Injury Collision on Bull Run Road in Adair Co Involving a Milk Truck

Columbia, KY (June 24, 2016) - Kentucky State Police investigated a two vehicle injury collision involving a milk truck on Bull Run Road 2 miles north of Columbia this morning at 8:00am.

Preliminary investigations indicate 22 year-old Brian Dewitt of Knifley, KY was operating a 2006 Chevrolet north on Bull Run Road, when he crossed the center line striking a 2001 Kenworth milk truck being operated by 58 year old Larry Bland of Liberty, KY.  Dewitt struck the rear axles of the milk truck causing him to overturn multiple times.

Dewitt was flown from TJ Samson Columbia Hospital to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, TN by Air Evac 43 with non-life threatening injuries.  Bland was wearing his seat belt and was not injured in the collision.  Speed is said to be a factor in the collision.

Sr. Officer Derek Cundiff investigated the collision and was assisted by Adair County Sheriff's Office, EMS and Air Evac 43.

Down town Campbellsville

Portions of downtown Campbellsville remain closed today after a fire destroyed one of the mainstays of the area.

Yesterday evening a fire broke out in the H & W Sports building across from the Taylor County Detention Center.

Officials believe the fire was caused by a lightning bolt during one of the storms passing through the area.

Firefighters fought the blaze inside and out until the roof became unstable and caused them to retreat outside.  Allowing the roof to collapse was the safest way to protect surrounding buildings and contain the fire.

Crews were able to suppress the fire, but have remained on site over night to ensure the fire is completely out.  No injuries were reported. 

Be sure to map your route carefully if going downtown today.

Local News -- Fri. June 24, 2016


No fireworks display at the Adair County Fairgrounds this year.


The following stat is from Judge Exec. Mike Stephens:


It is with great regret we must confirm our inability to move forward with the July 4th fireworks event this year. I truly understand the concern and disappointment, however, due to changes with the individual we have worked with in the past (who had graciously volunteered his time, expertise and building space),  the unresolved issue of ownership of the fairgrounds for that time period and other problemsaffecting the ordering and delivery we were unable to make timely commitments to the fireworks company. Many calls have been made and many attempts and inquiries to find an alternative solution but without success. We look forward to the issues being resolved for the 2017 year, to a new place for this event and an even greater reason to celebrate!! I wish all of youa great and safe summer!!   



Michael Lee Stephens

Adair County Judge/Executive





The June Dairy Picnic will be held tonight (Friday) at 6:30 p.m. The location has been moved indoors to the Adair County Cooperative Extension Service. All dairy farm families and their employees are invited to attend.




Columbia USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Tony Corbin announced that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits.


“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all Adair and Russell County producers are encouraged to visit the FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the July 15th deadline," said Corbin.


For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact the Columbia FSA office at 270-384-6431 or 1-888-758-6634.




There will be a Special Called Columbia City Council Meeting today (Thursday) at 5:00pm in City Hall.




1st ITEM:  An ordinance adopting the City of Columbia, Ky. annual budget for the fiscal year 7/1/16 through 6/30/17, by estimating revenues and resources and appropriating funds for the operation of city Government.

2nd ITEM:  An ordinance closing various unimproved rights of way, alleys and streets as dedicated on a plat dated May 31, 1917 and labeled "Fairground" addition of record in deed book 24, page 640 in the office of the county clerk of Adair County.

3rd ITEM:  Resolution adopting and approving the execution of a municipal aid co-op program contract between the incorporated city and the commonwealth of Kentucky, transportation cabinet, department of Rural and Municipal aid for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 as provided in the Kentucky revised statutes and accepting all streets referred to therein as being streets which are a part of the incorporated city.





An Adair county man has been arrested on DUI and drug charges after an early morning traffic stop in limits of Columbia.  


This morning (Wednesday) at 1:14 am CPD Ofc  Josh Brockman initiated a traffic stop on a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox on Jamestown Street. The stop resulted in 36 year old Ivan Fields of Columbia, Ky. being arrested on charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs 1st Offense, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Controlled Substance 3rd degree . Prescription Controlled Substance not in proper container.


Field's passengers, 46 year old May Field and 26 year old Micheal Perry of Columbia, Ky. were arrested on charges of Public Intoxication by CPD Ofc. Jordan Dean and Deputy Derick Padgett .  All three was lodged in the Adair County Regional.






Date Issued: 6/21/2016
Time Issues: 12:00 p.m.


A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District on Edmonton Rd and all side roads in between, Wal-Mart, Burger King, Hardee’s, Five Star #2250, Goodwill, and Bluegrass Cellular.


The advisory has been issued due to bad pressure reducer valve.


Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure.


Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bring the water to a rolling boil for three minutes before using.


The advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.


For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.





Branscum Construction Co. of Russell Springs will be receiving payment for work done on the Adair Co. Transportation Complex.


At a special called Adair County School Board meeting on Wednesday morning, the board voted to approve payment of $15,680 to Branscum Construction Company, Construction Manager of the Transportation Complex project.


Construction was delayed due to Taylor County RECC not approving of an underground electrical service installed behind Adair County Primary Center. The line had to be reinstalled and it cost $50,000 to do so.

Representatives for the architect's and school board attorney Jeff Hoover advised the board to go ahead and pay this bill and that is what the board did.






A public meeting concerning improvements to U.S. 68 in Green and Metcalfe Counties has been scheduled for today (Tuesday) from 4:00pmCT to 6:00pmCT at the Sulphur Well Community Center at 51 Sulphur Well County Park Road in Edmonton, according to Chris Jessie, District 4 KY Transportation Cabinet Public Information Officer.


This meeting will present to the public the latest preliminary plans that have been developed for this project. A formal overview of the project information will be presented at 4:30pmCT. Handouts, containing information about the project, comment sheets and displays will be available at the meeting. Representatives from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be available to answer questions. Both written and oral statements will be accepted at the meeting. Written statements will be accepted, and information made available, up to fifteen days after the meeting at the Kentucky Department of Highways District 3 Office at 900 Morgantown Road in Bowling Green.


The purpose of this project is to provide a safer, more effective connection between Greensburg and the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway by improving substandard geometrics along the corridor. The existing alignment is characterized by horizontal and vertical curvature that does not satisfy current geometric design guidelines. With the new interchange constructed at the Louie B Nunn Cumberland Parkway, the demand for travel along the U.S. 68 corridor is expected to increase. Addressing the substandard geometrics will extend previously implemented improvements along U.S. 68 and provide a better connection to the parkway.






The former chairman of the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board is challenging Gov. Matt Bevin's order removing him from office.

