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Gov. Beshear announces record high 3K COVID-19 cases

By Crystal Staley/Sebastian Kitchen

Frankfort, KY - Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state's highest ever number of new daily COVID-19 cases and deaths, as the pandemic significantly worsens across the commonwealth and the United States.

"Like almost every state in America, we are seeing a surge here in Kentucky that is concerning and deadly," said Gov. Beshear. "But like every state in America, the power to stop it is in our hands.

"This amount of community spread continues to hit our more vulnerable. We are mourning another loss of a veteran from the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center.

"This is the toughest spot we've been in so far. Please follow those red zone county recommendations and school recommendations. You must do your part. If you are not wearing a mask, you are putting yourself at personal risk. We cannot let this escalation continue. Everybody's got to pull their weight. Come on, Team Kentucky. Too many of us are hurting and too many of us are dying."

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2020-11-13 16:55:28 | Comments | Printable version

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COVID-19 Information for Adair Co. Schools 11-13-2020

2020-11-13 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Dr. Pamela A. Stephens, Superintendent.
Current cases at Adair County Schools as of 3pmCT on Friday, November 13, 2020.

Dr. Stephens writes, "Please be in prayer for my son-in-law, Mendel Sexton and his family in the early morning death of his dad, James Howard Sexton. Mr. James Howard was an Adair County School Board Member for many years."

Yesterday's numbers:COVID-19 Information for Adair Co. Schools 11-12-2020

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KSP investigating fatal Russell Co. motorcycle accident

By Tpr. Nick Hale

Trooper Matt Brumley is investigating a motorcycle fatality that occurred Thursday, November 12, 2020 at approximately 3:47pm on north US 127 near the Russell-Casey County line.

Preliminary investigations indicate that Austyn Deel, age 22, of Russell Springs, KY, was operating a 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle southbound on US 127 when he attempted to overtake several vehicles and ran off the roadway striking an earth embankment.

Deel was not wearing a helmet. He was transported to the Russell County Hospital where he was pronounced deceased a short time later.

Trooper Brumley was assisted at the scene by additional KSP personnel, Russell County EMS, and the Russell County Sheriff's Department.

2020-11-13 14:50:55 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Police and Fire Reports

Student meal information for next week

By Dr. Pamela Stephens, Superintendent
Adair County Schools

Adair County Schools will be Totally Virtual beginning Monday, November 16 through November 24, 2020. Hopefully our Blue/Red Hybrid Schedule will begin on November 30. A School Messenger call will be sent to confirm the date for moving back to the Blue/Red Hybrid Schedule.

Yesterday students were given food for today, Monday and Tuesday. Students today will be given food for Monday and Tuesday.

On Wednesday, November 18, boxes of frozen meals, for a week, can be picked up at the following schools from 11amCT to 2pmCT:
  • ACPC - all Virtual students that usually pickup food each Wednesday, and all In-Person BLUE students.
  • ACES - all In-Person RED students.
Please contact your child's school if you need to make other arrangements to pick up your child's food on Wednesday.

2020-11-13 14:46:46 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Education

Hanging being investigated at Adair Regional Jail

Columbia, KY, Friday, Nov 13, 2020 -- Adair County Regional Jailer Joey White released word Thursday, November 12, 2020 that a hanging in the Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY jail is under investigation.

Adair County 911 Dispatch is reported to have called Columbia Police, EMS and the Coroner's Office to the jail around 3:45amCT Thursday morning for an apparent suicide.

Shoreline Communications is reporting that the inmate is from Cumberland County which contracts its prisoners to Adair County.

As of this morning, Kentucky State Police is continuing the investigation.

2020-11-13 11:59:25 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Police and Fire Reports

LWC Men gear up for RedHawk Classic Friday & Saturday

By Brady Budke

A new season officially begins tonight for the Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team, which is set to play in the RedHawk Classic Friday & Saturday in Pulaski, Tennessee at the Robert E. Curry Christian Life Center on the campus of Martin Methodist (TN).

