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Clifford 'Eddie' Bernard, 52, Russell County, KY (1967-2020)

Eddie Bernard, 52, of Jamestown, KY passed away Saturday, April 4, 2020 at his residence.

Eddie was born in Columbia, KY on December 29, 1967, a son of Clifford Bernard, of Jamestown, KY and the late Verlene (Murphy) Bernard. Services are private.

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2020-04-05 22:28:13 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

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Bill Perkins, 71, leader among area Veterans (1948-2020)

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Bill Perkins, 71, leader in Taylor County, KY (1948-2020)

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Bill Perkins, 71, leader in Taylor County, KY (1948-2020)

He was the Chairman of Veterans Services for Memorial Day and Veterans Day and was always ready to help any Veteran, a life member of VFW, Post #5910 in Lebanon, KY, and an active member in The American Legion Post #82 of Campbellsville.

William R. "Bill" Perkins age 71 passed away Saturday April 4, 2020.

The Funeral Service and Burial will be private due to recommendations / guidelines from The Office of Governor Andy Beshear and the KY Funeral Directors Association.

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2020-04-05 20:36:30 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Holy Week Journey to the Cross drive begins in Columbia

By Maggie Coleman

Columbia United Methodist Church is organizing a Columbia to Journey to the Cross Drive around Columbia. You can prepare your heart and mind for Easter and get out of the house while maintaining the necessary physical distance!

Throughout Holy Week, starting today, Palm Sunday, feel welcome to drive from station to station, reminding you and your family of the steps leading to Christ's death and His resurrection on Easter morning.

The drive will begin at the front of Columbia UMC located across from Save-a-Lot at 202 Burkesville Street. Directions to the next station will be located on each sign. Blessings and health to you this Easter season!

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Kentucky Color: Walking Thru History

By Billy Joe Fudge

With the beginnings of the new and wonderful South Highway 61, Dad often spoke about the fact that this would be the third Highway 61 that he had traveled on. Recently, I was blessed to find myself walking upon what I would consider to be Highway 61, number one. One day Houston Pennington, his Dad David and I were looking at a timber stand for a client. While David was walking in front of me I realized where we were walking; yep, on Highway 61, number one! We were walking South toward Breeding up the hill from Harrod's Fork Creek with Harrod's Fork Circle Road about a hundred feet to our right and a couple hundred yards beyond that, the new Highway 61.

Just to think that I was walking along the very route that my Dad's family and thousands of our ancestors would have been traveling by foot, on horse back, by wagon and by early automobiles, began to bring on a rush of memories; memories which Dad shared with me about when he was just a boy. Memories of trips to Columbia riding in a wagon that began at dawn of day and would finally end with them arriving back home late in the day and sometimes after dark. As he grew older, trips would often be made by him and his Dad, my Pa Abb, in a Model A or Model T of a neighbor who was making the trip into town.

Then I began to think back to many of my thousands of trips on my generation's Highway 61. Trips with memories which I will never forget, some of which were tragic and some of which may have been fraught with difficulties but are now cherished memories and of course, many memories filled with joys which still flood every facet of my being.

One of those "fraught with difficulties" trips which is now a "cherished memory" was a trip to an Adair County basketball game in Larue County.

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April 29, 1978 Around Adair with Ed Waggener

The article below first appeared in the April 29, 1978 issue of the Daily Statesman. Topics included praise for Gerald Reliford and Ralph Waggener, Daylight Savings Time, a population boom at Roley, Nancy Salato's Journalism award, and a call to the Redneck Anti-Defamation League. --Pen

By Ed Waggener

Thanks, Martha Burris
One of the first persons to call us when the Daily Statesman is wrong is Martha Burris. When she does, she is always, at least until now, right. We hope readers think she was right when she called Friday. She said, "I want to tell you when you are doing well. Gerald (Gerald Reliford) is doing a fine job. I really like the articles and I like the sermons he prints. And tell Ralph (Ralph Waggener) that the photo of Bobby Hutchison cleaning trash under the bridge (Daily Statesman, Wednesday, April 26, 1978) was a classic. It ought to be entered in a contest."

Thanks, Martha Burris.

