COVID-19

The Hopkins County Tourist and Convention Commission, like most US destinations, is monitoring news reports, CDC updates, and official websites, especially that of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Social distancing is key during this time, but we also understand and acknowledge the importance of supporting local businesses.

We’ve created this page as a resource for those in and around Hopkins County to stay up-to-date with closures, changes to schedule, and changes to business models during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Health

Baptist Health Madisonville has changed their visitation policy beginning Monday, March 22, to help protect their patients, staff, and visitors. They are asking for no visitors in the facility except for the following situations: Cancer Center: All non-essential visitors should stay home; Emergency Surgery: One visitor only; Minor patients: May have one guardian in the facility with them; Mother/Baby and Labor & Delivery: One support person only; Dependent adults: One visitor only; End-of-life situations: One to two immediate family members plus clergy. When visiting, remember to wash your hands with soap and water when entering and leaving patient rooms. Those with fever, runny nose, body aches, or respiratory symptoms should not visit. They understand these temporary restrictions may be difficult for patients and their loved ones, but Baptist Health Madisonville is taking these necessary steps to protect patients and staff. They encourage the use of Skype, video chats and phone calls via the patient’s personal devices.

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, they will implement a Controlled Access Plan for entry. The main hospital lobby doors will remain closed during this time. Patients and visitors are asked to enter the facility through the following entrances: Heart & Vascular Lobby M-F 7 am – 5 pm, Merle M. Mahr Cancer Center (cancer patients and their support person only, please) M-F 7 am – 5 pm, Emergency Department (all emergency patients) 24/7, and Same Day Surgery M-F 6 am – 5 pm. You will be screened, with temperatures taken, at these entry points before being allowed into the facility. Please allow time for screening when you arrive. Baptist Health Madisonville respectfully requests that all outside food and floral deliveries cease during this time. They apologize for any inconvenience to their patients and their loved ones but wish to maintain the safest environment possible for everyone. 

Donate Blood: Baptist Health has a blood bank set up at The Lions Club and are accepting donations via *ONLY* scheduled appointments. This is an incredible way that YOU can directly impact 3 people. Call (270)825-5150 to schedule your appointment.

Bluegrass Pharmacy is offering drive-thru, curbside, and delivery pick up of medications and home medical supplies. To help protect you and their team, they are limiting the number of people that come in-store.

Don Peeler Pharmacy at 127 East North St. is offering free delivery and drive thru service. Temporary hours are 9 am until 4:30 pm. Call (270) 821-5440 for more information. 

Haag Family Dentistry is closed until further notice. Do not fear, Dr. Haag will still be available for dental emergencies. If you need to be seen for an emergency, please call their office at (270) 825-9616. There will be instructions on the answering machine to follow.

Hometown Pharmacy is operating by drive thru and delivery only. They ask that you call ahead for any refills or any over the counter items that you may need. Please call before 2pm to ensure same day delivery. Their phone number is 270-821-8500. They will remain open regular business hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 am-6:00 pm and Saturdays, 9:00 am-2:00 pm.

The Pennyroyal Center remains open. They are doing their best to accommodate children who receive school-based appointments. Please call to schedule an appointment. 

Seibert Chiropractic is closing from Monday, March 23, to Friday, April 3. They are rescheduling all appointments during that period for the same day and time, just two weeks later. Please call (270) 821-9020 with any questions. 

Synergy Counseling and Wellness is working hard to support our community in bringing peace, calm and movement during this time of quarantine.  Synergy is still providing counseling services in person at this time. However they are also seeing clients virtually, which can be done in the comfort of your own home. If you would like to make an appointment please call the office at (270) 245-2205.

Groceries

Dollar General has announced that the first open hour of each location will be dedicated to seniors. All stores plan on closing one hour early in order to give employees proper time to sanitize and clean the stores. Dollar General remains committed to providing customers and employees with a safe, clean and pleasant shopping environment at all stores and seeks for customers to feel confident when shopping its stores.

Kroger has limited their hours from 7 am until 10 pm until further notice. 7 am until 8 am from Monday thorough Thursday will be a dedicated senior shopping hour. 

Madisonville Market Place has limited their hours from 7 am until 8 pm until further notice. The deli remains open, but the dining area in the deli is closed.  They are dedicating the first hour of shopping each day to senior citizens. 

Nortonville Bestway is open during regular hours. When possible, Bestway will deliver groceries and pizza to the elderly in our community. The possibly vulnerable folks need our care during this difficult time. Call (270) 676-3385.

Walmart in Hanson has changed their hours until further notice. They are now only open 7 am until 8:30 pm daily. On Tuesdays, they will open at 6 am for an hour of shopping dedicated to senior citizens. All Auto Care services are suspended until further notice. 

