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Local News Archives for 2024-02

Columbia Planning & Zoning Board Public Hearing 3/14/24

 
The City of Columbia Planning and Zoning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall.
 
The purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider the following:
Request for zone change from R-1 Low Density Residential to C-2 Highway Oriented Commercial for a lot located at 298 Hudson Street (PVA Map No. 000-02-08-021.00). Property owned by George & Joanne Payne. The purpose of this request is to relocate Little Lambs Learning Center from its current location to 298 Hudson Street. 
 
 

Adair County Man Arrested on Charges Stemming from Disturbance

 
On Thursday, February 29, 2024 Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman responded to a disturbance around the 1800 block of Campbellsville Rd.  While en route to the call, it was found that the male at the residence, 34-year-old Derek Otterson of Columbia, KY had two active warrants for his arrest out of Adair District Court.  
 
Upon making contact with Mr. Otterson, he fled on foot but was caught by Sheriff Brockman in the parking lot of a nearby business. Otterson was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges: 
  • Fleeing & Evading Police, 2nd degree (on Foot)
  • Public Intoxication (Excludes Alcohol) and
  • Two outstanding Warrants of Arrest.
 
Sheriff Brockman was assisted by Deputy Emily Wall and CPD Sgt. Drew Conn. 
 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update 2/29/24

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 29, 2024) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman and Dr. Steven Stack provided an update on federal funds to create jobs through the cleanup of historic mine sites; economic development; thriving Kentucky Main Street communities; Women’s History Month; measles prevention; Severe Weather Week; an event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Frankfort; and an event to commemorate the anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kentucky.

 

Funds to Create Good-Paying Jobs Through Cleanup of Historic Mine Sites
Gov. Beshear and Department of the Interior Acting Deputy Secretary Laura Daniel-Davis announced that Kentucky will receive more than $74 million through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to continue creating jobs and cleaning up hazards left by historic mining, such as subsidence, slides, open portals, refuse piles and mine seam fires. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Economic Development
Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced more than $15 million in state funding to support job growth and economic development across 13 counties. The latest round of funding was approved today through the Kentucky Product Development Initiative (KPDI) and, including local matching funds of more than $35 million, is being invested across the commonwealth.

 

Gov. Beshear announced more Kentucky-made products were shipped around the world in 2023 than in any other year on record as the commonwealth surpassed its previous best single-year total with $40.2 billion in exports, a 16.6% increase over the prior year.

 

Gov. Beshear joined local officials and leaders from Shady Rays, a national leader in lifestyle and adventure eyewear, to celebrate the company’s new corporate headquarters and fulfillment and distribution warehouse in Simpsonville.

 

The Governor announced the Collaborative Blueprint created by and for Kentucky’s Economic Developers – a statewide initiative led by Team Kentucky with input and support from partners across the commonwealth – is now publicly available. The blueprint is the result of an ongoing effort to bring together economic developers and other stakeholders from around the state to determine the best path forward for Kentucky as state, regional and local leaders look to build on the best period for economic growth in the commonwealth’s history.

 

The Governor also previewed a $6.1 million investment by MMY US, a manufacturer of modular housing units. The project in West Louisville will create 73 full-time jobs at an average wage of $30 per hour and a minimum of $23 per hour – both before benefits – with potential for future investment and job creation.

 

Main Street Communities Report Major Investment
Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Coleman announced that Kentucky Main Street program communities continued to thrive in 2023 with a reported $61.4 million cumulative investment in downtown commercial districts, generating a net gain of 649 new jobs and 126 new businesses.

 

Women’s History Month Preview
To kick off Women’s History Month, which begins March 1, Lt. Gov. Coleman announced that seven new women will be inducted into the Kentucky Women Remembered exhibit in the Capitol. On March 22, Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Coleman will attend the Kentucky Commission on Women (KCW) Women’s History Month celebration to help unveil the portraits of the new inductees. Lt. Gov. Coleman encouraged Kentuckians to follow the KCW on social media to learn more about women’s contributions to the commonwealth.

 

Public Health Update
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), updated Kentuckians on the response to several measles outbreaks in the United States. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory virus that is spread through the air. Nationally, in unvaccinated persons who contract measles, at least 1 in 5 is hospitalized, 1 in 20 children develop pneumonia and 1 in 1,000 children suffer brain injury. Two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine are recommended to children starting at 12 months. DPH is working closely with local health departments and clinicians across the state to promote the MMR vaccine. Only 90% of Kentucky kindergarteners have received two doses.

 

“Two doses of MMR vaccine are 97% effective at preventing measles and provides lifelong protection if exposed to the virus,” said Dr. Stack. “Even if exposed to measles, vaccinated persons may continue routine activities.”

 

Although no confirmed measles cases have yet been reported in Kentucky this year, DPH has collaborated with the Ohio Department of Health on a measles exposure in January at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

 

Severe Weather Month
Gov. Beshear recognized March 1-6, 2024, as Severe Weather Week in the commonwealth. The week is an opportunity to empower Kentuckians to take proactive measures to protect themselves, their families and their communities from the potential impacts of severe weather.

 

The Governor encouraged Kentuckians to participate in the state’s annual tornado drill on March 6 at 10:07 a.m. EST. Kentuckians can contact their local Emergency Management or National Weather Service offices for more information.

 

“Here in the commonwealth, we have certainly had our share of severe weather events. So, we know how important it is to be aware and prepared for whatever may come our way,” said Gov. Beshear. “Let us use this week as an opportunity to come together to build a safer, more prepared Kentucky.”

 

Anniversary of the March on Frankfort
The Governor invited Kentuckians to join him March 5 for the 60th anniversary and reenactment of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Frankfort. Events will begin at 9 a.m. EST, with Focus on Race Relations Frankfort kicking things off at the Capital City Museum. At 10:45 a.m. EST, the march up Capital Avenue will begin. Several attendees will speak on the Capitol steps at noon EST, including some who attended the original march.

 

COVID-19 Anniversary Event
The Governor invited Kentuckians to the Capitol on March 6 at 1 p.m. EST to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic in the commonwealth.

 

“Together, Kentucky has overcome so much with kindness and love. We know that together, there’s nothing we can’t overcome with compassion,” said Gov. Beshear. “We will hear from inspiring speakers, and we will remember what we have overcome while also looking to the future and how we can move forward, together.”

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Earlier this week, the Governor visited Arlie Boggs Elementary School in Eolia to meet with students who were involved in a school bus crash in January and to recognize the health care heroes and first responders who cared for the students and bus driver following the crash. Today, Gov. Beshear named the students, first responders and health care heroes as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

“When an Arlie Boggs school bus was involved in a crash, our first responders and health care heroes sprang into action. I’m grateful for their quick response, and I’m proud of our kids’ resilience and bravery,” said Gov. Beshear. “It’s part of what makes Kentucky so special.”

 

LC State Park Maintenance Supt. Recognized with Award

 

Lake Cumberland State Park maintenance Superintendent, David Smith, was the recipient of the Albert Alderson Award.

 

Smith is a key player on the Lake Cumberland team. Spending most of his time addressing maintenance repairs, overseeing a grounds crew that maintains a 3,000 acre park, and constantly encouraging his staff to learn new skills & obtain new certifications.

 

Congratulations David!

 

LWC Candlelight Vigil for Campbellsville Univ. 2/29/24

 

Lindsey Wilson College will hold a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. CT, on Thursday, Feb. 29 in the John B. Begley Chapel, 302 Lindsey Wilson Street, to honor the victim, his family and friends and pray for the Campbellsville University community during their time of need. The LWC family, Campbellsville University family and anyone in the the local communities are welcome to attend.

Two People Arrested in Adair County on Meth Charges

Two people were arrested Wednesday in Adair County on Meth Charges

Timothy Loy, 57, of Columbia was arrested by KSP on Wednesday evening. Loy was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (greater than 2 grams of Meth).

 

Sarah Ervin, 30, of Columbia was arrested by KSP on Wednesday for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (greater than 2 grams of Meth).

 

Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

 

Russell Springs Man Arrested on Assault & Terroristic Threatening Charges


Timothy Coffey, 33, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Officer Tarter with the Jamestown Police Department on Wednesday evening. Coffey was charged with Assault, 4th Degree (Minor Injury) and Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Russell Springs Man Arrested Following Traffic Stop

 

Luiz Morena, 33, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by RSPD Officer Miniard early this morning. Morena was charged with Speeding 15 mph over the limit, No Registration Receipt, No Registration Plates and No Operators-Moped License. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Adair County Clerks Office Updating Precinct Lines Following 2020 Census

 

The Adair County Clerk’s Office is currently in the process of updating precinct lines to reflect changes in the magisterial lines resulting from reapportionment following the 2020 Census data. Voters who have precinct changes will receive two articles of notification in the mail: a postcard from the State Board of Elections and a letter from the Adair County Clerk’s Office. The letter will have the new precinct and location of the precinct for the voter.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to give Nadalie Inscho, Chief Election Deputy, or Clerk Lisa Greer a call at 270-384-2801, email: Nadalie.Inscho@ky.gov or Lisa.Greer@ky.gov, or come into the Adair County Clerk’s Office at 424 Public Square, Ste 3, Columbia, KY during normal business hours.

 

 

Nancy Man Arrested in Russell County on Drug Charges

 

Jimmy Cook, 41, of Nancy, KY was taken into custody by Deputy Thomas with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday morning. Cook was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (more than 2 grams of Meth), Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified), Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8 oz), Illegal Possession of Legend Drug, and Persistent Felony Offender.

 

Cook was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Russell County Man Arrested Following Indictment by R.C. Grand Jury

 

Troy Lee Doss, 49, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by Deputy Phipps of the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday evening following being indicted by a Russell County Grand Jury. Doss was charged with Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Meth), Tampering with Physical Evidence and Drug Paraphernalia - Buy/Possession.

 

He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Russell County High School Apprenticeship Program for Future LWC Students Makes Way for Early College Graduation

 

By Venus Popplewell

LWC Director of PR
 

Six Russell County High School students will get a head start on their teaching careers because of an apprenticeship opportunity that will fast-track their college education.  

 

Anna Gosser, Emma Grider, Amy McGowan, Saturn Taryn Walsh, Leah White and Emma Wilson, juniors and seniors from Russell County High School, attended a signing ceremony at Lindsey Wilson College on Friday to become a part of an apprenticeship program that will pay high school students to work under a mentor teacher while taking dual credit courses at LWC. The agreement, funded by the Wilderness Education Project, allows students to use their apprenticeship hours toward their student teaching hours – fulfilling the requirement necessary for college graduation.  

 

“The students will begin taking dual credit education courses in the teaching pathway through RCHS and Lindsey Wilson,” said LWC Director of Education Jennifer Antoniotti-Neal. “After they graduate, they will enroll in LWC’s education program. Because the required student teaching hours will have already been completed in the apprenticeship program, students who sign up for this program will graduate from college early.”

 

RCHS is one of only six schools in the state of Kentucky to receive the grant from the Wilderness Education Project and LWC is the first private school to offer apprenticeship opportunities as credit toward a degree. 

 

“I'm excited! I’ve wanted to be a teacher all my life”, says Emma Grider who is set to attend LWC in the fall. “I think going to Lindsey Wilson and learning under the RCHS mentors will offer the support I need to achieve my goals to become a teacher.” 

 

The RCHS students will work with career support specialist Mick Sloan and teaching pathway sponsor Devin Godby who serve as mentors in the program.  

 

“This partnership is a natural fit for LWC and RCHS,” said Sloan. “Dr. Jennifer Neal is excellent to work with and is encouraged about the opportunities this will provide her students. Our students will leave high school having mastered the competencies required to successfully manage a classroom. It’s a win, win for Russell County and Lindsey Wilson College.”

 

The four-year grant from the Wilderness Education Project allows current RCHS education students to receive a competitive wage, and gain valuable on-the-job training as they complete their high school education. WEP is a non-profit that works to find active solutions, programs, resources, and opportunities for K-12 schools. 


Russell County High School seniors Emma Grider, left, and Amy McGowan, right, commit to RCHS’s apprenticeship program with Lindsey Wilson College. RCHS is one of six schools in the state of Kentucky to receive the Wilderness Education Project grant and LWC is the first private school in the state to participate in the apprenticeship program. Back row, from left: RCHS career support specialist Mick Slone, LWC Director of Education Jennifer Antoniotti-Neal, LWC Vice President for Academic Affairs Ray Lutgring, RCHS teaching pathway sponsor Devin Godby. Front row, from left: RCHS seniors Emma Grider and Amy McGowan.

 

Four Russell County High School juniors sign their commitment to RCHS’s apprenticeship program with Lindsey Wilson College. The students will work under a mentor teacher while simultaneously taking dual credit courses with LWC’s education program, complete student teaching hours and fast-track their way to earning a degree. From left: Leah White, Emma Wilson, Anna Gosser, Saturn Taryn Walsh.

