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Image 1 of The Messenger (Madisonville) August 8, 2012

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SPORTS SPORTS Lady Storm’s effort shows promise for season U.S. Olympic athletes have another fine day B1 B1 Good Morning Hopkins County WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2012 Madisonville, KY 75¢ 2 men plead guilty to multiple crimes Manslaughter, robbery, burglary among charges BY DOREEN DENNIS MESSENGER STAFF WRITER DDENNIS@THE-MESSENGER.COM Two Madisonville men linked to a series of home invasions and a fatal traffic accident in 2010 will be spending several years behind bars. Christopher Adams, 21, pleaded guilty to first-degree man slaughter, which was reduced from a murder charge. Adams also pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and first-degree assault. The prosecutor recommended a prison sentence of 17 years. In exchange degree burglar y for Adams’ plea, a a nd first-degree f irst-degree rob a ssault. A second bery charge, three c harge of firstc ounts of wanton degree burglar y endangerment, was dropped, first-degree fleeing along with a wan or evading police, ton endangerment r eceiving stolen Christopher charge and a firstPhillip p roperty and four degree attempted Windham Adams counts of theft by b urglar y charge. u nlawful taking were dropped, The prosecutor recommended at according the court documents. 15-year sentence for the crimes. Phillip Windham, 22, pleaded Joseph Aniz, 17, of guilty to first-degree robbery, first- Madisonville, a passenger in a sto- len car driven by Adams, suffered multiple blunt force trauma when t he vehicle collided with a coal truck at the Nortonville four-way stop on Feb. 20, 2010. Adams was initially charged w ith murder in connection to Aniz’s death. Adams and Windham were flown by medical helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville after the wreck, along with a 15-year-old girl who was also in the car. She SEE CRIMES/PAGE A2 RELAY FOR LIFE Damage to roads addressed Events on tap to raise cash Group wants to hit $140,000 mark BY ERIN SCHMITT MESSENGER STAFF WRITER ESCHMITT@THE-MESSENGER.COM Jim Pearson, The Messenger,, 824-3229 A logging truck exits Kentucky 2171 near the Pennyrile Parkway onto Saw Mill Road as it prepares to drop off a load at B&K Wood Products Tuesday afternoon. Hopkins Fiscal Court is studying new regulations that would hold logging operations responsible for county road damage. County reviews logging ordinance BY LAMAR BRYAN MESSENGER LEAD REPORTER LBRYAN@THE-MESSENGER.COM Hopkins Fiscal Court voiced unanimous support Tuesday for an ordinance that will help hold logging companies responsible for damage to county roads. An increased interest in oil and gas drilling, fueled by rising petroleum prices, poses a new threat to roads and may need to be addressed in the near future. The logging ordinance, developed over several months with input from county-based loggers, is designed to be business friendly, according to Magistrate Shaun Roberts, chairman of the transportation committee “Our local loggers were not the problem, but they were part of the solution,” he said. The ordinance addresses problems Companies failing to comply with the regc aused mostly by loggers based in other ulation would be subject to fines of $100 for counties or other states, Roberts said. Some the first violation, $500 for the second violao f these companies would come into the tion and a one-year suspension of logging county after dark, he said, and privileges for the third violaleave before sunup with heavy Companies failing to tion. loads of timber, which would In an advisor y vote, all comply would be tear up roads. seven magistrates supportUnder the proposed guide- subject to suspension of ed the ordinance, which is lines, companies would have to scheduled for second read logging privileges for register with the county prior ing and a final vote on Aug. to starting logging operations. the third violation. 21. T he county road foreman Prior to the cour t would meet with a representameeting, the transportive of the logging company to identify the tation committee discussed the log best route for use during operations and to ging ordinance and lear ned of oil and c onduct a pre-inspection to evaluate road SEE LOGGING/PAGE A3 conditions. More America in Bloom contest ideas under way BY ZIRCONIA ALLEYNE MESSENGER STAFF WRITER A watering cart is at the top of t he wish list for the America In Bloom steering committee. During a meeting Tuesday, floral display team leader Jenny Gibson said a used Gator or golf cart would help with maintaining the flower pots downtown. Sixty-three pots were pur chased by local businesses for the b loom contest this summer and t he committee plans to stay on top of their upkeep. The golf cart w ould be used to carr y a water pump when the plants are watered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Gibson also thought of using the cart as a marketing tool for next year’s contest. “We could get local artists to paint it with flowers and the logo,” she said. The committee considered asking the Madisonville City Park Golf Course for a cart. Community S er vice Director Leslie Curneal said the golf course is currently using all of its carts. “If they ever had any that they wanted to retire, I’m sure it would be possible for us to get one,” she said. The steering committee is continuing to think of ideas for the Pennyrile Parkway exit landscaping project. Blue Boy Landscaping esti mated that each of the eight exits w ould cost $11,865. The price included five 2-inch trees, 12 Forsythia, 75 junipers, 20 spirea, 60 scoops of mulch, fabric, compost, stakes for all trees and all labor to complete the job. Curneal pointed out that price didn’t include the poppies and flag d isplay the committee wants to include at Exit 42. Committee members agreed t hat the final plan needed to be s elf-sustainable. For now, their focus will be cultivating the grass, removing weeds and keeping the exits free of trash. “My hope is that we can Hopkins County Relay For Life officials are counting on a trio of upcoming events to help the nonprofit reach its fundraising goal b efore the fiscal year ends on Aug. 31. Co-chair Candace Ashby esti mates Relay has raised approximately $137,000 as of Tuesday. “Between the pig harvest, tractor drive and 5k run, the three last t hings for the fiscal year, we’re hoping that will push us to at least the $140,000 mark,” she said. Relay’s third annual 5k run and 1.5 mile fun walk is the first of the three benefits, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. “Come out, register and be ready to run and have fun,” said organizer Laura Petway. Preregistration is already under way, but organizer Jeremy S mith said he imagines quite a few people will wait until the day of the race to sign up. The preregistration fee is $20, while the race day fee is $25. Preregistration can be mailed i n care of Smith at 914 Leeper L ane, Providence, KY., 42450. SEE RELAY/PAGE A2 The Messenger staff appreciates all of our customers. Today, we would like to personally thank James Shelton of Dixon for subscribing to the paper. INSIDE TODAY Business Classifieds Comics Town Crier Lotteries Sports Opinion A4 B4-6 B7 A6 A2 B1 TODAY: A5 Sunny, hot, dry High: 95 Low: 70 Vol. 95, No. 139 Established 1917 THURSDAY: NEWS TIPS 824-3224 SPORTS 824-3226 CIRCULATION 824-3256 CLASSIFIEDS 824-3300 Late showers High: 93 Low: 68 More Weather A6 SEE BLOOM/PAGE A2 Meet Our New Physician Here to help you get well and stay well. Juveria Tawwab, MD To schedule an appointment, please call 270.825.7200. 200 Clinic Drive ● Madisonville, KY 270.825.7200

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