Walgreens is offering a senior shopping hour daily from 8 am – 9 am. 

Restaurants

As of 5PM on March 16, all Kentucky restaurants are closed to dine-in traffic. Delivery, take out, and drive-thru businesses are allowed to remain open.

Acapulco Mexican Grill is offering carry-out during regular hours. Order by calling or ordering online. 

Applebee’s is offering curbside pick up. 

Arby’s drive-thru is open. 

Both Burger King locations are drive thru only. 

Brother’s Bar-B-Que is offering carry out, curb-side delivery, and home delivery within city limits. There is a $20 minimum on delivery orders. Open 10 am – 7 pm Mondays through Saturdays. 

Casey’s General Store is open 24/7 for call in and carry out. 

Catering & Creations is offering dinners to-go. 

Country Cupboard is offering a choice of two meats and assorted vegetables through our drive thru window, as well as assorted desserts, take and bake entrees, and grilled items each day. They are also offering free delivery with a $20 minimum purchase.

Cracker Barrel is taking carry out orders, orders online, and orders by phone from 8 am until 8 pm. The catering delivery fee is waived for businesses ordering catering during this time. 

Crowded House is offering curbside to-go. They will have a set of cones out front, and in their back parking lot. Just give them a call when you arrive, and let them know the color and type of vehicle. They will also deliver for free within city limits on orders of $40 or more. They will be offering these services from 4:30pm-8:00pm all week! You can also buy gift cards over the phone. They have e-gift cards as well as physical gift cards that you can purchase through curbside.

Dairy Queen in Madisonville has their drive-thru open! They are also accepting call-in orders and will bring them to your car. 

Dairy Queen in Dawson Springs has their drive-thru open daily from 6 am until 10 pm. 

Dave’s Sticky Pig has the drive-thru open and dining room open for carry-out orders. They are offering delivery within city limits. 

Dixie Pan is offering curb-side pick up and delivery for a fee from 10 am until 10 pm daily. 

Dos Copas is open for carry out orders. They  encourage you to place your order with plenty of time ahead since they cook everything fresh it always takes time to do it right. Call (270) 821-6969 to order. 

El Bracero is accepting carry out orders and offering curbside delivery. 

Fazoli’s has is open for drive thru and carry out. Save time and earn rewards by ordering through the Fazoli’s App

Fiesta Acapulco in Dawson Springs is offering carry-out and has the drive-thru open. They are delivering within a 5 mile radius for orders of $25 or more during the hours of 11 am-8 pm.  Call (270) 425-2019 or (270) 875-0255 to place an order. 

Godfather’s Pizza is offering carry-out and delivery. 

Golden Glaze is open. They are serving their full menu at the food truck on the back of the lot, including donuts, breakfast, and lunch!

Green’s Steakhouse is delivering in town on orders of $40 or more for free and will deliver phoned-in orders to the curb. They’re also offering 10% off until the pandemic ends in an effort to keep folks fed. 

Hobo Mickeys North always strives to provide a clean and safe environment. As they see the impacts of COVID-19 they are taking extra cleaning precautions to ensure the safety of their guests and staff. They have been in contact with our local health department and are watching for future updates from the CDC. Call in your order as normal, pull up to the front door, and Hobo Mickeys will have someone come out to see you. They are delivering until further notice.

Huddle House is offering curbside pick up between 7 am and 7 pm. 

Ideal Market and Ideal Full Serve locations operating hours will remain unchanged with the full food menu available for carry-out only. Orders can also be called in to your favorite location.

KFC is open for drive thru and carry-out only. 

Lady L’s Cakes and Creations is closed for foot traffic. She is taking orders via Facebook for pick up Friday, March 27. 

Madisonville Donuts is open for take out. 

McDonald’s will operate through Drive-Thru and Curbside Pick-Up only. To avoid the wait in the drive-thru, you can download the McDonald’s App and try Curbside Pick-Up! To download the app to your smart device, click here.

Ms. Becky’s Place is open daily from 6 am – 8 pm for call-in and car-hop orders. Call (270) 797-2228 to order. 

Nueve is open for carry out. 

Oasis Southwest Grill has the drive thru open and will do carry out daily 11am – 8 pm. 

The dining room at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is taking carry out orders for breakfast from 7 am until 10 am, lunch from 11 am until 2 pm, and dinner from 4 pm until 7 pm daily until further notice. Call 270-797-3421 to place your order for pick up.

Reel ‘Em In Fishhouse is carry-out only and has changed their business hours until further notice. They are open  Wednesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm-7 pm. They will not be offering their normal 11am – 2pm lunch during this health related matter.

