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Local News Archives for 2023-07

Legislative Update by Rep. Amy Neighbors: Child Welfare, Crime, and Veterans Lead Topics


The last full week of July brought a full agenda of good discussions about some of our most pressing issues and several interim joint committees (IJC) and task force meetings. As the page turns on another month in this year’s calendar, we are certainly doubling down in order to be ready for the session we will convene on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.


IJC on Families and Children: Members talked a great deal about federal and state funding for child care in the commonwealth. The committee received data on federal funding created to help offset the cost of child care while providing relief to child care providers during the pandemic. This funding is set to end over the next year and many are concerned about the impact that will have on parents and providers. The providers explained how the federal funds have allowed them to expand the services offered to the children in these child care facilities, and the difficulties they faced prior to the federal initiative.


IJC on Health Services: Committee members focused on how efforts to decrease crime and violence are faring as well as how crime impacts the overall health and safety of Kentuckians. As it stands, crime is at a decline in the commonwealth and efforts to fight crime tend to focus on promoting access to education and health care have been somewhat successful. However, assault and illicit drug crimes account for more than 25% of the offenses committed in Kentucky. Without a doubt, this trend speaks to how important it is to continue working to address substance abuse throughout the state. Members also remain focused on how we can help those who have convicted of a crime become independent, contributing members of our society once they have served their time.


IJC on Local Government: Lawmakers discussed local government revenue sources and budgeting. Stakeholders shared an overview of the three primary methods of city tax revenue: property, occupational license, and insurance premium taxes. Occupational taxes are used by cities to pay costs associated with public safety, including our police, fire, emergency medical services, and 911 dispatchers. Additionally, occupational taxes are used towards maintenance and snow removal on our roads, local parks and recreation, school services, environmental services, planning and zoning administration, animal care and control, mental health services, and senior citizens services. 


IJC on State Government: Legislators heard from the Attorney General’s Office and the State Treasurer’s Office, alongside an overview of construction and renovation projects on the Capitol campus. The Attorney General’s Office shared an update on some of the cases they are working on at this time. This includes the defense of redistricting efforts, right to life legislation, and SB 150, which introduces parents’ rights to school discussions on gender and gender ideology. Also present was the Kentucky State Treasurer, who shared the progress her administration has made concerning unclaimed property, fraud mitigation, and governmental financial transparency. Finally, the committee heard from coordinators in the various renovation projects in and around the capitol building and annex, which are currently in progress with more projects on the way. According to the report, renovations should be complete in less than four years.


Kentucky Health and Human Services Task Force: Panel members heard testimony from Kentucky’s Cabinet of Health and Human Services and its Department of Community Based Services regarding reports of foster children and staff sleeping in state government offices. According to the cabinet, this practice happens far too frequently and often with children in state care who have behavioral issues. These children are often turned away from more appropriate care providers. Members asked specific questions about how the administration’s failure to increase reimbursement rates for providers is contributing to the lack of care available to these at-risk youth. Other testimony was given by Court Appointed Special Advocates and its expansion to 92 counties in 2024, representatives from the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services, Medicaid Services, and the Administrative Office of the Courts.


IJC on Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection: Committee members heard testimony regarding veteran care, missing persons alerts, and JROTC education. There was extensive discussion in the meeting regarding the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI). While there are case studies supporting the use of HBOT for TBI veterans, members with medical backgrounds expressed concern over the true efficacy of the treatment as there isn’t enough data to support its use. Members also heard testimony about proposed legislation to fill a gap in the missing persons alert system; the implementation of the Ashanti Alert System would allow for missing persons alerts for those that do not fit the age requirements for Amber or Golden alerts, as well as disseminating the missing individual’s information across state lines.


Commission on Race and Access to Opportunity: Committee members heard from three organizations in regards to how race plays into access to opportunity in Kentucky: the Kentucky Center for Statistics, Advance Kentucky, and Harbor House Intergenerational Life Center. The Kentucky Center for Statistics presented information with an emphasis on race trends in school aged children—discipline resolutions, out of school suspensions, graduation rates, post-secondary education pursuits. Advance Kentucky reported on efforts to introduce computer science to students at younger ages. Harbor House Intergenerational Care Center shared how they are expanding their care and services; along with property expansion, they are also creating employment and apprenticeship opportunities for their participants.


As always, I can be reached at home anytime or through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181. You can also contact me via e-mail at Amy.Neighbors@lrc.ky.gov. You can also keep track of committee meetings and potential legislation through the Kentucky legislature’s home page at legislature.ky.gov.


July 31st-August 4th Proclaimed "11U All-Stars Week" in Columbia


The week of July 31-August 4, 2023 has been proclaimed "11U All Stars Week" as the result of a proclamation issued by Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots. According to Mayor Hoots in the proclamation, "They exemplify the meaning of sportsmanship."


Team Members: Bentley Petty, Karson Richard, Daniel Held, Lundon Moore, Fisher Brown, James Feese, Jared Hughes, Bennett McGaha, Kayden Jackson, Hunter Ballou, Beau Melton, and Hayden Ford.

Coaches: Brandon Petty, Chad Moore, and Chase Brown.


The team had a 12-10 win over Fleming County, 15-13 loss to Eastern, 15-0 win over Bluegrass, 4-3 win over BG East, and a 5-3 loss in the championship to Eastern.


All members were named Honorary Mayors of Columbia by Mayor Hoots.




Area Arrests 7-31-23


The following individuals were arrested by various law enforcement agencies...


  • Troy Pierce, 47, of Jamestown - arrested by KSP for Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Menacing, Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Meth), Possession of Marijuana, Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree, Promoting Contraband, Possession of Meth 3rd or Greater Offense, and several counts of Persistent Felony Offender.
  • Dirk Bleavlis, 51, of Russell Springs - arrested on Monday afternoon by the Jamestown Police Dept. for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place 1st & 2nd offense.
  • Noah Rexroat, 21, of Russell Springs - arrested early Sunday morning by the RSPD for Trafficking in methamphetamine and Failure to Appear.
  • David Johnson, 36, of Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday for Bail Jumping 1st degree, Persistent Felony Offender, and 5 counts of Failure to Appear.

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.



  • Julie Franklin, 26, of Columbia was arrested by Deputy Hitch with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday night for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine).

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Latest Lake Cumberland District and State Unemployment Numbers Released

Unemployment rates rose in 53 counties between June 2022 and June 2023, fell in 47, and stayed the same in 20 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet.

Locally, unemployment rates were up in Adair and all surrounding counties from May to June. Comparing year-to-year, unemployment rates rose in Adair, Casey, Cumberland, and Russell Counties, and fell in Green, Metcalfe, and Taylor County.



Carroll, Spencer and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the commonwealth at 3.5% each. They were followed by Anderson, Nelson and Oldham counties, 3.6% each; and Fayette, Marion, Scott, Shelby and Washington counties, 3.7% each.


RSVFD Responds to Structure Fire


Russell Springs, KY [7-29-23] - At 4:16 am on July 29, 2023, the Russell Springs Fire Department (RSVFD) received an call reporting a structure fire at 437 C. Weston Rd. The RSVFD promptly dispatched a team of seven dedicated firefighters to the scene.


Upon arrival, firefighters took immediate action to combat the blaze, demonstrating their skills and training. Their rapid response and coordinated efforts allowed them to contain the fire to the laundry room and kitchen area, preventing its spread to other parts of the structure.


After battling the flames for approximately two hours, the RSVFD successfully extinguished the fire, ensuring the safety of the occupants and minimizing property damage.


The Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department would like to express its sincere gratitude to the assisting agencies, Russell County EMS and SKRECC, for their invaluable support and collaboration during this operation.


Russell Springs Fire Department Assists with Non-Injury Accident

The Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department (RSVFD) swiftly responded to a traffic accident on West KY HWY 80 on Friday, July 28, 2023 at 08:56 am. The accident involved no reported injuries but required immediate attention to ensure the safety of those involved.

RSVFD acted in conjunction with the Russell County Sheriff's Office (RCSO) and Russell County Emergency Medical Services (RCEMS) to promptly address the situation. Within moments of the incident, six volunteer firefighters from RSVFD were on the scene, working diligently to assist and support their fellow emergency responders.


The coordinated efforts of the RSVFD, RCSO, and RCEMS proved successful, and the situation was resolved efficiently and safely. We commend our firefighters and local agencies for their unwavering commitment to safeguarding the community and providing swift assistance in times of need.


The RSVFD team remained on site for approximately 40 minutes, ensuring that all necessary measures were taken to manage the accident scene effectively.


As always, the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department remains dedicated to serving and protecting the residents of Russell County. Our gratitude extends to the members of the RCSO and RCEMS for their collaboration and teamwork during this incident.


July 30th through Aug.4th, 2023 Proclaimed "Adair County Little League All-Stars Week"

Adair County Judge Executive Larry Russell Bryant was honored to be able to meet with the Adair County Little League All-Stars Team on Friday afternoon. This group of talented young men brought home the honorable first Runner Up title. Judge Bryant has proclaimed July 30, 2023 through August 4, 2023 as Adair County Little League All-Stars Week. Judge Bryant encourages the community to celebrate this group of young citizens with support and well wishes.

Area Arrests 7-28-23


Ryan EhrGott, 47, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by Trooper McQuery of the Kentucky State Police on Thursday night. He was charged with Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Substance 1st, No Registration Plates, Ni Registration Receipt, Improper Display of Registration Plates, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance 1st Offense, Failure to Produce Insurance Card Inadequate Silencer (Muffler and Drug Paraphernalia –Buy/Possession.


Victor Ramos, 48, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Deputy Phipps of the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday night. Ramos was charged with No Operators-Moped License, Disregarding Stop Sign, and Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle).


Both men were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.



RC Coach Finalist for National Coach of the Year

Congratulations to the Russell County High School Mighty Laker Baseball Coach David Rexroat for being named as one of the top 3 finalists Thursday, July 27th as the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) 2023 Coach of the Year!


The National High School Coach of the Year award is based on outstanding achievement and recognition by local and/or state associations; outstanding active service to the coaching profession via appointive or elective offices; possession of an overall lifetime coaching record and high school coaching tenure; and attaining team championships at various levels with our state.
The National Coach of the Year honor was awarded at the 2023 NHSACA National Awards Banquet in the Old Train Station in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Adding another plaque to his wall of fame, Coach Rexroat is truly an inspiration for Russell County, and the entire state of Kentucky.


