News Briefs on The LoJo in November 2017
By Jim Turner

Posted on December 11, 2017 9:58 PM


Nov 30, 2017

Live Nativity in Lewisburg

The annual Live Nativity Scene in Lewisburg sponsored by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church there will be staged this week on Main Street. Hours will be from 5-9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Church members will wear costumes and animals will be part of it. Refreshments will be served at the church.

Nov 28, 2017

WRUS to begin basketball

broadcasts Friday at LCHS

From Chris McGinnis: WRUS coverage of high school basketball begins Friday night as Logan County hosts Russell County in a girl-boy varsity double header. Zack Woodall & Ben Brown will bring you every exciting second, beginning with the Countdown to Tip-off at 5:45 on 610 WRUS, and the WRUS mobile app.

Nov 28, 2017

Water line break closes LCHS,

causes cancellation of games

Tonight's scheduled basketball doubleheader at Logan County High School against girls and boys teams from Edmonson County has been cancelled, according to Athletic Director Greg Howard. A water line break caused students to be dismissed at 11:45 a.m. today, and the games had to be cancelled. This would have been the season opener for Coach Finley Baird's Lady Cougars. Coach Lonnie Mason's Cougars won their opener Monday at Warren East.

Nov 27, 2017

Cougars beat East in OT to start season

The Logan County Cougars got the local high school basketball season off to a good start Monday by winning on the road. Coach Lonnie Mason's team beat Warren East 59-52 in overtime. Watch The LoJo for details.

Nov 27, 2017

Cougars open 2017-18

basketball schedule tonight

The varsity 2017-18 basketball season in the Land of Logan begins tonight when Coach Lonnie Mason takes his Logan County Cougars to Warren East for a junior varsity-varsity double-header. Both girls teams make their debuts Tuesday night when Coach Shannon Booth is the bench boss for the first time and Coach Finley Baird leads her Lady Cougars into action for the first time in four years not as the defending district champions. The Lady Panthers will be at Warren Central while the Lady Cougars will join their male counterparts in entertaining Edmonson County at the LCHS gym. Coach Rex Booth doesn't open his first season as head coach of the Panthers until Friday when RHS plays host to Allen County-Scottsville, which also has a new coach in Nick Chaykowsky.

Nov 24, 2017

Basketball Clash of the Alumni

Cats Saturday evening

Former boys basketball players from Logan County and Russellville high schools will Clash Saturday at RHS for fun and to raise funds for both high schools' basketball programs and for the Givin' Back youth development program. Older alumni will play in the first game, beginning at 6 p.m., and more recent graduates will clash in the second game. Coach Lonnie Mason and Billy Joe Coleman are organizing the Cougar alumni while coaches Jae Allison, Phil Todd and Ryan Davenport are working with the former Panthers.

Nov 24, 2017

Women in Business Christmas

Craft event set Dec. 6

From Logan Chamber Director Karen Logan: Ladies! Come out to The LOFT in Downtown Russellville at 280 E 4th Street on Dec. 6 for the Women in Business Christmas Craft! Between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., you will enjoy a delicious menu, catered by It's a Southern Thing Catering, and create a beautiful hymnal wreath to take home with you! Lunch is included in the ticket price of $25! Be sure to RSVP to the Logan County Chamber! (270) 726-2206. 

Nov 23, 2017

Retired Teachers Christmas

Luncheon set Dec. 13

The Russellville/Logan County Retired Teachers will have their Christmas luncheon meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 11:30 at Crittenden Drive Church. All retired teachers are invited. Please come and bring a unwrapped $10 toy for a boy and girl or monetary gift to be donated to Bro. Joe’s Family Christmas. Make reservations by calling Karen Milliken at 270-726-9717270-647-0065 or email at

Nov 20, 2017

Ben Brown will not seek

reelection as PVA

Logan County Property Valuation Administrator Ben Brown announced on WRUS' Feedback Monday morning that he will not seek another term as PVA in next year's elections. A graduate of Olmstead High School, Brown became PVA in 1994, succeeding his great uncle, Karl Dawson, who had served in that capacity for over 40 years. He has been elected every four years since. Brown and his wife, the former Sandra Eggleston, have four daughters. He told Don Neagle of WRUS that he wants to travel and concentrate more on farming. According to Logan County Republican chairman Barry Kennedy, the deadline for taking the eligibility test to hold the office passed last Saturday.

