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Johnnie Sells, 72, Burkesville, KY (1946-2019)

Johnnie Sells of Burkesville, Kentucky passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2019 in Burkesville. He was 72 years old.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 1pmCT at Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home, 304 N. Main Street, Burkesville, KY, with burial to follow in Rose of Sharon Cemetery with military honors.

The family requests visitation on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 2pmCT until 9pmCT at Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home.

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2019-05-20 20:02:08 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

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Johnnie Sells, 72, Burkesville, KY (1946-2019)

2019-05-20 - Burkesville, KY - Photo courtesy Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home.
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Randall Thomas Baldwin, 32, Campbellsville, KY (1986-2019)

Randall Thomas loved the outdoors; especially rock climbing and kayaking. He enjoyed including his son in these activities.

Randall Thomas Baldwin passed away on May 6, 2019, in Corbin, Kentucky. He was 32 years old.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2pmET on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at South Campbellsville Baptist Church, 601 S Central Ave, Campbellsville, Kentucky.

The family chose cremation.

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2019-05-20 19:56:28 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Letter: Thanks for recognizing work of Garden Club

Maury E Lewis writes:
Thank you so much for recognizing the Garden Clubs work over the years in keeping up the garden and putting in the other two gardens I hope people saw the pictures in the Trabue house of what the piece of property looked like before we uncovered the brick walkway. --Maury
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2019-05-20 19:52:04 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

Letter: Garden Club has done a wonderful job

Ann Curtis writes:
The Julia Miller Horton Rose Garden is beautiful! Barbara Armitage's Garden Club group has done a wonderful job. Many years ago, Richard Phelps told me that at one time he was appointed 'Rosarian' of the rose garden. I'm not sure what that is, but I loved the sound of it. Enjoyed all of the pictures from the Trabue-Russell Open House weekend! --Ann
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2019-05-20 18:22:27 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

Reminder: Churches should look for Crusade letters

By Donald Hare

As we are gearing up for the 66th annual WHAS Crusade for Children telethon, I just wanted to remind everyone about looking for your church collection letters in the mail. Some addresses have been sent back. The letter is available for download here: 2019-05-CFC-Church-Letter (PDF, 3.1MB).

More information on crusade will be sent out next week. Times for this year's Crusade:
  • Sunday May 26, 2019 from 8amCT until NoonCT on the four corners of the Public Square

  • Friday May 31, 2019 from 3pmCT until 8pmCT

  • Saturday June 1, 2019 from 8amCT until 4pmCT

2019-05-20 18:19:01 | Comments | Printable version

Letter: Prettier than ever

Maury E Lewis writes:
The gardens look beautiful this year. Prettier than I have ever seen them. --melewi
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2019-05-20 17:53:53 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

Pools and beaches opening Memorial Day weekend at State Parks

By Gil Lawson

Frankfort, KY - Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional opening date for Kentucky State Park pools and beaches. Most pools and beaches will be opening.

The park system's 10 beaches are open to the public at no charge. The beaches are located at Pennyrile Forest, Lake Barkley, Kentucky Dam Village, Barren River Lake, Buckhorn Lake, Rough River Dam, Lake Malone, Nolin Lake, Carr Creek and Green River Lake state parks.

There are indoor pools at Lake Barkley and Lake Cumberland state resort parks. The Lake Cumberland pool recently re-opened following repairs.

Barren River Lake State Resort Park's lodge pool will open in mid-June following repair work. The park's beach will open May 24.

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2019-05-20 17:44:52 | Comments | Printable version

Solve voting challenges in advance of casting ballot

Election day note - if for any reason you have trouble voting, or confusion over any part of the process, ask questions first, before voting.

Adair County Board of Elections member Vicky Pike says that so long as you haven't voted, any challenges can be taken up and potentially corrected - before you vote. Once you've cast your vote however, changes cannot be made as it is locked up until voting tallies are counted after the polls close.

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KY Classic Music Festival is June 1st in Lebanon

By Jenny Kawa

The KY Classic Music Festival is back on June 1st. Help us celebrate 5 years of Live Music for only 5 BUCKS! Party with talented musicians from "The Heart of Kentucky" on Johnston Field behind Centre Square at 237 N Spalding Ave, Lebanon, KY, from 5pmET until 11pmET.

