LOCAL NEWS

Local News -- Thurs. Aug. 27

 

The School Tax Rates for FY 2015-16

The Adair Co. School Board met in special session this morning (Thursday) and voted to set the 2015-2016 tax rate at 51.5 cents  per hundred dollars for real estate and personal property, plus the .2 cents for exonerations (prior year loses), for a total of 51.7 cents per hundred dollars. The total increase was two percent.


The board voted to leave the following rates unchanged:

-motor vehicle rates at 56.3 cents per hundred
-utilities 3 percent
-aircraft, exempt
-water craft 51.7 cents per hundred
- cable, 3 percent

 

 

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The Grand Champion Country Ham was auctioned for $400,000 at the Kentucky State Fair.  
 
According to our state-wide news affiliate, Kentucky News Network, the winning bidder is Republic Bank. CEO Steve Trager says the money will be donated to charity.  
 
The ham was produced by Father's Country Hams in Muhlenberg County. It weighs 14 pounds.  Last year, the grand champion ham was auctioned for a record $2 million.  

 

 

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Three members of the Kentucky Fairness Campaign were taken into custody during a silent protest at the Kentucky Farm Bureau's Country Ham Breakfast.  
 
The group paid for breakfast, then after the invocation, they stood in silent protest of Farm Bureau's lobbying stance on several controversial issues.  
 
The protesters were arrested for "failure to disperse" and forcibly removed from the breakfast by Kentucky State Police troopers.  
 
The Farm Bureau Policy Manual, which is given to Kentucky legislators, is not distributed to policyholders according to the ACLU. These policies include opposition to same-sex marriage, opposition to minimum wage increases, opposition to collective bargaining for teachers, and support of capital punishment.  
 
The ACLU says most people believe they are just buying insurance from Farm Bureau when in reality they are also assessed a fee to cover the cost of lobbying. 

 

 

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

 

      (1)   TAX HEARING DISCUSSION
      (2)   APPROVAL OF TAX RATES FOR 2015-2016           
      (3)   APPROVAL OF BG-5 FORM FOR CAREER READINESS CENTER

 

 

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Adair Co. Band Director Tom Case, along with band booster Shamarie Harper, will be in our studios at 7:15 a.m. Friday morning to talk about the Mark Twain Band Fest that's coming up this Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 at Booster Field at Adair Co. High School.

 


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Beginning this Friday, August 28, 2015 the first of four new ramps at the Louie B. Nunn/Cumberland Parkway Interchange in Russell County will open to traffic.

 

Westbound Louie B. Nunn/Cumberland Parkway traffic wanting to exit onto U.S. 127 in Russell Springs (Exit 62) will begin using the newly constructed exit ramp. Motorist will no longer travel underneath the U.S. 127 overpass and use the current exit ramp. Traffic will now begin their exit from the Louie B. Nunn/Cumberland Parkway prior to reaching the U.S. 127 overpass.

 

All other ramps will remain the same at this time. Motorists are advised to use caution and pay close attention to signage. Traffic traveling the new exit ramp will now be making a left turn for southbound U.S 127 and a right turn for northbound U.S. 127. The new exit ramp will be in close proximity to the current temporary entry ramp for those entering the Louie B. Nunn/Cumberland Parkway westbound toward Columbia.

 

Motorists are reminded that speed limits are reduced along the Louie B. Nunn/Cumberland Parkway as well as U.S. 127 between mile points 17.1 – 18.1 and the Parkway remains reduced to one lane between mile points 61 – 63 both east and westbound. Expect flaggers and construction personnel to be working in close proximity to traffic flow. Appropriate caution is required. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.

 

 


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There will be “Special Called” Adair Co. Fiscal Court Committee meetings on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. The Solid Waste Committee will meet at 11:00AM, the Transfer Station Committee will meet at 11:30AM, and the Personnel Committee at 1:00PM.

 

All of these meetings will be held in the Adair County Annex Building in the office of Judge Exe Michael Lee Stephens.

