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Local News Archives for 2023-08

T.J. Health Columbia Opens Wound Care Clinic

 

T.J. Health Columbia is now offering wound care for those who have hard to heal wounds.  The T.J. Wound Care Clinic with Dr. Paul Dunn will be seeing patients on Tuesdays in the Wound Care Clinic inside T.J. Health Columbia. 

 

The T.J. Wound Care Clinic will treat non-healing wounds, such as diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, traumatic wounds, and ulcers caused by circulation problems.

 

To schedule an appointment with the T.J. Wound Care Clinic, please call 270-651-4325.

 

 

Russell County Board of Education Special Meeting 8/31/23

 

The Russell County Board of Education will meet in special session later today (Thursday) to discuss upcoming construction. The projects will include science classroom renovations and the old area technology center. The board will meet at 12 noon in Room 114 of the Russell County ANC.

 

New Columbia Drug Unit Opened

 

The new Columbia Police Substance Abuse Education mobile unit is available for training students and families on what to look out for in the world of illegal drugs.

In addition to student education, plans are for School Resource Officers (SROs) to be trained to use the unit.

SRO Jimmy Luttrell said vaping products confiscated at Adair County Middle School alone cover one shelf in the unit.

There are many drugs being sold now that are marketed under commonly used names of things kids buy, like candy. Information in this mobile unit can educate young people to know what they are looking at and become more aware of the dangers they face.

The mobile unit will be available for use at schools and at community events. For information on the mobile drug education unit, contact City Hall at 270-384-2501.

 

Adair Fiscal Court Special Called Meeting 9/1/23

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in special called session on Friday, September 1, 2023 at 8:00amCT in the basement of the Adair Annex. The meeting is open to the public.
 

AGENDA

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

PRAYER

CALL TO ORDER

ROLL CALL  
                              

  1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  2. 2ND READING & ADOPTION OF ORDINANCE FOR REAPPORTIONMENT
  3. HIRE AND SET PAY RATE FOR FULL-TIME OCCUPATIONAL TAX DIRECTOR
  4. ADJOURNMENT

Columbia City Council Meeting 9/5/23

 
The Columbia City Council will meet on Tuesday, Septmber 5, 2023 at 6:00pmCT at City Hall for a Regular Called Meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
 
AGENDA
ROLL CALL
OPENING PRAYER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
 
1ST ITEM:    MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF AUGUST 7, 2023 REGULAR CALLED MEETING.
 
2ND ITEM:    2nd READING OF ORDINANCE 220.189 - AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE LEVYING AND COLLECTION OF AN AD VALOREM TAX FOR THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, KY FOR 2023
 
3RD ITEM:   APPROVAL TO SIGN RESOLUTION FOR THE COLUMBIA SANITATION TRUCK PROJECT.
 
4TH ITEM:   1ST READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 310.12  - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING 310.10
PROVIDING FOR THE COMPENSATION OF VOLUNTEER FIREMEN AS A REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES
 
5TH ITEM:    APPROVAL OF SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER CONTRACTS
 
COUNCIL COMMENTS
MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
CITIZENS COMMENTS: LIMIT 3 MINUTES PER CITIZEN OR ORGANIZATION
MOTION TO ADJOURN
 

KSP Arrests Two Individuals in Marion County Child Sexual Abuse Investigation

 

LEBANON, Ky. (August 29, 2023) – Troopers with Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 in Columbia have made two arrests in an ongoing investigation into the sexual abuse of a child in Marion County. The investigation began earlier this year when KSP Troopers received a report of sexual abuse of a child.

 

During the investigation, Troopers discovered that Jeremy Scott Cissell, age 42 of Springfield, had engaged in inappropriate physical contact with a juvenile in Marion County. This occurred approximately 5 years ago, making the victim 9 years old at the time of the incident. It was also discovered that Megan Michelle Reed, age 37 of Lebanon, had aided Mr. Cissell during the course of the incident.

 

Troopers obtained arrest warrants for both Mr. Cissell and Ms. Reed. The arrest warrants were served and both individuals were arrested on August 28, 2023. Jeremy Cissell was arrested in Washington County and charged with Sexual Abuse 1stDegree, Victim Under 12 Years of Age. Megan Reed was arrested in Marion County and charged with Facilitation of Sex Abuse 1st Degree, Victim Under 12.

 

Both have been lodged in the Marion County Detention Center and are currently held on a $25,000 cash bond. The case is being investigated by Trooper Trevor Sagrecy. Other charges may be pending as the investigation remains ongoing by Trooper Sagrecy.
 

Jamestown Police Hires New Officer

 

The Jamestown Police Department welcomed Jared Pierce as the departments newest officer. Pierce is a 2022 graduate of the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. Pierce was sworn in by Jamestown Mayor Regena Hinton and is looking forward to serving the city and the citizens of Jamestown.

 

Russell County Arrests 9/29/23

 
The following individuals were arrested by local law enforcement agencies on various charges...
 
  • James William Deel, 48, of Russell Springs - arrested on Monday night by KSP for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
     
  • Jason Glover, 25, of Jamestown - arrested on Monday morning by the RCSO for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Failure of Non-Owner/Operator to Maintain Required Insurance, Possession of Open Alcohol Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.
     
  • Shirley Gossage, 66, of Jamestown - arrested on Saturday by the RSPD for Careless Driving, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, and Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Adair County Man Arrested on Heroin Charges...

 

 

Tate Walkup, 23, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Adair County Deputy Camfield on Monday evening. Walkup was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Offense (Heroin) and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Legislative Update: Kentucky State Fair hosts legislative committees

 

The Kentucky State Fair was founded more than a century ago to celebrate our state’s incredible heritage, but also to bring Kentuckians together to educate, inform, and experience new things. I was honored to participate in a day of legislative committee meetings aimed at doing just that – bringing the legislative process to the people. While our day included some fun, our agenda was full and the discussions were helpful as we prepare for session. 

 

Here are some brief summaries of the work the interim joint committees (IJCs) did during this year’s visit to the Kentucky State Fair:

 

Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture: Representatives of the Kentucky State Fair Board presented to the board how the fair has impacted the state and the ongoing projects to further the development of the state fair and other events. The facility generates millions in event revenue for the state, in addition to providing both meeting space and playing an important role in the state’s disaster and emergency response. In addition, board members emphasized the importance of structural updates to the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, which received $180 million in funding to make structural improvements and upgrades to the facility. It is critical that we sustain this incredible asset to Kentucky’s tourism, public safety, economic development, and agricultural efforts.

 

Interim Joint Committee on Local Government: Legislators discussed opioid settlement fund distribution. The Kentucky Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission shared that $842 million through annual distribution will be dispersed through 2038 with 50% going to counties and cities and the other 50% going towards the commonwealth. The funding was calculated by the number of overdose deaths and the number of pill prescriptions per state, a similar formula will be used for distribution to counties in Kentucky.

 

Interim Joint Committee on State Government: Members received an update from county clerks about election policies and proposals to make efforts to verify election security more transparent and efficient. Testimony was also presented on a proposed constitutional amendment to allow voters to decide if the legislature should give local governments more flexibility in their approach to revenue.

 

Interim Joint Committee on Health Services: Committee members met at the state fair this week for their monthly meeting, and heard from a slate of stakeholders on establishing an all payer claims database, the impact the Covid pandemic had on the commonwealth as well as the future challenges we anticipate, and an update on midwifery licensure in the state. Currently in Kentucky, 38% of hospitals are in a state of financial struggle, largely due to the residual effects of COVID-19. Out of this 12 are in rural areas. During the pandemic, most hospitals did not conduct elective surgeries, and gave precedent to treating COVID patients with limited resource from the Federal Government. Because of this, revenue was at an all-time low for three years, resulting in some hospitals struggling to make ends meet. Now that the pandemic is considered over, most hospitals have band together to create an action plan if this kind of incident occurs again, and how to make up losses. 

 

Interim Joint Committee on Families and Children: Legislators held the committee’s third interim meeting and were presented with a wide variety of information and requests from many stakeholders from throughout the Commonwealth. The Lifeworks program at WKU presented their story and successes with helping individuals with Autism further develop life skills and the ability to obtain employment. Advocates for kinship care in Kentucky provided insight to the struggles of family members who take responsibility for a related child. Representatives from the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky unveiled their proposed expansion to better meet the mental health needs of the state. Finally, a representative of the Children’s Alliance spoke on the struggle to keep, retain, and open mental health providers and Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities in the state with the current level of Medicaid reimbursement.

 

Health and Human Services Delivery Task Force: Though this meeting did not happen at the state fair, it was still a very vital discussion that took place this week in Frankfort. Lawmakers met to discuss staff recruitment and retention efforts in several areas of the Cabinet of Health and Family Services, including the office responsible for inspecting the state’s nursing homes. According to cabinet representatives, the state still struggles to recruit new staff, but additional funding provided by the legislature and other policy changes have been helpful. The cabinet has had an influx of new employees, adding approximately 1,000 employees to its workforce over the last two years. 

 

As always, I can be reached anytime 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

 

Columbia Boil Water Advisory 8/28/23

 

 

Date Issued:  8/25/2023
Time Issued: 4:15 P.M.


A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for Columbia-Adair Utilities District customers from Hwy. 551 to Plum Point bridge & all side roads in between and Holmes Bend Road from Hwy. 551 to the lake & all side roads in between. 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.

