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Datebook: January 6 – New Mexico Becomes 47th State 100 Years Ago

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After much contention, largely over the issue of whether or not to permit Indian slavery, statehood was granted to New Mexico on January 6, 1912, becoming the 47th state. The issue was that members of Congress maintained that territories could not restrict slavery under the Missouri Compromise, while others insisted that older Mexican legal traditions (which forbade slavery) took precedence. New Mexico is uniquely cultural, with the second-highest Native American percentage in the country (after Alaska), mostly comprised of Navajo and Pueblo peoples. It also has the highest percentage of Hispanics. Thus, the state flag is represented by red and gold colors, which pay homage to Spain, as well as the Zia symbol – an ancient Native American symbol for the sun. New Mexico is politically diverse, often considered a “swing state.” One quarter is forested, and includes the nation’s largest National Forest: Gila National Forest at 3.3 million acres. The official state animal is the black bear, named after discovering Smokey the Bear.  Tourists come for the food and the annual hot air balloon festival. Government spending has benefited New Mexico in the form of three Air Force bases, and research laboratories. The first atomic bombs were made and tested at White Sands. And, of course, Roswell is the home of an alleged 1947 UFO crash site.

It’s Friday, January 6

The Graves County High School Choir hosts a silent auction tonight in the high school commons area before and during the Mayfield-Graves County basketball game. Proceeds from the silent auction will help buy choral risers, tuxedos, new sheet music, and a piano. Items up for auction include a signed Swamp People t-shirt, UK basketball game tickets, and more.

The Lower Town Arts and Music Festival seeks applications from local and regional musicians of all genres interested in performing in this year’s festival. All musicians should apply by February 15 at 5PM. Find application materials at lowertownamf.com.

Market House Theater holds open auditions for “The Adventures of Nate the Great” on Monday and Tuesday at 5PM in the studio theater classroom. All of the characters in this kids’ detective play are elementary school age. Performances are February 23 through 27th, with three morning school matinees. For more information, contact Market House Theater between noon and 5.

Visit us online at wkms.org, where you can find more community events.

Datebook: July 22 – Georg Wilhelm Richmann turns 200

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Georg Wilhelm Richmann was born on July 22, 1711 (and died July 26, 1753). He was a German physicist who lived in Russia. A member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences, he did pioneering work on electricity, atmospheric electricity and calorimetry. He may be most famous for having been electrocuted in St. Petersburg “while trying to quantify the response of an insulated rod to a nearby storm.” While the experiment was underway, a supposed ball lightning appeared and collided with Richmann’s head, killing him instantly. His shoes were blown open, parts of his clothes singed, the engraver knocked out; the doorframe of the room was split, and the door itself torn off its hinges. Reportedly, ball lightning traveled along the apparatus and was the cause of his death. He was apparently the first person in history to die while conducting electrical experiments.

It’s Friday, July 22

Tomorrow the Homeplace offers programming about historic wood planes from 1 to 4 p.m. Also in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation area tomorrow there’s a Nature Station Program at 2:15 about making your yard a certified wildlife habitat. Then at 6 there’s a sunset canoe trip for which reservations are necessary with a $25 fee at 270-924-2020.

Mayfield Graves County Needline and Food Pantry will distribute fresh vegetables and fruit from local gardens and orchards. Drop off your extra produce Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the pantry at 424 S. 9th Street.

Starting Monday the McCracken County Public Library offers you a three day opportunity to clear your overdue fines by donating new school supplies for Paducah Head Start Preschool Students. The kids need everything from crayons to backpacks to glue to erasers to Kleenex. This Head Start serves about 240 three and four year old pre-schoolers.

Enjoy Music from the Front Porch tomorrow from 10 to 1, here or streaming live at wkms.org.

Written by Matt Markgraf

July 22, 2011 at 8:26 am

Datebook: July 13 – Nathan Bedford Forrest turns 190

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Nathan Bedford Forrest was born on July 13, 1821 (and died October 29, 1877. He was a lieutenant general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War and is remembered as a leading southern advocate in the postwar years and as the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. He was less educated than many of his fellow officers, but had amassed a fortune prior to the war as a planter, real estate investor and slave trader. Although Forrest lacked formal military education, he had a gift for strategy and tactics. He was accused of war crimes at the Battle of Fort Pillow for allowing forces under his command to conduct a massacre upon hundreds of black Union Army and white Southern Unionist prisoners. In their postwar writings, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and General Robert E. Lee both expressed their belief that the Confederate high command had failed to fully utilize Forrest’s talents.

It’s Wednesday, July 13th

Murray State’s MFA Summer Reading series concludes tonight at 7:30 with a reading by author Jessica Handler. Her book Invisible Sisters: A Memoir has been named one of “Twenty-Five Books All Georgians Should Read.” The reading will take place in the Clara Eagle Gallery on the sixth floor of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building.

Bring your lawn chairs to Wrangler’s Campground this Friday and Saturday night to watch the 15th Annual Grand Jubilee and Primitive Rodeo. Events begin at 8PM both nights. For admission prices and more information, visit lbl.org.

The Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild invites local artists and writers to submit their work for the Harvey Parker Community Show, which will run August 2nd through the 27th. The show is open to artists of all experience levels, and there is no charge to participate. All entries must be submitted by July 23; call ahead to reserve a space at (270) 247-6971.

Find community events and more on our website, wkms.org.

Datebook: June 15 – Thomas the Tank Engine creator turns 100

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Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry was born on June 15, 1911 (and died March 21, 1997). He was an English clergyman, railway enthusiast and children’s author, best known as the creator of Thomas the Tank Engine for The Railway Series books and later for the Thomas and Friends TV show.  In 2009, The Independent recognized Thomas on their “Happy List” of 100 ‘people’ making Britain a better and happier place. Happy birthday Rev!

It’s Wednesday, June 15

Tomorrow is the last day to purchase advance tickets for the Lone Star Rodeo. The rodeo is at 8 this Friday and Saturday night at the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds. 10 dollar adult tickets and 8 dollar children’s tickets are available at the City Hall Information Center today and tomorrow from 8 to 4:30.

The Murray Art Guild offers a silkscreen t-shirt and poster workshop for teens this Saturday from noon to 5 at the Murray Art Guild. The fee for the workshop is 40 dollars. For registration or for more information, go to murrayartguild.org.

The Pennyroyal Arts Council in Hopkinsville holds the 4th Annual June Jam Fundraiser this Friday night at 8 at the James E. Bruce Convention Center. Music will be provided by the Entice Band of Nashville. 25 dollar tickets may be purchased at L&N Depot, Books on Main, the Chamber of Commerce, and Gracious Me. To reserve a table, call 270-887-4295.

Find more news and events at our website, wkms.org. Thanks for listening!

Datebook: June 9 – Cole Porter turns 120

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American composer and songwriter Cole Porter was born June 9, 1891 (and died October 15, 1964) He was born to a wealthy family, and despite his grandfather’s wishes, he took up music as a profession, particularly musical theatre. By the 1930s, he was one of the major songwriters for the Broadway stage. Unlike most of the Broadway composers, he wrote both the lyrics and the music for his songs. Among his most notable work is “Kiss Me, Kate,” “Anything Goes,” “Dubarry Was A Lady” and “You Never Know.”

It’s Thursday, June 9

Mayfield Graves County Habitat for Humanity celebrates opening its ReStore at 901 State Route 45 North in Mayfield Saturday. It’s open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 4. ReStore takes donations of commercial, industrial, agricultural and residential items. Call 270-356-2552 for donation and delivery information.

Saturday is Fee Waiver Day at LBL. Admission is free for the Woodlands Nature Station, Elk and Bison Prairie and the 1 p.m. Golden Pond Planetarium show. Also, there are no day-use riding fees at Wranglers Campground. Call 270-924-2000 for more.

Ride your Bike on Broadway in Paducah Sunday. From 1 to 4 p.m. vehicular traffic will not be permitted between 4th and 17th Streets. There will be traffic crossing points on Broadway at 9th and 13th Streets. The Paducah Parks Services at 270-444-8508 needs volunteers for the event.

WKMS HD is back and so are all classical services 92.5 FM Paducah and 105.1 FM Madisonville –Thanks to your support!

It’s Thursday, June 9.

Mayfield Graves County Habitat for Humanity celebrates opening its ReStore at 901 State Route 45 North in Mayfield Saturday. It’s open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 4.  ReStore takes donations of commercial, industrial, agricultural and residential items.  Call 270-356-2552 for donation and delivery information.

Saturday is Fee Waiver Day at LBL.  Admission is free for the Woodlands Nature Station, Elk and Bison Prairie and the 1 p.m. Golden Pond Planetarium show.  Also, there are no day-use riding fees at Wranglers Campground.  Call 270-924-2000 for more.

Ride your Bike on Broadway in Paducah Sunday.  From 1 to 4 p.m. vehicular traffic will not be permitted between 4th and 17th Streets.  There will be traffic crossing points on Broadway at 9th and 13th Streets.  The Paducah Parks Services at 270-444-8508 needs volunteers for the event.

WKMS HD is back and so are all classical services 92.5 FM Paducah and 105.1 FM Madisonville –Thanks to your support!

Datebook: March 23 – World Meteorological Day

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It’s Wednesday, March 23.

Through April 15th the City of Clarksville Office of Housing and Community Development accepts applications for minor home repairs, primarily exterior renovation,  at no cost to qualifying homeowners.  Call 931-648-6133 for information.

Murray Calloway County Hospital hosts free blood sugar screenings Friday from 6:30 to 10 with a registered dietician on hand to answer questions at its Center for Health and Wellness on Poplar. Friday is Diabetes Alert Day.  Also Friday, there are blood pressure checks from 10 to noon inside the front lobby of the new MCCH tower on Vine.

Friday is the deadline for entries from Graves Countians in the Mayfield Tourism Commission’s T-shirt design competition.  Four-color max designs must feature the words “Mayfield Graves County”.  Get details and submit designs electronically through tourism@mayfieldchamber.com with t-shirt contest in the subject line.  There’s a $5 entry fee.

Our first fundraiser of 2011 is now on the air.  Your own financial support is key to our operating budget.  Use the secure pledge form at wkms.org to give.  Thank you.

Written by Matt Markgraf

March 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm