WILL PINKSTON | The Sun
What was a leisurely Easter Sunday afternoon fishing in Noble Park turned into a 45 minute battle for Marvin Adams, as he hooked what he estimated to be a 25-or-30 pound fish out of the depths of the pond. Attracting a small crowd of onlookers, Adams held the monster up for 2-year-old Braydion Matlock, sitting on his grandfather, Jose Lopez's shoulders.
A 10-foot albino python found in the Land Between the Lakes on Wednesday highlights a growing problem in public lands: abandoned pets.
Nicole Hawk, public affairs specialist at LBL, said the snake was the first recovered pet reptile she could recall. It was taken to an animal rescue center.
Hawk said abandoned animals place a burden on LBL staff who must capture the animals. Once secured, the animals are taken to shelters in the area. She added many of the shelters are stressed with other unwanted pets.
Ramona Hamilton with the Trigg County Human Society said the best way to help unwanted pets is to avoid acquiring one that cannot be supported. She reminded potential owners pets need food, medical care, regular shots for life, just like a child. Spaying and neutering by owners help curb the number of unwanted pets.
claim free equipment
The Carlisle and Hickman county sheriff’s departments received some much needed goods to be used in future disaster response scenarios and other department business. The departments received about a half a million dollars worth of surplus military supplies and property which are free to any American law enforcement agency through a special program. Carlisle County received three Humvees, about 20 computers, a laser printer, night vision goggles and office supplies. Hickman County also received a Humvee and night vision goggles, which it hopes to use in drug investigations.
Teen of the Week
William Higginson is the Mid-Continent University Teen of the Week. Higginson, a senior at Mayfield High School, has been a part of three trips to the high school football Class A state finals where the Cardinals won one state title and were runners-up two years. Higginson has a solid GPA and also participates in the Future Business Leaders of America club which raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
In May, a Teen of the Year will be chosen from the weekly winners, who will receive a four-year scholarship to Mid-Continent or a $2,500 scholarship if the winner chooses another school.