The water level at Lake Cumberland is expected to rise over the summer.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it plans to raise the level of Lake Cumberland this summer by 20 feet, which is a year ahead of schedule as it nears completion of repairs on Wolf Creek Dam.
Governor Steve Beshear stated this is great news for tourists, boaters, fishermen and the marinas and other businesses in the Cumberland Lake area, the early completion of the work at Wolf Creek Dam will help bring back much-needed jobs in this area.
Before raising the level, a safety team will a conduct a review of a new barrier wall that is near completion to ensure it meets safety standards.
In 2007, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lowered the level of Lake Cumberland by 40 feet to ease pressure on the structure.
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Assistant Fisheries Director, Gerry Buynak, stated the higher water level will result in a ‘new lake’ fish population boom, with very good spawns of fish such as bass and crappie expected.
Officials with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife plan to stock 150,000 more walleyes and 150,000 more striped bass than normal this year and will altogether add 1 million walleye and striped bass to the lake this year to give fishing a boost.
Kentucky State Police released their yearly activity report for this region.
Over 400 people were arrested for DUI by Kentucky State Police in Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Todd, and Webster Counties last year.
State Police say 449 people were charged with DUI and that 24,895 citations were issued to motorists last year.
According to a yearly report that was released by KSP today, state police also investigated 904 traffic crashes, responded to 10m562 calls for services, opened 623 criminal cases and made 3,393 arrests.
State Police reported that there were 31 fatalities in 29 wrecks, which is a decrease from 2011 when 35 lives were lost in 33 fatal crashes.
Of the 31 fatalities last year, 15 victims were not wearing seatbelts, and two victims were pedestrians.
Police say although statewide fatalities increased from 720 in 2011 to 741 in last year, Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Todd, and Webster Counties
saw the lowest number of fatalities reported in the past 27 years.
Residential trash routes in Hopkinsville will run a day late next week for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
A news release from the Hopkinsville Solid Waste Enterprise says Monday’s herby curbie routes will be run Tuesday, concluding with Friday’s routes being collected Saturday.
The Solid Waste Enterprise offices will be closed Monday, as will all city, state and federal offices.
A man well-known to WHOP listeners has been appointed as the new constable in Christian County’s First District.
Judge-Executive Steve Tribble announced the appointment of Kenny Bates of East First Street as the next District 1 Constable. Bates will fill the remaining term of Thomas Grant, who resigned from the post after being elected to represent Ward 1 on Hopkinsville City Council.
Bates’ appointment lasts through December 31st, 2014.
Listeners of WHOP know Bates from his “Fellowship and Love” gospel program heard every Sunday morning at 6 on Lite 98.7.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office has released information on another wreck from Tuesday night’s winter weather that injured a Hopkinsville woman.
The police report says 24-year old Lequita Bussell of Sharpe Street was northbound on the Pennyrile Parkway around 5:30 when she crossed a bridge near the 7 mile-marker and lost control on the icy surface.
Ms. Bussell lost control and struck a guard rail, causing her to cross both northbound lanes before coming to rest on the side of the road. Ms. Bussell was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for treatment of head and neck pain as well as a possible broken arm.