The line-up includes ABLER, Endless Road, RYPT, The Way Down and more! Featuring appearances by Eddie Miles and various solo acts throughout the evening. A wide assortment of food/drink vendors will be there, and there will be a bounce-house kid-friendly zone.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by visiting one of the local ticketing outlets in Lebanon. To speak to a representative of Kentucky Classic Arts, please call 270-699-2787.

2019-05-20 15:32:14 | Comments | Printable version

VFW Memorial Day Program

By Joe Hare, Commander

The public is invited to the annual VFW Memorial Day program on Sunday, 26 May 2019. The program begins at 2:30pmCT at the VFW post located at 500 Greenhills Road, Columbia.

As we remember all our lost comrades, this year we will be putting emphasis on our Prisoners of War and Missing in Action brothers and sisters. This will be achieved by a formal instillation of the POW/MIA Table by a group of Veterans, of the "US Veteran Motorcycle Club" from Bowling Green, KY.

The program is very emotional to veterans and I am sure to the public at large. It is not a lengthy program and will be held in our post hall, then we will move outside for our salute to our fallen brothers and sisters.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

2019-05-20 15:26:52 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Veterans and Veterans Day

Free OSHA Safety Training in Lexington

By Haley Bradburn

Frankfort, KY - Free OSHA Safety Training is coming to the Lexington, KY area on June 10-13, 2019. Classes will be held 8:30am - 4:30pm each day. These free classes will be located at the Clarion Hotel, 1950 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY. For more information and to register for this free training event, please click here.

Each year, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet's Division of Education and Training presents a series of cost-free courses at major population centers throughout the state. These courses are for both employers and employees, and are typically given over a one-week period in each population center. The courses are designed to outline the requirements contained in the various subparts of the General Industry and Construction Standards, covering both safety and health issues.

2019-05-20 15:25:19 | Comments | Printable version

Jewell Hutchison Smith Sayre, 83, Adair County native (1935-2019)

She was a giving person who helped many; Jewell loved big and leaves behind a lot of memories that will live on with the ones who loved her.

Jewell "Nanna" Hutchison Smith Sayre passed away peacefully Monday, May 20, 2019 with her family by her side at Allegro in Elizabethtown, KY at the age of 83.

Funeral services will be at 11amCT on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg St., Columbia, KY, with burial in the Columbia Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 2pmCT on Friday at the funeral home.

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2019-05-20 13:33:52 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Letter: Rose Garden is beautiful!

Ellen Zornes writes:
It is beautiful! Our KY-ASAP (substance abuse coalition) used to meet there and had a Christmas appreciation open house there for several years.

Some of us were talking one day about how there used to be a beautiful rose garden there. We found the Julia Horton Rose Garden article on the front room wall and decided it should be recovered. We knew it was out of our ken but we thought of the Garden Club. Barbara Armitage invited us to meet with the club. We did...they did...and it remains simply beautiful!

They have worked hard year after year to keep the roses and the other gardens looking their best. The community owes the Garden Club a huge debt. --Ellen
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2019-05-20 13:24:53 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

Lincoln Burton family reunion, Sun 26 May

The Lincoln Burton family reunion will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at the Purdy Separate Baptist Church fellowship hall, 8004 Liberty Road, Columbia, KY. Lunch will begin at 1:30pmCT. --Lonnie McAllister

2019-05-20 13:19:58 | Comments | Printable version

Bevin Joins 23 states in challenging New York handgun law

By Nicole Burton

Frankfort, KY - Gov. Matt Bevin has joined 23 other states in a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief in defense of Second Amendment rights. The brief challenges a New York City handgun law that criminalizes taking a handgun outside the home. The brief recognizes this restriction as both "inconsistent with history" and "unreasonable," noting that "carrying arms outside of the home, historically, was a vital component of self-defense."

"This is the first Second Amendment case heard by the Supreme Court in nearly a decade," said Steve Pitt, General Counsel to Gov. Bevin. "We joined this case without reservation because Kentuckians have a vested interest in ensuring that states like New York cannot infringe upon the right of Kentucky citizens to bear arms. It is critically important that the Supreme Court hear directly from the Commonwealth when deciding this important issue."

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2019-05-20 11:31:49 | Comments | Printable version

Warm Weather Brings Seasonal Home Repair Scammers

Don't fall for too-good-to-be-true deals from door-to-door scammers

By Crystal Staley/Kenneth Mansfield

Frankfort, KY - With temperatures on the rise, Attorney General Andy Beshear is asking Kentuckians to use caution when hiring door-to-door contractors that promise too-good-to-be-true deals. Beshear says those "deals" can quickly turn into home improvement scams.