 


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A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling ordering a Kentucky county clerk to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Will Clark reports...

 
According to the Kentucky News Network, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis had her attempt to appeal the ruling from District Judge David Bunning rejected by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Davis had been sued by two gay couples and two straight couple after she stopped issuing all marriage licenses in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same sex marriage in all 50 states. An attorney for Davis said he was disappointed in the ruling and that Davis could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. He said he did not know how Davis would react to the ruling.

 

 

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The leaders of Somerset, Ky. are being accused of mismanagement in a new audit.  
 
State Auditor Adam Edelen's report on Somerset found a city where rules were blatantly ignored and employees who spoke up faced retaliation. The report found the city had not competitively bid $280,000 in contracts and was hiring and paying personnel that had not been approved by the city council.  Edelen's report also found that a former city clerk discovered that the budget director took $3,000 from the city, using half of it to buy UK football season tickets.  


 
Edelen's report is being forwarded the Attorney General's office along with the Department of Revenue, Department of Labor, Department of Agriculture and the City Board for Ethics for review.

 

 

 

 

TUES

 

 

The Adair Co. Hospital District Board of Trustees will meet this evening at 6:30 p.m. at Westlake Regional Hospital.

 

AGENDA


1.    Call to Order:  Richard Grant, Chairman

2.    Approval of Minutes:      July 28, 2015

3.    Recommendations  from the Medical Staff:  Dr. Charles Giles, Chief of Staff
        a.     Credentialing

4.    Setting the Tax Rate

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

6.    Administrative Report:  Neal Gold, CEO

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

8.    Adjourn

 

 

 

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The host of Kentucky Sports Radio says he's being recruited to run for Congress in Kentucky's 6th District, a seat currently held by Republican Andy Barr.  


 
According to the Kentucky News Network, Jones met with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington earlier this summer.  


 
A Duke law school graduate, Jones has dabbled in politics by hosting a gubernatorial debate on his sports show and emceeing the Fancy Farm picnic.  Jones says he will make a decision about a Congressional run before the start of the college basketball season. 

 

Catch Matt Jones on Ky. Sports Radio on our sister station, WAIN AM 1270 each weekday from 9:00-11:00 a.m. CDT. You can also listen on-line at www.1270wain.com.

 


 

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A Russell County man was arrested in Adair Co. on Monday after a call to police by Probation & Parole.

 

The Adair County Sheriff's Office responded, at the request of local Probation and Parole, to a residence on Howard Samuels Rd about 10 miles south of Columbia. Upon arrival, officers observed 31-year-old Renney Dykes of Jamestown, Ky. in a vehicle on the property. Dykes was non-compliant by being at the residence and was initially taken into custody for Criminal Trespassing.

 

Following a search of Dyke's vehicle methamphetamine was discovered. Dykes was charged with Criminal Trespassing and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).

 

Dykes was lodged in the Adair County Jail. Deputy Justin Cross was the arresting officer.

 

 

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Ky. Attorney General Jack Conway will be in Columbia this evening (Tuesday).

 

Conway, the Democratic nominee for Governor of Kentucky, will be at the Hodge building located next to the Cranmer Dining Hall at Lindsey Wilson College at 7:00 p.m.CDT.

 

 

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The Kentucky Department of Highways will temporarily close KY 619 in Russell County at mile point 2.7, between the intersections of KY 832 and KY 379 starting today (Tuesday, August 25). The work is to replace a cross drain beneath the roadway.

Crews will close the roadway at approximately 7:00 a.m.CDT and re-open by approximately 3:30 p.m.CDT on Thursday. Signed detour routes will be posted.

Dial 511 or log onto http://511.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

 

 

 

MON.

 

 

An investigation by members of the Russell County Sheriff's Department, Russell Springs Police Department & Drug Enforcement Agency resulted in the seizure of approximately 7 ounces of "crystal methamphetamine" and two arrests around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday on West KY 80.

