News Briefs on The LoJo for January 2019
By Jim Turner

Posted on January 31, 2019 9:29 PM

Jan 31, 2019

Cougars hold off Todd surge

to seal tie for number 1 seed

Trailing 51-24 at the half, the Todd Central Rebels made an impressive run against the visiting Logan County Cougars Thursday before Logan regrouped to win 80-70. The Rebels had gone on a 16-1 run for most of the third quarter before Logan's Tommy Krohn hit a shot at the buzzer to make the Cougar lead 61-48 going into the final quarter. Todd kept clawing back. With Deonte Toliver hitting from everywhere and Clayte Weathers getting two quick buckets, the Rebels pulled to within seven. Krohn responded with a goal, but big John Calvary hit a shot to make Logan's lead just 72-67. But Logan's Kelby Epley hit some big free throws, and Dalton Thompson hit a pair of layups against Todd's press to seal the Cougars' 18th win in 22 starts. Krohn finished with 24 points, Epley 19, Anthony Woodard 12, Thompson 10 and Third Bell9. Toliver scored 22 for Todd, Calvary had 17 and Preston Moore 11. If Russellville wins at Franklin-Simpson Friday night, the Cougars will be the top seed. An F-S win would create a tie and a coin flip for the number one seed.

Jan 31, 2019

Lady Cougars beat Todd,

clinch tie for first in district

When Sarah Beth Hale hit a 3-pointer followed by a goal by Blayke Bingham midway through the fourth quarter Thursday, visiting Logan County led the Todd Central Lady Rebels 50-27. The Logan reserves preserved the win by a 52-35 score. Hale finished with 16 points while Paige Vanzant & Kennedy Nichols added 10 each and Bingham 7. Amy Brumfield scored almost half the home team's points, tying Hale for game honors with 16. With the win, Coach Finley Baird's team improved its district record to 5-1, clinching a tie for the top seed. Russellville can tie the Lady Cougars for that number one seed if Coach Cameron Jackson's Lady Panthers can win at Franklin-Simpson Friday and then beat Todd Central next week. Todd will be the number four seed.

Jan 31, 2019

Cougars score 51 points in first half

With Tommy Krohn scoring 15 points and Kelby Epley 13 in the first half, the Logan County Cougars led Todd Central 51-24 at the half in a district game at Elkton. John Calvary scored 10 points for the Rebels despite solid defense from fellow big man Dylan Basham.

Jan 30, 2019

Logan schools still closed Thursday but games on

Logan County Schools will be closed again Thursday but the Cougars' and Lady Cougars' games at Todd Central will still be played, according to LCHS Athletic Director Greg Howard.   The games will be carried on WRUS 94.1 FM and 610 AM.

Jan 30, 2019

Marshall Kemp to speak on Pauline's

Retired Logan County and Russellville Superintendent Marshall Kemp will speak on Pauline’s, a long-time former brothel is Bowling Green that became well known across the United States, and the memoir Pauline Tabor, the madam of the brothel, wrote herself. This is scheduled Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Logan County Public Library.



Jan 29, 2019

Logan and colleges closed, but

RHS and BGHS plan to be open

Logan County Schools, SKYCTC, WKU and Simpson County Schools have announced they will not be open Wednesday because of extreme weather conditions. The Russellville @RVK Panthers Twitter account has declared it "Wear Your Beanie Day" at RJSHS. Bowling Green Schools also plan to be open.

Jan 29, 2019

Logan Facility Plan Committee

to meet Tuesday, Feb. 5

The Local Planning Committee for the Logan County School's Facility Plan will meet on Feb. 5, 2019, at 6 p.m., at the Logan County Board of Education.

Jan 29, 2019

Middle school tournament begins

The Logan County Middle School Basketball Tournament begins tonight at Logan County High School with the numbers 4 and 5 seeds going against each other. In the girls bracket at 6, it will be Chandlers and Adairville. The winner will play number one seed Auburn Saturday at 9 a.m. In the boys bracket tonight, Lewisburg and Chandlers will meet at 7:30. The survivor advances to meet number one Adairville at 10:30 Saturday. Olmstead is the number 3 seed in both divisions. Championship games will be Saturday evening.

