 5 counts of Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees, or Fines.

Fatal Accident Claims Life of Taylor County Man


CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.  (February 10, 2023) – On February 9, 2023 at approximately 5:43 P.M. EST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a two-vehicle injury collision at the intersection of US 68 and West Main Street in Campbellsville.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed that Steve Hovious, age 58 of Campbellsville, was traveling east on US 68 in a 2000 Honda Accord when he failed to stop at a traffic control light. Mr. Hovious then collided with a 2018 Ford Explorer that was attempting to turn to travel west on US 68.  The Ford Explorer was being operated by Courtney Gumm, age 32 of Nancy.  
 

Mr. Hovious was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by the Taylor County Coroner.  Ms. Gumm was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Two juvenile passengers in Ms. Gumm’s vehicle were not injuried.

 

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

 

RSPD Investigating 4-Vehicle Accident on Main Street

 

According to Russell Springs Police Chief Tim Pierce, his department worked a 4-vehicle accident on Thursday afternoon. The accident occurred at the four-way intersection on Main Street.

 

According to police, 52-year-old Candy Garner of Jamestown was at the intersection traveling towards Hales Highway when the 2019 Jeep she was operating was struck by a 2006 Nissan Altima, operated by 18-year-old Riley Reynolds of Columbia. Police said Reynolds was traveling west on Jamestown Street and failed to stop at the intersection, causing the collision. Reynolds’ vehicle then proceeded to collide with a 2016 Ford pickup, operated by 59-year-old Russell Miller of Russell Springs who was at the intersection traveling east on Jamestown Street. Reynolds’ vehicle then collided with a 2012 Toyota van, operated by 40-year-old Antonio De La Cruz of Russell Springs, who was behind Miller’s vehicle.

 

According to Chief Pierce, 10 people were involved in the collision; all were examined on scene and refused further treatment.

 

The accident is being investigated by Chief Pierce and Officer Mason Miniard. The Russell County Sheriff’s Office, Russell County EMS, and Russell Springs Fire Department assisted at the scene.

 

Two Columbia Boil Water Advisories 2/9/23

 

Date Issued:  2/9/23

Time Issued: 4:45 p.m.

 

A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers at 319-1858 Keltner Town Rd., Elroy Coffey Rd, Thomas Coffey Rd., 7784-8420 Edmonton Rd. The advisory has been issued due to a main line break. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality. For more information, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.

 

 

Date issued:  February 9, 2023
Time Issued:  8:30pmCT

 

A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers on 942-3374 Milltown Church 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.

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 9, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic growth; apprenticeship programs; the Better Internet Initiative Listening Tour; a week of events at the Capitol; recovery and rebuilding efforts in Eastern and Western Kentucky; the Department for Juvenile Justice; and public health.

 

First Lady Britainy Beshear announced this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars – the volunteers and shoppers who work to make the annual Shop & Share event possible.

 

Economic Development Update
Last Friday, the Governor joined leaders from Bluegrass Distillers LLC to break ground on the craft distiller’s new $8 million operation on the historic Elkwood Farm property in Midway that will create 22 full-time jobs for local residents.

 

Gov. Beshear also highlighted Kentucky’s continued investment in workforce training initiatives as he announced nearly $830,000 in funding and credits to assist with the training of over 2,100 Kentucky workers.

 

Apprenticeship Opportunities Increasing
The Governor said that in 2022, there were 4,800 active apprentices earning a paycheck while getting hands-on learning and direct work experience throughout Kentucky. That number increased by 400 in one year, up from 4,400 in 2021.

 

Kentucky’s number of registered apprentices increased 105% between 2013 and 2021, which is 17 percentage points higher than the national rate increase over the same time period.

 

“World-class companies are betting their futures on Kentucky because of our world-class workforce,” Gov. Beshear said. “To keep that momentum going, we have to keep investing in apprenticeships and on-the-job training. Congratulations to all the folks working in these critical areas and supporting our job growth as well as our communities.”

 

Kentucky’s apprentices are also becoming more diverse, with more women, people of color and people under age 24 taking advantage of these opportunities. To learn more visit kystats.ky.gov.

 

To further support Kentucky’s workforce, the Governor also expanded Medicaid to include vision, hearing and dental care; launched a program to help employers guide their workers to addiction services when in need; established Recovery Ready Communities; announced new programs aimed at transitioning people from incarceration to employment; launched a statewide project that provides transportation to former inmates so they have access to addiction treatment, job interviews, education and employment; invested $245 million in Kentucky’s career and technical centers (see release on first installment); and once again pushed for universal pre-K through his Education First Plan so young parents have the opportunity to rejoin the workforce sooner.

