News Briefs on The LoJo for July 15
By Jim Turner

Posted on August 10, 2015 7:08 AM


New youth football league forming Sunday

A new Southern KY Youth Football League is being formed for players in grades 3-6 with a team at each grade level. Teams will represent Russellville and Logan, Todd, Butler and Simpson counties. There will be six teams with Simpson County fielding two. Registration and a parent meeting will be held this Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Logan County High School gym. The cost is $45 per player. Practice will start Aug. 10 and games Sept. 12. Games will be played on eight Saturday mornings. The league is associated with USA Football’s Heads Up football program. For more information, call Jay Graves 270-847-8408, Doug Batten 270-847-8009, Tim Blick 270-847-8173, Daniel Ferguson 270-847-3753, Greg Wilson 270-893-0116 or Scott Porter270-772-0667. Scott Yates says registration forms are available at Yates Pharmacy.



Auburn Rural Fire benefit Aug. 8

Auburn Rural Firefighters will hold the annual benefit event Saturday, Aug. 8, at Chandlers Elementary School, beginning at 5 p.m. A meal of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs donated by B&J Auto Sales will be served until 7:30. Plates are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Tim Haley will conduct an auction that begins at 6:30. A cake walk of donated baked goods will be part of the fun, as will musical entertainment. Proceeds will go to purchase/ maintain fireflighting equipment.



SKYCTC holding Admissions Fair

Wednesday on Main Campus

An Admissions Fair will be held at Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College's Main Campus on Loop Drive in Bowling Green from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday. Prospective students can meet with Admissions counselors to learn all about SKYCTC and receive instant feedback on their status. They can discuss all Financial Aid options. Bringing transcripts, GED and test scores would be helpful. Classes at SKYCTC start Aug. 17.



Tryouts for 8U Lady Sluggers

to be held at RHS Saturday

The 8U Southern Kentucky Lady Sluggers will hold softball tryouts for girls with 2007 or 2008 birthdays Saturday, Aug. 1, from 11:30-1:30 at Russellville High School for their 2015-16 travel ball season. For more information, contact Gary Gettings at 270-847-8167.



Former LCHS teacher Guerwane

to teach Arabic at WKU

Former Logan County High School language instructor Lhousseine ‘’Louie’ Guerwane is joining the Modern Languages department at his alma mater, Western Kentucky University, as a full-time Arabic instructor. He notes that WKU is the first and only university in the state that offers a major and minor in Arabic. Guerwane, who has been teaching high school in Louisville this year after several years at LCHS and also married his wife Fatima this year.



Louisville Lady Sluggers holding tryouts

Libby Haines Zuege, a standout tennis and basketball player at Russellville High School before the school started softball, is coach of the Louisville Lady Sluggers 04 team. She wants girls from this area born in 2004 to know they are welcome to try out for the team. Tryouts will be at Male High School in Louisville on Aug. 8 from 4-7 p.m. Louisville time. For more information, contact her at 502-905-5298.



Greg Pogue, Big Joe Dubin

returning to radio show

Nashville multi-media sports commentator Greg Pogue returns to the airwaves this morning as he and Joe Dubin bring back their popular "Greg Pogue and Big Joe Show" on WNSR 560-AM/95.9-FM. Pogue, who is the son of retired Logan County educators Nannie Ruth Pogue and the late Gordon Pogue, has reported and commented on Music City sports for decades in roles with the Nashville Banner, the Daily News Journal, local television, and various radio stations--most recently with The Game 2. Pogue has his own media firm and is a columnist for the DNJ. Dubin is currently the weekend sports guy on WSMV Channel 4 and will remain in that capacity. An app to hear the show can be downloaded at



Smith & Son Service 70 years old

Today is the 70th anniversary of the founding of one of Russellville's oldest family businesses, Smith & Son Service. The late A.C. Smith opened the gas station in 1945 at East End where the Bowling Green, Franklin and Clarksville roads intersect. His young sons were James Harley, Ken and Algie Ray. After the deaths of James Harley and A.C., Ken and Algie Ray kept the business in operation. Algie Ray still opens it daily after Ken's death. He does tire work and oil changes but no longer sells gasoline.



Meet the Panthers Aug. 6

Meet the Panthers will take place on Aug. 6 in the Russellville High School gymnasium at 6:30 p.m. General admission to this event will be $3. Concessions will be available. “The event will allow our community and fans to meet all of our fall sports teams and coaches,” Athletic Director Calvin Head says. Fall Sports for RHS and RMS include: Football (RHS and RMS), Soccer (RHS and RMS), Volleyball (RHS and RMS), Golf (RHS), Cheerleading (RHS and RMS) and Softball (RMS). “Our cheerleading coaches are planning exciting activities that will get our crowd involved as we get ready to kick off a wonderful school year and athletic season,” Head says.



