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Vince Gill concert to benefit Bluegrass museum in Owensboro

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — A concert with country music star Vince Gill in Owensboro will benefit the International Bluegrass Music Museum.

Thursday 03/05/2015
Beshear appoints Barber to state Supreme Court
Posted: March 05, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed an adviser to House Speaker Greg Stumbo to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court.

Documentary profiles achievements of Kentucky women
Posted: March 05, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A documentary profiling more than 40 Kentucky women and their achievements will be shown in four cities across the state in coming weeks.

McConnell to states: Ignore EPA carbon rules
Posted: March 05, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Senate's top Republican is telling states to ignore a central part of President Barack Obama's plans to curb the pollution blamed for global warming.

'Old' phone scam resurfaces in area 
Posted: March 05, 2015

An "old," phone-based scam has resurfaced in the Kentucky State Police Post 2 area and troopers are asking residents to use caution when speaking with individuals seeking money over the phone.

Hopkins awarded $23,065 in federal funds
Posted: March 05, 2015

Hopkins County has been chosen to receive $23,065 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

Town Crier
Posted: March 05, 2015

THURSDAY

Restaurant to turn 20
Posted: March 05, 2015

A Madisonville Italian eatery will be marking a major milestone Friday with a walk down memory lane.

KSP urges driver safety amid winter weather
Posted: March 05, 2015

Hopkins County has experienced high volumes of rain, sleet and snow, and state police are offering safety tips to area motorists.

Wednesday 03/04/2015
School board 'will not touch spring break'
Posted: March 04, 2015

Hopkins County Schools Superintendent Linda Zellich says that while the school calendar is a "work in progress" due to the recent cancellation of school
days because of heavy snowfall, dates for spring break will remain unchanged.

Highway funding in jeopardy
Posted: March 04, 2015

The Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce is one of more than 250 local, regional and state chambers of commerce urging Congress to resolve the imminent bankruptcy of the federal Highway Trust Fund.

Nortonville city council reviews audit
Posted: March 04, 2015

NORTONVILLE — City Council has reviewed of the city's 2012-13 fiscal year audit, which was delayed due to a computer glitch.

County addressing old courthouse water damage
Posted: March 04, 2015

Efforts to repair water damage at the historic Hopkins County courthouse in downtown Madisonville are currently underway.

Local, region, state roundup: Three face drug charges after traffic stop
Posted: March 04, 2015

Three area residents are facing drug-related charges following a Madisonville traffic stop. 

Wednesday's Scores
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 12:08 am

BOYS BASKETBALL

No. 12 NOTRE DAME 71, No. 16 LOUISVILLE 59
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 11:02 pm

NOTRE DAME (25-5)

Pelicans' Davis returns from 5-game absence vs. Pistons
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 9:04 pm

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans coach Monty Williams says All-Star power forward Anthony Davis is returning from his right shoulder sprain and starting Wednesday night's game against Detroit.

There will be no school in Hopkins County on Thursday, March 5.
Posted: March 04, 2015

There will be no school in Hopkins County on Thursday, March 5. 

Craft breweries win battle over who can distribute alcohol
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 7:00 pm

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Anheuser-Busch can make beer, but they have to let other people sell it in Kentucky.

Road flooding in Kentucky as winter storm approaches
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 7:00 pm

LOUSIVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear is warning residents to prepare for heavy snow, poor driving conditions, flooding and possible power outages caused by an approaching winter storm.

Storm could be winter's last big one but some want more
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 5:03 pm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A storm stretching from northern Texas to southern New England is set to bring what could be winter's last significant snowfall for the East Coast.

Lawmakers weigh costs of screening for rare, fatal disease
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 6:08 pm

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A child has a genetic disease that will likely kill her by age 2. The only treatment is a stem cell transplant from cord blood, and the only way to get that treatment is to be screened for the disease at birth. Doing that will cost Kentucky taxpayers about $750,000 for a disease that affects 1 in 100,000 people in a state that averages 60,000 births each year.

Weather leads to delayed start to OVC women's tourney games
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 6:08 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — League officials have pushed back tipoff Thursday for the Ohio Valley Conference women's tournament because of a winter storm expected to bring up to 2 to 5 inches of snow and sleet.

Authorities remove voting rights group from Senate meeting
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 3:18 pm

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Authorities have removed a small group of protesters from a Senate committee meeting after they tried to read a statement demanding lawmakers vote on a bill that would restore the voting rights to some nonviolent convicted felons.

