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Local News Archives for 2024-03

Fatal Casey County Accident Kills 3 People


LIBERTY, KY (March 31, 2024) – On Sunday, March 31, 2024 at approximately 2:03pmET, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a two-vehicle injury collision at the intersection of US 127 and KY 70 in Casey County.


The preliminary investigation revealed that Otis Tapscott, age 85 of Liberty, was traveling eastbound on KY 70 in a 2005 Jeep Liberty when he disregarded a stop sign controlling the US 127 and KY 70 intersection.  Mr. Tapscott entered the intersection and collided with a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox traveling southbound on KY 127.  The Chevrolet Equinox was being operated by Teresa Burton, age 56 of Yosemite.  

 

Mr. Tapscott was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Casey County Coroner.  A passenger in Ms. Burton’s vehicle, James Burton, age 67 of Liberty, was also pronounced deceased at the scene by the Casey County Coroner. Ms. Burton was transported to Casey County Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased by the Casey County Coroner. Another passenger in Ms. Burton’s vehicle, Jackie Dylan Cooper, age 21 of Liberty, was transported to the University of Kentucky Hospital In Lexington with serious injuries. 
 

KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Casey County Sheriff's Office, Liberty Police Department, Casey County Fire and EMS, Casey County Rescue Squad, and Casey County Coroner.  The collision remains under investigation by Trooper Alex England.

 

Weekend Arrests 3/31/24

 
The following individuals were arrested by various law enforcement agencies over the weekend...
 
Kyle Robinson, 25, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday night by KSP for Speeding, No Registration Receipt , No Registration Plates, DUI, Failure to Produce Insurance Card and License to be in Possession.
 
Dawn Wilkins, 36, of Columbia - arrested on Friday night by KSP for Possession of Methamphetamine, Non-Payment of Fines and Failure to Appear.
 
Eliseo Gomez, 35, of Jamestown - arrested on Saturday afternoon by the ACSO for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Wear Seatbelts.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Truckers, Travelers Urged To Plan for Extra Traffic Before & After April 8 Solar Eclipse

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 22, 2024) – Kentucky state and local agencies urge residents, tourists and truckers to prepare for heavy traffic when the moon’s shadow sweeps across the commonwealth’s western counties and a dozen other states during the afternoon of Monday, April 8, 2024. Travelers planning to view the total solar eclipse should expect congested highways and limited parking at rest stops, and pack essentials to ensure a safe and comfortable ride if they experience prolonged delays. To prepare for increased traffic, transportation officials are lifting lane restrictions in select work zones and are informing commercial truck drivers of expected traffic.

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will issue Notify Every Truck (NET) advisories for eclipse traffic, and has identified locations where backups are most likely, including the Interstate 24 Ohio River Bridge at Paducah, the U.S. 41 Twin Bridges at Henderson and bridges that connect Interstates 65 and 64 at Louisville.

 

In addition, crews will temporarily remove work zone lane restrictions along key routes in parts of Kentucky where heavy eclipse traffic is expected. Some work zones will remain in place:

  • I-24 is restricted to 11-foot lanes and a 55 mph speed limit on the Tennessee River Bridge (mile marker 29). Alternate routes include U.S. 62 and KY 453 between Exit 27 and Exit 31, or via Interstate 69 South at I-24 Exit 25 to U.S. 68 East at Exit 47 to return to I-24 at Cadiz Exit 65.
  • The Pennyrile Parkway between Nortonville and Hopkinsville, one-lane southbound at Hopkinsville. U.S. 41 offers an alternate two-lane route, but motorists heading south should consider other routes such as Interstate 165.
  • Purchase Parkway between the U.S. 45/KY 80 Mayfield Exit 21 interchange and the state line at Fulton.
  • Various locations on I-65 in Bullitt and Hardin counties; I-64 and Interstate 264 near Louisville; I-64/I-75 at Lexington (lane shifts); and Interstate 275 in Northern Kentucky near Cincinnati.


State highway crews will be staged throughout western Kentucky to detour or move traffic along in case of backups – especially after the eclipse – but traffic congestion and delays are likely.

 

“Whether you’re a solar eclipse spectator or a career driver passing through, taking some time now to plan will help ensure the safety of everyone during this unique event,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “We encourage spectators to come early and stay late to help reduce the potential for hours-long gridlock expected when thousands of families head home. Truckers should plan travel routes and schedules with that in mind.”

 

The event is expected to bring at least 150,000 visitors to the path where it crosses several Western Kentucky counties, with more than 1 million travelers predicted to drive through Kentucky to nearby viewing spots along the main path in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

 

Based on traffic patterns seen during the 2017 total solar eclipse that also swept across Kentucky, initial congestion was light as visitors traveled to the eclipse path over several days. However, heavy traffic surges occurred when visitors made their return trip.

 

In April, motorists are advised to expect several hours of traffic congestion at Ohio River crossings and along north-south routes across Kentucky similar to what major cities regularly experience during rush hour. Post-eclipse traffic is likely to hit the Cincinnati and Louisville region April 8 at evening rush hour.

 

One way to minimize backups is to delay return travel for several hours, or until the initial traffic surge starts to clear. Heavy eclipse traffic could limit access to rest areas and truck stops.

 

When the eclipse ends, KYTC personnel will be stationed at key interchanges and pinch points to monitor traffic. Portable message boards will direct traffic to alternate routes when needed.

 

Travelers should consider monitoring Waze for congested traffic ahead and be prepared to reroute to avoid delays. Slow-moving traffic is expected to continue into the evening hours of April 8.

 

Visit KYTC’s eclipse page at bit.ly/kytc24eclipse for spectator, travel and pilot tips, eclipse path maps, and for links to district social media pages for eclipse-related announcements. Real-time traffic information is also available online at GoKY.ky.gov or using the Waze app.

 

Spectator Tips for a Safe Event

Transportation officials offer the following suggestions for event goers:

  • Plan ahead. Pick a viewing destination and book accommodations in advance. Get eclipse-viewing glasses.
  • Be prepared. Travel with enough food and water for everyone in your vehicle. Expect lines at restaurants, convenience stores and grocery stores. Check the local weather.
  • Drive smart. Don’t stop along highways or take photos while driving. Watch for pedestrians. Fill up or charge up your vehicle before traveling. Turn on headlights.
  • Come early, stay late. Avoid leaving immediately after the event to reduce traffic congestion. Visit Kentucky attractions while in town. Several local communities in the total viewing path are organizing eclipse-related events on April 8.

 

The totality phase will enter Kentucky minutes before 2 p.m., CDT, April 8, in parts of Fulton and Hickman counties before crossing Ballard, McCracken, Livingston, Crittenden, Union and Henderson counties along the Ohio River. It will also pass over small portions of Carlisle, Graves, Webster and Daviess counties.

 

Additional eclipse planning resources are available at the following sites:

https://www.kentuckytourism.com/events/2024-eclipse

http://www.GreatAmericanEclipse.com.

 

Rep. Josh Branscum's Kentucky Consumer Data Protection Act heads to Governor

 

Frankfort, Kentucky (March 28, 2024) – Legislation that would increase the protection of online personal information that belongs to Kentuckians cleared the legislature Thursday, March 28th and is now on its way to the Governor for consideration.

 

“We live in a digital age. Whether buying from an online retailer, connecting with friends and family on your favorite social media platform, or even checking your phone to catch up on the news or sports, the internet is heavily ingrained in our daily lives,” Branscum said. “They deserve to know what data is being collected on them and how that data is being used.”

 

HB 15, known as the Kentucky Consumer Data Protection Act, creates a set of data privacy protections, including the right to access the information a company has on them; correct any errors in the data; receive a copy of the data; delete the data; and tell a company, website or social media platform that they do not want their personal information sold. The bill’s provisions also set guidelines for enforcement by the Attorney General’s office.

 

“This is a workable solution and the first major step in protecting consumer rights and privacy,” Branscum said. “We’ve provided a balanced approach that will give Kentuckians protections and rights regarding the data that is being collected on them, rather than a false sense of security.”

 

For more information about HB 15, visit the Kentucky General Assembly’s website at legislature.ky.gov.

 

Latest Unemployment Numbers 3-29-24

Unemployment rates rose in 112 counties between February 2023 and February 2024, including Adair and all surrounding counties. Rates fell in Bullitt, Elliott, Shelby and Spencer counties, and remained the same in Lewis, Meade, Nicholas and Washington counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 3.7%. It was followed by Washington County, 3.8%; Marion County, 4%; Fayette and Spencer counties, 4.1% each; Oldham, Scott and Shelby counties, 4.2% each; and Anderson and Nelson counties, 4.3% each.

March Proclaimed "Social Worker Month" by Columbia Mayor

 
The Month of March has been proclaimed as "Social Worker Month" by Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots. Attending the proclamation signing were: Veronica Wisener, Project Coordinator and Team Leader at Aetna and Ashley Larguero, who is Program Director at Necco. Over ten thousand children in the state of Kentucky are in the foster care program. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact either of these individiuals.
 

KSP Investigates Fatal Collision on US 68 in Green County

 

GREENSBURG, KY  (March 28, 2024) – On Thursday, March 28, 2024 at approximately 7:54amCT, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a 2-vehicle injury collision on KY 68 near the intersection of Marshall Ridge Road in Green County.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed that Kathleen Yoder, age 18 of Greensburg, was traveling westbound on US 68 in a 2013 Toyota Camry and was attempting to make a left-hand turn into her workplace. Ms. Yoder turned into the path and collided in a head-on manner with a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt traveling eastbound on US 68. The Chevrolet Cobalt was being operated by Timothy Berry, age 61 of Greensburg.  

 

Mr. Berry was transported from the scene to Jane Todd Crawford Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. He was pronounced deceased at the hospital by the Green County Coroner. Kathleen Yoder was not injured during the collision.

 

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

 

Columbia City Council Meeting 4/1/24

 
The Columbia City Council will have a Regular Called Meeting on Monday, April 1, 2024 at 6:00pmCT at City Hall.
 
 
AGENDA
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
OPENING PRAYER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 
 
1ST ITEM:    MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF MARCH 4, 2024 REGULAR CALLED MEETING
 
2ND ITEM:   CMC ADAIR REQUEST FOR SUPPORT
 
3RD  ITEM:   FINANCIAL COMMITMENT REQUEST FROM ADAIR COUNTY JUDGE EXECUTIVE
 
4TH ITEM:   REQUEST FOR ZONE CHANGE 
The City of Columbia Planning and Zoning commission recommends that an application for amendment to the City of Columbia Official Zoning Map effecting a request for a zone change from R-1 Low Density Residential to C-2 Highway Oriented Commercial for lot located at 298 Hudson Street (PVA Map No. 000-02-08-021.00). Property owned by George and Joanne Payne. The purpose of this request is to relocate Little Lambs Learning Center from its current location to 298 Hudson Street.
 
COUNCIL COMMENTS
MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
CITIZENS COMMENTS:  LIMIT 3 MINUTES PER CITIZEN OR ORGANIZATION
MOTION TO ADJOURN
 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update 3/28/24

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 28, 2024) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development; funding from the Disaster Recovery Program; progress on high-ground communities in Eastern Kentucky; the 50th anniversary of the historic 1974 tornadoes; being named States’ Co-Chair of Delta Regional Authority; sports betting in Kentucky during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament; planning ahead of the April 8 solar eclipse; and Derby Week Kick-off at the Capitol. He also named those working to prevent child abuse as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Economic Development
Gov. Beshear highlighted continued site and building development as two Kentucky Product Development Initiative projects in Breckinridge and Pike counties were approved for over $2.3 million in state funding.

 

The Governor congratulated Bespoken Spirits on the grand opening of its newly relocated corporate headquarters and manufacturing operation in Lexington, an exciting new announcement within the state’s signature bourbon and spirits industry. This is a $3.2 million investment creating 16 quality Kentucky jobs paying an average hourly wage of $70.77 including benefits.

 

Today, the Governor joined local officials from Boone County and leaders from F&E Aircraft Maintenance (FEAM Aero) to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s new $45 million three-bay hangar at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, a facility that is creating nearly 250 full-time positions, including at least 124 Kentucky-resident jobs.

Lastly, the Governor provided a recap on five planned economic development projects over five days that could bring thousands of new jobs and billions in investment to the commonwealth. The announcements come thanks to as much as $961 million in U.S. Department of Energy funding and companies betting on Kentucky, including what could be the two largest projects ever in Eastern Kentucky, and possibly the largest project in Shelby County history.

 

Disaster Recovery Program
Gov. Beshear announced that beginning April 1, the Department for Local Government will begin taking applications for funding from Kentucky’s 2022 Disaster Recovery Program. This program is helping communities impacted by the flooding of 2022. Applications will be accepted for projects addressing housing, infrastructure, economic development and resiliency planning from the $297,994,000 allocated to Kentucky by the federal government to respond to the flooding of 2022. For more, see the full release.

 

Gov. Beshear also announced the awards from the 2021 application cycle of the Disaster Recovery Program.

 

Letcher County Fiscal Court will use $8,707,500 to build 29 total homes in the communities of Seco and Uz. The project will also include the installation of infrastructure to support the new homes, including roads, water, sewer and electric. Letcher County was affected by flooding in 2021 and 2022. Letcher County Judge/Executive Terry Adams accepted the award on behalf of the county, and Jenkins Mayor Todd DePriest expressed appreciation for the program.

 

The city of Mayfield will use $5,924,330 to make improvements to the city’s stormwater infrastructure. Mayfield Mayor Kathy O’Nan and Public Works Director Aaron Blount attended and accepted the funds on behalf of the city.

 

The city of Jackson will use $2,358,000 to build eight homes for flood survivors. The city of Jackson was affected by flooding in 2021 and 2022. Jackson Mayor Laura Thomas accepted the award on behalf of the city, and Breathitt County Judge/Executive Jeff Noble spoke in support of the funds.

 

The city of Bowling Green will use $2,021,635 to build two duplexes and six single-family homes, bolstering access to affordable housing in the city. Bowling Green City Manager Jeff Meisel and the team from Habitat for Humanity spoke in support of the award.

Fulton County Fiscal Court will use $2 million to acquire 12 lots to build homes for tornado survivors. Fulton Judge/Executive Jim Martin accepted the award and spoke in support of the program.

 

Marshall County Fiscal Court will use $654,000 for a home rehabilitation project to repair homes damaged in the tornadoes. Marshall Deputy Judge/Executive Andy Pagel accepted the funds on behalf of the county.

 

Progress on High-Ground Communities in Eastern Kentucky
Gov. Beshear highlighted progress at the high-ground community in Floyd County on the former site of the Wayland Volunteer Fire Department. The Governor said that infrastructure is in place, and the commonwealth’s building partner, Appalachian Service Project, has started framing 7 of the 11 homes that will be built on the 4-acre site.

 

The Governor also updated Kentuckians on progress at the future Skyview community in Perry County, where contractors are already reshaping Skyview Lane to provide access to the community. Crews are currently clearing brush, doing work to control runoff and grading the road to get it into good shape for construction vehicles and prepare it for future paving. The Governor thanked the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet staff for overseeing the project and said that work on the road should wrap up by the end of May or early June, if favorable weather prevails.

 

The Wayland and Skyview communities are two of the seven high-ground communities announced in Eastern Kentucky to date, and once completed, the seven communities will be home to over 500 families.

 

“A lot of progress has already been made, and crews are working every day to move these projects forward and families into these new homes,” said Gov. Beshear. “Building on high ground is an opportunity to provide safe, affordable housing, outside of the flood plain, including much-needed infrastructure and community buildings that can uplift the entire area.”

 

50th Anniversary of Historic Tornadoes
The Governor commemorated the 50th anniversary of the April 1974 tornadoes that struck a large section of the eastern and central United States, including in Kentucky. Across the country, 315 lives were lost, including more than 70 Kentuckians and more than 6,000 Americans were injured. It was the second-largest tornado outbreak on record for a single, 24-hour period in the commonwealth, with 30 F4/F5 tornadoes that produced widespread damage across Kentucky.

 

The hardest hit community was Stamping Ground in Scott County, where 250 homes and businesses, including the town’s only school, its city hall and two churches were destroyed.

 

“Today, as we reflect on this anniversary, our hearts are with everyone who experienced loss in these storms,” Gov. Beshear said. “We remember and honor all of the first responders and heroes who responded to the tornadoes in 1974, and we also recognize how far we have come. Fifty years later, the homes and businesses in Stamping Ground are rebuilt, and the community stands strong. We have had to face too many natural disasters here in Kentucky, but after every tragedy, we can and we must work to respond better and faster than we did the last time to save as many lives as possible.”

 

Gov. Beshear Named States’ Co-Chair of Delta Regional Authority
The Governor also expressed his excitement about being elected by his fellow Delta region governors to serve as the States’ Co-Chair of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) for 2024. In this role, Gov. Beshear will work alongside Federal Co-Chair Dr. Corey Wiggins to lead the DRA in bolstering economic and community growth across the eight states of the region.

 

Sports Betting During the NCAA Men’s Tournament
The Governor provided an update on sports wagering in the commonwealth, as Kentuckians have been able to place bets on the NCAA men’s basketball tournament for the first time this year. Preliminary numbers indicate that after the first two rounds, more than $34 million was wagered in Kentucky on the tournament, retail and mobile combined. This includes $18.6 million in round one and $15.4 million in round two.

 

April 8 Solar Eclipse
The Governor reminded Kentuckians to prepare for heavy traffic when the moon’s shadow sweeps across the commonwealth’s western counties and a dozen other states during the afternoon of Monday, April 8. Travelers planning to view the total solar eclipse should expect congested highways and limited parking at rest stops, and pack essentials to ensure a safe and comfortable ride if they experience prolonged delays. To prepare for increased traffic, transportation officials are lifting lane restrictions in select work zones and are informing commercial truck drivers of expected traffic.

 

“If you’re going to be one of the hundreds of thousands traveling to, or through, the commonwealth to participate in this memorable occasion on April 8, be sure to plan ahead to ensure it’s a safe and memorable event,” said Gov. Beshear. “Like many of you, I’m looking forward to sporting my eclipse glasses and enjoying the show.”

 

For more solar eclipse information, including tips and traffic information, see the full release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

 

Derby Week Kick-off at the Capitol
Gov. Beshear announced that this year’s Derby Week Kick-off will be held Saturday, April 27, from 12 to 5 p.m. EDT on the South Lawn of the Capitol. The event will have live musical performances, food trucks, games, crafts and a kazoo parade for kids, a book reading hosted by The Paul Sawyer Public Library and Commonfest for the adults, where attendees can purchase beer and spirits from dozens of Kentucky breweries, wineries and craft distillers.

 

“This annual event has gotten better each year and is a way to showcase what Kentucky has to offer, from live music to vendors, artists and so much more. I look forward to seeing everyone there,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Early Thursday, Gov. Beshear, First Lady Britainy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman joined advocates and members of Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky in the Capitol Rotunda, where the Governor declared April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the commonwealth.

 

The Governor also signed into law House Bill 207, sponsored by Representative Stephanie Dietz, which further protects Kentucky children from predators.

