News Briefs on The LoJo in November-December 2023
By Jim Turner

Posted on February 5, 2024 1:47 PM

Dec 29, 2023

Lady Cougars and Cougars to play
for championships tonight

Both Logan County teams earned a berth in tonight's finals of the Christmas tournament they are hosting by winning semifinal games Thursday in the H&H Holiday Hoopfest. Four Lady Cougars scored in double figures in a 58-45 win over Warren East. TyKyla Mason was named Player of the game. Coach Dedra Adler's team plays Butler County at 6 p.m. Junior Samson Hightower hit the winning shot in the Cougars' 64-62 win over Grayson County last night. Coach Josh Frick's team will play Clarksville Northwest in the championship game after the girls finals.

Dec 27, 2023

Both Logan teams win H&H openers

The first day of the H&H Holiday Hoopfest was a complete success for host Logan County. The Lady Cougars moved into the winners’ bracket with a 44-35 win over Clarksville Northwest. Eighth grader Brenley Adler was named Player of the Game. The Lady Cougars will meet Butler County in Thursday evening's semifinals. On the boys side, Logan beat John Hardin 76-66. The Cougars’ semifinal opponent will be Grayson County, which rolled over Paducah Tilghman,

Dec 26, 2023

RHS to open 27th Lady

Invitational of the South

The Russellville Lady Panthers are scheduled to open the prestigious 27th Lady Invitational of the South at Allen County-Scottsville Wednesday morning at 9. This is AC-S Sports Publicist Don Meador’s preview of the game: “The opening matchup of the 28-game tournament at 9:30 on December 27 has Russellville (1-7) against Westmoreland (7-5). A summer transfer has affected Russellville this season, leaving the Lady Panthers struggling to start the season. Crissy Higgins (10.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game) leads Russellville. Westmoreland (7-5) will bring a three-game win streak into the tournament. Key players include Baye Dobbs and Shylar McMillian.”

Dec 26, 2023

H&H Holiday Hoopfest features

16 teams, and24 games

Three full days of high school basketball in the H&H Holiday Hoopfest will be hosted by Logan County starting Wednesday with the host Cougars playing John Hardin at 4:30 p.m. and the Lady Cougars being challenged by Clarksville Northwest at 6. Other first-round action: Girls Games:  Ohio County vs. Warren East, 9 a.m.; Butler County vs. Calloway County, noon; Grayson County vs. Carlisle County, 3; 

Boys Games: Owensboro Apollo vs. Dawson Springs, 10:30 a.m.; Paducah Tilghman vs. Grayson County, 1:30 p.m.; AC-S vs. Northwest, 7:30 p.m. Eight games will be played Thursday and Friday, as well. Sponsors are H&H Sheetmetal, Roy’s Bar-B-Que, First Southern National Bank , Daniel Beaty Construction and OTS Logistics.

Dec 23, 2023

Lewisburg City Clerk earns certification

The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC)has  presented Lewisburg City Clerk Eleanor Saye with a Level I Achievement in City Governance award  KLC administers the City Officials Training Center, a voluntary education program. City officials can complete education levels by attending KLC events and submitting outside educational credit from other municipal training. “The large number of city officials who take part in our City Officials Training Center program each year is a testament to the dedication they have to their local community,” said KLC Executive Director|CEO James D. Chaney. “We are proud to recognize the local leaders who reach key training levels and thank them for their dedication to public servic  The Level I Achievement in City Governance award requires a city official to attend a minimum of 29 hours of approved training with one additional hour of ethics training.


Dec 19, 2023

Last week to get records from Dr. Webb

This is the last week for former patients of Dr. Bill Webb to request their vision records from his office. Dr. Webb, who had practiced optometry in Russellville for 60 years, retired this fall, primarily for health reasons. Those wanting their records can talk to his long-time assistant, Shelia Barton, to arrange a time to pick them up by this Friday, Dec. 22. She requests that you make the appointment instead of just walking in. Call 270-726-2434. After Friday, records will be available at the Barrow Eye Center.

Dec 15, 2023

Concerned Citizens offering 
free Christmas shopping

The Concerned Citizens of Russellville-Logan County organization is allowing parents to come shop for free gifts for their children throughout the day, today. Shoppers are required to present proof that they have youngsters living in their home. Saturday beginning at 10 a.m., children can come 'shop' for their parents. Concerned Citizens is headquartered at 425 East Fifth Street in Russellville. Call 270-725-8721 for more information.

