Several local closures, cancellations, and changes in ways of doing business have occurred this weekend in response to the COVID-19 threat.

The Logan County Public Library and its branches are closed until April 13 due to concerns over COVID-19.

King Simpson, Library Director, wants to thank patrons for understanding while the library figures out how to adapt to this rapidly changing situation.

“Keep an eye on our Facebook page or the library’s website at loganlibrary.org/covid19, as the library will be posting updates going forward.

Little Cougar Academy scheduled for March 24 has been canceled. The Logan County School System will send an update as soon as new information is available.

Solid Waste Coordinator Nathan Cockrill wishes to let Logan County citizens know that due to the recent lockdown at the Logan County Detention Center, roadside litter pickups are on hold.

Inmates make up the crews of the Litter Abatement program. Because of the lockdown, they cannot leave the jail until further notice.

“I’m working to round up any non-profits who want to pick up litter,” said Cockrill. The program will pay $100 per mile up to five miles and also supply the bags and vests to do so. If you are a non-profit and are interested in picking up roadside litter in this program, you can contact Cockrill at 270-726-7220.

Effective immediately, the Russellville Police Department will implement the following until future notice as COVID-19 precautions:

1. Officers will no longer respond to unlock vehicles unless a small child is locked inside.

2. Officers will not be doing fingerprinting for civilian background checks.

3. If you need a copy of a police crime or collision report then go online to buycrash.com or buycrime.com as copies will not be given out from the records department.

4. Officers will be encouraged to conduct business over the phone with those needing to speak with an officer over minor or civil issues.

“I encourage everyone in our community to follow CDC guidelines (CDC.gov) for preventive guidance while the country deals with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Russellville Police Chief Todd Raymer. “I am taking these measures to try and mitigate some of the exposure risks for our employees who are not allowed to exercise “social distancing” due to the very nature of their jobs. I ask for citizens of Russellville to exercise patience and understanding as we go through this together.”

WRUS Radio Station is asking patrons to limit in-person contact with the station at this time.

“As a listener, you understand that valuable members of our staff fall into the most vulnerable category,” said owner Chris McGinnis.

When possible, please email your announcements, HB Club entries, Tell It & Sell It listings or other correspondence to wrus@bellsouth.net, or send them via private message to the station’s Facebook page. You may also mail them to WRUS, 1601 Nashville St., Russellville, KY 42276.

“If you come to our studios you may leave items in the mailbox at the back of the building without having to leave your vehicle. We will regularly check the box to retrieve them. We appreciate your consideration during this time,” McGinnis added.

Beginning Monday, March 16, The Carpenter Fitness & Aquatics Center in Russellville will suspend all group fitness classes. The center is taking these precautions as the CDC recommends maintaining six feet of social distance from others to help protect from the coronavirus.

The Adairville, Auburn, and Russellville Senior Centers, as of tomorrow, will not be allowing seniors to come into the centers. Information on the meal services will be published in an awaited release from Community Action of Southern Kentucky.

The Walk for Life Choice originally scheduled by the Life Choice pregnancy Care Center for this Saturday, March 21st, is being postponed.

"We are sad to announce that we have come to the decision to postpone the Walk for Life Choice. We feel that we should honor and follow the recommendation of the CDC to not have gatherings of 50+ people, to prevent the spread of COVID-19," said the agency.
The walk will be rescheduled for a later date. If the new date happens to conflict with your schedule, you can still Walk for Life Choice from home or wherever you are and use the #WalkForLifeChoice to virtually join us and show your support.

Logan County Good Samaritan is recommending that anyone needing food come in this week as the non-profit does not know what next week may hold.

"Due to the COVID-19 situation, Logan County Good Samaritan is operating on a 'Limited Contact Plan.' We are doing our best to continue to serve those in need without having physical interactions with clients," said Director Denise McDonald.

Please call 270-725-9002 when you get to the office and the agency will do its best to serve your needs. Temporary waivers have been received on getting the required signatures for the USDA and Senior Box programs.