A very strong performance by schools helped this year’s Rotary Auction fall almost exactly in line with last year’s totals.
Hopkinsville High School raised a record $11,100, which was far and away the highest amount any school had ever raised in the history of the auction. The school, of course, won the award for most money raised and was the most improved.
Christian County Middle School raised $2,000 and won that division, while North Drive Middle raised the most per capita and was the most improved in the middle school division.
Overall, this year’s auction has brought in 150-thousand, 724 dollars—which is only 17 dollars behind last year’s pace. The efficiency of the auction continued last night as well, as 100 items were sold for a little over 21 thousand dollars, compared to 104 items for about 16-thousand on Wednesday of last year.
Hopkinsville Police recently conducted a search warrant and confiscated thousands of dollars worth of synthetic drugs and paraphernalia used to consume the illegal narcotics.
Police say a search warrant was executed yesterday on PizzaRoma on North Drive and officers recovered 44 cases of glass pipes that contained about 50 to 400 pieces per case and over 1,200 packages of synthetic drugs.
Police say the confiscated items were worth over $92,000 and that the amount that was seized was consistent with trafficking and not for personal use.
Hopkinsville Police say the case remains under investigation are charges and arrests or summonses are pending against the business owner.
The Clarksville Police Department has created a 10-member task force to curtail motorcycle thefts happening within the city.
Clarksville Police Chief Al Ansley says motorcycle thefts have sky rocketed over the past year compared to previous years and believes the thefts are an organized effort made by several individuals.
Within the past year, the police department responded to 59 motorcycle thefts and has recovered 9 bikes so far and has arrested several individuals allegedly involved in the thefts.
Chief Ansley says sport bikes like the Suzuki GSZR and the Yamaha YZF-R6 are what thieves are going after and he says most of the thefts are occurring at apartment complexes.
Chief Ansley is asking the public to be the eyes and ears of the community and report any suspicious activity.
In 2011, the police department investigated 215 motorcycle thefts and now police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver of a late model pick-up truck with multi-colored doors seen recently in surveillance video driving off with a stolen bike.
Police believe the driver of the pick-up truck was driving into town from the Ashland City area.
Individuals who have information about the pick-up truck or motorcycle thefts are urged to call the Clarksville Police Department at 931-648-0656.
Almost all areas of the 62nd Annual WHOP Rotary Radio Auction are performing extremely well, though there is one spot where the public’s help is needed.
The auction to raise money for student loans and scholarships relies heavily on cash donations of 100 dollars ore more, commonly referred to as the Century Club.
Auction Chair Frank Giles says those willing do donate cash can call 885-5919 and can even make that donation in installments through the year. Giles says extra efforts are being made to recognize donors this year, with their names placed on jerseys hung in the Memorial Building.
The Auction is each night from 7 until 10 on Newstalk 95.3 FM and 1230 AM and online at whopam.com.
Hundreds of Americans are needlessly killed each year in wrecks involving alcohol and far too many of those victims are teens.
Local first responder agencies teamed with the schools and P&E Distributing this morning for an awareness event aimed at preventing teens from drinking and especially drinking and driving.
Michael Pendleton is a Lieutenant at the Hopkinsville Fire Department and also works at P&E and says the agencies and schools came together to organize a teaching event to make the dangers real to seniors from the four high schools in the city.
Lieutenant Pendleton says videos of accident scenes were being shown to students so they could see the devastating effects of drinking and driving.
Pendleton thanked all four schools, the school district office and the police and fire departments for their cooperation in the event at the Bruce Convention Center.