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Sep 18, 2020

Panthers get huge win, upset Franklin 14-12

The Russellville Panthers pulled off the biggest win of the Mikie Benton Coaching Era to date Friday, knocking off visiting Franklin-Simpson 14-12. The defense--led by Chevis Elliott, Josh McMurry, Colby Williams and Javari Gamble--held the Wildcats to 93 rushing yards and 182 overall. Gamble had runs of 37, 26 and 37 yards on his last three carries, helping quarterback Lennon Ries lead the winning offense. Josh Todd anchored the Panther lines. Dustin Brown kicked the winning points and kept the Cats backed up with his punting. This was the Panthers' first win over Franklin in seven years and only their fifth in 20 seasons.



Sep 18, 2020

Panthers lead F-S 14-12 entering final quarter

The Russellville Panthers are 12 minutes away from their first victory over Franklin-Simpson since 2013. With quarterback Lennon Ries directing the offense on both the ground and the air, the Panthers have ground out repeated first downs. The defense has been tremendous throughout. Chevis Elliott pulled off an interception and a fumble recovery on consecutive F-S possessions, scoring on the fumble recovery. The other Panther touchdown came on a 33-yard run by Jaquis Todd, a basketball standout who is playing football as a senior. Dustin Brown has kicked both extra points and has been punting well.



Sep 18, 2020

Panthers leading Gators with new quarterback

Sophomore Corbin Rayno is now quarterbacking the Logan County Cougars in their game at Greenwood following a first-quarter injury to senior starter Braxton Baptiste. After a 14-14 tie at the end of the first quarter, the Cougars took the lead in the second quarter on a Rayno pass to Anthony 'Rooster' Woodard. The Cougars led 21-14 at the intermission.



Sep 18, 2020

Cougars at Greenwood, Panthers host F-S tonight

Both the Russellville Panthers and the Logan County Cougars face tough competion tonight in the second week of high school football. Coach Todd Adler takes his Cougars to Bowling Greenwood to face the Greenwood Gators. Coach Mikie Benton's Panthers are at Rhea Stadium to take on the school they have played most often, the Franklin-Simpson Wildcats. Both games kick off at 7 p.m., but RHS will observe Senior Night beginning at 6:30 on Ken Barrett Field. John Brett Reynolds and Chris McGinnis will broadcast the game live on WRUS from the newly renovated pressbox, the facelift courtesy of the Russellville Alumni Association. Zack Woodall & Ben Brown will record the LCHS game for airing Saturday, beginning at 1:05 p.m.



Sep 16, 2020

Early vocational school principal Maurice Grayson dies

Maurice Grayson, 88, who was principal of Russellville Area Vocational School in its early years, died Sunday in Hopkinsville. The Lewisburg High School graduate also worked for lumber companies designing homes and buildings. He was a founder of Eastside Baptist Church in Russellville and served on the board of directors of Kentucky Education Television. Among his survivors is his wife of 67 years Zettie Grayson. His death comes soon after the funeral of his sister-in-law, Lewisburg matriarch Thelma Grayson.



Sep 15, 2020

Auburn School has four staff members test positive

Superintendent Paul Mullins has announced four members of the Auburn School faculty/staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few days. Second graders and preschoolers have been told to stay home for the time being while quarantines are in effect. Central Office Administrator Ben Kemplin has been working with the Logan County Health Department to notify affected families.



Sep 15, 2020

Lady Cougar soccer plays against COVID-infected athlete

From Logan County Superintendent Paul Mullins: LC Athletic Director Greg Howard was notified late Monday afternoon by Warren County Schools of a student athlete (soccer) who tested Positive for COVID-19. According to the information they provided us, the young lady played 10 minutes or less in the match against Logan County. After consulting with local health officials and district personnel, there wasn’t a need to quarantine our team or any individual players. All student athletes/parents were contacted by school officials Monday evening to make them aware of the situation.    



Sep 14, 2020

Ribbon cutting set Wednesday for new Law Office of Justin Crocker

A grand opening ribbon cutting will be held this Wednesday for the Law Office of Justin D. Crocker. The Logan County Chamber of Commerce will conduct the ceremony at 12:30 p.m. at 235 East Fourth Street. Safety and social guidelines to be healthy will be observed.



Sep 13, 2020

Auburn 2nd graders to study from home for 2 weeks because of COVID test

From Logan County Superintendent Paul Mullins: We want to notify our community of a positive case of COVID-19 at Auburn School from an employee who last attended work on Sept. 10. Out of an abundance of caution and waiting on additional data, Auburn second grade will be on virtual learning until Sept, 25. Both Auburn administrators and LCHD will be contacting all parents affected. Any other staff member who needed to quarantine has done so, and our district is working closely with the local health department to follow their guidelines. The safety of our staff and students remains our top priority, and we appreciate your unwavering support as we continue to navigate these unprecedented challenges.



