July 19 in Adair County History

2012: After years of construction and the expenditure of millions of dollars, the reconstruction of Ky. 61 South was finally completed. The newly-built roadway extended from the end of Burkesville Street all the way to the Adair-Cumberland County line.

The final segment to open for traffic ran from just south of the Louie B. Nunn Parkway to Sparksville, a six-mile stretch that saw construction begin in 2008.

2001: Bobby Cook was lured out of semi-retirement to take over as head coach of the Adair County High School boys’ basketball program.

The 24-year-coaching veteran had previously led Shelbyville, Glasgow, and Warren Central to regional titles. During his two years at ACHS, Cook would compile a 31-23 record and lead Adair to its first appearance in the Fifth Region Tournament since 1995.

1988: A local veterinarian urged Adair County residents to take precautions against rabies after a skunk tested positive for the virus.

Charles Schaefer with the Adair County Animal Clinic told The Adair Progress that a local man shot the skunk when it wandered into his yard, staggering as it walked. The skunk fought with the man’s dogs before he shot it. Fortunately, dogs had been vaccinated for the virus, but they still had to be quarantined for 90 days.

Schaefer urged all pet owners to vaccinate their animals.

1970:  Adair County residents were able to make long distance calls without the assistance of an operator for the first time.

The move to the nationwide direct distance dialing network came as a result of “many weeks and months of planning and work,” according to General Telephone Campbellsville district manager Stuart Huffman.

The company hosted an open house to celebrate the move and educate customers on how to dial long distance directly from their home telephones.

1957: Adair County Little League Baseball took the league’s players, coaches, and managers to Louisville’s newly-opened Fairground Stadium to see the Colonels take on the Wichita Braves. The outcome of the game appears lost to history, but Louisville finished the 1957 season in the last place in the American Association, with a record of 49-105, despite having 11 players on the team who had either played in the big leagues previously or would go on to play Major League Baseball.