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Aubrey Johnson, 93, Russell County, KY (1927-2020)

Aubrey Johnson, 93, of Jamestown, died Saturday, September 19, 2020 at the Russell County Hospital.

He was born January 20, 1927 in Russell County to Okle and Flora Gaskin Johnson.

He was employed by Russell County School District. He held various positions throughout his 31 years of employment.

He taught Health & PE and was the basketball coach at Russell County High School, was principal at Jamestown Elementary and was Director of Transportation throughout his career.

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2020-09-20 20:23:10 | Comments | Printable version

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A pumpkin artist is at work downtown

2020-09-20 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
An unknown artist is carving pumpkins and placing them around downtown Columbia. These two are on Greensburg Street at the corner of High Street. The first of October will bring SquareCrows to the Public Square. Registration for placement is underway and may be requested by calling City Hall at 270-384-2501.

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Rema Melson Ramlaoui, Adair County, KY native

Joan Knopp shared the following obituary of her Aunt.

Rema (Melson) Ramlaoui, 71, of Fullerton, California, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020, at St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton, California.

Rema was born on June 23, 1949, into a large, respected Adair County, Kentucky, Family. Rema was the youngest of ten sibling of the late Russell and Lela Shearer Melson.

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2020-09-20 20:15:50 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Mable Maxine Todd, 76, Adair County, KY (1944-2020)

Mable Maxine Todd, 76, formerly of Columbia, died Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset.

She was born March 7, 1944, in Adair County, to the late Carlton and Naomi McClure Todd. Also preceding her in death was a sister, Mary McDaniels. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Columbia.

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2020-09-20 20:08:41 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Herbert Fields, age 88, Metcalfe County, KY (1932-2020)

Herbert Fields, age 88, of Edmonton, KY passed away Friday, September 18, 2020 at T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow.

Born July 9, 1932 he was the son of the late Noah William and Mary Katherine Hurt Fields. He retired from Southern States Coop after 34 years of service and was a farmer. He was a compassionate man and had a meek and humble spirit. His Christian belief showed in his daily life. He was a member of the Grace Union Baptist Church.

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2020-09-20 19:57:28 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Singing tonight at Mt. Olive Baptist Church

Mt. Olive Baptist Church will be having a special singing tonight, September 20, 2020, at the church.

The church is located just out of the Sano community at 881 Mt. Olive Church Road, Russell Springs, KY. The singing will begin at 6:30pmCT.

The pastor and congregation invite everyone for a good time of fellowship in the Lord.

2020-09-20 14:30:11 | Comments | Printable version

September 29, 1981 Around Adair with Ed Waggener

The article below first appeared in the September 29, 1981 issue of the Adair County News. It included a history of Hill's Jolly Time Popcorn Company, which dominated the Public Square for a time in the late 1930s. Alumni of the business included T.P. "Cotton" Phelps, John Burr and Bill Walker. --Pen

By Ed Waggener

Successful graduates abound
Many Adair Countians, when asked about their degrees, answer, "I went through the School of Hard Knocks." Others admit that they learned what they know by graduating from the Old Kroger Store, from the F & M Grill, and now, many say they have come through Houchens' U.

There is a small but elite set of alumni from a little known firm which flourished in Columbia during the late 1930's. It was "Hill's Jolly Time Popcorn Company."

Lawrence Hill, Ruth Hill Wells' uncle, who now lives in Lexington, owned the business. He was as entrepreneurial as any who ever lived here.

As a boy, he developed a chain of popcorn stands.

The poppers were of his own design and were fabricated at Walker Stove Company, on Reed Street in Columbia. Frank Cole, (who later bought the business and renamed it Cole's Tin Shop, the name it thrives under today) under the proprietorship of Charles Cole, built the poppers.

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2020-09-20 09:22:08 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Around Adair with Ed Waggener

Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Justice Ginsburg

By Crystal Staley/Sebastian Kitchen

Frankfort, KY - In accordance with a proclamation from the White House, Gov. Andy Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away late Friday. Flags should remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of Justice Ginsburg's interment, which is yet to be determined.

Gov. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the commonwealth to join in this tribute.

2020-09-20 08:48:33 | Comments | Printable version

Secretary Adams updates legislature on general election

By Miranda Combs

Frankfort, KY - Secretary of State Michael Adams testified this week before the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations & Revenue, offering legislators an update on his efforts to ensure a safe and successful general election. Secretary Adams' full remarks are below.

Mr. Chairman, members of the committee, good afternoon.

