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CES students enjoyed making cards and crafts at Christmas

By Calen McKinney

Campbellsville Elementary School students got in the Christmas spirit before leaving for Christmas break, making their own Christmas cards and putting puzzles together of the Grinch.

School is back in session now and accompanying photos are being shared to remind everyone of the Christmas spirit and celebrations.


2018-01-04 23:16:22 | Comments | Printable version

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Addison Perkins makes a Christmas card for a soldier



2018-01-04 - Taylor County, KY - Photo by Calen McKinney, Public Information Officer, Campbellsville Independent Schools.
Campbellsville Elementary School students had fun coloring Christmas pictures and making their own Christmas cards before their holiday break. In Amanda Greer’s class, students made cards to send to soldiers. CES first-grader Addison Perkins smiles as she makes her Christmas card for a soldier.

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Nelson Kirby Brown, 87, Yosemite, KY native (1930-2018)

Kirby Brown was a retired truck driver for Kroger. He most recently worked at the Marsh Fishing Lake in Fairfield, Ohio. He was a member of a large, respected Casey County, KY, family. He was the son of the late Estel (and Estelle McGinnis) and Cecilia Hatter Brown. His wife, Deva Vest Brown, survives. He had been the last surving sibling in his family of 10. He leaves 15 direct living descendants. He was a member of Landmark Baptist Church.
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Nelson Kirby Brown, of Fairfield, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Fairfield, Ohio. He was 87.

The funeral service will be held at 12pmNoonCT/1pmET, on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home, 752 Campbellsville Street, Liberty, KY, with Bro. Gary Vest and Bro. Bobby McFarland officiating. The family will receive friends 11amCT-12pmNoonCT/12pmNoon-1pmET, on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home.


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2018-01-04 21:19:55 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Bro Campbell speaker at Kelleyville 7 & 14 Jan 2018

Bro. John Campbell will speak at Kelleyville Community Church, in the Kellyville Community of Adair County 77 Kellyville Road, Columbia KY on Sunday, January 7 and Sunday, January 14 at 6pmCT each night. The lesson will be hands-on instruction to spiritual warfare. Bro. Stanley Watson and congregation invite everyone to attend. L.C. Tucker

2018-01-04 21:00:19 | Comments | Printable version

Lindsey Wilson Wrestling goes 1-2 at NWCA National Duals

Bradford, Miozza win titles at NUWAY Open
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By Charles Balcom, Assistant Sports Information Director, LWC

FORT WAYNE, IN - (Thu 4 Jan 2017) The Lindsey Wilson wrestling team won one dual and dropped two others at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NWCA) 2018 Multi-Divisional National Duals on Thursday at War Memorial Coliseum.

Lindsey Wilson got things started with a victory over conference foe Campbellsville (KY) before falling to six-time defending national champion Grand View (Iowa). The Blue Raiders then suffered their second loss of the 16-team tournament when they fell to No. 14-ranked Embry-Riddle (AZ).


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2018-01-04 20:56:44 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Sports

James -Jimmy- Coffey, 75, Green County, KY (1942-2017)

He had made a profession of faith in Christ, and was retired from Western Kentucky Gas Company. He was also an avid University of Kentucky Wildcat Fan and Assistant Scout Master for the Boys Scouts of the Bluegrass. He was a native of Green County, KY, and a resident of Anderson County, KY, at the time of his death. He was a member of an highly regarded Green County, KY family, the son of the late Omer Shively Coffey & Margaret Beulah Givens Coffey, and the widower of Deena Paige Eversole Coffey, his wife of 48 years, whose death occurred less than six months prior to his own. He leaves seven direct living descendants. His final resting place will be in Green County, KY.
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Mr. James "Jimmy" Stewart Coffey of Lawrenceburg, KY, departed this life on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington, KY. .

The funeral services for Mr. James "Jimmy" Coffey will be conducted at 1pmCT, Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the Cowherd and Parrott Funeral Home, 206 S Main Street, Greensburg, KY, with burial to follow in the Bethlehem Cemetery, 525 Temperance Road, Greensburg, KY. Bro. Jeff Eaton will officiate. Visitation is requested after 11amCT, Saturday at the Cowherd and Parrott Funeral Home until time of the funeral service.