Gov. Beshear: $480 Million in Investment Will Bring More Than 400 Full-Time Jobs for Kentuckians


FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 27, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved state incentives for nine projects, signifying $480 million in investments and more than 400 full-time jobs for Kentuckians. For a complete list of the projects, click here.


“This announcement shows what’s possible when we keep our eyes on the ball and just work to move Kentucky forward for our families,” said Gov. Beshear. “The great news is all our hard work is paying off. Kentucky’s future is brighter than ever.”


The Governor also provided an update on economic development; the Sherman Minton Bridge closure; a survey stating Kentucky is No. 1 in water taste and reliability; problem gambling assistance; the 70th anniversary of the end of the Korean War; the one-year anniversary of the floods in Eastern Kentucky; funds for housing in Eastern and Western Kentucky communities impacted by natural disasters; U.S. Department of Labor funding; a heat advisory for Thursday and Friday; and applications for the federal Violence Against Women Act Formula Grant Program. He also named various athletes from across the commonwealth as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.


Economic Development
Gov. Beshear highlighted continued economic growth in Kentucky as Thai Summit Kentucky (TSK), a leading sheet metal stamping company, will expand its Nelson County presence with a $131 million investment, creating 78 new full-time jobs in the area.


The Governor announced new growth in Kentucky’s manufacturing sector, as Matrix Pack North America, a producer of sustainable and environmentally conscious paper products, will locate a new $47.9 million facility in Boone County and create 144 full-time jobs.


Gov. Beshear highlighted high-tech growth in the commonwealth as leaders at BeingAI Corporation, a cutting-edge artificial intelligence company, have announced they will locate the company’s new U.S. headquarters at the Western Kentucky University Innovation Campus in Bowling Green, investing nearly $3 million and creating 28 high-wage Kentucky jobs over three phases in the next three years.


The Governor announced over $3.4 million in state funding to support land and building development and encourage economic growth and quality jobs across five sites in seven counties throughout the commonwealth.


Gov. Beshear congratulated local officials and company leadership from Aerospace Composites Solutions (ACS) (formerly Blackhawk Composites), a comprehensive composite design and manufacturing company focused on boosting aircraft performance and capabilities, as the company broke ground on a $16.8 million expansion and relocation in Morgantown that will create 72 new full-time jobs in the area.


The Governor congratulated Rivian on the company’s new partnership with The Nature Conservancy and BrightNight to build the largest renewable power project in Kentucky, and one of the largest in the nation, on former mine lands. The agreement includes 100 megawatts of renewable power from the company’s new $1 billion, 800-megawatt BrightNight Starfire Renewable Energy Center, constructed on Starfire Mine, formerly one of the largest coal mines in the United States. Once complete, the operation’s 800-megawatt capacity will be enough electricity to power over 170,000 households annually.


Sherman Minton Bridge Closure
The Governor provided an update on the Sherman Minton Bridge, which was closed after construction crews identified that a component of the Kentucky approach needed repair. As part of the Sherman Minton Renewal, a major rehabilitation and painting project, engineers working for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Indiana Department of Transportation are conducting detailed inspections of components of the Kentucky approach to the bridge to determine repairs needed to safely reopen the bridge to traffic.


Direction has been issued for travelers to please use alternate routes and designated detours, which can be found on ShermanMintonRenewal.com. Officials are working diligently to reopen the bridge as quickly as possible and will provide more information about the needed repairs.


Kentucky No. 1 in Drinking Water Taste and Reliability  
The Governor said that in a recent J.D. Power survey in which customers nationwide were asked to rate their drinking water provider on taste and reliability, Kentucky finished number one in the country. Over 400 Kentuckians across the commonwealth answered the survey and ranked the state’s water eight out of ten.


The Governor noted that Team Kentucky’s Cleaner Water Program has allocated $264 million dollars to drinking water upgrades in 642 grants since the program began.


“Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right and we will continue to work every day to make sure every Kentucky family has it,” said Gov. Beshear.


Kentucky Problem Gambling Assistance
Gov. Beshear signed an emergency regulation to begin administering the Kentucky Problem Gambling Assistance account. This regulation established the process for providing funds from this account to support agencies, groups, organizations and individuals that can best help those who experience problem gaming. The funds can also be used to promote public awareness and education to reduce problem gaming and pay for the costs associated with treatment and recovery.


“This new industry will bring in more new jobs, tourism and growth. But we want all Kentuckians to participate responsibly, and these funds will help support Kentuckians who experience problem gaming,” said Gov. Beshear.


Anniversary of the End of the Korean War
Gov. Beshear recognized the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War and honored the estimated 54,700 Kentucky men and women who served during the war.


“We want to recognize and give thanks to our Korean War veterans today for their courage and sacrifices in service of our commonwealth and nation,” said Gov. Beshear. “I want our veterans to know how much they mean to our nation and commonwealth and that they are not forgotten.”


One-Year Anniversary of Eastern Kentucky Floods
The Governor provided an update on recovery and rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky on the one-year anniversary of the devastating floods. Thursday and Friday, Gov. Beshear will be traveling to Eastern Kentucky to visit with families and communities impacted by the floods. 


“I’ve been amazed by the strength of Eastern Kentucky. In the days after the floods, I promised we’d be here until every structure, home and life is rebuilt, and we’re keeping that promise,” said Gov. Beshear.


As of this week, 79 families are housed in travel trailers, and 306 households have transitioned out of the Commonwealth Sheltering Program. No families impacted by the floods are staying at state parks. To view a list of actions to help Eastern Kentucky recover, click here.


Western Kentucky Floods
In response to the flooding in Western Kentucky on July 19, Kentucky Emergency Management is assisting existing disaster recovery groups by deploying lightly used travel trailer units that were used following the tornadoes in Western Kentucky and the floods in Eastern Kentucky.


The commonwealth will donate up to 12 units to Camp Graves, a nonprofit organization in Western Kentucky that provides disaster relief and temporary housing for victims of disaster or displacement. Camp Graves will use the donated units as part of disaster preparedness efforts for Graves and surrounding counties.


KYEM has also transferred 42 travel trailers to 10 local governments and 18 travel trailers to two state agencies. Other requests are in process.


Rural Housing Trust Fund Disaster Recovery for EKY and WKY Families
Gov. Beshear announced that the Kentucky Housing Corporation released a Notice of Funding Availability for the Rural Housing Trust Fund Disaster Recovery for single-family homes in disaster-designated counties of Eastern and Western Kentucky. A total of $15 million will be available, with Eastern Kentucky receiving $10 million and Western Kentucky receiving $5 million. Another $5 million will be available later this year to rebuild rental homes in Western Kentucky.

Eligible applicants include nonprofit housing organizations, local governments, private for-profit developers and businesses that undertake the new construction or rehabilitation of rural housing units for moderate-income individuals and public housing authorities.


The Governor anticipates two rounds of funding will be based on available funds. The first round of funding will close at the end of the day on Sept. 1. Awardees of this round of funding will be announced in early October. The second round of funding is expected to open on Sept. 18 and close by the end of the day on Oct. 27. Awardees of this round of funding will be announced in mid-December. All applicants must review the notice of funding available on the KHC Partner Portal.


U.S. Department of Labor Funding
The Governor announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has approved Kentucky for an initial award of $6.6 million to provide temporary jobs removing debris and delivering assistance in counties affected by severe weather events in February. These counties include Bell, Carter, Harlan, Lawrence, Morgan and Powell. The commonwealth has the potential to receive up to $20 million through the National Dislocated Worker Grant Fund.


Heat Advisory
The Governor updated Kentuckians on a heat advisory for Thursday and Friday. Temperatures are expected to top out from the mid-90s to around 100 degrees. High humidity will persist, leading to heat index values of 105 to 115. The Governor advised Kentuckians to take precautions if spending time outdoors by drinking plenty of water and taking frequent breaks.


Violence Against Women Act Applications  
Gov. Beshear announced that the federal Violence Against Women Act Formula Grant Program applications will open on August 1. The Governor anticipates Kentucky will receive more than $2.2 million in funds. Eligible organizations and local programs can apply for funding through the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet’s electronic grants management system. For more information about the grant, click here.


Team Kentucky All-Stars
Gov. Beshear recognized several athletes from across the commonwealth and named them as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.


The Governor first recognized the Lexington Eastern Little League, which became Kentucky State Champions last week and is headed to the Little League Regional Championships. Gov. Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to watch their game which will air on ESPN+ on Sunday, August 6, at 4 p.m. EDT.


The Governor then recognized lacrosse players from around the world that joined in Louisville for the Premier Lacrosse League All-Star game. Gov. Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to visit the Premier Lacrosse League’s website and vote for Louisville to get a Premier Lacrosse League team in 2024.


Gov. Beshear also honored Savannah DeMelo of Racing Louisville FC’s soccer team as she made the United States Women’s National Soccer Team roster for the 2023 World Cup series.


“All of these athletes have worked so hard, and we should all celebrate them and their accomplishments,” said Gov Beshear. “I am proud to name them all this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.”


Columbia Splash Pad Grand Opening 8/25/23


The City of Columbia, in partnership with the Mark Twain Shriners Club, is hosting an event at the City Park on Fairground Street on Friday, August 25, 2023.

We are excited to be partnering with the Shriners Club, local businesses, and individuals to have this event in our community. This is also the grand opening for the Splash Pad,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots.


Booths will be set up offering school supplies, snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy, and all types of items for children.


Magician Lance Burton will be making an appearance and there will be a Ribbon-Cutting at the Splash Pad.


According to Steven Baker with the Mark Twain Shriners Club, “We are going to have several types of inflatables and a train for everyone to enjoy.”


The event will be from 11:00am-3:00pmCT. Food will be provided for the kids while supplies last. Thank you to the Mark Twain Shriners Club and to Hooligan’s Burgers for providing the food.


For further information, contact Columbia City Hall at 270-384-2501.


Monticello Fire Dept Responds to Fire at Safe Harbor Beaver Creek


Monticello, KY firefighters responded to Safe Harbor Beaver Creek just after midnight on Thursday night for a report of houseboats on fire. When units arrived, three boats were fully engulfed in flames. Quick action by firefighters, boat owners and dock workers saved other boats from being destroyed by the fire. A few other boats received minor damages due to the heat and fire.