Aug. 8 5K to raise funds

for Matt Tipton Scholarship

A 5K Run/Walk during the 8th of August celebration will serve as a fundraiser to endow an annual scholarship given in honor of legendary Russellville High School girls track coach Matt Tipton, who has been leading the Lady Panthers to state excellence since 1974. The race will begin at 7 a.m. at the Russellville Christian Church parking lot on East Ninth St. and will end at Hampton Park. The registration fee is $25 and all proceeds will go towards a scholarship in honor of Coach Matt Tipton. All willing participants can contact Shatamra Jackson with any other questions or concerns at 270.535.5824. Preregistration is preferred but runners can arrive early to register. Seretha Nobbin & Rochelle Sydnor are also contact persons.



Lee Dockins headed to third

Special Olympics World Games

Russellville's Lee Dockins, one of the most successful Special Olympics athletes in Kentucky history, flew to Los Angeles Tuesday to compete in gymnastics in her third World Games. Only four Special Olympians from Kentucky are on Team USA. She has won eight World Games medals, including the gold in All-Around in Greece four years ago. She won three medals in China in 2007. A story in Tuesday's Bowling Green Daily News by Laurel Wilson talks about her accomplishments. Her coaches, Polly and Donnie Porter of Logan County Gymnastics, and her mom, Sharon Dockins, are among those planning to attend the event. The World Games will be televised by ESPN, including Sunday's Opening Ceremony.



10U SK Lady Slugger tryouts at RHS

After a very successful 8 Under season, the SK Lady Sluggers will move up in age groups. Chris Penrod says tryouts will be held this Saturday at Russellville High School. Girls with a 2006 birth year are preferred but those born in 2005 will be considered. Total commitment from players and parents is needed, Penrod says. For individual tryouts or questions answered, call or text Penrod at 270-725-3390 or message him on Facebook.



Grace Baptist offering supplies

at Back to School Bash

Grace Baptist Church, located at 1063 Armstrong Street, Russellville, will give away school supplies and backpacks for all ages at a Back to School Bash this Saturday, July 25, at 2 p.m. According to Magan McFadden Gaddis, food games and fellowship will all be a part of it. She says, “If you know a family in need of school supplies, send them to Grace,” she says. Jason Henderson & Dana Henderson led an effort to gather supplies through a Stuff the Bus at Wal-Mart Saturday.



Sunday singing moved at fair

moved to air conditioning

Chairman Pete Lehman has announced a change in location of An Afternoon of Gospel Singing at the Logan County Fair Sunday. It was been moved from the pavilion to the Extension Office at the UK Ag Complex because of the expected heat. Free Admission, Emcee Brent Summers will introduce performances by The Bilbrey Family Gospel Band @ 1:30 Mt. Pleasant Gospel Band & Singers @ 2:30, Wesley Walker, Dale Etheridge, Russ Funk from 3:30.-4:30, DeArmond Family Gospel Band beginning @4:30.



R'ville's 4th Street repaving to start

Beginning this Sunday night, July 19, Scotty’s Contracting will begin milling and resurfacing operations on a section of US68x (68 Business) in Russellville, also known as Fourth Street.  During this operation one lane closure will be in place from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists are encouraged to slow down and use caution when traveling through work zones. Milling and blacktopping of sections of the 68-80 North Bypass continue.



Schochoh Crusin', feast

to raise funds for JDRF

Cruisin’ For A Cure—JDRF will be held at the Schochoh Community Center on Saturday, July 25, beginning at 4 p.m. Part of the fun will be a car show with categories for trucks and bikes as well. Live music will be provided by Clay Bilyeu. An all-you-can-eat meal of fresh Mississippi catfish, white beans, hushpuppies, tea of lemonade, and homemade ice cream will be available for $10. Ages 4-10 are half price, and under 4 each free. Proceeds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. For more information, call Jennifer Moore at 270-772-1245 or Bilyeu at 270-772-1245.



Registration dates for Upward Football

 and Cheerleading announced

Registration for Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading will be held July 30 and Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. each day and Aug. 1 from 10 a.m.-noon. It’s for boys and girls in kindergarten through fourth grade. Registration will be held at Post Oak Baptist Church in the Brookhaven subdivision in Russellville. For more information, call 270-726-2157.



