News Briefs on The LoJo for November 2016
By Jim Turner

Posted on December 15, 2016 9:10 PM

Nov 30, 2016

Stevenson's Chapel offering

Christmas Thrift Store Saturday

Stevenson's Chapel United Methodist Church at 1125 Stevenson's Chapel Road will have a Christmas Thrift Store this Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be toys, clothes, household items, books, and other items for very low prices. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Logan County Center for Teens

Nov 29, 2016

Darden featured in Daily News story

Former Russellville High School multi-sport standout Tacorian 'CoCo' Darden is the subject of a story on the front page of the Sports Section of the Bowling Green Daily News tonight. A redshirt freshman, Darden missed the first nine games of the WKU football season after undergoing surgery in Philadelphia for what Coach Jeff Brohm calls a "fairly severe groin injury." Darden has responded with two interceptions in consecutive games going into Saturday's Conference USA championship game against Louisiana Tech Saturday. Reporter Brad Stephens quotes Brohm as speaking favorably of Darden at the Hilltoppers' weekly media luncheon Monday.

Nov 29, 2016

Portion of one BG road still closed

from Monday wind damage

A section of KY 2158 Cumberland Trace Road in Bowling Green will remain closed overnight and into tomorrow. It has not been determined when the roadway will open to traffic and an update will be sent out tomorrow when a more detailed timeline is available. The roadway was closed to thru traffic between KY 234 Cemetery Road and Wagon Trail Monday night after powerful winds knocked down multiple utility poles and wires onto the roadway. It was estimated between 9 and 14 poles were knocked down. Bowling Green Municipal Utility (BGMU) crews worked most of the night and all day today to repair the damage.

Nov 26, 2016

Darden helps Tops trounce Marshall

for berth in championship game

For the second straight game, Russellville's CoCo Darden has intercepted a pass to help the WKU Hilltoppers win a conference game. Darden, a redshirt freshman from Russellville who was state Class A Player of the Year in 2014, picked off a Marshall pass late in the game Saturday night, setting up Western's final touchdown in a 60-6 win over the Thundering Herd. As a result, Coach Jeff Brohm's team not only captured first place in Conference USA's East Division and earned home field advantage in the conference championship game next week. See a preview story on The LoJoat 

Nov 26, 2016

Bloodmobile visit moved to Extension Office

The Red Cross Bloodmobile visit to Russellville Monday has been moved to the Logan County Extension Office, according to Louise Parker. It will run from noon to 6 p.m.

Nov 25, 2016

Beechwood ends 12-2 Panther season

The final outcome was never in doubt in the second half Friday as the Beechwood Tigers beat the visiting Russellville Panthers 35-0. Coach John Myers' team finished 12-2 and was in Class 1A's Final Four for the second straight season. The Panthers went 23-5 over the past two years.

Nov 25, 2016

Panthers trail 14-0 at half

After playing almost 18 minutes of scoreless football, the Beechwood Tigers scored 14 points in about four minutes to take a 14-0 lead over visiting Russellville Friday in the state Class 1A semifinals. Those two scores were aided considerably by four penalties committed by the Panthers during that stretch for a total of 50 yards. Then Beechwood built that lead to 21-0 on an 86-yard kickoff return to start the second half.

Nov 23, 2016

Panther bus to navigate downtown

Russellville on way to state semifinals

From Jennifer Myers: The Russellville football team will depart RHS for their semifinal match against Beechwood at approximately 10 a.m. Friday. Their route will take them by Walgreens and the new FSNB location, then east on 4th Street past the courthouse and through the square. Fans are asked to step outside and wave the team on, as the Panthers are going for a win that will put them in the state championship game next Friday at WKU. Thanks for your support! GO PANTHERS!!! 

Nov 23, 2016

Crittenden Drive to serve,

deliver Thanksgiving dinner

One of the biggest church outreaches of each year in Logan County happens again today when Crittenden Drive Church of Christ holds its Thanksgiving Dinner. Everyone is welcome to come for a free meal from 4:30-6:30 p.m., which will be served in the Multi-Purpose Room on the Clarksville Road side of the building. Also a thousand or more meals will be delivered to those who can't get to the church building. Call 270-726-6583 to request delivery. Deliveries will begin at 1 p.m. A worship service will begin at 7 p.m. and all are invited. Bethany Church of Christ members always play a big role in making the event a success.

