First Lady of Kentucky Jane Beshear recently announced that the community of Dawson Springs has been named the state's first Trail Town.
Ms. Beshear made the announcement as part of an effort to promote and develop adventure tourism opportunities throughout Kentucky.
According to the Governor's Office, Trail Towns is a designation and assistance program that will guide travelers to trails, food, lodging, campgrounds, museums, entertainment and other services.
State officials say the designation will also help communities improve their tourism economy, add more jobs and more tourism opportunities.
Over 30 communities have already started the application process to become a Trail Town.
Officials with the Christian County Public School System have extended the deadline to apply for hardship for the upcoming school year.
The new deadline is Friday, May 17th and officials say hardship applications for request of change in school assignments are now available at the Christian County Board of Education.
According to the new School Attendance Zone Procedures policy, adopted on March 14th by the Christian County Board of Education, parents and guardians have the option to request their student to attend school outside of their attendance zone based on a hardship.
School officials say a hardship is defined as documented economic or medical factors that are beyond the student’s and parent and guardian’s control which have a negative impact on the student’s education process, safety, mental health or physical well being.
Governor Steve Beshear announced today that Kentucky will become the 21st state to join the Obamacare plan to expand Medicaid.
The program already provides medical coverage to some 800,000 low-income residents. The Affordable Care Act allows Kentucky to expand coverage to an estimated 300,000 additional people.
The expected move drew praise and criticism even before Beshear made the announcement during an afternoon news conference. AARP Kentucky says expanded Medicaid coverage can make a real difference in the lives of thousands of people. A Tea Party activist predicted the move will result in additional government waste.
Expanded Medicaid will be available starting January 1st, and uninsured people can start signing up this fall.
Washington will pick up the entire cost of the expansion for the first three years, and 90 percent over the longer haul. It's estimated that less than $100 billion in state spending could trigger nearly $1 trillion in federal dollars over a decade.
The Hopkinsville-Christian County Kiwanis Club awarded 4 local teens with scholarships to further their education.
Kiwanis Club President, Carter Hendricks gave the names of the teens who each received a $1,000 college scholarship.
The Hopkinsville Community College Foundation held its Second Annual Award Luncheon this afternoon, with dozens of area students to benefit from their efforts.
Treasurer Scott Hancock announced about $96,000 was awarded in scholarships for the upcoming academic year by the Foundation. An additional $10,600 will be given to support the allied health program and for the Frances Thomas Literary Park. The Indian Physicians Association for Community Service and the Billie Lee Cayce Scholarship Fund will provide an additional $5,650 in support.
Students from Hopkinsville benefiting from the Foundaton are: Jamar Babb, Herman Brison, Rachel Brown, Joshua Brown, Caleb Brown, Matthew Campbell, Hope Cox, Clinton Crick, Whitney Cunningham, Latoya Greene, Caleb Haddock, Callie Halvorson, Brandi Hoover, Rebecca Knight, Armara Lewis, Bethany Lott, Jennifer Martin, Corey McKee, Heather Middleton, Amy Nightingale, Stephanie Radford, Angela Rucks, Tiffany Simpson, Breck Turner and Nadien Tyler. Rusty Guzman and Erica Moyer are winners in Oak Grove, Bethany James from Pembroke and Jason Allison, Mary Back and Shayna Myers from Crofton.
Geraldine Navarro, Elizabeth Smith and Kristy Utkin of Fort Campbell will receive rewards, as will Katelind Morris and Leslie Stone of Cadiz. Elkton residents Chelsea Berry, Karen Hill, Thomas Strader, Cynthia Tabb and Andrea Wicks will benefit from the Foundation scholarships, as will Jeremy Shank of Guthrie.
Other students on the list are Princeton resident Chandler Phelps, Russellville residents Brandie Canler and Malcom Holland and Pete Dye, Janelle Jastillana, Jacob Maikish, Kimberly Newton, Keesha Perry, Samantha Quanstrom and Michael Roberts of Clarksville.
The keynote speaker at the luncheon was filmmaker and HCC alumnus Aaron Carew, who thanked HCC Foundation Executive Director Yvette Eastham and former Fort Campbell campus Director Marc Barker for their impact on him. Carew says Barker gave him confidence to pursue his academic goals when he wasn't sure which way to go several years ago.
Carew says HCC is much different than many colleges across the country as the faculty and staff are more than willing to do whatever is necessary to ensure student success.
Carew will also be the keynote speaker at HCC's commencement ceremony Friday night at 7 at the Bruce Convention Center.