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Local News Archives for 2023-05

Green River Lake State Park Drowning Victim Identified


At 3:32pmET on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of a drowning at the Green River Lake State Park. Upon arrival, firefighters found an unresponsive adult male on the shore with CPR in progress. CFD and CTCEMS initiated advanced life support care and transported the victim up a steep cliff to the medic unit. No firefighter or any other civilian injuries were reported.
 

The victim has been identified as 43-year-old Noucho Vinsette Zentian of Elizabethtown, KY, Zentian was pronouced dead by the Taylor County Coroners Office.

The incident is being investigated by the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. We are unsure of the victim's status at the time of press release.

  • Firefighters Responding: 8
  • Responding Apparatus: Rescue 1, Squad 1, and Chief
  • Assisting Agencies:
    • Campbellsville Taylor County 911 Center
    • Campbellsville Taylor County EMS
    • Taylor County Coroner's Office
    • Ky Fish and Wildlife
    • Kentucky State Park Ranger
    • US Army Corps of Engineers

  •  

Retirement Luncheon for ACSO Bookkeeper/Clerk Suzanne Rogers

 

Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman and employees surprised Bookkeeper/Clerk Suzanne Rogers with a retirement luncheon on Wednesday at the Adair Annex. Suzanne has loyally served our community for more than 18 years. Rogers' service to Adair County covers four elected sheriffs' terms, including Sheriff Josh Brockman, Harrison Moss, Steve Cheatham, and Ralph Curry.

 

Adair County School Board Special Called Meeting to Interview Superintendent Candidates

 

The Adair County School Board will have a Special Called Meeting on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 5:00pmCT at the Adair County Board Conference Room.

 

**Meeting called to order**

 

1.   APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

REGULAR AGENDA

2.   CLOSED SESSION PURSUANT TO KRS 61.810 (1) (F) FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS
 

3.   APPROVAL TO ADJOURN

 

J.O.Y. Ministries Groundbreaking Ceremony 6/12/23

 

After 10 years of operation, J.O.Y. Ministries will finally have a permanent home. Currently located at 116 Public Square in Columbia. J.O.Y. Ministries invites you to join them at a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, June 12, 2023 at 2:00pmCT, as they begin construction on their new Crisis Resource Center located at 400 Greensburg Street.

 

J.O.Y. works diligently to serve those in the community who are impacted by poverty, fragile family situations, homelessness and addiction through the J.O.Y. Crisis Resource Center and two shelters, Cally’s House and Ruth’s Place. The new Crisis Resource Center will serve as the permanent home-base of these operations and provide greater space for food storage and clothing and home goods storage and improved accessibility for clients.

 

“This space is an answer to countless prayers. We continue to be amazed by how God works through this community and provides the resources necessary to make this ministry possible,” says J.O.Y. President, Traci Sharpe. “We could not do any of this without the Columbia community.”

 

While plans for the Crisis Resource Center are officially approved, J.O.Y.’s work is not yet complete. The anticipated cost for the construction of this project is almost $400,000. Over the last year, J.O.Y. has been working with donors from the local community and, as a result, almost two-thirds has already been raised. “We are so encouraged by the generosity of others, but we still have quite a ways to go before this vision becomes reality,” said J.O.Y. Treasurer, Maggie Coleman.

 

J.O.Y. is an organization for the people of Adair, made possible by the people of Adair. As such, J.O.Y. is calling on the Adair community once again. “Each year this community funds almost half our operational budget in a matter of weeks through our annual Christmas Campaign. We at J.O.Y. know what this community can do and we are humbly asking for our community to help us bring the Crisis Resource Center to life,” shares Hannah Peck, J.O.Y. Vice President.

 

Will you help make the J.O.Y. Crisis Resource Center possible? If you would like to donate to the J.O.Y. Ministries Building Fund please visit, www.joy-ministries.org.

 

Or mail your donation to:

JOY Ministries
PO Box 114
Columbia, KY 42728

 

To watch our funding progress, drive by the new J.O.Y. location on Greensburg Street after the groundbreaking to view the fundraising tracker!

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 31, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on lowering flags to honor a fallen Scott County deputy sheriff; more jobs in the commonwealth; economic development; justice-involved programs to reduce recidivism; sports betting; a special election for House District 93; a home dedication in Knott County; and a disaster recovery program. He also named D’Corey Johnson, an 11-year-old singer from Louisville who performed on the season 18 premiere of “America’s Got Talent,” as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Star.

 

Flag Lowering to Honor Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy 
Gov. Beshear said he will attend funeral services tomorrow for Scott County Deputy Sheriff Caleb Conley, who was tragically killed during a traffic stop on Interstate Highway 75 last week. The Governor has ordered flags at state buildings to be lowered Thursday, June 1, to honor Deputy Conley. Deputy Conley was the first Kentucky peace officer killed in the line of duty this year.

 

Nearly 54,000 More Jobs
The Governor announced today that April’s low unemployment rate shows that Kentucky’s nonfarm employment has increased by nearly 54,000 jobs compared with pre-pandemic levels. Earlier this month, Gov. Beshear announced Kentucky reached a new historic low unemployment rate of 3.7%. The new record low unemployment rate extends Kentucky’s streak for the lowest unemployment rates for the longest period of time in the commonwealth’s history.

 

“Thanks to our record low unemployment rates and historic job growth, Kentuckians across the commonwealth now have more opportunities available for quality, good-paying jobs,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our record-breaking economy is what can happen when we put politics aside and focus on moving the state not left, not right, but forward for all of our Kentucky families.”

 

Economic Development 
Gov. Beshear announced Kentucky has further solidified its place as a national leader in the rapidly growing electric vehicle industry as leaders at Toyota committed to retain 700 full-time Kentucky jobs and establish the company’s first U.S.-assembled battery electric vehicle at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, in Georgetown. The project is part of a $591 million commitment for future projects at the Scott County facility.

 

“This is incredible news that further cements Kentucky as the center of the electric vehicle sector,” Gov. Beshear said. “Toyota has long been a vital part of the automotive industry in the commonwealth, and now the company is positioned to help lead us into the future. I want to thank the company’s leaders for their commitment to our state’s incredible workforce and can’t wait to see what’s next for Toyota and Kentucky.”

 

The Governor highlighted the continued momentum of the state’s logistics and distribution sector as Kroger Fulfillment Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Kroger Co., will locate a new distribution center, also known as a spoke or cross-docking facility, in Boone County, investing over $550,000 and creating 98 full-time, Kentucky jobs.

 

Gov. Beshear joined local officials from Garrard County and leaders from Bluegrass Bottling, a Kentucky-based, woman-owned business, to break ground on the company’s new Lancaster bottling facility, which will create 27 new full-time positions with a $6.25 million investment.


Reducing Recidivism
Furthering his commitment to boost workforce participation and create safer communities, Gov. Beshear announced today that state inmates are securing employment and addiction treatment at record levels, which has helped keep more Kentuckians from returning to prison.

 

The Governor said justice-involved programs offered by his administration have helped increase released inmates’ employment rate to 57%, increase corrections-based addiction treatment beds to the largest number ever and record the lowest recidivism rate in state history at 27.15%.

 

Sports Betting
Gov. Beshear provided an update on sports wagering in the commonwealth. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is now hiring employees in wagering compliance to prepare for the launch of sports wagering. The commission is actively engaged with officials from other states and industry experts, reviewing regulations and best practices.

 

In the initial round of hiring, the commission will hire dedicated professionals to support wagering compliance efforts, including advisors, analysts, auditors and other crucial roles in regulating the sports wagering industry. Interested candidates can find detailed information on these positions and the application process at KHRC.ky.gov.

 

House District 93 Special Election
On May 14, Rep. Lamin Swann, representing District 93 in Fayette County, passed away. Kentucky law requires the Governor to issue a writ of election to fill a vacancy in the House of Representatives when the General Assembly is not in session. Gov. Beshear signed an executive order today calling for an election to fill the seat to be held Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023.

 

“Lamin was always smiling, leading with kindness and working to build a better Kentucky for all our families. We miss him, and we continue to hold his family in prayer,” Gov. Beshear said. “On Tuesday, Nov. 7, Kentuckians can honor Lamin by getting out to vote for someone they believe in to carry on this important work.”


Eastern Kentucky HomeDedication 
During the historic floods in July 2022, William and Cheyenne White and their children, Caleb and Maggie, lost their home in Knott County. With the help of the Housing Development Alliance and the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund, the White family will move into a new home, which will be above the river so the property will not flood.

 

“That night, we watched our house pick up and float away. We couldn’t complain because we all still had each other. Everybody was safe. There’s a lot of people that didn’t have that privilege that we did,” said William White. “It feels like we can actually start our lives again.”

 

Click here to view a video from the White family.

 

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

 

Disaster Recovery Program
Last month, the Governor announced that more than $123 million would be available to communities impacted by the 2021 tornadoes in the west and 2022 flooding in the east. Applications opened May 1 to help build homes, rental properties and multifamily properties in these areas.

 

Tomorrow, June 1, applications will open for infrastructure projects for cities, counties, nonprofits, for-profits and other governmental entities. This includes projects addressing water, wastewater, stormwater and other infrastructure needs. Applications will also open for projects addressing economic revitalization efforts. Applications will be available at kydlgweb.ky.govtomorrow for 2021 disaster-impacted communities. Kentuckians can also email DLG.DR@ky.gov for questions.

 

Team Kentucky All-Star
Gov. Beshear named D’Corey Johnson, an 11-year-old singer from Louisville, as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Star. D’Corey stunned the judges and audience as he performed during the season 18 premiere of “America’s Got Talent.”

 

“Team Kentucky is so proud of you, D’Corey, and we can’t wait to see how far you go. Be sure to support D’Corey on his ‘AGT’ journey,” said Gov. Beshear.
 

Adair County Man Arrested on Felony Charges During Accident Investigation


On Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 1:52amCT, Deputy Derek Padgett responded to a single vehicle collision 7 miles north of Columbia on Holmes Bend Road. 
   
During the investigation it was found that the operator, 24-year-old Christopher Dickson of Columbia, KY had a suspended drivers license. In addition, he was found with suspected methamphetamine along with several additional violations.

 

Dickson was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:

  • Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine) 
  • Driving on dui suspended license 
  • No insurance &
  • No or improper registration.

 

Eli Fire Department Receives New Equipment thanks to Grant


The Eli Fire Department announced that thanks to a grant, they received new equipment... 

 

The Eli FD is proud to announce they received some NEW equipment from a Grant provided by the Ky Fire Commission, at no charge to the Department. In order to receive these Grants, fire departments must be in compliance with training, documentation and financial audits.

 

EQUIPMENT RECEIVED:

1.Genesis 17c Combi Tool w/ batteries & charger

2.Physio Control AED

3. QRae Multi Gas Detector

 

More Adair/Russell County Arrests from Holiday Weekend

 
The following individuals were arrested (according to jail records). All individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 
  • Stephanie Hadley, 45, of Russell Springs - arrested Tuesday morning by RSPD for Indecent Exposure, Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol), Fleeing or Evading Police (on foot), and Resisting Arrest.
  • Audie Beard, 56, of Columbia - arrested on Monday morning by RSPD for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the influence of Alcohol and Careless Driving.
  • Dennis Grimsley, 44, of Russell Springs - arrested on Sunday evening by KSP for DUI, Obstructed Vison and/or Windshield, and No Rear View Mirror.
  • Janelle Faye Willis, 54, of Campbellsville - arrested on Sunday afternoon by KSP for Careless Driving, License to be in Possession, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, and Failure to Appear. Ms. Willis was also charged for being a Fugitive
  • Gordon Goodman, 57, of French Lick, Indiana - also arrested on Sunday afternoon by the RCSO on a Fugitive from Another State Warrant.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • Cedric Ryan Walker, 38, of Columbia - arrested on Tuesday by the ACSO for Sexual Abuse 3rd degree.
  • Christopher Dickson, 24, of Campbellsville - arrested by the ACSO early Tuesday morning. Dickson was charged with Driving on a DUI Suspended License, Failure to Maintain Insurance, Improper Registration Plate, and Possession of Methamphetamine. Mr. Dickson was also arrested on an Ignition Interlock Violation.
  • Jenny Nguyen, 29, of Georgia - arrested by the ACSO on Monday morning for Assault, 4th Degree (Child Abuse) and Resisting Arrest.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Honoring the Fallen Representative by Amy Neighbors

 

While Memorial Day is now behind us, it still provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of the day and carry that debt of gratitude throughout the year. I can’t help but take time this week to remember the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

 

In a world battered by social agendas where people have begun to turn up their nose at public service, I believe that as a nation we have forgotten the true meaning of this holiday. Memorial Day is easily reduced to just another three-day weekend to spend outdoors with friends, family, and loved ones. While we are granted the chance to do these things, we must not forget why we have that chance.

 

Memorial Day is an opportunity to honor the sacrifice made by our American soldiers who died defending our rights as a nation. This holiday also grants us a time to pass along the values of service that we hold dear to the next generation while acknowledging the commitment of heroes from each corner of this country who set aside their own life so that we can live ours.

 

Though we only take one weekend a year to celebrate Memorial Day, I feel that one of the most important things we can do as citizens of this free and sovereign land is to constantly be in a state of reflection and gratitude for these sacrifices made on our behalf. There will never be enough gratitude to give to our military, but today and every day, we should tell a veteran “Thank you.” 

 

From our beginning, conflict has proven to be a price for our freedom. As our nation began, patriots banded together to fight on a new land to establish a life worth living. A life away from tyranny. A life that granted us liberty and the pursuit of happiness. From our own soil all those years ago, to the beaches of Normandy or even the Middle East, America has proven to be a force to be reckoned with, and a threat to our freedom is never taken lightly.

 

In his Memorial Day address at Arlington National Cemetery, President Ronald Reagan said, “The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure, and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we—in a less final, less heroic way—be willing to give of ourselves.”

 

I echo the sentiment of our 40th president. Let us take the time to reflect, renew, and find a way to give back to honor those that gave all. Since its inception, Memorial Day has been a time for Americans to stand as one and say, “We remember you, we are grateful for you, and we love you.” Let us continue that tradition this weekend and the days to come.

 

As we begin meeting through the interim to form the legislative agenda for 2024, I would like to hear from you regarding your interest in any of the issues before the Kentucky General Assembly. Feel free to reach out any time through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181 or by email at Amy.Neighbors@lrc.ky.gov. If you would like to receive regular updates from my office, please consider sending me a request with your email to be added to our electronic mailing list. For more information, please visit the legislatures website at legislature.ky.gov.

 

Ribbon Cutting at Russell Co. Mesonet Station at Woodland Farms 6/6/23

 

The public is invited to a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 at 10amCT to celebrate the installation of the state's newest Kentucky Mesonet station, located at Woodland Farms in Russell County. The address is Farmer Road (off State Hwy 1611), Russell Springs, KY.

 

The Kentucky Mesonet (https://www.kymesonet.org/) provides high-quality, real-time weather and soil data, critical for regional agriculture, emergency management, transportation operations, and more. A big thank you to Woodland Farms owner John Adams (http://www.woodlandfarmky.com/) for his work and sponsorship of this station.

 

Come rain or shine; the ceremony will be moved indoors at the farm if needed.

 

Area Arrests 5-30-23

 

Christopher Dickson, 24, of Campbellsville, KY was arrested by the ACSO early Tuesday morning. Dickson was charged with Driving on a DUI Suspended License, Ignition Interlock Driver License - Use Violation, Failure of Non-Owner/Operator to Maintain Insurance, Improper Registration Plate, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 3rd or Greater Offense (Meth).

 

Jenny Nguyen, 29, of Georgia was arrested by the ACSO on Monday morning for Assault, 4th Degree (Child Abuse) and Resisting Arrest.

 

Both men were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Guy Fieri Stops in Bowling Green for Upcoming Show on Food Network

 

The following article is from www.kentuckytoday.com...

 

Several local businesses in Bowling Green have been keeping a huge secret for the past year - they will be featured in Food Network’s “Guy’s All-American Road Trip,” which is airing Friday at 8pmCT.

 

Restaurateur and TV personality Fieri and his family traveled to Bowling Green to film an episode of the second season of “Guy’s All-American Road Trip” last June. They visited the National Corvette Museum and Motorsports Park and Chaney’s Dairy Barn. They set up camp at Thousand Trails Diamond Caverns RV and Golf Resort in Cave City, and had Groovy Gus Donut Bus pull up, as well as Bucky Bee’s BBQ of Cave City.

 

“We had to keep it a secret for a long time,” said Carl Chaney, owner of Chaney’s Dairy Barn. “We couldn’t talk about it. We couldn’t promote it.”

