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Tuesday 06/02/2015
School board mulls policy change
Posted: June 02, 2015

The Hopkins County Board of Education considered adopting 2015 Kentucky School Boards Association policy and procedure updates Monday during a meeting.

War stories recounted by aspiring teacher
Posted: June 02, 2015

A Henderson native and aspiring history teacher met with community members at the Regional Senior Citizens Center in Madisonville to regale them with the tale of her great-grandmother's life during World War II.

KSP investigating death of elderly woman
Posted: June 02, 2015

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City adopts $65.6 million budget
Posted: June 02, 2015

Madisonville City Council adopted its $65.6 million fiscal year 2015-16 budget Monday during a meeting.

Monday 06/01/2015
Conway defends donations from 'political ally' whose company was subject of state audit
Posted: June 01, 2015

FRANKFORT — In early 2011, Attorney General Jack Conway decided he lacked probable cause to act on a state audit that criticized public business deals worth tens of millions of dollars at an Eastern Kentucky utility company and questioned improper bidding procedures, violations of the Open Meetings Act and possible conflicts of interest.

South-central Kentucky man pleads not guilty to kidnapping
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 7:02 pm

GLASGOW, Ky. (AP) — A south-central Kentucky man whose girlfriend's daughter was found dead in a well has pleaded not guilty to a kidnapping charge in another case.

Big-name coaches nonplussed by shorter shot clock
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 7:02 pm

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — John Calipari bluntly downplayed the effect a shorter shot clock might have on college basketball.

Either way, no more NSA collection of US phone records
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 7:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — However Congress resolves its impasse over government surveillance, this much is clear: The National Security Agency will ultimately be out of the business of collecting and storing Americans' calling records.

Big-name coaches nonplussed by shorter shot clock
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 7:02 pm

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — John Calipari says shortening the shot clock to 30 seconds won't have any impact on college basketball.

Louisville inmate dies after apparently hanging himself
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 5:01 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Officials say a 35-year-old inmate in Louisville has died after apparently hanging himself.

American Pharoah works out in morning showers at Churchill
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 5:01 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — American Pharoah let morning showers roll right off him at Churchill Downs in his final workout before the Belmont Stakes and his shot at the Triple Crown.

Grimes travels to China for economic development trip
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 4:00 pm

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is in China this week to tout Kentucky's business climate and economic development opportunities.

74-year-old man stabbed to death at Louisville gas station
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 4:00 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville Metro Police say a 74-year-old man was stabbed to death inside a convenience store.

Jockey Victor Espinoza taking 3rd aim at Triple Crown win
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 3:07 pm

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Victor Espinoza is oozing confidence a year after his hopes of riding a Triple Crown winner were dashed in the Belmont Stakes.

Lawsuit filed over suspension of disability benefits
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 1:01 pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed to stop the Social Security Administration from suspending disability benefits for residents in eastern Kentucky.

Woman killed after jumping off bridge
Posted: June 01, 2015

HENDERSON, Ky - An elderly woman jumped to her death from one of the Twin Bridges Saturday morning.

Officers shoot Georgetown man who raised weapon at them
Posted: June 01, 2015

Kentucky State Police shot a man at about 10 p.m. Sunday on the banks of North Elkhorn Creek, according to authorities.

Coalition says new evidence proves Forest Service logging intent
Posted: June 01, 2015

GOLDEN POND, Ky. – The Coalition for the Preservation of Land Between the Lakes released a series of documents over the weekend, calling out the U.S. Forest Service for ongoing management practices there.

New child-care ratings put focus on quality
Posted: June 01, 2015

Parents will soon have a better way to gauge the quality of most child-care and early education programs in Kentucky thanks to an overhaul of the state's system for evaluating providers.

University's $45.8M 2015-16 budget to include personnel cuts
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 12:04 pm

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse has outlined plans for next year's $45.8 million operating budget, which includes cuts to faculty and staff jobs.

