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CHR ISTIAN COUNTY KENTUCKY

DEFENSE COMMUNITIES

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FROM THE DESK OF MONA NAIR DIRECTOR OF MILITARY AFFAIRS Welcome to Christian County! We are thrilled that you are stationed here in the beautiful, basketball-loving, bourbon tasting, horse racing, bluegrass state of Kentucky. If you’ve recently PCS’d or even if you’ve been at Fort Campbell awhile, there’s a lot you probably don’t know about Christian County, KY. We are a tight knit community with NO state income tax for active duty military, a growing and diverse workforce, and so many great places to shop, eat and have fun with your family. We’ve been named a Great American Defense Community in large part due to our constant and enthusiastic support of military service members and families, but also for the outstanding events and military programs we put on each year. Some highlights include: • Christian County Salutes Fort Campbell Series: FREE fun throughout the late summer and fall for military families (Military Spouse Luncheon, Military Affairs Committee Gala, military Sunday series, discounts at local businesses) • Military Spouse Leadership Program: Network and connect with the local community and experience all that Christian County has to offer • Military Appreciation Weekend at Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center There’s so much to do in Christian County, and we hope to share that here with you in our annual military affairs magazine. Just remember ... turn LEFT out the gate and head on over to Christian County! #OPERATIONLEFTTURN

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Sincerely, Mona Nair, Director of Military Affairs Christian County Chamber of Commerce 270-885-9096

mnair@christiancountychamber.com

Gander Memorial Park is located at 41-A and Pennyrile Parkway. PHOTO BY: NICK & KATIE THOMASZESKI

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AT A GLANCE

LOCATION Christian County is in the southwest region of Kentucky, sitting on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line about 65 miles

LAND AREA

northwest of Nashville. Hopkinsville is the county seat.

717.5 square miles

Formed in 1797, Christian County includes five incorporated cities — Crofton, LaFayette, Hopkinsville, Pembroke and

POPULATION

71,671

Oak Grove, which sits right outside of Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Christian County is a part of the Clarksville, TN-KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

ETHNIC MAKEUP

TOP 5 REGIONAL EMPLOYERS

Caucasian – 68%

Fort Campbell

30,438 (8,058 civilian)

African-American – 22%

Christian County BOE

1,326

Martinrea (industry)

900

Hispanic – 8%

Walmart Distribution Center

884

Asian – 2%

Jennie Stuart Health

808

EDUCATION

CLIMATE

Bachelor or higher 16.6% High School or higher 85.3%

Normal rainfall for the year

50.6 inches

Average annual temperature

56.7%

Wettest months

March & December

Driest months

August, September & October

BUSINESSES

4,350 AVG. HOUSEHOLD INCOME

$61,315 AVG. HOME PRICE

BY THE NUMBERS SOLDIERS

14,306

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26,615

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MILITARY EVENTS FORT CAMPBELL MILITARY APPRECIATION WEEKEND TIE BREAKER FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER Military Appreciation Weekend is an annual summer event sponsored by the Christian County Chamber Military Affairs Committee at the Tie Breaker water park. While military ID holders always receive a $2 per ticket discount, admission during Military Appreciation Weekend is FREE for military ID cardholders. Tie Breaker is open daily throughout the summer and has numerous slides, a splash zone, lazy river and snack bar. Follow them @TieBreakerAquatic for events and specials throughout the summer.

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MILITARY SPOUSE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM 2020 The Military Spouse Leadership Program is hosted each fall by the Christian County Chamber Military Affairs Committee as a way to help military spouses connect with the local community. Spouses spend 3 days meeting community leaders, learning how to get involved and experiencing all that Christian County has to offer. Follow us on Facebook @christiancountymac for updates on this year’s program.

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SUMMER SALUTE & SPRING INTO SUMMER 2020 FESTIVALS HOPKINSVILLE & OAK GROVE The Salute Series is a sequence of events dedicated specifically for and to support the service members and families of Fort Campbell. The series includes the MAC Gala, the Spouses luncheon and tour of homes, food trucks, live music, kids activities and beer tents. Participating local businesses offer military discounts and select churches feature militaryfocused Sunday services. For more information, contact Mona Nair at mnair@christiancountychamber.com

TROT FOR TROOPS HOPKINSVILLE The Hopkinsville-Christian County YMCA hosts the yearly Trot for Troops 5K, 10K and 1-mile fun run. Runners can run or walk in honor or memory of a service member. Same-day signups will begin at 6:30 a.m. and the ceremony with race will begin at 8 a.m. Hundreds of participants and spectators will gather for a ceremony, run, fun and games to say “thank-you” for your service! The money raised goes to waive the YMCA joining fee for all active and retired military. Sign up at hopkinsvilleymca.org. Christian County Military Affairs Committee 7


VETERANS DAY PARADE SATURDAY, NOV. 7, 2020 The Division of Parks and Recreation, the City of Hopkinsville Local Government and the Military Affairs Committee are happy to present the 2020 Veterans Day Parade in downtown Hopkinsville. The 0.5 mile parade route runs down Virginia Street from the War Memorial Building turning left on Ninth Street to the Justice Center. A float is available for those veterans that prefer to ride the parade route. Every participating veteran receives a handheld American Flag to carry and take home. A brief ceremony honoring veterans takes place in front of the Justice Center immediately following the conclusion of the parade.

