Local News--Tues. July 7



While work is progressing at the intersection of KY 55X and KY 206 in Adair County, additions to the project, along with recent weather, will delay the completion and reopening of the intersection for approximately two weeks.


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 temporarily closed the intersection on May 27 for culvert pipe replacement beneath both routes (KY 55X and KY 206). The work was expected to be completed within six weeks. However, KYTC is now undergoing the task of adding turn lanes within the intersection. The addition consists of adding a left turn lane from southbound KY 55X onto KY 206 eastbound and building a right turn from KY 206 westbound onto KY 55X north. These changes, along with recent weather, will call for the intersection to remain closed past the initial six weeks.


We would like to remind everyone that sidewalks continue to be closed through this area also and signed detour routes remain posted.





There will be an Adair Co. Community Blood Drive today (Tuesday) from Noon to 5:00 p.m. at Columbia Church of Christ in the Fellowship Hall at 501 Jamestown Street in Columbia.





The Columbia Adair County Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire on Sunday night at 1972 Little Cake Rd.

Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters found that the mobile home (owned by Karl and Kristy Kleiner) was showing smoke from the center of the home.

The mobile home sustained minimal fire damage. There were 16 firefighters who responded to the scene.




An ongoing investigation into several recent burglaries in the Gosser Ridge community of Russell County has resulted in one arrest and the recovery of some stolen items.

Deborah Gosser, age 46, was arrested Saturday afternoon by Russell Co. Deputy Evan Burton and Detective Joey Hoover at her residence at 970 Armilouis Road in Russell Springs, Ky. on two counts of Burglary 2nd Degree.

Gosser is charged in connection with the April 26th burglary of Trent & Michelle Roy’s residence on Twin Oaks Lane and the May 3rd burglary of Meredith & Mary Scales’ residence on Harristown Road.

Gosser was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.The investigation continues.





A traffic stop and roadside investigation conducted by Russell Co. Deputy Sheriff Evan Burton resulted in the arrest of a Russell Springs man on DUI and drug related charges.

43-year-old Chad Short of Russell Springs was taken into custody around 9:30 p.m. Friday on KY 76 West and charged with DUI, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. A quantity of meth, a digital scale, plastic baggies and several hundred dollars cash was seized as part of the investigation. Short was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.





A Taylor County man has been arrested on drug charges.

20-year-old Devin Miller of Campbellsville, Ky. was arrested on Friday, July 3rd, 2015 at 5:33 PM CT in the limits of Greensburg on Depot Street. Miller was charged with Failure to Wear his Seatbelt, DUI, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Cocaine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Driver's License and Possession of Marijuana. Miller was lodged in the Taylor County Jail. Tpr. Boston Hensley is investigating.




A Green County injury collision leads to the arrest of a teenage driver and leaves a passenger in a Louisville hospital.

Tpr. Charles Hedgespeth is investigating a collision that occurred early Sunday morning at 3:14 AM CT, 11 miles south of Greensburg on KY 745. 18-year-old Elizabeth R. Wilson of Center, Ky. was operating a northbound 2008 Ford Focus when she lost control, left the roadway and struck a tree and fence causing the vehicle to overturn. Elizabeth Wilson was arrested for DUI under 21 and Assault 2nd Degree.

A passenger, 24-year-old Benjamin L. Scott of Hardyville, Ky. was not belted and was ejected from the car. He is being treated for injuries at University Hospital in Louisville.




A Marion Co. couple has been charged with Possession of Meth.

39-year-old William Mattingly, of Lebanon, and 37-year-old Mary Mattingly, of Campbellsville, were arrested on Saturday, July 4th at 12:24 and 12:41 AM EST, 2 miles east of Raywick on KY 84.

William Mattingly was operating a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer and was charged with No Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Possession of Open Alcohol Container, DUI 3rd Offense (Aggravated Circumstance), Driving DUI Suspended License and Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Offense (1st Degree Meth).

Mary Mattingly was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree (1st Offense Meth).