Jan 28, 2019

Quarles to speak at Chamber Ag Appreciation Breakfast Wednesday

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles will be the guest speaker at the Logan Chamber of Commerce’s annual Agriculture Appreciation Breakfast Wednesday at 7 a.m. at the Logan County Extension Office. There’s no charge to attend but an RSVP is appreciated at 270-726-6323 or by emailing

Jan 27, 2019

Russellville Schools seeking information on alumni

Russellville Schools hope to get alumni more involved in school activities and promotions. Plans are being formulated for expanding the Russellville Alumni Association and creating a related Friends of Russellville group. Activities and benefits for members are being formulated. Superintendent Bart Flener encourages anyone who attended the city schools or wants to be involved in supporting them to send an email to It should include name, year of graduation, email address, cell phone number and physical mailing address.

Jan 27, 2019

Schools split wins in Clash of the Cats

The Russellville Lady Panthers led the entire game by as much as 22 points on the way to a 56-52 upset of homestanding Logan County in the Clash of the Cats Friday. In the second game the Logan County Cougars also led the entire game, withstood some RHS runs, and beat the Panthers 61-47. Watch The LoJo for more complete stories of the games in the next few days,

Jan 27, 2019

C-USA coaching award

named for Phillip Hatchett

From WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart: At the NCAA Convention this weekend, Conference USA Presidents and Athletic Directors voted to change the name of the conference's Men's Golf Coach of the Year to the "Phillip Hatchet Coach of the Year." Mr. Hatchett, a native of and resident of Russellville, was the Hilltopper golf coach when he had his life taken from him by an inattentive driver on U.S. 68-80 while biking last summer.

Jan 26, 2019

Soul Stirrers to sing

at Bank Street Sunday

The Clarksville Soul Searchers will be in concert at Bank Street AME Zion Church on East Fifth Street in Russellville at 6 p.m. this Sunday.

Jan 24, 2019

Pedigos lead Trojanettes past Logan

When Logan County's Kennedy Nichols scored to put her team up 9-8, Barren County went on a 19-4 run the rest of the first quarter. The Lady Cougars never could catch up and fell 65-53 in Glasgow. The Trojanettes were led by the Pedigos. Bailey Pedigo hit 8 of 10 free throws on the way to 20 points, and Mallory Pedigo added 15. Sarah Beth Hale led Logan with 17 points while Paige Vanzant and Nichols added 9 each. 

Jan 23, 2019

RHS track named

for Coach Matt Tipton

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Russellville Board of Education approved naming the track at Russellville High School Matt Tipton Track. The late Mr. Tipton coached track and field at the school for 42 seasons, beginning in 1974. It's one of the longest tenures for a coach in any sport in state history. His athletes won over 20 state championships and the entire team was state runner-up twice. He was also the first coach of Lady Panther basketball and is still the longest serving coach in that program's history. Paulette Benton Smith and Ann Page Province McReynolds made the recommendation to the board as part of a committee studying the proposal.

Jan 23, 2019

Auditions set for

Logan middle musical

 From Melanie Manley: Auditions for Willy Wonka Jr. for 5th-8th grade will be Thursday, Jan. 24 from 3:30-5:30 p.m, and Friday, Jan. 25, from 3:30-5:30 at the LCHS library. You just pick one day to attend. Prepare a short song to audition with! We will have callbacks if necessary on Saturday, Jan. 26. The show is scheduled to be performed the last weekend of April. (Younger students for ensemble auditions will be at a later date.)

Jan 22, 2019

Logan b'ball games

at Barren County still on

The Logan County Lady Cougars and Cougars will play tonight at Barren County Tuesday night despite school not having classes in person today, Athletic Director Greg Howard has announced.

