News Briefs on The LoJo for April 2017
By Jim Turner

Posted on May 3, 2017 1:27 PM

Apr 28, 2017

WKU board approves tuition

increase to $10,200 per year

WKU’s Board of Regents Thursday approved tuition and mandatory student fees for the 2018 fiscal year. Resident undergraduate tuition will increase $145 per semester (3 percent) to $5,101. Nonresident undergraduate tuition will increase $360 per semester to $12,756. Ann Mead, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, said the tuition increase is needed to address projected fixed cost increases and selected strategic priorities.

Apr 28, 2017

Titans pick WKU receiver

Taywan Taylor in 3rd round

The Tennessee Titans have selected a pair of talented wide receivers to catch quarterback Marcus Mariota's passes in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft. Both are from 'mid-major' colleges. After choosing Corey Davis of Western Michigan fifth overall, General Manager Jon Robinson chose Western Kentucky's Taywan Taylor in the third round. Taylor is the second WKU player selected among the first 72 picks. Through 82 picks, they are the only players from the state of Kentucky chosen.

Apr 28, 2017

TSC hosting farmers' market,

antique tractor show Saturday

Two venues associated with agriculture that are popular in Southcentral Kentucky will be showcased Saturday at the TSC store in Russellville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A farmers' market and an antique tractor show will be held at the same time in the store's Logan Place parking lot across from Russellville High School. Several Logan County fruit and vegetable producers will have early goods available for sale, including jellies, breads and homemade soaps. The tractor show will be conducted by a Butler County group, as it is every year.

Apr 28, 2017

Lamp drafted 38th,

ending Jefferson's reign

When Forrest Lamp was drafted sixth in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, it ended Logan Countian Joe Jefferson's 15-year status as Western Kentucky University's highest ever National Football League draft pick. (See Jefferson's story in a recent Sports article on The LoJo.) Lamp was selected 38th by the Los Angeles Chargers, whose home was San Diego until a few months ago. ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. called Lamp a "future all-pro player." Fellow analyst Todd McShay said he rates Lamp as the "best offensive lineman in the draft." Commentator Lewis Reddick predicted Lamp will be an immediate starter for the Chargers, giving veteran quarterback Phillip Rivers more time to lead the offense. Lamp's 38th place in the draft order is one more than half way to Jefferson's 74th. 

Apr 27, 2017

Jefferson's draft record still intact

No Western Kentucky University football player was picked in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night. In fact, no player from any of the Commonwealth's three Division I teams (Louisville and Kentucky along with WKU) was selected. As a result, Logan County's Joseph Jefferson remains the highest draft choice in WKU football history as the number 74 pick in 2002. Thirty-two players were chosen in the first round. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. lists Western’s Forrest Lamp, an offensive lineman, as the best player available when the second found begins Friday.

Apr 27, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

continues this weekend

The annual Logan County Middle School Musical continues this weekend with four more performances of Beauty and the Beast scheduled in the next three days at New Vision Community Church at 111 McDougal Way in Russellville. Show times are Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each, but due to limited seating it is advised to call 270-542-6398 or 270-539-7777 to get tickets.

Apr 26, 2017

Croslin, Kennedy, Lee lead Lady Cougars in crushing F-S 13-2

Defending 13th District champion Logan County blasted homestanding Franklin-Simpson 13-2 in five innings Tuesday.  Sydney Lee pitched the win, Freshmen Brea Croslin drove in five runs on three hits, and Kennedy Nichols drove in four runs on four hits. Coach Todd Caudill's Lady Cats had beaten the Lady Cougars 3-0 in their first meeting. Watch The LoJo for more details of the game.

Apr 26, 2017

Smock no-hits F-S, Wooden

homers in 3-1 district clincher

Franklin-Simpson still can't hit Ethan Smock. The Logan County junior didn't give up a hit and struck out eight and walked three as Coach Ethan Meguiar's team won 3-1 at Franklin's Greg Shelton Field. Nick Wooden homered in the win, Kaleb Justice doubled, and Jackson Campbell singled, walked twice and scored a run. Third Bell & Bradley Taylor got the other Cougar hits. Smock gave up the run when Rylan Thomas came home on a wild pitch. Jackson Caudill picked up two of the walks for Coach Kurt Gammons' Wildcats (15-4). When the regional contenders met March 28, Smock pitched a 1-hit, 12 strikeout, 6-0 shutout to had F-S its first loss. The Cougars (14-5) clinched the top seed in the 13th district tournament with the win.

