November News Briefs
By Jim Turner

Posted on January 1, 0001 12:00 AM


East beats Cougars in season opener

Warren East erased an 8-point deficit in the second quarter to lead 52-42 at halftime on the way to an 83-68 win Friday over visiting Logan County in the head coaching debut of the Cougars' Lonnie Mason. Logan got the margin down to 7 late in the game but couldn't get closer. Sophomore Ben Wright scored 16 first half points and tied veteran Torin Graham for Cougar scoring honors with 18. Clint Knight, who hit a 3-pointer late in the game, finished with 16. J.R. Morrow added 8 and Landon Stratton 6. Coach Casey Simpson's Raiders had a quartet of double figure scorers. Timothy Stockton had 18, Aaron Strange 16, Mason Lee 14 and Max Wheeler 11.



Lady Cougars win on the road

Junior post player Megan Lindsey scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Logan County Lady Cougars to a 66-63 win at Hopkins County Central Thursday. Sophomore Maeghann Hardison hit a pair of crucial free throws with 11 second left to seal the win.


Mayfield, BGH to play for state titles

The champions of the local teams' districts will play for state championships again this year. Mayfield from Russellville's Class 1A district will play Fairview at 11 a.m. Friday at Houchens Industries L.T. Smith field at WKU. They are a combined 27-1. The only loss came in the season opener when Coach Joe Morris' Cardinals fell to Class 5 A power Warren Central. Mayfield was in last year's state finals, losing to Hazard. Bowling Green, which eliminated Warren Central in the regional finals, will take on Cooper of Boone County at 3 p.m. Saturday. Coach Kevin Wallace's Purples, who are in Logan County's Class 5A district, are the undefeated defending state champions. The 12 teams in championship games are a combined 150-18.



Christmas at Shakertown this weekend

Friday night's preview party for Saturday's annual Christmas at Shakertown gives shoppers first choice of antiques and crafted items. Admission at the South Union historic site from 7-9 p.m. is $10. Refreshments will be served. Reservations can be made by calling 542-4167. The public event Saturday is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the annual market, which features some of the best crafters and antique dealers in the area, is a canned food item that will be distributed to those in need.



Local teams go 0-3 in season openers

Things didn't go well in the win-loss column for three high school basketball teams from the Land of Logan in season openers Tuesday. The Phil Todd Part II started with the Russellville Panthers losing 86-78 at Muhlenberg County in the return of the coaching legend to the bench. That's better than last year when RHS began with an 87-58 loss to the same school. The Panthers play at Hopkinsville Thursday and then will be at home Saturday against Butler County. The RHS girls played much closer but fell 53-49 at Butler County. Coach Dedra Adler takes her Lady Panthers to McLean County Thursday night. The Logan County Lady Cougars led in the first half but fell 55-49 to visiting Warren Central. Sophomore Maeghann Hardison had a super game with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and classmate Kaprechia Powell added 13 points. Keeping the youth movement going, Central was led by freshman Tia Barnett with 19 points. The Lady Cougars go to Hopkins County Central Thursday.



RHS teams, Lady Cougars open tonight

Three of the four local high school teams open their 2012-2013 basketball seasons tonight, all at different places. The return of Phil Todd as coach of the Russellville Panthers begins at Muhlenberg County. The most successful basketball coach in RHS history, Todd has been out of basketball coaching for eight seasons, most of that time as athletic director. Coach Dedra Adler's Lady Panthers will open at Butler County. The only home game finds Coach Scot MacAllister's Logan County Lady Cougars entertaining Warren Central. All the encounters begin with junior varsity games at 6 p.m. The debut of new Cougar head coach Lonnie Mason will be Friday at Warren East.



LoJo observes Small Business Saturday

This is Small Business Saturday, and The LoJo salutes the locally owned businesses which are current advertisers on the online publication. They include Price Funeral Home, Roy's Bar-B-Q, Logan Telephone Co-op, Riley-White, Orthopedics Plus, McCormick Place, and Fabric & Variety Shop along with the Carpenter Aquatics and Fitness Center. We would welcome more support for a locally owned small business from other advertisers on The Logan Journal.



Logan Links to feature 6 former schools

LOGAN LINKS, the genealogical newsletter, is featuring the 1902 census of the following schools in December and would like personal stories about them. Send to or Anything of interest -- classes, teachers, funny incidents, games played at recess, classmates -- would be used. Southeastern section--Antioch, Johnson, Sandy Ridge, Millwood, Union Hall and Townsend Grove--will be featured.