Silver Star’s drive-thru is open! 

Sissy’s Cafe is taking phone orders for curbside delivery. They are open 7 am until 7 pm. 

Both Sonics have their drive-in’s open. Save time by ordering ahead on the Sonic App. 

South Main Diner is open for carry out and delivery for $5. 5 am until 2 pm Mondays through Saturdays. Tips are appreciated. 

Subway at Madison Square and South Main have their drive thru’s open and dining room open for carry out only from 10 am until 8 pm daily. They have curbside pick up and are accepting orders online and through the Subway app. Place orders at the Madison Square location by calling (270) 825-1333 and the South Main location at (270) 825-0600.

Subways in Hanson and Dawson Springs are open regular hours for carry-out only.  Orders can be placed on the Subway app or can be called in directly to the store.

Swaggy P‘s is offering carry-out and parking lot delivery of their full menu starting March 18. They will have daily specials, so keep an eye on their Facebook page. 

Taco Bell has their drive-thru open. 

Taco John’s has their drive-thru open. 

Taqueria Company has their drive-thru open. Call ahead or order at the window. (270) 584-9030. 

Taste of India is open for carry-out only. Please call in your order. 

Tommy D’s is offering carry-out. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday 11 am to 6 pm. They are offering curbside delivery and also delivery in Hopkins County Free with a $20 purchase. Call (270) 245-2525 to place an order. 

Wendy’s drive-thru is open. Avoid the lines by ordering from the app

Wildfire Pizza is open for carry-out and delivery. To limit contact, they are only accepting credit cards as payment and will drop off pizza at your door. Also, they will be pooling tips this week for their servers who will be affected by this the most. They will likely be running specials but keep in mind they never intended to compete with large chains. They will be practicing food safety as always and will increase their sanitizing procedures during this week. All staff will be monitored for signs of sickness including temperature readings before starting their shifts. They appreciate all of the support from our community and are confident that we will all get through this together and be stronger for it!

Wings Etc. is offering free delivery with a $15 order that’s called in and curbside pick up on all orders placed online. 

Closed

Big City Market & Coffee Bar is closed until further notice. 

Campfire Roasters is closed until further notice. 

Catfish Harbor is closed until they are allowed to welcome diners again. 

Dempsey Street Baking Co. is closed until further notice. 

Denny’s is temporarily closed.

Ferrell’s is closed until further notice. 

Gather at Main Street Prayer is closed until the pandemic ends. 

Hanson Country Market is closed until further notice. 

Lucky Buffet is temporarily closed. 

Mandarin House is closed until further notice. 

Mr. Wok is temporarily closed.

Mt. Fuji is temporarily closed. 

Tumbleweed is closed permanently. 

Fitness

As of 5PM on March 18, all gyms in the Commonwealth of Kentucky will be closed by order of the Governor. 

Fitness Formula is closed to fitness members but OPEN to therapy patients! 

Hilary Lowbridge Yoga, LLC.‘s location on Center St is closed, but she is uploading all-level yoga classes to her social media channels so you can get your flow on at home. 

Hopkins County Family YMCA is closed at this time, but they are posting videos on their Facebook page of workouts you can do at home. They are working diligently with their amazing partners at the Hopkins County school system to ensure children do not go without a meal. 

Madisonville CrossFit strongly encourages members to take full advantage of that membership and utilize all that they have to offer online while they are closed. 

Melody Lanes Bowling Center is closed until the pandemic ends. 

Skyview Skatepark is using this temporary closure to work on new construction, website development, and cleaning.

Synergy Counseling and Wellness is working hard to continue as many of their regularly scheduled Yoga classes as possible in a virtual setting. To view the schedule and register for classes please download the MINDBODY APP. You will also need to download the Zoom App, which is where they will be meeting for classes. Registration for classes end 30 minutes prior to the beginning of class. You will receive an email 20 minutes before class starts with the zoom link to join the class. They are also offer several FREE classes but you must register 30 min. before class through MINDBODY to get the link to join us! Here is the link to download the MINDBODY App to help get you started! get.mndbdy.ly/s1ud/Tm6U4Fe3Nr. If you have any questions please contact (270) 245-2205 or email [email protected] 

The West Kentucky Archery Complex is closed until further notice. 

Workout Anytime Madisonville thanks you for your support and hopes to see everyone as soon as they’re able to reopen. 

The YAA is closed until further notice.

Shopping

As of 8 pm on March 23, Governor Beshear has ordered that all in-person retail businesses that are not “life-sustaining” are closed to in-person traffic. Life-sustaining businesses include grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, hardware stores, and other businesses that provide staple goods. Retail businesses deemed non-life-sustaining may still provide local delivery and curbside service for online and telephone orders.

