An investigation of suspicious packages at a UPS terminal led to the arrest of two Madisonville residents yesterday.
A news release from Kentucky State Police says detectives obtained search warrants on the packages and discovered they contained a large quantity of marijuana.
Search warrants were also obtained for homes on West Center Street and Lindon Drive in Madisonville, where more marijuana was allegedly located. A total of 53 pounds of marijuana and 12-hundred dollars in cash were ultimately found and seized.
The investigation led to the arrests of 28-year old Kevin Sharp and 26-year old Kristen Casey of Madisonville on trafficking in marijuana charges. Both were lodged in the Hopkins County Detention Center.
The Clarksville Police Department plans on stepping up traffic enforcement on Tiny Town Road due to multiple crashes and fatalities occurring on the roadway.
Police say on April 30th, officers will be on Tiny Town to strictly enforce all traffic laws with a focus on reducing crashes and saving lives.
Since January, police say over 100 crashes have occurred on Tiny Town Road, with 28 of those wrecks involving injuries including one fatality at Tiny Town Road and Tara Boulevard.
Police say in 2011, there were three fatalities on Tiny Town Road with two of those being located at Tiny Town Road and Tara Boulevard.
This year’s WHOP Rotary Radio Auction continues to trail behind last year’s pace, though there are still two more nights to make it up.
Public and private schools in Christian County have certainly done their part this year, with schools bringing in a total of 44-thousand, 192 dollars. That number is a record and is 45-hundred dollars more than last year’s total, which was also a record.
The elementary schools presented their donations last night, with Millbrooke bringing the most money for student loans and scholarships.
A total of 94 items were sold last night for $9,441, far less than the 133 items sold on Thursday of last year, which brought in $12,702. The Century and Goat Clubs are now 11-thousand dollars behind last year’s pace, and the overall auction total is right at 8-thousand dollars behind the 2011 pace.
The auction resumes tonight at 7pm at the Memorial Building and on Newstalk 95.3 FM and 1230AM and online at whopam.com.
The newly appointed Christian County Public School Superintendent will likely have some flexibility in hiring new staff following tonight’s board of education meeting.
School board members approved to hold off on the hiring and firing of central office and school administrators until a new superintendent is appointed to allow the person the opportunity to hire new staff.
Sheila Cottrell was the only board member to vote against it and school officials say tonight’s decision will not affect the hiring or firing of other employees.
In other business, the school district is going ahead with plans to go paperless over the summer in an effort to cut down on costs.
Jessica Darnell told board members about new software that was recently purchased to make accounts more accessible and documents like pay stubs easier to read.
Darnell says by going paperless, the school district will save about $3,000 each year by not printing pay stubs and various payroll related documents and believes the new software will be available to school employees by July.
In other business, school board members decided to keep the contract between Hopkinsville Police and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office the same in providing a school resource officer in each school.
For fiscal year 2012-13, both agencies were asking for an increase totaling $5,750 to provide the same service.
Prior to their votes, Hopkinsville Police Chief Guy Howie spoke about the importance of having police presence in local elementary schools.
School board members then went into closed session to discuss pending litigation and took no action.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor was the keynote speaker for today’s Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club meeting and gave attendees a recap of her first term in office.
Pryor told local Kiwanians she looks forward to serving another six-year term, even though she says her first term in office was tough due to personal strife and obstacles she faced at work.
Pryor says despite the challenges she faced during the past several years, she says she vows to keep violent criminals behind bars and will continue to fight tooth and nail to keep the streets safe from criminal activity.
Following her speech, Pryor answered questions from the audience about her personal thoughts on current legislation and her personal life.
This month’s Kiwanis Club meeting was held at the Pennyrile Rural Electric Office located on East 21st Street, due to the WHOP Rotary Radio Auction being held inside the War Memorial building.