LOCAL NEWS

LOCAL NEWS--FRI . MARCH 27

  

A Russell County High School teacher has resigned after an investigation revealed inappropriate conduct involving a student.
 
The Russell County School District has released the following statement about one of their former teachers:

"Recently, the Russell County School District received allegations that were being investigated regarding inappropriate communications between a teacher and student. Upon being presented documentation, that teacher was immediately suspended and resigned a few days later.  Any similar information or evidence we receive in the future will be dealt with immediately. Russell County School District is about educating our students and the safety and well-being of our students is our top priority."

The name of the teacher has not been released at this time.

 

Adair Co. School Supt. Alan Reed sent out a special notification to all employees of Adair County Schools today (Thursday) that reads:


“ In the past few days and weeks there have been numerous news accounts in regional and statewide media related to inappropriate contact between employees and students in public schools across the state.  As superintendent, I must remind you of the risks involved in communicating with students in any manner other than through district servers.  Communicating with students via social media can be a risky proposition.  There is an abundance of rumors circulating throughout our community regarding investigations of employees in nearby districts and subsequent termination/resignation due inappropriate and unethical access of web-based material and possible inappropriate contact.  I feel the need to remind all employees of Adair County Schools that each of you is held to the very highest levels of professionalism and ethical conduct.  Our Adair County Board of Education and our community at large expects nothing less than a thorough investigation of any allegations.  I can assure you of swift disciplinary action if called for, and full disclosure to news media in the event of documented inappropriate contact with students on the part of any employee in our district.”

 

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The Adair County Schools are extremely proud of Jaiden Taylor, 8th grader, at Adair County Middle School. Jaiden just returned from the State Jr. Beta Convention in Louisville, KY, this week. Jaiden competed in the Science Academic Competition. There were 4500 students in attendance at the conference from across the state. Jaiden won 1st place and secured himself a bid to the National Beta Convention which will be held in June at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville.

 

THURS.

UPDATE******    Just after 12 PM EDT today (Thursday), Post 7 Richmond received a tip that Matthew Dale Grider had been seen in the area of Curtis Road in rural Boyle County.  The Boyle County Sheriff's Department, with one K9, and KSP personnel,  responded to the area and began to track Grider.  The search led to a barn in a field where Grider was spotted as he fled on foot out the rear of the barn.  Following a lengthy pursuit, Grider brandished a firearm and fatally shot himself.  No shots were fired by law enforcement.  The death investigation is being handled by Detectives with KSP Post 7.

(WED NIGHT) --- Kentucky State Police are attempting to locate a Matthew Dale Grider, a 34-year-old, 6' 1", white male with brown hair, last seen wearing  a gray cap, tan shirt and blue jeans.  At approximately 4:34 PM CDT on Wednesday a task force officer with the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigation unit attempted to execute an arrest warrant on Grider.  Shots were exchanged and Grider fled.  The officer was not injured but Grider's condition is unknown. The incident occurred on Sand Knob Road in Casey County.  

Grider is considered to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached.  If anyone has any information regarding Griders location, please contact local law enforcement by dialing 911 or call the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.

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An Adair County teacher remains in critical condition after a bicycle wreck on Tuesday.
According to Kentucky State Police Michael Godsey crashed into a car that turned into his path, while he was riding a bicycle.

Godsey was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital, where he is in critical condition. 

He is a teacher & volleyball coach at Adair County High School where he has worked for 24 years.

Godsey was wearing a helmet, however he still received severe head trauma and broken bones. 

A prayer vigil was held at the school on Tuesday evening.



WED.

Tpr. Levi Scott is investigating a collision that occurred Tuesday at 4:15 PM CST, 2 miles north of Columbia on KY 551. 54-year-old Rosetta Stotts, of Columbia, was operating a 2005 Hyundai, traveling north, when she attempted a left turn onto Holmes Bend Road and turned into the path of a bicycle operated by 45-year-old Larry Michael Godsey, of Columbia.  

