Today, Gov. Andy Beshear visited the Barkley Regional Airport to announce a $5 million state contribution to support the building of a new airport terminal that will improve access, enhance the customer service experience and encourage future growth in western Kentucky.
State and local officials, as well as representatives from the business community, gathered to celebrate progress on this transformational project that has been termed the region’s “airport for our future,” which will replace and revamp the existing facilities. This funding moves the long-awaited project forward, taking it one step closer to construction.
“Airports serve as our state’s ‘front door’ and replacing the almost 70-year-old terminal will make our state more attractive to Kentuckians, visitors and prospective businesses for years to come,” said Gov. Beshear. “The new airport will truly open up western Kentucky to the world and help us to build that bigger, brighter future for all our families. When we work together there is nothing we cannot accomplish.”
The $5 million award from the Kentucky Department of Aviation combined with $20 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding will go toward the project to build a new 30,000 square foot terminal building to accommodate more modern and efficient utilities, ADA compliant bathrooms and security upgrades. The project will also provide expanded parking lots, a new entrance road to the facility and a new terminal apron.
“Aviation is a key contributor to Kentucky jobs and the investment to get this project off the ground will benefit a region already poised for business and growth,” said TransportationSecretary Jim Gray.
Airport Board Chairman George Bray celebrated the announcement.
"We are extremely grateful and appreciative of Gov. Beshear and his administration for this strong level of support for our new terminal project,” said Bray. “It shows that he understands that Barkley Regional Airport is indeed the ‘airport for our future’ as a region. We at the airport believe this new terminal will be the spark of many great things that lie ahead both on and around the airport, and throughout the region."
After beginning as a military surplus airport to facilitate B-17 Bomber Crew Training in 1941, the airport serviced its first commercial flight in 1946. The airport is named for former Vice President Alben Barkley who was still alive when the current terminal was built. Local officials have been working to secure funding for the new terminal for more than 10 years.
The Barkley Regional Airport is one of six commercial airports in the state and provides twice-daily service to Chicago O’Hare on United Express Airlines operated by Sky West Airlines. Replacing the outdated terminal eliminates space limitations hindering further growth, like accommodating additional airlines, larger aircraft, indoor retail vendors and future opportunities.
“This is great news for the Barkley Regional Airport and the region,” said Sen. Danny Carroll of Paducah. “Funding to support additional projects that grow our economy will have a noticeable impact on our community, and I look forward to the completion of this project.”
Support for the new terminal project also came from advocates in the business community who understand the economic development potential of modern infrastructure. Chamber President Sandra Wilson expressed her gratitude for the funding.
“The Chamber develops priorities for state legislation,” said Wilson. “Securing funding for the Barkley Airport project was one of our top priorities because it is so important to our region. We are thrilled this is happening for us and really appreciate the support of Gov. Beshear in making it happen.”
The project opens up opportunities to provide both short-term and long-term employment benefits, including construction jobs and jobs in aerospace, tourism, air cargo and more.
“This is good news for our community. This new project will be a tremendous help to our economic development efforts,” said Rep. Steven Rudy of Paducah. “The Senate Majority Floor Leader has acquired the federal monies necessary to match our state’s commitment to this project, making this a great example of the good we can do when we put Kentucky first.”
“This project will benefit so many of the men and women of our district, and, frankly, this entire region,” said Rep. Randy Bridges of Paducah. “Investing in our infrastructure – including our regional airport – is so critical to our success.”
“We have been working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration to obtain funding to build a new airport terminal,” said City of Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless. “The support from Gov. Beshear and the state government makes our project possible. We believe when one part of the state does well, the entire state does well. This regional economic development project will help all of far western Kentucky.”
“Gov. Beshear has pledged to be a strong partner with our community to enhance our airport and support our economic development efforts,” said McCracken County Judge-Executive Craig Clymer. “Today, he made good on his promise.”
The project is expected to break ground in the spring of 2021 and be completed by the end of 2023.
On 2-21-20 at 7:19 pm Adair County 911 received a call of a single vehicle collision on Elkorn Rd 15 miles north of Columbia. Sheriffs Deputy Joey Keith was dispatched along with additional emergency services to the collision. Preliminary investigation shows that Ronald Woodrum age 67 was traveling north on Elkorn rd along with his passenger a 3 year old child. Woodrum was operating a 2018 GMC Sierra truck when he lost control of his vehicle leaving the roadway on the left side and struck a tree. Woodrum was pronounced deceased at the scene and the 3 year old child was airlifted to University of Louisville by helicopter. Seatbelts where in use for both driver and passenger. As of Sunday the child has been released and is back home .
The investigation is being continued by the Adair County Sheriffs Office. Deputy Joey Keith was assisted on scene by Chief Deputy Justin Cross.
