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Madisonville Fire Chief to Retire Dec. 31

December 17, 2018
MADISONVILLE, Ky. (12/17/18) — Madisonville Fire Department Chief Ray Wyatt will retire Dec. 31 after serving the community for nearly three decades. He served as a city firefighter for eight years, and then was promoted to engineer for eight years.…

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Storm Outlast McLean County, 81-78

December 18, 2018 Steve LeMaster
MADISONVILLE, Ky. (12/18/18) — Hopkins County Central halted a two-game losing skid on Monday night, outlasting visiting McLean County 81-78 in a boys' high school basketball…
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REGIONAL: McCracken Inmate Death…

Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (12/18/18) — The death of a McCracken County Jail inmate has been preliminarily determined as suicide after a Kentucky State Police investigation. KSP Post 1 said Ronald G. Ledbetter, 35 of Smithland was found by McCracken County Jail staff hanging in his cell shortly after 1 a.m. Dec. 14. Jail staff administered first aid until medical crews arrived that transported him to…
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U.S. Rep. Comer Marks End of 115th…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (12/18/18) — 2018 has been packed with important debate, deliberation, and compromises as well as many successes. My Republican colleagues and I have worked hard to deliver on our promises to the American people and to uphold President Trump’s America-first agenda. While perspectives are diverse among the 435 Members of the House of Representatives, each of us play a significant…
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Hopkins County Sheriff’s Reports — Dec.…

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HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (12/18/18) — Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office released the following reports today: Jeremy R. Beaven of Boonville, Indiana was charged Dec. 17 with public intoxication (excludes alcohol). Steven R. Conrad of Madisonville was charged Dec. 17 with public intoxication (excludes alcohol). Timothy L. Groves of Nortonville was charged Dec. 17 with failure to pay court costs and…
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USDA Offering Loans to Build Broadband…

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UNITED STATES (12/18/18) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced that the United States Department of Agriculture is offering up to $600 million in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers and municipalities may apply for funding through USDA’s new…
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Mayfield to Get New Hemp Facility; 80…

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WESTERN KENTUCKY (12/18/18) — Kentucky continues its role as a national leader in the burgeoning hemp industry as Gov. Matt Bevin recently announced GenCanna Global USA Inc., a hemp genetics and cannabidiol formulation company based in Winchester, will add a new facility in Graves County with a $40 million investment expected to create 80 full-time jobs. “Kentucky is quickly establishing itself…
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Madisonville Public Works Christmas…

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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (12/18/18) — In observance of Christmas, the city of Madisonville Public Works Department announced it will be closed Dec. 24-25. Customers for the Monday sanitation and recycle route will be served Friday, Dec. 21. The Tuesday route will run Wednesday, Dec. 26. SurfKY News
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Princeton Police Reports Released -…

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PRINCETON, Ky. (12/18/18) — The Princeton Police Department recently released the following reports: Cameron D. Malone, 19 of South Harrison Street, was cited to court Dec. 12 with theft by unlawful taking less than $500. Larry E. Oliver, 63 of Hendersonville, Tennessee was charged Dec. 13 on a Simpson County failure to appear warrant. Michael D. Larue, 40 of Henderson was charged Dec. 13 on a…
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E.coli Romaine Link Narrowed to…

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KENTUCKY (12/18/18) — The FDA, along with CDC, state and local agencies, is investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to romaine lettuce grown in California this fall. The Public Health Agency of Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency are also coordinating with U.S. agencies as they investigate a similar outbreak in Canada. On Dec. 13, Adam Bros. Farming, Inc.,…
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MARKET COMMENTARY: Investor Concerns…

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KENTUCKY (12/18/18) — It never feels good when the stock market heads south, and that’s what happened last week. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Nasdaq Composite all moved into correction territory, which means the indices have fallen 10 percent or more from their previous peaks. If you look at corporate earnings, the decline in U.S. stock values may seem a bit…
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Madisonville Police Department Reports…

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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (12/17/18) — Madisonville Police Department released the following reports today: Joseph C. Kimbrew of Madisonville was charged Dec. 14 with eight counts of contempt of court. Destiny L. Simmons of Mayfield was charged Dec. 14 with third-degree forgery and two counts of theft by deception (less than $10,000-Union County and Ballard County). Destiny L. Simmons of Madisonville was…
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Bevin Calls Special Session to Address…

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (12/17/18) — Gov. Matt Bevin announced at a press conference today in Frankfort that he is calling a special legislative session this week to address Kentucky's looming public pension crisis. The governor issued the following statement: "Today, I am convening the General Assembly into special session to enact vital legislation that will be a meaningful first step toward shoring up…
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GLENN MOLLETTE: We Still Need Christmas

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KENTUCKY (12/17/18) — Merchants around the world depend on the Christmas season each year for 20 - 50 percent of their yearly sales. The travel industry from airlines to gasoline stations see a nice bump during the holidays. People are going to buy airplane tickets and buy gasoline. Grocery stores do better during the holidays. People cook more for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. The…
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Caldwell, Crittenden, Lyon Officials…

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WESTERN KENTUCKY (12/17/18) — Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials briefed elected leaders from Caldwell, Crittenden and Lyon counties today to update them on the status of potential routes for an improved U.S. 641 between Fredonia and Eddyville. The proposed expansion would connect with a recently completed U.S. 641 improvement project between Fredonia and Marion. The Cabinet has not…
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Inspired Organics Almond Butter Being…

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KENTUCKY (12/17/18) — Inspired Organics, LLC has issued a voluntary recall of Organic Almond Butter due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term…
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$26M in Federal Grants Awarded to…

Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
FRANKFORT, Ky. (12/17/18) — The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet is awarding more than $26 million in federal grants to programs that assist victims of violent crime or help combat violence against women, Gov. Matt Bevin and Justice Secretary John Tilley announced today. The funds are part of two federal grant programs – the Victims of Crime Act, known as VOCA, and the STOP Violence…
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Dawson Springs Police Department…

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DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. (12/17/18) — Dawson Springs Police Department released the following reports today: Kacey L. Finney, 21 of Nortonville was charged Dec. 7 with failure to appear. Jacob T. McKinney, 20 of Princeton was charged Dec. 15 with public intoxication (excludes alcohol). Gary W. Ahlert, 27 of Dawson Springs was charged Dec. 16 with public intoxication. SurfKY News Staff Report

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Mary Elizabeth Jones, 95, of Princeton

December 18, 2018
PRINCETON, KY., — Mary Elizabeth Jones, 95, of Princeton passed away Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Christian Care Center in Kuttawa. Graveside services will be held at the Cedar Hill Cemetery on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 10am. There will be no visitation…

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