HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. - Alta Cox Sims, age 91 of Allegre, passed away 9:15 a.m. Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville, Ky of natural causes.
Mrs. Alta was born in Todd County July 31, 1922 the daughter of the late Roy Cox and Verlie Jones Cox. She was a beautician and a member of the Bellview Baptist Church in Allegre, Ky.
She was preceded in death by her husband Howard Sims and her daughter Anita Sims Shemwell.
She is survived by her nephew D.J. Everett of Hopkinsville, Ky and her son in law Joe Shemwell of Elkton, KY.
Services will be Graveside Monday February 17, 2014 1:00 p.m. at Glenwood Cemetery in Elkton, Ky with Rev. Roger Skipworth and Rev. Tommy Wilhite officiating. Burial will follow in the Glenwood Cemetery. There will be no visitation.
MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (1/21/14) – Muhlenberg County law enforcement and local officials are calling the new county-wide investigative task force an idea, whose time has come.
Members of the Muhlenberg Sheriff's Department, along with the Central City, Greenville and Powderly Police departments met Friday, Jan. 17 at Catfish Dock in Greenville to announce the creation of a new joint investigative unit.
Sheriff Curtis McGehee told SurfKY News the basic idea is to make sure "all investigative units in the county are working together."
"Sometimes we may have a crime committed with only one or two officers working on the case. There are many times when having more officers, with more experience in various areas, will make the difference in solving a case." McGehee said.
McGehee noted that there will be times when the Kentucky State Police will also become involved in helping the new unit.
"When a serious crime is committed anywhere in the county, representatives from the various law enforcement agencies will be called out as part of this unit," said McGehee. "Our agency heads know their forces, and know who has the specific experience in certain areas to make this task force effective. Some officers have worked more on burglary cases. Others have concentrated on sexual assault cases. Some have worked on criminal mischief incidents or in other areas. When we combine all this expertise, we know it's going to make us a stronger investigative unit."
McGehee emphasized that from the beginning, he, along with the various police chiefs involved, made sure that Judge-Executive Rick Newman and the mayors of the cities involved were in full support of the task force.
Central City Mayor Barry Shaver told SurfKY News that he sees the task force as a "win-win" for everyone involved.
"When we are able to combine our crime experts from the various law enforcement agencies, with everyone working together, it just makes sense," said Shaver. "And in the long run, it saves tax dollars. Plus, there is just absolutely no substitute for experience."
McGehee noted that the next step is to begin training the Muhlenberg 911 Central Dispatch staff on how their part in the process will work.
"We want to make sure that everyone knows what the protocol will be. When a call comes in regarding a serious crime anywhere in the county, our 911 staff will know exactly who to send to a crime scene," said McGehee.
About 30 people – including some from the McConnell camp, as Bevin pointed out during his announcement – attended the event this morning at the Logsdon Community Center in Owensboro. Immediately after the event, local resident John Bickel sought out SurfKY News to offer his opinion about Bevin's decision to challenge McConnell.
"We might as well put out a 'Help Obama' sign," Bickel said, echoing sentiments expressed elsewhere that Bevin's candidacy might divide voters in the primary and give Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes more time to build a stronger campaign before next year's general election. (Grimes is expected to kick off her campaign in Lexington next week.)
But Bevin said that he entered the race because he thinks the Commonwealth of Kentucky needs a new choice for Republican representation in Washington. Bevin said he believes the reason the economy is in bad shape is because of career politicians, and believes replacing those leaders with candidates who "aren't worried about getting re-elected" is the only option if the challenges are to be overcome. He told SurfKY News he doesn't know if the national debt crisis can be resolved but said it definitely won't "if we keep doubling down on failure by re-electing (the same) leaders."
Bevin also blasted McConnell for his campaign ads, claiming McConnell hasn't produced a single ad that touts his own successes in Washington D.C., but rather has produced ads that are meant to help him get re-elected by attacking challengers.
"Mitch McConnell has spent nearly 30 years in the U.S. Senate," Bevin said. "Thirty years – this isn't about Mitch McConnell as a person. What it is about is his long, long voting record as a politician. After 30 years in Washington, it is clear that Mitch McConnell has lost touch with our state, its people, and our values.
"We can no longer afford the politics of the past. It doesn't help one Kentuckian to find a job, doesn't help one person make ends meet, and it does nothing to protect our constitutional rights."
Bevin said if elected, he will fight against raising the debt ceiling until a bipartisan agreement is reached to balance the budget, and told SurfKY News that he is concerned about other pieces of legislation currently being considered.
Bevin also told SurfKY that while he isn't a "Tea Party candidate" as some have inferred, he does have Tea Party supporters, and that he will need them if he is going to win the primary election. Among those supporters is his campaign spokesperson Sarah Durand, who told bystanders at the announcement this morning that she had resigned from her position with the Louisville Tea Party.
Bevin and his wife live in Louisville with their nine children, four of whom are adopted.
OWENSBORO, Ky. (7/26/13) – Owensboro Police said at least one person was injured in an accident involving a train yesterday around 3:15 p.m.
According to authorities, Susanna Webb, age and address unknown, was driving an SUV south on Maple Street from W. 8th St. when she apparently collided with a CSX train traveling west. The impact of the collision pushed Webb’s SUV off the road. She was taken to Owensboro Health for evaluation.
Police said that as a result of the accident, the train was stopped for about an hour and 40 minutes as a result of the accident, blocking multiple roads.
Information provided by Michael Hathaway
OWENSBORO, Ky. (7/21/13) – One week ago, on Sunday, July 15, at approximately 1:28 AM, Owensboro Police Department (OPD) officials began an investigation into a drive-by shooting case in the 500 block of Maple Street.
The investigation led to a warrant for the arrest of Preston T. Williams of Piedmont Drive. Four days later, on Friday, July 19, OPD patrol units stopped a vehicle at the 1700 block of Scherm Road. An occupant of the vehicle was identified as Williams. Williams was arrested on the scene and lodged in the Daviess County Detention Center.
Other information gained during the investigation led to the arrest of Deandrie L. Kirby, 20, of Alexander Avenue and Michelle D. McGuire, also 20, of Prince Avenue.
All three subjects were charged with Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree – Class D Felony and Criminal Mischief, 3rd Degree – Class B Misdemeanor.
Information provided by Officer Michael Hathaway
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