Apr 25, 2017

Good Samaritan fish fry

fund raiser Saturday

The Logan County Good Samaritan fish fry fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 29, from 4-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 277 S. Main, Russellville. Fish plates and hot dog plates will be available. Several churches in Logan County help sponsor Good Samaritan, which is headquartered on East Fourth Street in Russellville.

Apr 25, 2017

Free GED classes offered in Logan

From Pam Morgan: Logan County Adult Education announces GED preparation classes May 1-31. Instructors will guide the class through test taking skills, reading and math skill development. Classes will be offered Mondays/Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All services are free and confidential. To attend the classes, call 270-726-8777 or come to the Logan County Adult Learning located at 121 South Spring Street in Russellville to choose class times. This year we can offer free GED Ready Tests and free GED test scholarships due to the generosity of Kentucky Adult Education and also Logan County Council for Adult Education through United Way funding. Come be part of the excitement and meet the challenge to earn a GED by May 31 to be eligible to  participate in the 2017 GED Graduation to be held June 4.


Apr 24, 2017

Death claims retired businessman,

basketball standout Henry McCarley

Former Auburn High School basketball star and Russellville business owner Henry McCarley of Lexington died Monday afternoon. The son of the late Elizabeth and Logan County Treasurer John McCarley Sr., he led Coach Ivan Knifley's 1953 Auburn Tigers to a 28-3 record and top ranking in the region as a junior. He played four years of college basketball for Tennessee Tech. After retiring from one career, he invested along with his youngest sibling, Steve McCarley, in McCarley Implement, then the Logan County John Deere dealership before they sold it to Hutson. Mr. McCarley later owned a factory in Todd County, often spending weekdays living in the family home in Auburn where his nephew Billy McCarley and his family now live. Funeral arrangements are incomplete, according to another nephew, Daniel McCarley. Among his survivors in addition to Steve are his sister, Nell Jordan of Franklin, and another brother, John McCarley of Nashville.

Apr 23, 2017

Loreal Cheaney to play for Vol State

A four-year starter, 1,000-point scorer and all-region performer, Russellville's Loreal Cheaney will sign to play basketball for Vol State Community College. Her coach and athletic director, Calvin Head, has announced the signing ceremony will be held this Tuesday in the Russellville High School Library, beginning at 2:30 p.m. She will play basketball for former RHS and Harlem Globetrotters star Otis Key at Vol State.

Apr 22, 2017

Former Logan superintendent

David Webb dies

Former Logan County Schools Superintendent David Webb died this week at age 74. He also served as superintendent of his native Edmonson County and coached Bowling Green High to a state golf championship. He worked with Alliance Corporation in building schools, served on the state board of education and servied on the Kentucky High School Athletic Association's Board of Controls. He succeeded Harvey Marksberry as Logan superintendent during the last few years of the 20th century.

Apr 21, 2017

Kellly Russell Classic rained out,

Alumni Baseball Clash postponed

From Diane Walker: With a rain soaked field and a weekend forecast of continued rain, we regretfully have to cancel the Kelly Russell Classic for this weekend. With a full schedule we will not be able to reschedule the high school baseball and softball games. However, we will reschedule the alumni game. The Panther-Cougar alumni baseball game will be played next Saturday the 29th at 4 p.m. Thanks to all that have committed to play and for those unavailable for this weekend, we hope you can make it next weekend. Looking forward to a great night of fun all for the Kelly Russell Scholarship Fund!

Apr 21, 2017

Lt. Gov. Hampton to visit RHS

On Wednesday, April 26, the Lt. Governor of Kentucky, Jenean Hampton, will visit Russellville Jr/Sr High School from 9 a.m. until noon. Principal Kim McDaniel says, "Our tentative plan is for her to address the student body and visit classrooms with her visit concluding with a luncheon hosted by our FACS/Culinary Department."

