Police are looking for a man who robbed a Campbellsville bank on Friday.
The Campbellsville Police Department responded to a reported robbery at the Forcht Bank at 1405 E Broadway. The suspect fled the bank with an undetermined amount of money before police arrived.
The suspect is described as a black male between 5-foot-6 and 5-10 with a slim build who was wearing a blue cap, blue shirt, dark jeans, dark sunglasses and a yellow reflective vest.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the CPD at 270-465-4121.
A Wayne County Deputy Jailer was arrested after deputies say he tried to help an inmate smuggle drugs into the jail.
32-year-old Dewey Burks is charged with Promoting Contraband, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance and Official Misconduct.
Sheriff's deputies say that inmate Charles Doan asked a friend to bring pills to the jail and give them to Deputy Jailer Burks.
Investigators say that they waited for Doan's friend to come to the jail and then they charged Burks and Doan.
Police arrested a Somerset man for breaking into an unoccupied home Saturday.
Officers recieved a call saying that 26-year-old Jonathan S. Whitaker was entering the back door of an unoccupied home.
Officers arrived on the scene and set up a perimeter to the situation continued until more officers arrived.
They say that with the help of Pulaski County Sheriff and Constable Units, officers deployed pepper spray into the attic where Whitaker was believed to be hiding. They say Whitaker eventually moved around in the attic and slipped through the ceiling. Officers pulled him down to safety.
During the investigation, officers say they determined he had just been released from the Pulaski County Detention Center about an hour before breaking into this home. He was in there for an unrelated charge of criminal trespass third degree.
Whitaker was also charged with burglary second degree, thefy by unlawful taking under $300 and resisting arrest. He was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.
Adair County has been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready community. The announcement was made Friday, August 19, 2016 by Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner.
The Work Ready Communities certification program assures employers that a local workforce has the talent and skills necessary to staff exisiting jobs and to master the innovative technologies new jobs will require.
Currently, 44 counties have been designated as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress because they are close to meeting the Kentucky Work Ready Community criteria. To achieve this level, a county must present a viable plan to meet all of the criteria within three years. The designation shows that a community is making strides and working with its business, education, workforce, and economic development leaders to set and meet common goals that will give the county an economic edge.
A Michigan man has been arrested in connection with possible heroin overdoses in the Campbellsville area.
On Wednesday, August 17th Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement (Special Investigatios West Branch) arrested 21-year-old Kewyone Roland of Detroit, Michigan for Trafficking In a Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense greater than 2 grams of heroin and for possession of marijuana. This arrest follows an investigation into possible heroin overdoses in the Campbellsville area this past week. The investigation continues and more arrests are expected. Campbellsville Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky State Police Special Operations K9, and KSP Post 15 assisted.
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by calling KSP toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Citizens can call to confidentially report impaired drivers or any criminal activity. You may also download the free KSP mobile phone app. The app provides quick, direct access to KSP including weather, road and traffic information as well as text, voice, and photo tip capabilites to report criminal behavior. The app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.
Anyone looking to start a new career in a high-paying, in-demand field is encouraged to register for Advanced Manufacturing Production Mig Welding class at Adair County High School. Running from Oct. 10 through Dec. 11, the evening class offers industry certification and five college credit hours for students that pass the course.
The course, which will be taught by instructors form Somerset Community College, costs $900 to register, and students are required to furnish their own helment, gloves, welding jacket, work boots, and safety glasses. The cost should not be considered an impediment, however.
"The Lake Cumberland Area Development District has money to help with equipment and tution", according to Supt. Alan Reed. While the school district receives no direct profit or benefit from the program, Reed says the opportunity to provide a needed community service is too good to pass up.
Reed says that the course is one of the best and easiest ways to obtain a great job in a short amount of time, especially considering the close ties the instructors have to local businesses.
The paperwork has also been simplified. Interested parties do not even have to apply directly to Somerset Communtiy College, but can instead fill out a simple one-page application to get started. 12 to 14 open spots are available, but not a lot of interest has been shown.
Classes run Monday through Thursday from 5-8 p.m. for nine weeks, starting Oct. 10, for 120 total instruction hours. To register and/or pay for the course, contact Valerie Hogan.
An appeal against a ruling dismissing a lawsuit filed by Chris Coomer and others against the Adair County Board of Elections was not filed in time to meet filing guidlines.
The original suit, filed by Coomer and three other Adair County residents, claimed the Wet/Dry Election was held too close to the Republican Cacus. Adair Circuit Judge Judy Vance dismissed the lawsuit on July 14, 2016.
Coomer's attorney, David Nunery, filed an appeal on Augst 11, 2016--28 days after the case dismissal.
Kentucky statute requires strict guidlines that must be accomplished wihtin 10 days after entry of the judgemnt:
1. The notice of appeal must be filed
2. A supersedeas bond executed
3. The Circuit Court record filed in the filed in the Court of Appeals
Failure to comply with the statute requires dismissal.
Coomer's attorney did not file notice of appeal within the 10 day time frame and the record has not been received by the Circuit Court Clerk. Furthermore, the Court is not aware of whether a supersedeas bond has or has not been filed within the 10 day time frame.
The appellants must show cause by August 28, 2016 as to why the appeal should not be dismissed due to failure to comply with the statute. If not, the case will be dismissed.
32 year old Margarito Segura of Campbellsville was traveling on Meadow Creek Rd. Segura dropped off the right shoulder of the roadway and over corrected causing the 1955 GMC SUV to cross both lanes of travel and strike a tree head on. Segura was transported by CTCEMS to Taylor Regional Hospital with a possible broken leg. Deputy Branden Wilson was on scene.
On August 19th, the Adair County Sheriffs Office responded to a 2-vehicle auto accident at the intersection of KY 55 S and HWY 704.
21 year old Sierra Miller of Columbia was operating a 1996 Toyota Camry traveling North on HWY 704 and failed to stop at a stop sign, traveling onto HWY 55 S striking another vehicle operated by 26 year old Jessica Murphy of Columbia.
4 passengers were in the Murphy vehicle: Derrick, Kevin, Tyler, and Seth Murphy all of Columbia. All subjects involved were treated on the scene by Adair County EMS and transported to TJ Health Hospital for injuries sustained.
Deputy Hitch is the investigating Officer. He was assisted on the scene by Columbia Police Department officers and other Emergency personnel.
The 2016 Mark Twain Pre-Season Exhibition, hosted by the ACHS marching band, will be held this Saturday, August 27 at Indian Field. Gate admission is $8.00 with a total of 18 bands scheduled to perform.
On Sunday, August 14th at approximately 8:20 p.m., the Adair County Sheriff's Office responded to a 2-vehicle accident near Keltner Rd on Hwy 55 north.
66-year-old Brenda Stephens of Columbia, Ky., along with a passenger Homer Stephens, was attempting a left turn on Keltner Rd. when a second vehicle operated by 23 year old Macey Crawhorn of Columbia, Ky., failed to notice Ms. Stephens attempting to turn and struck her in the rear.
Adair EMS responded and transported Macey Crawhorn to TJ Health Columbia for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident.
Deputy Hitch is the investigating officer. He was assisted at the scene by Kentucky State Police and the Columbia Police Department.
REMINDER TO PARENTS
The school year is off to a successful start in Adair County and teachers have planned for exciting and challenging experiences for their students. Many of those plans center on utilizing the district’s wealth of technology like never before.
As the district continues its shift away from textbooks—which quickly become outdated—in favor of online and digital resources that can be updated at a moment’s notice, it’s more important than ever for parents and guardians to sign the Student Acceptable Use Policy Agreement Form. “We have more than 1,000 Chromebooks and almost that many iPads in the district now,” Technology Director Carla Perkins says. “With all the technology we have and as much as our teachers incorporate this technology into their lessons, it’s essential that children and parents get the form signed and turned in so the student doesn’t fall behind.”
Students cannot access technology or use the internet at school until their forms are turned in. Teachers will provide internet safety training to all students who turn in their forms, as is required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
Students were provided forms at the beginning of the school year, but additional copies can be found on the district’s website (www.adair.kyschools.us, following the Technology Dept. link) or by requesting a physical copy from the student’s school.
KSP are investigating a fatal collision that occurred Friday night in Adair County that claimed the life of the driver.
Trooper Clint Bale is investigating the 1-vehicle account that occurred at approximately 11:49 PM CST at the intersection of Chestnut Corner and Sulpher Creek Road. The vehicle, a 1999 Honda 4-door, was traveling west on Chestnut Corner Rd when it left the roadway, traveled into a stream and struck a tree. The collision resulted in a fire and the operator was pronounced dead at the scene. According to an obituary from Grissom Martin Funeral Home, the driver was 21 year old Luis Fernando Medrano Alcaraz.
The collision remains under investigation.
KSP are investigating a shooting that occurred in Adair County over the weekend that left two men in a Louisville hospital.
Post 15 was called to the scene of a shooting at approximately 1:18 AM CST at 60 Burnett Road in the limits of Columbia on Saturday morning, August 13th. When investigators arrived, they found the owner of the residence, 22-year-old Christopher Janes, lying in the front yard of the residence with a gunshot wound to the head. 22-year-old Dustin Coomer, of Columbia, was found in an upstairs room of the residence with a gunshot wound to the upper torso. The two men had been involved in an argument that led to Janes shooting Coomer before turning the gun on himself.
Both men were transported to TJ Sampson Westlake Hospital and then transferred by helicopter to University of Louisville hospital. Coomer is listed in stable condition; Janes is listed in critical condition. Tpr. Nick Davis is investigating.
THURS. AUG. 4
A Green County man has been charged with Assault.