Over the past two years, Beshear's office has received nearly 400 home repair scam complaints from Kentuckians in 25 counties.

Fly-by-night businesses and door-to-door scam contractors take advantage of the home repair season by guaranteeing low prices and requesting upfront payment. But those contractors provide low-quality work or never complete the work, Beshear said, and sometimes demand thousands more than the agreed upon price.

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2019-05-20 11:27:02 | Comments | Printable version

FBI offering $50K reward for info in Nelson Co murder case

The Kentucky Standard

As part of the National Police Week, the FBI announced on social media Friday morning it is intensifying efforts to identify and arrest those involved in the assault or murder of law enforcement officers. As part of this focus, a reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information leading to the identity, arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the 2013 slaying of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis.

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2019-05-20 11:21:05 | Comments | Printable version

Parts of Conley Bottom Resort on Lake Cumberland catch fire

By Mike Stunson, Lexington Herald-Leader

Crews battled a major fire Monday morning at Conley Bottom Resort on Lake Cumberland, according to media reports. The fire was reported just after 2 a.m. Monday, according to WKYM. The main dock and the Lighthouse Cafe appear to be a total loss, the radio station reported. Three buildings were fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, according to WKYT. LEX 18 reported the fire started in the marina's restaurant.

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2019-05-20 11:20:03 | Comments | Printable version

Letter: Former Chief Taylor loves people and helping

Tina York writes:
He was an outstanding police chief but what made him that was that he is an honest and caring person. He loves people and helping them. --Tina
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2019-05-20 09:27:11 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

ACHS Class of 2019: With Highest Honor

The following Adair County High School students from the Class of 2019 have a weighted GPA of 4.0 or greater, and are recognized as graduating summa cum laude. Congratulations, seniors!

  • Caldwell, Arabella Jolie
  • Carter, Layndon Jay
  • Cockerham, Emma Grace
  • Corbin, Byron Chandler
  • Dykes, Abigail Ann
  • Giles, Baylor Eldridge
  • Hadley, Ashley Brooke
  • Hardin, Kendyl Macy
  • Janes, Jailyn Riley
  • Janes, Kaitlyn Marie
  • Owens, Lauren Ashley
  • Parrish, Rachel Grace
  • Slaven, Sydney Morgan
  • Smith, Trevor Lewis
  • Stuchell, Christopher V
  • Taylor, Natalie Ann
  • Willis, Samuel Douglas
  • Wright, Christian Thomas

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2019-05-20 09:20:58 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Education

ACMS will hold regular SBDM meeting Tuesday, 21 May

By Alma Rich, Principal ACMS

Adair County Middle School will have itís regular SBDM council meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 3:30pmCT at the school.

The meeting is open to the public.

2019-05-20 08:54:18 | Comments | Printable version

May 21 School Board meeting agenda

By Becky Bailey

The Adair County School Board will hold a Special Regular School Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 6pmCT in the Adair County Board Conference Room, 1204 Greensburg St, Columbia, KY. This meeting is considered a Special Regular School Board Meeting due to the change in date. The public is invited to attend.

Board Agenda:

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2019-05-20 06:09:26 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Education

Homecoming Service at Free Union SBC, Sun 26 May

Free Union Separate Baptist Church, 4600 Sano Rd, Columbia, KY, will have Homecoming Service on Sunday May 26, 2019, starting at 10amCT. Heidi and Ryan will be singing, and brother Robert Knight will bring the message.

Pastor Dustin McGowan and congregation welcome everyone. There will be a noon meal after the service. --Charles Shepherd

2019-05-20 05:58:09 | Comments | Printable version

Traffic Advisory: I-65 in Hardin County this week

By Chris Jessie

If you'll be travelling on I-65 this week, be aware that there will be various lane closures in both directions in Hardin County:
  • Monday, May 20: Mile Markers 91-94 between 7amET-5pmET

  • Monday night, May 20/21: Mile Markers 91-97 between 7pmET-6amET

  • Tuesday, May 21: Mile Markers 91-94 between 7amET-5pmET

  • Wednesday, May 22: Mile Markers 91-94 between 7amET-5pmET
Motorists should pay close attention to signage, slow down when approaching these work zones and be prepared to merge. Short delays are possible.