Firefighters spent over 4 hours on the scene battling the blaze. Firefighters drafted water from the lake to use in extinguishing the fire. A combination of hand lines laid out on the dock, stretched out to the fire and the deck gun on top of the truck were used to control the fire.


Adair County Fiscal Court Approves Payroll Tax


At the Adair County Fiscal Court meeting on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, Adair Co. Magistrates approved a half-percent payroll tax.


The Payroll Tax has been debated for some time by the Court. The first year of the tax will be at a half-percent, with the tax dropping to a quarter-percent the second year.


The magistrates voted in favor of the proposal while Adair County Judge Executive Larry Russell Bryant voted against it.


Pulaski County Woman Arrested on Drug Charges in Adair County


Ashley Sownder, 35, of the Nancy community of Pulaski County, KY was arrested by Kentucky State Police on Thursday afternoon. Sownder was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Methamphetamine) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Russell County Indictments 7/25/23

A Russell County Grand Jury has returned numerous indictments on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 ...

  • Benjamin Bault, 39, of Russell Springs - Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Oxycodone), Prescription Drugs Not in Proper Container, Possession of a Legend Drug, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Improper Equipment, No Registration Receipt and No Registration Plates.
  • Ashley Ware, 34, and Christopher Brown, 37, both of Russell Springs - Assault 4th degree.
  • Thomas Cameron, 23, of Jamestown - Possession of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor, Distribution of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor, and Distribution of Sexually Explicit Images Without Consent.
  • Joseph Harris, 44, of Russell Springs - Sexual Abuse 1st degree (victim under 12 years old) and Persistent Felony Offender 2nd degree.
  • James T. Becker, 39, of Russell Springs - Burglary 2nd degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking $1,000 or more, and Criminal Mischief 3rd degree.
  • Neil Campbell, 53, of Monticello - Theft by Deception $1,000 or more and Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property.
  • Samuel Rose, 37, of Somerset - Fleeing or Evading Police, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, DUI, Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Persistent Felony Offender.
  • Jonathan Stephens, 37, of Russell Springs - Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Wear Seat-belt.
  • Peter Asman, 63, of Russell Springs - 4 counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and 3 counts of Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon.
  • Mark Edward Jonczy, 63, of Russell Springs - Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, Unlawful Imprisonment 1st degree, Assault 4th degree, Menacing, Resisting Arrest, and Alcohol Intoxication.
  • Casey Pierce, 40, of Russell Springs - Theft by Unlawful Taking $1,000 or more and Theft by Deception.
  • Timothy Richards, 46, of Campbellsville - Flagrant Non-Support.
  • Kayla Oakes, 31, of Jamestown - Flagrant Non-Support.
  • Miranda Butrum, 35, of Jamestown - Bail Jumping and Persistent Felony Offender.
  • Tracy Nicole Munoz, 33, of Jamestown - Bail Jumping.
  • David B. Johnson, 34, of Russell Springs - Bail Jumping and Persistent Felony Offender.
  • Sarah Giles, 43, of Russell Springs - Bail Jumping and Persistent Felony Offender.
  • Lisa Beaty, 48, of Albany - Promoting Contraband 1st degree.
We remind you that indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.

Area Arrest 7-25-23

Emily Cottrell, 30, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Officer LLane of the Russell Springs Police Department on Monday night. Conttrell was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition (Shoplifting) and Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


KSP Investigates ATV Accident in Taylor County


On Monday, July 24, 2023 at approximately 4:45 P.M. EST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a single-vehicle injury collision involving an ATV on KY 744 (Newton Lane) in Taylor County.


The preliminary investigation revealed that James Hare, age 81 of Campbellsville, was traveling west on KY 744 on a Polaris ATV when he dropped off the westbound shoulder of the roadway.  Mr. Hare overcorrected the ATV, entering back onto the roadway, and overturned the ATV in the roadway. 

Mr. Hare was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital and later to the University of Kentucky Hospital with serious injuries. A juvenile passenger on Mr. Hare’s ATV was flown from the scene by helicopter to the University of Kentucky Hospital with serious injuries.


James Hare was charged with DUI 1st offense, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, and other traffic offenses.  Hare was cited to appear in Taylor County District Court for these charges.


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


Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 7/25/23

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular called session Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at 6:00 P.M. CT at 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY 42728. The meeting is open to the public
  • Regular Called Meeting-June 27, 2023
  • Regular Called Meeting-July 11, 2023
  • Special Called Meeting July 18, 2023         
  4.  REPORTS    
  •  G.R.A.S. REPORT 
  • TREASURER’S REPORT                       
  •  FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS                          
  9.   READING OF ROADS                              
 10.   ACTION ITEMS:                                             
 13.   ADJOURN                                                     

Congressman Rogers Requests $45 Million for Northern Bypass in Pulaski County


SOMERSET, KY -- U.S. Rep Harold “Hal” Rogers has requested $45 million in Community Project Funding to begin construction on the highly anticipated northern bypass in Pulaski County. Rogers made the announcement during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new KY 461 and KY 80 interchange project with the Kentucky Department of Transportation and local leaders. 
“The interchange at KY 461 and KY 80 is a stamp of economic success and growth for southern and eastern Kentucky, but we’re far from finished,” said Congressman Rogers, Dean of the House. “We have another mountain before us to build the northern bypass in Pulaski County, and I was proud to request the federal funding on behalf of the Pulaski County Fiscal Court to begin the next phase of this greater vision, which will connect to the Cumberland Expressway.” 
Earlier this month, the House Appropriations Committee passed the $45 million Community Project Funding for the northern bypass, making it one step closer to becoming a reality. 

“Southern Kentucky needs a four-lane highway that runs east to west, attracting new business and tourism dollars through the most beautiful parts of our state,” said Congressman Rogers. “We are making significant progress towards that goal as we continue strategic planning across the federal, state and local levels.”
State legislators have also included a $1 million study in the 6-year road plan to four-lane the Hal Rogers Parkway from London to Hazard. The study is slated to begin in 2024. 
In 2021, Congressman Rogers also secured an $8 million earmark to help four-lane KY 461 in Rockcastle County from Highway 150 to I-75. Construction on that project is scheduled to begin in 2024. 
For more information about Congressman Rogers’ work in Washington and at home in Southern and Eastern Kentucky, visit  halrogers.house.gov and follow him on social media


Louie B Nunn Parkway Lane Closure 7/31 - 8/4


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 Office advises motorists that the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Expressway at the Fishing Creek bridge (mile point 84.4) in Pulaski County will be temporarily reduced to one lane next week as crews perform routine bridge inspections.


The lane closures will in place starting Monday, July 31 and are expected to be complete Friday, Aug. 4. Work will be performed each day starting approximately 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Crews will be conducting inspections both east and west bound having only one direction reduced to a single lane at a time. 


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


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


Russell-Adair County Arrests 7/21/23

The following individuals were arrested on Friday, July 21, 2023...
  • Jason Glover, 25, of Jamestown - arrested on Friday by the RCSO for DUI, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, and Failure to Maintain Insurance. 
  • Eric Porter, 38, of Russell County - arrested early Friday morning by the RCSO for Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Criminal Mischief 1st degree, DUI, Resisting Arrest, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree (Police Officer), Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree, TBUT (Auto), and Giving Officer False Identifying Information. 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
  • Randall Dishman, 34, of Columbia - arrested on Friday morning by KSP for DUI, Failure to Notify KY Dept. of Transportation of Address Change, Careless Driving, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.
  • Clifton Bault, 35, of Columbia -  arrested on Friday morning by the ACSO for Tampering with Physical Evidence and Probation Violation (for a Misdemeanor Offense).
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Jamestown City Council Meeting 7-20-23


The Jamestown City Council met on Thursday evening. It was a brief meeting as the main item on the agenda was possible water and sewer rate increases.


According to Mayor Regena Hinton, the Council will vote on the rates at next month’s meeting or at a special called meeting.


The proposed water rate increase for city residents would be $4.73 for the first 1500 gallons; Those residing outside city limits would see an increase of $6.93 for the first 1500 gallons.


Sewer rates for Jamestown residents inside city limits would increase by $7.60 for the first 1500; Residents outside city limits would see an increase of $11.15.



Area Arrests - Thursday, July 20, 2023

The following Adair and Russell County individuals were arrested on Thursday, July 20th, 2023:
  • Paul Abrell, 44, of Columbia - arrested on Thursday afternoon by the ACSO for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
  • Anthony Burton, 58, of Columbia - arrested on Thursday by the ACSO for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol (2nd or greater offense), Failure to Produce Insurance Card, and Failure to Signal.
  • Amber Marie Haggerty, 24, of Columbia - arrested on Thursday by KSP for Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia.
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. 
  • Buford Edward Shepherd, 54, of Russell Springs - arrested on Thursday by KSP for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
Shepherd was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

KSP Charges Adair Co. Man with Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses


COLUMBIA, Ky. (July 21, 2023) — The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Electronic Crime Branch located and arrested Bruce Allen Spoon, 42, on charges related to a child sexual abuse material investigation.


Spoon 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 uploading sexually explicit images online.


The investigation resulted in executing a search warrant at a residence in Columbia on July 20, 2023. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is still ongoing.


Spoon is currently charged with 10 counts of possessing 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. Spoon was lodged in the Adair County Jail.


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.


Gov. Beshear Secures Largest Budget Surplus, Rainy Day Fund and Most Jobs Filled in State History


FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 20, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that his administration secured the largest General Fund budget surplus and Rainy Day Fund as well as the most jobs filled in state history.


“We have always talked about building that better Kentucky for our families, and we are doing it. We have a red-hot economy with the most jobs ever filled. We’ve secured record upon record of budget surpluses and the largest Rainy Day Fund ever. We’ve also lowered income and property taxes,” said Gov. Beshear. “My administration is only going to work harder to make sure every corner of the commonwealth shares in this prosperity.”


Last week, the Governor announced the largest ever General Fund revenue surplus, at $1.4 billion. The final accounting records for the spending budget are now complete, bringing the General Fund budget surplus at the end of fiscal year 2023 to more than $1.55 billion.


Nearly all of the $1.55 billion surplus will go into the commonwealth’s Rainy Day Fund, bringing the fund to a record balance of $3.7 billion – a 2,700% increase since Gov. Beshear took office in 2019.


Gov. Beshear also announced an increase of 6,400 jobs filled, bringing the commonwealth to 2,015,600 filled jobs in June. That is a record number of nearly 60,000 more jobs filled than before the pandemic.