Police prepare for June bike rally
Posted: June 01, 2015

As law enforcement agencies prepare for the Harley-Davidson Summer Shootout & Rally at Bowling Green's Beech Bend Park next month, they are not anticipating any outbreak of violence, like the Waco, Texas, shootout between rival biker gangs and police that left nine dead and many others wounded earlier this month.

Altered herpes virus used to fight melanoma
Posted: June 01, 2015

Shari Wells vividly recalls sitting with doctors at the University of Louisville's James Graham Brown Cancer Center and learning that her melanoma was so dangerous and advanced that she likely had less than six months to live.

New child-care ratings to help parents, improve quality
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 12:04 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky parents will soon have a better way to gauge the quality of most child care and early education programs in the state.

Police: Woman punched, dragged out of Kroger
Posted: June 01, 2015

A Pembroke woman was charged with wanton endangerment after she punched another woman in a Hopkinsville Kroger, put her in a headlock and dragged her out of the store, according to a Hopkinsville police report.

Bevin on 'Team Mitch' at Lincoln Day Dinner
Posted: June 01, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin on Saturday tried to diffuse lingering questions about whether he had the full support of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell during the annual Republican Party of Kentucky's annual Lincoln Day Dinner, which was billed as a unity rally.

Police shoot burglary suspect in central Kentucky
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 9:07 am

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police say officers have shot and critically injured a burglary suspect in central Kentucky.

Authorities say Paducah man set house on fire
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 7:01 am

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A McCracken County man was arrested after authorities say he set fire to a residence in Paducah.

Utilities add texting option to report outages
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 7:01 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville Gas and Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities Co. have launched a new way for customers to report power outages.

Henderson company adding 14 jobs at plant
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 7:01 am

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — A western Kentucky plant is adding more jobs to its operation making van bodies and trailers.

Louisville park hosting Great American Campout event
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 7:01 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville park is hosting a night of camping in June as part of a national celebration.

EPA awards brownfields grants in Kentucky
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 7:01 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Federal environmental officials are awarding $1 million in brownfields grants to four recipients in Kentucky.

GOP attack on water rule part of wider bid to 'rein in' EPA
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 6:01 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says a new federal rule regulating small streams and wetlands will protect the drinking water of more than 117 million people in the country.

Batman, Superman collectibles on deck at Slugger museum
Posted: June 01, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A museum dedicated to the Louisville Slugger baseball bat is taking a swing at pop culture with an exhibit that features TV and movie memorabilia from decades past.

Paul ready for stand on Patriot Act
Posted: June 01, 2015

NEWPORT – Planners scheduled Saturday's event for U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie to announce his endorsement of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for president two months ago. Yet the timing could not have been better for the Paul campaign to show off what it hopes is the anti-establishment stance that could draw new blood to the Republican Party.

Sunday 05/31/2015
Madisonville resident visits Frankfort to honor great-grandfather at service
Posted: May 31, 2015

A Madisonville resident attended a special memorial service honoring, among others, his great-grandfather after he was contacted by the Hopkins County Genealogical Society about the event.

Local, region, state roundup: Motel shooting investigation could take weeks
Posted: May 31, 2015

OWENSBORO — The Kentucky State Police investigation into a standoff and shooting at an Owensboro Motel 6 could take weeks to complete as KSP officials review evidence and witness statements and wait for the medical examiner's official report, a KSP spokesman said Thursday.

Parts of post-Sept. 11 Patriot Act expire as Senate fails to act before midnight
Posted: May 31, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Parts of post-Sept. 11 Patriot Act expire as Senate fails to act before midnight.

Radford-Vanderbilt regional game postponed by rain
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 12:04 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Regional championship round baseball game between Vanderbilt and Radford has been postponed by rain.

Oliver's Tale wins Siren Lure Stakes at Santa Anita
Updated: May 31, 2015 - 11:01 pm

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Oliver's Tale led all the way to win the $75,000 Siren Lure Stakes by a nose Sunday at Santa Anita.

