September News Briefs
By Jim Turner

Posted on January 1, 0001 12:00 AM


Turner Valley featured on public television

Turner Valley Produce of Russellville is being featured this week along with Jackson’s Orchard of Bowling Green and a community garden project in Henderson on a Main Street segment on PBS about locally grown foods. The program airs Monday at 8 p.m. and Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Channel 24 in Bowling Green. It will be on Channel 24.2 Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. Among those in the program are Clay, Elaine & Lindsay Turner of Russellville and Bill Jackson & Jonathan Price of Jackson’s Orchard. The program was produced by Brianne Kelley and originated by Cheryl Beckley of WKU-PBS. Several Logan Countians are shown shopping at the Turner Valley booth in the segment, including Earl Spurlock, Evelyn Richardson, Dick Hatterman, Jana Hanks, Myla Thomas & Scooter Davis.



Queen Shelby to reign over 2013 Festival

Logan County High School senior Shelby Baldwin was named queen of the Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival Thursday. She succeeds last year's queen, Victoria Cates. First runner-up was LCHS sophomore Chelsey Hopkins. Second runner-up was Autumn Todd, also a Logan County student. The Queen's Pageant was held early this year and does not conflict with fall break vacations.



Auditions this week for radio drama

The Russellville Arts Council will hold auditions this Monday and Tuesday evenings for the cast of the radio version of It’s a Wonderful Life. Tryouts will begin at 7 p.m. at the 4th Street Theater. Seventh graders through adults are needed. Show dates are Nov. 7-10. Those with questions can contact Darlene Gooch at 726-1303.



Cougars lose but break out of scoring slump

Only two points away from a running clock after the first quarter, the Logan County Cougars came back to cut Allen County's lead to 34-14 after three quarters and scored again late in the fourth quarter Friday, falling at home to the Patriots 48-21. Coach Dain Gregory's team had scored only seven points in the first half of the season. Mason Robertson was sensational on both defense and offense for the Cougars, including catching 10 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown. Freshman quarterback Tyler Wright completed 21 of 47 pass attempts for 276 yards and a pair of TDs, the other going to Michael Sydnor. Brennan Rostampour rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. For AC-S, Charlie Tapp piled up 160 yards and 4 TDs on 10 tries. The Cougars entertain the state's top-ranked team, Bowling Green, Thursday night. Coach Kevin Wallace's Purples have won 35 straight games.



Panthers pound F-S, run record to 6-0

After watching Franklin tie the game at 7-7 in just 51 seconds,Coach John Myers' Russellville Panthers scored the final 28 points of the game Friday to beat the home-standing Wildcats 35-7. Barrett Croslin ran for two touchdowns, passed to Ler McMurray for another and passed to Dustin Morgan for a two -point conversion. Demarcus Hampton & Desmon Quarles also ran for touchdowns, and Corey Wright kicked three extra points. The Panther defense held the Cats to 101 yards on the gound and didn't allow them to complete a pass. Jecory Bard & Quarles recovered fumbles. Coco Darden made some key plays for RHS. Isaiah Hall scored the lone touchdown for Coach Doug Preston's Wildcats.



Stuggling AC-S comes to Logan as favorite

The Logan County Cougars have one of their best chances of the season to win tonight when they entertain Allen County-Scottsville. Only Barren County has a lower Litrating than the Patriots (2-3). Still Dr. Lit sees AC-S as a 40-point favorite. Daily News sportswriters forecast a composite 43-2 win for the visitors. Logan (0-5) must slow down running back Charlie Tapp, who is averaging almost 140 yards per game on the ground. The game will be broadcast Saturday at 2:05 p.m. on WRUS 610 with Andy and Zack Woodall calling the action.



Report: Judge Browning will not run again

District Judge Sue Carol Browning of Auburn, will not seek another term, Ryan Craig's Todd County Standard reports. Browning, who has been in office for almost two decades, sent a letter to attorneys in Logan and Todd counties recently telling them she won't ask voters to continue her service in the judicial post in the 2014 elections. She said she is telling them early so they can decide if they want to run themselves. Browning has set records for her young age in graduating from law school and for becoming the youngest and first female judge here since the district court system began. She has been an attorney since 1986.



