Officials with the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library are encouraging nature lovers to mark their calendars for an event that focuses on one of nature’s most majestic birds, the Bald Eagle.
Land Between the Lakes Naturalist, Brooke Gilley will be offering expert information on Bald Eagles, including conservation efforts in the local area.
Coffee, cold drinks will be provided by library officials are encouraging residents to bring their own lunch.
The event is scheduled to take place Wednesday, February 27th at 12 p.m. at the Community Room at the local library.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program. Officials say this scholarship program recognizes youth from 6 to 18 years old, who have made a positive impact in their community through volunteerism.
Nominations will be accepted now through March 15th by going online to kohlskids.com.
Officials with national department store say the company will honor over 2,300 youth with more than $425,000 in scholarships and prizes with the top winner to receive $10,000 each.
Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohl’s stores nationwide will win a $50 Kohl’s gift card, and more than 200 will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward post-secondary education.
Ten national winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education, and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf.
The scholarship program began in 2001 and has awarded over 17,000 children with more
than $3.4 million in scholarships and prizes.
Photo by Ashley Grace
People come from near and far each year to see bald eagles at the Land Between the Lakes, but a woman on Antioch Church Road was able to take a photo of one in Christian County this morning.
In fact, eagle sightings have become much more common in the southern Pennyrile each year thanks to the efforts of agencies across the area.
Perhaps most notably, officials at LBL have used methods of environmental clean-up, relocation and research to determine how the eagle population best thrives in this area. Environmental Education Specialist Darrin Sambarski says the insecticide compound DDT was one of the main culprits for the bald eagle population being endangered several years ago.
He says cleanup efforts and education about the danger of the product has gone a long way in saving the species.
There are now 15 to 18 eagle nests at LBL each year and Sambarski says the relocation program seems to be working very well.
Sambarski also pointed out that while bald eagles are no longer on the endangered species list, they are still monitored by the government. It is also a felony to kill a bald eagle, which serves as our national bird.
Yesterday was a historic one for the Hopkinsville delegation of the General Assembly, as two local lawmakers co-chaired a joint Judiciary Committee meeting.
State Representative John Tilley is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and State Senator Whitney Westerfield is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Representative Tilley says he believes they can work across the aisle on important legislation this session.
Senator Westerfield says he and Tilley can give western Kentucky a better seat at the table of power in Frankfort—something that’s not always been the case in years gone by.
Both men said their first joint committee meeting went well, with an overflow crowd spilling into another room to watch the occasion.
A Trenton man and two juveniles were injured in a single vehicle wreck in Todd County Thursday evening.
Todd County Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Turner says 49-year old Christopher Simms of Trenton was attempting to negotiate a curve on KY 104 just after 5pm when he ran off the pavement near the Hadden Road intersection.
Simms’ vehicle hit a rock culvert and flipped before finally coming to rest. Deputy Turner says Simms and two juvenile passengers from Clarksville were taken by ambulance to Gateway Medical Center for treatment of what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.