The emphasis on regionalism in the southern Pennyrile was highlighted in a historic news conference this morning when the South Western Kentucky Economic Development Council was officially announced.
The council includes Christian and Todd County initially, but could eventually expand to include other counties. Executive Director Mitch Robinson will recruit for both counties now, while the Todd County Industrial Foundation will take on more of a support role similar to the Christian County Industrial Foundation.
Todd Industrial Foundation Chairman Todd Mansfield said it was a great day for both counties.
Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble agreed with Mansfield, saying he hopes to see more counties included in the future.
Todd County Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield also spoke at the news conference, which was held at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Chamber of Commerce Center.
Several speakers also brought up the Todd County Career Path Institute, which would be crucial to economic development in that county if it comes to fruition as expected.
Pennnyrile Rural Electric General Manager Eston Glover was the master of ceremonies and said the merger should benefit everyone involved.
A single-vehicle wreck on Sanderson Drive this morning injured a local woman.
Hopkinsville Police Public Information Officer Paul Ray says the incident happened around 7:50 at the bridge near the 1-thousand block of Sanderson. 17-year old Jessica Vanness of Hopkinsville reportedly ran off the road and into the creek beneath the bridge.
She was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for a possible neck injury. Officer Ray says Ms. Vaness was wearing a seat belt.
The Pennyrile Polar Express is once again making its appearance in downtown Hopkinsville this weekend with area residents along with their children invited to experience a magical afternoon of Christmas cheer.
Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County Executive Director, Alissa Keller says the event is free and features family friendly activities.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent arson in Crofton from early Wednesday morning.
A newspaper deliveryman noticed a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer on fire at 138 West Mill Street, Crofton around 2am Wednesday and 59-year old Jon Byrum of that address was able to get the blaze put out with a garden hose.
The vehicle was parked near the home and Deputy Brandon Hawkins writes on the report that it would have likely burned the vehicle and residence had the carrier not seen the fire.
Police found a broken glass bottle in the passenger side of the vehicle that had not been there when it was parked the day before. The fire had apparently started where the bottle had landed and police believe someone threw it with the intention of burning the vehicle, house or both.
The investigation continues and no suspects are listed on the report.
Clarksville Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect in a recent burglary.
A news release says a man broke a glass window at Chef Mart on Providence Boulevard around 10:15pm December 4th and went inside. The perpetrator took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene.
We have posted a photo of the incident on our local news section of our website and anyone having any information about the incident should call the Clarksville tips line at 931-645-8477.