 

Food Network spent two days filming at Chaney’s.

 

The first day was spent filming ice cream preparation. The Fieri family and the five families that they travel with for the show arrived the next morning and competed in an ice cream making competition.

 

“He (Fieri) is larger than life. It was really, really interesting. They all kind of gravitated around him,” Chaney said.

 

Groovy Gus Donut Bus pulled up to Thousand Trails Diamond Caverns RV and Golf Resort to serve doughnuts after a long day of activities.

 

Groovy Gus Donut Bus owners Steve and Cindi Garden said they are huge fans of Fieri and his TV shows.

 

“We watch every show he has. I mean, we love Guy Fieri,” Cindi Garden said. “The idea was just to meet him and serve him donuts. We didn’t care if we were filmed or not. It was an honor to feed them. He said it was good. ... His son loved the doughnuts.”

 

The Gardens had no idea when they pulled up to the campsite that they were going to be part of Fieri’s show. They were under the impression that they would just be serving doughnuts.

 

“They were filming for an episode and we didn’t even know it. After they told us that, we were like, ‘it’s a good thing we dressed up and cleaned the bus,’ “ Steve Garden said.

 

Fieri’s team found the Groovy Gus Donut Bus while researching the Bowling Green area. The Gardens were told that Fieri saw their food truck and said that they needed to be in the episode.

 

“He liked the vibe of the truck,” Cindi Garden said about their colorful 80s themed truck.

 

Bucky Bee’s BBQ of Cave City also served food for the families at the campsite.

 

“He said he really loved our brisket, and so I thought that was a really high honor, but it was a crazy experience,” said Ransom Buckingham, general manager of Bucky Bee’s BBQ.

 

Before Fieri arrived, Buckingham spent the day shooting promo shots for the show. He said he spent from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. shooting and re-shooting those promo shots, but that Fieri was able to do everything in one take once he arrived.

 

“He was witty and quick on his feet. He never stumbled. He never messed up. He always made sense with what he was talking about and was a really genuinely nice guy,” Buckingham said.

 

The local businesses were told to prepare for an increase in business after the episode airs.

 

“People that I talked to tell me that he has a very loyal following, and when he goes places, people really flock to it,” Chaney said.

 

“We think that it’ll definitely increase our business. I know from people that have dealt with him before that it really helped their business to increase. That’s something we’re definitely hoping for currently,” Buckingham said.

 

Fieri’s team told the Gardens that once the show airs, their business will be exposed to around 4 million viewers. They were told that some viewers of the show are food truck people and would travel to eat at the Groovy Gus Donut Bus just because Fieri had eaten there.

 

“We’d like to pick up some more business of course, but it’ll get our name out there to a whole new group,” Steve Garden said.

 

Rep. Sarge Pollock Appointed to Task Force on Annexation

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 29, 2023) – Rep. Sarge Pollock of Campbellsville will serve on the Kentucky General Assembly’s Task Force on Local Government Annexation, according to an announcement this afternoon from the office of House Speaker David Osborne. Legislative leadership created the panel to focus on issues pertaining to city annexation, as well as identifying both areas of improvement and potential solutions.

 

"I am excited to be appointed as a member of the task force addressing city annexation.” Said Representative Pollock. “With the dynamic landscape of local governance, it is important to approach these issues with a clear understanding how they affect communities in Kentucky. I look forward to the constructive dialogue with my colleagues in developing recommendations for the best path forward for our local governments here in the commonwealth. This is an area that needs our attention, and I remain committed to finding proactive solutions.”

 

With city annexation becoming a contentious issue in some areas of the commonwealth, members of the task force will delve into current statutory requirements on local governance, as well as consider the benefits and drawbacks of existing polices. City Annexation is executed for a variety of reasons, but the elements involved have become increasingly complex. Because of this, members will explore the effects of annexation on issues such as taxation, economic development, public safety, emergency services, and utilities.

 

“During the 2023 Regular Session, we addressed the juvenile justice crisis, lowered taxes, protected our public pensions, ensured access to reliable and resilient energy sources, and increased access to lifesaving medical services. We also passed legislation aimed at improving workforce shortages in health care, education, and law enforcement and moved to protect parent’s rights and ensure the individuals and institutions our children rely on are acting appropriately,” House Speaker Osborne said. “These accomplishments are the result of a productive interim. Our objective is to come into each session with an agenda aimed at building a brighter future for the people of our commonwealth. Task forces like this one have proven to be a vital tool, providing us with an opportunity to focus on issues as they develop.”

 

Task force members will meet throughout the 2023 Interim and submit their findings and recommendations to the Legislative Research Commission by December 4, 2023, for referral to the appropriate committee or committees.

 

Representative Pollock serves the state’s 51st House District, which includes Taylor County and Marion County. In addition to the task force, Pollock will serve on the interim joint committees on Agriculture; Banking and Insurance; and Tourism, Small Business, and Information Technology.

 

To follow the task force and other legislative work, visit legislature.ky.gov or follow the House Majority Caucus on Facebook and YouTube @KYHouseGOP

 

Weekend Arrests 5/28/23


Juan Gomez, 23 - arrested by KSP early Sunday morning for DUI, Failure to Signal, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle, and Careless Driving.

Hector Jimenez, 23 - arrested by the RSPD early Sunday morning for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.

Johnny Brandt, 35, of Jamestown - arrested late Saturday night by KSP for Rear License Not Illuminated, Improper Equipment, No License in his Possession, No Registration Receipt and No Registration Plates.

Matthew Polston, 31, of Russell Springs - arrested late Saturday night by KSP for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Improper Signal, and Rear License Not Illuminated.

Jimmie Crabtree, 73, of Jamestown - arrested on Saturday afternoon by Kentucky Fish & Wildlife for Public Intoxication, Indecent Exposure, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest.

Jessica McClister, 29, of Jamestown - Arrested on Saturday evening for Criminal Trespassing, Disorderly Conduct, and Contempt of Court.

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Nathan Harden, 36, of Jamestown - arrested on Saturday night by the ACSO for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol)

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Clifty Creek Accident Results in Death of Somerset Teenager


From Russell County Coroner Mark Coots...

 

Cameron Powell, 17, of Somerset, KY was pronounced dead at the scene of a motor vehicle accident at Clifty Creek Boat Ramp on Friday night, May 26, 2023 at 9:25pmCT by the Russell County Coroner's OFfice. Powell was taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort, KY for further evaluation of his injuries and exact cause of death.

 

The investigation is being conducted by Kentucky Fish & Wildlife Officers and the Russell County Coroner's Office. Further details will be released when available.

 

 

Russell Springs Fire Department Called out to Brush Fire

 

At 11:37amCT on Friday, May 26, 2023 the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department (RSVFD) swiftly responded to a reported brush fire at 269 Lakeway Drive. Thanks to their rapid action and dedication, no structures were damaged, and there were no reported injuries.

 

Within moments of receiving the emergency call, the RSVFD sprang into action, dispatching a team of ten highly trained firefighters to the scene. Their prompt arrival ensured that the fire was brought under control swiftly and effectively, preventing any potential escalation or harm to nearby properties.

 

The Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department worked tirelessly on-site for approximately 45 minutes. Their coordinated efforts and professional expertise were instrumental in containing the fire and safeguarding the surrounding area.

 

“We are immensely proud of the quick response and exemplary performance demonstrated by our dedicated team of firefighters,” said Chief Bobby Johnson of the RSVFD. “Their swift action prevented any damage to structures and ensured the safety of our community.”

 

The Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department extends their gratitude to the community for their continued support.

 

Russell County Man Arrested on Meth Charges

 
Johnathan Kent Stephens, 37, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Thursday night, May 25, 2023 and charged with Possession of a Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees, or Fines, and Failure to Appear. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Green County gets $270,000 in State Funds Toward Construction of Build-Ready Pad

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 25, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear highlighted the continued growth of the Kentucky Product Development Initiative (KPDI), as projects in Barren, Fayette, Green, Hickman, Jackson, Jessamine, LaRue, McCreary, Todd, Wayne and Woodford counties moved through the program’s initial round. The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) approved 11 projects today for over $6.8 million in state funding in addition to local support.

 

The KPDI program was established in 2022 and builds on the commonwealth’s dedicated effort to develop land and buildings in communities statewide to support new, well-paying jobs for Kentuckians and continued economic growth.

 

“When it comes to setting up the commonwealth for long-term economic success, the KPDI program is paving the way,” Gov. Beshear said. “I am thrilled to see this investment in another 11 projects across our state, which will fund critical site and building upgrades and improvements. These sites will attract quality businesses. Even more important: They will generate well-paying jobs for families throughout Kentucky.”

 

The Barren County Fiscal Court, in partnership with the Barren County Economic Authority, is extending water, sewer and natural gas infrastructure as well as grading 100 acres in the South Cooper Industrial Park. The total anticipated project investment is over $6.5 million, with KPDI funding exceeding $1 million for the site.

 

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, in partnership with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Industrial Authority Inc., will complete improvements to the Legacy Business Park. KPDI funds will provide $2 million to the project, with total improvements being just over $6 million.

 

The Green County Fiscal Court, in partnership with Green Economic Team Inc. of Greensburg, is seeking to construct a Build-Ready pad along with additional infrastructure improvements at the Greensburg Industrial Park. The nearly $600,000 project was approved today for close to $270,000 in state support.

 

The Hickman County Fiscal Court, in partnership with the Hickman County Industrial Development Authority, is building an entryway into the Enterprise Park Clinton, in addition to a water well and high-pressure pump work to attract new business to the community. KPDI funds will provide just over $75,000 with the Hickman County Industrial Development Authority matching, for a total of over $150,000 in site upgrades.

 

The Jackson County Fiscal Court, in partnership with Jackson County/McKee Industrial Development Authority, is seeking to increase the marketability of property within the Jackson County Regional Industrial Park by making it Build-Ready-certified along with other upgrades of the site. The $190,000 project was approved by KEDFA for $95,000 in state funds through the KPDI program.

 

The Jessamine County Fiscal Court, in partnership with the Jessamine County Joint Economic Development Authority Inc., is completing improvements to the Jenette Industrial Park to attract new business to its community. The site will see close to $3 million in improvements, with $1.2 million coming from state support through the KPDI program.

 

The LaRue County Fiscal Court, in partnership with LaRue County Industrial Foundation Inc., is seeking to acquire a property of approximately 69 acres for industrial development. The project was identified by an independent site selection consultant as having the potential for future investment/location of an economic development project and was approved for nearly $825,000 in improvements, with over $360,000 of that being state funds.

 

The McCreary County Fiscal Court in partnership with the McCreary County Industrial Development Authority is finishing construction on a speculative building. The total funding for the site is $2 million, with just over $410,00 provided through state funding.

 

Todd County Fiscal Court, in partnership with The Todd County Industrial Foundation Inc., is seeking to make infrastructure improvements to the Robertson Property, a vacant industrial development property in Todd County. KPDI funds will supply almost $300,000 with the total anticipated investment being $650,000.

 

The Wayne County Fiscal Court, in partnership with the Wayne County Industrial Authority, is seeking to extend water and sewer service at the Monticello Wayne County Business Park. The over $720,000 project was approved by KEDFA for $361,200 in state funds through the KPDI program.

 

The Woodford County Fiscal Court, in partnership with the City of Versailles, is providing water and wastewater improvements to an industrial site to attract future business. The $1.3 million project was identified by an independent site selection consultant and was approved for over $650,000 in state support.

 

Haley McCoy, president and CEO of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED), noted the importance of the KPDI program and thanked utility partners from across the state for their investment in these projects.

 

“We are so excited to see these 11 counties investing in the opportunities afforded by KPDI,” said McCoy. “As more Kentucky economic development assets are enhanced and developed, the sky is the limit for the amount of industry recruitment and business expansion we will be able to enjoy across our commonwealth. This program brings together strategic leadership and funding appropriations from the executive and legislative branches of government, as well as nonprofits and investments from Kentucky’s utility partners. We are grateful to Atmos Energy, Big Rivers Electric, Duke Energy, Kentucky Power, LG&E and KU, TVA, Touchstone Energy Cooperatives/EKPC and Louisville Water for investing to cover the cost of third-party consulting services to effectuate this program.”

 

Since March, Gov. Beshear has announced over $14 million in state funding for site and building development projects through the KPDI program with previous announcements in Adair, Allen, Breckinridge, Johnson, Laurel, Madison, Rowan, Russell and Simpson counties, as well as regional projects between Bell, Knox and Whitley counties and Greenup, Boyd, Carter, Elliott and Lawrence counties. Gov. Beshear previously announced 54 site and building development projects are requesting nearly $34 million in state funds during the first round of KPDI. The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development continues to review each project for a recommendation of approval by KEDFA in the coming months.

 

KPDI was established last year after Gov. Beshear and the General Assembly approved $100 million in funding for KPDI during its regular 2022 session. Applications are first evaluated by an independent consultant based upon all facets a prospective company would consider, from workforce availability, access to all infrastructure and detailed information on costs associated with development. In turn, these projects will generate increased economic development opportunities and job creation for Kentucky residents. KPDI furthers the efforts of the pilot PDI program, which was established in 2019 and provided nearly $7 million in state funding for 20 site and building development projects statewide.

 

Investment in site development throughout Kentucky furthers recent economic momentum in the commonwealth, as the state builds back stronger from the effects of the pandemic.

 

Since the beginning of his administration, Gov. Beshear has announced the creation of more than 46,300 full-time jobs and nearly 860 private-sector new-location and expansion projects totaling $26 billion in announced investments.

 

The Governor also secured the best two-year period in state history for economic growth.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Kentucky’s success has been noted by both S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings, which have upgraded the state’s financial outlook to positive in recognition of the commonwealth’s surging economy. On May 12, Gov. Beshear announced that his administration secured the first state-level credit rating upgrade in 13 years and the first-ever such upgrade from Fitch Ratings.

 

On May 25, Gov. Beshear announced that Site Selection magazine placed Kentucky at No. 1 in the South Central region and No. 5 nationally for its annual Governor’s Cup ranking for 2023, which recognizes state-level economic success based on capital investments.

 

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

 

Gov. Beshear recently announced a new “Supply Kentucky” initiative with the goal of boosting job growth, reducing costs and providing more security in the supply chains of our Kentucky companies.

 

The Governor also recently announced that Kentucky set the record for the longest period with the lowest unemployment rates in state history. On May 18, Gov. Beshear announced that Kentucky set a new historic low unemployment rate of 3.7%, which is the lowest rate ever recorded in the commonwealth.

 

For more information on KPDI, visit kpdi.ky.gov.

 

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

 

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

 

Unemployment Rates in Lake Cumberland Area

 

Unemployment rates fell in 78 counties between April 2022 and April 2023, rose in 25, and stayed the same in 17 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet.

Locally, unemployment rates dropped month-to-month in Adair and all surrounding counties. Comparing year-to-year, unemployment rates were unchanged in Adair and Casey Counties, down in Green, Metcalfe, and Taylor, and up slightly in Cumberland and Russell Counties.

 

Count CLF EMP UNEMP Apr23 Mar23 Apr22
Adair 7,111 6,822 289 4.1% 4.6% 4.1%
Casey 6,525 6,295 230 3.5% 4.0% 3.5%
Cumberland 3,405 3,303 102 3.0% 3.3% 2.6%
Green 5,025 4,873 152 3.0% 3.5% 3.3%
Metcalfe 3,867 3,733 134 3.5% 4.5% 4.2%
Russell 6,123 5,841 282 4.6% 5.3% 3.9%
Taylor 12,283 11,924 359 2.9% 3.4% 3.4%


Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 2.4%. It was followed by Caldwell, Carroll and Oldham counties, 2.5% each; and Anderson, Fayette, Henry, Nelson, Scott, Shelby, Spencer and Washington counties, 2.6% each.

 

Nancy, KY Man Arrested on DUI & Drug Charges

 

Christopher Compton, 42, of Nancy, KY was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update 5/25/23

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 25, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on memorials to honor law enforcement officers; economic development growth; grants to clean up brownfields; public safety; the decline in overdose deaths; the General Assembly’s inaction that will cause a gas tax increase; cancer awareness efforts; and recovery efforts in Eastern Kentucky He also named Erica Kegley, the Kentucky winner of the Doodle for Google contest, as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Star.

 

Honoring Law Enforcement Officers
This week, Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman attended events to honor and remember Kentucky peace officers lost in the line of duty. On Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Coleman joined the Kentucky State Police at their academy in Frankfort to recognize 37 law enforcement officers for the agency’s annual memorial ceremony. Today, Gov. Beshear joined law enforcement officers and their families in Richmond to honor seven fallen heroes who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2022.

