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Local News Archives for 2023-12

Adair County Man Arrested on Drug Charges...

Gary Wayne Harmon, 57, of Columbia, KY was arrested early Sunday morning, December 31, 2023 by the Columbia Police Dept. for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Possession of Marijuana, Terroristic Threatening, and Criminal Trespassing. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

KSP Post 15 Investigates Fatal Collision in Marion County

On Thursday morning, December 28, 2023 at approximately 9:39amET, Kentucky State Police Post 15 Troopers responded to a single-vehicle injury collision on Sportsman Lake Road in the Calvary community of Marion County.
The preliminary investigation revealed that 18-year-old Emily Shuck of Gravel Switch, was traveling west on Sportsman Lake Road in a 2005 Mazda 6 when she lost control of her vehicle and exited the right side of the roadway. Upon leaving the roadway, Ms. Shuck collided with several trees near the edge of the road.
Ms. Shuck was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Marion County Coroner. Two juvenile passengers were transported to Springview Hospital, one with serious injuries. 
KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Marion County Fire and EMS, Marion County Rescue Squad, and Marion County Coroner.  The collision remains under investigation by Senior Trooper Weston Sullivan.

Columbia Police Investigates 2-Vehicle Accident that Sends Both Drivers to Hospital

The Columbia Police Department responded to a 2-vehicle accident with injuries on Thursday night, December 28, 2023 on Highway 55 North at Doc’s Market, just outside the city limits of Columbia. 

Shalen Followell, 36, of Hodgenville, KY was southbound on Hwy 55 operating a motorcycle, when a pickup truck pulling out of Doc’s Market pulled into Followell’s path of travel. 

Followell was transported to TJ Health Columbia by Adair EMS before later being transported by ambulance to the UK Hospital in Lexington with major injuries. 

Vicki Hatcher, 56, of Columbia was taken to TJ Health Columbia by private vehicle where she was treated and later released. A juvenile passenger in the pickup truck was not injured. The roadway was shut down for some time as the scene was investigated and cleared. 

CPD Officer Trevor Foster is investigating the accident. He was assisted by the Adair County Fire Department, Adair EMS, and multiple units from the Columbia Police Department, the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, and Kentucky State Police.


Area Arrest 12-29-23

Area Arrest 12-29-23

Isaac Turner, age 18, of Columbia, was arrested by Trooper McQuary with the Kentucky State Police just after 11 last night. Turner, was charged with Speeding 13 mph over Limit, Fleeing or Evading Plice, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Possession of Marijuana, No Operators – Moped License and No Tail Lamps.

Johnathon Grant, age 34, of Columbia, was arrested by Deputy Durbin, with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, just before 10 last night. Grant was charged with Assault 3rd Degree-Police Officer or Probation Officer and Strangulation 2nd Degree.

Timothy Burton, age 43, of Columbia, was arrested by Trooper Sharp with the Kentucky State Police at 3 yesterday afternoon. Burton, was charged with Rape, 1st Degree, Sexual Abuse, 1st Degree, Unlawful Transaction with a Minor 2nd Degree, Rape, 3rd Degree and Incest – Victim Under 12 Years of Age or Serious Physical Injury.

Carolyn Burton, age 41, of Columbia, was arrested by Trooper Harper with the Kentucky State Police, just before 3 yesterday afternoon. Burton was charged with Unlawful Transaction with Minor 2nd Degree.


All were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail  

Jamestown Police Make Early Morning Drug Arrests


Rebekah Devore, 41, of Russell Springs, was arrested by Officer Ginn with the Jamestown Police Department just before 4:30 this morning. Devore was charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (less than or equal to 2 grams of Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Possession of Marijuana.


Jill Popplewell, 45, of Russell Springs, was also taken into custody by Officer Ginn just before 4 a.m. this morning. Popplewell was charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (less than or equal to 2 grams Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Possession of Marijuana and Operating Vehicle with Expired Operators License.


Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Adair County Man Arrested on Additional Charges following Christmas Day Incident

On Wednesday, December 27th, 2023, Adair County Road Foreman Barry Hamlett contacted Sheriff Josh Brockman in reference to damage to a truck owned by the Adair County Fiscal Court. Upon arrival and investigation of the scene, it was found that the truck stolen from the State Highway Department on December 25th, ran through the gate and proceeded over an embankment where it struck a truck used by the Adair County Road Department. The collision caused considerable damage to both vehicles.   
48-year-old Joseph Shafer was arrested on Monday night, December 25th, by Columbia Police Officer Elliot Smith for public intoxication, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, and theft by unlawful taking (an automobile). Sheriff Brockman has now charged Shafer with an additional count of criminal mischief and leaving the scene of an accident.
The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.

ACSO Investigates Early Morning Collision Resulting in a Mother & Son being Transported to the Hospital

Just after 5:00amCT on Thursday morning, December 28, 2023, Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman received a call of an injury collision on KY 1729 in the Sano community, approximately 8 miles east of Columbia. 
Kimberly Curry, 47 of Columbia, KY was operating a 2021 Nissan car traveling south on KY 1729, when multiple deer crossed the roadway in front of her. Ms. Curry struck at least two of the deer.   
The driver and a passenger, her 7-year-old son Kalyn Curry, were treated on scene by Adair County EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia for further treatment.  
Sheriff Brockman was assisted at the scene by the Adair County Fire Department. 

Details Released on Fatal Adair County Accident on 12/23/23

COLUMBIA, Ky.  (December 28, 2023) – On Saturday, December 23, 2023 at approximately 11:00amCT, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a single vehicle injury collision at the 1800 block on Millerfield Road in Adair County.
The preliminary investigation revealed that Frankie Chumbley, age 55 of Columbia, was traveling east on Millerfield Road in a 2006 Jeep Wrangler when she dropped off the right shoulder of the roadway. Ms. Chumbley attempted to steer her vehicle back on the roadway and over-corrected. Ms. Chumbley then lost control of her vehicle, exited the left shoulder of the roadway, and overturned. 
Ms. Chumbley was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Adair County Coroner. A passenger, her husband Dennis Chumbley, age 53 of Columbia, was transported to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington with serious injuries. 
KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Adair County Sheriff's Office, Adair County EMS, Columbia Fire Department, and Adair County Coroner.  The collision remains under investigation by Senior Trooper Trevor High.

Russell County Community Blood Drive Today


Hoodies are back at Kentucky Blood Center!


The wildly popular thank-you item will be available at this upcoming KBC mobile drive. This year’s hoodie – which will be provided to donors while supplies last – features KBC’s community-focused “live local, give local” message on a heathered oatmeal cotton/polyester blend.


3 donors will each win a $100 gift card sponsored by First National Bank of Russell Springs, Cooper and Associates Attorneys and the Bank of Jamestown.


Russell County Community Blood Drive
Today (Thursday) (12:30pm - 6:30pm)
2405 N. Main Street
South Ky RECC - Community Room
Jamestown, KY 42629


The need for blood is amplified during winter months. The holiday season, coupled with the inevitable weather disruptions, puts a strain on the blood supply. Illness also impacts donor turnout as cold and flu season ramps up. 


Approximately 400 donors are needed daily at KBC to maintain a healthy blood supply for 70-plus Kentucky hospitals.


Thank you for being a local lifesaver!



Weekend Arrests 12/22 - 12/24

The following individuals were arrested over the weekend by various law enforcement agencies:
  • Charlie Talley, 69 - arrested by KSP on Saturday, Dec. 23rd for Speeding, One Headlight, Failure to Produce Insurance card, Improper Lane Usage (Vehicles Keep to the Right Except to Pass), Possession of Methamphetamine, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or other Substances, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Devin Mikal Kalor, 22, of Columbia - arrested by the Columbia Police Dept. on Saturday, Dec. 23rd for Possession of Marijuana and Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (3rd or greater offense in 12 months).
  • Justin M. Ford, 50, of Columbia - arrested by the ACSO on Friday, Dec. 22nd for Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree.
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
  • Eddie Jarvis, 76 - arrested by the RSPD on Saturday, Dec. 23rd for TBUT (Shoplifting) and Burglary 3rd degree.
  • Matthew Martin, 36 - arrested by KSP on Saturday, Dec. 23rd for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, and Failure to Surrender Revoked Operators License.
  • Jorge Duarte, 29 - arrested by the RSPD on Friday, Dec. 22nd for Speeding and No Operators License.
  • Alejandro Barradas, 40 - arrested by the RSPD on Friday, Dec. 22nd for Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree.

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Adair County Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges


On Sunday, December 24, 2023, Adair County Deputy Josh Durbin responded to a call in the Glensfork community of Adair County, approx. 8 miles south of Columbia. As a result of an investigation, suspected methamphetamine was found in the home.


34-year-old Jonathon Grant was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine).

The Adair County Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation.


Tennessee Woman Arrested in Adair County on Meth Charges


On Saturday, December 23, 2023 at 1:12amCT, Adair County Deputy Josh Durbin made contact with a female on the Louie B Nunn Cumberland Parkway, east of Columbia. Johnita Easley, 45, of Nashville, TN was found to be under the influence of an intoxicating substance and placed into custody. During the search, suspected methamphetamine was located. 

Ms. Easley was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and Promoting Contraband 1st degree.

The Adair County Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation.

Russell County Job Openings






Contact the Chamber with any JOB OPPORTUNITIES that you have available. An updated list will be posted to the Chamber's Facebook page on Thursday. 

Neat Companies is hiring drivers. Benefits include:  100% paid health insurance, 401K match, vacation pay and home weekly. Call 833-463-6328 to apply.

S.P.A.R.C. Recovery is looking for a clinical counselor. They offer competitive pay, benefits, and a positive work environment. Send resumes to ginny@sparcrecovery.com

Reel Java is looking to expand their team. They are in need of dishwashers. The job consists of properly washing and sorting soiled dishes, potentially prepping food as needed, keeping dish area free of clutter and organized, and maintaining clean/dry floors throughout the shift. Morning and evening shifts are available. Apply by clicking the link https://forms.gle/fdobP4YHBAnd6oPk6

Women Finding Freedom Through Recovery is looking for a residential assistant. Day shifts and night shifts are available. Applicants must have experience working in the field of Human Services or related field, assist with the treatment teams in empowering women in their recovery and demonstrate positive communication skills. If interested, send your resume to Sydney.kimbler@icloud.com

City of Jamestown is currently hiring a utility/customer service clerk. Stop by City Hall-202 Monument Square, Jamestown, KY.-to pick up an application.

Hospice of Lake Cumberland is hiring a MSW Social Worker. To apply, click this link https://hospicelc.employ.onshift.com/job_positions/preview/143744

Branscum Construction Company  is seeking a CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
CFO will oversee the financial activities of the corporation, with primary responsibilities of supervising accounting team, prepare forecasts, budgets, cash management analysis and provide financial statements. Prior commercial construction accounting experience is beneficial but not required.  Financial management and corporate accounting are required. Normal work schedule is Monday-Friday, with excellent benefits (health/dental/ vision/life/
401-K/PSP).  Submit a resume/application to mrose@branscumconstruction.com and come join our Team. 

Jamestown Man Charged with Fleeing after Police Try to Serve Bench Warrant


A Jamestown, KY man was charged with Fleeing or Evading Police after the Jamestown Police Dept. tried to serve a Bench Warrant for Court on Monday.


Travis Brewster, 35, was arrested by JPD Officer Kerns just on Monday morning for Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd Degree (on foot) and was served a Bench Warrant for Court. Brewster was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Columbia Man Arrested for Illegally Possessing a Firearm & other Charges


Jason Morgan, 33, of Columbia, KY was arrested by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday morning, Dec. 24th, 2023 for Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Criminal Mischief, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Jamestown Man Arrested for Public Intoxication, Resisting Arrest & other Charges


Smitty Lawless, 47, of Jamestown, KY was arrested early Tuesday morning, December 25, 2023 by Officer LLane with the Russell Springs Police Department. Lawless was charged with Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol), Resisting Arrest and Fleeing or Evading Police (on foot). Lawless was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Columbia Man Arrested for TBUT, Trespassing, & other Charges after Stealing Vehicle from State Hwy Dept.


On Monday night, December 25, 2023 Columbia Police Dept. Officers responded to the Adair County Regional Jail just after 9:30pmCT after a report of a suspicious male and vehicle parked in front of the facility on Greensburg Street.


Upon arrival, CPD Officers made contact with the driver, identified as 48-year-old Joseph Shafer of Columbia, KY and determined he was under the influence.The vehicle Mr. Shafer was driving was a State Highway Department truck which had sustained visible damage to its body. The Highway Department was notified and that's when Officers learned that Shafer had stolen the truck from the Highway Dept. on Campbellsville Street, driving through a locked gate and causing damage to Highway Dept. property and to the stolen truck.