 

Gov. Beshear Urges Vigilance Ahead of Severe Weather

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2024) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear cautioned Kentuckians to remain weather-aware and vigilant as waves of severe thunderstorms are expected to bring high winds, hail and possible tornadoes across a wide section of the state.

 

“Forecasters are telling us to expect multiple rounds of heavy storms beginning tonight and into Wednesday morning from Western to Central Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “These storms will carry the risk of damaging winds, including possible tornadoes, especially along our northern border from Paducah to Louisville.”

 

According to the National Weather Service, two major rounds of storms are expected. The first is expected around 8 p.m. to midnight, with more severe storms expected after midnight to about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

 

With the advanced warning, the Governor urges all Kentuckians to have a safety plan.

 

“Throughout the night, we urge Kentuckians to monitor the weather on weather.gov, by watching local TV or listening to NOAA weather radio,” the Governor said. “Please contact your local emergency management office if you need to find a safe place to shelter.”

 

For additional preparedness tips, visit kyem.ky.gov.

 

Russell County Indictments 2/27/24

 

A Russell County Grand Jury has returned indictments against nine individuals. The WAVE's Lisa Clark has details...

 

 

Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.

 

Columbia planning a "Welcome to Summer" event

It will soon be summer and school will be out. The city is planning a “Welcome to Summer,” event at the city park on Fairgrounds Street in conjunction with school recess for the summer and the opening of the splash pad.

“We hope that everyone will participate and take part in the event,” said Mayor Hoots.

The city is planning on the last week of May for the event. The splash pad will be open. The temporary skateboard park should be available. They plan on a couple of food vendors and more.

If you would like to setup a booth or assist with the event, please contact Tiffany Collins at city hall.

RC Sherriff's Office Welcomes New Deputy

 

From Sheriff Derek Polston...

 

Let’s welcome William Greer to the Russell County Sheriff’s Office. William comes to the Sheriff’s Office with 20 Years of Service after retiring from the Somerset Police Department. His law enforcement background as an Accident Reconstruction Officer and other valuable training he accrued in his time as an officer, will also benefit this Department in serving the citizens of Russell County. He also retired from the U.S. Army after serving 20 + years as a Master Sergeant with numerous roles overseas with the Army, and was awarded a Bronze Star and numerous other medals for service and valor. He also earned his Special Forces tab and Combat Infrantryman Badge and Parachutist Wings while serving his Country. God continues to Bless this Department.

 

Russell Spring Woman Arrested in Adair County on Shoplifting Charges

 

A Russell Spring woman was arrested in Adair County on Monday on Theft/Shoplifting Charges...

 

Tiffany Johnson, 34, was arrested by Columbia Police last night for Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition (Shoplifting) under $500 and Giving Officer False Identifying Information. She was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

A Russell County Woman was taken into custody yesterday by police for violating a Stalking Order

A Russell County Woman was taken into custody yesterday by police for violating a Stalking Order

Velma White, age 46, of Russell Springs, was arrested by Officer Bullock of the Russell Springs Police Department, just before 9 a.m. yesterday morning. White was charged with the Violation of a Stalking Restraining Order and lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

Strangulation Determined Cause of Death of CU Student; Motive Unknown

 
On Saturday, February 24, 2024 at approximately 12:43amET, Campbellsville Police responded to Campbellsville University Campus in reference to an unresponsive male. Taylor County EMS arrived and transported the male to Taylor Regional Hospital where he was pronounced deceased by Taylor County Coroner, Daniel Cook. The deceased, 18-year old Josiah Malachi Kilman, was transported to the Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville for an autopsy where the cause of death was determined to be Asphyxia via Manual Strangulation. 
 
21-year old Charles E. Escalera has been arrested and charged with Kilman’s Murder. A motive for the crime is still undetermined at this time, however the case is on-going.
 
Campbellsville Police Dept. Detective Jeremy Burton is in charge of the investigation.
 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 2/27/24

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular called session on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 6:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair County Annex basement, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. The public is invited to attend.
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL                           
1.    APPROVAL OF AGENDA 
2.    APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
A.)  Regular Called Meeting - December 12, 2023
B.)  Regular Called Meeting - December 28, 2023
C.)  Emergency Called Meeting - December 29, 2023
D.)  Special Called Meeting - January 8, 2024
E.)  Regular Called Meeting - January 9, 2024
F.)   Regular Called Meeting - February 13, 2024
3.    DISBURSEMENTS
4.    REPORTS      
A.)   SHERIFF’S REPORT
B.)   ROAD DEPARTMENT REPORT 
          C.)  G.R.A.S. REPORT 
          D.)  COMMITTEE REPORTS 
          E.)  JAIL REPORT 
5.    TREASURER
A.)  TREASURER’S REPORT                              
6.    BUDGET TRANFERS
A.)  LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
B.)  FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS                              
7.    BUDGET AMENDMENTS
8.    COURT ORDERS 
9.    READING OF ROADS
 
10.  ACTION ITEMS:                                             
A)  SERENTIY COUNSELING-OPIOID UPDATE 
B)  BUSINESS LICENSE ORDINANCE SECOND READING
C)  APPROVAL OF CLERKS 2023 EXCESS FEES
D)  APPROVAL OF CLERKS 2023 FINAL SETTLEMENT 
E)  APPROVAL OF CLERKS 2024 DISBURSEMENTS
F)  AMERICAN RED CROSS-FACILITY USE AGREEMENT
G)  JUDGE EXECUTIVE’S REQUEST TO BE INCLUDED IN COUNTY ROAD FUNDS
H)  PERMISSION TO RENEW SONIC WALL WITH KNIGHTS TECHNOLOGIES 
I)  RYAN BEARD 
J)  PERMISSION TO APPLY TO JOIN BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY & FILL OUT DATA FORM TO RECEIVE $1,000 GRANT
K)  PERMISSION TO RENEW JUDICIAL ELEVATOR CONTRACT 
L)  PERMISSION TO ADVERTISE AND BID TOILETS AT JUDICIAL CENTER 

11.  OTHER BUSINESS
12.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
13.  ADJOURN
 

Highway Safety Improvement Project to Begin on U.S. 127 and KY 619 in Russell Springs

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2024) A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet project to add turn lanes and upgrade eight intersections on U.S. 127 and KY 619 will start in March in Russell Springs. The project is part of the state’s Highway Safety Improvement Program that aims to boost safety and traffic flow.

 

Work will take place on U.S. 127 between the intersections of KY 619 and KY 80 (milepoints 17.6 to 18.6) and on KY 619 between Dowell Road and U.S. 127 (milepoints 16 to 16.2).

 

Contractors will set up work zone signs next week, and will begin construction mid-March.

 

Left turn lanes will be added to U.S. 127 at Charles E. Peck Drive/Bernard Lane. And, left turn lanes will be constructed on KY 619 at the intersection of U.S. 127, which will include a new protected/permitted left turn signal with a green arrow that indicates drivers can make left turns while all other traffic is stopped.

 

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

 

During the project, work schedules will vary with some construction performed at night. Intermittent lane closures will be in place throughout the duration of the project.

 

KYTC asks motorist to be aware of the work zone, expect delays, and to use safe driving habits when traveling through the area. 

 

The project was awarded to Louisville Paving Company Inc. in the amount of $2,908,000. Work is expected to be complete Oct. 31.

 

The start date and duration of work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur.

 

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

 

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

 

Kentucky State Police to Participate in Operation SafeDRIVE

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (February 27, 2024) — Kentucky State Police (KSP) Commercial Vehicle Enforcement will participate in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Operation SafeDRIVE (Distracted Reckless Impaired Visibility Enforcement) from February 27-29. This enforcement campaign targets unsafe driving behavior that often leads to crashes involving passenger cars and commercial vehicles. It complements national efforts to educate all drivers on safely sharing roads with large trucks.

 

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

 

Sgt Jason Morris, West Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Spokesperson, said 62 percent of fatal large truck crashes involve two or more vehicles.

 

“Our CVE officers and inspectors are committed to preventing dangerous driving behaviors like aggressive or distracted driving,” said Morris. “Crashes are preventable, and this initiative makes it safer for everyone on our roadways.”

 

KSP encourages all motorists to take the following advice while driving on the roads:

  • Stay out of blind spots: Large trucks and buses have big blind spots on all four sides.
  • Pass safely: Make sure you can see the truck driver in their side mirror. Use your turn signals, and don’t linger in the blind spot. Make sure you can see the CMV vehicle in your rearview mirror before pulling in front.
  • Don’t cut off large vehicles: It takes a large truck traveling at 65 MPH the length of two football fields to stop.
  • Don’t tailgate: Tailgating a commercial vehicle puts you in a blind spot.

 

Operation SafeDRIVE coordinates with a national campaign run by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration called “Our Roads, Our Safety,” which educates all motorists on how to share the road safely.

 

The mission of KSP is to promote public safety through service, integrity and professionalism using partnerships to prevent, reduce and deter crime and the fear of crime, enhance highway safety through education and enforcement, safeguard property and protect individual rights.
 

Contract Awarded for Fishing Creek Bridge Rehabilitation Project in Pulaski County

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2024) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announces the awarding of a contract for a bridge rehabilitation project for Fishing Creek Bridge on KY 80 in Pulaski County.

 

The project will consist of the bridge deck being replaced along with some rehabilitation of the bridge beams and structure itself. These routine repairs will increase the lifespan of the structure to serve future needs of the traveling public.

 

When designing the project, engineers sought input from local officials, business owners, farmers, and others to understand their concerns, which led to the following traffic control procedures being placed in the contract: No work will be performed before Labor Day 2024; single lane closures will be allowed, but limited to nighttime work; and while full closure of the bridge will be necessary to complete the work, closure cannot begin until February 2025.

 

The Transportation Cabinet realizes the potential impacts to traffic that work on the structure poses and has incorporated procedures into the contract to incentivize completion and minimize impacts to the traveling public. At this time no start date has been determined. The project completion date is April 15, 2025.

 

The project was awarded to Kay & Kay Contracting LLC in the amount of $7,120,650.34.

 

Adair County Man Arrested on Drug & Other Charges

 

An Adair County Man was arrested Sunday, February 25, 2024 by KSP on Drug, Wanton Endangerment and Tampering Charges.

 

Joel Yarberry, 39, of Columbia, KY was arrested Sunday night for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified), Tampering with Physical Evidence, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree and Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol). He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Adair Farmers Market Opens April 6th


Two organizational vendor meetings have been held at the Adair Extension Office this winter to plan the popular Farmers Market on the Square (FM2) set to open on Saturday, April 6th.

The Market is located on the corner of Merchant and Campbellsville Streets in Columbia across from City Hall.

 

Statewide Tornado Drill Wednesday, March 6

 

The Annual Kentucky Statewide Tornado Drill for 2024 will be conducted Wednesday, March 6 at 10:07 AM EST… or 9:07 AM CST. This will be a great opportunity to practice your tornado safety plan, whether you are at home, school, or work. If there is a threat of severe weather at the scheduled time, the drill will be postponed to a fair-weather day. Here are answers to a few questions that might be on your mind before, during, and after the drill.

 

Q: Will the Tornado Drill set off the Emergency Alert System? 

 

A: Yes it will, including both NOAA Weather Radio, local TV and radio stations, and cable override. The one exception is in northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana, where the message will be sent as a Routine Weekly Test on NWR, per agreement with Cincinnati-area broadcasters. 

 

Q: Will the Tornado Drill set off the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) on my mobile phone?

 

A: No. WEA will disregard the message because it is identified as a TEST. In a real Tornado Warning, WEA will recognize the “operational” code and activate as long as you don’t have your alerts turned off. 

 

Q: Will the Tornado Drill set off the outdoor warning sirens? 

 

A: The decision to activate sirens (or not) is made by the Director of each County Emergency Management Agency. 

 

Q: Why not do the drill concurrently with the monthly siren test?  

 

A: Different counties test their sirens at different times. For example, while Jefferson County tests their sirens at noon on the second Tuesday of each month, neighboring Oldham County tests theirs at 10:30 AM the same day. The Statewide Tornado Drill is a coordinated exercise. 

 

Q: You said the Tornado Drill wouldn’t set off the cell phones, so why did my phone alert me anyway?  

 

A: If you are set up to receive alerts through a third-party vendor, some of them may still push the message to your cell phone. Others might not.  

 

Q: Why didn’t my Weather Radio go off?

 

A: There are several possibilities.  We’ll address these individually…  

 

Is it set to the correct channel and programmed correctly? Information on frequencies, coverage areas, and county codes can be found using the links listed at the bottom of the page.

