State legislators from the region spoke at this month’s Pennyrile Area Development Board of Directors meeting, which was the last for retiring Executive Director Chris Sutton.
Every individual who spoke thanked Sutton for his leadership of PADD over the years and expressed confidence Jason Vincent will do a good job when he takes over in January. Amy Frogue has been promoted to take Vincent’s current position of Assistant Director.
Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke was among the speakers and said he’d like to see tax code reform come up in next year’s session and he’d like it to be in the form of doing away with the state income tax.
We can finally put the winter weather from over the weekend behind us as the final ice patches melt off the pavement and there are no more watches, warnings or advisories in the forecast.
Todd County took the worst hit locally from freezing rain Sunday morning and Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield says he and residents there are very appreciative of the efforts of road crews and Pennyrile Electric linemen who worked hard in the elements to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.
A temporary shelter was set up at Petrie Memorial Methodist Church for anyone whose electricity was out needing a place to stay, but Emergency Management Director Tim Pulley said they closed it around midnight after no one showed up.
In Christian County, Judge-Executive Steve Tribble said Christian County was fortunate to only experience brief isolated power outages and he also praised crews from Pennyrile and Hopkinsville Electric System for their efforts.
No one was injured locally by the weather and Judge-Executive Tribble says Christian County dodged a bullet in many ways, despite the few minor problems and slick roadways.
Cold air is in the forecast for the next several days, but there's no mention of any accumulating snow or ice—which is a welcome change for those who had to work in the elements over the weekend.
Road conditions were already hazardous Sunday morning with an ice storm underway, and a Clarksville man was arrested for allegedly making conditions more dangerous by driving impaired and wrecking, injuring his passenger.
The Hopkinsville Police report says 34-year old Bradley Everhart was northbound on Fort Campbell Boulevard around 5:30, when he hit a sheet of ice changing lanes and ran into the median. Everhart crossed into the southbound lanes and then went back into the median.
Police say Everhart failed field sobriety tests and registered a blood alcohol content of .101 on the breath test. He was arrested and charged with DUI.
His passenger, 29-year old Ashley Shultz of Lewisburg, was treated and released from Jennie Stuart Medical Center for minor injuries.
There are still a few slick spots to be found on area roads Monday morning, but driving conditions are much improved after several hours of melting yesterday.
A Christian County ECC dispatcher says there have been a couple reports of ice patches on back roads, but there were no accidents overnight. She said the main roads seem to be in good shape.
A Todd County dispatcher said she had not received any complaints at all regarding road conditions overnight.
Kentukcy Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd is urging motorists to use appropriate caution this morning and to be on the lookout for areas of refreezing or black ice.
One of the main problems that came from Sunday morning's freezing rain was power outages in the area. There were well over 1,000 Pennyrile Electric members in Todd County without power at one time and isolated outages were noted near Crofton and on Pembroke-Fairview Road in Christian County. Logan County also had significant outages.
Most of the outages in Todd County were along U.S. 68-80 and northward and Brent Gilkey of Pennyrile Electric says those problems came from weighted down lines and trees.
The ice melting off the lines helped take some weight off, but Gilkey said it also caused additional problems when those lines bounced back up.
Crews worked through the night to repair the outages and Gilkey said all but 14 members in the north part of Pennyrile's Russellville District were back on by 6 a.m.
Local students got one more day out of school Monday thanks to the winter weather, with the Christian, Todd, Trigg, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Caldwell and Lyon public school systems and Heritage Christian Academy among those canceling.
Todd County Election Filings
Daryl Greenfield (r) incumbent
Kent Knight (d)
Harold “Mac” Johns (d) incumbent
Tracy White (d)
Giles Taylor (d)
W. D. Billy Stokes (d)
Tim Porter (r)
Kim Chapman (d) incumbent
Greg Allen (d) incumbent
Perry Stokes (d) incumbent
Robert “Bob” Whittlesey (d) incumbent
Circuit Judge (non-partisan)
Tyler Gill incumbent
District Judge (non-partisan)
Kentucky Supreme Court (non-partisan)
Kentucky Court of Appeals District 1 (non-partisan)
Christopher Shea Nickel
16th District State Representative
Martha Jane King (d) incumbent
Magistrate District 1
Alfred Blake (d) incumbent
Magistrate District 2
William Sweeney (d)
Magistrate District 3
John Camp (d) incumbent
Magistrate District 4
Brent Spurlin (d) incumbent
Magistrate District 5
Jimmy Turner (d) incumbent
updated last 12/04/2013 01:34 pm.