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Christmas 2017: Santa may be bringing in some snow flurries

Christmas Eve weather forecast calls for scattered snow showers before 1amCT, then scattered flurries between 1am and 5am. The low will be around 23. West wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Christmas Day weather will be partly sunny, with a high near 32. West wind 7 to 10 mph. Monday Night brings a chance of flurries before midnight, then a chance of flurries with a slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

2017-12-24 21:06:33 | Comments | Printable version

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Christmas 2017: is Santa on his way?

2017-12-24 - Edmonton, Metcalfe County, KY - Photo from the family.
Jordy Tate Neal, little son of Becca & Adam Neal and brother of Connor, waits patiently on Santa Claus who, legend has it, will be bringing lots of toys and gifts this night. There are many family members who will be helping make sure it happens just like the legend says. Maternal grandparents are David and Kathy Acree and Scotty and Brenda Martin. Paternal grandparents are Bobby Neal and Terry Shirley and Rusty and Lisa Bryant. -- LW

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Raymond Clem Brown, 76, Edmonton, KY (1941-2017)

He was a member of Society Baptist Church. He was a retired carpenter. He was the son of the late Clem & Cora Fields Brown. Raymond Clem Brown was a member of a very large, respected Metcalfe County family, with 23 direct living descendants. His final resting place will be in the White Cemetery.
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Raymond Clem Brown age 76 of Edmonton, KY, passed away Friday, December 22, 2017 in Lebanon, TN.

Funeral service for Raymond Clem Brown will be held 1pmCT, Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Society Hill Baptist Church, Society Hill Road, Edmonton (Gascon Community), KY, with burial in the White Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3pm-8pmCT, Tuesday, December 26, 2017, and after 9amCT Wednesday at the Butler Funeral Home, 201 East Street, Edmonton, KY.

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2017-12-24 18:18:29 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Hazel Mae Spurling Sullivan, Taylor Co., KY (1928-2017)

She professed faith in Christ and attended Bible Baptist Tabernacle. She was a retired employee of Fruit of the Loom in Campbellsville after 47 and a half years of dedication. After high school Hazel attended Campbellsville College and taught in the one room school at Knopps on Finley Ridge for two years. She was the daughter of William Goebel Spurling & Mary Francis Tarter Spurling, and the widow of Murrell Sullivan, her husband of 26 years.
Click on headline for complete obituary Hazel Mae Spurling Sullivan of Campbellsville, KY, died at 12:40pmET, Saturday, December 23, 2017 in Campbellsville.

Funeral service will be at 1pmCT/2pmET, Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon Avenue, Campbellsville, KY, by Pastor Bob Cutler. Burial will be in Campbellsville Memorial Gardens, 700 Old U.S. 68 Campbellsville, KY. Visitation will be after 9amCT/10amET, Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home.

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2017-12-24 16:44:40 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Kentucky Color: Christmas for the Children of Kabale

A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE - When the need of a small community high in mountains of Kabale were made manifest to a group of concerned Christians in Adair County, Russell County and Pulaski County, a mission work began to make a change . . . a result of which includes a new school facility for the children of Kabale. Billy Joe Fudge writes, "I like to believe, it is a Christmas miracle. Indeed it is a miracle. Recently when all the children were shown their new school facility, one of the wide-eyed little preschoolers proclaimed, 'God has remembered us!' "
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By Billy Joe Fudge

When Brother Sam Tindimwebwa and I first became friends, I immediately felt his concern for the children of his community. I'm convinced that his ministry to the people and especially the children in and around Kabale, Uganda is not of his choosing as much as it is an answer to a call from God.

I became even more convinced when I began to see that Brother Sam was putting almost all of his income from his consulting business into the education and care of 40 children. Additionally, his Mum was contributing most of her school teacher retirement, time, life and home toward that same effort.

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2017-12-24 15:18:53 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Kentucky Color by Billy Joe Fudge

Christmas 2017: Grandma Bagby's Boiled Custard

By Linda Waggener

My cousin Beth Leftwich Lomax has been doing some Christmas cooking and reporting. She wrote, "Just got through making Grandma Bagby's boiled custard. I could hear her telling me to keep stirring. Do not walk away from the custard on the stove. Keep it at just the right heat. Don't let it boil. You will know when it is done because it will feel different. AND. . . she was right. That wonderful woman taught me to sew, quilt, can, freeze and many other things. I am so grateful to her."