Stotts and a passenger, 10-year-old Kelsea Stotts, were both belted and were uninjured.  Godsey was ejected from his bicycle and was taken from the scene by Adair County EMS and then airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital for further treatment.  Godsey was wearing a helmet.  

Trooper Scott was assisted at the scene by CVE Officer Derek Cundiff, Adair County EMS, Fire Department and Sheriff's Department.    

 

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Tpr. Josh Dicken is investigating a collision that occurred Tuesday at 10:30 AM CST 1.5 miles west of Pierce on Sullivan Road in Green County.  53-year-old Joseph Arnett, of Greensburg, was operating a New Holland Tractor when he pulled onto the roadway and into the path of a 2010 Ford operated by 48-year-old Patsy Wright, of Greensburg.  

 

Wright was unable to avoid the collision and struck the tractor.  She was wearing a seatbelt and was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital and treated for non life threatening injuries.     

 
TUES


A  LWC cyclist who was injured on Sunday during a collegiate bicycle road race is making improvements.

Hannah Hayduk, a Senior at LWC, was flown to Univ. of Louisville Hospital after crashing her bike on Dunbar Hill on Sunday morning.

LWC President Bill Luckey visited Hannah on Monday and reports that she is making remarkable progress. The doctor is saying that she no longer is in a coma. She is responding with peace signs, a thumbs up and is able to differentiate left from right.

President Luckey goes on to say that Hannah is such a fighter and he's convinced with your continuing prayers, incredible medical care and her amazing strength that she will overcome this challenge.

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By: Brenda Mann--Pres. Columbia-Adair Chamber of Commerce

Just a reminder that the Community and Business Recognition Awards Banquet nomination ballots mailed to all Chamber members early last week are due back to the Chamber office by 4:00 p.m. today (Tuesday, March 24).  

At this time, the Banquet committee, Ellen Zornes, Chair, Debbie Selby, Jelaine Harlow and Sue Stivers will open the ballots and count votes.  Eligible nominees will then be notified of their nomination and will receive an invitation to attend the Chamber Awards Banquet at Lindsey Wilson Cranmer Dining Facility at 6:30 p.m. on April 17, where winners in each category will be announced.

We have many worthy businesses and individuals in the community that are very deserving of nomination and recognition in each category, so please take the time to honor these businesses and individuals by completing the nomination form.

The Award Categories are:

Business/Industry Of The Year – Nominee must be a Chamber Member

Agriculturalist Of The Year – Nominee must be a Chamber Member

Business/Professional Man Of The Year - Nominee must be a Chamber Member

Business/Professional Woman Of The Year – Nominee must be a Chamber Member

Educator Of the Year - Nominee must be an educator in the Adair County Public Schools or Lindsey Wilson College

Employee Of the Year – Nominee’s Employer must be a Chamber Member

Outstanding Health Advocate Of The Year (new category) – Nominee must be a Chamber Member

Volunteer Of the Year – Nominees do not have to be a Chamber Member


If you, or your businesses did not receive a nomination form, please call or stop by the Chamber office to get a ballot.  We want your input in this important Chamber event.

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KET will showcase the people and environment of southern and eastern Kentucky during a special episode of “Kentucky Life,” which will be broadcast this Saturday, March 28, 8 pm ET, 7 pm CT.

The 30-minute show will explore the work of Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, an initiative started in 1997 by U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers and the late Brig. General James Bickford, former Secretary of the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet. Their vision was to encourage citizens to take personal responsibility for protecting the environment and to provide the education and resources they need to do so.

Host Dave Shuffett will meet some of the many partners that make the organization a success and get hands-on along the way. The program follows action during several PRIDE initiatives and captures the fun as school children discover environmental education in nature’s classroom – the great big outdoors.

Shooting locations include:

•        Cumberland County’s 2013 Dale Hollow Spring Cleanup.

•        Pulaski County’s 2014 PRIDE Clean Sweep of U.S. 27, where Shuffett joined hundreds of volunteers as they worked to collect roadside litter and trash.

