Two Hopkinsville Police Officers and their four-legged partners performed well in a competition last week.
Officer Bill Beaird and partner “Spike” placed second in the narcotics search at the 5th Annual Harriman Police K-9 Certification Seminar in Harriman, Tennessee.
Officer Todd DeArmond and partner “Bokito” placed third in the “Hard Dog, Fast Dog” competition. The HPD teams competed against 50 other teams from other police agencies, military agencies and private contractors representing several different states.
Demolition continues on the old Planters Bank building where a new Hopkinsville City Hall will one day stand.
Mayor Dan Kemp recently appeared on the Early Bird Show and said crews are going as fast as they can and that another building will be torn down to create parking for city employees.
Mayor Kemp says the city will also work as hard and quickly as possible to make the Lackey Municipal building ready for the Police Department to move in once the downtown city hall is constructed.
A ceremonial groundbreaking was held earlier this fall for the new municipal building project, which was approved by City Council after considerable debate.
Our series from the League of Women Voters Political forum continues as we feature the two candidates vying for the Ward 5 Hopkinsville City Council seat in today’s news.
Incumbent Charlie Henderson debated Republican challenger Jason McCraw at the Bradford Square mall, where the two men disagreed on most issues.
Asked about whether there is a need for more police officers, McCraw said he would like to see a stronger force focused on curbing Hopkinsville’s drug problem.
Councilman Henderson said he will listen to what Chief Guy Howie and that he would be open to more officers if they are needed.
McCraw said he’d look at cutting city administrative jobs to curb spending, while Henderson said there are already several people doing the jobs of two people. Henderson said he supports the smoking ban ordinance because a vast majority of his constituents he’s spoken with want it, while McCraw says he believes businesses should be allowed to make the decision on their own.
The Political Forums take a day off for church night, but will resume tomorrow night at the Bradford Square Mall.
Fort Campbell officials say while thousands of local troops are expected to deploy in the coming months in support of Operation Enduring Freedoom, thousands of other soldiers are expected to return home this week.
Soldiers from the 8-87th Engineer Support Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade are scheduled to return home from their nine-month deployment to Afghanistan this Friday.
During their deployment, the soldiers mostly provided direct support to the 172nd Infantry Brigade.