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!

Good Luck to the Indians tonight (Sat.) as they take on Taylor Co. at 7:00 p.m.ET in the boys 20th District Championship Game at Campbellsville.




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.




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.  Hear an updated statement from Supt. Reed at 12:05 & 4:35 p.m. today on 93.5 FM and on line at www.935wain.com.




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 presumably next week by Judge Vance.



February is Heart Month and a leading Kentucky cardiovascular surgeon is cautioning women about how heart disease, the number one killer of women, can often sneak up on them.

Crushing chest pain is the most common but not the only symptom of heart disease. Dr. Kendra Grubb, a cardiovascular surgeon with the University of Louisville Physician's Group says women should not be fooled into thinking heart disease is something else and they need to be persistent. She says it’s important that women articulate the pain that they’re having, especially if it’s associated with stressers, as well as if the physician that they initially see prescribes something and the pain doesn’t get better.

Dr. Grub says many risk factors can be controlled...don't smoke, limit sugar in the diet, watch your blood pressure and exercise regularly.




There will be a Special Called Adair County School Board Meeting onThursday, February 26, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. at the Adair County Board of Education Conference Room for the purpose of:


     (3)   ADJOURNMENT




The Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office investigated a 1-vehicle injury accident on Wednesday around 7:30pmET on Greensburg Road in Campbellsville.

70-year-old Alma M. Morgan of Greensburg lost control of her 2005 Nissan car after hitting an icy spot. The vehicle hit a guardrail on the right side of Greensburg Road then spun around and ended up headed in the same direction on the other side of the road.

Morgan was transported by ambulance to the Taylor Regional Hospital for treatment of a possible broken arm. Her passenger, 55-year-old Bobby Curry of Campbellsville, was also taken to Taylor Regional Hospital with a head injury. Both were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident and airbags were deployed.


In the Girls 20th District Basketball T-ment last evening:

The Adair Co. Lady Indians beat Campbellsville by a score of 50 to 22.

The Lady Indians have an overall record of 23 & 6 and will play Marion County on Friday night at 7pm ET at Campbellsville in the Championship Game.

Marion Co. defeated Taylor Co. 40 to 23 on Tuesday.


In the Boys 20th District T-ment:

Taylor co. vs C-ville tonight at 7pmET
Adair Co. takes on Marion Co. Thurs. night at 7pmET

The championship game is on Sat. at 7pmET

The Boys Tournament is also being play at Campbellsville.




The Adair Co. Emergency Declaration has been changed from a snow event to a winter weather event will.  According to the Judge Executive's Office, this will keep all of the weather changes (snow, wind, ice, rains, etc.), as one incident.



Adair County Declaration of a Local State of Emergency
Amendment Date: 2-20-15
Original Date: 2-16-15



Whereas, beginning on February 15, 2015, and continuing, a significant weather system which includes heavy snow, bitter temperatures, and the forecast for sleet, wind, freezing rain, ice, and heavy rainfall has impacted Adair County, Kentucky; and


Whereas, this situation creates a considerable hardship for the citizens of Adair County; and


Whereas, local government has the responsibility to protect the public health, safety, property, and welfare of citizens, and to mitigate the effects of such events.


Now, therefore, I Michael Lee Stephens, Adair County Judge Executive, by the authority vested in me by KRS 39A.100(2), do hereby declare that a State of Emergency exists in Adair County for the period beginning on February 15, 2015, and continuing, and direct that


    The local Emergency Operation Plan shall be fully executed


    The Emergency Management Director shall direct the Adair County Emergency Management to provide such assistance as can be delivered from available local resources and shall coordinate all agencies of local governmnet to provide assistance to Adair County.


    All agencies of Adair County shall cooperate to the fullest extent with Adair County Emergency Management and shall provide such assistance as may be required for response to this emergency.


    Under this state of Emergency, as provided in KRS 39A.100(2) and 45A.380(1)(7) Adair County Judge Executive can waive procedures and formalities otherwise required from the law pertaining to: a) performance of public work, b) entering into contracts, c) incurring obligations, d) employment of permanent and temporary workers, e) utilization of volunteer workers, f) rental of equipments, and g) appropriation and expenditure of public funds.





The family of Ron and Janet Smith received major damage to their rent home on Montpelier Road onTuesday due to a fire.  The family needs a place to rent, clothing, and house hold items.  If anyone has clothing to help this family, please drop off at the Adair County Clerk’s Office during normal business hours Monday-Saturday.


Ron:  Pants (32x34), Shirt (xl), Shoes (13)
Janet: Pants (2-4, or small), Top (small),Shoes (8)
Daughter age 13: Pants (7), Shirt (m), Shoes (9)
Daughter age 7yrs: Pants (8T), Top (7 or 8T), Shoes (4)


For more info please contact Lisa Greer at the Adair County Clerk’s Office at 270-384-2801 or her cell at 270-469-0376.


After breaking through a frozen pond, two cows were saved Thursday by Taylor County Emergency management.


According to K-Country News Director Austin Yates, the incident occurred when two cows were standing on a three acre pond at Darrus Arnold Farms in the Bengal Community. The cattle broke through a soft spot in the ice falling into the frigid waters.


Taylor County Rescue Squad was called to the scene; Rescue managed to get a rope around the cattle’s neck, and pulled the livestock out with a tractor.


Arnold says the livestock lived through the event; their curent state of health is unknown.




As dangerously low temperatures continue, State Emergency Management is asking Kentucky residents to use caution with home heating devices.  

