News Briefs on The LoJo August-October 2023
By Jim Turner

Posted on November 5, 2023 7:11 AM

Oct 30, 2023

Lady Cougars sweep Meade,

advance to state quarterfinals

After sweeping visiting Meade County Monday night, the Logan County Lady Cougars have earned a berth in the Elite Eight of the state volleyball tournament, Coach Caleb Sheffield's team won 25-21, 25-22, 22-19 in Logan's third straight postseason victory against a favored powerhouse. Now the Lady Cougars will play West Jessamine in the state quarterfinals in Winchester Friday at 6:30 p.m. West Jessamine (33-7) edged Lexington Paul Lawrence Dunbar 15-13 in the fifth set Monday. The Lady Cougars are 25-12  after winning their sixyj straight postseason match.

Oct 27, 2023

Final 2023 session of Logan County

Farmers' Market Saturday morning

After five months of providing quality fruits and vegetables, the Logan County Farmers' Market will hold its last session of 2023 Saturday morning from 7:30-noon in the pavilion behind the Logan County Extension Office. Available will be red, yellow, green and pink tomatoes, greenbeans, cabbage horticulture beans, purple hull and zipper cream peas, sweet potatoes, broken beans and shelled peas, candy onions, multi-colored peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, turnips, butternut squash, pumpkins, garlic, jellies and fall flowers. This will be the final time to use Senior and WIC vouchers.

Oct 26, 2023

Lady Cougars win regional

volleyball championship

The fourth time was a charm for the Logan County Lady Cougars Thursday in the regional volleyball finals at Barren County. After having lost to Greenwood in all three matches they had played this season, the Lady Cougars beat the Lady Gators 3-2 for the regional championship. It was the second straight night that Coach Caleb Sheffield's team had beaten a strong squad from Warren County, following their dispatching Bowling Green in the semifinals. Both of those matches went five sets. Logan led Greenwood 2-1 after three sets, but the Lady Gators tied it in the fourth. LCHS took the fifth set to capture the program's first regional championship in 10 years. The Lady Cougars are expected to play their first state game Monday at home. Logan Volleyball won the Class 2A state championship in 2022, but that is treated similarly to a regular season tournament. This is the program's third regional title, beginning with one in 2008.

Oct 26, 2023

Lady Cougars beat BGH,

reach region finals

Twenty years ago this fall when Logan County began its remarkable reign of volleyball excellence, the Lady Cougar won in the regional semifinals against host Greenwood to play Barren County in the finals. Tonight at Barren County, Coach Caleb Sheffield's team will play Greenwood for the regional championship. The Lady Cougars reached the finals by coming 2-1 down to beat Bowling Green in last night's semfinals. Scores were 22-25, 25-19, 14-25, 25-11 and 15-11. Logan, which has won 21 straight district championships, has been ending its seasons in the semifinals recently. Athletic Director Greg Howard says this is LCHS' first appearance in the finals in 10 years. Game time is 6 p.m. Tickets are $6.

Oct 25, 2023

Lawson and Blanton qualify for state

Two Logan County runners qualified for the state Class 2A state cross county meet via their performances at last Saturday's regional meet in Owensboro. Wyatt Lawson and Jack Blanton will run at state this Saturday in Lexington. Other runners were Garrett Lawson, Landon Crocker, Gabreiel Masterman, Trapper McCarley and Casey Slaughter.

Oct 22, 2023

RHS accepting nominations

for Distinguished Alumni Hall

Both Russellville High School and Superintendent Kyle Estes have announced the creation of the Russellville High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. Nominations and supporting documentation have to be submitted by Dec. 15  For information, including details and how to submit nominations, see a post on The Logan Journal Facebook page.

Oct 22, 2023

Lady Cougars open

regional play Monday

The Logan County Lady Cougars, who swept Russellville and Franklin-Simpson for their 21st straight district volleyball championship, will literally open Fourth Region Tournament action Monday night at Barren County High School. The Lady Cougars (21-12 overall, 12-5 region) will play 16th District runner-up Clinton County (19-12, 10-5) at 5:30. They are in the bracket with Bowling Green (24-10, 9-2) and Allen County-Scottsville (19-15, 9-6). The semifinals are scheduled for Wednesday and the finals on Thursday. District runner-up Franklin plays regional favorite Warren East Wednesday. Lady Cougars named All-Tournament were Aubrey Sears, Whitney Christian, Lydia Owens and Sloan Coursey.

