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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

Oct 8, 2019

Community Health Fair offered Thusday

The Community Health Fair will be held as part of the Logan County Chamber of Commcerce's Tobacco & Heritage Festival this Thursday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Southern Heights Baptist Church, 1400 Nashville Road, Russellville. Admisssion is free, as are some of the services offered.

Oct 7, 2019

4-H Fall Grill Luncheon Wednesday

Logan County 4-H is offering its Fall Grill Luncheon at the Logan County Extension Office Wednesday from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Extension Office. A chicken or pork chop sandwich with chips and cookie costs $7. A hot dog meal is $3. Delivery is available for orders of five or more. Proceeds will benefit Logan County 4-H programs.

Oct 7, 2019

Entertainment planned on Carrico Square after Festival Parade

A full afternoon of Entertainment on the Square will be held after the Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival Parade on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 12:30-8 p.m. It will include a Karaoke Contest at 12:30, New Talent Series at 2:45, Line Dancing at 4 and the Festival Finale with Dizzorderly Conduct in concert from 5-8.

Oct 6, 2019

Special Needs Awareness Walk planned Friday

On Oct. 11, the final Friday of the Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival, a Special Needs Awareness Walk will be held in downtown Russellville. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Logan County Chamber of Commerce office.

Oct 6, 2019

RHS Homecoming Queen follows family tradition

When Fraley Watkins was crowned Russellville's Football Homecoming Queen Friday before the Panthers' come-from-behind win over district rival Fulton County, history was repeating itself. Sixty years ago this fall, Watkins' grandmother, Clarkie Leedom Milam, was crowned with the same title. That year, the Panther captain was James Milam, Fraley's grandfather and the long-time chairman of the Russellville Board of Education. Fraley is the daughter of Larance and Holly Milam Watkins. This Friday, Gram Humphrey was crowned Homecoming King. That honor didn't exist six decades ago.

Oct 5, 2019

Russellville Alumni Meet & Greet set Friday

From Jean Reynolds: All Russellvile High School Alumni are invited to the annual Meet and Greet Friday, Oct. 11, in the RHS lobby, with doors opening at 5. The Class of 1969 will be honored for its 50th anniversary at 6. All classes celebrating their reunions are invited. The RHS band will perform, door prizes given, a photo op backdrop set up. See more in the attached photo.

Oct 3, 2019

Hoptown ends banged-up Cougars' undefeated season

The Logan County Cougars' perfect season came to an end Thursday night with a 21-6 loss to a good Hopkinsville team. The Cougars were short-handed to start the game with versatile punter/receiver Tristan Blake out and fellow kickers Lucas Arevalo and Thomas Bilyeu playing soccer. The kicking game was a disaster all night, especially as the Cougars continued their nightmarish attempts at long-snapping. Additionally talented athlete Rooster Woodard, who had gone into the game with an injury, made a catch early in the first quarter and never played again. Also super runner/defender Gary Hardy went in banged up and left on a stretcher and then an ambulance. Quarterbacks Tyler Ezell and Braxton Baptiste both left with injuries but returned. Coach Todd Adler got big games from other players who rose to the challenge, including receiver/defender Jarrett Sears and defender Cade Johnson. The Cougars (6-1) are off next week during fall break.

Oct 3, 2019

Steenbergen team wins Festival Road Rally

For the third year in a row, Logan County Tourist & Convention Commission hosted the Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival Road Rally on Saturday, Sept. 28, at The Historic Logan County Courthouse. This year's rally took 16 teams close to 60 miles around Logan County.  Winners are as follows: First Place ($175 Prize)-Ryan Steenbergen, Polly Steenbergen, Dalton Gunderson & Allie Claxton; Second Place ($125 Prize)-Marisa Hopkins, Breanna Hopkins, Emily Offutt, Shelby Offutt & Marcy Duncan; Third Place ($75 Prize)-Elleana Lowe, Amy Cutlip, Rebecca Gibson & Natasha Patterson. 

Oct 2, 2019

Russellville Alumni to meet, set up for Meet & Greet

Russellville High School Alumni will be setting up for the next night's "Meet and Greet" on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at the RHS lobby. The Alumni Association will also be have a business meeting at that time. All interested in the Alumni Association are encouraged to attend this short but important meeting.

