This Week in Adair County History as it runs each week.

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…

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July 12 in Adair County History

2007: A longtime Columbia landmark was badly damaged by a Monday evening fire on July 9. Circle R Restaurant, located on Russell Road and owned at the time by David and Ingrid Hawkins, suffered extensive structural damage to its interior when the fire broke out just after 6 p.m. The restaurant was closed when the…

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July 5 in Adair County History

2008: The Adair Progress reported that after a banner year for local tourism in 2007, numbers were down across the board for the early part of 2008, thanks mostly to surging gas prices. “The gas prices have had an impact on traveling and tourism for sure,” Holmes Bend Marina owner David Butler told The Progress.…

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June 21 in Adair County History

2006:  The Columbia City Council awarded a 15-year franchise bid to Duo County Telecom to provide cable TV services to city residents. All councilors voted in favor of the bid, and Mayor Pat Bell described the deal as an important development. “This was only a pipe dream a few years ago, and now it’s happening,”…

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June 14 in Adair County History

HISTORY PAGE 6-14-18 2014: Three officers from the NATO Allied Command Transformation honored Columbia resident Simpson Reliford for his service to the country of Norway in World War II. Reliford was a member of the 99th Infantry Battalion, a special, separate battalion of Norwegian Americans used against the Axis powers in occupied Europe, including Norway.…

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June 7 in Adair County History

HISTORY PAGE 2010: Adair County residents collectively gave more than $100,000 to charitable causes in less than a week. During a weekend that saw both collections for the annual WHAS Crusade for Children and the Adair County Relay for Life, local donors gave more than $74,000 for cancer research and better than $30,000 for the…

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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.”…

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May 24 In Adair County History

  2012: Adair Baseball clinched a berth in the Fifth Region Tournament with an eight-inning, 2-1 win over rival Marion County. Lefty ace Jared Denton tossed a complete game four-hitter, Tanner Pooler and Trenton Watson accounted for the Tribe’s two runs, and Derek Brockman and Jamian Bailey notched RBI in the contest. 2000: Only 670…

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May 10 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: The 2.2 inches of rain that fell on the Saturday of the Kentucky Derby provided a welcome sight to local farmers, but…

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May 3 In Adair County History

2005:  The Adair County High School tennis team captured the doubles championship at the annual Heartland Conference Tournament. The senior tandem of Chris Stewart and Josh Frost bested their competition on the way to a 7-6, 3-6, 6-0 finals win. 1998:  The Adair Progress reported the results of a countywide drug survey taken by Adair…

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