News Briefs on The LoJo for May 2017

Posted on June 1, 2017 12:20 AM

May 31, 2017

F-S beats Cougars 7-4 for regional title

Not until Franklin's Rylan Thomas caught Kaleb Justice's bid for a tying 3-run homer at the rightfield wall Wednesday evening was the Fourth Region Baseball championship decided. After trailing Logan County 3-0 entering the fourth inning, Coach Kyle Gammons' Wildcats dominated the final four innings on the way to a 7-4 win. Sophomore Dylan Penick pitched no-hit shutout ball for three innings, but the Cats started getting to him in the fourth. Penick pitched into the seventh inning before giving way to Nick Wooden.  Franlin reliever Zack Sliger then pitched no-hit relief ball for four innings and teammates Jackson Caudill, Jacob Curtis, Jordan Jones and Hunter Janes started hitting the ball well. The Cougars mounted a threat in the seventh with hits by Jack Wright, Austin Rayno and Jackson Campbell. Then came the long ball by Justice, who had doubled in the first inning, but it was just a little short. 


May 30, 2017

Another chance for students

to work for Logan Aluminum added

From WKU Learn and Earn: Due to high demand for additional Learn and Earn Orientations for May (in order to be eligible to interview with Logan Aluminum) we have added another round of Learn and Earn Orientation sessions for tomorrow! It will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Tate Page Hall on the WKU campus.

May 29, 2017

Lady Cougars fall 3-0 in softball regional

Barren County ended Logan County's softball season by a 3-0 score Monday at WKU. Coach Brandy Trimble's team, which had no player older than a sophomore, finished with a 13-14 record. The Trojanettes (21-8) will now play Warren East, a 15-0 winner over Cumberland County Monday. South Warren and Allen County-Scottsville, which eliminated 13th District champ Franklin-Simpson 9-1, will play in the other semifinal.

May 29, 2017

Cougars romp to win, head to Tuesday semifinals

With identical 10-0 wins in Monday's opening round of the Fourth Region Tournament, Logan County (23-10) and Russell County (22-12) at WKU's Nick Denes Field, the two perennial powerhouses set up a semifinal matchup Tuesday at 5 p.m. After Russell County's Brayton Scales pitched a 3-hit, 2-walk, 10-run, 5-inning domination of Greenwood (17-20) in the opener (Scales also doubled twice as the Lakers' leadoff hitter), Logan's D.J. Beard crafted a 5-hit, 1 walk, shutout of Barren County (14-15). Kaleb Justice got Logan's only extra base hit, a double, and drove in 4 runs. Third Bell singled twice. Also getting hits were Austin Rayno, Nick Wooden, Jack Wright, Koby Wall, Dylan Penick and Beard. Bell had 2 RBIs and scored 3 runs. Jackson Campbell walked twice. Franklin-Simpson and Warren East also won in shutouts and will meet in Tuesday's second game.

May 26, 2017

Hines and Hendricks named track academic all-staters

From Logan County High Athletic Director and Track Coach Greg Howard: Logan County High School would like to announce Jessica Hines and John Hendricks have been named Track and Field Academic All-State. These two met the requirements of having competed at state and earning a GPA of 3.75 or higher. Congratulations, Jessica and John for being great, on and off the track!

May 23, 2017

Franklin teams beat Logan

in both diamond district finals

Franklin-Simpson softball and baseball players had been looking forward to a chance to get revenge against Logan County teams. They got it Tuesday night in the championship games of the 13th District diamond tournaments at Russellville. The Lady Kats were beaten 13-2 by the Lady Cougars on April 25, but they were without star pitcher Madison Davis that day. Davis struck out 10 Lady Cougars in a come-from-behind 6-3 win in the championship game. That overshadowed a spectacular outing for Logan freshman Brea Croslin, who hit two solo homers plus a single off Davis, and also threw out one potential tying runner with catcher Kennedy Nichols making a tough tag.