Dec 9, 2023

Lewisburg Parade moved to Sunday

The Lewisburg Christmas Parade was postponed Saturday afternoon because of severe weather warnings. Apparently tornado activity was restricted to the south side of Logan County, but heavy rains struck the area, The parade will now be held Sunday afternoon, beginning at 2:30. Parade entries can start lining up at 1 p.m., WRUS News reports.

Dec 8, 2023

Auburn Christmas Parade Sunday

The Auburn Christmas Parade will go through the downtown area this Sunday at 2 p.m. The theme is "12 Days of Christmas." Those planning to be in the parade should begin lining up near the football field at noon.

Dec 8, 2023

Lewisburg food distribution

moved up a week later

Open Hearts, Open Hands food pantry will have their monthly fooddistribution on Saturday, Dec, 16, from 9=11 a.m. Remember, this is the third Saturday of the month distribution because of the holiday, not the usual fourth Saturday. There are no address or identification requirements.

Dec 1, 2023

Auburn Merchants Open

House offered Saturday

At the Auburn Merchants Open House Saturday, customers not only will get to see beautiful decorations and special prices, but every receipt you bring to the Auburn Tourism table from a participating business on Saturday will be entered into a drawing for $150 of tourism bucks. "Don't forget to bring your letters for Santa and the kiddos might get a prize too!" Tourism leaders say. Christmas tree lighting was held Friday night, The Open Houses will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sixteen businesses are participating; see a list of them on the Auburn Kentucky Tourism Facebook page.

Dec 1, 2023

Post Oak offering grief

support sessions

Post Oak Baptist Church is offering two opportunities to join them for Grief Share “Surviving the Holidays." One of them is Saturday afternoon and the other early Monday evening. These two events are free of charge and open to the public. See the accompanying graphic for more details. Call the church office at (270) 726-2157 for questions or if you need help registering. 

Dec 1, 2023

Death claims legendary R'ville superintendent Jim Young

Legendary and beloved retired Russellville Schools Superintendent Jim Young, 91, died Thursday at Skyline Medical Center near Nashville. A former Adairville High School star basketball player, Lewisburg and Russellvile basketball coach, Auburn High School principal, Russellville assistant superintendent under Robert E, Stevenson and then Russellville superintendent, Mr. Young witnessed the current RHS gym be named for him. A year ago, he was honored on his 90th birthday by the Russellville Board of Education. Funeral arrangments, which are under the direction of Summers and Son Funeral Home, will be published on The Logan Journal when they are completed.

Nov 30, 2023

Chandlers Principal Spears leaving Chandlers Elementary/Middle School Principal Bonnie Spears will leave that role at the end of this semester to become principal of Drakes Creek Middle School, which is the feeder school for Greenwood High School in Warren County. She has been a professional educator for over 20 years and an administrator at Chandlers since 2020. Her husband, Caycee Spears, is principal at Logan County High School.

Nov 27, 2023

Nora Epley to sign

with LWC softball

Logan County's Nora Epley will have her college softball signing on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m. at the Logan County CTC. Epley, who  has been a starter in both basketball and softball for the Lady Cougars, will play softball for Lindsey Wilson College. 

Nov 19, 2023

R’ville Christmas Open Houses set

The Downtown Russellville Christmas Open Houses will be held today from 1-5 p.m. A trolley will be running throughout the downtown area taking participants to key spots on the tour. Some businesses outside the downtown area will also be participating. See the accompanying map. The event is being coordinated by the Logan County Chamber of Commerce.


Nov 13, 2023

Emerson McKinnis to play
softball for Murray State

From Logan County Athletic Director Greg Howard: It is with great pride that Logan County High School is able to announce Emerson McKinnis will be signing to play college softball for Murray State University. Emerson will be putting her name on the dotted line on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m. in a ceremony to nr held at the Logan County Career and Technical Center. Please mark your calendars to come out and support Emerson on her special day!

Nov 13, 2023

LCHS cheer team wins 5th s
traight regional title

The Logan County Cheerleaders competed at the KHSAA Region 2 Competition at McCracken County on Saturday and once again claimed the Regional Championship for the 5th straight year (All Girls-Medium) and have now qualified for the KHSAA State Champiionships on Saturday, Dec. 9, at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester. This year the LC Cheer team also competed in the Game Day Division and took third. They also qualified for the KHSAA State Championships and will compete on Friday, Dec. 8, also at GRC. The high school cheer coaches are Thomas Landrum, Kayla Smith, and Shannon Hammer. The middle school coach is Trinity Ransom.