A + M Monogram is offering free shipping when you shop their social media and website! 

All Occasions Formals is busy adding all of their dresses to their Facebook page so that you can shop from home.  Layaways and orders may be picked up, but please call ahead first. Payments may be made by Venmo, PayPal, or over the phone. They also have options for making layaway payments (but are not pursuing payment during this pandemic)!

Amanda’s offers free shipping for online orders and free pick up. 

Buds & Bows has closed public traffic for the gift shop and florist. They are still taking phone orders and orders through Facebook. They are still here for your gift needs, personal item needs or your floral needs . Call them at (270) 821-0500. They offer curbside or porch pickup and free delivery in town of $25 or more.

Cavanaugh Pools is closed to foot traffic. They are waiving the delivery fee of orders $50 and above within a 15 mile radius of either location. You can call in orders, or order online and we will do curbside pick up. Open 9 am til 5 pm during the week, 9 am – 1 pm Saturday. Closed on Wednesday’s and Sundays.

Clements Jewelers is closed from Friday, March 20th, to Sunday, April 5th. They will be available 24/7 through Facebook Messenger or you can call Taylor at (704) 989-3787 to set up a time to pick up repairs, etc. health permitting! 

Cute as a Button Boutique store is closed, but you can still shop their social media! Jessica (owner) is at the store working behind the scenes to get all sorts of cute outfits put together so you can shop their Instagram and Facebook. You can purchase clothes with a credit card or through PayPal. Free shipping on all new orders. Gift cards are available through the mail and will be sent to you for free.

Exotic Florist and Gifts plan is to be available in the morning this week. Their phones will be transferred to them for orders to be placed. So please keep in mind if you place an order too late, it will be done the following day. Please leave your name and number when calling if they miss you. All of their deliveries will be delivered in the morning. For the safety of their delivery drivers, they will only be delivering to peoples homes and making funeral deliveries until they are instructed otherwise. When delivering to residences, they will be leaving deliveries on the porch and notifying the recipient to limit contact. Once again remember they are so much more than just a Florist, many blessings to all of you and stay safe.

Falcon Creek Boutique is offering curbside delivery. You can call the store and purchase over the phone. Once you arrive, call again and they will gladly bring your purchase to you. They are working on getting a website up and running so you can shop online with free shipping. Enter your email to receive $5 off your next purchase.

Flax and Wool is offering free shipping on all purchases during this time. To order, please DM them a picture and size requested, text them a picture and size at 270-245-2242, or you can comment on a picture with size request. They are doing live shopping events and sales in their Facebook Group, Flax and Wool Boutique Rubies, so you can shop their social media.

The Gift Horse is closing until further notice. They will be at the shop Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 am until 1 pm while they are closed so customers can order and pick up items at the door. They ask for you to send any requests/orders you need through social media, as their phones are down at this time. 

Lowe’s is open. They ask that you do not come in to the store if you are feeling ill. 

Mark of Distinction‘s show room is closed to foot traffic. They are making deliveries to homes and will let you pick up pre-arranged special order pick ups at their front door. For home deliveries, they will call and leave flowers on your porch. They are NOT making any deliveries to hospitals at this time. 

Merle Norman is offering curb-side pick-up for call in orders, same day free shipping for out of area orders, and free delivery within Madisonville city limits. Call (270) 821-4519 to place an order and make arrangements – they are checking messages daily! 

Metcalfe Florist and Pleasant View Greenhouse doors will remain closed to all in-person business effective tonight until the order is no longer necessary. Even while temporarily closed they believe in continuing their mission of helping the  community in the best way possible. In the meantime, they will be available over the phone and will continue to make deliveries with the new process of leaving all items at the door (with the exception of the hospital). They CAN NOT make deliveries to the hospital.

My Best Friend’s Closet and Resale is focusing on online sales (shipping), curb side pick ups, and will also deliver. They will have weekly Facebook Live shopping events. 

Hometown Superstore (formerly known as New Returns) at 469 S. KY. Ave is open. They are still selling tempered glass for phones, but can not apply it for you. 

Poppy & Clover is closing their physical store until further notice. However, they are happy to take photos of any products and continue with our “porch pickup” program in Dalton and Madisonville. They will be doing live videos so that you may shop from home during this time. 

Skyview Skatepark is closed to foot traffic until further notice. If you need something from the shop, please let them know and they will try and meet with you. They have the web store up and running, which offers “local pickup” AND shipping options. Keep an eye on their page for further updates!!

Closed

.45-70 is closed until further notice. 

Aster & Ivy store is closed until further notice. 

