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In the midst of one of the most challenging times in recent memory, everyone seems to be finding ways to help their neighbors, said Cameron Edwards, development manager of the Baptist Health Charitable Foundation.

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President Trump signed a coronavirus economic stimulus bill Friday, after the House approved it by voice vote. Western Kentucky’s congressman figuratively held his nose as he did.

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When I wrote my last column, I was just finishing up going to the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) basketball tournament and was making preparations to attend my first ever Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) tournament.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, health care workers, first responders, corrections officers and those who work for the Department of Community Based Services have their mission: To keep the commonwealth safe and slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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In the classroom, teachers have a routine. They set their classroom standards and expectations early, but now teachers are adjusting to the new, for now, normal, Non-Traditional Instruction.

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Thursday was the warmest day of the year in Madisonville. But parents who took their children to city parks to enjoy the 80-degree sunshine might have been stunned and disappointed.

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If you’re going to stay at home due to the coronavirus, you might as well fulfill another government requirement while you’re there.

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The most unwanted visitor in modern Hopkins County history officially arrived late Wednesday — what President Trump has called the invisible enemy.

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Kentucky might be a “Bible Belt” state. But right now, church sanctuaries largely are closed to the public while liquor stores are open.

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During a special called meeting Tuesday night, the Hopkins County Board of Education unanimously approved the inaction of provisions outlined in Kentucky Senate Bill 177, which was unanimously passed by both the House and the Senate Monday and signed by Gov. Andy Beshear yesterday.

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Hopkins County Schools has focused on the theme “Vision 2020 — Learn & Inspire” throughout this school year. With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have tried our best to keep that focus while serving our children and the community in ways we could not have anticipated last August.

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As your Circuit Court Clerk, I thank the citizens of Hopkins County for their patience and understanding during this difficult and challenging time. We are still doing our best to serve the public in the areas that we are able.

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As I write this, the citizens of our communities and our country have made significant alterations to their lifestyles. We are thirsty for answers and hungry for resolve. However, there remains great uncertainty over the course of the foreseeable future.

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In one of Hank Williams Jr’s songs, he says, “I never back down and I love a good challenge.” I feel the same, but I surely never thought I would face a challenge like this!

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While rain poured on their shoulders, three volunteers with Salvation Army assisted Major Mike Good in delivering boxed meals to the elderly at the Creek Crossing apartments and Adrian Circle on Tuesday.

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I don’t think any of us could have imagined what has transpired over the last week. The coronavirus has not only plagued the world as a public health pandemic, but it has very quickly devastated our economy and upended our normal business and daily routines.

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At this time of uncertainty, I would like to thank you all for following the requests from the President and Governor of Kentucky during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Days of waiting at home as a health precaution may have you longing for outdoor fun. Friday Night Live is still on the schedule for Madisonville — at least for now.

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At this time of uncertainty, I would like to thank you all for following the requests from the President and Governor of Kentucky during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Hopkins County Schools has focused on the theme “Vision 2020 — Learn & Inspire” throughout this school year. With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have tried our best to keep that focus while serving our children and the community in ways we could not have anticipated last August.

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The Hopkins County Sheriff issued stern advice Thursday about people remaining indoors during the COVID-19 outbreak. But the Madisonville Mayor tried to reassure residents about what might be ahead.

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Staying home in isolation can have a toll on one’s mental and physical health. The outbreak of the new coronavirus may be stressful and cause anxiety, but mental health professionals in Hopkins County want to help alleviate that stress with some coping strategies.

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The first apparent business casualty connected to the economic downturn as a result of the coronavirus has hit Madisonville.

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Six coronavirus tests from Hopkins County were being processed as of Wednesday. No results have come back to confirm any positive cases.

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Courthouses across Kentucky may be shut down to stop the coronavirus. But attorney Keith Cartwright still has legal work to do.

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Change and uncertainty looms around most businesses across the nation as the impact from COVID-19 continues with no immediate end in sight.

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YAA Director Mike Duncan announced Tuesday morning that the West Kentucky Archery Complex and the YAA will be shutting down for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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From funeral homes to dentists to nonprofits, the list of smaller businesses being impacted by COVID-19 is growing by the day, or perhaps minute in some instances.

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The first Hopkins County test for the coronavirus apparently occurred Tuesday. And five days after saying he didn’t expect to declare a COVID-19 emergency, the Hopkins County Judge-Executive did exactly that.

