LOCAL NEWS

LOCAL NEWS--FRI. NOV. 21

 

A Taylor Co. woman has been charged with 3 counts of Receiving Stolen Property.

The Taylor County Sheriff's Dept. arrested and charged 21-year-old Shelby Roberts with three counts of Receiving Stolen Property. According to officers, Roberts was known to have been in possession of and sold a stolen utility trailer on Monday, October 31, 2014. The trailer had been stolen from the Saloma Area.

Shelby Roberts was also charged with Receiving Stolen Property for being in possession of aluminum rims that were stolen from the Wooleyville Road area and a stolen hay baler stolen from the Sportsman Lake Road area.

Roberts was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.

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A statue is being built in honor of a fallen Campbellsville firefighter, and it will be placed at Taylor Regional Hospital.


Brad Shofner, a friend of Tony Grider who is behind the fundraising for a statue honoring the late firefighter, says that they're so close to having all costs to honor a man missed by so many. Captain Tony Grider. who is from Columbia, died from his injuries a month after hitting a transmission line while helping Campbellsville University students with an ice bucket challenge on campus. Now, Grider's friends want to make sure that everyone remembers Tony for the good he did.

Taylor Regional Hospital is helping keep Grider's memory alive by giving his statue a home. It will greet patients as they come into the ER, through those same ER doors Grider rushed through daily in his job.

It was in that ER where some debriefing after the initial incident occurred and now that familiar hall is bringing some closure to those who knew and loved Tony.


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“Christmas Memories” will be the theme of Lindsey Wilson College’s fourth-annual Christmas Carnival, set for Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center, 299 Williams St.

The event -- which is free and open to the public -- will be held from 1-4 p.m. CT.


The Christmas Carnival will include activities for children, including cookie-decorating, story-book reading, arts and crafts, balloon sculpting, face painting, and inflatable play equipment. Children can also have their picture taken with Santa Claus.

Entertainment will be provided by Christmas carolers from the college and area churches, and area businesses will sell their arts and crafts.

Guests can also donate a new children’s coat, which will be distributed by the Lindsey Wilson Bonner Scholars to area preschoolers from underprivileged families.

Booth space is available for organizations and businesses who want to participate in the Christmas Carnival. For more information, contact Peterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 270-384-7381.

 

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Attorney General Jack Conway announced that six Kentucky counties were chosen in a random drawing this afternoon to undergo independent inquiries for any potential irregularities that may have occurred during the primary election on Tuesday, November 4. The counties are:


1.)    Owsley
2.)    Gallatin
3.)    Simpson
4.)    Bourbon
5.)    Metcalfe
6.)    Mercer


“These audits ensure a fair and equitable election process in Kentucky and supplement the work our investigators did leading up to and during the primary election,” General Conway said.

 


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Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate dropped to its lowest rate in more than six years in October 2014 at 6.2 percent from a revised 6.7 percent in September 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training.

It marks the single-biggest one-month drop in the unemployment rate since 1976, when the current methodology for measuring the rate was adopted. It surpasses last month’s record-breaking drop of 0.4 percent and makes the state’s 0.9 percent drop in the unemployment rate since August the largest reduction measured in a two-month time period

According to economist Manoj Shanker of the OET, the trend is definitely going in the right direction. Shanker says we haven't seen this magnitude of year-over-year gains in nonfarm employment since 2000.

 

 

THURS.


The Campbellsville Police Dept. is investigating cases in which unlocked cars are being entered and searched for valuables.  The thief or thieves are targeting residential neighborhoods and vehicles that are left unlocked.

If you have any information on who committed these crimes, please call 270-465-4122. Police say you can help prevent these crimes by locking your vehicles.


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More Relay for Life teams are needed in Adair County.

 

Relay for life teams and other individuals raised a total of $56,000 in Adair Co. last year to help the American Cancer Society "find a cure" and if you'd like to get on board this year, contact Peggy at  270-634-2882  for more info. about the 2015 Relay for Life.

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The Adair Co. School Board will meet tonight (Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. for a regular monthly meeting. 

Items on the Regular Agenda include:

 

   Approval of auditor's report for 2013-2014

 

   Superintendent's Report

 

   Recognition of 2 high school students--Shelby Cheatham and Tyler Moore

 

   Public Comments

 

   Buildings & Grounds update – David Jones

 

   Update on Technology Center, Canopies and new Bus Garage – Gabe Jones, Sherman-Carter-Barnhart

 

   Approval to file BG-1 Form for construction of a new bus garage

 

 

The meeting is open to the public.

 

WED.

 

 

Two people, including an Adair Co. man, have been arrested for burglary in Green County.

