LOCAL NEWS

Feb. 17, 2017

Adair County High School is set to host the
upcoming boys’ and girls’ 20
th District basketball
tournaments next week, and Athletic Director
Brent Campbell has issued the new parking and
admission regulations for the tournaments, which
differ from the regular season rules.

The nightly admission cost will be $6 per person,
including students and those who bought passes
for the regular season.  All paying fans must park
in the front of the school, or in the student parking
lot, and enter through the front lobby.  Only players,
coaches, cheerleaders, administrators, and officials
may enter through the back door, where a pass
gate will be set up (for convenience, there will also
be a pass gate in the front lobby).  Any vehicle in
the back parking lot, with the exception of school
buses, must have an authorized pass to park there. 
Seating will be determined on a first-come, first-
served basis, as season seats will not be valid for
the postseason. 

The girls’ tournament starts next Tuesday,
Feb. 21.  Marion County and Taylor County play
the first game, starting at 5:30 p.m., and the
Lady Indians will play the next game against
Campbellsville, starting at 7 p.m.  The boys’
tourney tips off Wednesday night with the
Indians facing Campbellsville at 6:30 p.m. 
Taylor County’s boys will play Marion County
Thursday night at 6:30 p.m.  The girls’ and
boys’ championship games are scheduled for
Friday and Saturday, respectively, with both
contests tipping off at 6:30 p.m.

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Columbia Police Department has arrested an
Adair County man on drug trafficking charges.
Brandon Burton, 33, of Columbia was located
after officers had been searching for him for
several weeks in reference to the department’s
latest round of arrests involving the illegal
trafficking of narcotics.

 

Burton was charged with Trafficking in a
Controlled Substance, 1
st Degree
(Methamphetamine) and lodged in the Adair
County Regional Jail. With this arrest the
Columbia Police Department has charged
24 people since January with Trafficking in
Controlled Substances.

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On February 14, 2017 at 7:21 p.m. the
Columbia Police Department was dispatched
to the 1000 block of Greensburg Street. The
officers were advised that a male subject was
unlawfully on the property. Upon officer’s arrival,
they came into contact with 18 year-old Thomas
Cruz. Cruz was arrested on charges of Criminal
Trespassing, 3
rd Degree; Possession of Controlled
Substance, 1
st Degree (Methamphetamine);
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Promoting
Contraband, 1
st Degree. Cruz was lodged in the
Adair County Regional Jail by CPD officer John Dial.

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To support its Trooper Island Camp for
underprivileged children, the Kentucky State
Police is selling raffle tickets for a chance to
win a new 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Winter
Edition 4x4, an iconic U.S. brand that shares
the same heritage as the vehicle American GIs
rode to victory in World War II. Its features
include Rhino clear coat exterior paint and
black interior, four-door design with black
three-piece hard top, air conditioning and
heated front seats, a 3.6 L 285 hp engine,
a five-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch
black aluminum wheels, remote start and
keyless entry, tilt steering column, leather-
wrapped steering-wheel with audio controls,
all-terrain tires, all-weather slush mats,
rear-window wiper/washer and defroster
and nine speaker Alpine all-weather premium
sound system.

A full list of features and equipment can be
found at
http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/island/tpr_isl_raffle.html

Tickets are $10 each. To purchase a ticket,
contact any KSP post or CVE region office
located throughout the state. Only 20,000
tickets will be sold. The winning ticket will be
drawn on August 27, 2017 at the Kentucky
State Fair. Ticket holders do not have to be
present at the drawing to win. Raffle winner
is responsible for all tax and license fees.

Trooper Island is a free summer camp for
underprivileged boys and girls age 10-12
operated by the Kentucky State Police on
Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County. It is
financed entirely by donations, no public
funds are used. Each year, the camp hosts
approximately 700 children, providing good
food, fresh air, recreation, guidance and
structured, esteem-building activities
designed to build good citizenship and
positive relationships with law enforcement
officers. Visit www.kentuckystatepolice.org
for more information. (Charitable gaming
license #0000633.)

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February 17, 2017

SOMERSET, Ky. (February 17, 2017) — On February 16, 2017, at approximately 10:50 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Joseph A. Koger, 28, on charges related to distribution and possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.
 
Koger was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect uploading images of child sexual exploitation online. 
 
The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Somerset on February 16, 2017. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.
 
Koger is currently charged with 20 counts of distribution and 99 counts of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Each charge is a Class-D felony punishable by one to five years in prison.
 
