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Tickets are still available for the Hopkins County Regional Chamber of Commerce member meeting on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Sugg Street in front of the mural that will focus on the role retail has on the local economy.

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The Hopkins County Farmers Market will have their Family Fun Day on Saturday for the first time at Mahr Park at the Danny Peyton Pavilion from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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The Madisonville City Council had their first reading of a budget amendment at a special called meeting on Thursday to account for changes in revenue and expenses in the current fiscal year.

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The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office released the following reports on Thursday:

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Encouraging underrepresented students to further their education and inspiring a love for learning is why Madisonville Community College hosts its GLAD camp.

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The Browning Springs Middle School Site Based Council will meet on Wednesday, June 16, at 9 a.m. to continue the principal selection process.

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On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear congratulated the City of Earlington for receiving $610,000 from the Economic Development Administration for water system improvements that will provide reliable service, support the expansion of a retail automotive business and diversify the regional economy.

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Walking into a classroom on the lower level of the Brown Badgett Center on the campus of Madisonville Community College, there is large, complicated-looking equipment set up everywhere with some even still in its original packaging.

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A lack of Abandoned Mine Land funding for Webster County and the surrounding area has been a sore subject for Webster County Judge-Executive Steve Henry for nearly as long as he has been in office, and last week he had the chance to voice his frustration to U.S. Sen.Rand Paul.

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While headliners like Bret Michaels, En Vogue and Zach Williams have been confirmed for months, the City of Madisonville’s 4th Fest and Praise in the Park events took on more of a local feel this week when opening acts and second stage performers were announced.

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As one school year wraps up, planning for another one is already underway. Part of that preparation always includes the hiring of key personnel either due to administrators changing jobs or retirement.

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Charlotte Baldwin will always be remembered for breaking glass ceilings. As the first female mayor of Madisonville, Baldwin had a reputation as a fair but tough leader who knew how to get a job done — and done correctly.

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The Annual BarBQ Homecoming will be held on Friday, July 23 in downtown Dawson Springs. For 73 years, the “BarBQ,” as referred to by Dawsonians, has been held on the fourth Friday in July as a fundraiser for the Dawson Springs Community Center.

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It has been a week since 16-year-old Dakota Carter was shot and killed at his parents’ home in Dawson Springs. One arrest has been made in connection with the shooting, but Kentucky State Police say the investigation is continuing.

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The Earlington City Council postponed the first reading of their 2021-22 fiscal year budget Tuesday night with some council members saying they needed more time to review the numbers.

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The coronavirus outbreak that began in February 2020 sent shock waves through the U.S. labor market, pushing the unemployment rate to near record highs and causing millions to leave the workforce. A year later, a full recovery appears distant but positive strides are being made.

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The Pennyroyal Herb Club is honoring founding club member Jean Merrell with a memorial bench in the herb garden behind the Ruby Laffoon Log Cabin on Saturday.

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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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