A well-liked local educator has passed away due to natural causes on Monday.
Funeral services are now set to take place Thursday at 2 p.m. at Maddux Fuqua Funeral Home for Frances Gilliland Thomas of Henderson, formerly of Hopkinsville.
Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery with visitation will be held Thursday from noon until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Thomas was a faculty advisor for Hopkinsville Community College’s popular literary publication, The Round Table, and is credited with founding and establishing Round Table Park, which is located on the campus of HCC.
During her tenure at the local community college, she served many roles, including Chairwoman of the Humanities Division, Chairman of the Fine Arts Festival and was a member of the College Advisory Board.
Thomas was also the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Award for the development of Round Table Park and received the Great Teacher Award from the University of Kentucky Alumni Association.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Frances G. Thomas Round Table Literary Park Endowment Fund at Hopkinsville Community College.
The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged a Nortonville man with attempted murder today.
48-year old Gerald Frederick Jr. of West Pine Street, Nortonville is accused of stabbing and cutting 34-year old Bradley Furgerson of Chestnut Street, Nortonville multiple times with a knife sometime on Monday.
The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 hang up call at 31 South Chestnut Street, Nortonville.
Sheriff’s deputies say the incident developed out of a verbal altercation that escalated into the attempted murder of Furgerson, whose condition remains unclear at this time.
Frederick is now lodged in the Hopkins County Jail.
The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Kentucky State Police and the Madisonville Police Department.
Residents in the Crofton area are urged to prepare for a planned power outage next week.
Pennyrile Electric will be conducting an outage starting Wednesday, June 27th at 8 a.m. and will last about 4 hours.
Officials say 175 customers will be affected by the outage in the following areas: Pleasant Grove Road; Dripping Springs Road; Crofton Dawson Road; Old Palestine Road; Poole Mill Road and Castleberry-Crofton Road.
Officials say the interruption of service is necessary to upgrade an existing power line with new and larger conductors.
The former social worker indicted last week by the Christian County Grand Jury for allegedly lying in documents pertaining to the investigation in the case of 3-year old Alayna Adair has turned herself in to police.
Facing charges of tampering with public records is 41-year old Donna Monroe Currey of Elkton, who turned herself in late this morning.
Ms. Currey was the on-call social worker June 13th of last year when the initial allegations of abuse against the young Oak Grove girl came in to the Cabinet’s Abuse Hot Line. She is accused of making false reports of her activity in the “Continuous Quality Assessment” she was to have kept up with. It’s been widely reported that Ms. Currey logged a visit with the child and father that she never made. Alayna was allegedly beaten to death by her father soon after.
Ms. Currey made 10-thousand dollars bond and was released from the Christian County Jail soon after being booked in. She will be arraigned in Christian District Court next week.
The man accused of murdering his father on Carter Road near Oak Grove last November appeared in Christian Circuit Court this morning.
56-year old Darrell Tidwell’s defense attorney was asking Judge John Atkins to reduce his bond from 250-thousand dollars. Judge Atkins said that wasn’t possible until Tidwell had gone through an interview with Pre-Trial Services, which did not happen in the weeks following his arrest as is customary.
Kentucky State Police say Tidwell shot his father—86-year old Kenneth Tidwell of Carter Road—to death at his father’s home November 13th.
Darrell Tidwell, who lived in Georgia, has claimed his father pulled a handgun on him first and that a struggle ensued. He will appear in court again Thursday morning when the bond issue will be re-visited.