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LCDHD COVID-19 Public Information Brief 6/29/2020

By Amy Tomlinson
Lake Cumberland District Health Department

Deaths: We are pleased to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 27 deaths resulting in a 7.4% mortality rate among known cases.

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 6 today: Adair: 2; Pulaski: 1; Russell: 1; Taylor: 1; and, Wayne: 1. The new cases include:
  • Adair: A 24-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 55-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 19-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Russell: A 68-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Taylor: A 36-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Wayne: A 61-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
On a positive note, we released more cases today than we added new cases. Also, it is encouraging there are no new hospitalizations or deaths. COVID-19 is still spreading freely through our communities, though. Our best chance for slowing the spread is for everyone to wear a mask when out in public, to avoid crowds, to social distance (stay 6-feet from others), to wash their hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, to stay home if they have a fever or are coughing, to increase sanitation, and to avoid touching their faces.


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2020-06-29 20:31:54 | Comments | Printable version

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Rachel West-Wilkinson, 31, Casey County family



2020-06-29 - Photo from the family.
Rachel Renae West-Wilkinson.

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Rachel Renae West-Wilkinson, 31, (1989-2020)

Rachel Renae West-Wilkinson, age 31, passed away on Sunday June 28th, 2020.

Survivors include: Her Spouse, Devin Wayne Wilkinson; Two Sons - Aidan West of Liberty and Jacob West of Danville; Two Brothers - Aaron Gene West and Jeremiah Ray West, both of Liberty; One Sister - Haley Elizabeth West of Liberty and her Grandmother, Jeanie Murphy, of Liberty.


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2020-06-29 19:51:36 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Danny Reid Gaskins, 64, Russell County, KY

Danny Reid Gaskins, 64, of Jamestown, KY died Monday, June 29, 2020 at the University of Kentucky Hospital.

Funeral service will be 1pmCT Thursday at the Bernard Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Conner officiating. Visitation till be from 11-1 Thursday. Interment in the Hadley Cemetery.


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2020-06-29 19:33:35 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

KY Afield Video: June 27, 2020 Full Show



This week on KY Afield: bass fishing a unique fishery... The Ohio River! Then bowfishing asian carp below Lake Barkley, and catching hybrids in the jumps on Rough River Lake!



2020-06-29 18:03:39 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Ky Afield Outdoors

Letter: Bushes between McDonald's and Pizza Hut

John writes:
Is anyone else having trouble making sure traffic is clear while pulling out of McDonald's drive-thru? The bushes near the road should be taken down between McDonald's and Pizza Hut for safety reasons.


2020-06-29 17:37:40 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

Irvin Rigney, 89, Lagrange, KY (1931-2020)

Irvin Rigney of Lagrange passed away on June 28, 2020. He was 89 years old.

The funeral service will be held at 5pmET on Sunday, July 5, 2020, at Evergreen Funeral Home in Louisville, KY. Visitation will be from 1:30pmET to 5pmET on Sunday at the funeral home.

A graveside service will be held at 11amCT on Monday, July 6, 2020 at Haven Hill Cemetery in Adair County, KY.


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2020-06-29 17:33:27 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Governor's Monday update

By Crystal Staley/Sebastian Kitchen

Frankfort, KY - As of 4 p.m. June 29, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 15,347 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 117 of which were newly reported Monday.

The Governor noted that one new case is from Robertson County, which means all 120 of Kentucky's counties now has logged at least one positive case of COVID-19.

"This confirms what we've been saying for weeks: This disease is everywhere and because of that we need all Kentuckians to practice social distancing and wear masks to keep each other safe," the Governor said. "While we might see fewer cases in some areas right now, we know cases can spike quickly if we're not careful."


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2020-06-29 17:28:05 | Comments | Printable version

Wilma Jean Firkins, 72, Metcalfe County, KY

Wilma Jean Firkins age 72 of Edmonton passed away suddenly at her home Sunday, June 28, 2020.

Born in Adair County she was the daughter of the late Venus and Geneva Roach Compton. Wilma was retired from Carhartt Industries after 24 and a half years of service and was a member of the Red Lick United Methodist Church.


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2020-06-29 15:01:57 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

ACES SBDM Council meeting, Tue 30 June 2020

By Sommer Brown, Principal
Adair County Elementary School

The Adair County Elementary School Site-Based Decision Making Council will convene at 1pmCT on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, for a special called meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a teacher vacancy.

