News Briefs on The LoJo in September 2021
By Jim Turner

Posted on September 30, 2021 7:06 PM


Sep 30, 2021

Representatives Petrie and Riley

meet with superintendents

Among legislators meeting with school leaders at the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents meeting recently were Jason Petrie, who represents Logan and Todd counties, and Steve Riley of Barren County, who is the son of the late Auburn native Jean Drake Riley and retired Logan County teacher Douglas Riley. Superintendents Paul Mullins of Logan County and Larry Begley of Russellville joined their peers in discussing legislative concerns with the politicians. Also shown in the photo are representatives Brandon Reed and Ed Massey.


Sep 29, 2021

Harper won't seek fifth term as clerk

Logan County Court Clerk Scottie Harper announced at Tuesday's meeting of Logan Fiscal Court that he will not seek a fifth term in that office. He was elected upon the retirement of long-time clerk Kenny Chapman in 2006. He didn't give a reason for his decision. He will serve the remainder of his term, which runs through 2022, the year when county offices are up for elections. The filing deadline is about three months away. Earlier long-time County Judge-Executive Logan Chick had told the court that he will not seek another term and will retire. All of this is according to WRUS News.



Sep 27, 2021

RHS Class of ‘71 plans Festival reunion

From David Guion: It's not too late! The Russellville High School Class of 1971 will be celebrating their 50th class reunion on Oct. 9 after the Tobacco & Heritage Festival. You can still sign up by contacting David at 270-779-1521. Time is running out!



Sep 26, 2021

Full week of sports ahead

This week is crammed full of high school sports activities involving Logan County and Russellville teams. See a list of them along with times and places on the Roy's B-B-Que Sports Calendar inside The LoJo.

Sep 24, 2021

Panthers earn running

clock at Barren County

The Russellville Panthers ran their sparkling season record to 5-1 Friday with a 43-7 win at Barren County, a school with hundreds more students than RHS. Athletic Director Ryan Davenport says the Panthers scored on their first two offensive plays, one of them a 50-yard pass from Lennon Ries to Anthony ‘Rooster’ Woodard. The lead moved to 28-7 in the first quarter via Chevis Elliott interception return for a touchdown. The running clock came with 10:43 remaining in the game. A recorded description of the game can be heard on all the WRUS platforms Saturday beginning at 1:05 p.m.

Sep 24, 2021

Cougars score late to beat Hoptown

Davin Yates-to-Wyatt Blake 4th down 49-yard touchdown pass with 1:15 remaining in the game and then two missed field goal attempts by Hopkinsville with no time showing on the clock highlighted a 13-12 win by the Logan County Cougars Friday at the Stadium of Champions. The Cougar defense played hard and well all night with Cade Johnson and Elijah Hawkins being especially impressive. Ryan Rayno ran for 101 yards in the game, and Jack Delaney made a clutch catch that kept the winning drive alive. Star Cougar kicker Mattia Glubilato wasn't available to kick in the second half because of being injured trying to make a tackle. The Cougars are now 4-1 overall and 1-0 in their Class 4A district.

Sep 24, 2021

Cougars and Tigers to claw

it out at Hopkinsville

Two of the state’s top-ranked Class 4A teams will collide in Hopkinsville tonight when the sixth-ranked (according to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s RPIs) Logan County Cougars face the seventh-ranked Hopkinsville Tigers. The Cougars are 3-1 on the season. Like the 2-3 Tigers, the Cougars have won with ease over Christian County. They have also romped over Warren East and edged Franklin-Simpson. Their loss came last week to undefeated 5A school Greenwood. Hoptown’s other win was over Caldwell County. Coach Craig Clayton’s perennial powerhouse has lost to contenders Louisville Ballard (6A), Mayfield (2A) and Bowling Green (5A). Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and will be aired lived on WRUS.

