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Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville will have a Botox and filler open house from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, in the ENT office on the third floor of the hospital.

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One of the more diverse careers in the medical field is probably Occupational Therapy Assistant, and students looking to enter that field are being trained right here in Madisonville.

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Hopkins County Regional Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Welcome Meet & Greet this Thursday, from 4:30 to 6p.m., with the Make-A-Wish Foundation out of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana regions, at their office, located at 15 E. Center Street in Madisonville.

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The Madisonville Police Department released the following report:

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This year will be a busy one at Mahr Park Arboretum, with various upgrades, editions and programs for visitors to enjoy.

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Madisonville friends meet together almost every week to craft together at MadCity Crafts, a DIY studio and café, located at 101 Nebo Road. Connie Stringfield (left) and Linda Williams (right) said that they used to meet up and go shopping, but this is more fun, and cheaper.

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The Madisonville Police Department released the following report:

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The Hopkins County Tourist Convention Commission is back again with a new contest to not only promote Hopkins County and bring visitors to town, but to give away a free couples’ night out package to one lucky winner.

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Dawson Springs Planter’s Bank branch recently donated $8,420.71 along with collected pantry items to the Dawson Area Personal Services Food Bank (DAPS).

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The Zion Temple A.M.E. Zion Church will be hosting their annual Black History Spectacular this Saturday at 205. N. Church St. in Madisonville. Themed “History Will Erase the Mystery”, this event will kick-off at 2 p.m.

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Kentucky Utilities customers who like to pay their bill in person are soon going to be out of luck as the electric provider announced this week that it would be closing the KU business office in Earlington effective March 31.

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The Madisonville Police Department released the following report:

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For the past four years, the Earlington General Baptist Church (EGBC) has been providing hot meals and grocery boxes to those in need, free of charge, and tonight will be no different.

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The Dawson Springs Board of Education conducted its first regularly-scheduled meeting of the new year on Monday night with an election of a Vice-Chair first on the docket.

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Hopes of bringing a new businesses into the former Walmart Super Center building in Madisonville could have a major hitch after Madisonville Code Enforcement was been called in to address the current state of the structure.

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For all those dog lovers, a brand new club may be for you. Hopkins County 4-H will be adding the Dog Club to their arsenal, and it starts in just two weeks.

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United Way of the Coalfield is working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to finalize $2 million in Congressional Community Project Funding, which will be earmarked to develop new childcare opportunities for families in the area.

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Maker’s Market & Farmstand is a new program in Hopkins County made up of local artisans, crafters and farmers who are looking to spread joy, get their name out there, and introduce the community to local handmade and homemade products.

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The Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library will be offering an array of programs and events over the next few weeks for the community to partake in and enjoy, for free.

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Madisonville-North Hopkins softball lost one of its biggest supporters over the weekend with the passing of longtime Messenger employee William “Bill” Patterson.

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The Madisonville Police Department released the following report:

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Although thrifting used to have a negative stigma around it, buying and selling used clothing and items from thrift stores has become a very popular way to shop as of late.

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The Hopkins County School district has found a way to celebrate Earlington Elementary School one last time before it closes at the end of the school year.

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On Monday, the Hopkins County School Board has approved a minor technical change to the special permission guidelines. According to Hopkins County Schools Superintendent Amy Smith, the change was a minor one that only involved wording that is no longer relevant.

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The Hopkins County Tourist and Convention Commission is excited to announce that the first-ever West Kentucky Antique & Vintage Market will be held in conjunction with the annual Highway 41 Yard Sale. The market will take place June 23- 24 at the West Kentucky Archery Complex.

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The Madisonville Police Department released the following report:

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The City of Madisonville and the Hopkins County Tourist and Convention Commission partnered on a multimedia advertising campaign in hopes to attract new visitors to the community. A part of that campaign included TV commercials which aired on WEHT, WTVW, and WFIE.

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Anyone who has ever been to a hospital or medical clinic is familiar with both doctors and nurses, but specialty that largely goes unnoticed despite existing across nearly all medical settings is the nurse anesthetists.

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Three Kentucky Transportation Cabinet scholarships looking to help students wanting a career in civil service are available to Kentucky residents, but the deadline to apply is quickly approaching. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, Feb. 1.

