On Monday afternoon Eric Stovall the Western Region manager, and administrative specialist Tonya Rickard, take the staircase to the new offices of the Department of Public Advocacy located on the third floor of the Hopkins County Courthouse. An open house will be held today from 2 to 4 p.m. to show the newly relocated facilities. Read Savannah Oglesby's story in June 11, 2013 edition of The Messenger. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Members of the Summer Arts Academy rehearse Monday the song 'Junior Year' for an upcoming performance of Fame Jr. at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville.The play will be performed for free and open to the public Friday at 7 p.m. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Madisonville City Water Department employee Dennis Howe purges the water pipes Tuesday morning at Park and McCoy Avenues. The water pipes are usually flushed twice a year. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Madisonville Tradewater Pirates pitcher CJ Schildt II fires a pitch over the plate during their matchup against the Fulton Railroaders Tuesday night at Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Performing the title song 'Fame' Taylor Davis (top left) portraying Carmen Diaz and Leah Haley (right) portraying Mabel Washington celebrate their future fame during Thursday's rehearsal at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville. Read Savannah Oglesby's story in the June 14, 2013 edition of the Messenger. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Matthew Golden a Browning Springs' seventh grader washes a downtown Madisonville window on south Main Street Thursday morning. He was with the Youth Study Group from Madisonville's First Baptist Church, performing a day of serving for the lesson 'Good News in Youth Neighborhoods.' (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Bill Hahn (left) Akron, Ohio City Arborist and Horticulturist admired a specimen of maple at Madisonville's Mahr Park Friday during a judging tour for the America in Bloom national awards program. Property caretaker Danny Peyton (center) shows him and Head of the contest and Judge Coordinator Jack Clasen (right) a tour of the future park on June 14, 2013. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Cristian Stanley (left) drags a dummy paced by Madisonville Fire Department engineer Henry Strader at the Kids Firefighter Challenge during Friday Night Live in downtown Madisonville on June 14, 2013. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Seen only for a short while in the late spring is the bloom of a cactus flower. This specimen of this native species is a planting on Park Avenue in Madisonville. (LowellMendyk, The Messenger, photo from July 17, 2013.)
A public hearing seeking community input for Mahr Park was held on July 17, 2013, at West Broadway Elementary School. The property from the estate of Dr. Merle and Glema Mahr, known as Hidden Hills Farm, is at the planning stage of development. David Lose of Lose and Associates Inc. talked about the property and its possible uses. A story in the July 18, 2013, edition of The Messenger will provide coverage of the meeting. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Madisonville firefighter Cade Eli (center) moves through a decontamination exercise Tuesday morning in the parking lot beside Parkway Plaza Mall on June 18, 2013. 'Shift A' of all four Madisonville fire stations were there for the exercise simulating their response to a chemical suicide attempt. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
What better place to celebrate the coming of summer and twin birthdays than at Madisonville City Park playground on June 18, 2013? Twins Daishaun (upside down) and brother Daiquan Harris, who turned 7 one day earlier practice their climbing skills. (Lowell Mendyk,The Messenger)
Katie Waide (back) of the MADYSWIM Hurricanes and Maris Dees from the Owensboro Health Park swim team race down the stretch in the 50-yard backstroke in a dual meet at the Hopkins County Family YMCA on June 18, 2013. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Cinderella played by Kylee Bryan (in coach) waves goodby to her Fairy Godmother during a rehearsal of 'Cinderella Kids' at the 2013 Summer Arts Academy. The performance will be today at 7 p.m. at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts. The mice converted into horses, a coachman and wheels are from the left Haleigh Perdue, Avrey Hulse, Gracie Higgs, Julia Howerton, Nina Matchem,Claire Basham and Lauren Adkins. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
A less common view of landscape in Madisonville is vertical. In this case the view from a hill on Park Avenue across McCoy Avenue toward the Hall Street Apostolic Church provides the feeling of rolling landscape. (Lowell Mendyk,The Messenger)
Flight nurse Mary Bartlett explains the equipment inside the Air Evac Life Team helicopter in the Madisonville City Park on June 21, 2013, to Zoey (center) and Eli Mason at the Madisonville City Park. The children were playing in the park playground nearby and were given a tour of the Bell 206L3 helicopter by the flight crew. The Madisonville Fire Department was holding a class about emergency landing zones with the Hopkinsville-based flight team. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Troop 11 Boy Scout Sam Chumbley and friend (and also a scout) Noah Collins dig holes on the west side of Hanson City Hall on June 27, 2013, to make foundations for playground equipment. Chumbley is completing the work on his Eagle Scout project by installing the one-piece tower, two slides and climbing ladder. Since his family has moved to Oregon he has come a long way to finish the project. He raised the money for the equipment.
