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Fiscal Court to participate in Hazard Mitigation Plan
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The Christian County Fiscal Court agreed to participate in the Pennyrile Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan on Tuesday, which recommends numerous hazard mitigation actions to protect people and property affected by natural hazards in the Pennyrile Area Development District.

“Essentially, in order for us to receive any future federal funds that help mitigate for storm damage, we have to have a Hazard Mitigation Plan, and the state decided to make this regional instead of by each county,” said Judge Executive Jerry Gilliam in Tuesday’s meeting.

A lease agreement with CASA, a program that assigns volunteer advocates for neglected and abused children in the local court system, was also approved by the Fiscal Court.

“As you all may know with the move of the judge’s office to the old chairs office, it allowed us some office vacancies in the previous judge executive’s office,” said Gilliam.

CASA’s offices will be relocated from the former state police building to the former judge’s office.

Magistrate John Bruce provided an update on airport improvements, stating that efforts to clear trees in the approach path to the runway are currently underway.

Magistrates Magaline Ferguson, Rich Liebe and Phillip Peterson were also approved for incentives by the Christian County Fiscal Court.

The Christian County Fiscal Court also honored former Magistrate Kenneth Bates on behalf of its members, recognizing his remarkable accomplishments and numerous contributions to the community, and extending their heartfelt condolences to his family.

African American Heritage Breakfast back stronger than ever
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The Modernette Civic Club has been in service for 57 years in counting, giving back to the community through such a strong sisterhood.

While February is coming to a close, and the month is in observance of Black History, the many accomplishments by people of color should be shared and celebrated throughout the year.

Over the weekend, the Modernette Civic Club returned for its annual African American Heritage breakfast on Saturday, February 25, 2023.

Because of the pandemic, the organization had not held its annual breakfast in the last two years.

Saturday’s return was back stronger than ever bringing over 400 people from the community, surrounding areas, and travelers from afar to attend.

So many of the community came out to attend the highly respected breakfast.

Both women and men were seen beautifully dressed in African-styled clothing.

The breakfast began at 8 a.m. at the James E. Bruce Convention Center and wrapped just before 10 a.m.

This year’s speaker traveled from Louisville. Senator Gerald A. Neal, brought a powerful speech for those in attendance.

Senator Neal spoke of many things including celebrating black history, race theory, togetherness, changes that need to be made within the world, unity, strength in numbers, grace… among several other speaking points.

The senator is a strong voice for senior citizens, youth, the disadvantaged and minorities and a staunch supporter of education, and economic development. healthcare and criminal justice reform.

Before the breakfast came to a close, Senator Neal received a key to the City from Mayor Knight while also receiving a beautifully wrapped gift from Visit Hopkinsville Tourism.

He came back to the mic giving his last few words.

“I am truly thankful for today. Thankful to be here and to be received so well. You have made me feel so welcomed, it has been my honor to share this moment among each other,” said Neal.

Before closing, Senator Neal made the announcement to the community that Stephanie Bolen will be Christian County’s next Commonwealth’s Attorney. Bolen then received a standing ovation just before the breakfast came to a close.

Modernette President Billie Todd expressed a great deal of gratitude on behalf of the event.

“I have received so many calls and I am just so thankful for a beautiful weekend. The Modernettes are most appreciative of the community and the support we continue to receive,” said Todd.

“We have continued to grow and I am so honored that we come together to celebrate who we are and black history month. We strive to encourage and educate the community. We came back stronger than ever and I am so proud.”

The morning concluded with The Modernette Civic Club thanking everyone in attendance, everyone who played a major role in making the morning such a success and everyone who came out to celebrate Black History.

Saturday was a morning full of positive energy. So many of the community gathered together in harmony sharing a moment of honor among each other.

While this year’s return was nothing short of spectacular, the years to come are soon to follow in uplifting all The Modernette Civic Club does for the community.

Check out the beautiful attire the ladies of the Civic Club wore during the celebration as well many plans for 2023 via Facebook:

Sewing club gives back

Anita Cummins, a certified master clothing volunteer for the Christian County Cooperative Extension Service has mastered the art of sewing and has shared her knowledge with the community since 2010 after completing her two year certification course in 2008.

Christian County Extension Office and the sewing sector of their organization has partnered with Joy Closet to provide quilts and pillow cases for the youth who use their services. Members of the group presented the handcrafted donated items on Friday morning, February 24, 2023 inside of Christian County Extension

The 501c3 organization purpose is to support foster, kinship and adoptive families along the journey. Oftentimes, when children are placed in a foster home, they often arrive with only the clothes on their backs. Joy Closet acts as a resource that foster/kinship families can quickly visit upon receiving a placement and get items these children need such as: clothing, shoes, car seats, and other basic needs, free of charge.

Anita and her students worked each week to meet the goal of all that was donation to the amazing organization.

Sewing has so many benefits that both men and women can learn from. It is a fantastic way to improve hand-eye coordination, cognitive development and spatial perception. This program is free for the community to join and only requires students to have a machine of their own.

If you or someone you know would like to make a donation of fabric or join the sewing group please contact the Christian County Extension Office at 270-886-6328.

To join or learn more about the program, check out more information online at:

For additional questions call the Ext Office at 270-886-6329.

If you would like to donate, you may contact the founder of Joy closet, Heather Gray at 270-6321232, via email: or you can make a donation via Paypal at: as well as Venmo at: @Joyclosetky

While monetary donations are greatly appreciated, the power of Prayer never goes without being heard alongside those partnering through Churches and businesses that can always help as well as connecting families and hosting events.

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For additional information visit their website at

Tie Breaker water park holding name contest
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Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation is known for serving the recreational and leisure interests and needs of Hopkinsville and Christian County residents, while promoting local and regional events.

While Parks and Rec brings many events for the community to attend, for the time being… the organization asks for the help of the community in something special that soon to take place.

Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center, the family-friendly water park that’s known to provide fun, safe and convenient family entertainment is set to be renamed with public opinions wanted for the selection of the name chosen for the water park.

The chance to enter suggestions will run until March 13, 2023.

The person with the “winning name” will receive four 2023 season passes.

New paint and climbing features, a recoating of the slides, an update of the aquatic system components, new road-front signage are among some of the finished improvements.

Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation took to Facebook to share a few thoughts with the community.

“Tie Breaker Park will officially be left behind as we reopen in 2023—under a brand new name! We want your help to create the new name for the water park, which will be the hub for the entire rebrand. The person who submits the winning name idea will also win four 2023 season passes to the park!”

To submit your suggestions, follow the link:

or email us at

Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Superintendent, Tab Brockman expressed looking forward to hearing the names, the community is welcomed to enter. “When a major leak was discovered in 2022, Tie Breaker closed and has since received major upgrades. With the new upgrades, we thought a new name would also be fitting for our community water park,” said Brockman.

The water park is set to open just before summer officially kicks off.

If you’re interested in having a chance to win 2023 season passes for the best submitted name, start brainstorming what you think Tie Breaker should be renamed.

Tie Breaker is located at 9503 Eagle Way Bypass.

For additional information about renaming Hopkinsville’s Water Park, stop by Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation’s office at 2600 Thomas Street or call 270-887-4290.

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