Lt. David Cain of the Russell County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a one vehicle wreck that seriously injured a Jamestown woman. The wreck occurred at 8:13 a.m. (Thursday, August 4th) about 5 miles south of Russell Springs.
Lt. Cain’s preliminary investigation determined 52 year old Teresa Smith lost control of her 1998 Pontiac Firebird while northbound on KY 619 resulting in the vehicle leaving the roadway, then overturning, coming to rest on its top in a creek. Smith was partially ejected from the vehicle.
After being freed from the wreckage by Russell County EMS & Jamestown firemen, Smith was airlifted to the U.K. Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.
(INDEPENDENT JOURNAL REVIEW) – On Tuesday, U.S. Marine veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Khan family and their fallen son, Humayan.
The way he did it — by directly challenging Donald Trump on the issue. Meyer tweeted: If Donald Trump wants to be the Commander in Chief, he needs to act like one. And that can't start until he apologizes to the Khans.
His tweet set the internet on fire. Just check out the reactions:
Following a 1-day trial, a Russell County man was convicted of Trafficking in Meth and for being a Persistent Felony Offender.
30 year old Roger Dean Weston of Jamestown was found guilty on Monday in Russell Circuit Court. The Jury deliberated less than half an hour and found Weston guilty of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree--Methamphetamine. The Jury then deliberated a second time, for about 10 minutes, and found him guilty of being a Persistent Felony Offender 2nd Degree. The Jury was instructed by Judge Vernon Minniard, Jr. that could affix his punishment from 5 to 10 years. After about 15 minutes in their final deliberation, the jury recommended Weston be sentenced to 8 years in prison.
The conviction was from an investigation by the RCSO that resulted in Weston being indicted for selling meth to a Confidential Informant on Dec. 23, 2015 in the parking lot of the Cumberland Lodge Motel in Russell Springs.
Weston's prior convictions that were part of the Persistent Felony Offender conviction on Monday included felony convictions of Burglary, Theft and Criminal Mischief in Clinton, Casey, and Russell coumties, all from December 2006.
Barren County may be the latest county to go wet.
They've officially announced they will have a wet/dry vote September 27.
The authors of the petition had to have 25 percent of qualified voters sign the petition to get it on the ballot.
A thorough review of each name on the petition ended up qualifying 2,817 people, and disqualifying 492.
Signatures were disqualified for reasons including not registered voters, not legible, and not residing in county.
The worlds longest yard sale officially begins today.
The 127 Yard Sale is the longest yard sale in the world. To be exact, it’s 690 miles long and the route travels through 6 states; Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. The majority of the route follows Highway 127 from Addison, Michigan in the north to Chattanooga, TN in the south. From Lookout Mountain, Georgia to Gadsden, Alabama the route switches to Lookout Mountain Parkway.
If you are going to participate in the yard sale or if you're a motorist on HWY 127 today thru Sunday, please use extra caution and allow for delays as there will be a lot of traffic on that highway as folks search for great bargains. For more info log on to 127yardsale.com.
A Casey County man was arrested after falsely reporting the murder of his family and causing a standoff situation.
According to the Lebanon Enterprise, law enforcement responded to a call on July 31st after a man claimed someone was shooting at him and killed his entire family at their home in Marion County.
31-year-old Ronnie D. Johnson of Liberty, Ky. was arrested and charged with falsely reporting an incident and for public intoxication. According to witnesses, Johnson wandered onto a nearby property on Rush Branch Road.
The home is owned by Marion County resident Jon Michael who told the paper that he and his husband, Charlie, saw Johnson stumbling up the driveway around 8 p.m. Johnson had a loaded gun.
While Charlie was on the phone with a 911, Michael approached Johnson and asked for the gun According to Michael, that’s when Johnson said, “He’s after me and he's already murdered my entire family.”
Michael managed to get the gun out of Johnson's hand and held him until police arrived. For the next hour, Michael said he and Charlie talked to Johnson and the 911 operator. The situation led to a standoff. Police blocked the road for 3 miles and brought in 10 SWAT officers.
Michael informed the 911 operator that he was armed and would exit the residence with his gun held above his head, not wanting to leave his guns in the house with Johnson. Once Michael and Charlie were safely out of the house, police discovered Johnson’s story was false and arrested him. The man Johnson claimed had killed his entire family was actually lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.
MON. AUG. 1
A Taylor Co. man has been arrested on drug charges and for assaulting a police officer.
25-year-old Colby Atwood of Campbellsville was arrested on Friday and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Possession of drug paraphernalia and Assault of a Police Officer.
Atwood was lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.
2 Taylor Co men were arrested over the weekend for Burglary and Robbery charges.
32 year old Rueben James Combs and 33 year old William Kenneth Graham were charged with 1st degree Robbery and Burglary 3rd degree.
Combs also charged with Failure to Appear; Graham was also charged with Flagrant non support.
Both men were lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.
FRI. JULY 29
"Creekside Barn" at 1181 Gradyville Club Rd in Adair Co. has filed an application with County Clerk Lisa Greer to operate a place of entertainment.
County Judge Executive Michael Stephens has set a hearing on this application for September 1st at 9:00 am at the Adair County Courthouse Annex Basement. Any person desiring to oppose the permit shall have filed in writing prior to the hearing date, allegations that show cause why the application should not be granted. The hearing is open to the public. Questions may be directed to the Adair County Judge Executive's Office during normal business hours.
According to Casey County 911, a motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Casey County.
The accident occurred Thursday night on KY-49 at Bryant Ridge Road. Officials say a car and a motorcycle were involved. According to the Casey County Coroner, the victim was 53 year old Kenny Beal of Liberty. It appears that Beal lost control of his bike in a curve before crashing into a Pontiac G6.
The Columbia City Council will meet in regular session on Monday August 1, 2016.
Items on the agenda are as follows:
1st Item: Motion to approve minutes of July 5, 2016.
2nd Item: Motion to approve minutes of July 19, 2016.
3rd Item: Motion to approve bid for HVAC at the Jim Blair Community Center, 901 Hudson Street.
4th Item: Brandon Thacker – Precision Concrete
Motion to Adjourn
THURS. JULY 28
An Adair County Grand Jury returned indictments against 8 individuals this week:
Carlos Ray Foster (12/15/1984), Donna Lane, Columbia, Ky. -- Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (more than 20 D.U.), drug unspecified, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon, Possession of Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine), Persistent Felony Offender, 2nd degree.
Joseph P. Baker (04/14/1987), Ed Erwin Road, Columbia, Ky. -- Possession of Handgun by Convicted Felon, Pssession of Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (methamphetamine), Operating a Motor Vehicle While under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs1st Offense, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (more than 20 D.U.) drug unspecified, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Persistent Felony Offender, 2nd degree.
Chris Stotts (08/29/91), Walking Horse Lane, Columbia, Ky. -- Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree.
Teddy D. Pyles (07/28/1988), Lakeway Apartments, Columbia, Ky. -- Flagrant Nonsupport.
Angela Estes (12/04/1969), J.C. Johnson Road, Columbia, Ky.-- Assault 4th Degree (2 counts), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree.
Sunni L. Lewis (10-12-1981), Yuma Trail, Georgetown, Ky. -- Custodial Interference.
Oba Z. Thompson (02/20/1988), Heather Lane, Columbia, KY. -- Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Greater than or equal to 2 GMS Methamphetamine), Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of Controlled substance 1st degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Firearms Enhancement), Possession of Marijuana (Firearms Enhancement), Persistent Felony Offender.
Tony Gregory (04/25/1964) Backwater Road, London, Ky. -- Burglary 1st Degree, Possession of Burglar's Tools, Impersonating a peace officer, resisting arrest, and Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree.
WED. JULY 27
A molasses tank blew up (or ruptured) at Burkman Feeds/M & W Milling on Short St. in Columbia, Ky. Tuesday night spilling 4,800 gallons of molasses that run across the roadway. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has been on the scene. The road was closed all night.
To hear comments from Adair Co. Emergency Management Dir. Mike Keltner on what happened, be listening to Hot Country Local News today at 12:05pm & 4:33pm.
Portions of Greensburg, Ky. had to be evacuated overnight due to a gas leak. News Director Daniel Leathers at Forcht Broadcasting station K-Country has details on today's local newscasts.
KSP Post 15 in Columbia is looking for a missing Monroe County man.
KSP are attempting to locate 56-year-old Randy H. Baughman of Fountain Run, KY. Baughman is a 6'1", 230 lb. white male with hazel eyes and gray hair. He was last seen operating a 2010 yellow Chevy Camaro with KY registration plate 572-KYA, on Friday, July 16th at the Bowling Green flea market.
If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Randy H. Baughman, please contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555, Facebook or through the KSP mobile app. Tpr. Jonathan Houk is investigating.
Kentucky is experimenting with industrial hemp - as dozens of farmers grow test plots covering 45-hundred acres.
While farmers in China and Europe have been growing hemp for decades and Canada legalized the crop in 1998, it last flourished in Kentucky during World War II. Its revival is now pinned on the tightly regulated pilot programs - including the 166 applications approved this year in Kentucky.
Kentucky's U-S senators are co-sponsors of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, which would remove the crop from the controlled substances list.
TUES. JULY 27
Letter from VFW Post Columbia 6097
It has been the pleasure and honor of the VFW to manage the County Fair and then provide the location for the Jaycees to manage it, when it became too much for us to handle as it should be. As with all things, time changes many things and we feel that that time for us to make a change is now. We would like to take this time to bring forward a few facts that pertaining to the selling of our property. Please remember we are a veterans organization, and this must be our first priority.
