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ACMS SBDM Council meeting, Mon 10 Feb 2020

By Alma Rich, Principal
Adair County Middle School

The regular monthly meeting of the Adair County Middle School SBDM Council will be held on Monday, February 10, 2020, at 4pmCT at Adair County Middle School, 322 General John Adair Dr, Columbia, KY.

The Arrows PTO group will be meeting at the school at 5pmCT.

Both meetings are open to the public.

2020-02-07 17:11:41 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Education

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Scenic Taylor County: Brookside Cemetery

2020-02-07 - Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Larry J. Smith, General Manager, The Big Dawg, FM 99.9 radio.
Larry writes, "Friday morning in Downtown Campbellsvillle. A winter scene from Campbellsvillle's Historic Brookside Cemetery." - LJS
The view from the cemetery looks over the School of Education at Campbellsville University to the steeple at the Campbellsville Baptist Church.

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LWC Basketball hits the road tomorrow to face Shawnee State

By Brady Budke

The Lindsey Wilson College men's basketball team (RV) and women's basketball team (No. 14) continue conference play tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, February 8, 2020, on the road facing Shawnee State (Ohio) beginning at 1pmCT with the women's matchup followed by the men's matchup at 3pmCT.

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2020-02-07 16:23:04 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Sports

Gov. declares State of Emergency in Eastern KY

By Crystal Staley/Monica French

Frankfort, KY - Gov. Andy Beshear has declared a state of emergency in response to flooding in several southeastern counties.

"By declaring a state of emergency, I am enabling the mobilization of state resources to be utilized in support of cities and counties in need," said Gov. Andy Beshear. "We are acting swiftly to ensure the safety and security of Kentucky families and communities that have been impacted."

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2020-02-07 16:19:57 | Comments | Printable version

LWC Baseball adds weekend road series with King

By Christopher Coombs

The Lindsey Wilson baseball team has added a weekend road series against NCAA DII opponent King (TN). The Blue Raiders and Tornado are set to play a game on Saturday, as well as a doubleheader on Sunday. First pitch on Saturday is scheduled for NoonCT as the start of Sunday's double-header will be at 11:30amCT.

Lindsey Wilson was originally scheduled to take on Saint Francis at Egnew Park this weekend but persistent weather forced the change.

The Blue Raiders (1-2) look to improve from last weekend's performance during their season opener against RV Reinhardt (GA).

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2020-02-07 15:44:06 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Sports

The right to bear umbrellas

After gun rallies, Beshear says he'll look into relaxing Capitol security further

By Daniel Desrochers, Lexington Herald-Leader

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday his administration is evaluating rules about what people can and cannot bring into the Capitol, but that any changes the administration makes won't restrict the ability to bring guns into the Capitol.

"We believe that the rules right now, if followed, are appropriate, at least as it comes to firearms, which are constitutionally protected," Beshear said. "We need to take a look back at some other rules that have been put into place, whether they're about umbrellas or other issues."

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2020-02-07 14:32:45 | Comments | Printable version

Letter: More birth announcements

Comments re: Letter: Vonnie's post


In the early 1900s, most Adair County births went unreported in the News but a few appeared in the various community newsletters, while others, if of a fairly prominent family, might draw separate mention.

As another CM reader noted, details were scarce (although now and anon, a bit of political commentary got slipped in).

Three announcements randomly picked from 1900 & 1901:

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2020-02-07 14:29:00 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Jim: History

Sen. Max Wise's Legislative Update - February 7, 2020

Personal political commentary/opinions of the writer

By State Senator Max Wise, (R-Campbellsville)
16th District: Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne Counties

It was a busy but productive fifth week of the 2020 Regular Session as we passed a wide array of bills through the Senate and continued biennial budget discussions.

As we wait to receive a budget proposal from the House of Representatives, where all spending bills must originate, the Senate the Appropriations & Revenue Committee has already begun an intensive review process of the budget proposed by the Governor. Crafting the Commonwealth's two-year financial plan is a lengthy process, but I am confident that the final product will be fiscally responsible while ensuring sufficient funding for our critical programs. I will keep you updated on the status of the budget in the coming weeks.

