Local News: September 2

Jane Reed celebrated her retirement Tuesday afternoon at a ceremony at Adair County Elementary School. 

After more than three decades in the Adair County School system, Jane Reed celebrated her last day at work Wednesday. Although she was a curriculum specialist at Adair County Elementary School at the time of her retirement, Reed spent most of her career at John Adair Middle School where she was a beloved science teacher to an entire generation of Adair County students. 
"Jane Reed is what every teacher--young and old--strives to be," Principal Steve Burton says. "She's an absolutely great teacher and everyone knows that but for those of us who know her well, she's an even better person."
Prior to her last day, several dozen friends, family, and colleagues both past and present gathered at ACES Tuesday afternoon for a celebration in Reed's honor.
Burton attributes Reed's popularity among students and colleagues to her willingness to go the extra mile to offer help. "She's brought students clothes, taken them food, taken them out in the summer--basically been a mother to a lot of kids," Burton says. "Just being around her has made me want to be better--a better principal. In my eyes they don't come any better--she's the top of the mountain."
September is School Attendance Awareness Month nationwide, and in that spirit the Adair County School District is embracing the opportunity to educate students, parents, and the community about the importance of strong attendance. According to Director of Pupil Personal Robbie Harmon, missed days put students at an incredible disadvantage academically, creating an achievement gap that can be incredibly difficult to close.
"The data shows that missing 10-percent of the school days, or just two or three days a week, translates into lower reading mastery," Harmon explains. "Last year we had more than 50 kids with 30-plus absences. As hard as our teachers work, we can never regroup those days of lost education. I can't overstate how important attendance is."
While absences are clearly an issue that the district has wrestled with for years, Harmon believes there is hope to solve the problem. "This is something we can fix if schools, and students work together on it," he says. "That's why we have all these things going on this month. September 20 is High Attendance Day in our schools and some of our schools are having other attendance-based competitions."
There are other motivating factors that should keep students in school as well. Students with more than seven unexcused absences are subject to truancy charges, and must answer to the County Attorney, District Judge, and a truancy worker about their attendance.
"We never want to end up in court, but our main objective is to get students in school where they can reach their full potential," Harmon says. "Our goal this year is a 95-percent, and that came from District Judge Mike Loy. He said, 'Let's strive for 95." Last year, Adair County students' attendance rate was 94.7-percent. 
To formally recognize September as School Attendance Awareness Month in Columbia and Adair County, Mayor Curtis Hardwickand Judge-Executive Mike Stephens will sign a joint proclamation Tuesday, September 6 in the Courthouse Annex basement at 9 a.m. The public is invited to attend.  
Taylor County Sheriff's Department is investigating a two unit accident occurring on September 1, 2016. Ronnie S. Pittman of Campbellsville was traveling East on Kentucky HWY 70, Liberty Rd. approximately 5 miles east of Campbellsville. James S. Roution of Campbellsville was traveling west on  Kentucky HWY 70, Liberty Rd. approximately 5 miles east of Campbellsville. Pittman crossed the center line and struck Roution head on. Both drivers were transported by CTCEMS to Taylor Regional Hospital for injuries sustained in the accident. Pittman was later transferred to U of L for his injuries. Roution was released from Taylor Regional Hospital. Deputy Branden Wilson was assisted on scene by CTCEMS, CTC Fire/Rescue, Taylor County Volunteer Fire Departmental and the Campbellsville Police Department.
Kentucky State Police, Post 15, will be conducting safety traffic checkpoints in the Post 15 area which includes Washington, Marion, Taylor, Green, Casey, Russell, Adair, Metcalfe, Monroe, Clinton and Cumberland. Troopers will be checking for impaired drivers, children that are not properly restrained in child safety and informing the public about the use of seat belts. These safety checkpoints will conducted in various locations throughout the Post 15 area that are experiencing a high ratio of vehicular crashes resulting in injury and/or death compared to relatively low safety restraint usage ratio.
During the month of August 2016, there were 15 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area and in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor, and Washington.
There were two fatal collisions during the month of August in the Post 15 area.
This brings our yearly fatality count to 21 compared with 21 through this same period in 2015. Statewide fatality count stands at 518 compared with 481 through this same period in 2015. 

