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Local News Archives for 2023-10

Tennessee Man Indicted on Rape Charges by Adair County Grand Jury

 

The Columbia Police Department served an indictment warrant on a current Adair County Jail inmate, today, Tuesday, October 31, 2023.

 

An investigation began after the male, identified as 27-year-old Jonathan Tyler Berryman of Coalmont, Tennessee was originally apprehended and extradited from Grundy, Tennessee in connection with an unrelated case involving him and an underage female.


A now adult female came forward, stating she & Mr. Berryman had a relationship in 2017 when the female was only 13 years old. After interviewing the female an investigation began, with the findings presented to an Adair County Grand Jury where an indictment was returned against Jonathan Berryman who has now been charged with Unlawful Transaction with a Minor 1st degree, Sodomy 3rd degree, Rape 2nd degree, and Rape 3rd degree, all felonies.
 
Berryman remains housed in the Adair County Regional Jail where he has been held since August.
 
CPD Officer Adam Cravens was the investigating Officer.
 

Gov. Andy Beshear: Kynect Enrollment Begins Nov. 1 for 2024 Health, Dental Benefits

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2023) – Today, Gov. Beshear announced that beginning tomorrow Kentuckians can shop and enroll for health and dental coverage on the state-based marketplace, kynect.

 

Enrollment is open Nov. 1, 2023, through Jan. 16, 2024. Kentuckians who sign up on or before Dec. 15, 2023, will have a coverage start date of Jan. 1, 2024. Those who sign up on Dec. 16 through the last day of enrollment will be eligible for coverage that starts on Feb. 1, 2024.

 

Kentuckians who don’t have coverage through another source, such as through an employer, Medicaid, the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicare or TRICARE, can start shopping tomorrow for individual coverage on kynect. All plans offered on the marketplace cover 10 essential health benefits, including emergency services, hospitalization, lab services and prescription drugs. All plan types also cover certain preventive services at no cost, and no one can be dropped from coverage or have their premiums increased because of health issues.

 

In 2020, Gov. Beshear relaunched kynect to help ensure more Kentucky families have access to the best information about their health plans and benefits.

 

“Health care is a basic human right – and every Kentucky family deserves to be able to see a doctor and receive treatment when they are sick,” Gov. Beshear said. “By removing barriers to care, we are helping Kentuckians not only stay healthy and live their best life, but we are also supporting our workforce. We know that when people don’t feel good, it hinders their ability to seek and maintain a job.”

 

Four carriers will offer health plans: Anthem, CareSource, Passport by Molina Healthcare and WellCare of Kentucky. Passport by Molina Healthcare will expand by 22 counties, and WellCare will expand by 26 counties. Anthem and Best Life will offer dental plans. An expanded number of plans have been certified for 2024 and all counties have at least two carrier choices, with most having three choices and many now having four choices.

 

Carrie Banahan, deputy secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, encouraged consumers to visit kynect.ky.gov for plan details. “There’s more to plans than the monthly premium,” she said. “Make sure your doctors and other clinicians are in their network. Check out whether your favorite pharmacy is among their preferred.”

 

Not all plans are the same, Banahan said. In 2024, some plans offered have added features or benefits, including enhanced diabetes coverage, fitness memberships and vision benefits. Telehealth is covered by all plans at differing out-of-pocket costs. Kentuckians still have access to the more generous financial assistance originally made available as part of the American Rescue Plan. More plans are available, and this continued financial assistance keeps costs to families lower.

 

Open enrollment in a qualified health plan also overlaps with other annual open enrollments, including Medicare. Medicare beneficiaries may make changes through Dec. 7 and enrollment choices take effect on Jan. 1, 2024.

 

For kynect enrollment assistance, visit kynect.ky.gov or call 855-459-6328. You may also get help at your local Department for Community-Based Services office, from a kynector or a licensed health insurance agent.

 

Since Gov. Beshear took office, he has fought for affordable and accessible health care coverage for every Kentucky family, regardless of where they live or how much money they make.

 

During his first week in office, Gov. Beshear worked to expand access to critical health care for nearly 100,000 Kentuckians by eliminating governmental roadblocks. And in an effort to improve maternal and child health outcomes, in May 2022 the Governor announced that Medicaid coverage would expand to a full 12-month postpartum period. In October 2022, the Governor also announced a new initiative to help boost workforce participation by improving health coverage in the critical areas of dental, vision and hearing.

 

The Governor has also supported many pieces of legislation to expand care, including measures that have capped the cost of lifesaving insulin for many Kentuckians; expanded access to mental health care through telehealth; increased mental health support for first responders and students; created a lung cancer screening program and improved the quality of mental health treatment; enhanced stroke care and provided access to the lowest-cost medicine.

 

The Governor has also taken steps to support Kentucky hospitals, including this year, when he signed legislation to provide $1.8 billion in Medicaid funding for outpatient hospital services.

 

During Gov. Beshear’s term, the state is also seeing health care services expand across the state. For example, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky and Norton Healthcare are making a historic investment in West Louisville. Soon, life-enhancing programs, including the first hospital built west of Ninth Street in more than 150 years, will open.

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Jails & Corrections Reform Task Force Tackles Issues with County Jails

 

The Commonwealth faces a crisis in its county jail system. Seventy-six of our jails are at 120% capacity, facilities are aging, and counties that construct new facilities are still paying down debt. Because of this, the legislature identified the need for a specialized workgroup to address these, among other, concerns. So, the Jail and Corrections Reform Task Force was created.

 

Over the past several years, local officials from counties across the state have requested additional state support for county jails, particularly since so many state inmates are held in local facilities. Counties do receive a daily reimbursement for state inmates held in their facility, but like so many functions of state government over the past two or three decades, that per diem has fallen behind actual costs. For example, on average it costs $40.11 per day to house an inmate in a local facility. The state currently pays the facilities $35.34 per day for the housing of state inmates that are Class C or Class D. Until lawmakers approved a rate increase in 2022, the daily reimbursement was actually even lower, at $31.34.

 

The legislature also acted to address overcrowding with the passage of SB 225, which made parole more accessible for eligible non-violent offenders, specifically those classified as Class C or Class D. While county officials have stated that this action went a long way in helping with overcrowding and strapped finances, there is still a great deal of work left to be done on this issue.

Further increasing the daily reimbursement rate may sound like an easy fix, but that is not the case. An additional increase might help the counties that have jails, but more than 40 counties no longer operate jails. Instead, they contract with a county that does. A state rate increase would raise their costs as well, plunging many into budget issues.

 

Task Force members met as a group multiple times throughout the interim, and individual members are also hearing from stakeholders and researching potential solutions. The Kentucky Jailers Association, the Kentucky Department of Corrections, County Judge Executives, and many other stakeholders have testified before the panel to express, address, and discuss concerns and solutions regarding incarceration throughout the state. One thing is clear: it will not be an easy solution and it will take time.

 

Lawmakers have devoted a great deal of time to issues with the current classification system. As you can imagine, the classification of inmates is vital to the operations at correctional facilities. Without a proper classification a jail could be overspending on security needs, and be providing the wrong support mechanisms to help the incarcerated individual. Classifications are also necessary for programs or work assignments that would provide sentence credits for those incarcerated.  The number of inmates without security classifications has doubled over the past 12 years.

 

Panel members are also delving into the finances behind maintaining a correctional facility. The costs are rising dramatically. In addition, many are dealing with maintenance projects that have been put off too long and now are even more expensive to tackle. Statistics show that, after five years, the cost of a deferred project doubles. In Kentucky, the current estimated cost of addressing deferred maintenance is a total of roughly $2.5 billion. That price tag could double within the next five years if those projects are not addressed soon. This does not even take into consideration additional maintenance needs that may arise.

 

Another contributing factor, is the need for educational and skills programming to increase rehabilitation. To be effective, jails need to be more than a housing center for those convicted of crimes. Many of our local facilities are innovative and, despite financial problems, utilize community partners and available resources to provide opportunities to those in their care. These programs vary county by county, and many do not have the capital available to implement robust, rehabilitative programming. These programs, such as the re-entry program in Pulaski County Detention Center, have decreased the recidivism rate among program graduates who are released.

 

Rising operational costs, debt, classification of inmates, and aging facilities are at the forefront of the problems that face our county jails. If the problems are left unresolved then the taxpayer will be burdened, our incarcerated population will not be properly treated, and a great many other problems will arise.

 

After many meetings and months of testimony, the task force has put together a variety of preliminary goals for the upcoming Regular Session. The task force has expressed its interest in reforming the classification of state and county inmates, per diem rates, standardizing rehabilitative and re-entry programming within local and state facilities, and addressing facility upkeep.

 

As always, our district will not be neglected. I can be reached anytime through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181.  You can also contact me via e-mail at Amy.Neighbors@lrc.ky.gov and keep track of interim committee meetings through the Kentucky Legislature’s Home Page at legislature.ky.gov.

 

Bowling Green Man Arrested Monday in Adair County on Drug Charges

 

Jeremiah Lane, 49, of Bowling Green, KY was arrested by Sgt Evans with the Columbia Police Department around 2:30pmCT on Monday, Oct. 30th. Lane was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Theft of Service (greater than $500 and less than $10,000), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth) and Promoting Contraband 1st Degree. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Jamestown Woman Arrested on Burglary and Other Charges

 

Rebecca Lawson,  47, was arrested by Officer Harlan with the Jamestown Police Department around noon on Monday, Oct. 30th. She was charged with Burglary 2nd Degree, Assault 4th Degree (No Visible Injury), Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, and Resisting Arrest. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Russell Springs Woman Arrested on DUI & Marijuana Charges

 

On Sunday, October 29, 2023 at approximately 2:32amCT, Russell Springs Police Department Officer Blake Adamson conducted a traffic stop. Hailey Vorster, 25, of Dunnville was taken into custody and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, License to be in Possession, and Possession of Marijuana. Ms. Vorster was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Officer Adamson was assisted on scene by RSPD Officer Brenton Llané.

 

Tomorrow is the Last Day to Get 2% Discount on Property Tax in RC

Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reminds everyone that tomorrow October 31st 2023,  is the Last Day for Russell County Property Owners to get your 2% discount for your 2023 Property Taxes. Pass the word around!! Office will be open until 4:30 pm tomorrow. 

Cold Weather is Coming; Red Cross has Tips for Heating Your Home Safely

 

A freeze warning is in effect for much of Kentucky beginning Tuesday, Oct. 31st. Winter months are on the way, temperatures will continue to drop, and many families are turning their heat on. Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires in the U.S., and the American Red Cross is urging families to take steps to heat their home safely.

 

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments respond to more than 44,200 home heating fires each year which cause hundreds of deaths and more than 1,300 injuries. Also, the NFPA reports space heaters are most often responsible for home heating fires and a Red Cross survey shows that more than half U.S. homeowners use space heaters. It is critical to keep at least three feet of space around all heating equipment, and never leave space heaters unattended.

 

Here are some quick heating safety tips to follow as the nights get colder:

  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface, such as a ceramic tile floor. Do not place it on rugs and carpets, or near bedding and drapes. And keep children and pets away from the heater.
  • Plug space heater power cords directly into outlets - never an extension cord. Turn it off every time you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.
  • Never leave a fire burning in the fireplaces unattended. Make sure any embers in the fireplace are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home. Use a glass or metal fire screen to keep embers in the fireplace.
  • Have furnaces, chimneys, fireplaces, wood, and coal stoves inspected annually by professional chimney sweeps and cleaned if necessary.

 

PREVENT HOME FIRE TRAGEDIES To help protect your family year-round, test your smoke alarms monthly and practice your home fire escape plan until everyone can escape in less than two minutes — the amount of time you may have to get out of a burning home before it is too late.

 

If you cannot afford to purchase smoke alarms or are physically unable to install one, the Red Cross may be able to help. Contact your local Red Cross Chapter office for help.

 

Visit redcross.org/fire for more information, including an escape plan to practice with your family. Download the free Red Cross First Aid app so you will know what to do if emergency help is delayed and the free Emergency app for weather alerts, open Red Cross shelter locations and safety steps for different emergencies. Find these and other Red Cross apps in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

 

HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN SAVE LIVES Since October 2014, the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, working with community partners, has saved at least 1,928 lives by educating families about fire safety, helping them create escape plans and installing free smoke alarms in high-risk areas across the country. To learn more about the campaign and how you can get involved, visit redcross.org/homefires.

 

Early Voting Begins this Week in Kentucky


You don't need an excuse to participate in early, in-person voting from November 2 to November 4 before the election on November 7, 2023.

 

To locate the exact time and location of early voting in your county, please visit GoVote.ky.gov.


All registered Kentucky voters who have not requested a mail-in absentee ballot can vote early without an excuse. State law calls this a “no-excuse in-person absentee ballot.”

 

When: The Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before Election Day. At least eight hours between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. each day, with the county board of elections choosing the exact times.


Where: Your county clerk's office or a place chosen by your county
board of elections.

OR

Extra-Early Excused in-person absentee:


Who: Registered Kentucky voters can vote extra early if they have one of the excuses listed here and cannot vote early or on Election Day.

 

When: The six business days before early voting times during normal business hours.

 

Where: Your county clerk's office or a place chosen by your county board of elections. Contact your county board of elections for more locations details.

