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Datebook: February 24 – Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek proclaimed 180 years ago

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It’s Thursday, February 24.

Randall Black, tenor, and Marie Taylor, piano, present a concert featuring the vocal music of Kentucky composer Joseph Baber on Sunday, starting at 3:30 p.m. in Performing Arts Hall of Price Doyle Fine Arts near 15th and Olive.  The recital includes performances by Dr. John Dressler, horn and Dr. Stephanie Rea, flute.

The deadline for hunters to apply online for a quota permit for the spring turkey-hunting season at Land Between the Lakes is Monday.  Three quota hunts in both Kentucky and Tennessee during the first portion of the season require a prior application.  Apply online at where hunt dates are posted.

Over 700 bowls handmade by Paducah residents are ready for the Empty Bowls Project event at the Robert Cherry Civic Center Saturday from noon to 5.  The $15 ticket includes a handmade bowl which will be filled on the spot by participating restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Community Kitchen, which serves over 50,000 meals a year to people in Paducah.

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morning cram [discovery edition]

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Space shuttle Discovery has racked up an impressive list of firsts, including its last one — it will soon become the first in NASA’s fleet to be retired.

NPR reports Discovery is about to embark on its final mission, marking the beginning of the end of NASA’s 30-year-old space shuttle era.

Heavy rains throughout today with thunderstorms and severe weather likely to grace the area will make for hazardous driving conditions.

KENTUCKY~ A bill calling for testing carbon dioxide storage systems in the Commonwealth picks up steam in the General Assembly and so is another proposed law that would require scrappers to prove the metal is theirs. House members want to stop Beshear’s state worker furloughs. It sounds like the makings of a horror movie, but a group is digging up bodies under one of the state’s oldest psychiatric hospitals.

Datebook: February 23 – Plutonium 1st produced & isolated 70 years ago

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It’s Wednesday, February 23.

Murray State History professor Dr. Bill Mulligan speaks on the topic “The Civil War in Western Kentucky and West Tennessee” for The Jackson Purchase Historical Society meeting Saturday.

It convenes at 10:30 a.m. at Wrather Museum near the corner of 16th and University Drive.

On Saturday The Ultimate Pancake Eating Challenge Throwdown benefits Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Clarksville.  G’s Pancake House Restaurant at 803 South Riverside Drive hosts the challenge starting at noon.  Four contestants face five sixteen ounce pancakes, five eggs and five pieces of meat for over $500 in prizes.

Maiden Alley Cinema ‘s annual Oscar Party starts at 6 p.m. Sunday, this time with casual approach rather than black tie.  Tickets are $15, including food and two adult drink tickets.  Maiden Alley Cinema is on the alley going through the block between South Water and 2nd Streets near the Riverfront in downtown Paducah.

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morning cram [rahm edition]

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Ever since Rahm Emanuel won the legal right to be on the Chicago mayoral ballot, it was pretty much a given that he would win the plurality of votes when Election Day rolled around.

NPR reports Emanuel’s 55% share in yesterday’s vote means there will be no runoff election.

KENTUCKY~ A burning propane truck caused delays yesterday on McCracken County’s Cairo Road. Paducah aims for another land grab (in Lone Oak this time) and signs a new contract with their local firefighters union. A Murray murder trial gets postponed (again) and there’s a new Parks Director in town. UK’s presidential search is underway and who the candidates are will be kept a secret. The state gets its hands on lethal injection drugs. House members will soon vote on anti-bullying legislation and the Senate Budget Committee is looking at what to do about Medicaid. Gubernatorial hopeful Bobbie Holsclaw asks why the optometrist bill is clearing the legislature at such a rapid pace. Democrats intend to pay for a painting of Governor Beshear.

TENNESSEE~ Searchers pull the body of a missing Paris man from Kentucky Lake.

Datebook: February 22 – Be Humble Day

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It’s Tuesday, February 22.

Western Baptist Hospital offers free heart screenings 9 to noon Friday in the atrium of Doctors Office Building 2 at the hospital in Paducah.  Cardiologist Patrick Withrow will be available to answer questions.  Blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and EKG rhythm strip screenings are also provided.

The Calloway County Humane Society hosts a Canine Behavioral Psychology Workshop in Murray, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Two day slots are still available for which the cost is $60. Behesha Doan of Extreme K-9 in Carbondale, IL, presents the workshop. Doan is nationally well-known and well-respected canine behaviorist and trainer. Register and learn more at

Markethouse Theatre in Paducah opens The Hundred Dresses Thursday.  The kid-friendly shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  It’s all about peer pressure and fitting in at school.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for youth at

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morning cram [gadhafi edition]

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Bodies of slain Libyan protesters lay scattered on Tripoli’s streets today as forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi seek to crush anti-government demonstrations by shooting anything that moves.

NPR reports Gadhafi has even called in air strikes against dissidents.

KENTUCKY~ A pair of McCracken County Schools bus garage employees (allegedly) embezzled +$10k in tools and auto parts. Christian County High must either close, transform, hire new management or reassign teachers to other schools. A Madisonville man faces a whopping 288 sex-related charges (including incest). Hopkinsville’s extended stretch of the Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway will open next week. Governor Beshear’s education task force makes several recommendations.

TENNESSEE~ A missing woman’s body is found off US-641. Clarksville’s Power Board will spend $375k to remodel the CDE Lightband HQ and some council members are trying to rework the city’s charter (again). The Union City Goodyear plant’s impending closure creates a new regional economic development alliance. Two of Governor Haslam’s new cabinet members could stand to benefit from their positions, but no one can ever know by how much.

Datebook: February 21 – Presidents Day

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It’s Monday, February 21.

The Henry County High School Thespians present Fred Carmichael’s farce Exit the Body at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris this weekend.  Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for age 18 and under.  The Center’s at 650 Volunteer Drive.  There’s a missing body and hidden jewels in a home being rented by a mystery writer.

Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale is on the program for a concert featuring Sue-Jean Park, violin, Angela Wu, piano, Bob Valentine, narrator, and Scott Locke, clarinet in Murray State’s Performing Arts Hall tomorrow night at 7:30.  Also, hear Grieg’s Violin Sonata in C minor and selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

The 2011 School Counts Gala is set for 7 p.m. Saturday March 19 at Madisonville Golf and Country Club.  $30 tickets benefit the School Counts program and youth of Hopkins County.  Tickets are available at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, the Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce and other locations.

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