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Monday morning update from Mayor Pam Hoots

By Mayor Pam Hoots

We continue to encourage our residents to stay calm during this time.

1. The City of Columbia would like to reiterate that all gas late payment fees have been suspended during this time. Last week discussion was held pertaining to disconnection of gas services. We decided to postpone this month's disconnects. We understand that these are essential services; and, want to serve our residents during this time. You can continue to pay your bill online at, putting in the drop-off box at the back of city hall, and/or call 270-384-2501 and we can take a payment online.

2. We have and are continuing to structure our workforce to be able to answer your questions; and, be available during this time. All departments are on a different schedule; allowing for coverage in the event an employee becomes ill. Some of our employees are also cross-training in order to be available in case a situation arises.

3. The City of Columbia Gas Department will be available (as always) after hours at 270-384-2006 for emergency situations.

4. The City of Columbia Police Department continues to operate as usual. They can be reached for emergency by calling 911.

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2020-03-23 19:00:38 | Comments | Printable version

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Birds of Kentucky: Brown Thrasher

2020-03-23 - Shelbyville, KY - Photo by Pen.
The Brown Thrashers are back for the summer. Their song consists of rich musical phrases, each repeated two or three times. Sibley's says of brown thrashers that "no other bird has such clearly paired rhythm."

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Letter: Senior Shopping

Joe Hare writes:
Do you guys have information on shopping days and times for senior citizens? Walmart, Dollar Store, Any others? --Joe
Joe, thanks for writing. Below are a list of stores with some special hours. If any readers know of local stores with special hours, please use our Contact Form to send us a message.
  • Walmart: "Walmart is offering special shopping hours. From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older." (Walmart News)

  • Dollar General: "On March 17, we began senior store hours, which are designed to allow some of our most vulnerable neighbors the ability to shop during the first hour that our stores are open to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods." (

  • Kroger: Kroger in Russell Springs and Kroger GRP in Campbellsville will be offering special hours Monday through Thursday, from 7am-8am local time, for folks 60 and over. (

2020-03-23 18:50:23 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

Testing and care information from TJ Regional Health

By Stacey Biggs

Local Hotline Established to Help Answer COVID-19 Questions

T.J. Regional Health has implemented a local hotline staffed by registered nurses to help answer questions and respond to concerns related to COVID-19. If you are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness, please call before seeking treatment. The hotline number is 270-651-4400, and it is open Monday - Friday from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. and on Saturday - Sunday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Hours may be adjusted if needed.

One question that many people are asking is, "How can I get tested, and why do some people receive testing versus others?"

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2020-03-23 18:33:26 | Comments | Printable version

Fiscal Court Surplus Auction cancelled

By Gale B. Cowan
Adair County Judge Executive

The Adair County Fiscal Court Surplus Auction scheduled for Friday March 27, 2020 has been cancelled. Decisions will be made later as to whether we will reschedule or accept sealed bids.

2020-03-23 18:27:15 | Comments | Printable version

Business update from Jill W Smith State Farm

Our doors are locked, but we are open for business!!!

From Jill W Smith State Farm Insurance

Effective today our agency has made a difficult decision to close our lobby to the public. We will still be here working our normal hours, Monday - Friday 8amCT to 4:30pmCT, but our doors are locked due to Covid-19. We are asking customers to please either call us or use online/mobile access to handle any policy changes/updates, billing questions, make payments, get quotes, or file claims. Payments can be made by phone with debit card, credit card, electronic check or mail.

You can also drop your payment off with check or money order and place in our box at the door during regular business hours. Additionally, you can download our mobile app by texting MOBILE to 78836.

We are always here for our current customers and potential customers, as we will do our best to take care of you during this time. Thank you so much for your cooperation, your patience and your business! Remember we will be here to help you with all your insurance needs. We will miss seeing everyone so much!!! But please take care of yourself, and your family.

Please call our office 24/7 @270-384-2920, Fax 270-384-9265, or mail payments or documents to State Farm Insurance P.O. Box 489 Columbia KY 42728.

We are all in this together and we will be here for you!! --Jill W Smith, Agent

2020-03-23 18:25:31 | Comments | Printable version

Letter: Virus at the gas pump

Concerned Citizen writes:
Please confirm any virus info with a fact check check site such as the information you published is a social media meme and more nuanced:
Comments re: Virus spread at gas pumps - protection advised

2020-03-23 18:20:57 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

Don Franklin Family of Dealerships Operating Changes

A message from the Don Franklin Family of Dealerships:

In response to the Corona Virus and recent KY State Guidelines, Don Franklin Family of Dealerships will be operating under the following changes.