18 year old Cody Reynolds of Columbia and 19 year old Miguel Santiago of Greensburg were arrested on Tuesday and charged with Burglary in connection with the Nov. 6th burglary of Green Co. High School. Both were lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.  They were also arrested on Taylor Co. warrants for Theft by Unlawful Taking.

The Greensburg Police Dept. made the arrests.

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The city of Campbellsville and Campbellsville University have both been fined for safety violations that were found during the investigation of an electrocution in August.

In August, several firefighters were assisting the Campbellsville University band with an ice bucket challenge, when the bucket truck they were using came in contact with a power line.

According to channel 18 in Lexington, the state investigator noticed other safety violations while he was on scene. The university agreed to a $4,000 fine because an employee in a lift overseeing the event was not properly harnessed. That lift contained a student videographer.

The city of Campbellsville was also fined because a city employee wasn't wearing a harness at the same time at a different location that wasn't related to the ice bucket challenge.

The employee cited in that case was watering flowers.
The city has contested its fine and the Labor Cabinet say its investigation into the electrocution is still ongoing.


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U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power welcomed Preston Lashley to serve in his Washington, DC office this fall. Lashley is a resident of Columbia and has served in the office since early September as part of an internship experience through Lindsey Wilson College. He will be graduating this December with a major in Criminal Justice and is the son of Sergeant Major Paul and Nikki Crews.


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Smoke-Free Kentucky, a coalition of more than 500 groups that support a comprehensive smoke-free law, wants the General Assembly to make it a "number one priority."

The 2015 legislative session will be the fifth year in a row that smoke-free advocates have tried to convince lawmakers to pass a bill.

About a third of Kentucky's four-point-three million people are currently covered by local smoking ordinances.

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce says 92-percent of its members support a comprehensive smoke-free law. It says an unhealthy workforce hinders attracting businesses to locate in Kentucky.

 

TUES.

 

Columbia Police arrested a man on drug charges on Sunday as the effort continues to curb drug abuse in Adair County.

CPD officers executed a sealed indictment for the arrest of 29 year old Kenny Dotson for Trafficking In a Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st offense. Dotson was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. The case is continueing toi be investigated by Columbia Police.

 

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The sixth-ranked Lindsey Wilson College football team hosts No. 11 Faulkner (Ala.) on Saturday, Nov. 22, as the NAIA Football Championship Series First Round pairings have been released by the NAIA.
 

The contest is a rematch of the regular-season meeting between the two teams, won by Faulkner 28-21 in Montgomery, Alabama.

 

The Blue Raiders (9-2, 6-0 Mid-South Conference East Division) earned their postseason spot after winning the MSC East title with a 35-28 win over Georgetown (Ky.) on Saturday.

 

It is the first-postseason berth in Lindsey Wilson program history. The Blue Raiders are the lone newcomers this season to the FCS field.

 

Faulkner (9-2, 4-1 Mid-South Conference West) earned their postseason spot after receiving an at-large bid.

 

Lindsey Wilson and Faulkner are just two of four teams from the Mid-South Conference to qualify for the NAIA Championship Series.

 

Fellow MSC East member No. 10 Georgetown travels to No. 7 Marian (Ind.) while MSC West member No. 17 Campbellsville (Ky.) travels to No. 3 Saint Xavier (Ill.).


The game time for Saturday’s contest is at noon CT.

 

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The ADAIR Band won the 2014 Bands of America Grand National Championship in Class A on Saturday in Indianapolis.

 

Adair beat out 21 other Class A Bands to win the title.

Adair also won Best Overall Music, Best Over All General Effect, and Best Overall Visual awards.

No other bands in the area chose to participate in this contest.

 

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Two persons were sent to the Russell Co. Hospital for treatment following a rear-end collision on Friday afternoon in Russell Springs.
 

The accident occurred at 4:30 p.m. at the end of the on-ramp to the west-bound lanes of the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway.


A car driven by 20-year-old Kierra Priest of Radcliffe, rear-ended an SUV being operated by 57-year-old Jackie Adamsom of Russell Springs. Priest and a passenger, 22 year old Kayla Martin, were both transported by ambulance to the Russell County Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Jackie Adamson and her husband Walter were not injured.


The Russell Springs Police Dept. investigated the accident.

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Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has been chosen by fellow Republicans to become Senate majority leader when the new Congress convenes in January.  

 
McConnell was elected by acclamation Thursday at a closed-door meeting of the rank and file.  

As majority leader, McConnell will set the Senate's agenda. Along with House Speaker John Boehner, he will decide what legislation is sent to the White House in the final two years of President Barack Obama's term.    

The 72-year-old McConnell was elected to a sixth Senate term last week in elections in which Republicans gained a majority for the first time in eight years. 

