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Jan 22, 2020

One of Auburn's leading businessmen has died. Phil Bilyeu passed away at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville Monday following a major stroke and heart attacks last week. He was co-owner of B & J Auto Sales, and he and his partner Michael Johnson have been owners of several commercial properties in Auburn. Mr. Bilyeu is survived by his wife Dianna, son Barry Bilyeu, sister Dianne Crane and grandchildren Landon and Eva Grace Bilyeu. Visitation at the funeral home in Auburn will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday with the funeral Friday at 2 p.m.



Jan 22, 2020

MLK Commemorative Unity Walk set Monday

The public is invited to attend the 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Unity Walk Celebration that will start Monday, Jan. 27, at 8:15 a.m. The walk will begin from the historical site at Jesus Church of Russellville, on 637 East Fifth Street, and proceed walking up East Fifth Street; walk around the square arriving upstairs of the old historical Logan County Courthouse on West 4th /Winter Street where a historical and educational program presentation will be held for community leaders, pastors, churches, musicians, elected officials, businesses, organizations, parents and students from Logan and Russellville schools.

For more informationContact Marvinia Benton Neblett or Charles Neblett, President/Founder of Community Projects, Inc. for 2020 MLK Unity Walk/Program Organizers at 270-957-2836 or freedom_neblett@yahoo.com



Jan 19, 2020

Collier, Croslin & Nichols receive softball honors

Three players from the Land of Logan have received pre-season softball honors for the 2020 season. In a ranking of Top Ten players in the Fourth Region, Russellville freshman Amiyah Collier tied for third while Logan County seniors Brea Croslin & Kennedy Nichols were ranked fifth and ninth, respectively. Also receiving votes were Lady Cougars Sydney Lee, KJ Page & Shelby Gettings and Lady Panther Chloe Whitescarver.



Jan 17, 2020

Rolling road blocks set for Simpson County

There will be rolling road blocks in both directions on Interstate 65 near exit 2 in Simpson County on Sunday. Jan. 19. The rolling roadblocks are expected to begin around 8 a.m. and last until noon. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area and expect delays. The rolling road blocks are being for a utility project that involves a crossover.



Jan 17, 2020

Todd County history Pastfinders' subject Saturday

The first meeting of 2020 for the Southern Ky Pastfinders will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday the at the Logan Public Library. The program will be presented by Gary Violett from Elkton. The title of his program is "T is For Todd County." An architect and avid historian, Gary has developed a PowerPoint presentation that reveals some obscure and unique facts regarding Todd County's history as well as its relation to Logan County.
The public is welcome, and admission is free.



Jan 16, 2020

Celebration of Dorothy Hines' 90th birthday set Sunday

A celebration will be held this Sunday in honor of the 90th birthday of Dorothy Garner Hines. Her family has invited anyone who would like to attend to come to Fellowship Church of Christ from 2-4 p.m.



Jan 15, 2020

Parker White to sign with Kentucky State today

A signing ceremony for Logan County High School baseball standout Parker White will be held this afternoon at 3:30 at LCTC. He will play baseball for Kentucky State University.



Jan 14, 2020

Suicide support group to meet Thursday

The Spirit of Light Suicide Support Group will meet at First Presbyterian Church in Russellville from 6-8 p.m. this Thursday.



Jan 13, 2020

County kindergarten registration nearing

Logan County Schools will hold 2020-21 Kindergarten Registration Thursday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Career & Technical Center. Parents should bring their child’s official birth certificate and proof of residence. Additional forms and information will be available at registration.



Jan 11, 2020

Blood drive scheduled in Auburn

An Auburn Community Blood Drive will be held at New Friendship Baptist Church on Friday, Jan. 24, from noon-6 p.m. It’s sponsored by Church Women United. “Can you believe we are starting another year of begging for folks who are able to donate blood so that those who are not able or those who need blood will have that need met any time?” says Chair Elsie Carpenter, who is starting her 46th year in that role. Call 1-800-733-2767 to make an appointment.



Jan 10, 2020

4-H Cook Club to meet, new members welcome

The Logan County 4-H Cooking Club will meet Monday, Jan. 13, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Logan County Extension Office. All youth 9-18 years old are welcome to attend. RSVP or for more information contact the Logan County Extension Office at 270-723-6323.