During today’s briefing, the Governor named those who work to prevent childhood abuse as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

“As a dad, as a person of faith and as Governor, I believe there is no more sacred responsibility for us than to protect children,” Gov. Beshear said. “Preventing child abuse takes all of Team Kentucky working together. So, I want to thank everyone in the commonwealth who works to prevent childhood abuse. You do more than heal one child, or one set of parents – you all are helping create stronger, healthier, more loving families for generations.”

 

Oversight Meeting with Cong. Comer, Russell County Leaders, Army Corp of Engineers and Marina Association of KY & TN

 

Russell County Judge Executive Randy Marcum, Jamestown Mayor Regena Murray Hinton, Russell Springs Mayor Eddie Thomas, Susan Melton, and Jeremy Coffey with Marina Associations of Kentucky and Tennessee. Congressman Comer's oversight meeting with Marina’s and the Army Corps of Engineers. The meeting was held at Lake Cumberland State Park in Jamestown, KY.

 

Columbia Police Responds to Contraband at ACRJ


On Thursday morning, March 28, 2024 the Columbia Police Department responded to the Adair County Regional Jail for a report of locating contraband. A female inmate was found to have several prescription pills she was attempting to conceal which jail staff located during a booking search. The inmate had previously been arrested on drug charges before being transported to the ACRJ.

 

Kayla Oakes, 30, of Jamestown, KY was charged at the Jail with prescription not in original container, possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified), and promoting contraband 1st degree.


CPD Officer Elliot Smith was the responding Officer.

 

Adair County's Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA) Team Wins Big at State Convention


Adair County's Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA) team won big at the state's convention this week in Louisville. They debated world issues with other schools from Kentucky.

Bailey Watts received the International Court of Justice President. This is one of the top honors of the competition. She will be replacing Brody Blair who won last year. We are are so honored to have students win this position back to back.

Trey Stephens received the Outstanding Ambassador award. This is a big honor as well.

Our delegation as a whole won the Premier Delegation award.

The conference overall was a huge success.

 

Adair Ambassadors were: Bailey Watts, Brody Blair, Aaron Smith, Joe Kotter, Alex Perkins, Trey Stephens, Lilly Myers, Virginia Willis, Sammie Jo Sandusky, Kinzlee Akin, Macy Mann, Seth Murphy, Bailey Watts, and Andrew Zinati.

 

 T.J. Regional Health Recognized by Healthcare Supply Chain Leader Global Healthcare


 T.J. Regional Health Wednesday announced it has been recognized by healthcare supply chain leader Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) as a recipient of the inaugural 2023 Supply Chains of Distinction Award. Industry-leading supply chains have evolved to become more automated, data-driven and resilient, giving rise to a set of best practice "perfect order" metrics that measure an organization's supply chain performance. The Supply Chains of Distinction Award honors the top performing hospitals and health systems in North America that excelled in driving best-in-class supply chain operations in 2023.

"I am immensely proud of our team for being recognized by GHX for this prestigious supply chain award. This achievement reflects our unwavering dedication to optimizing supply chain processes and delivering exceptional value to our healthcare system and patients," said Pamela Spears, Supply Chair Director.

The award is based upon a set of "perfect order" metrics, rated as a percentage of PO lines sent across the GHX Exchange (integrated) that are touchless and completely automated, from purchase through payment. The line must satisfy all the requirements below to be rated as "perfect":

 

PO Line has a corresponding POA Line

PO Line has a corresponding INV Line

PO Line without Item Number Exception

PO Line without Unit of Measure Exception

PO Line without Unit Price Exception

PO Line without a Rejection Exception

PO Line without a Quantity Exception

 

"The Supply Chains of Distinction Award honors organizations that are redefining supply chain excellence and setting the standard for healthcare supply chains of the future," said Tina Vatanka Murphy, president and CEO, GHX. "By embracing digital and data transformation, organizations like T.J. Regional Health are contributing directly to the sustainability of healthcare, making a lasting impact on the patients and families that we serve together."

This year's recipients will be honored at the 2024 GHX Summit taking place May 13-16, 2024 in Austin, TX.

 

Columbia Man Arrested on Assault & Unlawful Imprisonment Charges

 

Johnathan Grant, age 34, was arrested by Trooper Cross with the Kentucky State Police on Wednesday afternoon. Grant was charged with Unlawful Imprisonment – 1st Degree and Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) with Minor Injuries.

 

He was lodged int the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Russell Springs Man Taken into Custody on Drug Charges

 

Michael Ballou, age 58, was arrested by Officer Llane of the Russell Springs Police Department at around 1 a.m. this morning. Ballou was charged with Failure to Produce Insurance Card, No Registration Plates, Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth).

 

He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Adair County Road Closure

 
According to Adair County Road Foreman Barry Hamlett, Creek Bend Road will be closed for repairs on Thursday, March 28th, 2024 starting at 8:30amCT until further notice.
 

Jamestown Elementary Parents asked to Complete Survey for New Principal

 

Jamestown Elementary School is undergoing a search for its next principal and we value your input. The School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council would like for you to provide your thoughts to the questions found in this brief survey. The survey closes April 6th, 2024 at 11:00pmCT and all responses are anonymous.Thank you for your time!

 

SURVEY:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JES_2024

 

Columbia Police Respond to Jail Assault

 

Columbia Police responded to the Adair County Regional Jail on Wednesday morning, March 27, 2024 just after 6AM for an altercation between an inmate and Deputy Jailers. 

The inmate, 57-year-old Joseph South of Columbia, KY became aggressive with jail staff and refused to follow verbal commands before physically attacking multiple Deputy Jailers. 

South has been charged with three counts of Assault 3rd degree (correctional employee).

 

South was being held at the Adair County Regional Jail on murder charges in connection with the fatal shooting of 87-year-old Earl Coffey that occurred on Saturday, March 23, 2024 on Old Montpelier Road in Adair County. 


CPD Officer Trevor Foster responded to the jail assault.

 

Adair County Elementary Academic Team Competes in Region 9 Governor's Cup Competition

 

By: Lisa Newell-Hare

Adair County Elementary School Academic Team participants competed Monday, March 18, and Saturday, March 23, 2024, in the Region 9 Governor’s Cup at Metcalfe County Elementary School in Edmonton, Kentucky. The region was composed of four districts with a culmination of thirteen schools. 
 

Adair County Elementary School (ACES) finished with multiple honors in regional play, claiming the title of runner-up overall Region 9. Other accomplishments included placing third place out of six teams in Future Problem Solving (FPS), coached by Mrs. Jeana Pike. ACES Quick Recall Team, coached by Mrs. Lisa Newell-Hare went undefeated, claiming first place out of eight teams. The accomplished team had seven individual winners in the written composition and written assessment competitions. 
 

“With the participants practicing since October, it has been exciting to see their hard work end in great success,” says Newell-Hare. “Our students have to be disciplined to put in countless hours practicing and studying for these competitions.  Their parents and guardians deserve praise for their dedication in making sure studying takes place at home outside of practice sessions too.”  

 

The Regional ACES Academic Team was composed of sixteen members: Lillian Ballard, Emily Burkhardt, Gabe Erickson, Addison Giles, Cohen Grider, Cash Hare, Dallas Hatcher, Raegan Hillock, Karlie Irvin, Rory Kleckler, Clara Kotter, Matthew Moss, Jaxton Stephens, Kinsley Thomas, Raelee Turner, and Sophia Warren.

 

The FPS team featured Emily Burkhardt, Ava Froedge, Clara Kotter, and Matthew Moss. Their topic for the competition was “Antarctica.” “Participating in FPS requires students to use their creativity and problem-solving skills,” says Pike, who focuses her coaching duties on FPS. “They’ve worked hard to learn and apply the six-step creative problem-solving model to complex issues facing society today. I am happy for this group of students and their accomplishments this season.”

 

Individual winners for the competition include Emily Burkhardt (2nd place Written Composition), Gabe Erickson (4th place Mathematics, 3rd place Science), Cash Hare (1st place Science), Dallas Hatcher (3rd place Arts & Humanities, 5th place Science), and Rory Kleckler (5th place Written Composition).

 

One of the most competitive portions of the competition Saturday was the Quick Recall event. ACES won all four matches they competed in. “I was extremely proud of how well they persevered in a long day of competitions against other strong teams,” says Newell-Hare. “They went into the competition with a positive attitude, encouraging their own teammates, as well as their opponents.” The results of the matches included Adair vs. Clinton 21-3, Adair vs. Russell Springs 22-11, Adair vs. Cub Run 20-15, and Adair vs. Cub Run 24-3. 
 

The regional competition is the highest level for the elementary Governor’s Cup, which brings the season to an end.  “We are extremely proud of this year’s participants as they have grown in knowledge and we celebrate their success with them.  We will be ready for next season and look forward to working with our next team” Newell-Hare says. 

 

Kentucky Education & Labor Cabinet February State Unemployment Numbers


Kentucky's seasonally adjusted preliminary February 2024 unemployment rate was 4.4%, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet.

The preliminary February 2024 jobless rate was up 0.1 percentage points from January 2024 and up 0.4 percentage point from one year ago.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for February 2024 was 3.9%, which was also up from the 3.7% recorded for January 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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

Kentucky's civilian labor force was 2,024,556 in February 2024, an increase of 527 individuals from January 2024. The number of people employed in February fell by 811 to 1,936,064 while the number unemployed increased by 1,338 to 88,492.

"Kentucky's labor market was essentially unchanged from January to February," said University of Kentucky's Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) Director Mike Clark, Ph.D. "However, over the past twelve months, the household survey suggests that the number of people employed has been slowly decreasing while the number without work and searching for a job has increased. These changes have led to the unemployment rate rising from 4% one year ago to 4.4% in February."

In a separate federal survey of business establishments that excludes jobs in agriculture and people who are self-employed, Kentucky's seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 6,700 jobs to 2,029,100 in February 2024 compared to January 2024. Kentucky's nonfarm employment was up 20,800 jobs or 1% compared to February 2023.

"While the household survey indicates that fewer Kentuckians are employed, the employer survey indicates that firms continue to add workers to their payroll," said Clark. "With firms employing more workers but fewer people being employed, the labor market statistics suggest that more people might be working multiple jobs."

Nonfarm data is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Employment Statistics program. According to the survey, employment increased for seven of Kentucky's major nonfarm North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) job sectors in February 2024, decreased for three, and was unchanged for one.

The educational and health services sector expanded by 2,200 positions in February 2024. Employment in the health care and social assistance subsector increased by 1,600 jobs from January to February. The educational services subsector gained 600 jobs. Since last February, this sector has grown by 11,200 jobs or 3.7%.

Construction employment jumped by 2,000 jobs or 2.3% from January 2024 to February 2024, and was up 2,700 positions or 3.1% from one year ago.

"After three months of employment falling in the construction sector, Kentucky's construction firms posted strong growth in February," said Clark.

Employment in the trade, transportation and utilities sector rose by 1,200 positions from January to February but was down 1,100 jobs or 0.3% compared to a year ago. Among the subsectors, wholesale trade lost 100 jobs while retail trade gained 1,000 positions and transportation, warehousing and utilities added 300 jobs.

Kentucky's professional and business services sector gained 800 jobs or 0.4% in February 2024. From January to February, employment increased by 100 jobs in the professional, scientific and technical services subsector and by 700 jobs in the administrative, support and waste management subsector. Employment was unchanged in the management of companies subsector. The sector has decreased by 3,000 jobs or 1.3% since February 2023.

Kentucky's manufacturing sector expanded by 500 jobs from January 2024 to February 2024. The durable goods manufacturing subsector increased by 400 jobs and the non-durable goods subsector added 100 jobs. Kentucky's manufacturing employment was up 3,600 positions or 1.4% compared to February 2023.

Employment in the other services sector was up by 400 jobs from January to February. This sector had 1,500 more positions in February 2024 compared to February 2023. This sector includes repairs and maintenance, personal care services and religious organizations.

Employment in the government sector increased by 100 jobs from January 2024 to February 2024. The number of jobs rose by 100 in federal government; increased by 200 in state government; and fell by 200 in local government. The total number of government jobs rose by 7,700 positions or 2.5% compared to February 2023.

The number of jobs in the state's mining and logging sector was unchanged from January to February. This sector had 100 more jobs in February 2024 compared to February 2023.

Employment in Kentucky's information services sector fell by 100 jobs from January to February. The industries in this sector include traditional publishing as well as software publishing; motion pictures and broadcasting; and telecommunications. The number of jobs in this sector was down 300 from one year ago.

Kentucky's financial activities sector decreased by 200 positions from January 2024 to February 2024 and was down 1,900 jobs from February 2023. The jobs losses were evenly split between the finance and insurance subsector and the real estate, rental and leasing subsector, with each losing 100 jobs in February.

The leisure and hospitality sector fell by 200 positions from January 2024 to February 2024, representing a loss of 0.1%. This sector reported 300 more jobs in February than one year ago. The accommodations and food services subsector was up by 100 jobs in February. The arts, entertainment and recreation subsector lost 300 jobs from January to February.

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

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

Nonfarm data is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Employment Statistics program. According to the survey, employment increased for seven of Kentucky's major nonfarm North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) job sectors in February 2024, decreased for three, and was unchanged for one.

The educational and health services sector expanded by 2,200 positions in February 2024. Employment in the health care and social assistance subsector increased by 1,600 jobs from January to February. The educational services subsector gained 600 jobs. Since last February, this sector has grown by 11,200 jobs or 3.7%.

Construction employment jumped by 2,000 jobs or 2.3% from January 2024 to February 2024, and was up 2,700 positions or 3.1% from one year ago.

"After three months of employment falling in the construction sector, Kentucky's construction firms posted strong growth in February," said Clark.

Employment in the trade, transportation and utilities sector rose by 1,200 positions from January to February but was down 1,100 jobs or 0.3% compared to a year ago. Among the subsectors, wholesale trade lost 100 jobs while retail trade gained 1,000 positions and transportation, warehousing and utilities added 300 jobs.

Kentucky's professional and business services sector gained 800 jobs or 0.4% in February 2024. From January to February, employment increased by 100 jobs in the professional, scientific and technical services subsector and by 700 jobs in the administrative, support and waste management subsector. Employment was unchanged in the management of companies subsector. The sector has decreased by 3,000 jobs or 1.3% since February 2023.

Kentucky's manufacturing sector expanded by 500 jobs from January 2024 to February 2024. The durable goods manufacturing subsector increased by 400 jobs and the non-durable goods subsector added 100 jobs. Kentucky's manufacturing employment was up 3,600 positions or 1.4% compared to February 2023.

Employment in the other services sector was up by 400 jobs from January to February. This sector had 1,500 more positions in February 2024 compared to February 2023. This sector includes repairs and maintenance, personal care services and religious organizations.

Employment in the government sector increased by 100 jobs from January 2024 to February 2024. The number of jobs rose by 100 in federal government; increased by 200 in state government; and fell by 200 in local government. The total number of government jobs rose by 7,700 positions or 2.5% compared to February 2023.

The number of jobs in the state's mining and logging sector was unchanged from January to February. This sector had 100 more jobs in February 2024 compared to February 2023.

Employment in Kentucky's information services sector fell by 100 jobs from January to February. The industries in this sector include traditional publishing as well as software publishing; motion pictures and broadcasting; and telecommunications. The number of jobs in this sector was down 300 from one year ago.

Kentucky's financial activities sector decreased by 200 positions from January 2024 to February 2024 and was down 1,900 jobs from February 2023. The jobs losses were evenly split between the finance and insurance subsector and the real estate, rental and leasing subsector, with each losing 100 jobs in February.

The leisure and hospitality sector fell by 200 positions from January 2024 to February 2024, representing a loss of 0.1%. This sector reported 300 more jobs in February than one year ago. The accommodations and food services subsector was up by 100 jobs in February. The arts, entertainment and recreation subsector lost 300 jobs from January to February.

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

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

 

Columbia Woman Jailed for Not Sending Child to School


Leslie Cucinotta, age 44, was taken into custody by Deputy Wall of the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday afternoon. Cucinotta was charged with Parent or Custodian to Send Child to School, 1st and 2nd Offense and Unlawful Transaction with Minor 3rd Degree. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail

 

Columbia Man Arrested on Speeding & Drug Related Charges


On Tuesday night, March 26, 2024, William Etzler, age 27 of Columbia, was arrested by Officer Smith with the Columbia Police Department and charged with Speeding 26 mph of more over the speed limit, Reckless Driving, No Operators License, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 3/26/24


The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session at 6pmCT on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 in the basement of the Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY.

In addition to regular business, items on the agenda include: bids for toilets at the Judicial Center, free tipping, a Trash for Cash litter pickup, renewal of some 911 contracts, upgrades at the Jim Blair Center, and gutters for the historic Adair County Courthouse. The public is invited to attend.

 

New No Wake Zone on Fishing Creek on Lake Cumberland


While boating in Fishing Creek, keep watch for the new No Wake Zone around Pulaski County Park and Fishing Creek Recreation Area boat ramps.

 

These buoys help to keep large wakes away from public courtesy docks, commercial activities, or potential areas of navigation congestion.

 

Buoys will indicate when you are entering and exiting the No Wake Area.

 

New signs have been installed at both the Fishing Creek Recreation Area ramp, and Pulaski County Park ramps informing boaters they are launching in a No Wake Zone.

 

The No Ski buoys have been removed between Fishing Creek Recreation Area and Fishing Creek Bridge.

 

We would like to thank the Pulaski County Fiscal Court for partnering with us on this project!

 

Please follow the link below for more information on new signs and buoys that are being installed all across Lake Cumberland.

 

https://www.dvidshub.net/.../all-signs-point-lake-cumberland

 

Russell County Middle School Searching for Principal


Russell County Middle School is undergoing a search for its next principal and they value your input.
 

The School-Based Decision Making Council would like for you to provide your thoughts to the questions found in this brief survey (link below). The survey closes April 6, 2024 at 11:00 PM. Thank you for your time! (NOTE: All responses are anonymous)


SURVEY: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RCMS-Principal 

 

 

Campbellsville Laundry Mat Fire


Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of a working dryer fire in a laundry mat at 206 Nancy Cox Drive. Upon arrival, firefighters found moderate smoke coming from the structure and flames coming from the dryer with extension to the walls.

Firefighters extinguished the fire, searched for occupants and provided overhaul. The cause of the fire is related to a commercial dryer.

No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.

 

Firefighters Responding: 18
Responding Apparatus: Engine 4, Engine 1, Truck 1, Rescue 1, and Chief
Assisting Agencies: Campbellsville Taylor County 911 Center, Campbellsville Taylor County, EMS, Campbellsville Police, TCRECC.

 

Last Farmers Market Meeting before Season Starts 3/28/24


Farmers Market on the Square in Columbia invites anyone interested in becoming a vendor for the 2024 season to the final meeting before the season begins. The meeting will start at 5pmCT on Thursday, March 28, 2024 at the Adair County Extension Office, 409 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY.