Adam Paul Rideout (from left) watches aunt Nancy Faulk and sister Megan Rideout put out clothes in preparation June 27, 2013, for Friday and Saturday's Highway 41 Yard Sale. The sale is located between Mortons Gap and Nortonville on the 41 yard sale.
Madisonville Mayor David Jackson gives his State of the City Address during a luncheon July 9,2013, at the Madisonville Community Golf Course Ballroom. About 225 people attended the event which was sponsored by the Madisonville Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
The gas pumps were removed from JD's Marathon on East Center Street in Madisonville on July 9,2013. Doing the work for Max Arnold and Sons, LLC are, from left, Ricky Duncan, Robert Russell and Eric Abell. The owner of JD's Marathon believes the site will become a Casey's General Store, a chain of convenience stores based in Iowa. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Autumn Sheperd (from left) Natalie Hendrix and Sadie Saylor-Reiss are among the volunteers from Light of Chance and the Hopkins County Family YMCA working Tuesday to spruce up the Rosenwald Smith Multicultural Center IN Madisonville. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Staying cool in a practical way, Kenneth Porter uses a towel to reflect the sun Tuesday while cleaning up weeds along the fence of the Madisonville Sanitation Department Recycling Center. (Lowell Mendyk,The Messenger)
Madisonville Tradewater Pirates center fielder Robert Veltre bunts during the first game of a double header with the DuBois County Bombers Tuesday night at Elmer Kelley Stadium. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Jody Jones leads a team setting up rides in the Hopkins County Fairgrounds. James H. Drew Exposition workers took the opportunity to set up some rides and equipment early before the Hopkins County Fair. The official opening will be Tuesday before the Miss Hopkins County Fair 2013 Pageant. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Anna, portrayed by Janet Corum right, meets the children of the King of Siam in a rehearsal Wednesday night for a production of The King and I. Sean Mooningham playing the King places a wandering child in front of Anna. The Musical will be presented Friday at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts. (Lowell Mendyk)
Logan Quisenbery demonstrates the way he experienced the 'BonVoyage-The Titanic' class, which was part of the MCC Summer Youth College series designed to introduce students in grades 1-6 to a college experience. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Steven Allen IV has his graduation cap adjusted with the help of ACE2 Director Cris Crowley Friday night. The 28th annual Adult Education Graduation for the 2012-2013 graduates was held in the Richard Byrnes Auditorium on the Madisonville Community College Health Campus. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Madisonville City Clerk/Treasurer Gina Munger stands next to some of her photographs Thursday while discussing her 39 years of service with the city. She retiring at the end of the month. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
The Miss Hopkins County Fair 2013 Pageant was held Tuesday night in the Ballard Convention Center. Miss Hopkins County was Courtney Darnell, center, the daughter of Darren and Rhonda Darnell. She also was chosen Miss Congeniality. The first runner-up was Miranda Robinson, left, the daughter of Michael and Amanda Robinson, and the second runner-up was Leah Crawford, right, the daughter of Monty and Angie Crawford. Tonight the Miss Teen Hopkins County Fair Pageant will be held at 7 p.m. in the convention center. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Gina Munger, left, talks with well-wishers Sonya Shockley, right, and her daughter Libby Shockley, back to camera, at a retirement reception for Munger held in the Baptist Health Tower Tuesday afternoon. (Lowell Mendyk,The Messenger)