During the month of August 2016, there were 953 citations written, 153 courtesy notices written, 1346 vehicles inspected, 716 complaints answered 70 motorists assisted, 56 criminal cases opened and 214 criminal arrest made.
Adair Co. Sheriff's Department Activity Report for August, 2016:
45 warrants of arrest served
5 criminal cases opened
7 call response reports written
11 domestic abuse cases worked
10 non-injury accidents worked
3 injury accidents worked
27 out of county transports
15 citations written for criminal activity
43 civil process papers served
32 criminal summonses served
11 subpoenas served
632 hours of court security provided
161 vehicle inspections done
10 animal complaints
10 motor assists
526 911 calls 
The 5th Annual Reach Out for Kosair Kids raised $38,000.00 for Kosair Charities!  


On September 8th approximately 3:30 pm Adair County Sheriffs office responded to a three vehicle injury accident about 6 miles North of Columbia on Hwy 55 North. Upon arrival 74 year old Larry Harrah of Campbellsville was stopped in the roadway in his 1999 Chevy suburban due to construction work on the roadway. Witnesses state that a second vehicle stopped behind Harrah being a 2006 Pontiac Grand-am operated by 49 year old Ronald Gadberry of Columbia. Gadberry also had a passenger in his vehicle 22 year old Dillion Burton of Columbia. Witnesses state that a third vehicle a 2006 Hyundai Sonata operated by 21 year old Alisa Johnston of Leitchfield failed to stop in time and struck the Gadberry vehicle causing it to strike the Harrah vehicle. Passenger in the Gadberry vehicle
22 year old Dillon Burton was treated on the scene by Adair County Ems and transported to TJ Hospital of Columbia and later airlifted to University Of Louisville Hospital for injuries sustained. All other victims in the crash refused medical treatment. Deputy Hitch is the investigating officer assisted on the scene by Sheriff Harrison Moss and other emergency personnel.



Post 15 is asking for help with locating 17-year-old Camryn Hope Cooper from the Caneyville area in Grayson County, KY.  She walked away from Liberty Ranch Rehab in Kings Mountain, KY in the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 7th.  

Camryn is a 5'6" white female, weighing 120 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes.  She has a "unalome" tattoo on her left upper forearm, a triangle with eye tattoo on her left lower forearm, a cross tattoo on her abdomen, three black roses on her left shoulder and a stick cross tattoo on her upper back.  

If anyone has any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555, through the KSP App or KSP social media.  Tpr. Mike Woodrum is investigating.  



Local News: Sept. 12, 2016

The Russell County Sheriff’s Department unveiled its multi-purpose vehicle this weekend at the Russell County Hospital’s Health Fair and the State Dock’s annual Poker Run. Sheriff Clete McAninch said, “We will utilize this vehicle as needed for meth lab cleanup operations, crime scene processing, safety checkpoints and critical incidents”. The vehicle is a 2006 model Ford ambulance and was purchased from the Russell County EMS. The design and application of the graphics, as well as several pieces of equipment for the vehicle, were paid for with funds provided by the Alcohol & Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) and Partners In Prevention (PIP).


The Columbia Police Department investigated a single vehicle collision Saturday Night resulting in Adair County man being injured. On 09-10-16 CPD officers and Adair County EMS responded to a single vehicle injury collision on Fairground street. Preliminary investigation shows that 20 year old Jordan Spoon of Columbia was travelling east when he lost control of his 2009 Chevrolet truck.  The truck left the right shoulder of the roadway struck an earth embankment and overturned .  The collision is being investigated by CPD Ofc. Josh Brockman who was assisted by Ofc. Charles Greer.


