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Order for Taylor County residents: limit shopping to one

By Ronnie Dooley, Director, Taylor County Emergency Management

The following order has just been released in Taylor County.

A new Executive Order is now in effect for Taylor County limiting the number of people in families and groups that shop to one.

Judge Executive Barry Smith signed an order effective immediately to limit the number shopping for families and groups to one. The only exclusions are minors where daycare is not available and the elderly or disabled which may have an additional person for their assistance.

In addition, all retail stores opened for essential business must develop polices to ensure at least six foot social distancing is maintained. The COVID-19 virus has invaded our community thus prompting this Executive Order. People are strongly encouraged to not be out unless absolutely necessary.

2020-04-06 11:49:13 | Comments | Printable version

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Birds of Kentucky: Northern Cardinal

2020-04-06 - Greensburg, KY - Photo by Melissa Lynn Suratt.
A northern cardinal spotted in Greensburg by Melissa Suratt.

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KYAfield Video: April 4, 2020 Full Show

On this week's show: jerkbait fishing with Bradley Roy, hunting raccoons in Owen County, and learning all about bears with "Bear Aware"!

2020-04-06 11:14:04 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Ky Afield Outdoors

History Monday: Early Roads, Bridges, and More

By Mike Watson

A major trail from the Bluegrass into Tennessee passed through what is now Adair County. Early pioneers followed the well-defined natural roads made by the North American bison. Two bison trails crossed near the where the Town Branch crosses Jamestown Street in present day Columbia. The town likely sprang up where it did due to the close proximity to the trials. Where the bison trails crossed creeks and rivers, there were natural fords that were useful to the pioneers.

Fords across the Green and Cumberland Rivers and larger creeks like Russell and Crocus were used by the pioneers and their descendants and some are likely in use today, though we may not know for certain. David Doak and Vandiver Banks ran ferries across the Green River at an early date. William Caldwell owned a ferry that crossed Russell Creek, probably in the vicinity of Columbia and prior to the building of the first bridges. One of the DeMoss brothers operated a ferry across Russell Creek somewhere near present Milltown in the early 1800s.

Roads were important to Adair from an early date for obvious reasons. Freight was hauled from great distances to Columbia and from here to Danville, Springfield, Lebanon and Louisville. Freight lines were big business in this area at one time. The mail was carried first by horse back and later by the stage coaches that traveled from Columbia to Burkesville, Campbellsville and various other towns in the region. The Barbee Stage Coach line was the last to operate out of Columbia.

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2020-04-06 11:09:36 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Mike Watson - History

Drive-in Easter Service at Cane Valley Baptist

By Connie Young

Cane Valley Baptist Church, 3145 Cane Valley Road, will have a drive-in Easter Service at 10:30amCT on Sunday, April 12, 2020. We ask everyone to please stay in their vehicles.

Pastor Bro. Clay Scott and congregation would like to invite everyone to come and celebrate with us our risen Lord and Savior on this Easter Sunday.

2020-04-06 11:07:58 | Comments | Printable version

Making emergency plan, good at-home school work

Reporting the emergency siren test this morning reminds us that this is a good time of year to check supplies and make a plan for just-in-case. This might be good at-home-homework for students with the added benefit that the perfect emergency plan would include the whole family.

Kentucky's health website includes how to create a plan in case your family may not be together if a disaster like a tornado (usually the top concern in this season in this area) strikes. Below are the recommended steps to take to complete this "homework."

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with members of the household to start your emergency plan.
- How will we get emergency alerts and warnings?
- What's our shelter plan?
- What's our evacuation route?
- What is our family/household communication plan?

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2020-04-06 09:22:34 | Comments | Printable version

Metcalfe Solar Project proposed for north of Summer Shade

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Kentucky State Board on Electric Generation and Transmission Siting has received an application requesting a construction certificate for a solar energy project in Metcalfe County.

The application, from Glover Creek Solar, LLC, proposes construction of a 55-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar array on 400 acres of pasture and farm land north of the unincorporated community of Summer Shade.

Glover Creek Solar is a wholly owned subsidiary of Carolina Solar Energy of Durham, North Carolina. The company is also developing a smaller solar project in Garrard County, KY.

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2020-04-06 09:06:53 | Comments | Printable version

Blue light at City Hall in recognition of essential workers

By Tiffany Collins

The City of Columbia wants to recognize those people that have been deemed essential during this coronavirus pandemic.

"We know that there are so many citizens in Columbia and Adair County that are continuing to work," said Mayor Pamela Hoots. "We have law enforcement, grocery workers, postal employees, delivery and truck drivers, emergency medical, healthcare, and others that continue to be on the frontline of this issue facing our country and community."