The Governor also provided an update on recent flooding; shared good economic news; announced approval for Medicaid mobile crisis intervention coverage; discussed grants to combat addiction; discussed recovery efforts one year after the floods in Eastern Kentucky; and paid tribute to former state Sen. Joe Wright. He also named three Kentucky State Police (KSP) Troopers honored for their work combating drunken driving as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.


Recent Flooding in Western Kentucky
Yesterday, Gov. Beshear declared a state of emergency following heavy rainfall that caused flooding in Western Kentucky as well as parts of Central and Eastern Kentucky.


So far, there have not been any requests for state assistance. Five Kentucky Emergency Management area managers have mobilized to Western Kentucky. There have been no fatalities or reports of missing persons. Multiple rescues and home evacuations were conducted, and several roads were closed. As of this morning, 505 homes were without power, down from 19,433 on July 18.


Five counties – Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman and Lee – and five cities – Arlington, Bardwell, Clinton, Cumberland and Mayfield – have declared states of emergency.


Multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms are expected throughout the region today and through the night. The main impacts will be damaging winds, lightning and heavy rainfall. Flash flooding is a concern in areas that were impacted this week. Gov. Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to stay alert and to be weather aware.


Economic Development
Gov. Beshear emphasized continued growth in Kentucky’s bourbon and spirits industry as Pennyroyal Barrel Co., a bourbon incubator for third-party brands, plans to locate a bourbon-related project in Adair County with an $8.52 million facility creating 10 full-time positions.


The Governor highlighted a new addition within the state’s health care industry as Lunae, the management service organization of Oria Health, plans to establish its corporate headquarters at the Western Kentucky University Innovation Campus, investing $266,000 and creating 33 quality Kentucky jobs.


Gov. Beshear announced that nine innovative Kentucky companies will receive over $1 million in state matching grants to support high-paying jobs and further grow the state’s technology sector. For more information, see the full release.


Approval for Medicaid Mobile Crisis Intervention Coverage
The Governor announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced their approval for expanded community-based mobile crisis service that will provide immediate and unscheduled behavioral health crisis services for Kentuckians in need.


This expanded coverage is expected to take effect in October. Municipalities are encouraged to apply for assistance with implementing the service. Medicaid will award up to 24 applicants over two rounds of funding. Each grantee may receive up to a total of $625,000 through the grant period. A second round of funding is anticipated to open in 2024. To find more information, email Team Kentucky Medicaid at kymobilecrisis@ky.gov.


Grants to Combat Addiction
Gov. Beshear announced $7.6 million in awards administered by the Office of Drug Control Policy. These include $3 million to expand treatment and recovery services for pregnant and parenting women while helping to address neonatal abstinence syndrome, $3 million for community mental health centers to increase the availability of and access to addiction services and more than $1.6 million to Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment to offer employment and training assistance for jobseekers and employers.


Chrysalis House and Four Rivers Behavioral Health are two of the funding recipients.


“The women who come to us are suffering from health disparities, stigma, many things that keep them from being able to seek and receive the treatment that they need,” said Connie Neal, assistant director of Chrysalis House. “The funds from this grant allow Chrysalis House to serve women from all 120 counties and allows us to provide them with quality service and access.”


To view a video about Four Rivers Behavioral Health’s Turning Point: A Recovery Community Center, click here.


“This drug crisis hurts everyone, even our most vulnerable population – our children – and we cannot allow this to continue, which is why it is so important we all work together to reduce the stigma of asking for help,” said Gov. Beshear.


EKY Flooding One-Year Anniversary
Next week will be the one-year anniversary of the deadliest floods in the commonwealth’s history, which took the lives of 45 Kentuckians.


“Working together – and living for one another – we’ve weathered this devastating storm. Now, a year later, we see the promise of a brighter future, one with safer homes and communities as well as new investments and opportunities,” said Gov. Beshear. “That’s what the people of Eastern Kentucky deserve, and that’s what my administration will continue to work for every day.”


The Governor provided an update on the historic rebuild in Eastern Kentucky following last year’s floods. For a list of what the Beshear administration has done so far to help Eastern Kentucky families recover from the flood, click here.


Tribute to Former State Sen. Joe Wright
Gov. Beshear paid tribute to former state Sen. Joe Wright, who passed away earlier this week. Wright served for four years representing the 5th senate district and held the position of Majority Floor Leader for 12 years.


“Joe always prioritized the people of Kentucky. He fought for transparency, and as so many others have said time and time again, he was a man of his word. Joe will be greatly missed. But his impact will live on through generations of Kentuckians,” said Gov. Beshear. “Britainy and I are praying for Barbara, their children and grandchildren during this difficult time.”


Team Kentucky All-Stars
Earlier this week, Mothers Against Drunk Driving honored three KSP troopers for their work in combating drunken driving. The Governor named these three law enforcement officers – Trooper Tyler Bloodworth, Trooper Landon Stewart and Trooper Eric West – as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. Each of the three troopers from Mayfield arrested more than 25 impaired drivers in a single year.


“Thank you to these three law enforcement officers for going above and beyond in enforcing DUIs. Because of y’all, Kentuckians are safer,” said Gov. Beshear. “So, it is my honor to name you our Team Kentucky All-Stars. Thank you to these three and all of our peace officers across the commonwealth for their work on behalf of Kentuckians. I know you will keep up the good work.”


Adair County Man Sentenced to 27 Years in Federal Prison for Child Pornography Offenses


Bowling Green, KY – An Adair County man was sentenced today to 27 years in prison for child pornography offenses.


U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky and Special Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen of the FBI Louisville Field Office made the announcement.


According to court documents, Matthew Ross Mouser, 41, produced videos of his sexual abuse of a minor victim, traded images of child pornography via the internet, and discussed sexually abusing children with others online.


Mouser was sentenced to 27 years in prison, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release, for producing, distributing, and possessing child pornography. In addition to the 27-year prison sentence, Mouser was ordered to pay restitution to a victim in the amount of $3,000. There is no parole in the federal system.


The case was investigated by the FBI, with the assistance of the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Spencer McKiness prosecuted 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 visitwww.usdoj.gov/psc.  For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

Open House Dates for Russell County Schools

Russell County School District Open House Schedule 


Jamestown, Russell Springs, & Salem Elementary Schools -Thursday August 10, 2023 from 5:00pm–7:00pmCT


Russell County High School & Russell County Middle School Open House - Monday, August 14, 2023

  • Russell Co. Middle School: 4:00pm–6:00pmCT
  • Russell Co. High School: 5:00pm-7:00pmCT

Jamestown Council Meets Tonight


The Jamestown City Council will meet this evening (Thursday) for the regular monthly meeting. The Council is expected to discuss water and sewer rates.The meeting starts at 6:00pmCT at City Hall in Jamestown. WAVE NEWS will have details on Friday’s local newscasts.


Adair County Man Arrested on Drug and Other Charges in Cumberland County

Thomas Bradshaw, 58, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Officer Tweedy with the Burkesville Police Department just before 1 a.m. this morning. Bradshaw, was charged with Careless Driving, License to be in Possession, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Controlled Substance 1st, Possession of Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree – Drug Unspecified, Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container 1st Offense and Failure to Notify Address Change to Department of Transportation. Bradshaw was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Adair School Board Meeting 7/20/23

The Adair County School Board will meet on Thursday, July 20, 2023 at 6:00pmCT at the Adair County Board Conference Room on Greensburg Street in Columbia. The meeting is open to the public.
**Meeting called to order by Chair David Karnes** 
*** Pledge of Allegiance*** 
16.     RECESS 

Adair County Man Arrested on Drug Charges & Numerous Traffic Offenses in Green County

Following a complaint call for service, 61-year-old Rodolfo Escobar of Columbia, KY was arrested on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 by Greensburg Police Officer, Corporal C.R. Davis.
Mr. Escobar was charged with:
  • Disregarding Traffic Control Device (Traffic Light)
  • Reckless Driving
  • Disregarding Stop Sign
  • Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance
  • Fleeing or Evading Police (Motor Vehicle)
  • Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol 2nd degree
  • Wanton Endangerment 1st degree
  • Possession of Marijuana and
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Rodolfo Escobar was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.

Pennyroyal Barrel Co. Bringing First Bourbon-Related Project to Adair County


FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 19, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear highlighted continued growth in Kentucky’s bourbon and spirits industry as Pennyroyal Barrel Co. (PBC), a bourbon incubator for third-party brands, plans to locate a bourbon-related project in Adair County with an $8.52 million facility creating 10 full-time positions.


“This project from Pennyroyal Barrel Co. adds even more momentum to our signature bourbon and spirits industry,” said Gov. Beshear. “Expanding the bourbon sector into counties that have not previously seen growth in this area is a huge accomplishment for the commonwealth, and I want to thank PBC’s leaders for their commitment to Adair County. I want to congratulate the company on this great project and look forward to seeing their success here in Kentucky.”


PBC’s entire 40-acre campus in Columbia will be built with its independent brands’ growth in mind. Brand partners will have facilities for warehousing, blending and bottling, meeting and public event space, as well as private event space. The campus will include a state-of-the-art blending and bottling facility, single-story rickhouses for consistent aging, a storefront to purchase each brand’s products and apparel, a tasting room in a repurposed grain silo, a single barrel selection room and a wooded amphitheater with walking paths.


“Adair County is where I grew up and getting to be a part of bringing such an exciting and unique concept to the area has me so excited,” said PBC co-founder Ross Hutchison. “I can’t wait until some of our partner incubators are calling Adair County – and particularly the Pennyroyal, home, just as I have.”


“The opportunity to be a part of and contribute to something so steeped in Kentucky history, while with our own unique spin, is such an honor,” said PBC co-founder Daniel Griffith. “I am excited to be part of something I care so deeply about and to work with the community we are joining. Columbia, Kentucky, and Adair County have been so welcoming, and we are excited to see what the future holds.”


Beyond the traditional warehousing, sourcing and bottling services that have been offered by others, PBC’s model makes each independent brand partner its focal point. At the campus, each brand will have the opportunity to curate its own consumer experiences. This creates an avenue to make the brand-to-consumer interaction more attainable without the risk associated with scaling up to a brick-and-mortar location. The model also creates a central hub for collaboration between brands and opportunities for brands to coordinate their consumer experiences with one another.


Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet Secretary Lindy Casebier explained the tourism aspect of the project.