Bevin removed Thomas Elliott as the board's chairman in April, but Elliott refused to leave. Last month, Bevin used state troopers to prevent Elliott from participating in a meeting. Friday, Elliott sued, asking a judge to declare Bevin's order removing him ``null and void'' and to affirm that Elliott is still a member of the board. It is the fourth lawsuit Bevin is facing as he continues to test the limits of executive power in Kentucky. Bevin also issued an executive order on Friday abolishing the Kentucky Retirement Systems board and replacing it with a new board of directors.






The regular meeting of the Economic Development  Authority Board will be on Tuesday, June 21 at 8:00 a.m. in the Board room of the Chamber of Commerce, 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, Ky.




    Roll Call
    Determination of a quorum
    Approval of minutes as presented, Randy Burns, secretary
    Approval of Treasurer's Report, Mike Curry, treasurer
    Presentation of next year's budget - Mike Curry, treasurer
    Business: Further discussion of possible Joint effort to fund sewer expansion project at Green River Commerce Park.
    Other business or Announcements: At next meeting July 19 meeting, Rodney Hitch, Economic Development Manager with East Kentucky Power Cooperative will be guest speaker.


The meeting is open to the public.






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






Adair County Middle School's SBDM Council will meet in special session this afternoon (Monday) at 3:30 pm.  The meeting will be held at the school. The agenda will include regular meeting items as well personnel discussions/interviews for the counseling position. The meeting is open to the public.





Another Russell County man has been arrested on drug charges.


Justin Woodall, 31, of Jamestown was arrested around 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 17, by Russell County Chief Deputy Nick Bertram on warrants charging Woodall with three counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth). Woodall was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.






Kentucky State Police investigated a 2-vehicle injury collision involving a motorcycle on West Main Street in the city limits of Lebanon last night at 7:41p.m.

Preliminary investigations indicate 66 year-old Gloria Scott of Lebanon was operating a 1999 GMC north on West Main Street.  Scott was attempting to turn into Kentucky Fried Chicken, when she pulled into the path of a 2005 Honda motorcycle being operated by 23 year-old Michael Sims of Lebanon.


Sims was transported to Springview Hospital with non-life threatening injuries by the Marion County EMS.  Sims was wearing a helmet.  Scott and a passenger 16 year-old Jaeden Lucas of Lebanon were both wearing their seat belt and were not injured.  


Trooper Lincoln Lawless investigated the collision and was assisted at the scene by Lebanon Police and Marion County EMS.






A felony fugitive was arrested in Adair County early Thursday morning on numerous charges including impersonating a police officer.


On Thursday at 3:30 a.m., Officers from the Adair County Sheriff's Office, Russell County Sheriff's Office and Russell Springs Police Department were dispatched to a residence on A Jones Road in Adair County for a possible home invasion. Once at the scene, 52-year-old Tony Gregory was taken into custody. Gregory had been a wanted fugitive since 2006 for felony fleeing and evading police charges.


After a lengthy investigation, it was determined that Tony Gregory had unlawfully entered a residence on A Jones Road and identified himself as a Deputy Sheriff in attempt to subdue occupants inside the residence. The occupants were able to get Gregory out of the residence and secure the door as law enforcement arrived on the scene.


Gregory was taken into custody after a brief scuffle and was taken to Russell County Hospital and later lodged in the Adair County Jail with no bail on charges of Burglary 2nd degree (forced entry), Possession of Burglary Tools, Resisting Arrest, Impersonating a Peace Officer and Criminal Mischief.


Adair Co. Deputy Aaron Rainwater is investigating and was assisted at the scene by Officer Nathan Bradshaw, Deputy Ethan Pike and R.S. Police Chief Joe Michael Irvin.






An Adair Co. Grand Jury has returned several indictments:

Shelton Ray Grider, age 54, of Russell Springs, Ky. -- Assault 2nd Degree; DUI second offense; Persistent Felony Offender


Mary F. Hornback (aka Saho), age 52, of Columbia, Ky. -- Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon


Adrian S. Ballou, age 24 of Columbia, Ky. -- Operating a Motor Vehicle while under the Influence of Alcohol 2nd offense; Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st offense (methamphetamine); Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operator's License


Nathan J. Bradshaw, age 28, of Campbellsville, Ky. -- Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd Degree; Persistent Felony Offender


Angela Leah Smith, age 43, of Russell Springs, Ky. -- Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


William D. Bradshaw, age 54 of Columbia, Ky. -- Manufacturing Methamphetamine; Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense; DUI 2nd offense; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Persistent Felony Offender


Chris A. Stubbs, age 42, of Somerset, Ky. -- Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; Persistent Felony Offender


Angela M. Chaney, age 40, of Science Hill, Ky. -- Operating a Motor Vehicle while under the Influence of Alcohol 1st offense;  Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine)


Steven B. Pigman, age 45, of Somerset, Ky. --  Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine)


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





The Drug Round-up continues in Russell County.


44-year-old Chad Short of Russell Springs, Ky. was arrested at 4:00 a.m. Monday, June 13, 2016 by Russell Co. Deputy Sheriff Nathan Antle on a warrant charging Short with one count of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth).


29-year-old Daniel Ray Rogers of Jamestown, Ky. was arrested at 9:45 a.m. this morning (Thursday, June 16) by Det. Joey Hoover on warrants charging Rogers with four counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth).


Both men are incarcerated in the Russell County Detention Center.

Just before 6:00 a.m. last Saturday (June 11) Russsell Co. Sheriff Clete McAninch & Deputies along with members of the Russell Springs Police Department began serving arrest warrants on more than 20 individuals wanted for Trafficking in Controlled Substances and Flagrant Non-Support of Children.


In all, twelve persons are being sought for trafficking in Methamphetamine and one for trafficking in prescription pain pills as a result of investigations conducted by members of the Russell County Sheriff's Department.


Those taken into custody Saturday morning include:


• Clinton Asberry, 57, of Russell Springs – T/C/S 1st Degree (Hydrocodone)

• Jennifer Montgomery, 30, of Jamestown – T/C/S 1st Degree (Meth)

• Eric Roy, 35, of Russell Springs – T/C/S 1st Degree (Meth)

• Jill Sprowles, 39, of Jamestown – Complicity to T/C/S 1st Degree (Meth)

• Eric D. Wesley, 43, of Jamestown – T/C/S 1st Degree (Meth)

• Timothy Lawless, 36, of Russell Springs – Flagrant Non-Support of a Child

• Michael Williams, 37, of Russell Springs – Flagrant Non-Support of a Child

• Laura Beth Brown, 42, of Jamestown – Flagrant Non-Support of a Child



Efforts to locate the remaining offenders will continue until each is in custody.






The 20th Adair County Relay for Life is this Fri. night, June 17, 2016 at the Holloway Health & Wellness Center at Lindsey Wilson College.


Relay for Life board member Julie Cowan says you still have time to purchase a luminaria (a lighted candle set inside a paper bag with your loved one's name on the bag) or purchase a Stone of Hope in memory of OR in honor of a loved one. For more info. call Julie at 270-378-2120.      


