Local News -- Sun. May 1



Two Taylor Co. women were shot on Saturday evening; One of the women died at the scene. A Marion Co.man has been arrested and charged with Murder.


On Saturday, April 30, 2016 at approximately 6:17 P.M., Campbellsville Police responded to Catawata Circle in Campbellsville, Ky. in reference to a disturbance and shooting.  Upon the officers arrival, they discovered two shooting victims, 21 year old  Brianna D. Washington of Lebanon and  25 year old Shenitrea M. Vaughn of Campbellsville.  Washington was pronounced deceased at the scene and Vaughn was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for possible life threatening injuries.


After an investigation by the Campbellsville Police Department and with the assistance of Kentucky State Police, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lebanon Police Department,  25 year old William M. Calhoun of Lebanon, Kentucky was arrested and charged with Murder and Assault 1st degree.  Calhoun was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.


The investigation continues with the possibility of further charges.




Two or three loud explosions were heard in Adair County last evening. Some say the explosions were loud enough to shake pictures and rattle windows. Some of 93.5's Facebook followers suggested it may be boys setting off Tannerite, but no official word from authorities.


Tannerite is the brand name of a binary explosive marketed primarily for making exploding targets for firearms practice. Tannerite is intended to detonate when shot by a high-velocity firearm bullet.  When Tannerite is detonated,  it produces a large explosion and cloud. It is marketed as a target designator that is useful for persons who are firing at long ranges.


Others speculate it could have been from a 3.5 magnitude earthquake that occurred over the weekend. However, the earthquake occurred shortly after midnight Saturday night and the explosions were heard between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening. According to the latest information from earthquakes.usgs.gov, the quake occurred ~9 miles NNW of La Center, KY, located right along the Kentucky/Illinois state line.


Again, no official report from police as to what the explosions may have been.





The Crappie USA Super Event was held at Green River Lake this past Friday & Saturday. 149 anglers from 9 states competed for almost $15,000 in cash and prizes and a chance to advance to the prestigious Cabela's Crappie USA Classic.

This year's classic will be held October 27 - 29, 2016 on Kentucky & Barkley Lakes at Paris, Tennessee.

Results of the Crappie USA Tournament include:

1st place--David Jones of Knifley and Corey Thomas of Jamestown with a total weight of 13.57 pounds and earning $3,000 plus a $500 Talon Bonus and $400 for the 2nd place Big Fish that weighed in at 1.87 pounds. 

2nd place -- Lynn and Nathan Cochran of Springfield, Ky. with a total weight of 13.01 pounds and earning $2,000 plus an additional $250 Ranger Cup Bonus. 

3rd place -- Robert Massey and Todd Dalton of Somerset weighing in at 12.05 pounds and earning $1,000. 

4th place -- Joe and Janette Carter of Gilbert, South Carolina with a total weight of 11.82 pounds. The team took home a check for $600.

5th place -- Donnie Burris and Dennis Yates of Columbia, Ky. weighing in at 11.79 pounds and earning $400. 





A massive voter registration effort in Kentucky pays off.  

According to the Ky. News Netwotk, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says the voter drive, plus a new on-line way to register or change your information, means over three-point-two million people are eligible to vote, an all-time record in Kentucky. She says she hopes that leads to a good turn out at the polls for the May Primary, since only 30-percent voted last November in the General Election.  

Grimes says 52-percent of Kentuckians are registered Democrats, 40-percent Republicans, and the other eight percent as "other".




An investigation by the Russell County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in the arrest of a Russell County man on several drug trafficking charges.

Roy Emerson Jones, 53, of Highway 379 South, was taken into custody around 1:30 a.m. Friday on Little Louisville Road, 2 miles outside of Jamestown, and charged with three (3) counts of Trafficking in Controlled Substances including Methamphetamine and prescription pills.

Jones was also charged with Promoting Contraband after more “meth” was discovered on his person while he was being processed into the Russell County Detention Center.

The arrest was made by Sgt. Mark Cromwell, Deputy Evan Burton and Det. Joey Hoover.

You can report illegal drug activity or other crimes anonymously to the Russell County Sheriff’s Crime Tip-Line at 270-566-9111.




Petitions for a special alcohol referendum in Casey County are on the counters of stores in Clementsville, at Crockett Trail and on North U.S. 127. Plans are to place them in other businesses in the city and county.


According to the website caseynews.net, local real estate developer Ronnie Davis is promoting the referendum, which is seeking to get a wet/dry vote on the ballot in a special called election possibly in August.


Davis led a failed initiative to make the city of Liberty wet in May 2010, when voters said “no” to alcohol sales 376 to 303. This time, however, the referendum asks registered voters if they favor the sale of alcoholic beverages in Casey County, not just Liberty.

As Davis said six years ago, the issue is less about drinking and more about economics.


On Jan. 19, Russell County voted to end prohibition by a vote of 3,833 to 3,423. After almost a century of being dry, Adair County voted March 22 by a margin of 3,384 to 2,755 to end prohibition. A group in Campbellsville is circulating petitions to call for a wet/dry vote for the city. Somerset, in Pulaski County, permits the sale of alcohol. Lebanon and Marion County are also wet.


According to Casey County Court Clerk Casey Davis, to hold a wet/dry special election, a person or group must collect signatures on a petition equal to 25% of voter turnout from the last General Election, in November 2015. In that election, 3,623 people voted, which means 25% would be 905 signatures.

However, Casey Davis said the law states the petitions may not have been circulated for more than 6 months before being submitted to his office.

Once Ronnie Davis collects the petitions with at least 905 signatures, the petitions are turned into the clerk’s office, where Davis’ staff will have 30 days to certify every name.