 

Are you in northern Kentucky? The areas served by NWS Wilmington, OH would have received a Routine Weekly Test (instead of a test Tornado Warning), and your radio should at least be flashing that message. 

Are you near a border between County Warning Areas, and listening to a transmitter that is run by a different office than the one that serves your county? If this is the case, your county may not have been included in the neighboring office’s test Tornado Warning, but just the office that serves your county.  We do this with the drill so that each transmitter broadcasts the test message only once.  However, rest assured that when an actual Tornado Warning is issued for your county, all transmitters that cover your county will broadcast it. 

 

Q: Will there be an evening tornado drill? 

 

A: Unfortunately, no there won’t. Activating the EAS isn’t something that we can do multiple times for a test/drill. But today is a good time to discuss what your tornado plan is at home, or wherever you happen to be in the evenings. And in the Louisville office, we will conduct our Tuesday evening Routine Weekly Test as usual, at 6 PM local time. 

 

Suspect Arrested for Murder in Connection with Death of CU Student

 

 
UPDATE - 21-year old Charles E. Escalera has been captured...
 
On Saturday, February 24, 2024 at approximately 5:15pmCT, the Green County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police received a call of a suspicious male inside a barn located on the Green-Taylor County line. KSP responded and located 21-year old Charles E. Escalera. Escalera was taken into custody without incident. 
 
Escalera has been arrested for Murder and lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. 
 
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On Saturday, February 24, 2024 at approximately 12:43 AM, Campbellsville Police responded to Campbellsville University Campus in reference to an unresponsive male. Taylor County EMS arrived and transported the male to Taylor Regional Hospital where he was pronounced deceased by Taylor County Coroner, Daniel Cook. The deceased, 18-year old Josiah Malachi Kilman, was transported to the Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville for an autopsy. 
 
During the investigation, Campbellsville Police has obtained an arrest warrant for, “21-year old Charles E. Escalera for Murder. Escalera is still at large, however Campbellsville Police, Kentucky State Police, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife are currently attempting to locate Escalera. 
 
The following attached pictures are of 21 year old, Charles E. Escalera, 5’ 7”, 128 lbs, brown hair, and brown eyes. Last seen wearing a black jacket, white hooded shirt, gray toboggan, gray sweat pants, yellowish colored work boots, and a dark colored backpack. Last known was in the parking lot of Lowe’s in Campbellsville. If you see or know the whereabouts of Escalera, do not approach him, call 911 immediately. 
 
 
 

Taylor County Man Arrested on Burglary Charges

 

John McNear, 42, of Campbellsville, KY was arrested on Thursday night by KSP Post 15 for 2nd degree Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, DUI, Non-Payment of Fines and Probation Violation (for a felony offense).

 
He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 

Campbellsville Man Arrested for Attempted Murder following Altercation

 

On Saturday, February 24, 2024 at approximately 8:14amET, Campbellsville Police responded to a report of a stabbing on Buckner Avenue. After an investigation, it was determined that 63-year old Larry Tungate and 53-year old Kimberly Brim both of Campbellsville got into an altercation, with Ms. Brim sustaining stab wounds.
 

Tungate was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder and Possession of Marijuana. He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 

Campbellsville Police Sgt. Elliott Taylor is in charge of the investigation.

 

Columbia Boil Water Advisory LIFTED!


UPDATE: This boil water advisory has been lifted.

 

Date Issued:  2/23/2024
Time Issued: 10:30 A.M.

 

 A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for Columbia-Adair Utilities District consumers from 1290 to 4590 Little Cake Rd, Avery Rooks Rd, Neat Hollow Rd., and 12510 Saw Mill Rd. The advisory was issued due to a main line leak. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality. For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.

 

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Russell County Man for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

 

Bowling Green, KY - A federal grand jury in Bowling Green, Kentucky returned an indictment on February 14, 2024, charging a Russell County man with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

 

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky and Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow of the ATF Louisville Field Division made the announcement.

 

According to the indictment, on November 23, 2023, Damien N. Wilson, 29, of Russell Springs, KY possessed a Ruger, model SR9, 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistol. Wilson was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he had previously been convicted of the following felony offenses.

 

  • On December 16, 2022 in Casey Circuit Court, Wilson was convicted of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) first offense.                            
  • On January 13, 2022 in Casey Circuit Court, Wilson was convicted of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) first offense.              
  • On February 20, 2019 in Russell Circuit Court, Wilson was convicted of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine).                            
  • On March 28, 2018 in Adair Circuit Court, Wilson was convicted of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) first offense.

             

Wilson was arraigned on February 21, 2024, before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. He remains in federal custody pending trial. If convicted, Wilson faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. There is no parole in the federal system.  

 

The case is being investigated by the ATF Bowling Green Field Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Nicholas Rabold, of the U.S. Attorney’s Bowling Green Branch Office, is prosecuting the case.

 

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

 

An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Edmonton Felon for Illegally Possessing a Handgun

 

Bowling Green, KY - A federal grand jury in Bowling Green, Kentucky, returned an indictment on September 13, 2023, charging a Metcalfe County resident with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.   

 

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow of the ATF Louisville Field Division, and Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. of the Kentucky State Police made the announcement.

 

According to the indictment, on February 23, 2023, Aaron Dale McKinney, 47, possessed a Springfield Armory (HS Produkt), model XD-45, 45 caliber semiautomatic pistol, and ammunition. McKinney was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he had previously been convicted of the following felony offenses.

 

On May 25, 2021 in Metcalfe Circuit Court, McKinney was convicted of possession of a controlled substance, first degree, third or more offense (methamphetamine).

 

On September 26, 2017 in Metcalfe Circuit Court, McKinney was convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense.

 

McKinney made his initial appearance on February 21, 2024, before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Western District of Kentucky. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

 

There is no parole in the federal system.

 

This case is being investigated by the ATF Bowling Green Field Office with assistance from the Kentucky State Police.

 

Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Nicholas Rabold, of the U.S. Attorney’s Bowling Green Branch Office, is prosecuting this case.

 

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

 

An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

More Details on Arrest of 2 Lexington Men in Connection with Theft at Walmart


Columbia Police responded to a theft complaint from Walmart in Columbia onThursday night, February 22, 2024. The caller stated that the subjects had taken merchandise and threatened an employee before leaving the property. Officers located a vehicle matching the description given, leaving Speedway and getting on the Cumberland Parkway. The vehicle attempted to elude CPD Officers.

 

The operator attempted a make a u-turn on the Parkway with the vehicle becoming stuck. That's when two male subjects were taken into custody without incident. Also in the vehicle was a 17 year old and a 2 year old passenger.

 

Shelby Ronald, 26, of Lexington has been charged with robbery 1st degree, fleeing and evading police, and wanton endangerment. Kyle Hooten, 26, also of Lexington has been charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500 and fleeing and evading police.

 

Sgt Justin Cross and Officer Bradley Bates made the arrests. They were assisted by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police. The juveniles were released to a family member.

 

Casey County Man Arrested for Tampering with Physical Evidence

 

On Thursday afternoon, February 22, 2024 at 4:25pmCT, Deputy Chandler Staten received a call for assistance from Officer Katie Burton with the Kentucky Department of Probation and Parole. As a result of the investigation, Christopher Luttrell, 28, of Liberty (who is  supervised by Probation & Parole) was arrested.and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail for tampering with physical evidence (a felony).

 

Russell County Man Arrested on Drug Charges & Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration

 

A Russell County man was arrested on multiple charges, including felony drug charges and failure to comply with sex offender registration.

 

On Thursday afternoon, February 22, 2024 around 4:30pmCT, Deputy Sheriff Josh Durbin received a call of a disturbance at a home off East 80 near the Russell County line. It was reported that the individual at the residence had warrants for his arrest. 


Upon arrival, the male attempted to elude Deputy Durbin but was quickly caught and a struggle ensued. The male, identified as Heath Neccessary age 42, was taken into custody and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center on charges of fleeing and evading police 2nd degree (on foot), resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine), and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also served warrants of arrest from Adair and Russell Counties for failure to comply with sex offender registration, persistent felony offender, and failure to appear 2 counts

 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.

 

Another Lexington Man Arrested on Robbery Charges

 

Ronald Shelby, 26, was arrested Thursday night by Officer Cross with the Columbia Police Department. Shelby was charged with Robbery 1st Degree, Fleeing or Evading Police (motor vehicle) and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree.

He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Lexington Man Arrested on Theft Charges

 

Kyle Hooten, 26, was arrested by Officer Bates with the Columbia Police Department on Thursday night. Hooten was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition (under $500) and Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (on foot). He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Adair County Man Arrested on Trespassing, Menacing and Other Charges

 

David Harvey, 53, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Deputy Staten with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday night. Harvey was charged with Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excludes alcohol), Criminal Trespassing – 3rd degree, Menacing and Resisting Arrest. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Senator Max Wise introduces Next School Safety Focused Measure

 

FRANKFORT, KY. (Feb. 22, 2024) Today, Senator Max Wise, representing Campbellsville and a member of the Republican Party, announced the introduction of Senate Bill 2 (SB 2) aimed at fortifying school safety measures and advancing trauma-informed care in Kentucky's educational institutions. Following the Senate's adjournment, Senator Wise filed SB 2, underscoring its status as a priority legislation crucial for fostering a secure learning environment for students and staff across the Commonwealth.

 

A pivotal feature of SB 2 is the establishment of the Kentucky Guardian program, empowering school districts to engage employees to bolster safety and security on school premises. Beginning with the 2025-26 school year, local school boards facing challenges in meeting School Resource Officer (SRO) coverage prerequisites may contract one or more guardians. These guardians, who may be honorably discharged military veterans, retired Kentucky state troopers, retired law enforcement officers, and former federal agents, are designated to provide temporary safety measures until certified SROs become available. Subsequently, school districts may opt to retain guardians to augment existing security infrastructure, with no obligation for participation if SROs are already in place.

 

"SB 2 represents the logical progression in safeguarding Kentucky's students, educators, and school staff,” said Wise. Feedback from teachers and parents underscores our commitment to enhancing safety measures, allowing them to focus on educating our youth and fostering their development."

 

Guardians will undergo rigorous screening processes, including background checks, medical examinations, and proficiency assessments. They will be identifiable by a unique uniform and authorized to carry concealed weapons on school premises. Additionally, SB 2 requires collaboration between local boards and law enforcement to ensure ready identification by external agencies.

 

In addition to enhancing security measures, SB 2 addresses trauma-informed care by integrating school psychologists, social workers, SROs, and mental health service providers into a comprehensive team. This multidisciplinary approach aims to support students affected by trauma, identify mental health issues, and promote resilience and wellness among all students.

 

Moreover, SB 2 mandates increased suicide prevention awareness and training for teachers and students, expanding the scope of intervention and support for at-risk students. It also permits the implementation of secondary locking mechanisms on classroom doors, provided they comply with the Kentucky Building Code.

 

SB creates the School Mapping Data Program to be administered by the Kentucky Center for School Safety. This program will establish a single verified source of mapping data for school campuses that will be standardized and accessible to public safety agencies to ensure efficient response to any school campus emergency.

 

"SB 2 represents a holistic approach to school safety and mental health support. By prioritizing prevention, intervention, and collaboration, we are laying the foundation for a safer educational environment where our children can achieve,” said Wise.

 

SB 2 also directs the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to provide technical assistance, professional development, and training on childhood trauma experiences. It also requires the maintenance and updating of anonymous reporting tools in each district by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, facilitating community engagement in ensuring school safety.

SB 2 underscores Kentucky's commitment to proactive measures aimed at safeguarding its educational institutions and nurturing the well-being of its students and staff.

 BACKGROUND

Keystone effort by the General Assembly was the School Safety and Resiliency Act of 2019, Sponsored by Senator Max Wise

  • Filed in response to the shooting at Marshall County High School that had two deaths and more than a dozen wounded
  • In 2020, the School Safety and Resiliency Act was amended by SB 8 where School Resource Officers were defined in statute
    • Essentially a clean-up bill that sought to clarify and specify the responsibilities of SROs (School Resource Officers)
    • Clarified when a person is guilty of Terroristic Threatening
    • 250:1 (School Counselor : Student) ratio for mental health services, as a goal
  • In 2022 the School Safety and Resiliency Act was amended by HB 63 which:
    • Amended KRS 158.4414 to require the assignment of school resource officers to schools by August 1, 2022
    • Notably allowed the formation of police departments by the schools themselves to help in the hiring process of SROs
  • In July of 2023, Senator Wise told members of the Task Force on School and Campus Security that 28 other states had adopted part or all of the School Safety and Resiliency Act
    • 1st Meeting: Presentation of SB 1 of 2019 (School Safety and Resiliency Act)
      • An information session establishing background, concerns, and thoughts put into the 2019 bill as well as a recent history of its amendments
    • 2nd Meeting: Kentucky Center for School Safety & Office of the State School Security Marshal
      • Lengthy discussion on SRO training and how it would be absorbed by the Department of Criminal Justice (DOCJ)
    • 3rd Meeting: Strengthening Trauma-informed Schools for Prevention and Resiliency
      • Revolved around the need for specialized mental health services within Kentucky schools 

 

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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.