Joseph Shafer was charged with public intoxication, criminal trespassing 3rd degree, criminal mischief 1st degree, and theft by unlawful taking (automobile). He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Officer Elliot Smith made the arrest and was assisted by Sgt Justin Cross and Deputies Jason Camfield and Derek Padget.


Two Fishermen Treated for Hypothermia after Boat Capsizes on Lake Cumberland in R.C.


UPDATE!  As of approximately 2:30pmCT on Sunday, Dec. 24th, 2023 both fishermen have been released from the Russell County Hospital after being treated for hypothermia. 



At approximately 7:30amCT on Sunday morning, December 24, 2023 two fishermen lost engine power and their boat capsized, ejecting both subjects into the water. Only one was able to return to the safety of the boat. The other individual was able to be held by the subject in the boat until rescuers arrived. At which time the subject in the water was transported by boat, unconscious but breathing, to the launch ramp.


Both subjects were treated by Russell County EMS for hypothermia. It is important to note that both subjects were wearing life jackets.


A special Thank You to Russell County EMS, the south Russell Fire Department, the Jamestown Fire Department, and Russell County Emergency Management.


Fatal Accident in Adair County Claims Life of Russell Co. Woman

UPDATE:  The accident claimed the life of 55-year-old Frankie Lynn Chumbley. Her husband, Dennis Chumbley, remains hospitalized from injuries sustained in the accident.


A fatal accident occurred on Highway 76 in the Millerfield area of Adair County on Saturday morning, Dec. 23, 2023. WAVE News will have details as soon as authorities release the police report. Our prayers go out to the families involved.


Columbia Man Arrested on Meth Charges

Columbia Police initiated a traffic stop on Friday night, December 22, 2023 on Westwood Drive initially for a vehicle having no registration plates. After making contact with the operator, CPD Officers received verbal consent to search the vehicle. During the search Officers located a clear plastic baggie between the driver and passenger seats containing a white powder substance consistent with methamphetamine.

Tyler Barrett, 25, of Columbia was taken into custody and charged with traffic violations as well as possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine. 
Officer Joey Keith was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Trent Williams.

License Plates Stay with Drivers Beginning in 2024


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 21, 2023) – Building on the state’s plans to migrate from an outdated vehicle registration database to a modern, more efficient system beginning in January, Kentuckians will now keep their license plates when transferring vehicle ownership- a move that will improve convenience and save money for Kentuckians.  


This is a change from the current practice where plates were linked to the vehicle.


“Upgrading to a new vehicle information system unlocks opportunities for us to implement new ways to make the process of transferring vehicle ownership better for Kentuckians, and in some cases, keep more money in their pockets,” said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray.


Kentuckians will now retain both unexpired registration and the license plate when transferring ownership- a common practice when selling a vehicle. Also, owners of specialty license plates – nonprofit and military plates - will save money by no longer paying for a standard license plate to go with the transferred vehicle and paying to place their specialty plate on the new vehicle.


Currently, when a vehicle with an unexpired registration is transferred, a standard issue plate and registration are transferred with the vehicle to the new owner. Once the new Kentucky Automated Vehicle Information System (KAVIS) is available statewide in mid-January, when a vehicle is transferred with unexpired registration, the plate is retained by the seller. Additionally, the seller gains the ability to apply the plate and unexpired registration, including standard-issue plates, to any other vehicle they own of the same class, including a newly purchased vehicle.


“This change improves things operationally as well as makes things more convenient for Kentuckians,” said Department of Vehicle Regulation Commissioner Matt Cole. “By keeping your plate, you don’t have to deal with surprise toll charges from the new owner’s trips and you don’t have to memorize a new plate number when you get a new car.”


KAVIS Transition Reminder

Kentuckians are reminded that the full launch to KAVIS is slated to begin at the end of the month through early January, which means vehicle and boat related services will be temporarily paused at county clerk offices. This will mainly impact anyone who plans to sell, buy or renew a vehicle in Kentucky in January. KAVIS replaces a 40-year-old platform with a more efficient operational system to maintain more than 350 million vehicle records. This system change will not impact driver license issuance at Driver Licensing Regional Offices.


The following services will be unavailable during the migration: vehicle and boat registration renewals, vehicle and boat titling and transfers, disabled parking permit issuance and license plate issuance. Vehicle owners due to renew in December are encouraged to do so early before holiday closures.  


  • Online vehicle registration renewal: Unavailable starting Dec. 28, 2023. Online renewal will be restored the week of Jan. 8, 2024. Visit drive.ky.gov for updates.
  • County Clerk Offices: Motor vehicle and vessel-related services, including issuance of disabled placards, will be unavailable as early as Friday, Dec. 29. All offices will pause services starting Jan. 1, 2024 and gradually resume services the week of Jan. 8, 2024. Some offices will choose to close to the public during this time while others may be open to perform services not related to vehicles or boats.

Kentuckians should check with their county clerk in January to see when they plan to resume services as it will vary by county.


Unemployment Numbers Released

Kentucky's seasonally adjusted preliminary November 2023 unemployment rate was 4.3%, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet.

The preliminary November 2023 jobless rate was up 0.1 percentage point from October 2023 and was up 0.4 percentage point from one year ago.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for November 2023 was 3.7%, which was down 0.2 percentage points from October 2023, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Labor force statistics, including the unemployment rate, are based upon estimates from the Current Population Survey of households. The survey is designed to measure trends in the number of people working and includes jobs in agriculture and individuals who are self-employed.

Kentucky's civilian labor force was 2,036,638 in November 2023, a decrease of 3,994 individuals from October 2023. The number of people employed in November fell by 5,689 to 1,949,393 while the number unemployed increased by 1,695 to 87,245.

"The number of people employed in Kentucky has declined in recent months," said University of Kentucky's Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) Director Mike Clark, Ph.D. "With fewer people working, the state has seen both an increase in the number of people looking for a job and a decrease in the number of workers in the state's labor force."

In a separate federal survey of business establishments that excludes jobs in agriculture and people who are self-employed, Kentucky's seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment decreased by 5,500 jobs to 2,028,100 in November 2023 compared to October 2023. Kentucky's nonfarm employment was up 51,900 jobs or 2.6% compared to November 2022.

"The new estimates indicate that Kentucky's payroll employment fell in November," said Clark. "This represents the first decrease in what has otherwise been a strong year for Kentucky's employment growth. The November decrease shaves 5,500 jobs off the 58,000 jobs added so far this year."

Nonfarm data is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Employment Statistics program. According to the survey, employment increased for four of Kentucky's major nonfarm North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) job sectors in November 2023, decreased for six, and was unchanged for one.

Employment in the government sector increased by 800 from October 2023 to November 2023. Jobs decreased by 100 in federal government; increased by 500 in state government; and increased by 400 in local government. The total number of government jobs rose by 7,300 positions or 2.4% compared to November 2022.

Kentucky's financial activities sector added 600 jobs from October 2023 to November 2023 but was down 2,800 jobs from November 2022. Employment was up 500 jobs in the finance and insurance subsector from October to November and rose by 100 jobs in the real estate, rental and leasing subsector.

The educational and health services sector increased by 400 positions in November 2023. Employment in the health care and social assistance subsector, and the educational services subsector rose by 200 jobs each in November. Since last November, this sector has grown by 16,000 jobs or 5.5%.

Construction employment rose by 200 jobs or 0.2% from October to November 2023, and was up 12,000 positions or 14.5% from one year ago.

The number of jobs in the state's mining and logging sector was unchanged from October to November. This sector had 100 more jobs compared to November 2022.

The trade, transportation and utilities sector lost 100 jobs from October to November but was up 5,400 jobs or 1.3% compared to a year ago. The wholesale trade subsector lost 400 jobs and the retail trade subsector was down 900 jobs. The transportation, warehousing and utilities subsector added 1,200 jobs.

Employment in Kentucky's information services sector fell by 100 jobs from October to November. The industries in this sector include traditional publishing as well as software publishing; motion pictures and broadcasting; and telecommunications. The number of jobs this sector was down 200 from one year ago.

Employment in the other services sector was down by 300 jobs from October to November. This sector had 1,700 more positions in November 2023 compared to November 2022. This sector includes repairs and maintenance, personal care services and religious organizations.

The leisure and hospitality sector declined by 1,200 positions from October 2023 to November 2023, representing a loss of 0.6%. This sector reported 1,800 more jobs in November than one year ago. The accommodations and food services subsector was down by 600 jobs in November. Employment in the arts, entertainment and recreation subsector was also down 600 jobs from October to November.

Kentucky's manufacturing sector declined by 1,800 jobs from October 2023 to November 2023. Job losses were evenly split between durable and non-durable goods manufacturing, with both subsectors reporting 900 fewer jobs. Kentucky's manufacturing employment was up 3,100 positions or 1.2% since November 2022.

Kentucky's professional and business services sector fell by 4,000 jobs or 1.7% in November 2023. From October to November, employment decreased by 300 jobs in the professional, scientific and technical services subsector; 100 jobs in the management of companies subsector; and 3,600 jobs in the administrative, support and waste management subsector. The sector has increased by 7,500 jobs or 3.3% since November 2022.

"Employment in Kentucky's professional and business services sector has been growing for most of 2023, but fell by 4,000 jobs in November," said Clark. "The decrease occurred primarily in the administrative, support and waste management subsector. This subsector includes temporary workers, which have declined nationally over the past few months."

Civilian labor force statistics include nonmilitary workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks.

Kentucky's statewide unemployment rate and employment levels are seasonally adjusted. Employment statistics undergo sharp fluctuations due to seasonal events, such as weather changes, harvests, holidays, and school openings and closings. Seasonal adjustments eliminate these influences and make it easier to observe statistical trends. However, due to the small sample size, county unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Bardstown Woman Arrested on Meth Charges in Adair County


Rebecca Potter, 40, of Bardstown, KY was taken into custody by Deputy Staten with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday afternoon. She was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, (Meth) and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Russell Springs Man Arrested on Drug Related Charges


A Russell Springs man was taken into custody early Friday morning on several charges including Reckless Driving and Drug related charges.


Jimmie Gosser, 25, was arrested by KSP Trooper McQuearyjust after 2:30amCT. Gosser was charged with Speeding 26 mph or Greater over the Speed Limit, Reckless Driving, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia - Buy/Possession, Criminal Mischief, Fleeing or Evading Police (Motor Vehicle), and Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree (Police Officer). He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Jamestown City Council Meeting 12-21-23

Short meeting last night for the city of Jamestown.

Mayor Regena Hinton shared the winners of this year’s decorating contest for the city


1st. Amy Wilson 33 Adams St.

2nd. Steven McCormick 188 Shelby St.

3rd.Kevin Taylor 2220 N. Main


The mayor and council thanked everyone that participated!

Stolen Skidsteer Recovered in Russell County

Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that a Caterpillar Skid-steer that was reported stolen from a construction site off the 914 bypass near the 80 intersection from neighboring Pulaski County, was recovered in Russell Springs tonight 12/21/2023 at the Russell County Fairgrounds by Deputy Gwinn Wooldridge. 

A Russell County Jaycee member had contacted Sheriff Polston and advised that a skidsteer was on the backside of the Fairgrounds, and possibly could be the one posted on Facebook by the Pulaski County Sheriffs Office that was reported stolen. After further Investigation it was confirmed as being the Same equipment that was stolen.

Deputy Wooldridge was assisted on scene by Deputy Matt Parrish, Jaycee members, Russell Springs Police, Pulaski County Sheriffs Office and the owner of the Skidsteer. 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Representative Sarge Pollock


Christmas reminds us of the greatest gift

“And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them.” Luke 2:7-9


As a Christian, the heart of Christmas for me lies with Jesus Christ, whose birth is commemorated and celebrated by millions around the world. Mary, a young woman, was visited by the angel Gabriel, who announced that she would conceive a child through the Holy Spirit. This miraculous conception is a theological cornerstone of my faith.


Mary and her husband, Joseph, traveled to Bethlehem for a census, where she gave birth to Jesus in a humble stable, as there was no room for them in the inn. The nativity scene, with Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus, shepherds, and the wise men, has become an enduring symbol of Christmas. It serves as a reminder of the humble beginnings of Jesus, born in a manger, and the universal message of hope and redemption associated with his arrival.


The significance of Christ in Christmas extends beyond the historical narrative of his birth. The holiday is an opportunity for those who believe to reflect on the broader message of Christ's life and teachings. Jesus is often referred to as the Prince of Peace, and his emphasis on love, compassion, and forgiveness serves as a guiding principle for many during the Christmas season.


Religious observances, such as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services, play a big role in our shared Christian traditions. These services often include readings from the Bible, hymns, and reflections on the significance of Christ's birth. Attending these services is a way to express gratitude for the gift of salvation and to recommit to living out the values exemplified by Jesus.


