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Kenneth Allen Murray, 85, Cumberland County, KY

Kenneth Allen Murray, age 85, of Burkesville, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at The Cumberland County Hospital.

The PRIVATE funeral will be conducted on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 2pmCT in the Memory Chapel of Norris-New Funeral Home in Burkesville with Bro. Lanny Garner officiating. Burial will be in the Davis Cemetery in Cumberland County.

Friends may come by and sign the book after 10amCT Saturday until the funeral hour at 2pmCT. No admittance to the chapel where the family is will be permitted this is to protect the health of the family as well as public.

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2020-03-18 21:39:44 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

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Strange feeling with just a hand full of people out

2020-03-18 - New Columbia, KY - Photo by Victoria Pike of Miss Vicky's Pampered Angus Ranch.
Trucks were lined up in the parking lot at Walmart 9:30pm. I counted 5. Few shoppers still out. Most other businesses already closed and lights out. This is a strange feeling seeing just a hand full of people on the roads. Mostly trucks passing. Saw a Dollar General truck pass on the parkway.
We understand the third shift of Walmart is still working even though the store is closed to customers between 11pm and 6amCT. Restocking is being done as fast as possible.

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Jimmie Wayne Gibson, 73, Metcalfe County, KY

Jimmie Wayne Gibson, age 73, of Edmonton, KY passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

In light of the current situation with Covid-19 crisis all services will be private, no food or drinks can be brought into the funeral home and physical contact must follow social distancing of six feet. We are very sorry for the inconvenience, but our efforts are to ensure the safety of all parties involved.

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2020-03-18 21:22:53 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

How to make the healing tea from purple flowers

Regarding the possible healing properties of the little purple flowers, Joyce Coomer has provided the recipe for tea:

If anyone is of a mind to make an infusion of fresh Dead Nettle leaves, clip them off the plant, rinse and place in a teapot. Add 1/2 cup of fresh leaves for every 8 ounces of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes, then strain. Sweeten to taste with honey, stevia, or coconut sugar as desired and enjoy!

If you have a tea strainer ball, you could put the leaves in it and wouldn't have to strain after steeping . . . might need to steep a little longer to get full flavor and benefits.

I don't drink tea - am just questimating on this. - Joyce

2020-03-18 21:21:12 | Comments | Printable version

Allen Wayne Cawthorn, 57, Metcalfe County, KY

Allen Wayne Cawthorn age 57 of Edmonton passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at his home.

Graveside services will be held 1pmCT Thursday at the New Liberty Cemetery near Edmonton. There will be no visitation prior to the service.

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2020-03-18 21:02:31 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Library revises dates - goes to curb service Thursday

UPDATE 4:27pmCT - Sorry everyone, but after listening to the Governor just now, we are closing at end of day today. Curbside service will begin tomorrow, March 19th at 9am. Then Monday through Friday 8-4.

So sorry but this has been an hour by hour thing and decisions made quickly every hour.
Lee Ann Jessee
Adair County Public Library

2020-03-18 19:08:05 | Comments | Printable version

FFNB implements drive-thru only service

By Ann Martin

Like many of you, we continue to monitor news reports regarding the spread of COVID-19 and the proper steps to protect the health and well-being of our customers, employees, and communities. I want to ensure all our customers the bank has taken, and will continue to take, steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to make our locations as safe as reasonably possible.

In support of Governor Beshear's efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, until March 31, 2020, we will implement Drive-Thru Only Service with Lobby Access by Appointment. We encourage you to use our convenient online and mobile banking services during this time. Most banking needs can also be easily handled by drive-thru, ATM, or over the phone. If you need to make an appointment to see one of our friendly staff or if you have questions, please call us at 270-384-2361.

