LOCAL NEWS

January 19, 2017

Adair County Break in on Burkesville Street

On 01-18-2017 Columbia Police Department received a complaint from Adair County 911 of a residential break in the 500 block of Burkesville street.  Upon the arrival of CPD Sgt. Gary Roy and Ofc. Charles Greer it was found that the front window was broke out.  Officers observed 2 white males in the residence and was able to make entry into the residence and take them into custody. Arrested was :
Aaron Garsee,  age 27 of Columbia – Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree and Burglary 2nd degree
Cody Morrison age 21 of Columbia – Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree and Burglary 2nd Degree


   Columbia Police would like to remind everyone to lock the doors to their house and vehicles when not in them.  We have been experiencing a high volume of thefts especially in the residential neighborhoods inside the city limits.  Multiple vehicles have been broke into and items such as purses, electronics, sunglasses, money, and in several cases the vehicles themselves have been took.  Most of these break-ins have involved no forced entry , the perpetrator or perpetrators simple opened the door. Although several of these cases have resulted in the arrest of the perpetrators a few break-ins remain unsolved.
    We ask that you remain observant to your surroundings. Watch your neighbors property and ask them to watch yours.  If you see anything that looks suspicious  call 911 and ask for an officer to be sent to your location to check it.

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GIFTED AND TALENTED CLASS PREPARES FOR MOCK UNITED NATIONS SUMMIT
Adair County High School students will present resolution for Mexico
By Wes Feese
Media Relations, Adair County Schools
 Approximately 15 Adair County students – ranging from eighth grade through seniors – are currently working toward solving Mexico’s problems, at least theoretically.  The group, from Candice Flatt’s Gifted and Talented class, will represent the United States’ neighbor to the south in March at the Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA) in Louisville, where they will present a mock resolution on which the assembly will vote.
 “It’s a great opportunity to learn,” says junior Austin Dipasquale, who will represent Adair County, and Mexico, on the Security Council.  “I love a good debate and to be able to go somewhere where that’s what everyone wants, it’s really awesome.  I’m really looking forward to it.”
 Alex Muckler, the senior regional director of the Kentucky YMCA Youth Assembly, visited the class Tuesday to discuss the project with Flatt’s students.  Muckler explained the process of creating a resolution, including forming preambulatory statements, operative clauses, and objectives.  “If you look at real resolutions, they’re not actually that complicated,” Muckler assured the class.  “They’re usually pretty accessible – pretty easy to read.”
 Flatt says her students have already shown great enthusiasm in the short amount of time they’ve been working on the resolution.  “This has inspired them to apply what they know outside of the everyday, classroom setting,” Flatt explains.  “It’s also inspired me as a teacher, seeing how interested they are and how important it is to them.”
 Adair County’s UN summit will take place March 23, 24, and 25 at Louisville’s Galt House Hotel.  Almost 50 other schools, representing 80 countries, will also be in attendance.  Muckler and Flatt say this is likely the first time ACHS has ever participated in the program.  “This is a great way for our students to get out into the real world and learn about global challenges,” Flatt says.  “It’s also a chance for them to learn about other cultures and see things from another perspective.” 
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        JANUARY 19, 2017 REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AT
                      ADAIR COUNTY BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM @ 6:00 PM
                                     
   Items on the agenda                                     
  1.   APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  2.   APPOINTMENT OF SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRPERSON FOR 2017
  3.   APPOINTMENT OF SCHOOL BOARD VICE-CHAIRPERSON FOR 2017
  4.   APPOINTMENT OF SECRETARY TO THE BOARD FOR 2017
  5.   APPOINTMENT OF SCHOOL BOARD ATTORNEY
  6.   APPROVAL TO SET DATE AND TIME FOR REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD
        MEETINGS FOR 2017
  7.   PUBLIC FORUM TO ADDRESS QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS ON THE
        NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REPORT – Carol Roy
  8.   APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
  CONSENT AGENDA
  9.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES
10.   APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT
11.   APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS
12.   APPROVAL OF NON RESIDENT CONTRACTS FOR 2017-2018 
13.   APPROVAL TO WAIVE FEES FOR USE OF ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
        CAFETERIA BY COLUMBIA – ADAIR COUNTY TOURISM COMMISSION
14.   APPROVAL OF COMPREHENSIVE DISTRICT IMPROVEMENT PLAN 
15.   ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION
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REGULAR AGENDA

16.   INTRODUCTION:
·    ADAIR COUNTY PRIMARY CENTER
·    ADAIR COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
·    ADAIR COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL
·    ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

