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Local News Archives for 2024-01

Monticello Man Arrested in Adair County on Theft Charges

 

The Columbia Police Department responded to a report of a stolen truck at Five Star on Hudson Street on Monday night, January 30, 2024. After taking the initial report and obtaining a description of the vehicle, the officer observed the pickup parked at Dohoney Trace where the operator was attempting to get fuel.

 

Contact was made with the operator and the vehicle was confirmed as stolen. The driver, 31-year-old Tyler Roberts of Monticello, KY was taken into custody without incident. A .45 caliber firearm was also located inside the vehicle.

 

Roberts was charged with Driving on a Suspended Operators License, Theft by Unlawful Taking (automobile), and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

 

CPD Officer Holly Necessary made the arrest. She was assisted by Officer Trent Williams and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office.

 

J.O.Y. Ministries Concludes Christmas Campaign Raising $64,606

 

J.O.Y. Ministries concluded their annual Christmas Campaign earlier this month raising $64,606 since the end of November.

"We are once again humbled by the outpouring of support from this community," shared JOY Vice President Hannah Peck. "We had a lofty goal for this campaign [$75,000] and while we may not have reached that goal, we are still so incredibly thankful for this huge act of generosity."

J.O.Y. Ministries operates two homeless shelters and a newly open Crisis Resource Center (400 Greensburg St). Their services include food bags, senior food boxes, resource connection/assistance, kids camp, mission weeks, backpack programs and more!

In 2023, J.O.Y. Ministries provided the following:

  • 112 homeless individuals and families housed
  • 52 people assisted in gaining permanent housing
  • 23 people assisted in gaining employment
  • 2 people connected with rehabilitation services
  • 108 homeless individuals assisted in ways other than housing
  • 2,112 food bags distributed
  • 1,416 senior food boxes distributed
  • 205 Thanksgiving & Christmas food boxes distributed
  • 47 people assisted with rent/utility assistance
  • 31 people received furniture
  • 75 people participated in Mission Week
  • 30 students participated in Camp Hope and
  • 112 children provided with Christmas presents

The needs of our community are great, but you allowed J.O.Y. to minister to hundred of families, individuals, and children in 2023! This ministry is not possible without your support. Thank you for your continued support of J.O.Y. Ministries in 2024.

If you would like to support J.O.Y. Ministries, you can give online at www.joy-ministries.org. You can also mail your gift to PO Box 114 or drop your gift by the Crisis Resource Center at 400 Greensburg St., Columbia, KY.

 

Adair County Clerks Office to be Open the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the Month Starting February 3rd

The Adair County Clerk's Office will be open on the first and third Saturday of each month from 8amCT to 11amCT beginning February 3, 2024.

We are actively up and working on Kentucky's new vehicle registration system. There are some glitches remaining in the new system, but the Department of Transportation and KAVIs system are working long hours to correct these glitches, and it will get better.

There are several operations that we currently are not able to process. Examples include trailers, campers, and historical vehicles. We ask that if you have received these renewals in the mail, to please hold them until end of February.

We appreciate all the cooperation and understanding that everyone has shown during this transitional period. It is deeply appreciated. If you have any questions, call the Clerk's Office at 270-384-2801.

Tax Season is Underway

 

The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) will begin accepting state individual income tax returns today, Monday, January 29, 2024, and will begin processing returns February 5, 2024. The deadline for Kentuckians to file 2023 returns is Monday, April 15, 2024.

 

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will also begin accepting federal individual income tax returns today.

 

Electronic individual income tax returns typically take four to six weeks to process. Taxpayers may check the status of their state refund by visiting refund.ky.gov.

 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Sites
Each year, DOR partners with the IRS to operate Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites across the state. At these sites, knowledgeable staff provide free tax filing assistance to eligible individuals and families, as well as Kentucky state government employees.

 

This service is available to help individuals with an annual income of $60,000 or less or any Kentucky state government employee, regardless of income.

 

In-person assistance will be offered by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 6 to April 11, 2024. If you believe you qualify and would like to take advantage of this service, please schedule an appointment by contacting the nearest regional taxpayer service center. A complete list of the regional taxpayer service centers is available here: revenue.ky.gov.

 

Get Help on Tax Returns
Taxpayers who have questions or require assistance may submit a general inquiry on the DOR website at "Get Help" or contact DOR taxpayer assistance at 502-564-4581. Representatives are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8amET to 4:30pmET and Wednesday from 8amET until 5pmET.

 

Columbia Woman Arrested on Theft Charges

 

A Columbia woman was arrested on Theft charges on Monday night in Adair County.

 

Brittney Robinson, 36, was taken into custody by Chief Deputy Hitch with the Adair County Sheriff's Office. Robinson was charged with Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition (Greater Than $10,000) and Improper Registration Plate. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Russell Springs Man Taken into Custody on Criminal Mischief & other Charges

 

A Russell Springs man was taken into custody Monday on Criminal Mischief, Menacing and Alcohol Intoxication Charges.

 

Jason Bair, 45, was arrested by the Russell County Sheriffs Office for Criminal Mischief (Residential Rental Property) 3rd Degree, Menacing and Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.

 

He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Two Russell County Road Projects Listed on State's Highway Plans


Two road projects in Russell County are listed on the State's recently released highway plans.

 

The bridge project on KY 379 at Crocus Creek Bridge and Louie B Nunn Cumberland Parkway from Mile Point 57.791 to Mile point 62.176.

 

Project Costs: $58,000 for Crocus Creek bridge and close to $4 million dollars for the Louie B Nunn Cumberland Parkway.


The projects are part of the prioritizing road-bridge maintance projects over the next 6 years.

 

Columbia Woman Arrested on Domestic Violence & other Charges


A Columbia woman was arrested on Sunday, January 28, 2024 on Domestic Violence, Resisting Arrest and Menacing charges.


Taylor Moss, age 30, was taken into custody by Officer Bates with the Columbia Police Department on Monday night and charged with Assault 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) with Minor Injuries, Resisting Arrest, and Menacing. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Local Real Estate Co. Brings Home KY Auctioneer's Assoc. Awards

 
The 2024 Kentucky Auctioneer’s Association annual convention was held this past weekend in Lexington, KY. 
 
Russell county native Alex Popplewell competed with top auctioneers across the state to win the Kentucky State Auctioneer Championship.   
 
Local real estate and auction company Golden Rule-Wilson Real Estate & Auction brought home three statewide advertising awards including: Best Radio Advertising, Best Color Newspaper Real Estate Advertising and Best Television Advertising.  Golden Rule-Wilson has offices in both Columbia and Russell Springs and serve all of central Kentucky.
 
 
 

KSP Arrests Campbellsville Man on Drug Charges

 
Adam Scott, 48, of Campbellsville was arrested on Saturday afternoon, January 27, 2024, by KSP for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified), Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, and Failure to Appear.
 
Scott was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

RSVFD Responds to Residential Fire

 

 

Russell Springs, KY – On Friday, January 25, 2024 at approximately 4:45 PM, the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department (RSVFD) was dispatched to a reported structure fire in the basement of a residence located at 129 Emerson Drive in Russell Springs.

 

Upon arrival, crews found smoke emanating from the basement area of the home. A total of 17 volunteer firefighters from RSVFD responded to the call, working diligently on the scene for about 3 hours to contain and extinguish the fire, preventing further spread to the rest of the residence and neighboring properties.

 

We are relieved to report that there were no injuries as a result of this incident. The quick response and effective action taken by all involved ensured the safety of the occupants and minimized potential damage.

 

The Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department was not alone in this effort and extends sincere gratitude to the Russell County EMS (RCEMS), Eli Fire Department, Jamestown Fire Department, and Kentucky Utilities (KU) for their invaluable assistance and cooperation at the scene.

 

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, and further details will be provided as they become available.

 

The RSVFD would like to remind the community of the importance of fire safety and to ensure that smoke detectors in homes are regularly checked and maintained.

 

Jeffery Humble Announces Candidacy for State Representative

 
Jeffery Humble filed paperwork earlier this month to run for the Kentucky House of Representatives seat in District 21.
 
Humble, a Democrat from Adair County, says he chose to challenge for the position because the district needs a strong voice in Frankfort. 
 
“I’m excited to fight for the people of District 21,” Humble says. “Every day, in every aspect of my life, I am committed to carrying forward the spirit of our Commonwealth. I believe all Kentuckians deserve someone who will always act in their best interests and not just a select few.”
 
The November election will be Humble’s first as a candidate, as he has spent the past two decades building a successful career in the insurance business. Since 2005, he has worked as an agent, broker, and sales director. He’s eager to apply those leadership skills to serving his community.
 
“I know we must work together to address the challenges facing our communities within District 21,” Humble says. “From making sure the state economy works for all in the district to ensuring our local teachers and frontline workers are protected, we have so much left to do. We need more than a quiet mouse in Frankfort advocating for our district.”
 
Humble’s roots in the area he intends to represent go back several generations. His grandparents are the late Maxine and Rymon Humble, both from Adair County. Rymon was a farmer while Maxine was a longtime educator in the Adair County School System. His parents are the late Billy Humble—a local farmer, veteran, and teamster—and Anita Smallwood, a retired Kentucky school teacher. 
 
In addition to Humble’s corporate career, he also manages the legacy of his parents’ farm in Adair County. 
 
“I see the challenges we face here every day,” Humble says. “They’re the same as they’ve always been—economic development, access to healthcare and education, improved infrastructure, and affordable housing.” 
 
Humble graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, minor in Special Education, and earned his Master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Bethel University. He currently serves on the EKU International Alumni Association Executive Board. Governor Andy Beshear bestowed Humble the honor of Kentucky Colonel, and he sits on the organization’s Ambassador Council. 
 
District 21 comprises Adair, Monroe, Cumberland, and Metcalfe counties. The 2024 election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 5.
 
“I hope in the following weeks to meet and hear from the people of District 21.” Humble says. “I want to know your needs and your stories, so I can help make a difference representing you in Frankfort.”
 

DEA Encourages Communities to Make Every Day Take Back Day

 

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has launched a new campaign encouraging the public to make Every Day Take Back Day by utilizing year-round collection sites to dispose of unneeded and unwanted medications.

 

For more than a decade, DEA has worked with state and local law enforcement partners to host National Prescription Drug Take Back Days each year to help Americans rid their homes of unneeded medications. The Take Back program has received an overwhelming response from communities across the country.  In 2023, DEA collected more than 1.2 million pounds of unneeded medications at more than 4,600 sites nationwide during our two, one-day events. 

 

DEA has now registered a record 17,000 pharmacies as authorized collectors to help Americans dispose of unused prescription drugs any day of the year. These safe disposal receptacles, in addition to DEA’s annual Take Back Day events, provide the public with an easy, no-cost opportunity to anonymously dispose of medications that are no longer needed.  

 

Take Back Day has helped Americans easily rid their homes of unwanted or expired medications. These medications can be a gateway to addiction and have helped fuel the opioid epidemic. According to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a majority of people who use a prescription medication for a nonmedical purpose obtained that medication from a family member or friend. Removing unnecessary medications from the home can help prevent situations involving not taking medication as intended or dosed; taking someone else’s prescription; and taking the medicine for euphoric effects rather than medicinal purposes.

 

“DEA has worked closely with the registrant community to dramatically increase the number of permanent disposal sites accessible to Americans.  As a result, members of the public can now go to any one of 17,000 pharmacies across the nation to dispose of unused prescription medications any day of the year,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of these collection sites and make every day Take Back Day.”

 

Make Every Day Take Back Day by visiting our locator site to find a pharmacy, hospital, or business with a DEA-registered year-round collection near you. In addition, many local police departments provide year-round drug disposal boxes.

 

In Adair and Russell counties, the authorized local year-round collection pharmacy is CVS Pharmacy, 803 Jamestown St, Columbia, KY.

 

Fatal Casey County Fire Claims Lives of Two Adults & Two Children

 

LIBERTY, Ky. (January 26, 2024) –The Kentucky State Police Post 15 in Columbia received a call from Bluegrass 911 dispatch on January 25, 2024 at 4:26 P.M EST requesting investigative assistance at the scene of a residential fire in the Bethelridge community of Casey County.

 

Troopers and Detectives responded to the scene located on KY 837 in the Bethelridge community of Casey County.  Numerous fire departments from Casey, Lincoln, and Pulaski counties also responded to the area to battle the blaze. The preliminary investigation revealed emergency personnel located Ariel Gordon, age 29 of Lebanon, and Thomas Moss, age 39 of Summersville, deceased inside the residence. Two juveniles were also located deceased inside of the residence. Ms. Gordon and Mr. Moss, as well as the two juveniles, were sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The cause of the fire and the deaths of those involved remains under investigation.

 

The investigation is being led by Detective Zach Scott. Detective Scott was assisted at the scene by other Kentucky State Police Post 15 personnel, the Kentucky State Fire Marshall, Casey County Coroner, and numerous local fire departments.

 

Adair County Fiscal Court Meeting Recap 01-25-24

 

According to Columbiamagazine.com, the Adair County Fiscal Court meeting held on Wednesday was a calm one after Tuesday's meeting was canceled due to a threat received in the Judge's office.

 
As it stands now

  1. The Occupational Tax is in effect at one half of 1% on all W2 payrolls in Adair County and
  2. Every business will owe a one-time $50 annual tax.

Sheila Blair is directing the process and says there will be many reports going forward as details develop from questions - like what qualifies as a business and what about farms and farmers markets? She has researched surrounding counties that have had payroll taxes for years, and still many questions arise each day as it is implemented in Adair County.

 

Exceptions to the $50 annual tax for now are: farms, farmer’s market vendors, non-profits and churches. County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin was asked to update the ordinance accordingly so it can be given a second reading and vote at the next Adair Fiscal Court meeting.

 

Sheila Blair can be reached for more information by phone at: 270-751-2525 and by email at: adairoccupationaltax@gmail.com.

 

Adair Cattlemen's Association Recognizes 3 People at Annual Business Meeting

 

The Adair County Cattlemen's Association recognized Allison Nissley Brockman with the "Cattlemen of the Year Award" on Monday, January 22, 2024 at their annual business meeting.

