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Local News Archives for 2024-04

Adair County School System Mock Drill/Ghost Out 5/2/24

 

On the morning of Thursday, May 2, 2024 Adair County High School, in conjunction with several community first responders, will stage an activity for Adair Couty High School students that will involve a staged car accident. The activity, entitled Operation 10-46which is emergency personal radio communication code for an automobile accident with injuries, will take place at the Adair County Middle School Football field. The purpose of this activity is to reinforce the importance of smart decisions in and around prom weekend. Distracted and impaired driving is a concern across age levels, and organizers feel that this activity will drive home the importance of making good decisions, staying away from drinking or impaired driving, and never texting while behind the wheel. Each of these poor decisions can have dire consequences and Operation 10-46 will communicate this in a very real manner.

 

Please be prepared to hear sirens in and around Adair County Schools campus on the morning of May 2nd. There will be a variety of emergency personnel involved in and around the automobile accident scene. Medical evacuation helicopters will also be landing on campus as well.

 

The morning’s events will conclude with a Ghost Out program at ACHS. Once again, this very real and emotional program aims to show the importance of making good decisions and how wrong decisions can impact lives forever. Ann Young, which has been pivotal in planning this year’s Operation 10-46, says, “With summer activities and prom approaching, Adair County High School hopes to promote safe driving and educate students on the hazards of impaired driving. Operation 10-46 and the Ghost Out program educates students on the dangers of driving and the impact that car accidents can have on their lives.”

 

Adair County High School Prom is scheduled for Saturday, May 4th.

 

Adair County Indictments 4/30/24

 

An Adair County Grand Jury has returned indictments against several individuals. Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.

 

Adair County Primary Center has New Principal

 

On Tuesday, April 30. 2024 Adair County Public Schools Superintendent Jason Faulkner announced the hiring of Mrs. Sarah Burton as the newly appointed principal for Adair County Primary Center for the 2024-2025 School year.

 

Mrs. Burton has accumulated two decades of experience in the education sector, working as a Primary school teacher at Colonel William Casey and Adair Primary Center. Transitioning to the role of Instructional Coach at Adair County Primary Center in 2015, she has been instrumental in offering instructional assistance to teachers from PREK to 2nd Grade. Mrs. Burton has also led Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and actively sought out instructional materials to enhance the educational experience for ACPC students.

 

Mrs. Burton, an alumnus of Adair County High School, has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Lindsey Wilson College, a Master's degree in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky University, a Master's degree in Education Administration from Eastern Kentucky University, and a National Board Certification.

 

“Mrs. Burton is an exceptional educational leader, and I am confident that she will be able to lead Adair County Primary into a new era. I am excited to have her as part of our leadership team.” said Superintendent Faulkner.

 

Mrs. Burton will take over from Mrs. Debbie Bradshaw starting on July 1st. After 30 years of service, Mrs. Bradshaw will retire at the end of the current school year. Faulkner expressed gratitude for Mrs. Bradshaw's dedication to the public-school system, noting, "I want to thank Mrs. Bradshaw for her years of service. She will be greatly missed, and it has been a pleasure working with her this school year."

 

Campbellsville Man Arrested in Columbia for Indecent Exposure & Cocaine Possession

 

On Monday morning, April 29, 2024 it was reported to Officers within the Adair Judicial Center that a male subject was in the parking lot exposing himself inside a vehicle.


Contact was made with the individual while he was still in his car. It was determined the subject was under the influence and K9 Unit Cally was deployed and alerted on the subject's vehicle. A search of the auto yielded findings of drug paraphernalia and suspected narcotics.


Merle Hourigan, 63, of Campbellsville, KY was charged with Public Intoxication, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Indecent Exposure, and Possession of a Controlled Substance (cocaine).

Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest.
 

KSP Offering $67,500 Starting Salary for Cadet Class 105

 

Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the Kentucky State Police is accepting applications from individuals who want to join an exemplary law agency that is "Built by Tradition. Trained to be the Best," with a mission of creating a better, safer Kentucky.

"For over 75 years, the Kentucky State Police has safeguarded our great commonwealth, and today we call upon a new generation to carry that torch by applying to become a state trooper," said Gov. Beshear. "As a cadet, you will receive the training, tools, equipment, knowledge and skills needed to be among some of the most elite law enforcement officers in the nation, leading our state into the future. I commend all our current and future troopers for the work they do day in and day out."

Individuals accepted to join Cadet Class 105, which is slated to begin in November 2024, will earn $67,500 annually and have access to an improved retirement system with a sick leave buyback program. Interested applicants should visit the online portal to submit their application. This portal allows individuals to apply from any electronic device.

 

ACHS Student Accepted to Governor's School for Entrepreneurs

 

Adair County High School junior Ben Kingrey has been accepted to the Governor's School for Entrepreneurs for summer 2024. Ben is the son of Jonathan and Crystal Kingrey.

GSE is an intensive, non-traditional three-week Summer Startup program designed to develop entrepreneurial skills with lifelong impact. The goal is to help foster economic growth across the commonwealth by supporting the business dreams of students who have the drive and passion to be entrepreneurs and create jobs in Kentucky.

Ben says, "Business and entrepreneurship as a whole have always been a deep passion of mine. Being a driving force for my local FBLA chapter for years, all of that hard work came together for this amazing opportunity."

Adair County FBLA director J.R. Thompson has seen Ben's work firsthand. Mr. Thompson says, "Ben Kingrey is an extremely bright and talented young leader driven towards reaching success in business and entrepreneurship. Being selected into the prestigious Governors School for Entrepreneurship is a huge accomplishment and we are grateful that Ben was chosen to represent Adair County High School. He has most certainly earned this amazing opportunity. We are so proud of Ben's accomplishments in reaching his dreams and goals."

Kentucky was one of the first states in the nation to create a Governor's School for Entrepreneurs. To date, 941 high school students have graduated from GSE's summer program since it began in 2013. Graduates qualify for millions of dollars in scholarships at colleges and universities across Kentucky. Dozens of businesses have been launched in Kentucky by GSE graduates and several patents have been filed.

After high school, Ben says he plans on attending the University of Kentucky and majoring in Finance, "with my overall objective being able to run and manage my own business."

 

Adair County Man Arrested on Multiple Warrants and Felony Drug Charge

 
On Friday, April 26, 2024 at 5:26pmCT, Adair County Deputy Josh Durbin and Deputy Emily Wall were attempting to serve a warrant in the limits of Columbia after receiving information that 39-year-old Chris Corbin had been hiding at an address on Grady Loop. 
 
Upon the Deputies arrival, they observed Corbin running into the house. Deputies Durbin and Wall followed him into the residence where they apprehended Corbin in the attic area. Suspected methamphetamine was also located as a result of the arrest.
 
 Christopher Matt Corbin was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine). He was also served five Outstanding Warrants of Arrest from Adair District & Circuit Courts and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
The Adair County Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation.

Adair Teen Seriously Injured in 1-Vehicle Accident on KY 80 West

 

On Friday, April 26, 2024 at approximately 6pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office was dispatched to Edmonton Road (KY80), two miles west of Columbia to a reported auto collision.   
   
The preliminary investigation shows that 16-year-old Jack Fishback of Columbia, KY was operating a 2004 Ford Ranger traveling west on Edmonton Rd. Fishback dropped off the right-hand shoulder of the highway and in an attempt to recover the vehicle, overcorrected. He then lost control of the vehicle, crossed over into the eastbound lane, and ran off the roadway down an embankment.

  
Evidence suggests that Fishback had wrecked almost an hour before he was found. A passing motorist thought he seen a reflection of the sun over the embankment as he drove by, and thankfully turned around and went back to see what it was.  


Jack Fishback was treated on scene by Adair EMS then transported to TJ Health Columbia where he was airlifted by Air Evac to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington.

Deputy Jason Camfield is continuing the investigation. In addition to the Adair County Sheriffs Office, Adair 911, the Columbia-Adair County Fire Department, and Adair EMS also responded to assist at the scene.

 

Boating Accident Leads to Death on Lake Cumberland


Russell County Search and Rescue (RCSAR) responded to a boating accident in the early hours of Saturday, April 27, 2024 on Lake Cumberland. The incident, which occurred at approximately 1:30amCT, involved two individuals, one of whom was rescued with injuries while the other was tragically found deceased. Reportedly, their boat hit a rock wall near Cemetery Island. 

 

Upon receiving the distress call, RCSAR deployed seven members and two marine units to the scene. The first unit, consisting of two RCSAR personnel accompanied by two emergency medical services (EMS) staff, arrived promptly at the location. A diver from the team entered the water and within three minutes, located the second victim, 36-year-old Anthony J. Williams of Lexington, who died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.

 

The rescued individual received immediate medical attention for injuries sustained during the accident. The RCSAR diver secured the deceased victim until the coroner’s arrival. The coroner, transported by the second marine unit, facilitated the retrieval of Mr. William's body from the water.

 

Russell County Search and Rescue extends its deepest condolences to the families affected by this tragedy. We commend the swift actions of our team members and EMS personnel in their rescue efforts. RCSAR remains dedicated to ensuring the safety of our community and stands ready to respond to all emergencies with professionalism and care.

 

About RCSAR: Russell County Search and Rescue is a volunteer organization committed to providing rapid, skilled, and compassionate emergency response services. Our team is trained in a variety of rescue techniques, ensuring preparedness for any situation.

 

 Adair County Man Arrested After Theft of Farm Fuel in Sano Community

 

Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman initiated an investigation on April 11, 2024 after he was contacted by a property owner in the Sano community of Adair County. The victim stated that diesel fuel used in their agricultural business was pumped from their tank and stolen.   

 

After an investigation and identification of the suspect, Sheriff Brockman obtained an arrest warrant for 48-year-old Coy Turner of Columbia. He was arrested on Thursday, April 25, 2024 by the Adair County Sheriff's Office after turning himself in. 

 

Turner was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail for Theft by Unlawful Taking. 

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

 

Jamestown Woman Arrested for Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle

 

Courtney Gray, 31, of Jamestown, KY was taken into custody just before noon on Thursday, April 25, 2024 by Jamestown Police Chief Jeff Kerns on charges of Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Greensburg Man Arrested on Meth Charges after Traffic Stop

 

The Columbia Police Department initiated a traffic stop at FiveStar at the intersection of Hudson Street and Burkesville Street. After making contact with the operator, it was found the male had a suspended license. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded findings of suspected methamphetamine. 


James Oswald, 41, of Greensburg was placed into custody and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Driving on a DUI Suspended License, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, and Failure to Maintain Insurance.


Detective Evan Burton made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officers Jay Williams, Holly Necessary, and Tyler McKinney.

 

 

New Principal Announced for Russell County Middle School


The following is a message from Michael Ford, R.C. School Superintendent regarding the new principal at RCMS...

 

Dear Russell County Schools:

I'm delighted to share the exciting news that, following an exhaustive search process, I've appointed a new principal for Russell County Middle School. Join me in extending heartfelt congratulations to Mrs. Susan Stringer, who will be assuming the role of principal. Mrs. Stringer, a resident of Russell County along with her husband Barry and their four children – Shelby, Travis (wife Kalie), Trace, and Tanner – brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new position.

 

With a remarkable background, Mrs. Stringer has been an integral part of Russell County Middle School since 2019, serving as assistant principal. Prior to that, she showcased her expertise as a math teacher and department chair at Casey County High School, as well as at Russell County High School. Her dedication to education extends beyond the classroom, having also served as an adjunct and dual credit instructor for Campbellsville University, along with being a regional teacher partner with PIMSER out of Eastern Kentucky University. Mrs. Stringer's track record speaks volumes, and we are confident that she will apply her extensive experience for the betterment of Russell County Middle School.

 

While transitions can often evoke uncertainty, Mrs. Stringer's leadership skills and unwavering commitment to creating a positive learning environment, driven by data-driven student success, will undoubtedly propel Russell County Middle School along its already promising trajectory.

 

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Ms. Stringer as she steps into her new role as head principal of Russell County Middle School. We eagerly anticipate the positive impact she will have on our students under her guidance and leadership.

 

I also want to thank Russell County Middle School's council for their dedication and cooperative spirit throughout the principal selection process!

 

 

Wise, Neighbors Secure Millions Supporting Adair County Projects

 

FRANKFORT, KY (April 25, 2024) - Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, and Rep. Amy Neighbors, R-Edmonton, have secured millions of dollars supporting local projects in Adair County over the next two years.

 

Included in House Bill (HB) 1, which leverages $2.7 billion from the state’s $3.7 billion budget reserve trust fund to support transformative one-time projects across the commonwealth, the Adair County Fiscal Court will receive $1 million to support facility improvements at the Adair County Historic Courthouse.

A provision of HB 1 proposed by Wise and the Senate placed $450 million from the BRTF into the state’s biennial road plan, HB 266.

Neighbors and Wise helped secure over $4.3 million for planning, designing, obtaining rights-of-way, utility work, and construction of various projects in the county including

  • Over $2.6 million to improve safety and mobility along KY Highway 55 near Doc’s Market,
  • $940,000 to install a turning lane on KY Highway 55 at Betty’s OK Country Cooking,
  • $700,000 to provide access to Green River Commerce Park along KY Highway 55 to promote economic growth, and
  • $58,000 to install guardrail on KY Highway 1702 in 2026.

 

House Joint Resolution (HJR) 92 provides $264,000 to support the county's priority efforts to resurface Coffey Road Bird, Road and Lancaster Street.

Additionally, HJR 91 includes scheduled projects and anticipated needs for the remaining four years of the six-year highway construction plan. Find HJR 91 HERE. Adair County-specific projects can be found on page 2.


The 2024 Legislative Session concluded on Monday, April 15.

 

ACHS Plans Operation 10-46 on Cusp of 2024 Prom

 

On the morning of May 2, 2024 Adair County High School, in conjunction with several community first responders, will stage an activity for Adair County High School students that will involve a staged car accident. The activity, entitled Operation 10-46 - which is emergency personal radio communication code for an automobile accident with injuries, will take place at the Adair County Middle School Football field. The purpose of this activity is to reinforce the importance of smart decisions in and around prom weekend. Distracted and impaired driving is a concern across age levels, and organizers feel that this activity will drive home the importance of making good decisions, staying away from drinking or impaired driving, and never texting while behind the wheel. Each of these poor decisions can have dire consequences and Operation 10-46 will communicate this in a very real manner.

 

Please be prepared to hear sirens in and around Adair County Schools campus on the morning of May 2nd. There will be a variety of emergency personnel involved in and around the automobile accident scene. Medical evacuation helicopters will also be landing on campus as well.