 

Better Internet Initiative Listening Tour
Last week, Gov. Beshear announced a 14-stop listening tour, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Hopkinsville, as part of the ongoing Better Internet Initiative. The tour will be led by the Office of Broadband Development to create a statewide plan ensuring the best use of investments.

 

Representatives from the Education and Labor Cabinet will also join the tour to hear directly from citizens and businesses across the commonwealth as they develop a digital equity plan to close the gap in internet access.

 

To review the full list of listening tour stops and register to attend, visit broadband.ky.gov.

 

Advocacy Week
This week, Gov. Beshear took part in numerous advocacy events at the Capitol. On Tuesday, the Governor joined the Legislative Black History Celebration to honor African-American leaders of the past, present and future. Also Tuesday, the Governor met with families and children affected by congenital heart defects and proclaimed this week as Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week in Kentucky.

 

On Wednesday, Gov. Beshear joined the Kentucky Youth Advocates for their Rally for Kentucky’s Kids event to promote investment in the children of the commonwealth. Also Wednesday, the Governor emceed a Recovery Advocacy Day event at the Capitol to raise awareness around addiction and to push for more recovery resources. Finally, today, the Governor met with Kentucky union members and proclaimed Feb. 6 as United Steelworkers Lobby Day to promote unions, which raise the standard of living and quality of life for workers.

 

“This was a busy and exciting week here in our Capitol,” said Gov. Beshear. “I got to meet so many amazing Kentuckians and discuss the issues that matter to our families. Together, we are moving our commonwealth not left, not right, but forward, with faith in our future and faith in our people.”

 

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

Currently, 218 families are housed in travel trailers. The Governor announced good news that the state no longer has families pending, waiting on a travel trailer. Kentucky State Parks are now housing 24 people, down from the 360 people sheltered on Sept. 1, 2022.

 

As of this week, there is almost $9 million in awards approved for the buy-out program. The awards account for 51 properties from Perry County, the City of Jackson and Breathitt County. Homeowners wishing to learn more about the program are encouraged to contact their local judge/executive or emergency management office for more information.

 

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 41,500 donors. To contribute, click here.

 

Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund
Gov. Beshear also provided an update on the Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund. To date, the fund has received over $52.3 million from more than 150,000 individuals and organizations.

 

The Governor provided a full list of distributions and pledges, including:

  • $810,000 in funeral expenses to families of the deceased;
  • Over $9.6 million in assistance to insured and uninsured homeowners and renters;
  • Over $3.9 million in assistance to local farmers;
  • $16 million pledged to build 300 homes through the help of Homes and Hope for Kentucky, Habitat for Humanity and the Fuller Center on Housing;
  • $12 million pledged for individuals for unmet needs and life essentials in cooperation with local long-term recovery groups; and
  • Over $10 million in $1,000 checks to survivors approved for any amount of FEMA assistance and insured homeowners.

 

Gov. Beshear also provided a full breakdown of the $1,000 checks that were issued. All check recipients were identified as tornado victims who made claims by private insurance companies or FEMA. The recipients were identified by FEMA and insurance companies as having been verified through their systems and having received payments through those entities. No checks were sent to anyone who was not on a FEMA or private insurance list.

 

“We ensured these measures were in place to make sure every single dollar went directly to survivors,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Department of Juvenile Justice Update
Today, Gov. Beshear provided an update on more efforts to support critical staffing needs at Department of Juvenile Justice facilities.

 

As of Monday, Kentucky State Police have assigned two uniformed troopers to high-security male facilities in Adair, Fayette and Warren counties 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are there to intervene in the event of a serious emergency.

 

More than 30 correctional officers and probation and parole officers from the Department of Corrections have volunteered to assist the Campbell Regional Juvenile Detention Center until they are fully staffed. Additionally, a few detention center staff members from the Boyd Juvenile Detention Center will also be assisting in Campbell County as needed.

 

“Thank you to our Kentucky State Police and corrections officers for answering the call and stepping in to protect our youth, and also our juvenile justice staff members,” Gov. Beshear said. “We’re committed to making progress for these youth and our employees.”

 

These changes are in addition to previous announcements the Governor has made to improve Department of Juvenile Justice youth and staff safety. At last week’s Team Kentucky Update, Gov. Beshear called on state legislators to support these safety improvements. The General Assembly has yet to file a bill to support these needed changes.

 

Public Health Update  
Although influenza activity remains elevated in Kentucky, it continues to decline. In some years, influenza has had a second surge, so Kentuckians should still take precautions. Vaccination against the flu is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Locations and appointments can be found on vaccines.gov.

