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Society
4:22 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Hopkins Co. Sheriff Hit with Cease and Desist Request from County Attorney

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Hopkins County Attorney Todd P’Pool has slapped Sheriff Frank Latham with a cease and desist request after allegedly threatening legal action against the Madisonville Police Department over jurisdiction gripes.

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Government
1:06 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Longtime Hopkins County Clerk Takes Name Off Ballot Minutes Before Deadline

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Longtime Hopkins County Clerk Devra Steckler withdrew her candidacy for the post minutes before the deadline Tuesday.

 “I had every, every intention of running at least one more time when I filed on Nov. 6. And after I went to my dad’s birthday party, his 79th birthday party, it just kind of hit me Friday night,” she said. “And I was wondering if I was doing the right thing by committing to another five years. I just feel like my parents… I just felt the need that I need to be there for them.”

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Government
3:58 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Carroll Running for Third Term as Hopkins Judge-Executive

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Hopkins County Judge-Executive Donnie Carroll says he plans to file for re-election by the end of this week. Carroll, a Democrat, says there are several projects he will focus on if given a third term.

“We still would concentrate on our road projects,” Carroll said. “We’ve been fortune enough to build some new facilities for our road departments and our animal shelters and things like that. I still would concentrate on economic development.”

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Police
1:07 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

KSP and Sheriff Depts. Stretch To Cover Local Law Enforcement Gap

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The Kentucky State Police and local sheriff departments are stretching their staffs to cover a shortfall in local law enforcement presence.

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Government
11:13 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Committee Scraps Fundraising Plan for Regional Sports Complex

Hopkins County will not seek a $4 million fundraising campaign to support the county’s planned regional sports complex.

The Recreation, Buildings and Grounds Committee Tuesday told representatives from Strategic Development Consultants the county would not need their services. 

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Government
3:09 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Two Hopkins County Attorneys Announce Candidacy For District Judge

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Two Hopkins County attorneys have announced their bid for the seat of a district court judge who's set to retire in 2015.

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Society
4:53 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Madisonville Chamber Director on the I-69 Development Conference

Kate Lochte speaks with Hopkins County-Madisonville Chamber Director Lee Lingo about its upcoming I-69 Kentucky Development Conference presented by Rogers Group. The purpose of the Conference, presented by Rogers Group, Inc. is to help communities prepare for the economic benefits and transitions of the I-69 Corridor that is a planned 55 mile freeway overlapping portions of I-24 and the Western Kentucky Parkway, to improve trade and travel across western Kentucky. The Conference is on Tuesday, October 15, from 8:30 am to 5 pm at the Ballard Convention Center in Madisonville. Click here to find out more about the event and how to participate.

Government
4:09 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Cabinet Confirms 15 Cases of Salmonella in Western Ky.

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The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has confirmed 15 cases of salmonella poisoning in Hopkins, Webster and Muhlenberg counties.

The outbreak, which was declared in mid-September, has claimed one life and left five people hospitalized. Cabinet officials say the same genetic fingerprint links at least eight regional salmonella cases. 

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Health
11:48 am
Thu September 26, 2013

10 Cases of Salmonella Confirmed in Hopkins County, 1 Fatality

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  Health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak in Hopkins County, with 10 confirmed cases and one fatality.

Environmental supervisor for the Hopkins County Health Department Barry Franklin said an investigation has begun to determine the cause of the outbreak.

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Gas Leak
12:13 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Natural Gas Leaks Leads To School And Town Evacuation

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A natural gas leak Tuesday forced the evacuation of 885 Hopkins County High School students. No injuries were reported.

Hopkins County Sheriff Deputy Jeremy Crick said the leak started around mid-morning when an Atmos Energy service crew was performing routine maintenance in Mortons Gap. Crick said one of the crew accidentally ran over a connector pipe causing a cap to blow off. Emergency management officials notified the school as well as city authorities. Mayor Frank Stafford issued a mandatory evacuation of the area at 11:45 am. Traffic on US 41 was halted for several hours while fire crews shut off gas lines. Stafford said the evacuation of 400 residents was based more on the risk of an explosion rather than the risk of gas inhalation.

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