The 101st Airborne Division’s annual Week of the Eagles festivities continue through this week with many activities planned to test soldiers physically and mentally.
Tomorrow, hundreds of soldiers will be vying for the coveted title of being named the toughest Air Assault soldier and will also be participating in a combative competition.
On Thursday, military officials will be conducting a memorial ceremony in honor of the hundreds of local soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Week of the Eagles will conclude on Friday with a division review, which will likely be conducted by Major General James McConville.
Unemployment rates continue to show improvement in western Kentucky with many local and state officials saying more can be done to further lower joblessness in the Commonwealth.
Christian County went from a 12.9 percent unemployment rate last June to 11 percent this June, Todd County had a 9.5 percent unemployment rate last year to 7.8 percent this year, while Trigg County recorded having a 10.8 percent unemployment rate last year to 8.8 percent this year.
A 12-month labor market snap shot provided by the Western Kentucky Workforce Investment Board indicates Ballard and Fulton Counties were the only ones to have rising unemployment rates for the same time period.
Ballard County’s unemployment rate increased slightly from 8.8 percent to 8.9 percent from June of last year to June of this year.
Fulton County went from having a 15.2 unemployment rate last year to having a 17 percent unemployment rate this year.
Fulton County has the highest jobless rate in Western Kentucky.
Michael Pape with Congressman Ed Whitfield’s Office says the Congressman recently embarked on a 10-day tour of the district and spoke with dozens of employers that were struggling in this economy.
Pape explains why Congressman Whitfield and himself believe Kentucky businesses are being over regulated by the federal government.
Christian Fiscal Court approved first reading of a slightly increased property tax ordinance this morning, with only one magistrate voting “no.”
Court approved taking the compensating rate, which would theoretically keep the county’s revenue at the same level as last year. The rate would tick up from 18.1 cents per 100 dollars of assessed value to 18.3 cents.
Judge-Executive Steve Tribble says sticking with the same rate and losing revenue would be a step in the wrong direction.
Squire Tom Jones was the only “no” vote, saying county government could meet its obligations without the tax hike.
Court will hear second reading of the ordinance August 21st.
In other action, court approved going into a one-year contract with Advanced Correctional Medical to provide health care services at the jail. Jailer Brad Boyd says he believes the agreement will ultimately result in cost savings and it will also provide a few more weekly hours of nurse coverage in the facility.
Magistrates also approved first reading of a tax increment financing agreement for the Oak Grove Village project.
A public hearing took place at the Christian County Courthouse this morning regarding the possible transfer of water service from the county to HWEA in the near future.
Most of the areas in question are in the Pembroke region and not in any city limits. They include Pembroke Road, Old Edwards Mill Road, Salubra Springs Road and East Nashville Street. Davenport Lane and a portion of U.S. 68 west of Hopkinsville are also included.
Christian County Attorney Mike Foster says the county is currently buying water from HWEA and selling it to the customer, so a transfer of service would cut the customers’ water bill.
The transfer would require property owners to sign a consent for annexation into Hopkinsville, though it’s very possible the city would never make the annex happen.
Foster says the one resident who spoke against the measure did not want to be annexed and her concerns will be taken into consideration.
The hearing was only the first step in the process, which will require approval from various government agencies.
The 2012 fiscal year is just about over for the Christian County Relay for Life and this year’s goal has been met and surpassed.
Relay Chair Ashley Johnson says she can’t thank the community enough for raising over 130-thousand dollars for cancer patients and research.
Ms. Johnson says the achievement means even more considering the money was raised in a sluggish economy when money doesn’t go as far as it once did.
Ms. Johnson says preparations are already being made for next year’s relay.