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Local News Archives for 2023-09

Columbia Man Arrested on Meth Charges at Local Business


The Columbia Police responded to Magic Market on Burksville Street on Friday afternoon, September 22, 2023 after an off duty Deputy observed a subject on scene known to have active warrants. After being taken into custody, the male was also found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine.

Christopher Helm, 40, of Columbia was taken into custody with two outstanding warrants and has additionally been charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Officer Joey Keith was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Chief Jr Murphy and Deputy Chandler Staten. 

Columbia Man Arrested After USPS found Suspicious Package containing Over a Pound of Marijuana

On Friday morning, September 29, 2023 the Columbia Police Department was made aware of a suspicious package through USPS. 

Over one pound of marijuana as well as an unidentified substance was found to be in the parcel. After a brief investigation, the male party the package was intended for, was placed into custody. 

George Willam, 21, of Columbia, KY has been charged with trafficking in marijuana over 8 ounces/under 5lbs (a class D felony). Additional charges are pending identification of unknown substance. 

Officer Joey Keith is the investigating Officer. He was assisted by Assistant Chief Charles Greer and Officer Jared Conover.


More Details on the Governor's Visit on Tuesday from Columbia Mayor's Office


In a release from the Columbia Mayor’s office, Governor Andy Beshear is scheduled to be in town on Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at 2:45pmCT.


Traffic controls will be in place on the Columbia Bypass and on Hudson Street. Parking will be available on Hudson Street next to Franklin Ford. There will be directional signs for traffic & parking in the areas.


Governor Beshear will be making an announcement for the city of Columbia, along with some other funding projects. You are encouraged to arrive plenty of time before the event to ensure you're there when the Governor starts his presentation(s) and announcement(s).


In addition to Governor Beshear, several other dignataries will be in attendance including:

  • State Representative Amy Neighbors
  • Gilbert Mischel, Field Representative for US Senator Mitch McConnell
  • Brian Mills, Field Representative for US Senator Rand Paul
  • Sandy Simpson, Field Representative for US Representative James Comer and
  • Waylon Wright, Lake Cumberland Area Development District Director.


The event will be held at 3211 Adair Veterans Memorial Highway just past the Burkesville Street intersection on the Bypass. The presentation will be set up at the back entrance off of Hudson Street.


For further information, contact the Mayor’s Office at 270-384-2501.


We encourage everyone to welcome Governor Beshear to Columbia. We appreciate the support of projects to benefit our community,” said Mayor Hoots.


Again, there will be traffic controls in place and you're asked to be on time for the event.


4-Vehicle Injury Accident on Hales Highway


UPDATE:  The road has been cleared and is open for traffic.



The Russell County Sheriffs Office is working a 4-vehicle accident with injuries on Hwy 379 (Hales Highway) in Russell Springs at the Cumberland Parkway overpass. The roadway is blocked and it will be a while before traffic flows again, according to Sheriff Derek Polston.




Adair County Woman Arrested on Felony Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop


On Thursday, September 28, 2023, K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten initiated a traffic stop while on patrol in the Feathersburg community, 17 miles east of Columbia.  

During the stop, Deputy Chandler Staten suspected there were illegal substances in the vehicle following a roadside interview with the driver, 42-year-old Amanda Hammond of Columbia, KY. A search was conducted of the vehicle and 5 small plastic bags containing suspected methamphetamine were discovered. 
Hammond was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.

Phillips Tank & Structure To Locate First Kentucky Facility in Adair County Creating 20 Full-Time Positions


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear highlighted new economic growth coming to Adair County as Phillips Tank & Structure (PTS), a nationwide tank construction contractor, announced plans to build a $2.76 million fabrication shop that will create 20 new full-time jobs in the Columbia area.


“Phillips Tank & Structure is a great example of the quality companies that are choosing Kentucky to locate their businesses,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our economy is thriving, and PTS is a valued addition to that momentum. I want to congratulate the company on its new fabrication facility in Adair County and thank its leadership for choosing to invest in the commonwealth and our incredible workforce.”


PTS is acquiring 6 acres owned by the Adair County Economic Development on Development Drive in Columbia, a property previously approved for $460,000 in state support in the first round of the Kentucky Product Development Initiative. The project will include a 15,000-square-foot fabrication shop, a 5,000-square-foot tool house/garage and 5,000 square feet of office space. The project will also include the acquisition of various construction and fabrication shop equipment. PTS and wholly owned subsidiary Steel Valley Fabricators (SVF) will share the space and work together to service their different markets in the region. Construction is expected to begin in March 2024 and be completed by December 2024.


“We have been searching for suitable locations to expand our branch offices,” said PTS Vice President Jeff Sassic. “The available state and county incentives made Adair County, Kentucky, a very attractive option that was difficult to pass up. The Adair County Economic Development representatives were wonderful to deal with and made the process as easy as possible. We are excited to join the Adair County community. We look forward to contributing to the growth and development of the local economy.”


Conway-Phillips Holding LLC, doing business as Phillips Tank & Structure (PTS), is a nationwide contractor engaged in engineering, designing, repairing and constructing above-ground storage tanks in the petroleum, chemical, agricultural, U.S. defense and other industries. PTS has been in business since November 2012 and has grown into a nationally recognized tank contractor with over 16 field crews and 150 employees. PTS is headquartered in Braddock, Pennsylvania, with branch offices in Texas, California and Hawaii.


Steel Valley Fabricators LLC (SVF) is a regional full-service welding and metal fabricating shop that provides custom parts and weldments for customers in various industries. SVF is a wholly owned subsidiary of PTS and was established in November 2019. SVF is also headquartered in Braddock, Pennsylvania, with a branch office in California. SVF employs 38 workers between the two locations.


Adair County Judge/Executive Larry Russell Bryant showed his excitement for the project and spoke on the job opportunities PTS will provide: “I am so very pleased that Phillips Tank & Structure has selected Adair County as the home for their regional hub and will help continue the momentum of economic growth in Green River Commerce Park. PTS will not only be a great addition to the Commerce Park; but they will also provide an excellent workforce pathway to the students who participate specifically in our welding program at Adair County High School. Along with the Adair County Fiscal Court, the Columbia City Council and the Economic Development Authority, Phillips Tank & Structure will be an instrumental partner in making dreams for our Commerce Park become a reality.”


Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots thanked the partners that made the project possible: “The City of Columbia is excited to welcome Phillips Tank & Structure to our community. We appreciate the work of the EDA Board in administration of this project.”


Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority Chairman Larry Walker talked about future growth for Columbia: “On behalf of our entire EDA team, we are excited that Phillips Tank & Structure has chosen to locate in Columbia, Kentucky. PTS’s $2.76 million investment and creation of 20 well-paying jobs furthers the momentum of recent announcements in Green River Commerce Park. As their company grows, we are happy that they have chosen to grow with us!”

PTS’s investment and job creation builds on recent economic momentum in the commonwealth.


Last month, Gov. Beshear reported that General Fund receipts for July 2023 totaled $1.1 billion, marking the 11th straight month with revenues over $1 billion. The Governor also recently announced that his administration secured the largest General Fund budget surplus and Rainy Day Fund, as well as the most jobs filled in state history.


The General Fund budget surplus at the end of fiscal year 2023 was more than $1.55 billion. Nearly all of the $1.55 billion surplus will go into the commonwealth’s Rainy Day Fund, bringing the fund to a record balance of $3.7 billion – a 2,700% increase since Gov. Beshear took office in 2019.


This year, the Governor announced that Kentucky set the record for the longest period with the lowest unemployment rates in state history.


Since the beginning of his administration, Gov. Beshear has announced nearly 900 private-sector new-location and expansion projects totaling over $27.5 billion in announced investments, creating 48,000 jobs. This is the highest investment figure for any governor in state history.


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


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


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


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


Site Selection magazine recently placed Kentucky first in the South Central region and top-5 nationally in its 2023 Prosperity Cup ranking, which recognizes state-level economic development agencies for their success in landing capital investment projects. The publication also placed Kentucky second nationwide and first in the South Central region for its annual Governor’s Cup ranking for 2022, which recognizes state-level economic success based on capital investments.


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


To encourage investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) today preliminarily approved a 15-year incentive agreement with the company under the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based agreement can provide up to $550,000 in tax incentives based on the company’s investment of $2.76 million and annual targets of:

  • Creation and maintenance of 20 Kentucky-resident, full-time jobs across 15 years; and
  • Paying an average hourly wage of $23.32 including benefits across those jobs.


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


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


For more information on Phillips Tank & Structure, visit PhillipsTank.com.


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


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

Russell Fiscal Court Special Called Meeting Recap

The Russell County Fiscal Court met Wednesday morning in Special Session with a couple of items on the agenda.


The court approved a bid for the purchase of a used tractor for $45,000 and approved discretionary funds from the state to resurface two roads in the county.


The county will receive roughly $126,000 for resurfacing portions of LaFavers Cemetery Road near Jabez and C Simpson Road off Highway West 80.


Louisville Man Arrested in Adair County on Speeding & Drug Charges...

