A Hopkinsville High School student has been named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Competition.
Senior Grey Campbell was selected as a finalist and received his official notification letter earlier this week. Approximately 16,000 semifinalists were named and 90 percent were selected as finalists nationwide. About 8,300 will be named winners and they could receive up to a full college scholarship.
Campbell is involved in many extracurricular activities at Hopkinsville High and is Vice President of the HHS Spirit Club, Secretary of the Beta Club and is an active member of the Future Business Leaders of America.
He is also a member of the tennis, swim and soccer teams.
A Clarksville man is charged with child rape after an alleged incident late last month.
Arrested Thursday afternoon was 32-year old Kevin Raphael Yepez of Clarksville. A news release says Child Services received a call on January 30th about a possible sexual battery involving a six year old boy.
An investigation turned up allegations that the victim found Yepez watching pornography on his cell phone late that night and that the Yepez made inappropriate sexual contact with the boy soon after.
Yepez was out of town during the first few days of the investigation, but Clarksville Police made a plan of protection to keep him away from the alleged victim until he was arrested and charged with rape of a child. He was lodged in the Montgomery County Jail on $75,000 bond.
A statewide smoking ban inside public buildings is back on the legislative docket.
It was approved in committee Thursday. It's the second year in a row such a ban has been sent to the full House. It never saw a vote the first timearound.
Backers believe they have enough votes in the House, but could see a battle in the Senate.
A Hopkinsville man was charged with is fourth DUI in the last five years following a wreck that injured the driver of another vehicle yesterday afternoon on Butler Road.
The collision happened around 3pm, according to the report from Public Safety Officer Chris Bond, which says 29-year old Penny Jenkins of Hopkinsville was stopped in traffic near the First Street Extension intersection.
Approaching her from behind was 55-year old James Alder of Hopkinsville, who failed to stop and rear-ended Ms. Jenkins’ vehicle. The report says Alder could not remember the crash and that he showed signs of being intoxicated.
Captain Martin Lopez writes on the arrest citation that Alder had a strong odor of alcohol on his person, that he had slurred speech and that he had urinated on himself. Police also allege that an empty bottle of hydrocodone was found in his truck.
Alder was taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for blood testing before being booked into the Christian County Jail on his fourth DUI in the last five years. He was also charged with not having proof of insurance.
Ms. Jenkins was taken to Jennie Stuart for neck pain. Her passengers, 29-year old Nickolas Jenkins and 6-year old Preston Jenkins, went to Jennie Stuart to be evaluated.
Christian County Public Schools will be undergoing a district-wide diagnostic review later this month as part of a two-year cycle including Christian County High School since it was deemed a priority school.
The Kentucky Department of Education has contracted with Advanced Ed, a well respected group responsible for accreditation to conduct the review.
The Christian County Board of Education tonight held a special-called meeting to discuss the matter with Chief Instructional Officer, Amy Wilcox explaining what the review will entail.
Mrs. Wilcox says the school district will be subject to review as long as Christian County High School or any school is deemed a persistently low achieving school.
Mrs. Wilcox also gave an overview about the school district’s revised graduation requirements.