Darren Doyle, story and photos:
The sky looked pretty strange for about a minute today as Edmonson County experienced a partial solar eclipse, the first notable eclipse in this area since 2000, and the first total eclipse (viewable only southwest of Edmonson County) since 1979.
Edmonson County schools were in session today but dismissed class for the peak of the eclipse that occurred around 1:30pm. The eclipse began around noon today and lasted until about 3pm.
Hopkinsville was the solar eclipse capital of the world today as thousands made their way there to witness the longest time period of the total eclipse in the USA, experiencing the phenomenon for around 3 minutes.
Bowling Green experienced the total eclipse for under a minute and folks in Edmonson County were only able to view a partial eclipse, meaning that sunlight was still visible here during the time Bowling Green experienced totality.
Hotel room rates in the Bowling Green/Hopkinsville area were rumored to have been going into the thousands and one farmer was said to have rented out enough tent spaces on his land to pay off a $165K debt.
While no one traveled to Brownsville to see a partial eclipse, locals enjoyed the oddity here anyway. Students from all local schools were provided proper eye protection so they could safely view the eclipse today at school.