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The Madisonville Police Department released the following report:

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During Tuesday’s Hopkins County Tourism Board Meeting, Director Tricia Noel shared some very exciting news that will be coming to Hopkins County this August.

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If you are looking for some fun outdoors this weekend, head over to Mahr Park in Madisonville. The Welcome Center will be open all weekend as visitors look to celebrate July 4th. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the rest of the weekend.

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There are a lot of moving pieces, but if local officials can work with the state of Kentucky to make them all come together, Madisonville will soon be home to a new police academy.

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Archery is one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States, thanks to the National Archery in School Program, and both veteran archers and beginners in fourth through eighth grades are being offered a chance to work on their skills this summer during Madisonville First Baptist Ch…

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The City of Dawson Springs, under the leadership of Mayor Chris Smiley, held its most recent Town Hall at the community center on Tuesday with updates on tornado recovery from several stakeholders.

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This past week Hopkins County campers and volunteers got to enjoy all that the Hopkins County 4-H Camp had to offer, and then some. Located in Dawson Springs, the 4-H facility is 465-acres where children and volunteers get to enjoy swimming, fishing, high and low ropes challenge courses, arc…

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The Hopkins County Family YMCA will be offering a free for members “Youth Wellness Orientation” over the next few weeks. These classes are new, and designed to safely introduce the youth to the wellness center at the Y and expand access to all youth members.

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The Madisonville Police Department released the following report:

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The Dawson Springs Community Center is accepting registration forms for the Dawson Springs BBQ 5K, which begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 23 at the community center.

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The Dawson Springs City Council met in special session on Monday evening to conduct second readings of amendments to two ordinances.

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More than six months after an EF-4 tornado devastated the community of Dawson Springs, killing 15 and destroying approximately 75% of the town, residents and officials continue to seek a path to rebuild.

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On Saturday night, the Dawson Springs Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) crowned Miss Dawson Springs 2022, Madison Purdy.

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Hopkins County Sheriff Matt Sanderson released the following report on Tuesday:

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The Kentucky Division of Forestry will be at Mahr Park Thursday morning helping to identify the trees for the Arboretum.

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The Hopkins County Tourism board met yesterday to discuss the upcoming budget, future events, and of course how the rise in taxes have been and will be felt throughout town.

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As Dawson Springs continues to recover from the devastating Dec. 10 tornado, one of the major problems the community continues to face is a lack of housing. While some progress is beginning to be made on rebuilding private residences, city officials told U.S. Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday that…

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Following the adjournment of yesterday’s special called Madisonville City Council meeting, many community members were given the opportunity to speak and voice their opinions on a range of different topics, but most importantly the raise in taxes and what the future of Madisonville looks like.

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The USDA Food and Nutrition Service awarded Kentucky a grant as part of the first round of Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Benefit Delivery Modernization Grants, which officials hope will be a benefit to Hopkins County.

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In just its second year of business, Greenville-based Blossom Hill Flower Farm is proud to provide Kentucky grown, fresh-cut flowers for the community and surrounding areas. This is the first year that Blossom Hill has expanded to Hopkins County and they are thrilled to bring smiles to the c…

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Twenty-two individuals were subjects of a special grand jury convened last week in Dixon, the culmination of the yearlong investigation of drug smuggling at the Webster County Detention Center.

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Although most people tend to keep the safety of themselves and their children at the top of their mind during extreme weather, it is also important to remember your pets. Extreme heat is just as dangerous for them.

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Hopkins County Sheriff’ Matt Sanderson released the following report on Monday:

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If you have been out and about in Madisonville you may have noticed a new business in town, Teague’s Lemonade. Father Broc Teague and daughter Samarah have been setting up their lemonade stand at community events, like Madisonville Friday Night Live, to sell their delicious homemade lemonade…

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The Hopkins County School Board evaluated Amy Smith after her first year as superintendent and released the results of their evaluation of her job performance.

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Clark’s True Value of Madisonville now offers a dog washing station for you to bring your pooch. For just $10 you can bring your dog and leave with him or her smelling fresh and clean. Clark’s provides the bathing area, shampoo/soap, towels and a hair dryer.

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The Madisonville Police Department released the following report:

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When we think of softball players, we usually think of them being a position player who is a hitter primarily or they are a dominant pitcher. Lauren Ward is one of those unique softball players as she was a star both as a position player and hitter and also on the mound as a pitcher.

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Animal Tales presenter Grant Allen was welcomed by over 65 children during Tuesday’s event at the Hopkins County Public Library’s Animal Tales event. The program featured an educational show teaching children about the different classifications of animals and a live critter from each category.

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The opportunity to travel and be exposed to other cultures used to be only for four-year colleges, now Madisonville Community College offers study abroad chances for local students.

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It looks like the on-again, off-again heat wave Hopkins County and the tri-state area has been dealing with for the past two weeks is almost over.

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World Changers, a nonprofit faith-based organization that serves communities across the country through construction, will be providing home repairs for six homeowners in Hopkins County starting next week.

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Madisonville North Hopkins High School FFA came out of the Kentucky State FFA Convention with two state wins, five-second place finishes and $1,860 in awards.

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After two years of COVID-19, Hopkins County Central High School FFA was able to take 17 students and compete in person at the Kentucky State FFA Convention.

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With the lowest temperatures in weeks arriving, Hopkins County residents began making preparations for the arrival of the longest yard sale in western Kentucky. The Highway 41 Yard Sale kicked off Thursday morning and will last through Saturday afternoon.

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A Dawson Springs resident, who wishes to remain anonymous) is a little richer this week after Kentucky Lottery officials say that they won $116,135 playing the lottery’s Celtic Coins Jackpot Instant Play online game.

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The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville will be presenting their annual Elementary Summer Arts Academy series and the first show kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. The show will be Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

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This will be the first time ever that the Hopkins County Public Library will be hosting a henna class, and it is already almost at capacity. The class is limited to 20 participants, and it is free, you just have to register to hold your seat.

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Madisonville Police Chief Steve Bryan released the following report on Wednesday:

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At Tuesday’s meeting of the Dawson Springs City Council, the recent $1.2 million award in SAFE funding for surveying purposes was discussed at length.

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The Madisonville campus of Murray State University will be offering a Madisonville Academy for Nonprofit Development and Leadership program.

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As the store’s one year anniversary nears, Simply Poured coffee shop, located in Madisonville has some exciting news to share, although owner Melissa Savino plans to keep most of the details under wraps until later this summer and early fall.

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Grab your family and friends and get ready for a laugh this Friday night, as the All Star Comedy Jam starring Alex Thomas and Chris Thomas from BET takes the stage at The Ballard Convention Center in Madisonville.

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Last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved the emergency use of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for children ages six months to four years old, but Hopkins County residents may have to wait a few weeks before getting their toddlers vaccinated.

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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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