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Russell County Arrests 10/4/22

  • Johnathan Espinoza, 41, of Columbia - arrested Tuesday afternoon by KSP for DUI
  • Judy Walters, 53, of Russell Springs - arrested Tuesday morning by KSP for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument and Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees, or Fines.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

OCC National Collection Week is November 14-21


National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child is Monday, November 14, 2022 through Monday November 21, 2022.

The theme for the Green River Area team in 2022  is "Mission Possible." The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to provide our ministry partners around the world with shoebox gifts as a way to reach children in their communities. For many children, this is the first gift they will ever receive. More important than the items inside the shoebox, the gifts are an opportunity to share God's love and the Good News of Jesus Christ with children and families in need. 

"I sincerely hope and pray that churches and organizations will give serious consideration to participating in this ministry opportunity," said Green River Area Coordinator Mark Fudge.

Last year the Green River Area Team which includes the counties Adair, Casey, Green, Metcalfe and Taylor Counties collected more than 12,000 shoebox gifts. These boxes were given to girls and boys all around the world. The children that receive the shoebox gifts are between the ages of two and 14 years of age. Drop off times for drop off locations in each of the five counties will be announced in the next few days.

The Bible tells us in Matthew 28:19-20, Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Together we can make this "Mission Possible".

A simple gift, packed with love, can communicate hope and transform the lives of children and families worldwide! 

The new OCC promotional materials are available and can be ordered at: samaritanspurse.org.
For more information about this wonderful global outreach ministry call 270–634–2919.


Columbia Boil Water Advisory Lifted 10/4/22


As of 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 the boil water advisory for customers on Clinton St, Center St, Garrett St, Todd St, and Hemlock Circle has been lifted by the Division of Water. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.


Thank You,

Columbia Adair Utilities District

Adair County Sheriff's Office Monthly Activity Report















Russell Springs Boil Water Advisory

There is a boil water advisory in Russell Springs on McClendon Ridge Road, Frontage Road, McClendon Lane, Roanoke Road, and all side roads in this area due to water line repairs. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes.


Low Income Heating Assistance Open


Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Subsidy pre-registration is now underway for those who receive a fixed income and are over 60 years of age or are disabled, according to the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency.


Registration for the program begins Monday, October 17, 2022. To be eligible for the LIHEAP program, households must be responsible for their utility bill, provide a copy of the bill, provide proof of residence and proof of income for all household members as well as a photo ID for any member of the household 18 or over, and proof of social security numbers for any household member age 2 or over. Total household income must be at or below 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.


For more information, call 270-343-4565.


Columbia Police Activity Report

The Columbia Police Department's Activity Report for September 2022:

  • Calls for Service: 671
  • Citations: 56
  • Motorists Assists: 13
  • Escorts: 8
  • Accidents Investigated: 26
  • Injury Accidents: 3
  • Incident Reports: 10
  • Criminal Cases Opened: 13

Campbellsville Man Arrested After Road Rage Incident; Shots Fired into Another Driver's Auto


On Monday, October 3, 2022 at 10:51amET, Campbellsville Police received a complaint of shots fired at the intersection of Meader Street and Nancy Cox Drive. 


After an investigation, it was determined that 22-year-old Zachary L. Robertson of Campbellsville got into a verbal altercation with a 79-year old male over a road rage incident. During the verbal altercation, Robertson fired several shots into the 79-year old male’s vehicle. 


Robertson was arrested and charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence. He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.


Russell County Man Arrested in Greensburg on Indictment Warrant


Zachary Dixon, 40, of Greensburg, KY was arrested on Monday afternoon by Greensburg Police Dept. Officer Johnson on a Russell County Circuit Court Indictment Warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine). Dixon was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


Columbia Man Arrested on Meth & Marijuana Charges...