Christmas carols, such as "O Holy Night" and "Silent Night," focus on the religious aspects of the holiday, conveying a sense of reverence and awe for the birth of Christ. Nativity scenes, displayed in homes and churches across our commonwealth, serve as tangible reminders of the role that Jesus plays in the Christmas story and in our lives.


Christmas has profound meaning for millions of people worldwide, and right here at home. The celebration of Jesus' birth goes beyond the exchange of gifts and festive decorations and serves as a spiritual reminder of the transformative power of love, compassion, and the hope embodied in the story of the Nativity.


I wish you a Merry Christmas and pray that you have an opportunity to celebrate the greatest gift known to man.


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 Sarge.Pollock@lrc.ky.gov and keep track of interim committee meetings through the Kentucky legislature’s website at legislature.ky.gov.


Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update 12/21/23


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 21, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update on economic development; a bourbon-related tourism development project coming to Fayette County; health care access for community and technical college students; the formation of the Kentucky Antisemitism Task Force; the rollout of the Kentucky Automated Vehicle Information System; Kentucky State Police’s annual “Cram the Cruiser” food drive; and his Forward, Together budget proposal.


Economic Development
Gov. Beshear announced 46 site and building development projects in 45 counties have moved ahead to the due diligence stage for review in the second round of the Kentucky Product Development Initiative, with $68.8 million available to support the projects. The Cabinet for Economic Development initiative provides funding for local communities to further investments in site and building upgrades to support future, well-paying jobs and economic growth across Kentucky.


Tourism Development Project Coming to Fayette County
The Governor highlighted continued growth in Kentucky’s bourbon and spirits industry as RD1 Spirits plans to locate a bourbon-related project in Fayette County with a $4.8 million facility, creating 11 full-time positions when fully operational.


Health Care Access for Community and Technical College Students
Gov. Beshear announced a partnership with Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) that places onsite experts at their 16 colleges full-time to help students apply for health coverage, food and child care assistance programs. These experts, known as “kynectors,” are available to help the more than 100,000 students enrolled in KCTCS to find quality, affordable health coverage and other benefits. This assistance is at no cost to the students.


The kynectors are stationed in offices on campus 40 hours per week to accommodate student schedules and ensure availability. They are being introduced at student orientations as well as to faculty, advisors and success coaches who often refer students for basic needs supports.


“KCTCS is very excited about the impact of the kynectors to current and prospective students,” said Jessie Schook, vice president of workforce and economic development at KCTCS. “They will provide connectivity to essential benefits and services such as affordable health care, SNAP and child care resources that will ultimately increase student success rates and improve workforce participation.”


“Kentucky is fortunate to be one of only a few states with this level of partnership support for student basic needs,” said Dr. Aaron Thompson, president of Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. “We’re thankful that Kentucky’s higher education institutions and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services will be working together to increase access for Kentucky students to stable sources of food, housing, affordable child care and other necessities to ensure student success and degree completion.”


The Governor also reminded Kentuckians that the open enrollment deadline to sign up for health care coverage through kynect is Jan. 16. Visit kynect.ky.gov or call 855-459-6328 for more information.


Kentucky Antisemitism Task Force
Today, Gov. Beshear announced the formation of the Kentucky Antisemitism Task Force as a part of the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives. The initial task force will have 18 members, including public officials as well as religious and community leaders. In addition, the police chiefs of Lexington and Louisville will be ex-officio members. The members will be responsible for conducting a comprehensive review of the state of antisemitism in the commonwealth, assessing Holocaust education in Kentucky and advising on training programs for law enforcement relating to hate crimes.


“There is no place for hate of any kind in Kentucky. We are one team: Team Kentucky. It is everyone’s responsibility to speak out loudly against hatred and violence, racism, antisemitism and Islamophobia,” said Gov. Beshear. “With this new task force, we are telling all Kentuckians of all faiths who are hurting during this time that we see you and we will keep fighting against hate.”


“I think this is a great opportunity for us as a state to come together, explore some of the reasons some people are scared of other groups and see what we can do as a state to bring people together,” said Sen. Karen Berg of Louisville. “I believe in the people of Kentucky. I believe that hate does not win in this state. Thank you, Governor, and I am very excited to get to work.”


“It’s a scary time to be Jewish, particularly when you have kids and grandkids who are most affected,” said Kentucky Antisemitism Task Force Chair Jonathan Miller. “That’s why the work of this task force is so important. It goes beyond the issue of antisemitism. It’s consistent with Andy Beshear’s administration of leading with the heart and focusing on the central commandment from the Hebrew Bible: to love your neighbor as yourself. I am proud to serve on this task force and look forward to the good work ahead.”


“We should all stand united against antisemitism to promote understanding and respect for all cultures and religions,” said Dr. Muhammad Babar, family medicine specialist. “Together, we can work towards a world where every individual is valued irrespective of their race, gender, belief system or sexual orientation.”


Kentucky Automated Vehicle Information System Rollout
The Governor reminded Kentuckians that the final phase of the Kentucky Automated Vehicle Information System, or KAVIS, will be rolled out in January to replace an outdated system. On Jan. 1, 2024, county clerk offices will not be able to process vehicle and boat registrations, transfer titles or issue license plates and disabled placards. Starting Jan. 8, batches of county clerks will resume services each day. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet expects the entire state to be back up and running by the end of the week. Online vehicle registration will also be unavailable. The change will not impact driver license issuance at Driver Licensing Regional Offices.


With the rollout of the new system, records will be linked to customers instead of vehicles. This means that Kentuckians will keep their license plates, and all plate owners can now carry over their remaining registration lifespan to a new vehicle. More information is available at drive.ky.gov.

Cram the Cruiser
Gov. Beshear announced that this year, the Kentucky State Police collected 162,047 pounds of food from the annual statewide “Cram the Cruiser” food drive. The initiative, hosted by all 16 KSP posts, aims to collect essential food items to brighten the holiday season for those in need. Troopers accepted donations from Kentuckians at grocery and retail stores, as well as local post locations.


“Time and time again, our communities step up for their neighbors, and I am so proud to be a part of this amazing commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear. “To all those who donated, thank you. And thank you to our state police, who not only keep us safe day and night but work to meet the basic needs of our families. Because of everyone’s generosity and selflessness, thousands of Kentuckians will have a happier Christmas season, and for that, I am grateful.”


Forward, Together Budget Proposal
On Monday, the Governor unveiled his Forward, Together budget proposal, which prioritizes public education and families by funding the largest single pay raise for public school educators and staff in 40 years, fully funding universal pre-K and providing support for child care providers. To learn more, see the full release.


Team Kentucky All-Stars
Gov. Beshear named Santa Claus, along with everyone else working to make Christmas special this year, as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Star.


“This is the time of year when we lift up our friends, families and neighbors with the spirit of giving,” said Gov. Beshear. “For this week’s Team Kentucky All-Star, we wanted to recognize someone who truly embodies the spirit of giving: Santa. Santa brings so much joy to our kids across the commonwealth, not just with gifts but with hope, kindness and a little bit of magic.”


Gov. Beshear: Site and Building Development Projects in 45 Counties (Including ADAIR) Move Ahead in Round 2 of Kentucky Product Development Initiative


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 21, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 46 site and building development projects in 45 counties have moved ahead to the due diligence stage for review in the second round of the Kentucky Product Development Initiative, with $68.8 million available to support the projects.


“The Kentucky Product Development Initiative is a crucial effort helping to ensure we have sites available for companies to grow and add new jobs to our already thriving economy,” said Gov. Beshear. “Identifying and developing new sites that are shovel-ready ensures that our local communities have everything they need to land major economic development projects. Congratulations to every community that is now one step closer to approval.”


The Cabinet for Economic Development initiative provides funding for local communities to further investments in site and building upgrades to support future, well-paying jobs and economic growth across Kentucky.


Round one of the program concluded earlier this month, with 53 projects statewide approved for $31.2 million in funding. Including local contributions, these projects are generating over $123 million in investments in Kentucky’s sites and buildings portfolio.


Currently, $68.8 million is available for projects entering the due diligence stage in round two. The projects have been reviewed by a third-party, independent site selection consultant, which evaluated, scored and submitted project recommendations to the Cabinet for Economic Development. Cabinet officials will consider each project and complete the final stage of due diligence for a recommendation of funding approval by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority in the coming months.


Projects selected for review by the Cabinet for Economic Development are located in 45 counties including: Adair, Bell, Boone, Breckinridge, Boyd, Butler, Caldwell, Campbell, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Edmonson, Floyd, Franklin, Fulton, Garrard, Graves, Green, Harrison, Hickman, Hopkins, Jessamine, Knox, LaRue, Laurel, Logan, Lyon, McCracken, Montgomery, Nelson, Oldham, Ohio, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Scott, Shelby, Simpson, Todd, Trigg, Wayne, Webster and Woodford.


Communities submitted applications for 69 site and building development projects for consideration in the second round of the program, and over 70% of all Kentucky counties were approved for funding under the pilot program and round one or have advanced for further due diligence under round two. Communities with projects not selected for funding are receiving valuable feedback from a third-party consultant on necessary site improvements and how they can be better positioned for future funding opportunities.


The initiative is a collaboration between the Cabinet for Economic Development and the Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED). It provides state support for potential upgrades to sites and buildings across the commonwealth to ensure Kentucky remains a prime location for growing companies across all industry sectors.


“Kentucky's local economic developers are tremendous champions for our commonwealth. We are excited to see that over the course of two years, they have assisted Kentucky communities in applying for these funds that well-exceed the $100 million appropriation from the General Assembly,” said Haley McCoy, president and CEO of KAED. “Site Selection Group (SSG), the third-party consulting firm that independently evaluates the applications, uses a rigorous scoring methodology to recommend investment in those projects that are best expected to generate an economic return. The lasting impacts of these strategic state investments cannot be measured in 24 months. Appropriations of this kind allow all communities the opportunity to create lasting growth. It is impressive to witness the partnership between the executive and legislative branches, non-profits and business entities who are providing a holistic approach to economic development. KAED is grateful to work with the legislature, Cabinet for Economic Development and SSG in this process. We are thankful for our utility partners (Atmos Energy, Big Rivers Electric, Duke Energy, Kentucky Power, LG&E and KU, TVA, Touchstone Energy Cooperatives/EKPC and Louisville Water) who, along with KAED, are covering the cost of independent consulting services to ensure each application receives an objective evaluation and feedback for continuous improvement.”


During the 2022 legislative session, Gov. Beshear and the Kentucky General Assembly approved $100 million in funding for the initiative.


Site and building development projects are first evaluated by an independent consultant based upon all facets a prospective company would consider, from workforce availability, access to all infrastructure and detailed information on costs associated with development. In turn, these projects will generate increased economic development opportunities and job creation for Kentucky residents. The initiative furthers the efforts of the pilot PDI program, which provided nearly $7 million in state funding for 20 site development projects statewide. Companies have announced economic development projects at 10 of the locations funded during the pilot PDI program projecting $4 billion of capital investment and 3,500 new, full-time jobs.


Investment in site development throughout Kentucky furthers recent economic momentum in the commonwealth.


Gov. Beshear recently reported that General Fund receipts for November 2023 totaled over $1 billion, marking the 15th straight month with revenues over $1 billion. The Governor also recently announced that his administration secured the largest General Fund budget surplus and Rainy Day Fund, as well as the most jobs filled in state history.


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


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


Since the beginning of his administration, Gov. Beshear has announced nearly 1,000 private-sector new-location and expansion projects totaling over $28.7 billion in announced investments, creating 51,265 jobs. This is the highest investment figure for any governor in state history.


The robust job creation has been accompanied by rising wages across the commonwealth. The average incentivized hourly wage in 2022 and 2023 topped $26 in consecutive years for the first time.


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


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


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


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


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


Learn more about the Kentucky Product Development Initiative at kpdi.ky.gov.


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


Adair County School Board Meeting 12/21/23


The Adair County School Board meets on Thursday, December 21, 2023 at 6:00pmCT at the Adair County Board of Education Conference Room. The meeting is open to the public.

**Meeting called to order**

***Pledge of Allegiance***
















APPROVAL TO REVISE POLICY 03.122 AND 03.222 (HOLIDAYS) – Jason Faulkner







Adair County Home Destroyed by Fire

The Columbia-Adair County Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire around 4:00pmCT on Wednesday at 1361 Dunnville Road.
Upon arrival, firefighters found a 2-story residential structure with heavy fire showing. Firefighters brought the fire under control, however the home was deemed a total loss.
18 firefighters were on the scene for approximately 3.5 hours.
Agencies that assisted: Adair County E-911 Center, Knifley Area Volunteer Fire Department, Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department, Adair County Ambulance Service, Adair County Sheriff’s Office, and Taylor County RECC.
Photo courtesy of Mike Keltner, Adair County Emergency Management Director

Joint Investigation Leads to Arrest of Adair County Man on Drug Trafficking Charges

On Wednesday, December 20, 2023 around 5:00pmCT, Adair County K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten and Detective Sgt. Evan Burton with the Columbia Police Dept. initiated contact with 64-year-old Frankie Reliford in the Sparksville community of Adair County, stemming from an investigation of possible drug trafficking in the area. 

