Tomorrow is the first day of school in the Christian County Public School System and motorists are reminded to use extra caution during their morning commute.
It’s easy to get out of the routine of slowing down in school zones and being on the lookout for buses during the summer, but police say it’s time to use extra caution.
Specifically, Kentucky State Trooper Michael Webb says drivers need to focus their complete attention on the road and not a cell phone.
Trooper Webb says motorists should keep in mind laws regarding school buses and to never disregard the “stop” signal they display when loading and unloading students.
There were 1,600 crashes involving school buses in Kentucky last year, resulting in over 500 injuries and five deaths. One of those fatal wrecks happened last August in Todd County, when 45-year old Dale Cherry of Bowling Green was killed after the driver of the pickup he was in attempted to pass a bus and hit a tree on U.S. 79 north of Guthrie. No students were injured in that incident, though the truck did sideswipe the bus.
Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen was this month’s keynote speaker for the Pennyrile Area Development District Board of Directors meeting.
Edelen spoke about the number one obstacle Kentuckians face when it comes to job growth and economic prosperity.
Edelen says Kentucky seems to have a culture of corruption that he hopes to change.
Kentucky State Police indicate that nine people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, August 6th through Sunday.
State Police say five of the victims were traveling in motor vehicles and two were not wearing seat belts.
KSP reports that one of the fatalities was the result of a crash involving the suspected use of alcohol.
State Police responded to fatal wrecks in Adair, Allen, Hardin, Lawrence, Monroe, Trimble, Grayson, Perry and Washington Counties with no fatalities reported in Christian, Trigg and Todd Counties.
Police say two fatal wrecks occurred in Monroe and Trimble Counties and involved motorcycles, with both victims wearing helmets and two pedestrians were struck and killed in Grayson and Perry Counties with one of the wrecks believed to be the result of the suspected use of alcohol.
Through Sunday, preliminary statistics indicate that 447 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways this year.
The annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon was well-attended this year, with a South Christian Elementary School employee taking the highest award this year.
Named Staff Member of the Year was South Christian Computer Lab Coordinator Barbara Hunter.
The luncheon is similar in almost every way to the Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, in that it is an occasion to recognize the employees for the contributions they make to education the children of Christian County.
An attempted home invasion on Sanderson Drive Sunday night ended with the alleged perpetrator going to the hospital after the home owner fought back and shot him in the face.
The incident happened around 10:45 at 600 Sanderson, where 41-year old Byron Williams was at home with his wife and child when they heard someone apparently trying to force their way inside a back door.
A struggle ensued between Williams and the perpetrator, according to Hopkinsville Police Sgt. Mary Holland, who says Williams fired his gun into the suspect’s face when he saw the suspect reach for his waist band.
Sgt. Holland says the perpetrator did, in fact, have a gun on him when crews arrived at the scene. The would-be perpetrator was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he came out of surgery early this morning.
An arrest warrant against the alleged burglar is expected to be filed sometime early this week. Police have declined to release his name at this time.