Women’s History Month concludes this weekend and the local awards ceremony was held last night.
Presented with the Award for Community Service was Marilyn Hays of Herb Hays Furniture for her dedication and support of the community, while the Award for Overcoming Obstacles was presented to Elaine Love for not allowing illness to stand in the way of her community involvement.
Ruth Lynch was presented with the Award for Leadership with Youth and the Fannie Bronson Postell Woman of the Year Award was presented to Planters Bank President Elizabeth McCoy for giving women opportunity for growth in the banking industry and for her work in the community and across the state.
The Women Empowering Women Scholarship was presented to Heritage Christian Academy student Amie Jones, who plans to return to Hopkinsville after college to work as a veterinarian.
The numbers are in and Christian, Todd and Logan counties were among the top wheat and soybean producers in Kentucky last year.
The Kentucky Agriculture Statistics Service says Christian County was first in wheat production. Christian County farmers produced just over 4.3 million bushels of winter wheat. Yield for the county averaged 70.6 bushels per acre, with production harvested from 61,300 acres.
Logan County was second in the state with a production of just over 2.6 million bushels and Todd was third at almost 2.1 million bushels. Winter wheat production across Kentucky was down 5-percent last year at 29.1 million bushels. Yield was 62 bushels per acre, down eight bushels from 2011.
Christian also led Kentucky in soybean production at 3.1 million bushels, coming from 71,400 acres harvested with a yield of 43.8 bushels per acre. Daviess County was second and Logan County was third at just under 3 million bushels. Kentucky’s soybean production and yield were up last year at nearly 59 million bushels at 40 bushels per acre.
Union, Daviess and McLean counties led Kentucky in corn production, though Christian County was one of only two other counties to surpass the five million bushel mark.
The Christian County Board of Education met tonight and received information on several possible scenarios concerning the school district’s attendance zones, which included the possible closure of several schools.
District Chief Operations Officer, Kathy Hancock stated a school’s age does not determine whether or not it is closed down.
In other action, school board members set the 2012-13 graduation date for May 24th at the Stadium of Champions with Christian County High School’s ceremony to take place at 5 p.m. and Hopkinsville High School at 8:30 p.m.
Officials with Hopkinsville Community College announced that the local college has received a bronze rating in an international program that encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
The program is called the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, otherwise known as STARS and is administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
About 270 higher education institutions have participated in the program and HCC officials say the local college is the first institution in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and the thirty-second community college in North America to be rated.
Officials say the bronze rating indicates an institution has shown basic sustainable behaviors in education and research, institutional operations, and planning, administration and engagement.
The local community college has operated under an institutional sustainability plan since 2008 and under the K-C-T-C-S plan since 2010.
A Todd County School System employee has been suspended after allegations of misconduct against a male high school student during a school-sanctioned trip.
A news release from Superintendent Wayne Benningfield says he was made aware of the allegations of inappropriate conduct toward the student Thursday morning. The alleged incident happened while students from Todd County Central High School were on a trip to a Student Technology Leadership Program conference in Lexington.
Benningfield says he contacted appropriate law enforcement authorities and traveled to Lexington with Assistant Superintendent Mike Taylor and Todd County High School Principal Todd Marshall; and that he directed Todd County Schools Technology Coordinator Rory Fundora to contact the Department of Community Based Services.
The news release says in cooperation with law enforcement authorities, an investigation of the alleged conduct is underway. The school employee against whom the allegation was made has been suspended. Benningfield says he has instructed Taylor, School Board Attorney Mac Johns to work with law enforcement authorities to investigate the alleged incident and to make a recommendation for an appropriate course of action.
Benningfield says the student involved is safe and his family has been contacted. He says the alleged conduct is serious and that more information will be shared with the media as it is appropriate to do so. The name of the employee in question is not listed on the news release.