May News Briefs
By Jim Turner

Posted on January 1, 0001 12:00 AM


Antique Engine & Tractor Show

The 22nd Annual Logan County Antique Engine & Tractor Show will be held Friday night and Saturday at McCutchen-Coke Park in Auburn, with Farmall tractors the feature brand this year. A tractor pull will begin Friday at 6 p.m. for cut tire tractors. The parade which goes from the park into Auburn starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by a kids' tractor pull at noon and more tractor pulls later. There is no admission charge. Drexel Johnson is the president of the Logan County Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Association.

Expanded Logan County Fair begins this weekend

The biggest Logan County Fair since it left the Legion Fairgrounds begins Friday at the Logan County Extension Complex. The 400 Mile Sale on U.S. 68-80 passes by the Extension Office and yard sale booths will be set up from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 6-2 Saturday. The Homemakers Quilt Show & Bake Sale will be held Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. inside the Extension Office and the 4-H Horse Show will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday in the new Arena. Watch The LoJo for details of next week's events.

Purple Martin Festival to get underway Saturday

The Purple Martin Festival will start an eight-day run Saturday with a book sale and a gospel singing. The week is full of activities. See detailed information on the entire week on the Community Calendar on the Home Page of The LoJo.

Pitts helps South Warren win regional baseball title

Paula and Ron Timberlake of Logan County are rejoicing this week after their grandson, sophomore shortstop Ty Pitts-- helped South Warren win the regional baseball championship Wednesday at WKU. The Spartans, who eliminated Russellville in the semifinals, beat Bowling Green 4-3, the same score of South's district championship win the week before. Ty's mom, the former Lisa Timberlake, is a graduate of Russellville High School.


Garden Club leads "Walk in the Country Garden"

The Logan County Garden Club will hold its 14th Annual Garden Tour from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. this Saturday. Tickets are $15, which includes tea and tour "A Walk in the Country Garden". Tickets are limited to 100, and members encourage purchase in advance. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Logan County Chamber of Commerce. For tickets and other information, please call 726-9070, for Chairwoman Linda Reed. The tour will start at Russellville Christian Church on East Ninth Street. If tickets remain they can be purchased at the church. Gardens on the tour belong to Jim & Jean Chestnut, Angie Chestnut, Tom & Judith Hoover at the Wren's Nest, Tony & Vicie Steenbergen, the Garden Walk and Duncan's Chapel Methodist Church.

Jesse James Poker Run scheduled Saturday

Main Street Russellville's " Jesse James Poker Run" will be held on June 2 at the Theater to help raise some money for the restoration of The 4th Street Theater. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The run begins at 10: a.m. It's for motorcycles, cars, and trucks, and everyone can ride or drive. Planners have chosen a backroads country route throughtout Logan County, approximately 75 miles There will be three stops along the way. When riders return, Main Street Russellville Director Darlene Gooch will be providing music (Clay Bilyeu), food for sale, and a Bike and Car show. The car show is free to enter, but to ride or drive in the poker run requires a $20 entry fee to cover the first hand of cards. Additional cards will be available. Participants also get a chance at winning the 50/50 registration payout! Any questions? Call Gooch at 726-1303, or Bilyeu at 270- 772-1009.


South Warren beats Panthers, advances to finals

The magic continued for South Warren Tuesday at WKU as the second year school advanced to the 4th Region baseball tournament by beating Russellville 16-4. Coach Chris Gage's Spartans had upset Bowling Green for the district championship. Zach Denney & Thomas Shifflett were pitchers for the Panthers. Denney and Seth Washington each singled, and Barrett Croslin added a 2-run double. The loss ended the three-decades run of RHS coach Lou Kendall, who is retiring. His final team finished 29-10. The Spartans will play in the regional finals the favorite, the same Bowling Green team they beat last week, which won 10-0 over Russell County Tuesday..