Also receiving recognitions were Woody Wilson and Lucas Hadley of Burkmann Feeds of Columbia. They were presented with the "Association's Appreciation Award".

 

Bank of Jamestown Scam Alert

 

The Bank of Jamestown is alerting the public of a scam concerning their bank account...

 

 

Russell County 911 Dispatch Accepting Applications

 

RUSSELL COUNTY 911 IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:


CLASS TITLE:  Telecommunications Officer
 

AGENCY:  Russell County 911 Telecommunications

GENERAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:  Receives incoming emergency and non-emergency communications and relays information to appropriate officers and agencies including Police, Fire, EMS and Rescue.  

REQUIREMENTS:  Must be at least 18 years of age and a high school graduate or equivalent.  Must have the ability to stay calm in emergency and confrontational situations, above average communication skills, flexible work hours, ability to multi-task, At least 30 words per minute typing.

911 is an emergency response agency and is staffed 24 hours a day. There are no guaranteed shift times.
Applications may be picked up at the Russell County Judge Executive’s Office at 410 Monument Square, Suite 205, Jamestown, KY 42629. For consideration for this position, please return your application to the Judges office at your earliest convenience.

 

Columbia Man Charged with Robbery; Shelbyville Man Arrested for Receiving Stolen Property

 
The following individuals were arrested on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
  • Samuel Ray Burton, 26, of Columbia - booked into the ACRJ on Wednesday afternoon for 1st degree Robbery, Wanton Endangerment, TBUT, and Failure to Appear.
     
  • Jeremy Allen Snow, 18, of Shelbyville, KY - arrested Wednesday morning by the ACSO for 2 counts of Receiving Stolen Property ($10,000 or more).
 

Summit Manor Nursing Home Fire; No One Injured

 
The Adair County Fire Department, Adair EMS and other agencies responded to Summit Manor Nursing Home in Columbia, KY on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 to a report of a small fire in a light fixture. The fire was quickly controlled and all residents were sheltered in place. No injuries were reported. A report from the Columbia-Adair Co. Fire Department will be released soon.
 

Adair Fiscal Court Special Called Meeting 1/25/24

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in special called session on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 10:00amCT in the basement of the Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. The meeting is open to the public. 
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL 
                  
1.  APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2.  DISBURSEMENTS
3.  TREASURER
A.)  TREASURER’S REPORT                        
4.  BUDGET TRANFERS
A.)  LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
B.)  FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
5.  BUDGET AMENDMENTS
6.  ACTION ITEMS:                                             
A)  BUSINESS LICENSE DISCUSSION 
B)  OCCUPATIONAL TAX COMPLAINTS - W2’S AND W3’S 
C)  911-HIRE - GRANT LOY - FULL-TIME 911 DEPUTY DIRECTOR/DISPATCH
D)  911 - DUSTIN POSEY - FULL-TIME MAPPING-DISPATCHER 
E)  911 - LAURA COFFEY - PART-TIME DISPATCH
F)  911 - JENNA GEORGE - PART-TIME DISPATCH
G)  911 - BAILEY MULLINS - PART-TIME DISPATCH 
H)  PERMISSION TO PAY OUT SNOW REMOVAL DISBURSEMENTS 

7. ADJOURN

Free Tree Seedlings for Adair Co. Homeowners

 

The Adair County Cooperative Extension Service has placed an order of 500 tree seedlings for distribution. Each homeowner may receive up to 4 seedlings total. Seedlings will be available on Thursday, January 25th and will be available as long as supplies last.

 

Species include:

  • Sycamore
  • Black Walnut
  • Pecan
  • White Oak &
  • Wild Plum


Adair County Extension Master Gardeners will be on hand distributing seedlings and answering any questions you may have on location selection, planting, and care for seedlings.  .

 

For information on bulk ordering tree seedlings from the KY Forestry Division, visit their website.

 

Adair Family Resource Centers Collecting Formal Attire for Middle & High School Students

 

Adair Family Resources is in need of formal attire for middle school and high school age students to wear to the formal and prom this spring.

Specifically, dress shoes, jewelry and ties are needed. If you have something you'd like to donate, please contact Kara Iqbal at 270-384-7617 or Hali Anderson at 270-384-6050. Donations will be accepted until March 1, 2024.

 

Columbia Man Arrested for Receiving Stolen Property

 

A Columbia Man was taken into custody on Receiving Stolen Property Charges early Wednesday morning, January 24, 2024.

 

London Presley Stidham, 18, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody by Deputy Padgett with the Adair County Sherriff’s Office on Wednesday. Stidham was charged 2 Counts of Receiving Stolen Property ($10,000 or more) and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Russell County Library Science in Play2Go

Science in Play2Go is ready to Go at the Russell County Library. Library Director Lindsey Westerfield has details on the Grand Opening taking place this weekend…

 

Columbia Woman Arrested for Public Intoxication & Assaulting an Officer

 
Brittany Marie Neal, 31, of Columbia, KY was arrested by the CPD on Tuesday morning, January 23, 2024 for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol), Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd degree (on foot), and Assault 3rd degree (Police or Probation Officer).
 
Ms. Neal was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

There Will Be School on Wednesday in Adair County

 

There WILL BE school on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 in Adair County.

 

 

The following statement is from Adair County School Supt. Jason Faulkner:

Our transportation department has checked roads throughout the county and we are confident that we can have a safe return to regular schedule tomorrow. We look forward to seeing all our students and getting back to our normal routines.

 

Dunnville Man Arrested on Wanton Endangerment Charges


William Scottie Phelps, 41, of Dunnville, KY was arrested on Monday, January 22, 2024 for two counts of first degree Wanton Endangerment (one of a police officer), Fleeing or Evading Police (motor vehicle), and Persistent Felony Offender.
 

Russell County Man Arrested on Burglary Charges

 
James Melson, 42, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Saturday afternoon, January 20, 2024 by KSP for Burglary 2nd degree and TBUT (over $500).
 
Melson was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Columbia Woman Arrested after Calls of Female Behaving Erratically


The Columbia Police Department responded to the area of the Public Square and Burkesville Street on Tuesday morning, January 23, 2024 after calls of a female walking and behaving erratically.
 

After seeing police officers, the female fled on foot from the Square down Jamestown Street, and attempted to go into a local business before officers detained and took her into custody.

Brittany Marie Neal, 31, of Columbia has been charged with public intoxication, fleeing and evading police 2nd degree, and assault 3rd degree (police officer). 


Sgt Drew Conn made the arrest. He was assisted by Officer Adam Cravens.
 

"Threats" cause Delay in Tonight's Adair County Fiscal Court Meeting


Due to some threats and safety issues the regular called Adair Fiscal Court meeting scheduled at 6pmCT this evening will be cancelled.

This meeting will be rescheduled at a later date after obtaining guidance from the attorney general and department of local government on how to proceed.

 

Two Columbia Women Arrested on Monday

 

Jessica Corbin, 38, of Columbia, was arrested by Officer Foster with the Columbia Police Department on Monday evening for Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree and Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense)

 

Nickie Iline George, 39, of Columbia, was arrested by Officer Necessary with the Columbia Police Department on Monday afternoon for Terroristic Threatening, Menacing, and Resisting Arrest.

 

Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - Representative Sarge Pollock

 

Legislation clears committees, full House

As snow covered much of the Commonwealth, we left Frankfort on Friday with more than 350 House bills and resolutions filed for consideration. We have four weeks before the deadline to file new House bills on February 26, so I expect we will see several hundred more.

 

You can read summaries of each piece of legislation, as well as download the full text of bills and resolutions, access livestream and archived footage of meetings and debates, and see the legislative calendar on the official General Assembly website, legislature.ky.gov.

 

Without a doubt, the most talked about bills filed last week were the House version of the state budget and a measure that makes substantial one-time investments in priority areas. I am pleased with what I have seen in these documents, particularly because they are based on the fundamental principal that every dollar allocated belongs to Kentucky taxpayers, and we have an obligation to ensure we make the biggest impact possible to benefit our Commonwealth.

 

The House version of the state’s two-year spending plan, HB 6, provides $124.8 billion in spending and again includes record funding for K-12 public schools and strategic investments in public safety, infrastructure, and health services. The proposal also includes major investments in mental health and substance abuse recovery and programs serving the state’s most vulnerable elderly and youth.

 

While the budget makes recurring allocations, HB 1 is limited to $1.74 billion in one-time investments. The proposal taps existing state resources to make significant one-time investments in infrastructure, public safety, and economic development, as well as paying down the state’s public pension liabilities over the current and next two fiscal years. The measure contains: $500 million towards the unfunded liability within the Kentucky Teacher’s Retirement System; $300 million towards the unfunded liability within the Kentucky Employees Retirement System Non Hazardous Pension Fund; $150 million to pay down the unfunded liability within the Kentucky State Police pension fund; $450 million to provide the necessary match to approved federal grants through the GRANT program created by the legislature during the 2023 Regular Session; $150 million for drinking and wastewater infrastructure; $75 million towards site development for economic development purposes under the Kentucky Product Development Initiative program; $50 million towards the finance authority loan pool for economic development; $6,395,000 for the purchase of lab equipment for use by the Kentucky State Police; $15 million for the short line infrastructure preservation program within the Kentucky Rail Development Program; $15 million for the industrial access and safety program within the Kentucky Rail Development Program; $18.5 million towards the Riverport Asset Preservation Program; and $11.4 million in funding to provide $200,000 grants to each of the state’s general aviation airports

 

While I continue reviewing these two measures, I expect we will see the state road plan within the next couple of weeks.

 

Safer Kentucky Act: Members of the House Judiciary Committee approved HB 5, commonly referred to as the Safer Kentucky Act. The measure includes over 20 policy provisions such as a new “Three Strikes Law” targeting experienced and persistent violent felony offenders, “Madelynn’s Law” regulating bail funding organizations, creating a Kentucky statute for carjacking, removing early release for criminals using guns in crimes, enhancing the penalty for the murder of a first responder, hardening sentences for adults using juveniles as criminal accomplices, cracking down on those involved in drive by shootings, improving protocol for involuntary confinement of the mentally ill, increasing penalties for attempted murder, and “Jake’s Law ” toughening sentencing for those who flee the police.

 

Empowering Parents and Guardians: Legislation that would ensure that parents with children 12 and older have access to their children’s medical records. Under current law, when a child turns 12 years of age, parents lose immediate access to their child’s medical records unless written consent is given. Unless records are otherwise protected by HIPAA or state law, such as , records cannot be turned over.

 

Crafting a Response to the Use of Artificial Intelligence: HCR 38 would create a legislative task force to study the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the operation of state government agencies as well as how policies may be adapted to ensure consumer protection in private and public sectors. The measure cleared the House Economic Development and Workforce Investment Committee last week.

 

Following are summaries of other bills filed for consideration:

 

Improving Maternal Health: HB 10 is aimed at Kentucky’s maternal health crisis and would tackle the issues on multiple levels. The measure proposes to add pregnancy to the list of qualifying life events for the purpose of health insurance coverage; provide mental health consultation and access to care through the Lifeline for Moms Psychiatry Access Program; and expand the HANDS program to include lactation counseling and assistance, education on safe sleep, and research on the role of doulas in the birth experience. HANDS is a voluntary home visitation program for new or expectant parents. Services can begin during pregnancy and extend until the child is three months old. The legislation would also strengthen an existing advisory council to provide ongoing policy guidance to increase collaboration, improve data collection, and suggest additional improvements

 

Providing Support for Pregnant Mothers: HB 243 would enable Kentucky women to initiate child support claims in a court of law while pregnant. Under the provisions of HB 243, if the man named by the mother readily admits paternity, child support payments would begin immediately. If he disputes paternity, genetic testing would be done either prenatally or after the birth. If that testing proves he is the father, he would owe back payment to the time when the action was first filed in court.

 

Banning Public Agencies from Using Taxpayer Dollars to Lobby: HB 309 would prevent state agencies, programs, and public colleges and universities from expending state tax dollars on lobbying efforts, including prohibiting the hiring of liaison positions aimed directly at influencing policy.

 

I can be reached here at home anytime, or through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181. As we continue with this 60-day legislative session, feel free to contact me via email at Sarge.Pollock@lrc.ky.gov. If you would like more information on legislative happenings through this session, please visit the legislature’s website at www.legislature.ky.gov.

 

Adair County School Board Special Called Meeting 1/22/24

 
SPECIAL CALLED ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING - JANUARY 22, 2024 - 5:00 P.M. 
 
