News Briefs on The LoJo in November 2015
By Jim Turner

Posted on November 30, 2015 11:09 PM



Cassie Reding named state

Elementary English Teacher of Year

Stevenson Elementary School fifth grade teacher Cassie Reding has been notified that the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English Board has selected her at the KCTE Elementary Teacher of the Year, according to Superintendent Leon Smith.  Each year, KCTE recognizes teachers from elementary, middle, high school and college levels who excel in their duties as teachers, who mentor students, and who demonstrate teacher-leadership in their buildings, districts and beyond. Mrs. Reding will be honored at this year’s KCTE Conference in Lexington in February. A native of Todd County, her husband Conrad Reding also teaches at SES. Additionally she is an assistant girls basketball coach at Russellville High School.



Choruses to perform holiday

music at joint Dec. 14 concert

The Logan County Choral Extravaganza will be held Monday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at deGraffenried Auditorium. According to Justin Kirby, holiday music will be presented by the Adairville Middle School Choir, the Logan County Children's Chorus, the Logan County High School Choir and the deGraffenried Chorale. All proceeds from the $2 admission fee will go to the Children's Chorus.



Schools split Alumni Clash

Host Logan County and Russellville split a pair of games in the second-ever Alumni Basketball Clash of the Cats Friday. Marcus Mason hit four late free throws to seal a 56-52 Cougar win in the opener for players who finished before 1996. He and Michael Williams were named MVPs for the winners. Cedric Boyd and Reggie Collier were the Panther honorees. The younger Panthers won 112-106. Logan was in the lead until Travis 'Boo' Williams fouled out with 6:15 remaining. Squeaky Hampton led RHS early and Teco Dickerson and Jerrell Mayo turned on the scoring late. Those three were named MVPs for the winners while Williams was joined by Twin Lancaster and Chris Haynes for LCHS. Watch The LoJo fpr more details.  



Alumni b'ball Clash tonight at Logan

The Alumni Basketball Clash of the Cats is tonight at LCHS! Tipoff is at 5 with the first game featuring former Russellville Panthers and Logan County Cougars up to Class of 1995. The second game will feature players from 1996-2014. Jae Allison and Phil Todd will coach the former Panthers and Billy Joe Coleman and Lonnie Mason the ex-Cougars. Admission is just $5 and proceeds benefit both programs and Givin’ Back! WRUS will broadcast the games on 610 AM with pregame at 4:45.



Beechwood edges RHS 34-25

in state semifinals Friday

The season came to an end for the Russellville Panthers Friday as Coach John Myers’ team was edged by visiting Beechwood 34-25. The Tigers came into the game as a three-touchdown favorite, but the Panthers had opportunities to win. Two crucial gambles went against the Panthers. Holder Jason Mitchell decided to run the ball after the second RHS touchdown instead of letting Milam Watkins kick the tying extra point. His run was stopped. In the fourth quarter, Myers decided to go for it on fourth and four from the RHS 32. Jaylin McMurry’s pass to Mitchell failed, and Beechwood scored the clinching TD on that short field. Panther Josh Bigbee ran for 196 yards on 16 carries on the way to three TDs. Bryson Thomas and McMurry also scored. The Panthers, who played a school record nine home games, finished 11-3. Beechwood, which goes to the state finals with a 13-1 record, was led by Brett Slusher, who moved to running back from receiver after an injury to star rusher Ethan Stringer. He finished with 106 yards and three TDs.



State semifinals begin at 6 tonight

A rare 6 p.m. start will help determine a state finalist early tonight when the Russellville Panthers (11-2) entertain Beechwood (12-1) in the Class 1A state semifinals. Beechwood, which is located in Northern Kentucky not far from Cincinnati, is a traditional power in what used to be known as Class A football, just as are the Panthers. Coach Nolan Rash’s Tigers are seeking the program’s 12th state championship. They feature a balanced attack with running back Ethan Stringer, quarterback Kyle Fieger, and receiver Brett Slusher all having over 1,000 yards in their specialty. Coach John Myers’ Panthers rely heavily on the run, but the passing game was effective in a blowout of Bethlehem for the regional championship with quarterback Jaylin McMurry hitting running back Josh Bigbee on two long touchdown passes. A win would be Myers’ 100th. The game will be broadcast on WRUS (610 AM) and the internet with John Brett Reynolds & Alex Watkins calling the action.