BGH also ends Lady Cougars' tournament run

Bowling Green ran its record to 30-5 in beating the Logan County Lady Cougars 10-1 in the 4th Region Tournament Monday to conclude 8 games in two tournaments on the day. Lindsey Ezell & Rebecca Dezarn each had 2 hits for Coach Mike Crawford's Logan girls. Tori Dillard, the daughter of Russellville High alum Shelly Smith Dillard and her husband Bob, had 3 hits and an RBI for the Lady Purples.


Purples end Cougars' season 9-4 in region opener

Sowell has been an important name in Logan County baseball, but the dominant one in Monday's regional game was Bowling Green's Jackson Sowell, who pitched and hit the Purples to a 9-4 win over the Cougars at WKU. Gage Hales of Logan scored the game's first run on a walk, an error and a wild pitch. Sowell was responsible for all of them, but he made up for it later. He had 3 hits, including a triple, and pitched 5 innings. Logan's own Sowell, Brandon, had an RBI single of his own, as did Dustin Cartas. Ryan Harper drew a bases-loaded walk for the final RBI. Thomas Miller & Caleb Bruner pitched. Coach Ethan Meguiar's team finished 24-12. BGH takes a 28-7 record into the semis.

Panthers crush Glasgow to extend Kendall's tenure

The Lou Kendall coaching era continued in a big way Monday when his Russellville Panthers (29-9) thrashed Glasgow (27-9) 14-0 in the opening game of the 4th Region baseball tournament. Sophomore Corey Wright pitched the 2-hit, 1-walk shutout. Two of classmate Barrett Croslin's 4 hits were doubles with 4 RBIs. Seniors Caleb Wills & Thomas Shifflett each recorded 3 hits while juniors Zach Lee & Tyler Hall each added 2. Zach Denney & Seth Washington contributed 2-run singles. Scotties coach Sam Royce gambled by not pitching his ace, Parker Cash, until it was too late. The Panthers have the best record in the tournament but were only 10-8 against teams in the 4th Region while Glasgow was 17-4 against them. The Panthers will be favored in the semifinals against South Warren, which held off Cumberland County (13-26) 4-2 in the second game. The finals begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday at WKU.

Lady Cougars take high averages into region today

When the Logan County Lady Cougars begin regional play today at 7 p.m at WKU against Bowling Green, some of the players will take high averages into the game. Coach Mike Crawford says senior Alicia Croft was batting .471 the last time statistics were computed while sophomore Madison Abbott was hitting .421 and junior Rebecca Dezarn was at .405. Senior Lindsey Ezell joined Croft and Abbott on the all-district team. Pitching the tournament win over Todd Central was sophomore Shelby Milam, and eighth grader Meagan Ferguson pitched the championship game. Their performance was helped by the catching of Victoria Cates.


LCHS to conduct first off-campus commencement

The timing appears to be perfect for Logan County High School's first-ever commencement off campus. The Class of 2012 will graduate at WKU's Diddle Arena at 2 p.m. Sunday. Commencement ceremonies in the LCHS gym have always been hot and crowded, and getting in an out of the parking lot has been difficult. Record temperatures are expected Sunday. Also LCHS will not be rushed out of the building. Saturday, exercises were held for four schools—South Warren, Greenwood, Warren East and Lighthouse, and the gym had to be emptied quickly between them.

Logan teams draw BGH at region; RHS faces Glasgow

Both Logan County teams have drawn powerful Bowling Green in 4th Region tournaments at WKU Memorial Day. The Purples, who are the favorites to return to state, made themselves available to meet a district champion when they were upset by South Warren in the 14th District finals. The two traditional regional baseball powers, BGH and Logan, will play at 4 p.m. The Lady Cougars will play the 14th District champion Lady Purples at 7 p.m. just up the street. BGH beat Greenwood 1-0 in their softball championship game. The Russellville Panthers also face a traditional power in Glasgow in the baseball opener Monday at 10 a.m.


