March 17

School Choice Receives Resounding Victory in Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 15, 2017) – In the final ticks of the 2017 Regular Session, the Kentucky Legislature gave approval to a dynamic measure that dramatically reforms education in the Commonwealth. Charter schools will now come to the Commonwealth, and the thousands of Kentucky students stuck in consistently low-performing schools will be given the opportunity to flourish just like their peers. 
House Bill 520 establishes public charter schools in Kentucky, which are innovative schools free from many state curriculum mandates. Charter schools allow instructors to teach directly to the needs of individual students, with a preference for admission given to students on free or reduced lunch or in low-achieving school districts. However, public charters will be required to follow the same requirements as traditional public schools as far as state testing, transparency, safety, and finance.
Further, local input is a critical part of this legislation, as the authorizing authority for the establishment of public charter schools rest with local school boards, as well as the mayors of Louisville and Lexington.
House Education Chairman Bam Carney worked tirelessly on the bill, bringing every single interested party to the table to craft this forward thinking, progressive bill to improve Kentucky’s education system for every single student. HB 520 will now be sent to Governor Bevin, who is expected to sign it into law.

March 16

Columbia Police would like  to let everyone know we have
moved the drug forum scheduled for tonight at 6pm from
city hall over to the circuit court room at the the new Adair
County Judicial center across the street .  We feel there will
more adequate seating at that location as seating in city
hall is limited.


March 15

TOMPKINSVILLE, Ky. – Congressman James Comer will host 11 town hall forums in 11 different counties over the next few weeks. They will begin Friday, March 24th in Paducah, and  will conclude in Carlisle County on April 19th. Rep. Comer plans to schedule more in different counties throughout the year.
Friday, March 24
10:00 am CDT
McCracken County Town Hall
Commerce Center Community Room
330 South 3rd Street
Paducah, KY
Monday April 10th
9:30 am EDT
Taylor County Town Hall
Campbellsville Civic Center
205 N Columbia Ave
Campbellsville, KY
2:30 PM CDT
Simpson County Town Hall
Simpson County Historical Courthouse
2nd Floor Courtroom
100 N Main Street
Franklin, KY
6:00 PM CDT
Hopkinsville Farm Bill Listening Session
Hosted by Kentucky Farm Bureau
Hopkinsville Community College
720 North Dr.
Hopkinsville, KY
Tuesday April 11th
4:00PM CDT
Lyon County Town Hall
Lyon Co. Courthouse
500 West Dale Ave
Eddyville, KY
Wednesday April 12th
9:30 AM CDT
Trigg County Town Hall
Renaissance Center
49 Jefferson St
Cadiz, KY
1:30 PM CDT
Webster County Town Hall
Webster County Extension Office
1118 US Hwy 41 South
Dixon, KY
Thursday April 13th
3:00 PM CDT
Ohio County Town Hall
Ohio County Community Center Auditorium
130 East Washington
Hartford, KY
Monday April 17th
4:00 PM CDT
Union County Town Hall
Union County Job Corps Center
2302 US-60
Morganfield, KY
Tuesday April 18th
4:00 PM CDT
Hopkins County Town Hall
Hopkins County Fiscal Court Room
56 N. Main Street
Madisonville, KY
Wednesday April 19th
9:30 AM CDT
Carlisle County Town Hall
Carlisle County Extension Office
65 John Roberts Drive
Bardwell, KY

March 14, 2017

Adair County Emergency Management and Adair County EMS would like to thank Johnny Underwood, Jamie Hatcher, and Josh Hatcher for assisting on a rescue of an injured person at Pumpjack Off Road Park Monday evening, March 13th 2017.  They used their personal vehicles risking loss and personal injury to assist in removing this person from the trails.   Adair County Search and Rescue and Breeding Fire Department assisted on scene.  The male patient was taken to TJ Health Columbia and was in stable condition at the time of this briefing.  

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.