Over five months after the tornado tore apart parts of Hopkins County, people are still working on picking up their lives. Its no different for one man from Barnsley and his beloved companion, a dog named Patches. The two narrowly survived the tornado, and they are still struggling to surviv…

The Hopkins County — Madisonville Public Library has a new offering for library card holders and it is already the new rave among members. It is called the Record Revival Collection, and according to the Library Director Joel Meador, this collection lets people discover and experience vintag…

Hopkins County Family YMCA in Madisonville has a food program that ensures meals for children all over the county, year-round.

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Madisonville Police Chief Steve Bryan announced the following activities on Wednesday:

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Dawson Springs High School held its commencement exercises on Friday night as those in attendance admired the resilience of the 42 members of the Class of 2022.

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The Madisonville Noon Kiwanis Club is accepting registration for their free Take A Kid Fishing Day on Saturday, June 4.

Mark your calendars for National Kids to the Park Day, where you can enjoy some fun in the sun with your little ones.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is collaborating with both federal and state agencies, as well as legal aid services, to offer their services and resources to families who are recovering and starting to rebuild from the Dec. 10, 11, 2021 tornadoes.

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Baptist Health Deaconess Hospital was recognized Monday evening during the Madisonville City Council meeting in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month.

The Messenger staff has sent questions to each of the candidates who will be on the ballot for the May 17 primary election. We will run those questions and answers in different races leading up to election day. The questions will appear along with the answers provided verbatim.

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7th District Tournaments for both baseball and softball will get underway simultaneously on Monday, with the boys playing at Elmer Kelley Stadium and the girls traveling to Caldwell County.

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Two suspects arrested in a Madisonville-Hopkins County VICE/Narcotics Unit bust last week face further charges as the investigation into both men and La Villita Mexican Grill in Hanson continues.

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Madisonville Police Chief Steve Bryan reported the following activities on Wednesday:

As the adults rebuild Dawson Springs, a local ministry is focusing on helping the community’s children recover from the EF-4 tornado that swept away a good portion of the town.

After more than two years of dealing with COVID-19, the world is slowly starting to feel normal again. Events that were canceled the last two years are starting to come back. The latest is a popular local tradition. One that involves pancakes.

The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts will be hosting auditions for “The SpongeBob Musical,” Sunday, May 15, starting at 2 p.m. for ages 16 and older, at the Community College in Madisonville. Auditions will be held on the stage at the Glema Center, with 30 spots to fill.

It’s time to celebrate all the mommas as Blanchard’s Gracious Acres in Dawson Springs will be hosting a Mommy & Me, Mother’s Day event this Saturday starting at 10 a.m.

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Madisonville Marketplace was host to a one-of-a-kind event on Wednesday when the Idaho Potato Commission brought its two biggest marketing campaigns together in one place...for the first time ever. And local charity Breaking Bread benefited.

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Few things represent the spirit of Kentucky more than the imagery of a race horse, and it is that spirit that Horses of Hope is using to bring a message of hope to the communities impacted by the December 10, 2021 tornado.

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This past Saturday turned out to be a beautiful spring day for the 8th Annual Spring Lawn and Garden Fair at the Danny Peyton Pavilion at Mahr Park in Madisonville.

With the spring weather finally upon us, the Farmers Market is coming soon. The Hopkins County Farmers Market will officially open for business on Saturday, May 7.

After contending with COVID-19 restrictions at the beginning of the school year and surviving a tornado at midpoint, the Dawson Springs Independent School District has everything in place to celebrate the end of the 2021-22 school session.

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Leadership Hopkins County’s Project Picnic provides a bright and cheerful handicap accessible tables located throughout Hopkins County which encourages and invites community members to connect while sharing a healthy meal or playing a game on the picnic tables.

There will be a “Walk for Dawson” on April 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. The vent will benefit the city of Dawson Springs tornado relief, and the Dawson Springs Area Personal Services.

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One of the biggest problems that faced most communities is a lack of work opportunities, but Hopkins County has a different problem. Right now the county seems to have more job openings than it does job seekers.

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Memorials being planned in tribute to tornado victims were once again the hot topic of conversation at Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Dawson Springs City Council.

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Blanchard’s Gracious Acres will be hosting its first Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday afternoon. Those wanting to attend must RSVP and pay in advance. The cost is $5 per person.

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When businesses and public establishments began to reopen after the height of the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans became well-acquainted with the term “new normal.” For several churches in Dawson Springs, that phrase has an entirely new meaning following December’s EF-4 …

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Peggy Stirsman, head of the Hopkins County Literacy Group, and her team will again be setting up tables to give out free books for the children of Hopkins County.

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One of the most difficult parts for many individuals who are convicted of a crime is taking that next step towards becoming a law-abiding citizen. Many employers wont hire candidates with criminal records, and others will hire them but often limit their upward mobility.

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Last week, Kentucky House Bill 9, the charter school bill, passed the state House and Senate before landing on Gov. Andy Beshear’s desk.

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The Hopkins County Humane Society will be offering 50% off all micro-chips April 15 and April 16 for all interested. This is a quick and simple process that can keep your pet safe in case he or she gets lost or taken. The cost will be $12 plus tax on these two days only.

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Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman visited Dawson Springs on Wednesday to view relief efforts and visit the Dawson Springs Housing Authority.

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The last six months have been tough ones for both the community of Dawson Springs and Dawson Springs Independent Schools. With recent losses in mind, the school community has been looking for a way to honor and remember those they have lost.

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The Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library will hold its annual silent auction fundraiser this year starting April 1, 2022. This is one of the library’s biggest fundraisers and the staff is excited to be able to have it again this year, since COVID-19 forced it to be canceled the past tw…

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The Madisonville and Dawson Springs Rotary Clubs will join together this spring to host a Build-A-Bed Drive. The drive will be aimed to help children in need of a bed, ages 18 and under, and it will provide a brand new twin sized bed, mattress and sheets/comforter set.

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The Madisonville Police Department released the following report:

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The Dawson Springs Independent School district was one of many districts to receive Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funding when COVID-19 started affecting the education world. The difficult part is deciding how those funds can and will be used.

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Joyce Blalock Cotton, 90, of Ocala, Florida and formally of Dawson Springs, passed away in Ocala, Florida. She was born May 22, 1931, in Hopkins County to the late David H. and Trean Blalock. She graduated from Dawson Springs High School and Kentucky Baptist Nursing School. She worked as a R…

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Ms. Carolyn Sigler of Dawson Springs went to be with the Lord on Dec. 10, 2021, at the young age of 78. She was born to the late Hugh D. Swatzell and the late Gertie Mae (Huddleston) Swatzell on Jan. 6, 1943, in Trigg County. She was one of seven children. Ms. Carolyn graduated from Caldwell…

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Wanda J. Thompson, 85, of Madisonville, passed away Monday, Dec. 27, 2021. She was born in Suthards on Thursday, Jan. 16, 1936, to the late William “Chester” Crook and the late Susan Mae Knight. She was a member of Soul’s Harbor Baptist Church in Madisonville. Mrs. Thompson had worked at Reg…

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