“Bourbon tourism is a major draw for visitors to Kentucky, and Pennyroyal Barrel Co. will serve as a wonderful new stop,” said Secretary Casebier. “In addition to a tasting room, walking paths, an amphitheater and more, Pennyroyal Barrel Co. will also provide bourbon consulting services for smaller brands, contributing to the commonwealth’s storied bourbon legacy.”


Adair County Judge/Executive Larry Russell Bryant welcomed the company to the community.

“I am so excited to hear that Pennyroyal Barrel Co. has chosen Adair County to be home. Adair County native Ross Hutchison being one of the owners makes this all the more special,” said Judge Bryant. “Adair Countians have anxiously awaited new industry and growth for several years, and I cannot think of a better scenario than to have one of our own to kick start that growth and provide an example for others to follow.” 


Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority Chairman Bobby Morrison spoke on the infrastructure improvements that are helping to attract the new facility.

“The EDA has been working on infrastructure improvements in the Green River Commerce Park, as well as a competitive incentive package for several years now,” said Morrison. “The vision of our EDA Board and the continued support of community leadership has made it possible for Pennyroyal Barrel Co. to locate in the commerce park, and I couldn't be more pleased. This collaboration will help bring much-needed jobs and economic opportunities to the area.”


Adair County Executive Director for Tourism Paige Nickel mentioned the opportunities PBC will attract.

“I am so excited to see what kind of new tourism and economic impacts Pennyroyal Barrel Co. will bring to our charming small-town community,” said Nickel. “I can taste the opportunities already. Cheers!”


PBC’s investment and planned job creation furthers recent economic momentum in the commonwealth.


Last month, Gov. Beshear announced there are more than 2 million jobs filled in Kentucky – the most in state history – according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in its federal survey of business establishments. And the Governor highlighted that 57,000 new jobs have been filled since the beginning of his administration.


The Governor 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.


Since the beginning of his administration, Gov. Beshear has announced more than 860 private-sector new-location and expansion projects totaling over $26 billion in announced investments.


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.


The Governor also secured the best two-year period in state history for economic growth and announced the two largest economic development projects in state history. In September 2021, Gov. Beshear and leaders from Ford Motor Co. and SK On celebrated a transformative $5.8 billion investment that will create 5,000 jobs in Hardin County. In April 2022, the Governor was joined by leadership at 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.


That position was strengthened even further in May 2023, when the Governor and leaders at Toyota announced a $591 million investment across multiple projects as the company’s largest manufacturing operation in Georgetown introduces its first battery electric vehicle. Growth within the EV sector continued into June as Gov. Beshear joined INFAC North America to break ground on the company’s $53 million investment to support EV-related production in Campbellsville.


Over a two-month period this year, Kentucky secured two credit rating increases from major agencies. On May 12, Gov. Beshear announced that his administration obtained the first state-level credit rating upgrade in 13 years and the first-ever upgrade from Fitch Ratings. On June 29, Gov. Beshear announced the commonwealth received its first-ever rating increase from S&P Global Ratings.


Site Selection magazine recently placed Kentucky first in the South Central region and top-5 nationally in its 2023 Prosperity Cup ranking, which recognizes state-level economic development agencies for their success in landing capital investment projects. The publication also 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. Recently, the state reported receipts for fiscal year 2023 totaling $15.1 billion, which exceeded budgeted estimates by $1.4 billion, making it the largest revenue surplus in history.


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.


To encourage investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in June preliminarily approved a 15-year incentive agreement with the company under the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based agreement can provide up to $225,000 in tax incentives based on the company’s investment of $8.52 million and annual targets of:

  • Creation and maintenance of 10 Kentucky-resident, full-time jobs across 15 years; and
  • Paying an average hourly wage of $20.40 including benefits across those jobs.


Additionally, KEDFA approved PBC for up to $150,000 in tax incentives through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA). KEIA allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development and electronic processing.


By meeting its annual targets over the agreement term, the company can be eligible to keep a portion of the new tax revenue it generates. The company may claim eligible incentives against its income tax liability and/or wage assessments.


In addition, PBC can receive resources from Kentucky’s workforce service providers. Those include no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job-training incentives.


The Kentucky Tourism Development Act (TDA), the first of its kind in the nation, provides a state sales tax incentive for tourism development projects. This performance-based incentive allows developers of approved tourism projects to recover up to 25 percent of eligible project costs over a ten-year term through the state sales tax generated on the site. This program is in place to assist small tourism attractions to obtain financing necessary for their development or expansion.


This project also received preliminary approval from the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority in June. The tourism components of the project include retail space, a single barrel select room, walking trails, an amphitheater, remodeling of a silo for a tasting room and a remodel of a feeding silo for an outdoor pavilion type area. The tourism development agreement can potentially provide up to $717,500 in tax incentives based on the company’s tourism-specific investment of $2.87 million and targets of:

  • Creation and maintenance of six Kentucky-resident, full-time jobs and;
  • Out-of-state visitation expectations of 25% of visitors from outside of Kentucky by the first year and 38% of visitors from outside of Kentucky by year five following completion of the project.


For media inquiries, please reach out to media@pennyroyalbarrel.com. For business inquiries, please reach out to business@pennyroyalbarrel.com.

For more information on Pennyroyal Barrel Co., visit PennyroyalBarrel.com.


A detailed community profile for Adair County can be viewed here.


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.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.


Taylor County Man Arrested on Suspected Fentanyl Charges after Traffic Stop

On Sunday, July 16, 2023 at 1:07amCT, Sonny Ethan Caudill, 22, of Campbellsville, KY was arrested following a traffic stop that Adair County K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten initiated 9 miles north of Columbia on KY 55. 
A roadside investigation and search resulted in multiple pressed pills (with suspected Fentanyl inside) being seized.
Caudill was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
  • Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (Opiates )
  • Speeding 12 mph over the limit 
  • No registration plates &
  • Failure to transfer motor vehicle.
K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten was assisted by Deputy Josh Durbin.

Russell County Chamber Listed Job Openings

Russell County Fiscal Court is taking applications for LITTER ABATEMENT WORKERS. The salary will be $12.00 per hour for 24 hours per week. Applications may be picked up at the County Judge Executive’s office in the courthouse Monday thru Friday, 7:30-4:00. For questions, call 270-343-2112. Deadline for applying is Friday, July 28th at 4:00 pm, cst.

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park has several full time positions with benefits available. These positions will all have retirement, insurance (life, vision, dental, and health), vacation time, discounts/free park stays, and so many more! Cook II, Mechanical Maintenance and Operations Tech I, Mechanical Maintenance and Operations Tech III, Park Chef I. Call 270-343-3111 for more information.

Russell County Hospital is hiring for a full time respiratory therapist (CRT/RRT). Applicants should be a graduate of an accredited program and have RT and MediTech experience. Applicants should also hold a Kentucky Respiratory Care License, BCLS and ACLS certified, Neonatal Resuscitation certified and be certified in CPR, PALS, and NALS. Apply online at https://www.russellcohospital.org/

Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems is hiring for 1st and 2nd shift assembly material handlers. If you have previously applied, please reapply. You can also apply via paper application directly. Apply at http://bit.ly/3JVHEND

Neat Companies  is now hiring for a Trailer Repair Technician, a Truck Repair Technician and Class A CDL Drivers! Looking for competitive pay, excellent benefits, and a family-oriented culture? Visit Neat-jobs.com to upload a resume and submit an application.

Stapp’s Truck Center, Inc. is looking to hire a counter person with experience and knowledge in heavy duty trucks and parts.  Pay based on experience.   Applications can be picked up at 2768 N. Highway 127, Russell Springs, Ky.    Ph. 270-858-3533 
Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency-CSBG/LIHEAP ASSISTANT
Work in an office setting to conduct intake and complete application process for clients.
May talk with vendors.  Manage client files.

To assist with all aspects of the Outreach Office

To assist in the implementation of the CSBG/LIHEAP Programs

Assist applicants with proper forms and documentation.

Intake for CSBG/LIHEAP applications

Prepare batches.

Review all documentation for accuracy.


Data entry

Job requirements:

High school diploma or GED

Must be 21 years of age.

Clerical experience preferred.

Computer skills required.

Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds unassisted.

Must be able to competently operate business machines.

Must be able to perform math calculations with the assistance of calculator.

Must possess a Regular Operator (Class D) driver’s license.

Hours are full-time, temporary.
Applications are available at www.lc-caa.org and may be returned at apply@lc-caa.org or faxed to 270-343-2800.

Redmond Tree Service is seeking a part time ground laborer. Pay will be based on experience. Please send your contact info and work experience or resume to our email at rtskentucky@gmail.com

Hubbard’s Building Supply is hiring for a counter sales position. The job entails working with walk in customers, answering phones and taking orders, loading customers (must be able to pick up at least 100 lbs), need to have basic computer skills, basic knowledge of building materials, and honest. This is a full time position with benefits available. Stop by at 542 E. Steve Wariner Drive, Russell Springs M-F 6:30-4:30 or Saturday 7:00-12:00 to pick up an application.
La Fonda Yummilicious Taqueria is in need of a server, a second cook and all around kitchen help.  If you are interested, call 270-866-7534 for more information or drop by in person at 517 S. Hwy. 127, Russell Springs, KY
Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency is hiring for a PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST to support and guide their clients as they look to overcome substance use and/or to provide support services to fill the needs of people seeking recovery. Applications available at:   www.lc-caa.org, submit applications to:  apply@ lc-caa.org


The Russell County Hospital is looking for volunteers to help with an ADULT LITERACY PROGRAM. If you are interested, contact Scott Thompson at 270-866-4141, ext 526. 


Hospice of Lake Cumberland is looking for VOLUNTEERS.  If you're interested or would like more information, call 606-679-4389 or visit http://www.hospiceoflc.org.


Two Columbia Boil Water Advisories Lifted 7/19/23

As of 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 the Columbia-Adair Utilities District boil water advisory for customers at 11-649 Roley Yuma Rd, 16-2662 Dry Creek Rd, and 14585-14711 Knifley Rd has been lifted by the Division of Water. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.


As of 8:30 a.mon Wednesday, July 19, 2023 the boil water advisory for customers at 703-709 GlenMary Rd, 311-505 Young St, 101-200 College Park, 110-130 Pine Lake, 902-1013 Appen Ave, 702-704 Wright Dr, 104-108 Lowes Ln. has been lifted by the Division of Water. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.