 

The morning’s events will conclude with a Ghost Out program at ACHS. Once again, this very real and emotional program aims to show the importance of making good decisions and how wrong decisions can impact lives forever. Ann Young, which has been pivotal in planning this year’s Operation 10-46, says, “With summer activities and prom approaching, Adair County High School hopes to promote safe driving and educate students on the hazards of impaired driving. Operation 10-46 and the Ghost Out program educates students on the dangers of driving and the impact that car accidents can have on their lives.”

 

Adair County High School Prom is scheduled for Saturday, May 4th.

 

Three Columbia Residents Indicted by Taylor County Grand Jury

 
The following individuals were indicted by a Taylor County Grand Jury. Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.
 
  1. James Combs Jr. - Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia
  2. Jessica Hensley - Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia
  3. Ashley McGuffin - Trafficking in Fentanyl, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Controlled Prescription Not In Original Container.
 

LWC to Hold Three Commencement Ceremonies for Largest Graduating Class in School History

 

COLUMBIA, KY. – For the third consecutive year, Lindsey Wilson College will cap off its largest class in school history at spring commencement, April 26 - 27. 

 

Lindsey Wilson's commencement celebration, the 119th in school history, will be held over two days. 

 

The first ceremony will take place at 6:00pmCT on Friday, April 26, 2024 in Biggers Sports Center. The Friday evening event will recognize students who attended LWC via the graduate hybrid program. To accommodate the large crowd, graduates have been allotted tickets for guests in attendance.

 

The second ceremony will take place at 10:00amCT on Saturday, April 27, 2024 in Biggers Sports Center. The Saturday morning event will recognize students who attended LWC on the A.P. White Campus in Columbia. To accommodate the large crowd, graduates have been allotted tickets for guests in attendance.

 

The third ceremony will take place at 2:00pmCT on Saturday, April 27, 2024 in Biggers Sports Center. The Saturday afternoon event will recognize students who attended LWC online or at one of the community campus off-site locations.

 

A total of 588 degrees will be conferred for the 2024 spring class. That number includes 226 undergraduate degrees and 362 graduate degrees. Combined with the 642 degrees awarded at LWC's winter commencement ceremony, the Lindsey Wilson Class of 2024 will be a record 1,230 graduates – the most in the 120-year history of The United Methodist-affiliated college. To put that number into perspective, the College awarded a record 743 in 2023. 

 

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

 

For more information about LWC's 2024 spring commencement ceremony, contact the LWC Registrar’s Office at registrar@lindsey.edu or 270-384-8025. 

 

Russell Springs Boil Water Advisory 4-24-24

 

There is a boil water advisory for East Highway 80 in Russell Springs starting at Dowell Road, extending to Fairview Church Road. The advisory includes S. Thorton Road, Autumn Dr., Stonebrook Drive, Jesse Drive, Bolin Road, West Road, Wade Road and Roy Drive. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes for at least 3 mintues. The advisory was issued due to a line repair.

 

Two Adair County Students Named to Rogers Scholar Program

 

The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, KY has selected Adair County students Justin Loy and Kelsay Breeding to attend the 2024 Rogers Scholars Youth Leadership Program.

Justin Loy is the son of Michael and Robin Loy of Columbia. Kelsay Breeding is the daughter of Steven and Lindsay Breeding of Greensburg. Justin and Kelsay, both sophomores at Adair County High School, will join 100 high school students from 45 Kentucky counties this summer for the 27th annual Rogers Scholars Program. This is a record number of students and the largest class to ever attend the program.

 

Tennessee Man Arrested on Sex Abuse Charge Involving Minor

 

A Tennessee man was arrested Tuesday in Cumberland County on a Sex Abuse charge with the Victim being under 12 years old.

 

William Rowe, 38, of Lafayette, Tennessee was arrested by Columbia Police Officer Burton and charged with Sexual Abuse, 1st Degree, Victim under 12 Years of Age. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

KY Transportation Worker Struck by Vehicle and Killed

 

HODGENVILLE, Ky. (April 23, 2024)- The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is investigating a fatal collision involving a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) contract worker that occurred in LaRue Co. Tuesday morning.

 

On Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at approximately 9:00anET, Kentucky State Police Post 4 was requested by LaRue Co. Dispatch to investigate a fatal collision that occurred involving a van and a highway worker near the 3100 block of Old Elizabethtown Road (KY 210). The preliminary investigation reveals that Henry T. James, 74, of Louisville, was operating a 2000 GMC Savana eastbound on Old Elizabethtown Road when he entered a portion of the roadway that was reduced to one lane due to routine maintenance operations. James failed to observe Blake Barnes, 22, of Elizabethtown, a KYTC contracted worker, who was in the eastbound lane of the roadway flagging traffic before he was struck by James. 

 

Barnes was pronounced deceased at the scene by the LaRue Co. Coroner’s Office. James reported no injuries to officials. 

 

The affected portion of Old Elizabethtown Road was closed for several hours to allow troopers to reconstruct the collision. KSP was assisted at the scene by the LaRue Co. Sheriff’s Department, LaRue Co. Coroner, LaRue Co. Fire Department, and the LaRue Co. EMS. The collision remains under investigation by reconstructionist Det. Kevin Dreisbach. 

 

Russell County Indictments 4/23/24

 

A Russell County Grand Jury has returned several indictments; one Russell Co. man indicted for rape and other sex abuse charges involving a minor under 12 years of age. Lisa Clark has details...

 

 

Gov. Beshear: EPC-Columbia to Expand in Marion County With $3.6 Million Investment, Creating 21 Full-Time Jobs

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 22, 2024) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced continued momentum within the state’s manufacturing sector as leaders at EPC-Columbia Inc., an industry-leading plastic injection molding company, will be expanding the company’s manufacturing operation in Lebanon with a $3.6 million investment creating 21 full-time, Kentucky jobs.

 

“The manufacturing sector is a staple of Kentucky’s booming economy,” said Gov. Beshear. “Having companies already established here in the commonwealth choosing to expand and grow their operations is a critical component of the state’s continued economic success. EPC-Columbia is providing quality job opportunities for Marion County and the surrounding community, and I congratulate the company on this exciting next step.”

 

The expansion project will see the company add 40,000 square feet to its manufacturing facility in Marion County, bringing its total operating space to nearly 300,000 square feet. The additional room will allow for increased manufacturing operations, office space and equipment to meet growing customer demand. The investment will add 21 full-time jobs, bringing the company’s total Kentucky employment to 430.

 

“We are extremely excited to be expanding our operations and continue working within the Marion County community,” said Reza Kargarzadeh, president of EPC-Columbia. “I want to thank everyone who made this project possible, including the hard-working, dedicated employees of EPC-Columbia, local officials and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. We are thrilled to enter this next chapter as a company and look forward to continuing to provide quality products and services to our customers around the world.”

 

Founded in 1994, EPC is an industry leader in plastic injection molded products, with services that include injection molding, two-shot injection molding, vacuum forming, cast skin, urethane foaming and painting. EPC serves major industries that include automotive, commercial and consumer appliance, aerospace, off-road heavy equipment, agriculture and forestry, scientific and medical sectors. Today, the company has 560 injection molding machines ranging from 30 to 3,300 tons and 16 manufacturing facilities. EPC operates in Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina, Canada and Mexico.

 

Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty looks forward to celebrating this exciting opportunity for EPC and the community: “We are thrilled about the additional employment opportunities this expansion project will bring to Marion County. We appreciate EPC’s vision for continued growth in our community and look forward to celebrating this milestone with the company.”

 

Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw highlighted the economic impact the expansion will bring to the area: “EPC’s expansion is another addition to the economic engine that continues to thrive in Marion County. The additional investment in capital and jobs add to the vibrant progressive vision we project as a community.”

 

Brooklyn Leep, Marion County economic development director, noted the continued support and commitment by EPC within the community: “We welcome this exciting news for our community as EPC expands its operations, bringing new opportunities and economic growth to our community. We appreciate their continued investment and commitment to Marion County.”

 

EPC’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 $30.6 billion in announced investments, creating more than 52,500 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.

 

In March, 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) preliminarily approved a 15-year incentive agreement with the company under the Kentucky Business Investment program in March. The performance-based agreement can provide up to $350,000 in tax incentives based on the company’s investment of at least $1 million and annual targets of:

  • Creation and maintenance of 21 Kentucky-resident, full-time jobs across 15 years; and
  • Paying an average hourly wage of $20.42, 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, EPC-Columbia 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 EPC-Columbia, visit epcmfg.com.

 

A detailed community profile for Marion 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.

 

Columbia Veterans Banners to be Hung Beginning in Mid-May

 

Banners will start being hung in mid-May in honor of Veterans in Columbia/Adair County. The dedication service for the banners will be held during Memorial week.


Veterans are from the Vietnam War, Korean War, World War I, World War II, and Active Duty:

  • Phillip Gaskins   
  • Derek Cundiff    
  • Randall Jones    
  • Joe Payne          
  • Leland Grant     
  • Wallace Alexander 
  • Bobby Kimbler   
  • Bernard Dunn   
  • Sammy Hughes  
  • Charlie Morrison 
  • James Abell         
  • John Burr             
  • Paul Smith          
  • Michael Callison      
  • Orvis Grider          
  • Travis Giles            
  • Vince Giles            
  • Ronald Burton       
  • Brad Scholl             
  • Joe Spires               
  • Tommy Corbin       
  • C.W. Grant             
  • Bernard Janes        
  • William Coy Turner  
  • Joe Hare                       
  • Ronnie Holt                 
  • Russell Arnold               
  • Walter Gene Hoots    
  • Shane Lee Pollard           
  • Harvey Dean Nash          
  • William E. (Tootie) Corbin 
  • William J. Burton               
  • Ray G. Willis                      
  • Charles Caldwell               
  • Ronald Edwards                
  • Eldridge Bragg                  
  • James King                         
  • Pamela King                      
  • Leon Huff                           
  • Benjamin Hadley             
  • Sammy King                      
  • Edwin Downey                
  • Billy Fletcher                    
  • Noel Hayes                      
  • Hindman Loy                    
  • John William Guillion       
  • William O. Pendleton       
  • Billy Sullivan                       
  • Edward Grider                   
  • Vernon Williams                
  • William F. Keys                  
  • Caleb Arnold                      
  • Ronald Goetz                     
  • Arlin Wheet                       
  • George Claywell               
  • Jordan Baker                      
  • James Smallwood               
  • John D. Lowe III                   
  • William Phelps                      
  • Herman Chelf                      
  • William Feese                      
  • Lucian Edwards                   
  • Raymond Curry
  • Francis McGowan
  • Stanley Jones
  • Clay Thomas Moore
  • Wilburn Cheatham
  • Ronald Cheatham
  • Garold Russell
  • James Gaskins
  • Tom Andrew
  • Willie Ray Foster
  • Stevie Foster Graves Sr.
  • Larry D. Huckaby
  • Walter Ray Graves
  • Ples T. Grimsley
  • Ray Partin
  • Larry T. Antle
  • Danny D. Kearney
  • Kenneth Bryant
  • Robert Gossett
  • Clifton Hadley
  • Phillip Keltner
  • Jimmie Dale Cox
  • John W. Arnold
  • William Billy Spoon
  • Leonard Price Cheatham
  • Felton Fudge
  • James Wolford Grant
  • Tommy Lee Scott
  • Radius Brown
  • Charles L. Cole
  • Clay Jones
  • Thomas A. Turner and
  • Leslie Land

 

Columbia Man Arrested on Cocaine Charges + Active Warrant

 

On Monday night, April 22, 2024, CPD Officer Elliot Smith located and took a subject into custody with an active warrant on Burkesville Street. During the process of arrest, the subject was found to be in possession of suspected narcotics.


In addition to the outstanding warrant, 59-year-old Brian White of Columbia was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Cocaine). He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Officer Smith was assisted by CPD Sgt Justin Cross.

 

Dunnville Man Taken Into Custody on Drug & Other Charges

 

Jeffrey Kerr, 28, of Dunnville, KY was arrested by KSP Trooper Harper on Monday night. Kerr was charged with Failure to Wear Seat Belt, No Registration Receipt, No Registration Plates, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia - Buy/Possession, and Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Jamestown Boil Water Advisory 4-22-24

 

The Jamestown boil water advisory includes all of Wesley Circle off of Harbor Springs Road. Boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.

 

Columbia Police Hires New Officer


Tyler McKinney was sworn in today as a Police Officer for the City of Columbia by Mayor Pamela Hoots. He is scheduled to attend the Police Academy.

 

Congratulations to Officer McKinney from 92.7 the Wave!

 


 

KSP Investigates Fatal Accident that Claimed Life of Adair County Woman

 

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (April 22, 2024) – On April 21, 2024 at approximately 4:12 P.M. EST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a two-vehicle injury collision on KY 55 in Taylor County.


The preliminary investigation revealed that Allen Glen Yates, age 60 of Columbia, was traveling north on KY 55 in a 2002 Ford F-150. Mr. Yates crossed the centerline of the roadway and entered into the southbound lane of KY 55, colliding in a head-on manner with a 2021 Nissan Rogue traveling south on KY 55. The Nissan Rogue was operated by Tracy York-Murrell, age 39 of Columbia.

 

Ms. York-Murrell was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Taylor County Coroner. A passenger in Ms. York-Murrell’s vehicle, Cameron Murrell, age 33 of Columbia, was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of severe but non-life-threatening injuries. Mr. Yates was also transported to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. A passenger in Mr. Yates’ vehicle, Karen Bishop, age 67 of Columbia, was transported to the University of Louisville for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

 

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

 

Market Value of Adair County AG Products Reaches $100 Million


According to the newly released ag census, the economic impact of agriculture boomed in 2022, reaching over $100 million in market value of products sold compared to just $69 million in 2017. Livestock, including poultry, beef, and dairy, increased by $32 million, while grain crops increased by about $4 million.

While the market value of agriculture products increased, both farmland acres and the number of farms decreased by 17% and 7%, respectively. Adair County ranked 2nd in Kentucky for milk sales and 9th for beef sales.

 

This story from our friends at columbiamagazine.com.

 

Russell Springs Woman Arrested for Speeding & Driving on Suspended License

 

Rachael Grimsley, age 21, was arrested by Officer Williams of the Columbia Police Department on Sunday afternoon on charges of Speeding 23 mph Over Limit and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operator License. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Fatal Accident Claims Life of Adair County Woman; Husband Flown to Louisville Hospital

 

The fatal accident occurred on Hwy 55 (between Columbia and Campbellsville) this afternoon (Sunday). An Adair County woman died as the result of the accident. Her husband was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment.
 

No other details are available at this time as we are awaiting the official police report.
 

