LOCAL NEWS

Local News -- Fri. Sept. 4

 

A plane crashed in Russell County on Friday afternoon and the pilot was not seriously injured.

 

On Friday, September 4, 2015, at approximately 12:50 p.m.CT Charles Monette, age 76, of Versailles, Ky. notified the Russell County Airport that he was experiencing engine trouble with his Piper airplane, approximately 5 miles north of the Russell County Airport. A few moments later, Monette advised airport personnel he was not going to make it to the airport and was going to attempt an emergency landing in a field.

 

Soon thereafter, the Russell County 911 Dispatch Center began receiving calls that an airplane had crashed in a field off of Little Clifty Creek Road, approximately two miles northwest of Russell Springs prompting a response from the Russell County EMS, Russell Springs Fire Department, Russell Springs Police Department, Kentucky State Police & the Russell County Sheriff’s Department.

Upon arrival of first-responders, Mr. Monette was standing a distance away from the aircraft and was alert. He was transported by Russell County EMS to the Russell County Hospital for treatment of a head laceration and observation. Monette wad eleased from medical care this afternoon. There were no passengers on biard the aircraft.

 

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are scheduled to arrive early next week to investigate the cause of the engine malfunction.

 

 

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Tony Grider's name will officially become part of the Johnny Edrington Memorial in Campbellsville's Miller Park during a special ceremony at 9amCT/10amET, Friday, September 11, 2015.

 

41-year-old Grider, a captain with the Campbellsville Fire Department and who was a native of Adair County, died on September 20, 2014 following an accident on August 21, 2014 at Campbellsville University. During that accident, Grider and other firefighters were injured when a ladder truck came into close proximity to a high-voltage power line during an ALS Bucket Challenge involving the Campbellsville University Marching Band.

 

The Johnny Edrington Memorial honors Kentucky State Trooper Johnny Edrington who was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 21, 1988. The Memorial was designed to honor all emergency service personnel and to memoralize those killed in the line of duty.

 

Speakers will include Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young and Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers. Campbellsville Fire Chief Kyle Smith will assist members of Grider's family with the unveiling of the plaque bearing Grider's name and the date of his death.

 

The ceremony is open to the public.

 

 

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A federal judge has ordered a defiant Kentucky clerk to jail after she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.  
 
U.S. District Judge David Bunning told Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis she would be jailed until she complied with his order to issue the licenses.  
 
Davis has refused to issue marriages licenses for two months since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. She argues that her Christian faith should exempt her from signing the licenses. 

 

 

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The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 in the basement of the Adair Annex for its regular monthly meeting.

 

Action items on the Agenda:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
        A.)  Receive Tax Rates from:         Adair Co. Ambulance Service
                                                          Adair Co. School System                                          
                                                          Westlake Regional Hospital
       B.)  Reading of Roads
       C.)  Ordinance  Amending Taking in County Roads - 2nd Reading       
       D.)  County Tax Rate
       E.)  Personnel
             

 

 

 

 

THURS. SEPT. 3

 

The Adair Co. Sheriff's Office investigated a 2-vehicle accident on Hwy East 80 (Russell Springs Rd) on Tuesday.

 

Deputy Brandon Hitch responded to the collision that occurred 7 miles east of Columbia at 3:44 p.m.CDT. A 1996 Dodge being operated by Phillip Gadberry of Jamestown, Ky. was traveling west on Ky 80 (Russell Springs Rd) and was attempting to make a left turn into a private road. Ricky Wisdom of Jamestown, Ky. was operating a 2006 Ford van and failed to notice Gadberry making the turn and struck him in the driver's side, pushing Gadberry's auto into a guard rail.

Gadberry refused treatment on scene but was later transported to Westlake Regional Hospital in Columbia, Ky. by private vehicle for possible injuries.

 

Deputy Hitch was assisted at the scene by Deputy Aaron Rainwater and Russell County Sheriff Clete McAnich.

 


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The national campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs through Labor Day weekend and is aimed at reducing deaths and injuries caused by motorists driving drunk or impaired by drugs. During the 2014 Labor Day holiday, there were six alcohol-related highway deaths on Kentucky roadways.  Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 55 people for DUI during that same time period. The 2015 Labor Day enforcement period begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept.4 and extends through Monday, Sept. 7 at 11:59 p.m.

