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An accident occurred on the Cumberland Parkway early this morning (Monday, Dec. 17) just after 5:00amCT at the 43 mile marker, eastbound (Edmonton to Columbia). No other details are available at this time.

 

(Pic. from Adair County Emergency Management Director Mike Keltner) 
 

 

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Kentucky health officials say more than 3,000 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in an outbreak that has entered its second year.
 
Kentucky Department for Public Health statistics show 19 people have died in the outbreak. Patients have been hospitalized in more than half of the state's 3,122 reported cases from August 2017 through the first week of December 2018.
 
Officials in Jefferson and Fayette counties have recommended that all residents get vaccinated against the disease. Previous vaccination efforts were targeted at people with a high-risk of contracting hepatitis A, including those who use illegal drugs and the homeless.
 
Hepatitis A is transmitted by oral contact with fecal matter. It attacks the liver and causes symptoms including abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, fever and jaundice.
 

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(Metcalfe County, KY December 13, 2018) - Trooper Bobby Maxwell is investigating a collision that occurred on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at approximately 3:35pmCT on Ritters Mill Rd, 2 miles east of Summershade. 23-year-old Charles Sherman of Edmonton, KY was operating a southbound 2018 Ford van when he met a northbound 2015 Dodge Charger operated by Metcalfe County Deputy Sheriff Charles Massey, 57, of Edmonton, KY. Sherman struck Massey’s vehicle head-on on the narrow roadway. Massey was wearing his seatbelt and was transported by Barren-Metcalfe EMS to TJ Samson Hospital where he was treated and released. Sherman was belted and was not injured. Trooper Maxwell was assisted at the scene by the Summershade Fire Dept., Barren-Metcalfe EMS and the Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Department.  

 

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Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce "Shop Local" $100 prize winners: 
 
 
  1. Eva Cooley
  2. Allison Bardin
  3. Rita Dial
  4. Jo Janes
  5. Steven Hubbard
  6. Keri Burton
  7. Janice Karnes
  8. Daren Smith
  9. Charla Vander Myde

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On November 29, 2018 the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office receuved the complaint that property had been stolen from two vehicles, one in the Sha Lawn Village are and the other on Tabernacle Road, After an investigation, evidence was located which led deputies to Justin Skaggs of Campbellsville, KY. During an interview, Skaggs admitted to the theft of property from the two vehicles. A warrant was requested and received. Skaggs was picked up on the warrant charging him with one count of Theft by Unlawful Taking - contents from auto over $500, and one count of Theft by Unlawful Taking - contents from auto over $500. Skaggs was arrested and lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center, The stolen property has been recovered.

 

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On Thursday, December 13, 2018 Columbia Police Officer Drew Conn responded to a complaint in the area of Wal-Mart on Burkesville Rd. Arrested was 38-year-old Ashley Allen of Campbellsville, KY. Allen was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Offense 1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st offense 1st degree (Drug Unspecified),Promoting Contraband 1st Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Trespassing 3rd degree, Giving Officer False Identifying Information, Disorderly Conduct 2nd degree, and Resisting Arrest. 
 
Allen was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Officer Drew Conn.
 

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(Metcalfe County, KY December 13, 2018) - KSP Trooper Bobby Maxwell is investigating a collision that occurred on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at approximately 3:35 PM CST on Ritters Mill Rd, 2 miles east of Summershade. 23-year-old Charles Sherman of Edmonton, KY was operating a southbound 2018 Ford van, when he met a northbound 2015 Dodge Charger operated by Metcalfe County Deputy Sheriff Charles Massey, 57, of Edmonton. Sherman struck Massey’s vehicle head-on on the narrow roadway. Massey was wearing his seatbelt and was transported by Barren-Metcalfe EMS to TJ Samson Hospital in Glasgow, KY where he was treated and released. Sherman was belted and was not injured.
 
Trooper Maxwell was assisted at the scene by Summershade Fire and Barren-Metcalfe EMS and Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Dept.  
 

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The Russell Springs City Council will meet on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 at 6:00pmCT. 
 
PRAYER  
 
AGENDA
I. MEETING CALLED TO ORDER 
II. ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES 
III. ACCEPTANCE OF CASH DISBURSEMENTS & FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 
IV. OLD BUSINESS 
V. NEW BUSINESS 
  • HEALTH INSURANCE RENEWAL 
  • 911 INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT 
ADJOURNMENT
 
The meeting is open to the public.
 
 

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Russell County High School Drama is proud to announce that RCHS student Justin Burton has been accepted into the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City and Los Angeles! Justin recently auditioned in Nashville and despite the 21.8% acceptance rate, he made it in. If Justin chooses to earn his BFA here, he will spend 2 years in NYC and 2 years in LA. 


Justin currently stars as Charlie Brown in a A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS being peformed at the Star Theater in Russell Springs again this weekend!

 

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On Saturday, December 8, 2018 at approximately 11:37pmCT, KSP Trooper Clint Bale was on routine patrol 8 miles north of Columbia on Ky 55N when he initiated a traffic stop on a 2001 Dodge Dakota for a traffic violation. The Columbia Police Department’s canine unit arrived and alerted on the passenger side of the vehicle. Trooper Bale searched the side of the vehicle where 26 year old Tara Corbin of Columbia, KY was seated and located several small plastic bags, with one containing a white powdered substance suspected to be methamphetamine.