In baseball, the Logan County Cougars had beaten F-S twice behind the dominant pitching of junior southpaw Ethan Smock. Franklin players were hoping, however, that Smock would pitch against them one more time because they had so much experience batting against him. They got their wish. They scored six runs against him in the first two innings and went on to win the championship by a 9-0 score. Winning pitcher Rylan Thomas and Jackson Caudill homered for the Cats.

All four teams will advance to next week’s regional tournaments at WKU.

May 22, 2017

Lady Cougars to meet F-S

in district softball finals again

The Logan County Lady Cougars will try to defend their 2016 13th District championship Tuesday night when they play Franklin-Simpson in the 2017 finals Tuesday at Russellville. Coach Brandy Trimble's team eliminated Todd Central 15-5 in six innings Monday. Watch The LoJo for details. Franklin broke open a close game late to beat the Lady Panthers 5-0 in the nightcap. Lady Kat pitcher Madison Davis threw a 2-hitter against RHS, striking out 11 and walking none. Ally Pendleton and Jessie Bellar led the F-S offense. The two hits Davis allowed were to Tonisha Hampton & Cierra Collins to lead off the RHS sixth, but Davis struck out Lilly Newman and Tara Gilbert while getting Brooklyn Ray to ground out to smother Russellville's only scoring threat. Seniors Macy Meacham, Tiffany Gray, Madison Keezel, Gilbert &Collins saw their high school careers come to an end.

May 22, 2017

Franklin ends RHS baseball season

The Franklin-Simpson Wildcats ended the baseball season of the Russellville Panthers by an 8-4 count in the 13th District Tournament at Kelly Russell Field Monday. No results or statistics for the Panthers are ever reported. Seniors who have played without any recognition the past three years include Brennan Hughes, T.K. Hampton and Evan Humphrey along with Campbellsville University signee Jordan Blick. As is the case most years, Franklin will face the Logan County Cougars in Tuesday's championship game at RHS.

May 21, 2017

RMS softball tryouts scheduled Friday

From Coach Ryan Davenport: Russellville Middle School softball tryouts will be held Thursday, May 25 at 4 p.m. Tryouts will be at the Russellville High School softball field.

May 20, 2017

Kennedy Nichols first team all-region,

Brae Croslin and Tara Gilbert honored

Three players from the Land of Logan have been honored for their softball excellence this season. Logan County catcher Kennedy Nichols, a freshman who started for Coach Brandy Trimble's Lady Cougars last year as an Adairville eighth grader, was named first-team All-Region. Her classmate, shortstop Brea Croslin, was named honorable mention All-Region, as was Russellville pitcher Tara Gilbert. Croslin and Gilbert were Russellville starters when Croslin was a fifth grader before Crosln transferred to the Logan County School System as a sixth grader before the 2014 season. Also honored from the 13th District were Franklin-Simpson senior outfielder Jessie Beller on the first team and F-S eighth grader Mackenlie Webb as honorable mention. Logan County plays Todd Central and Russellville meets Franklin in the district tournament at RHS Monday.

May 20, 2017

Jaylyn McMurry wins state track title

Russellville senior Jaylyn McMurry capped one of the best overall sports years in Russellville history Saturday by winning the Class A 400-Meter championship at the University of Kentucky with a time of 49.66 seconds. Also this year McMurry quarterbacked the Panthers to the Final Four in football and was the second best player (behind consensus all-stater Pedro Bradshaw) on the basketball team which reached the All A state Final Four and the overall regional finals against the team which won the state championship. He was named to the All-Region basketball team. The Panther boys track coach is Mikie Benton.