 

Registered Kentucky voters can vote extra early if they have one of the excuses below and cannot vote early or on Election Day:

  • Is a resident of Kentucky who will be absent from the county of their residence on the day of an election and during the days of no-excuse in-person absentee voting
  • Has surgery, or who's spouse has surgery, scheduled that will require hospitalization on the day of an election and during the days of no-excuse in-person absentee voting
  • Temporarily lives outside the state, but is still eligible to vote in Kentucky and will be absent from the county of their residence on the day of an election and during the days of no-excuse in-person absentee voting
  • Is a resident of Kentucky who is a uniformed-service voter confined to a military base on election day and during the days of no-excuse in-person absentee voting 
  • Is in the last trimester of pregnancy and the voter completes the form that is prescribed by the State Board of Elections which contains a sworn statement that the voter is in their last trimester of pregnancy at the time they wish to vote
  • Has not been declared mentally disabled by a court of competent jurisdiction and, due to age, disability, or illness, is not able to appear at the polls on election day and during the days of no-excuse in-person absentee voting
  • Is a student who temporarily lives outside the county of their residence and will be absent from the county on the day of an election and during the days of no-excuse in-person absentee voting
  • Any person employed in an occupation that is scheduled to work during all days and all hours, which shall include commute time, the polls are open on election day and during the days of no-excuse in-person absentee voting
  • Any election officer tasked with election administration for the current election cycle.


Find polling locations and times here: https://elect.ky.gov/Voters/Pages/Polling-Locations.aspx or contact your county clerk for additional information about voting locations and times.

 

Three Area Bands Finish in Top 5 at KMEA Finals

 
2023 KMEA Finals on Saturday night at Western KY University...
 
 
IN CLASS 3A
1st place:     Murray High School
2nd place:  Adair County Marching Band
3rd place:   Russell County Laker Band
4th place:    South Laurel
5th place:  Taylor County Band
6th place:    Garrard County
 

Weekend Arrests

 
Jonathon Loy, 33, of  Russell County - arrested on Friday evening by the ACSO for Assault 4th degree (Child Abuse), Assault 4th degree (Domestic Violence), Fleeing or Evading Police (on foot), and Criminal Abuse 3rd degree.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
Michael Perkerson, 47, of Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday evening by the RCSO for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Resisting Arrest, and Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree.
 
Edythe Long, 53, of Russell Springs - arrested by the RCSO early Saturday morning for Possession of Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and Drug Paraphernalia, Contempt of Court, and Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees, or Fines.
 
Dawn Ann Wilkins, 36 of Glasgow - arrested by KSP on Friday night for Fleeing or Evading Police (on foot),  Probation Violation (for a felony offense), and Failure to Appear.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

KSP Investigating Officer Involved Fatal Shooting in Puaski County


The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 11 in London has been requested by the Somerset Police Department to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Friday October 27, 2023, at approximately 11:53 p.m. EST on Emerald Ct, in Limits of Somerset in Pulaski County. 

 

The preliminary investigation indicates the Somerset Police Department responded to a domestic violence complaint where they encountered a male suspect armed with a firearm. During the confrontation, Officers from the Somerset Police Department discharged their agency’s issued firearm striking the suspect.

 

The suspect was declared deceased at the scene by the Pulaski County Coroner’s Office. The suspect was taken to the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy. 
 

One officer from the Somerset Police Department was injured during the incident and was transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital with non-life threating injuries.

 

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

 

The investigation is ongoing and is being led by the Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team. Sgt Les Moses was assisted at the scene by the Post 11 investigative section, Somerset Police Department, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Pulaski County EMS, and the Pulaski County Coroner’s Office.

 

RSES Has New School Resource Officer

 

According to Sheriff Derek Polston, Deputy Mike Sinclair will be the new School Resource Officer at Russell Springs Elementary. Sinclair has experience in local law enforcement with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office and Russell Springs Police Department, and recently served as a resource officer with the Clinton County School District.

 

Deputy Nathan Bradshaw, who has recently been serving as the SRO at Russell Springs Elementary will return to work as a road deputy.

 

Latest Unemployment Numbers for Kentucky

 

Unemployment rates rose in 119 counties between September 2022 and September 2023, and fell in Hancock County, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet.
 

County   CLFEMP    UNEMP       Sept 23   Aug 23   Sept 22

Adair       6,975         6,618   357      5.1%     5.5%      4.2%

Casey      6,171        5,902   269     4.4%     4.5%       3.4%

Cumberland 3,365  3,248   117      3.5%      3.5%      2.7%

Green      4,903       4,714   189     3.9%      3.8%       3.2%

Metcalfe  3,774       3,593   181      4.8%     4.8%       3.8%

Russell    6,204       5,894   310     5.0%      5.0%       4.6%

Taylor     12,103     11,643   460    3.8%      4.0%       3.4%

Saturday Last Farmer Market on the Columbia Square for this Season

This Saturday will be the last Farmers Market on the Square in Columbia of the Season.

 

Tomorrow will close out the 2023 season, they want to Thank everyone for your support during our season.

If you have vouchers (Wic or Senior) please come Saturday and use them otherwise they will be expired. The Market is on the corner of Merchant and Campbellsville Streets in Columbia, from 8am-1pm.

Taylor County Man in Critical Condition After Bicycle Collides with Vehicle/ Driver Arrested for Leaving Scene

 

On Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 1:02pmET, Campbellsville Police received a call of a Hit and Run collision with injuries on Peterson Street, in the area of Tucker Street.

 

According to the Campbellsville Police Department a bicycle, operated by 47-year-old Ronald Vanheck of Campbellsville, was traveling south on Tucker Street and collided into the side of a 2002 Chevy Tahoe traveling north on Peterson Street. The Tahoe was being operated by 30-year-old Haley Golden of Campbellsville. Golden then left the scene without rendering aid to Mr. Vanheck. Golden was later located and charged with Failure to Render Aid and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree.

 

Vanheck was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville[-Taylor County EMS and later flown to the University of Louisville Hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

 

CPD Officer Elliott Taylor investigated the accident.

 

Missing WWII Soldier to be Buried in Russell Springs

 

Gov. Andy Beshear recognizes the sacrifice of a Kentucky soldier who was killed during World War II but who was not accounted for until May 11, 2023 and whose family was not fully briefed on the identification until recently.

 

Army Pfc. Henry C. Wade of Decatur, KY was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, as an infantryman. In November 1944, his unit was engaged in battle with German forces near the Germeter-Hürtgen Road, where they encountered heavy resistance. Fighting raged for several days, during which Wade was killed in action. Due to the tactical situation, his remains were not immediately recovered. He was declared non-recoverable in December 1951.

 

Wade’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in the Netherlands, along with the others still missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

Mr. Wade will be buried Nov. 29, 2023 in Russell Springs, KY.

 

Gov. Beshear will order flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Wade on the day of interment.

 

Wilson Funeral Home in Russell Springs will be in charge of arrangements.

 

Russell Springs Man Arrested on Fugitive from Another State Warrant

 

A Russell Springs man was taken into custody on a Fugitive from another state Warrant.

 

Josh Smith, 25, of Russell Springs was arrested by Sheriff Polston around noon on Wednesday. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

ACHS School-Based Decision Making Council Special Election for Minority Parent Member

 

Because Adair County High School has a minority student population of eight percent or greater, and the SBDM Council does not currently have a minority member, there will be a special election to add a minority parent member to the council.

 

Nominees must be the parent of a current ACHS student. A parent is defined as anyone who is a parent, stepparent, foster parent and/or a person who has legal custody of a student. [KRS 160.345(1)(d)]

 

For the purposes of SBDM, minority is defined as American Indian; Alaskan native; African-American; Hispanic, including persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Central American or South American origins; Pacific Islander; or other ethnic group underrepresented in the school.” [KRS 160.345(1)(a)]

 

Nominations forms are available by going to the link below or may be picked up at the ACHS Office. Nominations are due by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2023. The election will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2023, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ACHS.

 

Nomination Form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15TBcciAu6BoPyS__xdwGIvFhEkqxk5gW/view?usp=sharing
 

Missing Adair County Teenager Located


A missing Adair County teenager has been located.


According to Kentucky State Police, 13-year-old Crystal Vertrees has been located. Vertrees, was reported missing by Family members on Sept. 29.

 

No other details have been released from Kentucky State Police.

Lexington Woman Arrested on Adair County Charges Including Falsely Reporting an Incident


A Lexington woman was arrested on charges from Adair County that include False Report of an Incident and Disorderly Conduct. Kelly Butler, age 46, was taken into custody by Trooper Roark of the Kentucky State Police on Tuesday evening and charged with Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree, Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense), False Report of an Incident to Law Enforcement, and Resisting Arrest. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Gov. Beshear Declares Oct. 25th "Buckle Up, Phone Down Day"

 

 

FRANKFORT, Ky.  (Oct. 24, 2023) – Gov. Andy Beshear is driving home a life-saving message for all motorists by declaring Oct. 25 as Buckle Up Phone Down Day.

 

“Driving must be the most important thing on your mind when behind the wheel,” said Gov. Beshear. “We hope Buckle Up Phone Down Day reminds motorists to protect themselves and others by staying alert and buckling up – every trip, every time.”

 

Over the past decade, distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of vehicle crashes on our nation’s roads. According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety, each year in Kentucky, distracted driving results in more than 50,000 crashes, more than 15,000 injuries and approximately 200 deaths.

 

“Choosing not to text while driving is not only the right thing to do, it also keeps you from breaking the law,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “When you get behind the wheel, putting away your phone should be as automatic as putting on your seat belt.  Unfortunately, many motorists do not do either, which is why we promote the Buckle Up/Phone Down message.”

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the wheel or mind off the task of driving is a hazard, texting and using a phone while driving is especially risky because it combines all three types of distraction – visual, manual and cognitive.

 

“Sometimes even the most attentive drivers are involved in a crash caused by other drivers,” said Secretary Gray. “That is why wearing your seat belt is the best defense against serious injuries and death.”

 

According to the NHTSA, wearing a seat belt gives motorists the best chance of preventing injury or death if involved in a crash. Properly fastened seat belts contact the strongest parts of the body, such as the chest, hips and shoulders. A seat belt spreads the force of a crash over a wide area of the body, putting less stress on any one part, and allows the body to slow down with the crash, extending the time when the crash forces are felt by the occupant.

 

According to KOHS, each year in Kentucky, more than half of those killed in motor vehicles are not wearing a seat belt. 

 

The Buckle Up/Phone Down campaign was created in Missouri in 2017 and was adopted in Kentucky in 2019.

 

Visit bupdky.com to view the Buckle Up/Phone Down campaign.

Today is Last Day to Request Absentee Ballot

 

Today is the last day to go to the online portal to request an absentee ballot for the upcoming November general election.
Registered voters have until midnight tonight to request an absentee ballot through the online portal.


(The link to request a ballot is on our website ridingthewave.com)


Voters can request a ballot online by going to https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/abrweb/

 

To be able to vote absentee, voters must meet certain qualifications like serving in the military, students who reside outside the county, those who will be outside of the county on Election Day, and those who can’t make it to the polls due to age, disability, or illness.


Voters can also request an absentee ballot through the County Clerk’s Office, but that must be done by the close of business today.

 

Russell County Site Considered for National Register

 

Twelve Kentucky sites are being considered for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, including The H.M. Smith General Merchandise and Fonthill Post Office in Russell County. The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board will hear presentations on these nominations at 10:30amET on October 30 20232, at the Paul Sawyer Public Library.

The H.M. Smith General Merchandise and Fonthill Post Office serves as an illustration of a rural country store with an attached post office dating back to the early 20th century. It symbolizes the influence these establishments had on both the commercial and social aspects of rural agricultural communities in Russell County from 1914 to 1973. This site was recognized as a Kentucky Landmark in 2003.

 

Election School in Adair County Today


Reminder from Lisa Greer, Adair County Clerk...

For those working the 2023 General Election, Election School Training will be held at 5pmCT this afternoon (Tuesday) at the Adair County Extension Office, 409 Fairground Street, Columbia.

 

Russell County Man Arrested on Assault and Trespassing Charges

 

Eric Roy, 42, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Deputy Graves from the Russell County Sheriff’s Office for Criminal Trespassing 3rd Degree, Terroristic Threatening, Menacing and Assault, 4th Degree (Minor Injuries). He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 10/24/23

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular called session on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 6:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair Annex. The meeting is open to the public.
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
 
 1.    APPROVAL OF AGENDA 
 2.    APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
             A) Regular Called Meeting-September 26, 2023
             B)  Special Called Meeting October 10, 2023  
 3.    DISBURSEMENTS
 4.    REPORTS
             A)  SHERIFF’S REPORT 
             B)  ROAD DEPARTMENT REPORT 
             C)  G.R.A.S. REPORT 
             D)  COMMITTEE REPORTS 
             E)   JAIL REPORT 
 5.    TREASURER
             A)  TREASURER’S REPORT                        
 6.    BUDGET TRANFERS 
             A)  LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
             B)  FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS 
 7.    BUDGET AMENDMENT 
 8.    COURT ORDERS 
 9.    READING OF ROADS
 
10.   ACTION ITEMS: 
          A)  LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPOINTMENT
          B)  OPIOID PRESENTATION AND POSSIBLE AWARDING
          C)  EDA STATUS REPORT
          D)  EDA INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT APPROVAL 
          E)  PERMISSION FOR JUDGE TO SIGN EDA INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT
          F)  PERMISSION FOR JUDGE TO SIGN EDA DISBURSEMENT FORMS
          G)  GREEN RIVER COMMERCE PARK CEMETARY MOVE 
          H)  OPEN AND POSSIBLE AWARD REAL ESTATE AGENT BIDS
          I)  GENERATOR DISCUSSION 
          J)  OCCUPATIONAL TAX DIRECTOR DISCUSSION
          K)  DEPUTY JUDGE EXECUTIVE PAYRATE DISCUSSION
          L)  PERMISSION TO HIRE ROBERT DEAN PART-TIME FOR LITTER 
          M)  JIM BLAIR RENTAL DISCUSSION   
          N)  DUO-COUNTY 2 YEAR RENEWAL $150.00 CREDIT LUMP SUMP
 
11.   OTHER BUSINESS
12.   PUBLIC COMMENTS
13.   ADJOURN 
 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - State Representative Amy Wilson Neighbors: Election Time in the Commonwealth

 

As campaign advertisements fill our mailboxes, television screens, radio waves, and streaming services, we are all well aware that the November election is less than three weeks away. While I would never tell you who to vote for, I will tell you that it is incredibly important to participate in one of our nation’s oldest and most privileged practices. Remember, other countries do not have the luxury of voting, much less in a secure election.

