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Dec 8, 2019

Dr. Webb's cousin elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Sunday morning, Russellville optomestrist  Dr. Bill Webb was excited. He had been talking with his cousin, former St. Louis Cardinals great Ted Simmons, about the upcoming voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. Sunday evening Simmons was the leading vote getter from the Veterans Committee and is now a Major League Baseball Hall of Famer designee.  He will be inducted this summer (July 26) along with the late Marvin Miller, the attorney who led the Players Union to great gains. Simmons came to Russellville one off-season and visited with a Russellville Middle School class taught by the late Patricia Webb, Dr. Webb's wife.

Dec 6, 2019

deGraffenried Chorale to present Christmas concert Sunday

This Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2:30 p.m. at the Russellville United Methodist Temple, the deGraffenried Chorale will present its Christmas concert. Mary Beth Dowden is the director and Susan Fox the accompanyist. Susan Taylor Allpress will play her flute on a piece composed for our Chorale by Jeffrey Fox.

Dec 5, 2019

Doctors chosen to serve Kerr Family Dentistry patients

The family of Dr. Paul Kerr, who died unexpectedly Nov. 19, has announced that Dr. Tommy Birkenhauer and Dr. Daniel Birkenhauer of Bluegrass Oral Health Center will provide "exceptional care and service to Kerr Family Dentistry patients. Both doctors are highly experienced and possess the courteous bedside manner you are accustomed to. They will carry on Dr. Kerr’s legacy proudly," the announcement says.

Dec 3, 2019

Brea Croslin to sign with Murray softball Wednesday

A signing ceremony will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 at the Logan County CTC to commemorate Lady Cougar softball star Brea Croslin with the Murray State University softball team. Croslin is an eight-year varsity starter, the first two with the Russellville Lady Panthers and the last six with the Lady Cougars. She had committed with the University of Illinois--a Big Ten school--as a sophomore, but decommitted this year and chose the Lady Racers.

Nov 29, 2019

Adairvukke Christmas Parade canceloed

From Adairville Mayor Donna Blake: The Adairville Christmas parade for Saturday night at 6 p.m. has been cancelled due to the weather forecast of heavy rain and winds with possibility of thunderstorms. 

Nov 29, 2019

Death claims educator Kaye Wilkins

The LoJo has learned of the unexpected death of retired Russellville Assistant Superintendent and Stevenson Elementary School Principal Kaye Warren Wilkins. A family member says she had been expected to attend the funeral of her brother-in-law, Jerry Wilkins, in Russellville Wednesday, and it was a surprise when she didn't attend. They later learned that she had been found deceased. A 1971 graduate of Russellville High School, she was the daughter of the late Logan County Agriculture Agent Aubrey Warren and his wife, the mother of Kayela Clark, and the widow of Charles Wilkins. The preschool at Stevenson Elementary School is named for her.

Nov 22, 2019

Hendricks to be sworn in as circuit judge Monday

A public Swearing In Ceremony for Joe Hendricks as Circuit Judge for Logan and Todd counties will be held at the Logan County Justice Center this Monday, Nov. 25, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Hendricks was elected earlier this Monday to fill the remainder of the unexpired term of Judge Tyler Gill, who retired this summer after lengthy service.

Nov 21, 2019

Dr. Kerr's funeral Saturday

Funeral services for Dr. Paul Kerr, 67, of Russellville will be conducted Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Crittenden Drive Church of Christ with Scott Harp officiating and burial to follow in the Belmont Cemetery in Allensville. Visitation will begin Friday at Crittenden Drive from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday from noon until the funeral time. 

Nov 19, 2019

Death claims popular dentist Paul Kerr

Popular Russellville dentist Paul Kerr died Tuesday morning of an apparent heart attack. According to preliminary reports, he was getting ready to go to his office when he began having trouble breathing and then suffered the attack. His wife Cindy, a registered nurse, worked to revive him until he could be taken to Logan Memorial Hospital. A lifeflight helicopter was ready to take him to Nashville, but he never stabilized enough to go and died in Russellville. Last year, Dr. Kerr was active in both the primary and general election campaigns for his oldest son, Neil Kerr, who is in his first year as Commonwealth Attorney. Dr. Kerr is the father of two other grown children, Katherine Kerr and Nathan Kerr, and the grandfather of Harrison Kerr.

Nov 19, 2019

Adairville Community Thanksgiving dinner set Wednesday

From Adairville Principal Kristina Rice: Adairville Community Thanksgiving dinner is at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Adairville School gym. Everyone in the community is invited.