2019-05-20 05:55:53 | Comments | Printable version

Becoming sunny today, high 76F

It's currently 65F at the Adair County Mesonet station. Expect a few clouds early and then sunny skies later in the day, with a high near 76F. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Clouds will increase again tonight, with an overnight low around 53F, and light and variable wind becoming east 5 to 7 mph after midnight.

Tuesday will be sunny again and warmer, with a high near 81F and east wind around 8 mph.

Tuesday night should be mostly clear, with a low around 61F. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph.

2019-05-20 05:51:36 | Comments | Printable version

Today - MONDAY with CM - 20 May 2019

Haiku by Robert Stone for May 20, 2019:
Friends who understand
should be valued more highly
than money or praise.
--Robert Stone, Monday, 20 May 2019.
-1000 haiku twice now, now on to more days, Day 2806

2019-05-20 05:47:08 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

7-County Area Courts for Mon 20 May 2019

Local schedules for Circuit Courts, District Courts, for Monday, May 20, 2019, at a glance:
  • Adair County: No events Circuit Court. 77 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: 2 events Circuit Court. 47 events District Court.
  • Metcalfe County: No events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Russell County: No events Circuit Court. 164 events District Court.
  • Taylor County: 1 event Circuit Court. 81 events District Court.
Note: NOT Official. Always Click to Docket for all Kentucky Counties

2019-05-20 05:46:32 | Comments | Printable version

Birthdays and Anniversaries for May 20
Happy Anniversary, Micah and Jaclyn Abbott (2006) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, William and Ople Dial (1961) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Briley Ann Breeding (2010) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Brooklynne Carroll (2002) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Hunter Durham | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jacob Stewart Cowan (1993) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Janet Wall | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jennifer Wall | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jessica Pyles (1991) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Kathy Hitch | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Norma H. Scott (1933) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Ruth Redmon (1961) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Bro. Alfred Landon Hadley, 81, Taylor/Cumberland Counties, KY | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Wilma Irene Justet, Liberty, KY native (1946-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Adam Bowen, Taylor Co., KY(1979) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Anna Mary Milby, 80, Green Co., KY (1929) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Alta Graham Roberts, Taylor Co., KY (1921) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, James Lenva Garmon, Cumberland Co., KY (1928) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Rosalie Wiley Mitchell, Cumberland Co., KY (1923) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Cleo Watson Adair Co., KY (1918-2011) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Genneive Tarter, Taylor Co., KY (1918) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, James Robert "Bobby" Marcum, Green Co. KY (1951) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Eva Jewell Curry Shuffett, Green Co., KY (1930) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Otha Zimmerman, Jr., Russell Springs, KY (1945-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Gladys Lucille Irvin , 74, Russell County, KY (1939-2014)< | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. Marcus Wayne Smith, 38, Cumberland Co., KY | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ricky Eugene Murray, Russell County, KY (1958-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Norma F. Scott, 81, Bliss Community (1933-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Katherine Brown, 60, Casey Co., KY (1955-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. James Edward Sinders, Cumberland Co., KY (1938-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Peggy Grammer Wilcoxson, 78, Taylor Co., KY (1938-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Robert Junior Long, Casey County, KY (1941-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mary McClain, Russell County, KY (1932-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ernest Leon White, 75, Metcalfe County, KY (1942-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Chaplain Lt. Col. Brian D. Curry, 50, Bullitt Co., KY | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Daisy Vibbert, 93, Cumberland County, KY (1925-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Rhonda Wethington, 32, funeral mass to be in Casey County, KY | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jeannie S. Fortune, 69, Russell Co., KY (1949-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Carl A. Burton (May 20, 1912-Feb. 23, 1973) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Geneva Brown (May 20, 1932-July 17, 2008) | (Updates/Corrections)

Events scheduled for Monday, May 20, 2019
All events are listed in Central Time. Submit your upcoming event using our Contact Form.
8:00amCTAbsentee voting machines open at Courthouse Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia | (ID:57687, Comment)
10:00amCTGentle Yoga class at Adair County Health Department, 801 Westlake Drive, Columbia, KY | (ID:57659, Comment)
NoonCTService for Dwight Gene Warren, Taylor County, KY (1855-2019) | (ID:57810, Comment)
1:00pmCTServices for Randall (Petie) Brumley, 54, Jamestown, KY (1965-2019) | (ID:57791, Comment)
5:00pmCTServices for Jerry Lee Watson, 71, Casey Co., KY (1947-2019) | (ID:57796, Comment)
6:30pmCTRevival at Melson Ridge United Baptist Church | (ID:57800, Comment)


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