March 13, 2014

Drug Arrest

HOPKINSVILLE, KY. – Kentucky State Police, Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations – West (DE/SI West), Post 2, Hopkinsville Police Department, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, Hopkinsville & Christian County  Drug and Violent Crime Strike Force, Madisonville Police Department along with FBI and DEA arrested Anthony “Red” Rhodes of Beechmont and Darrin Burt of Madisonville on March 8, 2017 for Trafficking Controlled Substance, 1st Degree.  Rhodes and Burt were found to be in possession of approximately eight pounds of Crystal Methamphetamine with a street value of $363,000.00, for the purpose of distribution.  Both individuals were lodged in the Christian County Jail. 


The Adair County Fiscal Court will be accepting sealed bids for group health insurance, dental, and vision plans for county employees for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Bids need to be received at Judge Executive Michael Lee Stephens’ office at 424 Public Square, Ste. 1, Columbia, KY no later than 4 p.m. Friday, April 14, 2017. Bids will be opened on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 during the regularly scheduled fiscal court meeting held at 6:00 p.m. in the Adair County Annex Basement. Contact Melinda Quinn, County Treasurer at Judge Executive Michael Lee Stephens’ office for bid specifications. Call 270-384-4703 with inquiries. The Adair County Fiscal Court reserves the right to reject any and/or all bids.  

March 10, 2017

Adair County man arrested on drug charges.  On 03-19-2017 at 5:05 a.m Columbia Police Department Officer Josh Brockman initiated a traffic stop on 2002 Oldsmobile around the 900 block of Russell Springs Rd . As a result of the stop 18 year old Tomas Cruz was arrested on Charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of A Controlled Substance  1 st Degree Methamphetamine.  Cruz was lodged on the Adair County Regional Jail by CPD Officers Josh  Brockman and Charles Greer.
4 Arrested on Met Charges in Monroe County
On March 7, 2017, at approximately 5:00 PM CST,  Post 15 received an anonymous tip regarding a possible meth lab on Les Williams Rd in Monroe County. Units from Post 15, Monroe County Deputies and Tompkinsville Police Department officers responded to the residence and, upon arrival, encountered four persons exiting a building from behind the residence.  One of the men ran from the scene and was quickly apprehended.  The resulting investigation led to the arrest of all four.
During the month of February 2017, there were 15 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 no fatal collisions during the month of February in the Post 15 area.This brings our yearly fatality count to 1 compared with 5 through this same period in 2016.
Statewide fatality count stands at 83 compared with 99 through this same period in 2016.During the month of February 2017, there were 1049 citations written, 217 courtesy notices written, 1449 vehicles inspected, 607 complaints answered, 69 motorists assisted, 52 criminal cases opened and 186 criminal arrests made.

March 9, 2017

Lindsey Wilson Women’s Basketball National
Tournament Bracket released; Blue Raiders
tabbed as a No. 1 seed
COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson women’s basketball
team earned the No. 1 seed of the Cramer Bracket, one of
the four brackets within the 32-team competition, as the
2017 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Tournament
bracket was released by national officials on Wednesday night.
The Blue Raiders face eighth-seeded Martin Methodist (Tenn.)
in the opening game of the tournament slated for Wednesday,
March 15 at 9:30 a.m. CT at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
in Billings, Montana.
Lindsey Wilson (30-2) collected the first available at-large bid
into the national tournament field, while the RedHawks (21-10)
grabbed the third-to-last at-large bid into the competition.
This year’s field consists of 14 automatic berths, 17 at-large
selections and championship host Rocky Mountain (Mont.).
Automatic qualification is given to conference regular-season
champions, regular-season runners-up, tournament champions
or tournament runners-up depending on the league. At-large
teams were determined using the final regular-season Coaches’
Top 25 poll released today.
Lindsey Wilson earned a No. 4 ranking in the final poll as
Martin Methodist comes in unranked, but received 21 points
in the voting process to sit just outside of the poll.
The Blue Raiders are making their third-consecutive national
tournament appearance and 12th all-time. Last season,
Lindsey Wilson advanced to the national quarterfinals for the
first time in program history before falling to the eventual
national champion. The Blue Raiders own a 5-11 all-time record
in the national tournament.
Martin Methodist is making their third-consecutive and third
all-time appearance in the national tournament. The RedHawks
are 0-2 all time.
The First Round of the tournament runs from March 15-16,
followed by the Second Round and Quarterfinals on March 17th
and 18th, respectively. Semifinal matchups take place on March
20 with the championship game on March 21 at 8:05 CT and will
be broadcast on ESPN3.
The winner between Lindsey Wilson and Martin Methodist
advances to face the winner of fourth-seeded Biola (Calif.)
and fifth-seeded Central Methodist (Mo.) on Friday, March 17
at 10 a.m. CT.
A full preview for the matchup will be available next week on LindseyAthletics.com


March Chamber of Commerce Meeting
Tuesday, March 14 – 11:45 am
Cranmer Dining Center
Lindsey Wilson College

Guest Speaker:
Loretta Coppage MSW, CSW
Executive Director at the Lake Cumberland Children’s
Advocacy Center.
The Lake Cumberland Children’s Advocacy Center is a
non-profit agency 
dedicated to the mission to prevent
further victimization of sexually abused 
children and
minimize the emotional trauma to the victim and their
non-offending caregiver.
Door prize donated by Abe Cross, Director of the Holloway
Health & Wellness Center


Second grader recognized for earning 475 AR points
Hannah Kotter, a second grade student in Mrs. Kelly Robertson's
class at Adair County Primary Center, got the job of being
Principal for the Day on Wednesday, March 8.  She received this
position after earning 475 Accelerated Reader points in the school's
literacy program.  She is pictured with Ms. Patty Jones, who is
normally the principal at ACPC.


