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Snow-induced emergency response needs have the Madisonville Police Department gassing up its fleet of surplus military equipment.

Chief Wade Williams said the department has 4 unarmored utility hummers to be used in adverse conditions like these. He said both police and emergency responders are using the vehicles for residential calls.

“Someone may be out of a critical medicine or oxygen, or someone that’s home-ridden. From that end all the way over to we’ve had several large scale accidents involving semis and trying to get people into shelter that were stuck on the roadway. Normal vehicles wouldn’t travel in a lot of this,” Williams said.

He says the hummers are unarmored and usually only rolled out during extreme weather, but are also used in drug enforcement.

“Unfortunately we have methamphetamine issue here in Kentucky and sometimes those labs are ad-hoc, off road, in some desolate area that we need some of these vehicles to get to,” Williams said.

Credit Jessica Dockery, Lead Reporter for the The Madisonville Messenger newspaper

The fight for transgender rights continues at Madisonville-North Hopkins High School. Fifteen to 20 students and community members rallied Saturday on the old courthouse lawn in downtown Madisonville. 

Organizers currently have more than 300 signatures on a petition circulating the school. The petition requests teachers call students by their preferred pronouns and to allow students to use bathrooms for the gender of their choosing.  Currently transgender students are asked to use handicap/unisex restrooms. The Madisonville Messenger’s Lead Reporter Jessica Dockery covered the weekend rally.

“The students did have a lot of support it seemed by folks driving by, honking their horns hollering positive things outside of the windows,” said Dockery.  “I didn’t really see any negative reactions from the community while I was there. “

Dockery says the protestors weren’t just from MNHHS. Students from Hopkins County Central High School and some home-schooled students also attended the Saturday rally.

Dockery said the organizers of the rally are trying to promote awareness.

Madisonville Community College has reached a fifth of its goal towards a Murray State University Postsecondary Education building on campus. 

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. 

Grand Jury Clears Madisonville Police in Shooting

Jul 30, 2014

A grand jury has cleared Madisonville police in the shooting death of a 35-year-old man who pulled a weapon last month.

Kentucky State Police said a Hopkins County grand jury heard evidence in the case Tuesday and declined to indict in the death of Douglas M. Seaton of Madisonville.

State police said Seaton was stopped by local police June 21 but fled, with officers pursuing him for about a mile. State police said Seaton got out of his vehicle, brandished a firearm and wouldn't comply with police commands as he approached officers. According to state police, Madisonville police fired shots, hitting Seaton, and he died at the scene.

State police said the two Madisonville officers, who weren't identified, were placed on paid administrative leave, which is agency policy.

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State Representative Ben Waide was indicted Tuesday by a Franklin County grand jury for allegedly violating campaign finance laws.

According to a news release from the Kentucky Attorney General's Office, the grand jury returned a two-count felony indictment against Waide, who is a Republican from Hopkins County.  The charges relate to his 2010 campaign for state representative. 

The investigation began when a complaint was filed in January with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance by shareholders of Liberty Rehabilitation, PSC. Waide is accused of illegally accepting about $10,000 in campaign contributions from Liberty, a Madisonville company where he was a partner.  He also alleged submitted some $6,000 in receipts to his campaign fund for reimbursement of expenses he did not incur. 

Waide is scheduled for arraignment August 29 Franklin Circuit Court. His attorney, so far, has not returned a call for comment.

Records show a memorial for veterans in the western Kentucky city of Madisonville ended up costing more than three times the original estimate.

The Messenger reports records show the final price for the memorial was $358,000, which includes the use of city equipment and work done by city employees.

Mayor David Jackson disagreed with the newspaper's calculation, saying indirect expenses such as using city equipment shouldn't count for the total cost which would bring the total down to about $275,000. He said he would "vehemently disagree" with anyone who said the project cost too much.

A Kentucky man who bought a beat up metal detector on a whim at a yard sale used his new toy to rediscover a lost anniversary gift. David Tincher of Madisonville paid $10 for the detector on Monday, and started poking around the yard. Tincher told The Messenger the initial search went slowly--a few nails and some old tools at the house built in 1792.