 17.   SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
18.   PUBLIC COMMENTS       
19.   APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Renae Smith
20.   BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – David Jones
21.   PRESENTATION/POSSIBLE ACTION ON THE HVAC UNIT AT THE VIRTUAL
        LEARNING ACADEMY AT ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL AND REVISED BG-1
        FORM - Mike Sparkman, Alt 32
22.   APPROVAL OF BG-1 FORM FOR ROOF AT ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
23.   REVIEW/POSSIBLE APPROVAL OF DRAFT BUDGET FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL
        YEAR – Renae Smith
24.   DISCUSSION/POSSIBLE ACTION IN ASSISTING WITH SUPERINTENDENT
        SEARCH PROCESS
25.   ADJOURNMENT

Jan. 18, 2017

Columbia Police Department arrest several Adair County
residents on drug charges.   The arrest have spanned  
weeks as CPD officers began executing sealed indictments.
The warrants  were a result of several month long investigation
into the trafficking of controlled substances in the City of
Columbia and Adair County.  The arrest as of this date include:
 
Christine Goulet, age 47 - 3 counts of Trafficking Controlled
Substance 1
st degree (Opiates)
 
April Morrow, age 34 – Trafficking Controlled Substance
1
st Degree ( Methamphetamine)
 
Jacqueline McCasland, age 36 -    Trafficking Controlled
Substance 1
st Degree ( Methamphetamine ) Possession
Controlled Substance 1
st Degree Methamphetamine,
Possession Controlled Substance 3
rd degree, Possession
of Marijuana .
 
Jeffrey Sullivan, age 50 – Trafficking Controlled Substance
1
st Degree (Methamphetamine)
 
Angela Estes, age 47- Trafficking Controlled Substance 1st
Degree (Methamphetamine)
 
Brandon Greer, age 27 – Trafficking Controlled Substance 1st
Degree (Methamphetamine)
 
Brant “Archie “ Lane , age 39 – 2 counts Trafficking Controlled
Substance 1
st Degree. ( Methamphetamine)  Persistent Felony
Offender 2
nd Degree.
 
Author Badillo, age 21 -  Trafficking within 1000 ft of a school.
 
Richard Oldham, age 35 – 2 counts Trafficking Controlled
Substance 2
nd Degree. ( Drug Unspecified)
 
Kevin Vanarsdale, age 47 – Trafficking Controlled Substance
1
st Degree . ( Methamphetamine)
 
Jacob Stotts, age 22 – Trafficking Controlled Substance 1 st
Degree. (Methamphetamine).
 
  The above was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
CPD Detective Brad Scholl is continuing the investigations. 
More arrest are forthcoming .
 
Chief Cross “ Columbia Police will continue to work vigorously
on the illegal drug trade in Adair County. We appreciate our
Commonwealth Attorney Gail Williams and his office for their
commitment in helping us remove drug dealers from our streets.”

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Public Notice

The Adair County Fiscal Court Nuisance Committee will meet
Friday, January 27, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the basement of the
Adair County Annex Building, 424 Public Square, Columbia,
Kentucky. The meeting is open to the public.


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SAVANNAH ROY NAMED 2017 BASKETBALL HOMECOMING QUEEN
By Wes Feese
Media Relations, Adair County Schools
The boys' team won and the girls' team lost Friday night in a
basketball doubleheader against Metcalfe County, but the night
belonged to the 44 students recognized between games for the
2017 Homecoming festivities.  
In front of the largest crowd John Burr Memorial Gym has seen
all year, Savannah Roy, representing Boys Basketball, was
crowned Basketball Homecoming Quenn.  Roy, 17, is the daughter
of Danny Roy and Debra Breeding.  Her escort, senior point guard
Jordan Lasley, is the son of Craig and Felicia Lasley.  
Filling out the court were Olivia Bair and Makayla Smith, who
were named first and second runner up, respectively.  Bair,
representing National Art Honor Society, was escorted by Erwin
Ruczienski.  Smith, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' nominee,
was escorted by Clint Garrison.

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Jan. 16, 2017


Post 15 activity during the month of December

Columbia, Ky.
(January 15, 2017) – During the month of
December 2016, there were 19 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 no fatal collisions during the month of December in
the Post 15 area.
 
This brings our yearly fatality count to 31 compared with 32
through this same period in 2015.
Statewide fatality count stands at 810 compared with 760 through
this same period in 2015.
 
During the month of December 2016, there were 1005 citations
written, 219 courtesy notices written, 1071 vehicles inspected,
644 complaints answered, 84 motorists assisted, 62 criminal
cases opened and 158 criminal arrests made.

