Area News

2020 Crusade for Children

By Amber Hobaugh Staff Writer The 67th annual WHAS Crusade for Children was held this past weekend in Kentuckiana after being pushed back from the Spring due to the Covid-19 pandemic. America’s most successful telethon raised $4.8 million this year and the number is still rising with final totals coming in from remote locations.  “For…

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Schools go online ahead of governor’s recommendation

By Drew Bergman Contributor On Monday Governor Andy Beshear recommended that schools not open to in-person instruction until at least September 28, altering the plans of many Kentucky school districts. In Russell County, Superintendent Michael Ford and the Russell County School Board had already made the decision to begin the school year online until the…

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Caffeinated Craft Show

By Amber Hobaugh Staff  Writer On Saturday local artists and crafters gathered at Reel Java and Creamery to show off their talents in an event called The Caffeinated Craft. The event is the second show in a series of events hosted by Russell County native Elizabeth Ackerman. “I went to college to major in art…

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Russell Springs City Council recognizes Chief Irvin

By Amber Hobaugh Staff Writer At this month’s regularly scheduled city council meeting, Mayor Eddie Thomas announced that Police Chief Joe Michael Irvin will be retiring at the end of July. Irvin has served the city of Russell Springs for 24 years and has been chief for the last 20. Mayor Thomas presented Chief Irvin…

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Splash pad now open at Kendall Park

By Amber Hobaugh Staff Writer The Army Corps of Engineers has announced the installation of a splash pad at Kendall Park. This new water based play area offers a place for kids to stay cool as an alternative to swimming in the reservoir and is the first of its kind in the area. The idea…

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Russell tourism bouncing back amid pandemic

By Amber Hobaugh Staff Writer Travel restrictions and reopening phases have pushed the opening of the local tourist season back by three months. Tourism was one of the first industries to be hit by the current pandemic and amongst those hit hardest. During the first week of May tourism revenue was down 91% in Kentucky…

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Health guidelines help family stunt the spread of COVID-19

By Drew Bergman Contributor A little over three weeks ago Ashley Stephens lost her sense of smell. She didn’t think much of it at the time. She had no other symptoms and it felt reasonable, though odd, that maybe her new bottle of soap from Bath and Body Works was simply defective. “The next day…

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The foundations of a new legacy

By Drew Bergman Contributor Josh Branscum has been helping build Russell County since he was a boy and following this year’s primary elections, he will be tasked with helping Kentucky rebuild in the wake of the novel coronavirus. The discipline of work, particularly the work of construction, should serve Mr. Branscum well when he takes…

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Superintendent discusses tentative plans for new school year

By Drew Bergman Contributor At the end of Tuesday’s meeting of the Russell County School Board Superintendent Michael Ford discussed the plan in progress for the upcoming school year. While the plans discussed in this article do reflect current thinking and planning, these plans are not yet locked into place and subject to change pending…

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At the courthouse, a primary like no other

By Drew Bergman Contributor On April 23 of this year Governor Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams reached a bipartisan agreement to modify Kentucky’s 2020 primaries so that voters could exercise their right to vote safely. On Tuesday in Russell County that is what happened. With at least 2,000 of Russell County’s more…

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