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Datebook: February 16 – Fort Donelson Captured 150 Years Ago

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The Battle of Fort Donelson was fought from February 11 to February 16, 1862. The capture of the fort by Union forces opened the Cumberland River as an avenue for the invasion of the South. The success elevated Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant to the rank of major general, and earned him the nickname “Unconditional Surrender” Grant in the process. The battle followed the capture of Fort Henry on February 6. Grant moved his army 12 miles to Fort Donelson on February 12 and conducted several small probing attacks. On February 14, U.S. Navy gunboats under Flag Officer Andrew H. Foote attempted to reduce the fort with naval gunfire, but were forced to withdraw after sustaining heavy damage from Donelson’s water batteries. On February 15 the Confederates, commanded by Brig. Gen. John B. Floyd, launched a surprise attack against Grant’s army, attempting to open an avenue of escape. Grant, rallied his men with a counterattack and forced Floyd back to the fort. On the following morning, the Confederates turned over their command to Brig. Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner, who agreed to the terms of surrender offered by Grant.

It’s Thursday, February 16

The Murray High School Baseball Team hosts a barbecue lunch on Saturday at 1PM in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church. Kirk Rueter of the San Francisco Giants will be the guest speaker. The event also features an auction including autographed baseballs and unique items from Murray businesses. Purchase $10 tickets by calling 753-5202.

The annual Bull Blowout is tomorrow and Saturday at 8PM at the Cherry Expo Center at Murray State University. Events include bull riding and barrel racing, as well as a children’s calf scramble and mutton busting. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for MSU students, and $5 for children under 12.

The Run4Another 5K run/walk will be held on Saturday, March 3, in Murray. All participants registered by tomorrow are guaranteed a free tech shirt and goodie bags. Find online registration, an official route map, and business sponsorship forms at

Find more information about these and other community events at, where you can also get in on a drawing for a Big Green Egg.

Written by Matt Markgraf

February 16, 2012 at 8:48 am

Datebook: February 14 – Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine’s Day! The legend of St. Valentine is one of mystery. The Catholic Church recognizes no less than three martyred saints in history with the name Valentine. One legend claims he was a Roman priest, third century. Emperor Claudius II decided single men made better soldiers and thus outlawed marriage for young men, but the priest saw the injustice and married young lovers in secret… until he was put to death for his actions. Other stories suggest Valentine had helped Christians escape from harsh Roman prisons, until he was put in one. He fell in love with the jailer’s young daughter who visited him during the confinement. Before his death he wrote a letter signed “From your Valentine,” the origin of the expression we use today. Whether these stories are true or not, it should be no surprise that the romantic hero became one of the most widely popular saints.

Read more about the pagan festival, why February 14th, and the Valentine’s greeting.

It’s Tuesday, January 14

The next Doggie Day Spa takes place on Saturday from 9 to 2 at Carmen Pavilion, located on College Farm Road across from Calloway County High School. Pre-vet students from Murray State University will bathe dogs for $7 and clean ears and trim nails for $4. The Humane Society will microchip pets for $10. Find more information at

The Civil War Singers will present a concert of Civil War songs on Thursday at 7PM at the Stewart County Visitors Center in Dover, Tennessee. The free concert is part of the sesquicentennial remembrance of the battle of Fort Donelson.

The Paducah National Weather Service hosts a “Skywarn” weather-spotting class in Murray on Thursday at 6:30PM. No fees or pre-registration are required. The three-hour class takes place in the Freed Curd Auditorium of the Industry & Technology Building at Murray State. For more information, contact Bill Call at 293-0068.

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Datebook: January 19 – Battle of Mill Springs Kentucky 150 Years Ago

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The Battle of Mill Springs was fought in Wayne and Pulaski counties on January 19, 1862, as part of the American Civil War. It concluded an early Confederate offensive campaign in eastern Kentucky. While considered a small battle in comparison to many that followed in the Civil War, the battle at Mill Springs was the second largest in Kentucky (only Perryville had higher casualties). It was also the first significant Union victory of the war, much celebrated in the popular press, but was soon eclipsed by Ulysses S. Grant’s victories at Forts Henry and Donelson.

It’s Thursday, January 19

The 75th annual Campus Lights production, Titanic the Musical, takes place at Lovett Auditorium tonight through Saturday at 7:30PM and on Sunday at 2:30. Admission is $10 for adults, or $7 for students and children under 12. Find more information on the 75th Annual Campus Lights Facebook page.

Fort Donelson hosts a Civil War Roundtable tonight at 7 at the Cumberland Room of the Stewart County Visitor Center. Historian Karel Lea Biggs presents a program entitled “Life in Occupied Tennessee.” The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact John or Nikki Walsh at 931-801-4530.

The Friends of the McCracken County Public Library host a used book sale tomorrow and Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Paducah. Hours are Friday from 9 to 7 and Saturday from 9 to 1. All proceeds help the McCracken County Public Library.

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Datebook: June 24 – Take Your Dog to Work Day

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Take Your Dog to Work Day was first started in 1996 in the United Kingdom and June 25, 1999 in the United States. Created by Pet Sitters International, this day celebrates the great companions dogs make and encourages adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies. Why can’t every day be take your dog to work day?