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GANDER MEMORIAL WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY FORT CAMPBELL MEMORIAL PARK HOPKINSVILLE Each year on December 12, the Christian County community comes together

to honor and remember the 248 Fort

Campbell soldiers and eight crew members who died in a plane crash in Gander,

Newfoundland. The plane crashed less than a mile from the runway on its way to return

these soldiers to their families for Christmas after a six-month deployment to the Sinai

Peninsula. The surviving families, as well as the public, are invited to attend the annual

Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Fort Campbell Memorial Park in Hopkinsville.


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ATTRACTIONS IN CHRISTIAN COUNTY ALHAMBRA THEATRE 1 507 S. Main Street 270-887-4023 www.pennyroyalarts.org 

This newly remodeled community

performing arts center was noted

“the most beautiful practical theatre in America” when completed in

1928. The venue features a viewing

room that overlooks the balcony and theater, seating for up to a hundred and a sleek full-service bar. BRUSHY FORK CREEK GALLERY & STUDIO 1550 Pleasant Green Hill Road Crofton, KY 270-242-5988/888-424-5928 www.brushyforkcreek.com

This unique establishment offers tours of the pottery and wood-

turning studios. A gallery features

wood-fired pottery, stoneware, wood turning and garden items. BURDOC FARMS 

CASEY JONES DISTILLERY

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2815 Witty Lane 270-839-9987 www.caseyjonesdistillery.com

Take a tour through the Golden

Pond, Kentucky history. We’re born

into this handcrafted spirit. We hope that you’ll take a tour, or take a

sip and join us in appreciating this legendary Kentucky moonshine. CHRISTIAN WAY FARM & MINI GOLF  2 19590 Linville Road 270-269-2434 www.christianwayfarm.com

Tour a working farm with opportunity to participate in daily activities. Seasonal programs provide

experience in planting, working, and

harvesting. Play the new 18-hole mini golf course.

COPPER CANYON RANCH 14750 Ovil Road 

DEBOW RECREATIONAL COMPLEX 2600 Thomas Street 

1655 Pleasant Grove Road

270-269-2416

270-887-4290

Crofton, KY

Relive the history of the Old West

Here you can find a 20 acre

the street at Copper Canyon. See

with a 9-hole disc golf course,

270-424-8766 www.burdocfarms.com

With over 650 acres of open fields

and forest, Burdoc Farms is a great venue for weddings, hunting,

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as you witness a live gunfight in

artifacts of the 1880’s time era as you stroll through the town. Both

educational and recreational to any age group.

community park equipped

Project Playground, a skate park, pavilions, walking trail and four

multi-purpose fields featured at this complex.


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Whether you want to hear good music, create some art or taste a new brew, there’s something for everyone at every age to enjoy year round.

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GRIFFIN’S ART STUDIO 100 E. Sixth Street  270-874-2028

www.giffinsstudio.com

You will find a unique shop filled with gifts, art, jewelry, home

decor, children’s arts, crafts, art

supplies, and more. Many of the items are one-of-a-kind made by local artisans. Art classes,

workshops and paint parties are offered in the studio space.

HOPKINSVILLE ART GUILD 108 E. Sixth Street  270-961-7307 www.hopkinsvilleartguild.com

This nonprofit organization is

designed for professional and

amateur visual artists share their interests in fine arts.

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HOPTOWN HOPPERS 3

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101 Ridgemont Drive 270-484-0466

www.hoptownhoppers.org

The Hoppers originally existed as a minor league team between 1903

and 1955. Resurrected in 2012, the Hoppers provide Christian County with a summer collegiate baseball league, family entertainment and community support.

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HOSTA HAVEN 1710 Long Pond Road

www.jeffersbend.org

This converted water treatment facility offers welcome center,

nature trails, windmill-aerated lake, bird observatory, amphitheater

and environmental classrooms.   JEFFERSON DAVIS MONUMENT  Highway 68 East

270-885-4000

270-886-1765

www.hosta-haven.com

www.visithopkinsville.com/listing/ jefferson-davis-monument

having folks come by for a tranquil

This 351-foot concrete obelisk was

about plants and landscaping.

to honor Jefferson Davis, the

They have many varieties of

magnificent hostas and caladiums.

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270-885-5600

Fairview, KY

stroll in the woods to share ideas

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Metcalfe Lane & Glass Avenue

Pembroke, KY

The folks at Hosta Haven enjoy

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JEFFERS BEND ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

constructed in the early 1900’s

Confederate president. This state historic site includes a museum.


