Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp unveiled his proposed $29.1 million dollar budget for fiscal years 2012-13 this afternoon during the first Community Conversations event of the year.
Mayor Kemp says he has worked on the budget for several weeks and that he believes the budget reflects growth when most cities continue to struggle financially due to the economy.
Mayor Kemp says the proposed budget also includes noteworthy increases compared to last year’s budget and some of those increases includes over $351,000 to hire six new firefighters/paramedics and a 1.5 percent cost of living increase for most city employees.
The proposed budget will be up for discussion during the May 17th Hopkinsville Committee of the Whole meeting at council chambers.
Officials with Hopkinsville Community College’s Foundation recognized recent scholarship recipients and honored donors for their contributions during an inaugural luncheon at the community college today.
HCC President, Dr. Jim Selbe says it is very important to recognize individuals who have made financial donations throughout the years to the community college, especially since their contributions helps pay for tuition for students who are otherwise unable to do so.
The event’s guest speaker was HCC Alumnus Danny Anderson who was a feature speaker during Second Lady Jill Biden and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ Community College to Career bus tour in February.
Anderson says his education means the world to him and that having the opportunity to school is priceless.
Anderson graduated from HCC in 2008 with an associate of applied science degree in nursing and says he hopes to inspire others to further their education and achieve their goals in life.
Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson will be in Hopkinsville Monday and will make at least two stops.
His first event will be at 10:30am at the old Carnegie Library on Liberty Street, where official local historian William Turner says a ceremonial check of a half-million dollars will be presented.
The Carnegie Library Foundation plans to make the building into a tutoring and lecture center in addition to an art gallery. The grant money will go toward renovations of the interior.
Turner says the ceremony is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.
No fewer than eight candidates for political office and current office-holders will give “stump speeches” Saturday morning at the North Christian Old Fashioned Political Rally and Crafts Fair.
Organizer Frank Brown says the crafts fair begins at 8am Saturday at Gordon Park and the speeches begin at 10.
Brown encourages attendees to dress “old fashioned” and to wear political paraphernalia.
Scheduled to speak are Congressman Ed Whitfield, congressional candidate James Buckmaster, State Reprsentative John Tilley, his opponent Max Sturdivant Jr, Representative Myron Dossett, 15th District State Representative candidate Doctor Marshall Prunty, State Senator Joey Pendleton and his opponent Whitney Westerfield.
A young Hopkinsville man was arrested last night after he allegedly kicked a paramedic and said he wanted to go to jail.
An ambulance was called to 719 East 7th Street around 9pm to the report of a male having a seizure on the floor of a home.
The crew found 18-year old Kristopher Wyvel with good vital signs, but called police when he allegedly became combative. Officer Robert Sibal writes Wyvel had bloodshot eyes and that he seemed to be under the influence of some type of substance.
Wyvel allegedly kicked a paramedic as he tried to administer oxygen, saying he wanted to go to jail.
He was arrested and charged with assault of an emergency responder and public intoxication.