As a result of the investigation, a search of the residence was conducted and several items were seized including: methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and cash. 

Reliford was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten on charges of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The Adair County Sheriffs Office and the Columbia Police Department are continuing the investigation.

Jamestown City Council Meeting 12/21/23

The Jamestown City Council meets tonight (Thursday) for their regular monthly meeting at 6:00pmCT at City Hall. WAVE NEWS will have complete details on the meeting coming up on Fridays local news.


Area Arrests 12-21-23

Kyle Rowe, 23, of Liberty, KY was taken into custody by Officer Miniard of the Russell Springs Police Department on Wednesday night. Rowe was charged with Probation Violation (for a felony offense), Resisting Arrest and Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excludes alcohol). He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Frankie Reliford, age 64, of Columbia, was arrested by Deputy Staten with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office around 6:30 last evening. Reliford, was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (more than 2 grams Meth), Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Recycled Christmas Trees Provide Fish Habitat

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2023) — Help improve Kentucky’s fisheries by donating your natural Christmas tree to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources “Christmas for the Fishes” tree recycling program this holiday season.


“The spirit of giving doesn’t have to end after the holidays,” said Spencer Phillips, supervisor of the fish habitat branch. “Natural Christmas trees donated to this program will be used to improve fish habitat, enhancing public lakes across the commonwealth for both fish and anglers.”


Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will be accepting evergreen trees at 29 drop-off locations across the state from Dec. 26 through Jan. 15, 2024. Trees should be real, not artificial, and should be free of lights, garland and decorations. Limbs, wreaths, brush or other plants will not be accepted.


“Fish thrive in an environment that is full of different types of cover including trees and logs,” said Nick Keeton, foreman in the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife habitat branch. “The donated trees will help restore woody structures in lakes that decay over time, providing protective cover and shade for a variety of fish species.”


Donated trees will be anchored to environmentally-friendly weights and submerged at various depths in different lakes and reservoirs across Kentucky to provide places for fish to feed, shelter and spawn. They make great refuge and feeding habitat for game fish, as well as small fish and invertebrates that are crucial for a thriving ecosystem.


“Sportfish species such as largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie all benefit from cover,” Phillips said. “Woody structure is fantastic but degrades over time. Through generous donations of natural Christmas trees, we replenish needed fish habitat in select lakes throughout Kentucky each year.”


The locations where trees are installed generally become hot spots for fish species targeted by anglers. These locations are recorded by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife staff and the GPS coordinates made available to anglers through the “Lakes with Fish Attractors” page on the department’s website.


Kentucky Fish and Wildlife is funded through the sale of fishing and hunting licenses, boat registrations and related grants. Conserving Kentucky’s fishes and their habitats and providing related recreational opportunities are important aspects of the department’s mission.


For more information about the Christmas tree recycling program or to find a drop-off location, visit the department’s website at fw.ky.gov or call 1-800-858-1549, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (ET) weekdays, excluding holidays.



Editors note: Please see our new Christmas for the Fishes video on our website and YouTube channel for more information. Video excerpts may also be taken from the video for news stories, or contact us at fwmedia@ky.gov.

Pulaski County Remains May Be Those of Missing Casey County Man

Pulaski County Sheriff Bobby Jones reports the finding of human remains on December 13, 2023 in the Bethlehem Ridge Road area of Pulaski County.


The remains were located after a property owner contacted the Pulaski 911 Dispatch Center. Deputies responded to the scene and contacted the Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigation Division. Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division responded to the scene and notified the Pulaski County Coroner, who also responded.


The remains were taken by the Coroner to the State Medical Examiner for identification and autopsy. 


Based on the location and condition of the remains, the Sheriff’s Office believes these are the remains of David J. Whitt, a twenty-year-old Casey County resident who assaulted a Deputy in September of this year and then fled on foot.  The September incident took place near the area where the remains were found. We are awaiting on a positive identification from the Medical Examiner's Office.


Russell County Woman Arrested on Meth Charges

Jennifer Stacy, 47, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Tuesday afternoon, December 19, 2023 by the RSPD for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Non-Payment of Fines. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Christmas in the Bluegrass: Why We Celebrate


As the hustle and bustle of the interim begins to quiet and we prepare with our families to celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the many opportunities we have as Kentuckians to celebrate with our neighbors and friends.


The winter season in Kentucky is one of the most beautiful times of year to take part in several age-old traditions as well as embark on adventures that lead us to the latest in holiday fare. For our friends in the northwest part of the state, there is Lights Under Louisville; for those of us in the bluegrass region, there is Southern Lights at the Kentucky Horse Park or Christmas at Mustard Seed Hill; and for our neighbors to the east, there is the Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival in Ashland, just to name a few. There are several wonderful Christmas events in our local community, as well as spots closer to home like the Reindeer Farm and SoKY Ice Rink in Bowling Green.


From Paducah to Paintsville, there is an activity for everyone, and supporting our communities as well as small businesses this Christmas season is one of the most important things we can do to show our love for one another. We scramble to find the perfect last minute gift for our loved ones, remember the locally owned mom-and-pop boutiques and restaurants in our communities. When we shop local, more of the money we spend stays in our community and helps our friends and neighbors build a life. Our people need us, and we need them. With this in mind, I would challenge each of us to give one Kentucky Proud gift this year. 


To quote President Ronald Reagan, “Christmas is a holiday that we celebrate not as individuals nor as a nation, but as a human family.”


However, before we engage in gift giving and get caught up in the commercialization of the holiday, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the real reason for the season: the birth of our Savior. As humans, we tend to get caught up in the stresses of life. We overlook the blessings that have been bestowed upon us in times that we might not deserve it. To put it in perspective, our Savior was born onto this earth and bore the biggest burden humanity will ever know to save us from our sins. When I stop to reflect on the sacrifice Christ Jesus made for us, my troubles seem to dissolve.


I would urge each of us to stop to remember what this holiday truly stands for and reflect on scripture. The book of Isaiah 9:6 says “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”


Christmas is beyond earthly gifts. The heart of Christmas is the sole fact that humanity was given a son who would go on to die for us.


I am thankful to spend the holidays with those near and dear to my heart and thankful for you, the many constituents, who have trusted me to represent our district in Frankfort. From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 


I will be returning to Frankfort as we convene the 2024 Regular Session on January 2 and hope to update you on our agenda and the work we accomplish with future legislative updates. 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 and keep track of interim committee meetings through the Kentucky legislature’s website at legislature.ky.gov.


Lt. Gov. Undergoes Double Mastectomy


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2023) – Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman released the following statement regarding a medical procedure she underwent Monday.


“Concerns were raised to me during a recent routine physical exam. With a significant family history of cancer, I made the decision to have a double mastectomy. I am happy to report that a successful surgery was performed today, and I expect to make a full recovery.


“I want to thank the health-care heroes for the compassionate care I continue to receive. I am more appreciative than I can articulate for your expertise and your kindness through this process.


“Serving as Kentucky’s Lieutenant Governor is the honor of my life. I am eternally grateful for my loving and supportive family who makes that possible, a compassionate friend in Gov. Beshear and a top-notch staff.


“As Kentucky’s highest elected teacher, it is only fitting that I leave you with a little homework: Schedule those preventative exams you’ve put off, hug your people a little tighter and be kind, because everyone is fighting a battle you may know nothing about.


“I will see you soon, Team Kentucky.”


Adair County School Board Special Called Meeting 12/18/23


The Adair County School Board will have a Special Called Meeting on Monday, December 18, 2023 at Gondelier's at 6:00pmCT.

**Meeting called to order*

***Pledge of Allegiance***










J.O.Y. Ministries Event at New Center


J.O.Y. Ministries welcomes the community to view their brand new Crisis Resource Center on Tuesday, December 19, 2023. The Center will be open for viewing from 11amCT to 1pmCT and is located at 400 Greensburg St, Columbia, KY.

The Center would not be possible without the support of the community. You're encouraged to come and see what you made happen!


Columbia Man Dies in Ohio Accident


An Adair County man died in a crash on I-75 in Miami County, Ohio on Friday afternoon, December 15, 2023.

Fred Bohman, 61, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol. His pickup truck was traveling north on I-75 when it veered off the right side of the road, hitting a traffic sign and a fence. The truck then hit a ditch and overturned.


Mr. Bohman is survived by his wife, Kelly Curry-Bohman and several other family members. Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home in Columbia, KY is in charge of the funeral arrangements.


Weekend Arrests 12/17/23

The following individuals were arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail...
  • Jimmy Cook, 41, of Nancy - arrested by KSP on Friday evening for Trafficking in Meth, DUI, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking in Opiates, No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Improper Display of Registration Plates, and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License.
  • Jennifer Summers, 53, of Nancy, KY - arrested on Friday by KSP for Trafficking in Meth and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Tristan Filback, 21, of Brownsville, KY - arrested on Friday night by KSP for Improper Lane Usage, DUI, Possession of Marijuana, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Operating on a Suspended License, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, License to be in Possession, Failure to Appear, and Probation Violation (for a Felony Offense).

Adair County Home Destroyed by Fire

The Adair County Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire at 1361 White Oak Church Road, Columbia, KY on Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 4:18pmCT.
Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire conditions and the home was completely destroyed by the fire. 
18 firefighters were on the scene for approximately 2 hours.
Also assisting on-scene was the Adair County E911 Center, the Adair County Ambulance Service, Taylor County RECC, and Kentucky Red Cross.

RSVFD Assists Eli Fire Dept. in Battling Significant Horse Barn Fire


Russell Springs, KY –  At 9:08amCT on Friday, December 15, 2023 the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department (RSVFD) was dispatched to assist the Eli Fire Department in battling a significant horse barn fire located on McClendon Ridge Road.


Upon arrival, a contingent of 12 firefighters from the RSVFD joined forces with their colleagues from the Eli Fire Department. Together, they worked to control and eventually extinguish the fire. The team displayed skill and dedication, remaining on scene for approximately 3½ hours.


The RSVFD is proud to report that due to the quick response and combined efforts of both fire departments, the situation was brought under control with no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.


Contract Awarded for U.S. 127 and KY 619 Safety Improvements in Russell Springs


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announces the awarding of a contract for safety improvements on U.S. 127 and KY 619 in Russell Springs. KYTC initiated the competitive intersection project through the Highway Safety Improvement Program to boost safety and traffic flow at eight intersections within the project limits. The project area is along U.S. 127 between KY 619 and KY 80.


The project will consist of adding left turn lanes on U.S. 127 at Charles E. Peck Drive/Bernard Lane. Left turn lanes will also be constructed on KY 619 at the intersection of U.S. 127 with a protected/permitted left turn signal.


A center two-way left turn lane will be added on U.S. 127 at Dr. Joe T. Petty Drive and on KY 619 between Laker Inn and Dowell Road. Also included in this project will be the construction of offset left turn lanes at the intersections of U.S. 127 and KY 80 and the intersection of U.S. 127 and Northridge/Steve Drive Connector.


The project was awarded to Louisville Paving Company Inc. in the amount of $2,908,000. Work is tentatively scheduled to begin early spring 2024.



Donna Stotts Named Vice President/Loan Officer at First & Farmers Bank


First & Farmers National Bank in Columbia and Russell Springs is proud to welcome Donna Stotts to their team as Vice President/Loan Officer.

Donna was born and raised in Adair County and was a member of Adair County High School's Class of 1980. She graduated from Lindsey Wilson College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1995. Donna brings with her a wealth of banking experience, having worked in the banking profession for more than 35 years and serving as a loan officer for 25 of those years.


Body Discovered near Green River Lake in March Identified as Casey County Man


A body discovered near Green River Lake in March of this year has been identified as that of a Casey County man.


On March 28, 2023 the Taylor County Sheriff's Office and Taylor County Coroner's Office were dispatched to a wooded area near Green River Lake off of Smith Ridge Road, where a property owner had located human remains.


Investigators located the completely skeletonized body of an individual in the woods. The remains were transported to the Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville for testing & DNA.


Over the past several months we have been awaiting results from DNA confirmation. On Thursday, December 14, 2023 the Coroner confirmed that the remains were those of Dennis Davis of Casey County, KY.


Russell Springs Police Dept. Releases Monthly Activity Report


The Russell Springs Police Department has released its monthly activity report for November, 2023.