Hightower wins GOP primary, to face Rep. King

Chris Hightower won the Republican nomination for the 16th District House of Representative seat in Tuesday's primary election by 53 votes. He won by 48 in Logan County and by 5 in Todd County over fellow Logan Countian Jimmy Kent Wilson. He will now face three-term incumbent Martha Jane King, a Democrat, in November. Charles Hatchett won the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives seat over James Buckmaster and will face long-tenured Congressman Ed Whitfield in the General Election.

Bridge over Kentucky Lake to reopen Friday

Gov. Steve Beshear has hailed Friday's planned 1 p.m. reopening of the U.S. 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge-a full 2 ½ days ahead of schedule. The Eggners Ferry Bridge, which carries U.S. 68/KY 80 across Kentucky Lake, has been closed since it was struck by a cargo ship, the Delta Mariner, on the night of Jan. 26, tearing away a 322-foot-long span of the 80-year-old bridge.

The two-lane Eggners Ferry Bridge, which is the western gateway to Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, opened to traffic in 1932. Its elevation was raised in 1943 when the Tennes-see River was impounded to create Kentucky Lake. A 2009 traffic count showed 2,650 vehicles per day crossed the bridge. The Transportation Cabinet is in the process of replacing the bridge, along with the nearby bridge over Lake Barkley. According to Kentucky's Western Waterland, a regional tourism promotion group, tourism dollars provide a direct annual contribution of $472 million to the region and a direct contribution of $7.4 billion to the Kentucky economy statewide.


Lucas Celsor wins RHS' deGraffenried Award

When the deGraffenried Award was created in the mid-60s in honor of the late benefactor Thomas P. DeGraffenried, it was to go to the graduating class' top all-around member, as chosen by the faculty. This year's recipient was Lucas Celsor.

Miller almost perfect as Cougars win district

Left-hander Thomas Miller came ever-so-close to a perfect game Wednesday as the Logan County Cougars repeated as 13th District baseball champions. Logan beat homestanding Russellville 5-0 with Miller throwing a 1-hitter, that on a bunt single by Tyler Hall in the 6th inning. He was the only Panther to reach base. Gage Hales' 3-run homer in the fourth put the game out of reach. Watch The LoJo for a complete story, including a list of the All-District team members.

RATC yard sale spaces offered for 400 Mile Sale

The Russellville Area Technology Center is offering yard sale spaces at the Russellville High School parking lot May 31 - June 2 during the 400 Mile Sale. Spots are approximately 20x20 (two parking spaces) and will rent for $20 for the three days. Signs will be posted at the intersection, drawing traffic towards the sale site. Contact Melissa Jones by calling the school at 726-8432 for more information or to reserve your spot. The funds raised will help pay travel expenses for the National SkillsUSA team.

13th District baseball finals to be a Clash of the Cats

After victories by Logan County and host Russellville Tuesday, the 13th District baseball finals has turned into another Clash of the Cats. As expected, Coach Ethan Meguiar's Cougars beat Todd Central 10-1, but the Panthers upset Franklin-Simpson 2-0 to keep the career of retiring coach Lou Kendall going at least two more games. Logan won the regular season Clashes 12-2 and 4-0. The game begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Kelly Russell Field.


Porch lights turned on in memory of accident victim

Porch lights will be on not only in Logan County tonight but around the world in memory of 6-year-old Layton Brown, who died in a family automobile accident Saturday near Auburn. His relative, Ashley White Brown, started a Facebook group Monday called "Porch Lights on for John Layton Brown." By 7:30 p.m. Tuesday over 1,200 people had pledged to have their lights on so that his brother Lance, who was also in the accident, can see them. Pledges have come from all over Logan and surrounding counties, 8 other states, and Australia. Additionally, Russellvillian Jake Biggs has said his lights will be on in Afghanistan.

