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Image 1 of The Messenger (Madisonville) August 19, 2012

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SPORTS COMMUNITY Central posts best score among Hopkins County schools MCC staffers awarded Frymire Family funding B1 D1 Good Morning Hopkins County SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2012 Madisonville, KY $1.25 Ballot positions set for election Drawings determined placement for Nov. 6 vote BY LAMAR BRYAN MESSENGER LEAD REPORTER LBRYAN@THE-MESSENGER.COM Ballot positions are set for candidates seeking office in Hopkins County during the Nov. 6 general election. Unlike the Kentucky Derby, HUMANE SOCIETY Bad economy biting cats, dogs p ost positions don’t necessarily help or hurt a candidate’s chances when voters go to the polls. The drawings took place Thursday afternoon at the County Clerk’s Office. Candidates had the option of attending the proceedings and drawing for their position on the ballot. Results of the drawings are d etailed below with candidates listed according to their placement on the ballot: MADISONVILLE CITY COUNCIL • Ward 1 — James C. Daniels, a D emocrat, is running against Mark Lee, an incumbent Repub- lican. • Ward 2 — Dr. Bill Smith, a Republican, is unopposed. • Ward 3 — Raymond Marion J r., an incumbent Democrat, is unopposed. • Ward 4 — Hannah Miner Myers, an incumbent Democrat, is unopposed. • Ward 5 — Bob Simmons, an incumbent Democrat, is challenged by Frank Stevenson, a Republican. • Ward 6 — Edward Melton, a Republican, is running against B illy H. Smith, an incumbent Democrat. DAWSON SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL Kenny R. Mitchell, Jackie Mathis, Rhonda C. Mills, Chasidy L. Chappell, Kenny Thomas, Rick SEE BALLOT/PAGE A2 Hopkins County Schools expands BRIGANCE program More dropped off, more euthanized BY DOREEN DENNIS MESSENGER STAFF WRITER DDENNIS@THE-MESSENGER.COM Even the cats and dogs are feeling the effects of a sluggish economy around Hopkins County. Two of the 32 Humane Soci ety’s collection boxes set out at l ocal businesses were stolen recently. “Our change collection houses have generated some extra money for the Humane Society,” said Lee C orum, president of the board. “ The money we collect really helps out to feed the animals.” The community needs to be aware that in some instances people will lift charity change meant for shelter dogs and cats, she said a t a board meeting earlier this week. She said the agency has also seen a slight increase in the number of pets brought in by people who simply cannot afford to feed them. “The economy is in bad shape,” C or um said. “They’re bringing (pets) to us because they have to buy food for their families.” Animals br ought into the Humane Society have also faced a Photos by Jim Pearson, The Messenger,, 824-3229 West Broadway kindergarten teacher Teresa Short asks Jaylynn Vincent to balance on one foot during a BRIGANCE Kindergarten Screen on Thursday afternoon in Madisonville. New testing for kindergartners SEE CATS/PAGE A2 J The Messenger staff appreciates all of our customers. Today, we would like to personally thank Debra Ford of Clay for subscribing to the paper. INSIDE TODAY Lifestyle Classifieds Food Dear Abby Lotteries Sports Opinion C1 D2-4 C6 C2 A2 B1 TODAY: A5 Mostly sunny High: 84 Low: 60 Vol. 95, No. 149 Established 1917 MONDAY: NEWS TIPS 824-3224 SPORTS 824-3226 CIRCULATION 824-3256 CLASSIFIEDS 824-3300 Isolated showers High: 84 Low: 61 More Weather A6 Vincent is one of 582 kindergartners districtwide who will go through the BRIGANCE Kindergarten Screen by ESCHMITT@THE-MESSENGER.COM   Sept. 20, according to school officials. The screenings take 10 to 15 aylynn Vincent stands balanced on minutes per child and help school one foot inside an office at West officials identify what level of Broadway Elementary. “Good,” the 5-year-old’s kindergarten educational experience kindergartners have upon entering school, said Melissa teacher Teresa Short tells her. Parker, curriculum consultant at West Short is testing Vincent’s motor Broadway. coordination skills as part of a BRIGANCE is not a new system, screening process being piloted at Parker said, adding the district has Hopkins County Schools. As part of been using its tools since 1990. her screening, Vincent is also asked to write her name and identify shapes, SEE TESTING/PAGE A4 colors, letters and numbers. BY ERIN SCHMITT MESSENGER STAFF WRITER West Broadway kindergartner Jaylynn Vincent is among 582 kindergartners districtwide who will go through the screeing program by Sept. 20. BATTLE OF THE BLUES Madisonville guitarist playing in national finals BY DOREEN DENNIS MESSENGER STAFF WRITER DDENNIS@THE-MESSENGER.COM A Madisonville man who has all the right moves playing guitar has made it as a finalist in the national Battle of the Blues competition in California. Boscoe France, 35, was one of six finalists of 3,500 entrants from across the U.S. who got a shot to be in the contest Saturday night. “I feel pretty comfortable about t he contest,” France said, a few h ours before the competition. He said he was eating Popsicles poolside with some of the other contestants at a posh hotel in Los Angeles. The guitarist said he would post the results on his Facebook page after the 9 p.m. competition to let ever yone know how he did. The winner receives $25,000 in prize money, along with studio time with a big-name producer, he said. France also mentioned he has made a lot of new friends since the search began in the spring for the best unknown blues guitarist. 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