A Louisville man was arrested early this morning in Adair County on Speeding and Drug Charges…


David Amani, 19, was taken into custody by KSP Trooper Binder just before 1 a.m. Thursday morning. Amani was charged with Speeding 23 mph Over Limit, Failure to Wear Seat Belt, Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Substance, Reckless Driving and License to be in Possession. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Governor Beshear Coming to Columbia 10/3/23


In a release from Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots’ office, Governor Andy Beshear is scheduled to be in Columbia on Tuesday, October 3, 2023. Governor Beshear will be making an announcement for the city of Columbia along with some other funding projects. The event will be held at 3211 Adair Veterans Memorial Highway and is scheduled to start at 2:45pmCT.


For further information, contact the Mayor’s Office at 270-384-2501.


“We encourage everyone to welcome Governor Beshear to Columbia” said Mayor Hoots.


Russell County Grand Jury Indicts Ten Individuals

Lyra Leftwich, 19, and Trevor Johnson, 25, both of Jamestown - Criminal Abuse 1st degree. According to the indictment, the couple intentionally abused a child they had custody of.  Johnson was also indicted for Persistent Felony Offender.
Cortez Lawrence, 32, of Bowling Green - Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Fentanyl, Fleeing or Evading Police, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest, Failure to Dim Headlights, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, No Insurance, and Persistent Felony Offender.
Jacob Hall, 23, of Jamestown - Burglary 3rd degree, Criminal Mischief 1st degree, Menacing, and Wanton Endangerment 2nd degree.
Bethany Popplewell, 30, of Dunnville - Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, and Failure to Notify the KY Dept. of Transportation of an Address Change.
Lindsey Barnett, 31, of Russell Springs - Theft by Unlawful Taking over $1,000 (Auto).
Thomas Elliot, 40 and Hannah Philpott, 19, both of Russell Springs - Burglary 3rd degree (2 counts) and Theft by Unlawful Taking over $1,000. 
Frederick Katon, 30, of Russell Springs - Bail Jumping 1st degree.
Brandon Gadberry, 43, of Russell Springs - Bail Jumping 1st degree and Persistent Felony Offender.
Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.

FBI and KSP Make Arrest in Crystal Rogers Case


ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (Sept. 27, 2023)- In coordination with the Kentucky State Police, other local and federal law enforcement partners, FBI Louisville has been laser-focused on our commitment to hold accountable those that were responsible for the disappearance of Crystal Rogers. Today, we take the first step in making good on that promise. FBI Louisville and the Kentucky State Police have arrested Brooks Houck without incident on charges stemming from the Crystal Rogers investigation. The Houck indictment remains sealed and additional details will be revealed during Houck’s arraignment in early October in the Nelson County Circuit Court.


Bail has been set at $10 million cash. Houck is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 5, 2023 in Nelson Circuit Court. As of today, Crystal Rogers’ body has not been found. 


History of the case....

Crystal Rogers, the mother of five children, was last seen on July 3, 2015 at a farm in Bardstown owned by Houck. Rogers’ car was found abandoned with a flat tire on the Bluegrass Parkway a couple of days after she was reported missing. Her cellphone and purse were inside the car.


In October 2015. authorities said Crystal Rogers was presumed dead and Brooks Houck was named a suspect in the case. Nick Houck (Brook Houck's brother) was fired from his job as a police officer with the Bardstown Police Department after he was accused of interfering with the investigation.


Crystal’s father, (Tommy Ballard) was shot and killed In November 2016 while hunting in a field. No arrest has been made in that case.


Adair Man Arrested after Theft at Construction Site

The Adair County Sheriffs Office initiated an investigation on Sunday, September 24, 2023 after receiving a theft call. The victim stated someone had come onto his property on Campbellsville Road where he was having a structure built. Lumber and other building materials were taken from the site.

Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch was able to develop a suspect and confirm positive identification. 
Christopher Foster, 37, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail for Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500 and Criminal Trespassing 3rd degree.

Deputy Derek Padgett assisted in the investigation.


Election Info from Adair County Clerk

We're 41 days from the Tuesday, November 7, 2023, Kentucky General Election. Important dates to remember are below:

  • October 10, 2023: Last day to register to vote in the fall election Register or verify registration at elect.ky.gov



  • October 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, and November 1, 2023: Excused In-Person Absentee Voting Must meet criteria, KRS 117.085


  • November 2, 3 and 4, 2023: In-Person, No-Excuse (Early Voting) Any registered voter in Adair County regardless of their precinct may vote during these 3 days with no excuse. ID required.


  • November 6, 2023: No Voting Anywhere


  • November 7, 2023: Election Day, voting at precincts

Call the Adair County Clerk's Office at 270-384-2801 or visit GoVote.Ky.gov for more information.

Area Arrests 9-27-23


Steven Coomer, 46, of Columbia was arrested by KSP on Tuesday night for Driving on a DUI Suspended License – 2nd Offense, Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Substance, Failure to Use Child Restraint Device in Vehicle, Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Possession Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified), Possession Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree – Drug Unspecified and Wanton Endangerment 2nd Degree.


Samantha West, 30, of Columbia was taken into custody by the Adair County Sherriff’s Office on Tuesday evening. West was charged with Possession Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Substance – 2nd, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Substance, and Possession of Marijuana.


Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


RCSO Arrests Columbia Man for Impersonating Peace Officer and other Charges


Chance Burton, 24, of Columbia, KY was arrested on Tuesday afternoon, September 26, 2023 by the Russell County Sheriffs Office for Impersonating a Peace Officer, Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd degree (on Foot), Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, and Giving Officer False Identifying Information. Mr. Burton was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Columbia Police Chief Jr. Murphy to Retire


In an announcement from the City of Columbia’s Mayor’s Office, Columbia Police Chief Jr. has announced his plans for retirement in the immediate future.


Murphy is a 1992 graduate of the Adair County High School. He later attended Lindsey Wilson College and Western Kentucky University. He graduated from the Eastern Kentucky University Department of Criminal Justice Training in 2003 and began a twenty-year career in law enforcement. He started at the City of Columbia under former Mayor Mark Harris. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2013; and, served in the capacity of Assistant Chief until he was promoted to Chief in 2021. He attended the Academy of Police Supervision, received over one thousand hours of continued education in various fields of police training, a Certified Investigator through the Kentucky Law Enforcement (KLEC), a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.


“We appreciate the years of service that Chief Murphy has given to the City of Columbia,” said Mayor Hoots.


The date of retirement will be announced soon.




As Dove hunting season continues through October 26, 2023 DUO Broadband reminds all hunters that damaging utility lines, even if unintentional, is against the law and can carry heavy penalties. In recent days DUO Broadband has had to repair damaged fiber optic cable from shotgun strikes in our service area. Network outages and the expense of repairs affect all DUO Broadband customers. 


Beyond the potential for criminal charges and the disruption of service to you and your neighbors, shooting birds sitting on utility lines is just poor sportsmanship — so please, just don’t.

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 9/26/23

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular called session on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 6:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair Annex. The meeting is open to the public.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE                              
CALL TO ORDER                              
ROLL CALL                                 
 1.    APPROVAL OF AGENDA                
A.)  Regular Called Meeting - August 22, 2023
B.)  Special Emergency Meeting - August 25, 2023
C.)  Special Called Meeting - September 1, 2023
D.)  Regular Called Meeting - September 12, 2023         
 3.    DISBURSEMENTS                              
 4.    REPORTS
            A.)   SHERIFF’S REPORT 
            C.)   G.R.A.S. REPORT 
            D.)   COMMITTEE REPORTS 
            E.)   JAIL REPORT 
            A.)   TREASURER’S REPORT                      
            A.)   LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
            B.)   FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
10.   ACTION ITEMS:                                             

Adair Man Arrested on Fleeing & Resisting Charges after Attempted Warrant Service


On Friday, September 22, 2023 the Adair County Sheriffs Office arrived at a residence off Coburg Lane to serve a felony warrant that included cocaine charges. Upon making visual contact outside of the residence, 68-year-old David Crozier of Columbia, KY fled on foot with Deputies Josh Durbin and Chandler Staten giving chase. Crozier made it back into his house where he turned and attempted to fight deputies. He was subdued and taken into custody without injury. 


Crozier was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:

  • Fleeing & Evading Police
  • Resisting arrest
  • Menacing and
  • Outstanding felony warrants


The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.


RSPD Investigates 2-Vehicle Accident


According to the police report, James Polston of Russell Springs was operating a 2011 Chevy Imapala, traveling west on Highway 80, when he turned left onto Hwy 127 and struck a 2009 Honda Motorcycle, being driven by Vernon Dowell, also of Russell Springs, who was traveling eastbound. 


Dowell was transported to Russell County Hospital for minor injuries and was later released. Polston was sighted for Improper Turn and No Proof of Insurance. 


Week in Review: Ag, Budget, Transportation committees continue work

With less than a hundred days until we convene the 2024 Regular Session, I was in Frankfort throughout last week to take part in the discussions which will mold our agenda for the upcoming legislative session. 


As you may know, the 2024 session will be what is considered a “long session,” meaning we have 60 working days to craft the state’s bi-annual operating budget and address the challenges and opportunities facing our state. To do this, it is vital that we take the time to consider the issues surrounding us. This process is long and requires diligence, and I can say with full confidence that my colleagues and I have put our best foot forward in making sure the best interest of the commonwealth has been the goal.


Here are a few brief summaries of the interim joint committee (IJC) and task force work from this week. If you would like more information, reach out or visit the committee section on our website at legislature.ky.gov.