The Senate Majority made notable progress on the 2020 legislative agenda, successfully passing 11 bills over the course of the week, including Senate Bill (SB) 1 and SB 7.

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2020-02-07 14:27:13 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Politics

Ag Business Summit is Tuesday, 11 Feb 2020 in Columbia

By Nick Roy, Adair County Extension Agent
for Agriculture & Natural Resources

The Adair County Cooperative Extension Service will host an Ag Business Summit on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 10amCT. Business owners and community leaders are encouraged to attend.

This program will provide you with information you may find useful in making decisions in your ag business. Topics will include ag economic outlooks, 2019 farm income and expense review, and results of the latest USDA ag census.

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2020-02-07 14:11:01 | Comments | Printable version

Valentine's Day is also National Donor Day

February 14 is not only Valentine's Day but also National Donor Day, which serves as a reminder of the importance of discussing with your loved ones the life-saving possibilities of organ and tissue donation.

Dennis Loy, Circuit Court Clerk in Adair County, said "We hope everyone will use National Donor Day as a time to discuss organ and tissue donation with those closest to you. Together, through spreading the word and educating others about donation, we can take small steps each day toward saving more lives."

In Kentucky, one can join the Kentucky Donor Registry at the Circuit Court Clerk's offices in each of Kentucky's 120 counties or online at where one can learn about the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks' Trust for Life, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates, and the Kentucky Lions Eye Bank.

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2020-02-07 11:40:16 | Comments | Printable version

Are underwater speakers the answer to Asian carp?

By Mike Stunson, Lexington Herald-Leader

There is an Asian carp problem in two Western Kentucky lakes, and officials have begun using a new method to get rid of them, according to media reports. Officials began testing a Chinese method this week that incorporates netting, underwater speakers and electronic equipment at Kentucky and Barkley lakes, according to WFPL.

Called the "Modified Unified Method," officials hope to drive out the carp using "two effective sounds," WKMS reported.

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2020-02-07 11:36:34 | Comments | Printable version

ACSO: Traffic stop leads to felony drug charges

By Sheriff Josh Brockman
Adair County Sheriff's Office

On Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 9:28pmCT, Sheriff Deputy's Justin Cross and Joey Keith initiated a traffic stop on a 2005 Pontiac car on Russell Road.

During the investigation, deputies suspected illegal narcotics in the vehicle and called for the on duty K-9 to respond. Columbia Police K-9 Officer John Dial and K-9 Gunner arrived on scene, and Gunner made a positive hit indicator to the odor or presence of narcotics in the vehicle . A search of the vehicle was then conducted and, as a result, methamphetamine was located.

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2020-02-07 11:34:56 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Police and Fire Reports

LWC wrestling travels to face Cumberlands on Friday

By Grace Blomstedt

The No. 4-ranked Lindsey Wilson wrestling team will have a tough test Friday night as they travel to Williamsburg, Ky. to take on No. 6-ranked Cumberlands (KY). If the Blue Raiders win, they will secure a share of the Mid-South Conference North Division regular-season title.

The Blue Raiders (12-3, 2-1 MSC) are back in action after defeating MSC opponent RV Thomas More (KY) 38-9 Tuesday on senior night. Lindsey Wilson accumulated four pins, a tech fall, and three decisions to secure the victory.

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2020-02-07 11:31:06 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Sports

Letter: Naming parents on baby announcements

Kerry Robertson writes:
The marital status of the parents in no one's business. In addition, these days many women do not take their husband's name when they marry. --Kerry
Comments re: Letter: Vonnie's post

2020-02-07 08:30:14 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

Career Center and Adult Education Closed today

By Alissa Barnes

Adair County KY Career Center and Adult Education, 969 Campbellsville Rd., Columbia, KY will be closed today, Friday, February 7, 2020, due to illness.

