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Nortonville water rates increased this week following a special called meeting that resulted in the approval of the second reading of an ordinance on the matter by the City Council.

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The City of Madisonville and the Madisonville Regional Airport Board unanimously approved the lease agreement between the two entities and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System at a joint teleconference meeting on Friday.

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All eyes were on Louisville Wednesday, including local African-American leaders in Hopkins County, as a grand jury revealed they would not charge the police officers who were involved in the shooting and killing of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor.

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The City of Madisonville will be holding a “Shred Day” on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the city’s Public Works Department — located at 900 McCoy Avenue.

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The Madisonville Police Department released the following reports Thursday:

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At its Monday evening meeting, the Dawson Springs Board of Education tentatively approved a return to in-person instruction utilizing a “Purple and Gold” hybrid schedule beginning Monday, Oct. 12.

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Russell Edwards served in the United States Army from April 1969 to April of 1971. Ten months of his service to our country were spent fighting bravely in the Vietnam War.

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On Friday, the City of Madisonville and the Madisonville Regional Airport Board will have a joint meeting to discuss and vote on a lease agreement between the two entities and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

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The Hopkins County Health Department reported six new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

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The Hopkins County School Board approved an override to a Kentucky High School Athletic Association bylaw, which waived the requirement for students to be “on schedule” to graduate at the beginning of the year to participate in sporting activities.

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Over 5,000 vehicle registrations in Hopkins County remain unpaid beyond their original expiration date, according to Hopkins County Clerk Keenan Cloern.

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An individual suffered minor injuries Monday morning after a vehicle collision at the intersection of South Main Street and McLeod Lane.

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A group gathered at Dr. Festus Claybon Memorial Park on Monday afternoon to honor the late Bobby Johnson Sr., a Madisonville City Councilmember that represented Ward 6 and former Madisonville Police Department Chief.

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Friday was a day full of providing food to those in need in Dawson Springs and Hanson as volunteers from multiple organizations came together to pack cars with food.

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CSX has informed the City of Madisonville that work will be done on the overpass on West Arch Street between Dempsey Street and Main Street next week.

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The Madisonville Police Department released the following reports on Friday:

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Earlier this week, the Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Department for Public Health announced a new color-coded COVID-19 metric for ranking the risk factors of infections in counties, and those new guidelines have already had an impact on Hopkins County sports.

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Professional disc golf returns to Madisonville this weekend at the 2020 Madisonville Open Disc Golf Championship, sponsored by Dynamic Discs and the Hopkins County Tourism and Convention Commission. The event will be played at both the City Park and Mahr Park Arboretum.

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At least two hours before they were set to begin, a line of cars were already filling up the Hopkins County Fairgrounds as the public was ready to get some of the free Tyson Foods chicken before supplies ran out Wednesday morning.

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Thanks to a donation from the local Hopkins County Crime Stoppers, the Madisonville Police Department has announced an increase in the reward amount for an initial tip that will lead to the arrest and conviction connected to a shooting that injured five individuals on Aug. 30.

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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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