PHOTO FROM HILLBILLY RACING WEBSITE
Elected officials in Todd County are working on creating an entertainment permit process after residents living near the Hillbilly Racing go-cart racetrack in Daysville have complained about noise late at night.
Residents living on Pete Wheeler Road sent a petition to Todd Fiscal Court last week, which was read by their representative, Magistrate Brent Spurlin.
Todd County Attorney Mac Johns says he will work with track owner David Porter and the residents to hopefully find a balance of allowing racers and fans to have a good time while also addressing the concerns of neighbors trying to sleep.
Porter says he's willing to accept regulations from the county on his track and he and Johns have looked at a permit ordinance Logan County has that would set boundaries on what could be done and when.
Porter says he's started races earlier this year to get done earlier than in past seasons, though he acknowledged one night of racing went passed 1 a.m. due to rain. The racetrack's website says there will be races on three Saturday nights in October and at least two times in November.
Nearly perfect weather helped turn out a large crowd for Guthrie Heritage Days this weekend.
Friday night was the Great Mail Robbery of 1938 reenactment and festivities continued through the day Saturday with dancing, food, music and a fireworks show.
Guthrie City Councilwoman Mary King said it was the best weather they’d ever had for Heritage Days and she was pleased with the turnout.
Todd County Public School System Superintendent Wayne Benningfield says he was very pleased with his district's standardized testing results.
Most pleasing to Benningfield, Todd County Central High School ranked in the top ten percentile in the K-PREP state standardized testing and the entire district came in as proficient.
Overall, the Todd County School System improved from being in the 57th percentile the previous year to the 72nd percentile last year. North Todd Elementary School improved from the 52nd to the 57th percentile last year and improved from “needs improvement” to “needs improvement, but progressing.”
South Todd Elementary took a step back from the 80th to the 69th percentile last year and went from “proficient” to “needs improvement.”
The most improvement in the district and one of the most improved schools in the state was Todd County Central High School, which is now listed as “distinguished” and is in the 91st percentile in Kentucky. It was only a year ago Todd Central was in the 32nd percentile and listed as needing improvement.
Todd County Middle School made the biggest drop in performance, falling from the 47th to the 33rd percentile and remaining on the “needs improvement” list.
Benningfield says closing all achievement gaps across the district is one of the biggest areas for improvements and they will refocus on those efforts.
He thanked teachers, administrators, school board members and students for their work and said the district's improvement wouldn't be possible without all of them.
Todd County Fiscal Court continued the process of choosing an architect for the Career Path Institute industrial training center, and they heard more from the County Attorney regarding the proposed Clarksville natural gas line project Friday morning.
A committee of Beverly Atwood from Hopkinsville Community College, Todd County Schools Superintendent Wayne Benningfield, Judge Executive Daryl Greenfield and Magistrate John Camp will look over proposals from architects, which will be accepted until October 25th.
Pennyrile Area Development District Director of Community Development Amy Frogue says its one of the first steps toward getting the major project started.
Meanwhile, Todd County Attorney Mac Johns told the court he recently met with a Clarksville City Council committee regarding the controversial natural gas line project, which will likely result in an eminent domain battle. Johns says his stance that Todd County would receive liability and danger without the benefit of being able to start its own utility seemed to be received well by committee members and he hopes to build on that.
In other action, Hillbilly Racing owner David Porter addressed noise complaints made by residents living near the racetrack on Pete Wheeler Road in Daysville. A petition was sent to the county asking them to shut the racing down at 10 p.m. Saturday nights and Johns said the county will try to work with all parties to resolve complaints while also allowing the racers to have a good time.
Todd and Logan counties will have a new District Judge after next year's election.
The Todd County Standard reports Judge Sue Carol Browning has sent out a letter to local attorneys and other interested parties saying she will not seek re-election after serving in that post for 18 years.
Judge Browning said the announcement came so early to give anyone interested in running ample time to make a decision. She defeated Kenneth Williams, Jr. in the 2010 election.