Three Russell County Teachers Recognized by Campbellsville University

Three Russell County teachers were recently recognized by Campbellsville University as part of Campbellsville’s Excellence in Teaching Awards.


Allison Coffey from Russell Springs Elementary, Rhonda Kimbler at Russell County Middle School, and Charlie Anderson at Russell County High School were recognized at the ceremony.


Congratuations to Allison, Rhonda and Charlie from 92.7 the WAVE! 


Paving Project Started on KY 80 in Pulaski County


SOMERSET, KY (July 18, 2023) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 Office advises motorists that a paving project has started on a portion of KY 80 in Pulaski County.


Work is being performed between the intersection of KY 914 (mile point 16.4) and U.S. 27 (mile point 18.8). 


KYTC ask motorists to be aware of the work zone, expect lane closures, and to utilize safe driving habits when traveling through the area.


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


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


Russell County Fiscal Court has Open Position

The Russell County Fiscal Court is taking applications for Litter Abatement workers. The salary will be $12.00 per hour for 24 hours per week. Applications may be picked up at the County Judge Executive’s office in the courthouse Monday thru Friday, 7:30 to 4:00. For questions, please call 270-343-2112.  Deadline for applying is Friday July 28th at 4:00 p.m.


Columbia Boil Water Advisory

Date Issued:  7/17/2023

Time Issued:  2:40 P.M.


A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of 11 – 649 Roley Yuma Road, 16 – 2662 Dry Creek Road, and 14585 – 14711 Knifley Road. The advisory has been issued due to a main line leak.


Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure.


Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using.


This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.


For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.

Columbia Boil Water Advisory 7/17/23

Date Issued:  7/17/2023

Time Issued:  3:45 P.M.


A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of 703-709 GlenMary Rd, 311-505 Young St, 101-200 College Park, 110-130 Pine Lake, 902-1013 Appen Ave, 702-704 Wright Dr, 104-108 Lowes Ln. The advisory has been issued due to a main line leak. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality. For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.

Russell County Man Arrested on Alcohol & Indecent Exposure Charges

Gregory McGowan, 49, of Russell Springs, KY was taken into custody by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday night. McGowan was charged with Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place 1st and 2nd Offenses and Indecent Exposure. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Laurel County Man Injured in Adair County Accident on Cumberland Parkway

A Laurel County man was injured after a single vehicle rollover on the LBN Cumberland Parkway.


On Friday, July 14, 2023 at 09:33amCT, Adair County 911 received a report of an accident around the 39 mile marker westbound on the Parkway. The caller advised dispatchers that a vehicle had overturned after striking a rock wall. 

The preliminary investigation by Deputy Jason Camfield shows the 2003 Ford Ranger was being operated by 72-year-old Robert Centers of Laurel county. The vehicle dropped off the left hand side of the westbound passing lane. In an effort to bring the vehicle back onto the roadway, Centers overcorrected and lost control. The vehicle then traveled across both west lanes of travel, struck a rock wall and overturned.   

Centers was treated on scene by Adair EMS and transported to  TJ  Health Columbia for additional treatment.

Deputy Jason Camfield was assisted on scene by Sheriff Josh Brockman, Trooper Levi Scott and the Columbia-Adair Fire Department.



Adair & Russell County Men Arrested on Theft & Drug Charges

An Adair County man and a Russell County man were arrested on theft and drug charges after a vehicle was reported stolen in Adair County.

On Thursday, July 13, 2023 at 9:21pmCT, a 2005 Saturn passenger car was reported stolen to the Adair County Sheriffs Office. Around 11:19pmCT, Deputy Josh Durbin and K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten initiated a traffic stop off of A. Jones Rd after observing the vehicle. 


The operator of the vehicle, Robert Meyerhoff, 31, of Columbia was arrested on charges of Receiving Stolen Property over $1,000 but less than $10,000 and criminal mischief.


A passenger, 47-year-old Michael Miniard of Russell Springs was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine), possession of a controlled substance 3rd degree (drug unspecified), possession of drug paraphernalia, and prescription controlled substances not in proper container. Miniard was also arrested on two outstanding warrants out of Russell County.


Both men were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. The ACSO is continuing the investigation.




Two Russell County Men Arrested on Meth Charges


Shane Grant, 50, of Jamestown, KY was arrested early Saturday morning by KSP for No Tail Lamps, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
Michael Ray Miniard, 40, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested by the ACSO for Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia, Prescription Controlled Substances Not In Proper Container, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified), and two counts of Failure to Appear.
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Dunnville Man Arrested on Numerous Charges Following Traffic Stop

William Phelps, 42, of Dunnville, KY was arrested on Friday night by KSP on numerous charges including:
  • Speeding 25 MPH or more Over the Limit 
  • Fleeing or Evading Police (Motor Vehicle)
  • Failure to Comply with Helmet Law 
  • Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree (Police Officer)
  • Failure of Non-Owner/Operator to Maintain Required Insurance 
  • Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License 
  • No Registration Plates
  • Reckless Driving 
  • Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree and
  • Fleeing or Evading Police (on Foot).
He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Monticello Police asking for Help Locating Man

The Monticello Police Department need the public's help in locating Phillip Gerhardt. There is a warrant for his arrest for several serious offenses with the victim being a juvenile female. His next photo needs to be made at the Wayne County Detention Center. 


If you know where Phillip Gerhardt is, please call the Monticello Police Department at 606-348-9313. You will remain ANONYMOUS! 


Thanks for your assistance!




Kentucky Fish & Wildlife Conservation Officers Investigating Lake Cumberland Boating Fatalities

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 14, 2023) - Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are investigating the deaths of two teenage boys from Villa Hills, Ky. in a boating incident Friday on Lake Cumberland.
The incident happened around 12:45 p.m. (EDT) in the South Fork portion of the Cumberland River near the Woodson Bend Resort Boat Dock, near Bronston, in Pulaski County.
According to preliminary reports, a personal watercraft and a motorboat collided on Lake Cumberland. The boat involved in the incident transported two occupants from the personal watercraft to shore, where Somerset-Pulaski County EMS rendered aid.
The Pulaski County Coroner pronounced both individuals dead at the scene. Both bodies are being transported to the State Medical Examiner’s office for autopsy.
In addition to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife conservation officers, first responders from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the Somerset-Pulaski County Rescue Squad also responded to the scene and assisted with rescue efforts.

Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation Approves $3,203,498 in Loans; Adair & Taylor County Farmers are Among the Loan Recipients


FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 14, 2023) – The Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation (KAFC) approved $3,203,498 for 18 agricultural loans for projects across the commonwealth at its monthly board meeting.


Agricultural Infrastructure Loan Program (AILP)

Three Agricultural Infrastructure loans totaling up to $528,000 were approved. Loan recipients were in Mercer ($28,000) and Trigg ($250,000 and $250,000) counties. KAFC participates with lenders to provide financing to producers making capital expenditures for agricultural projects through the AILP. Eligible projects include permanent farm structures with attached equipment that improves the profitability of farming operations. Producers may be eligible for up to $250,000 not to exceed 50 percent of the project.


Beginning Farmer Loan Program (BFLP)

Fourteen Beginning Farmer loans totaling up to $2,545,498 were approved. Loan recipients were in Allen ($62,500 and $200,000), Christian ($250,000), Clinton ($197,500), Hardin ($250,000), Hickman ($250,000), LaRue ($250,000), Marshall ($111,875), McLean ($182,323), Meade ($49,175), Ohio ($206,125), Owen ($184,000), Shelby ($250,000), and Taylor ($102,000) counties. The BFLP is designed to assist individuals with some farming experience who desire to develop, expand, or buy into a farming operation. Beginning farmers may qualify for financing to purchase livestock, equipment, or agriculture facilities; to secure permanent working capital; for the purchase of farm real estate; or to invest in a partnership or LLC.


Diversification through Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness Program (DEALP)

A Diversification through Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness loan totaling $130,000 was approved for a recipient in Adair County. DEALP is designed to assist agri-entrepreneurs with the purchase, establishment or expansion of a business that sells agricultural products or services to farmers or consumers.


For more information on the programs offered by the KAFC, contact Bill McCloskey at Kentucky Office of Agricultural Policy at (502) 382-6093 or email kafc@ky.gov.


Area Arrests 7-14-23


Natalie Polston, 25, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by Officer Tarter with the Jamestown Police Department early Friday morning. Polston was charged with Possession of a controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Joshua Bunch, 38, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Deputy Golden with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, on Thursday morning. Bunch was charged with Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree and Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon.


Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Columbia Man Sentenced to 25 Years on Drug Charges

A 2-day jury trial in Adair Circuit Court concluded this week with the male subject being found guilty.
The trial stemmed from an undercover investigation from the Spring of 2021 which was initiated by the Columbia Area HIDTA Office. Investigator Ethan Pike was able to secure three separate buys of methamphetamine from an individual on Quinn Hollow Road, located approximately 11 miles from Columbia on Hwy 551 (Knifley Road) before obtaining a search warrant for the property.
49-year-old Damon Cruse of Columbia was charged with three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine) as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana in 2021.
The trial concluded on Thursday, July 12, 2023 with the jury recommending one year for misdemeanor offenses and 24 years for trafficking offenses. Cruse was taken into custody following the trial and will be sentenced on July 27th.

Jamestown Man Receives Additional Charges After Being Served Arrest Warrant


On Thursday evening, July 13, 2023, officers with the Columbia Police Department and deputies with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office went to a residence at Bridgeport Circle to attempt to serve an arrest warrant. As units attempted to make contact with the subject, the male attempted to flee out of a back door where additional units were located. The subject was apprehended with no further incident and taken to the Adair County Regional Jail. 

Nathan Harden, 35, of Jamestow, KY was arrested for his outstanding warrant and has now been additionally charged with fleeing and evading police (on foot) 1st degree, a class D felony. 

CPD Officer Trevor Foster conducted the arrest. He was assisted by CPD Officer Joey Keith and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office.