May 19, 2017

Lewisburg Alumni Banquet next week. The annual Lewisburg Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday, May 27 and the school. Social Hour begins at 4:30 with the dinner to follow at 6. Graduates of 1967 will be honored. Meals are $12 per person, and alumni dues are $8 per graduate. Reservations are required! RSVP by Tuesday, May 23 by contacting Sheila Groves at 270-755-2535 or 270-991-9786

May 18, 2017

Pastfinders to learn about R’ville political superstar


The Southern Kentucky Pastfinders will meet Saturday May 20 at 7 p.m. at the Logan County PublicLibrary. The featured speaker this month is Dr. Damon Eubank, history professor from Campbellsville University. He will be speaking about his book In the Shadow of the Patriarch: The John J. Crittenden Family in War and Peace. Sen. Crittenden and his family were one of Russellville's most distinguished families in politics and war. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about this very important family from our past. The public is invited, the admission is free.

May 18, 2017

Ribbon cutting set Friday for Southern Ego catering and food truck

The Logan County Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon cutting for Southern Ego Catering and its new food truck Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Fourth Street Theater in Russellville. Jessica Atkinson has operated the catering business for several years and has added a food truck to make meals accessible to more customers. She will have a variety of foods available for sale from 11-2 surrounding the special event Friday.

May 17, 2017

RHS Principal Selection Survey responses sought

Dr. Steven Moats: Russellville Jr./Sr. High School, is in the process of selecting a principal for the upcoming 2017/18 school year. Additional information and updates, including a timeline of events and a survey for input, can be found on the district and high school website. The SBDM Council wishes to collect data from a wide variety of school and community stakeholders. Note that the survey will be available for comment until noon on Wednesday, May 25, and responses/ feedback will be used to screen principal candidates. Please share with students (incoming 6th grade – graduating), parents, and community members.

May 17, 2017

LCHS SBDM Council members for next year named

Principal Caycee Spears has announced the names of those to serve on the SBDM Council of Logan County High School next year. They are Dedra Adler, David Dayton, Tammi Jones, Stephanie Coursey and Jimmy Kent Wilson.



May 16, 2017

LCHS Baccalaureate, choir concert tonight

Logan County High School Principal Caycee Spears reports that two special events are scheduled tonight. Baccalaureate services will be held at Post Oak Baptist Church, beginning at 6 p.m. The school's choir will be in concert at LCHS, beginning at 6:30.


May 16, 2017

State Farm to present texting and driving event for LCHS students today

State Farm insurance agent Amanda Gossett has organized the creation of a mock car crash in conjunction with the Russellville Police Department and the Logan County Emergency Medical Service to bring awareness to Logan County High School students about texting and driving. Clay Bilyeu of Clay's Auto Body s providing a wrecked vehicle for the demonstration, The presentation will be this afternoon as the students are leaving school.

May 15, 2017

Reception to honor Russellville retirees, greet new superintendent

From Leon Smith: The Russellville Board of Education will host a retirement reception on Tuesday, May 16 from 5-6 p.m. at the Russellville Board of Education. We would like to invite you to stop by and congratulate Michele Hindman, Claudia Crump, Nancy Renfro, Toni Hall and Susan Allpress. New superintendent Bart Flener and his family also plan to be in attendance at the reception and board meeting. This will be a great evening for the Russellville School District. Please stop by and congratulate the retirees and welcome Mr. Flener.

May 15, 2017

From Russellville Principal Kim McDaniel: These 9th grade students are eligible for the skating trip tomorrow, if they choose to participate!! If you can text or message any of these students for us, please do so! Kaden Boyd, Nathan Cates, Amariah Christie, Cecily Christie, Destiny Daniels, Tristin Erby, Brendan Farlee, Marla Hughes, Gram Humphrey, Madison Hyams, Parker Jones, Laura Mullen, Rian Saul, Maddox Saul, MyDuyen Tran.


May 13, 2017

Russellville Lions Club honors

Bradshaw, senior Panthers

On Thursday, May 4, the Russellville Lions Club held  its meeting at the Colonial Inn and hosted the Russellville High School Panther senior basketball players. Russellville Panther All-State selection and Belmont University basketball signee Pedro Bradshaw has been selected to play in the Annual Kentucky/Indiana All-Star Basketball Classic. The game will be played Sunday, June 11, at 4 p.m. (EDT) at the Frankfort Convention Center. The Lions Club has chosen to recognize the team, fund them a two-night stay, and sponsor a full-page ad in the program when Bradshaw participates in the game. The senior players attending the monthly meeting were Bradshaw, Paul Jones, Shon Kees, Deshawn Mason, Jaylyn McMurry, and Micah Naylor.  Congratulations, Panthers! 

