Judges visit Ballard County High School History Classes and Courthouse
Wickliffe – Four local area Justices and Judges visited four county courthouses within Western Kentucky on their Annual River County Tour on Monday, April 28, 2014. Usually this tour takes place in January or February, however, this year it was postponed to April because of the inclement weather that the River Counties experienced. The entourage of judges consisted of: Justice Bill Cunningham Supreme Court of Kentucky 1st Supreme Court District, Judge Timothy A. Langford Chief Circuit Judge Fulton County Courthouse, Judge Christopher Shea Nickell Kentucky Court of Appeals 1st Appellate District Division 1 and Judge Donna L. Dixon Kentucky Court of Appeals 1st Appellate District Division 2. The County Courthouses visited by the judges are located in Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton and Hickman Counties. According to Cunningham, this tour has been going on for approximately seven years.
One local community high school received a visit from the judges as well. This year Ballard Memorial High School was selected. Two of the high school’s history classes heard a presentation given by the judges. One of the judges that spoke, Dixon, is a Ballard County graduate. The topic of discussion according to Cunningham included Bland Ballard and the Kentucky State Penitentiary also known as “The Castle on the Cumberland”, the different levels of the court system and getting into the law enforcement area and legal system to name a few. The classes also participated in a question and answer segment during the visit. Langford hopes that these visits instill in the students the idea of giving back to the community in whatever job they hold.
The next stop on the itinerary was the Ballard County Courthouse and more specifically Circuit Clerk Holly Dunker’s office. After leaving the Courthouse, Langford and Cunningham were headed to the Carlisle County Courthouse for the next stop on their tour.