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Hopkinsville mayor invites residents to become City Diplomats
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Hopkinsville Mayor Wendell Lynch’s office announced Monday that the city is inviting local citizens to take part in the City of Hopkinsville Diplomat program.

According to a press release from the mayor’s office, the program will “afford citizens the opportunity to learn how to make municipal government work for them, gain knowledge of local municipal government, and have the opportunity to support their community through service, promotion, and volunteerism.”

Applications for the program opened Monday and has a deadline of Monday, Nov. 22 at 4:30 p.m.

The program officially begins the first Wednesday of January and will continue on the first Wednesday of each month lasting through July. Each class starts at 6 p.m.

The diplomats selected to serve as diplomats during the upcoming six month period will focus on five topics, which include the following:

  • Administration, Community and Development Services and Hopkinsville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
  • Hopkinsville Public Works
  • Executive and Legislative branches of local government
  • The Hopkinsville Police Department
  • The Hopkinsville Fire Department

For the Administration, Community and Development Services and Hopkinsville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau topic, diplomats will be able to meet managers of the various City of Hopkinsville offices and learn what services that provide to the residents of Hopkinsville.

For the Public Works topic, diplomats will be able to tour various public works facilities and what services it provides to local citizens, including streets, grounds maintenance and the Parks and Recreation department.

For the executive and legislative branches of government, attendees will learn the history of Hopkinsville as well the differences between the executive and legislative branches of Hopkinsville’s local government. They will also be able to meet local elected officials.

For the Hopkinsville Police Department topic, diplomats will tour the city’s Public Safety Complex, which includes both police and emergency communications center offices. They will also learn about the organizational structure and internal services offered by HPD.

Finally, the Hopkinsville Fire Department topic includes a tour of the main fire station, Fire Station One and diplomats will be able to learn about the challenges local firefighters, EMTs and paramedics face.

“We are excited about offering citizens this unique opportunity to learn about the City of Hopkinsville and how local government works,” Lynch said in the press release. “We hope this will provide citizens with a better understanding of how to get things done in our community.”

Those interested in participating in the diplomat program are required to be at least 18 years of age and live or own a business within Christian County.

Each program is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. Due to the limited number of possible participants, individuals living or owning a business within the City limits will be given preference, according to the program guidelines.

The City Diplomat Program will also be offered completely free-of-charge.

However, because it is free to participants, the City has implemented an attendance requirement. Meaning, participants are only allowed to miss a maximum of one of the six sessions in order to graduate.

Participants will also be provided a City of Hopkinsville shirt and welcome folder containing the schedule and itinerary for the program. Meals or light refreshments will be served at each session.

The graduation ceremony will take place in the Council Chamber of the Hopkinsville Municipal Center Complex. Graduates are encouraged to bring one guest and each City department is invited to send a representative to attend.

The ceremony will consist of dinner and a presentation of certificates and pins.

Participants are also encouraged to and will be provided a form to apply for various board appointments upon graduation from the diplomats program.

To apply, those interested can fill out the form online at www.hoptown.org/diplomat or pick up a form to fill out at the Hopkinsville Municipal Center Complex Hopkinsville Municipal Center Complex.

Interested people can also apply by mail with the following address:

City of Hopkinsville

Attn: Crissy Fletcher, City Clerk

715 South Virginia Street

Hopkinsville, KY 42240

Those that are not selected this round will be placed on a waiting list for future classes.

A letter notifying citizens of acceptance into the program will be mailed and those interested in accepting entrance into the program must complete the required registration form provided with the letter and return it by the noted deadline. If the form is not received by the deadline, an alternate participant will be selected.

For more information, you can visit www.hoptown.org/diplomat or contact Crissy Fletcher by email at cfletcher@hopkinsvilleky.us or by phone at 270-890-0210.


Kentucky surpasses 10,000 coronavirus-related deaths

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky surpassed 10,000 coronavirus-related deaths Monday, the latest grim milestone in the ongoing fight against the global pandemic, Gov. Andy Beshear said.

The state's rising death toll from COVID-19 reached at least 10,019, the governor said, calling it “nothing short of tragic.” In another sign of the virus' deadly impact, COVID-19 ranked as the Bluegrass State's third-leading cause of death last year and again so far this year, he said.

“My faith teaches me that each of these individuals is a child of God, irreplaceable to their family and to their community," Beshear said in remembering those who died from the virus. "And every time we lose someone, especially this many people, it tears at the fabric of who we are.”

