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Letter: commending Clerk Lisa Greer and election officers

Wendy Butler Burt writes:
As chair of the Adair County Democratic Party, I want to thank and commend County Clerk Lisa Greer and her entire election team for putting together a fast and extremely efficient early voting system in Adair County.

I arrived at the Courthouse Annex this morning and within minutes was able to cast my ballot for the 2020 Election. If only everything worked this smoothly in this challenging year! I encourage all Adair County voters to take advantage of early voting for this election.

Again, thank you for the time and attention you have put into making this election work for the citizens of Adair County. - WBB

2020-10-14 20:17:28 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

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Homemakers Membership Drive

By Teresa Bright
Adair County Cooperative Extension Service

Extension Homemakers are having a drive-by "Kick it Up" membership event. Folks can renew their dues or join for the first time. The event starts tomorrow, October 15, and runs through Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Thursday and Friday the event will take place in the parking lot of the Adair County Extension Office at 409 Fairground Street in Columbia, from 9amCT until 4pmCT.

On Saturday, Homemakers will have a booth at the Farmer's Market on the Square.

During these days, anyone who joins or renews their dues will be included in a drawing for some cash prizes and other nice gifts. Also, anyone who joins will receive a "goodie bag" which includes lots of nice items donated by UK Healthcare, Lake Cumberland District Health Department, TJ Samson Hospital and Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

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2020-10-14 19:47:54 | Comments | Printable version

Adair Co. Adult Education can help with free GED tests

By Alissa Barnes

For a limited time, while funds last, GED tests are FREE! This is a potential savings of $120. If you need your GED, now is the time to act. As a reminder, Adair County Adult Education, 969 Campbellsville Rd., Columbia, KY, is open to assist you in our office or to provide resources for you to study and work towards your GED at home.

We are here to help from 8amCT to 4pmCT on Mondays and Thursdays, and from 8amCT to 5pmCT on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please call us at 270-384-1741 if we can help in any way!

2020-10-14 17:20:29 | Comments | Printable version

Hicks sentenced to 12.5 years in prison

From the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, 29th Judicial Circuit

On Tuesday, October 13, 2020, Samuel Joseph Hicks appeared in Adair Circuit Court for final sentencing on several felony offenses. Hicks, age 41 and a resident of Maryville, Tennessee, had previously pled guilty as charged to the Class B Felony offense of First-Degree Unlawful Transaction With a Minor, as well as the Class D Felonies of Third-Degree Sodomy; Third-Degree Rape; and two (2) counts of Prohibited Use of an Electronic Device to Induce a Minor to Engage in Sexual Activity.

Judge Judy Vance Murphy sentenced Hicks to serve 12 years and 6 months in prison for the crimes, which was the sentence that had been recommended by Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Wright at the time Hicks entered his guilty plea.

The investigation into the case was led by Kentucky State Police Trooper Billy Begley and Detective Marvin Blakey, who are both assigned to KSP Post 15 in Columbia.

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2020-10-14 17:17:46 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Police and Fire Reports

Governor's Wednesday update: 1,346 new cases

By Crystal Staley/Sebastian Kitchen

Frankfort, KY - Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday updated Kentuckians on the commonwealth's continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) as the state posted the largest regular one-day increase in recorded cases.

Gov. Beshear continues to conduct news conferences remotely as he and his family self-quarantine in the Governor's Mansion after they were potentially exposed to COVID-19 late Saturday afternoon through a member of the Governor's security detail.

The Beshear family tested negative yesterday and will remain in quarantine until cleared by the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH).

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Oct. 14, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 83,013 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 1,346 of which were newly reported Wednesday. One hundred and seventy-one of the newly reported cases were from children up to age 18, of which 34 were age 5 and under. The youngest was just 2 months old.

This was the most coronavirus cases reported in Kentucky in a single day that didn't include a backlogged set of cases, as happened recently when some Fayette County case numbers were added.

