101st Airborne Division Commanding General, Major General James McConville traveled for the first time to the City of Cadiz this morning to talk about the division and how soldiers continue to make an impact on the War on Terrorism.
Major General McConville was the guest speaker during a luncheon that was hosted by the Cadiz-Trigg County Chamber of Commerce and spoke about how strategies have changed over the years to expel terrorists from regions like Afghanistan.
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky believes the country can avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” without tax increases and hopes President Obama and House democrats will be willing to find a good compromise.
Speaking on the Senate floor, Senator McConnell laid out part of his reasoning for keeping the Bush tax cuts in place for everyone.
Senator McConnell acknowledged the President’s position on wanting tax hikes for some could gain more traction, but urged compromise to not hurt economic growth.
The President has been meeting with congressional leaders from both sides of the isle in hopes of reaching a compromise before automatic tax increases and painful budget cuts kick in—also known as falling off the “fiscal cliff.”
A murder trial is expected to conclude by the end of the week in Christian Circuit Court, while the two Oak Grove residents accused of killing their nephew have had their bond reduced.
On trial for murder and tampering with evidence charges is 21-year old Seth Wallen, who is accused in the shooting death of 38-year old Corey Trice on Oak Street in October of 2010.
Trice had coached youth sports locally for several years.
Meanwhile, Chris and Joni Leutwyler of Oak Grove appeared in Circuit Court Wednesday, where their bond amounts were reduced to 15-thousand dollars cash each according to court officials. The couple is charged with murder for allegedly killing their infant nephew, 9-month old Jack Stark, while he was in their custody back in the spring.
Christian County School System Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill was the featured speaker for a Chamber of Commerce Eye Opener Breakfast this morning, where she gave her State of the Schools address.
Ms. Gemmill spoke to a large crowd at the Bruce Convention Center for about a half hour, focusing much of her time looking at recent testing data and putting it into context. She also focused on broader issues such as the dropout rate.
Ms. Gemmill says when students are truant from school as a child, it makes it more likely they’ll drop out when they get older.
Superintendent Gemmill talked about the need for more long-range planning by the school system, saying every bit of looking ahead must be done in the context of promoting student academic achievement.
State Representative John Tilley, State Senator-Elect Whitney Westerfield and Todd County School System Superintendent Wayne Benningfield were among those in attendance. You can hear Ms. Gemmill’s entire speech Sunday morning at 9am on our public affairs program “Don’t Be Afraid to Say It” on Lite 98.7.
The Hopkinsville Police Sergeant who was arrested on DUI charges Saturday night has resigned from his position.
Sgt. John Thopmson had been suspended with pay, pending an internal investigation into the arrest outside of the Eagles Club on Fort Campbell Boulevard Saturday night around 11:45, but Chief Guy Howie says Thompson resigned before that investigation ever began.
Sgt. Mike Marszalek is listed on the citation as the arresting officer, with the report saying Thompson was attempting to leave the parking lot of the Eagles Club when he ran over a barrier made of barrels, chains and poles. Thompson reportedly attempted to dislodge the barrels from his vehicle, but ran into grassy mound off the roadway.
Chief Howie says Thompson’s conduct wasn’t a reflection of his department, and commended the officers who were willing to arrest one of their own who they believed had committed a crime.
Thompson and his passenger went uninjured in Saturday night’s incident.