Local News -- Sun. Oct. 4


Sunday, Oct. 4


A local businessman was reportedly stabbed multiple times on Saturday afternoon by his son.
Mike Harris, the owner of WHVE (the wave), Wvlc (the big dawg), the Red Brick recording studio in Columbia and Malachi's Bbq restaurant in Russell Springs, was reportedly stabbed on Saturday afternoon by his 19-year-old son, Adam Harris. Mike Harris was treated and admitted to Westlake Regional Hospital with superficial wounds. Adam Harris was lodged in the Adair Co. Jail for 1st degree Felony Assault. Adam Harris will be arraigned on Monday.
The Taylor County Marching Band Invitational was held on Saturday and it was another "close" competition for Adair & Russell Counties. Both bands are class 3 A.
Adair County won the overall Grand Championship with Russell County being named Reserve Grand Champion. 
The overall total score for best musical performance for Adair & Russell Counties was 77, a tie . However, Adair won best percussion and best Color guard therefore edging out Russell County. 
3rd place overall was Class 5A band Barren Co. with a score of 75.2
Class 2 A band Estill Co. was 4th overall at 71.6
Class 2A band Garrard Co. was 5th overall at 70.6
Madison Southern (a class 4A band) was 6th overall at 67.45 
North Oldham was 7th overall ( a class 4A band) at 66.5
Class 1 A band Campbellsville was 8th overall at 63.75
Nelson Co. (A class 3A band) was 9th overall at 62.4
10th place overall went to Class 1 A band Metcalfe County at 60.7
11th place went to Cumberland County, a Class 1 A band, with a score of 55.35
Adair Co. will be at the Madison Central Tournament of Bands on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. Russell Co. is off this weekend due to Fall Break.
The Westlake Regional Hospital Health Fair was held Saturday and it was another big turnout. If you had blood work done yesterday, a copy of your results will be mailed to you and your physician.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2015 health fair




One person was taken to the hospital following an accident on the Louie B Nunn Cumberland Parkway on Wednesday.


KSP Tpr. Nick Hale is investigating the collision that occurred just after 2:00 PM one mile west of Russell Springs on the Parkway.  35-year-old Jennifer Weber of Russell Springs was operating a westbound 2006 Ford and was overtaking a westbound tractor and trailer that was traveling in the slow lane.  Upon re-entering the lane, Weber's vehicle hydroplaned and struck a guardrail. Weber's vehicle then crossed back into the path of a 2002 Volvo operated by 61-year-old Larry McChesney of Bowling Green. 


Both Driver's were belted at the time of the collision.  McChesney was not injured and Weber was transported to the hospital by private vehicle.  


Tpr. Hale was assisted at the scene by the Russell County Sheriff's Department, EMS and Fire. 





Today is DELNO DAY! He has been in the radio business for 46 years and recently celebrated his 70th birthday. Delno will be playing any songs he wants to from 1 to 3pmCT this afternoon so tune in to 93.5FM or www.935wain.com.







A HazMat spill occurred south of the Metcalfe County Line on South 61 on Tuesday evening around 5:30PM. A petroleum product caused slick roadway conditions.  To hear a live report from Adair Co. Emergency Mgt. Director Mike Keltner, tune in to local news this afternoon at 12:05PM and 4:33PM.






Tpr. John Boyd is investigating a collision that occurred Monday at 3:57 PM EDT on Loretto Rd, 4 miles north of Lebanon.  


16-year-old Bailey Johnson of Lebanon, Ky. was operating a southbound 2001 Toyota on Loretto Rd. when he dropped off of the shoulder, traveled over an embankment and overturned.  Johnson and a passenger, 15-year-old Conner Johnson of Lebanon, Ky. were both belted and were taken to Springview Hospital for minor injuries.  


Tpr. Boyd was assisted at the scene by the Marion County Sheriff's Department, Fire, EMS and Rescue.




The Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Region 2 investigated a single vehicle collision that occurred Monday around 4:00 p.m. CST on Greensburg Road, 2 miles east of Edmonton.  


