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Local News Archives for 2023-04

Scenes for New Movie being Shot in Russell County

 
Adair County native Kenny Scott Guffey and film partner Jake Young of Pulaski County have an upcoming movie called "The Dark Room", and several scenes are being shot in Russell County.
 
Guffey said Russell Springs is a great community and easy to work with when it comes to filming and he plans to film even more scenes in Russell County for The Dark Room, a thriller about murders gripping a small town. A photographer uncovers something sinister while developing photos for a local religious leader. As the body count rises, he is pursued by a mysterious woman, throwing his own sanity into question by his doctor. 
 
The cast includes: Diane Franklin, Kayla Perkins, Brandon Ludwig, Shane Thompson, Kenny Scott Guffey, and Jake Young.
 
A release date for "The Dark Room" has not been set, but plans are to premiere it at Key Twin Cinema in Russell Springs.
 

ACJE: Adair County Transfer Station "NOT" Closing

 

The Judge Executive’s office has received several calls concerning the Adair County Transfer Station closing. I would like to clarify that this is not true and the transfer station is open for business as usual with no plan of closing in the near future unless some unforeseen issue arises.

 

Adair County Judge Executive

Larry Russell Bryant

 

Russell Springs Woman Arrested for Promoting Contraband

 

36-year-old McQuada Frost of Russell Springs was arrested at the Adair County Regional Jail on Thursday evening for Promoting Contraband 2nd Degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Frost remains lodged in the ACRJ.

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update 4/27/23

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 27, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development; Land and Water Conservation Fund projects; human trafficking prevention; the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline; absentee and early voting; disaster recovery; and rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky. The Governor also named Winnie Beshear as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Star.

 

Economic Development
Gov. Beshear shared economic development news and highlighted companies investing in the commonwealth.

 

The Governor announced continued growth in Jefferson County with Congo, an employee service company that works with brands like Alani Nu and Prime Hydration, set to expand its Louisville headquarters presence with an $8.25 million project that will create 500 high-wage, full-time jobs in the Louisville area.

 

Gov. Beshear highlighted growth in Kentucky’s electric vehicle sector with Rivian, a designer, developer and manufacturer of electric trucks, set to establish a $10 million remanufacturing facility in Bullitt County that will create 218 full-time, quality jobs in the area.

 

The Governor announced new growth in the commonwealth’s manufacturing and distribution and logistics sectors with Castellini Co., a third-party logistics company, expanding its Wilder facility to provide warehousing, co-packing and transportation services for the food industry with a nearly $16.6 million investment that will create 180 new full-time jobs with 128 of those being Kentucky-resident positions in the area.

 

Gov. Beshear also highlighted continued site and building development as Kentucky Product Development Initiative projects in Adair, Allen, Breckinridge, Johnson, Rowan, Russell and Simpson counties, as well as a regional project in Southeastern Kentucky, moved through approvals in the program’s initial round. The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved eight projects today for over $4.6 million in state funding.

 

ECTC BlueOval SK Training Center
With the steel framing of the upcoming 42,000-square-foot training facility already visible on the horizon, Gov. Beshear joined officials from Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC), BlueOval SK and Ford Motor Co. to officially break ground on the ECTC BlueOval SK Training Center in Glendale. Construction of the training facility began in February 2023 and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2024.

 

Land and Water Conservation Fund Projects
The Governor announced his selection of 37 projects that will enhance accessibility and upgrade parks and recreation spaces throughout the commonwealth. Nearly $4 million from the federally funded Land and Water Conservation Fund has been allotted to communities across Kentucky for a wide variety of outdoor, health-related improvements. Each project will undergo review by the National Parks Service for final approval of funding. To read more and see a full list of projects, click here.

 

Human Trafficking Prevention
Gov. Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear joined human trafficking prevention advocates to raise awareness about human trafficking in the commonwealth and remind Kentuckians how to report sex and labor trafficking. The First Lady encouraged Kentuckians to use the National Human Trafficking Hotline by calling 888-373-7888, texting 233733 or visiting its Human Trafficking Hotline Web Chat.

 

“As a mom, as First Lady and as a member of the National Coalition for the Prevention of Human Sex Trafficking, it is my duty to remind everyone to recognize the signs of human trafficking, which can occur more around larger events, like the Kentucky Derby,” said Mrs. Beshear. “I want everyone to know that Human trafficking is a terrible crime, and it is unfortunately a crime that no community is immune to at any time of the year.”

 

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

 

The Governor reported that since launching 988, Kentucky based calls have increased by 23%. Additionally, there has been a 15% drop in abandoned calls since activating 988. According to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the average speed at which calls are answered across the country is 35 seconds. In Kentucky, the average rate at which calls are answered is 10 seconds less than the national average at 25 seconds.

 

“I want to thank all of our partners and mental health advocates across the state and beyond who have worked so hard to make this possible,” said Gov. Beshear. “This administration will always support Kentuckians as they seek health care, whether that’s physical or mental health care, and we will keep working to make both even more accessible.”

 

Upcoming Election and Early Voting
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians that the primary election will take place Tuesday, May 16, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.

 

Tuesday, May 2, is the last day to request a mail-in absentee ballot using the online portal at govoteky.com. The portal will close at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Tuesday, May 9, is the last day to apply for a military-overseas ballot. Applications, which include the declaration accompanying a federal write-in absentee ballot, must be received by the end of the day. May 9 is also the last day for any voter who has received an absentee ballot but knows they will be in their county on Election Day to cancel the absentee ballot and return it to the county clerk.

 

From Thursday, May 11, to Saturday, May 13, Kentucky voters can take advantage of in-person, no-excuse voting at local county clerk’s offices and other designated areas. The Governor encouraged Kentuckians to check with their local county clerk’s office or visit govoteky.com for places and times in their area.

 

“Our elections, and the integrity of our elections, is more important than ever,” said Gov. Beshear. “I encourage all Kentuckians to make their voices heard and take an active role participating in our democratic process.”

 

Funding Available To Meet Housing Needs Following Natural Disasters
Gov. Beshear announced that beginning May 1, more than $123 million will be available to communities impacted by the 2021 tornadoes in the West and flooding in the East to build homes, rental properties and multifamily rental properties. For more information, click here.

 

March Storms and Eastern Kentucky Flood Update
The Governor provided an update on recovery and rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky.

 

Currently, 128 families are housed in travel trailers, and Kentucky State Parks are now housing 14 people, down from the 360 people sheltered on Sept. 1, 2022.

 

FEMA has approved more than $105.3 million in Individual Assistance grants. Since April 20, an additional five applicants have received the max grant of $37,900, bringing the total Housing Assistance max grants to $26 million for 707 survivors.

 

If you need help, please call FEMA directly or visit a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC). MARC locations can be found at governor.ky.gov/flood-resources.

 

As of this week, over $27.4 million in awards have been approved for the buy-out program. Homeowners wishing to learn more about the program should contact their local judge/executive or emergency management office for more information. So far, 38 bridges have been replaced, and 32 bridges and been repaired.

 

The Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund has raised over $13.2 million from more than 41,500 donors. To contribute, click here. Visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources for more information.

 

Team Kentucky All-Star
Gov. Beshear wished the Capitol’s favorite dog, Winnie Beshear, a happy fourth birthday and named her this week’s Team Kentucky All-Star.

 

“It’s Winnie’s fourth birthday! She has been a great dog for us, and she’s been a great dog for our kids,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

T.J. Regional Health Scholarship Winners

 
T.J. Regional Health announces the winners of its 2023 Scholarship. The scholarship program is aimed at high school seniors who are planning to pursue a career in a healthcare related field. The scholarship was open to current high school seniors. Students who reside and attend any high school or homeschool in the T.J. Regional Health service area were encouraged to apply. Those counties included Adair, Allen, Barren,
Green, Hart, Metcalfe, Monroe and Russell.
 
Three local seniors were chosen to receive $2,000 in scholarship money. The students chosen were:
 
Lindsey Bandy is a Senior at Metcalfe County High School and will be attending Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY this fall to study Nursing. Lindsey became interested in pursuing a career in Nursing after experiencing the struggles family members went through with their health. Lindsey watched the nurses take care of her family to care for others and she finds the human body and its processes fascinating.
 
Briley Burns is a Senior at Adair County High School and will be attending Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY this fall. Post graduation, Briley anticipates attending graduate school to become a physical therapist. Briley has always had a desire to help others, and her experience as a volunteer at Camp TJ gave Briley the opportunity to experience the positive impact that physical therapy and rehab has on children.
 
Tate Sheffield is a Senior at Monroe County High School and will be attending the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY this fall to study Biology with a biochemistry minor. Tate's desire and passion to help others overcome personal obstacles prompted him to pursue a career as a psychiatrist after obtaining his undergraduate degree.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Briley Burns
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tate Sheffield
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lindsey Bandy
 

Adair County Boil Water Advisory 4/27/23

 

Date Issued: 4/27/2023

Time Issued: 1:25 p.m.

 

A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of 8600-10365 Hwy 55 south & Gifford Rd. The advisory has been issued due to 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.

 

LWC to Hold Two Commencement Ceremonies for Largest Graduating Class in School History

 

COLUMBIA, KY. – For the second consecutive year, Lindsey Wilson College will cap off its largest class in school history at spring commencement, April 28 - 29. 

 

Lindsey Wilson's commencement celebration, the 117th in College history, will be held over two days. To accommodate the large crowd, graduates have been allotted tickets for guests in attendance. 

 

The first ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. CT, on Friday, April 28, in Biggers Sports Center. The Friday evening event will recognize students receiving a master’s degree or doctoral degree; and students who attended LWC online or at one of the community campus off-site locations. 

 

The second ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. CT, on Saturday, April 29, in Biggers Sports Center. The Saturday morning event will recognize students who attended LWC on the A.P. White Campus in Columbia. 

 

A total of 361 degrees will be conferred for the 2023 spring class. That number includes 208 undergraduate degrees and 153 graduate degrees. Combined with the 380 degrees awarded at LWC's winter commencement ceremony, the Lindsey Wilson Class of 2023 will be a record 741 graduates – the most in the 120-year history of The United Methodist-affiliated college. The College awarded a record 705 in 2022. 

 

"Commencement is always the highlight of the school year," said Lindsey Wilson President William T. Luckey Jr., who is celebrating his 25th year as the eighth president of the liberals arts college. "And it’s an especially exciting day this year as we celebrate our largest graduating class in school history for the second year in a row. This will be a wonderful day for our students and their loved ones.”

 

The Lindsey Wilson College Nursing Division will honor its seniors at 6 p.m. CT, on Thursday, April 27 with a pinning ceremony in V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street.

 

Both LWC 2023 spring commencement ceremonies will be live-streamed at bit.ly/lwcstream from Biggers Sports Center. For more information contact LWC’s registrar’s office at 270-384-8025 or email registrar@lindsey.edu.

 

By: Venus Popplewell, LWC Public Relations

 

Area Arrests 4-26-23

 

Douglas Alexander, 43, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Officer Davis with the Russell Springs Police Department just before 2 yesterday afternoon. Alexander, was charged with Assault, 4th Degree Dating Violence (Minor Injury) and Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree.

 

Cody Overby, 30, of Jamestown, KY was taken into custody just after 11 a.m., by Deputy Gibbs of the Russell County Sheriff’s Office. Overby is charged with Sodomy, 3rd Degree, Rape, 3rd Degree, Unlawful Transaction with Minor, 1st – Illegal Sex Act, Under 16 Years of Age, Unlawful Transaction with Minor, 1st – Illegal Controlled Substance, Under 18 Years of Age and Persistent Felony Offender 1.

 

Both men were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

May Primary Voter Info from Adair County Clerk's Office

 

May 16th Primary Election

 

This deadline is only for those needing to vote by absentee mail and meets the requirements. All other voters will vote in person.

 

Reminder, if you are needing a absentee ballot by mailband meet the criteria, the deadline is fast approaching May 2, 2023. 

 

ABSENTEE BALLOT BY MAIL:

  • ABSENTEE BALLOT PORTAL OPEN THROUGH MAY 2, 2023
  • www.govote.ky.gov —TO REQUEST An ABSENTEE BALLOT TO BE MAILED
  • YOU MUST MEET CRITERIA (KRS117.085) TO REQUEST A MAIL OUT ABSENTEE BALLOT
  • NO INTERNET/COMPUTER?  CALL 270-384-2801 (ADAIR COUNTY CLERKS OFFICE)
  • HOW DO I RETURN A MAIL OUT ABSENTEE BALLOT?  BY MAIL OR BALLOT DROPBOX
  • LOCATION BALLOT DROPBOX: Adair County Clerk’s Office, 424 Public Square, Ste 3, Columbia, KY during normal business hours Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:00pmCT, Saturdays from 8:00am-11:00amCT, and Election Day from 6:00am-6:00pmCT
  • BALLOT MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 16, 2023 AT 6:00 PM
  • VOTERS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED NOT TO WAIT TO RETURN THEIR BALLOT; CAST YOUR BALLOT AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE IT. DO NOT DELAY!
  • If you have already been mailed your absentee ballot, please return it as soon as possible.
     

Statement from Adair Supt.!Dr. Pamela Stephens on Soft Lockdown

 

At approximately 11:15 AM today (Tuesday), an Adair County Schools administrator was made aware that a subject with possible sex offender noncompliance issues was on or around campus. It was reported that the subject had walked on or near campus from an adjoining apartment complex.

