Barring some type of independent candidate filing, it appears almost certain 9th District State Representative Myron Dossett will be unopposed in this year’s elections and will serve a fourth term.
Democrat Scotty Parsons recently withdrew from the race, reducing a race that was once a three-man battle to leave Dossett standing unopposed.
Parsons, who lives in northwest Christian County and who has a Dawson Springs address, filed for the seat when it appeared a large portion of the 9th District would be in Hopkins County and that Dossett would face Representative Ben Waide in a primary battle of incumbents.
A Supreme Court decision that re-districting legislation was unconstitutional sent incumbents back to their “old districts.”
The Christian County Grand Jury indicted two men charged with rape today, with one of the victims a mentally retarded female.
Charged with 3rd degree rape is 21-year old Stephen Costello of Columbia, Kentucky who is accused of raping a mentally handicapped woman in Christian County on August 10th of last year.
Receiving a true bill on charges of 1st degree rape and sexual abuse was 47-year old Gene Cotton of Winters Lane, Mannington. Cotton was arrested in early February for allegedly raping a woman in his north Christian County home.
A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf in Christian District Court on February 6th, when he could not afford an attorney.
Indicted on theft charges was 41-year old Felicia Radford of Kirkman Square, Hopkinsville. Radford is accused of embezzling nearly $4,000 while an employee of Perfect Loving Care Day Care.
Rev. Lisa Lewis-Balboa
While Hopkinsville and other communities are set to soon consider smoke-free ordinances for restaurants and other public places, Todd County minister asked the Fiscal Court there to do the same thing this morning.
The Reverend Lisa Lewis-Balboa represented the Todd County Laity and Ministers Alliance and said a recent survey showed a majority of residents support going smoke free in all public places and an even greater majority are for going smoke free in restaurants.
Ms. Balboa said her organization believes passing a smoke free ordinance would benefit the health of all Todd County residents.
Magistrates took no action on the matter, with Todd County Judge Executive Darryl Greenfield saying after the meeting that he thinks there is significant opposition to the idea.
In other action, court heard from Todd County Jailer Greg Allen, who submitted a budget request for the next fiscal year amounting to a little less than 1.9 million dollars.
Magistrates also approved a $1,000 donation to the 2012 Todd County Project Graduation event, with three Todd Central seniors showing up to ask for the annual donation.
A Hopkinsville man was cited to court for callegedly shooting a toddler with a BB gun last month.
26-year old Steven Dale Hodge was charged with 2nd degree wanton endangerment after police say he shot a 3-year old girl twice in the buttocks last month with a BB gun.
Hodge reportedly admitted to police that he shot the victim after he was playing around with the victim and that he didn’t mean to cause her harm.
Hodge is scheduled to apeear in court on April 4th.
The job of each soldier is important especially when it comes to team work in the Army.
1-32nd Cavalry Regiment Battalion Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Taylor says soldiers assigned to forward support companies have it especially tough since they are responsible for many jobs.
Lieutenant Colonel Taylor describes why he feels soldiers assigned to support companies have rough a job compared to other soldiers in the Army.
Lieutenant Colonel Taylor then went on to say soldiers assigned those companies have a tough job since its considered to be a diverse organization compared to a mounted reconnaissance troop, which primarily has three or four types of tasks soldiers must complete as part of their job.