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Best in the Bluegrass 5 area players earn AP honors Fire destroys business on Greenville Road LOCAL/STATE A4 SPORTS B1 FRIDAY WWW.KENTUCKYNEWERA.COM Friday, April 13, 2012 | 75 cents, 51 cents average home delivery cost 20 pages, 2 sections | Volume 125, Number 107 | Hopkinsville, Ky. Est. 1869 Number receiving food stamps rises Federal program has broad impact on Christian County BY NICK TABOR NEW ERA STAFF WRITER Until last month, Kayla Encinias, 19, was struggling to pay her rent and feed her 18month-old son, Brayden. The $44 she received each month in food stamps only helped a little. When a knee injury put her out of work three weeks ago, she needed a safety net. The federal food stamps program upped her monthly allot- ment to $367 after she presented proof that she wasn’t working. Her roommate agreed to pay for all utilities and Encinias provides all the food. While she recovers, she plans to finish her high school diploma and later take classes at Hopkinsville Community College, pursuing a career as an ultrasound technician. She expects the food assistance to buoy her up until she works again. A study the U.S. Department of Agriculture released this week shows food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP reduced the national , poverty rate by almost 8 percent in 2009, the most recent year covered by the study . The federal government doesn’t include food stamp income in its measurement of poverty This . means a family might technically SEE FOOD, PAGE A10 QuickInfo: Food stamp comparison According to a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the ratio of people receiving food stamps in December was roughly: U.S. Kentucky Christian Todd Trigg 1 in 7 1 in 5.14 1 in 5.67 1 in 4.91 1 in 7.06 Bachelor’s degree rates up in County Distinguished service Of the 50 lowest ranking counties, 15 are in Kentucky BY BENJAMIN JOUBERT NEW ERA STAFF WRITER CARLA JIMENEZ | KENTUCKY NEW ERA Sgt. Felipe Pereira was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on Thursday at Fort Campbell. Pereira, who suffered shrapnel wonds to his spleen, lung u and liver when his unit was attacked in November 2010 in Afghanistan, is credited with saving the lives of at least two otheroldiers. s 101st soldier receives second-highest military honor BY CARLA JIMENEZ NEW ERA STAFF WRITER With birds chirping and flags rustling gently in the wind, close to 300 people gathered Thursday at Fort Campbell to witness Sgt. Felipe Pereira receive the Distinguished Service Cross. The atmosphere at the ceremony was a far cry from Nov. 1, 2010, the day Pereira is credited with saving the lives of at least two of his fellow soldiers. Pereira, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Com- bat Team, and his squad were stationed at a base in the Kandahar province in Afghanistan. According to a military account, they had just returned from a foot patrol when a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle drove up to Pereira’s group. Pereira shook the bomber’s hand and searched him. Then when Pereira turned his back, the bomb exploded. The next thing Pereira knew, he was lying on the ground. Two of the soldiers SEE HONOR, PAGE A7 INDEX kentuckynewera or follow us on Twitter: OBITUARIES LOTTERY LOCAL/STATE MY ANSWER ASK AMY OPINION COMICS WEATHER TV CLASSIFIEDS PUBLIC NOTICES HOROSCOPES WHO WE ARE: Louise Morgan, 65, Hopkinsville A2 A3 A4 A6 A7 A8 A9, B5 A10 B4 B6 B7 B9 Louise Morgan has lived in Kentucky her entire life. Well, mostly. Morgan moved to Germany in 1968 and lived there for a year after her husband was drafted into the military during the Vietnam War. “I loved it. Everything was so different,” she said of living in Germany. BIGGER JACKPOTS BETTER ODDS MORE MILLIONAIRES Now $2 ASSOCIATED PRESS The Distinguished Service Cross is the nation’s second-highest military honor behind only the Medal of Honor. The number of people living in Christian County who have a bachelor’s degree has been steadily increasing over the past 40 years, according to data recently released by the United States Department of Agriculture. In 1970, the percentage of Christian County citizens who had a bachelor’s degree was just higher than 6 percent. That number consistently rose by around 2 percent each following decade. The most current numbers, dating from 2006 to 2010, show Christian County at 13.7 percent. Statewide, the percentage is around 20 percent. However, the percentage of those with at least some amount of college education in the county is 33.3 — about seven points higher than the state’s. Further, the number of county residents with less than a high school education is lower than the state’s by 3 percent. Before 1980, the percentage of people in Christian County who never finished high school was nearly 60 percent. Today, it is down to 16 percent. Morgan has since moved back to Kentucky, where she retired. Her daughter and three grandchildren live in Georgia. Morgan said her daugh- ter keeps trying to persuade her to move there. “I’ve lived here all my life,” she said. And she doesn’t plan on changing that any time soon. Is there someone you know who deserves attention? We’d like to know. Contact us at 270-887-3238 or visit We’ll take it from there. SATURDAY DRAWING $113 MILLION Hopkinsville Community College, established in 1965, only offers associate degrees. Even so, the college encourages students after graduation to transfer to fouryear universities to get their bachelor’s degrees, said Rena Young, director of marketing and communications. In the 2011-12 school year, 631 HCC graduates went on to a fouryear college. That number could also include students who graduated in years prior, Young said. Austin Peay State University, in Clarksville, Tenn., receives the largest number of HCC graduates followed by Murray State University Other . universities that HCC grads frequently transfer to are Western Kentucky University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (in Arizona), University of Phoenix, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Ashford. In the future, one of the reasons more local students will be able to attain a bachelor’s is because of a bill passed in April 2010, Young said. SEE BACHELOR, PAGE A7 MORE INSIDE Prevention month Local center protects children from abusers. News A2 Home destroyed No one injured in afternoon fire on Oak Hurst Drive. News A3

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