SENATOR MAX WISE'S LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Week 15 of 2024 Legislative Session

 

Legislative activities culminated on April 15 outside the Kentucky State Capitol with the closure of the 60-day budget session, a significant event marked by the phrase “sine die,” or Latin for “without day,” indicating the session's conclusion without a set date for the next one. Over 210 bills progressed through the Senate during the last four months and numerous resolutions were adopted, addressing various critical issues for Kentucky's residents.

 

One significant action included the Senate's vote of 36-1 to appoint Dr. Robbie Fletcher as the new education commissioner for Kentucky. Dr. Fletcher, who was previously the superintendent of Lawrence County Schools and has served in roles ranging from classroom teacher to principal, was selected by the Kentucky Board of Education and examined by the Senate Education Committee last week as part of a unique and rigorous process required by Senate Bill (SB)107 enacted the previous year. He becomes the first commissioner selected through this process fitting for the vital position he will officially assume on July 1.

 

Additionally, the Senate moved forward with legislation dubbed the “Momnibus” bill, a comprehensive measure aimed at enhancing maternal health. Originally part of House Bill (HB) 10, this bill was incorporated into SB 74 on the last session day. It introduces a special enrollment period for pregnant women who previously weren't recognized for insurance under qualifying life events, a crucial provision among others. These include establishing the “Kentucky Lifeline for Moms” and expanding access to psychiatric services and breastfeeding support. The bill passed the Senate with a vote of 29-5 and is now on the Governor’s desk for his signature approval.

 

The legislative session saw the Governor veto 19 bills and one concurrent resolution, with the General Assembly overriding most of these vetoes subsequently. Notable bills include SB 1, creating an endowed research fund similar to North Carolina's Research Triangle, and SB 2, which enhances school safety by potentially employing veterans and former police officers as school guardians.

 

Other legislative highlights include:

  • SB 11 improves the notification process for schools when a student is charged with serious offenses.
  • SB 16 limits drone operations over food production sites.
  • SB 20 targets youth gun violence by escalating serious cases to circuit court.
  • SB 45 established the Kentucky Ashanti Alert System to help locate missing adults.
  • SB 70, known as the Donor Intent Act, enhances transparency in charitable contributions.
  • SB 127 supports the aerospace industry through scholarships and a new advisory committee.
  • SB 140 offers amnesty for mistakenly awarded unemployment benefits during the pandemic.
  • SB 265 addresses teacher shortages via the Option 7 certification process.

 

House Bills also saw significant developments, including HB 6, which details the biennial executive branch budget with substantial allocations for education and safety, and HB 3, which establishes a comprehensive approach to combat human trafficking. HB 829 updates Kentucky's medicinal cannabis program to allow earlier licensing opportunities from July onwards while maintaining local control over its implementation. The Senate approved this bill 26-12.

 

As these legislative measures move forward, they reflect Kentucky's multifaceted approach to addressing statewide issues ranging from education and health care to infrastructure and public safety, poised to impact various aspects of life in Kentucky. The legislative interim begins in June, setting the stage for further policy development and refinement.

 

If you would like to learn more about any legislation passed this session, visit legislature.ky.gov and KYSenateRepublicans.com for news releases from the Senate Majority Caucus.

 

It remains my great 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.

 

Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corp. Approves $2,893,877 in Loans

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 19, 2024) – The Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corp. (KAFC) approved $2,893,877 for 18 agricultural loans for projects across the Commonwealth at its monthly board meeting.

 

Agricultural Infrastructure Loan Program (AILP)    

Eight Agricultural Infrastructure loans totaling $1,426,167 were approved. Loan recipients were in Adair ($177,000 and $250,000), Calloway ($250,000), Hart ($71,667), Henry ($250,000), Meade ($65,000), and Taylor ($112,500 and $250,000) counties. KAFC participates with lenders to provide financing to producers making capital expenditures for agricultural projects through the AILP. Eligible projects include permanent farm structures with attached equipment that improves the profitability of farming operations. Producers may be eligible for up to $150,000 not to exceed 50 percent of the project.

 

Beginning Farmer Loan Program (BFLP)

Eight Beginning Farmer loans totaling up to $1,167,710 were approved. Loan recipients were in Adair ($142,860), Casey ($82,500), Edmonson ($106,250), Green ($150,000), Harrison ($100,000), LaRue ($110,000), McLean ($226,100), and Mercer ($250,000) counties. The BFLP is designed to assist individuals with some farming experience who desire to develop, expand, or buy into a farming operation. Beginning farmers may qualify for financing to purchase livestock, equipment, or agriculture facilities; to secure permanent working capital; for the purchase of farm real estate; or to invest in a partnership or LLC.

 

Diversification through Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness Program (DEALP)

Two Diversification through Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness loans totaling $300,000 were approved. Loan recipients were in Jefferson ($200,000) and Marion ($100,000) counties. DEALP is designed to assist agri-entrepreneurs with the purchase, establishment or expansion of a business that sells agricultural products or services to farmers or consumers.

 

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

 

Mowing Season is Underway; Transportation Cabinet Warns of Sign Restrictions

 

Mowing cycles are underway and illegally placed items along state maintained right of way areas are being removed.  Residents, business operators and property owners along US and KY routes are reminded no signage is allowed on right of way other than official highway signs and items approved through a permit process. Particularly, with yard sales and property sales commonly taking place in spring along with the May Primary, related signs must be placed beyond right of way limits. Crews will not mow around illegally placed items. They will be removed. Items placed on right of way areas create significant delays for mowing crews and are potential hazards for mowing operators and passing motorists. They can create additional hazards by blocking sight distance or distracting drivers, particularly at intersections. All sale activities including parking should be off right of way limits. 

 

It is also illegal to attach items such as flyers, posters, balloons or streamers to stop signs, highway markers or any other road sign or utility pole. Illegal placement on utility poles presents additional obstacles and potential dangers for utility crew workers.

 

Removed items will be taken to each county’s KYTC maintenance facility and held for a short period of time. Unclaimed materials will be trashed or recycled.

 

Adair County Schools First Exhibition of Learning is April 30th

The first annual Student Exhibition of Learning will be held from 5pmCT to 7pmCT on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, in the Gym at Adair County High School, 526 Indian Dr, Columbia, KY. Students, families, and community members are invited to come celebrate K-12 student learning.

There will be Family Fun Basket door prizes, student snowcones & cotton candy with FRYSC, plus Kiss the Pig Winners from each school.

Enjoy supper from ACHS Track, with chili & other soups, grilled cheese, chips, dessert, and a drink for just $8 per person.

KSP Cover the Cruiser for Special Olympics is Underway

 

Kentucky State Police (KSP) is partnering with Special Olympics Kentucky to 'Cover the Cruiser' April 19-26, 2024 as Team Kentucky raises funds for the summer games. They will be at Doc's Market at 2939 Campbellsville Rd., Columbia from 10amCT to 1pmCT on Friday, April 19, 2024.

 

Jamestown City Council Meeting Recap 4-18-24

 

The two big items on the agenda for Thursday evenings Jamestown City Council meeting were recognizing members of the Jamestown Fire Department and sidewalk work in the city. Mayor Regena Hinton discussed both items with WAVE NEWS... 

 

Two events are coming up the next 2 weekends on the Jamestown Square: the Market Place and Movie Night in Beck Park...

 

Jamestown Elementary has New Principal

 

(In a note from Superintendent Ford)

 

I am thrilled to announce that after an extensive search process, I have appointed a new principal who will be joining our school community. It is with great pleasure that I introduce Mr. Zach Smith.  A lifelong resident of Russell County, Mr. Smith is excited to take the helm as Jamestown Elementary School’s principal.  He is married to Kelsey, has one daughter, Logan Elyse and he and his wife are expecting their 2nd child, River Wayne, in July. 

 

Mr. Smith comes to us after teaching middle grades social studies at Northern Middle School in Pulaski County and has been serving as School Counselor at Pulaski Elementary School in Pulaski County for the past five years.    His dedication to education, passion for student success, and commitment to fostering a positive school culture make him an excellent fit for Jamestown Elementary School.

 

As we welcome Mr. Zach Smith to our school, I am confident that his leadership will bring fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and a renewed sense of enthusiasm to Jamestown. I encourage each of you to extend a warm welcome and offer your support as Mr. Smith transitions into his new role.

 

I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Jamestown Elementary School council for their hard work and dedication throughout the selection process. Their efforts have ensured that we have found an outstanding leader who will guide Jamestown to great heights. 

 

In closing, please join me in extending a warm welcome to Mr. Smith. Together, let us embrace this new chapter in our school's journey and work collaboratively to continue providing an exceptional educational experience for our students.

 

Thank you!

 

Michael A. Ford, Superintendent
Russell County Schools

 

Gov. Beshear: New Website Links Kentuckians to Second-Chance Job, Education and Recovery Resources

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 18, 2024) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced a secondchance.ky.gov website, which connects Kentuckians overcoming addiction or leaving incarceration to resources that can help them find a job, get an education and support their continued recovery.

 

The website was launched in conjunction with the nationally recognized Second Chance Month. The month is dedicated to supporting those who have paid their debt to society and are returning to their communities to live productive lives.

 

“My faith teaches me that there are second chances in this life – and that we are all our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. To help every Kentuckian reach their full potential, we must live out our faith and values and help those struggling,” said Gov. Beshear. “In Scripture, we are told, ‘So continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing already.’ With the historic economic progress we’re seeing, we have a responsibility to make sure prosperity reaches every Kentuckian. No matter the struggle, we have resources to help folks get back on their feet and find a good job.”

 

The site includes four areas of information: finding a job, getting an education, benefits for businesses and recovery resources.

 

Finding a Job
With so many jobs being created across the commonwealth, Team Kentucky wants to help make sure every Kentuckian has an opportunity to chase their dreams right here at home. The site includes information on resume help, job searches and a variety of reentry services.

 

The Governor highlighted the Kentucky State Parks’ focus on hiring second-chance talent. He was joined by Kentucky Dam Village Park Manager Scot Ratzlaff and Sarah Young, who works at the park as a cook.

 

“This program allows Kentucky Dam Village to provide opportunities for people who have served their time and need assistance getting back into the workforce,” said Ratzlaff. “It isn’t just about filling a workforce need; it’s about giving these individuals a chance to rebuild their lives and develop new skills. This program proves that we believe in second chances and the power of redemption.”

 

“Scot Ratzliff and Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park saw my potential and began working with this program, which had given those of us with a past a much brighter future,” said Sarah Young. “Thank you to everyone who makes the reentry program possible. You all give us a second chance to obtain a life that we may not have thought was attainable.”

 

Getting an Education
Another portion of the site is dedicated to supporting educational opportunities for every Kentuckian. Information on the site links Kentuckians to free GED classes and testing as well as job training and apprenticeships offered by the commonwealth.

 

Dr. John Gregory, who oversees the state’s Office of Adult Education, said: “We are committed to helping Kentuckians looking for a fresh start to move beyond their past and into a better future with ways to learn, train and earn. Also, at the same time, assisting employers in the commonwealth with their workforce needs through incentives and programs that reach the previously untapped talent pool of justice-involved and recovering populations. Our goal is to see all Kentuckians win and be well prepared by obtaining a GED, college degree, credentials or obtain skills through work and learn programs like apprenticeship so they can walk through doors of opportunities that lead to good-paying jobs.”  

 

Benefits for Businesses
Gov. Beshear knows that job creation is a team sport, and it takes all of us working together to make sure opportunities reach every Kentuckian. The website provides information on programs that help businesses hire and retain more second-change employees, which include the Fair Chance Academy, Kentucky Transformational Employment program, Prison-to-Work Pipeline program and Jobs on Day One program.

 

The Governor was joined by Barbara Aker, family pride director for More than a Bakery in Versailles. More than a Bakery was a graduate from the first class of the Fair Chance Academy, which is a partnership with the Kentucky Chamber.

 

“With the ongoing labor shortage, second-chance hiring opens up a new talent pool for companies,” Aker said. “By doing second-chance hiring, not only are we able to fill jobs and provide gainful employment to allow people to provide for their families, we are helping our communities in Kentucky.”

 

Recovery Resources
While the state has seen progress in its fight against addiction, the Governor knows more must be done to save lives and help those struggling. The new website connects Kentuckians to drug and mental health treatment and recovery resources. Kentuckians are also directed to the state’s leading addiction treatment website FindHelpNow.org/ky, which provides families information on treatment openings, recovery housing and a naloxone search.

 

Gov. Beshear’s administration has been committed to working with community partners to support job growth and help Kentuckians overcome addiction. The hard work is paying off, as the Governor has announced more than 1,000 private-sector new-location and expansion projects totaling over $30.5 billion in announced investments, creating more than 52,500 jobs. This is the highest investment figure secured during the tenure of any governor – one term, or two – in the commonwealth’s history. 

 

For the first time since 2018, Kentucky saw a 5% decline in overdose deaths in 2022 – and was one of only eight states to see a significant decline in overdose deaths last year.

 

The commonwealth is also leading the nation in per capita residential drug and alcohol beds and has recorded the three lowest recidivism rates in over a decade.

 

The Governor has long been proponent for second chances and on his third day in office he  signed an executive order to automatically restore the voting rights to Kentuckians who have completed their sentences for nonviolent, nonsexual offenses and have paid their debt to society. Now 192,698 Kentuckians’ rights have been restored.

 

Gov. Beshear Signs Measure to Begin Medical Cannabis Business Licensing 6 Months Ahead of Schedule

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 18, 2024) Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the Kentucky Medical Cannabis Program has taken significant steps toward ensuring Kentuckians with qualifying conditions have access to medical cannabis as soon as possible. 

 

This administration has been working hard to expedite the timeline for making medical cannabis available,” said Gov. Beshear. “We worked with the General Assembly on a solution and by signing House Bill 829, I am pleased to report that my administration will now be able to issue licenses to medical cannabis businesses in 2024 instead of 2025.” 

 

Yesterday, the Governor signed House Bill 829 into law, which among other things, the bill takes the important step of moving up the timeline for cannabis business licensing from Jan. 1, 2025, to July 2024. 

 

To meet that expedited timeline, today, the Kentucky Medical Cannabis Program filed new regulations, which provide guidelines for how businesses can apply to become licensed medical cannabis businesses in the commonwealth. These new regulations create a licensing structure for cannabis businesses; an application process, review process and timeline; and application and licensing fees. Kentuckians can read these regulations and find out how to participate in the regulatory process by visiting kymedcan.ky.gov. 

 

Under the new regulations, businesses can begin applying for a cannabis business license beginning July 1 through Aug. 31. Applicants will be required to pay an application fee and submit appropriate documentation, which includes a business history, operation plans, ownership information, financial information, business location and site plans. 

