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Letter: Watch out for copperheads

William writes:
Black rat snakes are good as mentioned, but we've got Copperheads up in the hills of Breeding also. Stay away from them! They are venomous! --William
Comments re: Still have snakes six feet long in Breeding, KY hills

2020-07-29 20:26:25 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

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Summer Azure butterfly

2020-07-29 - Central Kentucky - Photo by Pen.
A summer azure butterfly.

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Blood Drive at T.J. Health Columbia

There will be a Blood Drive at the T.J. Health Columbia Dining Room, 901 Westlake Dr., Columbia, KY, from 1pmCT to 6pmCT on Friday, August 14, 2020.

All donors will have their blood tested for COVID Antibodies.

Appointments are encouraged. Sign up today at or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

2020-07-29 20:20:17 | Comments | Printable version

Governor's Wednesday update: Positivity rate at 5.81

By Crystal Staley/Sebastian Kitchen

Frankfort, KY - Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday updated Kentuckians on the state's continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

As of 4 p.m. July 29, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 28,727 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 619 of which were newly reported Wednesday. Seventeen of the newly reported cases were from children ages 5 and younger.

"It's another day of tough news that we're seeing across the country: whether it is Dr. Fauci warning that a number of states including us are poised for a significant outbreak, or high and even record-breaking numbers just to the south and all the way around us," said Gov. Beshear. "That's why we're acting decisively. If we plateau again, it's because of the hard work and willingness of people to wear facial coverings."

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2020-07-29 20:19:57 | Comments | Printable version

Alice Jane Cowan, 62, Columbia, KY (1957-2020)

Alice Jane Cowan of Columbia passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 6:15amCT at her home after an illness. She was 62 years old.

The funeral service will be held at 2pmCT on Friday, July 31, 2020, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Clifton Cowan officiating. Burial will follow in Bearwallow Cemetery.

Visitation is requested after 10amCT on Friday.

All attendees to the visitation and/or funeral are required to wear a facial covering.

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2020-07-29 20:16:35 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

ACSO: Russell Co. man arrested after leaving scene of accident

By Sheriff Josh Brockman
Adair County Sheriff's Office

On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, the Adair County Sheriff's Office responded to a two-vehicle injury accident on Millerfield Road. Upon arrival it was discovered the operator of one of the vehicles involved had left the scene of the accident.

A preliminary investigation determined Nathanial Martin, 31, of Russell Springs, was traveling South in a 2000 Ford Van. Martin's vehicle traveled over the center line and struck a 2013 Lincoln operated by Melinda Alexander, 36, of Columbia.

After the collision Martin left the scene on foot but was seen being picked up by someone passing by. Based on witness information Deputy Derek Padgett and Trooper Dean Lunz went to an address on Little Cake Road.

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2020-07-29 20:12:45 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Police and Fire Reports

Boil Water Advisory lifted for Milltown Church Road area

July 29, 2020

As of 2:45 p.m. on July 29, 2020 the boil water advisory for 911-3416 Milltown Church Road, Atkins Road and Corbin Richard Road has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.

Thank you
Columbia Adair Utilities District

2020-07-29 20:08:34 | Comments | Printable version

GSE Summer Program Culminates Aug. 1 with Demo Day

By JT Henderson

Frankfort, KY - The Governor's School for Entrepreneurs' (GSE) three-week summer program will culminate Aug. 1 with a first-ever virtual Demo Day.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., high school teams will pitch business ideas to a panel of judges to win cash prizes to continue their ventures. The GSE2020 professional business-pitch competition is open to the public with free registration at

"I want to encourage everyone to support our entrepreneurs by watching Demo Day online Saturday," said Gov. Andy Beshear. "This year, students learned about what it takes to launch a business idea during extraordinary times - a once in a 100-year pandemic. This is the world our students will be entering when they join the workforce, so GSE is an excellent incubator for Kentucky's future movers and shakers. I commend each student on their GSE achievements."

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2020-07-29 20:06:24 | Comments | Printable version

Lawmakers study impact of COVID-19 on KY vets

By Jim Hannah, LRC

Frankfort, KY - There have been no reported cases of coronavirus among the residents of Kentucky's four veterans homes, according to testimony given to a state legislative panel today.

