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Letter: Grand Jury questions

Mary Bardin writes:
I see postings of cases indicted by Grand Jury, but I don't see anything posted about cases not indicted. I do not understand the system. How are people chosen to be on the Grand Jury? Are there attorneys at the Grand Jury? Who decides what cases go to Grand Jury? I know it is very secretive, but what happens to the cases without enough evidence? Are the cases not indicted held over and taken again. How does this work? I have never been in Grand Jury, but have friends that were, but these people can't explain to me. I have done some medical/legal consulting, but no one has explained the process to me. I have researched but still can't understand the process--nosey by nature I guess.

Mary, those are great questions. We reached out to Brian Wright, Commonwealth's Attorney for Adair and Casey Counties, and he has provided detailed responses to all of your questions about the Grand Jury process in Kentucky. Click the article headline to see his response.


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2021-06-02 21:13:43 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

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Travel: Biltmore Mansion



2021-06-02 - Asheville, NC - Photo by CM Staff.
Biltmore House, the main residence on the Biltmore Estate, is a Chateauesque-style mansion built for George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet of floor space. Still owned by George Vanderbilt's descendants, it remains one of the most prominent examples of Gilded Age mansions. (Wikipedia)

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Lillie Rose Brown, 79, Campbellsville, KY (1941-2021)

Lillie Rose Brown of Campbellsville passed away on Monday, May 31, 2021 in Lexington. She was 79 years old.

The funeral service will be held at 11amET on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon Ave., Campbellsville, KY, officiated by Rev. Michael Goodwin. A graveside service will be held at 4pmET on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Ginter Cemetery in Menifee County, KY, officiated by Pastor Rick Back. Burial will follow in Ginter Cemetery, Menifee County, KY.

Visitation is requested from 10amET until 11amET on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home.


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2021-06-02 20:59:46 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Brittany Crockett, 27, Columbia, KY (1994-2021)

Brittany Michaela Crockett passed away on June 1, 2021. She was 27 years old.

The family has chosen cremation and no services are planned at this time.


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2021-06-02 20:54:11 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

LCDHD COVID-19 Public Information Brief 6/2/2021

By Amy Tomlinson
Lake Cumberland District Health Department

As announced yesterday at the Governor's press conference, the retrospective audit of our vital statistics data to identify and account for all COVID-19-related deaths is now complete. The review included all death certificates for deaths that occurred from January 1, 2020, to January 31, 2021, and was conducted to identify any additional deaths that were not found through our primary COVID-19 death reporting process. The audit deaths provided today are mainly deaths that occurred prior to November 1, 2021. Going forward, all death certificates are monitored weekly to proactively identify any additional COVID-19 deaths that are not picked up through other methods.

So, we are reporting 7 historic deaths today: an 81-year-old from Casey who passed in July of 2020; a 71-year-old from Green who passed in September of 2020; a 90-year-old from Pulaski who passed in September of 2020; a 77-year-old from Pulaski who passed in September of 2020; an 87-year-old from Pulaski who passed in August of 2020; a 76-year-old from Pulaski who passed in September of 2020; and a 57-year-old from Taylor who passed in October of 2020.

We added fewer cases today than for the same time period last week so our 7-day-average incidence rate of new cases per 100,000 dropped.

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 2.77%.


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2021-06-02 20:49:36 | Comments | Printable version

Cumberland Co. lands $13M grant for elementary school

Gov. Beshear: Better Kentucky Plan Directing $127 Million to Fund Much-Needed School Construction Projects. Projects will build a better Kentucky by improving schools, creating jobs

By Crystal Staley/Sherelle Roberts-Pierre

Frankfort, KY - Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced $127 million is headed to local school districts to fund construction and renovation projects as part of his Better Kentucky Plan, which will direct $1.3 billion to schools, expanding internet access and delivering clean drinking water and quality sewer systems across Kentucky.

The Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission voted Wednesday to recommend funding for projects in the following districts: Hart, Martin, Floyd, Boyd, Bellevue, Mayfield, Jackson, Grant, Breckinridge, Bath, Cumberland, Pendleton and Carter.

"This is and always will be an education first administration, and this funding gives us a unique opportunity to renovate and replace some of our schools, making them a safer and better learning environment for our children and our educators," said Gov. Beshear. "This will inject tens of millions of dollars into our schools as we work to build a better Kentucky for people in every corner of the commonwealth."

The funds to build and renovate schools is part of the $1.3 billion Better Kentucky Plan, which will create 14,500 jobs while expanding broadband, delivering clean drinking water and building new schools. Gov. Beshear and Kentucky lawmakers reached a bipartisan agreement at the close of the 2021 General Assembly to invest federal relief funds in infrastructure.


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2021-06-02 16:04:28 | Comments | Printable version

KSP: Post 15 to conduct safety traffic checkpoints

By Tpr. Nick Hale

Kentucky State Police Post 15 will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints in the Post 15 area, which includes Washington, Marion, Taylor, Green, Casey, Russell, Adair, Metcalfe, Monroe, Clinton, and Cumberland counties.

These checkpoints will be conducted as part of Post 15's highway safety efforts. Troopers will be checking for violations of Kentucky traffic and regulatory laws relating to motor vehicle equipment safety, licensing of drivers, motor vehicle registration, and operation of motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants.


2021-06-02 15:04:06 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Police and Fire Reports

Celebration of Life for Mimi Bairstow

By Laverne Hadley

Mt. Zion Community Church will be hosting a Celebration Of Life for Mimi Bairstow at 2pmCT this Sunday, June 6, 2021. Everyone is welcome.

Mt. Zion Community Church is located at 100 Buell Collins Rd., Columbia, KY.


2021-06-02 14:59:07 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Church News

Letter: More Harvard alumni from Adair Co.

Note: 6/4/2021 updated with correct information for Dr. Arnold.

Robert Morrison writes:
There are actually a few Harvard graduates for Adair County High School.
  • Heather Jackson just graduated in May 2021 from Harvard Business School. She is the daughter of Trish Zatcoff (Hadley).

  • John Baker, son of former teacher Doc Baker from Gradyville, graduated from Harvard Law in the 1980s

  • Then there is Dr. Ben Arnold, who has a masters in Public Health from Yale and a PhD from Harvard.
Comments re: Letter: ACHS does have a Harvard graduate


2021-06-02 14:57:13 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

KSP Post 15 Monthly Activity Report May 2021

By Tpr. Nick Hale

During the month of May 2021, there were 18 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.

During the month of May 2021, there were:
  • 1140 Citations written
  • 373 Courtesy notices written
  • 462 Complaints answered
  • 159 Motorists assisted
  • 53 Criminal cases opened
  • 263 Criminal arrests made
There were two fatal collisions during the month of May in the Post 15 area.


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2021-06-02 14:49:32 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Police and Fire Reports

Smithsonian traveling exhibition at CRD June 19-July 24

By Sharon Dodson

The Center for Rural Development has been chosen as one of six Kentucky sites to host "Voices & Votes: Democracy in America," a traveling art exhibit presented by the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street in cooperation with the Kentucky Humanities.

The exhibit will be on display at The Center, located at 2292 South U.S. 27 (at Traffic Light 15) in Somerset, from June 19-July 24, 2021. There is no charge to view the exhibit. An opening reception is planned for Saturday, June 19, at 2pmET to welcome the arrival of the exhibit to this region of Kentucky and give the general public its first look at this amazing display.

Voices & Votes examines the nearly 250-year-old American experiment of government "of, by, and for the people," and how each generation since continues to question how to form "a more perfect union."

"The Center for Rural Development is excited to host Voices and Votes: Democracy in America," said Laura Glover, Managing Director of Marketing and Events. "This traveling art exhibit allows us to reflect on our history and explore what it means to be an active participant in the governance of not only the country but also this community."