Agency’s responding where Knifley Fire Department, Columbia - Adair Fire Department, Adair EMS, Adair Coroner's Office and the Adair County Sheriffs Office.
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. CT in the basement of the Adair County Annex building located at 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY 42728. The public is invited to attend.
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ADAIR COUNTY FISCAL COURT
REGULAR CALLED MEETING
FEBRUARY 25, 2020 @ 4:00 P.M.
ADAIR COUNTY ANNEX BASEMENT
424 PUBLIC SQUARE, COLUMBIA, KENTUCKY 42728
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
CALL TO ORDER
a. February 11, 2020-Regular Meeting Minutes
5. BUDGET AMENDMENTS
A.) LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
B.) FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
7. COURT ORDERS
8. ACTION ITEMS:
1. QUOTE FOR JAIL NEW PHONE SYSTEM
2. KSP MAPPING DATA SHARE
3. PERMISSION TO APPLY FOR THE KY PRIDE GRANT
4. PERMISSION TO APPLY FOR THE HAZARDOUS HOUSEHOLD WASTE GRANT
9. OTHER BUSINESS
10. PUBLIC COMMENTS
This meeting is open to the public.
WATCH US GROW IN 2020!!
It’s not just about the building, it’s about building community.
February 17th, 2020 was a very historic day for the Adair County Public Library. After years of careful planning and discussions, the Adair County Public Library Board of Trustees voted to accept the bid submitted from Bransum Construction Company Inc. to build the Adair County Genealogical and History Center!
We will be posting updates and pictures on our Facebook, www.facebook.com/Adair-County-Public-Library.
We invite you to come watch us grow in 2020!
At or around 1 a.m. this morning 2-17-20. Sheriffs K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin while on patrol observed a vehicle heading westbound on the LBN parkway at a high rate of speed. He confirmed and locked speed by radar at 123 mph.
He activated his lights and sirens and attempted to initiate at traffic stop but the vehicle later found to be a 2014 Kia continued on in an attempt to elude deputy.
The vehicle tried to exit the parkway at the 49 mm at a high rate of speed. Operator was unable to make turn from
The parkway at that speed and lost control of vehicle. Vehicle struck earth embankment in front of the KY State Police Post and continued on through there fence and stopping approximately 11ft from the building itself.
The driver was identified as Rachael Lundy 24 of Burksville KY. She was arrested by Deputy Durbin and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of:
- Fleeing it Evading Police 1st Degree
- Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol 1st offense aggravated circumstances.
- Speeding 26 +mph over limit
- reckless driving
-Tampering with Physical Evidence
-Possession of Open Alcoholic Container in vehicle.
The Sheriffs Office was assisted by Columbia Police Officer Adam Cravens along with Troopers Allan Shirley and Sgt Adam Likens
Saturday morning at approximately 7:34AM, Officers Anthony Darnell and Trevor Foster of the Columbia Police Department responded to the intersection of the Adair Veterans Memorial Bypass and Greensburg Road to an accident with injuries.
Preliminary investigation indicates that 77 year old George A. Blevens, Sr. of Shepherdsville, KY was operating a 2013 Buick when he pulled from Greensburg Road into the path of a 2017 Kenworth tractor trailer operated by Edward L. Johnson, III of Madison, TN. Johnson was not injured in the collision. Blevens was transported by Adair EMS to T.J. Health Columbia and later transferred to University of Kentucky Hospital via air ambulance where he ultimately passed away due to his injuries.
Officer Anthony Darnell is continuing the investigation. He was assisted on scene by Columbia Police Officers Trevor Foster and Jordan Dean, along with Deputy Chandler Staten of The Adair Sheriff’s Department and members of the Adair Co. Fire Department and Adair Co. EMS.
Story courtesy of www.whve.com
The Adair County Fiscal Court Budget Committee will meet Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. CT in the basement of the Adair County Annex building located at 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY 42728. This meeting is open to the public.
Russell County man charged for trafficking Methamphetamine after early morning traffic stop.
At 3:48 a.m. on 2-14-20 Sheriffs Deputy Dereck Padgett initiated a traffic stop on 2000 Cadillac on Adventist Church Rd.
Roadside investigation led to the arrest of Skyler Riggins 24 of Russell Springs. He was found to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine consistent with the trafficking. Riggins was also wanted on a Parole warrant and also was found to be in possession of marijuana.
He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of:
- Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree methamphetamine
- Possession of Marijuana
- Parole Violation warrant
Deputy Padgett was assisted by Columbia Police Officer John Dial and k-9 Gunner. The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing investigation.
Adair County School Districts K9 Ann has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love-Trained to Serve-Loyal Always.”
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,500 U.S. made, custom fitted, NIJ certified protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $6.9 million dollars.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.