Bath and Body Works is closed until further notice. 

Finders Keepers is closed until further notice. 

Habitat for Humanity’s office and ReStore is closed. They ask there be no drop offs for ReStore donations during this time as well.

Gordman’s is closed to foot traffic until further notice. 

Salons

As of 5PM on March 18, all salons, spas, and nail salons in the Commonwealth of Kentucky will be closed by order of the Governor. 

Blades Salon is offering porch pick up or delivery for products!

Brick House Spa asks that you shoot them a message on Facebook if you have any skincare needs while they are closed. They will do their best to get them ordered and delivered to you.

Hairapy Lounge can bring products straight to your door (within Madisonville city limits) with a free surprise inside with your $20 retail purchase.

Events

AMC Theaters (including the Parkway Plaza Mall location) are closed until further notice. In order to keep families and individuals entertained during quarantine, Universal Pictures has announced that they are going to release movies for on-demand screening. 

The Dawson Springs Museum & Art Center‘s Annual Museum Membership Luncheon on March 27th has been postponed. 

The Battle of Sacramento event for this year has been postponed until September 18-20. 

The Hopkins County Literacy Celebration Book It 5K Run/Walk & 1-Mile Fun Walk on March 28th has been postponed. Keep an eye out for a new date. 

Bowl to Impact a Child has been postponed. Please see the statement from Impact Mentoring Services

City of White Plains Census Awareness Meeting on March 16th has been canceled. 

Cotton’s Auction House has postponed their March 21st auction in Dawson Springs. 

The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts is currently in the process of rescheduling or canceling 40 separate performances and events. All events at the Glema Center through May 16 will be rescheduled or canceled, effective immediately. If you have tickets for an upcoming event, you will receive information about your choices. To help The Glema provide the best customer service possible, please wait until they have communicated the rescheduled dates and times for events before corresponding with the box office staff regarding your tickets. In general, you will have several options: 1. If the event is rescheduled, you may transfer your tickets to the new date; 2. Return your tickets for a credit (good until 6-30-2021);  3. Receive a tax credit for your tickets as a donation to the Glema Center; 4. Request a refund.

The Home Builders Association 2020 Home Show has been postponed. 

Kentucky Innovation Station is canceling all upcoming meetings, effective immediately. Any changes to these cancellations will be announced on their social media channels. 

The Kentucky Primary Elections have been postponed from May 19 until June 23. 

The Lions Club Man and Woman of the Year Banquet scheduled for March 30th has been postponed. They hope to reschedule to a later date! 

Hopkins County Happy Feet’s March Mania event has been canceled. 

Dawson Springs Mule and Draft Horse Days annual event has been canceled. 

Madisonville North Hopkins High School’s production of Narnia the Musical is canceled.

Mahr Park Arboretum has canceled all March programs and events, including the Discover Spring Hike

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park‘s Senior Bingo Luncheons are canceled until further notice. State Park events through April 30th are canceled or postponed. 

All events at the West Kentucky Archery Complex are canceled until further notice. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates, though, as they are trying to reschedule some events. 

All events at the YAA are canceled until further notice. 

Government Services

City of Dawson Springs is closing the Dawson Springs Municipal Building until further notice. They are working so all bills can be paid via dropbox at the door. You can make special arrangements for service needs and cash payments by calling (270) 797-2844 or (270) 797-2781. 

City of Madisonville is closing all of their official government buildings to foot traffic beginning Wednesday, March 18th. 

The City of Madisonville Parks will remain open with some precautionary measures put in place from the recommendation of the CDC. They have temporarily closed playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, the skate park, putt putt course, golf course, and all picnic tables. Trails and other park services remain open. 

City of White Plains has announced that the inside of City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. The drive thru will still be open to accept payments. They are sorry for any inconvenience. If you have any questions please call them at (270) 676-8639.

Kentucky Court Restrictions: State Supreme Court restrictions until at least April 10th include in person appearances, trials and hearings, unless for emergency and time sensitive matters. Only lawyers, parties and witnesses will allowed to be inside. In custody arraignments will still happen. New rules also include suspending new juror orientations, letting bailiffs discourage gatherings outside courtrooms, and encourages e-filing and drop boxes for documents.

The Hopkins County Attorney’s Office is closed to foot traffic. Contact the County Attorney’s staff by phone at (270) 821-3164 or by email at [email protected] The Child Support Unit has a dropbox and a drive-thru window for payments. For these locations and for other questions relating to Child Support issues, please call (270) 821-6666.

