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Governor: Keep Thanksgiving celebrations small, safe

By Crystal Staley/Sebastian Kitchen

Frankfort, KY - Today, Gov. Andy Beshear reported 3,408 new COVID-19 cases and again asked all Kentuckians to follow safety precautions during Thanksgiving as cases surge in the commonwealth and across the country.

"Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and usually we get together with about 15 people," said Gov. Beshear. "This year, we just can't do that. I'm really disappointed, like all of us are, but protecting my parents, my kids, our neighbors and all of our health care workers has to come first. I'm grateful for all Kentuckians who are sacrificing this year to keep each other safe."

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends Americans avoid Thanksgiving travel. In addition, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) recommends the following for celebrating Thanksgiving safely: Thanksgiving_11_10_2020 (PDF).

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2020-11-25 17:35:01 | Comments | Printable version

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Inez Stotts, 93, Sparksville, KY (1927-2020)

2020-11-25 - Sparksville, KY - Photo courtesy Grissom-Martin Funeral Home.
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Governor announces $395K grant to combat heavy vehicle use tax evasion

By Chuck Wolfe

Frankfort, KY - Gov. Andy Beshear today announced the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet have been awarded a $395,000 federal grant for a joint project to combat a form of tax evasion by heavy commercial trucks.

"Operators of commercial vehicles must pay their fair share for use of our public roads and bridges," Gov. Beshear said. "Anything less is unfair to conscientious, law-abiding operators and to taxpayers who ultimately pay for our transportation system."

The bulk of the grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation - $250,000 - will fund equipment, training and execution of an enforcement blitz by officers of the Kentucky State Police's Division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) and auditors of the KYTC Division of Motor Carriers and Division of Road Fund Audits. The plan is to conduct enforcement blitzes at weigh stations and along bypass routes - secondary roads used by unscrupulous carriers to circumvent weigh stations.

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2020-11-25 17:28:35 | Comments | Printable version

Inez Janes Stotts, 93, Sparksville, KY (1927-2020)

Inez Stotts of the Sparksville community passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at her home. She was 93 years old.

In accordance with the Governor's Mandate, all services will be private. Burial will follow in Antioch Cemetery.

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2020-11-25 17:25:34 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

KY Main Street Program encourages Kentuckians to Shop Local

By Diane Comer

Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet (TAH) is partnering with the Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) for a special holiday promotion highlighting small businesses in Main Street communities across the Commonwealth.

Kentucky Main Street works to encourage downtown revitalization and economic development through preserving historic buildings. KYMS features 29 participating local programs, including Campbellsville's Main Street, that support restaurants, art spaces and retail unique to Kentucky. During November and December, individual Main Street communities are being highlighted on social media (@KyTAHC) using the hashtags #ExploreKyMainSt and #ShopKyMainSt.

"The holidays are going to look and feel different for everyone, but small businesses throughout Kentucky are taking the necessary precautions to ensure Kentuckians can safely shop this holiday season," said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry. "Supporting local is more important than ever. We encourage people to take advantage of local holiday shopping to see firsthand the unique finds created by Kentucky artisans, and help keep dollars spent locally circulating within the community."

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2020-11-25 13:08:48 | Comments | Printable version

Nell Blevins, 95, Taylor County, KY (1925-2020)

Nell Blevins of Campbellsville, daughter of the late Gilbert Colvin and Mary Estelle White Colvin, was born May 15, 1925 in Taylor County and died Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at age 95.

She was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church and WMU for many years where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for several years.

She was a retired employee of Fruit of the Loom after some thirty-four years service and was the first female supervisor. She was active in the Democratic Women's Club and The Business and Professional Women's Club. Her favorite pastimes were traveling and shopping.

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2020-11-25 11:22:24 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

LWC Women gearing up for Julie Costello Memorial Classic

By Brady Budke

The Lindsey Wilson women's basketball team is set for action on Friday and Saturday at the Julie Costello Memorial Classic - presented by Barleycorn's. The classic will be played on the campus of Thomas More (KY) in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. The Blue Raiders will face strong competition over the two-day stay, battling No. 3-ranked Marian (IN) on Friday at 4pmCT before concluding action on Saturday at NoonCT against Saint Francis (IN).

No. 3 Marian (6-2, 2-0 CL) has garnered early season success despite being handed two losses. The Knights fell against No. 16 St. Francis (IL) 56-48 on Nov. 7 and against No. 14 Thomas More 64-61 on Nov. 15. More recently however, the squad won in blowout fashion over Grace (IN) on Nov. 24 by a final of 91-51.

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2020-11-25 11:05:14 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Sports

Searching for recipe for Pepsi cake with caramel frosting

Joyce M. Coomer writes:
Talking to a friend about cooking. She remembered her mother-in-law making a Pepsi cake with caramel frosting and thinks that Milky Way candy bars were included in the frosting. This would've been about 40 years ago. Anyone on here have a recipe for Pepsi cake with caramel frosting that old? Thanks in advance.

