It’s the final day for the Western Kentucky State Fair and it should be a big one.
As always, the final night of the fair will feature the truck and tractor pulls in the grandstand, with J.R. Knight giving some of the details on that.
Another popular event is the mixed martial arts fighting in the convention center, which will get underway at 7. Tim Henderson has the rundown on that…
There will be a Heifer and Steer Show at the Livestock Barn at 6:30 and a poultry and rabbit show at 5pm. Gates open at 4pm and rides at 5. There will be a cash drawing at 9pm and names will be drawn until there is a winner.
Before you get behind the wheel after drinking a few alcoholic beverages this weekend, just remember the Clarksville Police Department will be out in full force looking for impaired drivers, in addition to traffic violators.
Clarksville Police will begin its city-wide saturation patrols today and tomorrow from 10 p.m. through 4 a.m.
The saturation patrols are partially funded by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.
Christian County Judge Executive Steve Tribble says he is praying for rain and says he had nothing to do with the fireworks being canceled Wednesday night.
Judge Tribble was the man who issued a ban on outdoor burning that remains in effect for all of Christian County until further notice, but he says he made exceptions in the initial proclamation to allow the show to go on at the fair. When the fireworks were called off Wednesday, the Judge said it was news to him.
The judge says there is no magic formula to determine how much rain it would take for the burn ban to be lifted, but says it would take a lot across the entire county at this point.
Like most everyone else, Judge Tribble says his concerns lie with the farmers of the southern Pennyrile.
The United States Drought Monitor has extended the boundary of the “extreme drought” to include all of Trigg and most of Christian County, with areas to the east on the border still in a “severe” drought. Needless to say, the corn crop can’t read a map to tell the difference.
Weather forecasters say relief from the extreme heat may be on the way.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Ryan Sharp says there have been several days of record heat across Kentucky in the last couple of weeks, but a cool front should knock us out of the 100 degree range by the beginning of next week.
Sharp says the reprieve from the heat wave should last at least a few days.
The cool front will also bring a chance of much-needed rain and perhaps even some thunderstorms. It has been so hot that many cities have recorded all time highs for any day in recorded history including in Nashville, Bowling Green and Louisville. Official records haven’t been kept long enough in Hopkinsville to say with any certainty, but the high at the Mesonet site during this heat wave was June 29th, when the mercury reached 107 degrees.
The Logan County Sheriff’s Office has released details on the fatal wreck from yesterday afternoon.
A news release from Sheriff Wallace Whitaker’s office says 77-year old Nancy Lack of Bonnie Drive, Russellville was northbound on Kentucky 431 near the Diamond Springs Road intersection when for an unknown reason she crossed the southbound lane, ran off the road and hit a tree.
Ms. Lack was trapped in the vehicle and was pronounced dead on the scene by Logan County Coroner Mary Givens.