The meeting is open to the public and may be streamed through Google Meet. You may join the meeting via the following link: meet.google.com/ova-jzvo-nko.


2020-06-29 12:13:14 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Education

James Wayne Pelly, 67, Columbia, KY (1952-2020)

James Wayne Pelly of Columbia passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 4:10 A.M. at Hillcreek Rehab & Care in Louisville. He was 67 years old.

The funeral service will be held at 11amCT on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Adam Shepard officiating. Burial will follow in Haven Hill Cemetery.

Visitation is requested after 5pmCT on Tuesday. The Healthy at Work Guidelines issued by the State will be followed.


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2020-06-29 12:09:39 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Letter: Stop the Presses... Y'all Can't Be Doing That

By Cynthia Meyer

Well-meaning people live trap a nuisance animal only to relocate the problem to someone else's front door. And I don't believe relocating critters is legal even to a State Park or lake area.

Even though they may be wreaking havoc for awhile, either get rid of the problem before birthing season or wait till after the kits are weaned. Especially, now when sow coons can have kits in the dens. Without a mother the youngsters will surely starve.

We need feedback from the local Game Warden on this situation as corn is starting to mature in the gardens and can be annihilated in one short night as well as cleaning out a hen house. And there will be more critters dropped off near farms than puppies and kittens.

Although we tend to blame the masked bandits and waddling Pogos (opossums) they are only trying to survive, and we must remember they must have a place to live also, so our best defense is to not leave midnight smackerels which entices them in if at all possible.


2020-06-29 11:52:04 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

Where are the Butterflies?

By Joyce Coomer

Usually, this time of year, there are several butterflies flitting across the yard at any time of the day. Gizmo of the Golden Eyes has taken it upon herself to rid the yard of such nuisances but that doesn't account for the lack of butterflies elsewhere.

Our pasture should be a butterfly smorgasbord. Currently there is butterfly weed galore scattered across the pasture -- some in full bloom, some just starting to bloom. Add in bee balm, black-eyed Susans, sand briars, white, red and yellow clovers, a few lingering daisies, a bright yellow flower in the dandelion family, and Queen Anne's lace just starting to bloom, as well as flowers I haven't bothered to identify, and there should be butterflies everywhere I look.

Yesterday afternoon, besides the dozens of annoying flies, the only flying things I saw around any flowers were three bees -- not honeybees either. (I've not seen a honeybee on our place for at least ten years. With the amount of white clover in the front yard alone there should be dozens.) I haven't identified these bees.


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2020-06-29 10:42:32 | Comments | Printable version

ACSO: 2-vehicle collision on KY 55 results in multiple injuries

By Sheriff Josh Brockman
Adair County Sheriff's Office

On Sunday, June 28, 2020, at 4:06pmCT, Adair County 911 dispatched the Adair County Sheriff's Office to a two-vehicle collision two miles north of Columbia on KY 55.

The accident occurred when Hailey White, 20, of Russell Springs, was traveling south on 55 when her 2007 Ford Fusion hydroplaned. The vehicle then entered the northbound lane of travel, where it was struck by Rayma Strunk, 56, who was traveling north in her 2020 Kia Sorento.

White's vehicle then spun around and struck an earth embankment and overturned.

Neither White or Strunk were injured. However, the passengers in Strunk's vehicle, 28-year old Rae Hughes and two juveniles, were treated on the scene by Adair County EMS and then transported to TJ Health Columbia for additional treatment.


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2020-06-29 09:58:23 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Police and Fire Reports

Clerk's Office will be closed Friday

By Lisa Greer
Adair County Clerk

The Adair County Clerk's Office will be closed Friday, July 3, 2020, for the 4th of July holiday. We wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July.


2020-06-29 08:41:59 | Comments | Printable version

City receives safety grant from KLCIS

By Tiffany Collins
City of Columbia

Columbia has been awarded a $1,486.00 grant for training and safety supplies by the Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services (KLCIS).

"We use every opportunity to make our city safer," said Mayor Pamela Hoots referring to the grant. Mayor Hoots said that in these uncertain times, grants such as this one are a practical way to make our budget go further, as well as provide supplies and training that will enhance public safety.