 

The Governor also honored Caleb Conley, a decorated deputy of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, who was killed during a traffic stop on Monday.

 

“We are deeply grateful for the sacrifices these officers made and the sacrifices their families continue to make each and every day,” said Gov. Beshear. “We promise to never forget them and to continue to provide for them and honor them in any way we can.”

 

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

 

Gov. Beshear highlighted Kentucky’s continued economic success as Site Selection magazine placed the commonwealth at No. 1 in the South Central region of its newly released 2023 Prosperity Cup rankings, moving up two spots from last year’s third place position. Kentucky also placed in the top five nationally after ranking sixth in 2022.

 

On Wednesday at the Kentucky Truck Plant, Gov. Beshear joined Ford Motor Co. Executive Chair Bill Ford, Ford President and CEO Jim Farley and United Auto Workers leaders and employees to celebrate the arrival of the 2023 Ford F-Series Super Duty®.

 

The Governor highlighted continued growth in the state’s manufacturing sector as Halton, a leading manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation and air distribution systems, announced a $7.4 million expansion of the company’s facility in Allen County, creating 60 full-time Kentucky jobs.

 

The Governor highlighted continued growth of the Kentucky Product Development Initiative (KPDI), as projects in Barren, Fayette, Green, Hickman, Jackson, Jessamine, LaRue, McCreary, Todd, Wayne and Woodford counties moved through the program’s initial round. The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved 11 projects today for over $6.8 million in state funding in addition to local support.

 

Grants to Clean Up Brownfields
Today, the Governor and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman announced that 10 Kentucky communities and agencies have been selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to receive over $7.9 million in grant funding to assess and clean up “brownfields” – industrial and commercial properties that are known or suspected to contain contaminants. To read more, see the full release.

 

Public Safety
Gov. Beshear said that Kentucky State Police Troopers of Post 11 made a large drug bust in Laurel County during a traffic stop Sunday, and large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin were seized, along with drug paraphernalia. Trooper Trey Lovins obtained a search warrant and was assisted on the scene by several other troopers and members of the London Police Department and the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.

 

“Thank you to the troopers of Kentucky State Police Post 11 for your impressive work on this case. Because of you, even more dangerous drugs are off the streets, and the commonwealth has been made safer,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Kentucky Sees Decline in Overdose Deaths
The Governor announced that Kentucky is one of the few states seeing a decline in overdose deaths nationwide. A recent article from the Associated Press noted that Kentucky is one of eight states that saw a sizeable overdose death decrease last year, while the nation saw an uptick in deaths. The article notes that the decrease in overdose deaths is due to intentional work to address addiction and offer more treatment services.

 

“Our efforts are making a difference – in fact, they are saving lives. And that is what is most important,” said Gov. Beshear. “This work is never-ending, and we will continue to fight this drug crisis with everything that we can because, as I’ve said time and time again, one Kentuckian lost to drug overdose is one too many.”

 

General Assembly Inaction on Gas Tax
In June 2022, Gov. Beshear signed an emergency regulation to prevent the Kentucky state gas tax from increasing. Under Kentucky law, when the average wholesale price of gas goes up a certain amount, the gas tax will increase as well. Without the Governor’s action, the law would have increased what Kentuckians were paying at the pump by 2 cents per gallon starting July 1, 2022. The emergency regulation was estimated to help Kentuckians save up to $35.4 million through January 2023.

 

House Minority Floor Leader Rep. Derrick Graham filed House Bill 89, which included language to maintain the tax rate freeze through fiscal year 2024. Although the Governor urged the General Assembly to keep the gas tax freeze in place, the bill failed to pass. As a result, beginning July 1, the gas tax rate will increase another 2.1 cents per gallon in the commonwealth.

 

The Governor stated that, given Kentucky had the best General Fund collections in state history, it wouldn’t have been an issue for those dollars to be used to make up for any loss to the Road Fund. In fact, Kentucky is on track to meet the updated General Fund revenue estimate for fiscal year 2023, which would result in a budget surplus of about $1.5 billion.

 

“I want Kentuckians to understand this process because it impacts us all at the pump,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are doing everything we can to try to help keep more money in the pockets of our hard-working Kentucky families and to provide some relief in these challenging times.”

 

Brain Cancer Proclamation
Gov. Beshear signed and presented three proclamations that recognize advocates working to find a cure for childhood brain cancer. The Governor first recognized May 17 as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, Awareness Day in the commonwealth. To honor David Turner Jr., who died from DIPG, Gov. Beshear also declared May 21 as David Turner Jr. Ice Cream Day in Kentucky. The Governor then signed a proclamation recognizing May as Brain Tumor Awareness Month.

 

“Today, I want to celebrate some of the advocates who are working to find a cure for childhood brain cancer – something no kid should have to go through,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’re determined to make Kentucky a national leader in the fight against childhood cancer by raising awareness and funds for research. These advocates are heroes in this fight, and I am inspired by them.”

 

Eastern Kentucky Flood, February/March Severe Weather Update
The Governor provided an update on recovery and rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky. Currently, 106 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. Over 270 households have transitioned out of the Commonwealth Sheltering Program in Eastern Kentucky.

 

FEMA has approved more than $106.5 million in Individual Assistance grants. Since May 18, three more applicants have received the max grant of $37,900, bringing the total Housing Assistance max grants to $27.3 million for 721 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.

 

Gov. Beshear also updated Kentuckians on the severe weather that occurred in Feb. and March. Houses of worship impacted during the severe weather event from Feb. 15-20, 2023, located in one of the 22 declared counties can apply for FEMA public assistance by the June 8 deadline. Houses of worship impacted during the March 3-4 storms that are in one of the 12 counties added to the disaster declaration can apply by the June 18 deadline. Visit fema.gov for more information.

 

Team Kentucky All-Star
The Governor recognized Augusta Independent High School student Erica Kegley, whose art was recently chosen as the Kentucky winner of the Doodle for Google contest, and named her this week’s Team Kentucky All-Star.

 

Kegley’s art, titled “Mother and Daughter Relationships,” was inspired by her relationship with her own mother and depicts mother-daughter relationships throughout cultures and through animals and humans. Click here to see Kegley’s art. Gov. Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to support Kegley by voting for her art at doodles.google.com/d4g/vote.

 

“Erica, Team Kentucky is so proud of you. Thank you for representing our state well,” said Gov. Beshear. “I hope everyone will join me in supporting Erica and Augusta Independent by casting their votes today for the national competition.”

 

Adair Fiscal Court Approves Payroll Tax

 
At the Adair County fiscal court meeting on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 the 3/4 of 1% payroll tax passed by a vote of 4 to 3. 
 
Magistrate Terry Hadley made the motion for approval and Magistrate Sammy Baker seconded it. Voting yes, along with Hadley & Baker, was Magistrate Chris Reeder and Judge Larry Russell Bryant. Magistrates Terry Flatt, Billy Coffey, and Tony Denton voted against the payroll tax. Magistrate Mark Humphress did not attend the meeting.
 
The second & final reading of the payroll tax ordinance will be held at a future meeting of the Adair Fiscal Court.
 

Columbia Zoning Commission Special Called Meeting 5/30/23

 

The City of Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a special called meeting at 3:00pmCT on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY. The purpose of the meeting is to review site development plans for the Joy Ministries Crisis Resource Center located at 400 Greensburg Street.

 

Adair Counry Commodity Distribution

 

The Adair County Judge Executive, along with Lake Cumberland Community Action agency, are pleased to announce the distribution of another load of commodities on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 and Thursday, June 1, 2023 from 9:00am-1:00pmCT at the Jim Blair Recreational Center located at 901 Hudson St., Columbia, KY.  All Adair County citizens are welcome!

 

Area Arrests 5-25-23

 

Aiden Fields, 46, of Albany, KY was arrested by the Burkesville Police Department early Thursday morning. Fields was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree - Drug Unspecified.

 

Ricky Perdue, 42, of Burkesville, KY was arrested by the Burkesville Police Department early Thursday morning. Perdue was charged with Inadequate Silencer (Muffler), Careless Driving, No Registration Receipt, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Obstructed Vision and/or Windshield, Drug Paraphernalia - Buy/Possession, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth).

 

Both men were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Clarification Statement from Columbia Mayor Concerning Annexation

 
Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots has issued the following statement concerning the recent conversation at the Adair County Fiscal Court meeting.
 
Recent legislation enacted by the State of Kentucky General Assembly puts a one year hold on city annexation excepting under certain circumstances. Exceptions are allowed for economic development. It does not prevent an annexation if the property owner made a request for annexation, the property was contiguous to the City boundary, and the City provided notice to the County.
 
Don Franklin Ford is scheduled to construct a new building on 18 acres at the intersection of the Bypass and Hudson Street. The business requested annexation into the city due to economic development and utility services (gas) for the facility.
 
At Tuesday night’s Adair County Fiscal Court meeting, Judge Larry Bryant brought up the notification, and in his remarks mentioned the Cumberland Parkway and several businesses that were in the county.
 
This annexation is for the "18-acre site only" as was indicated in information provided to the fiscal court.
 
It was also indicated that the County possibly would lose their county taxes. That is incorrect. The property is in the City and in the County.
 

Russell County Community Blood Drive 5/25/23

 

The Russell County Community Blood Drive is scheduled for Thursday, May 25th, 2023. The blood drive will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the South Kentucky RECC Community Room. Donors will be entered to win a $100 gift card sponsored by Realtor, Brooke Bunch with Southern Nest Realty. All donors will also receive a Kentucky Blood Center t-shirt, while supplies last. The blood center needs approximately 400 blood donors daily to supply more than 70 hospitals in Kentucky.

 

Russell Springs City Council Special Called Meeting 5-23-23

The Russell Springs City Council met in Special Session on Tuesday.

 

The council approved the purchase of a Skid-Steer and a mini track hoe for a combined estimated price of about $121,000. The city has an older mini track hoe they plan to trade in on the purchase. The purchases would fulfill the equipment requirements of the city and both pieces are state contract.

Area Arrest 5-24-23

Area Arrest 5-24-23

 

Mary Sears, age 36, of Russell Springs, was taken into custody by Trooper Roark with the Kentucky State Police, just after 9 last evening. Sears was charged with Speeding 10 MPH Over the Limit, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, 1st Offense, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Substance, 1st, Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree – Drug Unspecified and Possession of Marijuana… She was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

Patrick Stapleton, age 25, of Columbia, was arrested by Officer Burton with the Columbia Police Department, just before 11:30 last night. Stapleton was charged with Receiving Stolen Property more than $10,000 dollars, he was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Adair County EDA Board Special Called Meeting 5/25/23

 
There will be a Special Called Meeting of the Adair County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors. They will meet in Executive Session on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. in the Training and Development Center/ Chamber of Commerce Building at 201 Burkesville Rd.
 

Area Arrest 5-23-23

Jose Casimiro, age 32, of Dunville, was arrested by Deputy Woolridge of the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, just before 5:30 yesterday afternoon. Casimiro, was charged with Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree, No Operators-Moped License, Failure to Produce Insurance Card and Failure to Report Accident in Excess of $500 dollars. He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

Columbia Police ask for Help Identifying Driver of Vehicle

The Columbia Police Department is seeking information regarding property damage which took place at a local business on Corporate Drive, off of Burksville Street, last Friday, May 19. 
This vehicle was recorded leaving the scene at approximately 11:23 PM. If anyone can provide information regarding the investigation please contact The Columbia Police Department at 270-384-4119 or Adair E911’s non-emergency number 270-384-6464.

Special Called Adair School Board Meeting 5/25/23

 

SPECIAL CALLED ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING ON THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2023 AT 6:00 P.M. IN THE BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM.

 

**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. CLOSED SESSION PURSUANT TO KRS 61.810 (1) (F) FOR THE SECOND JOINT MEETING WITH ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND THE SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH COMMITTEE CONCERNING THE SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH PROCESS
 

3. APPROVAL TO ADJOURN

 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 5/23/23

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 6:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. The meeting is open to the public.

 

AGENDA

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE                           

PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL

                           

1.      APPROVAL OF AGENDA

2.      APPROVAL OF MINUTES
            A.)   Regular Called Meeting - April 25, 2023
            B.)   Regular Called Meeting - May 9, 2023           

3.     DISBURSEMENTS

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

 

5.     TREASURER
            A.)   TREASURER’S REPORT                             

6.     BUDGET TRANFERS
            A.)   LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
            B.)   FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS                             

7.     BUDGET AMENDMENT

8.     COURT ORDERS

9.     READING OF ROADS
 

10.    ACTION ITEMS:                                            

            A)   APPOINT 3 COMMISSIONERS FOR REDISTRICTING OF COUNTY

           B)   JIM BLAIR BATHROOM BID OPENING & POSSIBLE AWARDING

           C)   HEALTH INSURANCE RATE DISCUSSION

           D)   APPROVE SHERIFF’S 2022 LOCAL TAX SETTLEMENT

           E)   PERMISSION TO ADVERTISE & PARTICIPATE IN REVERSE SALT AUCTION

           F)   AOC REIMBURSEMENT FORM

           G)   PERMISSON TO PUT IN ROAD TILE FOR FAIRGROUNDS

           H)   PERMISSION FOR DEPUTY JUDGE EXECUTIVE TO BE PUT ON BANK ACCOUNT TO SIGN CHECKS

           I)   JUDICIAL CENTER CARPET BID OPENING & POSSIBLE AWARDING

           J)   BREEDING AREA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT - REQUEST FOR ARPA FUNDS FOR RADIOS

           K)   PERMISSION TO SURPLUS JUDICIAL CENTER ITEMS

           L)   ADAIR FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS BUILDING DISUSSION

           M)   CITY'S REQUEST FOR ANNEXATION DISCUSSION

           N)   PERMISSION FOR JUDGE TO SIGN RESOLUTION FOR ARRAIGNMENT EQUIPMENT

           O)   PERMISSION FOR JUDGE TO SIGN GRANT PAPERWORK FOR JAIL ARRAIGNMENT EQUIPMENT

           P)   PEST CONTROL DISCUSSION

           Q)   APPOINTMENT TO EDA BOARD

           R)   DEPARTMENT NEEDS DISCUSSION

           S)   REVENUE DISCUSSION

           T)   PERMISSON TO CHANGE ADMIN CODE - 30 DAY WAITING PERIOD FOR INSURANCE

           U)   PERMISSION TO CHANGE ADMIN CODE - FOR PROCUREMENT

 

11.     OTHER BUSINESS

12.     PUBLIC COMMENTS

13.     ADJOURN

 

Black Bear Sightings in Russell County

 
A black bear was spotted on Sunday, May 21, 2023 in Jamestown near the elementary school. The KY Dept. of Fish & Wildlife urges residents to be aware of their surroundings and be cautious when outdoors. 
 
A couple of weeks ago, a black bear was spotted near Lake Cumberland State Park.
 
IF YOU ENCOUNTER A BEAR
Stay calm and remember that most bears do not want to attack you; they usually just want to be left alone. Bears may bluff their way out of an encounter by charging and then turning away at the last second. Bears may also react defensively by yawning, salivating, growling, snapping their jaws, and laying their ears back. Continue to talk to the bear in low tones; this will help you stay calmer, and it won't be threatening to the bear. A scream or sudden movement may trigger an attack.
 
Do NOT run - Bears can run as fast as a racehorse both uphill and down. Like dogs, they will chase fleeing animals.
 

Campbellsville Man Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Meth Trafficking and Firearms Offenses

 
Bowling Green, KY – A federal grand jury in Bowling Green returned an indictment on May 10, 2023, charging a Campbellsville, Kentucky, man with methamphetamine trafficking and firearms offenses.   
 
U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge R.  Shawn Morrow of the ATF Louisville Field Division, and Chief Mitch Bailey of the Campbellsville Police Department made the announcement.
 
According to the indictment, on November 13, 2022, Nicholas Zunker, age 35, possessed with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Zunker also possessed an SCCY CPX-1, a nine-millimeter semiautomatic pistol, and an SCCY CPX-2, nine-millimeter semiautomatic pistol. He was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he had previously been convicted of the following felony offense. On September 13, 2010, in San Joaquin Superior Court in California, he was convicted of illegal possession of a firearm and battery on spouse/cohabitant/parent of child. 
 
Zunker made his initial appearance last week before a U.S. Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. There is no parole in the federal system.    
 
This case is being investigated by the ATF and the Campbellsville Police Department. 
 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Yurchisin, of the U.S. Attorney’s Bowling Green branch office, is prosecuting the case.
 