 

“It is not too late to get vaccinated now. Even if you’ve already had the flu, getting your flu shot could stop you from getting infected again,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

COVID-19 remains stable in Kentucky. The Governor continues to recommend that individuals who have not received the bivalent booster be vaccinated to lower their risk of developing severe disease from COVID-19.

Team Kentucky All-Stars
First Lady Britainy Beshear named the volunteers, grocery store staff and shoppers who work to make the Shop & Share event possible as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. Shop & Share is a one-day, statewide donation drive benefitting the 15 member programs of the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

 

During the event, Kentuckians are asked to shop for what they need and also to purchase items to share with local domestic violence survivors. Locations include various Kroger, Food City, IGA, Save-A-Lot and Super Dollar stores across Kentucky. The Governor and First Lady encourage Kentuckians to shop this Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the event.

 

Donations from Shop & Share go to support the pantries of local domestic violence shelters and the lives of the clients and children who receive their services. Visit FirstLady.ky.gov for more information.

 

“Kentucky, this is an easy and fantastic way to support survivors of domestic violence in our communities. We’ve seen your kindness through the pandemic. We’ve seen the outpouring of support you’ve shown through two Christmas Toy Drives after devastating natural disasters in our state,” said Mrs. Beshear. “I ask you to join me once again in sharing that generosity with your neighbors through Shop & Share.”

 

Adair County Woman Arrested on Meth Charges this Week

 
On Tuesday, February 7, 2023 around 9:00pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office received a call of a suspicious female walking around the Allan Schoolhouse Road area. K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten and Deputy Chris Tweedy responded to the area and located 31-year-old Angela Little walking on Allan Schoolhouse Road. Upon investigation, Little was found to be under the influence of an intoxicating substance and in possession of methamphetamine.  
 
She was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excluding alcohol) and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine). 
 
The ACSO is continuing the investigation.  

Adair County Road Signs Being Stolen; County Requesting Public's Help in Identifying the Thief (Thieves)

 
I would like to bring to your attention an issue we deal with daily. If you would like to write an article about how the citizens of Adair County’s tax dollars are being wasted and to help bring attention to this matter and hopefully get the public involved in stopping some of this road sign theft and littering I would greatly appreciate it. 
 
This week alone, the Adair County Road Dept. has put up 16 road signs that have been stolen. Two of the 16 were just replaced last week due to theft. These signs cost approximately $100 each to replace, so that is $1,600.00 alone in one week that is coming from the road fund that could be going to do repairs to roadways within Adair County. Not only is this theft costing the citizens tax dollars, but it could cost someone their life since emergency services have been dispatched and the road signs are gone to direct them where they need to go. 
 
I ordered some really nice litter abatement signs with the state litter abatement grant money we get to help educate and bring attention to the littering issues within the county and in less than one day 3 of them had already been knocked down or stolen.  
 
We are asking the public if they see someone stealing a sign and only if it is safe to do so, take a picture of them along with their vehicle and license plate if possible, and email them to the Adair County Judge Executive’s office at cje.acjudge@adaircountyky.com. 
 
Thank you for your attention to this matter. I think most of the citizens of Adair County are sick of these actions and it is time we start taking more pride in our community and putting a stop to some of the theft and littering. 
 
 
Best Regards 
Bridget Compton
Adair County Fiscal Court Clerk,
Solid Waste Coordinator
Human Resources Director & 
Executive Secretary 

2-Vehicle Accident Sends Adair County Woman to Hospital

 
On Tuesday January 7, 2023, the Adair County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 2-vehicle injury accident 4 miles south of Columbia on Highway 55 South.  The preliminary investigation determined that 58-year-old Cheri Shepherd of Jamestown, KY was traveling South in a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. Arlis Kearns, 81, of Columbia, KY was traveling east on Old Glensfork Road when he attempted to make a left turn onto Highway 55 South and traveled into the path of Ms. Shepherd. The collision caused Shepherd's vehicle to flip numerous times before coming to rest upright. 
 
Arlis Kearns was treated and released on scene; Cheri Shepherd was transported by EMS to T.J. Health Columbia for treatment of her injuries. 
 
Adair County Deputy Derek Padgett is the investigating officer and was assisted on scene by Sheriff Josh Brockman, Deputy Jason Camfield, Adair EMS, and the Adair County Fire Department.
 

More Details Released on Alleged Bomb Threat in Jamestown Tuesday

More details have been released after an incident in Jamestown Tuesday that caused officials to close city hall.