Jesse James Poker Run offered Oct. 5

The Jesse James Poker Run will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the run starting at 10 at the 4th Street Theater in Russellville. The fee is $20 per vehicle, which includes a hand of cards and a chance at prizes. Extra hands can be purchased for $10 each and extra cards are $5 each. Prizes are $75 for the best hand and $30 for the worst hand. This is open to all motorcycles, cars and trucks. Participants will travel throughout South Logan and make three stops to draw cards. For details, contact Darlene Gooch at Main Street Russellville, 726-1303 or



Dorris Vick featured in Daily News column

The Concerned Citizens of Logan County and Executive Director Dorris Vick got a big boost in their efforts to help feed, clothe and enhance learning for young people in need in Russellville/Logan County Monday. The Park City Daily News of Bowling Green did a Page 1 question and answer session about the history and mission of the group. It's part of the "Talk of the Town, a fresh start to the workweek" series, which runs on Mondays. The Daily News has been very supportive of Vick and the organization she heads. The link to the column is



Clay Turner featured in Daily News article

Logan County vegetable producer Clay Turner was the subject of a major feature story in the Bowling Green Daily News Saturday. The article by Robyn Minor of Auburn talks about his being named one of the first three Local Food Heroes in the state. Her article goes into depth about how he and his family are using their small acreage to provide locally grown food in the area through their Turner Valley Produce operation. Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says of Turner, “He’s a multi-generational farmer who takes a lot of pride in the land and in what he does. He is educated, and he gets it that in order to succeed in farming, you have to think outside the box. There is an opportunity with the local food movement ... and he is taking advantage of that.” To read the article and see Alex Slitz’s photos, go to



Hampton has low yards, high TD totals

Demarcus Hampton, one of the region's top rushers, only totaled 36 yards on 5 carries in a 54-6 Russellville win over Todd Central Saturday, but he scored 4 touchdowns, including a 25-yard interception.

He also scored on runs of 6, 6 and 18 yards. Also scoring touchdowns on offense were Coco Darden & Barrett Croslin, while Dustin Morgan returned a fumble for a TD and Josh Bigbee returned another interception for a score. Corey Wright kicked four extra points. Brett Bostic ran for the Rebels' lone score on the last play of the game.



Marty Brown to sing at Creekwood Monday

Creekwood Place in conjunction with BHI & Russellville Senior Housing is having a Block Party on Monday, Sept. 23 to benefit The Juvenile Diabetes Resaerch Foundation. It will feature recent America's Got Talent semifinalist Marty Brown in concert! Plus, the nursing home will have its own Creekwood's Got Talent with prizes to the top three! There will be inflatables, face painting, Shriner Clowns, games, great food, silent auction, and more! It starts at 5 p.m. and admission is free. All money raised will go 100 percent to JDRF.



Clock runs as Panthers beat Todd 54-6

For the third straight game, the Russellville Panthers created a running clock by building a 36-point margin during the afternoon, as Coach John Myers' team beat Todd Central 54-6 in the McCracken County Bowl. RHS is now 5-0 at the midpoint of the regular season for the first time since Coach Ken Barrett's 1984 team was in the midst of a 24-game win streak. Now Barrett's grandson, Barrett Croslin, is the quarterback for the top-rated Panthers. Coach Bryan Jones' Rebels fell to 0-4 with Saturday's loss.



Mallory Bush shoots 49 at Western Hills

Mallory Bush shot a career-best 49 on the Western Hills golf course in Hopkinsville Thursday while playing for the Russellville Lady Panthers. Brittney Lyne added a 65 for Coach Nathan Thompson's young team. For the Panthers, Travis McDaniel shot 52.



RHS & Todd go along with for neighborhood game to be aired on WRUS this afternoon

The Russellville Panthers will be heavy favorites this afternoon when they play Todd Central, but Coach John Myers' team is traveling a long way in search of win number five without a loss. The game begins at 2 p.m. as the new McCracken County High School in the Paducah area hosts the McCracken County Bowl. Air time on WRUS is 1:30 p.m. for the pregame show with John Brett Reynolds and Alex Watkins. The G-Pop Show featuring former RHS standout Michael Gough began at 12:30 on this Saturday only.



Auburn Autumn Days full of Saturday events

A full Saturday of activities is scheduled at Auburn Autumn Days. Auburn Tourism Commission co-chairs Becka LaGrone & Norma Kutzman have led the planning of a pancake breakfast, a 5K Run/Walk, crafts and collectors' booths, a petting zoo, inflatables, Shriners clowns, Jr. Pro football, cornhole, live music, a model railroad exhibit and a dunking booth with Mayor Mike Hughes, Police Chief Ron Mills, Officer Ed Higgins, and water billing clerk Kathy Rust as targets.