He was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.------
On February 14, 2017 at 7:21 p.m. the Columbia Police Department was dispatched to the 1000 block of Greensburg Street. The officers were advised that a male subject was unlawfully on the property. Upon officer’s arrival, they came into contact with 18 year-old Thomas Cruz. Cruz was arrested on charges of Criminal Trespassing, 3rd Degree; Possession of Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Promoting Contraband, 1st Degree. Cruz was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by CPD officer John Dial.
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Columbia Police Department has arrested an Adair County man on drug trafficking charges. Brandon Burton, 33, of Columbia was located after officers had been searching for him for several weeks in reference to the department’s latest round of arrests involving the illegal trafficking of narcotics.
Burton was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. With this arrest the Columbia Police Department has charged 24 people since January with Trafficking in Controlled Substances
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On February 16, 2017, the Columbia Police Department arrived at a residence located off of South Reed Street to attempt to serve an outstanding warrant from Adair County District Court. Officers were able to make contact with suspect and take him in to custody. Officers also found subject to be in possession of methamphetamine at the time of the arrest.
Zachary Janes of Columbia was arrested by CPD Sgt. JR Murphy on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Warrant of Arrest was executed. Janes was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
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The Adair County Republican Party will meet on Tuesday February 28 at 6 pm in the basement of the Adair County Courthouse Annex.

Feb. 16, 2017

ADAIR COUNTY ARTIST FEATURED IN TRAVELING EXHIBIT
ACES fourth grader Aiden Peltston’s work included in
statewide display
By Wes Feese
Media Relations, Adair County Schools
An Adair County Elementary School fourth grader’s artwork is
currently featured in “A Matter of Perspective,” a traveling exhibit
comprised of original artwork created by students with disabilities
from across Kentucky.  Aiden Pelston, a student in Missy Garmon’s
class, made the cut this year with “Ice Cream Shoppe.”
“I’m so proud of Aiden and happy that he’s being recognized for
his creativity,” Garmon says.  “Children with disabilities are kids
just like everyone else and it’s nice to see them get the spotlight.”
Aiden’s work is currently on display in ACES’ library, but will move
on to another county at the end of the week.  The exhibit will
return to Columbia, at the Adair County Public Library, in July. 
The exhibit is sponsored by VSA Kentucky, a nonprofit organization
that promotes art, education, and creative expression.  The exhibit
begins every year in Louisville before making its way around the state. 
“We’ve done this for many years now,” Garmon says.  “It’s a great
program and we’re happy to be included in it.”

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EARLY ADMISSION TO KINDERGARTEN NOW UNDERWAY
 
Kindergarten entrance guidelines have changed for 2017-18. 
Children born between Aug. 2 and Oct. 1, 2012 are now eligible
to apply for early entry into kindergarten.  Parents may petition
the local Board to have their child admitted early provided the
student meets the criteria.  The form is available on the school
website (
www.adair.k12.ky.us) by clicking the “Students” link at
the top of the page and then clicking “Student Forms.”  The link is
labeled “Kindergarten Registration.”  All forms must be turned in
at Adair County Primary Center by May 6, 2017. 
After the May 6 deadline, the school will then contact the parent(s)
to schedule an appointment for screening.  Early admission is an
option if the child’s birthday falls between the above dates and
parents believe he or she demonstrates the academic, social,
emotional, and physical maturity appropriate for kindergarten
placement.

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Adair County Elementary School has rescheduled its February
SBDM meeting for Feb. 21 at 3:30 p.m. at ACES
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Feb. 15, 2017

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ACADEMIC TEAM WINS DISTRICT
ACES’ squad advances to region following weekend wins
By Wes Feese
Media Relations, Adair County Schools
The Adair County Elementary School Academic Team
competed Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 in the 2017 District
Governor’s Cup at Green County Intermediate School and
bested two other squads to win and advance to regional
competition.  In addition to winning the cup, Adair County
also claimed first place finishes in Quick Recall and Future
Problem Solving (FPS), while several students notched
individual victories.
“They’ve been practicing for this since October, so it’s great
so see all that work pay off,” says Lisa Newell-Hare, one of
the team’s two coaches, along with Jeana Pike.  “We’ve got
great students and a supportive group of parents who helped
make this happen.”
First place individual winners for ACES include Nathan Ballou
(arts/humanities), Brody Blair (language arts), Hallie Burton
(math and composition), Michael Cook (science), and Bailey
Watts (social studies).  Other top-five finishers were Joseph
Kotter, second place in arts/humanities; Kiana McHolan,
second place in language arts and composition; Watts, third
place in math; Madison Irvin, third place in composition;
Andrew Zinati, fourth place in science; Blair, fourth place in
arts/humanities; Luke Rich, fifth place in social studies; and
Gabe Larguero, fifth place in math. 
The winning FPS team featured Cook, McHolan, Rich, and
William Rowe.  Their topic Saturday was “genetics.” “These
students never cease to amaze me with their creativity and
problem-solving skills,” says Pike, who focuses her coaching
duties on FPS.  “They’ve worked hard to learn and apply the
six-step creative problem solving model to complex issues
facing society today.  It was a great challenge for them and
they’re truly winners in my eyes.”
Arguably the most competitive portion of the competition
Saturday was the Quick Recall tournament.  ACES lost the
first match of the day, 20-17 to Metcalfe County, before
bouncing back with a win over Metcalfe and two consecutive
victories over Green County.  “I was really proud of how they
came back after losing the first one,” says Newell Hare.  “They
kept the right attitude the whole time.”  Starters for the Quick
Recall team were Blair, Burton, Kotter, and Watts.  Subs were
Ballou, Rich, Larguero, Irvin, Cook, Zinati, Grant Adamson,
Chloe Copeland, Mason Holliman, and Kaydence Karnes.
The ACES Academic Team will compete in Governor’s Cup
Region competition March 4 at Clinton County Middle School. 
“We can’t wait for region,” Newell-Hare says.  “The students
are excited for the opportunity.”

