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Letter: Flowers on the Square

Maury E Lewis writes:
I want to say thank you to all the people who planted and are taking care of the flowers on the square. The big variety and colors are BEAUTIFUL. When I came to Columbia 15 years ago the very first thing I did was help the Garden Club plant daylilies in those beds and I really am glad they look so beautiful the summer I am leaving here.

I will truly miss being a part of this community but times change and I must head South once again.

I will be keeping up with things through the magazine, my beautiful church family and face book friends.

All my love to this community and I am so thankful God called me here to serve at Word of Life Family Church with Pastor Randy Parnell. --Maury E Lewis

2020-07-26 19:45:03 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

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2020-07-26 - from the beach - Photo by Hailey.
This was the best mail all week - missed by my youngest granddaughter. My heart felt the big hug over all the miles of separation.

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David Austin Foley, 27, Russell County, KY (1992-2020)

David Austin Foley, age 27, of Russell Springs, KY passed away Saturday, July 25 2020 at his residence.

He was employed by Dr. Schneider and member of New Friendship United Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Nancy Foley.

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2020-07-26 17:47:31 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Metcalfe preschool and kindergarten enrollment open

Metcalfe County Elementary School will hold open enrollment for incoming preschool and kindergarten students on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 8am until 4pmCT.

To make sure your child is enrolled please bring the following documents:

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2020-07-26 17:32:46 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Education

Mary Helen Maupin Putteet, 94, Casey County, KY

Mary Helen Maupin Putteet, of Liberty, Kentucky, passed from this life on Friday morning, July 24, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family. She was 94 years of age.

Born on May 4, 1926, in Casey County, Kentucky, Helen was a daughter of the Late Ray and Alta Anderson Maupin. She was a homemaker and a member of Trace Fork Separate Baptist Church. Helen was a faithful Christian lady. She loved being a minister's wife and traveling with her late husband, Coy, as he spread the gospel.

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2020-07-26 17:26:57 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Flash flood warning in effect Sunday, 26 July

At 5:46pmCT, Doppler radar showed thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the area. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen.

An additional inch or two of rainfall is expected within the next hour. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

Flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage and low lying areas is expected.

2020-07-26 17:22:50 | Comments | Printable version

April 21, 1978 Around Adair with Ed Waggener

The article below first appeared in the April 21, 1978, issue of the Daily Statesman. Topics included local trash pickup, new planters on the courthouse lawn, the Lindsey Wilson campus in spring, a protest from Pellyton about parking meters, and tricks for getting the best service at the area hospitals. --Pen

By Ed Waggener

Education will make clean-up last
The clean-up now underway should be a success, but whether or not the clean-up lasts will depend upon education of the people. The people will have to want Adair County to remain neat.

Gaylon Yarberry says that he has talked with some recent visitors to the states of Oregon and Washington. "The guy said that it is impressive, right at their state lines. The people in Oregon and Washington, he said, would no more think of throwing down a bottle or a paper cup outdoors in their beautiful states than they would think of throwing garbage on the floors of their homes.

We've come a long way in Adair County. I can remember when we thought the curb on the Square was the proper place to throw wrappers. Some can remember when the Square was unpaved and farmers sold watermelons by the slice off wagons. I'm told that the rinds were thrown right down in the mud. (And some say hogs were there to eat them.)

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2020-07-26 14:59:30 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Around Adair with Ed Waggener

Governor's Sunday update: New steps coming tomorrow

By Crystal Staley/Sebastian Kitchen

Frankfort, KY - Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday updated Kentuckians on the commonwealth's ongoing fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

"I want you to know that the White House and Kentucky state government are in complete agreement that the escalation of cases is going to require us to take some new steps," said Gov. Beshear. "We're going to announce those steps tomorrow and we'll talk through the what and the why behind each one."

Case Information
As of 3 p.m. July 26, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 27,079 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 316 of which were newly reported Sunday. Eight new cases were from children ages 5 and younger.

"Kentucky is in that spot now where if we don't act, we will look a lot like states in the South that are facing devastating consequences," said Gov. Beshear. "Thankfully today's numbers are lower than what we've seen recently, but we know less testing comes in on Sundays."

