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Inauguration Day: Sunday, December 31, 2006

Official terms began January 1, 2006
  • A complete list of officials inaugurated follows.
  • Photos accompany this article, with many to be added throughout the day

  • By Ed Waggener
    Umbrellas were the order of the day, but steady rains didn't stop a crowd of possibly 200 from attending the induction of new officials in the Big Courtroom at the Adair County Courthouse Sunday afternoon, December 31, 2006.

    The event was highlighted by the inauguration of Adair County's first woman judge, of an Adair County native's elevation of District Judge, and by the induction of the Mayor of Columbia to his first full term.


    Very brief comments were made by Judge Executive Ann Melton, Columbia Mayor Pat Bell, and Judge Loy.

    Judge Melton expressed what is becoming a hallmark of her administration, with a plea of collaborative input, saying, "Please continue to pray for us and share your ideas with us and hopefully, we'll have good years ahead."Mayor Bell expressed appreciation for the turn-out. "I very much appreciate the interest you are showing in our city."

    And Judge Loy promised full, fair administration of justice.

    In all, 89 officials were scheduled to take part in the ceremonies. A large number of Adair County Regional Jail Deputies were on duty and were to be inducted by Judge Melton at a later date.

    Following an invocation by Bro. Raymond Martin, the first to be inaugurated by Circuit Judge James Weddle was Michael Loy as 29th Judicial District Judge.

    After Judge Loy completed the oath of office, Ann Melton was formally inducted as Adair County Judge.

    Judge Melton completed the rest of the ceremonial duties for the following (names in italics were unable to be present and will be sworn in later):
    Mayor of City of Columbia, KY
    • Patrick R. Bell

    City of Columbia Council Members
    • Edwin Taylor
    • Charles Grimsley
    • Greg Thomas
    • Linda Waggener
    • June Parson
    • Craig Dean

    Adair Fiscal Court Members: Magistrates
    • District 1. Roger Stephens
    • District 2. William "Wid" Harris
    • District 3. Sammy Baker
    • District 4. Perry Reeder
    • District 5. Billy Dean Coffey
    • District 6. Joe Rogers
    • District 7. Terry Hadley

    Adair County Attorney
    • Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin

    Adair County Circuit Court Clerk's Office
    • Circuit Court Clerk Dennis Loy
    • Deputy Annettea Burton
    • Deputy Holly Jessie
    • Deputy Jane Breeding
    • Deputy Jean Maggard
    • Deputy Linda B. Jackson
    • Deputy David Giles
    • Deputy Brian Fudge

    Adair County Property Valuation Administrator office
    • PVA William Feese, Jr.
    • Deputy Donna Feese
    • Deputy Linda Turner
    • Deputy Kevin Shepherd
    • Deputy Elaine Bennett

    Adair County Court Clerk's Office
    • Clerk Sheila Watson Blair
    • Deputy LIbby Radford
    • Deputy Rebecca Rogers
    • Deputy Sonja Reeder
    • Deputy Shelia Hayes
    • Deputy Melissa Fletcher
    • Deputy Casi Melton
    • Deputy Fredia Melton

    Adair County Sheriff's Office
    • Sheriff Ralph Curry
    • Deputy Bruce McCloud
    • Deputy William "Bill" Trautwine
    • Deputy Tracy McCarol
    • Deputy Charles Greer
    • DeputyDeputy Allan King
    • Deputy Nathan Bradshaw
    • Deputy Michael Burton

    Adair County Jailer and Staff
    • Jailer William "Bug" Knight
    • Deputy Tim Bradshaw
    • Deputy James Absher
    • Deputy Eric Antle
    • Deputy Marshall Bunch
    • Deputy Ricky Burris
    • Deputy Teresa Burris
    • Deputy Alan Burton
    • Deputy Rabon "Toon" Burton
    • Deputy Dwan Kay Butler
    • Deputy Justin Claywell
    • Deputy Timmy Coffey
    • Deputy Michael Decker
    • Deputy Ruth Redmon
    • Deputy Judy Derman
    • Deputy Marc Evans
    • Deputy Pat Ferguson
    • Deputy Johnny Foster
    • Deputy Byron Hixson
    • Deputy Bonnie Loy
    • Deputy Lee Ann Roy
    • Deputy Dennis Selby
    • Deputy Karen Tiller
    • Deputy Pam Yarberry
    • Deputy Jimmy Blair
    • Deputy Kathryn Burton
    • Deputy Lisa Coomer
    • Deputy Danny Foster
    • Deputy Derrick Murphy
    • Deptuy Donald Schweppe