 

Once the report was received from local law-enforcement all our schools were placed on soft lockdown out of caution. Within a very brief period, less than 2 minutes, the subject was apprehended in a location off Adair County Schools campus. 

 

At no point were any students in danger or was this subject in contact with any students or a school building.

 

Adair County Schools would like to say thank you for quick response from Adair County schools, administrators and staff, Columbia City Police, and other local law-enforcement agencies,including our four school resource officers Mark Harris, Adam Cravens, John Harris, and Jimmy Luttrell.

 

Non-Compliant Sex Offender Arrested; Adair Schools Placed on Soft Lockdown


CPD Officers received a call phoned in directly to the Columbia Police Department before noon today (Tuesday, April 25, 2023) regarding a male subject said to be staying at Country Place Apartments as a non-compliant sex offender. 

The male subject had left on foot prior to officers arrival. Within this time, a School Resource Officer observed a male subject walking along a tree line on Adair County Public Schools property. The man noticed the police cruiser and fled through the tree line towards the direction of Dillon Street.

 

A soft lockdown of schools was placed into effect as other School Resource Officers and units from the Columbia Police Dept. and Adair County Sheriff’s Office attempted to locate the subject. 

The man was soon observed by officers running through the tree line, along a field off Dillon Street and the Bypass. Officers converged on the area on foot and found the man attempting to hide in a thicket.

 

27-year-old Chaz Shofner was taken into custody without incident and charged with criminal trespassing 3rd degree, registered sex offender school restrictions, and failure to comply with sex offender registration. 

CPD Officer Gary Roy made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by multiple Officers from the Columbia Police Department and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office.

 

National Library Week Proclaimed in Columbia


National Library Week has been proclaimed in Columbia as the result of a proclamation issued by Mayor Pamela Hoots. The proclamation was done in conjunction with the 2nd anniversary of the local Genealogy and History Center at the library. (Photo by: Linda Waggener).

 

Latest Unemployment Numbers for KY Counties


Annual unemployment rates decreased in 102 Kentucky counties in 2022, increased in 12 and stayed the same in six counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet.

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

 

County 2021 2022 2021 2022 2021 2022 2021 2022
  CLF CLF EMP EMP UNEMP UNEMP UR UR
Adair 7,231 7,195 6,889 6,868 342 327 3.9% 4.5%
Casey 6,740 6,682 6,475 6,432 265 250 3.9% 3.7%
Cumberland 3,290 3,394 3,179 3,286 111 108 3.4% 3.2%
Green 5,139 5,078 4,957 4,890 182 188 3.5% 3.7%
Metcalfe 3,943 3,921 3,741 3,745 202 176 5.1% 4.5%
Russell 6,089 6,263 5,773 5,956 316 307 5.2% 4.9%
Taylor 12,302 12,268 11,843 11,816 459 452 3.7% 3.7%


The annual jobless rates for Scott and Woodford counties were the lowest in the commonwealth in 2022 at 3% each. It was followed by Boone, Carroll and Fayette counties, 3.1% each; Anderson, Cumberland, Jessamine and Todd counties, 3.2% each; and Campbell, Harrison, Kenton, Marion, Monroe and Oldham counties, 3.3% each.

Willisburg Man Arrested on Meth and other charges by RSPD


On Monday, April 24, 2023 at approximately 6:03pmCT, Russell Springs Police Department Officer Brenton Llané responded to a call in reference to a male running around the parking lot with a baseball bat.

 

Marcus Tucker, 33, of Willisburg, KY was taken into custody and charged with the following: Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence Substance - 1st, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Mr. Tucker was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Rolling Road Blocks Planned for Sunday on Cumberland Parkway in Adair County

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (April 24, 2023) – Rolling road blocks will affect traffic traveling the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Expressway in Adair County on Sunday, April 30, for overhead utility line work.

 

Under an approved Kentucky Transportation Cabinet permit, A & C Communications crews will be replacing overhead wiring on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Expressway at milepoint 41.43 approximately 4 miles east of the Metcalfe County line.

 

On Sunday, April 30, traffic traveling both east and west bound will be temporarily slowed down and, at times, stopped as crews install lines across the expressway. These rolling road blocks will begin at 6 a.m. and will be completed by approximately 1 p.m.

 

The duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.

 

The traffic changes are necessary to protect utility crews working alongside the roadway and as a safety precaution for travelers. Please slow down and use caution while in the work zone.

 

For Kentucky’s latest traffic and travel information, visit goky.ky.gov or navigate traffic by downloading the free Waze app at www.waze.com. Motorists can also access traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 and at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.

 

Alaska Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges after ACSO called to Breeding Community

 

On Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 12:09pmCT, Adair County 911 received a call of a suspicious person and vehicle off Breeding Loop, 12 miles south of Columbia. Adair County Deputy Chris Tweedy was dispatched to the area to attempt to locate the male.  Upon his arrival, it was learned that the male subject had ran into the woods. A short time later, Deputy Tweedy observed the male coming out of the woods into a field and was able to make contact with him.   
  

During an interview, it was apparent the male was under the influence of an intoxicating substance. Deputy Tweedy also observed that the suspect had a firearm handle on him. Following a search, a loaded handgun and methamphetamine were discovered on the subject identified as 25-year-old Kevin John Cooper of Alaska. 
 
Cooper was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia &
  • Public Intoxication.

 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation and was assisted on scene by Brandon Harvey of the Breeding Fire Department. 

 

Russell County Library Buys More Land for Future Expansion


The Russell County Public Library is excited to announce the purchase of the 4.9 acres of property adjacent to the existing library building on the corner of US 127 and Highway 92 in Jamestown. “We are proud of the work that our Library does in serving our community, and this purchase ensures the future growth of our Library and our community,” said Adam Stille, RCPL Board of Trustees President. RCPL made this purchase by using proceeds from the sale of the old library building in Jamestown. There are no financial impacts to Russell County taxpayers.


“The purchase of this property represents an investment made for our community and we are so excited for the opportunities this property can offer, including outdoor space, community space, and expanded services to let us reach even more of our community,” said Lindsey Westerfield, Library Director. RCPL plans to take a long-term, phased approach to any development that happens on this property. Any future development will be several years in the making and include significant community input. “It is important to us that we listen to what Russell County wants to see happen here over the next several years,” said Westerfield. The community is invited to share their wants, needs, and dreams with RCPL using an online feedback form. This form and more information can be accessed at www.russellcountylibrary.com/future.

 

Casey County Man Arrested on Drug Charges by RSPD


Bobby Lynn, 35, of Liberty, KY was arrested by Officer Llane with the Russell Springs Police Department on Sunday evening. Lynn was charged with Speeding 13 mph over the limit, Driving DUI Suspended License – 1st Offense (Aggrivated Circumstances), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle) and Disregarding a Stop Sign. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Adair County Schools Press Release Concerning Bus Accident 4/23/23

 
At 12:45 a.m. this morning an Adair County Schools bus was involved in a accident in the city limits of Columbia as they returned from a trip to Washington DC. The preliminary reports indicate a private vehicle crossed the center line and struck the bus in the front driver’s side.
 
18 students and 5 adults were on the bus at the time and all were checked for injuries at the scene. One adult was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. All students were released to their parents.
 
Thanks to Adair County first responders for their quick response to the scene and treatment of our students and staff. Any follow up information will come from the police agencies that worked the accident.
 

Charges Pending Against Adair Woman following Early Morning School Bus Accident


The Columbia Police Department responded to a two vehicle collision on Jamestown Street early Sunday morning just after 1AM which resulted in injuries. 
 

The collision happened when Margaret Moran, 64, of Columbia, while operating a Ford Edge, crossed the centerline while coming up Jamestown Hill traveling eastbound, and struck a school bus head-on that was occupied by 18 Adair County students and 5 adults, including the bus driver. Ms. Moran and the bus driver, Richard Redmon, 63, of Columbia, were both transported by Adair EMS to TJ Health Columbia for treatment. Other occupants waived transport at the scene. 

Officers obtained a search warrant for Moran’s DNA which was extracted at the TJ Health ER. The investigation is ongoing with charges pending DNA results. 

Multiple officers from the Columbia Police Department responded to the scene as well as the Adair Sheriff’s Office, Adair EMS, and the Columbia-Adair Fire Department.

 

 

Work on the Parkway Begins Monday

 

A project to resurface the Louie B. Nunn-Cumberland Expressway from I-65 (mile point 0.0) to near the KY 1297 bridge (mile point 9.3) is expected to begin on Monday, April 24, 2023.

Motorists should expect delays and lane closures. Please slow down, avoid distracted driving, and obey all signage.

 

Man Arrested for Spotlighting other Drivers


On Friday, April 21, 2023 at approximately 11:27 PM, Russell Springs Police Department Officer Matt Parrish observed a vehicle driving with a spotlight on and blinding other motorists. He attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver failed to stop the vehicle for approximately a quarter of a mile. When the officer finally stopped the vehicle, he ordered the driver to shut the car off. The driver refused to present an operators license and refused to step out of the vehicle.
 

With noncompliance from the driver, Officer Parrish broke the driver's side window to remove the driver from the vehicle. Upon consent of a search of the vehicle, Officer Parrish found marijuana and an AR-15, with the driver having loose ammunition in his pants pockets.

 

Jose Meza, 25, of Jamestown, KY was taken into custody and charged with the following: Wanton Endangerment 2nd Degree, Possession of Marijuana, No Operators License and Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle).

 

Mr. Meza was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. Officer Matt Parrish was assisted on scene by RSPD Officers Blake Adamson and Mason Miniard, Russell County Sheriff's Deputy Gwinn Wooldridge and Jamestown Police Department Officer Savannah Harlan.

 

KSP Raises $9,185 for Special Olympics Kentucky

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 21, 2023) – Last week, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) challenged Kentuckians to 'Cover the Cruiser' in support of Special Olympics Kentucky (SOKY). This year, the events raised $9,185.

 

“Special Olympics emulates what Team Kentucky is building each day,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “It is so special to watch our citizens and law enforcement partner together to build a better, safer and more inclusive Kentucky for all. Our commonwealth has a heart of gold, and we set aside our differences for our brothers, sisters, friends and neighbors in need. Thanks to everyone for your generous support.”

 

All 16 KSP posts participated by parking a state police cruiser at various public locations, and for a minimum donation of one dollar, citizens could place a custom SOKY sticker on the cruiser. Still, many Kentuckians donated more than the minimum.

 

"We are humbled by the support of our fellow citizens who always show up for 'Cover the Cruiser' events," said KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett. "Special Olympics Kentucky and KSP have a great partnership, and we are proud to support our athletes, whether fundraising or attending their competitions."

 

The fundraising event began in 2020 when the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run was canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic. During the Torch Run, law enforcement members carry the Flame of Hope into the Special Olympic Games. The flame represents courage and the celebration of diversity. 

 

The SOKY annual summer games will occur June 2-4, 2023, at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky.

 

"We are excited and honored that KSP participated in the Cover the Cruiser event for the fourth year in a row," said SOKY President Trish Mazzoni. "In addition to raising funds to support our programs, KSP troopers also attend events like our State Basketball Tournament and our Summer Games to present awards to the athletes. The response from our athletes when they see a State Trooper in uniform presenting medals & ribbons, is awesome!"

 

The fundraiser developed into a friendly competition among Kentucky State Police posts. This year, Post 12 took top honors with a total of $1,462 raised.

 

“We are thankful to everyone in the Post 12 area who made a donation to this important cause,” said KSP Commander Todd Kidd. “We look forward to supporting our athletes and wish them luck in the summer games.”

 

In 2022, 'Cover the Cruiser' raised $11,442.94. Since the fundraising event began in 2020, KSP has raised $56,862.64 for SOKY. 

 

For more information about the 'Cover the Cruiser' campaign or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit http://soky.org/coverthecruiser/.

 

Special Olympics is the world's largest sports training program and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The organization has been serving the needs of our athletes and their families since 1970 and welcomes over 6,000 athletes in Kentucky.

 

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

 

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

 

In March, Gov. Beshear signed House Bill 380 and House Bill 540 to further support law enforcement and increase public safety. These pieces of legislation expand the eligibility of potential peace officers to include individuals who are not yet 21 years of age but will reach this statutory requirement by the time certification is completed and help increase the number of school resource officers in the commonwealth’s private and parochial schools as well as public schools. The Governor’s signature on these bills increases the number of peace officers throughout the commonwealth and provides a safe learning environment at all the commonwealth’s schools so students can thrive, grow and reach their dreams.

 

To increase the safety of Kentucky’s children the Governor signed legislation that strengthens child abuse, neglect and human trafficking reporting requirements, clarifies the legal definition of incest and ensures that registered sex offenders cannot come within 1,000 feet of a high school, middle school, elementary school, preschool, publicly owned or leased playground, or licensed day care facility.

 

Since taking office, Gov. Beshear has awarded almost $8 million in grant funding to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in purchasing the tools and resources that will not only allow them to protect Kentucky communities but will also ensure their safety as they stand on the front lines every day. In September 2022, the administration announced nearly $2 million in grant funding to enhance public safety, curb the sale of illegal drugs and fight addiction.

