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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

By Erin G. Eggen

Frankfort, KY - In recognition of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in reminding motorists and motorcyclists to "share the road" conscientiously and courteously to help prevent crashes, injuries and deaths on Kentucky roadways.

"Safety is a mutual responsibility for motorists and motorcyclists alike," said Gov. Andy Beshear. "We're entering the warmer months and that typically means more drivers may operate motorcycles on our roadways. With more than 95,000 registered motorcycles in Kentucky, all road users must stay alert and look out for one another."

According to NHTSA, per vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists are approximately 28 times more likely than people in passenger cars to die in a traffic crash. Additionally, when motorcycles and other vehicles collide, it is usually the other (non-motorcycle) driver who violates the motorcyclist's right-of-way.

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2020-05-04 20:59:43 | Comments | Printable version

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Birds of Kentucky: Red Bellied Woodpecker

2020-05-04 - Casey Co., KY - Photo by Michael Brown.
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Governor details expanded reopening of health care, businesses

By Crystal Staley/Sebastian Kitchen

Frankfort, KY - Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday offered new details on guidelines for businesses and health care providers looking to restart safely as we continue to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

The Governor provided updated information for employers relaunching under Kentucky's Healthy at Work initiative and announced new partnerships to expand testing in Northern Kentucky and provide masks for Kentucky businesses.

What began with the phased reopening of certain health care services continues as other business sectors prepare to relaunch operations in Phase 1 of Healthy at Work. State leaders asked partners in the business community for proposals on how they plan to operate while keeping their customers safe, and the state has already received more than 1,000 plans. The proposals, while not required, are expected to include best practices to safely operate and each industry's capabilities for reopening.

Under the schedule outlined by Gov. Beshear, more businesses will be allowed to open May 11 with new minimum requirements, as well as industry specific requirements. Among the businesses that will be allowed to operate:

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2020-05-04 20:57:19 | Comments | Printable version

November 2020 General Election deadlines fast approaching

Please note that the filing deadline for the 2020 General Election has changed from the last of August to Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 4pmct.

By Lisa Greer
Adair County Clerk

To avoid any delays in the filing of candidate documents to attain ballot access required to file with the County Clerk, candidates should directly contact the county clerk in their county of residence for filing procedures and requirements.

Please contact our office at 270-384-2801, to pick up your packets to file for the November Election.

Local races include: City Council, School Board District (SD2, SD4, and SD5), and Soil Conservation District Commission:

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2020-05-04 14:58:14 | Comments | Printable version

Teacher Appreciation Week begins today in Adair County

By Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan

I want to take this time to thank all of our Adair County Board of Education Staff for the extra time and effort put in this year to get our students the assignments they had to have to complete this school year, and for getting food delivered so all of our children had food to eat.

I want to recognize the dedication and commitment of our teachers that ensure every student has the very best education they can have.

Therefore, I am declaring May 3-9, 2020 as Teacher Appreciation Week in Adair County.

2020-05-04 14:54:40 | Comments | Printable version

T.J. Regional Health announces next reopening steps

T.J. Regional Health lifts restrictions on Elective and Outpatient Procedures. Visitor restrictions remain in place.

By Stacey Biggs

Glasgow, KY - T.J. Regional Health announced today that beginning Wednesday, May 6, 2020, it will lift the temporary restrictions placed on elective surgery and outpatient procedures due to the COVID-19 virus. The decision follows the release of Governor Beshear's phased reopening plan for the Commonwealth.

"This is great news for patients whose healthcare may have taken a backseat due to COVID-19," said Neil Thornbury, CEO of T.J. Regional Health. "Our team is ready to deliver safe care to all patients. We continue to follow and even exceed all safety guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and the Kentucky Department of Public Health."

Safety protocols put in place regarding care include, but are not limited to:

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2020-05-04 14:48:32 | Comments | Printable version

Linda Fitzpatrick, 65, Columbia, KY (1954-2020)

Linda Fitzpatrick of Columbia passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at her home. She was 65 years old.