48-year-old Robert Slagle of Bronston, KY was operating a 2014 Freightliner traveling westbound on Greensburg Road.  Slagle ran off the roadway causing the trailer to overturn.


Slagle and a passenger, 25-year-old Jordan Harness, of Somerset, Ky. were both belted and were transported to T J Samson Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Senior Officer Adam Davis is investigating and was assisted at the scene by Trooper Hedgespeth, Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department, EMS and Rescue.




The Adair Co. Hospital District Board of Trustees will meet this evening at 6:30 p.m.CT at the hospital.


1.    Call to Order:  Richard Grant, Chairman

2.    Approval of Minutes:    August 25, 2015

3.    Approval of Minutes:     September 24, 2015 Special Called Meeting

4.    Recommendations  from the Medical Staff:  Dr. Clinton Kiteck, Chief of Staff
                 a.   Credentialing

5.    Grievance Policy

6.    CFO Report:  David Hayes
                 a.   Approval of Bad Debts for Collections

7.    Administrative Report:  Neal Gold, CEO

8.    Executive Session: KRS 61.810(1)(C): Discussions of proposed or pending litigation against  or on behalf of the public agency.  

9.    Adjourn



 MON. SEPT. 28

An Adair Co. man was arrested early Monday morning following a brief foot pursuit.


At approximately 2:00 a.m., 41-year-old Troy Doss of Columbia, Ky. was arrested and lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center. Doss was wanted on a Parole Violation warrant from Adair Circuit Court and had fled from Russell Co. Deputy Nick Bertram last Thursday evening in the Beckham Ridge community of Russell Springs, striking Deputy Bertram with his pickup truck in doing so.


Acting on information received early Monday morning, Deputy Evan Burton, Deputy Mark Cromwell, Deputy Ethan Pike and Russell Springs Police Officer Jeremy West went to an apartment complex off U.S. 127 North in search of Doss. Moments after their arrival, Doss fled the apartment on foot. A brief chase ensued with Doss being taken into custody.


Doss was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center on Parole Violations, Fleeing or Evading Police on Foot, Resisting Arrest and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree-Methamphetamine.





A Russell Co. woman was arrested Sunday night for endangering a minor and disorderly conduct.


At approximately 8:15 p.m. last evening, 31-year-old Sheena David of Jamestown, Ky. was arrested at ABC Apartments on Airport Road in Jamestown, Ky. on charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Disorderly Conduct.


The investigation was conducted by Russell Co. Deputy Sheriff Evan Burton, Deputy Sheriff Ethan Pike and Jamestown Police Officer Dustin Bunch.


David was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.





As of 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, the boil water advisory for Columbia Adair Utilities District customers from 3480 to 6070 Greensburg Road, P.D. Pyles Road, Burton Garmon Road, Bob Smith Road, M. Caldwell Road, G.W. Keltner Road, and Slick Rock Road 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.






It was a deadly weekend in the area as two fatal accidents occurred.


KSP Trooper Logan Richardson is investigating a fatal collision that occurred Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 at approximately 1:12 a.m.CT, 10 miles north of Greensburg on KY 61.  

22-year-old Lukas K. Henderson of Greensburg, Ky. was operating a southbound 1999 GMC pickup when he failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the roadway and struck a rock wall.  The vehicle then went airborne, ejecting Henderson and 2 of his 3 passengers.

Henderson died as a result of his injuries. 2 of his passengers, 22-year-old Shelby L. Rogers of Hodgenville, Ky. and 20-year-old Montana Noe of Rineyville, Ky. were  transported to Jane Todd Crawford Hospital in Greensburg where they were treated and released.  21-year-old Corey A. Harmon was flown to University Hospital in Louisville where he was treated for a head injury and fractured shoulder.

None of the occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision. 






A Taylor County man was killed following a head-on collision on Saturday morning around 7:30 a.m.ET on HWY 210 (Hodgenville Rd.).


