De-annexation and re-annexation of Wyandot Village
In late June, Circuit Judge Dennis Foust ruled that the 1990s annexation of the subdivisions of Cherokee Hill, Apache Heights and Wyandot Village into the city of Cadiz had been illegal. With that ordinance voided, City Councilmember Donna McNichols, a Wyandot Village resident, was ousted from her seat. After McNichols started a petition to get Wyandot annexed back into the city, she began renting an apartment on Main Street and the council voted 3-2 to appoint McNichols to the seat that she had been forced to leave after the ruling. Kentucky statute required that the seat be on the ballot in November and Regenia Wilkerson Jasper won McNichols’s seat by 14 votes. At the last council meeting of 2007, council voted on the second reading of an ordinance to annex Wyandot village.
Hooks receives national recognition for heroic deed
On Dec. 12, 2006, Cadiz resident Seth Hooks, 21 at the time, did something that few would, and he did it without a second thought. When Sabrina Austin’s car landed in an embankment on Tommy Thomas Road, Hooks ran down the hill and rescued her son, Hunter Wiseman, from the burning vehicle while others watched in awe. Sadly, Wiseman died in February after holding for two months. But Hooks’s selfless act was not forgotten, and was recently honored in a most unexpected place. The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, based in Pittsburgh and founded in 1904 by the famous philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, decided two weeks ago, a little year after the tragedy, to give Hooks the Carnegie Medal and $5,000. Hooks was one of 98 recipients in the United States and Canada to receive the award in 2007.
Genesis Express anniversary
January 2007 marked the end of 20 years that the Genesis Express program has been serving the youth and elderly citizens of Trigg County. On Saturday, Jan. 20, cofounders and members of the organization celebrated in style at the Recreation Complex. Many special guests and prominent members of the community attended and former NFL Pro-Bowler and Cadiz native Coy Bacon gave an energetic speech about God had helped him overcome his drug addiction in the past. Speaking to the crowd, George Radford, one of Genesis’s cofounders, said, “When we look back on these 20 years, we came this far by faith.”
Trigg County Schools meet federal standards after four years behind
The Trigg County school district had to wait longer than expected to get back test scores this fall to see if they had met adequate yearly progress (AYP) as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. When the scores were finally released to the public on Sept. 12, the suspense was over and administrators and teachers could breathe a sigh of relief. Ever since NCLB was signed into law, the district had struggled to meet AYP for all of the required subpopulations, such as African-Americans and students with disabilities. The district is in Tier Three status for not meeting the requirements for four years in a row. The number of students required to reach proficiency grows every year, so teachers were fighting an uphill battle. As it turned out, enough students in every subpopulation made proficient scores on their tests in the 2006-2007 school year to meet every NCLB goal. Superintendent Tim McGinnis gave credit to the Voluntary Partnership Assistance Team, which has been working with the schools to improve scores, as well as the principals, teachers and, of course, the students. If the district keeps its momentum next year and meets the new goals, it will be out of Tier Three and consequence-free.
Read the top stories of 2007 in your January 2 Cadiz Record.