Jan 21, 2019

Russellville Schools in,

Logan out Tuesday

Russellville Schools will be in session Tuesday. Logan County Schools won't, at least in person. The two systems made those announcements on Twitter Monday. The city schools have not been in session since Wednesday. They were closed Thursday and Friday because of widespread illness and on Monday for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance. Logan was out Monday for MLK Day. Both would have undoubtedly been dismissed Monday because of the estimated three-inch snow Saturday night along with the bitter cold. WRUS reported the early morning temperature at six degrees. Russellville Superintendent Bart Flener praised the efforts of road crews and school staff in cleaning streets and parking lots. Logan is the eighth largest county in Kentucky and many backroads are difficult to clear. This will be the first Non Traditional Instruction Day of the year for Logan students to study at home.

Jan 20, 2019

Monica Edwards to

head Monroe library

Monica Edwards, who played key roles for Logan County Public Library for several years before leaving for the Warren County Public Library, has been named director of the William B. Harlan Memorial Library in Monroe County. A going away party is going to be held Friday, Jan. 25, from4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Historic RailPark and Train Museum on Kentucky Street in Bowling Green.  Her friends and admirers are invited.

Jan 20, 2019

Arts council plans summer

drama productions in June

The Russellville Arts Council in Kentucky has announced its Summer Drama productions for June. President Larry Vaught says, “We will be featuring a Dance Camp based on the story line of 101 Dalmatians for students in third to fifth grades (June 3-7). For our sixth graders through graduating seniors, we will be featuring the ground breaking Rodger and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma of the most fun musicals ever produced! (June 24-29). Auditions for both events will be held around the third week of May.” This is open to students in Logan County and adjoining counties. For more details, email

Jan 20, 2019

Funeral services for

John Heatherly postponed

Price Funeral Home has announced that funeral services for the late John Heatherly have been postponed from Sunday to Tuesday because of the cold and snow. The correct times are listed in his obituary on The LoJo.

Jan 18, 2019

Logan games canceled

The Logan County Lady Cougars’ scheduled basketball games with Edmonson County and Hancock County have been canceled, Athletic Director Greg Howard has announced. Also, the Cougars’ games Freshmen/JV games against Warren Central Feb. 9 are no longer on the schedule.

Jan 18, 2019

F-S comes back to edge Cougars

Logan County built a 30-15 lead at Franklin-Simpson Friday but then let it get away in a 57-52 district loss. The Wildcats and their fans kept Cougars Anthony Woodard out of his regular rhythm throughout the game, and foul trouble (both those called on them and free throws they missed) hurt the team. DeMarco Chatman scored 23 points and Dawson Knight 10 for Coach Dee Spencer's Wildcats, who ran their record to 10-7 overall and 3-1 in the district. Logan fell to 15-3 and 3-1. Tommy Krohn led the Cougars with 16 points and Kelby Epley added 11.

Jan 18, 2019

Logan at Franklin tonight

An important 13th District Basketball doubleheader will be played Friday night when the Logan County Lady Cougars and Cougars go to Franklin-Simpson. Both Logan teams are undefeated in district play, and wins tonight would go a long way toward sealing the number one seeds in the district tournament. WRUS 610 and 94.1 will carry both games live. They will also be available on the station's website and mobile ap.

Jan 18, 2019

Elkton street to be

named for Guy Mallory

The city of Elkton will hold a ceremony on Friday (today) at 1 p.m. to unveil the re-naming of North Weathers Lane to Mr. Guy Mallory Lane.  The street was re-named by the Elkton City Council in honor of Mr. Guy Mallory, a model citizen of Elkton who served his country valiantly in World War II and the Conflict in Korea.  Mr. Mallory gave freely to his community, including land donations to the Todd County Senior Citizens Center and Todd County Public Library.  Mr. Mallory also retired from the US Postal Service, working in the Post Office in Elkton that sits adjacent to the newly re-named Mr. Guy Mallory Lane. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will take place at Mr. Guy Mallory Lane and the intersection of West Main Street in Elkton.


Jan 17, 2019

Times changed for Logan

at Glasgow games

From LCHS Athletic Director Greg Howard: On Saturday, Jan. 26, Glasgow will be their Homecoming and the boys game will be played at 6 p.m., followed by Homecoming activities, then the girls game.

