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CCHD will begin administering new COVID boosters
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The new Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent booster doses are currently available at the Christian County Health Department (CCHD), as the FDA only approved those dosages on August 31.

The bivalent boosters were required since the FDA anticipated that this fall and winter would see an increase in COVID-19 cases brought on by the omicron variant.

According to the CCHD dashboard, there are now 303 active cases and 135 confirmed cases for the month of September.

The CCHD will begin administering bivalent boosters to qualifying individuals starting Thursday, September 15.

The Moderna bivalent boosters are only available to individuals 18 and up. For those individuals under 18 who received primary series of Moderna, they must receive Pfizer bivalent booster.

According to the CCHD, the Pfizer bivalent boosters are approved for all individuals 12 and up; however, both bivalent boosters are approved for all ages, but it must be 2 months after the primary series or the last booster.

Boosters and COVID-19 vaccines are available every Wednesday from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. for children aged 6 months to 11 years, and every Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. for individuals aged 12 and up.

CCHD continues to offer free at-home COVID-19 rapid test kits that can be picked up at CCHD located at 1700 Canton Street in Hopkinsville, KY.

35th annual Trail of Tears Pow Wow a success
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For more than three decades, the Trail of Tears Commissions have sponsored an intertribal Pow Wow at the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park in Hopkinsville.

Over the weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, the 35th annual Trail of Tears Pow Wow took place welcoming the community to join in the two day festival.

This cultural event is an opportunity to expose non-natives to centuries of old traditions of various dances, Native American crafts, and to educate Pow Wow visitors with storytelling and Indian lore demonstrations.

Each year, the high spirited gathering consists of Native American people celebrating their rich heritage, socializing with old friends as well as making new ones.

Each year, several generations are in attendance to watch and join in the gathering.

Despite the heat and rain showers that came through over the weekend, this year’s celebration was full of beauty, unity and giving thanks to those who have come before us.

On both days, a bountiful feast was held alongside competitions with over $25,000 given in prizes to the best dancers and musical performances with entries as young as 5 and under as well as entries as wise as 55 and up.

Vendors were also on sight offering the purchase of traditional food, clothing, jewelry and additional accessories.

Hopkinsville’s historic park is one of the few documented sites of the actual trail and campsites used during the forced removal of the Cherokee people to “Indian Territory,” that was used as an encampment in 1838 and 1839. This park is the burial site for two Cherokee Chiefs.

Much appreciation has been seen online from the communities social network pages as well as those of the community who were in attendance to this year’s fest.

This annual event not only draws the community out each year for the festival, it also brings awareness to all the additional information Hopkinsville’s Trail of Tears Commemorative Park has to offer for both locals and those who come to town each year to celebrate.

Though the Trail of Tear campus login cabin is small in size, the amount of knowledge shared and learned there is resourceful and powerful.

Learn more history about the Trail of Tears online:

Fiscal court approves FAA grant
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In Tuesday’s Christian County Fiscal Court meeting, Magistrate Darrell Gustafson proposed a grant request from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the amount of $201,600 to update the airport hangar which has to be done on a five year basis.

“If you recall these grants require 5% or 10% local match, 5% of the city and 5% in the county. The mayor, judge, city attorney and county attorney are required to sign this document and the cost of the counting would be approximately $10,000 and we will receive $190,000 from the federal government,” said Magistrate Gustafson.

The fiscal court agreed to approve this grant for the FAA to update airport facilities’ plan, as well as the second reading of the Christian County tax ordinance which was presented by County Attorney, John Soyars.

“This was published of course at the first reading and then we had a public hearing last Friday, so we did what we were supposed to do as far as you know, the 4%,” said Judge-Executive Steve Tribble.

The fiscal court also approved a five-year plan for waste management that was presented by Amy Frogue of the Pennyrile Area Development District.

“We are required as a county to report annually to the division of waste management on our trash collection and recycling activities. Every 5 years they require us to update our area solid waste management plan,” Frogue said.

Due to recent complaints, Magistrate Magaline Ferguson expressed concern about the improvement from Green for Life (GFL), Christian County’s current waste company since they were mentioned in the five year plan.

“We have met with the group, they have a new general manager, and he talked about some of the things they will be doing; he mentioned he has some new drivers and four more coming on board, so this guy has a plan. He said give him a little bit of time and he’s going to get things straightened out,” said Judge Tribble.

Fort Campbell soldier dies of natural causes while deployed
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U.S. Army Lt. Col. Nicholas D. Goshen passed away from natural causes on Sept. 6 while serving in Eastern Europe, according to an Army press release Monday.

Lt. Col. Goshen was deployed with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and was based at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania.

Since June, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) has nearly 4,000 Soldiers deployed to Europe to assure NATO Allies and deter Russian aggression.

“Nick was a valued member of the team whose passion and commitment to the division and our soldiers was extraordinary,” said Maj. Gen. JP McGee, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division.

“I can personally attest to his exceptional talent. He will be missed.”

Born in Ohio on October 26, 1981, Goshen was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 2004 after attending The Citadel Military College of South Carolina. After graduating Ranger School, he was stationed at Fort Campbell with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), where he deployed to Iraq as a platoon leader. He served as the Associate Professor of Military Science at the University of Southern California, simultaneously earning a master’s degree in communications in 2010. Goshen then served with 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, where he deployed to Afghanistan. He then served with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment where he deployed to Afghanistan twice. Goshen served with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy. Following his tour in Italy, Goshen once again served with the 75th Ranger Regiment and deployed to Afghanistan. Goshen also served at the Pentagon, on the Joint Staff, before returning to Fort Campbell in 2022 with the 101st Airborne Division.

Goshen has deployed seven times, one deployment to Iraq and six deployments to Afghanistan, totaling 42 months of overseas combat deployments.

Goshen’s awards and decorations include The Bronze Star Medal for Valor; Bronze Star; Purple Heart; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge; Ranger Tab; Combat Infantryman Badge; Combat Action Badge; Parachutist Badge; and Air Assault Badge.

Nick is survived by his wife Megan Epner of 14 years and leaves behind their loyal dog, Polo.