Let me first observe that, over the past several months, a lot of legislators have come up to me and said, "You know, Adams, I was wrong about you." Unfortunately, all of those legislators have been Republicans.... [laughter]

In all seriousness, Kentuckians of all political persuasions should be pleased with how we've run our elections this year. As I testified on July 28, in our primary election we gave voters options, we had high turnout, we had no spike in COVID-19 cases, and we had no evidence of vote fraud. Challenged by out-of-state haters, we proved them wrong and became a national success story.

My goal for the general election has been to keep what worked well and improve what didn't. Governor Beshear agreed with this goal and we spent about a month working through details. The template plan we worked off of came from a bipartisan group of county clerks and members of the State Board of Elections.

To be sure, the final agreement helps Democrats. It also helps Republicans. It also helps Independents, Libertarians and any other voter who wants to participate safely in this election.

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2020-09-20 08:47:34 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Politics

Tommy Ann Pyles, 79, Taylor Co., KY (1940-2020)

Mrs. Tommy Ann Brockman Pyles of Taylor County passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020 in Campbellsville at the Grandview Nursing and Rehab. She was 79 years old.

The funeral service for Tommy Ann Pyles will be conducted at 1pmET on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, in the chapel of the L.R. Petty Funeral Home, 1765 New Columbia Rd., Campbellsville, KY, with Bro. Paul Dicken officiating. Burial will follow in the Campbellsville Memorial Gardens.

Visitation is requested after 11amET on Tuesday until time for the service. Social distancing and Masks are required.

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2020-09-20 08:33:52 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Southern Heirs heading to Pall Mall, TN next week

By Charles Shepherd

The Southern Heirs, the Russell Springs-based gospel group, will be singing at Chanute Separate Baptist Church, Hwy 127 South, in Pall Mall, Tennessee, at 10amCT on Sunday, September 27, 2020, for their Homecoming Service. Pastor Daniel Massengel and congregation welcomes everyone.

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Haiku by Robert Stone for September 20, 2020

Perhaps hundredth time,
ghosts of a score of autumns
heard poems once more.
--Robert Stone, Sunday, 20 September 2020.
-1000 haiku thrice now, more days coming up, Day 3295

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Birthdays and Anniversaries for September 20
Happy Anniversary, A. L. and Barbara Sinclair (1958) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Kenny and Robin Smith (1986) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Andrew Coffey | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Clayton Richards | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Delois (Sissy) Stapleton | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Dylan Claiborne (1993) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Ethan Alexander Goodson | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jacob DeMarco Payne (1982) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Landon Neal Coomer | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Marsha Beard | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Melissa Cundiff | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Melissa Moore | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Robert Horton | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Sally Pollard Kemp | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, William Gates, Jr. (1989) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Exie Bishop Burress, Campbellsville, KY (1925-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Leona Hicks Cable, Taylor Co., KY (1925) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Timothy Reginald Thomas, Green Co., KY (1970) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Rev. Billy Ray Bowen , Taylor Co., KY (1933) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Brenda Sue Loy, Russell County, KY (1945) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jolene Blevins Green Co., KY, native (1944) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mary Shively Marcum, Taylor Co., KY (1923) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ruth Noreine Kidd Davis, 87, Green Co., KY (1926-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Charles E. Hudson, Adair County, KY (1931-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Maxine Foley Cook, 95, Russell Co., KY (1920-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ruby Lena Wright, 88, Burkesville, KY (1928-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Nancy Jo Chansler, Windsor, KY/Adair Co. native (1979-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Daniel B. Moore, 17, Russell Co., KY (1999-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Anna Faye Minton Meece, Somerset, KY (1937-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Wilma Holt, 86, Taylor County, KY (1930-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jean Pickett, 84, Adair County, KY (1932-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Master Bryson Carter Davis, infant, (Wed 20 Sep 2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Alice Wilson, 77, Liberty, KY/Dunnville, KY native (1940-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lillian Margaret Foley, Russell County, KY (1930-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Barbara Jean Montgomery Hallums (1941) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Janet L. Lawless, 71, Russell Co., KY (1944-2016) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Kathleen Earls, 82, Russell County, KY (1937-2019) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Michael Adam Copley, Taylor Co., KY (1979-2014) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mona Mae Eubank, 95, Campbellsville, KY (1925-2021) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Robert Cloyd Matney, Green Co., KY (1935-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Steve Ratliff, 61, Campbellsville, KY (1959-2021) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)

Events scheduled for Sunday, September 20, 2020
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9:00amCTHomecoming service at Christie Chapel UMC | (ID:60981, Comment)
9:30amCTHomecoming at Egypt Christian Church | (ID:60999, Comment)
6:30pmCTSinging tonight at Mt. Olive Baptist Church | (ID:61014, Comment)


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