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Datebook: December 21 – Medal of Honor Signed into Law 150 Years Ago

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Early in the Civil War, a medal for individual valor was proposed by Iowa Senator James W. Grimes to Winfield Scott, the Commanding General of the United States Army. Scott did not approve the proposal, but the medal did come into use in the Navy. Senate Bill 82, containing a provision for a “Medal of Honor”, was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on December 21, 1861. The medal was “to be bestowed upon such petty officers, seamen, landsmen, and Marines as shall most distinguish themselves by their gallantry and other seamanlike qualities during the present war.” Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles directed the Philadelphia Mint to design the new decoration. Shortly afterward, a resolution of similar wording was introduced on behalf of the Army and was signed into law on July 12, 1862. This measure provided for awarding a Medal of Honor, as the Navy version came to be called: “to such noncommissioned officers and privates as shall most distinguish themselves by their gallantry in action, and other soldier-like qualities, during the present insurrection.” In total, 3475 medals have been awarded to 3456 different people. 19 men have been awarded twice. The first medal was awarded to Private Jacob Parrott during the Civil War. The only female recipient went to Civil War surgeon Mary Edwards Walker. A medal went to the British Unknown Warrior. And civilian pilot Charles Lindbergh. Also 65 Canadians serving in the U.S. armed forces have been awarded.

It’s Wednesday, December 21

Tomorrow Western Baptist Hospital Foundation in Paducah has a Christmas star reception in the atrium of Doctors Building 2. The employee’s choir sings carols and light refreshments will be served.

Martin native, Author and former Westview High School teacher Jeff Kurrus will be at the C.E. Weldon public library, 100 Main Street in Martin, Tennessee, tomorrow from 6-8 p.m. to sign copies of his book, “Have You Seen Mary?” It’s a photography book for kids about sandhill cranes. Kurrus is associate editor of NEBRASKAland Magazine.

Tomorrow there’s a Ballard Community blood drive in the meeting room of the Extension Service at 110 Broadway in LaCenter from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Enter sponsor code Ballard 19 when you go to to make an appointment.

The Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers offers its final staging of The Sanders Family Christmas tomorrow night at 7.

Tomorrow at noon hear A Chanticleer Christmas on 913. See our holiday feature schedule at, where both 913 WKMS HD1and WKMS HD2 classical — stream live.

Datebook: December 15 – Bill of Rights Ratified 220 Years Ago

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The Bill of Rights was ratified 220 years ago today. The amendments were introduced by James Madison to the 1st United States Congress as a series of legislative articles based on the ideas of John Locke, were then adapted by the House of Representatives and formally proposed by joint resolution in September 1789, eventually ratified by three-fourths of the States. There were originally 12 amendments. One became the 27th Amendment, and the other is still technically pending. One of the first fourteen copies of the Bill of Rights is on public display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Lawmakers in Kentucky, ratified all twelve proposals soon after becoming the 15th State in 1792, unaware that the initial ten had already been made part of the Constitution. It is commonly understood that originally the Bill of Rights was not intended to apply to the States; however, there is no such limit in the text itself, except where an amendment refers specifically to the federal government.

It’s Thursday, December 15

On Saturday there are auditions for Once Upon A Mattress with Campanile Productions at the Alhambra Theatre, 507 Main in Hopkinsville. Adults and teens are needed for lead and primary roles. Ages 11 & up may audition for ensemble roles. A few cast members under the age of 10 are needed for crowd scenes. Prepare 16 measures of a song of your choice. Download audition packets at

Sunday’s the last performance of The Big Band Christmas Show at the Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers. It starts at 2 p.m. and features favorite holiday tunes from the era of music made famous by the likes of Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra. See

Gallery 109’s winter exhibition is open through January 6. See works by Richard Dougherty, Mary Fuhrmann, Brent Scowden, Nancy Hollinghurst, and Jennifer Fairbanks. The Gallery’s at 109 North 3rd in Murray, open 11 to 4 Thursdays and Fridays.

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Datebook: November 23 – First Edition of Life Magazine 75 Years Ago

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Life magazine has taken several different forms since its creation in 1883, but the first thing that comes to mind may be the photojournalism. Life was a general-interest light entertainment magazine until it was purchased by Time founder Henry Luce in 1936 – with the first issue published on November 23. The Luce Life was the first all-photographic American news magazine, and it dominated the market for more than 40 years. The magazine sold more than 13.5 million copies a week at one point and was so popular that President Harry S. Truman, Sir Winston Churchill and General Douglas MacArthur all serialized their memoirs in its pages. Perhaps one of the best-known pictures printed in the magazine was Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photograph of a nurse in a sailor’s arms, snapped on August 27, 1945, as they celebrated VJ Day in New York City. Life was wildly successful for two generations before its prestige was diminished by economics and changing tastes. Since 1972, Life has twice ceased publication and resumed in a different form, before ceasing once again with the issue dated April 20, 2007. The brand name continues on the Internet and in occasional special issues.

It’s Wednesday, November 23

Marion Baptist Church Family Life Center in Marion, Kentucky offers a free Thanksgiving meal tomorrow. It’s from 11 to 1 at the Center at 131 East Depot Street.

Kentucky State Parks are featuring Thanksgiving Day Buffets tomorrow from noon to 8 p.m. Buffets cost $17.95 for adults, $7.95 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. Entrees include turkey and dressing, baked ham, carved roast beef and fried chicken. See for more.

Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers has a special show tomorrow night. Enjoy “A Tuna Christmas” starting at 7 p.m. 2 actors portray 20 eccentric characters in the third smallest town in Texas. Call 888-362-4223.

Our series, “Company for the Holidays” starts tomorrow. See all the specials through January 1, 2012 at Thanks!

Datebook: November 1 – Stephen Crane Turns 140

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Happy All Saints’ Day! It’s also the 140th birthday of American novelist, short story writer, poet, and journalist Stephen Crane. Prolific throughout his short life, he wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism and Impressionism. He is recognized by modern critics as one of the most innovative writers of his generation. Crane’s first novel was the 1893 Bowery tale Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, which critics generally consider the first work of American literary Naturalism. He won international acclaim for his 1895 Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage, which he wrote without any battle experience. Despite his success, Crane was plagued by financial difficulties and ill health, and died of tuberculosis in a sanatorium at the age of 28.

It’s Tuesday, November 1

Tonight Hopkinsville Community College shows the 2011 Robert Redford directed film, The Conspirator, at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium Lecture Hall. It compliments the national traveling exhibition “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” being displayed in the HCC Library through Friday. Redford’s film centers on the trial of Mary Surratt.

UK Ag Extension is giving pedometers to walkers who get moving each Tuesday in November. Everyone’s invited to these Walk and Talk programs at Noble Park in Paducah. Meet at Shelter 19 at 10 a.m. Tuesdays to walk the Greenway Trail with friends. Walk at your own pace.

Thursday the Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers hosts a show with silent auction at 7 p.m. with proceeds benefitting a village school in Guatemala. There’s also a benefit brisket and pork barbecue from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Rivers Senior Center. Goldenrod Milk supplies free cookies and milk at the show.

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Datebook: May 27 – Vincent Price turns 100

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Vincent Price was born on May 27, 1911 (and died October 25, 1993). He was an American actor, best known for his distinctive voice and serio-comic attitude in a series of horror films made in the later part of his career. Some notable films include “The Keys to the Kingdom,” “Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein,” “The Thee Musketeers,” “The Fly,” “House on Haunted Hill,” “Nefertiti, Queen of the Nile,” “Edward Scissorhands,” and… of course… “Michael Jackson’s Thriller.” The list, however, is nearly endless. There is little doubt that Price’s contribution to cinema was substantial and unique. Click here to see his filmography.

Here’s Datebook for Friday, May 27

The Pickin’ Party continues at the Homeplace Sunday while LBL’s Nature Station also has lots to do. At 11 a.m. learn about barred owls. There’s a riverbank puppet show at 1:30, then A Serious Case of the Uglies: Strange Animals of LBL at 3:30. A family oriented sunset canoe trip sets out at 6. Make reservations at 270-924-2020 today.

Today is the deadline for entrees in the My Little Hearts Beauty Pageant at the Tymeless Hearts Carnival in Murray on June 25. Children newborn to 13 may sign up. $25 entry fees benefit families of children with heart defects. E-mail

Ross Bolen stars in the Hank Williams’ tribute Lost Highway at the Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers tonight at 7 and tomorrow at 2 and again next weekend. Hear the songs of Williams’ Louisiana Hayride and Grand Ole Opry fame until his demise at age twenty-nine. Get tickets

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Datebook: March 3 – The Star-Spangled Banner becomes national anthem 80 years ago

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It’s Thursday, March 3.

Tomorrow the Ice House Gallery of the Mayfield Graves County Art Guild opens a new show titled You’Ins, featuring works by Paducah artists Todd Birdsong, Michael Crouse, Teri Moore and Randy Simmons.  There’s a reception from 6 to 8 tomorrow evening.  The Gallery is at 120 North 8th Street.

John Charles Chasteen of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty speaks at Murray State tomorrow.  His topic is a global history of cannabis.  His presentation is at 3:30 p.m. in Faculty Hall Room 208. Chasteen is a cultural historian of Latin America whose work has explored topics ranging from guerrilla insurgencies to the history of popular dance.

Ring of Fire:  The Johnny Cash Musical Show opens at the Badgett Playhouse tomorrow with a special performance benefitting an exchange student attending Murray State. Tomorrow’s show starts at 7 with half price tickets and a silent auction.  The Badgett Playhouse is in Grand Rivers.  Call for tickets at 888-362-4223.

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Datebook: November 24 – Evolution Day

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It’s Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tomorrow evening at 7 there’s a performance of the classic 1940’s radio play with five actors recreating the movie classic “It’s A Wonderful Life” at Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers.   A Foley Artist creates the sound effects.  The box office opens at 4 p.m. tomorrow.  For more call 888-362-4223.

The Kentucky Cancer Program and its District Cancer Council is calling for applications to create a new Faces of Cancer exhibit honoring local cancer survivors.  One chosen applicant from each of the Purchase Counties will be featured in the exhibit of photographs by J Nash Photography.  Applications are due next January 10.  Call 270-442-1310 for an application or e-mail  The exhibit opens in Paducah next June.

The Land Between the Lakes Photo competition is open for submissions through next Wednesday, December 1.  Go to and create an application and login to upload entries online.  Photographers may submit a maximum of three photos taken in LBL, or on Kentucky or Barkley lakes in each of six categories.

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