News Briefs on The LoJo for August 15
By Jim Turner

Posted on August 31, 2015 10:54 PM


Panthers ranked 4th in Class 1A

The Russellville Panthers (2-0) are ranked fourth in Class 1A football, according to Associated Press rankings released by Chris McGinnis of WRUS. Coach John Myers’ team trails Beechwood, Pikeville and Paintsville in the voting. No other team in the top 15 is located west of I-65. Closest in the top 10 is Campbellsville. Number 16 Crittenden County, however, is in the Panthers’ district, replacing Mayfield, which is number one in its new class, 2A, two places ahead of nearby Murray. The Panthers entertain Murray Sept. 2 and go to Crittenden County Oct. 23. South Warren, which is not on the RHS schedule this year, is number one in its new classification, 4A, and Bowling Green is number one in Class 5A. They are no longer on the local teams’ schedules. Butler County, the Panthers' opponent this week, is number 12 in Class 2A.



Luncheon signup deadline nears

This the final full day to register for the Logan County Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Hometown History business luncheon, which will be held Thursday from 11:30-1 at the Logan County Extension Office. The speaker will be local historian/librarian Evelyn Richardson. Tickets are $15 and must be reserved by 9 a.m. Tuesday by contacting Amanda Baker at the Chamber.



Dr. Paul Kerr seriously injured

in motorcycle-car collision

Long-time Russellville dentist Paul Kerr suffered numerous injuries after being struck by a vehicle while riding a motorcycle on the Russellville Bypass Friday afternoon. WRUS reports that the driver of the car which struck him told investigating officers he did not see the motorcycle when he pulled out on the bypass in front of Kerr. After being lifeflighted to Tristar Skyline Medical Center north of Nashville, Dr. Kerr was found to have several broken bones, including his pelvis, his arm and his jaw. He underwent surgery Saturday and has more surgeries scheduled Monday and Wednesday.



Cougars shut out by Spartans

Visiting Muhlenberg County shut out Logan County 39-0 in the Cougars' home opener Friday. Four of the five first-half touchdowns by the Spartans came after Cougar turnovers. The fifth resulted from a failed attempt at a first down on a fourth and one at the Logan 40. Jarrett Hamilton made big plays for the Cougars, causing an early fumble, blocking a conversion kick and recovering a Muhlenberg fumble late in the game.



Soccer Cat Clash today

The Logan County Cougars and the Russellville Panthers will face each other in boys soccer this afternoon at 5 on the artificial turf soccer field in the park across from the National Guard Armory in Russellville. Coach Eric Evans' Cougars are undefeated on the season. Coach Jonathan White's Panthers would like to get their first win against them. RHS Athletic Director Calvin Head has announced that tickets for Russellville soccer are $5 per person but season tickets can be bought for all sports still.



Cougar football alumni invited

to reception and game Friday

Former Logan County High football players are being invited to attend not only Friday's season home-opening game against Muhlenberg County but also a reception in their honor beginning at 5 p.m. in the auxiliary gymnasium. Coach Steve Duncan has asked football alum Mark Brown to contact as many former Cougars as possible. Those who attend will receive free admission to the game Brown says.



Daymar offering free Community Fair

Daymar College will conduct a Community Fair Thursday, Aug. 27, from 9-11 a.m. Among the resources to be explained are energy assistance, food and clothing assistance, and “How to Obtain your GED.” Other resources will be on display. For information, contact Daymar at 270-726-8311 or



LCHS Principal interviews Thursday

The Logan County High School SBDM Council will hold a special called meeting on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 5:45 p.m. in the LCHS main conference room to conduct interviews for principal selection.



Panthers rush past Trigg

The Russellville Panthers crushed Trigg County 48-19 on the road Friday for an impressive start to the 2015 season. They led 28-0 when the game was less than six minutes old thanks to a blocked punt by M.J. Jones which was recovered in the end zone by Dru West, a 71-yard run by Josh Bigbee on the first offensive play of the season, a 4-yard TD run by Jaylin McMurry after a 30-yard interception return by Jordan Blick, and a 71-yard run by Jones. Milam Watkins kicked his first four extra points. Coach John Myers' team also got a 26-yard TD from Bigbee before halftime. McMurry scored on an 8-yard run after he completed a 25-yard pass to Jason Mitchell. Jones' conversion run created a running clock with 9:24 remaining in the third quarter. Mitchell's 47-yard interception return closed out the Panther scoring. Many reserves played. Bigbee finished with 115 yards on 8 carries, all in the first half. Jones picked up 81 yards on 4 totes as the Panthers rushed for 282 yards. Detaveon Day scored 2 TDs and Luke Carneyhan another for Coach Cody Lewis' Wildcats.