A two vehicle collision at approximately 7:45 p.m. Saturday claimed the life of a child and injured two other persons. RCSO Chief Deputy Nick Bertram’s preliminary investigation determined that Jessica G. Warriner, 26, of Jamestown, was operating a 2001 Honda Civic, attempting to cross KY 379 from French Valley Road to Blair School Road, and in doing so, pulled into the path of a 2006 Dodge truck that was southbound on KY 379, driven by James Gray, 49, of Jamestown, resulting in Gray’s truck colliding with the passenger side of the car. Warriner’s daughter, Chloe Fortenberry, 3, was a passenger in the car. All three were transported by Russell County EMS to the Russell County Hospital. Chloe Fortenberry was airlifted to the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville where she died early Sunday morning. Jessica Warriner was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital where she is reported to be in stable condition. James Gray was treated at the Russell County Hospital and later released. The investigation is ongoing by Chief Deputy Nick Bertram. Also responding and assisting at the scene were Deputy Ethan Pike, Russell Springs Police Officers Bobby Pritchard & Nathan Bradshaw and members of the Russell Springs Fire Department.


This is official notification that the Regular School Board Meeting that is scheduled for Thursday, September 15, 2016 has been rescheduled to Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Adair County Board of Education Conference Room. This meeting is considered a Special Regular School Board Meeting due to the change in date.  The public is invited to attend. 


Local News: August 31, 2016

A family recently lost everything in a house fire. They had young children--an 18 month old girl and two 8-year old twin boys. The contact person helping this family is asking for clothes and toys for the kids. Call 270-250-2665 if you have any children's clothes and toys to donate. 

Five Adair County High School juniors recently took home a first place award at the Kentucky State Fair for their incredible restoration of a 1947 Farmall tractor.
Sam Baker, Mason Carter, Preston Cundiff, Dylan Hancock, and Matthew McCarol began work on the project almost a year ago, and continued their efforts even during summer break, finally finishing the job in July. 
The young men won first place honors in the best Agriculture Mechanics Exhibit at the fair. 
Tpr. Adam Likins is investigating a collision that occurred Sunday, August 28th at approximately 3:45 CST 4 miles south of Liberty on KY 837. 67-year-old Tommy Valdez, of Bethelridge, KY was operating a northbound 1995 Ford pickup when he lost control, left the roadway and struck a tree. Valdez was airlifted to UK Medical Center. The cause of the condition is still under investigation.
The Adair County ABC currently has these three pending license applications:
--Coomer's Trading Post on Fairplay Road has applied for an NQ Malt Beverage License with the NQ-4 add on license
--Breeding County Mart on Burkesville Road has applied for an NQ Malt Beverage License
--Ridge Runner Liquors on rattler Curry Road has applied for Quota Retail Package License and NQ Retail Malt Beverage License.
NQ Malt Beverage Licenses are simply for the sale of malt beverage by the package. NQ-4 allows the sale of malt beverage by the drink. A Quota Retail Package License is for the sale of wine and spirits by the package. 
Licenses marked as NQ are considered Non-Quota -- there is essentially no limit to the number of license issued. NQ Malt Beverage Licenses are typically for gas stations, grocery or county store.
Th deadline to apply for first consideration of Quota Retail Package License was last Friday, August 26th.
The Adair County ABC office urges those interested in applying fore Quota Retail Package License to get their applications submitted as soon as possible. 
(By Shannon Sexton, Deputy Adair ABC Commissioner)
Crews are nearing completion of the Heartland Parkway (KY 55) project in Adair County. 
The $6.99 million project includes 2+1 passing lanes from the Columbia Bypass (mile point 15) to the Adair/Taylor County line (mile point 22). A 2+1 road design has a continuous three-lane cross section with alternating passing lanes.
On Thursday, crews will begin to remove barrels, which will open the alternating passing lanes. Motorist are reminded to pay close attention to signage and roadway stripping to distinguish which direction has the right of way for passing .Date is subject to change to due inclement weather or unforeseeable delays.
Gaddie Shamrock LLC is the prime contractor the $7 million project.
Taylor County Sheriffs Office's is investigating the one-unit automobile accident occurring on August 29, 2016. Dannie Cox was traveling west on Stoner Creek Road, crossed over the east bound lane, left the roadway and traveled down the ditch line. At some point, Mr. Cox was ejected from the vehicle. He was treated at the scene by Taylor County EMS and transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for additional treatment for possible back and neck injuries. He was later released. 