**Meeting called to order** 
***Adair County Board Members will open the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance*** 
***Prayer*** 
 
1.         APPROVAL OF AGENDA 
2.         APPOINTMENT OF SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRPERSON FOR 2024 
3.         APPOINTMENT OF SCHOOL BOARD VICE-CHAIRPERSON FOR 2024 
4.         APPOINTMENT OF SECRETARY TO THE BOARD FOR 2024 
5.         APPOINTMENT OF TREASURER TO THE BOARD FOR 20224 
6.         APPROVAL TO SET DATE AND TIME FOR REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2024 (THIRD THURSDAY EACH MONTH) 
7.         PUBLIC FORUM TO ADDRESS QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS ON THE NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REPORT – Dayna Parnell 
8.         APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA 
 
CONSENT AGENDA 
9.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
10.       APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT  
11.       APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS 
12.       APPROVAL OF TRAVEL EXPENSES FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 
13.       APPROVAL OF FAMILY RESOURCE AND YOUTH SERVICES CENTERS (FRYSC) DISTRICT ASSURANCE CERTIFICATION FOR 2024-2026 
14.       APPROVAL FOR OUT OF STATE TRAVEL FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL TEAM TO COMPETE IN THE FLORIDA SOFTBALL BEACH BASH IN MIRAMAR BEACH, FL FROM 3/30/204 THROUGH 4/7/2024 
15.       APPROVAL FOR OUT OF STATE TRAVEL FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC TEAM FOR THE FOLLOWING ACADEMIC MEETS:
•          02/03/2024 TO GALLATIN HIGH SCHOOL IN GALLATIN, TN
•          02/24/2024 TO BATTLE GROUND ACADEMY IN FRANKLIN, TN
•          03/02/2024 TO UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE IN KNOXVILLE, TN
•          05/23-26, 2024 TO ATLANTA MARRIOTT MARQUIS IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA FOR NAQT NATIONAL COMPETITION 
•          06/06-09, 2024 TO HYATT REGENCY RESTON IN WASHINGTON, DC FOR PACE NATIONAL COMPETITION 
 
16.       ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION
_______________________________
 
REGULAR AGENDA 
17.       SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT 
18.       DISCUSSION OF NEW APPTEGY WEBSITE – Jason Faulkner & Jason Rector  
19.       APPROVAL FOR HOTEL AND REGISTRATION COST IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,000 FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC TEAM TO COMPETE AT THE NAQT NATIONAL COMPETITION – Kate Proctor  
20.       APPROVAL OF 2024-2025 SCHOOL CALENDARS – Robbie Harmon 
21.       DISCUSSION OF 2024-2025 ADAIR LEARNING ACADEMY SCHOOL CALENDAR – Robbie Harmon 
22.       FIRST READING OF THE REVISION OF POLICY 03.121 SALARIES - RANK AND EXPERIENCE – Jason Faulkner & Jaimie Wisdom 
23.       APPROVAL FOR FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,317.00 FOR THE PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL ARCHERY EQUIPMENT – Jason Faulkner 
24.       FIRST READING OF THE REVISION OF POLICY 03.125 EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT AND 03.125 AP.22 TRAVEL FORM – Jaimie Wisdom  
25.       APPROVAL OF THE 2022/2023 AUDIT REPORT – Shad Allen 
26.       APPROVAL OF DRAFT BUDGET FOR THE 2024-2025 FISCAL YEAR – Jaimie Wisdom 
27.       APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Jaimie Wisdom 
28.       APPROVAL TO PURCHASE (2) 66 PASSENGER THOMAS BUSES AND (1) 21 PASSENGER SPECIAL NEEDS BUS THROUGH KISTA FINANCING – Steve Burton  
29.       BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – Steve Burton 
30.       APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER 20.2 FOR CREDIT IN THE AMOUNT OF $22,000.00 – Steven Osborne 
31.       APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDERS 17.1 AND 20.1 FOR CONCRETE PAD – Steven Osborne 
32.       APPROVAL OF THE 2023/2024 CONTRACT WITH LAURA POPE, PEDIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPIST AS A PRN PHYSICAL THERAPIST – Wes Irvin 
33.       APPROVAL OF REVISIONS TO THE 2023/2024 ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL CALENDAR – Jason Faulkner/Robbie Harmon 
34.       PUBLIC COMMENTS 
35.       ADJOURNMENT

No School in Adair or Russell on Tuesday

 

No school in Adair or Russell counties on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. This will be an NTI day for both school systems.


Green County -1-hour delay on Tuesday.

Casey County - CLOSED

 

The following message is from Jason Faulkner, Adair County School Superintendent:

Due to hazardous road conditions on some of our county and side roads, there will be no school tomorrow January 23rd.  We will be utilizing NTI day 4. Tomorrow will be a staff report day so all staff will need to report to their respective schools. 

 

 

Joint Effort by Russell County Emergency Personnel Leads to Successful Rescue

 
At approximately 8:30am on Saturday morning, January 20, 2024, Russell County Search & Rescue responded to a call for a capsized boat approximately 5.5 miles from Wolf Creek Dam on the Cumberland river. Two duck hunters from Alabama were drifting when they struck a submerged tree stump and overturned. One individual was able to make it to shore and the other was momentarily rescued by other hunters on the river. Both men did have life jackets but were not wearing them. Luckily both men did not require medical treatment and were able to walk to safety and a change of clothes. 
 
While the individuals were changing, additional crews stayed behind and were able to recover their boat and some belongings, further proving the dedication that our local agencies have to their community and guests of our community.  Great teamwork by agencies from Russell County Search & Rescue, South Russell fire department, Jamestown fire department, Jamestown dive team, Russell County EMS, Russell County Emergency Management and Russell County Dispatch. 
 

Area Arrests 1/21/24


 
  • Anna Robbins, 50 - arrested on Wednesday by CPD for TBUT (Shoplifting).
  • Courtney Gray, 30 - arrested by CPD on Wednesday for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (first & second offense).
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
  • Danielle Calhoun, 46, of Campbellsville - arrested on Thursday night, January 18, 2024 by KSP for Possession of Methamphetamine (3rd or greater offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Giving Officer False Identifying Information, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, License to be in Possession, No Registration Receipt, Failure of Non-Owner/Operator to Maintain Insurance, and 2 counts of Failure to Appear.

Lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 

Church Cancellations & Delays 1/21/24


The WAVE Polar Report is brought to you by Barger Insurance Agency in Columbia and Jack & Jack Insurance in Jamestown.

 

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The following churches have cancelled Sunday morning services due to extremely cold weather and/or icy parking lots:

 

  • Royville Friendship Church
  • Mt Pleasant Church (Russell Springs)
  • Trinity Church will have a combined service at 10:30AM (contemporary and traditional). Evening activities are cancelled.
  • Parksridge Church of God (Eli) - only one service today at 2PM.
  • SONrise Church (Columbia)
  • Gradyville Baptist Church - service at 10:45am
  • Columbia First Church of the Nazarene 
  • Walnut Hill SBC (Casey Co.)
  • Mt Hope SBC (Jamestown)
  • RS First Baptist Church - 10AM service only; no Sunday School
  • Freedom Baptist Church (Campbellsville) 
  • Word of God Church (Russell Co.)
  • Wellfare Baptist Church (Jamestown)
  • Freedom Church of God (Adair Co.)
  • Bethany Baptist (Adair Co.) - worship service only
  • Creelsboro Christian Church 
  • Creelsboro Church of the Nazarene 
  • Eunice Church of God (Adair Co.)
  • New Friendship UBC (RS)
  • Picketts Chapel Church (Adair Co.)
  • Pine Grove SBC (Russell Co.)
  • Mt Carmel Church (Adair Co.)
  • Egypt Christian Church (Adair Co.)
  • Square Oak SBC (Russell Co.)
  • Tabor Community Church (Adair Co.)
  • Sano Baptist Church (Russell Co.)
  • Old Liberty Community Church (Russell Co.)
  • Emory Chapel UMC (Adair Co.)
  • Old Concord Community Church (Adair Co.)
  • Temple Hill Community Church (Jamestown)
  • Harrodsfork Baptist Church (Adair Co.)
  • Glens Fork Church of the Nazarene 
  • Glens Fork Community Church (Adair Co.)
  • Summershade United Methodist Church 
  • Victory Community Church 
  • New Victory Baptist Church 
  • Flatwoods SBC (Adair Co.)
  • Grace Union Missionary Baptist Church (Edmonton)
  • Living by Faith Community Church (Adair Co.)
  • Sparksville Baptist Church (Adair Co.)
  • Clearfork Baptist Church  (Russell Co.)
  • Bearwallow Church on Hwy 206
  • Beulah Chapel BIC (Adair Co.)
  • First Baptist Church (Columbia)
  • Praise Assembly of God (Columbia)
  • Pierce's Chapel Baptist Church (Adair Co.)
  • Liberty Baptist Church (RS) - No Sunday School; Worship service only at 10:30AM
  • Bethesda Community Fellowship (RS)
  • Main Street Church of God (RS)
  • Jones Chapel Church (Adair Co.)
  • Charity Baptist Church (Adair Co.)
  • Jamestown Christian Church - early Sunday service canceled. They will have Sunday School at 9:45 and worship service at 10:45.
  • Columbia Church of God - Sunday School only so members can attend Gary Conover's funeral. No evening service.
  • Bernard Ridge Church of God (RS) - morning service at regular time; No Sunday evening service

Taylor County Man Arrested on Burglary Charges

 
Antonio James Robert Costillo, 31, of Campbellsville, KY was arrested on Friday night, January 19, 2024 by Officer Milby with the Campbellsville Police Dept. for Burglary 3rd degree, No Operators License, Failure to Notify the Kentucky Transportation Dept. of Address Change, and five counts of Failure to Appear.
 
Mr. Costillo was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 

Snowfall Overnight Creates Hazardous Driving Conditions

 

FRANKFORT, KY (Jan. 19, 2024) – Harsh winter weather is expected to continue into Friday evening, impacting driving conditions for Kentuckians. Motorists are advised to be prepared, to slow down and to be aware of slick roads as temperatures remain below freezing. 
 

“We are expecting another round of extremely cold temperatures across Kentucky this weekend,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Kentuckians should watch out for slick roads and drive with caution if they have to be out.” 
 

The National Weather Service (NWS) is tracking snow and possible freezing drizzle in Northern, Central and Eastern Kentucky. It is expected to taper off by tonight. That precipitation will be followed by below-freezing temperatures over the weekend, possibly reaching as low as -15 degrees Fahrenheit with wind chill. 
 

“This winter weather persists, but so do we,” said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Jim Gray. “Our crews are focused on keeping traffic flowing on interstates and parkways first before moving to other routes. The break in the weather on Wednesday and Thursday morning allowed them to regroup and prepare equipment for this storm. They are out patrolling, treating and plowing where needed. All we ask is that you give them space to work and drive safely if you must travel.”  
 

All state highway district crews are out plowing and treating. Some have finished addressing priority routes and are working on secondary and lower-volume routes. Winds may drift snow onto plowed roadways in some areas. KYTC has more than 2,000 state employees and contracted staff who serve during snow and ice season to keep travelers moving and safe. Staff have completed readiness checks, training and equipment maintenance to respond when the weather takes a turn. More than 1,400 state-owned and contracted plow trucks are on standby for deployment before, during and after winter weather events on Kentucky’s 28,000 miles of state-maintained roadways.  
 

Transportation Secretary Jim Gray signed an official order on Wednesday, Jan. 17, to allow for the fastest response time from carriers delivering supplies to any affected areas.  

 

Motorists are encouraged to follow their local highway district’s social media accounts for regional updates. Check the goky.ky.gov map for travel trips, resources and traffic conditions. The map also offers access to select traffic cameras on interstates and parkways.  
 

To follow live updates for watches, warnings or advisories for Kentucky, please visit alerts.weather.gov. 

 

Tips for driving during snow and icy conditions: 

Alter travel plans to avoid driving during the peak of weather activity. 

  • Drive with a full tank of gas and pack an emergency car kit that contains essential items like blankets, ice scrapers, jumper cables, a flashlight, a cell phone charger, non-perishable snacks and a first aid kit should you get stranded on the road. 
  • Winterize your vehicle. Check your car battery, tire pressure and tread and brakes. Ensure your heater, defroster, headlights and windshield wipers are working properly. 
  • When snow and/or ice are on roadways, drive slowly, no matter what type of vehicle you drive. It takes more time and distance to stop your vehicle in poor weather, so brake early and slowly. 
  • Pay attention to weather advisories and allow more time to travel for routine commutes. Expect delays. 
  • Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shaded areas. These are all candidates for developing “black ice” – a thin coating of clear ice that can form on the pavement surface that may be difficult to see.
  • Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment, and do not pass snowplows on the shoulder.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving, such as using a phone and/or eating, and always buckle up. 


What to do if you see a downed power line: 

  • Report it to your local utility company 
  • Do not try to clear it yourself 
  • Steer clear and avoid anything touching downed lines, including vehicles or tree branches. 

 

Closings and Delays 1/19/24


Due to inclement weather, the following businesses will be Closed or Delayed Today. The WAVE Polar Report is brought to you by Barger Insurance Agency in Columbia and Jack & Jack Insurance in Jamestown.

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  • Russell County Schools NTI Day
  • Adair County Schools Snow Day
  • Russell County Courthouse CLOSED 
  • Lindsey Wilson College Remote Classes Only
  • Somerset Community College CLOSED
  • All Lake Cumberland District Health Departments CLOSED
  • Doggone Classy CLOSED
  • Morgan Sanitation will NOT be RUNNING Transfer Station CLOSED
  • Another Totts Landing CLOSED 
  • Little Peoples Childcare CLOSED
  • TJ Health Russell Springs Clinic OPENING at 9 a.m.
  • Russell County Library CLOSED  
  • Community Medical Services will be OPEN 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. & they will have someone on call for emergencies.
  • Russell County Judicial Center Opening at 10 a.m.
  • Adair County Annex, Green River Animal Shelter and Adair Recycling Center CLOSED
  • Russell Springs Active Day CLOSED
  • Commonwealth Pain and Spine all appointments at the Glasgow clinic will move to telehealth. Campbellsville clinic will not open until 9 AM.
  • Waste Connection wil not be RUNNING today and the Transfer Station is CLOSED
  • Southern Rayz Tanning in Columbia CLOSED
  • Kerrs Garbage will NOT be RUNNING today 
  • McKinney and Blair Insurance CLOSED
  • The Smile Center in Campbellsville CLOSED 
  • Bank of Columbia locations will be closing at 4 p.m. today (January 19th). With temperatures low and moisture/snow on the roadways, they want to allow their employees the opportunity to get home before it gets dark and roads become hazardous. They will be open from 8:30am-Noon on Saturday, January 20th
  • First and Farmers National Bank will be closing  at 4pm today (Friday) and will be open Saturday 9-12.

Russell County Chamber Membership Drive


Have you made a New Year's Resolution? I hope it includes joining the Russell County Chamber of Commerce! Why join?

 

Being a member of the Chamber has many benefits:

  • NETWORKING with other business leaders at the monthly meetings held on the third Tuesday of each month. This year the Chamber will be using the REMIND app for meetings and ribbon cuttings, along with emails. If you would like to receive notifications, please be sure to let the Chamber know by making a note on the membership form or send an email to info@russellcountychamber.com. The next meeting is scheduled for February 20th at the Russell County Public Library at 12:00pmCT. 
  • PROMOTING your business through social media (Facebook, Chamber's website, Emails) or celebrating your GRAND OPENING with a ribbon cutting!
  • JOB OPPORTUNITY is a FREE service to Chamber members. This list is posted to the Chamber's Facebook page each week. Many businesses have found employees through this service.
  • SHOP @ HOME participation from Thanksgiving to Christmas. By participating you get a week of FREE radio and newspaper advertising! Participation in SHOP @ HOME is at NO cost or work on your part and it's only offered to Chamber members!
  • DISCOUNTED ANTHEM INSURANCE as a small business and member of the Chamber, you might qualify for a discounted rate through Anthem insurance. Be sure to ask your insurance agent about this discounted rate.
  • CHAMBER DIRECTORY/RELOCATION PACKET Russell County is seeing lots of new faces as people relocate to our community. As a Chamber member, your business will be included in a directory. What a great resource to have when looking for a contractor, a bank, employment, insurance, or a great restaurant!

