July News Briefs 2014
By Jim Turner

Posted on July 31, 2014 11:30 PM


Farmers Market to be outdoors Saturday

New Ag Extension Agent LeeAnn Martin has announced that the Logan County Farmers' Market will move outdoors this Saturday into the Extension Office parking lot to make room for the BBQ Cookoff, which is part of the Logan County Fair. The cookoff will begin at 4 p.m. in the Farmers' Market Pavilion. The Farmers' Market is held each Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon and on Tuesdays from noon-4 p.m.



Fish fry and pie sale being sponsored

by Concerned Citizens at KP Hall

A fish fry and pie sale will be sponsored by Concerned Citizens of Logan County at the KP Hall this Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m., Director Dorris Vick has announced. The fish meal is $5 and pies are $7 with proceeds to go toward the Food Bank & Tutorial Service. The KP Hall is located at 428 East Fifth Street in Russellville. 



68-80 being resurfaced over 7 miles

On what is believed to be the first day of school in any Kentucky school district, Logan Conty buses were greeted with slow traffic and lane closures on the county’s busiest road Wednesday. A seven-mile stretch of U.S. 68-80 is being resurfaced, the District Highway Department has announced. It begins just west of Auburn and extends to the Russellville city limits. Scotty’s crews were involved in ‘milling’ Wednesday—removing the existing blacktop and crunching it into dark gravel. Public Information Officer Wes Watt tells The LoJo :There will be a lane closure in each direction on U.S. 68. Message boards and signs will be in place to direct traffic. Motorists should be aware that the speed limit through this work zone will be 55 MPH. This work is expected to be completed by Aug. 29.” One west-bound lane was stripped Wednesday from the Montgomery Road exit to 2576 Bowling Green Road, the entrance to the Logan County High School cross country field.



Fair to start going strong tonight

Activity abounds at the UK Ag Complex this afternoon as final preparations for the Logan County Fair are made for the opening of carnival rides and multiple vendors are setting up their booths. Tuesday's activities include the Beef Breeding Show, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with new County Ag Agent LeeAnn Martin in charge. Among those displaying their merchandise are Ernie Wilkins of Ernie's Lawn Mower Repair. information booths including Brent Summers of Summers,, Kirby and Sanders Funeral Home, and Buddy Woolridge of Back Porch Grilling. On tap for Wednesday are "Logan Live Music" from 5-9 p.m. at the Farmers' Market pavillion, with Pete Lehman in charge, and $30-per-carload carnival ride armbands.



Rummage sale to aid Nicaragua team

The October team going to Nicaragua will hold an indoor (air conditioned) rummage sale from this Thursday to next, every day but Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donated items include furniture, home decor, toys, baby items, appliances, dishes, clothing, bicycles, books, cookbooks, office equipment, games, etc. It will be located in the old social services building on West Third Street in Russellville - just follow the signs.



Champion PetFoods makes its groundbreaking an event to remember

Champion PetFoods made it clear Wednesday that Logan County’s newest corporate citizen goes about its business first class. At ground-breaking for its Kentucky Kitchens near Auburn, everything from lavish food to entertainment to gifts for the invited guests had been meticulously planned. Chief Executive Officer Frank Burdzy, Brand Marketing Director Peter Muhlenfeld and Gov. Steve Beshear were featured speakers, but there was much more to the event, which lasted several hours. WatchThe LoJo for more details.



Deadline Friday for entering Little Mr. & Little Miss Logan County Fair

The deadline is being extended until this Friday, July 25, at 1 p.m. for signups for the Little Mr. & Little Miss Logan County Fair Pageant. The pageant will take place Thursday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at the Logan County Extension Office, 255 John Paul Rd, Russellville. Entry fee is $15. Entry forms can be picked up/dropped off at any of the following three locations: Logan County Tourism Office (inside the Old Logan County Courthouse), Logan County Chamber of Commerce or Daymar College. Categories are for boys ages 0-5 years, girls ages 0-14 years. For more info, contact 270-726-1678.



Chaney's to sell ice cream Thursday on the Square for soldier families

Chaney's Dairy ice cream truck will be in front of the newspaper office on Carrico Park Square in Russellville on Thursday, July 24, from noon until 4:30 p.m., selling ice cream. Proceeds will go to benefit the Soldiers' Family Christmas and Bro. Joe's Family Christmas outreaches. New toy donations will be accepted. Sponsored by Agape Service Foundation.



