Over 2,500 crews from Sonic Drive-Ins set out in January to compete for the chance to be named the top Sonic in the nation in the Dr Pepper Sonic Games and employees from a Hopkinsville Sonic Drive-In are leading the way.
The Sonic Drive-In crew at 1019 West 7th Street is one of 12 final crews that have earned an all expense paid trip to San Antonio to compete in the National Finals of the 19th Annual Dr Pepper Sonic Games.
Officials say the Olympic-style games consist of a series of team and individual competitions in the areas of food delivery, drink preparation, food and service delivery.
The final 12 teams will also take part in Sonic’s National Convention with Gold, silver and bronze medals awarded to winners in front of SONIC executives and over 2,500 franchisees, managers and employees at the convention.
Law enforcement officials can all agree that drinking and driving is a recipe for disaster and recommends all motorists to refrain from such behavior.
In an effort to keep roadways safe, Clarksville Police will be conducting another city-wide impaired driving saturation patrols Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m.
Police say the intent of the patrols is to detect and apprehend drunk drivers through increased traffic enforcement.
The saturation patrols are partially funded by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.
U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, David Hale traveled to Hopkinsville this afternoon to make a major announcement concerning the recent arrests of alleged drug dealers and the ongoing investigation and prosecution of persistent drug and violent crime offenders in the area.
This summer, federal agents teamed up with Hopkinsville Police and arrested over a dozen suspected drug dealers operating out of Christian County, adding to the 45 federal defendants charged since 2009.
Hale says without the partnership between federal agents and local law enforcement, these recent arrests would not have been possible.
The Christian County Public School System has announced the hiring of two women to positions in the central office.
A news release says Melanie Barrett has been selected as the Director of Pupil Personnel. Ms. Barrett fills the vacancy left when Kathy Hancock became the district’s Chief of Operations Officer.
Ms. Barrett is already at work in her new position and says her primary job will be to reduce truancy.
There are several pro-active strategies that will be utilized, though all are focused on communication between the district and parents.
Ms. Barrett most recently worked as an Assistant Principal at Christian County High School. She also served as coordinator of the Workforce Investment Act and as the Coordinator of the Academy of Continuing Education.
Meanwhile, former Todd County School System Assistant Superintendent Vicki Myers has been named as the new Director of Personnel. Ms. Myers fills the vacancy left by Laura Morris, who now serves as the district’s Chief Administrative Officer.
Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill says she believes the two women will thrive in their new positions while making great advancements in the education system.
The Hopkinsville Human Relations Commission is once again seeking nominations for the Hal and Bettye Thurmond Award.
Submissions must include a brief bio of explanation stating why you believe the person is worthy. Hal and Bettye Thurmond worked in the 1950’s and 60’s to integrate housing, lunch counters and public schools in Christian County. Hal Thurmond was was the owner of Blue Lake Block and was president of the Chamber of Commerce. His efforts helped establish the Human Relations Commission and his wife Bettye would become the Executive Director.
This year’s winner will be announced at the Mayor’s Unity Breakfast on October 25th at the Holiday Inn, where HCC President Doctor Jim Selbe will be the keynote speaker. Nikki Radford was the winner of last year’s award.