Todd County residents who regularly monitor a police scanner have likely noticed an absence of communications recently and for good reason.
A new digital radio system was recently installed in Todd County and it is very similar to the Christian County system in that there are no scanners on the market that will pick up the signal.
Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin says early returns on the Kenwood system have been positive, as they are much clearer than the 19-year old system it replaced.
Chief Marklin says that minus a few exceptions, reception has been good across Todd County, though new repeaters near Guthrie and Clifty may one day be needed.
The chief says having a system compatible with Christian County and with what Logan County will soon use is what makes the system most exciting to him, as the three counties and maybe others in the future will have better communications via radio.
The third annual “Gigantic Puzzle Sale” will be held later this month at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library.
A news release from the Literacy Council says there will be new and gently used puzzles priced from 50 cents up to three dollars on Saturday, January 28th beginning at 9am.
The sale will be on the first floor of the library and anyone with questions can call 887-4263, extension 6.
A local business has earned regional honors.
Pepperidge Farm has recognized Greenfield Distributing of Hopkinsville as its “2011 Distributor of the Year” for the company’s Great Lakes Region.
The selection was based on product sales and customer service, according to a news release, which says owner Larry Greenfield has worked in the industry since 1976 and received a Pepperidge Farm Franchise in 2007. His territory includes Christian and Trigg Counties in addition to the Fort Campbell military installation.
He also services accounts in Montgomery County. Pepperidge Farm products include white bread, wheat bread, rye bread, swirl bread, cinnamon bread, bagels, croutons and stuffing.
The Hopkinsville Fire Department released more details concerning a fire that took place earlier today at a Jan Drive residence.
Around 10:41 this morning, fire fighters responded to 17-21 Jan Drive and reported seeing heavy smoke coming from the duplex and from the back bedroom window of the residence.
According to fire officials on the scene, the fire spread from the bedroom into the attic.
The official fire report indicates the fire caused about $65,000 dollars worth of damages due to heavy fire and smoke.
Fire fighters reportedly used 4000 gallons of water to extinguish the house fire and officials have not determined the cause of the fire at this time.
Jennie Stuart Medical Center officials say patients with damaged tissue to the muscular tube that connects the mouth to the stomach, a serious condition called Barrett’s Esophagus, can now be treated at the hospital’s ambulatory surgery campus.
Officials say three board-certified physicians are now trained to use a high-tech device that uses radio frequency waves to remove damages to the lining of the esophagus caused by stomach acid.
Director of the Ambulatory Surgery Campus, Cathy Love says, “This is important because this condition may be a precursor to esophageal cancer.”
According to Love, she estimates hundreds of residents in Trigg, Christian and Todd Counties could benefit from this treatment.