State Emergency Management Public Information Officer, Buddy Rogers, recommends anyone who uses auxiliary heat sources to make sure they know their manufacturer's warranty and how to operate the device safely.   He says proper ventilation for heaters and stand alone kerosine heaters is very important.  He says people need to keep heaters away from curtains and anything flammable.   Authorities continue to urge residents to stay at home if possible. 



An early morning fire destroys the South Edmonton Church of Christ, located on Highway 163 in Metcalfe County.


According to WBKO, details are sketchy at this hour but fire officials and Kentucky Emergency Management say the church was fully involved when fire crews arrived in the bitter cold.



The Kentucky State Police, Post 15, Columbia, which provides coverage for Washington, Marion, Taylor, Casey, Russell, Green, Metcalfe, Monroe, Clinton, Cumberland and Adair counties will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual. These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.



                                               5:30 P.M.

***Adair County Elementary School students will open the meeting with the
     Pledge of Allegiance***















        PROJECT – Gabe Jones, Sherman-Carter-Barnhardt  

17.   TECHNOLOGY UPDATE – Steve Turner



        BEGINNING JULY 1, 2015








Slick road conditions were a contributing factor in a fatal crash in Washington County on Wed. afternoon.


Tpr. Boston Hensley is investigating the collision that occurred at approximately 5:18 PM EDT on the KY 150 Bypass, 1 mile east of Springfield.


A 2010 Chevrolet car being operated by 50-year-old Hoyt Calhoun of Boston, KY was traveling west on the 150 bypass and crossed over the center line, striking an eastbound 2003 Mitsubishi car operated by 51-year-old Rhonda Yates of Danville.

Yates was transported to Springview Medical where she was later pronounced dead.  She was not wearing a seatbelt. 


Calhoun and a passenger, 44-year-old Lori Meier of Elizabethtown, were transported to Springview Hospital. Meier was later flown to University of Louisville for treatment. Neither were wearing seatbelts. 


Trooper Hensley was assisted at the scene by Washington County Fire, EMS and Rescue. The collision remains under investigation. 





On Sunday, Feb. 15, Columbia Police Department responded to Wal-Mart on a theft related complaint.  Officers was advised suspects were attempting to leave in Blue 2008 Ford f-150 with excess of 100.00 dollars of stolen merchandise. Officers located vehicle and retrieved all stolen items in addition to controlled substances and a concealed deadly weapon. 


Christopher Stevens, 31 of Columbia -  Charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking/ Shoplifting, Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree, and Possession of a Concealed Deadly Weapon.

Angela Goodall, 36 of Columbia-  Charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking /Shoplifting, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree, and Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container.

Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Ofc. Josh Brockman and Ofc. Drew Conn.


Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 plows are on the road, responding to this week's second round of snow showers.

Crews are now facing new challenges as they race against time and temperatures. With air temperatures around 20 degrees and falling their challenge is to get roadways cleared before pavement temperatures drop too low for de-icing substances to be effective.

With the record snowfall in some areas of Kentucky, clearing all roads of snow cover could take several days, during which road crews will remain at work on 12-hour rotating shifts. As with any significant snowfall, citizens should be aware that plowing may result in snow piles that block driveways, subdivision entrances and side streets. It is regrettable but unavoidable when plow crews must clear deep snow.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 8 is responsible for maintaining more than 5,209 lanes miles throughout Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell and Wayne counties. District 8 has more than 18,000 tons of salt and more than 100 snow plows, salt spreaders and other equipment on hand to combat inclement weather.

Travel is not advised, but motorists who must be out are advised to slow down, buckle up, rid themselves of distractions such as cell phone and maintain a "safe cushion" - at least 500 feet - between themselves and other vehicles. Motorists are also cautioned to give a wide berth to snow plows and other heavy highway equipment as they work to clear the roadways.

Road condition updates are available by calling 511 or by logging onto the 511 traffic and travel information website, 511.ky.gov. You can also get traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8. 

The cabinet’s SAFE Patrol is available to assist motorists whose vehicles become disabled on Kentucky interstates and parkways. For SAFE Patrol assistance, call 511 or toll-free at 1-877-FOR-KYTC (1-877-367-5982).




Supt. Alan Reed & Transportation Dir. David Jones will let us know by 3:00 p.m. pm Wed. about the rest of the week.

For a complete list of local closings and delays, go to www.935wain.com and click on the Snowflake in the top right-hand corner of the page.


Road condition updates are available by calling 511 or by logging onto the 511 traffic and travel information website, 511.ky.gov. You can also get traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8. 



February 16, 2015
WHEREAS, on February 16. 2015 a winter storm with snow and below freezing temperatures, KYEM EOC Incident #2015-0831,occurred in Adair County, Kentucky; and
WHEREAS, emergency snow removal is required to have roadways open for emergency vehicles and shelters where opened.  Due to the predicted duration and magnitude of this storm our County is working hard to try and stay ahead of this disaster, and
WHEREAS, this situation creates a considerable hardship for the citizens of Adair County and
WHEREAS, local government has the responsibility to protect the public health, safety and welfare, and to mitigate the effects of such events.
NOW, THEREFORE, I Michael Lee Stephens, County Judge Executive, by the authority vested in me by KRS 39A.100(2), do hereby declare that a State of Emergency exists in Adair County for the period of no less than one week, and direct that:
1.      The local Emergency Operations Plan shall be fully executed;
2.      The Adair County Emergency Management Director shall direct the County Emergency Service to provide such as¬sistance as can be delivered from available local resources and shall coordinate all agencies of local government to provide assistance to Adair County;
3.      All agencies of Adair County shall cooperate to the ful¬lest extent with Adair County Emergency Management and shall provide such assistance as may be required foresponse to this emergency.
4.      Under this State of Emergency, as provided in KRS 39A.100(2) the County Judge Executive  can waive procedures and formalities otherwise required by the law pertaining to: a) performance of public work, b) entering into contracts, c) incurring obligations, d) employment of permanent and temporary workers, e) utilization of volunteer workers, f) rental of equipment, g) appropriation and expenditure of public funds.