The winner of the 2013 MissTeen Hopkins County Pageant held Wednesday night in the Ballard Convention Center was Kylee Knight, second from left, the daughter of Chris and Debbie Knight. The 1st runner up was Eryca Bowman, left, the daughter of Nikki and Jermaine Bowman, the 2nd runner up Hannah Curneal, second from right, the daughter of Tojo and Jennifer Curneal, and Miss congeniality Cayce Hatch, right, the daughter of John and Allegia Hatch. The Little Miss and Mister Hopkins County Fair Pageant will be held tonight in the convention center.(Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Riders spin over the midway on swings in the early Wednesday evening at the Hopkins County fair. The midway is covered with rides, information booths, games and food booths. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
A Drew Exposition display at the Hopkins County Fair this week features an antique pipe organ built in 1892 by Andreas Ruth of Waldkirch, Germany. It produces the sounds of violins, flutes, trumpets and trombones. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
The WFMW Talent Show winner at the Hopkins County Fair on July 28, 2013, was Kaiden Jaxon Vandiver, pictured here, who sang "Amazing Grace." Winning second place was Savana Poole, third place went to Light of Chance's youth-development program Breathe, which was founded by Eric Logan, and Megan Oakley was fourth.
Large pipes which make interesting visual patterns lay along the road work beside the site of JD's Marathon in Madisonville on July 30, 2013. The road at the stop light will be the new entrance to Midtown Common.
Yoga instructor Katie Williams talks about and demonstrates how breathing should involve the entire body. Williams was the speaker at Learn and Burn, a cooperative program between the Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library and the Wellness Program at Baptist Health Madisonville on Aug. 1, 2013. This was the third week of the 12-week program and had an attendance of 66.
Will Blake, 5, and his mother Tracy Blake sign in at the Back to School Kickoff at Pride Avenue Elementary School on Aug. 1, 2013. Jodi Wyatt marks their names as they register for this school orientation and cookout.
Lexie Duncan, right, sells produce to Darel Gates, back to camera, during Farmer's Market Appreciation Day held July 31, 2013, at the Hopkins County Fair Convention Center. Pictured in the background are her parents Marlin, left, and Monda Duncan.
At the entrance enticing people into the Farmer's Market Appreciation Day on July 31, 2013, are Pea Pod Blake Dickerson, left, and Banana Landon Thise. The event featured produce, live music by Ray Ligon, door prizes and caterers. The Hopkins County Extension Service celebrates Farmer's Market Appreciation Day annually.
This dressed up ear of corn was a project offered at the Hopkins County Cooperative Extension booth at Farmer's Market Appreciation Day on July 31, 2013. All the materials to create a corn character were available.
Marquise Johnson, yellow shirt, of the Madisonville Outlaws, takes it to the end of the court in the first half of a game against the Hopkinsville Ballers on Aug. 2, 2013, during the Dust Bowl basketball tournament put on by Light of Chance, a local nonprofit organization. The event was held at Dr. Festus Claybon Park in Madisonville.
Trent Martin (back to camera), Corbin Logan (at his feet) and Rudy Noel put up a tent on Aug. 2, 2013, for concessions at the Dust Bowl basketball tournament at Dr. Festus Claybon Park in Madisonville. The tournament, which continues through Aug. 4, is sponsored by Light of Chance.