2016 hopefuls parade on the Sunday morning shows
Updated: May 31, 2015 - 5:01 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders is itching to debate and not just with other Democrats running for the party's presidential nomination. He says Democratic and Republican contenders should be debating each other during the primary season, too.

Researchers use altered herpes virus to fight skin cancer
Updated: May 31, 2015 - 4:00 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Researchers are using a modified version of the herpes virus to fight the deadliest form of skin cancer, which strikes about 70,000 Americans a year.

Something magical: man's laser light shows seen around world
Updated: May 31, 2015 - 1:02 pm

STANFORD, Ky. (AP) — Seeing life in lights and color is something Sam McGee understands.

Customer Appreciation
Posted: May 31, 2015

The Messenger staff appreciates all of its customers. Today, we would like to personally thank Graham W. Mintz of Princeton for subscribing to the newspaper.

Meetings This Week
Posted: May 31, 2015

Monday

Louisville convention center to close for 2-year remodel
Posted: May 31, 2015

LOUISVILLE — Plans to shut down the Kentucky International Convention Center for two years while it undergoes an expansion have downtown business owners worried about the economic impact on the neighborhood.

Town Crier
Posted: May 31, 2015

TODAY

Kentucky GOP embraces Bevin's candidacy at annual dinner
Posted: May 31, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — In one year, Matt Bevin has gone from party crasher to party leader.

Lexington Girl Scout leader accused of stealing cookie money
Posted: May 31, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A former Girl Scout troop leader in Lexington is accused of stealing nearly $4,000 in cookie money.

$2.5M donation to UK college no longer tied to Ayn Rand
Posted: May 31, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics will no longer have to create reading room named after controversial free-market advocate and novelist Ayn Rand as a requirement of a $2.5 million donation from BB&T.

City, county schools to offer summer meals
Posted: May 31, 2015

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School cafeteria worker Connie Williams knows the need for food doesn't go away once summer break begins because "there's so many kids that go hungry when they're not in school." She has been helping prepare for the school's summer feeding program.

North Graduates

Madisonville-North Hopkins High School Senior Class President Jordan McCay welcomes a large crowd and 236 graduating seniors Thursday night to the school's 111th annual Commencement Exercises, which were held in MNHHS's gymnasium. Jessica Dockrey, The Messenger 

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Hopkins County Drug Court is grillin' for Christmas fundraiser

From left, Hopkins County Drug Court Director Tara Toliver and Recovery Coach Morton Terpening work the grill Wednesday during the group's "Christmas in May" barbecue-based fundraiser. Proceeds collected during the event will go toward purchasing Christmas gifts and holiday dinners for program participants and their children. Luke Short, The Messenger 

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TODAY

• Mark and Janet Layman of Oklahoma will speak at the Nebo Christian Church about mission work this morning. Mark will speak at the Mortons Gap Christian Church this evening. All are welcome.

• Concord Baptist Church in White Plains will be celebrating their homecoming at 10 a.m. today. Special music will be presented by the Pennyrile Dulcimer Club and Alexis Herron. Worship service starts at 11 a.m. and the sermon will be by the Rev. John Harris, former pastor. There will be a meal for all members and guests following the worship service.

MONDAY

• The Regional Senior Citizens Center will host a history class at 10 a.m. Monday at 200 N. Main St. in Madisonville. Former history teacher Bailey Ayer, of Henderson, will present a class on the life of her great-grandmother in Germany during WWII. For more information, contact Spencer Brewer at 270-543-5326.

TUESDAY

• A UCHA used book sale will be held from 9 a.m.-noon June 2 at the First Methodist Church gym located on South Scott Street. There will be used home school curriculum and school supplies.

• A "Create Your Future" women's conference will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Ballard Convention Center in Madisonville. The conference will begin with a panel discussion of business leaders, followed by a luncheon at 11:45 a.m. and culminating with a keynote address by Laura Benson, founder and CEO of Filly Flair, a clothing and accessories company. The event is open to the public at $20 per person. Reservations must be made in advance. For more information, contact Ruthann Padgett at 270-821-1939.

