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Ricky Fay Strong, 64, Cumberland County, KY

Ricky Fay Strong, of Dewey Young Road in Burkesville, Kentucky, passed away Thursday, July 15, 2021 at his residence having attained the age of 64 years.

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2021-07-17 18:08:38 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

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Dogs in need of owners

2021-07-17 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Miss Donna Rieder.
Update: Jimmy Harmon came and these two are now at the shelter. Two dogs have been at my place, 3190 White Oak Church Road, for the past couple of days and need to be picked up by their owners. They are not wearing collars.

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Carol Perkins: A patient, patient

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By Carol Perkins

For at least five years, I have been avoiding knee replacement surgery. I went the way of shots in the knee, meds for arthritis, and even stem cell replacement therapy, but nothing changed the fact that I was dealing with "bone on bone." It was not going to get better and a replacement was the only answer to the pain and the limp, both of which had become part of my life. A part that I couldn't control.

When I set July 12th as the date for my surgery and Dr. Fee from WKONA as my doctor, I wasn't going to back out. I went for all the pre-op appointments and worked in a trip to Texas before being "laid up." "You won't be down for long," the doctor assured me. "We'll have you walking within hours of the surgery." That sounded good to me, but I wasn't counting on the pain that came with the walking. Pain that I was there until it wasn't.

Dr. Fee asked me the morning after surgery if I thought I could have come home the same day.

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2021-07-17 12:28:24 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Carol Perkins

Commissioner Quarles on passing of Representative Bam Carney

By Sean Southard

Frankfort, KY - Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles issued the following statement regarding the passing of Representative Bam Carney:
"I just learned about the passing of my former House colleague and friend, Representative Bam Carney," Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles said. "When I was first elected to the House of Representatives, Bam was patient and kind in helping teach me the legislative process and how to best represent my constituents. He knew how to do both well, and was a visitor to my district many times over the years.

"Bam was a fighter. Through his role as chair of the House Education Committee, Bam fought to put the interests of students first. As House Majority Leader, he fought to bring about conservative vision for Kentucky, increase economic opportunities, and make the American dream possible for more Kentuckians. And, in these last few years, he fought tirelessly to get well, get home, and get back to representing his constituents in the halls of Frankfort.

During this difficult time, my thoughts and prayers are with his family and all who called him a friend. He will be missed."

2021-07-17 12:24:59 | Comments | Printable version

Osborne: Our hearts are broken

Frankfort, KY - House Speaker David Osborne issued the following statement on behalf of the House Majority Caucus:
"Our hearts are broken at the loss of our friend and brother, Bam Carney. Bam was a passionate educator, an outstanding legislator, and a tremendous leader for our Commonwealth. Those who had the privilege of working with Bam knew he led by example and subscribed heavily to the belief that you can do great things if you don't care who gets the credit. As House Education Chair and House Majority Floor Leader, he worked diligently to provide a voice for children in classrooms across our state. His collaborative approach led to the passage of the School Safety and Resiliency Act, bringing focus to both strengthening physical safety and our approach to childhood mental health issues.

"For more than a year and a half Bam fought valiantly to overcome his health issues, all while remaining steadfastly dedicated to the people of his district. While there is great comfort in knowing he is free from the constant pain and struggle, we pray his sons, his mother, and his entire family find comfort in knowing so many join them in mourning the legacy of a good man."
Carney, the Kentucky House Majority Floor Leader, passed away this morning, July 17, 2021, after a long battle with pancreatitis.

2021-07-17 12:20:54 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

KADB approves $275K for projects in Cumberland, Taylor

More than $2.3 million funded for projects across the commonwealth. Projects focus on agricultural diversification, rural development

By Sean Southard

Bowling Green, KY - The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $2,339,883 for agricultural diversification and rural development projects across the commonwealth at its monthly board meeting.

Among the projects were CAIPs for Cumberland County at $165,294, and Taylor County at $104,000, and $14,500 to Taylor County for a Deceased Farm Animal Removal Program.