 

In February of this year, Gov. Beshear and the KSP welcomed 103 cadets, the largest starting class since 2014, to the state police training academy. Due to the recent $15,000 salary increase for KSP sworn personnel and tireless efforts from the recruitment branch, sworn numbers for the agency have increased. KSP now employs 899 troopers, which is an increase of approximately 22% from 736 troopers in Nov. 2021.

 

The bipartisan state budget signed by Gov. Beshear and enacted last year allows the commonwealth to take additional steps to make Kentucky a leader in public safety by enhancing law enforcement training, creating safer communities and improving the safety of both law enforcement officers and Kentuckians. In July 2022, the Governor announced additional steps to enhance public and officer safety, including funding for a new firearms training facility, a Western Kentucky training site feasibility study and an increased training stipend for law enforcement officers.

 

In October 2022, the administration took another step forward in creating safer communities by awarding more than $350,000 in grant funding to prevent youth crime across the commonwealth.

 

In June 2022, Gov. Beshear announced the Military to Law Enforcement Program (M-2-LE). M-2-LE allows local law enforcement agencies in Kentucky to hire active service members within all U.S. military branches during their last 180 days of service. Upon being contracted by a law enforcement agency, the military member will continue to receive their pay and benefits from the U.S. Military while they undergo law enforcement training at the Department of Criminal Justice Training.

 

In April 2022, the Governor signed legislation he championed the previous year that funds a $15,000 raise for all troopers and a starting pay increase for sworn officers from $37,887 to $55,888 annually. In signing Senate Bill 209, Gov. Beshear established paid vacation, sick leave and holiday pay, as well as enhanced health insurance contribution payments for retired KSP troopers and commercial vehicle enforcement officers.

 

Also, as the Governor recommended in January 2022, $12.2 million was included in the state budget for KSP to purchase body cameras, which is the first time in the commonwealth’s history that funding has been allocated for this much-needed expense. Earlier this year, KSP demonstrated the new recording system, which will be distributed to approximately 780 sworn personnel.

 

In March 2022, the Governor and KSP announced that 71 cadets had graduated the agency’s basic training academy and are reporting for duty across the commonwealth with a focus on creating a better and safer Kentucky. Cadet Class 101 is the largest KSP basic training academy graduating class since 2014.

 

In 2021, the Governor allocated $500,000 for KSP to expand their recruitment efforts. KSP expanded the recruitment department by hiring minorities and females into the recruitment branch and developed a marketing initiative to reach individuals from Kentucky’s 120 counties. Innovative, digital ads were launched in unique venues, such as colleges and universities, outdoor billboards in rural communities, and social media and streaming television platforms. Additionally, KSP is partnering with Dr. Aaron Thompson of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and Vikki Stone of the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet and working closely with retired minority KSP Troopers to further improve their diversity recruitment efforts.

 

During the 2022 legislative session, Gov. Beshear championed legislative action like Senate Bill 64 and House Bill 254, making it easier for law enforcement to conduct undercover stings and increase the chances of stopping a horrific crime against a child from being facilitated through the internet. These actions will also provide law enforcement officers with the authority to charge offenders with harsher crimes to keep them away from the public, preventing further interactions with Kentucky’s most vulnerable population.


 

Adair County Man Arrested on Felony Child Assault Charges


On Thursday, April 20, 2023 Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman initiated a criminal investigation of a child abuse case with the victim being a 6-year-old male child.
   

Child Protective Services had initiated an investigation based on a complaint they received through Ccentral Iintake. Early in the investigation, CPS saw that law enforcement needed to be brought into the investigation so contact was made with the Adair County Sheriff's.


After the initial investigation, probable cause was found and Sheriff Josh Brockman requested a warrant of arrest from the Adair County Attorney and that warrant was granted by the Adair District Judge. 
   

31-year-old Benjamin Andrew was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail  for Criminal Abuse 2nd degree (child under 12 years old), a class D Felony.

The case remains under investigation by Sheriff Brockman.

 

State Unemployment Statistics Released for March

Kentucky's seasonally adjusted preliminary March 2023 unemployment rate was 3.8%, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet (KELC).

The preliminary March 2023 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from February 2023 and was unchanged from the 3.8% recorded for the state one year ago.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for March 2023 was 3.5%, which was down 0.1 percentage points from February 2023, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.


Labor force statistics, including the unemployment rate, are based upon estimates from the Current Population Survey of households. The survey is designed to measure trends in the number of people working and includes jobs in agriculture and individuals who are self-employed.

Kentucky's civilian labor force was 2,042,066 in March 2023, an increase of 388 individuals from February 2023. The number of people employed in March rose by 3,111 to 1,965,027 while the number of unemployed decreased by 2,723 to 77,039.

In a separate federal survey of business establishments that excludes jobs in agriculture and people who are self-employed, Kentucky's seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 9,400 jobs in March 2023 compared to February 2023. Kentucky's nonfarm employment was up 49,800 jobs or 2.6% compared to March 2022.

"Strong hiring during the first three months of the year has helped keep Kentucky's unemployment rates at historic lows," said University of Kentucky's Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) Director Mike Clark, Ph.D. "While Kentucky saw slightly more people in the labor market in March, increased hiring among businesses has allowed more of Kentucky's workforce to move from being unemployed to having a job."

Nonfarm data is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Employment Statistics program. According to the survey, employment increased for eight of Kentucky's major nonfarm North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) job sectors in March 2023 and decreased for three.

Kentucky's educational and health services sector gained 2,700 positions in March 2023. Employment in the health care and social assistance subsector added 2,200 jobs in March while the educational services subsector rose by 500 jobs. Since last March, this sector has grown by 11,400 jobs or 4%.

Construction employment jumped by 2,600 jobs in March 2023 or 3.1% from February and was up 4,400 positions or 5.4% from one year ago.

"Despite higher interest rates cooling off the national housing market, Kentucky's construction employers reported significant increases in employment," said Clark.

Employment in Kentucky's manufacturing sector rose by 1,800 jobs from February 2023 to March 2023. Durable goods manufacturing employment was up 1,200 jobs in March. Non-durable goods manufacturers added 600 jobs. Kentucky's manufacturing employment was up 10,300 positions or 4.2% since March 2022.

Kentucky's leisure and hospitality sector added 1,600 positions from February 2023 to March 2023, a gain of 0.8%. This sector added 4,900 jobs or 2.5% compared to March 2022. Employment in the arts, entertainment and recreation subsector increased by 600 jobs from February to March. The accommodations and food services subsector increased by 1,000 jobs in March.

Employment in Kentucky's trade, transportation and utilities sector increased by 1,400 jobs from February to March. Employment was up 7,600 jobs or 1.8% compared to a year ago. While the retail trade subsector lost 100 jobs from February to March, these losses were more than offset by increases of 700 jobs in the wholesale trade subsector and 800 jobs in the transportation, warehousing and utilities subsector.

Government sector employment grew by 700 jobs from February 2023 to March 2023. Employment was up 100 jobs in the federal government; 200 positions in state government; and 400 jobs in local government. Employment in the total government sector rose by 6,600 positions or 2.2% compared to March 2022.

The other services sector added 300 jobs in March 2023. This sector had 2,400 more positions compared to March 2022. This sector includes repairs and maintenance, personal care services and religious organizations.

Employment in Kentucky's mining and logging sector was up 100 positions in March. This sector had 800 more jobs compared to March 2022.

Employment in the information services sector decreased by 100 jobs in March. The industries in this sector include traditional publishing as well as software publishing; motion pictures and broadcasting; and telecommunications. The number of jobs in this sector grew by 900 or 4.3% from one year ago.

The financial activities sector fell by 700 jobs from February 2023 to March 2023. Employment decreased by 600 jobs in the finance and insurance subsector from February to March and by 100 jobs in the real estate, rental and leasing subsector. The financial activities sector decreased by 2,000 jobs compared to last March.

"Kentucky's financial activities sector has now shown several months of decline," said Clark. "The decrease occurred mainly among jobs in the finance and insurance subsector, which lost many of the employment gains that occurred after the pandemic."

Employment in Kentucky's professional and business services sector lost 1,000 jobs or 0.4% in March 2023. Employment decreased by 700 jobs in the professional, scientific and technical services subsector; 100 jobs in the management of companies subsector; and 200 jobs in the administrative, support and waste management subsector. Employment in this sector increased by 2,500 jobs or 1.1% since March 2022.

Civilian labor force statistics include nonmilitary workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks.

Kentucky's statewide unemployment rate and employment levels are seasonally adjusted. Employment statistics undergo sharp fluctuations due to seasonal events, such as weather changes, harvests, holidays, and school openings and closings. Seasonal adjustments eliminate these influences and make it easier to observe statistical trends. However, due to the small sample size, county unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Area Arrest 4-21-23

Area Arrest 4-21-23

 

Sean Pennington, age 55, of Columbia was arrested by Officer Justin Cross with the Columbia Police Department just after 9 last evening. Pennington was charged with Possession of a Scheduled 2 Narcotic Drug (Cocaine).

 

Joseph Andrew, age 31, of Columbia was taken into custody by Deputy Staten with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just before 9 last evening. Andrew was charged with Criminal Abuse 2nd Degree-Child 12 or Under.

Both men were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.  

Authorities Searching For Escaped Pulaski County Inmate

While on work detail at the Eubank City Park on Thursday, a Pulaski County Detention Center inmate escaped and remains at large.

Christopher Hendrix, of Somerset, was serving four years for the offense of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear. At approximately 12:25 p.m. on April 20, 2023, the work crew supervisor noticed Hendrix was missing and notified the detention center staff of the escape.

Local law enforcement was notified through the Pulaski County 911 Center. Kentucky State Police was also notified.

Hendrix is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. Hendrix has brown hair and blue eyes. He is 21 years old.

The Kentucky State Police is currently investigating this incident.

Message from Adair County Clerk on Statewide Computer Outage


Good evening,

 

Our system, that we use to process vehicle/boat transactions, has been down all day statewide. Normally, the Kentucky Department of Transportation is able to get the system back up and running in a short time, but we were just informed that the system will not be back up and working today. They have found the problem and will be working overnight to correct it. Hopefully tomorrow when we come in, everything will be up and going. Just in case, you may want to call before you come in 270-384-2801. 

 

Due to this outage and not being able to do anything in our system, we will be closing at 3pm today (Thursday).


Sorry about the inconvenience, but it is out of our hands.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer
 

Gov. Beshear: Kentucky Drug Overdose Deaths Decline for First Time in Four Years


FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 20, 2023)– Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky’s drug overdose deaths declined in 2022 by 5% compared with 2021, marking the first decline since 2018.

 

According to the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC), 2,127 Kentuckians died from a drug overdose in 2022 compared with 2,257 in 2021.

 

“While we find hope in the decline in drug overdose deaths, this remains a public health crisis that we must continue to work together to address,” said Gov. Beshear. “We have done a lot of work to help Kentuckians fight addiction, but there is more to do and more lives to save. And I promise to be there every step of the way.”

 

On March 24, the Governor signed two pieces of legislation to support ongoing efforts to help Kentuckians fighting addiction. At that time, Gov. Beshear said, “I am proud that Kentucky has been leading the way in providing treatment services to Kentuckians through the state’s Treatment Access Program, which allows those without health insurance to enter residential treatment, and we have increased the number of treatment beds by 50% during my administration.”

 

Dana Quesinberry, co-principal investigator for surveillance of the Kentucky Drug Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) program at KIPRC, joined the Governor for today’s announcement.

 

“I am glad to have good news to share today. Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky have been on the rise for the last four years, with a spike at the start of the world-wide pandemic,” said Quesinberry. “The numbers from 2022 show that prevention efforts are working, and we share this news today to continue to inform prevention interventions as we work together across state and local government to address this public health crisis and save lives.”

 

KIPRC has been tracking drug overdose-related deaths since 2011. The Office of Drug Control Policy, in partnership with KIPRC, will be releasing the 2022 Kentucky Drug Overdose Report in the coming months. The report will include additional data on the number of drug overdose deaths by county and various demographics.

 

Fighting the Epidemic 
Through partnerships across state government, including with the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Beshear administration is diligently working to provide wider and easier access to recovery, to reduce addiction and to prevent reincarceration to offenders. These programs will help continue the fight against the drug epidemic in the commonwealth while providing help for those who need it.

 

Before becoming Governor, Beshear was the most aggressive attorney general in the country in filing lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors. At the end of 2022, Gov. Beshear announced he was taking steps to make sure the settlement funds with pharmaceutical companies that he initially sued would get to communities impacted by the opioid epidemic.

 

In September 2022, Gov. Beshear announced nearly $2 million in grant funding from the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant. These funds provide much-needed resources for law enforcement agencies and nonprofit agencies throughout Kentucky’s 120 counties to enhance public safety and create a better, safer commonwealth for future generations.

 

During the 2022 legislative session, Gov. Beshear worked with a bipartisan group of state leaders to act on recommendations made by Pew Charitable Trusts on how to best address the opioid crisis. This includes signing Senate Bill 90 into law to provide eligible individuals an alternative to receive treatment for a behavioral health disorder instead of incarceration, expand recovery-ready housing and expand access to treatment for pregnant and parenting people in rural areas.

