A Christian County school bus was involved in a wreck on Lafayette Road yesterday afternoon, though there were thankfully no injuries.
That incident happened around 3:30, when bus driver 63-year old Roxie Mounts of Hopkinsville reportedly turned her bus left off Gateway Lane onto Lafayette and into the path of an oncoming vehicle driven by 44-year old David Sova of Hopkinsville.
Sova tried to stop and veered off the road in an attempt to avoid a collision, but the two vehicles banged mirrors and Sova ran into a ditch.
Both drivers and the 25 students on board the bus went uninjured.
Word has come that former Christian County School system Superintendent Dr. Arthur Gene “Art” Kupisch has passed away.
Dr. Kupisch reportedly died Tuesday at his home in Marion, according to his obituary in the Paducah Sun. He served as the superintendent in Christian County in the early 1980’s, and also spent time as superintendent of schools in two Indiana districts.
Prior to his retirement, Dr. Kupisch was serving as assistant superintendent in the Crittenden County School System.
Dr. Kupisch wasn’t solely defined by his career in education, as he served in the U.S. Navy Aviation Reconnaissance before he went to college. He would go on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University, his master’s from Indiana University at Terre Haute and a doctorate in education from Indiana University at Bloomington.
Dr. Kupisch is survived by his wife Linda, son Koy, a step-daughter and two step-sons—including former Hopkinsville-Christian County Economic Development Director Lee Conrad.
Memorial services for Dr. Kupisch will be held at a later date in Mattoon, Illinois. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.
Tonight’s Hopkinsville City Council meeting was brief, but council members accomplished a lot during the regularly scheduled meeting.
Chief Financial Officer Robert Martin gave council members a positive report concerning the city’s pay roll taxes from the last seven months.
According to Martin, payroll tax collections have increased compared to the same time period last year.
Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp says the payroll collections from the past seven months shows the local economy is improving.
In other business, council members unanimously approved the 2nd reading of several ordinances concerning garbage, trash and weeds, the code enforcement board and disqualifying permits and licenses for delinquent city obligations.
Ward 6 Councilwoman Ann Cherry was absent from tonight’s meeting and Ward 3 Councilman Don Ahart arrived late.
A candidate for state representative will formally announce his platform in a Thursday afternoon ceremony at the Christian County Justice Center.
Republican 8th District candidate Max Sturdivant, Jr. will make his announcement at 3:45, according to a news release, which says he will detail his priorities to lower taxes, reducing state spending and eliminating unneeded regulations.
Sturdivant, who is a teacher at Heritage Christian Academy, says he believes it’s time for a change in Frankfort by replacing liberals in the house with leaders with a conservative voice and vision.
He faces incumbent Democrat Representative John Tilley in the general election.
Kirby Phipps Russell
The three local men accused in a home invasion in Graves County last week have been arraigned in Graves District Court.
WPSD TV reports that 24-year old James Kirby and 40-year old Richard Phipps of Hopkinsville and 29-year old Edwin Russell of Elkton pled not guilty. Kirby and Phipps are charged with murder, while Russell is charged with complicity to murder.
The prosecution alleges Kirby and Phipps shot Richard Jett when he answered the door and struck him with a weapon before shooting his wife, Sharon Jett, in the back. Richard died Sunday in an area hospital.
Ms. Jett took several more shots to the legs and body, but still managed to shoot Phipps in the side and hand. The TV station reports Phipps hid his arm in a sling underneath his shirt during the court hearing.
Russell was allegedly the driver who took Kirby and Phipps to the residence, and once dated the Jett’s daughter years ago. Russell reportedly told the others suspects they would find cash and guns at the residence and allegedly supplied them with a gun.