• Hopkins County Central High School's Advisory Council will meet at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the HCCHS Site-Based room.

WEDNESDAY

• The City of Nortonville will be participating in the 41 yard sale on June 26 and 27. Yard sale spaces will be available starting Wednesday, weather permitting.

THURSDAY

• The Prosody Club will meet at noon at a member's home for the Thursday meeting for refreshments, poetry readings and a program. The club is for women who love poetry. Meetings will resume in September. For more information, contact Teresa Ball at 270-339-0404.

• Hearing Solutions will offer free hearing and ear wax checkups Thursday at Greenville Apartments located at 100 Pritchett Drive. If you have both Medicare and Medicaid you may qualify for free hearing aids, vision and dental care. There will be giveaways and a $25 cash drawing. For more information, call 270-824-8288.

UPCOMING

• Hearing Solutions will offer free hearing and ear wax checkups June 5 at the Madisonville Senior Citizens Center on Main Street. If you have both Medicare and Medicaid you may qualify for free hearing aids, vision and dental care. There will be giveaways and a $25 cash drawing. For more information, call 270-824-8288.

• The Stone Family will be singing June 6 at Madison Avenue Holiness Church located at 50 N. Madison Ave., Madisonville. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Red Reynolds at 270-836-5576.

•The Lakeshore Invitational will be held June 6 and 7 at the Lakeshore Country Club. Saturday tee time is 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday tee times will be determined by score (leaders going off at 2 p.m.) Cost is $80 per man (does not include cart). All prizes and flights will be determined by the number of entries. For more information, call the country club at 270-821-2069 or Larry O'Bryan at 270-836-1095.

• Suthards Baptist Church, with Bro. George Brooks, Pastor, will have a homecoming at 11 a.m. June 7 at Highway 112 in Earlington. Guest speaker will be Bro. Ronnie Stinson. Singing will be at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is invited.

• There will be a retirement reception for Lonnie Burgett from 2-4:30 p.m. June 7 at the Earlington Elementary School gymnasium. "Mr. B" Burgett has served in various positions at North Calloway Elementary, South Hopkins High School, Webster County High School and Mayfield Independent School district. Burgett will be ending his 41-year career June 30. Those who knew Burgett as a teacher, coach or friend is invited to attend.

• Rose Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church, located at Highway 1034 in Nebo, will have homecoming June 7. Special singing by Shannon Sheridan. A memorial service in the morning, service with a potluck lunch to follow at 11 a.m.

• A Jr./Sr. High youth camp for grades 6-12 will be held from June 8-12 at Camp Clark in Dixon. The theme is "Divergent: One Choice that can Transform Your Life." Daily Bible study. Nightly worship services. Sixty-five obstacle course, bounce houses, zipline, fishing, games and more. Registration is $40 for the week. For more information, visit http://sites.google.com/sites/campclarkjrsr
youthcamp/home.

• Baptist Health Madisonville will host a blood drive from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 10 at the Baptist Health Medical Associates Building on the eighth floor of the Trover Tower.

• The Pennyroyal Herb Club will sponsor the 17th annual garden tour (rain or shine) at 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 6 with eight gardens. All gardens are located in the west or north side of town. Headquarters is the Laffoon Log Cabin, 107 Union St., with a plant sale and free tours of the cabin. Tour tickets are $10 which includes a benefit for Munn's Historic School. Advanced tickets may be purchased at Exotic Florists and Metcalfe's Garden Center. On tour day, tickets will be available at the Laffoon Log Cabin garden site or at any garden on the tour.

• The Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. June 8 for the new location and grand opening of Studio One Massage, which is located at 50 Pritchett Ave., Suite E, Madisonville. The public is invited to attend.

• The second-annual "Pop a Cork for Alz" wine tasting fundraiser will be held from 6-8 p.m. June 11 at Eddy Grove Vineyard, The Timberdoodle Restaurant, at 300 Martin Road in Princeton. Booths will include Origami Owl, Initial Outfitters, Younique, Rodan + Fields, Thirty One, Southern Gals Boutique and Windy Oaks Farm homemade goat milk soap and more. There will also be various prize raffles. All proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association - Louisville chapter. One $25 ticket includes five wine tastings and five appetizers. Contact Stephanie Gamblin to purchase a ticket at 270-836-9801. Tickets must be purchased by June 1.

