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LOCAL NEWS--FRI. MARCH 6

Morning Storm Update, March 6: Plow work continues
Roads conditions remain slick and hazardous

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (March 6, 2015) – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 highway crews remain focused on keeping blades down this morning, removing snow from still-icy highways and waiting on help from today’s expected sunshine.

As of 8 a.m., road conditions vary across the region from partly to mostly covered with snow – most main Priority A routes have clear travel lanes, while Priority B and C routes have more snow cover. While crews have been able to reach pavement in many areas, some refreezing occurred overnight and this morning and with the current single-digit temperatures mean materials are less effective.

Roadways should be considered slick and hazardous. Even main roads that appear clear could have hard-packed snow and ice frozen to the pavement around the next curve.

Plow crews will remain on highways today, focused on clearing all roads as soon as possible. With the expected sunshine and higher temperatures forecasted for today this should help in melting more snow and ice cover along with other roadway-clearing materials.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 8 is responsible for maintaining approximately 5,258 lanes miles throughout Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell and Wayne counties. When winter precipitation starts to fall, road crews focus on interstates, parkways and other high volume roadways first. Secondary and rural roads will be salted and plowed once the main routes have been cleared. To view the priority network for snow removal, go to http://transportation.ky.gov/Maintenance/Pages/Snow-and-Ice-Priority-Maps.aspx.

 

Road condition updates are available by calling 511 or by logging onto the 511 traffic and travel information website, 511.ky.gov. You can also get traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.   


The cabinet’s SAFE Patrol is available to assist motorists whose vehicles become disabled on Kentucky interstates and parkways. For SAFE Patrol assistance, call 511 or toll-free at 1-877-FOR-KYTC (1-877-367-5982).

 

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Winter storms and along with them the cold, snow and icy conditions can make delivery of your mail very challenging for letter carriers and your Post Office.

Support your letter carrier and Post Office in providing safe and timely delivery of your mail.  They will do their best to make delivery to all addresses. At the same time, they must insure the safety of the carriers along their routes. They are asking that customers take caution themselves as they clear a path for their letter carrier.

Postal residential and business customers are asked to clear your mailbox area of snow, sleet, slush, ice and debris, including clearing nearby sidewalks, steps and porches.

If mailboxes are blocked off and conditions are difficult, letter carriers must always consider safety and accessibility first. Letter carriers are instructed to not deliver to mailboxes and locations which are too hazardous or unsafe to access.

Whether you have a street-side, centralized neighborhood/cluster unit, house, or door mailbox, postal letter carriers need to have clear and safe access to deliver your mail.

Your local Post Office and letter carriers greatly appreciate the public’s support.


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Traffic is again moving along I-65 in Hardin and Bullitt counties after drivers found themselves stranded for 24 hours by heavy snow.  
 
The Kentucky National Guard was brought in yesterday to dig out cars and trucks and get people rolling to their destinations.  Heavy snow coupled with jackknifed tractor-trailers turned I-65 into a parking lot for the duration of the storm.

 

THURS.


Gov. Steve BeShear has declared a "State of Emergency" in Ky. and Adair Co. Judge Executive Mike Stephens has declared a "State of Emergency" in Adair Co. as well.  

What this means is that temporary road dept. workers can be hired by the County if needed to help with snow removal.  Judge Stephens told WAIN News that we are now in Recovery Mode and the main priority is the safety of our residents.  Judge Stephens goes on to say he appreciates everyone's patience during yet another Winter Storm.

 

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Columbia USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Tony Corbin today announced that producers who suffered qualifying livestock losses due to natural disasters including attacks by animals or avian predators could be eligible for the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).

"LIP, along with other livestock disaster assistance programs, was restored by the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill which provides livestock producers with a vital safety net to help them overcome the damaging financial impact of natural disasters," said Corbin.

LIP compensates livestock owners and contract growers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to an eligible adverse weather event, including losses due to hurricanes, floods, blizzards, disease, wildfires, extreme heat and extreme cold. For the current calendar year, eligible losses must have occurred on or after Jan. 1, 2015.

The LIP national payment rate for eligible livestock owners is based on 75 percent of the average fair market value of the livestock.  


According to Corbin, producers should contact the Columbia FSA Office at 270-384-6431 to schedule an appointment to submit a notice of loss and application for payment.

WED.


The following is a message from  Adair County Judge Executive Michael Lee Stephens:

After a winter weather briefing with the National Weather Service, we want to advise the residents of Adair County to expect mostly increasing rain conditions today and currently are under a “flood watch”. We are looking at rain changing over to sleet late this evening with a possible accumulation of ice around 1/2" then changing over to snow with a possible accumulation between 5-8" and will end mid-day tomorrow. We will be experiencing freezing temperatures that will result in record cold lows of around or below zero Friday morning. Adair County should take extra precautions. We need to be prepared for dangerous road conditions and plan ahead. We are asking that residents remain at home and off the roads, as much as possible. If you have to travel please make sure your gas tanks are full and emergency kits in your vehicles. We are in "preparedness mode" and if the weather event proceeds as predicted this could be, once again, a real challenge to the residents of Adair County and we ask that you take this weather warning very seriously. We will update you as information becomes available to us. Please contact your magistrate for road clearing requests as they are working with our office and the road department for processing.

