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State suicide death hike mirrors nation

Although the number of suicides increased nationally between 1999 and 2014 after years of decline, Kentucky saw an even greater increase than the national average, according to data from the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Monday 05/02/2016
Bill Clinton to campaign in Louisville
Posted: May 02, 2016

Former President Bill Clinton will be in Louisville Tuesday to campaign for his wife, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, according to her campaign. The former president will also make stops in Lexington and Morehead. The visit will come exactly two weeks before the Kentucky primary election and means that, like Bernie Sanders who is campaigning in Louisville as well on Tuesday, the Clinton campaign could get a boost in Southern Indiana as well. Hoosiers will be casting ballots in the Indiana primary on Tuesday.

Democratic Senate candidates defend Obama during forum
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 9:06 pm

FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) — After years of being battered as a political punching bag in Kentucky, President Barack Obama received some favorable reviews Monday evening from several Democrats running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Rand Paul.

Ethics commission says it can't stop Bevin's inquiry
Posted: May 02, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Executive Branch Ethics Commission says it cannot stop Republican Gov. Matt Bevin from investigating whether his Democratic predecessor violated state ethics laws.

Judge temporarily blocks removal of Confederate monument
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 5:35 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A judge on Monday temporarily barred the city of Louisville from removing a 70-foot-tall Confederate monument near the University of Louisville campus.

Study: 7 of 10 most profitable US hospitals are nonprofits
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 3:38 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — Seven of the 10 most profitable U.S. hospitals are nonprofits, according to new research, including one in Urbana, Illinois, where hospital tax exemptions are headed for a contentious court battle that soon could determine whether medical facilities are paying their fair share of taxes.

Ex-school leader: I will appeal revocation of certificates
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 1:30 pm

MOUNT STERLING, Ky. (AP) — Former Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua Powell said he will appeal a decision to revoke his superintendent and principal certificates.

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Midday' game
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 1:06 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Monday afternoon's drawing of the Kentucky Lottery's "Pick 3 Midday" game were:

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Midday' game
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 1:06 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Monday afternoon's drawing of the Kentucky Lottery's "Pick 4 Midday" game were:

KY Lottery
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 1:06 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ These Kentucky lotteries were drawn Monday:

Appeals court: No jail credit for convicted rapist, murderer
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 12:06 pm

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A court has rejected the appeal of a man convicted of murder and child rape in Ohio who sought credit for nearly 16 years of Kentucky jail time.

Fort Logan Hospital first in Ky. to offer new pain relief option to birthing women
Posted: May 02, 2016

Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital is the first in the state to offer an alternative option for pain relief to women in labor in the form of nitrous oxide – more commonly known as “laughing gas.”Providing support and comfort in various ways to mothers giving birth is what the Fort Logan Hospital’s Birthing Spa aims to do, according to the unit’s medical director Dr. James Miller. Miller said the use of nitrous oxide during labor was fairly common in the 1950’s but when epidural anesthesia came into play, laughing gas seemed to fall by the wayside.

Road rage incident leads to crash, fight between drivers
Posted: May 02, 2016

Two men were jailed Friday night after what deputies called a “bad case of road rage” led to a two-vehicle collision and a fight between the two drivers. Traffic on U.S. 150 near Rice Lane was temporarily rerouted to Ky. Route 78 at about 7 p.m. Friday night after Richard E. Arnold, 45, of 238 Little Road in Paint Lick, crashed his pickup truck into a red car driven by 43-year-old Anthony McCool, of Crab Orchard.

Collmus will keep calling big horse races for NBC
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 12:08 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Race caller Larry Collmus has signed a five-year contract extension with NBC Sports to remain the voice of the Triple Crown and the Breeders' Cup races.

Love it, hate it, Ky stressed over science
Posted: May 02, 2016

Cognitive dissonance is a term describing the stress that arises from trying to hold contradictory beliefs, or engaging in actions that conflict with beliefs. An example might be a person who smokes despite knowing the health dangers involved, or an environmentalist who drives a gas-guzzling car. Wikipedia doesn’t provide any examples of entire states struggling with the stress of this dissonance but if it’s possible, Kentucky’s among the leading victims.

Dangerous highway removed from National Truck Network
Posted: May 02, 2016

Alton residents were granted at least some measure of relief today when the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced that Highway 151, also known as Graefenburg or Alton Road, has officially been removed from the National Truck Network on an emergency basis. Based on the Federal Highway Administration [FHWA] emergency action, Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas issued an official order banning certain types of commercial vehicles from traveling on Highway 151, according to a news release from his office.

