The winners for the Western Kentucky State Fair’s “Open Division” have been announced.
Marsha Parker of the Christian County Extension Office says Jan and Richard Hornbeak of Old Edwards Mill Road were the overall blue ribbon winners with 56 top prizes.
Dorothy Carlson of Zander Road came in second with 33 blue ribbons and Faye Cornelius and Allie Maternowski of Crofton were third with 28 blue ribbons.
Nanny Croney of Hopkinsville was the grand champion of the boy’s clothing division and Tara Roeder of Herndon was the grand champion in the gardening division.
Ms. Cornelius was grand champion in the home furnishings and flower arrangement divisions, the Hornbeaks took top honor in the canning category and Ms. Carlson did the same in foods.
Keely Doctorman of Hopkinsville was a grand champion in marketable skills.
There were a total of 1,574 exhibits this year, which was a significant increase from last year’s open division. The items remain on display in the “little room” of the convention center through Friday night.
A Clarksville man was injured yesterday afternoon when he ran off the road on his motorcycle near the Wal-Mart Distribution Center.
The report from Hopkinsville Police says 53-year old Michael Gibson of Clarksville was eastbound on Crenshaw Boulevard around 2:30 when he said he couldn’t see due to the sun being in his eyes.
Gibson said the last thing he remembered was going straight ahead and then woke up with people standing around him. He had run off the road and into a ditch and sustained shoulder and collar bone injuries.
He was taken by ambulance to Blanchfield Army Hospital on Fort Campbell.
Hopkinsville Police have made one arrest in an alleged kidnapping of a disabled child in the city from overnight.
The report says the 4-year old girl who can not walk or talk was at her uncle’s residence at 100 South Jessup last night when a friend of the uncle’s came over. The girl and her uncle had been sitting on the porch together when the uncle went inside briefly to use the restroom. The uncle said the girl and his friend were gone when he came back.
That’s when the uncle and the victim’s mother went to the home of the friend—39-year old Daniel Hernandez of Hopkinsville—who would not answer when asked where the girl had been the last half hour and gave her back to her mother.
Police searched his home and found marijuana. They also confiscated several items of clothing and a camera.
Hernandez was charged with kidnapping and possession of marijuana. Police say they do not know if Hernandez hurt the girl and the investigation will continue.
Here is the statement from the Hopkinsville Fire Department:
WESTERN KY ST. FAIR FIREWORKS SHOW CANCELLED
The Hopkinsville Fire Dept. in conjunction with the City of Hopkinsville and Christian County at this time must inform you that as of this morning the fireworks show at the Fair tonight has been cancelled. This decision was made this morning by City and County officials due to the extreme nature of the weather we have been experiencing over the past few weeks. The lack of rain and high temperatures has made the use of fireworks to any degree an extreme danger. This decision was not made easily but in hopes to protect life and property in our community.
Lt Steve Futrell
A monument for the 71 men with specific Christian County ties who fought in the Revolutionary war was dedicated at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West this morning.
A very large crowd braved extreme heat to see the tall monument unveiled, with several local elected officials and other dignitaries among those in attendance. The featured speaker was Fort Campbell and 101st Airborne Division Commander Major General James McConville, who compared the 71 names on the wall with the men and women of Fort Campbell today.
He said they share more in common than the fact they signed up for service in a time of war.
Christian County Historian William Turner gave background information on the monument, including the fact that the local Sons of the American Revolution organization did much of the research in coming up with the list of names.
The 101st Color Guard presented the colors, Hopkinsville High School Band Director Johnny Brown played “Taps” and music was performed by the Nashville Outreach Express Mission Choir.
Turner says it’s likely ongoing research will result in more names being placed on the monument in the coming years.