Adair Co.'s Relay for Life Chairperson Peggy Lawson tells WAIN News there's lots of activities and great entertainment planned for this year's Relay for Life. This year's guest speaker is Kelly Claypool who recently underwent cancer surgery.


Friday night's opening ceremony is at 6pmCT. If you would like to donate money to Adair Co. Relay for Life, call Peggy at 270-634-2882.





A residential fire occurred at just after 10pmET Thursday night at 509 Coackley St. in Campbellsville. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming out of the front of the house and upstairs. Firemen extinguished the fire and searched for any possible occupants. The house was determined to be vacant. The home sustained heavy smoke and fire damage.


18 firemen and 3 apparatus were on the scene. The Campbellsville Police Dept. and Kentucky Utilities assisted with the fire.





A Green Co. man was stabbed to death early this morning.


KSP Post 15 Detectives are currently investigating the death of 42-year-old Gerald T. Scott of Summersville, KY.  The Green County Sheriff's Department requested assistance with the investigation this morning at approximately 2:05 AM CST after they were called to the residence of Willard E. Calhoun on Hudgins Hwy in Summersville.  Upon arrival, they discovered that Scott and Calhoun had been involved in a physical altercation which led to Scott's death from apparent stab wounds.  


Calhoun, age 40, was charged with Murder at 7:39 AM CST and released to the Green County Transportation officer and is lodged in the Taylor County Jail. Detective Logan Richardson is investigating.






KSP Post 15 Detectives are currently investigating the shooting death of 51-year-old Yul A. Rayford, of Bardstown KY.  Post 15 dispatch was contacted by the Washington County Sheriff's department on Tuesday, June 14th, at approximately 10:00 AM EDT regarding the discovery of an unknown male, lying inside a vehicle with an apparent gunshot wound.

Rayford was found, still alive, by a landowner just off of Bloomfield Road (KY 55), 1.5 miles north of Springfield.  He was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital where he died at 10:20 PM EDT.  Rayford was last seen by a family member at his home in Bardstown around 7:00 AM EDT.  An autopsy was performed today at the State Medical Examiner's office and the preliminary autopsy report indicates that Rayford died from a single gunshot wound to the head.  No weapon was recovered at the scene.  Detective Kevin Roberts is investigating.


If anyone has any information, please contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or through social media via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or with the KSP app available on the Apple Store or Google Play.





Two Russell Springs men were arrested Tuesday evening (June 14) after a K-9 alert on the vehicle they were in resulted in Deputies finding methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a handgun.


Shortly after 6:00 p.m., Deputy Evan Burton stopped a GMC pickup truck on Main Street, Russell Springs, being operated by 27 year old Logan Sprague. Barney A. Warner, Jr., 31, was a passenger.


A few minutes into the traffic stop, Deputy Burton’s partner, K-9 Matt, alerted to the odor of illegal narcotics emanating from the vehicle, establishing probable cause for a search of the truck. The search by Deputy Burton and Deputy Nathan Antle resulted in the discovery of approximately 3 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia items and a handgun.


Sprague was arrested and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon.


Warner was arrested and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.


Both men were processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.




There will be a Special Called Meeting of the Columbia City Council onThursday, June 16th, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in City Hall.


1.)    2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 220.165 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING FISCAL YEAR 15/16 BUDGET
2.)    1ST Reading of Ordinance No. 220.166 – AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING FISCAL YEAR 16/17 BUDGET.




The Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corp. approved over $2,00,000 in 11 agricultural loans for projects in the Commonwealth at its recent board meeting.   

Beginning Farmer loans totaled $1,286,688 for eight recipients including (in this area) $40,000 for Green County and $50,000 for Russell County. The Beginning Farmer Loan Program is designed to assist individuals with some farming experience who desire to develop, expand or buy into a farming operation. Beginning farmers may qualify for financing to purchase livestock, equipment or agriculture facilities; to secure permanent working capital; for the purchase of farm real estate; or to invest in a partnership or LLC.  





The Orlando shooting is a wake-up call to blood donors.  

Martha Osborne with the Kentucky Blood Center says people should not assume there will be enough blood to help victims of a mass casualty incident.  

She's urging people to donate blood on a regular basis. The KBC has donor centers in Lexington, Louisville, Somerset and Pikeville.  

Osborne says the Kentucky Blood Center stands ready to help Orlando. However, initial blood needs for the shooting victims have been met.





Helicoptors have been seen and heard in the area the last week and WAIN News has received inquiries about it. We spoke to Adair Co. Judge Exec. Michael Lee Stephens earlier today and to hear comments from the Judge, be listening to Hot Country Local News at 4:33pm this afternoon and on the Wed. morning newscasts.






Several Russell Countians were awakened early Saturday by police on warrants, mainly for trafficking in drugs.


The drug round-up began just before 6:00 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2016. Russell County Sheriff Clete McAninch & Deputies (along with members of the Russell Springs Police Department) began serving arrest warrants on more than 20 individuals wanted for Trafficking in Controlled Substances and Flagrant Non-Support of Children.


In all, twelve persons are being sought for trafficking in Methamphetamine and one for trafficking in prescription pain pills.


Those taken into custody Saturday morning include:


•    Clinton Asberry, 57, of Russell Springs – T/C/S 1st Degree (Hydrocodone)
•    Jennifer Montgomery, 30, of Jamestown – T/C/S 1st Degree (Meth)
•    Eric Roy, 35, of Russell Springs – T/C/S 1st Degree (Meth)
•    Jill Sprowles, 39, of Jamestown – Complicity to T/C/S 1st Degree (Meth)
•    Eric D. Wesley, 43, of Jamestown – T/C/S 1st Degree (Meth)
•    Timothy Lawless, 36, of Russell Springs – Flagrant Non-Support of a Child
•    Michael Williams, 37, of Russell Springs – Flagrant Non-Support of a Child
•    Laura Beth Brown, 42, of Jamestown – Flagrant Non-Support of a Child


Efforts to locate the remaining offenders will continue until each is in custody.






A Taylor County man who was operatng a motorcycle, was killed after striking a vehicle head-on.



On Saturday, June 11, 2016 at approximately 8:50 a.m., Campbellsville Police Department responded to the intersection of South Central Ave and Tie Street to an automobile accident with injuries.



A 1991 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by 54 year old Wendell Hitch of Campbellsville, was traveling north on South Central Ave when he crossed the center line, striking a 2008 Chevrolet passenger car being operated by 46 year old Debra McNear of Campbellsville.



Hitch was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  McNear and a passenger were not injured in the accident.  



Agencies involved included the Campbellsville Police Department, Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS, and Campbellsville Fire Department






A call to the Sheriff’s Crime Tip-Line Friday morning prompted an investigation that led to the arrest of a Jamestown man for Manufacturing Methamphetamine at the historical “Rock House” on the banks of the Cumberland River.



