News Briefs on The LoJo for April & May 2019
By Jim Turner

Posted on June 15, 2019 2:21 PM

Apr 30, 2019

Softball Clash postponed

Because of the sudden death of Ashley 'Cocoa' Kees, today's scheduled Russellville-at-Logan County softball Clash of the Cats has been postponed until next Wednesday, May 8, LCHS Athletic Director Greg Howard has announced. Mrs. Kees was the mother of Lady Panther Amiyah Collier, the aunt of teammate Jaylah Kees and an enthusiastic leader of athletics at her alma mater. See a story about her death in News Articles on The LoJo. The baseball teams of the two schools are scheduled to play at LCHS today.

Apr 29, 2019

Russellville Academic Team

Recognition Night May 7

From Donna Wilkerson: Our annual Academic Team Recognition Night will be on Tuesday, May 7, at 6 pm at the RHS cafeteria. All RHS, RMS, and SES academic team members, coaches, volunteers, and parents are invited! Light refreshments will be served.

Apr 26, 2019

Naylor to play in Super 8 tennis

Russellville senior Jacob Naylor is well known fro his basketball and football skills, but he's also a talented tennis player. He will be playing in the Super Singles Tournament (Top 8 players in Region 4) this weekend. His dad/ coach Calvin Naylor says, "He will have a tough first game as he plays against two time region 4 singles champion Jacks Lancaster."

Apr 25, 2019

deGraffenried Chorale to present

40th anniversary concert

On Saturday, the deGraffenried Chorale to present 40thanniversary concert at the Historic Logan County Courthouse, beginning at 7 p.m. Mary Beth Dowden is the director and Susan Fox the accompanist. The theme is “Love, lost and Found, 40 Years of Singing.” 

Apr 24, 2019

Auburn Fire's Grand Re-opening, Ribbon Cutting set April 28

A Grand Re-opening for the Auburn Fire Department will be held in its new headquarters at 114 East Main Street in the old Howlett Chevrolet building on Sunday, April 28 from 2:30-4 p.m. The Logan County Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon cutting at 3. The public is welcome to attend.

Apr 22, 2019

Lady Cougars win, aid

opponents' fundraiser

Not only did the Logan County Lady Cougars raise their softball record to 13-3 Tuesday with a 12-5 win at Muhlenberg County, but Coach Mark Wood's team also helped with fundraising. Athletic Director Greg Howard says: Flexing for Brayden. When we found out Muhlenberg County was doing a fundraiser for one of their students. Our softball team was all in. At the game tonight, both teams battled it out on the diamond as Brayden battles it out in his hospital bed. Brayden recently had a heart transplant and his family is needing financial support. No gate was collected tonight, but donations were accepted. LC softball team pitched in and gave a check to help cover expenses. Way to go Lady Cougars and coaches!

Apr 22, 2019

Logan Exhibition of Learning

Night offered to public Thursday

Students from each Logan County school will showcase their projects and presentation at the Exhibition of Learning Night at the Logan Career & Technical Center this Thursday, April 25, from 5:30-7 p.m.

Apr 22, 2019

Hannah Cron to sign with KCU

Logan County High School volleyball player Hannah Cron will sign with Kentucky Christian University to play volleyball today, Monday at the Logan County CTC building at 3:30 p.m. Her twin sister Karrah previously signed to played for Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Apr 21, 2019

From Adam Webster: At Logan County High School on Thursday, May 2, from 5-7 p.m., students from both the US History and World History classes will be presenting "A Night At The Museum." This will be a display of learning using historical characters, exhibits, and interactive technology to give visitors an insight into events of the past. The students have been working on this for months and have put a tremendous amount of effort into their presentations.

Apr 20, 2019

GOP Women to meet Tuesday

at Lost River Creamery

From Ann Statton: The Logan County Republican Women's Club will meet Tuesday, April 23, from noon to 1 p.m. at Lost River Creamery on Hopkinsville Road in Russellville. Lunch may be ordered/ purchased by phone prior to the meeting and eaten during the one-hour meeting. Please come prepared to discuss suggestions made previously and to offer your ideas for the betterment of our club. Members expected and all guests welcome. Questions? Please call 270-725-9100.

