The Christian County Attorney’s office was once again recognized at this morning’s Fiscal Court meeting for being among the best in Kentucky for collecting child support.
State Commissioner of Child Support Steve Veno came to Hopkinsville to present Foster and his staff with an award for outstanding performance, saying it takes a team effort to be so successful.
Veno said it’s particularly difficult to collect child support at a successful level in a large populace county such as Christian with over four thousand yearly cases, making the local achievements all the more impressive.
Foster gave much of the credit to his staff and thanked the court system for taking child support collection seriously in Christian County.
In other action in the year’s final meeting, Fiscal Court approved several board and commission appointments and approved contracts with four electrical inspectors. Magistrates also adopted the state employee holiday schedule for the county employee calendar next year.
It’s not likely very many people attended more Christian Fiscal Court meetings over the last four decades than did longtime WHOP News Director Jim Love, who was remembered at this morning’s meeting.
Christian County Judge-Executive and longtime friend Steve Tribble remembered Love before the opening prayer and expressed his sympathy to friends and family.
Magistrate Jim Flemming said Jim had covered his political career since it began about 25 years ago and said Jim was always fair in his reporting on county government.
Jim ran for District 4 Magistrate following his first semi-retirement in 2006 and lost his one and only political bid to Incumbent Tom Jones. The campaign remained positive throughout and Jones said he and Love were likely better friends after the election than they were before.
Several officials at the meeting pointed out how they’d miss Jim and commented on the knowledge of the history of county government that was lost when Love passed away early Sunday morning after a long battle with cancer.
Cadiz Police say they have seen an increase in vehicle burglaries over the past few weeks and are encouraging motorists to lock up their cars and to remove or hide valuables.
A news release says the thefts from vehicles haven’t been isolated to any particular area of town and that money, electronic chargers, GPS devices and medication have been among the stolen items.
Cadiz Police say residents should always lock their vehicles when they are shopping and when they park them for the night at home. Residents should also not leave valuable items out in plain view. If they must be left in the vehicle, they should be locked in the trunk or in the glove compartment.
Another tip is to not leave chargers plugged in, as it tells a thief you may have something worth stealing in the car. Also, don’t hide a spare key on your vehicle, as they are often easily found.
Anyone seeing suspicious activity is encouraged to call Cadiz Police at 522-8888.
The Hopkinsville-Christian County Chamber of Commerce is offering local residents a way to express their sympathy to families affected by the mass shooting at Newtown Elementary School in Connecticut.
A news release says sympathy cards will be available at the Commerce Center during business hours through Friday. Monetary donations to the United Way of Western Connecticut are also being accepted at the commerce center.
The chamber also encourages residents to keep local educators, students and school administrators in their prayers as they work through these difficult times. Anyone with questions can call the chamber at 885-9096.
Todd County residents can express their sympathy by signing a register book at the Todd County Funeral Home that will be sent to Connecticut.
Governor Steve Beshear signed emergency regulations this morning placing newly discovered synthetic drug substances under “Schedule 1” of the Kentucky Controlled Substances Act—making them illegal for businesses to sell.
House Bill 481, which was sponsored by State Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville, gave the governor authority to place any new synthetic drugs that popped up into the category of controlled substances. The action was needed because the “basement chemists” making the chemically based narcotics were changing some of the ingredients to gain the same results as the banned substances and the General Assembly wasn’t able to pass new regulations until they were back in session sometimes several months later.
Representative Tilley says it became clear Kentucky needed a quicker mechanism of taking new synthetic drugs off the shelf and the new process will save lives and give law enforcement the tools they need.
It was the first time the new process was used and it takes effect immediately.