Danny Hill, 51, was arrested at the scene by Sheriff Clete McAninch, Chief Deputy Nick Bertram and Sgt. Mark Cromwell after several components and precursors used to “cook meth” were discovered just outside of an older model RV that Hill was staying in.



Hill was charged with “Manufacturing Methamphetamine” and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.



You can report illegal drug activity or other criminal activity anonymously by calling the Sheriff’s Crime Tip-Line at 270-566-9111.






The Columbia Police Department arrested an Adair County man on drug charges Friday morning after a high speed vehicle pursuit involving multiple agencies.



The incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. when Columbia Police Dept. Ofc. John Dial attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a 1996 Toyota Camry traveling south on Jamestown Street. The vehicle then sped off turning into several city streets before turning onto KY 80 and leading the pursuit east of Columbia. At that point, CPD Sgt Tracy  McCarol and Deputy Aron Rainwater (accompanied by Probation and Parole Ofc Pennington) joined in the pursuit.


The pursuit entered into Russell County where Russell Springs Police Department and Russell County Sheriff's Department became involved in the pursuit. The suspect made a series of turns and ended up heading back west toward Columbia. The  pursuit finally came to end in the 6000 block of KY 80  in Adair County where 22- year-Nathaniel Johnson was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of  Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree, 5 counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st degree,  Possession of Marijuana, Reckless Driving, Speeding, Improper Passing, Failure to Produce Insurance, Failure to Wear a Seatbelt and No License in Possession.



The pursuit spanned over 20 miles with speed ranging  from 50 mph to 115 mph at some points.  The arrest and investigation is ongoing by CPD Ofc. John Dial Josh Brockman.






Kentucky Baptist churches are not trending downward as the Southern Baptist Convention continues in decline.  

A report this week by the Southern Baptist Convention shows that the denomination dropped more than 200,000 members from 2014 to 2015 to a total of 15.3 million. It's 9th straight year of decline. Baptisms were also down.  

The Kentucky Baptist Convention says not only is its membership going up to more than 750,000, it baptized 14,000 people last year.  

The KBC says it has averaged more than 50 new Baptist church starts over the past three years.  

The KBC says its success is based on its focus on helping church and not focused on the convention.   







Investigations by members of the Russell County Sheriff’s Department have resulted in the arrest of two men on drug trafficking charges.



On Thursday, June 9th (2016) at approximately 4:00 p.m. Timothy Shane Miller, 33, of Mann Road, Jamestown, was arrested by Det. Joey Hoover on a warrant for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine). Miller was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) after approximately ½ gram of “crystal meth” was found on this person while being taken into custody.



Later Thursday evening, at approximately 8:00 p.m. Clinton Asberry, 57, of Geneva Drive, Russell Springs, was arrested on a warrant for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Hydrocodone). A Search Warrant was executed on Asberry’s residence and garage, leading to the discovery and seizure of more than 100 prescription pain pills.



The investigation, search and arrest was conducted by Chief Deputy Nick Bertram, Sgt. Mark Cromwell, Det. Joey Hoover and Deputy Ethan Pike.



Miller and Asberry were processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.






The ACMS SBDM Council will meet in special session on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at 4:30 pm at the school located at 322 General John Adair Drive.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss vacant positions and review applications.  






WHAS Crusade for Children totals for Adair County:


Knifley Fire Department  $311.70
Breeding Fire Department $1,432.49
Columbia/Adair County Fire Department  $26,961.50


Total for Adair County -- $28,705.69






State agents confiscate some hooch in eastern Kentucky.  

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says it shut down a moonshine still operation in Estill County.  

State police found the still while investigating a separate complaint at a home.  

Agents seized a still, 12 gallons of moonshine, a record book and some marijuana.  

Ronald Ballou is facing charges that include possessing an illegal still and selling alcohol in a dry county.






One of Kentucky's leading corporate citizens if celebrating a birthday.


30 years ago Toyota broke ground on its first wholly-owned U.S. vehicle manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky.  That investment has grown to 6-billion dollars and 8,000 jobs. To celebrate, Toyota has updated its visitor center adding new displays with interactive technology.


Plant President Wil James says the old center was more a warm-up for the plant tour. James says rRecognizing the importance of technical jobs we wanted to try to make changes in the visitor’s center so we can highlight it more from an education point of view, to get more of our kids in here to see what manufacturing opportunities exist today.


The celebration includes $100,000 in charitable donations, 30,000 of that going to a local robotics program.







An accident early Monday morning (June 6) involving a car and motorcycle seriously injured a Jamestown man.



An investigation by Deputy Nathan Antle determined that Beth Chapman, 22, was backing her 2000 Cadillac out of a driveway onto Lawless Cemetery Road and pulled into the path of a 2000 Honda motorcycle being operated by Jeremy Garner, 33, resulting in Garner losing control of his motorcycle after he reacted and applied his brakes. Garner was ejected from the motorcycle.

Garner was transported by ambulance to the Russell County EMS headquarters and then airlifted to the U.K. Medical Center for treatment of a broken leg and other injuries. Chapman was not injured.



That incident occurred at 5:30 a.m. Members of the South Russell and Jamestown Fire Departments also responded and assisted at the scene.








The Columbia Police Department investigated a single vehicle accident that resulted in an Adair County man being injured on Sunday morning around 8:00 a.m.
The collision occurred when 18-year-old Mathew Perkins of Columbia, Ky. was traveling south on Jamestown Street in a 1998 Mercury when he lost control of his vehicle  and struck a utility pole.

Perkins was treated by Adair County EMS on the scene then transported to TJ Health Columbia for additional treatment.

The collision is being investigated by CPD Ofc. Jamie Cole.





On Sunday, June 5, 2016, at approximately 4:45 p.m. Deputy Ethan Pike initiated a roadside investigation on KY 80 just west of Russell Springs which led to the arrest of two men and the seizure of nearly one ounce of “crystal methamphetamine”, drug paraphernalia and $1,470.00 cash.


John Michael Thompson, 36, of Columbia and Jeremy Vanfleet, 33, of Russell Springs, were both arrested and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth), Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon.


Both men were processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. Additional charges are likely when the case is presented to a Russell County Grand Jury.


Other law enforcement officers involved in the investigation and arrests include KSP Troopers Billy Begley, Levi Scott and Marvin Blakey, RSPD Asst. Chief Jamie Rogers, RSPD Sgt. Troy Young and RCSO Chief Deputy Nick Bertram & K-9 Maxxo.




A Russell County man was injured in a one vehicle wreck on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway Saturday evening around 7:00 p.m.


An investigation by Deputy Ethan Pike determined that 72 year old Delbert Leon Darnell lost control of his Chevrolet S-10 while eastbound, resulting in the truck leaving the roadway, striking a guardrail, then spinning out of control until it struck an embankment.


