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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.

May 23, 2020

Post Oak pastor tests positive for COVID-19

Post Oak Baptist Church Pastor Nick Stamps told his congregation Saturday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. "I will have to continue my quarantine for the time being, but that will not hinder our online worship services from continuing. I will be recording my message later this evening or in the morning and posting it along with worship by our team... I ask that you continue to pray that this will not spread any further, that my family and others would be protected from it, and for healing for others who have contracted it. Thank you ahead of time for your prayers, and I look forward to worshipping online with you tomorrow morning."

May 22, 2020

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Logan County has grown by 32 in the last week. According to a report from the Barren River Health Department Friday, Logan County now has 114 cases, up from 82 last Friday, May 15. On Thursday, April 30, the number was 10. That's an increase of 1040 percent in three weeks. Three deaths have been recorded, even though Creekwood Nursing and Rehab is listed with five deaths. That's because at least two of the deceased were from other counties.

May 21, 2020

Adairville SBDM to meet virtually Friday

A special called virtual meeting of the Adairville SBDM will be held on Friday, May 22, at 11:30 a.m. Adairville School will soon start the process for the selection of a new principal, since current principal Kristina Rice is returning to Auburn School as its principal.

May 21, 2020

Summers and Son giving away masks Friday

Summers and Son Funeral Home will have a Drive Thru Mask Giveaway this Friday, May 22 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. or until supplies last. Those driving in can get four masks per car. One size fits most. It's located on the Russellville North Bypass at 210 North Thurston Drive near Walmart.

May 21, 2020

Kevin Birdwhistell achieves theatre arts milestones

Kevin Birdwhistell, the son of Logan County High School graduate Joe Birdwhistell and the grandson of Bob and Donna Birdwhistell of Lewisburg, has earned made notable achievements in theatre arts. In addition to graduating from Northern Kentucky University, he is serving as intern for AthensWest Theatre Company in Lexington and has a leadership role with the Governor's School of the Arts this summer. He participated in that program a few years ago as a South Warren High School student.

May 20, 2020

Med Center nurse from Auburn dies of COVID-19

The Medical Center of Bowling Green has announced the death of CNA Wanda Ann Hines Johnson of Auburn as a result of COVID-19 at the University of Kentucky Hospital Monday. She had worked in the Med Center's 4A inpatient unit since 2016, says CEO Connie Smith. The 60-year-old was married to Robert Johnson and had three children, three step-children, 17 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. WNKY reported over a week ago that 95 Med Center employees had tested positive for COVID-19 with 38 having recovered. Tuesday the Barren River Health Department reported 98 confirmed cases in Logan County with three deaths, but Gov. Andy Beshear said in his Tuesday press conference that an 88-year-old man has also died, bringing the Logan death total to four.

May 15, 2020

Logan's COVID-19 confirmed cases multiplied by 8 in half a month

On May 15, Logan County has more that eight times as many confirmed COVID-19 cases than it did April 30, according to statistics provided by the Barren River Area Health Department. The total today was 83 cases with 14 recoverd and 2 deaths. On April 30, the total had grown from its long-time resting place of 8 to 10 with 8 recovered and no deaths. A week later on May 8, the total had ballooned to 53 with 9 recoveries and the two deaths. After being among the top five among Kentucky's 120 counties with new cases three straight days this week, Logan has added two and three new confirmed cases Thursday and Friday. Gov. Andy Beshear, announced Friday that he will not conduct this weekend his daily briefings, which have become known as "Afternoons with Andy."

May 11, 2020

Kirbys donate 5,000 gloves to Creekwood

Creekwood Nursing & Rehab received a donation of 5,000 pairs of nitril gloves Tuesday from Justin and Kevin Kirby to help deal with the growing problem of Coronavirus cases at the facility. The Kirbys, who are in the funeral home business, say they will facilitate getting more gloves to Creekwood if others would like to make a donation. Thirty-three people have been confirmed with COVID-19 at Creekwood, including 26 patients.
This spring young Liam McGinnis donated surgical masks to people in health care and other frontliners instead of asking for birthday presents himself.

May 11, 2020

Creekwood Place has 33 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Kentucky's Long-Term Care and Other Congregate Facilities Update for Monday shows Creekwood Nursing and Rehab Center in Russellville with 26 residents and 7 staff members with confirmed COVID-19 cases. Two of those diagnosed have died, Creekwood is part of NursingHomes.com. Auburn Healthcare has registered no confirmed cases. Neither has Hearthstone Place in Elkton. Both of those are owned by locally based companies led by Russellville native Nancy Humphries Bolster.

May 11, 2020

Muddy River Baptist Church giving away food Saturday

The Muddy River Baptist Church is having a Food Box Distribution this Saturday, May 16, from 7 a.m. until supplies are gone. Receivers of food should remain in their vehicles and food will be brought to you. Social Distancing Rules will be in effect to protect everyone involved. The church is located at 4711 Bowling Green Road between Russellville and Auburn.

May 8, 2020

Logan COVID-19 cases grow again

The number of confirmed Conoravirus cases in Logan County as grown again. According to the Barren River Health Department, the county had 53 confirmed cases Friday afternoon. The last three days the total has grown by 15, 10 and 13 from 10 to 53. No details were released. Gov. Andy Beshear said in his daily press conference Friday that one of the new cases in Logan County is a 20-year-old man.

May 8, 2020

KY 107 in North Logan to undergo road work

The Kentucky Department of Transportation has announced that the first two miles of KY 107 in North Logan will be down to one lane next week as crews are working on ditching and embankment improvements.


May 8, 2020

Logan County Fair canceled for 2020

The Logan County Fair board has announced that because of Covid-19 the 2020 Logan County Fair scheduled for June has been canceled. Plans currently are being made for three days of animal shows that will be sprinkled out between now and Oct. 1 whenever restrictions allow. Posts will be made when those dates have been set. A board announcement says, “We plan to try to have next year's fair around the same week of June. We hope that everyone will come out then. Letters will be sent out to our sponsors with more details.

May 7, 2020

Logan adds another 10 COVID-19 cases

Ten more confired cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Logan County between Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, according to a press release from the Barren River Area Health Department. Than means the number of cases has quadrupled from 10 to 40 in the first week of May. A second death has also been recorded. The health department does not release any details on the age, gender or contact area of those affected. Much more information can be found on the WRUS Facebook site which is identified by the logo shown here.

May 7, 2020

Logan's COVID-19 confirmed cases multiplying

After staying steady at 8 for weeks, Logan County's total of confirmed COVID-19 cases has suddenly begun multiplying rapidly. The total tripled in the first six days of May, growing from 10 on Thursday, April 30, to 30 on Wednesday, May 6. In fact, the total doubled from 15 to 30 between Tuesday and Wednesday. The Todd County Health Department goes into detail about the demographics and contact area regarding cases it announces, but the Barren River Health Department, which includes Logan County, offers no details. The LoJo has learned that the only confirmed death as a result of coronavirus has been a 79-year-old Russellville resident, who years ago was a nurse at Logan County Hospital. She died at Slyline Hospital in the Nashville area.

May 4, 2020

Auburn Blood Mobile visit may 15

The Auburn Community Blood Drive will be held at New Friendship Baptist Church on Friday, May 15, from noon to 6 p.m. It is sponsored by Church Women United. Call 1-800-RED CROSS of visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter auburn 19 to schedule an appointment. Elsie Carpenter is the long-time director of Auburn Red Cross.

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