 

We are excited that the program will be able to issue licenses in 2024 rather than 2025. From its inception, the program has been focused on ensuring patients with serious medical conditions like cancer, PTSD, multiple sclerosis and other symptoms and conditions have safe access to medical cannabis,” said Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander

 

“The program is also focused on ensuring cannabis business licensing is fair and transparent,” said Sam Flynn, executive director of the Kentucky Medical Cannabis Program. “To do so, the program has partnered with the Kentucky Lottery Corporation, to issue medical cannabis business licenses using a lottery system. Other states have also adopted this approach.  Kentucky’s first license lottery will be held this October.” 

 

Flynn added, “It is also critical that our cannabis business licensing framework ensures the new industry is both stable and sustainable – with an emphasis on small business – and provides product growth to meet cardholder demand.”  

 

As a result, the initial license availability for each business category includes 10 tier I cultivator licenses, four tier II cultivator licenses and two tier III cultivator licenses. There will not be tier IV cultivator or producer licenses offered during the initial license availability but they may become available during subsequent licensure periods. 

 

For processors, there will be ten licenses available across the commonwealth, and for dispensaries, there will be forty-eight available licenses.  

 

Dispensary licenses will be issued in eleven regions across the commonwealth to ensure Kentuckians with qualifying conditions, like cancer and PTSD, have the shortest possible drive time to a medical cannabis dispensary. Each region will initially have at least four dispensary licenses available per region. However, no more than one dispensary can be located in each county with the exception of the state’s two largest counties – Jefferson and Fayette – which are allocated two dispensary licenses each.   

 

The Beshear administration is committed to ensuring Kentuckians with qualifying medical conditions have safe, affordable access to medical cannabis. 

 

In March, five regulations were filed to provide the framework for how Kentuckians with qualifying medical conditions can become cardholders. 

 

In January, 10 regulations were filed to provide direction for how medical cannabis businesses, including cultivators, processors, producers, dispensaries and safety compliance facilities, will operate in the commonwealth. 

 

In March 2023, the Governor joined lawmakers and advocates to sign Senate Bill 47, which legalizes medical cannabis in the commonwealth. 

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update 4/18/24

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 18, 2024) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update on economic development; Second Chance Month; funding for affordable housing; a new facility in Elliott County; medical cannabis; action taken on recent bills; and the Team Kentucky Derby Week Kick-Off. He also named Kentucky’s military children as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars to honor April as the Month of the Military Child.

 

Economic Development
Last week, Gov. Beshear joined leaders at Kruger Packaging to visit the company’s new $113 million package manufacturing operation in Elizabethtown. The project, announced in May 2021, is creating nearly 150 jobs for Kentuckians in the region.

 

Tomorrow, the Governor will join U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Deputy Secretary David Turk and executives from Wieland, a major metal fabricator, to celebrate the company’s Advanced Copper Recycling Facility. Wieland intends to expand its U.S. recycling capacity and capabilities through significant investments in advanced, state-of-the-art copper scrap metal processing technology in Shelbyville. The nearly $875 million project, led by Wieland and which received a $270 million contribution from DOE, could be the largest investment in Shelby County’s history and is expected to create as many as 200 permanent jobs. The company will prioritize hiring from the Shelby County community and plans to create an internship program through Kentucky State University and Simmons College of Kentucky.

 

Second Chance Month
Gov. Beshear announced a secondchance.ky.gov website, which connects Kentuckians overcoming addiction or leaving incarceration to resources that can help them find a job, get an education and support their continued recovery. The website was launched in conjunction with nationally recognized Second Chance Month. The month is dedicated to supporting those who have paid their debt to society and are returning to their communities to live productive lives.

 

Several Kentuckians attended the update to show their support, including Kentucky Dam Village Park Manager Scot Ratzlaff; Sarah Young, a cook hired at the Kentucky Dam Village Park through the reentry program; Barbara Aker, family pride director for More than a Bakery in Versailles; and Dr. John Gregory, who oversees the state’s Office of Adult Education. To learn more, see the full release.

 

Affordable Housing Funding
Team Kentucky awarded $23 million this week to fund housing development projects that will serve homeless, low-income and elderly Kentuckians. The money is a reallocation of Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA2) funds awarded through the American Rescue Plan Act, which required all funds to be spent by September 2025.

 

New $4.6 Million Elliott County Facility
The Governor announced that a memorandum of agreement has been signed and work is set to begin on a $4.6 million combination emergency services center in Elliott County that will serve as an emergency operations center, 911 call center and fire department, with multiple bays for the storage and deployment of emergency services vehicles and staff. The structure will also serve as a classroom for first responders’ continuing education and, in time of need, as a warming center and shelter for the residents of Elliott County.

 

Medical Cannabis
Gov. Beshear was joined by Sam Flynn, executive director of the Kentucky Medical Cannabis Program, to announce significant steps toward ensuring Kentuckians with qualifying conditions have access to medical cannabis as soon as possible.

 

The Governor signed House Bill 829, which moves the timeline to begin licensing cannabis businesses up six months, from Jan. 1, 2025, the original date under Senate Bill 47, to July 2024. New regulations have been established to meet the quicker timeline. Gov. Beshear also announced that, with a partnership with the Kentucky Lottery Corp., the state will issue medical cannabis business licenses using a lottery system. To learn more about new regulations and how to participate in the regulatory process, visit kymedcan.ky.gov.

 

Legislative Action
The Governor updated Kentuckians on legislation he has acted on recently.

 

“This session provided the chance to make some key investments through our budget for the next biennium,” said Gov. Beshear. “We worked with the legislature throughout the process, and although we didn’t see all the changes we would have liked, we do have a lot of positive progress Kentuckians can be excited about.”

 

The Governor signed House Bill 13 regarding the state’s site development program, the Kentucky Product Development Initiative, or KPDI. The new budget includes $70 million for the program.

 

The budget also includes $130 million to support approved mega projects of at least $10 million. Included is an exception for certain economic development projects as recommended by the Cabinet for Economic Development based on unique conditions of the county where the project may occur, including but not limited to population, per capita income or county wages that are lower than the median for the state. Funding will ensure sites and infrastructure are attractive to projects considering no more than two other states and at least one site in the commonwealth.

 

The budget, in Senate Bill 91, includes another historic investment of $300 million from the General Fund for major transportation infrastructure projects. These funds are intended to ensure that Kentucky can effectively compete for federal funding for two major projects: the I-69 Ohio River crossing in Henderson and the Mountain Parkway Extension project completion between Salyersville and Prestonsburg. These funds give Kentucky a better chance at leveraging new federal funding from the Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant program.

 

The budget includes $150 million for two new programs: an emergency fund for troubled or economically restrained water and wastewater systems and other assistance for these systems. The budget also includes $184 million for 40 specific water and wastewater projects throughout the commonwealth. These projects have been included in local planning efforts through the Area Development Districts Water Management Planning Councils and the Water Resource Information System and will be administered through the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority. The process for utility applications is being developed and will be announced once completed.

The General Assembly, at the request of the Governor, increased the limit the budget set on spending in response to disasters. The higher limit of $50 million will now be associated with the state’s immediate response to disasters, and the $25 million limit is now related to the amount of state funding that matches the FEMA project awards.

 

This session, the Governor has signed 169 bills, including:

  • House Bill 469, which officially establishes the Purple Star Schools Program and sets requirements for eligibility. The program helps schools provide educational and social support resources to Kentucky military families.
  • Senate Bill 74, which ensures access to critical prenatal and post-birth care for new moms and babies. The bill increases health care coverage for expecting mothers and provides increased services and accessibility to mental health care.

 

Team Kentucky Derby Week Kick-Off
Gov. Beshear invited Kentuckians to attend the Team Kentucky Derby Week Kick-Off on the South Lawn of the Capitol – the outdoor space between the Capitol and the Capitol Annex – on Saturday, April 27. The event will include family activities such as live music, food trucks, games and crafts. Commonfest is also returning to offer beer and spirits from dozens of Kentucky breweries and distilleries.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
The Governor highlighted that April is the Month of the Military Child and said that First Lady Britainy Beshear will visit some of Kentucky’s military children at Fort Knox tomorrow. To celebrate and honor the commonwealth’s 40,000 military children and the sacrifices they make, Gov. Beshear named Kentucky’s military families, as well as educators who are part of the Purple Star Schools Program, as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

“These are kids who make sacrifices daily so that their loved ones can serve and protect our country,” said Gov. Beshear. “While these kids don’t wear the uniform, their bravery and sacrifice make a big impact.”

 

Jamestown City Council Meets 4-18-24

 

The Jamestown City Council will hold its regular monthly meeting this evening (Thursday, April 18, 2024) 6 p.m. at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

 

Saturday Last Day of Science Play at RCPL


Science in play has been in focus since the beginning of the new year with seven unique play/create stations of STEM experiences on loan from the Kentucky Science Center in Louisville at the Russell County Public Library.

Shevawn Foley, play specialist for the Kentucky Science Center, says RCPL has enjoyed up to 30-40 kids at a time as most of the Russell and surrounding County elementary and pre schools have brought students to enjoy the STEM experiences.

After Saturday, April 20th, the play equipment will be returned to Louisville.

For more information, call 270-343-7323, visit on Facebook or at russellcountylibrary.com. RCPL is located at 535 N Main Street, Jamestown, KY.

 

Columbia Honors 911 Dispatchers

April 14-20, 2024 is Public Safety Telecommunications Week in Adair County following a proclamation issued by Mayor Pamela Hoots. Present at the signing were: 911 Center Director Derrick Murphy, Assistant Director Grant Loy, and Dustin Posey. Representing the Columbia-Adair County Fire Department was Dennis Loy; the ambulance service was Director Daryl Flatt; the Columbia City Police Dept: Chief Charles Greer; Sgt Drew Conn; Officers Trevor Foster and Holly Rice, along with K9 Cally.

 

Adair County School Board Meeting 4/18/24

 

The Adair County School Board will meet on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 6pmCT for the Regular Monthly Meeting at the Board of Education Conference Room on Greensburg Street in Columbia. The meeting is open to the public.

 

AGENDA

1. Call to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance/Prayer
3. Approval of Agenda
4. Approval of Consent Agenda
4.A. Approval of Minutes from the March 18, 2024, Special Called Board Meeting
4.B. Approval of Treasurer's Report
4.C. Approval of Payment of
4.D. Approval of the Adair County Board of Education School Food Service Department to participate in the Summer Feeding Program through June 30, 2024
4.E. Approval of Shortened School Day Waiver for student SSID #2120866020 and SSID #2120621814
4.F. Approval to create a Purchasing Manual for the Finance Department
4.G. Approval of Time Clock Plus System for the District
4.H. Approval of out of state travel for ACMS BETA sponsor and student representative to travel to Savannah, Georgia from June9-12, 2024 to compete in National BETA Convention
4.I. Approval of Personnel Action
5. Superintendent's Report
6. Presentation of SAVVAS and Amplify
7. Approval to purchase for Amplify (K-2) and SAVVAS (3-8) Curriculum in the amount of $215,490.81
8. Presentation on I-Ready Diagnostic Assessment Tool
9. Approval to purchase I-Ready Diagnostic tools in the amount of $80,517.00
10. Approval of out-of-state travel for Adair County HOSA to compete at the International HOSA Conference in Houston, Texas on June 25-28, 2024. They are also requesting $1,302.78 to cover travel expenses
11. Approval of Monthly Financial Statements
12. Buildings and Grounds Update
13. Public Comments
14. Adjournment

 

First Pitch Thrown at Russell Springs New Baseball Field

Baseball time is here and the Russell County Little League Baseball players this year will play on a new field. Yesterday, at the City Park in Russell Springs, the Newly Renovated First National Bank Field was officially opened with the throwing of the first pitch.

A lot of work has gone into the new field and turf has been replaced, as well as paving being done. First National Banks Charlene Harris threw the first pitch before yesterday’s little league game.

Russell Springs Boil Water Advisory 4/16/24

 
The City of Russell Springs announces that a Boil Water Advisory is in effect for all properties located at 1800 Gosser Ridge Road to the end of the road, including the entire Briarwood subdivision. Until further notice, all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes should be brought to a rolling for at least one minute.
 

Jamestown Boil Water Advisory Lifted 4/16/24

 

The Boil Water Advisory for Harbor Springs and Wesley Circle in Jamestown, KY has been lifted. You no longer have to boil your water.

 

City of Columbia Announces First Citizens Academy

 

UPDATE:  Applications for the program are available at the Columbia Police Department or at City Hall. References and background checks will be required. Class size is limited.

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The City of Columbia is pleased to announce their First Citizens Academy.

 

The academy is a class held with representatives of the Columbia Police Department, with assistance from other first response agencies. The first class will be an initial four week session consisting of one day a week for a period of two hours.

 

The initial class will focus on the structure of the police department, emergency response, drug and alcohol training, possible tours of emergency organizations, and crime scene investigations. There will be a graduation ceremony at the end of the class.

 

Although the initial class will be four weeks; future classes are expected to last from eight to ten weeks as a more extensive curriculum is prepared.

 

“We are excited about this in our community,” said Chief Charles Greer of the Columbia Police Department.

 

Mayor Hoots, who has previously attended a couple of the Citizen Academies, is happy about the prospect for Columbia. “I think this is an excellent source of the community working together.”

 

Applications for the Citizens academy will be available within the next two weeks.

 

Adair County 8th Graders Selected to Rogers Explorers

 

Adair County Middle School announced the 2024 selected students for the Rogers Explorers program. ACMS 8th graders Sarah Goforth, Madi Burns, Ashley Loy, Sallie Ballou, and Jose Blair received selection letters over Spring Break. Congratulations to these young ladies on being selected to be a part of the Rogers Explorers Program!

 

(Story from our friends at Columbia Magazine)

 

 

Columbia Woman Arrested on Assault & Terroristic Threatening Charges

 

A Columbia woman was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail on charges that include Assault and Terroristic Threatening.

 

Christy Vaughn, 36, of Columbia was taken into custody by Deputy Hitch of the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on Monday afternoon. Vaughn’s charges include Assault 3rd Degree (Police Officer or Probation Officer), Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree, Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree, Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense), and Persistent Felony Offender. She was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Albany Woman Charged with Distribution of Obscene Matter to a Minor

 

Shelly Muse, 43, of Albany, KY was taken into custody on Monday, April 15, 2024 on charges that include Distribution of Obscene Matter to a Minor, Unlawful Transaction with a Minor 3rd Degree, and Harassing Communications. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Columbia Man Arrested for Auto Theft

 

On Sunday night, April 14, 2024, the Columbia Police Department was dispatched to the report of a stolen vehicle on Hanley Lane, just off Russell Road. 


The following day (Monday, April 15th), the vehicle was located abandoned and wrecked on Grissom Street. Officers obtained camera footage from the area of Carrie Bolin Drive and Hanley Lane. After viewing the footage, the operator was identified and later taken into custody. 