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
 
An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
 

Tennessee Woman Airlifted to Lexington Hospital following Collision on Parkway

 
On Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 7:02pmCT, Adair County 911 received a call of a single vehicle collision near the 55 mile marker of the LBN Cumberland Parkway. Deputy Josh Durbin was dispatched to the scene along with emergency services personnel.   
 
The preliminary investigation indicates that 48-year-old Tammy Sanders of Tennessee was traveling east on the Cumberland Parkway when she lost control of her 2019 Dodge Charger. Initially, the vehicle struck the guardrail on the right hand shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle then traveled across the median and westbound lanes, continuing on and striking a rock wall head-on.    
 
Ms. Sanders was transported to TJ Health Columbia where she was taken to the helipad and airlifted to the UK Hospital in Lexington, KY.  
 
The investigation is continuing by the Adair County Sheriffs Office. Other responding agencies include the Adair County Fire Dept., Adair EMS, and Adair County 911.
 

Russell Springs Man Arrested on Outstanding Warrant

On May 20, 2023 at approximately 12:13 AM, Russell Springs Police Department Officer Blake Adamson served an outstanding warrant on Danny Proctor, 68, of Russell Springs. Mr. Proctor was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Tennessee Woman Airlifted Following Vehicle Collision on Parkway

 On 5-20-23 at 7:02 pm Adair County 911 received a call of a single vehicle auto collision around the 55 mile marker of the LBN parkway. Sheriff Deputy Josh Durbin was dispatched to the scene along with emergency services personnel. Preliminary investigation indicates Tammy Sanders age 48 of Tennessee was traveling east on the parkway when she lost control of her 2019 Dodge Charger. Initially the vehicle struck the guardrail of the right hand shoulder. The vehicle then went across median and westbound lanes. Vehicle continued on till it struck a rock wall head on. Sanders was transported to TJ Health of Columbia where she was took to the helipad and airlifted to University of Kentucky . 
    The investigation continues by the Adair County Sheriffs Office .   

Campbellsville Man Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Methamphetamine Trafficking and Firearms Offenses

A federal grand jury in Bowling Green returned an indictment on May 10, 2023, charging a Campbellsville, Kentucky, man with methamphetamine trafficking and firearms offenses.  

 

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge R.  Shawn Morrow of the ATF Louisville Field Division, and Chief Mitch Bailey of the Campbellsville Police Department made the announcement.

 

According to the indictment, on November 13, 2022, Nicholas Zunker, 35, possessed with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Zunker also possessed an SCCY CPX-1, nine-millimeter semiautomatic pistol, and an SCCY CPX-2, nine-millimeter semiautomatic pistol. He was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he had previously been convicted of the following felony offense. On September 13, 2010, in San Joaquin Superior Court in California, he was convicted of illegal possession of a firearm and battery on spouse/cohabitant/parent of child.

 

Zunker made his initial appearance last week before a U.S. Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. There is no parole in the federal system.   

 

This case is being investigated by the ATF and the Campbellsville Police Department.

 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Yurchisin, of the U.S. Attorney’s Bowling Green branch office, is prosecuting the case.

 

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

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

Boil Water Advisory in Russell Springs 5-22-23

There is a boil water advisory for Highway 1870 starting at Tonkin Drive to the Adair County line. Shepard Drive a section of Rose Street a section of Gentry  Mill Road and all other side roads.

 

Boat and Slip Damaged by Fire at State Dock

Jamestown and South Russell Fire Department dispatched to the State Dock for the report of a boat fire in the 300 slip area just after Sunday morning. On scene firefighters found one boat fully involved. Both occupants had safely gotten off before firefighters arrived. The boat was pulled from it, slipped by fire department personnel with fire suppression underway on the dock. The boat was successfully removed, but sank before it could be beached just outside the dock area. There was extensive damage to the slip, the boat was in, other boats and dock items received smoke and heat damage in the area. Firefighters were on scene about three hours. There were no injuries to bystanders, dock employees, or firefighters. Fire still under investigation at this time.

According to Jamestown Fire Chief Jeff Landers, I feel that both departments worked together great and did a great job considering how far we had to travel. Could have been worse. 

Assisted by Russell County  Sheriff's Department and Ky Fish and Wildlife 

 

Team KY Covid-19 Memorial Dedication Ceremony 5/24/23

 
Kentucky’s monument to honor those who died due to COVID-19 is nearly completed, and a dedication ceremony has been scheduled to take place next week on the grounds of the State Capitol. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 2:00pmET and the public is invited.
 
Gov. Beshear said “This is a memorial where people can come to remember those loved ones they’ve lost,” he said, “and also recognize the amazing sacrifices and heroism of our first responders, our health care heroes and others.
 
Kentucky native Amanda Matthews, an artist and chief executive officer of Lexington-based Prometheus Foundry, was commissioned to create the permanent Team Kentucky COVID-19 Memorial. It is located in the area of the Capitol grounds in Frankfort known as Monument Park.
 
The memorial, titled “United We Stand, Divided We Fall,” which is Kentucky’s state motto, will honor Kentucky’s losses and sacrifices since March 2020 and remind future generations of the challenges Kentuckians overcame together.
 
According to the Kentucky Department for Public Health, the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 18,000 Kentuckians, and more than 1.7 million in the state have tested positive for the coronavirus since the first case was reported in the state on March 6, 2020.

12 Counties (including Russell) Added to Federal Disaster Declaration Following March Storms

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 19, 2023) – Twelve counties that sustained damage from severe storms in early March have been added to the Federal Disaster Declaration for public assistance, Gov. Andy Beshear announced today.

 

The 12 additional counties are Boyle, Clinton, Fayette, Henderson, Jefferson, McCreary, Mercer, Pulaski, Russell, Shelby, Wayne and Woodford.

 

In April, Gov. Beshear announced that President Joe Biden approved his initial request for federal aid to assist with recovery efforts in 76 counties adversely affected by the March storms. At the time, the Governor said several counties were still undergoing the verification and validation process, and that once damage assessments are complete additional counties may be added to the federal declaration.  

 

“We thank the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local officials for working with us throughout this progress and are once again pleased to see more aid coming to help our communities recover,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

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.

 

All reported storm damage from the counties has been verified by Kentucky Emergency Management and validated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to confirm eligibility based on county-specific thresholds.

 

With the additional counties (in bold) added, the Federal declaration now includes Adair, Allen, Anderson, Barren, Bourbon, Boyle, Breckenridge, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Casey, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Crittenden, Cumberland, Daviess, Edmonson, Estill, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Gallatin, Garrard, Grant, Graves, Grayson, Green, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Hart, Henderson, Henry, Hopkins, Hickman, Jackson, Jefferson, Jessamine, Johnson, LaRue, Laurel, Lee, Lincoln, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Martin, McCracken, McCreary, McLean, Meade, Menifee, Mercer, Metcalfe, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Nelson, Nicholas, Ohio, Owen, Owsley, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Russell, Shelby, Simpson, Spencer, Taylor, Todd, Trigg, Trimble, Union, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Whitley, Wolfe and Woodford.

 

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.

 

More information regarding the federal response can be found on the FEMA website.

 

Taylor County Man Flown to Louisville Hospital Following Motorcycle Accident

 

On Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 5:10pmET, Campbellsville Police received a call of an auto collision with injuries on Kentucky 55 in the area of John Deere. 

 

A 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by 22-year old Ethan Sapp of Campbellsville, was traveling northbound on Kentucky 55 in the area of John Deere. According to witnesses, a vehicle in front of Sapp abruptly applied their brakes, at which point Sapp laid his motorcycle over causing it to slide across the southbound lanes of traffic. 

 

Sapp was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS and later flown to the University of Louisville Hospital.

 

Sgt. Adam Davis investigated the accident.

 

 

Gov. Beshear: Kentucky Sets New Historic Low Unemployment Rate

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 19, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said the state’s economy continues to boom as Kentucky set a new historic low unemployment rate of 3.7%. This is the first time a rate this low has ever been recorded in the commonwealth.

 

The seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2023 unemployment rate was released today by the Kentucky Center for Statistics. The preliminary April 2023 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from March 2023 and from the 3.8% rate recorded for the state one year ago.

 

Just last month at this time, Gov. Beshear announced that Kentucky has set the record for the longest period with the lowest unemployment rates in state history. In April, Gov. Beshear also announced that Kentucky has seen job growth over pre-pandemic levels, with nearly 46,000 more jobs in Kentucky than in February 2020.

 

“Our businesses and communities are thriving, and Kentuckians are working hard and providing for their families,” Gov. Beshear said. “Our record-breaking economy is what can happen when we put politics aside and focus on moving the state forward and doing what is best for all our families.”

 

The positive employment news follows an announcement by Gov. Beshear last week that his administration has secured the first-ever state-level credit rating upgrade from the major credit rating agency Fitch Ratings, which moved Kentucky’s rating up from AA- to AA. This is the first state-level credit rating increase Kentucky has received in 13 years, and it’s the first-ever state-level upgrade for Kentucky by Fitch.

 

The Governor said the increased confidence in Kentucky’s financial outlook will mean lower costs for taxpayers on the state’s investments in critical infrastructure projects – like roads, bridges and schools – which help move the state forward while helping our families.

 

Since the beginning of his administration, Gov. Beshear has announced the creation of approximately 46,000 full-time jobs and more than 852 private-sector new-location and expansion projects totaling $28.89 billion in announced investments.

 

The Governor also secured the best two-year period in state history for economic growth.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Site Selection magazine placed Kentucky second nationwide and first in the South Central region for its annual Governor’s Cup ranking for 2022, which recognizes state-level economic success based on capital investments.

 

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

 

Cumberland County Man Arrested on Drug Charges

 

Kevin Beagle, 24, of Burkesville, KY was arrested by Kentucky State Police on Thursday afternoon for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol .08 (3rd Aggravated Circumstances), Driving on a DUI Suspended License – 1st Offense (Aggravated Circumstances), Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree, and Possession of Marijuana. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 18, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on setting the lowest unemployment rate in state history; economic development projects; the first Recovery Ready Community; funding for transportation; the Community Crisis Co-Response Services Model Program; the Governor’s Safety and Health Awards; funding to support Kentucky children and families; and recovery efforts in Eastern and Western Kentucky. He also named Kentucky law enforcement officers as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Historic Low Unemployment Rate
The Governor said the state’s economy continues to boom as Kentucky set a new historic low unemployment rate of 3.7%. The seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2023 unemployment rate was released today by the Kentucky Center for Statistics. The preliminary April 2023 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from March 2023 and from the 3.8% recorded for the state one year ago. To learn more, see the full release.

 

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

 

The Governor congratulated JAVAD GNSS, a manufacturer of satellite navigation receivers, on its expansion in Kenton County. The additional U.S. facility will focus on research, development and engineering design for precision satellite navigation and will be a creative center for professional engineers in firmware development and electronic design. The Fort Wright office will create up to 20 well-paying engineering positions.

 

The Governor announced continued momentum in Kentucky’s manufacturing sector with a $51 million investment retaining over 400 jobs in Hancock County from Domtar Paper Co. LLC, a part of the Paper Excellence Group and currently the largest integrated manufacturer and marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America.

 

Gov. Beshear highlighted Kentucky’s continued investment in workforce training initiatives as he announced nearly $4.3 million in funding and credits to assist with the training of more than 19,000 Kentucky workers. Training funds and credits approved during this month’s Bluegrass State Skills Corp. meeting push the state’s support in fiscal year 2023 to over $10 million for 115 applicants throughout the state to train nearly 35,000 workers.

 

Gov. Beshear said Burrell Aviation, a company that develops, operates and invests in next-generation supply chain infrastructure that supports the non-passenger aviation industry, has announced they are building a new general air cargo facility at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). The new 80,000-square-foot cargo facility will include both associated offices and truck docks and will have airside access on approximately 4.5 acres on CVG’s campus.

 

The First Recovery Ready Community
The Governor announced that Boyle County has been designated as a Recovery Ready Community for its commitment to providing residents with access to addiction treatment and recovery support and removing barriers to the workforce.

 

Gov. Beshear said this is the first county to be approved for certification since the administration announced that applications were open in January. The program measures services to residents who are seeking help for drug or alcohol addiction in three different categories: prevention, treatment and recovery support. The Governor said more communities are soon to follow. To read more, see the full release.

 

Transportation Alternative Program Awards
Gov. Beshear announced more than $4.8 million in transportation funding to improve non-motorized transportation in five Kentucky counties. The awards include:

  • $2,318,400 to Scott County;
  • $1,378,400 to the City of London;
  • $576,000 to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government;
  • $376,609 to the City of Greensburg; and
  • $170,554 to Boyle County.

 

Funding for Community Crisis Co-Response Services Model Programs
The Governor announced $2.87 million in grant funding to implement a Community Crisis Co-Response (CCCR) model program. The model, which will be implemented before June 30, 2024, in up to 20 Kentucky municipalities, will establish co-response teams that partner law enforcement or other first responders with behavioral health experts. CCCR is intended to lower the distress of individuals in crisis and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and incarcerations.

 

“This is the next step in our goal to make Kentucky a national leader in mental health resources and programs,” Gov. Beshear said. “We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to help people. If we are equipped with the proper tools to handle these events, we will see fewer incarcerations, and more people getting the help they need.”

 

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is working with stakeholders to define the model. CCCR includes a behavioral health screening, transportation to care, referrals to follow-up services and support for family members. In addition, the grant funding will support first responders’ access to new tools and the capacity to care for individuals in crises. Additional funding is anticipated to be made available in state fiscal year 2025. A Notice of Funding Opportunity is expected to be released in early July.

 

“The framework for CCCR is being guided by the voices of those on the front lines who help Kentuckians in crisis every day, including youth, veterans, people for whom English is not their first language and rural and urban residents,” said Secretary Eric Friedlander. “The model that will be developed will uphold health and safety measures and will contribute to strong, resilient individuals and communities.”

 

Governor’s Safety and Health Awards 
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman presented the 2023 Governor’s Safety and Health Awards to Kentucky companies whose employees logged more than 50.2 million consecutive hours without a workplace injury or illness during 2022. To view a list of award winners, click here.

 

The Governor also highlighted that between fiscal years 2021 and 2022, the workplace fatality rate in Kentucky declined nearly 30%. During 2022, the Division of Occupational Safety and Health Compliance conducted 997 inspections to ensure safety in our workplaces.

 

“These statistics are worth celebrating, but we also know there is always work to be done,” said Gov. Beshear. “I want to thank the 2023 Governor’s Safety and Health Award recipients for your continued safety awareness efforts. It makes a difference. Kentucky’s economy is booming and to ensure that success continues, we must make the safety of our workers a priority. Let’s keep up the great work.”

 

Companies interested in learning how to improve workplace safety can contact the Kentucky Division of Occupational Safety and Health Compliance and visit kysafe.ky.gov.

 

AmeriCorps Funding to Support Kentucky Families
Gov. Beshear announced that more than $25.3 million is on the way to support the educational and social needs of Kentucky children and families. The funds include $14.7 million in AmeriCorps federal grants, combined with $5.8 million in private and public matching funds to provide help with housing, clothing and food to Kentuckians in need, as well as provide tutoring, teaching and other educational services for students in all grade levels through post-secondary education. Funds will also help health departments, senior centers and hospice facilities meet the basic needs of Kentuckians.

 

EKY and WKY Update
The Governor provided an update on recovery and rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky. Currently, 111 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. Over 270 households have transitioned out of the Commonwealth Sheltering Program in Eastern Kentucky.

 

FEMA has approved more than $106.4 million in Individual Assistance grants. Since May 11, three more applicants have received the max grant of $37,900, bringing the total Housing Assistance max grants to $27.2 million for 718 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.

 

Gov. Beshear announced another $3 million in awards from the Western Kentucky SAFE Fund, including:

  • $80,500 to Dawson Springs Independent Schools to recover lost revenue;
  • $2.5 million to Graves County to repair damaged roadways; and
  • $340,000 to Lyon County to repair damaged roads.


The Governor also announced almost $3 million in funding from the Eastern Kentucky SAFE Fund, including:

  • $500,000 to Clay County to assist with the strain of fiscal demands;
  • $370,000 to the City of Buckhorn to help with fiscal strain;
  • $2 million to Knott County to help ease financial strain; and
  • $121,000 to the City of Hindman to fund a FEMA match and assist with long-term recovery efforts.


As of this week, over $30.6 million 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.

 

The U.S. Small Business Association announced that nonprofits in the 22 declared counties from the Feb. 15-20 severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides and mudslides may be eligible for up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged real estate, machinery, equipment, inventory and other business assets. Nonprofits in Bell, Breathitt, Caldwell, Carter, Clay, Elliott, Floyd, Harlan, Hart, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell, Whitley and Wolfe counties that experienced losses as a result of the storms can visit sba.gov/disaster for more information.

