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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: December 2 – Enron Files For Bankruptcy 10 Years Ago

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Before its bankruptcy on December 2, 2001, Enron employed approximately 22,000 staff and was one of the world’s leading electricity, natural gas, communications, and pulp and paper companies, with claimed revenues of nearly $101 billion in 2000. Fortune named Enron “America’s Most Innovative Company” for six consecutive years. At the end of 2001, it was revealed that its reported financial condition was sustained substantially by institutionalized, systematic, and creatively planned accounting fraud, known as the “Enron scandal.” The scandal also brought into question the accounting practices and activities of many corporations throughout the United States and was a factor in the creation of the Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002. It emerged from bankruptcy in November 2004, pursuant to a court-approved plan of reorganization: a new board of directors changed the name of Enron to Enron Creditors Recovery Corp., and focused on reorganizing and liquidating certain operations and assets of the pre-bankruptcy Enron. In 2006, Enron sold Prisma Energy International Inc., its last remaining business, to Ashmore Energy International Ltd.

It’s Friday December 2

Murray’s Playhouse in the Park opens its production of The Sound of Music tonight for a two weekend run. See for ticket and time information.

The first annual Paducah School of Art Student and Faculty Art Sale is at the Clemens Gallery at West Kentucky Community and Technical College tomorrow from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 11 to 4.

A Christmas Carol – The Musical – starts at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night at the Alhambra Theatre in Hopkinsville.

The youth of Murray’s First United Methodist Church sponsor Dinner and Auction Sunday at 5:30 p.m. with proceeds going to youth missions.

There’s a Community Chorus Holiday Concert at the Clemens Fine Arts Center of WKCTC in Paducah Sunday afternoon at 3.

Murray Art Guild’s Art Market Holiday Open House and Reception is Sunday at 2.

The Humane Society of Marshall County offers Christmas Pet and Family Portraits tomorrow from 10 to 2 at the facility at 6301 68 East, Benton.

Murray’s Christmas Parade starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

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Datebook: November 2 – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Established 75 Years Ago

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The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, commonly known as the CBC, was established 75 years ago today and is the oldest existing broadcasting network in Canada. Radio services include CBC Radio One, CBC Radio 2, Première Chaîne, Espace musique and the international radio service Radio Canada International. Television operations include CBC Television, Télévision de Radio-Canada, CBC News Network, le Réseau de l’information, ARTV (part ownership), Documentary and Bold. The CBC operates services for the Canadian Arctic under the names CBC North and Radio Nord Québec. CBC/Radio-Canada offers programming in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages on its domestic radio service; in nine languages on its international radio service, Radio Canada International; and in eight languages on its Web-based radio service RCI Viva, a service for recent and aspiring immigrants to Canada. Some notable CBC alumni include: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Michael J. Fox, Lorne Michaels, Mike Myers, Fred Rogers, Martin Short, Donald Sutherland,  and Alex Trebek.

It’s Wednesday, November 2

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra performs a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Carson Center. Hear Haydn’s Symphony Number 104 in D Major, and Beethoven’s Symphony Number 8, opus 68, c minor. Actor Fowler Black portrays Franz Joseph Haydn, The Father of the Symphony, in an interlude about the composer’s life and his melodies. Get tickets at 270-444-0065.

The Renaissance Theatre of Bethel University presents the Dickens “A Christmas Carol” Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Saturday, the 12th at 2 p.m. at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon, Tennessee. Tickets are $15 at or at the box office.

Murray Art Guild hosts an Empty Bowls Project Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at 500 North 4th Street.

Have a soup and bread in a handcrafted bowl and with a cash donation, take the bowl home with you. Proceeds benefit Murray Needline.

There are still seats available for the Saturday night live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion at Murray State. See

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: September 5 – Labor Day

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The first big Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1882, by the Central Labor Union of New York. It was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day. Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland reconciled with the labor movement. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.

It’s Monday, September 5th, Labor Day

Next Monday, September 12, the director of graduate studies at the University of Arizona’s School of Journalism, Dr. Linda Lumsden, lectures at Murray State. Her topic is “Soul Sisters: Black Press Coverage of the Women’s Liberation Movement, 1968-1973.” Dr. Lumsden’s presentation starts at 7 p.m. in Wrather Auditorium on University Drive near 16th Street.