Apr 20, 2017

Earth Day to be celebrated Friday

at Russellville Urban Garden


From Dr. Nancy Dawson: Tomorrow, F.riday, April 21, we are celebrating Earth Day at the Russellville Urban Gardening site.  The entire 10th grade from Russellville High School will be coming. There will be poetry read and art displayed--all dedicated to the earth.  Kentucky State University will have its mobile food unit on site and there will be other activities. You are cordially invited. The event starts at 9 a.m. sharp and will be over by noon. 

Apr 19, 2017

Lady Panthers fall 3-0 to Franklin

The only hit the Russellville Lady Panthers managed off Franklin-Simpson pitcher Madison Davis Tuesday was a double by Tonisha Hampton. Davis' dominance overshadowed a good outing on the mound by Russellville's Tara Gilbert in a battle of veteran 13th District pitchers. Gilbert gave up hits to Ally Pendleton, Jessie Bellar, Mackinlee Webb, Caroline Weems, and Katelin Henderson.

Apr 19, 2017

One out away from win,

Panthers fall 2-1 to Franklin

Russellville baseball star Jordan Blick had driven in the only run of the game and was one out away from pitching a no-hit, no-run win at Franklin-Simpson Tuesday. But the Wildcats used a walk, two hits and a wild pitch to pick up the 13th District win 2-1. After recording the 20th out in a 21-out game, Blick walked Jacob Curtis. Hunter Janes followed with the Cats' first hit of the game on a line drive to the outfield. Pinch hitter Dawson Gardner singled between first and second base, driving in Curtis with the tying run. Needing only one strike to force extra innings, Blick's 3-2 pitch was in the dirt and catcher Brock Cleary couldn't corral it. Janes scored the winning run without a play at the plate. The win improved Franklin's overall record to 14-3 overall, 6-3 in the region and 3-1 in the district. The Panthers fell to 5-10, 2-5, 1-3.

Apr 18, 2017

Gen. Jerry Humble to tell

Pastfinders about O'Bannon

The Southern Kentucky Pastfinders meet this Saturday at the Logan County Public Library at  7 p.m. The speaker this month is Gen. Jerry Humble USMC. Ret. Everyone is invited to come hear the intriguing story of Presley O'Bannon and the Barbary pirates. Learn the important role this Russellville citizen played in changing the course of early American military history. David Guion says, "Don't let history be a mystery, and come learn with us."

Apr 18, 2017

Logan softball and baseball games postponed until Wednesday

Logan County's softball and baseball games which were scheduled this afternoon have been moved to Wednesday when there is less chance of rain, Athletic Director Greg Howard has announced.

Apr 17, 2017

Logan sports events canceled

Today's tennis, softball and baseball match/games have been canceled, Athletic Director Greg Howard announced Monday.

Apr 13, 2017

Alumni Clash of the Football

Cats kicks off at 7 Friday

The 2017 Alumni Football Clash of the Cats will kick off Friday at 7 p.m. at Rhea Stadium. Tickets are $10, and available at First Southern National Bank-Russellville, Lewisburg Banking CompanyPratt's AutoRoy's Bar-B-Que & Yates Pharmacy. The football programs get proceeds from advance ticket sales only, so buy yours before 6 p.m. Friday. The game will also be broadcast over WRUS, with Countdown to Kickoff beginning at 6:30.

Apr 13, 2017

Robin Cornelius has interim

lifted from Stevenson principal role

From Russellville Superintendent Leon Smith: It gives me great pleasure to announce that Robin Cornelius has accepted the position of principal at Stevenson Elementary. Mrs. Cornelius has served as interim principal at Stevenson Elementary since November and has worked in the Russellville School District for five years. She has served as assistant principal at Stevenson Elementary as well as district instructional coach. Mrs. Cornelius came to Russellville from the Bowling Green Independent District. We are very pleased to welcome her as our new principal. 