Football begins on road tonight

The high school football season starts tonight with the Logan County Cougars going to Butler County and the Russellville Panthers to Trigg County. The RHS game will be aired live on WRUS beginning at 6:30 with John Brett Reynolds & Alex Watkins making the call. The Cougars will kick off at 7. The recorded broadcast of Andy & Zack Woodall will be aired at 2:05 Saturday. Both games will also be aired on the WRUS website.



Logan Little Leaguers of 2009

subject of feature on Channel 13

The 2009 Logan County Little League team which became the first from the Bowling Green Area to reach the World Series in 2009 is the subject of a feature on WBKO television tonight. Players Barrett Croslin and Caleb Bruner are interviewed along with Coach Ronnie Croslin. Bowling Green East--the first team ever from Bowling Green to make it to Williamsport--opens play Thursday evening.



Christian movie offered at Post Oak

The movie “Do You Believe” is to be shown during a Community-Wide Movie Night at Post Oak Baptist Church at 900 Bluegrass Avenue in Russellville on Sunday, Sept. 20. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with games for kids and adults, bouncies and inflatables, homemade ice cream, hamburgers and hot dogs. The movie starts at 7. Those attending are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. The movie comes from the creators of “God Is Not Dead” and stars Mira Sorvino, Sean Astin and Cybil Shepherd.



Concert duo to be on Feedback today

Russellville minister Chris Kramer and Logan County High School graduate Rosemary Cundiff-Brown will appear on Feedback on WRUS with Don Neagle this morning at 9:05 to talk about their performance Thursday evening at the Logan County Extension Office. The Summer Fun Southern Style Picnic, Silent Auction and Concert begins at 5 p.m. tomorrow. Details are on the accompanying flier.



Ribbon cutting this morning

for new office of Trevor Coe

The Logan County Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon cutting today at 8 a.m. for the Levine Group at 105 Robins Way, Suite 205, in the area near Sol Azteca. Russellville High School graduate Trevor Coe, a certified financial planner, has moved his office from West Fourth Street. An open house will be held from 7:30-8:30 a.m.



BG East headed to Williamsport

Bowling Green East has become the first team from this area to reach the Little League World Series since Logan County six years ago. Bowling Green went into the sixth inning down 3-0 to Ohio Thursday but won 4-3. Then in the finals Saturday, BG East faced a Wisconsin team which had beaten them 10-0 in four innings two days earlier. Eli Burwash pitched a shutout and Tayshan Jones sent an 0-2 pitch over the fence for a grand slam as East won the championship game 13-0, a 23-run turnaround. That hit was the first allowed all tournament by Wisconsin ace Marcus Thomsen, and it opened the flood gates for Kentucky. Bowling Green and Logan County played in the second game of the area tournament. The BG East manager is Rick Kelley, the man most responsible for the Hot Rods coming to Bowling Green. The coach is former major league pitcher Paul Kilgus. Bowling Green plays a team from California in the opening round in Williamsport Thursday.



Pizza, free admission offered RMS

& SES students to volleyball game

On Aug. 25, the Russellville Middle School Volleyball team is scheduled to host defending Logan County champion Chandlers. The RHS Athletic Department will purchase pizza for the first 25 students who come to the game and sit in the home student section. “This will be the first time that we will have a ‘student section’ at a volleyball game! The student section will be led by our own RMS cheerleaders!” says Athletic Director Calvin Head. RMS and Stevenson Elementary school students will be allowed FREE admission into this game. Game time is scheduled for 5:30. Head says this will also be done this for the high school volleyball team on Sept. 14 and 15th



Landon Stratton competing to start for Murray State


Former Logan County High School three-sport star Landon Stratton is one of two finalists to be Murray State University’s varsity punter this season. A redshirt freshman who was a placekicker for Coach Dain Gregory’s football Cougars, Stratton is competing with freshman Brett Morrison to punt for the Racers, according to Special Teams Coordinator Brandon Cooper. The two placekickers, Carson Greifenkamp and Connor Mitchell, are seniors. Coach Cooper says the depth chart is continuously changing and no one knows yet who will be the kickers. In addition to kicking field goals in football, Stratton kicked 125 soccer goals as a Cougar for Coach Eric Evans, including 53 his senior season.



State champion coach

Sinclair dies in Clarksville

Gerald Sinclair, who coached basketball at four Logan County high schools including leading the Logan County Cougars to the Kentucky state championship in 1984, died in his Clarksville home Tuesday. Funeral services for Coach Sinclair, 77, will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Hilldale Church of Christ in Clarksville. Watch The LoJo for more details.



Panther season passes on sale

Season passes are now for sale at Russellville Jr./Sr. High School. This year’s passes are valid for any home games at either Russellville Middle or Russellville High School. These passes are not valid for tournament or playoff games. These can be purchased from Athletic Director Calvin Head. Prices are: Football Season Pass- $40.  Adult All Sports Pass- $75, Family Pass (All Sports)- $150 and Pep Club Student Pass (All Sports)- $20.



