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The Madisonville Police Department released the following report:

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Nashville Songwriters will be performing in Dawson Springs on Oct. 7 to bring awareness back to the reality that those who were impacted by last December’s tornado are still on a long road to recovery. The show will take place in the town square from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Local residents needing to get a fingerprint background check will soon have to visit a different location as the IdentoGo service will move from its current location at the Hopkins County Regional Chamber of Commerce to Diligent Insurance Group in November.

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Blanchard Gracious Acres, located at 593 Fox Road in Dawson Springs, will be hosting their first annual “Acoustics, Bonfires & S’mores” event October 1, from 4 to 8 p.m.

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Last Friday, Wendy Smith announced via Facebook that when the popular Mortons Gap eatery Sissy’s Cafe had closed for the night, roughly an hour earlier, that it would be for the last time.

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At the start of each school year, the Madisonville Police Department set up at the Hanson Walmart in an effort to fill a police cruiser with school supplies that will be given out to those in need.

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A long time in the making, the Madisonville Community College (MCC) is proud to offer the Associate of Applied Science in Helicopter and Airplane Pilot training program.

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The Madisonville Police Department released the following report:

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The City of Madisonville released a statement on Tuesday morning regarding several complaints that had been received about a “earthy” taste to some customers drinking water.

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Master’s of Soul will be kicking off the Center Stage Series at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville, Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m., and there are still tickets available for the show.

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Madisonville Community College has announced the results of a recently conducted economic impact and investment analysis study conducted by economists at Lightcast.

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The Madisonville Police Department released the following report:

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The Madisonville Fire Department was granted approval during Monday night’s City Council meeting to purchase 22 new automatic chest compression devices.

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The Madisonville Police Department released the following report:

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The annual Mahr Park Hay Bale Trail is on display, and visitors will have from now until Sept. 30 to go online to vote for their favorites.

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Independence Bank of Madisonville will be hosting its ever-popular Farm to Fork Dinner tonight, outside, at Mahr Park in Madisonville, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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Some people are called to their careers, while others stumble into their calling. You might say the latter is the case for the school resource officer at Grapevine Elementary School, who had planned to leave law enforcement behind him.

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It’s that time of year for parents to submit their child’s information for the Salvation Army Angel Tree program that helps provide Christmas gifts for hundreds of thousands of children around the country each year.

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The Door of Hope Pregnancy Care Center will be hosting their annual Hope Walk for Life this Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Madisonville City Park.

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This year will mark the seventh annual of Happy Feet’s Fall Fundraiser taking place Sept. 27, at Mahr Park Arboretum, in Madisonville, from 5 to 8 p.m. However, it also marks the Ten Year Anniversary for the Hopkins County Happy Feet organization.

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The Madisonville Police Department released the following report:

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During the 2022 General Elections, voters across Hopkins County will have numerous votes to cast, ranging from races for U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative, all the way down to local school board positions.

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With Election Day just over a month away, a number of important election related deadlines of which voters should be aware are quickly approaching, beginning this Saturday when the online mail-in request portal officially opens.

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Recently an A&M Wholesale sign appeared on the old VF Factory Outlet Mall building in Hanson, bringing at end to the question of what type of commercial company was moving into the structure located in front of the Hanson Walmart.

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The Madisonville Police Department released the following report:

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Open for nearly one month now, the new Dawson Area Personal Services (DAPS) Food Bank in Dawson Springs is happy to be serving its community once again.

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On Monday, Dawson Springs Mayor Chris Smiley hosted a Town Hall to update citizens on the rebuilding process and grant monies in reference to tornado recovery efforts.

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During Monday night’s Madisonville City Council meeting, the resolution to accept bids for the runway overlay and drainage improvement project were accepted for the Madisonville Regional Airport.

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During Tuesday morning’s Hopkins County Fiscal Court meeting, County Clerk Keenan Cloern presented important information for this year’s upcoming voting season.

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The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office released the following report:

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Starting in her kitchen, Ashley Rhye has been baking since March 2021, and is excited to expand by opening a new storefront for their family venture in downtown Madisonville.

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Banned Books Week, which is recognized nationally and runs Sept. 18-24, shines a spotlight on some of the books that are most frequently targeted for censorship and those that capture the attention of today’s young readers. That banning often leaves young readers confused about validity of t…

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In the Habitat for Humanity Pennyrile Region board meeting last Thursday, Executive Director Heath Duncan told the board that Habitat is working on nine houses in Hopkins County.

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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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