CCPS, Gatton student is National Merit semifinalist

Keegan Pendleton has been named a 2021 National Merit Scholarship semifinalist in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Keegan is a product of Hopkinsville High School and is continuing his studies at the Gatton Academy on the campus of Western Kentucky University.

This honor is awarded to less than 1% of high school scholars and colleges base their highest scholarship awards on the National Merit Scholarship designation.

Keegan is the son of Scott and Terri Pendleton.

Trigg schools add hot spots throughout county for students

Trigg County Public Schools have added several new wireless internet hot spots in areas throughout the county where there are needs for internet access for students.

The school’s IT team and family resource directors found areas in the county with enough cellular service for the hot spots to provide internet access that is adequate for students to be able to download assignments to their Chromebooks.

Currently, there are hot spots on seven buses at the Summer Food Service Program feeding sites in the county. The hot spots are turned on during the meal delivery from 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Students and parents are able to sit in the parking lot and access the internet to download assignments to their Chromebooks.

The meal delivery locations with hot spots on the buses are Linton United Methodist Church, Rockcastle Fire Department, Trigg County Recreation Complex, Roaring Springs Christian Church, Caledonia Locust Grove Church, Cerulean restaurant and Sinclair’s in Canton.

In addition to the buses, Trigg County Schools have added six hot spots in locations throughout the county that will be available for students seven days a week. These locations will allow students to access the internet from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

The new hot spot locations are Wallonia Community Room (formerly Wallonia restaurant), Hanks Corner Market (242 Washington Ave.) in Cerulean, Locust Grove Baptist Church (off of Highway 272), The Trigg County Convention Center (Trigg County Complex), Sinclair’s Station (Canton One Stop) in Canton, and Let’s Go Play.

The hot spots have a capacity of 15 devices at a time, so students and community members are asked to be conscious of others needing to use the hot spots. Students are encouraged to download several days or a week’s worth of assignments at a time to take home to work on.

“We are thankful for the members of our community who are willing to help our students with this need,” Trigg County Schools Superintendent Bill Thorpe said. “We hope that this will help our students with virtual learning until we are able to return to in-person learning. Our staff has worked very hard to find the best locations to serve the greatest amount of students.”

All hot spot locations will have the same location name: TriggCoSchools and the same password: Wildcats.

Trigg County Schools will continue to add hot spots throughout the county as areas with cellular service and locations willing to host the hot spots are found. Trigg County Schools will announce those locations as they become available.

For more information or questions, please contact Bill Thorpe, Superintendent, at 270-522-6075.

Kentucky reports higher General Fund revenues in August

FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s revenue collections continued to show resiliency despite the ongoing fight against the coronavirus, budget officials said.

General Fund receipts in August increased 5.9% compared to the same period a year ago, state Budget Director John Hicks said Thursday. Revenues for the month totaled $833.8 million, compared to $787.2 million during August 2019, he said.

So far, General Fund receipts have increased 6.5% in the current fiscal year, which began in July. The General Fund pays for most state services, including education, health care and public safety.

Receipts rebounded after recent months of significantly lower tax collections due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Hicks said.

“We saw the worst quarterly declines in General Fund receipts from April through June since the Great Recession,” he said. “Growth rates in July and August have ticked upward supported by substantial federal relief payments to individuals and businesses.”

The improved collections have been driven mainly by sales and individual income taxes, he said.

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