27-year-old Derek M. Reul of Campbellsville was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Reul was operating a 1997 Toyota car traveling west on Ky. 210, when he crossed the center line and struck a 2013 Toyota SUV being driven by 49-year-old Paul D. Thomas of Louisville, Ky.  Thomas was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.


Deputy Branden Wilson was assisted at the scene by Campbellsville Police Dept., KSP, CTEMS, CTC Fire/Rescue, and the Taylor Co. Fire Dept.




The Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office investigated a 2-vehicle accident on Fri. afternoon involving a school bus and a vehicle that occurred just before 2:00 p.m.ET on Joe Kerr Rd.


49-year old Jeffrey Roution of Campbellsville was operating a 2009 Kia traveling north on Joe Kerr Road. A Taylor Co. school bus being driven by 63-year-old William Murphy of Campbellsville, Ky. was traveling south. As the vehicles met in a curve, Roution crossed the center line and struck the bus. Roution was treated at the scene and then transported by Air Evac to the Univ. of Louisville Hospital.  The two Taylor Co. students on the bus (12 year old Ethand Reliford & 7-year-old Lily Didonato) were not injured.


Taylor Co. Deputies Dickie Benningfield and Brandon Wilson were the investigating officers.






There will be a Special Called School Board meeting this morning at 8:00 a.m. at the Adair County Board of Education Conference Room for the purpose of:









FRI. Sept. 25



 An investigation by Russell Co. Deputy Sheriff Nick Bertram resulted in the arrest of four persons early Friday morning for Manufacturing Methamphetamine.


The arrests were made following the execution of a search warrant at an apartment on Main Street in Russell Springs around 3:30 a.m. by Deputy Bertram, Deputy Evan Burton, Deputy Ethan Pike & Sgt. Melissa Taylor of the Russell Springs Police Department.


Those arrested include  44-year-old Randy Copley, 26-year-old  Jacklyn Dix, 53-year-old Thomas Roark and 33-year-old Bobby Trosper all of Russell Springs, Ky.


All four were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.




The Adair Co School Board Superintendents contract has been renewed for four more years.
At a special called meeting Thursday evening board Chairman Floyd Burton made a motion that Superintendent Alan Reed be rehired for four more years, with board member Quinn Lasley seconding the motion. Board member Mike Harris also voted to renew Mr. Reed's contract. Board members Lisa Burton and Terry Harvey voted not to renew the contract.

Be listening to WAIN's local newscasts for comments from Supt. Reed and also from Westlake Regional Hospital CEO Neal Gold about last nights hospital board of director's meeting.

Columbia-Adair County Fire  Department responded to a house fire at 10 a.m on Thursday morning.


The fire was at 603 Oak Grove Rd and was owned by Joe Kimbler. This was a rental home that was destroyed by the fire. Upon firefighters arrival, flames were visible coming through side of house.


12 firefighters battled the blaze for approximately 1.5 hours to bring it under control.




Unemployment rates fell in 112 Kentucky counties between August 2014 and August 2015, rose in six counties and remained the same in two counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.


Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.3 percent.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 14.1 percent.

In the Lake Cumberland District, the jobless rate was 6.4% in Aug., 2015 compared to 7.1% in July. A year ago, in Aug. 2014, the jobless rate was 7.1%

In Adair Co., the unemployment rate was 6.3% in August, 2015 compared to 7% in July, 2015. The jobless rate in Aug. 2014 was 7.4%

Other jobless rates in the Lake Cumberland District include:

Cumberland Co.-- 4.8
Green Co. -- 5.0
Pulaski Co. -- 5.4
Casey Co. -- 5.6
Taylor Co. -- 6.1
Clinton Co. -- 7.1
Wayne Co. -- 7.1
McCreary Co. -- 7.6
Russell Co. -- 11.2

Thurs. Sept. 24

There will be a special parent election today (Thursday) for the purpose of electing a minority parent of the 2015-16 School Based Decision Making council of Adair County Elementary School. Voting will take place from 7am to 3pm at Adair County Elementary School in the front office. Any parent/step-parent/legal guardian of a student is encouraged to vote.





