The Republican candidate for 3rd district State Senator says he’s resigning from his position at the Commonwealth’s Attorney office to focus on his campaign and private practice.
A news release from Whitney Westerfield says he will no longer serve as a prosecutor for Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor after February 29th. He says he’s been slowly transitioning from prosecutor work into private practice over the last two years and that now is the right time to make the change.
Westerfield has worked with the Commonwealth’s Attorney office since 2007 and is looking to unseat Democrat incumbent Senator Joey Pendleton in the general election.
The owners of the cargo ship that took out part the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge say they're not responsible for the collision.
In a federal lawsuit, Foss Maritime, owner of the Delta Mariner, claims some of the bridge's lights were not working. The suit says the ship went toward the wrong span because it was the only section that had working lights. The five-story tall ship struck the bridge, tearing away the span.
The Coast Guard says it's still investigating the cause of the collision.
The Transportation Department sent out a news release hours before the collision happened saying they would be closing a lane of the bridge the following day to repair lights which had malfunctioned on the bridge, but no one has given a clear picture of just how many lights were out at the time and what part of the bridge the faulty lights were.
Two Christian County men were arrested yesterday morning for allegedly stealing electric wiring and attempting to burn off the coating.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to Otis Circle just after 11 yesterday to the report of the smell of wire burning. When officers arrived, they found 41-year old Tony Oatts and 22-year old Eric Ballard—both of Otis Circle—burning wiring on a grill.
The men were at 151 Otis, which is directly behind a residence where wiring matching the description was stolen from. The suspects are also accused of cutting down the meter socket and removing wiring from inside and outside of the home.
They were arrested and charged with felony theft and criminal trespassing.
Thursday night’s Christian County School Board meeting will feature discussion of several notable items, not the least of which is the contract of Superintendent Brady Link.
Superintendent Link is completing the final year of a four-year contract and told the Kentucky New Era he only wants his next contract to be for one year. He reportedly said he is seriously considering retirement after next year, but that he could change his mind.
Link replaced Doctor Bob Lovingood in 2008 and it is common practice for superintendents to sign four-year contracts, though it is not extremely uncommon for one to resign his position mid-term.
Superintendent Link received a favorable evaluation last year, though board member Betsy Glover would say she intended to vote “no” at the special called meeting.
Other items on the agenda include the rental of Christian County High School’s baseball field for use by the proposed Hoptown Hoppers minor league baseball team at a cost of 30 dollars per hour or a minimum of 150 dollars per usage.
The board will meet Thursday evening at 6pm at the district office on Glass Avenue.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will be in Trigg County this morning to announce plans for the partially collapsed Eggner’s Ferry Bridge.
A news release from the Transportation Cabinet says the governor will address the media and others at 11:30 on the east approach in Trigg County. He is expected to announce plans to repair the old bridge, though that could take several months.
It isn’t clear if a ferry is still an option in the meantime, as the outage is causing significant travel problems for thousands of motorists on a daily basis.