Man police say sought children indicted on charges
Posted: May 02, 2016

A man with no known address who roamed an Elizabethtown neighborhood in February and attempted to get on a Hardin County Schools bus has been indicted by a Hardin County grand jury for criminal attempt to commit rape of a person younger than 12. Edward Shane Sparks, 37, according to an arrest citation, told Eliza­bethtown police he was seeking girls younger than 12 and went to a home near Greenway Drive on Feb. 18 and knocked on a door looking for a child. He told police he was willing to use force, if needed, to get to a child, according to the citation

Farm laborer killed in fall from tree
Posted: May 02, 2016

A Hispanic farm laborer was killed as a result of a fall from a tree on Saturday, April 23. According to a Kentucky State Police report, Isizro Castrillo had been climbing a tree, lost his balance and fell between two tree branches, ultimately causing him to break his neck. Trooper Troy Brooks was dispatched to Ruddles Fort Road in Bourbon County, in reference to the fatal fall. The accident happened on a farm owned by Lewis Furnish on the Harrison County/Bourbon County line.

19-year-old Covington man convicted for child rape
Posted: May 02, 2016

A 19-year-old Covington man was convicted by a jury Thursday for the rape of a 6-year-old girl who contracted gonorrhea during the attack, according to the Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Office. Christopher Esper was found guilty of first degree rape of a child under 12 years old after the jury deliberated for less than hour.

Bevin, Beshear feud compounds trust issues
Posted: May 02, 2016

If anything has become apparent in the last few weeks in Frankfort, it’s that the next four years will be long ones. This steadily emerging feud between Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear is just another page from the book of “How to Destroy Trust for Dummies.”In the interest of full disclosure, I am undecided on how I feel about Beshear. I am not at all a fan of Bevin. I think he’s dangerous, ill-informed and all too eager to throw his weight around, as evidenced by the sweeping executive order to cut higher education and bypass the legislature before the budget session was anywhere near complete. It’s a gross overreach, despite the fact that he’s since rescinded at least a percentage of those cuts.

Leaders consider options in wake of Verso closure
Posted: May 02, 2016

Following Verso Corps announcement last week that it is officially closing its Wickliffe Mill, state and U.S. leaders are stepping in to push for change that would bring jobs back to the area. Governor Matt Bevin, in a statement on April 5, said the decision is unfortunate, and the State is helping to find a buyer for the facility to bring jobs back to the area.

Community remembers Warren East High School student through vigil
Posted: May 02, 2016

As mourners cried and lit cndles during a vigil on Sunday for a Warren East High School student who took his life, one question hung in the air above all the grief – why? Pastor Stephen Pierce, of Northside Free Will Baptist Church, posed that question to about 100 people seated in pews. Pierce urged the many Warren East High School students gathered not to let romantic or academic hardships overcome them

Erica Fraysure case unsolved after 18 years
Posted: May 02, 2016

It has been more than 18 years since an auburn haired, Bracken County girl was last seen. Just 17-years-old when she disappeared on Oct. 21, 1997, on May 6, it will be 36 years since Erica Fraysure was born. According to reports at the time, she had given a friend, Shane Simcox, a ride in her car and the two were seen in Brooksville early in the day.

State suicide death hike mirrors nation
Posted: May 02, 2016

Although the number of suicides increased nationally between 1999 and 2014 after years of decline, Kentucky saw an even greater increase than the national average, according to data from the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last month that suicide rates for both men and women nationally increased from 10.5 suicides per 100,000 people in 1999 to 13.0 suicides per 100,000 in 2014.

Alabama governor, senator urge TVA to sell unfinished nuke
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 7:45 am

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Sen. Richard Shelby are among those urging the Tennessee Valley Authority to sell its unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Plant, where more than four decades of work hasn't produced a watt of electricity.

Sunday earthquake felt across west Ky. region
Posted: May 02, 2016

Things went bump in the night Sunday when a magnitude 3.5 earthquake occurred near La Center in Ballard County. The quake was felt by people in western Kentucky, southern Illinois and southeast Missouri, according to the National Weather Service. No damage or injuries were reported.

Suit planned to stop monument's removal at UofL
Posted: May 02, 2016

A Republican candidate for Congress wants to stop Mayor Greg Fischer and University of Louisville President James Ramsey from removing the controversial Confederate monument from the school's campus. "It is a political version of book burning," Everett Corley, a real estate agent, said in an interview Sunday evening. "And the fact is, I'm not in favor of book burning." Corley said he will be filing a temporary restraining order in Jefferson Circuit Court on Monday against Fischer that will demand he cease and desist from any efforts to take down the memorial.