Stevenson preschool special ed screenings to be held Dec. 11

Linda Shelton, director of Special Education with Russellville Independent Schools, announces the system will be holding preschool screenings Friday, Dec. 11, at Kaye Wilkins' Preschool, for children that were three years of age by Aug. 1, 2015. Call Linda Shelton at 270-726-8405 to schedule a screening time.



Panthers win regional championship

41-20 for 500th program victory

The numbers are staggering. For the 10th time this season, the Russellville Panthers scored over 40 points Friday on the way to a 41-20 win over visiting Bethlehem and the program's 8th regional championship, the first in 23 years. The win was the 500th in the program's 81-year history, according to team historian Greg Owens. The team piled up over 500 yards in total offense, with Johnny Drumgole rushing for 108 yards and M.J. Jones 99. Quarterback Jaylin McMurry threw a pair of touchdown passes to Josh Bigbee for 95 yards. Both came on fourth down. Drew West added another 55 yards, and Milam Watkins was successful all night with his kicking. Josiah Robey was a force on defense. Coach John Myers, who won his 99th game at RHS, and his team will entertain Beechwood (11-1) in the Final Four next Friday.



Bigbee named Player of Year

Senior back Joshua Bigbee has been named Class 1A Player of the Year in his district, Russellville Athletic Director Calvin Head has announced. Bigbee has rushed for over 100 yards in seven games this season and has accumulated 1.252 yards on 106 carries for 12 touchdowns, in addition to being a defensive standout. See the story in The LoJo Sports Articles about tonight's regional championship game.



Auburn holiday open house Dec. 5

From Kelly Bond: "Auburn will have its annual Christmas Open House Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The local businesses will be having sales, door prizes, refreshments. There will also be vendors set up in the Lion and the Lamb Antique mall. Our new photography studio business will be offering free Christmas-themed back drops for "do it yourself" selfies. The Shaker Village at South Union will also be hosting their Christmas event this same day. Admission to that is a canned item to go towards food pantries, and New Life Church is hosting an event from 5-7 p.m. with Christmas lights, old-fashioned Christmas games and refreshments. These are all family friendly events."



Staff Holiday Vendor Fair to be

held at LCHS Thursday evening

The Logan County Schools Staff will present a Holiday Vendor Fair Thursday from 5-7:30 p.m. in the LCHS Commons Area. Vendors will be C&K Decal and Gifts, Scentsy, Ryan’s Electronics, Allie’s Southern Sass, Thirty-One Gifts, The Pampered Chef, Matilda Jane, Specialized Coffee, Rada, Sisterhood Embroidery, Pixie Moon Boutique, Southern Home Designs, Valentus and Rodan & Fields Skincare. 



Stratton on punter Watch List

Former Logan County athlete Landon Stratton has been named to the 2015 College Football Performance Awards Special Teams Watch List. The redshirt freshman is the punter for the Murray State Racers. According to, he is averaging 42.1 yards on 52 punts with no blocks, ranking him 19th in NCAA FCS division. No punt has been blocked, he has been fair caught 10 times, he has pinned the opposition inside the 20-yard-line a dozen times, and he has had 13 kicks go for 50 yards or more, including a 74-yarder. He has been named Specialist of the Week by the OVC.



Panthers play for regional title Friday

From Russellville High Athletic Director Calvin Head: "Our RHS Football team is still alive! They advanced to the third round of the KHSAA Class 1A state playoffs! This Friday we will host Bethlehem High School for the regional championship. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.  Once again the only passes that will be accepted are KHSAA coaches and administrator cards and KSBA board member cards. Let's fill the stadium on Friday night in support of our players and coaches as they look to not only win a regional championship and advance to the state semifinals, but also to capture the school's 500th football win!Let's show our Panther Pride this Friday!!!!! 



EPB Superintendent White leaving

Robert White, who has been superintendent of the Russellville Electric Plant Board for two and a half years, has told the board of his plans to accept another position in Murfreesboro, Tenn., according to WRUS News. Under his leadership, the utility's internet service has become the fastest in the state and its cable television audience has grown with the addition of an active community channel, which is televising a number of local activities plus the first four daytime hours of WRUS broadcasting. White plans to stay on the job until the end of the calendar year.