Larry Taylor, 42, of Columbia, KY was arrested by the Taylor County Sheriffs Office on Monday afternoon for Trafficking in Methamphetamine (2 counts), Trafficking in Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Persistent Felony Offender (2 counts). Taylor was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Adair Boil Water Advisory 10/3/22


Date Issued:   10/3/2022

Time Issued:   1:00 p.m.


 A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers at Clinton St, Center St, Garrett St, Todd St, Hemlock Circle. The advisory has been issued due to a main line break. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.


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

Weekend Arrests



  • Lindsey Savannah Goodwin, 37, of Columbia - arrested by Columbia Police on Sunday for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Steven Hargis, 52, of Columbia - arrested on Saturday afternoon by KSP for No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Giving Officer False Identifying Information, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle and No Insurance.
  • Zachery Ballou, 26, of Columbia - arrested by Columbia Police on Saturday night for Criminal Trespassing, Menacing, Criminal Littering, and Resisting Arrest.
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Columbia City Council Meeting 10/3/22


The Columbia City Council will meet on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022 at 6:00pmCT at City Hall....












American College of Cardiology Names T.J. Samson among the "Best Hospitals" for Cardiac Care


T.J. Samson Community Hospital has once again been recognized by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in the "Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report for our dedication to heart patients. Patients and caregivers can trust hospitals and health systems that participate in the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR), and those that receive ACC’s Accreditation seal of approval are recognized for delivering the best inpatient care.
Through the capture and reporting of trusted and reliable data, the NCDR helps participants measure, benchmark and improve cardiovascular care. 
Through our participation in the ACC’s proven quality programs, we rely upon robust quality improvement processes using data to improve the quality of care provided to our heart patients. T.J. Samson Community Hospital is committed to providing top level care. To learn more go to tjregionalhealth.org/cardiology.



City of Columbia Gives Update on Business Funding


The Columbia City Council allocated a portion of the ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funding to a grant program to be utilized by local businesses. There were certain stipulations placed upon the funding and the manner(s) in which it was to used by the community.

This was a result of the ARPA committee allocation of funding for primarily drug and alcohol abuse and appropriate support funding, small business assistance, and the updating of the city park properties. The city has been very frugal with the monies and have around 60% of the funding received remaining.


A 3-person board was appointed by the Mayor, with approval from the City Council, to review applications for small businesses. Any small business within the city limits can apply for funding to be used for updating the exterior of their business. The owner/leaser must complete the application that indicates the name of business, what their project is, and the estimated timeline for completion.


There are 13 businesses that were approved in the first round of funding. Projects include: windows/doors for energy efficiency, painting, awning, and other exterior items. There can be no neon colors used in the building(s) on the Public Square. You are required to complete within 6 months (or can request an extension).


The City of Columbia is assisting with supplies. The owner/leaser is responsible for labor and any other costs associated with the project. When the project is approved, they must sign that they understand and agree to the terms and conditions.


There are currently approx. 4 projects that are in review and they may or may not be approved. There are also 11 other projects that have been submitted and inquiries on 3 more.


“We appreciate the support of the community,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots. “This project is to assist with improving our town, helping our small business owners, and working with the local community.”


There have been questions when reimbursements would occur. They will happen when the project is completed. As of this date, noone has received a monetary reimbursement. It is expected that some of the projects will be completed in the next couple of weeks.


At the time of the completion of projects, the city will immediately notify the next business in line for approval.


Area Arrests 9-30-22


Prestin Sneed, 29, of Jamestown was taken into custody by Deputy Meyer with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday afternoon. Sneed was charged with Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees or Fines, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Fentanyl Derivatives), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Cocaine) and for being a Persistent Felony Offender. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


James Riley, 62, of Burkesville was arrested by Officer Tweedy with the Burkesville Police Department just before 1 a.m. this morning. Riley was charged with Unapproved or No Eye Protective Device (Motorcycle), Careless Driving, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operator License, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (more than 2 grams of Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Deliver/Manufacture, Prescription Controlled Substance Not Proper Container, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified) and Possession of Marijuana. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Fall Burn Ban

As we get ready to transition into October, state officials have a warning: Beware of outdoor burning.

