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CCPS releases new school names, mascots
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Now that the Christian County Public Schools board has decided on where the new consolidated high school will be, work is progressing on what the name, mascot and colors will be.

Assistant superintendent Josh Hunt revealed the choices in a video released by the school district. The choices were gleaned from an online survey conducted several weeks back that asked community members to submit ideas. at the time, over 1,500 suggestions were made.

“We took that information, formed a small committee and that committee went through all those 1,500 submissions and looked for patterns and consistencies and to see which ones were submitted the most,” Hunt said. “In doing so, we’ve narrowed it down to five choices in three categories.”

The five names that are being considered are: Christian County High School, Hopkinsville Christian County Academy, Hopkinsville Christian County High School, Hopkinsville and Pennyrile High School.

The mascot choices are Bulldogs, Thoroughbreds, Tigers, Titans and Wolves/Wolfpack. The color combination selections are black and royal blue, royal blue and orange, red and black, navy blue and gold and yellow and royal blue.

The Christian County New High School Naming Committee is comprised of Christian County students, parents, CCPS board members, staff and faculty. This committee has been working on this project since early October of this year.

CCPS board members, Mike Walker (Hopkinsville High School ‘75) and Jeff Moore (Christian County High School ‘80) were a part of the committee and oversaw its progress.

“I’m excited about what we are doing to wrap up the naming process and looking forward to getting construction started,” Moore said in a press release.

“I think, when it is all over, we will have a name the community will be proud of and will be happy to support,” Walker said.

The school district is now asking the public to vote on the various choices for the school name, mascot and colors.

“We’re exciting about naming that school and want to continue to involve (the public) in that process,” Hunt said.

There is an online survey for community members to vote on. The link to the survey can be found on the CCPS website (www.christian.kyschools.us) or on the district’s Facebook page.

The survey will be live until the close on business on Nov. 19

“At that time, we’ll begin to look at the data that you all provide us,” Hunt said.

The final decision will be made by the Christian County school board.

Phase one renovation begins at Second Baptist
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The history of Second Baptist Church states that: “what began in a tent meeting on O’Neal Avenue in 1908, grew quickly into a regular Sunday school class and a mission work on the West side of Hopkinsville. This outreach of Hopkinsville Baptist, under the direction of pastor E.J. Wells, was eventually incorporated as the Second Baptist Church of Hopkinsville in 1910. From that small step of faith, Second Baptist not only started, but flourished in its ministry for God. Over a hundred years later, Second Baptist is no longer the missionary start, but now the starter of missions having helped build and grow three different congregations.”

Second Baptist has served a plethora of purposes to the community of Hopkinsville via Sunday worship, vacation bible school, weddings, holiday celebrations, school, nursery’s and so much more. The church is currently under a massive reconstruction. One of the oldest areas in the sanctuary will be torn down and rebuilt. Duncan Chapel which will be turning 100 years old will have a completely new look in the New Year. This reconstruction will be the first phase of the project. Other phases will be getting under way in the future once Duncan is completed.

“It’s time,” said David Wimpey who’s a faithful member, deacon and chairman of the building board. “Second Baptist is a beacon to the West side of town. We thought about relocating due to the pricey upkeep of our historic Church but we ultimately knew that we are a light to the city. Instead of leaving, we decided to start the renovation process which, believe it or not, has been in the works for years.”

Many parts of Second Baptist have been standing since the early 1900s. A cool story that’s been circulating is that in one of the columns right outside of Duncan Chapel just above the steps leading to the entrance, a Bible was planted as a time capsule in a column.

“The time capsule story is a very interesting tale. We are excited to found out how true the story is when we bring down the columns,” said Lee Loving, the construction superintendent. “This is a historic Church and each area we demo is strategically demolished, in order to maintain other parts of the building. This is a massive project we are working on, but it’s a job we can handle. There will be several contractors working together to effectively complete the project.”

Thus far through the year, the congregation has been holding both Sunday services, Sunday school, and every other event across the street at the Second Baptist activity center. After phase 1 of the reconstructing Duncan Chapel, the Church will eventually redo the basement where a new nursey through grade six will wwhave access once again. During the New Year in 2022, Second Baptist plans to give the Church fresh new paint, new carpets as well as new HVAC units.