Memberships can be paid online through the Chamber's website, www.russellcountychamber.com, or by check or cash at the Chamber office. You can also mail your payment to PO Box 64, Russell Springs, KY 42642.

 

The Chamber is only as strong as its members and we need YOU! If you have any questions, you can call 270-866-4303 on Wednesday or Thursday. 

 

Longtime City of Jamestown Employee Recognized at City Council Meeting


On Thursday evening, Jamestown Mayor Regena Hinton and the City Council thanked Dale Anderson for his 37 years of service and congratulated him on his upcoming retirement.

 

WAVE News would also like to congratulate Mr. Anderson and wish him the best on his upcoming retirement 

 

Kentucky's Latest Unemployment Numbers


Kentucky's seasonally adjusted preliminary December 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 December 2023 jobless rate was unchanged from November 2023 and was up 0.4 percentage point from one year ago.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for December 2023 was 3.7%, which was also unchanged from November 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 2,032,992 in December 2023, a decrease of 3,650 individuals from November 2023. The number of people employed in December fell by 4,058 to 1,945,311 while the number unemployed increased by 408 to 87,681.

"The December number indicates that there was a slight increase in the number of people unemployed and a slight decrease in the labor force," said University of Kentucky's Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) Director Mike Clark, Ph.D. "However, these changes were not large enough to change the state's unemployment rate, which held steady at 4.3%."

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 4,600 jobs to 2,022,300 in December 2023 compared to November 2023. Kentucky's nonfarm employment was up 46,700 jobs or 2.4% compared to December 2022.

"Kentucky's payroll employment decreased in the final two months of 2023," said Clark. "Despite these late losses, Kentucky's economy ended 2023 with 46,700 more jobs than at the end of 2022."

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

Employment in the government sector increased by 1,500 from November 2023 to December 2023. The number of jobs was unchanged in federal government; increased by 1,300 in state government; and increased by 200 in local government. The total number of government jobs rose by 9,700 positions or 3.2% compared to December 2022.

Employment in the other services sector was up by 800 jobs from November to December. This sector had 2,300 more positions in December 2023 compared to December 2022. This sector includes repairs and maintenance, personal care services and religious organizations.

Kentucky's manufacturing sector rose by 100 jobs from November 2023 to December 2023. The durable goods manufacturing subsector grew by 1,200 jobs, but most of these gains were offset by a loss of 1,100 jobs in the non-durable goods subsector. Kentucky's manufacturing employment was up 2,600 positions or 1% compared to December 2022.

The number of jobs in the state's mining and logging sector was up 100 from November to December. This sector had 300 more jobs compared to December 2022.

Kentucky's financial activities sector added 100 jobs from November 2023 to December 2023 but was down 2,800 jobs from December 2022. Employment was down 200 jobs in the finance and insurance subsector from November to December but was up 300 jobs in the real estate, rental and leasing subsector.

Employment in the trade, transportation and utilities sector was unchanged from November to December but was up 3,500 jobs or 0.8% compared to a year ago. The wholesale trade subsector lost 700 jobs. These losses were more than offset by a gain of 1,000 jobs in the retail trade subsector. The transportation, warehousing and utilities subsector lost 300 jobs.

Employment in Kentucky's information services sector fell by 300 jobs from November to December. 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 400 from one year ago.

The leisure and hospitality sector declined by 500 positions from November 2023 to December 2023, representing a loss of 0.2%. This sector reported 2,600 more jobs in December than one year ago. The accommodations and food services subsector was down by 500 jobs in December. Employment in the arts, entertainment and recreation subsector did not change from November to December.

Construction employment fell by 1,700 jobs or 1.8% from November to December 2023, and was up 10,100 positions or 12.2% from one year ago.

"After posting substantial growth for most of the year, construction companies reported lower employment in the final two months of the year," said Clark. "While the decline does indicate there were fewer construction jobs, construction employment is somewhat volatile as it is dependent on factors such as weather."

The educational and health services sector contracted by 1,800 positions in December 2023. Employment in the health care and social assistance subsector decreased by 700 jobs from November to December. The educational services subsector fell by 1,100 jobs. Since last December, this sector has grown by 14,400 jobs or 4.9%.

Kentucky's professional and business services sector fell by 2,900 jobs or 1.3% in December 2023. From November to December, employment decreased by 700 jobs in the professional, scientific and technical services subsector; was unchanged in the management of companies subsector; and decreased by 2,200 jobs in the administrative, support and waste management subsector. The sector has increased by 4,400 jobs or 2% since December 2022.

"Reduced payrolls in the professional and business services accounted for most of Kentucky's job losses in December," said Clark. "This decrease might reflect firms adjusting their level of temporary workers as the national economy cools."

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.

 

RSVFD Responds to Outbuilding Fire

 

Russell Springs, KY - At 6:53 pm on January 17, 2024, the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a reported fire incident at 775 Lafavers Road, eight firefighters from the department answered the call and worked to combat the blaze.


Upon arrival, firefighters immediately began their efforts to contain and extinguish the fire at an outbuilding on the property. Their rapid response and coordinated teamwork ensured the safety of the surrounding area.


The firefighters worked tirelessly for approximately 48 minutes to bring the fire under control. Their dedication and quick action prevented further damage and potential risks.


Fire Chief Bobby Johnson and Assistant Chief Mark Barnett would like to convey their sincere appreciation to the department for their unwavering commitment to serving and safeguarding the community.

 

RSVFD Responds to Pickup Truck Fire

 

Russell Springs and Dunnville Volunteer Fire Departments Extinguish Truck Fire on Hwy 127

 

Russell Springs, KY – At approximately 2:34 pm on Thursday, January 18, 2024, the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department (RSVFD) responded to a report of a truck engulfed in flames on north Highway 127, near the Casey County and Russell County line.

 

The RSVFD, in a collaborative effort with the Dunnville Volunteer Fire Department, successfully extinguished the fire. The scene was a testament to the dedication and efficiency of both departments as they worked together seamlessly to control and eliminate the blaze.

 

A total of 15 firefighters were involved in the operation, with 8 from Russell Springs and 7 from Dunnville. Their combined efforts ensured that the situation was handled promptly and safely, with the scene cleared in about one hour.

 

The Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department extends its profound gratitude to the Dunnville Volunteer Fire Department for their assistance and cooperation at the scene. This incident highlights the importance of community and inter-departmental support in ensuring public safety.

 

We are thankful that there were no injuries reported, and we commend the firefighters who risked their lives to protect our community. Their unwavering commitment to service and safety continues to make a significant difference in our county.

 

Russell Springs Boil Water Advisory 1/18/24

 

There is a Boil Water Advisory for Hwy 1870 in Russell Springs, starting at Tonkin Drive to the Adair County line, Shepherd Drive, a section of Rose Street, and a section of Gentry Mill Road and all side roads. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.

 

CLOSINGS & CANCELLATIONS 1/18/24

 

Due to the threat of inclement weather, the following businesses will be closing early today (Thursday). The WAVE Polar Report is brought to you by Barger Insurance Agency in Columbia and Jack & Jack Insurance in Jamestown.

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  • First Choice Immediate Care in Adair County closing at 5 p.m. today.
  • Esto Country Store & Cafe - Closed
  • All Russell County Hospital Clinics (Family Practice, Primary Care, Surgical Consultants of RCH, and After-Hours Clinic) are closing at 4 p.m. today.
  • Columbia Adair Utilities District, 109 Grant Lane, Columbia, KY will be closing today at 2pm (Thursday, January 18th). If you have a water or sewer emergency, contact their after hours number at 270-634-3285.
  • The Private Applicator Pesticide Certification training scheduled for 5:00 this evening at the Russell County Extension Office has been canceled.
  • Doggone Classy Closing at 4pm today and will be closed on Friday, January 19th.
  • Somerset Community College (all locations) closing at 6pm this evening. Evening classes at 6pm or later are canceled.
  • Snaps Soda Shop closing at 4pm.
  • Rex's Cycle Shop closing at 5pm.

Adair School Board Meeting Rescheduled Due to Inclement Weather

 
Due to the threat of inclement weather, the Adair County School Board meeting that was to be held tonight (Thursday) has been rescheduled for Monday, January 22, 2024 at 6:00pmCT.
 
AGENDA
***Adair County Board Members will open the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance***
 
***Prayer***
 
1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 
2. APPOINTMENT OF SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRPERSON FOR 2024
 
3. APPOINTMENT OF SCHOOL BOARD VICE-CHAIRPERSON FOR 2024
 
4. APPOINTMENT OF SECRETARY TO THE BOARD FOR 2024
 
5. APPOINTMENT OF TREASURER TO THE BOARD FOR 20224
 
6. APPROVAL TO SET DATE AND TIME FOR REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2024 (THIRD THURSDAY EACH MONTH)
 
7. PUBLIC FORUM TO ADDRESS QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS ON THE NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REPORT – Dayna Parnell
 
8. APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
 
 
CONSENT AGENDA
 
9. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
 
10. APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT 
 
11. APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS
 
12. APPROVAL OF TRAVEL EXPENSES FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER
 
13. APPROVAL OF FAMILY RESOURCE AND YOUTH SERVICES CENTERS (FRYSC) DISTRICT ASSURANCE CERTIFICATION FOR 2024-2026
 
14. APPROVAL FOR OUT OF STATE TRAVEL FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL TEAM TO COMPETE IN THE FLORIDA SOFTBALL BEACH BASH IN MIRAMAR BEACH, FL FROM 3/30/204 THROUGH 4/7/2024
 
15. APPROVAL FOR OUT OF STATE TRAVEL FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC TEAM FOR THE FOLLOWING ACADEMIC MEETS:
  • 02/03/2024 TO GALLATIN HIGH SCHOOL IN GALLATIN, TN
  • 02/24/2024 TO BATTLE GROUND ACADEMY IN FRANKLIN, TN
  • 03/02/2024 TO UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE IN KNOXVILLE, TN
  • 05/23-26, 2024 TO ATLANTA MARRIOTT MARQUIS IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA FOR NAQT NATIONAL COMPETITION 
  • 06/06-09, 2024 TO HYATT REGENCY RESTON IN WASHINGTON, DC FOR PACE NATIONAL COMPETITION 
 
16. ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
REGULAR AGENDA
 
17. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
 
18. DISCUSSION OF NEW APPTEGY WEBSITE – Jason Faulkner & Jason Rector 
 
19. APPROVAL FOR HOTEL AND REGISTRATION COST IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,000 FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC TEAM TO COMPETE AT THE NAQT NATIONAL COMPETITION – Kate Proctor 
 
20. APPROVAL OF 2024-2025 SCHOOL CALENDARS – Robbie Harmon
 
21. DISCUSSION OF 2024-2025 ADAIR LEARNING ACADEMY SCHOOL CALENDAR – Robbie Harmon
 
22. FIRST READING OF THE REVISION OF POLICY 03.121 SALARIES - RANK AND EXPERIENCE – Jason Faulkner & Jaimie Wisdom
 
23. APPROVAL FOR FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,317.00 FOR THE PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL ARCHERY EQUIPMENT – Jason Faulkner
 
24. FIRST READING OF THE REVISION OF POLICY 03.125 EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT AND 03.125 AP.22 TRAVEL FORM – Jaimie Wisdom 
 
25. APPROVAL OF THE 2022/2023 AUDIT REPORT – Shad Allen
 
26. APPROVAL OF DRAFT BUDGET FOR THE 2024-2025 FISCAL YEAR – Jaimie Wisdom
 
27. APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Jaimie Wisdom
 
28. APPROVAL TO PURCHASE (2) 66 PASSENGER THOMAS BUSES AND (1) 21 PASSENGER SPECIAL NEEDS BUS THROUGH KISTA FINANCING – Steve Burton 
 
29. BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – Steve Burton
 
30. APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER 20.2 FOR CREDIT IN THE AMOUNT OF $22,000.00 – Steven Osborne
 
31. APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDERS 17.1 AND 20.1 FOR CONCRETE PAD – Steven Osborne
 
32. APPROVAL OF THE 2023/2024 CONTRACT WITH LAURA POPE, PEDIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPIST AS A PRN PHYSICAL THERAPIST – Wes Irvin
 
33. APPROVAL OF REVISIONS TO THE 2023/2024 ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL CALENDAR – Jason Faulkner/Robbie Harmon
 
34. PUBLIC COMMENTS
 
35. ADJOURNMENT

Adair County Community Blood Drive


There will be a community blood drive from 10:30amCT to 3:30pmCT on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at the Columbia Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 501 Jamestown Street, Columbia.

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo I.D. and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at kybloodcenter.org. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule a donation, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775.2522.

Big Blue Slam, an annual competition between Kentucky and Florida, is back at Kentucky Blood Center, offering donors a meaningful way to one-up the Gators. This upcoming blood drive will play a key role in the annual blood contest with LifeSouth Community Blood Center in Gainesville, Florida. As a thank you for saving local lives, all donors will receive a limited-edition Slam T-shirt, plus entry to win two tickets to the UK-Florida men's basketball game on January 31 in Rupp Arena.

 

Columbia Woman Arrested on Theft Charges

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Columbia Woman was arrested Thursday morning in Adair County on Theft Charges

 

Mary Ann Hoover, 34, was arrested by Deputy Thomas with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, Hoover was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition (Auto greater than $10,000) and Receiving Stolen Property $10,000 or more. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Columbia Home Destroyed by Fire


The Columbia - Adair County Fire Department was dispatched at 11:43amCT on Thursday to 303 Tutt St on a report of a stove on fire.

