Preliminary statistics released by Kentucky State Police indicate that five people died in five separate wrecks on state roadways from Monday, August 20th through Sunday.
State Police say two of the victims were not wearing seat belts and three crashes resulted in the suspected use of alcohol.
Fatalities were reported in Boone, Carter, Rockcastle, Monroe and Jefferson Counties, while police say no fatal wrecks occurred in Christian, Todd and Trigg Counties.
Through Sunday, preliminary statistics reveal that 469 people died on Kentucky roadways since January, which is 14 more fatalities than what was reported from the same time period last year.
State Police say of the 370 motor vehicle fatalities, 210 victims were not wearing seat belts and of the 55 motorcycle fatalities, 28 of the victims were not wearing a helmet.
State Police also reports that 80 fatalities occurred as a result of the suspected use of alcohol.
End of life treatment is often times overlooked or not discussed amongst families and that’s why Pennyroyal Hospice officials want to raise awareness about the options and services hospices across the nation provide.
Lisa Selbe says the local hospice is Medicare friendly and provides comfort for both the patient and their families by offering an array of services like music therapy, nurse care, professional home care aides, licensed social workers and a chaplain.
Ms. Selbe says Pennyroyal Hospice is a non-profit organization that receives donations to help pay for costs of patients who may otherwise not be able to afford treatment.
Pennyroyal Hospice serves Christian, Todd, Trigg, Lyon and Caldwell counties in western Kentucky.
Christian County Public School Officials will be hosting the first Parent University session for the new school year on Thursday to help local middle school students prepare for a state mandated test and to educate parents about the importance of exams.
Chief Instructional Officer, Amy Ramage Wilcox says the Explore test is a critical measure for school officials to determine what course work students will take when they enter high school.
Ms. Wilcox says the Explore test is a good way to measure a student’s interest and career choice.
Hopkinsville City Council recently recognized an emergency official for her years of dedicated service to the community.
E.C.C. Director Judy Toombs was recognized by Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp and City Police Chief Guy Howie and spoke highly of Ms. Toombs’ work ethic over the years.
Ms. Toombs’ official retirement date is September 30th.
Hurricane Isaac may have altered the schedule for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, but it hasn’t curbed any of the enthusiasm according to a Hopkinsville woman serving as an alternate delegate.
Rachel McCubbin is a field representative for U.S. Senator Rand Paul and has been a fixture in Christian County Republican Party leadership for well over a decade. She is representing the First Congressional District of Kentucky as an alternate delegate and says the weather hasn’t kept many GOP supporters away.
Ms. McCubbin reminds Kentuckians that Senator Paul will be featured in prime time on Wednesday night and says he will address some very important issues facing the country.
Convention officials have said the schedule could be further-altered by the weather, but Hurricane Isaac appears to be taking more of a western approach toward the Gulf Coast.