Oct 22, 2023

Cougars' game against South

moved ahead to Thursday

From Logan County Athletic Director Greg ///////////////////////////////////////////////Howard: Congratulations to the Cougars as they took care of business Friday against district foe Warren East at home 49-21. With the win, the Cougars finished second in their district and will host a first round playoff game against John Hardin on Nov..3.  The Cougars will travel to the confines of South Warren on Thursday, Oct.  26. That game was scheduled to be played on Friday, but has now been moved to Thursday.

Oct 20, 2023

Cougars run over East

for key district victory

The Logan County Cougars took care of business on Senior Night Friday by beating a good Warren East team 49-21. The game was close at halftime with the Cougars leading only 29-21, but they quickly made it 34-21 and won going away. This clinches another home playoff game to start postseason action for Coach Todd Adler's Cougars (7-2 overall, 4-1 district).

Oct 20, 2023

Panthers seal home playoff game

The Russellville Panthers had a substantial lead going into the fourth quarter in a decisive district dual Friday as they worked toward being the second seed in their district. The Panthers had two long touchdowns called back on penalties in the first quarter but still led visiting Fulton County 7-0. Coach Mikie Benton's team turned on in the second quarter, piled up 178 yards total offense in that period, and led the Pilots 34-0 at intermission. The Pilots cut the margin to 34-6 in the third quarter, but a 48-yard run by Jamarion Gardner made it 40-6 and Too Too McKeage's 2-point conversion run started the running clock at 42-6 with 8:12 remaining, meaning they will play at home in two weeks.

Oct 20, 2023

Cougars and Panthers to host

huge district games tonight

Both local high schools will host crucial district games tonight that will determine whether they play at home or on the road when the playoffs begin. Logan County (6-2 overall, 3-1 district) will entertain Warren East (5-3, 3-1) for the number two seed in Class 4A Region I, District 1. Both have lost to top seed Paducah Tilghman. In Class 1A, Russellville (1-7, 1-1) will host Fulton County, which has the same record. They both have lost to top seed Caverna and beaten Ballard Memorial. The KHSAA Litratings make the Panthers a 10-point favorite and the Cougars a 3-point favorite. Both kickoffs are scheduled for 7 p.m. WRUS will broadcast the RHS game live and the LCHS game Saturday at 1 p.m.

Oct 18, 2023

Kirby Funeral Services

hosting cruise in Saturday

Kirby Funeral Services Russellville will host its third annual cruise in and car show in conjunction with Clay Bilyeu this Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Food trucks will be on site, including Backwoods Grilling and Hometown Grill. Prizes will include Top 10, Best Paint, Best Interior and Best of Show. Funds raised will go to JDRF, and Hospice. Entry is free. Kirby Funeral Service is located at the intersection of the Bowling Green and Franklin roads near their intersection with East Ninth and East Fourth streets.

Oct 16, 2023

Traffic light at 4th and Bethel

to be out of service Wednesday

The traffic signal at the intersection of West Fourth Street and Bethel Street in downtown Russellville will be turned off this Wednesday, Oct. 18. The intersection will be controlled by flaggers. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the intersection while the traffic signal is offline and seek alternate route. The signal will be offline beginning at 8:30 a.m. until around 4 p.m. The signal is expected to be offline one day. The signal has to be taken offline so crews can make repairs to a storm water drain, according to Wes Watt of the Kentucky Transportation Department.

Oct 16, 2023

District volleyball tournament

at Franklin-Simpson tonight

Top-seeded Logan County and the Russellville Lady Panthers open 13th District Volleyball Tournament play today at 5:30 p.m. at Franklin. The 6:30 match pairs Todd Central and host Franklin Simpson. The winners will meet in the championship match, which is expected to start at 8. Ticket details can be found on The LoJo's Facebook page.