1. Our only income has been our lease payment from the Jaycees/Adair Co Fair Board and shortly after the 2013 Fair a well respected member of the Jaycees came to use with a warning about the financial stability of that organization. As this was our only income, we inquired if LWC was still interested in our property. When LWC replied that they were, we informed officers of the Fair Board that we were going to talk with Lindsey about this matter and also told them we would keep them updated, which we have.
2. The VFW purchased the property in 1946 and made a promise that it would be used for a County Fair for 50 years, this promise was fulfilled in 1996, then there has been another 20 years of fairs on this site.
3. In 1998 the VFW voted and presented to the Jaycees a proposal to sell them, the Jaycees, the property for a total of $80,000 and the VFW would carry the note at no interest with a minimum payment of $3,000 annually until the note was paid off. The Jaycees rejected the proposal. The property now is valued at 8-10 times that amount.
We are not anti County Fair, and hope the Fair Board can find an even better location and have great fairs in the future. By selling our real estate to Lindsey Wilson we have secured financial stability for our post for the next 200 years, and feel this is our responsibility as the current members of VFW 6097.
Members VFW Post 6097
An investigation by Deputy Ethan Pike has resulted in the arrest of a Russell County woman for growing marijuana.
Jennifer R. Dix, 41, of Jamestown, Ky. was taken into custody Monday afternoon (July 25) on a warrant obtained by Deputy Pike charging Dix with Cultivating Marijuana Over 5 Plants. Seputy Pike found 14 marijuana plants growing in Dix’s yard earlier this month.
Deputy Nathan Antle served the arrest warrant on Dix. She was processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
PRESS RELEASE FROM LWC
After several months of negotiations, a land exchange agreement was finalized Friday evening between Lindsey Wilson College and Columbia Properties of VFW Post 6097 Incorporated (VFW).
Under the arrangement, the VFW transferred the ownership of the fairgrounds property located at 411 Fairground Street to Lindsey Wilson College. In exchange, the College has agreed to construct an approximately 5,000-square-foot building on 2.3 acres of land within the Green Hills Subdivision in Adair County.
VFW post commander Joe Hare says this is good for all the veterans of Adair County and surrounding counties, as well as the community and Lindsey Wilson. “We hope to be a positive force in the community now that we are more financially secure,” said Hare. “We want to return it to the community all that we can.”
The transaction includes the relocation of the Veterans of Foreign Wars memorial monument that stands at the entrance of the property to the new location in Green Hills. The adjacent city park will also remain open for public use.
“This agreement protects the future of the VFW and the future of Lindsey Wilson, “ said Dr. L. Dean Adams, Lindsey Wilson Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management. “The VFW will be able to continue serving its constituents and the College can consider opportunities for expansion that were not previously available.”
Lindsey Wilson is still in discussion regarding long-term plans for the property. The immediate benefit will be practice fields for LWC athletic programs and intramurals. The fairgrounds have undergone significant improvements through the years. Lindsey Wilson is working with the Adair County Fair Association to ensure they have the opportunity to move the improvements from the property for use at their discretion.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with Lindsey. We could not have asked to be treated with anymore respect,” said Hare. “Our relationship from the time we started until today has been nothing but positive. Lindsey Wilson President William T. Luckey Jr. says this transaction will make a positive impact on the community.
“I want to thank the VFW members for their courage and foresight in reaching this decision starting from conversations that began over 15 years ago. I believe this agreement will make a positive impact in the life of the College and this community long after we leave this earth. I also want to thank Dr. Dean Adams and Vice President for Administration and Finance, Mark Coleman for representing the college so well during our conversations. It could not have happened without their leadership and guidance.”
Luckey said the agreement is a “big step toward the future” for Lindsey Wilson College and the Columbia-Adair County community. “Lindsey Wilson College has been a vital part of the Adair County community for the past 113 years. In fact, through the efforts of our Bonner Scholars, Camp Casey, Coats for Kids, Safe Halloween, Campus Kitchen, The Community Health Fair, our community Theatre Efforts, The Holloway Health and Wellness Center, Cranmer Dining Center and so much more, the relationship between the College and the community has never been stronger.”
The 20.3 acres of property was originally zoned as a subdivision complete with labeled streets and roads. The Columbia Fairgrounds Association of Adair County was established in March 1856 for a semi-annual agricultural fair. At least two fairs are thought to have taken place before the beginning of the Civil War. The Adair County Fair began in 1884 and is credited for a resurgence of the “fair spirit” in the region.
The agreement increases Lindsey Wilson’s land ownership to more than 240 acres which includes the A.P. White Campus, the Lindsey Wilson Sports Park and the Pines at Lindsey Wilson.
Sharon Burton, publisher of Kentucky’s statewide agricultural newspaper and a community weekly in her native Adair County, is the winner of the 2016 Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism by a Kentuckian.
Burton will receive the award Sept. 29 in Lexington, at the annual Al Smith Awards Dinner of the University of Kentucky’s Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
For more than 27 years, Burton has published The Farmer’s Pride, a newspaper for Kentucky farmers and other agriculture interests. For more than 14 years, she has published the Adair County Community Voice, a weekly paper that has frequently been cited on the Institute’s Rural Blog as an example of journalism that serves the public.
Burton grew upon a beef-cattle and tobacco farm in southwestern Adair County community of Sparksville. She earned a journalism degree from Western Kentucky University in 1983 and started The Farmer’s Pride in 1989. It and the Community Voice have won many journalism and public-service awards. She is a director of the Kentucky Press Association.
The Al Smith Award is named for Albert P. Smith Jr., who published newspapers in rural Kentucky and Tennessee, was founding producer and host of KET’s “Comment on Kentucky,” and federal cochair of the Appalachian Regional Commission. He was the driving force for creation of the Institute, and headed its national advisory board for many years. He remains active as chairman emeritus.
MON. JULY 25
A Russell Springs woman was seriously injured when she was forced out of a moving vehicle.
Deputy Ethan Pike continues to investigate the incident which occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. Saturday (July 23) near the Dollar General Store on KY 910.
Deana Kerns, age 28, of Mt. Olive Road, Russell Springs, was transported by Russell County EMS personnel to the Russell County Hospital and then airlifted to the U.K. Medical Center in Lexington for treatment of numerous injuries.
Deputy Pike’s investigation thus far has determined that Jason Flatt, age 39, was operating a Chevrolet truck on KY 1383, struck another vehicle that had three occupants and then fled that scene. Flatt had two passengers in his truck, Deana Kerns and a six year old child. A few minutes after the hit & run incident, Flatt forced Kerns out of the truck while it was still moving on KY 910 and then stopped a short distance later, sitting the child out of the truck.
At approximately 9:00 p.m. Saturday, Flatt was arrested at the Russell Springs Manor Apartments by Deputy Pike, RSPD Sgt. Melissa Taylor and RSPD Officer Nathan Bradshaw.
Flatt was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center on five counts of Wanton Endangerment and one count each of Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct and Alcohol Intoxication.
A home invasion leads to a stolen vehicle and an attempted suicide.
Saturday morning at 7:25 a.m., Adair County Deputy Aaron Rainwater responded to a residence on T. Rice Rd. where it was reported that a male had entered the residence while the owner was in bed. The owner was woke up by the sound of an intruder, who was later identified as 29 year old Simon Kirkland of Campbellsville. The owner was able to get Kirkland out of his residence and call 911. Kirkland then threw an object through the drivers window of the homeowners 2002 Honda Accord and left the residence in the vehicle.
Minutes later Deputy Rainwater, along with Fish and Wildlife Officer Jeremy McQueary, were called to a residence on Holmes Bend Road to assist an off-duty Green County Deputy Sheriff with a subject who was attempting to commit suicide. Upon arrival, Green County Deputy Sheriff Brian Matney had located Kirkland and detained him. Kirkland had cut his throat with a box cutter.
Kirkland was treated on scene by Adair County EMS and later air lifted to University of Louisville. Kirkland was charged with Public Intoxication and Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs/alcohol.
Deputy Rainwater is investigating the case and further charges are pending.
Members of VFW Post 6097 and LWC personnel met at the VFW Post on Fairground St. in. Columbia on Friday afternoon to sign the necessary documents for the sale of the fairgrounds to Lindsey Wilson College.
The transfer of the property will officially be completed when recorded in the Adair County Clerks office.
The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board recently approved $209,000 in Agricultural Development Funds for the 2016 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 2016 Adair County CAIP program will be available August 1 – August 19, 2016 at the Adair County Extension Office located at 409 Fairground Street in Columbia during regular business hours.
For information contact the Extension Office at 270-384-2317 or stop by 409 Fairground Street in Columbia.
The Adair County Hospital District AND Adair County Public Hospital District Corporation Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday at 6:30pm at the Adair County Courthouse Annex.
Some of the items on the Agenda include: Approval of the tax rate for Fiscal Year 2017, a Resolution to remove TJ signatories from the District bank accounts since $900,000 accounts receivable loan has been repaid, Executive Session to discuss proposed or pending litigation against or on behalf of the District regarding the Chapter 9 bankruptcy and take Action on any Executive Session decisions if needed.
The meeting is open to the public.
Public health officials in Lexington say the Zika virus has been confirmed in an infant born to a woman who traveled during pregnancy to an area where the virus is circulating.
According to news media reports, test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate the infant was exposed to the virus in the womb. Health officials say neither mother nor child is capable of spreading the virus to others or to mosquitoes in the area.
FRI. JULY 22
Tragedy has struck again for a young Adair Co family.
24 year old Tristan Reese lost his dad and step mother in a boating accident last Friday; his wife Jayma Reese, lost her dad in a motorcycle accident on Thursday.