  • 392 calls for service
  • 18 Arrests
  • 3 Alcohol/DUI arrests
  • 2 Drug/DUI arrests
  • 5 other Alcohol or Drug Related arrests
  • 91 Traffic Stops
  • 58 Traffic Citations
  • 11 Speeding Citations
  • 24 Traffic Accidents investigated
  • 31 Motorists assisted
  • 20 Alarm Calls answered
  • 7 Cases opened
  • 53 Alcoholic Beverage Control Inspections

Gov. Beshear Provides First Team Kentucky Update of Second Term


FRANKFORT, KY (Dec. 14, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update on economic development and job opportunities for Kentuckians; his record-breaking first term; Kentucky State Police drug seizures; funding to provide second-chance opportunities; a grant for electric vehicle charging stations; the Frankfort Christmas Parade and state Christmas tree lighting; and inauguration poster contest winners. He also named everyone involved in making the 62nd Inauguration possible as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.


Economic Development
Gov. Beshear said the past four years have been the best in Kentucky’s history for new private-sector investments, with $28.5 billion announced since December 2019. More than 940 private-sector new-location and expansion projects have been announced, creating more than 500,000 full-time jobs for Kentuckians.


The Governor also announced hiring events from two major economic development projects in the commonwealth. BlueOval SK, the partnership between Ford Motor Co. and SK On that is building the two biggest electric vehicle battery plants on planet Earth in Glendale, is planning to hire approximately 2,000 employees beginning next year. As part of that effort, the companies will host career fairs to educate people about available career opportunities. Four hundred positions have already been filled. To learn more, visit blueovalsk.com.


Stellar Snacks, a woman-owned maker of pretzel snacks, will host a job fair Dec. 16 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. EST at the Dr. J. Blaine Hudson Middle School in Louisville. To learn more, visit stellarsnacks.com/Louisville. In October, Gov. Beshear joined company leaders and local officials to announce the $137 million investment creating 350 full-time jobs over the next 10 years in West Louisville, the single largest economic development project the state has on record for the community over the past 20 years.


Record-Breaking First Term
Gov. Beshear reflected on his record-breaking first term that led to many firsts for Kentucky and pledged to continue to set politics aside, lead by example and keep working hard to move the state forward. To read more, see the full release.


KSP November Drug Seizures
The Governor announced that the total value of Kentucky State Police’s drug seizures in November amounted to over $1.6 million, making last month the highest total value seized this year. In 2023, KSP made 3,121 drug-related arrests, with a total value of drugs seized amounting to over $8 million.


“Thank you to the Kentucky State Police for your impressive work in battling illegal drugs. Because of you, dangerous drugs are off the streets and the commonwealth has been made safer,” said Gov. Beshear. “This work is never-ending, and we will continue fighting this drug crisis with everything that we can because, as I’ve said time and time again, one Kentuckian lost to drug overdose is one too many.”


State Corrections Commission Grant Funding
Gov. Beshear announced that starting Jan. 1, 2024, projects and programs in the commonwealth that provide second-chance opportunities to the justice-involved population can apply for more than $640,000 in grant finding. The funding will support individuals who have committed lesser offenses to participate in home incarcerations, work release, treatment and employee training. Applications can be found on the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet’s website at justice.ky.gov.


“My faith teaches me the importance of forgiveness, that every person is a child of God and everyone deserves an opportunity to succeed,” said Gov. Beshear. “I want to encourage eligible government agencies, private nonprofits and charitable organizations across the commonwealth to apply for this funding so that we can continue with our momentum in creating second chances.”


EV Charging Stations
Today, the Governor announced that in Spring 2024, the federal government is expected to start accepting grant applications from local governments and other eligible entities for $2.5 billion through the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program to build and maintain EV charging stations. Grants will prioritize projects in rural areas and low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. For more information, visit evcharging.ky.gov. To view a map of priority corridors in Kentucky, click here.


Frankfort Christmas Parade and State Christmas Tree Lighting
Gov. Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear invited Kentuckians to view the Frankfort Christmas Parade and to join them on the South Lawn of the Capitol for the lighting of the state’s Christmas tree on Saturday, Dec. 16. For more information, see the full release.


Forward, Together Poster Contest Winners
Earlier this week the Governor and First Lady announced the five winners of the children’s inauguration poster contest that celebrated the 62nd gubernatorial inauguration theme: Forward, Together. Today, the Governor thanked those who participated and recapped meeting the winners and their families during the inauguration on Tuesday. To see a list of winners, click here.


Team Kentucky All-Stars
Gov. Beshear named everyone involved in making the 62nd Inauguration possible as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. Gov. Beshear thanked:

  • The Kentucky National Guard;
  • The Kentucky State Police;
  • The city of Frankfort;
  • Frankfort Police, Fire and EMS;
  • Kentucky Emergency Management;
  • Local emergency management;
  • Frankfort Tourism;
  • Kentucky State Parks;
  • Facilities and Support Services; and
  • All the volunteers.


“None of Tuesday’s events would have been possible without our incredible workers and volunteers,” said Gov. Beshear. “Hundreds of our people worked tirelessly to make sure that every moment of celebration was extra special, and all of Team Kentucky is grateful.”

CACEDA Board of Directors Meeting 12/19/23


The Columbia - Adair County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, December 19, 2023 at 8:00amCT at the Chamber building, 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY



Presiding – Larry Walker, Chairman

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

Approval of Minutes for November 21, 2023 meeting as presented - Doyle Lloyd, Secretary

Approval of Treasurer's financial report - Roger Meadows


  1. KPDI 1 Project status; Pad, Utilities
  2. KPDI 2 Discuss change in scope of work
  3. Engineering & bid package for 40,000 SF pad for PTS
  4. Park Sign discussion & approval of final design.
  5. EDA/Chamber/Tourism building sign design approval
  6. TIF update
  7. Expiring term of Chester Taylor, filled by Richard Phelps. Approval to recommend  to County Judge the appointment of Richard Phelps to full term
  8. Grant negotiating team (Larry, Mark & Heather) authority to land the deal with current prospect that will bring significant investment and significant jobs. This project was discussed in Executive Session of Special Called Meeting on 12/5/2023
  9. Squires Cemetery relocation status
  10. Pennyroyal Barrel Company status update – Ross Hutchison

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, January 15, 2024 at 8:00amCT


RCSO Monthly (November) Activity Report


The Russell County Sheriff’s Office Activity Report for November, 2023.


  • 336 calls for service (not including in-office calls or walk-ins)
  • 17 arrests
  • 4 domestic calls
  • 34 traffic accidents (including 9 with injuries)
  • 2 mental health transports
  • 67 court papers served
  • 52 vehicle inspections.
  • 91 prisoner transports
  • 2,000 court security miles driven
  • 12 concealed carry of deadly weapon permits and
  • Collected more than $1.26 million in property taxes

Columbia Man Arrested in Taylor County for Possession of Pornography of a Minor & other Charges


Bruce Spoon, 43, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Officer Davis with the Campbellsville Police Department. Spoon was taken into custody on Friday, December 8, 2023 on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (METH), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor (under 12). He remains lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


KSP Warns of Social Media Scams

Kentucky State Police has been made aware of scams occurring on our social media accounts. We are reminding the public that we will never ask for financial information. If you encounter a scam on social media, please report the comment or account immediately to the platform. If you are concerned about a message or comment from an account alleging to be KSP, please get in touch with our official account through messenger or email us at KSPSocialMedia@ky.gov.


If you receive a comment or message from our official KSP Facebook or Instagram accounts, please ensure the blue check mark is next to our name. The blue check mark ensures you are communicating with our official and verified account.

If you are experiencing scams, you can report those at https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/AttorneyGeneral/ScamReport.


KSP Charges Marion Co. Man with Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses


LEBANON, Ky. (December 13, 2023) - The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Electronic Crime Branch arrested Joseph Adam Mattingly, 36, on charges related to child sexual abuse material.


Mr. Mattingly was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online.


The investigation resulted in an interview in Lebanon on December 12, 2023. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.


Mr. Mattingly is currently charged with ten counts of distribution of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance under 12 years old. These charges are Class-C felonies punishable by five to ten years in prison. Mr. Mattingly was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center. 


The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is comprised of more than twenty-six local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The mission of the ICAC Task Force, created by the United States Department of Justice and administrated by the Kentucky State Police, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing a response to cyber enticement and child sexual abuse material investigations. This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education. The ICAC program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the internet, the proliferation of child sexual abuse material, and the heightened online activity of predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.


2024 Session Legislative Questionnaire


The General Assembly will convene on Tuesday, January 2 at Noon and, if the past few months provide any inclination, lawmakers will hit the ground running.


At the top of our agenda is crafting a state budget to provide for the state’s needs over the next two fiscal years. I am extremely proud of the budget approved two years ago because it was fiscally responsible and placed a strong emphasis on investing state resources in areas that will pay off for generations. The legislature also sought ways to hold various agencies and programs accountable for the services they exist to provide, again making sure that state government does all it can as stewards of the state’s resources.


In addition to the budget, we will consider a number of other issues with the ultimate goal of making this state the best place to build a life. Since adjourning the last session, our attention has been on continuing reforms to our juvenile justice system, addressing crime, and finding ways to address the workforce shortages. If you are interested in following along, please email me to be added to a list for regular updates.


Linked below is my 2024 Regular Session Legislative Questionnaire, which I hope you will take a few moments to complete. Please understand that I am not endorsing any of these proposals. Instead, the questions are based on proposals being discussed and issues considered during the interim. By sharing your opinions on these issues, you will help me better represent our district.


I hope you will take a few moments and complete this questionnaire and mail it to my Frankfort office at 702 Capital Avenue, Annex Room 324, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601 or email it to me at amy.neighbors@lrc.ky.gov.


This questionnaire is also available on my page in the legislators section of the Legislative Research Commission’s (LRC) website. The Commission is the legislature’s administrative arm and maintains a helpful, information-packed website. It contains every bill and resolution, schedules, contact information, and details about the legislative process. I regularly refer to LRC publications, which provide research information on a variety of issues and can also be downloaded from the website.


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

Jamestown Man Arrested in Adair County on Meth and Other Charges


A Jamestown Man was Arrested in Adair County on Tuesday morning on Meth, Resisting and Trespassing charges.


Joey Dykes, 42, was taken into custody by Deputy Tweedy with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office. Dykes was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol), Resisting Arrest, and Criminal Trespassing. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Adair County Man Arrested on Meth and Traffic Related Offenses

An Adair County Man was arrested early this morning (Wednesday) on drug charges and traffic related offenses.


James Melson, 42, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Deputy Padgett with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just after 3:00amCT and charged with PMT Unlicensed Operator to Operate Motor Vehicle, Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Required Insurance 1st Offense, Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd or Greater Offense (METH). He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Russell Springs Fire Department Called Out to Flue Fire


At approximately 9:17pmCT on Monday, December 11, 2023, the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department (RSVFD) responded to a reported flue fire at a residence located at 1581 Lakeway Drive, Russell Springs, KY.


A team of 12 volunteer firefighters arrived at the scene. Through their quick response, the fire was successfully contained to the flue, preventing any damage to the rest of the home. The RSVFD team was on site for approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, ensuring the safety of the property and its residents.


No injuries occurred during this incident and no damage to the home was recorded.



Columbia's Annual Drive for Green River Animal Shelter & Sugarfoot Farms Underway

The City of Columbia is having the annual drive for the Green River Animal Shelter and Sugarfoot Farms this week, through Dec. 16, 2023. They are collecting dog and cat food, treats, and cleaning supplies. There is a tote located in the back of City Hall for the donations to be placed in. All donations will be delivered next week (Dec. 18-22, 2023).
“We appreciate everyone who participates in the annual drive,” stated Mayor Pamela Hoots.

Gov. Beshear Wraps Up Record-Breaking First Term


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2023) – Ahead of tomorrow’s 62nd gubernatorial inauguration, Gov. Andy Beshear reflected on his record-breaking first term that led to many firsts for Kentucky and pledged to continue to set politics aside, lead by example and keep working hard to move the state forward.


“Since day one, we have been laser-focused on helping our families and communities thrive while growing our economy and creating good-paying jobs,” said Gov. Beshear. “The hard work is paying off, and I look forward to having four more years to turn our progress into decades of prosperity.”


Over the past four years, Gov. Beshear and his administration set a high-speed pace and accomplished major things for Kentucky families and communities, including:


Secured the Best Four-Year Period for Economic Development Investments
The past four years have been the best in Kentucky’s history for new private-sector investments, with $28.5 billion announced by Gov. Beshear since December 2019. This is the highest investment figure for any governor in state history. Gov. Beshear also has announced more than 940 private-sector new-location and expansion projects, creating 50,505 jobs.