Apr 20, 2019

Culvert on Gordonsville Road

to be replaced next week

From Wes Watt of the Department of Highways: KY 1151 Gordonsville Road at mile point 6.4 will close at mile point 6.4 on April 23 and April 24 if weather allows for crews to replace a large culvert. Message boards are in place to inform motorists about the closure. We expect to have the roadway reopen the afternoon of April 24. 

Apr 19, 2019

Lady Cougar Saturday softball

games postponed for rain

The Logan County Lady Cougars' scheduled doubleheader Saturday at Greenwood against North Bullitt and the Lady Gators have been canceled, according to Assistant Coach Michael Crawford.

Apr 19, 2019

Kelly Russell Classic games

canceled, sign unveiling still on

From Greg Owens: Due to the rainy forecast and field conditions we have no choice but to cancel the Kelly Russell Classic. Special thanks to Coach Tyler Meacham and Coach Ryan Davenport for all they have done to get things ready. The unveiling of our new sign will go on as planned. Jo Anne Russell Bennett will be here for the unveiling of this awesome tribute. Many thanks to the RHS Class of 1974, Kelly's teammates and Billy Costello for making this happen. It begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. and the Panther Cougar Alumni Baseball game will be rescheduled. For those that ordered tee shirts, Diane Walker will be at the field Saturday morning at 10 to give those out. Thanks to all that contributed to the Kelly Russell Scholarship Fund as we look forward to Kelly Russell VII...

Apr 18, 2019

Kelby Epley to sign with Thomas More

Standout Logan County Cougar basketball long-range shooter Kelby Epley will sign to play basketball for Thomas More College in Northern Kentucky Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Logan Career & Technical Center. The public is invited. Thomas More plays in the American Collegiate Athletic Association, an NCAA Division III conference formed in 2017. If he plays for the Saints, Epley will become just the fourth Cougar in the school's 36-year history to play NCAA basketball. The other three are Fred Tisdale, Adonis Hart & Trey Turner. 

Apr 18, 2019

Hornets to host Jackson Saturday

Saturday Coach Nathan Thompson's Bowling Green Hornets (3-2) are back in action at Russellville High School’s Jim Young Gymnasium, hosting the Jackson Eagles in a semi-pro basketball game. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

Apr 18, 2019

Russellville Rural Fire

Fund Raiser set Saturday

Russellville Rural Fire Department will hold its annual fund raiser this Saturday, April 20, at the Logan County Extension Office, beginning at 5 p.m. Door prizes, auction items and a grand prize of $300 will be offered. A $7 pork tenderloin meal or a $4 hot dog meal will be available. Clay Bilyeu will provide the entertainment.

Apr 18, 2019

Easter Egg Hunt planned in Auburn

The Auburn Masons will hold a Community Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds of the Auburn Museum on Saturday, April 20, beginning from 11:30 until noon. Age groups will be 1-6 and 7 & Up. Families should bring their own baskets. Prizes will be awarded.

Apr 17, 2019

Registration offered for R'ville

preschool and kindergarten

Russellville Independent School District’s Preschool Academy and Stevenson Elementary Kindergarten registrations will be held Thursday, April 18, from 2:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will continue the following Monday through Thursday, April 22-25, from 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  It will be held in the Stevenson Cafeteria.  