Michael Lee Stephens
Adair County Judge Executive




The Adair County Fire Department responded to a residential house fire early Tuesday morning.

The call came in around 1:00 a.m. from a residence on Old Montpelier Road. The residence was owned by Earl Coffey and occupied by Ron Smith. The fire is believed to have started in a downstairs bedroom ceiling causing moderate damage upstairs. There were 14 firemen on the scene for 1.5 hours.



Kentuckians are being dealt a wintery weather blast and KSP is asking motorists to be aware that weather conditions may change rapidly over the next few hours.   

“Winter weather provides new challenges and responsibilities to the public and the Kentucky State Police,” says KSP spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb.
“We ask drivers to be prepared to meet the challenges of the upcoming winter driving season.  Plan ahead, be sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained, drive defensively and ensure their vehicle is properly maintained to handle the effects of cold temperatures.”
KSP reports that slippery roads were the contributing factor in 26,427 crashes in 2014.

Here are a few simple steps to help keep you on the road and less stressed:

•    Avoid travel unless necessary when winter weather is in your area.
•    Slow down.
•    Always wear your seat belt.

Driving Considerations

•    Leave early – allow more travel time; expect delays.

•    Increase distance between vehicles – it takes significantly longer to stop on snow covered or icy roadways.

•    Clear all windows on your vehicle prior to travel – having unobstructed vision is vital to avoid running off of the road or having a collision.

•    Turn on your vehicle’s headlamps. Remove any dirt, mud or snow.

•    Use caution on bridges and overpasses as they are susceptible to freezing before roadways.

•    Avoid using cruise control – cruise can cause the vehicle’s wheels to continue turning on a slippery surface when speed needs to be decreased.  

 Be Prepared

•    Ensure your vehicle has a full tank of gas in the event you are stranded for an extended period of time.

•    Charge your cellular phone prior to departure.

•    Take a blanket.

•    Notify a family member or a friend of your travel plans prior to departure – if your travel is interrupted, someone will know.
Collision Information

•    Be patient – bad weather also limits the capabilities of law enforcement officers and emergency crews and increases response time. Also, keep in mind that they will be experiencing a high volume of requests for service.

•    Attempt to move your vehicle out of the roadway if you are involved in a minor, non-injury traffic collision; especially if you are in a dangerous area such as a curve or a blind hill.

•    If your vehicle is stranded or wrecked but not in the roadway, attempts to recover your vehicle will have to wait until conditions improve for safety considerations. 

KSP is requesting travelers to observe for potentially stranded motorists. If you see or suspect that someone is stranded, please call 911 or contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.


The Adair County Fire Department responded to a grass fire at 7:54 PM Sunday night at the corner of Woodland Acres and Green Hills Road.  Property owned by Michael Mann with about 1/2 of the property burned.

16 firemen were on the scene for 30 minutes.


An Adair County man has been arrested on drug trafficking charges after a recent narcotics investigation.

On Thursday, Feb. 12, the Columbia Police Department executed a sealed indictment arrest warrant issued by the Adair Circuit Court.  Arrested was 64-year-old Charles Childers who was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree, 1st offense.  Childers was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

The investigation will continue by CPD Det. Brad Scholl.


Adair County Judge Executive Michael Lee Stephens along with Adair County Emergency Management have moved into a preparedness mode with the potential of incoming winter weather.

The basement of theAdair Annex is open for anyone who is need of shelter.  It is handicap accessible with an elevator being located on the first floor of the Annex.  Chairs and tables are available but please bring any medication or other items you might need.

Be aware of incoming weather and give yourself plenty of time to move to a safe location. Also please remember to check on elderly neighbors and your animals if we do receive this winter storm.



In an historic move, the Kentucky House approves a ban on smoking in public places.  

According to the Kentucky News Network, the statewide ban has made it further than any similar pieces of legislation in the, approval by either chamber of the General Assembly.  
It would ban smoking in workplaces and indoor public places and passed 51-46.  
The measure now heads to the Senate where its expected to have a tough road to passage.  
Passage came after amendments allowing smoking in "cigar bars" and allowing cities or counties to approve their own ordinances regarding smoking. 


Right to Work legislation that passed in the Kentucky Senate fails in a House committee.  

According to the Kentucky News Network, after hearing nearly an hour of testimony the House Labor and Industry Committee soundly rejected the bill.  
Supporters said it was needed to clear away hurdles for future economic development and job growth.  
Opponents of Senate Bill 1 said Right to Work is not a significant issue when companies are looking to invest in Kentucky, the top priority is workforce development.  
Opponents also said Right to Work's main goal is to destroy unions which have done much for Kentucky families


An Adair County Grand Jury has returned seven indictments this week.