A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday on the state Capitol grounds in Frankfort to remember those who died from the virus, the governor said. The artist commissioned to create a pandemic-related monument will be announced at the service, he said.

The monument — to be constructed on the statehouse grounds — will honor the thousands who died from COVID-19 and the sacrifices made by Kentuckians, the governor said.

“It’s going to serve as a reminder to future generations of a time that we lost Kentuckians to a war unlike any that we had experienced," Beshear said. "Losing more Kentuckians in a very short period of time than in any two or maybe even three wars in our history combined.”

Meanwhile, new virus cases last week in Kentucky were lower than the prior week, but the decline has slowed significantly from the rate in previous weeks, the governor said.

The rate of Kentucky residents testing positive for the virus has inched upward again. On Monday, the statewide positivity rate was 5.44%.

The governor urged Kentuckians to take steps to “protect yourself.” Among the unvaccinated, he said, that includes getting the COVID-19 shots. For the vaccinated, it means getting the booster shot when eligible. He has also urged people to wear masks when indoors in public places.

“We need to be cautious," Beshear said. "We need to be humble.”

As of Monday, more than 345,000 Kentuckians have received a COVID-19 booster shot, the governor said. He has warned that hospitalizations among vaccinated Kentuckians are increasing over time as immunity likely wanes. But the unvaccinated still represent the overwhelming majority of new virus-related cases and hospitalizations.

The governor and his wife, first lady Britainy Beshear, received their COVID-19 vaccination boosters during a press conference last week. Beshear said Monday that his 11-year-old daughter had received the first dose of the vaccine, saying: I can't tell you how relieved I am as a parent."

Health officials have hailed shots for children ages 5 to 11 as a major breakthrough as the country enters a new phase in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is a safe vaccine that is going to give her and will give your kids extra protection,” the governor said.


Follow more of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic.

Oak Grove Thanksgiving food giveaway planned
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Oak Grove Community Center is filled with events for the month of November with the most anticipated being the Thanksgiving basket giveaway.

Applications for the baskets are available at the Community Center for locals to fill out. Each Thanksgiving basket will be sponsored by “A Mission of Hope” who is a Christian outreach to help those in need in the Oak Grove Community, which includes Oak Grove, Ft. Campbell, Clarksville and surrounding communities.

The giveaway will be gifted on November 20, 2021. Dean and Dawn Thomas who are head of the mission are looking to help over 100 families in need during the holiday season. The wish list for each basket seeks to try and include a turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, canned corn, green beans, and sweet potatoes, cream of mushroom soup, broth, mac-n-cheese, ham, cranberry sauce, gravy, and dessert among many other grocery items. If you would like to donate or volunteer and help assemble Thanksgiving baskets, call the community to sign up.

Director of Oak Groves Community Center Melissa Lynch expressed excitement for the holiday season.

“We look forward all the events we will offer this month. We are honored to host the Thanksgiving give-a-way baskets,” said Lynch. “I thank the good Lord for Dean and Dawn Thomas who continue to bless our community with food each year. The community center as a whole as well as Mayor Jarvis appreciate all that they do.”

Oak Grove’s Community Center also wants to get the message out about the center’s upcoming closing dates. On Veterans Day, November 11, 2021 the center will be closed and will pick back up to regular hours Nov. 12.

Also during the month of November:

Monday through Friday: COVID testing is available for anyone looking to know their status within the hours of 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Every Monday and Friday a GED teacher host classes for those interested in receiving their GED. These classes are offered at the community center from 9 a.m. ‘til noon. For the dance and music lovers, classes are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., so come out and get those calories burning. As for the sports tribe, every Monday, Thursday and Friday the community center holds open gym from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Every Wednesday. Bible study will also be held every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. for those looking to dive in the biblical word and receive a message.

As November winds down the Community Center plans to pack out December, the last month of the year with several festivities. The first week of December will kick off with a tree lighting in honor of holiday season on December 2, 2021 followed by the next day on the Dec. 3, the event: “Fill your Cruiser” that involves Christmas gift donations to children where you may drop off presents at Cash Express on Ft Campbell Blvd as well as the Community Center.

If you are looking for a place to take festive holiday photos, stop by the center while it is decorated beautifully for the perfect photo opportunity.

The community center is located at 1705 Thompsonville Lane, Oak Grove, KY 42262. Visit www.oakgroveky.org for more updates. For more updates, call the center for any other questions at (270) 640-7575.