March 7, 2017

Columbia Police Department would like to congratulate
the Adair County Boys Basketball team in their victory
over John Hardin in the semi finals of the regional

 We have had several calls from citizens and local elected
officials who have expressed interest in attending the drug
forum but also want to attend the Regional Championship
game to cheer on the Indians .  We are going reschedule
the drug forum that was originally set for tomorrow at 6pm
to Thursday  March 16 th , 2017 at 6pm at City Hall .   
We want as many people as possible to attend both events
so go out and cheer on the Indians tomorrow and come out
and join us on the 16th .


Season ends on high note with Governor’s Cup victory
By Wes Feese
Media Relations, Adair County Schools
Just three weeks after capturing the district crown, the
Adair County Elementary School Academic Team won the
Region 14 Governor’s Cup title Saturday at Clinton County
Middle School.  With no state competition for the elementary
school level, Adair County ended its season with a hard-earned
victory in its toughest challenge of the year.
“At the end of the afternoon Saturday, all the time and hard
work that these students had put in had paid off,” says Lisa
Newell-Hare, one of the team’s two coaches, along with Jeana Pike.
  “They have once again proven that Adair County students take
academics to another level.  We hope this serves as a foundation
as these students move on to middle school and high school
Governor’s Cups.”
Along with the overall championship, the ACES team featured
several individuals earning top-five finishes, the Future Problem
Solvers (FPS) finished as the region runner up, and the Quick
Recall squad won all four of its matches.
Bailey Watts, who finished first in Science, was the only
individual winner for Adair, but several students did well in
their respective categories.  Others cracking the top five included: 
Brody Blair (second place in Arts & Humanities and third place
in Language Arts), Kiana McHolan (second place in language arts),
Hallie Burton (third place in Written Composition and fifth place
in Math), and Madison Irvin (fifth place in Written Composition).
The Quick Recall team, who won matches against Salem Elementary, Monticello, and back-to-back contests against Russell Springs,
featured Grant Adamson, Nathan Ballou, Blair, Burton, Michael Cook,
Chloe Copeland, Mason Holliman, Irvin, Kaydence Karnes, Joseph
Kotter, Gabe Larguero, Luke Rich, Watts, and Andrew Zinati.
“It’s really awesome that [Quick Recall] went undefeated,”
Newell-Hare says.  “The 14-13 match against Russell Springs,
that was a real nail-biter, back-and-forth affair, but the many
hours spent after school and practicing at home really paid off
for us.”
The runner up FPS team included Cook, McHolan, Rich, and
William Rowe.  “I am so proud of these outstanding students
and it has been a joy to work with them,” Pike says.  “Problem
solving is something we do every day and actually having a
process to follow is invaluable.  It is always challenging to find
the most effective way to work with FPS, but these students
have stepped up to the challenge and reaped great results in
the end.”
With the season over, the returning team members are
already eyeing a repeat performance next year.  “They already
said they want to keep practicing,” Newell-Hare says.  “So we’ll
probably take off the rest of March and then start back up next
month.  They’re excited about it.”
In addition to the Region 14 Governor’s Cup, ACES was also
nominated for the Katherine Hume Sportsmanship Award for
exhibiting positive behavior and good attitudes throughout
the competition.


March 6, 2017

On March 6, 2017 at approximately 12:55 p.m.
the City of Columbia Mayor Curtis Hardwick
was arrested as a result of a grand jury
indictment charging him with Theft by Unlawful
Taking or Disposition more than $10,000 but
less than $1,000,000 and Official Misconduct,
st Degree.
The indictment follows an investigation into a
recent City of Columbia audit which revealed
that Mayor Hardwick had unlawfully gave the
directive to overbill City of Columbia natural
gas customers a total of $107,749.43 in
violation of a Columbia City ordinance.
It is our hope that the Columbia City Council
will swiftly take all steps necessary to ensure
City of Columbia natural gas customers as well
as all our citizens are treated fairly and protected
from any fraud
waste and abuse.


Special Called fiscal court meeting tomorrow
at 1:00 p.m. in the basement of the annex

MARCH 7, 2017@ 1:00 P.M.





This meeting is open to the public.



Regular Called Meeting
Columbia City Council
March 9, 2017

Call to order: Regular Called Meeting
of the Columbia City Counci March 9, 2017

Roll Call
Pledge of Allegiance

1st Item: Motion to approve Minutes of
February 6, 2017 Regular Called Meeting


Mayor's Announcements
Council Comments
Motion to Adjourn