IJC on Agriculture: Lawmakers heard from the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Programs and Projects regarding programs ranging from extension to the diagnostics laboratory, research farms, and 4H camps. According to testimony, the state sees a return of $30 for every $1 budget investment. The committee also heard from the Department of Agriculture about the state’s Raising Hope initiative. This program receives $500,000 a year from the state’s tobacco settlement funds and provides lifesaving outreach services to the state’s agricultural community. Raising Hope strives to help farmers and farm families navigate the countless challenges they face, from unpredictable weather patterns to market instability. The burden of these challenges has, tragically, driven many to the brink of despair.


IJC on Transportation: Members heard five presentations, including a closeout report on the 2023 road fund. According to the report, revenue growth is doing well and is estimated to continue into the road fund of 2024. The second presentation was concerning a review of contracts in 2023 and a forecast of 2024 projects. All projects mentioned were primarily focused on improving roadway congestion, safety, and new construction. Other presentations featured discussion revolving around utility work zone safety and current tools that companies are using to help address concerns. It was reported that there has been a 260% increase in utility work zone incidents over the past five years. Our final presentation addressed the damage caused to roadways by steel wheels and the efforts being made to find a solution to the problem.


IJC on Natural Resources and Energy: Committee members met this week for an update on the implementation of 2023’s SB 241, as well as the current economic metrics of forestry in Kentucky. Currently, stakeholders with the Department of Fish and Wildlife are closing in on a deal to purchase 54,000 acres sprawling over Bell, Knox, and Leslie counties that will be utilized as a conservation easement. This land can be used for tourism, lumber research, and outdoor recreation. As we continue to work towards effectively using our state’s natural resources, I anticipate seeing more conservation easements of this nature appear across the state. Additionally, the committee considered a report that gave up-to-date information on the economic impacts of the forestry industry in the commonwealth. As of today, the economic impact of just one acre harvest in Kentucky is roughly $22,000. 


IJC on Education: Members heard testimony regarding computer science opportunities for Kentucky students in the state’s public schools and got to see firsthand how students are learning about coding during demonstrations. The panel heard from the Association of Scholars who expressed their concern about the political bias of Kentucky’s public higher education institutions. The last discussion was led by KCTCS and Huron Consulting as they presented plans to improve the KCTCS system with changes in courses to space utilization at the 70 campuses.


IJC on Appropriations and Revenue: The Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue met to discuss important issues with stakeholders across the commonwealth, featuring an update from the University of Kentucky on their academic, facility, cost, and debt conditions. Additionally, the University of Louisville and Murray State University presented on their cybersecurity programs and role in cybersecurity for the commonwealth. Representatives from the Teachers Retirement System and the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority provided updates on Kentucky’s pensions.


Certificate of Need Task Force: Committee members met this week to continue their discussion on the Certificate of Need program in Kentucky. The panel learned that Kentucky has the third most CON requirements in the nation, and that has proven to be a hinderance for rural health. Free standing birthing and scanning centers top the list of services that go underserved because of our stringent laws. 


School and Campus Safety Task Force: The task force heard from mental health professionals and advocates on ways to better meet the needs of Kentucky schools and their students. The Bounce organization recommended improvements in trauma informed education plans (TIEPs), their usage, and suicide prevention programing. The advocates recommended that the TIEPs be collected and analyzed on an annual basis so that school districts can better utilize the plans and their information. Representatives from 12 of Kentucky’s 14 community mental health centers (CMHCs) discussed their involvement in Kentucky’s schools, their regional prevention staff, and the success of the CMHC’s programming on Kentucky’s youth. 


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.

Area Arrests 9-25-23

A Florida man was arrested on Lake Cumberland on Drug and other charges over the weekend.

Joshua Arnold, 40, was arrested by Fish and Wildlife Officer Cottongame on Sunday evening. Arnold was charged with Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense), Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, Regulations Necessary to Implement KRS 150 Purpose, NonResident Fishing without a License Permit and Drinking Alocoholic Beverage in Public Place 1st and 2nd Offense. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


A Columbia Man was arrested on Theft and Trespassing Charges, late last night in Adair County.


Christopher Foster, 36, was taken into custody by Sheriff Deputy Hitch on Sunday night. Foster was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition all other greater than a thousand dollars and Criminal Trespassing – 3rd Degree. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Weekend Arrests 9/24/23

The following individuals were arrested over the weekend...
  • William Howerton, 48, of Corbin, KY - arrested by the Jamestown Police Dept. on Saturday night for Reckless Driving, Speeding, Improper Passing, Criminal Mischief 1st degree, 2 counts of Wanton Endangerment (Police Officer), Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, DUI, and Disregarding a Traffic Light. 
  • Ester Walls, 36, of Somerset, KY - arrested by KSP on Friday afternoon for No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
  • Justin Emerson, 33, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested by KSP on Saturday afternoon for Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia, Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol), Continued Use of On-Site Sewage Disposal Not in Conformance, Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees, or Fines, Resisting Arrest, Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd degree (Motor Vehicle), Fleeing or Evading Police 1st degree (on Foot), Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, and Failure to Appear.
  • David Crozier, 68, of Columbia, KY - arrested on Friday night by the ACSO for Menacing, Resisting Arrest, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Possession of Cocaine, Marijuana, and Drug Paraphernalia, DUI 3rd or greater offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified), Tampering with Physical Evidence, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd degree (on Foot), Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees, or Fines and 2 counts of Failure to Appear.
  • Pamela Johnson, 33, of Russell County - arrested on Friday afternoon by the ACSO for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
  • Christopher Ray Helm, 40, of Columbia - arrested on Friday afternoon by the CPD for Possession of Methamphetamine and 2 counts of Failure to Appear.
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Lake Cumberland District Health Department Investigating Foodborne Illness Outbreak in Campbellsville


(Campbellsville, KY) - Due to multiple reports of illness, the Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) are investigating a foodborne illness outbreak in Campbellsville, Kentucky. As of Friday, September 22, 2023 there have been 13 cases of illness reported. Six cases have been confirmed as salmonella while the remaining seven are categorized as probable salmonella.


According to the onset of symptoms, those who are ill were likely exposed between September 8-10, 2023. There have been no newly reported cases of illness within the past several days so it does not appear this is an ongoing outbreak.


Salmonella illness is typically transmitted to people when they eat foods contaminated with this type of bacteria, but can also be transmitted through contact with animals or their environment. Symptoms of salmonella illness often include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramping, headache, loss of appetite, and/or dehydration.


Anyone can become infected with this type of illness; however, groups that are at highest risk of severe illness include children younger than 5 years, adults older than 65, and anyone with a weakened immune system. Illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days and most people recover without treatment.


The health department’s investigation is continuing. If you are experiencing symptoms or suspect you or someone you love may be sick, we recommend you seek medical attention from your primary care physician. 


To report a possible foodborne illness, visit the Kentucky Food Safety Reporting website at https://redcap.chfs.ky.gov/surveys/?s=FAW4DLJJKK or call the Taylor County Health Department at 270-465-4191.


Columbia Man Arrested on Meth Charges

Christopher Ray Helm, 40, of Columbia was arrested on Friday afternoon by the CPD for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and 2 counts of Failure to Appear. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

LG&E and KU Lock-in Partnerships for 2 New High-Speed EV Charging Locations (one in Russell County)


(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) - Charging an electric vehicle in Kentucky is getting increasingly faster and easier thanks to Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company. The utilities announced today, they’ve locked-in partnerships for their first two “fast” EV charging station locations and are sharing the upcoming locations as National Drive Electric Week kicks off.


The utilities’ new fast chargers will be located at the Lake Cumberland Tourist Commission in Russell Springs, KY and the Norton Healthcare Sports and Learning Center in Louisville, KY. With Lake Cumberland boasting four million recreational visitors a year and the title of Houseboat Capital of the World; Norton’s facility attracting nearly 100 concerts, meetings, community events and other sporting events annually; and the venues being easily accessible from nearby Interstates 64, 264, U.S. Route 127 and Cumberland Parkway, respectively, the charging locations are expected to fill gaps and offer more peace of mind for plenty of EV motorists.


“We’re thrilled to be expanding the network of publicly available charging stations for EV drivers who live in or travel through Kentucky, and to offer them the fastest type of charging currently available,” said LG&E and KU Vice President of Customer Services Eileen Saunders. “We’re in an exciting time for advancing these efforts and empowering customers and residents with the information and resources to assist them as they consider making the switch to an EV. As the largest energy provider in Kentucky, we take that seriously and are committed to doing our part.”


 “We are always looking for ways to better serve the visitors who come to events and other activities at the Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center,” said Marcus McAlpin, Assistant General Manager for ASM Global, which manages the venue. “Our fans and athletes visit the facility from cities across the United States and this partnership with LG&E and KU to provide EV charging stations gives our visitors greater peace of mind. With the easy access from multiple major roadways, we also think this will fill a need for those passing through the area and will help us contribute to our greater goal of contributing to a more sustainable future.”


"Russell County's new EV Fast Charging stations will be a game-changer for our tourism industry,” said Danielle Wilson, tourism director of the Lake Cumberland Tourist Commission. “With these cutting-edge facilities in place, millions of visitors can now explore our beautiful county while effortlessly recharging their electric vehicles. This investment not only fuels eco-friendly travel but also ignites economic growth, making Russell County an even more attractive and accessible destination for all."


The utilities’ existing network of 20 publicly-available EV charging stations are made up entirely of Level 2 chargers, which sit in the middle of the pack when it comes to the pace of providing a full charge, which is about 2 to 12 hours. LG&E and KU’s new 350-kilowatt DC fast chargers, which are referred to as Level 3 chargers, can provide a full charge within about 15 to 90 minutes.


The newest charging stations are part of utilities’ commitment, approved by the Kentucky Public Service Commission in 2021, to add fast EV charging to as many as eight locations across their service territories to increase accessibility, reduce range anxiety and support the growing number of EV motorists in and traveling through Kentucky. Global e-mobility company Enel X Way won the utilities’ competitive bidding process and was awarded the contract for partnering to install the stations.


The fast chargers are expected to be installed within the next several months. In the meantime, for those celebrating National Drive Electric week as a time to get educated on electrifying their drive, LG&E and KU have programs, resources and information available. In addition to their publicly available charging stations, the utilities offer businesses the opportunity to install charging stations at their locations, have an auto section of the LG&E and KU Marketplace web tool that allows those shopping for EVs or any vehicle to compare and save, and include plenty of EV charging and related information on the company website. To check it out, visit lge-ku.com/ev.




Former Kentucky Governor Brereton Jones To Lie in State at Capitol

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2023) – Gov. Andy Beshear invites the public to pay their respects to former Kentucky Governor Brereton Jones, who will lie in state in the State Capitol Rotunda on Monday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. EDT.


Jones’ family will host a public visitation in the Rotunda from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.


Jones was the 58th Governor of the commonwealth, serving from 1991 to 1995, and served as Lieutenant Governor from 1987 to 1991. He was 84 years old when he passed away Monday.


“Gov. Jones was a dedicated leader and a distinguished thoroughbred owner who worked to strengthen Kentucky for our families,” Gov. Beshear said. “Please join Britainy and me in praying for Libby and his family.”


A funeral service will be held in Midway on Tuesday, Sept. 26, with private burial to follow.


On Tuesday, Gov. Beshear directed flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff in Jones’ honor until sunset on Sept. 26. Individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the commonwealth are encouraged to join in this tribute. Flag status information is available at governor.ky.gov/flag-status.


Click here to view visitor information for the Kentucky State Capitol.

Lake Cumberland District Unemployment Rates for August 2023


Frankfort, KY - Unemployment rates rose in 105 counties between August 2022 and August 2023, fell in eight, and stayed the same in seven counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet.

Locally, unemployment fell month-to-month from July to August in Adair and all surrounding counties. Year-to-year, unemployment was lower in Green County, and rose in Adair, Casey, Cumberland, Metcalfe, Russell and Taylor Counties.

COUNTY CLF    EMP  UNEMP  Aug 23  July 23  Aug 22 
Adair 6,791  6,413  378   5.6% 6.0% 4.4%
Casey 6,267  5,987  280   4.5% 4.7% 3.7%
Cumberland 3,372  3,253  119   3.5% 3.7% 2.9%
Green 4,884  4,699  185   3.8% 4.3% 4.0%
Metcalfe 3,815  3,633  182   4.8% 5.2% 4.5%
Russell 6,247  5,932  315   5.0% 5.5% 4.9%
Taylor 11,972  11,494  478   4.0% 4.4% 3.9%

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 3.3%. It was followed by Marion, Shelby and Washington counties, 3.4% each; Anderson, Carroll, Cumberland and Nelson counties, 3.5% each; and Boone, Caldwell, Fayette, Henry, Oldham, Scott and Spencer counties, 3.6% each.


LCDHD Announces 2023 "Walktober"


From Jeff Neagle, Communications Specialist
Lake Cumberland District Health Department

Physical inactivity is one of the primary health concerns in the Lake Cumberland district. Obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes are just a few of the possible conditions related to an inactive lifestyle. Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) has announced Walktober is returning in 2023 to the Lake Cumberland District. The event is free and open to everyone.

In each of the 10 counties across the region, the department has selected specific walking trails and tracks for the event. During the month of October, complete at least 3 designated routes of your choice. Those who participate and complete the Walktober evaluation will be entered to win prizes given in each county (while supplies last).

In Adair County, the walking/hiking trails are:

  • Columbia Veterans Memorial Park Trail: The distance is 2 laps equal 1 mile. The trail is open 7 days a week from dawn until dusk.
  • Jim Blair Recreational Park Walking Track: The distance is 2 laps makes 1 mile. The track is open 7 days a week from dawn until dusk.
  • Valley Nature Trail at Holmes Bend Campground: The distance is 0.8 mile (loop).
  • Fisher Bend Trails at Holmes Bend Recreation Area: This area includes 11 trails/loops totaling nearly 10 miles. A detailed list can be found on the LCDHD website.

In Russell County, the walking/hiking trails are:

  • Jamestown City Park Walking Track: Distance is 1.02 miles. Hours of operation are Monday through Sunday from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
  • Russell Springs City Park Walking Track: Distance is 1.3 miles. Hours of operation are Monday through Sunday from 6:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m.

To be eligible to receive a prize, you must register and complete the Walktober evaluation, and you must be 18 years or older to receive prizes. Register now at www.LCDHD.org/walktober or call to inquire at 800-928-4416, option 4.

As you complete a route, take a selfie at the location. Write a caption telling us if this is your first, second, or third completed walk, then post it using the tag #LCDHDWalktober23.

Visit the LCDHD website for the complete list of selected walking trails in every county. There is a limit 4 prizes per household.


ALL in for LWC has raised $725,585.25 in 48 Hours with 2,754 Donors Contributing to the Campaign


The results are in! LWC alumni, staff, students and friends surpassed President Luckey’s goal by more than $25,000 by donating to the All In for LWC, Chair’s Challenge. The campaign, which took place over the two-day period of Sept. 19 & 20, raised a total of $725,585.25. This is the ninth consecutive year LWC has issued the challenge to raise money for student scholarship aid. 


Watch LWC President William T. Luckey, Jr., give the final campaign results. https://youtu.be/hx-FIz65I2M?feature=shared


Thank you to everyone who took part in making the campaign a success. This monumental accomplishment says that you believe in LWC and its mission to serve every student, every day. LWC also extends a special thank you to its Chairman of the Board, Dr. Allan Parnell and his wife, Bunny, for their leadership in this campaign. Without the Parnell’s and the generosity of the Lindsey Wilson Board of Trustees, none of this would be possible.


Thank you for going All In for LWC! Until next year. 


Gov. Beshear Approves Requests from 42 City & County Governments (including Russell & Adair) to Fund Repairs to Streets & Roads



  • Adair County will receive $132,300 to resurface Winfrey Hill Rd.
  • Russell County will receive a total of $126,225 to resurface two roads: $66,825.00 for Lafavers Cemetery Road and $59,400.00 for C. Simpson Rd.
  • Russell Springs will receive $17,400.00 to resurface Campground Rd.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2023) – Gov. Andy Beshear, whose administration has helped cities and counties across Kentucky pay for repairs to local streets and roads, today announced a new round of discretionary road funds, totaling more than $6.1 million, to 42 local governments.


“I’m glad we are able to allocate this funding, especially for communities still recovering from the devastating tornadoes of 2021 and widespread flooding of 2022,” Gov. Beshear said. “Local streets and roads help connect and define a community, but roadway needs can quickly mount up and overwhelm a local government’s budget.”


For example, the City of Buckhorn, in Perry County, having seen some of the worst flooding in Eastern Kentucky, was approved for $69,714 with which to resurface three streets – Bill Owens Lane, Buckhorn Lane and Witherspoon Way.


“The City of Buckhorn is in desperate need of this funding,” the city’s application stated. “Our streets are long overdue to be resurfaced. However, the city has not had the funds available to do so.”


Elsewhere, the City of Maysville was approved for $176,250 with which to resurface the streets of Washington Glen, an older subdivision that was part of the former City of Washington, which Maysville annexed in 1990. The cost for Washington Glen would consume nearly all of Maysville’s municipal road aid allotment for the year, according to the city’s application.


In Western Kentucky, Graves County, which took the brunt of the tornado outbreak of December 2021, was approved for $298,650 toward resurfacing of Meridian Road. The issue now is damage “due to the high impact of farm equipment, large commercial vehicles and everyday travel,” Judge-Executive Jesse Perry stated in the county’s application.


Also approved for funding were the counties of Adair, Allen, Anderson, Bath, Boyle, Bullitt, Carlisle, Casey, Clark, Cumberland, Floyd, Franklin, Greenup, Hardin, Hart, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, McLean, Mercer, Muhlenberg, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell and Wayne, along with the cities of Harlan, Hazard, Madisonville, Russell Springs, Sharpsburg and Versailles.


During his administration, Gov. Beshear has approved discretionary funding totaling $68,349,117, and awards have been made to all 120 Kentucky counties. Click here for a list of the awards announced today.


The discretionary funding is administered through the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).


Adair Co. School Board Special Called & Regular Monthly Meeting

There will be a Special Called Adair County School Board Meeting on Thursday, September 21, 2023 in the Adair County Board Conference Room at 5:30pmCT.
**Meeting called to order**
***Adair County Board Members will open the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance***
The Regular Monthly Adair County School Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 6:00pmCT in the Adair County Board Conference Room.
**Meeting called to order**
***Adair County Board Members will open the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance***
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Adair County Cooperative Extension Requesting Input in Community Needs Assessment Survey


Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service recently launched a statewide survey with hopes of reaching thousands across the Commonwealth. In fact, our last survey received more than 38,000 responses, and we want to see that number grow.