According to the Taylor Co. Sheriffs Office, the accident occurred Thursday afternoon on HWY 210. 59-year-old James Whitlock of Magnolia, Ky. was operating a motorcycle on HWY 210 when he attempted to pass a pickup truck being driven by 60-year-old Ronald Vanheck of Campbellsville, Ky. that was fixing to make a left turn onto Fairview Rd. and struck the truck in the drivers side.
Whitlock was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the truck was not injured.
THURS JULY 21
KSP recovers over $200,000.00 of stolen equipment in Cumberland County; An Indianapolis, IN man has been arrested in connection with the case.
45-year-old Lanny D. Allen, of Indianapolis, IN, has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of Receiving Stolen Property over $10,000 and Receiving Stolen Property under $10,000. and lodged in the Adair County Jail.
On Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department recovered a stolen dump truck out of Indianapolis, IN. As a result of the investigation, Allen, a part time resident of Burkesville, KY was identified as a suspect. The Sheriff's Department, in conjunction with detectives from Post 15 and the Kentucky State Police Vehicle Investigations section, executed an arrest warrant and Allen was arrested on Tuesday, July 19th.
A subsequent search of several properties led to the recovery of over $200,000.00 in stolen cars, farm equipment and other items. If anyone has any information regarding this investigation, contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.
WED. JULY 21
The Adair County School Board will meet for a Regular Monthly Meeting on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the in the conference room at the Board of Education on Greensburg Street. Following is the Consent & Regular Agenda's:
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT
APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS
APPROVAL OF PAY APPLICATION #10 TO BRANSCUM CONSTRUCTION CO.
APPROVAL OF PAY APPLICATION #1 TO TENNESSEE VALLEY METALS, INC.
APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER #8 FOR CREDIT OF CLEANUP AT SOFTBALL FIELD TRENCH
APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER #9 FOR CONCRETE ENCASEMENT OF ELECTRICAL CONDUITS REQUIRED BY TAYLOR COUNTY RECC
APPROVAL OF ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY SERVICES CONTRACT
APPROVAL OF VISION ITINERANT SERVICES CONTRACT
APPROVAL OF HANDS UP THERAPY SERVICES - PHYSICAL THERAPIST
APPROVAL OF LOCAL AGREEMENT FOR COOPERATION ON FULL UTILIZATION OF HEAD START FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR
APPROVAL OF MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT (MOA) FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES BETWEEN LAKE CUMBERLAND HEAD START PROGRAM & ADAIR CO. BOARD OF EDUCATION
APPROVAL OF ADANTA – COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES
APPROVAL OF OUT-OF-STATE TRIP BY ADAIR COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL JUNIOR BETA CLUB TO GATLINBURG, TN
APPROVAL OF OUT-OF-STATE TRIP BY ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND TO NASHVILLE, TN TO ATTEND AND WATCH THE DCI REGIONAL COMPETITION
APPROVAL OF OUT-OF-STATE TRIP BY ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL BAND TO CLARKSVILLE, TN TO ATTEND THE BANDS OF AMERICA REGIONAL
APPROVAL OF OUT-OF-STATE TRIP BY ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL BAND TO TRAVEL BY CERTIFICATED COMMON CARRIER TO INDIANAPOLIS, IN TO ATTEND THE BANDS OF AMERICA GRAND NATIONAL COMPETITION
APPROVAL OF EMPLOYEE MANUAL FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR
APPROVAL TO DECLARE TWO (2) 1997 INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL BUSES (#s 54 & 56) AS SURPLUS PROPERTY
APPROVAL TO DECLARE ALL ITEMS FOR SURPLUS AUCTION AS SURPLUS PROPERTY
APPROVAL TO MATCH $21,462.00 OF KETS FUNDS IN ESCROW
APPROVAL OF STUDENT CODE OF ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE FOR THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR
APPROVAL OF STUDENT REGISTRATION FORM
APPROVAL OF 2016-2017 INTERAGENCY AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE DEPT. OF JUVENILE JUSTICE AND ADAIR CO. BOARD OF EDUCATION TO CONTINUE PARTNERSHIP AT ADAIR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CENTER
APPROVAL OF 2016-2017 MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT (MOA) WITH KENTUCKY EDUCATIONAL COLLABORATIVE FOR STATE AGENCY CHILDREN (KECSAC) TO CONTINUE PARTNERSHIP WITH ADAIR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CENTER
APPROVAL OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND ADAIR CO. BOARD OF EDUCATION REGARDING THEIR CURRICULUM
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION
APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Renae Smith
APPROVAL TO UTILIZE SURPLUS SCHOOL BUS SHELL AS A TRAINING VEHICLE IN CONJUNCTION WITH BREEDING VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT. FOR SIMULATED EXTRACTION – David Jones
BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – David Jones
APPROVAL OF SURPLUS AUCTION TO BE HELD IN AUGUST – David Jones
PRESCHOOL UPDATE AND BUDGET REPORT – Anita Goode
APPROVAL FOR SHORTENED SCHOOL DAY AND SHORTENED SCHOOL WEEK FOR STUDENT – Anita Goode
DISCUSSION OF LATE COMPLETION DATE OF TRANSPORTATION COMPLEX CONCERNING BRANSCUM CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
Russell Co. Deputy Nathan Antle investigated a two vehicle collision Tuesday afternoon (July 19) that sent four persons to the Russell County Hospital.
The collision occurred at 3:25 p.m., about two miles west of Russell Springs, when a 2009 Nissan pulled onto KY 1729 from Edmonds Lane and into the path of an eastbound 1998 Ford car.
The Nissan was being driven by Teara Hills, 25, of Russell Springs. Passengers included her husband Cody and their 3 year old son Reese.
The Ford was being driven by Michael Thomas, 38, of Liberty. One passenger, Mona Hatfield, 31, also of Liberty.
Michael Thomas declined medical treatment at the accident scene. Mona Hatfield and all three members of the Hills family were taken to the emergency room at the Russell County Hospital for treatment and observation. All were released later Tuesday evening.
Deputy Antle cited Teara Hills to Russell District Court for Expired Operators License and Failure to Maintain Insurance.
Representatives from the WHAS Crusade for Children presented the Adair County School District with a $30,000 check Tuesday at a luncheon on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College.
The funds come from monies raised throughout the year in Adair County for the Crusade, mostly through donations collected by local fire department roadblocks.
On hand for Tuesday’s presentation were Crusade CEO Dawn Lee, Crusade director/producer Larry Ledford, Crusade board members Pam Stephens and John Walling, and representatives from various school districts and other agencies across south central Kentucky. Federal Programs Director Steve Turner, Title I Director John Shelley, and Special Education Director Anita Goode accepted the check on behalf of the Adair School District.
Goode said the money will be used to fund a Positive Approach to Student Success (PASS) teacher to serve Adair County students. PASS aims to help exceptional students remain in standard classrooms by providing additional, one-on-one direction during class time.
Including the $30,000 given to Adair County, almost $223,000 was dispersed during Tuesday’s program.
The Property Maintenance Code Enforcement Board will hold a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia. The purpose of the meeting is to elect officers.
The Property Maintenance Code Enforcement Board will hold a special called meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia. The purpose of this meeting is a hearing regarding property located at 322 Harvey Street.
TUES. JULY 19
As of 9:45 a.m. on July 19, 2016 the boil water advisory for customers from 7540 Liberty Road to 7936 Liberty Road, Lether Burton Road, Burt-Co-Pike Road, 187 Little Cake Road to 473 Little Cake Road and Fairview 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.
The city of Campbellsville moves one step closer to alcohol sales. We will have details this afternoon from Q104 News Director Daniel Leathers. Q104 (Campbellsville) and K-Country (Greensburg) are our newest Forcht broadcasting stations and will be contributing news items to 93.5 WAIN.
A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers starting at 7540 Liberty Road to 7936 Liberty Road, Lether Burton Road, Burt-Co-Pike Road, 187 Little Cake Road to 473 Little Cake Road and Fairview Road.
The advisory has been issued due to a main line leak.
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, bringing the water to a rolling boil for three minutes before using.
This 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.
MON. JULY 18
Anyone with Razors, side-by-sides, ATV's, etc. are invited to meet at Walmart this afternoon to follow Anthony & Tammy Reese back to Columbia to Grissom Martin Funeral Home. David Martin will be keeping us posted on the way back throughout the day. The family is thinking somewhere around 3pm but that's not definite. They will know more after 12 noon and WAIN will keep you updated.
The Columbia City Police Dept. will be providing an escort. If anybody wants to stand by the roadside to show support, you are welcome to.
A Taylor Co. man was on the run for more than 12 hours after reportedly shooting & killing a Taylor County woman, but he was eventually located & arrested Saturday evening in Shelby County.
Investigators say 36-year-old Rocky Ashby shot and killed Tara Simpson Lamer at her mobile home on Taylor Boulevard in Campbellsville around 4:30am Saturday morning. Lamer had an emergency protection order against Ashby and according to reports,and the two exchanged heated text messages in the hours leading up to the shooting.
The neighbor says Ashby fired rounds through the trailer. When Lamer ran outside, he shot her multiple times before running through the yard and stealing a pick up truck that had the keys left inside. The truck was located Sunday.
Ashby was arrested in Shelby County around 7 p.m. Saturday and has been charged with one count of murder. He is being held at Shelby County Detention Center.
Lamer is survived by a son. Family & friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for funeral expenses.
The bodies of Anthony Junior Reece, 44, of Columbia, and Arthur Gene McMahan Jr., 46, of Mount Washington were located early this morning. Now all 4 bodies have been found in Lake Lanier. The friends were there for a Charity Poker Run. Investigators are working to determine how the boat overturned.
Condolences to all the families.
Sat. July 16
A single vehicle accident in Adair County has left 2 persons dead and another in critical condition.