Team Kentucky All-Stars
To celebrate National Police Week, the Governor named Kentucky law enforcement officers as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

“Our law enforcement heroes sacrifice daily to protect Kentuckians and keep our communities safe. As Governor, the former Attorney General and a dad whose family calls this great state home, I am eternally grateful to those who bravely serve,” said Gov. Beshear. “Kentucky is a safer place thanks to our officers, and I am so grateful for them and their families for the sacrifices they make.”

 

Old Gradyville Rd Closed Friday

 
Old Gradyville Rd. (on the Gradyville side) will be closed Friday, May 18, 2023 at 8:00amCT for tree removal, according to Adair County Road Foreman Barry Hamlett. 

Adopt a Highway Cleanup Underway in Russell County

 

Let's get together and do our part to CLEAN UP Russell County today!

 

From Lakeway Drive to the intersection of Hwys. 80 & 127. Safety vests and garbage bags can be picked up at the Chamber office. Once trash is collected, leave the bag on the side of the road and the state department will pick it up. Be sure to bring some gloves and wear closed-toe shoes. 

 

Cleanup continues until 4:30pmCT this (Thursday) afternoon.

 

Gracie Counseling Associates Expands in Columbia

 
GRACIE Counseling Associates LLC held a ribbon-cutting in recognition of their expansion. They have recently moved to Burkesville Street (formerly the Stotts Construction Company location.
 

Wayne Co. Man Charged with Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

 

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Electronic Crime Branch located and arrested Nathan Otis Grandon, 57, on charges related to a child sexual abuse material investigation.

 

Grandon was located, interviewed, and arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing a sexually explicit image of a juvenile online.

 

The investigation resulted in executing a search warrant at a residence in Monticello on May 17, 2023. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is still ongoing.

 

Grandon is currently charged with one count of distributing matter portraying a minor under the age of 12 in a sexual performance. This charge is a Class-C felony punishable by five to ten years in prison. Grandon was lodged in the Wayne County Jail.

 

Adair County School Board Meeting Agenda for May 2023

 

The Adair County School Board will meet on Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 6:00pmCT for the Regular School Board Monthly Meeting at the Adair County Board Conference Room.
 

AGENDA

*Meeting called to order*

**Open meeting with Pledge of Allegiance**

***Prayer***
 

1.    APPROVAL OF AGENDA

2.    APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

 

CONSENT AGENDA

3.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES

4.   APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT

5.   APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS

6.   APPROVAL OF EMERGENCY CERTIFICATION FOR SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR PER THE KENTUCKY EDUCATOR CREDITIALING SYSTEM GUIDELINE (KECS)

7.   APPROVAL OF AUDIT CONTRACT WITH SHAD ALLEN, CPA FOR THE 2023-2024 FISCAL YEAR

8.   APPROVAL OF THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR ACTIVITY FUNDS BUDGET

9.  APPROVAL OF SHORTENED SCHOOL DAY WAIVER TO KDE FOR A STUDENT

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10.  ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION

 

REGULAR AGENDA

11.   SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

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

13.   APPROVAL FOR LEASE AGREEMENT FOR THE TOTAL PURCHASE PRICE OF $152,516.56 FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL BAND TO PURCHASE THE NECESSARY INSTRUMENTS NEEDED FOR THE 2023/2024 ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND - Jordan Humphress

14.   APPROVAL FOR OUT OF STATE TRAVEL FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FBLA TO ATTEND THE NATIONAL CONVENTION IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA ON JUNE 26-JUNE 30, 2023.  ALSO REQUESTING TRANSPORTATION COSTS – JR Thompson

15.   APPROVAL OF EMPLOYEE SALARY SCHEDULES FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR – Jaimie Wisdom

16.   APPROVAL TO APPROVE THE TENTATIVE BUDGET FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR – Jaimie Wisdom

17.   APPROVAL OF 2023-2026 BANK BIDS – Jaimie Wisdom

18.   APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Jaimie Wisdom

19.   DISCUSSION/APPROVAL OF SCHOOL BUS/MAINTENANCE FUEL BIDS FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR – Steve Burton

20.   DISCUSSION/APPROVAL OF SCHOOL BUS TIRE BIDS FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR – Steve Burton

21.   BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – Steve Burton

22.   PUBLIC COMMENTS

23.   ADJOURNMENT

 

Columbia Police asking for Assistance in Identifying Suspect

 

Columbia Police need assistance in identifying this individual. If you have any information on his identity, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 270-384- 4119 or Adair E911 on their non-emergency line.

 

Adair County and Russell County Voting Locations 5/16/23

 

Voting is open in Russell County at Salem Elementary, Russell Springs Elementary, the ANC, and Jamestown Elementary until 6:00pmCT. 
 
In Adair County, vote at your regular precinct until 6:00pmCT.
 
EVERY VOTE COUNTS... GO VOTE!
 

2023 Session Results: Justice and Public Safety Legislation

 

By Representative Amy Wilson Neighbors

 

Keeping Kentuckians safe is one of the most important responsibilities of government. During the 2023 Regular Session, my colleagues and I made public safety a top priority. We approved several measures aimed at protecting our most vulnerable.

 

One of our top priorities this session was HB 3, which seeks to assess and potentially renovate Louisville Metro Government’s youth detention facility; outlines responsibilities for parental cooperation and penalties for failure to cooperate; requires that certain youths shall be automatically detained, define when juvenile court records should remain unsealed; and requires the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet (JPSC) to provide cognitive behavioral therapy, other evidence-based behavioral health programs, substance use disorder treatment, or treatment in a psychiatric facility for serious mental illness.

 

In addition to our work on the juvenile justice system, here are a few other justice and public safety measures we approved:

 

HB 78 - Clarifies the relationships prohibited by state incest laws by specifically listing them and closes a loophole to include a relationship between nieces, nephews, and uncles.

 

HB 83 – Requires judgment lien notices to contain the date of final judgment and establish expiration dates for judgment liens. The measure also provides that the expiration of a judgment lien may be postponed under qualifying circumstances.

 

HB 249 – Adds to the list of aggravating circumstances the intentional killing of a child under 12 and provides that individuals convicted of a capital offense with an aggravating circumstance could face the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

 

HB 262 – Toughens penalties in fatalities caused by driving under the influence by establishing the offense of vehicular homicide and provides that an individual arrested for a violation shall be detained in custody for at least 6 hours.

 

HB 338 – Allows those 70 and older to opt out of jury service instead of waiting for a judge’s approval.

 

HB 353 – Decriminalizes fentanyl testing strips by excluding testing equipment used to determine the presence of a synthetic opioid or its analogues in controlled substances.

 

HB 369 – Clarifies that the expungement of a series of felonies from a criminal record is consistent with that of someone with multiple felonies.

 

HB 535 – Clarifies the Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Center’s mission and relationship with other agencies to make the collection of data more efficient.

 

HB 568 – Merges the Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender Corporation with the state’s Department of Public Advocacy.

 

SB 9 – Establishes the crime of hazing in the first degree as a Class D Felony and establishes a Class A misdemeanor for hazing in the second degree.

 

SB 40 – Requires the state medical examiner to test for genetic heart abnormality known as cardiac arrhythmogenic syndromes when the cause of death is found “undetermined.”

 

SB 80 – Prohibits a sex offender from loitering within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds, daycares, public pools, and splash pads. SB 80 also establishes the crime of assault in the third-degree offense for those who assault emergency room healthcare workers.

 

SB 120 – Requires planned communities to register with the county clerk and provides guidelines to ensure financial transparency.

 

SB 123 – Allows notaries to perform notarial acts in another state if that act is performed in a civil action or legal proceeding originating in Kentucky. 

 

SB 126 – Establishes a process of obtaining a change of venue in civil actions against the state.

 

SB 199 – Criminalizes the use of tracking devices on motor vehicles without the consent of the owner. The legislation also clarifies language within DUI statute, and adds protections to hospitals who draw blood for DUI investigations if a person does not consent. 

 

SB 203 – Places additional safeguards on private medical records in court cases.

 

As always, I can be reached here at home anytime, or 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 LRC website www.legislature.ky.gov.

 

ACHS Class of 2023 Senior Week Activities

 

Adair County High School is excited to celebrate the Class of 2023 this week!

 

Beginning Monday, May 15, 2023 seniors or their guardians can stop by the ACHS front office to pick up the needed information to get tickets for the graduation ceremony. Each senior is given 10 tickets to give to whomever they would like to invite to the ceremony. Tickets are required for all guests over age 3. Once the ticket information sheet is picked up, tickets must be claimed online by 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Tickets that are not claimed will be made available to the public at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday morning.

 

Students who have guests that are handicapped may request special seating for those who are in a wheelchair or those who are unable to climb one or two steps. The bottom two rows of both sides of the gym will be reserved for handicapped seating on a first come, first serve basis. Handicapped seating requests can be made at the front office or through the online form that can be found on our Facebook page beginning Monday. Handicapped seating requests do not count toward the senior’s ticket allotment.

 

On Tuesday, May 16th, we will have the senior parade. Seniors should be at the ACHS student parking lot at 5:30 p.m. and the parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. The route will be from ACHS to Greensburg Street to the Square, then around the Square and ending at the stop light at City Hall. Students can park in the public lots if needed to remove vehicle decorations. The parade will be led by local first responders.

 

On Wednesday, May 17th, the day begins with Senior Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. This is for Seniors only. Following breakfast, we will have the senior class picture so Seniors should be sure to bring their cap and gown. After the class picture, we will have the Senior Walkthrough of ACHS and all other schools.

 

Also on Wednesday, the area youth ministers have organized this year’s baccalaureate program for seniors. The service will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Columbia Baptist Church.

 

On Thursday, May 18th, at 9:00 a.m. we will have our one and only graduation practice. Any senior planning to participate in the ceremony must be at this practice.

 

Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. is Senior Awards Night. Seniors will be recognized for receiving scholarships and other honors. Seniors who are receiving awards will be notified on Monday afternoon. Family and friends are invited to attend the ceremony.

 

Lastly, the graduation ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night, May 19th. Seniors should be in the cafeteria by 6:00 p.m. to get dressed and get lined up.

 

Following graduation, from 9:30 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. (midnight), we will have Project Graduation. Project Graduation is open to seniors and one guest. Guests must be in at least 9th grade and no older than age 20.

 

The last day of school for Adair County students is May 18th; Last day for staff is May 19th.

 

Strong to Severe Storms Possible Today 5/16/23

 

Numerous showers and thunderstorms will move east across Kentucky today. There is a risk for severe storms this afternoon and evening, most notably across the southern half of central and eastern Kentucky.

Thunderstorms may produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall, but large hail and a tornado cannot be ruled out. Locally excessive rainfall could result in flooding, mainly near and just south of the Interstate 64 corridor from southern Indiana through the Bluegrass Region and much of eastern Kentucky.

 

2023 Veterans Banners to be Placed in Downtown Columbia this Week

 
Banners will start being hung in downtown Columbia this week in honor of Veterans in our community. The service for dedication will be on Friday, May 26, 2023 at 9:00amCT at Columbia City Hall. Those Veterans are from the Vietnam War, Korean War, World War I, World War II, and active duty.
 
Following are the local Veterans who will have banners in their recognition. The U.S. flags and banners will start being placed next week.
 
Phillip Gaskins                        U.S. Army
Derek Cundiff                         U.S. Marines
Randall Jones                        U.S. Army
Joe Payne                              U.S. Army
Leland Grant                          U.S. Marines
Wallace Alexander                 U.S. Army
Bobby Kimbler                       U.S. Marines
Bernard Dunn                        U.S. Army
Sammy Hughes                     U.S. Army
Charlie Morrison                    WWI
James Abell                           U.S. Army
John Burr                               U.S. Army
Paul Smith                             U.S. Marines
Michael Callison                    U.S. Army
Orvis Grider                           U.S. Army
Travis Giles                           U.S. Army
Vince Giles                            U.S. Army
Ronald Burton                       U.S. Army
Brad Scholl                            U.S. Marines
Joe Spires                             U.S. Army
Tommy Corbin                       U.S. Army
C.W. Grant                            U.S. Navy
Bernard Janes                      U.S. Navy
William Coy Turner               U.S. Army
Joe Hare                               U.S. Army
Ronnie Holt                          U.S. Air Force
Russell Arnold                      U.S. Army
Walter Gene Hoots               U.S. Army
 
Shane Lee Pollard               U.S. Army
Harvey Dean Nash              U.S. Navy
William E. (Tootie) Corbin    U.S. Navy
William J. Burton                 U.S. Army
Ray G. Willis                       U.S. Army
Charles Caldwell                U.S. Army
Ronald Edwards                 U.S. Army
Eldridge Bragg                   U.S. Army
James King                        U.S. Army
Pamela King                      U.S. Army
Leon Huff                           U.S. Army
Benjamin Hadley               U.S. Army
Sammy King                      U.S. Army
Edwin Downey                  U.S. Army
Billy Fletcher                     U.S. Army
Noel Hayes                       U.S. Army
Hindman Loy                    U.S. Army
John William Guillion        U.S. Army
William O. Pendleton        U.S. Army
Billy Sullivan                     U.S. Army
Edward Grider                  U.S. Army
Vernon Williams                U.S. Army
William F. Keys                 U.S. Air Force
Caleb Arnold                     U.S. Army Ranger
Ronald Goetz                   U.S. Air Force
Arlin Wheet                       U.S. Army
George Claywell               U.S. Army
Jordan Baker                    U.S. Air Force
James Smallwood            U.S. Army
John D. Lowe III               U.S. Navy
William Phelps                 U.S. Army
Liston Moore                    U.S. Army
Herman Chelf                  U.S. Army
William Feese                  U.S. Army
Lucian Edwards               U.S. Army
 

May Proclaimed "DeMolay Month" in Columbia

 

The month of May has been proclaimed as "DeMolay Month" in Columbia in recognition of the local DeMolay Chapter.

 

The local youth group does several community projects through the year. Next weekend they will be placing flags on veterans’ graves in cemeteries throughout Columbia and Adair County. They also assisted with the recent Duck Derby, are participating with the Memorial Day dedication of the banners on the square, the food pantry, and did duffel bags with essentials for children in foster care.

 

“We appreciate the DeMolay Group and their commitment to our community,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots.

 

In photo:  Zach Burton, Easton Burton, Thomas Erler, Tyler Murphy, Charles Grant, Mason Grant, and Brayden Stargel; along with leaders, Curtis Grant and Davey Burton.

 

Adair County Indictments 5/15/23

 

An Adair County Grand Jury has returned numerous indictments. We remind you that indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.

 

ACSO Arrests Tennessee Man Following Traffic Stop

 

On Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 11:50pmCT, Adair County Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch initiated a traffic stop on a 2003 Nissan Altima, 8 miles north of Columbia on KY 55. The operator was found to be operating on a suspended drivers license and after further investigation, was found to be in possession of illegal substances.

 

Doug Miller, 35, of Morristown, Tennessee was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:

  • Possession of a controlled substances 2nd degree
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Operating on a suspended license &
  • Failure to produce insurance

 

The ACSO is continuing the investigation.

 

Perryville Man Arrested on Warrant by RSPD

 

On Monday morning around 2:30amCT, Russell Springs Police Department Officer Blake Adamson served an outstanding out-of-county warrant on Andrew Caldwell, 36, of Perryville, KY. Caldwell was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Columbia Police to Help with ACHS Senior Parade

 

The Columbia Police Department will be assisting with Adair County High School’s Senior Parade again this year. The parade will take place on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 6:00pmCT. 


The parade will start from Indian Drive and turn left on Greensburg Street. From there it will continue to the Public Square before turning on Campbellsville Street and ending at Columbia City Hall.

 

Head-on Collision Claims Life of Adair County Man

 

On Friday, May 12, 2023 Adair County 911 received a call of a 2-vehicle injury collision on KY61 south, approximately 5 miles from Columbia.

   

Adair County Deputies Jason Camfield and Chris Tweedy responded to the head-on collision with one of the two idndividuals involved being unresponsive with severe injuries.

 

The preliminary investigation shows that 81-year-old Freddie Loy of Columbia, KY was operating a 2007 Kia passenger car traveling south on KY 61 and was attempting a left turn onto KY 768. Chasity Wooten, 39, of Columbia, KY was operating a 2020 Toyota Camry and was traveling north on KY 61. Mr. Loy turned into the path of Ms. Wooten and the vehicles collided.