Darnell was transported by Russell County EMS personnel to the Russell County Hospital for treatment and observation.




Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stops short of labeling as racist Donald Trump's attack on a Mexican judge.

Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," McConnell says he doesn't agree with Trump's statement that federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel is biased and should not preside over a fraud lawsuit involving Trump University.  

Trump maintains Curiel should step aside because his parents are Mexican, even though he was born in Indiana.  

McConnell dismissed claims that the GOP is defending a racist candidate. McConnell says while the likely Republican presidential nominee is not a perfect candidate, he'd rather work with Trump than Democrat Hillary Clinton.





Today's (Monday's) regular scheduled 10AM outdoor siren test will be conducted Tuesday due to scheduled maintenance.    


Tuesday's Time is to be determined by work completion, according to Mike Keltner, Adair Co. Emergency Management Director.






Two area Fair's are underway... the Russell & Taylor County Fairs.


The 2016 Taylor County Fair is underway through June 11th.


Events for Monday, June 6
8:00 PM -- Pre Teen and Teen Pageants

Admission to the Fair is $10 and will include unlimited rides and shows. On Tuesday June 7th Family Night will return with admission just $8 per person.




The Russell County Fair is also underway through June 11th.


Monday, June 6th

5:00 PM      Championship Mule Pull  & Draft Horse
6:00 PM      Kissel Rides Opens
6:00 PM      Laser Tag
7:00 PM      Truck & Tractor Pull


Gate admission Monday through Saturday will be $10 and includes all rides and attractions.





The Columbia City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, June 6th at 6pm in City Hall.

Items on the agenda include:


2.    Motion to approve the purchase of a new recorder for the Adair County 911 Center.
3.    Mary Anne Loy, Chairperson of the Sidewalk Committee will give an Update on the Current Project
4.    1st Reading of An Ordinance amending the City of Columbia Annual Budget for Fiscal year (7/01/15) through (6/30/16).

- Mayor's Announcments
- Council Comments


The meeting is open to the public. And of course Mayor Hardwick will join Lisa on the Hot Country Morning Show Tuesday at 7:30am to discuss actions taken at Monday evenings meeting.





Three men were shot on Boatman Road in Barren County Saturday evening  just after 5:00 p.m.

According to Kentucky State Police Post 3's Public Information Officer, Trooper B.J. Eaton, three men were all at one home at 1199 Boatman Road and got into a confrontation outside. It was determined that they were not the owners of the property. 

The cause of the confrontation is unknown, but it escalated to the point of gunfire, with all three men sustaining gun shot wounds.

Two of the men drove to a separate home at 733 Boatman Road and called 9-1-1 and waited for medical help outside.

All three men were transported to the Medical Center in Bowling Green where two were treated for non-life threatening injuries and the other man was transferred to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. His condition is not known.

The investigation is still ongoing.  No arrests have been made.





Kentucky State Police investigated an injury collision involving a Greensburg fire truck on Columbia Highway west of Greensburg today at 5:45pm.  


Preliminary investigations indicate 21-year old Jared Kelly of Greensburg was operating a 1995 Ford Fire Truck on Columbia Highway.  Kelly was responding to a business fire on J.T. Jefferies Road, when he left the roadway and overturned onto Edmonton Road.  

Kelly was air lifted to University of Louisville Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  


Speed was said to be a factor in the collision.  


Sr. Trooper Boston Hensley investigated the collision.  Sr. Tpr Hensley was assisted at the scene by Green County Fire, EMS, Sheriff’s Office, Greensburg Police, Air Evac 43 and the Kentucky Highway Department.





During the month of May 2016, there were 20 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.


There were three fatal collisions during the month of May in the Post 15 area:

  • Carla Monday, age 55 of Casey County was killed on 05/10/16 in Taylor Co.
  • David Bryant, age 62 of Casey County was killed on 05/25/16 in Casey Co.
  • Ina Cochran, age 47 of Russell County was killed on 05/25/16 in Taylor Co.


This brings our yearly fatality count to 10 compared with 16 through this same period in 2015.

Statewide fatality count stands at 278 compared with 267 through this same period in 2015.


During the month of May 2016, there were 1154 citations written, 114 courtesy notices written, 1824 vehicles inspected, 689 complaints answered, 79 motorists assisted, 60 criminal cases opened and 215 criminal arrests made.







Joined by more than 400 students, teachers and local leaders at Russell County High School, Gov. Matt Bevin and Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner today announced the launch of the Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship Program. Starting next school year, this statewide program provides funds for dual credit scholarships for all 173 school districts. For the first time in the state’s history, the scholarship funds will pay for dual credit opportunities for every Kentucky senior at no cost to the student for the 2017 and 2018 school years in approved courses.


"This program is a key step in transforming our approach to true workforce development," said Gov. Bevin. "In Kentucky, we intend to have the most well prepared, well educated and workforce ready young adults anywhere in America."


"This program and others will be funded by applying 100 percent of the lottery proceeds to their stated goal of funding education. In recent years, these funds have been misappropriated for other purposes. While I am governor, that practice of robbing our children's education funds will cease," Gov. Bevin continued. "We intend to spend the taxpayers' money in a more prudent, ethical and transparent manner than has been the case in recent years. Our students and everyone else in Kentucky will be better off for it."





Ky. Govenor Matt Bevin was in the area today....at Russell Co. High School to make a special announcement concerning a Dual Credit program which allows students to earn high school and college credit for the same course simultaneously at no additional cost to the student. Gov. Bevin says this has never been offered before in Ky. and $15 million was devoted to kick off the program. 


The Governor says he's excited that his administration is making transformative differences.  WAIN News complimented Governor Bevin on not having any gray hair...yet.  The Governor even complimented 93.5 Hot Country. To hear comments from Governor Bevin, be listening to WAIN Local News at 4:33pm this afternoon and on the Hot Country Morning Show on Thursday.






A Jefferson County man was flown to the U of L Hospital after following over a bluff while attempting to elude police. The male (along with 2 female passengers) were arrested on drug charges.


Early this morining (Wednesday, June 1) at  2:48 a.m., Columbia Police Officer Josh Brockman, Ofc Johnny Dial and Deputy Justin Cross responded to a complaint of a suspicious vehicle in the Green Hills area of Columbia. Ofc Brockman located a 2002 Honda operating with no headlights leaving a residence and conducted a traffic stop.


During the investigation, officers observed the odor of marijuana in the vehicle and the occupants appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicating substance. Officers also learned that 30 year old Dale Shibley of Louisville had 4 outstanding warrants for his arrest.  As officers attempted to place him under arrest, a scuffle ensued and Shibley fled on foot. The foot pursuit crossed a large hay field then entered into the woods. The pursuit came to an end when Shibley ran off a 20 foot high bluff and landed on a bank next to Sulphur Creek. Officers had to go a distance downstream to find a place to climb down and wade upstream back to Shibley's location.  Adair EMS employee Lee Powell came down the bluff and immobilized Shibley to reduce any more potential injury and stood by him, monitoring him for aprox an hour till more help arrived.  With Assistance from Adair EMS,  the Breeding Volunteer Fire Department technical rescue team and Adair County Emergency Management Director Mike Keltner, officers were able to safely bring Shibley back to the top of  the bluff.