 

 

FRI.

 

A 1-vehicle accident early Friday morning in Adair County injured one person.

 

 

At approximately 4:30 AM Friday morning, Eric Wilson was operating a 2005 Ford Pickup truck on Millerfield Road when he traveled off the shoulder of the roadway and overcorrected in an attempt to operate the vehicle back onto the road. Wilson's vehicle struck a dirt embankment and came to rest on the side of the road.  Wilson was treated at Russell County Hospital for non life threatening injuries.

 

 

Jared Conover with the Adair County Sheriff's Office was on the scene for about one and a half hours.

 

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With more than 18,000 tons of salt on hand, and more than 80 snow plows, salt spreaders and other equipment ready in Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell and Wayne counties, Kentucky Department of Highways District 8 crews are ready for winter weather duty.

Since October, district crews have been inspecting snow plows, calibrating salt-spreading equipment and developing snowstorm response procedures to keep 5,209 miles of state roads passable during inclement weather.

When bad weather hits, crews are assigned 12-hour shifts to plow and treat roads using a priority system based on the amount and nature of traffic within each individual county. Priority A routes include major through routes and are those most heavily traveled. Priority B routes include other important, but lesser traveled, state routes. Other roads fall into Priority C.

While it’s the Transportation Cabinet’s goal to treat all routes within eight hours of a routine winter storm event, higher priority routes are treated within a one- to four-hour turnaround time.

Motorists are reminded to give plenty of room to plows, salt trucks and other snow-clearing heavy equipment. To be effective in dispersing de-icing material, trucks tend to travel at a slower speed. Also, snow plows may create a snow cloud which can cause a white out or zero visibility condition, so keep a safe distance away from the trucks.

Dial 511 or log onto 511.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in Kentucky.

 

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The Kentucky State Police is now taking applications for its 93rd Academy Class scheduled to begin May 24th, 2015. Interested applicants should visit the KSP website at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/career.html

If more information is needed after visiting the website, applicants can call toll-free to (866) 360-3165 during office hours from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or leave a message any other time.

All application materials must be completed and returned to the KSP Recruitment Branch at 919 Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY 40601 no later than December 31st, 2014 by the close of business.

 

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Tpr. Kenny Brown is investigating a collision that occurred Thursday at 9:50 AM CST, 10 miles south of Jamestown on US 127 on Wolf Creek Dam. 

 

28-year-old Amber D. Bowlin, of Albany, was operating a 1994 Ford Explorer, traveling north.  Bowlin lost control of her vehicle and struck a guardrail.  Bowlin and a passenger, 37-year-old Kristie L. Key of Albany, were not belted and were treated for non life threatening injuries at Russell County Hospital.  

 

Bowlin was cited for Driving Under the Influence 1st, No Seatbelt and No Insurance.   

 

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Preliminary statistics indicate that ten people died on Kentucky roadways from Monday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. During the same reporting period, KSP accounted for 411 seat belt citations, 116 aggressive driving citations, 49 distracted driving citations and 118 DUI arrests.


In an effort to reduce highway fatalities, KSP is asking Kentuckian’s to ‘Finish Strong’ in 2014 by adhering to safe driving procedures including wearing seat belts, reducing speed, refraining from distractions and never driving impaired.  Kentucky is currently at its lowest highway fatality rate in nearly fifty years.


The #FinishStrongKY project began November 1, 2014 with a data driven strategy that places enforcement details in high crash zones where fatalities have occurred. The effort will remain in effect through the holidays.


KSP is partnering with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and the Federal Highway Administration to roll out the #FinishStrongKY media blitz.  The agencies will utilize social media platforms to blast out uniform traffic safety messaging with the hash tag FinishStrongKY.


Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

 

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The two escaped prisoners from Adair County Regional Jail Class D facility have been located. The two were located over 600 miles from Adair County in Florida.

 

 THURS.

Around 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning, Sumter County Florida Deputy’s located a white Chevrolet Corisca along the roadside and ran the license plate.  CPD Sgt. Gary Roy was able to obtain a registration ID of the suspected vehicle early in the investigation and had it entered through NCIC at the Kentucky State Police Post.  Once the deputy’s ran the plate a NCIC hit was confirmed and deputy’s were able to take 20 year old Jordan Luttrell and 34 year old Thomas Wilson into custody without incident.

 

 

Both inmates will be transported back to Adair County once the extradition process is completed to face Escape charges and carry out their original sentences.

 

 

The Columbia Police Dept. would like to thank everyone for their help. The dept. received and investigated multiple tips that were called in. Sgt. Gary Roy will continue the investigation.