 

34-year-old Adam Van Fleet and 28-year-old Tabitha Morgan Van Fleet of  Dunnville, Ky. are both charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth) and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

A passenger in the vehicle, 27-year-old Heather Weddle, also of Dunnville, Ky. was charged with Public Intoxication and Possession of Controlled Substance relating to prescription pills.

 

Law enforcement officers involved in the investigation and arrests include Deputy Nick Bertram, Deputy Evan Burton & Det. Joey Hoover with the Russell County Sheriff's Department, Chief Joe Irvin, Sgt. Melissa Taylor and Officer Nathan Bradshaw of the Russell Springs Police Department and D.E.A. Agent Greg Bunch.

 

The investigation is ongoing.

 

 

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A bicyclist in Taylor County was killed in an accident on Friday afternoon.


46-year-old James Paiva was riding his bike on Highway 744 (Spurlington Road) at 3:43 p.m. EDT when he was hit by a car.

 

22-year-old Nicholas Larner of Campbellsville was operating a 1999 Audi.  Paiva and Larner were both traveling east. Witnesses at the scene say Paiva crested a hill and then came to a stop in the eastbound lane. When Larner crested the hill, he did not have the time to stop and struck Paiva, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The accident was investigated by the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office.

 

 


SAT. AUG. 22

 


New information has been released in connection with a shooting at Lake Cumberland, near Conley Bottom in Wayne County on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015.


The Wayne County Sheriff said it appears to have been an "accidental shooting. Investigators said out of nowhere, a woman was shot in the shoulder around 2 p.m. and had to be flown to the University of Kentucky hospital to be treated.

 

The Wayne County Sheriff said the victim is doing fine and is expected to make a full recovery.

 

 

 FRI. AUG. 23

 

Three juveniles were injured after a single vehicle collision Thursday morning in Columbia.

At 7:22 a.m. the Columbia Police Department was dispatched to the accident on Bomar Heights in the limits of Columbia.

The driver, 17 year old Autumn Bennett of Columbia, Ky. lost control of her 1998 Toyota 4 Runner, left the right side of the roadway and struck an earth embankment causing the auto to go airborne. The vehicle came back onto the roadway where it overturned and landed in its upright position.

 Autumn Bennett was partially ejected. Bennett, along with two passengers 15-year-old Charity Bennett and 16-year-old Olivia Bair of Columbia, Ky. were treated at the scene by Adair EMS and transported to Westlake Regional Hospital for additional care.

CPD Officers Josh Brockman and Charles Greer are continuing the investigation.


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Two Pulaski County men were arrested just before midnight Wednesday (August 19th) in Russell Springs after an investigation into “meth trafficking” by the Russell County Sheriff’s Department.

Jamie Burton, age 40, of Nancy, Ky. was arrested and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree—over 2 grams of Methamphetamine while possessing a firearm. Burton is also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia for having in his possession several small zip-lock baggies, a glass smoking pipe and a set of digital scales.

Mitchell Blevins, age 44, of Somerset, Ky. is charged with Conspiracy to Traffic in a Controlled Substance 1st Degee—Methamphetamine.

The two were arrested on Maple Street in Russell Springs by Sheriff Clete McAninch, Deputy Mark Cromwell and Det. Joey Hoover and Russell Springs Police Officer Jeremy West after approximately 7 grams of “crystal meth” was found inside Blevins’ car during the investigation.

Both men were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

 


THURS.

 

Columbia Police Department officers recently completed a training on the MILO training simulator (multiple interactive learning objectives). The training equipment is provided by the Kentucky League of Cities to help enhance the training of officers who work under KLC representation.

 

Columbia Police have participated in the program for many years and Chief Jason Cross has worked to secure Columbia as a host site for the training. The Department has had officers from Liberty, Russell Springs, Jamestown, Burkesville, Albany and Greensburg in the past travel to Columbia for the training.