If at least 905 voters’ names are certified, then County Judge-Executive Randy Dial “shall make an order directing the election to be held,” Kentucky law states.

Casey Davis said the cost of calling a special election in 15 precincts is $27,000.







The Columbia City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall.

Items on the agenda are as follows:

1.)    Motion to approve minutes of the April 4, 2016 Regular Called Meeting.

2.)    Chris Janes – Member of the Columbia –Adair County Airport Board to address council pertaining to the city assisting with some of the projects at the airport.

3.)    Motion to approve purchase of new recorded for the Adair County 911 Center.






An Adair County Grand Jury returned indictments against 4 individuals this week.





56-year-old Dennis L. Smith of Columbia, Ky. -- Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of a Legend Drug; Possession of a Handgun by a convicted felon; Posession of Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine)

28-year-old Doris A. Roy of Russell Springs, Ky.-- Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition more than $500 but less than $10,000

58-year-old Robbie D. Cabehart -- Bail Jumping; Persistent Felony Offender

27-year-old Charles B. McCoy -- Possession of Controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense, Methamphetamine; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


An indictment is a legal accusation and does not determine guilt or innocence.





A home owned by a well known Separate Baptist preacher who just lost his wife a few months ago, was robbed Tuesday night.


Brother Clifton Cowan who lives in the Royville community on Hwy 80 in Russell County was not at home when the thief or thieves broke into his house taking a flat screen tv, his late wife's jewelry and other items. The burglary occurred in the evening hours before 10pm.


Area pawn shops are urged to be on the lookout for these items and if you have any information call the Russell Co. Sheriffs Office at 270-343-2191.





According to the website Keeneland.com, the horse named after the late Capt. Tony Grider, won the 4th race on Wednesday at Keeneland in Lexington. Grider was the Captain of the Campbellsville Fire Dept. and passed away in Sept., 2014 after being injured in the line of duty in August, 2014 while helping a group of students at Campbellsville University do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. 41 year old Grider was severely shocked by an arc of electricity while in a fire truck bucket that got too close to high-voltage power lines. He was a native Adair Countian.


Here's the top 3 finishers of Race 4 on Wednesday:

        Horse                  Jockey                   Win     Place     Show

5    Capt. Grider      Paco Lopez             7.20     3.60     3.00

7    Jersey Street     Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.           

3    Sekondi             Chris Landeros       

Capt. Grider Horse Info.:

Jockey: Paco Lopez
Trainer: Dante Zanelli, Jr.
Owner: Horse International
Breeder: Kings and Queens Farm    




There will be a Special Called Adair Co. School Board meeting on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. at the Adair County Board of Education Conference Room for the purpose of:  EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS STUDENT DISCIPLINE.








The Adair Co. Fiscal Court will have a "Special Called Meeting" on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Adair Annex Basement Meeting Room.


Action Items on the Agenda:

A.    2016-2017 Fiscal Year Budget - 1st Reading
B.    Disbursements
C.    ABC Ordinance - 1st Reading
D.    Approval of AOC Blue Form
E.    Authorization to advertise for bids on HVAC units at G.R.A.S. and Annex Buildings
F.    Authorization to advertise for bids to purchase a 1 ton dump truck for Road Department  
G.    Approval to purchase a 7' Bushog for Road Department






A two vehicle, near head-on crash Tuesday afternoon in the Esto community injured two Russell County residents, one critically.


The collision occurred at 4:13 p.m. on KY 92, aka Esto Road, about one mile west of the Russell County Airport when a westbound 2001 Ford Explorer operated by Kelly Perez Russell, 35, of Russell Springs, began crossing the center line, resulting in Alex Selby, 23, of Russell Springs, steering his eastbound 2004 GMC truck to the left in an attempt to avoid a collision. The two vehicles struck nearly head-on with both sustaining extensive damage.


Russell was treated at the scene by members of the Russell County EMS and then transported by ambulance to the nearby airport where she was airlifted by emergency helicopter to the U.K. Medical Center for treatment of numerous injuries.
Selby was transported by Russell County EMS personnel to the Russell County Hospital for treatment and observation. He was later released with follow-up treatment scheduled for later this week.


The investigation into the cause of the collision is ongoing by Sheriff Clete McAninch and Det. Joey Hoover. Several members of the Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department also responded and assisted at the scene.






Attention Adair County Voters:

Abstentee voting began at 12 Noon on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 for the May17th Primary Election. Qualifying voters may cast their vote by absentee in County Clerk lisa Greer's office in the Adair Annex on the Public Square.





The Taylor County Fire Department was dispatched to 4376 Spurlington Rd on Monday just before 5:00 p.m. for a vehicle on fire sitting close to a residence owned by Melissa Spurling.


Upon arrival, firefighters found a F-150 pick-up fully involved. A second vehicle sitting in front of the pick-up sustained fire damage to the rear portion and the residence suffered minor damage from radiant heat.


The cause of the fire has not been determined at this time. No injuries were reported. 14 firefighters and 3 apparatus' responded to the call.




The Adair County Board of Education will receive sealed bids on Tires for the 2016-2017 school year until Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the central office, at which time bids will be opened and tabulated.  Information needed for bid work may be secured at the Board of Education.  The board reserves the right to reject any and/or all bids.








An Adair Co. High School student was allegedly assaulted by another student and it was all caught on camera by a student's cell phone.


The mother of the assaulted young man, Denver Austin, told WLEX TV that her son suffered a concussion after the alleged assault at school.  