Both were lodged in the Marion County Jail. Tpr. Lincoln Lawless is investigating.






Tpr. Logan Smith is investigating a collision that occurred early Sunday in Clinton County that sent the driver to the hospital.

The accident occurred at 1:15 AM ET on KY 527 when 20-year-old Joey Morris of Raywick, Ky., who was traveling south in a 1994 Ford truck, ran off the roadway, overcorrected, crossed both lanes of travel, left the road, struck a fence and a tree. Morris was not belted and was treated at Springview Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.






The Columbia City Council will meet this evening (Monday, July 6) in a regular meeting at 6:00 p.m.CT at City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street in Columbia.




Citizen Comments: Lina Ain with the Linda Ain Law Firm of Lexington, KY. Lina Ain is a Cable/Telecom Franchise Specialist.

First reading of Ordinance No. 450.13: An ordinance relating to a communication service franchise.

First reading of Ordinance No. 620.63: An ordinance renaming a street in the city of Columbia.

County Judge Executive - Mike Stephens

Motion to approve official corporate boundary descriptions and map for the City of Columbia. The city must approve and send to County Clerk's Office to be in compliance.

Motion to re-appoint Joe Flowers to the City of Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission - term to expire 5/15/2019.


Local News -- LAST WEEK



KSP Trooper Adam Likins is investigating a collision that occurred Wednesday at 12:40pmET, 4 miles west of Liberty on KY 70. The driver was cited for DUI and other charges.


33-year-old Rebecca Joines of Liberty, Ky. was operating a westbound 1995 Toyota Camry when she ran off the roadway and struck a parked car and garage. Joines was admitted to Casey County Hospital and cited to appear in court for DUI, No Insurance, Expired Registration Plates and Expired Registration Receipt. A passenger, 10-year-old Drekken Pyles of Liberty, Ky. was belted and not injured.




Tpr. Morris Farris is investigating a collision that occurred Wednesday at approximately 1:45pmCT, 2 miles south of Bradfordsville on KY 49.

35-year-old Brenda Chamberlain of Bradfordsville, Ky. was operating a northbound 2001 Ford Explorer when she dropped off the roadway, overturned and struck a telephone pole.

Chamberlain and a passenger, 14-year-old Christina Chamberlain, were both wearing seatbelts and were treated and released from Springview Hospital in Lebanon, KY.



Adair County Fire Department is now accepting fire dues for coverage July 2015 to July 2016 in the areas that we cover. Dues are 25 dollars per deed. If you have multiple deeds please include the address with payment of the property you wish to cover. Non member runs in the event you have a fire are $500.


The money received from these dues are used to support your fire department with the purchase of equipment and operating expenses as we receive no tax monies from the county government and operate independent. Your support helps us ensure that the department can provide fire and rescue services to our citizens to the best of our ability.


Dues can be mailed to: Adair County Fire Department, P.O. Box 96, Columbia KY 42728. They can also be dropped off at the firehouse located at 200 Merchant Street in the drop box, Flower's and Things, 310 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, or any Columbia - Adair County Firefighter.




Russell Co. Deputy Sheriff Nick Bertram investigated a motorcycle wreck that occured just before 12:00 noon on Tuesday on KY 910, three miles east of Russell Springs.


Joe Dylon Johnson, 21, of Russell Springs, lost control of his motorcycle while eastbound on KY 910, resulting in the motorcycle leaving the roadway with Johnson being ejected onto the pavement and edge of the roadway. He was initially treated at the scene and then transported by Russell County EMS to the Russell County Hospital for further treatment and observation.


Deputy Bertram was assisted at the scene by R.C. Sheriff Clete McAninch, members of the Eli Fire Department and state highway personnel.




The clerk in Casey County is among the few in Kentucky who still refuse to grant same-sex marriage licenses.  
KNN's Casey Davis is defying an order from the governor and a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that allows gay marriage in all states.  Davis, who is a church pastor, is not issuing licenses to any couples. He says he's willing to risk his job.  
The clerk in Rowan County is also refusing to grant marriage licenses.