Logan upsets Todd in softball district; baseball today

Coach Mike Crawford's Logan County Lady Cougars (8-25) upset host Todd Central (15-20) in the opening round of the 13th District softball tournament Monday 9-2. Top-seeded Franklin-Simpson (15-20) beat winless Russellville 10-0 and then won over the Lady Cougars 6-0 in the finals, although Coach Matthew Wilhite's team led only 1-0 going into the 6th inning. Both teams advance to region. The district baseball tournament was postponed because of rain. Favorite Logan County will play Todd at 5 p.m. today at RHS with the Franklin-Russellville game to follow.


Wilson, Hightower race to highlight primary

On a very light ballot, a contested race for the Republican nominee ifor the 16th District House seat appears to be the only one of local interest. Jimmy Kent Wilson, a graduate of Logan County High School who is well-known in South Logan and with customers to H&H Sheetmetal, is facing Chris Hightower, an early ally of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul who has been endorsed by Kentuckians for the Right to Bear Arms, Take Back Kentucky and the national organization Republican Liberty Caucus. More information about Hightower is available in an advertisement on The LoJo. The survivor of Tuesday's election will take on incumbent Democrat Martha Jane King in November,

Jennett, Wills, Thompson lead '12 RHS scholars

The top academic students were honored during Russellville High School's commencement this weekend. The valedictorian was Brandon Jennett, the salutatorian was Caleb Wills and third place went to Mollie Thompson.

Baseball & softball districts to begin today

District diamond tournaments will begin Monday, weather permit-ting. 13th District baseball teams will be at Russellville's Kelly Russell Field. At 5, Logan County (22-11 overall, 6-0 district) will face Todd Central (1-19, 0-6). RHS (27-8. 2-4) will face Franklin-Simpson (20-14, 4-2) afterwards. The finals are scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday. In the softball tournament at Todd Central, F-S (13-20, 5-1) will play RHS (0-30, 0-6) at 5:30 while Todd ((15-19, 5-1) will face LCHS (7-24, 2-4) at 7. Afterwards the championship game will begin, probably about 9.

Corman to make repairs on railroad crossings

The RJ Corman Railroad Co. will be performing maintenance at two rail crossings during this week in Todd and Logan counties. Today through Wednesday at 7 a.m, weather permitting, work will be on Allensville Road between Joe Gill Road and Tennessee State Line Road. Beginning Tuesday and continuing until 7 a.m. Thursday, maintenance will be performed in Russellville on Armory Drive/N. Breathitt Street between Johnson Street and Frances Street. Then from Wednesday at 6 am until Friday, May 25 at 7 a.m., weather permitting, work will be done on Gossett Hines Road between Joe Riley Road and Keysburg Road. Anyone needing additional information should contact Drew Lewis at 859-940-2525 or Brutus Stinnett at 859-537-7865.


Antonio Rose tops RHS track in state meet

Antonio Rose led Russellville High track performers in the state Class 1A track meet Friday. He finished 5th in the triple jump with a hop/skip/jump of 41'10.5". The Panthers' other points came from a 7th place finish in the 4X200 Relay. Running that event were the quartet of Dominique Harris, Josh Hampton, Demarcus Hampton & Zach Hines. Dennis Sydnor is the coach.

Cougar Avrey Collier places in 4 state events

Senior Avrey Collier placed in all four of his events in the Class 2A state track meet Friday. He placed 5th in both the 100 and t10 hurdles and 8th in the 200. Additionally he was on the 800 meter relay which finished 8th. Also running that relay were Dylan Cole. Michael Sydnor & Colton Spencer. Greg Howard coaches the Cougars. Paducah Tilghman, which beat the Cougars in the region, won the state title.

Joiner a key in helping keep UK softball going

Freshman catcher Griffin Joiner, who has started every game this season, will play a key role late this afternoon in trying to help the University of Kentucky softball team keep its season going. The granddaughter of Lewisburg natives Dixie Dennis and Glenn Smith, Joiner is fourth on the team in hitting .281 with 3 homers and 8 doubles. She has made only 6 errors in 409 chances. UK was one strike away from winning its NCAA regional opener at Louisville Friday when Michigan scored the winning and tying run. The Lady Cats will play Valparaiso, which lost to U of L on a last-out home run. If UK beats Valpo, the Lady Cats must play the Michigan-Cardinals loser immediately afterwards.