Apr 16, 2019

Adairville Market Days to begin

Beginning Wednesday, vendors will be set up on the Adairville Town Square to sell a variety of items, including produce when it is season along with crafts and baked goods. Adairville Market Days will be held Wednesday afternoons and all day on Saturdays. Wednesday hours are noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April 15-Nov. 15. For more information, contact Mayor Donna Blake at


Apr 16, 2019

RHS Comic Book Night Thursday

From Brandy West: This Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the RHS Book Club along with the help of the middle school Book Clubs will be hosting a Comic Book Night at the new RHS R21C Center, located beside the high school. This event is open to the public, ages ranging from pre-k to teens. There are various games and literacy activities planned, ranging from obstacles courses to painting your own hero! Free grilled hot dogs, chips, drinks, and superhero themed snacks will be provided for the students and families. There will also be book giveaways! Each student will get to choose two books to purchase from our graphic novel/comic book list. The RHS Bookmobile will be setup in the parking lot for families to explore. We encourage everyone to dress up as your favorite hero and the best costume will win a grand prize! We hope to see you there! Special thanks to Jesse Nugent, Lauren Fynboe, Cassie Reding and Russellville READS! 

Apr 16, 2019

Chamber Networking Breakfast

 at Sylfoni's Wednesday morning

The Logan County Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking breakfast Wednesday morning from 7:30-8:30 a.m. All members are encouraged to attend.

Apr 15, 2019

Resource Fair planned at library

A free, public Resource Fair will be held at Logan County Public Library Wednesday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Job information will be available from Kentucky Career Center, Kentucky National Guard and Logan County Adult Education. Area colleges will also be present. Financial aid information for colleges will also be available. The event is sponsored by the Educational Opportunity Center headquartered at WKU.

Apr 15, 2019

4-H Spring Grill Luncheon

to be held Wednesday

Logan 4-H will offer lunch options at its Spring Grill Luncheon on Wednesday, April 17, from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Extension Office. Delivery is available for orders of five or more. Advance orders are requested at 270-726-6323. Proceeds will benefit Logan County 4-H programs.

Apr 14, 2019

Coach Kelley Jordan to meet

with LCHS golfers Thursday

There will be a meeting for any Logan County student who is interested in playing golf for this upcoming season on Thursday, April 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the LCTC. All returning players should be there unless they are involved in a spring sport. Former Cougar multi-sport standout Kelley Jordan will be introduced as the program's new coach, as "well as going over potential schedules and fundraising material for this upcoming season. "We will also discuss the move to form a booster club," says Athletic Director Greg Howard.

Apr 13, 2019

Logan Lincoln Day Dinner set

From Logan County Republican Chairman Barry Kennedy: The 2019 Logan County Lincoln Day Dinner will be on Saturday, April 13, at the Historic Logan County Courthouse. The doors will open at 4 p.m. and the program will start about 5:15 p.m. We will have a variety of speakers including Congressman James Comer, and many others. There will also be a live and silent auction as well. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from an Executive Committee member, or by calling 270-726-3801.

Apr 11, 2019

Southern Bazaar Spring

Market this weekend

A market which will benefit the Logan County High School Swim Team whill be he;d Friday evening from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Whitz Building on East Fourth Street in Russellville. Contact Jana Hardin for more information.

Apr 9, 2019

Tree giveaway offered Wednesday

The Logan Conservation Districts will be giving out free tree seedlings Wednesday morning beginning at 8. Each bag will contain 4-5 trees of the same species, which this year include Eastern Redbud, Silky Dogwood, Persimmon, Willow Oak, White Oak, Black Walnut, and Pecan. Each person may select a total of three bags.

Apr 9, 2019

Registration continues

for summer baseball

Signups for Logan County Summer Baseball continue through May 1. Registration fee is $55. Ages 13-15. The games will start the last week of May and end June 24. Turn in to Coach Ethan Meguiar or the front office at LCHS, or drop off to the press box at any Logan County baseball game.

Apr 8, 2019

Youth Swine Clinic set

at Milam Farm April 13

The Youth Swine Clinic will be held Saturday, April 13, at the Milam Farm, beginning at 10 a.m. Expert judge Warren Beeler will discuss selection and answer questions from 4-H and FFA members. Lunch will be provided. The farm is located at 785 Cedar Grove Road, Olmstead. RSVP is requested by calling Chris Milam at 270-847-0634.