Nov 23, 2016

Panthers plan open practice Thanksgiving

Shades of Thanksgiving Day football games at Rhea Stadium over the decades: From Jennifer Myers: "The RHS Football team would like to invite parents, fans, and especially members of past state championship teams to Rhea Stadium Thanksgiving morning at 9:30 for our pre-game practice prior to the state semifinal game vs. Beechwood. Go Panthers!"

Nov 21, 2016

Pair of Panther fan buses

available for Beechwood game

From Russellville Athletic Director Calvin Head: We have two fan buses available for the Beechwood/Russellville game on Friday, Nov. 25. Seat prices will be $35 each. Departure time will be 1 p.m. from Russellville High School parking lot. Please see Mary Celsor at Russellville High School to reserve your seat. Please remember we will only be in school Monday and Tuesday of this week and seats can only be purchased those days.

Nov 20, 2016

Algie Ray Smith to sign his latest book

As he does every year on the Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving, Russellville businessman/author Algie Ray Smith will sell and sign his latest book, The Red Tricyle, at Riley-White Drugs on Carrico Park Square during Christmas Open House in downtown Russellville. The book is a collection of stories he has written, many of them with Russellville themes, although the city is never mentioned by name. This is the 17th book Smith has written. It's the 52nd year that Riley-White has held a Christmas Open House. The books will also be available from illustrator Sonny Green at the Christmas in November Craft Show at the Recreation Center.

Nov 18, 2016

Panthers run over, around and through

Bethlehem on the way to state semis

For the first time in 32 years, the Russellville Panthers have won back-to-back regional football championships. After leading 27-0, the Panthers gave up a pair of touchdowns to host Bethlehem before Johnny Drumgole scored three second-half touchdowns to put the game away in a 48-12 Panther win. Coach John Myers' team piled up over 600 yards of total offense, including 432 in the first half, most of it on the ground although quarterback Jaylyn McMurry completed all three of his passes. McMurry rushed for over 150 yards. The Panthers now travel to within a few miles of Cincinnati to play Beechwood in the state semifinals next Friday.

Nov 18, 2016

Christmas in November Craft

Show Friday and Saturday

If it's the weekend before Thanksgiving, it must be time for the two-day Christmas in November Craft Show. It's the 15th straight year that the show and sale of handcrafted locally-produced gifts and Christmas decorations has been held. As has been the case most of these years, the event will be held at the Russellville Parks & Recreation building on Winter Street next to the post office. Christmas in November will be held Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday during the Russellville Open Houses from 1-5 p.m. Vendors are selected because of the quality and authenticity of their crafts. None of the vendors are part of national brands. Elaine Dixon has overseen Christmas in November throughout the 15 years. She and Elaine Turner are the only local artists who have been part of every show. Admission is free and door prizes will be given.

Nov 17, 2016

Annual country ham breakfast underway

The annual Bro. Joe's Family Christmas Country Ham Breakfast is underway at the Logan County Extension Office. Breakfast will be served until 11 a.m. A $7 per person donation is requested. Previously called Toys for Tots for decades, the massive program is named for its founder, the late Bro. Joe Carrico. Funds go to providing Christmas presents and food for children/families in need. A silent auction is also going on.

Nov 16, 2016

Lewisburg SBDM election

to be held to replace Hendrix

Because SBDM Parent Representative Teresa Hendrix has been elected to serve on the Logan County School Board, Lewisburg School PTO will be having a special called SBDM election to elect a new parent representative to replace her for the remainder of her term. If you would like to nominate someone to serve in this capacity, please stop by the front office to pick up a nomination form. Parent nominations will be accepted until Friday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. Elections will be held on Dec. 12 from 4-6 p.m. in the library.

Nov 15, 2016

Lewisburg Christmas Parade Dec. 3

From Sandra Adler: The Lewisburg Christmas Parade will be Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. The theme is "A Christmas Miracle." All churches, vendors, crafts, floats are invited to come join in the fun. If you have any questions, call 270 755--5647 or 270--725--6480 or 270-755- 4828.

Nov 14, 2016

Comer to be sworn in to Congress today

James Comer will be sworn in at 4:45 p.m. today as First District Congressman. He will finish out the unexpired term of Rep. Ed Whitfield, who retired from office early. This will give him seniority over first-term Congressmen who don't take office until January. Logan County is part of the First District and gave him strong support in last week's General Election.

Nov 13, 2016

Fant playing well for Seattle

Former WKU and Warren Central basketball star George Fant is starting at left tackle for the Seattle Seahawksin his rookie NFL season. He started learning football as a WKU tight end last year. He has drawn praise on Monday Night Football and Football Night in America the last seven days from analysts Jon Gruden & Chris Collinsworth. Trey Turner of The LoJo has created artwork featuring Fant.