To subscribe to the newsletter, send $12 to Logan Co., KY Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 853, Russellville, KY 42276-0853. Delivery is via e-mail only, no hard copies available as it runs to over 100 pages per issue. Includes a historical site, tidbits from the circuit court records, 1902 census of Logan County schools with about 5 schools included each month, database of circuit court equity cases (2 boxes of files each month), and an index of various resources to be found in the Archives at 278 West 4th St. Subscription covers calendar year. Previous years (2011 and 2012) available on disk for $25 each.



McCormick Place to be open Thanksgiving

It's not often that a locally owned retail business is open on Thanksgiving day, but owners Eleanor and Gordon McCormick have announced that McCormick Place Antiques & Collectibles will be open from 2-7 p.m. Thursday. McCormick Place is normally open Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and from 11-4 on Saturdays. McCormick Place is located at 141 East Fifth Street in Russellville, with the entrance just west of and behind the Breathitt House across from the First Baptist Church parking lot.



Community Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday

The 14th annual Community Thanksgiving dinner will be held Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the Stevenson Elementary School cafeteria. It is open to everyone in the community. Enter through the side door. Anyone who would like to have a meal delivered can contact First Presbyterian Church at 726-6207. Orders placed by 7 p.m. Wednesday will be filled.



Mike Hurt named interim Adairville principal

Former Auburn Elementary School principal Mike Hurt is serving as interim principal at Adairville Elementary School, following the untimely death of the school's principal, Paul Samsom, a couple of weeks ago. Hurt became the Auburn principal in 1982 when the school moved from high school to elementary/middle school status. He had taught agriculture at Auburn High School. He served in that role successfully for 22 years before moving on to the central office. He retired after eight years there. He began working in the new role late last week.



Thanksgiving Eve meal provided by Crittenden

As is the case each Thanksgiving Eve, Crittenden Drive Church of Christ on Wednesday will welcome anyone who would like to eat a Thanksgiving meal in the multipurpose room from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Members will also deliver meals, beginning at 1 p.m. Anyone who would like to have meals delivered or attend can make reservations by calling the church ofrice at 726-6583. The event, which is spearheaded each year by Julie Davenport, has fed thousands the past few years.



Menser, Harlan to be at Saddle Factory Sunday

Tim Menser, a 1985 graduate of Russellville High School, will be at Kentucky Artisans at the Saddle Factory Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. to sign copies of his book, SURE: Knowing What You Believe and Why You Believe It. The book was released in mid-February by CrossBooks. His appearance will be part of a Holiday Open House at the historic building which houses works of art that are for sale. One of those artisans, Linda Harlan, is the new manager of Kentucky Artisans.



Benton joins Joker in final home game

Starting safety Mikie Benton joins Coach Joker Phillips in their final home games for the University of Kentucky tonight. The Cats, who have won only one game this season, are favored to beat Samford, which plays in the lower division of NCAA Division I football. Benton, a former Russellville Panther, has been a starter the past two seasons for UK. Phillips, a native of Franklin who also played for the Cats, was fired after his team was blown out by Vanderbilt two weeks ago. Benton is pictured and quoted in today's Courier-Journal Sports section about what it meant to play a role in UK's first win over Tennessee in a quarter century last year. Benton's successor as the RHS quarterback, D.J. Quarles, is also a member of the UK team.



Christmas in November returns this weekend

The Logan County Arts & Crafts Club will hold its annual Christmas in November handmade crafts show and sale this weekend at the old armory on Winter Street in Russellville. Admission is free. Door prizes will be presented. The show runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.



GEDs earned by 18 adult ed students

Logan County Adult Education has announced that the following students have earned their GED this fall: Amber Anderson, Leslie and Luis M. Ayala, David Carlisle, Alonzo Farmer, Amy Gillis, Melissa Harper, Cynthia Hochstetler, Gary Kirkland, Carson Mast, Melinda Merrell, Melissa Moore, Vera Pendleton, William Michael Rice, King Shelton, Jesse Stilts, and Charlotte and David Yoder. Anyone interested in earning a GED should contact Logan County Adult Education at 726-8777. For more information, visit their website at



Al Smith to sign books Sunday at Library

Long-time Russellville journalist Al Smith will be home this Sunday to discuss his latest book, Kentucky Cured: Fifty Years in Kentucky Journalism, at Logan County Public Library, beginning at 2:30 p.m. After a program involving Evelyn Richardson, Jeannie Leedom Bowles and Don Neagle, he will sign copies of the book. The public is encouraged to attend.



