The local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1913 held its annual Memorial Day Commemoration at Riverside Cemetery this morning, where a fixture of the community and World War II veteran gave the keynote address.
Post 1913 charter member and former Hopkinsville City Councilman Tag Mabry spoke for about 10 minutes, honoring those who died in combat and remembering those who have died in the last year who were members of the local VFW.
Mabry says it took brave soldiers willing to die for their freedom to gain independence and it takes the same thing to keep it.
The price paid has been great over the centuries, but Mabry says the reward has been freedom and prosperity.
The VFW held another ceremony two hours later at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West, while ceremonies were also held at Green Hill Memorial Gardens, in Crofton and in Clarksville.
Area motorists are reminded the “Click It or Ticket” program continues through June 3rd and police are placing an extra emphasis on seat belt usage.
Police across Kentucky and Tennessee are participating in the national initiative designed to save lives of motorists by encouraging them to wear their seat belt. In fact, it’s the law in the Bluegrass and Volunteer States that everyone in a vehicle must be buckled in and Hopkinsville Police Public Information Officer Paul Ray says there are no warnings being written during the current campaign.
Hopkinsville Police have been issuing over a dozen tickets for seat belt violations per day since the campaign began and it continues through the end of the week.
Traughber (nearsest to camera) looks on at an Elkton City Council meeting.
The City of Elkton hired a new attorney at its special-called meeting last week, but he certainly is no stranger to the community.
Elkton native Jeff Traughber was unanimously approved by council and he began his duties immediately.
Traughber practices at Dillingham and Traughber Law Firm in Elkton and he says he’s always had an interest in public service.
He says his roots in Elkton give him an advantage over someone who may have been hired from another community because he has background knowledge of issues currently facing the city.
Traughber replaces longtime attorney John Kirkham.
The young man seriously injured in a wreck on Dawson Springs Road Saturday night remains hospitalized in Nashville.
Officials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center say 19-year old Erik Harris is in stable condition. Harris was injured around 6pm Saturday when he ran off Dawson Road near the Witty Lane intersection and drove down a large embankment.
The Christian County Rescue Squad had to cut him from his pickup and he was flown from Jennie Stuart Medical Center to Vanderbilt.
A Clarksville man faces several charges after allegedly stealing a large truck and driving it into a house while intoxicated.
A news release from Clarksville Police says officers were called to 121 Bluegrass Road around 3:20 this morning regarding a Building Supply truck that had crashed into a house.
When officers arrived, they found a truck had left the roadway, hit a tree, continued on, crashed into a house and then overturned in the front yard. A large portion of the front brick on the house was torn away and significant damage was done.
Police found the vehicle unoccupied, but found the drivers license of 21-year old Christopher Harlan Taylor of Dalewood Drive, which was only a few streets away. Officers found Taylor at his home apparently intoxicated and with cuts on his body that appeared to be recent.
He was taken back to the scene and refused a field sobriety test, saying he was drunk. He told officers his friends left him at a bar without a ride home and that he jumped a fence to steal the 50-thousand dollar Building Supply truck, which he drove through a locked gate.
Taylor was charged with vehicle theft, vehicle burglary, felony vandalism, DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and with being absent without leave from the Air National Guard in Smyrna.