Pennyrile Electric got to show off its recently renovated Elkton District Office Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house.
A few dozen people showed up for the ceremony, where utility President Eston Glover thanked his staff for their hard work and dedication. Glover says the outside of the building is modernized and falls more in line with their other facilities.
Saturday is always the biggest day of Elkton's Harvest Fest and this year will be no different.
Todd County Welcome Center Director Linda Fowler says festivities will kick off on the Historic Public Square at 9 o'clock and will run through 3.
The children's area will once again be set up at the Elkton Die Cast property, in addition to a free petting zoo. The 4-H Club will be giving horse rides for three dollars.
Local fire departments will compete in a “water battle” at 1at the Die Cast property. Fire-fighter teams will use hoses to push a target into their opponent's area in a type of “tug'o'war,” only with a push instead of a pull.
A photo from the 2012 Harvest Fest
Elkton's Harvest Fest continues through Saturday and it features music, food, cars and activities for people of all ages.
Todd County Welcome Center Director Linda Fowler says it kicks off with Elkton Bike Night tonight and Friday's slate of activities includes a classic car cruise in.
There will be a children's area complete with bouncers behind the old Elkton Die Cast property from 5 until 10 Friday and from 9 until 3 Saturday. There will also be vendor booths. Ms. Fowler says Harvest Fest is one of the Todd County Community Alliance's biggest events of the year and they are hoping for good weather and another big crowd.
The Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance unveiled its 2014 Legislative Agenda Wednesday morning, which includes a mixture of new and old requests.
Some past successes were also highlighted, including money allotted last year for design and land acquisition for the Breathitt Veterinary Center project. Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble says that initiative received a major boost when Murray State donated land on its Regional Campus, leaving additional money that can hopefully be put toward the construction phase.
One new project is a request for $6.7 million for a proposed Elkton Southern Bypass. Todd Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield says it would hopefully take some truck traffic off the square and help with school time traffic.
Trigg County is hoping for a $3 million facelift at Lake Barkley State Park and Campground. Judge-Executive Hollis Alexander says his county depends heavily on tourism and renovations for that park have been needed for some time.
Other projects listed on the agenda include keeping the Barkley Bridges in the six year road plan, securing design funds to improve the Pennyrile Parkway to interstate highway standards, building a new interchange with Interstate 24 at Lafayette Road, completing the Hopkisnville northeast bypass, and encouraging legislation that would expand broadband internet access in the region.
The Tennessee Valley Authority has enacted a 1.5 percent increase to wholesale electricity costs this month, but there is a silver lining to the cloud.
Brent Gilkey of Pennyrile says lower fuel costs for TVA will mean customers won't feel the sting of higher wholesale costs.
In fact, Gilkey says fuel costs are so much lower this year that the average bill will likely be a little lower this month than last and lower than October of 2012.
The weather and how much electricity a cooperative member uses this month will, of course, ultimately determine whether the bill goes up or down. Pennyrile Presidnet Eston Glover says they will continue to work with members to ensure they have the information and assistance they need to use energy wisely.