Summer break has ended for thousands of Kentucky students this week, with the exception of Christian County students, whose first day of school is Wednesday, August 15th.
Kentucky State Police want to remind area motorists to use precaution when driving since many children are injured or killed each year in school bus related wrecks.
State Police say Kentucky had over 1,600 school bus related crashes, which resulted in 506 injuries and five deaths.
KSP Spokesman, Trooper Michael Webb is encouraging drivers to be alert for loading and unloading buses.
Trooper Webb was quoted as saying that nothing strikes fear in a trooper’s mind like getting a call that there has been a bus related crash.
Trooper Webb also states that distracted drivers and those who speed or drive around school buses on the road are often putting children in more danger than anything else.
Kentucky State law requires that if any school bus with its stop arm and signal lights activated, a motorist approaching from any direction must stop and not proceed until the passengers have loaded/unloaded and the bus.
Passing a school bus while it is loading or unloading children is considered to be a misdemeanor offense.
The future of health care continues to be a major concern for citizens who rely on Medicare and Medicaid to survive and for those who are struggling to make ends meet in today’s tough economy.
Congressman Ed Whitfield says health care will be a key issue to discuss prior to the November election.
Congressman Whitfield says rising health care costs are the direct result of the federal government.
Congressman Whitfield says even though the health care system is often times described as too complex, he is encouraging residents to stay informed and to contact their health care providers about questions or concerns they may have.
Thanks to the generosity of over a dozen Indian doctors, several local organizations will have an easier time serving the community.
Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp says residents are lucky to have dedicated doctors.
Mayor Kemp says sometime last fall, he was approached by the physicians, who told him that they wanted to give back to a community that has accepted and embraced them.
Over the next five years, doctors affiliated with the Indian Physicians Alliance have pledged to donate $200,000 to benefit organizations like the A.W. Watts Senior Center, the Hopkinsville-Christian County Crime Stoppers and Challenge House.
Clarksville Police have identified the second suspect allegedly involved in an armed robbery that took place over the weekend.
Police identified the individual as 21-year old Malcolm Rashaad Wright, who is described as a black male, who stands about 5 foot 10, weighs about 145 pounds and who has a dollar sign tattooed on his left cheek.
Police say a warrant has been issued for Wright’s arrest for the aggravated robbery that took place at the Kangaroo Express on Dover Road on Friday.
Wright is considered to be armed and dangerous and police are asking residents who know his whereabouts to contact authorities immediately.
The Hopkinsville-Christian County Recreation Department has released part of the schedule for this year’s Trail of Tears Native American Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow, which will be a milestone event.
The 25th Annual Pow-Wow will kick off Friday night, September 7th at the park, with organizer Peg Hays saying attendees will be entertained by an all Native American band.
The concert is free and begins with a 6pm performance by the Southern Dirt Band of Hopkinsville, which brings a high energy style of southern rock. “Indigenous” takes the stage at eight o’clock and Ms. Hays says Friday night entertainment is something special to the Pow-Wow this year.
The local Pow-Wow is one of the largest in the area and brings tourists and performers from across the country. As always, events will continue through the weekend with all of the traditions attendees have come to know and enjoy.