Aug 19, 2020

Kentucky Loves Ag grab bags are filled with goodies to help you celebrate Kentucky Agriculture: recipes, kitchen tools, Farmers' Market bucks to spend at the Logan County Farmers' Market, and much more! The bags will be available at the Logan County Extension Office this Wednesday (today) at 4:30 p.m. "There are a limited number of bags available so we ask that you only take one per family, please," the Extension Office staff says.



Aug 19, 2020

RHS staff member tests positive for COVID 19

From Superintendent Leon Smith: A Russellville High School staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. At this time the person is under quarantine. The local health department has been contacted and will issue a return to work date for this staff member. I will issue a district wide email this afternoon. We ask all staff to continue wearing a face mask, social distancing, washing hands and following all CDC guidelines.



Aug 19, 2020

Logan board decides to delay in-person classes until Sept. 9

At its Tuesday night meeting, the Logan County Board of Education voted not to begin in-person instruction until Sept. 9. School will open a week from today, Wednesday, Aug. 26, but the first two weeks will be completely online. After that, families will have a choice of the format which their students will use to learn. A slide show about the choices can be found on The Logan Journal Facebook page.



Aug 18, 2020

Logan board to discuss start of school tonight

The Logan County Board of Education will discuss when and how to start the 2020-21 school year as America contends with the COVID-19 pandemic. School buildings are expected to be open for students Aug. 26, but Gov. Andy Beshear has asked school systems to wait until the end of September to begin classes. Russellville Schools have decided to operate virtually online to begin. 



Aug 17, 2020

Chamber plans ribbon cutting for Southern Kentucky Insurance

The Logan County Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon cutting for Southern Kentucky Insurance-Representing American National on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 12:30 p.m. It will be part of a Grand Opening celebration that will last from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The site is 253 North Main Street in Russellville. The company will have food, drinks, games and raffle prizes! Live music by the Mornin Sons starts at 4 p.m.! 



Aug 13, 2020

Concerned Citizens hosting giveaway today

Concerned Citizens of Logan County will host a giveaway of a variety of new items today on the sidewalk of its building on East Fifth Street in Russellville. Those attending are asked to come in vehicles and wait their turn to go to the tables to make selections. A limited number of people can 'shop' at one time. Social distancing and masks are required. Cutting line is not allowed. It begins at 9 a.m.



Aug 8, 2020

Services held for distinguished veteran and Lewisburg graduate Virgil Oglesby

Lewisburg High School graduate Lt. Col. Virgil ‘Tommy’ Oglesby, 90, died July 29, 2020 in Florida with funeral services held Aug. 8 in Plant City, Fla. After finishing LHS, he joined the army and retired a Lt Colonel. He was a Special Forces Green Beret, served in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and earned the Bronze Star, Silver Star, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. During his retirement he wrote and self-published over 20 novels, including the highly popular The Razor’s Edge. He is survived locally by his sister, Betty Oglesby Whitescarver, his brother-in-law, Marion Whitescarver, and his niece, Teri Whitescarver.



Jul 30, 2020

Former LCHS cheerleaders now on college squads

From LCHS Athletic Director Greg Howard: Logan County High School is proud to announce two former LCHS cheerleaders have been selected to area college teams. Aaliyah Townsend is now a part of the Tennessee State Cheer Squad. Tyra Boisseau has been selected to the Western Kentucky All Girls Cheer Team.



Jul 22, 2020

Logan schools seeking donations of child-sized masks

Logan County schools are asking people to donate child-sized masks. Those who can are welcome to make them and those who don't sew are encouraged to donate materials. They should be dropped in boxes at the Logan County Extension Office by Aug. 15.



Jul 19, 2020

Russellville Alumni Association to meet

From Greg Owens: The Russellville Alumni Association will hold a meeting on Monday, July 27, at 5 p.m. at the Southern Heights Baptist Church's Fellowship Hall on Nashville Road. We urge all members and interested alumni to attend. We have a few projects in the works and we need everyone's help and input to keep our good work going. Our goal is to support our Panther students past and present.



