There is now a contested race for fiscal court magistrate in Christian County next year after a candidate filed against an incumbent.
Longtime local businessman Mark Wells of Harmony Grove Road filed his papers as a Democrat to run in District 2 against incumbent Edwin Long Wednesday. Wells says in a news release that he is retired and he has the time, energy and expertise gained from years of operating successful businesses to step in and serve. Wells was the owner of Mr. Mulch when he retired.
Long and Wells will square off in the Democratic Primary, with no republicans or independents joining the race so far.
Meanwhile, incumbent District 7 Magistrate David Collins also filed for re-election as a Democrat. Collins is seeking a second term after winning the 2010 election shortly after the death of longtime Magistrate Bill Bruce.
As the 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly quickly approaches, momentum is building to address juvenile justice code reform.
State Representative John Tilley and State Senator Whitney Westerfield of Hopkinsville chair their respective judiciary committees and have led a task force on juvenile justice reform during the interim period.
Representative Tilley says reform can not only save the state a lot of money, it can also help Kentucky do a better job of rehabilitating troubled juveniles and making them into productive citizens.
He says one troubling aspect of the current system is that many juveniles incarcerated for minor offenses spend almost as much time in state custody as those accused of the worst felonies.
Tilley says getting the details of any reform bill worked out will be the major obstacle, but he feels good about the momentum and popularity of reform they have been able to build.
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Thursday is the 28th anniversary of the Gander, Newfoundland plane crash that killed 248 Fort Campbell soldiers and eight crew members on the way home from a peace-keeping mission in the Sinai Peninsula and they will be remembered in an afternoon ceremony in Hopkinsville.
Christian County Chamber of Commerce President Carter Hendricks says the remembrance will be at 2 o'clock at Fort Campbell Memorial Park on Fort Campbell Boulevard.
Hendricks says the Gander plane crash was a transformational experience for the community, which formed a closer connection to Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division.
The Arrow Air DC-8 plane they were aboard crashed upon takeoff. The Soldiers, from several different military units at Fort Campbell, were all attached to 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. A separate ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on post.
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Republican Suzanne Miles is the winner of the special election for the Seventh District House seat.
The Owensboro woman beat Democrat Kim Humphrey of Morganfield by just a little more than 100 votes. Miles is taking over the seat vacated by Representative John Arnold, who stepped down over sexual harassment allegations.
Meanwhile, Democrat Reginald Thomas is taking over the Lexington Senate seat left empty by Kathy Stein. Thomas won with 54-percent of the vote, followed by Richard Moloney at 35-percent and eleven-percent for Michael Johnson. Stein vacated her seat after being appointed to a Fayette Circuit Court judgeship.