 

Nelson County Woman Arrested on Felony Drug Charges After DUI Complaint


On Sunday, August 27, 2023 the Adair County Sheriffs Office received a complaint of a woman possibly under the influence in the Holmes Bend area.   
    

Deputy Chris Tweedy located the suspected vehicle and found the operator passed out, slumped over the steering wheel. Upon making contact with the driver, it was determined she was under the influence of alcohol and was found to be in possession of approximately 3 grams of suspected methamphetamine. 

Arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail was 39-year-old Amanda Quentana of Nelson County, KY who was charged with:

- Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol 
- Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine) 
- Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container 
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and
- Possession of Open Alcohol Container in Motor Vehicle

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.

 

AG Cost Share Program Deadline is Today

 

The deadline for submitting applications for 2023 CAIP (County Agriculture Investment Program) in Adair County is Monday, August 28th. The Kentucky Ag. Development Board has approved $206,000 for the 2023 CAIP. For more information or an application, stop by the Extension Office at 409 Fairground Street in Columbia or call 270-384-2317. 

 

 

Jamestown Structure Fire


At 6:20pmCT on Thursday night, August 24, 2023 the Jamestown Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on Viewpoint Road off of Boat Dock Road in Jamestown.
 

The first units on the scene found an abandoned structure that was being torn down, fully involved. Firefighters were able to save an outbuilding and a large barn located on the property. Due to the heat, Russell County EMS was put on standby.

 

The fire department was assisted by the Russell County Sheriffs Office. The fire is being investigated by Kentucky State Police.

 

Firefighters were on the scene for approximately 3 1/2 hours.

 

Columbia Boil Water Advisory Lifted 8/27/23

 

As of 12:01pmCT on Sunday, August 27, 2023 the boil water advisory for Columbia-Adair Utilities District customers from Hwy 551 to Plum Point bridge & all side roads in between, Holmes Bend Road from 551 to the lake & 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.

 

Adair County Man Indicted by Taylor County Grand Jury

 

Michael Moore of Columbia, KY was indicted last week by a Taylor County Grand Jury for Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Marijuana, Wanton Endangerment (3 counts), Fleeing or Evading Police, DUI, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance (Aggravating Circumstances), and Criminal Mischief 3rd degree.

 

Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.

 

Weekend Arrests 8/27/23

 
The following individuals were arrested on various charges and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center...
 
 
  1. Daniel Hammond, 44, of Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday evening by KSP for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified), and Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container.
     
  2. Angela Wallace, 51, of Albany - arrested by the Clinton County Sheriffs Office early Sunday morning for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Marijuana.
 
 

Russell Springs Boil Water Advisory Lifted

 

The Russell Springs Boil Water Advisory for 300 N Hwy 127 to 1109 N Hwy 127 and all side roads in between has been lifted affective at 8:58amCT on Sunday 8/27/23.

 

Burkesville Man Arrested by ACSO; Russell Springs Man Arrested by CPD

 
Donavan Alexander Waller, 29, of Burkesville, KY - arrested on Friday afternoon by the ACSO for Possession of Methamphetamine (2nd offense), Promoting Contraband, and Persistent Felony Offender. 
 
James Edward Campbell, 59, of Russell Springs - arrested on Thursday night by the CPD for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
 
Both men were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Russell Springs Boil Water Advisory 8/25/23

 
There is a Boil Water Advisory for Russell Springs Utilities customers starting at 300 N Hwy 127 to 1109 N Hwy 127 and all side roads in between. The advisory was issued due to a water main break. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.
 

Mark Twain Pre-Season Band Exhibition is Saturday, Aug. 26th

 

Saturday, August 26, 2023 is the Mark Twain Pre-season Band Exhibition hosted by the award winning Adair County Marching Band. This year marks the 46th year the event has been held!

 

There will be fantastic performances by area bands (including performances by the Adair and Russell County bands), food trucks, and a motorcycle raffle!

 

The event starts at 5:00pmCT. Admission is $10.00 (children 5 and under get in free) at the ACHS Football Field.

 

Latest Unemployment Numbers

 

Unemployment rates rose in 98 counties between July 2022 and July 2023, fell in 17, and stayed the same in five counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet.

Locally, unemployment rose year-to-year in Adair, Casey, Cumberland, Metcalfe, Russell and Taylor Counties, and was unchanged in Green County. Between June and July, unemployment rates rose in Adair, Green, Metcalfe, Russell and Taylor Counties, and remained unchanged in Casey and Cumberland Counties.

 

County

CLF

EMP

UNEMP

July23

June23

July22

Adair

6,848

6,434

414

6.0%

5.8%

5.1%

Casey

6,319

6,020

299

4.7%

4.7%

4.1%

Cumberland

3,359

3,235

124

3.7%

3.7%

3.2%

Green

4,852

4,641

211

4.3%

4.2%

4.3%

Metcalfe

3,847

3,647

200

5.2%

5.0%

4.9%

Russell

6,317

5,966

351

5.6%

5.5%

5.2%

Taylor

11,963

11,438

525

4.4%

4.2%

4.3%

 

Splash Pad Grand Opening, Magic Show & Back-to-School Giveaways 8/25/23

 

The City of Columbia wants to remind everyone of the Back to School event planned for Friday, August 25, 2023 beginning at 11:00amCT in Columbia. It will be held at the City Park (formerly known as the Adair County Fairgrounds) on Fairground Street.

 

This will be the Grand Opening of the splash pad with a ribbon-cutting at 12 noon, followed by a magic show by Magician Lance Burton.

 

There will be all types of giveaways for children including free t-shirts (while supplies last). Numerous organizations will be giving items away including backpacks, school supplies, and other items.

 

Snow cones, popsicles, popcorn, and cotton candy will be available. The Mark Twain Shriners Club will be providing hot dogs and hamburgers for children as well as sponsoring inflatables and a train for the kids to enjoy.

 

Two food trucks will be setup: Happy Hawg Barbeque and Luxe Lemon.

 

“We urge people to come out and enjoy the day,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots.

 

Limited seating will be available so bring your lawn chair.

 

Water will be available through the following businesses: UCB, Bank of Columbia, and Adair County Animal Hospital.

 

Parking will be available at the Adair County Extension Office and at the City Park.

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update 8/24/23

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on education first employers, transportation projects, sports wagering, grants to increase dementia care, inclement weather and recovery efforts in Eastern Kentucky. The Governor also named team members of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Education First Employers
On Tuesday, the Governor announced his partnership with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to launch a new initiative, Education First Employers, with leading companies across the commonwealth. The program aims to expand the commonwealth’s pipelines for skilled talent by allowing Kentuckians to earn a stable wage while pursuing in-demand credentials and increasing their earning potential. To learn more, click here.

 

Transportation Updates
The Governor provided an update on transportation projects occurring across the commonwealth.

 

This week, Kentucky joined Indiana to apply for a $632.3 million federal grant for the I-69 Ohio River Crossing project at Henderson and Evansville, Indiana. If approved, the timeline for the project will be accelerated.

 

Gov. Beshear announced that the upper deck of the Sherman Minton Bridge in Louisville reopened to traffic Tuesday afternoon following a repair of a faulty bearing that had forced the bridge’s closure. He thanked everyone who ensured the bridge was safe and repaired as quickly as possible.

 

The Governor also announced the selection of Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. as construction manager and general contractor for an ambitious project to rehabilitate overpass bridges and pavement in the heavily traveled Interstate Highway 65 Central Corridor through downtown Louisville.

 

Gov. Beshear announced today that he has approved discretionary transportation funding for more than $3.4 million that will go to 24 local governments to make improvements to local roads. The awardees include the cities of Buckhorn, Edmonton, Hazard, Manchester, Monticello and West Point, as well as Barren, Bath, Butler, Caldwell, Carlisle, Elliott, Floyd, Green, Hopkins, Knott, Knox, LaRue, Lawrence, Madison, Menifee, Mercer, Nicholas and Washington counties.

 

The Governor announced that his administration awarded $1.25 million through the Transportation Cabinet for railroad crossing safety projects. The awards are going to Norfolk Southern Railway, Paducah and Louisville Railway, RJ Corman Railroad Group and Transkentucky Transportation Railroad. The projects are in Hardin, Hopkins, Jefferson, Kenton, Logan, Nicholas and Scott counties.

 

Sports Wagering
Gov. Beshear updated Kentuckians on sports betting as retail locations open Sept. 7. Tuesday, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted to approve temporary licenses for sports wagering operators and service providers. With the approval of these licenses, Kentucky bettors now know the retail facilities where they can place a sports wager and which mobile applications will be licensed in the state. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Grant to Increase Dementia Care
Gov. Beshear announced that Kentucky will receive $2 million in federal funding to improve dementia care. The state will use the funding to create a statewide Alzheimer’s and Related Disease Coalition that will take the lead on identifying specific community priorities and implementing programs to enhance early detection of dementia, improve dementia care and support the caregivers who take care of these Kentuckians.

 

“From Day One as Governor, my administration has been committed to expanding access to health care for all Kentuckians, and that includes improving care for our seniors,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’re going to keep working on behalf of our aging Kentuckians to ensure they have access to the best resources and health care possible.”