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2020-03-18 18:00:59 | Comments | Printable version

Original use of Sears and Rareback

Marc writes:
I was curious if my grandmother from 1901 had created the name "Sears and Rareback." Mr Google proved she was not unique with that moniker for the once great company. Initially, I wondered and STILL DO!! what was the origin of that pronunciation? Do you have any idea? Maybe this query is out of your league, but thanks if you can help! --Marc
Comments re: A childhood memory of the old folks & Sears & 'Rareback'

Marc, thanks for writing. It is a bit out of our league, but we're posting your letting in case one of our industrious readers has some insight...

2020-03-18 17:58:46 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

Library closing to the public, offering curbside service

By Lee Ann Jessee, Director
Adair County Public Library

Update: Beginning March 19, 2020, Beginning March 21, 2020, the Adair County Public Library will be closed to the public. We have been instructed by American Library Association and our State Librarian to close to the public.

With that being said, we will offer curbside service including fax and copy service, book checkout, and wifi in the parking lot. Please call 270-384-2472 beginning March 23rd between the hours of 8amCT until 4pmCT Monday through Friday and we will provide these services.

If you need books, call and we will check out and bag books for you and place on a table outside our front doors. Your name will be on your bag.

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2020-03-18 12:49:58 | Comments | Printable version

Truck driver assists offered from CPD and ACSO

From Tiffany Collins

The City of Columbia Police Department will be attempting to assist truck drivers during this period of change due to the COVID-19 virus, in combination with Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman.

The law enforcement officers sent the following statement, “We want to assist our truck drivers during this time. They are the backbone of the country in delivering supplies.”

If a truck driver is in the City of Columbia, and needs assistance, whether for food or other essentials, they can call Dispatch at 270-384-6464.

For further information, calls can also be made to Columbia City Hall at 270-384-2501.

2020-03-18 12:46:21 | Comments | Printable version

LWC Extends online learning for the rest of semester

Following CDC-recommended new guidelines in fight against coronavirus

By Venus Popplewell
LWC Director of Public Relations

Lindsey Wilson College students will take all classes online for the remainder of the semester.

According to Lindsey Wilson College President William T. Luckey Jr., college officials made the unprecedented decision on Wednesday in response to a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control to discourage gatherings of ten or more people.

"While we have been hopeful to finish the semester in a face-to-face delivery mode, each day that possibility has continued to become less prudent," said Luckey. "Earlier this week, the Center for Disease Control recommended we not gather in groups of 10 or more for the next eight weeks. That projects into the middle of May and far beyond the end of the semester. Consequently, all classes will be delivered in an online format through the end of the semester."

Lindsey Wilson initially announced the transition of face-to-face instruction to online instruction last week -- an arrangement that was intended to end on March 29. At the time, the college was unsure if the new arrangement would remain for the rest of the school year.

The college also announced plans to close all residence halls.

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2020-03-18 12:45:08 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Lindsey Wilson College

Adair Adult Education Career Center closing

By Alissa Barnes

Effective today, 3/18/2020, the Adair County Adult Education/KY Career Center at 969 Campbellsville Rd., Columbia, KY, is closed.

We are still here to answer any questions by phone, including unemployment concerns. Please call us at 270-384-1741.

2020-03-18 12:15:04 | Comments | Printable version

Wednesday Night Service cancelled at Charity Baptist

By Janet Biggs

Wednesday Night Service tonight has been cancelled at Charity Baptist Church located at 4072 Holmes Bend Road.

2020-03-18 11:19:55 | Comments | Printable version

School work is going right on in student's homes

Parents find themselves doing creative school at home. Juan and Jessica Ayala of Columbia are making the best of these unusual circumstances.

Like most events, local schools are closed through April 10, 2020 due to the threat of coronavirus. Many parents are finding themselves homeschooling for the first time.

Mom, Jessica, says their boys, Gabriel, who just turned 6, and Christian, 7, are enjoying the new educational setting, but they miss their teachers and classmates.

