News Briefs in February 2015
By Jim Turner

Posted on February 28, 2015 11:22 PM


Olmstead School featured

A highly favorable article about Olmstead Middle School was featured on the Region page of the Bowling Green Daily News Saturday. The headline was “small school, BIG Success” and the subhead was “Rural School Earns Accolades.” Deborah Highland’s article talked about the school’s success academically, what it means to the community, and the relationship between teachers and students. Among those quoted were Principal Ben Kemplin, teacher Catherine Taylor and students Anthony Dancer, Campbell Hamilton, Blayke Bingham and Brennan Christmas. Student Abigail Henderson and teacher Andrea Wood were photographed by Miranda Peterson. The story didn’t even get into the school’s athletic successes in the last month, including basketball teams coached by Daniel Alvis & Todd Gill winning the county championships and the archery teamed coached by Buddy Wright winning the region. The article can be found on the newspaper’s website,



Cougars edge Panthers 64-63

for 13th District championship

Austin Rayno, a freshman who wasn’t even on the varsity until February, hit a pair of free throws at the end of the last two quarters and fired an assist to Tahmir Graham for his team’s last field goal as the Logan County Cougars edged three-time defending champion defending Russellville 64-63 Friday at Todd Central for the 13th District championship. The Panthers shot four free throws in the final eight seconds but hit only two of them to come up a point short. Taylor Blakemore scored 14 points for the champs with Graham getting 14, Rayno 13, and Ben Wright 10. Kaleb Coursey & Noah Whittinghill were important on defense for Coach Lonnie Mason’s team. Lee McMurry scored 19, Jason Mitchell 12, and Pedro Bradshaw & Jaylin McMurry 11 each for RHS.



Lady Cougars win district

42-41 over Franklin-Simpson

Despite Franklin scoring the first 13 points of the second half, the Logan County Lady Cougars came back from nine points down to beat the Lady Cats 42-41 for their second straight 13th District championship Friday at Todd Central. Cierra Johnson & Taleia Mason hit big baskets in the middle of the fourth quarter, Kapreshia Powell put together a 3-point play, Rachel Barnett got a free throw to fall, and Maegann Hardison hit what proved to be the winning 3-pointer. Franklin’s 11 missed free throws (two more than Logan shot) helped considerably. Hardison finished with 13 points and Barnett 12. Freshman Keely Morrow led Coach David Clark’s Lady Cats with 17 points, but Coach Finley Baird’s Lady Cougars held talented senior Megan Krantz scoreless. 



McMurry leads RHS past F-S

With Lee McMurry scoring 21 points in the first half, the Russellville Panthers beat Franklin-Simpson 80-66 Tuesday night in the 13thDistrict Tournament. The Wildcats jumped out to an 11-3 lead, but McMurry led a charge that put Coach Phil Todd’s team up 22-15 after a quarter and 43-32 at the half. The lead ballooned to 56-38 on a goal by McMurry on an assist by Micah Naylor, who had his best floor game. Josiah Robey’s two free throws cut the lead to 11 at 61-50, but when Kevin Coffer scored on another Naylor assist the lead was 16 and the Panthers had clinched a berth in the finals against Logan County Friday night at Todd Central. McMurry finished with 26 points while Jason Mitchell scored 16 and Jaylin McMurry 11 for the Panthers. Tavin Lovan led the Cats with 18 points while Tony Lockhart scored 12 on four 3-pointers, Damonta Hopson 11 andJackson Caudill 8.



LCHS plans Blue/White Scrimmages,

Senior Night this Saturday

Logan County High School will host a Blue/White Scrimmage for both girls and boys basketball teams on Saturday, Feb. 28, starting at 6 p.m. During the evening the school will honor senior athletes for the winter sports of archery, basketball, cheerleading and swimming.