Sep 29, 2019

Nicky Smith, LCHS FFA win F-S archery event

From Logan County FFA Reporter Lindsey Brinkley: Recently, four Logan County FFA Members competed in the Franklin-Simpson Invitational Archery Contest where they won first in the FFA Division. Team members included Nicky Smith, Jacob Moore, Avery Fuller, and Austin Haley. Nicky was also the high individual for the contest. The last time Logan County won this event was in 2012 so we are very excited to have the trophy back at the High School! 

Sep 29, 2019

Suicide support group to meet Monday

The Spirit of Light Suicide Support Group will meet at First Presbyterian Church in Russellville at 6 p.m. Monday.

Sep 27, 2019

Ezell hits Sells with winning touchdown pass as time expires

Senior quarterback Tyler Ezell led the Logan County Cougars to a magical 26-24 win at Madisonville-North Hopkins Friday in a district battle between two undefeated teams ranked in Class 4A's Top Ten in the state. The win avenged their only regular season loss in the last three years. Ezell engineered an 80-yard drive in less than a minute, hitting Jaden Sells with a 31-yard passs as time expired. The Cougars were without two of their top playmakers in that winning drive after Rooster Woodard and Gary Hardy went out with injuries. M-NH led 10-0 at the half, fell behind, and then rode the running of start back Jeriah Hightower to take the lead with 51 seconds. Hightower ran for over 300 yards, but Ezell's heroics overshadowed him.

Sep 26, 2019

Rachel Dezarn named Festival Queen

Logan County High School volleyball player Rachel Dezarn, a freshman, was crowned queen of the 2019 Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival Thursday evening. She is the daughter of Jamie and Rhonda Dezarn.

Sep 26, 2019

Festival Queen's Pageant tonight

The queen of the 2019 Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival will be crowned today. The Festival Queen’s Pageant will begin at 7 p.m. at deGraffenried Auditorium. Tickets are $5 each.

Sep 26, 2019

Tasters' Luncheon scheduled Oct. 8

One of the Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival’s oldest events, the Tasters’ Luncheon, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the United Methodist Temple on South Main Street in Russellville with one dining time beginning at 10:45 and the other at noon. Tickets must be purchased for $10 at the church office between Monday, Sept. 30, and Friday, Oct 4, between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Carryout is available, but tickets are required. The event is often a sellout. For more ticket information, call 270-726-6302.


Sep 26, 2019

Panther football game to start at 6:30 Friday

From Chris McGinnis of WRUS: Russellville Panther Head Coach Mikie Benton has advised that the RHS game Friday night at Somerset will kickoff at 6:30 Central Time. The delayed broadcast of this game can be heard on all WRUS platforms Saturday afternoon at 2.

Sep 24, 2019

Judge candidates to speak to Republican Women

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 12 noon, the Logan County Republican Women’s Club will meet at Lost River Creamery. Lunches may be purchased. Special guests will be Joe Hendricks and Joe Ross, non-partisan candidates for Circuit Judge.

Sep 23, 2019

WIC vouchers must be redeemed at Farmers' Market this week

This is the final week for young mothers to redeem their WIC vouchers for vegetables and fruits at the Logan County Farmers Market. These are the vouchers issued by the health department. The market is open Tuesdays from 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30-noon. The market will continue until the end of October and Senior Vouchers will be accepted until then. The Logan County Farmers' Market is located in the pavilion behind the Extension Office.

Sep 23, 2019

Cougars Bass Team meeting set Thursday

A Logan County High School Bass Team meeting will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. Athletic Director Greg Howard says this will be the final signup opportunity for the team.

Sep 20, 2019

Pastfinders to learn about Gaines Cookset from Griffin

The Southern Ky Pastfinders meet this Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Logan County Public Library. The speaker this month is research librarian Mark Griffin. Mark's program is entitled "Celebrating Gaines Cooksey's 151st Birthday". Mr. Cooksey was a successful and outspoken merchant in Russellville at the turn of 20th century. Mr Cooksey used his newspaper ads as commentary on various issues of the day. Using his ads from old newspapers, Mark will bring us a unique glimpse into Russellville's history through one merchant’s perspective. The public is invited and admission is free, so don't let history be a mystery.