• The Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. June 11 for the grand opening for the new Verizon Wireless Zone on Madison Square Drive. The public is invited to attend.

• Shekinah Glory Ministries will have a cornfield tent revival at 7 p.m. nightly June 11-15. Derek Kelly will be at 4925 Dawson Springs Road in Hopkinsville June 11, and at the revival tent located at 4400 Witty Lane in Hopkinsville June 12-13. Troy Long will be at the revival tent June 14-15.

• Grapevine Baptist Church Women's Ministry will host women's speaker and author Lisa Harper from 7-9 p.m. June 12 at 85 Sandcut Road in Madisonville. Doors open at 6 p.m. A breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. June 13, with a conference following from 9 a.m.-noon. Doors will open at 8 a.m. Tickets are available at the church for $25 in advance, or $30 the day of the conference. For more information contact Amanda Lampton at gbcwomensenrichment@gmail.com or call 270-821-5117.

• Elm Grove Methodist Church will host a free clothing drive from 8 a.m.-noon June 13 at the church on Neelie Webb Road in Anton.

• The Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. June 15 for the new location of Flax and Wool, which is at 13 Sugg St. Madisonville. The public is invited to attend.

• Baptist Health Madisonville will host a blood drive from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 16 at Parkway Plaza Mall.

• Baptist Health Madisonville will host a Madisonville civics clubs blood drive from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 18 at the Madisonville Lions Den.

• The family of Madisonville residents William Richard "Red" and Johnny Pauline Benton will gather for a reunion at 10 a.m. June 20 at the Audubon State Park in Henderson. More than 260 descendants are invited to attend. The event is being catered, and those who turn out are asked to bring a side dish. For more information, contact Russell Rowley at 352-373-8344 or russrowley@yahoo.com.

• The Cartwright, Egbert and Hancock family reunion will be held from noon-4 p.m. June 20 at the Liberty Baptist Church activity building. Lunch will be at 1 p.m. Bring pictures or anything else to be shared. For more information, call 270-821-7999 or 270-326-2063.

• Baptist Health Madisonville will host a Christ the King blood drive from 4-8 p.m. at the Christ the King Parish Hall.

• The Madisonville-North Hopkins High School Lady Maroon volleyball team will host a Li'l Spikers Kids Camp for girls ages second throughfifth grade from 9 a.m.-noon June 23 and 24. Registration is $50 and includes a T-shirt, personal volleyball and instruction from coaches and players over the basic fundamentals and rules of the game. For more information call Coach Mike Zimmer at 270-825-6017 Monday-Friday during school hours or email michael.zimmer@hopkins.kyschools.us to receive an entry form. Forms are due June 5

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• Baptist Health Madisonville will host a blood drive from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. June 24 and June 25 at the Baptist Health Blood Bank located on the first floor of the hospital.

• Hearing Solutions will hold an Open House on June 26. Lunch will be provided, free hearing and ear wax checks will be offered and 97.7 will attend. If you have both Medicare and Medicaid, learn how to qualify for free hearing aids, vision and dental care. There will be giveaways and a drawing for $25 cash.

• Hopkins County Farm Pride Day will be held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 27 at the Hopkins County Fairgrounds, located at 605 E. Arch St. in Madisonville. Admission is free. There will be a wide variety of activities including tractor displays, demonstrations, planting and gardening information.

• Mt. Gilead Church will host a "Running for Missions 5k" race July 18 at the church located at 2777 Mt. Gilead-Mt. Pleasant Road in Slaughters. Registration is $20 at 7 a.m. on the day of the event with the race beginning at 8 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the church's mission trip to Honduras.