2020-11-25 11:03:04 | Comments | Printable version

Virtual Learning Survey for parents of Adair Co. students

By Vanessa L. Burton​, Administrative Asst. to Academic Dean
Adair County Schools

Parents/Guardians of Adair County students: In order to assess whether changes need to be made to our virtual program, we are asking you to fill this survey out for feedback of how to effectively meet the needs of your student in virtual learning:

Virtual Learning Survey

2020-11-25 11:01:29 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Education

Ruby E. Hadley Coomer, 97, Adair Co., KY native (1923-2020)

Ruby E. Hadley Coomer of Milltown, Indiana, passed away on November 23, 2020, at the Metcalfe Health Care Center in Edmonton. She was 97 years old.

The funeral service will be held at 11amET on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at Brown Funeral Home, 306 Spring St., Milltown, IN, with Bro. George Key officiating. Burial will follow in Union Chapel Cemetery near Milltown.

Visitation is requested on Friday, November 27, 2020, from 4pmET to 8pmET, and after 9amET on Saturday.

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2020-11-25 10:57:11 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

First & Farmers National Bank breaks ground on new location

By Andrea Clue

First & Farmers National Bank held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, to begin the construction of its newest location at 114 Will Walker Road in Columbia, KY. Along with traditional banking services, this new location will have self-serve lockboxes, a Drive-Thru ATM, plenty of customer parking spaces, and a beautiful open-lobby concept.

The new location on Highway 61 is one of the fastest developing areas in all of Adair County. Most of the surrounding retail space in nearby Pinewood Shopping Center has already been filled; just to name a few of the new neighbors: Black Stallion Steakhouse, Magic Market, Happy Cow Cafe, Luttrell Staffing Group, Family Medical Centers, and 3trees Church. The new location is also directly across from Walmart, is in close proximity to The Pines at Lindsey Wilson golf course, and is near the exit for the Cumberland Parkway.

Ann Martin, Columbia Market President, conducted the program and extended her appreciation to all those whose hard work made this day possible. During the small, socially-distanced ceremony, she spoke about the rich history of the bank in the local community and the exciting future ahead.

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2020-11-25 10:19:33 | Comments | Printable version

ACSO: Adair Co. man arrested for trafficking methamphetamine

By Sheriff Josh Brockman
Adair County Sheriff's Office

On Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at 10:14pmCT, a Columbia man was charged with 2 counts of trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree after a lengthy investigation.

The case began when the Adair County Sheriff's Office initiated an investigation into multiple complaints of Christopher McClister, 23, also known as "Critter," selling narcotics, specifically methamphetamine. Over the course of the investigation, the Adair County Sheriff's Office substantiated the complaints and was therefore able to make a series of controlled buys of methamphetamine from McClister.

The evidence was presented to Commonwealth Attorney Brian Wright, who brought the case before an Adair County Grand Jury. As a result, the indictments for arrest were issued. McClister is lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on a $15,000 full cash bond.

Chief Deputy Justin Cross was lead investigator in the case. The Adair County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Columbia Police Department in the search and arrest of McClister.

2020-11-25 09:56:21 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Police and Fire Reports

Metcalfe Library offers curbside services only

The health and safety of library patrons and staff of the Metcalfe County Public Library is priority. Therefore, based on recent COVID-19 mandates, the library reverts to curbside services. This order will expire on December 13th. At that time, we will reassess based on new government mandates.

Curbside services will be offered by appointment only for library material, fax, copies, and computer service. Call the library at 270-432-4981 or email to make appointments.

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2020-11-25 08:30:47 | Comments | Printable version

County offices closed for Thanksgiving

By Bridget Compton

The Adair County Judge's Office, Adair County Road Department, Adair County Recycling, and Green River Animal Shelter will be closed on Thursday and Friday November 26-27, 2020 to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan and all of her staff wish everyone a Safe, Happy, and Healthy Thanksgiving!

2020-11-25 08:27:26 | Comments | Printable version

Robert William Czerwinski, 59, Russell County, KY

Robert William Czerwinski, 59, of Jamestown, KY, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2020 at his residence.

He was born in Chicago, Ill on December 27, 1960, a son of the late Mary Lou (Coffey) and Walter A. Czerwinski.

He served in the U.S. Marines and was a Truck Driver.

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2020-11-25 06:15:49 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Food Safety Tips for the Holidays

By Susan Dunlap

Frankfort, KY - This holiday season, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH), an agency within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), urges consumers to take precautions in purchasing and preparing food items and to pay close attention to good hygiene practices to combat foodborne illness during the upcoming holiday season.

In addition, Kentuckians should follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation to avoid Thanksgiving travel to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Kentucky Department for Public Health has provided further guidance related to COVID-19 to help Kentuckians have a safe holiday week here: Thanksgiving_11_10_2020 DPH (PDF)

"Unsafe handling and undercooking of food can lead to serious foodborne illness," said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. "Turkeys may contain Salmonella and Campylobacter, harmful pathogens that are only destroyed by properly preparing and cooking the turkey. Similarly, leaving leftovers out for too long, or not taking care to properly clean cooking and serving surfaces, can lead to other types of illness. We want to be sure that all Kentuckians know the steps they can take to help prepare a safe and enjoyable holiday meal."

