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Local News for November 1, 2012

By: Boyce Tate
Nov 1st, 2012

48MADISONVILLE            The organization that provides Western Kentucky with hospital services is about to change its name.  Today, Trover Health System becomes Baptist Health Madisonville.  Baptist Health is the biggest hospital system in the state.   Trover President and CEO E. Berton Whitaker says both organizations have the same goals and objectives.  The event is being celebrated because the change means more doctors, new and improved facilities, advanced technology, and access to Baptist Health's network of hospitals and specialists. The decision to merge resulted from numerous changes in the healthcare industry. One change involves the Trover Tower.  It  will be renamed the Loman Trover Tower Research and Education Center.

21WEBSTER COUNTY            The Webster County district judge who was injured while hunting deer two weeks go is expecting to return to the bench in the near future.  In an open letter, Daniel Heady says he hopes people will continue to pray. He presently cannot walk but is expecting to return to his normal functions soon. Substituting for Judge Heady is Senior Judge Robert Soder.

48MADISONVILLE            A firm that closed down its Madisonville facility last year has had a change of heart.  Berry Plastics will being taking applications before the end of the year and eventually, 420 workers will someday be located at 515 Island Park Drive. The Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Council negotiated the project for several months with Berry.  Now, some are wondering if this could trigger more business growth. 

27MUHLENBERG COUNTY            The drug bust in Bremen in early September is turning out to be more significant than originally thought.  The Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s Department says Suprina Matheny of 13-630 Highway 181 may have been involved in the distribution of large amounts of crystal methamphetamine. The Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force says Matheny turned herself in last Friday and is now in the detention center.  Initially, only marijuana and digital scales were found on her property.

35CHRISTIAN COUNTY            Christian County authorities have a suspect in a robbery.  Authorities were able to locate 27-year-old William McKinley Fields of Cadiz at a Wal-Mart in Murray.  The owner of a Hopkinsville business is being treated for head trauma at Vanderbilt.  After the robbery, 74-year-old Kenneth Golladay of the Country Boy’s Store at 58-45 Gracey-Herndon Road dialed 9-1-1 and drove himself to the emergency room.  The Sheriff’s Department says Fields is charged with robbery and attempted murder. Golladay is listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

32HOPKINS COUNTY            The Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce is excited about their Holiday Open House that's coming up on November 2nd and 3rd.

24WASHINGTON, D.C.            Later this month, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power will receive an award.  The Washington Coal Club’s Annual Achievement Award will go to U-S Representative Ed Whitfield of District 1 here in Kentucky for his outstanding achievement in advocating the use of coal.  Mr. Whitfield says he will continue to protect coal and coal miners because it provides one of the cheapest forms of electricity.

18HOPKINS COUNTY            All Hopkins County veterans and those who are active in the military are invited to a Veterans Day assembly at Hopkins County Central High School.  Veterans are invited to breakfast at 8:30 on November 5th.  The program begins at 9:20.  Today is the last day to contact the school.  And speaking of veterans, the annual Veterans Day Parade in Madisonville is Sunday afternoon at 2.