Apr 8, 2019

Cougar baseball game at

BG Ballpark still on today

The Logan County Cougars' scheduled baseball game today at the Bowling Green Ballpark where the Hot Rods play is still on, Athletic Director Greg Howard has announced. Game time is 5:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

Apr 6, 2019

Services planned for former Russellville Mayor Shirlee Yassney

Funeral services for former Russellville Mayor Shirlee Yassney will be held at Summers, Kirby and Sanders Funeral Home in Russellville at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Visitation will be held on Monday night from 5-8 and Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the funeral hour. Burial will be a Pea Ridge cemetery in Todd County. A complete obituary will follow on The Logan Journal.

Apr 4, 2019

Cougar fans can order Kelly

Russell Classic shirts in blue

From Diane Gilliam Walker: Only two weeks until the Kelly Russell Classic. Logan County Cougar Baseball will be participating this year. So for LC fans, we will have tee shirts in blue color. These are the dri fit style. Small to XL is $15. 2x is $17, 3x $18 4x $19. Help support the scholarship fund. Place an order with me or Greg Owens by Tuesday, April 9.

Apr 3, 2019

Chamber members invited

to network with Rotarians

Logan Chamber of Commerce members are invited to an After-Hours Networking with the Russellville Rotary Club on Thursday, April 11, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. It will be at the Governor Breathitt House at 143 East Fifth Street in Russellville.

Apr 2, 2019

Auburn Spring Senior Dance April 6

The Auburn Spring Senior Dance will be held Saturday, April 6, from 6-9 p.m. at the Auburn Senior Center. New Old Habits will provide the music. The cost is $5. A potluck meal will be served and a cake walk held.


May 31, 2019

Logan Middle Softball

roster announced

After what was termed “an excellent turnout” was narrowed, Logan County Middle Softball coaches have announced that the following girls will be on the team in the upcoming months. They are as follows: Jaylin Thomas, Reese Wetton, Anne Owen, Addison Holloway, Kinley Holloway, Hadley Phillips, Kinsley Taylor, Caris Taylor, Maddox Taylor, Addison Cartas, Trinity Case, Emily Borders, Nora Epley, Madison Cardwell, Sydni Blick, Hailey Burgess, Maddie Burgess, Emerson McKinnis, KK Harper, Carlisle Graham, Sydney Newman, Makenzie Mowles and Shayla Johnson.

May 30, 2019

New RHS SBDM members named

From Russellville High School Principal Ben Bruni: I am proud to share with everyone the 2019-20 Russellville High School SBDM presented alphabetically: Amy Alford - Parent Rep, Jeremy Bivins - Teacher Rep, Ben Bruni - Principal, Juli Link - Teacher Rep, Heather Osborne - Teacher Rep and Angela Todd - Parent Rep.  

May 29, 2019

Community suicide topics

meeting offered Monday

A community gathering to promote suicide prevention and awareness will be held Monday, June 3, at the Historic Logan County Courthouse at 7 p.m. The program will include prayer, discussion, informational tables, special music and a candlelight vigil. First Presbyterian Church of Russellville is the lead sponsor. For more information, call 270-893-3465 or 270-6207 or email

May 27, 2019

Lady Cougars win big at region

The Logan County Lady Cougars breezed to a 12-2 win over Metcalfe County in the Fourth Region Tournament Monday at WKU's Softball Field. LCHS will play South Warren, which crushed Allen County-Scottsville 16-1 in the final game of the day. That game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday. 13th District runner-up Franklin-Simpson also advanced, beating Barren County 7-3. The Lady Cats will meet Warren East, which rolled over Russell County 18-0, in the first semifinal. The Cougar baseball team's season ended with a 10-0 loss to Bowling Green. In another 13th-14th District matchup, South Warren edged Franklin 2-0.

May 27, 2019

Cougar Connection for incoming

LCHS freshmen set for July 25

Cougar Connection, an orientation for all incoming 9th graders at Logan County High School, will be held July 25 in the LCHS Main Gymnasium. Follow this schedule. Auburn and Olmstead 5:30-6:15 p.m. and Adairville, Chandlers and Lewisburg - 6:15-7 p.m.