Austin said her son was literally standing in the lunch line and got punched in the back of the head and got knocked out cold. His pants were also pulled down to his ankles, according to video footage shown on Channel 18. Austin goes on to say that the lack of response and compassion from the school is one of the hardest things.


Austin says her son has a concussion and has been to the emergency room twice since being hit. He also hasn’t returned to school.


Adair County School Superintendent Alan Reed says the school is working with police and they are planning on turning the case over to the county attorney.


Supt. Reed says that from the moment officials saw the video, they started law enforcement action, and it is one of those things that is not tolerated in Adair Co. schools.


Reed says the alleged attacker is not in school and will not be allowed to return until the case is heard in court.




The City of Greensburg is facing layoffs after a tax ordinance failed last night. Forcht Broadcasting station K-Country's News Dir. Austin Yates has details and hear the story on WAIN local news today.




Attorney General Andy Beshear is now calling for an investigation of Governor Matt Bevin.

The Democratic Attorney General is asking the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to investigate if Bevin is using campaign contribution records as grounds for firing state employees. Beshear's retort in the ongoing feud between the two comes days after Bevin announced his intent to investigate corruption claims using a cabinet secretary that reports directly to him. Beshear says that investigation should be handled by the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. A spokeswoman for the governor welcomes the parallel investigation.






Want to go to the races? Then consider going to Keeneland in Lexington, KY on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 2:40 p.m. ET. A beautiful horse named in memory of Captain Tony Grider of the Campbellsville Fire Department will run his first race on that day. Go out & honor the legacy of our very own Captain Tony Grider.




Four Adair Countians were arrested on Monday by the Adair Co. Sheriff's Offfice and it all began last Thursday.


On  April 21, 2016  Adair Co. Deputy Brandon Hitch along with Deputy Keith were at a residence on Old Portland Road acting on a tip to locate a suspect with numerous warrants. Upon speaking with the owner, deputies located Jeffrey Wright age 43 of Columbia, inside a garage.


When deputies attempted to apprehend the subject, he fled on foot and was unable to be located. On April 25th Deputy Hitch, Sheriff Moss, Officer Cole and Trooper Begley of Post 15 acted on another tip and located Wright's vehicle at a residence on Mitchell Street. After speaking to a female at the residence, she advised that Jeffrey Wright was not at the residence or on the property. Officers then noticed Wright fleeing from the residence. Sheriff Moss and Trooper Begley apprehended Wright a few moments later. Wright was arrested by Deputy Hitch and lodged in Adair County Jail on charges of Fleeing or Evading Police on foot and six outstanding warrants.


Also arrested at the scene by Officer Jamie Cole was 41 year old Kristina Sult and 45 year old Jeremy Sult on charges of Obstructing Governmental Operations and Hindering Prosecution or Apprehension 2nd degree.


Sheriff Moss also arrested 20 year old Tyler Sult on an outstanding warrant. Assisting at the scene were Sgt. Gary Roy and Columbia City Police Chief Jason Cross.







According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, one person is dead following a crash that occurred just after 11am on the William Natcher Parkway northbound between Milepoint 12 and Milepoint 14.


EMS confirms one person has been killed in the crash. Reportedly a car and a dump truck were involved.


The Northbound lanes are closed.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.






According to Solid Waste Coordinator Charlie Crawhorn, free tipping on Saturday  was a huge success. Over 32 tons were delivered to the Transfer Station on Friday and a little over 38.5 tons on Saturday, for a total of around 71 tons of trash brought in in the two days of free tipping for Adair County residents.


Free Tipping was sponsored by Adair Fiscal Court & County Judge Exec. Mike Stephens






It’s been almost 7 months since Whitney Danielle Copley of Russell County disappeared and her family is having a special event this afternoon in Dunnville, Ky. for her 25th birthday.

Whitney Danielle Copley of Decatur Road was last seen during the early morning hours of October 1st at Dog Walk Market in Dunnville.


Whitney Copley’s 25th birthday is today and her family is having a balloon launch at the Dunnville Fire Department to celebrate her birthday and to keep the public aware of her disappearance. The event is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. Central Time today at the Dunnville Fire Department on HWY 127. The public is invited and urged to attend.


KY State Police continue to investigate Whitney Copley’s disappearance and a $10,000 cash reward is being offered for information leading to her whereabouts.


Contact Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 if you have any information about what happened to Whitney Copley.






The Adair Co. Sheriff's Office investigated two accidents on Thursday  that sent both drivers to the hospital.


At 3:33pm on Thursday,  Deputy Brandon Hitch and Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss were dispatched to a single vehicle accident 8 miles east of Columbia on Russell Springs Road (Hwy 80). 20 year old Tabitha Mann of Columbia was operating a 2000 Ford Ranger west bound, when her vehicle dropped off the shoulder of the road. Mann then struck a road tile, over-corrected and left the road before striking a fence. The vehicle came to rest on its side.


Mann was treated at the scene by Adair County EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia for further treatment.


Deputy Hitch is investigating the collision.



On Thursday night at 9:44pm, Deputy Hitch was dispatched to another single vehicle accident with injuries.


Donna Darst age 50 of Columbia was traveling north bound on Hwy 551 when she lost control of her vehicle and struck an embankment.


Darst was treated on scene by Adair County EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia for further treatment.


Deputy Hitch is investigating the collision.  Hitch was assisted at the scene by Deputy Joey Keith and Constable Jason Rector.





