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local News November 4, 2016

Third  Student Lost in Last Firday's AccidentLast Friday’s tragic accident claimed its third life Wednesday morning when Adair County Middle School student Raquel Anyega passed away after spending several days in critical condition at UK Medical Center.  While the community continues to mourn Raquel’s loss, friends and teachers say they will cherish their memories with her for the rest of their lives.
 
Raquel was a promising young athlete, competing last year for ACHS’ track team as a seventh grader, but friends say they’ll remember her most for her vibrant personality.  “Her eyes would light up a room,” says Ruthanna Logsdon, who met Raquel in kindergarten and has been one of her best friends ever since.  “They always looked so happy, and that’s what I’m going to miss seeing:  her eyes.”
 
Several others commented Raquel’s eyes as well, saying they held a captivating sparkle.  “She could just make eye contact with you and then if she’d laugh, you’d have to start laughing too,” says Karen Clark, another classmate and friend.  “We had so much fun together – sometimes we’d stay up until 5 in the morning cooking and listening to music and watching TV.  I’ll miss everything about her.”
 
In her 14 years, Raquel left quite an impression on both her peers and her teachers.  Sherry Cook, a Title I instructor at ACMS, had Raquel in class in both sixth and seventh grade, and says she was a wholly unique individual.  “Every day when I saw her I always said, ‘Hi, beautiful,’ and then she’d give me that bright smile,” Cook says.  “She really was too, beautiful inside and out.  I loved her, and I told her that regularly.  I don’t know how anyone could’ve known her and not loved her.”
 
Jamie McQueary, who taught Raquel last year as a seventh grader, shares a similar sentiment.  “I know that we’re not supposed to have favorites, but she was one of them,” McQueary says.  “She had a beautiful smile and such a sweet personality that drew everyone to her.  She absolutely loved her friends and family.  She loved life.”
 
Raquel was not known to take herself – or much of anything else, too seriously – and friends say they will miss her attitude and sense of humor.  “Her laugh, it was crazy,” says Jasmine McClintock, who, like Logsdon, met Raquel when they were in kindergarten.  “She was so funny; we could do anything together and make it fun.”
 
In addition to her joyful and entertaining demeanor, another common theme that emerges in conversations with Raquel’s friends is loyalty.  “She cared a lot about her friends and was never one to turn her back on you,” says classmate Billy Salmon, who sat beside Raquel in class and often ate breakfast with her in the mornings.  “She was just an amazing friend.  I’ll miss her.”
 
The entire Adair County School District expresses its deepest condolences to Raquel’s friends and family.
 
Raquel L. Anyega
Sept. 24,2002 – Nov. 2, 2016-----------Traffic on Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County – both northbound and southbound – will be reduced to one lane next week as crews perform pavement maintenance.The project area is from mile point 52.1 to mile point 73.4 – essentially the length of Rockcastle County. However, the lane reductions will be implemented in stages along the entire project area.Work will begin at approximately 6 a.m. and will reopen approximately 6 p.m. ET each day, Monday through Friday.The date and duration may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays.  
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NOVEMBER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEETING
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH
11:45 AM
ANDERSON’S PIZZERIAThis month's speakers will be our ACHS Rogers' and Governor's Scholars. Lauren McQuaide, a junior at ACHS, attended the Rogers' Scholar Program this past summer and is the daughter of Dr. Glenn and Mary Ann McQuaide. Cole Schmidt, a senior at ACHS, attended the Governor's Scholar Program this past summer and is the son of Dr. Chris and Rebecca Schmidt. We look forward to hearing about their life changing academic experiences.
Also Jim Leib, Employment Specialist ACHS, will be giving us more information on The Community Work Transition Program (CWTP) at the High School.
CWTP is designed to help our special students gain skills and resources to become Career Ready Workers and how our businesses can become involved------
Taylor County RECC’s consumers may receive a call requesting payment or their service will be
disconnected. If you receive a call soliciting payment do not give information to them or make any payment. Call Taylor County RECC to be sure of the status of your account. Call 270 465-4101 or 1 800 931-4551

Taylor Co. RECC

November 3, 2016

Attention: Taylor County RECC Members

Taylor County RECC’s consumers may receive a call requesting payment or their
service will be disconnected. If you receive a call soliciting payment do not give
information to them or make any payment. Call Taylor County RECC to be sure
of the status of your account. Call 270 465-4101 or 1 800 931-4551.

Boil Water Advisory lifted

As of 9:35 a.m. on November 3, 2016 the boil water advisory for customers on Weed Keltner Road, F. Akin Road, Dean Woods Road, Bennett Ridge Road, Morris Chapel Road, G. Sexton Road, Shively Parnell Road, Picket Mell Road, Pleasant Ridge Church Road and Keltnertown Road has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.

Thank you

Columbia Adair Utilities District

November 2, 2016

Taylor County Sheriff's Office reported a one vehicle accident on October 31, 2016 at 7:35 AM at Stoner Creek Road Jason Ammons, 38 of Turkey Flat Road Columbia was driving a   1999 Honda Shadow Motor Cycle East on Stoner Creek Road. A deer jump out in front of his vehicle cuasing the operator to lay his 1999 Honda cycle down. The motor cycle skidded several feet coming to rest in the grass. Jason Ammons was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Tayor County EMS for treatment for his non life threaten injuries. Rodney Cox is the investigating officer.
------During the month of October 2016, there were 25 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.
 