"Since the declaration of the emergency in March, we have had seven staff test positive, two of which, after immediate retesting were found to be negative," Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Keith Jackson said while testifying before the Interim Joint Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection. "Out of those employees, five have returned to work, one remains in quarantine until medically cleared and one staff member resigned prior to returning to work."

Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, asked about the turn-around time for a test result. Mark Bowman, another department member who testified, said it now takes 24 hours to 48 hours to receive a result. He said early in the pandemic it was taking up to 10 days.

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2020-07-29 20:00:35 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Politics

Another Boil Water Advisory issued

Date Issued 7/29/2020
Time Issued 3:20 P.M.

A Boil Water Advisory is in effect for consumers on Richard Hollow Road, Tarter Road, Gradyville Country Club Road and Burris Sneed Road.

The advisory has been issued due to a main line leak.

Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure.

Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for three minutes before using.

This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.

For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.

A different advisory was issued yesterday for for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District on 911-3416 Milltown Church Rd, Atkins Rd., Corbin Richard Rd. (Boil Water Advisory issued by CAUD).

2020-07-29 15:03:56 | Comments | Printable version

Congressman Comer to host telephone town hall

By Matt Smith

Washington, DC - Congressman James Comer plans to host a live telephone town hall at 5pmCT on Thursday, July 30 to update constituents and answer questions on issues facing America. If votes are called and Congressman Comer must step away, the event may be postponed.

Residents of the 1st Congressional District can call 855-962-1276 to participate in the conversation. Constituents can also sign up for the call by visiting

Congressman Comer will provide opening comments on recent committee work and congressional action, then spend the remainder of the call taking questions from callers.

2020-07-29 12:34:32 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Politics

Update: KY 551 temporary closure now rescheduled for Monday

By Amber Hale

The KY 551 temporary closure for bridge maintenance scheduled to take place tomorrow, July 30, has been rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 3, due to a delay in materials.

The roadway will be closed to through traffic at mile point 1.1 (Butler Branch) between KY 901 and Howard Dublin Road/Cundiff Cemetery Road. Traffic will detour via Pelly Lane (KY 901) to Bull Run Road (KY 1323) and reconnect to KY 551.

The closure will be in place starting at approximately 8amCT and ending by 11amCT.

The date and duration of the closure may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays.

2020-07-29 12:31:15 | Comments | Printable version

ACES SBDM Council meeting

By Sommer Brown, Principal
Adair County Elementary School

The Adair County Elementary School's Site-Based Decision Making Council will convene at 2:30pmCT on Thursday, July 30, 2020, for a special called meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to interview for library media vacancy.

2020-07-29 12:28:17 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Education

Crusade for Children kicks off this weekend

By Donald Hare

It's time for the 67th Annual Crusade for Children. We have mailed letters to all churches in Adair County. The Columbia-Adair County Fire Department will be out starting this weekend:
  • Sun, Aug 2, 2020, from 8amCT to NoonCT, four corners of Public Square
  • Fri, Aug 7, 2020, from 3pmCT to 8pmCT, usual locations
  • Sat, Aug 8, 2020, from 8amCT to 4pmCT, usual locations
The Columbia-Adair County Fire Department raised $36,444.02 in 2019. Columbia-Adair County Fire Department has been participating in the crusade since 1963 and has raised over 1.3 million dollars for special needs in Adair County.

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2020-07-29 10:41:07 | Comments | Printable version

USDA offers CFAP to aid farmers

By Brian Lacefield, State Executive Director in Kentucky
USDA Farm Service Agency

Farmers and ranchers feed our state, our nation, and in fact, our world. You work long hours to provide essential resources for us all, and in these challenging times, I want you to know that USDA is here to support you and your operation through our Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP. Whether you farm one acre or many more, grow food for local markets or big supply chains, CFAP can help. We're accepting applications through August 28 and encouraging producers to apply now.

In Kentucky, we have already approved 22,074 applications and disbursed $128,943,944 as of 7/28/2020. I know many of you have applied for CFAP already, but the numbers indicate that some who are eligible have not. If you're still unsure about CFAP and your operation, I encourage you to take five minutes today to visit or call 877-508-8364 to learn about eligibility and options to apply. Whether you've worked with FSA for years or this will be a first, we're here to help you every step of the way.