The Adair County Hospital District and Adair County Hospital District Corporation Board of Trustees will meet at 6:30pmCT, Tuesday, May 3rd, in the basement of the Adair Annex.  (Please note the change in date from April 26, 2016 to May 3, 2016)


Items on the agenda include:

CFO Report by David Hayes including the Financial Report. and Approval of Bad Debts for Collections
A presentation on the Fiscal Year 2015 audit by Steve Jones with Blue and Company

Administrator Report by Neal Gold
Revision of signing authorization for Community Trust accounts
Executive Session to discuss  proposed or pending litigation against or on behalf of the District regarding terms of the Chapter 9 Plan of Adjustment.
Action on any Executive Session decisions if needed.


The meeting is open to the public.






The Lindsey Wilson football team wraps up spring practice with the annual Blue-White Game tonight under the lights at Blue Raider Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT.


Admission to the game is free, but fans are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or canned good that will be donated to the Adair County Food Pantry.


Today's practice represents the 15th and final practice of the spring for the Blue Raiders in preparation for the upcoming 2016 season.






Columbia Police Department has took a Columbia man into custody after standoff on East Frazier street.


The incident occurred when CPD officers responded to a 911 call that a male subject had a gun to his head threatening suicide at a residence off Tutt street. Upon officers arrival the subject fled into a wooded area toward East Fraizer . Sgt Murphy and Ofc Jamie Cole entered the woods in an attempt to locate him and made visual contact at one point but he got deeper into the brush and visual was lost however they did see that he was packing a pistol. At that point Chief Jason Cross activated an all call for all available officers to respond to the area which resulted in 8 additional Columbia Officers within minutes . A perimeter was established and Adair County Dispatch started notifying the daycares and schools of what was going on . The school initiated a soft lockdown . Once adequate officers where on scene the search resumes where the male subject was located in a large drainage tile that runs under East Fraizer that carries the city creek.


Once he was contained to that area negotiations began with Officers. CPD officer Josh Brockman entered into the creek and after approx 2o minutes was able to get him to lower his gun from his head but he still refused to surrender his weapon and talks continued . He then agreed to let Ofc Brockman And Deputy Aron Rainwater come into tile with him. After aprox another 30 minutes they were able to get him to unload and surrender his firearm and himself to them and exited the tile without incident . He was took to Adanta for a Mental Health Evaluation where he was then sent to Eastern State Hospital for a 72 hour hold for a full mental health work up.


At this time Columbia Police will not be releasing the name of the individual.


Agencies that assisted and responded was Columbia Police Department, Adair County Sheriff Department, Kentucky State Police , KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Officers and Adair County EMS.  







A man threatened to kill himself Thursday morning then fled through Columbia with a firearm. He was taken into custody a short time later.


WAIN News spoke with Columbia Police Chief Jason Cross who said the incident began at 8:38 a.m. this (Thurs.) morning when officers responded to a call on Tutt Street. They were told a man said his son was holding a gun to his head and threatening to harm himself and other people. According to the Community Voice, when police arrived on the scene the man had fled through a wooded area toward East Frazier. The suspect climbed into a drainage tile where police began negotiating and eventually convinced him to surrender. He was taken into custody around 9:53 a.m.


Schools were put on a soft lockdown as a result of the incident.






An investigation by members of the Russell County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in the arrest of a Russell Springs man for selling Methamphetamine.


On Tuesday, April 19 (2016) at approximately 3:30 p.m. Robby Stapp, 37, was arrested and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth). As part of the investigation, approximately eight (8) grams of “crystal meth” was confiscated.


Stapp was processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


The investigation and arrest was conducted by Sheriff Clete McAninch, Deputy Evan Burton and Det. Joey Hoover.

The Sheriff’s Crime Tip-Line is on 24 hours a day for anyone to provide information about illegal drug activity or other crimes. You can call or text information to 270-566-9111. You will remain anonymous.






Dana Corp. employees in Glasgow have learned the plant will close by mid-2017.


The Glasgow Daily reports the company plans to reduce employment by half by the end of the year. The plant employs 203 people and produces gear sets, shafts and secondary gearing components for commercial vehicles.


Dana Holding Corp. spokesman Mark Burd said the reason for the closure is deterioration of the commercial vehicle market.


A notice filed with the state on Tuesday said Dana will let 191 employees go as a result of the plant closure. Burd said the facility employs 186 hourly workers and 17 salaried workers, though some are currently laid off.


Burd said employees will be eligible for severance pay, and some may relocate to other Dana facilities.


The plant was built in 1972. Dana acquired it in 1998.







The Adair County School Board will meet on this evening (Thursday) for its regular monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the Board of Education Conference Room.     

***Adair County High School students will open the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance***











•    CHANGE ORDER #6 – NEW BUS GARAGE - $823.40






        SFCC 2016 KETS












        BOILER REPLACEMENT BIDS – Charlie Wade



        CALENDAR – Robbie Harmon

        SCHOOL CALENDAR – Robbie Harmon

27.   APPROVAL OF REVISIONS TO PROCEDURES 03.125 AP.22 – Robbie Harmon

28.   APPROVAL OF PROCEDURES 09.425 AP.1 AND 09.425 AP.2 – Robbie Harmon

29.   APPROVAL OF PROCEDURE 09.14 AP.2 – Robbie Harmon









A 2-vehicle accident in Campbellsville on Monday afternoon sent both drivers to the hospital and resulted in one of them being charged with DUI and other charges.


On Monday, April 18, 2016 at approximately 1:22 P.M., the Campbellsville Police Department responded to an automobile collision with injuries at the intersection of East Broadway and Airport Road.  


A 1997 Dodge Caravan operated by 64 year old Norman Seaborne of Campbellsville turned into the path of a 2000 Chevrolet Venture operated by 58 year old Rickey Martin of Hodgenville.  Both Seaborne and Martin were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS for possible treatment.