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2018-01-04 19:42:49 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Patrick Gordon Evans, 56, Green County, KY (1961-2018)

He had made a profession of faith in Christ and was a farmer. He was a member of a respected Green County, KY, family, the son of the late Paul M. Evans & Janice O'Berdean Evans. He was a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a resident of Summersville, KY, at the time of his death. His final resting place will be in Aetna Grove Cemetery, Summersville, KY
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Mr. Patrick Gordon Evans, 56, of Summersville, KY, departed this life on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at his home.

There will be graveside services for Mr. Patrick Gordon Evans held at 10amCT, Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the Aetna Grove Cemetery, 2368 Aetna Grove Church Road, Summersville, KY, with Bro. Kelvin Edwards officiating. Cowherd and Parrott Funeral Home, 206 S Main Street, Greensburg, KY, in charge of the arrangements.


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2018-01-04 19:19:58 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

KSP investigating death of man who died while in police custody

By Trooper Jeff Gregory, Public Information Officer
Kentucky State Police Post 4, Elizabethtown, KY

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY – (Thu 4 Jan 2018) On January 2, 2018, at approximately 2:39amET, the Elizabethtown Police Department received a 911 call from the 200 block of College Avenue.

The caller stated that someone was attempting to break into the back door of a residence. Responding officers found a male subject behind the residence who was later identified as Charles Yankey (37) of Elizabethtown.


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2018-01-04 18:29:42 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Police and Fire Reports

Inquiring mind: Did Adair County ever have a canning plant?

Maury Lewis writes:
I was watching RFDTV and they were in a little county in Georgia called Union County. The population there was 22,267 in 2010.

This little county has a large farmers market and a canning plant that they say generates a million dollars a year for the county.

I don't know how it operates but it looks like people can come in and use the plant to do their canning and they have people who are employees that help them. Or they will do your canning for you for a price.

Has Adair County ever had a canning plant that the public could use to do their canning? - melewi

Thanks, Maury Lewis - It looks like you are on to something for the future, and I think some knowledgeable Adair Countians can give an answer to you about similar canning facilities in Columbia's past. - EW


2018-01-04 18:19:36 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

CJE Mike Stephens speaker at 9 Jan 2018 Chamber luncheon

The first Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce meeting for 2018 will be Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The meeting will be held at LWC Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY, at 11:45amCT. The guest speaker for January will Adair County Judge Executive, Michael Stephens. Ellen Zornes, Executive Director, and Pam Hoots, Chamber President

2018-01-04 15:06:50 | Comments | Printable version

Lynx Labeling building plant, adding jobs in Glasgow, KY

Software and hardware services company will create 10 jobs, invest $590,000 for new Barren County facility
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By Woody Maglinger and Jack Mazurak

News from Governor Matt Bevin's Communications office

FRANKFORT, KY (Thu Jan. 4, 2018) - Lynx Labeling Inc., which develops and sells custom labeling machinery and software primarily to the meat and poultry industries, will build a $500,000 facility and create 10 jobs in Glasgow, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today.

"Lynx Labeling's decision to build a new facility and hire more people in Glasgow is further testament to the state's favorable business environment," Gov. Bevin said. "We are grateful that another high-tech company has taken advantage of Kentucky's many logistical and workforce advantages. We appreciate Lynx's investment in our state and look forward to what the future holds for this company and the community of Glasgow."


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2018-01-04 15:01:00 | Comments | Printable version

Brush/woodland fire consumes abandoned house near Breeding

Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department finds house fully engulfed in flames on response Wednesday evening. Adair County Fire Department responds to assist. No injuries reported. Fire is currently under investigation by the Kentucky State Police Arson Division
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By Brandon Harvey

On January 3, 2018 at 18:42 hours, the Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department responded to a reported large fire near the 4500 block of Greenbriar Road in Breeding. Upon arrival of firefighters.

It was determined the fire was an abandoned house, out building and brush fire.


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2018-01-04 14:16:33 | Comments | Printable version

Recalling Christmas celebration time before the holiday break

By Calen McKinney, Campbellsville Independent Schools

Campbellsville Elementary School students celebrated Christmas together before their holiday break, exchanging gifts and enjoying special snacks together.

Teachers brought in special gifts for all their students to enjoy during school, such as educational and fun games. And students brought in gifts for each other and their classmates.

Christmas break began Dec. 20 and classes resumed on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.


