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Local News Archives for 2023-11

Columbia City Council Meeting 12/4/23


The Columbia City Council wll meet on Monday, December 4, 2023 at 6:00pmCT at City Hall for the Regular Called Monthly Meeting.

















State Releases County Unemployment Data for October 2023


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 30, 2023) — Unemployment rates rose in 31 counties between October 2022 and October 2023, fell in 59, and remained the same in 30 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet.    


Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 2.8%. It was followed by Carroll, Cumberland and Marion counties, 3% each; and Anderson, Fayette, Nelson, Oldham, Scott and Shelby counties, 3.1% each.


Martin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 8%. It was followed by Magoffin County, 7.6%; Leslie County, 6.6%; Owsley County, 6.5%; Breathitt County, 6.4%; Harlan County, 6.2%; Elliott County, 6.1%; and Clay, Letcher and Lewis counties, 6% each.

In the Lake Cumberland district...


Columbia - Adair Utilities District Boil Water Advisory 11/30/23

Date Issued:  11/30/2023
Time Issued:  1:15 P.M.
A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of 2955- 4141 Holmes Bend Road and all side roads in between & West Egypt Road to the lake. The advisory has been issued due to a main line leak. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality. For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.

Temporary Closure of Green River Lake Tailwater Area

The US Army Corps of Egineers Louisville District will be closing the Tailwater Area (to include PicNic Shelter Area, Boat Ramp and Stilling Basin Area) to the public from now till Monday December 4th. The closure is due to a swift water training for the local rescue teams. The main yellow gate by Highway 55 will remain closed and no-thru traffic will be allowed in the area till Monday. 


Questions call 270-465-4463

Two People Injured in 2-Vehicle Accident in Russell Springs


Two people were injured in a 2 vehicle accident yesterday morning in Russell Springs.


Just after 11:00amCT on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, emergency officials were dispatched to the accident off Highway 127. According to the police report, Kelly Sonnabend, age 57, of Dunville, was stopped behind a car turning left onto Stephens Lane, when Lloyd Newton age 54, also of Dunville, couldn’t stop in time and struck the rear of the Sonnabend vehicle. A passenger in the Sonnabend vehicle, Shoshannah Sonnabend, and Newton were both taken to the Russell County Hospital by EMS for treatment of injuries.


Russell County man taken into custody yesterday for Theft and Burglary Charges 

Russell County man taken into custody yesterday for Theft and Burglary Charges 

Ryan West, age 18, of Russell Springs, was arrested by Officer Llane with the Russell Springs Police Department, just after 8 last evening. West was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition all others (greater than $10,000), Burglary, 3rd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition all other (greater than $1000) and Criminal Mischief, 1st Degree. He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center. 

Columbia Police Department Release Details on Saturdays Parade Route

Columbia’s annual Christmas Parade will take place Saturday, December 2, at 6PM. Parade route will again start from Industrial Park, turning right on Jamestown Street going the length through town where it will come around Public Square and end on Burksville Street near the intersection of East and West Frazier Avenue.  
Streets will be shut down shortly before and during the duration of parade.

Adair County Man Arrested on Drug and Traffic Violations

An Adair County Man was arrested on Drug and Traffic Violations after being stopped by officials last evening.


Kenton Bolin, age 47, of Columbia was arrested by Trooper Roark with the Kentucky State Police, just after 10 last night. Bolin was charged with Improper Equipment, Excessive Windshield/Window Tinting, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Substance 1st, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree – Drug Unspecified and Illegal Possession of Legend Drug. He was Lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.



RCSO Arrests Adair County Man on Theft & other Charges

An Adair County man was arrested on theft and other charges on Tuesday by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office

Nathan Hardin, 36, of Columbia was taken into custody by Deputy Phipps on Tuesday evening. Hardin was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition (Firearm), Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition over $10,000 and Burglary First Degree. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Russell County Indictments 11/28/23


A Russell County Grand Jury has returned several indictments. Lisa Clark has details...



Adair Fiscal Court Meeting Agenda 11/28/23

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular called session on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 6:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. The meeting is open to the public.
ROLL CALL                         

A.)   Regular Called Meeting - Oct. 24, 2023
B.)   Special Called Meeting - Nov. 3, 2023 
C.)   Regular Called Meeting - Nov. 14, 2023        
C.)   G.R.A.S. REPORT 
A.)   TREASURER’S REPORT                      
10.   ACTION ITEMS:                                            

KSP Investigates Officer-Involved Shooting in Green County

GREENSBURG, KY (November 27, 2023) - Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 in Columbia has been requested by the Greensburg Police Department (GPD) to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred on November 26, 2023 at approximately 7:17 p.m. CST in Green County.


At the request of the GPD, KSP Post 15 Troopers and Detectives responded to the scene on Creason Lane near the intersection with US 68. KSP initiated an investigation into the incident and it remains ongoing.


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.

Power Outage Sunday Night in Russell and Casey Counties

Numerous South Kentucky RECC customers were without power on Sunday night in Russell and Casey Counties. According to our friends at the Storm Alert Center, at its peak 94 customers in Russell County and 84 in Casey County were affected. According to the companies website on Monday morning, all power has been restored with no outages being reported after 5:00 a.m..


The cause of the outage was rumored to be caused by someone striking a pole during an accident, but no official cause has been released as of news time…


Russell County Woman Arrested on Burglary Charges

Hannah Philpott, 19, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Saturday night, November 25, 2023 by KSP for Burglary 3rd degree (2 counts), TBUT from Building $1,000 to $10,000 (2 counts), TBUT from Building $500 to $1,000, and Possession of Burglary Tools. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Burn Bans Lifted Tuesday

The Burn Bans that were issued recently by County Judges across the listening area were lifted yesterday.


While some of the area is still in the drought range when compared to past rains, the conditions have improved enough after the recent rains to lift the ban due to the immediate threat of out of control burns.


However keep in mind, we remain under the FALL forest fire hazard season, which makes it illegal to burn anything within 150 ft of any woodland or brushland between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.


Commonwealth Attorney Matthew Leveridge Files for Re-Election

As mentioned in a news story last week, the window for candidates to file for office (for county and state) is now open. Commonwealth Attorney Matthew Leveridge has filed for re-election to the office. Leveridge has served as Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 57th Circuit since 2007. The term for a Commonwealth’s Attorney in Kentucky is 6 years.


As of Monday, November 20, 2023 Leveridge is the only candidate who has filed for the office.


Area Arrests 11-21-23

Lewis Bardin, 43, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Kentucky State Police just before 4 a.m. Tuesday morning. Bardin was charged with Criminal Trespassing – 3rd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition greater than $10,000, Driving on a DUI Suspended License – 1st Offense (Aggravated Circumstances), Operating Motor Vehicle without Ignition Interlock Device, Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence Alcohol .08 3rd (Aggravated Circumstances), and Failure to Illuminate Head Lamps. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Pamela Johnson, 33, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Officer Llane with the Russell Springs Police Department on Monday night for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense), Resisting Arrest and Criminal Trespassing 3rd Degree. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Dollar General on 55 Hosting Cram the Cruiser

Dollar General on Jamestown Street (Hiwy 55 South) in Columbia, KY has once again partnered with the Columbia Police Department for "Cram the Cruiser". We would encourage everyone to participate this week as the cruiser is parked in front of the store. Please leave toys or non-perishable food items which will be distributed locally this Christmas season.