May 27, 2019

RHS boys soccer organizational

meeting planned Thursday

The Russellville boys soccer team will meet Thursday, May 30, for all players wanting to play middle school and high school soccer. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the RHS lobby.

May 24, 2019

Megan Paschall named

Chamber executive assistant

When Executive Director Karen Logan discusses what's coming up with the Logan Chamber of Commerce this morning on WRUS' Feedback with Don Neagle on WRUS at 9:05, she will be accompanied by new Executive Assistant Megan PaschallThe daughter of Darrin and Judy Peters of Russellville, she moved back with her husband Alex and son Witten after completing her BS Degree in Business Management and Human Resources at Murray State University. She says she is excited about her new position and looks forward to serving the people of Logan County through the Logan Chamber of Commerce.



May 22, 2019

Education leader to conduct forum at LCTC today

After a visit to Adairville Elementary School this morning, Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis will tour the Logan Career & Technical Center and then take questions from those gathered, beginning at 10:15 a.m.

May 21, 2019

Logan softball, F-S baseball win district titles

Logan County and Franklin-Simpson split district diamond titles Tuesday night at LCHS. Coach Mark Wood's Lady Cougars edged the Lady Cats 5-4 in the softball championship game. F-S, which shut out the Cougars 1-0 a couple of weeks ago, won big this time by an 11-4 count. Watch The Loo for details.

May 19, 2019

Lady Cougars earn 4th Region honors

Five Logan County Lady Cougars have been honored as Fourth Region Softball All-Stars, and they are all underclassmen. Junior Brea Croslin was named first team while sophomore KJ Page and junior Kennedy Nichols are both second team. Tabbed as Honorable Mention All-Region were freshman Shelby Gettings and junior Sydney Lee. The Lady Cougars host Todd Central at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the first round of the 13th District Tournament. Russellville and Franklin-Simpson are matched in the second game.


May 19, 2019

LCHS Commencement scheduled

in Diddle next Sunday, May 26

From LCHS Guidance Counselor Amber McKinney: Logan County High School invites the community to the 2019 Graduation Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. The ceremony will be held in Diddle Arena on the campus of Western Kentucky University.


May 16, 2019

Pardue returns as Todd

boys basketball coach

Auburn resident and former Russellville boys basketball coach Dennis Pardue is returning to Todd Central as boys basketball coach. He coached the Rebels successfully from 1998-2004. Watch The LoJo for more details.

May 16, 2019

Tonight's LCHS softball

game now varsity only

From Lady Cougar Assistant Softball Coach Michael Crawford: The JV game tonight has been cancelled. We are still playing varsity game at 5:45.

May 15, 2019

Tonisha Hampton to sign with CUH

A fourth Russellville High School cheerleader has been recruited to cheer for the teams at the new Campbellsville University Harrodsburg. Tonisha Hampton, who has also been a starter on the Lady Panthers softball team throughout high school, will sign with the new school Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the school library. Coach Beverly York says, “She excels both academically and athletically. They will be proud to have her as their own. As a coach, she is the prime example of what you want your team to be.” Sydnor has been taking dual credit college courses at SKYCTC. She will join fellow former RHS cheerleaders Mia DeVinney, Dakota Marc, and Makayla Davis at the Harrodsburg campus.

May 14, 2019

Adairville Market Days

continue twice per week

Adairville Market Days run from April to November every Wednesday 12 to 5, and every Saturday from 8 to 5 on the Adairville Square. Vendors pay a one-time set-up fee of $10 for the season. Contact Adairville City Hall for more information.

May 10, 2019

Unveiling of Phillip Hatchett

Monument at Rolling Hills today

From WRUS News: Friday afternoon at 5, Rolling Hills Golf Course Inc will host a celebration of life for the late Phillip Hatchett, a longtime instructor at Rolling Hills, and former WKU Golf Coach. During the event they will unveil a monument in memory of Phillip. The public is invited.