Stevenson's Chapel Church offering

Thrift Shop for Family Christmas

A Christmas Thrift Shop will be hosted next Saturday, Nov. 21 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Stevenson’s Chapel Church west of Russellville. Toys, household items and clothes all in excellent condition will be available at low prices. All of the proceeds will go to Bro. Joe’s Family Christmas.



EPB December meeting date changed

The Russellville Electric Plant Board is giving notice that the December Board of Directors meeting has been rescheduled from Thursday, Dec. 10 to Wednesday, Dec. at 4:30 pm. If you have any questions regarding the change, please call the office at 270-726-2466. 



Panthers hold off Campbellsville,

advance to regional finals

After giving up the lead, the Russellville Panthers came back to beat visiting Campbellsville 38-36 Friday in the Class 1A Regional semifinals. Quarterback Jaylin McMurry scored both the clinching touchdown and two point conversion with 7:20 remaining, and Coach John Myers' team held on. A key play found holder Jason Mitchell converting a pass to Jordan Blick on a 2-pointer to put the Panthers up 30-29. Mitchell, who might have been the goat had the Panthers lost because of repeated holding penalties, also caught a 56-yard pass from McMurry after the Eagles had taken the lead. Josh Bigbee joined McMurry in rushing for over 100 yards, but Bigbee and Johnny Drumgole were injured most of the second half. T.K. Hampton played a key role in stopping a Campbellsville drive late in the game. The Panthers will entertain Bardstown Bethlehem in next week's regional finals, also at Rhea Stadium. It's the Panthers' sixth trip to the regional finals in nine seasons.



GOP women plan silent auction

The Logan County Republican Women's Club will participate in the Downtown Business' Christmas Open House, Sunday Nov. 22, from 1-5 p.m. Silent auction items will be open for bids until 4:15. Seasonal refreshments will be served. Donations of auction items will be accepted until Nov. 20. Please call with any donations or questions - 270 726 3801 or 270 772 0388.



Job fair offered by SKYCTC

A job fair will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Building F of the Main Campus of Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College, which is located on Loop Drive across from Warren Elementary School in Bowling Green. The event is free and open to both college students and the general public. Employers will be available to take resumes and meet with prospective employees. For more information, contact the Student Success Center at 270-901-1046.



RHS plans Black Out in semis

From Russellville Athletic Director Calvin Head:  "We will now host Campbellsville this Friday night. Kickoff will be scheduled for 7 p.m. Ticket price is $6. Once again we will only be able to accept the KHSAA coach/administrator cards and KSBA Board Member cards.  Our RHS students have requested that Friday be a "Black Out," so we are asking for all Panther fans to wear their Black and fill the stands on Friday night!"



Panthers put Eagles away by half

The Russellville Panthers are well on their way to their ninth win of the season, as they lead visiting Fort Knox 47-0 at the half. M.J. Jones has scored four touchdowns, and the defense has held the Eagles to minus five yards total offense at halftime, according to Alex Watkins of WRUS. Coach John Myers' team will advance to the second round of the Class 1A playoffs by hosting Campbellsville, which beat Fulton 43-8 tonight.



Lyne, Cousineau qualify for

state Class 3A cross country meet

Two Logan County Cougars will run in the state Class 3A cross country meet in Lexington Saturday. Gage Cousineau and Thomas Lyne finished eighth and ninth individually in last week’s regional tournament, which was held on the LCHS cross country field. They are coached by Joe Dan Laster.



Panthers to host Fort Knox

as Class 1A playoffs begin

From Russellville High Athletic Director Calvin Head: "We are set to host Fort Knox this Friday at 7 p.m. (Central Standard Time) for the first round of the Class 1A football state tournament playoffs. Admission for this game will be $6. No season passes are allowed for entry into this game."



Coach Duncan says he will retire

Logan County High head football coach Steve Duncan told the 2015 football seniors after Friday's season-ending loss to visiting Todd Central that he is retiring from coaching. Duncan came to Logan two years ago with a history of great success, especially at Murray High School. But the team continued its losing streak that began late in the 2012 season. The streak will enter the 2016 season with 33 straight losses. Duncan indicated that he will teach the remainder of this school year.

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