News Briefs in November 2014
By Jim Turner

Posted on November 30, 2014 8:34 PM


Mayfield reaches sixth straight

Class 1A state championship game

If it’s the state football finals, it must be Mayfield. The team which has ended Russellville’s season in the Class 1A regional finals the last two years beat Beechwood 35-24 Friday to earn the program’s sixth straight state finals. They have won three of the last five state championships, including the last two. The Cardinals’ opponent Saturday will be undefeated Williamsburg, the team which Mayfield beat 42-0 in last year’s championship game. Coach Joe Morris’ Cardinals have a record of 83-6 the last six years. Mayfield and Russellville will be in different classifications the next four years.



Lance Gregory to coach Graves County in state finals Friday

The Graves County Eagles (11-3) will attempt Friday to become the first team since 2010 besides Bowling Green to win the Class 5A state football championship when Coach Lance Gregory’s team faces Pulaski County (12-2) at WKU’s Feix Field. Graves, which had knocked off BGH a week earlier, won at John Hardin 28-23 in the semifinals. Gregory is a graduate of Logan County High School. Logan Countian Richard Holloman, attended Friday's game and said, "I felt like I had just witnessed one of the most well-rounded teams I've ever seen."



New baseball umpires needed

High school baseball umpires are needed. There will be a new umpire orientation on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Bob Kirby Branch  of the Warren County Library in Bowling Green near Greenwood High School.  For any questions call Phil Burkeen at 270-791-1845



Harris shows improved health as

WRUS dejay battles heart problems

WRUS air personality Tim Harris is showing improvement in his health, according to his wife Stephanie. Often called "Tiny Tim" by the late Lon Sosh, Harris suffered a near fatal heart attack at a Franklin restaurant last week, and has been hospitalized and vented for several days, but was moved into a regular room in the last few hours. He is expected to undergo bypass surgery next week, his wife writes on Facebook.



Lance Gregory one win away from state finals

after historic 7-0 win over Bowling Green High

After losing three of their first four games, the Graves County Eagles have won nine straight contests, including a 7-0 thriller at Bowling Green in the Class 5A regional championship game. Graves, which is just down the street from Class 1A regional champion Mayfield, is coached by Lance Gregory, a graduate of Logan County High School, assisted by former LCHS head coach Les May. The loss ended a 53-game win by the Purples against Kentucky competition. The Purples kicker has been Hunter Hanks of South Union, the son of Eddie Hanks, who was a member of Russellville’s 1980 state championship team. Hunter Hanks has three state championship rings. Graves County hopes to return to Bowling Green next week for the state finals. To do so, the Eagles must win at John Hardin (7-6), which handed Louisville Iroquois (11-2) last Friday.



WKU leads Marshall 49-42 at half

Coach Jeff Brohm's WKU Toppers lead undefeated and 19th ranked Marshall on the road at halftime 49-42. Western has led 28-7 and 42-21, but the Thundering Herd keeps coming back. Brandon Doughty has thrown of 281 yards and 6 touchdowns in the first half. Leon Allen has run for 157 yards. Marshall's highly regarded quarterback, Rakeem Cato, has thrown for 5 TDs but has been intercepted three times by Brandon Leston. The Toppers (7-5) beat the Conference USA champs 67-66 in overtime as Doughty threw 8 touchdown passes plus a game-winning 2-point conversion to Willie McNeal.



Morrises to be inducted into RHS Athletic Hall of Fame

Two classy, talented athletes who share the same last name and who helped bring in new decades in style are to be inducted into the Russellville Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame. Andre Morris, who went from being the star running back on the Panthers’ 1990 state championship football team to becoming an All-Big Ten and Olympic level sprinter, will be inducted between games of the Clashes of the Cats Friday, Jan. 2 at Jim Young Gymnasium. See his story on The Logan Journal at  Joining him in entering the Hall that night will be Michael Morris, who was a starter on Russellville’s first two regional championship basketball teams in 1998 and 2000. He helped Coach Phil Todd’s 1999 team reach the regional finals, too, and led the Panthers to the Final Four as a senior. Watch The LoJo for more details as the ceremony nears.



Dockins wins 4 golds at state

Lee Dockins of Russellville, who has already been named the World's Best Special Olympics Gymnast in traditional gymnastics, won four gold medals and one silver in a different style this weekend at the State Artistic Gymnastics Meet.