2020-02-07 08:27:52 | Comments | Printable version

Coetzee sets meet record on day one of MSC Championships

By Brady Budke

Kingsport, TN - The Lindsey Wilson men's swimming team sits in second place after day one of the Mid-South Conference Swim Championships at the Kingsport Aquatics Center in Kingsport, Tennessee. The Blue Raiders rounded up 176.5 total points, trailing behind Cumberlands (KY) who amassed 245.5 points to hold the top spot.

Calvin Coetzee emerged as a top headline for Lindsey Wilson with his day one performance, as he set the new MSC Swim Championships meet record in the 500-yard freestyle. Coetzee began the event off to a strong start when he earned an A-cut and a first place finish in the prelims with a time of 4:37.39. In the finals race, Coetzee set the record with his time of 4:27.47, earning him first place, a First-Team All-Conference selection, and a national A-standard time.

Coetzee surpasses the old meet record set by Matija Luka Rafaj, who set the top time of 4:34.18 in 2017 while competing for Lindenwood-Belleville (IL) at the MSC Swim Championships.

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2020-02-07 06:17:05 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Sports

LWC Men's Basketball falls to Pikeville 95-64

By Christopher Coombs

Pikeville, KY - Looking to string together their third straight Mid-South Conference win the Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team struggled to find their rhythm all night against Pikeville, falling 95-64 at the UPIKE Gym.

The Blue Raiders (16-9, 5-6 MSC) shot just 36.4 percent from the floor after the Bears defensive efforts forced the Blue Raiders into ten turnovers and just one offensive rebound. Pikeville (17-7, 4-8 MSC) was efficient from the floor, knocking down 55.1 percent of their shots including an 11-of-24 mark from beyond the arc. Lindsey Wilson finished the night with just three assists as the Bears managed 21.

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2020-02-07 06:15:23 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Sports

Flurries this morning, high 35F today

It's currently 28F at the Adair County Mesonet station. It will be cloudy today, with snow likely through about 2pmCT. High near 35F, with west wind 7 to 15 mph, gusting as high as 25 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with an overnight low around 27F. West wind 5 to 7 mph becoming south after midnight.

Saturday will be mostly cloudy, with a 30% chance of snow, changing over to rain by mid-morning. High near 41F, with south wind 8 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Saturday night should be mostly clear, with a low around 25F and light and variable wind.

Sunday will bring increasing clouds, with a high near 54F. Light southeast wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning, gusting as high as 22 mph.

Rain will return on Sunday night, mainly after midnight, with an overnight low around 47F.

2020-02-07 06:14:22 | Comments | Printable version

Haiku by Robert Stone for February 7, 2020

Young married people
need to be most together
when children are small.
--Robert Stone, Friday, 7 February 2020.
-1000 haiku thrice now, more days coming up, Day 3069

2020-02-07 06:09:43 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

7-County Area Courts for Fri 7 Feb 2020

Local schedules for Circuit Courts, District Courts, for Friday, February 7, 2020, at a glance:
  • Adair County: No events Circuit Court. No 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. No events District Court.
  • Metcalfe County: No events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Russell County: No events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Taylor County: 2 events Circuit Court. 15 events District Court.
Note: NOT Official. Always Click to Docket for all Kentucky Counties

2020-02-07 06:08:29 | Comments | Printable version

Traffic Alert: I-65 Northbound in Hardin County (MM91)

By Chris Jessie

I-65 Northbound in Hardin County is blocked near the Exit 91 interchange due to a commercial vehicle crash. Clearing is expected to take 2-3 hours. Please consider an alternate route to get to the north side of Elizabethtown and rejoin I-65 from US 62, the Exit 94 interchange. Original Posting - 6am, February 7th, 2020

2020-02-07 06:07:03 | Comments | Printable version

Sports betting bill encouraged by many in KY leadership

Currently, sports betting is legal in Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Passing this legislation would not only ensure the state receives some of that revenue, but also ensures that it's a regulated industry and not operating on the black market.

Frankfort, KY - With support from educators, top business leaders, law enforcement and retirees, Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday called on lawmakers to pass sports betting legislation to stop Kentucky dollars from flowing to neighboring states and use those funds for needs in Kentucky.