Oct 13, 2023

Cougars come from behind

to edge Hopkinsville 28-27

Ridge Holman and Davin Yates connected on a 27-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter, and then Yates bulled his way for a two-point conversion to provide the winning scores in the Logan County Cougars' 28-27 district victory over the Hopkinsville Tigers Friday at the Stadium of Champions. That same duo had scored the game's first touchdown on a 57-yard pass and run. Jacob White ran the other LCHS touchdown, and Kyra Bilyeu kicked two extra points. Brady Hinton and Jack Delaney made some clutch receptions, while Michael Hammonds and DeSean Payne picked off Tiger passes. Yates rushed an unofficial 196 yards on 27 carries, completed a trio of passes for 18 yards, and caught 3 passes for 89 yards and a pair of touchdowns for 303 yards total offense to go along with the 2-point conversion.

Oct 13, 2023

Rotary Pancake Breakfast

to open Parade Day

The Russellville Rotary Club has been a vital part of Logan County for a century. During most of those years, Rotarians have relied on the annual Rotary Pancake Breakfast to fund many of their beneficent activities. This year is no exception. The breakfast for the public will, as always, be on the Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival's Parade Day, will be in First Baptist Church's Fellowship Hall and run from 6-10 a.m. Tickets will be available at the door.

Oct 13, 2023

Panthers to play Caverna

for top district seed tonight

The top district seed in the Class 1Aplayoffs is at stake tonight when the Russellville Panthers host Caverna at Rhea Stadium. Both teams are 1-0 in the district after winning, as expected, in last week's district openers. Coach Mikie Benton's Panther made their first win of the season memorable by crushing Ballard Memorial 38-0. The Colonels are 3-4 after beating Fulton County. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. A recorded play-by-play of the game can be heard on WRUS Saturday at 1 p.m.

Oct 13, 2023

Cougars to play at district

rival Hoptown tonight

The Logan County Cougars find themselves in an odd position tonight when they travel to Hopkinsville for a district football contest. First, it's rare that the Cougars are not rated in the Top 10 in the state in Class 4A by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Despite their 5-2 record, the Cougars' RPI ranks 12th in the state. Even more unusual is that Hopkinsville not only is not considered a state contender, but the 1-6 Tigers are ranked 32nd. The Cougars will be almost a three-touchdown favorite when they kick off at the Stadium of Champions at 7 p.m. The teams are coached by two alumni of Cougar football, Logan's Todd Adler and Hoptown’s Marc Adam Clark. The game will be aired live over WRUS.

Oct 12, 2023

Festival Special Needs Walk Friday

The Special Needs Walk will be a Friday highlight of the Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival. Here's the information: – Registration 9:30 a.m., Walk Starts at 10:05 Where: Registration will begin at the Logan County Chamber of Commerce Porch Contact: Logan County Chamber of Commerce, Hours: Friday: 8 -3, Phone (270) 726-2206 ENTRY INFO: There is no cost to participate in this event. Simply fill out the form at the Chamber. Limited quantity of FREE t-shirts available for participants only, on a first-come, first-served basis.


Oct 12, 2023

Festival's Blessing of

the Animals today

The Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival Pet Show and Blessing of the Animals will be held today in the pavilion behind the Logan County Extension Office. Registration of the animals for the show begins at 5 p.m. with the show at 6. Blessing of the Animals will follow. Entry fee for the show is a canned good of human food for each class entered. There is no charge to attend.

Oct 12, 2023

Cemetery Tours offered today

As part of the Logan County Tobacco Heritage Festival, Cemetery Tours will be held from 5-7 p.m. today at Maple Grove Cemetery in Russellville, which is located on West Ninth Street, beginning at Nashville Street. Tickets, which cost $5 per person, can be obtained at the Logan County Chamber of Commerce on Carrico Park Square.