Shibley was transported to TJ Health Columbia then air lifted to the University of Louisville Hospital. He was arrested by CPD Ofc. Josh Brockman on charges of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphenalia, Resisting Arrest, Escape 3rd Degree, Fleeing and Evading Police 2nd degree, Wanton Endangerment and Possession of Marijuana. In addition to his Adair County charges, outstanding warrants from Jefferson and Bullitt Counties were served on Shibley.


Two female passengers, 28 year old Kathleen Robbins and 25 year old Amber Smith both of Louisville, Ky. were charged with Public Intoxication and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


An undetermined amount of methamphetamine and a sum of cash were located in the vehicle.


Officer Brockman was assisted by Officer John Dial and Deputy Justin Cross. Officer Charles Greer, Deputy Josh Durbin and Constable Jason Rector responded from their homes to assist as well.


Shibley is still at U of L and is being treated for a fracture in his back. Shibley is still in custody with CPD Ofc Drew Conn standing watch at the hospital.






Governor Matt Bevin will be at the Russell County High School Natatorium/Auditorium Complex today (Wednesday) at 10amCT, to make an announcement about Dual Credit Scholarships forthe state.


Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner, Kentucky Labor Cabinet Commissioner Secretary Derrick Ramsey, Stephen Pruitt with the Kentucky Department of Education, Dr. Carl Rollins who is the Director of the Ky. Higher Education Assistance Authority, Representative Jeff Hoover, State Senators Chris Girdler and Max Wise are expected at the event.




This year marks the 63rd annual WHAS Crusade for Children fund drive.  The Columbia-Adair County Volunteer Fire Department will be out at their normal locations at the following times:


Friday, June 3rd --  3pm-8pm all locations
Saturday, June 4th --  8am-2pm all locations
Sunday, June 5th -- 6pm at the Charles Sparks Reflection Park in Campbellsville, Ky. to give totals and turn in money. The event will be aired on WBKO Channel 13 live


The Department and the County raised over $38,000 dollars last year and they would like to remind everyone that every dollar contributed comes back to the Adair County School System or Adair County Children through Kosair Charities. If anyone has any questions, call James Mauldin at 270-634-2463.




The Adair County Clerk’s Office will be closed today (Wednesday) from 12:30 p.m.to 2:30 p.m. for the funeral of Mr. Hal Johnson, beloved father of Adair County Deputy Clerk Becky Rogers.






The Adair Co. Hospital District and Adair Co. Public Hospital District Corp. Board of Trustees will meet this evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Adair Annex on the Public Square in Columbia.


Regular Meeting Agenda

1.    Call to Order:  Neal Gold, Chairman

2.    Approval of Minutes:  Regular Scheduled Meeting May 3, 2016
3.    CFO Report: David Hayes
        a. Financial update
        b. Approval of Bad Debts for Collections

4.    Administrator Report: Neal Gold

5.    Executive Session: KRS 61.810(1)(C) - Discussions of proposed or pending litigation against or on behalf of the District regarding the Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

6.    Action on any Executive Session decisions if needed.

7.    Adjourn





When summer's arrival comes increased risk of Zika virus in Kentucky.  

UK Healthcare officials say to date no cases of Zika have originated in the U.S., but that could change during the summer mosquito breeding season.  

The best way to protect yourself against Zika is to prevent mosquito bites by wearing long-sleeve shirts and long pants, making sure screens are secure on doors and windows, and eliminating mosquito breeding spots where water becomes stagnant.  

People may also be at risk in summer vacation spots like Florida and Texas where mosquitos are in greater numbers.  

The biggest concern about Zika continues to be how it affects children whose mothers contracted the virus during pregnancy. 


The Lindsey Wilson baseball team was able to hold off a late-charging Auburn-Montgomery (Ala.) squad in a wild 15-12 win to keep their season alive at the Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series on Monday afternoon.

Lindsey Wilson now faces either Tennessee Wesleyan or Bellevue in an elimination game today at 2 p.m. CT.


Campbellsville University men’s basketball coach Keith Adkins resigns after 19 years.

Director of athletics Rusty Hollingsworth made the announcment today.

Adkins has been the head coach for the previous 16 out of 19 years.. During his tenure, the Tigers have gone 322-204, won two Mid-South Conference Tournament championships, two MSC regular season titles and reached the NAIA Fab Four twice – the last coming this past year.

Adkins was a two-time MSC Coach of the Year (2006 and 2015) and had 41 All-MSC selections in his 16 years.

The men’s basketball program will now be in search of its seventh coach in history.

Adkins was the fourth-longest tenured coach in Campbellsville history behind NAIA Hall of Famer Donna Wise (32 years), Lou Cunningham (26) and current head baseball coach Beauford Sanders (26).


The Columbia Fire Dept. assisted with a house fire in Campbellsville last Thursday, May 26, 2016.

The fire occurred at approx. 4:00 p.m. ET.  Campbellsville-Taylor E-911 received a call of a reported house fire at 114 Oak Street. The home, owned by Allen and Angie Johnson, sustained heavy fire and smoke damage on the first and second floor. The fire is believed to have started from a lighting strike. Fire units were on the scene for about 3 hours.

Assisting agencies included:

Taylor County Volunteer Fire Department: 1 Engine
Columbia Fire Department: 1 Aerial Apparatus, 5 Firefighters
Greensburg Fire Department: 1 Engine, 7 Firefighters
City of Campbellsville Police
Campbellsville-Taylor County EMS


 FRI. MAY 27

An Adair County Grand Jury has returned indictments against several individuals.

  • Nicholas D. Lofton age 34 of Columbia -- Indicted on 4 counts of Trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine) firearms enhanced. 

  • Curtis E. Hadley age 41 of Columbia -- Indicted for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 

  • Ashley S. Turner age 30 of Columbia -- Indicted for Trafficking in a controlled substance, drug unspecified 

  • Jason D. Stayton age 32 of Liberty -- Indicted for Possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), Possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree (drug unspecified). 

  • Nathan J. Bradshaw age 28 of Columbia -- Indicted for Failure to comply with sex offender registration and for being a Persistent felony offender.

  • Andrew R. white age 26 of Columbia -- Indicted for Possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (methamphetamine) and Possession of drug paraphernalia. 

  • Kendal Sanders age 21 of Columbia -- Possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (methamphetamine) and for Possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Jason B. Morgan age 26 of Columbia -- Indicted for Custodial interference and for beta persistent Persistent felony offender.