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During a press conference Monday evening, Gov. Andy Beshear announced child care centers across the commonwealth must close by the end of the business on Friday.

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The Madisonville City Council returned to full strength Monday, with members choosing Chad Menser to fill the opening in Ward 6.

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SYDNEY (AP) — Australian authorities pressed ahead Saturday with plans to fly 800 cruise ship passengers to Germany this weekend after a downward revision in the number of people on board who needed to be tested for the coronavirus.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — They toil on the fringes, without any job security or set hours or decent wages. And the coronavirus has made their already difficult lives harder, and more hazardous.

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Standing over the still body of an intubated 5-year-old boy wearing nothing but a plastic diaper, an Iranian health care worker in a hazmat suit and mask begged the public for just one thing: Stop drinking industrial alcohol over fears about the new coronavirus.

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Praying in a desolately empty St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis on Friday likened the coronavirus pandemic to a storm laying bare illusions that people can be self-sufficient and instead leaves “all of us fragile and disoriented” and needing each other's help and comfort.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Morgan Coppoc finds herself in a situation similar to so many other college athletes across the country, hundreds of miles away from campus and lost without her routine and her tennis teammates at Georgia.

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MADRID (AP) — Some political leaders are hailing a potential breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19: simple pin-prick blood tests or nasal swabs that can determine within minutes if someone has, or previously had, the virus.

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LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the first leader of a major nation to contract COVID-19, but he insisted Friday that he remains in charge of the U.K.'s response to the outbreak.

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LONDON (AP) — Deaths surged in Italy and Spain on Friday, troubling new outbreak sites bubbled in the United States, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the first leader of a major country to test positive for the coronavirus that has sickened more than a half-million people worldwide.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of the United Nations told leaders of the world’s 20 major industrialized nations during an emergency virtual summit Thursday that "we are at war with a virus – and not winning it” despite dramatic measures by countries to seal their borders, shutt…

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear spelled out Wednesday in a new executive order which businesses can remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic because he considers them “life-sustaining.”

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A wave of cancellations due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions and bans on large groups gatherings will likely mean a loss of more than 7,000 hotel jobs in Kentucky alone, according to estimates from a hotel trade association.

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PARIS (AP) — The hunt for masks, ventilators and other medical supplies consumed the U.S. and Europe, as more than 1.5 billion people — one-fifth of the world's population — were urged or ordered to stay home Monday to try to blunt the spread of the coronavirus.

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PARIS (AP) — The hunt for masks, ventilators and other medical supplies consumed the U.S. and Europe on Monday, as new coronavirus infections soared and political paralysis stalled efforts for a quick aid package from Congress.

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EDITOR'S NOTE — A panel of Associated Press sports writers voted in March 2020 on the top 10 men's basketball games in the history of the NCAA Tournament. They are being republished because the sport has been shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The following game was voted No. 9 a…

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BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets and U.S. futures rose Friday on hopes that government and central bank action can help the world economy endure a looming recession caused by the coronavirus.

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BERGAMO, Italy (AP) — The priest gave a final benediction. There were no flowers, no embraces. Francesca Steffanoni and her mother hurried away from Bergamo’s main cemetery, their furtive farewell lasting no more than 5 minutes.

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The Coronavirus pandemic is effecting many areas of our lives — our jobs, schools, events, vacations and daily habits. This is a respiratory virus, similar to the flu, but it’s more severe.

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During this time of uncertainty, Hopkins County Schools is trying to live out its mission — to unite as one team to learn and inspire by delivering necessities to families, said Earlington Elementary School principal Wendy Mitchell.

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This week is Sunshine Week, an initiative to promote the importance of open government and freedom of information. The annual week of awareness has been coordinated by the American Society of News Editors since 2005.

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The already-delayed professional sports seasons in North America could be on hiatus for significantly longer than first planned after federal officials said Sunday that they recommend all in-person events involving 50 people or more be called off for the next eight weeks.

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Drayden Van Dyke hopped off Charlatan after winning the sixth race by 10 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita on Saturday and celebrated by trading elbow taps in the winner's circle. No traditional post-race handshakes during the coronavirus pandemic.

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HARTFORD, Wis. (AP) — There were no pep bands, no cheerleaders and only about 200 fans as the high school rivals faced off in a playoff game that might have drawn close to 2,000 in just about any other circumstance.