 

This week, I would like to take the time to highlight down-ticket offices and their constitutional responsibility to the public. All too often we see names, faces, and titles, with little consideration of what our elected officials actually do for us.

 

Secretary of State: Kentucky’s constitution separates this office into three parts: the office of administration, the office of business, and the office of elections. They oversee a range of tasks, including, but not limited to, the management of our state’s elections. With this, the secretary of state also plays a pivotal role in the democratic process, overseeing voter registration as well as state candidate filings and general election administration. This is all in addition to their duty to manage the authenticity of public documents and the oversight of foreign affairs for the state.

 

State Treasurer: Acting as our key financial administrator, the state treasurer plays a critical role in safeguarding and allocating state funds by making the appropriate deposits of incoming revenue into the corresponding accounts. Aside from this, the treasurer is also responsible for recording, monitoring, and reconciling all the state’s transactions in the depository and checking accounts. To do this, they work in tandem with other state agencies to ensure proper allocations and advocate for transparent and accountable financial practices.

 

Commissioner of Agriculture: The commissioner of agriculture plays an important part in the promotion of Kentucky’s foremost industry. This office is responsible for helping shape policy that affects farmers, ranchers, and the agricultural sector from top to bottom. They also focus on agricultural sustainability, market development, and ensuring food safety and quality standards. In Kentucky, the commissioner of agriculture’s office also has the duty to inspect our fuel pumps at gas stations, and even rides at our local fairs.

 

Attorney General: As the state’s premiere legal figure and chief law enforcement officer, the attorney general is responsible for representing the state in legal matters and providing legal advice to state agencies and officials. They also oversee criminal prosecutions and hold a seat on the Prosecutors Advisory Council. The attorney general is also constitutionally obligated to appear in the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals in matters the commonwealth has a direct interest in. This office also manages several public protection services, such as the state’s “Do Not Call” registry and the consumer complaints system.

 

State Auditor: Last but certainly not least, the auditor of public accounts supervises the accounting and financial functions of the state. Often times you will hear the term “watchdog” thrown into the description of auditor, as they watch over other state agencies by performing internal governmental audits. The duties of the state auditor and state treasurer may seem similar in nature, but they have two very different jobs. I like to think of it as the auditor being the state’s accountant, while the treasurer acts as the state’s banker.

 

While elections may seem overwhelming, I wholeheartedly believe we are blessed to live in a state and nation where we get to have a part in selecting who our leaders are. We have options in all the races on November 7, and no matter who you are for, it is important that you make your way to a voting center to cast your ballot.

 

Check out the State Board of Elections at https://elect.ky.gov/Voters/Pages/Polling-Locations.aspx for a list of polling locations by county. The secretary of state’s website, https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/ovrweb/govoteky gives you an opportunity to view sample ballots by county.

 

As always, I can be reached through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181. You can also contact me by e-mail at amy.neighbors@lrc.ky.gov and keep track of committee meetings and potential legislation through the Kentucky Legislature’s website at legislature.ky.gov.

 

Gov. Beshear Announces Second Round of Awards To Build Statewide Network of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2023) – To keep Kentucky at the center of the electric vehicle (EV) revolution, Gov. Andy Beshear today announced a second round of awards for developers to design, build, operate and maintain a statewide network of EV charging stations.

 

In the second round of funding, five developers are approved to build eight public charging stations along three interstate highways and parkways that have been designated as Alternative Fuel Corridor groups. The five developers collectively qualified for more than $4.5 million in formula construction funding under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program.

 

This round of funding includes building chargers in Berea, Calvert City, Grayson, London, Louisville, Richmond and Winchester.

 

Combined with the first round of awards announced earlier by Gov. Beshear, Kentucky has now approved 24 charging stations from seven developers along 16 corridor groups. Each station must have at least four charging ports of 150 kW each and be accessible around the clock.

 

“We are already the EV battery production capital of the United States,” said Gov. Beshear, who has announced 21 EV battery-related economic development projects during his administration. “To make sure Kentucky keeps leading the way in the EV boom, we’re building out our EV infrastructure so our families can charge up as they travel our great state.”

 

The EV charging program is a joint initiative of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Public Service Commission and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

 

An estimated 37 stations will be needed to build Kentucky’s portion of the NEVI program. The initial build-out is required by federal law to be along Kentucky interstates and parkways that FHWA has approved for designation as Alternative Fuel Corridors.

 

As a group, the seven developers have been awarded subsidies totaling $15.4 million. The developers are required to bear at least 20% of project costs. Those approved for awards will be working closely with KYTC to enter into agreements to permit them to begin preconstruction work (design, utility coordination, environmental review and ordering equipment). Once initial work is completed, construction will start and take 12-18 months to complete.

 

Under Kentucky’s deployment plan, the direct current fast-charging (DCFC) stations must be open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and able to power most EV makes and models available in the domestic market. They also must be no more than 1 mile from a designated corridor and no more than 50 miles apart or more than 25 miles from the end of a corridor. KYTC intends to issue a second Request for Proposals before the end of the year to fill in the gaps with as many as 14 more charging stations.

 

Developers accepting the subsidy will be required by contract to operate and maintain the stations they build for five years after construction is completed. This will promote the long-term performance of the EV network according to NEVI requirements established by FHWA. Federal formula funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of approximately $70 million will support this initiative, with a match by private-entity funds.

 

Visit EVCharging.ky.gov for more information about the program.

 

Today’s announcement furthers electric vehicle momentum in the commonwealth.

 

The Governor has secured 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.

 

The EV battery economic development projects secured by Gov. Beshear total $10.87 billion and are expected to create 10,075 full-time jobs.

 

Area Arrest 10-23-23

Area Arrest 10-23-23

Jordan Wheat, age 28, of Liberty, was arrested by Officer Bullock of the Russell Springs Police Department, just after 11 last night. Wheat was charged with Wanton Endagerment-1st Degree.

 

Austin Johnson, age 21, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Officer Miniard, of the Russell Springs Police Department, just after 10 last night. Johnson was charged with Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO.

 

Mario Chavez Vasquez, age 33, of Russell Springs, was arrested by Trooper Justice with the Kentucky State Police around 10 last night. Vasquez, was charged with Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Alcohol .08 – 1st, Reckless Driving and Wanton Endangerment-2nd Degree.

All 3 men were lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

 

Adair County Woman Arrested on Burglary Charges

 
Tammy Bault, 45, of Columbia, KY was arrested by the ACSO on Sunday morning, October 22, 2023 for Burglary 3rd degree and Criminal Mischief 3rd degree. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Russell & Adair Bands Advance to KMEA Semifinals

 

The 2023 KMEA Regional Quarterfinals were held on Saturday and congratulations to the Russell & Adair County Bands who will be advancing to the KMEA Semifinals on October 28th!

 

In Class AAA West

Adair County traveled to Warren East High School in Bowling Green and placed 2nd out of 10 bands. Adair tied with Murray High School for best musical performance.

 

Top 6 bands out of 10 in Class AAA West that will move on to the KMEA Semifinals on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023 at Warren Central High School in Bowling Green:

  1. Murray High School
  2. Adair County
  3. Taylor County
  4. John Hardin
  5. LaRue County
  6. Elizabethtown

 

In Class AAA East

Russell County traveled to Madison Southern High School in Berea and finished 1st out of 11 bands. They received a distinguished rating and won awards for Best Musical Performance and Best General Effect.

 

Top 6 bands (out of 11) in Class AAA East that will move on to the KMEA Semifinals on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023 at Warren Central High School:

  1. Russell County
  2. South Laurel
  3. Garrard County
  4. West Jessamine
  5. Mercer County
  6. Pulaski County

Weekend Arrests

 
The following individuals were arrested over the weekend by area law enforcement agencies...
 
 
 
  • Brad Smith, 45, of Glasgow - arrested on Saturday afternoon by KSP for Speeding, Reckless Driving and DUI.
  • Tony Russell, 55, of Jamestown - arrested on Saturday afternoon by the CPD for Violating a KY EPO/DVO.
  • Shaunna Wathan, 38, of Olive Hill, KY - arrested by the ACSO on Friday for Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Russell Springs Boil Water Advisory 10/21/23

 

There is Boil Water Advisory in Russell Springs from Salem School on Hwy 910 down to Hwy 76, and Hwy 76 from 910 down to Old Eli Road, McQueary Ridge Road, a section of Wilsontown Road, and Selby Hopper Road. Boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.

 

Columbia Man Arrested on DUI & Drug Charges After Traffic Stop


On Friday night, October 20, 2023 the Columbia Police Department initiated a traffic stop on Fairground Street (Liberty Road) just outside the city limits. 


Upon making contact with the operator, CPD Officers could detect the odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle. After administering a field sobriety test, the driver was taken into custody for being under the influence. A search of the vehicle yielded findings of marijuana, paraphernalia, suspected narcotics, and a 9MM pistol.

 
James Hanson, 39, of Columbia, KY has been charged with No Registration Plates, Operating a Vehicle Under The Influence, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance (drug unspecified).


Officer Trent Williams made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Sgt Evan Burton.


 

Russell County Chamber Banquet Award Recipients

 

The Russell County Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet on Thursday evening at Lake Cumberland State Park. Several businesses & individuals were honored at the banquet....
 
  • Southern Nest Realty received the Barbara Burdette Beautification Award.
  • The Outstanding Business Award went to ArtWorks Community Arts Education Center.
  • The New Business Award was presented to Campbell’s Creelsboro Country Store
  • Steve’s Flowers received the President’s Award
  • Marisa Ramsey received the Past President Award and
  • Barbara Sharpe was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

 

Russell County Man Arrested on Wanton Endangerment Charges

 

Steven Corbin, 28, of Russell Springs was arrested by Officer Llane with the Russell Springs Police Dept on Thursday afternoon. Corbin was charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

"Let Um Fly" Grand Opening 10/27/23

 
Let Um Fly, a local 3D archery business, will be having their Grand Opening on Friday, October 27, 2023 starting at 11:00amCT. There will be a ribbon-cutting at 12 noon. The business will have food trucks, information on memberships, and their pro shop will be opening. Let Um Fly is located at 1380 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY at the junction of  Veterans Memorial Bypass.
 
 

Suspicious Person Arrested on Drug and other Charges near Adair Head Start

 

Adair County Head Start reported a suspicious person on Thursday morning, October 19, 2023 in their parking lot.

 

A male, later identified as 44-year-old Richard Bernard of Columbia, KY was said to be walking through the parking lot while carrying a stick or cane and behaving oddly. Officers made contact with Mr. Bernard in a neighboring lot and observed he appeared under the influence. Once Bernard was placed into custody he was found to have suspected methamphetamine and syringes on him.

 

Richard Bernard has been charged with public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. He was additionally served with an active probation violation warrant and lodged in the ACRJ.

 

Officer Gary Roy made the arrest. He was assisted on-scene by Sgt. Drew Conn and Sheriff Josh Brockman.

 

Jamestown City Council Meets Tonight

Jamestown City Council will hold its regular monthly meeting this evening. Meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

WAVE NEWS will have complete details on the meeting on Friday’s local newscast.

Area Arrest 10-19-23

A Tennessee Woman was arrested on DUI and Speeding Charges early this morning.

Angela McIntosh, age 40, of Springfield Tennessee, was taken into custody by Deputy Barber with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, just before 2:30 this morning. McIntosh, was charged with Speeding 18 mph Over Limit, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Controlled Substance 1st and Possession of Marijuana, she was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Two people were arrested Wednesday Night on Drug on Other Charges.

Jimmy Cook, age 40, of Nancy, was arrested by Trooper Roark with the Kentucky State Police just before 11 last night. Cook was charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Trafficking in Marijuana (more than 5 lbs) 1st Offense, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Illegal Possession of Legend Drug.

Tiffany Carroll, age 26, of Russell Springs, was also taken into custody by Trooper Roark and charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (greater or equal to 2 grams Meth), Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Heroin), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree – Drug Unspecified, Possession Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree – Drug Unspecified and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.

All were lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Jeffrey Bailey, age 47, of Columbia was arrested by Officer Tooley with the Columbia Police Department just before midnight last night. Bailey, was charged with Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Controlled Substance – 2nd, Burglary, 2nd Degree and Criminal Mischief, 1st Degree. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

First Dirt to be Moved Thursday in Green River Commerce Park for Phillips Tank & Structure

 

Exciting news tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 19th) happening at the Green River Commerce Park!  The first dirt will be moved for Phillips Tank build ready pad at 9:30amCT. For more information on Phillips Tank & Structure, visit PhillipsTank.com.

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The following is a press release from the Columbia-Adair Economic Development Authority regarding Phillips Tank & Structure (PTS) building a $2.76 million fabrication shop in the Green River Commerce Park, creating 20 new full-time jobs in the Columbia area....

 

As with any great team, it takes several players to make things happen! Many people know by now that Phillips Tank & Structure will be constructing a building in Green River Commerce Park. But some may not realize that PTS also purchased the Joyce Reliford building on Highway 61 S to begin operations here in Adair County while construction is being planned in the Park. The EDA would like to thank the office of Marshall Loy, attorney at law, and his staff, as well as Ms. Reliford for the smooth and seamless transaction of the purchase of this property. 

