Dollar General donates to local school, nonprofit

Two Hopkinsville entities are recipients of grants from Dollar General to schools and nonprofits across the state.

Millbrooke Elementary School and the Dyslexia Association of the Pennyrile will receive $2,000 each from the company’s $80,000 pool of donations.

Hobby Lobby raises minimum wage to $17

Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. announced Monday that it is raising its minimum full-time hourly wage to $17 effective Oct. 1.

In 2009, Hobby Lobby was one of the first retailers to establish a nationwide minimum hourly wage well above the federal minimum wage and has since raised its minimum wages ten times over the last eleven years. In 2014, Hobby Lobby raised its full-time minimum hourly wage to $15 well before it became fashionable with other retailers.

Ex-soldier agrees not to contest conviction in baby’s death

A former Fort Campbell soldier accused of raping and killing his infant daughter has agreed not to contest a conviction for second-degree murder and will serve 15 years in prison without parole, authorities said.

Christopher Paul Conway, 25, entered the plea Friday, shortly before his trial was to begin in Tennessee’s Montgomery County, news outlets reported.

His daughter, Adeline, was found dead on Nov. 14, 2017, with a dehumidifier cord wrapped around her neck. Findings from the autopsy indicated the 8-month-old girl had injuries consistent with being raped and her father was charged.

Prosecutor Kimberly Lund told Clarksville Now that the victim’s family agreed with the plea.

“There will never be a sentence harsh enough to ease the death of a child. Adeline was a beautiful baby whose life was taken far too soon. I hope her sister and family can find peace now that this case has been resolved,” Lund said.

Defense attorney Edward DeWerff told The Leaf Chronicle that he believes a jury would have convicted his client.

“That is an incredibly good settlement for my client,” DeWerff said. “If convicted, he would have got life ... 51 calendar years.”

Kentucky Supreme Court candidate receives reprimand

A circuit judge running for a seat on Kentucky’s Supreme Court in this year’s election has been reprimanded for misconduct.

Circuit Judge Robert B. Conley was sanctioned this week by the Judicial Conduct Commission in part for throwing a man in jail for three days for contempt of court without conducting a hearing, the Courier Journal reported. Conley is a judge for Greenup and Lewis counties.

The commission said Conley violated three rules, including one requiring judges to be patient, dignified and courteous to litigants. Conley agreed to the sanction.

Conley is running for a Supreme Court seat from eastern Kentucky. Conley said in an email that he has served on the bench for 26 years and this was his first sanction. He said he has acknowledged that he did not act appropriately on the day in question and has apologized.

Conley’s opponent in the Supreme Court race, Democrat state Rep. Chris Harris, said: “A judge, particularly one running for a seat on Kentucky’s highest court, should treat everyone in his or her courtroom fairly and impartially, with dignity and respect, regardless of their social or economic standing. Clearly, Bob Conley didn’t live up to that standard in the instances described in the reprimand.”

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