 

Trooper Bale arrested and charged Corbin with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1stdegree 1st offense (drug unspecified) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Corbin was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. A short time after Trooper Bale left the jail, he was notified by jail staff that a glass smoke pipe had been located on Corbin. Corbin received an additional charge of Promoting Contraband 1st degree. Trooper Bale was assisted on the scene by the Columbia Police Department.

 

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On Monday, December 1, 2018, KSP Post 15 received a complaint of an adult male having sexual relations with a 14-year-old juvenile in Columbia. Troopers Marvin Blakey and Billy Begley spoke with the victim and she stated that she had been talking to a man on Snapchat. He showed up at her residence, she met him outside, they had sexual intercourse and he left. The female stated that the perpetrator was coming back to meet with her on December 8th, 2018. The snapchat messages confirmed that the male subject knew he was meeting with a juvenile and they awaited the subjects arrival. Kentucky State Police and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office located and detained 39-year-old Samuel Hicks of Marysville, TN operating a 1999 Toyota Avalon. Hicks was advised of his Miranda rights by Trooper Begley and he confessed to having sexual relations with the juvenile.
 
Hicks was arrested and charged with Sodomy 3rd degree, Unlawful Transaction with a Minor 1st degree, Illegal Sex Act with someone under 16 years of age, and Prohibited Use of an Electronic Communication System to Procure a Minor (sexual offenses). Hicks was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. This case remains under investigation by Trooper Billy Begley who was assisted on the scene by Troopers Marvin Blakey & Clint Bale along with Adair Co. Sheriff's Deputy Joey Keith. 
 

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On Monday, December 10, 2018 at approximately 6:00amCT, Adair County Deputy Joey Keith responded to a single vehicle injury accident 7 miles west of Columbia on Edmonton Road. 56-year-old Mark Rheinschmidt of Michigan was traveling eastbound on Edmonton Road when for unknown reasons went off the right side of the road and struck a tree head-on. Rheinschmidt was treated on the scene by Adair EMS and transported to TJ Heath Columbia where he was taken by Air Evac to the University of Louisville hospital.
 
Deputy Keith was assisted on the scene by Deputy Durbin and Adair County EMS.
 

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On Monday, December 10, 2018 Adair County Deputy Josh Durbin was dispatched to a 2-vehicle injury accident 8 miles east of Columbia on Russell Springs Road. The accident occurred when 82-year-old Joe Conover of Columbia, KY was westbound in a 1996 Dodge Dakota when he attempted to make a left turn into a private driveway and pulled into the path of a 2005 Chrysler being operated by 52-year old Robert McCann of Columbia, KY. A passenger, Patricia McCann of Columbia, KY was taken by Adair County EMS to TJ Heath Columbia for treatment of her injuries.
 
Deputy Durbin is the investigating officer and was assisted on the scene by Adair County EMS.
 

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The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 6:00pmCT in the Adair Annex Basement.
 
AGENDA
 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
                                 
1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES      
  •  November 13 2018 Special-Regular
  •  November 28, 2018 Special    
3. DISBURSEMENTS
 
4. REPORTS  
  • SHERIFF'S REPORT
  • ROAD DEPARTMENT REPORT 
  • G.R.A.S. REPORT 
  • COMMITTEE REPORTS
  • JAIL REPORT
 
5. TREASURER
  • TREASURER'S REPORT
  • APPROVAL TO ADD LINE IN BUDGET FOR SHERIFF CONTRIBUTION
 
6. BUDGET AMENDMENTS 
 
7. TRANSFERS
  • LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
  • FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
 
8.    COURT ORDERS
9.    READING OF ROADS
 
10. ACTION  ITEMS:
  • Approval of County Clerk 2019 Budget
  • Approval of County Sheriff 2019 Budget
  • Rescind Motion on Federal Grant for Co. Attorney
  • Appointment of 2 Extension Board Members
                                                                                                                     
11.  OTHER BUSINESS
12.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
13.  ADJOURN
 
This meeting is open to the public.
 

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CLINTON COUNTY - According to officials, a man is being held in the Clinton County Jail after being accused of attacking his three-year-old niece and slitting her throat.

 

The local sheriff told reporters in Lexington that the little girl is in critical condition at a hospital.

 

According to authorities, Emanuel Fluter slit his niece's throat on Saturday at a home on Beatty Creek Road in Albany.

 

According to Fluter’s arrest citation, the victim’s father heard the child screaming over a baby monitor.

 

Neighbors told reporters they were shocked.

 

"They're such a beautiful family the kids, mom, and the dad, they are very friendly the kids are out in the yard playing a lot. It was just extremely heartbreaking. I just can't imagine someone being able to do that."

 

Fluter was charged with first degree assault and first degree wanton endangerment. Officials say more charges are possible.

 

The jail told Lexington reporters that no mugshot is available because Fluter has been acting too violent to have his picture taken.

 

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A Russell County man was arrested on Friday for animal torture, assault & wanton endangerment.
 
Brently Ray Vaught, 35, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested after he reportedly beat a cat to death with a baseball bat, and then held a loaded rifle to the heads of a woman and 4 year old son.
 
Vaught was charged with Animal Torture, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree and Assault 4th degree (domestic violence). He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center by Russell Springs Police Officer Nathan Antle.
 

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