L&N DEPOT

PENNYROYAL SCUBA CENTER/

425 E. Ninth Street

BLUE SPRINGS RESORT

270-887-4295

602 Christian Quarry Road

www.pennyroyalarts.org

This depot was built in the late 1800’s and was once used for

both freight and passenger trains. This was once the home of the Pennyroyal Arts Council.

MB ROLAND DISTILLERY 137 Barkers Mill Road  Pembroke, KY 270-640-1144

www.mbrdistillery.com

MB Roland Distillery is a completely “grain-to-glass” craft distillery

located in Pembroke. MB Roland uses local grains to produce

270-887-2585 www.pennyroyalscuba.com

With water depths ranging from 5 to 130 feet, Pennyroyal Scuba offers a

full range of diving experiences from beginner to advanced.

TIE BREAKER FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER 4 9503 Eagle Way Bypass 270-890-0720 www.tiebreakerpark.com

This family destination features

twisting tube slides, a lazy river and

a splash zone interactive playground. Military discount available.

quality, handmade distilled spirits

VICEROY AMPHITHEATER 5

“True Kentucky Shine” and more.

The Viceroy hosts family-oriented

to include whiskies, rum, authentic The Distillery offers free tours and tastings.

PENNYROYAL AREA MUSEUM 217 E. Ninth Street 270-887-4270

Oak Grove, KY

concerts and events. The park also

features the Veterans Picnic Pavilion and playground.

WAR MEMORIAL WALKING TRAIL PARK DISC GOLF COURSE

www.museumofhopkinsville.org

101 Walter Garrett Lane Oak Grove, KY

Originally constructed as a

270-439-5675

post office in 1914, this historic structure brings the past of

southwestern Kentucky alive. The

museum reopened early 2020 after remodeling and installing new exhibits.

OAK GROVE RACING, GAMING & HOTEL www.oakgrovegaming.com

This Intermediate Level, 18-hole

course is set in the beautiful wooded setting of the War Memorial Walking Trail. The PDGA professionally

designed course is flat with mature trees. Score cards are available. WOODY WINFREE FIRE & TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM 310 E. Ninth Street

Opening Summer 2020, Oak Grove

270-887-4270

feature over 1,200 games, a five-

This museum showcases the prized

racing and equestrian center, event

memorabilia in the city’s former

Racing and Gaming facility will

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story hotel, restaurants, live horse

collection of fire and transportation

space and more.

downtown fire station.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT The Pennyroyal Arts Council was established in 1977 to encourage, develop and promote the appreciation of the Arts through education, support, service and presentation. Housed in the Alhambra Theatre, the arts council’s programming includes the LIVE at the Alhambra series, SMARTS (Students Meeting the Arts) schoolday performances, The Big Read, the Missoula Children’s Theatre and art exhibits. The arts council offers monthly classic movies at the Alhambra and events in The Hall on the second floor. For more information about the arts council and its sponsored performances, visit www.pennyroyalarts.org. The Southern Kentucky Independent Theatre offers community theater in Cadiz and Hopkinsville. Call 270-886-9007 for more audition and performance information. Campanile Productions produced its first show in 2009 with “Bye, Bye Birdie. As a nonprofit community theater organization in Hopkinsville, their performances can be seen at the local Alhambra Theatre. Campanile Productions can be reached at campanileproductions@ gmail.com. WK Cinemas is located behind Bradford Square mall in Hopkinsville and offers the latest movies and food at low prices. Once occupied as the Carmike Cinema, it was renovated in 2014 and reopened that September. WK Cinemas can be reached at 270890-9909 or www.wkcinemas.com. Hopkinsville Art Guild is a visual arts organization established in 1965 to actively pursue visual art activities for its members and the community. The Hopkinsville Art Guild coordinates a variety of art exhibits and workshops.


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DeBow Recreation Complex 2600 Thomas St. Hopkinsville, KY 42240 A 20 acre community park, renovated in 2008 with 4 soccer fields, a restroom/ concessions building, a community- built playground with ADA-swing, a 9-hole disc golf course, paved parking areas, and Troy Sowell Pavilion, which is available for reservations and rental. ADA accessible with parking. Little River Park Downtown Hopkinsville on Bethel St., between 7th and 9th Streets Encompasses 2.78 acres along the Little River and includes sidewalks, rose beds, and a fountain turned splash pad for kids.