2020-03-18 10:24:27 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Education

CU to move classes online for remainder of spring semester

By Ariel C. Emberton

Campbellsville, KY - On Monday, March 16, the administration at Campbellsville University announced that classes, which were originally going to be moved online until March 27, would be moving online for the remainder of the spring semester. All face-to-face instruction ceased at end of the business day Friday, March 13.

"Our primary concern is for the health and welfare of students and our greater university community," Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, said.

Faculty will communicate with their respective students as to how courses will be delivered. Students are responsible for completing coursework via the determined avenues of instruction.

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2020-03-18 10:24:04 | Comments | Printable version

Local state of emergency declaration

By Mike Keltner, Director,
Adair Co. Emergency Management

Today, Adair County Judge Executive Gale B. Cowan declared a local state of emergency to align Adair County with state and federal declarations to help coordinate response efforts to the COVID-19 Virus.

It is important to note that at this time we have no confirmed cases in Adair County but we want to make sure we have access to every local, state and federal resource available to help the citizens of Adair County if needed.

2020-03-18 10:20:32 | Comments | Printable version

Charles (Corkey) Sallee, 90, Russell Springs, KY (1929-2020)

Charles "Corkey" Sallee of Russell Springs passed away on Monday, March 16, 2020 at the Russell County Hospital. He was 90 years old.

A graveside service will be held at NoonCT on Friday, March 20, 2020 at the Cave Hill Cemetery, 701 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, KY.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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2020-03-18 10:15:00 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Tim Bastin, 56, Liberty, KY (1963-2020)

Tim Bastin of Liberty passed away on Monday March 16th 2020 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. He was 56 years old.

Funeral Services will be held at 11amET on Friday March 20, 2020, at Bartle Funeral Home Chapel, 142 KY Hwy 49, Liberty, KY, with Bro. Tim Carman and Bro. Jimmy Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Glenwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5pmET until 9pmET on Thursday March 19, 2020, at Bartle Funeral Home Chapel.

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2020-03-18 09:59:07 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide suspended

By Katie Curry, Assistant Professor of Accounting
Lindsey Wilson College

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide service that operates at Lindsey Wilson College, which allows us to help taxpayers with the preparation of their personal tax returns, has been suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis.

As of now, I am unsure if services will become available again at the Lindsey Wilson site during this filing season. If taxpayers want to check site availability, they should visit They can also reach me at 270-384-8063.

2020-03-18 09:54:25 | Comments | Printable version

Three month extension for driver's licenses

By Jamie Neal

Frankfort, KY - Citizens who are due to renew a motor vehicle license, including commercial driver's licenses, will have an additional three months to obtain the renewal.

Offices of Circuit Court Clerk handle driver's licensing in all 120 counties for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Offices of Circuit Court Clerk will remain open other than the driver's license portion.

Gov. Beshear ordered Monday that state government offices stop providing in-person services to the public starting at 5pm on Tuesday, with limited exceptions, in order to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020-03-18 09:49:26 | Comments | Printable version

Wildlife education sessions online daily from KDFW

From Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

Frankfort, KY - With schools across Kentucky ceasing in-class instruction due to COVID-19, teachers and students can continue receiving wildlife conservation programming normally taught in the classroom.

Starting today, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, conservation educators with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will be hosting special Facebook Live sessions at 1pmET on weekdays.

These sessions will live stream on the Salato Wildlife Education Center's Facebook page (@SalatoWildlifeEducationCenter) and continue for approximately 30 minutes.

"Team Kentucky is excited to offer our children and families an educational experience that allows children to learn about our state's wildlife species from their homes," Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said. "I encourage families across the Commonwealth to take advantage of this virtual opportunity to help keep our children engaged in learning as we all come together to combat the coronavirus."

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2020-03-18 09:46:05 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Ky Afield Outdoors

CAUD: Lobby closed, drive thru open, phone/web encouraged

From Jennifer Carter, Office Manager
Columbia/Adair Utilities District

Columbia/Adair Utilities District is monitoring the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Our priority is the health of our employees, customers, and our community. However, we know the water and sewer services we provide remain critical for the whole community.