Brown-Forman earnings get a kick from Jack Daniel's
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 2:05 pm

Jack Daniel's maker Brown-Forman Corp. said Wednesday that its third-quarter profit rose 5 percent, led by strong demand for its pricier American whiskeys and broad sales growth in the U.S. and overseas.

Midway College working on changes to name, mission
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 1:05 pm

MIDWAY, Ky. (AP) — Midway College President John P. Marsden says the private liberal arts institution is expanding its mission and changing its name.

Kentucky Disaster Relief on alert
Posted: March 04, 2015

LOUISVILLE – More than 7,000 Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers were placed on alert Tuesday afternoon as another major winter storm heads toward Kentucky.

State fire marshal: ‘Change the batteries’ this weekend
Posted: March 04, 2015

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky state fire marshal is reminding Kentuckians to change the batteries in each of their home’s smoke alarms to coincide with the change from Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time - which causes clocks to jump ahead one hour on Sunday morning.

State Senate appears poised to approve civil protective orders for dating partners
Posted: March 04, 2015

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Senate could vote this week on a bill to expand civil protective orders to dating partners, including young students — an idea the Senate has rejected for years, while most other states accepted it.

Duck collision in McLean forces medical helicopter's emergency landing
Posted: March 04, 2015

A medical helicopter carrying a patient was forced to make an emergency landing in Calhoun on Monday night.

March 'coming in like a lion'
Posted: March 04, 2015

Western Kentuckians should brace themselves today for another winter storm.

2 die after van drives off ferry in Kentucky
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 12:11 pm

MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. (AP) — A Mammoth Cave National Park spokeswoman says two people have died after the vehicle they were in drove off a ferry into the Green River.

Brown-Forman meets 3Q profit forecasts
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 10:02 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Brown-Forman Corp. (BF.B) on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $186 million.

Land Between the Lakes opening later
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 6:06 am

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Winter weather headed to Kentucky is pushing back the opening dates for campgrounds and facilities at The Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.

Mental health services expanded for western Ky. veterans
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 6:06 am

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — State and federal officials have announced an effort to expand mental health services to veterans in western Kentucky.

Substantial snowfall expected today
Posted: March 04, 2015

Hopkins County may be looking at another substantial snowfall, which is expected to begin this afternoon.

Town Crier
Posted: March 04, 2015

THURSDAY

Police and Fire Reports
Posted: March 04, 2015

Madisonville Police Department 

Bill financing research building gets final legislative approval
Posted: March 04, 2015

FRANKFORT — Kentucky lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to reopening the state's two-year budget to supply taxpayer money for a new medical research building at the University of Kentucky, with the goal of increasing efforts to combat high disease rates plaguing Kentuckians.

Tuesday 03/03/2015
Joint investigation leads to marijuana drug bust
Posted: March 03, 2015

Detectives from the Madisonville Police Department and Hopkins County Sheriff's Office worked together to arrest an area resident trafficking large amounts of marijuana.

More snow expected for area
Posted: March 03, 2015

Another round of wintry weather is expected to blast through the region.

Contracts amended after Wal-Mart request
Posted: March 03, 2015

The Madisonville City Council has authorized Mayor David Jackson to enter into a water purchase and sewer contract with Hanson.

Local, region, state roundup: Woman charged after LSD, marijuana found in purse
Posted: March 03, 2015

The Kentucky State Police arrested a Mortons Gap woman and a Morganfield man Saturday on drug-related charges.

Entrance road into Mahr Park coming soon
Posted: March 03, 2015

The Mahr Park Planning Committee will soon be bidding out work for the entrance road into the park.

Tuesday's Scores
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 12:03 am

BOYS BASKETBALL

Hopkins County Schools will be closed Wednesday, March 4th
Posted: March 03, 2015

There will be no school in Hopkins County on Wednesday, March 4. The National Weather Service is calling for a major winter storm tomorrow with significant accumulations of snow and sleet expected.

Bill financing research building gets final legislative OK
Updated: March 03, 2015 - 8:04 pm

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to reopening the state's two-year budget to supply taxpayer money for a new medical research building at the University of Kentucky, with the goal of increasing efforts to combat high disease rates plaguing Kentuckians.

Eleven bars could open in Elizabethtown
Posted: March 03, 2015

Proponents for revitalizing downtown Elizabethtown had their spirits lifted at Monday’s city council meeting.

