From staff reports and the Associated Press

Ryan Milauskas

Local banking official receives diploma

Ryan Milauskas, Heritage Bank Vice President of Commercial Lending at Heritage Bank, is among 185 bankers who received graduation diplomas May 31 from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

The three-year program provides courses covering all aspects of banking, economics and related subjects. Students traveled from 21 states and Mexico to participate in this session.

Sponsored by 15 southern state bankers associations incooperation with the Division of Continuing Education at LSU, the banking school requires attendance on campus for three years, with extensive bank study assignments between sessions.

The faculty consists of bankers, business and professional leaders, and educators from all parts of the U.S.

During their three summer sessions at the Graduate School of Banking, students receive 190 hours of classroom instruction, planned evening study and final examinations at the end of each session.

Milauskas first joined Heritage Bank in 2009 in lending compliance after earning an agricultural economics degree from the University of Kentucky. In 2016, Milauskas became a lender, and in 2018 he was promoted to vice president of commercial lending for the Tri-County area, serving Hopkinsville, Elkton and Cadiz.

Half-marathon, 5K fees to increase

Its registration fee will increase soon, so the inaugural Hoptown Half Marathon & 5K is encouraging prospective runners to act quickly in order to take advantage of early-bird pricing.

A joint road race, the Hoptown Half & 5K will benefit the non-profit partners of United Way of the Pennyrile and has already eclipsed 100 registered participants.

The course will wind through downtown Hopkinsville, residential areas of the community, into the county and finish back downtown on the new Hopkinsville Greenway Rail Trail

Sponsored by Planters Bank, the 13.1-mile half marathon is currently set at $59, while the Jennie Stuart Health 5K costs $35. Both prices will go up, however, beginning at midnight on Monday. Online registration remains available at

Finishers of both races will receive a shirt, as well as respective half-marathon or 5K medals, which feature the iconic Hoptown clock tower, race branding and other notable Hopkinsville landmarks. A newly-formed Industry

Challenge also gives local and regional businesses the opportunity to register small division (5-9 runners) or large division (10 runners) relay teams.

The starting line for both races will be at 1001 S. Main Street, in front of the historic Ferrell's Snappy Service.

With an 18-minute-per-mile time limit, the Hoptown Half Marathon & 5K welcomes runners and walkers. There are also opportunities for race volunteers, from assisting at water stops to being part of a cheer team along the course.

The festivities will kick off with a race expo, open to the general public, on Friday, Sept. 27 at Planters Bank-Jennie

Stuart Health Sportsplex Hopkinsville, located at 155 Tilley Way. The kick-off event will feature exhibitor booths, informative running and fitness speeches and packet pick-up.

Race Day begins with late registration and packet pick-up at 6:00 a.m. that Saturday morning, in front of the

Christian County Justice Center at 100 Justice Way in Hopkinsville. The race will finish downtown, where the aforementioned festival and events will be under way.

Other sponsors include Fleet Feet, Lock Laces, Health Slide and Hopkinsville Running Group. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, call 270-887-4290 or check out details and updates on the Hoptown Half & 5K official Facebook page. More details will be announced soon regarding a half-marathon race series partnership between Hoptown and Murray.

Solid Waste closed for holiday

Hopkinsville Solid Waste Enterprise will be closed July 4 for Independence Day. Thursday pickup will be July 5, and Friday pickup will be July 6.

Scholarship at Murray State honors school shooting victim

A new scholarship has been established at Murray State University to honor a school shooting victim.

A statement from the school says the Preston Cope Memorial Scholarship was established through fundraising and gifts from the 15-year-old boy's family and friends. Cope was one of two teens killed during a shooting last year at Marshall County High School.

The scholarship will help students from Marshall County who "share in Preston's enthusiasm for life and service to others" while attending Murray State.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be full-time, first-year freshmen who graduated from Marshall County High School with at least a 3.0 grade point average and who were active in extracurricular activities and community service. Preference will be given to students majoring in history or education.

Keeneland fall meet to award record $5.675 million in purses

Keeneland's fall meet will award a record $5.675 million among 18 stakes races that include 10 as part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge.

The total is a Keeneland purse record in a season without the season-ending championships. Five of six Grade 1 races will run during the Fall Stars Weekend opening on Oct. 4 and feature 10 stakes worth $3.95 million. The $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile and $500,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (Oct. 5) and $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (Oct. 6) highlight nine stakes awarding berths in the Breeders' Cup championships scheduled for Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita.

Two Grade 3 turf stakes, the Buffalo Trace Franklin County (Oct. 11) and Sycamore (Oct. 17), have raised purses $50,000 to a total of $150,000 apiece. The meet runs through Oct. 26.

Flight makes emergency landing in Tennessee; smoke reported

Authorities say an American Airlines plane flying from North Carolina to Kentucky made an emergency landing in Tennessee because crew members reported smoke in the cockpit.

News outlets report the plane landed safely Wednesday morning in Blountville. Tri-Cities Airport says 52 passengers and four crew members were on board. First responders had already arrived by the time the plane landed. No injuries were reported.

Flight 4890 was traveling from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Lexington, Kentucky.

American Airlines says it rebooked passengers because of a "mechanical issue." Neither the airline nor the airport gave further details on what caused the smoke.

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