It’s not uncommon for kids to get a day off from school from time to time in the winter, but it does become unusual when it’s 60 degrees outside.
That’s the situation Lacy Elementary School students find themselves in as a power outage closed that building for a day. District Spokesperson Heather Aubin notified media just after 6 this morning that Lacy students would be dismissed before the day began.
Pennyrile Rural Electric says a power line was reported down around 2:15 this morning, knocking electricity out to about 547 customers in the Lacy area. Crews are on the scene of the problem and Pennyrile says the lights will be back on as soon as possible.
2012 United Way of the Pennyrile Campaign Chair, Mayor Dan Kemp could hardly contain himself tonight as he excitedly announced that the total amount raised during the fundraising campaign, exceeded everyone’s expectations.
The total amount raised last year was $754,163 which far exceeded the campaign goal of $738,000 with organizers saying it would not have been possible without the efforts of hundreds of volunteers.
Mayor Kemp stated he was proud to live in a community, where residents and business leaders give back to worthy causes like the United Way.
Mayor Kemp also stated he was thrilled to announce the total fundraising amount.
Award-winning director, writer, producer and actor Spike Lee is scheduled to speak at Murray State University next month.
Lee will be the featured speaker for the 2013 MSU Presidential Lecture Series, where he will discuss race relations, stereotypes in Hollywood, and social and political agendas.
The lecture will take place Monday, February 4th at 7:30 p.m. in Murray State’s Lovett Auditorium.
The event is free to attend and is open to the public.
Former speakers in Murray State’s prestigious Presidential Lecture Series include James Carville, Ben Stein, Desmond Tutu, Richard Norton Smith, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Benazir Bhutto.
Individuals seeking shelter have another place to turn to for assistance.
Reverend Emmanuel Luther of Freeman Chapel and Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp made a joint announcement that beginning tomorrow, Freeman Chapel, located at 137 South Virginia Street will open its basement for daytime shelter services from 9 am through 5pm daily.
Shelter services will include restroom facilities, a television, and refreshments like hot coffee, juice, and continental snacks.
Reverend Luther stated members of his congregation look forward to working to meet the needs of a changing community.
The local Salvation Army, another program partner, will also continue to offer meals at noon and evening shelter services at its facilities on East Seventh Street.
Officials are anticipating that the Freeman Chapel’s daytime shelter will run during the cold weather season and wrap up in the spring.
Mayor Kemp remarked that he is appreciative that officials at Freeman Chapel have stepped up to fill a need in the community.
For more information about the shelter, contact 270-886-2186.
Officials with the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library wants to remind local parents that registration to participate in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library remains ongoing.
Officials say all children from birth to five years are eligible to receive a free book every month through the program, who reside in Christian County.
Registration forms are available at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, The YMCA, The Boys and Girls Club, Crofton pharmacy, Oak Grove Community Center, Aaron McNeil Center and at the Robert Sink Library located at Fort Campbell.
Officials say the next order deadline is January 31st with children to receive the first book in March.
For more information please call 270-877-4263.