 

Inclement Weather and Eastern Kentucky Flood Update
The Governor said a significant portion of the commonwealth has been issued an excessive heat warning as hot and humid weather continue through Friday. Afternoon temperatures will reach the mid-90s, with the heat index exceeding 100 degrees today and tomorrow. Some counties are establishing cooling centers for those in need.

 

“We want Kentuckians to be prepared and that includes drinking plenty of fluids, staying in an air-conditioned room, staying out of the sun and checking up on relatives and neighbors,” said Gov. Beshear. “We encourage individuals to contact their local emergency management agency to inquire if there are resources established in their local community.”

 

Gov. Beshear also provided an update on recovery and rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky. Currently, 65 families are housed in travel trailers and 317 households have transitioned out of the Commonwealth Sheltering Program in Eastern Kentucky.

 

As of this week, FEMA has approved more than $108.6 million in Individual Assistance Grants. So far, over 736 survivors have received the maximum FEMA grant, bringing the total Housing Assistance maximum grants to over $27.8 million.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
The Governor named the team members of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. Last week, KYTC won an award in the Operations Excellence category as part of the annual America’s Transportation Awards for their response in Mayfield following the 2021 tornadoes.

 

“From working to fix structural damage to moving travel trailers to providing medium-term housing for our Kentucky families displaced, these leaders went above and beyond,” said Gov. Beshear. “Thank you to all of our fellow Team Kentucky members at the Transportation Cabinet for your dedication and commitment to the people of Mayfield and all across our commonwealth.”

 

District 1 Chief Engineer Kyle Poat and Deputy Highway Engineer Jason Siwula joined today’s update to discuss their work in the rebuilding efforts in Mayfield.

 

“We are a small part of a great team. There are so many people that were behind the scenes as well that helped out in this,” said Poat. “We are appreciative of the efforts being recognized, but most importantly, it was about helping those people. That’s what we are all here to do.”

 

“I am so thankful to be a part of the team and help those who were impacted. Without the work of the Transportation Cabinet partnering with others, things would have taken additional time that a lot of those families didn’t have,” said Siwula. “I am just so thankful to be a part of those efforts.”

 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray congratulated the team:
 

“We are so proud of these two – who represent so many of the men and women in the Transportation Cabinet,” said Secretary Gray. “When you hear them talk about their colleagues and team members, it reminds me of an old adage – there is no limit to what an individual can achieve, as long as they don’t mind who gets the credit. This is the kind of leadership we have with this Governor, and we are so thankful.”

 

Adair Fiscal Court Emergency Called Meeting 8/25/23

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will have an Emergency Called Meeting for the purpose of transferring funds to the Adair County Sheriff’s office to meet obligations for payroll on August 25, 2023 at 9:00amCT in the basement of the Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. The meeting is open to the public 
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
  1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  2. PERMISSION FOR THE COUNTY TREASURER TO TRANSFER FUNDS TO THE ADAIR COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT FOR PAYROLL OBLIGATIONS ON AUGUST 25, 2023
  3. ADJOURN

 

ACSO Arrests TN Man for Sex Offenses Involving Minor

 

Jonathan Tyler Berryman, 27, of Coalmont, TN was arrested on Wednesday evening by the ACSO for Tampering with Physical Evidence, Procurement Use of a Minor by Electronic Means, Use of a Minor Under 18 in a Sex Performance, and Possession of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor (12 to 18 years old).

Berryman was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Splash Pad Grand Opening this Friday


Master Magician Lance Burton and Miss Adair County Fair MacKenzie Bennett worked earlier this week on part of the act for the Grand Opening of the Splash Pad planned for Friday in Columbia. The event will start at 11 a.m. at the City Park on Fairground Street. The ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 12 noon, with the magic show starting immediately after.

Lance Burton will be performing a magic show during the grand opening. He promises something for the kids and adults.

"I am very very fortunate that Mayor Pam Hoots asked me to take part in the Grand Opening. Magic appeals to all age groups. I hope everyone will come out on Friday to see the show and see the amazing new addition to the park."

The events will include: shirts for children as long as supplies last, snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy, school supplies, and more. Members of the Adair County Family Resource Center; as well as the new school superintendent, are planning to be there.

There will be around  displays through the park. The Mark Twain Shriners Club will be having hamburgers and hot dogs for the children. They are supplying inflatables and a train for children that day.

There will be two food trucks set up for people to use: Happy Hawg Barbeque and Luxe Lemon. 

"We are so excited to have this event in our community," stated Mayor Pamela Hoots. 

Numerous businesses, organizations, and individuals are sponsoring the event. Water is going to be available sponsored by Bank of Columbia.

The City would like to extend their appreciation to the Adair County Extension Office for providing additional parking for the event on Friday.


There will be some parking available at the park. We encourage people to come early to get spaces.

Master Magician Lance Burton and Miss Adair County Fair MacKenzie Bennett teamed up recently to add magic at the new splash pad in Columbia.
 

Area Arrests 8-23-23

 

Sheena Butrum, 33, of Jamestown, KY was taken into custody by Deputy Ron Goldmen with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday night. Butrum was charged with Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol and Reckless Driving.

 

Kyle Montgomery, 30, of Russell Springs was arrested by Officer Davis of the Russell Springs Police Department on Tuesday evening. Montgomery was charged with Criminal Trespassing – 1st Degree and Voyeurism.

 

Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

CPD Reponds to LWC after report of Woman Behaving erratically


On Saturday, August 19, 2023 CPD Officers responded to Lindsey Wilson College for a report of a female behaving erratically. Officers located the female and observed she was under the influence and found her to be in possession of marijuana. 


When Officers attempted to take the party into custody, she became combative with Officers before being placed into the cruiser.


Once at the Adair County Regional Jail, the female was also actively resisting and fighting with jail staff before being subdued.


Jalen Luttrell, 18, of Gravel Switch, KY is facing numerous charges including public intoxication, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest, and three counts of assault third degree. 

Officer Holly Necessary made the arrest. She was assisted by Officer Joey Keith.

 

Russell Springs Woman Arrested on Wanton Endangerment and other Charges at Columbia Business


The Columbia Police Department responded to Walmart on Tuesday evening, August 22, 2023 after receiving a report of a female in the store intoxicated while also wheeling a baby in a shopping cart.


Officers made contact with the female and determined she was under the influence, taking her into custody. Officers also located the female's vehicle in the parking lot and K9 Unit Cally was used at which point she alerted on the vehicle. A search of auto yielded findings of narcotics and paraphernalia.


Alisha Stotts, 26, of Russell Springs has been charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, alcohol intoxication, and wanton endangerment first degree. A family member was contacted and took the baby into their care. 


Sgt Evan Burton was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officers Trevor Foster and Holly Necessary.

 

Columbia Fire Dept. Responds to House Fire

 

The Columbia - Adair County Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire at approximately 9:12pmCT on Monday night at 574 Parrott Avenue. Upon arrival, firefighters found a residential structure with smoke coming out of the roof of the home. Firefighters made entry into the residence and quickly extinguished the blaze.


Eighteen firefighters responded and were on the scene for approximately 1 hour.

 

The Columbia-Adair County Fire Department was assisted on scene by Adair County E911, Kentucky Utilities, Adair County Ambulance Service, Columbia Police Department, & the Red Cross.

 

Ohio Man Arrested in Columbia on Alcohol Related Charges

 
Joshua Wallace, 31, of Rome, Ohio was arrested by Columbia Police for Reckless Driving, Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle. He was lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.

Casey County Man Arrested on Numerous Charges Following Traffic Stop

 
William Scottie Phelps, 42, of Dunnville, KY was arrested on Tuesday afternoon, August 22, 2023 by KSP for Speeding, Reckless Driving, Failure to Comply with Helmet Law, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree (Police Officer), Fleeing or Evading Police (Motor Vehicle), Failure to Non-Owner/Operator to Maintain Required Insurance, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, and No Registration Plates.
 
Mr. Phelps was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Columbia Boil Water Advisory

 

Date Issued:  8/21/2023

Time Issued:  9:00 pm 

 

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 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 three 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.
 

Area Arrest 8-22-23

Joseph Chapman, age 58, of Columbia, was arrested by Deputy Hitch of the Adair County Sheriff’s Office around 11 last night. Chapman, was charged with Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Alcohol – 3rd, Reckless Driving, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicles Prohibited and Driving DUI Suspended License -1st Offense (Aggravated Circumstances). He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Russell County School Board Meeting 8-21-23

The Russell County Board of Education met last evening. Superintendent Michael Ford has details on what took place for WAVE NEWS…

 

 

'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' Underway Through 9/4/23

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2023) – As Labor Day quickly approaches, Kentuckians are reminded to celebrate the end of summer safely by planning for a sober, designated driver if festivities include alcohol.

 

“Our top priority is keeping Kentuckians safe,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “If you are under the influence and choose to get behind the wheel, you put everyone on the road in danger, including yourself. Let’s work together to eliminate preventable crashes by committing to celebrate responsibly.”

 

While law enforcement officers patrol for impaired drivers year-round, impaired driving crashes typically increase over holidays, so the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and law enforcement across the nation in reminding drivers to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

 

“It is never acceptable to drive impaired,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “Drivers must understand that drugs and alcohol not only hinder your ability to drive but also affect your judgment about whether you can or should drive. You may think you’re fine, but impairment slows judgment, coordination and reaction times.”