The city will be placing a blue light in the front entrance to the building that will be lit daily in recognition of these essential workers.

2020-04-06 08:49:42 | Comments | Printable version

Maynard takes 1st place in 2019 Claypool Contest

By John Mura/Robin Hartman

Frankfort, KY - Taylor County High School student Ryan Maynard won 1st Place in the state in the 2019 Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing Contest.

The Kentucky Division of Conservation, in partnership with the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts and the Kentucky Farm Bureau, recently honored the winners of the 2019 Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing Contest. The contests' theme, Things That Fly, helped students from across the state learn more about the importance of wildlife in Kentucky.

The students used that knowledge and transformed it into creative artwork and essays. Winners listed below will be recognized by their local conservation districts. Winning posters can be viewed here:

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2020-04-06 07:28:54 | Comments | Printable version

Quarles commends Kroger for expanding local farm options

By Sean Southard

Frankfort, KY - Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles is praising the nation's largest supermarket chain for its increased commitment to selling Kentucky Proud farm food.

"As Kentucky's Agriculture Commissioner, my administration is focused on increasing the amount of Kentucky Proud foods on grocery shelves across the Commonwealth and the nation," said Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles. "Due to the hard work of our administration, Kentucky farm families, and Kroger, Kentuckians can now find more local protein products than ever before. On behalf of our family farms, I want to commend Kroger for their commitment to supporting Kentucky agriculture, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Kroger began selling Freedom Run Farm ground lamb in 25 Kentucky stores on March 31. Greg Osborn, meat and seafood merchandiser for Kroger's Louisville Division, said sales got off to a good start. Racks of lamb and porterhouse loin chops are also available in select stores.

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2020-04-06 07:24:39 | Comments | Printable version

Adair Co. Siren Test today, Monday, April 6, 2020

Mike Keltner, Director
Adair Co. Emergency Management

The regular monthly warning siren test will be held today at 10amCT.

2020-04-06 07:23:02 | Comments | Printable version

FM2 first day of 2020 season reported to be a good start

Opening day of Farmers Market on the Square (FM2) in Columbia finished up after noon Saturday, April 4, 2020 and resulted in a positive outlook for the season on the part of vendors.

Upwards of 200 people were said to have gone through the market, very orderly and maintaining social distancing as instructed by state leaders to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Co-director Donna Jones said they had some new faces and lots of regulars with very good feedback, "folks are glad to have another option for fresh foods."

A wide lane behind the yellow ribbon is for walking through plus a lane is protected for drive-through in case anyone needs to order from their car and have it brought over to them.

Vendors say they will work with the public in every way so that a safe, healthy experience is enjoyed by all.

2020-04-06 06:18:45 | Comments | Printable version

Adair Co. Family Gardening Project

By Tony Rose, County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development
Adair County Cooperative Extension Service

Adair County Cooperative Extension Service is partnering with Adair County Elementary School, and The Family Connection Family Resource Center to sponsor a Family Gardening Project.

To register for this project fill out the registration form. We will contact you on when to start picking up gardening supplies. This is open to the first 30 families who register online at this link:

This is a family gardening project so we want the whole family to get involved. You can do container gardening, a regular garden, raised bed gardens or a combination of all of them. The gardens do not have to be large. Small gardens are great and we will give you resources to show you how to get the most of your garden.

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2020-04-06 06:00:06 | Comments | Printable version

Masks being made locally to help with shortage

Kathy Jones of Columbia says several members of Joyful Hearts Quilt Guild are making cloth masks. If someone needs masks, contact her at 270-250-4316. These are not the surgical masks but we are being encouraged to wear them as some protection. She writes, "we have two sizes - 10 inch and 8 inch. She says they are not charging, just doing their civic duty.

Cora Jessie of Sulphur Well, KY in Metcalfe County writes that her "sister Anita London Bass is making masks non stop. She doesn’t have a price on them, however, she is a widow and on a fixed income and could use a donation for the masks. The masks are very well made and very pretty." She can be reached at 270-590-3948 or

Seamstress Debbie Burris is making face masks in Adair County. She says anyone can message her on Facebook or call 270-250-1277. She has donated many. Going forward, to pay for supplies, her charge would be $4 each if she furnishes fabric, or $2 each if fabric is provided. She adds, "stay safe everyone!"

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says masks should:
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
- Include multiple layers of fabric
- Allow for breathing without restriction
- Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

This link has all the details for sewing masks and the no-sew variety.