Jul 15, 2020

Logan now has 2nd most COVID-19 cases in district

With 10 new cases today and 16 the last two days, Logan County has moved into second most confirmed COVID-19 cases in the eight-county Barren River Health District, passing Butler County for the first time. Logan also has the second most deaths (16) and recoveries (195). Bowling Green/Warren County leads in all categories. On April 30 Butler County had 102 confirmed cases with 23 recovered and 5 deaths while Logan had only eight confirmed cases with 8 recoveries and no deaths. Two weeks later (May 15), totals were Butler 201-53-6 and Logan 82-14-2. A month after that (June 15) the gap had narrowed considerably, showing Butler at 242-118-13 and Logan 206-104-9. Another month has passed, and Logan’s numbers have continued to grow while Butler County’s have leveled off.



Jul 13, 2020

Dust Bowl basketball scheduled Aug. 8-9

The annual 8th of August Dust Bowl basketball tournament will be held at Russellville’s Hampton Park Aug. 8-9. The entry fee is $275 per team with an Aug. 1 registration deadline. A cash prize goes to the winning team. For information or to register a team, contact Patrick Temple at 270-202-3511.



Jul 10, 2020

Chris McGinnis of WRUS will broadcast live Saturday from 11-1 at Priceless IGA, on Armory Drive, in Russellville's Logan Square. He'll be there to encourage monetary donations to 

Stuff The Bus Foundation of SOKY
 during the 
Houchens Industries Inc
 2020 Summer of Giving. Everything that is raised here, stays here...and will be distributed to the FRYSCs at the 
Logan County Schools
 & 
Russellville Independent Schools
.



Jul 9, 2020

Logan golfer Elijah Forbes takes first in event at Kenny Perry course

Elijah Forbes fired scores in the 30s on each side of the golf course to take first place Tuesday at the GO Junior Golf Series stop at Kenny Perry’s Country Creek Course in Franklin. The Logan County senior shot a 2-over 38 on the front nine and a 3-over 39 on the back nine for a final score of 77, which was two shots better than Owensboro’s J.T. Payne in the 16-18 age division. Russellville’s Daylan Roberts shot a round of 85 to finish tied for fifth place.



Jul 9, 2020

Cougar Golf Scramble set Saturday

The LCHS Booster Golf Scramble to benefit Cougar golf and soccer will be held this Saturday at Rolling Hills Golf Course from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Playing costs $60 per person, $240 per four-person team. For information, call golf coach Kelley Jordan (270-725-3322) or boys soccer coach Hunt McCollum (270-331-3037).



Jul 8, 2020

Adairville Principal Selection Committee to meet Thursday

The Adairville Principal Selection Committee will attempt to choose a new principal for the K-8 school in a called meeting Thursday at 1 p.m. in the school library. The committee has been working on choosing a successor for Kristina Rice, who is now the Auburn principal, but has not yet come to a consensus. The committee is expected to go into closed session for discussion of candidates. If a decision is made, then a public vote on hiring the principal will come in open session.



Jul 7, 2020

Death claims Dr. C.H. Mathis

Numerous people are reporting the death of Dr. C.H. Mathis, the dean of Logan County health professionals. Dr. Mathis would have celebrated his 90th birthday this fall. He was still practicing medicine in his Hopkinsville Road office in May after having been hospitalized earlier this spring. He had been hospitalized recently after reportedly falling at home and breaking his hip. Dr. Mathis was not only a veteran but a former Prisoner of War. He is survived by his wife Jane and four grown children. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.



Jul 6, 2020

Logan adds 20 confirmed COVID-19 cases over holiday weekend

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 grew dramatically over the Fourth of July weekend. After having had the total reduced by one case two straight days last week, the new total released Monday after a three-day weekend had increased by 20, from 222 to 242. The number of deaths had grown by 2 to 17. The Barren River District Health Department never announces ages or any other demographics of those who die. Two months ago today, the total confirmed cases doubled from 15 to 30 with one death. Many Logan Countians apparently believe the threat of contracting the virus has ended, since a large number of people are not wearing face masks in public.



Jul 4, 2020

Auburn Blood Drive next Friday

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in the Auburn area to accept blood donations Friday, July 10, from noon to 6 p.m. The site will be New Friendship Baptist Church at 5030 Friendship Road. To schedule a blood donation appointment, go to RedCrossBlood.org on call 1-200-733-2767. This is sponsored by Church Women United.



Jun 28, 2020

Concerned Citizens Giveaways

Concerned Citizens of Logan County will give away three different types of items Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of their headquarters at 428 East Fifth Street in Russellville. Available will be sleeves of paper and foam cups, Edge shaving cream and incontenence bed pads. Each patron can choose three items, which are being provided by Feed the Children. Masks and social distancing are required.