We take very seriously the continuity of business operations, so our office lobby is closed to the public, salesmen and customers.

Our drive thru is open and we urge you to make your payments by telephone, through our website, or using our drive thru.

If you need to have services turned on or schedule a meter set then please use our drive thru. If you need to have services disconnected please call our office.

Our water treatment plant and wastewater plant will be closed to the public and salesmen.

We will continue to prepare for the impacts of COVID-19 and we will continue to actively review and update our business continuity plan to address the ever-changing nature of this situation. We are considering all options to help maintain operations and provide uninterrupted service to members.

2020-03-18 07:50:44 | Comments | Printable version

Through the Fire Revival postponed

By Gary Tucker

Through the Fire Worship Center is postponing the revival that was scheduled for March 20-22, 2020. Our prayers go out for our County City and Nation. God Bless

2020-03-18 07:39:07 | Comments | Printable version

Kentucky Color: Hwy 704 pictures take me back

Also hoping John Chowning will provide details on the "Coon Den Holler", the "Barger Place", "Puncheon Camp", "Box House Hill", the "Landing Field" and so many others including how the "John Hollow" got its name.

By Billy Joe Fudge

The pictures of these two iconic homesteads are in many ways the anchor properties of one of the most scenic byways in the Great Wooded South. This statement in no way diminishes the splendor and importance of the swinging walk bridge at the Grider place and the Amandaville community with its magnificent country church.

So many landmarks, so many hollows, so many properties, most with names of folks, families and or events that are slowly fading into the annals of the past.

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2020-03-18 07:17:17 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Kentucky Color by Billy Joe Fudge

Adair County Attorney's office will be open by phone

From the Office of Adair County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin

Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 and to take precautionary measures to help reduce the spread of the virus, the offices of the Adair County Attorney, Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin and Adair County Child Support will be closed for face to face contact through April 13th, 2020.

The County Attorney and her staff will be available by phone to assist you with any issues or questions regarding criminal matters, child support, Casey's Law, Guardianships, etc.

You may reach the Child Support office at 270-384-5932 or the County Attorney's office at 270-384-3216.

Payments (no cash) for either office can be mailed to 424 Public Square, Suite 22, Columbia, KY 42728.

When emergency situations occur, please contact law enforcement to investigate. Arrangements may be made based on the individual situation.

s/ Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin

2020-03-18 07:10:08 | Comments | Printable version

Rainy and windy, chance of thunderstorms, high near 70F

It's currently 48F at the Adair County Mesonet station. There's an 80% chance of rain today, with the possibility of thunderstorms developing. Today's high will be near 70F with east wind 5 to 13 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph.

Showers will continue tonight, as will the possibility of a thunderstorm developing. The overnight low will be around 62F. South wind 7 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Thursday will be mostly cloudy, with showers and the chance of thunderstorms. Thursday's high could reach 76F. South wind 7 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

The chance of showers and thunderstorms will continue Thursday night, with an overnight low around 65F. South wind 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

2020-03-18 06:59:43 | Comments | Printable version

Instructional packets begin going to Adair students

Adair County school students will receive their Instructional packets today. Packets for all students, K-12, are scheduled to begin being delivered today, Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Bus riders' packets will be delivered to your homes.

Car riders and student drivers may pick up packets at your school this Thursday or Friday between 9amCT and 3pmCT.

2020-03-18 06:54:15 | Comments | Printable version

7-County Area Courts for Wed 18 Mar 2020

NOTE: Most in-person hearings have been cancelled or rescheduled between Monday, March 16, to Friday, April 10, 2020. Instructions if you have a pending court date.