Knowing what matters to Kentucky means our services will matter to Kentucky. You might already know about our educational programs for agricultural production, youth development, nutrition, business development, and family finances… but our outreach has grown even more. Our last survey led to partnerships with nationally recognized experts and new services in areas such as:

  •          Addiction Intervention & Prevention
  •          Small-Town Tourism & Art Revitalization Programs
  •          Rural Mental Health & Suicide Prevention
  •          Natural Disaster Preparedness

And this is only the start for what’s ahead. With more direction from you and others in our community, we can continue real work that matters to real people. People like you.

We hope you’ll take our 10-minute survey found at go.uky.edu/serveKY and encourage others to do the same. We want to hear from all Kentucky citizens ages 18 and up. Every voice matters.


Area Arrests 9-19-23


Michael Burton, 42, of Columbia was taken into custody by Trooper Brown with the Kentucky State Police on Monday night for Violating a Kentucky EPO/DVO.


Christian Wheeler, 49, of Columbia was arrested by Deputy Chris Tweedy on Monday afternoon for Disarming a Peace Officer, Assault 3rd Degree (Police or Probation Officer), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree (Police Officer), Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, Resisting Arrest, and Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol).


Both were lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.


Russell Springs Road Closure Today (Tuesday)


According to Russell Springs City Clerk Chris Ramsey and the City Road Department, Sambo Lane will be closed to traffic temporarily today (Tuesday) for maintenance and repair. The closure is planned from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. this afternoon. The Department said they will have the roadway back open as soon as possible.


The "All In for LWC" 48-hour Challenge Begins 9/19/23 


Columbia, KY – The Lindsey Wilson College Board of Trustees, along with Chairman of the Board and Adair County native Allan Parnell have an important question for LWC alumni and friends - “What does All In for LWC mean to you?”


The 48-hour event to raise money for student aid will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 19 and will last until midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 20. The social media campaign dubbed All In For LWC began in 2014 and has raised nearly $5 million.


“The ‘All In’ campaign is a time of fellowship and fun,” says LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. “For two days each year, we loosen our ties and get down to business. It’s a campus-wide effort and we enjoy every minute working alongside our students.” 


In addition to raising money for scholarship aid, the ‘All In for LWC’ campaign helps LWC to increase its alumni-giving participation percentage. 


“This annual social media-driven campaign continues to be one of the most important fundraising initiatives we host each year,” says LWC Director of Alumni Relations Lafawn Nettles. “Gifts from our alumni are increasingly important because alumni involvement is a key metric used by grant-awarding foundations. A high alumni giving percentage is a vote of confidence in an institution and it increases the value of a degree from LWC.”  


The fall 2023 campaign is structured so that students will immediately benefit from the financial support. By going to www.lindsey.edu/giving, donors may give their gift directly to more than 30 affinity programs. For example, if you are a former baseball player, cheerleader, band member, or if you have a love for theatre, you can designate your gift to go to your favorite program, team, club or group. 


“I want to personally thank everyone who has taken part in this nine-year journey to raise money for students,” said board chair, Dr. Allan Parnell. “We encourage the LWC family to take part in this exciting new initiative and help students answer the questions to receive even more scholarship aid. 


“We have 48 hours to make a difference and we can’t do it without our alumni and our friends, in Adair County and beyond.”


To make a gift of any amount to the All In for LWC Chair's Challenge during the two-day period of Sept. 19-20, you can give online by clicking on www.lindsey.edu/giving. You can also call the college's development office at 270-384-8400. Gifts can be restricted to a specific program or can be unrestricted to the general fund.

Venus Popplewell
LWC Director of Public Relations

Jamestown Police Asking for Assistance in Identifying Vehicle involved in a Theft


The Jamestown Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying the vehicle and person(s) in surveillance photos from a theft that occurred in the early morning hours of Monday, September 18, 2023 at the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency. Several vehicles were entered and numerous tools were taken.


If you have any information about the vehicle or person(s) involved, contact the Jamestown Police Department at 270-343-3300 or the Russell County Dispatch non-emergency line at 270-343-6600.



Russell County DAR Loan Approval


The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $1,138,643 for agricultural diversification and rural development projects across the commonwealth at its monthly board meeting in September. Among the awards was $7,500 for DAR in Russell County.

The DAR program (Deceased Farm Animal Removal) serves as a measure to facilitate the coordination of environmentally-sound and cost-effective disposal of deceased livestock for Kentucky producers.


Two KSP Post 15 Troopers Honored at Awards Ceremony


On Thursday, September 14, 2023, Lt. Governor Coleman and the Kentucky State Police (KSP) honored 76 troopers and officers who wear the badge of honor to serve and protect Kentucky's 120 counties with a mission of creating a better, safer Kentucky. The awards presented were for acts of bravery and service that occurred in 2022.


Two troopers from the Post 15 area were included in those honors:

  • Trooper Austin Mattingly was named 2022 Post 15 Trooper of the Year. Trooper Mattingly is a 2-year veteran of KSP assigned to Post 15 Columbia.
  • Detective Bramlett Burton was named 2022 Post 15 Detective of the Year. Detective Burton is a 20-year veteran of KSP assigned to Post 15 Columbia.

Post 15 Commander Captain Bradly Stotts said, "I commend Detective Burton and Trooper Mattingly for their hard work and dedication to the agency. The excellent performance they exhibit on a daily basis is the embodiment of what it is to be a Trooper."


Area Arrests 9-18-23


Ricky George, 58, of Columbia was arrested by Trooper Brown with the Kentucky State Police on Sunday night for Driving on a DUI Suspended License, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, and Operating Motor Vehicle without Ignition Interlock Device.


Tonya Simmons, 47, of Hazard was arrested on Sunday afternoon by RSPD Officer Miniard for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified) and Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).


Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Weekend Arrests 9/17/23



The following individuals have been arrested by various agencies...


  • Regina Burchett, 73, of Columbia - arrested Saturday afternoon by KSP for Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence), Possession of Marijuana, and Contempt of Court.
  • Andrew Rupe, 39, of Columbia - arrested on Friday night by the ACSO for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified), and Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container.
  • Timothy Perkins, 61, of Columbia - arrested on Friday evening by the CPD for Violating a Kentucky EPO.
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
  • Jeronimo Gomez, 32, of Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday night by KSP for Speeding, Careless Driving, No Operators LIcense, DUI, and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle.
  • Lagena Bottoms, 52, of Russell Springs - taken into custody by the RSPD following a traffic stop just before midnight on Thursday night. Ms. Bottoms was charged with Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Opiates), and License to be in Possession.
  • Tohawnee Thrasher, 39, of Albany - arrested on Friday night by KSP for Possession of Methamphetamine 2nd offense, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Former City Police Chief Sentenced for Stealing City Funds


Bowling Green, KY – The former City of Columbia Chief of Police was sentenced today to 5 months in federal prison for stealing city funds.


U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky and Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. of the Kentucky State Police made the announcement.


According to court documents, between February 2020 and February 2021, Jason Dewayne Cross, 46, of Columbia, Kentucky, the Columbia Chief of Police at the time, stole over $25,000 from the Columbia Police Department evidence room and drug purchase fund. 


Cross was sentenced to 5 months in prison, followed by a 1-year term of supervised release, for violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 666(a)(1)(A), which makes it a federal offense for a city employee to steal more than $5,000 from a city that received over $10,000 in federal assistance in a calendar year. There is no parole in the federal system.


The case was investigated by the Kentucky State Police and the Columbia Police Department. 


Assistant U.S. Attorney David Weiser prosecuted the case. 


Russell County Judge Executive Proclaims Today "Donnie Wilkerson Day"

Russell County Judge Executive Randy Marcum has proclaimed today (Friday, Sept. 15th) as "Donnie Wilkerson Day" in Russell County. The Judge took part in a special celebration Thursday at Jamestown Elementary School. Wilkerson was named the 2024 Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 in Frankfort, KY.


CPD Warns of Counterfeit Bills

Counterfeit bills have been circulated within the area this week. Businesses and individuals please be mindful and check large currency.

Some helpful information about how to tell and what to do if you suspect counterfeit money is available at federalreserve.gov.