The Sales Department showroom will be closed to in-person traffic. However, we are still ready to make a deal with you. You can contact either by Phone or Online at We will be glad to deliver any vehicle to you.

The Service Department will be open and operating as usual. Feel free to call us for all your service department needs at any of our three locations here in Columbia.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but we do value our customers greatly.

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2020-03-23 18:15:49 | Comments | Printable version

LCDHD Public Information Brief: March 23, 2020

The Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) at the current time has two positive Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) cases in Pulaski County, one presumptive positive case in Pulaski County we are treating as a positive case, and one case that is under investigation in Pulaski County but that we are treating as a positive case. One of the positive cases has been cleared, and the other two positive cases are currently being monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms. None of the cases are hospitalized and are self-isolated. LCDHD is working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with them.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

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2020-03-23 18:12:03 | Comments | Printable version

Jim Blair Recreation Center closed to public

By Gale B. Cowan
Adair County Judge Executive

Effective immediately the Jim Blair Recreation Center is closed to the public due to COVID-19 virus under directions of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear. This includes all indoor and outdoor facilities such as the indoor gymnasium, playground, walking track, and ball field.

2020-03-23 15:08:35 | Comments | Printable version

Virus spread at gas pumps - protection advised

Yulonda Bradshaw of Columbia shared a warning of how the Coronavirus is spreading with suggestions on how to protect yourself and others.

Yulonda wrote, "I just spoke with a friend who got called into an emergency meeting at his hospital. He said the virus is spreading quickly from gas pumps.

"He said to wear globes or have a paper towel touch the pump and throw the napkin or gloves out before you get back in the car. Please tell everyone you know."

Note: For some nuanced reporting on this issue, see, who gives this advice a mixed rating.

2020-03-23 13:31:49 | Comments | Printable version

Kentucky Ag Lenders tell KDA they want to help

By Sean Southard

Frankfort, KY -- Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles is joining Central Kentucky Ag Credit, River Valley Ag Credit, and Farm Credit Mid-America to assure Kentucky farm families that the state's farm credit associations are ready to assist farmers during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

"Many Kentucky farm families are concerned about their financial situation given the coronavirus pandemic," Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles said. "I applaud the farm credit associations in Kentucky for being proactive in working with producers during this time. While it is early in this pandemic and each case is different, any producer who is concerned about their financial obligations should contact their lender and start conversations early."

Leaders of the three farm credit organizations have told the Kentucky Department of Agriculture that they recognize the significant stress the pandemic is putting on farmers across Kentucky and are committed to standing by customers until this situation is resolved.

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2020-03-23 12:26:20 | Comments | Printable version

Recycling Center is closed to the public

By Gale B. Cowan
Adair County Judge Executive

Effective immediately the Adair County Recycling Center is closed to the public due to cross contamination concerns during the COVID-19 virus. Please place your recycling items in storage until the pandemic is over. If you do not have storage available for the recycling items, please dispose of with them with your normal garage service.

Unfortunately, the county is unable to receipt recyclable items after hours due to contaminated trash being included with recyclable items. Please be advised that the recycling center will be back open as soon as possible.

2020-03-23 12:18:47 | Comments | Printable version

Back to School - at home

From Sharon Harris, keeping in touch with family

The Coronavirus, COVID-19 has upended schedules in unimaginable ways. Among the most difficult is in the areas of public and private schools and colleges whose students have been ordered to keep up the good work - from home.

Parents Dwain and Julie Harris gave permission to share their Corona schedule for their twins third graders John Parker and his sister, Piper, and their son Matt who is in the eighth grade.

The Corona schedule at the Harris house includes the following:

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2020-03-23 11:49:40 | Comments | Printable version

Adair Board of Education closing the Central Office

From Adair County School Superintendent Dr. Pam Stephens

The Adair County Board of Education will be closing the Central Office to the public traffic immediately.

You may contact any central office staff member by calling the board office 270-384-2476, or by emailing the staff member you are needing to contact.

2020-03-23 10:19:21 | Comments | Printable version

Guidance for those who feel sick

The following guidelines are provided to help families make decisions. It comes from our state healthcare leaders.

Worried, but well -- Do not go to a hospital, ER or doctor's office. If you are worried-well, going to a hospital or doctor's office just further overwhelms medical staff and adds to a higher concentration of people. If you are worried-well stay home.