Three sentenced in Henderson bar slaying
Posted: March 03, 2015

Three men were sentenced Monday for their role in the March 1, 2014, death of Adam Hogan during a fight at the Double Dukes Saloon.

Annual spring time change is this weekend
Posted: March 03, 2015

Right in the midst of the winter that won't end, the annual return to Daylight Saving Time occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday. With the return of DST, 2 a.m. Sunday becomes 3 a.m. In reality, most people turn their clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday and they lose an hour of sleep.

Beshear announces Kentucky Work Ready Communities
Posted: March 03, 2015

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Monday announced that Fleming County has been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community and Ballard and Marshall counties have achieved Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress status.

Tuesday 03/03/2015
Mystery solved: Source of bad smell in Louisville found
Updated: March 03, 2015 - 9:05 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Officials with Louisville's Metro Air Pollution Control District say they've identified the source of the bad odor that residents have been complaining about for a week.

$3 million project will improve Ky. 32
Updated: March 03, 2015 - 6:07 am

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — The state Transportation Cabinet says a $3 million project will begin this month to improve about two miles of Ky. 32 near Morehead.

Bluegrass Museum to screen Thomas Merton film
Updated: March 03, 2015 - 6:07 am

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — The International Bluegrass Music Museum is hosting a screening of Kentucky filmmaker Morgan Atkinson's documentary on Thomas Merton.

Grant could help poor families get more money for food
Posted: March 03, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has received a $3.6 million grant that could help rural families with children get more money for food.

Joint investigation leads to marijuana drug bust
Posted: March 03, 2015

Detectives from the Madisonville Police Department and Hopkins County Sheriff's Office worked together to arrest an area resident trafficking large amounts of marijuana.

More snow expected for area
Posted: March 03, 2015

Another round of wintry weather is expected to blast through the region.

Contracts amended after Wal-Mart request
Posted: March 03, 2015

The Madisonville City Council has authorized Mayor David Jackson to enter into a water purchase and sewer contract with Hanson.

Local, region, state roundup: Woman charged after LSD, marijuana found in purse
Posted: March 03, 2015

The Kentucky State Police arrested a Mortons Gap woman and a Morganfield man Saturday on drug-related charges.

Entrance road into Mahr Park coming soon
Posted: March 03, 2015

The Mahr Park Planning Committee will soon be bidding out work for the entrance road into the park.

KSP captures escapee after foot chase
Posted: March 03, 2015

The Kentucky State Police captured a Henderson County Detention Center inmate Monday after he escaped while handcuffed near Sebree earlier that morning.

Police and Fire Reports
Posted: March 03, 2015

Madisonville 
Police Department

Can farmers cash in with canola this spring?
Posted: March 03, 2015

ELKTON — The land may be blanketed with snow, but Hart AgStrong and Rubisco Seeds are already picturing fields filled with canola this spring.

Customer Appreciation
Posted: March 03, 2015

The Messenger staff appreciates all of our customers. Today, we would like to personally thank Velveeta Ryals of Dawson Springs for subscribing to the paper.

Town Crier
Posted: March 03, 2015

TODAY

Kentucky legislature votes to ease out landline phones
Posted: March 03, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky appears ready to join at least two dozen other states in deregulating its landline telephone services, the beginning of the end for the more than 100-year-old technology that is being pushed out by cellphones and high-speed Internet access.

Lexington store clerk grabs gun, foils robbery
Posted: March 03, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Lexington Police are investigating a robbery at a tobacco store that was foiled by a clerk who grabbed a suspect's gun.

Audit: Harlan sheriff office spent on clothing, dating site
Posted: March 03, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A new state audit says the sheriff's office in Harlan County spent more than $27,000 over two years for unreasonable or improper purchases including personal clothing, food and alcohol, and a subscription to a dating website.

Pike County loses lawsuit over coal severance tax process
Posted: March 03, 2015

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Pike County Fiscal Court against state officials over a new process it must go through to receive coal severance tax proceeds.

Statewide tornado drill in Kentucky postponed until March 10
Posted: March 03, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — What would you do in case of a tornado? Kentucky officials believe that's a good question to ask, and answer, on March 10.

Monday 03/02/2015
Georgia looks to derail No. 1 Kentucky's quest for history
Updated: March 02, 2015 - 9:06 pm

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — With a perfect regular season in sight, No. 1 Kentucky looks downright unstoppable.

Wild week leads to changes across AP Top 25 poll
Updated: March 02, 2015 - 7:02 pm

The stability of The Associated Press Top 25 these past several weeks blew up during a tumultuous week of big victories and upsets.