Kentucky Derby is chefs' payday & nightmare
Posted: May 02, 2016

While the pageantry unfurls at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby week, Louisville's finest restaurants brace for the rush back from the track. Chefs feel glee. Big spenders will drop $75 for a pull of 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon or $100 on a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape red wine. Lobster claws and dry-aged steaks, quail eggs and grilled oysters star on the $125, per person menu, for example, at River House on Derby Day.

Louisville to feel the Bern
Posted: May 02, 2016

Bernie Sanders, the U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful, will rally his supporters on Tuesday at Waterfront Park in Louisville near the Big Four Bridge. The visit is Sanders’ first visit to Kentucky and comes two weeks before the Kentucky Democratic primary and on the same day as the Indiana primary.

One killed, one injured in Campbellsville shooting
Posted: May 02, 2016

Campbellsville police are investigating the shooting of two women, one of them fatally, on Saturday evening. In a release, police said they responded to a 6:17 p.m. call about a disturbance on Catawata Circle, where they discovered two shooting victims. Brianna D. Washington, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene. Shenitrea M. Vaughn, 25, was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital with possibly life-threatening injuries.

Clay County woman dies after shooting; boyfriend charged with attempted murder
Posted: May 02, 2016

A Clay County woman has died from a shooting, the Fayette County Coroner’s office announced Sunday. Alicia Tye, 35, of Manchester, was taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center early Saturday in critical condition from a gunshot wound. Her boyfriend, Samuel Cornett was arrested and charged with attempted murder in the case.

Aging boomers fuel flurry of new senior living options
Posted: May 02, 2016

Step inside the soon-to-open Magnolia Springs and see the future of senior living. The soaring entrance looks like a high-end resort hotel. A concierge will staff the lobby to help residents and visitors. Further in, you’ll see a grab-and-go bistro with a cappuccino machine. Pick up a snack. Grab a Gatorade or an ice cream cone.

'Walk-ins' planned at Jefferson County schools
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 6:32 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Jefferson County Teacher's Association is encouraging "walk-ins" at member schools as a response to potential changes of district policies, some of which affect teacher pay.

Colleges have hiked tuition enough
Posted: May 02, 2016

In perhaps the least surprising news of the year, Kentuckians will soon pay more for a public college education. That is the assumption after a decision Tuesday by the Council on Postsecondary Education to allow tuition hikes in the range of 5 percent. Trustees at individual colleges set the tuition rates each year, but given the battle over higher education funding in Frankfort, it seems likely that most of the state’s public universities and the Kentucky Technical and Community College System will hike tuition. Some have already announced increases, including Western Kentucky University (4.5 percent) and Northern Kentucky University (3 percent.)

Dolphins draft WKU’s Doughty, sign UofL’s Burgess
Posted: May 02, 2016

With the 223rd pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected former Western Kentucky University quarterback Brandon Doughty, a hometown product, in the seventh round on Saturday. Doughty grew up playing football in Davie, Florida, where the Dolphins practice and becomes the first WKU quarterback taken in the NFL Draft as well as the second-ever player drafted out of WKU by the Dolphins. He becomes WKU's 30th draft pick in program history and fifth of the FBS era.

Ruffling feathers: E’town council could revisit livestock ordinance
Posted: May 02, 2016

Elizabethtown city government has issued an order for a Central Avenue family to remove the estimated 20 chickens on their property as Hardin County cities are in the midst of a chicken craze. Radcliff has been in recent discussions with residents over the urban farming movement where homeowners keep chickens for eggs or to sell. Elizabethtown isn’t immune to the new trend.

Defying the odds: Elizabethtown man kicks Stage 4 skin cancer diagnosis in five months
Posted: May 02, 2016

Sonny Allen hadn’t had as much as broken a finger, had stitches or been hospitalized until he was 73 years old. He had spent a life between Kentucky and Florida boating, swimming and golfing during the summertime and seldom worrying about the repercussions. Then a small lesion that looked no different than a pimple appeared on his shoulder in 2014, and he was diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma.

An 'invitation': Judge's comments in sex abuse case stir concern
Posted: May 02, 2016

A Northern Kentucky judge's comments after finding a former Xavier women's basketball coach not guilty of inappropriately touching a player have drawn widespread concern and some condemnation. The woman's father said in a recent interview that he was "disgusted" by Kenton County District Judge Ann Ruttle's statements from the bench April 11 when she announced the verdict. An official with the Cleveland-based Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence said they had been contacted about what Ruttle said.

