Magistrates John Camp, Jimmy Turner and Brent Spurlin look at documents.
The Jefferson Davis Monument State Park will soon be on a recognized state Civil War Trail, thanks to a little help from Todd Fiscal Court.
Park Manager Ron Sydnor addressed court this morning asking for a commitment to help the state maintain signage leading to the park in Fairview, which was unanimously agreed to.
Sydnor said the county’s commitment is part of a necessary agreement with the state in order to be part of the trail. The park and monument were a given to be on the trail, according to Sydnor.
This is the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War and Sydnor says attendance to the park nearly doubled this year, compared to last.
Sydnor says he serves on a board including members from Todd, Christian, Logan and Warren Counties identifying sites in the area which could be featured on the state Civil War trail.
In other news from the meeting, court heard a report from Sheriff Joey Johnson—who says his office is finally fully staffed. Magistrates also received the monthly jail report from Jailer Greg Allen, who said the inmate count is at 77 including 62 state inmates.
Word has come that a man who helped bring many jobs to Christian and surrounding counties has passed away.
Longtime Southern Kentucky Industrial Development Association Executive Director Jim Catlett has passed away after a long illness, according to longtime neighbor and friend Dave Fernandez.
Catlett was crucial to bringing industries to the area during the 70’s and 80’s, including such job creators as Pellon, now known as Freudenberg.
Arrangments are incomplete at Hughart and Beard Funeral Home.
Hopkinsville-Christian County Habitat for Humanity will welcome some able assistants tomorrow morning to help with a project on South Campbell Street.
Director Jessie Quarles says 25 to 30 members of the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell will be at 1716 South Campbell at 8am to help build a home for the Trevin Bell family.
Ms. Quarles says Habitat is pleased to have the help and adds 2nd Lieutenant Mark Patton will be the crew chief for the day. She says anyone who would like to thank the young men for their efforts is welcome to stop by the project site anytime through the day.
Donations of funds and supplies are also always welcome, as well as volunteers and food donations. Workers will be on site from 8am until 5pm.
A traffic stop led to a Hopkinsville man being arrested on drug trafficking charges late last night.
Pulled over at the intersection of East 18th and Campbell Streets around 10:30 last night was 30-year old Selwyn Jackson of Hopkinsville. Jackson was cited for driving with an expired license plate, but would be arrested on the strength of a warrant on drug trafficking and probation violation charges.
Jackson was lodged in the Christian County Jail.
The annual Colonel John Green Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution awards were handed out yesterday afternoon, with some familiar names honored.
Perhaps most impressive, Elizabeth James was presented with the 60 Year Member Award for serving with the local chapter since the 1950’s, including serving as chapter regent from 1954 to 1956.
She remains active as the State Recording Secretary.
On the other side of the spectrum, Ellen Burks won the Outstanding Junior Member Award for volunteering to serve on several committees and served as a page at yesterday’s ceremony.
Willee Cooper won the Lettter to the Editor Award for submitting a letter to the Kentucky New Era that was published dealing with historical and patriotic objectives. Sharon Downey won the Project Patriot Award for her efforts in assisting wounded military and David and Nancy Smith won the Outstanding Service to the Chapter Award for service as genealogist and chapter registrar.
Brett Pritchett was the winner of the Outstanding Teacher of American History award, with Pritchett a member of the faculty at University Heights Academy. Official local historian William Turner won the Community Service Award, with officials calling him an “institution” in the community. As everyone is well aware, the local chapter points out that Turner has devoted countless hours to collect and to store historical memorabilia, which he shares in his unique and entertaining manner.