 

Upon arrival, firefighters found a two story residential structure with heavy smoke showing from the residence. Firefighters then deemed this a working structure fire and made an offensive attack on the fire. The fire was brought under control and was deemed a total loss.

 

A total of 18 firefighters were on the scene for approximately 2.5 hours.

 

Agencies that assisted include:

Adair County E911 Center

Columbia Police Department

Adair County Ambulance Service

Columbia Gas Department

Columbia Street Department

Kentucky Utilities &

Kentucky Red Cross


WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY 11amCT Thursday to 6pmCT Friday

 
* WHAT...  A wintry mix of snow, freezing rain, and plain rain is expected to develop across the region Thursday afternoon. Areas of freezing drizzle are expected Thursday evening followed by a period of light snow late Thursday night and into Friday morning. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 1.5 inches will be possible along with less than a tenth of an inch of ice.
 
* WHERE... The southern half of Kentucky.
 
* WHEN... From 11amCT Thursday to 6pmCT Friday.
 
* IMPACTS... Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the Thursday afternoon commute and will likely result in negative travel impacts Thursday night and Friday morning.
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
Slow down and use caution while traveling. For Kentucky Road Conditions please visit http://goky.ky.gov.
 

CLOSINGS & CANCELLATIONS 1/18/24

 

To add to our closings call 270-384-7979 OR 270-866-7979. You can also message the WAVE on Facebook. Closings & cancellations brought to you by Barger Insurance Agency in Columbia and Jack & Jack Insurance in Jamestown.

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  1. No in-person classes for Russell County Schools for the remainder of the week. Thursday & Friday will be NTI days.

  2. No school in Adair County on Thursday, January 18 and Friday, January 19. These days will NOT be NTI Days, rather they will be traditional snow days. Students will not be required to login to their classes during the next two days. However, all students are encouraged to have fun, enjoy the snow, and even share some pictures of your snow day activities on the Adair County School System's social media pages.

  3. The regular January Adair County Middle School SBDM Council meeting that was scheduled for Thursday, January 18th has been cancelled.

  4. Empowered Medical Aesthetics will be closed remainder of this week and will reopen Monday, January 22nd for regular business hours
  5. Bryant Realty and Auction has CANCELLED the Auction for this Saturday, January 20th in Columbia. the Auction for the Owen Pollard Estate has been RESCHEDULED for Saturday, February 3rd
  6. Burton Auto Parts will be closed the rest of the week and will reopen on Monday.
  7. KERR’S Garbage in Columbia will not be running today due to back road conditions . If anyone has any questions they can call 270-250-8438
  8. Jones Garbage will NOT BE RUNNING 
  9. The RCMS basketball game and 8th grade recognition for Thursday night has been cancelled.
  10. Campbells Creelsboro Country Store - closed the rest of the week (Thurs.-Sat).
  11. Active Day NO TRANSPORTATION 
  12. Somerset Community College OPEN 
  13. Esto Country Store - water lines are frozen. If they can get them unfrozen, they'll be open on Thursday.

Applications for C.A.I.P. Funds Extended in RC

 

The application period for Russell County C.A.I.P. funds has been extended to January 25th, 2024. Applications and project area guidelines may be picked up at the Russell County Extension Office, 2688 S. Highway 127, Russell Springs, KY (across the road from Mighty Dollar). For more information, please call the Russell County Extension Office at 270-866-4477.

 

WIND CHILL ADVISORY until 9amCT on 1/17/24

 
Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 10 to 12 below zero! The cold wind chills can result in hypothermia if  precautions are not taken. Use caution while traveling outside. Wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves.
 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Public safety, transportation, health care bills filed for consideration

 

The 2024 Regular Session is off to a fast-paced start. The work that all the legislators did throughout the Interim period is shown in the amount of legislation proposed.  In the first two weeks of the Regular Session more than 200 bills have been filed with the clerk. Many of these will be moved to committee in the next few weeks for consideration of their passage. This week, I wanted to share summaries of a few bills that stood out to me after they were filed. 

 

Child Support for Pregnant Women (HB 243): This week, I filed HB 243. The measure would allow pregnant women to file for child support after conception rather than birth. HB 243 builds on the work we are doing to strengthen families. Additionally, it would help mothers prepare for their child’s birth.

 

The Safer Kentucky Act (HB 5): As you may have seen on the news by now, HB 5 was filed this week and aims to make Kentucky a safer place to live, work, and play. The Safer Kentucky Act represents the next step in the House Majority’s commitment to addressing the crime epidemic in the Commonwealth. HB 5 includes over 20 policy provisions such as a new “Three Strikes Law” targeting experienced and persistent violent felony offenders, “Madelynn’s Law” regulating bail funding organizations, creating a Kentucky statute for carjacking, removing early release for criminals using guns in crimes, enhancing the penalty for the murder of a first responder, hardening sentences for adults using juveniles as criminal accomplices, cracking down on those involved in drive by shootings, improving protocol for involuntary confinement of the mentally ill, increasing penalties for attempted murder, and “Jake’s Law ” toughening sentencing for those who flee the police.

 

Preventing Veteran Suicide (HB 30): With veteran suicide rates on an upward trend through the last decade, taking steps to further protect those who dedicated their lives to protecting us is a priority to both myself and the legislature. HB 30would create the Kentucky Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Suicide Prevention Program within the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. The program would be dedicated to raising awareness of the issue and making resources available to those who might consider taking their own life. HB 30 would require the new program to work with community partners, nonprofits and state and federal programs to reduce barriers to mental and physical health services.

 

Notification of Drivers License Expiration (HB 218): There are few things worse than realizing your drivers license is expired when you need to use it.  HB 218 would require the Transportation Cabinet to give notice of expiration to individuals that have drivers licenses nearing their expiration. This policy would help the people of Kentucky keep their identity documents up to date, and give people a reasonable amount of time to plan for a license renewal.

 

Expanding Drivers Licensing Services (HB 213): Several years ago, the Transportation Cabinet began shifting drivers licensing from circuit court clerks’ offices to regional drivers licensing facilities. This shifted driver’s license renewal to a model comprised of 32 facilities across the state, forcing many Kentuckians to travel an hour or more to renew their licenses in person.  HB 213 directs the Transportation Cabinet to reestablish drivers licensing offices in all counties. This modification would simplify the driver’s license renewal process, and prevent Kentuckians from having to travel outside of their county to renew their license. 

 

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 through the Kentucky legislature’s website at legislature.ky.gov.
 

Latest Update from KY Transportation Dept. District 8


District 8 Snowfighters Continue to Treat and Plow Roads; Hazardous driving conditions remain; more snowfall expected

 

SOMERSET, KY (Jan. 15, 2024) - Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 highway crews continue to plow and treat roadways across the district, all roads remain partially to completely covered and slick.

 

The combination of below-freezing air and pavement temperatures poses challenges to how fast salt and de-icing materials can melt snow, especially after dark. Motorists should avoid travel if possible. If you must travel slow down, leave plenty of space between vehicles and give yourself extra time to reach your destination.

 

Crews will remain focused on priority A snow routes- which include interstates, parkways, U.S. highways, and some other 4-lane routes. Once those routes are addressed crews will work to clear priority B and C routes. KYTC asks for patience as crews are working as hard as they can to clear routes. For a complete county-by-county snow and ice priority list please go to: http://SnowKY.ky.gov.

 

A winter storm warning remains for our area with additional snowfall expected into the early morning hours of Tuesday. Motorists should watch for slick roads tonight and during the Tuesday morning commute, even on treated surfaces, due to the re-freezing of moisture and extended cold temperatures.

 

Tips for driving during snow and icy conditions:

  • Alter travel plans to avoid driving during the peak of weather activity.
  • Drive with a full tank of gas and pack an emergency car kit that contains essential items like ice scrapers, jumper cables, blankets, a flashlight, a cell phone charger, non-perishable snacks and a first aid kit should you get stranded on the road.
  • Winterize your vehicle. Check your car battery, tire pressure and tread, and brakes. Ensure your heater, defroster, headlights and windshield wipers are working properly.
  • When snow and/or ice are on roadways, drive slowly no matter what type of vehicle you drive. It takes more time and distance to stop your vehicle in poor weather, so brake early and slowly.
  • Pay attention to weather advisories and allow more time to travel for routine commutes. Expect delays.
  • Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shaded areas. These are all candidates for developing “black ice” – a thin coating of clear ice that can form on the pavement surface that may be difficult to see.
  • Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment, and do not pass snowplows on the shoulder.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving, such as using a phone and or eating, and always buckle up.

 

What to do if you see a downed power line:

  • Report it to your local utility company
  • Do not try to clear it yourself
  • Steer clear and avoid anything touching downed lines, including vehicles or tree branches.

 

For real-time traffic information or to keep up with state snowfighters in your county, visit http://GoKY.ky.gov. Follow District 8 updates on Twitter and Facebook at http://twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8  or http://facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8.

 

KYTC District 8 is responsible for maintaining state highways in Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell and Wayne counties.

 

KSP Winter Driving Tips


As winter weather approaches, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) are helping Kentuckians prepare by providing a list of essential items motorists should have in their vehicles, along with important reminders for obtaining road and weather information.  


KSP encourages all drivers to create a winter weather kit that includes the following items:  

  • Cellphone charger
  • Blankets  
  • First-aid kit  
  • Jumper cables  
  • Windshield scraper 
  • Collapsible shovel  
  • Flashlight with batteries  
  • Bottled water and/or snacks 

In addition to these preparations, KSP asks citizens to refrain from dialing 911 for road and weather conditions.

 

“Dialing 911 for road and weather conditions can tie up emergency lines and hinder the response to critical situations,” said KSP Spokesperson Capt. Paul Blanton. “We encourage citizens to use our social media channels to access up-to-date information efficiently and allow emergency services to focus on immediate concerns.”  

 

KSP will use Facebook, Twitter and website to share winter weather updates. Before traveling, drivers are encouraged to check road and weather conditions by visiting the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet online traffic, roadway and weather portal website. 

 

Blanton said even the best drivers need to take it slow when rough weather hits.

“There are three actions you do most when you drive: accelerate, turn and brake. In winter weather, you should only do one of those actions at a time. Attempting more than one of these actions at once can cause slide-outs or spin-outs,” says Blanton. “When traveling downhill, if possible, switch to a lower gear and gently tap your brakes. This helps to avoid burning your brakes, and in winter weather, it helps keep traction.”

 

For more information about KSP’s commitment of creating a better Kentucky by making the commonwealth’s streets safer, communities stronger and the nation more secure by providing exceptional law enforcement, click here.

 

Warming Stations in Adair & Russell Counties

 

 

Adair County 

The Adair County Courthouse Annex basement will remain open for several days as a temporary warming location during this weather event. Access can be made via the door on the barber shop side.

 

Russell County 

Russell County Courthouse, Russell County Rescue Squad building, and the Russell Springs, Jamestown, South Russell and Eli Fire Stations will be open as needed.

 

Barger Insurance and Jack and Jack Insurance (Closings and Delays)

 

(Will Update, just REFRESH the page) 

 

 

  • Green County Primary Care CLOSED 
  • Morgan Sanitation will not be running today. The Transfer Station and Office will be CLOSED
  • Active Day CENTER CLOSED 
  • Jones Garbage will not be running today. They will pick up todays route with next Mondays
  • Fortus Logistics will be CLOSED today 
  • Barger Insurance and Jack and Jack Insruance Closed today
  • Dr Charles Giles and Associates will be CLOSED
  • ARC Pregnancy Center CLOSED
  • Community Medical will be OPEN today from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. 
  • Little Laker Day Care CLOSED 
  • Motherson (formerly Dr. Schneider) CLOSED
  • TJ Health Russell Springs Clinic CLOSED 
  • Jamestown Laundry CLOSED 
  • Associates in Dentistry CLOSED 
  • Genesis Family Medical Center CLOSED 
  • Adair County Adult Education Center CLOSED
  • Crossroads Family Medicine CLOSED
  • Grider Insurance 2 Hour Delay 
  • Cooper Chiropractic Center CLOSED
  • Columbia Laundry and Tanning CLOSED  
  • Family First Healthcare CLOSED
  • McKinney and Blair Insurance CLOSED
  • Riley Dental Group Columbia CLOSED
  • Cumberland Cutz Hair Salon in Russell Springs CLOSED
  • Southern Rayz Tanning CLOSED 
  • Bennett Insurance Group CLOSED
  • Three Daughters Coffee and Sweet CLOSED
  • Russell County Chamber Meeting for Tuesday CANCELLED 
  • Java Spings CLOSED 
  • Associates in Eyecare CLOSED 
  • Lee's Famous Recipe Jamestown CLOSED
  • Russell County Family Practice and Primarycare Associates will be closing at 1 p.m. this afternoon and there will be no AFTER HOURS at Primarycare

 

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Gov. Beshear Declares State of Emergency Due to Winter Storms

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2024) – Tonight, Gov. Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency as winter storms continue to generate high winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms, severe temperature decreases and the potential for ice and snow throughout much of the state.

 

The storms have the potential to disrupt utility systems and impact road conditions and private property. The state of emergency declaration allows for the activation of state resources, including Kentucky Emergency Management, to help protect Kentucky communities and families. The state’s Emergency Operations Center is preparing to activate to Level 4.

 

“We continue to ask Kentuckians to stay weather-aware as snow accumulation and below-freezing temperatures continue to sweep through the commonwealth,” Gov. Beshear said. “Please check goky.ky.govbefore you travel, and check in on your neighbors, loved ones and pets.”


The Governor also activated the state’s price gouging laws to protect families from grossly overpriced goods and services. With the state of emergency in place, consumers in the commonwealth can report price gouging to the Office of the Attorney General. Under state law, price gougers can be held accountable.

 

The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, year-round, confidential crisis counseling and emotional support resource for survivors, responders and anyone in the U.S./territories struggling with distress or other mental health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

 

To view winter weather preparedness tips, visit kyem.ky.gov.
 