Apr 12, 2017

RHS Principal McDaniel

promoted to Central Office

From retiring Russellville Superintendent Leon Smith: Kim McDaniel has been named the new Director of Pupil Personnel for the Russellville Independent School District. Mrs. McDaniel has worked in this district for 23 years and has done an outstanding job the past five years as the educational leader of Russellville Junior/Senior High School. She will be a great addition to the Russellville central office staff. Her dedication to this school and community has been a notable asset in making this an impressive district. Mrs. McDaniel is replacing Claudia Crump,who retired in December 2016. The vacant principal position will be posted on Thursday, April 13 with the Kentucky Department of Education. The Russellville Jr./Sr. High School SBDM council and superintendent or designee will be hiring the next principal. Dr. Steven Moats, Chief Academic Officer, will be the superintendent designee to chair the SBDM council in the search for a new principal.   

Apr 12, 2017

Stevenson SBDM to conduct

principal interviews today

The Stevenson Elementary School SBDM will conduct interviews of principal candidates at the school today (Wednesday), beginning at 4 p.m. The meeting will be closed to the public.

Apr 12, 2017

WBKO weatherman to speak

at Logan GOP meeting

The Logan County Republican Women's Club will host the April 25 meeting at the GOP Headquarters on the square in Russellville beginning at 5:30 p.m. Special speaker Matt Stephens, freelance weatherman at WBKO, channel 13, will present a program and then will answer questions about our unusual weather in Southcentral Kentucky. Light refreshments will be served. A special door prize will be given to a lucky attending guest. Questions? Call 270 725-9100 or 270-726-3801.

Apr 11, 2017

LCHS Competitive Cheer

practice, tryouts next week

From LCHS Athletic Director Greg Howard: Practice for those wanting to make the Logan County Competitive Cheer Squad for next year will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18-19. All boys and girls interested must have a current KHSAA Sports Physical on file (bring a copy with them). Tryouts will take place from 3:30-6 p.m. both days in the LCHS main gym. Tuesday and Wednesday, each prospective participant will be taught the routine that will be used for the official tryouts to be held on Friday, April 21. Participants will be given their tryout time ahead of time. As soon as the tryout packet information is available, I will send to each school and they can be picked up there.

Apr 10, 2017

Logan County Eclipse planning

meeting set Tuesday at library

A planning meeting for the Path of Totality, which is the total eclipse of the sun expected Aug. 21, will be held at Logan County Public Library at 4:30 p.m. It will be facilitated by the Logan County Chamber of Commerce’s executive director, Tammy Tinsley. Thousands of tourists are expected to flock to this area, and Logan County needs to be ready to welcome them but to offer ways that they can part with disposable income in a way that will be satisfactory for both vendors and customers. Anyone who would like to be part of the planning is welcome.

Apr 10, 2017

Logan school board meeting

postponed for a week

This month’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Logan County Board of Education has been moved from April 11 to April 18. The meeting will be held at the Central Office, beginning at 7 p.m. 


Apr 9, 2017

Russellville READS activities with

Pete the Cat planned April 29.

To promote reading in the community, Russellville READS! will host a literacy event on Saturday, April 29. Pete the Cat will be available for pictures with young readers. Activities will be from 10-11 at Hampton Park and from 12:30-1:30 at City-County Park off the North Bypass. Russellville Schools Literacy Community Coordinator Lisa White is in charge.

Apr 9, 2017

Bradshaw helps Kentucky

All-Stars beat Ohio team

Russellville's Pedro Bradshaw helped the Kentucky All-Stars beat the Ohio stars 94-90 Saturday in Northern Kentucky. He scored six first-quarter points to get Kentucky off to a good start and finished with eight points, which was third highest on the squad. The leading scorer was Taveon Hollingsworth of Lexington Dunbar, who is Mr. Kentucky Basketball. The WKU signee finished with 19 points. Bradshaw added four rebounds, two steals and an assist. Bowling Green's Terry Taylor, who joined Bradshaw and Hollingsworth in the starting lineup, had seven points, nine rebounds and two assists. Franklin-Simpson's Tavin Lovan was a reserve and scored four points.