Logan Animal Shelter Open

House planned Aug. 2

An Open House is planned by the new management of the Logan County Humane Society at the shelter Sunday, Aug. 2, from 1-3 p.m. Tours, raffles, silent auctions, door prizes, and adoptable animals will be available. One of the leaders, Tracy Moser, says, “We are planning a fun event and everybody is welcome! Spay/Neuter adopt prevents homeless animals. See our website for spay/neuter and adoption information. Door prize, silent auction and raffle donations needed.”



Blood Drive planned Aug. 3

A Russellville Community Blood Drive will be held on Monday, Aug. 3 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The hours are 12-6 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 270-725-7241.



Logan Youth Football Camp offered

The Logan County Youth Football Camp will be held this Thursday and Friday, July 16 & 17, from 10 a.m. to noon for grades 3-6. The fee is $20 per camper. Included in that price will be a t-shirt and a football. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Door 11 of Logan County High School on Thursday. Campers should wear shorts and bring tennis shoes and cleats (if they have cleats), says Coach Steve Duncan.



RHS golf meeting Thursday

brief meeting will be held this Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Rolling Hills Golf Course for any boy or girl in grades 7-12 who is interested in playing golf for the Russellville Panthers this season. For more information, please contact Coach Nathan Thompson.



Relay Golf Scramble offered

The annual Logan County Relay For Life Golf Scramble will be held on Aug. 15 at Rolling Hills Golf Course at 8 a.m. The fee is a tax-deductible donation of $200 for a four-person team. There will be sack lunches and prizes while we “beat cancer with a stick.” Contact Pete Lawson at 270.725.7019 for more information on registering your team or sponsorship opportunities!



RMS football player/parent

meeting set July 20

From Assistant Principal Jennifer Myers: "RMS Football will have a parent/player meeting on Monday, July 20 at 5:30 in the middle school gym. Practice will officially begin on July 27 from 5:00-7:30 p.m."



LCHS Golf Scramble Aug. 29

Saturday, Aug. 29, the LCHS Athletic Department is sponsoring its initial Golf Scramble. Athletic Director Greg Howard says: "Start putting your team together now. Don’t wait, get in on this great fundraiser that promises to be a time of fun and plenty of food, as well as raising money to support all athletes at Logan County High School. If you know of anyone that would like to sponsor a hole or just donate to the athletic department, let me know or have them contact me.”



Head takes on RHS softball duties

Russellville High Principal Kim McDaniel has announced "in addition to being our athletic director and head Lady Panther basketball coach, Calvin Head has accepted our head softball coaching position as well!  We look forward to the excitement and enthusiasm that he has brought to our school to be continued with our softball program. I have no doubt that he will be able to take the program and continue moving it forward!" Head was a big supporter of Coach Brandy Trimble's softball team before she moved on to coach Logan County.



Eileen Coleman to discuss Champion

Petfoods facility near Auburn

Don Neagle's guests on "Feedback" 610 WRUS at 9:05 a.m. Monday will be LEAD Executive Director Tom Harned and former WKU Lady Toppers basketball coach Eileen Canty Coleman. The Olmstead resident is human resources manager for the Champion PetFoods Kentucky Kitchen near Auburn, which is under construction. The program can also be seen on the Russellville Electric Plant Board's community access channels.



Airport serves varied customers

From Airport Board Member Steve Dilliha: "Russellville-Logan County Airport is a public General Aviation airport which serves private, corporate, & commercial aircraft. You can fly to any airport in the country from here. For example, Yesterday there was a family of four who stopped by on their flight from Michigan back to their home in Montgomery, Ala.. Charter flights can also be arranged so that regardless of where the carrier is based, they will arrange to pick you up here and fly to any destination in the U.S. The current project will extend the runaway from its current 4,000 feet to 4,500 feet long, allowing access for larger planes. The ultimate goal is for a 5,000 foot runway."



Rice and Bruni to lead Adairville School;

public invited to meet them

From Amanda Crabtree Robey of Adairville: "This Sunday, there will be a meet and greet at the Schochoh Community Center to introduce our new principal and assistant principal. Students, parents and families are invited to attend from 2:30-4 p.m. After much prayer, interview and discussion from our SBDM, Christina Rice is our new principal and Ben Bruni is our new assistant principal.”






Fair horse show Saturday

The first event of the 2015 Logan County Fair will be held Saturday. The horse show will be at the Logan County Expo Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m. following train from 4-6:15. Eight classes are offered. Entry fees range from $5 to $25 with the prize money for Open 4-D Barrels $800. For information, contact Tammy Robertson at 270-604-3346 or James Robertson at 270-604-2967.



