Friends and former colleagues shocked by the death of Tom Westerfield are remembering him as a Christian man who dedicated much of his life to improving mental health in this part of western Kentucky.
Westerfield served at the Pennyroyal Center, including a seven year stint as Executive Director.
Current Executive Director David Ptaszek says Westerfield kept the local center operating successfully during a time when many similar facilities across Kentucky were struggling.
Ptaszek also pointed out that Westerfield was responsible for opening Trace Industries, which provides job opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities.
Westerfield was an active member at First Baptist Church in addition to his service as a volunteer in many area causes. He is survived by wife Gina and six sons—including State Senate candidate Whitney Westerfield.
Anyone not registered to vote in this November’s general election who wants to cast a ballot has less than one month to get on the roll.
Christian County Elections Coordinator Melinda Humphries says the deadline to register to vote for the election in Kentucky is October 9th at 4pm.
Ms. Humphries says it’s also important to go to the clerk’s office before October 9th if you have moved to a different precinct area since the last election.
Voter turnout will almost certainly be higher than normal this November with it being a presidential election year.
Accurate weather records will be kept for Todd County within the next few days, which will benefit everyone from meteorologists to farmers.
There are already Kentucky Mesonet sites in adjoining Christian, Muhlenberg and Logan Counties and crews are on Tress Shop Road about five miles southwest of Elkton on the farm of Carl Jenkins this week installing a site there.
Elkton Mayor Nancy Camp says Todd County residents should take advantage of the weather data once it becomes available.
The Mesonet site keeps up to date temperature readings, keeps a record of precipitation and measures wind speeds 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That site again is kymesonet.org
Eighth District State Representative candidate Max Sturdivant, Jr. joined with other Republican candidates this morning in Frankfort to address pension reform.
A bi-partisan task force is working on coming up with solutions for the state’s struggling retirement system this summer. Sturdivant and the other candidates appeared in the Capitol Rotunda to propose some changes they’d support, if elected.
They include giving all state legislators the option to enroll in a transferable 401K program instead of the current pension system. It would also require new lawmakers to do a 401K, as they would not be eligible for the current retirement program.
Retiree health care would also no longer be an option under the proposal. Sturdivant says in a news release that being part of the state pension system represents a conflict of interest for state legislators who must make decisions regarding the program.
(Laquientus Lamarcus Webb)
A Clarksville Police Officer is recovering from his injuries after his foot was ran over by a vehicle during a routine traffic stop last night.
Police say around 8:19 p.m. 40-year old Officer Dennis Honholt initiated a traffic stop on 32-year old Laquientus Webb of Howard Street for no turn indicator and failure to stop.
Officer Honholt reported that after he approached Webb’s vehicle, he noticed the windows of the vehicles were rolled up and his hands were lowered to where he could not see them.
Officer Honholt says he leaned into the rear of his vehicle with the anticipation of a threat and that’s when Webb accelerated with the rear tire running over his right foot.
Webb was located at his residence a short time later at his residence, where he told police he was ready to go to jail and after he was read his Miranda rights, he admitted to officers that he put an ounce of marijuana in a garbage can.
Webb is charged with aggravated assault, driving on a revoked license and evading police and remains lodged in the Montgomery County Jail.