Barnett & Barnes lead Lady Cougars

in 85-61 offensive explosion

Official statistics for the Logan County Lady Cougars in their 85-61 district tournament win over Russellville have been reported by Assistant Coach Zach Simpson. Brooke Barnes Rachel Barnett each scored 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds apiece. Kapreshia Powell added 14 points for the Lady Cougars with Torrie Pollard scoring 12, Jessica Hines 8 and Maegan Hardison 7. Powell & Hardison each had 5 assists and the injured Taleia Mason 3. Logan’s teams will play championship games Friday against the winners of Wednesday’s Franklin-Todd girls game and Russellville-Franklin boys game. The Panthers’ game will be broadcast on WRUS tonight.



Logan teams win district games

Both Logan County basketball teams are headed to region.Coach Finley Baird’s Lady Cougars beat Russellville 85-61 and Coach Lonnie Mason’s Cougars won over homestanding Todd Central 76-57 in the opening round of the 13th District Tournament Tuesday. Brooke Barnes had 21 points, hitting 8 of 11 field goal attempts and 5 of 6 free throws. Kapreshia Powell & Torrie Pollard added 14 each for the Lady Cougars. Devonya Bryant scored 15 and Loreal Cheaney 14 for Coach Calvin Head’s Lady Panthers. Ben Wright hit 8 of 12 shots from the floor and all 7 of his free throws to lead the Cougars with 23 points. Tahmir Graham hit a pair of 3-pointers on the way to 15 points. Ten Cougars scored with Garrison Rosser, Jose Garcia, Lorenzo Garcia & Taylor Blakemore hitting 3 –pointers. Nick Latham scored 17, Javon Byars 11 and Nolan Barrow 9 for Coach John Dillard’s Rebels. Logan’s teams will play championship games Friday against the winners of Wednesday’s Franklin-Todd girls game and Russellville-Franklin boys game. The Panthers’ game will be broadcast on WRUS.



Stevenson has busy day scheduled

From Stevenson Elementary Principal Lisa White: March 2 is a significant day for Stevenson. We are having a special Morning Assembly where we will debut our SES Jump Rope team, we will kick off our Spring Fund Raiser, and we will recognize our Students of the Month. That evening we will have a super duper extraordinary Dr. Seuss Reading night scheduled from 5:30-7 p.m. so mark your calendars! Great door prizes, fun family activities and food are planned for this night. Our newly formed PTA will also be there to explain how our PTA will benefit your child and our school!



Logan cancels one more day

of school, plans makeup days

Logan County Superintendent Kevin Hub has announced that the county schools will be closed Tuesday but will reopen Wednesday. He says that the planned days off during what was to have been intercession week (March 30-April 3) have been changed to in-school days. Additionally a “Funday Monday” scheduled for Monday, March 9 has been changed to a student attendance day for all students. That will make up the six consecutive days that will have been missed and not affect the scheduled end of the school year.



City schools open Tuesday.

Russellville schools will be open Tuesday as weather and road conditions have improved somewhat. Stevenson Elementary spokesperson Rachel Rogers says credit goes to central office administrator John Myers and the maintenance team for getting leaks stopped there. Also Superintendent Leon Smith has announced that the February board meeting has been moved a second time so as not to conflict with the Lady Panthers' game against Logan County in the 13th District tournament Tuesday night. The meeting will be held Tuesday, March 3.



WKU open on schedule Monday

All WKU campuses will be open and running on schedule Monday, spokesman Bob Skipper has announced.



Russellville buildings damaged

as rain and snow weigh heavy on roofs

At least three Russellville buildings suffered damage as the result of heavy weight on their roofs Saturday when heavy snow and rain combined. Repair work is underway on Stevenson Elementary School, BB&T bank, and El Molcajete Mexican restaurant. The restaurant and school are on North Main/Lewisburg Road while the bank is on Carrico Square downtown.



City, county schools closed Monday

Both the Logan County and Russellville school systems will be closed Monday. RHS Principal Kim McDaniel says that Superintendent Leon Smith and Transportation Director John Myers are working on plans so that the city schools can be open Tuesday but that nothing is definite yet. Todd County, which is the site of the 13th District Tournament starting Tuesday, is closed to students Monday and Tuesday but teachers will have professional days.



