The Todd County School Board approved the hiring of one single resource officer for all five of its campuses at Monday night’s meeting using grant money and a partnership with the Elkton Police Department.
It was a unanimous decision by the board, which had discussed the measure in a workshop several days ago. Superintendent Wayne Benningfield said the person hired will have a presence at both elementary schools, the middle school, the high school and the alternative school.
Board Chairman Matt Perry says the officer’s schedule will be dictated based on a number of issues including any pressing need at a given time.
There is now an incentive program available to most industries thinking about bringing jobs to Elkton.
Elkton City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Monday night which allows the city to rebate payroll taxes up to 100 percent for up to five years as an incentive for manufacturers or distribution operations to move to the Todd County town.
South Western Kentucky Economic Development Council Director Mitch Robinson was on hand and said the move puts Elkton in a better spot to recruit job-makers.
District 8 State Representative John Tilley will be featured in a documentary that will be airing later this year.
Representative Tilley was interviewed in his Capitol office for a documentary to be featured on PBS’s show Frontline.
Representative Tilley was interviewed because of his leading role in reversing the state’s once expanding prison populations.
Since Representative Tilley first introduced House Bill 4-63 which was approved by the General Assembly in 2011, prison numbers have declined compared to previous years and drug treatment options for inmates have soared.
The bill modernized the state’s drug laws by reducing the time for low-risk, non-violent offenders, who are found with small amounts of illegal drugs.
Officials predict the state will save over $400 million by 2021.
Kentucky was once considered to have one the nation’s fastest growing prison populations.
A Trigg County jury has recommended life in prison without the possibility of parole for a man convicted of murdering a woman in 2007.
The jury last Friday made the recommendation in the retrial of 42-year-old George Luna for the 2007 brutal murder of 46-year-old Debra Hendrickson of Benton.
Luna also received 20 years in prison on a charge of first degree arson, which by law must run concurrent with the life sentence.
Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions announced after five days of testimony, it took the jury just over an hour to convict Luna for a second time for murdering Ms. Hendrickson and for setting her mobile home ablaze to cover up the heinous crime.
After the jury returned its recommended sentence, Luna waived formal sentencing and is currently lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center.
Pope Benedict’s announcement today to resign as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church has sent shock waves around the globe and locally.
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School Principal, Sarah Kranz of Hopkinsville says when she first learned of the Pope’s resignation, it took her by surprise.