Governor Declares State of Emergency as Winter Storm's Move In

Gov. Beshear Declares State of Emergency Due to Winter Storms

Governor activates price gouging laws
 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2024) – Tonight, Gov. Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency as winter storms continue to generate high winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms, severe temperature decreases and the potential for ice and snow throughout much of the state.

The storms have the potential to disrupt utility systems and impact road conditions and private property. The state of emergency declaration allows for the activation of state resources, including Kentucky Emergency Management, to help protect Kentucky communities and families. The state’s Emergency Operations Center is preparing to activate to Level 4.

“We continue to ask Kentuckians to stay weather-aware as snow accumulation and below-freezing temperatures continue to sweep through the commonwealth,” Gov. Beshear said. “Please check goky.ky.gov before you travel, and check in on your neighbors, loved ones and pets.”

The Governor also activated the state’s price gouging laws to protect families from grossly overpriced goods and services. With the state of emergency in place, consumers in the commonwealth can report price gouging to the Office of the Attorney General. Under state law, price gougers can be held accountable.

The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, year-round, confidential crisis counseling and emotional support resource for survivors, responders and anyone in the U.S./territories struggling with distress or other mental health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

To view winter weather preparedness tips, visit kyem.ky.gov.

New Requirements at Adair County Clerks Office...

 
Due to the new system installed at the Adair County Clerks Office, Clerk Lisa Greer says there are some changes before any renewals or transactions can be processed.  
 
You will need one of the following ID’s:
  1. KY Driver’s License
  2. Ky ID
  3. Social Security Card or
  4. Physical insurance card - If on your phone it can be printed in the Clerk's office) OR contact your insurance agent and have it faxed to the Clerk's office (fax # 270-384-4805)
 
RENEWALS (one of the following is needed):
  1. Plate number
  2. Vin number
  3. Renewal card (that's mailed by the State) or
  4. Registration paper (from previous renewal)
 
IF SELLING A VEHICLE:
  • If your plate has not expired, please remove it (because it stays with you) and the plate can be put on another vehicle that you own  - REMINDER: YOU CANNOT PHYSICALLY DO THIS YOURSELF; BOTH PLATES HAVE TO BE BROUGHT INTO THE CLERKS OFFICE TO PROCESS
  • Proof of insurance for the vehicle purchased and
  • One of the ID's listed above
 
Please allow for extra time since the Clerk's office is in learning mode and there are still some issues with the developers of this new system. Clerk Greer apologizes in advance for any inconvenience. For information, call 270-384-2801.
 

Weekend Arrests 1/14/24

 
The following individuals were arrested by various law enforcement agencies...
 
 
  • Jason Trevino, 42, of Russell Springs - arrested early Sunday morning by KSP for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol (Aggravating Circumstances).
  • Samantha West, 31, of Columbia - arrested Thursday night by the ACSO for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified).
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
  • Larry Padgett, 49, of Russell Springs - arrested early Sunday morning by the RCSO for Possession of Methamphetamine and was served two Bench Warrants for Court.
  • Becky Partin, 50, of Russell Springs - arrested Saturday afternoon by the RCSO for TBUT, TBUT over $1,000 but less than $10,000, and Assault 4th degree (with minor injuries).
  • Sarah Turner-Lynkins, 35, of Somerset- arrested Saturday night for Arson 2nd degree, Fraudulent Insurance Acts ($10,000 or more), and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

SENATOR MAX WISE: Week 2 of the 2024 Legislative Session

 

The second week of the 2024 Legislative Session concluded on Friday and week three will begin on Tuesday following civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

 

President Ronald Reagan signed the King Holiday Bill into law on Nov. 2, 1983, designating a federal holiday to be observed annually on the third Monday of January. This year, the holiday falls on King’s actual birthday as he was born on Jan. 15, 1929. First celebrated in 1986, the holiday has come to commemorate the strides this country has made in civil rights. King was a leader who strived for progress in racial equity and equality during the modern civil rights movement.  A world leader who focused on change and progress, King is the only non-president to have a national holiday. State and local offices are closed and many businesses observe this important date.

As outlined in my previous legislative update, the state income tax rate dropped another half percent on January 1. In your next paycheck, you should notice an increase in your take-home pay as a result. I remain committed to the further responsible reduction of the state income tax, which was made possible by 2022 legislation establishing a measured framework to achieve that goal while ensuring we maintain needed state revenue.

 

The state House of Representatives is still in the process of crafting its biennial budget and road plan proposals. We continue to monitor the effort in the Senate in preparation for our time to offer our own recommendations. I’ll keep you informed on budget details as it progresses through the legislative process.


The first bill to pass from the Senate chamber and move to the House was Senate Bill 5, which is a measure we moved swiftly as it was designated as priority legislation. The measure removes the requirement that resident owners of farmlands must own five or more acres of land to be exempt from sport hunting and sport fishing license requirements when hunting or fishing on their property. The measure rectifies the concerns of sportsmen and Kentucky landowners by correcting the statutory language imposing the requirement from the 2023 Regular Session.

 

I introduced Senate Bill 81 (SB 81) which is simple administrative update requested by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA), allowing them to modify the membership of their governing board from 15 to ten voting members.


Oftentimes in 60-day sessions, legislators remain laser-focused on crafting a conservative, fiscally sound budget.  Committee meetings this week have been light, though the Senate Family and Children Committee held an informational meeting specific to Kentucky’s child care needs. 

 

With federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds expiring in 2023, lawmakers heard from many concerned about early childhood education during the interim. 

 

Following COVID-mandated closures, federal funds provided stability for staff wages and relief for child care centers facing financial struggles. Committee members cautioned against proposals for universal public pre-K from the executive branch.  This one-size-fits-all approach to a complex issue would be beholden to the traditional school schedule and unable to meet the needs of many families who work the second shift and need care during the summer months.

 

The Kentucky Senate Republicans and members of our caucus have a more personal website, KYSenateRepublicans.com, where constituents and media members can find additional access and insight into Senate Majority Caucus Members. We have information on committee meetings and floor action and include important resources. This website showcases each individual member in a more personal way so Kentuckians can get to know their unique legislators.

 

I’m excited for this session and take my responsibilities representing you seriously. You may find the status of any legislation by calling 866-840-2835, get meeting information at 800-633-9650, or leave a message for me at 800-372-7181. You can also watch live legislative activity at https://ket.org/live/ and follow the process at Legislature.ky.gov.

 

Adair Annex Basement Open for Warming Station

 

The Adair County Courthouse Annex basement will remain open for several days as a temporary warming location during this upcoming weather event. Access can be made via the door on the barber shop side.

 

Columbia-Adair Economic Development Meeting 1/16/24

 

The Columbia - Adair County Economic Development Authority will meet on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at 8:00amCT in the board room of the Training and Development Center, 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY.
 
AGENDA

Call to Order

Roll Call - Determination of Quorum

Opening Prayer

Pledge of Allegiance

Recognition of Media & Guests

 

Approval of Minutes for December 19, 2023 meeting as presented - Doyle Lloyd, Secretary

 

Approval of Treasurer's Financial Reports/payment of bills as presented - Roger Meadows

 

Business

  1. KPDI 1 Project status; Pad, Utilities
  2. KPDI 2 Discuss change in scope of work
  3. South Side entrance to HWY 55
  4. Status of Audit
  5. Approval of Ground Leases (If necessary)
  6. Discussion of Crop Leases
  7. Discussion on Upcoming Expiring Terms

Other Business

 

Motion to Enter Executive Session  (If necessary)

 

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, February 20, 2024 at 8:00amCT

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update 1/11/24

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 11, 2024) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear was joined by First Lady Britainy Beshear to provide an update on higher education enrollment; strong General Fund receipts from December 2023; Human Trafficking Prevention Month; donating blood; inclement winter weather; grants to implement crisis co-response programs; a state of emergency for the city of Fleming-Neon; and the Kentucky Automated Vehicle Information System rollout.

Higher Education Enrollment
Gov. Beshear announced that Kentucky had the highest fall-to-fall total higher education enrollment gains in the nation. Kentucky also ranked second in undergraduate enrollment and fourth in graduate enrollment. Between fall 2022 and fall 2023, the commonwealth experienced 5.6% overall enrollment growth, including a 5.5% growth in undergraduate enrollment as well as a 4.9% increase in graduate enrollment.

 

“We aren’t just No. 1 in the country in college enrollment, but we are No. 2 in college completions. Our goal to have 60% of our citizens with a postsecondary credential is the only way we are going to have the workforce to get us where we need to go,” said Dr. Aaron Thompson, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. “We can’t leave anyone behind in that process, whether you are low-income or a person of color. No matter who it is, we have a place for you in our education.”

 

“A vital part of our mission at Bluegrass Community and Technical College is being an open-access institution – by meeting students where they are with wrap-around services and investments in their success,” said BCTC President Greg Feeney. “We had a 13.5% increase in enrollment this past fall and our retention is up by 3.5%. A great deal of this success is due to our partnerships with the Governor, the General Assembly, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and our industry partners. We are stronger together.”

 

“The thing that I think is most important for the commonwealth, what is most important for all of us, is that we’re thinking about tomorrow, that we’re thinking about what’s next. And what’s next is an economy that’s going to require some post-secondary credential for us to be everything we want to be here in Kentucky,” said Eastern Kentucky University President David McFaddin. “So, if I could leave a message to everyone out there, it’s that your universities, your community colleges and higher education, we stand ready to help make Kentucky the very best version of what it can be.”

 

December General Fund Receipts
The Governor announced that December’s General Fund receipts saw a 5.1% increase in collections over December 2022 and totaled more than $1.5 billion according to a report by State Budget Director John Hicks. This marks the 16th month with revenues over $1 billion. The report also indicates that the commonwealth is seeing wage gains.

 

“I want Kentuckians to know that my priority is to continue to work with your lawmakers to pass a budget plan that takes advantage of our strong finances by making key investments that lift up our families and communities,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are not going to focus on moving the state to the left or the right, just forward, together.”

 

Human Trafficking Prevention Month
The Governor and First Lady recognized January as Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a time to educate citizens about identifying and preventing the crime. To view the Governor’s proclamation in recognition of the month, click here. The Beshears encouraged Kentuckians to call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888, text the hotline at 233733 or visit humantraffickinghotline.org if they suspect someone is a victim.

 

“Across the globe, nearly 27.6 million people are subjected to human trafficking, including cases here in the commonwealth. Team Kentucky is not going to stand by and accept these statistics,” said Mrs. Beshear. “We will always help victims of this horrendous crime and do our part to end it.”

 

This week, the Kentucky State Police is participating in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative. The purpose is to raise awareness and educate commercial motor vehicle drivers, motor carriers, law enforcement officers and the public about the crime of human trafficking, the signs to look for and what to do if you suspect someone is being trafficked. To submit a report, visit the new KSP tipline at kentuckystatepolice.ky.gov/tip.

Blood Shortage Awareness
For National Blood Donor Month, the Governor and Mrs. Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to visit redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive or donation location near them and donate blood to help those in need.

 

“Unfortunately, the number of U.S. blood donors has reached an all-time low when we look at the past 20 years. This week, the Red Cross declared an emergency blood shortage and asked for people to donate. Blood is not only needed during surgeries, but also for critical plasma and platelet therapies. We also never know when a disaster may strike,” said the First Lady. “Don’t wait. Make an appointment today to give blood or platelets to help ensure people receive the care they need.”

 

“Red Cross blood donations ensure that we are prepared for any blood need that may arise – whenever and wherever it’s needed,” said Steve Cunanan, CEO of the American Red Cross Kentucky Region. “Individuals are needed to donate now and throughout the winter to help patients that are counting on this lifesaving blood. I invite you, your friends and your family to join in this simple act of kindness.”

Inclement Winter Weather
Gov. Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to prepare for upcoming inclement winter weather. Over the next week, the commonwealth is expected to experience severe weather conditions, including thunderstorms, snow, rain, strong winds and extremely cold weather. Visit snowky.ky.gov for tips and traffic information. For more information and tips to prepare for the winter, visit ready.gov/winter-weather.

Mobile Crisis Response Awards
Gov. Beshear announced the next step toward becoming a national leader in mental health care as more than $4.7 million in federal and state funds are being provided to seven municipalities to implement community crisis co-response programs in the commonwealth. The partnerships between behavioral health professionals, law enforcement or other first responders and local governments are intended to lower the distress of individuals in crisis and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and incarcerations while extending crisis services to communities.

 

The funding was announced through a Cabinet for Health and Family Services grant that Medicaid administers, and communities were invited last fall to apply. The next round of funding will be posted to the Office of Administrative Services’ Grants Opportunities webpage this fall.

 

Today’s awardees include:

  • Boyle County Fiscal Court
  • Christian County Fiscal Court
  • Cynthiana Police Department
  • Lexington Fayette Urban County Government
  • Maysville Police Department
  • Perry County Ambulance Authority
  • Warren County Sheriff’s Office 

 

Several grant recipients sent videos about what the funding will do in their communities. To see the video provided by Maysville Police Chief Michael Palmer, click here. To see the video Boyle County Judge/Executive Trille Bottom provided, click here. To see a video provided by Perry County EMT Scott Helle, click here.

 

“This grant will allow us to better care for the patients in our community experiencing mental health crises,” said Mike Rogers, director of Boyle County Emergency Medical Services. “The implementation of this grant in Danville will ease the burden on our law enforcement, hospital, judicial system and emergency services.”

 

Christian County Judge/Executive Jerry Gilliam said, “We are excited about this opportunity to help our law enforcement and first responders connect individuals to behavioral health services, ensuring a continuity of behavioral health care.”

 

“This will be an invaluable resource to the most vulnerable members of our citizenry,” said Robert Peak, assistant chief of the Cynthiana Police Department. “Realizing that mental health and chemical dependency cannot be fully addressed by traditional police strategies is key to implementing programs such as this. To say our agency is appreciative of this grant would be an understatement, and we look forward to the challenges and impactful potential of this endeavor.”

 

“This grant award will provide an innovative resource to our first responders who are called to individuals experiencing behavioral and mental health emergencies,” said Lexington Fire Department Captain Seth Lockard. “To be on the front of these programs, we hope to learn from our fellow communities working in this space and hope to become a resource for communities that decide to develop similar programs in the future.”

