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Madonna J. Yeadon, 82, Russell County, KY (1937-2020)

Madonna J. Yeadon, 82, of Russell Springs, KY passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Services will be private. Interment will be at Jamestown Cemetery Jamestown, KY.

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2020-03-20 21:30:58 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

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Larry Wayne Cleaver, 73, Taylor County, KY (1946-2020)

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Larry Wayne Cleaver, 73, Taylor County, KY (1946-2020)

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Larry Wayne Cleaver, 73, Taylor County, KY (1946-2020)

Larry Wayne Cleaver of Campbellsville, son of the late Charlie and Dollie (Bloomer) Cleaver, was born on December 12, 1946 in Totz, Kentucky. He departed this life on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the Taylor Regional Hospital after a sudden illness. He was 73 years, 3 months, and 6 days of age.

Mr. Cleaver will be laid to rest in the Mt. Washington Cemetery beside his late wife. Due to efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 and recent requirements implemented by the Office of Governor Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, all funeral services will be performed privately.

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2020-03-20 21:23:21 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Traffic Advisory: KY 70 in Taylor County

By Chris Jessie
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

KY 70 (Liberty Road) will be closed between KY 1798 (Stoner Creek Road at Acton) and KY 337 (Bradfordsville Road) beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, through Thursday, March 26, 2020, from 8amET until 4pmET, daily.

Crews will be making cross-drain repairs. Local access will be maintained between the KY 1798 and KY 337 closure/detour points.

2020-03-20 16:23:32 | Comments | Printable version

Proposed state budget could take $1B from teacher pensions

By John Cheves, Lexington Herald-Leader

The Kentucky Senate passed a state budget bill Thursday taking aim at school teachers in several ways, such as dropping the guaranteed $2,000 pay raise promised by Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear and withholding $1.13 billion in their pension funding unless "structural changes" are made to cut retirement benefits for newly hired teachers.

Teachers who are locked out of the state Capitol because of the novel coronavirus shutdown said they were outraged that lawmakers would seize on this "time of crisis" to try again to reduce their pension benefits. Past efforts by lawmakers to change teacher pensions resulted in protests at the Capitol and statewide sick-outs. "I feel like we've been slapped in the face," said Eddie Campbell, president of the Kentucky Education Association in a video posted on Facebook.


2020-03-20 13:03:12 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Politics

COVID-19 and Kentucky funeral services

By Jeff Jessie, Owner
Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home

During his Tuesday, March 17, 2020 daily Press Conference, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear specifically addressed funerals in Kentucky. He stated that he knows these are difficult decisions to make and yes it's hard on the families that have lost loved ones but this has to be done to protect the citizens of Kentucky.

The requirement for Kentucky Funeral Homes as set for by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is as follows:

All funerals in Kentucky are limited to the "Closest of Family" with "Private Burials"

Gov. Beshear said the overriding goal of the order is to minimize in-person interaction, which is the primary means of transmission of COVID-19. The immediate implementation of the order is necessary as patrons of public-facing businesses gather in large numbers, in close proximity to each other and in enclosed spaces, endangering the health of families, the public and staff.

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2020-03-20 12:59:28 | Comments | Printable version

TJ Regional Health adds COVID-19 hotline: 270-651-4400

TJ Regional Health has announced that a new hotline will be staffed by triage nurses who can answer patient questions and provide them with advice on whether or not to seek treatment if they are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19.

Patients should call the hotline prior to seeking care in a doctor's office, at Urgent Care, or at the Emergency Department.

The hotline number is 270-651-4400, and it will be staffed Monday through Friday from 6amCT until 9pmCT, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8amCT until 6pmCT.

Representatives from TJ Regional Health say that extended hours may be added if needed.

2020-03-20 11:01:14 | Comments | Printable version

New phone lines available for laid-off workers, employers

Kentucky unemployment insurance implements new procedures to manage influx of claims from workers affected by COVID-19 state of emergency

By Sebastian Kitchen/Holly Neal

Frankfort, KY - In an effort to serve the large influx of Kentuckians who are filing for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits as efficiently as possible during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) is implementing new UI filing procedures and starting new local office phone lines for customers.

"My obligation is to keep people safe during this time. I realize many of the steps I am taking to protect Kentuckians during this COVID-19 emergency are affecting employers and workers financially," said Gov. Andy Beshear. "Temporarily waiving some of the UI benefit rules during this time is one step I can do to help protect Kentuckians financially. I know this is a difficult time but we are going to get through this by working together to help each other."