Kaylea Ann Bunch, age 21 of Columbia --Manufacture of Methamphetamin (1st Offense); Public Intoxication

Thomas Lee Wilson, age 34 of Columbia--Escape 2nd Degree; Persistent Felony Offender

Jordan K. Luttrell, age 20 of Columbia--Escape 2nd Degree

Patricia A. Crook, age 66 of Columbia--Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Fraud

Adrian S. Ballou, age 23 of Columbia--Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st Degree

Jeremy N. Leroy, age 35 of Springfield, Ky.--Flagrant Nonsupport

Julie Ann Holley, age 27 of Columbia--Flagrant Nonsupport


An indictment is a legal accusation and does not determine guilt or innocence.


The local VFW Post 6097 will be discussing helping to get a Veterans Administration Clinic in Adair County tonight (Thurs.) at 7pm.

According to Joe Hare, there will be an event to get signatures on a petition, locally as well from surrounding counties. Hare goes on to say he knows it will be tough, but if we will put our combined efforts together, this could happen and save many vets many miles and dollars.


Members of Lindsey Wilson College's 2014 national champion women's soccer team were honored Wednesday, February 11, 2015, by the Kentucky House of Representatives and Senate. The players and coaches were recognized on both chambers' floors, where resolutions were read honoring their 2014 accomplishments.

The Blue Raiders won the 2014 NAIA national title December 6. It was the program's fourth NAIA national title and the college's 13th overall NAIA team national title.

The team also named LWC's two state legislators - Rep. John "Bam" Carney, R-51st District, and Sen. Max Wise, R-16, both of Campbellsville - honorary Blue Raiders.



Tpr. Justin Phillips is investigating a collision that occurred on Tuesday at approximately 8:22 AM CST, 10 miles east of Columbia on KY 80.  

21-year-old Bethany Bray of Campbellsville, Ky. was operating a 2002 Dodge, traveling west on KY 80, when she lost control of her vehicle after driving through black ice. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a rock wall.  Bray was wearing a seat belt and was treated and released at Russell County Hospital.  A passenger, 1-year-old Braxton Morgan, was also treated and released and was in a child restraint device at the time of the accident.    



The Adair Fiscal Court met on Tuesday evening for its regular monthly meeting.

The Court approved 1st reading of a resolution adopting a Right-to-work Ordinance. Visitors for and against the Right to Work Law were at the court meeting. Kentucky is one of the last states in the South that does not have a so-called right-to-work law, which bar unions from forcing workers to pay dues. But surrounding states like Tennessee do -- and counties along Kentucky’s southern border say they're tired of losing jobs to other southern states.

In the last few weeks, several Ky. counties have approved ordinances limiting unions – becoming the first counties in the nation to do so. And several more Kentucky counties are expected to follow suit.


Mike Newton was appointed to the Adair Co. Water Board replacing Robert Flowers whose term is expiring.


Bill Troutwine was appointed Solid Waste Coordinator replacing A.L. "Pee Wee" Sinclair who is retiring.


The Court appointed Kim Sallee as Green River Animal Shelter Director replacing Sandy Ford who resigned.


An Adair Co.veteran Chester Whittington came before the Court requesting support of getting a Veteran's Administration Clinic in Adair Co. and will be meeting with the local VFW to try to get a petition circulating to get supporters.


To hear comments from Adair Co. Judge Executive Michael Stephens concerning Westlake Regional Hospital, be listening to our local newscasts today (Tues.) at 5:33 a.m., 6:33 a.m., 7:33 a.m., 12:05 p.m. and 4:33 p.m.


A trial date is scheduled for 9am Thursday, Jan. 26, by Circuit Court Judge Judy Vance to determine whether a new election for Mayor of Columbia will be ordered or not.

Mayoral candidate Ben Arnold filed a petition to contest the results of the 2014 Columbia Mayoral Nov. General Election stating he is asking for the Court to review the election for voter irregularities and to decide if the rights of the voters are better served by a new election. Arnold went on to say that it was clear to him that many irregularities occurred and that many potential voters were not able to vote.


A Russell Co. man has been arrested on drug charges.

According to the R.C. Sherriff's Office, Nicholas Duncan, age 27, was arrrested for trafficing in a Controlled Substance 3rd degree and lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.


A Taylor Co. man was arrested on drug charges on Tuesday.

According to the Campbellsville Police Dept., at approximately 3:45 P.M. police executed a search warrant at 510 North Jackson Street. 28 year old Andrew Edwards was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


Edwards was served with 5 outstanding warrants for his arrest and was additionally charged with a Taylor County Circuit Court indictment warrant for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Heroin).


A Russell Co. woman has been arrested for Theft by Deception less than $10,000 including writing cold checks.

44-year-old Glenda Burchett of Russell Springs was arrested by Russell Co.. Sheriff Clete Mcannich on Tuesday and was lodged in the R.C. Detention Center.

Reportedly Burchett obtained thousands of dollars in donations from individuals for medical expenses and then using the money for other purposes.



A Taylor County woman was transported to a Louisville hospital with critical injures following a 1-vehicle accident on Mon. at 10:54 a.m. ET.

According to theTaylor County Sheriff's Office, the accident occurred on Meadow Creek Road in Campbellsville.  24-year-old Kimbra C. Compton of Campbellsville was operating a 2005 Pontiac Bonneville traveling East, approximately two miles south of Campbellsville, when she entered a curve and lost control of her auto due to wet roadway conditions and going too fast for the roadway conditions.