The family has chosen to have a drive-thru visitation from 5pmCT to 7pmCT on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY. Visitors must remain in their vehicles and follow directions given.

A private burial will be held in Haven Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

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2020-05-04 14:43:30 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

By Kim Saylor Brannock

Frankfort, KY - With more than 700,000 people in Kentucky currently experiencing some degree of hearing loss, the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has prompted businesses, organizations and community leaders across the country to take stock and begin changing their methods of communication to be more inclusive.

May, which is Better Hearing and Speech Month, is the perfect time for the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) to not only remind people of the importance of hearing health, the signs of hearing loss, and resources available, but also to promote inclusive communication.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new awareness to how vital it is to include everyone when we are communicating, especially during an emergency. I have learned so much from having Virginia Moore with KCDHH interpreting for me during my daily press conferences. It has really opened everyone's eyes to the needs of so many people," said Gov. Andy Beshear.

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2020-05-04 14:37:28 | Comments | Printable version

CARES Act to Provide Relief to LWC Students

By Venus Popplewell

Lindsey Wilson College students will soon begin to see some financial relief from unexpected expenses incurred due to the disruption of campus operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the federal government's Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, LWC will receive an allocation of funds to assist eligible students whose face-to-face classes were suspended for the spring term. The emergency cash grant will help students cover additional expenses (i.e., food, housing, course materials, technology, health care or childcare) incurred because of the College's need to transition to an online learning format.

Eligible students include undergraduate degree-seeking students who were enrolled in the spring 2020 semester on the main or extended campuses whose classes were face-to-face. Students also need to have applied for federal student aid by submitting a 2019-20 FAFSA and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) not more than $20,000. Ineligible students per federal guidelines include those taking primarily online courses and international or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students.

"We know students are struggling as a result of this pandemic," said LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. "The difficult decisions made to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have negatively impacted financially vulnerable students and their families. The CARES Act emergency cash grant is an important addition to Lindsey Wilson's existing support programs and will be passed directly to students as quickly as we can make it happen."

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2020-05-04 14:33:55 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Lindsey Wilson College

CPD: Injury accident on parkway

By Officer Adam Cravens, PIO
Columbia Police Department

The Columbia Police Department responded to an injury collision on Monday morning, May 4, 2020, which occurred on the parkway westbound between exits 49 and 46.

The accident occurred when a 2012 Ford Superduty operated by Don Sams, 49, of Sharpsburg, came upon a short rise after driving through fog and came upon a 2002 PT Cruiser also westbound in the same lane driven by Norman Dunagan, 82, of Columbia.

The Superduty made impact with the Cruiser sending it into the grass median where the vehicle came to a stop. Dunagan was taken by Adair EMS from the scene and was initially transported to TJ Health Columbia before being transported to UK.

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2020-05-04 10:30:51 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Police and Fire Reports

We come together in worship

From the opening, safely-distanced service at Centenary United Methodist Church, Sunday, May 3, 2020, amidst the Coronavirus congregational closures. It is representative of all our churches in this very different season.

"Spirit of life and love, we gather together in different ways this morning - from computer screens, from telephones, from car radios, we gather - reaching out across the wires, waving from a safe distance, to come together in religious community.

"From living room to front porch to car seat, we gather as we are able, ready to be of service to each other, to the world, ready to build the community of hope and of love, as we face this bright morning.

"We are apart, but we are together, offering our love, our commitment, our hope, and our prayers, in service to one another and this world.

"It is a new way, but an old way, that we come together in worship today."

2020-05-04 08:39:17 | Comments | Printable version

Tristian Sinclair created and donates masks he's made

Adair County Middle School

From Deb Waddell

Tristian Sinclair turned his Performance Based Project in on April 30, 2020 and his mom gave permission to share. It's such an awesome project!