The Columbia Rotary Club will be collecting food for the Food Pantry at  IGA  in Columbia from 4pm-6pm, Friday, September 25, 2015.





The Adair County Hospital District Board of Trustees will meet in a Special Called Board Meeting, at 6:30pm this evening at Westlake Regional Hospital. Items on the agenda include:


Executive Session for Deliberations on the future acquisition or sale of the hospital but only when publicity would be likely to affect the value of a specific piece of property to be acquired for public use or sold ty of the hospital.






Attorneys with court cases in 13 more Kentucky counties may now file them without making a trip to a courthouse. The Administrative Office of the Courts began offering electronic case filing oday in Adair, Boyle, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Mercer, Monroe, Russell, Taylor, Washington and Wayne counties.



eFiling is available 24/7 and attorneys with access may file case documents electronically in any of the 119 Kentucky counties that offer the program. Since the start of eFiling in December 2013, more than 1,000 attorneys and other users, such as sheriffs, have filed more than 52,000 documents electronically. Attorneys are putting the program to work, filing case documents during normal business hours, after hours and on weekends. eFiling will be available in all 120 Kentucky counties as of Oct. 21, when the AOC launches the program in Jefferson County.


The implementation of eFiling puts the state court system in line with the federal courts, which have been offering the online service for years.






Two people were injured during an early morning collision on Wednesday in Columbia, Ky.


At 6:53 am on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway, a 2011 Nissan being operated by 28 year old Rosemary Deboise of Russell Springs, Ky. was traveling west bound, just past exit 49. Ms. Deboise told deputies that she dropped her phone and was attempting to pick it up when she struck a 2001 Chevrolet and trailer in the rear being operated by 48 year old Lanky Graves of Russell Springs.


Both Deboise and Graves were treated at the scene by Adair EMS and transported to Westlake Regional Hospital. Deputy Aaron Rainwater is investigating the collision. Columbia City Police Officer Charles Greer and Sgt. Jr. Murphy assisted at the scene.






A 1-vehicle accident in Casey Co. Tues. night resulted in a Liberty, Ky. woman being arrested on multiple charges including DUI.


Tpr. Mike Woodrum is investigating a collision that occurred at 9:19 PM EDT at the intersection of KY 1547 and Lewis Avenue in Casey County.  43-year-old Stacy Overstreet of Liberty, Ky. was operating a 2003 Saturn on KY 1547 when she turned left onto Lewis Avenue. Overstreet fell out of the vehicle and stated that the vehicle rolled over her foot. The vehicle then struck a tree. She was transported to the Casey County hospital by EMS for non life threatening injuries.  


Overstreet was charged with DUI 1st, Expired Registration Plates, Expired Registration Receipt and Failure to Produce Insurance Card. Trooper Woodrum was assisted at the scene by Casey County Fire, EMS and rescue.






The Adair County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency will be participating in the "Take Back Medicine Program" this Saturday.

Sheriff Harrison Moss says that this is a good time to dispose of out-of-date or unused pharmacy prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines. The program will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Adair Drug, 501 Burkesville St., Columbia, Ky.  from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. No illegal drugs will be accepted. Syringes, injectables or intravenous solutions will not be accepted at the site due to a potential hazard by blood-borne pathogens.  


For more information call the Adair County Sheriff's Office at 270-384-2776 during regular business hours.






Attorney General Jack Conway and his Cybercrimes Unit has announced the guilty plea of a Casey County man on 30 counts of possessing child pornography.  


44-year-old Brian K. Evans was arrested on June 3 by Attorney General Conway’s Cybercrime investigators, after a search warrant was executed at his residence in Liberty, Ky.  Yesterday, Evans pled guilty to 30 counts of possession of matter portraying the sexual performance of a minor in Casey Circuit Court.   