KLC Insurance Services helps members increase public safety with a number of proactive programs and services.


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2020-06-29 06:56:53 | Comments | Printable version

Regular called Fiscal Court meeting, Tue 30 June 2020

By Bridget Compton

The Adair County Fiscal Court will have a special called meeting at 4pmCT on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in the basement of the Adair County Annex building, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY.

This meeting will be open to the public. It is highly recommended a mask be worn, and everyone must practice social distancing while in attendance.

Meeting Agenda:


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2020-06-29 06:53:23 | Comments | Printable version

History Monday: Adair County and the Whig Party, 1843

By Mike Watson

Now, I suppose we all have had enough politics to last for at least a week, maybe two. Perhaps a respite from the advertisements on television and the unsolicited phone calls. However, we historians like to look back at our ancestors and learn, when possible, what their political leaning was a century or more ago. Old newspapers are a wealth of information, often giving the mundane facts of life.

The Whig Party was on the rise in the early 1840s. Adair County had a strong party following as the following item from Kentucky Tribune, Danville, KY, of 3 November 1843, will bear out.

"Whig Meeting in Adair County--At a meeting of the Whigs of Adair County, held at the Courthouse on Monday, the 23rd of October, 1843, it being a day on which a called County Court was held, Col. William McNeely was called to the chair, and Isaac H. Caldwell appointed Secretary.

"After Parker C. Hardin, Esq. Had briefly explained the object of the meeting, the following resolutions were adopted:


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2020-06-29 06:33:01 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Mike Watson - History

Betty Young, 77, Columbia, KY (1942-2020)

Betty Young of Columbia passed away on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 8:11 P.M. at her home. She was 77 years old.

The funeral service will be held at 11amCT on Monday, June 29, 2020 at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Delt Haydon officiating. Burial will follow in Columbia Cemetery.

Visitation is requested after 5pmCT on Sunday. The Healthy at Work Guidelines issued by the State will be followed.


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2020-06-29 06:25:57 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Innovative treatment program reveals savings for members

Diabetes Value Program provides maintenance prescriptions and supplies for free or at reduced costs

By Russell Goodwin

Frankfort, KY - Lowering the price of diabetes treatment is helping control overall medical costs, according to a four-year review of Kentucky Employees' Health Plan (KEHP) data.

The latest data reveals that as members continue adherence to their diabetes treatment, the average medical trend for members with diabetes and members without diabetes are the same. In addition, ER visits and inpatient admissions were lower for diabetes patients than patients without diabetes during this same four-year period.

KEHP provides health insurance to almost 300,000 public employees, retirees and their families - roughly 6.6% of the state's overall population. Diabetes is one of the mostly costly medical conditions for the state's largest self-insured health plan, costing more than $3 million dollars a year.


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2020-06-29 06:22:14 | Comments | Printable version

CPD: Welfare check leads to heroin charge

By Officer Adam Cravens, PIO
Columbia Police Department

On Sunday evening, June 28, 2020, officers from the Columbia Police Department responded to a welfare check in the Walmart parking lot.

Upon locating described vehicle and party, officers found a female inside a Ford Explorer, passed out.

After waking the female it was determined that she was under the influence. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded findings of suspected heroin located in a dollar bill and paper, and the female was taken into custody.


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2020-06-29 06:18:45 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Police and Fire Reports

Letter: Raccoons at my place too

Victoria Pike writes:
So far I've captured one with a can of tuna in a walk-in trap. No hurting him or her but has to move on. Cats are about to move. They are scared of it. Well got one. Then last night another smarter one showed up. Not falling for that. Also showing up was an opossum and ground hog. This isn't a zoo folks. Critters here are of the black Angus variety and 4 elderly kitties.

Relocation is a must so I will persevere until I rid the Pampered Angus Ranch of these destructive critters. Will send separate pictures. --Spread Boss Miss Victoria
Comments re: Carol Perkins: Many have helped with raccoon invasion


2020-06-29 06:15:03 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

Flash flood watch in effect, mostly cloudy, high 87F

It's currently 69F at the Adair County Mesonet station. It will be mostly cloudy today, with a high near 87F, and a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Because of the chance of heavy rains with these storms, a flash flood watch is in effect through 7pmCT for the area.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, and a low around 69F. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

Tuesday will bring an 80% chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 84F. Light and variable wind.

