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State's death penalty protocol ruled unconstitutional

By Andrew Wolfson, Louisville Courier Journal

A Kentucky judge has struck down the state's death penalty protocol as unconstitutional because it does not explicitly prohibit the execution of prisoners with intellectual disabilities.

Ruling on a motion brought by a dozen inmates on death row, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Tuesday that the regulation is invalid because it doesn't automatically suspend an execution when the state corrections department's internal review shows a condemned person has an intellectual disability. Granting a motion filed by the Department of Public Advocacy, Shepherd said the state's rules are flawed because they would allow a prisoner with intellectual disabilities to be executed if he or she declines further appeals.

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2019-07-03 17:04:34 | Comments | Printable version

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Balloon Glow on Independence Day Eve

2019-07-03 - Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Tiffany Kessler.
Tomorrow morning at 10amET is Campbellsville's Fourth of July parade which has grown over the years and become quite famous across the state. The festival has lots of food, music, and booths. Tonight, July 3, 2019, was the amazing balloon glow which drew crowds of all ages.

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Fire destroys Jim Beam Kentucky warehouse

By Mike Stunson and Ryan Hermaes, Lexington Herald-Leader

Crews are letting a Jim Beam bourbon warehouse in Woodford County burn out Wednesday after it caught fire overnight. The fire at the Jim Beam warehouse began around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Drew Chandler, the Woodford County Emergency Management director.

After the warehouse was destroyed, the concerns as Wednesday progressed were tending remaining flames and keeping bourbon from reaching nearby Glenns Creek, a tributary of the Kentucky River. Jim Beam said in a prepared statement that the fire will not affect product availability.

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2019-07-03 17:02:59 | Comments | Printable version

KYTC official to attend Russell Fiscal Court meeting

By Amber Hale

Gray Tomblyn, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Dept. of Rural & Municipal Aid Commissioner, will attend the Russell County Fiscal Court meeting on Monday, July 8, to make a transportation funding announcement.

The meeting is scheduled for 6pmCT at the Russell County Courthouse, 410 Monument Square, Jamestown, KY.

2019-07-03 16:57:30 | Comments | Printable version

Adair Co Farm Bureau closed for Fourth

Adair County Farm Bureau South Agency will be closed Thursday, July 4th 2019, in observation of Independence Day. We will be back to normal business hours on Friday! Thank you and have a safe 4th of July holiday. Jason Corbin-Agency Manager

2019-07-03 16:53:00 | Comments | Printable version

Fireworks Safety Tips

By Donald Hare

We know fireworks are fun and young kids look adorable holding those sparklers. Unfortunately, fireworks can cause serious injuries to children, including devastating burns and other injuries. The best way to keep your children safe is to not use any fireworks at home. Attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.

If you plan to use fireworks, make sure to follow these tips to keep your kids as safe as possible.

Hard Facts: Sparklers cause lots of injuries
More than 3,000 children under the age of 15 are sent to the emergency room each year in the United States because of fireworks. Sparklers, which are typically viewed by parents as relatively harmless fireworks for children, account for one-third of the injuries to children under five.

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2019-07-03 16:48:55 | Comments | Printable version

Letter: Thoughts on cloud watching

Maury E Lewis writes:
Looks like a space ship from Star Wars or Star Trek to me.
It is all in the eye of the beholder.
I like to do cloud watching.
I was in training for becoming a Girl Scout leader and we had to lay on our backs and tell them what we saw in the clouds. We were laying in Spanish Moss that fell from the trees and the moss had red bugs in it. Needless to say, it was an experience that I will never forget. --Maury
Comments re photo 84297 Anvil shaped cloud over Holmes Bend Road

2019-07-03 16:46:04 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

Jim Blair Center changes on City Council agenda

By Tiffany Kessler

Judge Executive Cowan Sends Letter to Mayor
with Adair County's New Ordinance

July's City Council agenda included the first reading of a new ordinance to abolish the old ordinance which details the jointly owned Columbia-Adair County Parks and Recreation Board for the Jim Blair Center.