Confederate memorial at U of L to be removed
Posted: May 02, 2016

Saying it no longer has a place in Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer and University of Louisville President James Ramsey announced Friday morning that the 121-year-old Confederate monument on the Belknap campus is being removed. The two gathered at the monument across from the Speed Art Museum on Third Street, joined by several city and university officials and U of L students.

Dixie Chicks adding 9 more dates to US tour
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 5:46 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Dixie Chicks are adding more concerts to their U.S. tour that starts this summer.

Stop the Frankfort bickering, go to work
Posted: May 02, 2016

It is quite obvious that there is no love lost between Gov. Matt Bevin and the Beshear family. That's a shame really, but it's a reality unfolding before our own eyes. In the past few weeks, some serious accusations have been made by Bevin against former Gov. Steve Beshear and his administration. And some serious allegations have been made against Bevin by Beshear's son, Attorney General Andy Beshear.

Dixie Chicks adding 9 more dates to US tour
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 5:33 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Dixie Chicks are adding more concerts to their U.S. tour that starts this summer.

Ethics law changes should safeguard public’s right to know
Posted: May 02, 2016

It’s nearly impossible to account for every instance when drafting and passing a law, and such is the situation with the ethics ordinance that covers local governments in Nelson County. The Board of Ethics for Bardstown, Fairfield and Nelson County is considering updating the county’s ethics ordinance, which has been on the books since 1995 and has gone through several revisions, the most recent of which was in 2011, when some minor changes were made.

Lawsuit planned to stop UofL Confederate monument removal
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 4:45 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Republican candidate for Congress says he will file a lawsuit to stop Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and University of Louisville President James Ramsey from removing a Confederate monument from the school's campus.

Governor's Derby Celebration to include mix of old, new
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 3:31 am

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Matt Bevin has extended an invitation to all Kentuckians to attend the annual Governor's Derby Celebration.

Democrat Hillary Clinton making campaign stops in Appalachia
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 3:06 am

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is making campaign stops in Appalachia this week, starting in Kentucky and West Virginia.

Sunday 05/01/2016
Blue spotlights dim at Browning Springs
Posted: May 01, 2016

After spending 30 days illuminated azure, the blue lights of Browning Springs Middle School have dimmed, and the school's first campaign to bring autism awareness to Hopkins County has come to a close.

KYTC crews compete in ROADEO
Posted: May 01, 2016

Employees with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 2 were given the opportunity to strut their stuff last week and show what the heavy machinery they use on a daily basis really could do.

KDCJT graduates 25 officers from basic training
Posted: May 01, 2016

RICHMOND -- Twenty-five law enforcement officers from agencies across the state graduated from basic training Friday at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Evening' game
Updated: May 01, 2016 - 10:30 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Sunday evening's drawing of the Kentucky Lottery's "Pick 3 Evening" game were:

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Evening' game
Updated: May 01, 2016 - 10:30 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Sunday evening's drawing of the Kentucky Lottery's "Pick 4 Evening" game were:

Kentucky Premiere wins title

The Kentucky Premier third grade travel team poses after winning the Third Annual Hilltopper Roundup Championship in Bowling Green last weekend. Front Row, From Left: Cash Harney, Braxton Floyd, Maddox Painter. Back Row, From Left: Cole Hunter, Jamison Minor, Mekhi Axson, Jaydon Axson. Photo provided by Roger Hunter 

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TODAY

• The Vocalists will sing at 2 p.m. today at New Lakeside General Baptist Church, which is located at 224 White City Road in Mortons Gap. Everyone is welcome.

MONDAY

• Baptist Health Madisonville will host a blood drive from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Tuesday at the blood bank, which is located at 900 Hospital Drive.

• The Parent-Teacher Association at Grapevine Elementary School will hold an election from 5-7 p.m. Monday to elect two parent members to the SBDM council.

• A history class on notable women in Hopkins County will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Regional Senior Citizens Center, which is located at 200 N. Main St. in Madisonville.

TUESDAY

• The Hopkins County Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a free seminar, "Chamber 101" for new, renewing and prospective members, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Chamber office, which is located at 15 E. Center St. in Madisonville.

