The first day of school in Christian County went off without a hitch, with principals, teachers and students showing excitement for a new year.
Martin Luther King Elementary School Principal Sarah Newman said the new year started out smooth at that facility on the bypass.
Ms. Newman says everyone seemed to be having fun, but she and her faculty are most excited about learning and student achievement this year.
It was also the first day of school under recently hired Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill, who took over July 1st.
Half of the Hopkinsville City Council seats will be up for grabs this November in the general election after more filings at the independent candidate deadline.
Perhaps most notably, William Joe Everett filed to run as an independent against Buddy Oglesby for the Ward 7 seat. Everett’s wife, Peggy, was defeated by Oglesby in the May primary.
A three-person race with no incumbent has shaped up in Ward 1, where Carolsue Daigre, Wendell Green and Thomas Grant are all running as independents for the seat currently held by Cornelia Belle. Ms. Belle was appointed to fill out the remainder of the late Fred Atkins’ term.
The District 1 Christian County School Board race is also contested, as Sara Shepherd will face off with Clayton Boyd for the seat currently held by Shelia Cottrell. Teresa Moss and incumbent Betsy Glover are running against each other in District 2, while Linda Keller is unopposed in District 4.
It may be hard to believe, but there wasn’t enough interest in Christian County’s second largest city to field enough candidates for city council. Oak Grove City Council is made up of six members, but only five people—James McKnight, Tim Johnson, Janet Edwards, Bea Burt and Randy Pierce filed papers to run.
The City of Lafayette is in the same quandary, as one more City Commission candidate is needed after Norma Banks, Elsa Bekkala and Jessica Burnett filed papers. The filling deadline to run as a write-in candidate is October 26th.
Eight candidates—Anthony Durham, Lewis Croft, Gregory Owen, Brenda West, Randy Hunt, Reta Flemming, Wendell Alexander and Bill Thielen—are running for the six Crofton City Council seats.
In Pembroke, Sherry Byerline, Jeanette Aldridge, David Rule, Curtis Hoel, Sharon Walker and David Foster are running for the four seats.
When Christian Fiscal Court approved an ordinance to keep the same level of property tax revenue as last year Tuesday, the tax rate still ticked up ever so slightly and there are a couple of major reasons that was true.
Perhaps the main reason is the ongoing economic recession. Homes in Christian County and across much of the country are stagnant or diminishing in value and County Attorney Mike Foster says that brings down tax revenues a little at a time.
In addition, an aging population is making more property owners eligible for the “Homestead Exemption,” drastically reducing their annual tax bills.
In a better economy, the tax rate could very well go down if Fiscal Court chose the “compensating rate” option, as home values would likely be rising as they were before the recession. The slight increase approved on first reading would mean an extra two dollars on the bill for the owner of a property valued at 100-thousand dollars.
The two females critically injured in a vehicle versus moped wreck on North Main Street late last month have both been released from the hospital.
Officials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center say 16-year old Jasmine Lacquia and 20-year old Isabella Lacquia of Hopkinsville were both discharged last week.
The girls were both on a moped July 31st when the driver of a car turned left onto Glass Avenue and into their path. Jasmine Lacquia was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision and both victims were thrown to the pavement.