Seaborne was arrested and charged with DUI 2nd degree and Operating Motor Vehicle on a DUI Suspended License.  Seaborne was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.   






Andy Beshear is firing back at the Governor's allegations of foul play during his father's time as governor.  

Bevin announced Tuesday that a preliminary investigation by his administration uncovered "questionable activity" during Steve Beshear's time as Governor.  

Attorney General Andy Beshear came back saying he has no knowledge of any wrong doing and even if the allegations were true, he would want transparency for Kentuckians.  

Former Governor Steve Beshear says attacking him in an effort to distract the public will not work.  

Governor Bevin says Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary William Landrum will conduct a thorough investigation.  





The Kentucky begins selling its games on the Internet.  

Players who register for an account can purchase Powerball, Mega Millions and Kentucky Cash Ball draw games, as well as five Instant Play games.  

Lottery spokesman Chip Polston says there are safeguards: deposit account limits are $200 daily, $500 weekly and $1,000 monthly;  

Kentucky joins two other states, Michigan and Georgia, in selling lottery tickets on the Internet.





A Russell Springs Man was killed last Friday afternoon after his vehicle struck a tree in the Faubush community.


According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred around 2:45 p.m. when 61-year-old Dwight M. Roy of Russell County left the roadway on the northbound side of Pleasant Point Road and struck a tree. Investigators suspect medical issues may have contributed to the cause of the accident. Roy was treated at the scene by Somerset-Pulaski County EMS and airlifted to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead by the Pulaski County Coroner.  Pulaski County Deputy Chris Fisher is investigating the accident.






The KY Highway 55 Yard Sale is coming up this week....Thursday thru Sunday, April 21 - April 24.


11 counties along KY Hwy. 55 will participate in this 4 day yard sale: Carroll, Trimble, Henry, Shelby, Spencer, Nelson, Washington, Marion, Taylor, Adair, & Russell. 147 miles of treasure hunting!


On WAIN News Wed. morning we'll hear from event organizer Helen McNeal who'll tell us more about this 8th annual sale!







A Casey County man is facing abuse charges after police say he struck his son in the head with a guitar.


According to WLEX TV, the incident occurred last week in Liberty. Police say William Luttrell struck his 5-year-old boy with a "wooden guitar." The young boy was taken to the hospital by an Aunt afterward.


According to an arrest citation, the child was also covered in other bruises.


Reportedly another child was in the home at the time of the incident. He was also taken to the hospital to be checked out. Child Services is now involved in the case.


Luttrell was arrested and charged with criminal abuse first degree on a child 12 or younger.




KSP Tpr. Nick Davis is investigating a collision that occurred today (Tuesday) at approximately 12:00 AM CST on Knob Lick Road.  26-year-old Dewey Reece, of Center KY, was operating a northbound 1991 Chevy pickup on Knob Lick road when it traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  


Reece was not belted and was transported to TJ Sampson Hospital for treatment of injuries.  Trooper Davis was assisted at the scene by Barren/Metcalfe County EMS and Metcalfe County Fire Department.  




Campbellsville Police investigated a 2-vehicle accident on Monday afternoon around 4:30pm ET that sent both drivers to the hospital.


The accident occurred at the intersection of South Central Avenue and E. Hord Street when 18-year-old Rebecca Ellis of Campbelllsville struck a vehicle being driven by Chelsea Clements of Elkhorn.


Both drivers were treated at Taylor Regional Hospital.







Adair Co. Deputy Sheriff Aaron Rainwater investigated a single vehicle accident over the weekend that sent one person to the hospital.


Around 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning, Deputy Rainwater was dispatched to Knifley Road where 23-year-old Miles Coffey of Columbia, Ky. (who was operating a 1984 Chevrolet) had ran off the roadway and struck a tree.  Upon arrival, Coffey was found in the vehicle semi-conscience. Miles Coffey later told authorities that he had left his residence on Bridgewater Road at approximately 1:30 a.m. and had the collision minutes later. A passer-by saw the wrecked vehicle and called 911. Coffey was treated at the scene by Adair EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia for further treatment.


Possible drug use is believed to be a contributing factor in the collision. Miles was cited for Operating a Vehicle on a Suspended or Revoked License, No or Expired registration plates, Failure to wear a Seatbelt and Failure to Maintain Insurance.


Deputy Rainwater was assisted at the scene by Adair County EMS, Constable Jason Recter and Officer Tracy McCarol of the Columbia Police Department.





Deputy Rainwater responded to another accident over the weekend.


On Saturday afternoon at 12:45 p.m., a single vehicle accident occurred 8 miles south of Columbia on Burkesville Road. 22-year-old William C. Loy of Columbia, Ky. was traveling south on Burkesville Road when he stated a deer ran in front of his vehicle. Loy lost control of his auto striking a guard rail before coming to rest off the roadway. Loy was arrested at the scene by Deputy Rainwater and lodged in the Adair County Jail on charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs 1st offense.


Two passengers in the vehicle were not injured.





A Russell County man was arrested after a collision with two cyclists on Sunday aftetnoon on Hwy. 206.


The Columbia Police Department was dispatched to Fairground Street to a reported collision between a vehicle and bicyclists. Upon arrival, it was found that a vehicle had struck 2 cyclists on there bikes in the eastbound lane of travel.


The collision occurred when 59 year old Ronald Franklin of Russell Springs, who was traveling east on Fairground Street operating a 2002 Chrysler car, struck 2 cyclists, Rebecca Schmidt age 39 and Laura Burress age 36 both of Columbia who were also traveling east on Fairground Street.

