Anderson named CCPS alternative site facilitator

Ken Anderson Jr. has been named as the alternative site facilitator for the Christian County Public Schools Alternative School. Anderson is an assistant principal at Hopkinsville Middle School and has spent his career at HMS beginning as a Social Studies teacher.

Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay State University and a master’s degree and Rank I Certification from Murray State University. He is also pursuing a doctorate in Instructional Systems Design at the University of Kentucky.

Kentucky plans to reopen courts with restrictions

State courts in Kentucky will reopen for hearings on civil and criminal cases starting next month, according to a new order.

The proceedings will resume June 1, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton Jr. announced Friday, more than two months after state courts closed due to the virus outbreak.

Grand jury proceedings will also begin on June 1 while jury trials are still postponed until August, news outlets reported.

The courts should conduct remote hearings for cases unless the judge determines the hearings need to be held in-person, Minton said. If an in-person hearing is held, Minton said the judge needs to make sure it’s capped at 33% capacity and that virus safety measures, including social distancing and surface cleanings, are observed.

Face coverings are required for the public and employees when entering a courthouse, and those who have experienced symptoms of the new coronavirus are urged not to enter, Minton said.

Hopkinsville Sanitation closes for Memorial Day

Hopkinsville Sanitation Department will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

Trash collection will resume Tuesday and will be on a one-day delay for the week.

Governor announces $300M in relief for cities, counties

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday a $300 million award to city and county governments as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which established the Coronavirus Relief Fund to reimburse local governments for expenses incurred in response to the public health emergency caused by the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

These funds will be administered by the Department for Local Government (DLG) and can be used for reimbursements of expenses necessary to comply with public health guidelines and protect Kentuckians.

To apply, eligible local governments with COVID-19-related expenses from March 1 to Dec. 30 must complete an application with expense documentation, which will be available on DLG’s website at 8 a.m. Thursday.

The funding will be allocated to city and county governments based on approximate population size as recorded in the most recent census data.

Live-stream event will welcome home 200 soldiers today

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell will hold a traditional welcome home event at 11 a.m. Thursday for soldiers who recently returned from New York City, where they were part of the nation’s response in the fight against COVID.

The event will take place on the division’s parade field at Fort Campbell, and will be live-streamed on the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/101st/.

About 200 soldiers will be recognized and welcomed home.

The soldiers are assigned to the 531st Hospital Center, headquartered at Fort Campbell. They previously deployed March 26 to New York City, and redeployed May 12 to Fort Campbell.

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