 

Additionally, Henry Sandusky and Tracy Sandusky of Sandusky Steel, spoke at length with PTS owner Jeff Sassic during their initial visit to Adair County regarding the ability to procure steel for their fabrication here in Columbia. Barney Taylor, Welding Instructor at Adair County High School, opened the welding shop and classroom on a late a Wednesday evening to showcase the education and workforce that would be available right here in Adair County. Anthony Janes, owner of Fabco, Inc., and Derek Nickel of Plant Cell, also pitched in and provided information and resources that PTS needed to make their ultimate decision resulting in Adair County becoming the home of their regional hub for the southeastern portion of the United States. 

 

The EDA was contacted last week by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development regarding a company interested in locating in Green River Commerce Park. A tour of GRCP was given to the company representatives.  While this company also visited a handful of other counties, they were particularly pleased with the location of GRCP with respect to the Glendale battery manufacturing facility as well as the ground lease program currently being offered by the EDA.  

 

The contract between the EDA and Pyles Excavating for the construction of the build-ready pad was signed on Tuesday.  Work can now begin!  The EDA would like to thank the City of Columbia and the Adair County Fiscal Court for helping with the matching funds for the grant that is being used for the pad and the infrastructure improvements. 

 

The EDA is working every day to position Adair County in a way such that its residents have more quality job opportunities here at home.  As more and more opportunities are made available for our community, the EDA appreciates the support of our whole community as we push toward a brighter future!  While the EDA may be a quarterback of this team, there are several other players that deserve some recognition!  Thank you all! 


 

Adair County School Board Meeting 10/19/23

 

The Adair County School Board will meet on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 6:00pmCT at the Adair County Board Conference Room for a Regular School Board Meeting.

 

AGENDA

**Meeting called to order**

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

***Prayer***
 

 1.   APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 2.   APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

 

CONSENT AGENDA

 3.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 4.   APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT

 5.   APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS

 6.   APPROVAL OF SERVICE AGREEMENT BETWEEN INTERPRETING SERVICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH, LLC. AND THE ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM FOR THE 2023/2024 SCHOOL YEAR – Wes Irvin

 7.   APPROVAL FOR OUT OF STATE TRAVEL FOR THE ACHS FBLA CHAPTER TO TRAVEL TO NASHVILLE, TN TO ATTEND THE TITANS INSTITUTE LEARNING LAB ON OCTOBER 31, 2023. DISTRICT BUS TRANSPORTATION WILL BE COVERED BY THE PERKINS GRANT (348K) – J. R. Thompson

 8.   APPROVAL FOR OUT OF STATE TRAVEL FOR THE ACHS FBLA CHAPTER TO TRAVEL TO DALLAS, TX TO ATTEND THE NATIONAL FBLA FALL LEADERSHIP CONVENTION ON NOVEMBER 16-19, 2023. DISTRICT BUS TRANSPORTATION WILL BE COVERED BY THE PERKINS GRANT (348K) – J. R. Thompson

 9.   APPROVAL FOR OUT OF STATE TRAVEL FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL JR. BETA CLUB TO COMPETE AT THE BETA LEADERSHIP SUMMIT IN GATLINBURG, TN ON MARCH 7-8, 2024. REQUESTING BUS TRANSPORTATION – Angel Woodrome

10.   ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION

__________________________
 

REGULAR AGENDA

11.   SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

12.   APPROVAL OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE KENTUCKY SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE KSBA EMEETING SERVICE WITH A ONE-TIME SET-UP FEE OF $2,750.00 AND AN ANNUAL UPDATE/MAINTENANCE FEE OF $1,100.00 – Jason Faulkner

13.   APPROVAL TO WAIVE FEES FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY LITTLE LEAGUE BASKETBALL PROGRAM TO USE THE SCHOOL FACILITIES – Daniel Hedges/Jason Faulkner

14.   APPROVAL TO HIRE AN EMERGENCY CERTIFIED ART TEACHER FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL – Jason Faulkner

15.   APPROVAL TO MATCH FY-2024 FIRST KETS OFFER OF ASSISTANCE IN THE AMOUNT OF $27,537.00 – Jaimie Wisdom

16.   APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Jaimie Wisdom

17.   BUILDINGS & GROUNDS UPDATE – Steve Burton

18.   PUBLIC COMMENTS

19.   ADJOURNMENT

 

1st BrushPile Fishing Academy Coming to Holmes Bend Marina

 
NKT Productions, located in New Knoxville, Ohio is thrilled to bring its FIRST BrushPile Fishing Academy to beautiful Green River Lake, KY this October 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd. The three-day crappie fishing experience of a lifetime will be held from the stunning Holmes Bend Marina and includes attendees from 9 states. It will be filmed by NKT Productions and led by the legendary BrushPile Fishing Show host, Russ Bailey, and other B'n'M Pole Company Professionals like: Local guide David Jones, Corey Thomas, Kris Mann, Steve Coleman, Crappie Kirby Ham and Kevin McCarley (bios in link below). All of these professional anglers will be on-hand to share their knowledge and expertise when it comes to the art of catching big ole’ slabs. And in big numbers. BrushPile Fishing is a family-friendly crappie fishing collective that has been following legendary host Russ Bailey around the United States for nearly ten years. We could not be more fortunate to bring this first-of-its kind event to Green River Lake and look forward to some great fellowship, fun, and fishing! 
 
Our objective is to help each individual become more knowledgeable and to help strengthen their fishing skills. Regardless of their fishing experience, each attendee will receive personal ON and OFF the water fishing instructions, training and experiences to last a lifetime. For more details about these legendary speakers and this historic event, please visit: https://academy.brushpilefishing.com
 
To see specific content from this monumental event, download the BrushPile Fishing Companion App available on any smartphone, or subscribe to the BrushPile Fishing Facebook and YouTube Pages. 

KY 551 in Adair County Temporarily Closed Beginning Monday


SOMERSET, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2023) –The Kentucky Department of Highways will temporarily close a portion of KY 551 in Adair County beginning Monday, Oct. 23 as crews replace a cross drain beneath the roadway.

 

Starting Monday, KY 551 will be closed to through traffic between David Bulter Road (mile point 1.1) and Cundiff Cemetery Road (mile point 1.9). The closure is expected to be completed by Nov. 27.

 

During the closure a signed detour route will be posted via KY 901 and KY 1323.

 

The start date and duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. 

 

Motorists can access travel and traffic conditions at http://goky.ky.gov or contribute their own reports at www.waze.com or via the Waze mobile application.

 

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

 

Transfer Station Closing Temporarily for Repairs


Waste Connections will be closing the Adair County Transfer Station at 877 L Willis Rd on 10/19/2023 at 2pmCT and will reopen on 10/23/2023. This is due to repairs that are desperately needing to be done to the floor of the transfer station. Waste Connections is sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause. If you need to dump any trash between these dates, please use the transfer station in Campbellsville at 106 Dale Street, Campbellsville, KY.

 

 

RSPD Activity Report for September


The Russell Springs Police Department released their monthly activity report for September.

 

  • 2 DUI arrests
  • 5 other alcohol-related arrests
  • 103 traffic stops
  • 65 traffic citations written 
  • 15 accidents investigated 
  • 24 motorists assisted
  • 8 alarm calls
  • opened 2 new cases
  • 435 calls for service &
  • 42 ABC inspections

 

 

Adair County High School Basketball Tickets Available


The Adair County High School 2023-24 Boy's and Girls' Basketball Season tickets are on sale now. General admission season passes are $60; Chair back season seat passes are 75$; Reserved chair seat/season ticket combination are $120.

Current seat holders have until November 1, 2023 to renew seats from last year. Purchase renewal tickets at Adair County High School, 526 Indian Dr, Columbia, KY.

Please contact Athletic Director Tyler Maskill for more information on new chair seat locations at 615-818-4431 or email: tyler.maskill@adair.kyschools.us.

A link for tickets will be available November 2, 2023 for any remaining seats.

 

Annual 'Antler Alert' by KY Transportation Cabinet Reminds Drivers of the Hazard Created by Deer on the Move

 

Somerset, KY - The annual "Antler Alert" issued by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) reminds motorists that the peak season for deer-vehicle collisions is upon us.  About half of all deer-related crashes occur during the last three months of the year, with November having the most.

 

"As our traffic engineers review data for crash trends across the Commonwealth, the increase in deer-vehicle collisions in October, November, and December is noticeable, with a peak in November," KYTC Secretary Jim Gray said. "That’s why we take time each year to remind drivers to use extra caution now through December as deer and other wildlife are on the move. While deer can show up at all hours, they create a particular hazard at dusk and at night when visibility is not the greatest.”

 

According to Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Acting Deer Program Coordinator Joe McDermott, deer mating season is triggered by shorter days and cooler nights, putting deer on the move. Farmers harvesting crops contribute to this movement as deer are forced to range farther afield for forage and hiding places. Pressure from hunters also contributes to deer activity.

 

“With the onset of fall comes the breeding season, or rut, for white-tailed deer,” McDermott said. “As the rut approaches, bucks begin chasing does in an attempt to breed. Deer essentially have blinders on during this time, which makes them particularly susceptible to motor vehicle collisions.”

 

In addition to causing vehicle damage, deer can be hazardous to humans. Deer are among the leading causes of animal-related human deaths in the United States, contributing to about 200 deaths on America’s highways every year.

 

In Kentucky, 3,083 highway crashes involving deer were reported to police in 2022, up about 100 from the 2021 numbers. There were four reported fatalities and 20 serious injuries due to deer collisions in 2022.

 

Of the 10 counties in KYTC District 8, Pulaski County had the highest number of deer related collisions with 84. Cumberland County was second with 18, followed by Adair with 16, Russell with 14,  Wayne with 13, Rockcastle with 10, Casey and Clinton both had nine, Lincoln with six, and McCreary with two. Counties with the highest numbers statewide tend to have higher populations, higher traffic volume numbers, and more 4-lane road miles. Tracking deer crash numbers is difficult due to the number of drivers who go directly to their insurance agent with deer crash claims without reporting them to the police.

 

A complete list of deer-vehicle crashes listed county-by-county can be found under additional resources below.

 

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. reviews insurance claims to produce a closely followed annual report on wildlife-related crashes. Its 2022-2023 numbers indicate Kentucky ranks 18th nationally for deer collisions, with drivers having a 1 in 91 chance of hitting a deer. That compares with No. 1 ranked West Virginia, where drivers have a 1 in 38 chance.

 

Rounding out the top five states: Montana (1 in 53 chance of a crash), Pennsylvania (1 in 59), and Michigan and Wisconsin (both 1 in 60).

 

State Farm estimates there were over 1.8 million animal collision insurance claims in the United States last year.

KYTC offers these driving tips:

  • Slow down immediately upon spotting a deer crossing the roadway; they tend to travel in groups.
  • Don’t swerve to avoid a deer, which can result in a more serious crash with an oncoming vehicle or roadside object.
  • In the event of a crash, keep both hands on the wheel and apply brakes steadily until stopped.
  • Always wear a seat belt.
  • Keep headlights on bright at night unless other vehicles are approaching.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving: Phones down!
  • Drive defensively, constantly scanning the roadside, especially at dawn and dusk, when deer are most active.


Motorists are asked to report all deer-vehicle collisions to police. KYTC traffic engineers use the crash data to aid in placing deer-crossing warning signs and other safety measures.

 

Additional Resources

https://transportation.ky.gov/Documents/Crash-Deer-2022.xlsx

https://transportation.ky.gov/Documents/2022-Reported-Deer-Collisions-Kentucky.pdf

 

Deer Crash Numbers 2017 to 2022

Year   

Collisions

 Fatalities 

 Suspected 
Serious
Injury

 Suspected
Non-Serious
Injury

 Possible Injury

2023  

3,083

4

20

59

65

2021  

2,988

3

25

82

58

2020  

2,886

3

11

65

80

2019  

3,069

3

12

71

82

2018  

3,073

3

8

45

82

2017  

3,181

0

17

66

86

 

JAG KY ACHS Ribbon Cutting 10/18/23

 
Adair County High School will celebrate the opening of a new program, JAG KY, with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023 at 1:00pmCT at the school, 526 Indian Drive, Columbia, KY. 
 
Jobs for America's Graduates Kentucky (JAG KY) is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting young people of great promise. JAG is delivering the best results in its 40-year history, while serving youth who face significant challenges, to help them reach economic and academic success.
 
The JAG mission... "Empowering our nation’s young people with the skills and support to succeed in education, employment and life".
 
For more details on this program, visit www.jag.org.
 

Russell County Woman Arrested on Shoplifting & other Charges

 
Lindsey Barnett, 31, of Russell Springs was arrested on Monday afternoon, October 16, 2023 by the RSPD for TBUT (Shoplifting), Criminal Mischief 3rd degree, Fleeing or Evading Police (on foot), Resisting Arrest, and TBUT Over $1,000. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Russell County Boil Water Advisory 10/16/23

 
There is a boil water advisory in Russell Springs for McQueary Ridge, a section of Wilsontown Rd, and Selby Hopper Rd. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes.
 

Saving Lives: Let's Talk About Breast Cancer Awareness


An estimated one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and 3% will die from the disease. The numbers are startling, but they also drive home how important awareness and early detection are to saving lives. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the perfect opportunity to talk about how increasing awareness can contribute to early detection, support, and ultimately, save lives.

 

Breast cancer is a significant public health concern, affecting women of all ages, races, and backgrounds. This disease knows no boundaries, and it's essential that we, as a community, come together to raise awareness, provide education, and support those who face the challenges of breast cancer.

 

Awareness is the first step towards early detection. Encouraging women to perform self-examinations and to schedule regular mammograms is crucial. These simple steps can lead to the discovery of breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stages. 

 

Education is a powerful tool in the fight against breast cancer. It is important for schools to include breast health education in their curriculum. Knowledge empowers individuals to take charge of their own health. This education should emphasize the importance of early detection, risk factors, and the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. It is our responsibility to equip our young people with the information they need to make informed decisions about their health, both now and in the future.