Prisoner on the loose in Sebree and Slaughters area caught
Posted: March 02, 2015

An escaped prisoner from McLean County who escaped on foot in the area of Kentucky 370 between Sebree and Slaughters has been caught according to Kentucky State Police.

Sun, rain, warmth, snow - this week will have it all
Posted: March 02, 2015

Kentucky residents will see quite a variety to our weather this week.

Three years after 'end of the world,' a new town emerges at tornado-ravaged West Liberty
Posted: March 02, 2015

WEST LIBERTY — Robert "Birddog" Yeary keeps a "Morgan Co. Basketball" shirt hanging in the office of his printing business.

Tentative settlement at Bluegrass Station Army Depot
Updated: March 02, 2015 - 12:06 pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service says a tentative settlement has been reached in a labor dispute at the Bluegrass Station Army Depot south of Lexington.

That stinks: Source of bad smell evades Louisville officials
Updated: March 02, 2015 - 12:06 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — There's a bad smell in parts of the Louisville, Kentucky, area but nobody knows where it's coming from.

Thousands shirk tax bills, and Kentucky schools pay the price
Posted: March 02, 2015

Kentucky Fuel Corp., a company owned by West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice, mined millions of dollars worth of coal in Pike and Knott counties in 2013.

Two suspected in spending spree
Posted: March 02, 2015

Two Cuban nationals who were arrested last week outside the Bowling Green Sam's Club on suspicion of buying items with fraudulent membership cards are believed to have made more than $71,000 worth of purchases in six states using fraudulent membership cards and re-encoded credit cards, according to documents filed Friday in federal court.

Teacher arrested at basketball tournament
Posted: March 02, 2015

A John Hardin High School teacher was arrested Thursday night on various charges, including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, during the school’s boys’ 17th District Tournament basketball loss to Elizabethtown High School.

Kentucky program helps drug addicts keep their babies
Posted: March 02, 2015

Born into suffering, babies of addicted moms are often torn from their families — compounding the physical pain of drug withdrawal with the lifelong pain of separation.

More smokers eligible for free lung screenings
Posted: March 02, 2015

Janet Overman and Roger Cross Sr. decided on their own during the last 18 months to confront an ex-smoker's nagging fear: Had decades of lighting up finally caught up?

Officials looking for source of bad smell in Louisville
Updated: March 02, 2015 - 11:07 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — There's a bad smell in parts of Metro Louisville, but nobody knows where it's coming from.

SOAR summit rescheduled for May 11 in Pikeville
Updated: March 02, 2015 - 7:08 am

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A strategy summit focusing on ways to boost eastern Kentucky's economy has been rescheduled for May 11 in Pikeville at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

Federal grant provides help for pregnant women, families
Updated: March 02, 2015 - 7:08 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is receiving $1.8 million to expand home visiting services to women during pregnancy and parents with young children.

Sunday 03/01/2015
No. 2 South Carolina women toppled by No. 13 Kentucky 67-56
Updated: March 02, 2015 - 12:03 am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — More frustrating to South Carolina coach Dawn Staley than the 20 turnovers committed by the No. 2 Gamecocks were the countless missed layups that could've rallied them past No. 13 Kentucky.

No. 13 Kentucky women topple No. 2 South Carolina 67-56
Updated: March 02, 2015 - 12:03 am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's seniors met with Matthew Mitchell last week to clear the air. The coach followed by putting the No. 13 Wildcats through some extra defensive drills Sunday morning before facing second-ranked South Carolina.

ACC seeding set, No. 8 Louisville loses at Virginia, 75-59
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 7:08 pm

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Louisville coach Jeff Walz brought his eighth-ranked team to Virginia looking for momentum.

Former Jefferson County teacher pleads guilty to sex charges
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 2:06 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former Jefferson County middle school teacher has pleaded guilty to multiple criminal charges stemming from her relationship with a 13-year-old boy.

Police identify pedestrian killed in southern Indiana
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 2:06 pm

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities in southern Indiana have identified a pedestrian struck and killed while trying to cross a highway as a 51-year-old man from Louisville, Kentucky.

Old building turned into military museum, event venue
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 1:00 pm

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — New owners have turned a historic building in Ashland, Kentucky, into a military blast from the past.

Fewer school districts raising property taxes by 4 percent
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 12:04 pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — More school boards are opting not to increase property taxes as high as they can to help educate students.

