Time honored traditions are sacred amongst military service members, especially in the U.S. Army and it was most evident Saturday night during the 101st Airborne Division’s 1-32nd Cavalry Regiment’s annual pre-deployment ball.
The cavalry regiment is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Paul Taylor, who for the past year has trained up his soldiers to prepare for their upcoming deployment to combat, but over the weekend, the war in Afghanistan was but a distant thought as officials, young soldiers and their spouses enjoyed a night out wearing full military regalia and colorful ball gowns.
As hundreds of soldiers from the squadron dined on their meals, Lieutenant Colonel Taylor reminded those who were in attendance that military traditions were treasured and meant to be passed down from generation to generation to celebrate the service and brotherhood so few understand.
Also in attendance of Saturday night’s ball was Colonel Joseph McGee, the Commander of the 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team.
The military ball was held at the James E. Bruce Convention Center.
The old Planters Bank building is being torn down to make way for the new Hopkinsville Municipal Center. Thanks to David Smith for providing the photo.
The victim of the Sunday morning murder in Oak Grove has been identified.
Christian County Coroner Doris Lamb says 20-year old Shannon Fairley of Hopkinsville was the man shot and killed around 3:20am at the Mapco gas station next to Wal-Mart.
Oak Grove Police say 22-year old Hersey Mitchell of Persimmon Court was arrested in Clarksville yesterday and will be extradited to Christian County on murder charges. A second victim, who has not been identified by police, was injured by gunfire and was taken by private vehicle to Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
Fairley was one of the suspects charged in the June 2010 shooting incident at the Woodland Heights Apartments and was facing complicity to first degree assault and wanton endangerment charges. Police believe 22-year old Antonio Dooley of Clarksville was the man who pulled the trigger, but accused Fairley of pistol-whipping a third victim.
Hopkinsville Community College held a ribbon cutting and open house ceremony this morning to officially recognize the completion of the college’s agriculture building.
HCC President Jim Selbe told a large crowd that included Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp, City Police Chief Guy Howie and Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble that today’s events marked a happy chapter for the local college.
The holiday season is months away, but that’s not stopping the Hopkinsville Police Department from planning ahead to ensure residents are safe from criminals looking to spoil the holiday cheer.
During last week’s monthly crime statistics review, Captain Michael Seis says there is always a spike in thefts right before Christmas.
Captain Seis says before the residents begin their shopping spree this year, he wants to remind them to never leave their homes or vehicles unlocked.