ONGOING

• Madisonville Elks Lodge #738 is conducting a Food Drive for the Hopkins County Foodbank. Dropoff boxes located in front of Elks Lodge and inside the vestibule. Canned foods, boxed meals, peanut butter, jelly, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. are needed. Collection continues until July 31. For more information, contact Teresa Cabbage at 407-619-2716.

• Elizabeth's House, a women's shelter in Nebo, is in need of female Christian volunteers for daytime and evening hours. For more information, contact Anna Beth Parish at 270-249-0008 or 270-871-5887.

• The Hopkins County Senior Center, 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 SBDM Council will meet at 3 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the school.

• The Hopkins County Community Clinic will be providing free flu vaccines from 9 a.m.-noon every Wednesday at the clinic, located at 638 N. Franklin St. in Madisonville. Patients may receive a vaccine at a regularly scheduled appointment or on a "walk in" basis. For more information, call 270-824-3555.

• A crocheting group that benefits Hospice patients and their families will meet at 10 a.m. until noon on the fourth Wednesday of the month at First Christian Church of Earlington, 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, 1055 N. Main St., every Wednesday with 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.

• 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, 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 6-8 p.m. every Thursday at Hanson Baptist Church in Hanson. Auto harp, banjammer, banjo, bass, bowed psaltery, fiddle guitar, harmonica, mandolin, penny whistle, ukulele percussion and vocals. 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.

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Sunday 05/31/2015
City, county schools to offer summer meals
Posted: May 31, 2015

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School cafeteria worker Connie Williams knows the need for food doesn't go away once summer break begins because "there's so many kids that go hungry when they're not in school." She has been helping prepare for the school's summer feeding program.

'Boscoe' showcased in documentary
Posted: May 31, 2015

The story of a barefoot, blues-playing musician from Hopkins County is coming to the small screen this week.

Saturday 05/30/2015
Louisville convention center to close for 2-year remodel
Updated: May 30, 2015 - 3:00 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Plans to shut down the Kentucky International Convention Center for two years while it undergoes an expansion have downtown business owners worried about the economic impact on the neighborhood.

Lawsuits claim migrant Kentucky tobacco workers mistreated
Updated: May 30, 2015 - 4:03 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Lawsuits filed against five Kentucky tobacco farms claim they exploited migrant workers by paying substandard wages, providing squalid housing and threatening some with jail or deportation if they complained.

Kentucky overhauling broken system of testing rape kits
Updated: May 30, 2015 - 6:01 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Michelle Kuiper remembers the cold table against her back, how she laid there so long the blood on her legs dried and cracked. The white box the doctor was filling, labeled "rape kit," seemed impossibly small for its purpose.

Bears show up at 2 Letcher County schools
Updated: May 30, 2015 - 12:03 pm

WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP) — Bears were spotted at two Letcher County schools this week.

Lane restriction along Pennyrile Parkway
Posted: May 30, 2015

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to add a southbound lane and load width restriction along the Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway in Hopkins County starting Monday.

Hanson rezoning request withdrawn
Posted: May 30, 2015

A rezoning request that prompted concern from several Hanson residents earlier this week has been withdrawn.

Noon Kiwanis Club Judge educates members on Iran
Posted: May 30, 2015

After returning from a trip to Iran, retired judge Charles Boteler shared his insights on relations between the country and America with an area civic club.

Local, region, state roundup: LG&E, KU offer texting option for customers
Posted: May 30, 2015

LOUISVILLE — Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are adding a tool to the utilities' portfolio of communication options to keep customers informed during outage and restoration events. The company's Outage Texting offers critical information to customers, right on their mobile device, according to a release.

Town Crier
Posted: May 30, 2015

SUNDAY

Police and Fire Reports
Posted: May 30, 2015

The Madisonville Police Department released the following reports Friday:

Customer Appreciation
Posted: May 30, 2015

The Messenger staff appreciates all of its customers. Today, we would like to personally thank Linda Anzalone of Dawson Springs for subscribing to the newspaper.

After more than 50 years, operator's death signals closing of Ideal Station
Posted: May 30, 2015

A popular Madisonville gas station and garage will be hanging up the pump after serving the community for more than 50 years.

