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They won! ACES video 'Thankful for Veterans' in first place

Phyllis Curry writes:
Thank you to everyone who voted for the Story Maker video produced by Adair County Elementary School students Gabby Kemp and Natalie Bardin, under the guidance of Ms. Rachel Bardin, art teacher.

As a result of your votes, the video entitled "Thankful for Our Veterans" won first place in the Audience Prize category out of entries from all across the United States. This is quite an accomplishment for these students and their teacher as this program was only introduced to students and staff a few short months ago after being funded by a grant from the Steel-Reese Foundation in New York.
Phyllis Curry, academic dean/instructional supervisor,
Adair County Schools, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY

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2019-01-07 22:50:17 | Comments | Printable version

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County Swearing In Ceremony - Commonwealth Attorney staff

2019-01-07 - Adair County Judicial Center, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Circuit Judge Judy Vance-Murphy swore in the staff of the Adair/Casey County Assistant Commonwealth Attorneys Angela Capps and Lacy Andrews after the Commonwealth Attorney Brian Wright was sworn in. The staff is with them also, taking the oath of office. Staff members are, from left of Andrews and Capps are: Mikki Flowers, David Grant and Dennis Allen, Commonwealth Detectives.

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KSP official update on fight complaint resulting in murder

Official news update on fight complaint that resulted in brutal murder in Greensburg, KY over the weekend.

By Tpr. Nick Hale, Public Affairs Officer, KSP POST 15 Columbia

(Greensburg KY January 7, 2019) On Saturday, January 5, 2019 at approximately 1:35 PM CST Units from Post 15, along with the Green County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to a fight complaint at a residence located one mile east of Greensburg on Ralph Vaughn Road. When units arrived they located 49 year old Richard Gregory of Greensburg unresponsive with a severe head injury.

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2019-01-07 22:04:31 | Comments | Printable version

Agenda - Adair Fiscal Court regular monthly meeting

Adair County Fiscal Court Agenda
Regular Called Meeting January 8, 2019 at 6pmCT

Adair County Annex Basement, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY

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2019-01-07 21:54:43 | Comments | Printable version

Governor asks TVA CEO to keep Muhlenberg coal-fired plant open

By Nicole Burton

Frankfort, KY - Gov. Matt Bevin has issued a letter to Bill Johnson, CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), regarding the Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County and the potential closure of the one remaining coal-fired unit at the plant, Unit 3.

The letter, dated January 4th, asserts that the closure of Unit 3 would have a devastating impact on the local economy and the long-term reliability and resilience of the regional and national energy grid.

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2019-01-07 15:59:41 | Comments | Printable version

Marvelle J. Beard, 79, Campbellsville, KY (1939-2019)

Marvelle was a retired physical therapist with the Holy Cross Hospital in Florida. She united in marriage to James Beard in 1987.

Marvelle J. Beard of Campbellsville, KY, passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019. She was 79 years old.

Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery in DeKalb, Illinois.

Visitation is requested from 5pmET until 8pmET on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon Ave., Campbellsville, KY.

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2019-01-07 15:43:15 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Cumberland Farmers Group among Farm to School Grantees

Cumberland County Extension District Board is among 10 Kentucky Agribusinesses to Receive Grants for Marketing Needs

By Sean Southard

Frankfort, KY - Ten Kentucky agribusinesses have been awarded United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School Producer Engagement grants for training, equipment, and other needs to enable farmers to develop or enhance their farm-to-school marketing efforts, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced today.

"These grants will enable these Kentucky farm families and agribusinesses to improve their marketing to schools across the Commonwealth," Commissioner Quarles said. "There's nothing better for our students to eat than Kentucky Proud foods provided by the hard work of Kentucky farmers and agribusinesses. I would like to thank these recipients for applying to this program. I am also grateful to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Farm to School Program leadership for continuing to pursue opportunities that help Kentucky punch above our weight class."

