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Image 1 of The Messenger (Madisonville) August 25, 2012

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SPORTS SPORTS Central looks to avenge last year’s loss to Rockets North to tangle with Mayfield Cardinals in tonight’s game B1 B1 Good Morning Hopkins County SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2012 Madisonville, KY 75¢ HOPKINS COUNTY TOURIST AND CONVENTION COMMISSION 2 tournaments generated $474,068 Baseball, disc golf events may support sports complex plan BY LAMAR BRYAN MESSENGER LEAD REPORTER LBRYAN@THE-MESSENGER.COM   The Hopkins County Regional Sports Complex project could receive a boost from an economic impact study looking at two sports ment had an estimated impact of $474,068 and supported 6.6 jobs. “A lot of people say that is how many jobs are created, and that is a false statement,” said Dr. Bruce Larsen, one of two representatives f rom the Bowling Green-based consulting firm. What the study indicates is revenue from the two events will suppor t 6.6 jobs in the community, Larsen said. The Hopkins County Tourist and Convention Commission fund- events held in the community this year. During a luncheon Friday, C hampion’s Choice Consulting r epor ted that the Madisonville P ro-Am Disc Golf Tournament a nd 5th Annual YAA/Amp Sla ton Memorial Baseball Tourna - MISSING WOMAN Mother fights to solve mystery ed the study, seeking more quantitative insights into the impact of local events. The youth baseball tournament g enerated $401,839 of the total revenue, with researchers using a model that estimated direct, indirect and induced spending. Surveys, filled out by 133 people, provided a number of insights. About 92 percent of the people at the tournament traveled at least 25 miles, Larsen said, and 90 percent came to the community only for this event. While there were 34 teams, the number of people a ttending in some capacity was estimated at 1,520, he said. Consultants calculated the economic impact by counting only 90 percent of the attendees — those from out of town who came only for the tournament. The impact of the disc golf t ournament, which had 73 competitors, was estimated at $72,229. SEE TOURNAMENTS/PAGE A2 Earlington uses iPads as learning resource Heather Teague was abducted 17 years ago BY BRUCE SCHREINER ASSOCIATED PRESS LOUISVILLE — Sarah Teague hasn’t given up hope of solving an a gonizing myster y confounding police since the mid-1990s, when her 23-year-old daughter was kidnapped while sunbathing on an Ohio River beach in western Kentucky. Sunday marks t he 17th anniver sar y of Heather Teague’s abduction f rom Newburgh B each in Henderson County. The one-time honor Heather Teague student and beauty c ontestant would now be 40 years old. “I believe with all my heart that every question I’ve ever asked will be answered,” her mother said Friday Sarah Teague said she thinks her daughter’s kidnapper is still on the loose: “There’s somebody out there that took Heather.” Kentucky State Police said in a release Friday that investigators are still searching for clues and answers. “Seventeen years later, we’re still full-steam ahead on trying to solve her case,” said state police Trooper Corey King. King, a spokesman for the KSP post at Henderson, said police have pursued every possible lead but to no avail. The investigation has Jim Pearson, The Messenger,, 824-3229 Clockwise from right, Logan Cobb, Keshawn Stone, Lakeia Tidwell, Mariano Eastwood and Elijah Majors work on iPads in their fifth grade class at Earlington Elementary School Friday afternoon as their teacher Scott Moore answers questions. Technology generation BY ERIN SCHMITT MESSENGER STAFF WRITER ESCHMITT@THE-MESSENGER.COM   EARLINGTON Pads are the new interactive textbooks at Earlington Elementary. The school purchased a cart of 30 iPads last April for classrooms to use as another learning resource. Math, science and reading apps are all just a few taps away now for students. “You see the future,” principal Karen Mackey said about the devices. “Kids i know technology and if we don’t get on the bandwagon of teaching what they know, we’re going to lose them.” The iPads were funded through Title I from the district and school, Mackey said. It cost $18,000, but that included initial setup. Introducing iPads into the classroom at Earlington is called the Innovative Education for Accelerating Rigorous Learning project (iEarl), she said. Teachers may check out the iEarl cart using an electronic system. “The teachers fight over who gets to use them,” she said with a laugh. Math teacher Scott Moore had the cart checked out on Friday for his fourth- and fifth-grade classes. With his own iPad in hand, Moore walked around the room helping students as they answered questions about place value on an application called Nearpod. Each student has to sign into their iPads by name and Moore can check their status on their work with his teacher’s application. SEE TECHNOLOGY/PAGE A3 SEE MYSTERY/PAGE A2 Water works From left, Earlington city employees A.J. Mitchell, James Key, Jerry Hicks and Wade Skinner finish installing a water faucet next to the mini-park in downtown Earlington. The city is in the process of refurbishing the park, complete with new sod and a fountain. Jim Pearson, The Messenger,, 824-3229 The Messenger staff appreciates all of our customers. Today, we would like to personally thank Barbara Blankenship of St. Charles for subscribing to the paper. 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