Shane Hall, 18, of Columbia has been charged with criminal mischief 1st degree as well as theft by unlawful taking. 

CPD Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest. He was assisted by multiple Columbia Police Department officers.

 

Possible Severe Weather This Week


An active weather pattern will unfold this week. To start off, we do have the potential for isolated strong to severe storms today, mainly during the late afternoon and evening hours. The main threats with these isolated severe storms will be large hail and damaging winds.

Another round of storms is expected to arrive late Tuesday night into Wednesday, though at this time the severe threat looks very low. What's more concerning is a second round of storms that will likely develop late Wednesday morning or afternoon ahead of a cold front. The graphic below highlights this threat.

 

 

Lindsey Wilson Faculty and Staff Honored

The Lindsey Wilson College community honored its faculty and staff at the annual Employee Appreciation and Awards Dinner on Wednesday evening, April 10, 2024, in the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. More than 30 faculty and staff members were recognized for milestone service anniversaries of five, 10, 20, 30 & 40 years to LWC.

LWC President William T. Luckey, Jr., was recognized for his 40 years of service.

Recognized for 30 years of service were David Begley, Roger England, and Willis Pooler.

Recognized for 20 years of service were Angela Butler, Kimberly Hamlett, Jeffrey Parsons, Benson Sexton, and Daniel Wyatt.

Recognized for 10 years of service were Tonya Brown, Richard Carroll, Amy Holsinger, Donnetta Landis, William Neace, and Janet Turner.

Recognized for five years of service were Mary Baker, Amy Beane, Shon Bloyd, Rachel Carr, Courtney Conley, Mark Elam, Leon Ellison, Richard Lee, Rachael Mattingly, Phillips Shelley Phillips, Powers Matthew Powers, Katelyn Richey, Donquir Smith, Darlene Vaughn, and Phillip Yoho.

Retirees Assistant Professor Debbie Hall and Student Accounts Representative Sally Mays were also honored at the event.

Adair County EDA Meeting 4-16-24


The Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority will meet at 8amCT on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 in the Welcome and Development Center/Chamber, EDA & Tourism Building at 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY.

 

Adair Cattlemen's Assoc. Meeting 4/15/24


The next Adair County Cattlemen's Association meeting will be held at 6pmCT on Monday, April 15, 2024 at the Adair County Extension Office, 409 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY.

The Guest Speaker will be Dr. Ray Smith, UK Extension Forage Specialist, with information on prepping for hay season.

 

Adair County Tourism Meets Tuesday 4/16/24

The Adair County Tourism Commission will meet in regular session at NoonCT on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at the Welcome and Development Chamber/Tourism/EDA Office, 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY.

This is an open meeting.

Adair County Man Arrested Following Minor Auto Accident that Led to Stabbing


According to Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston, a stabbing took place at a residence on Harristown Rd in the Eli/ Salem area of Russell County at  9:07amCT on Sunday morning.

 

The victim, Mario Ochao, was stabbed in the right upper portion of his chest. A dispute took place involving a small auto accident at the residence involving both subjects. The perpetrator, 42-year-old Fredy Roblero of Adair County, was later taken into custody and transported back to Russell County. He was charged with Assault 1st Degree. The victim was transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset.
 

The case remains under investigation by Deputy Bill Greer of the Russell County Sheriffs Office and was assisted by Ky State Police, Russell Springs Police Department, the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, and Russell County Ambulance Service. The case will be presented to a Russell County Grand Jury.

 

Russell County School Board Meeting 4/15/24

 
The Russell County School Board will meet on Monday, April 15, 2024 at 5:00pmCT at the Russell County Schools Auditorium/Natatorium in Room 114.
 
 

Weekend Arrests 4/14/23

 

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


Carson Wallis, 59, of Jamestown - arrested Saturday afternoon by the RSPD for Driving on a DUI Suspended License, Improper Registration Plate, Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance, and Failure to Appear.

 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
Gunner Barrier, 32, of Monticello - arrested on Saturday night by the CPD for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol (Aggravated Circumstances), Reckless Driving, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Appear.
 
Lynda Bratcher, 45, of Columbia - arrested Saturday night by the ACSO for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Two Russell County Women Arrested on Friday...

 
The following individuals were arrested on Friday, April 12, 2024 and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center...
 
  • Latisha Foley, 46, of Jamestown - arrested on Friday afternoon by KSP for Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required insurance, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.
     
  • Courtney Gray, 31, of Jamestown - arrested on Friday by the RCSO for 2nd degree Burglary, TBUT over $1,000, Criminal Mischief 1st degree, and was served four Bench Warrants for Court.
 

Two Russell County Men Arrested for Receiving Stolen Property


Two Russell County Men have been arrested for Receiving Stolen Property (over $10,000).

 

Tony Scales, 49, and Kolby Conner, 26, both of Jamestown, KY were arrested on Thursday evening, April 11, 2024 by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inmate Kolby Conner
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inmate Tony Scales

RSFD Responds to Early Morning House Fire

 

In the early hours of Wednesday, April 11, 2024, the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department (RSVFD) was dispatched to a reported house fire at a residence on Roy Drive in Russell Springs. The call, which came in at 12:39 a.m., prompted a quick response from nine volunteer firefighters who arrived on scene to address the emergency. 
 

The fire was successfully contained to the laundry area of the home, specifically originating from the water heater. Due to the quick actions of the responding team, the fire was controlled within one hour, preventing it from spreading to other parts of the structure. As a result, the home suffered no structural damage, and no injuries were reported in connection with the incident.

 

The Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department acknowledges the assistance provided by the Russell Springs Police Department (RSPD), which played a crucial role in the operation's success.

 

The Fire Department would like to remind the community about the importance of regular appliance maintenance and fire safety practices to prevent similar incidents. Residents are encouraged to regularly check their home appliances and fire detection systems to ensure they are in proper working order.

 

The RSVFD remains committed to the safety and well-being of our community. We are grateful for the quick actions and professionalism of all first responders involved in this incident. Their dedication ensures that our community remains a safe place to live and work.

 

May Primary Election Information


The registration deadline for the upcoming May Primary Election is April 22nd. Here's some voter information from Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer...
 

Motorcycle Accident Sends Campbellsville Man to Louisville Hospital

 

The accident occurred on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 7:44pmET. A 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by 42-year-old Jodie Dotson of Campbellsville, was traveling west on Lone Valley Rd, when he entered a curve and lost control.

 

Mr. Dotson was transported to the AIR EVAC Helipad by Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS, and was flown to the UofL Hospital in Louisville with a head injury. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

 

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department, Campbellsville Taylor County EMS, Campbellsville Fire/Rescue, Taylor County Fire Department, AIR EVAC


Investigating Officer: Sgt. Adam Davis

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update 4/11

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 11, 2024) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear was joined by First Lady Britainy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman to provide an update on economic development; the unveiling of the 2024 Governor’s Derby Celebration poster; grants to support veterans; sports betting numbers from the NCAA men’s basketball tournament; new homes at Wayland high-ground site; recent and upcoming inclement weather; and actions taken on recent bills. Lt. Gov. Coleman also named everyone at the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Economic Development
The Governor announced that State Budget Director John Hicks reported March’s General Fund receipts grew 12.7% over last year, while the state’s Road Fund receipts grew by more than 13.5% over the same period. General Fund receipts for March hit nearly $1.2 billion. This is the 19th consecutive month in which collections have exceeded $1 billion.

 

Gov. Beshear highlighted further growth in Kentucky’s manufacturing industry as Gracious Living KY, a manufacturer and distributor of consumer products, announced plans to expand its Butler County operations with a nearly $9.8 million investment creating 50 new full-time jobs.

 

The Governor congratulated Manchester Lumber Co. for expanding its operations after 75 years in Clay County. The company broke ground on its new location earlier this week.

 

Later today, Gov. Beshear will join local officials and representatives from Washington Penn Plastic Co. to celebrate the beginning of construction for the company’s new manufacturing facility in Clark County, a nearly $105 million investment that will create 88 full-time, Kentucky jobs.

 

Governor’s Derby Celebration Poster
Gov. Beshear joined Lexington artist Ken Burney and Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO Matt Gibson for the official unveiling of the 2024 Governor’s Derby Celebration poster. To celebrate the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby, Burney created this year’s poster to pay homage to the Kentucky Derby’s Black jockeys, who made significant contributions to the sport. The poster depicts Oliver Lewis riding Aristides in 1875, Isaac Murphy riding Buchanan in 1884 and Isaac Lewis riding Montrose in 1887.

 

Louisville artist Richard Sullivan helped present the 2024?Official Kentucky Derby Festival Poster?to the Governor and First Lady. This year’s poster, titled “Liberated,” is the 44th?poster in the Kentucky Derby Festival series and is available for purchase?online. To learn more about these posters, see the full release.

 

KDVA Awarded Abraham Lincoln Pillar of Excellence Award
The Governor highlighted recent awards received by the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA). For the fourth year in a row, in February, the KDVA was awarded the Department of Veterans Affairs Abraham Lincoln Pillar of Excellence Award, this time for its innovative Veterans Red-Carpet Welcome Home program. Also in February, three Kentucky Veterans Centers were recognized as 2024 America’s Best Nursing Homes by U.S. News World Reports. On April 15, the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East, located in Hyden, will receive the National Cemetery Administration’s Stewardship Award in recognition of superior performance results. To learn more the recent award, see the full release.

 

Veteran’s Program Trust Fund Grants
The Governor announced nearly $393,000 in funding from the Veteran’s Program Trust Fund, which will go to nine organizations supporting Kentucky veterans. The funding includes:

  • $105,000 to the Honor Flight Bluegrass, which provides flights for veterans to visit war memorials built in their honor in Washington, D.C.;
  • $100,000 to the Clark County Veterans Council to build a public monument to honor the sacrifices of 101 Clark County residents who gave their lives in World War II and Korea;
  • $75,000 to Honor Flight Kentucky to fly Kentucky veterans to Washington, D.C. to tour war memorials and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier;
  • Over $14,700 to the Lady Veterans Connect to host a weekend retreat for Kentucky women veterans at Cumberland Falls State Park;
  • $5,000 to the Louisville Armed Forces Committee to recognize and honor Kentucky veterans at the Louisville Armed Forces Day Dinner in May;
  • $500 to the Rowan County Veterans Foundation to build a simulated Vietnam War-era hut in the Rowan County Veteran Museum;
  • $30,000 to the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame to honor Kentucky veterans;
  • $10,000 to Operation Odyssey Outdoors to sponsor a trip to Florida for 20 wounded veterans; and
  • $50,000 to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Homeless Veterans Program to prevent eviction and utility connection for veterans and their families.

 

Over the last four-plus years, 97 grants have been awarded to various organizations supporting our great veterans, totaling more than $2.9 million.

 

NCAA Tournament Sports Betting Numbers
Lt. Gov. Coleman said that initial numbers indicate over 2.5 million individual bets were placed in Kentucky during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, with a total handle of more than $57.7 million, retail and mobile combined.

 

“We have seen some great success from sports wagering, which opened last September, and for the first time, Kentuckians were able to place legal wagers on NCAA Tournament games,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “In just seven months, sports wagering tax revenue is already beating predictions and it continues to be an entertainment source Kentuckians enjoy.”

 

New Homes at Wayland High-Ground Site
This week, the Governor joined Appalachia Service Project (ASP) volunteers for a celebration of the progress being made at the high-ground community site in Wayland. Eleven homes are being built on the 4-acre site in partnership with ASP and with partial funding from the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund. Each home received $100,000 from the fund. The homes are expected to be ready for occupancy in June.

 

Weather Update
Lt. Gov. Coleman provided an update on the state’s ongoing response to severe weather that swept through the commonwealth early this month. The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed 19 tornadoes throughout Anderson, Bath, Bourbon, Boyd, Bracken, Clark, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Mason, McCracken, Nelson, Oldham, Woodford and Union counties.

 

The ongoing priority remains the thorough assessment of damage sustained across the commonwealth following these storms. Although the threshold for requesting public assistance has not been met, the state is committed to continuing to document and report damage so that every affected community is accounted for.

 

“For those who were hardest hit, we are carefully compiling the necessary information to advocate for individual assistance where needed,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “Our focus, as always, is on ensuring that all affected communities receive all the support needed as they begin the recovery process.”

 

Two households are currently housed in travel trailers through the Commonwealth Sheltering Program following the April 2 storms. Another two households are housed in travel trailers following storms in Trimble County on March 15.

 

Lt. Gov. Coleman also provided an update on upcoming inclement weather. The commonwealth is expected to experience scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms, which could produce damaging winds, hail, flooding and tornadoes.

 

Action Taken on Recent Bills
The Governor updated Kentuckians on bills he has acted on recently. Gov. Beshear was joined by former University of Kentucky basketball star and NBA player Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and bill sponsor Sen. Whitney Westerfield to ceremonially sign Senate Bill 111, which requires health insurance coverage for speech therapy as a treatment for stuttering. Kidd-Gilchrist used his personal story to advocate for the legislation.

 

“Back in 2010, I made a commitment to UK, but also to this state,” Kidd-Gilchrist said. “And I’m fortunate enough to help the state and adults like myself who stutter in the future.”

 

“I’m honored to have been the sponsor of Senate Bill 111, and I’m glad that Kentucky gets to be first of the states in the country where Michael is going to bring this important work and this important change,” said Sen. Westerfield. “Michael, thank you for your advocacy. Using your story and your platform to do good for others is what we are all called to do.”

In this year’s legislative session, Gov. Beshear has signed 144 bills so far, including:

  • House Bill 377 establishes a Teacher Recruitment Student Loan Forgiveness Pilot Program and a pilot Student Teacher Stipend Program.
  • House Bill 453 establishes a requirement so that when child abuse or neglect is reported to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, they must determine the military status of the parent or guardian. This will allow the proper military Family Advocacy Program to intervene, providing quicker and more consistent services to military children and families.
  • House Bill 30 establishes the Kentucky Service Members, Veterans and their Families Suicide Prevention Program.
  • House Bill 752 appropriates funding from the Eastern and Western Kentucky SAFE Funds to help communities recover from historic flooding and tornadoes. It directs $48 million to the city of Mayfield to rebuild a fire station, police station, electric and water system facilities and city hall; $6.1 million to Graves County for its administrative building; and $11 million to the Breathitt County school district to help those schools continue to recover. The Governor noted that although this is a good bill, the budget as it stands includes no replenishment to the Eastern Kentucky SAFE Fund, which will keep affected counties from being able to provide funds for FEMA matching funds.
  • House Bill 15 establishes rights relating to personal data, including letting Kentuckians know when their data is being used and allowing them to opt out of targeted advertising.
  • House Bill 52 ensures all Kentuckians will have insurance coverage for any cancer screening, test or pre-diagnostic procedures.