 

Freddie Loy was not wearing a seatbelt and was transported to TJ Health Columbia by Adair EMS where he was pronounced deceased. Chasity Wooten was transported by Adair EMS to TJ Health Columbia for treatment of her injuries.

 

The collision is being investigated by Deputy Jason Camfield who was assisted by Deputy Chris Tweedy. Other agencies responding to the scene were Adair County EMS, the Breeding Fire Department, Kentucky State Police, and the Adair County Coroners Office.

 

Area Arrests 5-15-23

 

Krystal Gabbard, 36, of Russell Springs was arrested by Kentucky State Police early Monday morning. Gabbard was charged with No Registration Receipt, No Registration Plates, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, 1st Offense, Operating Motor Vehicle with Expired Operators License, Operating Motor Vehicle under the Influence Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified).

 

Justin Gabehart, 33, of Russell Springs was arrested by KSP on Sunday night. Gabehart was charged with Driving on a DUI Suspended License, No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.

 

Christopher Dickson, 24, of Columbia was arrested by Kentucky State Police on Sunday night for Inadequate Silencer (muffler), Driving on a DUI Suspended License, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.

 

All 3 were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Columbia now a Site for "Little Free Library"

 
The City of Columbia, KY is now a Charter member for the Little Free Library. According to their website, they have over 150,000 libraries in 120 countries with over 300 million books shared.
 
The local Little Free Library is located at the corner of Campbellsville and Reed Street Streets next to City Hall. The purpose of the Little Free Library is to take a book and share a book. If you want to donate multiple books, please see Jada Atwood at City Hall.
 
This library will be for adults. “If this works well, we eventually would like a library for children,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots.
 
Jada Atwood is shown with the Little Free Library at the corner of Campbellsville Street & Reed Street.
 

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Taylor County Man on Child Pornography Charges

 
Bowling Green, KY – A federal grand jury in Bowling Green, Kentucky, returned an indictment on May 10, 2023, charging Robert Blake Merryman with producing, distributing, and possessing child pornography. 
 
U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky and FBI Special Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen of the Louisville Field Office made the announcement.  
 
According to the indictment, on April 6, 2023, in Taylor County, Kentucky, Merryman used a minor male under 2 years of age to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct, and the visual depiction was transmitted in interstate commerce by computer.  
 
If convicted, Merryman faces a maximum sentence of 70 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. There is no parole in the federal system.
 
The FBI is investigating the case.
 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Madison Sewell, of the U.S. Attorney’s Bowling Green Branch Office, is prosecuting the case.
 
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.  For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”
 
An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Area Arrests 5-12-23

 

Zachary Mann, 21, of Park City, KY was arrested by Jamestown Police Officer Wesley on Thursday night. Mann was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Receiving Stolen Property 10,000 Dollars or More and Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth).

 

Victoria Hurley, 26, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Officer Wesley with the Jamestown Police Department on Thursday night. Hurley was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia.

 

Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 11, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack attended the Team Kentucky update to inform Kentuckians of the passing of Virginia Moore and to provide updates on public health; early voting; economic development; April 2023 general fund receipts; a counterdrug program; further support for law enforcement; rebuilding efforts in Eastern and Western Kentucky; National Police Week; and the 31st annual Letter Carriers Food Drive. He also named three Kentucky students selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Virginia Moore Tribute
Gov. Beshear started today’s update by honoring Virginia Moore, the executive director of the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, who passed away Saturday. Moore led a national effort to ensure American Sign Language was included at every public press conference, which sparked a wider effort across the United States.

 

“I will miss her. I know her family, loved ones, her beloved dogs and Kentuckians across this state will miss her too,” said Gov. Beshear. “But as Virginia would remind us in our grief: We will get through this; we will get through this together.”

 

Public Health
Dr. Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), updated Kentuckians on changes to data, testing, vaccines and treatment as the national public health emergency for COVID-19 ends today. Hospital data will only be reported weekly, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disease transmission map and community level maps will no longer be published and national COVID-19 immunization data will no longer be complete because states will no longer be required to report it.

 

Bivalent COVID-19 vaccines will remain available via pharmacies, health departments and medical offices. Testing will also change as insurance companies will no longer be required to provide eight free monthly tests per person. Antigen tests will still be available in stores. The most-used oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19, Paxlovid, will still be available at pharmacies. Eventually, these medications and vaccines will be treated by insurance companies like other prescriptions and vaccines. By the end of today, kycovid19.ky.gov will reflect these changes.

 

“Team Kentucky, as the national COVID-19 public health emergency declaration ends today, I hope we’ll take a moment to be grateful that we have indeed gotten through this and that we have gotten through it together,” said Dr. Stack.

 

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

 

“Whether you do it over the next few days or on Tuesday, do go vote. This is your chance to take an active role in our democratic process and to make your voice heard,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Economic Development
The Governor highlighted continued growth in Kentucky’s vast manufacturing sector as Big Rapids Products plans to extend its Montgomery County presence with a $4.5 million expansion that will create 44 additional full-time jobs.

 

April 2023 General Fund Receipts
Gov. Beshear announced that the Office of State Budget Director reports that April’s General Fund receipts were the second highest ever. The Governor said the receipts were slightly lower than last April due to the reduction in the individual income tax rate he signed into law this year. Collections for April were more than $1.7 billion, a 4.5% growth in the first ten months of fiscal year 2023.

 

“It is absolutely true that Kentucky is an economic powerhouse and that we are creating good-paying jobs for our families,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are in the midst of the best economic roll that Kentucky has ever been on.”

 

Counterdrug Program Helps Save Lives  
Today, the Governor joined representatives of Kentucky’s Counterdrug Program to praise them for supporting the seizure of 142 pounds of fentanyl over seven months that could have caused almost certain death for more than 28.9 million people. The Governor then moved to continue the team’s work of disrupting the supply of illicit drugs in the commonwealth by signing the fiscal year 2024 State Drug Interdiction and Counterdrug Activities Plan. To read more, click here.

 

HB 155 Signing
To further support law enforcement, Gov. Beshear ceremonially signed House Bill 115, sponsored by Rep. Bill Wesley of Ravenna, which adds the definition of “electronic detection dog” and “police dog” and adds them to the statute for assault on a service animal which is a Class D felony. To read more, click here.

 

EKY and WKY Update
In early March, a storm hit Kentucky, causing several deaths and widespread property damage. The Governor announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) declared 40 Kentucky counties as disaster areas due to damage caused by the storm. The USDA also named 35 contiguous counties where eligible family farmers may qualify for emergency loans through the Farm Service Agency. Loan applications are for severe physical losses only and will be accepted through Dec. 28 this year. More about the loan applications can be found on the USDA’s Farm Service Agency website.

 

Gov. Beshear announced that his initial request for federal aid to assist with recovery efforts in 22 Kentucky counties adversely affected by severe storms Feb. 15 through Feb. 20 has been approved by President Joe Biden. For more information, click here or visit fema.gov/disaster/4702.

 

The Governor said that nine households are still being sheltered through the Commonwealth Sheltering Program in Western Kentucky. Currently, five travel trailers are occupied at commercial locations, while four trailers remain at a private site. So far, 114 households have transitioned out of the program.

 

Gov. Beshear provided an update on recovery and rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky. Currently, 114 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. Nearly 270 households have transitioned out of the Commonwealth Sheltering Program in Eastern Kentucky.

 

FEMA has approved more than $106.2 million in Individual Assistance grants. Since May 9, two more applicants have received the max grant of $37,900, bringing the total Housing Assistance max grants to $26.9 million for 715 survivors.

 

Two days ago, FEMA announced the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management will be reimbursed by FEMA for $16 million spent by the state in response efforts to protect the immediate health and safety of impacted citizens. The commonwealth will not be required to match the federal award with state funds.

 

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 Governor announced that the state has hired a program management team to manage the planning and development of residential communities in Eastern Kentucky. The team includes HA Spalding Engineers, based in Hazard, and Bell Engineering, with offices in Lexington, Somerset and Hopkinsville. The companies will:

  • Execute the design, engineering and construction process for items such as roads, bridges, utilities, sidewalks, streetlights, and neighborhood layouts; and
  • Coordinate with the commonwealth, Team East Kentucky Relief Fund, the Kentucky Housing Corporation and our non-profit home builders to begin home construction.


"As residents of Eastern Kentucky, all of us at HA Spalding know someone who lost their home and all of their possessions,” said Lisa Townes, project engineer at HA Spalding. “We look forward to the opportunity to help develop new infrastructure for new communities that are safe for our residents to call home. There’s been an amazing amount of work done so far, but we’re excited to continue and push forward.”

 

“It is our goal to build residential communities that capture the spirit, the heritage and the cultural of central Appalachia,” said Mark Arnold, senior landscape architect at Bell Engineering. “We want to not just build subdivisions where people live because they don’t have a choice, but build places were people want to put down roots, build real communities and begin to reestablish their lives. That’s what is really important to us. We are going to work really hard to get there.”

 

National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day
The Governor encouraged Kentuckians to join him next week for National Police Week to honor the commonwealth’s law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty and the nearly 8,000 officers who continue to serve and create a safer Kentucky for future generations.

 

Gov. Beshear will be directing flags at all state office buildings to be lowered to half-staff on Monday, May 15, in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day. He also said that the commonwealth is preparing to add the names of seven law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2022 to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial at the annual ceremony May 25.

 

Letter Carriers Food Drive Day and Proclamation 
The Governor proclaimed May 13 as Letter Carriers Food Drive Day in Kentucky and encouraged Kentuckians to participate in the country’s largest one-day food drive. Kentuckians can participate in the 31st annual Letter Carriers Food Drive this Saturday by leaving a bag of nonperishable food next to their mailbox for postal workers to collect.

 

“Although this is a national drive, the food you donate will go to a local food drive in your community. So, you will be directly helping out your neighbors,” said Gov. Beshear. “If you are able, please consider donating. Also, be sure to thank your mailman or woman for all of their hard work to make the drive possible.”

 

“This drive started in the early nineties and Louisville was a pilot site,” said Bob McNulty, president of the Kentucky State Association of Letter Carriers. “It started because in the summer vacation months, kids weren’t getting food because school was out. We are very grateful for what the Governor’s administration has done to see the kids get food all year round. We’re glad to be a part of it.”

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Gov. Beshear named the three Kentucky students who were designated as U.S. Presidential Scholars by the U.S. Department of Education as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. Scholars are selected based on academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as a commitment to community service and leadership. The three Kentucky students that were selected are:

  • Cecelia Ann Rogers from Nelson County High School;
  • Beatriz Oliveira Antunes from South Warren High School; and
  • Arnav Dharmagadda from Russell High School.

“You all made Kentucky very proud! I know this is just the beginning of the great things we will be seeing from you,” said Gov. Beshear. “I am happy to name you as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.”
 

Adair Clerk's Office Closed Election Day


The Adair County Clerks Office will be closed Tuesday, May 16, 2023 due to the 2023 Primary Election. Staff will be in the office but will be doing Election only.  This enables the Clerk’s Office to give 100% to the Election process. They will resume normal business hours on Wednesday, May 17th.

 

Adair Man Arrested on Felony Theft Charges

 

On April 14th, 2023 Sheriff Josh Brockman initiated an investigation into the theft of harvested timber. The white oak logs had been brought to Downey’s Saw Mill on KY 61 on April 12th and unloaded. The following day when the logs were going to be taken up, they were gone. The logs appeared to have been dragged around to the back of the mill and loaded.  
   

The Investigation led to the logs being found in Cumberland County where they had been sold to a local mill. Sheriff Brockman obtained probable cause to swear out a warrant for the arrest of 33-year-old Brandon Greer of Adair County in relation to the theft.

On April 14th, 2023 Greer was located and arrested on the warrant by the Campbellsville Police Department. He was lodged in the Taylor County Jail on charges of Receiving Stolen Property over $1,000. Greer will be brought back to Adair County to face the charges.  

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation and was assisted by Cumberland County Sheriff Keaton Williams.

 

Russell Springs Boil Water Advisory 5-11-23


There is a boil water advisory for Russell Springs water district customers starting at 3600 East Hwy 80 to 3962 East Hwy 80. Boil water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes until further notice.

 

Russell County Man Indicted on Murder Charges


The Russell County Grand Jury met Tuesday in special session to review the case of a Russell Springs man that was indicted Tuesday on murder and other charges stemming from a wreck that occurred on Jan. 2 in which a Russell Springs woman died.

 

According to the indictment released Tuesday evening by Circuit Clerk Tony Kerr, 23-year-old Alex Lopez Entzin was indicted by a Russell County grand jury on charges of murder, driving under the influence, speeding 14 mph or more over the limit, no operator’s license, reckless driving, and failure to give an oncoming vehicle half of the roadway.

Entzin was arrested in February on the charges after the two-vehicle wreck that occurred in January on North Highway 127 that claimed the life of 75-year-old Wanda Wethington. Entzin is being held on a $500,000 cash bond and is scheduled for arraignment on May 23 at 10 a.m. in Russell Circuit Court.

 

CPD K9 "Rowdy" Receives Donation of Body Armor

 

Columbia Police Department’s K9 "Rowdy" has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Rowdy’s vest was sponsored by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Jesse Stevens”.


Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States.This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 5,077 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.  


The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate.  There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.


Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $985 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1800.00, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty. 

 

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.

 

Jamestown Woman Taken Into Custody On Outstanding Warrant

 

Barbara Austin, 34, of Jamestown, was served with an outstanding warrant. RSPD Officer Blake Adamson was the arresting officer and Austin was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Russell Springs Fire Department Responds to Structure Fire

 

On Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 10:53amCT this morning, the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire located at 464 Bluebird Drive. 13 firefighters were dispatched to the scene and worked tirelessly for approximately 3 hours to contain the fire.

 

Thanks to the quick response and efforts of our dedicated firefighters, the fire was contained to the kitchen and living room area of the home. There were no injuries reported in this incident.

 

The Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank the community for their continued support and remind everyone to practice fire safety in their homes. Always have working smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher readily available. Additionally, remember to have a fire escape plan in place with your family to ensure everyone can evacuate safely in the event of a fire.

 

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, and further information will be released as it becomes available.

 

Veterans' Banners Hung in Columbia 5/26/23

 
The dedication of the Veterans’ banners on the Public Square in Columbia will be held on Friday, May 26, 2023 at 9:00amCT at the front entrance to City Hall. This year, 68 banners will be hung representing veterans from World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and active service. Retired Major, U.S. Marines, Paul Smith will be giving remarks. The public is invited to attend.

Two Adair County Men Arrested on Monday...

 

Benjamin Shroyer, 43, of Columbia was arrested by KY Fish and Wildlife Officer Berry on Monday afternoon. Shroyer was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 3rd or Greater Offense (METH), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Synthetic Drugs – 1st Offense.

 

Marcus Yarberry, 27, of Columbia, was arrested by Officer Necessary of the Columbia Police Department on Monday afternoon. Yarberry was charged with Strangulation 1st Degree, Persistent Felony Offender 2, Unlawful Imprisonment, Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree, Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury and Criminal Mischief 2nd degree.

 

Both Men were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Russell County Fiscal Court Recap 5-8-23

 

Russell County Judge Executive Randy Marcum spoke with WAVE NEWS following Monday's Russell County Fiscal Court meeting and shared what took place...

 

 

2nd Annual Columbia Duck Derby a Success

 
The 2nd annual Duck Derby for Columbia was held Saturday at McKinney Landing on Russell Creek.
 
“We would like to thank everyone who participated,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots. “All the people who donated prizes, helped with the derby, and everyone who bought a duck.”
 
Prizes for this year’s derby were donated by: First and Farmers, Community Trust, UCB, Walmart, PVA Landon Edwards, David and Tina Thomas, Paul and Cathy Abell, Doug Hoots, TJ Health Columbia, and the Adair County Health Department.
 
The DeMolay Group helped for the second consecutive year. Landon Edwards and Angie Cowan assisted with the organization and derby. Around 70 people were at the event on Saturday. 
 
Prizes were won by: 
Cady Edwards
Jimmy Bailey
Briley Brockman
Roy Rademacher
Noraly Bruns
John Molesky
Jimmy Bailey
Baylor Brockman
Brad West
John Molesky
Cady Edwards
Noraly Bruns
Sharon Payne

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting Tuesday Morning

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular called session Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 9:00amCT in the basement of the Adair Annex. The meeting is open to the public. 
 
 
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. PUBLIC COMMENTS
  8. ADJOURN

 

RSPD Reports 2 Arrests

 

The Russell Springs Police Dept. arrested two individuals over the weekend...

