The next major step to complete at the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge collapse site is to remove the 322 foot section of concrete and steel off of the still stationary vessel—and then remove the debris off the bottom of Kentucky Lake.
Coast Guard Spokesman Lieutenant Ron Easley says Foss Maritime and the Coast Guard are working together on a plan for wreckage and debris removal, which could begin in a matter of days.
Lieutenant Easley says that plans will have to be approved by top Coast Guard officials and then the process may begin—however long it may take.
Some equipment needed for the process is already on scene, but the Lieutenant says more is on the way.
Now that the primary filing deadline has come and gone for at least the local races, it’s time to look at who has filed for what offices.
It is important to note that independent candidates have until April 1st to file a statement of candidacy for the November general election and that the deadline has also not passed for many non-partisan offices in small towns across western Kentucky.
That being said, it appears as though Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor and Christian County Circuit Clerk Gary Haddock will be unopposed and have another term in office after no one filed against them as a Democrat or Republican.
Every incumbent Hokpinsville City Council member filed for re-election, though only four are opposed. Ward 5 Democrat Charlie Henderson is being challenged by Democrat Joyce Rogers and Republican Jason McCraw.
In Ward 6, Ann Cherry will square off with Republican Roger Richey in November, while Ward 7 council member Peggy Everett faces Richard Covington and Buddy Oglesby in the May Primary.
There will be a contest in Ward 10, where incumbent Jimmy Dossett faces Republican Robert Criswell.
The congressional and General Assembly filing deadlines have been pushed back at least a week, but that wasn’t done until most who wanted to file likely did so.
Congressman Ed Whitfield will likely face the winner of a Democratic Primary between James Buckmaster and Charles Hatchett in November, but where the district boundaries will be is still in question.
State Senator Joey Pendleton is unopposed and looks to serve what he says will be on more term.
State Representative John Tilley will square off with Republican Max Sturdivant, Jr. in the general election, while Representative Myron Dossett has to defeat Representative Ben Waide in a primary to face Democrat Scot Parsons in the general election.
Representative Brent Yonts has Republican opposition in Doctor Marshall Prunty, while Logan County Magistrate Jo Orange, Auburn resident Chris Hightower and Kent Wilson of Olmstead square off in a three-way primary to face retired Logan County Attorney Tom Noe in November to represent Todd and Logan Counties.
A Hopkinsville woman shot at an intruder in her home early this morning who she feared would harm her children.
The incident happened around 2:15 this morning at 305 South McPherson, according to the report, which says 21-year old Lisa Smith heard someone in her house while she was in bed and saw a black male walking into her bedroom.
The intruder fled from the room when Ms. Smith pulled a gun out, and she said she fired a shot at him fearing he would hurt her children in the home. The suspect then fled the scene and would later be found by police.
Ms. Smith was able to positively identify a 16-year old male as the perpetrator and he was arrested a short time after the incident.
Dr. Prunty Rep. Yonts
If the new re-districting holds up in court for State Representatives and Senators, many east Christian County residents will have the chance to vote for the first time in the 15th District in November.
Veteran Representative Brent Yonts has an opponent in Republican Dr. Marshall Prunty of Belton in Muhlenberg County.
Dr. Prunty runs a family practice in Greenville, and reportedly has 27 years of experience in medicine. Representative Yonts has represented Muhlenberg and portions of Christian and Hopkins County for several terms, but is currently re-districted to pick up eastern Christian County all the way to U.S. 41 in Pembroke.
Yesterday was supposed to be the filing deadline for candidates for the General Assembly, but that was pushed back another week.
Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd has issued a restraining order in House Republicans’ lawsuit over new legislative districts the Governor signed into law last month.
He expects to decide on the constitutionality of the new boundaries by Tuesday of next week. Candidates for the state Senate House now have until February 7th at 4:30pm eastern time to file, says Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Grimes.
The filing deadline for every other office except in the General Assembly and Congress came and went yesterday afternoon.