Hopkinsville Community College President, Dr. Jim Selbe announced a major development in the college’s agriculture education program.
Dr. Selbe says the college recently purchased the old Yellow Ambulance building located at North Main Street and Talbert Drive to be the future site of a new agriculture technology building.
According to Selbe, the new facility will include a computer lab, a large area to house agricultural equipment and class-room and office space.
The HCC President says the building needs a lot of repairs and he says renovation work should be completed by next fall.
In addition, Dr. Selbe says the purchase of the building was the apart of the college’s 50-year vision plan, which includes: service to agriculture, service to the military and to be a center for teaching excellence.
The Christian County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the hiring of Kensley McLellan as the new Director of Military Affairs.
According to Chamber officials, McLellan holds a Masters Degree and Undergraduate Degree from the University of Tennessee with majors in Marketing and Advertising and Human Resources Management.
McLellan’s first day of employment will be Monday, February 20th and she was quoted as saying she is excited to work for the chamber and that she would work tirelessly to uphold the standard of excellence at the Military Affairs Committee and at the Chamber.
The military spouse replaces Kelly Pendleton, who recently resigned from the position to pursue another job opportunity.
Preliminary statistics released by Kentucky State Police indicate twelve people died in twelve separate crashes on state roadways from Monday, January 30th through Sunday.
According to KSP, twelve of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and six of the victims were not wearing seat belts.
Through February 5th, preliminary statistics indicate 63 people died on Kentucky roadways since January, which is twelve more fatalities than reported for the same time period last year.
State Police say out of the 63 fatalities, 57 of those involved motor vehicles and 31 victims were not wearing seat belts.
Every state lawmaker who represents Christian County in the Kentucky General Assembly now has an opponent in this year’s election.
Filing his papers to run for the District 3 State Senate seat was Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Whitney Westerfield of Colonial Terrace, Hopkinsville. Westerfield is running as a republican and will face incumbent State Senator Joey Pendleton in the November general election.
Westerfield maintains a private law practice in Hopkinsville in addition to his duties as a prosecutor. He is a 1999 graduate of Christian County High School, a 2003 graduate of the University of Kentucky and completed law school at Southern Illinois University.
Senator Pendleton has served Christian County in the upper chamber since 1993 and has said this will be his final run for re-election. Neither candidate has an opponent in the May primary.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources reports several bats have tested positive for a fatal fungus at three Breckinridge County caves.
According to wild life officials, several bats belonging to three common species have all tested positive for white-nose syndrome.
Confirmation of the disease was reportedly made by staffers at the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study from Athens, Georgia and they reported the bats were located in privately owned caves northeast of Hardinsburg, within a 20-mile radius of each other.
Last winter, department biologists surveyed about 100 caves throughout the Commonwealth and the first reported case of the fatal fungus was documented in a cave located in Trigg County.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources reports the mortality rates of bats affected by the disease have reached almost 100 percent, but it's not a threat to humans, pets or livestock.