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This is official notification that the Regular School Board
Meeting that is scheduled for February 16, 2017, at 6:00 p.m.
will be held at the Adair County High School Library instead
of the Adair County Board of Education Conference Room. 
This meeting is considered a Special Regular School Board
Meeting due to the change in location.  The public is invited
to attend. 
                               BOARD AGENDA
                                        
                                     FEBRUARY 16, 2017
                     
                  SPECIAL REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
                       ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY 
                                      
                                                  6:00 P.M.
                                        **Meeting called to order**
***Adair County High School students will open the meeting
with the Pledge 
of Allegiance along with School Spotlight***
                                         
  1.   APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  2.   APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
  
CONSENT AGENDA
  3.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  4.   APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT
  5.   APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS
  6.   APPROVAL OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU)
 
  7.   APPROVAL TO HAVE ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR PROM OFF
        CAMPUS
  8.   APPROVAL OF OUT-OF-STATE TRIP BY SENIOR CLASS OF 2017 TO ST. LOUIS,
        MO
  9.   APPROVAL TO ACCEPT KETS OFFER OF ASSISTANCE FOR FY 2017 AND TO
        MATCH THE FULL AMOUNT
 
10.   ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION
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REGULAR AGENDA
 
11.   SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
12.   PUBLIC COMMENTS
       
13.   APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Renae Smith
14.   BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – David Jones
15.   DISCUSSION/POSSIBLE APPROVAL OF PHASE 3 LIGHTING ON ADAIR COUNTY
        CAMPUS – David Jones
16.   DISCUSSION/POSSIBLE APPROVAL TO EXTEND UNDERGROUND ELECTRIC TO
        MARQUE SIGN AT COLONEL CASEY DRIVE – David Jones
17.   APPROVAL OF 2017-2018 SITE-BASE ALLOCATIONS – Renae Smith
18.   APPROVAL OF REVISED 2016-2017 SCHOOL CALENDAR – Robbie Harmon
19.   APPROVAL OF 2017-2018 SCHOOL CALENDAR – Robbie Harmon
20.   DISCUSSION/POSSIBLE APPROVAL TO FORM A WRESTLING PROGRAM
        AND A SWIMMING PROGRAM – Godrey Jackson
21.   DISCUSSION/POSSIBLE APPROVAL TO FORM AN ARCHERY PROGRAM AT
        ADAIR COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL – Godrey Jackson
22.   DISCUSSION/POSSIBLE APPROVAL TO PREPARE A VOLLEYBALL STRUCTURE
        AT ADAIR COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL – Godfrey Jackson
23.   ADJOURNMENT
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The February meeting of the Adair County High School
Site Base Council has been rescheduled for Thursday,
Feb. 23 at 4:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the
ACHS library.

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The Adair County Republican Party will meet on Tuesday
|February 28 at 6 pm in the basement of the Adair County
Courthouse Annex. Shannon Rowe -Adair County Republican
Party Chairman
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Feb. 14, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – A Bowling Green man is
charged with numerous felony offenses after fleeing from
Russell County Sheriff’s Deputies from Jamestown into Adair
County on KY 55 and then fleeing on foot after the vehicle he
was driving was rendered inoperable when tires on the vehicle
were punctured by “stop sticks” deployed by a KSP Trooper.

The pursuit began at 10:47 p.m. on West Cumberland Avenue
when Sgt. Mark Cromwell attempted to stop a Chevrolet Monte
Carlo. The driver refused to stop and began attempting to flee,
traveling south on U.S. 127, then north on KY 55, at times in
excess of 100 m.p.h. Trooper Levi Scott deployed “stop sticks”
on KY 55 in the Glensfork community, effectively deflating tires
on the fleeing car. Soon thereafter, the driver, Cortez Lawrence,
exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

The search for Lawrence continued for more than two hours.
He was apprehended by Columbia Police Officer Josh Brockman
just west of the KY 55 & bypass intersection, several miles from
where he exited his vehicle.

Lawrence was wanted on a total of four warrants including two
for failing to appear in Russell District Court on previous traffic
charges and one indictment warrant from Barren Circuit Court
for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree and other
offenses.

Charges against Lawrence stemming from the pursuit include
Fleeing & Evading Police in a Vehicle, four counts of Wanton
Endangerment 1st Degree (3 against Deputies and one passenger
in his car), Operating on a Suspended License and Fleeing or
Evading Police on Foot.

Lawrence was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
A passenger was released after questioning.

** Adair County Deputy Sheriff Josh Durbin is shown preparing
to release suspect Cortez Lawrence to Sgt. Mark Cromwell for
transporting to the Russell Co. Detention Center for processing **

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As of 10:00 a.m. on February 13, 2017 the boil water advisory
for customers on Liberty Rd. and all side roads in between has
been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means
your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to
boil your water.

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