Todd County has joined several others in western Kentucky in instituting an outdoor burn ban.
Judge-Executive Darryl Greenfield issued a proclamation banning any outdoor burning due to ongoing dry conditions and said it will remain in effect until he rescinds the order when conditions improve.
Todd joins Muhlenberg and Hopkins Counties in instituting a ban.
Synthetic drugs continue to be a main topic of discussion for law enforcement officials across the country—particularly in the form of bath salts.
It was bath salts that the suspect in Florida was allegedly on when he was shot by police while attempting to eat a homeless man’s face off earlier this year. Christian County Sheriff’s Captain Chris Miller was one of the featured speakers at this morning’s Pennyrile Regional Citizens Corps Council meeting and said the epidemic is out-pacing the methamphetamine problem.
Captain Miller says good laws banning the substances have been passed in Kentucky and a few other states to slow the problem down, but parents should keep an eye out to be sure their children haven’t found away to get the products.
Traditional brands of bath salts do not fall into the synthetic drugs category, as the drug makers only call their product bath salts to allow them to sell the product legally in some states.
Thousands of elementary school students in the Commonwealth will be enjoying fresh produce during the upcoming school year as part of a federal program.
Over 1,600 elementary students in Christian County will benefit from the federal fresh fruit and vegetable program implemented through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
CCPS Spokesperson Heather Aubin announced which schools will be participating in the program next year.
Ms. Aubin then went onto to describe the purpose and goal of the program.
Officials say Kentucky received $2.7 million in funding for the upcoming calendar year and each participating school will receive enough money to operate the program based on about $53 per student enrolled as reported in October 2011.
Some of the hottest weather in several years is expected to impact western Kentucky in the next few days, with no relief in sight.
The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a Heat Advisory for their entire forecast area for Thursday through Sunday from 1pm until 7pm each day. Forecaster Jim Packett says conditions are just right for the mercury to soar each afternoon.
If all goes as expected, the weather service expects temperatures to top out a few ticks over 100 degrees.
Those who must be outside in the heat are reminded to drink plenty of fluids and to take frequent breaks in a shady area. Medical workers across the area are already preparing to treat an increased number of patients suffering from heat illness.
Winds in the 10 to 15 miles per hour range Thursday afternoon will also create an increased fire danger, according to the weather service, which says residents should refrain from burning anything outdoors in the windy and dry conditions.
A Clarksville man accused in a shooting incident in Christian County two years ago appeared in Circuit Court this morning.
20-year old Shannon Fairley is charged with complicity to first degree assault and wanton endangerment in connection with a shooting incident at the Woodland Heights Apartments in June of 2010 that left two teens with gunshot wounds and another with a head wound from being “pistol whipped.”
Police believe 22-year old Antonio Dooley of Clarksville was the man who pulled the trigger, but believe Fairley was the one who pistol-whipped the third victim. Fairley was already on probation in Montgomery County, but he told Judge John Atkins his probation violation there was due to a death in the family.
Judge Atkins says he is inclined to allow Fairley to make a reasonable bond, but he must first check with probation and parole officials in Clarksville to be sure he is okay in Tennessee.
Fairley will appear in court again Monday morning.