Panther baseballers' stats rank among leaders

Among the 5 area teams reporting baseball statistics to the Daily News, the Russellville Panthers have several leaders.Thomas Shifflett ia 1st in hits (52) & RBIs (43) and 2nd in average (.456) & pitching record (4-0). Seth Washington is 1st in batting (.472), 2nd in hits (51), and 4th in RBIs (27). A third senior, Caleb Wills, ranks 3rd in hits (43), 5th in RBIs (26), and 6th in batting average .376) & pitching record (5-1). Barrett Croslin is 4th in both hits (.360) and RBIs (40). Zach Denney is 7th in pitching record at 4-1. A third sophomore, Corey Wright, is 6th in earned run average at 1.76. The other schools submitting stats to the newspaper are Bowling Green, Greenwood, Warren East and Butler County.

Bluegrass Jam picking in Auburn this weekend

The 23rd annual Bluegrass Jam is being held at McCutchen-Coke Park in Auburn Friday night and Saturday. Otis Bilbrey, founder of the event and its director throughout much of its history, is again heading the Jam, which is a major attraction in the county. The music officially began at 6 p.m. An open stage will be available Saturday morning before well-known groups begin performing in the afternoon.

Adairville Strawberry Festival is Idol, not idle

At the Adairville Strawberry Festival Friday, the Kiddie Parade will begin at 4 p.m. with the Pet Show to follow. The Silvertones will entertain at 5, and "Dancing on the Square" begins at 8 p.m., featuring Chapter 11.


Brown twins playing in state tennis tourney today

The Brown twins, Brenna and Meg, are playing in the state ten-nis tournament today after having reached the regional doubles semifinals last week. They went in as the number four seeds. The seniors are the first Logan County High School tennis players to reach the state tournament. Their mom, the former Sandra Eggleston, won the regional singles championship as a freshman and a sophomore while playing for Russellville High School in the late 70s. She is now the RHS coach. Dan Duncan coaches LCHS.

Adairville Strawberry Festival features music today

At the Adairville Strawberry Festival today, the Link Family will entertain from 4-6 p.m. and Clay Bilyeu from 6-7. Adairville Idol begins at 7 p.m. All events on the Town Square are free. LCHS senior Molly Clark, who is in her second year as the Tobacco & Heritage Festival queen, is also the Strawberry Festival queen.


County Democrat leaders to discuss open position

The Logan County Democratic Executive Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss potential nominees for the vacant position on Logan Fiscal Court following the death of magistrate Curtis Watkins. Any Democrat who is interested in being considered for appointment by Gov. Steve Beshear for the West Logan slot should turn in a written resume before the meeting. Anyone wanting more information should contact County Chair Evelda Steersman at 725-9536.


District baseball tournament starts Monday at RHS

Top-seeded and defending champion Logan County will play Todd Central in the opening game of the 13th District baseball tournament Monday at Russellville's Kelly Russell Field at 5 p.m.. Franklin-Simpson and RHS will meet in the game that follows. The finals will be played Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Odom's Tennessee Pride acquired by ConAgra

ConAgra Foods Inc. has closed its acquisition of Odom's Tennessee Pride, a sausage and breakfast sandwich manufacturer based in Madison, Tenn. Odom's operated the 'sausage plant" in Adairville for many years before leaving it vacant. Details of the deal, were not disclosed. ConAgra has said the brand name will survive the transition because it is so well known,

Republican women to entertain scholarship winners

The Logan County Republican Women's Club will meet this after-noon at 5:30 at the Republican Headquarters on the Square in Russellville. The recipients of the club scholarships & their families will be the guests of honor. Sheryl Speck and Alicia Rogers, Logan County High School counselors, will be the guest speakers. Previous scholarship winners have been sent invitations. Light refreshments will be served. Questions? Please call 726-3801.