Feeling ill, but otherwise would not have sought out medical care -- If you have a fever or cough and, if it were not for COVID-19, you would not have otherwise sought care, do not seek care at an ER, hospital or doctor's office. If you want advice, call the state hotline (1.800.722.5725) or your local health care provider.

If you are sick and feel you have an emergency -- Call your doctor or seek medical care. Hospitals stand ready to serve.

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2020-03-23 09:11:26 | Comments | Printable version

William Lawrence Miller, 64, Jamestown, KY (1955-2020)

William Lawrence Miller of Jamestown passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at his home. He was 64 years old.

All services are private.

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2020-03-23 08:39:15 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Nonessential retailers to close to customers

Gov. Beshear announced that all in-person retail businesses that are not life sustaining will close effective Monday, March 23, 2020, at 8pm. The order is to protect the people of Kentucky from COVID-19 and is necessary to overcome the virus and save lives.

Life-sustaining retail businesses that will stay open include grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, hardware stores, gas stations and other businesses that provide staple goods. A full list of categories of life-sustaining, in-person retail businesses is attached to the order (20200322 Executive Order_2020-246 Retail (PDF).

The order includes specific language about restaurants: "For the avoidance of doubt, carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage sales may continue, consistent with the March 16, 2020 Order of the Cabinet of Health and Family Services and the Department of Public Health and the March 19, 2020, Order of the Public Protection Cabinet."

Entertainment, sporting goods, clothing, shoe, jewelry and furniture stores, florists, bookstores and auto dealers are among those business that will close. Nonessential retail businesses, while they cannot allow Kentuckians into stores, can still fill phone and online orders through curbside services or delivery.

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2020-03-23 07:06:04 | Comments | Printable version

Working to help seniors have a protected hour to shop

So far, stores that have designated special early morning hours for seniors to shop for necessities through this coronavirus challenge include Dollar General, Walmart (Tuesdays only) and Kroger. We will report others as known.

By Vicky Pike

I received a call from the Kentucky Grocers Association, Todd Griffin, after I sent a message suggesting special hours for shopping for seniors and special needs folks. He called me back to say that Governor Beshear's office had contacted them about this. Hopefully we can get others to follow along.

I also talked with Jeric DeVore who is our director for senior citizens at LCADD about our 10 County board members doing what they can in their communities to advocate for senior shopping hours at groceries and drug stores as well.

Miss Louvena Lay and I are board members from Adair County.

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2020-03-23 06:47:05 | Comments | Printable version

FB South Office open by phone, fax, email and text

Jason Corbin, Adair County Farm Bureau South manager, reminds everyone that until further notice the South office lobby will be closed to help slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect both office staff and customers.

"We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but we’re committed to serving our members," he said. "Even though this is changing our traditional methods of doing customer service, we’re still here to serve you." The office will continue to be open for business in a variety of ways - they ask that customers please decide which way suits best: payments can be called in at 270-384-2961. Fax 270-384-4358. Email Text 270-378-1183.

2020-03-23 06:39:01 | Comments | Printable version

T-shirt fundraiser honors retired trooper David Bunch

By Samantha Sinclair

Retired Kentucky State Trooper K-9 unit David Bunch has been hospitalized at UK Healthcare for over a month following three pin strokes and a severe infection located behind his spine. He still has a long road of recovery ahead of him with hopes that he will soon be transferred to an acute rehab facility to help restore his strength.

In his honor, a t-shirt fundraiser has been set up to support him in this battle. At the family's request, all money raised from this t-shirt sale will go to help underprivileged children participate in the Kentucky State Police annual Shop with a Trooper program. T-shirts are $18. If you do not want a t-shirt but would still like to make a donation in David's honor to Shop with a Trooper, you may do that as well. To order please call 270-847-6570.

2020-03-23 06:10:13 | Comments | Printable version

ACHS Art Department wins at Regionals

By Cayce Davenport, Visual Art Teacher, Adair County High School
NAEA Director of Secondary Division, Southeast Region

Adair County High School participated in the Caveland Regional High School Art Competition before the break. Students in my Adair County High School Art Department took 14 awards, 6 of which will advance to the All State level. The following students placed in a variety of categories of visual art(* designates Artwork advancing to State):

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2020-03-23 06:03:04 | Comments | Printable version

Patchy fog this morning, showers today, high 57F

It's currently 52F at the Adair County Mesonet station. Watch out for patchy fog between 7amCT and 10amCT. Otherise, it will be cloudy today, with showers likely this morning. The high will reach 57F, with northwest wind 5 to 7 mph.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with patchy fog returning after 1amCT. The overnight low will be around 43F, with light and variable wind becoming east around 6 mph after midnight.

