Saturday was national Drug Enforcement Administration prescription drug take back day, when residents could properly and safely dispose of unneeded pills with no questions asked.
The rainy morning started off slow for Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin, who set up inside the Historic Courthouse on the Public Square at 10 am, though the pace picked up a little later in the day. Chief Marklin says his department sees the effects of prescription pill abuse every week and noted it the day was a national campaign for a national problem.
Officials with Christian County Public Schools announced today that four local students will advance to Lexington to compete in the state-wide 4-H competition on July 13th.
The four students competing in the state-wide competition have been identified as 9-year old Alyssa Bruno, 10-year old Brennan Metz Spears,13-year old Lucy Keller, and 14-year old Lea Moore.
School officials say these students participated and placed in the area-wide 4-H public speaking contest in Caldwell County and competed against youth from seven counties in the Pennyrile Region.
Law enforcement officials across Kentucky were recognized today for completing the Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Academy of Police Supervision.
A Hopkinsville Police Sergeant was among those members of law enforcement to complete the course.
Hopkinsville Police announced that Sergeant Mike Platero successfully completed the 3-week long APS program, which is commonly referred to as the Sergeant’s Academy.
The course focused on the role of a supervisor, as well as leadership, resolving conflict, managing diversity, problem solving and monitoring officer performance.
The City of Hopkinsville now has a community garden and orchard thanks to the continued collaborative efforts by the Inner-City Rez revitalization program.
The community garden and orchard is located on Broad Street, just two blocks away from Challenge House I on Central Avenue and consists of apple and pear trees, which will provide the neighborhood with access to free, fresh fruit.
Hopkinsville Beautification Commission Chairman and University of Kentucky-County Extension Office Horticulture Agent, Kelly Jackson says considering the several years it will take for orchard trees to bear fruit, brambles and strawberries will also be planted in raised beds for residents to enjoy during the first year.
The Hopkinsville and Christian County Landbank Authority owns land where the Broad Street Community Orchard is planted.
The Todd County EMS Director wants to expand his department's full-time force, but that proposal was tabled for the time being at this morning's Todd Fiscal Court meeting.
Director Locky Beasley currently has one full time paramedic and wants to add three more. He also wants to increase his number of full-time EMT's from five to seven.
Doing so would allow Todd County to offer the services of two ambulances 24 hours a day, six days a week. The county currently has one full-time ambulance and another crew that is on standby for when the primary ambulance is on a run.
Magistrate Brent Spurlin asked Beasley for some time before court made any decision, saying he wants the proposal to be part of the overall budget-making process.
Beasley says some of his part-time employees are already working full-time hours, as considered by the state, so he believes the move is the right way to go for Todd County.
Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield cited rising costs for insurance and other bills as reason to proceed cautiously with the proposal and agreed with Spurlin that it should be part of the budget-making process. Magistrates Jimmy Turner and Alfred Blake volunteered to join Judge Greenfield and Treasurer Tammy Robertson in the early stages of the budget-making process, though a full special-called Fiscal Court meeting will be held before the spending plan is voted on for the first time.
In other business,Fiscal Court unanimously agreed to forward a $1,400 inheritance check from the estate of Bland Hardison of Muhlenberg County to the Christian County Animal Shelter. Every Kentucky county received the check that had to be used for the care taking of animals and Trigg and Todd counties both forwarded their money to Christitan since that's where their stray cats and dogs are taken.