May 12, 2017

RHS students in WKU programs tour university

Russellville High School students from Upward Bound/Talent Search recently experienced a field trip to Western Kentucky University for a campus tour and college fair. The following students were able to attend:  Upward Bound Students - Titiana Day, Lyndsay Dodson, Madison Morrow, Javaren Robey, Tajada Hampton, Ti’Jara Hunt, and Ashley Young.  Educational Talent Search students - Dilishia Thomas, Denise Stovall, Chelsea Clinard, Latavia Boyd, Caitlin Ross, Rachel Lewis, Brianna Bellamy, and Dre Woodard. Both Upward Bound and Talent Search programs provide support foundations for high school students. It is a year-round program designed to improve students' academic and study skills in high school, to develop their career and educational plans, and to help them enter and succeed in higher education. 

May 12, 2017 profiles punter Landon Stratton

From about Murray State's punter, who is a graduate of Logan County High School: Landon Stratton returns for the 2017 season as a Redshirt Junior. The punter out of Russellville, Kentucky has racked up over 5,311 total punting yards in two seasons, netting 2,710 in this past season. His per game average of 41.7 yards ranked him 21st nationally and fourth in the OVC amongst other punters. Stratton said, "Overall, I think the spring is going to be productive for us. Between the offseason and now we have put in countless hours of work. I think this spring will show that and it will carry over into the fall." Special teams coordinator Jake Johnson said, "Landon is a very natural punter. The kid has a lot of confidence about himself back there; it takes a lot to get him rattled. He has a big time leg and does a lot of good things out there for us."

May 12, 2017

Auditions for Jungle Book for Kids next week

"The Jungle Book - for Kids" will be this summer's Russellville Arts Council Youth Drama Camp production for kids finishing second through eighth grades this school year. Raye Barlett, guidance counselor at Stevenson Elementary School, will be the director. Auditions will be held on Tuesday, May 16,, and Thursday, May 18, from 3 to 6 pm at the Stevenson library. The camp will be held at Russellville High School from June 5-10 (performances on Friday night, Saturday afternoon, and Saturday night). The cost of the camp is $25 (which includes a t-shirt and two free parent tickets). For more information, contact Russellville Arts Council president Larry Vaught at 270-977-5823.

May 12, 2017

LCHS Commencement to be at WKU May 21

From Amber Creek McKinney: Logan County High School invites the community to the 2017 Graduation Ceremony at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May

21. The ceremony will be held in Diddle Arena on the Western Kentucky University Campus.

May 12, 2017

Russellville Volleyball offering free camp

Russellville Lady Panther Volleyball will host a FREE camp for any girl 3in the third through eighth grades on Saturday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the middle school gym.



May 12, 2017

LCHS diamond sports games canceled today

Games scheduled today for Logan County High School's baseball and softball teams have been canceled, according to Athletic Director Greg Howard.

May 12, 2017

Crowning of Senior Miss Moneypenny gets Strawbery Festival started

Alexis Leah Moneypenny was named Strawberry Festival Senior Miss at the annual pageant Tuesday. Lydia Manley and Clair Wilson placed second and third, respectively. The 71st Festival continues Saturday with the Car, Truck and Tractor Show on the Adairville Public Square. The majority of the festival will be next weekend with Casey's Rides. Charlotte Brindley's presentation on the Hite house, the parade, concerts and dances, the baby show, and the reenactment of the Jackson-Dickinson Duel. 



