March 27, 2017

Adair County fatal collision

  Tpr. Scott Curry is investigating a collision that occurred today at 1:47 AM CST at KY 55 and KY 551 when a northbound 2003 Ford truckstruck a guardrail that resulted in the vehicle catching fire.  It was completely engulfed in flames when investigators arrived.  

The remains of a lone occupant, the operator, were discovered in the vehicle after the fire was extinguished. The operator was unable to be identified due to injuries sustained from the fire.  A positive identification will be determined prior to the release of the suspected operator's name.  An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday. 


ACSO investigating an injury accident on Campbellsville road and the bypass

Deputy Josh Durbin is investigating a three vehicle injury collision that occurred on Sunday march 26, 2017 on Campbellsville Road and the Columbia Bypass.

22 year old Toni Hickman was traveling south on north 55 in a 2004 Oldsmobile when she struck a 2007 Chevy Yukon being operated by 65 year old Ruth Blackwell in the rear of her vehicle as the Yukon was stopped at a stop light. The Yukon then struck a 2016 Hyundai being operated by 25 year old noel Wilson of Columbia.

Hickman was transported by EMS to TJ hospital for treatment of her injuries. Wilson and Blackwell was taken by private means to the hospital for their injuries. Deputy Durbin was assisted on the scene by Adair County EMS, Deputy Justin Cross, and the Columbia police department.

Deputy Joey Keith with the Adair County Sheriffs Office responded to a single vehicle injury accident Saturday march, 25, 2017 approximately four miles down south 55. A 14 year old male juvenile was driving north on south 55 in a 1996 Toyota when he lost control of his vehicle going off the right side of the road overturning several times and was ejected from the vehicle. The male juvenile and a 16 year old female passenger was taken by Adair County EMS to TJ hospital in Columbia. The male was later airlifted to UK children's hospital in Lexington. Deputy Joey Keith is investigating and charges are likely. Deputy Keith was assisted on the scene by Adair County EMS and Columbia police officers Jamie Cole and Jorden Dean


March 23, 2017

Arrest of public official CARROLLTON, KY. – Kentucky State Police, Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations – West (DE/SI West) arrested the Sheriff of Carroll County, Jamie Kinman, and charged him with 2 counts of Burglary and 2 counts of Theft of a Controlled Substance. The investigation is ongoing.----------
Clinton County INJURY collision
Albany, Ky. (March 22, 2017) – Tpr. Jason Warinner is investigating a collision that occurred today at 6:45 PM CST at the intersection on KY 738 and US 127.  67-year-old Peggy Groce, of Albany, was operating a westbound 2012 KIA Forte on KY 738, failed to yield the right-of-way to a northbound 1998 Kenworth dump truck operated by 61-year-old Keith Anderson, of Burkesville, on US 127.  Groce pulled into the path of the dump truck and was struck.  Groce was airlifted to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, TN. where she remains in critical condition.  Anderson refused treatment at the scene and was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.  Tpr. Warinner was assisted at the scene by multiple agencies from Clinton County.

March 22, 2017

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. — An Elizabethtown man is accused of
soliciting sex from a minor online. Authorities said Timothy Walters,
50, became the subject of an investigation after he posted an ad
online seeking sex with a juvenile.

Walters works for the post office, and it was U.S. postal inspectors
that helped investigators locate him.
Kentucky's Attorney General said Walters is one of nearly 80 arrests,
indictments and convictions aimed at online child predators since last year.
“The Attorney General is the chief advocate and protector for our
Kentucky families, and it’s our job to ensure our communities are
safe by taking off the streets anyone who would exploit children,”
Andy Beshear said. “I want to thank the United States Postal
Inspectors and the Elizabethtown Police Department for working with
my office on this case.”
Authorities said during his arrest Monday, Walters admitted to
sending sexually explicit photos of himself. We're told those pictures
were intended for a minor. But the recipient was actually an
undercover investigator with Kentucky's Cyber Crimes Unit.
Walters now faces a class D felony. Investigators also seized several
electronic devices from his home, as part of the investigation.