3,300 OCC Shoebox Gifts Collected in Adair County in 2023


The Samaritan Purse - Operation Christmas Child 2023 National Collection Week has come to a close with 3,300 shoebox gifts collected in Adair County. This is the first time Adair County has surpassed 3000 shoebox gifts since 2018. The most shoebox’s ever collected was 2016 when 3,777 Gospel Opportunities were collected.


The shoe box gifts will now be transported to the Atlanta Processing Center. From there the boxes will go to children in more than 100 different countries around the world.


Co-Area Coordinator Mark Fudge said,”On behalf of Samaritans Purse, Denise and I want to thank each and every individual, Business and Church in Adair County that made this possible. So many people have donated their time, resources, and finances that it’s just overwhelming. Please pray for the boxes now, as they begin the next part of their journey.  The boxes will eventually arrive in the hands of a child in great need of the items in the box, and more importantly, the opportunity to hear the gospel message.”


Adair County PVA Landon Edward's Warns of Possible Scam

We want the taxpayers of Adair County to be on the lookout for an out-of-state company soliciting Adair County property owners. They are sending purchase agreements to random property owners - please be aware and vigilant when reviewing these letters. We recommend shredding/disposing of these letters when you get them. If you have any questions, please call us at (270) 384-3673.

RSVFD Called Out to Two Vehicle Accident Saturday

Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department Responds to Vehicle Accident at Maple St and Dowell Rd

At approximately 3:47 PM on Saturday, the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department (RSVFD) was dispatched to a reported vehicle accident at the intersection of Maple Street and Dowell Road in Russell Springs, Kentucky.

Upon arrival, RSVFD personnel discovered a collision involving two vehicles. The fire department quickly engaged in securing the scene and providing necessary assistance to ensure the safety of all involved.

RSVFD worked in close coordination with the Russell Springs Police Department (RSPD) and Russell County EMS (RCEMS) to manage the situation effectively. Through our combined efforts, we ensured that the incident was handled with the utmost professionalism and care.

A total of 11 firefighters from RSVFD responded to the call.


According to reports... 2 people were injured as a result of the accident.. 


Private First Class Henry Wade back Home in Russell Co. after 79 Years

On Saturday, November 18, 2023 the body of Private First Class Henry Wade arrived in Russell County. An escort bringing Mr. Wade back to Russell County was held on Saturday afternoon. 

Private First Class Henry C. Wade, 24, of Russell Springs, KY, born November 29, 1919 the son of the late Hugh & Leona Luttrell Wade, was killed in action during WWII in the European Area on November 12, 1944. 


His siblings were Amy Luttrell, Ruby Childress, Olive Massey, Hester Wade, his twin Edward K. Wade, Byron Wade and Hazel Abbott. Survivors include a host of nieces & nephews.


A visitation will be on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 from 5:00pm-7:00pmCT with military medals presented to the family during that time at Wilson Funeral Home.


Full military honors will be performed at Mill Springs National Cemetery at Nancy, KY on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 12:30pmET.


The procession to the cemetery will be leaving Wilson Funeral Home at 10:45amCT on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 taking the route of Hwy west 80 to Hwy 127 south, and then east to the Cumberland Parkway and on to Mill Springs National Cemetery in Nancy, KY. Anyone desiring to be part of the procession should be at the funeral home by 10:45amCT on November 29th.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy are requested to be a contribution to the Russell County Honor Guard, 1169 East Highway 80, Russell Springs, KY 42642.


Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


New Prospective Company may be coming to Green River Commerce Park

The Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority has granted Board Chairman, Larry Walker, the authority to execute a letter of intent to enter into a ground lease agreement with a new prospective company regarding 2 possible options for land within Green River Commerce Park. 
  1. Provide the 150,000 sq ft pad that is currently under construction, and add an additional 50,000 sq ft to the pad located on Lot 3. This would require the EDA to build a separate 40,000 sq ft pad for Phillips Tank & Structure on Lot 2.
  2. Provide a new 200,000 sq ft build ready pad on Lot 8. 
An agreement to either of these options will bring a substantial economic impact to the community via significant job creation and capital investment.  

Columbia Man Arrested on Strangulation & Assault Charges


Michael Burton, 43, of Columbia, KY was arrested on Saturday morning, November 18, 2023 by KSP for Strangulation and Assault 4th degree (with minor injuries). He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


OCC Surpasses Last Years Total of Shoe Boxes Collected in Columbia


Only one more day to drop off Operation Christmas Child boxes at the Wheet Fellowship Hall in Columbia. Adair County has already surpassed its total from 2022 as 2,811 shoebox gifts have been collected so far in 2023!


Boxes can be dropped off on Monday, Nov. 20th from 9am-11amCT at the Columbia Nazarene Church Wheet Fellowship Hall, 1200 Jamestown St., Columbia KY.


Russell Springs Boil Water Advisory


There is a Boil Water Advisory for Russell Springs Water District customers on Hwy 1545, starting at Hwy 127 to the intersection of Mt Olive Creek Rd and Bernard Loop Rd. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes, bringing it to a rolling boil for 3 minutes.

Nancy, KY Man Arrested on Meth & other charges Following Traffic Stop


Dakota Harris, 26, was taken into custody by Officer Llane with the Russell Springs Police Department around 7:30 yesterday morning. Harris was charged with Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Substance, and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth). He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Jamestown Getting Ready for the Holidays


On Thursday evening at the Jamestown City Council meeting, city leaders discussed upcoming Christmas events. Here's Mayor Regina Hinton...



Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear was joined by First Lady Britainy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman to provide an update on economic development; the poster contest for the 62nd inauguration; applying for unclassified positions on Team Kentucky; sports betting; road projects in Eastern Kentucky; wildfires; apprenticeships in the commonwealth; National Education Week; the open enrollment deadline for health care coverage; Medicaid coverage for children; and funds to combat domestic violence.


Economic Development
Gov. Beshear celebrated continued economic strength in the commonwealth as General Fund receipts for October 2023 totaled over $1 billion, marking the 14th straight month with revenues over $1 billion.


The Governor also highlighted several economic development projects across the commonwealth.


Gov. Beshear joined local officials and UPS Supply Chain Solutions leadership to cut the ribbon on the company’s $79 million state-of-the-art Velocity facility in Bullitt County, a project that is creating 500 new high-quality distribution and logistics jobs.


The Governor joined local officials and company leadership at V-Soft Consulting, a provider of information technology consulting, for the grand opening of its new Louisville headquarters operation.


Gov. Beshear announced further momentum of the state’s manufacturing sector as NEO Industries Inc., a world leader in surface technology for work rolls in steel and aluminum manufacturing, announced an expansion of its current operation in Ohio County with a $12.4 million investment creating 20 new full-time, quality Kentucky jobs.