Farmers Market on the Square has many new vendors for this season, as well as returning vendors. The market takes pride in providing the community with fresh local products from produce to crafts.

Farmers Market on the Square is open each Saturday from 8amCT to 1pmCT, beginng April 6, 2024 and will open on Wednesdays later in the season. The market is located at 105 Merchant St., Columbia, KY (corner of Campbellsville and Merchant Streets). We hope you will make plans to visit the market this season!

 

KSP Investigates Shooting in Wayne County

Kentucky State Police Investigate Shooting 

In Wayne County

MONTICELLO, KY. (March 24, 2024) – Around 02:00, Kentucky State Police, Post 11 London, received a call for assistance from Monticello Police Department requesting with a shooting incident on Frisby Street in Wayne County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Tracy L, Kidd 56 years of age, of Monticello KY, gained entry into a residence which startled the homeowner. The homeowner fired one round towards Kidd striking him. The homeowner called Wayne County 911. Upon Wayne County EMS approximately 40 grams of suspected methamphetamine’s was located on Kidd's person.

 Mr. Kidd was flown by Air Evac to the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital in Lexington where Mr. Kidd is in critical condition.

Trooper Ben Allen is continuing the investigation. He was assisted by Kentucky State Police Post 11 personnel, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Monticello Police Department, Wayne County EMS, and the This incident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police, Post 11 London.

Russell County Barn Fire on East Hwy 619

 

Russell Springs, KY - At 4:11 PM on Saturday, March 23, 2024, the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department (RSVFD) responded to a call reporting a barn fire at 1926 E Highway 619. Ten volunteer firefighters from RSVFD promptly arrived at the scene, ready to tackle the blaze.

 

Recognizing the intensity of the fire, the Russell Springs Fire Department took decisive action, calling in the Jamestown Fire Department for additional water support. Together, the two volunteer units worked to contain and extinguish the flames.

 

The efforts of the responders persisted for approximately three and a half hours. No injuries were reported.

 

RSVFD would like to thank the Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department for their assistance on the call.

Florida Man Arrested by CPD on Firearms Charges Following Traffic Stop

 

On Friday night, March 22, 2024 the Columbia Police Department initiated a traffic stop on Veterans Memorial Bypass. After making contact with the operator, consent was given for a vehicle search. Officers located a firearm under the passenger seat. The driver's information was checked and it was confirmed the subject was a convicted felon. 


Terrance Williams, 48, of Pensacola, Florida was taken into custody and charged with traffic violations as well as possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. 


Officer Elliot Smith made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Bradley Bates, the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, and Kentucky State Police.

 

Adair County Man Arrested on Firearm Charges


Edward Shuffett, 56, of Columbia was arrested on Saturday night, March 23, 2024 by the ACSO for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Hemp, and Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon.

 

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

 

Columbia Man Arrested on Meth & Other Charges Following Traffic Stop

 


The Columbia Police Department received a reckless driver complaint in the area of Burksville Street on Saturday afternoon, March 23, 2024. The vehicle matching the description was observed at FiveStar at the intersection of Hudson Street and Burkesville Street.


Upon making contact with the driver, it was determined he was under the influence. A search of the vehicle yielded findings of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

 

Samuel Derossett, 35, of Columbia was charged with DUI, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Drug Unspecified). Mr. Derossett was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Officer Jay Wilson made the arrest. He was assisted by CPD Officer Joey Keith.

 

Kentucky State Police Investigates Adair County Murder

 

COLUMBIA, Ky. (March 23, 2024) – On the morning of March 23, 2024, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 received a call from Adair County 911 Center for assistance.  Adair County Sheriff’s Department requested investigative assistance regarding a shooting incident at a residence on Old Montpelier Road in Adair County.

 

Detectives launched an investigation into the incident and determined that Joseph South, age 57 of Columbia, was in the process of being evicted from the residence he was renting from Earl Coffey, age 86 of Columbia.  Mr. South arrived at Mr. Coffey’s residence and fired several rounds from a firearm into the residence.  In the process of the incident, Mr. Coffey suffered fatal injuries from apparent gunshot wounds.  Four other individuals were also in the residence at the time of the incident.

 

Joseph South was located and detained at the scene by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office.  Detective Dexter Colvin arrested and charged Mr. South with Murder and 4 counts of Wanton Endangerment – 1stdegree.  Mr. South was lodged in the Adair County Jail.

 

The investigation continues and is being led by Detective Dexter Colvin.  He was assisted by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, Adair County EMS, Adair County Coroner’s Office, and other KSP Troopers and Detectives.
 

Adair County Man Dead Following Shooting; Suspect is in Custody


Law Enforcement have been on the scene of a shooting that resulted in the death of an Adair County man.
 

On Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 7:32 a.m., Adair County 911 received a call of a possible shooting around the 1000 block of Old Montpelier Road. 

Sheriff Brockman, along with deputies and Columbia Police Officers, arrived on scene to find a man with a rifle beside an out building. The suspect was directly across the road where the victim was shot and still inside the home needing medical assistance. 

 
EMS could not come on scene due to the suspect with a rifle across the street.  Sheriff Brockman and Deputy Chandler Staten drove past suspect and pulled to back of house while Deputy Tweedy and Columbia Officer Trevor Foster provided cover. They went inside the residence  picked up gunshot victim and packed him to sheriff police cruiser where he was placed on the back seat. He was then driven approximately a mile down the road and turned over to EMS.  
 
Upon returning back to the scene, officers with the Sheriffs Office, Columbia Police and KSP began to approach the suspect. He was refusing to surrender and comply with verbal commands. He was brought down with a taser by the Sheriffs Office and taken into Custody.  

The victim was later pronounced deceased at TJ Samson Hospital.

The suspect and investigation was turned over to KSP by the Sheriffs Office and they will release names along with additional information at a later time.  

 

April is National Donate Life Month; Circuit Clerks honor lifesaving gift of organ, eye & tissue donation

 

Each April, Kentucky’s Circuit Clerks work alongside Donate Life Kentucky to celebrate National Donate Life Month (NDLM), an observance focusing attention on the national need for organ, eye and tissue donation to save and heal lives through the miracle of our transplantation.

 

National Donate Life Month is about the importance of registering your decision to be a donor, honoring deceased and living donors, and celebrating the lives they saved. It is the generosity of donors and donor families that makes saving lives through transplantation possible.

 

Donate Life is the national brand for the cause of donation uniting 100,000 patients waiting for transplant, the donor families who say yes in their time of grief, and the more than 170 million Americans who have registered their decision to be a donor. 

 

Over 2 million people in Kentucky have registered, largely thanks to the work of the Circuit Clerks since 1992. 

 

“We invite the community to join us this April in supporting this vital cause and making a difference in the lives of those waiting for lifesaving transplants. In Kentucky, over 1000 children and adults are in need of a lifesaving organ transplant. We can all register to give hope to those waiting,” shares Dennis Loy, Adair Circuit Court Clerk.

 

Ways to participate in National Donate Life Month 2024:

  • Give hope and help save lives by registering your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor at your local Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Regional Office, onRegisterMe.org or in your iPhone Health App.
  • Share the Donate Life message by educating others about how their generosity can help save and heal lives. 
  • Learn more about living donation as another way to help those waiting for a second chance at life.

 

Join key celebrations throughout April to support the Donate Life cause online and in your community:

 

 

  • National Wear Blue & Green Day, April 12, 2024 On Donate Life Blue & Green Day, everyone is invited to show their blue & green colors in support of the Donate Life message and mission – and join the National Donate Life Blue & Green Day Photo Contest
     
  • National Pediatric Transplant Week, April 21-27, 2024 The last full week of National Donate Life Month is dedicated to kids. National Pediatric Transplant Week (NPTW) focuses on ending the pediatric transplant waiting list. 


“The 2024 National Donate Life Month artwork and theme, Donors are SuperStars, was inspired by the night sky and the billions of stars that make up the universe. Stars remind us that even in the darkest night, there is light.Your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor gives hope and light to the 100,000 people on the national transplant waiting list who are waiting for a second chance at life. That’s why donors are superstars,” says Loy.
 

Russell Springs man Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges


A Russell Springs man was arrested yesterday morning for sexual abuse and tampering with evidence among other charges.

 

Shawn Walen, 34, was taken into custody by Deputy Bunch with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just after 9 a.m. Walen was charged with Sexual Abuse, 1st Degre (victim under 12 years of age), Sexual Abuse 1st degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Columbia Man Arrested on Trespassing & Public Intoxication Charges


A Columbia man was arrested on Trespassing and Public Intoxication charges yesterday afternoon.

 

Just after noon Wednesday, Johnathan Grant, age 34, was taken into custody by Deputy Gary Roy with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office and charged with Criminal Trespassing-3rd Degree and Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol).

 

He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

RC Coroner Releases Details on Death of Somerset Woman After Becoming Entangled in Machine at Gate Company

March 20, 2024
PRESS RELEASE

ON WEDNESDAY, 3/20/2024 AT APPROXIMATELY 1235 THE RUSSELL CO CORONER’S OFFICE WAS CALLED TO DAVIS GATE ON N. HWY 127, RUSSELL SPRINGS. A FEMALE EMPLOYEE WAS ENTANGLED IN A MACHINE THAT SHE WAS WORKING WITH. THE EMPLOYEE WAS IDENTIFIED AS 33 Y/O MARIA SILVIA GUZMAN DOMINQUEZ OF SOMERSET, KY. SHE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. MS. DOMINGUEZ WILL BE TAKEN TO FRANKFORT FOR FURTHER EXAMINATION AND IDENTIFICATION OF INJURIES RECEIVED. THE CORONER’S OFFICE AS WELL AS THE OFFICE OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH WILL BE CONTINUING THEIR INVESTIGATION. THE CORONER WAS ASSISTED BY MEMBERS OF THE RUSSELL CO SHERIFF’S OFFICE, THE RUSSELL SPRINGS FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND RUSSELL CO AMB SERVICE.

Mark A. Coots
Russell County Coroner

J.O.Y. Ministries Celebrating Grand Opening

J.O.Y. Ministries would like to invite the community to the grand opening of their newly opened Crisis Resource Center from 11amCT to 1pmCT on on Friday, March 22, 2024. The ribbon cutting will be held at 11amCT.

The Crisis Resource Center serves as the central office for all of J.O.Y. Ministries operations, as well as an easily accessible location for those in need. Come learn more about the many resources provided by J.O.Y. Ministries and view the Crisis Resource Center - which was funded by THIS community!

The J.O.Y. Ministries Crisis Resource Center is located at 400 Greensburg St., Columbia, KY.

A Waynesburg woman was arrested on DUI and Drug Charges Tuesday afternoon in Russell Springs

A Waynesburg woman was arrested on DUI and Drug Charges Tuesday afternoon in Russell Springs

Melissa Roy, age 46, was taken into custody by Officer Davis with the Russell Springs Police Department just after 1 p.m. yesterday afternoon. Roy was charged with Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Substance – 1st, Possession of Marijuana, Possession A Controlled Substance and Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container 1st. She was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

More of our Conversation with Adair County Superintendent Faulkner on the Boy's Basketball Team

Today we share more of our recent conversation with Adair County Superintendent Jason Faulkner, on our Adair County Indians Boys’ Basketball team.

Mr. Faulkner said community support for the team has been amazing…

We also discussed today’s matchup for the Indians and Mr. Faulkner encouraged everyone that can to get up to Rupp Arena and cheer this team on to victory…

WAVE NEWS want’s to wish our boys the best of luck against Marshall tonight in the state tournament!

Bestselling Author and Kentucky Poet Laureate Silas House to Speak at LWC on Wednesday

 

Lindsey Wilson College will welcome national bestselling author and Kentucky Poet Laureate Silas House to campus for a lecture and talk on Wednesday, March 20. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 2:30 p.m. CT, and has been moved to V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street. A book signing will follow. 
 

Silas House is the New York Times bestselling author of eight widely acclaimed novels whose work frequently appears in The Atlantic and The New York Times. He is a former NPR commentator and has been published in journals and magazines such as TimeThe AdvocateOxford AmericanGarden & Gun, and many others. He is the 2023-24 Kentucky Poet Laureate and was honored with the Governor’s Award for the Arts in 2020. His most recent novel, "Lark Ascending," won the 2023 Southern Book Prize.

 

House, whose visit is made possible because of LWC’s Student Experience Enhancement Development initiative, will visit with two English classes – American Literature II and Writing and Culture. 

 

“We are honored to welcome Silas House to our campus on Wednesday,” said LWC Dean of Arts & Humanities and Associate Professor of English and Women's & Gender Studies Allison Smith. “For us, Professor House is the ideal speaker. More than 80% of our undergraduates are first-generation college students from Kentucky. House is from Appalachia and can relate personally with our students and their experiences. Furthermore, he brings an interdisciplinary approach to his work, serving as a poet, author, speaker, and playwright.”

 

House is a native of Whitley County, KY and will speak on faith, activism, writing, and his experiences growing up in Appalachia. House currently lives in Lexington, KY.

 

The talk will be live-streamed on LWC’s YouTube account. It can be accessed shortly before the event begins by going to https://www.youtube.com/lwcpublicrelations. A link will also be provided on LWC’s homepage at www.lindsey.edu and on the college’s Facebook account. 

 

To learn more about Silas House's visit to Lindsey Wilson College, contact the event coordinator, Dr. Allison Smith, at smitha@lindsey.edu or by calling 1-800-264-0138.
 

Adair County Couple Arrested for Abuse of a Minor

 

20-year-old Jordan Nye and 19-year-old MaKenna Danielle Wheeler of Columbia, KY have been arrested for Criminal Abuse 2nd degree (of a Minor under 12) following an investigation.

 

The investigation began when Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman was contacted by a special investigator with Child Protective Services about the possible abuse of an 8-week-old infant. The investigation by Sheriff Brockman and CPS began on February 9, 2024 and quickly led to enough evidence for the Adair District Judge to grant the temporary removal of the child from the parent's primary care, in order to ensure the child's safety while the investigation continued.

 

Following a lengthy investigation, warrants were obtained for the arrest of Makenna Wheeler and Jordan Nye on the felony charge of Crimanal Abuse 2nd degree. They were both lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Sheriff Brockman was assisted by Depurty Emily Wall, Deputy Josh Durbin, Child Protective Services, and the University of Kentucky Hospital Pediatric Forensic Review Team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inmate: Makenna Wheeler

 

 

Adair County Woman Arrested After Disturbance Calls and Physical Altercation with the Deputy

 

On Monday, March 18, 2024 at 6:10pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office responded to the 1100 block of Green Hills Rd on a disturbance call in reference to 35-year-old Chasity Marcum of Columbia, KY. Law enforcement agencies had responded numerous times earlier in the day after multiple complaints were called in concerning Ms. Marcum.

 

Upon the arrival of Deputy Derek Padgett, it was determined that Marcum was manifestly under the influence of an intoxicating substance. She became aggressive toward Deputy Padgett and was advised she was under arrest. Marcum began to resist arrest, but was taken into custody without injuries following a physical altercation with the Deputy.

 

Chasity Marcum was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail for Public Intoxication (Excluding Alcohol), Resisting Arrest, Menacing, and Disorderly Conduct.

 

Adair Co. Man Arrested on Meth Charges After Investigation

 

On Monday, March 18, 2024 at 5:30pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Department responded to a complaint 9 miles south of Columbia on Yellow Hammer Road. The complaint was suspicious activity in the area, with unusual traffic. Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch responded to the area and located a red Chevy truck. After making contact with the operator, it was found that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest from KY Probation & Parole.

 

Glenn Richards, Jr., 41, of Columbia, KY was removed from the vehicle and upon removal, he attempted to conceal or hide a quantity of suspected methamphetamine. Richards was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail for the Probation Violation Warrant of Arrest and for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine).  

 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.

 

Adair County Woman Injured in Accident on Lampton Lane

 

On Friday, March 15, 2024 the Adair County Sheriffs Office responded to a reported collision on Lampton Lane, 3 miles north of Columbia. The preliminary investigation shows that 63-year-old Anne Compton of Columbia, KY was operating a 2023 Toyota when she left the right shoulder of the roadway, striking a culvernt and an earth embankment. 

 

Compton received treatment on scene by Adair EMS and was transported to TJ Health Columbia for additional treatment.   

 

Deputy Gary Roy is investigating the collision and was assisted on scene by Deputy Emily Wall, Adair County 911, the Adair County Sheriff, Adair EMS, and the Columbia-Adair County Volunteer Fire Dept.

 

Adair Co. Supt. Speaks to WAVE News About ACHS Indians going to Sweet 16

 

Adair County Superintendent Jason Faulkner stopped by the WAVE studios and talked about this year’s Adair County Indians Boy's Basketball team…

 

 

We’ll hear more from Supt. Faulkner on Wednesday’s newscasts about the Boys Sweet 16 T-ment. The Adair County Indians will take on Marshall County in the first round of the t-ment on Wedneday, March 20th at 6:00pmET at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY.

 

Adair County FBLA brings Home Region 2 Championship


Adair County FBLA traveled to WKU recently for Region 2 Competition. They competed against the brightest and best students in South Central Kentucky and placed in either 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in nearly 30 different competitions, with 12 of the competitions holding 1st place champions!

In addition, Natalie Bardin won the Region 2 Presidency this year (after a wonderful campaign against two other wonderful student candidates from Bowling Green HS and Apollo HS) and will lead the entire region next year as Regional President. This is a first for AC!

In addition, our very own, Abigail Kemp also won the position of Region 2 Secretary. If you know her, you know how incredibly amazing that she truly is. Way to go, Abbie!

Adair County, we have so much to be proud of and I'm so honored to be the teacher and adviser for your children. They are the BEST!

1st Place Winners:


*Natalie Bardin: WINNER of Region 2 Presidency

*Abigail Kemp was selected as the Region 2 Secretary! We are so proud of you!

*Adair County FBLA: Largest Chapter Growth in Large School Category

*Lakota Lemon: 1st Place in Advertising

*Seth Murphy, Shayla Coffman, Hayden Dorman, Miley Stotts, Sophie Smith: 1st Place in Bulletin Board Design Team

*Bailey Watts: 1st Place in Business Communications

*Connor Pryor: 1st Place in Cyber Security

*Piper Jean Kemp: 1st Place in Electronic Career Portfolio and Presentation

*Ada Gass: 1st Place in Healthcare/Business Administration

*Skylar Huff: 1st Place in Intro to Business Concepts

*Lucas Thompson: 1st Place in Intro to Information Technology

*Jack Fishback: 1st Place in Talent Show

*Brody Blair: 1st Place in Smith Scholarship & Interview

2nd Place Winners:

*Jayden Miller, Brayton Coomer, Aidan Smith: Broadcast Journalism & Presentation

*Madison Turner: Data Analysis

*Aaron Smith: Economics

*Macy Mann: Intro to Impromtu Speaking

*Kolt King: Public Speaking

*Eddie Isaacs, Tyler Murphy, Braxton Tucker: Website Design Team

3rd Place Winners:

*Abigail Kemp: Accounting

*Jasper Kemp: Agribusiness

*Kaydence Karnes: Client Services

*JT Loy, Madden Moye: Entrepreneurship

*Natalie Stearns: Hospitality and Event Management

*Will Rowe: Insurance and Risk Management

*Lilly Myers, Malanna Burton: Intro to Social Media Strategies

*Seth Murphy: Job Interview

*Andrew Zinati: Personal Finance

*Adair County HS: Local Leadership Winner (Bronze Winner)

*Professional Pictures of all of our WINNERS will be posted at a date in the near future!