 

Special Day for Military Kids at State Capitol 2/27/24

 

Military children still have a chance to use flight simulators, participate in a scavenger hunt and take a tour of the Kentucky Capitol as part of the annual Military Kids Day in Frankfort. The Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee hosts the event each year. It will begin at 9amET on Tuesday, February 27, 2024.

The deadline to sign up is Friday, February 23, 2024. To participate, complete an online application form at legislature.ky.gov or by clicking HERE
The application can be submitted via email to: Donna.Holiday@lrc.ky.gov.

 

Adair County Tourism Hosting Short Term Rental Informational Meeting 2/22/24

 

Adair County Tourism will host a short term rental informational come and go for those with short term rentals on Thursday, February 22, 2024. It will be held from 6pm-7pmCT at the Tourism/ Chamber/EDA office (downstairs), 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Mayor Hoots Signs Proclamation Honoring Black History Month

Black History Month has been proclaimed in Columbia as a result of a proclamation issued by Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots.  The proclamation says in part, “Whereas, Black History Month recognizes the achievements of annually by African Americans and a time for recognizing their role in history.”

The proclamation was done in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Black History Month 5K and 1 mile walk being sponsored by The Weathers Foundation in Danville, Kentucky. Proceeds from that event will benefit the Agape House PSC, a non-profit Pregnancy Resource Center, located in Columbia, Kentucky.

Adair County Extension Master Gardeners Conducting Survey

 

The Adair County Extension Master Gardeners are conducting a survey to identify and prioritize educational efforts for future programs. This survey will only take a few minutes and does not ask for your identification. Priority will be placed on topics that receive the most responses and can be addressed with the current resources available. The survey may be completed here: uky.az1.qualtrics.com.

 

Burkesville Man Arrested on Drug & Driving Related Charges

 

Chad Faulkner, 40, was arrested by Deputy Stockton of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, February 19, 2024. Faulkner was charged with Careless Driving, No Registration Plates, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, Disorderly Conduct, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, (Meth), Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Substance and Improper Display of Registration Plates. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Adair County Couple Arrested for Endangering Welfare of Minors

 

On January 25, 2024 Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman, Deputy Emily Wall and Child Protective Services initiated an investigation into the unsafe living conditions of two children. 

 

A safety plan was put into place for the children as the investigation continued. On Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 5:05pmCT, warrants of arrest signed by Sheriff Brockman were served on 40-year-old Wesley Hutchison and 30-year-old Ashley Hutchison of Columbia. They were both lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the charge of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.

 

The case remains under investigation by the Adair County Sheriffs Office.

Columbia Man Arrested for Falsely Reporting an Incident

 

David Harvey, 53, of Columbia, KY was arrested by KSP on Sunday night. Harvey was charged with False Reporting of an Incident to Law Enforcement and Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol). 

 

Mr. Harvey was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Adair County Tourism Meeting 2/20/24

 

The Adair County Tourism Commission will meet in regular session at 12 NoonCT on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at the Training and Development Chamber/Tourism/EDA Office, 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY. The meeting is open to the public.

 

Blessing Boxes in Columbia

Blessing Box locations in and around Columbia are listed below to make it easy to find places to offer donations, or to find assistance when needed. The list was handed out by Mayor Pam Hoots when she spoke earlier this week at the monthly Adair County Caregivers meeting. The location list follows:

2699 Little Cake Rd - Little Cake Church

4262 Liberty Rd - Beulah Chapel

4560 Greensburg Rd - Bethany Baptist Church

413 Fairgrounds St - Fairgrounds

107 N Reed St - Berean Community Fellowship

2418 Campbellsville Rd - Trinity Church

1025 Wheeler Hill Rd- Flatwoods Separate Baptist Church

1405 Campbellsville Rd - Steel Magnolia

24 Burnetts Rd - Through The Fire Worship Center

3041 Edmonton Rd - Living By Faith Community Church

7811 Ky-55 S Glensfork - Glensfork Church Of The Nazarene

Allan County Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges After Traffic Stop

 
On Friday, February 16, 2024 at 11:02pmCT, Deputy Sheriff Chandler Staten initiated a traffic stop on a 2011 F-250 truck, north of Columbia on KY 55. Following a roadside investigation it was found that the operator, Clarence Hoover, 31, of Scottsville, KY was in possession of suspected methamphetamine. It was also found that Hoover was a wanted fugitive from Tennessee.  
 
Clarence Hoover was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of Careless Driving, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), and Fugitive from Justice.
 
The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation. 
 

Weekend Arrests 2/18/24

 

The following individuals were arrested by various law enforcement agencies...

 

Wesley Hutchison, 41, and Ashley Hutchison, 30, of Columbia were arrested on Friday afternoon by the ACSO and charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.

 
Andrew Bradshaw, 43, of Somerset, KY - arrested on Saturday by KSP and charged with Reckless Driving, Obstructed Vision and/or Windshield, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, License to be in Possession, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Meth), Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (drug unspecified), Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (drug unspecified), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Fernando Jimenez, 23, of Somerset, KY - arrested on Saturday nght by KSP for Careless Driving, DUI, Possession of Open Alcoholic Container in Motor Vehicle, No Operators License, DUI, License to be in Possession, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Driving too Slow for Conditions, Improper Lane Usage, and Failure to Appear.

 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

John Johnson, 25, of Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday night by the RCSO for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, and Terroristic Threatening.
 
Rustie Gaskin, 30 - arrested by the RSPD for Criminal Trespassing 3rd Degree.
 
Patricia Shelton, 46 - arrested Thursday for Criminal Trespassing 3rd Degree and Disorderly Conduct.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Scottsville Man Arrested in Adair County on Fugitive Warrant & Meth Charges

 

Clarence Hoover, 31, of Scottsville, KY was arrested by Deputy Durbin with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office late Thursday night. Hoover was charged with Careless Driving and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth). He was also arrested on a Fugitive warrant and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Russell Springs Man Arrested for Unlawful Imprisonment & Other Charges

 

A Russell Springs Man was arrested on several charges Thursday, including Criminal Mischief and Unlawful Imprisonment.

 

On Thursday night, February 15, 2024, Juan Lopez, 28, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Deputy Barber with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office. Lopez was charged with Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Unlawful Imprisonment 1st Degree, Menacing and Resisting Arrest. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Jamestown City Council Meeting Recap 2-16-24

 

On Thursday evening it was a busy and long meeting for the Jamestown City Council. The main topic of discussion was the recent raise in water and sewer rates. Mayor Regena Hinton says she wants to make it clear the rates were raised the same for everyone
 

 

Columbia Welcomes New Officer

Columbia recently welcomed new Officer Jay Wilson. He was sworn in recently by Mayor Hoots who welcomed the Adair County High School graduate with over a decade of law enforcement experience into the department.

 

Congratulations to Officer Wilson on his new posisition...

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update 2/15/24

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2024) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman provided an update on economic development; the Kentucky National Guard; grants to support veterans; free GED testing; and a record year for the Kentucky Lottery.

 

Economic Development
Gov. Beshear announced exciting momentum within the state’s agritech sector as Bosch Berries, an international grower and distributor of bell peppers, blackberries and strawberries, will be locating a new greenhouse operation in Somerset, investing nearly $50 million and creating 28 full-time Kentucky jobs.

 

The Governor highlighted Kentucky’s continued investment in workforce training initiatives as he announced that over $1.5 million in funds and credits have been approved through the Bluegrass State Skills Corp. (BSSC) to assist with the training of over 6,500 Kentucky workers and employees.

 

Kentucky National Guard Selected as Top Command
The Kentucky National Guard was named, for the first time, the 2023 Association of the United States Army’s best National Guard command. Gov. Beshear said this award represents the heroic actions of Guard members following natural disasters in the commonwealth, in which members helped save more than 1,400 Kentuckians, as well as their service overseas and at the southwest border.

 

The award is also based on readiness, physical fitness and training. Gov. Beshear highlighted that the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry won the Gen. Walter T. Kerwin, Jr. Readiness Award in November 2023.

 

“I have always said that Kentucky has the best National Guard in the country. This award reinforces what we have always known: that our Guard members exhibit excellence, dedication and commitment to our people that you just don’t see anywhere else,” said Gov. Beshear. “Thank you to our Guard members. We are forever grateful for the work they have done for us.”

 

“Being in the Kentucky National Guard isn’t just a community focus or a national focus, but an international focus toward the security of our commonwealth, the communities we come from and the nation as a whole,” said Adjutant General of Kentucky, Maj. Gen. Haldane B. Lamberton. “My belief is that the majority of our Guard members joined because they want to be of service to their community, the commonwealth and the nation in both domestic and overseas operations and we are giving them the opportunity to do that.”

 

Veteran’s Program Trust Fund Grants  
The Governor announced more than $118,400 in funding from the Veteran’s Program Trust Fund, which will go to six organizations supporting Kentucky veterans. The funding includes:

  • More than $22,000 to build a monument honoring those who served aboard the USS Hornet CV-12, an aircraft carrier built for the United States Navy during World War II. The application was submitted by Bettina Rice, the daughter of one of the CV-12 members;
  • More than $17,700 to the Veteran’s Walking Wounded Project to help provide financial assistance in the form of rent, food and legal aid to veterans in Fayette County’s Veterans Drug Treatment Court program;
  • $45,000 to Veterans Rural Outreach Kentucky to help veterans across six counties, including Shelby County and the surrounding counties, access food, shelter and counseling;
  • $10,000 to the Roll Call Foundation to support the expansion of its equine-assisted therapy program, which aims to help veterans suffering from PTSD, anxiety and depression;
  • $6,000 to Morehead State University to continue offering veteran-affiliated students afford books and other supplies; and
  • More than $17,300 to Kentucky Veteran Business Alliance to support five new veteran-owned businesses and job growth.

 

“Our veterans represent the best of Team Kentucky and of America, and we will continue to make serving them one of our top priorities,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

The Governor also said the administration has worked to implement pay increases for nursing positions, as well as for all state employees, which has resulted in increased staffing levels at the state’s veterans’ homes. The state has also seen progress in admitting more veterans over the past year.

 

Free GED Program
Lt. Gov. Coleman announced that, as of January 2024, 10,169 Kentuckians have earned their GED since the waiver for first-time test takers was announced in January 2020. Because of the demand for these services, the Office of Adult Education has increased the number of GED testing sites by 67% across the commonwealth, bringing the number of active testing centers from 114 to 171. To learn more about the free GED or to find a local adult education center, visit kyae.ky.gov.

 

“As an education-first administration, we are working every day to provide all Kentuckians an opportunity to improve their lives and create new cycles of success,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “This work is how we build a better Kentucky for everyone.”

 

Lt. Gov. Coleman also highlighted that in Sept. 2023, the commonwealth surpassed the U.S. Department of Education goals for measurable skill gains to increase literacy, education and training levels among Kentucky’s adults for the first time since 2017.

 

Kentucky Lottery Record Year
Lt. Gov. Coleman also congratulated the team at Kentucky Lottery and its 3,400 partner retailers for a record year. In 2023, sales for the Kentucky Lottery were the highest they have ever been, including record sales of $1.8 billion, a 9.8% increase compared to 2022 and record cash transfers to the state, totaling $380 million, which is a 5.4% increase compared to the year before. iLottery also set a new record with $424 million in sales. Lt. Gov. Coleman said lottery proceeds all support education, funding college scholarship and grant programs.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
The Governor named Kentucky’s public school bus drivers and transportation personnel as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Gov. Beshear highlighted Tara Boston, a bus driver for Woodford County Public Schools, who discussed the impact that the Forward, Together budget proposal, specifically an 11% raise for all school staff, would have for her and her family. To see a video from the visit, click here. The Governor also recognized Larry Farrish, a bus driver for Jefferson County Public Schools. Farrish noticed that 6-year-old Levi Carrier was upset that he could not participate in Pajama Day at school. After Farrish dropped off all the kids on his bus, he bought pajamas for Levi so he could participate with his classmates.

 

“Our bus drivers like Tara and Larry go above and beyond for our children every day, providing safe transportation to and from schools and extra support when needed,” said Gov. Beshear. “For this, and for always being there for our kids, all of our public school drivers and transportation personnel are this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.”

