The 7th annual Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club Soap Box Derby is just around the corner and momentum is already picking up prior to the race.
A banquet was held at the James E. Bruce Convention Center tonight to recognize the hard-work of the young racers in creating their individual race cars.
Soap Box Co-Director Chuck Cummins says the banquet is important because racers are recognized for their efforts in building their own cars and helps pump them up for the derby.
Mr. Cummings says the soap box derby has become an annual tradition with many local families with school aged children.
This year’s soap box derby is scheduled to take place this Saturday on Bethel Street and will once again feature an adult oil can race with Senator Joey Pendleton and 3rd District State Senator candidate, Whitney Westerfield expected to compete against each other.
The Christian County School District has a new superintendent to start off the upcoming fiscal year and school board members say they are happy with their recent appointment of Mary Ann Gemmill to that position.
Ms. Gemmill will take the reigns of the school system on July 1st for an annual salary of $150,000 and out-spoken school board member Mary DeBow says she is looking forward to working with Ms. Gemmill.
Ms. DeBow explains why she feels she made the right choice in nominating Ms. Gemmill to be appointed as superintendent during a special called school board meeting Wednesday night.
Ms. Gemmill will be replacing superintendent Brady Link after serving in that capacity for the past four years and helping the school district improve student test scores on state exams.
Today marks the 237th Anniversary of the U.S. Army and all across the nation, military officials and communities are celebrating the momentous occasion.
Since its inception over 200 years ago, the Army has been involved in every major war from the American Revolution, World War I and II to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
1-32nd Cavalry Regiment Operations Officer, Major Dean Scaletta, who is stationed at Fort Campbell says he is proud to serve in this noble profession and has no regrets, despite multiple deployments to combat zones.
Major Scaletta, who is a 14-year veteran also says joining the Army was something he always wanted to do and spoke about the events that led up to his now successful military career.
The principal selection process got underway at North Drive Middle School this morning, where the site based council met with outgoing Superintendent Brady Link’s designated chair-person.
School system Personnel Director Laura Morris is serving as the chairperson for matters only relating to the search for a new principal. Ms. Morris said the closing date on the application process is June 18th, so she could not disclose how many applicants have submitted their paperwork.
The council decided to go through the state for required training for the principal hiring process—but had more unique questions to answer. The fiscal year ends June 30th and a new sited based council will take over. It’s not likely a new principal can be hired in that timeframe, so Ms. Morris said the current council had to decide who exactly would be trained.
Ultimately, the group unanimously agreed to train both councils, with member Eric Saum saying it was the only prudent move.
The training will likely take place some point later this month. The new principal will replace Kelly Gates, who recently resigned.
Clarksville Police have made an arrest on murder charges in connection with the August 2011 overdose death of a Montgomery County woman.
A news release says a Montgomery County Grand Jury indicted 49-year old Robert Thomas Ford of Ridgecrest Drive, Clarksville on one count of murder earlier this month.
Ford was arrested around 1am this morning and charged with second degree murder and lodged in the Montgomery County Jail. The investigation began August of last year when 24-year old Ashlee Garner was found dead at a Charlotte Drive residence.
It was determined she had been with Ford and died from a drug and alcohol overdose. Detectives allege Ford provided her with a prescription medication that contributed to her death.