T.C. Stubblefield drowns in Red River

A Franklin-Simpson athlete drowned in South Logan Tuesday. According to WRUS News, Thomas Cecil 'T.C.' Stubblefield was swimming with friends in the Red River off Roy Orndorff Road near Adairville when he went under. WHOP radio quoted Sheriff Wallace Whittaker as saying the friends pulled Stubblefield out of the water and gave him artificial respiration, but he died at Logan Memorial Hospital. Stubblefield was a key baseball player for the Wildcats this spring.



Chick opposes BRADD handling of federal workforce funding

Logan is one of four area counties which have notified the state they want to separate from counties which want the Barren River Area Development District (BRADD) to continue managing federal  Workforce Investment Act funds. According to a story by Chuck Masonin the Bowling Green Daily News Tuesday, almost $1 million is at stake. In addition to Judge-executive Logan Chick of Logan County, the other judge-executives dissatisfied with the way BRADD Executive Director Rodney Kirtley and his team are handling the job training funds are Mike Buchanon of Warren County, Johnny Hobdy of Allen County and Jim Simpson of Simpson County. Read the entire story athttp://www.bgdailynews.com/news/group-takes-aim-at-funds/article_3cd295dd-1205-533a-9e29-c79002989101.html



LCHS shooter finishes 12th in the world in archery

Cody Goodman, who is about to start his senior year at Logan County High School, shot at the Archery World Tournament in Madison, Wisc. recently He finished 12th in the world by shooting a 291. He qualified for the World Tournament by shooting a 294 and finishing 7th at the National Archery Tournament in Louisville in May.



RHS Open House set July 31

Russellville Junior/Senior High School will host an Open House on Thursday, July 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students will be able to see their schedules and meet their teachers, and parents can complete paperwork and forms for the upcoming school year.



Stevenson Back-to-School Bash July 29

A Back-to-School Bash will be held at Stevenson Elementary School on Tuesday, July 29, from 4-6 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to meet their teacher and see their classroom, and parents can complete forms and paperwork. Bouncies and Italian ice will be available. The event is sponsored in part by the SES PTO.



Ashton Ross injured, to miss state

Ashton Ross, a member of the Logan County Babe Ruth All-Stars who are headed to state next week and also a member of the Western Kentucky Aces, was injured Saturday while playing for the Aces in the BPA State Tournament at Panther Creek Park in Owensboro, according to Coach Travis Steward. A hard hit ball deflected off a teammate's glove and hit Ross in the face, fracturing three bones. He will be unable to play for six weeks including in the Babe Ruth State Tournament. Many of the same players who won the Babe Ruth Disrict Tournament this week with two wins over Warren County were part of the Aces team which won a tournamentlast weekend in Hermitage, Tenn. The exact time and place for the Babe Ruth State Tournament is uncertain, Steward says.



Steve Kenney to speak at Fellowship Church of Christ

Steve Kenney who was the first pulpit minister when Fellowship Church of Christ was organized a few years ago, will speak at the congregation's 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday. Bible study conducted at the church building located across Franklin Street from the old Logan County Hospital will begin at 9:30. After the service, the congregation will retire the loan on the building, which is now paid in full. Kenney, who also served as assistant commonweath attorney while in Russellville, and his wife Leslie now live in Indianapolis.



July Cruise-In set Saturday evening

The July Summer Night’s Cruise In will held in the TSC parking lot in Russellville Saturday from 5-8 p.m. It will involve food, fun, music and vehicles. Clay Bilyeu is the organizer and deejay. This is done in conjunction with Cruisin’ For A Cure, Diabetes Research Foundation.




Jamboree at old courthouse Saturday

The July edition of Old Courthouse Music Jamboree will be held in the courthouse yard on West Fourth Street in Russellville from 1-5 p.m. Scheduled performers are Travis Bryan, Patrick Beasley, Ken Jolly and Don Rust. There is no admission charge.



RHS to play middle school softball, tryouts scheduled

Russellville will field a middle school softball team this year. Tryouts will take place on July 21 and July 22nd at 5:00-6:30 at Lady Panther Softball field. For more information, contact Athletic Director Calvin Head or head softball coach Brandy Trimble.



Former WKU, Barren player Blake Crabtree new RHS baseball coach

Russellville High School Principal Kim McDaniel has announced the hiring of a new head baseball coach: "Ryan Blake' Crabtree has been chosen as the new head baseball coach for Russellville High School. Coach Crabtree is a graduate of Barren County High School where he played baseball under the direction of Coach Johnny Vance. Blake went on to play a semester at Volunteer State until he was chosen by the Western Kentucky University Baseball program. As a member of the WKU team, he played 2nd and 3rd base during his career. He graduated from WKU with a teaching degree in Health and PE and will join our staff as both a teacher and coach. He was the assistant coach at Barren County last year while working under Coach Vance.  We are extremely excited about Coach Crabtree joining our staff and becoming a RHS Panther!" Crabtree succeeds Greg Shelton, who accepted a similar position at Christian County High School.



