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MadCity Crafts DIY Studio will be starting a new program aimed for toddlers ages four and under, to get out and get creative. Parents are able to register for a discounted price online before the event, or you can pay $15 at the door.

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Governor Andy Beshear and other Kentucky state leaders gave an update yesterday on the Commonwealth Shelter Program, discussing when the first batch of travel trailers would be available to displaced families from the December 10 tornadoes.

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Students and staff in Hopkins County Schools paid tribute to their friends and family in Dawson Springs on Thursday by joining the #LivePurple initiative, which challenges everyone to wear purple on the 7th, 17th and 27th of the month. The color was chosen because purple is the official colo…

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The Madisonville Police Department released the following report:

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HANDS (Health Access Nurturing Development Services) is a voluntary program for new and expectant parents across the commonwealth of Kentucky, offering them support as they build healthy, safe environments for the optimal growth and development of children.

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If you are looking to get outdoors for some fresh air and exercise, Mahr Park Arboretum is hosting a free winter hike from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, with hike leaders Chip and Bailey Tate. This is a chance to experience the park and all that it has to offer.

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On Wednesday, Hopkins County Coroner Dennis Mayfield confirmed that the final death toll from the Dec. 10, 2021 tornado in Dawson Springs had risen to 15.

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After what has been five or six long down years for the coal industry, years in which western Kentucky has lost the bulk of its coal mining operations, things for the immediate future at least, are looking up for Warrior Coal and owner Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP). The company is holdin…

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After several months of work, the Madisonville Community College is closer to moving three programs into the former Dotiki Coal mine location in Webster County.

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You may have noticed a new building popping up around the also relatively-new Campfire Roasters storefront located in Margaret Court, in Madisonville. The lot is owned by Madisonville Garage Doors, Inc. and they will be utilizing the space to construct the buildings, which according to Madis…

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The Glema Mahr Chamber Music Concert will feature the Dali Quartet, Monday, Jan. 31, beginning at 7 p.m. This quartet is well known for bringing Latina American flavor, alongside the classical and romantic canon.

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There was still some conversation surrounding the aftermath of the Dec. 10 tornado and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic at Monday night’s meeting of the Dawson Springs Board of Education, but, aside from the Panthers’ return to school, the routine budgets and reports of the tre…

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It has been weeks since COVID-19 cases started rising due to the omicron variant and Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville expects them to plateau soon.

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With the deadline to file for races that require a primary set at 4 p.m. today, all eyes will be watching the county clerk’s office and the secretary of state’s office to see if any last minute candidates decide to throw their names into the hat.

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As the extended election deadline drew to a close on Tuesday, the race for 4th District state senator heated up as a Madisonville resident threw her name into the hat.

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The Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation announced that the Roots to Riches Conference set for Feb 3 has been canceled.

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As the 2022 filing deadline came and went yesterday afternoon, with the only surprise being a late entry from Madisonville resident Roxan Lynn Ashby into the race for state senator. The slate is now set and candidates will draw for ballot position on Thursday, either at the county clerk’s of…

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In 2008, there were only three clay target teams and 30 student athletes making up high school clay target teams across the U.S. Fast forward to 2022 and there are projected to be over 1,500 high schools with more than 33,000 student athletes across the country.

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The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts will be featuring “Whimsical Wood Creations”, a woodworking art exhibit that will run from Jan. 24-March 26 in the Anne P. Baker Gallery.

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According to the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office, another candidate has now filed for the open 4th District State representative’s seat, setting up what could be a three way battle in the Republican Primary in May.

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

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Madisonville Community College recently completed an economic impact study to determine what affect the institution has on Hopkins and the surrounding counties, and the results might surprise many local residents.

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New maps redistricting the House and Senate districts in Kentucky are officially in place after the General Assembly voted overwhelming and largely along party lines — 69-23 in the House, 24-10 in the Senate — to override Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of redistricting bills. The vote came in late…

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Students from the Dawson Springs Independent School System were back in class on Tuesday after being out for five weeks.

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On Jan. 1, Mike and Cindy Caldwell, owners of the Grease Monkey franchise on North Main Street in Madisonville, changed the business to Mobil 1 Lube Express.

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A Madisonville business was damaged on Wednesday night after police say a motorist suffering a “medical emergency” lost control of her vehicle and left the roadway.

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The first show of the season will hit the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts next week, bringing with it a unique blend of music. Boston Brass will take the stage on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.

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This year will mark the 14th year celebrating the West Kentucky Thank You Night Reception and Dinner, taking place February 10, from 5-7 p.m. at the William Exum Center at Kentucky State University in Frankfort.

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Jason Vincent has been named as the new chairperson of the Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville Administrative Board of Directors.

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Although natural disasters are not new to Mikayla Shuck, the December tornado was the first time she had experienced one firsthand.

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With the most recent horrific tornadoes that struck Hopkins County, and surrounding areas, it has been an ongoing discussion about potentially getting and installing five more storm sirens.

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The Kentucky Division of Geographic Information is conducting a “Kentucky from Above” aerial project, and Hopkins County was chosen as the host county. This project is an initiative which focuses on building and maintaining a current base map of the state, that meets the needs of its users a…

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The Madisonville Police Department released the following report:

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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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