On Friday at 2:23pm, the Adair County Sheriff's Office received a call of a single vehicle injury accident on Elkhorn Road, 17 miles east of Columbia. Deputy Brandon Hitch and Sheriff Harrison Moss responded to the scene and determined that a 2004 red Nissan Sentry, being operated by 75-year-old Martha Crouch of Columbia, Ky. was traveling north on Elkhorn Road, when it left the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.
A passenger in the vehicle, 85-year-old Margaret Dunn of Columbia, Ky. was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Another passenger in the vehicle, 83-year-old Josephine Hubbard of Columbia, Ky. was treated at the scene by Adair EMS and air lifted to University of Kentucky Hospital where she was later pronounced deceased.
The operator (Martha Crouch) is listed in stable but critical condition.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Deputy Hitch and Sheriff Moss were assisted at the scene by Adair County EMS, Adair Search and Rescue, the Knifley and Adair County Fire Departments.
Our condolences to the families of these women.
LAKE LANIER, Ga. (WKYT) - Rescue divers have recovered the bodies of two of four Kentuckians who were killed Friday afternoon in a boating accident on Lake Lanier in northern Georgia.
According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Anthony and Tammy Reece, of Columbia, and Arthur and Melissa McMahan, of Mt. Washington, died after their boat overturned near Cocktail Cove.
Divers recovered the bodies of Melissa McMahan and Tammy Reece overnight, and continue to search for the two missing men.
The Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Rangers are investigating.
An accident on Georgia's Lake Lanier claimed four lives (including an Adair County couple) after a 38-foot tunnel hull offshore-style racing vessel flipped on Friday, the day before the Pirates of Lanier Poker Run in Buford, Georgia.
According to the website speedonthewater.com, the 388 Skater owned by Kentucky’s Art McMahan was traveling at a high rate of speed at approximately 4 p.m. on the south end of the lake when it flipped and ejected all four people on board, McMahan, his wife Melissa, and their friends Anthony and Tammy Reece of Columbia, Kentucky. The Reese's own Anthony's Auto Sales on Hwy. 55N in Adair County.
WAIN News has learned that reportedly two of the four bodies have been found, but we have not confirmed that as of this morning. Rescue crews are continuing the search today.
Matt Garland, who owns a 40-foot Skater, was following McMahan when the accident occurred and was the first person to jump in the water in an attempt to aid his friends.
“The boat was running about 200 yards ahead of us when we saw it flip,” Garland said. “The water was a little rough and they were making a slight turn when it went over. The accident was extremely violent. When we got our boat stopped, I immediately dove in the water and swam under the boat, which was upside down, to see if anyone was still in it. There was debris everywhere, he said.
Today's poker run is going to happen as scheduled, but they are asking all participants to maintain a 60-mph speed limit during the event.
A 3-vehicle accident on Friday afternoon in Russell County injured four persons.
Russell County Chief Deputy Nick Bertram continues to investigate the collision that occurred at 3:40 p.m. approximately 5 miles south of Jamestown on U.S. 127.
19 year old Leonard D. Mann of Jamestown, Ky. was southbound in a 2008 Dodge Avenger and attempted to pass another vehicle pulling a camper. In doing so, Mann collided head-on with a northbound 2002 Toyota Tacoma truck being driven by 36-year-old Michael Thurman of Albany.
The initial impact resulted in Mann’s car then striking a second northbound vehicle, a 1999 Dodge Dakota, operated by 17-year-old Bobby Cross of Albany. Cross had one passenger in his truck, 19 year old Latisha Flowers of Albany.
Leonard Mann and Latisha Flowers were both airlifted to the U.K. Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. Michael Thurman and Bobby Cross were both transported by Russell County EMS personnel to the Russell County Hospital for treatment with Cross later being transferred by private vehicle to the U.K. Medical Center for further treatment of a possible broken ankle.
FRI. JULY 15
On behalf of Progress in Adair County (PAC), we are pleased with the ruling passed down by Judge Judy Vance Thursday evening. We've always been confident in our efforts to end prohibition in Adair County and we had total confidence in the petition and election process.
The people of Adair County spoke loud and clear on Election Day - Thursday's ruling simply turned up the volume and removed any uncertainty. We will continue to do what we've always done - push for progress. It's happening all around us already. We are proud to be a part of it and excited to see what the future holds.
Shannon Sexton - PAC Chair
A one vehicle wreck just after 2:00 p.m. Thursday sent a mother and her child to the Russell County Hospital for treatment and observation.
Chief Deputy Nick Bertram’s investigation determined that Jessica Melson, 21, of Sand Lick Road, Columbia, lost control of her 2014 Chevrolet car while southbound on KY 379, just south of the intersection with KY 55, resulting in the car leaving the roadway and traveling through a field. A wet roadway surface contributed to the cause of the wreck.
Melson and her two-year old daughter, Ava, were taken to the emergency room at the Russell County Hospital where they were treated and later released.
The Russell County EMS and South Russell Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the accident.
The Russell County Sheriff's Department is investigating a break-in that occurred just before 5:00 a.m. Thursday at the Jimmy Lawless residence in the Moores Schoolhouse community, about 4 miles southwest of Jamestown.
When the intruder was confronted, he threw a lamp at the home owner and then fled from the residence.
Anyone with any information pertaining to this burglary is encouraged to call or text the Russell County Sheriff's Crime Tip Line at 270-566-9111 or call the Russell County 911 Dispatch Center at 270-343-6600. Callers will remain anonymous!
A new Urgent Treatment Center is coming to Adair County.
Cumberland Family Medical Center, owned by Dr. Eric Loy, has received a grant from the Health Resources Services Administration to construct the new urgent treatment center to be located in the Pinewood Shopping Center across from Walmart.
Judge Exec. Michael Lee Stephens (who will be our guest on the Hot Country Morning Show this morning at 8:15am) says he's happy to see Cumberland Family Medical Center continuing to expand and build on their already established health care community in Adair County.
Dr. Loy opened Adair Family Medical Center on Campbellsville Road in 2008. He also has opened a new clinic in Russell Springs across from McDonalds.
There will be a special called meeting of the Adair Co. Middle School Site Base Council today (Thursday) at 3:45 pm at the school. The only item in the agenda is interviewing for a vacant position at ACMS.
Some new laws will be taking effect in Ky.
Soon, more moms will have a safe place to drop unwanted infants in Kentucky. Kentucky’s Safe Infant Act is one of more than 90 new laws set to go into effect on July 15. Already in Kentucky, the law allowed parents who do not want their newborns 72 hours to drop them off with personnel at police stations, fire departments and hospitals. Under an expanded version of the law passed this year, churches will also be able provide temporary shelter for unwanted babies, and babies can be dropped off until 30 days old.
Couples getting married in Kentucky will also fill out a new marriage license form. The new form is intended to protect county clerks’ who oppose gay marriage from violating their “sincerely held religious beliefs.” The legislation was in response to some county clerks’ objections to signing marriage licenses for same-sex couples after the U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage last year. The new license will require applicants to indicate “bride,” “groom,” or “spouse” by their names, and won’t include the county clerk’s name.
Another law will require women seeking abortions to have face-to-face meetings or real-time video consultations with their physicians or other medical personnel. Kentucky law has required women to meet with a doctor before having an abortion since 1998. But many doctors have used a loophole to provide information to women via a prerecorded telephone message.
Another law will allow Kentuckians convicted of low-level felonies to be able to ask the court to permanently seal—or expunge—their records after have completed their sentence or probation. Sex crimes and crimes against children will not be included in the law.
WED. JULY 13
A truck was destroyed by fire in Adair Co. on Monday.
The Adair County Fire Department responded to the truck fire on Monday morning at 7:52 a.m. at 792 Millerfield Road, to Giles Country Store. Upon arrival, firefighters found a Ford Pickup owned, by Hollis Kerns, totally engulfed in flames. The vehicle had been pushed away from the gas pumps prior to the fire department arrival. The fire was contained and the vehicle was a total loss.
11 firemen responded and were on the scene for 45 minutes.
A 1-vehicle injury accident occurred on the Cumberland Parkway at the Adair - Russell County line this morning (Tuesday) just before 9:30am.
According to the Adair Co. Sheriff's Dept. 35-year-old Anne Langer of Columbia, Ky. was traveling east bound when her vehicle hydroplaned and struck a rock wall. Langer and a passenger, Elvira Molina, were both treated on the scene by Adair County EMS and transported to Russell County Hospital for further treatment.
Deputy Aaron Rainwater investigated the collision.
KSP Post 15 in Columbia are investigating a fatal collision that occurred Monday in Washington Co. that claimed the life of a passenger in one of the autos involved.
The accident occurred at approximately 8:39 PM EDT, 15 miles north of Springfield at the intersection of KY 1754 and KY 555. 42-year-old Holly Horton of Harrodsburg, Ky. was operating a westbound 2003 Hyundai on KY 1754 when she failed to stop at the intersection and pulled into the path of a northbound 2013 Nissan operated by 42-year-old Christopher Mattingly of Shelbyville, Ky. Mattingly's vehicle collided with the rear driver side of the Hyundai.
Holly Horton was not wearing a seatbelt and was airlifted to UK Medical Center in Lexington where she is listed in stable condition. A passenger, 15-year-old Makenzie Horton of Harrodsburg was belted and not injured. Another passenger, 16-year-old Ople White of Willisburg, Ky. was not belted and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County Coroner.
Mattingly was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. Tpr. Boyd was assisted at the scene by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Washington County EMS and the Willisburg fire Dept.
An inmate was found dead in a restraint chair at the Casey County Detention Center last Tuesday.
