Senator Joey Pendleton of Hopkinsville was recently elected as chairman of a committee that oversees agriculture and rural development.
Senator Pendleton was elected as chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference at its 66th annual meeting that was held on Monday in Charleston, West Virginia and he was also appointed to the Policy Committee.
Senator Pendleton was quoted as saying that he felt honored to be elected chair of such an important committee and that his new role will not only provide him a greater opportunity to share ideas with his counterparts in other states, but also the concerns and issues facing the Commonwealth.
Senator Pendleton has served as vice-chair of the committee for the past couple of years, which some of the committee initiatives include rural housing, agricultural education, updates on international trade and agriculture, state actions on animal welfare and conservation and farmland preservation.
Thanks to the generosity of residents and Kentucky State Police, nearly 50 under privileged youths had the time of their lives during a recent summer retreat.
Last week, about 47 boys and girls from the Kentucky State Police Madisonville and Mayfield Post Districts attended Trooper Island Camp.
Prior to their departure for their week-long extravaganza, youths were treated to a cookout at the Madisonville Post, which was provided by Richard and LaNelle Gordon of Madisonville, Woodmen of the World Lodge #92 and Kroger of Madisonville.
State Police say during their week long stay on the island, the youths participated in numerous activities like swimming, canoeing, archery and fishing, just to name a few of the activities.
Trooper Island is located on Dale Hollow Lake near the Cumberland and Clinton County line and was created in 1965 for underprivileged boys and girls between the ages 10 to 12 years old that would otherwise not have the chance to attend a summer camp.
State Police say about 700 youths from across the state attend the camp each year.
Kentucky State Police want to remind local citizens about a possible money scam that has been circulating.
State Police say in a recent incident, an unknown person called an individual and told them that a family member had been involved in some type of vehicle wreck and needed money wired to them.
Police say the caller then told the victim to withdraw $3,500 from their bank and go to Wal-Mart and wire it to an address in Athens Greece.
The latest incident occurred in Bowling Green, but state police want to ensure that Hopkinsville-Christian County residents and those living in surrounding counties don’t become the next victim.
KSP want to remind citizens to beware of these types of scams and to never wire money to strangers and to always double check with other family members when wiring money to a relative.
(photo taken by WHOP's Marie Fainter)
The Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana continues to lead the nation in preparing soldiers for combat in war torn countries like Afghanistan.
JRTC is a place where soldiers from across the nation, come to train and perfect their war-fighting skills and military officials say preparing soldiers for war is a priority, since each soldier plays a very important role.
The 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat, which includes the 1-32nd Cavalry Regiment recently returned from training at Louisiana with Battalion Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Taylor talking about one of the many mock missions he conducted alongside his men over the course of the month long training.
Lieutenant Colonel Taylor talks about conducting combat patrols, which he says is something his soldiers will frequently do while they are deployed in Afghanistan.
As part of President Barack Obama’s troop draw down, only a select number of soldiers in the brigade will be deploying to Afghanistan.
Christian County School System Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill says her administration has already done some work on planning strategy to make the district all it can be—but the final plan can’t be written until the latest test data is received.
Ms. Gemill says initial indications indicate testing results from last school year won’t be as positive as most would hope, but it will show her where the system can improve.
She says her enthusiasm to work and improve the school system has been born out of life experiences and she wants to find ways to help faculty and staff feel as passionate as she does.
Ms. Gemmill talked about re-structuring the front office and said employees at the district office will spend as much time in school buildings this year as they will on Glass Avenue. You can hear all of the superintendent’s remarks on our weekly public affairs program, Don’t Be Afraid to Say It, this Sunday morning at 9 on Lite 98.7.