Friday 05/29/2015
Hairston leads Louisville past Morehead State 7-2
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 11:02 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Freshman Devin Hairston had four hits to lead Louisville to a 7-2 win over Morehead State in the first round of the Louisville Regional on Friday night.

Bolo wins feature on turf at Santa Anita
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 11:02 pm

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Bolo won the $65,000 feature by 2 3/4 lengths Friday at Santa Anita in his first race since finishing 12th in the Kentucky Derby on May 2.

SEC adopts 'serious misconduct' rule for transfers
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 8:04 pm

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference has adopted a rule prohibiting its schools from enrolling student-athletes with "serious misconduct" issues at previous colleges.

Obama: 'Handful of senators' standing in way of Patriot Act
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 8:04 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blaming a "handful of senators" for stalled national security legislation, President Barack Obama said Friday he has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to take action swiftly to extend key Patriot Act provisions.

SEC's Slive steps down amid record revenue, new conduct rule
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 7:00 pm

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive unexpectedly stepped down Friday, just minutes after announcing record revenue and a groundbreaking rule.

Police identify man killed at eastern Kentucky surface mine
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 7:00 pm

PHELPS, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police have identified a man who died after an accident at a surface mine in eastern Kentucky.

Report: Health insurer Humana considering a sale
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 6:02 pm

Humana shares soared well beyond all-time high prices Friday afternoon on speculation that the company, one of the nation's biggest health insurers, might be up for sale.

After close primary, Kentucky governor's race gets underway
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 6:02 pm

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — James Comer conceded, Matt Bevin accepted and Kentucky's race for governor finally got underway Friday following a tumultuous primary that left Democrats giddy and Republicans focused on uniting their scattered base.

Lawsuits allege abuse of foreign farm workers in Kentucky
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 5:03 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Mexican fieldworkers lured through a guest worker program to do sweaty, back-aching work in Kentucky tobacco fields were paid far less than their guaranteed wages and lived in rat-infested housing, according to federal lawsuits against a half-dozen farmers.

Paducah top Kentucky town for millennials
Posted: May 29, 2015

Being listed as the top Kentucky town for millennials could help Paducah attract more young professionals to the area, according to the research website that compiled the ranking.

Owensboro Health plans more outpatient facilities
Posted: May 29, 2015

Owensboro Health is moving ahead with plans to build five outpatient facilities in Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins and Muhlenberg counties.

Motel shooting investigation could take weeks
Posted: May 29, 2015

The Kentucky State Police investigation into a standoff and shooting at an Owensboro Motel 6 could take weeks to complete as KSP officials review evidence and witness statements and wait for the medical examiner's official report, a KSP spokesman said Thursday.

Comer concedes to Matt Bevin, 'enthusiastically' supports GOP nominee for governor
Posted: May 29, 2015

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer conceded to the GOP nominee Matt Bevin Friday morning, solidifying the Bevin-Jack Conway contest to replace outgoing Gov. Steve Beshear. Conway is the current Democrat attorney general.

2 men plead not guilty in Kentucky bourbon theft ring
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 4:01 pm

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The final two of nine defendants originally charged in a central Kentucky bourbon theft ring have pleaded not guilty.

Bob Baffert grows into racing's grateful elder statesman
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 4:01 pm

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Bob Baffert came blasting into thoroughbred racing in Southern California talking smack. Wearing a cowboy hat and boots, he had already conquered the quarter horse world and was ready to take aim at the bigger money and prestige offered by training regally-bred thoroughbreds.

Ky. police accused of shipping mentally ill man to Florida
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 3:05 pm

CARROLLTON, Ky. (AP) — A published report says the Kentucky Attorney General's office is investigating a police department after a mentally ill jail inmate was shipped to Florida instead of to a mental hospital for an evaluation.

West Broadway Elementary to hold principal selection meeting
Posted: May 29, 2015

The West Broadway Elementary School Site-Based Decision Making Council has announced that it will hold a principal selection meeting.

