Community gathers for 'Night Out'


Hundreds gathered at Lake Madison on Oct. 4 for the city’s second annual National Night Out, celebrating unity in the community.

“How good and pleasant it is when others live together in harmony,” said Joshua Crutchfield, pastor of First Baptist Church of Madisonville. “Thank you for those who serve and protect our community and restore peace and harmony in our country. We should be considered fortunate and blessed.”

Madisonville Police Chief Herbert Gilbert said he was pleased with the turnout and thought the event improved from its inaugural year.

“The more communication you have with law enforcement, the more information you have about what’s going on in your community,” Gilbert said. “Do not be afraid to get us involved.”

The chief received a round of applause from the diverse crowd when he made a statement related to recent racial tension among law enforcement and minorities throughout the country.

“All lives matter,” Gilbert said.

Madisonville Mayor Bill Parten thanked first responders for their service to the community.

“They put their lives on the line for us,” Parten said. “Sometimes we don’t say it but we appreciate them. We want to be a city that’s known for friendship. Let’s continue; let’s improve.”

Chief Gilbert said National Night Out is an important opportunity for residents to network with law enforcement but also to get to knokw each other.

“They get to meet their local officers in a different light,” he said. “Also there are a lot of people in town who don’t know each other. Neighbors get to know neighbors.”

Madisonville Police Chief Herbert Gilbert said he would like to thank the following National Night Out sponsors:

Carter Enterprises


Dean Lumber

Vicks Lumber

Sonic Drive-In

Dairy Queen

MS Sales

Standley Feed

Topline Rental

Rancho Viejo

Legends Steakhouse

Sweet Treats

Henson Motors

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