The driver of a motorcycle was killed this morning in a wreck in the Penchem area of Todd County.
A news release from Kentucky State Police says the incident happened around 6:15 at the intersection of KY 181 and Kentucky 848, which is about three miles east of Trenton.
42-Year old Paul Hedge of Trenton was operating an SUV eastbound on 848 and was attempting to make a left turn toward Elkton on 181 at the stop sign. Hedge said he didn’t see any oncoming traffic and turned into the path of a southbound motorcycle driven by 52-year old Roger Markwell of Lewisburg, causing a collision.
Markwell, who was wearing a helmet, was ejected from his motorcycle and was pronounced dead on the scene by Todd County Coroner Bob Whittlesey. Hedge went uninjured in the crash.
Trooper Michael Dennis investigated the incident, with the Todd County Sheriff’s Office, EMS and Rescue Squad assisting on the scene.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after metal gates were stolen from a Herndon-area farm.
The three Southern States cattle gates valued at 600 dollars were stolen from John Young on Lonnie Walker Highway.
Young told police the gates enclosed his irrigation system he had on little river and that high voltage and “do not enter” signs were attached to them.
No suspects are listed on the report.
The woman who has directed the Pennyroyal Arts Council for the last eight years has decided to call it a career.
A news release from the Board of Directors at the Pennyroyal Arts Council says Executive Director Carol Barta will retire at the end of the year to spend more time with family, including her son and daughter who live out of the area.
Ms. Barta came to Hopkinsville from Pittsburgh in 2002 when her husband, Anthony Barta, took the pastoral position at First Presbyterian Church in Hopkinsville.
She is quoted in the release as saying the highlight of the last eight years is likely the renovation of the Alhambra Theatre, which was initiated by the Board of Directors in 2005 and was completed in 2008.
Ms. Barta says the most rewarding part of the job has been interacting and working with the people of the community to bring and nurture the appreciation of arts.
The Arts Council is currently housed in the old L&N train depot located on East 9th Street.
Christian County Salutes Fort Campbell week continues tomorrow with the always popular Freedom Friday and chili cookoff.
Festivities will go through the day and evening in downtown Hopkinsville, with Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Coordinator Kensley McLellan saying there will also be plenty of ways to keep children having a good time.
Ms. McLellan says the evening will conclude with a fireworks display, which should attract a good crowd.
The weather should cooperate, as there is only a 20 percent chance of showers through the day and no rain in the forecast for the evening hours, according to the National Weather Service.
A 315 acre site on U.S. 68-80 has been designated as a TVA Primary Data Center Site.
Only 22 sites in the 80-thousand square mile TVA service territory received the designation, including the piece of land near Edgewood Baptist Church on Cadiz Road.
Economic Development Council Director Mitch Robinson says companies needing to store large amounts of computer data in safe locations could consider the Hopkinsville site.
Robinson says only two sites in Kentucky were chosen and that he is optimistic the local land will be put to use for a data center in the future.
The site is currently owned by Randy Arnold and Virgil Pelham.