The unemployment rate went up in all but one of the nine Pennyrile counties last month, including Christian.
Latest figures from the Office of Employment and Training shows the jobless rate in Christian County in June was 11-percent, up from 10.4-percent in May. That equates to nearly 3-thousand people looking for work who were not able to find any.
Unemployment stood at 7.8-percent in Todd County, which was six tenths of a percentage point above the May rate and Trigg increased by one tenth to 8.8-percent.
Christian, Todd, Muhlenberg and Caldwell tied for the biggest increases in the jobless rate, while Hopkins County was the only to see a decrease—going from 7.9-percent in May to 7.8-percent last month.
Christian County also holds the dubious distinction of being the only county in the Pennyrile in double-digits, with only Fulton County having a higher jobless rate in the western portion of the state at a whopping 17-percent, down from 20-percent in May. Fulton County has the highest unemployment rate in all of Kentucky.
The statewide jobless rate in June was 8.4-percent, which was up by three tenths and was the same as the national average.
Hopkinsville Police are investigating yet another bicycle theft in the city.
The most recent incident happened sometime between 7pm Thursday and 6pm Friday at 3520 Bahama Drive, where two 20-inch Mongoose bikes were stolen. One is described as being green, black and silver in color and the other is white.
City police issued a news release last week saying there had been a recent spike in bicycle thefts and advised residents to lock bikes in side a garage or home when not in use, if possible.
A hit and run wreck at North Drive and Glass Avenue Sunday morning injured a local woman.
The report from Hopkinsville Police Officer Joseph Garcia says 72-year old Mary Hilton of Hopkinsville was traveling north on North Drive around 9:15 and had a green light at Glass Avenue.
Approaching the intersection and traveling east on Glass was the driver of a white SUV, who drove through a red light and hit Ms. Hilton’s vehicle in the left rear before fleeing the scene.
Ms. Hilton was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for chest pain. The SUV involved in the wreck will likely have damage to the left portion of the front bumper.
A motorcycle wreck in Hopkins County Sunday afternoon sent the driver to an Evansville hospital.
A news release from Kentucky State Police says 40-year old John Hardin of Slaughters was northbound on his motorcycle on Stagecoach Road around 2:30 when the rear tire lost traction. The bike ran off the shoulder of the road and overturned, ejecting Hardin.
Hardin was flown by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville for treatment of his injuries. Police say he was not wearing a helmet.
Organizers with country music singer/song writer Brice Long’s annual Back to Back Foundation concert fundraiser say this year’s attendance surpassed previous years.
The annual concert was held Saturday night at the Bruce Center with Back to bBack Foundation Chair Brent Gilkey talking about how many families have been helped over the years through the foundation.
Gilkey says he thinks its great that long has never forgot his roots and has made it his mission to give back to his hometown.
The money that is raised during the annual concert and silent auction goes toward purchasing hundreds of Christmas presents for local families that would otherwise perhaps not have as merry of a Christmas.