He may not agree with all of his leaders’ positions on every issue, but State Senator-Elect Whitney Westerfield says he supports the republicans elected to leadership in the upper chamber Tuesday.
The new senate president will almost certainly be Senator Robert Stivers of Manchester and Westerfield says Stivers has the advantage of being a fresh face at the top when the short session opens in January.
Senator Damon Thayer, who has joined Governor Steve Beshear in wanting to put casino gaming on the ballot, was chosen as majority floor leader. Westerfield says he’ll never change his opposition to more gaming in Kentucky, but he still agrees with Senator Thayer on most issues.
Senator Katie Stine kept the president pro tem position without opposition.
The director of the local Breathitt Veterinary Center received high honors from his peers in a recent ceremony.
A news release from the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association says Doctor Wade Northington received this year’s Distinguished Service Award. The honor goes to individuals who have devoted years of time and special talents in service to community, the association and the veterinary profession.
Doctor Northingon is a 1972 graduate of Auburn University and stepped away from his private practice in 1999 to begin work as a case coordinator at the Breathitt Veterinary center and to teach pre-veterinary students at Murray State. He became the director of the local center in 2004 and continues to serve in that capacity.
He recently spoke at the Pennyrile Area Development District and said the center does a lot of work in teaching.
The Breathitt Center also partners with the school system to give students an experience they couldn’t get in the classroom.
Doctor Northington also received the Murray State Board of Regents Award for Teaching Excellence in 2002.
Hopkinsville Police have made an arrest in connection with an incident on November 18th, when one woman was stabbed in the foot and another hit by a vehicle.
Charged with first degree assault is 18-year old Jateika Bailey of Hopkinsville, who was in an altercation with at least three women at 638 Evergreen Park Drive when she allegedly stabbed a woman in the foot.
The warrant also alleges she hit a victim with a vehicle. The original report listed the victims as 18-year old Jelisia Thomas, 18-year old Ahgeana Bailey of Hopkinsville and 21-year old Kesha Torian of Hopkinsville.
All of the injuries were listed on the report as minor in nature.
The man who has served as the Kentucky State Senate majority leader for the last three years was selected as the next senate president in yesterday’s Republican Caucus meeting.
Senator Robert Stivers of Manchester will be the party’s choice after the 23 republicans and independent Senator Bob Leeper met yesterday for about three hours, according to the Herald Leader.
President pro tem Katie Stine will keep her position and expanded gaming proponent Senator Damon Thayer will step in as the new majority floor leader.
Asked about his work with Governor Steve Beshear on expanded gaming legislation, Senator Thayer told the paper he didn’t see the issue going away any time soon.
Longtime senate president David Williams had to be replaced after he accepted a circuit judge appointment from the governor.
The Cadiz man who stopped to assist a motorist who had hit a deer on 68 in Trigg County Monday night has died from the injuries he sustained when a tractor-trailer ran into both vehicles.
Officials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center say 47-year old Scotty Gray of Cadiz died Tuesday night from his injuries. Gray was wearing his seat belt in his vehicle when the semi driven by 50-year old Mohamed Mohamud of Missouri hit him from behind.
The collision knocked a vehicle into 20-year old Nicholas Wiseman of Cadiz, who is in stable condition at Vanderbilt. Wiseman had been standing near his vehicle, which had become disabled from hitting a deer just after 8pm Monday.