Local News: August 29, 2016

Russell County Coroner's Office and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are conducting an investigation into the death of a 64 year old man which occurred at the Lake Cumberland State Dock, Jamestown, KY. The name is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin. He was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained when falling in the water and striking an operating boat propeller on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 10:27 PM CST by Russell County Coroner, Michael Reynolds. An autopsy is scheduled to be completed at the Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort, KY. Russell County EMS, Kentucky State Police, and Jamestown Fire Department assisted at the scene. Both agencies are still conducting a joint investigation. Further information will be provided at a later date. 

Just before 10:00 p.m. Friday (August 26) members of the Russell County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky State Police and Russell County EMS responded to a reported shooting at 595 Little Clifty Road, approximately 3 miles west of Russell Springs. 
Upon arrival of first-responders, the body of Montie Hale Pendleton, 66, of Dunnville, was laying in the driveway. Montie Pendleton had been shot once in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene by Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Coots. 
The victim's son, Eric Wayne Pendleton, 39, of Russell Springs, was arrested for murder and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. 
An autopsy will be preformed on the body of Montie Pendleton at the state medical examiner;s office in Frankfort.
The investigation is continuing by the Russell County Coroner's office, Russell County Sheriff's Department and Kentucky State Police. 
Students in the Adair County School system will be let out early every Friday, at 1 p.m., starting next week and continuing through April. 
Early release Fridays provide teachers--who will stay at school until 3 p.m.--with an opportunity to plan, work on their curriculum, collaborate with other teachers, and implement new educational strategies based on data. Students may stay at school if they wish, but bus transportation will not be provided after 1 p.m.
"If students are having difficulty in a subject or just need to catch up on some work, they can stay and use that time if they want to or if their parents want the to," Director of Pupil Personnel Robbie Harmon says. "Parents in that situation should contact their student's school for more details."
A two vehicle, head-on collision Friday morning sent two persons to area hospital.
Deputy Evan Burton's preliminary investigation determined that a 2006 Ford Escape operated by Robin Doss, 41, of Russell Springs, was on the wrong side of the roadway and struck head-on a 1998 Chevrolet truck being operated by Jarrod Hadley, 29, of Jamestown. 
The wreck occurred at 7:30 a.m. on Wooldridge School Rd., about four miles south of Jamestown. 
Deputy Burton located Doss in a nearby wooded area after she attempted to flee the accident scene. 
Doss was transported by Russell County EMS to the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset for treatment of a fractured ankle and other possible injuries.
Hadley was taken by private vehicle to the Russell County Hospital for examination and treatment.
Deputy Burton's investigation is continuing. Criminal charges against Doss are forthcoming. 
Taylor County Sheriff Department investigated a one vehicle accident, about a mile down Cave Road off HWY 289. A black GMC pickup, driven by Ronald Curry, 24, of Campbellsville was traveling West bound on Cave Road when he lost control and failed to negotiate a curve, resulting in him leaving the roadway and striking a tree. Curry was entrapped and removed from the vehicle by EMS. He was drove to a near by location and Airlifted out with head, chest, and leg injuries. His status is unknown at this time. Speed and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors in the accident. 
Taylor County Sheriff Department investigated a one vehicle accident, which occurred on Stoner Creek Road. As the  vehicle rounded a curve, the Stewart reported the steering assembly malfunctioned. Stewart crossed over the east bound lane, made contact with a guard rail and overturned. Stewart was treated at the scene by Taylor County EMS and was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for additional treatment for possible head and neck injuries. Her condition is unknown at this time.