This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week and Adair County High School is participating in Celebrate My Drive and they  need your support!



Adair County High School is participating in the program because teen driver safety is important and the school will have a chance to win a $100,000 grant!  According to Adair Co. High School principal Troy Young, the school could also win one of two hometown concert events and they need  the public's help.


You can make a safe driving commitment once a day, every day,  through October 24. The more safe driving commitments we make, the better the school's chance of winning $100,000 and hosting a concert.
 Log onto celebratemydrive.com and indicate you want to support Adair County High School.


 Commit to drive safely!




A Taylor Co. man has been arrested on child pornography charges.

The Campbellsville Police Department and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse and child pornography. On Oct. 11, Campbellsville Police received a report of a tenant living at 320 Sharon Drive who was suspected to be involved in possible child sexual abuse and the possession of child pornography.

Officer Ben Riggs and Deputy Brian Pickard launched a joint investigation and discoverd a quantity of pornographic images stored on electronic devices in possession of the perpetrator.

After locating and interviewing witnesses identified in the photographs, 29-year-old Lonnie Harness of Campbellsville was arrested and lodged in the Taylor County Jail. He was charged with Possession of matter portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are forthcoming.


The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is coordinating multiple efforts related to Ebola preparedness to increase the level of readiness for hospitals, local health departments, other health providers and partners to deal with any potential cases of Ebola in the state in the unlikely event of such an occurrence.


DPH is providing information and guidance to medical providers about Ebola, including holding internal briefings and tabletop exercises to make sure hospitals, physicians and other health care workers are not only aware of how to diagnose a possible Ebola infection, but also how to minimize the risk of exposure if a case is identified.


Symptoms of Ebola include fever, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure, although 8-10 days is most common. People are not contagious before they show symptoms. There have also been reports of misinformation and materials that may be designed to appear official circulating in some communities. People should consult CDC.Gov and http://healthalerts.ky.gov>HealthAlerts.ky.gov for up-to-date, accurate information about Ebola.



Tpr. Morris Farris is investigating a collision that occurred Thursday, just before noon, 3 miles west of Lebanon on US 68.


67-year-old Carolyn Benningfield of Warner Robins, Georgia, was operating a 2008 Mitsubishi Galant, traveling west on US 68 when she lost control of her vehicle, ran off of the roadway, striking some trees and overturned.


Benningfield was wearing a seatbelt and was treated and released at Springview Hospital.



A historical marker commemorating the life of an early 19th century educator who was a longtime friend of Abraham Lincoln will be unveiled next week in Greensburg.

The Kentucky Historical Society says the marker is in honor of William Mentor Graham, who was born in Green County and taught at Greensburg Academy before moving to Illinois. There he taught Lincoln arithmetic and grammar, and Lincoln lived with Graham for six months in 1833.

The ceremony is at 1 p.m. CDT Oct. 24 at 101 S. Second St. in Greensburg.


It looks like the wet/dry issue will NOT be placed on the ballot this year.

A wet/dry petition was submitted by Paul Carter but according to Adair County Clerk Joyce Rodgers, her office has found enough invalid signatures so the petition has failed.

The petition needed 1891 valid signatures to be put on the ballot.



The Adair Co. Fiscal Court met Tues. evening.

The court unanimously voted to re-appoint Richard Grant to another four year term on the Westlake Regional Hospital Board of Directors.

Sherman Burton was awarded the bid for surplus items.


The Adair Fiscal Court meets on the 2nd Tues. of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Annex basement.



Two Adair Co. men were injured and transported to a Louisville hospital following a 1-vehicle accident on Tues. afternoon in Adair County.


At 1:50 p.m. yesterday Deputy Aaron Rainwater and Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss responded to the single vehicle accident  on Greenbriar Road. Upon arrival, witnesses advised that the operator of the vehicle and passenger of the vehicle that had overturned several times before bursting into flames, had both been picked up and left the scene and were possibly at a residence on Orbin Branham Road.


Upon arrival at Orbin Branham Road, officers located one victim of the collision, 20-year-old Dillon Burton of Columbia who sustained severe facial injuries. Witnesses said that the other person involved, 21-year-old Bruce Thompson of Columbia had fled on foot into a nearby wooded area. Sheriff Moss was able to locate Thompson a short time later. Thompson had also sustained severe facial injuries in the collision. Thompson was treated at the scene by Adair County EMS and transported to Westlake Regional where he was air lifted to University of Louisville. Dillon Burton was also later transported to University of Louisville by ambulance.


No charges have been filed at this time, but alcohol is believed to be a factor. Deputy Rainwater is investigating the collision.




Three people were sent to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after a two-vehicle crash on the Cumberland Parkway.

The accident occurred just after 10:00 a.m. on the Parkway in Pulaski County.

Officials said an SUV driven by police chief, 58-year-old Ottis Skaggs of Russell Springs, was westbound on the Cumberland Parkway when the vehicle hydroplaned on the wet roads and crossed the median into the eastbound lanes. The vehicle then struck an eastbound car driven by 29-year-old Ryan Covington of Liberty.

Covington's vehicle was thrown into the guardrail. He was trapped inside the vehicle and was extricated by the Somerset-Pulaski County Rescue Squad and the Nancy Volunteer Fire Department.

Chief Skaggs and his passenger, 48-year-old Derek Polston of Russell Springs (a city worker) were both ejected from the vehicle.

No-one was wearing a seat belt.

Skaggs was treated at the scene by Russell County EMS and transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. He was later transferred by EMS to the UK Hospital in Lexington.

Polston was treated at the scene by Russell County EMS and transported to the Russell County Hospital.

Covington was treated at the scene by the Somerset-Pulaski County EMS and transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset.




A 1- vehicle accident on  Saturday night claimed the life of a Russell County teenager and injured two other persons.


17-year-old Mackenzie Bryant of Russell Springs (a Senior at RCHS) died from injuries sustained in the crash that occurred at 10:30 p.m. Sat. on Old Sano Road when he lost control of his 2007 Chevrolet car in a curve, ran off the roadway and struck an embankment.


Bryant and two passengers: Tiffany Hadley, age 30, and Tyler Brockman, age 17, of Russell Springs were all transported by Russell County EMS to Russell County Hospital for treatment.


Bryant later died in Danville while being transferred to the U.K. Medical Center in Lexington.


The Russell Co. Sheriff's office is investigating the accident.