 

According to the KOHS, last year in Kentucky there were 4,127 total crashes involving an impaired driver, resulting in 1,990 injuries and 189 deaths. Of the 1,575 total motorcycle crashes last year, 749 involved only the motorcyclist (single-vehicle crash). Of those single-vehicle crashes, 44 involved alcohol, resulting in 32 injuries and 11 deaths.

 

Last year during the Labor Day holiday weekend, there were 76 crashes involving an impaired driver, resulting in 44 injuries and one death.

 

The KOHS recommends the following:

  • Before the festivities begin, plan a way to get home at the end of the night safely;
  • If you’re impaired, use a ride-booking company, taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation to get home safely;
  • If you see an impaired driver, safely pull over and contact law enforcement. You may dial the KSP toll-free line directly at 1-800-222-5555 or call 911. Provide a vehicle description, license number, location and, if possible, direction of travel;
  • If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to their destination safely;
  • Wear a seat belt! It is not only the law, it is the best defense against an impaired driver. Buckling up helps prevent injury and death if involved in a crash.

For more information on drunken driving visit kydrivesober.com.

 

KSP Focus on Brake Safety for Commercial Vehicles

 

Frankfort, Ky. (August 21, 2023) - This week kicks off Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) week-long brake safety inspection, education and enforcement initiative. Kentucky State Police (KSP) Commercial Vehicle Inspectors are joining others from Canada, Mexico and across the U.S. to conduct brake-related inspections to improve highway safety.

 

In addition to checking the brake-system operation, inspectors will also examine the condition of brake pads for cracks, loose, worn or missing brake pads.

 

Commercial motor vehicles that pass a Level I or V Inspection are eligible to receive a CVSA decal. A CVSA decal signals to roadside inspectors that the vehicle has been recently inspected and passed inspection (decals are valid for up to three consecutive months). This allows inspectors to focus their time on vehicles that have not been recently inspected.

 

Conversely, when an inspector performs an inspection and identifies critical vehicle inspection item violations, as outlined in the CVSA North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, that vehicle will be placed out of service until those violations have been corrected.

 

Brake Safety Week is part of CVSA’s Operation Airbrake Program, which is dedicated to improving commercial motor vehicle brake safety throughout North America.

 

Russell Co. Woman Arrested on Meth Charges

 

Julia Beckner, 41, of Russell Springs was arrested on Monday afternoon, August 21, 2023 by the RCSO for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol), Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Prescription Controlled Substance Not In Proper Container, and Failure to Appear. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Russell Co. Man Arrested on Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

 

Donovan Lee Morton, 25, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Sunday evening, August 20, 2023 by KSP for Obstructed Vision and/or Windshield, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Failure to Maintain Required Insurance, Trafficking in Methamphetamine (2nd or greater offense), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon.
 
Morton was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Legislative task forces provide preview of 2024 Regular Session priorities

 

As a member of the General Assembly, I am often asked about our priorities for the upcoming session. While a few bills are drafted to address last minute issues, most of the legislation that becomes law is the result of months long of hard work, preparation and study by committees and working groups. During the 2023 Legislative Interim, the House and Senate developed seven task forces to study specific issues that will lead our agenda during the 2024 Regular Session. 

 

Certificate of Need: Legislators created the panel to focus on issues pertaining to Certificate of Need, as well as identifying both areas of improvement and potential changes. The certificate of need requirement has long been a point of discussion among lawmakers considering how to improve access to quality healthcare. A certificate of need (CON) is simply a legal document required in Kentucky before a proposed acquisition, expansion, or creation of a healthcare facility can take place. The process behind these documents grew in the years following World War II and stemmed from the federal government’s desire to ensure a community’s population could sustain a healthcare project funded with tax dollars. Some type of certificate of need requirement exists in more than 30 other states today. While it was designed to ensure access to affordable care, CON opponents believe the government’s intervention is eliminating competition that could improve the delivery of care. Lawmakers have grappled with the issue for several decades and this year’s task force began as a result of discussion during the 2023 Regular Session. The legislative task force was created to investigate the commonwealth’s CON program, as well as how it ties in with the state health plan as well as other existing laws and regulations relating to the healthcare industry. 

 

Thus far, the task force has met two times. In the first meeting, the focus was aimed on issues in the current program and identifying both areas of improvement and potential solutions. In the second meeting, members heard from stakeholders on the benefits of CON to the healthcare industry. The next meeting is scheduled to take place on August 21.

 

Jail and Corrections Reform: Legislative leadership created the panel to focus on issues pertaining to financial and infrastructure issues facing the jail and corrections system of Kentucky as well as investigating the state’s policy on bail, and identifying both areas of improvement and potential solutions. Kentucky's justice system has faced several significant challenges and problems over the years, and nowhere is that more obvious than the state’s prison and corrections system. Many of the state’s prisoners remain housed in county jails, leading to both overcrowding, financial strain, and concerns that the federal government may intervene. This task force, called for under the provisions of HCR 82, is studying existing jail and correctional facilities to determine if they are adequate and meet the state’s current and future needs. Members are also looking into pretrial and post-conviction data, as well as how the ability to post bail plays into pretrial release for those charged with various types of crimes.

 

The task force has met two times, hearing first from the Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky Jailers Association. They both shared concerns on overcrowding in county jails. In the second meeting, members received an update from the Department of Corrections on their classification and work programs. The next meeting is scheduled to take place on August 28.

 

Local Government Annexation: Legislative leadership created the panel to focus on issues pertaining to city annexation, as well as identifying both areas of improvement and potential solutions. With city annexation becoming an increasingly contentious issue in some areas of the commonwealth, members of the task force are delving into current statutory requirements, as well as consider the benefits and drawbacks of existing polices, on local governance. Members are exploring the effects of annexation on issues such as taxation, economic development, public safety, emergency services, and utilities.

 

Thus far, the task force has met one time. In the meeting, members discussed the current annexation laws and heard the perspective of the cities and counties. The next meeting is scheduled for August 25.

 

School and Campus Security: Legislative leadership created the panel to focus on issues pertaining to school safety, as well as identifying both areas of improvement and potential solutions. The task force results from conversations during session and a desire to keep school safety at the forefront after the landmark School Safety Act passed in 2019. This legislation developed and implemented a school safety coordinator training program. The program consists of instruction on policies and procedures for conducting emergency response drills using an all-hazards approach, identification of response to threats for school safety, and preparing for school safety security risks. The legislation also established the office of the state school security marshal to enhance school safety and create a school security risk assessment tool.

 

The task force is reviewing access to mental health services provided within school districts and review federal funding available to expand services. The School and Campus Safety Task Force is looking at what was implemented in SB 1 to ensure it is being carried out in order to keep Kentucky’s children safe while at school. This task force is crucial to ensuring Kentucky’s schools are safe and have the resources necessary to serve all students. 

 

Thus far, the task force has met two times. In the first meeting, the committee received a presentation about the School Safety and Resiliency Act, which passed during the 2019 Regular Session. The measure was designed to boost school safety by improving the type of personnel, systems and structures and student culture in Kentucky’s schools. In the second meeting, members heard from the Kentucky Center for School Safety, Office of the State School Security Marshall, and the Kentucky Department of Education on student mental health. The next meeting is scheduled for September 19.

 

Kentucky Health and Human Services Delivery System: Legislative leadership created the panel to focus on issues pertaining to health and human services delivery, as well as identifying both areas of improvement and potential solutions. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services contains scores of agencies, offices, and programs aimed at protecting the health of all Kentuckians and providing services to help individuals meet basic needs like housing and food, particularly for our most vulnerable. As you can imagine, it is a multi-billion expenditure in the budget legislators write, so we have a vested interest in ensuring the state’s resources are invested well.

 

This task force began its work during the last interim and continues to study the organizational structure, operations, and administration of programs, policies, and procedures within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to determine if or how services can be delivered more effectively and efficiently. In addition, task force members are continuing the legislature’s work to ensure public programs created to provide safety nets do not prevent individuals from returning to the workforce or becoming independent.

 

Thus far, the task force has met twice. In the first meeting, the committee received updates from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services on the impact of SB 48 23RS, the impact of the ending of the federal COVID-19 emergency, and 23RS legislation impact on cabinet operations. In the second meeting, members discussed the implementation of HJR 38 and received an update on child welfare in Kentucky. The next meeting is scheduled for August 22.

 

As always, I can be reached anytime through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181. You can also contact me via e-mail atAmy.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.
 

Adair County FFA Wins Several Events at Kentucky State Fair


The Adair County FFA is heading home from the 2023 Kentucky State Fair with lots of accomplishments. Congratulations to the FFA!

 

  • Grand Champion FFA Auctioneer Matthew McGuffin
  • Grand Champion Agriculture Mechanics Exhibit
  • Grand Champion Individual Agriculture Mechanics Exhibit
  • Grand Champion Large Restoration Agriculture Mechanics
  • Seed ID 2nd Place Myla Curry
  • Welding 4th place Bode Richard, Kaden Richard, Peter Mendoza, Grayson Maslen. Peter Mendoza was 10th High Individual and received a $1,000 Scholarship to KWI
  • Dairy Judging 5th Place Lilee Wall, Harper Grider, Preston Wisdom and Trenton Page
  • Meats Judging 7th Place - Ally Brown, Ellie Cheatham, Sarai Collins, Hallie Burton

Holmes Bend Beach Closed this Week


This week, due to unsafe E. coli levels, Holmes Bend Beach will be closed!


