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An Adair County man arrested after a search of his residence on KY 61 North around the 4000 block.

At 12:41amCT this morning, Sheriffs Deputy Chandler Staten and KSP Trooper Jacob Harper conducted a search of a residence occupied by 39-year-old Brandon Blair. Located and seized was marijuana, baggies, scales, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. 


Blair was arrested and charged with: Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine; Trafficking in Marijuana; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Blair was also served an outstanding warrant for his arrest for Flagrant Non-Support of a Child.

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation. 
 

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An Adair County man arrested after a search of his residence on KY 61 North around the 4000 block.

At 12:41amCT this morning, Sheriffs Deputy Chandler Staten and KSP Trooper Jacob Harper conducted a search of a residence occupied by 39-year-old Brandon Blair. Located and seized was marijuana, baggies, scales, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. 


Blair was arrested and charged with: Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine; Trafficking in Marijuana; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Blair was also served an outstanding warrant for his arrest for Flagrant Non-Support of a Child.

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation. 
 

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At 1:05amCT this morning, Adair Co. Sheriffs Deputy Joey Keith initiated a traffic stop on a 2019  silver Jeep 4 miles north of Columbia.
 

As a result of the roadside investigation, Justin Antle, 34, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested and charged with: Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine); Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.
 
 

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The Adair County Sheriffs Office obtains warrants for the arrest of armed robbery suspects at Dollar General Store.


On Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 8:14amCT, an unknown white male entered the Dollar General store located at 7775 Campbellsville Rd in Adair County. Upon entering he went behind the counter, produced a handgun and demanded cash.
 
The suspect then fled in a silver Chevrolet Equinox, along with a female, toward Taylor County where they stole two additional vehicles.

The Adair County Sheriffs Office has swore out warrants this morning (Friday), with Adair County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison Corbin, for the arrest of 34-year-old Timothy Smith and 31-year-old Brittni Smith of Evansville, Indiana. The warrants are for Armed Robbery, 1st degree. 
 
Commonwealth Attorney Brian Wright has authorized full extradition of Timothy Smith and Brittni Smith, who are married, to be brought back to Adair County to face these charges when they are caught.
 
Chief Deputy Justin Cross and Sheriff Brockman are investigating incident. They were assisted by Kentucky State Police and Campbellsville Police Officer Ryan Jewel.
 
 

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The Russell County School Board will have a Working Meeting on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 5:00pmCT at the Russell County Auditorium/Natatorium (Room 114). This will be a School Test Scores/Improvement Planning meeting. No Action Will Be Taken.
 
AGENDA
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Presentation of School Improvement Plans/Test Scores/Title I Schoolwide Programs
4. Adjournment
 
 
The regular monthly Russell County Board of Education Meeting will start at 6:00pmCT on Monday, December 16, 2019 at the Russell County Auditorium/Natatorium (Room 114).
 
AGENDA
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Adoption of Agenda
4. Gifted & Talented Program Update
5. Lake Cumberland Regional College and Workforce Center Construction Update
6. Overview of Federal Programs
7. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
B. Payment of Bills
C. Construction Funds
D. School Activity Fund Reports
E. Financial Report
F. Field Trips
8. Comprehensive District Improvement Plan
9. Use of the Auditorium/Natatorium Complex (ANC) for Innovative Readiness Training (IRT)program in July 2020.
10. FY-21 Draft Budget
11. 2020-2021 School Schedule/Calendar
12. University of Kentucky-Student Teacher Agreement
13. Overnight and/or Out of State Trips
14. Public Comment
15. Board Meeting Times
16. Personnel Reports
17. Adjournment

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Students had an opportunity to create a poster illustrating Kentuckians working together on something to accomplish for their communities. One of the six students who placed in the "Team Kentucky" inauguration poster contest was from Adair County.
 
A panel of judges, including First Lady Britainy Beshear, selected the winners. The winning posters were on display in the Capital during the inauguration and currently remain on display.
 
Congratulations to Lane Kelsay from Adair County Elementary School who won in the ages 10-13 category.
 
 

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The Kentucky Department of Education’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) uses project-based learning principles to empower student learning and achievement through the utilization (and creation) of technology to solve school and community needs. STLP provides a means for students to design, make, connect and learn.
 
Student products, projects, and services are showcased through local, regional, and state events.
 