Soccer Pink Out, volleyball Clash and Senior Night set for LCHS tonight

Two significant sporting events will be staged at Logan County High School Thursday evening. The annual soccer Pink Out Game will begin at 5 p.m. A pink carnival with games, face painting and prizes will be held in conjunction with soccer matches against Apollo. The event is dedicated to the memory of the late soccer mom Christy Phillips and funds raised go to the American Cancer Society. To recommend someone for the Parade of Survivors, contact Laura Jaynes at 726-2436. Then the volleyball Clash of the Cats begins at 5:30 p.m., matching Russellville (5-7) and LCHS (13-2). It will be Senior Night for the Lady Cougars. Seniors are Maddie Abbott, Victoria Cates, Katelyn Jones, Rachyl Miller & Savannah Shelton.



Cougars shoot their best golf round Monday

Shooting their lowest team total of the year (154), the Logan County Cougars still finished five strokes behind Greenwood at Russellville Country Club Monday. In scores that counted Ben Wright shot 37, Kenton Howard 38, Carson Zibart 39 and Wesley Estes 40. Also playing were Jack Wright, Matthew Hughes & Joey Dilliha. Travis McDaniel shot 50 for Russellville, which does not field a complete team. For Coach Ethan Meguiar’s Lady Cougars, Sara Fite shot 37, Grace Harris 48, Meredith Johnson 58, Katlyn Odle 59 and Maeson Hayes 60. Mallory Bush shot 56 and Brittany Lyne 59 for Coach Nathan Thompson’s Lady Panthers. Logan’s teams close the regular season Thursday at Hopkinsville.



Clay Johnson to tell story of his mission

Clay Johnson, who has spent three months as a missionary to the Philippines, will speak about his trip Sunday, Sept. 22, at Calvary General Baptist Church just south of Adairville during the 11 a.m. worship service. “He certainly has some stories to tell,” says his dad, Calvary pastor Brent Johnson.



Don Firchow receives Heart of the Panther award at Clash of the Cats for his service

Volunteer Supreme Don Firchow was presented the Heart of the Panther award by the Russellville Independent Schools Friday before the Clash of the Cats at Rhea Stadium. Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton read a tribute to Firchow and his wife Marion for their support of the school children in sports, other extracurricular activities and education. One of those standing by Firchow during the ceremony on Ken Barrett Field was current Panther Johnny Drumgole, a student who has been mentored by Firchow throughout his school years. Also joining in the presentation were Superintendent Leon Smith, Board Chair James Milam, Principal Kim McDaniel & Coach John Myers. The presentation included references to Firchow's art work supporting the school and its students, which can be found throughout the city schools and in the homes of many athletes. A former Big Ten track champion at the University of Wisconsin, Don, Marion and their family moved here when Logan Aluminum was created. He retired in 1993 but continues his work for the young people of Russellville.



Planning to begin for 50th reunion of RHS class

Tom Lennon, who was president of the Russellville High School Class of 1964, wants to begin planning for the class' 50th anniversary reunion. The reunion will probably be held during the 2014 Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival. Lennon would like for any class member who is willing to help in the planning to meet on this year's Festival Parade Day, Saturday, Oct. 12. Anyone who wants to make input on the reunion and/or attend the Oct. 12 meeting is asked to contact Lennon at or call him at 573-248-7536.



Airport Day set Saturday at R-LC Airport

Airport Day will be held at Russellville-Logan County Airport Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The air show starts at 1 p.m., featuring Steve Johnson & Wayne Roberts. Airport Day includes a classic car show, antique airplanes, entertainment for kids and food and entertainment. R.B. Hirsch is airport manager and Gen. Jerry Humble is chairman of the board.



Panthers win Clash of the Cats 69-0

The Russellville Panthers scored touchdowns on their first two plays, a running clock began with nine minutes remaining in the first half, nine Panthers scored, and Coach John Myers' team beat Logan County 69-0 Friday at Rhea Stadium. Demarcus Hampton scored three touchdowns, the first coming on an 87-yard sprint on the home team's first play from scrimmage. Barrett Croslin passed to Coco Darden for a TD, Christian Naylor, Darden & Jamarius Duncan returned interceptions for scores, and Dequan Beard, Josh Bigbee, Johnny Drumgole & M.J. Jones ran for scores. Corey Wright kicked three extra points before giving way to Milam Watkins. Freshmen Jordan Blick & T.K. Hampton played quarterback after Croslin took a seat in the second quarter. Bright spots for Logan were the overall play of Layton Morgan and the running of freshman Joseph Olliges late in the game.



