November News Briefs
By Jim Turner

Posted on January 1, 0001 12:00 AM


Croslin named to Bluegrass All-Star team

Barrett Croslin, a three-year starter at quarterback for the Russellville Panthers, has been named to the State all-star squad of the Bluegrass All-Star football game, which will be played at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at St. Xavier High School. Monroe County’s John Petett will coach the State team, which will play Coach Brent Thompson’s Greater Louisville squad. Area players on the team are Matt Boston of Glasgow; Cody Chaffin & Adrian Middleton of South Warren; Chad Eaton of Barren County; Nacarius Fant, Devin Hayes, Will Jenkins, Jake Mills, Lincoln Quick & Blue Tisdale  of Bowling Green; Rondell Green of Warren Central and Joseph Hawkins of Franklin-Simpson.



Womanless Beauty Pagent set Saturday

A Womanless Beauty Pageant featuring many well-known Logan County men will be staged by the Concerned Citizens of Russellville/Logan County this Saturday at deGraffenried Auditorium at RHS, starting at 5 p.m. The $5 admission price will be used to benefit Concerned Citizens’ Tutorial Program and Food Bank. Among the lovely contestants will be Duck Armstrong, Tim Bailey, Andra Beard, Ricky Bellamy, Clay Bilyeu, Andy Blake, Thomas Bouldin, Travis Bryan, Judge Logan Chick, Reggie Gough, Matt Long, Demetrius Martin, Timmy Parrish, Gary Sheldon, Coach Phil Todd, Phillip West, Ken Williams and Timmy Woodard. The master of ceremonies will be Tim Harris of WRUS.



Caleb Bruner commits to pitch for Morehead

Logan County baseball star Caleb Bruner has committed to play baseball at Morehead State University, even though he is a junior. “He felt like this was the right fit for him and he really likes the coaching staff and the campus,” says his dad, Chris Bruner. A member of the Logan County Little League All-Stars who made it to the World Series four summers ago, he was the leader of the pitching staff which played a key role in Coach Ethan Meguiar’s Cougars winning their first regional championship this spring. He pitched the opening game at the state tournament, coming within a strike of beating Louisville St. Xavier.




Russellville Athletic Director Nathan Thompson says, "Tuesday's Middle School game against Chandlers has been moved to the Middle School Gym. It was going to be at the High School but we're going to work on the floor before Thanksgiving Break."



McDonalds hosting fund raiser, toy drive for kids

The Logan County Foster & Adoptive Parents Association will have a Christmas fund raiser and toy drive at the Russellville McDonalds on Tuesday, eat in or drive thru. Santa will be there. and he is bringing Mrs. Claus! Come on out and eat, bring a toy for a boy or girl, and don't forget your camera! All funds raised will be used for a Christmas meal and toys for children in care.



Christmas Open Houses set from 1-5 today

Downtown Russellville will be alive this afternoon with open stores and the shoppers who come to open houses from 1-5 p.m. The downtown trolley will also be running. The Arts and Crafts Club's annual sale will be underway at the old armory, and a silent auction will be conducted at GOP Headquarters.



Tryouts for BG Hornets set Sunday

Tryouts for the 2014 season of Bowling Green Hornets basketball will be held Sunday from 3-5 p.m. in Jim Young Gymnasium at Russellville High School. The Hornets play semi-pro ball in the Central Basketball Association. Nathan Thompson is the head coach and player Squeaky Hampton has been promoting tryouts. The registration fee is $20 per person.  For more information, email or check out the website at



Auburn Baptist to honor Corums Sunday

Auburn Baptist Church will honor Grover and Mary Corum at this Sunday’s service, beginning at 11 a.m. They married Aug. 10, 1946 and moved to Auburn in 1958. They have been members of the congregation ever since. They have three children—Vickie Corum, Allen Corum (and wife Tammy), and Sherrie Pryor—along with five grandchildren—Crystal Britt, Jennifer Billman, Adam Corum, John Corum and Jackson Pryor. The Corums came to Logan County in 1950 when he was named assistant county ag agent. He then became the first manager of Logan Telephone Cooperative. The Corums started Auburn Nursing Home and developed it. Grover celebrated his 87thbirthday Thursday and Mary will be 87 Thanksgiving Day, so this Sunday was chosen to honor them, according to organizer Jim Lockhart. The public is encouraged to attend.