2020-04-06 05:57:13 | Comments | Printable version

Patchy fog, then sunny today, high 76F

It's currently 49F at the Adair County Mesonet station. Watch out for patchy fog this morning before 9amCT. Otherwise, it will be mostly sunny today, with a high near 76F. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with an overnight low around 55F. Light and variable wind becoming south around 5 mph after midnight.

Tuesday will bring a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with partly sunny skies and a high near 76F. Southwest wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

The chance of showers and thunderstorms will increase slightly, to 40 percent, by Tuesday night, mainly after 1amCT. Otherwise it will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 62F. Southwest wind around 8 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

2020-04-06 05:56:32 | Comments | Printable version

Haiku by Robert Stone for April 6, 2020

Those not yet married
think they can do as they like
after they marry.
--Robert Stone, Monday, 6 April 2020.
-1000 haiku thrice now, more days coming up, Day 3128

2020-04-06 05:50:48 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

7-County Area Courts for Mon 6 Apr 2020

NOTE: Most in-person hearings have been cancelled or rescheduled between Monday, March 16, and Friday, May 1, 2020. Instructions if you have a pending court date.

Local schedules for Circuit Courts, District Courts, for Monday, April 6, 2020, at a glance:
  • Adair County: No events Circuit Court. 2 events District Court.
  • Casey County: No events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Cumberland County: No events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Green County: No events Circuit Court. 1 event District Court.
  • Metcalfe County: No events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Russell County: 1 event Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Taylor County: 7 events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
Note: NOT Official. Always Click to Docket for all Kentucky Counties

2020-04-06 05:50:13 | Comments | Printable version

Birthdays and Anniversaries for April 6
Happy Anniversary, Keith and Barbara Bryant-Hancock (1985) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Anakin Yarberry | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Ashley Lackey (1984) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jake Noel (1992) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Nancy Willis | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Richard Crawhorn | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Tiffany Coffey (1990) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lester Stapp, Russell Springs, KY (1926-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Carlos (Carl) Harris, Russell Springs, KY (1939-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Dorothy Mae Shelley, Columbia, KY (1924-2020) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Margrie Cox, ElkHorn, Taylor Co., KY (1933) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, David Lee Wheeler, Taylor Co., KY (1948) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Melba Jean Jones, Green Co., KY (1931) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Gary Ramsey, Taylor Co., KY (1947 | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Chris Lefever, Taylor Co., KY (1971) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Hazel Wise, Taylor Co., KY (1931) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Odford Reese, Jr., Russell Springs, KY (1938) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Little Mark Dulworth, Taylor County, KY (1960) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Clara Beatrice Coffey, Adair Co., KY (1923) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Virl Gosser Russell Springs, KY (1924) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Benita Montgomery, Adair County, KY native (1923) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jeff Sharp, Campbellsville, KY (1985) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Luther Stephens, Russell County, KY (1920) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Kathy G. Bunch, Russell County, KY (1952-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Brenda G. Wethington, Casey Co., KY (1955-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Benjamin Gordon Berley (1946-2010) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Harvey A. Davis, Casey Co., KY (1926-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Delois Murrel Free, Metcalfe County, KY (1942-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. James Lawrence Mason, Taylor Co., KY (1980-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Shirley Bennett, 75, Campbellsville, KY (1939-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Colena Patterson, Green Co., KY (1961-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Greg Luttrell, 61, Casey County, KY (1954-2015 | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Nancy Bouldin Suddarth Willis, 83, Adair Co., KY (1932-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Elois Murrell Keltner, 85, Green Co., KY (1942-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jeffrey Gallagher, 59, Russell Co., KY (1956-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Douglas Arnold Thiery, 74, Adair Co., KY/Cook Co., IL native (1943-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ben Gordon Berley, Maricopa Co., AZ, Columbia, KY native (Apr. 6 1946-Oct. 29, 2010) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Doug Luttrell, Russell County, KY (1971-2019) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jerry Lane Judd, Green County, KY (1948-2019) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, JoAnn Williams Burress, Taylor Co., KY (1940-2010) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Oneda L. Corner, Russell County, KY (1935-2019) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ruby Barger, formerly of Adair Co., KY (1913-2009) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Terry Willis, Flatwoods, KY (1951-2018) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Veronica Bonnie Carter Martin, formerly of Cumberland County, KY Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, William Lawrence Miller, Jamestown, KY (1955-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)

Events scheduled for Monday, April 6, 2020
All events are listed in Central Time. Submit your upcoming event using our Contact Form.
10:00amCTAdair Co. monthly warning siren test | (ID:60515, Comment)
NoonCTTake the Journey to the Cross - Drive from point to point during Holy Week | (ID:60507, Comment)


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