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2017-12-24 13:47:33 | Comments | Printable version

Christmas 2017: recycle gift paper, boxes, batteries and bags

Recycling areas designated around Adair County and tips offered to help safely dispose of all the wrappings and batteries that come with the season of gifing.

By Andrea Waggener, Deputy Adair CJE

'Tis the season for torn wrapping paper and empty cardboard boxes as children and adults share the spirit of Christmas with presents and meals. The Adair County Fiscal Court along with Judge Executive Michael Lee Stephen's office and the Adair County Recycling Center would like to remind everyone that recycling trailers are be located at IGA and Walmart parking lots, as well as at Holmes Bend, and Lindsey Wilson College to help Adair County residents dispose of those remnants of Christmas morning.

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2017-12-24 13:21:55 | Comments | Printable version

Wally Burress sends: Sad word of 2 great Adair Countians deaths

Wally Burress writes:
I just wanted to update you on the recent deaths of a couple of our dearest friends. You recently shared a story (See: Link: 103 year old Columbia, KY native featured) about Mrs. Frances Carlton's 103rd Birthday. I'm sorry to report that she passed away yesterday morning, December 23, 2017. She had a wonderful long life but we will still miss her!

Also you posted a story about Col.George Morris and his wife Eloise. He passed away a couple weeks after that story was posted and she also passed away a few weeks ago.

Col. Morris and Mrs.Carlton were two people from the "Greatest Generation," he as an Air Force pilot and she as a "Rosie the Riveter" in support of the war. Regards, - Wally Burress
Thanks Wally Burress: We will be posting the arrangements for Mrs. Carlton's service when it is received from Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home. Our efforts to post the obituary of Col. Morris seems to have failed, but maybe can still do so and add to your own story, with significant links, Sad word of the passing of Col. George Morris - EW

2017-12-24 11:08:02 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Danville hires preservation coordinator: An idea for Columbia? CM area towns?

To the best of our knowledge, the City of Columbia doesn't have a certified preservationist, nor are we aware of one in Burkesville, Campbellsville, Edmonton, Greensburg, Liberty, Russell Springs or Jamestown.

The Kentucky Press Association has provided CM with a link to a story in the Danville, KY, Advocate-Messenger: Danville will keep certified local government tag after hiring preservationist. The story is by Ben Kleppinger, and was posted Friday, December 22, 2017 in the Danville Advocate-Messenger. The story gives economic benefits resulting from the designation.

2017-12-24 11:01:43 | Comments | Printable version

Election 2018: More changes in 2018 AC Candidate list

NEW!!! - Christmas Eve, at 8amCT, there were two paid Candidate Statements. Here, in order of posting for, Buddy Powell. Terry Sullivan. To those of you who requested to see Candidate Statements, they are now underway. - EW
Through the holidays, we hope to add linked candidate 'filing photos' to the Election 2018 - Candidate List
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By Ed Waggener

Politics is in abeyance in Adair County, KY, somewhat, as Christmas is celebrated. There won't be an opportunity for new candidate filings in 2017 until Wednesday, December 26, 2017, and then for a very short window.

But there is news in the coverage.

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2017-12-24 08:58:40 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Politics

Jill Petrey: Would love to see photo of Mike Watson's silver tree

Comments re article 94669 Mike Watson Memories of Christmases Past

Jill Petrey writes:
Would love to see a photo of the silver tree that Mr. Watson has written about. I remember having one as a child, early to mid 70's. --Jill Petrey
Thanks, Jill Petrey: - This is a matter we're taking with utmost urgency! A memory prompt is that the trees were popularized when Russia jumped ahead in the space age, terrifying all of us Cold Warriors when the first satellite crossed our skies. Working with poorly prompted brain, so we may need help until it comes to us. There may be one in our files. If there is we'll post or link. - EW.