To each student who competed: your hard work, hours spent during WIN prepping for your competitions, the late nights staying after school to be best prepared and practice with Mr. T -- it PAID OFF! We at Adair County High School are incredibly proud of each of you.

 

Columbia/Adair County Economic Development Authority Meets this Morning


The Columbia Adair County Economic Development Authority will meet at 8amCT on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. The meeting will be held at the Welcome and Development Center/Chamber, Tourism and EDA Building, 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY.

Meeting Agenda:
 

Call to Order - Roll Call - Determination of Quorum

 

Opening Prayer & Pledge of Allegiance

 

Recognition of Media & Guests

 

Approval of Minutes for February 20, 2024 meeting as presented - Doyle Lloyd, Secretary

 

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


Business

KPDI 1: pad certification, easements, opening of bids for utilities

KPDI 2 status

Crop Lease

Ground Leases (If necessary)

Disposition of CD

 

Other Business

 

Motion to Enter Executive Session (If necessary)

 

Executive Session per KRS 61.810(g).
Discussions between a public agency and a representative of a business entity and discussions concerning a specific proposal, if open discussions would jeopardize the siting, retention, expansion, or upgrading of the business.

 

Motion to Return to Regular Session

 

Motion to Adjourn


Next regular meeting Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 8amCT.

Adair County Govt. Offices Closed Wed. for Boys Sweet 16

 

The Adair County Judge Executive’s office along with the Adair County Annex building, Adair County Road Dept., Adair County Recycling Center, and the Green River Animal Shelter will be closed  Wednesday, March 20, 2024 in observance of the Adair County High School basketball team competing in the Sweet 16 Tournament. Judge Bryant encourages everyone who can attend the tournament to please do so, and show your support for this group of young men representing Adair County!


 

Columbia City Hall to Close Early Wednesday for State Tournament

 

The City of Columbia will be closing City Hall at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 20, in order to allow employees the opportunity to travel to Lexington to the Kentucky High School Basketball Tournament to watch the Adair County Indians play in the Sweet Sixteen.

 

“We are proud of our local team and the recognition they have brought to our community,” said Mayor Hoots. “We urge the community to wear red, white, and blue on Wednesday and support the Indians by going to the game or listening to the game.”

 

The night deposit remains open in the back of city hall. The Gas Department will continue to be on call; as well the Columbia City Police.

 

Gov. Beshear: New Build-Ready Location in Adair County Adds to Kentucky's Site Development Initiatives

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 18, 2024) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear highlighted continued momentum of the commonwealth’s site development efforts with the announcement of a new Build-Ready location in Adair County, positioning the community for future investment and job creation.

 

The site at the Green River Commerce Park, at 238 Development Drive in Columbia, adds to the state’s growing list of properties certified by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development as Build-Ready. These sites are available statewide for companies looking to locate in the commonwealth and start construction and operations quickly.

 

“The Build-Ready program has steadily grown over the last several years, and I’m excited to see yet another community benefit,” said Gov. Beshear. “The work that is happening in Adair County, and across the commonwealth, is a testament of Kentucky’s commitment to site development. It’s paving the way for companies to choose the commonwealth as a home for their business, bringing quality jobs and opportunities with them. I want to thank local leadership in Columbia and Adair County, as well as regional and state officials who helped make this site in the Green River Commerce Park certified and ready for business.”

 

The site includes a 150,000-square-foot Build-Ready-certified building pad on 17.8 acres. In total, the Green River Commerce Park has over 205 acres available for development. The industrial park is located along Kentucky Highway 55 and is less than four miles from Lindsey Wilson College and about 16 miles south of Campbellsville University.

 

Utilities include an eight-inch future gravity sewer line, as well as four- and eight-inch gas lines 800 feet west of the site. The property includes electric service provided by Taylor County RECC and natural gas provided by Columbia Gas of Kentucky. The site is also serviced with fiber for telecommunications by Duo Broadband.

 

Adair County Judge/Executive Larry Russell Bryant spoke about the benefits for a company to locate in the area: “Adair County has been relatively stagnant when it comes to manufacturing jobs since the 1980s, so this certified Build-Ready pad, I believe, will be a key component to letting companies know that Adair County is ‘open for business.’ We have a very strategic location, located on the Heartland Parkway, and only minutes from the Cumberland Parkway, landing you on I-65 or I-75 within an hour. I am so thankful for Gov. Andy Beshear and Secretary Jeff Noel for providing programs and opportunities for communities like Adair County to complete projects like this pad at 50% cost to our community. That makes a huge difference for us. This certified Build-Ready pad gets us so much closer to our dream of good-paying, manufacturing jobs right here at home becoming reality!”

 

Columbia Mayor Pam Hoots showed support for the project: “We are excited about the prospects that the Build-Ready status gives to our community.”

 

Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority Chairman Larry Walker mentioned the opportunities this certification will bring: “By achieving Build-Ready status, we have put our community on the map for companies seeking a location to build a new facility. A certified Build-Ready pad drastically reduces the amount of time it takes a company to locate in our community. Thanks to the Adair County Fiscal Court and the city of Columbia for partnering with the EDA to make this a reality.”

 

Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority consultant Heather Spoon highlighted the agencies that made the development possible: “It is such an honor to work with this Economic Development Authority. They had their eyes set on a Build-Ready pad, and I am so glad I was able to help them achieve that goal, not only for the EDA, but for my hometown. I am hopeful that this certified Build-Ready pad will pave the way for the job opportunities that Adair County desperately needs. We will continue to host and highlight all that Adair County has to offer every chance we get!”

 

With a Build-Ready site, much of the work – aside from construction – has already been completed. That includes controlling the land to be developed, completing archaeological, environmental and geotechnical studies, constructing a building pad, finishing preliminary design work, obtaining approved site plan permits and putting necessary infrastructure in place. On a Build-Ready site, construction can begin immediately.

 

To be Build-Ready-certified, a site must include a pad ready to accommodate a building of 50,000 square feet with the ability to expand to 100,000 square feet or more – and utilities extending to the site. Applicants – usually a city, county or economic development group – must have previously filed the necessary permits, as well as preliminary building plans, cost estimates and schedule projections. Applicants also are asked to provide a rendering of a potential building for the site.

 

Including the new site in Adair County, the commonwealth is home to roughly 22 available Build-Ready sites. Multiple other locations across the state are currently working toward certification.

 

To date, eleven former Build-Ready-certified sites, including tracts located in Barren, Butler, Christian, Graves, Hart and Laurel counties and five sites in Warren County, have been selected by companies for new location projects, allowing companies to bring their operations online in a cost-efficient manner while creating jobs for local Kentuckians.

 

The new Build-Ready site in Adair County builds on the best four-year period for economic growth in state history.

 

Since the beginning of his administration, Gov. Beshear has announced more than 1,000 private-sector new-location and expansion projects totaling over $30.3 billion in announced investments, creating more than 52,000 jobs. This is the highest investment figure secured during the tenure of any governor in the commonwealth’s history.

 

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

 

Gov. Beshear has announced some of the largest economic development projects in state history, which have solidified Kentucky as the electric vehicle battery production capital of the United States: Ford Motor Co. and SK On’s transformative $5.8 billion, 5,000-job BlueOval SK Battery Park in Hardin County; AESC’s $2 billion, 2,000-job gigafactory project in Warren County; Toyota’s $1.3 billion investment in Scott County; and INFAC North America’s $53 million investment in Taylor County, among others.

 

The Governor’s administration also secured the largest General Fund budget surplus and Rainy Day Fund, as well as the most jobs filled in state history. Last year, Kentucky set the record for the longest period with the lowest unemployment rates in state history.

 

Kentucky also secured rating increases from major credit rating agencies Fitch Ratingsand S&P Global Ratings, and Moody’s Investors Service upgraded Kentucky’s credit outlook from stable to positive.

 

This month, Site Selection magazine ranked Kentucky third nationally and first in the South Central economic development projects per capita in its 2023 Governor’s Cup rankings. Previously, Site Selection placed Kentucky first in the South Central region and top 5 nationally in its 2023 Prosperity Cup ranking, which recognizes state-level economic development agencies for their success in landing capital investment projects.

 

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

 

For more information on Build-Ready sites in Kentucky, visit CED.ky.gov/BuildReady.

A detailed community profile for Adair County can be viewed here.

 

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

Weekend Arrests 3/17/24

 

According to jail records, the following individuals were arrested over the weekend by various law enforcement agencies. 
 

Benjamin Shroyer, 44, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday by the ACSO for TBUT over $1,000, TBUT (Firearm), Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Burglary 1st Degree, and Persistent Felony Offender.

 
Makenna Wheeler, 19, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday afternoon by the ACSO for Criminal Abuse 2nd Degree (Child 12 or younger).
 
Ruben Fabian Lopez, 53, of Columbia - arrested late Friday night by the CPD for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place and Harassing Communications.
 
Julianne Craig, 55, of Elwood, Indiana - arrested by the ACSO on Friday afternoon for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 
Christopher Richardson, 29, of Russell Springs - arrested Saturday afternoonby KSP for Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Failure to Appear, and 3 counts of Non-Payment of Fines.

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Joseph Bagby, 26 - arrested on Saturday afternoon by Campbellsville Police for Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Possession of Methamphetamine, Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Heroin.

Lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 

Special Called Adair Co. School Board Meeting 3/18/24

 

The Adair County School Board will have a Special Called Board Meeting on Monday, March 18, 2024 at 6:00 PM in the Board Conference Room, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY.

AGENDA
1. Pledge of Allegiance
2. Prayer
3. Approval of Agenda
4. Approval of Consent Agenda
4.A. Approval of Minutes
4.B. Approval of Treasurer's Report
4.C. Approval of Payment of Bills
4.D. Approval of Memorandum of Understanding for Professional Education Preparation partnership Agreement between Western Kentucky University and Adair County School District for 2024-2027
4.E. Approval of Schools Staffing Guidelines 02.4331 AP.1
4.F. First reading of revision to Policy 03.225 - Expense Reimbursement for Classified Personnel
4.G. Acknowledgement of Personnel Action
5. Superintendent's Report
6. Presentation of new Adair County School Website
7. Approval of the 2024-2025 District Technology Plan
8. Approval to scrap Technology surplus
9. Approval to match FY2024 KETS 2nd Offer of Assistance in the amount of $20,653.00
10. Approval of Commercial Card program with Fifth Third Bank
11. Approval of an additional Instructional Assistant I position for the Adair Learning Academy
12. Approval to create a second Assistant Principal position at the Adair County Middle School
13. Approval to create a Special Education Consultant position
14. Approval for out of state travel for the Adair County High School Choir to compete at the Festival in the Parks at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio on May 18, 2024
15. Approval of Monthly Financial Statements
16. Buildings and Grounds Update
17. Public Comments
18. Adjournment

 

Senator Max Wise's Legislative Update

 

Week 11 of the 2024 Regular Session saw significant developments in Kentucky's legislative landscape, notably with the Senate presenting its version of the biennial budget.

 

Each of the following budget bills passed in the Senate this week and will now be discussed at length in what is called a free conference committee, a small group made up of House and Senate members.

 

House Bill (HB) 1 focuses on one-time investments in critical areas like infrastructure, economic development, and public safety, with the Senate introducing additional allocations to enhance Kentucky's future. These include funds for road improvements, biomedical excellence, and support for state employee retirees.

 

HB 6 reflects a collaborative effort towards a conservative and fiscally responsible state budget. The Senate's proposal within HB 6 emphasizes increased funding across education, corrections, health care, and veterans' services, aiming to address key needs and stimulate economic growth while maintaining fiscal prudence.

 

Additionally, HB 263 appropriates funds for the operations and maintenance of Kentucky's legislative branch, ensuring the continuity of legislative functions and effective governance within the state. Through strategic budget allocation, the Kentucky General Assembly aims to uphold its responsibilities and sustain operations in governing the commonwealth.

 

Free conference committee meetings will be live streamed on KET.org/legislature beginning on Monday, March 18.

 

Key Senate bills passed this week include:

 

SB 3 reorganizes administrative duties of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and Department of Fish and Wildlife, transferring oversight to the Department of Agriculture.

 

SB 128 broadens youth employment opportunities by enabling nonprofit organizations to establish tailored work programs for minors aged 12 or 13.

 

Senate Joint Resolution 170 directs the Council on Postsecondary Education to study expanding post-baccalaureate programs at Kentucky's comprehensive universities.

 

SB 232 introduces changes to decision-making processes regarding public school buildings in Kentucky.

 

SB 317 establishes property rights for individuals in their name, voice, or likeness.

 

SB 319 aims to strengthen support for victims of crime.

 

SB 349 establishes the Energy Planning and Inventory Commission to evaluate Kentucky's energy needs and oversee power plant retirements.

 

SB 368 mandates informing the Kentucky Department for Housing, Buildings, and Construction about a property's use.

 

House bills receiving final passage this week include:

 

HB 2 Propose a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky to authorize the General Assembly to provide for financial support for the education of students outside of the public school system. If approved by the General Assembly, the language will appear on the November ballot for voters to ratify or reject.

 

HB 5 known as the Safer Kentucky Act, will require judges to accommodate parent’s schedules so they may be present for their children’s hearings.  It will prohibit prosecutors from “stacking” similar charges on top of a carjacking charge and will prohibit a criminal defendant who received assistance from a charitable bail organization from getting similar assistance if he or she commits another crime.  HB 5 also prohibits the use of deadly force solely to protect property and provides penalties to school personnel who fail to report suspected criminal conduct at school.

 

HB 15 addresses consumer data privacy in Kentucky and establishes a consumer privacy fund with the Office of the Attorney General with exclusive authority to enforce those rights.

 

HB 281 adds the Division of Compliance and the Division of Sports Wagering to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, removing compliance from the duties of the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.

 

HB 447 will permit school districts to use district-owned, leased, or contracted passenger transportation vehicles to transport students to and from school and approved school activities under an alternative cost-efficient transportation.

 

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 contact my office if I can assist you by emailing me at max.wise@lrc.ky.gov or calling 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.

R.C. School Board Meeting 3/18/24

 

The Russell County School Board will meet on Monday, March 18, 2025 at the Russell County Auditorium/Natatorium (Room 114).

 

Lexington Man Jailed on Murder Charges after Shooting his Stepfather in Campbellsville

 

According to the Taylor County Sheriff‘s Office, 41-year-old Nathaniel Tristan Richerson of Lexington is charged with shooting 61-year-old Patrick Russell of Campbellsville in the head on Friday afternoon on Old Lebanon Road.

 

Mr. Russell was taken to the UK Medical Center in Lexington; Nathaniel Richerson was arrested at the scene for attempted murder and lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. The charge has now been upgraded to Murder (Domestic Violence).

 

The incident occurred just after 1:00pmET on Friday afternoon, March 15, 2024.

 

Sgt. Mark Dicken is investigating the fatal shooting.

 

Campbellsville Man Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Thousands of Dollars from Columbia Business where he was Employed


An arrest was made in Taylor County, KY on Friday, March 15, 2024 in connection to a theft case opened by the Columbia Police Department in January.
 

The investigation began when a local retailer in Columbia had noticed discrepancies and alerted authorities. The investigation found that throughout 2023, an employee of the business had taken $29,000 in various increments. Findings were presented to a Grand Jury which resulted in an indictment warrant for the individual's arrest.
 

The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office later served the indictment warrant on Nicholas Neville, 32, of Campbellsville, KY charging him with theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 and unlawful access to a computer 1st degree, both felonies. Neville was taken into custody and lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.


Detective Evan Burton was the investigating officer.
 

KSP Arrests Two Russell County Individuals in a Criminal Child Abuse Investigation

 

RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky. (March 16, 2024) – On March 15, 2024, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 received a call of a possible criminal child abuse that had occurred earlier this week in Russell Springs. A KSP Trooper spoke with an individual in Green County in regards to the safety of his children. 

 

The Trooper learned that on March 12, 2024, a 10-month-old child had been taken to the Russell County Hospital and transported to the University of Kentucky Hospital by helicopter for treatment of serious injuries. The child’s injuries were reported to the hospital, and the Russell Springs Police Department, to have been sustained after being attacked by an unknown stray dog. Russell County first responders had responded to the area and attempted to locate the stray dog but their efforts were unsuccessful.

 

On March 15, 2024, Troopers responded to a residence on Bluebird Drive in Russell Springs to speak with the child’s mother, Emily McKinney, and her boyfriend, Joe Johnson. As the investigation progressed, Troopers determined the dog that had attacked the child actually belonged to Ms. McKinney and Mr. Johnson and was not a stray. Mr. Johnson had concealed the location of the couple’s dog after the incident causing local first responders to use resources searching for a stray dog that did not exist.

 

As a result of the investigation, Emily McKinney, age 27 of Russell Springs, was arrested and charged with the following charges:

  • Criminal Abuse 1st Degree – Child 12 or Under
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Minor
  • False Report Which Generates an Emergency Response

 

Joe Johnson, age 30 of Russell Springs, was also placed under arrest and charged with the following charges:

  • Tampering with Physical Evidence
  • False Report Which Generates an Emergency Response

Both individuals were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. The investigation is being conducted and is ongoing by Trooper First Class Clint Bale.

 

 

 

Details Released on Arrest of North Dakota Man on Sex Abuse Charges

 
On Friday, March 15. 2024 at 1:35amCT, Adair County Deputy Sheriff Chandler Staten responded to a domestic violence call from a camper in the Holmes Bend area.
 
Upon Deputy Statens arrival, he could hear a female screaming for help inside the residence. A male, later identified as 49-year-old Jamie Wolfe of North Dakota, attempted to block the Deputy Staten's entrance into the residence, but was unsuccessful. Deputy Staten and CPD Officer Bradley Bates detained the male and rendered aid to the female who had multiple injuries.  
    
Adair County EMS responded to the scene and transported the female to TJ Health Columbia for treatment. 
 
Wolf was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
  • Assault 4th degree 
  • Unlawful Imprisonment 
  • Sexual Abuse 1st degree and
  • Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree.
 
The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.
 

Local and State Unemployment Rates 3-15-24

 

Unemployment rates rose in 115 counties, including Adair and all surrounding counties, between January 2023 and January 2024. Rates fell in Bullitt, Spencer and Meade counties, and remained the same in Magoffin and Nelson counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet.

 

 

Jamestown Woman Arrested on Drug Charges

 

Sarah Taylor, 44, was arrested by Officer Llane of the Russell Springs Police Department on Thursday night. He was charged with Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, Careless Driving, Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 3rd or greater Offense (Drug Unspecified). She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Application Process for Columbia's "Business Improvement Program" Suspended

 

The City of Columbia continues to have great success with their local business improvement program through funding that was received from the American Rescue Plan Act.

