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.
The man injured in an accident involving a tractor on Pembroke Road Wednesday afternoon is fighting for his life at a Nashville hospital.
A spokesman at Vanderbilt University Medical Center says 40-year old Grady Givens of Fairview, Tennessee is in critical condition after being flown there from Jennie Stuart.
Givens, who owns Double-G Mowing, was reportedly talking to a man operating a tractor near the Salubria Springs Road intersection around 4:20 when he either tripped or fell beneath a tractor as it drove past where he was standing.
Double-G Mowing was contracted by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to mow the right of way in that area.
A member of the Pembroke Volunteer Fire Department performed CPR on Givens at the scene and saved his life. Givens was first taken to Jennie Stuart where he was stabilized before being flown to Nashville.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident, with the Rescue Squad and EMS also responding to the scene.
One person was injured in a wreck in Murray Wednesday morning.
A news release from Murray Police says 22-year old Chelsea Watkins of Paducah was crossing North 16th Street on Calloway Avenue when her automobile was struck by a vehicle driven by 77-year old Clara Beach of Murray.
Ms. Watkins was taken by ambulance to Murray Calloway County Hospital for treatment of her injuries, while Ms. Beach went uninjured.