Both Schmidt and Burress were treated at the scene by Adair County EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia. They were both air lifted by helicopter to the University of Louisville Hospital.

Ronald Franklin was not injured and was arrested by CPD Officer  Josh Brockman and Charled Greer on the following charges:


1. Operating a motor vehicle under the influence 1st offense.
2.  2 counts of Assault 1 st degree
3. Reckless Driving
4. Disregarding or Failure to yield right of way to a pedestrian or cyclist



Franklin was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail and the accident remains under investigation by Ofc. osh Brockman. Columbia Police were assisted at the scene by KSP Trooper Chase Willis.




Today at 4:00 p.m. is the last day to register to vote for the May 17th Primary Election.







Reportedly, two bicyclists were struck by a vehicle on Fairground Street this afternoon and are being flown out for treatment. WAIN News will have more details as they are made available.




Monday, April 18th at 4:00 p.m. is the last day to register to vote for the May 17th Primary Election. Contact your local County Clerk's office for more info.




The Columbia/Adair County and Breeding Fire Departments are receiving reports again that there are two males representing the fire departments attempting to collect fire dues door to door. This is not how these Fire Departments conduct business. If you encounter anyone trying to solicit funds, please call 911. 






A Taylor County man has been charged with attempting to murder a police officer following an incident on Friday.


At approximately 10:30pmCT on Friday night, officers with the Campbellsville Police Department attempted to serve an outstanding felony warrant for probation violation on 24 year old William B. Tompkins Jr.of Campbellsville.

Tompkins attempted to strike Officer Jacob Hedgespeth with his vehicle at which time Officer Hedgespeth fired at Tompkins. Tompkins fled the scene, but was later apprehended by Kentucky State Police without further incident. Tompkins was arrested, charged with Attempted Murder of a Police Officer, and lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.


No one was injured in the incident, which occurred on Gardner Street in Campbellsvill. Agencies on the scene included the Campbellsville Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff's Office and Kentucky State Police. Detective Nelson Bishop of the Campbellsville Police Department is the investigating officer.








One person was seriously injured in an accident Thursday evening (April 14, 2016) at 7:38 p.m. on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway involving multiple vehicles and a deer.


Chief Deputy Nick Bertram’s investigation determined a 2001 Ford Taurus operated by Robert Wayne Keith of Russell Springs was eastbound near the 59 mile marker when it collided with a deer in the roadway, forcing Keith to pull onto the emergency shoulder of the roadway where he and his wife Emma exited the vehicle to await assistance.


Soon thereafter, a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt operated by Cheryl Boger of Russell Springs also struck the deer, causing Boger to lose control of her vehicle which struck the rear of the Keith vehicle, knocking it into Emma Keith who was standing between Keith’s vehicle and guardrail.


Emma Keith sustained multiple, serious injuries and was transported by Russell County EMS to the Russell County Hospital and later airlifted to the U.K. Medical Center for treatment.





An altercation just after 1:00 a.m. Friday morning resulted in serious injuries to one man and another was charged with felony assault.


Deputy Evan Burton is investigating the incident that occurred at a residence on Wayne Road, off KY 619, approximately 3 miles east of Russell Springs.


59-year-old Gerald A. Bruso of 249 Wayne Road, sustained serious head and other injuries. Bruso was transported by Russell County EMS personnel to the Russell County Hospital and then airlifted to the U.K. Medical Center for treatment.


34-year-old Mitchell York of Russell Springs was arrested by Deputy Burton on charges of Assault 2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.


York was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.




An investigation is underway into the theft of a 2012 KIA Sorento stolen early Friday morning from a Russell Springs residence.


At 5:47 a.m., Russell County 911 Dispatch received a report of an abandoned vehicle on fire at the edge of a creek on Jimmy Wilson Road, off Jericho Road, approximately 4 miles north of Russell Springs. The Russell Springs Fire Department responded and extinguished the flames.


An investigation was initiated by Det. Joey Hoover & Deputy Evan Burton of the Russell County Sheriff’s Department to determine the owner of the vehicle and exact cause of the fire. The vehicle’s identification numbers could not be ascertained due to the extensive damage and only a partial license plate number could be determined.


A short time later, Russell Springs Asst. Police Chief Jamie Rogers responded to a call at 225 Aaron Drive where Mary Rose Wallen reported her KIA Sorento was missing from her driveway.


Anyone with any information pertaining to the auto theft and arson is encouraged to call the Russell Springs Police Department at 270-866-3636. You can also call or text information to the Russell County Sheriff’s Department Tip-Line at 270-566-9111. Callers can remain anonymous.






The Adair County High School Baseball Team is giving back to Adair County!


On Saturday, April 16, 2016 the Adair County Indians baseball team will be hosting North Hardin. Game begins at 11:00 a.m. On Monday night, the Indians will be playing Cumberland County at home. The Varsity game begins at 5:00 p.m.


Instead of admission to both games, donations will be accepted to go toward the school's Backpack Food Program. Adair County fans are always admitted free to any home game, but donations would be greatly appreciated.


Items that may be donated include: juices, pop tarts, nac and cheese, Ramen noodles, fruit cups, applesauce and microwave popcorn. Monetary donations will also be accepted.


The baseball team invites you to come out and enjoy some great baseball games and also help out a great cause!







Adair County High School student Lauren McQuaide has been named a 2016 Rogers Scholar.


Lauren has been selected by The Center for Rural Development to attend the 2016 Rogers Scholars program.


Lauren, a sophomore at Adair County High School, will join 62 high school students from Southern and Eastern Kentucky this summer for the 19th annual Rogers Scholars youth leadership program.  


