Firework sales are down in Christian County and surrounding areas due to excessive heat and burn bans being implemented around the region.
Isiah Victor, who manages a local business that sells various fireworks, says sales are tremendously down compared to last year.
Republican 8th District State Representative Candidate Max Sturdivant Jr. of Hopkinsville held a news conference this afternoon to voice his disapproval of a 2.1 cent per gallon gasoline tax increase that took effect Sunday.
Sturdivant says as a result of a gas tax amendment in 2009, that incumbent Representative John Tilley voted for, working Kentuckians will now have to dig a little deeper into their pockets, despite already feeling the pinch at the gas pump.
Representative Tilley says the tax increase that took effect this week was a result of a legislation that passed in 1988.
He says the tax increase this year had nothing to do with the 2009 gasoline tax amendment that received bipartisan support.
While Muhlenberg County and Clarksville water departments have issued water restrictions in this ongoing drought, Christian County remains in good shape water-wise for now.
Christian County Emergency Management Director Randy Graham spoke with HWEA General Manger Derek Watson and Christian County Water District Director James Owen this morning and they are both doing well on water capacity despite the drought.
Graham says even with that good news, it’s only common sense to not waste water when the area is in such a drought.
Watson began his first week as HWEA General Manager after the retirement of long-time manager Len Hale.
Everyone knows how dangerous it is to lock children or pets in hot cars during these extreme temperatures, but a Clarksville man was cited into court yesterday for doing that very thing.
Clarksville Police were called to Wal-Mart on Fort Campbell Boulevard around 4pm to the report of a dog inside a car with the windows only cracked. The officer writes on the report the temperature was 104 degrees when he arrived and found the dog with no water in the vehicle.
The animal’s owner, 41-year old Scharn Hoosier of 132 Airport Road, Clarksville, said he had only been in the store for ten minutes. Surveillance footage showed the man had actually left the dog in the heat for 45 minutes before police paged him to the front of the store.
Hoosier was cited for misdemeanor cruelty to animals.
A good Samaritan likely saved the life of a Dawson Springs man Friday, who was trapped in a burning vehicle.
The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office says 43-year old Tony Stewart of Dawson Springs was eastbound on Ilsley Road when he ran off the shoulder of the road. The shoulder was too deep for Stewart to bring the vehicle back onto the road and caused it to flip multiple times before landing against some trees.
The vehicle caught fire and Stewart was pulled from the wreckage by a passing motorist. Stewart was taken by ambulance to Regional Medical Center in Madisonville for treatment of his injuries.