 

Columbia Woman Jailed on Murder Charges in Connection with 3-Year-Old's Death

 

COLUMBIA, Ky. (February 15, 2024) – Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Detective B.J. Burton presented the results of an extensive death investigation to the Adair County Grand Jury which has returned an indictment for murder.  

 

The Adair County Grand Jury has returned an indictment on Jamie Hendriksen, age 24 of Columbia, charging her with Murder.  The charge stems from the investigation into the death of Ms. Hendriksen’s 3-year-old child that occurred on the evening of August 29, 2023 at a residence on Jay Wheeler Road in Adair County.

 

On February 12, 2024, Senior Trooper Brandon Roark served the indictment on Jamie Hendriksen at a residence in Adair County.  Ms. Hendriksen was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

The investigation is being led by Detective B.J. Burton.  Detective Burton was assisted by other KSP Post 15 Troopers, Detectives, and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office.
 

Spring Forest Fire Hazard Season is Underway Through April 30th

 

The Spring Forest Fire Hazard Season is underway... 

 

  • During fire seasons, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Spring Forest Fire Hazard Season: Feb. 15 - April 30
  • Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season: Oct. 1 - Dec. 15

Russell Springs Woman Arrested on Theft Charges

 

Emily Roy, age 31, of Russell Springs was arrested by Officer Miniard with the Russell Springs Police Department on Wednesday afternoon. Roy was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition Shoplifting. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

RS Mayor Eddie Thomas named Chairman of LCADD

 

WAVE NEWS would like to congratulate Russell Springs Mayor Eddie Thomas on recently being named the Director of the Lake Cumberland Area Development District. 

 

 

Columbia Woman Arrested on Numerous Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

 

Deanna Sue Cooper, 62, of Columbia, KY was arrested Wednesday morning, February 14, 2024 by the ACSO for Possession of Methamphetamine (2nd offense), Possession of Marijuana (2 counts), Illegal Possession of Prescription Blanks (2nd or subsequent offense), DUI - Aggravating Circumstances (4th or greater offense) and Driving on a DUI Suspended License - Aggravating Circumstances (3rd offense). She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

 

Russell Springs Boil Water Advisory 2/14/24

 

There is a boil water advisory for Russell Springs. The advisory is for Tonkin Drive, West Hwy 80 starting at 1432 West Hwy80 and ending at Tonkin Dr., Hwy 1870 starting at West Hwy 80 and ending at Tonkin Drive. Until further notice boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.
 

LCDHD Taking Nominations for Public Health Hero Award

The Lake Cumberland District Health Department is accepting nominations for the 2024 Dr. Hossein Fallahzadeh Public Health Hero Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize an outstanding public health advocate in the Lake Cumberland area.

Candidates should display exemplary leadership and diligence in promoting public health. They will have made remarkable contributions and support in fostering public health programs. Their work or actions will have positively impacted the community's health. Nominees should live and/or work in the Lake Cumberland District.

"There are many individuals who promote health and wellness across the Lake Cumberland District," said LCDHD Director Amy Tomlinson. "This award is intended to recognize those sometimes overlooked or unsung providers, board members, officials, and citizens who serve tirelessly and without applause. The Lake Cumberland area is better through their concern for their neighbors."

The award is presented the first week of April each year during National Public Health Week. To nominate a candidate, go to www.lcdhd.org/award. Nominations will be accepted through February 29, 2024.

The award was introduced in 2022 and was presented posthumously to Dr. Hossein Fallahzadeh, a long-time surgeon in Somerset and member of both the Pulaski County Local Board of Health as well as the District Board of Health.

In 2023, the award was presented to Dr. Richard Miles of Russell Springs. Dr. Miles has served Russell County and the Lake Cumberland District for over 40 years as a physician and local and district health department board member.

LCDHD staff are not eligible for the award.

Florida Couple Arrested for Shoplifting; Columbia Woman Jailed for Murder

 

According to jail records, the following individuals were arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail...
 
Jamie Hendriksen, 24, of Columbia - arrested on Monday night by KSP for Murder.
 
Mandouri Mouhssin, 42, of Tampa, FL and Kari Clear, 39, of Jacksonville, FL - arrested on Monday afternoon by the CPD for TBUT (Shoplifting Under $500).
 

Adair County School Board Meeting 2/15/24

 

The Adair County School Board will have a Regular Monthly School Board Meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 6:00pmCT at the Board of Education Conference Room, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY.
 

AGENDA
I.  Pledge of Allegiance
II.  Prayer
III.  Consent Agenda
III.A.  Approval of Minutes
III.B.  Approval of Treasurer's Report
III.C.  Approval of Payment of Bills
III.D.  Approval of 2024/2025 SBDM Tentative Staffing Allocations
III.E.  Approval of Shortened School Day Waiver for student(s): SSID# 2121005114 and SSID# 2120834722
III.F.  Approval to write a grant for Preschool Quality Partnership with Adair County Head Start.
III.G.  Approval of Memorandum of Understanding between Campbellsville University and Adair County Schools for a 10% tuition reduction on online programs to Adair County Schools employees and immediate family members.
III.H.  Acknowledgement of Personnel Action
IV.  Superintendent's Report
V.  Approval of revision of Policy 03.125 Expense Reimbursement and 03.125 AP.22 Travel Form.
VI.  Approval of revision of policy 03.121 Salaries - Rank and Experience.
VII.  First Reading of revision to policy 03.19 AP.1 Certified Personnel - Professional Development.
VIII.  Approval of Monthly Financial Statements
IX.  Buildings and Grounds Update
X.  Public Comments
XI.  Executive Session
XII.  Adjournment

 

Adair County Health Department Ranked Top in District

 

The Adair County Health Department has been named the 2023 County of Excellence by the Lake Cumberland District Health Department.

 

The Lake Cumberland District is comprised of ten counties in southern Kentucky. Throughout the year, each county is measured in 36 categories of standards that the district established for local departments. These criteria include areas such as productivity, patient satisfaction, utilization reviews, audits, and inspections.

 

This year, Adair County Health Department finished number one overall in the rankings.

 

“I am very proud of Adair County as our overall winner and all the individual category winners,” said LCDHD Director Amy Tomlinson. “We’ve had three different winners over the last three years. This is a very competitive award and I think it shows the pride each county has in their service to the communitywhere they live and work.”

 

This marks the first time the Adair County Health Department has won the award.

 

The district includes the counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne.
 

Russell County Man Arrested in Columbia Following Reckless Driver Complaint

 
On Monday morning, February 12, 2024, CPD Officers received a complaint of a reckless driver in city limits. A CPD Officer observed the vehicle matching the caller's description and initiated a traffic stop on Campbellsville Street.
 
After making contact with the operator, it was determined the subject was under the influence and was taken into custody. While on scene, the male attempted to swallow a single pill he was keeping under his tongue.
 
Frankie Travis McGowan, 44, of Russell Springs has been charged with DUI 1st as well as Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class D felony.
 
Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Sgt Drew Conn and Officer Joey Keith.
 

Area Arrests 2/12/24


 

  • Brandon E. Coomer, 38, of Columbia - arrested on Friday, February 9, 2024 by the ACSO for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excluding alcohol) and Possession of an Open Alcohol Container in Motor Vehicle. 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
  • Charles Sikes, 53, of Russell County - arrested on Sunday, February 11, 2024 by the RSPD for Speeding and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License.
  • Theresa Grant, 40 - arrested by KSP on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 for Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Nikki Montgomery, 36arrested by KSP on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 for Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Joshua Montgomery, 39 - arrested by KSP on February 7th for Burglary 3rd degree, Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (excluding alcohol), and Persistent Felony Offender.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Russell County Woman Arrested on Meth Charges by Columbia Police

 

On Sunday night, February 11, 2024, the Columbia Police Department received a complaint of an individual staying at a basement apartment located on College Park Drive in Columbia, KY without the owners consent. After making contact with the female, she was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia as well as suspected methamphetamine. 


Patricia Carol Kerr, 53, of Russell Springs was taken into custody and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. 


Sgt Justin Cross was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Holly Necessary.
 

Russell County Fiscal Court Meeting 2/12/24

 
The Russell County Fiscal Court will meet on Monday, February 12, 2024 at 10:00amCT at the Courthouse in Jamestown.
 
AGENDA
  • WELCOME, PLEDGE & OPENING PRAYER 
  • MINUTES 
  • PAY BILLS 
  • DETENTION CENTER REPORT 
  • OPEN BIDS ON E-CIG & FOOD SERVICE 
  • SHERIFF’S REPORT 
  • SHERIFF’S 2023 FINAL FEE ACCOUNT SETTLEMENT 
  • SHERIFF’S 2022 OIL BILL TAX SETTLEMENT 
  • TREASURER’S MONTHLY SETTLEMENT REPORT & PRE-APPROVED AE TRANSFERS 
  • 1st READING BUDGET ORDINANCE 24-01 BUDGET AMENDMENT 
  • TRANSFER $100,000.00 FROM GENERAL TO JAIL 
  • TRANSFER $1,920.29 FROM DISPATCH TO AMBULANCE FOR ENHANCED MEDICAID 
  • TRANSFER $5,559.88 FROM ASAP FUND TO OPIOID FUND TO CORRECT DEPOSIT ERROR 
  • DISPERSE FUNDS ON SPAY & NEUTER GRANT 
  • PAY FIRE DEPARTMENT & RESCUE SQUAD SUPPORT AS BUDGETED 
  • DUO COUNTY BROADBAND PROJECT 
  • RESOLUTION 24-01 LOGAN ANTLE BRIDGE PROJECT 
  • RESOLUTION 24-02 ELECTION EQUIPMENT GRANT 
  • RESOLUTION 24-03 VIDEO ARRAIGNMENT GRANT PHASE 2 
  • EMERGENCY SHELTER INTER-LOCAL AGREEMENT 
  • E911 INTER-LOCAL AGREEMENT 
  • OTHER BUSINESS 
  • ADJOURN
 

SENATOR MAX WISE: Week 6 of the 2024 Legislative Session

 

At the start of the sixth week of the legislative session on Monday, the Senate received budget recommendations from the state House of Representatives. House Bill (HB) 1 and HB 6, along with related appropriation and revenue bills, will shape the state’s next two-year operating budgets for the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. In its unique constitutional role in the budget process, the Senate will review these proposals, crafting recommendations grounded in disciplined use of taxpayer dollars.

 

The budget bills, particularly the one-time funding proposals from the House, are promising. I believe the Senate aligns with the proposal’s general philosophy, especially the wise use of the budget reserve trust fund. A decade ago, Kentucky lacked rainy-day funds, but through conservative spending and business-friendly economic policies, the current reserve has soared to a record $3.7 billion.

 

Moreover, following the historic shift in control of the House from Democratic to Republican in 2017, both chambers now share a unified vision for budgeting, economic policies, and comprehensive tax reform, resulting in replenishing the trust fund alongside a reduction in state income tax, as evidenced by the recent half-percent decrease effective January 1.

 

Conservative fiscal strategies have positioned Kentucky to prioritize investments in critical areas such as modern and traditional infrastructure, along with stabilizing teacher and state employee retirement systems. It is imperative that these one-time funds only be allocated to corresponding expenses, rather than being diverted towards establishing new programs that could potentially burden taxpayers in the long term.

 

While Kentucky currently operates state programs designed to assist residents in need, the Senate exercises caution in establishing new initiatives, mindful of the challenges confronting existing programs like Medicaid. Rejecting the tax-and-spend policies of the past century, the Senate directs its focus toward fostering future growth, enhancing economic competitiveness, and fortifying resilience against the uncertainties of the global economy.

 

This Thursday I was proud to introduce my latest piece of legislation, Senate Bill 188, which would reduce healthcare costs for privately insured Kentuckians. SB 188 would address the escalating issue of unfair pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) practices that has led to the closure of 64 community pharmacies in Kentucky over the last two years. The bill will empower citizens to choose where they purchase their medication, prevent further closures of community pharmacies, and ensure fair reimbursement rates for these essential healthcare providers. I look forward to sharing more about the bill with you in future updates is it makes its way through the legislative process.

 

As the 2024 Legislative Session approaches its midpoint, the Senate has approved several bills that are now advancing for consideration by the House. Here's an overview of the legislation approved by the Senate.

 

Education

Senate Bill (SB) 18 would enable school districts to purchase bus equipment meeting federal safety standards from various manufacturers, promoting cost savings and supplier diversity. The bill mandates the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to provide standards to the Finance and Administration Cabinet for monitoring price contracts.

 

Charitable Contributions

SB 70 seeks to safeguard donor intent in charitable contributions by requiring organizations to honor donor-imposed restrictions unless compelled otherwise. Donors or their representatives, upon notifying the organization of a violation, can initiate legal action seeking relief within four years. Courts may order remedies aligning with the charitable purposes expressed in the agreement.