Younger Logan Babe Ruth team falls

The Logan County 13-year-old All-Stars lost 6-2 to Franklin in their opening game of the Babe Ruth District Tournament Monday. Dillon Porter & Clayte Weathers pitched for Logan. Nate Woodall & Porter scored the runs. Tommy Krohn picked up the only hit Franklin allowed, but Weathers was credited with two RBIs. The 14’s game was rained out. See more details about the tournament on The LoJo at http://www.theloganjournal.com/Stories.aspx?Article=sports522  



Stay Strong exercise class offered for seniors

by Blick at Auburn center

A Stay Strong exercise class begins Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Auburn Senior Center for any senior citizen who would like to participate. Senior Center Director April Pawley says the price is $30 for 16 classes, running Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. for eight weeks through Aug. 28. Selina Blick of the Logan County Health Department is the instructor. “This is a strength building class (so not necessarily a weight loss or muscle building class),” Pawley notes. The Auburn Senior Center does not have memberships so this is open to the public.



Logan Middle football to practice July 14

with parent meeting to follow

Logan County Middle School football will begin Monday, July 14. According to Coach Todd Adler, any boy who will be in the seventh or eighth grade for the 2014-2015 school year is encouraged to come to Logan County High School at 5:30 for a skills and conditioning workout, dressed in shorts, t-shirt, and cleats. A parent meeting will follow at 7 that night. Each player must have a current athletic physical.



White named RHS soccer coach

Former Russellville High School soccer standout Jonathan White has been named coach of Panther soccer.  He was All-District as the team’s goalie under Coach Tom Thompson in his senior season in 2005-06. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, he is youth minister at Adairville Baptist Church and is an enthusiastic supporter of RHS and WKU athletics. He previously was an assistant coach for the Logan County girls soccer team under Daniel McCarley and helped build that program into a district championship squad. Last year he assisted his friend Alex Watkins at RHS. That was a learning year, as the Panthers didn’t compete in varsity matches for the third straight season, but they will return to action this fall. White has announced a meeting for potential players and their parents at 5:30 p.m. on July 15 at the practice field with practice to begin officially the next morning.



Road closing planned in North Logan

On Wednesday, July 9, a section of KY 107 in Logan County will be closed at MP 3.6.  This is closure is necessary to allow a contractor to remove an existing culvert and replace with a new aluminum box culvert. Variable message boards and detour signs will be in place. The detour route will use Redhill Road and a section of U.S. 431. This closure is expected to last three days, weather permitting. Motorists are encouraged to use caution when traveling this section of roadway and be aware of the temporary detour.



Teller services ending at FSNB on the Square

Thursday is the final day that First Southern National Bank will provide teller services at its Carrico Park Square branch in downtown Russellville. Although several internal loan functions will still be handled there and the lock boxes and ATM will still function, all deposits and cash transactions will be handled at the company's new banking facility at the junction of Bethel and West Fourth streets. FSNB's predecessor, Citizens National Bank, opened in 1903 and shortly afterwards moved to the building which served as its headquarters until recently. The building had been expanded to over 13,000 square feet of floor space when it was remodeled in 1989, according to historian Edward Coffman.



4th of July program set in Russellville

A July 4 Celebration Program will be held downtown on Carrico Park Square at 10 a.m. Friday, immediately following the Kiwanis-sponsored Kiddie Parade. According to Darlene Gooch of Main Street Russellville, Retired Lt. Col. Darrell Crawford will speak. Speical music will be presented by Phillip Crawford. The Declaration of Independence will be read by Ashlee Gilbert, and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Brittney Carter. The parade begins at the West Eight Street home of Joyce Guion and her late husband Bob.



Logan wins district Little League pool

The Logan County Little League 11-12 All-Stars earned a top seed in the district semifinals Wednesday by recording an impressive 11-0 win over previously undefeated Bowling Green East Tuesday at Ephram White Park in Warren County. Logan and East finished wtih 3-1 records in their pool, and Logan became the top seed after winning the head-to-head meeting. Dylan Penick and Third Bell each homered. Jacob Smock and Penick each scored two runs. The team--coached by Ethan Meguiar, Kevin White & Jason Hayes--met Ohio County this afternoon in the Final Four. Today's winners will move on to the state tournament.


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