Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding registered voters who wish to vote in another party's May 2015 Primary Election or be a candidate as a member of another political party in the regularly scheduled 2015 elections that they must change their registration no later than December 31, 2014. The deadline also applies to registered voters who wish to attain ballot access in the November 2015 General Election as an Independent.
Monday, Dec. 22nd is the first full day of Winter and as temperatures continue to plunge over the next couple of months, a child advocate at Safe Kids Louisville and Kosair Chidlren's Hospital is warning parents of the dangers of blankets and quilts in a baby's crib.
With chilly temperatures and families hitting the road for holiday travel, child advocate Erika Janes reminds parents of the A-B-Cs of safe sleep. That means a snug fitted sheet with no pillows, blankets, toys or anything else in the crib that could suffocate or overheat a baby.
Janes recommends travelers take along bassinets or play yards or arrange for one where they're staying. Never put the baby in bed with adults where an infant could get too hot, suffocate on bedding or be crushed by a sleeping adult. Don't let the room get too hot. Overheating is a key risk factor for sudden infant deaths.
Kentucky farmers' markets and vendors that currently do not accept SNAP benefits can start doing so by signing up to receive free EBT equipment on Monday, January 5 during the 2015 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Markets and vendors can sign up between 11amCT and 6pmCT in the Keeneland Conference Room on the first floor of the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington, KY.
Formerly known as food stamps, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are issued electronically via Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), which is like a debit card. Equipment is necessary to process a SNAP purchase using the EBT card. Some markets and vendors may qualify for free wireless equipment.
An Adair County Grand Jury has recently returned several indictments.
Michael Paul Risen age 35 of Lexington -- Criminal possession of a forged instrument
Rodney Lewis Roberts age 35 of Lexington -- Criminal Possession of a forged instrument and for being a Persistent Felony Offender.
Gary W. Rooks age 51 of Columbia -- Wanton Endangerment
Jody M. Shephard age 19 of Russell Springs -- Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500, Shoplifting.
Logan B. Turner age 33 -- Manufacture of Methamphetamine & Careless Driving
Dakota L. Lemons age 20 of Columbia -- Receiving stolen property over $500 & Criminal Mischief
Phillip Lee Williams age 50 of Burkesville -- Theft by unlawful taking over $500
Joshua A. Gabehart age 31 of Columbia -- 3 Counts of Criminal Possession of a forged instrument
Candace N. Thomas age 33 of Columbia Possession of a controlled substance, Cocaine
Dakota L. Lemons age 20 of Columbia - Receiving stolen property over $500
Adam Haskiell age 22 of Columbia -- Trafficking in Marijuana, more than 8 ounces & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
David Scott Corbin age 35 -- Burglary, Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500 & for being a Persistent Felony Offender
An indictment is only a legal accusation and does not determine guilt or innocence.
An update on enrollment in Kentucky's health benefits exchange.
Kynect Executive Director Carrie Banahan says over 100,000 Kentuckians either renewed or signed up for health insurance coverage to start January first.
She says the store they opened at Lexington's Fayette Mall saw over 42-hundred visitors, and have taken 2,343 applications there.
Banahan says they know they'll enroll thousands more, over the next two months.
The Jamestown Pharmacy was burglarized early Wed. morning and three individuals have been arrested in connection with the break-in.
Arrested was Troy Pierce, Denishia Brown and Charlton Wooldridge of Russell Springs. Pierce and Wooldridge are charged with Burglary 3rd Degree and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree. Brown is charged with Complicity to Burglary and with Falsely Reporting an Incident. Brown allegedly called 911 and reported a “fight in progress” in efforts of luring on-duty officers away from the vicinity of the pharmacy.
The suspects used a hammer to break the glass in doors, allowing entry into the pharmacy around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. The burglars were inside for a short amount of time and nothing was taken.
All three suspects were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
A mobile home was totallly destroyed by fire Wednesday morning.
The Adair County Fire Department responded to the mobile home fire at 2:00 a.m. at 475 Harris Road. The home was occupied by Jason Roberts and was owned by Carl or Shelly Harris. The home was a total loss. Ten firemen were on the scene for 45 minutes.
An Adair Co. man has arrested in Taylor County for three counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking.