Legendary air personality Lon Sosh dies

Big Daddy Bobaloo is literally in his Air Chair now. Tim Harris of WRUS News reported late Tuesday afternoon that legendary sportscaster, air personality,musician, community leader and evangelist Lon Sosh had died during the day. The 1960 graduate of Russellville High School had been battling major illnesses for several years but had continued to overcome them, giving up broadcasting for the ministry. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church on Russellville's Main Street. Visitation will be held Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at Summers, Kirby & Sanders Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Calvary Chapel Church where he succeeded Brother Joe Carrico as pastor. Immediate survivors include his wife Darta, daughters Londa Nau & Christie Sosh, and sisters Jean Reynolds & Ann Leigh.



Lady Cougars blast F-S, improve district worksheet to 76 consecutive victories

Coach Steven Lyne's Logan County Lady Cougars defeated Franklin-Simpson on the road 3-0 Monday ( 25-13, 25-8, 25-8 ) to improve to 10-2, including 4-0 in District 13. Coach Rob Imlay says this is Logan's 76th consecutive district win.



Resurfacing of Highway 100 to begin Tuesday

Scotty’s Contracting and Stone will begin milling and paving work on Franklin Road in Logan County starting Tuesday morning, Sept. 10, at approximately 6 am. Flaggers will be on site to help direct traffic, as needed. Motorists should allow extra time to reach their destinations, according to District Highway Engineer Greg Merideth. This project will last approximately two weeks.



Big events set in Schochoh area Sunday

Two popular annual events will be held in the Schochoh area Sunday. The Red River Meeting House Annual Meeting will begin with a potluck dinner on the grounds of the historic gathering place at 1 p.m. with the program and business meeting to follow. Melanie Meadow will speak on what she leaned while writing the soon-to-be-available The Waking Up, which is centered around the Great Revival of the late 19th Century. Richard Moore is the long-time president of the Red River Meeting House Association. At 7 p.m. the 13th annual Schochoh Singing will be held at Schochoh Church of Christ with the congregation's former minister, Steve McCarley, leading the singing.



Franklin, Logan go into home game each 0-2 while Panthers work on staying undefeated

Two teams looking for their first win of the season will meet tonight at Logan County High School when Franklin-Simpson comes calling. Game time is 7 p.m. while WRUS will begin its live coverage at 6:30. Coach Doug Preston's Cats have lost to Danville and Coach Lance Gregory's Graves County team. The Cougars have lost to Butler County and South Warren by a combined 97-0, but Coach Dain Gregory was pleased last week by the play of freshman quarterback Tyler Wright, receiver Kaleb Coursey and the offensive line led by Chase Williamson & Joe McGinnis. Franklin is led by junior quarterback Colton Hurt, but he has attempted only 20 passes, completing 10 for 100 yards and one touchdown to Joseph Hawkins. He ran for the other TD.
The undefeated and third-ranked Russellville Panthers go to Morgantown to meet a Butler County team which dominated the Cougars in the first week of the season. Coach John Myers' Panthers are led by quarterback Barrett Croslin, tailback Demarcus Hampton and fullback Desmon Quarles. That game also starts at 7 and will be aired on WRUS at 2:05 p.m. Saturday.



Concerned Citizens to honor EBP head White

The Concerned Citizens of Russellville/Logan County will hold a public reception to honor new Electric Plant Board Superintendent Robert White and his wife Karen on Saturday, Sept. 14. The Whites came to Russellville this spring for him to lead the utility. They had spent most of their lives in Johnson City, Tenn. Concerned Citizens Executive Director Dorris Vick says the program will involve local leaders talking about White's new role. His long-time predecessor, Larry Wilcutt, will introduce the Whites. The reception begins at 3 p.m. A meal will follow.



Basketball great Howie Crittenden dies

One of the most legendary figures in basketball in the state of Kentucky has died. Howie Crittenden, who served as an interim principal of the former Russellville Middle School, died at his home in Murray. After leading tiny Cuba High School to the state championship in 1952, he was All-OVC at Murray State for three seasons and became an AAU All-American. He is in five Halls of Fame. He became a school administrator, including 21 years as principal of Henderson County High School. After retirement he did interim work at various schools, including RMS. Coach Crittenden and the Cuba Cubs were the subject of Marianne Walker's book When Cuba Conquered Kentucky: The Triumphant Basketball Story of a Tiny High School that Achieved the American Dream. His funeral services will be held in Murray Tuesday.


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