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Datebook: November 4 – St. Clair’s Defeat 220 Years Ago

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St. Clair’s Defeat also known as the Battle of the Wabash, was fought on November 4, 1791 in the Northwest Territory between the United States and the Western Confederacy of American Indians, as part of the Northwest Indian War. It was a major American Indian victory and remains the greatest defeat of the United States Army by American Indians. The American Indians were led by Little Turtle of the Miamis, Blue Jacket of the Shawnees and Buckongahelas of the Delawares. The war party numbered more than 1,000 warriors, including a large number of Potawatomis from eastern Michigan and the Saint Joseph. The opposing force of about 1,000 Americans was led by General Arthur St. Clair, who had proved to be an able commander during the American Revolutionary War. The American Indian confederacy was overwhelmingly victorious. In proportional terms of losses to strength, it was the worst defeat that United States forces have ever suffered in battle—of the 1,000 officers and men that St. Clair led into battle, only 48 escaped unharmed. As a result, President George Washington forced St. Clair to resign his post and Congress initiated its first investigation of the executive branch.

It’s Friday, November 4th

A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor broadcasts live from Murray State tomorrow. Get tickets for the 5 to 7 p.m. tribute to Bill Monroe at, 800-745-3000 or at the CFSB Center Box Office.

Metropolis hosts a Steamboat Bicentennial Celebration tomorrow and Sunday at Fort Massac State Park. There are tow boat tours from 10 to 4. A travelling exhibit recounts the history of steam boats. Sunday there’s a dinner cruise aboard the Belle of Cincinnati for which tickets are available at 800-261-8586. See

LBL’s Fall Frolic is tomorrow at the Woodlands Nature Station. Enjoy wagon rides from 10 to 4. Go on a hike at 11:30. Hear Celtic music band Red River Breeze at 1 and 2 p.m. and there’s a Lorax Puppet Show at 3.

Tickets are $15 for the Paducah Jazz Ensemble Big Band’s Stardust Ball at the Metropolis Community Center tomorrow at 7:30. Proceeds benefit Save the Massac Theatre.

Details at Happy weekend!

the morning cram [gerrymandering edition]

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Latinos are giving Texas a representation boost, but are they getting more representation themselves?

NPR reports a growth in Texas’ Latino population will give the state four more House seats, but Latinos don’t feel they are getting any more representation.

Kentucky~ The trial date is set for a McCracken school burglar. Two Paducah cops are quitting amidst sex allegations. There are six more historic sites in the state. Sec of State candidates will debate tonight. The Medal of Honor winner gets a heroes welcome. Owensboro may have had its last Bluegrass Boys reunion.

Tennessee~ Five bikers died at a charity event.

Datebook: September 13 – “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe turns 100

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William Smith Monroe was born on September 13, 1911 (and died September 9, 1996). He was an American musician who created the style of music known as bluegrass, which takes its name from his band, the “Blue Grass Boys,” named for Monroe’s home state of Kentucky. Monroe’s performing career spanned 60 years as a singer, instrumentalist, composer and bandleader. He is often referred to as The Father of Bluegrass. Monroe was made an honorary Kentucky colonel in 1966. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as an “early influence”) in 1997. He was also an inaugural inductee into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1991. In 1993, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1995. In 2003, CMT had Bill Monroe ranked #16 on CMT 40 Greatest Men of Country Music.

Click here for more about Bill Monroe’s legacy from WKMS News’ Gary Pitts.


Check out NPR’s Bill Monroe tribute, featuring interviews with famous musicians.

It’s Tuesday, September 13

Today’s the deadline to register for Murray State’s Small Business Development Center’s State of the Economy event from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday. The topic is Managing a Business for the free meeting for business owners, entrepreneurs and students in the Curris Center Ballroom. Make reservations at 270-809-2856.

Markethouse Theatre’s 2nd night of auditions for The 39 Steps is tonight at 7 in the main theatre in downtown Paducah. The cast needs 3 men ages 20 and up and one woman between 20 and 40 years old. The play runs weekends November 10 through 20. Newcomers are welcome.