The Governor announced an innovative addition to Kentucky’s signature bourbon industry, as Brothers Wright Distilling Co. will invest nearly $38 million and create 28 quality jobs in Pike County to establish a new distillery that will use a rehabilitated underground coal mine to age the company’s products.


Gov. Beshear congratulated Western Kentucky Distilling Co. on the grand opening of the company’s new $30 million, state-of-the-art distillery in Beaver Dam, creating 35 full-time Kentucky jobs.


The Governor congratulated Whiskey House of Kentucky, a producer of contract bourbon and American whiskey, as company and local leadership gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on a new $130 million operation in Elizabethtown that is creating 100 high-wage full-time jobs.


Gov. Beshear joined local officials and Nucor Corp. leadership for the grand opening of the company’s $1.7 billion steel plate manufacturing mill in Meade County, a project that has created several hundred new high-quality manufacturing jobs.


The Governor announced Papa John’s International Inc. (Papa Johns) will remain the sole owner of its Louisville campus and maintain its current office space, as well as the Papa Johns Quality Control Center, retaining more than 600 jobs at the campus.


Gov. Beshear joined state and local officials and leaders from pretzel manufacturer Stellar Snacks to announce the company’s commitment to invest $137 million and create 350 full-time Kentucky jobs over the next 10 years in West Louisville, representing the single largest economic development project the state has on record for the community over the past 20 years.


The Governor announced continued investment in the state’s workforce training initiatives as over $15.2 million in state support was approved for companies and consortiums statewide to train more than 15,500 workers.


‘Forward, Together’ Inauguration Poster Contest
Gov. Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear welcomed all Kentucky school-age children to participate in a poster contest that celebrates the 62nd gubernatorial inauguration theme: Forward, Together. To learn more, see the full release. Visit the gubernatorial inauguration website, Kentucky.ky.gov/inauguration, for more information on inaugural day events.   


Join Team Kentucky
After securing a second term last week, Gov. Beshear invited those who want to help the Beshear/Coleman administration continue building a better Kentucky to apply for an unclassified position at jointeamky.ky.gov.


Sports Betting
The Governor announced that since sports betting opened in the commonwealth, nearly $448 million has been wagered, and more than 649,000 wagering accounts have been created with mobile applications. This number represents over $21.2 million that has been wagered in-person at the state’s licensed retail sportsbooks and over $426.6 million that has been wagered through mobile devices


“Whatever team you’re betting will win or lose, if you’re placing a wager in-person or on your mobile phone, it’s a win for Team Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear.


Eastern Kentucky Road Projects
Gov. Beshear announced the awarding of contracts for two milestone projects in Eastern Kentucky. One is for the construction of an access road to a high-ground site in Perry County, where many families affected by the devastating flooding of 2022 can safely rebuild their homes and their lives. The other is for completion of the final section of the long-awaited reconstruction of U.S. Highway 460 in Pike County.


Wildfire Update
The Governor asked Kentuckians to continue praying for the family, friends and fellow firefighters of Oldham County Firefighter Sgt. Thomas Petschke Jr., who died last week fighting a wildfire in Goshen, as they gathered for his funeral today. In his honor, Gov. Beshear has ordered flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Monday, Nov. 20.


Gov. Beshear also provided an update on the status of the wildfires. There are currently 14 active fires, down from 31 on Nov. 9. As of today, 38 fires have been contained, up from the 36 last week. Seven counties, including Perry, Knox, Bell, Pike, Harlan, Bell and Lawrence, have seen more than 1,000 acres burned. Since Nov. 3, wildfires have scorched more than 30,000 acres across Kentucky.


In addition to local and state responders, the Kentucky Division of Forestry and Kentucky Emergency Management have coordinated assistance from forestry teams from the U.S. Forest Service and the state forestry agencies of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Florida, Arkansas, Texas and Virginia. Approximately 330 firefighting personnel are on location. Kentuckians can report suspected arson activity to local law enforcement or by calling the Arson Hotline at 800-272-7766.


Apprenticeship Week
Lt. Gov. Coleman highlighted registered apprenticeship programs in the commonwealth, which, according to the Office of Employer and Apprenticeship Services, has increased 12.2% in fiscal year 2023. Gov. Beshear signed a proclamation recognizing Nov. 13-17 as Apprenticeship Week in Kentucky to raise awareness of these programs. To learn more about registered apprenticeships in Kentucky, visit kyworks.ky.gov.


“We’re confident that high-quality registered apprenticeships will have one of the most positive impacts on the state, for employers, and career seekers in Kentucky,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “We’re proud of the work behind the scenes to expand and diversify these valuable programs across the commonwealth.”


National Education Week
Lt. Gov. Coleman also highlighted American Education Week. The nationwide event honors the dedication of educators and education support professionals. In Aug., Gov. Beshear outlined his “Education First” budget plan, which provides an 11% pay raise for teachers and all school personnel – the largest single pay raise for public school educators in 40 years – and fully funds universal pre-K. To learn more, see the full release.


“The future of our economy is in our classrooms today being led by our original job creators: our educators,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “I hope you will join me as we celebrate everyone in our schools who are working hard to provide everything our students need to be successful.”


Open Enrollment and Medicaid Coverage
Lt. Gov. Coleman reminded Kentuckians that they have until Jan. 16 to shop and enroll for health and dental coverage on the state-based marketplace, kynect. To see plan options, visit kynect.ky.gov or call 855-459-6328.


Lt. Gov. Coleman also announced that Kentucky received federal approval to delay what is known as the Medicaid “unwinding” process for children under age 19. When the COVID-19 public health emergency ended in May, Medicaid enrollment reverted to the federal processes in place prior to March 2020. The commonwealth implemented continuous coverage for children, but they had to go through a renewal process. With today’s announcement, a child’s coverage can automatically be renewed for 12 months. Kentucky is the first state in the country to implement this flexibility.


The new flexibility went into effect Oct. 1 and remains effective through the end of Kentucky’s unwinding period, April 2024. Now, the only way a child can be disenrolled during the 12-month continuous coverage period is if the child turns 19, a parent or guardian requests disenrollment or the child moves out of state.


Domestic Violence Prevention
Gov. Beshear furthered his commitment to public safety by awarding more than $2.2 million to 32 organizations across the commonwealth that work to combat domestic violence as well as support and seek justice for survivors. The Beshear administration is also working with the Council of State Governments to launch the council’s largest statewide domestic violence data project.


Team Kentucky All-Stars
The Governor named the six Kentuckians who were nominated for the 2024 Grammy Awards as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. Tyler Childers has been nominated for five awards, including Best Country Album, Best Americana Performance, Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Song and Best Music Video for “In Your Love.” For that video, Kentucky Poet Laureate Silas House was also nominated as a producer.


Chris Stapleton was nominated for three awards, including Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Song, which he shares with Carly Pearce from Taylor Mill.


Louisville Orchestra’s music director, Teddy Abrams, was nominated for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Paducah native Miki Abraham is a cast member featured in “Shucked,” which is a nominee for Musical of the Year.


“The awards will air in February, so make sure to tune in and cheer these talented Kentuckians on,” said Gov. Beshear. “I am proud to make them all our Team Kentucky All-Stars this week!”

