Hopkinsville Chief Financial Officer Robert Martin and local historian William Turner shared the podium this afternoon as they spoke to Kiwanians about the Dark Patch Tobacco War that took place from 1904 to 1909 in Hopkinsville and throughout southwestern Kentucky.
Martin, whose home will be a part of a tour of local turn of the century homes during this year’s Tobacco War pilgrimage, says the Night Riders, a vigilante group started out with good intentions, but quickly turned violent as tobacco prices dropped because of the unreasonable price ceilings set by a tobacco broker.
On the night of December 7th, 1907, the Night Riders rode into the City of Hopkinsville and set fire to several barns, in addition to a tobacco warehouse owned by John Latham that was filled with dark tobacco owned by farmers who would not join the night riding cause. Several nearby homes also caught fire during the raid.
Organizers for the annual Night Rider Pilgrimage, which is scheduled to take place from Friday, September 21st through Sunday, September 23rd are encouraging residents to commemorate the uprising by attending one of the events planned during the three-day event.
For more information about this year’s Night Rider Pilgrimage, contact 270-887-4270.
The 2012 United Way of the Pennyrile fundraising campaign is just underway and significant progress has already been made toward a lofty goal.
Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp and his wife Henrietta are co-chairs of this year’s effort to raise money for the 23 benefiting agencies in Christian, Todd, Trigg and Caldwell Counties.
Representatives of the seven fundraising divisions gave their “pace setter” results at the breakfast hosted by the A.W. Watts Senior Citizens Center. The commercial division is up to 115,523 dollars, the government division has raised 37,998, the industrial division 112,358 and residential division 4,205 dollars.
All totaled up, Mayor Kemp says the pace has certainly been set.
This year’s goal is 738-thousand dollars and Mayor Kemp says all of that money is needed by the agencies which provide services in the four counties.
You can hear a portion of the kickoff breakfast on our weekly public affairs program Sunday morning at 9 O’clock on Lite 98.7.
September is National Preparedness Month across the country and the Pennyrile Regional Citizen Corps Council is asking residents to become more prepared for a disaster.
Chairman Dan Nicholson says many families in the Pennyrile learned what it was like to go without electricity and other accommodations for several days during the ice storm a few years back. He says having a kit of basic necessities to sustain you for several days is recommended so you’ll be prepared the next time an emergency situation comes.
Nicholson says the kit doesn’t have to be extremely expensive or elaborate; it just has to have non perishable food and water to meet your family’s needs.
Officials also remind families that everyone should have a NOAA Weather Radio to know about any weather warnings in effect in your county. A vast majority of tornado deaths in this area over the last decade have happened overnight when the storms caught sleeping families unaware.
Christian County Salutes Fort Campbell gets underway this weekend with a good-natured softball game and kickoff reception
Christian County Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Director Kensley McLellan says the kickoff reception is set for Saturday evening at the Country Club.
Ms. McLellan says the week officially begins that morning at 10am when a group from the chamber will face a group from Fort Campbell at Ruff Park.
Events will continue through next weekend, when Uncle Kracker will perform at the Oak Grove Viceroy Amphitheatre next Saturday night.
Several cats were killed in a mobile home fire on Ashley Street yesterday afternoon, though three kittens were able to be rescued.
The Hopkinsville Fire Department report says the first call of the blaze came in at 1:37, with crews arriving at 1:44.
Heavy smoke was already coming from the trailer, where the residents had escaped but several cats were still inside. The report says between 17 and 20 cats had lived in the home and that the three rescued kittens were taken by animal control to the Christian County Animal Shelter.
The fire began in the kitchen and spread, causing 25-thousand dollars in damages to the structure and contents—a complete loss. The owner and resident of the home is listed as Mary Ann Seacrest. The cause of the fire is not known, but the report lists it as unintentional.