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.
The room was packed this evening as concerned parents listened intently as the Christian County Board of Education discussed the school district's attendance zones, which will be one of the factors behind the board's decision in deciding whether or not to rebuild or close down schools.
After reviewing data provided by Davis Demographics on several possible scenarios, the board decided to once again ask Davis Demographics to research another potential option, but this time with Lacy Elementary School remaining open.
Board Chairman Barry Cornelius explains more details about the latest option board members will consider.
With two nights left in the 63rd Annual WHOP Rotary Radio Auction, there's still a little ground to make up to catch last year's numbers.
A total of 124 items were sold last night for about $10,300—about $900 better than Thursday of last year. The diner and sweet shop brought in about $3,700 and the Hour Club and Goat Club received just over $26,000.
The Hour and Goat clubs are where the most ground needs to be made up, as a total of $120,000 has been brought in between them--$12,000 less than last year's pace after four nights. It takes a donation of at least $140, the cost of one credit hour at Hopkinsville Community College, to become a member of the Hour Club and any cash donation will make you a Goat Club member.
The auction gets started at 7 tonight at the War Memorial Building and goes through 10. you can hear it live on Newstalk 95.3 FM, 1230 AM and online at whopam.com.
The always popular catfish plates can be bought for eight dollars, though they are of course “while supplies last.” Tomorrow night will be the final evening of the auction, when the selling will continue until all items are gone.
Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has a July 2nd trial date on misusing state funds.
He pled not guilty to federal charges Thursday. He's accused of taking nearly a half-million-dollars from his department from 2008 to 2011. Farmer was also ordered not to leave the state and was denied a trip to Cancun in May.
Kentucky farmers are expected to plant more tobacco, soybeans and wheat this year and less corn.
That's according to the Kentucky Agricultural Statistics Service, which says farmers expect to plant 1.6 million acres of corn—down 50,000 acres from last year. Nationally, farmers intend to grow 97.3 million acres of corn, up slightly from last year and six percent higher than two years ago. If realized, it would be the highest planted acreage of corn in the United States since 1936, when 102 million acres were planted.
Kentucky farmers are expected to plant 1.5 million acres of soybeans, up 20,000 acres from last year. Farmers across the country are expected to plant 77.1 million acres, down slightly from last year, but the fourth highest on record.
Burley tobacco farmers in Kentucky intend to set 78,000 acres for harvest, up 4,000 acres from last year. Producers intend to set 9,500 acres of dark-fired tobacco, up 500 acres from last year.
Winter wheat seeded by Kentucky farmers in the fall of 2012 totaled 680,000 acres, up 100,000 acres from the previous year and the largest seeding since 1998.
Kentucky farmers intend to harvest 2.25 million acres of all hay, down 130,000 from 2012.