“This is God’s Kingdom. It’s taken years for everyone at our Church to realize we needed to do some updating,” WImpey said. “To see parts of the Church knocked down that’s served us for decades is bitter sweet. But untimely we understood that for us to continue to grow God’s Kingdom we would have to essentially l grow within our own comforts also, especially in our faith. Our goal is to prepare Second Baptist to for the next generations to come. Had we not started renovating, the Church possibly would have died off. But thankfully, we are a united front and excited about the new beginning at Second Baptist.”

Second Baptist is located at: 720 W 7th Street. If you are looking to know more about the extensive and well-kept history of the Church visit the website: http://sbchopkinsville.com/

Jonathan Lockwood Huie once said, “Celebrate endings—for they precede new beginnings.” Though Second Baptist turns a new leaf in tearing down parts of their 20,000 square foot building that hold special memories in many a heart, new memories will be made where the glory of God still abides.

Fiscal Court approves bid for new County Courthouse roof
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The Christian County Fiscal Court met for a regular meeting that went fairly quick Tuesday morning as magistrates voted on the acceptance of a bid for re-roofing the historic Christian County Courthouse.

Magistrate Phillip Peterson explained to the court that the re-roofing will be just one part of several phases of renovations to the courthouse.

Peterson added that the new roof will be metal with guttering all the way around the building as well as downspouts.

“This is also just kind of a phase of things to be done to the courthouse as far as our restoration, but this is just one phase,” he said.

Peterson explained that the current roof is close to degrading and suggested that it would be better to move to get a new roof before the courthouse sees future roofing issues.

“The existing roof apparently has a spray foam on it and that foam is separating and of course, the warranty is not there anymore on the roof,” Peterson said. “I don’t think we need to wait until we start having leaks before we start the process of putting this on.”

Following that explanation, Peterson shared why he felt that it would be important to spend funding on the courthouse, aside from being proactive in preventing leaks.

“I think we can all agree that the courthouse is part of our history here in Christian County so we definitely need to stay proactive as far as keeping our building nice and beautiful for the community,” Peterson said. “So, I definitely think it’s a good thing.

Christian County Treasurer Walter Cummings shared with the court that bids for the re-roofing were opened Nov. 2 and received several bids since.

Cummings shared that the lowest bid the county received was from Swift Roofing, Inc. at $348,000. He added that the price may increase, however, due to the possibility of rotten decking at the courthouse.

“Now, included in that bid, though, they think there is probably going to be some rotten decking on the courthouse,” Cummings said. “They’ve quoted $5 a square foot in addition to this to replace rotten decking and if you’ll recall, they’re the same company that put the roof on the annex of the Alhambra (Theatre).”

Cummings also reminded the court that the same company when working on the Alhambra also encountered rotten decking.

Cummings then recommended that the magistrates vote to approve the accept of the bid from Swift Roofing.

Ultimately, the court voted unanimously to approve the acceptance of the bid.

Peterson added that the re-roofing would likely not begin until spring due to avoid the winter months.

Prior to magistrates voting to accept the bid, Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library Executive Director DeeAnna Sova shared with the court that she feels that the library is “back.”

“I feel like the library is back,” she said.

“We are now scheduling story time in December. We are also doing our Epic Hour … we’re having a book sale this month also on the 17th through the 19th. So, it’s just kind of a nice feeling to feel like we can start providing these services again, that we love to provide.”

After expressing that she feels like the library is getting back to normal following the COVID-19 pandemic, Sova took the opportunity to introduce the library’s new Imagination Library coordinator.

Sova introduced Ka’Dessa Snorton as the new coordinator of the program and shared that she had officially been working in the position for one week and a day as of Tuesday.

“She’s come with a lot of excitement and energy to do all the things that we need to do for our children and to continue to get these books in the hands of our community,” Sova said of Snorton.

Health Department announces Pfizer vaccines available for children
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The Christian County Health Department announced Tuesday that it will not begin administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to children beginning next week.

CCHD will be offering Pfizer vaccines to children aged between 5 — 11, beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

The department will be accepting both walk-ins and appointments for Pfizer COVID vaccines for children every Wednesday from 7:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

While walk-ins are available, CCHD encourages parents to schedule appointments in order to avoid long wait times at the department.

To schedule an appointment online, go to http://ow.ly/vLBJ50GJvB0.

The health department will continue to offer COVID vaccines, including Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson, to anyone aged 12 and up on Tuesday and Thursdays from 7:45 a.m to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

CCHD clarified that it will not be accepting walk-ins or appointments for anyone under the age of 12 on Tuesdays or Thursdays. The department will be offering vaccines to anyone between 5 and 11 on Wednesdays only.