According to the Cabinet for Economic Development, since 2021, Kentucky’s average incentivized wage before benefits topped $24 per hour for three consecutive years for the first time, with the 2022 and 2023 figures coming in at $26.87 and $26.67, respectively.


Landed the Largest Economic Development Projects in State History
Gov. Beshear announced the two largest economic development projects in state history. In September 2021, the Governor 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.


Record-breaking projects are occurring throughout the commonwealth, including the single largest investment in Western Kentucky with the nearly $1 billion investment in high-tech battery recycling and production by Ascend Elements that is bringing 400 jobs to Christian County. Pratt Industries opened the cleanest, greenest recycled paper mill in Henderson. And just last week, Provalus – a division of prominent information technology Optomi – announced the biggest project in 13 years in Wayne County, a $3 million investment creating 200 full-time jobs in Monticello.


Secured Record Low Unemployment
This year, Gov. Beshear announced that Kentucky set the record for the longest period with the lowest unemployment rates in state history. The Governor also has supported the state’s workforce by expanding apprenticeships in fields including health care, advanced manufacturing, construction, hospitality and education. He also launched and expanded the Everybody Counts initiative to help more graduating seniors find a good-job, pursue higher education or both.


Best-Ever Year for the Tourism and Bourbon Industries
In August of this year, Gov. Beshear declared that 2022 was the best year on record for Kentucky tourism, with $12.9 billion generated in economic impact and 91,668 jobs. According to Tourism Economics, 75.9 million travelers visited Kentucky in 2022, spending a total of $8.9 billion across the commonwealth. This generated over $937 million in state and local taxes, resulting in a $536 tax savings for each Kentucky household. Total visitation reached 103% of 2019 volumes, and visitor spending reached 112%. The 2022 figures surpassed the previous record of $11.8 billion in economic impact in 2019.


Gov. Beshear also announced that the state broke an all-time record in 2023 with nine new tourism development projects that are set to generate an estimated $301.2 million in economic investment. These projects are also expected to create 628 jobs once operational.


The state’s bourbon and spirits industry also recorded its best year for growth in 2022, with over $2.1 billion in new investments and approximately 700 new jobs for Kentucky residents. Since the start of the administration, Gov. Beshear has announced 96 new-location and expansion projects within the bourbon and spirits sector, contributing to over $3.6 billion in new investments and more than 1,650 full-time jobs for Kentuckians.


Moved Mega Infrastructure Projects Forward
The Governor has gotten major infrastructure projects moving that many said would never happen or had been talked about for decades. He worked to secure record funding to help build the Brent Spence Bridge companion bridge with no tolls. For the first time ever, each section of the four-lane Mountain Parkway is either complete, under construction or under contract, and the I-69 project is moving forward.


Gov. Beshear has also moved forward with many critical regional projects like the work done on Kentucky Highway 30 from Booneville to London; the Minnie-to-Harold Connector in Floyd County; the opening of a new Spottsville bridge; the opening of the Gallatin County Regional Airport; and dozens of local projects. To date, the administration has also provided more than $118 million in discretionary funds to fix roads and bridges in all 120 counties. And he has invested another $197 million in 235 road safety projects, many focused on improving safety around our schools.


The Governor also secured the largest investment in high-speed internet in state history to provide reliable, affordable access to every home and business in the commonwealth. Through a bipartisan agreement with lawmakers, $500 million in federal dollars have also gone to provide many families with clean drinking water for the first time.


“Clean drinking water is a basic human right,” Gov. Beshear said. “These investments are a win-win. They create great new construction jobs and make life safer and easier for families and businesses across the commonwealth.”


Building New Homes in Western and Eastern Kentucky
To date, combined, more than $1 billion in state and federal disaster relief has gone to help rebuild Western Kentucky following the tornadoes and Eastern Kentucky following the floods. In both regions, the Governor set a goal to use donated relief dollars to build and repair homes.


With the support of Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund, Gov. Beshear set a goal to construct or repair 300 homes for tornado survivors. Over halfway toward that goal, more than 155 home-building projects are completed, under construction or approved to start construction in nine Western Kentucky counties.


Housing efforts in Eastern Kentucky following the July 2022 floods include seven high-ground communities that will be home to at least 500 families with support from the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund. In addition, more than $3.6 million from the fund has been committed to nonprofits currently building and repairing individual homes. To date, the fund has provided over $1 million for 14 homes in Breathitt, Martin, Owsley, Knott, Perry and Letcher counties.


Recently, Gov. Beshear visited Western Kentucky to mark the two-year anniversary of the storms and dedicate 10 new homes. There, Mayfield resident and new homeowner Jennifer Harkness shared her story of recovery and hope.


“As a tornado and flood survivor, my family and I are thankful for this home as it brings peace and protection to our lives. The last couple years have been tough, not only financially but emotionally as well. The opportunity for a forever home will help comfort and bring relief to our family as we continue to heal from our experience. We are grateful to the ones who have donated to make our family and so many others a place to call home after much loss. After all, the ultimate luxury is being able to relax and enjoy your home,” said Harkness.


Boosted Public Safety and Supported Law Enforcement
The Governor believes every single Kentuckian has the right to feel safe in their community, workplaces and schools, and he has taken steps to increase public safety. Just in the last two years, his administration has secured a historic more than $18,000 pay increase for Kentucky State Police (KSP) troopers and officers. Due to these increases and the tireless efforts from the KSP recruitment branch, 1,007 troopers are now wearing the badge of honor, the highest number since 2017.


Gov. Beshear has also supported training for local law enforcement officers by raising the current training stipend to an all-time high, and the state supported the construction of a new training facility in Richmond.


Drug Overdose Deaths Drop, Treatment Beds Increase
In April of this year, Gov. Beshear announced that Kentucky’s drug overdose deaths declined by 5% in 2022 compared with 2021, marking the first decline since 2018. Kentucky was only one of eight states that saw a significant decrease, while the nation saw an uptick in deaths.


Kentucky is also leading the way in providing treatment services to Kentuckians through the state’s Treatment Access Program, which allows those without health insurance to enter residential treatment, and by creating Recovery Ready Communities, expanding health care coverage and increasing treatment beds. According to the National Substance Use and Mental Health Services Survey 2022, Kentucky ranks No. 1 for per capita residential substance-use disorder treatment beds.


Following the implementation of new workforce programs for those leaving incarceration and establishing the highest number of corrections-based addiction treatment beds, the state also announced the lowest recidivism rate in history.


Expanded Access to Health Care
The Governor protected health care access for nearly 100,000 Kentuckians by removing governmental roadblocks, and relaunched and expanded the state insurance marketplace, kynect. He expanded Medicaid coverage for new mothers, boosted our workforce by adding dental, vision and hearing coverage, and helped cap the cost of insulin. The state is also seeing health care industry growth all over the commonwealth, including the first hospital in West Louisville to open in 150 years.


Gov. Beshear also believes mental health should be treated the same as physical health. The Governor launched the 988 crisis hotline, which connects Kentuckians facing a risk of suicide, mental health distress or an addiction crisis to compassionate and trained counselors who can help. To date, 988 has received over 52,000 calls, 14,000 text messages and 12,000 online chats from Kentuckians.


Invested in Public-Education
The Governor raised the elementary and secondary education funding per pupil by 7.5%, the most since 2008, and supported the biggest increase in postsecondary education since before the Great Recession. He has also worked hard to protect educator pensions, secured modest raises, signed legislation that funds full-day kindergarten and invested over $250 million in career and technical education. While gains have been made, Gov. Beshear is proposing an 11% pay raise for all public school employees in his Forward, Together budget proposal, so that every Kentucky child has a teacher in their classroom and Kentucky can remain competitive with other states. The proposal that will come before lawmakers in January also calls for funding universal pre-K for all 4-year-olds to ensure that every child is kindergarten-ready.


Worked with Lawmakers to Pass Historic Legislation, Signed 627 Bipartisan Bills
From sports betting and medical cannabis, to expanding early voting and income tax relief, Gov. Beshear worked with lawmakers to make historic progress on changes Kentuckians wanted.


A long-time champion of legalizing sports wagering in Kentucky, the Governor made good on his promise to make sports betting a reality. Retail sportsbooks opened on Sept. 7, 2023, and mobile sportsbooks opened on Sept. 28. As of Dec. 7, more than $656 million had been wagered in Kentucky on sporting events through retail sportsbooks and mobile applications, an average total of over $65 million a week. Through October reporting, the state has collected nearly $8 million in tax revenue, exceeding expectations.


“This is an incredible start, and if this trend holds true, we will significantly exceed the $23 million projected revenue from sports wagering,” said Gov. Beshear. “This frees up money for the General Fund that can be used to that can be used for other important Kentucky projects and initiatives, and that’s a win-win for the whole state.”


Record Funds for Appalachian Region
Under Gov. Beshear’s leadership, Kentucky received a record $47.7 million in grant assistance from the Area Development Program of the Appalachian Regional Commission in fiscal year 2023 to support economic opportunity and job training through 44 projects across the Appalachian region. This is the most funding the ARC has ever granted to a state in a single year from the program. For a list of projects click here.


Fully Funded Public Employee Pensions
During his term, the Governor has fully funded state employee pensions, and signed budgets that made extra payments to reduce the unfunded liability. He also got Executive Branch public servants a combined 14% pay increase over the past two years, this was their first significant pay-rase in a more than a decade.


Secured the Largest Rainy Day Fund and General Fund Surplus in State History
Over the years, Gov. Beshear has been a responsible steward of Kentuckians’ dollars. He secured the largest Rainy Day Fund and General Fund surplus in state history. The General Fund budget surplus at the end of fiscal year 2023 was more than $1.55 billion. Nearly all of the $1.55 billion surplus went into the commonwealth’s Rainy Day Fund, bringing the fund to a record balance of $3.7 billion – a 2,700% increase since Gov. Beshear took office in 2019.


Gov. Beshear has also reported that General Fund receipts for November 2023 totaled over $1 billion, marking the 15th straight month with revenues over $1 billion.


Financial Outlook Boosted for First Time
Some of the state’s toughest critics – credit rating agencies – have recognized the administration’s strong fiscal management and upgraded the state’s financial outlook. In May, Gov. Beshear helped secure the first-ever state-level credit rating upgrade from Fitch Ratings in 13 years, and in June S&P Global Ratings upgraded Kentucky for the first-time. In addition, Moody’s Investors Service upgraded Kentucky’s credit outlook from stable to positive.


“The increased confidence in Kentucky’s financial outlook means lower costs for taxpayers on the state’s investments in critical infrastructure projects, like roads, bridges and schools,” Gov. Beshear said. “It also means that public employee pensions are more secure.”


Tomorrow, Gov. Beshear will be officially sworn in for a second term and deliver his inaugural message at 2 p.m. on KET. For more information on the day’s events and how to watch, visit Kentucky.gov/inauguration.


Reminder for Russell County Property Taxes


Russell County Taxpayers are encouraged to pay their 2023 Property Taxes to avoid paying the 5% penalty. 


Russell County Sheriffs Office will be CLOSED December 25-26, 2023 and December 29 thru Jan 1, 2024.


If mailing property tax bills, it will have to be postmarked by 12/31/2023.



Hoops Heritage Fundraiser Held Over the Weekend

The Hoops for Heritage charity basketball game was held this past Saturday at Planet Hoops gym in Columbia. The event was organized by Jordan Shelton and Jeremy Franklin, in hopes to help some underprivileged children and families out this Christmas.

A huge thank you to all participants, volunteers who worked the event, and donors who played a part in anyway. Jordan and Jeremy teamed up with Tracy Murrell from Heritage Children Services, and all money raised will go to several children in their community. A total of $1,318 was raised. Thank you Columbia and surrounding counties for making this possible!


(from Columbia Magazine) 

Russell County Fiscal Court Meeting 12-11-23

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

County Judge Randy Marcum tells WAVE NEWS about 2 big items on last night’s agenda, one that involves the old Greasy Creek Bridge in Jamestown and a new alert system for the county…


Columbia's Yearly Drive for Animal Shelters Underway

City of Columbia plans annual drive


The City of Columbia will be having their annual drive for the Green River Animal Shelter and Sugarfoot Farms this week.

They are collecting dog and cat food, treats, and cleaning supplies. There will be a tote located in the back of city hall for the donations.

“We appreciate everyone who participates in the annual drive,” stated Mayor Pamela Hoots.

They will be delivering the items next week.

Adair County Fire Department's Firefighter of the Year for 2023

Phillip Richard is pictured with Columbia Fire Department City Chief Tyler Solum & Adair County Fire Department Board President Donald Hare. Philip is Columbia - Adair County Fire Department's Firefighter of the Year for 2023.

