The Madisonville City Council is considering making its mayor and city council elections non-partisan, which would eliminate those primaries.

City Councilman Mark Lee has led the move. He said most other cities—404 out of 418 in Kentucky—elect their city officials in non-partisan elections.

Madisonville's GE Aviation plant is cutting 80 positions by mid-September through layoffs and retirements.  


Sixty of the 120 counties in Kentucky are underserved due to lack of physicians serving in small towns, but that health problem is being addressed by the University of Louisville School of Medicine's rural medical accelerated track program or RMAT. Dr. William Crump is Associate Dean of the school at Baptist Health Madisonville and speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the groundbreaking program.

Commentary: Bandit (A Boy and His Cat)

Aug 22, 2014

Madisonville author Patricia Wiles returns as a WKMS commentator after a hiatus of many years. She reflects on "Bandit," the story of her son and his cat, from kitten to college.

Madisonville author Patricia Wiles returns as a WKMS commentator after a hiatus of many years. In "Serendipity," the first of her latest series, she channels Bob Ross and reflects on how sometimes the best stories come from "happy accidents."

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The city of Madisonville isn’t taking any chances this winter by stocking up on extra salt in preparation for icy roads and it's costing extra. 

photo by Robert Wyatt

Madisonville goes all out on the week of 4th of July, featuring baseball, fireworks, live music, outdoor movie night and more. Hopkins County's Tourism and Convention Commission Executive Director Trish Noel joins us on Sounds Good to talk about 4th Fest, starting tomorrow (Tuesday, July 1) with Praise in the Park starting at 6 p.m. Hear the conversation:

Madisonville-based filmmaker PJ Woodside of Big Biting Pig Productions joins us on Sounds Good ahead of the premiere of their new film "The Caretakers," this Saturday at the Ballard Convention Center. The film tells the story of an aging caretaker for a powerful vampire hunting down a rogue half-breed vampire while training two apprentices. Kate Lochte speaks with Woodside about the locally-produced film.

"A tale of two brothers, wrapped up in circumstances that could have only ever happened in Kentucky."

The Middle Ground is a Civil War era film set and currently being shot in western Kentucky - primarily in Owensboro and Madisonville. We met the filmmakers on Sounds Good, with Murray State connections: Director/Writer Dallas Lee Blanton, Actors/Producers Angela Yonts and Nathan Austin. Featuring actors and extras from western Kentucky, the film includes a reenactment of the Battle of Sacramento and a on-location shoot in a homestead from the era.

Madisonville Attorney and Chair of the city council's economic development committee Mark Lee comes to Sounds Good with information on the 1 Million Cups movement. Building a supportive, conducive culture for entrepreneurship is important for community improvement and this program seeks to engage entrepreneurs on local levels, now in 40 cities - recently Madisonville, the first affiliate in Kentucky. He explains the movement and how individuals can get involved.

Hear the conversation: