After 25 years of service to his department and a lifetime of service to his community and country, Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin will retire at the end of August.
Marklin joined the Marines in 1972 shortly after graduating from Todd County Central High School and fought in the Vietnam War. After getting out of the military in 1976, he was hired by then Sheriff Robert Miller as his only paid deputy when the department was still located on the square. They soon moved to the current location in the Todd County Courthouse.
Chief Marklin spent a good portion of the 1980's working with the State Park service, including time as a Park Ranger at Pennyrile Forest Resort State Park, before joining the Elkton Police Department July 1, 1988.
He continued the DARE drug prevention program in Todd County, even after funding was cut, thanks to cooperation between the city and school system. Chief Marklin says administering the program is one of the things he's most proud of in his career.
Chief Marklin says he doesn't know what the next step in his career will be, but he'll take a little time off to think about it.
As many people say heading into retirement, Chief Marklin says he has a variety of emotions as the day approaches.
Elkton Mayor Nancy Camp says they have already begun talking to candidates whose applications were already on file at the Police Department, but that no permanent or interim replacement has been chosen yet.
A Logan County man went uninjured in a head-on collision in Warren County Thursday afternoon that killed the other driver.
A news release from Kentucky State Police says 60-year old Larry McGrew of Rockfield was driving a pickup when he rounded a curve on Browning Road in the wrong lane and hit a tractor-trailer driven by 49-year old Karl Thomas of Lewsiburg head-on.
Both drivers were wearing a seat belt and McGrew was pronounced dead at the scene by the Warren County Coroner's Office.
Kentucky's unemployment rate was up significantly last month.
The Office of Employment and Training says the jobless rate jumped from 8.1 percent in May to 8.4 percent in June. That was also a tenth of a percent more than the unemployment rate one year ago and a seven tenths more than the national figure of 7.6 percent.
The number of people looking for work, but unable to find it last month rose by 5,134. It was the largest spike in the jobless rate for Kentucky in four years.
The construction and mining sectors continue to struggle. Over the last 12 months, the construction sector has lost 3,500 jobs and the mining sector 2,600 jobs.
Third District State Senator Whitney Westerfield was one of only 12 members of the General Assembly to receive the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce MVP Award this year.
Chad Harpole of the Chamber presented the award to Senator Westerfield for sponsoring Senate Bill 157, also known as the Kentucky Drug Free Workplace Bill. It would lessen workers compensation costs for Kentucky businesses by shifting the burden of proof to the employee when they test positive for drugs or alcohol after being injured in a workplace accident.
Senator Westerfield says the award was truly an honor, considering it came after his first session.
The bill failed to pass this year due to some issues with language, but it will likely come up again next session. Senator Westerfield says it would also implement addiction treatment options for those who choose to self-report problems with drugs or alcohol.
It's certainly not the first time a local lawmaker has won the MVP Award. State Representative John Tilley was presented with the honor last year.
The food services at the Todd County Jail will soon be operated by a private company after action by Todd Fiscal Court Friday morning.
Magistrates unanimously approved a contract with Kellwell Food Management to administer the program at the jail, pending the approval of the contract by County Attorney Mac Johns. Jailer Greg Allen says Kellwell provided a detailed sliding scale on the price of a meal based on the number of inmates being housed.
Doing the food service in house, Allen says the cost remains about the same regardless of the jail population.
Tiger Foods also submitted a bid, but its sliding scale began with an assumption of 100 inmates, which the Todd County Jail doesn't currently have. The Kellwell bid listed a cost of about $1.56 per meal served when there are between 90 and 100 inmates.
Meanwhile, Allen says there's still a great deal of uncertainty regarding how the closure of the private Marion Adjustment Center will impact county jails. He's still awaiting word on how many state inmates the Elkton facility will get.
In other business, court gave Todd County Coroner Bob Whittlesey the authority to purchase a van up to a cost of $12,000. He already had the okay to buy one at $8,500, but said he couldn't find an acceptable van with low mileage at that cost.