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2020-10-14 17:15:05 | Comments | Printable version

Andrew Allen Yates, 77, Greensburg, KY (1943-2020)

Andrew Allen Yates of Greensburg passed away on Monday, October 12, 2020 at his home. He was 77 years old.

The funeral services for Andrew Allen Yates will be conducted at NoonCT on Friday, October 16, 2020, at the Cowherd and Parrott Funeral Home, 206 S. Main St., Greensburg, KY, with Bro. Robbie Harmon officiating. Burial will follow in the Green County Memory Gardens.

A walk through visitation is requested from 5pmCT until 8pmCT on Thursday at the Cowherd and Parrott Funeral Home, and after 7amCT on Friday until time of the funeral service.

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2020-10-14 17:11:03 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Men's Prayer Breakfast, Sat 17 Oct 2020

By W. M. Feese, Jr.

Egypt Christian Church will be hosting the October Men's Prayer Breakfast in the church fellowship hall at 8amCT on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

A full country breakfast will be served along with Bible Study and Prayer. All men and boys are invited, but must make a reservation. Anyone who failed to sign up at the church may make a reservation by calling 270-378-1205 or 270-872-2840.

The church is located at 4855 Knifley Rd., Columbia, KY.

2020-10-14 17:06:21 | Comments | Printable version

LWC Swimming raises money for the Heifer International

By Christopher Coombs

Members of the Lindsey Wilson College men and women's swimming teams took time from their fall schedules on Wednesday to raise money for a good cause.

The Blue Raiders canvased the Columbia-Adair County area to raise money for the Heifer International -- a global nonprofit organization, working to eradicate poverty and hunger through sustainable, values-based holistic community development.

"I like the educational aspect of Heifer International," Lindsey Wilson swimming coach Alicia Kemnitz said. "They don't just provide an animal or crops to the people; they teach them how to get the most out of them while sustaining the benefits long term."

"It is an incredibly worthwhile organization that empowers people to help themselves," Kemnitz added. "Also, they encourage those they help to pass it on to other families. It's an organization we are proud to support."

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2020-10-14 08:54:51 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Lindsey Wilson College

CU to hold virtual commencement for December graduates

By Ariel C. Emberton

Campbellsville, KY - In light of the continued precautions dictated by COVID-19, the Campbellsville University December commencement ceremony will be in a virtual format at 6pmCT/7pmET on Friday, December 18, 2020.

"Graduation is a very important event in a student's college career, and we regret having to miss the personal time we normally share with our graduates at CU. To provide a top-notch virtual celebration is the next best alternative to celebrate the success of all our graduates," Dr. Donna Hedgepath, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said.

In order to participate in the virtual ceremony, graduates will need to contact the university bookstore at to get their cap, gown and diploma cover.

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2020-10-14 08:52:05 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Education

Stivers retires, Irvin named new director of AC Tourism

Caleb Irvin was introduced as the new Director of Adair County Tourism by the Board in a special meeting last week.

The event was held to give retiring director Sue Stivers their thanks and a plaque honoring her dedication and years of service. In attendance were Mayor Pamela Hoots and Tourism Board members David Butler, Marla Shelley, Caleb Irvin, Sue Stivers, Pam Hancock, Danny Reeves, and Amy Mitchum.

I look forward to continuing Sues legacy, Caleb said afterwards, I have some big shoes to fill but Im looking forward to what is to come!

The next activity of the AC Tourism Board is the upcoming Crappie Fishing Tournament at Holmes Bend Marina October 24th. Watch Columbia Magazine this weekend for many more details on the Tournament.

2020-10-14 08:43:12 | Comments | Printable version

Green River Industrial Park road estimate accepted

The Adair County Economic Development Authority (EDA) met Tuesday October 13, 2020 to vote to go forward with the bid on the road through the Green River Industrial Park.

The vote was unanimous to accept the successful bid from Greer Excavating of Knifley, KY for $274,423 which was below the engineer's estimate.

