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DPH announces first vaping-related death

By Anya Armes Weber/Beth Fisher

Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has announced the state's first probable fatality related to vaping.

DPH, part of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), reports the fatality of a Kentuckian in its weekly online update of investigations related to e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI).

As of today, there have been 48 reports of possible EVALI. The fatality is included in 13 probable cases. There are seven confirmed EVALI cases and 15 pending cases. Eleven reports were determined not to be EVALI cases. Two additional cases investigated in Kentucky were residents of other states who were treated in Kentucky hospitals.


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2020-01-10 18:19:24 | Comments | Printable version

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End of week traffic on the Public Square



2020-01-10 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
This was the look of traffic on the Public Square mid-afternoon Friday, January 10, 2020. All streets on and off the Square were moving very slowly. This view is entering from Jamestown Street.

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LWC Wrestling posts a 2-1 record at NAIA National Duals

By Christopher Coombs

Louisville, KY - The No. 7-ranked Lindsey Wilson Wrestling team finished the first day of competition at the NAIA National Duals with a 2-1 record. All three of LWC's duals came down to the final bout against some of the top competition the NAIA has to offer.

The Blue Raiders picked up wins over No. 16 Missouri Valley (22-19) and No. 4 Cumberlands (Ky.) (22-19). Lindsey Wilson would drop their first dual of the season to No. 6 Baker on a close 22-20 result.


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2020-01-10 18:16:00 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Sports

Governor releases public records linked to Braidy Industries

Kentucky Press News Service

Frankfort, KY - Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday released documents related to Kentucky's investment in Braidy Industries.

The documents include a letter of intent regarding Kentucky's $15 million investment, stock purchase agreement, voting agreement and investors' rights agreement. The documents reveal the names of those invested in Braidy Industries.

"In releasing these documents, we are showing Kentuckians that we are committed to transparency and open government," Beshear said in a news release.

"Braidy Industries believes in transparency as well as in the privacy of its shareholders," said CEO and Chairman of Braidy Industries Craig Bouchard. "The state asked for the release of these documents and we were happy to support this request. The Commonwealth Seed Fund is a valued shareholder. Braidy strongly supports the governor, the bi-partisan leadership of the state of Kentucky, and all of its agencies."

The previous administration refused to release the documents requested by The Courier-Journal despite an attorney general's open records decision and multiple court rulings* holding that they are public records, the news release said.


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2020-01-10 15:18:28 | Comments | Printable version

Letter: Social media

Maury Lewis writes:
Have they put this on social media? --Maury
Comments re Photo 86483 KSP seeking information on 1988 murder victim

Maury, we received a press release, but KSP also uses twitter and facebook, so we assume they're making the rounds there, too. --Pen


2020-01-10 15:13:36 | Comments | Printable version

Letter: Girls buzzing with excitement over oil strike

The view from the Pampered Angus Ranch

Thought I'd comment on the new oil wells across from the Hunter Place section of the Pampered Angus Ranch. Well here goes. The girls are buzzing with excitement from all the extra activities of the last few days.

It comes to mind a famous neighborhood lady who has a TINGLE when she is near oil. Maybe we need to get her out here to find it.

Then the sinkhole dweller "Bud Mullins" might have some insight into this as well. I can be really bad and see if he will show up and give us some insight into his world and what might be flowing under.


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2020-01-10 14:57:43 | Comments | Printable version

Commonwealth issues new request for Medicaid Managed Care

Previous contracts, issued by outgoing governor's administration, canceled amid public concern

By Anya Armes Weber/Beth Fisher

Frankfort, KY - In furtherance of the Beshear administration's mission of providing access to affordable health care to all Kentuckians, the Commonwealth of Kentucky is rebidding its Medicaid managed care contracts, beginning the process to select which health care companies can manage benefits for the state's Medicaid enrollees.

According to officials with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, where the Department for Medicaid Services is housed, a request for proposals was issued by the state Finance and Administration Cabinet today. Current contracts with Aetna (via Coventry Cares), Anthem Inc., Humana Inc. (via CareSource), Passport Health Plan, and Wellcare are set to expire on June 30.