Beach samples are taken weekly and once the levels drop to a safe level, we will re-open the beach.

 

Other public beaches available for swimming include Smith Ridge Beach and the Green River Lake State Park Beach.

 

Weekend Arrests

 
The following individuals were arrested on various charges this weekend...
 
  • Benjamin Bault, 39, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested on Sunday morning by the RCSO for Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon.
  • Hector Rodriguez-Hernandez, 40, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested early Sunday morning by the RSPD for DUI, No Operators License, and Careless Driving.
  • Thomas Torres, 33, of Waterbury, Connecticut - arrested on Friday night by the RCSO for Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Permitting Vehicle to Run Unattended, Obstructing Governmental Operations, Speeding, No Registration Plates, and Assault 3rd degree (of a Police or Probation Officer).
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • Arron Bernard, 28, of Columbia, KY - arrested on Sunday by the CPD for DUI, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle, License to be in Possession, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.
  • Kevin Martin, 41, of Columbia, KY - arrested on Sunday morning by the ACSO for Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License and Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol (2nd or greater offense).
  • Jalen Theresa Rose Luttrell, 18, of Gravel Switch, KY - arrested on Saturday by the CPD for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol), Menacing, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of Marijuana.
  • Christopher Corbin, 39, of Columbia, KY - arrested on Friday by KSP for Burglary 3rd degree, Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees or Fines, and 3 counts of Failure to Appear.
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

KY State Fair Largest Pumpkin came from Adair County; Largest Pumpkin from Monroe County

 
The crowning of the largest pumpkin and watermelon grown on Bluegrass soil was held this weekend at the 2023 Kentucky State Fair.
 
The winner with the largest pumpkin was Scott Bayuk of Columbia, KY with a weight of  1,270.6 lbs. The WAVE's Lisa Clark and Chris Wilson, host of the Golden Rule Gospel Hour, had a chance to talk with Scott Bayuk on the air on Sunday morning...
 
The largest watermelon rang in at a whopping 276.8 pounds and was grown by Joseph Miller of Tompkinsville, KY. 
 
The long-standing contest, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, is a highly anticipated event at the Kentucky State Fair. The fair runs through Sunday, August 27th in Louisville.
 
Scott Bayuk of Columbia, KY
 
 
Joseph Miller of Tompkinsville, KY
 

CACEDA Considered for KPDI Round 2 Funding

 

The Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority received word on Friday, August 18, 2023, that it is being considered for KPDI Round 2 funding.  Michaela Martin, the Site Selection Group representative, stated in an email, “We are excited to inform you that you have been selected for further consideration for potential funding!”   

 
The Site Selection Group was in Adair County last fall when evaluating the EDA’s KPDI Round 1 application. SSG was very complimentary of our Park and community, and the EDA ultimately received the maximum amount of funding for Round 1 ($459,441). The Adair County Fiscal Court and City Council agreed to set aside ARPA money to help the EDA with the dollar-for-dollar match requirement to construct a certified build-ready pad in the Green River Commerce Park. Because the Group was here for a Round 1 visit, this visit will be virtual sometime during the week of September 18th. 
 
We are thrilled at making it to this phase of Round 2. Of course, nothing is definite; but I believe we have a great shot at been funded in Round 2.  This application includes a spec building that will be built on the pad constructed with the Round 1 dollars, and a second entrance to the south side of the Park near Todd Metals.  
 
Heather Spoon
 

NWS: Prolonged Late Summer Heat Wave Begins Sunday


According to the National Weather Service (NWS), confidence remains very high that we'll have highs in the lower 90s Sunday, and the mid to upper 90s each day this coming week. The heat index will likely exceed 100 degrees on multiple days. We could see Heat Advisory headlines, or if confidence increases, several consecutive days of the heat index reaching 105 could trigger an Excessive Heat Warning.  

While this will not be the most intense heat wave, it will be an extended period of hot temperatures. Have a plan to take heat related precautions, and check on your neighbors, especially if they are at greater risk for heat illnesses.  
 

Tompkinsville Man Sentenced to Over 11 Years in Federal Prison for Meth Trafficking

 
Bowling Green, KY – A Tompkinsville, Kentucky man was sentenced yesterday (Thursday, August 17, 2023) to 11 years and 1 month in prison for methamphetamine trafficking.
 
U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge J. Todd Scott of the DEA Louisville Field Division, and Director Ron Lafferty of the Barren River Drug Task Force made the announcement.
 
According to court documents, on June 10, 2022, and July 7, 2022, in Monroe County, Kentucky, Chad Emberton¸ 45, distributed five grams or more of methamphetamine to another person. Following release from his 11-year and 1-month prison sentence, Emberton was ordered to serve 4 years on supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
 
This case was investigated by the DEA Bowling Green Post of Duty Office and the Barren River Drug Task Force.
 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. Yurchisin II, of the U.S. Attorney’s Bowling Green Branch Office, prosecuted the case.
 

Adair Co. Man in Jail on Murder Charges

 
According to jail records, David Denney, 44, of Columbia was arrested on Thursday afternoon, August 17, 2023 by KSP for Murder. He is lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

2-Vehicle Campbellsville Collision Sends One Person to Hospital

 

On Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at 12:54 P.M., Campbellsville Police responded to a collision with injuries at the intersection of Lone Valley Road and Kentucky Highway 55. 

 

A 2007 GMC pickup truck operated by 43-year old Jason L. Underwood of Campbellsville was on Lone Valley Road and attempted to cross Kentucky 55.  Underwood pulled into the path of a 2018 Nissan Altima operated by 56-year old Thomas S. Franklin, also of Campbellsville. 

 

Underwood was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville - Taylor County EMS for treatment. Mr. Franklin and his passenger, 53-year old Tanya Franklin, were not injured.

 

Russell County Woman Arrested on Meth Charges

 

Brittany Jessee, 33, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Deputy Phipps of the Russell County Sheriff’s Office early Wednesday morning and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1st Offense. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Adair County School Board Meeting 8/17/23

 
The Adair County School Board will meet for the Regular Monthly Meeting on Thursday, August 17, 2023 at 6:00pmCT at the Adair County Board Conference Room.
 
***Adair County Board Members will open meeting with Pledge of Allegiance***
***Prayer***
 
1.         APPROVAL OF AGENDA 
2.         APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA 
 
CONSENT AGENDA
3.       APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
4.       APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT
5.       APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS 
6.       APPROVAL TO ASSURE THAT ALL ASSURANCES ARE LISTED IN THE GMAP CONSOLIDATED GRANT APPLICATION 
7.       APPROVAL TO APPLY FOR ANY AND ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL OR PRIVATE GRANT OPPORTUNITIES THAT WOULD BE ADVANTAGEOUS TO THE ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE 2023/2024 SCHOOL YEAR
8.       REVIEW/APPROVAL OF ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT FOR THE 2023/2024 SCHOOL YEAR  
9.       APPROVAL OF ADMISSIONS AND RELEASE COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS (ARC) FOR THE 2023/2024 SCHOOL YEAR – Wes Irvin 
10.    APPROVAL OF DISTRICT SPED PROCEDURE CHANGES – AMENDMENTS TO 707 KAR 1:340 (3) AND (4) AND 707 KAR 1:002 (29) AND (65) – Wes Irvin 
11.    APPROVAL OF MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE KENTUCKY HIGHER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE AUTHORITY AND KENTUCKY CAMPUS COMPACT AND THE ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE 2023/2024 SCHOOL YEAR
12.    ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION 
___________________________________________
 
REGULAR AGENDA 
13.      SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT 
14.      APPROVAL OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH TJ HEALTH FOR HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER/SPORTS FOR THE 2023/2024 SCHOOL YEAR (THIRD RENEWAL AGREEMENT) – Stacey Biggs 
15.      APPROVAL FOR OUT OF STATE TRAVEL FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY BASEBALL TEAM TO TRAVEL TO DESTIN/FORT WALTON BEACH TO PLAY IN THE 2024 BEACH BASH THAT WILL TAKE PLACE DURING SPRING BREAK, MARCH 31 – APRIL 5, 2024 – Ryan McQueary
16.      APPROVAL TO SCRAP TECHNOLOGY SURPLUS – Jason Rector 
17.      APPROVAL OF DATA BREACH NOTIFICATION UPDATE – Jason Rector 
18.      DISCUSSION/APPROVAL OF TAX RATES FOR 2023/2024 – Jason Faulkner/Jaimie Wisdom 
19.      APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Jaimie Wisdom 
20.      APPROVAL TO APPLY FOR ESSER II LIQUIDATION EXTENSION WITH KDE – Jason Faulkner/Jaimie Wisdom 
21.      APPROVAL TO APPLY FOR AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR NEW GREENHOUSE – Jason Faulkner 
22.      APPROVAL FOR ADAIR COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO UTILIZE A SCHOOL WIDE FUNDRAISER THROUGH PALMETTO FUNDRAISING STARTING SEPTEMBER 18, 2023 – Sommer Brown 
23.      BUILDING & GROUNDS UPDATE – Steve Burton 
24.      PUBLIC COMMENTS 
25.      ADJOURNMENT
 

August 13-19, 2023 Proclaimed "Farmers Market Week" in Columbia

 

The week of August 13-19, 2023 has been proclaimed as "Farmers Market Week" in Columbia. 