Sep 20, 2019

Teams with identical records meeting twice tonight

Two local high school games tonight involve teams with identical but very different records. The Logan County Cougars--one of the top teams in the state in Class 4A--will play host to Class 5A's Greenwood at Cougar Field. Both teams are 4-0. The Cougars are one of the top scoring teams in the state with three of the wins involving running clocks and 55 or more points for LCHS. Greenwood made a statement early by beating two-time defending Class 4A state champion Franklin-Simpson in their season opener. Franklin, meanwhile, is hosting Class 1A Russellville in one of the longest-running rivalries in Western Kentucky. Both teams are 0-4. F-S has played a tough schedule and hopes to resume its winning ways tonight on James 'Shadetree' Matthews Field during its Homecoming. The Panthers are showing improvement each week, including scoring 28 points in a loss to Logan County last week. WRUS Radio will carry the RHS game live with Countdown to Kickoff beginning at 6:30. The Cougars' game will be tape-delayed an aired Saturday, beginning at 2:05.

Sep 17, 2019

Ben Slack named National Merit Semifinalist

Russellville High School senior Ben Slack has been named a National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist. He is one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists (of the 1.5 million students who began the qualifying process in 2018) who will continue competing for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. The next step is to fill out an extensively detailed application to qualify to become a National Merit Finalist. Ben is the son of RHS teacher Bethanie Hargett-Slack and of businessman Glenn Slack.

Sep 17, 2019

Contestants sought for Womanless Beauty Pageant

A Womanless Beauty Pageant is planned Friday, Oct. 4, to support the Russellville Senior Citizens. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Logan County Courthouse. Contestants/participants are needed. Men willing to help can call Brent Summers at 270-726-2403.

Sep 16, 2019

Lady Cougars win 1-0

From Logan County Lady Cougar Soccer Coach Barry McReynolds: Terrific passing from Briana Shelton to Kadyn Costello to Peyton Vanzant for the game-winning goal from two yards out to give Logan County the win 1-0 on a hot day in Greenville Saturday. Throughout the game team defense stood tall, led by Keira Costello, Campbell Hamilton, Carli Jo Bruner, Harley Robertson and Emma Allen. The Lady Cougars also got terrific play in the goal from Brady Alsup with 10 saves, several late in the game to ensure the win

Sep 13, 2019

Cougars win Clash, Panthers have bright spots

Both teams left Rhea Stadium after Friday's football Clash of the Cats with reasons to be proud. The Logan County Cougars ran their record to 4-0 while starting a running clock on the first play of the second half with a 48-7 lead. It was their third running clock in four starts. The Panthers fell to 0-4 and lost 55-28, but they can build on a touchdown scored against the Cougar varsity and three touchdowns scored against the Logan reserves. They also showed a highly effective return game. Watch The LoJo for details.

Sep 12, 2019

Westerfield to speak at SKYCTC's Constitution Day event

Logan County Republican Chair Barry Kennedy, a history professor at Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College, is chairing Constitution Day activities for the college again this year. Sen. Whitney Westerfield, who represents Logan County in the state senate, will be the guest speaker. Constitution Day activities will be held on SKYCTC’s Main Campus (1845 Loop Street in Bowling Green) in building F this Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Westerfield will present “The Constitution and You.”

Sep 10, 2019

4-H Cloverbuds to meet at Robey's Dairy

Logan County's youngest 4-Hers, the Cloverbuds, will meet Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. They will be meeting at Robey's Dairy at Schochoh. They will tour their calf barn and possibly the milk parlor and should dress according. If you need a ride or have questions, call the Logan County Extension Office at 270-726-6323.

Sep 9, 2019

Quarles named head Panther basketball coach

Carlos Quarles, who is in his third year as an assistant principal in the Russellville High School & Middle School complex, was introduced as the new head coach of Panther boys basketball Monday. The position came open when third-year head coach and guidance counselor Rex Booth resigned last week to become fifth-sixth grade principal in his native Edmonson County. Quarles, a former Hopkinsville and WKU athlete, served as an assistant coach at Warren Central under Tim Riley & William Unseld for 11 seasons. He has been an assistant football and basketball coach at RHS.

Sep 9, 2019

Life Point Pregnancy banquet Sept. 24

Life Choice Pregnancy Care Center in Russellville will hold its annual fundraising banquet on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 6-8 p.m. at Walnut Grove Church Parkway near City-County Park in Russellville. Melissa Ohden, a survivor of a failed saline abortion attempt, will be the speaker. Call 270-717-5433 to make reservations.

