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"BPW approves street closings, invoice payments"

The Madison Board of Public Works met for their second meeting of the month Monday.
The board approved three street closings for upcoming events. Vaughn Drive will be closed June 25th through July 2nd for the annual Madison Regatta. Portions of Vaughn Drive and Jefferson, Mulberry, and West streets will close of June 26th to accommodate the transport of equipment for the race. Regatta President Matt True said the footprint is the same approved for 2016 with a few adjustments for safety. Broadway Street will close near the Broadway Fountain on May 28th for the “We Remember” Candlelight Vigil. The event is being organized by Kentuckiana Hope for Heroes. Finally, the Jefferson County Veterans Council requested a closing of Main Street between Walnut and Jefferson streets for the dedication of the county’s new veteran’s memorial July 4th. As Main Street is also State Road 56, the council will also need approval from the Indiana Department of Transportation.
In other meeting news, two invoices presented by Utilities Director Brian Jackson were approved. One invoice concerned work on the sanitary sewer system at the Madison State Hospital complex, while the other re-compensates the city for a portable bypass pump purchased to regulate the wastewater collection system. The board also approved a sewer rate adjustment for Shri-Aum-Inc., which owns the Best Way Inn. A water mane break flooded into a pond near the hotel, prompting the $9,000+ adjustment.
The Madison Board of Public Works and Safety will next meet May 1st.


"Arrest made in downtown Madison stabbings"

The Madison Police Department has made an arrest in the investigation of an alleged stabbing in downtown Madison Friday night.
Matthew G. Thorne of Madison faces three counts of Level 5 Felony Battery with Deadly Weapon following his arrest.
According to the MPD, on April 14, officers were dispatched to the 200 Block of Fourth Street in downtown Madison in reference to an altercation. Officers arrived on scene and came into contact with a 19-year-old male subject who had a large laceration across his chest, shoulder and bicep. The subject was transported to King’s Daughters’ Hospital for treatment and was later flown to University of Louisville Hospital. Officers learned that two other subjects, ages 19 and 20, had gone to KDH with lacerations to the arms and chest. During the initial investigation a possible suspect was determined.
Officers were able to locate the possible suspect in the area of Presbyterian Avenue and Cragmont Street. The suspect was identified as Matthew G. Thorne. Thorne had evidence of an altercation and apparent blood on his person. Thorne was detained and transported to the Jefferson County Jail.
During interviews with victims and witnesses, officers were able to establish evidence that Thorne had used a knife during the altercation. Thorne was identified as the suspect and was arrested on preliminary charges.
On April 15, officers were able to locate a utility knife in the area where the altercation occurred. The knife was collected as evidence and will be further processed at the Indiana State Police Laboratory.
The case will be forwarded to the Jefferson County Prosecutors Office for further review.


"Ivy Tech students, members of the public invited to attend job fair"

Ivy Tech Community College and WorkOne Southeast are partnering to offer the Jefferson County Community Job Fair to connect Ivy Tech students and area residents with local employers and career opportunities.
The Jefferson County Community Job Fair will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Ivy Tech Madison campus, 590 Ivy Tech Drive. The job fair is free and open to the public.
Forty area employers from a wide range of economic sectors, including manufacturing, business, information technology, and healthcare, will be on hand to speak with job seekers. Employers will share their immediate job openings and accept applications and resumes from potential employees.
Individuals searching for employment are encouraged to dress professionally, bring copies of their resume, and be prepared for on-site interview opportunities. Students desiring help with a resume, interviewing skills, or professional appearance are encouraged to contact the Ivy Tech Career Development office at 812-265-2580, extension 4196, for an appointment. Community members should contact WorkOne at 812-265-3734.


"Public invited to cheer on Madison in ABC finale"

Representatives from Madison are heading to Denver, Colorado, this week for the chance to win $3 million in the America’s Best Communities competition. Madison is one of eight finalists – following a three-year competition with more than 300 communities. Final awards will be announced on Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m.
The awards ceremony will be streamed live and two local businesses will be open up as “Grand Prize Party” locations. The Boneyard Grill on Madison’s hilltop and the Red Bicycle Hall downtown will both host watch parties with light snacks, a cash bar, and a live stream of the ceremony on a big screen. Residents are encouraged to come join friends and fellow residents at one of these watch parties; doors will open at 6:30pm and the ceremony will be live streamed beginning at 7:00pm.
ABC projects over the last three years included: Mulberry Street façade work, Mulberry Streetscape work, Hatcher Hill trail opening, Try the Trail, Madison Moves!, Hike & Hunt, Hike & Hand, Reimagine Mulberry, and Mulberry Street Brunch. Throughout the competition, the community has won a total of $150,000 in grant funding from the program’s sponsors to create its strategy and put it to work.