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

ACSO Responds to Multi - Vehicle Injury Accident on KY 55

 

On Friday, May 5, 2023 at 5:29pmCT, Adair County 911 started receiving multiple calls of a 3-vehicle collision with injuries 2 miles north of Columbia. 

   
Upon arrival on scene by law enforcement, it was confirmed to dispatch that one patient had been ejected and was unresponsive. Officers also advised that one vehicle was on fire and all 3 lanes were blocked.  

Preliminary investigation shows that Shondall Thorpe, 47, of Columbia, along with her passenger, Paul Thorpe, 32, was stopped in the left lane of KY 55 north. She was operating a 2004 Toyota 4 Runner and was waiting for traffic to clear so she could make a left turn into a local business.

32-year-old Brook Gains of Manchester, KY was traveling north on KY 55 in a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, when she entered the left lane, which serves as a passing and turning lane, and failed to see that Thorpe was stopped awaiting to turn. Ms. Gains struck Thorpe in the rear and knocked her Toyota 4 Runner into the southbound lane of KY 55. When Thorpe’s vehicle entered the opposing southbound lane, it was struck head-on by a 2005 Chevrolet truck, operated by 17-year-old Alex Edwards, who had no time to react or try to avoid the collision.

Shondall Thorpe was ejected from the vehicle and came to rest 62 feet from where her vehicle came to rest.  

The Adair County Fire Department cleared a landing zone in the roadway and Shondall Thorpe was airlifted from the scene to the University of Louisville Hospital with serious injuries.   
 
Her passenger, Paul Thorpe, was treated and released. All other parties, including a passenger with Edwards, 20-year-old Wesley Edwards, refused medical transport and sought treatment by private vehicle.  

The accident was investigated by K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten with assistance from Sheriff Josh Brockman. 
 
Responding agencies include Adair County Sheriffs Office, Columbia Police Department, Adair County EMS, Adair County Fire Department and Emergency Management. 
 

2023 PRIMARY ELECTION INFO.

 
In Adair County:
 
In-Person Excused Absentee Voting will continue this Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, May 8-10, 2023 at the Adair County Clerks Office during normal business hours Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:00pmCT. You must meet qualifications and bring proof of ID.
 
In-Person No-Excuse Absentee Voting (Early Voting) will be held May 11, 12, and 13, 2023 from 8:00-4:00pmCT in the Adair County Annex Basement. Come through the front doors of the Annex and take the steps or elevator to the basement. Must bring proof of ID.
 
There will be no voting at any location on Monday May 15th.
 
Voting on Election Day, Tuesday, May 16, 2023 will be held at your precinct of registration. Only the regular precincts will be open on Election Day from 6:00am-6:00pmCT. Again, you must bring off proof of I.D.
 
 
In Russell County:
 
EXCUSED ABSENCE VOTING is available at the Russell County Clerk's office May 8-9, 2023 from 8:00-4:00pmCT.
 
EARLY VOTING will be available at SKRECC on May 11-13 from 8:00am-5:00pmCT. 
 
Voting on Election Day will be held at Salem Elementary, Russell Springs Elementary, the ANC, and Jamestown Elementary Schools from 6:00am-6:00pmCT.
 

Kentucky Headhunters at 2023 Downtown Days Festival

 
This year, the Grammy award winning Kentucky Headhunters of Metcalfe County will perform at Downtown Days on Saturday, October 14th, 2023 on the Public Square in Columbia. Band members include Richard Young, Fred Young, Greg Martin & Doug Phelps.
 
The WAVE will have more details available at a later date.

RSPD Arrest Somerset & Russell Springs Men on Saturday

 
Samuel Rose, 33, of Somerset - arrested on Saturday night by the RSPD for Reckless Driving, DUI, Fleeing or Evading Police (in motor vehicle and on foot), Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
 
Waylon Smith, 33, of Russell Springs - arrested by the RSPD on Saturday night for Bail Jumping, Failure to Appear, and Persistent Felony Offender.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Adair County Man Charged with Sex Abuse ...

 
Walter Ray Vanwinkle, 39, of Knifley, KY was arrested by KSP on Friday night for Sexual Abuse 1st degree. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Adair and Russell Health Departments offer Addiction Recovery Program

 
From Jeff Neagle
Lake Cumberland District Health Department
 
SMART Recovery is a new program at the Adair and Russell County Health Departments that takes a fresh approach to addiction recovery.
 
SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. The program is a life-changing method of moving from addictive substances and negative behaviors to a life of positive self-regard and willingness to change.
 
The program was created as a way for people to overcome addictive problems through self-empowerment. Many people feel powerless and trapped within an addictive pattern. SMART helps them learn the skills they need to overcome their addictions.
 
"We will never ask that you declare yourself as powerless. We will never ask that you call yourself by a name. We believe that labels are better for jars than they are for people," said Ashley Phillips, a SMART Recovery facilitator.
 
SMART is grounded in science and proven by more than a quarter-century of experience teaching practical tools that encourage lasting change.
 
In the mutual support meetings, participants design and implement their own recovery plan to create a more balanced, purposeful, fulfilling, and meaningful life.
 
The Adair County program meets each Wednesday at NoonCT at the Adair County Health Department, 801 Westlake Drive, Columbia, KY. Enter through the basement entrance.
 
The Russell County program meets each Friday at NoonCT at the Russell County Health Department, 211 Fruit of the Loom Drive, Jamestown, KY. Enter through the Environmental Department side entrance.
 
For more information for both counties, call 859-667-2292.
 

Russell County Man Arrested for Receiving Stolen Property

 
Kolby Scott Conner, 25, of Russell Springs was arrested on Friday afternoon by the RCSO for Receiving Stolen Property (over $500 but less than $1,000) and Contempt of Court.
 
Conner was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Special Called Adair School Board Meeting 5/9/23

 

There will be a Special Called Adair County School Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 4:00pmCT at the Adair County Board Conference Room.

 

**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/POSSIBLE APPROVAL FOR INSURANCE ADMINISTRATOR FOR SUPPLEMENTAL INSURANCE OFFERINGS AND SECTION 125 PLAN(S) FOR EMPLOYEE BENEFITS INCLUDING BOARD PAID PREMIUMS FOR EMPLOYEE DENTAL AND VISION COVERAGE
 

3.    APPROVAL TO ADJOURN

 

Russell County May Primary Election Voting Locations/Times

 

EXCUSED ABSENCE VOTING is currently available at the Russell County Clerk's office May 3-5 and May 8-9, 2023 from 8:00am-4:00pmCT.
 

EARLY VOTING will be available at SKRECC on May 11-13 from 8:00am-5:00pmCT. 

 

Voting on Election Day will be held at Salem Elementary, Russell Springs Elementary, the ANC and Jamestown Elementary from 6:00am-6:00pmCT.
 

KSP Investigates Fatal Collision In Pulaski County


The initial investigation indicates that a 2021 Black Dodge Ram Pickup and trailer operated by Bryson W. Goff, 21 years old of Eubank, KY, was traveling north on KY 1247 when his vehicle side swiped a 2011 Silver Dodge Ram Pickup Truck, driven by Carl W. Richmond, 54 years old of Waynesburg, KY.  Mr. Goff sustained fatal injuries in the collision and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Pulaski County Coroner’s Office.   

 

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 11 Trooper Cory Jones.  He was assisted at the scene by Post 11 Personnel, Pulaski County EMS, Pulaski County Sheriffs Office, Eubank Police Department, Eubank Fire Department, and the Pulaski County Coroner.
 

Adair Inmate Charged After Trying to Escape


Early Friday morning shortly after 1AM, an inmate from the Adair County Regional Jail was transported by Adair EMS to TJ Health Columbia complaining of illness. Once at the hospital, the male subject attempted to flee on foot before being overtaken by jail staff and was placed back into custody. 

Barry Kerr, 48, of Russell Springs has been charged with escape 2nd degree. Kerr has been an inmate since January of this year for drug charges. 


Officer Elliot Smith was the arresting Officer.

 

Area Arrests 5-5-23


Lou Thang, 29, of Louisville, KY was taken into custody by Deputy Williams of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office just after midnight. Thang was charged with Speeding 15 mph over the limit, Operating on Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Offense (Heroin) and Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon.

 

Wayne Thomas, 26, of Louisville, KY was arrested by Deputy Williams with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, just before midnight and charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

 

Kenneth Mcintyre, 24, of Burkesville, KY was arrested by Trooper Watson with the Kentucky State Police, just after 9 last evening. Mcintyre was charged with Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury and for Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.

 

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

 

Adair County Man Shot in Sano Community Following Argument with Russell County Woman


The ACSO responded to a man being shot in the Sano community of Adair County. 

 

On Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 9:09amCT, Adair County 911 received a call from Hector Curry Road that a man had showed up at their house and had been shot and was needing help. 

Sheriff Brockman, along with Deputy Jason Camfield and KSP Trooper Levi Scott, responded to the scene. EMS was staged nearby until the scene was deemed safe.

Trooper Scott and Deputy Camfield located the male, 41-year-old Mike Bell, at the residence on Hector Curry Rd and called for EMS to come to the residence.


Sheriff Brockman responded to the residence where the suspected shooter, identified by the victim as 25-year-old Kaylie Sierra Jones of Jamestown, KY was spotted. Sheriff Brockman located Jones in the 500 block of Hooterville Rd at the residence where Bell was shot. She was taken into custody and a 9 mm handgun was recovered from her possession.


Preliminary investigation shows Jones traveled to Adair County to discuss a relationship the two had. She entered into his home while he was sleeping. When he awoke to her in his house, an argument ensued and carried out into the driveway where she pulled a pistol and fired one round striking Bell in his upper right leg. 

Jones was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Sheriff Josh Brockman on charges of Assault 1st degree (Class B Felony) and Burglary 1st Degree (Class C Felony).

 

The case is being investigated by the Adair County Sheriffs Office and was assisted on scene by Kentucky State Police.

 

Columbia Board of Adjustment Public Hearing 5/18/23

 
The City of Columbia Board of Adjustment will hold a Public Meeting on Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 6:00 P.M. in City Hall. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider the following:
 
Request for Conditional Use Permit for property owned by Richard Swartz on 1 lot located at 201 College Park (PVA Map No. 000-04-08-008.00.) The purpose is to operate a hair salon. 
 
The hearing is open to the public.
 

Gov. Beshear Provides $41.5 Million To Support Kentucky's Foster Children and Those Who Care for Them

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 4, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced his administration is providing $41.5 million to support the state’s foster children and those who provide them care.

 

The funds will start being distributed this month to the 45 providers and their 120-plus foster care agencies to help them provide critical care to foster children across the state. The additional funds are a result of cost savings the state has achieved by reducing the number of children in foster care to less than 8,500, after peaking in 2020 at over 10,000 children, and through funding appropriated through the state budget.

 

“Every child is a child of God and deserves the best,” Gov. Beshear said. “Due to concerted efforts by our administration, Kentucky is experiencing a significant drop in children in foster care, and I am proud that we can provide additional funds to help support the children who remain in our care.”

 

The funding is from two sources. First, the Governor announced a one-time allocation of $21.5 million, which is available due to cost savings secured by the administration. This month providers will receive this one-time sustainability payment.

Second, the Governor signed an emergency regulation to allocate $20 million from the state budget to the same 45 providers and their 120-plus foster care agencies to fund a higher monthly reimbursement rate. This is the second rate increase this year. It will begin this month and continue each month going forward.

 

The administration looked to increase these providers’ rates following the start of a study of the providers’ costs and needs. Based on the initial information in this study, many providers are struggling to meet the cost of care, and several have closed recently.

 

Both the one-time payment and the higher monthly reimbursement rate amounts are based on the number of children served and the level of care provided, which is calculated by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

 

The leaders of three providers attended the Governor’s announcement of the new funding on Thursday to represent the 45 providers and to ceremonially accept a check for $21.5 million.

 

Pam Priddy, chief strategy officer with NECCO, said, “NECCO is appreciative of the financial support from the Governor’s office and cabinet to continue to provide quality services and a safety net to children and youth in foster care in Kentucky.”

 

“The safety of kids in foster care is priceless, but the reality is that creating and maintaining a safe environment for these youth comes at a cost,” said Maryhurst President and CEO Paula Garner. “This financial relief is a lifeline and will allow us to continue to offer the therapeutic support to children that is so critically needed at this time.”

 

“The Children’s Alliance commends the administration’s leadership for all the time and energy they committed to collecting and analyzing cost reports and time study data to document the need for additional resources to child welfare providers. To acknowledge the need and act outside of the normal budget process speaks volumes to their commitment to our children placed outside their own homes. We thank you and appreciate the partnership,” said Children’s Alliance President Michelle Sanborn.

 

Today’s announcement follows Kentucky becoming the fifth state to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act. Family First Prevention Services include Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams, the Family Preservation and Reunification Program, the Kentucky Strengthening Ties and Empowering Parents program, Multisystemic Therapy Prevention Pilots and the Intercept Prevention Pilot.

 

The Family Preservation and Reunification Services program alone has seen a 94% success rate in keeping children in their homes. These prevention efforts are also saving the state and taxpayers money. Since 2019, the Department for Community Based Services has invested $11.4 million in prevention. Costs for out-of-home care have been reduced by $79.1 million.

 

“The administration’s actions are providing support to some of our state’s most vulnerable kids,” said Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander. “We are deeply grateful for this funding. It helps ensure that we can continue to nurture Kentucky kids most in need of this support.”

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 4, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development; an opportunity to increase workforce development; funds to support the foster care system; recovery efforts in Eastern Kentucky; public health; and the 149th Kentucky Derby. He also named those involved in making the Kentucky Derby possible, as well as Paris High School’s Assistant Principal Rob McCann, as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Economic Development
Gov. Beshear highlighted continued momentum of the commonwealth’s site development efforts with the announcement of two new Build-Ready locations in Lyon County, putting the area in a position for future economic success. The sites add to the state’s growing list of properties certified by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development as Build-Ready. These sites are available statewide for companies looking to locate in the commonwealth and start construction and operations quickly.

 

The Governor emphasized Kentucky’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) to kick off the 2023 World Trade Month and Export Week. The grant program is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to provide financial awards to assist Kentucky small businesses with export development. The Kentucky STEP grant assists existing, successful Kentucky-based businesses with their new-to-exporting and market expansion plans to sell their products into international markets by reimbursing them up to $10,000 for participation in export development activities.

 

Kentucky Selected for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Quality Academy
Today, Gov. Beshear announced a team of Kentucky public and private workforce development partner is one of 16 groups selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Quality Academy in 2023. Designed and operated in partnership with Jobs for the Future and other national partners, the Academy provides a unique opportunity to help the workforce system focus on enhancing good jobs and opportunities for workers.

 

The team representing Kentucky will be led by the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board in partnership with BlueOval SK, the Metals Innovation Initiative, the Kentucky Building and Construction Trades Council and KentuckianaWorks. For more information, click here.

 

“A good, high-quality job not only lifts up our workers and their families, but it also makes Kentucky businesses more competitive in attracting and retaining talented employees,” said Gov. Beshear. “With all of these exciting job announcements coming in daily, I am excited to see how this program will support this progress and move Kentucky families and businesses forward.”

 

Funds To Support Kentucky’s Foster Care System
Gov. Beshear announced his administration is providing $41.5 million to support the state’s foster children and those who provide them care. The funds will start being distributed this month to 45 providers and their 120-plus foster care agencies, to help them provide critical care to foster children across the state. The additional funds are a result of cost savings the state has achieved by reducing the number of children in foster care to fewer than 8,500, after peaking in 2020 at over 10,000 children, and through funding appropriated through the state budget.

 

Eastern Kentucky Flood Update
The Governor provided an update on recovery and rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky. Currently, 123 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 $105.7 million in Individual Assistance grants. Since April 27, an additional two applicants have received the max grant of $37,900, bringing the total Housing Assistance max grants to $26.8 million for 709 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 $29.9 million in awards have been approved for the buy-out program. FEMA confirmed this is the fastest movement this program has ever seen in the organization’s history. Homeowners wishing to learn more about the program should contact their local judge/executive or emergency management office for more information. So far, 41 bridges have been replaced, and 35 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/Flood-Resources for more information.

 

Public Health
Gov. Beshear said all but three Kentucky counties have a low COVID-19 community level. He also reminded Kentuckians that the National Public Health Emergency declaration for COVID-19 will end May 11, 2023. Once the National Public Health Emergency ends, hospital data will only be reported weekly, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disease transmission map and community level maps will no longer be published and national COVID-19 immunization data will no longer be complete because states will no longer be required to report it.