Sep 8, 2019

Comer's field rep to be in Logan

Congressman James Comer’s Field Representative, Corey Elder, will host office hours on behalf of the Congressman in Logan County to help 1st district residents with federal casework issues on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 10-11 a.m. at the Historic Logan County Courthouse’s Fiscal Court Room.

Sep 8, 2019

Festival Golf Scramble Oct. 5

A golf scramble will be part of the Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival will be held Saturday, Oct, 4, from 8:30-11 a.m. at Rolling Hills Golf Course. Registration in advance is required. Registration papers are available at Rolling Hills, Auburn Banking Company (Russellville location), and Logan Chamber. The fee is $45. The deadline to register is Thursday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m.

Sep 8, 2019

Chamber to hold Networking Breakfast at EPB Wednesday

The Russellville Electric Plant Board will host a Networking Breakfast for the Logan County Chamber of Commerce this Wednesday from 7:30-8:30 at its office on East Fourth Street.

Sep 4, 2019

In battle of undefeateds, Lady Cougars plan white-out against Greenwood

From Logan County Athletic Director Greg Howard: Logan County Volleyball (7-0) has decided to put on a white-out tomorrow night as they face perennial region and state power.....Greenwood (10-0). Everyone is invited to attend the game that will be held in the main gym Thursday, Sept., 5.  Freshman game will start at 5:30, then JV and after that the varsity. In their first year under Coach Caleb Sheffield, the Lady Cougars are not only undefeated but have won 20 of 21 games. They went 9-0 in the always Best of the West event in Owensboro, sweeping Graves County, Muhlenberg County and Henderson County.

Aug 30, 2019

Cougars dominate Muhlenberg County in first half

The Logan County Cougars got the home football clock running in the first half Friday with a dominating performance on both sides of the ball. Coach Todd Adler's team led Muhlenberg County 39-0 at the intermission. Quarterback Tyler Ezell had thrown 3 touchdown passes--a pair of them to Maurice Gordon and one to Rooster Woodard, who caught 4 passes for 129 yards. Gary Hardy ran for 93 yards and 3 touchdowns. Xavier Evans intercepted 2 passes. Tristan Blake and Ezell handled the kicking game well in the absence of Thomas Bilyeu and Lucas Arevado, who were playing in a soccer tournament in Bowling Green.

Aug 30, 2019

Nelson Lyne passes away next day after his wife June's death

Just one day after the death of his wife, former State Representative June Lyne, highly respected South Logan farmer Nelson Lyne died Thursday night. Mrs. Lyne's funeral was already scheduled today at 3 p.m. at Crittenden Drive Church of Christ. Now it will be a joint service with Harris Dockins officiating. The visitation for both, Nelson and June Lyne, will be today from 1-3 p.m. with the funeral service at 3 at Crittenden Drive. Summers, Kirby & Sanders Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. June Lyne's obituary appears in the Obituary section of The Logan Journal.   

Aug 28, 2019

Death claims pair of long-time retired officials

Death has claimed two high respected long-time Logan County public officials this week. Retired Logan County Judge-Exectuive Johnny Guion died Monday, and former State Representative June Lyne's death followed Tuesday. Judge Guion, who was a star athlete at Russellville High School, ran his family business, Guion's Market, for many years before closing the store and being elected to four terms as the county's chief executive officer. Rep. Lyne farmed with her husband Nelson and worked for many years in the office of Browns Tobacco Warehouse before being sent to Frankfort many terms by the voters of Logan and Todd counties. Summers, Kirby & Sanders Funeral Home will announce funeral arrangements for both of them soon and they will be available on The Logan Journal.

Aug 27, 2019

Rex Booth resigns as RHS counselor, coach

Russellville High School Guidance Counselor and Head Boys Basketball Coach announced Tuesday that he is resigning to accept an elementary school principalship in his native Edmonson County. Booth has been head coach the past two seasons and compiled a record of 15-36 overal and 3-11 in the district. He previously was head coach at Livingston Central and Hopkins County Central.  Assistant Coach Robbie Weathers is still on the Russellville Schools staff. His wife Shannon works in the middle school and is head volleyball coach for the Lady Panthers.

Aug 27, 2019

Tonight's Logan soccer matches moved to Todd Central

From Logan County Athletic Director Greg Howard: District soccer match-ups tonight with Todd County were originally scheduled to be played at Logan C ounty. They  will  now be played at Todd County Central starting at 6 p.m. Todd County will play here on Sept. 17.

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