 

Breast cancer awareness extends beyond knowing the facts; it also means being there for those who are battling this disease. Supporting friends, family, and community members who are facing breast cancer can make an enormous difference. Together, we can create a network of compassion and assistance that can help patients through their difficult journey. We must also promote cancer research and the development of new treatments to increase survival rates and improve the quality of life for those affected.

 

Breast cancer does not discriminate, affecting individuals from all walks of life. And, part of awareness is bringing attention to the fact that men can also suffer from breast cancer. While it comprises less than 1% of all breast cancer cases, its impact is substantial. Men, like women, can develop breast cancer, with a median age of diagnosis around 68.

 

Breast cancer awareness is not just a slogan; it is a call to action. It is a collective effort to save lives, offer support, and ensure that no one faces this battle alone.

 

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

Weekend Arrests 10-15-23

 

The following individuals were arrested over the weekend...

 

  • Nathaniel McElroy, 20, of Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday night by the RSPD for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place and Possession of Marijuana.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • Joshua Bradshaw, 45, of Columbia - arrested on Friday night by KSP for Receiving Stolen Property over $10,000.
  • Tammy Bault, 45, of Columbia - arrested on Friday night by the CPD for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excluding alcohol).
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Columbia-Adair EDA Meeting 10/17/23

 
The Columbia - Adair County Economic Development Authority (EDA) will hold a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at 8:00amCT at the Training and Development Center (Chamber Building), 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY.
 
AGENDA
Presiding - Larry Walker, Chairman
          Welcome, Call to Order, Determination of a Quorum, Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance  
 
Approval of Minutes for September 19, 2023 meeting as presented - Doyle Lloyd, Secretary
 
Approval of Treasurer's financial report - Roger Meadows
 
Business
 1. Cemetery Move
 2. Build Ready Pad and Utilities Project Update
 3. KPDI Round 2 Updates
 4. KPDI Reimbursement Process
 5. South Side Lot Layout
 6. Update on Signage at Park
 7. TIF Process
 8. Shared Tourism Expenses
 9. CD Discussion
10. Office/Conference Room Renovation Discussion
 
Other Business
 
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.
 
Return to Regular Session
 
Motion to Adjourn
 
Next regular meeting: Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at 8:00amCT
 

KSP Investigates Fatal Collision in Green County


GREENSBURG, Ky.  (October 13, 2023) – On October 12, 2023 at approximately 6:18 P.M. CST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a two-vehicle injury collision on KY 1464 near Emmett Hines Road in Green County.


The preliminary investigation revealed that Geoffrey Knight, age 79 of Greensburg, was traveling east on KY 1464 in a 1997 Chrysler Town & Country when he slowed his vehicle to make a right turn.  A BMW motorcycle being operated by Cody Pierce, age 25 of Greensburg, was also traveling east on KY 1464 and approached from behind Mr. Knight's vehicle, colliding with it.

 

Mr. Pierce was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Green County Coroner.  Mr. Knight was treated at the scene by Green County EMS for minor injuries. 

 

KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Green County Sheriff's Office, Green County Fire and EMS, Green County Rescue Squad, and Green County Coroner.  The collision remains under investigation by Senior Trooper Dean Lunz.
 

Russell Springs Man Arrested in Adair County on Drug & other Charges


On Thursday night, October 12, 2023, CPD Officers initiated a traffic stop on Tutt Street. When the officer approached the driver, the subject had a marijuana joint behind his ear as well as an alcoholic open container.


The male subject was detained and the vehicle was searched and more marijuana was located as well as a .380 caliber handgun, which was found to be stolen.

 

De Leon Benedicto, 24, of Russell Springs has been charged with speeding, operating a vehicle without a license, possession of marijuana, and receiving stolen property (firearm).

 

Officers Elliot Smith and Trent Williams made the arrest. They were assisted on scene by Officer Trevor Foster as well as the Adair County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police.

 

Adair County Man Airlifted to Lexington Hospital Following Moped Collision

 
On Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 12:20pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office was dispatched to an injury collision 5 miles south of Columbia on KY55 south in the Glensfork community.
 
The preliminary investigation shows that 43-year-old Timothy Kimbler of Adair County was traveling north when he lost control of the moped he was operating, went into the ditchline and was ejected onto the roadway.   
 
Adair EMS treated Mr. Kimbler on-scene and transported him to TJ Health Columbia where he was loaded into an awaiting helicopter and flown to the University of KY Hospital in Lexington, KY for treatment of head injuries. Kimbler was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
 
Deputy Emily Wall investigated the accident. She was assisted by Sheriff Josh Brockman and Deputy Jason Camfield.
 
Other responding agencies included Adair County EMS, the Columbia-Adair Fire Dept, Adair 911, and Air Evac.
 

Oct. 16-22 Proclaimed A.C. Retired Teachers Week in Columbia

 

The week of October 16-22, 2023 has been proclaimed as Adair County Retired Teacher's Week in Columbia, KY as the result of a proclamation issued by Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots on Wednesday, Oct. 11th.  The Adair County Retired Teachers Association will have a booth set up during Downtown Days this weekend. The local ACRTA has donated to the food pantry and family resource centers, raised money for Adair County graduates to receive scholarships, recognized local essay winners; as well as donating to other local and state organizations.

 

The KRTA was established in 1957 and is the largest association with 32,000 members of retired educators in the state whose sole purpose is to look out for the welfare of retired educators.

 

The proclamation notes in part that the "Kentucky's 2014 General Assembly has honored Kentucky Retired Teachers by recognizing the third week of October as Kentucky Retired Teachers Appreciation Week."

 

"We appreciate the local Adair County Retired Teachers Association and their commitment to our community," stated Mayor Pamela Hoots.

 

Mayor Pamela Hoots with Mary Ann McQuaide, President of the local Adair County Retired Teachers Association.

 

RCSO Activity Report (September)


The Russell County Sheriff’s Office has released its activity report for the month of September 2023.

  • 371 calls for service
  • 25 arrests
  • 4 domestic calls
  • 22 traffic accidents investigated (9 with injuries)
  • 10 mental health transports
  • 50+ court papers served 
  • 100 prisoner transports
  • 3,300 court security miles driven
  • 50 vehicle inspections &
  • 37 concealed carry permits

Area Arrest 10-12-23

 

Kai Williams, 20, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Officer England with the Jamestown Police Department early Thursday morning for Violating a Kentucky EPO/DVO. Williams was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

ACSO Investigates Motorcycle Accident in Knifley

 
On Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 10:49amCT, Adair County 911 received a call of a single vehicle motorcycle accident on Elkorn Rd in the Knifley community of Adair County.
 
The preliminary investigation indicates that 60-year-old Mary Spencer of Connecticut was traveling north on Elkorn Rd operating a Harley Davidson motorcycle, when a dog ran onto the roadway. Ms. Spencer attempted to miss hitting the dog, but was unable to do so and struck the animal. The bike then laid down, throwing the operator into a ditchline.  
 
Adair County EMS transported Ms. Spencer to TJ Health Columbia for treatment of her injuries.
 
Adair County Deputy Jason Camfield investigated the collision and was assisted on scene by Sheriff Josh Brockman.
 

Columbia Public Square Closed to Traffic for Downtown Days Festival

 

The Public Square in Columbia will be shut down in preparation for Downtown Days, beginning at 12 noon on Friday, October 10, 2023. Traffic will be rerouted and motorists are encouraged to use the Veterans Memorial Bypass. The Public Square will remained closed for the duration of the festival, through Saturday night.

 

Columbia Preparing for 4th Annual Drive-Thru Christmas

 

The City of Columbia is planning their 4th annual Drive through Christmas this year. It will be held again at the Little League Park off of Industrial Park Road on South Highway 55 Road.

 

Approximately 60 different displays were put up at the park last year. They were completed by organizations, churches, businesses, and individuals.

 

If you would like to participate, please contact City Hall with the following information:

  • Name of Organization
  • Telephone Number
  • Contact Person

 

More information will be available closer to the event.

 

We appreciate the community’s response to our drive-through Christmas,” stated Mayor Pamela Hoots. “We look forward to providing these lights again this year.

 

RSPD Investigates a 2 Vehicle Accident at the Junction of 127 and Maple Street Yesterday

 

The Russell Springs Police Dept. investigated a 2-vehicle collision at the intersection of Maple Street and Highway 127 on Tuesday afternoon, October 10, 2023.

 

According to police, 79-year-old Jewel Lee Wilson of Russell Springs was operating a 2014 Kia Soul traveling from Bernard Ridge to Maple Street, when she failed to stop at the intersection and collided with a 2012 Ford Focus traveling south on Highway 127, operated by 72-year-old Donna Marie Bradley of Russell Springs.

 

No information on injuries was released.

 

Zaxby's Set to Open October 16th in Columbia

 

Zaxby's will hold a Grand Opening for their new location on Monday, October 16, 2023,at 301 Dohoney Trace, Columbia, KY.

"We are so happy to bring the first Zaxby's to the fast-growing community of Columbia," said Scott Hail, the owner of AJ Hospitality, LLC. "It is our desire to establish a lasting relationship with Adair County residents. We are excited to bring such indescribably good chicken to this area and look forward to meeting and growing together as a community."

The roughly 2,900 square feet, white farmhouse-style restaurant, features a spacious indoor dining room, accommodating up to 56 guests.

"We are planning to hire 50 new team members for our upcoming grand opening," Hail added. Interested applicants can apply via Indeed.com or visit the store for walk-in interviews. Walk-in interviews will be conducted from Tuesday, October 10, 2023, to Thursday, October 12, 2023, between 9amCT and 4pmCT. After the store opening, walk-in interviews will be available on Mondays from 2pmCT to 4pmCT until all vacancies are filled.

 

Holiday Help Available for Adair County Families

 

Adair County Holiday Assistance is available to all who need help and who qualify.

 

Eligible Families need to be residents of Adair County, attend Adair County Schools, meet and provide income requirements, and have children from 1 to 17 years old.

 

Apply now through October 31st, 2023 at this website.

 

For further information or if help is needed, please call Heather Dudley (270) 384-9752; Pam Bivens (270) 384-9112; Kara Igbal (270) 384-7617; or Hali Anderson (270) 384-6050.

 

KSP Investigates Fatal Accident on Hwy 55 in Russell County

 

(October 10, 2023) – On Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at approximately 9:26 A.M. CST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a two-vehicle injury collision on KY 55 near Shearer Cemetery Road in Russell County.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed that Tyler Yarberry, age 37 of Columbia, was traveling north on KY 55 in a 1999 International dump truck when he approached a 2007 Saturn passenger car traveling south on KY 55 operated by Jeremy Branham, age 35 of Russell Springs. Mr. Yarberry noticed Mr. Branham’s vehicle cross the centerline of the roadway and into the northbound lane. Mr. Yarberry steered his vehicle into the southbound lane in an attempt to avoid a collision; however, Mr. Branham returned to his vehicle to the southbound lane. The vehicles then collided in a head-on manner.

 

Mr. Branham was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Russell County Coroner. Russell County EMS treated Mr. Yarberry at the scene for minor injuries. 

 

KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Russell County Sheriff's Office, Russell County Fire and EMS, Russell County Rescue Squad, and Russell County Coroner. The collision remains under investigation by Senior Trooper Brandon Roark.

 

Campbellsville Man Arrested on Burglary Charges after Breaking Into a Building on CU Campus

 

On Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at approximately 7:13amET, Campbellsville Police received a complaint of a burglary at the Hord’s Field House on the Campbellsville University Campus. A Campbellsville University coach had entered the building and located a male inside. While the coach was calling police, the male fled on foot. 

 

Officers arrived on scene and subsequently located the male suspect outside the building. It was determined that the male had entered the building at approximately 10:30pmET on Monday night. While inside, the male had ransacked and destroyed several rooms, stolen a small amount of cash and some items of clothing.

 

18-year old Gabriel Z. Adams of Campbellsville was arrested by Officer Chris Milby and charged with Burglary 3rd degree, Public Intoxication, and Theft by Unlawful Taking. Adams was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.

     

Investigating Officers: Chris Milby and Aaron Fields

 

Today is Last Day to Register to Vote in General Election

 

Today is the last day to register to vote for this year’s November General Election. To register, go to elect.ky.gov or stop by your local County Clerk’s Office.

 

This November, Kentucky voters will will cast their ballots in races for Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and other statewide offices.

 

Adair County Man Injured in Accident in Webbs Crossroads

An Adair County man was taken to the Russell County Hospital Monday following a single-vehicle accident that occurred near Webbs Crossroads.

Russell County Sheriff’s Officetells WAVE NEWS, that 34-year-old Orlando James Stokes of Adair County was transported to Russell County Hospital for injuries sustained in the accident. According to the Police Report, Stokes was traveling east on Highway 76, around 12:30 p.m. when he lost control of his vehicle and traveled off the left side of the highway. Deputy Nathan Bradshaw worked the accident for the Russell County Sheriff’s Office. He was assisted on scene by Kentucky State Police, members of the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Russell County EMS.

KSP Continues to Investigate Officer Involved Shooting in Clinton County


Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 is continuing the investigation into an officer-involved shooting that occurred on July 11, 2023 on KY90 in Clinton County.  KSP has conducted all necessary interviews with vital witnesses and officers involved in this incident. 

 

The preliminary investigation has revealed that the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) attempted to stop a 2010 Nissan Titan in Wayne County which was suspected to be involved in a hit-and-run vehicle collision.  The vehicle failed to yield to the traffic stop and a pursuit was initiated. It was determined the vehicle was being operated by Mark Buchanan, age 56 of Somerset, and he was the sole occupant of the vehicle. The pursuit entered Clinton County on KY90, where Clinton County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Deputy Brad Cross took the lead in the pursuit.  Deputy Cross attempted to pass Mr. Buchanan’s vehicle on two separate occasions, and both times the fleeing vehicle intentionally collided with Deputy Cross’s cruiser.  Deputy Cross attempted to pass Mr. Buchanan’s vehicle a third time and again the fleeing vehicle attempted to collide with his cruiser, but Deputy Cross was able to avoid the collision by performing evasive maneuvers with his cruiser in an attempt to avoid another collision.  Deputy Cross then discharged his agency-issued firearm striking Mr. McCormick, causing the vehicle to come to a stop.

