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Datebook: August 4 – 90th birthday of Herb Ellis

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American jazz guitarist Mitchell Herbert “Herb” Ellis was born on August 4, 1921.  In addition to being a staple of west-coast studio recording sessions, Ellis is well-known for performing with the Oscar Peterson Trio from 1953 to 1958 along with pianist Peterson and bassist Ray Brown.  His inclusion in the trio provoked controversy; he was the only white person in the group in a time when racism was still very much widespread.  Ellis died on March 28, 2010.


It’s Thursday, August 4.

Stefan Jagoe presents “African American Genealogical Research: Tips and Tools to help you find your black roots” for Evenings Upstairs at the McCracken County Public Library tonight at 7.  An avid genealogist, Jagoe is Youth Minister at Grace Episcopal Church in Paducah.

Political speaking starts at 2 p.m. at the legendary Fancy Farm Picnic on the grounds of St. Jerome’s Catholic Church Saturday. The picnic actually starts tomorrow at 5 p.m. with a fish fry at the Knights of Columbus Hall with Lew Jetton and 61 South performing later. Saturday’s activities start at 10 a.m., including Bingo and barbecue. Jennifer Fox and the Pillow Fighters perform Saturday night. Details at

Murray State’s Department of History’s 10th Annual Dr. James W. Hammack, Jr. Scholarship Banquet on September 17 features UNC-Charlotte historian Dr. Karen L. Cox. She speaks on “Dixie’s Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture.” $40 ticket reservations are due by September 10 at 270-809-2234.

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Datebook: July 15 – John Ball hanged, drawn and quartered 630 years ago

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John Ball was an English Lollard priest who took a prominent part in the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. Much of what is known about him comes from hostile sources liable to exaggerate his political and Christian radicalism. He gained fame as a roving preacher, insistent on social equality. Ball was in the archbishop’s prison at Maidstone, Kent when uprisings began and was released by rebels. He then gave an open sermon, from which he was accused of urging his audience to kill principal lords and lawyers. He was again taken prisoner, given a trial and was subsequently hanged, drawn and quartered in the presence of King Richard II on 15 July 1381, his head was stuck on a pike on London Bridge.

It’s Friday, July 15th

Tomorrow night at 7, the Radioactive City RollerGirls battle it out against the Central Arkansas RollerGirls at the Paducah Expo Center.  Tickets are 10 dollars, and ages 12 and under get in free.  Bring a donation item for the Family Service Society to receive 2 dollars off the admission price.

As part of the Summer Music Festival series, Lew Jetton and 61 South will be playing on the courthouse steps in Mayfield tomorrow night at 7.  The concert is free to the public.  Bring blankets or lawn chairs.

The 10th Annual Fred Paxton Fund Run for Charities takes place tomorrow morning at Noble Park in Paducah.  Registration is from 6:30 to 7:30 at shelter 10, and the 5K race begins at 8.  There’s also a one-mile youth run.  The entry fee is 30 dollars for the 5K, or 10 dollars for the youth run.  Part of the entry fee goes to the charity of your choice.

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Datebook: May 11 – Chang and Eng turn 200

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Chang and Eng Bunker were born May 11, 1811 – 200 years ago. Arguably the most famous conjoined twin brothers, their condition and birthplace became the basis for the term “Siamese twins.” They were joined at the sternum by a small piece of cartilage. Their livers were fused but independently complete. Although 19th century medicine did not have the means to do so, modern surgical techniques would have easily allowed them to be separated. Read more about these fascinating twins.

Here’s Datebook for Wednesday, May 11

There’s a Buzzard Brothers Smoke on the Water Flood Relief Fundraiser Saturday from 11 to 3 at Max’s Brick Oven Courtyard, 112 South Second in Paducah. Enjoy BBQ lunch or pre-order pickup – with music by Lew Jetton, Nathan Blake Lynn and the Solid Rock’it Boosters. Pre-order chicken and pork three ways at Kirchoff’s before 5 p.m. Thursday.

Murray State’s 88th May Commencement begins at 10 a.m. Saturday in the CFSB Center. Degree candidates line up at lower level Gate A at 9 a.m. There’s a drop off zone for those needing special assistance in the lot off Gilbert Graves Drive. See for details.

The Humane Society of Marshall County’s spring yard sale is Saturday starting at 7:30 a.m. at the facility at 6301 Highway 68 East in Benton. Get Pet and family photos from 10 to 2. Bake sale and grilled hot dogs available. Contest winners are being announced at 2.

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Datebook – November 5, 2010

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It’s Friday, November 5.

Murray State’s Department of Music presents a concert “So you want to be an opera singer?” tonight at 7:30.  The Audience votes on arias by several composers to determine the program.  Pamela Wurgler moderates, Angelu Wu the pianist, and singers include Sonya Baker, Randall Black, Tana Field and Christopher Mitchell.  The free concert’s in Performing Arts Hall of Doyle Fine Arts.

The 2011 Lower Town Arts and Music Festival has announced a call for artists with entries due January 31.  See  It’s open to artists within a 300 mile radius of Paducah.  E-mail for more.

The Murray State Department of History offers a free concert of American Roots Music at 7 p.m. next Tuesday in Wrather Museum Auditorium at Murray State.  Performers include the Grand Ole Opry’s Scott Miller accompanied by Ted Franklin Belue, OH BROTHER WHERE ART THOU artist Mike Compton and David Peterson, and Lew Jetton and 61 South performing roots blues.

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Datebook – September 17, 2010

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It’s Friday, September 17.

Playhouse in the Park in Murray opens its production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, called a rollercoaster of music and fun, tonight at 7.  There are shows at 7 p.m. tomorrow and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, then again next weekend.  Purchase Tickets at

In Illinois, the Golconda Shrimp Festival starts at 7 a.m. tomorrow. with the farmer’s market.  Helicopter, horse and buggy and Shawnee Queen Boat rides start at 10 a.m.  Music starts at noon with Lew Jetton and 61 South headlining from 7 to 10 p.m.  There’s lots of shrimp to eat and a little miss shrimp contest starts at 3 p.m. on the Court House Lawn.

It’s slime time at Paris Elementary School with its annual Fall Kick Off from 4:30 to 7:30 this evening.  Bring the kids for inflatables, games, golf scramble, football tosses, karaoke, a dunking booth and food.  Children can purchase chances to dump slime on elected targets.

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morning cram (deepwater views edition)

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‘crater plume gassing’ or ‘when self-regulation fails

KY~ PATS’ executive director is resigning. Five Trigg County gang-rapists take a plea deal. Another mushroom dealer goes to prison. A green and healthy Graves County  school is being honored in Frankfort. Beshear proposes a new budget making the legislature swoon.

TN~ Clarksville Mayor Johnny Piper may have threatened a school official over his wife’s job. Call center Convergys may move to the north side of Clarksville.