Cougar track places 2nd in 2A region, headed to state

Coach Greg Howard's Logan County Cougars finished as region-al runner-up in the Class 2A track regional Saturday behind host Paducah Tilghman. Qualifying for state were Colton Spencer in 4 events Avrey Collier, Sye Head &Michael Sydnor in 3 each, Dylan Cole in 2 events, and Noah Thomas, Aaron Johnson, Levi Crossley and Justin Rone. For the Lady Cougars, Claire Hopkins and Haley Mayher are state bound in 2 events each, joined by Kelsey Markham & Jasmine Martin. State is in Louisville this weekend.


Genalogical group news to feature Keysburg Schools

The Logan County Genealogical Society's May 2012 issue of Logan Links will feature the Keysburg schools, both black and white. Anyone who has stories of having attended these schools

or if they remember stories their parents related about Keysburg schools is asked to send a note to Archives, P. O. Box 853, Russellville 42276-0853 or call 726-8179 and tell the clerk about it. If they have report cards, photos, just let Judy Lyne know and she will come to their house and scan without removing the item from their possession so she can put in the Logan Links, newsletter.

LEAD, IDA to hold May meetings Wednesday

The Logan Economic Alliance for Development (LEAD) will hold its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, May 9, at 7 a.m., in the Logan County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room. The Logan Industrial Development Authority (IDA) will hold its regular monthly meeting following the LEAD meeting at 8 a.m., in the same location. LEAD and IDA meetings are open to the public. All who live and/or do business in Logan County are welcome to attend. For more information, call the LEAD office at 726-9575.


Logan's Lancaster chosen for Kentucky All-Stars

Twin Lancaster , a four-year starter for the Logan County Cougars, has been selected for the Kentucky All-Star team which will play the Indiana stars on consecutive nights in June, one at Freedom Hall in Louisville and the other at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. LCHS coach Harold Tackett served on the selection panel during tryouts at Georgetown. He plans to take his upcoming Cougar team to play two games at the Kentucky Basketball Academy on the day of Lancaster's game in Louisville.

Magistrate Curtis Watkins' battle with cancer closes

Curtis Watkins , the longest serving member of the current Logan Fiscal Court, died Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was the magistrate serving District 3. He had been involved in the retail and wholesale food industry most of his adult life along with farm


Work to begin Monday on bypass lanes at Wal-Mart

Beginning Monday, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews will have lane closures for both directions of U.S. 68 Bypass in Logan County between Wal-Mart and Fischer Drive (mile markers 8.6-9.1). The lane closures will remain in place for approximately 30 days while crews install positive offset turn lanes on U.S. 68.

Comedian George 'Goober' Lindsey dies in Nashville

George 'Goober' Lindsey , who performed at Logan County High School as a part of the Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival, died in Nashville Sunday at age 83, The Tennessean reports. Lindsey was best known for his long-standing role as Goober in The Andy Griffith Show and Hee Haw. The Alabama native was a former college football player and high school teacher and coach.


Cougars shut out RHS, clinch top district seed

Coach Ethan Meguiar's Logan County Cougars shut out Russellville 4-0 Tuesday to clinch the top seed in the 13th District baseball tournament. Logan is 5-0 in the district with only one game remaining, that against winless Todd Central. The Panthers of Coach Lou Kendall can tie Franklin-Simpson for the number 2 seed with a win over the Wildcats at home next Tuesday. Franklin edged RHS 5-4 on April 24. No matter what happens in the remaining games, the Cougars will play Todd and RHS will take on Franklin in the tournament's opening round.


Avrey Collier to sign with Eastern Wednesday

Logan County High School senior Avrey Collier will sign a letter of intent to run track at Eastern Kentucky University on Wednesday, May 2 at 2 p.m. in the Commons Area at the school, Athletic Director Hugh McReynolds has announced. He is coached by Greg Howard. Collier has been a key member of three athletic teams at LCHS, football, basketball and track, this year..

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