13th District start delayed

Logan County Principal Casey Jaynes and Russellville Athletic Director Calvin Head have announced that the start of the 13th District Basketball Tournament at Todd Central has been moved from Monday until Tuesday. "All four AD's have been working together to come up with a solution that will be best for all schools. We have made a decision based on what we believe will be safe for our student athletes and our fans," Head says. See the Roy's Sports Calendar on The LoJo for times and pairings.



Book signing today canceled

The book signing by the editor of an abbreviated version of Alice Allison Dunnigan's autobiography in Russellville this afternoon has been canceled because of weather, WRUS reports. To read more about editor Carol McCabe Booker, the book and the late Ms. Dunnigan, see the story on The LoJo.



No residential trash pickup in Logan

From WRUS News: Tommy Moseley with Scott Waste Management says there will be no residential trash pickup this week in Logan County. They will attempt to get whatever businesses they can this week. On Monday, they will start their regular pickup schedule and you may put out both your recycling and regular cans.



City schools closed rest of the week,

pair of makeup days announced

From Russellville Superintendent Leon Smith: "Due to hazardous weather and road conditions, there will be no school Thursday, Feb. 19 and Friday, Feb. 20. Please have a safe and enjoyable snow break. Hopefully we will be able to get back in school on Monday. Please note that we have two make-up days scheduled on our calendar so please plan accordingly: March 13 and April 3."



Weather concerns postpone

Cougar Party from Saturday

The annual Cougar Party, which has raised over a half million dollars for Logan County High School sports over the last three decades, has been postponed. It was scheduled for this Saturday evening, but dramatic winter weather and intimidating forecasts have caused the Logan County Booster Club to postpone it to a later date, WRUS reports.



Logan schools closed for rest of week;

SKYCTC & WKU still out Wednesday

Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College and Western Kentucky University both will remain closed Wednesday, officials have announced. Russellville and Todd County schools had previously announced school would remain closed Wednesday while Logan County officials have decided to shut its six schools down throughout the entire week.



Zach Pillow Coming Home candidate at WKU

Twenty-three WKU students are vying for the 2015 Coming Home King. The king will be crowned Feb. 28 during halftime of WKU’s men’s basketball game versus Florida International. Candidates will participate in numerous activities including an interview on Feb. 24, a volunteer experience on Feb. 27, and a banquet Feb. 28. WKU students will cast their votes for the Coming Home King on Feb. 23 via TopNet. One of the nominees is Zach Pillow, a former Greenwood athlete who is the son of former Russellville football standout Haydon Pillow and his wife Laura and the grandson ofJocille Pillow. He will represent Alpha Gamma Delta.



Funeral arrangements for Fred Stratton

delayed by weather until Wednesday

Summers, Kirby & Sanders Funeral Home has announced that funeral services for Mr. Fred Stratton have been moved back because of severe weather. Visitation will be today from 1-7 p.m. at the funeral home. The funeral will also be there at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18. For more information, see the Obituaries section of The LoJo.



Health department closed Tuesday

From Crissy Rowland of the Barren River Health Department: Logan County Health Department will be closed Tuesday along with the Simpson, Warren and Butler county health departments, among others.



SKYCTC campuses closed Tuesday

All six campuses of SKYCTC will be closed Tuesday, Mark Brooks has announced.



WKU closed again Tuesday

Western Kentucky University spokesman Bob Skipper has announced: "All WKU campuses will be closed Tuesday, 2/17. Essential personnel should report as scheduled. See for the latest information on what is available on campus. Use caution if traveling."



Logan schools, activities canceled

LCHS Principal Casey Jaynes says, "Logan County Schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. All after school activities will also be canceled for these days. More information on the rest of the week as it becomes available."