(from Columbia Magazine) 



J.O.Y. Ministries seeks to raise $75,000 During Christmas Campaign

The J.O.Y Ministries Annual Christmas Campaign will be held throughout the month of December, 2023. Last year marked the largest campaign to date, but with growing community needs, J.O.Y is raising the bar once again. This year's campaign goal is J.O.Y's largest to date, with hopes to raise $75,000!

Will you continue to help J.O.Y Ministries meet the needs of the Columbia Community? Donate today at Joy-ministries.org or at

JOY Ministries
114 PO Box
Columbia, KY 42728

J.O.Y's ministry is only made possible through the generosity of this community. The Christmas Campaign funds the operational needs for the upcoming year. Columbia is one of the most generous communities. We are saying thank you in advance for the support that is to come!

An Adair County Woman was arrested over the Weekend on Theft Charges

An Adair County Woman was arrested over the Weekend on Theft Charges

Makenzie Dickens, age 24, of Columbia, was taken into custody by Deputy Campbell of the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, last night just before 7. Dickens was charges with, Burglary, 3rd Degree and Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition Shoplifting. She was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Taylor County Man Arrested on Drug Charges Following Search of Residence

On Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 5:13pmET, Campbellsville Police, with the assistance from Kentucky State Police and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Officers, conducted a search warrant on 36-year-old Charles Chambliss of Campbellsville. Chambliss was arrested and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug, and Possession of a Defaced Firearm. He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
Investigating Officer: Officer Chris Milby 

Weekend Arrests 12/11/23

Rebecca Lawson, 47, of Jamestown - arrested by the Jamestown Police Department on Saturday afternoon for Burglary 2nd degree.

Juan Gomez, 24, of Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday afternoon for Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, No Operators License, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, and Menacing.

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Elisha Fay Bunch, 44, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday afternoon for TBUT and Criminal Trespassing.

Marie Amber Haggerty, 25, of Columbia - arrested on Friday afternoon by the ACSO for Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 12/12/23

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular called session on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at 9:00amCT in the basement of the Adair Annex. The meeting is open to the public. 

Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corp. Approves $3.29 Million in Loans; Russell Co. Awarded $250,000


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2023) – The Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corp. (KAFC) approved $3,292,760 for 17 agricultural loans for projects across the commonwealth at its monthly board meeting.


Agricultural Infrastructure Loan Program (AILP)

Eight Agricultural Infrastructure loans totaling up to $1,346,085 were approved. Loan recipients were in Breckinridge ($190,000), Calloway ($132,612), Carlisle ($250,000), Daviess ($85,000), Graves ($41,113, $147,360, and $250,000), and Meade ($250,000) counties. KAFC participates with lenders to provide financing to producers making capital expenditures for agricultural projects through the AILP. Eligible projects include permanent farm structures with attached equipment that improves the profitability of farming operations. Producers may be eligible for up to $250,000 not to exceed 50 percent of the project.


Beginning Farmer Loan Program (BFLP)

Nine Beginning Farmer loans totaling up to $1,946,675 were approved. Loan recipients were in Boyle ($131,175), Christian ($250,000), Graves ($118,000 and $250,000), Jessamine ($250,000), Livingston ($197,500), Pulaski ($250,000), Russell ($250,000), and Shelby ($250,000) counties. The BFLP is designed to assist individuals with some farming experience who desire to develop, expand, or buy into a farming operation. Beginning farmers may qualify for financing to purchase livestock, equipment, or agriculture facilities; to secure permanent working capital; for the purchase of farm real estate; or to invest in a partnership or LLC.


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


Adair County Transfer Station Closing Dec. 28-30 for Repairs

Waste Connections will be closing the Adair County Transfer Station on December 28th 29th and 30th due to repairs being made to the building. Anyone needing to dump on these days can bring their trash to Campbellsville at 106 Dale Street on December 28th and 29th. Waste Connections is sorry for the inconvenience and they appreciate your patience.

KSP Investigating Fatal Wreck in Taylor County


CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY (December 8, 2023) – On Thursday, December 7, 2023 at approximately 12:44 P.M. EST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers were requested by the Campbellsville Police Department to respond to a three-vehicle injury collision. The collision had occurred on Lebanon Avenue near the intersection of Lakeview Drive in the limits of Campbellsville.


The preliminary investigation revealed that Billie Jo Roberts, age 46 of Michigan, was traveling south on Lebanon Avenue in a 2015 Ford Focus, when she crossed the centerline striking a 1991 Honda Accord head-on. The Honda Accord was operated by Michael Smith, age 62 of Campbellsville. Mr. Smith attempted to avoid the collision through steering maneuvers but could not do so. A 1993 Pontiac Grand Prix, operated by 68-year-old Shelby Druien of Campbellsville, also collided with the rear of Ms. Roberts’ vehicle. 


A passenger in Mr. Smith’s vehicle, Juliet Kirtley, age 87 of Campbellsville, was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Ms. Kirtley was pronounced deceased at the hospital by the Taylor County Coroner. Mr. Smith was flown to the University of Kentucky Hospital with serious injuries. Both Ms. Roberts and Mr. Druien refused medical treatment at the scene.


Billie Jo Roberts was arrested and charged with DUI 1st offense (Aggravating Circumstances), Vehicular Homicide, Assault 2nd degree, Reckless Driving, and other traffic offenses. She was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.


KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Campbellsville Police Department, Campbellsville Fire and EMS, and Kentucky State Highway Department. The collision remains under investigation by Senior Trooper Weston Sullivan.


Adair County Man Arrested on Theft Charges


On Tuesday, December 5, 2023, Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman initiated an investigation after receiving a call that a large amount of diesel fuel had been stolen from a farm tank in northern Adair County. 


After an investigation, Sheriff Brockman was able to identify the suspect and obtain warrants for his arrest. Chester Miller 33, of Columbia, KY was arrested on Thursday, December 7. 2023 and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail for Theft by Unlawful Taking (over $500 & less than $1,000) and Criminal Trespassing 3rd Degree.


The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.


Single Vehicle Collision Results in Injuries in Southern Adair County


In the early morning hours of Thursday, December 7, 2023 at approximately 3:33amCT, the Adair County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle injury accident in southern Adair County on Weed Keltner Rd.

Upon Deputy Derek Padgett’s arrival, a preliminary investigation determined that Kimberly Mitchell of Cave City was traveling west on Weed Keltner Road, operating a 2021 Nissan Rogue, when she fell asleep at the wheel with her vehicle dropping off the shoulder of the roadway, striking a residential mailbox and post. Mitchell’s vehicle continued on, striking a ditch/culvert before coming to a stop.

Ms. Mitchell was treated at the scene by Adair County EMS and transported to T.J. Health Columbia for further treatment of her injuries.


Deputy Padgett was assisted on scene by Adair EMS and the Adair County Fire Department.


Former RSES Principal Named Interim Principal at Jamestown Elementary

(Email to Parents from Superintedent Michael Ford)


Dear Jamestown Elementary School Faculty/Staff/School-Based Council:


Happy Friday!  As you know, Mrs. Blankenship is retiring at the end of the current calendar year.  Mrs. Rene Gossage will be serving as interim principal for the remainder of the current school year. 


Mrs. Gossage has been an integral part of our school district community having just retired from Russell Springs Elementary School in June of 2022.  She has held various roles during her tenure including teacher, assistant principal and head principal. Her wealth of experience and dedication to student success make her an excellent choice for this role.


As the interim principal, Mrs. Gossage will oversee the day-to-day operations of the school, ensuring that everything continues to runs smoothly. She will also work closely with the administrative team to address any concerns or issues that may arise. We are confident that Mrs. Gossage's leadership will continue to foster a positive learning environment for the Jamestown Elementary School community. I ask for your support and cooperation during this transitional period.


I’ll meet with the site base council after the start of the new year to discuss principal selection training, etc. 


Mrs. Gossage would like to come to JES on Thursday afternoon (12/14), right after school, to introduce herself to the faculty/staff.


Campbellsville Woman Arrested on Meth and other Charges in Adair County


Early Thursday morning, December 7, 2023, Jessica Wathen, 43, of Campbellsville, KY was arrested by Officer Bates of the Columbia Police Department. Ms. Wathen was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (Meth), Tampering with Physical Evidence and Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified). She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Russell Springs Mayor Discusses Manhole Project on 127 & Christmas Lights at City Park

The Russell Springs Manhole Project continues on Highway 127. Mayor Eddie Thomas stopped by the WAVE Studios on Thursday to discuss the project…



The Christmas lights in the City Park will be lit up again this weekend. Mayor Thomas reminds us of the times for that…



Santa and the Grinch will be at the City Ppark this Saturday evening beginning at 5:00pmCT, so be sure to stop by for pictures!


Senator Max Wise Launches Legislative Survey to Engage 16th Senate District Constituents


FRANKFORT, KY (December 7, 2023) - State Senator Max Wise is excited to announce the launch of his legislative survey, aimed at gathering valuable feedback from constituents of the 16th Senate District, which includes Adair, Allen, Metcalfe, Monroe, and Taylor Counties and eastern Warren County. The survey is a critical tool for Wise to understand the priorities and concerns of the residents to better serve as their voice in the Kentucky Senate.


Wise wants to ensure the needs and opinions of his constituents are at the forefront of his decision-making. The survey will remain open until Thursday, December 28, allowing residents to share their thoughts on legislative matters affecting the district and the state.


Constituents can access the survey directly on Wise’s legislative profile page at Legislature.ky.gov or by CLICKING HERE. To find the survey manually, visitors can follow these steps:

  • Visit Legislature.ky.gov.
  • Click on "Senators" under the "Legislators" drop-down tab at the top left of the home page.
  • Scroll down to locate or use CTRL+F and enter his name.
  • Alternatively, users can search for him by entering their county name at the top of the page.
  • Once on Wise's LRC profile, find the survey link under his district number on the right side of the page.


Wise encourages constituents to participate in the survey and appreciates their valuable input. The feedback will be crucial in shaping his legislative priorities and actions during the 2024 legislative session.


Constituents can always contact Wise’s office to share thoughts directly or leave a message for lawmakers via the LRC legislative message line at 800-372-7181. 


Additional lines for specific inquiries are as follows:

  • Bill Status Line: 866-840-2835
  • Meeting Information Line: 800-633-9650
  • Meeting Line en Español: 866-840-6575
  • Hearing and Speech Impairment Message Line: 800-896-0305


CLICK HERE to view the 2024 Legislative Calendar. 


For more information or assistance, constituents can contact Wise at 502-564-8100 or email Max.Wise@lrc.ky.gov


Columbia Boil Water Advisory Lifted


As of 10:50 A.M. on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 the Columbia - Adair Utilities District Boil Water Advisory for customers on Chestnut Grove Road, Redlick Road & all side roads in between, has been lifted by the Division of Water. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.


Columbia's Business Improvement Program Successful; Program has been Suspended

The City of Columbia has had great success with the local business improvement program through funding received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Approximately 15 applications were processed in 2022; close to 50 were submitted in 2023; and another 25 to be discussed.
Due to the response and the amount of funding that was allocated for the projects, the program will be suspended immediately.
“We appreciate the response from the community and local businesses,” stated Mayor Pamela Hoots. “We want to ensure that the funding is available for these businesses that have submitted applications.”
If funding is not utilized, the City of Columbia will reopen the program for the amount available.

US Rep. James Comer Files for Reelection


U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-Tompkinsville, has filed for reelection in Kentucky's 1st Congressional District.


Comer has represented western Kentucky since Nov. 2016. He filed paperwork with the Kentucky Secretary of State's Office Thursday to run for a third term.


Comer's past experience includes a term as Kentucky's Agriculture Commissioner from 2012 to 2016 and more than a decade of service as a state lawmaker.


He lost to Matt Bevin in the 2015 Republican primary for governor by 83 votes.


According to online records, Comer is the only candidate to have registered his campaign with the Federal Election Commission.


LWC to hold 2 Ceremonies for Largest Winter Commencement in School History


Lindsey Wilson College will award 632 degrees on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at its 118th commencement ceremony.

This will be the largest winter commencement for the 120-year-old liberal arts college. LWC will hold two ceremonies to accommodate the large crowd. Graduates have been allotted tickets for guests in attendance.

The first ceremony will take place at 10amCT on December 9, in Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY. The Saturday morning event will recognize students earning the following degrees: Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Education and Doctorate of Philosophy.

The second ceremony will take place at 2pmCT on December 9, in Biggers Sports Center. The Saturday afternoon event will recognize students earning the following degrees: Master of Science and Master of Business Administration.

The ceremony will be shown on closed-circuit television in the Norma & Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship, 402 Helen Flatt Drive. The ceremony will also be available via live stream on the Lindsey Wilson College YouTube channel. Go to www.lindsey.edu/commencement for access to the free streaming event.

For more information about LWC's 2023 winter commencement ceremony, contact the LWC Registrar's Office at registrar@lindsey.edu or 270-384-8025.