 

In addition to statewide DUI enforcement, KSP will conduct statewide traffic safety checkpoints. Special detail will be paid to seatbelt adherence, vehicle safety, insurance compliance and registration violations.

 

Citizens are encouraged to download the new KSP mobile app that allows individuals to report criminal activity confidentially or utilize the KSP toll-free number (1-800-222-5555) to report impaired or erratic drivers.  The mobile app is available in both the Apple(c) and Google Play(c) stores free of charge and is titled 'KSPOLICE'.

 

 

 

 

WED. SEPT. 2

 

The Columbia City Council will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 at 6:00 P.M. in City Hall.

 

Agenda:

 

2ND READING OF AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 340.7 CONCERNING ADOPTION OF THE KENTUCKY BUILDING CODE

2ND READING OF AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE LEVYING AND COLLECTION OF AN AD VALOREM TAX FOR THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, KENTUCKY FOR THE YEAR 2015

MOTION TO RE-APPOINT BARRY LOY TO THE PROPERTY MAINTENANCE APPEALS BOARD.  TERM TO EXPIRE AUGUST 5, 2017.

MOTION TO RE-APPOINT WOODY SHARPE TO THE PROPERTY MAINTENANCE APPEALS BOARD.  TERM TO EXPIRE AUGUST 5, 2017.


MOTION TO PASS  A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE PROPOSAL OF WINDSTREAM KENTUCKY EAST, LLC (“THE COMPANY”) FOR A NON-EXCLUSIVE, TEN (10) YEAR FRANCHISE FOR THE OPERATION OF A TELEPHONE AND COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, KENTUCKY BASED UPON AND SUBJECT TO THE CONDITIONS OF ORDINANCE NO. 450.1

 

The meeting is open to the public.

 

 

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Adair Co. Sheriff's Dept. Activity Report for Aug. 2015

 

 28     WARRANTS OF ARREST SERVED

   8     CRIMINAL CASES OPENED

   7     CALL RESPONSE REPORTS WRITTEN

 16     DOMESTIC ABUSE CASES WORKED

 28     NON-INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED

  7      INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED

 15     OUT OF COUNTY TRANSPORTS

 20     CITATIONS WRITTEN FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

 36     CIVIL PROCESS PAPERS SERVED

 33     CRIMINAL SUMMONSES SERVED

 41     SUBPOENAS SERVED

 84     HOURS OF COURT SECURITY PROVIDED

132    VEHICLE INSPECTIONS DONE

474    911 CALLS

 

 

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The Columbia City Council met on Tuesday afternoon and heard 1st reading of the Tax Ordinance for 2015.

 

The proposed rate is .26 cents per $100 of assessed property value. Second reading of the Tax Ordinance is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 at a special monthly City Council meeting. The meeting is considered a "special meeting" due to the change in date from Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 to Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 due to the Labor Day holiday. The meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

 

 

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The Adair Co. School Board met in special session this morning (Thursday) and voted to set the 2015-2016 tax rate at 51.5 cents  per hundred dollars for rea



A Marion Co. man is dead following a fatal accident on Tuesday morning.

 

Tpr. Jason Warinner is investigating the collision that occurred at 7:50 a.m.EDT at the junction of the US 150 bypass and Bloomfield Road.  68-year-old Gary Royalty of Springfield, Ky., was operating a northbound 1995 Mercury on Bloomfield Road when he failed to stop at the intersection at the US 150 Bypass and pulled into the path of an eastbound 2012 Ford operated by 57-year-old Paul Nicely of Lebanon, Ky.

 

Royalty was not belted and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County Corner. Nicely was belted and was not injured. The investigation is ongoing.

 

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KSP investigated a 1-vehicle accident last week that send a mother and her child to the hospital.

 

Tpr. Clint Bale investigated the collision that occurred on Thursday, August 27th at approximately 10:17 PM CST.  29-year-old Leah Helm, of Columbia, was operating a northbound 2004 Chevy Malibu when she failed to negotiate a curve on Glensfork Road, left the roadway and struck a tree.  Ms. Helm and a 7-year-old passenger were transported to T.J. Sampson Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.  Helm was then transported to University of Louisville for additional treatment.  Tpr. Bale was assisted at the scene by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office and EMS.  



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The Rowan County clerk who has defied the United States Supreme Court by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has until the close of business today (Wednesday) to respond to the latest motion in the case.

