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.
A Millbrooke Elementary School teacher was named “Teacher of the Year” at this morning’s Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation Breakfast at the Bruce Convention Center.
Kindergarten teacher Lisa Bell received the highest award given at the annual event and said it’s an honor to teach the young boys and girls at Millbrooke.
Ms. Bell was one of 16 finalists from across the district who was nominated for the award. Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill gave the annual “pep talk” to teachers, saying they could be the only person in the world who believes in a young child in their room.
The Convention Center was packed for the event, which was presented by Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union and Murray State University. Public schools begin Wednesday in Christian County.