 

The training is very beneficial and reverses the direction and puts the learning on the officer. He or she has to cognitively observe interpret and come up with a solution to respond to the event. Upon completion of each scenario there is briefing with the instructor for the officer to justify under KY law their actions of whether force was necessary and if so to what extent. The scenario's range from active shooters, traffic stops, domestic violence, patrol, warrant service , and dealing with diminished capacity people.

 

The department is required to complete three firearms trainings per year for officers to remain firearms certified. They allow the MILO system to account as one of those. In addition to this, Columbia Police Dept. officers do a daytime and nighttime qualification at the Adair County Sportsman Club.

 

 

WED.

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court and the Adair County Emergency Management Agency have recently updated the account with Emergency Communications Network, providers of the CodeRED high-speed notification solution, to provide the CodeRED Weather Warning service for the community.

 

CodeRED Weather Warning is an opt-in only weather warning product that taps into the National Weather Service’s Storm Based Warnings. CodeRED Weather Warning automatically alerts affected citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued. Calls are delivered so quickly they often arrive prior to any other public notifications, usually before television or weather radio broadcasts are aired, which will provide Adair County Residents extra time to prepare. Based on the National Weather Service’s polygon methodology, only citizens in the path of projected weather are contacted.

 

When residents enroll to receive CodeRED Weather Warning notifications, they can select the type of alerts they would like to receive, that include severe thunderstorm warnings, tornado warnings and flash flood warnings.

 

The CodeRED system provides Adair County officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire county.

 

To receive warning messages you must update your enrollment, simply log onto the Adair County website, http://www.myadaircounty.com/, and follow the link to the "CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment" page.  

 

If you are unable to obtain assistance from a family member or are without internet access you may call the Adair County 911 Center (270) 384-4760, Monday through Friday, (8AM-4PM) to supply their information over the phone.

 

 

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The Adair Co. School Board will meet for a Regular Board Meeting on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 at the Adair Co. Board of Education Conference Room at 6:00 p.m.

 


BOARD AGENDA


                                         
***Adair County Primary Center student will open the meeting with the Pledge
      of Allegiance***


  1.   APPROVAL OF AGENDA

  2.   APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
   

CONSENT AGENDA

  3.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES

  4.   APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT

  5.   APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS

  6.   APPROVAL OF BG-4 FOR CAREER READINESS CENTER PROJECT

  7.   APPROVAL OF BG-5 FOR CAREER READINESS CENTER PROJECT

  8.   APPROVAL OF TEMPORARY CONTRACT SPEECH THERAPIST SERVICES FOR
        ONE (1) DAY A WEEK TO COVER MATERNITY LEAVE/SICK LEAVE

  9.   APPROVAL TO WAIVE FEES FOR USE OF ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL CAMPUS
        FOR KODY’S 5K FUNDRAISER

10.   APPROVAL TO WAIVE FEES FOR USE OF ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL CAMPUS
        FOR GIRLS SCOUT TROOP 1089 5K FUN RUN/WALK

11.   APPROVAL OF 2% RAISE FOR 21ST CENTURY PROGRAM DIRECTOR/CAMP
        SAFARI DIRECTOR AS WAS PREVIOUSLY APPROVED FOR ALL DISTRICT
        EMPLOYEES

12.   ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION
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REGULAR AGENDA

13.   SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

14.   PUBLIC COMMENTS
        
15.   RECOGNITION OF THREE (3) ADAIR COUNTY STUDENTS THAT ARE MEMBERS
        OF THE SOUTHERN KENTUCKY USA SWIM CLUB

16.   APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Renae Smith

17.   BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – David Jones

18.   ENERGY REPORT UPDATE – John Shelley

19.   UDATE ON NEW BUS GARAGE CONSTRUCTION – Gabe Jones

20.   UPDATE ON STUDENT BOARD MEMBER FROM ADAIR COUNTY HIGH
        SCHOOL – Barbara Redmon

21.   LAKE CUMBERLAND FOUNDATION THROUGH LCADD PRESENTATION – Donna
        Diaz

22.   APPROVAL OF COACHING SALARY SCHEDULE WITH THE ASSISTANT
        ATHLETIC DIRECTOR STIPEND

23.   DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION OF TRANSFERRING INDIAN DRIVE
        AND BOOSTER DRIVE TO ADAIR COUNTY FISCAL COURT

24.   SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION FOR 2014-2015

25.   ADJOURNMENT

 

 

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A Russell County Sheriffs deputy and Russell Springs firefighter was killed in an accident in Clinton County on Monday afternoon.

