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Datebook: February 3 – The Day the Music Died

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On February 3, 1959, a small-plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, killed three American rock and roll pioneers: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, as well as the pilot, Roger Peterson. The day was later called “The Day the Music Died” by Don McLean, in his song “American Pie.” The plane crash has been called the first and greatest tragedy rock and roll has ever suffered.

It’s Friday, February 3

Tomorrow, Land Between the Lakes offers the public a one-time opportunity to view the partial collapse of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge. Highway 68/80 west will be temporarily opened to traffic. Visitors will be directed to park at the Fenton Camping Area and Boat Ramp, and will be allowed to walk in designated areas to view the bridge. Visit for more information.

The Murray Art Guild offers a Valentine’s sale of handcrafted jewelry and homemade candy tomorrow from 9AM to 4PM. The sale takes place at the art guild, located at 500 North 4th Street. For more, call 753-4059.

A panel of Murray State University’s first African-American students and faculty will discuss their experiences on Monday at 5:30PM in the Curris Center’s Barkley Lecture Hall. A question and answer session will follow. African-American art by 1971 MSU graduate Elliott Jordan will be on display in the lobby.

Hear a rebroadcast of Maya Angelou’s Black History Month Special Sunday morning at 9 on 91.3 WKMS.

Datebook: February 1 – Voice of America begins broadcasting 70 years ago

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Voice of America (VOA) is the official external broadcast institution of the United States federal government. VOA provides a wide range of programming for broadcast on radio and TV and the Internet outside of the U.S. in 44 languages. VOA produces about 1,500 hours of news and feature programming each week for an estimated global audience of 123 million people, “to promote freedom and democracy and to enhance understanding through multimedia communication of accurate, objective, and balanced news, information and other programming about America and the world to audiences overseas.” A 1976 law signed by President Gerald Ford requires VOA to “serve as a consistently reliable and authoritative source of news.” The VOA Charter states: “VOA news will be accurate, objective and comprehensive.” However, the service has been criticized as an instrument of American propaganda. Under §501 of the Smith–Mundt Act of 1948, VOA is forbidden to broadcast directly to American citizens. The intent of the legislation is to protect the American public from propaganda actions by its own government. Although VOA does not broadcast domestically, Americans can access the programs through shortwave and streaming audio over the Internet.

Learn more about VOA on their website.

It’s Wednesday, February 1

The Empty Bowls Project, an effort to combat hunger in our region, will be held Saturday, February 25, at the Paducah Convention Center. $15 tickets purchase a handmade ceramic bowl and food donated by local restaurants, with proceeds going to the Community Kitchen. Purchase tickets in advance by calling Michael Terra Cottage Studios at 908-0090.

Applications are now available for the first six hunting days of the 2012 Turkey Season at Land Between the Lakes. These quota hunts provide unique recreational opportunities and help maintain a healthy turkey population. The application fee is $5. Find more information and apply online at

The 8th Annual Reelfoot Lake Eagle Festival takes place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Festival features include guided bus and van tours, a live birds of prey program, an art and photography contest, storytelling, a silent auction, and more. Make reservations for van tours at 731-253-9652.

Tomorrow at noon, hear Maya Angelou’s Black History Month Special on 913 WKMS. Click here for details on Black History Month programming.

Datebook: August 22 – Ida Siekmann becomes first casualty of Berlin Wall 50 years ago

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Polish-born Ida Siekmann had moved to Berlin and lived at 48 Bernauer Strasse in the center of Berlin. Immediately after the border between East and West Berlin was closed and 50 households at the Bernauer Strasse fled to the West. East German border troops were ordered to brick up the entrances and windows on the groundfloor of the houses on the southern side of the street. In the early morning of August 22, Siekmann, living on the third floor, jumped out of her window in an effort to flee, before firefighters were able to open the jumping-sheet. She died shortly after, thus becoming the first casualty at the Berlin wall.

It’s Monday, August 22

This weekend brings the Hot August Blues Festival to Kenlake State Resort Park in Aurora. Music starts at 6 p.m. Friday – tickets at the gate are $15. Saturday music cranks up at 2 p.m. – tickets are $20 at the gate. The Alonzo Pennington Band presents a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn at 6:30 Saturday night – and the headliner is Delta Moon. See

Paducah’s Markethouse Theatre auditions for Charlotte’s Web tonight and tomorrow night at 5 at the Studio Threatre Classroom. Shows are October 13 – 23. The cast includes children, teens and adults. No previous theatre experience necessary. April Cochran directs. For more call the box office between noon and 5 Tuesday through Friday at 270-444-6828.

The Pennyrile Regional Citizen Corps Council meets Wednesday from 11 to 1 at the Pennyrile ADD offices, 300 Hammond Drive in Hopkinsville. The meeting is a prep for National Preparedness Month in September. See for more.

Remember Maya Angelou speaks at Murray State’s CFSB Center Wednesday at 8. See details at

Datebook: August 11 – 55th anniversary of artist Jackson Pollock’s death

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Paul Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956), known as Jackson Pollock, was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. Pollock’s most famous paintings were made during the “drip period” between 1947 and 1950, a time when he experimented with unique methods of applying paint to canvas. After struggling with alcoholism for his entire adult life, Pollock, on August 11, 1956, at 10:15 pm, died in a single-car crash in his Oldsmobile convertible while driving under the influence of alcohol. Find more about Jackson Pollock and his work here.

It’s Thursday, August 11.

Murray Reads Maya is engaging readers for acclaimed author Maya Angelou’s speaking at Murray State’s CFSB Center on Wednesday, August 24th at 8 p.m. Use the website to join the list of participants, to see special events, and to learn more about Ms. Angelou’s writings. Tickets for the reading are $10 at

Western Baptist Hospital’s annual free Childbirth Fair is from 10 to noon Saturday in the atrium of Doctor’s Office Building 2 in Paducah. Dr. Edward O’Neill will answer questions about the region’s first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Tour the birthing center and register for the free maternity program, Stork Central. Call 270-575-BABY for more.

Graves County High School hosts a 5KRun/Walk to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, in memory of Tori Beth Waggoner. Late registration is $25 starting at 7 a.m. Check-in is at 7:15 and the run starts at 8.

Murray State students are returning to campus, so drive safely. Use to stay in touch with our region. Thanks.