LOCAL NEWS

LOCAL NEWS--MON. SEPT. 15

 

A mobile home in Columbia waa destroyed by fire early Friday morning.

The Columbia Fire Department responded to 711 Mack St. at 12:14 a.m. to a residential mobile home fire. On arrival the home was engulfed in flames. The home is owned by Tony Caldwell and was occupied by Ethel Bybee.  

19 firemen were on the scene for an hour and a half.

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Trooper Kevin Roberts is investigating a collision that occurred Saturday at 4:15 PM EDT on Pond School Road.  

64-year-old Linda Rowe of Waynesburg, KY, was traveling west, operating a 1994 Chevy Pickup.  Rowe's vehicle topped a hillcrest and collided with an eastbound 2010 Dodge, operated by 29-year-old Natasha Brown of Kings Mountain, KY.  

Rowe and a passenger, 6-year-old Damon Wile of Hamilton, OH, were both belted and were transported to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville with non life threatening injuries.  Brown was also wearing her seatbelt and was not injured.  

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The Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority, Inc. Board of Directors will meet Tuesday, September 16 at 8:00 AM at the Chamber of Commerce Board Room.

The Agenda is as follows:

* Approval of minutes as presented
* Fence at Industrial Park – Tony Corbin
* Drainage ditch repairs at Industrial Park
* Update on letters to Whayne Supply
* Work Ready Community Signs
* Establishment of Office Secretary salary/, etc.
* Finalizing budget
* Hiring of EDA Ambassador
* Visitors from Cabinet of Economic Development, Frankfort.
* Kentucky Business Directory
 
The meeting is open to the public.

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Lindsey Wilson College student-athletes took a break from classes and competitions Wednesday to embrace the community that supports Blue Raider athletics throughout the year.

The Lindsey Wilson athletic programs joined the rest of the student body in a day of community service as the campus celebrated Malvina Farkle Day.

Members of the bowling, football, men’s basketball, wrestling, cycling, golf teams, soccer teams, tennis teams and cross country and track and field teams were part of a massive clean-up operation on the streets of Columbia. The men’s and women’s swimming teams helped clean up the Dunbar Cemetery, repairing and painting fences.


The women’s basketball team helped clean the Cranmer Dining Center. The cheerleading and dance teams visited the Green River Animal Shelter to spend time playing with abandoned dogs and cleaning the shelter.

The Blue Raider baseball and softball teams set out improving and renovating the Adair High School softball field and Adair County Little League Park.

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The Adair Co. Fiscal Court met on Tues. evening and voted to set new minimum hourly pay rates for all employees.

The court first approved a second reading to increase the minimal pay for employees at the jail, based on a recommendation by Jailer Rick Wilson.

The policy increases the minimal starting pay for part-time employees from $8.00 to $8.75 an hour. Part-time employees who transfer to full-time status will receive an additional 50 cents an hour.

Magistrate Joe Rogers said he believed all county employees should get the increase, a move that would cost the county around $13,000 annually.

All magistrates voted yes except Daryl Flatt, who voted no. Flatt had asked where the money would come from within the budget. He said he agreed that employees deserved the increase but he first needed to see where the funds would come from within the budget before he could vote yes.

 
TAX RATES

The fiscal court received tax rates from various taxing districts.
The fiscal court approved a compensating rate this year of
13.3 cents per $100 of assessed value

 
The only district to propose a 4 percent increase was the ambulance district, but a hearing has not yet been held. Judge Melton said the schedule explained by EMS director Tony Bragg would not meet the deadline for tax bills.

The school district set a compensating rate of 50.5 cents for real estate. Motor vehicle rate is 56.3.

The library presented a real estate tax rate of 5.3 cents, the compensating rate.

The extension board presented a compensating rate of 7.44 cents for personal, 4.4 for real property and 2.9 for motor vehicle.

 
The public health department retained the same rate it has levied since 2011, with a 3 cents per $100 of assessed value.


Soil conservation set the rate at .017 cents, a compensating rate.

Westlake Regional Hospital set the rate at 10 cents, the same as last year.
 
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The court appointed Cynthia Coomer and reappointed Georgina Roy to the library board.
 
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When the meeting was opened to the audience, State Rep. John Bam Carney said he wanted to clarify some things he has heard from constituents, namely that a couple of members of the court had concerns about his interest in helping Adair County.

Carney said he has received calls from some magistrates asking for help. He and Magistrate Billy Rowe worked to get $385,000 from the state for county roads. He also credited Mike Stephens, the Democrat candidate for judge executive, in helping to obtain funding.

Melton asked Carney if he was aware that she had also sent a request for funding and her request covered roads in the four largest districts in the county.

Carney said he got involved because he wanted to address the criticism he had received.

Magistrate Daryl Flatt said he would not turn down money that is good for the county and made a motion to accept the $385,000 project. Magistrate Harold Burton seconded the motion.