 

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This weekend, the ADAIR Band is competing in the Bands of America Grand National Championships being held at Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S Capitol Avenue Indianapolis, IN.


There will over 90 band competing from 21 different states which are Class A, Class AA, Class AAA and Class AAAA. Adair will be competing in Class A and has won the Class A BOA National Title twice before, in 2005 and 2007.


The students have worked very hard this year and are hoping to add 2014 to the list. The band performs at 8:30pmCT/9:30pmET, tonight (Thurs.) in preliminaries. They will then have to wait until out late Friday night to see if they are one of the 34 bands to advance to Semi-Finals Saturday morning  when Class Titles are decided.

 

 

WED.


The Columbia Police Department is investigating the escape of two inmates at Adair County Regional Jail Class D Facility.

 

On Tuesday night at  8:55 p.m., Columbia Officers were notified by Adair 911 to respond to the Class D Facility located at 23 Service Rd in Columbia. Adair County Deputy Jailer’s  advised officers on the scene that two inmates had fled the facility on foot in a unknown direction of travel. After reviewing the video surveillance of the facility’s property it was found that the inmates a fled through the front door at 8:04 p.m. but it wasn’t determined that they was missing until approximately 50 minutes later when a bed check which is done regular throughout the deputy’s shift was conducted.

 

Columbia Police are looking for 20 year old Jordan Luttrell of Liberty KY. He is approx. 5 ft 11 in height, 175 lbs, brown hair, blue eyes and has a large scar on the right side of his head. He was last seen wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with blue jeans and tennis shoes.  

 

The second inmate is Thomas L Wilson age 34 of Albany KY. He is approx. 6 ft in height, 220 lbs, brown hair, blue eyes, has tattoos on both sides of his neck and both arms. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark colored t-shirt and work boots.

 

The men were both incarcerated on theft related charges and each had multiple years left on their sentence. At this time we believe they have left the immediate area and may have been picked up in a white 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier. Columbia Police Department is asking for the public to keep a watchful eye out for these two escaped  inmates and to please call us at 270-384-4119 or 270-384-6464 with any information as to their whereabouts or call your nearest Law Enforcement Agency.

 

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Everyone is urged to show their support for the Adair County Indian Football Team as they head to Paducah this Friday, Nov. 14th to take on Paducah Tilgman in the second round of play-offs leading up to the State Championship.

 

These boys and their coaches work very hard each and every day and have made Football History in Adair County! They brought a play-off game to Adair for the first time in a decade and WON! And now once again making history in Adair County football by advancing to the second round of play-offs.

 

If you own a business, you can show your support by placing a sign in your window wishing them good luck or better yet if you have a marquee sign, put their name up in lights. Let’s show them some INDIAN PRIDE!

 

Also County Judge Executive Ann Melton has declared Friday November 14th Adair County Indian Football Day. There will be a send-off for the team coming from the school around the Public Square, up Jamestown Hill and onto the Cumberland Parkway.

 

Everyone is encouraged to line the sides of the roads and show your support to these young men. They will be leaving the school campus at 12:30 p.m.

 

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On 11-11-2014 at 9:40am Deputy Aaron Rainwater investigated a single vehicle collision 14 miles north of Columbia on Caldwell Ridge Road.

 

Angela Goodall age 36 of Columbia was operating a 2009 PT Cruiser west bound on Caldwell Ridge Road when she lost control of her vehicle and struck a tree. The vehicle then ran thru a barbed wire fence coming to rest in an open field.

 

Goodall was treated on the scene by Adair County EMS and later transported to Taylor County Regional Hospital by family. Goodall reported that she blacked out just before leaving the roadway due to having had a seizure.

 

Deputy Rainwater was assisted on scene by Deputy Brandon Hitch and members of the Knifley Fire Department.

 

TUES.


Tpr. Adam Likins is investigating a collision that occurred Saturday, November 8, at approximately 7:25 PM EDT, 10 miles east of Liberty at the junction of KY 49 and KY 78.

 
29-year-old Ronnie Johnson, of Liberty, was traveling south on KY 49, operating a 1998 Ford Mustang.  Johnson's vehicle sideswiped a northbound 2005 Saturn, operated by 57-year-old Judy A. Gruber, of Bradfordsville.

Neither operator was belted and they were both airlifted to University of Kentucky Hospital.  Tpr. Likins was assisted at the scene by the Casey County Sheriff's Department, Brush Creek Fire Department and Casey County EMS.    


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Harold Jermaine Barnett, 33, of Campbellsville was arrested on November 4, 2014 after a federal grand jury returned an indictment for Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base. Barnett was arrested by Kentucky State Police West Drug Enforcement and The Campbellsville Police Department. He was lodged in the Warren County Jail.