Rogers Scholars—The Center’s flagship youth program—is an intensive one-week summer program that provides valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities for high school students in 45 Kentucky communities.


The 2016 Rogers Scholars program will be held June 26-July 1 and July 10-15 on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College in Adair County. There is no tuition charge to attend the program and lodging and food are provided free of charge to participants.


Lauren is the daughter of Glenn and Mary Ann McQuaide of Columbia.






A late night traffic stop on Summer Hill Drive in Adair County resulted in two men being arrested.


On Thursday, April 14, 2016 around 11:00 p.m., Adair County Sheriff's Deputies Brandon Hitch and Joey Keith received a complaint of a reckless driver operating a 2002 silver Dodge Stratus. Deputies located the vehicle and stopped it on Sunny Hill Drive. After a search of the auto and its occupants, drug paraphernalia, a small bag of marijuana and two small bags of Methamphetamines were located.. The operator, 22 year old Joshua Montville of Jamestown, Ky. was arrested for Careless Driving, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Methamphetamine. A passenger, 27-year-old Ronald Upton was also arrested for outstanding warrants.


Deputy Hitch and Keith wrtr assisted at the scene by Columbia City Police.






As of  5:50 p.m. on April 13, 2016, the boil water advisory for customers on Harrods Fork Circle, Burkesville Rd., Allen Sparks Rd., Breeding Loop, Independence Rd., Greenbriar Ridge, Orbin Branham Rd., Johnny Harvey Rd., L. Smith Rd., Reese Hurt Rd., Flat Rock Rd., Fudge Rd., Chestnut Grove Rd., Red Lick Rd., Toria Rd., Rowetown Rd., Marion Fudge Rd, and all side roads has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.




A Russell County Man has been arrested for Trafficking in Heroin following a traffic stop Wednesday night.


 The Columbia Police Department has arrested 28 year old Brandon Jones after an ongoing investigation that resulted in a traffic stop of a suspected dealer.  At approximately 9:10 p.m. CPD  Ofc. Josh Brockman initiated the traffic stop on a 2006 Pontiac on Russell Rd in the limits of Columbia.  A quantity of Heroin was located as a result. During the investigation the suspect became combative in an attempt to resist his arrest but was quickly restrained and took into custody.

 Brandon Jones was charged with:

1-    Menacing 1st offense
2-    Resisting Arrest
3-    Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense Heroin.


CPD Detective Brad Scholl and Ofc. Jordan Dean assisted Ofc. Brockman in the investigation and arrest.


Chief Cross states “ We are doubling down our efforts in combating the rising use of drugs in our community and those who choose to sell illegal narcotics and more arrests are pending."






A state budget came together around 3:00 a.m. eastern time this morning as negotiators emerged from their closed door marathon discussions.  
According to the Kentucky News Network, the budget worked out by House Democrat and Senate Republican leaders addresses the priorities of each chamber and the governor's office.  
The budget includes more than $1 billion dollars to pay down the state employee pension deficit and has money for high school graduates to attend a community college at no cost.  
House and Senate leaders are briefing their separate caucuses on the details of the two year plan. Each chamber is scheduled to vote on the budget Friday, the final day of the session.  
Senate President Robert Stivers says he will make no reccomendations to the governor about possible line-item vetoes.  





James Comer is running for Congress to fulfill the seat currently held by Congressman Ed Whitfield who is retiring.


Comer stopped by WAIN on Wed. morning and says he's glad to be back in Adair County. The former Commissioner of Agriculture says he's running for Congress the same reason he ran for Commissioner of Agriculture. Comer believes Washington is as corrupt and unaccountable as the Kentucky Department of Agriculture was prior to his election. Our current Congress is ineffective and completely out of touch with the average American family. Our nation’s federal debt of over $18 trillion is simply unacceptable. We need leaders who care about middle class working families, small business owners and family farmers. James Comer says he will bring badly needed conservative, common sense leadership to Washington.





Annual unemployment rates decreased in 115 Kentucky counties in 2015 compared to 2014, stayed the same in Owsley County and rose in Magoffin, Martin, Russell and Union counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.


The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2015 at 3.6 percent.


Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest annual unemployment rate in 2015 — 14.7 percent.



                                    2014          2015

ADAIR                          8.7%          7.6%
CASEY                        6.8%          5.7%
CLINTON                     9.0%          8.3%
CUMBERLAND            7.6%          6.0%
GREEN                       6.6%          5.4%
MCCREARY               10.6%         8.3%
PULASKI                     7.4%          6.0%
RUSSELL                   10.2%        11.9%
TAYLOR                      7.7%          6.6%
WAYNE                      9.7%          8.1%





Ky. Attorney General Andy Beshear files suit against Governor Matt Bevin, for cuts in higher education during the current fiscal year.  

The Attorney General says he filed the suit because the General Assembly already allocated the funding, and cutting it is a violation of seperation of powers between the two branches of government. He says this is NOT political, and it's not Beshear versus Bevin, it's about the law.  

He is seeking a permanent injunction to order the Governor to release the funding to the universities. This does not apply to the fiscal year starting in July.  

A hearing on his motion is set for Thursday morning, at Franklin Circuit Court. 







There will be an Adair County School Board Working Session for discussion on Community Learning/Tec Ed Center projects for next school year and any other concerns today (Tuesday, April 12) at 5:30 p.m.  This Working Session will be held at Lure Lodge in Jamestown.This Working Session is open to the public. No action will be taken.




Telecommunicators at Kentucky State Police Post 15 in Columbia will be recognized along with more than 200,000 of their fellow communicators nationwide this week (April 10-16) during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

These silent heroes of public safety are more than just a voice on the other end of the line. They often save lives on a daily basis.