Jan 15, 2019

Logan Volleyball coaching

icon Steven Lyne resigns

One of the most successful coaches in Fourth Region history in any sport has resigned. Logan County Volleyball Coach Steven Lyne told his players Tuesday that he has resigned as coach of the ultra-successful Lady Cougars. He has been with the program ever since it began almost two decades ago, first as the top assistant to Coach 
Tina Phelps and then as head coach the past eight seasons. With him at the helm, Logan Volleyball went 64-0 against district competition and captured all eight district titles. Overall, they have won over 120 consecutive district matches and 16 straight district titles. Assistant Coach James Imlay says, "He just told us 'it's time.'" An LCHS graduate, Lyne is a livestock farmer, and his family has a specialized coffee distribution business.

Jan 14, 2019

Lady Panthers advance

to Class A semifinals

With sophomore Chloe Whitescarver hitting five 3-pointers and scoring 21 points, Coach Cameron Jackson’s Russellville Lady Panthers advanced to the Class A Regional Semifinals Monday by beating visiting Cumberland County 58-41. Supporting Whitescarver with nine points each were DeShala LeBlanc, Anastasia Dowlen & Amiyah Collier. The Lady Panthers led 39-27 after three quarters before Whitescarver hit a pair of treys and LeBlanc a third in the first 90 seconds of the final period. When Dowlen hit a rebound shot, RHS led by 20 with 3:30 left. Cambria Vincent of Edmonson County scored 20 points by hitting 13 of 17 free throws. Carly Patterson added 11. Russellville plays host Todd Central in Wednesday’s second round at 6 p.m.

Jan 14, 2019

Cougars' Koby Wall to

play baseball for L-W

Logan County High School baseball and football standout Koby Wall will sign with Lindsey Wilson to play baseball. His signing will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 3:30 p.m. at the CTC building. Athletic Director Greg Howard says, “Everyone is invited to come celebrate Koby's special day!


Jan 14, 2019

Water line work set for Brookhaven

From WRUS: The City of Russellville Water Department will begin working on Honeysuckle Lane, in the Brookhaven Subdivision, on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The city will be replacing the two-inch water mains in the area. The City of Russellville apologizes for any inconvenience this work may have on its citizens. If you have any questions, feel free to call 270-726-5025.

Jan 11, 2019

Lady Panthers get district win

Trailing 18-15 at the half, the Russellville Lady Panthers held visiting Franklin-Simpson to four third quarter points and beat Coach Lex Lindsey’s Lady Cats 41-31 Friday. RHS led 33-22 going into the fourth quarter. Led by eighth grader Hadley Turner, F-S cut the lead to 34-29. But Russellville’s Anastasia Dowlen converted a rebound into three points, and Deshala LeBlanc and Jayce Buchner each hit a pair of free throws for the 10-point district win. For Coach Cameron Jackson’s winners, LeBlanc led the way with 10 points while Dowlen had 8 points and 13 rebounds. Chloe Whitescarver also scored 8, some of them clutch in the second half, Buchner added 7 and Amiyah Collier 6. Evyn McCutchen scored 13 and Turner 10. The only other F-S players to score were Christina Carver & Kate Norwood.

Jan 11, 2019

Every Lady Cougar scores

as Lady Cougars double Todd

Finding themselves down 7-4 early in the game, the Logan County Lady Cougars went on an 18-1 run the rest of the quarter Friday over visiting Todd Central. Coach Finley Baird’s Ladies led 22-8 when Haile Borders scored on a Blayke Bingham assist near the buzzer. By the end of the third quarter, Logan had built a running clock and won 73-36 to run their record to 11-5 overall and 3-0 in the district. Paige Vanzant, who caused repeated Todd turnovers, finished with 18 points. Addie White, who hit all 6 of her free throws, scored 13, Sarah Beth Hale 11 and Kennedy Nichols 9. The other eight Lady Cougars all scored. Amy Brumfield scored 13 for the visitors but no other Lady Rebel had more than 5 points.