 

Additionally, the Governor took legislative action to help those suffering from an addiction who are not in a position to seek help for themselves. Casey’s Law, signed in 2004, has helped more than 6,000 Kentuckians battling addiction by allowing families and loved ones to seek a court order for involuntary treatment for anyone who is fighting addiction and refuses treatment on their own. Gov. Beshear signed House Bill 362 into law last year to expand on the benefit of Casey’s Law by permitting the court to determine if an individual should be ordered to undergo treatment for a substance use disorder beyond a reasonable doubt. At this time, the court shall order treatment for a specific amount of time. If the individual fails to undergo treatment, they will be held in contempt of court.

 

Also in April of last year, Gov. Beshear and ODCP announced $4.9 million in grants to expand treatment and recovery services to pregnant and parenting people. This funding will not only help parents recover from opioid addiction but will also address Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, a condition caused by an infant going through drug withdrawal.

 

The administration is working to reduce addiction and prevent reincarceration through a statewide project that provides transportation at no charge to former inmates so they can access substance-abuse recovery facilities, medical appointments, job interviews, educational courses, probation and parole meetings and employment. The Department of Corrections (DOC) is partnering with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to serve nearly 50,000 Kentuckians, currently under the supervision of probation or parole, who can use this project.

 

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

 

Treatment Resources 
Call the KY Help Call Center at 833-8KY-HELP (833-859-4357) to speak one-on-one with a specialist who can connect Kentuckians to treatment. Visit findhelpnowky.org to find information about available space in treatment programs and providers based on location, facility type and category of treatment needed.

 

Visit the Kentucky State Police website to find one of 16 posts where those suffering from addiction can be paired with a local officer who will assist with locating an appropriate treatment program. The Angel Initiative is completely voluntary, and individuals will not be arrested or charged with any violations if they agree to participate in treatment.

 

For a video from Gov. Beshear on available treatment and resources, and the importance of knowing how to respond to an overdose, click here.

 

More about the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center

KIPRC is a unique partnership between the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) and the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health. KIPRC serves both as an academic injury prevention research center and as a bona fide agent of DPH for statewide injury prevention and control.
 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 20, 2023)– Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on the longest period for the lowest unemployment rates in state history; economic development projects; the latest overdose report; a wildfire at Natural Bridge State Resort Park; local law enforcement basic training graduation; rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky; the Governor’s Celebration Derby Poster; and public health. He also named 2023-2024 Kentucky Poet Laureate Silas House as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Star.

 

Kentucky Sets Longest Period for Lowest Unemployment Rates in State History
Today, Gov. Beshear announced that Kentucky has set the record for the longest period with the lowest unemployment rates in state history. Over the past 15 months, the rate has been between 3.8%, the lowest rate ever recorded, and 4%, marking the longest period with the lowest unemployment rates in state history. Kentucky has now achieved a 3.8% unemployment rate during four months since the beginning of 2022. The Governor also announced that Kentucky has seen 2.3% job growth over pre-pandemic levels, with nearly 46,000 more jobs in Kentucky than in February 2020.To learn more, see the full release.

 

“We have been at or below the lowest unemployment rates in Kentucky’s history since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking it in 1976,” Gov. Beshear said. “Kentucky is emerging as a top 10 economy, and I want to thank our hard-working Kentucky families and all of the businesses that are betting their futures on our great state. Today’s news is more proof of what can achieve when we all work together on Team Kentucky.”

 

Economic Development
The Governor highlighted a groundbreaking that shows the continuing strength of Kentucky’s manufacturing sector. Last week, O-I Glass broke ground on its new glass manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, creating up to 140 full-time jobs for Kentuckians with a multiphase investment of up to $240 million.

 

2022 Overdose Report
Since taking office, Gov. Beshear has prioritized fighting the ongoing drug epidemic. Today, he announced a 5% decrease in overdose deaths – the first decrease in Kentucky in four years.

 

“While a 5% decrease in overdose deaths is encouraging, let’s not forget that there are still thousands of people who are struggling and need our help,” said Gov. Beshear. “We owe it to them and to future generations of Kentuckians to continue attacking this problem head on with everything we’ve got. I promise to be there every step of the way.”

 

“I am glad to have good news to share today. Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky have been on the rise for the last four years, with a spike at the start of the world-wide pandemic,” said Dana Quesinberry, co-principal investigator for surveillance of the Kentucky Drug Overdose Data to Action Program, a partner of the Department for Public Health and University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health. “The numbers from 2022 show that prevention efforts are working, and we share this news today to continue to inform prevention interventions as we work together across state and local government to address this public health crisis and save lives.”

 

Wildfire at Natural Bridge State Resort Park
The Governor said a wildfire at Natural Bridge State Resort Park in Slade began late Monday. The Kentucky State Park Ranger Division provided overnight watch. Nearly 100 firefighters from the Kentucky Division of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, Daniel Boone National Forest and local fire departments are using multiple engines and aerial resources to control the fire.

 

Winds on Tuesday pushed the fire over containment lines into more than 100 acres in the last day and into Daniel Boone National Forest land. Once the fire is contained and the spread is stopped, fire crews will control the fire by extinguishing any smoldering material and reinforcing control lines.

 

All park trailheads and parking lots, except for the lodge lot, are closed to the public. Due to the spreading fire, guests staying in cottages have been relocated to the lodge. Cottages and the Woodland Center are closed to the public. Mill Creek Lake is currently being used as a water source to fight the fire and is closed to the public. The lodge and dining room are open and operating during regular hours. Campgrounds will be open for campers this weekend.

 

DOCJT Basic Training Graduation
Gov. Beshear said that this month, the Department of Criminal Justice Training, the state agency that trains local law enforcement agencies, graduated 30 new officers from agencies across the state. This graduating class included eight women, which is one of the largest number of women to graduate from a single basic training class. The new officers join 1,115 Kentuckians who have completed their basic training since December 2019.

 

“To the recruits who just graduated – the commonwealth is lucky to have public servants of your caliber. We thank you for your diligence toward creating safer communities,” said Gov. Beshear. “Team Kentucky wishes you a safe and fulfilling career.”

 

March Storms and Eastern Kentucky Flood Update
Gov. Beshear said the state is finalizing joint damage assessments in over a dozen counties for localized storms that took place on March 3. Kentucky Emergency Management will request that 10 counties be added to the 76 included in the federal declaration President Joe Biden approved on April 10. The counties include Boyle, Clinton, Fayette, Henderson, McCreary, Mercer, Pulaski, Russell, Wayne and Woodford. The counties will be added to the declaration if approved for public assistance.

 

The Governor also provided an update on recovery and rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky.

 

Currently, 141 families are housed in travel trailers, and Kentucky State Parks are now housing 16 people, down from the 360 people sheltered on Sept. 1, 2022.

 

FEMA has approved more than $104.9 million in Individual Assistance grants. Since April 13, an additional five applicants have received the max grant of $37,900, bringing the total Housing Assistance max grants to $26 million for 702 survivors.

 

If you need help, please call FEMA directly or visit a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC). MARC locations can be found at governor.ky.gov/flood-resources.

 

The Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund has raised over $13.2 million from more than 41,500 donors. To contribute, click here. Visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources for more information.

 

Governor’s Derby Celebration Poster
Today, the Governor presented this year’s Governor’s Derby Celebration poster. The artist for this year’s poster, Richard Sullivan, is a Louisville native and former pro baseball player with the Atlanta Braves. Prints of the poster can be purchased at tah.ky.gov.

 

“Richard’s talents extend far beyond the baseball diamond. His widely collected artwork is informed by his deep connection to the sporting world, with images that radiate energy and excitement,” said Gov. Beshear. “The work he has created for the Derby Celebration poster captures the power, joy and celebration of experiencing the race firsthand.”

 

“This is such a special project for me because my mom’s family has been farming in our county since the 1820s. Horses and Kentucky are deeply ingrained in my blood. It is such an honor,” said Sullivan. “I hope the people of Kentucky really enjoy the poster and take time to appreciate what a special tradition this is in our state.”

 

Public Health
The Governor said that COVID-19 activity remains stable, and all but one Kentucky county has low COVID-19 community levels. This week, the FDA approved a second omicron booster for immunocompromised people and people over the age of 65. He also reminded Kentuckians that the National Public Health Emergency declaration for COVID-19 will end on May 11, 2023.

 

Gov. Beshear said that the memorial honoring the lives lost during the COVID-19 pandemic is being installed at the Capitol. This memorial is from artist Amanda Matthews and was selected through a committee made up of families who lost someone to the virus, health care heroes and other Kentuckians impacted by the pandemic. A ceremony will be held once the memorial is complete.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Gov. Beshear named writer Silas House as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Star. Yesterday, the Governor announced that the Laurel County native and award-winning author was named the 2023-24 Kentucky Poet Laureate. House is a nationally bestselling author of several novels. Among his many awards are the Nautilus Award, an E.B. White Award, Appalachian Book of the Year, the New York Public Library and NAV Foundation’s Storyline Prize and the Lee Smith Award.

 

“Congratulations, Silas. We are proud to have you on Team Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear.
 

Area Arrest 4-20-23

Area Arrest 4-20-23

 

Alan Harden, age 61, of Columbia, was arrested by Officer Davis with the Russell Springs Police Department around 3:30 yesterday afternoon. Harden was charged with Reckless Driving and Wanton Endangerment – 2nd degree. He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Yvonda Mingo, age 43, of Campbellsville, was arrested by Trooper Mattingly of the Kentucky State Police just after 10 last evening.

Mingo was charged with One Headlight, Operating Motor Vehicle under Influence Substance 1st, Possession of Marijuana and Failure to use Child Restraint Device in Vehicle. She was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

National Weather Service: Red Flag Warning on Thursday


A RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11:00am-7:00pmCT THURSDAY FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR SOUTHERN INDIANA AND CENTRAL KENTUCKY...

The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from 11amCT/ to 7pmCT on Thursday.

 

* AFFECTED AREA:  All of southern Indiana and central Kentucky.

* WIND...From the southwest 15-20 mph with gusts of 25-30 mph.

* HUMIDITY...Afternoon relative humidity values of around 20-25 percent.

* IMPACTS...any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now....or will shortly. A combination of strong winds...low relative humidity...and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

 

More Details on Shooting at Anderson's Pizzeria


The Adair County Sheriffs Office responded to an altercation at a local business that resulted in 2 people being shot.
   

On Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 9:12pmCT, Adair County 911 received a call of a fight in progress at Anderson’s Pizza on Campbellsville Road. The ACSO was dispatched to the scene and Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch arrived approx. 2 minutes after the call was reported. Additional units from the Sheriffs Office, CPD, and KSP began arriving shortly thereafter. Once on scene, it was discovered that shots had been fired and two people had been hit.

The altercation began when Hispanic males Chris Marano and Stephen Perez started an altercation with another Hispanic male, Ernesto Garcia and his girlfriend, Alisha Corbin. According to employees, Marano and Perez had already been asked to leave the bar due to their behavior toward staff and guests. Ernesto tried to leave but the altercation got physical when Marano struck Ernesto then Perez jumped in. Murano and Perez began assaulting Ernesto by punching him, kicking him, stomping his head into the floor, and hitting him with chairs. Corbin, who was pushed to the ground several times, made it outside and retrieved a 9mm pistol and returned back into the bar to help Ernesto. The staff was finally able to get the fight stopped and was trying to get Ernesto out of the building so he could get help. Corbin then exited the building with the firearm. Witnesses stated she gave the gun to Ernesto at their truck. 

 

An employee, Neal Rooks, who was trying to help Ernesto, was shot in the foot. He stated he heard the male, identified as Marano, yell that he had a gun as he charged toward him and Ernesto in the parking lot. Ernesto began firing his 9mm striking Marano in the leg, ankle, wrist, and stomach.   
   
Marano was flown to the University of Louisville where he is in stable condition. Perez and Corbin were not injured. Ernesto received medical attention at TJ Health Columbia for injuries he sustained.

After interviews with witnesses, statements given, evidence gathered at the scene and footage from security cameras, it appears that Ernesto Garcia acted in self defense. However, the case and investigation will be presented to Commonwealth Attorney Brian Wright to determine if any charges should be brought forth. 

The case is being investigated by Sheriff Josh Brockman. He was assisted on scene by multiple deputies, Columbia Police Officers and Kentucky State Troopers.

 

Drug Enforcement Administration Announces Spring Take Back Day

 

LOUISVILLE, KY – The Drug Enforcement Administration has announced the date of its 24th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On Saturday, April 22, DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs.

 

For more than a decade, DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has helped Americans easily rid their homes of unneeded medications—those that are old, unwanted, or expired—that too often become a gateway to addiction.

 

Take Back Day offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide.

 

What: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

 

When: Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time

 

Who:  State and local law enforcement partners across Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia

 

Where:  For a complete list of collection sites, visit www.DEATakeBack.com

 

In partnership with local law enforcement, Take Back Day has removed more than 8,300 tons of medication from circulation since its inception.

 

Collection sites will not accept syringes, sharps, and illicit drugs. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The cap must be tightly sealed to prevent leakage.

 

For more information and to find a collection site near you, visit www.DEATakeBack.com.