Sep 23, 2021

Logan Middle Girls B’ball tryouts set

Tryouts for the Logan County Girls Middle School Basketball team will be held Oct. 18 and 19th from 5-7 p.m. at the Chandlers School gym. Those trying out must have a current Sports Physical statement with them. They must wear their own athletic clothing and bring their own water bottle. For more information, contact Lady Cougar head coach Dedra Adler at 270-847-7789.

Sep 20, 2021

RHS and Med Center teaming for community vaccination clinic

Russellville High School will offer a vaccination clinic through a partnership with The Med Center in Bowling Green this Friday. This clinic is open to ANYONE 12 and up in Russellville/ Logan County seeking to become fully vaccinated. The first round of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered on the 24th and then the second dose on Oct. 15. Appointment details are in the attached flier. Participants simply call and schedule themselves and then show up at their time on Friday. "When folks see this they may think it's only for our staff and students, but we would love to have a huge turnout for the good of our entire community!" says school spokesman Conrad Reding.

Sep 19, 2021

Younger Logan v'ball teams win

their divisions at Paducah

The Logan County Freshmen and JV Lady Cougar Volleyball teams both won their Gold Divisions in Paducah Saturday. No players' names, statistics or scores were announced, but video clips of several matches can be seen on the Logan County Lady Cougar Volleyball Facebook page.

Sep 19, 2021

Lewisburg church celebrating 150 years

Members and former members of the Lewisburg Cumberland Presbyterian Church are celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the church today with a special service and fellowship meal. Bro. Fred Polacek is the speaker.

Sep 17, 2021

Logan County Farmers' Market

offers summer veggies in fall

Even though fall has officially begun, the Logan County Farmers' Market will continue to offer summer vegetables Saturday morning. Patrons can expect to find tomatoes, greenbeans, purple hull peas, squash, cucumbers, candy onions, mutti-colored peppers, okra, potatoes and more along with fall items like pumpkins, gourds and butternut squash. Breads, fall flowers and jellies will also be available. The market is located behind the Logan County Extension Office under the pavilion, so rain should not be a factor. It opens at 7:30 a.m.

Sep 17, 2021

Panther soccer to host Aces

in All A sectional Saturday

From Russellville boys soccer coach Jeramy Rust: After a slow start we got things going and downed the Trigg County Wildcats 4-1 Thursday to improve our record to 10-3-1 on the season. Avery Flener (2 goals), Dustin Brown (1 goal, 2 assists), Dalton Gilbert (1 goal, 1 assist), Jeremiah Smith (1 assist), and goalkeeper Nick Bollenbecker (7 saves, 1 allowed). We have Owensboro Catholic Saturday morning at 11 with a trip to Frankfort for the Elite 8 of the All "A" Classic on the line. Everyone please come out cheer loud for these guys; they deserve to have the stands packed.

Sep 17, 2021

Panthers shutting out

Franklin at halftime

The Franklin-Simpson Wildcats had to punt the first three times they had the ball tonight, and visiting Russellville took advantage each time to build a 21-0 lead. After Chevis Elliott intercepted a pass in the end zone to end the first half, the Panthers are still leading 21-0 at the break. Coach Mikie Benton's team scored on long runs by Javori Gamble & Jaquis Todd along with a 55-yard halfback pass from Rooster Woodard to Jackson Hampton. The Panthers held the Wildcats to 80 yards total offense in the half.

Sep 16, 2021

Cougars to host Greenwood

in battle of undefeated teams

Two of the largest schools in this region will take undefeated records into a battle of powerhouses Friday at Cougar Field. Greenwood is 4-0 and is beating opponents by an average 44-14 score. Logan County is 3-0 and winning by a 38-11 margin. Coach Todd Adler's Cougars won their opening games over Warren East and Christian County with a running clock, but they had to kick a field goal in the final minute and a half last week to edge Franklin-Simpson 29-27. A recording of the game will be aired on WRUS at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Sep 16, 2021