According to Casey County Coroner Curt Demrow, 34-year-old Jerry Dale Hardwick was discovered by jailers at the Casey County Detention Center last Tuesday evening.
Demrow says Hardwick had been brought to the jail earlier in the day by the county sheriff’s office.
He says Hardwick was being restrained in the chair because of combative behavior.
Trooper Billy Gregory said Kentucky State Police are conducting an investigation into the death, which he says is believed to be due to natural causes. The cause of death is pending toxicology results.
Sheriff Jerry Coffman says Hardwick had been arrested on several charges including public intoxication and fleeing or evading police on foot.
Information from: The (Danville, Ky.) Advocate-Messenger, http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews
A Russell County Man Will Stand Trial On Murder Charges.
According to lakercountry.com, Charles Farmer, age 49, was indicted in June, 2012 by a Russell County Grand Jury and charged with Murder in connection with the April 27th, 2012 shooting death of 43 year old Daniel Shane Popplewell.
According to state and local officers involved in the investigation at that time, Farmer and Popplewell apparently got into a verbal argument which escalated into a physical altercation, during which Farmer allegedly shot Popplewell once in the upper chest area with a .38 caliber pistol. The shooting took place inside Farmer’s residence on Branch View Lane off of Ky. Highway 1611 in the Ono community.
Circuit Judge Vernon Minniard, Jr. will preside over the trial which is expected to last a couple of days, according to reports.
The publicist for country music singer Craig Morgan says the performer's 19-year-old son is confirmed dead after what authorities described as a boating accident on the Tennessee River.
Publicist Cindy Hunt said in the statement that the Humphreys County Sheriff's Department in Tennessee recovered the body of Jerry Greer on Monday evening in an area called Kentucky Lake along that river. The search for the recent high school graduate had begun Sunday after the accident.
Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Rod Edwards told local media that Greer and a friend had been tubing when the accident occurred. Greer's friend resurfaced, but Greer did not. Both were wearing life jackets.
Morgan, an Army veteran, has had hits like "That's What I Love About Sunday" and "Redneck Yacht Club" and is the host of "Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors," which is in its seventh season on the Outdoor Channel.
MON. JULY 11
The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 12 at 11:45 am in the Cranmer Dining Center at Lindsey Wilson College. The guest speaker for the month will be Adair Co. School Supt. Alan Reed who will discuss the Community Learning Center and what it will offer, the new outdoor classroom and walkability of the campus, also new programs and ideas for our schools.
The Corporate Sponsor for July Adair County W.A.T.C.H.
(Working Actively Toward Community Health) Coalition. The Coalition works to improve the health of Adair County residents by encouraging healthy lifestyles.
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet on Tuesday, July 12th at 6:00pm in the Adair Annex basement.
Action items on the Agenda include:
A.) 1st reading of an amendment to the Human Rights Ordinance
B.) Open Bids for a Dump truck
C.) Add an additional County Building Inspector
D.) Personnel – John Denton, Heavy Equipment Operator raise
E) Personnel – Phillip Cowan, Skilled Laborer raise
F.) Personnel – Request to hire Lauren Canas at the 911 Center Part Time at $8.75 per hour and
G.) Discuss a Donation Drive for the Green River Animal Shelter
The meeting is open to the public
A 1-vehicle accident Friday morning on HWY 206 sent an Adair Co. man to a Louisville hospital. The driver reportedly fell asleep at the wheel.
According to the Adair Co. Sheriff's Office, 25 year old Derrick Bray of Columbia was traveling east on Hwy 206 when he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel just past Haven Hill Cemetery. Bray had worked all night for an electric company. He was taken to T.J. Health Columbia, then flown to the UK Hospital in Lexington, Ky. with serious injuries.
The accident is being investigated by the Adair Co. Sheriff's Office.
FRI. JULY 8
KSP are conducting a death investigtion in Casey County.
Post 15 is investigating the death of 84-year-old Nobuko M. Wilson. On Thursday, July 7, 2016, Post 15 was contacted at approximately 5:38 PM CST in reference to a welfare check at Ms. Wilson's residence at 1275 Brock Rd. in Dunnville, Ky. The caller, a neighbor, advised that they had not seen or heard from her in several days, there were no lights on and that her car was in the garage. Upon arrival, Troopers discovered evidence of what appeared to be forced entry into the residence. Upon gaining entry, they discovered Ms. Wilson deceased, on the floor.
An autopsy was performed Friday at the state medical examiner's office in Louisville and the preliminary autopsy results indicate that Ms. Wilson died from a heart attack. If anyone has any information regarding this investigation, contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555. Detective BJ Burton is investigating.
Kentucky State Police locate the car belonging to a missing couple
Kentucky State Police recovered a car belonging to Crystal Warner around 2:00 a.m. this morning (Friday).
KSP Post 12 Frankfort received a call from KSP Post 15 in Columbia with a possible location of Crystal Warner’s vehicle, off an exit of Interstate 75. Georgetown PD, the Scott County Sheriff Office, and Kentucky State Police Post 6 Dry Ridge were contacted to assist in the search and the vehicle was located in a gravel lot off the 125 exit in Georgetown. No one was in the vehicle. Officers and K9 Units searched the immediate area and an empty field directly behind the gravel lot for any evidence of the couple’s whereabouts.
The vehicle was towed to the Kentucky State Police impound lot at Post 12 for processing.
The Crystal Warner and Robert Jones are still missing at this time.
Kentucky State Police were assisted at the scene by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Georgetown Police Department and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation is continuing by Kentucky State Police Post 12 Accident Reconstruction Unit.
KY 88 in Taylor Co. will be closed next week.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Maintenance Crews are scheduled to replace a culvert pipe on KY 883 (Shilo Road) between mile points 0-1 beginning Monday, July 11, 2016. Work will require closure of the road through Friday, July 15, 2016. Access will maintained for local traffic only. Access to Old Summersville road from US 68 will be closed. A detour will be available via Tabernacle Road for access.
U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield is pleased to announce a $135,715 Operations and Safety grant for the Knifley Area Volunteer Fire Department. The award, from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will provide funds that can be used for professional training, wellness and fitness programs equipment, personal protective equipment, modifications to facilities, and supplies that support firefighting and non-affiliated EMS operations and safety.
The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency administers this program in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. More information can be found on the web at: www.fema.gov/firegrants.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin declared a statewide emergency Thursday following flooding in parts of western Kentucky that left thousands of residents without power.
Bevin's office said in a news release that the declaration will give emergency workers help as they respond to local needs. He urged residents to take precautions needed to be safe.
Kentucky Emergency Management Director Michael Dossett said some areas of western Kentucky have had more than 15 inches of rain.
Locally several people in the area were without power Thursday afternoon, there were downed trees and a roof at one of the builings at Day & Day feed on North Hwy. 55 was blown off. No injuries were reported.
THURS. JULY 7
Kentucky State Police, Post 15 is asking for the public's assistance in attempting to locate 38-year-old Robert K. Jones and 35-year-old Crystal J. Warner. Jones and Warner were last seen at a residence on Texas Road in Springfield, KY on Sunday, July 3rd at approximately 7:00 PM EDT. The couple (unmarried) live in Florence, KY and were last seen in a Gray 2012 Volkswagen with KY registration plate 9485-FS. Last cell phone records indicate that the last usage for Jones and Warner was on July 3rd on I-64 near Frankfort, KY.
Jones is a 6'1" white male, weighing 200 lbs with brown hair and blue eyes.
Warner is 5'2" white female, weighing 130 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes.
If anyone has any information, contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555. Tpr. Morris Farris is investigating.
This morning (Thursday) marked the second swift water rescue call of the week at 04:30AM on Sulphur Creek Rd, which response was cancelled due to the subject making safe exit himself. I would like to remind everyone that the low lying areas are flooded. Please be mindful of flooding and no matter how safe or how many years you have travelled the roadway it is dangerous when covered with water. Both recent rescue calls have involved subjects that had an extensive knowledge of the area they attempted to cross. "Turn Around, Don't Drown" Protect your life and the life of the responders that come to your aid by not attempting a flooded crossing.
Adair Co. Emergency Management
Tpr. Nick Hale is investigating an injury collision that occurred Wednesday, July 6th at approximately 4:45 PM CST. 48-year-old Sharla Wilson of Edmonton, Ky. was operating an eastbound 2007 Ford Mustang when the vehicle hydroplaned, left the roadway and struck a guardrail.
Wilson was treated and released from TJ Health Columbia and was cited to appear in court for DUI.
Tpr. Hale was assisted at the scene by Metcalfe County Sheriff's Dept., Edmonton Fire Dept and Barren/Metcalfe County EMS.
With reports of Dolly Parton’s alleged endorsement of Hillary Clinton all over Facebook and in the media, on Tuesday, the entertainment icon herself decided to set the record straight:
VERBATIM: This morning while I was watching the news I saw many reports that I had endorsed Hillary Clinton. My comment about supporting a woman in the White House was taken out of context. I have not endorsed Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump. I try not to get political but if I am, I might as well just run myself 'cause I've got the hair for it, it's huge, and they could always use more boobs in the race. But seriously, I have not decided who I'm voting for, but no matter what we're gonna be suffering from PMS, Presidential Mood Swings.
WED. JULY 6
Three Russell Countians were arrested early this morning (Wednesday)....one for trafficking in drugs and the others for hindering his apprehension.
At 12:15 a.m. 22 year-old Brandon Bratcher of Jamestown, Ky. was arrested on Russell Circuit Court Grand Jury Indictment Warrants for three counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine). Bratcher was among nearly 20 individuals indicted on June 28th for trafficking in Methamphetamine following investigations by the Russell County Sheriff’s Department.