According to Jamestown Police Chief Jeff Kerns, a resident was cleaning when she came upon a live rifle round, possibly belonging to a .50 caliber rifle, and brought the round to the police department to be disposed of.

 

In talking with the resident, she made a comment that she was told it contained a liquid that could kill several people if it exploded, prompting police to secure the area and evacuate nearby buildings including city hall.

Kerns said the comment was not malicious and no threat was made.

To take extra precaution, Kentucky State Police Post 15 was called to help secure the area and make sure there was no imminent danger.

The area was cleared around 10 a.m. and city hall was able to reopen.

Kerns said the investigation is ongoing but that no threat was made and there was no malicious intent behind the incident.

The Russell County Sheriff’s Office, Jamestown Fire Department, Russell County Emergency Management, and Kentucky State Police all assisted at the scene and Russell Springs authorities were on standby to assist if needed.

Area Arrest 2-8-23

Dakota Crabtree, age 26, of Jamestown was arrested just after 5 yesterday afternoon, by Officer Tarter with the Jamestown Police Department. Crabtree was charged with Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury and Strangulation 2nd Degree. He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Angel Little, age 31, of Columbia was arrested by Deputy Staten of the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just before 10 last night. Angel was charged with Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol) and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth). She was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Alleged Bomb Threat in Jamestown

Wave News has receieved several reports of a bomb threat in Jamestown. 

 

Contact was made with a city official and according to them an item was dropped of at Jamestown Police Department and was said to be a bomb, so the department following protocal treated it as such. Kentucky State Police came in and checked the item and is investigating the threat. No other details are avalible at this time. 

 

 

Area Arrest 2-7-23

Area Arrest

 

Jesus Marin, age 29 of Russell Springs, was arrested by Officer Lane of the Russell Springs Police Department just before 5:30 this morning. Marin was charged with Speeding 10 mph over Limit, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance 1st Offense and Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle). He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

Adair County Phone & Internet Outage

 

Update - The issue is associated with Windstream which supplies connectivity to cell towers and other data based services. If you are unable to contact Adair County E-911 via 911, please call 270-384-6464 or 270-384-4760. We have not been provided with an estimated time for resolution.  

 

Mike Keltner 

Director, Adair Co. Emergency Management

Taylor County Man Sentenced to 57 Months in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing Firearms

 

Bowling Green, KY – A Taylor County, Kentucky man was sentenced today to 57 months in prison followed by a 3-year term of supervised release for illegally possessing two firearms in Campbellsville, Kentucky.

 

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow of the ATF Louisville Field Division, and Sheriff Allen Newton of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office made the announcement.

 

According to court documents, on March 18, 2021, Jeffrey R. Beard, 62, a convicted felon, possessed a New England Firearms 12-gauge shotgun, a Winchester 20-gauge shotgun, and a Marlin .22 caliber rifle. Beard had previously been convicted of the following felony offenses. On July 13, 2016, in Green Circuit Court, Beard was convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. On July 12, 2016, in Taylor Circuit Court, Beard was convicted of first-degree wanton endangerment. On April 6, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, Beard was convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a machine gun, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

 

The case was investigated by the ATF Bowling Green Field Office and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. Yurchisin II, of the U.S. Attorney’s Bowling Green Branch Office, prosecuted the case.

 

Adair County Indictments 2/6/23

 

An Adair County Grand Jury has returned indictments against five individuals. Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.

 

Gov. Andy Beshear Approves Requests from City and County Governments to Fund 28 Projects to Improve Local Streets and Roads; Russell Springs & Columbia to Receive Funding

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2023) – Gov. Andy Beshear today announced that he has approved requests from 18 cities and counties across Kentucky for transportation funding with which to improve local streets and roads.

 

The discretionary funding, which totals $1,893,569, is administered through the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).

 

“These streets and roads connect hundreds of homes and businesses,” said Gov. Beshear. “The improvements that will result from this funding will make a positive difference in the lives of Kentuckians who use these roadways every day.”

 

For example, the City of Williamstown, in Grant County, was approved for $40,000 toward repair of Draper Road, home to about 50 residents. “The steepness of the road has caused complete washout during heavy rains,” city officials stated in their application. “The city continues to patch the road, work on the drainage, and spread gravel, but the road is simply worn out.”

 

Likewise, Leslie County was approved for $323,541 for badly needed resurfacing and other work on two local routes – Army Trail and Lower Bowens Creek Road. Both suffer from “slips, slides, breaks in pavement” and other deficiencies, according to the Fiscal Court’s application. “We are beginning to have a large tourism effort coming together, such as trail riding, fishing, festivals, opening of all our roadside parks, hiking trails (and) kayaking. Better roads will have a great impact.”