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2021-07-17 10:45:56 | Comments | Printable version

LCDHD COVID Weekly Public Information Brief 7/16/2021

By Amy Tomlinson
Lake Cumberland District Health Department

We added 131 new cases this week compared to 78 new cases the week prior. We have 115 active cases today compared to 78 last Thursday. We have 7 hospitalized cases today compared to 10 last Thursday. We experienced 1 COVID-19 related death since last Thursday and reported 1 other death which occurred earlier. Our 7-day-average incidence rate of new cases per 100,000 is 8.94 today compared to 5.32 last Friday. So, all in all, another week of sharp increases.

Again, this week should be a warning that COVID-19 is not over. We saw significant clusters of new cases this week tied to area businesses, church camps, churches, travel, and 1 long-term care facility. So, please take the vaccine. While no vaccine is 100% effective, please note the following local information. Since the vaccine started becoming available (1/5/21), about 97.8% of our area's new cases had taken no doses of the vaccine. Also, of our 113 total deaths since the vaccine started becoming available, only 2 had received their 1st dose of the vaccine and none were fully vaccinated. Also, of our 453 hospitalizations tied to COVID-19 after the vaccine started becoming available, only 20 had received at least 1 dose of the vaccine.

It should be noted, however, that about 17% of our new cases in the last 7 days had taken at least 1 dose of the vaccine. Of our 25 new cases this week that had received at least 1 dose of the vaccine, only 1 is noted as in the hospital. So, the vaccine continues to be very effective in preventing death and severe illness.

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 4.04%.

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2021-07-17 10:38:30 | Comments | Printable version

Haiku by Robert Stone for July 17, 2021

Do not be haughty
even when falsely accused,
attitude condemns.
--Robert Stone, Saturday, 17 July 2021.
-1000 haiku thrice now, more days coming up, Day 3595

2021-07-17 10:27:55 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

Sad word of passing of Rep. John "Bam" Carney

Kentucky House Majority Floor Leader John "Bam" Carney passed away this morning, July 17, 2021, according to Larry Smith, Big Dawg radio.

Rep. Carney was hospitalized in December of 2019 with Pancreatitis and has spent the past year and a half in the hospital or critical care. Our deepest sympathies are extended to his family and the many who have been in his prayer network.

Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming from Parrot and Ramsey Funeral Home as known.

2021-07-17 09:42:01 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Danny Compton, age 71, Cumberland County, KY (1950-2021)

Danny Compton, age 71, of Burkesville, KY passed away on Friday, July 16, 2021 at Cumberland County Hospital.

He was a retired bus driver for the Cumberland County School System, was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church in Barren County and attended Burkesville Baptist Church.

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2021-07-17 05:38:37 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Phillip Coffey: Addled

By Phillip Coffey
Well I have been lately with much excessive thinking
That I probably shouldn't have had the hammer in my hand
When I who is most blessed and slowed down reflexes
Unwisely chose to knock off the fly - sitting on my brow.

The flying, little pest has long flown away - leaving me addled
With a long history of making quick choices I shouldn't have made.
While the contusion on my huge head leaves me half dead.
From this point forward - trying to stay clear - holding only those most dear.

2021-07-17 05:33:06 | Comments | Printable version

Letter: There Are Other Options for Cats

Joyce Coomer writes:
An ordinance that small animals that are not used for breeding purposes be spayed and neutered. There are a few people in the county who show dogs and according to some show regulations cannot be spayed or neutered. There are a few people who raise dogs for sale so they could be considered kennels.

Alley Cat Allies -- -- provides information on TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) at They also have much more information about community cats.

Before any overly-restrictive ordinance is even considered, all other options should be explored. - Joyce M. Coomer, 270-384-4495

2021-07-17 05:21:50 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Letters and Reader Feedback

Kenyatta Bridgewater, 24, Green County, KY (1977-2021)

Kenyatta Bridgewater was born August 12,1977 Greensburg, Kentucky to Jennifer Edelen of Louisville and the late Johnny Dowell. He departed this life Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at the Jewish Hospital in Louisville.