CFAP provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. You can access the full list of eligible non-specialty, specialty, livestock, dairy, and wool commodities by visiting

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2020-07-29 10:35:04 | Comments | Printable version

Adair County High School SBDM Council meeting

By Troy W. Young, Principal
Adair County High School

Adair County High School will have its regularly scheduled monthly Site-Based Decision Making Council meeting at 4pmCT on Thursday, July 30, 2020, in the library at Adair County High School, 526 Indian Dr, Columbia, KY.

2020-07-29 10:30:44 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Education

Stacey Hatcher Bishop says pay it forward

This article about Adair County resident, Community Medical Services business owner and extraordinarily generous person, Stacey Hatcher Bishop, is reprinted Courtesy of WBKO Television, Channel 13, Bowling Green.

By Allison Baker

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -"Through the trials and tribulations she has faced storms and remained focused on her family business and the community at large. In our eyes she is a rare commodity and a modern-day hero," said Barbara Shepherd, victims advocate.

A Columbia Kentucky native who has always had the passion to serve others is continuing to help those in need, even when she was going through the most difficult time in her life following the loss of her daughter.

"I tell everybody you can never repay the people that help you during that time, but what you do is you pay it forward, and so I kind of made that my mission after God let me live through it that I was going to help people if I was able. So God has blessed me and I have been able to do that now. After Cally passed I just wanted to do something. I wanted to help in the community and I wanted to honor her name and her memory." said Stacey Bishop.

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2020-07-29 08:52:51 | Comments | Printable version

Farmers Markets Week is August 2-8, 2020

By Sean Southard

Frankfort, KY - Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles is urging Kentuckians to mark their calendars to celebrate Kentucky Farmers' Markets Week by getting out and supporting Kentucky farm families who bring fresh farm products to the public each week.

"Finding locally grown produce, meat, eggs, dairy products, and more at the peak of freshness is the advantage of Kentucky's farmers' markets," Commissioner Quarles said. "Purchasing your food from a Kentucky Proud farmers' market not only supports your local farmers, but also keeps the money you spend in your community. During the coronavirus pandemic, our farmers' markets have adapted to protect themselves and Kentucky consumers. I encourage all Kentuckians to consider visiting their local farmers' market during Farmers' Markets Week."

This year's Farmers' Markets Week is August 2-8 and salutes the 167 farmers' markets in 115 of Kentucky's 120 counties. In those 167 markets, more than 2,768 vendors are offering products for sale.

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2020-07-29 08:34:27 | Comments | Printable version

Elsie Hazel Clark, 93, Green Co., KY (1927-2020)

Elsie Hazel Clark of Green County passed away on July 28, 2020. She was 93 years old.

There will be graveside services held for Elsie Hazel Clark at 2pmCT on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at the Little Barren Cemetery.

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2020-07-29 08:29:31 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Thomas Mose Salois, 82, formerly of Greensburg, KY (1938-2020)

Thomas Mose Salois, formerly of Greensburg, departed this life on July 27, 2020 in Louisville, KY of heart failure. He was 82 years old.

There will be a Memorial Service at 11amCT on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Greensburg.

Visitation will be from 4pmCT until 7pmCT on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Foster-Toler-Curry Funeral Home, 209 W Court St., Greensburg, KY.

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2020-07-29 08:26:36 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Ronnie Gene Loy, 71, Jamestown, KY (1948-2020)

Ronnie Gene Loy of Jamestown passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at the Hospice of Lake Cumberland Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset. He was 71 years old.

A private funeral service for Ronnie Gene Loy will be held at 1pmCT on Friday, July 31, 2020, with Bro. Doug Baldwin officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethlehem Cemetery.

The family requests that all services be private.

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2020-07-29 08:14:30 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Lawmakers discuss curtailing no-knock warrants

By Jim Hannah, LRC

Frankfort, KY - After a statewide outcry over the use of no-knock warrants in Kentucky following the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, Senate President Robert Stivers II, R-Manchester, says he's working on a bill to regulate the use of such warrants.

"This would not allow a no-knock warrant to be a standalone use or tool for police officers," Stivers said during Tuesday's meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Local Government.

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2020-07-29 08:10:11 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Politics

Partly sunny today, high 87F, chance of storms

It's currently 69F at the Adair County Mesonet station. Watch out for patchy fog this morning. It will be partly sunny today, with a high near 87F and a 30 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with an overnight low around 70F and a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Calm wind.