Murray State English faculty member Carrie Jerrell reads for the MSU Reading Series Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery. Ms. Jerrell’s debut collection “After the Revival” won the 2008 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize from Waywiser Press. The gallery’s on the 6th floor of Doyle Fine Arts.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

September 13, 2011 at 10:28 am

Datebook: September 8 – Margaret Gorman becomes first ‘Miss America’ 90 years ago

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On September 8, 1921, 16-year-old Margaret Gorman won the Atlantic City Pageant’s Golden Mermaid trophy; pageant officials later dubbed her the first Miss America. Gorman was chosen as “Miss Washington, D.C.” due to her athletic ability, past accomplishments, and outgoing personality. She was invited on that count to join the Second Annual Atlantic City Pageant as an honored guest. There, she won the titles  “Inter-City Beauty, Amateur,” and “The Most Beautiful Bathing Girl in America.” Gorman was expected to defend her positions the next year, but since someone else had reached the title of “Miss Washington, D.C.,” she was instead crowned as “Miss America.” She is the only Miss America to receive her crown at the end of the year. Gorman was later quoted as saying “I never cared to be Miss America. It wasn’t my idea. I am so bored by it all. I really want to forget the whole thing.” At the time of the contest, she was 5 ft 1 in, weighed 106 pounds and her measurements were 30-25-32. She died October 1, 1995 at the age of 90.

It’s Thursday, September 8

Next Monday through Wednesday the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro hosts the Bill Monroe 100th Birthday Celebration. Enjoy 3 days and nights of concerts by Bluegrass Hall of Fame members with their bands. The museum’s new Bill Monroe documentary premieres Tuesday. See the schedule and ticket prices at

Auditions for the 6th Annual Krider Idol are Saturday from ten to noon at Paris Elementary School, 650 Volunteer Drive. Kridor Idol involves students ages 9 to 18 in this fundraiser for the Youth for the Arts Enrichment Fund on October 15 at the Krider Performing Arts Center.

Tomorrow night Murray Art Guild’s Fall Art Hop goes from 6 to 9 p.m. with a trolley making trips to galleries with exhibitions around town. Those included are the Murray Art Guild, Gallery 109, MSU’s Clara Eagle and Curris Center Galleries and Faculty Club, Fidalgo Bay Coffee, and the Robert O. Miller Center. See the trolley schedule at

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Datebook – August 31 – Hermann von Helmholtz turns 190

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Hermann von Helmholtz was born August 31, 1821 (and died September 8, 1894). He was a German physician and physicist who made significant contributions to several widely varied areas of modern science. In physiology and psychology, he is known for his mathematics of the eye, theories of vision, ideas on the visual perception of space, color vision research, and on the sensation of tone, perception of sound, and empiricism. In physics, he is known for his theories on the conservation of energy, work in electrodynamics, chemical thermodynamics, and on a mechanical foundation of thermodynamics. As a philosopher, he is known for his philosophy of science, ideas on the relation between the laws of perception and the laws of nature, the science of aesthetics, and ideas on the civilizing power of science.

It’s Wednesday, August 31

Market House Theatre opens its 48th season with the Tony Award winning play the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee starting tomorrow night, running through September 18. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. For tickets go online at

Fort Donelson National Battlefield hosts a living history encampment at the main unit along Highway 79 in Dover, Tennessee – open 10 to 4 Saturday and Sunday. It’s the 150th anniversary of this Confederate fort’s being built. At 11 a.m. Saturday Junior Rangers learn about journalists and artists who covered the battles. Register for this program today at 931-232-5706.

Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts opens a visual arts celebration of Bill Monroe’s 100th Birthday titled Bluegrass Roots over Labor Day Weekend. Four concurrent exhibitions open with a preview gala and artist’s reception Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The museum’s at 9th and Frederica Street. See

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Datebook: August 25 – Monty Hall turns 90

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Monty Hall was born Monte Halperin, August 25, 1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Canadian-born MC, producer, actor, singer and sportscaster may be best known as host of the television game show Let’s Make a Deal.  Let’s Make a Deal aired on NBC daytime from 1963 to 1968, and on ABC daytime from 1968 to  1976, followed by several syndication runs. Hall received stard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame, and Canada Walk of Fame. In 1968, the Government of Canada bestowed on him the prestigious Order of Canada for his charity work. Hall received the 2005 Ralph Edwards Service Award from Game Show Congress, and in 2007, was one of the first inductees into the American TV Game Show Hall of Fame.

It’s Thursday, August 25

Saturday is Fight Against Child Obesity Day in Paducah. Futskilz Soccer Training is organizing the free event from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the McCracken County soccer complex. LBL Environmental Education staff brings information about the USDA Forest Service’s More Kids in the Woods initiative. Greater Paducah Sustainability is providing recycling information. It’s for ages 6 and up, including relay races and games.

The Union City Community Concert Association opens its new year’s offerings with a showcase of the area’s most talented young people – Fair Show-Season 2 – to the Union City Civic Auditorium Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Market House Theatre’s Footlights is accepting registrations for its new trimester of classes starting Saturday. April Cochran leads the youth acting troupes for grades 1 thru 12 which meet Saturdays in the theatre classroom at 120 South Second Street in Paducah. Register through the theatre box office, 270-444-6828.

A Prairie Home Companion brings a Bill Monroe tribute to Murray November 5. See more at Thanks!