Daymar College offering

yard sale space Aug. 21

Daymar College is offering a yard sale at its Russellville to benefit Sheepgate Ministries. It will be Friday, Aug. 21, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Daymar is located in the shopping center above Walmart on the south side. Sign up at the front desk of the college.



CharacterWorks event Saturday

The annual Logan County CharacterWorks event will be held this Saturday at the Logan County Public Library from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. with the theme “Communities Committed to Character!” Everyone is invited to join in the fellowship, food and run. There will be free hot dogs, popcorn and inflatables. Music will be performed by Emma McReynolds, Skyler Hale and Garret Kimmel. Contact Stevenson Elementary School Principal Lisa White for more information.



Airport to conduct ground-breaking for runway extension

The Russellville-Logan County Airport Board will conduct a short ground-breaking ceremony for the runway extension project on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. at the airport. "Following a few words in the terminal building lobby, we will move outdoors for the shovel ceremony," says Board Member Steve Dilliha.



LEAD, IDA to meet Wednesday

The Logan Economic Alliance for Development (LEAD) will hold its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7 a.m., in the Logan County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room. The Logan Industrial Development Authority (IDA) will hold its regular monthly meeting after the LEAD meeting. LEAD and IDA meetings are open to the public. All who live and/or do business in Logan County are welcome to attend. For more information, please call the LEAD office at 726-9575.



Auburn mayor Hughes recovering

well from 4 heart bypasses

Sara Hughes has issued the following report on the heart surgery her dad, Auburn mayor Mike Hughes, underwent Sunday morning: "He is out of surgery and back in his room getting settled in. The surgery went as expected, and they had to perform four bypasses, which were all successful. Lots of family and friends have reached out in prayer and thoughts of support, and we are so thankful! Continue to think of us during his time of recovery and we look forward to having his smiling face back at home."



Auburn Mayor Hughes to undergo heart surgery Tuesday

Auburn Mayor Mike Hughes will have heart bypass surgery Sunday morning, according to one of his daughters, Sara Hughes. She says, "He was admitted to the hospital this past Tuesday after some testing due to blockages in his heart."  His dad, retired Auburn realtor Alvin Hughes, had quadruple bypass surgery June 12.



Cundiff-Brown and Chris Kramer

to be in concert in Logan Aug. 20

The popular singing duo of Rosemary Cundiff-Brown and Chris Kramer will return to the musical stage in Logan County this month. They will perform/entertain at the Logan County Extension Complex Thursday, Aug. 20 after a “Southern Style Picnic Meal & Silent Auction.” Tickets for the meal and concert are $15 each. Reservations are recommended at 270-726-3801, 270-726-3787 or 270-725-5741. The event is sponsored by the Logan County GOP Executive Committee. Proceeds will be used for scholarships.




Daymar Craft and Vendor Show Thursday

A Craft & Vendor Show is planned at Daymar College's Russellville Campus this Thursday from 4-6 p.m. A number of area businesses and crafts people will be offering their creations, merchandise and services during that time. Daymar is located in the Shoppes of Russellville on the hill overloooking Wal-Mart. Contact Tammy Dauley at the college with questions or to inquire about setting up.



Lady Sluggers 10U tryouts Saturday

Tryouts for the SK Lady Sluggers 10U team will be held this Saturday, Aug. 8, from 10 a.m.-noon at the Russellville High School Softball Field. Girls born in 2005 or ’06 are invited to the tryout, which is closed to parents. For more information, contact Jerry Epley at 270-996-7387 or Josh Burgess at 270-393-1089.




Stevenson Back to School Bash

 Monday to be filled with info, fun

Stevenson Elementary’s Back to School Bash will be held Monday, from 4-6 p.m. Those attending should enter the school from the front doors and proceed to the cafeteria. Principal Lisa White says they will see roster posters hanging by alphabetical order to easily locate their student. Transportation and car rider tags will be available in the cafeteria as well. Food Service and the school nurse will be located in the red hallway to provide information. New registration will be in the newly renovated workroom across from the front entrance. The PTA will be in the gym foyer registering those who want to help students "Rise to Success with SES!" Also Russellville Parks and Rec will share information in the gym foyer. “After you visit your classroom and fill out a few forms, we hope you join us in the gym for some inflatable fun- this year we have two inflatable slides appropriate for all ages,” White says.



Lee Dockins wins World Games

gold in Best All Around again

Logan County's Lee Dockins won her second straight Gold in the Best All Around gymnastics competition in the Special Olympics World Games Saturday in Los Angeles, according to one of her coaches at Logan County Gymnastics, Becky Silvey Young. She had also won the World Games Gold in Greece four years earlier. She was shown carrying the USA sign on ESPN Saturday night. Earlier in the week, she was congratulated by eight-time Winter Games medalist Apolo Ohono. 


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