He never won an election, but one of Kentucky’s most well-known candidates has died.
Perennial gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith passed away in his sleep at his Lexington home this morning at the age of 64. Galbraith ran for governor numerous times—as a democrat, under the Reform Party ticket and more often than not as an independent.
If you asked Gatewood why he kept running, he’d say because Kentucky has “perennial problems.”
Twice his political opponent, Governor Steve Beshear said he was saddened by Gatewood’s passing and called him a “passionate man.”
Galbraith was perhaps best known for his support of legalizing marijuana and was also the author of the book titled “The Last Free Man in America.”
A Jeep pulling a trailer wrecked on Greenville Road yesterday morning, injuring a Hopkinsville man.
The incident happened around 11:10, according to the report from the Sheriff’s Office.
Police say 35-year old Samual Wright of Greenville was pulling a small trailer loaded with hay when the right side tires of the trailer dropped off the roadway. Wright over-corrected and the trailer became disconnected and the Jeep ran off the road and flipped.
A passenger, 35-year old Heath Hopper of South Kentucky Avenue, Hopkinsville was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for a shoulder injury.
Wright was cited for not having proof of insurance.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office and State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating two fires at the same address last night and early this morning.
The first fire destroyed a two-story house under construction at 9029 Shiloh Church Road belonging to John Williams of that address. Williams told police he heard his dog barking outside and looked around, but didn’t see anything unusual. He said that while he was in the shower he heard an explosion.
When he looked outside, he saw his under construction house on fire. Williams said his children heard someone talking outside just before the blaze. He had been working on building the house for six years and there was not yet any electrical wiring installed. The structure was valued at $72,000 and Williams said he had no insurance on the house.
The Lacy Volunteer Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office were called back to the property just before 6:30, when an out building filled with antiques was also set on fire.
Williams had been asleep on the couch when he awoke to find that building on fire around 6:23am. No suspects are listed on the report.
Frank Brown with Judge-Executive Steve Tribble at a meeting last year.
North Christian County will be even more prepared for a disaster after Community Emergency Response Team training this upcoming weekend in Crofton.
The training will be at Crofton Baptist Church, 155 College St., from 6 until 9pm Friday evening and 8am to 5pm Saturday.
Pennyrile Citizens Corps Council Regional Operations Officer Frank Brown organized the Kelly Community “CERT Team” and says this weekend’s training is an opportunity for anyone interested in helping their neighbor in the face of disaster to learn more.
Attendees will be provided lunch on Saturday and graduates will receive a CERT equipment bag with tools and safety equipment.
The Kelly Community Organization has grown substantially and Brown says he’s seen the same kind of interest in Crofton.
CERT teams have responded locally to disasters such as ice storms, floods and tornadoes.