 

The proclamation says, in part, that it is for recognition of our local Farmers Market for their service and dedication to the community. The local Farmers Market is one of the most active in our region. They have approximately 25 to 30 vendors weekly.

 

"We appreciate Farmers Market and their commitment to Columbia," said Mayor Pamela Hoots.

 

 

Job Opportunities in the Community from the Russell County Chamber

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Contact the Russell County Chamber before noon on Thursday with any JOB OPPORTUNITY that you have. An updated list will be posted to the Chamber's Facebook page on Thursday afternoon. 

THIS INFORMATION IS FROM THE KENTUCKY CABINET FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT...

Over the past few years, Kentucky has experienced remarkable economic progress and we’re now taking the significant step to determine the best path forward for economic development in Kentucky, and as a key partner, we want your input.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and the Kentucky Association of Economic Development have joined forces to develop a five-year strategic plan that aligns with our state’s unique strengths and focuses on a set of priorities to deliver economic progress, income growth, and employment opportunities across the Commonwealth’s unique and interconnected communities. Your participation in this survey is essential to the strategic plan. Please feel free to forward this email to your contacts. 


To take the survey: https://www.surveys.online/jfe/form/SV_6zYVM0WD4igzA6q

 

NPact Apparel is looking to hire a full time screen printer. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Prior screen printing experience is preferred but not required. NPact Apparel is also hiring someone for the embroidery department. Applicants must have an eye for detail and design, be a multi-tasker and able to thrive in a high paced environment. For more information or to apply, visit them at 2385 Lakeway Drive, Suite B3 in Russell Springs, KY.

City of Russell Springs is currently accepting applications for the position of Utilities Clerk. Must be detail-oriented and customer focused. Starting pay is $13.00 an hour with state retirement and health insurance. To apply, visit the website https://russellsprings.net/7659-2/ to download an application. Drop the completed application to the City Clerk-487 Main Street, Russell Springs, KY  before 10:00 am, cst on August 24th. For more information, contact City Hall at 270-866-3981, ext. 9.

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park is looking for someone with mowing and/or grounds maintenance experience.  Monday-Friday from 7:00-3:00 at $12.15 an hour. For more information, email cadylee.coffey@ky.gov or call 270-343-8828.

Russell County Hospital  is hiring for several positions:  a full time food and nutritionist, a physical therapist, a full time respiratory therapist (CRT/RRT) and a HR generalist/payroll. Apply online at https://www.russellcohospital.org/ Click the “careers” tab and apply today!

Bell’s Paralegal Services, LLC is looking to hire a full time secretary and a part time paralegal. Call Jeremy at 270-585-2127 or apply in person at 675 S. Hwy. 55, Jamestown, KY. 42629.

Fair Oaks Rehabilitation Center  is currently hiring for full time LPN and RN as well as CNA and CMA. Sign on bonus offered. Apply in person at 1 Sparks Avenue, Jamestown, KY 42629 or call 270-343-2101 and ask for Tyson or Natalie.

 
Jax’s Cool Convenience  has a Full Time Opportunity and Competitive Pay
Responsibilities:
- Preparing food for service
- Setting up and stocking stations with all necessary supplies
- Cook menu items in cooperation with the rest of the team members
- Maintain a positive and professional approach with coworkers and customers
- Friendly Personality
*Previous cooking experience is required
Interested? You can apply in person at Jax's-84 W. Steve Wariner Drive, Russell Springs, KY.!

 

Back to School in Russell County today!

It’s back to school today for Russell County Students…

Driver are asked to use caution when out on the roads, please watch for the school buses and student drivers as they head back to classes.

Also, please be extra cautious when driving in the school zones!

Columbia/Adair County Fire Department Responds to House Fire Tuesday

Columbia - Adair County Fire Department was dispatched at 5:14pm to 25 Buck Watson Rd on a report of a house fire. Upon arrival firefighters found a double wide mobile home with smoke showing. Firefighters made entry into the residence and quickly extinguished the fire. There was a total of 11 firefighters on scene for approximately 1.5 hours.

Adair Judge Issues Executive Order Closing Adair Annex for Funeral of Jeff Feese

 
Adair Co. Judge Executive Larry Russell Bryant has signed an Executive Order closing the Adair Annex building, and all offices therein, on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at 2:00pmCT to attend the funeral of Jeff Feese former Adair County PVA, co-worker, and friend. Jeff served the County of Adair as PVA from 2014-2018 and worked as a field representative for the Department of Revenue for over 25 years. The Executive Order goes on to ask the citizens of Adair County to remember and honor Mr. Feese’s service to our county and state.

KY 551 in Adair County Reduced to One Lan

 

SOMERSET, KY (Aug. 15, 2023) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that starting today (Tuesday), KY 551 in Adair County will be reduced to one lane for culvert replacements.

 

Work will be performed between the intersection of KY 901 (mile point 0.4) and David Butler Road (mile point 1.1). Temporary traffic signals will be in place on the north and south bound approaches for the lane closure. 
 

Work is expected to be completed by November 10. 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. 
 

CACEDA Board Meeting 8/15/23

 

The Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority will hold a Board of Directors Meeting at 8:00amCT on Tuesday, August 15, 2023 in the board room of the Training and Development Center (Chamber Building) at 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY.

Agenda:

  • Presiding - Bobby Morrison, Chairman
    • Welcome, Call to Order, Determination of a Quorum, Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance 
  • Approval of Minutes for July 25, 2023 meeting as presented - Doyle Lloyd, Secretary
  • Approval of Treasurer's financial report - Roger Meadows
     
  • Business
    1. Mowing Update - Kenzie
    2. Board Member Terms Update
    3. Election of Officers or Extension of Terms
      1. Treasurer
      2. Chairman
    4. Gift for Bardstown Tourism Director - $50
    5. Community Day Visit in Frankfort - August 21, 2023
      1. Attendees
    6. Signage Design and Implementation Plan
    7. Small Businesses - How can the EDA help with growth and opportunities
    8. Logo Creation Ideas for Marketing
    9. EDA Story Update - Video Clip from Logan's Lens
    10. TIF - Next Steps
    11. Pennyroyal Status Update
      1. Addressing complete w/ 911 & USPS
    12. LCADD Involvement

 

  • Other Business
  • 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.
  • Return to Regular Session
  • Motion to Adjourn
  • Next regular meeting: Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 8amCT

 

Russell County Arrests 8/14/23

 
Audie Beard, 56, of Columbia, KY - arrested by Jamestown Police on Monday, August 14, 2023 for DUI (4th or greater offense) and Driving on a DUI Suspended License (3rd offense - Aggravated Circumstances). 
 
Charles Florio, 24, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested on Monday morning by the RCSO for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Milling and Paving Operations Begin Tonight on Jamestown Street (KY 55X) in Columbia

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Aug. 14, 2023) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 Office advises motorists that a resurfacing project will begin tonight on KY 55X (Jamestown Street) in Columbia.

 

Weather permitting, contractors will begin milling operations tonight on KY 55X between the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Expressway interchange (mile point 0.42) and extending north to the intersection of KY 55-Columbia Bypass (mile point 3.02). Crews will start full paving operations by the end of the week. 

 

Traffic will be restricted to one lane controlled by flaggers where crews are working. Motorists should expect delays during nighttime working hours, approximately 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

KYTC ask motorists to be aware of the work zone 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.    

 

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.  

 

Adair County Man Arrested on Drug and Firearms Charges

 
Tyler Scott Grooms, 32, of Columbia, KY was arrested on Monday, August 14, 2023 by the ACSO for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm), Receiving Stolen Property ($10,000 or more), Receiving Stolen Property (over $1,000 but less than $10,000), Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Obscuring the Identity of a Machine, and Persistent Felony Offender.
 
Grooms was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

ACSO Investigates 3-Vehicle Collision on KY 55 North

 

On Thursday, August 10, 2023 at 2:44pmCT, Adair County 911 received a call of a multiple vehicle collision 6 miles north of Columbia on KY55 north. 

 

The preliminary investigation showed that a 2012 Kia Soul, operated by Joe Grider of Columbia, passed a 2005 Chrysler van that was being operated by Deshawn Crowdus of Columbia. The 2005 Chrysler van then rear-ended the 2012 Kia Soul.  
     

After the collision a third vehicle, a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado operated by Jonathon Robinson of Russell County, struck the 2005 Chrysler van in the rear.   

Two juvenile passengers in the vehicle, being operated by Deahawn Crowdus, were treated on scene by Adair EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia for additional treatment.  
   
Deputy Jason Camfield is investigating the collision and he was assisted on scene by Adair County EMS, Columbia - Adair County Fire Department and KSP Trooper Levi Scott.
 

ACSO Arrests Taylor County Man on Drug & Firearm Charges After Traffic Stop


On Thursday, August 10, 2023 at 9:43pmCT,  K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten initiated a traffic stop on a 2011 Chevrolet truck on KY55 north. As a result of the stop, Jason Antle, 44, of Campbellsville was arrested on the following charges:

- Failure to signal 
- Headlight violation 
- Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (heroin) 
- Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (cocaine)
- Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine) and 
- Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

 
He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. K-9 Deputy Staten was assisted by Deputy Josh Durbin.
 