Nov 18, 2017

Russellville Christmas Open

House Downtown set Sunday

From Chamber Director Karen Logan: The Logan County Chamber of Commerce would love to see you at the Christmas Open House Downtown on Nov. 19 from 1-5 p.m. Come out and enjoy the spirit of the season with shopping, refreshments, music, and more from local businesses. Downtown merchants in Russellville will be decorated for the season and open to the public for Christmas cheer. Programs with a listing of all participating businesses and a map will be provided to the public on this day.


Nov 18, 2017

Logan County cheerleaders

win regional championship

From Logan County High School Athletic Director Greg Howard: Congratulations go out to our cheerleading squad, as they became KHSAA Regional Champions today! These girls compete in the Super Large Division. We are excited for the team and Coach Thomas Landrum. On to State!

Nov 17, 2017

Fort Negley expert to tell a

bout Christmas in the trenches

The Southern Kyentucky Pastfinders' last regularly scheduled meeting for 2017 will be Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Logan County Public Library. The speaker will be Krista Castillo, Museum Coordinator for Fort Negley Park in Nashville. Ms. Castillo’s program is entitled “Santa Claus in the Trenches.” In her program, Ms. Castillo explores not only how soldiers, civilians, and slaves spent the holiday, but also how our modern day interpretation of Christmas emerged from an era of conflict and war. The program is free and the public is welcome.

Nov 17, 2017

Christmas in November craft

show set Saturday and Sunday

The Christmas in November Craft Show has been held the weekend before Thanksgiving for 16 years, most of them at the Russellville Recreation Center (old armory) on Winter Street by the Post Office. What makes this one stand out is that everything offered is handmade by the people manning the booths--no reselling of bought items! It will be held Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday from 1-5.

Nov 17, 2017

Mac Johns retiring as

Todd County Attorney

Mac Johns, who is nearing completion of his seventh term as county attorney for Todd County, announced at a recent meeting of Todd Fiscal Court that he will not seek an eighth term in that office, according to Ryan Craig of the Todd County Standard. He served as an assistant prosecutor in both the county and commonwealth attorneys’ offices beginning in 1982 before being elected county attorney in 1990, a position he has held ever since. A 1975 graduate of Russellville High School, Johns is the son of Harold Ray and Sue Johns of Russellville and the brother of Russellville agri-businesswoman Marsha Orndorff. At the same meeting, Todd County Judge/Executive Daryl Greenfield and County Clerk Kim Chapman also announced they will not seek reelection. Both will complete their second terms in 2018.

Nov 16, 2017

Candlelight Service at Red River to

follow Schochoh Christmas Parade

After the 2 p.m. Schochoh Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 3, the Christmas Candlelight Service at the Red River Meeting House will begin at 4 pm. Bro. Michael Edwards will be the speaker. There will be dulcimer music with Derek Guyer and family singing. Richard Moore at (270) 539-6528 is the contact person.

Nov 16, 2017

Chamber Member Breakfast set

for Logan Memorial Friday

The Logan Chamber Member Breakfast will be hosted and sponsored by Logan Memorial Hospital Friday morning from 7:30-8:30. Nominations and voting for board members will be held, according to Interim Director Karen Logan.

Nov 16, 2017

Naylor, Schultz named RHS

Athletes of Month for October

Volleyball player Katelin Schultz and quarterback Jacob Naylor have been named Russellville High School Athletes of the Month for October and received awards from Lewisburg Banking Company. Shown, from left, are Mandy Beasley of LBC, Athletic Director Kyle Yates, volleyball coach Debbie Elliott, Schultz, Naylor, Assistant Principal Carlos Quarles, and Daniel Pardue of Lewisburg Banking Company.