City schools closed next 2 days

Russellville Independent Schools will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 17 and Wednesday, Feb. 18 due to inclement weather. Superintendent Leon Smith told the staff in a mass email, "We will reassess on Wednesday evening regarding school on Thursday. Hopefully the temperatures will warm up enough that we can get the roads and parking lots cleaned by Wednesday afternoon. Enjoy the next two days off and hopefully we can get back in on Thursday!" Smith also says board chair James Milam has rescheduled the board meeting from this week until Feb. 24.



Panthers win 63-53 at Todd

The Russellville Panthers solidified their second seed in the 13th District Tournament Friday by winning 63-53 at Todd Central, which will host the tournament, starting Feb. 23. Micah Naylor hit a shot at the buzzer to put RHS up by 14 going into the fourth quarter, but Todd cut the lead to nine twice late. Lee McMurry scored 16, Pedro Bradshaw 12, and Kevin Coffer 10 to lead Coach Phil Todd's team.



Hoptown overturns Cougars 66-60

Four Cougars scored in double figures, but they couldn’t overcome the turnovers that continue to plague Logan County in a 66-60 loss to visiting Hopkinsville Thursday. The Cougars hit 21 of 23 free throws with Noah Whittinghill going 4 for 4 at the line and Ben Wright 5 of 6, and Logan had a 26-24 rebounding margin, but Coach Lonnie Mason’s team made 21 turnovers, as compared to 8 for the winners. Taylor Blakemore scored 16, Wright 15, Tahmir Graham 14 and Whittinghill 13 for Logan. Jacqualis Matlock topped the Tigers with 22 points with Kourtney Ware adding 13 and Jalen Johnson 10.



Kaleb Coursey to sign with L-W

Logan County High School senior Kaleb Coursey will sign to play college football with Lindsey Wilson College on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. in the school’s commons area. Athletic Director Hugh McReynolds says, “The school invites the public to join Kaleb, his family and friends as we celebrate, with Kaleb, this personal achievement and what he has meant to the Cougar Football team.” Coursey is also a member of the LCHS basketball team.



LEAD, IDA meetings postponed

The Board of Directors of the Logan Economic Alliance for Development (LEAD) and the Logan Industrial Development Authority (IDA) will not meet during the month of February. Board meetings will reconvene Wednesday, March 11 at 7 a.m., in the Logan County Chamber of Commerce Meeting. For more information, call the LEAD office at 726-9575.



Logan teams sweep RHS

to finish undefeated in district play

Both Logan County basketball teams won games by double figures against visiting Russellville Friday night to finish the regular season undefeated in district play. Coach Finley Baird’s Lady Cougars got 24 points and 11 rebounds from Rachel Barnett, 18 points and 5 each of assists, steals and deflections from Maegann Hardison and 14 points from Kapreshia Powell in a 78-50 win. The Lady Panthers were led by 21 points from Davonya Bryant while Lexie Day added 9. For Coach Lonnie Mason’s Cougars, Tahmir Graham had a tremendous game with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Ben Wright had 10 points and 15 rebounds, and Taylor Blakemore scored 10 points in a 79-63 win. The Cougars struggled to get the ball downcourt with the absence of Noah Whittinghill and committed 24 turnovers, but they got a huge lift from freshman Austin Rayno off the bench. He hit all six of his free throws and made only one turnover. Pedro Bradshaw hit 8 of 10 shots and finished with 19 points for the Panthers. Lee McMurry added 17, but RHS hit only 10 of 24 free throw attempts and were out-rebounded 44-29. Watch The LoJo for more details of both games.



Caleb Bruner named top high

school baseball player in Kentucky

Logan County senior Caleb Bruner is the preseason pick as the best high school baseball player in Kentucky, as selected by MaxPreps. Bruner, who was a member of the Logan County Little League All-Stars team which played in the World Series and was the ace on Coach Ethan Meguiar's regional championship team two seasons ago, has signed with WKU baseball. He earned all-state honors last year after posting a 7-2 record with 73 strikeouts and a 1.34 ERA, MaxPreps notes.



