September News Briefs
By Jim Turner

Posted on January 1, 0001 12:00 AM



Zone change denied for South Union project

The Bowling Green and Warren County Planning Commission has denied a zone change that would have allowed the creation of a industrial park near the Logan and Simpson county lines. RJ. Corman Railroad Co., requested the change from agricultural to heavy industry zoning for 260 acres of land on Petros and Edgar White roads, the Franklin Favorite reports. The 8-1 no vote was based on problems with the Corman plan in terms of air quality and industrial uses in a rural conservancy area, commission Executive Director Steve Hunter told the newspaper. This was the second time such a plan has been rejected, and both times West Simpson residents opposed the park because of increased vehicle and rail traffic.



Chandlers wins 4th straight title

The Chandlers Lady Bears beat Olmstead 25-10, 26-24 in the finals of the Logan County Middle School Volleyball Tournament Tuesday at the Logan County High School auxiliary gymnasium. It was the fourth straight title for CMS, which was led by Amber Carroll & Catherine Miller. Olmstead eliminated Auburn in the match to determine who would face Chandlers in the finals. Adairville had knocked off Auburn in the first match of the evening. More details will follow.



Tobias dominates Cougar defense

Edmonson County running back Jacob Tobias socred six touchdowns, five of them while rushing for 363 yards on 17 carries, as the Edmonson County Wildcats beat the visiting Logan County Cougars 49-14 Friday. The Cougars scored on a 2-yard run by Anthony Oberhausen after a 69-yard sprint by Gage Hales. The other TD came on Justin Rone's 46-yard completion to Taylor Blakemore. Landon Stratton kicked both extra points. Hales rushed for 181 yards on 13 tries and caught a 19-yard pass from Rone for 200 yards total offense.



Middle school volleyball tourney Monday

The Logan County Middle School Volleyball Tournament will be held this week at Logan County High School's auxilary gymnasium. Auburn and Lewisburg play the 5:30 opener, followed by Olmstead vs. Adairville. Chandlers takes on the winner of the Auburn-Lewisburg match afterwards, and two more matches will be held Monday. Three matches, including the championship, will be played Tuesday night. Coach Buddy Wright's Olmstead team won the junior varsity tournament Saturday.



Panthers beat Franklin 26-14

Russellville scored 26 points after falling behind in the first half on the way to a 26-14 win over visiting Franklin-Simpson Friday. Barrett Croslin passed to Coco Darden for 40 yards for one touchdown and ran for two others on a 29-yard quick-snap keeper and a 39-yard run on a reverse. Demarcus Hampton scored on a 64-yard run and a two-point conversion. Rashaun Jones, A.K. Tisdale and D.J. Hoosier had some key tackles. Josh Hampton had two interceptions and Darden one. Jerry Billups scored the game's first touchdown for Franklin after an RHS turnover, and quarterback Colton Hurt connected with Dante Flippin for an 84-yard TD late in the game.



Logan getting new driver's license software

Installation of software and cameras for Kentucky’s new driver’s license will require a one-day suspension of license-issuing activity in the Logan County Circuit Court Clerk Sherry Wilkins' office on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Other operations of the Circuit Clerk’s office are not affected, and the office will be open all day. Driver’s licensing operations will resume the following day, and the new license will be available to Logan County residents. The new license has multiple layers of security features, all linked to each other, so counterfeiters must compromise multiple technologies – not just one. Features include: Digital watermark imperceptible to the human eye; bank note-level fine line printing; improved dual-side lamination for greater tamper resistance and durability; hologram with single-color, ultraviolet “ghost” image; starting in the fall, and new licenses will also feature “veteran” and “organ donor” designations. Customers are not required to obtain new licenses before current licenses expire, and the process for obtaining or renewing a license will not change. The cost remains $20.



RHS-Franklin football game being shown

The Franklin-Simpson at Russellville football game is now being aired over the internet. Superintendent Leon Smith made the following announcement, "I'm excited to announce we will be making our first attempt at live video and audio streaming tonight during the Russellville vs. Franklin Simpson football game. Ms. Lisa Rose deserves special thanks for working to prepare our STLP students to do the video work this evening. Special thanks also goes out to Larry Wilcutt and the Electric Plant Board for providing an internet drop that will allow us to provide the live video streaming from our press box.
"Also, Chris McGinnis and WRUS have been great in regard to working with David and Danny to provide a live audio feed for our video. It has taken a community to put this together. If you cannot be at the game and would like to watch it live online, or know of someone who would like to watch from another city, state or even overseas, the game can be seen at 7 p.m. CST on our Russellville Independent Schools website at" The Panthers lead the Wildcats 26-7 at the half.



Benefit golf scramble offered Saturday

A benefit golf scramble will be held at Rolling Hills Saturday for Jo Beth Morgan Heinley, who is battling cancer. She is the daughter of John Morgan, a Logan Aluminum employee who is part of the Morgan family who own and operate Roy's Bar-B-Q. The fee is $200 for a four-member team. Nine holes will be played in the late afternoon before dinner provided by Roy's. A glow-ball second round will be played afterwards. Only 16 teams will be accepted. An auction will also be held of food and sports-related items. To register as an individual or team, call 726-8700.