RCSO Arrests E-town Man on DUI and other Charges



Deputy Wooldridge with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office took Michael Glover, 41, into custody on the following charges: Reckless Driving, Wanton Endangerment, Disorderly Conduct, and Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol - Aggravated Circumstances. Glover was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Russell County Arrests 9/13/23

The following individuals were arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023....
  • Kristie May Weston, 37, of Russell Springs, KY - arrested Wednesday morning by KSP for Speeding, Driving on a DUI Suspended License, and Non-Payment of Fines.
  • Michael Glover, 41, of Elizabethtown, KY - arrested on Wednesday afternoon by the RCSO for Reckless Driving, Wanton Endangerment, Disorderly Conduct, and Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol (Aggravated Circumstances).
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Adair County Native to Speak at Campbellsville Univ.'s Heritage Day

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY - Dr. Hilda Legg, a Campbellsville College alum who has served under four U.S. Presidents, will be speaking at Campbellsville University’s Heritage Day chapel at 10:00amET on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023. The chapel service will take place in Ransdell Chapel located at 401 N. Hoskins Ave, Campbellsville, KY.
  • Legg has served under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Donald Trump.
  • Legg has over 40 years of experience in rural economic development, including as administrator of the Rural Utilities Service and as alternate federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission.
  • She was most recently the Kentucky State Director for Rural Development in the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the Trump administration.
  • She’s served in the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Legg has served as CEO and executive director of the Center for Rural Development in Somerset and field representative for United States Senator Mitch McConnell.
  • She has also served on two United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) committees, focusing on combating the opioid crisis and on spreading broadband throughout the country.
  • Today, she is a consultant at Legg Strategies on rural economic development.
Jamie Lawrence, executive director of ministry and church outreach, said, “Hilda is an amazing person of influence as she has served our country under four presidents. She will be speaking about the impact Campbellsville University has had on her life and career.  “Hilda is a part of our heritage, and we look forward to having her in chapel.”
After graduating in 1974 from then-Campbellsville College, Legg received her master’s degree in education from Western Kentucky University followed by completion of the Senior Executive Program at Harvard University.
At Campbellsville University, Heritage Day is an annual event, focused on reflecting on where the school’s traditions come from, people who have come before and looking ahead by preserving the legacy of Campbellsville University for generations to come.
“We want to celebrate those who have served, given to and learned from this institution. Anyone who has been part of campus is a part of the CU story,” Lawrence said. “Heritage Day is most important as we look back at the names and works of those who helped to build this amazing university. “Our prayer is that it inspires others to continue to be a part of this amazing story.”
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with an enrollment of nearly 12,000 students. The university offers over 100 programs of study including doctoral, masters, bachelors, associate and certification programs. The website for complete information is?www.campbellsville.edu. 

More Details on Arrest of Adair County Man on Felony Drug Charges after Fleeing from ACSO


On Monday, September 11, 2023 around 10:08pmCT, Adair County Deputy Derek Padgett attempted a traffic stop on a 2000 Buick passenger car on KY 55 south. The driver refused to stop and fled the scene. The pursuit came to a safe end on Wain Street in the limits of Columbia.  

The driver, 46-year-old Jerry Allen Loy of Columbia, KY was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
  • Fleeing & Evading Police 1st degree 
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence 
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine) 
  • Possession of Marijuana 
  • Tampering with Physical Evidence &
  • Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle.

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.

Jamestown Elementary Teacher Named Teacher of Year

Educator and Jamestown Elementary School teacher, Donnie Wilkerson, was named Elementary Teacher of the Year on Wednesday morning at a ceremony at the State Capitol in Frankfort... 



Wilkerson took to the podium and thanked all of those who were there for him and praised his students... 



WAVE NEWS congratulates Wilkerson on this much deserved honor! 


J.O.Y. Ministries Continues its Service to Adair County

J.O.Y. Ministries' Crisis Resource Center is well underway! The CRC will serve as a central office for J.O.Y. Ministries and include ample space for food, furniture, and clothing storage. They are still $20,000 away from their $100,000 fundraising goal. You can donate to this cause at www.joy-ministries.org or by mailing your donation to: PO Box 114, Columbia, KY 42728.

J.O.Y. thanks EVERYONE for their continued support!


RC Woman Arrested on Theft Charges (Cold Checks)


Desiray Alcorn, 28, of Russell Springs, was taken into custody by Officer Llane, with the Russell Springs Police Department, just before midnight last night. Alcorn, was charged with Non-Payment of Court Cost, Fees or Fines and Theft by Deception - Including Cold Checks greater than $10,000 dollars. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


WAVE News to Carry Live Announcement of KY Teacher of the Year

Russell County's Donnie Wilkerson is one of 10 finalists for this year's honor and 92.7 the Wave will carry the announcement live tomorrow morning at 9:30amCT. The stream can be heard on air at 92.7, online at ridingthewave.com and on our app.


10 outstanding teachers from across the state are semifinalists for the 2024 Kentucky Teacher of the Year award, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) announced Aug. 14.


The teachers are in the running to be named as Elementary, Middle, and High School Teacher of the Year, one of whom will be named the overall 2024 Kentucky Teacher of Year. Winners will be announced Sept. 13 at a ceremony in Frankfort.


Semifinalists for the elementary Teacher of the Year are:
Katie Hale, Ponderosa Elementary (Boyd County)

Deanna Landrum, Southgate Public School (Southgate Independent)

Justin Moreschi, Klondike Lane Elementary (Jefferson County) and

Donnie Wilkerson, Jamestown Elementary (Russell County).


The middle school semifinalists are:

Kevin Dailey, Ballyshannon Middle (Boone County)

Doug Henry, Bullitt Lick Middle (Bullitt County) and 

Kimberly Thompson, Eastside Middle (Bullitt County).


The high school semifinalists are:

Ryan Davis, Waggener High (Jefferson County)

Luke Glaser, Hazard High (Hazard Independent) and 

Kumar Rashad, Breckinridge Metropolitan High (Jefferson County).


The 10 semifinalists are among 22 educators in Kentucky who were named 2024 Teacher Achievement Award winners in July.


“Each of these award-winning teachers are dedicated to uplifting their students, their school communities and the education profession as a whole,” said Kentucky Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass. “I want to congratulate them for receiving this prestigious recognition and thank them for the hard work that has led them here. They represent more than 40,000 of their colleagues from every school district in Kentucky who give of themselves every day to help students.”


Semifinalists were chosen based on their application scores from the first round of judging, which was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of veteran education professionals. Applications included nominees’ teaching philosophies, teaching experiences, involvement in their communities and letters of recommendation.


Interviews with the 10 semifinalists, in combination with their application scores, will result in the selection of the 2024 Elementary, Middle and High School Teacher of the Year. From those three, the finalist with the highest overall score will be named the 2024 Kentucky Teacher of the Year and go on to represent the state in the 2024 National Teacher of the Year competition. The overall winner also will receive a $10,000 cash gift, a glass award and professional sabbatical opportunity or classroom grant coordinated by KDE.


Cash awards of $2,750 each and glass awards will be presented to the other Kentucky Teacher of the Year finalists. Nineteen of the other Kentucky Teacher Achievement Award winners will receive a $500 cash award and certificate.


Valvoline™ and Valvoline Global™, proud sponsors of the Kentucky Teacher Achievement Awards and the Kentucky Teacher of the Year Program, will present the 22 recipients of the Teacher Achievement Award with $25,000 total in cash awards during the awards ceremony in Frankfort on Sept. 13.


Adair Co. Man Arrested on Meth & other Drug Charges

Jerry Loy, 48, of Columbia, KY was arrested on Monday night, September 11, 2023 by the ACSO for Fleeing or Evading Police, DUI (2nd or greater offense), Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Failure to Appear.
He was lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.



Adair County Woman Arrested on Burglary Charges after Lengthy Investigation

On Saturday, September 9, 2023, Adair County K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten executed an arrest warrant for 46-year-old Alice Drury of Columbia. The warrant was obtained upon the conclusion of an investigation conducted by Deputy Staten into a residential break-in that occurred in the Portland community of Adair County.  
Drury was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
  • Burglary 1st degree 
  • Theft of a Firearm
  • Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $1.000) and 
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
The case remains under investigation by the Adair County Sheriffs Office.

R.S. Boil Water Advisory Lifted 9/12/23


The boil water advisory in Russell Springs for Highway 1870 starting at Tonkin Drive to the Adair County line, Shepard Drive, a section of Rose Street and Gentry Mill Road, and all side roads in between has been lifted. You no longer have to boil your water.


Allen McQueary

City of Russell Springs Utilities


Lindsey Wilson College Celebrates Another All-Time Record Enrollment


COLUMBIA, KY. – For the second consecutive year, Lindsey Wilson College enrolls a record-breaking number of students, surpassing previous enrollment records. 


LWC exceeded its enrollment projections for the 2023-24 academic year when the college enrolled 3,925 students – a 26% increase over the previous year – an all-time high for the 120-year-old liberal arts college. 


“There’s a lot of conversation out there about the value of a college education,” said LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. “As you look at the landscape of higher education nationally, very few colleges of our caliber are reporting steady enrollment numbers – much less record enrollment numbers. I’m proud of our faculty, staff and enrollment team on this historical achievement. The LWC family did a great job making these students feel welcome and will continue to do so as we look forward to the school year ahead.”


Luckey points to several key factors that have led to the record-breaking number including an increase in the total number of undergraduate students enrolled which means more students living in student housing on the A.P. White Campus over the previous year. The College also experienced a big boost at the graduate level, with fall enrollment totals eclipsing the previous year by more than 58% – from 1,351 students to an impressive 2,148.


With a global, regional and local outreach, LWC’s student body includes students from 90 Kentucky counties, 40 states and 50 foreign countries.


"Today we see a much different Lindsey Wilson than we did 10 years ago," Luckey said. “While we are excited about having a more geographically and ethnically diverse student body, we are encouraged that more than half of our undergraduate students are the first in their family to attend college. The key to this nation’s future is developing a better-educated population, and Lindsey Wilson is proud to be an innovator in higher education and a part of that solution.”


LWC Student Government Association Cabinet members are preparing to lead the largest and most diverse student body in College history. Pictured, back row, from left: Treasurer Chase Hickman from Columbia, Tennessee; Vice President Tyler Buffel from Durban, South Africa; Director of Campus Outreach Zachariah Lawson from Williamsburg, Kentucky. Front row, from left: Chief of Staff Kayla Koerner from Richmond, Kentucky; President Charlotte Archey from Columbia, Kentucky; and Director of Public Relations Kassidy Phelps from Burkesville, Kentucky.