RSVFD Responds to Early Morning Semi Accident


Just before 5:00amCT on Thursday morning, Nov. 16, 2023 the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a 1-vehicle accident at Webb Cross Roads on Hwy 76. The incident involved a tractor-trailer loaded with soybeans that had overturned.


Nine firefighters from the Russell Springs Fire Department worked for approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes to address the situation. They coordinated their efforts seamlessly with Russell County EMS and Russell County Sheriff's deputies, ensuring a swift and effective response to the incident.


Columbia - Adair EDA Special Called Meeting 11/17/23

The Columbia - Adair County Economic Development Authority (CACEDA) will have a special-called meeting on Friday, November 17, 2023 at 8:45amCT at the Training & Development Center on Burkesville Street in Columbia. This will be an executive session only meeting.
Presiding - Mark Dykes, Vice-Chairman
          Welcome, Call to Order, Determination of a Quorum, Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance  
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

Columbia Boil Water Advisory Lifted 11/15/23


As of 11:25 A.M. on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 the boil water advisory for Columbia-Adair Utilities District customers on 5237-8520 Greensburg Rd and all side roads in between, Dick Grant Rd, Becam Rogers Rd, Brockman Keltner Rd, Bull Run & all side roads, Knifley Road & all side roads, 4172-7299 Campbellsville Rd & all side roads, Dulworth Rd, Huntington Way & all side roads, Griffin Spring Road, 811-924 Coburg Rd, and Pellham Branch Road & all side roads has been lifted by the Division of Water. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.


Enhanced Fire Danger This Afternoon (Wednesday)


The combination of a very dry atmosphere and low fuel moisture across the region will result in an enhanced fire danger this afternoon. Any fires that start could spread rather quickly. Please refer to your local burn permitting authorities on whether you can burn today.


Adair County Women Arrested on Numerous Charges after Traffic Stop


Candice Potts, 45, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody by KSP Trooper Roark on Tuesday night. Potts was charged with Failure to Wear Seat Belts, No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance 1st Offense, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle, Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operator License, and Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol (Aggravated Circumstances). She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


2023 OCC National Collection Week Kick-Off


Columbia Baptist Church began packing OCC shoe boxes approximately 15 years ago. This year for the first time, the church has packed more than 1100 shoe-box gifts. 


Senior Pastor Randy Johnson said,“ OCC is one of the greatest blessings that our church receives by giving. To be able to send over 1100 boxes to the ends of the earth is a way to send the hope and love of Jesus to children who need to hear the good news. Our church looks forward to the opportunity to partner with others in our community to let the world know that Jesus loves them”!!


National Collection Week for Operation OCC is November 13-20. Shoe-box gifts in Adair County can be dropped off at the Wheet Fellowship Hall at the Columbia Nazarene Church at 1200 Jamestown Street Columbia, Ky. This year, the boxes from the Green River Area will be transported to a processing center in Atlanta, Georgia and then on to one of more than 100 different countries.


Millions of children not only receive the joyful gifts in the box, but more importantly, will hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the very first time! Many of these children will receive discipleship training through materials and workbooks written in their own language. The children will also receive Bibles written in their own language.


Participating in the annual ribbon cutting to kick off the 2023 OCC National Collection Week are from left: Area Coordinator Denise Fudge, Jon Conover, First Church of the Nazarene Pastor Brent Piatt, Peggy Conover, and Christine Williams.

Open Burn Ban in Adair County


As of 9:00amCT on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, Adair County has been placed under an open burning ban…

Adair County Boil Water Advisory


Date Issued:  11/13/2023
Time Issued:  7:35 P.M.


A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for Columbia-Adair Utilities District customers from 5237-8520 Greensburg Rd and all side roads in between, Dick Grant Rd, Becam Rogers Rd, Brockman Keltner Rd, Bull Run & all side roads, Knifley Road & all side Roads, 4172-7299 Campbellsville Rd & all side roads, Dulworth Road, Huntington Way & all side roads, Griffin Spring Road, 811-924 Coburg Rd, Pellham Branch Road & all side roads.


The advisory has been issued due to an emergency tank repair. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using.


Adair County Candidates can now File for the 2024 May Primary


There will be other positions on the ballot for the 2024 Election, but local candidates for two offices are the ones that will be filing their paperwork with the Adair County Clerk's Office, 424 Public Square, Ste 3, Columbia, KY. Filing papers may be picked up in the Adair County Clerk's Office during normal business hours or online at: https://web.sos.ky.gov/ElectionsDYC.

Candidates for the following local offices can now file to appear on the 2024 Primary Ballot:

  • Circuit Clerk
  • Constable District 7 (unexpired term)

The last day to file your paperwork is January 5, 2024.

Candidates for the following local offices can now file to appear on the 2024 General Ballot:

Adair County School Board District 2

Adair County School Board District 4

Adair County School Board District 5

Columbia City Council

Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors

The last day to file for the races above is June 4, 2024.

Questions can be addressed to the Adair County Clerk's Office by calling 270-384-2801.


Columbia Man Arrested for Menacing & other Charges

A Columbia man was arrested for menacing and other charges after being taken into custody yesterday afternoon in Adair County.


James Janes, age 53, of Columbia, was arrested by Officer Conn with the Columbia Police Department just before 7 a.m. on Monday morning. Janes was charged with Menacing, Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree and Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol). He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Russell County Fiscal Court Meeting 11-13-23

The Russell County Fiscal Court met last evening in regular session. 

County Judge Randy Marcum spoke with WAVE NEWS about 2 items on last night's agenda, the purchase of a new vehicle for the county coroner and a change for the Rescue Squad which will assist them in getting grants... 


Comer: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Appears to be Levying Inconsistent and Exorbitant Fees Against Marina Owners


WASHINGTON – Congressman James Comer (R-Ky.) introduced the Maintaining Access to Recreational Industry and Necessary Adjustments (MARINA) Act today. In recent years, communities that rely on tourism in Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District have seen the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) recklessly wield their authority to charge administrative fees for improvement projects and events located on property leased by local marina businesses.
“Today, I am proud to reintroduce the MARINA Act. Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District has the largest number of marinas in the state, and each provides critical economic opportunities for our local communities. Struggling marinas are now confronting an unchecked Army Corps, which appears to be levying inconsistent and exorbitant fees against marina owners without sufficient justification or transparency. Unexpected fees can cripple these small businesses, and I have made it a priority to challenge the Corps to provide explanations for their unclear fee policies. As Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, I understand the need to secure transparency and stability for marina owners and ensure all fees incurred on private businesses are calculated consistently and properly,” said Congressman James Comer.
The MARINA Act recognizes the role locally owned marinas have in fulfilling the Corps’ congressionally mandated mission of enhancing recreational opportunities by creating a standardized framework for calculating administrative fees and capping the amount of sales on items with a low profit margin that can be used to determine a marina operator’s annual rent to the Corps. The legislation establishes that sales of food, beverages, fuel, boats, motors, and boat lifts must be capped at one percent for calculating rental payments. In addition, the bill defines when administrative fees may be charged, ensures they are for non-routine Corps District functions, and extends initial lease terms to 50 years and renewals to 25 years. 
In February 2021, Congressman Comer highlighted the Corps’ lack of transparency and requested documents from the Corps regarding their process for calculating administrative fees across all Corps Districts to determine whether marina businesses were fully informed and not unfairly charged. 
In May 2022, Congressman Comer emphasized that questions remain about the Corps’ fee policies by requesting the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct a study examining these administrative fee practices to ensure all fees are being calculated fairly.
Read bill text here.


Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 11/14/23

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular called session on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 9:00amCT in the basement of the Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. The public is invited to attend. 

WWII Casualty Coming Home to Russell County 11/18/23

World War II Casualty, PFC Henry Wade, will arrive in Lexington, KY this Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 12:21 PM.

There will be a welcome home procession as he is brought into Russell County. This will be in drive time from Lexington on Saturday afternoon. 
Members of Rolling Thunder, emergency services, and others will lead the procession. Everyone is encouraged to line up along the procession route to pay tribute to this man who gave his life for our country 79 years ago and is finally returning home. 
Listen to local media or monitor the Wilson Funeral Home Facebook page for exact arrival times.

More Details on Arrest of Adair Co. Man for Theft


On Saturday, November 11, 2023 Joseph Harrison, age 36 of Columbia, KY was located by the Adair County Sheriffs Office on Guthrie Street in the city limits of Columbia. The Sheriffs Office had been conducting surveillance on the home when they saw Harrison come out into the front yard, before returning inside the house. Deputies, along with KSP Troopers, surrounded the residence and was able to get Harrison to come out and surrender to authorities. 


Harrison was charged with Theft By Unlawful Taking over $1,000 but under $10,000 (an auto) and Receiving Stolen Property over $1,000. Additional charges of Burglary are pending DNA evidence results. He was lodged in the Adair Regional Jail by Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch and Deputy Josh Durbin. 


The ACSO was assisted by multiple KSP units. 


Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority Meeting 11/21/23

The Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority (EDA) will hold a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at 8:00amCT at the Columbia-Adair County Training and Development Center at 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY.
Presiding – Mark Dykes, Vice-Chairman
Welcome, Call to Order, Determination of a Quorum, Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance  
Approval of Minutes for October 17, 2023 meeting as presented - Doyle Lloyd, Secretary
Approval of Treasurer's financial report - Roger Meadows
1. Cemetery Move Update - Richard Phelps
2. Build Ready Pad Update - Bobby Morrison
3. Audit Firm Search - Roger Meadows
4. Proposed Signage at Park - Heather Spoon
5. Proposed Letterhead & Business Cards - Heather Spoon
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, December 19, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. CT

Adair County Man Arrested on Theft Charges

Joseph Harrison, 36, of Columbia, KY  was arrested on Saturday night, November 11, 2023 by the ACSO for TBUT (Auto) over $1,000, Criminal Mischief 1st degree, and Receiving Stolen Property over $1,000. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Russell County Man Arrested on Rape Charges


Andy Kimball, 53, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by KSP on Friday night, November 10, 2023 for Rape 3rd degree and Custodial Interference. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Russell Springs Fire Department Called Out to Brush Fire

Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department
Russell Springs, Kentucky
Date: November 11, 2023

RSVFD Successfully Contains Brush Fire on Milton Height Road

Russell Springs, KY – The Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department (RSVFD) is proud to announce the successful containment of a brush fire that occurred earlier this week on November 8th, at 130 Milton Heights Road.

At approximately 11:48 AM, RSVFD received an emergency call reporting a brush fire. Responding promptly, a team of 10 dedicated firefighters reached the location and worked tirelessly for approximately 2.5 hours to control and eventually extinguish the fire.

We are relieved to report that there were no injuries to any individuals, and the property damage was minimal. The professionalism and efficiency of our firefighters played a crucial role in this successful operation.

Burn Ban Reminder

The RSVFD would like to remind the community that a burn ban is currently in effect. Burning is strictly prohibited between the hours of 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM. This measure is in place to prevent the occurrence of such incidents and to ensure the safety of our community and natural resources.
We urge all residents to adhere to this ban and report any violations they may observe. Your cooperation is essential in preventing future fires and maintaining the safety of our community.

Area Arrests 11-10-23


Rick Courtney, 68, of Breeding, KY was arrested by Trooper Burton with Kentucky State Police on Thursday afternoon. Courtney was charged with Rape 1st Degree and Sexual Abuse 1st Degree (victim under 12 years of age). He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Brenda Martin, 40, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday evening. Martin was charged with Menacing, Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol), Resisting Arrest, Terroristic Threatening 2nd Degree, Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree (on Foot) and Assault 3rd Degree (Police or Probation Officer).


Nathan McClure, 64, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by Kentucky State Police on Thursday afternoon for Failure to Wear Seat Belt, Failure to/or Improper Signal, Improper Equipment, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Improper Display of Registration Plates, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, Obstructed Vision and/or Windshield, Careless Driving and Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance.


Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Columbia Police Responds to Accident on Veterans Memorial Bypass


The Columbia Police Department responded to a single vehicle injury accident on the Veterans Memorial Bypass on Wednesday night, November 8, 2023.


After making contact, it was determined that the vehicle operator was under the influence. Both driver and passenger were transported by Adair EMS to TJ Health Columbia for treatment. The operator, upon release, was transported to the Adair County Regional Jail.


Jansen Miller, 21, of Columbia has been charged with DUI 1st and wanton endangerment, a class D felony.


CPD Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by other Units from the Columbia Police Department and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office.


Adair County Man Arrested bringing Multiple Investigations to a Close


36-year-old Joseph Harrison of Columbia, KY has been sought by Adair County Law Enforcement for over 2 months related to a string of break-ins and thefts. 

Harrison first became a person of interest in a theft from a break-in at a residence in the Gradyville community. Deputy Chandler Staten was able to substantiate evidence tying him to the break-in and a warrant of arrest was obtained. 

Shortly after, the Columbia Police Department was able to link Harrison to a break-in they were investigating and Sgt Justin Cross obtained warrants of arrest in relation to the case. 

Multiple locations and vehicles had been checked and attempts to locate Harrison had came up short. On Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 11:45amCT, Sheriff Josh Brockman received a call on his personal phone from a resident on Oxford Drive stating he had caught a man breaking into his home and gave chase, but lost him in the woods. The description he gave to Sheriff Brockman matched Joseph Harrison. Law enforcement officers from the Adair County Sheriffs Office, Columbia Police Department, and Kentucky State Police arrived and began searching the area. A couple of hours later, Harrison was spotted running into a junkyard adjacent to the Adair County Schools. 


Multiple Officers from all agencies secured a perimeter around the junkyard and began searching. Sheriff Brockman made contact with school officials and as a precaution, the entire school campus was put on a "Soft Lockdown" due to the close proximity. 


Approximately two and a half hours later, Harrison was located and arrested. He was charged with Criminal Trespassing 1st degree (felony), Fleeing & Evading Police 2nd degree, and 2 counts of Receiving Stolen Property over $1,000 (felonies). He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

In addition to the current charges, multiple felony charges are pending by the ACSO in connection to additional cases involving 2 stolen vehicles and one additional residential break-in off Snake Creek Rd.