 

Workforce Development

SB 127 aims to strengthen Kentucky's aviation and aerospace workforce pipeline by establishing scholarship funds and fostering collaboration between public programs and industry partners. The bill creates the Kentucky Aerospace, Aviation, and Defense Investment Fund to address workforce demands and support collaborations, addressing a projected global need for nearly 800,000 new pilots over the next two decades.

 

Health Care

SB 145 seeks to allow Kentucky health facilities and Medicaid-enrolled health care providers to submit their current and prospective employees to child abuse and neglect or adult abuse background checks. The checks would utilize the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Human Services’ existing child abuse and neglect and adult caregiver misconduct registries.

 

Child Welfare

SB 151 aims to incorporate new foster care supports and services for relatives and fictive caregivers to access funding support in their care for a child. The bill would allow children to suggest potential relatives or fictive kin caregivers to a district court if they are removed from their homes. Additionally, it would set criteria for when a relative or fictive kin caregiver can apply to be certified as a child-specific foster home through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

 

Please check out the KYSenateRepublicans.com website to find press releases from the Senate Majority Caucus. Information on all our members, myself included, can be found along with other valuable resources. 

 

You can find the status of legislation like this and others by calling 866-840-2835 or receiving legislative meeting information at 800-633-9650. You can also watch and follow legislative activity at KET/org/legislature and Legislature.ky.gov.

 

Thank you for your continued interest and engagement in the 2024 Regular Session and it is a privilege to represent you in Frankfort. Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if I can assist you. You can email me at max.wise@lrc.ky.gov or reach my office toll-free at 1-800-372-7181.

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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.

 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 2/13/24

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular called session on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 9:00amCT 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. LINE TO LINE 
  4. FUND TO FUND
  5. TREASURER’S REPORTS 
  6. OTHER BUSINESS
  7. PUBLIC COMMENTS
  8. ADJOURNMENT
 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - Amy Neighbors

 

Week in Review: Education, Health, and Crime Bills Pass the House

Over forty pieces of legislation have passed the House and moved to the Senate for their concurrence. This week, I would like to highlight a few legislative measures that I believe are significant for the people of my district. These are just a handful of the bills, but all can be found in the Legislative Record section of our website at legislature.ky.gov:

 

Making breast cancer examinations more accessible/HB 115This measure seeks to expand access to life saving breast examination services in the commonwealth. HB 115 would prohibit cost-sharing requirements for any covered breast examination. It also would require state employee health insurance plans and the plans provided to employees of state postsecondary institutions to provide coverage that complies with state requirements. This measure would help many Kentuckians have access to preventative and diagnostic healthcare they may not have had the opportunity to access before.

 

Addressing sudden unexpected death in epilepsy/HB 166Most are familiar with sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. For those with epilepsy, there is a possibility that they may suffer sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, or SUDEP.  This measure, also known as Jami’s Law, would update autopsy requirements for those who have passed due to SUDEP. HB 166 permits autopsies to be conducted to determine if a cause of death is consistent with SUDEP. If this is determined to be the case, a copy of the death certificate would be sent to the SUDEP Registry at the Langone Medical Center at New York University.

 

Protecting children from sexual abuse/HB 207Currently, there is no legal restriction in the commonwealth for the possession or trafficking of child sex dolls. These dolls are anatomically correct models of adolescent children that can be used for sexual gratification. HB 207 would prohibit the possession, trafficking, importing, or otherwise advancement of a child sex doll. Another important aspect of this bill is that it also would make the digitization of a minor that portrays a sexual act a class D felony on the first offense. This measure would help keep our children safe, and hold bad actors accountable for their actions.

 

Lowering health care costs/HB 220This measure attempts to make your trip to the pharmacy less expensive. HB 220 would require insurers to try biosimilar products, almost identical products to the branded drug, before moving on to the typically more expensive branded drug.

 

Increasing access to health care/HB 274This legislation would continue to allow pharmacists to administer vaccinations to children between the ages of five and seventeen, with parental consent. This would allow vaccinations to become more accessible to many Kentuckians, as pharmacies are more abundant and accessible compared to pediatric medical centers.

 

Addressing teacher misconduct/HB 275This proposal seeks to prevent those with a history of abuse or misconduct from continuing to be employed by Kentucky schools. HB 275 would require school districts to thoroughly investigate allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior towards a minor. If passed, the measure would prohibit school districts from signing nondisclosure agreements with staff that have been under investigation for these actions. Additionally, it would require school districts to conduct reference checks for new personnel and requires the former school districts to disclose if any cases against a teacher were substantiated.

 

Expanding Membership on the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure/HB 361This measure would add a position for the chair of the Physician Assistant Advisory Committee on the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure. The chair of the Physician Assistant Advisory Committee would hold a nonvoting position. Additionally, HB 361 would limit members of the Physicians Assistant Advisory Committee to two consecutive terms. Lastly, this measure would allow graduating physicians assistants to apply course curriculum to the pediatric head trauma continuing education requirements necessary to obtain a license from the board.

 

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.

 

Adair County Man Arrested on Burglary & Theft Charges

 
Randall Dotson, 43, of Columbia, KY was arrested on Friday night by the ACSO for Theft of Services, Criminal Mischief 2nd degree, Criminal Trespassing 1st degree, Burglary 2nd degree, and Non-Payment of Fines. Mr. Dotson was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Burkesville Man Arrested on Rape Charges

 

23-year-old Michael Riley of Burkesville, KY was arrested late Friday night by the Burkesville Police Dept. for Rape 3rd Degree. Riley was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Cumberland County Woman Arrested on Incest Charges

 

22-year-old Kelsy Addeline Jones of Burkesville, KY was arrested late Friday night by the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office for Incest (Person Less than 18 Years Old by Person 3 or More Years Older). Jones was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

February 29th Proclaimed Rare Disease Day in Columbia

 

Thursday, February 29, 2024 has been proclaimed as "Rare Disease Day" in Columbia. Monica Hare has written a book about her family's experience that will be released on February 28th. The book will be available on Amazon.

 

Mayor Hoots is pictured with Monica Hare at the signing of the proclamation for "Rare Disease Day"

 

Metcalfe County Man Injured after Collision on Cumberland Parkway

 

On Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 2:26pmCT, Adair County 911 received a call of a vehicle collision westbound on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway near the Adair/Metcalfe County line.

 

Upon the arrival of Deputies Gary Roy and Emily Wall, it was found that both westbound lanes of the Parkway were obstructed as two vehicles had collided. 

 

The preliminary investigation indicates both drivers, William Shirley of Edmonton and Greyson Bernard of Adair County, were traveling west when Mr. Bernard struck Mr. Shirley's vehicle in the rear, causing both vehicles to spin out of control. Speed is believed to be a contributing factor in the collision.

 

William Shirley was transported to TJ Health Columbia by Adair County EMS and Greyson Bernard was taken by private vehicle for additional medical treatment.  

 

The collision is being investigated by Deputy Emily Wall who was assisted by Deputy Gary Roy and the Columbia - Adair County Fire Department.

 

KSP Charge Casey Co. Man with Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses


The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Electronic Crime Branch located, interviewed, and arrested Tyler Glen Stamper, 25, on charges related to a child sexual abuse material investigation.

 

Stamper was interviewed as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect was saving sexually explicit images of minors to an online social media account.

 

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Dunnville, KY on Thursday, February 8, 2024. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination.

 

Stamper is currently charged with 20 counts of possessing matter portraying a minor under the age of 12 in a sexual performance. This charge is a Class-C felony punishable by five to ten years in prison. Stamper was lodged in the Casey County Detention Center.

 

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

 

Update on Columbia Veteran Banners

 

The City of Columbia is completing the banners for Veterans for 2024. Due to the response last year, several names and contacts remained on the list for this year. The City has attempted to contact those persons.

The City currently has around 12 banners remaining. If you have called to be on the list and/or would like a banner this year, please contact Sydney Strange at City Hall at 270-384-2501.

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. The City of Columbia plans on doing 33 banners this year, which will bring the total to 100 banners.

 

Columbia Boil Water Advisory

 

Date Issued: 2/8/2024

Time Issued: ?2:05 P.M.

 

A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers on 7177-7769 Russell Springs Rd., Wheet Rd., Joe Conover Rd., R Grider Rd., 7910-8098 Russell Springs Rd.  The advisory has been issued due to a main line leak.

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Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriologicalcontamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure.

 

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

 

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

 

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

Adair County Man Arrested on Child Abuse Charges


The Columbia Police Department have made an arrest after initiating a child abuse complaint on Tuesday, February 6, regarding a 4-week old infant. Initial investigation began when Officers responded to TJ Samson Columbia where the baby was brought in with serious injuries before being flown to Norton’s Children’s Hospital in Louisville. The baby was later found to have multiple broken bones, including a fractured skull. 


The Infants father, Steven Powell, 19, of Columbia was placed in custody today, February 8. Powell has been charged with criminal abuse 1st degree (child under 12), a class B felony. The investigation is ongoing with more charges and arrests possible. 


Detective Evan Burton is the investigating Officer. He was assisted by multiple Officers with The Columbia Police Department, hospital staff from TJ Samson and Norton’s and DCBS.
 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update 2/8/24

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 8, 2024) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear provided an update on economic development; opportunities to donate blood; the annual Shop & Share event; high-ground communities; funding to improve highway safety; the Affordable Connectivity Program; Recovery Ready Communities; funding to expand treatment and recovery services for mothers; and the deadline to apply for funding from the Clean School Bus Program.

 

Economic Development
The Governor recapped multiple new economic development announcements, including Toyota’s plans to increase investment to $1.3 billion at the flagship Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky plant in Georgetown, reinforcing the company’s commitment to high-quality vehicles and long-term job stability.

 

The Governor highlighted the continued momentum of the state’s manufacturing sector as Belmark Inc. – a manufacturer of printed pressure sensitive labels, flexible packaging and folding cartons – will locate a new operation in Allen County with a nearly $99 million investment creating 159 well-paying Kentucky jobs.

 

Gov. Beshear announced that Physician Care Coordination Consultants (PC3 Health), a health care startup, is growing its Jefferson County operations with a $2.5 million investment to relocate within the county and create 21 new full-time jobs at an average hourly wage of over $108 per hour, including benefits.

 

The Governor announced nearly $2 million was approved to support site development in Campbell County, the first location to receive approval in the second round of the Kentucky Product Development Initiative.

 

Gov. Beshear joined local officials and leaders from Tyson Foods for the grand opening of the company’s new, state-of-the-art food production facility at Bowling Green’s Kentucky Transpark. The $355 million plant will create nearly 450 full-time jobs and is among the largest investment, job-creation projects announced in Warren County.

 

The Governor joined local officials and leaders from Bakery Express Midwest, a commercial bakery manufacturing company, to break ground on its new Boone County location, which includes a more than $20 million investment creating over 175 full-time jobs in the region.

 

Gov. Beshear joined local officials and leadership from North American Stainless and its parent company, Spain-based Acerinox, to celebrate the one-year mark since the company announced a $244 million expansion at its Carroll County facility, a project creating 70 full-time jobs.

 

The Governor highlighted the continued momentum of the commonwealth’s site development and speed-to-market initiatives with the announcement of a new Build-Ready site in Jackson County, the program’s first designated brownfield site.

 

Gov. Beshear announced further investment in Team Kentucky’s site and building development efforts with Knox County receiving approval for a $250,000 grant to conduct due diligence as community leaders explore options to establish a new industrial park.

 

The Governor announced that four innovative Kentucky companies will receive $449,819 in state matching grants to support high-paying jobs and further grow the state’s technology sector.

 

Team Kentucky Saves Lives Blood Drive
Today, Mrs. Beshear also announced that she and the Governor will host a blood drive on the State Capitol campus Monday, Feb. 12, to help address the national emergency blood shortage and save lives. For more information and to sign up, visit governor.ky.gov/GiveBlood.

 

“Unfortunately, the number of U.S. blood donors has reached a 20-year low. We have to make sure our hospitals are ready with the supplies they need to treat anyone who needs a blood donation,” the First Lady said. “That’s why Andy and I are inviting all state employees, as well as the Frankfort community, to join us this Monday, Feb. 12, to donate blood and help save lives.

 

Shop & Share
As part of her longstanding commitment to support survivors of intimate partner violence, the First Lady invited Kentuckians to participate in the annual Shop & Share event this Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at select Kroger, Food City, regional grocery and Starbucks locations. Kentuckians can shop from a list of items to benefit the commonwealth’s 15 state-designated regional domestic violence shelter programs. To learn more, see the full release. To view a full list of stores participating in Shop & Share, click here.