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2020-07-26 14:20:37 | Comments | Printable version

Jeffries Hardware, c. 1890 - 1920

A brief chronology of the early years of Jeffries Hardware, c. 1890 - 1920. Attempting to reconstruct a sequence of events of a century and more ago from fragments of information (and sometimes, from figments of imagination) brings both risk and frustration to the front. Having thus read the foregoing disclaimer, proceed at your own peril.


In Early Columbia, The Beginnings of a Small Kentucky Town (1976), author Ruth Paull Burdette referred to Town Lot # 68 (from the south corner of the Square to the exit corner of Jamestown street) as "one of the most important [lots] in town." She noted that in 1806, John Field, "step-son of William Hurt, the pioneer. . .built a store building where he ran a business from 1806 until the 1820s" (p age 12) on the corner where the Jeffries Building now has stood for almost sixscore years.

Nearly eleven decades after Mr. Fields' building went up, The News interviewed an unnamed "old citizen of Columbia, whose memory runs back sixty years or more," The gentleman spoke of that corner of the Square, stating, "Where the Jeffries Bros. building stands was an old brick [building], in which McBeath & Baker sold goods." (Adair County News, August 20, 1913.) Other sources identify "McBeath" as George W. McBeath, and "Baker" likely was Samuel M. Baker, who in 1850 lived near Mr. McBeath on Burkesville Street. Decades later, Mr. Baker, who died in 1870, drew a handful of mentions in the newspaper as having been a "prominent merchant" of Columbia. In January1922, John Ed Murrell (born 1852) of The News mused in passing about an unspecified era when "Sinclair Wheat and Alfred Gilmer sold goods on the Jeffries corner."

In the Beginning: Smith & Jeffries > Jeffries & Harris
At some point, likely between the mid-1880s and the very early 1890s, Mr. Charles "C.A." Smith, a rather prominent farmer of Adair County, opened a business in Columbia, location not specified. According to News editor C.S. Harris in late 1904,

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2020-07-26 10:57:57 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Jim: History

DIY Tick tubes can help control tick population

By Marie Freeman

Since the infestation in Metcalfe County of the Asian tick I thought it might be a good time to show how to make tick tubes again, or to purchase. In Kentucky, the best time is the end of July and the middle of April to stop the cycle.

I have been doing this now for over a year and I am seeing results. I believe just like wearing mask if we all did this we might cut the tick population way down. It's a simple process. The average is possibly up to 100 ticks every 10 feet. To kill that many with broadcast spray would require a lot of spray and a lot of other insects being affected. (Remember to keep your cats away from this until it's dry.) In the east where this was developed there seeing a 70% decrease in ticks around their home.

This link shows the process:, or you can go on YouTube, where there's all kinds of videos showing how to do it. Tick tubes can also be purchased commercially.

2020-07-26 08:00:01 | Comments | Printable version

Snake handling here, not so much as sport...

Here are a few wondrous stories of serpents upon the earth in early Adair County, from all sections, as reported in the Adair County News, a century ago, a mere sampling. Those who are fearsome of such critters, read no further.

Compiled by Mike Watson

Geo. Coomer killed a large rattle snake near our town (Gradyville) last week. [Adair County News, 20 June 1900, Gradyville]

Long blacksnake killed with chicken in its mouth--Mr. Chas. Yates informed us that he killed a snake, in his chicken yard, one day last week that measured 5 feet and 4 inches in length. The reptile had a chicken in his mouth. [Adair County News, 19 June 1901, Gradyville]

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2020-07-26 07:53:21 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Mike Watson - History

Haiku by Robert Stone for July 26, 2020

Bullies will resent
newcomer looking at them,
not shy and drooping.
--Robert Stone, Sunday, 26 July 2020.
-1000 haiku thrice now, more days coming up, Day 3239

