Hundreds of local officials and business leaders attended tonight’s 124th Christian County Chamber of Commerce dinner.
The theme for this year’s dinner was Entrepreneurs: Paving the Road to Success with local historianWill Turner as the keynote speaker.
Turner spoke about various entrepreneurs and how they made an impact on the community with their generous donations and contributions over the years, including how Jennie Stuart Medical Center received its namesake.
Turner also spoke about WHOP radio personality Colonel Dink Embry and how listeners tuned in to hear him make jokes and talk about local events.
Following Turner’s remarks, Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp presented Demetria Choice, Don Henderson, David Ptaszek, Will Turner and members of the 2012 Diversity Conference Planning Team with the Make Your Mark award.
Meanwhile, Kevin Meacham received the Young Professional of the Year award, Dustin Gilbert was awarded the Bob Kelso Diplomat of the Year award and Tangy Roots was presented with the E-12 Business Start-up award.
The annual dinner was held at Bruce Convention Center.
The Christian County Board of Education had no comment to say after being in closed session for nearly three hours tonight to discuss hiring Superintendent Brady Link’s replacement.
During closed session, board members met with Madison County Assistant Superintendent and Chief Operations Officer Marvin Welch, who is the only candidate named to be in the running to become the next superintendent of the Christian County Public Schools.
Upon conclusion of the closed session, Board Chairman Barry Cornelius had no comment to say about whether or not Welch was offered the position.
Prior to tonight’s meeting, Welch met with various community leaders this morning during a breakfast at the Christian County Chamber of Commerce and told attendees that Christian and Madison Counties had several traits in common.
Welch says even though Christian County is more diverse than Madison County, he feels he’s equipped to help students of all backgrounds succeed and help this area continue to overcome the achievement gap.
Welch is among 15 candidates to apply for the superintendent position.
Hopkinsville Police are investigating a possible home invasion that took place late tonight.
Police say they received a call around 10:30 p.m. about the incident and found the male victim at his 513 Linda Drive residence suffering from severe head injuries.
Police say unknown suspects who wore masks attacked the victim and fled the scene in a silver or gray Taurus.
The victim’s name was not released and additional information about the possible home invasion has not been provided at this time.
Stay tuned to WHOP for more details as it becomes available.
Kentucky State Police in the Bowling Green district say they are proud of the results of the annual nation-wide Click-it or Ticket campaign.
Captain Ricki Allen says during the campaign, troopers made 13 DUI arrests, issued 483 seat belt violations and issued 27 child restraint citations.
State troopers also made 96 felony arrests, recovered a stolen vehicle and apprehended 83 fugitives and issued over 550 traffic related offenses.
Captain Allen was quoted as saying he was very pleased with the hard work that troopers put forth during this enforcement period.
State Police throughout the Commonwealth participated in the national campaign which lasted from May 21st through Sunday.
A golf scramble was held Wednesday morning for soldiers assigned to Fort Campbell’s 1-32nd Cavalry Regiment.
Commanders say the golf scramble is a way for soldiers to relax and enjoy the nice weather since the soldiers recently returned from intensive training at Fort Carson, Colorado.
Specialist Chris Epps along with his follow soldiers were on the golf course and having a good time.
Specialist Epps says having a day to relax after undergoing weeks and hours worth of training helps soldiers recharge their mind and bodies.