The West Side Volunteer Fire Department is putting adversity in the rear view mirror after recently purchasing a much-needed used fire truck.
West Side Board Chairman Kenneth Calvin says they purchased the truck from the Bellbrook, Ohio fire department. He says the shiny yellow truck is a sign of brighter days ahead for the department.
One thing that made the truck appealing was it's low mileage and good condition, according to Calvin.
The department has been recovering since the former chief and deputy chief were accused of embezzling money in the fall of 2011.
More details are now known about a fire at Superior Graphite on Calvin Drive this morning.
The Hopkinsville Fire Department report says it was a furnace fire that began around 6:10 am. Five trucks and 16 fire-fighters responded to the scene and found light smoke coming from the building.
Inspector Cecilia Cloos says it initially appears there was a problem with a cooling line and that caused a rupture in the furnace.
At least $15,000 worth of damage was done to the structure and contents and no one was injured in the blaze. It only took 20 minutes to put the fire out and all units had cleared the scene by 7:30.
A relatively new entity in the area was awarded the W.W. “Bill” Bryan Award at Monday evening's 44th Annual Pennyrile Area Development District Dinner Meeting.
PADD Secretary and Christian County Citizen Member Lori Harper presented the award to the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance and said those in Todd, Trigg and Christian counties who formed the organization realized they could get more done together than going at it alone.
Ms. Harper commended the Alliance for its organization and successes—with representatives of all three counties in attendance.
Karen Wallace was recognized for 20 years of services as a PADD employee, while Kenneth Guinn of Trigg County and John Carner of Lyon County were recognized for 20 years with the PADD Loan Program.
Ron Creager provided music on the piano and humorist Mark Klein was the featured entertainment at the Bruce Convention Center.
Photo by Tricia Bayless
Four people were injured and several homes were destroyed when a tornado touched down near Adairville in Logan County without warning Monday afternoon.
The first reports of a touchdown came in around 2 p.m. near the southeast Logan County community and Kentucky State Trooper Jonathan Biven says the four injuries appeared to be minor in nature.
damage photos by WHOP's Adam May
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that Kentucky is among 5 other states to receive millions of dollars in emergency relief.
The Commonwealth is set to receive a portion of a $11.5 million in emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration to help cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural disasters in the last year.
Kentucky will receive $1.9 million to repair damage caused by last month’s flooding.