2018-01-04 12:11:30 | Comments | Printable version

ACHS regular monthly SBDM meeting is 8 Jan 2018

Adair County High School's regularly scheduled monthly site-base meeting will be Monday Janurary 8, 2018 at 4:30pmCT, in the library at the high school, 526 Indian Drive, Columbia, KY--Troy W Young

2018-01-04 10:46:21 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Education

Mr. David Woodrow Wilson, Taylor County, KY (1934-2017)

He was the son of the late Vester Howard & Sarah Abbott Wilson. Mr. Wilson was a family man and shared nearly 60 years of marriage and devotion with his wife, Leora (Halcomb) Wilson. He leaves nine direct living descendants. He was a farmer and woodworker and supported his family building and selling miniature cabins and dollhouses, birdhouses, rocking chairs, and other items.
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Mr. David Woodrow Wilson 83, of Campbellsville, KY, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at the Campbellsville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

There will be a funeral service to honor the life of Mr. Wilson on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 1pmCT/2pmET, in the chapel of the L.R. Petty Funeral Home, 1765 New Columbia Road, Campbellsville, KY. Bro. Raymond Clark and Bro. Freddy Thompson will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Wilson Cemetery, Gabe Road, Summersville, KY. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, January 4, 2018, after 10amCT/11amET.


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2018-01-04 10:36:57 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Linda Sue Compton, 67, Adair County, KY (1950-2018)

She was a native of Detroit, MI; and a resident of Columbia, KY, at the time of her death. She was the daughter of the late Roy & Ollie Gilbert Hyden and the widow of Alfiew Compton. She leaves 25 direct and two step living descendants. She was a homemaker
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Linda Sue Compton, 67, of Columbia, KY, died Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at her home.

Funeral service for Linda Sue Compton will be 1pmCT, Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Bernard Funeral Home Chapel, 367 N Main Street, Russell Springs, KY, with Bro. Terry Shelley officiating. Visitation will be 5pm-8pmCT, Saturday, January 6, 2017. Interment will be in the Grider Cemetery.


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2018-01-04 10:15:36 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Kmart to pay KY $415,000 to resolve Medicaid Fraud allegations

Allegations involve company submitting false claims in its generic drug program
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By Terry Sebastian or Crystal Staley
News from Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear's office

FRANKFORT, KY (Thu 4 Jan 2018) - Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced that the Kmart Corporation will pay more than $415,000 to Kentucky to resolve state and federal Medicaid program overbilling allegations.


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2018-01-04 09:28:27 | Comments | Printable version

Pedestrian/driver commends two Adair School bus drivers

Drivers showed concern for writer's & sister's safety
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By Sandy Evert

While downtown yesterday my sister and I had the privilege of encountering two of our school bus drivers: Mr. Jerry Powell, bus #12 and Mr. Steve Foster, bus #8. I know their names this morning after calling Mr. David Jones at the transportation department to give an account of their stellar performance yesterday.


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2018-01-04 08:48:09 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Commentary

JIM: 80 years ago in Adair County & beyond

Columbia and Adair County had just sworn in new and newly elected officials, with one house call necessary for the sheriff. City Council its regular meeting time at 7pmCT, the first Monday, and the News reported on a mutual aid fire at Dunbar Motor Company in Jamestown. Tobacco markets had opened in January to lower prices. The Pontiac dealership had a change of ownership. Despite a lawsuit, the local option election went into effect, making the county dry, and the first person to get bitten by the law was a perfectly respectable citizen of Breeding, KY. Most importantly community scribes, similar to Miss Victoria of Greater Bliss of today, were sending reports from Garlin, Coburg, Low Gap, Joppa, Pellyton, and Chance.
Click on headline for these and other wondrous happenings from January 5, 1917 (corresponding Thursday of that year)

By JIM

All sorts of interesting news dotted the pages of the January 5, 1938 Adair County News. Several new and reelected county and city office holders had just been sworn in, including County Judge J.A. Schuler, Sheriff Martin Rowe, who had to be sworn in at home following a hemorrhage, Dr. C.M. Russell as Coroner and W.E. Harris as County Clerk. New city officials included W.J. Flowers, Jr. as City Attorney and Council members Ores Barger, Charlie Hood, T.E. Jeffries, and J.P. Kelsey. Henry Sandusky and George Hancock were holdovers, as was George Simpson as Chief of Police.

