Retired WHOP News Director Jim Love received one of the highest honors a broadcaster in Kentucky can receive last night at the annual Kentucky Broadcasters Association meeting.
Love, who still hosts the Early Bird Show on Saturday mornings, was honored as this year’s J.T. Whitlock Life Service Award winner—which is presented to individuals who have earned recognition and respect from across Kentucky for their excellence in the broadcasting profession.
Love began working at WHOP when the station was still located in the Bass Arcade building downtown in 1972 and he quickly worked his way up to News Director. He’s covered most of the major stories that have happened in this area over the last 40 years—including appearing on CBS News to assist in reporting on the Gander Crash in 1985.
He also became the third man with direct ties to WHOP to win the award in the last seven years. Retired General Manager Roger Jeffers received the honor in 2005 and the late Leo Wilson—who helped get WHOP and several other stations in the area on the air in the early days of radio—was presented with the award in 2006.
Former “Voice of the Wildcats” Ralph Hacker was the honoree last year. Current WHOP General Manager Mike Chadwell received the award last night on behalf of Love, who is still undergoing cancer treatment locally while he continues to work part-time.
An Army Veteran is on a personal mission and is embarking on a long journey to honor those who have served and died in Afghanistan and is expected to make a stop in Christian County on Monday.
As Mike Ehredt of Hope, Idaho finishes day number 47 of his 79-day journey, his stop in Christian County will mark the 1,217th mile since he began his personal quest.
Flags bearing the name, rank, age and hometown of a fallen U.S. service members has been placed at each mile of his run.
Ehredt's route will take him through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.
Ehredt is expected to stay overnight in Christian County and local dignitaries are encouraging residents to attend a 2 p.m. welcome reception for the Army Veteran on Monday at the dining room at Novadell Golf Course.
Thanks to an anonymous tipster today into Hopkinsville-Christian County Crime Stoppers, this week’s Fugitive of the Week, 38-year old Rodney Lee Edwards has been taken into custody.
Acting on a tip police received just before noon today, Edwards was located at 2511 Florence Street and was taken into custody without incident on the strength of a receiving stolen property felony warrant.
Police say the anonymous tipster will be receiving a cash reward for their tip that led to Edwards’ arrest.
Edwards is accused of pawning several stolen items from a storage unit belonging to Lucian Gant sometime on Monday, September 3rd.
Officials with the Hopkinsville-Christian County Salvation Army say household items are desperately needed for several local families that have been displaced as a result of the early morning fire at a downtown apartment complex.
Captain Mark Czanderna is asking residents to donate household goods like beds, couches, clothes and appliances for the families.
Hopkinsville residents will have to wait a little longer to find out whether or not a public smoking ban will take effect.
During last night’s council meeting, council members were split down the middle, with Mayor Dan Kemp having to vote and breaking the tie.
Council members Wesley Grimes, Paul Henson, Marby Schlegel, Patricia Bell,Ann Cherry and Jimmy Dossett voted against the smoking ban.
Councilman Dossett says he is disappointed that the public smoking ban ordinance passed on first reading during last night’s city council meeting.
Council members will be voting on the second reading of the ordinance at the October 16th meeting and if it passes, it will take effect on January 1st.