 

Gov. Beshear has vetoed 27 bills, including:

  • House Bill 5 is an act relating to crimes and punishments. The Governor said that the bill has some positive components, such as requiring the destruction of firearms used in murders. Still, these policies were combined with many negative measures, including criminalizing homelessness and significantly increasing incarceration costs without any additional appropriation. See the Governor’s full veto message.
  • Senate Bill 349 establishes the Energy Planning and Inventory Commission that would be attached to the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research. Gov. Beshear said that the bill would place roadblocks that jeopardize economic growth. He also stated that numerous entities and organizations have expressed opposition. See the Governor’s full veto message.
  • Senate Bill 299 attempts to remove the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and the Department of Charitable Gaming from the Public Protection Cabinet. The Governor said this bill would have unintended consequences on Kentucky’s horse racing, sports wagering and charitable gaming industries, including disrupting the positive rollout of sports wagering in the commonwealth, declassifying current Horse Racing Commission employees as state employees, causing them to lose job protections, possible fee increases for race tracks and exempting the new corporation from the Open Records Act. See the Governor’s full veto message.
  • House Bill 513 would strip the authority of the Historic Properties Advisory Commission over monuments and art in the State Capitol rotunda and give final approval to the General Assembly. Gov. Beshear said under this bill, the commission would have had no authority to have voted for removing of the Jefferson Davis statue, which stood as a negative symbol in the state Capitol. See the Governor’s full veto message.

 

Of the 27 bills the Governor vetoed, six were line-item vetoed, including House Bill 6. The Governor said that he line-item vetoed the parts of the bill that put limits on responding to natural disasters as well as the lines that limit the financial resources necessary to fight forest fires.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Coleman named everyone at KDVA as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars for winning the Abraham Lincoln Pillar of Excellence Award for the fourth year in a row.

 

“To everyone doing the fine work of supporting our veterans, we are naming you all this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “We also thank all our veterans and their family members. No matter the conflict, they have stood ready to sacrifice and protect our freedoms. We are forever grateful. They truly represent the best of Team Kentucky.”

 

Adair and Russell Smart Recovery Meetings

The Adair County Smart Recovery meetings, which were previously held on Wednesdays, have been moved to Thursdays at 8amCT at the Adair County Health Department, 801 Westlake Drive, Columbia, KY. Enter through the basement entrance.

SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. The program is a life-changing method of moving from addictive substances and negative behaviors to a life of positive self-regard and willingness to change.

The program was created as a way for people to overcome addictive problems through self-empowerment. Many people feel powerless and trapped within an addictive pattern. SMART helps them learn the skills they need to overcome their addictions.

The Russell County program continues to meet each Friday at NoonCT at the Russell County Health Department, 211 Fruit of the Loom Drive, Jamestown, KY. Enter through the Environmental Department side entrance. For more information for both counties, call 859-667-2292.

RSFD Responds to 2 Vehicle Accident with Minor Injuries

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Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department Responds to Early Morning Two-Vehicle Accident on S Highway 127

Russell Springs, KY – April 10, 2024 – In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department (RSVFD) was dispatched to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of S Highway 127 and Progress Dr. The accident, reported at approximately 5:06 AM, resulted in minor injuries to the involved parties. A total of 11 volunteer firefighters from the RSVFD were on the scene, providing services and ensuring the safety of all individuals involved. The team remained on site for around 45 minutes, working to manage the scene alongside other emergency services.The Russell Springs Police Department (RSPD) is currently leading the investigation. 

Support at the scene was bolstered by the Russell County Emergency Medical Services and the Jamestown Police Department, who provided essential assistance to ensure a coordinated response to the emergency.

Fire Chief Bobby Johnson expressed his gratitude, stating, "We are incredibly thankful for the dedication of our volunteer firefighters who responded to this early morning call. Their commitment to serving our community is commendable. I am also deeply appreciative of the support from all agencies involved."

CPD Arrests Tennessee Man for Stealing a Vehicle After he Crashes Into a Tree

 

The Columbia Police Department responded to Bridgeport Circle on Monday, April 8, 2024 after receiving a call of a vehicle striking a tree. 


Upon arrival, the vehicle operator was determined to be under the influence and was taken into custody. It was also found that the subject had attempted to take a vehicle from a residence before striking a tree.


Christian Blount, 27, of Madisonville Tennessee has been charged with numerous traffic charges as well as DUI (aggravated circumstances), theft by unlawful taking (automobile), disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. 


Officer Trent Williams was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Deputy Brandon Hitch. Columbia Fire also responded to scene. 
 

Transportation Officials Remind Kentucky Vehicle Owners About Registration Options Given Delayed March Renewal Notices

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 10, 2024) – Registration renewals typically sent in March to applicable Kentucky vehicle owners have been delayed to mid-April due to a state system issue. Vehicle owners have options to pay registration fees and taxes before receiving the mailed notice, including online renewal or visiting their local county clerk’s office.

 

Kentuckians with vehicle registrations expiring in April 2024 can visit drive.ky.gov to renew online by entering the title number found on a previous year’s registration document and their license plate number. Online renewals are not available if previous balances are owed or if insurance information is not on file.

 

Kentuckians always have the option to pay in person or check balances at their county clerk’s office. Those visiting offices ahead of receiving the April notice are asked to bring their ID, proof of insurance and last year’s registration document for the same vehicle.

 

Administered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), the vehicle registration and titling portion of the Kentucky Automated Vehicle Information System (KAVIS) that launched in January is used primarily by county clerk staff to perform vehicle and vessel-related transactions and to generate user data used to mail notices. KAVIS generates the data used to prepare and send the renewal notification postcards.

 

“The new KAVIS system is getting stronger every day, and we’re committed to working through the challenges that any modernization project presents,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “We appreciate the public’s patience and want folks to know they can take care of their vehicle registration needs without having to wait for the notice to arrive.”

 

State transportation officials have resolved the majority of issues identified after making the new system available statewide. Processing times at county clerk’s offices have and will continue to improve throughout the year.

 

The KAVIS team continues to improve KAVIS performance and provide technical assistance to clerk staff adjusting to a new payment system and process.

 

“Despite the growing pains of replacing a 1970s outdated mainframe system, KAVIS was needed to introduce capabilities that are standard in most 21st century businesses, like improved reporting, intuitive interfaces and user guardrails,” said Department of Vehicle Regulations Commissioner Matt Cole. “Because of the many combinations of unique transactions the system performs, we may continue to identify and resolve new issues throughout the first year as we cycle through new renewal transaction types, like boat renewals due in April.”  

 

Time-Saving Tips for Kentuckians When Renewing Vehicle Registrations:

  • Renew your vehicle registration online at ky.gov.
  • Bring your ID, proof of insurance and renewal postcard.
  • Pay electric and hybrid vehicle ownership fees online at ky.gov. If paying in person at a county clerk’s office, you must pay when renewing your car registration and will need to bring your fee notification postcard.

 

KAVIS Implementation

The project to migrate to KAVIS kicked off in 2015, and six modules were gradually released, including boat titling and registration, a standardized point-of-sale system, disabled placard improvements, print-on-demand decals and new flat license plates. In January, the commonwealth fully launched KAVIS to now handle motor vehicle title and registration services. A short-term closure of county clerk offices started Jan. 1, 2024, and counties gradually began using the new system starting the week of Jan. 8.

 

As a mainframe legacy system, AVIS was difficult to support and lacked needed functionalities. Kentuckians, under KAVIS, can now keep their license plate if they sell or trade a car, and have more special license plate options to support their favorite organizations.

 

Russell Springs City Council Meeting Agenda 4/11/24

 

The Russell Springs City Council will meet on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 6:00pmCT at City Hall.

 

AGENDA

PRAYER

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

MEETING CALLED TO ORDER

ROLL CALL

ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES

ACCEPTANCE OF CASH DISBURSEMENTS & FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

OLD BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS

  • FIRST READING ORDINANCE 2024-03: ADOPTING ROCK QUARRY ROAD INTO CITY STREETS SYSTEM (SPONSORED BY COUNCILMAN BARNES)
  • EXECUTIVE SESSION: UNDER KRS 61.810(1)(b) SALE OR PURCHASE OF LAND
  • POLICE DEPARTMENT UPDATE
  • FIRE DEPARTMENT UPDATE
  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT UPDATE
  • STATE OF CITY ADDRESS
  • MAYOR’S UPDATE

ADJOURN

 

Senator Max Wise Pleased Senate Bill 2 will Become Law

 

FRANKFORT, KY. (April 10, 2024) The following is a statement from Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, on Senate Bill 2 becoming law without the Governor’s signature.

 

“I'm so pleased Senate Bill 2, legislation that significantly enhances education through additional school safety measures, will become law in Kentucky.  This General Assembly is taking critical steps today that will enhance the safety of our children and teachers through our Kentucky Guardian Program and will provide extra mental health support through enhanced collaboration among mental health professionals.

 

“SB 2 bolsters the care we give to our young children and enhances the visibility of our schools through a comprehensive and connected mapping data system. This provides a framework for interoperable communication inside and outside the school campus.

 

“I sincerely thank the Kentucky Center of School Safety for their partnership. By collaborating with students, teachers, superintendents, administrators, and local law enforcement, we will enhance the safety of our schools, which will only improve our educational outcomes.”
 

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

 

RCSO Monthly Activity Report

 

The Russell County Sheriff’s Office has released its monthly activity report for the month of March 2024.
 

  • 343 calls for service (not including office calls & walk-ins)
  • 23 arrests
  • 20 traffic stops
  • 22 traffic accidents (2 with injuries)
  • 4 mental health transports
  • Served 65 court papers
  • 3,600 court security miles driven
  • 61 vehicle inspections
  • 25 concealed carry permits issued and
  • $290,000 in property taxes collected

HIDTA Task Force of Columbia Executes Search Warrant in Glensfork; State & Federal Charges Pending with Multiple Individuals

 

The HIDTA task force of Columbia executed a search warrant on Monday night, April 8, 2024 in the Glensfork community of Adair County. Search and seizure was the end result of a lengthy investigation with state and federal charges pending with multiple individuals. The investigation is still ongoing with more charges forthcoming.

 

Columbia HIDTA was assisted locally by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police. ATF and FBI also aided in the investigation.

 

City of Columbia Duck Derby 5/4/24

 
The City of Columbia will be having their 3rd annual "Duck Derby" on Saturday, May 4, 2024. It will be held at the Russell Creek area next to McKinney Landing on North Hwy 55. It is scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. If you would like to buy a duck, they can be purchased for $5.00 each at City Hall. Just call 270-384-2501 and give Sydney Strange your name. Also, if you would like to donate a prize, please let Sydney know.
 
This is a fundraiser for the Columbia Trail Town and proceeds this year will go to landscaping the sign at McKinney Landing and Pyles Point.
 
“We appreciate the community’s support in this activity,” stated Mayor Hoots. “It is a good event for our community.”
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Synergy Food Group Signs Contract with Prominent Food Service Provider

 
According to Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots, Synergy Food Group, based in Mufreesboro, TN, with a location in Columbia, KY, has recently signed a new contract with a prominent food service provider. Plant Manager Craig Dean says Synergy will begin producing shelf stable meals for their new customer in the very new future. Dean went on to say that Synergy Food Group looks forward to continuing to build out their food campus as they continue to grow. 
 
A news conference will be held at a later date when more details are available.
 

Area Arrests 4/9/24

 

Christian Blount, 27, of Madisonville, TN - arrested by the CPD late Sunday night for Driving on a DUI Suspended License, Criminal Mischief, TBUT (Auto), Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol (Aggravating Circumstances), Disorderly Conduct, Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree, Failure of Non-Owner/Operator to Maintain Insurance, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.
 
Regina Roy, 43, of Louisville, KY - arrested by the CPD on Tuesday morning for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol).
 
Janesa Smith, 34, of Celina, TN - arrested by the ACSO on Monday, April 8, 2024 for Possession of Methamphetamine, Disorderly Conduct, and Menacing.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
 
Adam Vanfleet, 43, of Russell Springs - arrested on Monday night by the RSPD for Inadequate Silencer (Muffler), Fleeing or Evading Police - 2nd degree (on foot), No Registration Plates, Failure to Owner to Maintain Insurance (2nd offense), Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Prescription Controlled Substance Not In Proper Container.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Cumberland Co. Man Jailed on Rape & Drug Charges

 

38-year-old Austin New of Burkesville, KY was arrested on Sunday evening, April 7, 2024 by KSP and charged with Rape 1st degree and Possession of Methamphetamine. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

J.O,Y. Ministries Official Opening 4/12

 

Everyone is invited to J.O.Y. Ministries for their official opening of the new Crisis Resource Center from 11amCT to 1pmCT on on Friday, April 12, 2024. A ribbon cutting will be held at 11amCT.

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

 

Taylor County Man Struck and Killed in Hit & Run Accident; KSP Seeking Information

 
A Taylor County man was stuck and killed early Friday morning by an auto while walking on New Lebanon Road (Highway 68) just outside of Campbellsville in the area of Krystal Music.
 
42-year-old Ricky Cox was struck by a vehicle that left the scene. Cox was then struck by several other vehicles and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Taylor County Coroners office. Police are looking for the person who struck Cox and evidence has been collected at the scene.
 
Kentucky State Police Post 15 in Columbia is investigating the fatal hit & run accident.
 

RSPD Arrests Two Women on Friday...

 
The following individuals were arrested on Friday, April 5, 2024 by the Russell Springs Police Department...
 
 
  • Linda Ahnstorm, 55, of Jeffersonville, KY - arrested on Friday afternoon by the RSPD for Obstructed Vision and/or Windshield, Failure of Owner to Maintain Insurance, No Registration Receipt, No Registration Plates, and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License.
  • Alison Prather, 36, of Russell Springs - arrested early Friday morning by the RSPD for Owner Permitting Another Person to Operator Motor Vehicle Without Required Insurance, Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia, and Methamphetamine, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
 
Both women were odged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

10th Annual "Kevin Williams Hometown Concert" is April 27th

 

Russell County native, Kevin Williams, celebrates his 31st year as guitarist and band leader for the Gaithers. He is the longest-running band leader in a Christian music TV series in history. 
 
Kevin's studio career includes playing guitar on over 3,000 recording projects and over 2 million units sold with over 120 gold and platinum projects. Williams says he is so grateful for how Russell County comes together for this cause.
 

 

For the last 10 years, “Kevin’s Kids” has raised record amounts of money to be used exclusively for the needs of children in Russell County.
 
This years celebration concert event will be at the Russell Springs First Baptist Church Saturday, April 27th at 6:00pmCT. It's absolutely free and will feature some of the local musicians who influenced Williams, whom he holds in high regard such as Larry Beasley and the Crossroads Quartet.  
 