EDA Chairman Bobby Morrison said the notice of award has been faxed to the engineers.

2020-10-14 06:34:43 | Comments | Printable version

Adair Co. Schools going virtual the rest of this week

By Pamela Stephens, Superintendent
Adair County Schools

After our second day of double digit numbers in our student body we decided to return to Virtual Instruction for the remainder of this week. Our hope it to return to Face-2-Face Instruction early next week. Below you will find the numbers per school for both students and staff.

Of our 41 students quarantined and 6 positive cases we have 18 virtual students and 29 Face-2-Face.


Our county number is currently 46.1 and with the continued climb of positive cases it seems our risk has greatly increased. It is important to know that we are NOT out for 10 days. We are able to social distance within the classrooms and with everyone wearing a mask we will be able to return to F-2-F classes as soon as the numbers stabilize.

Adair County has been hit hard with increased numbers over the past week. Our information will be posted on the Adair County School website Wednesday. This will help our community to see the numbers that are directly related to our school community.

2020-10-14 05:42:34 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Education

Sunny today, high 77F

It's currently 47F at the Adair County Mesonet station. Today will be sunny, with a high near 77F. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the morning.

Tonight will be clear, with an overnight low around 58F and south wind 6 to 10 mph.

Thursday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 74F and southwest wind 8 to 11 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Thursday night will be mostly cloudy, with a 40 percent chance of showers. Thursday's overnight low will be around 43F, with north wind 5 to 8 mph.

2020-10-14 05:15:20 | Comments | Printable version

Haiku by Robert Stone for October 14, 2020

Cake satisfies guest
so honor of house is saved
by first time baker.
--Robert Stone, Wednesday, 14 October 2020.
-1000 haiku thrice now, more days coming up, Day 3319

2020-10-14 05:12:32 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

7-County Area Courts for Wed 14 Oct 2020

Local schedules for Circuit Courts, District Courts, for Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at a glance:
  • Adair County: No events Circuit Court. 46 events District Court.
  • Casey County: No events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Cumberland County: 1 event Circuit Court. 56 events District Court.
  • Green County: 1 event Circuit Court. 2 events District Court.
  • Metcalfe County: No events Circuit Court. 65 events District Court.
  • Russell County: 2 events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Taylor County: 2 events Circuit Court. 108 events District Court.
Note: NOT Official. Always Click to Docket for all Kentucky Counties

2020-10-14 05:12:03 | Comments | Printable version

Brown & Brown Insurance acquires two new companies

By Wes Feese, Marketing/PR Specialist

Mike Neal, President of Brown & Brown Insurance headquartered in Columbia, KY, announces the acquisition of two new companies - Auto Care Essentials, and Vehicle Administrative Services. The news releases follow:

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- J. Scott Penny, Chief Acquisitions Officer of Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE:BRO), and James (Jim) E. Bright, the principal owner of Bright & Associates, Inc. and its affiliate Auto Care Essentials, LLC (collectively, Bright & Associates), today announced that Brown & Brown Dealer Services (BBDS) has acquired substantially all of the assets of Bright & Associates.

Bright & Associates is an independent sales and service organization providing F&I products and sales support to the automotive, marine, power sport, and RV markets since 1977.

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2020-10-14 04:37:01 | Comments | Printable version

Missing Adair 4-year-old girl found safe after search

At 1:52PM Central Time the Adair County E-911 Center received a call of a missing 4 year old female child from a residence in the 6900 block of Greensburg Road.

The child had last been seen in the back yard of the residence where she was in care of her grandmother. It was suspected that the child had walked off with 2 dogs as they had been in the yard playing. After a brief unsuccessful search for the child the grandmother called 911.