•        London Regional Recycling Center and Laurel Ridge Landfill, where KET followed students from McCreary County Middle School on tours that emphasized proper solid waste management and the importance of recycling.     

•        Russell County Middle School, where students studied and repaired their outdoor wetland classroom, with guidance from Tom Biebighauser and RCMS teacher Jean Clement.

•        McCreary County and Wolfe County, where PRIDE was facilitating a sewer system expansion and septic system replacement, as part of its mission to improve the region’s water quality.

LOCAL NEWS-- MON. MARCH 23


An early morning traffic stop on Liberty Road in Columbia resulted in the arrest of 3 individuals.
 

According to the Adair Co. Sheriffs Office, at approximately 2:15am this morning (Monday, March 23rd) Deputy Aaron Rainwater conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Liberty Road and Green Hills Road after he observed a green 1991 Lexus being operated by 19 year old Brittany Butler operating carelessly. Brittany Butler of Liberty was arrested and charged with careless driving, Possession of a controlled substance 2nd degree and failure to notify address change to the department of Transportation.

 

Also arrested was 24 year old Thomas Butler of Liberty. Thomas Butler was charged with Carrying a concealed deadly weapon, Possession of Controlled substance 2nd degree and Possession  of drug paraphernalia.

 

A second passenger, 28 year old Barry Luttrell was arrested for two outstanding warrants, Possesion of Controlled Substance 1st degree Methamphetamines (2nd offense), and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
 

All three were lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.

 

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A Taylor Co. man has died following a garage fire on Friday.

71 year old Paul Anderson of Campbellsville died at the Univ. of Louisville Hospital on Fri. night at 11:00 p.m. Anderson sustained burns over 30% of his body following the garage fire that occurred on Friday in Campbellsville.

Mr. Anderson was a mechanic and farmer. He is survived by his wife Frances Farmer,  one son and two daughters: Troy Anderson, Tracy Anderson and Sharon Ewing


Funeral Service will be at 11:00 A.M. EDST on Tuesday at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville.

 

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A Lindsey Wilson College student was flown to a Louisville hospital following a bicycle accident on Sunday.

Hannah Hayduk (who is from Pennsylvania and is a Senior at LWC) was flown to U of L Hospital after crashing her bike on Dunbar Hill on Sunday morning while riding in a collegiate road race.

 
The Adair Co. Sheriffs Office investigated the accident.  Adair EMS and the Knifley Fire Dept. assisted at the scene.

The Lindsey Wilson cycling team hosts the annual 2 day race with bicyclists traveling thru Greensburg and Knifely. The weekend racing included some of the top programs from the Southeast Collegiate Cycling Conference and Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference.

 

 

FRI.

 

KSP Trooper Adam Mattingly is investigating a collision that occurred on Thursday, March 19 at 6:40 PM EDT at the intersection of KY 84 and Miller Pike 3 miles west of Lebanon.
 

 

33-year-old April Smith, of Lebanon, was operating a westbound 2003 Buick when she lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway and struck a tree. Smith was transported to Springview Hospital for non life threatening injuries. Smith was wearing a seatbelt.  Smith was charged with Driving Under the Influence 1st offense and cited to court. 

 

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A new trial date has been set for a man who prosecutors say gunned down an Adair Co. man while he was at work.

 

Casey Circuit Judge Judy Vance has set the new date of August 31, 2015 for Bobby Rigdon's murder trial, which was scheduled to begin last Monday. No location for the new trial has yet been determined, but it will be moved out of Casey County.

 

Prosecutors say Bobby Rigdon gunned down Gleason Pyles at Tarter Gate Co. in Dunnville in September 2012. Rigdon allegedly acted at the direction of David Salyers, president of the Frankfort chapter of the Iron Horsemen motorcycle club.

 

Salyers was convicted last year of complicity in the murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

 

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Two Taylor Co. men have been arrested on burglary charges following an investigation into a rash of burglaries at local businesses in Campbellsville.