It’s Friday, June 24

The Civil War Singers will give a free concert at the Fort Donelson National Battlefield amphitheater tomorrow night at 6.  The singers will perform traditional songs from the Civil War.

Mayfield author Berry Craig will be signing copies of his third book, Hidden History of Kentucky Soldiers, at the Graves County Public Library tomorrow from 11 to 2. All profits from book sales go for scholarships at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

There’s a fish fry tomorrow night at 6 at American Legion Post 236, located off KY 95 between Calvert City and North Marshall Middle School.  The menu includes catfish, slaw, hushpuppies, potatoes, and desserts.  Meals are 7 dollars.

The Paducah Aero Modelers club hosts a two-day Air Show tomorrow and Sunday, beginning at 9 each morning.  Control line, free flight, and radio control models will be displayed and flown.  The free show will be held at the McCracken County Model Air Park.

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Datebook: May 26 – Sally Ride turns 60

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Dr. Sally Kristen Ride was born May 26, 1951. She is an American physicist and a former NASA astronaut, perhaps most famous for becoming the first American woman – and then-youngest American – to enter space. Ride joined NASA in 1978, and entered space in 1983. In 1987 she left NASA to work at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Arms Control. She is currently the President and CEO of Sally Ride Science, a company she founded in 2001, that creates entertaining science programs and publications for upper elementary and middle school students, with a particular focus on girls. Happy birthday Sally!

Here’s Datebook for Thursday, May 26

Tonight the Parks Department in Paducah inaugurates its free summer Movie in the Park program at dusk, around 8:15 with a showing of the movie “Yogi Bear”. Concessions will be available at the Noble Park Amphitheatre, 2801 Park Avenue.

Fort Donelson National Cemetery’s tribute to veterans is a luminary candle placement at each headstone between 7:30 and 9 p.m. Sunday. Story tellers share the history of the cemetery and some of those who rest there. Bring a flashlight as lighting will be limited.

Anyone donating at an American Red Cross blood drive now through September 14 is automatically entered into a drawing to win a 2012 Ford Fiesta SE. There’s blood collection today at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 1620 West Main in Murray from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s also a collection tomorrow from 10 to 2 at Finish Line Car Wash, 3516 Clarks River Road in Paducah. Participants there get a free car wash.

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Datebook: March 9 – Ash Wednesday

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It’s Wednesday, March 9.

Fort Donelson National Battlefield’s Visitor’s Center hosts the showing of a film titled, The Forgotten Grave:  Women Soldiers of the American Civil War.  The Center is along Highway 79 in Dover.  The film starts at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow.

The second annual Trigg County Civil War Days run March 18 through the 20th in downtown Cadiz.  The re-enactment brings about 150 infantry plus 30 artillery men and their families.  A battle starts at 1 p.m. on Main Street on Saturday, the 19th.  Camps open Friday at 3 p.m. with self-guided candlelight camp tours and artillery night fire.

The Murray State Department of History fundraises for the Beasley Memorial History Scholarship on Saturday, April 2, with a lecture and banquet in the Curris Center Ballroom.  Tickets are $40 at 270-809-2234. The Speaker is Professor Christopher Browning of UNC-Chapel Hill.  His topic is Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony.

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Datebook: November 18 – Mickey Mouse turns 82

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It’s Thursday, November 18.

Saturday there’s a panel discussion on African Americans at Fort Donelson, Fort Henry, and “Between the Rivers” from 1 to 3 p.m.  It’s at Emmanuel Family Life Center, 303 Fairview Lane in Clarksville.  It begins a collaborative project involving quilters to design a series of quilts for a travelling exhibit next February.  LBL, Fort Donelson, and Houston County Historical Society speakers join the panel.

2009 America’s Got Talent winner Kevin Skinner headlines an Abby Mott Benefit Concert at 6 p.m. Saturday at Murray State’s Lovett Auditorium.  Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10.  Abby Mott is a first grade student at Murray’s Southwest Elementary School who is currently receiving treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Easter Seals West Kentucky opens viewing for its Holiday Wreath Silent Auction and Competition Saturday at Downtown Coffee Bar, 426 Broadway, Saturday.  The one of a kind wreaths made by artists, businesses and other individuals are on display for bidding through December 3.

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Datebook – September 2, 2010

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It’s Thursday, September 2.

The Yeiser Art Center on Markethouse Square downtown Paducah opens a new show of etchings by Paducah resident Christina Bartsch, a graduate of Murray State University, and mixed media paintings by Estill Springs, Tennessee resident Anne Bagby, a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. There’s a reception Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Dover hosts living history programs and demonstrations Saturday and Sunday with local re-enactors of the 50th Tennessee Infantry. The Civil War camp will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day with musket firing demos at 2 and 3 p.m. each day. There will also be bayonet drills, medical demonstrations, a ladies tea and more.

Paducah’s Market House Theatre opens “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” tonight for a three weekend run through September 19. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. each Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday with one Saturday matinee on September 11. Get tickets at 270-444-6828.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

September 2, 2010 at 10:32 am