Jan 9, 2020

State hall of fame to honor Lillie Mason during Friday's boys Clash

From Athletic Director Greg Howard: Logan County High School is proud to announce that in additin to the 2020 Hall of Fame activities this Friday night, we will also have a special presentation during the halftime of the boys game. KHSAA Basketball Hall of Fame member Lillie Mason will be honored at that time. Greg Purpus, director of that state Hall of Fame, will do the presentation in the presence of her hometown fans. Mason is a charter member of the Logan County Athletic Boosters Hall of Fame.



Jan 7, 2020

Ribbon cutting for new Russellville Sr. Center tomorrow

This Wednesday, Jan. 8, the Logan County Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon cutting at the new Russellville Senior Center/Community Services Center. It’s located in the newly remodeled building which was the long-time home of Logan County Public Library. The address is 201 West Sixth Street and the ceremony will take place between noon and 1 p.m. during the center’s Grand Opening.



Jan 4, 2020

F-S holds off Lady Panthers 44-34

The Russellville Lady Panthers kept the score close almost all of the game Friday but lost 44-34 to visiting Franklin-Simpson. Chloe Whitescarver's second 3-pointer tied the score at 23-23 late in the third quarter, but the Lady Cats outscored their hosts 21-11 the rest of the game. Jordin Morris was the leading rebounder and scorer for the home team with 14 and 9. Actually Amijah Collier also had 9 points. Russellville didn't shoot well, going 31 percent from the field, 17.6 percent from 3-point range, and 33 percent in free throws. Anastasia Dowlen added 8 points and 12 rebounds. Franklin freshman Conleigh Wilson had an outstanding fourth quarter for Coach Lex Lindsey. She finished with 8, just a point below Alera Barbee. The Lady Panthers are 8-4 on the season and F-S 6-6.











Jan 4, 2020

Cocoa Kees Collier Classic underway at RHS

Several outstanding teams are part of the Ashley 'Cocoa' Kees Classic going on today at Russellville's Jim Young Gymnasium. The event honors the late coach and former outstanding RHS athlete who died unexpectedly in April. The 3 p.m. game will feature Bowling Green High School against Calloway County. BGH is led by former RHS coach/athletic director Calvin Head and his assistant, former Lady Cougar start Chloe Elam. At 4:30, Graves County will play Whitehouse Heritage, and then at 6 p.m. the host Lady Panthers of Coach Cameron Jackson will entertain West Creek, also of Tennessee. Tickets are $8 for the day.



Jan 3, 2020

Addie White leads Logan in romp

Senior Addie White got the Logan County Lady Cougars off to a great start in the first quarter on the way to a 57-23 district win over visiting Todd Central Friday. White, who is part of an all-senior starting lineup, hit a trio of 3-pointers in the first quarter and five for the game in limited action for 17 points. Page Vanzant scored 13 and Peyton Vanzant 9. Coach Finley Baird used all the players on her bench in the first half, and the starters saw limited action. Emoni Fort led the Lady Rebels with 7 points while Shelby Johnson added 6. The Lady Cougars are now 2-0 in the district.



Jan 3, 2020

Twin twinbills in 13th District set tonight

All eight 13th District varsity basketball teams will not only be in action tonight, but they all will be playing another district team. Franklin-Simpson's girls and boys teams will be at Russellville while Todd Central's teams will be at Logan County. One highlight will be the return of Auburn resident Dennis Pardue to coach against the Cougars. Pardue has revisited his first head coaching stint at Todd Central as the Rebels' head coach again. In between he has coached Russellville, Garrard County and a school in Tennessee. Portions of all four games will be aired on WRUS (104.9 FM, 610 AM and on internet.



Dec 30, 2019

Cougars win Roy's/FSNB Classic title

With an 80-74 victory over Great Crossings Sunday night, homestanding Logan County (9-3) won the championship of the Roy’s Bar-B-Que/First Southern National Bank Classic. Louisville Collegiate edged Clinton County 57-55 for third place, and Coach Tim Riley’s Owensboro Catholic Aces beat crosstown rival Daviess County 67-46 for fifth. “This was a quality tournament from top to bottom. What a great job by booster parents and the coaching staff!” says LCHS Athletic Director Greg Howard.



Dec 29, 2019

Cougars to play for Roys/FSNB title tonight at 7

The Logan County Cougars will play host to Great Crossings in the finals of the Roy's Bar-B-Que/First Southern National Bank Classic tonight at 7 p.m. Both teams are 2-0 in the three-day tournament. Coach John Tinsley's Cougars, who have won eight of their last nine games, have beaten Daviess County 68-35 and Clinton County 66-54. Great Crossings, which plays in the tough Lexington region, is 6-4 and has a win over always tough Scott County. Coach Steve Page's Warhawks have beaten Hopkinsville 53-50 and Louisville Collegiate 55-54 in this tournament. 