Local schedules for Circuit Courts, District Courts, for Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at a glance:
  • Adair County: No events Circuit Court. 11 events District Court.
  • Casey County: 8 events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Cumberland County: No events Circuit Court. 5 events District Court.
  • Green County: No events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Metcalfe County: No events Circuit Court. 5 events District Court.
  • Russell County: 2 events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Taylor County: No events Circuit Court. 59 events District Court.
Note: NOT Official. Always Click to Docket for all Kentucky Counties

2020-03-18 06:53:31 | Comments | Printable version

Birthdays and Anniversaries for March 18
Happy Anniversary, Randolph & Ruth Ann Lewis | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Bobby Ray England (1981) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Byron Rodgers | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Destiny Jade Burton (2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Eric Minton (1995) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jeanie Withers | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, June Shanklin | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Kantlee Joriah Destynei Grace Harvey (2009) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Lacey Blaire Sexton (2005) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Mike Rotch (1969) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Nick Palumbo (1985) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Richard Lee Walker (1943) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Sandra Thorpe, grandmother of Victoria Thorpe Luttrell | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Sandy Coffey | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Summer Brooke Whittington (1997) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Trinity Jade Hancock (2011) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Tyler Hovious (1985) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Whitney Stearns | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Larry L. Russell, 42, Russell Springs, KY (1976-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Taylor Kay Grider, Russell Springs, KY (1999-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Phyllis Ann Stephens Early, Campbellsville, KY (1943-2020) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mildred Coffey, 95, Casey County, KY (1925-2020) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Eva Franklin Shirley Gilpin, Green Co., KY (1929) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lois Newcomb, Taylor Co., KY (1932) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Violet R. Thomas, Casey County, KY (1927) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Shelia Bennett, Casey Co., KY (1969) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Clifton (Cliff) Holt, Casey Co., KY (1935-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Eva Mae Young, 82, Cumberland Co., KY (1932-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, L.C. Simpson, Adair Co., KY native (1940-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Melinda Bernard, 43, Russell Co., KY (1971-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Rachel Carol Huff Ballard, 69, Metcalfe Co. KY (1945-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Margaret Altman, Green Co., KY (1919-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ian Christopher Davis, 13, Liberty, KY (2001-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Tae In Wheeler, Middleburg, KY (1937-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Rev. Travis Adams, 81, Columbia, KY (1934-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Dorothy Rea Parnell, 87, Adair County, KY (1929-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Garland Hayes, 86, Green County, KY (1931-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Iva Richerson Hardesty, Taylor County, KY (1927-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Patrick Gordon Evans, 56, Green County, KY (1961-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Robert Clayton Baker, 55, Adair County, KY (1963-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)

Events scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2020
All events are listed in Central Time. Submit your upcoming event using our Contact Form.
8:30amCTAdair Co. Public Library Hwy 206 Bookmobile Run
The bookmobile is still delivering books but no patrons will be allowed to enter the bookmobile. | (ID:60350, Comment)
9:00amCTServices for Ray Beachy, 72, Liberty, KY (1947-2020) | (ID:60471, Comment)
Instructional packets begin going to Adair students | (ID:60479, Comment)
10:00amCTServices for Bro. John Paul Cummins, 88, Middleburg, KY (1932-2020) | (ID:60475, Comment)
11:00amCTServices for James Harlan (Jim) Hill, 81, Green Co., KY (1938-2020) | (ID:60477, Comment)
NoonCTServices for Bernard Fain, 90, Campbellsville, KY (1930-2020) | (ID:60467, Comment)
1:00pmCTServices for Sam Back, 87, Jamestown, KY (1932-2020) | (ID:60469, Comment)
Services for Leonard G. Porter, age 83, Casey County, KY (1936-2020) | (ID:60474, Comment)
2:30pmCTAdair Co. Board of Elections emergency special regular meeting
Emergency Special Regular Meeting of the Adair County Board of Elections (Click for Agenda)
Location changed to 107 Paull Street, Columbia KY | (ID:60390, Comment)


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