April 26 in Adair County History

The following is a summarization of stories that originally appeared in The Adair Progress, The Adair County News, Columbia News, and The Columbia Statesman. All names appear as they were originally published.

2010:  Lindsey Wilson College dedicated and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Doris and Bob Holloway Health and Wellness Center.

“This is one of the most exciting days in the 107-year history of Lindsey Wilson College,” said the school’s president, William T. Luckey.

The facility was named in honor of LWC Board of Trustees Chairman Bob Holloway, of Middletown, Kentucky, and his late wife. The center was made available to students, faculty, staff, and the community.

The building, measuring a robust 73,232 square feet, immediately became the largest on the college’s campus. Features included an indoor, eight-lane pool; a recreation pool; a 40-person hot tub; an indoor walking track; a racquetball court; cardiovascular area; weight room; and three basketball courts.

2003:  Law enforcement agencies in Columbia and Adair County announced that they would soon be cracking down on illegal gambling devices in the community.

In a written notice delivered to The Adair Progress and signed by Sheriff Steve Cheatham, Kentucky State Police Post Cmdr. Capt. Jeff Hancock, Columbia Police Chief Mark Harris, and County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison, the officials stated their intentions to enforce state laws concerning the possession of gambling machines.

Devices described in the notice included poker machines, punchboards, push machines, slot machines, and roulette wheels. Individuals and businesses were given 30 days to remove the devices before they faced a penalty.

1989:  Adair County High School pitcher Jeff Luttrell fired his second no-hitter of the season in the Tribe’s 3-1 win over Taylor County in the opening round of the SKAC Tournament. He also scored a run in the contest.

“Jeff has done it all year,” Adair head coach Steve Martin said of his lefty ace. “He hasn’t had a bad game all season. When he pitches, we are a good baseball team.”

1973:  Former Columbia Mayor, Adair County Judge, and longtime First National Bank President Bruce Montgomery passed away at the age of 90.

The Adair County News reported that “Montgomery probably held the record for length of service as a Kentucky Bank officer, service dating back to 1906,” and noted he had served as president since 1941. Twenty years prior, in 1953, Montgomery became the first Democrat of the 20th century to be elected judge in Adair County.

Montgomery’s immense popularity as mayor was enough to allow him to continue serving in the position even when a survey revealed his residence fell just a few yards outside the city limits.

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