The charges are the result of an investigation that began in May 2015.  Investigators with the Cybercrimes Unit, executed a search warrant at Evans’ home looking for computers and other equipment used to distribute images and videos of exploited children.  


Evans has agreed to accept a 10 year prison sentence and register as a sex offender.  Evans will be sentenced on November 9, at 1:00 p.m., in Casey Circuit Court.  This case was prosecuted by the Casey County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Jeff Eastin.




A Fishing Derby for special needs kids will be held Wednesday and Thursday at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery.   The event is open to those from Russell, Adair, Clinton and Cumberland counties.  Mariah Painter with the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery.




The report by the Trust for America's Health says more than 31% of adult Kentuckians are obese -- a nearly 10% increase from 15 years ago.  
The obesity rate in Kentucky is higher among blacks (41%) than whites (31%).  
Kentucky ranks 1st in the rate of obese high schoolers at 18%.  
Arkansas has the highest adult obesity rate in the country, while Colorado has the lowest.  
Obesity puts some 78 million Americans at an increased risk for a range of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.






There will be a Special Called Adair Co. School Board meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Adair County Board of Education Conference Room for the purpose of:



The meeting is open to the public.





An Adair Co. man who was involved in an accident over the weekend is in stable condition at U of L Hospital.


On Sunday, Sept. 17, 2015, a one-vehicle accident occurred on Hwy. 206 when 25-year-old Tyler Derman of Columbia, Ky. (who was operating a 1989 Suzuki Sidekick) left the roadway, lost control and overturned before coming to a rest in the ditch line.


Derman was treated at the scene by Adair County EMS and was later flown to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment where he is in stable condition today.


Adair EMS, Adair County Fire Department and the Adair County Sheriff's office responded to the accident.





The Adair County Fiscal Court will hold a Special Called Meeting this morning (Tuesday) at 8:00 a.m.CT in the Adair  Annex Basement.


    A) Authorize Judge Signature for Memorandum of Agreement on Theron Akin Bridge
    B) Resolution for Rural Secondary Program Agreement
    C) Authorize Judge Signature for Memorandum of Agreement on County Road Aid
    D) Resolution for County Road Aid Agreement
    E) Personnel - Solid Waste Coordinator -  Part Time Temporary Employee at Green River Animal Shelter






A former Adair Co. firefighter has been indicted by an Adair Co. Grand Jury on 5 counts of theft.


42-year-old David Taylor of Columbia, Ky. has been indicted on 3 counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking $10,000 or more. The Grand Jury charges that beginning in Jan. 2013 through June, 2015, Taylor unlawfully took money from the Adair Co. Fire Dept.

Taylor was also indicted on 2 counts of Theft By Unlawful Taking $500 or more but less than $10,000.00. Again, the Grand Jury charges that Taylor took money from the Adair Co. Fire Dept. beginning in Aug. 2011 thru Oct. 2012 of more than $500.00 but less than $10,000.00.



Other indictments include:

Anita L. Barrera, 38, of Campbellsville, Ky. -- Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument


Paul Stuchell, 46, of Columbia, Ky. --  Assault 3rd degree


James C. Rowell, 51, of Columbia, Ky. -- 2 Counts of False Statement/Misrepresentaion to Receive Benefits over $100.00


Tyler H. Derman, 25, of Columbia, Ky. -- Receiving Stolen Property over $500 but under $10,000.00.


Jonathan Lee Bryant, 32, of Columbia, Ky. -- Criminal Attempt to Commit Rape 1st Degree; Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree; Assault 4th Degree; Persistent Felony Offender 2nd Degree






Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Josh Patrick is investigating a collision that occurred on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 at approximately 10:00 a.m.CT on County House Road, 6 miles east of Tompkinsville.

40-year-old James Thompson of Summer Shade, Ky.  was operating a 2013 Kenworth when he lost control in a curve, left the roadway, overturned on it's side and slid into a utility pole.