Lady Cougars sweep Greenwood

The Logan County Lady Cougars swept all seven games from visiting Greenwood Tuesday in a matchup of two perennial regional powers. Coach Steve Lyee's team won the best three-of-five varsity match 28-26, 29-27, 25-21. The LCHS freshmen and JV teams won all their games, 2-0 each. Logan County and Greenwood have met in seven of the last nine regional championship games. Chanler Steenbergen had 32 attacks and 8 kills while Rebecca Dezarn & Katelyn Jones added 7 kills each and Megan Griggs 6, Victoria Cates fired 3 aces while Rachyl Miller totaled 27 assists, Cates had 15 digs, Steenbergen 12, and Maddie Abbott 10. Dezarn returned 27 serves, Abbott 18 and Cates 13.




WKU beats UK 32-31 in OT

Former Fort Campbell quarterback Antonio Andrews is Western Kentucky University's leading rusher, but his pass to quarterback Kawaun Jakes for a 2-point coversion gave the Hilltoppers a 32-31 overtime win over the University of Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium Saturday. WKU had led 17-0 and was ahead 24-17 until the final half minute of regulation, but Coach Joker Phillips' Cats came back to force the OT. Then UK scored a touchdown and PAT first in the extra period. After WKU scored a TD to pull within one, Coach Willie Taggart went for the win instead of a second OT. Andrews caught a backwards screen pass and carried the defense with him and then threw against the grain to an open Jakes in the end zone for WKU's first-ever win against an SEC team.



LCHS wins Silver in Central Hardin v'ball

The Logan County Lady Cougars won the Silver Division of the Central Hardin Queens of the Court volleyball tournament this weekend. Coach Steve Lyne's team went 4-1 in the tournament to run its season record to 16-3. The Lady Cougars started with wins over Louisville Fern Creek and Calloway County Friday. A loss to Pulaksi Southwestern in Saturday's first match dropped Logan into the Silver Bracket. They beat Franklin County in the semifinals before knocking off North Bullitt to win the division. The LoJo will have statistics in a later story.



Croslin leads Panthers to win at Todd

The Todd Central Rebels were hoping to beat Russellville for the first time in 24 years Friday, and they did lead 7-6 in the second quarter. But RHS quarterback Barrett Croslin found three ways to keep that from happening, running 65 yards for one touchdown, passing 22 yards to Josh Hampton for another, and returning an interception 36 yards for another. Coco Darden set up a touchdown with an interception return, and Zach Hines had a long kickoff return and scored on a 49-yard run. Desmon Quarles scored the first TD on a short run. Bryce Shanklin & Andre Morrow scored Todd's touchdowns. Coach John Myers' Panthers are now 3-2 on the season.



Coaches Barrett & Sinclair to lead Festival parade

A pair of coaches who led their teams to state championships and were named overall state Coach of the Year within a few months of each other have been named grand marshals of the Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade on Oct. 13. Ken Barrett coached the Russellville Panthers to three state Class A football championships in 1980, '83 and 90. He was named the state's top football coach in the midst of a 24-game winning streak. Gerald Sinclair was voted the state's best basketball coach when he directed the Logan County Cougars to the title of the Sweet Sixteen, in only the second year of the school's existence. He had also coached at Adairville, Auburn and Chandlers high schools before consolidation. Festival Chair Teresa Hendrix has also announced that Special Olympians will be parade marshals.



Bella Jam Benefit Ride rescheduled

Because of a cold raie that fell early last Saturday, many people who had planned to ride their bikes to raise money for little cancer survivor Annabella Phelps and her parents, Jon Phelps & Stephanie Sloan didn't get to go. Registration for the Bella Jam Benefit Ride will begin on the Franklin Square at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept, 22, with the three-county ride beginning at 10. The fee is $20 plus $5 for each extra rider, but those who paid for last week do not have to pay, according to organizer Christina Blake. Donations will be welcomed. For more information, write or call 370-772-2080.



Services set for former councilman

Willie Hampton, who served as a Russellville city councilman for two decades, died earlier this week. He served under mayors Bobby Sawyer, Everett Daniel and Ken Smith and was the longest-serving council member in city history at the time of his retirement. He was the owner of Winston Funeral Home for many years. Hampton Park in East Russellville is named for him. Mayor Smith had been seeing to his needs in recent months. Graveside services are planned Thursday at the veterans' cemetery in Hopkinsville. Gamble Funeral Home of Hopkinsville is in charge of arrangements.



Tobacco Festival event applications online

The 56th Annual Logan County Tobacco & Heritage is set for Oct. 6-13. Applications for the following events are now available at the Chamber office or online at Jesse James 5K Run & Walk (also includes the School Challenge); Little Mister & Miss Pageant; Senior Stroll; Road Rally; Karaoke Contest; Craft Show & Flea Market; Queen's Pageant; Ride of Champions Bicycle Ride. A full calendar of events may also be found on the website. For more information, contact the Chamber at 726-2206.