Hopkinsville Greenway Rail Trail 3.15 miles of paved trail from the public library, west to North Drive Trailhead, and south to the Pardue Lane Trailhead. Offers a beautiful and safe place for walkers, runners, bikers and outdoor lovers of all ages to explore and enjoy nature. Open year round from dawn to dusk. Bikes for the whole family can be borrowed from the Hopkinsville Public Library’s Book-a-Bike program and used on the greenway or around town for $5 with a library card. Planning is underway to expand the greenway to over 15 miles of paved trails. Alhambra Theatre 507 SouthMain Street 270-887-4295 www.pennyroyalarts.org A community performing arts center, the historic landmark was noted “the most beautiful and practical theatre in America” when completed in 1928. 90 years later, a recent renovation has expanded the theatre to places it’s never been before with an additional, more intimate performance space, The Hall. The theatre is managed by the Pennyroyal Arts Council and offers diverse monthly programming. Burdoc Farms 1655 Pleasant Grove Road Crofton, KY 270-424-8766 www.burdocfarms.com With over 650 acres of open fields and forest, Burdoc Farms is a great venue for any event. Weddings, hunting & military events that Burdoc Farms can accommodate. Casey Jones Distillery 2815 Witty Lane 270-839-9987 Take a tour through the Golden Pond, Kentucky history of Casey Jones Distillery. We were born into this handcrafted spirit of moonshine. We hope that you’ll take a tour, or take a sip and join us in appreciating our legendary Kentucky moonshine. Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf 19590 Linville Road 270-269-2434 www.christianwayfarm.com Tour a working farmwith the opportunity to participate in the daily activities. Seasonal programs provide experiences in planting, working, and harvesting. Play the new 18 hole mini golf course & visit the pumpkin patch.

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Copper Canyon Ranch 14750 Ovil Road 270-269-2416 Relive the history of the Old West as you witness a live gunfight in the street at Copper Canyon. We strive to create an authentic atmosphere to immerse you in the past. See artifacts of the 1880s era as you stroll through the town. Both educational and recreational to any age group. Fort Campbell Memorial Park 41-A & Pennyrile Parkway This memorial honors 248 Fort Campbell soldiers who died December 12, 1985 at Gander, Newfoundland while returning home from a peace-keeping mission. A memorial statue with the names of the soldiers is featured at the site. Gordon Park 13731 N. Old Madisonville Road Crofton, KY www.croftonky.com/park This park in north Christian County features a walking trail, splash fountain and water area, pavilion, and picnic area. Griffin’s Studio 100 E. Sixth Street 270-874-2028 www.griffinsstudio.com Griffin’s Studio is a unique gift shop and art studio located in downtown Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The gift shop is filled with children and baby items, jewelry, accessories, home decor, and much more. In the studio area, there are numerous offerings of art classes, workshops, birthdays, private parties, pottery painting, toddler art time, and many other special events

Hopkinsville Art Guild 108 E. Sixth Street 270-962-7307 www.hopkinsvilleartguild.com This is a place and an organization where professional and amateur visual artists share their interests in fine arts. It is a nonprofit organization designed to promote art and cultural growth in our community. Hoptown Hoppers www.hoptownhoppers.org Summer Collegiate Baseball League. The Hoppers originally existed as a minor league team in Hopkinsville, KY between 1903-1955. Resurrected in 2012, the Hoppers provide quality, family entertainment. Hosta Haven 1710 Long Pond Road, Pembroke 270-885-4000 www.hosta-haven.com The folks at Hosta Haven enjoy having folks come by for a tranquil stroll in the woods to share ideas about plants and landscaping. They have many varieties of magnificent hostas and caladiums. Jeffers’ Bend Environmental Center & Botanical Garden Metcalfe Lane & Glass Avenue 270-887-0034 www.jeffersbend.org This converted water treatment facility offers nature trails, a windmill-aerated lake, bird observatory, amphitheatre, welcome center and environmental classrooms. .


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Jefferson Davis Monument Highway 68 East, Fairview, KY 270-886-1765 This 351-foot concrete obelisk was constructed in the early 1900’s to honor Jefferson Davis, the Confederate President. This state historic site includes a museum.

L & N Depot 425 E. 9th Street 270-887-4295 www.pennyroyalarts.org This depot was built in the late 1800’s and was once used for both freight and passenger trains.This is now home to the Pennyroyal Arts Council. MB Roland Distillery 137 Barkers Mill Road Pembroke, KY 270-640-1144 www.mbrdistillery.com MB Roland Distillery is a completely “grain to glass”craft distillery located in Pembroke, KY. MB Roland uses local grains to produce quality, handmade, distilled spirits to include whiskies, rum, authentic “True Kentucky Shine”and whatever else they get an itch to try out. The distillery offers free tours and tastings. Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County Pennyroyal Area Museum 217 E 9th Street/270-887-4270 www.museumsofhopkinsville.org Originally constructed as a Post Office in 1914, this historic structure brings the colorful past of southwestern Kentucky alive.

Round Table Literary Park 720 North Drive Nestled among a grove of trees on the campus of Hopkinsville Community College, the park features King Arthur’s Sword in the Stone, a 22,000 pound replica of King Arthur’s Round Table, the Muse of Tragedy, a Greco-Roman amphitheater,aMedieval Wall, the DelphianTholos and Melpomene.

Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center 9503 EagleWay Bypass 270-890-0720 www.tiebreakerpark.com This family destination features twisting tubes, a lazy river, and a splash zone interactive playground. Military discount available. Trail of Tears National Commemorative Park Highway 41 270-886-8033 www.trailoftears.org Situated on a portion of the campground used by the Cherokee Indians on the infamous Trail of Tears, this park includes the gravesites of ChiefsWhite Path and Fly Smith. Every year on the first full weekend after Labor Day, the Trail of Tears Commission sponsors an inter-tribal PowWow at the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park. Oak Grove War Memorial Walking Trail Park 101 Walter Garrett Lane Oak Grove, KY 270-439-5675 www.visitoakgroveky.com Just south of I-24, this area features a walking trail, outdoor amphitheatre, 18hole disc golf course, butterfly garden, playground equipment, a historic 1890 schoolhouse, and war memorial markers and monuments.

Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum 310 E. Ninth St. 270-887-4270 The museum showcases the prized collection of fire and transportation memorabilia in the city’s former downtown fire station.

Virginia Park Located on the northeast corner of East Ninth Street and South Campbell Street, Virginia Park is a 2-acre, historic park, bequeathed to the city by the late John C. Latham in 1909, in honor of his mother. Originally designed by the landscape architectural firm of Frederick Law Olmstead, who also designed New York City’s Central Park and many of the parks in Louisville, Kentucky. Virginia Park currently includes the original band stand, sidewalks, park benches and picnic tables. ADA accessible with no parking.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park 20781 Pennyrile Lodge Road Dawson Springs, KY 800-325-1711 www.parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/ pennyrile-forest Surrounded by the beautiful woods of Western Kentucky on the serene Pennyrile Lake, this state resort park features a rustic wood and stone lodge, rental cottages, restaurant, golf course, meeting rooms, nature trails, camping, horse trails, and boating.

Viceroy Amphitheatre Oak Grove, Ky The Viceroy creates a venue for family oriented concerts and events, where people can enjoy outdoor entertainment in a pleasant setting. In addition, the park features the Veterans Picnic Pavilion and a playground for kids of all ages. The“Vice”opened in November 2008 and has hosted events, festivals and concerts throughout the spring, summer and fall. The Viceroy Performing Arts Center and Veterans Picnic Pavilion are now open on the site of the Oak Grove War Memorial Walking Trail Park. For more information on upcoming events or to book the facilities, call 270439-5675 or 866-779- 1250.

Pennyroyal Scuba Center Blue Springs Resort 602 ChristianQuarry Road 270-887-2585 www.pennyroyalscuba.com With water depths ranging from 5 to 130 feet, Pennyroyal Scuba offers a full-range of diving experiences for the beginner to the advanced.With some of the clearest waters in the state and 40 underwater attractions, Blue Springs isamust-dive destination.

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2600 Thomas Street Hopkinsville, KY 270-887-4290

A 20-acre community park,

renovated in 2008 with four soccer fields, restroom/concessions, a

community-built playground with ADA-swing, a 9-hole disc golf

course, paved parking areas and Troy Sowell Pavilion, which is

available for reservations and rental. ADA accessible with parking.

GANDER MEMORIAL PARK 1 41-A & Pennyrile Parkway

The 16-acre park honors 248 Fort Campbell soldiers and 8 crew

members who died Dec. 12, 1985, at Gander, Newfoundland while returning home from a peace-

keeping mission. The park features a paved walking trail, benches and lighted “Peacekeeper� monument sculpted by local artist Steve

Shields. The seven-foot copper

statue is fronted by granite markers

with the names of the fallen soldiers. GORDON PARK 13731 N. Old Madisonville Road Crofton, KY

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HOPKINSVILLE DOG PARK

HOPKINSVILLE GREENWAY

151 Pardue Lane

SYSTEM (RAIL TRAIL)

The area is separated for dogs under 30 pounds, high energy dogs and a large space for all dogs. There are dual water fountains as well as dogfriendly play equipment. The park is open from dawn to dusk, all week.

450 North Drive

The 3.15 miles of paved trail offers a beautiful and safe place for walkers, runners, bikers and outdoor lovers of all ages to explore and enjoy nature. Open year round from


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Finding a spot to relax or play in Christian County is not hard to do. Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation offers 18 parks and pavilions across the city to host any event you can imagine. Kickback at Little River Park at the center of town and let the kids enjoy the splash pad or catch a Movie in the Park, which happens monthly during the summer at a different park each time.

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HOPKINSVILLE SKATE PARK

JOE MUMFORD PARK

2600 Richard Street

Woodmill Road

This 10,000 square foot facility includes seating, shade, and

LITTLE RIVER PARK

and street course, designed to

Encompasses 2.78 acres along the Little River and includes sidewalks, rose beds and a fountain turned splash pad for kids. The park is at the center of town across from Founders Square.

amenities, such as a flow bowl

accommodate all levels of skaters. JEFFERS BEND

Bethel Street

dawn to dusk. Bikes for the whole

RECREATION AREA

Hopkinsville-Christian County Public

Jeffers Bend consists of the

used on the greenway or around

Take Kids Fishing event, roughly

2600 Thomas Street

observatory, community and

www.hoptownrec.com

family can be borrowed from the

Metcalfe Lane & Glass Avenue

Library’s Book-a-Bike program and

pavilion, one-acre lake used for

town for $5 with a library card.

