The annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon was well-attended this year, with a South Christian Elementary School employee taking the highest award this year.
Named Staff Member of the Year was South Christian Computer Lab Coordinator Barbara Hunter.
The luncheon is similar in almost every way to the Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, in that it is an occasion to recognize the employees for the contributions they make to education the children of Christian County.
An attempted home invasion on Sanderson Drive Sunday night ended with the alleged perpetrator going to the hospital after the home owner fought back and shot him in the face.
The incident happened around 10:45 at 600 Sanderson, where 41-year old Byron Williams was at home with his wife and child when they heard someone apparently trying to force their way inside a back door.
A struggle ensued between Williams and the perpetrator, according to Hopkinsville Police Sgt. Mary Holland, who says Williams fired his gun into the suspect’s face when he saw the suspect reach for his waist band.
Sgt. Holland says the perpetrator did, in fact, have a gun on him when crews arrived at the scene. The would-be perpetrator was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he came out of surgery early this morning.
An arrest warrant against the alleged burglar is expected to be filed sometime early this week. Police have declined to release his name at this time.
A Millbrooke Elementary School teacher was named “Teacher of the Year” at this morning’s Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation Breakfast at the Bruce Convention Center.
Kindergarten teacher Lisa Bell received the highest award given at the annual event and said it’s an honor to teach the young boys and girls at Millbrooke.
Ms. Bell was one of 16 finalists from across the district who was nominated for the award. Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill gave the annual “pep talk” to teachers, saying they could be the only person in the world who believes in a young child in their room.
The Convention Center was packed for the event, which was presented by Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union and Murray State University. Public schools begin Wednesday in Christian County.
One of the three Christian County School Board members up for re-election says she isn’t running again.
District 1 Board Member Shelia Cottrell says personal reasons have made her decide to not seek another term.
Ms. Cottrell says she believes education of students is the most important task to get done in any community and hopes Christian County Schools will demand higher achievement.
Ms. Cottrell says she won’t rule out another run for the board when circumstances change someday.
Clayton Boyd is the only candidate who has filed for the District 1 seat so far, with the filing deadline set for 4pm Tuesday.
The mourning process is just beginning for the family and loved ones of the two Hopkinsville boys who drowned in a pool near Carbondale, Illinois over the weekend and their former teachers and administrators remembered them this morning.
A moment of silence was marked in memory of 12-year old Alik Monson and 14-year old Lewis Monson of Hopkinsville.
The boys had been visiting friends and an adult at the residence discovered the boys at the bottom of the pool Saturday night just before 7:30. A family member pulled them from the water and began performing CPR until paramedics arrived. The brothers were taken to Carbondale Memorial Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
The brothers had both been students at Martin Luther King Elementary and would have attended Christian County Middle together for the first time this week. Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill began her remarks at this morning’s Teacher Appreciation Breakfast by remembering them.
Police say the incident is being investigated as an accidental drowning.