Ex-Russellvillian/WKU coach Arnold dies

Murray Arnold, who was head coach of Western Kentucky University men's basketball from 1986-90, died in Florida Wednesday, Arnold, 74, was married to the former Ann Conn Johnson. They lived in Russellville while he was coaching the Toppers to a 71-54 record, including 29-9 in his first season when WKU won the Sun Belt title and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. One of his key players was Fred Tisdale, who was MVP of the state tournament while leading Logan County High School to the 1984 state championship. Mr. Arnold also coached UT-Chattanooga, Stetson University, Brimingham Southern, and the Perth, Australia professional team He was an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls while Michael Jordan was starting his NBA career. He won 244 games as a Division I head coach and 159 for Birmingham Southern on a lower level. He had been in ill health for several years.



Sye Head runs 2nd in state meet

Senior Sye Head's last race for Logan County cross country was a memorable one. He finished as state runner-up in Lexington Saturday. Head, the regional champion, ran the 5K in 16:53.58, just 11.6 seconds behind state champ Nicholas Laureano of Lexington Catholic. Head received the Forcht Bank/Kentucky National Insurance Uncommon Excellence Award. Coach Greg Howard's team finished 15th overall. Colton Spencer was 63rd, Levi Corssley 85th, Kaleb O'Dell 112th, and Noah Thomas 135th. Also running were Austin Rouse & Cory Ford. All of them were in the top half of the 360 runners.



LCHS Fall Sports Awards Program Sunday

Logan County High School will host its 2012 Fall Sports Awards Program on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m, in the Auxiliary Gym. The school will honor participants for their individual and team accomplishments in the sports of Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, and Volleyball. The public is invited to attend.



Benefit set tonight for Nannette Starks King

A Giving Back Benefit will be held from 6-10 this evening for Adairville civic leader Nannette Starks King at Red River Fish & Game Club just outside Adairville, 265 James Lake Road. She is being treated for liver cancer and has many medical expenses in addition to not being able to work while she takes chemotherapy. Wayne and Brenda Stratton will bring their food trailer and donate the proceeds. Clay Bilyeu is providing the music. A 50-50 raffle will be held along with a cornhole tournament and an auction. For more information, contact Donna Blake at 772-2157 or the Stratton at 539-6585.



Panthers fall to KCD in Louisville

Kentucky Country Day (11-1) ended the season for Russellville 27-12 Friday night in Louisville in the Class 1A Region I semifinals. Desmond Quarles rushed for one RHS touchdown, and Dustin Morgan caught a TD pass from Barrett Croslin. The Panthers, who finished 8-4, were plagued by six turnovers. Junior Demarcus Hampton passed the 1,000-yard mark for the season.



Panthers' playoff game in Louisville tonight

Winners of six of their last seven games, the Russellville Panthers (8-3) head to Louisville tonight to play Kentucky Country Day (10-1) in the semifinals of Class 1A's Region I. Coach John Myers' Panthers are the third best defensive team in the state in their class, giving up fewer than 14 points per game, but KCD is second in defense (allowing 8 fewer total points than RHS), and Coach Matthew Jones' Bearcats have scored 93 more points than Russellville. Last year the Panthers' playoff run ended in Louisville against Holy Cross. That RHS team, however, went into the game with a 6-5 record. Game time is 7 p.m. and will be aired on WRUS.



Auburn Christmas open house this weekend

Thirteen businesses will be part of the Auburn Merchants Christmas Open House this Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Food, fun, prizes and a game will be available from the participating merchants-- Main Drag Auto Detail, Auburn Carpet, Sisterhood Embroidery, Main Street Style, Yard Sale Shop, Repeat Boutique, Lion and the Lamb Antiques, Glen's Hardware, Wholesale 2 U, Tee's Restaurant, Federal Grove Bed & Breakfast, Country Side Bake Shop and Colonial House Furniture.



Write-ins elected to Lewisburg council

Because only three people filed as candidaes for the Lewisburg City Counil by the deadline, three more were elected as write-ins Tuesday. They are Jason Wade Harper, Hannah Marie Osler & Betty Gibson. Elected without opposite in previously unreported races were Commonwealth Attorney Gail Guiling, Circuit Clerk Sherry Wilkins, Third District Magistrate Barry Joe Wright (to the remainder of the term of the late Curtis Watkins), Logan County Board of Education members Phillip Baker, Ralph Cropper & Johnny Dawson, and Russellville Board of Education members Davonna Page and Phillip West,
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden
were re-elected nationally but fell to Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan 6,899 to 3,469.