Construction is underway to expand the greenway to over 15 miles.

5 miles of trails, wildlife

children’s gardens and more.

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RUFF PARK

WALKING TRAIL PARK

729 North Drive

South of I-24

honor of his mother. Originally designed by the landscape

Oak Grove, KY

TRAIL OF TEARS NATIONAL

This area features an outdoor

COMMEMORATIVE PARK

golf course, butterfly garden,

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amphitheater, 18-hole disc

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playground equipment, a historic

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1890 schoolhouse and an .875-mile walking trail that pays homage to

the veterans from all U.S. wars and

conflicts. Special monuments are on site for Vietnam War Veterans and a heartfelt poem for soldiers.

PEACE PARK (next to railroad tracks) 3 East Ninth Street and

South Campbell Street

Seating and tables surround a life-

size chessboard at Peace Park. The remodeled Sudden Service Station across the street is a community restroom facility.

ROUND TABLE LITERARY PARK 720 North Drive

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architectural firm of Frederick Law

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Olmstead, who also designed New York City’s Central Park and many

of the parks in Louisville, Kentucky.

Situated on a portion of the

campground used by the Cherokee Indians on the infamous Trail

of Tears, this park includes the

gravesites of Chiefs White Path and Fly Smith. Every year on the first

full weekend after Labor Day, the

Virginia Park currently includes the

original band stand, sidewalks, park benches and picnic tables. ADA accessible with no parking.

WALNUT STREET CENTER 1600 Walnut Street

WEST 18TH STREET PARK

Trail of Tears Commission sponsors

101 W. 18th Street

of Tears Commemorative Park. The

WEST FIRST STREET PARK

an inter-tribal PowWow at the Trail PowWow is open to the public. VIRGINIA PARK

(next to Family Dollar)

East Ninth Street and South Campbell Street

A 2-acre, historic park, bequeathed to the City of Hopkinsville by the late John C. Latham in 1909, in

West First Street and Riverfront Drive

WESTSIDE PARK 533 W. Ninth Street


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COME HOME TO Life in Christian County, Kentucky is less taxing and more relaxing than ever. Active-duty military are exempt from Kentucky state income tax, which means that active-duty military will pay NO KENTUCKY STATE INCOME TAX. Along with the significant tax advantage, Christian County offers these other savings. These tax advantages add up to a LOWER COST OF LIVING for you ... which means more money for the fun things you enjoy.

CHRISTIAN COUNTY

COMMUNITIES LAFAYETTE LaFayette is a quiet town at the border of Tennessee that sprang up alongside several villages in the early1800s. The city was named in honor of Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de LaFayette. Although the other settlements were put out of business by railroads, LaFayette still remains with a population of 168.

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OAK GROVE

CROFTON

PEMBROKE

Sitting at the edge of Fort Campbell, Oak Grove is home to shopping, restaurants, a striking event center and now the Oak Grove Racing, Gaming and Hotel venue. VALOR HALL offers over 10,000 square feet of meeting space. The Oak Grove Community Center offers a variety of events along with a gym, fitness equipment and more for quality time with friends and family. With a population nearing 8,000, the town takes pride in hosting events that appeal to military families, such as the award-winning Oak Grove Butterfly Festival and the Spring Into Summer Salutes Fort Campbell Festival.

Located in the northern part of Christian County, Crofton is named for pioneer James E. Croft, who donated the land the town occupies. Crofton was incorporated in 1873 and is now home to an elementary school, churches, a wildlife rescue habitat and more. The population was 731 in 2016. GORDON PARK on Old Madisonville Road was dedicated in 1960 in memory of Ben and Tillie Gordon. The park features well-lit picnic shelters, charcoal grills, a splash park, gazebo, meeting/dining room with kitchen, a paved walking trail, lighted pond and more.

Pembroke is a rural city with a population of 874 as of 2016. This small town is home to a bank, several churches, an elementary school and one of the region’s most popular distilleries. MB ROLAND DISTILLERY, started by an Army veteran and named for his wife in the St. Elmo community, attracts thousands every summer for its Pickin’ on the Porch music series. The business is completely “grain-to-grass” and a founding member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour. Along with its popular moonshine, the distillery pitched, fermented and sold the county’s first locally produced brandy in 2016. Christian County Military Affairs Committee 21


EXPLORE HOPKINSVILLE SHOPPING & DINING

From eclectic to chic, antique to high-end, Christian County is home to several gift shops and locally-owned boutiques. These along with nationally known retailers present shoppers with ample options for one-of-a-kind buys. Our low tax rate and easy accessibility draw shoppers from around the region. More than 100 restaurants and eateries offer an array of dining choices. Whether you’re craving a favorite entree from a nationally-known restaurant, or want try a unique local flavor unmatched elsewhere, we have the options to satisfy your tastes.