Williams also brings in major musical talents every year. Past celebrities have included Grammy winner Russ Taff, Buddy Greene, Todd Suttles, and Wes Hampton among others.
 
This year, Williams brings with him from the Gaither tour, Michael Shade Rowsey, along with the award-winning pianist Matthew Holt. There will also be a community choir.  
 
The concert will feature special guest and regular on the Gaither TV series, Angela Primm. Primm, an internationally-known musical artist who has worked with legends such as Dolly Parton and Brooks & Dunn, says she understands the needs of the children and is delighted to be a part of what Russell County is doing. 
 
All donations are tax-deductible and may be accepted at most businesses or by calling First Baptist at 270-866-6495
 
Doors open at 5:00pmCT on Saturday, April 27th for the concert.

Two People Taken to Hospital Following 2-Vehicle Wreck in Russell County

 

The accident occurred on Thursday, April 4, 2024 near the intersection of Kentucky 80 and Old Columbia Road.

 

According to the police report, a 2015 Ford Escape operated by 18-year-old Emma Nichols of Russell Springs was traveling east on Highway 80 when she turned left into the path of a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee, operated by 33-year-old Dawn Reliford of Columbia.

 

Nichols and a minor passenger were taken to the Russell County Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

 

The Russell Springs Police Dept. investigated the accident. They were assisted by members of the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department, and Russell County EMS.

 

Columbia Woman Selected to Serve on Children's Advocacy Centers of Kentucky Board of Directors


Kristin Jacobson of Columbia has been selected to serve on the Children's Advocacy Centers of Kentucky board of directors.

She has worked for several years with the Lake Cumberland Children's Advocacy Center based in Russell County, as assistant director, and now director. Her interest in the Center began when she interned with the LCCAC while a student at Campbellsville University's Carver School of Social Work. She also served through the years as a volunteer.

The Center serves children who are alleged victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, or witness to violent crimes.

Kristin has seen the LCCAC through its development of a new satellite center located in Nancy, KY, filling a need that has been growing for several years to save time for families who have to drive from one area of the ten-county district to another.

Through a foundation grant from Elgin that serves Appalachian areas, it has become a reality. It particularly serves Pulaski and McCreary Counties.

The Center is state funded through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and federally funded through Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and serves the ten county area which includes Adair, Casey, Taylor, Green, Cumberland and Russell.

A specialty 'I Care About Kids' license plate is available through the County Court Clerk's office with money raised going to help the Center with funding.

Kristin and her husband Colin have two daughters, Nora and Lily.

 

Story from our friends at columbiamagazine.com



 

Russell Springs Woman Arrested for driving on Suspended License and Child Not in Proper Restraint

 

Kimberly Popplewell, age 37 of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Officer Bullock of the Russell Springs Police Department on Thursday night. Popplewell was charged with Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operator License and Failure to use Child Restraint Device. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

                                                                                         

Commodity Distribution Today in Russell County 4-4-24

Judge Randy Marcum and the Russell County Fiscal Court, in conjunction with Feed America, Kentucky's Heartland program, will be giving out commodities at the Russell County Fairgrounds in Russell Springs on Thursday April 4, 2024 beginning at 10:00amCT until all commodities are given away. Please enter at the main entrance. For more information, contact the office of Russell County Judge Executive Randy Marcum at 270-343-2112.

Third Season of Columbia City Cemetery Walking Tour 4/5/24

The Third Season of Columbia City Cemetery Walking Tour will take place starting at 7pmCT on Friday night, April 5, 2024, in conjunction with Columbia's "To-the-Nines" downtown shopping event. Dave Thomas and Mike Watson will lead participants through various parts of the 210+ year old graveyard, pointing out bits of interesting lore along the way.

This is a walking tour through the historic cemetery and participants are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes, bring a jacket if it is cool, and your enthusiasm. Small flashlights will be provided to aid you in winding your way on the Tour.

The Tour will take place each month throughout the year--April through September, culminating with the annual Silent City Tour of 2024 in October. Each month the Tour and narration will be different from previous months.

There will be some specific information repeated each month for emphasis and to inform those who have not previously been on the Tour.

The Tour will form at the edge of the Judicial Center parking area at Merchant and Monroe Streets, and will proceed up the drive to the Historic Cemetery. We will return to the same location.

Hope to see you there! For more information email Watson.kentucky@gmail.com or call the Research Center at 270-380-1024.

 

Details from our friends at Columbia Magazine

 

Lindsey Wilson College could soon become Lindsey Wilson University


By Maia Sapp, LWC Campus Courier Staff Writer

Lindsey Wilson College could soon become Lindsey Wilson University, according to LWC President William Luckey.

If all goes well with current discussions, students and the surrounding community can expect this change to take place by July 1, 2025.

"It's just something I've got to hear about from more people," Luckey said. "I've got to get more feedback to process and digest, but if the Board [of Trustees] were to take a vote today, they would definitely want to do it."

Luckey said this type of change has been a topic of discussion among administration and faculty members for years, beginning at when the doctoral program was first added. He said another factor that contributed to these conversations came from Lindsey's "impressive composition," with 60 percent of the overall student body now being graduate students.

If and when the name change goes into effect, steps have already been taken to make the hypothetical transition smoother. Luckey said such steps include recent Lindsey Wilson gear and merchandise excluding the "C" in the title.

Many colleges prefer a name change to a university in hopes of changing their public perception, as some people may have negative preconceived notions of the term. Consequently, colleges that are struggling with their admissions may call themselves a university in order to entice more students.

"The college [LWC] is doing incredibly well," Luckey said. "We would be doing it for the right reasons and not because we are desperate."

Luckey also emphasized that the change would be in name only.

"We're still very much a teaching institution and students are at the very heart of everything we do, and whether we call ourselves college or university, I do not see that changing."

A Columbia man was taken into custody on charges of Receiving Stolen Property and Trespassing last night

A Columbia man was taken into custody on charges of Receiving Stolen Property and Trespassing last night

Landon Sanford, age 20, was arrested by Officer Williams with the Columbia Police Department, just after 9 last evening.

Sanford, was charged with Receiving Stolen Property (more than a thousand dollars) and Criminal Trespassing – 3rd Degree.

He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail

Kentuckians Urged to Plan Now for Memorable and Safe Total Solar Eclipse Next Week

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 3, 2024) – With the moon’s shadow less than a week away from dazzling spectators across Kentucky and a dozen other states, residents and businesses in prime viewing destinations are encouraged to prepare, along with the influx of travelers planning to take in the sight.

 

“If you’re going to be one of the hundreds of thousands traveling to, or through, the commonwealth to watch what will be a spectacular show, we want you to make your trip a safe and memorable one,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Pick your destination, travel smart, come early and stay late.”

 

The total solar eclipse will sweep across the middle of the United States on April 8, with totality starting around 2 p.m. CDT, in parts of 12 western Kentucky counties.

 

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

 

Area residents are advised to perform routine activities, like fueling up and grocery shopping, ahead of the event weekend. Businesses are encouraged to plan fuel and goods deliveries outside of peak daytime travel times.

 

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.

 

“We want people to take in this incredible event, but we also want them to be prepared for potential heavy traffic as everyone heads to and from the main eclipse corridor,” said Transportation Secretary Jim Gray. “We have some simple suggestions for visitors: Arrive early and pack the essentials such as water, eclipse glasses and plenty of patience for navigating crowded highways.”

 

Preparing for a massive influx of travelers, Kentucky transportation, emergency management, and other state and local agencies have been working together over the last month to plan for potential event impacts. Tips have been issued for businesses, cross-country travelers, truckers and local residents, including:

Plan ahead. Pick out a spot to view the eclipse in advance. Check out the Kentucky Tourism website for some local events. Ideally, choose sites that have adequate parking and access to restrooms and restaurants or other food sources within walking distance.

 

Be prepared. Similar to a winter snow storm, fill up or charge up before you leave and make sure you pack the essentials. That includes food and water as there may be long lines at fuel stops and other retailers or long traffic delays. Businesses should stock up on staples, and commercial truck drivers should consider their routes based on eclipse timing.

 

Drive smart. Wear seat belts and avoid distracted driving. Remember not to stop along highways. Vehicles on the shoulder hinder traffic flow and create a traffic hazard. You are likely to encounter slow-moving traffic. Be prepared to adapt if a traffic crash or other incident forces you to change travel routes, but avoid detouring down backroads.

 

Come early, stay late. After the eclipse, it will be like leaving after the big game – give yourself plenty of time for the return journey. The Transportation Cabinet is lifting work zone lane restrictions where possible, and will staff high-traffic corridors to help reroute travelers or respond to traffic issues if needed. But, sticking around will ease some of the traffic as well as give you a chance to take in local attractions and events.

 

Eclipse chasers are expected to start arriving around Friday, April 5, and then continue to filter in with a final surge on the morning of April 8. 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.

 

On April 8, motorists should be prepared for several hours of post-eclipse traffic congestion along north-south routes across Kentucky and potentially at Ohio River crossings. Traffic is likely to impact the Cincinnati and Louisville region April 8 at evening rush hour.

 

In addition, heavy traffic is expected along key highways in western Kentucky and interstates leading to eclipse viewing areas north of Kentucky, such as Interstate 24, Interstate 69, U.S. 41, Pennyrile Parkway, Interstate 165 and others. Kentucky is the closest site of totality for southern states so watch for traffic impacts along Interstate 65, Interstate 64 (especially in Louisville), Interstate 71 and Interstate 75.

 

One way to minimize backups is to delay return travel for several hours, or until the initial traffic surge starts to clear.

 

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.

 

In addition, real-time traffic updates for Kentucky will be available online at bit.ly/kytc24eclipse on April 8, as well as spectator, travel, and pilot tips. Kentucky traffic info is available at GoKY.ky.gov to help plan your route.

 

Additional eclipse planning resources are available at the following sites:

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

http://www.GreatAmericanEclipse.com

 

Gov. Beshear, State Officials Provide Update on Response to Severe Storms

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 3, 2024) – After declaring a state of emergency as severe storms swept through the commonwealth Monday and Tuesday, today Gov. Andy Beshear joined emergency response officials to provide an update on the state’s ongoing response.

 

This afternoon, the Governor is visiting Prospect in Jefferson and Oldham counties and Fayette and Jessamine counties to see storm-impacted areas and meet with local officials and families. Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman is also visiting Ashland and Boyd County.

 

“I am always inspired by Kentuckians’ kindness and compassion toward one another. This challenge is no different. We see our neighbors helping their neighbors and communities coming together to provide those in need with shelter, a warm meal and often a hug to tell them it’s going to be OK. Thank you to everyone who’s out there doing anything to make a positive difference at this time,” Gov. Beshear said. “And a big thanks goes out to our first responders, who were there even in the midst of the storms, and certainly after, helping to ensure our people are safe, and often leaving their own families to help our families in their time of need.”

 

Kentucky Emergency Management (KYTC) Interim Director Dustin Heiser, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Jim Gray and Kentucky State Police (KSP) Commissioner PJ Burnett joined the Governor at the state Capitol to provide updates, which included:

  • One weather-related fatality has been reported in Campbell County following a two-vehicle accident.
  • The National Weather Service has confirmed EF-1 tornadoes in Anderson, Bourbon, Nelson, Jessamine counties and in Prospect across Jefferson and Oldham counties. Possible tornadoes are being evaluated in Boyd, Harlan, Shelby and Simpson counties.
  • Straight-line wind damage has been confirmed in Fayette, Mercer, Spencer and Woodford counties.
  • Damage has been reported in more than 20 counties.
  • Written disaster declarations have been received from Boyd, Clark, Fayette and Greenup counties and the cities of Ashland, Catlettsburg, Flatwoods, Greenup, Mt. Vernon and Raceland.
  • Verbal disaster declarations have been received from Anderson, Bourbon, Elliott, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Kenton and Union counties and the city of Louisville. 
  • Current power outages: 15,132.
  • Most cellular phone service has been restored in Greenup, Carter and Boyd counties.
  • The city of Catlettsburg has wastewater operating under emergency generator power. In Henry County, the main booster that feeds Eminence and New Castle that had lost power has been restored with no loss of water to customers.
  • Emergency managers and other emergency personnel, including KSP and KYTC, are responding.

 

Counties are starting the Federal Individual Assistance and Public Assistance Damage Assessments today. Those who have experienced storm damage should take photographs before cleaning up and report the damages to the local county emergency management officials.

 

People with questions about how to proceed with their insurance company after a disaster can find resources online at insurance.ky.govor they can call the Department of Insurance at 502-564-3630. For more resources, click hereand here.

 

KSP reported storm-related calls for service in Post 14 Ashland, Post 5 Campbellsburg and Post 16 Henderson post areas, including significant residential and commercial property damage. Troopers and telecommunicators monitored weather conditions, maintaining contact with the National Weather Service to assess the risks and prepare for law enforcement response. The agency will continue to assist Kentuckians and local first responders in communities impacted by the storms.

 

“Troopers and officers responded to calls for service throughout the evening,” said KSP Commissioner Burnett. “We stand ready to assist our citizens and local partners in any way to expedite the repair and rebuilding process.”

 

Yesterday, KYTC crews responded to reports of blocked roads primarily in Central and Eastern Kentucky caused by downed trees and powerlines. They cleared roads of large debris using heavy equipment and chainsaws to restore access for Kentuckians and assisted with power restoration efforts. Rolling roadblocks are expected today on Interstate Highway 64 in Eastern Kentucky and on Interstate Highway 75 in Fayette County as utility crews restore powerlines.

 

Fewer than 10 state roads are reported as blocked due to storm-related damage, including Kentucky Highway 3179 (Oil Well Road) in Barren County where a section of the road washed away, Kentucky Highway 393 in Oldham County as efforts continue to restore powerlines, and U.S. Highway 25 in Rockcastle County near the 0.5-mile marker due to a slide. If motorists encounter dark signals due to power loss, they should treat it as a four-way stop.

 

Gov. Beshear reported that 14 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron helped clear roadways in Prospect earlier today. Working carefully to avoid fallen power lines with help from Louisville Gas & Electric and the Anchorage Fire Department, they removed several trees blocking access to about 100 homes. Airmen were on site just two hours after being notified. The debris was loaded onto trucks for removal, and road access was restored by 2 a.m. EDT.

 

“I want to thank our fast-acting transportation crews, local responders and Guard members who have worked non-stop to keep Kentuckians safe,” said Gov. Beshear. “Restoring these connections are critical not only for travelers, but first responders and utilities involved with power restoration, too.”