 

High-Ground Communities
The Governor announced his administration has closed on the high-ground property called Skyview in Perry County. This land was donated by the Ison family, and it will be the site of 100 new homes for flood survivors. Construction crews are mobilizing to start working on the site.

 

The Skyview community will be in a great location for families. It covers nearly 50 acres and is located just five miles from downtown Hazard. It is close to schools, shopping centers and the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center.

 

“My commitment is the same today as it was on the morning after the floods: We will be with these families until every home and every life is rebuilt,” Gov. Beshear said. “Today, we’re celebrating another major step as we help these folks recover.”

The Governor said Team Kentucky is also making great progress on six other high-ground sites.

 

Funding To Improve Highway Safety
Gov. Beshear announced a design build team has been selected for a $9.5 million project to monitor and bolster safety on Kentucky corridors prone to wrong-way crashes. The team is collaborating with state transportation officials to create a pilot project this summer to test new technologies along select ramps in Fayette County before deploying to other locations starting this fall.

 

Governor Urges Congress To Extend Affordable Connectivity Program
Yesterday, Gov. Beshear wrote a letter to the commonwealth’s congressional delegation urging them to pass legislation that extends the Affordable Connectivity Program, which one in four Kentucky households currently rely on for high-speed internet access. Without action from Congress, the program will close this spring and just yesterday the federal government stopped taking new applications. If nothing is done, Kentuckians will lose $13 million dollars in savings every month.

 

Gov. Beshear said, “If you’ve benefitted from this program, or know friends and neighbors who have, I encourage you to call your federal representatives and ask them to take action.”

 

Recovery Ready Communities
Yesterday, while participating in Recovery Advocacy Day at the State Capitol, Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced that Hardin, McCracken and Scott counties have been designated as Recovery Ready Communities for their commitment to providing residents with access to addiction treatment and recovery support and removing barriers to the workforce. These three counties bring the total number of Recovery Ready Communities to 10 since the Governor announced the first certification in May of last year.

 

Funding To Expand Treatment and Recovery Services for Mothers
The Governor awarded $5,991,800 in grant funding to expand treatment and recovery services including those for pregnant and parenting women with addiction. The funding will also be used to help address Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

 

Clean School Bus Program Deadline
Gov. Beshear said the deadline to apply for Round 2 of the federal Clean School Bus Program has been extended to Feb. 14. The Environmental Protection Agency anticipates awarding at least $500 million in this round. For more information, click here. In less than two years, Kentucky school districts have been awarded nearly $34 million to purchase 85 new clean school buses.

 

“Not only does this funding expand our commonwealth’s role at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution, it is also the next step in ensuring a safe, reliable ride to school for our kids,” said Gov. Beshear. “As Governor, and especially as a dad, this is a top priority.”

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
To celebrate National School Counseling Week, the Governor named Kentucky school counselors as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

“Every day, our school counselors help students find success both in and out of the classroom. As Governor and a dad, I am grateful for the guidance they offer Kentucky’s children. That’s why I will continue to fight to ensure their hard work is recognized,” said Gov. Beshear. “This week, and every week, be sure to thank your school counselors for their hard work.”

 

Gov. Beshear also named those working to end domestic violence at ZeroV, as well as those who will volunteer and participate in the 15th annual Shop & Share event as Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Congratulations to Adair County Elementary School Academic Team on Winning District


The Adair County Elementary School (ACES) Academic Team competed in the District Governor's Cup at Memorial Elementary School in Hart County on Tuesday, January 30th and Saturday, February 3rd, 2024.

ACES Academic Team competed against the host school, Memorial Elementary and Green County Intermediate School, in the events of Future Problem Solving (FPS), Written Composition, Written Assessments of Arts & Humanities, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, and Quick Recall.

Along with first place honors of FPS, Quick Recall, and many individual accolades, the team as a whole was awarded first place overall recognition of District 34 Governor's Cup. These students will advance to regional competition in March.

The ACES Future Problem Solving Team, coached by Mrs. Jeana Pike, is composed of Emily Burkhardt, Owen Collins, Ava Froedge, Catelynn Fugate, Cash Hare, Clara Kotter, Matthew Moss, Jaxton Stephens, and Warren Willis. The FPS team competed on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 earning top honors of first place in their competition.

All three students competing in Written Composition placed, earning a bid to regional play. Those advancing are Emily Burkhardt (2nd), Rory Kleckler (3rd), and Raelee Turner (5th).

Written assessments consist of thirty-six multiple choice in specific content areas with a time limit of thirty-five minutes to complete. ACES had several individual winners. All team members competing and their individual placement consist of Lillian Ballard (Language Arts, Arts & Humanities 2nd), Gabe Erickson (Math 2nd, Science 3rd), Cash Hare (Science 4th), Dallas Hatcher (Arts & Humanities 1st, Science 5th), Karlie Irvin (Language Arts 5th, Social Studies), Rory Kleckler (Social Studies 5th), Clara Kotter (Social Studies 2nd), Matthew Moss (Math 1st), Jaxton Stephens (Math), Raelee Turner (Language Arts 4th), and Sophia Warren (Arts & Humanities 3rd). Written Composition and Written Assessments are coached by Mrs. Lisa Newell-Hare.

The ACES Quick Recall Team, coached by Mrs. Lisa Newell-Hare, is comprised of Lillian Ballard, Emily Burkhardt, Gabe Erickson, Addison Giles, Cohen Grider, Dallas Hatcher, Raegan Hillock, Karlie Irvin, Rory Kleckler, Clara Kotter, Matthew Moss, Jaxton Stephens, Kinsley Thomas, and Raelee Turner. The team swept in play being named first place competitors in their competition on Saturday, February 3, 2024.

 

Local Dentist Dies from Injuries Sustained in Accident

 
Dr. Ryan Brown passed away this week. His practice, Cumberland Orthodontics, has offices in Somerset, Russell Springs and Columbia. Dr. Brown took over the practice of Dr. Karl Clinard upon his retirement.
 
According to a post made by his wife on the Cumberland Orthodontics Facebook page:
 
It's with heavy hearts, we regret to inform you that on Thursday, February 1st, 2024 Dr. Ryan Brown suffered an accident out-of-state that ultimately led to his passing. Arrangements for the immediate and continued care of his patients are being made at this time. Patients will be notified concerning their appointments and will still be seen in the office by staff for emergency care. Thank you for the many prayers and continued support during this difficult time for our family. 
 
Funeral arrangements for Dr. Ryan Brown are incomplete at this time.
 

Adair Woman Arrested After Disturbance Call


ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2024 AT 07:25 A.M., THE ADAIR COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE RESPONDED TO A DISTURBANCE 7 MILES SOUTH OF COLUMBIA IN THE GLENSFORK COMMUNITY.  UPON ARRIVAL, DEPUTY CHRIS TWEEDY CAME INTO CONTACT WITH KRISTINA COOPER 28 OF COLUMBIA. DEPUTY TWEEDY OBSERVED COOPER TO BE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF AN INTOXICATING SUBSTANCE AND DETAINED HER.  UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION IT WAS FOUND THAT SHE WAS IN POSSESSION OF ILLEGAL NARCOTICS AND HAD A OUTSTANDING PAROLE WARRANT FOR HER ARREST ISSUED BY THE KENTUCKY PAROLE BOARD.     

 

COOPER  WAS LODGED IN THE ADAIR COUNTY REGIONAL JAIL ON THE FOLLOWING CHARGES:

- ABSCONDING PAROLE SUPERVISION

-PUBLIC INTOXICATION

-POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1ST DEGREE &

-PRESCRIPTION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE NOT IN PROPER CONTAINER

 

THE ADAIR COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE IS CONTINUING THE INVESTIGATION.

Adair County Schools Hosting Refresher Course on CPR & First Aid

 

A FREE refresher on first aid and CPR for parents/guardians of Adair County students will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2024 from 5:30pmCT to 6:30pmCT in the Library at Adair County High School, 526 Indian Dr, Columbia, KY. (Note: this refresher course is not intended for official CPR certification.)

Participants will be registered to win Amazon gift cards (valued at $15 and $25 each). This event is sponsored by ACMS, ACPC 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) and a Preschool Partnership Grant.

 

Russell County Arrests 2/6/24

 
The following individuals were arrested on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 by various law enforcement agencies...
 
  • Lori Lee Anderson, 49, of Russell Springs - arrested on Tuesday afternoon by the RSPD for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol.
  • Gary Wilson, 77, of Russell Springs - arrested on Tuesday afternoon by the RCSO for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st degree.
  • Kai Williams, 21, of Russell Springs - arrested on Tuesday morning by the RSPD for Possession of Methamphetamine.

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

City of Columbia Applying for Grant for Little League Park Improvements

 
The City of Columbia is submitting a grant for updates to the Little League Park. The Park has been in the community approximately 40 years and has been a source of enjoyment for thousands of children. Enrollment in last year’s Little League Program was approximately 300.
 
If anyone would like to write a letter in support of this project, please submit it to: City of Columbia, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY 42728.
 
Through this grant, the City plans on installing field turf, new bleachers, new lighting and more.
 

Russell Springs Man Arrested on Meth Charges

 

On Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at approximately 5:55amCT, Kai Williams, 21, was taken into custody and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine).

 

Williams was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. Russell Springs Police Department Officer Vance Davis made the arrest.

 

City of Russell Springs to Purchase New Playground Equipment thanks to KLC Grant

 

New Playground Equipment will be bought by the City of Russell Springs thanks to a grant by the Kentucky League of Cities.

 

Funds provided by the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) help provide programs and services that reduce liability and create safer communities.

 

The City of Russell Springs continues to update and add to the City Park to make it an attraction everyone will enjoy when visiting.

 

TJ Health Scholarship Program

 

T.J. Regional Health will be offering three $2,000 scholarships to high school students who are planning to pursue degrees in the healthcare, or a healthcare-related, business field.

High school seniors who live in the T.J. Regional Health service area and who are graduating in 2024 qualify to apply for a scholarship. Preference will be given to those who are pursuing degrees in healthcare or who have a desire to apply their degree to a healthcare-related field. Degrees can also include non-patient care settings such as marketing, business administration, accounting, computer science, etc.

Application materials must be completed and submitted online at tjregionalhealth.org/scholarship by Monday, March 25, 2024. Winners will be notified by April 15, 2024. Questions regarding the application process can be submitted to scholarships@tjsamson.org.

 

Russell County Man Arrested for Failure to Appear & Bail Jumping

 

A Russell County Man was taken into custody by KSP on Monday on charges of Failure to Appear and Bail Jumping.

 

Fredrick Katon, 30, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Trooper Justice for Bail Jumping 1st Degree and 4 counts of Failure to Appear. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Russell County Honor Guard Needs Veterans for Funeral Detail


The Russell Co Honor Guard is in need of Veterans for funeral detail. The recent loss of several brothers has strained their numbers. 


To apply, a member must present a DD-214 with honorable  discharge, be willing to be shaven at the time of funerals, wear his or her uniform according to their 214, and maintain an acceptable attendance record. 


This is a service that cannot be explained and is gratifying to one’s heart, in the service of fellow Comrades. It is simply without description. If interested, call 270-866-2841 for an appointment. 

 

Ohio Health Department Reports Measles Case, Possible Exposure at Kentucky-Based Airport

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2024) – Today, Kentucky health officials said the Ohio Department of Health has a confirmed case of measles in an individual who lives in Ohio, but traveled through the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport located in Boone County, KY.  

 

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) is working with the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify people who might have been exposed at the airport on Jan. 27 between 5-9 p.m. and Jan. 29 between 8:30-11:30 p.m. and or potentially exposed as passengers on specific flights.

 

At this time, no confirmed cases of measles have been reported in Kentucky this calendar year.

 

“Measles is a highly contagious respiratory virus that is spread through the air,” said KDPH Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack. “Early symptoms of measles are typical of many upper respiratory illnesses – fever, cough, watery eyes and runny nose – and proceed to the characteristic rash three to five days after symptoms begin.”

 

Dr. Stack added, those who have developed symptoms and were at the airport during the date(s)/time(s) of possible exposure, please isolate from others and call a medical provider, urgent care or emergency department to seek testing. He urged individuals to not arrive at a health care facility without advance notice so that others are not exposed.

 

In the United States, the first dose of measles vaccine is routinely administered in combination with mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) to children at age 12 months through 15 months. A second MMR dose is routinely administered at age 4 through 6 years. Two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles if exposed to the virus.

 

First & Farmers Bank Warns of Scam Texts

 
First & Farmers National Bank in Columbia is advising that they been alerted by several customers of a scam where the customer has received a text, allegedly from First & Farmers National Bank, stating that a large withdrawal was made from their account and to respond to dispute it. Clicking the link takes the recipient to a web page that is similar to the First & Farmers National Bank log-in page.
 