On Tuesday, Dec. 16, the Taylor County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a theft of a car hauler trailer taken from a residence on North Village Green off Davis Road in Taylor County. During the course of the investigation, there was a report of an attempted theft off Hwy 210 that was connected to this theft.
An arrest warrant was obtained for 26-year-old Terry L. Ervin of Columbia for the theft from North Village Green and a theft from Dec. 10, 2014 of a utility trailer from Misty Drive. Ervin was charged with 3 counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking and lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center by theTaylor County Sheriff's Office who was assisted by the Adair County Sheriff's Office.
There will be a Special Called Meeting of the Columbia City Council on Tuesday Dec. 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in City Hall.
Items on the agenda are as follows:
1st Item: 2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 230.54 - AN ORDINANCE UPDATING THE PAY/CLASSIFICATION PLAN
2nd Item: 2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 340.8 - AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO ELECTRICAL INSPECTION FEES
The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver 15 billion greeting cards and 470 million packages this holiday season. That would be a 12% increase over last year, due to the popularity of online shopping.
December 20th is the deadline for first-class letters and priority mail that needs to be delivered before Christmas.
For last-minute shoppers, December 23rd is the deadline for priority express mail. The Postal Service will deliver on Christmas Day.
Kentucky ranks 39th in the country in funding programs that prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit.
According to the Kentucky News Network, a new report says Kentucky's smoking rate is among the highest in the country - 18 percent. It says smoking in Kentucky claims 8,900 lives and costs the state $1.9 billion in health care bills.
Kentucky will collect $347.3 million in revenue this year from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes but will spend only seven-tenths percent of the money on tobacco prevention programs.
Tobacco companies spend $271 million per year to market their products in Kentucky - 109 times what the state spends on tobacco prevention.
Kentucky health advocates are calling on state lawmakers to approve a comprehensive, statewide smoke-free law in early 2015.
The Adair County Sheriff's Office responded to a one vehicle crash on East HWY 80 that occurred around 6:30 a.m. on Monday morning.
A 2012 box truck being operated by 51 year old Tracy White of Glendale, KY traveled off the shoulder of the roadway. The operator attempted to correct the vehicle but was unable to do so and the truck overturned. No injuries were reported at the scene. Deputy BJ Bray investigated the crash and was assisted by the Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement. Officers were on the scene for two hours.
The roadway was shut down for approximately 40 minutes while the truck was towed from the scene.
A total of 399 degrees were awarded Saturday morning at LWC's 100th commencement ceremony, held in Biggers Sports Center.
Former Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College President W. Bruce Ayers told graduates to value personal forms of communication. Ayers and longtime LWC trustee John Gorrell of Lexington, Ky., each received an honorary doctorate from LWC.
A crack down on holiday drunk driving is now underway.
Last year there were 5500 alcohol-related crashes in Kentucky that left 138 people dead and 3000 people injured. Increased highway enforcement began on Saturday, Dec. 13.
MADD, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, local and state police, and other groups are encouraging people who celebrate to plan ahead for how they will get home.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Wednesday night just after 9:00 p.m. at Simms 208 Liquors in Lebanon, Ky.
The robber is approximately six feet tall and wore a mask during the robbery.
Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Marion County sheriff's office at 270-692-3051.
The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Gathering was held on Tuesday evening. The event was sponsored by Lindsey Wilson College at The Pines and new Chamber members were inducted.
Brenda Mann was inducted into office as President by former Chamber President, Roger Meadows. Inducted to the Board of Directors were Holly Grimsley, Kim Dykes, Kerry Humphress, Bobby Bowe and Jelaine Harlow.
Wendy Burt and Joel Peterson were given Certificates of Appreciation for their terms of service on the Chamber Board of Directors.
Also recognized were outgoing Board members Julie Day and Pam Hancock.
A mobile home in Adair County was totally destroyed by fire last evening.
The Adair County Fire Department responded to a residential mobile home fire at 4707 Russell Springs Road at 5:17 p.m. to property owned by Randy Murray and occupied by Tony Tanaka. The mobile home was a total loss. There were 16 firemen on the scene for an hour and a half.
The Campbellsville Police Department on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, initiated an investigation into the alleged abuse of an elderly person.