 

Other county governments approved for funding were Boyle, Bracken, Crittenden, Jessamine, Johnson, Lewis, Menifee, Monroe, Owen, Taylor and Woodford. Other cities approved for funding were Clarkson, Columbia, Middlesboro, Russell and Russell Springs.

 

In the first three years of his administration, Gov. Beshear has approved more than $52 million of discretionary transportation funding to local governments to assist in improving and maintaining their streets and roads and supporting their economic development.
 

Heres the list of awards announced today:

SKRECC Scholarships

 

South Kentucky RECC will be awarding up to 12, $1,000 scholarships to seniors from Adair County, Casey County, Clinton County, Lincoln County, McCreary Central, Pulaski County, Somerset, Somerset Christian, Southwestern, Russell County and Wayne County High Schools, as well as one applicant from private schools and/or home-school programs.

 

Application for the Senior Scholarship Program is open. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2023.

 

Here is the link to the application to apply: https://skrecc.com/senior-scholarship

 

Must be a member of SKRECC to apply.

 

Russell Springs Man Arrested on DUI and other Charges


On Friday, February 3, 2023 at approximately 9:17 PM, RSPD Officer Mason Miniard observed a vehicle traveling along US 127 without the headlights illuminated or taillights active; swerving and not maintaining proper lane position. Officer Miniard initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle. Once Officer Miniard made contact with the driver, a strong odor of alcohol was emitting from their person.

 

Joe D. Johnson, 29, of Russell Springs was taken into custody and charged with the following: No Registration Receipt, No Registration Plates, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence (alcohol), 1st, Resisting Arrest, Reckless Driving and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container In Motor Vehicle Prohibited.

 

Officer Miniard was assisted on scene by RSPD Officer Jeremie West. Mr. Johnson was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Area Arrests 2-6-23

 

Jaime Lopez Plata, 43, of Moorestown, Tennessee was arrested by Officer Smith with the Columbia Police Department early Monday morning for Reckless Driving, No Operators License, Operating Motor Vehicle under/influence Alcohol .08 – 1st and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle.

 

Ronnie Pittman, 41, of Elkhorn, KY was arrested by Kentucky State Police on Sunday night for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Iinfluence of a Controlled Substance and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License.

 

Both men were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

KY State Troopers Placed at 3 High Security Youth Detention Centers in Kentucky

 

Governor Andy Beshear announced late last week that Kentucky State Police will soon be placed at all three high-security juvenile detention facilities in Adair, Warren and Fayette County. The KSP troopers will be at the facilities 24-7 until personnel reach a safer point, according to Beshear. The governor’s announcement continues to highlight changes being made in the Department of Juvenile Justice since several violent incidents occurred at such facilities recently.

 

Weekend Arrests 2/5/23

 
Edward Hedges, 42, of Jamestown - arrested early Sunday morning by the Burkesville Police Dept. for DUI, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, Menacing, and Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree. 
 
Fate Riley, 40, of Burkesville - arrested on Friday afternoon by the Burkesville Police Dept. for Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

2-Vehicle Accident in Knifley Area Sends Two People to the Hospital

 

On Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 5:02pmCT, Adair County 911 received a call of an injury collision with vehicle rollover 12 miles east of Columbia on KY76.  
    

The preliminary investigation shows that a 2019 GMC SUV, operated by Julie Polston, 26, of Campbellsville, KY was attempting to make a left turn from KY76 into a private drive. Polston failed to see an oncoming 1999 Jeep Cherokee, being driven by Kharece Roution, 55, of Columbia, KY who was traveling on KY76, and the vehicles collided, causing Ms. Roution to leave the roadway and overturn.   
 
Roution and her passenger, Barry Roution, were treated on scene by Adair EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia. Julie Polston was not injured.

K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten is investigating the collision and was assisted by the Knifley Fire Department.  

 

Area Arrest 2-3-23

Freda Whittle, age 57, of Russell Springs was arrested by Officer Miniard with the Russell Springs Police Department, just after 11 last night. Whittle was charged with One Headlight, Possession of Marijuana and Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Substance – 1st.

 

Kevin Rosas, age 19, of Russell Springs, was arrested by Trooper Gadberry of the Kentucky State Police just after 10 p.m. last evening. Rosas was charged with Reckless Driving, Wanton Endangerment – 2nd degree, Improper Registration Plate, No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance 1st Offense, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Vehicle Prohibited and Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Alcohol .08 2nd.