The Hopkins County Clerk is closed to foot traffic. The office has announced that Marriage Licenses are available by appointment only. They would like to extend an offer to mail, fax, or email you any copies of documents you may need from the record room, free of charge. They are NOT issuing passports until further notice. Social distancing for vehicle renewals: you may renew online; you may mail in your tax notice, insurance card and a check and they will mail your new registration back to you; you may drop off your tax notice, insurance card and check in the drop box on the front of the building and they will mail your new registration back to you. There is a 90 day extension for registrations, plates, driver’s licenses, handicapped placards and identification cards. Call (270) 821-7361 to schedule any appointments or for more information. 

All Hopkins County Government Offices are closed to foot traffic until at least April 3. County services have not been suspended – only interactions with the public at government offices have changed. The majority of citizens’ needs can be met in ways that do not require in-person interaction. In limited circumstances where government in-person services are deemed necessary, they will be provided by appointment only and employees will engage in proper social distancing as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mail and package deliveries to county government offices will continue as usual. All county convenience centers will continue operations, and will be open regular hours.

The Hopkins County Humane Society has changed their hours until further notice to Friday through Sunday from 1 pm- 5 pm and Tuesday from 1 pm- 5 pm. They will not be accepting ANY appointments outside of these hours! This includes stray drop offs, owner surrenders, donations, viewing adoptable animals, and adoptions. All appointments are to meet them in the parking lot – they are not allowing anyone in the building. They will no longer be accepting any volunteers. This includes students and community service.

The Hopkins County Jail has suspended all visits in an effort to reduce large groups of the public from congregating in the lobby. All volunteer-run programming has also been suspended. Only staff and arresting officers are being allowed access to the secure area of the jail. In an effort to protect the staff, inmates, and public, everyone entering the secure area is being screened per the CDC guidelines before entering.

Hopkins County Judge-Executive Jack Whitfield, Jr. welcomes citizens to visit him by appointment at this time, or by phone by calling (270) 821-8294. Please be patient, as he is involved in many meetings at this time relating to the current crisis, but he is interested in hearing from you and talking with you.

Hopkins County – Madisonville Public Library is closed until March 30. All scheduled programs through March 30 at the library are canceled. All meeting room usage at the library is canceled. There is no one in the building to answer the phone. Questions can be asked to [email protected] or facebook.com/hcmplibrary. Please do not return library items until the library re-opens The library has a number of digital items available for free

Hopkins County Public Works is business as usual. Their employees have little to no contact with the public, but all are advised to keep a safe social distance from everyone and to wash their hands often. The front door of the Public Works building will be locked and a sign placed on the door with directions to contact the Public Works office and or PWD and Road Foreman if there is a concern or an issue that needs attention. All safety/emergency issues will be addressed first and given the highest priority. All less critical issues will be addressed as time allows.

Hopkins County Public Works Sanitation Department has stated that all Hopkins County Convenience Centers will remain open and on their regular schedules, but all employees have been instructed to keep a safe social distance from everyone they may come in contact with. The Sanitation Office located at the Hopkins County Landfill will be open on its regular schedule, but the office doors will be locked. A sign will be placed on the door with instructions as how to obtain an ATV waiver and where to place signed waivers. There will also be instructions for paying contractor dumping fees. If a receipt is required, it will be placed in the box while you are dumping and can be picked up as you leave the property. They regret any inconvenience these changes may cause, but the objective is to still provide excellent service to the citizens of Hopkins County and keep their employees as safe as possible. If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to call or email.

Hopkins County Schools has extended school closure through April 20. See this post for information on meal services for school aged children. Hopkins Co Teachers Fed Credit Union has amended their temporary hours to 9 a.m.-noon. To make a transaction during that time, please call ahead so they can have your transaction ready to bring down to you. For the safety of all, the credit union asks if you are sick or have a fever to please not come to the office. The Credit Union’s number is 270-821-0504. Members may also access their accounts online at hcteachers.virtualcu.net.

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office has released the following statement: As of 4pm on 03-17-2020, the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office will be closing the office to foot traffic and will be stopping non-essential services such as: CCDW permits, vehicle Inspections, fingerprinting services, in-office tax payments, and photos for passports. You can still renew your CCDW license on the Kentucky State Police website at:  https://kspportal.ky.gov/CCDW/Public/Login.aspx. For those of you needing to pay taxes- property, coal, oil or gas taxes, please utilize the outside secure drop box. The drop box in located on the north side of the Government Center (HCSO). If you utilize the drop box please include a self-addressed and stamped return envelope so we can send you a receipt. You may also use our website to pay real estate property taxes online at: https://hopkinscountysheriff.com/index.php/taxes. For all other taxes please use the drop box or regular mail delivery. If using the online option you can pay by credit card, which has a fee attached. Sorry, we cannot absorb credit card costs on tax payments. You may also pay online using an e-check which only cost $1.50 to use so this is the least expensive method. PLEASE KNOW THAT WE ARE STILL PROVIDING REGULAR LAW ENFORCEMENT SERVICES AND THAT WILL NOT STOP. We are still taking reports, investigating crimes, responding to calls for service, and working wrecks. We are dedicated to serving you and we are taking these measures to ensure we keep our deputies and other employees healthy so we can continue to provide law enforcement services. We are here for you 24/7. Please call the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office for service at 270-821-5661 or for emergencies call 911. Please check the Hopkins County KY Sheriff’s Office Facebook page often for future updates.

