Kentucky has received a $1.6 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide long-term recovery assistance to residents of the Kentucky counties hit hardest by the March tornadoes.
Governor Steve Beshear stated “Our statewide efforts to help these communities recover have included a wide range of activities from clearing debris to rebuilding local infrastructure.
The grant will provide long-term recovery disaster case management services to residents of Grant, Johnson, Kenton, Laurel, Lawrence, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Morgan and Wolfe counties.
Services will be available for 18 months with the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living, housed within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, to administer the grant.
For more information, contact the Department for Aging and Independent Living at 502-564-6930.
Officials with Whayne Supply Company of Hopkinsville will be holding a grand opening tomorrow to celebrate the company’s expansion, which represents a $3.5 million investment for a new facility.
Officials are inviting the community and local dignitaries to attend the grand opening of its new facility.
The new facility will allow the company to expand its operations in the region and is projected to add several new positions at the location.
Construction for the project began in March.
Whayne Supply Company President, Monty Boyd, Whayne Supply Company in Bowling Green Vice-President, Brian Cambron, Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp and Christian County Judge Executive, Steve Tribble will be in attendance of the occasion.
The grand opening is open to the public and a ribbon cutting is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. with an open house to take place from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. at 211 Commerce Street.
Whayne Supply Company has been in operation in Hopkinsville since 2009.
A local woman was arrested last week for allegedly forcing her children to live in filth.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office was called to 70 Peach Street by social workers, who believed two young children were living in dangerous conditions. The police report says the three-bedroom trailer was covered in garbage and rotting food.
The walls and ceiling were reportedly covered in food splatter, feces and urine. Police say knives were imbedded in rotting food in the children’s rooms with the sharp side up.
The report says there was no food in the trailer that wasn’t rotting and that maggots were everywhere. Arrested and charged with first degree wanton endangerment was 29-year old Cynthia Cole of Peach Street. She was also served with a warrant for failure to appear in court on traffic violations.
Cole remains in the Christian County Jail on six thousand dollars. The children were removed from the home.
A former Hopkinsville-Christian County Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week was arrested Saturday night.
Arrested at 1201 Cates Street just after 10pm Saturday was 28-year old Decole Latrell Love of Hopkinsville. He was served with warrants for second degree escape, flagrant non-support, failure to appear in court and contempt of court. Police found Love after someone called the ECC saying he was causing a disturbance in the street and trying to start a fight.
He was lodged in the Christian County Jail.
Republicans in the state senate will meet tomorrow to choose their leaders for the upcoming session and State Senator-Elect Whitney Westerfield says he believes all of the candidates have the best interest of Kentucky in mind.
The recently elected Westerfield wouldn’t say who he is voting for when the Republican Caucus meets, but did say he’s met with all of the major players seeking a spot in leadership.
The session will begin without longtime Senate President David Williams, who accepted an appointment by Governor Steve Beshear to a judgeship in his district. Senator Robert Stivers of Manchester and Senator Bob Leeper of Paducah are two of the primary candidates to replace him.
Westerfield says Williams’ reputation across the state—deserved or not—may have sometimes been an obstacle to progress that won’t be there any longer.
Senate Republicans will also choose a floor leader and Senate president pro-tem. Incumbent president pro-tem Katie Stine is expected to keep that position unopposed.