CHURCHES & ORGANIZATIONS

Some 160 local churches representing nearly 40 denominations offer residents the opportunity to worship as they choose. An array of special interest, social, community and religious organizations are stationed in Hopkinsville, meeting various community needs. For a complete listing of Chamber member organizations, visit the Chamber website at www. christiancountychamber.com.

PARKS

Take a walk, run or ride on the Hopkinsville Rail Trail or walk in the footsteps of the Cherokee Indians on the Trail of Tears. Replenish your spirit with the tranquil sights and sounds of nature at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. Honor our nation’s fallen heroes at the Fort Campbell Memorial Park. Don’t forget to visit Gordon park in Crofton and the Viceroy Performing Arts Center and War Memorial Walking Trail in Oak Grove. They are all designed for your pleasure and enjoyment.

GOLF

Four public courses in the immediate vicinity, 30 courses in a 50-mile radius and a mild year-round climate make Hopkinsville a golfer’s dream. From framatic elevation changes to gentle rolling fairways, we have the vistas and a variety of challenges for you. Disc golf courses in Hopkinsville and Oak Grove also attract visitors from throughout the region. A private venue, Hopkinsville Golf & Country Club, has been part of the Hopkinsville community since 1917. In addition to golf, members can enjoy tennis, swimming and a clubhouse with dining and social facilities. For membership info, contact 270-886-0232 or visit www.hgcc.cc.

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Outdoor enthusiasts can always find something to do in Christian County’s vast rural land and parks. We also have plenty of indoor arts and entertainment. Our central location, easy access and proximity to major metropolitan areas (without the traffic) make it a great weekend getaway or family destination.

6TH STREET BOUTIQUE 113 E. Sixth St. Hopkinsville, KY 42240 270-985-8642 janey.moss@gmail.com Women’s clothing and apparel accessories store. BELLA MARIE BOUTIQUE 601 S. Virginia St. Hopkinsville, KY 42240 270-874-2630 www.shopbellamarie.com Women’s clothing and apparel accessories store. GRACIOUS ME! 4537 Fort Campbell Blvd. Hopkinsville, KY 42240 270-886-8090 www.graciousme.com Gifts, home decor, apparel and accessories. GRIFFINS STUDIO 100 E. Sixth St. Hopkinsville, KY 42240 270-874-2028 www.griffinsstudio.com Art studio offering workshops, paint parties and art classes. MAGNOLIA TOO BOUTIQUE 5120 Princeton Road Hopkinsville, KY 42240 270-886-3903 www.magnoliatoo.com Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, accessories and shoe store. THE FARMER’S DAUGHTER 1222-A Skyline Drive Hopkinsville, KY 42240 270-885-5104 lauralester52@yahoo.com Women’s clothing and apparel: accessories for men and women. HOPKINSVILLE BREWING CO. 102 E. Fifth St. Hopkinsville, KY 42240 270-987-3115 www.hopkinsvillebrewingcompany.com Locally craft-brewed beer and food

MAIN STREET TAVERN RESTAURANT AND BAR 801 S. Main St. Hopkinsville, KY 42240 270-484-5066 mgrpaulbarnes@hotmail.com Food, plate lunches and Thursday Night Trivia THE CORNER COFFEEHOUSE 1100 S. Main St. Hopkinsville, KY 42240 270-883-2710 cornercoffeehousehoptown@outlook.com Gourmet espresso bar with baked goods, breakfast and lunch options BIG FELLA’Z 314 E. Ninth St. Hopkinsville, KY 270-962-7172 Soul food diner THE LOCAL IRISH PUB & KITCHEN 914 S. Main St. Hopkinsville, KY 42240 757-617-2102 thelocalhopkinsville@gmail.com THE MIXER 114 E. Sixth St. Hopkinsville, KY 42240 www.themixerky.com Bakery, restaurant and bar. AMANDA’S CUPCAKE CAFE 1010 S. Main St. Hopkinsville, KY 42240 270-987-2144 Cafe with sandwiches, salads, espresso drinks, hot food. FERRELL’S SNAPPY SERVICE 1001 S. Main St. Hopkinsville, KY 42240 270-886-1445 Burger diner BUTTER & GRACE 707 S. Virginia St. Hopkinsville, KY 42240 270-748-7215 butterandgracecatering@hotmail.com Meal-prep pickup, carryout and catering


Thank you! To all the men and women who defend our freedom.

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EDUCATION

Getting a quality education in Christian County is made possible by a dedicated public school system, several top-notch private schools and a budding homeschool group. Christian County Public Schools serves over 9,400 students from kindergarten to 12th grade at eight elementary schools, two middle schools, two traditional high schools, the 21st Century Academy and the Gateway Academy. CCPS is the second largest employer in the county, with over PUBLIC Christian County Board of Education 200 Glass Avenue 270-887-7000 www.christian.kyschools.us CCPS includes two high schools, two middle schools and eight elementary schools.