First & Farmers National Bank says "These messages are fraudulent. Any customer who receives such a message needs to delete and do not respond. Remember: NEVER give out your account information, passwords, or social security numbers, unless you have initiated a call to a known number for the bank. We will NEVER text, call, or email asking you to provide this information."
 

RC Sheriff Says Beware of Scammers!

 

Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston says his office received two calls this morning (Monday, Feb. 5th) reporting they had received calls claiming warrants for their arrest had been issued for failing to report for Jury Duty.

 

Sheriff Polston reminds you to NOT give out any personal information on the phone. The RCSO will NOT call and ask for any personal information or for any money. Hang up the phone if you receive a call such as this and call the R.C. Sheriffs Office and report it. The phone number is 270-343-2191 and office hours are Mon.-Fri. 8am-4pm.

 

Columbia Mayor Proclaims Feb. 5-9, 2024 as FRYSC Coordinators Appreciation Week

 

The week of February 5 through February 9, 2024 has been proclaimed as "FRYSC Coordinators Appreciation Week," as the result of a proclamation issued by Mayor Pamela Hoots. It states in part, "Family Resource and Youth Services Centers remove the non-academic barriers to student achievement, bridge the gaps to needed resources, and collaborate the resources of schools and communities for the success of students, families, and communities."

 

ACJE & Breeding Fire Dept. Recognized for Assisting Animals During Water Crisis in Clinton County

 

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Johnathan Shell personally thanked Adair County Judge Executive Larry Russell Bryant and the Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department, along with Wayne County County Judge Executive Scott Gehring and their Fire Department, in helping save over 150 animals during the water crisis in Clinton County. The Breeding Fire Department assisted hauling water for 3 days in the terrible cold weather conditions.

 

Commissioner Shell spoke at the 42nd Annual Kentucky County Judge Executives Winter Conference held at Griffin Gate Marriott Lexington, KY.

CJE Bryant and others from Adair County were in attendance.

"It was nice to see Adair county recognized for the good deeds of many during one of the coldest times I've experienced in many years," said ACJE Bryant. "Adair County First Responders are some of the best in the state. They're always there no matter how bad the weather is. I'd just like to say thank you to all who are there at some of the worst times in our lives."

 

(From our friends at Columbia Magazine)

 

Weekend Arrests 2/4/24

 
The following individuals were arrested over the past few days by area law enforcement agencies...
 
  • Samantha Gosser, 35, of Dunnville, KY - arrested late Saturday night by KSP for Rear License Not Illuminated, License to be in Possession, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (drug unspecified), Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (drug unspecified), Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, and Possession of Marijuana.
     
  • Donna Mills, 39, of Jamestown - arrested on Saturday by KSP for No Registration Plates, No Registraion Receipt, Improper Display of Registration Plates, Failure of Owner to Make Required Disposition of property, Failure to Produce insurance Card, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, and Failure to Appear.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • Jada Lea Wolfe, 44, of Morganfield, KY - arrested on Saturday night by the ACSO for Reckless Driving, DUI, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia.
     
  • James Edward Campbell, 59, of Columbia - arrested on Thursday night by KSP for Theft of Identity, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Senator Max Wise Addresses Abuse and Lacking Accountability at Adair Juvenile Facility

 

FRANKFORT, Ky, (Feb. 2, 2024) - In response to the recently released audit of the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice and the troubling allegations surrounding the Adair County Youth Detention Center, Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, issues the following statement:

 

“I was appalled when I first read the tragic reports of juvenile abuse that took place at the Adair County Youth Detention Center in December 2022. Shortly after the news broke, I visited the center to tour the facility, meet with center officials, and get a full picture of its problems. The specific details of mistreatment and negligence that took place are truly abhorrent. I was also deeply disturbed by the subsequent incidents, specifically the failure of leadership in the Adair County facility and the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) as a whole to take accountability and prevent future abuse.

 

“As many of you already know, this facility is facing severe allegations of sexual abuse, denial of mental and physical health treatments, and restriction of access to basic hygiene facilities and products. Recently, a third-party review of Kentucky’s Department of Juvenile Justice yielded a shocking report illustrating a clear crisis in our juvenile justice system. The audit revealed several concerns with the DJJ’s staffing, culture, procedures, and strategic direction. There are inconsistent isolation policies and practices, pepper spray overuse at a rate significantly higher than adult federal prisons, a lack of clarity surrounding discipline and force, and issues with understaffing.”

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Sen. 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.

 

Please visit https://legislature.ky.gov/Legislators%20Full%20Res%20Images/senate116.jpg for a high-resolution .jpeg of Wise.

 

February: American Heart Month

 

From Jeff Neagle, Communications Specialist
Lake Cumberland District Health Department

Along with Valentine's Day, February marks American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health and encourage families, friends and communities to become involved.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, accounting for 1 in 4 deaths in the United States. Nearly half of Americans have at least one risk factor for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity, or an unhealthy diet. Risk also increases with age. The good news is that individuals of all ages can reduce their risk for heart disease by making lifestyle changes and managing medical conditions through appropriate treatment plans. With a record number of young adults living at home or in close contact with older relatives, they have a golden opportunity to encourage parents and other family members to make heart-healthy changes and offer support along the way.

Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference
Start by taking some small steps, and encouraging others to do so, during the month of February and beyond to improve heart health. Here are some examples of healthy heart behaviors:

 

  • Schedule a visit with your doctor to talk about heart health. It's important to schedule regular check-ups even if you think you are not sick.

 

  • Know your numbers. Schedule a visit with your doctor to learn your personal health numbers including - Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI) to assess risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

 

  • Add exercise to your daily routine. Start off the month by walking 15 minutes, 3 times each week. By mid-month, increase your time to 30 minutes, 3 times each week.

 

  • Increase healthy eating. Cook heart-healthy meals at home at least 3 times each week and make your favorite recipe lower sodium. For example, swap out salt for fresh or dried herbs and spices.

 

  • Take steps to quit smoking. If you currently smoke, quitting can cut your risk for heart disease and stroke.

 

  • Take medication as prescribed. Talk with your doctor about the importance of high blood pressure and cholesterol medications If you're having trouble taking your medicines on time or if you're having side effects, ask your doctor for help.


Kentucky is one of the unhealthiest states in our nation. With a few healthy lifestyle changes, we could improve this. First, eating normally proportioned helpings of nutritious foods including at least five fruits and vegetables a day can lower weight and reduce heart disease and diabetes. Second, exercising about 30 minutes per day can lower blood pressure. Third, avoiding the use of tobacco products can reduce several types of cancer. Finally, making sure you get your needed preventive screenings can detect diseases early and greatly increase your chances for positive health outcomes. Receiving your recommended vaccinations can prevent acquiring disease in the first place. Visit our website at www.LCDHD.org to learn more about each of these areas.

 

Columbia City Council Meeting 2/5/24

 
The Columbia City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, February 5, 2024 at 6pmCT at City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY. 
 
AGENDA
1st Item: Motion to Approve minutes of January 03, 2024 Special Called Meeting.
2nd Item: Appointment to Lake Cumberland Area Dev. District Board
3rd Item: Approval to apply for AMLER Economic Grant
4th Item: Opening bids for sanitation truck
 
Council Comments
Mayor's Announcements
Citizens Comments: Limit 3 minutes per citizen or organization
 

KSP Conducting Traffic Safety Checkpoints in Post 15 Area


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

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

A complete list of Post 15 traffic safety checkpoints:

Green County

US 68 at KY 793

Taylor County

US 68 at KY 3211 (Palestine Road)

US 68 at KY 744 (Spurlington Road)

KY 210 at KY 569

Lone Valley Road at State Park Road

KY 744 at KY 208

KY 70 at Stoner Creek Road

KY 70 at Watertower Road Bypass

Marion County

US 68 at KY 289

US 68 (E) at KY 243

US 68 at KY 426 (Miller Pike)

US 68 at KY 2154 (Sulphur Springs Road)

KY 49 at KY 84

KY 49 at KY 327

KY 55 at Lebanon Bypass

St. Rose Road and Lebanon Bypass

Horan Lane and KY 55

Washington County

KY 555 at KY 528 (Lincoln Park Road)

Casey County

KY 49 at Wilson Ridge Road

KY 49 and KY 78

KY 70 and KY 837

KY 70 and KY 206

KY 70 at LU 551

KY 80 at KY 910

KY 198 at Indian Creek Road

KY 206 at Ewing Ridge Road

KY 910 at KY 501

KY 3272 at KY 1640 (Red Hill and Riffe Creek)

KY 1640 and US 127

KY 78 and KY 906

US 127 and KY 817 (North Bypass)

KY 70 Limits of Yosemite at Stop Sign

Russell County

Old Rowena and State Park Road

KY 80 East and Owenstown Road

KY 379 at KY 92

KY 619 at KY 1680

KY 3525 at KY 910

Maple Street and Lakeway Drive

US 127 at the Casey-Russell County Line

Adair County

KY 76 and KY 206 (1st)

KY 80 and KY 531

KY 61 and KY 533

KY 80 and Gentry Mill Road

KY 551 and KY 76

KY 206 and KY 76 (2nd)

Sulpher Creek Road and Millerfield Road

Columbia Bypass Past Youth Development Center

KY 767 Pelham Branch Road and KY 55 Bypass

KY 206 and KY 531

KY 80 and KY 768

KY 206 and Green Hills Road

KY 55 and KY 633

KY 61 and KY Jones chapel Road

KY 55 and KY 92

Clinton County

KY 90 at KY 1590

KY 350 at Tennessee Shortcut Rd

KY 1590 at KY 1351

US 127 Limits of Albany and KY 738

KY 90 and KY 829

KY 90 at Old KY 90 Loop 4

US 127 Bypass at Business 127

US 127 at KY 696

US 127 at KY 3066

Cumberland County

South KY 61 at KY 90

KY 61 (N) at KY 704

KY 90 at Park Rd. #1 Marrowbone

KY 90 at KY 1880

KY 61 at KY 953

Metcalfe County

US 68 at KY 745

KY 163 at Hill Street

KY 70 at KY 1243

Monroe County

KY 163 at Mill Creek Road

 

Spread Love this Valentine's Day with KSP Trooper Teddy Bear


Spread Love this Valentine's Day with a Kentucky State Police Trooper Teddy Bear

Every purchase supports a child in need.

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 1, 2024) – The Kentucky State Police is announcing the Trooper Teddy Bear Valentine’s Day sale, offering the public an exclusive opportunity to spread love while supporting the agency’s outreach program. Starting today through Feb. 14, customers can purchase the heartwarming bears at a special price of $20, down from the regular price of $25.

All proceeds allow troopers to provide teddy bears to children who have been in traumatic situations, such as car crashes, child sexual abuse cases or fighting a terminal illness. 

 

“Trooper Teddy Bears have become a staple in the agency’s community outreach as we work to connect with our most vulnerable population – our children,” said KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett Jr. “We hope people embrace the spirit of Valentine’s Day by purchasing a bear and contributing to this meaningful program.”

 

Trooper Teddy Bears can be purchased online or at any KSP Post. When purchasing online, customers can select to pick it up at their local KSP Post free of charge or have it shipped to their home for an additional fee. 

 

The Trooper Teddy Project relies solely on donations and the sale of bears to sustain it, with 100% of the proceeds being used to purchase additional bears to distribute to children in need. To purchase a bear or make a tax-deductible contribution visit the Trooper Teddy website.

 

The Trooper Teddy Project came to life in December 1989 after Kentucky First Lady Martha Wilkinson hosted a fundraiser at Red Mile Gaming & Racing, raising enough funds to purchase 2,000 bears. The first allotment of bears included a personal note from Mrs. Wilkerson. 
 

Columbia Receives 2023 Liability Grant from KLC


The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) presented the City of Columbia with a 2023 Liability Grant. The funds enable KLC members to provide programs and services that reduce liability and create safer communities. KLC has awarded its insurance members more than $6 million in liability and safety grants since 1999.

City representatives expressed their appreciation for the grant. "The City of Columbia is pleased to be awarded a 2023 KLC Liability Grant," Mayor Pamela Hoots said. "It will be an asset as we review and update the policy manual for the City of Columbia."

"Safety is a primary focus of the Kentucky League of Cities. We appreciate our members and proudly join the City of Columbia in making a safer community for citizens and city employees," KLC Executive Director/CEO J.D. Chaney stated.

Liability grants are just one of the many extra services cities and organizations get through KLC Insurance Services, Kentucky's largest municipal insurance program. The agency helps members increase public safety with proactive programs and services. KLC insurance provides affordable liability, property, workers' compensation, and other municipal insurance products.

In addition to insurance, the Kentucky League of Cities offers employee benefits programs, legislative advocacy, financial and municipal law services, training, community development, and other resources that serve cities.

 

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