Smith to autograph books, present postcards

of Sonny Green prints at Riley-White Sunday

Local author Algie Ray Smith will sign and sell copies of his newest book Potpourri during Holiday Open House at Riley-White Drugs on Carrico Park Square in Russellville Sunday afternoon. Those purchasing the book will also get post cards of historic prints by local artist Sonny Green. For a review of the book, which includes an extended look at the integration of a school like Russellville High in 1956, see



Mayfield beats RHS in regional finals

Sophomore Trajon Bright scored four touchdowns Friday in leading Coach Joe Morris' Mayfield Cardinals to a 42-14 win over Russellville in the Class 1A regional finals. Mayfield, the two-time defending state champion, led 28-0 at halftime. It was the fifth time in the last eight years. Coach John Myers' Panthers have reached a championship game, but each year the season has ended there. The RHS touchdowns came on Coco Darden's 5 -yard pass to Lee McMurryand one on a 2-yard run by Jacory Bard, who picked up 52 yards on 10 carries on the last drive. Russellville finished 9-4 after going 10-3 last year.



Country ham breakfast underway

Bro. Joe’s Family Christmas Country Ham Breakfast is underway until 11 a.m. today at the Logan County Extension Office. It features country ham, biscuits, eggs, & gravy, served by 101st 7th Battalion Fort Campbell Soldiers and many other great volunteers. Eat in, carry out or place an order to be delivered in Logan County. 270-726-7109, 270-542-8697.



LCHS basketball passes on sale

Season tickets for the 2014-2015 Logan County High School basketball season are now on sale. They cost $35 each and can be obtained in the front office at the school between 8:30 am – 2:30 pm and from Athletic Director Hugh McReynolds. Season tickets are good for all home regular season basketball games with the exception of the First Southern National Bank Tournament in late December and any post-season basketball contests.



RHS basketball passes on sale

Basketball Season passes can now be purchased in the Russellville High School front office from Mary Celsor. Passes are $60. These passes will allow admission into all middle school and high school basketball games for all levels. These passes are only valid for regular season games and will not be able to be used for any tournament play. "This year we have a vast amount of home basketball games (25 HS home games- girls, boys, freshman, jv, and varsity)," says Athletic Director Calvin Head.



Charter bus to Mayfield offered

A charter bus is being organized for fans to go to Mayfield Friday to cheer for the Russellville Panthers in the regional championship football game against the Cardinals. Coach John Myers says, “There will be approximately 40 seats available for sale at $20 each. This bus will leave RHS at approximately 3:45 p.m. from RHS.” This does not include the price of tickets to the game. Athletic Director Calvin Head says, "To reserve and pay for your seat, please contact Mrs. Mary Celsor or Mrs. Becky Faenza in the RHS front office."



Nakia Daniel, Coach Otis Key lead Vol State to upset win

The Russellville Connection came through Monday as the Vol State Lady Pioneers beat Northeast Mississippi, which is ranked in the Top 20 in the nation. Former Lady Panther star Nakia Daniel scored 31 points, 27 of them coming from 3-point range. Another RHS grad, Khalia Hampton, is on the team. Their coach is former Panther and Globetrotter Otis Key, whose team is now 3-1.



SKYCTC going smoke-free

SKYCTC is going smoke-free next year. President Phillip Neal wrote in an announcement to employees Monday, "We care about the health and well-being of our college community, which is a motivating factor in implementing the following initiative. After much discussion and consideration, and in alignment with feedback regarding the use of tobacco products at our college, Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College will become a tobacco-free institution (including electronic cigarettes) beginning July 1, 2015. The use of tobacco products will be prohibited on all college properties."



LCMS footballers to play in state games in Frankfort

Five players on the Logan County Middle School football team have been named to All-Star teams which will play at Kentucky State University on Nov. 30.Coach Todd Adler has announced that they are Caden McKinnis on the All-Kentucky team and Dylan Penick, Ryan Flores, Nate Woodall and Chandler Silvey on the West Team.



Panthers rush for 559 yards in 47-18 win in Louisville

Holy Cross came far short of shutting down Russellville's rushing game Friday in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs. Coach John Myers' Panthers rushed for 559 yards in beating the Louisville team 47-18. Desmon Quarles totaled 218 yards on 21 carries and scored four touchdowns. Josh Bigbee totaled 136 yards on 14 carries. Johnny Drumgole added 124 yards on 5 carries, one of them for a 60-yard TD. CoCo Darden scored 14 points while rushing 7 times for 46 yards. The Panthers (9-3) go to Mayfield to play for the regional championship next week.



Gregory sworn in as jailer

Phil Gregory was sworn in by Judge Tyler Gill as Logan County's first Republican jailer Friday afternoon. Gregory won a closely contested but clean race over Democrat Wendell Jackson during last week's General Election. Jim Ray, who has been serving as interim jailer since the retirement of long-time jailer Bill Jenkins at the start of this year, will serve as Gregory's chief deputy until the end of the calendar year, according to WRUS News. Ray's wife Sharon says that her husband will return to his duties as a deputy sheriff in 2015.