Beginning today, Kentuckians filing for UI benefits should follow a schedule that pertains to the first initial in their last name as to what day they can file their claim. The schedule can be found here: UI Info Graphic Next Two Weeks (PDF).

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2020-03-20 10:43:10 | Comments | Printable version

Corvette plant to shut down Friday for deep cleaning

By Don Sergent, Bowling Green Daily News

Employees at the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant were notified Thursday that the plant - which now has two shifts and about 1,400 employees - is shutting down temporarily at the end of business Friday due to concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic and the national state of emergency.

The shutdown comes after United Auto Workers leaders urged GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler to shut down plants across the nation as a way of protecting employees and their families from the fast-spreading virus that causes the respiratory disease COVID-19.

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2020-03-20 10:14:30 | Comments | Printable version

CNN: Feds move income tax filing deadline to July 15

Kentucky Press News Service

The U.S Treasury secretary announced Friday morning that the U.S. income tax filing deadline will be moved from April 15 to July 15, CNN reports.

The later deadline will give Americans three extra months to file their taxes, Secretary Steven Mnuchin wrote on Twitter. "All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties."

Earlier this week, a reporter asked Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear during a press conference if the state was planning to move its tax filing deadline to a later date. Beshear replied that it depended on what the federal government did.

2020-03-20 10:11:58 | Comments | Printable version

Farmers Market cleared to open 4 Apr 2020

The Adair County Farmers Market on the Square (FM2) is in preparation for the season to open Saturday April 4, 2020 at 8amCT. Good news has come that there will be no problems opening on schedule in reference to the coronavirus.

In a release from Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr. Ryan Quarles, he stipulates that "because farmersí markets are retail enterprises that provide agriculturally-produced food products that consumers need, the Governorís Order does not require you to shut down your farmersí market."

Farmers are advised to continue to take appropriate measures to ensure social distancing and hygiene in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the local health department, including the following practices:

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2020-03-20 09:11:57 | Comments | Printable version

Wading is an excellent and inexpensive way to fish streams

"With all of the stress from the coronavirus, wading a stream in solitude is a good balm for both body and soul." --Lee

By Lee McClellan

Anglers in Kentucky often learned to fish by wading the abundant streams that course over the surface of our state. Many of these streams flow over a rocky bottom and hold substantial populations of smallmouth bass. Several streams flowing in the mountains of east Kentucky or streams powered by springs receive trout stocked by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Wading is arguably the best way to catch a big fish from one of these streams. Wade fishing boils everything down to its essence: you, your fishing rod of choice and the fish. You don't worry about working a complex sonar unit, dead batteries, crowded lakes or navigating a boat ramp. All you need is at your fingertips so you can concentrate on catching fish, not distractions.

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2020-03-20 08:54:55 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Ky Afield Outdoors

KY State Parks remain open, implement COVID-19 precautions

By Gil Lawson/Danielle Jones

Frankfort, KY - In an abundance of caution and in setting the example for social distancing in managing COVID-19, Kentucky State Parks have implemented the following precautionary measures to help ensure the health and well-being of all parks visitors and staff:
  • Food services are limited to carry out only. No food will be served in restaurant dining rooms. Lounges and bars are closed

  • Hidden Rivers Restaurant at Blue Licks Battlefield State Park will remain closed

  • Historic homes and museums remain open per winter and spring schedules; and

  • All scheduled park events have been cancelled or postponed through April 30, 2020

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2020-03-20 08:50:22 | Comments | Printable version

Video: March 17, 2020 Adair County School Board meeting

The Adair County Board of Education held a Special Regular School Board Meeting at 6pmCT on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in the Adair County Board Conference Room at the Adair County Board of Education, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY. The meeting agenda is available here: meeting agenda.

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2020-03-20 08:47:27 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Education

Two roads closed in Adair due to high water

From the office of Adair County Judge Executive

The following roads in Adair County are closed due to flooding: Snake Creek Road and L. Hancock Road.

Please take other routes and drive with caution.

2020-03-20 07:50:23 | Comments | Printable version

Carol Perkins: Stuck at home

Previous Column: Changing plans

By Carol Perkins

A week in the house is not terrible for me. A week in the house for Guy is punishment.

As the owner and operator of Guy Perkins Associates, he meets with corporate buyers weekly in various states. "The businesses I go to aren't letting anyone inside." He was disappointed. One thing Guy loves more than Hallmark movies is to work. Thousands of people like Guy are now forced to stay at home and find a new way of spending their days. Unfortunately, he is glued to the cable 24/7 news networks and gives me a rundown on all the latest. I prefer to bury my head.

