A soldier with the 160th Special Operations Unit has a unique opportunity that very few in his shoes get to experience.
42-year old Staff Sergeant Joseph Simms of Sylvester, Georgia is serving alongside his son, 19-year old Private Charlie Shaw of Clarksville, who recently graduated from the unit's rigorous Enlisted Green Platoon training.
Staff Sergeant Simms was quoted as saying he never expected to watch one of his kids graduate through Green Platoon, while Private Shaw said he was exposed to life in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and discussions with his dad helped influence his decision to join the elite unit.
Private Shaw is also a third generation soldier, since his grandfather served in the U.S. Army in the 1960s.
The Kentucky Arts Council is seeking original Derby themed artwork from schools across the Commonwealth.
Kentucky schools are invited to participate in the Governor's Derby Celebration by having students paint on canvases that will be featured during the annual event.
Officials say this is the fifth year Kentucky schools have been asked to participate in the celebration.
Officials with the arts council are coordinating the project on behalf of Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear.
Students from 30 Kentucky schools, elementary to high school, painted blankets last year.
The arts council will provide a canvas to schools that request one and schools must use their own supplies to complete the artwork.
Schools will be responsible for mailing completed canvases back to the arts council by April 17th for consideration.
For more information or to request a canvas, contact Jean St. John, arts education director, at 1-888-833-1787.
Officials with the Hopkinsville-Christian County League of Women Voters are once again hosting a forum and are inviting the community to attend the informative event.
Officials say the Breakfast with the State Legislators forum will take place this Saturday at 10:00 am. at the Holiday Inn.
Officials say the topic of the discussion will be a review of bills proposed for the state legislature, with State Representatives Myron Dossett and John Tilley and Senator Whitney Westerfield likely to be in attendance.
For more information about Saturday's forum, contact League President Bonnie Lynch at 270-885-6554.
The Hopkinsville Christian County League of Women Voters hosted a public forum on education Monday night and it was clear many parents are still opposed to the Christian County Board of Education’s decision to close down three elementary schools tentatively during the 2015-16 school year.
About 100 concerned parents, educators and local community leaders were in attendance of the meeting, which took place in three separate break-out sessions at the War Memorial Building, where school administrators discussed the school district’s population growth and proposed boundaries.
Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp conducted a presentation about the school district’s finances and he also discussed the school board’s decision to close down Lacy Elementary School, Holiday Elementary School and Belmont Elementary School.
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Latest advances in aviation and technology are impacting the armed forces, especially within the ranks of units like the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, based out of Fort Campbell.
Military officials have recently announced they will be phasing out the UH-60-Kilo Blackhawk, with Master Sergeant Joshua Boisselle of Fort Bragg, North Carolina saying the MH-60K BlackHawk has been in operation since the early 1990’s.