Preliminary statistics released by Kentucky State Police indicate that nine people died in nine separate crashes on state roadways from Monday, September 17th through Sunday.
Five of the victims were traveling in personal passenger vehicles and three of the victims were not wearing seat belts.
Through Sunday, preliminary statistics indicate that 523 people have died on Kentucky roadways since January, which is three more that what was reported for this same time period last year.
State Police say of the 404 motor vehicle fatalities, 230 victims were not wearing seat belts and of the 62 motorcycle fatalities, 32 victims were not wearing a helmet and a total of 92 fatalities have resulted from wrecks involving the suspected use of alcohol.
Another one of the major goals of the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance has been accomplished.
State Representative John Tilley says the speed limit for 59 miles of U.S. 68-80 between Bowling Green and Cadiz will be raised to 65 miles per hour effective October 2nd. Governor Steve Beshear will make an official announcement about it next Tuesday. Representative Tilley says the change was made through administrative measures.
The speed limit will remain the same within city limits and other congested areas, but motorists will be able to drive ten miles per hour faster on what some consider the best maintained roadway in Christian, Todd, Logan and Trigg Counties. Representative Tilley says the three county chamber alliance was instrumental in the effort.
The Kentucky Department of Transportation gave the go-ahead to the change after a comprehensive study of the roadway.
Christian Fiscal Court has agreed to make a financial contribution to a group which is attempting to find the reason Little River tested with a high level of e-coli a few months ago.
Two members of the Little River Consortium spoke at this morning’s Fiscal Court Meeting and said the state did a pollutant test near Skyline Drive after a minor flood that showed the high e-coli levels—something that isn’t out of the ordinary when water levels have been high. Even so, the state designated Little River as “impaired.”
That designation could have negative impacts to Christian County farmers if something isn’t done, according to Christian County Attorney Mike Foster.
Foster says the consortium will test the river in more than one place and contract with the United States Geological Survey to be sure their data will be accepted by state officials.
Fiscal Court agreed to contribute ten thousand dollars with a unanimous vote. In other action, Court agreed to continue being the “pass-through” agent for grant money used in the Pennyrile Forest mountain biking training trail construction work.
A significant number of Hopkinsville residents will be voting in a new precinct location this election day.
Christian County Elections Coordinator Melinda Humphries says those who have voted at Christian County Middle School in the past should be aware they will 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.
Ms. Humphries says voters will receive a notification in the mail if their precinct has changed.
She says the changes are already reflected on internet sites designed to show voters where they should go to vote.
A relatively high voter turnout will be likely this November, as it is of course a presidential election.
There are now sufficient candidates running for City Council in Oak Grove to fill all six seats after Election Day.
Filing to run as a write-in candidate recently was Jan-Menno O’Brien of 509 Katie Street. Oak Grove City Council is a non-partisan board, but only five candidates had filed for the six seats at the non-partisan deadline earlier this summer.
The five candidates whose names will be on the ballot are James McKnight, Tim Johnson, Janet Edwards, Bea Burt and Randy Pierce.
Officials at the courthouse say at least one person has picked up papers to run as a write-in candidate for Lafayette City Council after only three candidates had filed to run for the four seats after the non-partisan deadline.