Compton's vehicle's struck a tree with the roof of her vehicle.  Compton was partially ejected and had to be extricated by CTC Fire/Rescue. She was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital and later taken to the Univ. of Louisville Hospital for critical injuries.

Taylor Co. Deputy Branden Wilson was assisted at the scene by Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS, CTC Fire/Rescue and the Taylor Co. Fire Dept.


Lindsey Wilson College athletics is teaming with Sports Reach and Audience One on Thursday, Feb. 12 for the seventh-annual Next Step Shoe Drive at Biggers Sports Center.

The Next Step Shoe Drive takes place during Lindsey Wilson men and women’s basketball’s doubleheader with Mid-South Conference foe Georgetown (Ky.). First game of the doubleheader tips at 6 p.m. CT.

With their donation of a new or slightly worn pair of shoes, fans receive free admission to the doubleheader and are entered into a drawing for a free throw shooting contest as well as drawings for door prizes given out during halftime and timeouts.

Sports Reach and Audience One are responsible for distributing more than 5,000 pair of shoes to the needy worldwide -- including to countries such as Belize, Costa Rica and Liberia.

In addition to receiving one free raffle ticket for their donation, fans can purchase additional tickets towards the free throw shooting contest and the door prizes. Proceeds from the ticket sales also go toward Sports Reach and Audience One’s outreach program.

Fans that are unable to attend the game but would like donate a pair of shoes may do so at the Lindsey Wilson athletic offices.

For more information call the Lindsey Wilson College athletic department at 270-384-8070.


A short police pursuit in Campbellsville on Monday morning resulted in the arrest of the driver and a passenger.

At approximately 4:10 a.m., Officer Brian Morgan with the Campbellsville Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle being operated by 18-year-old Stephanie Lynn Dickens of Campbellsville. The vehicle was being stopped due to a passenger in the auto (Ronald Hayden) having outstanding warrants for his arrest.  As Officer Morgan attempted to stop Dickens, she sped away.  After a short vehicle pursuit, Dickens finally came to a stop in the area of Dale Street.

Stephanie Lynn Dickens was arrested and charged with Fleeing or Evading Police, Wanton Endangerment and Reckless Driving.

Ronald Hayden was arrested on 3 oustanding warrants for his arrest.

Both were lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.


The Adair Fiscal Court meets this evening (Tues.) at 6:00 p.m. in the Adair County Annex Basement. Items on the Agenda include:
    Public Comments:
        Robert Akin, President, Central Kentucky Building Trades Council
    Action items:
        Personnel: Solid Waste Coordinator
        Personnel: Green River Animal Shelter
        Right-to-work Ordinance, 1st Reading
        State Road Fund Stabilization Resolution
        Lease Agreement for Jail Garden
        Workforce Investment Area Interlocal Agreement resolution
        Court order for Grant Reimbursetment
        Declaration of Surplus Property
        Water Board Appointment



A top priority of the legislative session in Frankfort is the growing heroin problem in Kentucky.  

According to the Kentucky News network, today (Monday) Democratic Representative John Tilley will unveil his bill to combat the epidemic. 

The Senate passed its version of a heroin bill last month. It increases penalties for traffickers and expands treatment options for addicts. 

The House and Senate failed to reach an agreement on heroin legislation last year.  


A benefit presented by Dream Depot and friends called "A Valentine for Elaine" was held on Saturday evening and over $6,000 was raised. A great meal was served followed by great musical entertainment. All proceeds will go to Elaine Bennett for medical and travel expenses. 

An account has been set up at United Citizens Bank in Columbia for anyone wanting to donate money for Elaine.




St. Matthews police in Jefferson County have arrested a former Taylor County man who they believe sexually exploited children for decades.

According to WHAS 11, Houston Lee Robertson Jr., 45, faces four counts of possession of matter portraying a minor engaged in a sexual act.

Detectives aren't sure how many victims may be involved, but say their ages could range anywhere from 2-years-old to 18-years-old. Police also believe the crimes date back to the 1980's.

The discovery happened on November 9, at the Mallgate Apartments behind the Mall St. Matthews. A cleaning crew inside Robertson's abandoned apartment found the pornographic material and immediately called police. Police say Robertson had fled from his home after falling behind on rent, leaving all of his possessions behind, inside the apartment.

A Jefferson County Grand Jury indicted Robertson on December 22 for the crime, however he was not located until this week, in Pitt County, North Carolina, where he was arrested and extradited back to Jefferson County.

Police are now asking for anyone who believes they may be a victim to come forward.

Robertson has called both Louisville and Taylor County, Ky. home as well as North Carolina, so not all victims may be local. He's spent the last few decades unemployed or homeless.

You can contact the St. Matthews Police at 502-893-9000.


A Kentucky House committee has approved a bill to raise the state's minimum wage.  
According to the Kentucky News Network, Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo sponsors the measure, which would increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour over a three-year period.  
The legislation is opposed by the Kentucky Retail Federation, which is concerned about the impact on small business.  
Last year, a minimum wage bill passed the Kentucky House but died in the Senate.  
Louisville Metro Government recently raised the city's minimum wage to $9 an hour.



The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commmerce will have its monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 10 at 11:45 AM at The Pines at Lindsey Wilson.

Corporate Sponsor for February will be Key Mortgage Company, Inc.

Adair County Judge Executive Mike Stephens will share his vision and ideas for the future of Adair County.

Also speaking will be Peg Schaeffer from Sugarfoot Farm Rescue.


Two Marion County residents were arrested on numerous drug charges on Wednesday following a 2 year investigation. One of the individuals was also arrested for incest and sodomy.

On Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. officers from the Campbellsville Police Department, Kentucky State Police and Taylor County Sheriff’s Department responded to a house on Friendship Road in Taylor County where 2 former Taylor Countians were arrested.

41-year-old Steven Dale Cox Williams and 37-year-old Angela R. Williams (now of Marion County) were arrested on Marion Circuit Court Indictments for:

2 counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense (less than 2 grams of heroin)

1 count of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense  (more than 2 grams of heroin)

1 count of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense  (more than 10 Dose Units of a Schedule 2 narcotic)

1 count of Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense (Methamphetamine)

Steven Williams was also arrested on charges of 1 count of Drug Paraphernalia, 2 counts of Sodomy, 2 counts of Incest and 4 Counts of being a Persistent Felony Offender.

The drug charges are a result of a 2 year investigation into heroin trafficking in Marion and Taylor Counties by Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigations WEST, Campbellsville Police Department, & the Lebanon Police Department.  More charges may follow.

Anyone may call in anonymous tips, or report drug trafficking to the following numbers; Campbellsville 270-469-PRIDE Lebanon 270-692-LAWW Kentucky State Police 1-800-DOPE TIP



A Casey Co. Grand Jury did not indict a Casey Co. man in connection with the death of his live in girlfriend. However family members are discussing bringing a wrongful death lawsuit against the boyfriend as well as the former Casey Co. Coroner.

Leah Skipper died on March 18, 2014 of a single gunshot wound to the head, with the death being ruled a suicide by former Casey Co. Coroner Tommy Clark.

Reportedly Skipper and boyfriend Michael Johnson had been arguing just before the shooting and Skipper's family has raised questions about Clark's suicide ruling and the competency of the death investigation conducted by Clark and Casey County Deputy Freeman Luttrell.

This week, according to the Casey County grand jury's report that's just been released, there is not enough evidence to indict Michael Johnson in Leah Skipper's death.  Family members may bring a wrongful death lawsuit against Johnson as well as another lawsuit against former Casey County Coroner Tommy Clark for allegedly performing the death investigation without proper certification.


A man fleeing police in northern Kentucky was killed in a crash Tuesday evening.

According to WLEX TV, a woman in Russell Springs called and reported that her boyfriend, who stole her car two weeks ago, was ready to surrender. She said he planned to leave the car at the White Castle in Newport.

But police say the man drove away as officers approached. Officers say he was traveling about 45 mph through Bellevue when he ran a red light at the intersection of Berry Avenue and Fairfield Avenue. Another car hit the stolen vehicle, causing it to flip and crash into a utility pole.

The man was killed in the crash. EMS took the 70-year-old woman driving the other car to the hospital for treatment of injuries officials called minor.

Police have not released the name of the man killed.


An Adair Co. teenager was arrested on Monday by Greensburg police in connection with two burglaries.

19-year-old Cody Reynolds of Corbins Bend Road was arrested on two counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking (one being an automobile) and two counts of 3rd degree Burglary.

Reynolds allegedly burglarized the Green County High School and Green River Automotive.  He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.


A Russell County man found guilty of murder by two local juries has requested a third trial in Wayne Circuit Court.

According to The Outlook in Wayne County, attorneys for Beckham B. Barnes filed a motion in June 2014 for a new trial for their client, who is currently serving a 25-year sentence.

The motion, filed by attorneys Brenda Popplewell and Patrick Nash, was heard in Wayne Circuit Court on Tuesday, January 20 and an evidentiary hearing in the case has been set for July 8 and July 9, according to court records.

Barnes was originally convicted of shooting Troy Miller, a former business associate, by a Wayne County jury in 2001.

The jury recommended a 22 year sentence on the murder conviction.  In December 2002, the Kentucky Supreme Court overturned the original verdict and granted the defendant a new trial.  The second trial was held in Wayne Circuit Court in January 2004.  A second jury returned a guilty verdict in the case and recommended a 25 year sentence on the conviction.

The shooting occurred in Russell County, but the case was moved to Wayne County due to the publicity following the incident.  Miller was shot to death in April 1999 in a surveying office operated by Barnes.   According to testimony at the trial, Barnes stated that he and Miller had worked together on a project that night.  Later that night, Barnes said he was awakened by what he thought was an intruder in his business. Barnes testified that the person inside his business shot at him and he fired back in self-defense.


The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is asking all men and women in Kentucky to wear red with us on Friday, February 6th in celebration of National Wear Red Day. Every year this movement raises awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 health threat of women, and it kills more women than all cancers combined.

Currently some eight million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease, yet only one in six women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat. In fact, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

For more information on National Wear Red Day or the Go Red For Women movement, visit GoRedForWomen.org.
















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The Columbia City Council met on Mon. evening for its regular monthly meeting.

Several appointments were approved:

Dr. Ron Rogers was re-appointed Mayor Pro-Tem

Mary Ann Loy and Bill Wheat were re-appointed to the City of Columbia Board of Adjustment

Linda Lewis and Henrietta Scott were re-appointed to the Columbia Tourism Board

Johnny Vaughn was re-appointed to the the PVA Appeals Board

Debbie Yates and Bruce White were re-appointed to the Parks & Recreation Board

Larry Dudley was appointed to the Columbia Municipal Housing Authority

Bob Benningfield to the Columbia Municipal Housing Authority to finish the term of Pat Bell

Lee Stephens was appointed to the Columbia-Adair County Airport Board

Bill Troutwine was re-appointed to the Columbia/Adair County Airport Board

Juanita Duvall and Shannon Rowe were appointed to the Adair County/City of Columbia Joint Commission on Human Rights


The Council also approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Curtis Hardwick to enter into an interlocal agreement to continue participation in the Cumberland Workforce investment area.



