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MCHS Hall of Fame
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Madison Consolidated High School inducted six new members into the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame — Ray Black Jr., Helen Cope, Marvin Eades, Harold Hunt, Rodney Nay and Damon Welch — at a ceremony on Friday morning at the school.

“These are six amazing people who set an example for all of us,” said Madison Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Studebaker.

Due to COVID-19, there was no induction ceremony last year, and because of that Friday’s ceremony included inductees from both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021.

Requirements for eligibility are that recipients must have graduated from MCHS at least 10 years ago, been recognized for a high level of achievement in their field, and demonstrated leadership, character and service in a variety of venues.

Cope, Eades and Welch make up the Class of 2020 while Black, Hunt and Nay are inductees for the Class of 2021.

The plaque for Damon L. Welch, mayor of Madison from 2012 until his unexpected death at age 66 in September of 2019, was accepted by his wife, Ginny Welch, a 1971 MCHS graduate. She said her husband served the city as “a labor of love ... He never set out on his life’s journey to be Mayor of Madison” but that his previous experiences had prepared him. “Take every experience as a lesson learned for a future endeavor.”

Hunt, a 1973 graduate, founded SuperATV in 2003 out of his garage and the company now employs more than 300 in Madison. “Madison High School really gave me a start in life,” said Hunt, who encouraged students to pursue their passions.

Black, a 1970 graduate, was executive director of the Lide White Boys and Girls Club from 1984-2018. He encouraged students to never give up no matter the challenge and to seek out people who will inspire them to do good. “The way to be a class in life is to surround yourself with those who are a class and good people.”

Eades, a 1966 graduate, is an innovator who along with others helped design an apparatus to safely disarm land mines. He also helped bring automation to the brake pad industry to facilitate identification and sorting. Locally, he was cited for his 20 years as a scoutmaster for Boy Scout troop 717 and his guidance of local youth. Eades specifically credited Madison Consolidated Schools educators Roger Gallatin and Paul “Duke” Meyer, both former Cub head football coaches, for their influence. “I was blessed to have two coaches who totally cared if I succeeded,” Eades said.

Cope, a 1964 graduate, is a former Madison school board member who was cited for her heart and commitment to helping students of Madison Consolidated Schools, both academically and personally. “Doors opened to me because I had an education at Madison Consolidated High School,” she said.

Nay, a 1983 graduate, is president and owner of Morgan and Nay Funeral Centre in Madison and Hanover. “There are many teachers in this high school who made me who I am today,” said Nay. “They encouraged me to rise and move forward.”

The Hall of Fame was established in 2019 with an inaugural class that included Bob Canida, Al Huntington and Wayne Perry. Huntington, a 1963 graduate, was mayor of Madison from 1994-2008. Perry, a 1968 graduate, was Hanover College head football coach from 1982-2007. Canida, a 1967 graduate, is a Madison dentist who was cited for his humanitarian efforts to help others through his involvement in organizations both locally and globally.

The event, held in Connor K. Salm Gymasium, was attended by the student body along with family and friends of the inductees. Studebaker said it was the first MCHS student body gathering since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carrollton Utilities awarded $2M grant for gas pipeline expansion
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The City of Carrollton has been awarded a $2 million grant to help construct a natural gas pipeline necessary for current and future economic growth.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced the grant through the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), noting that the project is critical to current and future economic growth and to keep businesses operating through natural disasters.

This $2 million allocation will be matched by $6.1 million in local investment and is expected to create 202 jobs and generate more than $600 million in private investment.

“President Biden is committed to making sure the United States once again leads the world across the board in infrastructure,” said Raimondo. “This EDA investment in the city of Carrollton will support local businesses to keep them open and competitive.”

“The Economic Development Administration is pleased to support Carrollton’s strategy to protect and expand its businesses base,” said Dennis Alvord, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. “These infrastructure upgrades will allow for growth and expansion in the local business community to increase the resiliency of the regional economy.”

“Critical infrastructure, like gas lines, are a key part of building a strong economic foundation in our commonwealth,” said Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear. “We are grateful for the EDA’s investment in Carrollton because this project will help attract businesses to the area, encourage economic development and prevent gaps in service when Kentuckians need it most. Ultimately, this funding will help build a stronger Carrollton and a better Kentucky.”