Melton said she was disheartened that one magistrate did not have a road in the plan presented by Carney and asked Carney to explain. He said he helped the ones who called him and asked for help.

 
“So it doesn’t matter where the most need is, it’s who calls you?” Melton replied.

Carney then questioned “about driveways that are currently getting paved.”

 
Melton responded: “Tell me, I’m unaware of that.”

 
Flatt called for “question,” a procedure to stop discussion and proceed with a vote. The court unanimously voted in favor of accepting the project.

 
Melton then asked County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison Corbin what recourse she had when someone makes an accusation in court. When Corbin responded that public officials are held to a higher standard for slander cases, Melton said she would get her own attorney.
 

The Community Voice has been conducting interviews this past week and has in-depth articles in this week’s edition about the disagreement between Judge Melton and Representative Carney.

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The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Columbia man in connection with a stolen lawn mower from Somerset.


On July 30, 2014 the sheriff’s office was called to investigate the theft of a Gator Made utility trailer along with a Cub Cadet riding mower, yard trimmer and a leaf blower – all stolen from a residence on Tanya Lane in Somerset. The stolen items were all worth more than $8500.

 

On August 12, 2014 the sheriff’s office was called to a residence on West Highway 80 where a suspect had attempted to steal another utility trailer. In that instance, the homeowner saw the suspect back up to his utility trailer and went outside to confront the suspect. The victim was able to get the tag number from the vehicle before the suspect fled the residence without taking the trailer.

 

Detectives tracked the suspect vehicle to a residence on Grider Road in Adair County where they found the stolen Cub Cadet mower, trimmer and blower from the first theft. The stolen utility trailer has not yet been located.

 

Detectives found no one was home but their investigation led to the identification of the suspect involved in the thefts.

 

A warrant was issued for Terry L Ervin, 26, 110 Grider Road Columbia, KY charging him with receiving stolen property less than $10,000 – a class D Felony.

 

Ervin was arrested on the warrant on September 4, 2014 and lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

 

Anyone who has bought any type of utility trailer from Ervin is asked to contact the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office at 606-678-5145.

 

The investigation is continuing by the sheriff’s office Criminal Investigation Division.


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The Campbellsville Police Department on Tuesday investigated a number of thefts from vehicles in the Lowell Avenue area of Campbellsville.

 

At approximately 11:00 AM, Campbellsville police received reports of vehicles being unlawfully entered and items stolen. In all, there were six victims who had left their vehicles unlocked and items stolen. Officer Roy Rodgers responded and initiated an investigation from the first reports. Officer Scotty Perian responded the latter reports. Both Officers canvassed the area and recovered most of the items stolen.

 

Officer Rodgers arrested 34-year-old Timothy Brian Hicks of Campbellsville for Theft By Unlawful Taking, Public Intoxication and Terroristic Threatening.

 

Hicks was lodged in the Taylor County Jail.  The investigation is continuing while other victims are identified.

 

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During the month of August 2014, there were 18 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.


 
There were four fatal collisions during the month of August in the Post 15 area.
 
Martha L. Boggs of Campbellsville was killed on 08/08/14 in Adair Co.
John C. Boggs of Campbellsville was killed on 08/08/14 in Adair Co.
April M. Thompson, age 30, of Burkesville was killed on 08/11/14 in Cumberland Co.
Misty Padgett, age 27, of Russell Springs was killed on 08/12/14 in Casey Co.


 
This brings our yearly fatality count to 25 compared with 13 through this same period in 2013.
State wide fatality count stands at 417 compared with 421 through this same period in 2013.


 
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The Kentucky State Police, Cannabis Suppression section has released marijuana eradication numbers from January to July, 2014.  Statewide, 168,115 outdoor plants and 1,802 indoor plants have been eradicated at a total plant value of $343,776,199. 38.  34 arrests have been made.


 
32,061 outdoor plants and 296 indoor plants were eradicated in the Post 15 area and valued at $66,007,082.50.  8 arrests have been made.  Post 15 has the 3rd highest amount of marijuana plants eradicated to date with over 19,628 plants eradicated in the month of July.

 

 

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Several marijuana plants were located and destroyed this week near the Adair-Casey Co. line.

On Tuesday, Casey County Sheriff Jerry Coffman and Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss acted on a tip and seized 49 marijuana plants from a farm in the Pellyton community of Adair County, near the Adair/Casey County line.


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A Columbia Man was arrested after refusing to leave a residence and pulling a knife on responding officers.

Columbia Police Officers responded to the 200 block of Fairground street to a complaint of an unwanted male subject who was  refusing to leave the residence.

Upon arrival officers came into contact with 57 year old Kevin West. West was still refusing to leave with officers and stood up from a seated position and pulled a knife.  Ofc. Jamie Cole was able to get into a position where he could safely deploy a taser. The taser was successful in bringing West into compliance with officers and he was took into custody without any injury.

West has been lodged in the Adair County Regional on Charges of Menacing, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree (2 counts) and Resisting arrest.