• The Hopkins County Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting at noon Tuesday for the Hopkins County Schools Career and Technology Center, which is located at 1775 Patriot Drive in Madisonville. The public is invited to attend. An open house will follow from 3-6 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

• A Smack Down Trivia challenge will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Browning Springs Middle School. Four-person teams may sign up for $50 per team. Proceeds will go to benefit the BSMS Back Pack Program. Register by calling 270-825-4379 by April 29.

WEDNESDAY

• A camp meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. nightly Wednesday-May 6 at Grapevine Baptist Church, which is located at 85 Sandcut Road in Madisonville. The Tribute Quartet and Childress Family will sing each evening with the choir. Dr. Bob Morrison will preach every night. Everyone is welcome.

THURSDAY

• A National Day of Prayer will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the old courthouse in Madisonville. For more information, call Connie Harralson at 270-836-0362.

• The Hopkins County Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a Chamber After Hours event from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the office, which is located at 15 E. Center St. in Madisonville. The public is invited to attend. Representatives of, and information on, various networking events and small business resources will be available, including Innovative Hopkins County, Mad City Morning Mingle, Murray State University-Madisonville Small Business Development Center, the Minority Economic Development Council, Kentucky Innovation Network, Madisonville Community College and others. Assistance will be provided for those needing help with submitting their small business information to Google Search and Maps. For more information, call 270-821-3435.

FRIDAY

• The 2016 Women's Triangle Recovery House Golf Scramble will be held Friday at Madisonville Country Club, which is located at 105 Country Club Lane in Madisonville. A shotgun start will be at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call Mom Clayton at 270-339-3493 or Mike at 270-821-3700.

UPCOMING

• A singing will be held at 7 p.m. May 7 at Madison Avenue Church, which is located at 50 N. Madison Ave. in Madisonville. Southern Grace will be featured. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 270-836-5576 or 270-871-0041.

• The Hopkins County Republican Party will meet at 6 p.m. May 9 at Brothers Bar-B-Que. The meeting room will open at 5:30 p.m. The upcoming primary and general election plans will be discussed. Several candidates have been invited. For more information, call Carol Ligon at 270-871-8070.

• Baptist Health Madisonville will host a blood drive from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 10 in the Faull Room of the Baptist Health Clinic.

• Baptist Health Madisonville will host a blood drive from noon-6 p.m. May 11 at First Presbyterian Church, which is located at 260 W. McLaughlin in Madisonville.

• The Madisonville Noon Kiwanis annual Spring Barbecue Fest will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 12 behind the old historic courthouse in downtown Madisonville. Plates of chicken or pork, three sides and a drink are $8. All you can eat, either eat in or carry-out. Delivery is available for advance orders and should be made by noon that day. Call 270-836-7582, 270-871-9295 or 270-836-2281. Tickets are available from any Kiwanian, or on-site. All proceeds support Kiwanis youth programs and scholarships.

• The Muhlenberg Central High School class of 1966 will celebrate its 50th reunion at 5:30 p.m. May 14 at Short's Restaurant in Graham. Buffets are $16.50 each. RSVP to Paula Drake Martin at 615-476-1124 or Betty Jones Conkright at 270-929-5906 by April 25. All classes are invited to join.

• A homecoming will be held at 10 a.m. May 15 at Oakley Home General Baptist Church, which is located at 5525 Manitou Road/U.S. 630 in Manitou. A potluck meal will follow and music featuring the southern gospel group The Masseys. Pastor Gary Turner and congregation welcome everyone.

• Baptist Health Madisonville will host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m. May 17 at the Hopkins County YMCA, which is located at 150 YMCA Drive in Madisonville.

• Baptist Health Madisonville will host a blood drive from 9-11 a.m. May 19, 20 and 23 at the Madisonville Fire Department, which is located at 98 E. Center St.

• The 2016 Slaughters High School Reunion will be held at 11 a.m. May 21 in the fellowship hall of Slaughters First Baptist Church. For registration information, call Wilma Jean Coomes at 270-685-1842 or Laverne Blue at 270-884-3849.

• A Nebo alumni luncheon honoring the classes of 1936, 1946 and 1956 will be held at noon May 21 at Nebo Baptist Church, which is located at 230 S. Bernard St. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. Send reservations to Sharon Tompkins, 13351 St. Rt. 120 E. Slaughters, Kentucky 42456 or call 270-884-3473. Reservations are due May 11.

• A class reunion for West Hopkins High School class of 1970 will be held at 3 p.m. May 21 at Nebo Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, which is located at 230 S. Bernard St. in Nebo. For more information, call 270-836-1626.