Bratcher, who was found hiding inside a closet of a residence on Coon Club Road, is also charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after the arresting officers found a quantity of “meth” and a syringe during his arrest.
Additionally, 28-year-old Latasha N. Popplewell and 25-year-old Tabitha Blackwell both of Russell Springs, Ky. were arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution in connection with Bratcher’s arrest.
All three were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. The arrests were made by RCSO Sgt. Mark Cromwell, RSPD Officers Nathan Bradshaw & Bobby Pritchard and KSP Trooper Billy Begley.
As we will soon be entering our second year of CodeRED Weather Warning we would like to remind users that have not renewed their enrollment in the past year that they must opt-in to receive weather alerts.
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"
TUES. JULY 5
An Adair Co. man escaped serious injuries after being saved by local fire dept.'s after his truck became stranded in high water.
At 9:00 p.m. on Monday, July 4th, units from the Breeding Fire Dept. Technical Rescue Team and Campbellsville Fire & Rescue Special Operations Team responded to a Swift Water Rescue call on Keen Wilson Road in Columbia.
Upon arrival, rescuers found a male victim (Roger Cowan of Columbia, Ky.) located inside of a pickup truck who had tried to cross the swollen creek. The truck became stranded in the water. At times, the water level rose to over the truck hood. Rescuers were able to launch a raft and successfully rescue the victim who was taken to the creek bank and assessed by Adair County EMS. No injuries were reported.
Breeding Fire Dept. Technical Rescue Team had a total of 6 personnel to respond; Campbellsville Fire & Rescue Special Operations had 7 personnel to respond. Other agencies and personnel that responded were: Adair County Emergency Management, Adair County EMS, Columbia PD and Adair County Volunteer Fire Dept.
The Breeding Fire Dept.Technical Rescue Team would like to thank all agencies who responded to this call.
Kentucky State Police, Post 15 will be conducting safety traffic checkpoints in the Post 15 area which includes Washington, Marion, Taylor, Green, Casey, Russell, Adair, Metcalfe, Monroe, Clinton and Cumberland.
Troopers will be checking for impaired drivers, children that are not properly restrained in child safety seats and informing the public about the use of seatbelts. These safety checkpoints will be conducted in various locations throughout the Post 15 area that are experiencing a high ratio of vehicular crashes resulting in injury and/or death compared to relatively low safety restraint usage ratio.
During the month of June 2016, there were 21 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 June in the Post 15 area.
Donald D. Crosier, 42 of Casey Co. was killed on 06/07/16 in Casey Co.
Cameron Simmons, 20 of Monroe Co. was killed on 06/08/16 in Monroe Co.
Wendell Hitch, 54 of Taylor Co. was killed on 06/11/16 in Taylor Co.
This brings our yearly fatality count to 13 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 June 2016, there were 992 citations written, 138 courtesy notices written, 1853 vehicles inspected, 683 complaints answered, 96 motorists assisted, 41 criminal cases opened and 152 criminal arrests made.
MON. JULY 4
The Russell County Sheriff's Department is investigating a residential burglary that occurred sometime between 4:30 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. Saturday on Robertson Road, about 1/2 mile from the Save-A-Lot Food Store in Russell Springs.
Items stolen from the residence include two handguns, cash, lots of old coins, silver coins, and jewelry.
If you or someone you know has information pertaining to this burglary please call our Crime Tip-Line at 270-566-9111. Information can also be sent by text messaging.
YOU WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS!
Russell County Deputy Sheriff Evan Burton is investigating a one vehicle injury wreck that occurred around 12:15 p.m. Friday, July 1st on KY 1058, about 10 miles south of Jamestown.
Jennifer A. Tucker, 33, of Melson Ridge Road, Columbia, lost control of the SUV she was operating northbound on KY 1058 resulting in the vehicle leaving the roadway, striking an embankment and overturning.
Tucker was transported by Russell County EMS personnel to the Russell County Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Witnesses reported two male passengers fled the accident scene prior to the arrival of emergency personnel.
Deputy Burton’s investigation is ongoing.
On Saturday, July 2nd, at approximately 12:15 a.m. a Search Warrant obtained by Russell County Chief Deputy Nick Bertram was served at 113 Hwy. 1611 resulting in four arrests and the seizure of several grams of “crystal meth”, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a stolen gun and $2,318 cash.
Nicholas Duncan, 28, of Jamestown and Amanda Woodrum, 26, of Russell Springs were both charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth), Trafficking in Marijuana, Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Sandra Dix, 46, of Jamestown was arrested on a warrant for Failure to Comply with Drug Court from a previous charge. Dix was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth) and Promoting Contraband after Methamphetamine was found on her while being processed at the Russell County Detention Center.
Richard K. Skaggs, 37, of Jamestown was arrested on a warrant for Flagrant Non-Support of a Child.
The gun discovered during the search had been reported stolen from a residence in Adair County a few weeks ago.
The search was conducted by Russell County Sheriff Clete McAninch, Chief Deputy Nick Bertram & K-9 Maxo, along with Sgt. Mark Cromwell, Deputy Ethan Pike, Det. Joey Hoover, KSP Troopers Levi Scott and Chase Willis.
The Columbia Police Department investigated an injury collision resulting in 1 patient being flown by air ambulance to University of Ky. Hospital in Lexington.
On Saturday morning Columbia Police responded to a call from Adair County 911 of a two vehicle injury collision at the intersection of Green Hills Rd and KY 206.
Preliminary investigation indicates 64 year old Janet Jerue of Columbia was operating a 2013 Nissan when she attempted a left hand turn from Greenhills Rd and pulled into the path of a 2002 Mitsubishi operated by 32 year old Billy Smiley who was traveling east on KY 206.
Jerue was treated on scene by Adair County Ems and transported to TJ Sampson of Columbia for additional treatment. Jerue was then air lifted to University of KY Hospital.
CPD Sgt Gary Roy is investigating the collision and was assisted by Ofc John Dial
The regular monthly meeting of the Adair Co. Board of Elections will be on Thursday, July 28th at the Adair County Clerk's office in the Adair Annex.
The Adair County Sheriff's Dept. has released its Activity Report for the month of June, 2016.
52 WARRANTS OF ARREST SERVED
11 CRIMINAL CASES OPENED
8 CALL RESPONSE REPORTS WRITTEN
11 DOMESTIC ABUSE CASES WORKED
15 NON-INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED
6 INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED
19 OUT OF COUNTY TRANSPORTS
15 CITATIONS WRITTEN FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
49 CIVIL PROCESS PAPERS SERVED
27 CRIMINAL SUMMONSES SERVED
52 SUBPOENAS SERVED
105.5 HOURS OF COURT SECURITY PROVIDED
195 VEHICLE INSPECTIONS DONE
13 ANIMAL COMPLAINTS
10 MOTOR ASSISTS
566 911 CALLS
FRI. JULY 1
The BOIL WATER ADVISORY for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District on Portland Road, Flatwoods Road, Kemp Road, and Bill Handy Road has been lifted by Columbia Adair Utilities District. The advisory was lifted at 8:45amCT this morning. You no longer have to boil your water.
The Mr. & Miss Sunshine Pageant was held last evening and the Judges had such a hard time deciding who the winners were, they made all of the contestants winners.
Sunshine Pageant participants were: Bentley Hand, Allie Rae Chadwell, Beth Ann Lawless, Becky Stotts, Kylie Inscho, and Mary Elizabeth Long.
A 1-vehicle wreck Thursday evening seriously injured a Russell Springs teenager.
Sgt. Mark Cromwell’s investigation determined that Ralph W. Grimes III, age 22 of Russell Springs, Ky. was operating a 1998 Chevrolet Tracker, traveling west on KY 80, when the passenger side tires dropped off the shoulder of the roadway causing Grimes to lose control of the vehicle which then crossed the roadway, leaving the roadway on the opposite side, striking an embankment and overturning.
A rear seat passenger, 19 year old Paige Mander of Russell Springs, was ejected from the vehicle. Mander was transported by Russell County EMS to the Russell County Hospital and then airlifted to the U.K. Medical Center for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
Grimes and another passenger, Hailey Brecht, 19, also of Russell Springs, Ky. were checked out at the accident scene by EMS personnel but both declined to be transported for medical care.
The wreck occurred at 6:17 p.m. about 2 miles west of Russell Springs.
It is official...beer is for sale in some Columbia stores today.
WAIN News spoke with Columbia Mayor Curtis Hardwick this morning and he said some of the Five Star Food Marts are selling malt liquor today. It's the first time in the history of Columbia, that it is now "legal" to purchase alcoholic beverages.
Jim Gorby, Marketing Mgr. of Newcomb Oil who owns the Five Star Food Marts in Columbia, tells WAIN News that their goal is to serve all customers, those who want to buy alcohol and those who don't.
Newcomb Oil Marketing Manager Jim Gorby tells us that the Five Star food marts on Jamestown Street and at the corner of Burkesville St. & Hudson St.
Beer is also available this afternoon at Patterson Bait & Grocery in Knifley, one of five businesses who applied for malt beverage licenses.
The November General Election filing deadline for the following offices is Tuesday, August 9, 2016 by 4:00 p.m. CST in the Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer’s Office, 424 Public Square Ste3.
Adair County School Board (District 2, District 4, District 5)
Soil Conservation Board
For additional information regarding these offices, filing fees and information packets, contact the Clerk’s office during normal business hours Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m.cst-4:00 p.m. CST and Saturday 8:00 a.m. CST -12:00 p.m. CST.
Kentucky State Police investigated a 2-vehicle injury collision involving a dump truck on Highway 88, six miles west of Greensburg Wednesday morning at approx. 9:00 a.m.ET.
