Some bar and restaurant managers in western Kentucky worry their businesses and employees could financially struggle following new restrictions announced Wednesday by Gov. Andy Beshear to limit the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the state.

City of Madisonville

Madisonville and Hopkins County officials teamed up Friday to offer an update on the local response to the coronavirus pandemic, and share details regarding voting changes for the upcoming primary election. 

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Hopkins County officials are begging citizens to heed the advice of health organizations as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county continues to increase. 

Commonwealth of Kentucky

Kentucky has added another location to issue Real ID licenses.

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The recently-elected Hopkins County Judge-Executive and Madisonville Mayor are emphasizing unity to tackle community issues and agreed it’s time to move forward with a long-anticipated sportsplex project. Judge-Executive Jack Whitfield and Mayor Kevin Cotton joined local mayors in a state of the city and county address to Hopkins County business leaders this week.

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A restaurant in Madisonville suffered fire damage Wednesday morning. Ferrell's Hamburgers and Special Breakfast posted on Facebook a photo showing a destroyed interior. 

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The owner of a fireworks tent in Madisonville had their Fourth of July go up in flames after the business caught fire early Thursday morning. 

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Officials say a plastics maker is expanding a Kentucky production facility and adding 79 jobs.

The City of Madisonville, KY via Facebook

Madisonville Police Chief Wade Williams is retiring at the end of the month after 20 years of service. 

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  Madisonville residents looking for a ride across town can now use the ride-sharing service Lyft. Local driver Craig Ferfecki said the area could benefit from Lyft, as it serves as an alternative to taxicabs and public buses that only offer services certain times during the week.