Kentucky’s fall forest fire season starts Saturday and will last until December 15th. During that period, outdoor burning is banned between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. if the fire is within 150 feet of any woodland, brush or fields containing dry grass or other materials that could catch on fire.

Burning is also not recommended if it is windy.

Columbia Planning & Zoning Board Public Hearing 10/13/22


The City of Columbia Planning and Zoning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, October 13, 2022 AT 6:00 p.m. in City Hall. 


The purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider the following:

  1. Request for zone change from R3 (Medium Density Residential) to C2 (Highway Oriented Commercial) for a lot located at 125 Parkway Manor Lane (Map # 000-01-06-005-.09).  The purpose is to build storage units. Property owned by Perry Dunbar.


Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development projects; his administration’s response to historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky; transportation, health and law enforcement funding; a Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award winner; the opening of CenterWell Senior Primary Care centers in Louisville; and COVID-19. He also named the Flemingsburg Police Department as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

Economic Development Update
Gov. Beshear announced the good news that the Courier Journal reported that Kentucky led the nation in job growth for the month of August. New data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the commonwealth added 26,700 nonfarm payroll jobs from July to August. That translates to a 1.4% month-over-month growth rate, which was the largest seen by any state.

The Governor also highlighted six economic development projects that will create more than 1,000 new jobs and that represent over $760 million in new investment. He also announced a state grant to provide upgrades at an industrial park and the recuperation of an investment the previous administration made that did not materialize.

Gov. Beshear recapped this week’s announcement that Ford Motor Co., which has produced motor vehicles in the commonwealth for 109 years, will expand its presence in Louisville with a $700 million investment creating 500 full-time jobs as the company prepares to produce the all-new Ford F-Series Super Duty truck.

The Governor announced further momentum of the state’s distribution and logistics sector as BM2 Freight Services Inc. will expand in Covington with a $2.3 million investment creating 56 quality jobs.


“This incentive program, along with our reinvestment back into the business, will allow us to create jobs in Northern Kentucky, grow and improve our team and develop future industry leaders as we continue to grow our footprint as a best-in-class logistics provider throughout all of North America,” said BM2 Freight Co-Founder Kevin Ball.

Gov. Beshear announced new job creation within Kentucky’s coal industry as River View Coal, which operates an underground coal mine in Union County, will expand its footprint in the state with a new facility in Henderson County, creating 260 well-paying jobs with a $35 million investment.

The Governor announced yet another significant investment in Kentucky’s manufacturing sector, as Elevate Windows and Doors will invest over $16 million and create 203 full-time jobs with a new production and distribution operation in Hopkinsville.

Gov. Beshear highlighted continued momentum of the state’s manufacturing industry as Automotive Service Products Inc. will expand its presence in the commonwealth with an $8 million investment to relocate within Boone County, creating an additional 25 quality jobs for Kentuckians.

The Governor highlighted investment in the state’s site and building development as he announced a $500,000 state grant, paired with a local match from the Winchester-Clark County Industrial Development Authority to provide $1 million in upgrades at the Winchester Industrial Park.

Gov. Beshear announced that the commonwealth has secured the return of the previous administration’s $15 million investment in an aluminum mill in Northeastern Kentucky that never materialized. The Governor said that the land, which was previously acquired as part of the proposed project, would also be donated back to the local communities to be used for future economic development opportunities as part of a larger land transaction being negotiated.


“This announcement has been a long time coming, and I want to recognize members of this administration and Commonwealth Seed Capital, as well as Unity Aluminum, for coming together to do what is right for the community and Kentucky by returning these funds to the commonwealth,” Gov. Beshear said. “Given the current economic momentum we are experiencing across the state, I am confident we will secure a significant project on the property, as it is a great site for a potential employer.”