 

Federal District Judge David Bunning has ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her six deputies to appear before him Thursday morning.

 

Davis, an Apostolic Christian, stopped issuing all marriage licenses in June rather than comply with the Supreme Court's legalization of gay marriage, which she says violates her religious convictions.

 

 

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The Adair County Republican Party meeting scheduled for Thursday September 3rd at 6 pm  in the Adair Annex basement has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date in September.

 

 

 

TUES. SEPT. 1

 

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis on Monday who says her Christian faith should exempt her from having to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  

 

According to our Kentucky News Network affiliate, one of the attorneys representing couples suing the Rowan County clerk says they will ask that she be found in contempt of court.   


Laura Landenwich says there are a variety of options available, but they will not ask for jail time for Kim Davis, because they don't want to "make her a martyr."  Landenwich says they will ask for financial penalties and hope they will be severe enough to make Davis reconsider her action and perform her duties under the law.

 

In the two months since the court legalized gay marriage, Davis has refused to issue any marriage licenses. Four couples sued her and the Supreme Court's rejection marks the end of her legal options to refuse.  

 

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Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, Jeaneen Hampton (Matt Bevin's running mate) will meet with the Metcalfe County GOP Women's Club, at the Metcalfe County Courthouse in Edmonton, Ky. this evening (Tues.) at 6:00 p.m.CT.

 

 

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A Carlisle Co. woman was arrested last week in Russell County as part of a multi-agency investigation into trafficking in “Crystal Methamphetamine”.

 

On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, a Russell Circuit Court Indictment was served on 33-year-old Delana Mott of Arlington, Ky. Mott was named in a sealed indictment by a Russell County Grand Jury in May, 2015, along with seven other individuals. Charges range from Trafficking, Conspiracy to Traffic and Engaging in Organized Crime.

 

Mott was transported from Carlisle County to the Russell County Detention Center by Sheriff Clete McAninch, Det. Joey Hoover and DEA Agent Greg Bunch where she was processed on the local charges and later released on bond pending her initial appearance in Russell Circuit Court later this month.

 

The investigation is ongoing.

 

 

 

MON. AUG. 31

 

 

An Adair Co. woman was arrested on Theft and Drug charges over the weekend.

 

On Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.CT the Columbia Police Department responded to a reported theft on Russell Road. Upon officers arrival, they made contact with a suspect, 40-year-old Kimberly Pierce of Columbia, Ky. Upon further investigation it was found that Pierce was in possession of stolen merchandise from a local retailer, and was in possession of controlled substances.

 

Pierce was arrested and placed into custody at the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of Theft By Unlawful Taking, Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree, and Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container. 

 

CPD Ofc. John Dial is the investigating officer.

 

 

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A Taylor Co. woman was arrested on drug charges on Friday.

 

37-year-old Chelsy Means of Campbellsville, Ky. was arrested by the Campbellsville Police Dept. and charged with: Public intoxication; Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and another unspecified drug; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).

 

Means was lodged in the Taylor Co. Detenion Center.

 

 

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Rhonda Williams of Glasgow, Ky. was the winner of the ATV given away by the Adair Co. Band at the Mark Twain Band Exhibition on Sat., Aug. 29, 2015.

 

 

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Congrats to the Adair Co. High School Football Team on defeating Caverna on Friday night. The Indians are 2 & 0 and will play at LaRue County this Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.CT. Catch the game on 93.5 FM and at www.935wain.com with John Shelley bringing you all the play-by-play action!

 

 

 

 

FRI. AUG. 28

 

 

The School Tax Rates for FY 2015-16

The Adair Co. School Board met in special session this morning (Thursday) and voted to set the 2015-2016 tax rate at 51.5 cents  per hundred dollars for real estate and personal property, plus the .2 cents for exonerations (prior year loses), for a total of 51.7 cents per hundred dollars. The total increase was two percent.


The board voted to leave the following rates unchanged:

-motor vehicle rates at 56.3 cents per hundred
-utilities 3 percent
-aircraft, exempt
-water craft 51.7 cents per hundred
- cable, 3 percent

 

 

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The Grand Champion Country Ham was auctioned for $400,000 at the Kentucky State Fair.  
 
According to our state-wide news affiliate, Kentucky News Network, the winning bidder is Republic Bank. CEO Steve Trager says the money will be donated to charity.  
 