The ACSO would like to thank the Columbia Police Department and Kentucky State Police for the multiple officers they provided during this 4.5 hour search. Also thanks to Adair County Emergency Management Director Mike Keltner for assistance in  deploying a drone in the search.

KSP Investigates Fatal Collision in Taylor County

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.  (November 8, 2023) – On November 8, 2023 at approximately 2:02pmET, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a 2-vehicle injury collision on Lebanon Avenue, near Miller Park, in the city limits of Campbellsville.
The preliminary investigation revealed that Janet Burton, age 84 of Campbellsville, was traveling north on Lebanon Avenue in a 2005 Toyota Solara when she crossed the centerline of the roadway and entered the southbound lane of travel. Ms. Burton then collided with a 2017 Infiniti QX50 traveling south on Lebanon Avenue. The Infiniti QX50 was operated by Janis Atwood, age 60 of Campbellsville.  
Ms. Burton was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Taylor County Coroner. Ms. Atwood was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital with serious injuries. 
KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Campbellsville Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Campbellsville Fire and EMS, Campbellsville Rescue Squad, and Taylor County Coroner. The collision remains under investigation by Senior Trooper Weston Sullivan.

Structure Destroyed by Fire in Knifley

The Columbia - Adair County Fire Department was dispatched at approximately 2:58pmCT on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 to a mutual aid request by the Knifley Area Volunteer Fire Dept. on a report of a structure fire at 8597 Knifley Road. The structure appeared to be an abandoned house.
Upon arrival, the structure was on fire and was completely on the ground, according to Grant Loy, the Columbia-Adair Co. Fire Dept. Public Information Officer. Firefighters contained the fire to the structure and a small area of grass around the structure.
Eleven firefighters were on the scene for approximately an hour and a half.

Adair School Supt. Releases Statement on "Soft Lockdown"


The following press release is from Adair Co. School Supt. Jason Faulkner concerning "Soft Lockdown" this afternoon:


At approximately 1:00 PM, Wednesday, November 8, 2023, we were informed of a suspect that was fleeing local authorities and had made his way towards our campus. We immediately called a "Soft Lockdown".  This safety measure requires all students to remain within the building, locks down all individual schools on campus at their exterior access points, and prohibits entry for all unauthorized personnel. I also dispatched all staff at the Board of Education to aid and assist at each of our schools.


We were informed that the Adair County Sherriff's Office, the Columbia Police Department, and Kentucky State Police worked together to apprehend the suspect at approximately 2:40pmCT on Wednesday. After learning of this information, we were able to follow our normal dismissal routines. 


I would like to thank all of our parents for their patience and understanding during this event. I would also like to thank all of our local law enforcement branches and officers for keeping us informed of the situation as it unfolded. I would also like to thank our Principals, Teachers, School Resource Officers, and all other school district personnel that worked to keep our student's safety at the forefront. They were able to implement our safety procedures flawlessly and I can't say enough about how efficiently they were able to act.


Columbia/Adair Fire Dept. One of 60 Awarded Grain Rescue Tube & Training

Last year, there were at least 42 grain entrapments across rural America, which resulted in 15 fatalities. This is the highest number in more than a decade. To help prevent these tragic accidents and deaths, Nationwide and its partners have awarded life-saving grain rescue tubes and training to 60 fire departments across rural America through Nationwide's annual Grain Bin Safety campaign.
After receiving thousands of nominations in the 2023 Nominate Your Fire Department Contest, the insurer and its partners awarded grain rescue tubes and training to 60 fire departments this year including the Columbia-Adair Fire Dept.
Over the last decade, Nationwide’s Grain Bin Safety campaign has made an impact by providing these rescue tools and training to 332 fire departments across 32 states. At least 7 lives have been saved using these resources, including a recent Ohio rescue early this year. 
The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) delivered rescue tubes and training to the 60 fire departments in 2023. They traveled to each location with state-of-the-art grain entrapment simulators. The comprehensive training sessions included classroom education and rescue simulations using the entrapment tools, which are loaded onto 20-foot trailers and able to hold about 100 bushels of grain each. 
Since beginning the Grain Bin Safety campaign in 2014, at least seven fire departments have utilized their rescue tubes and training to successfully rescue entrapped individuals, including a recent Ohio rescue of a worker trapped up to his armpits in March 2023.

Adair Schools Soft Lock Down Ended at Close of School Day


UPDATE: The lockdown ended at the close of school this afternoon. No other details are available.


All schools are currently on a soft lockdown due to law enforcement searching for a suspected criminal in the area.

LWC Veterans Appreciation Luncheon 11/10/23

COLUMBIA, KY - The Lindsey Wilson College community will hold its 21st Annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 10, at the VFW Post 6097, 500 Greenhills Drive, Columbia, Kentucky. The luncheon is free and open to all area veterans and their spouses. 

A special recognition ceremony will be held for Columbia Walmart and the Academy Team. The meal will be prepared by the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. Lindsey Wilson College students and staff will be on hand to serve the meal. 

"What started as a small gathering 21 years ago now hosts more than 150 local veterans and their families," said LWC Dean of Students and event coordinator Chris Schmidt. "This event is one of the best days of the year for LWC. It's an opportunity for the College community to show gratitude and honor the service and sacrifice of our local veterans. We are pleased it has become an anticipated annual event for the community."


The luncheon started in 2003 as part of the college's centennial celebrations. It is coordinated by LWC's Office of Student Services.


There is no charge to attend the luncheon, but guests are asked to RSVP by contacting LWC Office of Student Services at studentservices@lindsey.edu or (270) 384-8036.

Carney, former State Representative, receives Honorary Doctorate from Campbellsville University

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY – Bam Carney, who served as state representative for the 51st District from 2009 until his death in July 2021, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Campbellsville University.
Members of Carney’s family accepted the honorary degree on his behalf during a ceremony in the Betty Dobbins Heilman President’s Home.
Carney graduated from Campbellsville College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. In 1997, he earned his teaching certificate for grades 9-12 from Campbellsville University.
Dr. Joseph Hopkins, who arrived as Campbellsville University’s 12th president in Feb. 2022, never had the opportunity to know Carney. But, Hopkins said Carney’s legacy “is so rich that I feel like I know him.”
“Clearly, our community is better and stronger because of Bam Carney,” Hopkins said. “This University is grateful for his service to Campbellsville, Taylor County, and the Commonwealth, and we are privileged to recognize his achievements in this way.”
Carney served as Majority Leader and chair of the House Education Committee.
Carney was an educator, having taught in the Taylor County, Campbellsville and Washington County school systems.
His brother, Mark Carney, who serves as Taylor County clerk, said, “We were very proud of Bam and continue to be proud of the legacy he has left behind. Our family appreciates very much the way in which Campbellsville University chose to honor Bam’s commitment to our community.  
“This special recognition is a very special way to carry on the legacy of Bam and his service.”
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university that offers over 100 programs including doctoral, master, bachelor, associate and certificate programs. The website for complete information is www.campbellsville.edu.
Photo Cutline: Former State Representative Bam Carney, who passed away in July 2021, is posthumously awarded an honorary an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Campbellsville University. Members of Carney’s family accepting the honorary degree on his behalf are, from left, Shane Carney (brother); Amy Farmer (sister); June Carney (mother); LaDonna Willis (sister); and Mark Carney (brother) (Photo/Alexandria D. Dalton)

Columbia Boil Water Advisory Lifted 11/6/23

As of 2:10 P.M. on Monday, November 6, 2023 the boil water advisory for Columbia-Adair Utilities District customers on Oak Grove & Hooterville Road has been lifted by the Division of Water. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.

