An addition to the Christian County Animal Shelter won’t happen as soon as had been hoped after bids for the project came in much higher than what was expected.
Christian Fiscal Court voted unanimously to decline all bids at this morning’s meeting, with Judge-Executive Steve Tribble saying the lowest bid totaled about $225,000 including necessary cages.
Judge Tribble says that cost is just too high for a 1,550 square foot addition.
The addition is still needed, but Judge Tribble says the county just couldn’t go forward with a plan that would spend the taxpayer’s money in a less than prudent way.
Judge Tribble says he has asked for an extension on how long the county can keep the grant money without utilizing it, which he has been told should not be a problem.
In other action, magistrates approved a resolution similar to the one passed in Todd County last week asking the state to keep the Medical Examiner’s Office in Madisonville open to prevent coroners and police in western Kentucky from having to drive to Louisville every time an autopsy is needed.
More is now known about Monday night’s incident in Muhlenberg County, where police were forced to shoot and kill a suspect in self-defense.
A news release from Kentucky State Police says the Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s Office responded to 308 Warford St. near Drakesboro around 8:22pm to the report of a domestic dispute.
Sheriff Curtis McGehee and Deputies Terry Vick and Troy Gibson made contact with 40-year old Hargis Gibson of Drakesboro, who allegedly pulled a handgun and fired a round into the ceiling.
Gibson then allegedly pointed the gun at Sheriff McGehee, at which time all three officers fired their weapons at the suspect. Gibson died on the scene, with the sheriff and his deputies going uninjured.
Both deputies have been placed on paid, administrative leave—which is normal for such events. The investigation continues by Kentucky State Police Detective Lloyd Ray.
The field running for State Representative in Todd and Logan counties is quickly diminishing.
Democrat retired Logan County attorney Tom Noe has withdrawn from the race, meaning incumbent Representative Martha Jane King will run in the primary unopposed.
Noe had filed for the seat when the new re-districting legislation was in effect and when Representative King was a candidate for a new state senatorial district. When the Supreme Court ordered lawmakers back to their old boundaries, Representative King filed for her old seat in the house and Noe chose not to run against her.
The only Republican who has withdrawn is Logan County Magistrate Jo Orange, who keeps her seat on Fiscal Court.
Representative King will now face the winner of the Republican primary between Chris Hightower and Kent Wilson for the 16th District seat.
A Sycamore Middle School student was killed in a single vehicle wreck in Cheatham County, Tennessee last night.
The report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol says the incident happened just before 6 on Ridge Circle near Ashland City. A 16-year old driver from Joelton was northbound and lost control of his vehicle and ran off the road and into several trees.
The driver and his two 13-year old passengers were not wearing seat belts at the time of the collision and one of the boys was ejected from the vehicle. The driver and one of the passengers were taken to an area hospital for treatment of their injuries, while 13-year old Cody Fields of Joelton was pronounced dead.
Police suspect excessive speed may have been a factor in the wreck.
The Christian County School District will hold another Parent University session Thursday night, focusing this time on the ACT college prep exam.
A news release from school system spokesperson Heather Aubin says the session will be Thursday evening at 6 at the Christian County High School library. All high school parents and guardians are invited to the event, where they can receive information about the ACT exam and the significant role it plays in a student’s pre-college career.
Parents will be given helpful ACT testing tips and ways they can help prepare their student before he or she takes the exam. There will also be a time for questions and answers.