A man at a North O’Neal Avenue home became the victim of robbery early this morning after letting someone inside to use the phone.
The Hopkinsville Police report says 68-year old James Hurt, Sr. let a man inside at 122 North O’Neal around 1:30am to use the telephone. When Hurt turned his back on the perpetrator, the man grabbed his wallet from his back pocket and pushed him onto a coffee table before fleeing the scene.
The suspect got away with cash and the wallet and the investigation continues.
While the nation’s eyes were on the Presidential election, the eyes and ears of residents in Christian, Todd and Logan Counties were following an extremely close race for the State Senate that ended with an upset.
Republican Challenger Whitney Westerfield upset 20-year incumbent State Senator Joey Pendleton 18,457-18,160 overall and narrowly won all three counties.
Westerfield won Christian County by 26 votes, Todd County by 39 votes and Logan County by 232 votes.
Westerfield says he stuck with the same message through his campaign and it worked.
State Senator Joey Pendleton says there have been several major success stories during his tenure in Frankfort that allow him to leave with his head held high.
The Senator says he believes the most important of all those success stories could very well be the Todd County Career Path Institute, which will be built on the campus of Todd County Central High School, assuming federal grant money comes through as expected.
Eighth District State Representative John Tilley will serve a fourth term after winning by nearly five thousand votes in his areas of Christian and Trigg Counties.
Representative Tilley defeated challenger Max Sturdivant, Jr. 10,461-5,507 after a spirited campaign over the last several months.
Tilley says there are several issues lawmakers must get to work on next session in order to keep Kentucky headed in the right direction.
Sturdivant congratulated Tilley and said he hopes lawmakers will work together to solve the Commonwealth’s debt issues.
It will be the fourth term for Representative Tilley, who serves as House Judiciary Committee Chairman in Frankfort.
One of the most contentious races in Kentucky concluded with the incumbent winning another term.
Sixteenth District State Representative Martha Jane King defeated Republican challenger Chris Hightower in Todd and Logan Counties—winning by 1,282 votes.
Representative King said her priorities in her district haven’t changed and she’s focused on making the Todd Career Path Institute a reality.
Representative King won Todd County by 556 votes and Logan by 726 votes.
There was no surprise in the 15th District, where longtime incumbent State Representative Brent Yonts won another term.
The Democrat won by about 18-hundred votes overall, though he lost his three precincts in Christian County by a count of 923-712.
Representative Yonts says he looks forward to serving his ninth term in office and thanked his supporters.
Yonts won both Hopkins and Muhlenberg Counties on his way to victory.