Governor Steve Beshear has directed that state flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Saturday in honor of Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Rakes, who was fatally shot during a routine traffic stop in Marion County.
Governor Beshear stated he knew Lebanon is a tightly knit community and that he sends his deepest sympathies and prayers to the friends and family of Deputy Rakes.
Governor Beshear added that this tragedy reminds Kentuckians of the sacrifice our peace officers make every day to protect citizens and he expressed his sincere gratitude for those who have passed while in the line of duty and those who continue to serve.Deputy Rakes was a six-year veteran of the Marion County Sheriff's Department and had previously served two years with the Lebanon Police Department.
Funeral services for Deputy Rakes will be held Sunday afternoon at Marion County High School in Lebanon.
The Pennyroyal Arts Council has announced the hiring of a new director.
A news release says Hopkinsville resident Margaret Prim has been appointed as the next Executive Director and she will begin her duties December 3rd. Ms. Primm will work with current director Carol Barta until the end of the year when Ms. Barta is set to retire.
Ms. Prim served on the Board of Directors from 2008 until 2011 and has experience in marketing, finance, customer relations and fund raising. The board says its confident her knowledge and interaction with the community in past projects will be beneficial to Ms. Prim in her new position.
Ms. Prim is quoted as saying the position is her dream job and that she is really looking forward to getting started.
Three of the people who served locally with State Senator Joey Pendleton are praising his work for the three counties over the last two decades.
State Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke has served three terms and says Senator Pendleton has been more than willing to help him on key issues—despite being on different sides of the political aisle.
Representative John Tilley praised Senator Pendleton for his hard work for the area—noting his willingness to make frequent trips back and forth between Hopkinsville and Frankfort.
State Representative Martha Jane King says she’s also enjoyed serving with Senator Pendleton for her entire tenure in the State House and wished him well in future endeavors.
Senator Pendleton defeated then-incumbent Democrat Pat McCuiston to win the seat in 1992.
A single-vehicle wreck on Kentucky 115 Tuesday morning injured Clarksville woman.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office report says 22-year old Brittney Hall of Lake Court Drive, Clarksville was northbound on Pembroke-Oak Grove Road around 4:40am when she ran off the right side of the road.
Ms. Hall over-corrected and hit an embankment, launching her vehicle ten feet into the air and into two trees and then a telephone pole.
Ms. Hall told Deputy Adam Vanderkolk that she looked down and realized she was going 65 miles per hour. She said when she looked back up, she was running off the road and was wrecking.
She was taken by ambulance to Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville for treatment of her injuries.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary at a local restaurant.
Deputies were called to the S&J Café around 4:30 Tuesday morning after someone called about a possible burglary in progress.
The owners of the business were on the scene when police arrived and had found the cash register opened, the office in disarray, and packaged meet lying on the floor next to the open meat cooler.
Sandra Adams of Pembroke told police she believed the perpetrator had pried open a side door. The suspect got away with a 400 dollar pistol and 120 dollars in rolled change.