(See Your Christmas Wish Fulfilled, Jill Petrey Mike Watson came through just like Sainty. Photo posted 2017:12:24 at 3:52pmCT)

2017-12-24 08:10:48 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

Celia Downey's touching memory: My Horse Cutter

The last 19 of Cutter Downey's 32 year life were spent with Celia at the Downey farm on Russell Creek. It was a wonderful bond, as only those who truly love animals can know. There would come a time, she knew when she would have to let go. That time came in 2017. This is the story she writes which includes that time: My Horse Cutter
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By Celia Downey

The events of this story occurred on the farm lands surrounding Russell Creek in the Northern parts of Adair County Columbia, Kentucky. The events span the Fall of 1992 through the Winter of 2011.

Six years later during the Winter of 2017, I am finally able to share the story about Cutter, my mare. Mysteriously in the Fall of 1992, the mare landed in Adair County Kentucky and became my Blessing in Life. We explored the lands most days, spanning almost twenty two years including Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Cutter was the perfect size, we fit perfectly together. Cutter, my majestic black mare had more common sense and tolerance than most people. She had a calm solid soul with soft eyes, and understood every word spoken between us.

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2017-12-24 08:10:12 | Comments | Printable version

Mike Watson: Memories of Christmases Past

The Watsons have two trees, he writes: "Today, Renea and I usually put up two Christmas trees. One in the living room, tall and green, decorated just so. . . That one is for "people" to see. Now, back in the den, where we lounge, read, watch television and the like, there is another tree most years. A throwback from elementary school at Sparksville Grade Center and second grade with Miss Marie Collins--a silver tree, circa 1964 or so, space age in design, the Sputnik. Most people cringe if they even think about one. I remember coming home from school that first time, when Miss Marie let us decorate it, and told my parents what a wonderful thing it was. No one else was impressed, I suppose." - MIKE WATSON
AT LEFT, at Jill Petrey's Request, the author sent a photo of the Silver Christmas tree he and Renae still put up each year, recalling a favorite childhood memory at Sparksville Grade Center.

By Mike Watson

Christmas memories are very important and most folk have one or two that come vividly to mind. I remember several specific Christmases, but they were all good for me. I remember going to the woods with dad or my brothers and cutting a tree, once or twice with snow covering the fields and woods. This was tradition, until the fad for artificial trees came along. Then, and since, with one year as exception, we have always had a green "fake" tree. No mess, no muss. After we moved to town and settled in on High Street, we had the "Christmas closet" that housed nothing but Yuletide trimmings.

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2017-12-24 00:18:12 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Local History

Today, CHRISTMAS EVE with CM - Sun 24 Dec 2017

Haiku by Robert Stone for December 24, 2017:
None wishes to hear
that child is unpopular
although good and sweet.
--Robert Stone, Sunday, 24 December 2017.
-1000 haiku twice now, now on to more days, Day 2294

2017-12-24 00:13:10 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

Birthdays and Anniversaries for December 24
Happy Anniversary, Doug & Fredia Melton (1986) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Eugene and Carol Cowan (1970) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Joseph and Norma Jean Parnell (1958) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Randall and Joyce Pyles (1960) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Abby Cornelison (2000) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Alma Gayle Bault | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Alvin Shofner (1968) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Billy Willis | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Charles Gwen Powell | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Dicky Walker (1966) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Johnny Douglas Burton | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Leigh Ann Walker Parkinson (1965) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Lou Carney Smith | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Mike Mitchum (1963) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Peggy Curry Loy | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Riva Scott | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Sawyer Merritt (2001) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Tara Elizabeth Jones (1988) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Virginia F. Grant | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, William L. Dial (1943) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Zachary Mann | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Howard Nelson Wethington, Casey Co., KY (1964-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Zelpha E. Wheeler, Columbia, KY (1915) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. Charles Tommy Whitlow, Green Co., KY (1949) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jewell Wilson, Russell Co., KY (1917 | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Cathy Pike, Taylor Co., KY (1971) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Charles J. Campbell, Taylor County, KY (1934) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Buford Coleman Walker, 81, Campbellsville, KY (1931) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, William (Bill) Karstetter, Adair County, KY (1952) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Nellie Gabehart, Taylor County, KY (1910-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Alma Gayle Bault, 62, Adair Co., KY (1951-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Inez Jeanelle Gooch, Metcalfe County, KY (1933-2014 | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, John Gordon Tyler Sr., Metcalfe Co., KY (1924-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Fred Neat, Taylor County, KY; Adair native (1944-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Thelma L. Hadley, 61, Russell Co., KY (1952-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Wilda Pearl Turner, Metcalfe County, KY, (1917-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Hazel J. (Young) Morrison, Adair Co., KY (1929-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. Johnnnie C. Clark, Taylor Co., KY (1957-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. James William Scott, 69, Summersville, KY (1945-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Zelmadine Antle, Russell Springs, KY (1930-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Margaret Marie Smith Edmiston Morris, Summer Shade, KY (1945-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Eudora Cooper, 86, Russell Springs, KY (1928-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Norma Jean Lostutter, 81, Russell Co., KY (1933-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Norma Jean Lostutter, 81, Russell Co., KY (1933-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Carlos Lyle Bradshaw, Russell Co., KY (1938-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Christine Johnson, 70, Columbia, KY (1944-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Sheila Brady, 68, Taylor Co., KY (1946-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Michael J Harmon, 64, Campbellsville, Taylor County, KY (1950-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, William Toy "Tweetie" Powell, Taylor Co., KY (1933-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Geniece Leftwich Marcum, Metcalfe Co. native, (1929-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Betty Jane Branham, 91, Metcalfe County, KY (1925-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jean Jones, 52, Adair County, KY (1964-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Anna Carol White Shirley, 74, Glasgow, KY (1942-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. Jerry Lee Armstrong, Adair County, KY (1952-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ila Emerson Tarter, 89, Casey County, KY (1928-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Tommie Murrell, (Dec. 24, 1930 - Aug. 29, 1974) | (Updates/Corrections)

