Officials with the Pennyrile Regional Citizens Corps Council say with winter just around the corner, its vital that area residents become involved in a local community emergency response team.
Former Green Beret and Regional Operations Officer, Frank Brown says CERT members are trained to lend a helping hand during natural disaster or on the scene of a bad wreck until emergency personnel can arrive.
Brown also says CERT members are usually first to arrive on the scene, because they live in the community just like anyone else and have formed relationships with their neighbors.
In honor of Veterans Day, ceremonies will be held throughout the Commonwealth to honor the service and sacrifice of service members.
In Hopkinsville, Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West will hold its Veterans Day ceremony at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 12th and officials with the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 233 in Oak Grove will host the ceremony.
The guest speaker is expected to be Joe Flynn, state commander, American Legion Department of Kentucky.
Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West also serves parts of Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, and is the Active Duty cemetery for soldiers and their dependents serving at nearby Fort Campbell and is the final resting place for 16 active duty soldiers who were killed in action.
Voting got underway at 6am across Kentucky and there have been only very minor issues reported in Christian County.
The most recent issue turned out to be a non-issue, according to Christian County Clerk Mike Kem, who says a good cleaning fixed a machine at St. John United Methodist Church.
The morning started with a couple of problems with handicapped voter machines in Lafayette and Herndon—though solutions were found quickly.
Kem says turnout has been heavy and steady so far.
Nathan Dean is a poll worker at the Christian County Courthouse precinct and says it’s been a smoothe day so far.
Polls close at 6pm, though anyone in line at 6 will be allowed to vote. Our live election coverage will begin at 6 on all of the WHOP Family of Stations.
The Hopkinsville-Christian County League of Women Voters is working hard to be sure children don’t feel left out with their parents at the polling place.
League members are set up at precincts across Christian County with “pretend ballots” featuring real candidates that children can fill out as practice for when they are old enough to cast a ballot.
Sherry Hopson was set up at one precinct teaching children about voting and said they seemed to enjoy the process.
Ms Hopson says it’s a way to educate children about voting in a concrete way when they put a pen to paper.
Ms. Hopson said she hopes children will take pride in casting their own ballot and learn there is more to politics than what’s seen on television.
It looks like the voter turnout in Trigg County will be on the high end, with only one minor problem reported there early.
Trigg County Clerk Dorris McGill says there’s been a consistent flow of voters at that county’s 14 precincts.
Ms. McGill said the one voting machine problem reported early was quickly fixed.
Trigg County features races for State Representative, State Senate and Circuit Court Clerk.