2020-07-26 07:48:45 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

Birthdays and Anniversaries for July 26
Happy Anniversary, Jeff and Charlene Pike (1997) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Pam and Ralph Shearer | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Alicia Garnon ( July 26,1976) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Alisa Reeder (1970) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Billy Nobles | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Blane Bardin (2006) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Brandi Miller | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Brother and Sister - Yulanda Bradshaw and Brother Everrick "Moe" Bradshaw | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Bryan Miller | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Charley Michelle Decker (2010) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Crystal "Chris" Gayle Bennett (1977) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Erica Turner | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Everrick "Moe" Bradshaw | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Greg Hill | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jared Brock | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, LaGene Stephens Sexton | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Lindsey Caroline Darnell | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Lisa Daniel | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Melissa Gayle Harvey | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Melissa Horton (1977) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Melissa Jo Rooks | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, mother and daughter, Shanna and Lindsey Darnell | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Nancy Lynn Griffith | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Nicholas Hopper | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Nick Hopper | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Shanna Darnell | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Edward Lee (Eddie) Haynes, Campbellsville, KY (1945-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Edward W. Danhauer, Louisville, KY (July 26, 1928 - August 15, 2009) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ruby Pike, Adair Co., KY (1952) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Alfred Thomas Mason Russell Co., KY (1925) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, David Leon Wilson, Taylor Co., KY (1942) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mary Louise Taylor Selby, Russell Co., KY (1916) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Roger Neal Parnell, Adair Co., KY native (1975) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Glenna Mann, Adair Co., KY (1939) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lou Ann Riggs Turner, 71, Taylor Co., KY (1940) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Tawanna Lou Spears Cash, Cumberland Co., KY (1965) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, James E. (Sonny) Perkins, Taylor County, KY (1938-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jane Catherine (Pelly) Cundiff, Russell Co., KY, Adair Co. native (1915-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Christopher Miller, Cumberland Co., KY (1948-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Gertrude Welsh, Dunnville, KY (1919-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Alta Bernice Hoskins, Russell Co., KY (1934-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. Brian Lee Karp, Sr., Green County, KY (1938-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Donald Roy Hale, Casey County, KY (1941-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Donnie Ray Garrett, 70, Metcalfe Co., KY (1945-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Elizabeth Forrest , Elk Horn, KY (1929-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. Paul Howard (Bodie) Bow, 76, Burkesville, KY (1939-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Charlotte Joan Turner, 68, Russell Co., KY/Metcalfe Co. native (1948-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Shirley M. (Biddix) Pilkington, Adair Co, KY/NC native (1937-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Betty Cole Hurt, Cumberland Co., KY (1926-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, David V. Roy, 61, Russell Springs, KY, formerly of Columbia (1956-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Anna Jean Peake Williams, 73, Clementsville, KY (1944-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Duval Lorena Sidebottom Hay, Greensburg, KY (1923-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Alouise Wilson Johnson, Russell County, KY (1931-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, William Justice (Pete) Milby, Gabe, Green Co., KY, (1935-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ronnie Lee Benningfield, 77, Taylor Co., KY (1941-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Barbara "Barbie" Faye Young, 74, Breeding, KY (1944-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Charles Campbell, III, 20, Russell Springs, KY (1999-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Doris Browning Depp, Columbia, KY (1931-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Frances Pauline Hayes Troop, 91, Liberty, KY (1929-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, James Griffin, 85, Green County, KY (1932-2018) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Kay Burton Thomas, 74, Columbia, KY (1945-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Larry Dale George, 70, Columbia, KY (1950-2021) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Richard Lee Woodhouse, 80, Campbellsville, KY (1940-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Rose Derrington Walton, 81, Russell Springs, KY (1938-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)

Events scheduled for Sunday, July 26, 2020
All events are listed in Central Time. Submit your upcoming event using our Contact Form.
10:00amCTGospel Way Church homecoming and singing | (ID:60806, Comment)
10:30amCTCharity Baptist Church Homecoming | (ID:60804, Comment)
Don Neat to give testimony this morning at Gradyville Baptist | (ID:60808, Comment)
2:00pmCTServices for Clifton Lewis Jones, 59, Columbia, KY (1960-2020) | (ID:60810, Comment)


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