LOCAL NEWS

LOCAL NEWS--FRI. AUG. 29

 

History will be made when the Lindsey Wilson College community celebrates the college’s 83rd homecoming on the weekend of Sept. 12-13.

Six individuals will be honored by the college; a new homecoming queen and king will be crowned; and a new Blue Raider Bob mascot will be unveiled.

The weekend’s highlight will be Sept. 13 when four alumni and two longtime friends of the college will be honored at the Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony.

The LWC National Alumni Association will present three awards: 1973 alumnus Kerry Michael Givens of Bowling Green will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award; 2001 alumnus Chris D. Estes of Lexington will receive the Young Alumnus Award; and the Rev. Howard O. and Dee Reynolds, both of Lexington, will be named honorary alumni.

Two members from the Class of 2001 will be inducted into the LWC Athletic Hall of Fame: Michelle Burns Perry of Indianapolis will be the first volleyball player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and Jessica Seamon of Smyrna, Ga., will be the first softball player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Perry’s induction coincides with the 20th anniversary of volleyball as an NAIA intercollegiate sport at LWC.

The homecoming king and queen will be crowned during halftime of the LWC-Kentucky Wesleyan College football game, which will kick off at 6 p.m. CT Sept. 13 at Blue Raider Stadium, 828 Russell Road.

Before the game gets underway, a new Blue Raider Bob mascot costume will be unveiled. The new mascot costume was purchased with money raised by the LWC Class of 2013 class gift. It will replace a mascot costume that has been in use since 1996.

 

THURS.

 

A fiery crash killed a Russell County man and injured three others after two tractor trailers collided on Wednesday afternoon on I-75 in Campbell County.

The crash shut down the highway in both directions for several hours as crews worked to clean up the scene and deal with a hazmat situation.

Timmy Holt of Russell Springs, a driver for Superior Battery in Jamestown, was the semi driver killed in the crash.


Tennessee Highway Patrol says just after 3 p.m. near exit 134, a tractor trailer traveling northbound being driven by Holt, crossed the center median and crashed into another tractor trailer traveling southbound. Holt's truck was carrying batteries and the other was carrying what officials described as an "oxidizing material." When the trucks collided, there was an explosion and both trucks caught fire, sending a massive plume of smoke into the air.

 

At one point an evacuation order was given to anyone within a  half mile of the crash- but that was soon lifted. Officials say there was no radioactive material on any of the trucks.

Besides Holt, the other three people who were injured were all taken to Univ. of Tennessee Medical Center.

 

WED.

The body found inside a burned car in the parking lot of the Springfield Reservoir in Washington County on August 1st has been identified.

The State Medical Examiner’s office has identified the body as that of 20-year-old Thomas Ray Pendygraft of Loretto, KY.  The positive identification was made through DNA testing.  The burned vehicle Pendygraft was found in was a 2009 Dodge that belonged to his father, Larry Pendygraft also of Loretto.

If anyone has any information regarding this investigation please contact Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or TEXT-A-TIP by entering 67283 in the address field and then type KSPTIP in the message field, space and then the message.

Detective Nick Davis is investigating.  
 

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The Adair County Hospital Board of Directors met on Tues. evening for the regular monthly meeting.

The Board set the hospital district tax rate for fiscal year 2014/2015 at ten cents per $100 assessed property value.  Westlake Regional Hospital CEO told WAIN News that this is the same tax rate as last year.

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The Adair County Sheriff's Office and Adair EMS responded to a single vehicle wreck on Lakeview Drive, off of Bridgewaters Rd on Tuesday that resulted in the driver being cited for no license or insurance.

The accident occurred when 36-year-old Grace Momanyi of Columbia, who was operating a 1999 Nissan Sentra, dropped off the shoulder of the road while in a curve and lost control of the vehicle The auot continued on downhilll, striking a tree and overturning.

Momanyi and her passenger, 40-year-old Ken Keronchi, of Columbia, were transported to Westlake Regional Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Momanyi was cited for No Operators License and Failure of Operator to Maintain Insurance.


Deputy Adam Cravens investigated the wreck.


TUES.

At last Thursday evening’s Adair Co. school board meeting, the board elected not to pass the 4% increase for next year but instead chose to take the compensating rate, plus exonerations (prior year losses).  By going with the compensating tax rate for 2014-15, the school district will bring in approximately the same revenue as it did this in 2013-14.

The tax rate for 2013-14 was 50.1 (50.1 cents for every $100 of assessed property value).  The 2014-15 compensating rate is 50.3 cents for every $100 of assessed property value.  With exonerations the total tax rate will be 50.5 cents per $100 of assess property value.

A majority of the state’s school districts chose the 4% increase this year because of several increased expenditures that are not within their district’s control.   These include: KSBIT bailout, rank and step increases for employees, sick leave payments, and increases in employer contribution rates to the state retirement system.

Superintendent Alan Reed explained that Adair School District was able to leave the tax rate essentially unchanged for 2014-15 because of school consolidation and other fiscal changes that saved the district substantial dollars.

 

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The 2014 graduating class of Adair County High School posted higher ACT scores in three of the categories tested and remained the same in the fourth subject. The overall composite score for last year's graduates was 18.4, compared to 17.8 the previous year.

The English score of 17.8 matched the highest score in that category in the past five years and was an improvement of 1.4 over the 2013 English score, the biggest gain of any of the tested subjects. The math score remained the same as 2013 at 18.2. Reading improved from 18.0 in 2013 to 18.7 in 2014 and science showed an overall gain of .5, up from 18.1 to 18.6.

These scores reflect the administration of the ACT when this class took the test as juniors unless students took the test multiple times and paid for additional testing. The state pays for every student to take the test as a junior and those are the reportable scores unless the student chooses to take the ACT again in an effort to improve scores.

For more information on the ACT or other College and Career Readiness measures, contact Leslie or Ann Young, ACHS counselors, or Robin Loy, ACHS College and Career Readiness Counselor.

MON.


A fire truck fell inside a large hole in downtown Greensburg on Sunday.

According to WBKO, officials with the Summersville Volunteer Fire Department say they were assisting with a funeral detail when they backed up the truck into an empty parking lot around 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. They say underneath that parking lot was an old garage.

Over the years, the structure of the garage has deteriorated and gave way under the weight of the fire truck, which sunk in 12 to 14 feet.

The Green County Fire Department has given the Summersville volunteers a truck to use until this one can be removed and repaired.

Two firefighters were inside the truck when it fell in, but were not injured.