• A Hanson alumni banquet will be held at 6 p.m. May 28 in the school gym. All graduates are welcome.

• The fourth-annual 9/11 Heroes Run will be held at 8 p.m. Sept. 10. The opening ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Hopkins County Justice Center, which is located at 120 E. Center St. in Madisonville. This year's guests of honor include retired New York City firefighters who responded to the Twin Towers. The event will benefit the Travis Manion Foundation and the Patrick Rudd Project. For more information, call 270-821-9622.

ONGOING

• The Hopkins County Community Clinic will host free health checks from 9 a.m.-noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month hosted by the Kentucky Career Center, which is located at 56 Federal St. in Madisonville. Screenings include blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol. Screenings are open to the public. For more information, call 270-824-3555 or 270-824-7562.

• The Public Library Development Foundation will host Flamingo Fun from April 4-June 27. Flocks of flamingos are available for birthdays, events, or just for fun. Flocks of 20 are available for $25, 30 for $40 and businesses may flock themselves for $5 per flamingo. Flocks will stay up for one week. Proceeds will support the Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library's wish list. Orders can be made a the library, Hopkins County Regional Chamber of Commerce and Big City Coffee Shop.

• The Hopkins County Community Clinic will host free health checks from 9 a.m.- noon on the second Tuesday of each month beginning April 12 at the Hopkins County Family YMCA, which is located at 150 YMCA Drive in Madisonville. Screenings include blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol. Screenings are open to the public. For more information, call 270-824-3555 or 270-821-9622.

• The Browder United Methodist Church Cemetery is accepting donations for maintenance and upkeep of the cemetery lawn. For more information, or to make a donation, contact Claudie Conrad at 801 Neelie Webb Road in Madisonville at 270-821-4846 or Wanda Blohm-French at 451 French Lane in Greenville.

Taking Off Pounds Sensibly #290 will meet at 9 a.m. every Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, which is located at 260 W. McLaughlin in Madisonville.

• The Show and Go Car Club cruise-ins will be held on the second Saturday of every month starting in April from 3-6 p.m. in April/October and 5-8 p.m. May-September at Brothers Bar-B-Que, which is located at 1055 N. Main St. #6 in Madisonville.

• The West Kentucky Photography Club will meet at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of every month in Room 214-215 of the Hatley Building, which is part of the Health Technology Campus at 750 Laffoon Street in Madisonville.

Door of Hope Pregnancy Care Center offers pregnancy testing and ultrasounds to those in unplanned and crisis pregnancy free of charge. Prenatal and parenting classes, and baby supplies are available through the Earn While You Learn Program for those who qualify. Call 270-821-9825 for an appointment or visit www.doorofhope.com.

• The Hopkins County Business and Professional Women's Club meets at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Oak Ridge Retirement Center, which is located at 750 Dodson Lane in Madisonville.

Greater Lighthouse Church in Madisonville is hosting a divorce care support group. For more information, call 270-619-0766.

• The PACS-HCAC is now able to offer more seniors in need services in their homes. These services include home-delivered meals, homemaking services, personal care and respite. For qualifications, call 866-844-4396.

Baptist Health Hospice is sponsoring a free adult grief group from 5:30-7:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Hospice House, which is located at 418 N. Scott St. in Madisonville. The group is open to the public. Sessions are facilitated by a professional counselor. For more information, call 270-326-4660.

• The Hopkins County Senior Center, which is located at 200 N. Main St. in Madisonville, will host the regular monthly meeting of the Hopkins/Muhlenberg Elder Abuse Council at 9 a.m. the first Tuesday of every month.

Earlington Elementary School's Site-Based Decision Making Council will meet at 3 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the school.

• A crocheting group that benefits Hospice patients and their families will meet from 10 a.m.-noon on the fourth Wednesday of the month at First Christian Church of Earlington, which is located at 215 E. Main St. Supplies are provided. For more information, call 270-383-5250.

1 Million Cups, an entrepreneurial networking program, will meet at 7:30 a.m. at Brothers Barbecue, which is located at 1055 N. Main St. in Madisonville, every Wednesday. The program will feature two new presenters each week.

"Focus on Hopkins County," seen on Time-Warner cable channel 14 and 16 and hosted by Tim Thomas, will air at 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays as well as 8 a.m Friday. It can also be seen nightly at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

"Angel of Ours," a grief support group, will meet at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month and at 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month at 1 N. Main St. in Madisonville.

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Cuddles from Cale is an ongoing support group that provides stuffed animals to children's charity groups, and groups for parents enduring the loss of a child through miscarriage or stillborn birth. For more information, visit www.cuddlesfromcale.

