The man accused of raping a mentally-disabled woman living in his home and then molesting the children he fathered with her was found not guilty in a re-trial on some of those charges yesterday in Christian Circuit Court.
48-year old David Hoff had been previously sentenced to 10 life sentences for allegedly raping one of the three children he fathered with the mentally disabled woman he was also convicted of raping.
The Kentucky Supreme Court overturned the conviction involving the children and that case was re-tried yesterday. A jury returned a verdict of not guilty yesterday around 6pm, according to court officials.
Hoff will remain in jail on a 45-year sentence for the rape conviction involving the mentally-handicapped woman.
Christian County Public School officials today released the results of a new state-wide assessment that was administered to local students for the first time last year.
Throughout the school year, students in 3rd through 12th grades participated in the statewide administration of a variety of tests that are a component of Kentucky’s new accountability system, called Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness For All.
District Assessment Coordinator Tracey Leath says even though the new assessment is rigorous, it measures student growth, which will help teachers push students to reach their full potential.
The results from the new assessment also showed Belmont, Crofton, Holiday, Millbrooke, Pembroke, Sinking Fork and South Christian Elementary Schools scored at or above the state average.
When comparing gap scores with state averages, the school district average was above the state average for elementary school students.
Belmont, Crofton, Holiday, Lacy, Millbrooke, Pembroke, Sinking Fork and South Christian Elementary Schools surpassed the state average for gap scores
Hopkinsville High School scored above the high school state average on their measure of College and Career Readiness and Christian County High School scored above the state high school gap score.
The school district also scored above the state high school graduation score and officials say when comparing the overall score summaries with the state, Crofton, Millbrooke, and South Christian Elementary Schools scored at or above the state overall average with Hopkinsville Middle School scoring above the state middle school overall average.
There will be a ground-breaking ceremony tomorrow morning for construction of a new building for a local fire department.
Highland Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Mike Ezell says the ground-breaking will be at 10am. The new Highland building will be at 4812 Butler Road.
A Hopkinsville native who has been successful in several avenues of life will be the featured speaker at this year’s Kentucky New Era-Rotary Regional All-Star Team Awards Recognition Ceremony.
This year’s ceremony is set for Tuesday, November 13th at 6pm in the Hopkinsville Community College Auditorium and will honor area middle and high school students for their academic achievement.
The program began in 2003 and has recognized close to 1,000 students and over 100-thousand dollars has been made available in scholarships.
The featured speaker will be 1969 Christian County High School graduate Raymond Burse, who went on to graduate from Centre College and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University before earning a law degree from Harvard Law School.
Burse is the former president of Kentucky State University and recently retired from General Electric where he served in several capacities.
Burse says his speech will focus on encouraging students to continue their academic success.
Rain and cooler temperatures have improved the outlook for some of the crops in Kentucky this year, but the corn harvest was still forecast to come in very low.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture says the yield for corn was estimated at 68 bushels per acre, down two bushels from the September forecast. Overall corn production was forecast at 104.7 million bushels, slightly above the September forecast.
The extra rain did help the soybean crop, as production forecasts went up by 14 percent to 53.7 million bushels. That number is still seven percent lower than last year’s number due to this summer’s drought.
Burley production by Kentucky farmers was forecast at 148 million pounds, up five percent from the September forecast and 16 percent from last year. Dark fire-cured tobacco was forecast at 31.5 million pounds, up two percent from a year earlier.
Nationally, corn production is forecast at 10.7 billion bushels, down 13 percent from last year.