Cougars to host Greenwood

in battle of undefeated teams

Two of the largest schools in this region will take undefeated records into a battle of powerhouses Friday at Cougar Field. Greenwood is 4-0 and is beating opponents by an average 44-14 score. Logan County is 3-0 and winning by a 38-11 margin. Coach Todd Adler's Cougars won their opening games over Warren East and Christian County with a running clock, but they had to kick a field goal in the final minute and a half last week to edge Franklin-Simpson 29-27. A recording of the game will be aired on WRUS at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Sep 16, 2021

Panthers head to Franklin Friday

Coach Mikie Benton's Russellville Panthers will take their 3-1 record to face their oldest rival, Franklin-Simpson, on the road Friday at 7 p.m. They will try to win their second straight game at the Wildcats after last year's 14-12 thriller. Coach Max Chaney's Wildcats are 1-3, including 0-3 against Kentucky teams, following last week's 29-27 loss to Logan County. The game will be carried live on WRUS (104.9 FM. 619 AM, and on the station's website and mobile app).

Sep 15, 2021

Services to be held at RHS for 'Johnny C'

From Imani Hampton Beard: "Funeral services for Jonathan Cage will be Saturday, Sept. 18, at Russellville High School in the auditorium. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The service will start at 1 p.m. The family is asking that everyone wear black & gold. Any food donations for the repast will need to taken to the American Legion. For more info, please pm."
See more information about the former RHS Panther football great in a News Brief below.

Sep 14, 2021

COVID takes life of RHS

football great Jonathan Cage

One of Russellville's most outstanding football players has died. Travez Hampton says his uncle, Jonathan 'Johnny C' Cage, died from COVID. Cage was the leading rusher on Russellville's great state champion 1983 team coached by Ken Barrett. He was first team all-state on both offense and defense. He was part of the Panthers' super backfield that included quarterback Andy Woodall and running backs/blockers Clay Parrish & Rodney Gordon. Logan Journal editor Jim Turner once described the speedster as a "racecar wearing cleats."

Sep 14, 2021

Deadline for Festival Queen's

Pageant registration Friday

The first event of the 2021 Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival is the Queen’s Pageant, which will be held Thursday, Sept. 23. The deadline for registering is Friday, Sept. 17. Applications are available at the Tobacco Festival website. They can be returned to the Logan County Chamber of Commerce office or the front offices of Logan County High School or Russellville High School.

Sep 11, 2021

Lady Panthers reach All A

regional soccer finals

From Russellville Athletic Director Ryan Davenport: RHS Girls Soccer defeats Todd County 2-1 and advance to the 4th Region All "A" Championship game at 6 tonight in Elkton. Goals were scored by Emily Stapleton and Jermani Morris.

Sep 11, 2021

Flener leads Panthers back

to reach All A regional finals

From Russellville Athletic Director Ryan Davenport: Down 4-0 in the first half, the RHS Boy's soccer team stormed back to defeat the Todd County Rebels 7-5. Avery Flener scored seven goals in the win to put his career total at 109 goals scored. Russellville advances to the 4th Region All "A" Championship game against Glasgow this afternoon.

Sep 10, 2021

Panthers dominate East in

second half of 41-7 win

After a sluggish first half, the Russellville Panthers dominated the third quarter on the way to a 41-7 win at Warren East's Homecoming Friday. Jovari Gamble had an awesome offensive game, rushing for three touchdowns and catching a screen pass from Lennon Ries into a 62-yard score. He rushed 13 times for 158 yards and caught 2 passes for 70 yards. Ries threw a 25-yard TD pass to Josh McMurry for another touchdown. Dustin Brown kicked 5 extra points. Chevis Elliott intercepted 3 Raider passes and Jaquis Todd picked off another. Fifth-year senior transfer Braxton Baptiste was all over the field on defense and Gamble's lead blocker on offense.

