An organizational meeting was held earlier this week for a “Friends of the Jefferson Davis Historic Site” group, which will look to support the park in several ways.
Most importantly, the state park in Fairview has continued to see an increase in visitors under the leadership of Park Director Ron Sydnor.
Sydnor says last year was a good year for attendance and this year is shaping up to maybe be better.
There are likely several different factors for the increased interest, most notably the economy, according to Sydnor.
Sydnor says the annual Jefferson Davis birthday commemoration featured less park visitors, but also brought in more revenue this year.
Animal over-population is a nation-wide problem, including in the Hopkinsville-Christian County Area.
In an effort to find the solution to the problem, the Christian County Animal Shelter has created a new program called Get Em Done, to spread the word about the importance of spaying and neutering pets, especially ones that get adopted out of the shelter.
Several veterinary clinics are already assisting the animal shelter by performing the procedures on the animals before they get adopted, which costs money and that’s where officials are hoping residents can help out.
Officials will officially kick off the Get Em Done program during the animal shelter’s first annual Bow Wow, which is being touted as a great event where residents can show off their pets they adopted at a shelter or rescue and also make a financial contribution.
The Bow Wow is scheduled to take place Saturday, August 4th at the Trail of Tears Park from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.
The City of Hopkinsville’s annual summer trash abatement program continues to help local non-profit organizations raise much needed funds.
During Tuesday night’s Hopkinsville City Council meeting several non-profit organizations and church groups received their cash reward for cleaning up local roadways.
Partners Against Littering Coordinator Danny Stewart gave council members a monthly report about how much trash has been collected through the program.
Stewart then went onto discuss the amount of trash has been collected since the program began this summer.
Local non-profit organizations can still sign up to participate in the trash abatement program by calling the Hopkinsville Beautification Commission at 270-890-0200.
All across the nation today citizens are celebrating Independence Day, which would likely not have taken place if it wasn’t for the bravery of Revolutionary soldiers.
Like soldiers from the Revolutionary war, today’s soldiers continue to support and defend our nation.
While most people thank soldiers for their service and sacrifice in serving our country, Major Dean Scaletta with Fort Campbell’s 1-32nd Cavalry Regiment says he doesn’t consider himself a hero, despite being deployed to war-torn countries like Afghanistan.
Major Scaletta then went onto say that he is thankful that people recognize the hardships soldiers endure for the nation, but that the title of hero should be directed to soldiers fighting on the front lines.
Major Scaletta is among the estimated 30-thousand troops who are serving and who are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, which has played a role in most major conflicts including world war I and II and the Vietnam War.
Long-time Hopkinsville City Councilman Fred Atkins, who recently passed away due to health complications was remembered and honored by colleagues during tonight’s council meeting.
Councilman Atkins was described by many as a man of few words, but when he did talk, it was worth listening to.
Councilwoman Patricia Bell publicly thanked Hopkinsville Police and local fire-fighters for their services they provided during the loss of Atkins.
Mayor Pro Tem Phillip Brooks, also expressed his sense of loss after the passing of Atkins, but spoke about the procedures that’s now in place to fill the Ward 1 seat, that’s been left vacant by Atkins’ untimely death.
Interested applicants have until July 6th to apply, with copies of each resume to be mailed to council members by July 9th in order for council members to interview and then appoint a replacement to serve out the remainder of Council Atkins’ term, which is set to expire on December 31st.
During public comments, Bryan Burkhead with BSI Waste, spoke to council members about his concerns and how a proposed garbage collection ordinance, which passed on first reading tonight, would affect his business.
In other business, council members also reappointed several people to serve on the Human Commission Board and approved a municipal order to establish crosswalks in the Givens Drive area.
Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp and Councilwoman Marby Schlegel was absent from tonight’s meeting