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November 28, 2016 Indians Basketball Preview

Kel&breeze:  Senior Kel Stotts initiates the offense
at practice last week while head coach Deron Breeze
looks on.  Stotts is one of several dangerous scorers
suiting up for the Tribe this year.

Carter&payne:  Layndon Carter goes up for a three
in practice last Tuesday while fellow sophomore
Anthony Payne watches from the wing.  Both
underclassmen will be expected to provide instant
offense and backcourt depth this season.

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HOPES ARE HIGH FOR INDIANS IN 16-17

Deron Breeze enters his second season at the helm
with plenty of returning talent

By Wes Feese

Media Relations, Adair County Schools

Football season is over and temperatures are
steadily dropping.  Days are getting shorter
and Christmas decorations are starting to pop
up here and there.  Basketball has returned, and
the Indians take the court tomorrow at Cumberland
County for the first contest of the season.

The Adair County High School boys’ varsity team
won 21 games a year ago, in head coach Deron
Breeze’s first season, but lost to Marion County in
the first round of the 20th District Tournament. 
The Tribe returns almost everyone and has added
another talented guard to the mix in senior Kel Stotts,
who transferred back to Adair County after playing the
last three seasons in Russell County, so hopes are high.

“We have high expectations entering this year after a
disappointing end to last season,” Breeze says.  “We
return over 6,000 career points on the high school level
so we should be able to score with anyone, as long as
we put our individual egos aside and take good shots.”

Seniors Chance Melton and Cameron Lasley – along with
junior Corey Melton – each averaged more than 15 points
per game for Adair last year, and Stotts’ presence on the
perimeter only enhances the scoring options.  Senior point
guard Jordan Lasley is expected to be the man distributing
the ball, but he’s battled lingering football injuries throughout
the preseason, and could miss a few games early on.  Senior
forward Dylan Feese was the Indians’ sixth man last year,
and figures to feature prominently again this year, providing
size down low and a formidable shooting stroke.

Like last year, the Indians will try to overwhelm teams with
their athleticism, playing at a fast pace on offense and
applying pressure and forcing turnovers on defense.  Breeze
hopes to see continued improvement in those aspects. 
“Our biggest weakness right now is our physical and mental
toughness,” Breeze says.  “Too many times we get down and
want to point fingers rather than figure out a way to fight back.”

One area where Adair expects to improve greatly is depth,
with several underclassmen pushing to earn minutes.  “We
should be a lot deeper,” says assistant coach Daniel Hedges. 
“[Sophomores] Layndon Carter and Anthony Payne are both
really good offensive players, and their defense is coming on.” 
Others vying for court time include senior forward Chris Abston,
junior guard Hunter Cundiff, and sophomore forward Devin
Richardson.

The fate of this season is yet to be determined, but the pieces
are set for a successful campaign.  “If we defend and rebound
and don’t turn the ball over, we will accumulate a lot of wins”
Breeze says.  “We have to get out of district first then hope for
a good draw in region and see what happens.  We have to stay
healthy.”

The Tribe’s first home game will be this coming Friday, Dec. 2,
against Green County.  Tipoff is 7 p.m.  Check back tomorrow
for a preview of James Turner’s Lady Indians.

 

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November 28, 2016 Jabez woman arrested

A Jabez woman has been arrested by members
of the Russell County Sheriff’s Department on a
drug trafficking warrant.

Teresa Ledford, 50, was taken into custody at her
residence at 1264 Hwy. 3277 around 4:00 p.m.
Monday by Deputy Evan Burton and Det. Joey
Hoover on a warrant accusing her of Trafficking in
a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Oxycodone).
The charge stems from a traffic stop earlier this month.

Ledford was processed and lodged in the Russell
County Detention Center.

Citizens can report illegal drug activity or other
criminal acts ANONYMOUSLY by calling or texting
the Russell County Sheriff’s Crime Tip-Line at
270-566-9111.

 

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November 28, 2016 Arson investigation

Columbia, Ky. (November 28, 2016) – Post 15 Arson
Investigator, Alex Wesley is looking into a fire that
occurred at the residence of Troy Young of 4492 Knifley
Road in Adair County.  Post 15 received a call on Friday
morning, November 25th, 2016 at approximately 5:35 AM
CST from a neighbor stating that a truck, trailer and ATV
were on fire in the driveway.  The ATV and trailer were
burned and the truck was painted with graffiti.  
The fire is believed to have started after 4:00 AM CST.  
Anyone that may have been in the area at that time or
anyone with information is asked to contact Detective
Wesley at Post 15 in Columbia by calling 1-800-222-5555.  
A $1000.00 reward for information leading to an indictment
is available by calling the Target Arson Hotline at
1-800-27ARSON.    
 
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November 27, 2016 Collision accident

Edmonton, Ky. (November 28, 2016) – Tpr. Nick Davis is
investigating a collision that occurred on Sunday, November 27th,
2016 at approximately 9:30 PM CST on Mt. Moriah road.
 19-year-old Devin Bass, of Cave City, was operating a northbound
2004 Dodge Ram when, for unknown reasons, he lost control of
the vehicle, slid sideways off of the roadway and struck a utility pole.  
Bass was wearing a seatbelt and was transported to TJ Sampson
Hospital in Glasgow for treatment of non life threatening injuries.  
Tpr. Davis was assisted by the Metcalfe County Sheriff's Department.  

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November 27, 2016 Fatal hunting accident

One man is dead following a hunting related accident in

Metcalfe County. 

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife received

the call just after eight Sunday morning.

Fish and Wildlife says 31-year-old Herbert Lattin was

deer hunting with his 10-year-old son in a deer stand

when he sustained an accidental gun shot wound to

the head. 

Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky Department of Fish

and Wildlife, Metcalfe County Sheriff's Office and Metcalfe

County Fire and EMS all responded to the scene. 

Lattin was pronounced dead at the scene by the Metcalfe

County Coroner's Office. 

The investigation is still ongoing, and is being led by the

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.