 

Tpr. Jason Warinner is investigating the collision that occurred Monday, August 17th at approximately 1:00 PM CST, 1 mile south of Albany on US 127.  39-year-old Shawn Cook, of Jamestown, was operating a north bound 1993 Nissan pickup and was attempting to pass a northbound vehicle in front of him, pulling into the path of a south bound 2014 Freightliner dump truck and colliding head-on.  The dump truck was operated by 37-year-old Nathan Kidder, of Jamestown, TN.  

 

The 1993 Nissan motor became dislodged and fell into the north bound lane and was struck by a north bound 2002 Chevrolet pickup operated by 46-year-old Darrell Slaven of Whitley City, KY.  

 

Cook was pronounced dead at the scene.  There were no other injuries.  An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday at the State Medical Examiner's office.  

 

Tpr. Warinner was assisted at the scene by additional Troopers from Post 15, KSP CVE Region 2, Clinton County Sheriff's Department, Fire, EMS, Coroner's office and the Kentucky Dept. of Transportation.

 

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Bernard Funeral Home in Russell Springs and Kentucky State Police are investigating the accident.

 

 

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The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board recently approved $265,000 in Agricultural Development Funds for the 2015 Adair County Agricultural Investment Program (or known as CAIP) to be administered by the Adair County Cattlemen’s Association.  

 

This program is a 50% cost-share program with a maximum funding of $1,500 per farm operation.  CAIP is designed to provide farmers with incentives to allow them to improve and diversify their current production practices.  

 

Applications for the 2015 Adair County CAIP program will be available September 1 – September 15, 2015 at the Extension Office located at 409 Fairground Street in Columbia during regular business hoursFor information call 270-384-2317. 

 

 

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During the month of July 2015, there were 29 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 two fatal collisions during the month of July in the Post 15 area:

 

    Jessica Ann Kickasola, age 19 of Raywick, Ky. was killed on 07/23/15 in Marion Co.

    Tyler Brower, age 27 of Somerset, Ky. was killed on 07/26/15 in Adair Co.

 

This brings our yearly fatality count to 21 compared with 20 through this same period in 2014.

 

Statewide fatality count stands at 388 compared with 370 through this same period in 2014.

 

During the month of July 2015, there were 1088 citations written, 35 courtesy notices written, 1987 vehicles inspected, 702 complaints answered, 80 motorists assisted, 63 criminal cases opened and 284 criminal arrests made.

 

 

MON. AUG. 17

 

A  Russell Co. man has been charged with Burglary in connection with break-in of a church that occurred last month.

 

On Sunday, August 16, 2015, Deputy David Cain arrested 20-year-old Todd Lynch of Russell Springs, Ky. on a warrant charging Lynch with Burglary 2nd Degree.

 

The charge is in connection with a break-in at the Beckham Ridge Separate Baptist Church the weekend of July 10-12 during which several components of the church’s sound system were stolen. All items stolen from the church were recovered the morning of July 16th.

 

Lynch was taken into custody around 10:30 a.m. Sunday and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

 

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2 more Russsell Co. men were arrested over the weekend on drug charges.

 

On Saturday, August 15, 2015, at approximately 1:49 a.m. Deputy Evan Burton arrested two men on drug related charges during a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Jamestown Manor Apartments.

 

Tony Scales, 39, and Wayne Murrell, 35, of Russell Springs, Ky. are each charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree—Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance (30 pills), Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


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