    Adair Coroner and Staff
    • Coroner Rick Wilson
    • Deputy Coroner Terry Akin
    • Deputy Coroner Todd Akin

    Adair County Surveyor
    • Mike McKinney

    Adair County Constables
    • District 1. Harold Burton
    • District 2. Al Schubert
    • District 3. Robert R. Loy
    • District 5. Tim Bottoms
    • District 6. Jason Rector

    Adair County Board of Education
    • District 1. Greg Willis
    • District 3. Vernon Chris Watts
    The event was coordinated by Judge's Office Administrative Assistant Lisa Lee and Judge's Office Finance Officer Gale Cowan, and Columbia City Treasurer Carolyn Edwards.

    Refreshments were catered by Paul Miller, courtesy the top 10 elected county officials.
    ColumbiaMagazine.com photographers covering this event include Pen, Graham, Ed, and Linda Waggener; Annette Richards. With special help from Dennis Loy.


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    Inauguration 2006: Ann, Mayor Bell after ceremony



    2007-01-01 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo By Pen.
    A portent of good will
    JUDGE EXECUTIVE ANN MELTON and MAYOR PATRICK R. BELL share a moment following Ann's inauguration as the first woman judge in Adair County history, and mayor-for-life Pat Bell's inauguration for his first full term as mayor of Columbia, KY.

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    Inauguration 2006: 29th Judicial District Judge Michael A. Loy



    2007-01-01 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo By Pen.
    MICHAEL A. LOY was formally inducted by Circuit Judge James Weddle into the office of Judge, 29th Judicial District, Division 1 in the event in inaugural ceremonies Sunday, December 31, 2006, at 2:00pm in the big courtroom in the Adair County Courthouse. Judge Loy's wife, Robin Cheatham Loy, with the Loy's daughter in her arms is holding the family Bible.

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    Inauguration 2006: Adair County Judge Ann Melton



    2007-01-01 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo By Pen.
    Ann Melton, was inducted by Circuit Judge James Weddle as Adair County Judge-Executive in ceremonies yesterday afternoon, December 31, 2006, before a standing room only crowd at the Adair County Courthouse.

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    Inauguration 2006: Ann makes history



    2007-01-01 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo By Pen.
    Ann Melton makes history as she takes the oath of office of Adair County Judge Executive, the first woman ever to hold the county's highest position of leadership.

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    Inauguration 2006: Adair Fiscal Court



    2007-01-01 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo By Pen.
    Ann administers oath to magistrates: Members of the Adair Circuit Court, will be, with Judge Melton, Magistrates Terry Hadley (7), Joe Rogers (6), Billy Dean Coffey (5), Perry Reeder (4), Sammy Baker (3), Wid Harris (2), and Roger Stephens (1).

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    Inauguration 2006: Adair County Circuit Clerk's Office



    2007-01-01 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo by Pen.
    Circuit Clerk Dennis Loy, far right, and his staff, from left, Deputy Brian Fudge, Deputy David Gile, Deputy Annetta Burton, Deputy Linda B. Jackson, Deputy Jane Breeding, Deputy Holly Jessie, and Deputy Jean Maggard, take the traditional Kentucky Oath of Office in Ceremonies, administered by Judge Ann Melton, in ceremonies Sunday, December 31, 2006, at the Adair County Courthouse.

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    Inauguration 2006: Adair County Clerk's Office



    2007-01-01 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo By Pen.
    Adair County Clerk Sheila Blair and her staff Deputy Libby Radford, Deputy Rebecca Rogers, Deputy Sonja Reeder, Deputy Shelia Hayes, Deputy Melissa Fletcher, Deputy Casi Melton and Deputy Fredia Melton.

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    Inauguration 2006: Adair County PVA Office



    2007-01-01 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo By Pen.
    Adair County Property Valuation Administrator William Feese, Jr., far right, was sworn in with his staff, from left, Deputy Kevin Shepherd, Deputy Linda Turner, Deputy Donna Feese and Deputy Elaine Bennett.

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    Inauguration 2006: Adair County Sheriff's Office



    2007-01-01 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo By Pen.
    Adair County Sheriff Ralph Curry, far right, and his staff (not in order yet) Deputy Bruce McCloud, Deputy William Bill Troutwine, Deputy Tracy McCarroll, Deputy Charles Greer, Deputy Allan King, Deputy Nathan Bradshaw and Deputy Michael Burton.