Nov 18, 2019

Auburn Principal Ward moving up to Logan transportation director

Long-time Auburn Principal David Ward has been named Logan County School District Director of Transportation, Superintendent Paul Mullins announced Monday. Central Office Administrator Ben Kemplin will fill in for the rest of the year as the interim principal at Auburn and will return to central office for the 2020-21 school year. Mullins expressed appreciation to the retiring Chris Rippy, whose position Ward is assuming. He praised Rippy “for his outstanding service to the district! He has worked tirelessly with his staff to deliver a top notch transportation department.”

Nov 18, 2019

Death claims former Adairville mayor

Funeral services for former Adairville Mayor Curtis Ramsey will be held Tuesday. He had served as a city council member before becoming mayor. His complete obituary can be found in the Obituary section of The Logan Journal.

Nov 17, 2019

Schochoh Christmas Parade to celebrate 30 years

“30 Years of Memories” is the theme of the 30th Schochoh Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1. Free barbecue will be served after the parade. The accompanying postcard-like photo shows the late James Harve Smith, who founded the parade along with his late wife Margaret.

Nov 15, 2019

Panthers trail 20-3 at half

Two turnovers by the Panthers and a good Crittenden County team on both sides of the ball have led to Russellville trailing 20-3 at Marion in the district championship game at halftime. A Panther fumble and then an interception led to the Rockets' first two scores. Dustin Brown kicked a 27-yard field goal for the lone RHS points of the half. The Panthers' leading rusher on the season, sophomore Jovari Gamble, was injured returning the third kickoff and had to be carried off the field.

Nov 14, 2019

Panthers hope to bridge the small gap at Crittenden

Following last week's thrilling win 32-27 over Fulton County in the first round of the football playoffs, the Russellville Panthers travel to Crittenden County Friday night with the Class 1A district championship on the line. RHS lost at Crittenden 21-14 three weeks ago, the team's only loss in the last five games. The Rockets are 9-2 but that seven-point margin is by far their closest win. WRUS will carry the game on 104.9FM and 610AM at 7 p.m.

Nov 13, 2019

Feguson's signing with Wesleyan delayed

The ceremony for Logan County senior pitcher Riley Ferguson with Kentucky Wesleyan has been moved from today to Thursday. It will be held at the CTC at 3:30 p.m.

Nov 12, 2019

Auburn Primary Care ribbon cutting Wednesday

The Logan County Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon cutting for Logan Primary Care in Auburn Wednesday from noon-1 p.m. It is located at 128 Sugar Maple Drive near U.S. 68-80.

Nov 12, 2019

School systems closed for weather

Schools are closed today in Russellville, Logan County and surrounding counties along with Logan Christian Academy and SKYCTC. Listen to WRUS for more weather and closing information at 610 AM or 104.9 FM.

Nov 11, 2019

Logan Middle girls game with South Warren still on

Logan Boys Middle School Basketball at Muhlenberg North Middle has been cancelled.

Girls Middle School Basketball at home tonight with South Warren is going to be played.

Nov 11, 2019

Tyler Ezell named area Football Player of the Year

From Athletic Director Greg Howard: Logan County High School is proud to announce the 17 high schools voted on fall sports awards this past week. Logan County Quarterback Tyler Ezell was named 4th Region Football Player of the Year! Ezell has quarterbacked the Cougars to 30 wins in the last 35 games.

Nov 10, 2019

Joe Lawrence to speak at Pastfinders

This year's last meeting of the Southern Ky Pastfinders will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at Logan County Public Library. This month's program will be presented by by Joe Lawrence, a Vietnam Air Force veteran, Joe's passion is to collect, record, and share the stories of the men and women who served our country in the armed services. Joe's focus on Saturday will be about the 8th Army Air Core and the crucial role it played in winning WWII. You don't want to miss the nostalgic pictures and stories that Joe has to share. The program is open to public.

Nov 6, 2019

Russellville's Veterans Day ceremony to be insdie

The city of Russellville will hold its Veterans Day Ceremony in the courtroom of the Historic Old Logan County Courthouse Monday, Nov. 11, beginning at 10 a.m.

Nov 5, 2019

Pedro Bradshaw starts close games against Louisville and Notre Dame

Former Russellville High School basketball star Pedro Bradshaw is off to a good start as a member of NCAA Division II powerhouse Bellarmine. In his first outings in a Knights uniform, Pedro started at guard in both games and averaged less than two turnovers a game. In those exhibition games against perpetual Division I contenders Louisville and Notre Dame, the Knights lost by only 10 points in each game. Bellarmine, a Louisville college, is ranked third in the nation in Division II. 

