A dedication ceremony for the new Todd County Judicial Center will be held next month—nearly two months after the building opened.
Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield says the dedication will be Friday, October 26th at noon at the building on West Main Street across from Food Giant. The spacious building opened August 27th and features many luxuries the Todd County Courthouse couldn’t provide such as a second courtroom and much-needed space for court records.
The new Judicial Center is also much more secure than the courthouse, as residents must go through a metal detector at the door much in the same way as they do in Christian County.
The Kentucky Public Service Commission is once again seriously considering an area code change of some kind for western Kentucky.
A news release says the 270 area code will run out of phone numbers by the third quarter of 2014 if something isn’t done and that’s why they are considering either splitting the current area code region or doing an overlay of one region with two codes that would require hitting 10 digits every time you make a phone call.
A 2006 proposal would have split western Kentucky at the Christian-Todd line, meaning Elkton would have kept its 270 area code and Hopkinsville would be 364. The Public Service Commission says there is no assurance that dividing line would be kept and they are also seriously considering the overlay option where only new phone numbers would receive the new area code.
It is the second time in six years the new area code is being considered after the project was shelved a few years ago as more numbers became more plentiful again.
Public hearings will be held across the region next month, with dates and times to be announced later.
August rainfall has improved the outlook for farmers this fall, but forecasts are still well below last year’s yields.
The Department of Agriculture forecasts corn production in Kentucky to be at 104.3 million bushels, which would be up eight percent from the August forecast, but 42 percent below the 2011 level.
Yield was forecast at 70 bushels per acre, up five bushels from the August forecast, but well below last year’s yield of 139 bushels per acre. If the forecast holds true, it would be the lowest yield since the 1983 crop.
Soybean production by Kentucky farmers was forecast at 46.9 million bushels, up 17 percent from the August estimate, but 19 percent below last year’s final tally. Yield is estimated at 34 bushels per acre, five bushels above last month’s forecast, but five bushels below 2011 numbers.
The historic drought of June and July is almost completely to blame for the extremely low yields, but Ag officials say an August with plenty of rainfall helped improve on what could have been a much worse year.
Kentucky State Police say Raceland, Kentucky resident, Latisa Roark, received keys to a 2012 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic from KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer today after she won a raffle held by state police at the Kentucky State Fair last month.
Each year, KSP sells raffle tickets to raise money to help support Trooper Island, a free summer camp for underprivileged boys and girls aged 10-12 operated by KSP on Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County.
Financed completely by donations, the camp hosts about 700 children each summer where they receive good food, fresh air, recreation, guidance and structured, esteem-building activities.
This year the raffle raised $127,978.40 for the camp.
Kentucky State Police investigated a single-vehicle injury wreck this morning on I-24 at the 72 mile-marker.
State Police say around 6:09 a.m. preliminary investigation revealed that 47-year old Paul E. Jenkins of Lakeland, Florida was driving a 2001 International tractor-trailer eastbound on I-24 and was hauling cooking oil.
Police say as he was driving eastbound on the interstate, he fell asleep and as a result, the vehicle drifted into the median and overturned on the roadway blocking both eastbound lanes of travel including both shoulders of the roadway.
Jenkins was transported by ambulance to Trigg County Hospital, where he was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries.
State Trooper Michael Dennis continues to investigate the collision.
The Square Deal Fire Department, Hopkinsville EMS, and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet also assisted at the scene.