Oct 12, 2023

RHS Alumni Meet and Greet

To be held in new site Friday

From Greg Owens of the R Club: Our Panthers return to Rhea Stadium and Ken Barrett Field this Friday to take on the Caverna Colonel's in a very important district game. The Panthers have dominated this series, winning all 11 matchups that began in 1988. Its is also Alumni weekend for all Panthers. We are having our annual "Meet and Greet" in the technology building just off the parking lot at the stadium. We are encouraging all Panthers to attend the Meet and Greet at 5 p.m., followed by what hopes to be a great Panther Football game, starting at 7 p.m. We are also recognizing our 1983 State Championship Team at halftime.


Oct 10, 2023

Lady Panthers win in

2 OT at regional soccer


The Russellville Lady Panthers made history Monday by beating Russell County 2-1 when Olivia Sayne headed in a goal with 1:49 remaining in double overtime. It was RHS girls’ soccer first-even regional win and sends them into Wednesday’s 7:30 semifinals against Greenwood (14-6-1) at Warren Central High School. Ja’eda Poindexter had kicked Russellville first goal in regulation on an assist by Sayne. Goalkeeper Chloe Penrod allowed the Lady Lakers only one successful kick on nine shots on goal. Eric Evans is coach of the 11-6 Lady Panthers.

Oct 3, 2023

Dr. Webb ends his 60-year

optometry practice

When Dr. Bill Webb closedthe door of his East Fourth Street office Friday, he also closed his optometry practice after 60 years serving Logan Countians. Webb, 84, began eye care in Russellville in 1963. His late wife Patricia was a retired teacher in the Russellville schools. They have two daughters, Kavonne Mitchell and Julie Jackson. Dr. Webb has experienced serious medical problems the past few months, but he continued seeing patients until the end of September, He also continues to be the song leader for Fellowship Church of Christ.

Sep 22, 2023

Quarles notes Gov. Jones'

role in KY agriculture

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles, a Republican, released this statement about the death of former governor Brereton Jones, a Democrat: "Gov. Jones was a dedicated leader in the political circle and the agricultural field. Along with serving on the State Board of Agriculture in the 1980s, he was also the owner of a thoroughbred farm, Airdrie Stud. He understood the importance of the horse industry to Kentucky and used his one term as governor to implement breeder and stallion awards programs, setting up off-track betting facilities to help fund them."

Sep 8, 2023

Both local grid teams fall

Both local high school football teams took losses in games Friday night.. Greenwood and Logan County were tied at 13-13 midway through the fourth quarter, but the Gators scored, and the Cougars couldn't match it. Greenwood won 21-13 to hand LCHS its first loss of the season. Again this week, the Russellville Panthers kept the score close until late in the second quarter, but homestanding Trigg County dominated the final 27 minutes of the game to win 59-13. A recorded play-by-play of the Cougar game can be heard on WRUS beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Sep 7, 2023

Oak Grove's fall revival

starts with Community Kickoff

What veteran Worship Leader Larry Vaught calls a “special time for the Chandlers community folks” will be held Saturday to begin Oak Grove Baptist Church’s fall revival. The Community Kickoff with include food, fellowship, and an afternoon singing with the Kinchem Family Singers from 4 to 6.  Revival services will start on Sunday, with the evangelist Bro. Phillip Brumfield, new pastor for Oak Grove, starting at 11 a.m. Evening services will begin each night at 6:15 as Vaught leads worship, accompanied by special musical guests Dennis Mohon, Konnie Smith, Duncan Sandlin, and Cliff Paddock. Transportation can be arranged by calling the church office.

Sep 6, 2023

Lady Cougars to play in 2A state this weekend

Lady Cougar Volleyball begins defense of its 2022 Kentucky 2A Championship in the state meet Friday at 1:45 p.m. against Franklin County at the Jones Gymnasium at Woodward Health & Recreation Center in Owensboro. If Coach Caleb Sheffield’s team wins, Logan County will meet the Nelson County-Union County winner Saturday at 11 a.m. The finals will follow at 5:30. First-round losers are guaranteed one more match on Saturday. Logan would play at 2:30. Four Lady Cougars are listed in the top 50 in the state in various categories. They are Aubrey Sears in kills, Kambell Porter in assists, Lydia Owens in digs, and Lilaina Veigel in aces.