The park has been a major topic for the city and county since March of this year. The current board contains nine appointees. During a June meeting of the fiscal court, magistrates voted 6-1 to amend the current board, reducing the number to three - one from the city, one from the county, one agreed upon from the community.

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2019-07-03 16:15:52 | Comments | Printable version

Doris Lynn Ginter, 79, Taylor County, KY (1939-2019)

She was a voracious reader, often reading a novel a day, and that appetite for education helped her keep a sharp wit. Her kind and soft heart made her a favorite Granny, and she relished that role.

Doris Lynn Ginter of Campbellsville passed peacefully from this life on Monday, July 1, 2019 at her home.

There will be a funeral service to honor her life on Friday, July 5, 2019 at 12noonCT/1pmET in the chapel of the L.R. Petty Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Lebanon National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, July 5, from 10amET until time for the service.

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2019-07-03 16:02:00 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

City of Columbia Offices will be closed on the 4th

The City of Columbia Offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019 in observance of the July 4th Holiday. Enjoy the evening fireworks!

2019-07-03 15:39:57 | Comments | Printable version

PVA Office closed on Fourth of July

The Adair County PVA Office will be closed Thursday in observance of the July 4th Holiday. We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day! --Landon Edwards

2019-07-03 09:09:01 | Comments | Printable version

Pinewood Shopping Center annexation delayed

By Tiffany Kessler

July's city council meeting experienced its fair share of fireworks Monday evening.

Mayor Pam Hoots wasted very little time in addressing a recent topic that has proved sensitive among community members. She began the meeting by reading a statement to the council and those in attendance which described reasons behind the attempt to annex Pinewood Shopping Center into the city limits (see Mayor's Statement below).

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2019-07-03 07:22:55 | Comments | Printable version

John Wesley (J.W.) Spears, 80, Burkesville, KY (1938-2019)

J.W. Spears of Burkesville, KY passed away on Thursday, June 27th, 2019 at Cumberland County Hospital. He was 80 years old.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 04, 2019 at 1pmCT at Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home, 304 N. Main Street, Burkesville, KY, with burial in Leslie Cemetery.

The family requests visitation on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 from 3pmCT until 9pmCT at Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home.

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2019-07-03 06:47:30 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Brad Oliver Maddox, 43, Gabe, KY (1975-2019)

Brad Oliver Maddox of the Gabe Community of Green County, Kentucky, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2019. He was 43 years old.

There will be graveside services for Mr. Brad Oliver Maddox held at NoonCT on Friday, July 5, 2019 at the Wilson Cemetery on Montgomery Mill Road in Summersville, KY. Bro. Robert Knight will be officiating.

Visitation is requested from 9amCT until 11:30amCT on Friday at the Cowherd and Parrott Funeral Home, 206 S. Main St., Greensburg, KY.

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2019-07-03 06:42:12 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Today - WEDNESDAY with CM - 3 July 2019

Haiku by Robert Stone for July 3, 2019:
Others not helping,
with grieved look in patient eyes,
concerned cares for poor.
--Robert Stone, Wednesday, 3 July 2019.
-1000 haiku twice now, now on to more days, Day 2850

2019-07-03 06:37:59 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

Letter: Several trees were downed by storm

Maury E Lewis writes:
Several people had trees hit by lighting in the Joppa area including us. We had the top hit on 2 of our maple trees. They are on the ground but we have help coming today. --Maury

2019-07-03 06:36:36 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

Egypt-Shiloh Men's Prayer Breakfast is Sat 6 July

The Egypt-Shiloh Men's Prayer Breakfast will be held at 8amCT on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Patty's Liberty Road Grocery and Deli, 5097 Liberty Road, Columbia, KY. All men and boys are invited. --W M Feese Jr

2019-07-03 06:23:19 | Comments | Printable version

Mostly cloudy, high 86F, chance of storms again today

It's currently 69F at the Adair County Mesonet station. Mostly cloudy today, with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10amCT. High near 86F, with southwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

It should be mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 70. Light south wind. There's a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2amCT, and patchy fog is likely after 4amCT.

