Christian Fiscal Court made short work of a rather routine agenda this morning and approved the annual budget for the Sheriff’s Department.
Magistrates unanimously passed the 3.2 million dollar spending plan, which Sheriff Livy Leavell says requires less taxpayer dollars than it did last year.
Sheriff Leavell says one factor he obviously can’t control is the cost of fuel and that makes the budget-making process difficult every year.
Employees of the Sheriff’s Office will receive a cost of living raise and nine police vehicles will be replaced with money in the budget.
Court also approved the budget for the County Clerk and approved appointments to the Christian County Water District and Solid Waste Authority boards. District 6 Magistrate Jack Lackey once again voiced his displeasure with what he says is a lack of eastern Christian County residents on the Water District Board, but voted in favor of the measure nonetheless.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program has gotten off to a fast start in Christian County—even quicker than organizers had expected.
Promoter Dianne Wood says only small efforts have been made to recruit parents of children ages zero through five to sign up for the one free age-appropriate book per month in the mail, but they are already more than a third of the way to their goal of 2,000 participants.
Christian County residents wanting to sign up their child for the program can do so at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, on the library website or at a number of locations in the county.
An anonymous donor helped get the program started and fundraising efforts will be needed in the future to keep it going.
Clarksville Police are investigating after a deliveryman was robbed at gunpoint Monday night.
The report from Officer Joshua Smith says a deliveryman for Chopsticks on Madison Street was making a delivery at 501 East Union Street just after 7pm when a black male wielding a small black and silver handgun approached him and demanded his cash and food.
The perpetrator got away with between 60 and 80 dollars in cash and 40 dollars worth of food. A K-9 unit was brought to the area, but the suspect was never located.
A wreck on the Pennyrile Parkway in Hopkins County Monday morning injured a Hanson woman.
A news release from Kentucky State Police says 73-year old Robert Abell of Colorado was attempting to merge onto the parkway in a mini-van at the U.S. 41 interchange around 11:45am.
Abell pulled into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by 30-year old Jeanetta Hollis of Hanson, who hit the van in the rear driver’s side causing it to run off the road and into a sign before coming to rest blocking both northbound lanes.
Ms. Hollis was taken by ambulance to Baptist Health Hospital in Madisonville, while Abell and his passenger went uninjured.
A rear-end collision on Country Club Lane yesterday morning sent a Gracey man to the hospital.
The Hopkinsville Police Report from Public Safety Officer Chris Bond says 70-year old Frank Whitlock of Gracey was stopped near the Canton Pike intersection when he was rear-ended by 27-year old Anthony Dazey of Hopkinsville.
Dazey told Bond he didn’t see that Whitlock was stopped until it was too late to avoid a wreck.
Whitlock declined an ambulance, but was taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center to be checked out for neck pain.