Nov 10, 2023

Cougars' comeback comes one yard short

The season ended one yard away from a win for the Logan County Cougars Friday. After Bardstown scored the go-ahead touchdown to make it 51-48 with 3:11 remaining in the game, Logan needed to go 65 yards for the win. They went 64. They had a timeout remaining but didn’t get it called in time to try for the winning touchdown or the tying field goal. The Cougars had earned their first lead of the game at 48-44 on a 5-yard run by Davin Yates, but he was stopped short of his second straight 2-point conversion. That touchdown came less that a minute after Yates had scored on a pass from Ridge Holman. Bardstown was assessed three 15-yard penalties before the kickoff, and Caiden Kirby's  second successful onside kick gave the Cougars the ball at the BHS 10. The Cougars’ season ends 8-4.

Nov 10, 2023

Cougars gain momentum

going into halftime

After a stressfully slow start, the Logan County Cougars have clawed their way back into contention at halftime of the Class 4A playoff game at Bardstown. After the Cougars fumbled the ball away on their 23 and were intercepted on their 33, they trailed 17-0 in the first minute of the second quarter. But midway through that quarter after another interception resulted in no Tiger points, Davin Yates moved to quarterback and scored quickly on a 32-yard run. Then on the last play of the half, Yates scored on a 27-yard pass from starting qb Ridge Holman, who completed his final five passes of the half. Kyla Bilyeu kicked both extra points. The Bardstown lead is 24-14 at the half. Then Caiden Kirby’s onside kick was successful to start the second half, giving Logan more momentum. That was followed by a 16-yard reception on fourth down by Harper Butler from Holman. Butler and Jack Delaney caught passes to set up Yates' third touchdown to make the Tigers' lead to only three points early in the second half.

Nov 6, 2023

Graveside arrangements

for Becky Kemp announced

Rebecca Link “Becky” Kemp, 71, of Russellville, passed away Friday, Oct. 27, 2023 at TriStar Skyline in Nashville. She taught biology in the early years of Logan County High School and was a retired teacher. Her obituary can be found in the archives of The LoJo's Obituary section, but at the time of publication, funeral services had not been arranged. Graveside services for Becky Kemp will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023 at Berea Cemetery with Bro. Larry Baker officiating. Visitation on Friday will be held from noon until 2 p.m. at Summers and Son Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to the First Christian Church, 201 West 7th Street, Russellville, KY  42276.

Nov 3, 2023

Lady Cougars' season

ends in state quarterfinals

Just like their regular season meeting, West Jessamine edged Logan County by two points (26-24) in the deciding set Friday night to beat the Lady Cougars in the state volleyball tournament quarterfinals. The score was 25-22, 25-19, 26-24 in the Elite Eight game at George Rogers Clark High School. Coach Caleb Sheffield’s team finished with a 25-13 record, 6-1 in the postseason.

Nov 3, 2023

Cougars' lead grows

in Class 4A opener

The Logan County Cougars led visiting John Hardin High School of Elizabethtown 24-14 at halftime following a late field goal by sophomore Caiden Kirby. The Cougars had expanded the lead to 43-17 early in the fourth quarter of their Class 4A opener. Coach Todd Adler’s Cougars are playing at home without two of their most talented and experienced seniors, Davin Yates and Harper Butler. They were both injured in a loss to South Warren last week, but the injuries are not as serious as was initially feared. If the Cougars hold on to win, they are expected to play next week at Bardstown.

Nov 3, 2023

Panthers mount comeback

After trailing heavily favored Louisville Holy Cross 21-9 in the first minute of their Class 1A playoff opener at Rhea Stadium, the Russellville Panthers came back to life late in the half. RHS caused a turnover in the end zone on a punting situation and recovered the ball to score a touchdown with 3:16 remaining in the half. Then the Panthers got in scoring position on a 42-yard halfback pass by Too Too McKeage to Noah Stovall and then scored on a 9-yard run by freshman Jamarion Gardner to cut the visitors’ lead to 21-12 at the half.

Nov 3, 2023

Lane closures on Campbell

Lane to begin next week

A project related to a commercial development on U.S. 231 Campbell Lane in Bowling Green is expected to create lane closures for the next several weeks. Contract crews for the developer will be working on U.S. 231 Campbell Lane near the 11.5 mile point near Merrick Place Court. The lane closures are expected to begin Monday, Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be in place as needed until the work is completed. The project is constructing drainage structures, a turn lane, and other aspects of the entrance. Motorists should use caution in this area and expect delays.



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