A new city ordinance, published on another page of the paper, stated that "hereafter all regular meetings of the City Council of the City of Columbia, Kentucky shall be held at 7:30 p.m. on the evening of the first Monday of each month. . .in the quarters leased from Rollin Hurt, above the store of Miss Lula Jones, located on the public square of said city."

The tobacco markets had re-opened on Monday, January 3rd to lower prices, and the Columbia fire brigade had taken the truck to Jamestown to help battle a major blaze on the square there at the Dunbar Motor Company. James L. Vaughn of Lebanon had bought a half interest in the Columbia Motor Company with Paul Johnson of Campbellsville retaining the other one-half interest, and L.T. (Lennie Travis) Wheat had sold his half-interest in the Martin Johnson Garage, local Pontiac dealer, to the business's namesake, giving Mr. Martin Johnson complete ownership in the operation.

On December 22nd, just in time to dampen Christmas spirits, as it were, the local option which had been handily passed almost seven months earlier, finally went into effect by judicial order, and Adair County was (legally) bone dry again. Implementation had been delayed by a lawsuit filed by Stanley Epperson who had opened Epps Place--"Good things to eat / Beer on tap" on the Square in the summer of 1934.

The first person to get bitten by the new law was Holland Hurt, a perfectly respectable citizen of Breeding, who was fined a C-note and given sixty days in the county bastille for passing around two pints of liquor to friends at a party.

Among the correspondents:

Garlin: Mr. Joe Henson had just had a radio installed, and "Mr. E.T. Homes had the body of his wife disinterred and moved to the Columbia Cemetery recently."

Coburg: Mr. and Mrs. Whitley Gilbert, formerly of Campbellsville, were the new residents of B.H. Heskamp's tenant house, and the Christmas presentation at Asbury Chapel on December 23rd brought in a full house.

Joppa: everyone seemed to visiting everyone else, and Mrs. Mittie had gone to Ann Arbor seeking employment.

Lowgap: John K. Williams and Charlie Firkin, with the help of hired hands, had finished stripping tobacco.

Pellyton: Mr. Emmitt Morgan hd recently opened a grocery store in the community, and the correspondent expressed the hope that "the state can get our road graded soon."

Chance: "The Christmas tree at the school was largely attended," and Miss Jewell Thomas and Mr. Francis Bennett were made as one on Christmas eve at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Burbridge.

And finally, a great advertisement from this edition of the News image linked, H


2018-01-04 08:41:39 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Jim: History

Columbia City Council meeting 3 Jan 2017 - REPORT


  • Council welcomes new City Attorney Dustin Warren
  • City ABC Ordinance amendment prohibiting stand alone (Quota licenses) bars passes second reading
  • City Map, P & Z zoning measures affecting Wain Street property approved
  • Amy Mitchum approved for C/AC Tourism Commission Board
  • Bob Benningfield term on Columbia Housing Authority extended to January 2022
  • Pam Hoots reports on sidewalks, crosswalks progress, and coming Mayor Hardwick address to C/AC Chamber
  • Craig Dean initiates discussion of police staffing in view of recent retirement, pending retirement. (See also: Columbia PD Activity report for 2017 - a very busy year
  • Linda Waggener reports on Parks & Recreation plans
  • Grant Loy, Lisa Smith Loy, and Dennis Loy, family of new city attorney, in gallery.

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By Ed Waggener

In a brief but historic first meeting of the year, the Columbia City Council advanced on several fronts: A timely second reading of an amendment aimed at preventing the establishment of stand alone bars, sidewalks, updating zoning for a property on Wain Street, naming a new board member and extending the term of another, and coming to an understanding about a traffic problem resulting from popularity of a local restaurant. It was historic because it was the first meeting in many years at which Marshall Loy was not present as City Attorney, and because the meeting welcomed Dustin Warren as his replacement.


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2018-01-04 07:47:15 | Comments | Printable version

Traffic Advisory: I65 Northbound in Hardin County

By Chris Jessie, Public Information Officer
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Tonight, Jan. 4, 2018, work to repair a crash cushion that was damaged in a recent incident will require closure of the right lane of I65 in the divided section at Mile Point 82 in Hardin County, KY.

Traffic will be diverted into the left lane, blocking access to Exits 86 and 91. Work will begin at 7pmET, and should only take a couple of hours to complete. Motorists needing access to these exits should use Exit 81 at Sonora and proceed north via US 31W to their destination route.