Nov 13, 2016

CoCo Darden makes interception,

long run in WKU football win

Former Russellville football star Tacorian 'CoCo" Darden intercepted a North Texas fourth down pass in the Red Zone and returned it 63 yards to the Mean Green 29 Saturday in helping seal the WKU Toppers' 45-7 win. A redshirt freshman defensive back, Darden has been injured most of the season. He had just entered the game when he picked off the pass. Western has an 8-3 record and is in first place in Conference USA's East Division. Coach Jeff Brohm's team has won five straight games. Two of the three losses have been to SEC teams, including defending national champion and current nationally top-ranked Alabama.

Nov 11, 2016

Panthers build running clock by half

The Russellville Panthers scored 29 points in the last six minutes of the first half to build a running clock at the intermission Friday. Visiting Campbellsville had put together a 10-play, 71-yard drive to cut the RHS lead to 14-7. But quarterback Jaylin McMurry threw touchdown passes to M.J. Jones and Johnny Drumgole, Jones ran for a 63-yard TD, and Jacob Naylor returned an interception 70 yards for a score. Milam Watkins kicked five extra points, and McMurry threw a 2-point conversion to Jordan Blick to make the lead 42-7 at the half. Coach John Myers' team piled up 273 yards offense in those first two quarters.

Nov 11, 2016

Panthers favored over Campbellsville

tonight in regional semifinals

Russellville will be favored to win its 11th game of the season tonight when the Panthers host Campbellsville in the Class 1A, Region i semifinals. Coach John Myers' Panthers are 10-1 and lead Class 1A in scoring with 506 points while standing second in fewest points allowed with 123. Coach Dale Estes' Eagles are 4-7 and have been outscored 309-257. In comparative games, Russellville beat Caverna 62-6 and Fulton 55-0. Campbellsville won over them 41-22 and 49-14. This will be the last home game for RHS unless Crittenden County upsets Bethlehem tonight. RHS has a combined record of 40-11 while these seniors have been in high school.

Nov 11, 2016

Fundraiser for Carrico Christmas

set this afternoon on WRUS

From Chris McGinnis of WRUS: "Today is our 7th Annual Bro. Joe's Family Christmas RadiothonWe will be on 610 WRUS & EPB of Russellville's SmartTV 3. Logan Telephone Cooperative, Inc. has again provided our phone bank operation. To make a donation, call 270-542-TOYS (8697)!"

Nov 9, 2016

Logan archery to hold 2016-17

organizational meeting Tuesday

The Logan County Archery team will hold an organizational meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. in the LCHS Auxiliary Gym. This meeting is required for students interested in participating in Archery at LCHS this year. All interested students must also have an updated sports physical on file. Those can be picked up at the LCHS front office. Information packets are also available in the front office. Any questions should be directed to coaches; Jeanie Moore is head coach.

Nov 9, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence led a Republican sweep of Tuesday's General Election nationally and in Kentucky Tuesday. Trump-Pence defeated the Democratic duo of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine by decisive electoral college margins, and the GOP also retained control of the Congress in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. In Kentucky, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was reelected, defeating Democrat Jim Gray, and joining Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in representing Kentucky. Former Agriculture Commissioner James Comer was elected to succeed the retired Ed Whitfield in the U.S. House of Representatives. In Kentucky, Republicans took over the state House of Representatives, including Jason Petrie's decisive victory over incumbent Democrat Martha Jane King as the spokesperson for Logan and Todd counties, joining Republican state senator Whitney Westerfield, who was unopposed. Republicans now have absolute control over the capitols and the governments of the United States and Kentucky.

Nov 8, 2016

Republican Petrie defeats 4-term

incumbent King overwhelmingly

Todd County attorney Jason Petrie defeated four-term incumbent Martha Jane King almost two-to-one Tuesday as part of a Republican takeover of the Kentucky House of Representatives. According to Chris McGinnis of WRUS and Ryan Craig of the Todd County Standard, Petrie pulled in 9,912 votes in Logan and Todd counties to King's 5,283. The Republican takeover included the ouster of Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo in Eastern Kentucky. Former Speaker of the House Jody Richards was one of the few high profile Democrats to win.

Nov 8, 2016

Russellville council incumbents reelected

The six incumbents on Russellville City Council have been reelected, WRUS reports. They are Sandra Kinser, Jimmy Davenport, Jack Whipple, Pat Walpole Bell, Darlene Gooch and Larry Wilcutt.