On the first two days of my Texas granddaughter's house confinement, we Facetimed, and she was not happy.

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2020-03-20 06:52:20 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Carol Perkins

Adams calls for universal move to paper ballots

Frankfort, KY - Secretary of State Michael G. Adams, acting on his promise to ensure ballot integrity and enhance public confidence in our election system, told the House Standing Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs on Thursday that counties using electronic ballot machines should move to using only paper ballots as soon as fiscally possible.

Adams spoke in favor in House Bill 638, sponsored by Rep. Nancy Tate of Meade County. The measure would require all Kentucky counties to select paper-balloting machines when they next replace their existing voting machines.

Adams stated that he's found universal support for this approach across the ideological spectrum. Paper balloting addresses concerns about vote fraud, foreign interference, and the ability to conduct a thorough recount.

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2020-03-20 06:41:16 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Politics

Farm Bureau South office closes to in-person visits

Jason Corbin and the staff at Farm Bureau South would like to thank their customers in advance for helping them stay open regular hours while doing business only by phone, text, email and drive-through to help the community stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The lot in front will be closed to parking so vehicles can drive through at the side door - a staff member will come to your car.

Contact the staff in any of these ways:
- Call 270-384-2961 with credit or debit cards
- Text Jason at 270-378-1183 or Email
- Click the Farm Bureau South Logo (upper left side on this page) and link directly to their website.

2020-03-20 06:34:24 | Comments | Printable version

General Assembly passes COVID-19 relief for schools

By Rebecca Hanchett, LRC

Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky General Assembly has approved emergency relief for local school districts that have been impacted by the novel coronavirus since March 6, when the governor declared a state of emergency to address the pandemic.

The relief measure--passed today by a vote of 84-0 in the House and 30-0 in the Senate--would become effective immediately should it be signed by the governor or otherwise become law in coming days.

Approved in an amended version of Senate Bill 177, a bill sponsored by Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr, R-Lexington, the educational relief found in SB 177 would:

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2020-03-20 06:32:35 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Politics

Letter: Clarification on hours

Diane writes:
After reading this article at 04:30AM, I deduced the start of this notice was today. Arriving at the Columbia Walmart at 06:05AM, the faithful Walmart sentinel was turning 60+ individuals away. After reassuring her we were following the notice we read in the ColumbiaMagazine she let a couple of us in. Later, I showed her the article which clearly she had not seen before. Apparently the Walmart employees were of the understanding the new elderly hours of shopping would not take place until Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Perhaps clarification by Mr. Sam Scarborough is in order, for all of us. --Diane
Diane, the fault is ours for not clarifying the date the change would take effect. I've updated the article with the start date. We appreciate your patience, and the patience of the hardworking folks at WalMart. --Pen

Comments re: Wal-Mart announces new hours, is hiring

2020-03-20 06:28:46 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

Stormy, high 73F, colder tonight

It's currently 66F at the Adair County Mesonet station. There's an 80 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning. High near 73F, with southwest wind 13 to 18 mph, gusting as high as 30 mph.

Tonight will be cloudy and colder, with scattered showers and thunderstorms. The overnight low will be around 37F. North wind 9 to 15 mph.

Weekend Weather
Saturday will be mostly cloudy, with a high just reaching 49F. North wind around 7 mph.

Saturday night will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 34F and northeast wind 3 to 5 mph.

Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with a 60 percent chance of afternoon showers and a high near 55F. East wind around 6 mph.

Sunday night will be cloudy, with showers likely and an overnight low around 44F.

2020-03-20 06:18:18 | Comments | Printable version

Burchell 'Bird' Couch, 80, Adair County, KY

Burchell "Bird" Couch of Columbia was born on February 12, 1940 in Harlan to the late Dave and Leona (Turner) Couch. He departed this life on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Glasgow at the T.J. Samson Hospital after an extended illness.

A memorial service to honor the life of Mr. Couch will be conducted at the Hadley Community Church in Columbia at a later date. Bro. Elbert Hadley will be officiating.