Dec 29, 2019

Karina Holloman wins highest honors from art school

Logan County High School graduate Karina Holloman received top honors at the Nossi College of Art Senior Art Show. The Nossi teachers and staff select award winners from the four degree programs. Karina received the Academic All Star Award for earning the highest grade point average in her program. She also received the Most Creative Award, which is given to the student that demonstrates the highest levels of imagination and creativity.  Karina received the Talent Discovery Award, given to the student who is considered extremely talented and the “best of the best” among all the graduates. Karina is a December graduate with a Bachelor in Graphic Art - Commercial Illustration degree. Her artwork can be viewed at karinadoesart.myportfolio.com. Karina is the daughter of Chris and Kerry Holloman of Adairville.



Dec 28, 2019

Lewisburg Bank's Auburn office to open Thursday

Lewisburg Banking Company’s Auburn new office, which is located at 124 Sugar Maple Drive, Suite F, is scheduled to open this Thursday, Jan. 2. President Edna Hughes says regulatory approval for the full-time service office was received from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in May. The office will have an Interactive Teller Machine (ITM), which features live video tellers over 56 hours each week. The bank is located behind and across the street from Casey’s General Store and is in the same strip as two healthcare facilities.



Dec 21, 2019

Acappella's Pendergrass to lead Fellowship worship services Sunday

George Pendergrass, second tenor in the Hall of Fame Christian Music group Acappela, will lead worship services at Fellowship Church of Christ this Sunday. Pendergrass is a close friend of Fellowship minister Jimmie Hampton, dating back to their years at Lipscomb University. Pendergrass and his wife travel around the world doing mission work, much of it involving vocal music. He also teaches music. The Fellowship Church is located at the intersection of East Fourth and Franklin streets. Bible study begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30.



Dec 17, 2019

Braxton Meguiar to sign with Wabash Valley Wednesday

Logan County baseball star Braxton Meguiar will hold his official collegiate signing ceremony Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Logan County Career & Technical Center. He will play for Wabash Valley Community College in Illinois, traditionally one of the top junior college teams in the nation. This spring as a junior, Meguiar was named third team all-state in baseball. He had 60 hits, including 7 homers, 19 doubles, 23 walks, and 46 each of RBIs and runs scored while batting .484 and striking out just 8 times. He also put together a 34-game hitting streak, second longest in state history. 



Dec 13, 2019

Logan teams sweep Franklin

Both the Logan County girls and girls played outstanding team ball in recording impressive district wins over visiting Franklin-Simpson Friday. With four seniors--Peyton and Paige Vanzant, Addie White and Kennedy Nichols--scoring in double figures, Coach Finley Baird's Lady Cougars beat the Lady Cats 65-50. The Lady Cougars got a life from junior reserve Abby Hinton. The Cougars followed with a 64-57 win over the Cats. Senior reserve Jay Hardison had a tremendous second half and finished with varsity career-high 21 points. Hardison, newcomer Jose Nazario and center Dylan Bashman led a 16-2 run for Coach John Tinsley's team early in the fourth quarter. Nazario scored 13 points and Bashman 10. Kate Norwood scored 17 and Hadley Turner 16 for the Franklin girls while Kyjuan Stutzman led the F-S boys with 22.



Dec 12, 2019

Chris Baker's team playing for state title in Florida tonight

Chris Baker is linebackers coach for the Escambia High School Gators, who will be playing for the Florida State Class 6A state football championship tonight. The undefeated Gators will play Miami Central at Daytona. The game will be streamed live on the fhsaa website. Chris is the son of the late Russellville and Logan County head football coach Stumpy Baker and of the late Frieda Baker, who was principal of Russellville Middle School.



Dec 12, 2019

Chris Baker's team playing for state title in Florida tonight

Chris Baker is linebackers coach for the Escambia High School Gators, who will be playing for the Florida State Class 6A state football championship tonight. The undefeated Gators will play Miami Central at Daytona. The game will be streamed live on the fhsaa website. Chris is the son of the late Russellville and Logan County head football coach Stumpy Baker and of the late Frieda Baker, who was principal of Russellville Middle School.



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.


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