 

In the first year (2022), approximately 15 applications were processed. Last year (2023), close to 50 applications were processed and this year (2024), approximately 30 applications are being processed.

 

Due to the response and the allocation of funding, the application process has been suspended.

 

“We appreciate the response from the community and local businesses,” stated Mayor Pamela Hoots. “We want to ensure that the funding is available for these businesses that have submitted applications.”

 

Just a reminder if approved, you must be a licensed business and current on any property taxes in the city limits of Columbia.

 

The City pays from paid receipts on projects completed. For further information, contact City Hall at 270-384-2501.

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update 3/14/24

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 14, 2024) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update on economic development; funding to improve parks and recreation spaces; medical cannabis; recent bill signings; new homes at a high-ground community; an award to support families in need; the 988 crisis hotline; funds from the Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhood grant program; Kentucky State Police drug seizures; and Easter at the Capitol. He also named the students who competed in this year’s Governor’s Cup academic competition as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Economic Development
Gov. Beshear joined local officials and representatives from Goose Creek Candles, a family-owned candle, soap and wax melt manufacturer, to break ground on the company’s new distribution facility expansion project in Casey County, a $5 million investment creating 160 quality, Kentucky jobs.

 

On Wednesday, the Governor was joined by U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen along with local and company leaders as Advanced Nano Parts cut the ribbon on an electric vehicle (EV) battery production facility in Elizabethtown. The nearly $50 million facility is creating 93 full-time jobs for Kentuckians.

 

The Governor also emphasized Kentucky’s role at the center of the EV revolution. The commonwealth will receive nearly $70 million as part of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program, which will help create up to 40 EV charging stations.

 

Funding to Improve Parks and Recreation Spaces
Gov. Beshear announced his selection of 32 projects that will receive a total of $3.9 million from the federally funded Land and Water Conservation Fund to upgrade parks and recreation spaces throughout the commonwealth.

 

Medical Cannabis
Gov. Beshear was joined by Sam Flynn, executive director of the Kentucky Medical Cannabis Program, to announce significant progress as the program builds technical capabilities and a regulatory framework ahead of the full implementation of Senate Bill 47, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2025.

 

The Beshear administration filed five new regulations that provide the framework for how Kentuckians with qualifying conditions can become cardholders. The regulations also establish qualification criteria, application requirements, card and renewal fees, digital registry ID cards, patient supply limits and additional documentation required for minors, caregivers and visiting patients. To learn more, visit kymedcan.ky.gov.

 

Recent Bill Signings
Gov. Beshear updated Kentuckians on two bills that he recently signed into law. The Governor signed House Bill 220, which amends a previous bill regarding step therapy protocol. The bill will now include biosimilars, or different versions of brand name drugs, that may offer more affordable treatment options to Kentuckians. It also ensures there are no differences in effectiveness and safety between biosimilars and name-brand options.

 

Gov. Beshear also signed Senate Bill 81, which modifies the membership of the governing board of the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation. The bill changes the board to 10 members appointed by the Governor from nominees submitted by the Governor’s Postsecondary Education Nominating Committee. It also adds the Secretary of the Finance Cabinet as a voting member, and adds nonvoting advisors, such as the president of the Council on Postsecondary Education.

 

The Cottages at Thompson Branch
Gov. Beshear announced that through an innovative partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the first two homes were delivered to the high-ground community The Cottages at Thompson Branch in Letcher County, and families are preparing to move in. This marks the first new homes in any high-ground community. Next, with donations from the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund, exterior amenities like shutters and landscaping will be added, making the homes more beautiful and resilient.

 

The nonprofit housing partner Homes Inc. will build eight more homes for flood survivors at The Cottages at Thompson Branch. For information on how to become a homeowner, contact Homes Inc. at HomesIncorporated.org.

 

Award to Support Kentucky Families in Need
The Doris Duke Foundation named Kentucky one of four pilot sites to receive funding as part of a new initiative called Opportunities for Prevention and Transformation, or Opt-in for Families. The commonwealth will receive $9 million over three years to directly support families in need and prevent abuse. This includes connecting families to food assistance, mental health resources, parent skill-building classes, clothing closets and other services in their communities. The funding will continue the work the Beshear administration is doing with a pilot program in 10 counties called Community Response.

 

“With help from our partners at the Doris Duke Foundation, this funding will allow us to expand our early intervention efforts to more counties and more families,” said Gov. Beshear. “Thank you to the foundation and thank you to all of our partners who are addressing family needs at the community level.”

 

988 Crisis Hotline
Gov. Beshear attended the 988 Leadership Conference in Frankfort to provide an update on the lifeline. The 988 crisis hotline connects Kentuckians facing thoughts of suicide, mental health distress or an addiction crisis to compassionate and trained counselors who can help. To date, 988 has received more than 67,500 calls, 18,500 text messages and 13,000 online chats from Kentuckians. Currently, calls are being answered within an average of 25 seconds, seven seconds faster than the national average.

 

The Governor also announced progress made in ensuring Kentuckians battling addiction find the help they need. The updated website FindHelpNowKy.org now simplifies the search for the lifesaving drug Naloxone, mental health resources and recovery housing. Since the site became available in 2018, it has been used over 240,000 times to help Kentuckians find treatment.

 

Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhood Grants
The Governor announced that Frankfort will receive more than $20 million through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Grant Program to reconstruct Holmes Street Corridor. The city of Frankfort is also supporting the project with $7 million in matching funds. The project includes planting trees, enhancing signage, widening sidewalks, improving public transportation and more.

 

The city of Bowling Green was also awarded $11 million to improve safety along Veterans Memorial Boulevard. The improvements will include a roundabout and improved pedestrian crossings with wider sidewalks. The project will also make it easier for families to access a park and elementary school.

 

KSP February Drug Seizures
Gov. Beshear announced the total value of Kentucky State Police’s drug seizures in February amounted to over $4.8 million. This was accompanied by 238 drug-related arrests. In 2023, KSP drug seizures amounted to nearly $8.5 million.

 

“Thank you, KSP, for your lifesaving efforts,” said Gov. Beshear. “Since Day One, we have been committed to becoming a national leader in public safety, and each day, we are renewing our commitment to that mission and to building a better, safer Kentucky for all our families.”

 

Easter at the Capitol
The Governor invited Kentuckians to celebrate Easter at the Capitol on Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. EDT on the South Lawn of the Capitol – the outdoor space between the Capitol and the Capitol Annex. The event will include family activities such as an Easter egg hunt, games, crafts, food trucks and a visit with the Easter Bunny.

 

“I look forward to this event every year, and I love seeing the kids’ excitement as they participate in all the activities around the Capitol lawn,” said Gov. Beshear. “As warmer weather approaches, we can all be excited to gather as a community and celebrate brighter days ahead. We look forward to seeing everyone next Saturday.”

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
On Monday, the Governor helped hand out awards to students from across the commonwealth who had placed in the Governor’s Cup academic competition. He recognized the students’ hard work and named them as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

“All of these kids who participated in the competition – whether they took home a trophy or not – are leaders in their communities. They work hard towards goals and challenge themselves to expand their knowledge and way of thinking,” said Gov. Beshear. “I am very proud of these students and can’t wait to see what all they accomplish.”

 

Columbia/Adair EDA Meeting 3/19/24

 
The EDA Board of Directors will be meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 8:00amCT at the Welcome and Development Center/Chamber, Tourism & EDA Building, 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY.
 
AGENDA
Presiding - Larry Walker, Chairman
Call to Order - Roll Call - Determination of Quorum
Opening Prayer & Pledge of Allegiance
Recognition of Media & Guests
Approval of Minutes for February 20, 2024 meeting as presented - Doyle Lloyd, Secretary
Approval of Treasurer's Financial Reports/payment of bills as presented - Roger Meadows
 
BUSINESS
1.  KPDI 1 Pad certification, Easements, and Opening of Bids for Utilities
2.  KPDI 2 status
3.  Crop Lease
4.  Ground Leases (if necessary)
5.  Disposition of CD
 
Other Business
 
Motion to Enter Executive Session (If necessary)
Executive Session per KRS 61.81 O(g). Discussions between a public agency and a representative of a business entity and discussions concerning a specific proposal, if open discussions would jeopardize the siting, retention, expansion, or upgrading of the business.
 
Motion to Return to Regular Session
Motion to Adjourn
 
Next regular meeting: Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 8:00amCT
 

Gov. Beshear Urges Kentuckians to Stay Weather Aware As Storms Impact Commonwealth

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 14, 2024) – Today, following a tornado touching down in Gallatin and Trimble counties and a possible tornado reported in Carroll County, Gov. Andy Beshear said he has been in direct contact with county judges and mayors involved and that, currently, there are only reports of a couple of minor injuries and no reports of fatalities or missing persons.

 

The Governor urged Kentuckians to remain weather aware as more storms are expected across the state this evening and into the morning.

 

“It does appear that there is some really significant damage, especially to the town of Milton in Trimble County,” Gov. Beshear said. “We are going to work to do everything we can to help those impacted – and we think there are over 100 structures that are potentially damaged. Our job is to make sure that no Kentuckian is alone, especially in these difficult times.”

 

The Governor visited the state’s Emergency Operations Center on Thursday to get an update on the impact of the tornado and state and local response efforts, which include:

  • Verbal emergency declarations from Carroll, Gallatin and Trimble counties.
  • The Emergency Operations Center has been activated with essential partners to provide support as needed.
  • Kentucky-area emergency managers and other emergency personnel, including Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, have deployed to affected areas to assist. 
  • Three urban search and rescue teams are on standby, including teams from Jefferson County, Northern Kentucky and the Ashland Fire Department.

 

“The safety and well-being of Kentuckians remain our top priority,” said Dustin Heiser, interim director of Kentucky Emergency Management. “We urge individuals in the affected areas to stay informed through local news outlets and official emergency management channels for updates and instructions.”

 

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

 

March 18-22 Proclaimed "ACHS Boys Basketball Week" in Columbia

 

The week of March 18-22, 2024 has been proclaimed as "Adair County High School Boys Basketball Week" in Columbia, KY as the result of a proclamation issued by Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots. The proclamation recognizes their 5th region championship and the players for their dedication and teamwork.

 

Mayor Hoots is shown with the Adair County High School Basketball Team proclaiming the week of March 18-22, 2024, as "Adair County High School Basketball Week."

 

Mayor Hoots with Coach Deron Breeze, Superintendent Jason Faulkner, Athletic Director Tyler Maskill, and Principal Chad Parnell.

 

Russell Springs City Council Meets 3/14/24

 

The Russell Springs City Council will meet on Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 6:00 P.M.

 

AGENDA

PRAYER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
I. MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
II. ROLL CALL
III. ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES
IV. ACCEPTANCE OF CASH DISBURSEMENTS & FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
V. OLD BUSINESS
VI. NEW BUSINESS

  • SECOND READING ORDINANCE 2024-01: WATER RATES (SPONSORED BY COUNCILMAN HUDSON)
  • SECOND READING ORDINANCE 2024-02: SEWER RATES (SPONSORED BY COUNCILWOMAN MANN)
  • INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT HOMELESS PREVENTION AND SUPPORT
  • RESOLUTION 2024-05: AUTHORIZATION TO SELL POLICE DEPARTMENT SURPLUS ITEMS
  • TRACTOR SUPPLY INTRODUCTION
  • POLICE DEPARTMENT UPDATE
  • MAYOR’S UPDATE

ADJOURNMENT

 

IMAGINE Youth Theater Returns This Summer to LWC

 

TheatreFest!, the Summer Theatre at Lindsey Wilson College, is thrilled to announce the return of its IMAGINE! Youth Theatre day camp, running from Tuesday, May 28 through Friday, June 28, 2024.

This exciting camp will culminate in a performance of Tuck Everlasting, the musical adaptation of Natalie Babbitt's beloved children's classic. Thanks to the generous support of our donors and friends, this year's camp is offered completely free of charge to all students.

IMAGINE! Youth Theatre will run daily from 8amCT to NoonCT from Tuesday, May 28 to Friday, June 28, 2024, in V.P. Henry Auditorium, meeting each week Monday through Friday mornings. The camp is open to students ages 8-18 and is completely free for all students. For more information or to register your child, please visit www.theatrefest.org or contact Associate Artistic Director Jeremy Cloyd at cloydj@lindsey.edu or (270) 384-8044.

 

Columbia Man Arrested on DUI Charges

 

A Columbia man was taken into custody early this morning (Thursday) in Adair County on DUI Charges with Aggravated Circumstances.

 

Nicolas Walls, 36, was arrested by Deputy Staten of the Adair County Sheriff’s Office and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence (Aggravated Circumstances). He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Columbia Man Taken into Custody in Russell County on Speeding & DUI Charges

 

Johnathan Grant, 34, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Officer Llane with the Russell Springs Police Department around 4:45amCT on Thursday morning. Grant was charged with Speeding 11 mph Over the Limit and Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Adair County Indictments 3/13/24

 
An Adair County Grand Jury has returned numerous indictments. We remind you that indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.
 

RCHS Has New Robotics Team

 

Russell Springs, 3/7/24 - Russell County High School is proud to announce the upcoming Robot Gladiator League Melee, a groundbreaking showcase of technological prowess and innovation. Set to take place on March the 23rd at Russell County High School, this event promises to redefine STEM education as we know it.

 

In a fusion of cutting-edge robotics and thrilling competition, students from RCHS will showcase their engineering skills by designing and building their own robot gladiators. These futuristic creations will battle against competing schools in a specially designed arena, demonstrating not only technical expertise but also strategic thinking and teamwork.

 

Key Event Highlights:

  1. Robotic Showdown: Witness the clash of metal and feel the impact of the collisions as student-built robot gladiators face off in intense battles. Each robot is a testament to the creativity and engineering capabilities of our students. Four matches start on the hour beginning at 9 a.m, local time.
  2. Engineering Excellence: The event is a celebration of STEM education, highlighting the incredible talent and skills our students have developed in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  3. Educational Outreach: As part of our commitment to education, we invite local schools, community leaders, and technology enthusiasts to join us in experiencing the future of robotics. Special demonstrations and displays will be on hand to engage attendees in the exciting world of robotics.
  4. Family-Friendly Fun: The Robot Gladiator event is a family-friendly affair, providing entertainment for all ages. Bring your family and friends to cheer on the Robot Gladiators, and enjoy a day filled with excitement.
  5. Media Opportunities: Journalists, bloggers, and influencers are invited to cover this unique event. Exclusive interviews with participating students, faculty members and event organizers will be available to provide insights into the behind-the-scenes development of the Robot Gladiator League.

 

RCHS is committed to fostering innovation and creativity among its students, and the Robot Gladiator League is a testament to the school's dedication to pushing the boundaries of educational experiences.

 

Don't miss the chance to be part of history in the making at the Robot Gladiator Melee. Join us on March the 23rd at RCHS for a day of electrifying battles, technological marvels, and educational inspiration.

 

About: Robot Gladiator League (RGL) is a new STEM-based high school team sport that combines engineering with combat robotics. This full-contact, spectator sport allows high school teams to design and build battle systems in order to compete in melees against other Kentucky teams. After three pilot programs beginning in 2020, Season One of RGL comprises eight teams from seven Kentucky counties competing in four melees, February through April, with a championship tournament at Morehead State University on Tuesday, April 30th. RGL intends to add eight teams per season to become a state-wide program. Robot Gladiator is the future of combat sports in Kentucky!

 

About: Founded in 1998, Newton’s Attic is dedicated to providing students with highly unusual educational experiences and providing STEM (Science Technology, Engineering Mathematics) educational resources to parents, students, and teachers. The Newton’s Attic mission is to stimulate interest in science and engineering through exciting hands-on projects, classes and summer camps. Newton’s Attic offers a variety of programs to schools, families and the community including STEM day camps, engineering programs, and school outreach, and also hosts group events such as STEM field trips, Scout workshops, and adult-friendly STEM birthday parties.

 

About: The Center for STEM+eXcellence, a program within the Craft Academy at Morehead State University, offers informal STEM+X education opportunities for Kentucky students in grades K-12. Programs are offered during the summer and throughout the year.

 

The +X represents three focus areas:

  1. Creativity and design
  2. Innovation and entrepreneurship
  3. Civic and regional engagement

 

All programs are rooted in mathematics with a science, technology, or engineering application and have +X outcomes for students. The Center for STEM+eXcellence programs are created and implemented by educators in public schools and universities.

 

Columbia Gas Line Grant Update

The City of Columbia is continuing to progress on several projects in the community including the Hudson Street gas line project.

 

The City received an ARC (Appalachian Regional Commission) grant last fall. After their notification, the federal organization that will administer the grant (USDA Rural Development) met with the City and engineering representatives.

 

One of the primary objectives to be completed is an environmental study, which is very extensive in nature. The City is working closely with a consultant and it is progressing. They are anticipating completion within 4-6 weeks of the study.

 

“There is a general misconception about grants and the process,” said Mayor Hoots. She noted that most thought once approved, the money was immediately available. It is dependent on the type of grants and the appropriate documentation necessary for the plans to proceed. “We are fortunate as a city to have been able to achieve so much funding for our community; but, it is a process from start to completion,” she said.

 

The City is also working on another grant for the Little League Park. It would improve fields and lighting; as well as other items at the park. The City is still accepting letters of support for that project. You can send to: 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, Kentucky 42728.

 

Another project the City is interested in and pursuing is a grant for improving and replacing the old gas lines in the city limits.

 

For questions, please contact the mayor’s office.

 

3-Vehicle Collision Results in Adair Co. Man being Airlifted to Louisville Hospital

 
On Monday, March 11, 2024 around 4:43pmCT, the Adair County Sheriff's Office responded to a 3-vehicle injury collision just inside city limits on KY55 north.  
 
 The collision occurred when 91-year-old Charles Barnes of Columbia, who was operating a 2016 Kia, attempted to make a turn from a private drive onto KY55 and pulled into the path of a 2013 Chevy Cruze, being driven by 63-year-old Michael Keene of Columbia, who was traveling south on KY55. Keene struck Barnes vehicle in the drivers side, then spun into the northbound lane where he was struck by a 2015 Nissan, being operated by 32-year-old Elmer Yoder of Columbia, who was traveling north.  
 
Mr. Barnes was treated on scene by Adair EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia where he was then airlifted by helicopter to the University of Louisville Hospital.  A passenger in Keene’s vehicle was treated on scene and then transported to TJ Health Columbia for additional treatment. 
   
Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch  is investigating the collision and was assisted by Deputy Jason Camfield. Other agencies responding include Adair 911, the Columbia Police Department, Adair County EMS, and the Columbia - Adair County Fire Dept.
 

Adair County Road Closure Due to Accident

 

Ky 704 will be closed approximately 2 hours as a result of a dump truck overturning on roadway around 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, March 12, 2024. Emergency services are on scene and the operator is receiving medical attention.