Somerset Woman Arrested in Russell County for Disorderly Conduct and Assault


Carrie Lawless, 25, of Somerset, KY was arrested on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 by Officer Davis with the Russell Springs Police Department. She was charged with Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree and Assault, 4th Degree (no Visible Injuries). Lawless was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Clinton County Woman Arrested on Meth Charges Following Traffic Stop; Vehicle Operator Cited for Various Traffic Offenses

The Columbia Police Department initiated a traffic stop on Campbellsville Street on Tuesday afternoon, December 5, 2023. The driver of the vehicle consented to a search of the auto and a passenger was found to have paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine.
Sharla Lynn Vanwinkle, 39, of Albany, KY was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (ethamphetamine).  The vehicle operator was cited on scene for traffic violations and released.
CPD Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest. He was assisted by CPD Officers Holly Necessary, Trent Williams and Sgt Drew Conn.

Columbia-Adair County Chamber SHOP LOCAL Gift Card Winners


Congratulations to the 2023 winners of a SHOP LOCAL $50 gift card, sponsored by the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce!


  • 313 Maple Florist and Gifts - Christy Burton
  • Black Stallion Steakhouse – Gail Callahan
  • Burton ACE Hardware – Tammy Keith
  • Day and Day Feed Mill – Mike Talley
  • Farm2Furniture – Jennifer Rogers
  • Fiesta Mexico. – Judy Brown
  • Flowers ‘N Things – Tatum Lewis
  • Happy Cow Café – Deanna Garmon
  • Hot Prints – Jason Lacy
  • Jeffries Hardware – Donna Yates
  • McDonald’s – Roger Cobb
  • Nanwood Market – Elizabeth Cowan
  • Wild and Free – Sydnie Nivens


Columbia Boil Water Advisory 12/4/23


Date Issued:  12/04/2023
Time Issued:  12:15 P.M.
A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers on Chestnut Grove Road, Redlick Road & all side roads in between. The advisory has been issued due to a main line leak. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality. For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.

Columbia Mayor Pam Hoots Recaps Monday Evening Council Meeting


Columbia Mayor Pam Hoots stopped by the WAVE studios this morning and discussed a few items that were approved at Monday evening’s Columbia City Council meeting. The City approved a grant that could possibly add two EV stations in the city and another that would help with vehicles for the Columbia Police Dept. The mayor also encouraged everyone to "shop local" when doing their Christmas shopping this year…


Manchester Woman Arrested for Speeding and DUI Charges in Adair County


Ashley Vibbert, 30, of Manchester, KY was arrested by KSP Trooper Lee on Monday afternoon. Vibbert was charged with Speeding 21 mph over Limit, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Improper Lane Usage – Vehicles Keep Right Except to Pass, and Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Russell Springs Man Arrested for Criminal Mischief and Numerous Vehicle-Related Charges


Luis Diaz, 25, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Officer Adamson with the Russell Springs Police Department, on Monday night. Diaz was charged with Criminal Mischief 1st degree, Driving without License/Negligence in Accident, No Operators License, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, No Registration Plates and No Registration Receipt. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Russell Springs Fire Department Responds After Vehicle Strikes 5 Star


Russell Springs, KY – The Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department (RSVFD) was dispatched at approximately 9:42 PM on Monday, December 4, 2023 following reports of a vehicle colliding with a business located at 40 SK Lane. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported in the incident.


Upon arrival, RSVFD personnel assessed the situation and ensured the safety of all individuals involved. The building sustained damage due to the collision and the area was secured by responding firefighters. A total of 10 firefighters were actively involved at the scene for approximately 45 minutes.


In addition to the RSVFD, several other agencies responded to the incident, including the Russell Springs Police Department, Kentucky State Police, Jamestown Police Department, and the Russell County Sheriff’s Office.


The RSPD is currently leading an ongoing investigation into the cause of the incident.


Area Arrests 12/04/23

  • Justin Emerson,33, of Russell Springs - arrested on Monday afternoon by KSP for Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia, Public Intoxication, Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees, or Fines, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
  • Ashley Nichole Vibbert, 30, of Manchester, KY - arrested on Monday afternoon by KSP for Speeding, DUI, Improper Lane Usage, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.
  • Dustin Stone, 36, of Columbia - arrested on Monday morning by the ACSO for Failure to Maintain Insurance, No Registration Plates, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle, and was served a Parole Violation Warrant.
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Task Force Update: Helping Vulnerable Kentuckians Effectively and Efficiently


As lawmakers look towards the next legislative session, the legislative interim is wrapping up and committees and task forces are finalizing their work. Task forces have proven to be a vital part of crafting legislation in areas that need more specialized attention than traditional committees with broad agendas can offer. An area that requires the attention of several task forces is how we deliver health and human services. These services range from Medicaid benefits, to foster and adoptive care services, to the regulation of child care providers and food assistance.


The Kentucky Health and Human Service Delivery System Task Force was created by legislative leadership to focus on issues pertaining to health and human services delivery, as well as to identify both areas of improvement and potential solutions. I was honored to be appointed to this panel, and hopeful that the work we have begun will continue as we owe it to both those who receive benefits and those who pay for them to ensure the services are delivered as effectively and efficiently as possible. The vast majority of these programs fall under the massive Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which contains scores of agencies, offices, and programs aimed at protecting the health of all Kentuckians and providing services to help individuals meet basic needs like housing and food, particularly for our most vulnerable. As you can imagine, it is a multi-billion expenditure in the budget legislators write, so we have a vested interest in ensuring the state’s resources are used as effectively and efficiently as possible.


With one of the most significant challenges facing our commonwealth today is how we serve our most vulnerable children. Ranging from the foster care system to Medicaid utilization, a large focus of the task force was how to serve children in the system better, but first required the task force to evaluate what exactly has gone wrong as a whole. Some of the findings included an anticipated decrease in federal funding for childcare programs, verified reports that children in state custody often stay overnight in offices because the program cannot place them, Medicaid expenses rapidly growing as more than a third of the state now receive health insurance benefits through the program, and collaboration between local health departments and the Department for Public Health has increased due to action taken by the legislature.


With findings come suggestions for policy change. The task force recommended that lawmakers reinstate the Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee, as well as allow a continuum of the task forces to work through the next legislative interim. Funding recommendations include raising rates for psychiatric residential treatment facilities, court appointed counsel, and supporting high acuity care centers.


The legislature is encouraged to foster a partnership between the Department for Community-Based Services and the CASA program in active counties, as well as explore the potential for employees of the Department for Community-Based Services from doing so due to a conflict of interest.


To establish broader coverage of underserved areas, the task force has also recommended that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services seek federal approval for immediate reallocation of waiver slots when necessary and standardize waitlist management policies across all departments that administer waivers. Waivers provide financial assistance to people who are in long term care situations. By creating more slots, we will be able to assist more families and patients.


As for the logistical issues sustained in high public benefit utilization areas, the task force has also recommended that a pilot program be established in Jefferson and Fayette counties for processing benefit claims.


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 and keep track of interim committee meetings through the Kentucky legislature’s website at legislature.ky.gov.


Russell County Man Sentenced to Over Two Years in Federal Prison for Defrauding Two Local Non-Profit Organizations


Bowling Green, KY – A Russell County man was sentenced last week to 2 years and 3 months in federal prison for defrauding two Russell County area non-profit organizations.


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


According to court records, Charles Davis, 57, was sentenced last week to 2 years and 3 months in prison, followed by a 3-year term of supervised release, for two counts of wire fraud. The charges were in in connection with his thefts while working as treasurer from two Russell County non-profit organizations, ArtWorks Community Arts Education Center, a local non-profit in Jamestown, Kentucky, that provides arts education to children, and the Russell County Arts Council, another non-profit that provides arts education to children and the community. Davis was also ordered to pay $352,336.72 in restitution to ArtWorks Community Arts Education Center and the Russell County Arts Council.


This case was investigated by the FBI.


Assistant United States Attorney Madison Sewell, of the U.S. Attorney’s Bowling Green Branch Office, prosecuted the case. 


Two People Taken into Custody on Burglary and Other Charges


Two people were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail Sunday on Burglary and other charges.


Christopher Corbin, age 32, of Columbia, was arrested by Officer Berry with Fish and Wildlife just after 6 last evening. Corbin was charged with Burglary, 3rd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition all other greater than $10,000 and Persistent Felony Offender.


Holly Adams, 31, of Columbia was taken into custody by Deputy Grider with the Casey County Sheriff’s Office, yesterday morning just after 11 a.m., Adams, was charged with Burglary, 3rd Degree and Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition all other greater than $10,000.


Again both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Adair County Residence Sustains Major Fire Damage over the Weekend


The Adair County Fire Department was dispatched just after 2:30pmCT on Sunday afternoon, to 53 Karen Drive on a report of a bathroom on fire at a residence.


Upon arrival, there was heavy smoke & fire coming from the bathroom & the master bedroom area of the residence. Adair County firefighters quickly brought the fire under control. The residence sustained major damage from the fire.


Fifteen firefighters were on the scene for approximately one hour. The Adair County E911 Center & Kentucky Red Cross assisted with the fire.


Three Individuals Arrested & Lodged in the ACRJ on Various Charges

The following individuals were arrested by various law enforcement agencies ...
  • Ashley Turner, 38, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday afternoon by the ACSO for Criminal Trespassing, Driving on a DUI Suspended License, Burglary 2nd degree, Criminal Mischief, and TBUT.
  • Michael Dwayne Murphy, 58, of Liberty - arrested on Friday afternoon by Fish & Wildlife for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License. 
  • Barry Mcadoo, 48, of Columbia - arrested on Thursday morning by KSP for Assault 4th Degree, Strangulation and Unlawful Imprisonment.
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Taylor County Man Arrested on Burglary & Other Charges after Stealing Batteries from Walmart

During the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 28, 2023 two individuals in a u-haul truck cut open a cage at the rear of Walmart and removed 72 used batteries. Later in the morning, Greensburg Police located the u-haul associated with the theft. 
With the assistance of the Greensburg Police Dept., 36-year old Vernon L. Richardson of Campbellsville was arrested and charged with Burglary 3rd degree, Criminal Mischief, No Operators License, Possession of Burglary Tools, Receiving Stolen Property, and Possession of Marijuana. He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
Campbellsville Police Officer Chris Milby is the investigating officer.

Brighten Holiday Spirits with Chance to Win New Convertible or $50,000 Cash


BURKESVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2023) –This holiday season give the gift of hope and excitement with a Kentucky State Police (KSP) Trooper Island Camp raffle ticket. This year’s raffle offers an enticing choice for the lucky winner. The grand prize includes an option to claim a 2024 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible or a $50,000 cash prize. Purchasing a $10 ticket ensures your chance at winning, but more importantly, it helps Kentucky’s children attend a free summer camp.


Trooper Island Camp’s annual vehicle raffle is its largest fundraiser of the year. Last year’s raffle sold a record number of tickets at 37,519. Trooper Island Camp Commander Trooper Jonathan Biven says he hopes to surpass that number in 2024 to make a greater impact on the lives of children who attend camp.


“When you purchase a $10 raffle ticket, you’re not just entering a drawing; you’re investing in children whose families are financially challenged by providing means for these kids to experience a week-long summer camp free of charge,” said Trooper Biven.


Tickets are $10 each and are available on the Trooper Island website or any KSP Post throughout the state. A max of 50,000 tickets will be sold, with the raffle drawing tentatively scheduled for August 25 at 3:00 p.m. EST during the Kentucky State Fair. Ticket holders do not have to be present to win. The raffle winner is responsible for all tax and license fees. (Charitable gaming license #0000633)


The 2024 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible is equipped with a 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine with Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+. There is connected built-in navigation, a blind spot information system, and an active anti-theft system. The vehicle’s market value is $58,467. A complete list of features and equipment can be found on the Trooper Island website.


Trooper Island Camp was established in 1965 by the Kentucky State Police at Dale Hollow Lake, near the Cumberland and Clinton County line. This free summer camp is designed for children aged 10-12 from families facing financial challenges. Every year, approximately 700 campers participate in a wide range of activities, including athletics, kayaking, archery, fishing, swimming, and many other camping experiences. The camp aims to instill leadership, teamwork, and valuable life skills while creating lasting memories for the children.

State Rep. Branscum has filed for Reelection

State Rep. Josh Branscum recently filed for re-election to his seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives.


Branscum, from Russell Springs, KY has been a member of the house since 2021 and represents District 83 which includes Russell County, Clinton County, and part of Pulaski County.



Adair County Man Arrested on Fugitive Warrant

An Adair County Man was arrested on a Fugitive Warrant on Thursday.


Johnathan Crawford, 30, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody by KSP Trooper Sharp on Thursday afternoon. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.



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