Tuesday will bring showers and possibly an afternoon thunderstorm. Watch out for patchy fog again tomorrow before 8amCT. The high should be near 61F with southeast wind 6 to 11 mph, gusting as high as 20 mph.

Tuesday night, the chance of thunderstorms will continue through about 1amCT. Otherwise it will rainy, with a low around 50F. South wind 7 to 9 mph becoming west after midnight.

2020-03-23 06:02:57 | Comments | Printable version

Haiku by Robert Stone for March 23, 2020

Those prickly outside
may be silky-soft within,
love reveals good hearts.
--Robert Stone, Monday, 23 March 2020.
-1000 haiku thrice now, more days coming up, Day 3114

2020-03-23 05:57:00 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

7-County Area Courts for Mon 23 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 Monday, March 23, 2020, at a glance:
  • Adair County: No events Circuit Court. 1 event 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. 3 events District Court.
  • Metcalfe County: No events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Russell County: 1 event Circuit Court. 45 events District Court.
  • Taylor County: 1 event Circuit Court. 4 events District Court.
Note: NOT Official. Always Click to Docket for all Kentucky Counties

2020-03-23 05:56:28 | Comments | Printable version

Birthdays and Anniversaries for March 23
Happy Anniversary, Clifton & Rosemary Bennett | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Jon and Laura Lacy | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Austin O'Neal Coffey (2003) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Clayton Tucker (1962) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Dustin Reed Rooks (1998) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Eddie Burton | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Hayden Young | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, John Partin | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Josh Piercy | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Joshua Cheatham | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Linda Grigsby | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Margaret Harden | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Mike Rooks (1965) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Steven Cheatham | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Todd Robertson | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Whitney Reed | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday Doris E. Gaines, Campbellsville, KY (March 23, 1928 - October 1, 2009) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Grace Lewis, Columbia, KY (1930-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Murrell V. Wooldridge, Jamestown, KY native (1927-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Clifford McCray, Edmonton, KY (1935-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, David Allen McKinney, Green Co., KY (1959-2020) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Horace Pearman "Harry" Beard, (1927-2008) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Nathan (Junior) Norman, 57, Dunnvillle, KY (1953) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Beatrice Mirl Brock, 86, Adair Co., KY (1924) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Clara Jean Graves Adair Co., KY (1946) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Vitis Johnson, Casey Co., KY (1929) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ronald W. Bernard, Russell County, KY (1944) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ilena P. Sandusky, Casey County, KY (1937) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. Amos (Puddle) Judd, Green County, KY (1931) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lura Jane Wilson, 95, Russell County, KY (1917 | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mattie Kerns, Adair County, KY (1919-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Reba Bybee, Adair County, KY (1945-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lola Hatfield, Casey County, KY (1918-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Margaret Keane, Russell County, KY (1926-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Frances Morine Hopper Brown, Cumberland Co., KY (1947-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, William (Bill on the Hill) Ray Nelson, 63, Russell Co., KY (1951-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mike Wiggins, Cumberland County, KY (1959-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ruth Stalcup Graves, 89, Cumberland County, KY (1925-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Reba Kathryn Jones, 80, Russell Co., KY, (1935-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Dalton Earl Wilson, 74, Nancy, KY (1941-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Robert C. (Bob) Consier, Taylor Co., KY (1928-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Gary Don Southerland, Casey County, KY (1950-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Pearl Chelf Watson, 91, Taylor Co., KY (1925-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Barbara Farris, 75, Edmonton, KY (1941-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jack Eagle Strode, Cub Run, KY (1940-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Carolyn Faye Hampton Propes, Casey County, KY (1945-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lewell W. Wilson, 80, Russell Springs, KY (1937-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mary Frank Mayes, Taylor Co., KY (1923-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Joseph Guinn Richards, 79, Pulaski Co./Adair Co., KY native (1938-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Judith Ann Dunphy, Columbia, Adair Co., KY/Wisconsin native (1944-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Leon Hoover, 85, Adair County, KY (1933-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Dorothy Abston Glidewell, Cumberland Co., KY (1924) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Rev. Ivy Carole Brasher Ferree, Taylor County, KY Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)

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