• A course in miracles study group will meet from 10:30 a.m.-noon. every Friday at 161 Sugg St. in Madisonville. For more information, call 270-871-7870.

Praise Temple Church, which is located at 725 W. Noel Ave. in Madisonville, will host a free lunch and Bible study at 11 a.m. every Monday. Ladies and children of all ages are welcome.

• A Hanson card-playing group welcomes community members to join its games from 2-4 p.m. every Friday at The Hub in Hanson. For more information, call Shirea Mills at 270-322-0131.

• The Hopkins County Bass Club will meet at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Brother's Barbecue in Madisonville

• The Pennyrile Dulcimer Club will practice from 1-3 p.m. every Tuesday and 6:30-8 p.m. every Thursday at Hanson Baptist Church. Instruments used include auto harp, banjammer, banjo, bass, bowed psaltery, fiddle guitar, harmonica, mandolin, penny whistle and ukulele percussion. For more information, call Kay Buskov at 270-825-3372.

Praise Temple Apostolic Church's Ladies Ministry is asking for donations of household goods, cleaning items, hygiene and toiletry products to help women in need. Donations can be picked up or dropped off. Donations should be placed in boxes or bags. For more information, call 270-875-7139.

Pennyrile Calendar on The Messenger's website, www.the-messenger.com. To add items to the online calendar or Town Crier, click the "submit event."

Saturday 04/30/2016
Big commercial trucks banned from Route 151 after accidents
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 11:31 am

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas has issued an order temporarily banning large commercial trucks from travelling on state Route 151 after a series of crashes there.

Local woman, 92, helps preserve the past
Posted: April 30, 2016

Frances Dame has quite a story to tell.

Local, region, state roundup: Earlington traffic stop leads to drug arrest
Posted: April 30, 2016

EARLINGTON -- A St. Charles resident has been charged with several drug-related offenses.

Hopkins District Court
Posted: April 30, 2016

The following pleaded guilty on April 11 in Hopkins District Court:

Police and Fire Reports
Posted: April 30, 2016

Madisonville Police Department

Customer Appreciation
Posted: April 30, 2016

Budget law might alter occupational tax
Posted: April 30, 2016

New budgeting legislation could affect Hopkins County's existing occupational tax rate, but officials have made it clear that the potential changes would not go into effect until the start of the new fiscal year.

Friday 04/29/2016
Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash Ball' game
Posted: April 29, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Kentucky Lottery's "Cash Ball" game were:

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Evening' game
Posted: April 29, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Kentucky Lottery's "Pick 3 Evening" game were:

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Evening' game
Posted: April 29, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Kentucky Lottery's "Pick 4 Evening" game were:

Winning numbers drawn in '5 Card Cash' game
Posted: April 29, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Kentucky Lottery's "5 Card Cash" game were:

Winning numbers drawn in 'Mega Millions' game
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 12:03 am

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the "Mega Millions" game were:

Clinton to campaign in Appalachia next week
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 6:33 pm

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Hillary Clinton will campaign in Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio next week, and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, will be in West Virginia on Sunday.

Vigil planned for 8 family members killed in Ohio massacre
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 1:31 pm

PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — A vigil is planned to remember eight family members killed in a shooting massacre in southern Ohio.

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Midday' game
Posted: April 29, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday afternoon's drawing of the Kentucky Lottery's "Pick 3 Midday" game were:

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Midday' game
Posted: April 29, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday afternoon's drawing of the Kentucky Lottery's "Pick 4 Midday" game were:

KY Lottery
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 12:03 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ These Kentucky lotteries were drawn Friday:

Officials set up temporary center to solve Benefind issues
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 9:48 am

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — State officials have created a "tactical operations center" meant to improve the flow of aid to Kentuckians in need.

Champion Homes to bring up to 150 jobs to Marshall County
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 9:48 am

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — Champion Home Builders Inc. will bring up to 150 jobs to Marshall County after deciding to invest $6.3 million in a production facility in Benton.

Officials vote Boyle County-wide 'dog' ordinance into law
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 9:17 am

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Boyle County-wide "dog" ordinance has been voted into law following months of discussion and several revisions.

Marshall ceramics event raises $17K for food pantry
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 4:16 am

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University ceramics students have raised $17,000 for a food pantry.

Jordan Smith, Kate Upton headlining Kentucky Oaks
Posted: April 29, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky native Jordan Smith will sing the national anthem at the Kentucky Oaks this year.

