Preliminary statistics released by Kentucky State Police indicate that 12 people died in 12 separate wrecks on state roadways from Monday, August 27th through Monday.
State Police say seven of the victims were in passenger vehicles and that five were not wearing seat belts.
Single fatalities were reported in Fayette, Floyd, Hardin, Jefferson, Laurel, Madison and Metcalfe Counties with the fatal wreck in Laurel County involving the suspected use of alcohol.
State Police say there were no fatal wrecks in Christian, Todd and Trigg Counties.
Through Monday, preliminary statistics indicate that 481 people died on Kentucky roadways during 2011, which is two less than what was reported for this time period last year.
Law enforcement in Christian County continue to wage war against drug activity in the community.
U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, David Hale recently traveled to Hopkinsville to make a joint announcement concerning the seizure of hundreds of pounds of illegal drugs and the arrests of individuals involved in the criminal activity.
Hale says without the partnership between federal, state and local agencies the massive drug busts would not have been possible and that Christian County is a model area for other agencies to emulate especially when it comes to partnering up with other organizations to eradicate drugs in a community.
Hopkinsville Police Chief Guy Howie adds in addition to conducting drug busts throughout the city, officers are going to schools to talk to students about the dangers of drug use.
U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, David Hale says he hopes the recent drug busts and local efforts to eradicate drugs in the area will send a clear message to drug dealers that they are not wanted in the community.
Officials with Christian County Public Schools say parent involvement in their child’s academic life is very important, especially since their future depends on their support and guidance.
District Spokesperson Heather Aubin says she was pleased to see so many parents show up to attend last week’s Parent University Sessions concerning the state mandated Explore and Plan tests for 8th and 10th grade students.
Ms. Aubin says the two tests are a great tool to determine a student’s strengths and weaknesses, which will then help teachers hone in on problem areas.
Many citizens across the nation, are concerned that time has run out for Washington to put an end to the 2011 Budget Control Act from taking effect, which calls for $500 billion to be cut from the defense budget over the next ten years.
If it’s allowed to occur, it would take affect January 2nd if Congress does not come up with a deficit reduction plan.
It’s unclear how sequestration will impact the Fort Campbell military installation with many local soldiers and their families saying it would have a highly destructive impact if it takes effect.
Christian County Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Director and Army spouse, Kensley McLellan says sequestration is disrespectful to the men and women in uniform.
Mrs. McLellan says she hopes something can still be done in Washington before sequestration takes effect and she says such a drastic move is unnecessary.
In an effort to show their support to the military, this summer community leaders in Christian and Montgomery Counties and surrounding areas signed a joint resolution of support to stop sequestration.
The Democratic National Convention is the focus of national politics this week and a Caldwell County man is making his first appearance as a delegate.
Danny Patterson of Princeton represented Caldwell County at the state convention and says he felt honored to be selected to represent Kentucky in Charlotte this week.
Patterson says it’s been a fun time so far, with the North Carolina city not lacking for excitement.
There is no shortage of people from Western Kentucky at the convention, as Patterson says he’s already spoken with residents of McCracken, Trigg, Lyon and Christian County.