 

Clinton County EMS responded to the scene and rendered aid. Mr. Buchanan was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Clinton County Corner. An autopsy was performed by the Office of the State Medical Examiner in Louisville.

 

In accordance with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures, Deputy Cross was placed on administrative leave for two weeks.  Deputy Cross is a 2-year veteran of the department and a 23-year veteran of law enforcement. 

 

The investigation remains ongoing at this time.


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ALBANY, KY (July 11, 2023) - The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Columbia has been requested by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred at approximately 6:11 p.m. CST in Clinton County.

 

At the request of the CCSO, KSP Post 15 troopers and detectives responded to the scene near the intersection of KY90 and Willow Grove Road.  The investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

 

A male subject was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Clinton County Coroner.

 

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

 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 10/10/23

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular called session Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 9:00amCT in the basement of the Adair Annex. The meeting is open to the public. 
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL 
                            
1.   APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2.   DISBURSEMENTS
3.   LINE TO LINE 
4.   FUND TO FUND
5.   TREASURER’S REPORTS 
6.   OTHER BUSINESS
7.   PUBLIC COMMENTS
8.   ADJOURN
 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: When, Where, and How: Voting in This Election

 

As summer ends and fall begins, election day approaches us with full force. Without a doubt, November 7 is a day that will determine the economic and social course of our state for several years, and it is vital that each of us that are able participate in one of our nation’s oldest yet most important practices.

 

In recent years, elections have changed in the commonwealth. Several areas have opted for voting centers rather than the traditional precincts, in an effort to make voting more convenient and address shortages in poll workers and other volunteers. Voting centers basically mean that no matter where you live in the county, you vote in one central location. Other areas continue the age-old practice of having a voting center in each county precinct. No matter how your county has elected to hold its elections, there are easy solutions to finding out where you must go to cast your vote.

 

The State Board of Elections has prepared a webpage that has a county-by-county breakdown of every voting location, complete with addresses. To access this page, visit elect.ky.gov, or press here. Additional resources are also available locally. If you have any questions, I suggest reaching out to the county clerk’s office for any updated information regarding election locations.

 

A silver lining from the COVID-19 pandemic was our increased access to voting as a whole. Since the pandemic, we have made strides in expanding voting availability. This year, an online portal to request a mail-in absentee ballot was made available on September 23 and will be operational through October 24. It can be accessed through https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/abrweb/.

 

If you would rather go in person to vote, but you don’t have time on November 7, there are several dates available to you as well. October 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, and November 1 are dates we have set aside for in-person, excused absentee voting. For in-person, no excuse absentee voting, you have access to a voting center in your county on November 2, November 3, and November 4. To find out when and where in-person, excused absentee voting will take place in the county, please visit the State Board of Elections website at: govote.ky.gov.

 

With so many options to consider, it is almost harder not to vote. Taking part in this incredibly important process is vital in ensuring that our voices are heard. Voting is a fundamental cornerstone of our nation, allowing citizens to voice their opinions and influence the direction of their society. When we participate in elections, we contribute to a collective decision-making process that helps shape policies, laws, and life as we know it. It's a way for us to hold other elected officials accountable and ensure that the government reflects our values and priorities. By engaging in the electoral process, citizens can work towards a more inclusive, just, and fair society, advocating for the changes we believe will improve our communities.

 

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

 

Russell Springs Man Jailed on Attempted Murder Charges

 

On October 8, 2023 at approximately 11:00 PM, Russell Springs Police Department Officers Mason Miniard and Brandon Bullock responded to a call of a stabbing. Once on scene, Officer Miniard made contact with the victim, Ronald Draper. Mr. Draper had been stabbed in the eye, back of the head and in the back of his neck. Mr. Draper advised that the suspect had left, that he lived next door. Officer Miniard made contact with Joseph Shoaf, who advised he was the suspect. Mr. Draper was transported to the Russell County Hospital by Russell County EMS, where he was then airlifted to Lexington.

Joseph Shoaf, 35, of Russell Springs was taken into custody and charged with the following: Attempted Murder and Trafficking in Marijuana (8 oz to < 5 lbs.) 1st Offense.

Mr. Shoaf was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Columbia Woman Arrested on Meth Charges


On Sunday night, October 8, 2023, a traffic stop was initiated on the Columbia Bypass at 8PM. After making contact with the occupants, a search was conducted and a female passenger was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine. 

 

Kendra Smith, 35, of Columbia was taken into custody and has been charged with possession of methamphetamine.


CPD Officer Holly Necessary was the arresting officer. She was assisted by Officer Trent Williams.

 

 

Russell Springs Fire Department Responds to Structure Fire


On Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 4:52pmCT, the Russell Springs Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire at 410 Decatur Rd, Russell Springs. On arrival, firefighters encountered a fully engulfed structure fire.


14 firefighters were on scene for about 3 hours.

 

The RSVFD was assisted by the Eli Fire Department, Jamestown Fire Department, KSP, SKRECC, and Russell County Emergency Management.

 

Update on Missing Adair County Teenager

 
UPDATE: The missing teen has been located and she is safe.
 
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 KSP Post 15 in Columbia has received information that 13-year-old Crystal Vertrees was last seen on Sunday, October 1, 2023 at a residence in the area of Hayes St. in Columbia. At that time, she was reported to be wearing a black shirt with either a Reebok or Adidas logo, white sweatpants, and white shoes. 
 
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Kentucky State Police requests assistance in an ongoing investigation regarding locating a missing person. Crystal Vertrees, age 13 of Columbia, KY was last seen by family at a residence in Adair County on September 29, 2023. Crystal has blonde hair and is approximately 5’0” & 107 pounds. She was last known to be wearing a white sweatshirt with red lettering. 
 
KSP is urging the public to contact Post 15 in Columbia at 270-384-4796 with any assistance in locating Crystal. She has been entered as missing person and the investigation continues by Trooper Chance McQueary.
 

Pulaski County Man Arrested by RCSO on Stalking & other Charges

 

Dustin Combs, 44, of Nancy, KY was arrested on Friday evening, October 6, 2023 by the RCSO for Stalking 2nd degree, Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree, Falsely Reporting an Incident to Law Enforcement, and Disorderly Conduct 2nd degree.
 
Combs was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Adair County House Fire 10/7/23

 
The Columbia - Adair County Fire Department responded to a house fire at 520 R. Loy Road early Saturday morning, October 7, 2023 at 12:15amCT. Upon arrival, heavy smoke & fire was coming from the residence and firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze. 
 
Eleven firemen on the scene for approximately 2½ hours. 
 
The Breeding Fire Department assisted on-scene. Other assisting agencies include the Adair County E911 Center and Taylor County RECC.
 

KSP Post 15 Welcomes New Telecommunicators

 

COLUMBIA, Ky. (October 7, 2023) — The Kentucky State Police (KSP) announced 30 telecommunicators, representing 13 posts across the commonwealth, have graduated from the KSP Telecommunications Academy. This is the agency’s largest graduating class in its history. 

 

KSP telecommunicators handle dispatch duties for Kentucky state troopers, commercial vehicle enforcement officers, conservation officers and other emergency service agencies as needed. In 2022, telecommunicators answered over 622,000 calls resulting in more than 396,000 requests for assistance.

 

The graduates of Class 22 received 160 hours of instruction over four weeks. Major training areas include legal liability, limits of telecommunicator authority, telecommunicator’s role in public safety, interpersonal communications, customer service, combating stress and PTSD, ethics and confidentiality, responder safety, basic fire dispatch, state emergency operation plans, criminal justice information systems, first aid training, emergency medical dispatch and special needs callers.


During the academy, graduates were required to successfully process scripted calls for service and demonstrate proficiency in obtaining pertinent information, dispatching first responders, providing emergency medical dispatch if needed, and correctly documenting information from the call for assistance. The training concluded with a computer simulation system that simulates their work environment in the radio room.

 

The Post 15 graduates of the 22nd KSP Telecommunications Academy included:  

  • Brady Bell of Russell County. Bell is a graduate of Russell County High School. He is the son of Neil and Lisa Bell.
  • MaKenzie Hughes of Adair County. Hughes is a graduate of Taylor County High School. She is the daughter of Ricardo and Miriam Hughes.

 

The agency is continuing to recruit for individuals to join Team Kentucky to provide critical assistance and assurance to their neighbors and loved ones. KSP telecommunicators the ability to receive an annual $3,100 training stipend. KSP telecommunicators now receive a starting salary of more than $41,000 annually. To apply for a telecommunicator position with KSP, click here, or contact the KSP post nearest to you for more information.

L-R: Lieutenant Jeremy Johnson, Telecommunicator Brady Bell, Telecommunicator MaKenzie Hughes, and Telecommunications Manager Miranda Luttrell

 

Adair County Woman Dies Following Cumberland Parkway Accident


An Adair County woman has died after an accident on Thursday, October 5, 2023 on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway in Adair County.

 

Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman tells 92.7 The WAVE that Adair County 911 received multiple calls of a vehicle rollover accident around the 48 mile marker of the LBN Parkway. Deputies Chandler Staten and Josh Durbin arrived on scene to find the operator, 24-year-old Amy McFall 24 of Columbia, KY had been ejected and was partially pinned under the vehicle. A 2-year-old male juvenile was also located inside the vehicle restrained in a car seat.

 

Deputies, along with the first initial responders and passing motorists who had stopped, were able to pick up the side of the vehicle enough to free McFall from underneath the auto and EMS began life-saving measures.

 

Amye McFall was transported to TJ Health Columbia and then airlifted to the UK Hospital in Lexington. The child, who was properly restrained in a child restraint seat, was treated and released with just a minor scratch on his forehead. 

 

The preliminary investigation shows that McFall was traveling west on the Parkway in a white 2002 Chevrolet Suburban when she lost control of the vehicle and entered the grass median between the east and west lanes of travel. McFall's vehicle then slid back onto the roadway and went into a rollover, resulting in the operator being ejected.

 

K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten is leading the accident investigation and was assisted by Deputy Josh Durbin and Sheriff Josh Brockman.

 

In addition to the ACSO, other agencies responding to the scene were Adair EMS, Adair County 911, Adair County Emergency Management, Columbia Police Department, Columbia-Adair County Fire Department and Kentucky State Police.

 

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office extends its prayers and sympathy to the family of Amy McFall.  May God give you strength in these coming days as you deal with the loss of your loved one.
 

KSP Graduates Largest Telecommunications Class in Agency History; 2 Columbia Telecommunicators Graduate

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2023) - Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky State Police (KSP) announced 30 telecommunicators, representing 13 posts across the commonwealth, have graduated from the KSP Telecommunications Academy. This is the agency’s largest graduating class in its history.

 

“Our state owes these 30 Kentuckians a debt of gratitude for providing a lifeline to those in need and the officers in the field,” Gov. Beshear said. “Telecommunicators are both the eyes and ears for our first responders. They are the lifeline to anyone who calls needing safety, medical care, rescue or guidance. Kentucky is safe because they have answered to the call to serve.”

 

KSP telecommunicators handle dispatch duties for Kentucky state troopers, commercial vehicle enforcement officers, conservation officers and other emergency service agencies as needed. In 2022, telecommunicators answered over 622,000 calls resulting in more than 396,000 requests for assistance.

 

Recently, Gov. Beshear raised the annual salaries for telecommunicators by more than $8,000 and gave KSP telecommunicators the ability to receive an annual $3,100 training stipend. KSP telecommunicators now receive a starting salary of more than $41,000 annually.

 

“We are proud to graduate the largest Telecommunications Academy in KSP history,” said KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. “As you step into your roles as telecommunicators, remember that you are making a profound difference in the lives of others, bringing comfort to Kentuckians during their darkest hour.”’

 

The graduates of Class 22 received 160 hours of instruction over four weeks. Major training areas include legal liability, limits of telecommunicator authority, telecommunicator’s role in public safety, interpersonal communications, customer service, combating stress and PTSD, ethics and confidentiality, responder safety, basic fire dispatch, state emergency operation plans, criminal justice information systems, first aid training, emergency medical dispatch and special needs callers.

 

During the academy, graduates were required to successfully process scripted calls for service and demonstrate proficiency in obtaining pertinent information, dispatching first responders, providing emergency medical dispatch if needed, and correctly documenting information from the call for assistance. The training concluded with a computer simulation system that simulates their work environment in the radio room.

 

“Telecommunicators from the sixteen state police posts provide a link and a lifeline for the public to the vital emergency services they may need,” says KSP Telecommunications Training Instructor Jason Long. “Telecommunicators are unseen, but often heard, first responders to any incident and can provide lifesaving information at a moment’s notice.