Thompson was wearing a seatbelt but was airlifted from the scene to Vanderbilt University Hospital with non life threatening injuries. Officer Patrick was assisted at the scene by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, EMS, Fire & Rescue and the Gamaliel Fire Department.





The Columbia Police Department arrested a Russell County woman for attempting to obtain prescription controlled substances illegally.


On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 Officer Josh Brockman and Sgt Jr Murphy were dispatched to a local pharmacy to a report of a female who had a prescription that was suspicious to employees. After Investigation it was found to be altered In an attempt to get a larger quantity of a controlled substance than what was prescribed.


Upon getting a description of the vehicle from employees and the name of the female, she was located on Russell Road and a traffic stop was initiated. 

Arrested was 22 year old Bethany Popplewell of Russell Springs on  charges of Criminal Possession of a Forged Prescription of a Controlled  Substance ( a class D felony).. Popplewell was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by CPD Ofc. Josh Brockman who was assisted by Sgt Jr Murphy.





The Adair County School Superintendents contract was NOT renewed!

At Thursday evenings regular monthly Adair County school board meeting, Superintendent Alan Reeds contract was discussed, even though his current contract runs thru June, 2016. 

According to Community Voice Editor Sharon Burton who covered the meeting, Board Chairman Floyd Burton proposed a 4-year contract with the current pay scale and salary agreement, which states that Reed would not get a raise unless other certified personnel get an equal percentage increase.

Board member Mike Harris voted yes to renew Superintendent Reed’s contract and board chairman Floyd Burton seconded the motion. Board members Lisa Burton, Terry Harvey and Quinn Lasely voted no. 

Following the vote, Harris offered a list of academic achievements as well as cost-cutting measures initiated under Reed’s watch.

Lisa Lasley thinks he has cleaned up the grounds cosmetically. Her concern is putting something on the inside. Lasley said she believes the board needs to rectify that problem and said she is willing to give Reed another chance to make that happen.

Lisa Burton said she also recognizes that a lot of good things have been done, but she is hearing a lot of complaints from the public and particularly teachers. Burton says she understands why anyone would not come in here because everybody fears for their jobs. The morale of the teachers is fairly low,” she said. “There are different issues in each school I am sure and a lot of it is struggling with supplies and things like that. Lisa Burton said she also believes there is a problem with knowing what is going on.

“A lot of times we get these packets, it’s a surprise for us,” she said. “The community needs to know what is going on, they need to know ahead of time that if they have an issue they can come in. I hope eventually they won’t be scared to sign their name–teachers and the public–and say some things here.”

Reed responded to comments about teacher morale saying a lot of the morale issues stem from unreasonable state mandates. He also responded to the open door policy.

“The day people can’t come to my office–its always open–and talk to me, I will leave. That is not the way I operate,” Reed said.

As for some of the beautification projects being completed that board members complained about not being aware of, Floyd Burton said they were all part of a master plan the board approved three ago.

Harvey said Reed cut several career pathways when he first became superintendent. Supt. Reed said he never cut any career pathways.

“You did on the ag,” said Harvey, who was an agriculture teacher and retired when Reed became administrator. The agriculture teacher position, which was one of three at the high school, was eliminated after Harvey’s retirement.

Again by a vote of 3 to 2, Supt Alan Reed’s contract was not renewed. With no further discussion, the board voted to adjourn.

Supt. Reed told  WAIN NEWS Friday morning "This community deserves quality leadership and good schools. I will continue to give it my best to keep our school district moving forward."


A Russell Co. man was arrested early Friday morning on drug charges.

At approximately 12:10 a.m. Russell Co. Deputy Evan Burton arrested Christopher Lee Stephens, 32, of Russell Springs on several charges following a DUI complaint. Stephens was taken into custody at a residence on Voils Road in Russell Springs and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol, Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage in a Motor Vehicle, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon and Menacing.

Deputy Burton’s investigation determined Stephens had wrecked his Dodge truck on Ky. 1680 and left the accident scene a short time prior to being located and taken into custody.

