Voting got off to a fairly uneventful start in Christian County this morning, with only a couple of minor problems reported.
County Clerk Mike Kem said those issues were rectified quickly after the polls opened at 6am.
There was a line of about five people formed at the Courthouse precinct by around 6:15 this morning, but it was moving quickly. Kem says there have been no reports of long waits to vote so far in Christian County.
Election personnel were at the courthouse early and will remain there until tonight to monitor and address any problems or questions that may come up during voting.
One person was injured in a single-vehicle wreck on Allensville Street near Elkton Monday evening.
The incident happened near the Allensville Road intersection around 6:15. A vehicle was overturned on its top, though all three occupants were able to get out.
One person was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for treatment of apparent non-life-threatening injuries. The Todd County Sheriff’s Office worked the wreck and we’ll have more details as they become available.
A presidential election usually means a big turnout of voters and that’s expected to be the case Tuesday in Christian County.
Christian County Elections Coordinator Melinda Humphries says the County Clerk’s Office is expecting a lot of ballots to be cast by the time the polls close at 6pm.
Ms. Humphries is encouraging voters to be patient and to be aware there could be lines at their precinct.
The election phone number at the Christian County Clerk’s office is 887-4107 and the office will be closed for all non-election business.
There are some changes in precinct locations from the last General Election. Those who have voted at Christian County Middle School in the past should vote in the new Christian County Middle School building across the street this time around.
Voters who normally cast a ballot at North Drive Middle School will instead vote at Christian County Middle School and those who usually vote at Faith Lutheran Church will now do so at Indian Hills Elementary School.
Those who voted in the past at the Public Library will now vote at Pennyrile Electric and voters who have gone to First Christian Church to vote before will now go to St. Johns United Methodist Church instead. One of the more subtle changes is a move next door from Hopkinsville High School to Hopkinsville Middle for voters in that precinct.
Polls will be open from 6am until 6pm across Kentucky and we will begin our election coverage on all of the WHOP Family of Stations at 6pm.
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office responded to several wrecks over the weekend including a fatal motorcycle wreck.
Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Lane reports the fatal motorcycle versus vehicle wreck occurred on Eggners Ferry Road on Friday.
State Police say 50-year old Bennie M. Chesteen of Brighton, Tennessee and 39-year old Cynthia J. Clark-Pesce of Benton were traveling on a motorcycle at the time of the wreck.
State Police say 50-year old Scharla E. Helton of Benton, was traveling in the vehicle. Chesteen was pronounced dead at the scene while Clark-Pesce was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by Air Evac, while Helton was treated and released at Marshall County Hospital.
Meanwhile, two people were arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in two separate incidents.
In the first incident, Sheriff’s Deputy William Strader reported that a vehicle was seen driving north on the Purchase Parkway at a high rate of speed and was crossing the center line on numerous occasions.
Upon contact with the subject, Deputy Strader says he noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage with the subject failing a field sobriety test.
As a result of failing the field sobriety tests, Deputy Strader charged 24-year old Keisha N. Collins of Paducah with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence.
In the second incident, Deputy Strader reported that he received a call from dispatch in reference to a vehicle driving off into the water off of Ridge Road and when contact was made, the vehicle was about eight feet into the water.
Deputy Strader says 37-year old Davy Knapps of Gilbertsville admitted to drinking before getting behind the wheel and smelled strongly of alcohol.
Knapps was subsequently charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence.
Preliminary statistics released by Kentucky State Police indicate that 12 people died in 10 separate wrecks on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, October 29th through Sunday.
State Police say two double fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in Carroll and Perry Counties while a two single fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in Jefferson County.
A single fatality motor vehicle crash also occurred in each of the following counties: Carlisle, Kenton, Logan and Whitley with five of the victims not wearing their seat belts and of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.
State Police say a fatal motorcycle crash occurred in Marshall County and a bicycle rider was killed in Jefferson County.
Through Sunday, preliminary statistics indicate that 603 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways since January, which is 11 fewer than what was reported for this time period in 2011.