Everyone knew the temperature would get hotter and hotter as summer began, but the story of this summer may end up being the ongoing drought.
The “Mesonet” weather recording device just north of Hopkinsville has only recorded 54 hundredths of an inch of rain this month and 34 hundredths of that came on June 11th.
In fact, only nine tenths of an inch of rain has fallen at the site since May 14th.
National Weather Service in Paducah forecaster Rachel Trevino says all of the Pennyrile Region is in at least a moderate drought.
It appears it will only get worse, as Ms. Trevino says there is no hope in sight for a soaking rain in any of the forecasts.
She says residents are urged to not do any outdoor burning, even when there isn’t a burn ban in effect. There have been numerous reports of fires getting out of control across the area in recent days and weeks because of dry conditions.
While the Ward 1 Hopkinsville City Council seat is now vacant under the worst circumstances imaginable, residents of all wards are reminded they can still file to run for office through mid-August.
Democrats and Republicans who want to run for City Council in any ward can still file to do so in the November General Election as an independent through August 14th, according to Christian County Elections Coordinator Melinda Humphries.
Anyone residing in Ward 1 wanting to be considered for an appointment to the post until after the election can now submit an application at City Hall. After ten business days of the opening being posted, Hopkinsville City Counil will interview interested applicants in an open meeting. Each council member will then cast a vote to elect a replacement. The governor could make an appointment if council doesn’t do so within 30 days.
Meanwhile, there’s also still time to file for non-partisan races in Christian County such as city council in Pembroke, Oak Grove, Lafayette and Crofton.
Papers to file for any of the offices can be filled out at the Christian County Courthouse.
A hit and run wreck at the intersection of West 14th and Bethel Streets yesterday resulted in the arrests of two men.
The incident happened around 2:20 when 29-year old James McGregor of Hopkinsville didn’t stop at the stop sign on Bethel and drove into the path of a vehicle driven by 41-year old Tracey West of Hopkinsville.
McGregor and passenger 34-year old Tremayne Welch of Hopkinsville allegedly fled on foot and were found and arrested on the strength of warrants for disobeying court orders a short time later.
Welch was also taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Ms. West went uninjured in the incident.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two large thefts from recent days.
The first theft was reported late last week at 13394 Moore Road, where Donald Dexter told Sgt. Andre Radford that someone stole an 18-foot utility trailer from his property by breaking a lock.
The suspect also broke into Dexter’s fire-damaged home and stole two flashlights. No suspects are listed and the trailer is valued at 36-hundred dollars.
Deputy Eddie Frye took a report of a stolen 4-wheeler from 2305 Quail Club Rd. Sunday afternoon, where 74-year old Dallas Adams said someone stole his red Honda Four Track valued at 25-hundred dollars by taking it out of his yard.
Meanwhile, the 11-hundred dollar golf cart recently stolen from a Bell Chapel Road residence was located when Todd County Sheriff Joey Johnson and Deputy Gerald Barnett found it abandoned in a corn field off Fulcher School Road. The battery charger that goes with it is still missing.
A high speed chase on I-24 Friday afternoon ended with the driver of a motorcycle going to jail.
Christian County Sheriff’s Deputy Eddie Frye writes on the arrest card that he clocked 21-year old Fort Campbell Soldier Phillip Chung of Hopkinsville going 122 miles per hour on the interstate.
Chung refused to pull over and got off I-24 at the Newstead Road interchange. That’s when he laid his bike down in an attempt to get away, but police soon arrested him and charged him with wanton endangerment, fleeing from police and speeding.