Karen Daugherty, a teacher's associate for the preschool class at Grapevine Elementary School, works on the classroom bulletin board Tuesday afternoon. Students in the Hopkins County School District are back in school today. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Highlighted in gardens across Hopkins County Is the flower commonly known as the Belladonna Lily or Naked Lady which blooms mid to late summer. The flower which has the scientific name of Amaryllis belladonna, strangely has no leaves while it blooms. These specimens were in Mike Ruschell's yard on South Kentucky Avenue. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
John Calhoun (back to camera), an architect with Studio C of Nashville, goes over drawings with Hopkins County-Madisonville Public LIbrary officials Wednesday morning at the East Center Street property in Madisonville. Calhoun volunteered to help library board members compare the drawings with renovation work done inside the former Save-A-Lot building. Chris Bishoff, a construction specialist with the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, participated in the session. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
James Madison Middle School students participate in drills to teach them how to protect themselves in case of an earthquake Wednesday morning, the first day of the school year in the Hopkins County School District. Under a table are from the left, Jack Dodds (back to camera), Cole Lawrence, Jonah Clemens and Calvin Steppe.(Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Turbulent clouds traveling to the northeast over Madisonville were seen from the Elks Lodge parking lot Thursday afternoon. Although they only brought a light drizzle, they looked like they had potential to produce a bad storm. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Sierra Knight holds Mossy her new pet calico cat, just adopted at the Hopkins County Humane Society Thursday evening. They were attending the official opening and ribbon cutting at an open house to show the Humane Society's new facilities on Laffoon Trail. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
The musical entertainment for Friday Night Live was moved to the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts due to rain and the rest of the outdoor activities were cancelled. This is the first act on stage: Mayor Jackson and Friends. (Lowell Mendyk,The Messenger)
Susan Garcia, left, and Rachel Peirpont, right, received their keys for new homes from Judy McLean, center, Chairperson of the Family Selection Committee for Habitat for Humanity of Hopkins County. This was during a dedication service in front of one of the just completed houses on West Noel Avenue. The two families will be able to move in this coming week. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Dr. Mark Tackett of Owensboro Health Multicare Specialists in Madisonville speaks during a memorial service on Aug. 15, 2013, for Dr. Scott Gains who died Aug. 20, 2013, after a three-year battle with cancer.
Darryl Van Leer portrays Ray Charles on Aug. 16, 2013, at the Raise the Roof fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity at Madisonville's Ballard Center. In addition to entertaining Leer conducted a live auction.
Tuesday night clouds drifted over the moon, surrounding it with an orange cast. Folklore claims that rings around the moon forecast bad weather. If this wasn't a weather prediction, the effect was a good show. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Traffic lights were being added to the new access for both Madison Square Shopping Center and the New Mid-Town Commons Mall on Monday bring the intersection another step closer to completion. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Hopkins County Central High School will have its football homecoming during the halftime of a game tonight with Ballard Memorial. The candidates for king and queen are in the front row, from left, seniors Hannah Tow, Aaron Pendley, Aubree Dexter, Jacob Browning, Lacey Powell, Briana Barnett and Reid Scott (not present for picture: Heath Hawkins); in the second row, juniors Chelsea Lantrip, Shelby Myers, Casey Boyd, Chris Sherman, Katherine Porter, Cameron Pyle, Olivia Barber and Bo Smith; in the third row, sophomores Kaitlyn Marks, Austin Nabb, Breanna Duncan, Easton Cansler, Sydnie Woodruff, Triston Greer, Ashley Densmore and Chance Coates; and in the back row, freshmen Kayla Purdy, Kyle White, Morgan Myers, Chase French, Kaylee Joiner, Scott Davis, Sierra Simms and Caleb Wagoner. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Briana Barnett the daughter of Suzy and Eric Barnett of Madisonville, and Reid Scott, the son of Donna and Gary Scott of Hanson, were chosen Hopkins County Central's homecoming queen and king. They were crowned during the halftime of Central's game with Ballard Memorial Friday night. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Robert Brocks portrayal of Mark Twain in a Kentucky Chautaugua performance left the audience in stitches Tuesday night at Parkway Plaza Mall. The Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library hosted the program which was sponsored by the Kentucky Humanities Council. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