 

Warren County Sheriff Brett Hightower said, “Having qualified professionals working alongside our team of law enforcement will help expedite and assess the needed care for those in crisis, which better serves our community.”

 

State of Emergency for City of Fleming-Neon
Yesterday, Gov. Beshear issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency for the city of Fleming-Neon in Letcher County, as limited rainfall in 2023 left the city without sufficient water. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Kentucky Automated Vehicle Information System Rollout
The Governor provided an update on the rollout of the Kentucky Automated Vehicle Information System, or KAVIS. So far, 90 counties have performed transactions on the new system. Access to KAVIS will be available to all counties by the end of this week. Most county clerk offices are expected to be open to the public by the end of next week. Online vehicle registration renewal has resumed statewide. Since the start of business Monday, KAVIS has collected over $8.4 million in fees for the state. More information is available at drive.ky.gov.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
The Governor named those working to prepare and respond to the upcoming inclement weather as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. He thanked the state, county and local leaders for their work to make sure roads are safe and Kentucky families have the information and resources they need.

 

“We have been through so much together, and your leadership in times of tough weather is so appreciated,” said Gov. Beshear. “As we approach these next several days, let’s continue to work together and make sure everyone stays safe.”

 

Kentucky Reports First COVID-19 and Influenza Deaths Among Children This Winter

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 11, 2024) – Today, state health officials with the Kentucky Department for Public Health announced that two children in Kentucky recently died from respiratory viruses. One child died from influenza and the other from COVID-19. Neither child had been immunized against the virus that caused their illness.

 

“Influenza and COVID-19 are serious illnesses that unfortunately can be deadly for some people, including young children,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health. “It is important for people who have not been vaccinated to get their updated influenza and COVID-19 vaccines this season, along with other recommended immunizations, to protect themselves.”

 

Respiratory illnesses, including influenza, COVID-19 and RSV, are widespread across Kentucky and have been elevated above baseline levels for the fifth consecutive week. The most current data on respiratory virus activity in Kentucky is available online.

 

Though most influenza and COVID-19 infections result in mild illness, serious symptoms, such as difficulty or fast breathing, seizures, bluish lips or face, high fever (above 104°F), fever or cough that improves but then comes back or gets worse, dehydration (e.g., reduced urine output, dry mouth, no tears when crying) or worsening of other medical conditions, may require medical attention. Antiviral treatment of influenza and COVID-19 are also recommended for some individuals to reduce the severity of illness.

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months old and older get the annual flu and COVID-19 vaccines, especially children younger than 5 or anyone at high-risk for complications.

 

Flu and COVID-19 vaccines are widely available in health care provider offices and pharmacies. Vaccination can be given any time during the flu season, and the flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be administered at the same time. Most individuals can receive COVID-19 and flu vaccines for free. To find a flu or COVID-19 vaccine, visit vaccines.gov.

 

Health officials also encourage good health habits to prevent transmission of flu and other respiratory illnesses. These include washing hands often with soap and warm water, covering coughs and sneezes and staying at home from work or school when sick.

 

*updated* Adair County Woman Arrested on Burglary & Theft Charges

 

On Wednesday, January 10, 2024, Amy Curry, age 40 of Columbia, was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. The arrest stems from an investigation by Deputy Chris Tweedy that began December 3rd, 2023 in the Sparksville community of Adair County. As a result of the investigation, Deputy Tweedy obtained a warrant of arrest for Curry and she was taken into custody.  

 

Curry was charged with Burglary 2nd degree, Criminal Mischief 2nd degree, Criminal Trespassng 1st degree, and Theft of Services.

 

Deputy Tweedy was assisted in the arrest by Deputy Emily Wall and Probation and Parole Officer Dustin Harvey.

 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.

 

New Tax and New Tax Director for Adair County

 

Sheila Blair is the new Adair County Occupational Tax Director effective January 1, 2024.

Also as of January 1, 2024 the Adair County community has a 0.50% tax on employees' gross earnings on all employers who issue W2 tax forms.

In addition to this, anyone conducting business must purchase a business license for $50 by March 1, 2024 and after January 31st of each consecutive year.

Information forms have been mailed to businesses and individuals who apply.

If an individual has received these forms and it does not apply; they can email adairoccupationaltax@gmail.com or call (270)-751-2525.

 

Adair Co. Man Arrested on Alcohol and Failure to Report Accident Charges

 
Oren Todd Grider, 52, of Columbia, KY was arrested on Monday, January 8, 2024 by the ACSO for Reckless Driving, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol and Failure to Report a Traffic Accident. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Adair County Man Arrested on Theft Charges

 
On Wednesday, January 10, 2024 the Adair County Sheriffs Office arrested 46-year-old Joshua Bradshaw of Columbia, KY.  The arrest stems from a theft investigation initiated by Sheriff Josh Brockman in December 2023 in the White Oak community of Adair County.   
 
Bradshaw was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail for Theft of Services and Criminal Mischief 2nd degree.
 
The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.
 

Adair County Woman Arrested on Burglary Charges

 
Amy Curry, 40, of Columbia, KY was arrested on Wednesday afternoon, January 10, 2024 by the ACSO for Burglary 2nd degree, Criminal Trespassing, and Theft of Services. Curry was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Mayor Hoots Announces Sign-ups for Veteran Banners

City of Columbia ready to do Veterans banners
The City of Columbia is proceeding with banners for veterans for 2024. Due to the response last year several names and contacts remain on the list for this year. The following need to respond to Sydney Strange at City Hall if they are interested in a banner this year before we proceed with opening for new names.
Jamie Pickett
Radius Brown
Kathy Gaskins
Heather Burkett
Brenda McFarland
Betty Sue Jasper
Maddie Cook
Juanita Scott
Jada Foster
Russell Lunsford
Evan Burton
Kathy Birdwell
Deloris Spoon
Patricia Kimbler Turner
Marilyn McGowan
Brenda Huckaby
Jackie Graves
Wanda Pittman
Susan Gaskins
Amy Pike
Sharon Turner
Trey Stephens
Kayce Dover
Marty Janes
JoAnne Bryant
Diane Burris
Sheila McClister
Norma Scott
Linda Boston
Patty Antle
Norma Bright
The charge for the banner remains unchanged from last year. You will need to submit a photograph, branch of service, and date(s) of service in the military. Please let Sydney Strange know by Wednesday, January 17.
For further questions, contact city hall.

Area Arrest 1-10-24

Area Arrest 1-10-24

Robby Lovins, age 50, of Columbia was arrested by KSP Trooper Wilson, just after 3 yesterday afternoon. Lovin’s was charged with Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration (1st Offense).  He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Parita Thompson, age 31, of Columbia, was arrested by Deputy Thomas with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, just before 2:30 yesterday afternoon. Thompson was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.

 

Deborah Courtney, age 59, of the Breeding Community was arrested by KSP Trooper Wilson, just after 1 yesterday afternoon. Courtney, was charged with Rape, 1st Degree, Sexual Abuse, 1st Degree, Victim under 12 years of Age, Criminal Abuse 1st Degree – Child 12 or Under and Sexual Abuse, 1st Degree.

Both were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

New Police Officer for the city of Russell Springs

Mayor Eddie Thomas proudly swore
in Kendall Catron as a new member of the Russell Springs Police Department.

Wave News congratulations Catron on his new position with the city of Russell Springs. 

Detour Update - HWY 80 Back Open


Detour Update 8:15am Ky State Highway Dept Supervisor Craig Feese reports that Highway 80 is now open. Please watch for lineman working in the area. 
 
Mike Keltner 
Director,
Adair Co. Emergency Management
 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Lawmakers convene 2024 Regular Session


Since adjourning the 2023 Regular Session, I have used this update to share our work to prepare for this session. Interim committees met and heard testimony, gathered information, and focused on how to use the knowledge and data gained to craft thoughtful, intentional policies to help address the challenges our state faces.

 

Because we did our homework, we are ready for this legislative session. When we gaveled in on Tuesday, we hit the ground running because we were well-prepared for the task. We used the first week to address administrative tasks, as members of the House filed more than a hundred bills and resolutions for consideration.

 

Ethics Training: Kentucky’s legislative ethics laws are recognized as some of the strongest in the nation. Unfortunately, that came about after federal investigations into conduct three decades ago, but the Legislative Ethics Commission remains vigilant in providing guidance, oversight, and accountability into how we conduct business today. We are mandated by law – a law passed by the legislature, of course – to attend an ethics training each year and it is traditionally offered the first week of session.

 

Committee Assignments: While legislative committees will not begin meeting until the second and third week of January, I am pleased to share that I will serve on the House committees on agriculture, transportation, and health services. Legislative committees are the first stop in the legislative process for bills and I am looking forward to putting the discussions, research, and drafting we did during the interim to work.

 

State Budget: The Kentucky Constitution is clear that the budget must begin in the House of Representatives. However, lawmakers have historically waited weeks and used the Governor’s budget as a starting place – which is really terrible public policy. By filing our own proposal, we have an opportunity to get plenty of input from state agencies and programs and other stakeholders, as well as work with our colleagues in the Senate. I will share more about the House proposal once it is filed, but I am overall pleased that there is a continued commitment to meeting our state’s needs without spending every dollar available to us.

 

Session Agenda: In addition to the budget, we will also allocate funding for roads and bridge maintenance and construction. I believe you will also see us take steps to address crime, improve maternal health, and look closely at any legislative fixes for workforce shortages. Education will remain on our priority list as well, particularly since statewide students are still suffering from learning loss from the shutdown.  

 

Visiting the Capitol: As the seat of state government for more than two centuries, Frankfort is a great place to visit – particularly during a legislative session. All of our meetings, including committees and House Floor activities, are open to the public but please be aware that seating is first come, first served. If you are interested, please let me know so that I may arrange a tour of the Capitol, the Old Capitol, the Kentucky History Center, and/or the Kentucky Military History Museum. 

 

Livestreaming: The Kentucky General Assembly offers livestreaming of all legislative committee meetings at the Legislative Research Commission’s YouTube site, @KYLRCCommitteeMeetings. Kentucky Educational Television (KET) also offers livestream coverage of House Floor proceedings and most legislative committee meetings on their website, which can be found by clicking here. Both sites maintain archives of past meetings.

 

Website: The Legislature’s administrative body, the Legislative Research Commission (LRC), maintainslegislature.ky.gov, a website with links to legislation, schedules, current statutes, and individual legislators. The website also includes information from previous sessions and legislative interims.

 

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 through the Kentucky legislature’s website at legislature.ky.gov.
 

Old Somerset Road Blocked


6:04AM: There has been an accident on the detour in place at Old Somerset Road. Currently HWY 80 and Old Somerset Road are both blocked.  

 
Mike Keltner 
Director,
Adair Co. Emergency Management
 

Electrical Outage and Blocked Roadway

 
Hwy East 80 at the intersection of Old Somerset Road (just east of Christine Road) is completely blocked due to multiple power poles being broken.  Vehicles are being diverted around Old Somerset Road, Old Somerset Road is a small single lane roadway and large vehicles are advised to seek another route.  
 
Several power outages reported.  
 
????If you have an outage, please report it directly to your power company. 
 
TAYLOR COUNTY RECC call 270-465-4101
 
KENTUCKY UTILITIES call 800-981-0600
 
TRI-COUNTY Electrical call 800-369-2111
 
FARMERS RECC call 270-651-2191

 

Mike Keltner 
Director,
Adair Co. Emergency Management
 

Russell Springs Man taken into custody on Drug Charges


A Russell Springs Man was taken into custody on Drug and Resisting Charges yesterday afternoon.

 

Joshua Arnold, age 41, was arrested by Trooper Lee of the Kentucky State Police around 2:30 yesterday afternoon. Arnold was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified) Resisting Arrest, Menacing and Tampering with Physical Evidence. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 1/9/24

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

Strong Winds Tonight Could Create Hazardous Driving Conditions, Wintry Weather Likely This Week

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 8, 2024) – Kentucky state highway crews are on alert for any travel impacts caused by rounds of strong winds beginning this evening and continuing into Wednesday morning. Kentuckians are advised to secure any objects that cannot be brought inside and motorists driving high-profile vehicles should exercise extreme caution when winds are strong.

 

“Strong gusty winds as high as 40 mph mixed with rain can pose some serious safety concerns and we want everyone to take precautions ahead of and during the event,” said Gov. Andy Beshear.

 

The National Weather Service (NWS) has advised that a strong storm system will sweep across Kentucky this evening, bringing high winds and rain. Tuesday night into Wednesday morning brings a chance for a wintry mix in the north-central, east-central and south-central parts of the state. Motorists in high-profile vehicles like SUVs, trucks, vans, and towing trailers are more likely to be moved by strong gusts of winds and are advised to take extra caution by slowing down and keeping both hands on the steering wheel.

 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) staff are on high alert, monitoring the weather and ready to respond should downed trees or debris hinder travel on state-maintained routes.

 

“Strong winds can be just as hazardous as snow and ice,” said KYTC Jim Gray. “If you are on the road during periods of high wind gusts, slow down, keep a safe distance from other cars or safely pull over. It’s important to stay weather aware this week as winter weather and cold temps are expected in the coming days.”

 

Check the goky.ky.gov map for traffic conditions before you travel. The map also offers access to select traffic cameras on interstates and parkways.

To follow live updates for Kentucky watches, warnings, or advisories, please visit alerts.weather.gov.

 
Tips for driving during strong winds:

  • Keep both hands on the steering wheel
  • Slow down
  • Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, especially high-profile vehicles such as semi-trucks or campers that could be pushed out of their lane by winds
  • Watch for flying debris that may blow into the roadway
  • If winds are too severe to drive safely, pull onto the shoulder away from trees or other tall objects that could fall, turn on your hazard lights and wait until conditions improve
  • If you encounter a dark traffic signal, treat is as a four-way stop

 

What to do if you see a downed power line:

  • Report it to your local utility company
  • Do not try to clear it yourself
  • Stay clear and avoid anything touching downed lines, including vehicles or tree branches

 

Russell County Library going "Fine Free"

 

The Russell County Library last week announced that they will be going Fine Free.

