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Russell County opioid dispensing rates among lowest in area
The recent release of a study conducted in 2022 shows opioid drugs are dispensed at a lower rate in Russell County than many neighboring counties and lower than state and national averages. According to a study released by the CDC, opioids were dispensed at a rate of 37.2 prescriptions per...
A Taste of Mexico: Three Unmissable Restaurants in Columbia
This article highlights three exceptional Mexican restaurants located in Columbia. Have you had the chance to dine at any of these locations? If you have, we would love to hear about your experiences. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below:
More Details on Arrest of 2 Lexington Men in Connection with Theft at Walmart
Columbia Police responded to a theft complaint from Walmart in Columbia onThursday night, February 22, 2024. The caller stated that the subjects had taken merchandise and threatened an employee before leaving the property. Officers located a vehicle matching the description given, leaving Speedway and getting on the Cumberland Parkway. The vehicle attempted to elude CPD Officers.
Metcalfe County man indicted for illegal possession of firearm
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Metcalfe County man has been indicted on charges related to illegally possessing a firearm. According to the United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Kentucky, Damien N. Wilson, 29, of Russell Springs, Kentucky, was indicted on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Highschool Basketball | 26 February Russell County Girls Game Notice
The Russell County Girls Basketball team will have a Conference game with Monroe County(Tompkinsville, KY) on 26 February, 2024, 8 PM. As of now, Lakers has won 32 games and lost 7 games, and the winning rate is 0.821.
Liberty woman arrested after driving stolen vehicle from Adair County, fighting with police
A Liberty woman was arrested last week after she reportedly stole a vehicle from a business in Columbia and fought with Casey County deputies. According to reports, 39-year-old Sherri Hayes was arrested and faces charges of receiving stolen property $10,000 or more, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance, fleeing or evading police, disorderly conduct, and reckless driving.
Wayne County man arrested following school shooting threat
A Wayne County man was arrested following a reported school shooting threat. According to reports, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office received a call from employees at Wayne County Hospital about five threatening phone call messages left on their intake recording system. The caller reportedly made a reference to a...
New Home Needed: Meet the Latest Adorable Cats Up for Adoption in Gradyville, KY
Have you been contemplating pet adoption, or simply love perusing adorable pets? A myriad of delightful pets are available for adoption at various animal shelters in the vicinity of gradyville..
Nationwide AT&T outage affects local area
A nationwide AT&T cell service outage affected Russell and surrounding counties yesterday morning. The outage began in the area sometime around 4 a.m. and lasted a few hours before service began to be restored for some people. The vast majority of the area had service restored before noon. The cause...
Sheriff’s Office Arrests Casey County Man On Tampering Charges
On Thursday, February 22nd, 2024 at 4:25 p.m., Adair County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chandler Staten received a call for assistance from Officer Katie Burton with the Kentucky Department of Probation and Parole. As a result of the investigation Christopher Luttrell, 28, of Liberty, who is supervised by Probation and...
Grand jury indicts two following police chase in Honaker
Two individuals who were arrested in November following a police chase in Honaker have been indicted on numerous charges by a Russell County grand jury. Kelvin W. Hubbard, 33, and Kaelyn Howard, 22, are facing a combined 32 counts. Honaker Police Chief Brandon Cassell said in November that officers with...
FBC Somerset enjoying season of gospel fruit
SOMERSET, Ky. (KT) – The baptismal waters are stirring at First Baptist Church in Somerset. Ten were baptized last Sunday, bringing the total to 104 since Sept. 1 when the Annual Church Profile (ACP) started for FBC Somerset. The goal for the year? 225 as of June 8, since...
Russell County high schooler accused of sending threats on Snapchat
Charges have been filed against a Russell County high schooler after a student received threats on social media.
RCHS basketball teams fall in doubleheader at Barren County
The Russell County High School Laker and Lady Laker Basketball teams dropped close contests in a road doubleheader at Barren County last night. In the first game, the Lady Lakers went toe-to-toe with the Trojanettes, falling by a score of 43-38. The Lady Lakers finish the regular season with a...
School officials respond to perceived threat of shooting at high school
Russell County Schools officials say a high school student sent out messages threatening a school shooting, although officials also told WJRS News they believe the messages were not a credible threat. School officials became aware of the threatening messages Sunday evening after a parent notified the district’s safety director Jackie...
Lucas Ford resigns as RCHS Football coach
As the Russell County Laker Football team prepares to open up next season at its new stadium, they’ll be doing so with a new head coach. WJRS News learned yesterday that coach Lucas Ford met with the team and submitted a letter of resignation as Russell County High School’s Football coach.
Casey man arrested in major drug bust reportedly planned to flee to Mexico
Last week on local news, we reported the arrest of a major drug bust in Casey County, where federal, state, and local law enforcement seized more than 50 pounds of drugs, a handgun, and $100,000 in cash. According to reports, 73-year-old Roger Mullins who was arrested in the case, was...
Russell County Chamber holds first meeting of 2024
The Russell County Chamber of Commerce held its first meeting of 2024 yesterday after last month’s meeting was cancelled due to weather. WJRS News caught up with new chamber president Brittany Stephens to talk about yesterday’s meeting. Stephens said she’s excited about things to come for the chamber...
Jamestown council approves 911 agreement
The Jamestown City Council approved the new interlocal 911 agreement at last week’s city council meeting. The new agreement, which was approved by the council with a unanimous vote, is a five-year agreement in which both the City of Jamestown, the Ambulance Board, and the City of Russell Springs each contribute $35,000 annually to be used toward operating expenses of the 911 service.
Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports the following arrest. Wesley Yancy of Monticello, KY. was arrested on a Wayne County Circuit Court Commitment Order of Arrest for Contempt of Court for failure to comply with Drug Court. Yancy was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center. The Wayne County Sheriff...