Christian County Judge Executive Steve Tribble says he is praying for rain and says he had nothing to do with the fireworks being canceled Wednesday night.
Judge Tribble was the man who issued a ban on outdoor burning that remains in effect for all of Christian County until further notice, but he says he made exceptions in the initial proclamation to allow the show to go on at the fair. When the fireworks were called off Wednesday, the Judge said it was news to him.
The judge says there is no magic formula to determine how much rain it would take for the burn ban to be lifted, but says it would take a lot across the entire county at this point.
Like most everyone else, Judge Tribble says his concerns lie with the farmers of the southern Pennyrile.
The United States Drought Monitor has extended the boundary of the “extreme drought” to include all of Trigg and most of Christian County, with areas to the east on the border still in a “severe” drought. Needless to say, the corn crop can’t read a map to tell the difference.
Weather forecasters say relief from the extreme heat may be on the way.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Ryan Sharp says there have been several days of record heat across Kentucky in the last couple of weeks, but a cool front should knock us out of the 100 degree range by the beginning of next week.
Sharp says the reprieve from the heat wave should last at least a few days.
The cool front will also bring a chance of much-needed rain and perhaps even some thunderstorms. It has been so hot that many cities have recorded all time highs for any day in recorded history including in Nashville, Bowling Green and Louisville. Official records haven’t been kept long enough in Hopkinsville to say with any certainty, but the high at the Mesonet site during this heat wave was June 29th, when the mercury reached 107 degrees.
The Logan County Sheriff’s Office has released details on the fatal wreck from yesterday afternoon.
A news release from Sheriff Wallace Whitaker’s office says 77-year old Nancy Lack of Bonnie Drive, Russellville was northbound on Kentucky 431 near the Diamond Springs Road intersection when for an unknown reason she crossed the southbound lane, ran off the road and hit a tree.
Ms. Lack was trapped in the vehicle and was pronounced dead on the scene by Logan County Coroner Mary Givens.
Officials on Fort Campbell say the post’s water supply is at the lowest level it has been in five years.
A statement on the Fort Campbell Public Affairs Facebook page says the water supply is at the lowest level since the drought of 2007. Fort Campbell residents, units and businesses are being asked to conserve water in all of their activities.
They are also asked to check faucets, toilets and pipes for leaks. Residents are also asked to limit their yard watering. Tips for conserving more water include reducing time in the shower by two minutes and only running the dish and clothes washer when there is a full load.
Post residents are also told to not wash their vehicles, except for at authorized car washes on Fort Campbell.
Teachers from several local schools are taking part in a professional development program at Murray State University.
What’s called the “Kentucky Reading Project” is holding a two-week summer institute, which is for elementary school teachers and is designed to improve student achievement and emphasize family involvement in literacy.
A news release says the project is a year-long, graduate level reading course consisting of a two-week summer institute, four follow-up sessions during the year and at least one coaching visit to each teacher’s classroom.
Seventeen teachers from 10 Kentucky schools participated in the summer institute, including teachers from University Heights Academy, Trigg County Primary School, Lincoln Elementary School on Fort Campbell, Marshall County and North Calloway County Elementary School.
The teachers selected for participation in the project receive a stipend along with books, teaching materials and three hours of graduate school credit upon completion of the course.