Nov 15, 2017

Lisa White says CharacterWorks celebration to be her last

As she announced an upcoming CharacterWorks celebration, local founder Lisa White also said she is retiring from the Russellville Schools and is giving up CharacterWorks leadership. CharacterWorks will hold its Citizens of Character recognition Dec. 3 at Crosslands Church from 2-3:30 p.m. Students from both Logan County and Russellville City Schools will be recognized for exhibiting exemplary character each day at school. Teachers will nominate one student from each classroom in grades K-8. White says, "This is my last year as CharacterWorks director, given that I am retiring and will not be working in Logan County.  Sandra Bollenbecker has agreed to take over this responsibility." White has moved from Russellville High assistant principal to Stevenson Elementary principal to Central Office administrator while leading CharacterWorks. A former teacher in the Logan County system and now teaches at RHS.

Nov 15, 2017

Russellville Blood Drive set Dec. 4

From Louise Parker: The Russellville Community Blood Drive will be held Monday, Dec. 4, from 12-6 p.m.. It will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you may call 270-725-7241. Blood is critically needed! We need over 40 units of blood to meet our goal. Please help by giving! 

Nov 12, 2017

RHS Beta team wins region

The Russellville High School Beta Club quiz bowl team (Austin Coursey, Benjamin Slack, Adam Williams, and Matthew Wilkerson) received first place at their district competition in Bowling Green on Nov. 3. Assistant Coach Donna Wilkerson says, "A couple of these guys are alumni from the team that went to the national convention in New Orleans as Jr. Betas a couple of years ago and finished and finished as national quiz bowl runners-up." Overall, the club finished 2nd out of 14 schools.

Nov 11, 2017

RHS band members named All District

From Russellville High School Band Director Brian Brown: Congratulations to the following students on their All-District auditions Saturday. Here are the results. Ashlee Gilbert - 9th chair flute, Lucy Wilkinson - 2nd alternate flute, Kyran Williams - 1st chair tenor sax, Adam Williams - 9th chair trumpet, Austin Coursey - 2nd alternate trumpet, Brandon Johns - 2nd chair Euphonium, & Zach Baker - 3rd chair euphonium.

Nov 10, 2017

Family Christmas Radiothon

To be aired on WRUS today

The annual Bro. Joe's Family Christmas Radiothon & Telethon will be aired on WRUS today from 1-5. This from Chris McGinnis: The number to make a pledge or donation during the event is (270) 542-TOYS ...that's (270) 542-8697! You can listen to 610 WRUS, or the WRUS Radio mobile app. You may also watch on EPB SmartTV 3. We have nearly 8000 "likes" on the WRUS page, if everyone gave $2, imagine the impact we could have on this community.

Nov 10, 2017

Dale Sanders appears on WRUS

At 8:30, this morning, Don Neagle will talk on WRUS radio with Dale Sanders, 82, who recently became the oldest man to walk the 2000 miles-plus of the fame Appalachian Trail. He also has been the oldest man to travel in a canoe the entire length of the Mississippi River among his many adventures. An Olmstead area native, Sanders left Logan County over 60 years ago and spent much of his adult life in the U.S. Navy. He is the brother of Judy Sanders Silvey and has been involved in fundraising and awareness raising of Juvenile Diabetes in honor of her granddaughter, Anna Silvey.

Nov 8, 2017

Schochoh Christmas Parade set Dec. 3

From Jennifer Moore: Come join us for the annual Schochoh Community Center's Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. with the theme "My heart is always in Schochoh." There will be FREE BBQ after the parade along with an auction. Vendors are welcome to set up a booth in front of the Community Center. If you need more information or have a question, please just ask Jennifer Moore at 270-772-1245, MaryLynn Davenport at 270-847-0081 or Teresa Morrison at 270-847-7566.

Nov 8, 2017

Cornist to play volleyball for Evansville

Logan County High volleyball player Kerra Cornist will sign to play collegiate volleyball for the University of Evansville at a public ceremony Monday, Nov. 13, at 5:45 p.m. in the school's Commons Area. She has been a big contributor to the success of the LCHS volleyball program throughout her high school years.


