Election night ended with Whitney Westerfield holding a 297 vote margin over State Senator Joey Pendleton in Christian, Todd and Logan Counties and a recanvass this morning didn’t change anything.
The Board of Elections in the three counties all went back and looked at the tapes, which resulted in no changes.
Westerfield said he was thankful for the win on Election Day and thankful for the recanvass results.
Senator Pendleton was also at the courthouse and said being out of office will give him more time to spend with family and to focus on staying healthy—though he says he isn’t going completely away.
Westerfield says he was honored to meet the people of the Third District and was humbled by their confidence in him.
Westerfield was able to win all three counties—but enjoyed the largest margin of victory in Logan County. Senator Pendleton has served Christian and Todd Counties in the upper chamber since 1993 after he defeated then-incumbent Pat McCuiston in 1992.
Two local young men carried on family legacies when they were sworn in to the Christian County Bar Association this morning.
Lincoln Foster, the son of Christian County Attorney Mike Foster; and Robert Haggard, the son of local attorney Ken Haggard, were sworn in by Circuit Judge Andrew Self.
Judge Self pointed out that it was a monumental day for the young men and their families.
Judge Self also pointed out the occasion was an example of successful young local natives coming home.
A large crowd of local attorneys and dignitaries were in the courtroom for the ceremony.
A Clarksville man was arrested last night after allegedly throwing a one year old child against a wall and threatening his girlfriend with a knife.
A news release from Clarksville Police says officers were called to 3709 Nadia Drive around 5:15 after a woman called and said 31-year old Patrick Winter of that address had been drinking and had become violent.
The victim locked Winter outside of the home until police arrived. She said they began arguing when he got home from work and that he twisted her hand and wrist so hard that it caused fingernails to break.
Winter would later allegedly pick up a one-year old female in the residence, throwing her against the wall and causing abrasions to her forehead. He also allegedly held a knife to the woman as she held the baby, threatening to kill her.
Winter was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault, child abuse and vandalism.
A Logan County man was arrested on methamphetamine trafficking charges last night.
A news release from Kentucky State Police says 21-year old Dustin Hullett of Auburn was served with two Logan County Grand Jury indictment warrants on trafficking in meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.
Hullitt was arrested by Trooper Joe Gregory and lodged in the Logan County Jail. Logan County Sheriff’s Sgt. Clint Wright assisted in the arrest.
Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer says he wants farmers in the commonwealth to be planting industrial hemp within the next two years.
Commissioner Comer is now the chairman of the state Industrial Hemp Commission and says he believes hemp legislation has a better chance of passing in the General Assembly with new leadership in the senate.
Comer says he would love to see hemp grown in Kentucky in 2014.
State legislation won’t matter if the federal government doesn’t pass legislation to clear the way, and U.S. Senator Rand Paul has vowed to fight for that cause in Washington.