Jimmy Adcock and Wes Luckado speak in opposition of the change Tuesday morning.
The Hopkinsville-Christian County Youth League will cease to operate effective Sunday after its own request was granted by Christian Fiscal Court this morning.
The Youth League’s Board of Directors had sent Judge-Executive Steve Tribble a letter requesting the county grant the lease it had held on Ruff Park for decades to the local YMCA.
The lease has to be re-signed before each fiscal year and the board felt the YMCA could use its resources to better facilitate youth sports. The move didn’t come without opposition, however, as umpire Jimmy Adcock and youth sports supporter Wes Luckado spoke in support of keeping things as they are and presented a petition with 160 signatures that were received since Monday.
The current lease expires Saturday and Christian County Attorney Mike Foster said all the county had to go on coming into the meeting was the request from the leadership of the Youth League.
Kevin Meacham from the YMCA answered concerns from Adcock about competitiveness and assured him the score will continue to be kept in games at Ruff Park. Adcock says he believes most people will be willing to work with the YMCA if they don’t make any radical changes.
In other business, the county approved the lowest bids on almost all of its suppliers for products ranging from gasoline to concrete for the upcoming fiscal year and approved next year’s service contracts for the Animal Shelter with Todd and Trigg County governments.
Magistrate Tom Jones said he believes Fiscal Court should consider requesting those counties to take on some of the costs of improvements and expansions at the animal shelter in the future.
Hopkins and Union Counties have joined Muhlenberg in instituting outdoor burn bans as conditions continue to grow drier in the ongoing drought.
There are no burn bans in Christian, Todd or Trigg Counties, but National Weather Service in Paducah forecaster Rachel Trevino says they are advising residents in their region to not burn anything if there is the slightest bit of wind.
Independence Day is just around the corner and Ms. Trevino says it’s likely some communities will enact stricter laws on where fireworks can be shot considering the danger of fire.
The drought is at its worst in far western Kentucky, where climatology officials have classified it as “severe.”
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating more thefts, including one at a church.
Willie White of New Asia Baptist Church on Darnell Road in Herndon reported that someone had stolen the church’s air conditioning from the kitchen last week.
Police believe the perpetrator got into the church through a kitchen window. The air conditioner is valued at 300 dollars.
Meanwhile, Dale Allen of 240 Fidelio Road told Deputy Adam Vanderkolk that he won 36-hundred dollars in the lottery Thursday and cashed the check Friday. He had 15-hundred dollars of the cash still left in his bedroom Monday before someone apparently stole it.
There were no signs of forced entry to the residence and the investigation continues.
Cadiz Police recently arrested a man wanted for charges in Christian and Hopkins Counties.
A news release says 45-year old Walter Griffin of 278 Main Street, Cadiz was served with a warrant from Christian County on contempt of court charges and with a warrant from Hopkins County on charges that he sold synthetic drugs there.
Griffin remains in the Christian County Jail on 35-hundred dollars bond.
The number of people killed on Kentucky roadways this year continues to run ahead of last year’s pace.
Kentucky State Police say 11 people died on roadways last week, including a fatal crash on U.S. 62 in Caldwell County Thursday that claimed the life of 53-year old Patrick Hummel.
Two people died in wrecks in McCracken County and one person was killed in a motorcycle wreck in Lyon County.
Through Sunday, 353 people had lost their lives in wrecks in Kentucky—which was 46 more than at the same point last year. Police suspect 58 of those victims died in wrecks involving alcohol.