KSP: Man assaulted, tried to disarm trooper
Posted: April 29, 2016

A Madisonville man is facing numerous charges after allegedly running from and assaulting a member of the Kentucky State Police while under the influence of a controlled substance.

Providence man missing, KSP seeking help from public
Posted: April 29, 2016

The Kentucky State Police is asking for the public's help in locating a missing Princeton man.

Anonymous donor to match MCC scholarship donations
Posted: April 29, 2016

A mystery philanthropist is offering area residents a one-of-a-kind challenge -- double your money and help see single parents through college.

Local, region, state roundup: WKU plans tuition hike; cuts to address $6M shortfall
Posted: April 29, 2016

BOWLING GREEN -- Western Kentucky University will seek a 4.5 percent tuition increase and millions in program and staff cuts to address a $6 million shortfall for the 2016-17 fiscal years.

Tornado reportedly touches down
Posted: April 29, 2016

Supercell storms Wednesday resulted in reported funnel clouds across Hopkins County and a tornado touch-down in Earlington.

Photo of the Day
Posted: April 29, 2016

Customer Appreciation
Posted: April 29, 2016

The Messenger staff appreciates all of our customers. Today, we would like to thank Dorothy Travis of Madisonville for subscribing to the newspaper.

Stop and smell the roses
Posted: April 29, 2016

Correction
Posted: April 29, 2016

Hopkins County Sheriff Matt Sanderson said Wednesday that Madisonville Police Department responds to a yearly average of 700 calls related to incidents at Madisonville's Wal-Mart location. He said he would be requesting the addition of two extra deputies in the department's next budget. George Pointer, a Hanson resident who spoke Tuesday during a Hanson City Commission meeting, is a Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officer.

Police Reports
Posted: April 29, 2016

Madisonville Police Department

Sharing plans for the future
Posted: April 29, 2016

National Poetry Month Poem of the Day
Posted: April 29, 2016

National Poetry Month Poem of the Day

Thursday 04/28/2016
Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash Ball' game
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 10:30 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Kentucky Lottery's "Cash Ball" game were:

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Evening' game
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 10:30 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Kentucky Lottery's "Pick 4 Evening" game were:

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Evening' game
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 10:30 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Kentucky Lottery's "Pick 3 Evening" game were:

Winning numbers drawn in '5 Card Cash' game
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 10:30 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Kentucky Lottery's "5 Card Cash" game were:

Winning numbers drawn in 'Lucky For Life' game
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 10:30 pm

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the "Lucky For Life" game were:

Man charged with stealing $23,000 from woman on social media
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 7:45 pm

NEW CARROLLTON, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police have arrested a man they say fraudulently obtained $23,000 from a woman he contacted on social media.

Universities plan tuition hikes after state funding cuts
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 6:25 pm

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky universities are beginning to raise tuition in the wake of decreased funding from the state.

The Latest: Eastern Kentucky University joins tuition hikes
Posted: April 28, 2016

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Kentucky colleges and universities increasing tuition (all times local):

1st funeral held for victims of Ohio slayings that killed 8
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 2:19 pm

SOUTH SHORE, Ky. (AP) — Amid extra security, a funeral has been held for one of eight people shot in rural southern Ohio in what authorities describe as a cold-blooded massacre targeting one family.

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Midday' game
Posted: April 28, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday afternoon's drawing of the Kentucky Lottery's "Pick 3 Midday" game were:

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Midday' game
Posted: April 28, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday afternoon's drawing of the Kentucky Lottery's "Pick 4 Midday" game were:

KY Lottery
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 10:30 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ These Kentucky lotteries were drawn Thursday:

Louisville tool lets residents map, compare internet speeds
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 11:49 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville is launching a free tool that will let the city's internet users record and map their connection speeds.

Correction: Bevin-Vetoes story
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 10:48 am

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In a story April 27 about Gov. Matt Bevin's budget vetoes, The Associated Press erroneously identified the current Commissioner for the Department of Vehicle Regulation and misspelled the former commissioner's name. The new commissioner is John-Mark Hack, whose appointment was announced Wednesday. Rodney Kuhl, now the former commissioner, made his comments to state lawmakers last month.

Tennessee man leads Kentucky police on high speed chase
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 9:33 am

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Portland, Tennessee, man faces multiple charges after leading police on a high speed chase in Kentucky.

Chelsea Clinton heads to Kentucky to open campaign office
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 4:47 am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has plans to visit Kentucky this week.

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