Gov. Beshear thanked Cabinet for Economic Development Secretary Jeff Noel for his leadership in securing the return of this funding.


“I love Team Kentucky because this announcement required a lot of people working together,” Secretary Noel said. “This is a very significant product development opportunity in Northeastern Kentucky for our great state.”


Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
Today, Gov. Beshear and Col. Philip K. Miller, USA Retired, state chairman of the Kentucky Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), presented the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award to the Flemingsburg Police Department. The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their outstanding support of staff serving in the National Guard and Reserve.

“I’d like to point out that, in addition to staying in constant contact with reservists and their families while they are away for military service, Flemingsburg Police Officers – to include the chief – actually go the extra mile by pulling their shifts for them to ensure there are no shortfalls in protecting the public they serve,” Miller said.

“First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who is currently serving in uniform and has served in uniform. You are the reason we are able to do the things we are able to do,” said Flemingsburg Police Chief Brian Bowling. “Thank you to our local leadership for putting policies in place that allow us to be successful. That was the guiding piece to making all this work.”

Gov. Beshear named the Flemingsburg Police Department as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

Eastern Kentucky Flood Update
The Governor provided an update on Eastern Kentucky stabilization and rebuilding efforts following July’s historic floods. Almost $73 million in grants have been approved under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individuals and Households Program for 7,785 households. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is now Oct. 28.

Over $50 million has been approved under the U.S. Small Business Associations for 662 applicants.

Gov. Beshear announced that Kentucky has received approval from the federal Food and Nutrition Service to allow flood survivors in Eastern Kentucky to purchase hot food with SNAP benefits until Nov. 1. The following counties in Eastern Kentucky are approved for hot food purchases with SNAP benefits: Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Wolfe and Whitley. Residents from Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Letcher, Owsley, Perry and Pike counties who are due to recertify or provide a report between Aug. 2022 and Jan. 2023 that would allow the continuation of food assistance now have an additional six months to provide information. For assistance, call 885-306-8959 or go to kynect.ky.gov.


The Governor also announced the Department for Aging and Independent Living has been awarded more than $110,000 to assist with rebuilding two senior centers in Knott and Letcher counties that were seriously damaged during July’s historic flooding.


In continued work to help communities repair, more than $400,000 in emergency County Road Aid and Municipal Road Aid funding that will repair projects in Knott, Perry, Powell and Wolfe counties and in the City of Hazard.

The Governor said that Kentucky State Parks are currently housing 297 people. Since last Thursday, 34 individuals have transitioned out of state parks. Currently, 464 individuals are being housed in 168 travel trailers.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is collecting and removing damaged cars that came to rest on public rights-of-way or in waterways that block access to a public-use area or threaten infrastructure.

To date, the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief fund has raised over $9.8 million from over 37,000 donors. The Governor also highlighted and thanked the Pikeville Medical Center’s Foundation for Quality Healthcare, which donated nearly $44,000. To contribute, click here.

For other information regarding flooding in Eastern Kentucky, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

Gov. Beshear Announces $3.2 Million in Transportation Funding
Gov. Beshear announced more than $3.2 million in funding from KYTC to make travel and safety improvements on dozens of local streets and roads across the commonwealth. These awards will benefit 43 projects in four cities and 17 counties.

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Updates
The Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services will receive the Medicaid Innovation Award, presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Academy for State Health Policy. Kentucky is one of six states to receive the award and was selected for enrollment innovations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governor also announced that Kentucky will receive a $3,675,000 Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention grant, awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Kentucky is one of just 10 entities to receive the grant, which focuses on reducing suicide among residents of the commonwealth under age 25.

