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COVID-19 status in Adair at end of day, 8 Apr 2020

Nightly update from the Lake Cumberland District Health Department:

Nine cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Adair County, KY as of Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

Seven cases are still active after one death, and one having been released from isolation.

Of the seven active cases - one is in home isolation, six are hospitalized.

2020-04-08 21:34:41 | Comments | Printable version

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Keeping the green lights on during pandemic

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Family hoping to gather in Perryville in late July, 2020

Thinking of summer family gathering - maybe by the end of July the annual reunion could still be possible.

By Mike Crain

The Annual Cocanougher-Connour Reunion is planned for Sunday, July 26, 2020 at The American Legion Hall at Perryville KY, 10amCT-3pm/11amET-4pm. A Potluck lunch will be about 12:45pm. In 2019, 72 of our family from six states attended. We hope many of those and others will attend this 2020 Reunion.

Do call before you travel a long distance since this Coronavirus could change plans.

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2020-04-08 21:12:06 | Comments | Printable version

Gov. calls for strength, resiliency as COVID-19 cases grow

New orders limit shopping to one adult per household, ban door-to-door solicitation

By Crystal Staley/Sebastian Kitchen

Frankfort, KY - Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday urged Kentuckians to be resilient in the face of hardship and sacrifice made as cases of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the commonwealth continue to grow.

"Remember even with those sacrifices, there are going to be escalating cases before we have fewer cases. In other words, we still know that across the country and here in Kentucky that it is going to get tougher before it gets better," the Governor said. "But we are not talking about an indefinite period of time. We know that there is an end. We just have to be strong enough to get there."

To further strengthen measures put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Beshear announced new executive actions to boost social distancing.

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2020-04-08 19:02:55 | Comments | Printable version

ACSO: Man arrested on methamphetamine charges

By Sheriff Josh Brockman
Adair County Sheriff's Office

The Adair County Sheriff's Office has arrested James Bule of Tennessee after Sheriffs K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin was dispatched to the 2000 block of KY South 55 to investigate a complaint.

During the investigation, methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia were located.

Bule was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of:

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2020-04-08 18:58:22 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Police and Fire Reports

USDA to expand beef price fixing investigation

By Matt Smith/Michelle Bowling

Washington, D.C. - A day after Congressman Comer sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture calling for relief for cattle farmers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency has announced plans to expand an existing investigation into beef price fixing to include the negative effects of the coronavirus on cattle prices.

Following a 2019 fire at a beef processing facility in Holcomb, Kansas, USDA announced an investigation into beef pricing margins to review potential evidence of price manipulation, collusion or restrictions on competition. As of late, retailers and meat packers had seen increased profits, while farmers have seen a decrease in the value of their cattle. This issue has been exacerbated due to COVID-19, as cattle prices continue to decline even at a time of strong retail demand for beef.

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2020-04-08 18:55:36 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Politics

Commentary: An Open Letter to the Church

Jesus reminds us that the two great commandments are to love God and love our neighbor (Matthew 22:36-40). Submitting to our government honors God. Following the stay at home order and practicing social distancing to help slow the spread is loving our neighbor.

Commentary by Richard Nelson
Executive Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

I just got off the phone with a pastor friend in Eastern Kentucky who shared some sad and disappointing news. A person in his community traveled out of state, contracted COVID-19, and attended a church service shortly thereafter where other congregants contracted it. I just learned that one of them died.

This happened before the travel ban and large meeting prohibitions were put in place. This person spread it unknowingly, but in light of the seriousness of the disease, it's disappointing to learn that some leaders in the Christian community are resisting the government's stay at home orders as if this is a direct attack on the church and a violation of their First Amendment rights. It is not. The order applies to all large gatherings including sporting events, concerts, and schools. The intention is to slow the spread of COVID-19 until a vaccination has been developed.

Another pastor in North Christian County called me the other day and told me that he was being pressured to hold church services by some of his members. Shortly after, it was reported that a church in nearby Dawson Springs held a revival service where an infected member exposed worshipers. Four have since contracted COVID-19.

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2020-04-08 18:53:06 | Comments | Printable version

Can you donate PPE items to the Health Department?

The Columbia Adair County Chamber of Commerce sends word that the Adair County Health Department is in need of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations such as:
  • Surgical Gowns
  • Surgical Face Shields
  • Surgical Masks
  • N-95 Masks
If you can help out with any of these items, please contact the Adair Health Department at 270-384-2286 extension 3221.