T.J. Regional Health New Dining Services


Glasgow, KY – T.J. Regional Health is partnering with food management company Culinary Services Group to provide innovative menus and freshly prepared meals while enhancing patient engagement and satisfaction. The healthcare provider’s three retail venues will enjoy customer-driven menus featuring a wide variety of local favorites and healthy options. Culinary Services Group will assume responsibility for dining services at T.J. Samson Community Hospital, T.J. Health Columbia and the Shanti Niketan Hospice Home in early September. The decision to change food service providers was made by hospital administration to improve patient satisfaction and position the hospital at the forefront of modern patient service.


“We pride ourselves on listening to patient feedback and are confident that the partnership with Culinary Services Group will assist us in providing the best possible experience for our patients,” said Jim Lee, Executive Vice President for Support Services at T.J. Regional Health. “We are looking forward to making adjustments to our menu that are customized for the area we live in while still meeting our patients’ nutritional requirements,” Lee said.


One of the first impressions a hospital makes on their patients and visitors is the quality of their food. After lengthy discussions and research, it was easy to see that the values of Culinary Services Group aligned with those of T.J. Regional Health.


Culinary Services Group aims to drive patient satisfaction through fresh, new menus that align with current food trends. The company will use technology to improve the overall dining experience. For patients, bedside orders will soon be placed using tablets. The company will install a state-of-the art Point-of-Sale System at the hospital’s cafeteria-style retail space and its two bistro-style cafes. The new system will not only track revenues accurately, but it will provide consumer insights allowing the company to tailor its menus and offerings to the surrounding community. The enhanced dining program also offers T.J. Regional the opportunity to give back to the local community by partnering with Culinary Services Group on community outreach opportunities.


“Community Outreach is one of the pillars of this organization, and the partnership with CSG will allow us to do even more outreach in the communities we serve,” Lee said.


Culinary Services Group first entered the Kentucky market in 2021 and is invested in growing its regional footprint. The food service company exclusively serves hospitals, senior living, and behavioral health facilities through a unique approach. Each location they serve receives a customized menu, tailored to the preferences of its patients and staff while accounting for regional preferences and cooking styles. The company is also at the forefront of new technologies and innovative methods of food service through touch screen devices, state-of-the-art software, and even robotics. To learn more partnering with Culinary Services Group in Kentucky, pleasecontact their sales team.

Adair County Caregivers Event 9/13/23

The Adair County Caregivers Support Group will meet on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at 11amCT at the Adair County Extension office on Fairground Street in Columbia. This is an invitation for anyone that is caregiving for another person to come, have a complimentary light lunch, share information and find resources.

Those who have no help to care for their loved ones while they take a break are invited to call for a possible free visit at Adair Family Adult Day Care during the meeting. Call for more details 270-576-3325.


Russell County Man Arrested on Drug & Hindering Prosecution Charges


Jonathan Atchley, 36, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Officer Llane with the Russell Springs Police Department just after 11:30pmCT on Monday night. Atchley was charged with Hindering Prosecution or Apprehension – 2nd Degree and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified) He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


D.A.R.E. Training at Adair County Schools

Adair County Schools are advising parents not to be concerned by an increased police presence on School Campus on Thursday, September 14, 2023. Numerous D.A.R.E. officers are scheduled to be onsite conducting a training.


Lake Cumberland Fall Cleanup

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District invites the public to participate in the Lake Cumberland Fall Lake Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023 for National Public Lands Day. Volunteers can participate in clean-up efforts across Lake Cumberland. Cities, counties, schools, clubs, local businesses, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ staff have an opportunity to lend a hand to improve the environment and ensure the quality of treasured Lake Cumberland lands and waters.

The volunteer effort begins 8 a.m. local time. Cleanup staff will be stationed in the following areas for visitors to register as volunteers.

Please call ahead and preregister at 606-677- 6150 or toll free at 888-577-4339, or e-mail pride@centertech.com.

• Waitsboro Recreation Area (500 Waitsboro Road, Somerset, KY, 42503)
• Conley Bottom Resort (270 Conley Bottom Road, Monticello, KY, 42633)
• Halcomb’s Landing Recreation Area (Directions: US 127 South from Jamestown; left just before Wolf Creek Dam)
• Grider Hill Marina (115 Grider Hill Dock Rd, Albany, KY 42602)
• Burnside Island State Park (8801 US-27, Burnside, KY 42519)
• Lake Cumberland State Resort Park (5465 State Park Rd, Jamestown, KY 42629)

The Corps of Engineers and Eastern Kentucky PRIDE are supplying gloves and garbage bags and the public is strongly encouraged to bring water bottles, and clothing appropriate for the weather. “I want to encourage all our partners and stakeholders to participate in this great event,” said Jonathan Friedman, resource manager of Lake Cumberland and Laurel River Lake. “If you are interested in organizing a local clean-up in ‘your’ creek or cove, do not hesitate to reach out to the Corps for garbage bags, litter
grabbers, or gloves in support of your efforts.”


For additional information, please contact the Lake Cumberland Natural Resource Management Office at 606-679-6337


Columbia Police Dept. Monthly Activity Report for August

August Activity Report 

  • Calls for service 661
  • Citations 85
  • Motorist Assists 11
  • Escorts 14
  • Accidents Investigated 24
  • Injury Accidents 4 
  • Incident Reports 13
  • Criminal Cases Opened 15


Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 9/12/23

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet for a Regular Called Meeting on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 9:00amCT in the basement of the Adair Annex. The meeting is open to the public. 

CACEDA Special Called Meeting Recap

The Columbia-Adair Economic Development Authority met on Friday, September 8, 2023. Here is information on actions taken at the special called meeting...


Adair County Man arrested in Cumberland County for DUI & other Offenses


Jeffrey Karger, 35, of Columbia was arrested by Officer Tweedy of the Burkesville Police Department just before 1 a.m. on Sunday. Karger was charged with Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle) and (on Foot), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Resisting Arrest, Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Substance, Speeding and Reckless Driving. He was Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Nancy Couple Arrested on Drug & other Charges

A Nancy, KY couple was arrested on Drug and other charges on Sunday, September 10, 2023 by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office.


Deputy Barber took Roger Lovell, 49, and Kathy Roberts, 54, into custody just before 3pmCT yesterday afternoon.


Lovell was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth), Theft of Identity of another without Consent, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle, Improper Registration Plate, and No Registration Receipt.

Roberts was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.


Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Adopt a Highway Art Contest

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announces that entries are being accepted for the 2023 edition of its popular Adopt-A-Highway art contest for Kentucky school students. The theme is Adopt-A-Highway: Can it, Kentucky!

For additional information about the Adopt-A-Highway Program, including entry forms and evaluation criteria for the 2023 Adopt-A-Highway Art Contest visit transportation.ky.gov/AdoptaHighway.

Adair and Casey County Awarded Funds for Broadband

As part of his commitment to connect every home and business in Kentucky to affordable, reliable high-speed internet, on Sept. 5, 2023, Gov. Andy Beshear announced a record $386 million investment to expand access in 46 counties, bringing high-speed internet access to more than 42,600 homes and businesses for the first time.

Among the awards was $7,244,132 to Cumberland Cellular, LLC dba DUO Broadband, to expand service to 378 homes and businesses in Adair County, and $12,112,908 to Spectrum Mid-America, LLC to expand service to 2,142 homes and businesses in Casey County.

The funding will allow providers to run fiber to each location. More than 25,000 locations are considered to have no service and more than 17,000 are considered unserved.

Area Arrest 9-8-23

Joe Courtney, age 74, of Jamestown, was arrested by Deputy Wooldridge with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office around 9 last evening. Courtney was charged with Harassment – Physical Contact (No Injury) and Criminal Trespassing – 3rd Degree. He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.


Adair County Man Indicted by Taylor County Grand Jury for Drug & Traffic Offenses


Jordan Durham of Columbia, KY has been indicted for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Disregarding a Stop Sign, Possession of Marijuana, and Persistent Felony Offender.


An indictment is a legal accusation and does not determine guilt or innocence.


Green River Lake Honored


Four Kentucky State Parks were recognized as part of this year's Kentucky Living 2023 Best in Kentucky awards, highlighting the best travel destinations and experiences across the commonwealth.


Green River Lake State Park in Campbellsville claimed a first place showing in the category of the best camping or RV spot in this year's Best of Kentucky awards.


In addition to winning first place, Green River Lake State Park also received second place rankings for best public hunting/fishing and water tourism spots.


Columbia-Adair EDA Special Called Meeting 9/8/23

The Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority (EDA) will hold a special called Board of Directors meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 8, 2023 at the Columbia-Adair County Training and Development Center, 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY. The purpose of the meeting is a discussion in Executive Session.
Presiding – Larry Walker, Chairman
          Welcome, Call to Order, Determination of a Quorum, Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance  
KDPI Round 2 Discussion
Motion to enter Executive Session
Executive Session per KRS 61.810(g). Discussions between a public agency and a representative of a business entity and discussions concerning a specific proposal, if open discussions would jeopardize the siting, retention, expansion, or upgrading of the business.
Motion to Adjourn
Next regular meeting: Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 8:00amCT

ACSO investigates Injury Accident Involving Commercial Vehicle on Tuesday morning...