On Independence Day, there's a chance of patchy fog in the early morning, and then showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly after 1pmCT. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 87F and light and variable wind.

Thursday night will bring a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1amCT. Partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 70F and light and variable wind.

2019-07-03 06:22:22 | Comments | Printable version

7-County Area Courts for Wed 3 July 2019

Local schedules for Circuit Courts, District Courts, for Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at a glance:
  • Adair County: No events Circuit Court. 2 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. No events District Court.
  • Metcalfe County: No events Circuit Court. 32 events District Court.
  • Russell County: 1 event Circuit Court. 1 event District Court.
  • Taylor County: 3 events Circuit Court. 75 events District Court.
Note: NOT Official. Always Click to Docket for all Kentucky Counties

2019-07-03 06:17:31 | Comments | Printable version

Birthdays and Anniversaries for July 3
Happy Anniversary, Adam and Tina Price (1998) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Chad and Kim Barnett (2008) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Don & Barbara Franklin (1964) in Memory of Don Franklin) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Josh and Leanna Franklin | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Mike and Joyce Kelsay | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Courtney Koenig Martin | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Danny C. Burton | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Herbert Harrell | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jacob Boils (1999) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, James Blake Fisher (July 3, 2000) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jeff Potts | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Johnie Humphrey Hickman | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Laramie Keltner Pelston | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Maddox Phillips | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Phyllis Grider | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Dillery Margaret Cooper Bell, Casey County, KY | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Maude A. Neal, Burkesville, KY (1928-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Laura Adams Gabehart, Campbellsville, KY (1963-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Russell Glenn Godbey, Casey County, KY (1942-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Treva Ann Warren, Knifley, KY (1941-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Regeina Paulette Campbell, Albany, KY (1949-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Shirley Grider Braman, Russell Co., KY (1918-2010) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jessie Caldwell Tupman Shirley Adair Co., KY (1929) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Elbert O. McGaha, 89, Adair Co., KY, native (1923) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Timothy J. (Tim) Phelps, 46, Russell Co., KY | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jeanette Estes Bishop, Adair Co., KY native (1934) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Darrel Wethington, Casey Co., KY (1933) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ethan Foster, Taylor Co., KY (1968-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Carolyn Jewell Milby, Green Co., KY (1945-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Cathy Long Akin, Columbia, KY (1964-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. Ernest James Rush, 82, Cumberland Co., KY (1933-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Wanda Lou Nunnally Ball, 72, Summer Shade, KY (1944-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Nell V. Rooks, 82, Russell Springs, KY/Adair Co., KY native (1934-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Kenneth Brewington, 86, former Cumberland Co., KY (1930-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Patricia A. Justice, Russell County, KY (1964-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Charlene Sneed, Adair County, KY (1949-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Brian Fabozzi, 69, Cumberland County, KY (1948-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ralph Compton (1942) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Bithday, Winnie Maxine Shaw, Glasgow, KY (1931) | (Updates/Corrections)

Events scheduled for Wednesday, July 3, 2019
All events are listed in Central Time. Submit your upcoming event using our Contact Form.
8:30amCTAdair County Public Library: Milltown Bookmobile run | (ID:57974, Comment)
10:00amCTFarmers Market on the Square, 10amCT-4pmCT | (ID:57941, Comment)
Adair County Public Library: Story Time | (ID:57985, Comment)
11:00amCTServices for Evelyn Lawhorn Bunch, 81, Columbia, KY native (1937-2019) | (ID:58218, Comment)
Services for James Justice, 68, Russell County, KY (1951-2019) | (ID:58226, Comment)
1:00pmCTServices for Dale Bennett, 72, Columbia, KY (1946-2019) | (ID:58212, Comment)
Services for LaTonya Popplewell Scaggs, 43, Russell Springs, KY (1976-2019) | (ID:58227, Comment)


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