The ham was produced by Father's Country Hams in Muhlenberg County. It weighs 14 pounds.  Last year, the grand champion ham was auctioned for a record $2 million.  

 

 

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Three members of the Kentucky Fairness Campaign were taken into custody during a silent protest at the Kentucky Farm Bureau's Country Ham Breakfast.  
 
The group paid for breakfast, then after the invocation, they stood in silent protest of Farm Bureau's lobbying stance on several controversial issues.  
 
The protesters were arrested for "failure to disperse" and forcibly removed from the breakfast by Kentucky State Police troopers.  
 
The Farm Bureau Policy Manual, which is given to Kentucky legislators, is not distributed to policyholders according to the ACLU. These policies include opposition to same-sex marriage, opposition to minimum wage increases, opposition to collective bargaining for teachers, and support of capital punishment.  
 
The ACLU says most people believe they are just buying insurance from Farm Bureau when in reality they are also assessed a fee to cover the cost of lobbying. 

 

 

 

THURS.

 

 


There will be a Tax Hearing and a Special Called Adair County School Board meeting this morning at 8 a.m. at the Adair County Board of Education Conference Room for the purpose of:

 

      (1)   TAX HEARING DISCUSSION
      (2)   APPROVAL OF TAX RATES FOR 2015-2016           
      (3)   APPROVAL OF BG-5 FORM FOR CAREER READINESS CENTER

 

 

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Adair Co. Band Director Tom Case, along with band booster Shamarie Harper, will be in our studios at 7:15 a.m. Friday morning to talk about the Mark Twain Band Fest that's coming up this Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 at Booster Field at Adair Co. High School.

 


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Beginning this Friday, August 28, 2015 the first of four new ramps at the Louie B. Nunn/Cumberland Parkway Interchange in Russell County will open to traffic.

 

Westbound Louie B. Nunn/Cumberland Parkway traffic wanting to exit onto U.S. 127 in Russell Springs (Exit 62) will begin using the newly constructed exit ramp. Motorist will no longer travel underneath the U.S. 127 overpass and use the current exit ramp. Traffic will now begin their exit from the Louie B. Nunn/Cumberland Parkway prior to reaching the U.S. 127 overpass.

 

All other ramps will remain the same at this time. Motorists are advised to use caution and pay close attention to signage. Traffic traveling the new exit ramp will now be making a left turn for southbound U.S 127 and a right turn for northbound U.S. 127. The new exit ramp will be in close proximity to the current temporary entry ramp for those entering the Louie B. Nunn/Cumberland Parkway westbound toward Columbia.

 

Motorists are reminded that speed limits are reduced along the Louie B. Nunn/Cumberland Parkway as well as U.S. 127 between mile points 17.1 – 18.1 and the Parkway remains reduced to one lane between mile points 61 – 63 both east and westbound. Expect flaggers and construction personnel to be working in close proximity to traffic flow. Appropriate caution is required. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.

 

 


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There will be “Special Called” Adair Co. Fiscal Court Committee meetings on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. The Solid Waste Committee will meet at 11:00AM, the Transfer Station Committee will meet at 11:30AM, and the Personnel Committee at 1:00PM.

 

All of these meetings will be held in the Adair County Annex Building in the office of Judge Exe Michael Lee Stephens.

 


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A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling ordering a Kentucky county clerk to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Will Clark reports...

 
According to the Kentucky News Network, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis had her attempt to appeal the ruling from District Judge David Bunning rejected by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Davis had been sued by two gay couples and two straight couple after she stopped issuing all marriage licenses in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same sex marriage in all 50 states. An attorney for Davis said he was disappointed in the ruling and that Davis could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. He said he did not know how Davis would react to the ruling.

 

 

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The leaders of Somerset, Ky. are being accused of mismanagement in a new audit.  
 
State Auditor Adam Edelen's report on Somerset found a city where rules were blatantly ignored and employees who spoke up faced retaliation. The report found the city had not competitively bid $280,000 in contracts and was hiring and paying personnel that had not been approved by the city council.  Edelen's report also found that a former city clerk discovered that the budget director took $3,000 from the city, using half of it to buy UK football season tickets.  


 
Edelen's report is being forwarded the Attorney General's office along with the Department of Revenue, Department of Labor, Department of Agriculture and the City Board for Ethics for review.