Nov 5, 2019

Joe Hendricks elected circuit judge

Russellville attorney Joe Hendricks Tuesday was elected judge of Kentucky's Seventh Judicial Circuit, serving Logan and Todd counties. He defeated Logan's county attorney, Joe Ross, by 5,033 votes to 4,412. Although judicial races are officially non-partisan, this matchup was obviously Republican Hendricks versus Democrat Ross, as evidenced by their affiliations in 2018 races. Hendricks was part of an overwhelming Republican sweep of Logan County voters Tuesday. Every Republican on the ballot carried Logan County. In fact, Republicans swept every statewide office except governor, in which Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear was declared the winner over incumbent Republican governor Matt Bevin, who tried to overcome his unpopularity by hanging on to the coattails of President Donald Trump, who campaigned for him in Lexington on Election Eve.... Whitney Westerfield, who is in his second term representing Logan and Todd counties in the state senate, was defeated in his race for the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Nov 3, 2019

Latham, Knight named Hometown Heroes

WBKO television in Bowling Green has named Logan Countians the Hughes & Coleman Hometown Hero two of the last three weeks. Saturday the honoree was Todd Latham, a pastor at Grace Recovery Home, which is associated with Grace Baptist Church in South Russellville. Two weeks earlier, the featured subject was Bert Knight, a veteran who has operated Bert’s Auto Parts at the rear of Bethel Shopping Center for 55 years. Both drew high praise from those associated with them and the public.

Nov 1, 2019

Panthers win 27-20 at Central

After trailing 20-6 at Warren Central Friday, the Russellville Panthers came back to take a 27-20 lead at halftime. The second half was scoreless and Coach Mikie Benton's Panthers won 27-20. Russellville will host Futlon County in the first round of the playoffs Friday. The Panthers beat the Pilots 34-31 in the regular season.

Nov 1, 2019

Panthers lead at half, Cougars trail

The Russellville Panthers (2-7) already know they are playing at home next week in their first Class 1A playoff game. They lead Warren Central (0-9) by a touchdown at the half. The Logan County Cougars (8-1), however, trail South Warren (8-1) 27-6 at the half after being behind 20-0 after a quarter. A Cougar win would clinch the number one seed in the Class 4A playoffs for Coach Todd Adler's team, but it appears LCHS will have to do it without star quarterback Tyler Ezell, who injured his leg with about four and a half minutes left in the half. Braxton Baptiste is now quarterbacking the team. Number three quarterback Corbin Rayno is also unavailable, having undergone knee surgery today.

Oct 27, 2019

Lady Cougars open regional play Tuesday

13th District volleyball champion Logan County (22-6) will open play Tuesday at 6 p.m. at host Glasgow (11-18) in the 4th Region Tournament. If Coach Caleb Sheffield’s Lady Cougars win, they will meet either regional favorite Greenwood (32-2) or Russell County (12-17) in Wednesday’s second semifinal at 7:30 p.m. 13th District runner-up Todd Central (14-19)—coached in part by long-time Lady Cougar coaches Stephen Lyne & Rob Imlay—will play Clinton County (25-7) in Monday’s second game. Allen-County Scottsville (20-11) and South Warren (24-8) are the other teams in that bracket. The finals will be Halloween night.

Oct 25, 2019

Cougars go to 8-1, tied for tops in district

The Logan County Cougars ran their record to 9-1 with a 46-7 district win over Calloway County Friday. The Cougars now are in a three-way tie for the top seed in their Class 4A district with Hopkinsville and Madison-North Hopkins with 3-1 records, If one of them wins a game against good competition next week, that school would be the top seed.

Oct 25, 2019

Panthers fall just short in district championship game

The Russellville Panthers put up a good effort against heavily favored Crittenden County in Marion Friday, but lost the regular season district championship game 21-14. Lennon Reis led the team well from his quarterback slot, Chevis Elliott scored a rushing touchdown, Jackson Hampton returned an interception 70 yards for a TD, and the Panthers blocked a punt for a safety. They had two scoring opportunities late in the game but couldn't get the ball into the end zone. Jovari Gamble rushed for over 90 yards but wasn't as effective after being injured in the second quarter. Coach Mikie Benton's Panthers will open the playoffs at home in two weeks but probably will have to win at Crittenden County the next week to reach the regional championship game.