The exhibit explores the action, reaction, vision and revision that democracy demands as Americans continue to question how to shape the country. From the revolution and suffrage, to civil rights and casting ballots, everyone in every community is part of this ever-evolving story - the story of democracy in America.


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2021-06-02 12:50:17 | Comments | Printable version

MacDonald to serve as swim Graduate Assistant

By Christopher Coombs

Lindsey Wilson swimming head coach Alicia Kemnitz announced the addition of Jessica MacDonald to the coaching staff for the upcoming 2021-22 season.

MacDonald will serve as the program's graduate assistant for the next two seasons. She is a former Lindsey Wilson swimmer and is the most decorated student-athlete in the program's history.

"I feel very lucky that Jess has decided to continue her education at LWC. Not only is Jess the most decorated swimmer, male or female, in LWC history, she also established herself as one of the best and most respected swimmers in the NAIA during her 4-year tenure," Kemnitz said. "She and her family have a rich history in our sport, and their involvement with LWC swimming has truly helped launch our program internationally, especially in South Africa."


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2021-06-02 12:46:13 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Sports

Vacation Bible School at Grace Union Baptist Church

Vacation Bible School begins at 5:30pmCT on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at Grace Union Baptist Church, 3611 Subtle Road, Edmonton, KY.

VBS will continue June 7-11 from 6pmCT until 8:30pmCT each evening.


2021-06-02 09:17:05 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Church News

Mayor provides update on Synergy Food Group plans

By Tiffany Collins

Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots is announcing that plans are proceeding on the Synergy Food Group's manufacturing location. Synergy Food Group is a production management and food marketing company headquartered in Murfreesboro, TN.

"We are excited to be locating in Columbia, Kentucky," said Greg Durrett, who is the CEO. "South central Kentucky is home to us; and, we are pleased to be able to be a part of a growing economy in this area."

Synergy Food Group has a new brand called EduKitchens, which is a K-12 program for schools, developed for the purpose of school nutrition. They produce the individual frozen; multi-frozen meal kits; in addition to shelf stable meals. They have SQF certified production facilities in Georgia and North Carolina as well as several affiliate offices.

Synergy Food Group will be having a groundbreaking and press conference prior to their opening. The company plans an initial job fair during the month of June. "We urge people in Columbia and surrounding communities that are interested to visit with us," said Durrett. "Our goal is to be a good employer for the community."

For further information, you can visit their website at: www.sfgllc.net.


2021-06-02 09:15:15 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Local Government

The Big Comeback at Egypt Christian Church

By Willie M. Feese, Jr.

Brand new Sunday School is beginning on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at Egypt Christian Church, 4855 Knifley Road, Columbia, KY, with the following summer schedule:
  • 8:45amCT: Breakfast
  • 9amCT: Sunday School
  • 10amCT: Worship Service
Pastor Paul Patton and congregation invite all to come enjoy a Sunday morning of worship and Christian Fellowship.


2021-06-02 07:43:54 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Church News

Chester Taylor testimony at Egypt Christian Church

By Willie M. Feese, Jr.

Chester Taylor will be giving his personal testimony of battling Mantel Cell Lymphoma of the Spleen and how his faith in Christ sustained him during this difficult time.

He will share his experience at 6:30pmCT on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Egypt Christian Church, 4855 Knifley Road, Columbia, KY.


2021-06-02 07:40:14 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Church News

Rain today, high 74F, chance of thunderstorms

It's currently 63F at the Adair County Mesonet station. Today will bring showers and the possibility of thunderstorms, with a high near 74F. South wind 6 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with showers and thunderstorms likely, and an overnight low around 61F. South wind 7 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Thursday will bring a 90 percent chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm, with a high near 76F. Southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Thursday Night will bring an 80 percent chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm, with an overnight low around 57F. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.