He had made a profession of faith in Christ and was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He poured concrete and enjoyed fishing, noodling, and Nascar.

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2021-07-17 05:16:25 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Gay L. Mann, 54, Russell County, KY (1966-2021)

Gay L. Mann, age 54, of Russell Springs, KY passed away Wednesday, July 14 2021 at T.J. Healthcare in Columbia, KY

She was an employee of Walmart and a homemaker.

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2021-07-17 05:12:43 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Birthdays and Anniversaries for July 17
Happy Anniversary, Gary and Judy Butler | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Johnnie and Marina Gabehart (1987) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Brian Yarberry | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Bro. Hugh Withers | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Chris Bragg | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Christian Ford | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Christopher Tristen Burton | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Corine Petty | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, daughter, Abby Maulden, and father, James Maulden | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, David Grider | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, David Harden | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Grant Caldwell (1998) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy birthday, Jessica Renea Phelps | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Jimmie Brummett | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Joyce A. West (1953) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Kallie Stotts (2000) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Kim Dial (1973) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Leslie Tupman Melton | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Logan Coomer | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Neal Gold | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Sherry Spoon | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Steve Curry | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Terica Derringer | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Tyler Hodges (1999) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Whitney Turner (1998) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Sis. Vernice Robinson, Green Co., KY (1941-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mary Kay Payne Clark, Campbellsville, KY (1962-2019) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Louise Baker, Adair Co., KY native (1926) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Dr. L. Palmer Young, A Great Man of God and native of Dunnville, KY (1921) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Bernece Estes Rigney, Casey County, KY (1928) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Joe George, 83, Adair County. KY (1929) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Myrtie K. Kearney, Taylor County, KY (1915) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Maxie Rowe, Adair County, KY, (1943) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Grace Johnson, 86, Jabez, KY (1926) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Alfred Jones Thomas, Adair Co., KY (1920-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Rosa Garrison, 102, Adair County, KY (1912-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Rhodie M. Hadley, 47, Russell Co., KY, Adair native (1967-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Alta Mae Cook, 91, Adair Co., KY (1923-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Teresa Lea Luttrell, 41, Casey County, KY (1973-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Roxie Leontine White, 98, Green Co., KY (1916-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Eugene Mings, 84, Taylor Co., KY, Adair native (1930-2015)> | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Glenwood Russell Overstreet, 83, Taylor Co., KY (1932-2015) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mary Alice Rich, 48, Edmonton, KY (1968-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Doris Evelyn Trammell, Liberty, KY (1937-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Cheryl Lynn Scott, 50, Taylor Co., KY (1966-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. Lonnie (Joe) Flinchum, 59, Taylor Co., KY (1957-2016) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Rev. Eric Lee (Rik) Johnson, 69, Adair Co., KY (1947-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Bessie Louise Johnson, Casey County, KY (1940-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Benny Ray Lawson, 63, Adair County, KY (1957-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Boyce Houk, Jr., Russell Springs, KY (1950-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Brad Hyde, Columbia, KY (1951-2020) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Derrick Bruce Ellett, 37, Greensburg, KY (1983-2021) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Edith Pearl Chelf Beard (1898) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Rollin K. Pyles, 101, Adair County, KY (1917-2018) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Timothy Gene Cowan, 45, Columbia, KY (1973-2018) Obituary | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthdaym Charles Kneil Ford, Metcalfe Co., KY (1933-2017) | (Updates/Corrections)

Events scheduled for Saturday, July 17, 2021
All events are listed in Central Time. Submit your upcoming event using our Contact Form.
8:00amCTLiving History at Tebbs Bend | (ID:61942, Comment)
9:00amCTClothing Giveaway at Columbia Church of Christ | (ID:61952, Comment)
6:00pmCTVacation Bible School at Bearwallow United Methodist Church | (ID:61879, Comment)
Destination Dig VBS at Egypt Christian Church | (ID:61948, Comment)
7:00pmCTTheatreFest! presents Steel Magnolias | (ID:61830, Comment)


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