Stephens was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.




Five alumni and three longtime friends of the college will be honored at Lindsey Wilson College’s 84th homecoming weekend, to be held Sept. 18-19.


The weekend will also feature several reunions, including a reunion of the college’s soccer alumni.


This year’s LWC homecoming will also feature the first home LWC football game of the season as well as free tethered hot-air balloon rides.


According to Randy Burns, LWC Director of Alumni Relations, three alumni will be inducted into the LWC Athletic Hall of Fame and five individuals will be honored by the LWC National Alumni Association at the Alumni Awards & Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration. The event will be held at 10 a.m.CT Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 in the Roberta Cranmer Dining & Conference Center.


The new members of the LWC Athletic Hall of Fame are: former soccer players Natasha Hale ’02 and Nora Ohrnberg ’03, and former tennis player Nicolas Cabrini ’04. Hale and Ohrnberg are the first former female soccer players to be inducted into the hall of fame, and Cabrini is the first tennis player to be enshrined.


The LWC National Alumni Association will honor two alumni and three longtime friends of LWC.



The two alumni are:

Michael Kearns of Pennsylvania who will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award

Chris Innes of Los Angeles who will receive the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.



The three longtime friends are:

Retired educator Judith Ford of Louisville, Ky., who will be named an honorary alumna

LWC Professor of Music Robert Reynolds, who has been a member of the LWC faculty since 1980, will be named an honorary alumnus

LWC Assistant Food Service Director and Catering Director JoAnn Panko will receive the Distinguished Service Award for more than two decades of service to LWC.


This will be the third year the LWC National Alumni Association and LWC Athletic Department have combined their annual awards ceremony.


Following Saturday’s LWC-Bluefield (Va.) College football game -- which kicks off at 1:30 p.m.CT at Blue Raider Stadium, a post-game party will be held on the Campus Quadrangle. The event -- which will be from 4:30-7 p.m.CT -- will include music, food and free tethered hot-air balloon rides.


For more information about LWC’s 2015 homecoming weekend, Sept. 18-19, contact Randy Burns at alumni@ lindsey.edu or 270-384-8400. The schedule and registration is available at www.lindsey.edu/alumni.






A 2-vehicle accident Thursday morning in Campbellsville, Ky. sent both drivers to the hospital for treatment.


According to the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office, the accident occurred at 7:57 a.m.ET on HWY 289 when 17-year-old Jamison Knopp of Campbellsville, Ky. (who was driving a 1999 Chevy pickup) pulled from Stevens Court onto HWY 289 into the path of a 1998 Ford being driven by 35-year-old Richard Rodgers of Campbellsville, Ky. Both drivers were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Taylor Co. Rescue for treatment.


Deputies Rodney Cox and Brandon Wilson investigated the accident. Taylor Co. Fire & Resuce along with Campbellsville Police assisted at the scene.






A Russell County man has been arrested for Manufacturing Meth following a search of his residence.


On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at approximately 9:10 p.m. a Search Warrant was executed at 145 York Road, about 9 miles south of Jamestown as part of an investigation by the Russell County Sheriff’s Dept.


The search resulted in the discovery of numerous chemicals and apparatus used in manufacturing methamphetamine in the residence and adjacent garage. 37-year-old Kevin Russell was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st Offense. Additional charges are possible when the results of the investigation are presented to a Russell County Grand Jury.


Kevin Russell was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. The investigation and search was conducted by Deputy Nick Bertram, Deputy Mark Cromwell, Deputy Nathan Antle, Deputy Ethan Pike and Det. Joey Hoover.




Two Campbellsville teens were injured following a 1-vehicle crash on Wednesday night.


According to the Taylor County Sheriffs Office, 16-year-old Caleb Ward of Campbellsville, Ky. was operating his vehicle on Hwy 76 when he lost control in a curve, left the roadway and struck an embankment. The vehicle overturned multiple times, ejecting Ward and his passenger 16-year-old Shania Renee Bright of Campbellsville, Ky.