 

The blockage is about 1 mile from the city limits. We ask residents to seek an alternative route to Columbia. KY 768 to KY 55 South is currently being used as alternative route.  We hope to have the roadway open by 9:00 a.m.

 

Betty McQueary Announced as New RC Hospital Laboratory Director

 

Betty McQueary has been named the Russell County Hospital Laboratory Director. Ms. McQueary is a long time employee at the hospital and her education, experience & knowledge of the inner workings of the RCH lab will undoubtedly equip her with the tools needed to continue the current momentum & growth in the Lab.

 

 

 

Ashley Curry Advances to Full Time Role with Adair County Extension Office

 

The Adair County extension office is pleased to announce that Ashley Curry, who has served with us part-time for five years, will commence her full-time role with us as of today, Monday, March 11, 2024.

Ashley will assume the vacant staff assistant role and help serve clients who visit our office. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Ashley.

 

 

Adair County Schools will be in Session March 15th

 

Adair County Schools announced yesterday that due to our basketball team's advancement to the State Sweet 16 Tournament, school WILL be in regular session for students this Friday, March 15, 2024. This was previously scheduled as a mandatory data day for staff, and students were not to report. This day will be moved to Wednesday, March 20, 2024.

They want to give all students and community members every opportunity to support the Adair County Boys Basketball Team as they compete for a State Championship!

 

Spring Pick It Up Day in Columbia

Spring Pick It Up Day in Columbia

 

The spring Pick It Up Day for the City of Columbia is underway. If you have an item that needs to be picked up and taken to transfer station, you can call city hall.

It is limited to one item per household. There is a maximum number of items to be picked up. This will be held on Thursday, March 14. Due to the tremendous response of previous events, you are urged to call as soon as possible to get your name on the list.

For further information, please call the Mayor’s Office.

Two People Arrested in Russell County on Domestic Violence Charges

 

Two people were taken into custody last evening in Russell County on domestic violence charges.

 

Cara Pemberton, 35, of Jamestown and Joseph Taylor, 33, of Nancy, KY were taken into custody by Deputy Phipps with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Monday night. Both were charged with Assault 4th Degree (Domestic Violence with No Visible Injuries) and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

 

Russell County Fiscal Court Meeting 3-11-24

 

 

 

 

It was a brief regular meeting today for the Russell County Fiscal Court 

 

County Judge Randy Marcum spoke with WAVE NEWS about three of the big items on the agenda.

The County Clerks final Settlement, money from grants as well as a bid on the roof of the court house...

 

Adair County Man was taken into custody on Speeding and Cocaine Possession Charges Sunday

An Adair County Man was taken into custody on Speeding and Cocaine Possession Charges Sunday

Joseph Burton, age 42, of Columbia, was arrested by Trooper Lee of the Kentucky State Police, just after midnight on Sunday.

Burton, was charged with Speeding 18 mph Over Limit and Possession of Substance 2st Offense (Cocaine).

He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Russell County Man was arrested on Public Intoxication, Assault and Harassing Communication Charges Sunday in Adair County

A Russell County Man was arrested on Public Intoxication, Assault and Harassing Communication Charged Sunday in Adair County

Brandon Pennington, age 34, was arrested by Sherriff Brockman just after 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Pennington, was charged with Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place 1st and 2nd Offense, Assault 3rd – Peace Officer- Communicable Bodily Fluid and Harassing Communications. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Campbellsville Woman was arrested Sunday afternoon in Adair County on Drug and other charges

A Campbellsville Woman was arrested Sunday afternoon in Adair County on Drug and other charges

Karen Campbell, age 45, was arrested by Deputy Tweedy, with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office at around 3:30 yesterday afternoon. Campbell was charged with Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (excludes alcohol), Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Possession of Marijuana, Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree (drug unspecified) and License to be in Possession. She was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

Two Men Arrested on Trespassing Charges Early this Morning in Adair County

Two Men Arrested on Trespassing Charges

Anthony Cain, age 34, of Louisville, was arrested just after 2 a.m. this morning, by Officer Camfield, of the Columbia Police Department. Cain was charged with Criminal Trespassing – 2nd Degree.

Johnnie Asbury, age 38, of Columbia, was arrested by Officer Smith with the Columbia Police Department, just after 2 a.m. this morning.  Asbury, was charged with Criminal Trespassing 2nd degree, possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession. Both men were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

A Michigan woman was arrested on Reckless Driving and DUI Charges last night in Russell County

A Michigan woman was arrested on Reckless Driving and DUI Charges last night in Russell County

Marreri Lopp, age 33, of New Haven Michigan, was taken into custody by Trooper Lee of the Kentucky State Police, just after 11:30 last evening. She was charged with Reckless Driving, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Alcohol .08 (1st Aggravated Circumstances) and for Possession of Open Alcholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle Prohibited, she was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

Campbellsville Fire and Rescue Dispatched to Apartment Fire

Apartment Fire 
1 Clem Haskins Blvd (Jackson Towers)
03-10-2024

Call Received 1713
On Scene 1714
Control 1725
Leaving Scene 2137

Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of a smoke alarm activation at Jackson Towers. While en-route to the scene, 911 calls advised that smoke was showing from the 4th floor. Engine company 4 requested an upgrade to a second alarm. Upon arrival, firefighters found moderate smoke on the fourth floor with the fire extinguished by fire suppression system. Moderate smoke still created life safety issues.  Crews immediately began assisting low mobility tenants from the 5 story apartment building. Firefighters physically evacuated 15 tenants from the apartment with the remaining occupants evacuated on their own. 6 of those tenants had to be medically evaluated by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS, only 1 patient was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital with difficulty breathing. 

Of the 52 occupants, 7 apartment units were displaced due to smoke/fire/water damage. Those effected apartments included 1A, 2A, 2C, 3A, 4A, 4B, and 4C. The majority of those tenants went with family to stay overnight and 3 were housed via The American Red Cross. Taylor County Emergency Management, Hometown Connect and American Red Cross coordinated efforts to temporarily take care of tenants' immediate needs while they were displaced. Special Thank You to Auberry Funeral Home and Bethel First Presbyterian Church for allowing us to utilize their neighboring locations to allow tenants a place to shelter from the cold temperatures. 

The cause of the fire is related to the kitchen stove. No firefighters were injured. 

Firefighters Responding: 31

Responding Apparatus: Engine 4, Engine 2, Engine 1, Truck 1, Rescue 1, and Chief

Automatic Aid: Taylor County Fire Department

Assisting Agencies:
Taylor County Emergency Management
Campbellsville Public Works
Campbellsville Police
Taylor County Sheriff
Campbellsville Taylor County 911 Center
Campbellsville Taylor County EMS
Columbia/Adair Fire Department
Green County EMS
Koorsen Fire & Security
Servpro

RC FFA Participates in LC Regional Contest

The Russell County FFA Chapter competed in the Lake Cumberland Regional FFA contests at Campbellsville University on Thursday March 8.  Members competed against the chapter winners from the 13 schools in the region.  The top 2 in each category will go on to compete in the state contest held in June at the Kentucky FFA State Convention.  Congratulations to these FFA members.
 
Jasmin Grant Fruit & Vegetable Agriculture Speech Superior 1st and will go on to state
Alexis Fox Goat & Sheep Reproduction and Genetics Agriculture Speech Superior 1st and will go on to state
Kole Rixon Turf & Lawn Agriculture Speech Superior 1st and will go on to state
Brent LaRue Ag Mechanics Agriculture Speech Superior 2nd and will go on to state
Kendall Melton Greenhouse Agriculture Speech Superior 2nd and will go on to state
Baylee Flatt Poultry Agriculture Speech Superior 2nd and will go on to state
Chloe Robertson Prepared Public Speaking Agriculture Speech Superior 2nd and will go on to state
Callie Reynolds Horse Nutrition Agriculture Speech Superior 3rd
Gracie Burke AIC Test Superior 3rd
Piper Garmon Creed Speaking Agriculture Speech Superior rating
Abby Fox Small Animal Agriculture Speech Superior rating
Myah Conner Swine  Agriculture Speech Superior rating
Lilly Williams Floral Agriculture Speech Superior Rating
Isabell Mullins Freshman Individual Quiz Agriculture Speech Superior rating
Blane Smith Beef Agriculture Speech Excellent Rating
Laila Hammond Nursery & Landscape Agriculture Speech Excellent rating

 

Russell Co. Fiscal Court/Road Committee Meetings 3/11/24

 

As required by the Dept. of Local Government, the Russell County Road Committee will have their Quarterly Meeting on Monday, March 11, 2024 at 9:30amCT. The meeting is held to discuss road repairs, road safety, and other issues relating to the operation of the Road Dept.

 

In conjunction with the Road Committee, the Russell County Fiscal Court will meet at 10:00amCT on Monday, March 11, 2024.
 

AGENDA

WELCOME, PLEDGE & OPENING PRAYER

MINUTES

PAY BILLS

DETENTION CENTER REPORT

DETENTION CENTER BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2024-2025

SHERIFF’S REPORT

TREASURER’S MONTHLY SETTLEMENT REPORT & PRE-APPROVED AE TRANSFERS

RC CLERK 2023 FINAL FEE SETTLEMENT REPORT

2ND READING ORDINANCE 24-01 BUDGET AMENDMENT

PAY FIRE DEPARTMENT & RESCUE SQUAD SUPPORT AS BUDGETED

EXECUTIVE ORDER 24-01 RESCUE SQUAD AFFILIATION AGREEMENT

PAY RESCUE SQUAD GRANT FUNDING $5,284.66 FOR SAR GRANT

RESOLUTION 24-04 HB 1 ELECTION EQUIPMENT

TRANSFER $1,920.29 FROM 911 TO AMBULANCE FOR ENHANCED MEDICAID

OTHER BUSINESS

ADJOURN

 

Transportation Cabinet Urges Kentuckians and Businesses to Prepare for Extra Traffic Ahead of April 8 Total Solar Eclipse

 

PADUCAH, Ky. (March 7, 2024) – Kentucky state and local agencies are continuing to plan for traffic surges expected during and after the total solar eclipse that will sweep across 13 states one month from now – the afternoon of Monday, April 8, 2024. In addition to asking travelers to be prepared, all businesses in the eclipse travel corridor are encouraged to make plans to maintain their supply lines and inventory of high-demand items ahead of the event.

 

The celestial event is expected to bring at least 150,000 visitors to the path where it crosses several Western Kentucky counties, with more than 1 million travelers predicted to drive through Kentucky to nearby viewing spots along the main path in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

 

Heavier than normal traffic could occur the weekend before the eclipse, especially near viewing areas in Hickman, Carlisle, Ballard, McCracken, Livingston, Crittenden, Union and Henderson counties. The most significant traffic rush is expected after the eclipse ends there and along Kentucky’s north-south highways as eclipse watchers head home.

 

Based on Kentucky’s 2017 total eclipse experiences, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is working with Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), Kentucky State Police (KSP) and local emergency agencies on potential event impacts, including the potential traffic issues that may arise from thousands of visitors traveling through the commonwealth.

 

“We are encouraging area businesses across Kentucky to plan ahead for the influx of visitors,” said KYEM Interim Director Dustin Heiser. “While Kentucky is not the epicenter for eclipse chasers as it was in 2017, the potential for shortages of fuel, water, food and other staples will exist. We encourage residents and businesses to make eclipse plans with that in mind.”

 

KYTC Secretary Jim Gray shared practical tips for travelers to prepare for traffic surges.

 

“Spectators are encouraged to come early and stick around after the event to reduce the potential for hours-long gridlock that’s possible when a wave of thousands of drivers return home after the event,” said Secretary Gray. “Similar to a severe snow event, motorists should travel with an emergency car kit stocked with essential items for all passengers. It’s also a good idea to bring printed directions to your destination if there are cell service disruptions that impact your navigational apps.”

 

Some local business owners, including convenience stores and truck stops along the eclipse travel corridor, have reported they will follow the same practices a week ahead of other high-traffic events like the Bonnaroo Festival and Fan Fair in Nashville by stocking extra staple items, such as bottled water, keeping fuel storage tanks topped off and scheduling extra fuel deliveries at night when traffic is light.

 

Business Tips for a Safe Event

State officials offered the following suggestions for businesses:

  • Plan early and overnight delivery of critical supplies due to possible daytime traffic snarls.
  • Increase inventory of essential items with temporary storage space prior to the eclipse.
  • Have delivery trucks and employees allow extra travel time for congestion.
  • Plan fuel and food deliveries at night to avoid traffic.
  • Consider flex work schedules to avoid expected difficult travel conditions.
  • Encourage employees to have a full tank of gas prior to the time visitors begin to arrive in the area.

 

Spectator Tips for a Safe Event Transportation officials offer the following suggestions for event goers:

  • Plan ahead. Pick a viewing destination and book accommodations in advance. Get eclipse-viewing glasses.
  • Be prepared. Travel with enough food and water for everyone in your vehicle. Expect lines at restaurants, convenience stores and grocery stores. Check the local weather.
  • Drive smart. Don’t stop along highways or take photos while driving. Watch for pedestrians. Fill up or charge up your vehicle before traveling. Turn on headlights.
  • Come early, stay late. Avoid leaving immediately after the event to reduce traffic congestion. Visit Kentucky attractions while in town. Several local communities in the total viewing path are organizing eclipse-related events on April 8.

 

Forecasted Traffic Impacts Traffic into and through Western Kentucky along Interstate 24, Interstate 69 and U.S. 41 is expected to be congested, as is traffic along the Pennyrile Parkway before, during and after the eclipse. The eclipse will add traffic to U.S. 231 and I-165, as well as I-64, I-65, I-71, I-75 and other north-south corridors that parallel these routes. Immediately after the eclipse, there is particular concern about traffic delays at Kentucky’s Ohio River crossings, where traffic from the main eclipse path to the north will enter Kentucky. Transportation Cabinet staff are evaluating options to temporarily remove lane restrictions in active work zones on select routes ahead of the event to ease traffic congestion. More details will be shared once plans are finalized.

 

The total solar eclipse will impact eight Kentucky counties and clip portions of four others. The totality phase will enter Kentucky around 2 p.m., CDT, April 8, in parts of Fulton and Hickman counties before crossing Ballard, McCracken, Livingston, Crittenden, Union and Henderson counties along the Ohio River. It will also pass over small portions of Carlisle, Graves, Webster and Daviess counties.

 

Follow KYTC statewide and district social media pages for eclipse-related traffic and travel information in Kentucky at transportation.ky.gov/DistrictPages. Real-time traffic information is also available online at GoKY.ky.gov or on the Waze app.

 

Additional eclipse planning resources are available at the following sites:

http://www.kentuckytourism.com/eclipse/eclipseevents.aspx

http://www.GreatAmericanEclipse.com.

 

Eli Fire Department Responds to Structure Fire

 

At approximately 3:30amCT on Friday, March 8, 2024, the Eli VFD responded to a property known as Alligator Inn (but under new ownership as Cumberland Condos) for a report of heavy smoke coming from the roof of the building.

 

The first Eli VFD units arriving found and reported a working fire that appeared to be in the attic area above the rooms. With this being a commercial property and a working fire, the Russell Springs Fire Department was quickly requested for mutual aid, personnel and equipment. Quick teamwork of door forcing, vertical ventilation, and coordinated fire attack and extensive overhaul of the rooms while salvaging undamaged property, contained the fire to two rooms and the attic and roof above. The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

 

Adair Co. Indians Advance to 5th Region T-ment Finals

 

By: Mark Fudge
 

A packed house watched as the Adair County Indians advanced to the finals of the Boys 5th Region Tournament with a convincing win over the North Hardin Trojans. The Indians will battle the surprise team of the tournament, the Bardstown Bethlehem Eagles on Sunday afternoon at 2:00pmCT at the Green County High School. The winner will represent the 5th Region in the Sweet 16 T-ment at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY on March 20-23, 2024.

 

Gov. Beshear Joins Leaders at Goose Creek To Break Ground on $5 Million Expansion Creating 160 Full-Time Jobs

 

LIBERTY, Ky. (March 8, 2024) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear joined local officials and representatives from Goose Creek Candles, a family-owned candle, soap and wax melt manufacturer, to break ground on the company’s new distribution facility expansion project in Casey County, a $5 million investment creating 160 quality, Kentucky jobs.

 

“Congratulations to Goose Creek Candles for this incredible investment into the local community and workforce,” said Gov. Beshear. “A Kentucky company finding success and expanding its operations in the same community where it first started over 25 years ago shows the growing strength of our economy. I’m thrilled to be here today to celebrate this exciting next step for the company and wish Goose Creek many more years of success here in the commonwealth.”

 

To meet rapidly growing customer and retailer demand and projected additional sales growth, Goose Creek Candles is expanding its existing distribution center in Casey County. The project will see the company add 85,000 square feet to its current operation, allowing room for two new pick lines to help with order fulfillment, additional warehousing for inventory and expanded replenishment capacity. Goose Creek’s expansion is set to begin this year, with the 160 new, full-time jobs opportunities bringing the company’s Kentucky employment to 280. The added positions will improve ship times, meet the growing product demand and assist in expanding the Walmart partnership, where Goose Creek products can be found in over 3,600 stores nationwide.

 

“We believe the future of fragrance will look different, and that’s why we are investing in new fragrance applications and technologies,” said Jordan Meece, chief marketing officer at Goose Creek. “From smart home devices to laundry care, we believe the Goose Creek brand will continue to be a fragrance leader for decades to come.”

 

“While manufacturing of Goose Creek products takes place all across the U.S., the national headquarters in Liberty houses management teams and order distribution,” said Micah Meece, chief operating officer at Goose Creek. “Currently, our biggest challenge is shipping orders quickly enough to keep up with customer demands. We are shipping over 25,000 pieces per shift, and that’s just not enough.”

 

Goose Creek is a Kentucky-based home fragrance brand located in Liberty. Founded by Chuck and Tamara Meece in 1998, the brand is now mass-produced in factories across the United States. Goose Creek has experienced exponential growth in the home fragrance sector, making the brand a household name. Owned and managed by the Meece family, forward-thinking business strategies have enabled the brand to surpass other industry players. More than just candles, the Goose Creek brand has also become known for other fragrance categories, such as body care products and flameless fragrance options. All orders placed on the company’s website are processed in the distribution center in Liberty, which currently employs over 120 people.

 

Liberty Mayor Dr. Housam Haddad looks forward to Goose Creek’s expansion and continuing their successful partnership within the community: “We are excited to have Goose Creek expand their operations here in Liberty, bringing additional employment to our citizens. We welcome Gov. Beshear and the support he brings to Liberty and to our industrial base.”

 

Nicki Johnson, director of the Liberty-Casey County Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the positive impact the company has on the community and looks forward to supporting their future success: “Goose Creek is a well-loved local business that has invested in our community since its beginning. Battling the fire, relocations and expansion, Goose Creek remains steadfast in being an employer that our community embraces, supports and encourages in all their efforts as they grow to serve a global reach for the quality products they produce. The Liberty-Casey County Chamber of Commerce endorses Goose Creek and their groundbreaking for expansion and will to contribute in every way possible to their success.”