Sep 10, 2021

Cougar field goal with 1:13

proves to be winner over F-S

A 16-play, 66-yard drive ended on a 20-yard field goal by Mattia Glubitato to give the Logan County Cougars (3-0) a 29-27 win over visiting Franklin-Simpson (1-3) Friday. A 2-yard run by Omar Harrison had given the Wildcats a 27-26 lead in the middle of the fourth quarter before the winning drive. Quarterback Davin Yates had scored two touchdowns, one of them on a 96-yard interception return. Ryan Rayno's run had given the Cougars a 13-7 lead, but F-S quarterback Luke Richardson led his team to a go-ahead score with 4 seconds remaining in the half. Wyatt Blake scored on a touchdown pass by Yates. The Cougar defense shut the Wildcats down on a final, last-gasp possession to end the game. A recording of the game can be heard on WRUS at 1:05 p.m. Saturday.

Sep 10, 2021

Flener scores 4 goals

to lead win, set record

Scoring four goals in his team’s 11-1 win over Allen County-Scottsville Thursday, senior Avery Flener became Russellville Soccer’s all-time leading career scorer. His 102 goals total surpasses the 98 Hall of Famer Nathan Thompson scored at the end of the 20th century. Dalton Gilbert scored two goals with Samuel Cruz, Cameron Lewis, Taylor Gwynette, Milo Brooks & Dustin Brown adding one each. Lazaro Lopez and Akshar Patel joined Brown with two assists each. The win ran the Panthers’ record to 7-2-1.

Sep 9, 2021

Family decides to postpone

memorial service for Marcia Fuqua

During his regular weekly appearance on WRUS' Feedback Thursday, Justice William G. Fuqua announced that his family has decided to postpone the planned memorial service for his late wife Marcia. Bill and Marcia Fuqua made their home in his hometown of Russellville for most of their 65 years of marriage, where both have been active in a wide range of civic activities. Mrs. Fuqua, 87, died at their home on Aug. 20. A memorial service was planned for Saturday, Sept. 18, but Judge Fuqua said he and their three grown children decided Wednesday to postpone the service because of the resurgence of the COVID pandemic and health/travel issues of some of their relatives. The children—Rene Kilgore, Ann Harr & Randy Fuqua—live in three different states. A new date has not yet been set.

Sep 8, 2021

Warren East vs. RHS ticket info released

Russellville Athletic Director Ryan Davenport has released information about tickets for the Panthers' football game at Warren East Friday. Also included are rules about entering the stadium, seating and postgame. See it all in the attached graphic.

Sep 8, 2021

Bill Webb's cousin among

today's Hall of Fame inductees

When Major League Baseball inducts the newest members of its Hall of Fame today in Cooperstown, there will be a Logan County Connection: Former St. Louis catcher Ted Simmons was chosen for the Hall by the Veterans Committee. He is the cousin of Dr. Bill Webb of Russellville. Also to be inducted are former players Derek Jeter of the Yankees and Larry Walker of the Expos and Rockies along with the late players' union head Marvin Miller. The induction ceremony can be seen live at 12:30 p.m. on the MLB Network.

Sep 8, 2021

Murray State Music honors Kaylee Silvey

Murray State University's Music Department posted this picture and note about Russellville High School graduate Kaylee Silvey: We love to celebrate the success of our graduates! Kaylee Silvey graduated in May of 2021 and was hired this fall by the Carlisle County Schools to teach music at Carlisle Middle School. Congrats on the job, Kaylee!

Sep 8, 2021

Logan Middle Softball beats

Bowling Green 15-6

After some tough losses over the last couple weeks, Logan County Middle School Softball recorded an impressive 15-6 win over Bowling Green, The team as a total had 15 hits. Sydney Newman, Reese Wetton, Caris Taylor, Kallie Taylor, and Anne Owen had multiple hits. Sydney Newman led the team with three hits in four at bats. Owen was the winning pitcher, surrendering six runs on ten hits over five innings, striking out five and walking zero. Coach Victoria Cates says, "The win was definitely a confidence booster for the team and prepared us to get ready for our district games this week against Franklin-Simpson and Russellville."