 

Both were lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

Adair County Man Arrested on Meth Charges...

 

Jonathon Hadley, 29, of Columbia was arrested on Thursday afternoon by the ACSO for Possession of Methamphetamine 2nd offense, two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees, or Fines, and Contempt of Court. Hadley was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. 
 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development growth; addiction recovery care; a high-speed internet grant for Simmons College; the Better Internet Initiative Listening Tour; the Safe Streets and Roads for All grant program; recovery and rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky; the Department for Juvenile Justice; upcoming federal changes to pandemic Medicaid and public health.

 

He also named former DuPont Manual High School student and U.S. record holder Yared Nuguse as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Star.

 

Economic Development Update
Gov. Beshear highlighted five economic development projects that are expected to create 633 jobs and that represent more than $32 million in new investment.

 

The Governor announced an expansion in Hopkinsville for White Drive Motors & Steering, a manufacturer of orbital motors and hydraulic steering units. The company will expand its presence in Kentucky with an addition to its 124,000-square-foot facility in Christian County, creating 25 full-time jobs with a nearly $16 million investment.

 

Gov. Beshear announced continued growth for Kentucky’s manufacturing sector with Water Solutions Unlimited’s new location in Grayson County, a $3 million investment that is creating eight on-site, full-time Kentucky jobs and four remote positions.

 

The Governor congratulated SYGMA Network, a food provider and delivery service, on the company’s new 330,000-square-foot location in Burlington, creating 150 new jobs for Northern Kentucky residents.

 

Gov. Beshear joined leaders at Ancra Cargo, a leading designer and manufacturer of cargo securement systems for transportation, to cut the ribbon on the company’s newly renovated headquarters in Hebron. The $8 million project has created over 50 new full-time jobs, a nearly 50% increase in the company’s staff, with potential for further growth.

 

The Governor highlighted continued momentum of the state’s logistics and distribution sector as Whitehorse Freight cut the ribbon on a new $5.4 million facility in Crestview Hills, creating over 400 quality jobs in the surrounding region.

 

New Addiction Recovery Care Facility
Gov. Beshear announced that Addiction Recovery Care (ARC), a national leader in treatment and recovery, closed on its Bellefonte Hospital purchase in Greenup County. At this site they will create a new, comprehensive treatment facility that will offer lifesaving treatment and recovery services for those struggling with addiction, as well as mental health support. ARC will create nearly 200 new, quality jobs at this new center.

 

“This facility will transform lives for the better. It takes a lot of bravery and courage to take that step to overcome addiction and create a better life, and now those who take this step in this area will have the support needed to succeed,” Gov. Beshear said. “I want to thank Tim Robinson, the executive director of ARC, and his entire team for their commitment to our people.”

 

Grant to Simmons College to Expand High-Speed Internet Access
The Governor said that Simmons College of Kentucky was awarded $2,762,100 from the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) as a part of the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program. The funding will support a new digital teaching and learning center on campus serving students, faculty and the surrounding community. The center will also share high-speed internet access with two local neighborhoods through partnerships with The Family Life Center and the Louisville Central Community Center. Simmons College is one of 12 minority-serving colleges and universities receiving grants totaling $33.5 million.

 

“I want to thank NTIA for this generous grant, because it’s a win-win for one our historic HBCUs and its neighborhood. Simmons College students will have better and faster internet access as they work toward their degree. They’ll have a dedicated space to learn more about digital skills and technology,” Gov. Beshear said. “And best of all, they are sharing this amazing learning center with their community, to help lift others up through education.”

 

Gov. Beshear Announces Better Internet Initiative Listening Tour
Today, Gov. Beshear announced the state will host a 14-stop listening tour beginning Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Hopkinsville as part of the ongoing Better Internet Initiative. The six-week listening tour hosted by the state’s Office of Broadband Development, in collaboration with the Education and Labor Cabinet, aligns with planning requirements laid out in the federal Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Program as Kentucky develops a state high-speed internet plan. 

 

Visit broadband.ky.gov to learn more and register to attend any of the listening tour stops.

 

Safe Streets and Roads for All Grants
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that Kentucky will receive $25 million as part of the federal Safe Streets and Roads for All grant program. The program is designed to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians across the country by providing funding to build safer roads, sidewalks and crosswalks. The funding awarded to Kentucky will go towards improving roads that currently pose safety risks in communities across the commonwealth including Ashland, Corbin, Danville, Elizabethtown and Louisville.