The 10 Kentucky agribusinesses are:

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2019-01-07 15:36:28 | Comments | Printable version

ACPC SBDM meeting is Mon 28 Jan 2019

The next ACPC site based meeting will be Monday, January 28, 2019, at 5pmCT in the school library, Adair County Primary Center, 158 Col. Casey Dr, Columbia, KY. --Debbie Bradshaw

2019-01-07 15:31:43 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Education

Kevin VanArsdale at Through the Fire, Sun 13 Jan 2019

Kevin VanArsdale will be giving his testimony Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 10:30amCT at Through the Fire Worship Center, 24 Burnett Road, Columbia KY. You are invited to attend! Call 270-634-2464 for more information. --Gary Tucker

2019-01-07 10:44:02 | Comments | Printable version

Marion inmate starts fire inside jail

By The Lebanon Enterprise

The man who police believe planned to carry out a mass shooting at an industry in Springfield in November attempted to start a fire at the Marion County Detention Center on Dec. 29, according to Marion County Jailer Barry Brady.

Lebanon native Matthew Smith, 37, attempted to set a fire in the day room of the maximum security cell on Saturday, Dec. 29, Jailer Brady stated in a written message to the Lebanon Enterprise. According to Brady, Smith used two bed sheets, wire from headphones and toilet paper and sparked the electrical outlet behind a television.


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Money laundering is big business in Kentucky

By Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader

The cash turns up in some unlikely places. During a December search, federal agents discovered $40,000 beneath a spare tire in a car trunk in Lexington. Another $160,000 was found inside the Dartmoor Drive address where the Kia was parked. In November 2016, Kentucky State Police seized $575,000 from the cab of a tractor-trailer that was pulled over in a traffic stop in Scott County. And in March 2017, investigators found $302,000 in an apartment on North Mount Tabor Road in Lexington.

All three seizures described in federal court records involved suspected drug-trafficking proceeds that led to charges of money laundering - taking "dirty" money generated by crime and then converting or "laundering" it so that it appears to come from a legitimate source.


2019-01-07 10:41:44 | Comments | Printable version

Special Service at Through the Fire, Sat 26 Jan 2019

The Spirituals will be singing and Brother Jeff Edwards from New Journey Church in Campbellsville will be preaching on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 6:30pmCT at Through the Fire Worship Center, 24 Burnett Road, Columbia, KY. This will be the ordination service for Bro. Mark Akins.

Everyone is invited to attend. Call 270-634-2464 for more information. --Gary Tucker

2019-01-07 10:35:37 | Comments | Printable version

Treasurer Ball: Adair has nearly $800K in unclaimed property

By Lorran Hart Ferguson

Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky State Treasury has experienced another year of record unclaimed property returns under the leadership of Treasurer Allison Ball, her office announced.

Treasurer Ball has returned more unclaimed property in a three year period than any state treasurer in Kentucky history. To date, her office has returned over $70,167,000 to Kentuckians, with $195,899 returned to Adair County since she took office.

Adair Countians still have over $785,604 of unclaimed property waiting to be claimed. To search for unclaimed property, please visit

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2019-01-07 09:25:36 | Comments | Printable version

Happy Birthday memories of Grandmother Rosie Franklin

Tribute to Grandmother Rosie Franklin shares moments of her life... a simple life but she was never still, always had food for family and neighbors when they dropped by...

By Marlton Loy

Talking about birthdays with Bev last night and it hit, January 4th, was my grandmother's birthday. Rosie Franklin, Born in 1914.

She lived to be only 70 years old, dying of cancer. She lived a simple life, but was busy all the time. If she was sitting, she was sewing. She sewed and embroidered on a regular basis.

Her garden was huge and she was there morning and evening. She grew everything...

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2019-01-07 09:20:14 | Comments | Printable version

First Monday Siren test today at 10amCT

Mike Keltner, Adair County Emergency Management Director, sends a reminder that this morning is the day for the First Monday Siren test in Adair County. The test recurs every first Monday, unless there is a possibility of inclement weather.