 

The Russell County Public Library is the 66th library in Kentucky to eliminate overdue fines for items returned late.  All existing late fines have been waived from user accounts.  Got a late item? Just bring it back! No hassle, no questions, no fines. RCPL will no longer charge fines for overdue items.

 

Library Director Lindsey Westerfield says going fine free removes unnecessary financial barriers, making RCPL more accessible for more people.

 

Due dates will continue as they help ensure that everyone has maximum access to our collection. Outside of eliminating overdue fines, patrons won’t notice any change in their typical library experience.

 

All outstanding late fines have been removed from user accounts. This does not include fees assigned for lost or damaged materials.

 

Just a reminder you will still be responsible for any lost or damaged books.

https://russellcountylibrary.com/fine-free/

 

Adair Fiscal Court Special Called Meeting 1/8/24

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in special called session Monday, January 8, 2024 at 3:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair Annex. The meeting is open to the public. 
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
                     
  1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  2. FISCAL COURT CLERK DISCUSSION 
  3. ADJOURNMENT
 

Bomb Threat at Pulaski County Judicial Center

 

According to the Commonwealth Journal in Somerset, The Pulaski County Court of Justice was evacuated Thursday morning, January 4, 2024 after receiving a report of a potential explosive device in the building.

 

According to Lt. Stephanie Denney of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, who is located at the Judicial Center, the threat came in at about 10:30 a.m.

 

Denney noted that they were told that multiple explosives had been placed around the state in similar facilities. “So we evacuated the building,” she said, adding that other courthouses that were affected in Kentucky had to do likewise.

 

No explosive devices were found in the search, and nobody was injured, said Denney. She noted that one officer located in the building went around with KSP and checked everything to eventually give it the all-clear.

 

Kentucky Unemployment Numbers - November 2023


Unemployment rates rose in 117 counties between November 2022 and November 2023, fell in Hancock County, and remained the same in Lyon and Marshall counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet.

Locally, unemployment rates were up year-to-year in November in Adair and all surrounding counties. From October to November 2023, unemployment fell in Metcalfe County, remained unchanged in Cumberland, and rose in Adair, Casey, Green, Russell and Taylor Counties. At 3%, Cumberland County posted the 2nd lowest unemployment in the state for November, while Russell County's 6.8% unemployment rate placed it among the highest in Kentucky for the month.



 

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 2.9%. It was followed by Cumberland County, 3%; Carroll, Fayette, Marion, Scott and Washington counties, 3.2% each; and Anderson, Bourbon, Caldwell, Jessamine, Oldham and Shelby counties, 3.3% each.

 

Jabez Man Arrested on Several Charges after Violating EPO/DVO Order

 

A Jabez man is in custody on several charges after violating a EPO/DVO Order. Cody Gaines, 24, was arrested by KSP Trooper Gadberry on Thursday evening. Gaines was charged with Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO, Wanton Endagerment-1st Degree, Menacing, and Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Columbia Police Release December Activity Report along with 2023 Report

 

 

 

 

December Activity Report 

Calls for service 660
Citations 102
Motorist assists 15
Escorts 16
Accidents investigated 28
Injury accidents 4 
Incident reports 7
Criminal cases opened 8

 

2023 Activity Report 

December Activity Report 

Calls for service 7798
Citations 856
Motorist assists 150
Escorts 189
Accidents investigated 303
Injury accidents 40
Incident reports 116
Criminal cases opened 147

SENATOR MAX WISE: Week 1 of the 2024 Legislative Session

 

As we convene the 2024 regular session, I would like first to wish you a happy new year. I hope your holidays were filled with joy and laughter while spending quality time with family and friends.

 

The Senate convened for day one of the 2024 Legislative Session on Tuesday, January 2, with incredible renditions of our national anthem and “My Old Kentucky Home” by the 100th Army Band, Fort Knox.

 

Legislative sessions in even-numbered years are budget sessions, consisting of 60 legislative days, unlike the shorter 30-day session that occurs in odd-numbered years. Short session years are intended to evaluate previously enacted policies and address any necessary legislative clean-up. As outlined in the Constitution of Kentucky, the General Assembly must gavel into session on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in January and requires lawmakers to conclude legislative business on April 15.

 

The primary focus in the Senate on Week 1 was to pass this year’s Senate rules, officially confirm committee assignments, and introduce initial legislation. The only two items constitutionally required by the General Assembly in this year’s legislative session are to enact a new two-year state budget and road plan.

 

The Kentucky Constitution vests the exclusive power and duty to tax and spend the public's money to the General Assembly. Our state constitution requires balanced spending with available financial resources, which is good. While the federal government can borrow and incur trillions of dollars in debt, this is not an option for our state government. The precious tax dollars you entrust to your government must be spent with care and discipline and that is my intent as your state senator.

 

The total amount of taxpayer funding for the next two-year budget and road plan will be based on what was recently set by the Consensus Forecasting Group. According to this group of economic experts' best estimates, total general fund revenues—which result from sales, income and other taxes—are approximately $31.6 billion over the 2025-2026 biennium with road fund revenues resulting from gas and motor vehicle taxes are roughly $3.7 billion. The state budget provides for state government operations and essential government services, and the road plans provide for investments in our roads, bridges, and highways.

 

The state Senate will have the final crack at proposing a state budget and road plan. Our fingerprint will not be applied to the document until a proposal is passed out of the state House of Representatives. I will keep you updated throughout this critical process and will remain an advocate for our district.

 

On Jan. 1, the second automatic reduction of our state income tax went into effect. House Bill (HB) 8 from the 2022 Legislative Session established the framework by which working Kentuckians' income tax could be decreased responsibly. During the 2023 Legislative Session, the General Assembly passed HB 1 and codified the first two tax reductions after HB 8’s criteria were met. The Jan. 1 income tax reduction lowers your income tax rate from 4.5 percent to 4 percent. By the end of 2024, HB 8 and the resulting individual income tax reductions will have resulted in approximately $1.8 billion being left in the pockets of taxpayers and consumers, providing you more of your own money to spend as you wish.

 

While the state budget and road plan will be our primary responsibility this session, there are many vital policy items to take care of. Each proposed measure, be it mundane or headline-worthy, will receive the debate and deliberation the legislative process requires.

 

Know that I take the privilege of representing you in Frankfort very seriously and consider it my honor to do so.  You may find the status of any legislation by calling 866-840-2835, get meeting information at 800-633-9650, or leave a message for me at 800-372-7181. You can also watch live legislative activity at https://ket.org/live/ and follow the process at Legislature.ky.gov.

 

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Senator Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, represents the 16th Senate District, including Adair, Allen, Metcalfe, Monroe, and Taylor Counties and eastern Warren County. He is Senate Economic Development, Tourism and Labor Committee chair. Wise also serves as a Senate Education Committee member and is a member of the newly formed Families and Children Committee and Health Services Committee. Additionally, he is an Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee member.

 

R.C. Paramedic Jordan Russell 1 of 15 in KY to Participate in KORH Leadership Academy

 

WAVE NEWS would like to congratulate Jordan Russell with the Russell County EMS for being chosen for this year’s Leadership Academy.

 

Jordan is the Paramedic/Supervisor with Russell County EMS and is 1 of 15 chosen in Kentucky to participate in this year’s KORH Leadership Academy. According to the website, the academy is designed to provide members of the emergency medical services (EMS) profession with the knowledge and skills necessary to take on significant roles and responsibilities in organizations and to succeed. Academy participants will take part in a series of interactive educational sessions and discussions - in both face-to-face and virtual formats - with national experts on trending topics in the field. Participants will also spend time in one-on-one mentoring sessions with a veteran EMS administrator from their region and in one-on-one personal and professional development coaching sessions with a career coach. Academy participants will also complete a group project focused on a key issue in the EMS field.

 

Taylor County Schools Awarded Grant for Mobile Classroom

The Taylor County Board of Education was one of only 18 school districts in the state to receive competitive grant funding from the Kentucky Department of Education and the Office of Special Education and Early Learning. The grant program, called The Early Learning Bus Grant, was developed to support students and families of children preschool through 2nd grade, who experienced the most significant loss of instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

School districts were asked to develop a compelling and sustainable plan that included converting a school bus into a mobile preschool classroom. The mobile classroom will offer learning opportunities after school and during summer months. The community and families served would therein gain awareness of the significance of early childhood education and be provided information on available resources and community support programs.

Taylor County's grant writer, Suzanne Grubesic, and Family Resource Director, Brandy McCubbin, worked on a comprehensive plan addressing community specific need. The program design leverages community partnerships, district in-kind support, and certified instruction from existing preschool instructors.

"We have an incredible early childhood program, but so many children in our community come to kindergarten with zero prior exposure to developmentally appropriate lessons or milestone checks," said McCubbin. "A mobile classroom program will expand access to quality instruction for children while their brains are most receptive to growth and learning. I can't wait to see them have the opportunity to play and interact with instructors, and ultimately begin making positive connections to learning sooner!"

Work to convert a school bus into a mobile classroom will begin this spring, and the community can expect forthcoming communications of regular location stops and schedules starting this summer.

Some Service are Currently Unavailable at County Clerks Office Across the State

As advised on WAVE NEWS back in December, the County Clerk’s Offices across the state, including Russell and Adair County, are now closed for vehicle services as major changes to the statewide database will undergo a major transition.

Services unavailable during this time will include: vehicle and boat registration renewals, vehicle and boat title and transfers, disabled parking permits, and license plate issuance.

State Police Arrested a Columbia Woman on Drug and Other Charges last evening

State Police Arrested a Columbia Woman on Drug and Other Charges last evening.

Christy Farley, age 36, of Columbia was arrested by Trooper Harper with the Kentucky State Police just before 9 last night. Farley, was charged with Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Required Insurance, 1st, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Controlled Substance – 1st (Aggravated Circumstances), Possession Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree – Drug Unspecified and Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container 1st Offense. She was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

A Columbia Man was taken into Custody in Russell County Tuesday on Forgery Charges

A Columbia Man was taken into Custody in Russell County Tuesday on Forgery Charges.

Tony Beard, age 54, was taken into custody by Officer Bullock with the Russell Springs Police Department, just after 11 last night. Beard was charged with Forgery, 2nd Degree and Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, 1st Offense. He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

Campbellsville Man Beaten and in Critical Condition; Two People Arrested on Assault Charges

 

On Saturday, December 23, 2023 at approximately 12:08amET, Campbellsville Police received a call from the Taylor Regional Hospital Emergency Room of an assault victim that had been brought in with serious injuries. Through investigation, officers were able to identify the victim as 21-year-old Justin Nguyen of Campbellsville. Nguyen had been involved in an altercation at Wings Pizza and Things earlier in the evening.

 

Witnesses and video surveillance showed that 26-year-old Mia Seaborne of Campbellsville and 45-year-old Terry Laboyteaux of Campbellsville had assaulted Nguyen. Nguyen was later transported to a Louisville Hospital where he remains in critical condition. Seaborne and Laboyteaux were arrested and charges with Assault, 2nd degree. They were taken to the Taylor County Detention Center without further incident.

 

This case remains open and under investigation.

 

TJ Health's Baby New Year 2024

 

Glasgow, KY – New Year’s Day is an exciting time for new beginnings for every family, and it is particularly special for those with babies born on January 1. The team members and medical staff at T.J. Samson Community Hospital are delighted to welcome the first baby of 2024. 

 

Cashleigh Dena Shaw was born at 6:30 p.m. on January 1st, weighing 7 pounds and was delivered by John Craddock MD. Cashleigh is the daughter of Amanda Harlow and Dewayne Shaw of Center, Kentucky in Metcalfe County.

 

The family was presented with balloons and gifts from Serendipity Gifts at T.J. Samson, along with a case of diapers.

 

“This is such a special and exciting event, and we are delighted to celebrate with this family,” said Neil Thornbury, CEO of T.J. Regional Health. “Cashleigh will always be able to say that she was the first baby of 2024!”

 

Congratulations to the new parents, and happy birthday to Cashleigh!


 

KSP Post 15 to Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoints


COLUMBIA, KY (January 1, 2024) - Kentucky State Police Post 15 will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints in the Post 15 area, which includes Green, Taylor, Marion, Washington, Russell, Casey, Adair, Metcalfe, Monroe, Clinton, and Cumberland counties.

These checkpoints will be conducted as part of Post 15’s highway safety efforts. Troopers will be checking for violations of Kentucky traffic and regulatory laws relating to motor vehicle equipment safety, licensing of drivers, motor vehicle registration, and operation of motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants.

 

Adair County Man Arrested on Wanton Endangerment and Criminal Mischief Charges

 

Charles Barker, age 43, of Columbia, was arrested by Deputy Tweedy with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office around 3:30pm on Monday afternoon, January 1, 2024. Barker was charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Burkesville Woman Arrested on Theft Charges

 

Jennifer Farlee, age 51, was taken into custody by Officer Watson with the Burkesville Police Department just after 1 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Farlee was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition Controlled Substance under $10,000. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Dunnville Woman Arrested on Shoplifting Charges

 

Sarah Evans, 39, was arrested by RSPD Officer Bullock on Monday night, January 1, 2024. Evans was charged with 2 Counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition (Shoplifting), 2 Counts of Failure to Appear, and Probation Violation (for a Felony Offense). She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Adair County Man Arrested on Meth Charges


On Monday, January 1, 2024, an individual know to have active Adair and Russell County warrants, was observed at FiveStar on Jamestown Street in Columiba. The male, identified as 59-year-old Paul Dartt of Columbia, was approached by CPD Officer Trevor Foster who advised Mr. Dartt that he would be taken into custody on the warrants. Paul Dartt then discarded an article of clothing and attempted to leave in his vehicle before being placed him into custody. K9 Unit Cally was deployed and alerted on the vehicle. Officers then located drug paraphernalia, narcotics, suspected marijuana and methamphetamine in Mr. Dartt's jacket and in his vehicle. 


In addition to the active Adair and Russell County warrants, Paul Dartt was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Drug Unspecified), and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). 


CPD Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest and was assisted on scene by Sgt. Drew Conn, Sgt. Evan Burton and Officer Adam Cravens.

 

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