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Post 15 to conduct Safety Checkpoints

Columbia, Ky.
(January 15, 2017) – Kentucky State Police,
Post 15 will be conducting safety traffic checkpoints in the
Post 15 area which includes Washington, Marion, Taylor, Green,
Casey, Russell, Adair, Metcalfe, Monroe, Clinton and Cumberland.
Troopers will be checking for impaired drivers, children that are
not properly restrained in child safety seats and informing the
public about the use of seatbelts. These safety checkpoints will
be conducted in various locations throughout the Post 15 area
that are experiencing a high ratio of vehicular crashes resulting
in injury and/or death compared to relatively low safety restraint

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Human remains found in Adair County identified

Columbia, Ky.
(January 15, 2017) – Human remains found
in Adair County on December 19, 2016 have been identified
as 63-year-old Lawrence R. Chrisman, of Lexington, KY.  
Chrisman's remains were found at the bottom of an embankment
off the northbound side of north KY 55 across from United
Citizens Bank.
The cause of death has not yet been determined.  Detective
Brian Gibson is investigating.  

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Fair Board Awards

The Adair County Fair has always been an award-winning
fair and continues to be that.  At the 2017 Kentucky Association
of Fair and Horse Shows they were received the award for Runner
up as the most progressive fair award in zone 2.  Pictured in this
group photo are; front row Susan Smith Perkinson, Brandy Held,
Amanda Davis, Michelle Fudge Fruth, and Keith Rogers, Chief of
Staff of Kentucky Department of Agriculture Commissioners Office,
Back Row:  Dan Held, Billy Pickett, Marshall Judd, and Jeff Biggs.

Fair Board Award

2017 Fair Person of the Year Faye Davidson

2017 Fair Person of the Year Fay Davidson

 
Photos Courtesy of  Greg Thomas


 

Jan. 13, 2017

THE PAPERLESS CLASSROOM AT ACMS
Sarah Antle’s math students use technology and dry
erase boards for lessons
By Wes Feese
Media Relations, Adair County Schools
Eighth grade students in Sarah Antle’s fifth period math class
sit at attention, listening intently as Antle offers instructions
on the day’s assignment.  A couple boys in the back of the class
whisper to each other when the teacher’s head is turned.  It’s
mostly a standard Wednesday at Adair County Middle School,
in a mostly standard classroom. 
One difference, however, is what’s missing.  There are no
notebooks, no worksheets, and no textbooks in sight.  Instead,
every student has before them, on their desks, a white, dry
erase marker board and a Google Chromebook.  Antle, now in
her sixth year teaching, and third at ACMS, experimented with
paperless assignments last year before making the plunge this
year to a fully paperless classroom.
“Sarah is very innovative and not afraid to try new things,” says
ACMC Principal Alma Rich.  “That’s why she’s a good math teacher. 
I’m excited for our students because they’re so into technology |
and now that enthusiasm carries over to math.”
Antle says the decision was a practical one.  “The main thing was,
kids don’t keep up with their papers,” Antle says.  “Papers were
everywhere, they would lose them, I would lose them, and I thought
there had to be a better way to do it.  So at the end of last year I
began to look at how to get their notes online, rather than in a binder.”
Turns out, the shift was not difficult, not for the teacher and definitely
not for her students.  “They liked it right away,” Antle says.  “It’s one
less thing they have to keep up with, because they can look at
everything we do from home, on a computer, or right from their phones.” 
Antle’s classroom features 30 technology devices, which she says are
absolutely necessary.  “I couldn’t do it without them, because you
have to have that one-to-one student-device ratio,” she explains. 
“The technology is what allows us to move away from paper.”
Technology is not used exclusively, however.  This is math class,
after all.  “We still write things out – you have to write to do math,
” Antle says.  “We use a marker board and then they take a picture
of their work and save it to a document.  They really like using the
marker boards.”
Antle says there are only two instances when paper is used in her
classes.  The first is for students that might not have internet access
at home, in which case she will print out materials and notes.  The
other is for tests.  With the exception of those two, specific situations,
it’s Chromebooks and marker boards every day.  Other teachers are
now shifting away from paper as well, albeit to a lesser degree.  Antle
hopes to continue the practice for the rest of her career.  “Overall, it’s
just easier,” Antle says.  “These students are so adept and so
comfortable using technology, it’s as normal to them as pencil and paper.”

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Adair County Middle School Homecoming
 
 
Twenty Adair County Middle School students were recognized
Thursday as part of the school's homecoming festivities.  
Brice Starks, representing basketball, and Jaylee Kemp,
representing softball, were named Homecoming King and Queen,
respectively.  Brice is the 13-year-old son of Chris and Tori Starks.
 Jaylee is the 13-year-old daughter of Josh and Jennifer Kemp.  
First runners up were Conner Burton (football) and Caroline
Hardwick (band).  Conner, 14, is the son of Chris and Lisa Burton.  
Caroline, also 14, is the daughter of Jennifer and Tim Hardwick.

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New Business Openings

The new Brown & Brown Insurance call center located
beside our existing building on the bypass will be having
our open house next Thursday January 19th at 1:00pm. 
That will be followed by the open house at the new
Sleep Inn & Suites at 3:00pm.

 

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