The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a theft of a large gas tank from a Pleasant Green Road building.
Someone broke into a shop at 629 Pleasant Green belonging to 56-year old Dale Seay between 10pm Wednesday and 6am Thursday.
The perpetrator drug out a 300 gallon fuel tank and damaged the yard and nearby field by apparently doing “donuts” with a vehicle before leaving. The electric pump attached to the tank was destroyed and the entire apparatus will have to be replaced.
Seay valued the equipment at 12-hundred dollars. No suspects are listed on the report.
It was another productive meeting for the christian county board of education tonight.
School board members unanimously passed the school district’s working budget with Director of Business, Jessica Darnell explaining the exact dollar amount that was approved.
Ms. Darnell also explained how this year’s budget was considerably different from last year.
The school district is required by the state to pass three budgets in a year, which includes a draft, a tentative and working budget, which is also considered to be the operational budget.
School board members also passed a revised salary schedule for the 2012-13 school year to reflect a one percent salary increase for certified and classified employees.
In other action, the board approved to accept a bid to buy a board vehicle from patriot Chevrolet in the amount of over $22,000 with board members Betsy Glover and Mary DeBow voting no.
The board also approved setting aside $2,000 for students who receive free or reduced lunches to help cover participation fees for the performing arts center band and orchestra.
School board members also unanimously approved Linda Keller to serve on the local planning committee as a representative of the school board.
Hopkinsville Police are always encouraging local residents to attend one of the department’s monthly crime meetings.
This afternoon Lieutenant Jefferson Alexander explained crime trends for August and compared the data with last year.
According to Lieutenant Alexander, aggravated assaults have increased within city limits.
Hopkinsville Community College officials will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house next week for their new ag building.
The public grand opening and ribbon cutting is scheduled to take place Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the site of the college’s new agriculture technology building located at 925 Main Street.
Officials say speakers will include HCC President Jim Selbe, Ag Program Coordinator Robert Alexander and HCC Ag program alumnus Michael Harton.
The Christian County Chamber of Commerce will be joining HCC officials for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided before the events take place.
Child poverty in Kentucky remains high according to new Census Bureau data from the American Community Survey.
Survey results indicate that more than one in four children are living in poverty and that median household incomes continue to decline.
Child poverty in the Commonwealth increased to 27.4 percent in 2011 from 23.5 percent in 2008, which is when the recession first began.
In addition to increased poverty levels, the median household income for Kentuckians have steadily decreased since 2008.
The data also showed median household incomes have fallen to $41,141 from $43,232 in 2008.
Executive Director of KYA, Terry Brooks was troubled by the findings and was quoted as saying in order for Kentucky to have a strong future, vulnerable children and families need to be protected and that parents should have the resources and help meet their children’s basic needs.