The unemployment rate was down in seven of the nine Pennyrile counties last month, including a significant drop in Christian County.
The Office of Employment and Training says the jobless rate in Christian County in November was 8.4 percent, down from 9.1 in October and down from 9.4 one year ago.
Unemployment in Todd County fell fourth tenths of a percentage point from 7.6 to 7.2 percent. Caldwell County had the lowest jobless rate in the Pennyrile at 6.4 percent, which was down a tenth from October. Hopkins County was close behind at 6.6 percent.
Trigg County was the only local county to see an increase in its jobless rate, as it went up a tenth of a point to 7.6 percent. Muhlenberg County’s jobless rate fell two tenths to 8.2 percent.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 15.1 percent. It was followed by Fulton County at 15 percent. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.4 percent.
A third suspect has been indicted by a Montgomery County Grand Jury in connection with a shooting incident in September that stemmed from a argument over a balloon.
The initial incident happened on September 24th, according to Clarksville Police, which 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 Drive.
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. Since that day, police had charged 22-year old James Antonio Bagwell of Clarksville with criminal attempted homicide charges and a 16-year old male juvenile with criminal solicitation of a felony.
A third suspect, 20-year old Detarius Lee Curry of Clarksville, was arrested Christmas Eve and charged with two counts of attempted homicide and reckless endangerment.
Coming off a deadly Christmas weekend, Kentucky State Police are reminding people to drive smart and sober during the upcoming New Year's holiday.
Troopers say eleven people were killed statewide in crashes between last Friday and Christmas Day. Three of the deadly wrecks are blamed on alcohol use. Six of the 10 victims in motor vehicles were not wearing seat belts and five people were killed in a single wreck in Knox County.
One of the fatal wrecks attributed to alcohol use happened at Crofton-Fruit Hill Road and Crofton Fire Tower Road in north Christian County early Sunday morning when a driver went through a stop sign and crashed into a tree, killing both people in the vehicle.
Through Christmas day, 729 people had been killed in wrecks on Kentucky roads this year. That was 16 more than the number from one year ago. KSP says 139 people have died in wrecks involving the use of alcohol this year alone.
Clarksville Police say they are investigating a vehicle theft at an apartment complex after a woman left her car running and unlocked.
The report says 19-year old Whitney Young of Elder Street left her vehicle running and unattended outside of her apartment just before 11pm Wednesday night. Ms. Young told Officer David Sohn that she didn’t see anyone outside when she went back in to her apartment quickly, but that her 2001 Ford Taurus valued at $2,500 was gone when she came back out.
The car is described as gold in color with a dent on the passenger side. Public Information Officer Jim Knoll says vehicle thefts become more common in the winter when people tend to leave their car running to warm up. Officer Knoll also points out that it’s against the law to leave a vehicle running and unattended.
A wreck in Graves County Wednesday afternoon sent two men to the hospital and resulted from the morning’s wintry weather.
Kentucky State Police says 67-year old Frank Vandyke of Mayfield was eastbound on Kentucky 348 around 2pm when he crossed a snow-covered bridge and lost control.
His vehicle traveled off the road, struck a tree and overturned. Vandyke and his passenger, 53-year old Donald Lassiter of Benton, were taken to Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah for treatment of their injuries.