R-LC Airport getting over $2 million

grant to extend runway

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield has announced grants to three area airports from the Federal Aviation Administration through the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Russellville- Logan County Airport will receive $2,050,000.  The grant will provide federal funding for the final phase to extend Runway 06 by 500 feet to meet the operational needs of the airport. The Russell County Airport in Jamestown will receive $674,344. The grant will provide federal funding for the construction of a 9,685 square foot hangar building. The Muhlenberg County Airport in Greenville will receive $103,500. The grant will provide federal funding for a 2,136 foot partial parallel taxiway to eliminate the need for aircraft to back-taxi on the runway.

“I am pleased to see Russellville-Logan, Russell County, and Muhlenberg County Airports receive these important federal funds,” said Whitfield.  “From construction to completion, these projects will provide the opportunity for growth and development within these communities and benefit the surrounding region as well.”



Stevenson to hold Kindergarten Jump Start

Stevenson Elementary School is having a Kindergarten Jump Start Program next week (July 13-17) from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Snack and lunch will be provided. Transportation will also be provided if needed. Contact the school if you need transportation. Car riders can be dropped off at the gym entrance in the back of the school. A teacher will be there to meet them. All upcoming Stevenson Kindergarten students are invited to attend.



RHS Jr/Sr volleyball adds new

coaches, readies for practice

The Russellville volleyball programs will have a new look this year as administrators have added some new coaches to the program led by, veteran Coach Debbie Elliott. Athletic Director Calvin Head says, “We have spruced up our staff with some young, energetic coaches that are eager to get to work. We are doing our best to mainstream our middle school and high school programs.” The first volleyball practice for RHS and RMS volleyball will start on July 14. Practice will take place in the high school gym from 2-5:30 p.m. Players must have a current sports physical on file. Please contact the following coaches for more information: High School: Debbie Elliott or Jennifer Dyson Middle School: Sue Meyer or Kathleen Noe



Crittenden Drive VBS next week

“Team POSSOBLE…with God All Things Are Possible, Mark 10:27” will be the theme of Crittenden Drive Church of Christ’s Vacation Bible School July 12-15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. Classes will be offered for all ages, babies through adults. Refreshments will be served each night. Marlin and Phyllis Coe are in charge. Charlie Roney, Tracey Cole, Harris Dockins & Andy Walker will teach the adult class one of the four nights.



Logan middle football to begin

practice Monday, July 13

Practice for Logan County Middle School Football will begin July 13 from 5-7 p.m., according to Coach Todd Adler.  A parent meeting will be held after practice from 7-7:30 in the cafeteria. This will be for any boy interested in playing football in the 7th or 8th grade. The player must have a updated middle school physical form before being able to participate in practice. Players should bring cleats, shorts and tee shirt to practice in.



KY 663 detour slated

A section of KY 663 in Logan County will close on July 6 and will reopen in mid-August. The closure will take place near the 8.5 mile marker and between both sections of Jim Soyars Road. The detour will utilize Jim Soyars Road, according to Wes Watt of the district highway department. This closure will allow Cambry Contracting to replace a small bridge over Pleasant Run Creek.



Logan middle softball tryouts set

Logan County Middle School Softball tryouts will be held on July 13 and 14 from 6-8p.m. at the LCHS softball field for grades 5-8. “I just want to make sure all the girls in the county know about this,” says new Coach Brandy Trimble.  Each player must have a KHSAA middle school physical before they will be allowed to participate. Tryouts will be closed to all parents and spectators.



Jackson's Orchard visit

canceled because of rain

The Kentucky Wonders Garden Market has been canceled today because of heavy rains. Both Bill Jackson of Jackson's Orchard and Elaine Turner of Turner Valley Produce said the weather has prevented them from picking fruits and vegetables for the market. It will resume next Thursday at noon in the parking lot of Fellowship Church of Christ.



Jackson's Orchard bringing

peaches to Logan Thursday

Bill Jackson of Jackson's Orchard has confirmed that the Jackson's Orchard truck will be in Russellville Thursday with peaches for sale. The Kentucky Wonders Garden Market begins at noon at Fellowship Church of Christ between 4th and 5th streets across from the Logan County Health Department and the old hospital. He said the only way the popular vendor won't be here is if is raining too hard Thursday morning for workers to pick the peaches.



Logan to play Owensboro Southern

today with winner advancing

After outscoring Franklin 21-13 Tuesday, the Logan County Little League All-Stars will play Owensboro Southern Wednesday for a berth in the single elimination tournament following pool play. Both teams are 2-1 in pool play, having lost to powerful Bowling Green East.

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