When officials with Hemlock Semiconductor announced this week that approximately 300 of its 400 employees would be laid off, it was a blow to counties in the southern Pennyrile in addition to Clarksville.
Todd County has been hoping for more spin-off industries from the Hemlock plant and hoping that many residents could make the short drive across the state border to work at the plant that backs up to the county line.
One thing that hasn’t been dependent on the Hemlock plant’s success is the proposed Todd County Career Path Institute. Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield says that center will still train young and older people about a wide array of trades, if it comes to fruition as expected.
Judge Greenfield says Todd County is certainly hoping the Hemlock plant will one day become operational as officials say it will, but the Career Path Institute would be an important asset either way.
The Judge says industries looking to move into an area often ask about training facilities, making the project a vital tool in trying to bring plants to Todd County soil.
Todd Fiscal Court is still waiting to hear back on a federal grant to complete the funding of the project, but everyone involved has been optimistic it will come through. Hemlock officials told the Leaf Chronicle this week that they do plan to begin operations at some point in the future in Clarksville, but conceded that might not happen this year.
Hopkinsville Police are investigating another scam report from recent days.
The report says a local 68-year old woman was in an online relationship on mate1.com with a man identifying himself as James Kay. The man asked for the woman’s address to send her a birthday present and then began obtaining more personal information from her.
The man soon began asking her to receive expensive electronics at her home by UPS and to pick them up at the store, only to mail them to an address in South Africa.
The victim eventually became suspicious and contacted HPD, who determined fraudulent credit cards had been taken out in her name to purchase the 700 dollars worth of merchandise.
Police remind residents that if someone you don’t know asks you to mail something overseas, it’s likely a scam. It’s also likely a scam if someone you don’t well is asking for your personal information such as a social security number.
Three thousand dollars worth of firearms were recently stolen from a Windy Hill Drive woman.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office report from Deputy Brandon Hawkins says 38-year old Jennifer Sargent-Holt of Windy Hill reported three guns stolen from her home late last week.
No forced entry was made into the home and a suspect is listed on the report.
A single-vehicle wreck on Antioch Church Road Sunday morning injured a Hopkinsville woman.
The report from Christian County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Wade Connell says the accident happened around 10:30 when 66-year old Robert Shearon of Pardue Lane ran off the road and into the ditch, causing his car to flip over before coming to rest upright.
A passenger in the vehicle, 60-year old Belinda Shearon of the same address, was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.
The report says everyone involved was wearing a seat belt.
Local officials are already preparing for this year’s International Festival in Hopkinsville.
Christian County Cares 2015 Director Yasamin Ausenbaugh says this year’s festival is a two-day event at the Bruce Center March 15th and 16th.
Ms. Ausenbaugh says dancers will be featured as in years past and there will be a new addition to the program with a children’s pageant.
Anyone wanting to participate in the program or in the pageant should call Ms. Ausenbaugh at the Chamber of Commerce at 270-885-9096 or go to the city’s website at hopkinsvilleky.us.