30 year-old Tyler Yarberry of Columbia, Ky. parked a 1997 Kenworth dump trump in the middle of the road on Highway 88 leaving the vehicle unattended. 58 year-old William Lee of Louisville, Ky. was traveling west on Highway 88 and struck the rear of the unattended dump truck, trapping him in the vehicle.
Green County Fire and Rescue used the Jaws of Life to free Lee from the vehicle. He was transported to Jane Todd Crawford Hospital by Green County EMS and then flown to the University of Louisville Hospital by Air Evac with non-life threatening injuries. Lee was wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision.
Sr. Officer Derek Cundiff investigated the collision and was assisted by the Green County Sheriff, EMS, Fire, Rescue, Kentucky Department of Transportation and Air Evac 43.
An Adair Co. teenager was named Miss Teen Casey County Fair earlier this week.
Lauren Grant of Columbia was the winner of the Miss Teen Casey County Fair Pageant on Tuesday evening. The 1st runner-up was Lexi-Ann Beard of Greensburg and 2nd runner-up Lexi Kane of Liberty, Ky.
In the Miss Pre-Teen Casey County Fair Pageant, a young lady from Russell Co. was the winner. Rachel Bolin of Russell Springs won that title on Tues. at the Casey Co. Fair.
On Tuesday, two more area counties ended prohibition. Cumberland and Metcalfe County voters went to the polls and voted to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages.
In Cumberland County, the Yes votes carried 9 of 10 precincts. A total of 1441 Cumberland County voters checked YES when asked if they were for the sale of alcohol and 1,061 voted NO. WAIN News spoke with Doug Williams, Vice President of the Revive Cumberland Committee last evening and to hear Doug's comments, be listening to 93.5 local news at 4:33pm today.
Metcalfe Co. voters also went to the polls on Tuesday with a total of 1,839 people voting for the sale of alcohol and 1,658 voting against it. WAIN News talked to Hannah Morrison with "Moving Metcalfe Forward" last evening. Hannah, a student at LWC in Columbia and a resident of Metcalfe County, was the organizer of Moving Metcalfe Forward. Hear how Hannah started the organization at 4:33pm this afternoon on 93.5FM and on-line at 935wain.com.
Adair Co voters voted to end prohibition in March and five malt beverage permits were scheduled to be issued on Tuesday to local vendors who were hoping their coolers would be stocked and sales would have gotten underway. However, that did not happen. Shannon Sexton, Adair County ABC Deputy Administrator asks residents to please be patient and that license issue dates may not necessarily be the first day to sell.
TUES. JUNE 28
Today, five malt beverage permits is scheduled to be issued and sales will begin as soon as vendors can stock the inventory, according to A.C. Judge Exec. Mike Stephens. WAIN News spoke with Judge Stephens at 9:30 a.m. today and he tells us they are still awaiting a call from ABC (Alcohol Beverage Control) in order for the beer trucks to roll into the parking lots of the stores issued permits and make deliveries.
The Adair Co. Fiscal Court held a Special Called Meeting Monday morning. Doug Sapp was appointed to the Adair Co. Water Board and the Court approved the Search & Rescue affiliation for another year.
MON. JUNE 27
Tpr. Chase Willis is investigating a collision that occurred on Sunday, June 26, 2016 on KY 501 north of Liberty. 49-year-old Rodney Cornett of Kings Mountain, Ky. was operating a northbound 2004 Chevrolet when he avoided a dog that ran into the roadway. The vehicle ran off of the roadway and collided with a fence.
Cornett and a front seat passenger, 33-year-old Christina Cornett were transported to Casey County Hospital with non life threatening injuries. 2 backseat passengers, 11-year-old Braden Cornett and 2-year-old Mason Cornett were not injured. All passengers were wearing seatbelts.
KSP Tpr. Logan Smith is investigating a collision that occurred Saturday, June 25, 2016, 5 miles north of Lebanon, Ky. on Bill Samuels Rd. at approximately 8:15 PM EDT. 19-year-old Jacob C. Chadwell, of Danville, Ky. was operating a northbound 2015 Harley Davidson when he lost control of the motorcycle, left the roadway and struck an embankment. e was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital where he remains in stable condition.
KSP charges a Metcalfe Co. man with Assault and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
57-year-old Timothy McCoy of Edmonton, Ky. was arrested Monday at 2:57 a.m.CT on McCoy Witty Road, 1 mile west of Wisdom. He was charged with Assault 1st Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence regarding a shooting incident that occurred on Sunday, June 26th at approximately 11:14 PM CST at 7605 Glasgow Road.
The victim, 62-year-old Jerry Ferguson of Edmonton, Ky. sustained a gunshot wound to the foot and was taken to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment. McCoy was lodged in the Barren County Jail. Tpr. Charles Hedgespeth is investigating.
KSP has charged a Casey County man with Assault .
37-year-old Larry J. Buis of Liberty, Ky. was arrested on Saturday, June 26, 2016 at 10:53 p.m. EDT on KY 70 and charged with Assault 2nd Degree. The charges stem from an investigation into a fight that occurred at approximately 8:30 PM EDT on June 25th at the Breedon Withers Grocery store in Casey County.
Buis and the victim, 65-year-old, Mark S. Ponder, of Yosemite, were involved in an altercation at the store and both left the scene after the fight was over. Ponder later contacted EMS and was taken to Casey County Hospital and later airlifted to UK Medical Center in Lexington where he remains in stable but critical condition.
Detective Mike Dubree is investigating.
Number 14 is done in Cincinnati.
The Reds retired Pete Rose's number 14 in a pregame ceremony Sunday, making him the 11th number retired in franchise history.
Rose, a Cincinnati native, says he never saw this moment coming while he was playing.
"Charlie Hustle" had one request of the Reds, that if Rete Rose III makes the team he should wear number 14.
The jersey retirement comes a day after Rose was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame, with the blessing of MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.
Kentucky State Police investigated a two vehicle injury collision involving a milk truck on Bull Run Road 2 miles north of Columbia Friday morning at 8 a.m.
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.
FRI. JUNE 24
Portions of downtown Campbellsville remain closed Friday morning after a fire destroys one of the mainstays of the area.
Thursday 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.
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 you a 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.
WED. JUNE 22
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.
MON. JUNE 20
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.
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:
(1) DISCUSSION INVOLVING COMPLETION OF THE NEW SCHOOL BUS GARAGE
(2) DISCUSSION/POSSIBLE APPROVAL OF PAY APPLICATION #9 TO BRANSCUM CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
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.
FRI. JUNE 17
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.
THURS. JUNE 16
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.
WED. JUNE 15
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.
MON. JUNE 13
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.
THURS. JUNE 9
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.
THURS. JUNE 9
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.
TUES. JUNE 7
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.
MON. JUNE 6
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:
1. CITIZENS COMMENTS
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.
SUN. JUNE 5
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.
SAT. JUNE 4
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.
FRI. JUNE 3
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.
THURS. JUNE 2
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."
WED. JUNE 1
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.
TUES. MAY 31
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.
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.
THURS. MAY 27
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.
TUES. MAY 24
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.
1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2. APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
4. APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT
5. APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS
6. APPROVAL OF CONSTRUCTION BILL:
• REXEL USA – PAY APP #6
7. APPROVAL OF EMERGENCY CERTIFICATION FOR A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER
8. APPROVAL OF SENIOR PORTRAIT BIDS FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR
9. APPROVAL OF EMPLOYEE SALARY SCHEDULES FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL
10. APPROVAL OF GRREC MEMBERSHIP FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR
11. APPROVAL OF TEXTBOOK PLANS FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR
12. APPROVAL OF NAME CHANGE FOR EDUCATION PROGRAM AT ADAIR YOUTH
13. APPROVAL TO RENAME FULL-TIME MIGRANT/ESL POSITION TO A FULL-TIME
HOMEBOUND TEACHER POSITION
14. APPROVAL OF ADJUSTMENT TO SALARY SCHEDULE AND JOB DESCRIPTION
FOR EXISTING DISTRICT MEDIA RELATIONS COORDINATOR POSITION AND
TECHNOLOGY RESOURCE ADVISOR POSITION
15. APPROVAL OF SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM FOR 2016
16. APPROVAL TO ACCEPT SCHOOL BUS TIRE BIDS FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL
17. APPROVAL TO DECLARE OBSOLETE AND INOPERABLE TECHNOLOGY ITEMS
AS SURPLUS FOR DISPOSAL/PICKUP FOR RECYCLING COMPANY
18. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION
19. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
20. PRESENTATION OF MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
21. RECOGNITION OF DISTRICT EMPLOYEES AS RECIPIENTS OF THE “READER’S
CHOICE AWARDS” FROM THE COMMUNITY VOICE
22. PUBLIC COMMENTS
23. APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – Renae Smith
24. APPROVAL OF TENTATIVE BUDGET FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR – Renae
25. BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE – David Jones
26. APPROVAL TO ACCEPT ABELL PETROLEUM SERVICES BID FOR NEW FUEL
TANKS AND REMOVAL OF OLD FUEL TANK – David Jones
27. DISCUSSION/POSSIBLE HIRING OF AN ARCHITECT
28. APPROVAL OF CHANGES TO THE DISTRICT FACILITY PLAN RECOMMENDED
BY THE LOCAL PLANNING COMMITTEE IN THEIR MAY 19, 2016 “FINDING”
MEETING (BY A 10-0 VOTE) TO ADD THE CONSTRUCTION OF A LEARNING
CENTER TO PRIORITY 2C.4 OF THE PLAN
MON. MAY 23
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.
FRI. MAY 21
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.
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.
THURS. MAY 19
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.
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.