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2020-10-14 04:11:00 | Comments | Printable version

Birthdays and Anniversaries for October 14
Happy Anniversary, Adrian and Ashley Stotts (2000) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Jimmy and Roxanne Roberts (1988) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Red and Frannie (1961) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Anthony Horton | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Britney Bunch | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Brody Zane Blair (2005) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Bryan Blair | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Connie Brockman | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Crystal Gilpin (1980) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Eric Goodin | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Isaiah Roy (2001) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jackie Goodin | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Katelyn Marie Arnold (2000) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Natasha Diane Smith (1978) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Tatum Ann Lewis | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Hershell (Toe) Logsdon, 75, Metcalfe Co., KY (1941-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Joe Marcum, 69, Taylor County, KY/Marion County, KY native (1947-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Harold Lynn Feese, Adair Co. native (1961-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Barbara Jean Curry, Adair County, KY (1939-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Bernice Rooks, Columbia, KY (1931-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Tammy Wade King, Taylor County, KY native (1966-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Donnie E. Owens, Russell Springs, KY (1947-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Irene Crawley Abell, Casey Co., KY 1930 | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Dorothy Mae Jeffries Pierce, 77, Green Co., KY | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Larry West, Russell Springs, KY (1949) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ortella Pickett, Adair Co., KY native (1923) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, William Melvin Peevler, Casey Co., KY (1926) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Catharine (Aunt Kate) Elizabeth Merritts, Green Co., KY (1915-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Arlin Wheet, Adair County, KY (1946-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, James Keith (T-Bo) Davis, Green Co., KY (1985-2013)) | (Updates/Corrections)
in Memory Birthday, Delmer Sherwood Dalton, Danville, KY (1929-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Dorothy Hendricks Durham, Casey County, KY (1932-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Acie Vernon Rodgers, Casey Co., KY (1947-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Regina (Speedy) M. McBeath Steely, Russell Co., KY (1936-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, William David McMahan, Taylor County, KY (1936-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Roger B. Bernard, 49, Jamestown, KY (1966-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Sam Hayes, 82 Taylor County, KY (1933-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Betty Celeste Kean, Russell Springs, KY (1926-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Harry Hugh Huffman, Center, KY (1945-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Charles "Poss" Muse, 79, Burkesville, KY (1937-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Christopher Kenten Shutters, Green County, KY (1961-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Stoy Warren, 86, Green Co., KY/Taylor Co. native (1930-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Shirley Bolt Garrett, 84, Taylor County, KY/Casey County native (1932-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Bessie Faylene Wray, 71, Yorktown, IN/Columbia, KY native (1945-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Eural G. (Jeff) Jeffries, Taylor County, KY/Green County, KY native (1927-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Virginia Fraser Janes, Metcalfe Co., KY (1927-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Les Henderson, Knifley, Adair County, KY (1926-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Pauline Garrett Workman, Cumberland Co., KY (1916-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jimmie Donald Hubbard, 78, Metcalfe Co., KY (1939-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Vernon Dwayne Lee, Dunnville, KY (1955-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Nancy Dice, Columbia, KY (1931-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Brack Crawhorn (1910) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Darrell Wayne Meeks, 52, Casey County, KY (1967-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Kevin Kirkpatrick, 68, Columbia, KY (1951-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ronnie Gene Loy, 71, Jamestown, KY (1948-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)

Events scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, 2020
All events are listed in Central Time. Submit your upcoming event using our Contact Form.
6:30amCTTJ Health Columbia Lab Pre-Draws, 6:30amCT to 9:30amCT
Blood work and flu shots available each day. | (ID:60985, Comment)
8:00amCTEarly in-person Voting day two at Adair Annex on the Public Square | (ID:61094, Comment)
9:00amCTFormer baseball player, Singleton, speaking in Dialogue on Race at CU | (ID:61091, Comment)
Extension Homemakers Membership Drive
At Farmer's Market on the Square | (ID:61099, Comment)
2:00pmCTServices for Bill Cox, 72, Columbia, KY (1948-2020) | (ID:61093, Comment)


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