CCPS recognized at professional development conference

The Christian County Middle School Percussion Ensemble performed at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference last week in Louisville. The ensemble sent a recorded performance to the KMEA selection committee who evaluated submissions and chose the group as one of two percussion ensembles for a performance slot at the conference.

Two Christian County Public Schools employees were also recognized for their service to music education. Christian County High School Director of Bands, Anthony Darnall was named the 2019-200 3rd District KMEA High School Teacher of the Year. Retired CCPS Chief Instructional Officer, Amy Wilcox, was selected as the 2019-20 3rd District KMEA Administrator of the Year.

Event to salute African American contributions to military

A black history month celebration at the Kentucky Capitol on Tuesday will highlight contributions that African Americans have made to the U.S. military and the nation’s defense.

The event is being hosted by the Black Legislative Caucus. It will include a special award presentation by Gov. Andy Beshear, remarks by legislative leaders and a keynote speech by Navy veteran Charles Blatcher III, who is chairman of the National Coalition of Black Veteran Organizations.

“We’re eager to share stories of heroism and show appreciation for African Americans who served our nation throughout its history,” said Rep. Reginald Meeks, chairman of the Black Legislative Caucus.

Sen. Gerald Neal, a member of the Black Legislative Caucus, said the event will pay tribute to national heroes.

“African Americans have played pivotal roles in our nation’s military history all the way back to the American Revolution,” Neal said. “We want to salute their service and share stories of their service and sacrifice.”

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

West Virginia, Kentucky awarded reclamation grants

West Virginia was awarded more than $22 million and Kentucky more than $11 million in federal funding to clean up and repurpose abandoned coal mines in fiscal year 2020.

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced the grants from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement last week.

The agency provides the grants to the 25 coal-producing states and three tribes based on past and current coal production, the Interior Department said in a news release.

The grants are funded in part by a fee collected on all coal produced in the U.S., the agency said. The funds have helped close over 45,000 abandoned underground mine shafts and openings, eliminate over 960 miles of dangerous highwalls and restore over 850,000 acres of clogged streams and land, the release said.

The total funding available to states and tribes for 2020 is more than $170 million, the release said.

Bodies of 2 women, 5 animals found at western Kentucky home

Two women and five animals have been found dead at a home in western Kentucky, authorities said.

Jennifer Glunt, 61, and Robin Glunt, 55, of Henderson were found shot on Friday, and a weapon was located at the scene, Henderson County Coroner Bruce Farmer told news outlets. Farmer said autopsies were planned on Monday.

The bodies of four dogs and a cat also were found inside the home. Farmer said it wasn’t immediately clear how they died.

Henderson police are investigating.

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