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

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

Jacob Stotts, age 29, of Columbia, was arrested by Deputy Chandler Staten with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, just after 5 last evening. Stotts was charged with Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree, Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Reckless Driving, Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree – Police Officer, Criminal Mischief 2nd and 3rd Degree. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

A Russell County Man was taken into custody Thursday on Theft Charges

A Russell County Man was taken into custody Thursday on Theft Charges

Shane Bottom, age 51, of Russell Springs, was arrested by Deputy Nathan Bradshaw, at 6 p.m. last evening. Bottom was arrested on charges that included Theft of Property Mislaid or Delivered by Mistake and Tampering with Physical Evidence. He was lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.

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

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

Adair County Man Arrested on Charges Stemming from Disturbance

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

LC State Park Maintenance Supt. Recognized with Award

 

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

 

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

 

Congratulations David!

 

6 Russell County Students Get a Head Start on their Teaching Careers Thanks to Lindsey Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Two People Arrested in Adair County on Meth Charges

Two people were arrested Wednesday in Adair County on Meth Charges

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

 

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

 

Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

 

Russell Springs Man Taken into Custody on Assault & Terroristic Threatening Charges


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

 

Russell Springs Man Arrested Following Traffic Stop

 

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

 

Adair County Clerks Office Updating Precinct Lines Following 2020 Census

 

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

 

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

 

 

Nancy Man Arrested in Russell County on Drug Charges

 

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

 

Cook was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

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

 

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

 

He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

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

 

By Venus Popplewell

LWC Director of PR
 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

Gov. Beshear Urges Vigilance Ahead of Severe Weather

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Russell County Indictments 2/27/24

 

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

 

 

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

 

Columbia planning a "Welcome to Summer" event

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

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

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

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

RC Sherriff's Office Welcomes New Deputy

 

From Sheriff Derek Polston...

 

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

 

Russell Spring Woman Arrested in Adair County on Shoplifting Charges

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

Strangulation Determined Cause of Death of CU Student; Motive Unknown

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

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