According to Campbellsville Police, they have investigated a total of 7 business burglaries which began on Saturday, February 7, 2015.   During the burglaries, glass would be removed from the door of the business prior to entering.

Following an investigation, police arrested 38-year-old Don Allen Moyers and 23-year-old Chad Dowell both of Campbellsville. Both were charged with 7 counts of Burglary 3rd degree and lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.   
 

TUES. MARCH 3

 

The Adair County Sheriff's Office responded to two separate vehicle accidents on Monday.


The first accident occurred before 11:00 AM on HWY 55 North at the intersection of Kellyville Road when Matthew Taylor of Green Co., who was driving northbound, had slowed to turn his 1996 Mercury onto Kellyville Road and Ina Willis of Columbia (who was driving behind Taylor) failed to stop and rear-ended the vehicle. All parties refused medical transport. Traffic was briefly blocked until the vehicles could be removed.

 

The second accident was a single vehicle collision on Millerfield Road, HWY 76 near the Adair-Russell line. Christina Russell of Russell Co. was operating a 1996 Toyota traveling eastbound when she dropped off onto a steep shoulder then overcorreced and lost control. The vehicle then flipped in the ditch and came to a stop upside down. Russell and a passenger, Amy Scaggs also of Russell Co., were both unharmed.

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An Adair Co. teenager reported missing Monday afternoon has been found and he is safe.

17 year old Isaiah Harvey was reported missing just after 1:00 p.m. Mon. He was last seen around 9:40 a.m. Monday morning on HWY 206 and his family was concerned about him.


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The Columbia City Council met in regular session on Monday evening.


Columbia resident Mary Ann Loy gave a presentation on the need for sidewalk and crosswalk improvements. Loy stressed several specific areas. She challenged the City Council to do what was right and follow through with what needs to be done.

The Street Sanitation and Gas Dept.'s were commended for their great work in salting and clearing the streets and sidewalks and keeping the garbage routes going as smoothly as possible during the recent snow storm.


A motion was made by Councilman Dr. Ronald Rogers to re-send the motion made at the Dec. 2, 2014 Council meeting to rename Bomar Heights for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The Council is now  working with State Representative Bam Carney to get the roadway from the Columbia Presbyterian Church to the Columbia Bypass named Martin Luther King Blvd. in Rev. King's honor.  If this is done, the addresses of citizens who live in that area will not have to be physically changed and according to Mayor Harwick, will be a more appropriate tribute, at least a more visible one, to Dr. King.

Charles Grimsley was re-appointed to the Columbia Parks & Recreation Board and Wes Feese was appointed to this board.

MON.

Due to the potential for flooding and the outlook for another round of winter weather to affect Kentucky Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the Tornado Drill has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 10, 2015. 

March is Severe Weather Awareness Month in Kentucky and as this year proves, in the Bluegrass State, severe weather can come in many forms - from tornadoes to flooding to yes, even snow. Help make Kentucky WeatherReady by increasing your weather situation awareness. Follow the National Weather Service onNOAA Weather Radio, the Internet, Facebook, and Twitter.

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A three vehicle accident on Friday afternoon on East Kentucky 80 in Pulaski County killed one man.

The sheriff's department says 26-year-old Bryan Brewer was travelling east when his Oldsmobile crossed the center line and side swiped an SUV going the other way. Brewer's car then went into the path of a pick up truck. Brewer was pronounced dead at the scene. Another driver was taken to UK Hospital in Lexington and is expected to be ok.


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ADAIR CO. SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY REPORT FOR FEBRUARY, 2015

29           WARRANTS OF ARREST SERVED

11           CRIMINAL CASES OPENED

6              CALL RESPONSE REPORTS WRITTEN

9              DOMESTIC ABUSE CASES WORKED

8              NON-INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED

2              INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED

13           OUT OF COUNTY TRANSPORTS

8              CITATIONS WRITTEN FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

32           CIVIL PROCESS PAPERS SERVED

7              CRIMINAL SUMMONSES SERVED

87           SUBPOENAS SERVED

110         HOURS OF COURT SECURITY PROVIDED

129         VEHICLE INSPECTIONS DONE

345         911 CALLS


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Congratulations to the Adair County Lady Indians on winning the 20 District Championship Game on Friday night. Adair Co. beat Marion County 49 to 39.