Mayfield shuts out Panthers to end season

The season came to an end for the Russellville Panthers Friday with a 17-0 loss at Mayfield in the regional championship game. Coach John Myers’ team played good defense against the defending state champions but couldn’t get any offense going, finishing with 18 yards total offense, which dropped to minus 28 with sacks and fumbles. Star running back Demarcus Hampton carried the ball only once, still severely hobbled by an injury a week earlier. Coco Darden took his place in the backfield, but reinjured his knee in the third quarter. Jake Guhy passed for 93 yards and a touchdown for Mayfield and Stuart Mills ran for 88 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers finished 10-3 while Mayfield (12-1) entertains Frankfort next week.



LCHS Blue White Night Friday to preview basketball teams, honor athletes in fall sports

Logan County High School Blue White Night Basketball Tipoff will be held Friday. In addition to introducing the Cougars and Lady Cougars, coaches will honor the state volleyball quarterfinalists, state cross country runners Kelly Eicher and Levi Crossley, the district champion girls soccer team and the regional runner-up cheerleading squad. Middle school basketball teams will also be recognized. It begins at 6 p.m. and admission is free with a canned food item. Door prizes will be given throughout the evening.



Annual country ham breakfast underway

Underway this morning is the  annual country ham breakfast to raise funds for Bro. Joe's Family Christmas (formerly Toys for Tots) at which hundreds are fed each year, either in person or in mass carryout. It will be held until 11 a.m. at the Logan County Extension Office on the bypass. A donation of $6 per meal is requested. Orders can be made by calling 270-542-8697.



Roadwork underway on US 431 in Logan

Lane restrictions will take place on US 431 in Logan County today and Friday. Milling and resurfacing from mile point 0 to mile point 2 near Adairville today will create a lane restriction from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Milling and resurfacing from mile point 22 to mile point 23 near Lewisburg will create a lane restriction Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flaggers will be used both days, and motorists need to slow down when approaching these areas.



LCHS Fall Sports Awards slated Sunday

Logan County High School’s Fall Sports Award’s program will be held on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym. The public is invited to attend as the school and coaching staffs recognize the 2013 fall sports teams for their individual and/or team accomplishments in golf, cross country, volleyball, soccer, football and cheerleading. Following the presentation of awards, refreshments will be provided by the school.



Open house at Pennyrile office this afternoon

Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative’s Russellville District will hold an open house from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday to display the recently completed remodeling at its 268 South Main Street office. The Logan County Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3. Mark Wilkins is manager of the Russellville District. Jim Riley of Russellville and Bryson Price of Lewisburg are Pennyrile directors. Eston Glover heads the co-op.



Stratton finalist for area soccer player of year

Logan County soccer player Landon Stratton is one of three nominees for Southern Kentucky Soccer Referee Association Player of the Year. The other two nominees are Armin Hasonovic of South Warren and Edin Hasonovic of Greenwood. They and girls nominees Taylor Beals of Warren East, Kaley Burnette  of South Warren, and Erin Jones of Bowling Green will be honored at a dinner in Glasgow Tuesday. Stratton, a senior who also is the kicker for the football team and a starting guard for the basketball team, is ranked first in Kentucky and second in the nation in soccer stats by, according to his dad, Mark Stratton. He scored 52 goals and had 8 assists for 112 points in just 15 games. Eric Evans is the Cougar boys soccer coach.