Sep 7, 2021

Middle school softball Clash, postponements on R'ville schedule

Four postponed events show on the Russellville Athletics calendar this week. Still scheduled are the middle school softball Clash with Logan County Thursday along with high school volleyball, boys soccer, golf and football. See the attached schedule for dates and times.

Sep 6, 2021

Funeral services today for real

estate broker Bobby Blackford

Funeral services will be held today for real estate broker Robert L. Blackford at Summers and Son Funeral Home. The Auburn area native built a large real estate business headquartered in Russellville but active in multiple states. He was a bigger-than-life figure with his booming voice and outgoing personality. He was a talented auctioneer and his business centered around fast-paced auctions that were streamed live often in his latter years. He often donated his talents to conducting fund-raising auctions for local non-profits. He was especially associated with Russellville Rural Fire Department and the Adairville Strawberry Festival. His obituary appears on the Logan Journal.

Sep 3, 2021

Panthers grind out 10-0

win over Todd Central

After a big defensive play by Chevis Elliott got the ball back for the Russellville Panthers near the RHS goal line with 8:06 remaining in the game, the Panthers used a rugged running game to eat up those final 486 seconds of a closely contested game to beat the visiting Todd Central Rebels 10-0 Friday. Dustin Brown kicked a first-half field goal and an extra point, and Elliott caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Ries. The Panthers rushed for 220 yards and Lennon Ries threw for another 122 while the RHS defense held the Rebels to 34 yards total offense, according to WRUS statistician supreme Mark Reynolds, Gamble carried the ball 19 times for 97 yards and Ries 14 for 98. Jaquis Todd and Gamble each caught three passes. These two teams combined for 101 points in season-opening wins but only had 10 in this one. The Rebel cause was hurt when versatile junior Nate Reding was injured early in the second half. Omarion Riddick did much of the ball carrying for the Rebels and Gavyn Nolan was the quarterback.

Sep 3, 2021

Panthers lead Todd 3-0 at half

A 27-yard field goal by Dustin Brown with 3:17 remaining in the second quarter was the only score of the first half as Russellville leads Todd Central 3-0 at Rhea Stadium. The Panthers had one long drive, one close call and one big break, but couldn't take advantage of them on touchdowns. After neither team managed much offense in the first quarter, Todd intercepted a Lennon Ries pass and had a first and goal inside the 10, but the Panther defense held. RHS moved the ball 65 yards primarily behind the running of Jovari Gamble, but Ries threw another interception. The Panthers got the ball on a fumble recovery at the Rebel 15-yard line, but penalties moved them back before Brown's kick. Then the half ended when Jaquis Todd was stopped at the Todd Central four after he made a long run. Penalties dominated with RHS having 13 flags converted into a negative 98 yards. The Rebels lost 65 yards on 8 penalties. Two more penalties were offsetting, bringing the total to 23.

Sep 1, 2021

Clash postponed six weeks,

RHS to host Todd Friday

The Clash of the Cats football game has been postponed from this Friday until Oct. 15, and the Panthers have scheduled a new opponent for this week. Russellville Athletic Director Ryan Davenport wrote on Facebook, "Logan had to cancel." The Kentucky High School Athletic Association's Scoreboard calls it a COVID cancellation. Logan County Schools reported 107 students and 25 adults with active COVID cases Tuesday. A total of 463 students were quarantined in the system's seven schools. Russellville is already out of school this week for COVID. Tuesday 221 of the estimated 1,100 students (20 percent) in the city school had either tested positive or were on quarantine. The Panthers will entertain Todd Central Friday instead of the Cougars with a 7 p.m. kickoff. Coach Josh Robins’ Rebels are 3-0, having doubled the score on Trigg County 56-28 and getting COVID forfeit wins over Fort Campbell and Webster County. RHS is 1-1.



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