A multi-agency investigation in two states has resulted in charges being filed against three Russell County men in connection with a pharmacy burglary in southern Georgia last weekend.

The investigation is ongoing and involves the Russell County Sheriff’s Department, Russell Springs Police Department, Jamestown Police Department, the Waycross, GA Police Department and Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

During the early hours of Sunday, January 25th (2015) a pharmacy was burglarized in Waycross, Georgia resulting in a large quantity of narcotics being stolen.

Late Thursday night (Jan. 29th) a large quantity of prescription pain pills stolen from the Georgia pharmacy were recovered at a residence on West KY 76 in the Webbs Crossroads community.

Also late Thursday night, two individuals were arrested and one vehicle was seized as part of this investigation.

Brothers Steven Williams, 35, of Jamestown and Bradley K. Williams, 31, of Russell Springs were taken into custody and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. Both are charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree. Both men were served with “Fugitive from Justice” warrants Friday afternoon (Jan. 30th) after warrants charging them with Burglary were obtained by Waycross, GA Police investigators.

Additionally, arrest warrants have also been issued for a third Russell County man.

Anyone with any information pertaining to this case or any other criminal activity is encouraged to call or text the Russell County Sheriff’s Department’s “CRIME TIP LINE” at 270-566-9111.

You can also e-mail information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


KSP are conducting a death investigation in Clinton County.


Detective Jamie Richard is investigating the death of 19-year-old Cole G. Harlan of Tompkinsville. Post 15 received a call from the Monroe County Sheriff's Department on Sunday around 4:00pmCT in reference to a male subject (Cole Harlan) who had been transported to the Monroe County Medical Center with a gunshot wound.


Harlan was then being transported to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville but was pronounced dead at the Macon County General Hospital in Tennessee after EMS was forced to stop en route to Vanderbilt due to Harlan's deteriorating condition.


The investigation is ongoing. No foul play is suspected. Detective Richard was assisted at the scene by KSP Sgt. Greg Brown, Tpr. Brian Gibson and the Monroe County Sheriff's Department.


A Metcalfe County Teen was killed in an accident over the weekend.

The Glasgow Police Department says around 3:15 a.m. Saturday morning, Jay Caleb Dyer of Summer Shade was traveling west on the Cumberland Parkway near mile marker 11 when his car left the road and hit the median, causing it to flip several times before ejecting him.

Police don't know why Dyer's car went off the road yet.




The Columbia Police Dept. arrested 3 Adair Countians and 1 Russell County resident on Friday on meth-making charges.


At approximately 2:25amCT Friday morning, Columbia Police Department officers located a methamphetamine lab at a residence off of Young Street in the limits of Columbia.


Officers arrived at the home after they initiated a narcotics investigation that has been ongoing for several months. When members of the department entered the home it was quickly found that the occupants of the home were in the process of manufacturing and the lab was active.


Officers secured all four occupants and conducted a brief search of the residence for safety. At that time,two teenage children were found asleep in bedrooms. The children and suspects were removed from the home to limit their exposure to the toxic fumes produced during the process.


Arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail were: 41 year old Jamie Mann, 41 year old Jerry W. Compton and 40 year oldLisa Cooper all of Columbia along with 28 year old Christopher Russell of Russell Springs.


All four suspects were charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st offense, and Controlled Substance Endangerment to children.

The teenagers were taken to Westlake Regional Hospital as a precaution to the exposure of the toxic fumes released during the process. The KY Department of Protection and Permanency was also notified and responded to assist with the children.




The Columbia City Council will meet for its regular monthly meeting this evening (Monday) at 6:00 p.m.


Items on the agenda include board appointments and a resolution of authority/approval authorizing Curtis Hardwick as Mayor to enter into an Inter-local Cooperative Agreement with the other unit of Government within the Cumberlands Workforce Investment Area.



FRI. Jan. 30

A Kentucky native accused of a kidnapping in Missouri faced a judge Thursday morning.

Robert Caldwell appeared in person in a Casey County courtroom. The judge entered a not guilty plea on Kentucky charges of kidnapping, fleeing and evading police, criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking.



Caldwell, A Danville native, is accused of kidnapping a man in Missouri and a Kentucky crime spree in which he stole a truck at gunpoint with a 13-year-old boy inside.


Caldwell was caught after a multi-county car chase. The teen was not hurt.


Caldwell was appointed a public defender. The judge refused to lower Caldwell's million dollar bond. Caldwell will be back in court next week.


An Adair Co. man has died from injuries sustained in a 3-vehicle  accident in Taylor Co. last week.


47 year old Tim Beard of Milltown died Wed. from injuries sustained in the accident. Beard was flown to  the U of L Hospital following the accident last Wednesday evening Jan. 21st  that occurred 9 miles south of Campbellsville on Hwy 55 (New Columbia Road).


A 2003 Volkswagen Jetta being operated by 30 Christopher Richardson of Campbellsville, rear- ended a Pontiac G6 being driven by Beard who was stopped for construction. The impact knocked Beard's vehicle into a 2012 Ford van being driven by 30 year old Christpher Gabbert of Campbellsville who was also stopped in traffic.


