Madisonville

Government
5:09 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Madisonville Looking at Options in Contract Dispute with KU

A Madisonville official says the city is weighing its options as the effective date of a disputed contract with electricity provider Kentucky Utilities nears. In September, KU notified the city of impending changes to the parties’ contract that would take effect April 23rd.

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Jobs
3:15 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Borden Dairy Announces Closure of Goldenrod Plant in Madisonville

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  The Goldenrod dairy plant in Madisonville will close within the next two months, resulting in a loss of 139 jobs.

Hopkins County Judge-Executive Donnie Carroll said the loss will take a toll on families, especially with holidays approaching, but steps have been taken to lessen the impact.

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Government
11:09 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Madisonville Police Department To Replace Patrol Car Computers

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The Madisonville Police Department is looking to update its squad car computers.  Madisonville Police Chief Wade Williams said their current computers are eight years old and completely worn down.

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Government
12:05 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Second Public Mahr Park Hearing Set for Tuesday

Madisonville officials will host the second public comment hearing Tuesday on the Mahr Park north of town.

The meetings are designed to help the park committee establish a master plan for the 265-acre park donated to the city by the late Glema  Mahr. 

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Society
7:31 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Police: Rash of storm grate thefts in Madisonville

Hopkins County Courthouse in Madisonville
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Madisonville police are asking the public's help after a rash of storm grate thefts have left exposed holes around the city.  Lieutenant Jason Lutz says the thefts ran through May and June and roughly 30 grates have been taken. He says the thefts have left dangerously large openings exposed in the ground that could lead to injuries or damage to passing vehicles. 

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Education
10:43 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Former Madisonville Teacher Faces Sodomy Charges

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A Florida man faces charges of having sex with a minor when he was a teacher at Madisonville's Browning Springs Middle School.

Police arrested twenty-four-year-old Samuel Yardley Hann for sex and related communications with a fourteen-year-old student earlier this month.

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Crime
12:33 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Judge Tosses Out Lawsuit Over Missing Ky. Woman

U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell
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A federal judge has dismissed a Madisonville woman's lawsuit regarding her daughter's 17-year-old unsolved kidnapping case.

U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell ruled that Sarah Teague  brought her case to court too late to be prosecuted and that her allegations lack merit.

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Society
12:29 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Madisonville Library Board Faces Bidding Violation Allegations

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  Hopkins County Attorney Todd P'Pool said the Madisonville Public Library board didn't follow procedures when hiring contractors to renovate a library building, but board members acted in good faith.

Library Foundation members are criticizing the renovation and associated costs and using the violation to force the resignation of board member Bill Smith.  State code outlines that a publicly funded entity must publicly solicit competitive bidding for projects with components that exceed $20,000. The library broad didn't solicit bids for the projects. P’Pool said the problems are technical in nature rather than criminal.

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Society
3:30 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Madisonville May Re-Legalize Beekeeping

Beekeeping in Madisonville may no longer be illegal, thanks to a proposed city ordinance that passed its first reading Monday.

Councilman Mark Lee sponsored the ordinance and says bees are an important part of the local ecology and hopes, if passed, the ordinance would slowly reintroduce private operations in the city.

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Society
12:47 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Baptist Health Madisonville CEO to Retire

Baptist Health Madisonville’s president and CEO is retiring in July after 35 years in healthcare management. Berton Whitaker has been with the Madisonville healthcare system since 2006 and led the transition from Trover Health System to Baptist Health, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Kentucky.

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