The Blue Raiders will face off against Philander Smith (AR) tonight at 5:30pmCT in the season opener before concluding the classic by taking on Williams Baptist (AR) at 2pmCT on Saturday.

Live video & live stats will be available from the Robert E. Curry Christian Life Center. Martin Methodist is currently not allowing fans of visiting teams on campus at this time. Please view the Martin Methodist COVID-19 Fan Attendance Policy and Guidelines for more information.

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2020-11-13 11:58:18 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Sports

School going back to all virtual in Adair

The Adair County Public School District will be going to all virtual classes as a result of the growing COVID-19 cases in the county.

For the past several weeks students have attended on the Red-Blue system of part virtual and part classroom face to face. More details on the change and plans will be provided as announcements come from School Superintendent Dr. Pam Stephens.

2020-11-13 11:48:05 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Education

KTC: Columbia licensing office temporarily closed for sanitizing

By Chuck Wolfe

Frankfort, KY - Three regional driver licensing offices, including one in Columbia, and four smaller field offices operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) have been closed temporarily due to cases of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

Each office will be thoroughly sanitized in keeping with KYTC Heathy at Work guidelines, and all are expected to be reopened next week.

The affected KYTC Regional Driver Licensing Offices are in Lexington, Jackson and Columbia. The field offices are in Florence, Catlettsburg, Bowling Green and Owensboro.

"We are committed to being healthy at work," said Matt Cole, commissioner of the KYTC Department of Vehicle Regulation. "When a positive COVID-19 test result is found we are required to close affected facilities to keep employees and customers out of harm's way. That's what has happened at these affected offices. They are being sanitized and will reopen once it's determined they are safe for both employees and guests."

Regional offices continue to operate in these cities: Frankfort, Somerset, Richmond, Prestonsburg, Paducah, Morehead, Madisonville and Elizabethtown. Also open is a field office at Bowman Field in Louisville and a field office for non-U.S. residents in Buechel, Jefferson County.

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2020-11-13 10:43:54 | Comments | Printable version

Committees hear testimony on proposed education legislation

By Jordan Hensley

Frankfort, KY - The 2021 session of the Kentucky General Assembly is less than two months away and lawmakers have ideas to improve education in the Commonwealth on their minds.

Two presentations during yesterday's Interim Joint Committee on Education informed lawmakers on plans to improve accountability and literacy in K-12 schools.

Rep. Tina Bojanowski, D-Louisville, and Rep. Kim Banta, R-Ft. Mitchell, presented Bill Request 176: A Joint Resolution Related to School Accountability, to the committee.

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2020-11-13 10:41:11 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Politics

Adair included in ARC CIST program

George Kolbenschlag sends a note that Adair Countians might be interested in the CIST program from The Center for Rural Development.

In an effort to meet the workforce challenges from the steady decline in Kentucky's coal industry and the economic impacts of COVID-19, The Center for Rural Development's Coal Impacted Skills Training (CIST) Program is providing training opportunities for unemployed and underemployed individuals in 35 Southern and Eastern Kentucky counties.

What is the Coal Impacted Skills Training Program?
The program is designed to help individuals who have suffered job loss obtain training in order to better compete in the current job market and to assist businesses with employee training as a way to retain employees and enhance the skill sets of employees.

The Center for Rural Development will focus on providing training opportunities that meet local and regional job shortages in coal-impacted Kentucky counties within its service region. Areas identified in the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for funding assistance include:

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2020-11-13 08:34:40 | Comments | Printable version

Dalton Kyle Minton, 16, Greensburg, KY (2004-2020)

Dalton Kyle Minton of Greensburg, formerly of Louisville, passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020 at his home. He was 16 years old.

Funeral arrangements for Dalton Kyle Minton are pending at this time. Burial will be at the Louisville Memorial Gardens West, Dixie Highway, Louisville, Kentucky.