RHS Class of '57 to reunite Oct. 12

Members of the Russellville High School Class of 1957 will reunite for their 55th anniversary on Friday, Oct. 12, during the Tobacco & Heritage Festival. They will gather at Colonial Inn from 5-8 p.m. An effort is being made to contact class members. If you can help, contact J. Henry Duncan (859 948 9282 or jhduncan@aol.comor) or Ken Smith.



Cougars dominate second half in win

If they had played well in the second halves of losses to Butler County and Todd Central, the Logan County Cougars might have a 3-1 record now. They dominated the second half at Metcalfe County Friday to get their first win, a 35-12 victory. Justin Rone & Michael Sydnor combined for three straight touchdown passes in eight minutes of playing time, and Gage Hales scored two touchdowns while Landon Stratton kicked five extra points. More details will appear in a story on The LoJo.



Russellville mentioned on

Russellville was mentioned in an article Friday. Columnist Rick Reilly, formerly of Sports Illustrated, wrote a tongue-in-cheek column in response to Alabama coach Nick Saban's blasting the media for not being appreciate enough of the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers, the team the defending national champion Tide plays Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on Channdl 30. Reilly wrote: "Sure, Alabama has more than 30 players in the NFL right now and Western Kentucky has one, but that's probably because most NFL scouts don't know where the Hilltoppers' dynasty resides (near Russellville, I think). Alabama has never played there." WKU's football stadium is on Russellville Road in Bowling Green. Thanks for the plug, Rick.




South countinues domination of local teams

South Warren concluded a shutout sweep of teams from the Land of Logan Friday, beating the Russellville Panthers 20-0. Two weeks ago the Spartans shut out Logan County 36-0. In both games, Coach Mark Nelson didn't have his second-year team run up the score.



Lady Cougars breeze past F-S

The Logan County Lady Cougars won their 69th straight district volleyball match Thursday, beating visiting Franklin-Simpson 25-4, 25-14. Many of the Lady Cats' points came on Logan service errors. Chanler Steenbergen recorded 7 kills with Kaitlyn Jones & Rebecca Dezarn getting 5 each. Maddie Abbott fired 7 aces with Megan Griggs adding 4. Rachyl Miller had 18 assists and Victoria Cates 6 service returns.Coach Steven Lyne's team ran its record to 11-2 and more importantly the top seed in the district tournament with a 5-0 record.



Adairville city-wide yard sale Saturday

Councilwoman Donna Blake has announced a city-wide yard sale will be held in Adairville Saturday, beginning at 7 a.m. Signs will be posted all over town.



Red River annual meeting Sunday

The annual gathering of the Red River Meeting House Association will be held this Sunday in the Schochoh area. Potluck dinner on the grounds begins at 1 p.m. with the worship service and meeting to begin inside at 2. The Logan County Hoots, a chapter of the Kentucky Junior Historical Society, will present the program with Titus Smith and others speaking. The group built a replica of the meeting house this spring. The public is encouraged to be a part of this event. Anyone who attends becomes a member of the association.



Canler, Coots lead LCHS FFA at state fair

Dean Canler & John Wilson Coots led Logan County High School FFA members in an impressive showing at the Kentucky State Fair recently. Canler won the state championship in ag mechanics while Coots was state runner-up in dark tobacco stick. Chapter Reporter Taylor Tinsley says the agronomy team of Kelly Eicher, Ashley Brinkley, Sarah Edgar & D.J. Lee placed 5th; the dairy juding team of Savannah Woodall, Connor Williams, Thomas Poole & Rachel Simmons finished 13th of 45 teams; the livestock juding team of Caroline Milam, Austin Smotherman, David Vincent & Monica Nolan earned 7th place among 53 teams; and the meats team of Wesley Estes, Thomas Jones, Nick Stuart & Daniel Beaty placed 14th.



Beck withdrawing from council race

Businessman Archie Beck has told The LoJo that he is dropping out of the race for Russellville City Council. He was one of 10 candidates for the six seats. Beck, who is working on a masters degree from WKU, has recently aacepted a position at Rivendell Psychiatric Center as a counselor. He also owns a business and is a minister. "I've just got too much going on to do it. My ministry, my store, graduate school, new job and just life in general," he says. "If I was going do it, I would want to be able to do a good job." The nine who remain in the race are incumbents Sandra Kinser, Jimmy Davenport, Jack Whipple, Pat Bell, Darlene Gooch & Bill Decker, former councilman Doug Nash, and challengers Marvinia Neblett & Lora Murphy.



Seven adult ed students earn GEDs

Logan County Adult Education has announced the following students have passed all five parts of the GED Exam in July and August: David Carlisle, Melissa Harper, Gary Kirkland, Carson Mast, Melissa Moore, Charlotte Yoder & David Yoder. Exams are held each month on a Friday and Saturday. The next exam is scheduled for Sept. 28-29. For further information, contact the Adult Learning Center at 726-8777.



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