The action follows a decision by Governor Andy Beshear to cancel managed care contracts awarded by the outgoing governor's administration in early December.


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2020-01-10 14:50:51 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Politics

Sen. Max Wise's Legislative Update - January 10, 2020

Personal political commentary/opinions of the writer

By State Senator Max Wise, (R-Campbellsville)
16th District: Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne Counties

The first week of the 2020 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly has come to a close. We had a productive week in Frankfort and left with confidence in what the session has in store. It was a pleasure to begin the session on Tuesday with a visit from the 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, who performed an extraordinary rendition of "My Old Kentucky Home" and our National Anthem.

As with the early stages of any session of the General Assembly, some procedural measures were in order. The Senate Majority has listened to feedback from our constituents and have prioritized several pieces of legislation that are hopeful of passing this session. Those bills, among others, were assigned to their respective committees this week. Committee hearings begin next week and provide the public an opportunity to hear about the legislation.

Crafting a budget will not be an easy task.


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2020-01-10 14:48:48 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Politics

Elizabeth Laverne Pendleton Carter, 85, Edmonton, KY

Elizabeth Laverne Pendleton Carter, age 85, of Edmonton passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020 in Edmonton.

Funeral services will be held at 2pmCT Sunday at Butler Funeral Home in Edmonton with burial in the Edmonton Cemetery. Visitation will be after 10amCT Sunday at the funeral home.


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2020-01-10 12:08:13 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

CES first-graders to present 'The Little Red Hen'

By Calen McKinney

Campbellsville Elementary School first-grade students will present "The Little Red Hen" Monday, January 13, at 4:30pmCT/5:30pmET in the gymnasium.

Students will also exhibit artwork they have completed this school year in Adrienne Hash’s class. CES music teacher Cyndi Chadwick will direct the musical.


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2020-01-10 10:06:57 | Comments | Printable version

Rev. Charles L. Taylor, 71, Green and Taylor pastor

Rev. Charles L. Taylor, 71, who served the Presbyterian Churches in both Taylor and Green Counties, passed away Monday, January 6, 2020 at his home in Danville.

He had made a profession of faith in Christ and was a minister and member of Mid KY Presbytery, Presbyterian Church USA.


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2020-01-10 09:59:37 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

City Hall closing for funeral of Joyce Hoots

City Hall will be closed from 10:30amCT until 12noon for the funeral services of Mrs. Joyce Hoots. -- Tiffany Collins

2020-01-10 09:52:16 | Comments | Printable version

Public libraries break E-rate record with more than $2.1M

By Kim Saylor Brannock

Frankfort, KY - Kentucky public libraries set a new record for funding commitments from education rate (E-rate), a federal program that provides discounts on Internet, telecommunications, and networking equipment for schools and public libraries. For the July 2019 - June 2020 funding year, Kentucky public libraries have a record commitment of $2,195,532 in E-rate funding to be disbursed as they are invoiced for eligible products and services, marking a record amount since the program's inception in 1998.

E-rate discounts provide critical budget relief to public libraries and allow them to spend local tax dollars on other services and programs in their communities. A library's E-rate funding amount is determined by the area's poverty level.


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2020-01-10 08:28:35 | Comments | Printable version

Carol Perkins: Passenger seat peril

Previous Column: Christmas at the Perkins' house

By Carol Perkins

After our radio show each Tuesday, Susan Chambers and I eat lunch together. Last Tuesday, we also had a mission to take inventory of our books at each location where they were sold. Susan offered to drive. Usually I drive, because the books are kept in the back of my SUV. There is also another reason. We began in Summer Shade at the Country Tyme Diner (wonderful food).

On our way to Summer Shade, my good friend must like to hear the grating noise of the shoulder's warning ruts because we rode them often. A couple of times, I raised my left hip as if I were avoiding whatever might come at me. "Oops," she said. It is a good thing Susan is a slow driver; well, in some cases, it is good.


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2020-01-10 07:34:14 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Carol Perkins

Radon warning and self care training part of WATCH

By Linda Waggener

The WATCH Coalition held its first meeting of the new year Thursday, January 8, 2020 at the Adair Health Department with two speakers.

WATCH (Working Actively Toward Community Health) is the inter agency group that comes together monthly to focus on improvement of health and family lifestyles.