KSP Post 15 Welcomes New Troopers to Serve and Protect the Commonwealth

 

COLUMBIA, Ky. (August 11, 2023) - The Kentucky State Police (KSP) announced that 51 cadets have graduated the agency’s training academy and are now ready to report for duty across the commonwealth.

 

Cadet Class 103 graduates increase the number of KSP troopers protecting Kentucky’s 120 diverse counties to approximately 940, which is the highest number of troopers the agency has employed since 2006.

 

During the ceremony, KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. pledged the agency’s commitment to continue providing exceptional training and critical resources to the 51 graduates to ensure a successful and long career in law enforcement.

 

“I am pleased to welcome these new cadets to the ranks of trooper,” said Commissioner Burnett “It’s been a hard-fought journey for each of them and they have more than earned the honor to wear our badge.”

 

Cadet Class 103 reported to the KSP training academy on February 26 to embark upon 24-weeks of intense training to learn the job skills necessary to perform the duties of a state trooper. These graduating cadets will uphold the mission of KSP to promote public safety through service, integrity and professionalism using partnerships to prevent, reduce and deter crime and the fear of crime, enhance highway safety through education and enforcement, safeguard property and protect individual rights.

 

The graduates of Cadet Class 103 received more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study in subjects such as constitutional law, juvenile and traffic law, use of force, weapons training, defensive tactics, first aid, high speed vehicle pursuit, criminal investigation, computer literacy, hostage negotiations, evidence collection, radio procedures, search and seizure, crash investigation, drug identification, traffic control, crowd control, armed robbery response, electronic crimes, sex crimes, hate crimes, domestic violence, bomb threats and hazardous materials.

 

KSP Post 15 Captain Bradley Stotts is excited to welcome new troopers to Columbia. Captain Stotts said, “These new Troopers will be a welcome addition to Post 15 area to assist in the goal of making our communities a safer place to live. I look forward to seeing them report to post and begin their careers.”

 

The Post 15 graduates of the 103rd KSP Training Academy included: Noah Brown of Liberty, KY, Joshua Smith of Campbellsville, KY, Trenton Tooley of Summer Shade, KY, and Jordan Tucker of Parkers Lake, KY.

 

Several members of the graduating class received special recognition during the ceremony. The Salutatorian was awarded to Trooper Trent Tooley.

 

Twenty-six cadets earned their associate degree in General Occupational and Technical Studies from the Bluegrass Community and Technical College during their 24-weeks at the training academy. These cadets benefited from the new hiring guidelines established by the state legislature in 2017. Through this revision, anyone who possesses a high school diploma or GED, and has three years of full-time work experience can apply for employment as a KSP Trooper and earn an associate degree during the training process. The Post 15 trooper who received their associate’s degree is Joshua Smith, Campbellsville, Ky.

 

KSP’s recruitment branch is currently accepting applications for the upcoming cadet class 104, which is slated to begin January 2024. The deadline to apply is by close of business August 31.

 

For more information about career opportunities with KSP visit the website.

 

 

Front Row (left to right): Trooper Joshua Smith and Trooper Trenton Tooley.

Back Row (left to right): Trooper Jordan Tucker and Trooper Noah Brown.

 

Russell County Man & Taylor County Man Arrested in Adair County

 

Armando Penaloza, 43, of Russell Springs was arrested by Officer Bullock of the Russell Springs Police Department early Friday morning. Penaloza was charged with Assault 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury, Resisting Arrest and Menacing. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Jason Antle, 47, of Campbellsville was arrested by Deputy Stanten of the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday night. Antle was charged with Vehicle HeadLamp/Tail Lights Color Violations, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Failure to/or Improper Signal, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Cocaine) and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Heroin). He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Russell Springs City Council Meeting 8-10-23

Russell Springs City Council met last night in regular session. Mayor Eddie Thomas announced the new Police Chief for the city and discussed the other big topics on last nights agenda... 

 

Russell County Man Arrested on Firearms Charge

 

Dustin Pevely, 36, of Russell Springs, KY was taken into custody by Deputy Phipps with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday evening for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Pevely was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Columbia Police Arrest Russell County Couple at Local Business

 

The Columbia Police Department responded to Family Dollar on Jamestown Street on Wednesday night, August 9, initially for a welfare check. Upon making contact, a male subject was found to have an active felony warrant out of Russell Springs and was taken into custody. While on scene, the female was behaving erratically and nervous around Officers. A search of the vehicle yielded findings of drug paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine. 


Kathleen Hahn, 41, of Russell Springs, was placed into custody and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. 
 
James Campbell, 59, of Russell Springs was taken into custody for an active Russell County Warrant. 

Officers Trevor Foster and Holly Necessary were the arresting Officers.
 

2 Russell Countians Arrested in Adair County on Warrant and Drug Charges

The Columbia Police Department responded to Family Dollar on Jamestown Street, Wednesday night, August 9, initially for a welfare check. Upon making contact, male subject was found to have an active felony warrant out of Russell Springs and was taken into custody. While on scene, female was behaving erratically and nervous around Officers. Vehicle search yielded findings of drug paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine. 
Kathleen Hahn, 41, of Russell Springs, was placed into custody and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. James Campbell, 59, also of Russell Springs was taken into custody for active Russell County Warrant. 
Officers Trevor Foster and Holly Necessary were the arresting Officers.

Adair Fiscal Court Special Called Meeting 8/11/23

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in special called meeting on Friday, August 11, 2023 at 9:00amCT in the basement of the Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. The meeting is open to the public.
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
                                 
  1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  2. SET COUNTY TAX RATES 
  3. PERMISSION TO HIRE TEMPORARY OFFICE STAFF DURING TRAINING
  4. PERMISSION FOR COUNTY TREASURER TO PAY TEMP. OFFICE STAFF 
  5. PERMISSION FOR COUNTY TREASURER TO DO LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS FOR TEMP EMPLOYEE
  6. ADJOURNMENT
 

Fish Hatchery Receives Excellence Award

The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE) has announced the recipients of the 2023 Excellence in EE Awards. Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery in Jamestown is among the recipients. The Hatchery has been awarded the Outstanding Community Partner Award for Excellence in Environmental Education.

Through the awards, KAEE recognizes those best exemplifying dedication, commitment and influence in the field of environmental education (EE).

Awards will be presented during the Excellence in EE Awards Luncheon at NoonCT on Friday, September 15, 2023, at the Cave Area Conference Center in Cave City, as part of the 2023 KAEE Conference.

Adair Fugitive Apprehended in Grundy County, TN Today (Tuesday)


The male subject originally came under investigation in March of 2022 when an Adair County School Resource Officer was notified of a 17-year-old female student engaging in a relationship with the 25-year-old male.


After the party became aware of the investigation, he left Adair County. The Grundy County Tennessee Sheriff’s Department located the subject, identified as 26-year-old Jonathan Berryman, while they were investigating an unrelated matter.

Berryman has been charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possessing Matter of a Sexual Performance by a minor (over 12 & under 18 years of age), Procure or Promote Use of a Minor by Electronic Means, and Use of a Minor in a Sexual Performance (all felony offenses).

Berryman will be extradited back to Adair County at a later date. He is also facing additional charges in Tennessee. 
 
CPD Officer Adam Cravens is investigating the incident.
 
 

Pulaski Co. Woman Arrested in Russell County following Reckless Driving Complaint

 
On Monday, August 7, 2023 at approximately 5:43pmCT, Russell Springs Police Department Officer Vance Davis responded to a reckless driving complaint.
 
Kendra Goins-Kingsley, 47, of Nancy, KY was taken into custody and charged with Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol) and Reckless Driving. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Area Arrest 8-8-23


Janesa Smith, 34, of Burkesville, was arrested by Deputy Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, just after 1 this morning. Smith was charged with Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (excludes alcohol), Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition Auto (more than $10,000), Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree, Giving Officer False Identifying Information, Driving on a DUI Suspended License, All Terrain Vehicle Violations and Failure to Illuminate Head Lamps. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

One Person Injured in Adair County Accident

 

On Sunday, August 6, 2023 at approx 4:01pmCT, Adair County 911 received a call of an injury collision 9 miles east of Columbia on Allen Schoolhouse Rd.

   

Upon arrival, the preliminary investigation found that Mathew Lee, 47, of Knifley, KY was traveling east on Allen Schoolhouse Road on a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle, when he failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway. 

 

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

 

The collision was investigated by Sheriff Josh Brockman.

 

Area Arrest 8-7-23

 

Fernado Posada-Perez, 25, of Columbia was arrested by the Russell Springs Police Department early Monday morning for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Alcohol 1st, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, No Operators/Moped License, Careless Driving and Failure to Produce Insurance Card. Perez was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Weekend Arrests

 
Chelsey Andrew, 31, of Russell Springs - arrested early Sunday morning by the RSPD for Failure to Signal, Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia, as well as three counts of Failure to Appear. 

Ernest Bradley Foley, 55, of Jamestown - arrested on Friday night by Jamestown Police Dept. for Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. He was also charged with four counts of Contempt of Court.

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 
Todd Emmitt, 51, of Park City, KY was arrested on Friday afternoon by KSP for Careless Driving and DUI (2nd or greater offense).
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Taylor County Teen Dead following 1-Vehicle Accident in Marion County

 
The Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to the fatal accident that occurred at 3:21amET Friday morning on Scott’s Ridge Road (Hwy 527) near the Marion/Taylor County line.  A 16-year-old male, who was operating a 2015 Ford Focus southbound on Scott's Ridge Road, failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the roadway and overturned. 
 