This year Adair County Middle School and Adair County High School STLP Students showcased at Regionals in Pulaski County hosted at the Center for Rural Development.  Adair County Middle School Students project was "Chromebook Keeper" allowing a means for a school to effectively check in/out Chromebook devices/carts through Google resources. Adair County High School project was "Indian Cleanup Initiative" efforts with the usage of media arts in distributing their vision toward recycling among the school and community. Both schools advance on to State which will be hosted April 2020 at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
 
The Adair County Primary Center and Adair County Elementary School is also participating in STLP via online competition which is currently still ongoing and will be judged and announced in 2020.
 
The Adair County Schools would like to extend a huge thank you to ATS and Bank of Columbia for their donations toward the students T-Shirts.
 
 
 
 

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The Adair County Sheriffs Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred this morning (Thursday) at 7775 Campbellsville Road.  At 8:14amCT, an unknown white male, approximately 5'7"- 5'9" tall, weighing approx. 250lbs, entered the Dollar General store located near the Adair/Taylor County line. He produced a black handgun and demanded money from the employee. The suspect left the business with approximately $150 in cash. He got into a gray SUV believed to be a Chevy Equinox (around a 2012 model) with a female who was waiting. The vehicle them sped toward Taylor County.   
 
The Adair County Sheriffs Office is currently working with KSP and Taylor County authorities on the armed robbery investigation. If anyone has any information, please contact the Adair County Sheriffs Office or your nearest law enforcement agency.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

UPDATED PHOTOS - Pulled from footage from Cornerstone Market in Campbellsville where suspects stole a Chevy truck after robbing the Dollar General Store in Columbia
 
 
 
Suspect who entered Dollar General with gun.... 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The vehicle the suspects fled in....
 

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The Russell County Public Library is excited to announce that it will be open to the public in the newly constructed library building starting Thursday, December 12, 2019 and will hold the official Grand Opening Celebration on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 with a variety of activities planned that the entire community is invited to take part in.

 

On Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 9:00amCT, a massive, framed World War II-era American flag will be unveiled, given on permanent loan to the library by the Russell County Honor Guard. A special ceremony will be held to honor our veterans and celebrate the freedoms they fought for, including the freedom to read. All veterans are invited to attend.

 

At 10:30amCT on Tuesday, everyone is invited to the Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, where those who have made this building possible will be recognized and the library will be dedicated to the county.

 

At 12:00pmCT on Tuesday, the library will host the Russell County Chamber of Commerce for their December meeting, sponsored by Branscum Construction. The meeting will feature a performance by the Lake Cumberland Community Orchestra and the guest speaker will be Senator Max Wise. 

 

 

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  • Phillip Scott Gadberry, 46, Russell Springs - arrested Wednesday afternoon by RCSO for Bail Jumping and Persistent Felony Offender

 

  • Steven McCormack, 26, Sparta, TN - was booked into the Russell County Jail yesterday after an arrest by the RCSO for Failure to Appear; Failure to Maintain Insurance; Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle; and No Seatbelt.

 

  • Jessica Carol Murphy, 39, Columbia - arrested Wednesday evening by CPD for DUI and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle. Murphy was lodged in the Adair Co. Jail.
 

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The Russell Springs City Council will meet on Thursday, Dec. 12th, 2019 at 6:00pmCT at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.
 
AGENDA
PRAYER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
I. MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
II. ROLL CALL
III. ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES
IV. ACCEPTANCE OF CASH DISBURSEMENTS &FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
V. OLD BUSINESS
VI. NEW BUSINESS
• HEALTH INSURANCE DISCUSSION
• PVA BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT APPOINTMENT
• EXECUTIVE SESSION PER KRS 61.810(1)(f) –DISCUSSION OR HEARING WHICH MIGHT LEAD TO THE APPOINTMENT, DISCIPLINE, OR DISMISSAL OF AN INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYEE
• MAYOR'S UPDATE
ADJOURNMENT
 

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Former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin issued dozens of pardons as his final acts as governor. Among the pardons are 5 people convicted of murder. One of them was an Adair Co. man convicted in 2002 of murdering his parents, Blake Peterson Walker. 
 
In Bevin's pardon he states Walker couldn't capture his full thought process as he weighed the decision of how to handle commutation and the pardon of Walker. Bevin went on to say that Walker "committed a crime for which only God can provide true forgiveness", and that Walker is "blessed by a loving and forgiving family" and it is this alone that tips the delicate balance in the direction of his request.
 
Walker's pardon was filed in the Secretary of State's Office on Dec. 11th, 2019.
 