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2020-01-10 06:41:53 | Comments | Printable version

LWC women upset No. 7 Shawnee State 87-77

By Grace Blomstedt

The No. 14-ranked Lindsey Wilson women's basketball team upset No. 7-ranked Shawnee State (Ohio) in Biggers Sports Center on Thursday night. The Blue Raiders improve to 14-3 and 3-1 in the Mid-South Conference.

Lindsey Wilson finished the game shooting 58.8 percent from the floor and a season-high 66.7 from behind the arc. The Blue Raiders ended with a slight 30 to 28 advantage on the boards.

Five Blue Raiders scored double-digit points led by Reagan Turner with 30. J'Nayah Hall contributed 15 points while recording a team-high in rebounds (7) and assists (4). DeAsia Outlaw, Jynea Harris and Rose Mary Jackson joined them with 16, 13 and 10 points, respectively.


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2020-01-10 05:01:55 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Sports

Kentucky Color: Remains of a Grey Ghost

By Billy Joe Fudge
President, Homeplace on Green River, Inc.

There was a time when one in every five trees in the Eastern Hardwood Forest which stretches from Maine to Georgia, was American Chestnut. Then the infamous blight from the Orient made its way into New York Harbor around 1904. The American Chestnut had little to no resistance to this fungal disease and quickly began to succumb to its ravages.

Year after year the largest trees East of the Mississippi were turned into Grey Ghosts, glowing in the moonlight like giant skeletons stripped of their bark and foliage and life itself. Year after year the blight spread its scourge North, West and South from New York. Slowly but surely it made its way to the Great Wooded South and by the 30s, it's death march carried it's infection across Harrod's Fork Creek and Independence Ridge to this 60 inch diameter American Chestnut standing sentry on top of a Greenbriar Ridge bluff, looking down on Casey Fork Creek.


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2020-01-10 04:58:31 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Kentucky Color by Billy Joe Fudge

Walter Raymond (Ray) Wilcoxson, Jr., 77, Green Co., KY (1942-2020)

Mr. Walter Raymond "Ray" Wilcoxson, Jr., of Green County passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2020. He was 77 years old.

The funeral services for Mr. Walter Raymond "Ray" Wilcoxson, Jr. will be conducted at 10amCT on Monday, January 13, 2020, at the Cowherd and Parrott Funeral Home, 206 S. Main St., Greensburg, KY, with burial in the Horse Cave City Cemetery. Bro. Lee Warf, Bro. Thomas Metcalfe, and Bro. Kevin Denton will be officiating.

Graveside services will be held at NoonCT on Monday at the Horse Cave City Cemetery.

Visitation is requested from 3pmCT until 8pmCT on Sunday at the Cowherd and Parrott Funeral Home and after 7amCT on Monday until time of the funeral services.


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2020-01-10 04:53:42 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

LWC Men's basketball falls to Shawnee State 95-59

By Grace Blomstedt

The No. 19-ranked Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team fell to Shawnee State 95-59 at Biggers Sports Center on Thursday.

Lindsey Wilson finished the game shooting 34.4 percent from the floor and 34.5 from beyond the arc. Shawnee State shot 58.5 percent and 57.1 percent from behind the three-point line. The Bears outrebounded the Blue Raiders 51 to 26.


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2020-01-10 04:49:47 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Sports

Windy, chance of storms today, high 66F

It's currently 59F at the Adair County Mesonet station. There's a 40 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms today, mainly after 4pmCT. Otherwise it will be mostly cloudy and windy, with a high near 66F. South wind 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

Tonight will be cloudy, with a low around 58F and a 50 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms. Southerly winds will ramp up late tonight ahead of a cold front, at 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.

Saturday will bring a 90% chance of rain and thunderstorms, and a high near 71F. Strong to locally damaging winds are possible outside of any thunderstorms Saturday. Also, a line of heavy showers and a few thunderstorms will move through the Ohio Valley, producing briefly torrential rainfall that could lead to localized flash flooding.

Saturday night will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 39F. Southwest wind 8 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 51F. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Sunday night should be mostly cloudy, with a low around 38.