2021-06-02 07:16:19 | Comments | Printable version

Haiku by Robert Stone for June 2, 2021

Weaving back and forth,
trying to avoid contact,
encounter occurs.
--Robert Stone, Wednesday, 2 June 2021.
-1000 haiku thrice now, more days coming up, Day 3550


2021-06-02 07:11:43 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

7-County Area Courts for Wed 2 Jun 2021

Local schedules for Circuit Courts, District Courts, for Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at a glance:
  • Adair County: No events Circuit Court. 66 events District Court.
  • Casey County: No events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Cumberland County: 2 events Circuit Court. 66 events District Court.
  • Green County: 97 events Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Metcalfe County: No events Circuit Court. 88 events District Court.
  • Russell County: 1 event Circuit Court. No events District Court.
  • Taylor County: 3 events Circuit Court. 192 events District Court.
Note: NOT Official. Always Click to Docket for all Kentucky Counties


2021-06-02 07:10:44 | Comments | Printable version


Birthdays and Anniversaries for June 2
Happy Anniversary, Amy and Scott Tarter | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Bob and Sandy Land (1962) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Earl and Marilyn Coffey (1962) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Mike and Laura Harris (1984) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Odell and Celystine Baker (1962) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Kayden Long (2004) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Alicia Coffey (2004) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Brooklyn Paige Beard (2001) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Cali Pitman (2005) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Cali Pittman | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Dana Reliford Walker | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Eric Vanarsdale (1995) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Erin Shelby Yates (1992) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jason Brown, (1978) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jerry Lynn Padgett | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy birthday, Laura Feese | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Leslie Branham | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Ralph Waggener (1943) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Randall C. Sneed (1978) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Sarah Streeval | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Shannon Thomas | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Susan Bohannon (1960) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy birthday, Tracy McCarroll | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Valeria Shepherd Bault | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, John D. (Curly) Wilson, 80, Russell Co., KY (1935-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Sharalyn Jenise Whitley, Campbellsville, KY (1971-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Jimmie Todd Rogers, Adair Co., KY native (1935-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Gary Wayne Taylor, Columbia, KY (1956-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Cashius Ray Beard, Columbia, KY (1935-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Kathryn Gilpin, 73, Casey Co., KY | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Bobby Matherly, Taylor Co., KY (1934) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Marguerite Davis, Taylor County, KY (1926) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. George Robert Vetter, 74, Taylor County, KY (1940-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Irene Elizabeth Frederick, Casey County, KY (1923-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. Tim (Gordon) Thurman, 72, Glasgow, KY (1943-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Sheila Ann Clements Burton, Columbia, KY (1948-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Louise Brock, 96, Adair Co., KY (1919-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Howard (Junior) Walker, Jr., 87, Sparksville, Adair Co. KY | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Joseph (Joe) Pickett, 88, Adair County, KY (1928-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ewing Smiley, 99, Adair County, KY (1918-2018) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Annabelle Milby Henderson, Gabe, KY (1927-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Dr. Drewry Meece, Jr., Russell Co., KY native Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Floyd Nelson (Jimmie) O'Banion, Green County, KY (1922-2018) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, James W. Galbreath, Sr., 80, Jamestown, KY (1940-2021) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Johnnie Abell, 91, Adair Co., KY native (1929-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, June Alice Walker, 95, Roley, KY (1925-2021) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Obituary: Edward Oris May, 89, Liberty, KY Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Regina Campbell Rowe, 89, Adair County, KY (1930-2019) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)

Events scheduled for Wednesday, June 2, 2021
All events are listed in Central Time. Submit your upcoming event using our Contact Form.
10:00amCTAdair Co. Public Library Summer Reading Program | (ID:61714, Comment)
KFC Job Fair at City Hall | (ID:61729, Comment)
2:00pmCTServices for Otis Burton, 87, Columbia, KY (1934-2021) | (ID:61756, Comment)
6:30pmCTChester Taylor testimony at Egypt Christian Church | (ID:61771, Comment)
Vacation Bible School at Columbia Church of Christ | (ID:61768, Comment)

 





























 
 
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