Unemployment was up in seven of nine Pennyrile counties last month and Christian County still has the highest jobless rate in the region.
Statistics provided by the Office of Employment and Training show Christian County with an 11.6 percent jobless rate in June, which was identical to the rate from May. That equated to 3,162 people in Christian County who were looking for work, but who were unable to find it. It was a half point higher than the rate from June of last year.
Trigg was the only county to boast lower unemployment in June at 9.1 percent—down two tenths of a point from May. It was still two tenths higher than the 8.9 percent recorded in June of 2012.
Todd County's rate increased seventh tenths of a point to 8.5 percent, which was six tenths higher than the number from a year ago.
Muhlenberg County had the second-highest jobless rate at 11.1 percent and Caldwell County was lowest at 7.9 percent.
The state's unemployment rate was 8.9 percent in June and the national number was 7.8.
Magoffin County had the highest jobless rate in Kentucky at 18.5 percent and Fulton County was fourth highest at 17 percent. Woodford County had the lowest rate at 6.5 percent and Simpson County was the lowest in western Kentucky at 7.4 percent.
The former Todd County School System maintenance director who was fired for an alleged incident involving a student on a school trip to Lexington in March has been charged by police in Lexington.
The Fayette County District Court docket shows Darrin Cole will be arraigned July 30 at 1 p.m. and he faces one count of first degree sexual abuse.
The morning after the alleged incident happened, Todd County Superintendent Wayne Benningfield issued a news release saying allegations had been made that Cole engaged in inappropriate conduct toward a student on March 28 while serving as a bus driver and chaperone for a Student Technology Leadership Program Conference.
Cole was initially suspended without pay and Assistant Superintendent Mike Taylor conducted an investigation on behalf of the district. Taylor furnished the results of his investigation to Superintendent Benningfield, who made the decision to terminate.
Lexington Police spent over three months investigating before levying charges.
Hopkinsville resident and retired Kentucky State Police Detective Jerry Pepper has been hired as the next Police Chief in Elkton.
Elkton Mayor Nancy Camp says she interviewed multiple candidates after current Chief Bruce Marklin announced he would retire and Pepper just came across as the man for the job.
Mayor Camp says Pepper will begin his duties at the beginning of August and Chief Markin will help him get acclimated to the job for a couple of weeks before he leaves.
Pepper is a former criminal justice instructor at Hopkinsville Community College and formerly served as Director of the Kentucky State Park Rangers. He has run unsuccessful races for sheriff and jailer in Christian County over the last couple of decades.
Louisville businessman Matt Bevin plans to spend the rest of this week touring selected cities in Kentucky, making numerous stops to promote the Senate candidacy he announced Wednesday morning.
Bevin's entering the Republican primary, against 30-year incumbent and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, who he says has pulled the wool over Kentuckians' eyes.
He says he's running to talk about McConnell's record, his ideology, and the future of the Republican party.
About McConnell's position at the top of the Republican heap, Bevin asks what the incumbent plans to do with that power the coming 6 years, that he hasn't done in his first 30.
A spokesperson for Bevin's campaign says he will be making stops in Owensboro, Bowling Green and Paducah, but will not be visiting the southern Pennyrile during his tour.
An undercover operation led to the arrest of an Elkton man Monday on drug charges.
Todd County Sheriff’s Deputy Tracy White arrested 21-year old Roberto Balboa on charges of trafficking in marijuana. Deputy White says the arrest came after an alleged undercover purchase was made from Balboa.
Balboa is lodged in the Todd County Jail on $1,000 bond.