“Kentucky State Police telecommunicators deal with stressful situations that involve life and death and are expected to handle these situations with compassion, empathy and professionalism. They must be their best while dealing with people who may be at their worst,” says Capt. Jamie Heller, commander of KSP Post 15 in Columbia.

In addition to handling calls from the public, KSP telecommunicators also handle dispatch duties for Kentucky State Troopers, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers, Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officers and other emergency service agencies.

KSP employs 213 telecommunicators at its 16 posts throughout the state. In 2015, they handled over 577,000 calls. Post 15 in Columbia has 8 telecommunicators on staff who handle calls from an 11-county area. Last year, they responded to over 18,700 calls.

The Post 15 telecommunications team includes:  Tammy Wheeler, Darron Bunch, Stacy Estes, Heather Reliford and Zack Giles of Columbia, Randy Adams of Somerset, Miranda Luttrell of Russell Springs and Julie McDonald of Liberty.






Beginning Monday, April 18, motorists should expect lane closures and delays as contractors install guardrail along U.S. 127 in Casey County starting at mile marker 6.2 (KY 910) and ending at mile marker 13.8 (KY 70).


Work is scheduled to be completed May 31. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers.


Dial 511 or log onto 511.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in Kentucky.




MON. April 11


An Adair Co. man was arrested by an Adair County Constable over the weekend on numerous charges.


The District 6 Constable arrest occurred on Sat  April 9,  2016 at 7:27 pm CT, when Constable Jason Rector observed a vehicle off the road through a fence 4 miles out Knifley Road (Hwy 551).  As Constable Rector stopped to render assistance, 23-year-old Michael Harris appeared to be under the influence and fled the scene. Constable Rector initiated emergency equipment and upon the vehicle coming to a stop after crashing into a tree house on Ed Irvin Road, Harris then fled on foot. After continued searches, Officers were able to locate Harris.


After contact and investigation Harris was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of:


1.    Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle
2.    Operating Motor Vehicle Under/Influence of Alcohol/Drugs (Agg Circumstances) 1st Off
3.    Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle)
4.    Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (On Foot)
5.    Leaving scene of Accident-Failure to render aid or assistance
6.    Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree (2 counts)
7.    Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree (2 counts)
8.    Reckless Driving
9.    Driving DUI Suspended License-2nd Offense


Constable Rector was assisted by Officers from Columbia Police Department, Kentucky State Police, Adair County Sheriffs Office and the Adair County Emergency Management Office.






The first place to legally sell alcohol in Russell Springs is not selling it at this time.


The sale of alcoholic beverages at Stop & Save #3 in Russell Springs has temporarily stopped. Reportedly the 30-day waiting period from the time the business owner published their ad in this newspaper of the intent to apply for an alcohol license was not met before the business was granted a license by the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.


According to WAIN sources, an error was made by the state ABC office in Frankfort, who issued the "NQ Retail Malt Beverage Package License" on April 5 and expires April 30, too early. Alcohol sales are expected to resume on April 25 which will allow for the 30-day waiting period to pass as their advertisement was published on March 24, 2016.




New Total for the Forcht Group St Jude Country Cares for Kids Radiothon -- over $61,000!


Thanks to everyone who donated to this great cause. A special Thank You to everyone who came by and donated their time, being a guest co-host the last 2 days and thanks to Senator Max Wise and Jamie Comer for calling in and being part of our broadcast!






Adair Co. Litter Abatement is working on South Hwy 55 until 1pm this afternoon. This is a group of Adair Co. Regional Jail inmates picking up trash as part of  the work release program so use extra caution in that area.




Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Department of Criminal Investigations today announced 55-year-old Cary W. Pembleton of Taylor County has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for possessing 270,000 child porn images.   


Pembleton plead guilty back in January to 100 felony counts of possession of a matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and one felony count of distribution of a matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.


He was sentenced last week in Taylor Circuit Court. Pembleton will be required to register as a sex offender and complete a sex offender treatment program.


Beshear’s Cyber Crimes Unit, a division of the Department of Criminal Investigations, did the forensic examination of Pembleton’s electronic media at the time of his arrest in July. The work of the Cyber Crimes Unit is part of Beshear’s core mission to keep sexual predators away from Kentucky’s families and children.




A Marion Co. Grand Jury has indicted a Taylor Co. woman for Murder in connection with the death of her boyfriend.


Last month, Kentucky State Police arrested 33-year-old Brandy Roth of Campbellsville, Ky. charging her with murder.


Troopers received a call from the Marion Co. Sheriff’s Department after they discovered a man dead inside a home on Lucas Lane in St. Francis.  The victim died from multiple gunshot wounds.  The body was identified as 48-year-old Timothy W. Hahn, Brandy Roth's boyfriend.


Detectives say Roth had made statements to a witness about shooting Hahn.  That information led investigators to find Roth in the Marion County Jail, where she had been lodged on unrelated charges.






A Beverage Package License has been granted to a convenience store in Russell Springs. The store began selling packaged alcoholic beverages on Wednesday afternoon.


According to the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control website, Lake Cumberland Shell (a  convenience store) is located near the Cumberland Parkway interchange in Russell Springs at 900 Maple Street and is owned by partners Dahyabhai Patel.


This is the first time since the 1930's you're able to legally buy alcohol in Russell County.


Last month, voters said YES to alcohol sales in Adair County.


Almost 3,400 voters said yes, with about 55 percent of the vote, in a wet-dry election. Almost 2,800 hundred voters said no. Passage means alcohol sales will now be legal in all of the county, once the county government issues licenses.