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Adair schools prepare to meet coronavirus challenge

By Drew Bergman Contributor Adair County Schools are currently awaiting the arrival of 1300 Chromebooks and iPads to help ensure that students have at least the capability of continuing their education online if and when it becomes necessary this fall. “It’s been a real undertaking,” said ACS Superintendent Dr. Pamela Stephens. “Everyone’s been working hard…

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Dairy Queen in final stage before construction

By Jeff Neagle Editor Blizzards, dipped cones, and banana splits have moved one step closer to being added to Adair Countians’ menu. Monday afternoon the Planning and Zoning Commission met at Columbia City Hall to see final plans for the Dairy Queen restaurant to be constructed at 1101 Jamestown Street. The property is the former…

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Jailer details COVID considerations; county takes on Blair Center

By Jeff Neagle Editor Tuesday was a full day for magistrates Sammy Baker and Chris Reeder as well as Jailer Joey White. For all three, the day started with an 8:30 a.m. jail committee meeting and ended with the first fiscal court meeting of the month at 6:00 p.m. In the committee meeting, White told…

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No longer a plateau: Kentucky over 20,000 cases

By Jeff Neagle and Drew Bergman As the number of cases of coronavirus continue to rise across the country, Adair County can count itself among those towns showing a significant increase over the past few days. At press time, the county had 34 confirmed cases with one hospitalization and the other 33 are self-isolated. The…

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Positive COVID-19 case in the Adair band raises concerns

By Drew Bergman Contributor At a quarter past four o’clock Monday afternoon, Adair County Superintendent Pamela Stephens put out a school messenger call to notify the parents of Adair Band students that there had been a positive COVID test among their ranks. The message further stated that band practices would cease for the next two…

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Education leaders address state lawmakers

By Drew Bergman Contributor On Tuesday Kentucky’s Interim Joint Committee on Education received updates from the members of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, the Kentucky School Board Association, the Kentucky Education Association, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and the Kentucky Department of Education. Senator Max Wise, Chair of the Senate Education Committee, chaired…

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KHSAA chief talks to lawmakers ahead of new sports guidance

By Drew Bergman Contributor An hour into Tuesday’s Interim Joint Committee on Education meeting KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett spoke with lawmakers about the challenges faced by the association in returning sports safely. “The association is a bit challenged right now,” Commissioner Tackett said. “The biggest fundraising event we have is cancelled at the request of…

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City relinquishes Jim Blair Center but gets a replacement

By Jeff Neagle Editor The City of Columbia will no longer be in partnership with the county to run the Jim Blair Center. The city council voted Monday night to accept the mediation agreement reached of June 30. As reported last week, the fiscal court voted to accept the mediation agreement at their meeting on…

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“Adair County has lost a true icon”

By Jeff Neagle Editor They say a legend is a story you know even if you can’t remember ever hearing it before. Richard Lee was a man the people of Adair County knew even if they had never met him before. Richard Lee Walker was a stalwart supporter of Adair County and its people. Throughout…

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Columbia readies to “Paint the Town”

By Drew Bergman Contributor Wednesday morning City of Columbia summer interns Ty Cheatham and Nikki Bair were out and around the square taping off sections of sidewalk all the way across the promenade.  “We’re putting the squares in front of each business and people can ‘paint’ it or businesses can ‘paint’ it what they like,”…

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