Jun 28, 2020

Logan students' food pickup Monday

Logan County Schools Summer Meals Program will continue to distribute weekly meals on Mondays through the month of July, and will also continue bus delivery for those who have already been receiving it. The next pick up day is tomorrow, June 29, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at all schools. These meals are for any children 18 and under. If you need any assistance in meal service for your student, please call your school. 



Jun 23, 2020

Logan County Farmers' Market open this evening

The Logan County Farmers' Market is underway with more vendors and more vegetables. The market is held on Tuesdays (including today) from 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m.-noon. It's located at the UK Ag Complex in the pavillion behind the Logan County Extension Office.



Jun 22, 2020

Growth of Logan COVID-19 cases lower, deaths increase

Only five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past week. A day after announcing a total of 206 confirmed cases last Monday, June 15, Barren River Health Department lowered that number by one the next day. That total stood unchanged for most of the week, but increased to 210 Monday. On the other hand, the number of people who have died from the virus grew dramatically from 9 to 14.



Jun 17, 2020

Concerned Citizens to give away women's shoes Thursday

Concerned Citizens of Logan County will give away summer shoes for women this Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 428 East Fifth Street in Russellville (the KP Hall). Shoes are from Feed the Children Avon Shoes and Goods 360 Wal-Mart, sponsored by Ski-Daddy’s. Several tables will be set up outside. There will be a variety of sizes. Three people at a time can go to the tables. People not wearing a mask cannot approach the tables.



Jun 15, 2020

Logan's COVID-19 cases total grows

At the halfway point of June, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Logan County has grown by 63 and by 5 deaths from the last reporting date in May, including by 15 between Friday and Monday. The current total, according to the Barren River District Health Department, is 206 conifrmed cases with 9 deaths.



Jun 15, 2020

Carpenter Center opening delayed for COVID-19

The scheduled opening of the Carpenter Fitness and Aquatic Center has been postponed another two weeks, according to Russellville’s Director of Parks and Recreation Kenny Gregory. The scheduled opening after a three-month shutdown for COVID-19 was this Thursday, June 18, but Gregory says two of the five employees of the Center have tested positive for the virus. A quarantine of the entire staff is required. Gregory says the new scheduled opening date is Tuesday, June 30, depending on state guidelines at that time.



Jun 14, 2020

Logan County Schools distributing food Monday

From Logan County Schools Food Services Director Jaime Fair: Logan County Schools Summer Meals Program continues to distribute weekly meals on Mondays in June. We will have meals for pick-up tomorrow on Monday, June 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at all schools. These meals are for any children 18 and under. We will continue to offer bus delivery to those who have already been receiving it. If you need any assistance in meal service for your student, please call your school.



Jun 13, 2020

Senator Kerr recommends replacing Jeff Davis statue with Dunnigan

Sen. Alice Lynn Forgy Kerr (R-Lexington) is recommending replacing the vacant spot in the Kentucky State Capitol where the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis has stood for decades with one of Logan County native Alice Allison Dunnigan. A Hall of Fame, barrier-breaking journalist, Dunigan has been honored with a statue has been erected at the West Kentucky African American Museum on Sixth and Morgan streets in Russellville. The Davis statue is being moved from Frankfort to the site of the giant Jefferson Davis Monument on the Todd-Christian counties line at Fairview just off U.S. 68-80.



Jun 12, 2020

Work on U.S. 68 in Warren County set

Work is planned next week on what people in Warren County know as Russellville Road, which is called Bowling Green Road in Logan County. This is the announcement from the Kentucky Transportation Department with a Warren County perspective: U.S. 68 Russellville Road - A project to create a left turn lane from U.S. 68 Russellville Road to Old Tram Road is expected to begin Monday morning. There will be lane closures during the day while crews are working.



Jun 7, 2020

Peaceful protest march, speeches planned today

A peaceful protest has been organized for Sunday afternoon in Russellville. The wearing of masks is encouraged. A march will begin at 4 p.m. at the intersection of Sixth and Morgan streets near the West Kentucky African American Museums. The group will march around Carrico Park Square to the Historic Courthouse. SYNCC Original Freedom Singer Charles Neblett will sing, and then various speakers will make remarks, including Russellville Police Chief Todd Raymer.



Jun 6, 2020

NAACP awards scholarship to Kennedy Nichols

Due to the CORVIF-19 pandemic, the 42nd annual Freedom Fund Banquet scheduled for June 13 is cancelled. The NAACP Branch has announced the award of a $1,000 scholarship to Kennedy Marie Nichols. Kennedy is a graduate of Logan County High School and will attend the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2020. President William Woodard says, “Please join the NAACP in wishing Kennedy the best, and a bright future as she continues to pursue higher education.”