Three Adair County Teachers Receive CU Excellence in Teaching Awards

Three Adair County teachers have been honored by the Campbellsville University Excellence in Teaching program. The honorees include: Sydney Humphress, Adair County Elementary School; Katie Cowan, Adair County Middle School; and Brittany Smith, Adair County High School.
  • Sydney Humphress of Columbia has taught 5th grade math and science at Adair County Elementary School since 2001. She received a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from UK in 2017 and her master's in teacher leader (K-12) from University of the Cumberlands in 2019. She is a 2014 graduate of Adair County High School and is married to Jordan Humphress.
  • Katie Cowan of Columbia has taught 6th grade social studies at Adair County Middle School since August 2020. She received a bachelor's from Lindsey Wilson College in 2019 and is a 2013 graduate of Adair County High School. She is married to Tyler Cowan and they have one child, Bodie.
  • Brittany Smith of Columbia has taught agriculture (grades 9-12) at Adair County High School since August 2021. She received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education from UK in 2008 and a Master of Science in Career and Technical Education from UK in 2011 and a Master of Arts in Teaching (Science and Social Studies) from Morehead State University in 2012. She is the daughter of Sandy and Danny Wilkinson, married to Kyle Smith, and they have one child, Abby Lou.


2023-07-12 - Taylor County, KY - Photo by Gerard Flanagan, CU Communications.


T.J. Samson Hospital Receives American Heart Association Award


Glasgow, KY - T.J. Samson Community Hospital has received the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines(R) - Stroke SilverPlus quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.


The release states stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S.


A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts, according to T.J. Regional Health. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die, making early stroke detection and treatment highly important.


Get with The Guidelines – Stroke is an in-hospital program aiming to improve stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to guidelines, which can minimize long-term effects or prevent death.


“T.J. Samson Community Hospital is committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines,” stated Brandon Dickey, executive vice president – director of nursing. “Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which studies show can help patients recover better. The end goal is to ensure more people in south central Kentucky can experience longer, healthier lives.”


Each year, program participants qualify for the award by showing how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get With The Guidelines participants also educate patients to help them manage their health and recovery at home.


LWC Looking for Host Families for International Students


Lindsey Wilson College International Students Program is asking for families or individuals in Columbia, or surrounding communities, to consider signing up to become a "host family" for an international student.

Host families are an essential source of support for international students. It entails having a student over for meals, supporting students participating in athletics, celebrating holidays with them etc. Host families do NOT provide housing for the international students. This is a valuable opportunity for yourself and/or your family to experience cultures from around the globe, while simultaneously exposing students to American culture.

To sign up to become a host family, the following link will bring you to a questionnaire that helps us assign you a student that best matches your situation: https://forms.gle/YzDvwXaNiBjX15mTA.

You can also contact ISP at isp@lindsey.edu or call 270-384-8163. New applicants will be offered an orientation session with LWC staff and seasoned host families to help you ease into the process.


KSP Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Clinton County


Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 in Columbia has been requested by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred at approximately 6:11pmCT in Clinton County.


At the request of the CCSO, KSP Post 15 troopers and detectives responded to the scene near the intersection of KY90 and Willow Grove Road. The investigation into the incident remains ongoing. A male subject was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Clinton County Coroner.


KSP has statewide jurisdiction and investigates officer-involved shootings throughout the Commonwealth as requested by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. KSP is committed to being transparent while ensuring the integrity of the investigation. To protect the integrity of an ongoing investigation, it is KSP’s standard operating procedure not to release specific details until vital witnesses have been interviewed and pertinent facts gathered. Timelines to complete investigations vary based on the complexity of the case.


KSP Investigation of Fatal Collision in Taylor County Results in Guilty Plea


CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (July 10, 2023) - On May 8, 2023, Donald Slusher, 50, of Knox County, KY entered a guilty plea stemming from a Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 investigation of a fatal collision.  The collision occurred in Taylor County on March 25, 2021 and was investigated by Senior Trooper Weston Sullivan. Mr. Slusher was operating a commercial vehicle under the influence of drugs, above the posted speed limit, when his tractor and trailer overturned. His vehicle then crossed the centerline of KY 210 approximately 9 miles west of Campbellsville. Slusher’s vehicle struck four other vehicles head-on, taking the life of Michael Brandon Heath.


The case was presented to the Taylor County Grand Jury in March 2022 and they subsequently returned an indictment on Mr. Slusher. On July 7, 2023, Mr. Slusher was sentenced to 15 years in prison by the Taylor County Circuit Court. His charges were Manslaughter 2nd degree, Assault 2nd degree (2 counts), Operating a Commercial Vehicle while under the Influence, and other traffic offenses. 

CPD Arrest Columbia Woman on Drug Charges at Restaurant Drive-Thru

The Columbia Police Department received a complaint of a female passed out behind the wheel of her vehicle in the drive-thru line of CookOut on Monday night, July 10, 2023.


Upon arrival, Officers made contact with the subject and the female was awoken. After running a standard field sobriety test, she was determined to be under the influence. Officers also located suspected marijuana and methamphetamine inside the vehicle.


Samantha West, 30, of Columbia, KY has been charged with DUI 2nd offense, possession of marijuana, and possession of methamphetamine. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Officer Justin Cross made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Sgt Drew Conn and Deputy Brandon Hitch.


Russell County Health Department Hosting Back to School Event

The Russell County Health Department will be hosting a back-to-school event on Wednesday, July 12th, 2023 from 8:30am-3:30pmCT at 211 Fruit of the Loom Drive in Jamestown. Visit information booths to learn more about their services and enter to win some great prizes!

Immunizations will be available that day. Space may be limited so please call 270-343-2181 for an appointment. Immunizations are required for those entering school for the first time, entering 6th grade, and those who’ve turned 16. Call today and see if your child needs immunizations.



Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 7/11/23

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular called session on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at 9:00amCT in the basement of the Adair Annex. The meeting is open to the public.

Area Arrest 7-10-23


Kevin Beagle, 24, of Burkesville, KY was arrested by Deputy Dyer with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office just after 6:30pmCT last evening. Beagle was charged with Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Alcohol/Substance 4th or great Offense (Aggravated Circumstances), Driving on a DUI Suspended License (Aggravated Circumstances), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Possession of Marijuana, and Persistent Felony Offender.


Jade Jones, 20, of Moss, Tennessee was arrested by Deputy Williams with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday morning. Jones was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excluding alcohol).


Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


North Dakota Man Arrested by CPD on Drug & other Charges


UPDATE: On Saturday afternoon, July 8, 2023, a CPD Officer observed a male subject at FiveStar on Burkesville Street, who in plain view was in possession of suspected narcotics. The subject, identified as 48-year-old Jamie Wolf of Center, North Dakota, repeatedly refused verbal commands and failed to comply. He also attempted to flee from police before being taken into custody.

Jamie Wolf was charged with No Motorcycle Operators License, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, No Registration Plates, Fleeing/Evading Police (on Foot), Resisting Arrest, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Disorderly Conduct, Menacing, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
Officer Jimmy Luttrell made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by KSP Trooper Kenny Brown.

Columbia Boil Water Advisory Lifted 7/8/23

As of 11:55 a.m on Saturday, July 8, 2023 the boil water advisory for customers of Columbia - Adair Utilities District on Hudson St and all side roads in between and Greensburg St and all side roads in between has been lifted by the Division of Water. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.

Nightly Closures to Begin Tuesday on the Square in Columbia


SOMERSET, Ky. (July 7, 2023) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that nightly closures will begin next week on KY 55X (mile point 1.5) at the intersection of KY 80/KY 439 as crews work to remove the wings from the courthouse building in downtown Columbia.


The square will be closed to through traffic 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night, Tuesday, July 11, through Tuesday, July 18. 


Signed detour routes will be posted. The start date and duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. 


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


Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Status Update


WAVE News received a copy of the Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority Status Update Letter that was delivered to Mayor Pamela Hoots and Judge Exec. Larry Russell Bryant's offices this afternoon. Copies were provided for all City Council members and Magistrates.


The update discusses projects that are in the works and outlines the process that will be used as EDA moves forward with growth and development in the Commerce Park. The Commerce Park has 3 new roads built and is preparing to have the first ground breaking ceremony for a new business! Here's the link to read the entire update:



Columbia Boil Water Advisory 7/7/23


Date Issued: 7/7/2023

Time Issued?: 3:00 a.m.


BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers on Hudson St and all side roads in between, Greensburg St and all side roads in between. The advisory has been issued due to main line leak.? Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality. For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.

North Century Pharmacy Awarded 2023 Excellence in Innovation Award

Easton Bryant's North Century Pharmacy has been awarded the 2023 Excellence in Innovation award.

In accepting the award, he said, "Innovation is one of our core values, so being presented the 2023 Excellence in Innovation award from the Kentucky Pharmacists Association is an incredible honor. I have so much to learn and so much yet to accomplish, but receiving some affirmation from respected colleagues is certainly something special.

"The experience ignited me to be an even stronger advocate for the profession, so I appreciated the chance to be candid with my peers for a brief moment and used the opportunity to encourage pharmacists to listen.

"Listen to what your patients truly want. The status quo isn't working any longer. Bandaid approaches stacked upon one another don't cut it, and they shouldn't. Patients want answers and, as the most accessible health care providers, that gives us both a tremendous responsibility and a tremendous opportunity.

"How can we help them heal with comprehensive approaches? How can we help empower them to get to the root of their issue? People don't know what they don't know.

"And we won't always have all the answers. Nobody does. But we do have the abilities and resources to at least get them one step closer to the answer.

"Sometimes, it only takes a bit of simple education to make a world of difference. Sometimes, it takes a load of active listening. Either way, both are powerful uses of our time.

"Listen. Learn. Give. Care. It just might change a life."


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Adair Inmate Charged with Drug and Endangerment Charges after Jail Overdose

Columbia Police responded with Adair EMS on Thursday night, July 6, 2023 after a report of a potential overdose at the Adair County Regional Jail.

Upon arrival, responding units were informed that Deputy Jailers had administered Narcan on two female inmates. The inmates, as well as another third female inmate, were transported to TJ Health Columbia by Adair EMS for treatment and observation. 

After subsequent investigation, Crystal Ashcraft, 43, has been charged with two counts of wanton endangerment, possession of a controlled substance (heroin), and promoting contraband. Ashcraft was previously booked into the Adair Regional Jail as a Cumberland County inmate on drug charges.

Officer Elliot Smith is the investigating officer. He was assisted by Sgt Drew Conn, Adair County Sheriff’s Office, Adair Regional Jail Staff, and Adair EMS.


Jamestown Elementary Teacher Receives Kentucky Teacher Achievement Award

Congratulations to Jamestown Elementary School teacher Donnie Wilkerson as he is one of 22 Kentucky educators selected as recipients of the 2024 Kentucky Teacher Achievement Awards.