2020-04-08 15:32:44 | Comments | Printable version

CU-Well Counseling Center expands free online counseling

By Scarlett Birge

Campbellsville, KY - These are stressful and uncertain times due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19). To combat higher levels of anxiety, depression, fear and other mental health concerns, Campbellsville University's CU-Well Counseling Center is now providing two free resources. The first is free online counseling. The second is free online community groups. Both are available to any person living in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

"Human beings weren't built for isolation; we are built for community. There's something very powerful and very encouraging about talking to people who are in the same situation that you are," Dr. Ken Hollis, program director of the master's in marriage and family therapy program and associate professor at Campbellsville University, said.

The CU-Well Counseling Center is the training center for the Campbellsville University Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy program. CU-Well is staffed by student interns, faculty and licensed marriage and family therapists who provide mental health counseling at no cost to those who are not able to afford to pay at this time due to the global coronavirus pandemic and national economic crisis. To learn more about receiving services from the CU-Well Counseling Center, call (502) 694-1444.

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2020-04-08 15:27:46 | Comments | Printable version

Annex open tonight for shelter from storms

At 2:46pmCT on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, The National Weather Service in Louisville, KY, issued the following Hazardous Weather Outlook for Columbia and surrounding areas:
A cold front will move through the area tonight and into the overnight hours, bringing chances of strong to severe thunderstorms to the area. The strongest storms will be capable of producing damaging winds, hail, heavy rainfall, and frequent lightning. A brief, isolated tornado can also not be ruled out.
Mike Keltner, Director of Adair Co. Emergency Management, sends word that the Adair County Courthouse Annex basement will be open for temporary storm sheltering tonight throughout the storms.

All same household groups or single persons must remain within the social distancing recommendations of 6+ feet between them. Mike says that with the size of the annex basement and the typical persons seeking shelter, the new guidelines should pose no problems.

2020-04-08 15:14:13 | Comments | Printable version

James Herbert Elmore, 77, Green County, KY (1942-2020)

James Herbert Elmore of Summersville, KY, son of the late Elvie Elmore and Mary Alice Warren Elmore, was born on Wednesday, June 10, 1942 in Green County and departed this life on Friday, April 3, 2020 at the Jane Todd Crawford Hospital in Greensburg. He was 77 years, 9 months, and 24 days of age.

Private services will be held. Cowherd and Parrott Funeral Home in charge of the funeral arrangements. Bro. Jerry Judd officiating.

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2020-04-08 13:00:44 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Joseph Garnet Hammond, 87, Russell Springs, KY (1932-2020)

Joseph Garnet Hammond of Russell Springs passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at his home. He was 87 years old.

All services will be held privately. Online condolences can be left at

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2020-04-08 12:59:59 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Bella Dawn Streeval, 3, Columbia, KY (2017-2020)

Bella Dawn Streeval, age 3, daughter of Keith and Sarah Janes Streeval of Columbia died Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at her residence.

Due to the Covid-19 virus, there will be a drive-thru visitation at the Solid Rock Full Gospel Church in Russell Springs, KY from 9amCT to NoonCT on Friday, April 10, 2020.

A private service and burial will be on Friday afternoon, with Bro. Wayne Keith officiating. Online condolences at

She was born on February 5, 2017 in Campbellsville, KY. Bella was a CMV warrior, who has educated and touched the world with her infectious smile and belly laughs. She fought many physical battles here on earth, but she never gave up. She enjoyed the outdoors with her family, swimming, listening to music and watching her favorite show Pocoyo.

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2020-04-08 12:55:27 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

CU to offer C2-Term classes beginning April 13, 2020

By Ariel C. Emberton

Campbellsville, KY - Campbellsville University's first C-Term (C for Campbellsville) began April 6 and was so successful that the university is offering a second round of classes, C2-Term, beginning April 13.

"The purpose of both the C1 and C2-Terms is to provide an educational opportunity for students whose lives have been significantly disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic," Dr. Shane Garrison, vice president for enrollment services, said.

"Many students found themselves returning home with limited access to the outside world. Campbellsville University wanted to help these students make the most of this unprecedented time," he said.

These classes are taught by university administrators and faculty pro bono and, like the first C-Term, will last eight weeks, running through June 6.