Campbellsville Police officers were called to assist the Campbellsville – Taylor County Emergency Medical Services at 903 Gardenia Dr. in Campbellsville for a medical assistance call. Upon arrival they discovered an elderly female resident at this address living in a "neglectful" condition.
The elderly person was located in a room in the residence lying on a mattress which was deteriorated with exposed wire springs in an unsanitary condition. The elderly person was removed from the residence and transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for treatment of open sores to the body.
Officers summoned the assistance of the Department for Community based Services – Adult Protection to assist with the investigation.
Arrested and lodged in the Taylor County Jail were 55-year-old Terry Lynn Peyton and 52-year-old Timothy D. Peyton both of Campbellsville. They were charged with one count each of Adult Abuse 1st degree, a Class C Felony.
The investigation is continuing by Campbellsville Police.
The Adair Co. Fiscal Court met for its last meeting of the year on Tuesday evening.
Larry Russell Bryant was appointed to the Columbia/Adair County Utilities Board by a vote of 4-3. Mr. Bryant will replace Rudy Higginbotham.
Holly Grimsley was appointed as a part-time worker in the Judge's office.
The 2nd reading of the Sheriff's 2015 budget was approved after revising it to take out the hiring of another full time deputy.
3 people were hired as part time 9-1-1 employees: Toni Humphress, Kevin Jones & Stacy Melton.
The Court approved of giving $2500 to the Columbia-Adair Co. Chamber of Commerce. The chamber requested $5000 but the court asked for a financial statement which is standard procedure when any organization requests funding. The Chamber caN come back later on and request the additional $2500.
The Court approved Judge Melton to sign the paperwork for a 9-1-1 grant totaling $67,440 through the Lake Cumberland Area Development District. The funds will be used for the 9-1-1 CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system.
Judge Executive Ann Melton was presented a plaque by the Fiscal Court for her 8 years of service to the County as Adair Co. Judge Executive.
Also receiving plaques were Lisa Greer, Administrative Asst. to the Judge who was elected Adair County Clerk, outgoing magistrates Joe Rogers and Billy Rowe, as well as Jailer Rick Wilson who chose not to seek another term in office. Solid Waste Coordinator A.L. Sinclair was also presented a plaque for his many years of service to the County.
A former Taylor Co. foster parent has been indicted again.
According to the Central Ky News Journal, 66 year old Gary W. Foster wa indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County Grand Jury. He was charged with 1st degree sodomy of a victim younger than 12.
The former foster parent who once cared for special needs children has been indicted this time for allegedly sodomizing a young boy. If convicted, Foster could be sentenced to as much as life in prison.
Lindsey Wilson College head football coach Chris Oliver was named American Football Coaches Association 2014 NAIA Region 1 Coach of the Year, AFCA officials announced Monday.
The regional coach of the year award is the third for Oliver and second straight. Oliver shared the award in 2011.
The third coach of the year honor comes remarkably in just five seasons. Oliver – who has a career record of 33-23 – led the creation of the program from scratch beginning with its first season in 2010.
Lindsey Wilson finished 2014 with the program’s best season in its young history. Oliver led the Blue Raiders to their first 10-win season. Lindsey Wilson also captured the program’s first-ever Mid-South Conference East Division title and its first trip to the Football Championship Series.
Once in the 16-team national playoffs, Lindsey Wilson became the first team since 2010 to win a FCS game in its first trip. The Blue Raiders defeated Faulkner 20-17 at home on Nov. 22. The Blue Raiders’ season ended in the national quarterfinals with a 30-17 loss at No. 3-ranked Saint Xavier (Ill.).
In addition to its first playoff berth, Oliver led the Blue Raiders to its highest ranking in the program’s history with a No. 6 national ranking.
Lindsey Wilson concluded the historic season at 10-3 and 6-0 in the Mid-South Conference East Division.
The 2014 Regional Coach of the Year winners will be recognized at the AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner at the 2015 AFCA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. The dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, January 13.
BBB Tips on Holiday Scams
‘Tis the season for scammers and schemers! Whether it’s on the internet, at the store, or at your very own front door, BBB warns to “watch out” for these holiday scams.