Apr 8, 2017

Hornets to play home opener Sunday

The Bowling Green Hornets play their home season opener at 2 p.m. Sunday at Logan County High School against the Baltimore Shuckers in a Central Basketball Association game. The Hornets roster includes Daquan Brown of Hopkinsville who played for Drury University, former Austin Peay player Damarius Smith, and Freeman Pickney, Marcus Bowins & Jonathan Williams, all of whom played at Bethel University where former Logan County baseball and basketball standout Aaron Johnson is the long-time assistant coach. Jacob Shackley is in his second year as Hornets coach. Nathan Thompson of Russellville, who coached the Hornets to the 2015 CBA championship, is vice president of the league. Former LCHS basketball standout Trey Turner is head of officials for the Hornets.

Apr 8, 2017

Cougars record impressive 12-1

win over Pope John Paul

Ethan Smock finally gave up a run, but no one's complaining. After pitching three straight shutouts, he allowed a single run in the Logan County Cougars' 12-1 win over highly regarded Pope John Paul II of Nashville in a baseball tournament in Clarksville. Jackson Campbell, who will play collegiately in Nashville for Belmont next year, had three hits, including a two-run homer. Bradley Taylor homered among his two hits. Also getting hits were Austin Rayno, Kaleb Justice, Dylan Penick, Third Bell, Nick Wooden & Koby Wall. Coach Ethan Meguiar's team (11-1) will play two games in the event Saturday.

Apr 7, 2017

Bruner has bone surgery, not elbow

The arm injury which Caleb Bruner suffered this week while pitching for Western Kentucky University against Murray State University may not have the long-range consequences that had been feared. He broke his arm rather than tearing his elbow. His dad, Chris Bruner, says, "Caleb has a spiral fracture in the humerus bone. They went in and fixed it Thursday. The outlook is good. It is about a 6-8 week timeline to heal and 12-14 weeks before he can start tossing again.”

Apr 6, 2017

Bruner suffers season-ending arm injury

Something in Caleb Bruner's arm popped so loudly Tuesday that it could be heard in the pressbox above the stands. In the next few hours, the former Logan County star and Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year underwent arm surgery for the second straight season. Bruner was the starting pitcher for the WKU Toppers in a win over Murray State Tuesday. He had faced four batters and the Racers had four outs when his 10th pitch went flying wildly. He left the mound and went to the dugout, his season over again. He was coming back from Tommy John Surgery on his elbow last year. Caleb Bruner has been a baseball star ever since his Logan County Little League team won the state 10-year-old and 12-year-old championships. He has also pitched in the Little League World Series and the Kentucky High School Athletic Association state tournament. He started three games for Western this year, against Lipscomb, Murray and national contender Louisville.

Apr 4, 2017

Ace Exterminating ribbon

cutting Wednesday

The Logan County Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon cutting for Ace Exterminating Company Wednesday at noon. Ace is located at 599 East First Street in Russellville.

Apr 3, 2017

Lights of Hope candlelighting

service set April 20

The Youth Action Team will sponsor Lights of Hope candlelighting service on Carrico Park Square in Russellville Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m. Those attending can honor the memory of a loved one or someone still dealing substance abuse by lighting a candle. Any prevention/treatment organization interested in setting up an informational booth can contact Carol Kees at 27-726-4798, Raquel Nash at 270-726-3811 or Kathy Waggoner at 270-542-7757.

Apr 3, 2017

RHS FCA to host youth rally


The Russellville High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes is sponsoring a youth rally at Jim Young Gymnasium at Russellville High School Wednesday, April 12, at 6 p.m. Former Panther standout Christian Naylor will be the speaker and the Walnut Grove Praise Band will be featured. Christian's dad, Calvin Naylor, is pastor of Walnut Grove Baptist Church. His mom, Tracy Naylor, is an RHS teacher and coach. His brothers, Micah and Jacob Naylor, are currently RHS athletes. Tyler Arterburn is the RHS FCA sponsor.

Apr 2, 2017

Taylor Haley state runner-up among almost 1,000 female archers

Logan County High School junior Taylor Haley finished as state runner-up in the Female High School division of the NASP State Tournament in Louisville Saturday. She had the second highest score among 965 girl archers from around the state. The week before she had been the KHSAA regional champion at Warren East High School and will compete in the state high school tournament in Lexington on April 20.


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