Sheriff Lee Smith confirmed late last week that Roger Neil Castle was “terminated” from his position as Court Security Officer a week ago Sunday.
The termination comes after the sheriff’s department learned of an investigation on Saturday by the Kentucky State Police of allegations of what Smith described as “what I would call at the least ‘inappropriate conduct,’” involving a female inmate in the custody of the officer.
Smith declined to elaborate further, saying the investigation is ongoing by the KSP.
In what has become an anticipated Russell County tradition, once again the Jamestown Lion’s Club has outdone itself in choosing the local icon to immortalize in their collectible Christmas ornament.
This year is a bit different though, as a wonderful history of Creelsboro and the Irvin Store was submitted by Amy Wells of Bowling Green, daughter of Larry and Paulette (Walkup) Wells, and granddaughter of Creelsboro residents, her late paternal grandparents Ed and Mary Hazel (Buster) Wells.
This marks the 10th anniversary and 10th ornament created by the Jamestown Lion’s Club beginning with the Jamestown Doughboy in 2004, followed by the old Jamestown Elementary School in 2005, the 2006 offering was the old Russell County Courthouse that burned in 1976, in 2007 the ornament first took on color when the Wolf Creek Dam was featured.
In 2008 Creelsboro made its first appearance in the Rockhouse Bottom ornament, followed in 2009 by the Rowena Steamboat, the 2010 ornament featured Nelson Mill, the 2011 featured the since torn down Old Grandstand of the fairgrounds and last year’s ornament commemorated Jamestown’s first fire truck, a 1948 International.
Though there was some discussion within the Lion’s Club whether this year’s ornament would be Irvin’s Store of Creelsboro or the Webb’s Crossroads Store, it was decided with many changes happening in Creelsboro that the Irvin’s Store was timelier.
This will leave the Webb’s Crossroads store up for consideration as next year’s ornament, thought that decision will be made at a later time.
The popular limited edition Christmas ornaments have become collector’s items, with the first year’s Doughboy offering becoming available and nearly impossible to get hands on.
It’s expected that the 432 ornaments will once again sell out. The cost is $12 and are available at Jamestown Pharmacy and Frances & Kerry’s Hair Design in Jamestown.
The purchase helps fund local Lion’s Club projects, including contributing to local food banks, children’s advocacy center, getting sidewalks to the school, and even being instrumental in getting the Lake Cumberland State Park located within our county.