Adair County High School senior Dylan Feese signed a National
Letter of Intent Wednesday morning to continue his football career
at Kentucky Christian University.  Feese, a two-way starter on last
year’s 8-4 Indians squad, will play wide receiver for the Knights.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to keep playing football,” Feese said
at the conclusion of the signing.  “Kentucky Christian is a good school
and I think I will fit in well.”
Joined by his family and coaches, and in front of his teammates on
the Adair County football and basketball teams, Feese inked his
commitment following a few words from Indians’ head coach Clay
Stephens.  “We’re very happy for Dylan and very proud of him,”
Stephens said.  “He’ll be going to school at Kentucky Christian, which
is in Grayson, Ky., and plays in the Mid-South Conference. 
Congratulations to him for getting to play football for four more years.”
Feese finished last season with 24 catches for 222 yards, four
total touchdowns, 43 tackles, two fumble recoveries, and an interception. 
He is the second member of the Class of 2017 to sign with a college team,
following running back Jordan Lasley’s commitment to Lindsey Wilson
College earlier this year.


March 21, 2017

On Monday March, 20, 2017, Deputy Josh Durbin with the 
Adair County Sheriffs Office arrested 36 year old Larry Taylor of
Columbia, After finding a stolen vehicle at his home. Mr. Taylor was
found with the keys to the stolen vehicle in his possession. The
vehicle was stolen from McDonald's in Russell springs on Friday.
Mr Taylor was arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking auto
$500 or more but under $10,000.

Also arrested on the scene was 37 year old Susan Rooks Pollard for a
indictment warrant. Deputy Durbin is the investigating officer with
more charges pending Deputy Durbin was assisted on the scene by
Columbia Police Officer's Jorden Dean and Jamie Cole along with the
Russell Spring Police department.


Columbia Baptist Church is hosting a Glow-in-the-Dark Eggstravaganza
on Friday, April 14 at 5:30pm CST.  The whole community is invited to
this special event.  There will be food, fun, music, and a special glow-in-
the-dark egg hunt for the kids.  Come on out and enjoy the fun as we
celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.


The Free Soil Testing program sponsored by the Adair County Soil
Conservation District ends on March 31
st.  Landowners in Adair County are
eligible to receive 8 free soil tests for crops, pastures, lawns and/or gardens. 
When taking soil samples, remember that the results of a soil test are only as
good as the sample itself.  For questions about how to collect a soil sample,
contact the Extension Office at 270-384-2317.


The Adair County School Board unanimously approved a measure
last Thursday to begin a new, career-driven program at ACHS. 
CHIEF Nation, an acronym for Completing High School in Early
Format, will allow eligible seniors the opportunity to enter the
workforce in their second semester while technically remaining
enrolled in school.
“We’re excited to help kids begin their futures,” says ACHS guidance
counselor Ann Young.  “We’re confident that we will be sending our
students out well-prepared to start the next phase in their life.”
ACHS career readiness counselor Robin Loy worked with Young to
establish the program’s objectives and implementation, and says
CHIEF Nation is simply another way for the high school to present
its students with options and opportunities for success. 
“The goal is to get kids who have completed all of their required high
school coursework into meaningful work experiences,” Loy says.  “It’s
an early career model similar to our early college model [which allows
students to take college courses while still enrolled in high school]. 
This is for the kids that are ready to go to work, that are ready for that
next transition.”
Administrators at ACHS will take applications to determine who gets
into the program, which requires completion of high school credits,
meeting career readiness benchmarks, and – depending on the career
choice – some type of work certification.  While students in CHIEF
Nation will not attend school, they will remain eligible for all
extracurricular activities, including prom and participation in sports. 
Loy will meet with each student in the program on a monthly basis to
monitor progress and offer resources and support in the school-to-work
transition.  Loy expects 20-30 students to participate next year, with
that number possibly growing in subsequent school years.
“Most of the students who get into the program will have earned
industry certification,” Loy explains.  “They’ll be ready to go out and
apply the skills that they learned here at ACHS, but they’ll still get to
graduate in May or June with their classmates.” 
CHIEF Nation is a byproduct of the change in accountability models
to which the district must adhere.  The focus the past few years has
been on college and career readiness for all students, but the new
accountability model concerns itself more with transition to one pursuit
or the other.  “Instead of making kids college and career ready, now it’s
about making them ready for either the academic transition or the work
transition,” Loy says.  “We feel like this program is a good way to help
the students making that transition into a career.”
District Board Chairwoman Lisa Burton says she was happy to support
and vote in favor of instituting the program.  “It just gives students that
aren’t going into college the chance to get an earlier start in their careers,
whether it’s the military, farming, welding, healthcare, or something else,”
Burton says.  “If they can get that head start on their careers, I think it
will be a good thing for them, and hopefully a good thing for us.”