Sep 5, 2023

Cougar Hall of Fame reps on WRUS

Logan County Cougar Athletic Association representatives Richard Holloman and Melodie Bingham are scheduled to appear on WRUS this morning to explain the process for the public to nominate those who have been associated with athletics in the Logan County School System for inclusion in the Logan County Athletic Hall of Fame. They will talk with Chris McGinnis at 8:30. WRUS can be heard at 610 AM. 104.9 FM and

Sep 1, 2023

Panthers challenge Logan

early but Cougars win 49-14

Homestanding Russellville kept the game close until late in the first half, but the powerful Logan County Cougars took over the second half and won the Clash of the Cats 49-14 Friday. The Cougars led only 14-7 until four minutes remained in the half, but LCHS scored, and then went up 28-7 at the half after a Davin Yates interception set up a back-breaking TD against the Panther defense. Quarterback Ridge Holman completed 23 of 32 passes for 301 yards and 4 touchdowns. Two of those scoring aerials went to Brady Hinton, who caught 8 passes for over 100 yards. Yates scored 3 touchdowns, 2 of them on the ground. Jack Delaney caught a TD pass and Elijah Hawkins rushed for over 100 yards, including a touchdown. Russellville’s scores came on a 75-yard kick return by Amarus Morrow and a 15-yard pass from Too Too McKeage to Jamarion Gardner on the Panthers’ last play of the game. An historical note: both teams’ placekickers are females. Logan’s Kyla Bilyeu, who was All-SKY last year, connected on five conversions and Russellville’s Madden Bloodworth went 2 for 2,

Aug 31, 2023

Cougars to visit RHS for grid Clash

Coming off a 28-14 win over Clarksville Rossview Friday, the Logan County Cougars will take a 2-0 record to Rhea Stadium Friday for the annual Clash of the Cats against the Russellville Panthers (0-2). The Cougars have out-scored Warren Central and Rossview 85-28. They have piled up over 900 yards total offense to 600 for their opponents. Quarterbacks Ridge Holman and David Yates and receiver Jack Delaney have led a potent passing attack(almost 600 yards), but Russellville’s strength has been the passing game on both offense and defense. They have passed for 187 yards and given up just 184. Quarterback Tutu McKeage does most of the Panthers’ passing. Donovan Armstrong is the primary ball carrier and Noah Stovall leads the receiving corps. The game will be broadcast live on WRUS and also re-broadcast Saturday afternoon.

Aug 29, 2023

Russellville to name new superintendent tonight

The Russellville Board of Education is expected to name its new superintendent in a called meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Central Office. Candidates for the position have not been announced. The position came open when Larry Begley, who made a stopover in Russellville as superintendent, resigned to accept a similar position with the Bourbon County Schools near Lexington.

Aug 28, 2023

Logan v'ball wins 2A regional15-9.


The Logan County Lady Cougar Volleyball team is headed to state in an attempt to repeat as Class 2A state champion, but their regional championship didn’t come easily, After sweeping Warren Central and Allen County-Scottsville each 3-0, Coach Caleb Sheffield’s team found itself trailing Warren East two sets to one in the finals. The Lady Cougars squeezed out a 25-23 win in game four and then took the decisive fifth set 15-9. State will be in Owensboro again and will begin Friday, Sept. 8.

Aug 27, 2023

Final Tuesday session of

Farmers' Market this week

This Tuesday will be the final weekday session of the Logan County Farmers' Market in 2023. Vendors voted at the annual preseason meeting this spring to stop Tuesday markets at the end of August because of a traditional reduction of both vendors and customers during the fall months. Saturday farmers' market sessions will continue for two more months until the last Saturday in October. This Tuesday's hours will be from noon until 3 p.m., as has been true throughout the three summer months this year. Some vendors will continue to have produce available at their roadside markets every day until the winter months.

Aug 26, 2023

Panther Band to perform

before Hot Rods game Sunday

The Russellville High School Panther Band will be featured at the Bowling Green Hot Rods’ home game Sunday. Director Trevor Cardwell’s award-winning group will perform before the 1:05 first pitch, including playing the National Anthem. Principal Rex Booth will throw out the first pitch. After the game, the band members will be invited to an autograph session with the professional ball players. Presale tickets befitted the Panther Band, but supporters are still invited to attend the event at BG Ballpark.