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For the first time ever, Kentucky Movers and Makers will be hosting a shopping event, Monday, Feb. 6, at the Ballard Convention Center. The event will showcase local businesses and artisans as well as bring women in the community together for a fun night out. Thirty vendors from across the w…

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According to the U.S. Fire Administration, a branch of FEMA, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated five deaths, 100 injuries and over $35 million in property loss. Most of those incidents occur during the winter, with January being the peak time for dry…

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Motorist who regularly use the left hand turning lane on US 41/Hanson Road between Winding Creek Drive and Madisonville-North Hopkins as a driving lane should be aware of changes coming to the traffic patterns in the area this weekend.

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B&B Like Mother Like Daughter LLC is a new food truck based out of Earlington that serves communities throughout Hopkins County and the surrounding area. Friday they will be setting up shop in downtown Earlington.

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When the Maples family started roasting coffee in their garage in Madisonville, it would have been hard to imagine that they would turn that businesses into a company that had not only multiple locations in Madisonville, but also a store in Christian County. On Wednesday, it was the later lo…

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When the Maples family started roasting coffee in their garage in Madisonville, it would have been hard to imagine that they would turn that businesses into a company that had not only multiple locations in Madisonville, but also a store in Christian County. On Wednesday, it was the later lo…

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While bringing a newborn into the world can be the happiest time for a family, one of the scariest topics during pregnancy is birth defects, but awareness of those possibilities and how to prevent them are an important issue to tackle.

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The hope of every small community is that regardless of whether they choose to go to college or go straight into the workforce, its young people will eventually settle in the community where they grew up.

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After nearly 12 years of baking in the Kentucky 54 area of Owensboro, Maggie Mills has closed Maggie’s Cakes & More and is in the process of moving the business to Madisonville.

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On the first day of the new year, Governor Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear debuted the Spring Exhibition 2023 installment of the Team Kentucky Gallery.

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The Madisonville Police Department released the following report:

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Volunteers and staff from the Eastview Missionary Baptist Church are excited to be able to come together and host the Annual Chili Cook-Off Competition again this year. This will be the first time the annual event has been held since 2021, due to COVID-19.

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Cell tower worker’s last picture was Harrison vista

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A wireless communications worker was killed at the top of a Verizon Wireless mobile phone tower on Waits Road on July 2 when the routine installation of a new antenna went wrong. Heavy equipment plummeted over 240 feet trailing a cable that caught and severed the worker’s right arm and then, tragically, decapitated him before the eyes of his crew.

The man was identified as 28-year-old Joel Metz, a father of three from Indianapolis, according to an account of the incident from the Indianapolis Star.

The other three men involved in the installation managed to escape physical harm in the accident, according to the report from Harrison County Sheriff Bruce Hampton.

According to the sheriff’s report, the four-man crew was nearing the end of a project to replace an antenna array at the top of the tower, which is owned by the Verizon Wireless Company.

The crew was employed by Fortune Wireless, Inc. of Indianapolis which contracts with Verizon Wireless to service its mobile phone towers.

Standard procedure is to have two men on the ground and two men harnessed in at the top of the tower to transfer the equipment, Hampton was told.

According to the testimony of the workers, the old antenna had been removed and a new one was within two feet of being installed when there was a “pop” sound and the equipment fell, Hampton said.

In the process of falling, Metz’s head and right arm were severed by the cable. The antenna array smashed into the ground.

Metz’s body was left in the harness while the other worker at the top of the tower slowly descended from the horrific scene.

At 2:20 p.m., Harrison County Fire and Rescue teams, Emergency Management personnel, and Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area.

After assessing the situation, the Cynthiana Fire Department was also called in to assist with retrieval of the body. The area was cleared of all but emergency response personnel, but it was soon determined that no Cynthiana or Harrison County first responder was appropriately equipped to attempt the climb.

Blue Grass Energy employees arrived to safely remove fallen cables that had draped themselves over the electric lines during the accident.

Later that evening, the Northern Kentucky Technical Rescue team was invited to implement a safe retrieval plan, Hampton said. The rescue team is made up of highly skilled fire and rescue specialists who could bring the proper equipment and experience to the scene, he explained.

The sheriff, who remained at the scene throughout the recovery effort, said the complicated retrieval lasted until the late night hours.

In an ironic twist, on Tuesday, July 1, the day before the tragedy, Metz’s Facebook page included a panoramic photo of the Harrison County countryside as seen from the top of the cell phone tower.

None of the workers involved in the accident were from Kentucky, Hampton said.


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