 

Class 22 graduates and their assigned posts are:

  • Alyca Aguilar, Post 1, Mayfield
  • Matthew Barham, Post 12, Frankfort
  • Brady Bell, Post 15, Columbia
  • Hannajo Bradbury, Post 5, Campbellsburg
  • Raymond Deem, Post 8, Morehead
  • Vincent Dorsey, Post 2, Madisonville
  • Jonathan Drake, Post 4, Elizabethtown
  • Alexandra Shultz, Post 16, Henderson
  • Jessica Gaddie-Cooper, Post 5, Campbellsburg
  • Anthony Gibson, Post 7, Richmond
  • Ralph Gosney, Post 5, Campbellsburg
  • Jennifer Hall, Post 5, Campbellsburg
  • Austin Hamilton, Post 13, Hazard
  • Cheyenne Huckleby, Post 4, Elizabethtown
  • MaKenzie Hughes, Post 15, Columbia
  • Revan Marcum, Post 6, Dry Ridge
  • Mallory McClure, Post 6, Dry Ridge
  • Landon Meredith, Post 3, Bowling Green
  • Jonetta Merritt, Post 3, Bowling Green
  • Elliot Monroe, Post 12, Frankfort
  • Timothy Neal Sr., Post 12, Frankfort
  • Rebecca Parsons, Post 3, Bowling Green
  • Phyllis Rankin, Post 5, Campbellsburg
  • Shawn Rodriguez, Post 12, Frankfort
  • Chris Simpson, Post 7, Richmond
  • Ethan Smith, Post 13 Hazard
  • Bradey Spicer, Post 13, Hazard
  • Sierra Sproles, Post 9, Pikeville
  • Landon White, Post 7, Richmond
  • Jennifer Whitehead, Post 4, Elizabethtown

 

After each class, the ‘Charlotte Tanner Valedictorian’ Award is presented to the graduate who earned the highest-class GPA and demonstrated extraordinary effort during the KSP Telecommunications Academy. The award is named in honor of the founder of the KSP telecommunications program, Charlotte Tanner, who served the commonwealth for more than 50 years as a telecommunicator, radio room supervisor, and instructor.

 

This year’s Charlotte Tanner Valedictorian Award has been awarded to Sierra Sproles, with a grade point average of 96.67%.

 

The agency is continuing to recruit for individuals to join Team Kentucky to provide critical assistance and assurance to their neighbors and loved ones. To apply for a telecommunicator position with KSP, click here, or contact the KSP post nearest to you for more information.

 

The Beshear-Coleman Administration has taken several steps to support law enforcement while creating safer communities.

 

On Aug. 11, Gov. Andy Beshear and KSP announced that 51 cadets had graduated the agency’s training academy and were now ready to report for duty across the commonwealth.

 

In July, the Governor and Commissioner Burnett unveiled part of the administration’s upcoming budget plan to further protect law enforcement officers while making Kentucky a leader in public safety. Gov. Beshear’s proposed budget includes an additional raise for KSP troopers and officers, increased training stipend and an improved pension system for local and state law enforcement and funding for body armor.

 

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

 

Bottom row left to right: Phyllis Rankin, Alyca Aguila, Jonetta Merritt, Alexandra Shultz, Jennifer Hall, Shawn Rodriguez, Raymond Deem. Next row: Brady Bell, Sierra Sproles, Chris Simpson, Jennifer Whitehead, MaKenzie Hughes, Brady Spicer, Anthony Gibson. Next row: Matthew Barham, Elliott Monroe, Jessica Gaddie-Cooper, Mallory McClue, Austin Hamilton, Ethan Smith. Next Row: Rebeca Parsons, Hannajo Bradbury, Landon White, Revan Marcum, Ralph Gosney. Back row: Jonathan Drake, Landon Meredith, Vincent Dorsey, Cheyenne Huckleby, Tim Neal Sr.

 

Pyles Excavating Wins Bid to Construct Certified Build Ready Pad

 
The following story is by Heather Spoon, Columbia-Adair Co. Economic Development Authority Consultant...
 
"Congratulations to Pyles Excavating, Inc. for winning the bid to construct a Certified Build Ready Pad in Green River Commerce Park. The EDA is thankful for all the bid submissions for this project, and we hope to have more opportunities in the near future. Being able to award this project to a local company means that the Kentucky dollars that were awarded this past week via the KPDI Round 1 grant, along with the local match dollars, will stay right here in Adair County, helping Adair county families! We look forward to working with Pyles on this project and can’t wait to start seeing the dirt move!”
 

City of Columbia Sponsoring 3rd Annual Fall Decorating Contest

 
The City of Columbia is sponsoring their 3rd annual Fall Decorating Contest. If you would like to enter your business or home in the contest to be judged, please call City Hall with your name & address. This years decorated pumpkin contest has been added. Winners will be announced at the end of October. Prizes will be furnished by Mayor Pamela Hoots.
 

Crab Orchard Woman Arrested by KSP on DUI & Drug Charges

 

On Thursday evening, October 5th, 52-year-old Linda Smith of Crab Orchard, KY was arrested in Russell County by KSP and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to wear seatbelt. Smith was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Gov. Beshear Announces Initial Round of Awards To Build Statewide Network of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations; Franklin Nissan Approved for Charging Station Site

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2023) – In keeping with his priority to keep Kentucky at the center of the electric vehicle revolution, Gov. Andy Beshear today announced the first round of awards for developers to design, build, operate and maintain a statewide network of EV charging stations.

 

“With 21 projects in the electric vehicle sector announced so far during my administration, we have solidified Kentucky as the EV battery production capital of the United States,” said Gov. Beshear. “With so much EV production happening right here in the commonwealth, we want Kentuckians to be able to reap the benefits. Today, we are taking a major step forward on our mission to have a statewide electric vehicle charging network.”

 

Thanks to federal funds, private matching funds and a state-issued Request for Proposals, six qualified developers have been approved for nearly $10.9 million in funding under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program. The funding will go toward the construction of 16 public charging stations along 11 Alternative Fuel Corridor groups, under an implementation plan approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
 

Here's a full list of approved developers and locations including Franklin Nissan in Columbia, KY.

 

 

Each charging station must have at least four chargers and be accessible to the public around the clock. A second set of contract proposals is now awaiting technical review.

 

The awards announced today allow developers to begin the initial phases of the project: design, utility coordination, environmental review and ordering equipment. Developers have 90 days to meet certain conditions and then a project agreement will be executed.

 

Under Kentucky’s deployment plan, the Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) stations must be open to the public at all times and power any non-proprietary EV model. They also must be no more than 1 mile from a designated corridor and no more than 50 miles apart. A second RFP will be issued to fill in the gaps.

 

An estimated 37 DCFS stations will be needed to build out Kentucky’s portion of the NEVI program. The initial build-out is required by federal law to be along Kentucky interstates and parkways that FHWA has approved for designation as Alternative Fuel Corridors.

 

Those selected to develop sites within the statewide network will be required by contract to operate and maintain the stations for five years after construction is completed. This will promote the long-term performance of the EV network according to NEVI requirements established by FHWA. Federal formula funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of approximately $70 million will support Kentucky’s initiative, with a match by private-entity funds.

 

Visit EVCharging.ky.gov for more information about the program. 
 

Russell County Awarded over $94,000 to Resurface Road


Russell County gets $94,050 in discretionary road funds to resurface Hurricane Branch Road.

The following press release providing details was received earlier today from the Governor's ?office...

 

FRANKFORT, KY (Oct. 5, 2023) – Gov. Andy Beshear, whose administration has helped cities and counties across Kentucky pay for repairs to their streets and roads, today announced a new round of discretionary road funds totaling more than $2.1 million to 15 local governments.

 

“Our local roads are what our families drive on every day to get to work, school, church and more – so it’s important to keep them in good repair so our families stay safe,” Gov. Beshear said. “That’s why throughout my administration, we’ve taken every opportunity to assist local governments in making repairs and improvements to the streets that connect our people on a local level and help define our communities.”

 

For example, Gov. Beshear approved the city of Bardstown’s request for $117,500 with which to resurface three heavily trafficked local streets: Guthrie Drive, Atkinson Hill Avenue and Culpepper Street. Guthrie Drive, a connector between Bardstown’s two primary routes, U.S. Highways 62 and 150, also provides access to the Nelson County Courthouse, city police, county sheriff and a fire station. It was last paved 11 years ago, according to the city’s application.

 

Likewise, Bracken County’s request was approved for $111,150 for resurfacing sections of Doyle’s Lane and Jacob’s Road. Judge/Executive Tina Teegarden said neither road had been paved in more than 20 years. “These roads have been maintained as well as possible over the last two decades” by county road crews, she said.

 

Elsewhere, Gov. Beshear approved $300,000 for Laurel County to go toward resurfacing nearly 3.5 miles of Buffalo Road and Buffalo Branch Road, which connect Laurel County with neighboring Jackson County.

 

“The condition of these roads has greatly deteriorated in the last few years, and they are in great need of repair,” Judge/Executive David Westerfield said in the application. “The Postal Service is complaining about condition of the roads, as well as the Laurel and Jackson counties schools.”

 

Also approved for funding were the counties of Boyle, Crittenden, Garrard, Harlan, Knox, Lawrence, Nicholas, Russell and Union, along with the cities of Bardstown, Coal Run Village, Hazard and Manchester.

 

During his administration, Gov. Beshear has approved more than more than $70.3 million in discretionary funding, 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).
 

Work Shop Friday at Fish Hatchery in Jamestown

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery will be hosting a Creepy Crawlies workshop from 5pmCT to 7pmCT on Friday, October 27, 2023. Join hatchery staff and Seth Spinner, Office of the State Entomologist-University of Kentucky for this free event. Seth will be bringing a collection of insects and arachnids to discuss some of our local and exotic creepy crawlies!

Bring the family and learn about insects and arachnids! All ages are welcome - wear your costume and receive a treat!

 

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery is located at 50 Kendall Road, Jamestown, KY. More information at facebook.com.

A Glasgow man was arrested on Theft and other Charges Wednesday for alleged crimes committed in Cumberland County

A Glasgow man was arrested on Theft and other Charges Wednesday for alleged crimes committed in Cumberland County.

Ryan Moore, age 35, was arrested by Officer Wethington of the Glasgow Police Department, on charges including Engaging in Organized Crime, Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition all Other greater than $1000 dollars, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree and Persistent Felony Offender. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

ACSO Activity Report for Sept. 2023

 

ACSO 2023 September Activity Report 

 

  • 864  911 calls for service
  • 66 criminal arrests made
  • 20 motorists assisted
  • 13 accidents investigated
  • 12 cases opened
  • 13 animal complaints
  • 63 civil process papers served
  • 10 criminal summons served
  • 59 subpoenas served
  • 530 vehicle inspections
  • 9 out-of-county transports
  • 1 out-of-state transports
  • 7 mental health transports
  • 206 hours of court security provided for Adair District & Circuit Courts

 

Columbia Man Arrested on Drug Charges


On Tuesday night, October 3, 2023 while on general patrol, CPD Officers observed a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a residence on Wall Street. When the occupant saw the police cruiser, he attempted to hide and drop objects in the grass at the residence. 


Contact was made with the individual, identified as 38-year-old Joel Yarberry of Columbia, and it was determined he was under the influence. Property that Yarberry attempted to discard was located and found to be suspected narcotics. 

Yarberry was charged with public intoxication, possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified), tampering with physical evidence, and wanton endangerment 1st degree. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
Sgt Evan Burton was the arresting Officer. He was assisted by Officer Elliot Burton and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office.

 

KSP to Participate in Operation Safe Drive

Kentucky State Police (KSP) Commercial Vehicle Enforcement will participate in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Operation SafeDRIVE (Distracted Reckless Impaired Visibility Enforcement) from October 3-5, 2023. This enforcement campaign targets unsafe driving behavior that often leads to crashes involving passenger cars and commercial vehicles. It complements national efforts to educate all drivers on safely sharing roads with large trucks.

The national SafeDRIVE initiative cracks down on dangerous interstate driving behaviors such as aggressive driving, speeding, tailgating, failing to wear a seat belt, distracted driving, and driving under the influence. During this effort, KSP Commercial Vehicle Inspectors will open scale facilities, ensuring commercial drivers follow safety regulations, including hours of service compliance, commercial driver license compliance, medical certification, and commercial motor vehicle credentialing.

Area Arrests 10-4-23


A Somerset woman was arrested on Drug and Theft Charges Tuesday.

Amanda Bradshaw, 40, was taken into custody by the Russell Springs Police Department on Tuesday morning. Bradshaw was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Failure to or Improper Signal and Theft by Deception (Including Cold Checks more than $1,000). She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Joel Yarberry, 38, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Officer Burton with the Columbia Police Department on Tuesday night. Yarberry, was charged with Public Intoxication – Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol), Possession of a Controlled Substance, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree.

 

Missing Adair Co. Teen

 
Kentucky State Police are searching for a 13-year-old who hasn’t been seen since Friday, September 29, 2023.
 
Reportedly, 13-year-old Crystal Vertrees of Columbia, KY was last seen by her family at a home in Adair County. She is 5 feet tall and weighs approximately 107 pounds, with blond hair. She was last seen wearing a sweatshirt with red lettering.
 
Anyone who sees Crystal is asked to contact Kentucky State Police Post 15 in Columbia at 270-384-4796.
 
92.7 The WAVE has a picture of the missing teen posted on our website at: ridingthewave.com/local-news/709680.
 

Gov. Beshear Presents More Than $130,000 To Benefit Clinton County

 

ALBANY, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear joined state and local officials to present more than $130,000 in funding to support tourism and local nonprofits in Clinton County.

 

The Governor also celebrated the beginning of construction to improve water service for homes and businesses in the Savage and Duvall Valley communities. In August 2020, Clinton County was awarded $3 million in Abandoned Mine Lands Economic Revitalization (AMLER) grants for this project through the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. The upgrades will improve water pressure for existing customers, as well as support future industry in this area.

 

“It’s an exciting day for Clinton County! We announced over $130,000 for tourism and nonprofits to help build the better future we all want for our kids and grandkids,” Gov. Beshear said. “We also get to celebrate the beginning of construction to improve water service for homes and businesses in this area.”

 

“The lake and other area attractions make tourism an important part of our local economy, so voting to invest money in our local tourism was an easy decision to make,” said Rep. Josh Branscum of Russell Springs. “I’m also pleased to see funds we allocated for nonprofit assistance make their way into Clinton County. Nonprofits like the Foothills Academy and Salvation Army do so much in serving the people of this community and I am proud to support their continuing efforts.”