 

Three Mobile Homes Destroyed by Fire in Adair County

 

The Adair County Fire Department responded to 7784 Edmonton Road at 5:08 PM to Windmill Mobile Homes,  Upon arrival there were 3 mobile homes on fire and a fire in the woods.   The homes were a total loss.  There was 15 firemen on the scene for 2 hours.  The KY Division of forestry and Breeding Fire Department also assisted at the scene.  

 

Russell County Eligible for Replacement SNAP Benefits after Storms

 

On April 17, 2023, Gov. Andy Beshear announced federal approval to replace food purchased from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that was lost due to power outages caused by the March 3 storms. The approval is for food assistance program recipients in 31 counties, including Russell County.

"We moved swiftly to get approval to replace food lost during those severe storms, because there is nothing more important than being there for our people during challenges like this," said Gov. Andy Beshear. "This support is essential to help Kentuckians continue to provide nutritious meals for their families."

SNAP recipients in the following counties who lost food are eligible for replacements: Allen, Anderson, Butler, Clinton, Edmonson, Grant, Grayson, Hancock, Harrison, Hart, Lee, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, McCreary, Meade, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Nelson, Robertson, Russell, Simpson, Spencer, Todd Trigg, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wolfe and Woodford.

Forty percent replacement of SNAP benefits received Feb. 1-28 will be available, starting the morning of Saturday, April 8. Funds will be available in program members' EBT accounts.

SNAP recipients who have already requested and received a manual replacement because of the severe March 3 storms will not receive an automatic replacement.

 

3 People Arrested for Public Intoxication & Disorderly Conduct


Three people were arrested on Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct charges early Wednesday morning.

 

Ernesto Garcia, 42, of Columbia, Stephen Perez, 36, of Humble Texas and Alisha Corbin, 37, of Columbia were taken into custody by Columbia Police and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office. The three individuals are charged with Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol) and Disorderly Conduct, 1st Degree and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail, just after midnight last night.

 

 

Authorities Investigate Shooting at Columbia Business

 

Local law enforcement have been on the scene of a multiple shooting at Anderson’s Pizzeria since 9:12 p.m. Tuesday night, April 18, 2023.

 

At least two males and one female were seen in the parking lot in handcuffs as officers investigated the shooting. One Hispanic male was taken by EMS to T.J. Columbia then flown by emergency helicopter after reportedly being shot three times, once in the abdomen. Another male, who was being detained, had been treated for a head injury at the scene. It was reported at the scene that the altercation began inside the restaurant and it was a personal incident, not a random shooting.

 

Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman, several deputies, several officers from the Columbia Police Department and Kentucky State Police are on the scene. More information will be provided as it becomes available and will be published in this week’s edition of the Community Voice.

 

Legislative Update by Representative Amy Neighbors

 

We have a little more than a month before the 2023 interim begins and legislative committees begin laying the groundwork for next year’s session, so I thought it would be helpful to take some time to discuss some of the legislation we passed into law this year. With more than 175 bills and resolutions signed into law, there are always big issues that get lots of attention. The most meaningful accomplishments do not always find their way to the headlines, but that does not diminish their impact. This week I wanted to take a deep dive into one of the bills that you may not have read about already. This measure, HB 248, regulates recovery residences and sober living homes and is a product of the newly formed House Families and Children Committee.

 

Substance abuse is one of the greatest issues facing our commonwealth. Very few of us have not been touched by substance abuse, whether we have seen a friend, family member, coworker, or neighbor battle it. And, addiction and abuse have implications on several our quality-of-life factors, including physical and mental health, job opportunities, education, and housing.

 

Recovery residences and sober living houses are imperative for the substance abuse recovery process; they offer a sense of community and accountability for those in recovery. Often, people leaving substance abuse treatment return to unstable environments with triggers that can cause a relapse. These recovery residences give individuals an option for a safe, drug and alcohol-free environment. Research shows that those who stay in these types of residences have higher rates of abstinence from substances. They have also been shown to reduce arrest rates, increase employment outcomes and improve mental health issues.

 

With the rise in these types of homes, there inevitably comes a need to set guardrails to prevent bad actors from taking advantage of people who need assistance while not providing the help they need. These bad actors offer a safe and clean environment for those in recovery. They do not always provide treatment services or even provide basic living necessities like meals and bed linens. With Kentucky seeing increasing drug use and overdose death rates, there must be safe and positive resources for those suffering from addiction. It is heartbreaking to see that some of these places take advantage of vulnerable people. This year, we passed HB 248, which provides guidelines for recovery residences that will lead to more consistent services across our commonwealth.

 

HB 248 establishes a certification requirement for recovery residences, sober living homes, or any similar type of drug-free residence. Before this legislation, these residences were not required to have any certification, but these types of homes in the state must submit proof of certification by July 1, 2024, to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The certification must be submitted to the cabinet from a credentialing agency like the Kentucky Recovery Housing Network, the National Alliance for Recovery Residences, and Oxford House.

 

If a residence is not certified with the law, the cabinet or local government where it operates may only shut down once it becomes compliant. The law requires the residences to ensure residents are abstaining from alcohol, illicit drugs, and other intoxicating substances. It also requires recovery residences to promote and verify residents participate in recovery support services like job training and peer counseling.

 

There is an exception to the law if a residence is affiliated with a religious institution located in the same county, though if the residence accepts Medicare or Medicaid, it will fall under the regulations in this law.

 

It will take time to implement the certification and regulatory requirements, so we will not begin to see the bill’s impact fully until the middle of 2024 or later. However, this is commonsense step in the right direction.

 

As always, I can be reached through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181. Feel free to contact me via email at Amy.Neighbors@lrc.ky.gov. If you would like more information, please visit the legislature’s website at www.legislature.ky.gov.

 

KY 61 Temporarily Reduced to One Lane Next Week in Cumberland County

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (April 18, 2023) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 advises motorists that beginning Monday, April 24, the KY 61 bridge (mile point 10) over the Cumberland River in Burkesville will be temporarily reduced to one lane as crews perform routine bridge inspection.

 

The lane closure is scheduled to take place Monday, April 24 through Friday, April 28, 2023 starting approximately 8:00amCT and end by 6:00pmCT each day.

 

Traffic will be controlled by flaggers.

 

The dates and duration of the lane closures may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.

 

For Kentucky’s latest traffic and travel information, visit goky.ky.gov or navigate traffic by downloading the free Waze app at www.waze.com. Motorists can also access traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 and at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.  

 

Russell County School Board Meeting Recap


The Russell County School Board met in regular session Monday.  Superintendent Michael Ford tells WAVE listeners what took place... 

 

Area Arrest 4-18-23


Bronson Gadberry, 47, of Magnolia, KY was arrested by Office LLane of the Russell Springs Police Department on Monday night. Gadberry was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense), Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree and Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree.

He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Columbia Planning & Zoning Meeting to Review Keystone Development Site Plans 4/18/23

 

The City of Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a special called meeting at 3:00pmCT on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY. The purpose of the meeting is to review site development plans for Keystone Development located at Dohoney Trace.

 

Columbia Earth Day Proclamation 4/19/23

 
There will be an Earth Day proclamation on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at 9:00amCT at Columbia City Hall. This is being done in conjunction with the Sustainability and Environmental Studies Program at Lindsey Wilson College. Students involved with this program will be in attendance.
 

Adair County Road Closure Due to Repairs 4/18/23

 
Allen Schoolhouse Rd. in Adair County from Billy Sullivan’s to Bryant Cemetery will be closed after 8:00amCT on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. According to Adair County Road Foreman Barry Hamlett, the closure is for repairs.

Adair Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges after Foot Pursuit


On Friday, April 14, 2023 at 5:39pmCT, Adair K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten and Deputy Josh Durbin were attempting to serve a warrant in the Feathersburg community, 21 miles east of Columbia. Upon pulling into the driveway of the residence where Brian Fowler resided,  Mr. Fowler took off running as deputies exited their cars. A lengthy foot pursuit ensued through the woods, ending in Fowler being caught and arrested. Upon his arrest, he was also found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine.

   
Brian Fowler, 31, of Columbia was arrested by K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
- fleeing and evading police 2nd degree (on foot) 
- possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine) &
- outstanding warrant of arrest 

The Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.

 

Adair Man Arrested after Vehicle Pursuit

 

On Sunday, April 16, 2023 at 12:28amCT (just after midnight), Adair County Sheriffs Deputy Josh Durbin observed a truck traveling 94 miles per hour on Burkesville Rd. Deputy Durbin made a turn and attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle continued on. Emergency equipment was activated and the pursuit ensued onto Edmonton Rd, Bliss Rd, Jones Chapel Rd and back onto KY 61 south where it was brought to an end. 

 

Hayden Loy, 18, was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:

- Speeding 26 mph over the limit 
- operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol (Under 21 years old) &
- fleeing and evading police.

The Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.

 

Adair County Woman Arrested for Harboring Viscous Animals & Wanton Endangerment

 

On Thursday, April 13, 2023 the Adair County Sheriffs Office executed a search warrant at a residence on R. Grider Rd along with an arrest warrant.   
   

The investigation stemmed from multiple complaints from residents in the area of multiple pit bull dogs running loose. Reports included attacks on neighbors pets and an attempted attack on a female who was walking. The Sheriffs Office tried numerous times to get the owner to safely maintain the animals but was unsuccessful and was told to leave the property by the owner of the pit bulls.   
 
The Sheriff's Office obtained affidavits from area neighbors and began a criminal investigation resulting in the arrest of the dogs owner, 46-year-old Christie Ferguson. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail for harboring viscous animals and wanton endangerment.
   
Three Pit Bulls were seized by the Sheriff's Office and captured by Adair County Dog Warden Jimmy Harmon. The dogs were taken to the Adair County Animal Shelter where they will be held until a determination by the court is made.  

Deputy Chris Tweedy is leading the investigation. He was assisted on the search warrant and arrest by additional Sheriff’s Deputies and Kentucky State Troopers.
 

Rolling Road Blocks on Cumberland Parkway in Adair County for Overhead Utility Line Work


Rolling road blocks will affect traffic traveling the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Expressway in Adair County on Sunday, April 23, for overhead utility line work.

 

Under an approved Kentucky Transportation Cabinet permit, A & C Communications crews will be replacing overhead wiring on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Expressway at milepoint 38.37 just east of the Metcalfe County line.

 

On Sunday, April 23, 2023 traffic traveling both east and west bound will be temporarily slowed down and, at times, stopped as crews install lines across the expressway. These rolling road blocks will begin at 7 a.m. and will be completed by approximately 5 p.m.

 

The duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.

 

The traffic changes are necessary to protect utility crews working alongside the roadway and as a safety precaution for travelers. Please slow down and use caution while in the work zone.

For Kentucky’s latest traffic and travel information, visit goky.ky.gov or navigate traffic by downloading the free Waze app at www.waze.com. Motorists can also access traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 and at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.

 

Jabez Man Arrested on Drug & Numerous Traffic Offenses

 
Vernon Wilson, 40, of Jabez, KY was arrested early Friday morning by KSP for Improper Display of Registration Plates, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, No Registration Receipt, No Registration Plates, No Tail Lamps, Failure of Non-Owner/Operator to Maintain Insurance, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees, or Fines, One Headlight, Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia, DUI (3rd or greater offense), and Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified).
 
Wilson was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. 

Paving Scheduled in Columbia the next few Months

 
As we enter the summer season, the City of Columbia would like to remind everyone to use caution in work zones as several paving projects are scheduled.
 
City streets scheduled to be paved include: Will Walker Road, Appleby Drive, Pine Tree Street, Scott Street, Pyles Court, Meadowview Street, Heskamp Street, Tim Street, Hayes Street, Elm Drive, Moseley Drive, Wolford Avenue, Hindman Street, Alexander Drive, and Guthrie Street.
 
Westlake Drive is scheduled to be paved through an application for Discretionary Funding.
 
According to information from the District 8 Highway Department, the following are tentatively scheduled in our community: South 61 (Burkesville Street) from the Columbia Bypass, part of the Cumberland Parkway at the western end of Adair County, Tutt Street, Hudson Street, and Jamestown Street (Kentucky 55 South section).
 
The City of Columbia urges the public to watch for details on the work and to avoid those areas if possible. There will be rerouting done for some traffic.
 
There is also work being planned on sidewalks on Wall Street, Greensburg Street, and Campbellsville Street.
 
More details will be announced as the dates near.
 

Adair County Athletics Hires New Coaches

 

Adair County Athletics would like to announce Stacia Jo Hill as our next ACHS Head Girls Basketball Coach. Coach Hill has 6 years of coaching experience most recently as Head Coach at Riverview High School in Florida and Assistant Coach at Adair County.

 

Adair County Athletics would like to announce Michelle Neat as our next ACHS Head Girls Volleyball Coach. Rachel Houchens will be our new Assistant Volleyball Coach. They will be moving to the High School after a very successful season at ACMS.

 

Open House for the NEW DAV Building in Russell Springs

The Open House for the new DAV location will take place Saturday. The event gets underway at 1 p.m. with refreshments and drawing for door prizes. Everyone is invited to come out. The location is the former VFW building at 155 Owenstown School Road in Russell Springs

Russell Springs Boil Water Advisory 4/13/23

 
There is a boil water advisory in Russell Springs from 1500 Gosser Ridge Road to the end of the road and the Briarwood subdivision. The advisory was issued due to water main repairs. Boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 5 minutes until further notice.
 