Wilkerson is a 5th-grade history/social studies teacher at Jamestown Elementary School, and was a semifinalist for the Teacher of the Year Award in 2021. 


Wilkerson is one of the 22 teachers who qualify to compete for the 2024 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced in September.


Area Arrest 7-7-23

Area Arrest 7-7-23


Jacob Hall, age 23, of Jamestown, was arrested by Deputy Barber with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office around 5:30 Thursday afternoon. Hall, was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief, 1st Degree, Menacing and Wanton Endangerment – 2nd Degree. Hall was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

Aiden Fields, age 46, of Albany, was taken into custody by Deputy Shelton with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, just after 11 last night. Fields is 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.


Michael Graves, age 50, of Burkesville, was arrested by Officer Cary with the Burkesville Police Department just after 6:30 last evening. Graves, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Possession of Marijuana.


Both men were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail

Russell County Fiscal Court Approves Redistricting

The Russell County Fiscal Court met on Wednesday morning and approved the counties new redistricting plan. There weren’t many significant changes made in the magisterial districts:

  • District 2, represented by Mickey Garner, and District 4, represented by Steve Richardson, saw expansions to their boundaries.
  • District 2 gained both sides of Snow Road and a small portion of Airport Road, and District 4 gained voters on Old Columbia Road.
  • District 3, represented by Zach Wilson, has the most voters at 3,773, while District 2 has the fewest at 3,449.


The 3-person redistricting committee made up of Scott Pierce, Ruth Hill, and Rick Holt were selected recently by the Fiscal Court to create the new maps, and the committee worked with the Lake Cumberland Area Development District.


Columbia Police Assist in Drug Investigation that Results in Arrest of Somerset Man

Pulaski County Sheriff Bobby Jones reports on Tuesday July 4, 2023, a Pulaski County man was arrested following a joint investigation between the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and the Kentucky State Police, which led to a search warrant.
The incident began when Troopers with the Kentucky State Police received information a male, later identified as Ryan Roy, age 42 of Somerset, was trafficking in large quantities of methamphetamine at his residence on Wilson Ridge Road. The Kentucky State Police contacted Detectives with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division to assist them in the investigation.


A search warrant was obtained for the residence. Upon executing the search warrant for the residence, Law Enforcement located approximately 2 pounds of methamphetamine, over $4,000.00 in cash, firearms, digital scales, and various paraphernalia.


Roy was arrested and transported to the Pulaski County Detention Center, where he was charged with the following:

  1. Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 2nd or greater offense (> or = 2 grams) (methamphetamine)
  2. Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon
  3. Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  4. Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possess


The joint investigation is still ongoing by the Kentucky State Police, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division, and the Columbia Police Department.


Russell Springs Man Taken Into Custody on Drug Charges


On Monday, July 3, 2023 at approximately 10:11amCT, Russell Springs Police Department Officer Vance Davis responded to a call where threats were being made. 


An investigation led to the deployment of K-9 Joli, with her alerting to the odor of narcotics. The search led to the discovery of approximately 17 grams of methamphetamine, measuring scales, several small clear plastic baggies, along with other paraphernalia and a glass jar containing a green leafy substance.


Herbie Harris, 43, of Russell Springs, was taken into custody and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking in Control Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine), and Possession of Marijuana. Harris was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.




Adair County Indictments 7/5/23

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


  1. Michael Joseph Shaw, 38, of Columbia - Speeding, DUI, Possession of Methamphetamine, Resisting Arrest, and Persistent Felony Offender 1st Degree.
  2. Baylynne Shane Bulle, 19, of Glasgow - Theft by Deception including Cold Checks (over $10,000).
  3. Donna Gail Darst, 58, of Columbia - Assault 2nd degree. According to the indictment, Darst struck another person in the head with a garden hoe.
  4. Tiffany Centers, 30, of Columbia - Receiving Stolen Property (over $1,000 but less than $10,000).


Computers in Clerks Offices are Down


According to Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer, the state computers are completely down. The state has clerks offices on the highest priority with no estimated timeframe. The deed room is open and they are there to answer phones and will help anyway possible. Once computers are up and running, they will let everyone know.


National Weather Service Releases Summary Detailing Sundays Tornado in Casey County

The National Weather Service released a summary of the Tornado Damage that effected Neighboring Casey County on Sunday…




Jamestown Police Thanks Everyone that Assisted with Lakefest

The Jamestown Police Department would like to thank Russell Co. Search & Rescue, the Jamestown Fire Department, Russell Springs Police, Russell County Sheriff's Department, Russell County Constable Kenny Luttrell, Paula Mann, and Kentucky State Police for assisting during the 2023 Lakefest!


Columbia Police Releases Monthly Activity Report

Activity Report for June 2023

  • Calls for service 737
  • Citations 65
  • Motorist assists 14
  • Escorts 15
  • Accidents investigated 19
  • Injury accidents 4
  • Incident reports 12
  • Criminal cases opened 12


Special Called CACEDA Meeting 7/5/23


The Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority, Inc. Board of Directors will meet in Executive Session at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday July 5, 2023 in the Board Room of the Training and Development Center, 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY.



Presiding: Bobby Morrison, Chairman

  • Welcome, Call to Order, Determination of a Quorum, Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance 
  • Executive Session per KRS 61.810(g). Discussions between a public agency and a representative of a business entity and discussions concerning a specific proposal, if open discussions would jeopardize the siting, retention, expansion, or upgrading of the business.
  • Motion to Adjourn


The next regular EDA meeting will be on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at 8:00amCT with Brad Thomas, EKP Economic Development, as the guest speaker. The topic will be Tax Increment Financing.


Columbia Boil Water Advisory Lifted 7/4/23


As of 2:00pmCT on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 the Columbia-Adair Utilities District boil water advisory for customers on Robinson Ridge Rd and all side roads in between, going east from the Crossroads on Elkhorn Rd and all side roads in between, and Eastridge Cemetery Rd and all side roads in between has been lifted by the Division of Water. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.


RSVFD Responds to Single Vehicle Accident


The Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department (RSVFD) was dispatched to a single vehicle accident earlier today at approximately 12:26 pm. The incident occurred at 2277 East Highway 80, and RSVFD promptly responded to the scene.


Upon arrival, RSVFD worked alongside the Russell County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) and Russell County Emergency Medical Services (RCEMS) to address the situation. The collaborative effort of these agencies ensured a swift and coordinated response to the incident.


A total of 11 volunteer firefighters from RSVFD promptly arrived at the scene and provided assistance until 1:06 pm.


Fire Chief Bobby Johnson expressed his gratitude for the prompt response of his firefighters, acknowledging their dedication to serving the community. Chief Johnson also extended his thanks to all the agencies involved, highlighting the importance of teamwork and coordination in ensuring public safety.


The Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department remains committed to its mission of safeguarding the residents and visitors of our community. We continue to encourage everyone to prioritize safety and exercise caution while on the roadways.


Kentuckians Celebrate July 4th

By State Representative Amy Neighbors

As we approach the celebration of Independence Day on July Fourth, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the significance of this historic occasion and what it means for us as residents of the great state of Kentucky.


July Fourth is a day that holds immense importance in the hearts of Americans nationwide. It is a time to commemorate the birth of our nation, to honor the courage and vision of our founding fathers, and to reflect on the principles that have shaped our country into what it is today.


Kentucky, with its rich history and vibrant culture, has played an integral role in the formation of the United States. From the early pioneers who explored and settled our lands to the leaders who have emerged from our state, we have contributed to the fabric of this nation in countless ways.


On this Independence Day, let us take pride in the values that define us as Kentuckians. Ours is a state known for its resilience, resourcefulness, and strong sense of community. We have faced challenges throughout history, from the struggles of the frontier to the conflicts of the Civil War, and we have emerged stronger each time. It is this spirit of determination that has made us who we are today.


As we gather with family, friends, and neighbors to celebrate, let us also remember the importance of unity. Our nation is built on the principle that we are stronger together. Despite our differences, we must strive to find common ground and work towards a brighter future for all Kentuckians.


Let us also take a moment to express gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy. The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is the foundation of our society. We owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who have fought and continue to fight to protect these freedoms. Their sacrifices should never be forgotten.


As we celebrate Independence Day, let us also remember the importance of responsible citizenship. Our democracy thrives when we actively participate, engage in civil discourse, and exercise our right to vote. By staying informed and involved in our communities, we can make a positive difference and shape the future of our state.


Finally, let us use this occasion to strengthen the bonds that unite us as Kentuckians. Reach out to your neighbors, extend a hand of friendship, and embrace the diversity that enriches our state. By coming together, we can build a brighter, more inclusive future for all.


On this Fourth of July, let us proudly wave our flags, share stories of our shared heritage, and celebrate the extraordinary journey that brought us to this point in history. Together, let us renew our commitment to the principles that make Kentucky and the United States of America truly great.


I hope you will not hesitate to reach out to me to share your thoughts on the issues coming before us in Frankfort. As always, I can be reached through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181. You can also contact me via e-mail at Amy.Neighbors@lrc.ky.gov. You can also keep track of interim committee and task force meetings, visit the Kentucky Legislature’s website at legislature.ky.gov.

Adair Woman Arrested on Rape Charges



An Adair County woman was arrested by the ACSO on rape charges after an investigation that began around 1:12amCT on Saturday, July 1, 2023.


The investigation began with a complaint on Jamestown Street that led officers to the back of Haven Hill Cemetery off Liberty Rd (Hwy 206). It was there where Felicia Frausto was found, along with another female who appeared to be trying to get away from Frausto. After further investigation and interviews, the victim was transported to TJ Health Columbia for treatment.


Felicia Frausto was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of Rape 1st Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment, Possession of Marijuana, and Public Intoxication.


Deputy Chandler Staten is leading the investigation. He was assisted by Deputy Josh Durbin and CPD Officers.


Adair Woman Injured After Single Vehicle Collision


On Friday, June 30, 2023 at 10:29amCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office was dispatched to an accident with injuries in the Sano community of Adair County, 9 miles east of Columbia.


A preliminary investigation indicated that Brandy Shepherd of Columbia was traveling south on KY 1729 in a 2018 Lincoln SUV, when she dropped off the right shoulder of the roadway and was unable to recover the vehicle. She then continued off the road until her vehicle struck a tree and overturned.


Shepherd was treated on scene by Adair EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia for additional treatment  


The collision is being investigated by Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman.



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