  • Trent Pursiful age 20 of Fort Campbell -- indicted for Speeding, Reckless driving, Fleeing or evading police. 

  • Jonathan T. Hadley age 33 of Columbia -- indicted for Criminal abuse 1st degree and for being a Persistent felony offender. 

  • Ashley K. Corbin (also known as Ashley Harris) age 26 of Columbia --   indicted for Criminal abuse 2nd degree.

  • Jeremy Janes age 19 of Columbia -- indicted for Assault, 2nd degree.

  • Adrian E. Stotts age 34 of Columbia -- indicted for Burglary 3rd degree, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition over $500 but under $10,000, and Criminal mischief 3rd degree.

  • Jeffery E. Wright age 42 of Columbia -- Indicted for Theft by unlawful taking or disposition, under $500 - shoplifting; Giving a peace officer a false name or address; Fleeing or evading police and for.being a Persistent felony offender.

  • Michael F. Harris of Knifley -- indicted for Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, 1st offense, Fleeing or evading police, 1st degee, Fleeing or evading police, 2nd degree, Leaving the scene of an accident, Criminal mischief 3rd degree, and Operating a motor vehicle while license was revoked or suspended for driving under the influence.

  • Charles E. Childers age 63 of Columbia -- Charged with 3 counts of Trafficking in a controlled substance, 2nd degree, 2nd offense, drug unspecified 

  • Samuel J. Hatfield age 34 of Columbia -- Indicted on 3 counts of Trafficking in a controlled substance, 2nd degree, drug unspecified 

  • Jerome A. Burton age 42 of Columbia -- Charged with 3 counts of Trafficking in a controlled substance

  • Kemet I. Rufus age 22 of Columbia -- Trafficking in a controlled substance, 2nd degree, 1st offense

  • Jeffrey L. Schorman age 54 of Columbia -- Trafficking in a controlled substance, 2nd degree, 1st offense, less than 20 dosage units - drug unspecified

  • Sandy J. Curry age 30 of Columbia -- Trafficking in a controlled substance, 2nd degree, 1st offense, drug unspecified

  • Anita D. Popplewell age 40 of Jamestown -- Trafficking in a controlled substance (drug unspecified)

We remind our listeners that an indictment is only a legal accusation and does not determine guilt or innocence.


The Adair County Board of Elections conducted a recanvass of the 2016 May Primary for the Democratic Presidential Candidates this morning and according to Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer, there was no change in the vote todtal. The recanvass was mandated according to KRS.


A fatal collision occurred Wednesday night in Casey County; KSP say alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

According to KSP Trooper Jason Warinner, the accident occurred at approximately 9:00 PM EDT 6 miles west of Liberty on KY 70.

62-year-old David Bryant of Liberty, Ky. was operating a westbound 2005 Ford pickup when he crossed the center-line and struck an eastbound 2008 KIA operated by 19-year-old Madison Dobson of Campbellsville.  Dobson's vehicle then collided with a guardrail.  Bryant's vehicle continued traveling west and collided head-on with an eastbound 2008 Chevy operated by 36-year-old Jeremiah Cooper of Everson, Washington.

Bryant was pronounced dead at the scene by the Casey County Coroner and was not wearing a seat-belt.  An autopsy will be performed today at the State Medical Examiner's office.  Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor.  

Dobson was transported to Ephraim McDowell in Danville. She was wearing a seat-belt.  

Jeremiah Cooper and his wife Stephanie Cooper were airlifted to the UK Hospital.  The couples 4-year-old child  was released to the care of a family friend by social services.  The Coopers were wearing seatbelts and the child was in a child restraint device.  

Tpr. Warinner was assisted at the scene by the Casey County Sheriff's Department, Rescue Squad, EMS, Coroner and the Clementsville Fire Department.  The investigation is ongoing.  


 WED. MAY 25

Gasoline prices are on the rise in Kentucky, averaging $2.33 a gallon. That's almost 20 cents higher than last month.  

GasBuddy senior analyst Patrick DeHaan there's a "good possibility" the prices will continue rising with the approach of Memorial Day.  

The good news? Gas prices are down more than 33 cents over the same time last year. 


The Adair County Fiscal Court will hold a Special Called meeting on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 10amCT, in the basement of the Adair County Annex.

Items on the agenda include: Disbursements (a bill for the purchase of a Mac Truck), Budget transfers; Approval to open a bank account for the Adair County ABC Commission; Appointment to the Water Board, Approval to advertise for bids for rock, blacktop, chip & seal, and concrete.

The meeting is open to the public.


The Adair County School Board will meet this evening (Thursday) at 6:00 p.m. for a Special Regular Board Meeting to be held at the Breeding Volunteer Fire Dept.    





































One person was flown to a Lexington hospital following a 2--vehicle crash Sunday afternoon in Casey County.

KSP Sgt. John Barnett is investigating a collision that occurred Sunday, May 22nd at approximately 1:50 PM EDT on KY 837.  46-year-old Georgia Hebert of Waynesburg, Ky. was traveling operating a 2006 Ford traveling south when she crossed the center-line and collided with a northbound 2016 Dodge Ram operated by 27-year-old Kevin Jones of Yosemite, Ky.

Hebert was airlifted to the UK Medical Center.  A passenger, 20-year-old Zachary Bailey of Walton, Ky. was not injured.  Both were wearing seatbelts.  Jones was belted and uninjured.


Dog and Kennel Licenses for 2017 are now available to purchase at the Adair County Clerk’s Office in the Adair Annex. Normal business hours are: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday’s 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A single dog license is $10 and a Kennel License (for more than 2 dogs) is $25. You do not have to purchase a Kennel License if you have 1 or 2 dogs.

Information needed:  Breed, Markings, Name of Dog and your personal information.

License become effective June 1, 2016 and runs through June 30, 2017.


Country legend Dolly Parton will stop at Centre College during her biggest tour in decades.  The show is scheduled for Tuesday, August 9th  at the Norton Center for the Arts.

This won't be her first show at the school. The singer performed to a sold out crowd back in 2005.

Dolly Parton's "Pure & Simple" tour coincides with the summer release of her double-disc album. Tickets will be available June 6th.


One person has been arrested and more arrests are expected regarding a recent break-in at the home of a Russell Springs real estate agent

According to lakercountry.com, police arrested 24 year old Bryson McFall of Jamestown Thursday night and charged him with Burglary 1st degree as a result of the break-in last Sunday at the home of Tim Coffey, located on Roy Drive in Russell Springs. Coffey reported the break in to local authorities Sunday afternoon after reportedly returning home and discovering approximateltvy $20,000 in cash and some guns had been taken from his residence.

On Thursday night, Russell Springs police executed a search warrant at an apartment in Jamestown reportedly occupied by McFall. He was arrested on several charges including burglary and possessgion of a controlled substance. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. Russell Springs Police say more arrests are expected  and the investigation is ongoing.