 

We were so happy to have the Governor join us today,” Albany Mayor Steve Lawson said. “We greatly appreciate all the help received for this project. The upgrades to our water system are long overdue and will be a welcomed relief to residents in the Duvall Valley area of Clinton County.”

 

Tourism Marketing Award
Gov. Beshear awarded $28,340 to the Clinton County Tourist and Convention Commission to support travel marketing and promotion.

 

“As the grant checks have been deposited and utilized per the provisions instructed to us, we are attempting to show more of the world where we are on the map and draw visitors to the area to admire and enjoy our natural attractions, such as two major lakes, waterfalls, mountains, festivals, and lots more,” said Sherry Poore, executive director of the Clinton County Tourist and Convention Commission. “This grant will assist our county to reach platforms we could simply not afford without the funding.”

 

The funds are distributed by the Kentucky Department of Tourism to eligible tourism organizations throughout the commonwealth.

 

Nonprofit Awards
The Governor also awarded over $106,000 to two local nonprofits in Clinton County, including $100,000 to Foothills Academy and $6,065 to the Salvation Army.

 

The awards come from the Team Kentucky Nonprofit Assistance Fund, which is helping organizations across Kentucky recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

 

Special Called Columbia - Adair Co. EDA Meeting 10/5/23

 

The Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority (EDA) will hold a special-called meeting on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 8:00amCT at the Training and Development Center, 201 Burkesville Rd, Columbia, KY. The purpose of the meeting is to award the bid for the build-ready pad at Green River Commerce Park.

 

AGENDA

Presiding – Larry Walker, Chairman

Welcome, Call to Order, Determination of a Quorum, Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance 

 

Business

Award Bid for Build-Ready Pad at Green River Commerce Park
 

Motion to Adjourn
 

Next regular meeting Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. CT                    

Gov. Beshear Presents More Than $9.5 Million in Awards To Benefit Adair County

 

COLUMBIA, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear joined state and local officials to present more than $9.5 million in funding to support natural gas lines, high-speed internet access, clean water, economic development, infrastructure, tourism and more in Adair County.

 

The WAVE's Lisa Clark spoke with the Governor...

 

These announcements build on the county’s momentum, with Phillips Tank & Structure, a nationwide tank construction contractor, having announced last week plans to build a $2.76 million fabrication shop that will create 20 new full-time jobs in the Columbia area.

 

“Adair County’s economy is booming. Last week, Phillips Tank & Structure invested $2.76 million in this community, creating 20 jobs for our people. Today, we’re celebrating another $9.5 million in investment from my administration, and breaking ground on natural gas lines that will support local businesses, public schools, new housing and more,” Gov. Beshear said. “This is a great day for all of Kentucky because Adair’s success builds on the incredible wins we’re seeing across the commonwealth.”

 

“Every dollar announced today will make someone’s life better,” said Adair County Judge/Executive Larry Bryant. “These kinds of investments serve every citizen of Adair County and secure a brighter future for our people. We appreciate the state’s support as we work to improve our infrastructure and bring more people and businesses to our communities.”

 

“I appreciate the Governor for drawing attention to how taxpayer resources are being reinvested in our community,” said Rep. Amy Neighbors of Edmonton. “I am glad to see Adair County get the attention that the legislature intended. This funding will play a vital role in supporting our road infrastructure and driving economic growth.”

 

“We are excited about Gov. Beshear’s visit to Columbia,” said Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots. “We appreciate his commitment to growth and development in our community. These announcements are important for the future of our county.”

 

Groundbreaking for Natural Gas Lines and Regulator Station
Gov. Beshear presented $625,548 in Appalachian Regional Commission funds to the City of Columbia, which will be used to construct 6,350 linear feet of natural gas lines and a regulator station. These dollars will provide natural gas lines to support local business development, as well as Adair County Schools, 10 households and future residents in an upcoming 80-acre subdivision. The Governor joined state and local leaders, as well as the Franklin family, to break ground on the project.

 

High-Speed Internet Access
Gov. Beshear presented $7,244,132 to Duo Broadband to connect 378 unserved homes and businesses in Adair County to high-speed internet. The company will also contribute $3,104,628 in matching funds, bringing the total investment in this community to $10,348,760.

 

Cleaner Water Program Award
Gov. Beshear presented $1,148,257 to the Adair County Water District. The district will construct 9,500 linear feet of 6-inch water line along Kentucky Highway 551 connecting two existing water lines on each side of Green River and creating a loop in the system. This will improve water volume and pressure in the Knifley area. In addition, the Knifley Pump Station will be replaced with a more efficient station.

 

Build-Ready Certified Pad to Boost Economic Development
Gov. Beshear awarded $459,441 to the Adair County Fiscal Court, the Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority and the City of Columbia, which have partnered to build a 150,000-square-foot Build-Ready-certified pad that will further the potential for economic development in the area. This funding comes through the Kentucky Product Development Initiative.

 

Tourism Marketing
Gov. Beshear awarded $29,248 to the Adair County Tourism and Convention Commission from the Kentucky Department of Tourism to support travel marketing and promotion.

 

“The Adair County Tourism and Convention Commission is thrilled to receive these funds from the state. We plan to expand our county marketing efforts nationwide in hopes of bringing more visitors to our beautiful college and lake town,” said Executive Director of the Adair County Tourism and Convention Commission, Paige Nickel. “We appreciate the support and confidence we have received from the Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet and the Governor’s Office.”

 

Road Resurfacing
Gov. Beshear awarded the Adair County Fiscal Court $132,300 to resurface 1.825 miles on Winfrey Hill Road, benefitting 141 households and 19 local businesses.

 

Household Hazardous Waste
Gov. Beshear presented $9,000 to support a one-day event for residents to safely dispose of household hazardous waste.

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Lawmakers look into health, justice, and elections issues

 

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 shape our agenda for the upcoming legislative session. Several interim joint committees (IJCs), task forces, and statutory committees met and their agendas, minutes, and presentations can be found on the legislature’s website at legislature.ky.gov under the committee section.

 

IJC on Health Services: Committee members met this week to discuss ongoing issues surrounding the pharmacy community in Kentucky, more specifically how we approach Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) as well as specialty pharmacies as a whole. While there are merits to PBMs and Specialty pharmacies, there is a lot that goes into play in the way citizens receive their treatment. While the discussion surrounding these facets in the pharmacy industry continue, I fully expect the legislature to be front and center in finding solutions that maintain quality access to timely health care.

 

Health and Human Services Task Force: Members met this week to discuss current standings of local health departments, as well as the utilization of public benefits throughout the state. Public Health Departments as well as SNAP benefits have become a mainstay in several communities across the state, and because of action taken by the legislature in 2020 through HB 129, we have seen an uptick in utilization by essentially every community that has a health department. Our Public Assistance metrics are vital to families across the commonwealth, and the processing procedures for them should be seamless for those who seek to utilize the programs. Upon conclusion of this week’s meeting, I personally drafted a letter to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, seeking clarity into why there are plans in place to change processing functions from a local process to a statewide process. There have been several indications that this move will come at a great cost to not only consumers, but to the Department for Community Based Services and its employees. I hope to continue work on this issue, so that there is resolve for all stakeholders from the ground up.

 

Jail and Corrections Reform Task Force: Panel members heard from folks working to help formerly incarcerated individuals rebuild their lives through job training, education, and learning basic soft skills. A representative from the Life Learning Center described the success of the Northern Kentucky program and the positive impact it has had on the region. The panel also heard from the Kentucky Jailer’s Association. They presented recommendations to improve the current jail system in Kentucky such as classification reform and speedy trial laws. 

 

Juvenile Justice Oversight Council: Lawmakers met with representatives from the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). The DJJ presented their Community Supervision program to the panel, and explained the various programs that accompany the process. The AOC presented on their Court Designated Workers and the impact of HB 3 (2023) on the court system.

 

Commission on Race and Access to Opportunity: Panel members learned about the challenges facing Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) who want to work as nail techs. According to testimony, the issues stem back to the Board of Cosmetology and vary from a lack of access to licensing tests in languages other than English to an extremely slow process. Lawmakers on the commission also learned about the health risks associated with chemical relaxers and other hair products used by African American women and other ethnicities in an effort to conform to societal standards.

 

Capital Projects and Bond Oversight: Legislators received several project updates, lease reports, and maintenance requests from the Finance and Administration Cabinet. Projects included infrastructure updates and maintenance requirements for floors, roofs, bathrooms, and other facilities in essential state-owned buildings.

 

IJC on State Government: Legislators heard from the State Board of Elections regarding ongoing efforts to update voting records to remove those who have passed away or moved to another state, as well as those who are no longer able to vote because they have been incarcerated or declared mentally incompetent. Unfortunately, the state’s voter rolls were neglected for decades and a great deal of work must be done before they are brought up-to-date. Lawmakers also continued work on legislation that would prevent foreign entities from nations considered security threats from purchasing agricultural land in Kentucky. The proposal passed the House earlier this year, but did not receive a hearing in the Kentucky Senate.

 

IJC on Local Government: Representatives from property valuation administrators (PVAs) walked legislators through how the Fayette County PVA updates property valuations.  Of note, the PVA reported that, since 2012, the median sale price of houses in Fayette County has doubled from about $150,000 to $300,000.  Other speakers at the meeting were the Kentucky County Clerks Association, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, and Kentucky Sheriff’s Association.

 

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

Area Arrests 10-3-23

 

Thomas Elliot, 43, of Russell Springs, was arrested by Officer Miniard with the Russell Springs Police Department around 10:30 last night. Elliot, was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition all other (greater than $10,000) and Burglary, 3rd Degree.

 

Hannah Philpot, 19, of Russell Springs was also taken into custody by Officer Miniard and charged with Burglary, 1st Degree and Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition all others (greater than $10,000)


Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Christopher Dickson, 24, of Columbia, was arrested by Trooper Tucker with the Kentucky State Police, just after 9 last night. Dickson was charged with Rear License Not Illuminated, Driving on DUI Suspended License – 2nd Offense, 2 counts of Operating Motor Vehicle/Motorcycle Function without Ignition Interlock Device, Possession of Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 3rd of Greater Offense (Meth), Driving on DUI Suspended License – 1st Offense, Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Required Insurance 1st Offense and Improper Registration Plate.

 

He as lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

CPD Monthly Activity Report


CPD September 2023 Activity Report

  • Calls for service 620
  • Citations 67
  • Motorist assists 14
  • Escorts 15
  • Accidents investigated 18
  • Injury accidents 3
  • Incident reports 7
  • Criminal cases opened 10

Asst Chief Greer Named New Columbia Police Chief


Assistant Chief Charles Greer was sworn in by Mayor Pam Hoots as The Columbia Police Department’s Chief of Police after tonight’s council meeting. 


Greer is a lifelong resident of Adair County and began his career with the Adair County Sheriffs Office in 2005 before joining Columbia in 2009. He has served in the capacity of Patrolman, School Resource Officer, Sergeant, and Assistant Chief. 


Former Chief Mark Harris was on hand as well as retiring Chief Jr Murphy.

 

Jamestown Couple Jailed on Child Abuse Charges

 
According to jail records, Trevor Alan Johnson, 25, and Lyra Leftwich, 19, both of Jamestown, KY were jailed on Monday morning for Criminal Abuse of a Child (12 years or younger). Johnson was also charged with being a Persistent Felony Offender. Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Columbia-Adair Fire Dept. Responds to Semi Fire on Cumberland Parkway

 

The Columbia-Adair County Fire Department was dispatched at 5:21amCT Monday morning to a mutual aid request by the Metcalfe County Fire Department on a report of a fully engulfed semi fire at the 34 mile marker on the Cumberland Parkway. 
 
Upon arrival, heavy fire conditions were found on the trailer of the semi that was hauling wood pallets. The fire was quickly knocked down and contained to the semi trailer.
 
Eight firefighters were on scene for approximately 2 hours.  
 
Assisting agencies: Adair County E911 Center and Breeding Fire Department.
 

Gov. Beshear to Visit Adair & Clinton Counties on Tuesday

 
At 2:45pmCT on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, Governor Andy Beshear will break ground on a gas line project funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission. The Governor will also present funding to promote tourism, expand access to high-speed internet, safely dispose of hazardous household waste, improve roads and support economic development. The event will be held at 3211 Adair Veterans Memorial Hwy, Columbia, KY.
 
 
At 1:00pmCT on Tuesday, the Governor will be in Albany to break ground on a water improvement project in the Duvall Valley area of Clinton County. Gov. Beshear will also present funding to promote tourism and support local nonprofits. The location of the groundbreaking is: 1000 Tennessee Short Cut Road, Albany, KY.

Investigation of Body Found on Lake Cumberland Continues

 

Officials continue to investigate a body found in Lake Cumberland.

 

According to Sgt. Wayne Wilson from the Kentucky Fish & Wildlife Dept, a badly decomposed body was found near Grider Hill Marina in Clinton County. The body has not yet been identified and was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

 

Wave News will have more details as they're made avaliable. 

 

Weekend Arrests 10/1/23

 
The following individuals were arrested over the weekend...
 
 
  • Donna Yates, 60, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday afternoon by the ACSO for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Impersonating a Peace Officer, and Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excluding alcohol).
  • James McClintock, 51, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday by the ACSO for Poss of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Rear License Not Illuminated, and Vehicle Headlamp/Tail light Color Violations.
  • Audie Gene Beard, 56, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday by the CPD for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place 1st & 2nd Offense.
  • Andrew David Gayde, 25, of Columbia - arrested by the CPD on Sunday for Driving on a DUI Suspended License.
     
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 
  • Teena Lane, 39, of Russell Springs - arrested Sunday morning by the RSPD for Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance, No Registration Plates, Operating a Motor Vehicle without Ignition Interlock Device.
  • Courtney Gray, 30, of Russell County - arrested by the Jamestown Police Dept. on Saturday for the Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

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