Transportation Cabinet Begins Mowing Season

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 advises motorists that roadside mowing season is underway, which runs from April to October. State and contract crews will complete three mowing cycles, including litter removal on interstates, parkways and other primary routes throughout the state.

 

KYTC officials ask Kentuckians to do their part by keeping the state right of way clear of temporary signs and other obstacles that can obstruct the path of mowers and pose a hazard for mowing crews and motorists.

 

Kentucky law and Transportation Cabinet policy prohibit the placement of non-official signs of any type – for campaigns, yard sales or other advertising – on state highway right of way, utility poles, fences and guardrails or on road signs. Depending on size and construction, illegally placed signs are a distraction and can be a safety issue for motorists when blocking the view of oncoming vehicles.

 

Illegally-placed signs also can disrupt or endanger right-of-way operations such as mowing, ditch cleaning and litter removal, and can pose a direct safety hazard to motorists who run off the roadway – particularly when installed with large wooden or metal stakes.

 

Campaign signs and other signs placed on state right of way that restrict sight distance or interfere with mowing and maintenance operations will be removed by KYTC crews. Signs that are removed will be held at the state highway garage in each county of KYTC District 8 and kept for two weeks. Unclaimed signs will be discarded.

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet asks that motorists use extra caution when traveling through these work zones.

 

Traffic information for the District 8 counties is also available at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.  

 

R.C. School Supt. Message Concerning SnapChat Posts

 

 

 

 

Parents/Guardians:

Good Morning. I want to make everyone aware of something--There is a picture circulating on SnapChat that reads “I’m going to bomb the school on April 13 at 7:30 am”.  It was written on a red restroom stall, but no school was identified.  While we do have some red restroom stalls in our school district, we have identified no writing on any restroom stall anywhere in our school district—including locker rooms/field houses.  All of our principals, assistant principals, Russell County Sheriff’s Office, Jamestown Police Department, Russell Springs Police Department and Kentucky State Police are aware of the picture that is circulating.  Again, we have no reason to believe the picture originated within Russell County Schools, but I wanted everyone to be aware since it is circulating on SnapChat.  I appreciate everyone’s interest and vigilance in helping to keep our schools safe!


Thank you for supporting Russell County Schools. 

 

Michael A. Ford, Superintendent
Russell County Schools

 

Adair County Included on the List of Counties Eligible for Federal Aid After Recent Storms

Gov. Andy Beshear announced that on Monday, President Joe Biden approved his initial request for federal aid to assist with recovery efforts in 76 counties adversely affected by severe storms in early March.

“We thank the President and the federal government for once again coming to the aid of our commonwealth in the wake of severe weather,” Gov. Beshear said.

All reported storm damage from the 76 counties has been verified by Kentucky Emergency Management and validated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to confirm eligibility based on county-specific thresholds. Several counties are still undergoing the verification and validation process. Once damage assessments are complete and eligibility is determined, additional counties may be added to the federal declaration.  

Federal funding is available to the commonwealth, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, flooding, landslides and mudslides.

The counties covered by the initial approval are Adair, Allen, Anderson, Barren, Bourbon, Breckenridge, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Casey, Christian, Clark, Clay, Crittenden, Cumberland, Daviess, Edmonson, Estill, Floyd, Franklin, Gallatin, Garrard, Grant, Graves, Grayson, Green, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Hart, Henry, Hopkins, Hickman, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, LaRue, Laurel, Lee, Lincoln, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Martin, McCracken, McLean, Meade, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Nelson, Nicholas, Ohio, Owen, Owsley, Powell, Robertson, Rockcastle, Simpson, Spencer, Taylor, Todd, Trigg, Trimble, Union, Warren, Washington, Webster, Whitley and Wolfe.

On March 3, the Governor declared a state of emergency in advance of severe storms that were forecast to cross the commonwealth. The storms, which produced violent thunderstorms, dangerous winds, flooding and several small tornadoes, killed five Kentuckians.

Special Called Adair School Board Meeting 4/13/23


BOARD AGENDA

April 13, 2023

SPECIAL CALLED SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

ADAIR COUNTY BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM

5:00 P.M.

 

**Meeting called to order**

 

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

 

***Prayer***

 

1.            APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

REGULAR AGENDA

 

2.            DISCUSSION/APPROVAL FOR BROKER OF RECORD FOR SUPPLEMENTAL INSURANCE OFFERINGS AND SECTION 125 PLAN(S) FOR EMPLOYEE BENEFITS INCLUDING BOARD PAID PREMIUMS FOR EMPLOYEE DENTAL AND VISION COVERAGE

 

3.            FIRST JOINT MEETING REGARDING THE SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH PROCESS FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY BOARD AND SCREENING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

 

4.            APPROVAL TO ADJOURN

 

(PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE A SUBSEQUENT SCREENING COMMITTEE MEETING)
 

RCSO March Activity Report


Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston released his office monthly activity report for March.

911 Calls for service. 8 Domestic, 13 non-injury Accidents, 5 Accidents with Injuries, 51 Officer Request and 6 EMS Request for Assist. Court Papers Served 7 Juvenile Summons, 15 Subpoenas, 14 Eviction Notices, 34 Civil Summons and 2 listed as Other, 42 Vehicles Inspected, and 18 CCDW.

 

Don’t forget, April 15th is the last day to pay Taxes in the Sheriff’s Office, then they’re turned over to the County Clerk.

 

Russell County Schools Surplus Sale


The Russell County Board of Education will be accepting sealed bids on a 1984 Chevrolet Van/Box truck (scrap) and a 1993 Bus (no motor, transmission or front end/several windows missing (scrap)).  A general description and pictures of the vehicles can be viewed at www.russell.kyschools.us/content2/Surplus


All items are sold “as is” and “where is” and it will be the responsibility of the purchaser to remove the vehicle(s). All items must be removed by June 16, 2023.


If you would like to bid on multiple items, you must submit a separate sealed bid for each. 

 

Sealed bids must be clearly marked on the outside envelope: Russell County Board of Education, Attn: Marla Carnes, 404 S Main St., Jamestown, KY 42629.  Bids will be accepted Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Russell County Board of Education or by mail.  Faxed or e-mailed bids are not accepted.  

 

All bids must be received by May 10, 2023 at 9:00 am CDT. Bids will be opened at 9:05 am, May 10, 2023.  The Russell County Board of Education reserves the right to accept and/or reject any/all bids.

 

If you have questions about the items or would like to view the items, please call the Russell County Board of Education Central Office at 270-343-3191.

 

Adair Co. Man Arrested for Violating EPO/DVO

 
Joseph Matney, 39, of Columbia was arrested on Tuesday morning by the ACSO for Violating a Kentucky EPO (Emergency Protective Order). He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Columbia Man Arrested for Strangulation

 

The Columbia Police Department responded to a call of a physical altercation on Monday evening, April 10, 2023 on Magnolia Drive.


Upon arrival, Officers observed marks around the female's neck and throat. The male subject, 49-year-old Michael Shockley of Columbia, KY was arrested and charged with Strangulation 1st degree, a class C felony. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
CPD Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Holly Necessary and Sgt. Drew Conn.
 

Adair County's Circuit Court Clerk's Office Celebrates National Donate Life Month

 

March 28, 2023 – Every April, Adair County Circuit Court Clerk Dennis Loy, celebrates National Donate Life Month in partnership with the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life and Donate Life America. 

 

National Donate Life Month focuses on the importance of registering your decision to be a donor, honoring deceased and living donors, and celebrating the lives they saved. It is the generosity of donors and donor families that makes saving lives through transplantation possible.

 

Inspired by stories of Kentuckians like Heather Rechtin and Joey Greenwell, this observance brings national attention to the lifesaving mission of organ, eye and tissue donation.  Heather Rechtin, who has served as a Circuit Clerk in Bracken County since 2017, met her friend and coworker, Joey, in 2008.  Having gone to school with Joey’s wife Melissa, Heather knew of the family and Joey’s diagnosis of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). 

 

In 2021, Heather came across Joey's microsite online, which was a webpage created to spread awareness of Joey's need for kidney transplant and the importance of becoming a donor. Heather tested to determine if her kidney was a match. Months passed, and she received word she was compatible to begin the donation process. Following some minor stops and starts, a surgery date was scheduled, and on March 14, 2022, Joey received her left kidney.  They recently celebrated one year post-transplant together. 

 

“Donors are true heroes who provide hope and life to beloved dads and husbands, like Joey,” said Dennis Loy, Adair County Circuit Court Clerk. “Over 60 percent of Kentucky’s adults have registered their decision to be an organ donor after they have passed away by joining the Donor Registry. Yet the number of people in need of transplants continues to outpace the number of organs donated.”

 

Currently, 106,000 people are waiting for a transplant in America. On average, 20 people die each day because the organ they need is not donated in time—that is almost one person dying every hour.

 

“There are no limits to registering as an organ donor.  Everyone, regardless of age or health status, is welcome to register to offer hope to 1000 Kentucky kids and adults in need of lifesaving organ transplants,” explains Loy.

 

Everyone can join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry at either of the following ways: 

 

•     Click “YES” while obtaining a driver’s license or state ID at a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Regional Office

 

 

About Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life 

The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life (TFL) is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that educates and encourages Kentuckians to be registered organ and tissue donors to save lives.??TFL was founded in 1992 as the charitable arm of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks.??The dollar donations at driver’s license counters and other philanthropic partners, including KODA and Kosair Charities, fund the statewide community outreach & public relations efforts to grow the Organ & Tissue Donor Registry. For more info call 1-866-945-5433, email?info@donatelifeky.org?or visit?www.donatelifeky.org

 

Heather Rechtin, living kidney donor, with Joey Greenwell, her kidney recipient on their one-year post-transplant anniversary:
 

Pitch In and Pick Up Roadside Litter at Lake Cumberland Clean Sweep 4/20/23

 

Spring has arrived, and that means it is time for Lake Cumberland Clean Sweep 2023.

 

Businesses, students, organizations, and individual volunteers are encouraged to pitch in and pick up roadside litter at different locations in and around Somerset and Pulaski County on Thursday, April 20, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. during the annual Clean Sweep.

 

The Lake Cumberland Clean Sweep, hosted by Eastern Kentucky PRIDE (Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment), is held each year to promote environmental cleanup, educational awareness, and economic development in preparation for the upcoming tourist season in the Lake Cumberland area.

 

“The Clean Sweep has quickly grown to be our largest spring cleanup event across the region, with as many as 1,500 volunteers participating annually. We’re excited to expand this event yet again to the Lake Cumberland Clean Sweep,” said Tammie Nazario, President and CEO of Eastern Kentucky PRIDE. “It’s a great opportunity to get outside and show our pride for our beautiful region while also preparing it for the upcoming tourism season.”

 

Clean Sweep volunteers are encouraged to pre-register prior to the event, so they can be assigned an area to clean and receive their trash bags, gloves, and safety vests early. Volunteers unable to register in advance may sign up on the day of the event, starting at 8:30 a.m., at The Center for Rural Development at 2292 South U.S. 27 (at Traffic Light 15) in Somerset.

 

“The Center for Rural Development is happy to partner with PRIDE on this worthwhile event,” said Laura Glover, Managing Director of Marketing and Events. “We love our community and want to see it thrive and grow. One of the ways to do that is to promote a clean, inviting community where visitors can feel welcome to our region.” 

 

The clean-up campaign, which coincides with the arrival of spring, is a countywide effort to promote environmental stewardship and pride in the community.

 

“As always, we are excited about the Lake Cumberland Clean Sweep,” said Danny Masten, Pulaski County PRIDE coordinator and the county’s Solid Waste Coordinator. “There are plenty of areas along Highway 27 to plug groups into, or we can find areas that are more convenient for a business closer to their operations. We often hear from groups that participate about how much they enjoy taking part in the Clean Sweep.”

 

Volunteers picking up roadside litter along U.S. 27, downtown Somerset, industrial parks, and KY 914 Bypass are requested to leave their filled trash bags along the side of the road for the state Highway Department to pick up. In other areas of the county, volunteers may call 677-0320 to arrange for pick up.

 

Volunteers may pre-register by calling/emailing Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, 677-6150, PRIDE@centertech.com or contacting the Pulaski County Recycling Center, 677-0320, dmasten@pcgovt.com.

 

The Lake Cumberland Clean Sweep is sponsored by Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Pulaski County Recycling Center, The Center for Rural Development, Somerset-Pulaski County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 8, and Waste Connections of Kentucky.

 

This is PRIDE’s 26th year of partnering with communities to keep the region’s clean and healthy. Since 1997, 444,182 people have volunteered with PRIDE, more than 992,070 bags of trash and 972,251 tires have been pulled from hillsides and waterways.

 

Eastern Kentucky PRIDE was founded by U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) and the late James Bickford, who was Kentucky’s Secretary for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. The PRIDE mission is to contribute to the economic and cultural growth of Southern and Eastern Kentucky by improving water quality, cleaning up solid waste problems and advancing environmental education, in order to improve living conditions for its residents while enhancing the potential for tourism industry growth in the region.
 

Adair Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

 

On Saturday, April 8, 2023 at 11:40pmCT, Deputy Josh Durbin initiated a traffic stop off Jamestown Street on 40-year-old Christopher Ray Helm of Columbia. Deputy Durbin recognized Helm and had knowledge of an active arrest warrant for Helm. Upon his arrest, a bag containing suspected methamphetamine was located. 

