Bullying continues to be a top concern for educators across the country with many school administrators implementing policies to address the troubling problem within the class-room.
According to the National Education Association, 1 in 7 students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade is either a bully or a victim or a bully with 71 percent of students reporting bullying is a problem at their school nationwide.
Christian County Public Schools Director of Pupil Personnel, Melanie Barrett discusses how the local school district is handling the issue on a daily basis.
Vaccine-preventable diseases like whooping cough and measles can have a devastating impact on a family or community and officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated.
Officials say over 50 people were reported to have measles and preliminary data from the CDC reports over 41,000 cases of whooping cough in the U.S. including 17 deaths last year.
Officials add that most of these deaths were in children younger than 1 years old with last year considered to be the highest number of whooping cough cases in any one year in the US since 1955.
Children are recommended to have the appropriate immunizations by age two in order to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases.
For more information about vaccinations, contact the Hopkinsville-Christian County Health Department at 270-887-4160.
Officials with Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will be waiving fees at participating facilities in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Officials say general admission to the Elk and Bison Prairie will be free and Wranglers Campground will also be waiving riding fees on Monday, January 21st.
LBL Customer Service Manager Brian Beisel states visitors are welcome to come out and enjoy numerous free outdoor recreation opportunities and to bring family and friends to enjoy hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, picnicking, and scenic driving in the great outdoors.
The USDA Forest Service is participating in the fee waiver day along with the National Park Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.
For more information about other free events and Land Between the Lakes, contact 270-924-2000.
At-risk youths in Clarksville will have another place to seek guidance in getting their life on track.
The City of Clarksville recently announced that a mentoring program, called Dream Catchers will begin Tuesday, January 22nd at the Burt-Cobb Center from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. with participants to meet weekly.
Officials say at-risk youths, ages 13 to 17-years old will be in a small group atmosphere and due to the sensitive nature of the topics covered in this program, a parental consent form must be signed in order for the youths to participate in the program.
In addition to small group sessions, officials say there will be presentations made by several guest speakers that will discuss how teens can make healthy and informed decisions, stay away from drugs and reach their potential.
For more information about the Dream Catchers youth mentoring program, contact the City of Clarksville’s Parks and Recreation Department at 931-645-7476.
Rep. Kenny Imes is the only new local member of the State House
The Kentucky General Assembly is officially in session after the gavel dropped in Frankfort this afternoon.
Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton administered the oath of office to all representatives soon after noon eastern time.
The local contingent in the House is mostly the same as last year, with the exception of portions of Trigg County where Kenny Imes represents the northwestern part of the county and all of Calloway. Representative John Tilley represents the rest of Trigg County.
Representatives Tilley, Myron Dossett and Brent Yonts represent Christian County and Representative Martha Jane King represents Todd and Logan Counties.
The local contingent in the State Senate is completely different from last year, as State Senator Whitney Westerfield now represents Christian, Todd and Logan Counties—while Senator Stan Humphries represents Trigg and many other western Kentucky Counties. Four days of the session this week will be used mostly for administrative matters.