 

Flooded highways have been reported in Bath and Greenup counties, with the potential for more reports due to forecasted rain today. Kentuckians are reminded to never cross through flooded roadways. The Governor continues to remind Kentuckians to check traffic conditions before traveling at GoKy.ky.gov, as some roads remain blocked due to downed trees and power lines.

 

On Tuesday, April 2, Gov. Beshear declared a state of emergency and activated the State Emergency Operations Center. Gov. Beshear closed all Executive Branch state office buildings yesterday and activated the state’s price gouging laws to protect Kentuckians from overpriced goods and services as they clean up and recover from the storms. Consumers can report price gouging to the Office of the Attorney General.

 

Also on Tuesday, the Governor also provided an afternoon update on the state’s response and spent the day talking with emergency management and local officials. The Governor was out of state with his family on his son’s baseball trip and returned home to provide an update Wednesday on response efforts.

 

“I promised to always be there, and I meant it,” the Governor said. “We will get through this, together.”

 

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 800-985-5990,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.
 

Columbia Woman Arrested on Drug & other Charges

 

Kelly Allen, 35, was taken into custody by Deputy Hitch with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday evening. She was charged with Failure to Wear Seatbelts, Driving on a DUI Suspended License – 1st Offense, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Alcohol/Substance 2nd (Aggravated Circumstances), Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree (Drug Unspecified), and Promoting Contraband. Ms. Allen was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

T.J. Samson Hospital Offering the Latest in Robotic Technology for Common Prostate Condition

 
Glasgow, KY – Aquablation, a new robotic surgical treatment for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is now available at T.J. Samson Community Hospital. BPH, or an enlarged prostate, is a common condition associated with urinary symptoms and sexual dysfunction in male patients. This new procedure produces excellent results with fewer side effects than the previous standard of care for BPH.
 
It is estimated that 14 million men in the U.S. suffer from BPH, where an enlarged prostate gland results in difficulty urinating, increased frequency, and urgency. The majority of men over the age of 50 will face BPH at some point in their lifetime. The condition typically impacts quality of life, and if left untreated, it increases the risk for urinary tract infections, bladder or kidney damage, bladder stones, and incontinence.
 
“With this enhanced view I’m able to efficiently treat the enlarged prostate and avoid injury to nearby areas,” said Dr. Mitchell Wiatrak, who is certified and highly skilled at performing this new procedure. “My patients have experienced excellent results so far.”
 
While medication is available to treat the condition, there are cases where medication isn’t effective or it the condition may have progressed to moderate or severe, in which case further
intervention is necessary.
 
The procedure is already proving to be popular with patients. “This is an exciting new treatment option for our patients,” said Neil Thornbury, CEO of T.J. Regional Health. “Dr. Wiatrak and his team are highly trained and skilled to ensure long-lasting relief and improved quality of life for their patients.”
 
Aquablation uses robotic technology to destroy excess prostate tissue in BPH. Unlike other procedures to treat BPH, Aquablation is guided by ultrasound to allow the surgeon to accurately see the entire prostate as they target the tissue that needs to be removed. The procedure is minimally invasive, extremely precise, and highly effective.
 

TV Series to Film in Columbia in May

 

The City of Columbia would like to inform residents that LenzWorks Productions, based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, will be in our community in mid to late May to do some filming. The filming will be done for a series titled “Relative Race.” This is the 14th season for the show.
 
According to information on their website, family history will come to life during Relative Race. Four teams compete in a cross-country trip to find their long lost relatives. 
 
“We are excited about this group coming to our community,” said Mayor Hoots.
 
More information will be available later. Here's a link to their website if you want more details about the show.
 

Lawmakers Send Budget, Investment Bill to Governor

 

After almost two years of work to craft a responsible spending plan that balances the state’s current needs and its long-term well-being, the Kentucky General Assembly is sending a two-year, $128.4 billion spending plan and a $2.7 billion one-time investment bill to Governor Andy Beshear. The budget continues our commitment to education, infrastructure, public safety, and human services. The two-year spending plan includes record funding for K-12 public schools, and strategic investments in public safety, infrastructure, and health services. HB 6 also includes major investments in mental health and substance abuse recovery, and programs serving our most vulnerable.

 

Education: Education represents the largest portion of our budget and we made every attempt to get funding to the level closest to students. The education investments included in HB 6 represent the largest increase in funding since the passage of the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA). The final version of the bill includes a provision that encourages school districts to utilize additional SEEK resources to provide raises for certified and classified staff.

  • An increase in SEEK funding by 3% in the first fiscal year, and 6% in the next fiscal year for a total of $612 more per pupil over the two-year period.
  • Funding to cover 90% of transportation costs in FY 25, and fully fund the costs in FY 26
  • Increased General Fund monies by $4.8 million in each fiscal year for a Pilot Teacher Recruitment Student Loan Forgiveness Program
  • An additional $2.6 million over the biennium for the Teacher Scholarship Programs
  • $7.3 million in additional funds in each fiscal year for a new Student Teacher Stipend Program

 

Child Care: Kentuckians need access to safe, quality, and reliable child care and we have been working for several years to address the state’s shortage in child care providers. The budget we passed includes a heavy focus on the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), a proven program that subsidizes child care costs for parents and guardians who are working and/or in school and meet other eligibility criteria:

  • $2 million in each fiscal year for the Employee Child Care Assistance Partnership
  • An additional $56 million funding over the biennium to maintain CCAP reimbursements to child care providers for families at the 80th percentile of the market rate survey
  • $17.8 million more in FY 25 and $19.8 in FY 26 to support CCAP initiatives, including an income exclusion for eligibility determinations for child care providers; a six-month transition for families no longer eligible for CCAP, background check fees; and the establishment of an Innovations in Early Childhood Education Delivery Grant Program
  • An additional $2.5 million in fiscal year to support the Early Childhood Development Scholarship Program

 

Health & Human Services: A substantial portion of our budget goes to providing for the state’s most vulnerable citizens. It was a critical priority for us to fund additional social worker positions, as well as to increase foster care per diem rates and maintain the increase in child care assistance funds. Health Services – which includes Medicaid funding – represents another big portion of our budget. With more than a third of Kentuckians receiving Medicaid, the state must commit billions to draw down federal funding. The budget includes:

  • An additional $1.1 billion in funding for Medicaid benefits growth in FY 24, $1.2 billion in FY 25, and $2.1 billion in FY 26.
  • An additional $726.8 million in FY 25 and $767.8 million in FY 26 for the continuation of KCHIP benefits and services.
  • Increases for nursing home facility reimbursement rates with an additional investment of $455 million over the biennium.
  • Funding for additional slots for the Michelle P, Supports for Community Living; and Home and Community Based waiver programs.
    • Includes funding for a waiver for those with serious mental illness.

 

Public Safety: We’re investing in those who protect and serve our citizens. HB 6 includes significant resources for the Kentucky State Police (KSP), forensic crime laboratories, and the body armor grant program administered by the Attorney General’s Office. The budget we passed includes the following:

  • $22.5 million in additional funds over the biennium to the KSP for pay increases for 1,013 troopers and commercial vehicle enforcement officers.
  • Increases funding by $6 million in FY 25 and $16.6 million in FY 26 to support classes of 75 Trooper cadets in each fiscal year.
  • Provides $2.6 million in FY 26 towards the purchase of a total of 50 marked and 50 unmarked KSP cruisers.
  • Increases KSP funding by $6 million in FY 25 and $16.6 million in FY 26 to fund Trooper cadet classes of 75 in each year.

 

State Employees, Public Pensions, & Retiree Benefits: Decades of neglect have left the state’s personnel system uncompetitive with other public sector employers and made it difficult to attract talented individuals to serve Kentuckians through state agencies and programs. While efforts to improve the situation continue, lawmakers approved raises for the second consecutive budget. HB 6 includes funding for a 3% raise in each year. We also allocated more than $20 billion to shoring up our public pensions. We have made major reforms to ensure they are viable and have worked to ensure that those who make decisions have the right priorities in mind. Now more than ever, it is imperative that we keep a mindful eye on how our retirement dollars are managed.

 

In addition to the budget, we sent the Governor HB 1, which provides $2.7 billion over the next two years to fund projects within state government and in communities throughout the Commonwealth. With this funding, we are making targeted investments in road, rail, river, air, and water infrastructure and school facilities, public pensions, tourism, and community development.

 

The Governor has 10 days to consider these two bills and all others we sent him while the legislature recesses. We will return on April 12 and 15 to consider overriding any vetoes and finish any pending issues we still have on the agenda.

 

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.

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Severe Storms

 

FRANKFORT, KY (April 2, 2024) - This afternoon (Tuesday), after declaring a state of emergency as severe storms continue to sweep through the commonwealth, Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update on the state’s ongoing response to protect Kentucky families.

 

“We have more severe weather on the way, and the most important thing we can do right now is make sure everyone has a plan to stay safe,” Gov. Beshear said. “We are thankful to those who are working to keep others informed – as well as our first responders and utility and transportation workers who are restoring power and clearing roadways.”

 

The storms, which started Monday, April 1, 2024 continue to produce heavy rain, hail, lightning, tornadoes and intense damaging winds across Kentucky.

 

Storm updates include:

  • No reported injuries.
  • The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado in Nelson County and an EF-1 tornado in Anderson County. A review is ongoing in Mercer County.
  • Damage reported in Anderson, Bath, Ballard, Bourbon, Boyd, Carter, Clark, Elliott, Fayette, Greenup, Kenton, Jefferson, Jessamine, Mercer, Montgomery, Nelson, Powell, Union and Woodford counties.
  • Gov. Beshear declared a state of emergency and activated the State Emergency Operations Center.
  • Written disaster declarations have been received from Boyd County; Greenup County; city of Ashland and city of Catlettsburg.
  • Verbal disaster declarations have been received from Bourbon, Clark, Elliott, Jessamine and Kenton counties and the city of Villa Hill.
  • Current power outages: 31,650.
  • Gov. Beshear closed all Executive Branch state office buildings Tuesday, April 2, beginning at 1 p.m. EDT.
  • The Governor activated the state’s price gouging laws to protect Kentuckians from overpriced goods and services as they clean up and recover from the storms. Consumers can report price gouging to the Office of the Attorney General.
  • Emergency managers and other emergency personnel, including Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, are responding.

 

Gov. Beshear reminds Kentuckians to check traffic conditions before traveling at GoKy.ky.gov, as some roads are blocked due to downed trees and power lines.

 

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.

 

Gov. Beshear Declares State of Emergency Following Severe Storms

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 2, 2024) – Gov. Andy Beshear has declared a state of emergency after severe storms swept through the commonwealth starting Monday, April 1. More storms are continuing into the evening today.

 

The storms have produced heavy rain, hail, lightning, possible tornadoes and intense damaging winds across much of the commonwealth. There have been reports of damage to property, and thousands of Kentuckians are without power.

 

“We have reports of substantial damage to a number of structures – and thankfully, as of right now we are not aware of any fatalities,” Gov. Beshear said. “We need all Kentuckians to stay weather aware as we brace for more severe weather throughout the afternoon and evening.”

 

Due to pending weather conditions, the Governor closed all Executive Branch state office buildings Tuesday, April 2, beginning at 1 p.m. EDT. The Kentucky Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort has been activated, with essential partners providing support as needed.

 

The Governor also activated the state’s price gouging laws to protect Kentuckians from overpriced goods and services as they clean up and recover from the storms. With the state of emergency in place, consumers in the commonwealth can report price gouging to the Office of the Attorney General.

 

Emergency managers and other emergency personnel, including Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, have been deployed to affected areas to assist. 

 

Gov. Beshear added, “We are thankful for all the first responders and transportation employees who are out there helping to clear roadways and keep Kentuckians safe.”

 

Drivers should be aware that some roads are blocked due to downed trees and power lines and are urged to check traffic conditions before traveling at GoKy.ky.gov.

 

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.

 

Columbia Police Dept. Holds 5th Grade DARE Graduation


The Columbia Police Department held its 5th grade DARE graduation on Friday afternoon, March 29, 2024 at Adair County Elementary School. Congratulations to all DARE graduates from 92.7 the WAVE!

 

Somerset Woman Arrested on Reckless Driving & Other Charges

 

Katie Melton, 27, of Somerset, KY was taken into custody early this morning on charges of Reckless Driving, Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree, Possession of Marijuana, Indecent Exposure and Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Adair Annex Open in Anticipation of Severe Weather


The Adair County Annex will remain unlocked throughout the storms expected to hit the area this afternoon. Access can be made via the glass door facing the barbershop.

 

KSP Post 15 to Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoints

 

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

These checkpoints will be conducted as part of Post 15’s highway safety efforts. Troopers will be checking for violations of Kentucky traffic and regulatory laws including, but not limited to, motor vehicle equipment safety, licensing of drivers, motor vehicle registration, child restraints, and operation of motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants.

 

A complete list of traffic safety checkpoint locations can be found at the following link: http://www.kentuckystatepolice.ky.org/post15checkpoints

 

Severe Weather Possible Early this Week

Mike Keltner, Director, Adair Co. Emergency Management, tells WAVE NEWS that A few rounds of severe weather will be possible through Tuesday. Isolated severe storms, with hail as the main threat, will be possible.

Monday night into Tuesday looks like the most probable time period for the strongest and most widespread storms.

Timing the individual waves of storms is challenging. Stay tuned to the latest forecast information over the next few days.

Stay tuned to 92.7 the WAVE for the latest on the weather…

$1 Million Awarded by Kentucky Legislature for Renovation of Historic Adair County Courthouse

 

The $1 million allocation from the Kentucky legislature for the renovation of the historic Adair County courthouse is exciting news for our community. This significant funding is a testament to the dedication and hard work of numerous local citizens who have tirelessly advocated for the preservation of this landmark over the past two decades.

 

We want to thank everyone who has been involved in this effort. First and foremost, of course, thank you to Sen. Max Wise, who made this happen and has been diligent in his unwavering commitment. Thank you to Rep. Amy Neighbors for picking up the torch after the passing of our friend, Bam Carney. We know Bam would be thrilled with this funding allocation and appreciate Rep. Neighbors for keeping the project alive in the House. Thank you to Daryl Flatt, who recognized the opportunity to get this project moving again in recent years. We thank the county judge executive and entire fiscal court, the current and previous administrations. The courthouse project has had their unanimous support since we became involved, and we are confident this funding would not have happened without that support. We want to thank community members who worked on this project long before we did. They built the foundation that led to this victory, and without their hard work over the years we would not have had the preparation in place to make such a request for funding. We relied on their research and knowledge to move this project forward.

 

There is still plenty of work to be done. We look forward to working with the fiscal court to invest this funding wisely as we bring the historic courthouse back to life. 

 

S/Itty Bitty Courthouse Committee

Lee Ann Jessee

Shannon Sexton

Sharon Burton

 

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