Please take time to check on all elderly family members, neighbors and all pets and farm animals. The shelter located in the basement of the annex building will remain open and for emergency assistance call 911 and the Judge/Executive office telephone number is 270-384-4703.

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Adair County native Capt. Tony Grider will be honored this Saturday when a statue in his likeness will be dedicated at 9:00 a.m. CT at Taylor Regional Hospital.

Friends of the late Campbellsville firefighter came together to honor his life and legacy by raising funds for the statue to be placed in the hospital lobby. Grider, also a paramedic, was a fixture there, so friends say it's fitting.

It was Aug. 21st, 2014 when Grider was helping the Campbellsville University marching band with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  He was badly injured when the bucket he was in got too close to high-voltage power lines and he died one month later.

The public is invited to attend the dedication this Sat., 9:00 a.m. CT in the Taylor Regional Hospital lobby.

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During the month of February 2015, 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 was one fatal collision during the month of February in the Post 15 area.


Rhonda Yates, age 51 of Danville KY was killed on 02/18/15 in Washington Co KY.


This brings our yearly fatality count to 7 compared with 4 through this same period in 2014.

Statewide fatality count stands at 95 compared with 85 through this same period in 2014.

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The Kentucky State Police, Post 15, Columbia, which provides coverage for Washington, Marion, Taylor, Casey, Russell, Green, Metcalfe, Monroe, Clinton, Cumberland and Adair counties will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual. These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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A Barren County man is sentenced in Barren Circuit Court for the death of his wife.

According to WBKO, John Amis was sentenced in Barren Circuit Court for the death of his wife, Lorine Labombard.

According to the Barren Circuit Court Clerk's Office, Amis was sentenced to 15 years after pleading guilty to manslaughter in January.

The clerk's office says he was also sentenced to 12 months for a charge of promoting prostitution which will run concurrently to the sentence for manslaughter.

Amis had originally entered a plea of "not guilty," saying Labombard died of a drug overdose, but an autopsy showed she died of "blunt force trauma."

TUES. MARCH 3

 

The Adair County Sheriff's Office responded to two separate vehicle accidents on Monday.


The first accident occurred before 11:00 AM on HWY 55 North at the intersection of Kellyville Road when Matthew Taylor of Green Co., who was driving northbound, had slowed to turn his 1996 Mercury onto Kellyville Road and Ina Willis of Columbia (who was driving behind Taylor) failed to stop and rear-ended the vehicle. All parties refused medical transport. Traffic was briefly blocked until the vehicles could be removed.

 

The second accident was a single vehicle collision on Millerfield Road, HWY 76 near the Adair-Russell line. Christina Russell of Russell Co. was operating a 1996 Toyota traveling eastbound when she dropped off onto a steep shoulder then overcorreced and lost control. The vehicle then flipped in the ditch and came to a stop upside down. Russell and a passenger, Amy Scaggs also of Russell Co., were both unharmed.

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An Adair Co. teenager reported missing Monday afternoon has been found and he is safe.

17 year old Isaiah Harvey was reported missing just after 1:00 p.m. Mon. He was last seen around 9:40 a.m. Monday morning on HWY 206 and his family was concerned about him.


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The Columbia City Council met in regular session on Monday evening.


Columbia resident Mary Ann Loy gave a presentation on the need for sidewalk and crosswalk improvements. Loy stressed several specific areas. She challenged the City Council to do what was right and follow through with what needs to be done.

The Street Sanitation and Gas Dept.'s were commended for their great work in salting and clearing the streets and sidewalks and keeping the garbage routes going as smoothly as possible during the recent snow storm.


A motion was made by Councilman Dr. Ronald Rogers to re-send the motion made at the Dec. 2, 2014 Council meeting to rename Bomar Heights for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The Council is now  working with State Representative Bam Carney to get the roadway from the Columbia Presbyterian Church to the Columbia Bypass named Martin Luther King Blvd. in Rev. King's honor.  If this is done, the addresses of citizens who live in that area will not have to be physically changed and according to Mayor Harwick, will be a more appropriate tribute, at least a more visible one, to Dr. King.

Charles Grimsley was re-appointed to the Columbia Parks & Recreation Board and Wes Feese was appointed to this board.

MON.

Due to the potential for flooding and the outlook for another round of winter weather to affect Kentucky Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the Tornado Drill has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 10, 2015. 

March is Severe Weather Awareness Month in Kentucky and as this year proves, in the Bluegrass State, severe weather can come in many forms - from tornadoes to flooding to yes, even snow. Help make Kentucky WeatherReady by increasing your weather situation awareness. Follow the National Weather Service onNOAA Weather Radio, the Internet, Facebook, and Twitter.

