Every State Representative race in Christian County but one is now contested after a Republican filed to run for the eighth district seat.
Filing his papers as a Republican with the Secretary of State’s office was Max Sturdivant, Jr. of 6040 Wainwright Drive, Hopkinsville. Sturdivant faces incumbent Democrat John Tilley in the general election, assuming both make it through the primary and both currently have no opponent in May.
On his website, Sturdivant says his goals are to lower taxes and decrease state spending, to create jobs and to protect the rights of the unborn.
Representative Tilley has voiced his intention to run for re-election and would be seeking a fourth term. He defeated incumbent Republican James Carr in 2006 to win his first term.
Kentucky State Police wants to remind area citizens of various online scams that have been circulating online.
Over the past several weeks, KSP reportedly received numerous reports of various email scams sent to unsuspecting individuals.
According to state police, these scams are commonly referred to as phishing scams.
Police say the emails often look official, but usually include poor grammar and often ask for correspondence to be sent to a foreign country.
State police advise the best rule of thumb is to immediately delete any messages which appear suspicious and to never respond to a suspected scam.
For more information regarding scams, you can visit the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General website at www.ag.ky.gov.
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.