Monthly Friday dances

planned at Auburn Senior Center

Auburn Senior Center offers monthly Friday Night Dances from 6-9 p.m., featuring Bobby Luck's Young at Heart Dance Band. Doors open at 5 p.m. A potluck meal will be served. Those attending should bring a dish and pay a $5 cover charge per person. Dates are Feb. 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18. For more information, call 270-842-8223 or email Auburn Senior Center also has a Facebook page. MaryAnn Henry is now the center director.



Panthers edge F-S. 7th straight win

Russellville hit fewer than half of its free throws on the evening, but the three of six the Panthers got to fall in the final minute made the difference as Coach Phil Todd's team pulled out a 68-66 win over visiting Franklin-Simpson Tuesday. Seniors Tremon Morris & Pedro Bradshaw hit the winning points on Senior Night. Morris went one for two twice and Bradshaw got the final one of two with 4.5 seconds. Franklin had pulled within one on a steal and goal by Tavin Lovan, but the Wildcats couldn't get a shot close to falling in the final second. Lee McMurry scored 18 points for RHS. The Panthers have a good chance of forcing a coin flip with the Logan County Cougars for the top seed in the district if they can win at LCHS Friday. RHS has won seven straight games since losing to the Cougars Jan. 2.



Cougars dominate Trigg County

With nine Cougars scoring, Logan County got back on the winning track Monday by beating visiting Trigg County 74-62 in a game that was never that close. The Cougars often led by 15 to 18 points, and Coach Lonnie Mason was able to use 11 players for at least four minutes. Ben Wright had 17 points and 6 rebounds. Tahmir Graham also scored 17, hitting 6 of 7 shots, including a pair of treys. Most of his scoring came in the first 10 minutes before he got in foul trouble. Noah Whittinghill scored 14. Garrison Rosser had 4 assists and two steals. Big man Taylor Blakemore had 4 rebounds and 3 assists before fouling out in the third quarter. Dalton Furlow scored 7 points in the second quarter, and Kaleb Coursey played 12 minutes. Demaria Nance scored 17 for Trigg while Debo Mayes added 13 and K.J. Davenport 10 points with 7 steals and 3 assists. The Cougars had lost their previous two games to Barren County and Daviess County.



F-S at RHS tonight

Franklin-Simpson is at Jim Young Gymnasium for district action tonight as Russellville celebrates Senior Night. The boys game is particularly important. If Russellville wins, Coach Phil Todd's team will have a chance to tie Logan County for the top seed in the district at Friday's Clash of the Cats at LCHS. If Coach Dee Spencer's Wildcats win tonight, then Logan is guaranteed the top seed. Both games can be heard on 610 WRUS.



Olmstead, Auiburn to meet in both

championship games of middle

school tournament tonight

Olmstead and Auburn teams will play in both gender divisions of the Logan County Middle School Basketball Tournament at LCHS. Coach Daniel Alvis' Lady Rams will play the Auburn Lady Tigers, under the direction of new coach Gary Campbell. Veteran coaches Josh Hall of Auburn and Todd Gill of Olmstead will send their teams into battle for the boys championship. Zack Woodall & Ben Brown of WRUS will be there to record the games, which will be aired Wednesday evening on 610 AM.



Logan Jr. Pro signups Tuesday

Logan County Jr. Pro will have late signups at LCHS from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Girls and boys in grades K-6 are eligible. The fee is $40 per player. Contact Coach Lonnie Mason or Amanda Epley with questions.



King CoCo headed to WKU

The honors keep coming for Tacorian ‘CoCo’ Darden. A few days after he was named Russellville High School Homecoming King for the second time in four months, he will be the focal point of a signing ceremony Wednesday, committing to the WKU Hilltoppers as a preferred walk-on. Darden was named basketball homecoming king Friday before helping the Panthers beat South Warren. In the fall he was named football homecoming king before helping the Panthers win at Rhea Stadium. In football, Darden has also been named first team all-state by The Courier-Journal, Class 1A Player of the Year in the state, Fourth Region Player of the Year in any class, second team all-state by the Associated Press, starting safety for Kentucky in the Border Battle all-star game. He was also Academic All-State.


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