 

Helm was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on an Outstanding District Court Warrant and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine).

 

The Sheriffs office is continuing the investigation.

 

Russell County Fiscal Court Meeting 4/10/23

 

The Russell County Fiscal Court will meet on Monday, April 10, 2023 at 5:30pmCT at the R.C. Courthouse in Jamestown, KY. The meeting is open to the public.

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 7, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development; new bills signed into law; the Affordable Connectivity Program; recent inclement weather; rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky; public health; and Easter at the Capitol. He also named the Transylvania University women’s basketball team, which won the 2023 Division III National Championship, as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Economic Development
The Governor highlighted three site and building development projects as the first to move through the approval stage in the initial round of the Kentucky Product Development Initiative (KDPI). Last week, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) approved the three projects for over $2.7 million in state funding. To learn more about the program, click here.

 

The Northeast Kentucky Regional Industrial Authority and Greenup County Fiscal Court submitted a regional project in partnership with Boyd, Carter, Elliott and Lawrence counties for the site acquisition of over 240 acres in the EastPark Industrial Park. The project will see $1.5 million in land acquisition, including $750,000 in state support.

 

In partnership with the London-Laurel County Economic Development Authority (LLCEDA), the Laurel County Fiscal Court will build a 105,000-square-foot spec building to attract new business to the London community. KEDFA approved the $3.8 million project for just over $1.5 million in state funds through the KPDI program.

 

A project in Madison County will consist of nearly 47 acres owned by the Richmond Industrial Development Corporation. The project will develop and implement a land grading plan to better prepare the topography for industrial site development. The site will see $1 million in upgrades with state support of $500,000 toward the project.

 

The Governor also highlighted several economic development announcements.

 

Gov. Beshear announced yet another major investment in the state’s rapidly growing electric vehicle sector as Microvast Advanced Membrane will locate a new facility in Hopkinsville with a $504 million investment creating 562 full-time jobs.

 

The Governor highlighted continued momentum of the state’s manufacturing industry as Toyota Boshoku America will invest more than $225 million to construct a new facility in Hopkinsville and create 157 quality jobs for Kentuckians.

 

Gov. Beshear announced continued job creation within Kentucky’s manufacturing and clean energy sectors as EnerVenue, which builds metal-hydrogen batteries for stationary energy storage applications for utility-scale, commercial and residential use, will establish a new manufacturing facility in Shelby County, creating 450 full-time jobs with a $264 million Phase 1 investment with potential for further investment. Click here to watch a video message from the Governor.

 

The Governor announced new growth within Kentucky’s bourbon and spirits industry as Campari Group plans to add a second distillery at its Wild Turkey campus in Lawrenceburg. The company will invest $161 million and create 31 additional jobs in Anderson County.

 

Gov. Beshear highlighted further economic growth in the state’s distribution and logistics industry as LandCal Logistics, a third-party logistics company providing end-to-end supply chain services, expands its Georgetown facility with a $600,000 investment creating 10 new full-time positions.

 

Governor Signs Bills into Law
The Governor joined lawmakers and advocates to sign five pieces of legislation recently passed by the General Assembly.

 

House Bill 29, sponsored by Rep. Derek Lewis of London, removes the residency requirement for interment in Kentucky veteran cemeteries. This allows Kentucky to meet the United States Department of Veterans Affairs deadline of Jan. 1, 2025, by which states are required to remove residency as a requirement for veterans to be buried in state cemeteries. This legislation allows Kentucky to better honor and remember the lives and sacrifices of U.S. veterans.

 

“This will allow more of our U.S. veterans to be honored by burial in a veteran cemetery after their death,” Gov. Beshear said. “Honoring our veterans is nothing short of a sacred duty. They give their very best, and they deserve our very best in return.”

 

“Today’s signing of HB 29 allows us to bring attention to the incredible service provided by our veteran’s cemeteries as we work to recognize the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served our state and nation,” said Rep. Lewis. “This measure simply ensures our state’s policies conform with those of the Department of Veterans Affairs and allow us to continue to take advantage of available federal funding.”

 

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to leverage federal funds to help build local economies in Eastern and Western Kentucky. We’d be foolish not to capitalize on an opportunity to help our rural communities,” said Rep. Richard Heath of Mayfield. “The federal government set aside $3 trillion to provide funding for economic development, education, infrastructure and agriculture, and we’re already seeing neighboring states leverage this opportunity to make a big impact.”

 

Senate Bill 40, sponsored by Sen. Phillip Wheeler of Pikeville, designates the fourth Thursday in March each year as Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day. The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African American military pilots and airmen who fought in World War II.

 

“As we honor these great Kentuckians, it’s important to remember that these heroes answered the call to defend our nation at a time when their own rights and freedoms here at home were far from assured,” Gov. Beshear said. “On the fourth Thursday in March of each year, let us remember the Tuskegee Airmen, recommit ourselves to the selflessness and patriotism they showed, work to be worthy of the sacrifices these heroes made during their time, and do our part to strengthen our great nation.”

 

“It’s a pleasure to celebrate the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen,” said Rep. Deanna Frazier Gordon of Richmond. “Their desire to serve in spite of racism and inequity really shows their true character and their true love of their fellow man and their country. This was especially meaningful to me because so many were native Kentuckians and seven called Madison County home. I would like to thank my colleagues in the House and the Senate for supporting this measure and thank the Governor for signing it.”

 

Senate Bill 40 also requires genetic testing for genetic markers for cardiac arrhythmogenic syndromes during the post-mortem examination for cases of a deceased person under 40 years of age when a cause of death is not determined. This testing can help with future categorization and prevention efforts when it comes to heart disease.

 

House Bill 9, sponsored by Rep. Heath, helps provide economic relief to local communities of the commonwealth. The bill provides $2 million to the Cabinet for Economic Development to create a state matching grant program for communities that receive federal grants requiring a state match. The new Government Resources Accelerating Needed Transformation (GRANT) Program will encourage local communities to pursue federal matching grants.

 

“This new program will allow communities across the commonwealth to apply for federal matching grants that support public safety, transportation, community revitalization and so much more,” Gov. Beshear said. “As Governor, and most importantly, as a dad, nothing is more important to me than building a better Kentucky for all of our people, where the good news reaches every corner of the commonwealth.”

 

“House Bill 9 creates the GRANT program, which stands for Government Resources Accelerating Needed Transformation. The main objective of House Bill 9 is to seize on an extraordinary opportunity to leverage Kentucky’s state tax dollars efficiently towards significant public projects that will revitalize our rural communities,” said Sen. Wheeler. “This bill creates a framework that allows local governments, non-profits, public agencies, or a coalition of those organizations to apply for the matching component of federal grants.”

 

“I am excited about having the Governor sign House Bill 9 into law. I want to thank my colleagues in the House and the Senate for helping move this forward as we know this is a team effort,” said Rep. Heath. “We are pleased that the bill is moving forward and receiving its due time in the spotlight. House Bill 9 establishes the Government Resources Accelerating Needed Transportation program. It will provide support and grant funding to communities that are impacted by the loss of coal-related jobs.”

 

“This is a tremendous game changer for Kentucky,” said Commissioner Dennis Keene of the Department for Local Government. “Too often we have needy counties impacted by flooding or tornadoes that qualify for a million-dollar grant, but they can’t come up with a twenty percent match. Now, there will be an application process through the Department of Local Government, and we’ll see that those funds get out there.”

 

House Bill 21, sponsored by Rep. Randy Bridges of Paducah, allows a person without a fixed, permanent address to apply for a state-issued identification credential or renew an operator’s license using forms from a homeless shelter, health care facility or social service agency currently serving the applicant.

 

This legislation will remove a major obstacle that currently prevents persons engaged with the healthcare or social services systems from obtaining official identification or a driver’s license.

 

“It gives me great joy to be here this morning,” Director of the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky Adrienne Bush. “We really appreciate the cooperation and championship from the General Assembly as well as this administration. We are really grateful to see these changes made and get people back on their feet.”

 

“People that are experiencing homelessness face countless barriers to get into housing, to maintain housing and to really take that step forward,” said Director of Education and Advocacy for Louisville Coalition for the Homeless George Eklund. “House Bill 21 is a great tool that we’re giving to our service providers to get people into housing. It’s really opening the door for people to be in charge of their own destiny and move towards a better future.”

 

House Bill 125, sponsored by Rep. Rebecca Raymer of Morgantown, requires the Department for Aging and Independent Living to publish and distribute materials to local health departments regarding dementia awareness in order to promote risk reduction and emphasize the importance of early diagnosis.

 

“Thank you, Gov. Beshear. I am happy to be here today to talk about House Bill 125. This bill requires literature about Alzheimer’s to go from the Department of Health to the Health Department and other agencies,” said Rep. Rebecca Raymer of Morgantown. “While that may seem like a trivial step to some, as a registered nurse, I can tell you that education is one of our most effective tools that we have to compel individuals to change their lifestyle.”

 

“This is the first piece of legislation that will address Alzheimer’s and dementia through the mechanism of public health,” said Director of Public Policy for the Alzheimer’s Association Mackenzie Wallace. “This bill embodies the spirit of Team Kentucky because it fosters inter-agency collaboration and it highlights the true bipartisan impact of this disease.”

 

Affordable Connectivity Program
Gov. Beshear announced that Kentucky has been recognized as one of the top five states and territories in the United States for getting eligible households signed up for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Nearly 40% of eligible Kentuckians have signed up.

 

The ACP helps ensure households can afford high-speed internet for work, school, health care and more. The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

 

A household is eligible for the Program if the household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:

  • Received a federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income internet program;
  • Participates in Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Housing Assistance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), WIC, Veterans Pension, Survivor Benefits or Lifeline.

 

To learn more about the ACP and its eligibility, visit fcc.gov/acp. To talk to someone about eligibility or application status, call the ACP Support Center at 877-384-2575.

 

To learn more about any of those other benefit programs, visit kynect.ky.gov or call 855-306-8959. Families can also find ways to save by visiting governor.ky.gov/TipsToSave.

 

Recent Inclement Weather and Eastern Kentucky Flood Update
This week, Kentucky experienced more severe weather, with dangerous winds and a confirmed EF-1 tornado in Louisville. One apartment complex in Louisville saw a structural collapse, resulting in one injury and displacing 50 people. One individual from Louisville died during the storm.

 

“I want to thank everyone across Kentucky for taking precautions. We’ve been through a lot, but when we work together, we always come out stronger,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Gov. Beshear is traveling to Hopkinsville today, a community hit hard by the storm over the last weekend. During his visit the Governor will survey damage and meet with community members.

 

The Governor also provided an update on Eastern Kentucky’s rebuilding efforts.

Currently, 160 families are housed in travel trailers, and Kentucky State Parks are now housing 16 people, down from the 360 people sheltered on Sept. 1, 2022.

 

As of March 27, over $22 million has been approved for the buy-out program. Those awards account for 126 properties from Perry County, the City of Jackson, Breathitt County, Letcher County and Knott County applicants. Homeowners wishing to learn more about the program are encouraged to contact their local judge executive or emergency management office for more information.

 

The Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund has raised over $13.2 million from more than 41,500 donors. To contribute, click here. Visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources for more information.

 

Public Health
Gov. Beshear said that COVID-19 activity remains stable, and all Kentucky counties have low COVID-19 community levels.

 

Last week, the CDC released data on Monkeypox vaccination rates by state. The information will be updated monthly on their website. Kentucky’s estimated population at risk is 19,344. Kentucky is below the national average for Monkeypox vaccination, with 21% of Kentuckians having received one dose and 12% having received two doses.

Easter at the Capitol
The Governor invited Kentuckians to celebrate Easter at the Capitol on Sunday, April 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. EDT on the South Lawn of the Capitol – the outdoor space between the Capitol and the Capitol Annex. The event will include family activities such as an Easter egg hunt, games, crafts, food trucks and a visit with the Easter Bunny.

 

“We’re looking forward to seeing Kentucky families and friends as we come together to celebrate hope, community and new beginnings,” said Gov. Beshear. “My family and I look forward to seeing everyone this Saturday as we gather with grateful hearts. We hope you’ll join us!”

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Gov. Beshear named Transylvania women’s basketball as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. The team made history last weekend, securing the national title in the NCAA Division III national championship game in Dallas, Texas. The win over Christopher Newport University capped off the team’s undefeated season and secured the first national title in Transylvania’s history as a school.

 

“It gives me a lot of pride to name the Transylvania women’s basketball team as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars,” said Gov. Beshear. “Congratulations to the Pioneers, their coaches and all of the fans out there supporting them through this amazing season. You all made Kentucky very proud!”

 

Area Arrests 4-7-23

 

Cody Overby, 30, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by Trooper Begley with the Kentucky State Police just after 2:30pmCT on Thursday afternoon. Overby was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buying/Possession. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Elizabeth Scott, 31, of Burkesville, KY was arrested by Officer Tweedy with the Burkesville Police Department just after 6pmCT on Thursday evening. Scott was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition (greater than $10,000). She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Adair County Fiscal Court Meeting 4/11/23

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular called session Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 9:00 A.M. CT in the basement of the Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. The public is invited to attend. 
 