Adair County Woman Arrested on Meth and Other Drug Charges

An Adair County Woman was taken into custody by KSP on Meth and other drug charges Monday.


Tammy Pierce, age 49, of Columbia was arrested by Trooper Begley, just after 5 last evening. Pierce was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd or Great Offense more than 2 grams of Meth, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Possession of Controlled Subtance 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified) She was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Bardwell Man Taken Into Custody on Warrants and Meth Charges in Russell County

On November 4, 2023 at approximately 07:30 AM, Russell Springs Police Department Lieutenant Bobby Pritchard responded to a call of a male passed out in a vehicle in one of the business parking lots.

Jonathan Tate, 48, of Bardwell, KY, was served with three out of county warrants and also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine).

Tate was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Columbia Nazarene Church Recognized by OCC

Samaritans Purse - Operation Christmas Child representative Mark Fudge visited the Columbia Nazarene Church on Sunday morning, November 5, 2023 to present the church with a 10-year participation plaque from OCC. The church is not only active packing boxes from year to year; the last 10 years the church has served as the central drop-off location for Adair and surrounding counties!
Pictured from left: Fudge, OCC project leader for the church April Curry and Pastor Brent Piatt. National Collection Week for OCC is November 13–20.

Two Taylor County Men Arrested after Burglarizing County Attorney's Office


On Saturday, November 4, 2023 at approximately 11:20pmET, Campbellsville Police were dispatched to the Taylor County Attorney’s Office on East First Street in regards to a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, officers located an open door. After entering the building, officers located two males inside. It was determined that the two males had unlawfully entered the building and took cash and a firearm. 
The two males, identified as 20-year-old Adrien Smith and 18-year-old Tavon Reed both of Campbellsville, were arrested and charged with Burglary 1st Degree and Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree. They were lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
Campbellsville Police Dept. Ofc. Ethan Ellis and Sgt. Adam Davis investigated the burglary.

T.J. Samson Community Hospital Earns An 'A' Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group

Glasgow, KY – T.J. Samson Community Hospital earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog that sets standards for excellence in patient care. Leapfrog assigns grades from “A,” to “F” to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as the systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.
“We work hard to create a culture of safety that is focused on compassionate, high-quality care,” said Neil Thornbury, CEO of T.J. Regional Health. “Our physicians, providers, management team, and all of our team members are committed to the success of our patients, one another, and the communities we feel so honored to serve. We greatly appreciate this acknowledgment and will continue to work hard every day to improve our high level of engagement and dedication to the people of south central Kentucky.”
T.J. Samson is among 30% of hospitals nationwide and one of only 12 hospitals in Kentucky to achieve an "A" grade in fall 2023.
Brandon Dickey, Chief Quality Officer for T.J. Regional Health said, “This exceptional grade is just one way that shows how we live our mission every single day. Patients come first in every decision we make and action we take. Our patients deserve the highest quality of care as close to where they live as possible….and this signifies how important quality of care is to each of us.”
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program exclusively based on hospital prevention of medical errors, infections and injuries. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually in the fall and
“Earning an ‘A’ Grade means T.J. Samson Community Hospital made a true commitment to put patients first,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the leadership, Board, clinicians, staff and volunteers that all had a role to play in this achievement.”
To see T.J. Samson’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook and via its newsletter. 

Casey County Jury Recommends 30 Years for Man Convicted of Child Sexual Abuse

NOVEMBER 6, 2023 – A Casey County Circuit Court jury found Andrew D. Kerekes, age 36, guilty of six (6) counts of First-Degree Sexual Abuse late Thursday (November 2, 2023) following a three- day jury trial. The jury recommended that Kerekes serve 30 years in prison.
According to testimony at trial, Kerekes sexually abused a 15-year-old girl multiple times between October 2019 and December 2019 at a residence in Casey County. Kerekes met the child when the child traveled out of state for a summer youth trip through a local church. Kerekes, who is from Hawaii, later came to Casey County and stayed with the child’s family to assist her with a musical project. However, Kerekes began a relationship with the child and eventually began to sexually abuse her. The case was investigated by Kentucky State Police Detective Josh Dicken. The jury convicted Kerekes of all six (6) counts that he was charged with and the jury recommended that he serve the maximum sentence – five (5) years – for each count. The jury further recommended that the sentences be served consecutively (one after the other), for a total of thirty (30) years in prison. Under Kentucky law, Kerekes will be eligible for parole after he has served twenty percent (20%) of his sentence. Additionally, Kerekes will be required to complete a sex offender treatment program and will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright prosecuted the case. After the trial, Wright thanked Det. Dicken for his efforts investigating the case – including collaborating with Kentucky’s social services agency as well as officers in other states that assisted in the investigation of the case. Wright also thanked the members of the jury for their attention during the trial and for ensuring that justice was served in this case. Wright added, “protecting the children in this community is one of the top priorities of my office. I will continue to aggressively prosecute anyone who abuses a child in this county.”
Kerekes, who was represented at trial by attorney James Cox from Mt. Vernon, will appear for final sentencing on January 19, 2024. Judge Samuel Todd Spalding from Marion County was appointed as special judge in the case and presided over the trial.

Columbia Police Department Hires New Officer

CPD Officer Bradly Bates was sworn in with the Columbia Police Department on Friday, November 3, 2023. Officer Bates is a 2010 graduate of Adair County High School and completed the Department of Criminal Justice Training in 2021. Officer Bates previously worked for Hodgenville Police Department.


Columbia Man Arrested on Wanton Endangerment and Criminal Mischief Charges

On Sunday evening, November 6, 2023, the Columbia Police Department responded to a single vehicle accident on the Public Square after a vehicle struck the Russell Building. Upon arrival, CPD Officers made contact with the vehicle operator and determined he was under the influence. Additionally, it was learned from witness statements that a female pedestrian and her son were nearly struck before the collision while walking on the sidewalk. 

Justin Coomer, 38, of Columbia was taken into custody and charged with DUI 2nd offense, criminal mischief 1st, and two counts of wanton endangerment 1st. 

Officer Bradly Bates was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Joey Keith. 

Weekend Arrests 11/5/23


The following individuals were arrested over the weekend...



  • Rebecca Hoskins, 38, of London, KY - arrested on Saturday evening by the CPD for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place 3rd or greater offense in 12 months and Resisting Arrest.
  • Joseph Russell Chapman, 58, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday evening by the CPD for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st & 2nd offense)
  • Jeff Sullivan, 57, of Columbia - arrested on Fri afternoon by KSP for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excluding alcohol). 


Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


  • Lagena Bottoms, 52, of Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday afternoon by KSP for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Drug Unspecified) and Failure to Appear.
  • Mark Wilson, 46, of Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday afternoon by KSP for Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Possession of Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and Drug Paraphernalia, and Contempt of Court (2 counts).
  • Jonathan Tate, 48, of Bardwell, KY (Carlisle County) - arrested on Saturday morning by the RSPD for Possession of Methamphetamine, Failure to Appear, and Parole Violation (for a Felony Offense) 2 counts.

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Columbia Boil Water Advisory 11/4/23

Date Issued:   11/4/2023

Time Issued:   5:45 pm 


BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers on Oak Grove Road & Hooverville Road. The advisory has been issued due to a main line leak. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure.


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


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


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


Two People Injured in Head-on Collision in Adair County


On Friday, November 3, 2023, Adair County 911 received a call of a possible head-on collision on Toria Rd, 14 miles south of Columbia.   
The preliminary investigation shows that Keith Groce, 63, of Columbia, KY was operating a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt traveling north on Toria Road when he crossed over to the left-hand side of the roadway and struck a 2023 Kia being operated by Shana Walters, 43, also of Columbia.  
Groce and Walters were treated on scene by Adair EMS and the Breeding Fire Department before being transported to TJ Health Columbia. 
Sheriff Josh Brockman is investigating the collision and was assisted by Deputy Jason Camfield.

Adair Inmate Charged with Promoting Contraband following Cell Search

The Columbia Police Department responded to the Adair County Regional Jail on Friday morning, November 3, 2023 after a cell search by Deputy Jailers resulted in finding contraband. 

An inmate was found to be in possession of narcotics and a makeshift tattoo gun. 
Donovan Morton, 25, of Russell Springs, KY has been charged with promoting contraband 1st degree and remains lodged in the ACRJ.

Officer Trevor Foster was the responding Officer. 

Russell Springs Man Charged with Multiple Burglaries at Local Business

Between Saturday, October 28th and Tuesday, October 31st, 2023, the West Hwy 80 Marathon gas station was burglarized three separate times. During the investigation, RSPD obtained information from a public source indicating a particular individual’s involvement in the burglaries. 

Officers Brenton Llané and Mason Miniard headed up the investigation, with the assistance of Lieutenant Bobby Pritchard, which ultimately led to the identification of the suspect as well as the discovery of a large quantity of the stolen merchandise. The suspect is 18-year-old Ryan West of Russell Springs. He was arrested on Thursday, November 2, 2023 and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. The stolen merchandise was returned to the victim of the burglaries. 

The Russell Springs Police Department would like to thank the public for their assistance in solving this case. All parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



Area Arrests 11-3-23


Jackie Anderson, 51, of Russell Springs was arrested by Officer Lane with the Russell Springs Police Department, just before 1 a.m. this morning. Anderson was charged with Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place and Assault 4th Degree Dating Violence (Minor Injuries). He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Jeffrey Bailey, 47, of Columbia was taken into custody by Deputy Staten of the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday night. Bailey was charged with Obstructed Vision and/or Windshield, Improper Equipment, Driving on a DUI Suspended License, and Violation of Conditions of Release. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Early Voting is Underway

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Early voting (in-person, no-excuse voting) started today (Thursday, Nov. 2nd) and continues on Friday, Nov. 3rd & Saturday, Nov. 4th. 


In Adair County, early voting is in the basement of the Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY from 8am-4pm on Friday & Saturday. No voting anywhere on Monday, Nov. 6th. If you haven’t voted by Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 7th), then you"ll have to vote at your precinct from 6am-6pm. You MUST bring proof of ID!


In Russell County, early voting is being held at the South Kentucky RECC Community Room, 2405 North Main Street, Jamestown, KY on Friday, Nov. 3rd from 8am-5pm and Saturday, Nov. 4th from 8am-2pm. No voting anywhere on Monday, Nov. 6th. If you haven't voted by Election Day, you'll vote at your precinct from 6am-6pm. You MUST bring proof of ID!


Special Called Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 11/3/23

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in special called session on Friday, November 3, 2023 at 8:00amCT in the basement of the Adair Annex. The meeting is open to the public. 

Time Changes this Weekend to Daylight Saving Time

We'll gain an extra hour this weekend as Daylight Saving Time officially ends on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 2:00 AM. That's when we'll turn our clocks back one hour (spring forward; fall back) to Standard Time. Before you go to bed on Saturday night or when you get up on Sunday morning, be sure to set your clocks back an hour.
Daylight Saving Time (and yes, it is "SAVING", not savings or saving's) begins on the 2nd Sunday of March and ends on the 1st Sunday of November. It became a national standard in 1966 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act, which was established as a way to continue to conserve energy. The thinking was if it's light out longer, that's less time you'll need to use the lights in your house.
All states in the U.S. (and more than 70 countries worldwide) observe daylight saving time except Hawaii and Arizona. Neither do the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marina Islands, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands. 
Daylight saving time will end on Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 2:00 a.m. when we will “spring forward.” 

UK, UofL Keep Rivalry Alive With Gift of Life College Challenge

The University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville are keeping their rivalry and competitive spirit alive while inspiring thousands to join the Donor Registry with the 22nd year of the Gift of Life College Challenge.


Starting November 1, both universities will engage in a spirited competition to determine which school's community can register the highest number of new organ, eye and tissue donors. Since its inception in 2001, the Gift of Life Challenge has seen college students, faculty, coaches and staff actively promote organ donation registration.


“Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of those in need through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. As the number of registered organ donors increases, so does the potential for saving lives. In this competition, there are no losers; every name added to the Donor Registry offers hope to those awaiting lifesaving transplants,” said Dennis Loy, Adair Co. Circuit Court Clerk. "Just like a clutch player who makes the winning shot in the final seconds, registering as a donor is your chance to be a hero off the court.”


Each university is provided with a specific registration link for the donor registry to facilitate the sign-up process. On-campus events, social media campaigns, newsletter features and donor registry sign-up stations on campus are utilized to increase education about donation facts, including the fact that there are no age and health limits to registering as a donor. The challenge’s conclusion will see the winning school presented with the Gift of Life Challenge Trophy during the Battle of the Bluegrass men’s basketball game on December 21.

“This annual challenge encourages fans, alumni, and students to register to give hope to more than 100,000 Americans awaiting a lifesaving transplant. Everyone can register, and you are encouraged to share your decision with your family,” says Loy. “Organ donors are game-changers and make a difference that lasts well beyond the final whistle.”


For more information about the Gift of Life Challenge or to register as an organ donor, visit DonateLifeKY.org.


About Donate Life Kentucky

Donate Life Kentucky envisions a world where no one dies waiting for a transplant. Founded by the KY Circuit Clerks in 1992, the Donate Life mission is to educate and encourage Kentuckians to be registered organ and tissue donors to save lives. The dollars contributed at KY Transportation Cabinet driver’s license counters and other philanthropic partners, including the Circuit Clerks, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates and Kosair for Kids, fund the statewide community outreach & public relations efforts to grow the Organ & Tissue Donor Registry. For more info, call 1-866-945-5433, email?info@donatelifeky.org, or visit?www.donatelifeky.org.



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