 

Kentucky Derby
Gov. Beshear previewed this weekend’s 149th running of the Kentucky Derby by highlighting the horse industry’s long-standing economic and cultural impact in the commonwealth and beyond. To read more, click here.

 

The Governor also named everyone involved in making the Derby possible as one of this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

“Making this week special every year takes the hard work and dedication of countless folks,” said Gov. Beshear. “You are showing the world what Kentucky is all about and defining this great Derby experience for the next generation.”

 

Team Kentucky All-Star
In addition to those involved in making the Kentucky Derby possible, the Governor also named Paris High School’s Assistant Principal Rob McCann, who performed the Heimlich maneuver and saved a student’s life during lunchtime, as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Star.

 

“His quick action and heroism meant that child could return home to their family and loved ones. As a parent, I can’t think of anything more incredible than that,” said Gov. Beshear. “His actions were lifesaving, and yet another example of just how crucial principals, educators and school staff are to our daily lives.”

 

Russell Springs Receives $1500 from Kentucky League of Cities

 

Exciting news for the City of Russell Springs!

 

On Wednesday, May 3, 2023 Chris Hayes, from the Kentucky League of Cities, presented Christopher Ramsey, R.S. City Clerk, with a check for $1,500 as part of the KLC Safety Grant program. This grant will go towards purchasing much-needed safety equipment for the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

 

"We're grateful for the support of the KLC and their commitment to keeping our communities safe. Thank you, Chris and the entire KLC team!"

 

2 Russell Springs Boil Water Advisories

 

There is a Russell Springs boil water advisory due to a water main break for residents from 599 Lakeway Dr. to 831 Lakeway Dr., Castle Heights,  Jimmy Avenue, Remington subdivision, Hopper Street, and a section of Bluebird Drive. Boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes, bringing it to a rolling boil for at least 3 minutes until further notice.  


There is a boil water advisory from Salem school on Highway 910 down to Hwy 76, and Hwy 910 down to old Eli Road along with McQueary Ridge Road and a section of Wilsontown Road. Boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes, bringing it to a rolling boil for at least 3 minutes until further notice.  
 

Area Arrests 5-4-23

 

Ronnie Anderson, 62, of Burkesville, KY was arrested by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday night for Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.

 

Keith Smith, 59, of Burkesville, KY was arrested by KSP Trooper Poole on Wednesday evening. Smith was charged with Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance 1st (Aggravated Circumstances) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.

 

Both men were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

New Retail Center Groundbreaking in Columbia 5/5/23

 
There will be a groundbreaking for the new retail center location in Columbia owned by Keystone Development Group from Louisville. The groundbreaking will be held on Friday, May 5, 2023 at 1:00pmCT at the site location at Dohoney Trace.
 

KSP Looking for New Troopers

 

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is now accepting applications from Kentuckians interested in joining an exemplary law enforcement agency with a mission to create a better, safer commonwealth. 

 

“We have greatly invested in our state police with higher salaries and advanced technology, and we are now calling upon our citizens to accept the challenge and join us in creating a better Kentucky for future generations,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. 

 

Individuals accepted to join Cadet Class 104, which is slated to begin in January 2024, will earn $65,000 annually, have access to an improved retirement system with a sick leave buyback program and the opportunity to work closer to home. Interested applicants should visit the newly launched online portal to submit their application. This portal allows individuals to submit an application from any electronic device.

 

“Applicants can apply for specific vacancies at the KSP post of their choosing. Once they complete all their testing, the top performers will be guaranteed a spot at the post of their choice,” said KSP Recruitment Branch Commander Sgt. Michael Murriell. “This new initiative will reassure applicants they can serve close to home.”  

 

KSP is committed to maintaining and strengthening its workforce to enhance public safety, maintain critical services and better reflect the diverse communities it serves. Troopers serve on the front lines daily by responding to calls for service and interacting directly with their communities to ensure safety and security for all. Individuals who are ready to serve mankind, safeguard lives and property, assist their fellow brother and sisters in law enforcement and reduce crime, they are encouraged to apply to wear the sacred badge of honor.

 

Applications are due by close of business on Aug. 31.

 

KSP is recruiting Kentuckians as both new officers for Cadet Class 104 and currently certified peace officers for the law enforcement accelerated program (LEAP). To qualify for the 13-week LEAP training at KSP, a candidate must have been a full-time certified law enforcement officer for a minimum of two years. The candidate must not be under a local government contract with their current or previous police agency.

For more information on the application process, minimum requirements and a list of required supporting documentation visit KSP’s website.

 

For questions or assistance with applying, email the KSP recruitment branch at KSPRecruit@ky.gov

 

RSPD Asking for Help Identifying Individual Driving Stolen Truck & Trailer

 

On Friday, April 28, 2023 the trailer (pictured below) was stolen, along with the truck pictured below, with the individual in the pic driving. We are asking that if anyone has any information, your assistance is greatly appreciated! Call the RSPD Office from 8am-4pm at 270-866-3636.  After Hours, call Russell County Dispatch at 270-343-6600 or the tipline at 270-566-9111.

 

 

 

Adair County Supt. Screening Committee Meeting 5/4/23


Adair County Screening Committee

Second Meeting

May 04, 2023 @ 5:00 p.m.

Adair County Board Office

 

Tim Eaton, Search Consultant

 

I.     Call to Order                                                            Chad Parnell, Chairman

II.    Approval of February 13th meeting minutes    Consultant

III.   Review of Superintendent Applications

Motion for executive session pursuant to KRS 61.810, Section (F): Discussions or hearings which may lead to the appointment, discipline, or dismissal of an individual employee, member, or student without restricting that employee’s, member’s, or student’s right to a public hearing if requested. This exception shall not be interpreted to permit discussion of general personnel matters in secret.

IV.    Motion to return to Open Session

V.     Next meeting – 5/11/23 at 5:00 p.m.

VI.    Adjournment.
 

Russell Springs Fire Dept. Responds to Early Morning Structure Fire

 

At 4:57amCT this (Tuesday) morning, the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department received a call of a fire on Decatur Road. Nine firefighters responded to the scene and were able to contain the fire after approximately two hours. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
 

The fire department would like to remind the community to be cautious and vigilant when it comes to fire safety, especially as we approach the summer months.


Fire Chief Bobby Johnson praised the efforts of the firefighters who responded to the call, stating, "Our team worked tirelessly to contain the fire and ensure the safety of everyone in the area. We are grateful that no one was injured, and we will continue to investigate the cause of the fire to prevent future incidents."

 

The Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department extends its gratitude to the first responders and community members who supported their efforts in responding to the Decatur Road fire.

 

Spring Burn Ban Lifted


With the month of May now here, spring forest fire season in Kentucky has officially come to an end, but state forestry officials are still urging citizens to utilize caution when burning outside.

 

The Division of Forestry says that burning is now allowed statewide between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Burning was prohibited during these times from February 15th until April 30th. When burning, all fires should be attended until extinguished.

 

Adair County Election Training 5/2/23


Election School Training will be at 5pmCT Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at the Adair County Extension Office, 409 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY. For additional information, please contact the Adair County Clerk's Office, 270-384-2801.

 

Area Arrest 5-2-23

Robert Thall, age 52, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Trooper Harper of the Kentucky State Police just after 6, las evening. Thall was charged with Speeding 5 mph Over Limit, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, 1st Offense, Failure to Produce Insurance Card and Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth). He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

Adair County Woman Arrested on Shoplifting and Drug Charges


On Monday, May 1, 2023 the Columbia Police Department was notified initially of a shoplifter at Columbia Walmart on Burksville Street. After responding and initiating contact with female, subject was found to be in possession of suspected narcotics including methamphetamine, Xanax bars, and suspected fentanyl. 

Victoria Hurley, 26, of Columbia was taken into custody and has been charged with TBUT shoplifting, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of methamphetamine. 
Officer Holly Necessary was the arresting Officer.

 

KSP Charges Marion Co. Man with Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

 

LEBANON, Ky. (May 1, 2023) - The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Electronic Crime Branch arrested Joshua E. Miles, 25, on charges related to unlawful distribution of obscene matter to a minor and the use of an electronic communication device to procure a minor.

 

Miles was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

 

Miles is currently charged with one count of distribution of obscene matter to minors 1st offense (a Class-A misdemeanor punishable up to one year) and prohibited use of an electronic communication device to procure a minor (a Class-D felony punishable by one to five years in prison). Miles was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center.

 

The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is comprised of more than twenty-six local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The mission of the ICAC Task Force, created by the United States Department of Justice and administered by the Kentucky State Police, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing a response to cyber enticement and child sexual abuse material investigations. This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education. The ICAC program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the internet, the proliferation of child sexual abuse material, and the heightened online activity of predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims. 

 

Three Russell Springs Residents Arrested on Various Charges

 
William Robertson, 29, of Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday morning by the RSPD for Indecent Exposure, Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excluding alcohol), and Failure to Appear.
 
Michael Daniels, 45, of Russell Springs - arrested by the RCSO on Saturday morning for Criminal Trespassing, Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia, and was served a Bench Warrant for Court.
 
Matthew Passmore, 37, of Russell Springs - arrested by the RSPD on Monday morning for Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License and Failure to Notify the Dept. of Transportation of an Address Change.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

KSP Post 15 to Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoints

 

Kentucky State Police Post 15 will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints in the Post 15 area, which includes Green, Taylor, Marion, Washington, Russell, Casey, Adair, Metcalfe, Monroe, Clinton, and Cumberland counties. These checkpoints will be conducted as part of Post 15's highway safety efforts.

Troopers will be checking for violations of Kentucky traffic and regulatory laws relating to motor vehicle equipment safety, licensing of drivers, motor vehicle registration, and operation of motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants.

These safety checkpoints will be conducted in various locations throughout the Post 15 area that are experiencing a high ratio of vehicular crashes resulting in injury and/or death compared to relatively low safety restraint usage ratio. Locations include:

Adair County:

  • KY 76 and KY 206 (1st)
  • KY 80 and KY 531
  • KY 61 and KY 533
  • KY 80 and Gentry Mill Road
  • KY 551 and KY 76
  • KY 206 and KY 76 (2nd)
  • Sulpher Creek Road and Millerfield Road
  • Columbia By Pass Past Youth Development Center
  • KY 767 Pelham Branch Road and KY 55 Bypass
  • KY 206 and KY 531
  • KY 80 and KY 768
  • KY 206 and Green Hills Road
  • KY 55 and KY 633
  • KY 61 and KY Jones chapel Road
  • KY 55 and KY 92


Casey County:

  • KY 49 at Wilson Ridge Road
  • KY 49 and KY 78
  • KY 70 and KY 837
  • KY 70 and KY 206
  • KY 70 at LU 551
  • KY 80 at KY 910
  • KY 198 at Indian Creek Road
  • KY 206 at Ewing Ridge Road
  • KY 910 at KY 501
  • KY 3272 at KY 1640 (Red Hill and Riffe Creek)
  • KY 1640 and US 127
  • KY 78 and KY 906
  • US 127 and KY 817 (North Bypass)
  • KY 70 Limits of Yosemite at Stop Sign


Cumberland County:

  • South KY 61 at KY 90
  • KY 61 (N) at KY 704
  • KY 90 at Park Rd. #1 Marrowbone
  • KY 90 at KY 1880
  • KY 61 at KY 953


Green County:

  • US 68 at KY 793


Metcalfe County:

  • US 68 at KY 745
  • KY 163 at Hill Street
  • KY 70 at KY 1243


Russell County:

  • Old Rowena and State Park Road
  • KY 80 East and Owenstown Road
  • KY 379 at KY 92
  • KY 619 at KY 1680
  • KY 3525 at KY 910
  • Maple Street and Lakeway Drive
  • US 127 at the Casey-Russell County Line


Taylor County:

  • US 68 at KY 3211 (Palestine Road)
  • US 68 at KY 744 (Spurlington Road)
  • KY 210 at KY 569
  • Lone Valley Road at State Park Road
  • KY 744 at KY 208
  • KY 70 at Stoner Creek Road
  • KY 70 at Watertower Road Bypass


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

 

2023 Session Results: Transportation Issues Prioritized (by State Representative Amy Neighbors)

 

This week I would like to share with you some of the key legislation the legislature passed in strengthening our state’s transportation system, transportation workforce, and promoting safety. Good transportation policy is the foundation of any economically and socially prospering state, and I am proud of the legislation we produced. 

 

Addressing the school bus driver shortage, Rep. Kim King – HB 13 increases to 24 months the time between mandatory physical fitness exams for school bus drivers, which conforms with federal requirements for CDL drivers. The measure also allows individuals who are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply for a CDL if they can show proof of legal residence and authorization to work.

 

Eliminating a barrier for homeless Kentuckians, Rep. Randy Bridges – HB 21 allows 16- and 17-year-olds who do not have a physical address because they are homeless to obtain a non-driver’s license photo ID. HB 21 also sets the price for these individuals to obtain an ID at only $5. HB 21 also allows Kentuckians without a fixed home address to renew their driver’s license.

 

Modernizing motor vehicle dealers, Rep. Ken Upchurch - HB 150 amends the definition of franchise to include any agreements related to or dependent on an original franchise agreement addendum to the franchise agreement. This legislation also permits a new motor vehicle dealer to propose a successor and increases the time allowed for a dealer to respond to notice of cancellation from 15 days to 30 days. HB 150 prohibits manufacturers and other licensees from requiring remodeling of a dealership within 10 years of a previously required improvement, using motor vehicles in transit in any sales formula to the detriment of the dealer, offering the sale of new motor vehicles outside a franchised dealer, or failing to assign reservations and purchase requests received by a manufacturer to a dealer. HB 150 also allows manufacturers to audit dealers if they have evidence of fraud.

 

Electronic Titling, Rep. Michael Meredith – HB 217 delays until January 1, 2025, the implementation of an electronic titling and registration system approved by the legislature in 2022.

 

Addressing the truck and bus driver shortage, Rep. Chris Freeland – HB 320 allows out-of-state applicants who have both an operator’s driver’s license and a commercial driver’s instruction permit to take the certified driver’s license (CDL) skills test for Kentucky. Out-of-state applicants will pay $150, while in-state applicants will not see an increase in their fee of $50.

 

Cleaning up drivers’ licensing statutes, Rep. Jonathan Dixon – HB 392 removes references to the circuit clerk in issuing an operator’s license and personal IDs. 

 

Supporting the Jones Act, Rep. Randy Bridges – HCR 5 affirms the state’s support for the Jones Act. Section 27 of the Merchant Maritime Act of 1920 states that goods shipped between U.S. ports must be transported on ships built, owned, and operated by U.S. industries, citizens, or permanent residents.

 

Naming roads and bridges to honor and commemorate, Rep. Sarge Pollock – HJR 7 directs the Transportation Cabinet to designate various roads and bridges in honor of deceased Kentuckians, including the Representative John “Bam” Carney Memorial Highway.

 

Streamlining the process for rebuilt and salvaged titles, Sen. Brandon Storm - SB 72 allows rebuilt and salvaged titles with completed paperwork to utilize a speed titling process.

 

Promoting racing events as tourist attractions, improving bridge safety, Sen. Brandon Smith - SB 96 creates a framework for local governments to grant permits for racing events to eligible entities that meet insurance, security, emergency services, and other conditions. The bill also allows local governments to temporarily close roads, reroute traffic, and waive traffic regulations for racing events. SB 96 was amended to create a separate overweight fine schedule for violating weight limits on state-maintained bridges that are more than 75 years old.

 

Establishing guidelines for road signs, eliminating burdens for military families, Sen. Phillip Wheeler – SB 163 includes performing artists added to the Country Music Highway (US Route 23) to those eligible for road signage under existing statutes. The measure also identifies three mottos that may appear on a standard issue motor vehicle license plate: Bluegrass State, United We Stand, Divided We Fall, and In God We Trust. SB 163 also prohibits the Transportation Cabinet from requiring a member of the Armed Forces from obtaining a Kentucky operator’s license to drive in Kentucky and prohibits manufacturers and other licensees from requiring the remodeling of a dealership within 10 years of previous improvement and using the use of motor vehicles in a sales formula to the detriment of a dealer

 

Honoring a Kentucky Legend, Sen. Stephen West - SJR 58 designates the Brigadier General Charles Young Memorial Historical Corridor from Camp Nelson to Mays Lick and directs the Transportation and Tourism cabinets to work together to promote the significance of General Young’s service. 

 

I would like to hear from you regarding your interest in any of the issues before the Kentucky General Assembly, transportation or otherwise. 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, send me a request via my legislative email at Amy.Neighbors@lrc.ky.gov. For more information, please visit the legislature’s website at www.legislature.ky.gov

 

Representative Amy Neighbors

 

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