 

Goose Creek’s investment and job creation build on the best four-year period for economic growth in state history.

 

Since the beginning of his administration, Gov. Beshear has announced more than 1,000 private-sector new-location and expansion projects totaling over $30.3 billion in announced investments, creating more than 52,000 jobs. This is the highest investment figure secured during the tenure of any governor in the commonwealth’s history.

 

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

 

Gov. Beshear has announced some of the largest economic development projects in state history, which have solidified Kentucky as the electric vehicle battery production capital of the United States: Ford Motor Co. and SK On’s transformative $5.8 billion, 5,000-job BlueOval SK Battery Park in Hardin County; AESC’s $2 billion, 2,000-job gigafactory project in Warren County; Toyota’s $1.3 billion investment in Scott County; and INFAC North America’s $53 million investment in Taylor County, among others.

 

The Governor’s administration also secured the largest General Fund budget surplus and Rainy Day Fund, as well as the most jobs filled in state history. Last year, Kentucky set the record for the longest period with the lowest unemployment rates in state history.

 

Kentucky also secured rating increases from major credit rating agencies Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings, and Moody’s Investors Service upgraded Kentucky’s credit outlook from stable to positive.

 

This month, Site Selection magazine ranked Kentucky third nationally and first in the South Central economic development projects per capita in its 2023 Governor’s Cup rankings. Previously, Site Selection placed Kentucky first in the South Central region and top 5 nationally in its 2023 Prosperity Cup ranking, which recognizes state-level economic development agencies for their success in landing capital investment projects.

 

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

 

To encourage investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in January 2024 preliminarily approved a 15-year incentive agreement with the company under the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based agreement can provide up to $650,000 in tax incentives based on the company’s investment of at least $3.6 million and annual targets of:

  • Creation and maintenance of 160 Kentucky-resident, full-time jobs across 15 years; and
  • Paying an average hourly wage of $16.55 including benefits across those jobs.

 

By meeting its annual targets over the agreement term, the company can be eligible to keep a portion of the new tax revenue it generates. The company may claim eligible incentives against its income tax liability and/or wage assessments.

 

In addition, Goose Creek Candles can receive resources from Kentucky’s workforce service providers. Those include no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job-training incentives.

 

For more information on Goose Creek Candles, visit goosecreekcandle.com.

 

A detailed community profile for Casey County can be viewed here.

 

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

 

Russell Springs man taken into custody on Assault & Terroristic Threatening charges

 

Jeremy Myers, 41, was arrested by Deputy Bradshaw, with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office around 5:30 yesterday afternoon. Myers, was charged with Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury and Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Russell Springs Woman Arrested on Meth Charges

 

Rustie Gaskin, age 36, was arrested by Officer Adamson with the Russell Springs Police Department around 4 a.m. Friday morning. Gaskin was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st offense (Meth) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession. She was lodged int the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Columbia Police Investigates 2-Vehicle Accident


The Columbia Police Department responded to a two vehicle accident with injuries on Burkesville Street on Thursday afternoon, March 7, 2024.


Jack Antle, 67, was operating a Ford Ranger crossing Burkesville Street from Will Walker Road to Patricia Trail, and crossed into the direction of travel of Ricky Lawson, 64, who was operating a Chevy Suburban northbound on Burkesville Street. 

Mr. Antle was transported by Adair EMS to TJ Health Columbia and later flown to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville for further treatment. Mr. Lawson was taken to TJ Health by personal vehicle where he was treated and released. 

Officer Joey Keith is the investigating officer. He was asssited on scene by Officer Jay Wilson, the Adair County Fire Department and Adair EMS.

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Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 7, 2024) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update on Kentucky’s strong placement in Site Selection magazine’s 2023 Governor’s Cup rankings; the 60th anniversary of the “March on Frankfort”; the fourth anniversary of COVID-19 in the commonwealth; Cabinet for Health and Family Services leaders in national roles; and a KSP K-9 that won in electronic detection categories at a national competition. The Governor also named those who responded to the recent George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge accident and rescue as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Kentucky’s Strong Placement in Governor’s Cup Rankings
The Governor announced Kentucky’s strong placement in Site Selection magazine’s 2023 Governor’s Cup rankings, coming in third nationally in economic projects per capita and first in the South Central region. The commonwealth also secured the second spot in the South Central region for overall projects, building on the previous year’s strong rankings. Kentucky has placed in the top 3 nationally and atop the South Central region in the per capita rankings each year of Gov. Beshear’s administration.

“Our incredible communities and hard-working, skilled workforce have once again made Kentucky one of the best places to locate a business,” said Gov. Beshear. “Economic development is a team sport. It requires our state, counties, cities and so many others working at all levels of government and the private sector.”

 

In addition to Kentucky’s strong overall Governor’s Cup placement nationally, several Kentucky communities were recognized by Site Selection for their economic success in 2023, with categories based on population size. Bowling Green sits atop the Tier 3 Metros list with 23 total projects, as well as second in projects per capita. Bowling Green also placed in the top 10 for total projects in the South Central region regardless of population.

 

“On behalf of all citizens of Bowling Green, we are so proud to be recognized today for our economic development efforts,” said Bowling Green Mayor Todd Alcott. “As local governments, the city and the county work collaboratively together to build and maintain a strong economic pace.”

 

“Our success is a testament to the power of collaboration, a value that is deeply ingrained in our community,” said Warren County Deputy Judge/Executive Bryan Downing. “The partnership between the city of Bowling Green and Warren County has been nothing short of remarkable. Together we have navigated challenges and seized opportunities, proving that unity is our greatest strength.”

 

The Louisville/Jefferson County region placed sixth nationally in projects per capita for all metropolitan areas, while the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region ranked eighth overall.

 

“We have some great news to collectively announce in Louisville and throughout Kentucky, and that is that Site Selection Magazine named Louisville one of the 10 best cities in the entire country for economic development,” said Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg. “Thanks to Gov. Beshear’s leadership across the entire state, including Louisville, people are looking at our city to invest and create good-paying, career path jobs.”

 

“We’re thrilled today to share our congratulations and are proud of our contributions to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Cincinnati region’s ranking in Site Selection magazine’s Governor’s Cup,” said Lee Crume, president and CEO of BE NKY Growth Partnership. “In 2023, the BE NKY Growth Partnership contributed to our economy and increased prosperity with 16 projects that added more than $380 billion in capital investment.”

 

“Northern Kentucky is an important economic driver, not only for the state of Kentucky but also for Cincinnati region,” said Kimberly Rossetti, vice president of economic development for BE NKY Growth Partnership. “With more than 1,400 jobs announced in a tough economic climate, we are proud of our team’s work and contribution to Kentucky’s 3rd place ranking in economic projects per capita and No. 1 ranking in the South Central region.”

 

Lexington/Fayette County placed seventh in the Tier 2 per capita rankings and top 10 for total projects, as well as eighth for total projects in the South Central region among all population sizes.

 

“Lexington is a $21 billion economic engine and a major driver in our state’s economy. Our economy continues to grow and is attracting national attention,” said Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton. “We all know that by working together, we can do so many great things for our economy and the people we serve. Thank you, Gov. Beshear, for making Kentucky an ideal place to do business as we focus on attracting talent and business opportunities.”

 

“Thank you to Gov. Beshear for his focus on business recruitment and retention in the commonwealth,” said Bob Quick, Commerce Lexington CEO. “Economic development is a team sport. It is relationship driven, and it’s done collaboratively with partners across the region. We have developed a regional competitiveness plan aimed at better equipping us to attract a skilled workforce, secure business sites, expand housing inventory and access to education. When one county wins, we all win.”

 

Frankfort tied for fourth in the Top 100 Micropolitan areas.

 

“I want to thank the Governor for creating an environment from the top down that enables cities like ours to compete for new businesses, residents and visitors,” said Frankfort Mayor Layne Wilkerson. “Today’s announcement validates that we are moving in the right direction. Thank you again to Gov. Beshear for recognizing that the Capital City’s success is Kentucky’s success. Together, we are making investments in our future and the best part is we are just getting started.”

 

The Governor also recapped a $355 million investment by Tyson Foods that will create nearly 450 full-time jobs in Warren County. This investment, which is among the largest investment and job creation projects in the county, contributed to Kentucky’s strong placement in the 2022 Governor’s Cup ranking.

 

“As a representative of Kentucky for Tyson Foods, I have had the privilege to meet so many wonderful people across the state. I have also witnessed firsthand the growth of economic development in the area, most recently in Bowling Green,” said Graham Hall, Tyson Foods’ global government affairs manager. “So many initiatives are coming out of Kentucky, and we are so excited to be a part of the community. We look forward to seeing the innovation and opportunities in Bowling Green.”

 

March on Frankfort
The Governor participated in a reenactment of the “March on Frankfort.” The original march, on March 5, 1964, was held in response to the stalling of legislation in the Kentucky General Assembly that would have eliminated segregation in public accommodations in the commonwealth. It drew an estimated 10,000 people, and speakers that day included Martin Luther King Jr. and Jackie Robinson. The folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary also performed at the event. Click here to view photos from this year’s march.

 

4th Anniversary of COVID-19 in Kentucky
Gov. Beshear and Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health Dr. Steven Stack joined state and local officials, along with several Kentucky families, to mark the fourth anniversary since the first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in the state and to dedicate “A Day of Compassion” in the commonwealth. Click here to watch the commemoration ceremony.

 

CHFS Leaders in National Roles
The Governor announced that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services has two leaders who serve in a national capacity. Monday, the National Association of Medicaid Directors named Lisa Lee, the commonwealth’s commissioner of the Department for Medicaid Services, as its new board president. Lee continues to serve as commissioner. Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack also serves as the president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

 

“These two are doing a good job and with their leadership, I am confident that more great things lie ahead for Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

KSP K-9 Wins Electronic Detection Categories at National Competition
Gov. Beshear announced that Kentucky State Police K-9 Cam and his handler, Detective John Sims, recently received three awards at the Paw 4 Law Foundation’s 7th annual Murrieta Police K-9 Trials in California. A total of 40 K-9 teams from across the nation participated in the trials covering multiple disciplines, including agility, obedience, patrol, narcotics detection, article search and electronics detection.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Last Friday, the Louisville Fire Department received a call that a semitrailer had been involved in an accident and had gone over the wall of the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge. Bryce Carden and Rescue Company 2 responded to the call. Carden was able to pull the driver of the semitrailer out safely. The Governor thanked the Louisville Fire Department, EMS, Louisville Metro Police and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet employees who made sure the bridge was reopened safely and named them all as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. 

 

Gov. Beshear To Break Ground on Candle Maker's Expansion in Casey County 3/8/24

 

Governor Andy Beshear will join local leaders (Liberty Mayor Dr. Sam Haddad) and company officials (Tamara Meece, president, Goose Creek & Jordan Meece, chief marketing officer, Goose Creek) on Friday, March 8, 2024 at 10:30amET to tour Goose Creek’s candle-manufacturing facility in Liberty before breaking ground on an expansion project that is expected to create hundreds of additional jobs. Goose Creek is located at 1498 S. Wallace Wilkinson Blvd. in Liberty, KY. 
 

Arrest Made in Connection with November 2022 Death of Campbellsville Man

 

On Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at approximately 4:20pmET, Campbellsville Police was dispatched to 221 Lincoln Avenue in reference to a deceased male, 69-year old Tommy Pyles of Campbellsville.

 

Campbellsville Police opened an investigation and Mr. Pyles body was taken to the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville for an autopsy. The Kentucky Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death was from multiple stab wounds. After approximately a 16-month investigation, Campbellsville Police arrested 38-year old Julian Underwood of Campbellsville on Thursday, March 7, 2024 in connection with Pyles death. 

 

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2024

Location: Campbellsville, KY

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police, Campbellsville Taylor-County EMS, Taylor County Coroner’s Office, and Campbellsville-Taylor County 911 Center

Investigating Officers: Det./Sgt. Nelson Bishop

Approving Supervisor: Chief Shannon Wilson

 

 

More Details on Arrest of Russell County Man on Child Sexual Abuse Charges

 

RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky. (March 7, 2024) – A Detective with Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 in Columbia has made an arrest in an ongoing investigation into the sexual abuse of a child in Russell County. 

 

An investigation began when a KSP Detective received a report of sexual abuse of a child. It was discovered that David Ray Holderfield, age 54 of Russell Springs, had engaged in inappropriate physical contact with a juvenile in Russell County. As a result of the investigation, Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Mr. Holderfield.

 

On March 6, 2024, Mr. Holderfield was arrested in Russell County and charged with Sexual Abuse 1st Degree, Victim Under 12 Years of Age. Mr. Holderfield was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center and is currently held on a $10,000 cash bond. The case is being investigated by Detective Zach Scott. Additional charges may be forthcoming, as the investigation remains ongoing by Detective Scott.

 

Campbellsville Police Make Arrest in Death Investigation

On Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at approximately 4:20 pm, Campbellsville Police was dispatched to 221 Lincoln Avenue in reference to a deceased male, 69-year old Tommy Pyles, of Campbellsville   Campbellsville Police opened an investigation and Mr. Pyles body was taken to the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville for an autopsy.  The Kentucky Medical Examiner ruled that Mr. Pyles cause of death was from multiple stab wounds.   After approximately a 16-month investigation, Campbellsville Police has made the arrest of 38-year old Julian Underwood of Campbellsville.      

Columbia Boil Water Advisory Lifted 3/7/24

 

As of 9:50 AM. on MARCH 7, 2024 the boil water advisory forcustomers on 2169-4590 Little Cake Rd, Avery Rooks Rd, Saw Mill Rd, & Neat Hollow Rd, has been lifted by the Division of Water. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.

 

Thank You

Columbia Adair Utilities District

 

Russell County Man Arrested on Child Sex Abuse Charges

 
David Ray Holderfield, 54, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Wednesday afternoon by the KSP for Sexual Abuse 1st degree (Victim Under 12 Years of Age). He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Columbia Boil Water Advisory 3/6/24

 

Date Issued:   3/6/2024
Time Issued:  11:30 A.M.


A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for Columbia-Adair Utilities District consumers from 2169-4590 Little Cake Rd, Avery Rooks Rd, Saw Mill Rd, & Neat Hollow Rd. The advisory has been issued due to a main line leak. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality. For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.

 

Warrent Leads to Drug Bust and Several Arrests in Pulaski County

 

Pulaski County Sheriff Bobby Jones reports on Monday, March 4, 2024, numerous individuals were in custody following a search warrant at a Pulaski County residence.

 

The incident began when Detectives with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division applied for a search warrant for a residence located on Edge Hill Drive. Deputies executed the search warrant at approximately 3:00pmET on Monday. 

 

Authorities say seven individuals were at the residence. Following a search, Detective Tan Hudson and Sergeant Ron Hellard located approximately 18.8 grams of Fentanyl, 7.1 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, an AK47 rifle, a .44 revolver, digital scales, baggies, syringes, and a glass smoking pipe in one bedroom, along with a small amount of cash. Detectives were able to identify 42-year-old Virginia New and 52-year-old Scotty Childers, as the occupants of that room.

 

In a separate room in the residence, Detective Trent Massey and Deputy Marcus Harrison located approximately 3.4 grams of heroin, marijuana, and syringes. Detectives were able to determine the items located in that room belonged to 37-year-old Joshua Thomas.

 

Deputies also located a marijuana plant growing in the rear of the residence.

 

Deputies did a warrant check on all the individuals at the residence and found that one of the occupants, 28-year-old Erik Goodin of Somerset, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

 

Detectives investigating the case were able to located prior drug convictions for Virginia New and prior felony convictions for Scotty Childers, which would prohibit them from possessing firearms.

 

New was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree 2nd Offense (Fentanyl) (Firearm Enhancement)
  • Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree 2nd Offense (Methamphetamine) (Firearm Enhancement)
  • Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possess
  • Cultivate in Marijuana < 5 Plants – 1st Offense
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon &
  • Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon.

 

Childers was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon &
  • Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon.

 

Thomas was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree (heroin)
  • Possession of Marijuana &
  • Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possess.

 

Goodin was arrested and charged with Failure to Pay Fines (Pulaski District Court Warrant).

 

All four individuals were transported to the Pulaski County Detention Center. The investigation is still ongoing by Detective Lieutenant Daryl Kegley.

 

The Narcotics Division was assisted on the scene by Sheriff Bobby Jones, Detective Lieutenant Matt Bryant, Sergeant Ron Hellard, Deputy Marcus Harrison, and Deputy Noah Dishman.

 

Sheriff Bobby Jones asks if you have any information about drug activity or any crime, to contact the tip-line at 606-679-8477. You can remain anonymous. You can also leave a tip on their webpage at http://www.pulaskisheriff.com.

 

SKRECC New Scam Warning

 

SKRECC Warns cumstomers of scam attempts occuring in the area! Customers are reminded that SKRECC will NOT call and ask for your financial information for payments, refunds or for any other reason. Please HANG UP and don't be a VICTIM!  If you do recieve a call, please contact your local SKRECC office.

 

 

Summit Manor Nursing Home Receives Honor

 

Signature HealthCARE is excited to announce Summit Manor is among 10 Signature HealthCARE locations to be recognized as Best in Class by global customer experience and management leader Reputation, with its 800 Award.

"We have long realized the incredible value of being customer-centric and listening to the feedback of our residents, families, and staff at Signature HealthCARE. It is critical in our success as a healthcare provider for our communities," said Missy Highley, Senior Vice President of Business Development. "We work hard to not only listen to our residents, patients, and families, but also to evaluate the customer voice and experience to make critical moves to help us fulfill the needs of those we strive to honorably serve. We're thrilled Summit Manor, and our many facilities, are exceeding this important goal."

One of the highest achievements a business can earn is a solid reputation. Reputation's 800 Award recognizes those businesses that have put customer experience and satisfaction at the very core of their strategy and have shown their drive to listen to the customer voice to succeed.

The Reputation 800 Award recognizes winning locations that consistently collect, understand, and apply any and all feedback in order to make data-driven decisions to ensure the customer will have the best possible experience. Reputation determines 800 Award honorees by pulling a list of the Reputation Scores for every business location in their expansive platform. Those that are honored have achieved a score of 800 or higher out of a high score of 1000, due to their focus on high customer satisfaction throughout the past year.

"In a world where consumers are making purchasing decisions based on what they see and hear in their local communities and online, delivering on brand performance is more important than ever. Summit Manor has demonstrated its commitment to evolving alongside its customers by prioritizing their needs and taking action based on what they are saying across online reviews, rating pages, and on social media," said Liz Carter, Reputation's Chief Marketing Officer. "On behalf of Reputation, I extend an enthusiastic congratulations to Signature HealthCARE for its commitment to understanding consumer feedback and acting on it across its many locations."

The Reputation Score is a proprietary tool that measures review sentiment, volume, spread, recency, response, and length, along with brand reach and health, social engagement, business listing accuracy, and search impressions.