This project was totally Tristan's idea. He has been helping and making masks for over a month now. At his last count, he has personally given out over 20 made by him alone. He got his family involved also and the family together have made and given more than 50 masks out. People have tried to pay him but he won't let them because he just wants to keep people safe.

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2020-05-04 08:22:25 | Comments | Printable version

Reminder: Monthly warning siren test

By Mike Keltner, Director
Adair Co. Emergency Management

The Adair County warning sirens will sound at 10amCT today, Monday, May 4, 2020, as part of the monthly siren test.

2020-05-04 07:19:07 | Comments | Printable version

History Monday: Random Thoughts

Or: Do not mess with an Adair County boy--or a lightening rod peddler--they won't like it!

By Mike Watson

Mr. F. Winfrey, proprietor of the Columbia Hotel, had an altercation with James D. Lyons, the Columbia and Campbellsville stage and express agent, in which Lyons received a very painful wound from an improved Colt's fired at him by Winfrey. Three shots were fired by Winfrey, two hitting Lyons, only one breaking the skin. Lyons was unarmed, but made the first assault.--The Cincinnati Daily Star, Cincinnati, OH, 15 December 1879.

Columbia Spectator: A difficulty occurred in this place last Monday, about half-past five o'clock, between Mr. J.W. Turk, of Milltown, and Dr. J.K. Nell, of Gradyville. It seems that there has been an old feud existing between the parties for years, and meeting on the corner, near Mr. Kemp's drug store, some words passed, when Turk threw two rocks, Nell dodging them both. Nell then threw at Turk, hitting him upon the shoulder, and immediately rushing on him, cut him once with a pocketknife.--The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY, 11 July 1879.

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2020-05-04 07:10:04 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Mike Watson - History

Sunny today, high 74, chance of storms tonight

It's currently 55F at the Adair County Mesonet station. It will be sunny today, with a high near 74F. Calm wind becoming northeast 5 to 7 mph in the morning.

Tonight will bring an 80% chance of showers, as a low pressure system approaches the region from the Central Plains. A few rumbles of thunder are expected as well. The main threats from these storms will be brief gusty winds, small hail, and locally heavy rainfall. Expect an overnight low around 53F, with east wind 6 to 8 mph.

Showers and the possibility of a thunderstorm will continue on Tuesday. High near 68F, with east wind 8 to 13 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph.

Tuesday Night will be mostly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers and an overnight low around 42F. West wind 6 to 13 mph.

2020-05-04 05:48:49 | Comments | Printable version

Haiku by Robert Stone for May 4, 2020

Those flirting may feel
a need to punish themselves
by trudging away.
--Robert Stone, Monday, 4 May 2020.
-1000 haiku thrice now, more days coming up, Day 3156

2020-05-04 05:44:02 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

7-County Area Courts for Mon 4 May 2020

NOTE: Most in-person hearings have been cancelled or rescheduled between Monday, March 16, and Friday, May 31, 2020. Instructions if you have a pending court date.

Local schedules for Circuit Courts, District Courts, for Monday, May 4, 2020, at a glance:
  • Adair County: No events Circuit Court. 2 events District Court.
  • Casey County: No events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Cumberland County: No events Circuit Court. 1 event 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. 32 events District Court.
  • Taylor County: No events Circuit Court. 3 events District Court.
Note: NOT Official. Always Click to Docket for all Kentucky Counties

2020-05-04 05:43:35 | Comments | Printable version

Fair and July 4th celebration in Campbellsville cancelled

By Larry Smith, Big Dawg radio

The Taylor County Fair, normally a June event, and Campbellsville's Fourth of July celebration, the state's largest, have both been cancelled due to COVID-19.

This is the first time the Fourth of July celebration has been cancelled since it began in 1976.