Kentucky Career Center JobNet is no longer seeing customers face to face.  You can still reach them at (270) 821-9966 if you need services or have any questions!

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet released the following statement: To support Governor Andy Beshear‘s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, there will be changes to in-person services provided by KYTC. The following offices are TEMPORARILY CLOSED to the public: All Kentucky REAL ID Offices, All Circuit Court Clerk Driver Licensing Offices, All Kentucky Driver Licensing Regional Field Offices, KYTC One-Stop Shop in Frankfort, and All KYTC district highway, administrative, maintenance and equipment offices. The health and well-being of Kentuckians and our employees is a priority. We will continue to post updated information on our website and social media as it becomes available. https://transportation.ky.gov/…/In-Person-Service-Closure-U… In an effort to assist those with time-sensitive renewal needs, Kentuckians with ID credentials or other types of transportation related documents that expire while licensing offices are closed will be granted a 90-calendar day extension beyond their printed expiration date, and any delinquent renewal fees will be waived. Expired licenses noted under this extension will still be accepted by TSA when flying domestically. The emergency order is available at drive.ky.gov. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation! During this time, please give your local County Clerk Office a call BEFORE you go in-person to confirm if they are open or closed to the public.

The Madisonville Fire Department released the following statement: Due to the current recommendations from the CDC, Ky. Fire Commission, IAFF, and IAFC, Madisonville Fire Department is suspending all fire prevention activities, Station Tours, Public CPR classes, Fire Extinguisher Training, the Citizens Fire Academy, and Car Seat Installs. In order to reduce unnecessary contact in an effort to keep our firefighters safe, and the community we serve as healthy as possible Pre-Incident and business inspections are suspended. Code enforcement will also conduct business over the telephone and limit face to face operations. I want to ensure the Citizens of Madisonville that the MFD is continuing to respond to emergencies in our community and that will not waiver.

The Madisonville Police Department has released the following statement: Due to the current recommendations from the CDC, the Madisonville Police Department will be suspending all ride-a-longs and our fingerprinting service. We will continue to respond to calls for service. However, it is our goal to reduce unnecessary contact in an effort to keep our officers, staff, and the community as healthy as possible.

Madisonville Public Works has released the following statement: Recycle will suspend public drop-off’s in the recycling center. Our Recycle route will be suspended at this time. All bulk & limb pickup will be suspended at this time. All other trash routes WILL run as usual. We will continue providing our scheduled trash pick-up per normal. Thank you for your understanding during this trying time. Please know that our mission is to provide excellent service to our community while keeping our employees healthy and safe. These services will resume once we feel it is safe to do so. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the Public Works Department at (270) 824-2117.

Madisonville Utilities is closed to foot traffic. They ask that any bills be paid online, over the phone, or through their drive-thru. They have released the following statement regarding late charges & terminating service: Madisonville Utilities will not terminate service to any current residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic during the State of Emergency and Madisonville Utilities will waive any late fees that residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic during the State of Emergency. Online/Credit Card Payments: The fees for using online/credit card payments are not incurred by the City of Madisonville. Those payments are assessed directly by the credit card processing center. The City of Madisonville is currently working closely with them to get these fees waived for using online and credit card payment services. The payment processing center is currently working to establish that change within our system. It will be resolved in the City of Madisonville’s system for fees to be waived for online/credit card payments made after March 23. Fees will remain waived during the State of Emergency.

Senior Centers are closed until March 27. In-home services will continue to be provided as well as transportation services. All in-home service staff are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines. An alternate plan will be implemented for providing meals to the congregate clients (“drive thru” meals). Call the Senior Citizens Center at (270) 821-9173 for more information. 

Unemployment Insurance Update: Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday, March 16, that there is no more one-week waiting period for those seeking unemployment amid the COVID-19 outbreak. He also said the state will waive any work search requirements while the state of emergency is in effect. To better serve the public and keep the state unemployment website from crashing. Officials are asking people to make their claims on specific days, based on their last names: Wednesday, March 18: A – I, Thursday, March 19: J – R, Friday, March 20: S – Z and if you missed your window. Register at https://kcc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Other Services

Automotive Express is open. They’re offering complimentary pick up and drop off.