The driver and two passengers sustained minor injuries. A third passenger, 18-year-old Bryson Conley Skaggs of Campbellsville, KY was ejected from the vehicle and sustained serious injuries. Marion County EMS transported Skaggs to Springview Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 4:47amET on Friday morning. 
 
Marion County Deputy Tristan Hayden is investigating the accident.
 
Bryson Skaggs is the son of Gerald and Brandy Skaggs of Campbellsville and a 2023 graduate of Taylor County High School. His funeral service will be on Tuesday, August 8th at 1:00pmET at L.R. Petty Funeral Home in Campbellsville who is in charge of the arrangements.

Columbia Boil Water Advisory Lifted 8/5/23

 

As of 2:27 pm on Saturday, August 5, 2023 the boil water advisory for Columbia-Adair Utilities District customers on Cedar Grove Rd, Brockman Keltner Rd, Meyer Rd, and Hwy 532 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.
 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 8/8/23

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular called session on Tuesday, August 8, 2023 at 9:00amCT in the basement of the Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. The meeting is open to the public.

 

AGENDA

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE                             

PRAYER

CALL TO ORDER

ROLL CALL

                                

 1.  APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 2.  DISBURSEMENTS

 3.  LINE TO LINE

 4.  FUND TO FUND

 5.  TREASURER’S REPORTS

 6.  BUDGET AMENDMENTS

 7.  OTHER BUSINESS

 8.  PUBLIC COMMENTS

 9.  ADJOURNMENT

 

KSP Urge Drivers to Slow Down and Move Over

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 2, 2023) — In an effort to protect those who protect us, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) is urging drivers to slow down and move over as possible when passing emergency vehicles.

 

“Every day on our roadways, emergency responders and public safety personnel put their lives at risk to protect the citizens of the commonwealth, and it’s important to do what we can to support them in return,” said Gov. Andy Beshear, who has made all aspects of highway safety a top administration priority. “Please slow down and move over to help keep these dedicated heroes safe as they work to protect the lives of Kentuckians.”

 

Unfortunately, first responders are killed every year by drivers who fail to move over.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 149 law enforcement officers – just one category of first responders – have been killed in traffic-related incidents since 2017.

 

To raise awareness, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) is joining the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) and AAA to promote the “Slow Down and Move Over” message through Aug. 15.

 

Kentucky passed a Move Over law in 2003 requiring motorists to move over to the adjacent lane when approaching an emergency vehicle or public safety vehicle with flashing lights (KRS 189.930). If changing lanes is impossible or unsafe, motorists must slow down and use caution. Failure to do so can result in fines, jail time or both (KRS 189.993 (8)). Failure to comply can result in a fine, jail time or both.

 

The law is vital to protecting all of Kentucky’s first responders, including law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, safety service patrols and towing vehicles.

 

In 2003, KSP Trooper Bryan Judd was struck by a vehicle that failed to move over on I-75. He was responding to as collision, and as Trooper Judd opened his door to exit his cruiser, he was struck by another vehicle and thrown into the cruiser.

 

Trooper Judd had several injuries that resulted in multiple surgeries on his spine that could have left him paralyzed. After more than three years of recovery, Judd returned to work with KSP and has made it his mission to enforce the Move Over campaign and pleads with drivers to drive with caution.

 

“Thankfully, I was able to see my family again after the accident, but the next person may not be as lucky,” said Trooper Judd. “Please move over and slow down for any law enforcement and emergency vehicle on the side of the road.”

 

According to AAA, once every two weeks, first responders and roadside workers lose their life, and hundreds more are injured while tending to disabled vehicles. Despite “Move Over” laws being passed in all 50 states, 71 percent of Americans are unaware of “Move Over” laws that require drivers to reduce their speed and switch lanes to protect workers.

 

KSP will be reminding motorists of the “Move Over” law via social media. To find KSP on social media, visit our website.

 

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

 

To further enhance public safety, Kentucky recently became the first in the nation to launch a 911 statewide, cloud-based, computer-aided dispatch system. KSP dispatchers now have a stronger ability to respond to 911 calls and non-emergency calls by communicating with a caller via text message, including with 34 different languages, and using specific location technology.

 

In June 2022, Gov. Beshear announced the Military to Law Enforcement Program (M-2-LE). M-2-LE allows local law enforcement agencies in Kentucky to hire active service members within all U.S. military branches during their last 180 days of service.

 

In April 2022, the Governor signed legislation he championed the previous year to fund a $15,000 raise for all troopers and establish paid vacation, sick leave and holiday pay, as well as enhanced health insurance contribution payments for retired KSP troopers and commercial vehicle enforcement officers.

 

For the first time in the commonwealth’s history, the Beshear-Coleman administration provided $12.2 million for KSP to purchase body cameras. Earlier this year, KSP demonstrated the new recording system, which will be distributed to approximately 780 sworn personnel.

 

Click here to review some of the additional actions the Beshear-Coleman administration has taken to support law enforcement, increase public safety and support crime victims.

 

Ky Ag Development Board Approves Funds for Adair County

 
The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board recently approved $206,000 in Agricultural Development Funds for the 2023 Adair County Agricultural Investment Program (or known as CAIP) to be administered by the Adair County Cattlemen’s Association. This program is a 50% cost-share program with a maximum funding of $2,500 per farm operation.  Applications for the program will be available August 7-28, 2023 at the Adair County Extension Office, 409 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY. For more information, call 270-384-2317.

Three Russell County Residents, Green County Man, & Las Vegas Resident Arrested

 

The following individuals were arrested, according to jail records, by various law enforcement agencies...

 

  • Torry Ryder, 55, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Deputy Phipps with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday night for Assault 4th Degree (no visible injuries) and Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree.  

 

  • Karis Gallagher, 29, of Russell Springs, KY was taken into custody by Officer Miniard with the Russell Springs Police Department on Thursday afternoon. Gallagher was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance (Aggravated Circumstances), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License.

 

  • Jacob Wright, 28, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by the Russell Springs Police Department on Thursday afternoon for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence (Aggravated Circumstances) and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree.

 

All 3 were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

  • Alice Drury, 47, of Greensburg, KY was arrested by Kentucky State Police on Thursday night. Drury was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana.
     
  • Paul Dabney, 55, of Las Vegas, Nevada was also taken into custody by KSP on Thursday night. He was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Meth), No Operators License, Rear License Not Illuminated, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Appear, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd of Greater Offense (Meth), Non-Payment of Court Cost or Fees, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (more than 3 Grams of Meth), and Tampering with Physcial Evidence.

 

Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Jamestown Man Arrested on Assault & Wanton Endangerment Charges

 

Herbert Owens, 65, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by Deputy Phipps with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday evening. Owens was charged with Assault 4th Degree (minor injury) and Wanton Endangerment – 2nd Degree. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Two Columbia Residents Arrested Following Physical Altercation

 

On Monday, July 31, 2023 the Columbia Police Department responded to a physical altercation which took place at the intersection of Bull Run Road and Liberty Road just outside city limits.
 

The male victim sustained a head injury which required medical attention and the victims vehicle had been vandalized on scene. 


Arrest warrants were obtained for the male and a female and were served on Wednesday morning, August 2, 2023.


Jeremy Kimbler, 50, of Columbia and Nicolette Hare, 31, also of Columbia have both been charged with criminal mischief 1st degree (a class D felony) as well as assault 2nd degree (a class C felony). 


Officer Trevor Foster is the investigating Officer. Warrants were served by Columbia Police and the Adair Sheriff’s Office.
 

Columbia Police Dept. Monthly Activity Report


July 2023 Activity Report 

  • Calls for service 717
  • Citations 77
  • Motorist Assists 14
  • Escorts 16
  • Accidents Investigated 25
  • Injury Accidents 4
  • Incident Reports 11
  • Criminal Cases Opened 6

 

Columbia Man Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charges after Sealed Indictment Warrant Served

 

On Tuesday night, August 1, 2023, CPD Officers served a sealed indictment warrant for drug trafficking and drug possession at a residence on Gaston Avenue stemming from an investigation from the Columbia HIDTA Drug Task Force Office. Officers took the male subject into custody and while on scene discovered additional paraphernalia and over 12 grams of suspected methamphetamine. 


Michael Ray ‘Pig’ Grant, 63, of Columbia has been charged with trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine) in addition to being served with his indictment warrant. 

Sgt Evan Burton was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Justin Cross. Grants original indictment came from an investigation initiated by Columbia HIDTA. 
 

Jamestown Man Arrested on Meth Charges

 

Christopher Bunch, 25, of Jamestown, KY was arrested on Tuesday morning by the RCSO for Possession of Methamphetamine, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, and Contempt of Court (3 counts). He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Russell County Man Arrested on Terroristic Threatening & DUI Charges


David Wooldridge, 32, of Russell Springs, KY was taken into custody by Officer Wesley with the Jamestown Police Department on Monday night. Wooldridge was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol and 2 counts of Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Russell Springs Man Arrested on Meth Charges


On Sunday night, July 30, 2023 Russell Springs Police Department Officer Blake Adamson responded to a noise complaint. As a result, Noah Rexroat, 21, was taken into custody and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine). He was also served with an outstanding warrant and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

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