 

Eastern Kentucky Flood Update
Gov. Beshear provided an update on Eastern Kentucky’s recovery and rebuilding efforts. The death toll from the floods has now risen to 45. This total includes Vanessa Baker of Breathitt County, who has been missing since the flooding occurred in July.

 

Currently, 226 families are housed in travel trailers. Kentucky State Parks are now housing 24 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 41,500 donors. To contribute, click here.

 

EKSAFE and WKSAFE Fund Awards
Today, the Governor announced over $1.9 million in awards from the Eastern Kentucky SAFE Fund. Today’s awards include:

  • $250,000 to the City of Jackson to fund a long-term recovery plan;
  • More than $1.5 million to Letcher County Fiscal Court to fund a FEMA Match; and
  • $150,000 to the Village of Buckhorn for equipment for recovery efforts.

 

Gov. Beshear also announced an award for the Western Kentucky SAFE Fund for the communities impacted by the December 2021 tornadoes. Today’s award is more than $375,000 to the Marshall County Fiscal Court to help ease the fiscal strain of FEMA ineligible reimbursement.

 

Department of Juvenile Justice Update
In keeping with his announcements to improve safety in juvenile detention centers for youth and staff, the Governor provided an update on the changes being made in the Department of Juvenile Justice.

 

Gov. Beshear announced today that Kentucky State Police will soon be placed at all three high-security facilities in Adair County, Fayette County and Warren County 24-7 until personnel reach a safer point.

 

Gov. Beshear also asked state legislators to:

  • Amend KRS 610.190 to allow public offenders to qualify bail as set by the detaining court, similar to what is provided to adults.
  • Remove status offenders and Class B misdemeanants from detention, including for a violation of court orders.

 

“We’re committed to making strides that will produce positive changes to best protect our youth and employees,” Gov. Beshear said. “We are going to be asking lawmakers to support these efforts. This session we will be asking for additional funds to make these improvements.”

 

Last week, Gov. Beshear announced that Jefferson Juvenile Detention Center will reopen and begin accepting male juveniles who have been ordered to secure detention.

 

Executive Cabinet Secretary and State Budget Director John Hicks outlined the budget request that the administration has made to the General Assembly to advance improvements in the juvenile justice system and increase staff. Click here to see the funding request details.

 

Federal Pandemic Medicaid Changes Coming
Gov. Beshear said the national state of emergency for the pandemic is ending, and multiple funding programs will close in the coming months, including Pandemic Medicaid. Approximately 240,000 Kentuckians who signed up for Pandemic Medicaid will need to have their eligibility redetermined. Some will transition to either regular Medicaid, Medicare or a private plan through kynect. The Department for Medicaid Services and managed care organizations will be reaching out initially with more information, and the Governor will share timely updates and notices when available.

 

“We want to ensure all the Kentuckians impacted – every single one of them – are transitioned to one of the new plans,” Gov. Beshear said. “There’s much more information to come, but we want to let people know about these changes very early.”

 

Public Health Update
Gov. Beshear also updated Kentuckians on influenza 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 when the federal pandemic ends it will prompt changes in COVID-19 testing and treatment costs. The Kentucky Department of Public Health is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other partners to determine exactly what impact this will have in Kentucky.

 

Team Kentucky All-Star
Gov. Beshear named American runner Yared Nugese as today’s Team Kentucky All-Star. The DuPont Manual graduate set a new U.S. record Friday running the indoor 3,000-meter race in 7:28.24.

 

“Yared, you have made all of Kentucky very proud and we can’t wait to see what you accomplish next. I am proud to name him as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Star,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Russell County High and Middle Schools on Lockdown Thursday Morning

 

The Russell County Middle School and Russell County High School were locked down on Thursday morning. According to school officials, a female student was being questioned about a fight that occurred earlier this week when she fled the school, causing the schools to go on lockdown. There were no weapons involved; the lockdown was done to assure the safety of students at both schools, who share the same campus.

 

RSPD Needs Help Identifying an Individual

 

The Russell Springs Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in helping to identify the individual pictured. She is wanted for questioning regarding a case that is being investigated. Please call the RSPD at 270-866-3636 or Russell County Dispatch 270-343-6600 with any information. You can remain anonymous.

 

Area Arrest 2-2-23

 

Kelly Smith, 35, of Burkesville, KY was arrested by Officer Stocton with the Burkesville Police Department early Thursday morning. Smith was charged with Reckless Driving, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Alcohol -1st (Aggravated Circumstances), Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, 1st Offense, Improper Display of Registration Plates and No Registration Receipt. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

RCMS YSC Director 2023 Red Ribbon Theme Winner

 

A big congratulations to Russell County Middle School and RCMS YSC Director, Danielle Helm!  Mrs. Helm submitted “Be Kind to Your Mind.  Live Drug Free” as the 2023 Red Ribbon Theme and it was selected—this will be that NATIONAL Red Ribbon Week theme for 2023!!  Outstanding!  