Browns West Side Auto (Formerly Sharkey’s) is offering 15% off your repair bill until the end of April to help families in Hopkins County. Having a safe and working car/truck gives families options when crisis hit home the hardest. It keeps you mobile and able to respond quickly to whatever your family needs are. Call (270) 821-3995 or stop by 820 W. Noel Ave.

Center Street Service, Wheel & Tire is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 am until 5 pm and Saturdays from 8 am until 12 pm. They are offering complimentary pick up and drop off for vehicles in Madisonville. 

Charter/Spectrum Internet has released the following statement: Due to the impacts COVID19 is likely to have on households across the country, Charter is announcing the following commitments to help ease the burden on families with students that need to work remotely: Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use. For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps. Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees. In addition, Charter has accepted FCC Chairman Pai’s “Keep Americans Connected” pledge, which for the next 60 days includes the following: Charter will not terminate service to any current residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Charter will waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Christ the King Catholic School will offer free meals to anyone under the age of 18 March 16- April 10. Meals will be served Monday-Friday from 8 am-9 am and 11 am-12:15 pm. Please come in the building and pick up your grab and go breakfast/lunch! The child must be present to receive the meal. Contact the school office for more information (270) 821-8271.

First United Bank & Trust is drive-thru only until further notice. Customers whose transactions cannot be handled through the drive thru can make an appointment by calling (270) 821-5555 to be connected to the banking center of their choice.

Habitat for Humanity is limiting office hours to 8am-12am Monday through Friday. They will continue accepting applications for housing through the month of March. Applications can still be picked up or turned in during the temporarily reduced hours. All volunteer after hour meetings will be rescheduled, and all construction projects will be halted. Any changes to this schedule will be posted on Facebook.

Heritage Homes is closing their office to foot traffic. They are still serving clients, showing homes, writing offers, coordinating closings, listing new homes daily, and maintaining their daily job of being your realtor.  Your real estate needs & concerns are still their priority! Should you need assistance, please call 270-825-9090 or your Heritage Homes Realtor.

Hopkins County Genealogical Society is closed the week of March 16. If you have research needs, please call Theresa at (270) 825-0438, Betty at (270) 836-0929, or email: [email protected]

All Hancock Bank locations are drive-thru only until further notice! As always, their online banking products, mobile banking products, and ATM’s are available to you during this time.

All Independence Bank locations are drive thru only until further notice. 

KU will suspend disconnections and late payment fees as the state grapples with the novel coronavirus. The utilities, until May 1, will suspend disconnects for residential customers who may have difficulty paying their bill and waive new late fees incurred during this time.

Level Up Gaming is closed until further notice. 

Madisonville Community College has decided to transition to online courses for the remainder of the Spring 2020 Semester. Campus buildings are closed to students and the public. Read their full statement here. 

Mahr Park Arboretum has closed their Welcome Center until further notice. The trails and grounds remain open. 

The Messenger has released the following statement: Out of an abundance of caution, and in order to protect the safety and well-being of our staff and their families, The Messenger is closing its office to public access for the time being. Our customer service staff is still available by calling (270) 824-3254 or (270) 841-9541 or email to [email protected] We encourage the use of our dropbox by our front door to leave subscription payments and other correspondence. If you are concerned about your subscription lapsing, please call customer service at the above number and our staff will be glad to help you ensure your access to important community news is not interrupted. Our news and advertising teams will remain available by appointment, as we work to best serve our customers and our community. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our customer service team and we’ll do our best to help you.

Pampered Pet will continue to offer grooming services with curbside dropoff and pickup.  After March 20, their boarding will be closed until April 1.  Please call (270) 821-1234 if more information is needed.

The Paragon of Madisonville is closed to visitors until further notice. They don’t want to keep residents out of touch with loved ones during this time, though. They’re encouraging frequent phone calls, emails, cards and letters, care package drop offs, flowers, and more. Find more information here. 

Ridgewood Terrace Nursing Home is closed to visitors until further notice. They would appreciate if your children would send letters or artwork for their residents’ to enjoy. Staff will hand deliver them to our residents! Address: 150 Cornwall Drive Madisonville, KY 42431 ATTN: Activities. They appreciate everything our community is doing for them and their residents during this time. If you have any questions, please call (270) 825-0166.

The UPS Store is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 am until 2 pm and Saturdays from 10 am until 2 pm. They are sanitizing surfaces often and have asked employees to stay home if experiencing any symptoms of illness.