Those are both good boys. You will have made them hard to live with, however. Ralph has always liked Kodaks, and he knows how to use the one he has. But with a subject like Lawyer Hutchison, how could he miss?

And this Reliford fellow. I agree. But he is getting to be a nuisance. He is a mighty hard act to follow.

And I sometimes wonder about an ordained minister telling some of the tales he and Deacon Bobby Willis tell.

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Helen E. Skaggs, Campbellsville, KY (-2020)

Helen E. Skaggs of Campbellsville passed away on Friday, April 3, 2020.

Services will be held privately, with burial to follow in Zion Separate Baptist Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at

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2020-04-05 08:38:23 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

LWC International Marketplace

Current events got in the way of spring plans in 2020, but you can click the headline for an album of photos from past International Marketplace days at Lindsey Wilson College.

By Sabine Eastham
International Student Programs, Lindsey Wilson College

Friday would have been our "International Marketplace"... We were in the midst of planning and prepping for it and our students were excited to share their love for their country with YOU! Guests would have been able to sample dishes from around the world and learn facts about culture, clothing and more from our international students. Please enjoy the trip down memory lane.... let's stay strong, let's stay at home! #ispworldstars --Sabine

2020-04-05 08:22:40 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Lindsey Wilson College

90 years ago: Entertainment, education, and the marvelous Maytag

During the first week of April, 1930, President Hoover began his 14th month in office; the economic depression, worsening by the day, entered its 21st week; the 15th federal census started; and America's Sweetheart, Mary Pickford, a few days short of her 38th birthday and in the twilight of stardom, went home a winner (Best Female Actress) from the first radio-broadcasted Academy Awards. But meanwhile, back in The Shire...


The Junior Class play, "Patty Makes Things Hum," packed the high school auditorium and the appreciative audience much enjoyed the fun. The cast included Marie White in the lead role, along with Stonewall Dohoney, Jr., Ethel Tarter. Louise Montgomery, Lola Hill, Mary Neat, future Columbia mayor Bunny Shively, Davis Jones, Cecil Henson, and Russell Wilson. Mrs. Ray (Ruth) Montgomery directed, with assistance from Mrs. W.J. (Berenice) Flowers, and the Blue Bird Orchestra provided the music under the direction of Mrs. Ores (Lula) Barger.

Those seeking other entertainment had several options over the next few days: a hot debate between Lindsey Wilson's two literary societies on April 10th; the Columbia - Jamestown baseball game at the Lindsey Wilson diamond, April 12th (general admission 25c, students 15c); and the CHS senior class play,"Am I Intruding?," a mystery comedy, May 2nd. And, even closer on the near event horizon, the 1928 movie "The Three Passions" would play the evening of April 8th at the Rialto: "Come and see the way of God, Gold and Woman." (A review written nearly eighty years later named the "passions" as ambition, greed, and lust for power.)

The Strong Hill family of Gradyville had just purchased a house in suburban Columbia and planned to move there post-haste. (A family member opened the door and welcomed the census taker into their new home when she came calling out Jamestown Road on April 24th.)

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2020-04-05 08:00:08 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Jim: History

Haiku by Robert Stone for April 5, 2020

Barricades arise:
time, absence, and change of heart
shadow past closeness.
--Robert Stone, Sunday, 5 April 2020.
-1000 haiku thrice now, more days coming up, Day 3127

2020-04-05 07:53:23 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

KDA: COVID-19 Resource For Producers

By Sean Southard

Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation have teamed up to develop a one-page COVID-19 pandemic resource for Kentucky producers, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles announced on Friday.

The document includes information on when producers should stay at home, animal care, and links to additional resources. To view the document, click here: KFB-COVID19 (PDF).

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2020-04-05 07:52:23 | Comments | Printable version

Video: Ghost in Columbia

Frequent Columbia Magazine contributor and amateur paranormalist Joe Hare captured this exclusive video on his front porch in downtown Columbia early on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Joe writes: "Anyone seeing any ghosts around town? What you see in this video is what I saw when the camera triggered early today. It has not been altered in any way. Della has been told for years this house is haunted, maybe so!"