Oct 25, 2019

Panthers & Cougars to play key games tonight

Both football teams from the Land of Logan play important district games tonight. The Russellville Panthers (2-6 overall, 2-0 district, .418 RPI) travel to Crittenden County (6-2, 2-0, .614). Both of them are guaranteed home Class 1A playoff games Nov. 8, but the winner will be the number one seed. The Logan County Cougars (7-1, 2-1, .594) will entertain Calloway County (1-7, 1-2, .381) in a Class 4A district game. Logan must win this game to have the possibility of a home playoff game. It's likely that Logan, Madisonville-North Hopkins and Hopkinsville will finish with 3-1 district records, which will lead to a statistical tiebreaker after next week's games against strong opponents. WRUS will carry the RHS game live tonight and the Cougar game on a delayed basis Saturday at 2 p.m.

Oct 25, 2019

Adairville churches organizing Trunk or Treat downtown

The Big Fish Team, comprised of nine churches in the Adairville area, will host a Trunk or Treat on the Adairville Square Thursday, Oct. 31 from 4:30-7 p.m. There will be candy, hotdogs, popcorn, and drink. Those are the same official hours for Trick or Treating throughout the city.

Oct 25, 2019

Halloween activities planned in Auburn

Auburn Tourism will host its annual Spook House Thursday, Oct. 31 in the old fire station on Spring Street. This is a free event. Auburn Tourism and New Friendship Baptist Church are organizing a Trunk or Treat on the Auburn Square at the same time, 5-8 p.m. Those who wish to participate can come set up at 4 p.m. Trick or Treat hours are the same in the city. For more information, call Auburn City Hall at 270-542-4149.

Oct 25, 2019

Churches to provide evening of safe fun on the Square Wednesday

Several churches in Logan County have received permission to shut down Carrico Park Square in Russellville to provide familes with a place for some safe fun on Wednesday, Oct, 30, at 5:30 p.m. Inflatables for kids to play on, food for everybody, and lots of candy will be provided. As always, it's all 100 percent free. Everyone who is handing out candy will have on the same kind of t-shirt.

Oct 24, 2019

New Vision Church opens downtown office

New Vision Community Church held a Chamber-led ribbon cutting on Sept. 25 to celebrate the grand opening of their new business office in downtown Russellville. The new offices are located on 150 South Main right off the square. New Vision strives to love the Gospel Life and has services on Sundays and Wednesdays. They host various small groups, kids’ groups, student groups and missions. Senior Pastor is Brad Rogers. Associate Pastor is Tyler Toon. Administrative Assistant is Sherry Gragg. The church is located at 111 McDougal Street, Russellville. For questions, please feel free to give them a call at 270-726-8180.

Oct 24, 2019

River Navy in Civil War topic for Pastfinders Saturday

The Southern Ky Pastfinders will meet this Saturday evening, the 26th, at 7 p.m. at the Logan County Public Library.  This month's program will be presented by author and lecturer Eddie Price from Hawesville. His program is entitled "Lincoln's Brown Water Navy." During the Civil War ironclad warships fought on America's western rivers months before the famous clash of the Monitor and Merrimac. Eddie, dressed as a Federal Civil War sailor, will take us on a rarely told journey down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, up the Cumberland, Tennessee, White, Arkansas rivers and much more. His PowerPoint presentation will be full of informative facts and pictures. This program is open to the public.

Oct 24, 2019

Chandlers Fall Festival Friday

Chandler’s Fall Festival will be this Friday, Oct. 25, from 5-7 p.m. A live auction to start at 7 p.m. Food, games, bouncies, cake walk, silent auction, Dippin Dots, popcorn will be available along with a meal provided by the archery team. The event is for the entire community. For more info is Stephanie Hughes, PTO President.

Oct 23, 2019

Marching Panthers offer preview of state show

The RHS Marching Panthers will present an exhibition performance of their show "A Thousand Cranes" at Rhea Stadium on Friday evening at 7 p.m. (weather permitting). It's free and open to the public. Direcctor Brian Brown's band will take the field at Warren East High School at 11:15 a.m. Saturday in the state semifinals' Class AA division. The top four bands will advance to the finals that night at WKU's Feix Field.

Oct 21, 2019

Logan Aluminum received the Outstanding Corporate Excellence in Philanthropy Award during the inaugural Summit of Excellence event Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Augenstein Alumni Center. A press release says, “Logan Aluminum, a longtime supporter of WKU, provided the initial funding to launch the WKU Industrial Partnership.”