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2020-03-20 06:13:05 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Haiku by Robert Stone for March 20, 2020

Even useful work
done in a blind, hopeless way
finds no happiness.
--Robert Stone, Friday, 20 March 2020.
-1000 haiku thrice now, more days coming up, Day 3111

2020-03-20 06:10:00 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

7-County Area Courts for Fri 20 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 Friday, March 20, 2020, at a glance:
  • Adair County: 13 events Circuit Court. 2 events District Court.
  • Casey County: No events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Cumberland County: No events Circuit Court. 11 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: No events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Taylor County: 1 event Circuit Court. 3 events District Court.
Note: NOT Official. Always Click to Docket for all Kentucky Counties

2020-03-20 06:09:31 | Comments | Printable version

Linda Kaye White, 65, Green County, KY (1955-2020)

Linda Kaye White of Greensburg, Kentucky, daughter of the late Edith Mary Lilly, was born on Thursday, February 3, 1955 in Flatwoods, Greenup County, Kentucky and departed this life on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. She was 65 years, one month, and 15 days of age.

Due to State recommendations, the funeral services will be limited to the closest of family at 11amCT Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Cowherd and Parrott Funeral Home with burial in the Macedonia Cemetery. Bro. Cliffton Sullivan and Bro. Nathan Rayburn officiating.

Please note for those attending, for the wellness of the family and funeral home staff, that there is no hand shaking, hugging, and maintaining of a social distance if at all possible.

PALLBEARERS:Josh White, Justin White, Sammy White, Darrell Higgason, Brody White, Tonna Higgason, Kennah White.

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2020-03-20 06:03:27 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Birthdays and Anniversaries for March 20
Happy Birthday, brother and sister Jimmy Akin and Jane Akin Keltner | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jane Reed | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jeff Thomas | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Lila Jo Upchurch (2009) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Stanley Rich (1925) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Vickie Johnson | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Roger Abell, Liberty, KY (1949-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Kristi Dabney Peterson, Campbellsville, KY (1965-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Evelyn Faye Henderson Wright, Greensburg, KY (1929-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jo Ann Fair, Casey Co., KY (1961-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Rev. Louis Early Henry, Green Co., KY (1947-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Maydell Oakes Moran, Greensburg, KY (1931-2020) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Donnie Hughes, 68, Adair County, KY native (1952-2020) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Deoloris Hare Braswell (1933-2009) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Carolyn Sapp (1941) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Samuel Dean Skaggs, Russell Co., KY (1960-2010) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Joan Helm Carter, Adair Co., KY native (1944-2010) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, William Birdwell, formerly of Columbia, KY (1939) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Carol E. Lipscomb, Casey Co., KY (1951) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, James Roy Milby, Green County, KY (1927) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Curtis Dean Blevins, Casey County, KY (1947-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jack Crabtree, Adair County, KY (1940-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Karen L. Hale, 68, Columbia, KY (1946-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jessica Christine Minton, 34, Green County, KY (1980-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Elmer (Dink) Hatfield, Casey County, KY (1919-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Billy Joe Breeding, Taylor Co., KY, Adair Co., KY native (1920-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Thomas Wayne Joyce, 57, Cleves, Ohio (1957-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lucille Lanham, 68, Casey Co., KY (1947-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Leonard O. Winslade (1937) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mary Frances Sneed, 91, Casey Co., KY (1924-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Bernice Ragle Miller, 91, Russell Springs, KY (1924-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, James (JB) Rice, 83, Adair County, KY, Korean War Veteran (1933-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ida Mae Wilson Wade, 85, Russell Co., KY (1931-2016)

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In Memory BIrthday, Della Rexroat, 70, Russell County, KY (1947-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Dollie Dunbar, 88, Nancy, KY/Columbia, KY native (1929-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Judy J. Wilson, 72, Russell County, KY (1945-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Ruth D. Jones, Green County, KY (1927-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Maxine Martin Fair, Casey County, KY (1929-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Larry Wayne Martin, 46, Glasgow, KY (1972-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Joseph Osbert Twyford, Russell Springs, KY (1932-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mary Jean Smith Goff, 89, Greensburg, KY (1931-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory, Jerry Wise (1950-2009) | (Updates/Corrections)

Events scheduled for Friday, March 20, 2020
All events are listed in Central Time. Submit your upcoming event using our Contact Form.
10:00amCTServices for Wilma Geneva Priddy Shuffett, 89, Green County, KY | (ID:60484, Comment)
Services for Tim Bastin, 56, Liberty, KY (1963-2020) | (ID:60480, Comment)
NoonCTGraveside service for Charles (Corkey) Sallee, 90, Russell Springs, KY (1929-2020) | (ID:60481, Comment)
6:00pmCTPostponed Revival at Through the Fire Worship Center | (ID:60301, Comment)


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