Mayfield, Graves to host RHS, BGH

Mayfield will host Russellville next Friday for the Class A Region I championship following a 35-0 win over Louisville Holy Cross last night. Also in Mayfield next Friday, Graves County, which is coached by former Logan Countians Lance Gregory and Les May, will host two-time defending state champion Bowling Green in 5-A. Graves beat Warren Central 28-27 in double overtime while Coach Kevin Wallace's Purples won their 42nd straight game, 48-7 over Christian County. Franklin-Simpson beat Madisonville-North Hopkins 21-16. Coach Doug Preston's Wildcats, who have not lost since falling to RHS, go to Owensboro for the 4-A regional finals. South Warren, the only team to beat the Panthers besides Mayfield, blew out Fort Campbell. Coach Mark Nelson's Spartans will play at Paducah Tilghman for the 3-A regional title.



Panthers run over Bethlehem in semifinals

Four players rushed for five touchdowns and three others helped them total 466 yards on the ground as the Russellville Panthers beat homestanding Bardstown Bethlehem 50-14 Friday in the regional Class 1-A football semifinals. Chris McGinnis of WRUS calculates that Desmon Quarles scored two touchdowns and ran for 68 yards; Demarcus Hampton scored a 93-yard TD and had 143 yards on just four carries before being injured in the first half; Barrett Croslin scored a touchdown and ran for 73 yards; Dustin Morgan scored the first TD and totaled 61 yards; and Dequan Beard was the workhorse with 52 yards on 15 carries. Jecory Bard, who led the defense, returned an interception for a touchdown, and Coco Darden blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown for the second straight week. Corey Wright kicked a field goal and six extra points. Coach John Myers’ Panthers will play in the regional finals next week.



Helpers to deliver meals in Russellville

Santa's Helpers will deliver Mexican lunch every week on Thursday in Russellville until Christmas time. Each week a new menu will be posted on Santa's Helpers Facebook page or you may call Jana Hardin at 392-0484 to check menu and/or place your order. Hardin says, “We will deliver for 2nd shift people with a 10-plate minimum. All proceeds from these meals will go toward purchasing gifts for children in Logan County. Thank you in advance for your support!” Santa's Helpers Facebook link:



Small business fraud seminar Thursday

Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC, is offering a free seminar on “Fraud in the Small Business World” on Thursday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. at the Logan County Chamber of Commerce office. Employee theft in small business can be extremely costly and it happens more often than people think.  Come join the experts of Carr, Riggs & Ingram as they discuss why this topic should matter to you, how it can happen, and what you can do to lessen your chances of becoming a victim. To register, contact Carr, Riggs & Ingram at 726-7151.



Board to make bass fishing LCHS sport tonight

The Logan County Board of Education is expected to make official at its meeting tonight the addition of bass fishing as an official sport at LCHS. Representatives of TBF (The Bass Fishing) Student Angler Federation were present at the October meeting at Auburn School. Joining them were local businessmen John Ferris & Shane Hayes, who talked about the large number of students who have expressed interest in being a part of the team, and about fishing enthusiasts in Logan County who have offered to provide boats and to drive them in practice and competition. Insurance was a concern of the board. Team members and those who pilot the boats are insured, but those policies don’t cover administrators or board members. Superintendent Marshall Kemp said last week that the board’s insurance company has said they will be covered this year with a premium increase expected next year. Athletic Director Hugh McReynolds told the board that he has already submitted the proper paperwork and that Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner Julian Tackett has assured him that Logan will be eligible for postseason competition next spring.



Jailer Jenkins does not plan to run again

Long-time Logan County Jailer Bill Jenkins does not plan to seek another term in office next year, he has told WRUS News. Jenkins has been on the job since 1996. Before that he retired as a Kentucky State Trooper/Detective. Jenkins is married to former Russellville City Clerk Peggy Jenkins. He said they plan to travel and spend time with their sons and their families. Republican Phil Gregory and Democrat Wendell Jackson have announced plans to seek the position in early days of candidate filing. Gregory is a former coroner and Jackson is also a retired state police detective.