A Community Baby Fair will be held April 18th at 5:00 at Adair
County Elementary School.  The Fair is for any expectant Adair County
parent or parent with a child less than 6 months old.  At the Fair there
will be educational booths with valuable information about pregnancy,
child development and child safety.  There will be lots of great door prizes,
gift bags and refreshments.  Participants are asked to register for the
Community Baby Fair by calling a Family Resource Center at 270-384-9112
or 270-384-9752.  



March 20, 2017

While many bills passed through both legislative chambers
this week, it was House Bill (HB) 520, the legislation to create
an opportunity for public charter schools in Kentucky, that
dominated the news. I know that many of you, especially my
districtwide public school educators, may be disappointed in my
vote to support public charter schools in Kentucky.  While it is
inevitable that constituents will never agree on every vote I take,
I prayerfully consider all views and guidance in the job that I do
as your state senator.  Please allow this op/ed to provide you with
information on what a charter school is, the rationale for making
the decision that I did, and how public charters will be established
in Kentucky. 
I will also be publishing a follow-up letter in the coming days
detailing the entire funding process that the state will use when
it comes to Kentucky public charter schools.  I hope this will
better educate you on the issue and provide more insights into
the truth about charter schools.  I have championed for being an
honest and transparent legislator, so my apologies for the details
and length for this communication.  I must also give credit to
Representative Addia Wuchner for statistics and written details
found within this letter that she provided.
As a state legislator, a public school graduate, and as a parent
of children currently in the public school system, I have worked
and supported our schools for years.  My core fundamental belief
has always been that education is a parent's choice, be it public,
private, Christian, homeschool, etc. 
In the past weeks I have seen and received phone calls, texts,
emails, tweets, and Facebook posts featuring discussions about
charter schools in Kentucky.  House Bill 520 does not open the
door for private charter school providers to pop up all over the
state and take over the Kentucky public school system.  With
HB 520, public charter schools would have to be authorized/
approved by local school boards before implementation or
authorized by the mayors in Jefferson and Fayette counties
(for those counties only).  This process gives local control
decision if a county wants to implement a charter school or not.
The argument that public charters pose a threat to our local
public education system is completely inaccurate. Public charter
schools will be a part of our public education system. The only
institutions that should feel threatened by public charter schools
are those that have failed students. Public charter schools will
provide the parents of those students with additional public
school options. Parents will not remove their children from schools
where their needs are being met.  As the son of a former college
basketball coach, I think competition is a good thing.  I have seen
schools in my Senate district raise their educational gains from
“proficient” to “distinguished” because of competition.  Maybe,
just maybe, having public charters in our larger urban areas can
help our public schools desire to be more than just the status quo.  
Both of my parents are former public school educators.  I, like
my wife, am a product of public school education.  I have great
respect for all educators and value our traditional public schools. 
I am especially proud of the public schools in my own Senate
district. As your Kentucky State Senator, I take very seriously the responsibility and trust the people have placed with me.  While
our area public schools are not failing by any means, as a |
Commonwealth, we do have many low and underperforming
public schools, especially in the urban areas.  Even though I
represent seven south central Kentucky counties, I cannot have
a blind eye when it comes to our overall statewide public
education.  When we fail in the education of one student, we
fail in providing them the building blocks for their future and
our state's future.  This failure has detrimental social and
economic ramifications for families, communities, and the
The Kentucky General Assembly has a responsibility to provide
additional educational options for those students who are in
public schools with scores that repeatedly demonstrate
deficiencies. As legislators, we have a responsibility to the
students whose future successes depend on their educational
experiences, to their parents who entrust their children to
public education, and to the taxpayers who fund our public
Opponents of HB 520 worry that public charter schools will
draw money away from traditional public schools. Charter
schools would be funded with public dollars on a per-pupil
basis much like traditional public schools are funded. Specified
funding would “follow” students as a transfer from a traditional
public school to a public charter school. Public education dollars
would continue to be disbursed to school districts based on the
number of students they serve. Neither school districts nor
public charter schools have a right to public education funding.
Funds are allocated for students’ education, and those funds
should follow students to whatever public school they attend.  
As stated in my opening paragraph, I will be providing a follow-up
