According to Webster County EMA director Jeremy Moore, Webster County Judge Executive James Townsend has issued a state of emergency for Webster County and has restricted travel on roads within the county to essential traffic only, effective 6pm 12/6/13.
Retiring county officials were honored with a reception Friday afternoon at the Courthouse in Dixon. Pictured (l-r) Property Valuation Administrator Wendell Clark, retiring after 32 yeears; County Clerk Jo Nell Blackburn, the only clerk in the county’s history to serve four consecutive four-year terms; and Sebree-Slaughters Magistrate John Mac Nance, retiring with 16 years of service.
Due to the anticipated winter weather system moving towards the Post 2 District, the Kentucky State Police would like to take this opportunity to provide motorists with some important information and numbers.
Here are a few simple steps to help keep you on the road and less stressed:
Avoid travel unless necessary when winter weather is in your area.
According to officials with the city of Providence, KU crews are working to restore a power transmission line that went down at around 12:30am. The cities of Providence, Clay, Wheatcroft and Sturgis were all without power. Power to many parts of the effected area was restored around 3:30 a.m.
The following is the fourth in a series of monthly articles from Webster County High School regarding efforts to help students earn the distinction of College and/or Career Ready, which is a key component of the Kentucky Department of Education’s “Unbridled Learning” accountability initiative aimed at producing graduates that are better prepared for the rigor of college-level coursework and the increasing demands of the world of work and a global economy. This month’s focus is COMPASS and ACT Work Keys testing for seniors.
At the end of our students’ 11th grade year, we have the opportunity to pull together all of their testing and program data and determine where they are in relation to being College and/or Career
On Monday, a jury of Webster County residents cleared 76-year-old Jimmy Frederick of charges of assault, terroristic threatening and wanton endangerment, bringing an end to a drama that started in early August.
The events leading to the arrest of Frederick, on assault charges, are in one way or the other tied into a special called meeting of the Dixon Commission that was held early on a Tuesday morning in August.
At that meeting commissioners failed to support an ordinance that would give the Park Board authority to charge leagues and teams that wanted to use one of the city’s two parks to host events. People from across the county spoke out against the ordinance, stating that the parks should be free.
Two days later Frederick was seen driving his tractor on the town’s soccer field at Baker Park.
On August 8, 2013, the soccer fields at Dixon’s Bourland Park were damaged. Frederick’s wife, Mayor Linda Frederick reported that her husband was at the park with her approval to do tiling work. Some Dixon residents, however, believed that it was an intentional act of retribution aimed at a group of citizens who had opposed a proposed commission ordinance earlier in the week.
“An investigation of these complaints has revealed that Mr. Frederick had the permission of the Dixon City Mayor, Linda Frederick, to perform work on the fields,” said Prow.
The following morning residents once again saw Jimmy Frederick on the field driving his tractor.
“A number of citizens wanted him to cease until after the park board could meet,” said Sheriff Frankie Springfield, who responded to a call to the park. “David Frazier and Leslie Hill went on the field to confront him.”
Springfield said that a few minutes later Frederick came to him and ask that the two be removed from the field so he could finish working.
“I advised him to stop what he was doing until after the park board met the following Monday,” the sheriff said.
At that point Sheriff Springfield said that David Frazier reported having been struck by Frederick’s tractor. Webster County EMS responded, treating Frazier for a minor ankle injury.
At the request of the sheriff all parties left the scene.
Late that Friday afternoon the county attorney Clint Prow issued a press release stating that he had authorized an arrest warrant for Jimmy Lane Frederick, on the charges of Assault-4th degree, Terroristic Threatening-3rd degree, and Wanton Endangerment- 1st degree.
Bruce Kuegel, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit representing Daviess County served as special prosecutor in the case against Jimmy Lane Frederick.
“It’s not unusual for a special prosecutor to be appointed,” said Kuegel. “It’s really left up to the elected officials to make a decision on conflict of interest. (County Attorney) Clint Prow reported that he had a conflict in this case.”
The soccer field has since been repaired by volunteers.
At Monday night’s Webster County School Board meeting, Dr. James Kemp, superintendant of Webster County Schools, issued a letter of resignation to the board.
“I’ve been around 47 years, and you always know when it is the right time,” he told the board members. “I want to thank the board and the community for it’s support. It’s time for me to retire.”
Kemp has been the superintendant of Webster County schools for 12 years, a period during which many changes have effected Webster County students. Those include merging with the Providence School district and closing Slaughters Elementary.