Nov 4, 2017

12 Angry Jurors runs again

tonight, Sunday afternoon

From Director Larry Vaught: Off to a great start for this weekend's classic drama "Twelve Angry Jurors". I was certainly pleased with our first performance...but got a lot of feedback from others that were very impressed! We have only TWO MORE SHOWS for this wonderful cast...TONIGHT, Saturday at 7:00 and a matinee Sunday at 2:00. Don't let this opportunity pass to feel the drama as a man's fate is in the balance. See you at the Historic Logan County Courthouse Theater tonight for "Twelve Angry Jurors."

Nov 3, 2017

Panthers shell Fort Knox 41-8

to advance in playoffs

After a scoreless first quarter, the Russellville Panthers blasted through Fort Knox's defense for 41 points and beat the Eagles 41-8 in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs Friday at Rhea Stadium. Coach John Myers' team (7-4) now advances to the regional semifinals at Campbellsville next week. The home teams in Class 1A's first region were overwhelmingly dominant Friday. Three of them won by shutouts, and the average score for the four romps was 52-2. In addition to their own game Friday, the Panthers have a vested interest in the other contest involving Bethlehem at Crittenden County. If the Panthers win, they would have to go to Crittenden County again if the Rockets are victorious, but if Bethlehem wins at Marion, the regional finals would be in Russellville Nov. 17.

Nov 3, 2017

Cougars unwind running clock

before halftime in playoffs opener

The Logan County Cougars could have panicked when they trailed visiting Warren Central 12-7 on a second Central touchdown pass midway through the first quarter in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs Friday. Instead they went to work. By the time the Dragons ran their next offensive play, they found themselves trailing 28-12. It began when Reggie Powell took the ensuing kickoff 83 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Two onside kickoffs by Logan's Tristan Blake were recovered by teammate Gary Hardy. Quarterback Tyler Ezell, who had thrown two interceptions, scored twice on running plays, Hardy was running hard and well. Chandler Silvey caught four passes for 85 yards, and freshman Lucas Arevalo kicked the first six extra points. Dontavious Blann and Silvey each caught touchdown passes. Silvey's came with 19.6 seconds remaining in the half. That made the score 48-12, and the clock started running. Freshman Maurice Gordon. added a touchdown early in the rapidly moving fourth quarter. Coach Todd Adler's Cougars (11-0) will entertain Hopkinsville in next week's regional semifinals.

Nov 2, 2017

Don Neagle to celebrate 80th

birthday in the WRUS airchair

A fixture in Logan County life and culture, Don Neagle, will celebrate his 80th birthday Friday. Where? Where else? He will be broadcasting in the early morning hours on WRUS, where he has been on the air for 59 years. A few things have changed over the years. In addition to being heard at 610 AM on the traditional airwaves, his lovely white locks and beard will be visible for five hours on the Electric Plant Board's SmartNet TV while his programs will be available around the world on smart phones and the internet. Television had been invented when he started working at WRUS. Cablevision, smart phones and the internet would wait a while.

Nov 2, 2017

Both home playoff games

Friday to begin at 7 p.m.

Both high school football teams from the Land of Logan will play at home Friday to start the KHSAA playoffs, and both games will begin at 7 p.m. District 4A champion Logan County will entertain winless Warren Central in an attempt to raise its record to 11-0 and its win streak to 12 games. District 1A runner-up Russellville (6-4) will entertain Fort Knox (3-7). The Logan game will be carried live on WRUS with the RHS game on delayed recording Saturday at 2 p.m.

Nov 1, 2017

Daniel Roberts and his Astros learn

what kind of ring they earned tonight

Dr. Daniel Roberts and his fellow Houston Astros will know after tonight's World Series Game 7 in Los Angeles what kind of ring they'll be wearing for the foreseeable future. The Astros and the Dodgers are deadlocked at three games each going into tonight's winner-take-all finale on Channel 17. Roberts, who is part of the varsity training staff for Houston, knows he will at least be fitted for an American League jewelry, but a win tonight ups the value of the ring considerably.


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