2020-05-04 05:16:00 | Comments | Printable version

Birthdays and Anniversaries for May 4
Happy Anniversary, Doc and Becky Grant (1984) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Aaron Bradshaw | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Alan VanArsdale (1963) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, April Lynn Dudgeon (1984) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Bernie Dunn | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Bobbie Huckaby | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Christopher Lee Taylor (1985) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Daezon Scholl (2001) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Dickie Feese | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Ethan Michael Cook (2012) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jeffrey Pyles | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, JoAnn Coffey | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Joey Caldwell | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Julian Janes | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Julie Hatcher | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Lois Davis | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Louise Baker (1946) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Lula Cheatham | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Mariah Grant (2006) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Marty Denton Ellis | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Matt Melson | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Melinda Rhoads (1970) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Mike Matney (1988) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Steve Foster | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Tonya Dunn | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mae Higgason Nobel Stuber, Adair Co., KY (1930-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lula Mae Cave, Campbellsville, KY (1938-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Catherine Elizabeth Stubbs Allen, 78, Taylor Co., KY (1931) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, John Ravellette Taylor Co., KY (1940) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. Junior Lumpkin, Adair Co., KY (1954) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Pearlie L. Garner, Russell Co., KY (1930) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Minnie Hulse Cumberland Co. native (1924) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mitchell Bright, Taylor Co., KY (1959) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lonnie Beatrice Rodgers, Casey County, KY (1922) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Bettie Stephens Flanagan, Russell Co., KY (1941) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Moss Milby, Green County, KY (1915) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Shirley Ann Farlee Lauderdale, Burkesville, KY (1944) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ryan Clay Brown, 17, Casey County, KY (1995) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. Johnny Brewington, Cumberland Co., KY, (1956) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lois Davis, Adair County, KY (1940-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Tommie Jess Barnett, Taylor Co., KY (1920 - 2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lance Corporal Jonathan Thomas Price, 26, Taylor Co., KY (1988-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Sylvia Sue Smith, Metcalfe Co., KY (1943-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Martha Gaskins, Adair County, KY (1929-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Dual L. Godby, 72, Russell County, KY (1942-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mary Sue Jarboe, 66, Taylor County, KY (1949-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Alvin Hitch, 76, Russell Co., KY; Adair native (1939-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Hilda Parrish Phillips, 75, Beaumont, Metcalfe Co., KY (1940-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Bertie Skaggs, 88, Taylor County, KY (1927-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Cordell (Bill) Wilson, 84, Russell County, KY (1931-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Robert (Bobby) Releford, 53, Casey Co., KY (1963-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Roger (Doc) York, Taylor Co./Cumberland native (1961-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ira E. Wilson, 86, Russell County, KY (1930-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Helen Parrish Johnson, Metcalfe Co., KY (1940-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Julia Richerson, Shepherdsville (1945-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Travis Chad Ford, 35, Campbellsville, KY (1981-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Eugene (Gene) Cowan, 65, Adair County, KY (1951-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Delbert Moss, Adair Co., KY (1940-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Louis H. Shipp, Taylor Co., KY (1930-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Evelyn Wilson, 89, Green County, KY (1928-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Janice Wall Janes, Jamestown, KY (1946-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Cecile Mae Alley, 87, Columbia, KY (1933-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Lula Reed Cheatham, 85, Adair County, KY (1934-2019) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Robert Gentry (Bobby) Rush, 83, Metcalfe Co., KY Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Terry Wayne Pelston, 65, Columbia, KY (1955-2021) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)

Events scheduled for Monday, May 4, 2020
All events are listed in Central Time. Submit your upcoming event using our Contact Form.
8:00amCTTeacher Appreciation Week underway in Adair County | (ID:60594, Comment)
9:00amCTKindergarten, Preschool and Headstart enrollment
Registration packets can be picked up outside of ACPC, 158 Col. Casey Dr, Columbia, KY, from 9amCT to 3pmCT | (ID:60567, Comment)
10:00amCTReminder: Monthly warning siren test | (ID:60592, Comment)
11:00amCTDrive-through visitation for April Hale, 13, Casey County, KY (2007-2020) | (ID:60590, Comment)


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