Two candidates have already thrown their hats in the race for the State Representative seat held by Martha Jane King, who is running for a new Senate seat.
Former Logan County Attorney Tom Noe is running for the seat as a Democrat and current Logan County Magistrate Jo Orange is seeking the office as a Republican.
Ms. Orange is the wife of the late Charles Orange, who served multiple terms as Commonwealth’s Attorney in Logan and Todd Counties. She says she’s had a long-running interest in state politics and decided the time was right to make a run.
One of the specific issues she mentions is expanded gaming in Kentucky, an idea she is not a fan of.
Ms. Orange was an educator at area schools for 34 years and says she supports a bill currently up for discussion which would extend the minimum dropout age for high school students to 18.
Two calls to Noe were not immediately returned, but he recently told the Russellville News Democrat Leader that he always knew he wasn’t through working when he retired as county attorney after 21 years of service.
He says he is happy to be running for office again.
The 16th District includes Todd, Logan and a portion of Warren County.
Every ward in the city of Hopkinsville now has at least one candidate filed for City Council.
All 12 incumbents have now filed their papers to run again after veteran Councilman Wesley Grimes submitted his paperwork to the courthouse yesterday for another run in Ward 11.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor filed her paperwork yesterday, though she announced some time ago that she would seek another term.
A Pembroke child was injured in a single-vehicle wreck on I-24 this morning.
Kentucky State Police say 29-year old Kelly Unger of Pembroke was eastbound about two miles from the Tennessee state line just after 8am when the left, rear tire blew out and caused her to lose control.
Ms. Unger ran off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment, causing her vehicle to overturn. Restrained in a booster seat was 5-year old Jonathan Unger, who had to be taken by ambulance to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, though his injuries didn’t immediately appear to be life-threatening.
Ms. Unger was also taken to Blanchfield, according to the report.
A Hopkinsville-Christian County Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week was arrested yesterday in Todd County.
Charged with escape and failure to pay child support is 33-year old Kurt Lee. The Todd County and Christian County Sheriff’s Offices combined to get Lee to the Christian County Jail and Hopkinsville Police Public Information Officer Paul ray says an anonymous tipster will receive a cash reward for his or her help.
A ribbon cutting ceremony and open house are scheduled for tomorrow for the new Cumberland Hall Hospital.
A news release says the event will run from 2 until 5 at the new facility on Sam Walton Way near the Wal-Mart Distribution Center.
Construction began on the building in June and the doors will open to patients Monday. Key features in the facility include an on-site accredited school, fully-equipped gymnasium and additional indoor and outdoor recreation space.
Officials hope the extra space will reduce the number of patients that wait for a hospital bed and address the tremendous treatment needs of patients and their families.