Christian Fiscal Court has agreed to make a financial contribution to a group which is attempting to find the reason Little River tested with a high level of e-coli a few months ago.
Two members of the Little River Consortium spoke at this morning’s Fiscal Court Meeting and said the state did a pollutant test near Skyline Drive after a minor flood that showed the high e-coli levels—something that isn’t out of the ordinary when water levels have been high. Even so, the state designated Little River as “impaired.”
That designation could have negative impacts to Christian County farmers if something isn’t done, according to Christian County Attorney Mike Foster.
Foster says the consortium will test the river in more than one place and contract with the United States Geological Survey to be sure their data will be accepted by state officials.
Fiscal Court agreed to contribute ten thousand dollars with a unanimous vote. In other action, Court agreed to continue being the “pass-through” agent for grant money used in the Pennyrile Forest mountain biking training trail construction work.
A significant number of Hopkinsville residents will be voting in a new precinct location this election day.
Christian County Elections Coordinator Melinda Humphries says those who have voted at Christian County Middle School in the past should be aware they will vote in the new Christian County Middle School building across the street this time around.
Voters who normally cast a ballot at North Drive Middle School will instead vote at Christian County Middle School and those who usually vote at Faith Lutheran Church will now do so at Indian Hills Elementary School.
Those who voted in the past at the Public Library will now vote at Pennyrile Electric and voters who have gone to First Christian Church to vote before will now go to St. Johns United Methodist Church instead. One of the more subtle changes is a move next door from Hopkinsville High School to Hopkinsville Middle for voters in that precinct.
Ms. Humphries says voters will receive a notification in the mail if their precinct has changed.
She says the changes are already reflected on internet sites designed to show voters where they should go to vote.
A relatively high voter turnout will be likely this November, as it is of course a presidential election.
There are now sufficient candidates running for City Council in Oak Grove to fill all six seats after Election Day.
Filing to run as a write-in candidate recently was Jan-Menno O’Brien of 509 Katie Street. Oak Grove City Council is a non-partisan board, but only five candidates had filed for the six seats at the non-partisan deadline earlier this summer.
The five candidates whose names will be on the ballot are James McKnight, Tim Johnson, Janet Edwards, Bea Burt and Randy Pierce.
Officials at the courthouse say at least one person has picked up papers to run as a write-in candidate for Lafayette City Council after only three candidates had filed to run for the four seats after the non-partisan deadline.
No one was injured in a shooting incident on Barkwood Drive in Clarksville last night that reportedly started over a balloon.
A news release from Clarksville Police says a confrontation began after a two-year old took a balloon from a house that was going to be shown to a realtor. When the balloon was retrieved from the child by a 24-year old male, an argument began with some of the residents at the dead end of Barkwood.
The 24-year old man and a 41-year old woman with him retreated to a car and attempted to leave when a ford thunderbird with five men inside arrived and tried to block their path.
The males got out of the Thunderbird and one began firing shots at the victims with a handgun. The victim driving the car attempted to back away, but got stuck in a culvert. The five men in the Thunderbird got back into their vehicle and fired more shots as they drove away.
The vehicle had several bullet holes, as did a nearby home. Police were not able to locate the suspects, but have issued an arrest warrant for 22-year old James Antonio Bagwell of Clarksville, who is facing criminal attempted homicide charges.
Anyone knowing his whereabouts should call the tips line at 931-645-8477.
The suspect accused in the shooting death of a Hopkinsville man Sunday morning in Oak Grove has been extradited from Clarksville to the Christian County Jail.
A warrant for murder charges was served on 22-year old Hersey Mitchell of Persimmon Court, Clarksville yesterday. Mitchell had been in the Montgomery County Jail since Sunday after he allegedly shot and killed 23-year old Shannon Fairley of Hopkinsville at the Mapco convenience store near the Oak Grove Wal-Mart.
A pursuit following the shooting extended into Tennessee and the Clarksville Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office assisted in Mitchell’s eventual arrest.
Mitchell is in the Christian County Jail on one million dollars bond. Arraignment is scheduled for today.