May 31 In Adair County History

2013: Local firefighters manned the streets of Columbia to collect donations for the WHAS Crusade for Children. The $32,500 collected pushed Adair County’s total donations since 1963 over the $1 million mark.

“We would like to thank everyone contributed to this worthwhile cause,” said program director Donald Hare. “Without you, this would not be possible.”

2002: UK golf star and future PGA Tour standout John “J.B.” Holmes, originally from Campbellsville, shot a nine under par 63 on Sunday to capture the Pinewood Invitational Golf Tournament title.

Holmes’ two-day score of 135 was enough to beat his roommate and college teammate Jack Hudson, of Greensburg, by one stroke.

1999: The beleaguered economy of south-central Kentucky got a much-needed shot in the arm when Amazon.com – the internet’s top video, music, and book retailer – announced that it would locate a distribution facility in Campbellsville.

The goal was to hire 500 employees within the first couple of months and increase that number to more than 1,000 within two years. The announcement was made at a news conference attended by top Amazon executives and Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton.

1990: The new Houchens Food Store officially opened for business in the Columbia Plaza.

Adair County native Kenneth Scott, the company’s vice president of retail operations, performed the ribbon-cutting ceremony as local dignitaries, Houchens officials and employees, and community members looked on.

1974: Columbia Mayor W.R. Murphy left Adair County for Washington, D.C. to pursue several projects important to the city’s finances.

Murphy was included in a delegation from Kentucky with representatives from several different local and state agencies. The mayor said his top goals for the trip were to secure financial assistance for a newly-proposed Columbia airport and to secure grants for water and utilities.

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