Nov 8, 2016

Stevens, Williams, Scott new

Adairville councilmembers

Tabitha Stevens, Amy Trimble Williams and Derrick Scott were elected to the Adairville City Council Tuesday, joining incumbents Becky Tinch, Danny Finch and Bill Steen, WRUS reports. Mayor Donna Blake was reelected without opposition. 

Nov 8, 2016

Teresa Hendrix unseats Cropper

as Lewisburg school board member

WRUS News is reporting that Lewisburg banker Teresa Hendrix has won a seat on the Logan County Board of Education. She defeated long-time board member Ralph Cropper 929-569. This was the only contested school board race in either the county or city of Russellville.  

Nov 8, 2016

Jackson Campbell to sign with

Belmont baseball Wednesday

Logan County catcher Jackson Campbell will officially sign to play baseball at Belmont University Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in the LCHS cafeteria. Campbell had earlier committed to play for the Division I Nashville university.

Nov 7, 2016

Retired journalist, printer

Bettie Barrett dies in Lexington

Funeral services will be held today for 85-year-old retired Adairville and Russellville businesswoman Bettie Barrett, who died at a Lexington facility Friday. She and her husband, the late Marion Barrett, owned and published the Adairville Enterprise newspaper. They then moved to Russellville and operated Barrett Printing for many years in the downtown building that had been the office of the News-Democrat and is now the site of Ariella Italian Restaurant. She is survived by her daughter, Shelly Page, and husband Les Page of Lexington; her grandaughter, Elizabeth Page Velasquez, and her brother, Charles Malcolm Forker.

Nov 4, 2016

Panthers ahead 48-6 at half

in playoff opener

The Russellville Panthers have built a running clock at halftime in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs tonight. RHS (9-1) leads Caverna (0-10) 48-6. M.J. Jones has caught four touchdown passes, two each from Jaylin McMurry and Jacob Naylor. Milam Watkins continues to kick conversions. The game is being carried live on 610 WRUS. Campbellsville will play at RHS in the regional semifinals next week.

Nov 3, 2016

Lewisburg names October Students of the Month

October Students of the Month have been named by Lewisburg School. They are Addisyn McReynolds-Kindergarten, Abban Stevens-1st, Greyson Chute-2nd, Brianna Lott-3rd, James Wheeler-8th, Hunter Holloway-4th, Sloan Coursey-5th, Cristin Nash-7th, Reagan Christian-6th. They are shown with Assistant Principal Chris Crain.


Nov 2, 2016

Russellville Panthers in running for state award and funding

Russellville Athletic Director Calvin Head has received the following notification from Bluegrass Cellular: "Voting is open for your Battles in the Bluegrass game against Franklin-Simpson! Please let your fans know they can vote by visiting Bluegrass Cellular’s FacebookTwitter or Instagram pages and commenting on the voting post with your team’s name or Tweet #BluegrassBattles and your team’s name. Fans that vote will have the chance to win some awesome prizes throughout the season, help their school win $2,000 and swag for the entire football team! Voting is open until November 7  at 4 p.m. Russellville time."

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Nov 2, 2016

Panthers to host Caverna in playoffs Friday

From Russellville Athletic Director Calvin Head: The first round of playoffs will be held at Rhea Stadium this Friday night vs. Caverna. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00. Admission is $6. NO season passes will be allowed. Only coaches and administrator cards will be accepted. 

Nov 1, 2016

NAACP to honor military women Sunday of Veterans Day week

The Russellville-Logan County NAACP Branch will sponsor Veterans Day Appreciation and Recognition Program for women in the Military this Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church at 221 South Spring Street in Russellville. The youngest and oldest veterans present will be recognized. The speaker will be First Lady *U.S. Army Retired Cynthia Duncanfrim Macedonia Baptist Chuch of Auburn. President William Woodard, who is a veteran himself, says, "Veterans, families, and the Logan County Community are invited to come celebrate with us."

Nov 1, 2016

Chandlers 89th Anniversary Celebration Saturday


Chandler’s School will celebrate 80 years of serving the students of the community on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 4:30 – 7 p.m. in the school gym.  All past and present students, teachers and parents are invited to attend. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. The price includes admission to the event, chili, a drink, and a dessert. Guest speakers will reminisce about “the good old days” and guests will enjoy live music.  If you would like to attend, please call the school at 270-542-4139 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. or email Although money is not required to be paid in advance, calling ahead to reserve your seat will aid in planning for food.  


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