Gov. Beshear Recognizes John Prine Memorial Park
Today, Gov. Beshear recognized local officials and volunteers in Muhlenberg County, who on Saturday will dedicate John Prine Memorial Park at Rochester Dam along the Green River. Prine, whose career as a singer and songwriter spanned five decades, grew up in Chicago but spent his summers in Muhlenberg County, where his parents were from. In his song, “Paradise,” inspired by Kentucky, Prine sang: “When I die let my ashes float down the Green River / Let my soul roll up to the Rochester dam.”

“Sadly, the world lost John Prine in April of 2020 to COVID-19. It was a shocking loss so early in the pandemic,” Gov. Beshear said. “We paid tribute to him during our then-daily COVID briefings, including a video set to his wonderful rendition of ‘My Old Kentucky Home.’ In honor of the park’s dedication, and John Prine’s legacy, I also have issued an official acclamation paying tribute to John Prine Memorial Park. Thanks to everyone who helped make this recognition possible.”

Hurricane Ian Response
The 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade of the Kentucky National Guard is providing five UH-60 Blackhawks with aircrews to assist the Florida National Guard with search and rescue operations. These are the same aircrews that provided lifesaving rescue operations during the Eastern Kentucky flooding in July. Airmen and units from the Kentucky Air National Guard remain on standby to assist. Requests for assistance so far include the Governor authorizing the three C-130 aircraft and 22 personnel to assist Florida as needed.

Governor Announces Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Recipients
Today, Gov. Beshear announced nearly $2 million in Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funding to assist state and local law enforcement in creating safer communities and reducing the sale of illegal drugs. To see a full list of awardees, click here. To learn more about the JAG program, click here.

Humana’s CenterWell Senior Primary Care
Humana announced the launch of three new Louisville locations for the company’s CenterWell Senior Primary Care. On Saturday, the company broke ground on one center in West Louisville at the Sports and Learning Complex. Two more centers will open in the coming months in the Okolona area and on South 2nd Street near the University of Louisville.

COVID-19 Update
The Governor said Kentucky is in the fourth week of decline or plateau. This week, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, patients in the ICU, patients on ventilators and COVID-19 related visits per day have decreased. Gov. Beshear continued to urge eligible Kentuckians to get the new booster shots to protect against COVID-19. These boosters are recommended for all persons 12 years and older who had their last COVID-19 vaccine dose at least two months ago. Locations and appointments can be found on vaccines.gov.


Russell County Man Arrested on Rape & Incest Charges


Vicente Hernandez, 35, of Russell Springs was arrested on Wednesday evening by KSP and charged with 1st degree Rape, Incest and Intimidating a Participant in the Legal Process.
Hernandez was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Russell County Woman Arrested on Disorderly Conduct Charges


Tracy Bryant, 34, of Russell Springs was arrested on Wednesday night by the RCSO for Disorderly Conduct 2nd degree.


Bryant was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center by Deputy Nathan Ginn.


KY 80 in Adair County to be Reduced to One Lane Beginning Monday


SOMERSET, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2022) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that beginning Monday, Oct. 3, KY 80 in Adair County will be reduced to one lane as crews perform bridge maintenance.

Work will be performed at mile point 3 on the Louie B Nunn Cumberland Expressway overpass between D Reliford Road and KY 768. Temporary traffic signals will be in place on the east and west bound approaches for the lane closures.  

Work is expected to be completed October 12. The start date duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.


For Kentucky’s latest traffic and travel information, visit goky.ky.gov or navigate traffic by downloading the free Waze app at www.waze.com. Motorists can also access traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 and at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8. 

Russell County Man Arrested on Burglary and Assault Charges


Adam Mann, 37, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Trooper Gadberry early Thursday morning. Mann was charged with Wanton Endagerment – 1st Degree-Police Officer, Assault 3rd Degree-Police Officer or Probation Officer, Criminal Mischief, Resisting Arrest, Burglary, 1st Degree, Wanton Endagerment-1st Degree-Police Officer, Assault 3rd – (Peace Officer Non- Communicable Bodily Fluid) and an additional count of Resisting Arrest.


He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


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