The single vehicle collision occurred 8.5 miles south of Columbia on KY 55 south at 10:39amCT on Tuesday, September 5, 2023. A 2003 Kenworth dump truck overturned and lost its load of rocks on the roadway. 
The preliminary investigation shows that the operator, Eric Chrisman, was traveling south when he dropped off the shoulder of the highway. In an attempt to bring the truck back onto the road, the truck overturned.  
Mr. Chrisman was treated on scene by Adair EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia for additional care.  
The accident is being investigated by Deputy Jason Camfield who was assisted by Deputy Chris Tweedy. Other responding agencies included Adair 911, Adair EMS, and the Columbia-Adair County Fire department. 

Russell County Man Arrested for Unlawful Imprisonment; Bowling Green Man Arrested Following Traffic Stop


Aaron Whittle, 57, of Russell County was arrested on Sunday, September 3, 2023 by the RCSO for Unlawful Imprisonment, Resisting Arrest, Menacing, and Disorderly Conduct.

He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

A Bowling Green man was arrested late Saturday night following a traffic stop. 
Cortez Lawrence, age 32, was arrested by KSP for Failure to Dim Headlights, Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Fleeing or Evading Police (on foot), Resisting Arrest, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Mr. Lawrence was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Cumberland County Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

On Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at 8:35pmCT, Adair County Deputy Derek Padgett responded to a vehicle off the roadway approximately 6 miles west of Columbia on the LBN Cumberland Parkway.

The operator, 38-year-old Douglas Honeycutt of Burkesville, attempted to flee on foot once deputies arrived. He was quickly taken into custody and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine) 
  • Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs 
  • Fleeing & Evading Police (on foot)
  • Possession of Marijuana 
  • No Insurance and
  • Outstanding Pulaski County Arrest Warrant

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation. Deputy Derek Padgett was assisted on scene by Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch.

CPD Monthly Activity Report


Columbia Police Department August Activity Report...

  • Calls for service 661
  • Citations 85
  • Motorist Assists 11
  • Escorts 14
  • Accidents Investigated 24
  • Injury Accidents 4 
  • Incident Reports 13 
  • Criminal Cases Opened 15


KSP Arrests Taylor County Man in Child Sexual Abuse Investigation


CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (September 5, 2023) – On September 4, 2023 Troopers with Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 in Columbia made an arrest in an ongoing investigation into the sexual abuse of a child in Taylor County. The investigation was initiated when KSP Troopers received a report of inappropriate text messages between a juvenile and an adult male.


During the investigation, Troopers discovered that Michael Gribbins, age 55 of Campbellsville, had engaged in exchanging inappropriate and explicit text messages and photographs with a juvenile. Troopers also discovered Mr. Gribbins had engaged in sexual contact with the same juvenile in Taylor County. These incidents occurred over the past year, making the victim 15 years old at the time of the incidents.


Michael Gribbins was arrested and charged with Unlawful Transaction with a Minor – 1st Degree – Illegal Sex Act – Victim Under 16, Rape 3rd Degree, Sodomy 3rd Degree, and Sexual Abuse 1st Degree.


Mr. Gribbins has been lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center and is currently being held without bond. The case is ongoing and being investigated by Detective Dexter Colvin.

Albany Woman Arrested on Drug and Endangerment Charges


Tiffany Bell, 36, was taken into custody by Deputy Shelton with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office on Monday evening. Bell was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.



Kentucky State Police Locate Stolen Property in Adair County

COLUMBIA, Ky. (September 4, 2023) – On August 31, 2023, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 received information of a possible stolen enclosed trailer containing tools at a residence located on White Oak Church Road in Adair County.  The trailer and tools had been reported stolen from a recent theft in Pulaski County.


Troopers arrived at the residence and observed an enclosed trailer on the property and determined the trailer was reported stolen from a theft in Pulaski County.  Troopers also located numerous items of tools along with the trailer.  While at the residence, Troopers obtained information leading them to arrest and charge Ashley Sowder, age 36 of Nancy, with Receiving Stolen Property - $10,000 or more and Resisting Arrest.  Ms. Sowder was lodged in the Adair County Detention Center.


The investigation is ongoing and is being investigated by Trooper Noah Brown.


Area Arrests 9/3/23

The following individuals were arrested on various charges...

Bruce Groneck, 33, of Independence, KY - arrested Saturday afternoon for Failure to Operate Boat at Idle Speed, Failure to Wear Personal Flotation Device, and Operating Boat/Watercraft while Intoxicated or Under the Influence.

Timothy Franklin, 19, of Russell Springs - arrested on Friday afternoon by KSP for Possession of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor Under the Age of 12.

Christopher Allen Powell, 37, of Russell County - arrested on Friday morning by the RCSO for Violating a Kentucky EPO/DVO

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Charles Stanton, 56, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday afternoon by the CPD for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol 

Ricardo Alan Medena, 27, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday afternoon by KSP for Criminal Mischief and Criminal Trespassing 2nd degree.

Alice Jean Drury, 47, of Greensburg - arrested on Saturday afternoon by KSP for Possession of Methamphetamine 2nd Offense, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, and 2 counts of Failure to Appear.

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Adair County - Scheduled Monthly Outdoor Warning Siren Test 9/4/23


The regularly scheduled Adair County Outdoor Warning Siren Test will be conducted on Monday September 4th 2023 at 10:00AM Central Time.  (Weather permitting).  

The Walmart Area siren may be activated twice for additional testing.  All testing should be completed by 10:15AM Central Time

Nancy Woman Arrested in Adair County on Theft Charges

Pulaski County Sheriff Bobby Jones reports the arrest of a Nancy woman on Thursday, August 31, 2023 for Receiving Stolen Property $10,000 or More, stemming from an investigation into a stolen trailer on August 30, 2023.


Deputy Brett Thomas responded to a report of a stolen trailer from a construction site on August 30, 2023. The trailer and its contents were estimated by the victim to have a value of over $10,000. After the trailer was reported as stolen, two subjects came back to the property on Parkers Mill Way in an attempt to remove a vehicle from the area. The subjects were confronted by the reported victims, and from that confrontation a female subject fled the area on foot.

Through investigation, Deputy Thomas learned the name of the female subject, Ashley D. Sowder (36). The vehicle Sowder fled in matched that of the one observed in neighboring surveillance video footage as being the suspect vehicle.


Deputy Thomas later received a tip of the whereabouts of the stolen property and contacted Kentucky State Police Post 15 for assistance in the investigation. Post 15 Troopers responded to 361 White Oak Church Rd., Columbia, KY where the trailer and nearly all the reported stolen property was located. Also located at the residence was Ashley Sowder.


Sowder was arrested by Kentucky State Police for Receiving Stolen Property $10,000 or More, Resisting Arrest, and two Failure to Appear warrants. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


This incident is still under investigation by Deputy Brett Thomas and further charges may be pending.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office thanks the assistance of Kentucky State Police and Troopers with Post 15.


Sheriff Bobby Jones asks if you have any information about drug activity or any crime in Pulaski County, to contact their tip-line at 606-679-8477. You can also leave a tip on their webpage at www.pulaskisheriff.com. You can remain anonymous by texting PCSOTIP to 847411.


Columbia Man Arrested on Warrant & Additional Charges After Resisting Arrest

On Thursday afternoon, August 31, 2023 while on general patrol, CPD Officers observed a male subject on foot who was known to have an active warrant. 

Officers initiated contact on North Reed Street and attempted to take him into custody. The party actively resisted and a physical altercation took place before the subject was subdued. 

Zachary Ballou, 27, of Columbia was taken into custody for the outstanding warrant and has additionally been charged with resisting arrest and assault 3rd degree, a class D felony. 

Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest and was assisted on scene by Sgt Evan Burton.


KSP Post 15 to Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoints


COLUMBIA, Ky. (September 1, 2023)  Kentucky State Police Post 15 will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints in the Post 15 area, which includes Green, Taylor, Marion, Washington, Russell, Casey, Adair, Metcalfe, Monroe, Clinton, and Cumberland counties. These checkpoints will be conducted as part of Post 15’s highway safety efforts. 


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


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


RSPD Investigates 2-Vehicle Crash on 8/31/23

The RSPD investigated a 2-vehicle accident on Thursday afternoon August 31, 2023 at the Junction of Hwy 127 & Maple Street in Russell Springs.
Margaret Pierce, 75 of Russell Springs, was traveling east on Maple Street (Hwy 619) in a 2018 Ford Explorer and as she went through the stoplight, a 2023 Toyota Corolla that was being driven by 89-year-old Vonnie Popplewell of Russell Springs, KY reportedly did not see the red light and struck Ms. Pierce's vehicle.
No major injuries were reported as a result of the accident that held up traffic in both directions while police were investigating.
The Russell Springs Police was assisted on-scene by the R.S. Volunteer Fire Dept.

Grayson Co. Couple Arrested on Drug Related Charges in Russell Co.


Brady Jackson, 26, and Nicole Dixon, 23, were taken into custody by Officer Miniard of the Russell Springs Police Department on Thursday afternoon.


Mr. Jackson was charged with 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, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth), Possession of Marijuana, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, No Registration Receipt and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.


Ms. Dixon was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Required Insurance, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Possession of Open Alcohol Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth), Possession of Marijuana, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, No Registration Receipt and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.



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