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The Columbia Police Department arrested an Adair County man after a stolen vehicle was found in his possession.

On Sat., Sept. 6, at 11:36 p.m. CPD officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle at Ronnie Stones car lot located on Hudson street.  Officers were able to recover the vehicle, a Chevrolet Impala, in the immediate area and through witness reports obtain a possible suspect.

After further investigation, 19-year-old Daniel Hardison of Columbia was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property over $500 and Criminal Mischief 3rd degree. Hardison was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Several additional charges are pending.

 

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Adair Countians are urged to beware of another scam in the area.

Reportedly, two white males driving a green, 4-door car, are telling residents they are checking property lines for $35.00. If you let them in, they will steal your money/ So beware of this scam and do not go to the door if you do not know who's knocking. And please do not let them in your home.

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Construction to improve the highly-traveled KY 206 and KY 55 intersection in Adair County will soon get underway.

Funding for the project was authorized July 21, 2014, with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 office anticipating construction beginning this fall. However, KYTC has since encountered right-of-way issues that have delayed the construction schedule. Although unable to locate some unknown heirs to adjoining properties, KYTC has obtained authorization to begin the right-of-way acquisition process.


At this point the Cabinet has not identified any other obstacles to prevent project construction from beginning. Once the right-of-way process is complete, construction should begin thereafter. The starting date for construction has not been set. The right-of-way process will be the determining factor for construction start date.

 

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The deadline for applications for the 2014 Adair County Agriculture Investment Program is Friday – September 12, at the Adair County Extension Office.  This program is a 50% cost-share program with a maximum funding of $1,500 per farm operation.  

For information call 270-384-2317 or stop by the Extension Office at 409 Fairground Street in Columbia.


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A mobile home in the Melson Ridge Community of Adair Co.was destroyed by fire over the weekend.


The Adair County Fire Dept. responded to the residential mobile home fire at 8:40 a.m. Saturday morning at 124 Bob Spencer Rd. The home was owned by Bobby and Falene Spencer and was a total loss.

There were 12 firemen on the scene for  45 minutes.  

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A juvenile was responsible for a bomb threat to the Clinton County High School on Friday resulted in school being canceled.  

KSP Trooper John Paul responded to the complaint and through his investigation was able to identify a juvenile that was responsible for the threat. School was canceled on Friday for a complete search of all the buildings for explosives. Kentucky State Police K9 section conducted a search and no explosive devices were located on the school property.  

The investigation is ongoing with charges to follow.   

 

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A convicted Adair County murderer was resentenced this week.

In 2003 Phillip Brown was convicted of beating and stabbing Sherry Bland to death in her home in January 2001. But in 2005 the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled some evidence was wrongly excluded from the case.
Brown was retried in Warren County in 2006, where he was sentenced to "death." But the state supreme court overruled that sentence, so at his resentencing hearing in Warren Circuit Court on Wednesday, Brown accepted his original sentence, "life without the possibility of parole for 25 years."

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The Columbia City Council heard 1st Reading of an occupational tax ordinance at last nights monthly council meeting that was rescheduled from Monday due to the Labor Day holiday.


A committee appointed by Mayor Mark Harris to look into additional revenue for the City and recommended the tax, will give the occupational tax presentation again on Monday, Sept. 8 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall for anyone who wants to ask questions or has comments concerning the tax.


In other action, Councilman Ronald Rogers announced that the joint grant between LWC and the city through the Dept. of local Government was approved. This grant is for sidewalks from the Holloway Health & Wellness Center possibly all the way to the LWC football stadium.


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History will be made when the Lindsey Wilson College community celebrates the college’s 83rd homecoming on the weekend of Sept. 12-13.

Six individuals will be honored by the college; a new homecoming queen and king will be crowned; and a new Blue Raider Bob mascot will be unveiled.

The weekend’s highlight will be Sept. 13 when four alumni and two longtime friends of the college will be honored at the Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony.

The LWC National Alumni Association will present three awards: 1973 alumnus Kerry Michael Givens of Bowling Green will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award; 2001 alumnus Chris D. Estes of Lexington will receive the Young Alumnus Award; and the Rev. Howard O. and Dee Reynolds, both of Lexington, will be named honorary alumni.

Two members from the Class of 2001 will be inducted into the LWC Athletic Hall of Fame: Michelle Burns Perry of Indianapolis will be the first volleyball player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and Jessica Seamon of Smyrna, Ga., will be the first softball player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Perry’s induction coincides with the 20th anniversary of volleyball as an NAIA intercollegiate sport at LWC.

The homecoming king and queen will be crowned during halftime of the LWC-Kentucky Wesleyan College football game, which will kick off at 6 p.m. CT Sept. 13 at Blue Raider Stadium, 828 Russell Road.

Before the game gets underway, a new Blue Raider Bob mascot costume will be unveiled. The new mascot costume was purchased with money raised by the LWC Class of 2013 class gift. It will replace a mascot costume that has been in use since 1996.