Bright was flown from the scene via staff flight to Univ. of Louisville Hospital with head and pelvis injuries. Ward was transported by EMS to Taylor Regional Hospital and later transported to U of L for spine injuries.

Taylor County Fire Department and CTC Rescue assisted at the scene. Police say speed and inexperienced driving played a factor in the crash.





Downtown Days in Columbia is coming up Oct. 9 & 10 on the Public Square in Columbia, Ky. and this year the featured entertainer will be country music artist Earl Thomas Conley!

Conley has had hits like "Once in a blue moon", "Holding Her and Loving You", "Nobody Falls Like a Fool" and many more.

The festival features arts and crafts vendors, a food court, 5K, kids fun run, live entertainment all day, kids games, train rides, beauty pageants, big wheel race, a lip sync contest and much more!  A fun day of activities ends with a FREE concert on the Square featuring country music artist Earl Thomas Conley!

For more info log onto www.downtowndays.com.






Attorney General Jack Conway on Monday announced the guilty verdict for a Taylor County man charged with complicity to murder.


Following its guilty verdict last week, a Warren County Circuit Court jury recommended 30-year-old William Robert “Bobby” Rigdon, a member of the Frankfort chapter of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club, serve 38 years in prison for the murder of Wendell “Gleason” Pyles.


On October 3, 2012, Kentucky State Police arrested Rigdon following an investigation into the death of Mr. Pyles, who was shot and killed in September of 2012 while working at Tarter Gate Company in Dunnville, Ky.  Prosecutors argued that Pyles was shot by Rigdon because of an order to do so from the Iron Horsemen chapter president David Salyers.  David Salyers was tried in January of 2014 for the murder of Pyles.  Salyers was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison.  


In early March, the trial was moved to Warren County by Casey Circuit Judge Judy Vance because of extensive pretrial publicity in Casey County.  General Conway’s Office of Special Prosecutions handled the prosecution of both Salyers and Rigdon at the request of the Casey County Commonwealth’s Attorney.  Formal sentencing for Rigdon is scheduled for November 6, 2015 in Casey County Circuit Court. 





Coming up during our  local newscasts this morning (Tues.) we'll have comments from Dr. Ben Arnold, a 2014 write-in candidate for Mayor of Columbia who contested last Nov.'s Columbia Mayoral Election.


Dr Arnold filed a lawsuit against the Adair Co. Board of Elections, Curtis Hardwick (the winner of the November election), the City of Columbia and former Adair County Clerk Joyce Rogers, citing numerous irregularites occurred in the Election.


More than five months after the 2014 General Election, Circuit Judge Judy Vance ruled that the November election results are void, and ordered another vote be held to determine the rightful mayor.


The Board of Elections voted to contest Judge Vance's ruling which has led to a decision by the Court of Appeals. On Friday, the 3-judge panel released their decision concerning the Adair Co. Board of Elections appeal. The vote was 2 to 1 in favor of "reversing" Adair Circuit Judge Judy Vance's decision concerning the 2014 Columbia Mayoral Election.


Over the weekend, Dr. Ben Arnold (2014 write-in candidate for Mayor of Columbia last November) released the following statement:


I wanted to let the community know that I will continue legal action to oppose the Mayoral election Appeal. I have multiple reasons to do so: The law and the facts support Judge Vance's decision; I must honor the support of many who want change; Allowing the feasance of this election to stand would imply this is good enough for our Community; stopping now might embolden the BD of Election keeping the status quo; and I believe we will restore the original ruling I want us all to say not here, no more, we can do better. Having read the Opinions of the Appeals Judges, it is clear where we can better present our facts and I will insure this happens at the next level. Facts are stubborn things, but they require a clear presentation. Until I have new facts or a different understanding, I will continue. -- Ben Arnold


The decision to reverse Judge Vance's ruling was released early Friday morning. Here's a link to read the decision: http://apps.kycourts.net/Supreme/SC_Opinions.shtm

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