Sponsor yanks bill that critics said favored banks over homeowners in foreclosure
Posted: March 01, 2015

FRANKFORT — A state lawmaker said Thursday that he would withdraw one of his own bills after critics said it would unfairly favor banks over homeowners in the foreclosure process.

LBL neighbors speak out against logging plans
Posted: March 01, 2015

GRAND RIVERS - Many residents of the Land Between the Lakes area are disappointed with the U.S. Forest Service, and a number of them made their displeasure clear Thursday night.

Several school districts canceling spring break to make up for multiple snow days
Posted: March 01, 2015

Several Kentucky school districts have missed so many class days because of the weather that they are canceling spring break and/or are planning to stay in school until June.

Industrial hemp shows promise in ag crop futures
Posted: March 01, 2015

While there is no immediate market for industrial hemp yet, there are plenty of central Kentucky investors betting on a bullish future for the crop, said University of Kentucky agronomist David Williams at the annual Harrison County Soil and Conservation breakfast Tuesday morning.

Bill addresses misclassified construction workers
Posted: March 01, 2015

The continued practice of misclassifying construction workers in Kentucky has been estimated to take millions of dollars from state government, employers and workers. House Majority Caucus Chair Rep. Sannie Overly’s, D-Paris, bill could change that.

Wife recounts shooting victim's last farewell
Posted: March 01, 2015

Mukhtar Ahmad kissed his kids on the forehead Wednesday morning; he said he'd see them for dinner then climbed into his SUV and left for work.

State grants incentives to projects in Lexington, Bowling Green, Bardstown and Grant
Posted: March 01, 2015

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority board approved tax incentives Thursday for eTech, NHK and other companies considering and making new investments in the state.

State grants incentives to projects in Lexington, Bowling Green, Bardstown and Grant
Posted: March 01, 2015

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority board approved tax incentives Thursday for eTech, NHK and other companies considering and making new investments in the state.

Help sought in search for missing teenager
Posted: March 01, 2015

The Kentucky State Police is seeking the public's help to locate a missing juvenile from the Mayfield area.

Board of Education

From right, Hopkins County Schools P-5 and Early Education Director Jennifer Luttrell presents Grapevine Elementary School Preschool Teacher Amy Neal with the "Instructional Employee of the Month" award for the month of March. Assistant Superintendent DeDe Ashby said Neal prides herself on ensuring all the children in her class are "loved, growing academically and building friendships daily." Jessica Dockrey, The Messenger

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BuildSmart fundraising

Center, Madisonville Community College President Dr. Judith Rhoads accepts a $50,000 donation Tuesday from Old National Bank Marketing President Denise Young (right) and Old National Bank Region President for western Kentucky Peggy Williams. The check presentation took place at the college and will go toward MCC’s BuildSmart fundraising initiative for construction of the Madisonville Regional Postsecondary Education Center. Felicia Stewart, The Messenger 

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America's Farmers Grow Communities

From left, Hopkins County farmer Keith Rust presents a $2,500 donation Monday to Pride Elementary School during the Hopkins County Board of Education board meeting in Madisonville. Rust was selected as a winner in "America's Farmers Grow Communities" sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The program enrolls farmers for a chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. Jessica Dockrey, The Messenger

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Central Dance team named Grand Champions at state

Hopkins County Central High School dance team was named Grand Champions at the 2015 Kentucky Dance Coaches Organization State Championship Saturday in Frankfort. Front row from left, Rayven Grant, DaDa Wilson, Chelsea Lantrip and Chloe Wells; second row from left, Kaitlyn Marks, Kylee McNeily and Emily Grimes; third row from left, Sydney Carroll, Katie Daugherty, Devin Dillingham and Morgan Myers; fourth row from left, Mikayla Faizal, McKenzie Rodgers, Carrie Towe and Drew Herring. Photo provided

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South Hopkins Middle School Dance team placed second and third at state

South Hopkins Middle School dance team placed second in the hip hop category and third in pom at the 2015 Kentucky Dance Coaches Organization State Championship Saturday in Frankfort. Pictured front row from left, are Skylar Caanen, Emma O’Leary, Abby Hall, Moriah Manning, Kaylee O’Leary and Abi Burgett; back row from left, Madi Brooks, Kaylin Stanley, Amanda Jones, Emma Harrison, Olivia Latham, Madison Faulk, coach Whitney Perdue, Avery Whitehair and Casey Crawford. Photo provided

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