May 10, 2019

Signups slated next week

for Summer Drama Camps

Signups for Russellville Arts Council’s two Summer Drama Camps will be held this Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Russellville High School lobby. The 101 Dalmations Children’s Camp will be held June 3-7 from 12:30-3:30 daily. The Oklahoma Youth Camp will run June 24-29 from 8-3 daily. Camp fee is $25. For more information, email or visit Russellville Arts Council on Facebook

May 9, 2019

Volunteer garden work needed

Someone who has the equipment and the time is needed to volunteer to help the Russellville Urban Gardening Project by tilling about an acre of land in East Russellville near the greenhouses. If you can help, please contact Dr. Nancy Dawson at 270-847-8726 or

May 9, 2019

Shrek musical to be presented at RHS 4 times

Russellville High School will be presenting SHREK this weekend and next at deGraffenried Auditorium. Shows will on Saturday, May 11 @ 7 p.m, Friday, May 17 @ 7 p.m., and Saturday, May 18 @ 2 p.m. and @ 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door ($7 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children age 5 and under). 

May 8, 2019

Chamber to help Wal-Mart

open Grocery Pickup Thursday

The Logan County Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon cutting during the Grand Opening Celebration of Russellville Wal-Mart’s Grocery Pickup Thursday from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

May 7, 2019

Chamber offering membership

discount during Small Business Week

From Logan Chamber Executive Director Karen Logan: This week only we are offering $25 OFF initial dues for any new member that joins the Chamber. Already a member and still want savings? We didn't forget about you! Refer a new business and you too can receive $25 OFF your next year's dues!

May 6, 2019

Cougar baseball game added

but softball has one canceled

From LCHS Athletic Director Greg Howard: Tonight there will be a varsity baseball game with Hopkinsville starting at 6 p.m. This game was not originally on the schedule. Thursday's softball games with Greenwood have been canceled.

May 5, 2019

Lady Cougars end 3-day

homestand with Clash

From Logan County Softball Assistant Coach Michael Crawford: Busy week for Cougar Softball this week. We have Hopkinsville home Monday, Franklin- Simpson home on Tuesday, and Russellville home on Wednesday. Pick a night or come for all three and support your Cougar Softball team.

May 3, 2019

Kindergarten Orientation

set May 20 at Adairville

Kindergarten Orientation for the 2019-20 school year will be held Monday, May 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the Adairville School Library. Parents can meet their children’s teachers and learn was to expect as their school years begin. Parents who wish to volunteer as school helpers will also receive training.

May 3, 2019

Logan Middle Softball tryouts scheduled

Logan County students who will be in the 5th – 8th grade for the 2019-2020 school year can try out for the softball team on the LCHS Softball Field Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m.-noon. Makeups will be Thursday, May 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. Students must bring a current physical to tryouts. If you have questions, contact Coach Shenna Parker at 270-501-2363 or Coach Michael Crawford at 270-772-4037 or Michael.crawford@logan.kyschools.usParents/Guardians: Tryouts will be closed sessions. No one will be allowed to remain at the field during tryouts.

May 3, 2019

H&R Ag to host Chamber

Networking Breakfast

The Logan Chamber of Commerce will hold a Networking Breakfast Wednesday, May 8, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at H&R Agri-Power on Nashville Street.

May 1, 2019

Parent nominations for RJSHS SBDM being accepted

Russellville Jr./Sr. High School is currently accepting nominations for the 2019-2020 Site-Based Decision Making Council. This council works as a group of Parents, Teachers, and Administrators to make decisions about our school. The SBDM will meet once a month at the school. Any interested Parent must have a child enrolled in the 6th-12th grade for the 2019-2020 school year and may not be a school employee. If you are interested in serving, submit your NAME and PHONE NUMBER to the middle school or high school office no later than Friday, May 10, at 3 p.m. Voting will be held Wednesday, May 15, through Monday, May 20, for all valid candidates.


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