PRIVATE Heritage Christian Academy 8349 Eagle Way 270-885-2417 www.hcaacademy.org University Heights Academy 1300 Academy Drive 270-886-0254 www.uha-ky.org Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School 902 E. Ninth Street 270-886-0172 stsppschool.org/wordpress/

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1,300 employees committed to providing excellent education opportunities in a safe and engaging learning environment. Three private schools also provide rigorous but fun instruction to area students, including Heritage Christian Academy, University Heights Academy and Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School. Higher education institutions include Hopkinsville Community College and Murray State University’s Hopkinsville campus. Maranatha Baptist Academy 205 State Line Rd Oak Grove, KY 42262 931-302-8091 www.mbaoakgrove.com

HOMESCHOOL PACHEK 270-883-1443 www.homeschool-life.com/942 Pennyroyal Area Christian Home Educators of Kentucky is a homeschool support group serving families in Christian, Trigg and Todd counties in western Kentucky as well as the Fort Campbell, KY, and Clarksville, TN, area.

HIGHER EDUCATION Hopkinsville Community College 720 North Drive 270-707-3700 www.hopkinsville.kctcs.edu Murray State University-Hopkinsville Campus 5305 Fort Campbell Blvd. 270-707-1525 www.murraystate.edu


CCHS Best ROTC cadet group at Veterans Parade, HHS Honor Unit, Color Guard for HS Athletic Events Community Involvement includes Gander Memorial Wreath Ceremony, numerous parades, Mayor's Breakfast, and Salvation Army Bell Ringers Gateway Academy is rated one of the top career & technical high school programs in the state offering 17 different pathways including Engineering & Information Technology and Health Science.

Creating an educational culture of continuous growth through shared partnerships and responsibilities.

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GATEWAY ACADEMY Christian County Public Schools has kept its education programs moving forward with technology. In 2014, the district opened the Gateway Academy to Innovation and Technology focusing on engineering, health science, culinary works and industrial maintenance. One of the brightest stars of the academy is the VEX robotics team. In March, the robotics team won the state title, besting 54 other teams in the commonwealth. It was the first time in VEX Robotics history that teams from western Kentucky won the state tournament. As new graduation requirements from the Kentucky Department of Education have refocused students to begin career paths as early as the 10th grade, Gateway has helped CCPS pivot to dual-credit courses. In August, CCPS officially

opened the doors of Gateway’s Breathitt campus. Murray State University donated the building to CCPS. Through at $1.9 million grant from the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative and $1.6 million in district funds, the district remodeled the building to be a state-of-the-art center for its health science courses. The new campus will allow CCPS to expand its allied health and biomedical classes and initiate EKG and pharmacy technician classes. Gateway is also expanding its computer science classes, welding, maintenance machinist and computerized manufacturing. As demand goes up for those jobs at local industries, Gateway allows CCPS to pivot to train the future workforce.

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HOPKINSVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE The two-story Emerging Technologies Center at Hopkinsville Community College is 45,000 square feet of state-of-the-art training space for the next generation of allied health and agriculture. Students have access to fiber-optic-cable-connected classrooms and next-level equipment that was made possible by $11.25 million in agency bonds through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s BuildSmart Investment for Kentucky Competitiveness as well as $3.75 million in donations from local benefactors. HCC unveiled its newest building on campus just in time for the 2019 fall semester. The Jennie Stuart Health Simulation Center features human simulation-based training. The Rechter Family Trust offers teaching space for precision agriculture instruction, and the Mike and Marilyn Foster Center of Excellence allows space for an ambulance to train future paramedics and emergency medical technicians. A grand staircase at the center of it all includes charging stations for students to stay connected in between classes.

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Oak Grove Tourism offers multiple free activities, festivals and events throughout the year! These include the War Memorial Walking Trail, a Disc Golf Course, the Viceroy Butterfly Garden, Victory Playground, the Annual Spring into Summer Salutes Fort Campbell Festival, and the Annual Butterfly Festival.

May 23rd & 24th 2020

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Oak Grove has affordable hotels, delicious restaurants. and new in 2020, a horse track & gaming facility! If you are looking for a place to host an event, Oak Grove is also home to Valor Hall Conference and Event Center, a gorgeous venue, that is perfect for any occasion.

Oak Grove Tourism & Convention Commission 105 Walter Garrett Lane Oak Grove, KY 42262 (270) 439-5675 www.visitoakgroveky.com

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2020 Military Affairs Committee Magazine  

2020 edition of the Christian County Chamber of Commerce's annual Military Affairs Committee publication

2020 Military Affairs Committee Magazine  

2020 edition of the Christian County Chamber of Commerce's annual Military Affairs Committee publication

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