The project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, which EDA funds to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs.

The City of Carrollton has served as a reseller or transporter of natural gas to local businesses, residents and industry since the 1950s when the local utility connected to the interstate Texas Gas Transmission Corporation pipeline approximately 7 miles west of town.

The city created a utility commission in the mid-1950s and, with the support of Carrollton City Council, has undergone numerous expansions over the last 70 years including the later addition of water and sewer systems. The gas division has 93 miles of steel high pressure main and 74 miles of plastic main providing natural gas to 2,621 services with an annual through-put of 9.3 billion cubic feet.

Carrollton Utilities provides either natural gas, water or sewer service to portions of Carroll, Gallatin, Owen, Henry and Trimble Counties, including the cities of Carrollton, Prestonville, Ghent, Sanders, Worthville, Glencoe, Sparta, Owenton, Campbellsburg and Milton in addition to large industrial customers like CertainTeed Gypsum, Dow Corning, PMC Organometallix, Nucor Steel Gallatin, Kentucky Speedway, North American Stainless and Steel Technologies.

Jefferson reports new COVID cases but none at jail
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In the wake of Jefferson County’s shift back to an “Orange” COVID-19 advisory on Wednesday, the county saw an increase of 29 cases on Friday after reporting 45 on Thursday.

Two weeks ago, Jefferson County moved to a “Yellow” advisory, which indicates moderate community spread, after several weeks in a “Blue” advisory, which indicates low community spread. The current “Orange” advisory is indication that community spread is approaching high levels.

The Jefferson County Health Department said earlier this week that the county as a whole is seeing “mild to moderate spread” but the overall numbers are much higher due to an “outbreak in one of our congregate settings.”

Previously, it was reported that there were a number of cases at the Jefferson County Jail downtown and even more at the Indiana Department of Correction women’s correctional facility on the hilltop. Now, it appears most of those cases are restricted to the state correctional facility.

Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Thomas confirmed Thursday at the county jail had eight cases of COVID-18 about two weeks ago but that the jail currently has no active cases, has cleared quarantine and all prisoners arriving at intake must test negative on a rapid covid test administered on site before being incarcerated.

There have been a total 3,274 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County to date with 81 related deaths. The county’s current seven-day average positivity rate is 5.1% and the seven-day positivity for unique individuals is 7.7% — both well below the levels that pushed the county into the Orange. As of Friday, 9,998 Jefferson County residents are fully vaccinated and 11,774 residents have received at least a first dose of COVID vaccine.

Switzerland County has 1,885 fully vaccinated and 2,143 that have received the first dose of a two-dose vaccination series. Switzerland County had no new cases of COVID-19 with a total of 777 positive cases. The total COVID-19 deaths remains at eight. The county’s current seven-day average positivity rate is 3.5% and the seven-day positivity for unique individuals is 7.7%.

The Indiana Department of Health announced Friday that 1,494 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at state and private laboratories. That brings to 720,425 the number of Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus. To date, 12,921 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of eight from the previous day.

Indiana now has had 1,884,466 fully vaccinated individuals including 2,344,638 that have received the first dose of a two-dose series. In Kentucky, 1,822,975 Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with 1,400,209 now fully vaccinated.

On April 29, the Kentucky Department of Public Health reported 796 new cases of COVID-19. There have been 443,408 positive cases overall and 6,497 deaths including 10 new deaths, and two additional from new audit deaths.

In information from the North Central District Health Department, Trimble County has reported 698 cases of COVID-19 with nine active cases and overall seven deaths during the pandemic. Carroll County has reported 995 cases of COVID-19 with 19 deaths.

COVID vaccines are continuing to be administered Monday through Friday at the Jefferson County Health Department for those 18 years of age and older. Appointments can be scheduled by visiting www.ourshot.in.gov or by calling 211. Walk-ins are welcome Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 p.m.-5 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Vaccine is now eligible to 16 years of age or older. All 16- and 17-year olds must receive a Pfizer vaccine.

Switzerland County Health Department is operating a vaccine clinic at the Switzerland County Technology and Education Center, 708 West Seminary Street, Vevay.

Kentuckians should visit vaccinemap.ky.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccination site near them.