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2020-04-08 12:07:22 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Education

More on Marion Co. shooting

By Stevie Lowery, The Lebanon Enterprise

A Lebanon man is in jail after allegedly shooting a woman in the head on Sunday evening. State police said the victim died from her injuries Tuesday afternoon. According to KSP, the shooting occurred at approximately 8:48 p.m., Sunday evening, April 5, on Clear Creek Road in the Raywick community. KSP Post 15 was contacted by the Marion County 911 Center to respond to a complaint involving Timothy Mays, 48, of Lebanon who was in violation of his KY EPO/DVO by showing up at the petitioner's residence. When KSP Troopers arrived they discovered that Nina Devonne Hunt, 42, of Raywick had been assaulted, and had a single gunshot wound to her head.

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2020-04-08 11:02:47 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Police and Fire Reports

April 1940: Around the county and around the Square

As the first full week of April 1940 drew to a close, the war in Europe edged closer to a global conflict with the Third Reich's invasion of Norway and Denmark. the big band sound and popular solo performers such as Kate Smith and Bing Crosby filled the airwaves; the 1939 blockbuster "Gone With the Wind" continued its slow journey toward Columbia; and America continued its gradual ascent from the mire of the Great Depression. Meanwhile, back in The Shire...


The front page of the April 10 edition of The News featured a photo of Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Loy, who recently had celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary with "a bountiful dinner at their home on Petty's Fork Creek." (Mr. Loy passed near the end of April; Mrs. Loy joined him in eternity on December 31, 1943, her 85th birthday.)

Little Myrtle Fay Sparks escaped serious injuries, suffering only a broken arm and numerous bruises after getting struck near her home by a speeding vehicle. Rev. J.L. Lester's revival services at the Columbia Methodist brought in large crowds, and fourteen young Adair County men, aged 18 to 23, had been selected to participate the Civilian Conservation Corps. Edwin Barnett had just blown back into Columbia from Danville to take over the service department of Walker Motor Company, the successor to Ingram & Barnett Motor Co., in which he had been a partner.

The "Personals" column (Miss Martha Lena Burdette, society editor) reported Mr. J.H. Judd as improving from a recent bout of pneumonia; Lerman's manager Ben Green and family visiting relatives in Baltimore; and Dr. T.P. Stevenson still in convalescent care at St. Joseph's in Louisville following an appendectomy two weeks earlier. He expected to return home "in a few days."

In the Pickett community, Mr. and Mrs. Garnett Pruitt had hosted a Friday night candy breaking for a large group of young folks; Mrs. Lena Burris had been in the area taking the census; and the Foster Finn family had moved to Greensburg to take employment.

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2020-04-08 10:56:54 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Jim: History

Letter: Walmart pharmacy pick-up

Maury Lewis writes:
If you are picking up your medicine at the drive-up at Walmart Pharmacy you have to use a debit or credit card they don't take cash. --Maury Lewis

2020-04-08 08:33:36 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

Adair County 4-H Grab & Go Educational Kits - Week 2

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

Adair County 4-H is please to announce the 4-H Grab & Go Educational Kits. These are educational projects that youth can do at home. The kits contain the materials for the kids to do each of the projects. We have included in the kit a information sheet that we would request you return either by mail or drop in box when you pick up new kit, so we can track who is using the kits. We would also ask that you share photos of the youth who are using the kits on Facebook or other social media. Please use the tag #AdairCo4H. Our office Facebook page is Adair County Cooperative Extension Service. You can also email the pictures to

Who can get a Grab and Go kit? Anyone who would like to pick up one for youth in the community. We do ask that you only get one kit per youth.

When & Where can we get the kits? New kits will be place out every Thursday. You can pick up the kits up at the Adair County Cooperative Extension Service located at 409 Fairground Street, the Adair County Public Library and after spring break at Adair County Elementary School.

This second week we will have three kits to offer:

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2020-04-08 05:44:36 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Education

Cloudy, high 81F, chance of storms tonight

It's currently 64F at the Adair County Mesonet station. There's a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7amCT, then a slight chance of showers between 7amCT and 9amCT. It will be cloudy this morning, gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 81F. West wind around 10 mph.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely tonight as a cold front moves through the area. The strongest storms will be capable of producing large hail, damaging winds, heavy rainfall, and cloud to ground lightning, with a lesser chance of a brief, isolated tornado. Increasing clouds again, with an overnight low around 50F. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest 12 to 17 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph.

Thursday will start partly sunny, then gradually become sunny, with a high near 58F. West wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Thursday night will be partly cloudy, with a low around 35F and west wind 7 to 13 mph.

