A lack of funding has prevented the Todd County School System from hiring a school resource officer this spring, but officials are still holding out hope for the fall.
The Todd School Board approved the hiring of a resource officer at its February meeting, expecting to use federal safe schools grant money. Superintendent Wayne Benningfield says the district still wants to hire an officer, but the funds just aren’t where they need to be yet.
Benningfield says the county used to get about $60,000 a year in safe schools grant funds, but the yearly amount has since been cut to about $15,000.
Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin says he will still attempt to have a potential school resource officer trained in time for next school year in hopes the funding will be there. The officer would serve at all four school buildings in the district.
State Senator Whitney Westerfield
Four state lawmakers representing different parts of the region spoke at Monday afternoon’s April meeting of the Pennyrile Area Development Board of Directors.
Third District State Senator Whitney Westerfield, who represents Todd and Christian counties in the PADD area, went over several pieces of legislation passed in the upper chamber during his first session and looked forward to the interim period. Westerfield says he and Representative John Tilley will co-chair the Task Force on Juvenile Crime Reform that will begin meeting next month.
The Industrial Hemp Bill will become Kentucky law, as Governor Steve Beshear has chosen to allow the ten days he has to veto Senate Bill 50 to pass without doing anything.
Governor Beshear says he didn’t sign the bill because of continued concerns presented by law enforcement in Kentucky.
He says he didn’t veto the bill because it doesn’t actually allow Kentucky farmers to grow the crop, it only sets up regulations for when and if the federal government was to ever release its restrictions on hemp.
The legislation passed the House and Senate by wide margins after being proclaimed dead and re-born countless times during this year’s session of the General Assembly. Many of Kentucky’s delegation to Congress are now preparing to push federal officials to release those decades old bans.
The websites for the WHOP Family of Stations have been changed and enhanced several times over the last decade and WHOP News is proud to announce a new feature this week for our Todd County listeners.
A Todd County News section has been added to both WHOP websites under the “News” tab at the top of the page. Bookmark the page and you can access our latest news pertaining to Todd County and Todd County only with the click of a mouse.
Those news stories will continue to be posted on the general “Local News” page, but the new feature is an attempt to make it easier for folks in Todd County to see news pertaining to them as easy as possible.
The Todd County News page is sponsored by the Bell Clinic in Elkton and by United Southern Bank in Elkton, Trenton and Clifty. We hope the people of Todd County will enjoy the new feature and future expansion of our news website is possible in the coming months.
An Elkton woman was killed in a single-vehicle wreck early this morning.
Kentucky State Police say 56-year old Sheila Austin of Elkton was northbound on KY 181 about two miles north of Guthrie near Cal-Maine Foods just after midnight when she lost control of her vehicle and ran off the right shoulder of the road.
Ms. Austin over-corrected and traveled into the southbound lane before running off the road again and her vehicle over-turned. Police say Ms. Austin was not wearing her seat belt and she was ejected, with Todd County Coroner Bob Whittlesey pronouncing her dead at the scene.
Trooper Ben Cox was assisted at the scene by the Todd County Sheriff’s Office, Guthrie Police and Todd County EMS.