Hanson to hold hearing, first reading for budget
Posted: May 29, 2015

A public hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday in the meeting room of Hanson City Hall to accept written or spoken comments regarding the city's proposed 2015-2016 fiscal year budget.

Parents plead not guilty in death of child
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 11:00 am

HINDMAN, Ky. (AP) — The parents of an eastern Kentucky infant have pleaded not guilty in her death.

Kentucky farm's horse statue serves as stand-in at NY park
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 11:00 am

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A Kentucky thoroughbred farm's statue of a famous breeding stallion is serving as a stand-in for a new feature being unveiled at a New York park.

Distillery plans $55M expansion in 2 Kentucky counties
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 10:00 am

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (AP) — A Lawrenceburg distillery is planning a $55 million expansion in Bullitt and Anderson counties, including a new still and more warehouses to age its bourbon.

Third man charged with deadly stabbing of delivery driver
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 7:02 am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A third man was charged with in the slaying last month of a Pizza Hut delivery driver.

DHL plans $108 million expansion in northern Kentucky
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 6:00 am

HEBRON, Ky. (AP) — DHL Express plans to invest $108 million to expand its hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and add up to 50 jobs.

Local option vote set in Marshall County
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 6:00 am

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — Marshall County Judge-Executive Chyrill Miller has set a vote for July on the question of whether to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in the western Kentucky county.

Brown-Forman closes on property for new distillery
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 5:01 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Spirits maker Brown-Forman Corp. has closed on downtown Louisville property that will become a distillery to make Old Forester bourbon.

Four-wheeler, foot chase leads to multiple charges
Posted: May 29, 2015

A Hopkins County resident who allegedly ran from police on a stolen four-wheeler while under the influence of methamphetamine is facing a multiple criminal charges.

Local, region, state roundup: Kentucky to receive part of settlement with pharmaceutical firm
Posted: May 29, 2015

FRANKFORT — Attorney General Jack Conway announced an agreement in principle to settle kickback claims against Accredo Health Group Inc. The settlement will resolve allegations that Accredo recommended the drug Exjade to Medicaid patients in exchange for kickbacks from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, which markets the drug.

Fort Campbell to build state's largest solar array
Posted: May 29, 2015

Officials at Fort Campbell broke ground Wednesday on what is to become Kentucky's largest solar power array, designed to eventually generate 5 megawatts of electricity and provide power to a portion of the post.

1 killed in accident at surface mine in eastern Kentucky
Posted: May 29, 2015

PHELPS, Ky. (AP) — Officials say a surface coal miner has died in an accident in eastern Kentucky.

Customer Appreciation
Posted: May 29, 2015

The Messenger staff appreciates all of its customers. Today, we would like to personally thank Doris B. Thomas of Princeton for subscribing to the newspaper.

Restaurant Inspections
Posted: May 29, 2015

The Hopkins County Health Department conducted the following food service establishment inspections through May 27. A minimum score of 85 with no critical violations is considered passing.

Relay For Life to be held today
Posted: May 29, 2015

More than 300 participants will come together for Hopkins County's Relay for Life to help the organization raise money in the fight against cancer.

State officials want river off warning list
Posted: May 29, 2015

LOUISVILLE — Kentucky officials are trying to get the lower half of the Ohio River removed from a list of state waterways that warn people against eating fish possibly contaminated with mercury. Still, experts disagree on just how safe it is to eat fish from the river.

Kentucky notified of sewage leak in river 2 months later
Posted: May 29, 2015

LOUISVILLE — Kentucky officials are upset that it took two months for anyone in Virginia to tell them about the millions of gallons of sewage pouring into the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River and across the state line.

Woman dies in crash involving train in southwest Louisville
Posted: May 29, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Authorities have identified a woman who died after her SUV was hit by a train in southwest Louisville.

Va. waited 2 months to notify Ky. of sewage leak into river
Posted: May 29, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials are upset that it took two months for anyone in Virginia to tell them about the millions of gallons of sewage pouring into the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River and across the state line.

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