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2020-11-13 08:25:58 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Campbellsville University students explore major options

By Kaitlyn Fowler

Campbellsville, KY - Students at Campbellsville University had a different Majors Fair this year due to COVID-19.

Teresa Elmore, director of career services, said 188 students participated in a tent on Stapp Lawn. The students spoke with faculty and staff representatives who gave them information on possible majors.

Elmore said, "Career Services hosts this event twice each year as a service to those seeking to learn more about specific majors/degrees and speak with faculty in one central location."

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2020-11-13 08:22:20 | Comments | Printable version

Adair Co. Grand Jury returns indictments Thur 8 Nov 2020

Indictments brought against 18 individuals from LaFollette, TN, Morristown, TN, Campbellsville, Eubank, Somerset, and Columbia, KY, on charges including trafficking, public intoxication, kidnapping, possession, assault, DUI, flight, wanton endangerment, speeding, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and torture of a dog or cat.

NOTE: Indictments are considered formal charges. An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceeding.

Download the indictments here: 2020-11-05-Adair-Indictments (PDF, 22MB)

2020-11-13 07:22:01 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Police and Fire Reports

LCDHD: Adair still red, 13 new cases Thursday

By Amy Tomlinson
Lake Cumberland District Health Department

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 8.29%.

While we continue to get caught up on our backlog of cases, we remain approximately 3 days behind. Even still, with the numbers we can report we have nine of our district's ten counties in the "red-critical" range of community-spread: Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Pulaski, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne. This leaves only McCreary in the "orange-accelerated" range.

Please, let's all continue to do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing our face coverings, avoiding crowds (especially in confined spaces), social distancing when around others, increasing our hand hygiene, increasing our general sanitation, and by avoiding the touching of our faces.

Active (Current) Cases: We added 5 more cases today than we released historic cases. Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 877 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district's 10 counties. On 11/12/2020 we were at our peak number of active cases, 877.

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2020-11-13 06:41:26 | Comments | Printable version

Sunny today, high 59F, rain possible Saturday night

It's currently 41F at the Adair County Mesonet station. Today will be sunny, with a high near 59F and calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph.

Tonight will be mostly clear, with an overnight low around 34F and light and variable wind.

Saturday will be partly sunny, with a high near 64F and southeast wind 5 to 7 mph.

Saturday night will be mostly cloudy, with showers likely after midnight. Expect an overnight low around 51F with south wind 8 to 18 mph, gusting as high as 32 mph.

Sunday will be mostly cloudy through mid morning, with a 50 percent chance of showers before noon, before gradually clearing. Sunday's high should be near 61F, with west wind 10 to 16 mph, gusting as high as 30 mph.

Sunday night will be clear, with an overnight low around 33F.

2020-11-13 06:38:12 | Comments | Printable version

Haiku by Robert Stone for November 13, 2020

Talk about the old,
so in habit of living,
they may never die.
--Robert Stone, Friday, 13 November 2020.
-1000 haiku thrice now, more days coming up, Day 3349

2020-11-13 06:33:46 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

7-County Area Courts for Fri 13 Nov 2020

Local schedules for Circuit Courts, District Courts, for Friday, November 13, 2020, at a glance:
  • Adair County: 25 events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Casey County: 1 event Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Cumberland County: No events Circuit Court. 1 event District Court.
  • Green County: No events 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. 14 events District Court.
Note: NOT Official. Always Click to Docket for all Kentucky Counties

2020-11-13 06:32:27 | Comments | Printable version

Salvation Army Christmas assistance program underway

The Angel Tree Christmas assistance program of the Adair County Salvation Army provides Christmas gifts to qualifying children ages six months to fifteen years.

Community members, churches and other organizations are asked to "adopt an Angel." At your request, a paper Angel with information about an Adair County child will be delivered to you or your organization. We ask that you purchase items for that specific child and return the gifts to The Salvation Army by December 17, 2020.