The Lady Indians defeated Caverna in the 1st round of the Girls 5th Region T-ment on Sunday evening by a score of 56 to 45 and will advance in the t-ment and play E-town on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. CT) at North Hardin.

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The Indians lost to Taylor Co. on Saturday night in the Boys 20th District Championship Game by a score of 84 to 54.

The Indians will play in the 5th Region Tournament on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. CT as they take on Bardstown.  The Boys 5th Region T-ment is being played at Green County.

WAIN will have complete coverage of the games on 93.5 FM with John Shelley & Barry Hixson bringing you all the play by play action!

SAT.

Tpr. Jonathan Paull is investigating a collision that occurred Friday, February 27 at 6:22 PM CST on KY 90 at the intersection of KY 163.  36-year-old Jennifer Miller, of Campbellsville, was operating a 2001 Chevy truck and was stopped at the intersection on KY 163.  She pulled out and into the path of a westbound 2001 Nissan operated by 32-year-old Crystal Regan of Allardt Tennessee.  The Nissan struck a 2004 Chevy SUV operated by 46-year-old Sharon Morris, of Edmonton, that was stopped on KY 163 facing south.  Both the Miller and Regan vehicles overturned.  
 

Miller and 3 passengers, 19-year-old Tasha Betty, of North Veron, IN, 36-year-old Susanna Grapevine, of Campbellsville and 1-year-old Ky're Crider, of Campbellsville, were all transported to TJ Sampson Hospital for minor injuries.  Crider was in a child restraint device while Miller and Betty were not belted.

Regan and a passenger, 9-year-old Jason Price, of Allardt TN, were both belted and transported to TJ Sampson for minor injuries.

Morris was belted and was also transported and treated for minor injuries at TJ Sampson.  Tpr. Paull was assisted at the scene by CVE Officer Josh Patrick and the Metcalfe County Sheriff's Office, Fire, EMS and Rescue.

FRI.

An assistant Adair Co. basketball coach & teacher was arrested at the 20th District Boys Championship Game Thurs. night in Campbellsville on an indictment warrant from McQueary County, Ky.

Toby Curry was reportedly arrested on a warrant for inappropriate electronic communication with a McQueary County student.  Adair Co. School Supt. Alan Reed has placed Mr. Curry on leave.  

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Will there be another trial for Mayor of Columbia?  Or, will currently serving Mayor Curtis Hardwick be allowed to continue his term? The question is up in the air right now after a long day in Court Thursday.

The bench trial to determine if a new election for Mayor of Columbia will be held took place on Thurs. at the Adair Judicial Center. Proceedings began between 9 & 9:30am and wrapped up at approx. 6:45p.m. last evening.

Circuit Judge Judy Vance presided over the bench trial  and at the end of the proceedings Thursday evening she stated she knows the public is anxiously awaiting a decision, but she will have to review the rosters of the registered voters in all affected precincts.


Several witnesses were called including poll workers, Columbia City Clerk Rhonda Loy, City Police Chief Josh Brockman, former county clerk Sheila Blair, current County Clerk Lisa Greer, Board of Elections member Ben Loy, several voters and of course the plaintiff...Ben Arnold (a write in candidate for mayor in the 2014 Nov. General Election) who filed a petition contesting the results of the mayoral election citing irregularities occurred and many potential voters were not able to vote. 


The County Clerk presiding over the Nov. 2014 election was Joyce Rodgers (who is also a defendant in the case) however she was not called to testify.

As a result of testimony yesterday, it was evident that the Nov. election was far from perfect, but is it enough to call for a new election?  A decision will be made soon by Judge Vance.