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Letter: Social Distancing a Century Ago

Patricia Sue Mullins writes:
Thanks Mike Watson for this interesting article. It's amazing that they had to do all the same things we are. With all the ways we have to communicate and entertain ourselves no one should complain about having to stay at home to keep others safe! --Patricia
Comments re: Social Distancing practiced a century ago

2020-04-05 07:39:58 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

Sen. Max Wise's Legislative Update - April 4, 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

The Kentucky General Assembly wrapped up its final day before the start of a veto recess by passing a one-year Executive Branch budget.

The Senate met its constitutional obligation to pass a state budget this week, but the spending plan was truncated because of COVID-19. It's simply unclear how severe the disease's impact will be on the amount of taxes collected or the citizenry's wellbeing.

Instead of trying to pass a two-year financial plan with so many unknowns, legislators came together and crafted a 12-month budget using the most pessimistic revenue forecast considered by the state's nonpartisan economic forecasters. The heart of the spending plan is the executive branch budget found in House Bill 352, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers.

With economic uncertainties in mind, the Kentucky General Assembly had to reset sights from what was widely envisioned earlier this year where drafts of the budget proposal outlined increased school funding as well as pay raises for teachers and state employees. HB 352 would eliminate all salary increases included in earlier budget proposals but would hold SEEK base appropriation at $4,000 per pupil. The acronym stands for Support Education Excellence in Kentucky, the formula used to allocate state tax dollars to local school districts. In other education-related funding, HB 352 would provide $7.4 million for school-based mental health service providers. Their services are required based on the language in the 2019 School Safety and Resiliency Act.

Other highlights of HB 352 include $938,000 for the "rocket docket," a program to expedite court cases to save on legal fees, administrative expenses and even jail costs while ensuring timely access to the courts. Supporters of the expenditure said the rocket docket will be even more important because of COVID-19. The disruption in people's lives caused by the disease is likely to place additional stress on our court system.

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2020-04-05 07:33:20 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Politics

Birthdays and Anniversaries for April 5
Happy Birthday, Edward Kessler | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Lois Ann Wilson | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Micah Harvey | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Paige Lynn (1996) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Vicki McQueary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday for Gloria Ann Babbitt Yarnall, Adair Co., KY (1939) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Billy Ray Goff, Liberty, KY (1956-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, John Edwin Mascarenas, 75, Campbellsville, KY (1944-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Faye Luttrell, Dunnville, KY (1952-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Cordella J. Voils, Jamestown, KY (1937-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Betty Loraine Kessler Simpson, Green Co., KY (1954) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mary Ilean Hall, Russell Co., KY (1925) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, David E. Wilson, Taylor Co., KY (1931) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Edra Meece, Windsor, KY (1926) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Sheila Joyce Glenn, Adair Co., KY (1947 | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Merlin Wayne, Taylor Co., KY (1942) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jeffrey Scott Wilson, Casey Co., KY (1955) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lucille Blakey, Casey Co., KY (1923-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Glenda Mercer Janes Coomer, Adair County, KY (1940-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lorene S. Vance, 93, Adair County, KY (1921-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In memory birthday, Dorothy Hill Davenport (1932-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, John Wayne Rouse, 60, Monroe Co., KY (1954-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Jewell Baker Garmon, 92, Burkesville, KY (1923-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Dottie Russell Walton, 79, Metcalfe Co., KY native (1936-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Vera Mae Carman, 77, Casey County, KY (1939-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mary Dimple Smith, 92, Coburg, Adair County, Kentucky, native (1924-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, David Wayne Whitlock, 62, Center, KY (1954-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ruth Ann Motley, Marion County, IN/Adair County KY native (1948-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Doyle Ray Johnson, 76, Green County, KY (1941-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Mildred Dile, Green County, KY/Adair County, KY native (1952-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Norman Junior McQueen, 95, Kings Mountain, KY (1922-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Dorothy E. Payne, Russell County, KY (1923-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Leon Robert Shelby, Jr , Taylor Co., KY/Shiawasse Co., MI native (1924-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Clifton Marden Thompson, Metcalfe Co./Green Co. KY native (1943-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Rebecca (Becky) Sue Redford Holt, 45, Casey Co., KY native (1973-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Haven H. (Buck) Coffey, Russell County, KY (1948-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Addlean Bolin, Russell Springs, KY (1935-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, William E. Godbey, Casey County, KY (1927-2018) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)

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