 

Jamestown Man Arrested on Criminal Trespassing Charges

 
Joshua Reeder, 43, of Jamestown, KY was arrested on Tuesday morning by Jamestown Police for Criminal Trespassing, Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO, and Disorderly Conduct 2nd degree. 
 
He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

Columbia Boil Water Advisory 3/4/24


Date Issued:  3/4/2024

Time Issued:  3:15 P.M.

 

BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for Columbia-Adair Utilities District customers on Wordford Ace, 89 Shady Lane, North Bramlett St, Callie Ln, Pickett Hill Road, West Barbee St, Hindman St, West Page St, and Parkway Rd. The advisory has been issued due to a main line leak. 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 usingThis 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.

 

Statewide Tornado Drill 3/6/24


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. 

 

Q: How do I program my weather radio with a SAME code?

A: Find your county code using the NOAA Weather Radio links below and follow the programming instructions with your specific radio. 
 

Local Office NOAA Weather Radio Info

Louisville (for central Kentucky): https://www.weather.gov/lmk/weather_radio-lmk

Paducah (for western Kentucky): https://www.weather.gov/pah/NOAAWeatherRadio

Jackson (for eastern Kentucky): https://www.weather.gov/jkl/weatherradio

Wilmington, OH (Florence/Cincinnati area): https://www.weather.gov/iln/nwr

Charleston, WV (Ashland area): https://www.weather.gov/rlx/nwr

 

Kentucky's Latest Unemployment Numbers


Kentucky's annual unemployment rate for 2023 was 4.2% according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet. This is an increase from 4% in 2022.

The U.S. annual unemployment rate was 3.6% in 2023, unchanged from 2022.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' estimate of the number of employed Kentuckians for 2023 was 1,941,994. This figure was down 6,318 from the 1,948,312 employed in 2022.

The number of unemployed Kentuckians for 2023 was 84,269, up 2,307 from the 81,962 unemployed in 2022. There were 78,849 fewer individuals unemployed in 2023 than 10 years ago.

In 2023, the estimated number of Kentuckians in the civilian labor force was 2,026,263. This was down 4,011 from the 2,030,274 recorded in 2022, and down 29,632 from 10 years ago when the civilian labor force was 2,055,895.

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

Seven states experienced a statistically significant decrease in their annual unemployment rates from 2022 to 2023. While Kentucky's unemployment rate increased in 2023, the rate for 2023 was not statistically different from 2022. Kentucky's unemployment rate for 2023 was higher than 43 states, lower than four states, and equal to two states. Nevada had the highest unemployment rate in 2023 at 5.1%. North Dakota had the lowest rate at 1.9%. Among its surrounding states, Kentucky's unemployment rate was lower than Illinois and higher than Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

"Kentucky's unemployment rate increased from 2022 to 2023 as fewer people reported being employed and more reported seeking work," said University of Kentucky's Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) Director Mike Clark, Ph.D. "While the unemployment rate increased from 2022, it was still very low by historic standards. The annual estimates also indicate that after two years of workers returning to the labor force following the pandemic, the number of people participating in Kentucky's labor force declined in 2023."

In a separate federal survey of business establishments that excludes jobs in agriculture and people who are self-employed, Kentucky's nonfarm annual average payroll employment in 2023 increased by 48,591 or 2.5% to 2,016,425 jobs, and 185,957 or 10.2% more than 10 years ago.

Nonfarm data is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Employment Statistics program. According to this survey, all of Kentucky's 11 major nonfarm job sectors listed in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) showed employment gains in 2023 compared to 2022.

The educational and health services sector expanded by 13,768 jobs in 2023 and gained 41,964 jobs or 16.1%, over the past 10 years. Employment in the healthcare and social assistance subsector increased by 12,892 positions in 2023 and gained 42,288 jobs over the past 10 years. Educational services in this sector include employees at private elementary, secondary and postsecondary schools along with other establishments that provide instruction and training. Education services added 875 jobs from 2022 to 2023 or 3%, and decreased by 325 jobs over the past 10 years.

The government sector, which includes federal, state and local employment in public education, public administration agencies and state-owned hospitals, added 8,481 jobs or 2.8% in 2023. Employment in this sector was down 16,006 jobs over the last 10 years or 4.9%. During the past year, employment was up 1,263 jobs in federal government, 3,616 positions in state government, and 3,602 jobs in local government.

Employment in Kentucky's leisure and hospitality sector expanded by 7,415 positions in 2023, and 24,346 jobs in the past 10 years. The majority of these gains occurred in accommodation and food services, which added 5,527 positions in 2023. The arts, entertainment and recreation subsector added 1,888 jobs from 2022 to 2023.

Kentucky's construction sector expanded by 6,116 jobs in 2023, or 7.3%. The sector has increased by 21,477 jobs or 31.5% since 2013.

"Kentucky's construction sector posted strong employment gains for 2023 with an increase of 7.3%," said Clark. "Nationally, construction employment grew by only 3.3%."

Other services, a sector that includes repair and maintenance; personal and laundry services; and religious, civic, and professional organizations, rose by 4,308 jobs in 2023. The sector added 7,034 positions or 10.9% in the last 10 years.

Kentucky's manufacturing sector gained 4,152 jobs or 1.6% in 2023 for a total of 256,203 positions. Over the past 10 years, manufacturing employment was up 27,146 jobs or 11.9%. Durable manufacturing went up 3,368 jobs or 2.1% from 2022 to 2023 and non-durable manufacturing added 784 jobs or 0.9%.

"Kentucky's manufacturing sector saw strong growth during the first half of the year but gave up some of this growth during the last half," said Clark. "Even with a weaker second half of the year, Kentucky's manufacturing employment grew faster than the 1% national growth."

Kentucky's trade, transportation, and utilities sector added 2,017 jobs or 0.5% in 2023. During the past 10 years, the number of jobs increased by 57,053 jobs or 15.4%. This is Kentucky's largest sector based on employment with a total of 426,959 positions or 21.2% of Kentucky's nonfarm employment. Within the sector, wholesale trade gained 2,133 jobs from 2022 to 2023, retail trade lost 266 jobs, and transportation, warehousing, and utilities gained 149 jobs.

The information sector, which includes establishments involved in publishing, internet activities, data processing, broadcasting and news syndication, grew by 1,167 jobs in 2023 from a year ago. It lost 1,064 jobs or 4.4% compared to 10 years ago.

Firms in the state's professional and business services sector increased by 617 jobs in 2023 or 0.3%. This sector includes professional, scientific and technical services; management of companies; and administrative and support management. In the last 10 years, the sector has grown by 24,957 jobs or 12.2%. Within this sector, professional, scientific and technical services added 2,567 positions from 2022 to 2023, management of companies had 1,156 more jobs, and administrative and support and waste management lost 3,105 positions.

Employment in the mining and logging sector rose 5% with a gain of 413 jobs in 2023. Over a 10-year period the sector decreased by 8,820 positions. Other industries included in the sector are forestry; oil and gas extraction; and support activities for mining.

The financial activities sector grew by 136 positions from a year ago. Over the past 10 years, this sector has added 7,870 jobs or 8.9%. Within this sector, the finance and insurance subsector decreased by 796 positions in 2023, while real estate, rental and leasing increased by 932 jobs.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count the number of people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks.

 

Russell Springs Man Arrested on Meth Charges in Adair County


A Russell Springs Man was taken into custody on Meth Charges in Adair County last evening.

 

Nicholas Flatt, 36, was taken into custody by Trooper Harper with the Kentucky State Police and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (more than 2 grams Meth) and Persistent Felony Offender. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Adair County Economic Development GRCP Improvements Update

 
While the Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority was recently awarded funding for KPDI Round 2, they are still working on the completion of Park improvements associated with KPDI Round 1. These improvements include water, sewer, and gas line extensions, as well as a new lift station for sewer on the North side of the Park.  
 
According to EDA consultant Heather Spoon, a hard copy of the Bid Package was received on Friday afternoon, March 1st, 2024 and can be viewed at Adair County Judge Exec. Larry Russell Bryant's office Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pmCT. The package can also be viewed on MSE of Lexington's website, www.mselex.com, and selecting "GRCP Water, Sewer and Gas Line Extensions to Lot 3" from the Bid Opportunities tab. 
 
These improvements are very important to the readiness of Green River Commerce Park and will stimulate our economy as hundreds of thousands of dollars will be invested and awarded!
 

Legislation to Prioritize Health, First Responders, & Children Passes House

 

Before leaving Frankfort this week, I had the opportunity to reflect on the legislation that cleared the House this week, including measures aimed at protecting our children and bills that seek to improve access to health care. Most of what we acted upon traces its origin back to the work we did between the 2023 Regular Session and when we convened in early January. This period of time, commonly referred to as the legislative interim, provides us an opportunity to research, hear from folks, and work within our communities to identify areas we can improve. While we are a part-time legislature and only meet in session for a limited time, our legislative work really is year-round.

 

Here is a brief summary of a few measures that cleared the House this week and now find their way in the Senate:

 

Toughening Penalties for Crimes Against Children/HB 278 would work to increase penalties for offenses, prevent opportunities for predators to be near children, and remove barriers for victims to receive justice. The main goal of the measure is to generate a zero-tolerance policy towards those who choose to exploit children. Protecting children from exploitation is paramount to ensuring their well-being, development, and mental health.

 

Establishing the Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Board/HB 316 would establish the Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Board of the Kentucky General Assembly. The budget approved by the House several weeks ago contains record funding for Medicaid and other entitlement programs. And, while we know these programs play an important role in supporting Kentuckians in a time of need, we also have an obligation to ensure that they result in healthier individuals. We also must recognize that for most Kentuckians, they are designed to be temporary, not a permanent way of life. The board would be tasked with reviewing, analyzing, studying, evaluating, and providing legislative oversight to ensure Medicaid meets these goals.

 

Regulating Chemical Dependency Treatment Services/HB 408 would establish a framework to prevent rehabilitations from recruiting out-of-state residents, bringing them to their facility and putting them on Kentucky Medicaid. The measure lays out a process to ensure residents of a drug treatment programs are returned to their home community upon leaving the facility.

 

Prioritizing Mental Health of First Responders/HB 212 would allow rescue squad members to participate in the Alan "Chip" Terry Professional Development and Wellness Program. The program is named after former Covington Firefighter Chip Terry. The measure would direct the Division of Emergency Management and the Kentucky Fire Commission to enter into an agreement to ensure that rescue squad members have access to the program. This is another small but important step in the fight for more protections of our first responders, especially those dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

 

Establishing Sepsis Diagnosis Criteria/HB 477 would expand preventative screenings for sepsis. The measure would call for providers to do a blood culture upon a positive test. Additionally, HB 477 aligns Medicaid and Medicare standards with each other, ensuring all stages of sepsis are covered under insurance. Kentucky has one of the highest rates of sepsis and septicemia in our nation. More than 35,000 Kentuckians are hospitalized with sepsis each year, and on average, almost 17% of patients will die from severe sepsis and septic shock with an estimated cost of over $2.3 billion. Every hour without intervention increases the risk of death by 7%. Health care providers must treat patients for sepsis before it reaches the level of organ failure.

 

Covering Cancer Detection Screenings/HB 52 would require Medicaid, health plans (both state employees and student), and group health plans to extend coverage for specific screenings as they relate to the detection of cancer. If a physician suspects cancer, screenings become essential for confirming the diagnosis, determining the extent of the disease, and planning an appropriate treatment strategy. Timely screenings play a pivotal role in facilitating early intervention improving prognosis, and optimizing chances of successful treatment.

 

Last week we also took a moment to recognize March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  The House adopted a resolution to highlight the importance of screening for colorectal cancer, as well as to promote healthy lifestyle habits that can decrease a person’s risk of developing cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Kentucky. By 2030, colorectal cancer is projected to be the leading cause of cancer death in 20-to-49-year-olds.

 

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.

 

Two People Arrested in Nancy on Shoplifting Charges

 

Pulaski Co. Sheriff Bobby Jones reports the arrest of two Pulaski County residents for Robbery after units responded to a report of shoplifting.

 

On Sunday, March 3, 2024 at approximately 9:23pmET, Deputy Logan Crabtree responded to the Dollar General Store at the corner of W. Hwy 80 and Hwy 914. While in route, Deputy Crabtree was notified the subjects involved in the shoplifting had left the business and parking lot in a gold Mazda passenger car, striking an employee who was getting the license plate number as they fled.

 

Deputy Crabtree was able to obtain video footage of the two subjects inside the store prior to the shoplifting. Both were identified from the video footage as being James New, 51, of Somerset, KY and Robyn Bingham, 46, also of Somerset, KY.

 

Deputies later located the gold Mazda at a residence on W. Hwy 80 in Nancy, KY. After obtaining consent to enter the residence, they located Bingham inside the home, along with items believed to have been stolen from the incident at the Dollar General store. Upon further check of the residence, deputies also located James New.

 

Both New and Bingham were taken into custody. James New was charged with Robbery 2nd Degree and a Pulaski County Circuit Court warrant for Probation Violation. Robyn Bingham was charged with Complicity to Commit Robbery 2nd Degree, a Fayette County District Court warrant for Burglary 2nd Degree, and a Pulaski County District Court warrant for Theft By Unlawful Taking. Both were lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

 

Adair County Woman Taken into Custody on DUI & Other Traffic Offenses

 

Breanna Hatcher, 27, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Kentucky State Police on Sunday night, March 3, 2024. She was charged with Speeding 5 mph Over Limit, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Controlled Substance (Aggravated Circumstances), Wanton Endangerment 2nd Degree, and Disregarding a Stop Sign. Hatcher was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Russell County Woman Arrested on Theft Charges

 

Lagena Bottoms, 53, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Officer Adamson with the Russell Springs Police Department on on Sunday afternoon. Bottoms was charged with Theft of Property Mislaid or Delivered by Mistake and Tampering with Physical Evidence. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. 

 

Siren Test on Monday Morning in Adair County

 

Adair County E-911 and Adair County Emergency Management will conduct an audible test of the outdoor warning sirens Monday, March 4, 2024 at 10:00AM Central Time.

 

If the 911 Center is actively dispatching for an emergency, the activation may be delayed to no later than 10:15AM Central Time.

 

Prescribed Burns in Green River Lake Wildlife Management Area

 

Notice is hereby given that the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, #1 Sportsman Lane, Frankfort, KY is planning to conduct prescribed burns on the Green River Lake Wildlife Management Area in Adair and Taylor Counties. The period of burns are expected to occur between March 1 through April 15, 2024. During this period, the public may notice smoke rising from the Wildlife Management Area.

 

Weekend Arrests 3/3/24

 
The following individuals were arrested over the weekend by various law enforcement agencies...
 
Luis Felix, 29, Columbia - arrested Friday night, March 1, 2024 by the ACSO for Careless Driving, Improper Equipment, Inadequate Silencer (Muffler), Giving Officer False Identifying Information, Failure to Maintain Insurance, No Operators License, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, and Non-Payment of Fines.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
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Taylor Co. Man Arrested for Possession of Matter Portraying Sexual Performance by a child...
 
Anwar Barbour, 44, arrested by KSP on Friday afternoon for Possessing Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor Under 12. He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 

Adair County FBLA Region 2 Competition Results

 

Adair County FBLA traveled to WKU Friday, March 1, 2024 for the Region 2 Competition. We competed against the brightest and best students in South Central Kentucky. Our school placed in either 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in nearly 30 different competitions with 12 of the competitions holding 1st place champions! In addition, Natalie Bardin won Region 2 Presidency this year (after a wonderful campaign against two other wonderful student candidates from Bowling Green HS and Apollo HS) and will lead the entire region next year as our Regional President. This is a first for Adair County! 

 

In addition, our very own, Abigail Kemp also won the position of Region 2 Secretary. 

 

1st Place Winners:
•Natalie Bardin: WINNER of Region 2 Presidency
•Abigail Kemp: Selected as Region 2 Secretary! We are so proud of you! 
•Adair County FBLA: Largest Chapter Growth in Large School Category
•Lakota Lemon: 1st Place in Advertising 
•Seth Murphy, Shayla Coffman, Hayden Dorman, Miley Stotts, & Sophie Smith: 1st Place in Bulletin Board Design Team
•Bailey Watts: 1st Place in Business Communications 
•Connor Pryor: 1st Place in Cyber Security 
•Piper Jean Kemp: 1st Place in Electronic Career Portfolio and Presentation 
•Ada Gass: 1st Place in Healthcare/Business Administration 
•Skylar Huff: 1st Place in Intro to Business Concepts
•Lucas Thompson: 1st Place in Intro to Information Technology 
•Jack Fishback: 1st Place in Talent Show
•Brody Blair: 1st Place in Smith Scholarship & Interview 

 

2nd Place Winners:
•Jayden Miller, Brayton Coomer, & Aidan Smith: Broadcast Journalism & Presentation
•Madison Turner: Data Analysis 
•Aaron Smith: Economics
•Macy Mann: Intro to Impromtu Speaking 
•Kolt King: Public Speaking
•Eddie Isaacs, Tyler Murphy, & Braxton Tucker: Website Design Team

 

3rd Place Winners:
•Abigail Kemp: Accounting 
•Jasper Kemp: Agribusiness
•Kaydence Karnes: Client Services 
•JT Loy & Madden Moye: Entrepreneurship 
•Natalie Stearns: Hospitality and Event Management 
•Will Rowe: Insurance and Risk Management 
•Lilly Myers & Malanna Burton: Intro to Social Media Strategies 
•Seth Murphy: Job Interview 
•Andrew Zinati: Personal Finance 
•Adair County HS: Local Leadership Winner (Bronze Winner)

 

Congratulations Adair County FBLA from 92.7 the Wave! 

 

Three Local Residents Indicted by Casey Co. Grand Jury

 
A Casey County Grand Jury has returned several indictments including:
 
 
  • Sarah Taylor, 44 of Russell Springs - failure to maintain required insurance, careless driving, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, & possession of drug unspecified 1st degree/3rd or subsequent offense.
  • Kevin C Estes, 38 of Russell Springs - trafficking in marijuana 8 oz or more but less than 5 pounds, persistent felony offender 1st degree, no Operators License, failure to maintain required insurance, & failure to wear seatbelt.
  • Dennis K West, 40 of Columbia - fleeing/evading police 2nd degree (on foot), possession of methamphetamine 1st degree/3rd or subsequent offense, escape 3rd degree, promoting contraband 1st degree, & persistent felony offender 1st degree.
 
Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.
 

Adair County Man Arrested for Terroristic Threatening & other Charges


An Adair County Man was arrested on numerous charges on Thursday including Terroristic Threatening, Wanton Endangerment and Criminal Mischief.

 

Jacob Stotts, 29, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Deputy Chandler Staten with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office. Stotts was charged with Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree, Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Reckless Driving, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree – Police Officer, and Criminal Mischief 2nd and 3rd Degree. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Russell County Man Taken into Custody on Theft Charges

 

Shane Bottom, 51, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by RCSO Deputy Nathan Bradshaw on Thursday afternoon, February 29, 2024 for Theft of Property Mislaid or Delivered by Mistake and Tampering with Physical Evidence. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

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