The Kelly Community Organization will hold a community meeting Thursday evening.
A news release from Frank Brown says the meeting will begin at 7 at Kelly Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Madisonville Road. Anyone is welcome, but Brown says those living in north Christian County are especially encouraged to attend.
Brown says attendees will discuss the upcoming Kelly Little Green Men Days and will receive updates on neighborhood watch programs. Christian County Sheriff’s Captain Chris Miller will again give his presentation on the dangers of synthetic drugs.
Representatives of the Pennyrile Regional Citizens Corps Council, Westside Volunteer Fire Department and local elected officials will also be in attendance.
For more information, one can call Frank Brown at 270-885-1530.
The Todd County Courthouse hosted its final jury trial this morning, with the new Justice Center to open later in the month.
Circuit Court Clerk Mark Cowherd says the Todd County Justice Center will open to the public August 27th and that a dedication ceremony will likely be scheduled for a later date.
Todd is one of the last counties in the area to get a new justice center with money set aside by the state over a decade ago. Todd County Attorney Mac Johns mentioned the historic nature of the day’s event as he performed jury selection, saying the District Court jurors would be the last to serve in the current courthouse’s only courtroom.
The new Justice Center will have two courtrooms. The extra space at the old courthouse is much-needed, as Todd Fiscal Court currently meets in a relatively small room that leaves little room to move when many citizens show up. It’s very possible Fiscal Court could begin meeting in what is now the circuit and district courtroom in the coming months, much like what happened in Christian County.
Todd County will also be unique in that it will have three functioning buildings that have served as courthouses. The old courthouse on the square serves as a welcome center and the second courthouse will continue to house other county offices. Defense attorney Fred Greene of Russellville said during jury selection that he had participated in cases in all three buildings in his career.
Dozens of government installations across northeastern Afghanistan were attacked by the Taliban over the weekend, but Fort Campbell officials say the attacks caused relatively few deaths or injuries.
2nd Brigade Combat Team Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Townley Hedrick says he received a report that insurgent forces struck six districts in the Kunar Province, which included the district governors’ offices, police and army outposts.
Lieutenant Colonel Hedrick says the insurgent’s failed attempt to cause mass casualties is a great indicator that the partnership between soldiers from the brigade who are serving as advisors to their Afghan counterparts is going strong.
Lieutenant Colonel Hedrick says the attacks began around 1 a.m. and lasted until 8 a.m. on Friday and following the intense battle, the bodies of eight Taliban were found.
About 400 soldiers from the local brigade are deployed in Afghanistan in multiple advisor teams throughout northeastern Afghanistan for a 9-month rotation.
The number of Kentuckians diagnosed with diabetes has steadily increased over the years.
According to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 355,000
Kentuckians were diagnosed with diabetes in 2010, compared to just 109,000 in 1994.
In the Hopkinsville-Christian County area, patients are often diagnosed and treated by staffers at Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
Congressman Ed Whitfield visited staffers at Jennie Stuart’s newly established wound healing center, which sees a lot of diabetic patients suffering from various injuries like diabetic ulcers.
While visiting with hospital staff, Congressman Whitfield spoke about recently introduced health care legislation.
Whitfield is also the co-chair of the diabetes caucus in the U.S. Congress and following his visit at Jennie Stuart, he stated he believed the hospital provided top-notch health care services.
The Task Force on Pensions continues to work on finding recommendations on how to save Kentucky’s state employee retirement system and one area lawmaker says it’s time to make some tough decisions.
16th District State Representative Martha Jane King says she doesn’t think benefits should be reduced for current retirees, but changes will have to be made to benefit packages for new-hires.
Representative King says governors and the General Assembly have tried the “wait and see” approach long enough hoping investments might improve—which just hasn’t happened.
Representative King says she would also change the formula for how the pension is calculated. Among those serving on the task force which hopes to make recommendations next year is Representative Brent Yonts of Greenville.
Ms. King represents Todd and Logan Counties.