Unemployment rates fell in 117 Kentucky counties between June 2013 and June 2014, while three county rates went up, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.  

Boone County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.5 percent.

Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 16.5 percent.

Adair County's jobless rate last month was 7.1%, down from 7.4% in May. In June 2013 the unemployment rate in Adair Co. was 8.7%

Other jobless rates in the Lake Cumberland District in June are:

Green Co.--6.7%

Taylor Co.--6.7%

Casey Co.--7.3%

Cumberland Co.--8.3%

Pulaski Co.--8.5%

Russell Co.--8.5%

Clinton Co.--9.0%

Wayne Co.--10.8%

McCreary Co.--11.9%



Columbia/Adair Utilities District is migrating to a new server. Today, they will not be able to take credit and debit card payments in the office, over the phone or on their web site. They will also have limited access to customer account information, but will be open for all other business. The system should be back up and running by this Friday.


Today, July 24, Stotts Construction Company will be working on North High Street in Columbia. North High Street is the street which runs beside Stotts Phelps McQueary Funeral Home between Greensburg St. and Merchant Street. North High Street will be closed during construction and the public is asked to avoid these areas whenever possible and to expect some delays in traffic.

Thank you for your patience as necessary upgrades are made to better serve you with better quality water service.


The Adair County Middle School SBDM council will meet in special session on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 2:00 pm at the school for the purpose of interviews for vacant positions.


An Adair Co. Grand Jury recently handed down 16 indictments.

Dakota Sullivan, age 21 -- Burglary 2nd Degree

Cody Streeval, age 21 -- Possession of a Controlled Substance (Cocaine)

Jessica Gadberry, age 33 -- Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Leslie D. McClister, age 30 -- Possesion of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Blake Wagner, age 23 -- Receiving Stolen Property over $500

Jessica Corbin (aka Jessica Caldwell), age 29 -- Receiving Stolen Property over $500

David L. Coffman, age 34 -- Promoting Contraband; Trafficking in Marijuana less than 8 ounces

David Edward Tishar, age 48 -- 2 counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree

Justin Bledsoe, age 21 -- Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree; Tampering with Physical Evidence; Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Dakota J. Biggerstaff, age 21 -- 2 counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree; Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Jason Gibson, age 27 -- Flagrant Nonsupport

James R. Jacobs age 31 -- Receiving Stolen Property over $500

Connie Gadberry-Dickson, age 39 -- 4 counts of Criminal Possesson of a Forged Instrument; Persistent Felony Offender

Jonathan Grant, age 26 -- Theft of a Legend Drug including Lidocaine and Ephinephrine (property of Westlake Regional Hospital)

Bethany Helm, age 26 -- Theft of a Legend Drug (Lidocaine)

Leslie McClister, age 30 -- Endangering the Welfare of a Minor (2 counts)

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


A Casey Co. pursuit results in the arrest of a Russell Co. man and 4 wrecked police vehicles.


33-year-old Brandon C. Roy has been arrested on multiple charges following the pursuit on Tuesday.  Casey County Deputies initiated a pursuit just after 2:00 PM EDT.  Troopers from Post 15 assisted in the pursuit that came to an end at approximately 2:32 PM EDT following a Stinger deployment by Tpr. John Boyd.  Two of Roy’s tires were deflated on the 1992 Dodge Spirit allowing police to surround the vehicle and bring it to a stop.  During the pursuit, Roy collided with 1 State Police Cruiser and 3 Casey County Sheriff’s Department Cruisers.  No one was injured as a result of the collisions.

Roy was arrested at the scene and charged with 2 counts of Wanton Endangerment, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree and Resisting Arrest.  Additional charges from the Casey County Sheriff’s Department are pending.  Roy was lodged in the Casey County Jail.  Investigators believe that Roy fled due to outstanding warrants and a suspended license.  

Tpr. Kevin Roberts, Tpr. Justin Phillips and Arson Investigator Alex Wesley were also involved in the pursuit along with multiple units from the Casey County Sheriff's Department.