Aug 25, 2023

Funeral services tomorrow

for Dr. Dewey Wood, 90

Funeral services will be held in Russellville Saturday afternoon for Dr. Dewey Wood, 90, who practiced family medicine in Russellville for nearly 50 years, 42 of them in his Bethel Street office. He also saw patients at his Auburn office and delivered over 1,500 babies. A veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War era,  he served on the local hospital board for several years and as Chief of Staff.  Additionally, he served on the Barren River Health Board, the Barren River Child Advocacy Center)Board, and the Logan County Crime Stoppers Board, and he was inducted into the Bowling Green High School Hall of Honor in 2011. He had owned farms in Logan and Simpson counties for 57 years and enjoyed watching the harvesting of crops during his retirement. He is survived by his wife Sue Wood; his children, Elizabeth, Diane and Chris Wood and Pam Berry; five grandchildren; and his sister, Caroline Day.

Aug 25, 2023

Both football teams to kick off

home games at 8 tonight

Because the extreme heat that has engulfed the area this week, both local high school football teams will begin their home games an hour late tonight. The gates will open at Logan County at 7 for an 8 p.m. kickoff, Athletic Director Greg Howard has announced. After whipping Warren Central via running clock last week in the Lewisburg Bank Bowl, Coach Todd Adler's team will entertain Rossview of Clarksville. Russellville will also begin play at Rhea Stadium at 8 against one of their oldest foes, Glasgow, which has former Panther head coach and principal John Myers on its coaching staff. WRUS will carry the Scotties-at-Panthers game live on all of its platforms, including 104.9 FM and 610 AM.

Aug 18, 2023

Cougars build big halftime lead,

start running clock early

With Davin Yates piling up eye-popping statistics, the Logan County Cougars built a 42-14 halftime lead over Warren Central in the second game of the Lewisburg Bank Bowl Friday. Yates passed for 146 yards, rushed for 114 and caught a touchdown pass for 68 yards, bringing his total to 328 yards in the first 21 minutes. The Cougars' starting quarerback the last three years, Yates shifted to other backfield positions with sophomore Ridge Holman playing quarterback and throwing touchdown passes to Yates and Hunter Holloway on the last play of the half. He also hit Jack Delaney with another TD pass and Brady Hinton with a 2-point conversion in the second minute of the half of the second half to make it 50-14 and start the running clock. Hinton had caught a TD pass from Yates, and Delaney had intercepted a pass. Elijah Hawkins, the team's defensive leader the last two years, rushed for a TD. All-SKY kicker Kyla Bilyeu kicked five conversions in the first half.

Aug 18, 2023

Bears beat RHS 29-7

The Butler County Bears took advantage of five Russellville turnovers and 12 Panther penalties to beat RHS 29-7 in the Lewisburg Bank Bowl's opening game Friday at Logan County Cougar Field. The Panther defense did many things well but found itself in terrible starting positions often. In fact, the Bears started inside the RHS 15 yard line on five possessions, often after turnovers. Bright spots on offense for Russellville were the running of freshman Donovan Armstrong and the passing combination of Tutu McKeage and Noah Stovall, who caught half of McKeage's 10 completions. Armstrong had a long run on Russellville's opening possesion of the second half. A Bear defender had to interfere with Stovall to keep him from making a touchdown catch, but Armstrong ran 9 yards for the score. Madden Bloodworth kicked the extra point.

Aug 3, 2023

8th of August Celebration

features many activities

One of Logan County's most anticipated and widely attended annual events, the 8th of August Emancipation Celebration, will hold its 36th homecoming since the move to Russellville this weekend. Most of it centers at Hampton Park at the intersection of East Seventh and Franklin streets and stretches to the Seek Museums at East Sixth and Morgan streets and the KP Hall on East Fifth Street. Other locations can be found elsewhere. See the accompanying list of events. 



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