Here are a few simple food safety tips to avoid getting sick during the holiday season:

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2020-11-25 06:14:37 | Comments | Printable version

LCDHD: Hospital capacity is our most urgent concern

LCDHD COVID-19 Public Information Brief 11/24/2020

By Amy Tomlinson
Lake Cumberland District Health Department

Reminder: LCDHD Staff will take Thanksgiving Day off to observe the holiday with our families, although it will be a nontraditional, socially distanced day for most of us. There will be no evening reports on Thursday, November 26. The reports will resume on Friday. Thank you for understanding.

We have a record number of hospitalizations today, 69. Hospital capacity remains our most urgent concern. Therefore, we continue to call upon all of our community leaders and citizens to face this challenge with the utmost seriousness before our medical infrastructures are compromised. There is hope! It is within our power to impact the spread of COVID-19. Please, let's all do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing our face coverings, avoiding crowds (especially in confined spaces), social distancing when around others, increasing our hand hygiene, increasing our general sanitation, and by avoiding the touching of our faces.

Active (Current) Cases: We added 52 more cases today than we released historic cases. Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 1123 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district's 10 counties. On 11/20/2020 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1125.

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2020-11-25 06:10:02 | Comments | Printable version

Wind and rain today, chance of thunderstorms, high 64F

It's currently 56F at the Adair County Mesonet station. There's a 90 percent chance of rain today, with thunderstorms possible this afternoon and evening. We'll have a high near 64F, with south wind 15 to 20 mph gusting as high as 39 mph. The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a Wind Advisory until 4pmCT for our area.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 9pmCT. Expect an overnight low around 45F, with south wind 6 to 15 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph.

Thanksgiving Day will be partly sunny, with a high near 57F. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Thursday night will be partly cloudy, with an overnight low around 38F and calm wind.

2020-11-25 06:03:10 | Comments | Printable version

Haiku by Robert Stone for November 25, 2020

Young talking of love
feel exchange though romantic
not comfortable.
--Robert Stone, Wednesday, 25 November 2020.
-1000 haiku thrice now, more days coming up, Day 3361

2020-11-25 05:57:37 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

7-County Area Courts for Wed 25 Nov 2020

Local schedules for Circuit Courts, District Courts, for Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at a glance:
  • Adair County: No events Circuit Court. 21 events District Court.
  • Casey County: No events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Cumberland County: No events Circuit Court. 7 events District Court.
  • Green County: No events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Metcalfe County: No events Circuit Court. 2 events District Court.
  • Russell County: No events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Taylor County: 1 event Circuit Court. 11 events District Court.
Note: NOT Official. Always Click to Docket for all Kentucky Counties

2020-11-25 05:56:41 | Comments | Printable version

Birthdays and Anniversaries for November 25
Happy Anniversary, Kevin and Shelly Jenkins (1989) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Steven T. and Teresa A. Grider (2012) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Amanda Gabehart | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Chase Willis | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Debby Manning | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Donald Bennett | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Evan Pike (1999) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Rebecca Jo Montgomery (1998) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Robert "Mr. Bob" Jeffries, (1934) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Scott Lee | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Shirley Nash | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Steve McKinney | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Tim Olson | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birhday, Ruth Ann Bottom Antle, 76, Russell Springs, KY (1938-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Grace Davis Feese, Columbia, KY (1922-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Nathaniel Merlin Wagler, Green Co., KY (1992-2010) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, John Lackey, Campbellsville, KY (1951) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. Omer (C.B.) Houk, Green County, KY (1930-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Molly Propes, Casey County, KY (1948-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Charles Earl Brock, Casey Co., KY (1949-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Dianne Glass Wise, 68, Cumberland Co., KY (1945-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Johnnie (Bill) Myers, Taylor County, KY (1922-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Phillip (Buddy) Eller, 69, Russell Co., KY (1945-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Elva Ethel Allen, 71, Hustonville, KY (1943-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Pauline Hammonds, 88, Columbia, KY (1927-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Chester Shirk, 10 weeks, Casey Co., KY, (2015-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Emma Jean Grider, 65, Casey County, KY (1950-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Sarah Evelyn Conover Carter, 86, Adair Co., KY (1930-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Sylvia Mae Coffman Tapscott, Casey Co., KY (1946-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Donald Lee Lawson, Bowling Green, KY (1968) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Clyde Wesley, Casey County, KY native (1944-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Arlis Turner, 63, Columbia, KY (1943-2007) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, James Roy Luttrell, 78, Liberty, KY (1942-2021) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Robert (Bob) Hadley, 78, Columbia, KY native (1942-2021) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Tommy Mills, 76, Greensburg, KY (1939-2016) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)

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