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    Inauguration 2006: Adair County Jailer and Staff



    2007-01-01 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo By Pen.
    Adair County Jailer William "Bug" Knight, far right, and generally from right, his staff, Deputy Tim Bradshaw, Deputy James Absher, Deputy Marshall Bunch, Deputy Ricky Burris, Deputy Dwan Kay Butler, Deputy Ruth Redmon, Deputy Judy Derman, Deputy Marc Evans, Deputy Pat Ferguson, Deputy Bonnie Loy, Deputy Dennis Selby, Deputy Pam Yarberry, Deputy Jimmy Blair, Deputy Lisa Coomer, Deputy Derrick Murphy and Deputy Donald Schweppe. Other deputies not in photo were on duty and were to be sworn in at a later time.

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    Inauguration 2006: Adair County Coroner's Staff



    2007-01-01 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo By Pen.
    Adair County Coroner Rick Wilson, far right, his staff Deputy Coroner Terry Akin, left, and Deputy Coroner Todd Akin, center, taking the oath of office administered by Judge Ann Melton.

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    Inauguration 2006: Adair County Surveyor



    2007-01-01 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo By Pen.
    Adair County Surveyor Mike McKinney was sworn in Sunday.

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    Inauguration 2006: Adair County Constables



    2007-01-01 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo By Pen.
    Adair County Constables, from right, District 1 Harold Burton, District 2 Al Schubert, District 3 Robert R. Loy, District 6 Tim Bottoms and District 6 Jason Rector take Kentucky Oath of Office administered by Judge Melton.

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    Inauguration 2006: Adair County Board of Education



    2007-01-01 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo By Pen.
    Adair County Board of Education District 1 Greg Willis and District 3 Vernon Chris Watts. In addition to the traditional Kentucky Oath of Office, the Board of Education also requires members affirm a very strict Code of Ethics.

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    Inauguration 2006: Adair County Attorney



    2007-01-01 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo By Pen.
    Adair County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin was sworn in by County Judge Executive Ann Melton. The photo was snapped as Judge Melton reached the part about not having fought a duel.

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    Inauguration 2006: Ann, Dan & Peggy Waggener, Danny Waggener



    2007-01-01 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo By Ed Waggener.
    Sharing the proud family moment with Ann Melton after her inauguration Sunday, December 31, 2006, are, from left, brother Danny Waggener, mother Peggy Waggener, (Ann), and father Dan Waggener.

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    Inauguration 2006: Columbia City Council



    2007-01-01 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
    Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton administered the oath of office to members of the 2007-2008 Columbia City Council: Greg Thomas, Charles Grimsley, Craig Dean, June Parson, Linda Waggener and Edwin Taylor.

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    Inaugration 2006: Loy family



    2007-01-02 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo By Ed Waggener.
    Judge Michael Loy, right, the new District Judge for Adair and Casey Counties, with his sister Angela, left, mother Nancy Depp Loy, center, and father Harry Truman Loy. Father Harry said seeing his son take the oath of office was one of the proudest moments of his life. Circuit Judge James G. Weddle inducted Michael Loy into the office by Circuit Judge James G. Weddle in ceremonies Sunday, December 31, 2006.

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    Inauguration 2006: Gary and Ann Melton



    2007-01-02 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
    Adair County First Couple
    New Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton and husband Gary Melton following inaugural events Sunday, December 31, 2006.

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    Inauguration 2006: First Lady, Judge and Friends



    2007-01-02 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
    COLUMBIA FIRST LADY MARTHA BELL, Mary Frances May, Emily Sargent, Cindy Waggener and her sister-in-law, Judge Ann Melton, after the 2006 Inauguration ceremonies at the Adair County Courthouse, Sunday, December 31, 2006.

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    Families in support of their candidates



    2007-01-04 - Adair County Courthouse, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
    Bill Parson, foregound, retired Executive Director of the Lake Cumberland Area Development District, a distinction he shares with Mayor Pat Bell, was on hand chiefly to watch wife June Parson take the oath of office as Columbia City Councillor. Next to him are supporters of Dennis Loy, who also have family ties to Adair County Court Clerk Sheila Watson Blair and the late first District Magistrate Sidney Grant of Little Cake. The photo was taken at inaugural ceremonies Sunday, December 31, 2006.

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