Jun 5, 2020

The Logan County Farmers' Market will be open for the first time in the 2020 season Saturday morning from 7:30-noon. It's located in the pavilion at the UK Ag Complex.



Jun 5, 2020

Logan COVID-19 cases increase by 27, deaths by 1

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Logan County grew by 27 this week, from 143-170. The number of deaths increased from 4 to 5. These statistics are from the Barren River District Health Department, which does not announce anything about the people who are struck by the disease.



Jun 3, 2020

LEAD, IDA meetings to be online next week

The Logan Economic Alliance for Development (LEAD) will hold its   regular monthly meeting Wednesday, June 10, at 7 a.m. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the public will not be allowed to attend in person. The meeting will be streamed live and can be viewed through the City of Russellville YouTube channel.  The link to the live stream is located at www.russellvilleky.org. The Logan Industrial Development Authority (IDA) will hold its regular monthly meeting following the LEAD meeting using the same format.For more information, please call the LEAD office at 726-9575.



Jun 1, 2020

Southern Heights holding Summer Supplies Walk Wednesday

A Summer Supplies Walk will be held at Southern Heights Baptist Church this Wednesday, June 3, from 10 a.m.-noon. Families are invited to park their cars and be guided through the parking lot to gather “some fun summer supplies,” including popsicles, water games, crafts, toys, snacks and more. The event is sponsored by the church along with IMPACT Ministries and the Family Resource Centers of Adairville, Auburn, Olmstead and Russellville schools. Southern Heights is located at 1400 Nashville Street.



May 30, 2020

Volunteer cleanup day set at Coon Range Fish & Game

Volunteers are welcome to help clear up a North Logan landmark Monday. A Facebook group has been formed called Save Coon Range Fish & Game Club. From 1-5 p.m., volunteers are asked to come help mow, weedeat and clear brush. Work is already underway on the clubhouse, which has deteriorated over the years with a lack of use.



May 29, 2020

Logan has added 133 COVID-19 cases in May

With 29 new COVID-19 cases confirmed this week, Logan County has added 133 cases the first four weeks of May, rising from 10 on April 30 to 143 on May 29. That's an average of 33 per week. A fourth death was added this week. On a brighter note, the number of people who have recovered this week (18) is the largest so far. Still, 97 Logan Countians are considered to have active cases. The Barren River District Health Department releases no information about the demographics of those who have been struck with this disease, unlike some other area heath departments.



May 29, 2020

Adairville SBDM to meet on principal search

special called meeting of the Adairville SBDM will be held on Tuesday, June 2, at 1:30 p.m. If you wish to "attend" virtually, please visit http://logan.kyschools.us/content/live. Adairville is beginning the process of selecting a principal to succeed Kristina Rice, who is transferring to the same position at Auburn Elementary School.



May 27, 2020

Filing deadline for general election this Tuesday

From the offfice of Logan County Clerk Scottie Harper: The deadline for filing for the General Election is June 2 at 4 pm. We have the following local races: Mayor: Auburn & Adairville; School Boards: Olmstead, Chandlers, Lewisburg & Russellville; Mayor:  Adairville, Auburn; City Council: Russellville, Auburn, Adairville, Lewisburg; and Soil Conservation: North and South (unless they are certified)



May 27, 2020

Arts Council cancels summer drama camp

From the Russellville Arts Council: We are very sad in this decision, but will have to postpone our Summer Youth Drama Camp for 2020 due to the continuing uncertainty that the Covid-19 virus has given to our community. We will reschedule our production of Disney's FROZEN to NEXT SUMMER of 2021. We hope that we will have an outstanding group of kids to come out to make this musical an experience to remember.



May 26, 2020

City school board meeting today to begin superintendent search

The Russellville Independent Schools Board of Education will meet in closed session today at 6 p.m. as the process begins to choose a new superintendent. Last week, current superintendent Bart Flener announced he is resigning to accept the leadership position of the educational cooperative which works with local schools. In the meeting announcement, the agenda includes "CLOSED SESSION FOR DISCUSSION OF PERSONNEL WHICH MAY LEAD TO APPOINTMENT OF AN INDIVIDUAL UNDER GUIDELINES OF KRS 61.810(1)f)." That could involve naming an interim superintendent until a permanent hire can be made. The board has relied on educational consultant Phil Eason in past key personnel searches. Leon Smith, who retired three years after a successful and popular tenure as superintendent, continues to live in Russellville.


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