Some of the hottest weather in several years is expected to impact western Kentucky in the next few days, with no relief in sight.
The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a Heat Advisory for their entire forecast area for Thursday through Sunday from 1pm until 7pm each day. Forecaster Jim Packett says conditions are just right for the mercury to soar each afternoon.
If all goes as expected, the weather service expects temperatures to top out a few ticks over 100 degrees.
Those who must be outside in the heat are reminded to drink plenty of fluids and to take frequent breaks in a shady area. Medical workers across the area are already preparing to treat an increased number of patients suffering from heat illness.
Winds in the 10 to 15 miles per hour range Thursday afternoon will also create an increased fire danger, according to the weather service, which says residents should refrain from burning anything outdoors in the windy and dry conditions.
A Clarksville man accused in a shooting incident in Christian County two years ago appeared in Circuit Court this morning.
20-year old Shannon Fairley is charged with complicity to first degree assault and wanton endangerment in connection with a shooting incident at the Woodland Heights Apartments in June of 2010 that left two teens with gunshot wounds and another with a head wound from being “pistol whipped.”
Police believe 22-year old Antonio Dooley of Clarksville was the man who pulled the trigger, but believe Fairley was the one who pistol-whipped the third victim. Fairley was already on probation in Montgomery County, but he told Judge John Atkins his probation violation there was due to a death in the family.
Judge Atkins says he is inclined to allow Fairley to make a reasonable bond, but he must first check with probation and parole officials in Clarksville to be sure he is okay in Tennessee.
Fairley will appear in court again Monday morning.
More has been learned about the alleged murder of a child in Hopkins County that resulted in the arrest of an Earlington woman.
Sources say 24-year old Kelley Kirby of Wilson Street, Earlington was the step-mother of the 4-year old boy who died this April after she said he fell while playing on a skate board.
The toddler was in the care of Ms. Kirby alone the afternoon he was injured by whatever happened, and he would die from his injuries at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
A news release from the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation determined the boy’s injuries were not consistent with a fall and that a Grand Jury indicted Ms. Kirby on murder and criminal abuse charges Tuesday, resulting in her arrest.
She remains in the Hopkins County Jail on 250-thousand dollars bond.
Murray State University has learned it will continue hosting Governor Scholars for three more summers.
A news release says Murray State, which operates a regional campus in Hopkinsville, was selected through a competitive bid process that is open to all private and public universities in Kentucky.
The Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program originated in 1983 with a mission to enhance the next generation of civic and economic leaders, while creating models of educational excellence for teachers and students.
Students must apply to be named Governor’s Scholars and they are judge based on their grades, ACT scores, letters of recommendation and other factors. If selected, the student attends a five week summer program at one of the hosting universities at no cost to their families.
Murray State President Doctor Randy Dunn says the school is very excited to know it will be part of the program through 2015.
The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest today in connection with a murder case involving a toddler.
24-year old Kelley M. Kirby of Wilson Street, Earlington is charged with murder and criminal abuse after sheriff’s deputies initially opened up an investigation concerning the death of a child in April.
The investigation allegedly revealed the child died while under the supervision of Kirby and authorities say investigators were originally told the child was injured in a fall.
Deputies closely involved in the murder investigation reported that the extent of injuries sustained by the child were not consistent with a fall.
The case was presented to the Hopkins County Grand Jury today and an indictment was returned for the arrest of Kelley M. Kirby, who was booked into the Hopkins County Detention Center.