2018-01-04 06:28:33 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Kentucky

Go or No Go: for Thursday, 3 Jan 2017

If your organization within these 7 Counties: Adair, Casey, Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, Russell and Taylor Counties has a change in schedule because of weather, please let us know: 270-250-2730 for help.
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By Ed Waggener

Adair County Schools are operating on a regular schedule today, Thursday, January 4, 2017, according to Transportation Director David Jones. "We got a little dusting of snow, he said, "but we've checked the roads and found them be safe to travel today."

Mr. Jones said that Green County School District is on regular schedule today, and Calen McKinney confirmed that Campbellsville Independent Schools are operating on a regular schedule.


Elsewhere in the area, Cumberland County, Casey County, and Russell County Schools are closed today, he said. (But students have classes at home through these districts' NTI's - Non Traditional Instruction.)

Mr. Jones said that the Adair County School District's goal this winter is to alert families no later than 5:30amCT, earlier if possible, whether there will be changes in the schedule.


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2018-01-04 05:52:05 | Comments | Printable version

Columbia PD Activity report for 2017 - a very busy year

Activity for the calendar year, 1 Jan 2017 through 31 Dec 2017
  • 9,804 - Calls for service
  • 168 - Motorist assists
  • 594 - Escorts
  • 444 - Accidents investigated
  • 96 - Injury accidents
  • 326 - Cases opened
  • 151,428 - Miles driven
  • 12,120 - Gallons used
Columbia Police Chief Jason D. Cross, delivered the department's activity report, above, to the Columbia City Council Meeting (Columbia City Council meeting 3 Jan 2017 - REPORT), Wednesday, January 3, 2017.


2018-01-04 04:42:12 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Police and Fire Reports

Reminder: 1st Knifley LL Basketball signup session 4 Jan 2018

TODAY: Signups are 5pm-7pmCT. Sun 7 Jan 2018 last chance session
From Amanda Taylor

A reminder to all parents and players, the first of just two signup sessions is today, Thursday, January 4, 2018, 5pm-7pmCT, at the Knifley Fire Department Gym, 6130 Elkhorn Road, Knifley, KY. There will be a second session on Sunday, January 7, 2018.


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2018-01-04 03:48:27 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Sports

KY Treasurer Allison Ball's office touts successes in 2017

Record year - $24,945,000 - in return of unclaimed property in 2017. Treasurer voluntarily cut her department's budget to help with budget shortfall. Turned STABLE Kentucky into national leader in wealth development for people with disabilities. Treasurer building national reputation as well.
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By Lorran Hart Ferguson
From Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball's office

FRANKFORT, KY (28 Dec 2017) - Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball made big promises to Kentuckians in 2017 and she met every single one of them. Treasurer Ball's continued success includes several historic achievements, such as revamping the state's transparency website to a now-easily-navigable site and another record year of unclaimed property returns at over $24,945,000 returned. Treasurer Ball's two year total for unclaimed property returns is over $50 million, more than any two-year period in Treasury history.


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2018-01-04 03:38:26 | Comments | Printable version

Pikeville man sentenced to 87 months in child pornography case

' . . . he knowingly received images of child pornography by accessing The Onion Router (TOR) network and saving child pornography images in his "TOR Browser" directory. A forensic examination of Anderson's laptop computer revealed approximately 577 unique images of child pornography on his computer.'
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From U.S. Attorney's Office
U.S. Department of Justice, Eastern District of Kentucky

PIKEVILLE, KY (3 Jan 2017) - A Pikeville man, Craig T. Anderson, 29, has been sentenced to 87 months in federal prison, to be followed by a 25-year term of supervised release, for knowingly receiving child pornography.

On December 28, 2017, United States District Judge David L. Bunning formally sentenced Anderson, who must serve 85 percent of his federal prison sentence.


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2018-01-04 03:25:31 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Kentucky

Today, THURSDAY with CM - 04 Jan 2018

Haiku by Robert Stone for January 4, 2018:
Pretending to know
when one only knows who knows
is just plain cheating.
--Robert Stone, Thursday, 4 January 2018.
-1000 haiku twice now, now on to more days, Day 2305

Graham: Best Drone shots of 2017 - Happy New Year 2018