2019-01-07 09:16:40 | Comments | Printable version

Southern Heirs at Jamestown Church of the Nazarene on Friday

The Southern Heirs will be singing on Friday, January 11, 2019, at 6:30pmCT at the Jamestown Church of the Nazarene Power Night, 132 S Main St, Jamestown, KY. Everyone is welcome. --Charles Shepherd

2019-01-07 08:57:04 | Comments | Printable version

Letter: Why So Much About Kentucky?

Reader asks
Why are their so many articles on Kentucky?
Thanks, Nancy K, Holyoke, MA
CM reply:
Hi Nancy, We're a Kentucky based business. Were you thinking of a different Columbia somewhere on the globe? Thanks for writing!
From Nancy: Thanks for your reply. Yes. I was reading a Columbia Magazine related to Columbia University. This is why I was confused. I went to social work school there a while ago.
While CM celebrates education and all the students who graduate, Columbia University in New York is a bit out of our coverage area. Questions like Nancy's broaden our world, thanks to all who write!

2019-01-07 08:23:19 | Comments | Printable version

David Lawless, 80, Jamestown, KY (1938-2019)

David was a retired teacher.

David Lawless, 80, of Jamestown, KY passed away on Saturday at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, KY.

Graveside Services will be held on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019, at 1pmCT at the Jamestown Cemetery Shelter, with Bro. Michael Carnes officiating.

Burial will follow in the Jamestown Cemetery.

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2019-01-07 07:19:55 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Naomi Wells, 90, Russell Springs, KY (1928-2019)

She enjoyed gardening, doing crafts, attending church and spending time with her many nieces and nephews.

Naomi Wells, 90, a resident of Cumberland Nursing & Rehab in Somerset, died Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

The funeral service for Naomi Wells will be at 11amCT on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at the Bernard Funeral Home Chapel, 367 N. Main St., Russell Springs, KY, with Bro. Caleb Shirley officiating. Interment will follow in the Union Cemetery.

Visitation is requested from 9amCT until 11amCT on Thursday.

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2019-01-07 05:25:35 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Letter: More memories of the Square

Hunter Durham writes:
The building between the Printing Shoppe and the mens and ladies store use to be White's Grocery.

The Adair County High published a calendar showing Coca-Cola being sold (not kept cold) and my dad, Cotton, who was about 12 years old at the time, is captured in the picture drinking a Coke.

Nell's 5 & 10 was between the Print Shoppe and First National Bank. --Hunter
Comments re article 101523 Letter Peggy Fudge remembers printing and more

2019-01-07 05:21:39 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

Warm today with gusty winds, afternoon showers, high 64F

It's currently 48F at the Adair County Mesonet station. Expect mostly cloudy skies today, with a high near 64F. There is a 50 percent chance of showers after 3pmCT. South wind 6 to 11 mph increasing to 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 36 mph.

Tonight will bring a chance of showers before 9pmCT, then a slight chance of showers after 4am. Cloudy, with a low around 50. Southwest wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tuesday should be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 59F. Southwest wind 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph, and a 20 percent chance of showers before noon.

2019-01-07 05:17:59 | Comments | Printable version

Today - MONDAY with CM - 7 Jan 2019

Haiku by Robert Stone for January 7, 2019:
For the poorer child
going to school with bullies
causes suffering.
--Robert Stone, Monday, 7 January 2019.
-1000 haiku twice now, now on to more days, Day 2673

2019-01-07 05:13:37 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

Adair Co. Fire Department responds to residence on Liberty Road

By Donald Hare

The Adair County Fire Department responded to a residential house fire Sunday afternoon at 4:13pmCT, to 13197 Liberty Road, Columbia, KY. The house was owned by Judith Jeffers and sustained moderate to heavy damage in the kitchen and living room areas of the home.

There were 19 firemen on the scene for approximately 1.5 hours.