letter on the exact methodology and formula for public charter
school funding.
The only way for a public charter school to be authorized locally
is by local school board authorization. I want to repeat that
again...public charter schools would have to be authorized by
your LOCAL school boards, meaning that it is up to our local
school boards to decide if their county wants to start a charter
school or not thus eliminating a plethora of charter schools
statewide.  I have a hard time seeing any rural local school
boards wanting to create & authorize a public charter school in
their local communities.  As authorizers, those boards would
have the responsibility of providing oversight for public charter
schools. House Bill 520 holds public charter schools to a much
higher standard of accountability than traditional public schools
in Kentucky. Not only would public charter schools be required
to participate in the state assessment and accountability system,
they would also be required to meet the academic performance
standards agreed upon in their charters. Charter schools that
fail to meet or make significant progress toward meeting those
standards would be closed by local school board authorizers.  
Public charter schools have been shown to have a positive impact
on student performance across the country. However, there are
also horrific stories of charter schools that have failed miserably. 
Charters’ greatest academic gains have been with low-income
students and students of color; the very students Kentucky’s
traditional public schools have struggled most to reach. The addition
of public charter schools in Kentucky through HB 520 provides
education leaders and educators across the state with an
additional tool for meeting the needs of those students. 
Given the performance of low-income students across the
Commonwealth, that additional help is sorely needed. According
to a study on the student performance gap by the Kentucky
Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS):
·         75% of students in grades 4-6 performing in the bottom
third of students on Kentucky state assessment (K-PREP)
qualified for free and reduced-price lunches (FRL). 
·         56% of all students qualifying for FRL performed in the
bottom third in reading or mathematics.
·         66% of all African-American students performed in the
bottom third in reading or mathematics. 
Kentuckians need all available tools to help these students. And
while public charter schools are not necessarily the right choice
for all students or even all districts, we have an obligation to
provide more choices to those who need them. We need to help
the students whose parents cannot afford private schools or do
not have the opportunity to homeschool, especially in Jefferson &
Fayette counties.  It is my hope that House Bill 520 will provide |
that choice and a chance for those students to succeed.
In closing, I want to commend the bold leadership of the bill
sponsor, my friend and colleague, Representative Bam Carney.
  In my election as State Senator in 2014, not a single elected"
official on the state level came out in public support of me as a
candidate except for one, Representative Bam Carney.  Bam
believed in me and did what he thought was best for this area
in supporting me for public office, even though it was unpopular
among his political colleagues.  Bam has invested and spent over
twenty years as a public school educator.  Bam's best interest is
in the kids and it always will be.  This is not about lobbyist pressure,
Governor pressure, etc., when it comes to Bam.  It is unfair seeing
the amount of hateful comments that have been hurled his way in
the wake of sponsoring this particular bill.  I know it comes with
the territory as an elected official...we volunteered to run for these
jobs, we were not drafted.
Will HB520 be the silver bullet to fix the failing schools in our
state...no.  Could this legislation end up being a failure in the Commonwealth...possibly.  There is no way to predict what any
legislative outcome will be when first passed.  In my three years
in public office, I have yet to find the “perfect” bill.  In fact, I will
never find a “perfect” bill as long as I am in office because all bills
have flaws.  I hope that in five to ten years our inner city and our
rural schools are performing better than before and that proper
credit can be given to an educator that took a bold step, one that
may have been unpopular at the time but was needed.  I hope
that then Bam Carney is not given the cold shoulder but rather
the pat on the back that he justly deserves.  
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your State Senator.
If you have any questions or comments about these issues or any
other public policy issue, please call me toll-free at 1-800-372-7181
or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You can also review the
Legislature’s work online at www.lrc.ky.gov.


The Adair County Retired Teachers Association will have its
quarterly meeting on Tuesday, March 21, 10amCT, at the Health
Department, 801 Westlake Drive. Our meetings are for all Adair
County retired teachers and those who reside in Adair County
regardless of the county or counties where you were employed.
We will be welcoming new retirees at this meeting. Our speaker
will be Destiny Greer, Diabetes Educator and Living Well Coordinator
for Adair County. 
 Also, please bring a canned food item for our Food Pantry or
JOY Ministries. We welcome all retired teachers to our meetings
and look forward to great fellowship together! 
 Ellen Zornes, President, Adair County Retired Teachers Association