As of 9:05amCT, Friday, May 20, 2016 the boil water advisory for customers from Coomer's Trading Post on Fairplay Road to 2432 Fairplay Road, Loy Cemetery Road, Johnson School Road, Old Johnson School Road and Coomer Drive8592 HWY 55 South Road to 10365 HWY 55 South Road has been lifted by the Division of Water. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.


Adair County ABC will be accepting alcohol sales license and/or permit applications beginning Monday, May 23, 2016 by appointment.  Anyone wishing to apply, needing instructions or assistance may make an appointment by contacting the Adair Co. ABC Office at 270-384-4703 or they may stop by the office located inside the Annex Monday-Friday 8-4 cst.  
Applications may be reviewed or printed by following the link below.    
Shannon Sexton
Adair County ABC Chief Investigator

Anyone wishing to apply for a City of Columbia alcohol license, other than a Quota Retail Package License, may begin doing so on Monday, May 23, 2016, by appointment.  Please call City Hall at 270-384-2501 to schedule your appointment. - Rhonda Loy, City of Columbia, ABC Administrator


The third-seeded Lindsey Wilson baseball team used a walk off wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat top-seeded Georgia Gwinnett, 4-3, in the championship game of the NAIA Opening Round – Lawrenceville Bracket this (Friday) morning.

With the victory, the Blue Raiders earned a berth to the Avista NAIA Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho for the second-straight season. The Avista NAIA World Series begins on May 27.

Following their loss in the first game of the NAIA Opening Round – Lawrenceville Bracket, the Blue Raiders won five-straight elimination games to earn a bid into the Avista NAIA World Series.

The Avista NAIA World Series begins on May 27 in Lewiston, Idaho and the event runs through June 3.


Guns and Donald Trump are the big draw for the NRA Annual Meetings. 

GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump will address the convention Friday afternoon in Freedom Hall. Attendees we talked to were largely behind Trump but want to hear more on his gun and foreign policies.  

Trump won't have a completely sympathetic audience as one man said he was Marco Rubio supporter but would "vote for the devil himself if he was a Republican" if the choice if between Trump and Hillary Clinton.  

The main attraction is the exhibit hall with all the major gun manufacturers represents a display that most attendees plan to swing through.  

As for the perception of the NRA, convention goer says the group gets a bad rap and is truly a group of law abiding citizens.


Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is turning attention to the potential of growing hops in the bluegrass state.  

Quarles says the state is having discussions with the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University to study the viability of hops production.  

He says a growing craft brewery sector has created a market for Kentucky-grown hops. He says Kentucky's number of craft breweries has grown more than 600 percent in the past five years.


Statement from PAC Chair Shannon Sexton

On behalf of PAC, we are very disappointed with the magistrates decision this morning to exclude Sunday sales in the County.  The people spoke on March 22.  We chose progress and opportunity.  Today 4 magistrates continued to hold us back. We want to thank Magistrates Hadley, Caldwell, Flatt and CJE Stephens for standing up for the people of the county and attempting to carry out the wishes of the majority.   

We would also like to applaud the Columbia City Council for their eagerness and drive to do what is right for the people of Columbia economically.  We are excited to see what's on the horizon for our city.  In a few months we'll look back and say - this is what government looks like when they do what is right for the people they represent.  

In regards to those county businesses that will be forced to request annexation into the city, those that will not be able to compete on Sunday and those that have now decided Adair Co. is not a location welcoming to new businesses because we lack a free and fair market - please know we worked tirelessly for you.  We will continue to work for the people of this county in the coming months and years.  Holding back the will of the people is like trying to hold back the ocean - at some point the ocean will overcome the barriers holding it back if enough momentum is behind it.  We aim to gain momentum.  

Thank you,
Shannon Sexton - PAC Chair


A Boil Water Advisory is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers starting at Coomer's Trading Post on Fairplay Rd. to 2432 Fairplay Rd., Loy Cemetery Rd., Johnson School Rd., Old Johnson School Rd. and Coomer Drive. The advisory was issued at 10:00 a.m. Thursday due to an emergency repair.

Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for three minutes before using. For more info. call 270-384-2181.


A Taylor Co. man has been arrested for Rape & Unlawful Transaction with a Minor.

According to the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office, 37 year old William Wooley was arrested at 11:00 a.m.ET on Thursday after an investigation into the Rape of a 14 year old child. The investigation revealed that Wooley had been involved in a relationship with a 14 year old minor female. During the relationship it was determined that Wooley had sexual intercourse with the minor.

Wooley was arrested and charged with Rape 3rd degree, Unlawful Transaction with a Minor 1st degree and lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center. Brian Pickard and Robbie VanCleave with the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office are the investigating officers.


The Adair County Fiscal Court approved 2nd reading of the County's ABC Ordinance at a special called meeting this morning (Thursday), however there will be NO alcohol sales on Sunday in the County.

The vote was 5 to 3 with Judge Stephens and magistrates Terry Hadley and Greg Caldwell in favor of Sunday sales. Voting no were magistrates Harold Burton, Daryl Flatt, Sammy Baker, Perry Reeder and Billy Dean Cofffey.  


The vote to allow alcohol to be sold in restaurants on Sundays also failed as the vote was 4 to 4 with court members voting the same except this time Magistrate Daryl Flatt voted in favor of restaurant sales on Sunday. When there is a tie vote, the motion fails.

Judge Stephens tells WAIN News that this is an economic issue. He says the County can offer incentives to potential future businesses like no occupational license, no payroll tax and no insurance fee that the City has. However, some of those businesses will locate in the City if they want to sell alcohol on Sunday.

In other action at todays meeting, the Court gave authorization to pay a 2016 statement for the Division of Forestry and authorization for Treasurer transition training.

According to PAC (Progress in Adair County), alcohol sales should begin in the County sometime in July if everything goes as planned.


The Columbia City Council gave second reading to the City's ABC Ordinance on Wednesday at a special calling meeting.

The Ordinance establishes alcohol sale regulations in city limits and sets sale hours. The city ABC Ordinance does allow for Sunday sales from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m.

In other action, City Clerk Rhonda Loy was named the interim ABC administrator who is in charge of enforcing the city's ABC ordinance and accepting local applications.

According to PAC (Progress in Adair County), alcohol sales should begin sometime in July if everything goes as planned.

The Adair County Fiscal Court will hear 2nd reading of the County's ABC Ordinance at a special called meeting this morning (Thursday) at 9am in the Adair Annex basement meeting room.

Also on the agenda is authorization to pay a 2016 statement for the Division of Forestry and authorization for Treasurer transition training. As WAIN news reported last week, County Treasurer Barry Corbin has resigned his part time job as Treasurer    and has been hired by the Court as full time Treasurer.

The meeting is open to the public.