2019-01-07 05:12:44 | Comments | Printable version

7-County Area Courts for Mon 7 Jan 2019

Local schedules for Circuit Courts, District Courts, for Monday, January 7, 2019, at a glance:
  • Adair County: No events Circuit Court. 121 events District Court.
  • Casey County: No events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Cumberland County: No events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Green County: No events Circuit Court. 138 events District Court.
  • Metcalfe County: 2 events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Russell County: No events Circuit Court. 170 events District Court.
  • Taylor County: No events Circuit Court. 214 events District Court.
Note: NOT Official. Always Click to Docket for all Kentucky Counties

2019-01-07 05:11:10 | Comments | Printable version

Birthdays and Anniversaries for January 7
Happy Anniversary, James E. & Patricia Bennett (1989) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Betty Cash | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Clarence Steve Corbin | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Colby Cowan | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Collin Curry (1999) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Dana Parnell | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Daniel Coenen | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Felicia Morgan (1994) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jeanette Franklin (1946) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jennifer Dial | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Joe Feese. | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Josh Bennett | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Kara Feese | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Krishana Lynne Melson | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Melinda Beard | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Nancy Parnell | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Tim L. Baker (1969) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Tina B. Roberts | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, George William Beard, Adair Co., KY (1929-2011) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Dorothy Brown, Hustonville, KY (1922) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Pauline Marie Grimsley, Russell Springs, KY (2011) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Clarence (P.I.) Fair, Casey County, KY (1933) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Coakley L. Matney/a>, Campbellsville, KY (1923-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Coakley L. Matney, Campbellsville, KY (1923) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Coakley L. Matney, Campbellsville, KY (1923-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Steller Reliford, Adair County, KY (1924) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Darien McKenzie, Taylor Co., KY (1930-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Shillard (Jack) Dunbar>, 82, Nancy, KY (1931-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Janice Carman McElroy, Casey Co., KY (1941-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Christine Shipp Druien, Taylor County, KY (1932 - 2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, William Snow Hadley, 88, Adair Co., KY (1926-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, William J. (Bill) Wesley, Casey Co., KY (1928-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Douglas White, 94, Taylor Co., KY (1921-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Maurice Atchley, 74, Russell Co., KY (1941-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Barbara Jean Groce Riddle, 76, Summer Shade, KY (1939-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Rondal Dale (Ronnie) Walker, 62, Glasgow, KY (1953-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Veston Stephens, 87, Russell Springs, KY (1928-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, William (Bill) Trammell, 82, Waynesburg, KY (1934-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Dellar (Loy) Cheatham, 93, Adair Co., KY (1924-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Roy F. Hawkins, 59, Russell County, KY (1958-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, John Conway Bledsoe, 83, Adair County, KY (1934-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Richard (Tubb) Gaskins, 58, Russell County, KY (1960-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Kathleen Shanklin, 84, Casey County, KY (1934-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Edmon Bryant (1856-1937) | (Updates/Corrections)
In memory birthday, Service for Elbert Stephens, 83, Russell County, KY (1935-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)

Events scheduled for Monday, January 7, 2019
All events are listed in Central Time. Submit your upcoming event using our Contact Form.
8:00amCTDAV service officer at VFW Post 6097 | (ID:56536, Comment)
9:00amCTAdair County Fiscal Court special called meeting | (ID:56574, Comment)
10:00amCTFirst Monday Siren test in Adair County: Recurrent, every first Monday event unless there is a possibility of inclement weather. --Mike Keltner, Adair County Emergency Management Director | (ID:56565, Comment)
NoonCTService for Winston H. Roy, 76, Russell County, KY (1942-2018) | (ID:56554, Comment)
4:30pmCTBoys Middle School ACMS Basketball vs Clinton County, ACMS GYM | (ID:56561, Comment)
5:00pmCTPlan for Text talk on Internet Safety at ACHS tomorrow, Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 5pmCT | (ID:56559, Comment)
6:00pmCTAgenda for Columbia City Council meeting | (ID:56595, Comment)
7:00pmCTService for Kenneth M. Howard Jr, 71, Adair County, KY (1947-2018) | (ID:56553, Comment)
Boys Varsity ACHS Basketball vs John Hardin - 2A State Tournament, John Burr Memorial Gymnasium | (ID:56562, Comment)


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