Incumbents dominate election

Most incumbents were winners in local elections Tuesday, including State Rep. Martha Jane King, but Adairville has a new mayor where Donna Blake defeated two-term incumbent Jim Wilkerson. In a very close race, Republican challenger Whitney Westerfield defeated long-time incumbent State Senator Joey Pendleton in a three-county area. The only other incumbent who was eliminated was Auburn Councilwoman Gayle Gregory. Councilman Mike Hughes was elected mayor of Auburn, replacing veteran Dewey Roche, who retired. Newcomers to the Auburn council are Shane Johnson and Norma Kutzman, to the Lewisburg council Shirley Woodward, and to the Adairville council Brent Johnson and Michelle Trimble.
Other incumbents elected were Congressman Ed Whitfield, Adairville council members Becky Tinch, Danny Finch, Art Violette & Bill Steen, Auburn council members Steve Montgomery, Rex Evans, Jesse Duer & Bobby Price, Lewisburg council members Jeff Laster & Melanie Palmgren, and Russellville council members Sandra Kinser, Jimmy Davenport, Jack Whipple, Pat Walpole Bell, Darlene Gooch & Bill Decker.
Winners in the only other locally contested race were Bobby Brown, Anthony Woodall, Warren Stuart & Ernie Ezell for the North Logan Conservation District.


Counselors to be at Adairville School Wednesday

All schools in Logan County will be in session as usual on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Assistant Principal Steve Stratton says counselors will be available for students and staff at Adairville School following the death of Principal Paul Sansom. Mr. Sansom died unexpectedly this week.



Todd County to get new technical school

During Thursday's Candidates' Forum conducted by the Concerned Citizens of Russellville/Logan County, both State Representative Martha Jane King and State Senator Joey Pendleton revealed that a new technical and industrial education center is coming to Todd County. On Friday, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson was in Elkton to announce a $500,000 grant for the construction of the Todd County Career Path Institute. Todd County High School students and adults will be able to take courses which will prepare them for careers now in demand. The program will be administered by Hopkinsville Community College, and high school students will be able to obtain dual college and high school credit, just as Franklin-Simpson High School students to at the Franklin Center of Bowling Green Technical College. For decades, Todd Central students were bused to Logan County to take courses at the Russellville Area Technical Center.



Cougars win regional cross country title

The Logan County Cougars won the Class 2A Region I cross country championship Saturday while hosting the meet. Senior Sye Head also won the individual championship. Coach Greg Howard's team is also led by seniors Noah Thomas, Colton Spencer and Austin Rouse.



RHS, Graves County advance in playoffs

The season continues for the Russellville Panthers but ends for the Logan County Cougars. The Panthers beat visiting Bethlehem 48-0 Friday with Demarcus Hampton rushing for three touchdowns, one of them on a 61-yard run. Barrett Croslin ran for a touchdown and passed for another to Josh Hampton. Coco Darden & Zach Hines also had touchdowns and Corey Wright kicked five extra points. The Panthers travel to Louisville Country Day next week.
Gage Hales scored three touchdowns for Logan, two on 93 yards in passes from Justin Rone. Hales also returned a kickoff 85 yards. Rone hit Taylor Blakemore for a 2-point conversion. Aaron Baldwin also ran for a touchdown, and Landon Stratton kicked three extra points. Graves' Zach Katsman scored three touchdowns, rushed for 216 yards and built his total to over 2,000 yards.
See the preview of the Logan-Graves game in the Sports section of The LoJo.



Panthers open playoffs at home tonight

Bethlehem of the Bardstown area will be at Rhea Stadium tonight to play the Russellville Panthers in the first round of Class 1A football playoffs. The Panthers, who have a 7-3 record, beat Bethlehem (5-5) 28-23 in last year's playoffs.



Candidate forum at KP Hall tonight

Concerned Citizens of Russellville/Logan County is hosting a public candidates' forum at 6:30 p.m. today at the KP Hall on East Fifth Street. Scheduled to appear are the nine candidates for Russellville City Council (challengers Lora Murphy, Doug Nash & Marvinia Benton Neblett and incumbents Pat Walpole Bell, Jimmy Davenport, Bill Decker, Darlene Gooch, Sandra Kinser & Jack Whipple) and the two candidates for state representative, Republican challenger Chris Hightower and Democratic incumbent Martha Jane King. The candidates will make brief opening remarks, answer questions from a panel, and then answer questions from the audience. The panel will consist of Michael Morrow, Jane Sweatt, Bobbie Jean Burnett & Jim Turner.



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