AGENDA

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

PRAYER

CALL TO ORDER

ROLL CALL
                                

1.  APPROVAL OF AGENDA

2.  DISBURSEMENTS

3.  LINE TO LINE

4.  FUND TO FUND

5.  BUDGET AMENDMENTS 

6.  OTHER BUSINESS

7.  ADJOURNMENT

 

Kevin Williams Concert to Benefit R.C. Kids is April 15th

 
Russell County's businesses and citizens are coming together to empower the next generation, according to Kevin Williams, founder of Kevin's Kids. 
 
Williams is a native of Russell County who continues to tour and record music as a solo artist. He is also the guitarist and band leader for the Grammy award winning Gaither Vocal Band. Williams, who has played on over 120 gold and platinum projects, tells his story throughout the United States in order to motivate young people to live successfully and make the most of their lives.
 
Williams says he is very excited about his upcoming annual concert on Saturday, April 15th in Russell Springs.
  


Kevin Williams will bring internationally-known artists with him at his concert next week. Todd Suttles from the Gaither Vocal Band, award-winning pianist Matthew Holt, Michael Shade Rowsey from the Gaither tour, as well as local favorites Larry Beasley, the Crossroads Quartet, and a community choir.

 
The concert starts at 6pmCT on Saturday, April 15th, 2023 at the Russell Springs First Baptist Church. Doors open at 5pm. The concert is free to the public.
 
All donations are tax deductible. More info. is available by calling 270-866-6495.
 

Russell County Murder Suspect Located and Arrested

 

The 18-year-old murder suspect wanted in the death of his brother, was located and picked up by KSP in Dunnville, KY on Thursday afternoon.
 
While on routine patrol, KSP Trooper Jake Smith saw a male individual walking on US 127 in Casey County that matched the description of Lee Maynard. Trooper Smith stopped and made contact with the individual and identified him to be Mr. Maynard. The warrant for Murder was served and Maynard was arrested and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
Alexander Lee Maynard is charged with Murder in connection with the death of his brother, 22 year old Charles Maynard of Jamestown. The shooting occurred at a residence on Fox Lane in Jamestown on Wednesday night.
 
KSP Detective Zach Scott is continuing the investigation.
 

KSP Investigate Russell County Murder

 

UPDATE:  The 18-year-old murder suspect was picked up by KSP in Dunnville, KY this afternoon (Thursday, April 6th)

 

JAMESTOWN, Ky. (April 6, 2023) – On the night of Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at approximately 9:49pmCT, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 received a call from Russell County 911 Center. The Russell County Sheriff’s Department requested investigative assistance regarding finding a deceased male inside a residence on Fox Lane in Jamestown.

 

KSP Troopers and Detectives responded to the scene and learned Charles Maynard, age 22 of Jamestown, had suffered fatal injuries from apparent gunshot wounds. KSP launched an investigation and determined that Charles Maynard had been shot by his brother, Lee Maynard age 18 of Jamestown. Lee Maynard fled from the scene prior to law enforcement’s arrival at the residence. 

 

An arrest warrant has been issued for Lee Maynard charging him with Murder. Lee Maynard was last seen wearing blue jeans and a dark-colored sweatshirt and is considered armed and dangerous.

 

Anyone with information in regards to Lee Maynard’s whereabouts is urged to contact KSP Post 15 in Columbia at (270)-384-4796 or our hotline at (800)-222-5555. Callers may remain anonymous when providing information pertaining to this case.

 

Detective Zach Scott, assisted by other KSP Troopers and Detectives, is continuing the murder investigation.
 

Fatal Shooting in Russell County Wednesday Night

 

Wave NEWS continues to follow reports of a fatal shooting last night in Jamestown. Reportedly, the incident occurred on Fox Lane off Hwy 127.  Emergency officials and the Russell County Coroner were on scene following the incident that resulted in the death of a Jamestown man. No other details have been released. Kentucky State Police have taken charge of the investigation and is expected to release more information concerning the shooting later today. No arrest has been made as of news time this morning.

 

 

2 Drug Arrests Made by Columbia Police Following Traffic Stop


The Columbia Police Department initiated a traffic stop on Hudson Street, Tuesday night, April 4, shortly after 11:30 PM. Contact was made with the male operator and female passenger, male operator was found to have an active warrant as well as a suspended operators license.

 

Subsequent search of the vehicle yielded findings of suspected methamphetamine and marijuana as well as other narcotics, paraphernalia, and a handgun which had its serial number scratched off.

 

Vincent Bach, 36, of Columbia has been charged with traffic violations as well as possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, possession of a defaced firearm, and the following felonies; possession of controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine, and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.


Mercedes Stapleton, 20, of Columbia has been charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine.


Sgt Evan Burton was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Justin Cross and Deputy Brandon Hitch.

 

Multiple Injuries in Highway 55 Accident

 
On Monday,, April 3, 2023 at 2:18pmCT, Adair County 911 started receiving multiple calls on a two vehicle collision 2 miles north of Columbia on KY55. 

  
Adair County Deputy Jason Camfield and Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch arrived on scene and confirmed to dispatch  of injuries and possible entrapment. The preliminary investigation showed that Abigail Brock, 20, of Taylor County was operating a 2018 Toyota Camry south on 55. She had stopped and was attempting a left turn into a parking lot .  Unit 2 was a 2005 Lincoln Town Car, operated by Shane Bottoms, 50, of Russell Springs, KY along with a passenger, Lagene Bottoms.  Ms. Brock failed to see Mr. Bottoms and turned into his path.

    

Both operators and the passenger were treated on scene by Adair EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia . 

  
The collision is under investigation by the Adair County Sheriffs Office. Agencies assisting include Adair County 911 , Adair County Fire Dept., Adair County EMS, and the Columbia Police Dept.

 

More Details on Arrest of Campbellsville Man for Stealing Bicycles

 

The Columbia Police Department responded to a reported theft on Scott Street on Monday night, April 3, 2023. Officers located a male at the former Dreamland Motel on Burkesville Street and recovered part of items reported as stolen on Scott Street. The male was also found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and heroin.


Jeffrey Wright, 49, of Campbellsville, KY was placed into custody and has been charged with receiving stolen property as well as one count each possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of a controlled substance (heroin). Wright was additionally found to have two active warrants out of Russell County.
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Officer Trevor Foster was the investigating officer. He was assisted by Sgt. Drew Conn.
 
 

Chance of Severe Weather on Wednesday Upgraded

 

From Adair County Emergency Management Director Mike Keltner

 

The Severe Weather Outlook has been upgraded to an Enhanced Risk which is a 3 out of 5. This is mainly due to the risk of straight line winds, but quick spin-up tornadoes are still possible. Attached is the weather briefing for the potential of severe weather tomorrow, April 5th, 2023. 

 

 

Dr Miles Receives Health Hero Award

 

Dr. Richard Miles has been named the "2023 Dr. Hossein Fallahzadeh Public Health Hero Award" winner! The award, presented by Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD), is bestowed annually to an individual who has demonstrated a dedication to improving the health of district residents. The winner is announced each April as part of National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2023).

Richard Miles, M.D., is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He opened his practice in Russell County over 40 years ago as a family physician. He is a long-time member of the local and district board of health. Dr. Miles is also the Chief Medical Officer for Russell County Hospital and Medical Director for Rural Health Clinic Family Practice Associates.

"He is involved and interested in the needs of the community," one nomination stated, "and is always willing to be a supportive, strong voice for what is in the best interest of the community."

"We are proud to present this award to Dr. Miles," said LCDHD Director Amy Domlinson. "He has been very active in supporting public health in general and especially our harm reduction and substance use disorder programs across the district. We are thankful for his support and understanding of public health."

The award was first presented in 2022 and was renamed in honor of its first recipient, the late Dr. Hossein Fallahzadeh. This year, nominations came in from across the district for the award.

"The nominations this year included several very deserving community members. I am excited by the participation across the district and look forward to this award growing in the future. It is a wonderful way to recognize those who labor among us, often without praise, for the improved health of our region," said Tomlinson.

Dr. Miles will accept the award at 9amCT on April 7, 2023, at the Russell County Health Department. The presentation will be streamed live on the LCDHD YouTube channel.

 

Area Arrests 4-4-23

 

Heith Necessary, 42, of Columbia, was arrested by Trooper Wilson of the Kentucky State Police just after midnight last night. Necessary was charged with Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree, Resisting Arrest, Harassment (No Physical Contact) and Possession of Marijuana.

 

Jeffrey Wright, age 49, of Campbellsville was arrested by Officer Foster with the Columbia Police Department, just before 8 last evening. Wright was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition Bicycles.

 

Both men were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Adair County Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges after Chase

 

On Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 10:18pmCT, Adair County K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten, along with Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch and KSP Trooper Brandon Roark, responded to a residence off Harris Road. On their approach to the residence, 25-year-old Joshua Burton fled out the door into the woods. Burton disobeyed commands to stop as officers gave chase. Burton was captured by K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten. Upon his capture, Burton resisted arrest but was taken into custody with no injuries. He was also found to be in possession of a quantity of suspected methamphetamine. 

 

Joshua Burton was lodged in the Adair Regional Jail and charged with Resisting Arrest, Fleeing/Evading Police 2nd degree, two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and two counts of Failure to Appear.

 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation. 

 

Adair County Jail Inmate Dies


An Adair County Jail inmate has reportedly died while in custody.

 
WAVE News has learned that a male inmate passed away over the weekend. The inmate was reportedly diabetic, but we don’t know if his death had anything to do with that health issue.
 
WAVE News will have more details when they are made available.
 

Lawmakers wrap up the 2023 Regular Session

 

Representative Amy Neighbors

 

As of midnight on March 30, the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly has adjourned. This concluded a remarkably busy yet productive session for the commonwealth, as well as an even busier week. 

 

When we convened last week, our main mission was to override the 15 vetoes the Governor had imposed on legislation integral to the well-being of our families, our children, and our economy. Once we completed this objective, we were able to act on several other pieces of legislation that we believe will be an excellent addition to the law in our state.

 

This week, I would like to walk you through some of these bills.

 

HB 21: This bill allows children who are homeless and aged 16 and 17 to obtain a state-issued photo identification card, not a driver’s license, so they can get a head start on applying to colleges, obtaining important documents, and applying for jobs. HB 21 also sets the price for these individuals to obtain an ID at only $5. HB 21 will also permit those without a fixed home address to renew their driver’s license to drive only from their current residence to and from work.

 

HB 331: To ensure school personnel has access to life saving equipment, this bill expands access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in a readily accessible area of every high school and middle school building, as well as increased training in response to sudden cardiac arrest and other cardiac events.

 

HB 353: This measure changes the current definition of what qualifies as drug paraphernalia to exclude testing equipment used to determine the presence of a synthetic opioid or its analogues in controlled substances.

 

SB 47: This bill lays the groundwork for the first legalization of marijuana for medical purposes. It establishes the medical cannabis program in the commonwealth and would grant the authority of regulation and implementation to the Cabinet of Health and Family Services. This measure does not take effect until January of 2025 to allow the cabinet to have time to establish regulatory structure for the program and legislators an opportunity to make adjustments to ensure the program is carried out appropriately.

 

SB 263: A measure to promote the regionalization of water and wastewater resources, this bill clarifies definitions and goals regarding the security and safety of water systems, requires the Energy and Environment cabinet to provide technical support to the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority, and requires the authority to develop asset management plans. This will be instrumental in modernizing our water and wastewater infrastructure, as a large portion of both rural and urban areas of the state suffer from failing and aging water systems.

 

SB 282: SB 282 expands the authority of the Crime Victims Compensation Board to allow claims for hit-and-run accidents. The measure raises the award limit for loss of earnings or financial support from $150 for each week of lost earnings/support to $300 for each such week. The funeral and burial expense limit is raised from $5,000 to $7,500.  The total compensation limit for any award increased from $25,000 to $30,000.

 

SB 286: This bill addresses situations in which, in the event an intoxicated driver kills a parent or guardian, a judge will have the ability to order restitution to support surviving children/dependents. This acts as an additional layer of accountability to criminals who choose to operate a vehicle under the influence which results in the loss of life.

 

While our work for this session has been completed, now begins our efforts for the 2024 session. Within just a few months, fellow House and Senate members will return to Frankfort to attend interim committee meetings to consider issues and ideas to carry forward for the next session.

 

In the meantime, please anticipate regular updates from me as the dust settles from this legislative session. Feel free to reach out here at home anytime, or through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181. If you would like to receive regular email updates on what is going on in Frankfort, feel free to send me a request via my legislative email at Amy.Neighbors@lrc.ky.gov. For more information, please visit the legislatures website at www.legislature.ky.gov.

 

Area Arrest 4-3-23

 

Ricky Burns, 63, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Trooper Justice of the Kentucky State Police, around 10:30 Saturday evening. Burns, was charged with Assault, 2nd Degree, Driving DUI Suspended License – 2nd Offense (Aggravated Circumstances), Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence .08 2nd (Aggravated Circumstances), Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Required Insurance, 1st Offense, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Angel Taylor, 31, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Deputy Hitch with the Adair County Sheriff's Office on Sunday afternoon. Taylor was charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Alcohol .08 2nd (Aggravated Circumstances and Driving on a DUI Suspended License – 2nd Offense (Aggravated Circumstances). She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

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