Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Jamie Comer was in Todd County Thursday afternoon and met with members of the agriculture community for over an hour.
Comer met individually with several farmers and elected officials before speaking and answering questions from the entire group. The number one topic, of course, was the drought that has caused the federal government to declare 26 Kentucky counties as disaster areas.
Comer explained what exactly that means for farmers needing assistance.
There aren’t many things any form of government can do to help when the weather is the enemy, but Comer says the state is doing what it can, including lifting width restrictions on hauling hay.
Comer arrived at the Todd County Courthouse after meeting with officials at Murray State, who showed him experimental projects where more is being learned about creating ethanol from alternative crops. The commissioner said he believes the future of ethanol will likely not be dominated by corn as it is now.
8th District Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville recently joined Governor Steve Beshear to ceremoniously sign gun rights laws.
A representative of the National Rifle Association was also present as the governor ceremoniously signed several new laws designed to protect the right to bear arms.
Representative Tilley was quoted as saying, he believes these laws will further help strengthen second amendment rights.
Legislation that Governor Beshear ceremoniously signed and took effect this week includes: House Bill 500, which limits all local governments and quasi-government agencies from having firearm ordinances that go behind limitations set by state law.
House Bill 484, which allows individuals to carry a concealed weapon without a permit as long as they are on their own property or property of close family members.
House Bill 563, which allows law enforcement officials to charge someone with fraudulent firearm transaction when someone falsely tells a firearms dealer or any person that the proposed firearms transaction is illegal when, it is legal or vice versa.
Hopkinsville Police say a man hunt is still underway to locate the suspect dubbed the creeper, who is accused of exposing himself and burglarizing two residences over the weekend.
Public Information Officer Paul Ray says since Sunday, the department has been flooded with tips about the whereabouts of the suspect, who is described as a white male.
Officer Ray says it’s only a matter of time until police catch the suspect.
Meanwhile, police say nearly an hour later, at 202 Dover Place, Vicci Clodfelter reported seeing a man exposing himself after she heard a noise and looked out a window.
Clodfelter also reported a $350 GPS system was stolen.
Police are urging residents to continue to call in tips and to lock their homes and vehicles to keep the creeper out.
A Trigg County man is accused of physically abusing his infant daughter.
23-year old Jeffrey Polanec of Canton Road, Cadiz is charged with three counts of 2nd degree criminal abuse.
Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam says he received a call around 4 a.m. concerning a 5 month old baby girl with cracked ribs, who was being treated at Trigg County Hospital.
Sheriff Burnam says doctors informed him that the rib fractures were healing and could not comment any further about the infant’s injuries.
Officials with Christian County Public Schools released information today concerning back to school registration for the upcoming school year.
Any student entering Christian County Public Schools for the first time, as well as students entering the 6th grade will need to have school physical and up-to-date immunization record completed on a Kentucky form.
In an effort to make things easy for local parents, the Christian County Health Department has scheduled an opportunity for parents and caregivers to make an appointment and receive these services on Tuesday, July 31st.
For more information contact the health department at 887-4160.
In addition, to enroll a child in kindergarten, state law mandates that the student must be five years old by October 1st.
Required documents to register a child in kindergarten includes an official birth certificate, an up-to-date Kentucky immunization certificate, a second MMR, complete Hepatitis B series, a chicken pox vaccination, a physical examination completed on a Kentucky form, an eye examination by an eye doctor, a dental screening and a copy of a social security card.
The first day of school in Christian County is August 15th and for a copy of the 2012-13 school calendar and school supplies list, parents are urged to go to www.christian.kyschools.us.