May 11, 2017

John Hendricks wins Bluegrass Cellular contest

From counselor David Brooks: Logan County High School is proud to announce John Hendricks as the winner of the Bluegrass Cellular #ThinkBeforeYouType Column Contest. The contest is an attempt to increase awareness of the problems of cyberbullying and its impact. John wrote an essay in which he was to discuss safe smartphone habits and relate those habits to cyberbullying. John’s essay will be published on Bluegrass Cellular’s website. John is currently a sophomore at LCHS.  He is a member of the school’s Cross Country and Track teams and is a member of the LCHS Youth Leadership Logan team, BETA, Student Council and is Junior Vice President of the school’s FFA Chapter. His parents are Joe and Kaye Hendricks of Russellville.


May 9, 2017

Bart Flener named new Russellville superintendent

Highly successful basketball coach and experience central office administrator Bart Flener was unanimously elected Monday to be the next superintendent of Russellville Independent Schools, WRUS News reports. Flener is currently assistant superintendent of Murray Independent Schools. He also served as boys basketball coach at Murray, where he compiled a 69-29 record. His Tigers were regional runner-up in his first season and then won the First Region the following season. That 2015-16 team won its first game at state and finished with a 30-6 record. Flener also coached the Glasgow Scotties in the early years of this century. He will succeed Leon Smith, who is retiring at the end of this school year as Russellville superintendent.

May 9, 2017

Justice, pitchers lead Cougars to

wins over BGH, South Warren

Kaleb Justice out on a power show and Dylan Penick, Ethan Smock and Nick Wooden pitched wins in a pair of impressive wins against District 14 powerhouses Monday and Tuesday. Penick pitched eight innings of shutout ball and Justice hit a grand slam in the first extra inning Monday as Coach Ethan Meguiar's team beat Bowling Green 4-0 Monday. Then Tuesday Justice had six RBIs in the Cougars' 17-10 win over South Warren Tuesday. Smock pitched the first five innings and Wooden the fnal two frames. Jackson Campbell homered in the game and Austin Rayno was among many with big hits. This comes on the heels of two outstanding pitching performances by D.J. Beard. Watch The LoJo for more details in a later story.

May 9, 2017

Ashley McGinnis, Nicole Pedigo to receive Rotary teaching awardsAshley McGinnis, Family/Consumer Science Instructor at Russellville Junior/Senior High School, and Nicole Pedigo, second grade teacher at Stevenson Elementary, will be honored as Russellville Rotary Teachers of the Year at the May 18 meeting, according to Russellville Schools public information specialist Penni Nugent. Superintendent Leon Smith said, "It is quite an honor to be selected by your peers for the outstanding work you have done in the classroom with your students. Your work and efforts certainly impact more than your classroom, it impacts the overall climate and culture of your school."

May 8, 2017

RHS team wins regional tennis opener

Russellville High School tennis members Fraley Watkins and Lena Luger have advanced to the second round of the regional tennis finals. They, along with teammate Sok Vanna, will continue play this afternoon,

May 7, 2017

Russellville board may choose superintendent Monday

A new superintendent could be chosen for the Russellville School System Monday. The board of education will conduct a special called meeting at the Central Office Monday, beginning at 6 p.m. The board will go into closed section to "discuss personnel." Then in open session the five members may "consider candidate for superintendent," according to the notice sent to the media.



May 2, 2017

Friends of the Library flower sale coming up

From Elaine Ezell: The annual Friends of the Library flower sale will be held at the Logan County Public Library on Friday, May 12. There will be a variety of hanging baskets plus small pots of begonias, gerber daisies, and geraniums.  It is a great opportunity to choose a flowering plant for Mother’s Day or to brighten the day for a grandmother, neighbor, friend, or just to add color to your own life.  The flower pots will be beautifully decorated and ready for giving to that special someone. Hanging baskets will be priced at $12.50 and the smaller flower pots will range from $3 - $5.   Flowering plants provide beauty throughout the spring and summer season. All plants were grown locally in Logan County.  Proceeds from the sale will be used by the group to benefit the library supporting children and adult programming. Last fall the Friends in cooperation with the Library funded the Community Reads program which focused on Logan County native Alice Dunnigan.


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