During an evening Madisonville Community College art class Talitha White, foreground, starts a sculpture project by creating a skin of newspaper strips, flour and water on a balloon base. The project will then have additional pieces added to form a sculpture that will be painted. In the back Lindsey Durham and Stacie Bailey are pictured. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
A black and yellow garden spider wraps up a meal of a dragonfly in a bush near the entrance to the Madisonville City Park. They are harmless to humans. Each night the spider consumes the center of the web and rebuilds it the next morning. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Signs at Anton Road have announce that Kentucky 85 was closed to through traffic Thursday. Vorst Paving, a CSX contractor, was repairing the crossing west of Anton. In the background, a CSX vehicle passes the crossing after using the down time to unload used railroad ties. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Madisonville-North Hopkins' Rachel Gootee prepares to kick a goal to bring the score up to 7-0 while Hopkins County Central's Monica Huff comes in from the side attempting to block the shot. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
This corn stalk man and his wagon decorate the front yard of Kirk and Freda Conrad on Neelie Web Road in Anton on Thursday. The wagon after years of use, was given to Kirk by his father, Claudie Conrad. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Demolition began Oct. 1 on what was once Charleston School. The Charleston Volunteer Fire Department purchased the building and the four acres surrounding it to build a new fire station. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
From left, Pam Alhert, board member and firefighter for the Charleston Volunteer Department, and Fire Chief Ralph Alhert unfurl a banner that once hung over the stage in the Charleston School gymnasium. The banner will hang in the portion of the building being saved from demolition. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Work crews have nearly completed modifications to the Western Kentucky ramps near the Charleston Road overpass. The project upgraded the ramps to meet specifications for the Interstate 69 Project. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Work crews have nearly completed modifications to the Western Kentucky ramps near the Charleston Road overpass. The project upgraded the ramps to meet specifications for the Interstate 69 Project. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Light shines through clouds and onto reclaimed wooded land just outside of Madisonville on Beulah Road. The trees pictured in the background had began changing into their fall colors Wednesday afternoon. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
An example Art Deco architecture can be found in front of Family Video on North Main Street. The glass blocks on the freestanding tower are illuminated after nightfall and provide a viewing experience for passersby. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Chip Tate executive director of United Way of the Coalfield presents the High School Community Impact Award to Hopkins County Central, which raised $864. Senior Haley Wright accepted the award for the school at Friday night's football game between Madisonville-North Hopkins and Central at Maroon Stadium. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Hopkins County Central's Josh Utley brings down Madisonville-North Hopkins' Ivonta White, but not in time to stop him from crossing the goal line in the second quarter of the game at Maroon Stadium.(Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Before Kesterson's Antiques occupied this building, located on the corner of Daves and Hall Streets, Kesterson's Grocery did business here. The sign from the old store was revealed Friday morning after aluminum siding was removed. Mike Phebus, on the ladder, and Tom West are in the process of cleaning up the last of the nails. Gigi Kesterson Smith, owner of the building, plans too apply a protective coating to keep the antique sign in its present condition. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Cecil "Wally" Salyers is seen here answering a question Thursday during cross examination by Commonwealth's Attorney David Massamore. Friday, a jury recommended Salyers serve 40 years in prison after finding him guilty of a number of sex crimes against children. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
A mob of zombies attack the Hopkins County Court House Saturday afternoon during the fourth-annual Zombie Walk. Participants in this free event leading up to Halloween paraded through the downtown area. Contests were held to pick the best zombie gait and the best costume. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Dr. Darren Chapman spoke at the "Think Pink" event Tuesday morning in the Trover Tower. He told attendees of the importance of early detection. Checking for breast cancer before symptoms are noticed saves lives, he said. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
Governor Steve Beshear spoke at the I-69 Development Conference Tuesday at the Eddie Ballard Convention Center. He emphasized the impact that the new interstate will have on the region. (Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)
On his way in to the I-69 Development Conference Tuesday at the Eddie Ballard Convention Center, Governor Steve Beshear took a moment to admire the cake created by Brenda DeMoss for the occasion.(Lowell Mendyk, The Messenger)