Beard was flown by Air Evac to the Univ. of Louisville Hospital where he died Wednesday.



A traffic stop results in a Columbia man being arrested on firearms violations.


On Tuesday night at 11:12 p.m. Columbia Police Ofc. Charles Greer was patrolling on the Veterans Memorial Bypass when he observed a 2002 Green Kia driving recklessly.  A traffic stop was conducted for moving violations.  Upon interviewing the operator of the vehicle, it was discovered that 41-year-old Kelvin Wilson of Columbia was in possession of a concealed loaded handgun without possessing a Concealed Carry of Deadly Weapons (CCDW) license.  Upon further investigation it was also found that Wilson was a convicted felon and prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm. 

Wilson was lodged in Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:


1-    Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon
2-    Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon
3-    No/Expired Registration Plate
4-    Failure to Maintain Required Insurance



THURS. Jan. 29

The Circuit Court Clerks of Kentucky made 2014 a momentous year in the fight to save lives. With 998 Kentuckians on the waiting list for an organ transplant, there is no better time to join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.

In 2014, 103 unselfish individuals in Kentucky were able to save 332 lives, and many more individuals were able to enhance someone's life or give sight to hundreds more through tissue and cornea donation. Still more than 124,000 patients are currently waiting for their organ transplant. Tragically, each day 21 lose their fight and their lives, waiting. Kentucky's Circuit Clerks are determined to make a difference and change that number.

"When you get your license or state ID, we ask if you would like to donate $1 to increase public education about the mission of organ donation in Kentucky. We also ask if you wish to be a registered organ donor. Every person who says 'yes' gives hope to all those patients on the waiting list," explains Adair Circuit Clerk Dennis Loy.

Kicking off 2015 with a bang, Loy's office is reaching out to those in Adair County who have been touched by the mission of organ donation. These stories will be compiled into an inspiring, online wall dedicated to raising awareness about this mission. Current stories can be found on the Trust For Life website TrustforLife.org.

"In 2014, Adair County residents donated $1843 to the Trust For Life, and residents joined the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.



The Columbia City Council will meet for its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Items on the agenda include board appointments and a resolution of authority/approval authorizing  Curtis Hardwick as Mayor to enter into an Inter-local Cooperative Agreement with the other unit of Government within the Cumberlands Workforce Investment Area.


WED. Jan. 28

KY charges have been filed against an FBI fugitive captured in Lincoln County on Wednesday.

25-year-old Robert Caldwell, formerly of Danville, KY and a FBI fugitive was charged with Fleeing & Evading Police, Criminal Mischief, Kidnapping, Robbery and Theft by Unlawful Taking/Auto.

At approximately 12:55pmET yesterday, two KSP detectives in an unmarked car, indicated that he had been involved in a hit-and-run, sideswipe collision with a white Jeep that was traveling west on Thomas Ridge Road in Casey County. The Detectives pursued the 2005 Jeep Wrangler but were unable to locate it.

During the course of looking for the Jeep, it was discovered that the Jeep had been stolen from a residence on Turkey Creek Road in Casey County. The accused came out of the woods onto the property and found a 13-year-old male outside the residence. The male juvenile was made to get in the Jeep with the accused, at gunpoint, and was taken. The juvenile was released a short time after being abducted and found unharmed.

The vehicle was located after multiple agencies engaged in several hours of searching and a second pursuit ensued and ended in Lincoln County where Caldwell was taken into custody by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. He is being held in the Lincoln County Jail on multiple local, state and federal charges.


The Adair County Clerk's office has joined Adair County School schools as a drop off point for Shoes for H.O.P.E. You'll be able to contribute shoes for the drive six days a week here, including Saturdays.

The Adair County Clerk’s Office is open on Saturday’s from 8:00 a.m. till 12:00 noon.

There will be some instances, when we will be closed; example when the Saturday follows a holiday or in front of a holiday, the state offices are closed; therefore we have to be closed due to no computers. We will make sure to let the public know in advance.

The Saturday hours are in addition to the regular Monday-Friday schedule of 8am-4pm.

The Clerks webpage: adair.clerkinfo.net.


The Adair County High School Career and Technical Education Showcase will be held on February 9, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. CT at ACHS.

The showcase will feature opening remarks from student leaders and Superintendent Alan Reed. All CTE departments (Agriculture, Business, the Energy Academy, Family and Consumer Sciences, Graphic Arts, Health Sciences, Information Technology, and Welding Technology) will be available for guests to visit to view student work and to see the CTE programs available to ACHS students.

The highlight of the evening will be the opportunity for you to see the new Lake Cumberland Area Technology Center Satellite Campus featuring Health Sciences and Welding Technology.

Also featured will be previews of two new career pathways scheduled to debut in the 2015-2016 school year: Aerospace and Broadcast Journalism.

For more info. contact high school principal Troy Young at 270-384-2476.




Adair County PRIDE Clubs have been awarded funding.

Student groups that explore nature and serve their communities have received a boost from Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Inc., the nonprofit organization that promotes environmental cleanup and education in southern and eastern Kentucky.

PRIDE announced Monday that it had awarded $30,277 to PRIDE Clubs across the 42-county region. The PRIDE Club Environmental Education Contracts are worth up to $750 each. They were awarded through a competitive application process.

In Adair County, the Adair County Elementary School PRIDE Club received $750. The Lindsey Wilson College PRIDE Club received $650.

PRIDE Clubs are student groups dedicated to environmental education.