 

National Family Partnership (NFP) unveiled its 2023 Red Ribbon Week Theme, "Be Kind to Your Mind. Live Drug Free.™". Submitted by Danielle Helm, a Youth Service Coordinator from Russell County Middle School in Russell Springs, Kentucky. This year’s theme is a reminder that everyday Americans across the country make significant daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live Drug-Free!

Each year, the National Family Partnership sponsors the Red Ribbon Week Theme Contest. The theme contest invites millions of Americans across the country to submit a unique slogan that captures the essence and mission of the campaign. Danielle’s theme was chosen because it encourages us to do our individual parts to keep our communities safe, healthy and drug free. All segments of the community, health care workers, police officers, educators, school bus drivers, parents… people just like you and me, are examples of what we can achieve through self-dedication, care, and commitment. The theme encourages everyone to use their voice to make a difference no matter who they are, where they’re from or what they do. The possibilities are endless when we work together!

“I chose this theme because drugs alter our current brain development and hinders further growth. Drugs decrease levels of neurotransmitters in the reward system of our brain, such as Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, and Endorphins. This can block our brain from naturally experiencing happiness,” said Danielle. “"Be Kind to Your Mind. Live Drug Free". is about making positive choices to be happy and healthy-that is being kind to our mind.”

NFP organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign in response to the murder of Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. After his murder, parents, and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs in America.

“The theme contest is just one-way NFP brings awareness to the community,” said Peggy B. Sapp, NFP President. “Each year we strive to engage the public by inviting them to share what living Drug-Free means to them. This year we are inviting them to show us what Drug-Free looks like by sharing different photos of themselves as representatives of the community.”

Theme submissions are accepted each year from January 1st through December 4th and winners of the contest receive $500 in Ribbon Week themed merchandise courtesy of Nimco, Inc. NIMCO is the only place families, children, and schools can purchase Red Ribbon Merchandise Theme material to support ongoing drug education in the schools.

Red Ribbon Week takes place each year from October 23rd through 31st. We invite you to join us by getting involved. Learn more about the contest and the campaign by visiting www.RedRibbon.org.

 

KSP Post 15 to Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoints

 
COLUMBIA, Ky. (February 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/.
 
 

Senator McConnell Announces Nearly $3.2 Million for Kentucky Transportation Priorities

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today the Department of Transportation will award $3,173,291 to Kentucky communities to help them develop comprehensive road safety action plans.

 

Senator McConnell helped secure this funding by supporting the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which established the Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program that funds today’s award.

 

Senator McConnell led the IIJA to Senate passage two years ago and the President signed the bill into law. That legislation will give Kentucky billions of dollars over five years to improve the Commonwealth’s roads, bridges, railroads, riverports, airports, broadband, and more.

 

"This is welcome news for Kentucky, as the Commonwealth continues to benefit from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,” said Senator McConnell. “This competitive federal grant program is providing critical funding for transportation priorities in communities all across our state. This funding will support improvements for our roads while simultaneously creating jobs and providing a boost to Kentucky’s economy.”

 

The following communities will receive funding from the Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program:

 

Recipient

Amount

Barren River Area Development District 

$283,867

City of Ashland

$160,000

City of Corbin

$166,667

City of Danville

$160,000

City of Elizabethtown

$200,000

Gateway Area Development District

$299,614

Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency

$600,000

Kentucky River Area Development District

$208,265

Lake Cumberland Area Development District

$237,107

Lincoln Trail Area Development District

$205,779

Northern Kentucky Area Development District

$183,238

Pennyrile Area Development District

$268,754

Purchase Area Development District

$200,000

Total

$3,173,291

 

 

Also today, Senator McConnell announced funding from the grant program for Louisville and the Green River Area Development District.

 

Area Arrests 2-1-23

 

Bruce Thompson, 38, of Columbia was arrested on Tuesday night, January 31, 2023 by KSP for Driving on a DUI Suspended License (3rd offense) and Contempt of Court. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Tessa Sturgill, 42, of Jamestown was arrested by Deputy Bunch with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just after 12:30 yesterday afternoon. Sturgill was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth). She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Charles Thurman, 35, of Burkesville was arrested by Deputy Williams with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday morning for Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition Shoplifting, Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (on foot), Resisting Arrest, Assault 3rd Degree (Police or Probation Officer) and Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excludes alcohol). He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

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