2020-04-08 05:39:05 | Comments | Printable version

Learn where we stand today in LCDHD's weekly online meeting

Jelaine Harlow, Health Education Coordinator
Adair County Health Department

Lake Cumberland District Health Department wants to keep you informed with factual information pertaining to our COVID19 response.

We will be hosting weekly meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30ct / 2:30est @ LCDHD You Tube live (

Members of our Executive Staff and District Operation Center will be providing the latest updates on COVID 19 across our ten counties, as well as answering questions.

2020-04-08 05:35:40 | Comments | Printable version

Haiku by Robert Stone for April 8, 2020

Some older In years,
some much older in feelings
after a hard year.
--Robert Stone, Wednesday, 8 April 2020.
-1000 haiku thrice now, more days coming up, Day 3130

2020-04-08 05:34:29 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

7-County Area Courts for Wed 8 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 Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at a glance:
  • Adair County: No events Circuit Court. 6 events District Court.
  • Casey County: No events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Cumberland County: No events Circuit Court. 2 events District Court.
  • Green County: 1 event 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: No events Circuit Court. 8 events District Court.
Note: NOT Official. Always Click to Docket for all Kentucky Counties

2020-04-08 05:33:56 | Comments | Printable version

Birthdays and Anniversaries for April 8
Happy Anniversary, Mike and Sherry Hodges | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Richard and Charlotte Ollestad | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, William and Jamie Powell | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday Darrell Overstreet | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday Virginia Ponser "Ginny" Flanagan | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Azlynn Moore (2010) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Blake Kennedy Aaron (1994) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Brittany Sandusky | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Dr. Pamela Stephens | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jeff Biggs | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jimmy Curry | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Justin Reeder | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Kristin Goodin Hildabrand | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Landon Parnell (1979) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Mike Hodges | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Nicole Jackson (1987) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Pam Stephens | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Patricia Burton | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Trey Garmon (1995) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday Edwin (Tootie) Tarter, Adair Co., KY (1929-2009) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Herbert B. Johnson, Russell Springs, KY (1929-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Earlene Bright Holtzclaw, Campbellsville, KY (1934-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ceoda (Jack) Keltner, Adair Co., KY (1922) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Janice Marie Turner, Adair Co., KY (1946-2010) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Donald Richardson, Taylor Co., KY (1940) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ovaline HadleyThornsberry, Adair Co., KY native (1941) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Josephine Wilson, Casey Co., KY (1934) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Kenneth Hayes, Taylor County, KY (1929) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ermel Wilson, Russell County, KY (1933) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Wilma Faye Stephens, Russell Co., KY (1928-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Stella Mae Mann, 89, Adair County, KY (1925-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mildred (Millie) Mae Wilson Cravens, 73, Casey County, KY (1942-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Anna Margaret (Harrison) Perkins, Taylor Co., KY (1937-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Johnny Ray Rucker, Jr, Casey Co., KY (1964-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Billy Joe Kimbler, 60, Russell Springs, KY (1956-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Charles Reginald (Johnny) Miller, 55, Taylor Co., KY (1962-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Nellie O. Hadley Brown, 85, Dubre, KY (1932-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jane Frances O'Malley Dillon, Casey Co., KY (1938-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Joel (Buddy) Holt, 77, Adair Co., KY (1940-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jimmy D. Loy, 69, Russell County, KY (1948-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Vena Wethington, 75, Liberty, KY (1942-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Brian Lee Monroe, 18, Campbellsville, KY (2002-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, David Clay Sidebottom, Green County, KY (1939-2018) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Frank Rigney (1905-1976) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Louis Stargel, 77, Russell Springs, KY (1943-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mary Helen Morgan, formerly of Russell County, KY Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Michael Hughes, Russell Springs, KY (1950-2018) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Roy Lee Turner, 68, Columbia, KY (1952-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)

Events scheduled for Wednesday, April 8, 2020
All events are listed in Central Time. Submit your upcoming event using our Contact Form.
6:00amCTToday suggested as a day of prayer and fasting | (ID:60522, Comment)
NoonCTTake the Journey to the Cross - Drive from point to point during Holy Week | (ID:60509, Comment)
1:00pmCTBlood Drive at Glasgow First Christian Church | (ID:60505, Comment)
6:30pmCTLiving Last Supper online at Trinity UMC | (ID:60520, Comment)


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