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A head-on collision occurred just west of Campbellsville at 12:30pmET on Wednesday afternoon. Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton reports that 31-year-old Latasha Thompson of Campbellsville, KY was traveling west on U.S. 68 (Greensburg Road) when she turned into the path of 80-year-old Wendall Gilbert of Campbellsville,KY. The vehicle's hit head on. Thompson's vehicle waws then forced into a 3rd vehicle being driven by Teddy Wright.

 

Latasha Thompson was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. Gilbert & a passenger, Judith Gilbert, were ransported to Taylor Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Wright was not injured.

 

Sgt. mark Dicken investigated the accident. The Taylor Co. Fire Dept. also responded and assisted on scene.
 

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  • Jennifer Lynn Rogers, 26, Columbia - arrested Tuesday afternoon by ACSO for 1st Degree Criminal Abuse of a Child 12 or under.
Lodged in the Adair Co. Jail.
 
  • Steven Yager, 41, Russell Springs - arrested on Tuesday morning for Possession of Methamphetamine; Traffikcing in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Meth); and Trafficking in a Controled Substance, 2nd Degree (Drug Unspecified).
  • Robert Fisher, 54, Campbellsville - arrested for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified).
  • Perry Bryant Bishop, 25, Russell Springs - arrested by RSPD overnight for Assault, 4th Degree (Minor Injuries).
  • Anthony Gilbert, Burkesville - arrested on Tuesday for Burglary, 3rd Degree; Unlawful Possession of Meth Precursor; and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

 

Lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.
 

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The Adair County Sheriffs Office recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested 4 Jefferson County residents on various charges early this morning (Wednesday, Dec. 11th).

 
At 12:44amCT, Adair County K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin initiated a traffic stop on a 2015 Ford F-150 on Dohoney Trace Road. A roadside investigation revealed the truck was entered as missing from Jefferson County, KY.  K-9 “Nitro” also had a positive indicator that narcotics were in the auto. A search of the vehicle resulted in methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia being located. 

Kenneth Asbury, 30, of Louisville, KY was arrested on the following charges:
Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (methamphetamine), Receiving Sstolen Property over $10,000; No Operators License; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

A passenger, 42-year-old Tiffany Cochran of Louisville, KY was also arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Marijuana, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 
Columbia Police Officers Jamie Cole and Trevor Foster arrested 2 additional passengers: Cassidy Davis, 21, and Stephen Harris, 47, both of Louisville, KY on Shoplifting and Public Intoxication charges. 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.
 

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UPDATE: The Boil Water Advisory has been LIFTED!

 

 

Date Issued: 12/10/2019
Time Issued: 11:50 A.M.
 
A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District for customers from 346 Caldwell Ridge Road to 2165 Barnett’s Creek Road and all side roads in between. The advisory has been issued due to tank maintenance.
                   
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 3 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.
 

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Lindsey Wilson College will award 368 degrees, Saturday, Dec. 14 at its 110th commencement ceremony. 
 
The liberal arts college's 2019 winter commencement ceremony will be at 10 a.m. CT Saturday, December 14, in Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive.
 
The first half of the 2019-20 class will include 188 undergraduate degrees and 180 graduate degrees. 
 
LWC will confer its third doctorate degree on Saturday. Livinus Uba of Ashland, Ky., will become the third-ever graduate of the Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision Program.
 
To accommodate the large crowd expected for winter commencement, the ceremony will be shown on closed-circuit television in the Norma & Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship, 402 Helen Flatt Drive. The ceremony will also be carried live on DuoCounty Channel 2 and on lindsey.edu via its Stretch channel at bit.ly/lwcstream.
 
For more information about LWC's 2019 winter commencement ceremony, contact the LWC Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@lindsey.edu or 270-384-8400.
 

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2019) – Russell County Farm Bureau was recognized during the 100th Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) annual meeting in Louisville for its outstanding membership and program achievement in 2019. The award honors county Farm Bureau offices who meet the company’s profitability requirements and whose insurance policy growth meets or exceeds its annual growth goal. 
 
 
Photo Cutline: On behalf of Neal Dalton, President of Russell County Farm Bureau, Victor Rexroat (center left) accepts the award from John Sparrow, Executive Vice President and CEO of KFB Insurance (left), Mark Haney, President of Kentucky Farm Bureau (center right), and Drew Graham, Executive Vice President of the KFB Federation (right), during a Dec. 6 recognition and awards program.
 

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