Jan 10, 2019

NAACP holding MLK Jubilee

Celebration this Saturday

The Russellville-Logan County NAACP will sponsor the MLK Jubilee Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 12, beginning at 9 a.m. at the K of P Hall on 5th and Morgan Streets, Russellville. The guest speaker is Associate Minister Jessie F. Varner of Oakland Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Warren County. President William Woodard says, "The community is invited to celebrate the History and Legacy of our late Civil Rights Leader. Breakfast will be served for a donation of $7."

Jan 9, 2019

Logan's Harris to play

softball for Campbellsville

From Logan County High School Athletic Director Greg Howard: Logan County High School would like to announce that Presley Harris will be signing this Friday at 4: p.m. with Campbellsville University to play softball. Her signing will take place at the CTC on Hwy 68-80. Come join us to honor and celebrate this event with her.

Jan 8, 2019

Long-time RHS teacher

Peggy Reeder dies

Peggy Reeder, who taught at Russellville High School along with her husband Larry Reeder from the mid-60s until their retirement, died Tuesday morning in Florida where the Reeders have made their home for several years. Since Mr. Reeder is incapacitated, long-time friends Denny and Martha Carol Doyle are handling arrangements, according to Mark and Jean Reynolds.

Jan 4, 2019

Cougars dominate first half of Clash

The visiting Logan County Cougars outscored Russellville 23-5 in the second quarter to take a 44-20 lead into halftime of the Mullen-Meguiar Cats Classic Friday. Anthony 'Rooster' Woodard, who transferred from RHS to Logan this year, dominated much of the first-half play, scoring 12 points along with rebounding, firing, manning the point and making repeated steals. After he drew his second foul with 1:30 left in the first quarter, Panther star Jacob Naylor didn't score in the second quarter and had 8 points at the half. Kelby Epley scored 8 points in the half with Nathaniel Vick & Third Bell scoring 6 each. Reggie Powell was a force on the boards for Coach John Tinsley's Cougars. Naylor had scored 12 more points with two minutes left in the third quarter but the Cougars were leading 55-41. Woodard was up to 18 points.

Jan 4, 2019

Lady Cougars double up

RHS in Clash's 1st half

With Addie White hitting three straight 3-pointers (the third was ruled to have come after the buzzer), the Logan County Lady Cougars led homestanding Russellville 24-7 after a quarter. Paige Vanzant had 12 points and her twin Peyton Vanzant 7 at halftime as Coach Finley Baird's Lady Cougars led 40-20 at the half. A key player for both teams, Sarah Beth Hale of Logan and Amiyah Collier of RHS got into early foul trouble. The Lady Cougars built the lead to 31 points before Collier scored the Lady Panthers' first points of the second half to make it 51-22 with 3:26 remaining in the third quarter. When the fourth quarter began, Logan led 55-23.

Jan 2, 2019

Date set for Logan-Todd makeup

From LCHS Athletic Director Greg Howard: Logan County High School and Todd County Central have agreed to play their basketball district make-up games to Thursday, Jan. 31, at Todd County Central. This change will force us to move the play-in games for the Middle School Tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 29..

Jan 1, 2019

Items needed for homeless

family moving into own home

A homeless family consisting of a mother and five children ages 3-14 is moving closer to having a home, but they need help. They have lived in one room at the Jesus Community Center in East Russellville for over a month, but they now have access to a two-room home. Dorris West of Concerned Citizens says donations of beds, bed clothing, pots and pans, small appliances, drapes, etc. are needed. Items can be brought to Concerned Citizens on East Fifth Street between 8 a.m.-2 p.m. this Wednesday through Friday or from 8-3 next week.

Jan 1, 2019

Landon Stratton making history in Sugar Bowl New Years night

While number five ranked Georgia plays number 15 Texas tonight in the Sugar Bowl at the Superdome in New Orleans, a player is making local history. Georgia’s Landon Stratton is believed to be the first-ever Logan Countian to be a member of a team playing in a New Year’s Day Bowl Game. Stratton is a punter for the Bulldogs, who are hoping to cement widespread belief that Georgia is the third best college football team in the nation. Stratton was a three-sport standout at Logan County High School and is the son of Russellville Mayor and First Lady Mark and Connie Stratton.

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