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Archive for August 30th, 2011

Datebook: August 30 – Roy Wilkins turns 110

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Roy Wilkins was born on August 30, 1901 (and died September 8, 1981. He was a prominent civil rights activist in the United States from the 1930s to the 1970s, most notable was his leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He led civil rights activists in Mississippi during the “credit squeeze;” helped organize the March on Washington, the Selma to Montgomery marches and the March Against Fear; spearheaded Brown v Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In 1967, Lyndon Johnson awarded Wilkins with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

It is Tuesday, August 30

Non-professional artists may submit artworks for the Heart and Soul Art Contest in Paducah by Friday. Easter Seals West Kentucky and Independence Bank are offering six cash awards. The entry fee is $5 for up to 3 works submitted. Call 270-443-1200 for information and entry forms.

LBL’s Saturday is full of fun. There’s a beaver trek at Hematite Lake from ten to noon. The Homeplace has programs from ten to 4, including a storytelling festival, all-American cricket and a pie eating contest at 2. At the Nature Station there’s story time with Smokey Bear at 1 p.m. watermelon feasting at 3, and a kids’ campfire from 7 to 9 p.m. Make reservations for the campfire at 270-924-2020.

The Four Rivers Book Festival and Art Show is new to the HORSES, Inc. Expo at Carson Park in Paducah from 10 to 4 Saturday, October 15. Authors and artists should contact by September 15 to learn more and to be included.


the morning cram [things fall apart edition]

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FEMA runs out of cash as Americans clean up after Irene.

NPR reports that funds are needed from North Carolina to Vermont and FEMA is stretched almost to its limits.

Kentucky~ The new road through LBL gets an award. Think twice before going for a dip in the Clarks River. Governor  High School kids may need more than a good ACT score to qualify for a scholarship. Beshear is  about to let us all know how we’re going to pay our debts .

Illinois~ It’s getting real in the Brookport City Hall parking lot.

Tennessee~ A soldier’s conviction is overturned and he’s headed back to the army.