A Calloway County Jail inmate escaped custody last night, only to be arrested again in his nearby hometown a short time later.
A news release from Kentucky State Police says 21-year old Bradley Watkins of Mayfield walked away from the jail around 10:30pm. About the same time, a van belonging to Bad Bob’s Barbecue in Murray was reported stolen to the Murray Police Department.
About 20 minutes later, a patrol officer with the Mayfield Police Department checked a suspicious person walking on a city street. It was determined the man was the escaped inmate and he was arrested and turned over to KSP.
Police soon found the stolen van at Wal-Mart in Mayfield and the keys to the van were found on Watkins’ person. Watkins had been serving time for convictions relating to auto theft, burglary, theft, criminal mischief and receiving stolen property.
He now faces escape charges and more charges are pending.
Retiring Superintendent Mike Kenner presents newly hired Superintendnet Wayne Benningfield with Todd Central apparel upon his hiring Thursday evening/photo by Adam May
Less than 24 hours after Christian County’s school board appointed a new superintendent, the Todd County Board of Education officially hired a new leader for the district Thursday evening.
Fulton County Instructional Supervisor Wayne Benningfield was hired on a unanimous decision by the board and signed a three-year contract at a salary of 95-thousand dollars annually. Benningfield was chosen out of four candidates who interviewed and 12 who applied.
Interviewed after the special-called meeting, Benningfield said he spent time in the southern Pennyrile in the 1980’s, including a tenure working with John Burman at Christian County Farm Bureau.
He says his goal is to prepare every student who graduates from Todd County Central High school for whatever path they choose—to make them as equipped for the next step as any student in Kentucky.
It was also the final meeting for retiring Superintendent Mike Kenner, who is ending a 33-year career in education. He was also interviewed by WHOP News and a story on his final days with the district will air in the coming days. Benningfield will begin his duties July 1st.
The 7th annual Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club Soap Box Derby is just around the corner and momentum is already picking up prior to the race.
A banquet was held at the James E. Bruce Convention Center tonight to recognize the hard-work of the young racers in creating their individual race cars.
Soap Box Co-Director Chuck Cummins says the banquet is important because racers are recognized for their efforts in building their own cars and helps pump them up for the derby.
Mr. Cummings says the soap box derby has become an annual tradition with many local families with school aged children.
This year’s soap box derby is scheduled to take place this Saturday on Bethel Street and will once again feature an adult oil can race with Senator Joey Pendleton and 3rd District State Senator candidate, Whitney Westerfield expected to compete against each other.
The Christian County School District has a new superintendent to start off the upcoming fiscal year and school board members say they are happy with their recent appointment of Mary Ann Gemmill to that position.
Ms. Gemmill will take the reigns of the school system on July 1st for an annual salary of $150,000 and out-spoken school board member Mary DeBow says she is looking forward to working with Ms. Gemmill.
Ms. DeBow explains why she feels she made the right choice in nominating Ms. Gemmill to be appointed as superintendent during a special called school board meeting Wednesday night.
Ms. Gemmill will be replacing superintendent Brady Link after serving in that capacity for the past four years and helping the school district improve student test scores on state exams.
Today marks the 237th Anniversary of the U.S. Army and all across the nation, military officials and communities are celebrating the momentous occasion.
Since its inception over 200 years ago, the Army has been involved in every major war from the American Revolution, World War I and II to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
1-32nd Cavalry Regiment Operations Officer, Major Dean Scaletta, who is stationed at Fort Campbell says he is proud to serve in this noble profession and has no regrets, despite multiple deployments to combat zones.
Major Scaletta, who is a 14-year veteran also says joining the Army was something he always wanted to do and spoke about the events that led up to his now successful military career.