2020-01-10 04:48:45 | Comments | Printable version

Haiku by Robert Stone for January 10, 2020

One who has loved much,
been refused, and gone away,
will return much changed.
--Robert Stone, Friday, 10 January 2020.
-1000 haiku thrice now, more days coming up, Day 3041


2020-01-10 04:40:14 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

7-County Area Courts for Fri 10 Jan 2020

Local schedules for Circuit Courts, District Courts, for Friday, January 10, 2020, at a glance:
  • Adair County: 2 events Circuit Court. No 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. No events District Court.
  • Russell County: 2 events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Taylor County: 1 event Circuit Court. 2 events District Court.
Note: NOT Official. Always Click to Docket for all Kentucky Counties


2020-01-10 04:39:44 | Comments | Printable version


Birthdays and Anniversaries for January 10
Happy Anniversary, Eddie and Shirlene VanArsdale | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Clara Rogers (1942) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Eden Bradshaw (2006) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Frances Branham (1927) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Madison L. Smith | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Melissa Renee Bault Franklin (1969) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Regina Agnieszka Lepiarczyk Krygier | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Celystine Stotts Baker, Breeding, KY (1946-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Patricia Wilson, Columbia, KY (1962-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ann Laverne Meadows, Greensburg, KY (1940-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Matt Burress, Elk Horn, KY (1990-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Eugene Mabin, Greensburg, KY (1925) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, James L. Burton, Adair Co., KY native (1928) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, William Garnet Shepard, Russell Co., KY (1928-2010) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Christine Milby Bloyd Green Co., KY native (1919-2010) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Garfield Gosser, Russell Co., KY (1919) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Don Wesley Brooks, Columbia, KY (1965-2011) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Okey Lee Roberts Jamestown, KY (1935) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lou Ina Rexroat, Russell County, KY (1923) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. Thurman (Finn) Watson, Taylor Co., KY (1947-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lewis (Bill) Simpson, Green County, KY (1928-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Norma Jean Shaw Pickett, Adair County, KY (1930-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mary Gladys Humble, Russell County, KY (1927-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Manelle Denson, Casey County, KY (1925-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, William (Bill) Douglas Gumm, Green Co., KY (1929-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Raymond Estil Groce, Russell County, KY (1922-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ralph J. Bennett, 80, Russell Co., KY (1934-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Elzora Yocom, Taylor Co., KY, (1931-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Philip E. Antle, Russell Co., KY (1931-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lucy Bell Huff, 63, Edmonton, KY (1953-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Coy L. McGowan, 66, Jamestown, KY (1949-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Odell Polston, 82, Russell Co., KY (1933-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jarvis J.C. Burton, Russell County, KY, Adair Co., KY native (1942-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Gary (Red) Samuell, 70, Fairplay, KY (1946-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ralph Hammond Johnson, 82, Russell Co., KY (1934-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Gracie Jeter, 96, Taylor Co., KY (1920-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Alvin Lee Richerson, 80, Taylor Co., KY (1937-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, GraceLynn AbiGail Cleo Stapleton, 6 months, Adair County, KY (2017-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jackie Holt, 74, Dunnville, KY (1943-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Teddy N. Montgomery, 60, Green County KY, (1958-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In memory Birthday, Herman R. Chelf (January 10, 1919-March 17, 2006) | (Updates/Corrections)

Events scheduled for Friday, January 10, 2020
All events are listed in Central Time. Submit your upcoming event using our Contact Form.
8:00amCTBlood Drive at Campbellsville High School from 9-1 ET | (ID:59914, Comment)
10:30amCTCity Hall will be closed until noon for funeral of Mrs. Joyce Hoots | (ID:59922, Comment)
11:00amCTServices for Joyce (Loy) Hoots, 85, Adair County, KY (1935-2020) | (ID:59889, Comment)
1:00pmCTServices for Jerry Dale Payton, 65, Casey County, KY (1954-2020) | (ID:59920, Comment)
2:00pmCTServices for Martha Dunbar, 92, Adair County, KY (1927-2020) | (ID:59912, Comment)
7:30pmCTBoys Varsity ACHS Basketball at Barren County | (ID:59871, Comment)

 



























 
 
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