Oct 21, 2019

New RMS signs in place

Last Wednesday, the Russellville Middle School received its new official Panther logo and school sign on the front entrance and replaced the “Russellville 6-8 Center” sign. At the beginning of this school year, RISD officially began the Russellville Middle School. Pictured are Principal Cameron Jackson and RMS students Paloma Rangel, Dylan Tanner and Trayden Watson holding the sign to celebrate the occasion. Superintendent Bart Flener said he is proud to see Russellville Middle School made even more official. 

Oct 21, 2019

Stevenson students visit WKU

Stevenson Elementary School fifth grade students visited Western Kentucky University and the Kentucky Museum on Thursday, Oct. 17. They are learning and making connections with that phrase they hear over and over again, “college & career ready.” Carol Kees, Family Resource Youth Services Coordinator, was responsible for exposing these students with their future options.

Oct 20, 2019

Adairville prekindergarten gathering planned

A session for families with kindergarteners entering Adairville Elementary School next year is planned for Thursday, Oct. 24, from 5:30-7 p.m. It’s called “Ready or Not Kindergarten, Here we Come!” Speakers will include community leaders and teachers sharing information. A reservation is requested.

Oct 19, 2019

Bloodmobile to visit Auburn Nov. 1

The American Red Cross will be present for an Auburn Community Blood Drive on Friday, Nov.1, from noon to 6 p.m. at New Friendship Baptist Church's Fellowship Hall. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter auburn 19 to make a reservation.

Oct 17, 2019

Olmstead offering Ready Set Grow! Monday

Olmstead School will host a Ready Set Grow! Session Monday, Oct. 21, from 5:30-7 p.m. with Dr. Courtney Patrick as the guest speaker. Similar to the Born Learning program, this is for families of pre-kindergarten students. Dr. Courtney Patrick is the guest speaker. Dinner will be provided. RSVP by contacting Raquel Nash at the school.

Oct 15, 2019

South Warren opponent for Logan volleyball's last regular season match tongith

Wehn the Logan County Lady Cougars play their final home game of the regular season tonight at home, the opponent will certainly provide a challenge. The Lady Cougars are 20-5 overall and 10-2 in the region. The Lady Spartan are 20-5 and 6-3 in the region. They have almost identical RPIs with South at .618 and Logan .617. The only team ranked above them is Greenwood (32-2) at .692. Seniors on Coach Caleb Sheffield's first Lady Cougar team are Neveeh Davenport, Onahka Fuller, Shainka Johnson, Micah Page, Hayley Schweers & Madelyn Yonts. Game time is listed at 6:30 p.m.  

Oct 15, 2019

RHS falls at region 7-2

The Russellville Panthers' season came to an end Monday night in the Fourth Region Boys Soccer Tournament at Bowling Green Junior High. Coach Jaramy Rust's team fell 7-2 to a good Barren County team, which now plays Warren Central in tongiht's semifinals. Meanwhile the Logan County Cougars will open play at 8 p.m. against South Warren, which shut out Glasgow 10-0. The Panthers finished with an 11-11-1 record.

Oct 11, 2019

Lady Cougars to open region vs. Greenwood

The Logan County Lady Cougars, who are the 13th District runners-up, will play Greenwood in the opening round of the 4th Region Girls Soccer Tournament at Warren Central on Monday at 8 p.m. The winner will play Barren County Tuesday in the semifinals.

Oct 11, 2019

Pairings announced for boys regional soccer

In the boys 4th Region Soccer Tournament, 13th District runner-up Russellville will play Barren County at 6 p.m. Monday at Bowling Green Junior High. The winner plays Central, which has a bye, Tuesday at 6. Champion Logan County receive a bye, and will play Monday's Glasgow-South Warren survivor Tuesday at 8 p.m. the finals will be thursday at 7 p.m.

Oct 11, 2019

Square and Line Dance set tonight

The Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival Square and Line Dance will be held tonight at the Sportsman Club Building at City County Park from 6-9 p.m.. The free event will serve as a memory make for the Red River Square Dancers. Live bluegrass music and accompanying line dance tunes will be played, featuring Barry Silvey and Backroads Bluegrass. Charlotte Powell is the line dance leader and Henry Duncan the square dance caller.

Oct 10, 2019

Pair of walking tours offered today

Two tours are on the Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival schedule today. The Historic Business Walking Tour will begin at the Chamber of Commerce office on Carrico Park Square at 2 p.m. “Take a walk through downtown historic Russellville Business District and experience the past through stories and photos,” the promo says. The Cemetery Tour begins at 5:30 p.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery. Groups will be sent out every 10 minutes. The last tour will leave at 6

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