Gift Card Schemes – Handheld scanners and smart phones give thieves the tools they need to snag the information off the gift card as it hangs on the rack. The thief periodically calls the 800 number listed on the back of the card to verify it has been purchased and activated. Once activated, the thief uses the gift card to make online purchases. Only buy gift cards that are secured behind customer service desks, or cards with protected scratch-off security codes.
Delivery Scams – You receive an email from what appears to be UPS or FEDEX, saying you have a package must be picked up. The email asks you to click a link to download a form. If you download the form, your computer becomes infected.
Gift Basket Shams – You receive a phone call from someone claiming they have a package to deliver. A deliveryman arrives with a basket of flowers and wine. Since the gift contains alcohol, he asks you to pay a $3.50 “delivery charge” via debit or credit card. as proof the package was delivered to an adult. Excited, you don’t think twice about handing your card over for payment. Several days later, you find unauthorized charges on your card.
Package Theft - With more and more people shopping online this time of year, the BBB is warning people not to leave unattended packages on their doorsteps. Thieves have been caught on camera walking right up to houses and swiping packages. Police believe the criminals follow delivery trucks into neighborhoods. Have the package sent to your workplace or to a neighbor who is home.
Suspicious Social Media Giveaways – Be wary of any giveaways or raffles on social media! They often advertise the season’s hottest gifts. The offers solicit likes or shares to get distributed on social media feeds. They often direct you to a survey site and ask for personal information or a mobile number.
Counterfeit Retailer Websites – Beware of websites that offer “too-good-to-be-true” prices on hot holiday items. They may appear legitimate, but they often send inferior merchandise - if they send anything at all. Many are just trying to steal your personal information. Look for a working customer service number or a brick and mortar store, and use a credit card to dispute the charges.
Fake Santa Websites - Dozens of websites are registered in Santa’s name, offering kids a chance to email Santa. Some of these sites are not trustworthy. They ask for personal information. Some may even contain “naughty” content. Check the site, twice, before you let your child get on the website. Be sure the site is only asking for information like a first name, and email address. Santa already knows where you live!
Malware E-cards – Email greeting cards may appear to be from a friend or associate but actually contain a link that will download malicious software onto your computer to steal personal information.
Charity Schemes – Scammers will call you on the phone or knock on your front door. They’ll wear seasonal outfits, dress in familiar looking uniforms, and carry forms of identification that look real. They’ll convince you to give with stories that tug at your heart. Before you give, do your homework. Check out the charity at www.give.org. Don’t fall for high-pressure tactics. Avoid "charities" whose representatives won't answer reasonable questions, such as how the money will be spent. Never supply credit card information over the phone, and never give cash or write checks payable to an individual solicitor.
iPad Scams - iPads are one of the hottest ticket items this holiday season, and many name brand stores have sold a limited supply. This gives scammers the opportunity to take advantage of consumers. Some con artists run ads for cheaply priced iPads, or consumers are told they will receive a free iPad after purchasing additional products. In reality, they never receive any of the items. Other consumers take a quiz to receive a free iPad and then unknowingly provide personal information that signs them up for services they never purchased. This leads to identity theft.
Puppy Scams – Getting a puppy for the holidays? Scammers create fake websites claiming to be puppy breeders. Consumers are lured in with cute pictures and promises of adopting a healthy puppy. Before the dog can be delivered, the expecting family must pay the adoption fee (usually hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars), shipping costs, insurance, and veterinarian fees via wire transfer. Once the money has been sent, the scammer tells the consumer their puppy is ready for pick-up at the nearest airport. After hours of waiting, the puppy never arrives. Check out the breeder with BBB before making a purchase. Also, check the breeder’s credentials with the American Kennel Club, and obtain an independent veterinarian check up to ensure the puppy is healthy BEFORE the adoption.
Holiday Rentals – Traveling for the holidays? Scammers post fake rentals asking for consumers to wire money for deposits on listed properties. The property doesn’t exist and not only is the consumer out the money of the deposit, but they have nowhere to stay. Never wire money to anyone you don’t know. Also, do your research on the property to make sure it exists. Ask for pictures and phone numbers of recent renters. If the price is extremely low, take this as a red flag and look for somewhere else to stay.