The final day of 2011 was a tragic one in Trigg County, where a Cadiz woman died in a house fire on Princeton Road, also known as KY Highway 139.
Kentucky State Police responded to the blaze just before 11am along with the Cerulean and Montgomery Volunteer Fire Departments.
When crews arrived, the home at 3987 Princeton Road was already fully involved. KSP says 87-year old Mamie Banister of Cadiz and her daughter had been in the home, and that the daughter’s attempts to rescue her mother were unsuccessful.
Ms. Banister succumbed to her injuries and her daughter had to be taken to Trigg County Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.
The State Fire Marshall is investigating the cause of the fire and KSP was assisted on the scene by the Cadiz Police Department and Trigg County Sheriff’s Office.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Hughart and Beard Funeral Home for a legend in local media, who passed away yesterday morning at his home after a battle with cancer.
Robert Carter was inducted into the University of Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame last year for his long and very successful career at the Kentucky New Era, where he retired as Publisher in 1997 according to a story in yesterday’s paper.
Carter reportedly began working for the New Era in 1953 as an advertising salesman and worked his way up, gaining the respect of media outlets across the Commonwealth and nation.
Carter is survived by his wife Ann and daughters Beth and Jini.
There were no major mis-haps or incidents in the City of Hopkinsville while bringing in the new year, though HPD did arrest a man on drug trafficking charges yesterday morning.
The incident began as a routine traffic stop around 3:30am at the intersection of E 19th and Woodmill, according to the arrest card from Officer Robert Sibal, which says he pulled over 19-year old Brandon Smith of Hopkinsville for not having an illuminated license plate.
When he got to the vehicle, he reportedly smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from Smith’s vehicle and a search of the car turned up a quantity of the illegal weed in the console.
There was also reportedly a grinder in the vehicle, which is commonly used to grind marijuana. Smith was charged with Trafficking in Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, driving with more than one driver’s license and not having his license plate illuminated.
Someone attempted to break into a local ATM machine sometime in the last day or two.
The surveillance footage was going to be looked at to determine the exact time of the incident, but someone caused severe damage to the cash machine at the Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union on Glass Avenue.
The perpetrator reportedly damaged the exterior door, the lock and an interior metal box, though the report says he or she didn’t get away with any of the cash. The damaged machine is valued at $10,000.
It’s better to be safe than sorry and the Pennyrile Citizens Corps Council is urging area residents to make a New Years resolution to be prepared for disasters and emergencies in 2012.
Chairman Dan Nicholson says the PRCCC is participating in a national campaign called Resolve to Be Ready and Prepared for Disasters and Emergencies in 2012.
According to Nicholson, you never know when life can take an unexpected turn and he says it’s always smart to be prepared for any situation.
If you would like more information about disaster preparedness, the Pennyrile Citizens Corps Council is offering free classes. For more information check out the organization’s Facebook page or contact Dan Nicholson, Frank Brown or Jim Creighton at PADD Office, 270-886-9484.