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A three vehicle accident on Friday afternoon on East Kentucky 80 in Pulaski County killed one man.

The sheriff's department says 26-year-old Bryan Brewer was travelling east when his Oldsmobile crossed the center line and side swiped an SUV going the other way. Brewer's car then went into the path of a pick up truck. Brewer was pronounced dead at the scene. Another driver was taken to UK Hospital in Lexington and is expected to be ok.


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ADAIR CO. SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY REPORT FOR FEBRUARY, 2015

29           WARRANTS OF ARREST SERVED

11           CRIMINAL CASES OPENED

6              CALL RESPONSE REPORTS WRITTEN

9              DOMESTIC ABUSE CASES WORKED

8              NON-INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED

2              INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED

13           OUT OF COUNTY TRANSPORTS

8              CITATIONS WRITTEN FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

32           CIVIL PROCESS PAPERS SERVED

7              CRIMINAL SUMMONSES SERVED

87           SUBPOENAS SERVED

110         HOURS OF COURT SECURITY PROVIDED

129         VEHICLE INSPECTIONS DONE

345         911 CALLS


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Congratulations to the Adair County Lady Indians on winning the 20 District Championship Game on Friday night. Adair Co. beat Marion County 49 to 39.

The Lady Indians defeated Caverna in the 1st round of the Girls 5th Region T-ment on Sunday evening by a score of 56 to 45 and will advance in the t-ment and play E-town on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. CT) at North Hardin.

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The Indians lost to Taylor Co. on Saturday night in the Boys 20th District Championship Game by a score of 84 to 54.

The Indians will play in the 5th Region Tournament on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. CT as they take on Bardstown.  The Boys 5th Region T-ment is being played at Green County.

WAIN will have complete coverage of the games on 93.5 FM with John Shelley & Barry Hixson bringing you all the play by play action!

SAT.

Tpr. Jonathan Paull is investigating a collision that occurred Friday, February 27 at 6:22 PM CST on KY 90 at the intersection of KY 163.  36-year-old Jennifer Miller, of Campbellsville, was operating a 2001 Chevy truck and was stopped at the intersection on KY 163.  She pulled out and into the path of a westbound 2001 Nissan operated by 32-year-old Crystal Regan of Allardt Tennessee.  The Nissan struck a 2004 Chevy SUV operated by 46-year-old Sharon Morris, of Edmonton, that was stopped on KY 163 facing south.  Both the Miller and Regan vehicles overturned.  
 

Miller and 3 passengers, 19-year-old Tasha Betty, of North Veron, IN, 36-year-old Susanna Grapevine, of Campbellsville and 1-year-old Ky're Crider, of Campbellsville, were all transported to TJ Sampson Hospital for minor injuries.  Crider was in a child restraint device while Miller and Betty were not belted.

Regan and a passenger, 9-year-old Jason Price, of Allardt TN, were both belted and transported to TJ Sampson for minor injuries.

Morris was belted and was also transported and treated for minor injuries at TJ Sampson.  Tpr. Paull was assisted at the scene by CVE Officer Josh Patrick and the Metcalfe County Sheriff's Office, Fire, EMS and Rescue.

FRI.

An assistant Adair Co. basketball coach & teacher was arrested at the 20th District Boys Championship Game Thurs. night in Campbellsville on an indictment warrant from McQueary County, Ky.

Toby Curry was reportedly arrested on a warrant for inappropriate electronic communication with a McQueary County student.  Adair Co. School Supt. Alan Reed has placed Mr. Curry on leave.  

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Will there be another trial for Mayor of Columbia?  Or, will currently serving Mayor Curtis Hardwick be allowed to continue his term? The question is up in the air right now after a long day in Court Thursday.

The bench trial to determine if a new election for Mayor of Columbia will be held took place on Thurs. at the Adair Judicial Center. Proceedings began between 9 & 9:30am and wrapped up at approx. 6:45p.m. last evening.

Circuit Judge Judy Vance presided over the bench trial  and at the end of the proceedings Thursday evening she stated she knows the public is anxiously awaiting a decision, but she will have to review the rosters of the registered voters in all affected precincts.


Several witnesses were called including poll workers, Columbia City Clerk Rhonda Loy, City Police Chief Josh Brockman, former county clerk Sheila Blair, current County Clerk Lisa Greer, Board of Elections member Ben Loy, several voters and of course the plaintiff...Ben Arnold (a write in candidate for mayor in the 2014 Nov. General Election) who filed a petition contesting the results of the mayoral election citing irregularities occurred and many potential voters were not able to vote. 


The County Clerk presiding over the Nov. 2014 election was Joyce Rodgers (who is also a defendant in the case) however she was not called to testify.

As a result of testimony yesterday, it was evident that the Nov. election was far from perfect, but is it enough to call for a new election?  A decision will be made soon by Judge Vance.