Thursday will again be mostly cloudy, with a high near 81F and a 90% chance of showers, and possibly a thunderstorm. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday night will be mostly cloudy, with a 70 percent chance of showers and an overnight low around 69F. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

2020-07-29 06:26:31 | Comments | Printable version

Haiku by Robert Stone for July 29, 2020

Discovering one
also different from group,
you can have more hope.
--Robert Stone, Wednesday, 29 July 2020.
-1000 haiku thrice now, more days coming up, Day 3242

2020-07-29 06:20:25 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

7-County Area Courts for Wed 29 Jul 2020

Local schedules for Circuit Courts, District Courts, for Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at a glance:
  • Adair County: No events Circuit Court. 56 events District Court.
  • Casey County: 2 events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Cumberland County: No events Circuit Court. 42 events District Court.
  • Green County: 1 event Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Metcalfe County: No events Circuit Court. 38 events District Court.
  • Russell County: No events Circuit Court. 3 events District Court.
  • Taylor County: No events Circuit Court. 144 events District Court.
Note: NOT Official. Always Click to Docket for all Kentucky Counties

2020-07-29 06:20:00 | Comments | Printable version

Russell Heights Baptist VBS will be 1 Aug 2020

By Lee Ann Jessee

Russell Heights Baptist Church, located on North Bramlett Street in Columbia, will have a drive through Vacation bible School, August 1, 2020 from 11:30am -12:30pmCT.

VBS bags will be handed out along with a to go lunch. Come see us!

2020-07-29 05:49:14 | Comments | Printable version

Birthdays and Anniversaries for July 29
Happy Anniversary, Blake and Nicole Loy Aaron (2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Tony and Chonda Hodges (1990) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Dallas Cofer | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Destiny Taylor Kinnett (1998) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Dorothy Stephens | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jackie Parson Coffey | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jill Wilson | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Lee Ann Roy | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Mandi Green | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Sandy Brockman Crawhorn | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Tammy Morrison | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Wayne Armitage | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Reba Redmon, 80, Adair County, KY/Russell County, KY native (1936-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Gay Morris, Adair County, KY (1941-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Alma Allen, Campbellsville, KY (1926-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Earl Anderson, Cumberland County, KY (1936-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jess Frank Hinkle, Russell Springs, KY (1939-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lisa Vibbert, Burkesville, KY (1965-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, William (Bill) Holland, Jr., Russell Springs, KY (1951-2020) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Oval Wheeler, Middelburg, KY (1939-2020) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Geneva Loy Helm, Jamestown, KY (1930-2020) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Grover Thomas Johnson, Russell Co., KY (1945) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, James Ralph Selby, Russell Co., KY (1962-2010) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lizzie Burton, Adair Co., KY, (1922) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Edna Shreve White, Taylor County, KY (1924) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. Wayne Kidd, Green County, KY (1930) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, William Forrest (Billy) Sears, Taylor Co., KY (1946) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jennifer Annette Talley, Cumberland County, KY (1961) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lonnie Clyde Scott, Taylor Co., KY (1934-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, James Allen Edwards, Green Co., KY (1925-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Anita Wilson, Casey Co., KY (1967-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jerry Plato Corbin , 67, Adair Co., KY (1946-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In memory Birthday, Alma Lou Sayers, Casey County, KY (1949-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Al Schubert, Adair County, KY (1939-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Barbara Gearlds Gray, 54, Burkesville, KY (1961-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ella B. McQueen, 91, Kings Mountain, KY (1924-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Col. Harold Glenn McKinney, Metcalfe Co., HS graduate, (1948-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Angel Michelle Vanoy Ponder, 43, Casey County, KY Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Charlotte S. O'Banion, Campbellsville, KY (1944-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Luther Irvin (1917-2004) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Margaret Dowell Pepper, Campbellsville, KY (1927-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Marsha Kay Fudge, 54, Adair Co., KY Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ruby Hunter (d. 1993) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Terry Hodges | (Updates/Corrections)

Events scheduled for Wednesday, July 29, 2020
All events are listed in Central Time. Submit your upcoming event using our Contact Form.
8:00amCTFarmers Market on the Square Weekday Market, 8amCT-1pmCT | (ID:60741, Comment)
Metcalfe preschool and kindergarten enrollment open today | (ID:60814, Comment)
1:00pmCTServices for Sammantha Danielle McCarol, 20, Knifley, KY (2000-2020) | (ID:60818, Comment)


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