Showers and thunderstorms remain likely though Tuesday night, with an overnight low around 67F and calm wind.


2020-06-29 06:12:14 | Comments | Printable version

Haiku by Robert Stone for June 29, 2020

When you can have fun,
make the most of your chances
for they may be few.
--Robert Stone, Monday, 29 June 2020.
-1000 haiku thrice now, more days coming up, Day 3212


2020-06-29 06:03:31 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

7-County Area Courts for Mon 29 Jun 2020

Local schedules for Circuit Courts, District Courts, for Monday, June 29, 2020, at a glance:
  • Adair County: No events Circuit Court. 80 events District Court.
  • Casey County: 10 events Circuit Court. 2 events District Court.
  • Cumberland County: No events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Green County: No events Circuit Court. 13 events District Court.
  • Metcalfe County: 1 event Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Russell County: No events Circuit Court. 7 events District Court.
  • Taylor County: No events Circuit Court. 77 events District Court.
Note: NOT Official. Always Click to Docket for all Kentucky Counties


2020-06-29 06:02:50 | Comments | Printable version


Birthdays and Anniversaries for June 29
Happy Anniversary, Angie and Allen Pierce (July 29, 1996) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Bodie and Tammy Emerson | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, James and Karen Morgan (2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Jimmy and Patricia Harper (1966) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Terry and Jean Corbin (2001) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Audria Rowe | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Bob Bradshaw (1936) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Fanny Bell Pederson | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Gracie May Burton (2011) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Julie Gaskins | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Kelly Williams | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Kenny Joe Burton | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Mark Bright | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Paige Coomer | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Amy McGlone South, Campbellsville, KY (1974-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Bobby Dean Lawson, Cumberland Co. native (1945-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Nina Quinn, Taylor Co., KY (1937) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Hazel Mavis Caffee Jessie Metcalfe Co., KY (1926) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Luke Aaron Sexton (2010) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ebline Wheet, Sano Community (1917) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Karen L. Krapf, Edmonton, KY (1946-2011) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Louise M. Kilpatrick, Russell Co., KY (1933) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Anita Feather Miller, Taylor County, KY (1922) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Pauline C. Daffron, Taylor Co., KY (1913) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Tommy Staley, Cumberland Co., KY (1955) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Anson Genus Steward, Adair Co., KY (1969) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Bobby Gene Pike, Adair Co., KY (1946-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jacob Lucas, 22, Russell Springs, KY (1992-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Catherine "Kitty" Pence, Stanford, KY (1924-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Hazel Owsley, 89, Burkesville, KY (1925-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Clyde Edward Pennington, 82, Metcalfe Co., KY (1932-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Donald Wayne Furkin, 69, Adair County, KY (1945-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lillie Gail Turner, 61, Liberty, KY (1954-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Larry Floyd, 68, Taylor Co, KY (1947-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Kathryn K. (Kirby) Story, Las Cruces, NM (1948-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, John Robert Bradshaw, 77, Adair Co., KY (1938-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Bobbie C Bradshaw, 80, Adair County, KY (1935-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Gary Luttrell, 70, Casey County, KY (1946-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Rosaline Read, Taylor County, KY (1947-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Delores Marie Riley Berry, Glasgow, KY (1945-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Gladys Montgomery Johnson, Green County, KY (1935-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Phyllis Jean Wilson, Boyle County, KY/Casey Co., KY native (1960-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lula Johnson, Russell Co., KY/Clay Co., KY native (1928-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Thomas Reid Scott, 68, Cumberland County, KY, (1949-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Anson Steward (1968-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Gracie Pecola Brown, 98, Russell Springs, KY (1921-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Louise Gray, 83, Taylor County, KY (1934-2018) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. Kenneth Ray Hodges, 69, Green Co., KY Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Nerlie Louise Baker, Metcalfe Co., KY/Jefferson Parish, LA native (1941-2017) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Rick Monson (1957) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Sandra Burress Davis, Taylor Co., KY (1959-2017) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Services, Columbia, KY, for Fanny Bell Smith Pederson, 79, Columbia, KY (1935-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Shirley Long, 66, Cumberland Co., KY (1948-2015) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)

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