The South Western Kentucky Economic Development Council met for the first time Monday in Hopkinsville—a time one official called “historic.”
Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble says the council made up of Christian and Todd County officials is now meeting at the Pennyrile Electric building on East 21st Street to allow plenty of room for the larger group.
He says not a lot went on in the first meeting, but it was historic, nonetheless.
The regionalism initiative was kicked into high gear last fall when Christian Fiscal Court assisted Todd County in obtaining grand funding for the Todd Career Path Institute. Judge Tribble says a sense of cooperation continues and he hopes at least one more county will join them sometime soon.
Regionalism is also exhibited by the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance, which lobbies legislators for projects in Christian, Todd and Trigg Counties and has been successful in a number of ways including getting the speed limit raised to 65 on U.S. 68-80 in most locations across the southern Pennyrile.
The area remains under a SLIGHT risk of severe weather late tonight and early tomorrow morning. We'll keep you posted, but won't overdo this threat until a watch is issued for western Kentucky or middle Tennessee. It is a good idea to make sure your weather radio is in good working order before you go to bed tonight. A vast majority of severe weather deaths/injuries in this region happen in overnight storms.
The Hopkinsville-Christian County Relay for Life pancake breakfast over the weekend was a success.
Spokesperson Brandon Burke says the first official Relay team fundraiser raised over $1,500 for the American Cancer Society. Each team of relay participants raised money by selling tickets and tickets were also sold at the door at First Baptist Church.
In all, more than 300 people showed up to eat and support their local relay.
Burke says First Baptist Church’s relay team will be hosting a Valentine’s Banquet in the church fellowship hall on February 9th at 6pm. Tickets for that will be on sale at the church during office hours through February 3rd.
The Christian County Child Care Association will hold a business expo as a fundraiser February 23rd from 10 until 3 at the old Christian County Middle School. One can call 889-9520 for more information on that event or to sign up to become a vendor.
A Pennyrile Allied Community Services vehicle was involved in wreck in Hopkins County Monday that injured a person in the other vehicle.
A news release from the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office says Jimmy Howard of Madisonville was driving the PACS vehicle north on Bean Cemetery Road around 3:15 when he stopped at Rose Creek Road.
Police say Howard then proceeded into the intersection and drove into the path of a woman identified only as Mary Duncan. Ms. Duncan was unable to stop and hit the PACS vehicle in the side.
The news release says a passenger in Ms. Duncan’s vehicle was taken to a local hospital, but does not identify that person. Howard and his passenger went uninjured in the collision.
The Christian County Schools Local Planning Committee met tonight and approved the school district’s proposed facilities plan for the next four years.
Christian County Public Schools Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill says the proposed plan allows flexibility.