Events scheduled for Sunday, December 24, 2017
All events are listed in Central Time. Submit your upcoming event using our Contact Form.
A REMINDER, 18 hours more of shopping. Columbia Walmart IS OPEN ALL DAY TODAY
until it Closes at 6pmCT Will reopen will reopen after Christmas at 6amCT on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 and remain open 24/7/364. - LW | (ID:51233, Comment)
8:30amCTThree Christmas Eve services at 8:30amCT, 5pmCT, and 10pmCT, at Russell Springs United Methodist Church, 206 Jamestown St, Russell Springs, KY. Sandy Evert. STORY | (ID:51190, Comment)
9:00amCTCombined service today at Columbia Baptist Church. STORY - WM. SANDELL | (ID:51091, Comment)
Morning services same, Evening Service Canceled at Egypt Christian Church, 4855 Knifley Rd, Columbia, KY will have its regular Sunday Services on Sunday morning, December 24, 2017. Breakfast fellowship at 9amCT; Sunday School at 9:30amCT and Worship at 10:30amCT. All evening services are cancelled. Thanks, - W M Feese Jr STORY | (ID:51180, Comment)
Third of three special Christmas Programs at Greensburg United Methodist Church Today - DETAILS | (ID:51236, Comment)
9:30amCTKnifley Christian Church, 6029 Elkhorn Road, Knifley, KY only this one service on Christmas Eve No Sunday School. No Evening Service. - Emily Pilant, Church Clerk STORY/DETAILS | (ID:51141, Comment)
One combined service at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2418 Campbellsville Road, Columbia, KY. STORY - - Connie Scott, Trinity UMC Secretary | (ID:51114, Comment)
10:00amCTGREEN COUNTY: Christmas Service at Greensburg UMC 11 W Court Street, Greensburg, KY DETAILS/Three event Christmas Eve Schedule. - Dale Curry, pastor | (ID:51108, Comment)
2:00pmCTServices, Edmonton, KY, for Peggy Jean Coffey, Metcalfe County, KY (1935-2017) | (ID:51220, Comment)
Second of three special Christmas Programs at Greensburg United Methodist Church - DETAILS | (ID:51235, Comment)
4:30pmCTChristmas Eve Candlelight Service, Trinity United Methodist Church. STORY - Connie Scott, Trinity United Methodist Church | (ID:51115, Comment)
5:30pmCTChristmas Eve Candlelight Service at Glens Fork Church of Nazarene, 7811 Hwy 55 South, Columbia, KY. Brian Fudge. STORY | (ID:51162, Comment)
9:00pmCTCandlelight Service at Through the Fire Worship Center | (ID:51080, Comment)


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