Intensely devoted to his radio listeners in life, fans of longtime WHOP News Director Jim Love are remembering him fondly following his death Sunday morning.
Among those calling in to the Lite 98.7 Early Bird Show Monday morning to express her sadness was Diane Pyle. Ms. Pyle has been the driving force for Project Graduation through the program’s history in Christian County and said Love was committed to using his microphone to help graduates have a save and fun night each year.
Freida Stevenson echoed the thoughts of many when she spoke on how Jim was always friendly when she called in a birthday, question or comment early in the morning.
Funeral Services for Jim Love will be Wednesday morning at 10:30 at Hughart and Beard Funeral Home, with burial to follow with military honors at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West. Visitation will be Tuesday afternoon from 4 until 7 at the funeral home.
The time will arrive tomorrow night for the annual Peter Mayer Stars and Promises Christmas Concert in Hopkinsville.
The concert is set for 7pm at the Alhambra Theatre, with tickets 25 dollars for adults and 10 dollars for students. This year’s concert will benefit the Christian County Juvenile Drug Court and the St. Luke Free Clinic.
Drug Court Treasurer and Christian County High School Resource Officer Stevie Tucker says the money is much-needed to continue the program after the General Assembly cut off funding.
Tucker says it’s very rewarding when a teen finishes the program and gets his or her life back on track.
It costs between 75 and 80 thousand dollars a year to operate the juvenile drug court and Christian is among only a very few counties in Kentucky that is able to privately fund the program.
Peter Mayer’s band includes Hopkinsville native Maggie Estes, which is the major reason the popular artist comes to city each year.
There is finally an answer on what is going to happen with the area code in western Kentucky.
The Kentucky Public Service Commission chose the “overlay” option, meaning there will be 270 and 364 area codes in western Kentucky beginning in the spring of 2014. Only new phone numbers will have the new area code. PSC Spokesman Andrew Melnykovych explains what the “overlay” will mean to the average person.
Melnykovych says you won’t be required to dial an area code until February of 2014.
Officials had discussed forming a new area code map, which projected to put Todd and Christian Counties in separate area codes and would have required businesses in Christian County to purchase new business cards, stationary and anything else that featured a phone number.
Governor Steve Beshear will be in Dawson Springs later this week.
A news release from the Highway Department says Governor Beshear will make an announcement related to Interstate 69. The event was tentatively set for 1pm at the First Baptist Church of Dawson Springs.
Crews finished replacing signs on the recently re-named highway last week and residents are reminded that exits and mile-markers are now re-numbered with the interstate designation. Interstate 69 was previously the Western Kentucky Parkway.
An area funeral home is offering residents a way to show their support to the families in Connecticut affected by the mass shooting at Newtown Elementary School Friday.
Shane Hessey, who is the owner of the Todd County and Cook-Webb Funeral Homes, says many families in Newtown are in need of financial help for final expenses and other costs. Donations are being collected at the funeral homes in Elkton and Guthrie to be sent to the Funeral Directors Association of Connecticut to assist those families.
A register book has also been placed at the Todd County Funeral Home to be signed by members of the community. It will eventually be sent to the school to show respect to the families.
Twenty children and six adults were killed at the school Friday morning when 20-year old Adam Lanza gunned them down—with police and all Americans still struggling to make any sense of the tragedy.