CoCo Darden named top football player in region

Russellville High School senior quarterback/safety Tacorian 'Coco' Darden has been voted as the Football Athlete of Year out of all the 4th region schools. This award was voted on by all the Athletic Directors from each of the 17 schools in the 4th region. RHS Athletic Director Calvin Head says, "Please be sure to congratulate him when you see him." For a look at his statistics going into this week's regional semifinals, see an article on The LoJoat 



Chili cook-off fundraiser Saturday

A chili supper and cook-off will be held this Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Sportsman Club at City-County Park, beginning at 4:30 p.m. It is sponsored by Southern Ego, a local catering business. Anyone who wants to eat the chili meal can get a ticket for $10. Those who want to enter the chili cooking contest should contact Jessica Atkinson of Southern Ego at 270-847-7187. This is a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association.



Veterans to be honored at SES

A Veterans' Day program will be held at Stevenson Elementary School at 7:30 a.m. Donna Wilkerson says, "If you have any veterans in your family, church, or neighborhood, please invite them to the program. Students are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue."



Time, prices announced for Panther

playoff game at Holy Cross Friday

The Russellville Panthers defeated Kentucky Country Day 39-7 Friday night in the first round of the KHSAA Class A Football playoffs. This week they will travel to Louisville to play Holy Cross. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 (CST). According to Athletic Director Calvin Head, ticket prices are: $6-Adults. $5-Students, $3- ages 7-12, ad 6 and under Free. Radio coverage will begin with the Countdown to Kickoff at 6:30 on 610 WRUS and online at



Luke Davenport has knee surgery

Logan County Cougar basketball player Luke Davenport, a sophomore, underwent knee surgery Tuesday at Northcrest Medical Center in Springfield where his mother Julie is a nurse. His dad, former Cougar Travis Davenport, said he had a torn ACL replaced and that he will miss the entire basketball season.



Seniors lead RHS to lopsided win in opening playoff game

Seniors Desmon Quarles, Coco Darden & Lee McMurry made their final game at Rhea Stadium memorable Friday as Coach John Myers' Russellville Panthers whipped Kentucky Country Day 39-7 in the first round of the Class 1A football playoffs. Quarles scored 3 touchdowns, one of them for 60 yards, and picked up 115 yards on just 8 carries. Darden rushed for 43 yards and completed 5 of 11 passes for 140 yards and 2 TDs; he also returned an interception for a TD. McMurry caught a pair of passes from Darden, one of them for a 77 yard touchdown. The Panthers had 390 yards total offense, and the defense stopped the Bearcats inside the RHS 10 twice. T.K. Hampton caught his first-ever touchdown pass, and Milam Watkins kicked 3 extra points. The Panthers now go on the road to play Louisville Holy Cross Friday.



EPB postponing power outage

Russellville Electric Plant Board General Manager Robert White has announced that he has notified TVA the EPB is canceling this weekend's planned power outage because of the unseasonably cool temperatures forecasted. The maintenance will be rescheduled for some time in the spring. White said that due to weather he doesn't "want our customers to have the potential exposure."



Veterans Day ceremony set for downtown R’ville park

Veterans Day will be observed on Carrico Park Square in Russellville Tuesday, Nov. 11, beginning at 10 a.m. The speaker will be Joy Somero. The National Anthem will be performed by City/County High School Chorus and the Logan County High School ROTC will serve as color guard.



Name of inmate clarified

A man who was jailed in Logan County recently was not the Steve Cauley who is from Lewisburg and teaches in Franklin. Jail records are printed in a local newspaper and confusion sometimes results.



Road work at entrance to Chandlers School nearing completion

Work is nearing completion on a newly constructed roadway on the Morgantown Road, KY 79, at mile markers 6-7. Both lanes of traffic are shifted onto the newly constructed roadway. The district highway department says one lane will be closed at all times with a temporary alternating traffic signal near the Chandlers Elementary School. This will last approximately two weeks. This lane closure is necessary to allow the contractor to construct the final approach into Ky. 79.  Motorists are encouraged to use caution and to watch for construction traffic entering and exiting the project area. The speed limit is 35 mph through this construction zone.



EPB to shut off power early Saturday

The Russellville Electric Plant Board has announced a total power outage that will take place on Saturday, Nov. 8 from midnight until 4 a.m. TVA will be changing out two arresters that will result in a loss of power to EPB customers. This outage will affect all electric power customers, as well as fiber service customers who live within the REPB service area. To minimize the impact on our customers, the outage has been scheduled during the early morning hours. If you have any questions regarding the planned outage, please call the office at 270-726-2466. 


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