Veterans ceremony this morning at depot

The city of Russellville & Main Street Russellville will conduct a Veterans Day Program today at 10 a.m. at the Old Train Depot located on the west end of Second Street. Logan County ROTC & the Fort Campbell Color Guard will make presentations. Music will be by Joshua Baldwin & Clay Bilyeu. Main Street Director Darlene Gooch says, “Hope to see all our area veterans and their families at this program to celebrate their service to our Country and to celebrate the history that took place at the train depot.” Shown in this picture are LCHS ROTC members, from left, Michael Stuart, Austin Clark, Dakota Helton and Bobby Snoddy at the dedication of the flag at the new First Southern National Bank Bethel Branch.



Henry Clay wins 3-1, ends Logan season

The Logan County Lady Cougars won the first game of their quarterfinal match in the state volleyball quarterfinals Friday, but then lost the next three. Coach Steven Lyne's team needed extra time to win that first set 27-25, but the Lady Devils won the next three 25-7, 25-18, 25-18. Logan was the only team eliminated in the Elite Eight to win a game. Green County, McCracken County and Oldham County all lost in three games. The four semifinalists came from the state's biggest cities-- Louisville Mercy and Assumpton, Covington Notre Dame and Lexington. The Lady Cougars finished what Assistant Coach Rob Imlay calls a "dream season" with a 34-8 record.



Panthers cruise past KCD, move to semis

Russellville advanced to the second round of the Class A football playoffs Friday by crushing Kentucky Country Day 55-6. Barrett Croslin threw touchdown passes to Zach Hendley & Lee McMurry, ran for a TD and returned a punt for another. Demarcus Hampton ran for a 93-yard TD and had 176 yards on 5 carries, eclipsing the thousand-yard mark. Coco Darden blocked a punt and returned it for a score. Desmon Quarles & Josh Bigbee also ran for TDs, and Corey Wright & Milam Watkins kicked multiple conversions. RHS (9-2) goes to Bardstown Bethlehem (11-1) in the semifinals next week.



Lady Cougars sweep Raceland in state opener

Behind 16 kills by Chanler Steenbergen, 31 assists by Rachyl Miller and 8 digs by Maddie Abbott, the Logan County Lady Cougars (34-7) beat Raceland (35-5) 25-14, 25-18, 25-13 in their state opener Friday afternoon at Louisville Valley High School. Coach Steven Lyne's team moves on to the Elite Eight Saturday at noon (Logan time) against state co-favorite Lexington Henry Clay (31-9). Coach Dale Grupe's Lady Devils beat Allen Central (33-7) Friday.



Dain Gregory announces coaching resignation

Dain Gregory, who has coached Logan County football the past three seasons, announced to players' parents Tuesday that he has resigned. He said, "I have resigned as head football coach in pursuing a chance to go back to western Kentucky. I was not forced out nor asked to resign; this was on my own free will. I am sure there will be rumors but this is the truth. Again, thank you for everything. GO COUGARS! And support your new head coach the same way you have supported me." Gregory's 2011 team won three of their first four games under him along with beating Russellville at Rhea Stadium. Last year the Cougars reached the 5A playoffs for the first time. But his teams lost 24 of their final 27 games, including going 0-10 this season, all but one on a running clock.



Kelley Paul appeals to Christian group

Kelley Paul has become the best known former Logan Countian nationally and is openly being discussed as a possible First Lady. Her husband, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, is considered a leading candidate for the Republican nominee for president in 2016. In a column in the New York Times Saturday, Jonathan Martin wrote about the growing rivalry between “the two stars of the Tea Party movement,” Paul andSen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Martin says Paul, a dental specialist from Bowling Green, appeals to a broader scope of the GOP but that Cruz, who is Baptist, “connects naturally with Christian conservatives, many of whom have become foot soldiers in the Tea Party,” more than Sen. Paul, who was raised an Episcopalian. Martin noted that at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter summit in Washington recently, Sen. Cruz had the “more compelling presence, but that Mr. Paul’s wife, Kelley, impressed the group by ‘talking in our kind of language,’ as one participant put it.” Kelley Paul is a graduate of Russellville High School, the daughter of Hilton and Lil Ashby of Russellville.


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