Please contact any Family Resource Youth Services Center Coordinator:
Debbie Cowan - 270-384-9112
Paula Garrison - 270-384-9752
Jaime White - 270-384-6050
Kara Iqbal - 270-384-7617

2020-11-13 06:00:55 | Comments | Printable version

EDA to meet Tuesday, 17 Nov 2020

The Adair County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors will hold its November meeting Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 8amCT in the Chamber of Commerce basement meeting area on the corner of Burkesville and Fortune Streets in Columbia.

Bobby Morrison, Chairman, will welcome everyone and call the meeting to order. The agenda follows:

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2020-11-13 05:37:44 | Comments | Printable version

Letter: Believes it was Rev. Jerry Cline

Steve Coomer agrees about the minister's name - he writes:
Iíve never seen Brother Moseley without glasses, could this be Church of Nazarene minister?

The only person thatís easily identified is Cotton Durham, back row left.

Trees pretty bare for Memorial Day!

2020-11-13 05:27:35 | Comments | Printable version

Birthdays and Anniversaries for November 13
Happy Birthday, Carl Jones (1966) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Debbie Dillon | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Donald Dial | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Doris Hovious | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Geneva Goodin | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, George Critz | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Glenna Bean | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, James B. Napier | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jared Stearns | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Kyle Burton (1920) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Leonard Coppage | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Liam Miller (2012) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Mary White (1908) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Reed Moss (1965) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Ronnie Dial | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Simpson Keltner | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Ty Cash Cheatham (2001) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Tyler Curry | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Murl Martin, 68, Casey County, KY (1946-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Shirley Ann Chumbley, Russell County, KY (1944-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, William Aaron England, Green County, KY (1956-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Larry R. Spears, Cumberland County, KY (1948-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Sherman Greene, Russell Springs, KY (1942-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Reva A. Byram, Jamestown, KY (1931-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Evelyn McQueary Burton (1934) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Patricia Ann Cooper, Casey Co., KY (1949) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Bruce F. Bell, Russell Co., KY (1921) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Patty Willis Groce, Cumberland Co., KY (1966) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mark Parrish, Adair County, KY (1956) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Terry Cark Beams, Campbellsville, KY (1948) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Kimberly Scales Rawlings, Russell County, KY (1964) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Betty Jo Kerzan Wright, Green Co., KY (1926-2012) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, William (Steve) Norris, Indianapolis, IN (1948) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Roy C. York, Casey County, KY (1933-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Rosalie Franklin Faulkner, Taylor Co., KY (1958-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Doris Jean Barton Hovious, Taylor Co., KY (1967-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Maxine Hurt Garmon, 88, Metcalfe Co., KY (1925-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mabel W. Grider, Casey County, KY (1927-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, J.D. Jennings, 86, Cumberland Co., KY (1928-2015)> | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Kaye Bell, 67, Casey County, KY (1948-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ann Marie Smith, Russell Co., KY (1934-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Betty Baker Brewster, 89, Summer Shade, KY (1925-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lowell D. Lynn, Sr., 70, Casey Co., KY (1945-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Brenda Wilson, 71, Nancy, KY (1945-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Alicia Pearle Whitehead, Taylor Co., KY (1942-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Amanda Marie Reliford, 40, Columbia, KY (1979-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Glenna Maxine Bean, 88, Russell Springs, KY (1931-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Leonard G. Porter, age 83, Casey County, KY (1936-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Seleta Wilhelm, 88, Liberty, KY (1931-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Sue Ann Taylor, 73, Nicholasville, KY (1946-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, William Tom Tucker (1862-1908) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Winfred Sprowles, Campbellsville, KY (1936-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)

Events scheduled for Friday, November 13, 2020
All events are listed in Central Time. Submit your upcoming event using our Contact Form.
2:00pmCTServices for William Purd Bryant, 88, Columbia, KY (1932-2020) | (ID:61167, Comment)
Services for Nan W. Cole, 62, Columbia, KY (1958-2020) | (ID:61176, Comment)


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