There were three fatal collisions during the month of October in the Post 15 area.
 
Emilee A Bowman, 18 years of age of Garrard Co KY was killed on 10/08/16 in Washington Co KY
Macie Drake, 15 years of age of Adair Co KY was killed on 10/28/16 in Adair Co KY
Abby Gail Curry, 15 years of age of Adair Co KY was killed on 10/28/16 in Adair Co KY
 
This brings our yearly fatality count to 29 compared with 27 through this same period in 2015.
Statewide fatality count stands at 668 compared with 627 through this same period in 2015.
 
During the month of October 2016, there were 700 citations written, 122 courtesy notices written, 1017 vehicles inspected, 573 complaints answered, 55 motorists assisted, 51 criminal cases opened and 106 criminal arrests made.
 
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ADAIR CO. SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY REPORT FOR OCTOBER, 201650     WARRANTS OF ARREST SERVED
7     CRIMINAL CASES OPENED
2     CALL RESPONSE REPORTS WRITTEN
9    DOMESTIC ABUSE CASES WORKED
15     NON-INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED
8          INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED
21    OUT OF COUNTY TRANSPORTS
30     CITATIONS WRITTEN FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
57     CIVIL PROCESS PAPERS SERVED
18    CRIMINAL SUMMONSES SERVED
37     SUBPOENAS SERVED
121.5    HOURS OF COURT SECURITY PROVIDED
134     VEHICLE INSPECTIONS DONE
19              ANIMAL COMPLAINTS
3    MOTOR ASSISTS
560           911 CALLS
----The City of Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a special called meeting at 5:45 p.m. CT, Thursday, November 3 at City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY. The purpose of the meeting is to review site development plans for the Franklin Strip Mall to be located at Dohoney Trace.
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The Columbia-Adair County Volunteer Fire Department will be having there annual Pancake fry on November 12, 2016.  It will start at 6:00 and run until noon.  Everyone is welcome and all proceeds go to the 2017 WHAS Crusade for Children.  The cost is 5.00 for all you care to eat pancakes, sausage, and milk, juice, or coffee.  come on down to the firehouse on Merchant Street and have breakfast with us,  and help a great cause. 

November 1, 2016

The Adair County Fire Department responded to a residential house fire at 842am on Monday 10-31-2016 at 2731 Russell Springs Road. Homeowners were William and Carolyn Burton. Upon arrival there was heavy fire from rear of house and the fire spread throughout the home causing severe damage. Firemen were on the scene for around 3 hours and were assisted by the Breeding Fire Department and Russell Springs Fire Department.
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Adair County Students Sadley Missed.
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN:  ABBY CURRY AND MACIE DRAKE, TWO SHINING STARS AT ACHS
 
By Wes Feese
Media Relations, Adair County SchoolsThis community lost two bright young ladies Friday when ACHS sophomores Abby Curry and Macie Drake, both 15, passed away in a tragic accident.  As Adair County continues to mourn the untimely loss, friends and educators reflect on their fondest memories of the two girls, and wish to share their recollections with the community, ensuring that their legacy will live on through those that knew them best.
 
Abby G. Curry:  Feb. 5, 2001 – Oct. 28, 2016
 
Quiet, kind, smart, and friendly.  Those are the most common words used to describe Abby Curry.  She was sociable without being loud and popular without making herself the center of attention.  A former cheerleader, her joyful disposition carried over into every aspect of her life and rubbed off on friends and family.
 
“Her smile and laugh, it was one of a kind,” says Courtney Bernard, a close friend of both Curry and Drake.  “It’s hard knowing I won’t see her coming into my third period class just to talk to me for a minute, and not seeing her name come across my phone anymore.”
 
Page Ford, Abby’s cousin and neighbor, and one of Macie’s closest friends, says Abby was one of the most pleasant people she had ever known.  “She was such a happy, spirited person,” Ford says.  “Even people who didn’t know her well know that.”  
 
Her teachers say Curry was a bright, attentive student with a gift for writing.  “Abby was one of the first smiling faces to greet me each morning,” says Victoria Leibeck, Curry’s first period English teacher.  “She was such a sweet, articulate, kind young lady.  She was a good friend to those who knew her best, and although she was often quiet and reserved around me, her personality shone through her writing.”
 
Macie R. Drake:  May 11, 2001 – Oct. 28, 2016
 
Macie Drake never met a stranger.  She had a gift for making friends and great ambitions for her future.  Her loss leaves a void that friends and classmates will struggle to fill.
 
“It’s hard to imagine that I won’t ever get to talk to her or see her again,” Ford says.  “We’ve been friends for a long time and talked every single day.”
 
Drake’s health sciences teacher, Jennifer Carter, says Drake was a popular student whose genial personality was contagious.  “She loved people and was always smiling, always positive,” Carter says.  “She was the kind of girl that got along with everybody.  I never saw her when she wasn’t happy.”
 
Carter shows a paper Drake wrote at the beginning of the school year, in which she writes about her desire to help people – one of her true passions – and her dreams of becoming a dermatologist.  “You can just tell how positive her outlook is by reading it,” Carter says.  “She saw the good in everything.”
 
One of the lines in Macie’s paper stands out among the others.  She wrote it, but it sounds a lot like the descriptions her friends and teacher shared:  “I am a very kind and caring person, a little loud sometimes.  I love helping others and making them happy.”
 
“She was loved by a whole lot of people—they both were,” Ford says.  “I already miss them so