"We have a real urgency in Kentucky. We need new revenue to support the needs of our communities, our state and especially our children who deserve the best education," said Gov. Andy Beshear. "We have an urgency to keep millions of Kentucky dollars from crossing our rivers and going to support the education and pension systems in our neighboring states. We are with business, education and pension leaders - Republicans and Democrats - working together on the same team. We all agree that passing sports betting is the right thing to do and we are working together to help move the state forward."

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2020-02-07 03:32:10 | Comments | Printable version

Birthdays and Anniversaries for February 7
Happy Birthday, Jaxon Piercy (2006) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Ann Melton, former Adair County Judge Executive (1959) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Betty Simpson | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Billy Fletcher | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Dawn Coomer | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Elizabeth McCubbin | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Gregoy Stapleton (2007) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Hanna Durbin (1990) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jackie Dale Cox (1981) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jon Hadley | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Kyle Curry | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Madison Stotts | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Phillip Coffey | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Renae "Nae Nae" Grant (1964) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Carolyn Jean (Sissy) Gaddis, Marrowbone, KY (1946-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Oval Monroe Foley, Russell Springs, KY (1929-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Michael David Mings, Bardstown, KY (1963-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, David Ray Stargel, 59, Russell County, KY (1960-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Shelby D. Druien, Sr., Taylor Co., KY (1933) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Wymon (Buster) Harmon, Taylor Co., KY (1950) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. Henry Critt Young, Green Co, KY (1917) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Rebecca Williams, Taylor Co., KY (1924) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mary Elizabeth Price Taylor County, KY (1916) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Esther Bell Taylor Co., KY (1932) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Bobby Ray Huddleston, Adair Co., KY (1952) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Beatrice C. Ladebauche, Adair Co., KY (1926) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Russell Price, Liberty, KY (1925-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lillian Grimmer, Adair County, KY, (1929-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, James Shannon Reeves, 44, Campbellsville, KY (1971-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Vicki Cook, 65, Cumberland Co., KY (1951-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lillie Wilson Withers, 88, Russell Co., KY (1928-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. James Raymond Hood, 74, Green Co., KY native (1942-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lester Coffey, 81, Russell County, KY (1935-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Vada Faye Conover Blankenship, 86, Russell Co., KY/Adair native (1931-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Betty Simpson, 79, Adair Co., KY/Cumberland Co., KY native (1938-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Travis Lynn Tedder, 64, Taylor County, KY (1953-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Betty D. Jones Adams, Taylor Co., KY/Adair native (1939-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lena Mae (Elliot) Pittman, 82, Casey County, KY | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Philip Edward (Eddie) Clark, 69, Casey County, KY (1949-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Rose Merilene 'Mert' Patton Coffman, 74, Casey County, KY | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jewell Branham, Columbia, KY native (1939-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jan Rooks Wagner, Columbus, IN (1948-2020) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, David Ben Glover, Elkhorn, KY (1950-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Rodney James Wilson, 46, Russell Springs, KY (1974-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)

Events scheduled for Friday, February 7, 2020
All events are listed in Central Time. Submit your upcoming event using our Contact Form.
7:00amCTTaylor County School District closed today

Campbellsville Independent Schools also closed today | (ID:60163, Comment)
8:00amCTAdair Schools are closed today | (ID:60172, Comment)
Cumberland County Schools closed today | (ID:60182, Comment)
Russell County Public Schools closed today | (ID:60176, Comment)
Green County Public Schools closed today | (ID:60178, Comment)
8:30amCTAdair Co. Public Library Pellyton Bookmobile Run | (ID:60126, Comment)
10:00amCTServices for Clifton Lee Gosser, 73, Nancy, KY (1946-2020) | (ID:60154, Comment)
Services for Hilda Juanita Vannoy, 84, Casey County, KY (1935-2020) | (ID:60183, Comment)
11:00amCTPublic invited to LWC library for conference on issues of housing insecurity, homelessness | (ID:60157, Comment)
1:00pmCTServices for Jeffery Fugate, 58, Creelsboro, Russell County, KY | (ID:60166, Comment)
7:00pmCTBoys Varsity ACHS Basketball at Campbellsville | (ID:59965, Comment)


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