Saturday the Princeton Trail of Tears Commission convenes its annual Walk and Remembrance Day from 8 to 4 in the downtown Trail of Tears Park. Demonstrators show and sell native crafts. Enjoy storytelling and games.

This Friday the Murray Art Guild hosts an opening reception for a new show, From Paint to Paper: Recent Works by Eva F. King. The reception’s from 6 to 9 at the Guild Gallery, 500 North Fourth Street. The show’s up through September.

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Datebook: September 1 – ANZUS Treaty Signed 60 Years Ago

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The Australia, New Zealand, United States Security Treaty (ANZUS or ANZUS Treaty) was signed on September 1, 1951. It is the military alliance which binds Australia and New Zealand and, separately, Australia and the United States to cooperate on defence matters in the Pacific Ocean area, though today the treaty is understood to relate to attacks in any area. The Australia–US alliance under the ANZUS Treaty remains in full force. Heads of defense of one or both nations often have joined the annual ministerial meetings, which are supplemented by consultations between the US Combatant Commander Pacific and the Australian Chief of Defense Force. There are also regular civilian and military consultations between the two governments at lower levels. Annual meetings to discuss ANZUS defense matters take place between the United States Secretary of State and the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs (AUSMIN). The most recent AUSMIN meeting took place in Melbourne in November 2010.

It’s Thursday, September 1

Laynie Alba Mitchell offers Early Childhood Music Classes and Preparatory Piano Classes this fall. The early childhood classes meet for nine weeks on Saturdays and Mondays at the Murray Art Guild, 500 North 4th Street, starting September 12. The piano classes run for 12 weeks Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Ms. Mitchell’s home at 1553 Oxford, Murray.

Friday evening at 6:30 The Looking Glass Coffee and Curiosities on Lindell Street in Martin hosts folk Musician Daniel Musgrave. Speak up at the open mic From 7:30 to 8:30.

This weekend Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park near Dawson Springs offers naturalist-guided hikes, arts and crafts, and landscape photography. Nashville Recording artist Matt Snook performs Sunday at 7 p.m. behind the lodge.

Paris starts the Labor Day Weekend with lunch on the courthouse lawn at noon tomorrow including the music of Branded Country. Project Graduation and The Downtown Paris Association fundraise with lunch concessions.

Hear a conversation with MSU President Dr. Randy Dunn on Friday’s Front Page AM. See our entire schedule at

Datebook: August 19 – Orville Wright’s 140th birthday

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The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two Americans credited with inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903. In the two years afterward, the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible. The brothers’ fundamental breakthrough was their invention of three-axis control, which enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft effectively and to maintain its equilibrium. This method became standard and remains standard on fixed-wing aircraft of all kinds. From the beginning of their aeronautical work, the Wright brothers focused on developing a reliable method of pilot control as the key to solving “the flying problem”. This approach differed significantly from other experimenters of the time who put more emphasis on developing powerful engines.

It’s Friday, August 19th.

Tomorrow Grand Rivers Marina Day includes sail boat rides, children’s water fun, a Street Dance, and a Big Fireworks show at Dusk. Activities are at Green Turtle Bay Marina and Resort and Lighthouse Landing Marina and Resort.

Tonight Murray Art Guild opens a show of images by Debi Danielson titled “Project 365 Photography”. There’s a reception at the gallery at 500 North 4th Street from 6 to 8 p.m.

Tymeless Hearts, Inc. hosts a carnival at Murray’s Chestnut Park from noon to 6 tomorrow. It includes clowns, petting zoo, pony and kids’ train rides, health checks, and more, benefitting families of children with heart defects.

Lone Star Rodeo of Crofton performs at West Kentucky Fairgrounds in Hopkinsville tonight and tomorrow night at 8. Adult tix are 15 dollars at the gate. See bareback bronc, saddle bronc and brahma bull riding, calf, team, and cowgirl’s breakaway roping, steer wrestling and cowgirl’s barrel racing.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit play Lovett Live tomorrow night at 7:30. Tickets are $16.

Enjoy the weekend!


Datebook: June 29 – Bernard Herrmann turns 100

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American film composer Bernard Herrmann was born June 29, 1911 (and died December 24, 1975). He may be most noted for his Academy Award-winning work The Devil and Daniel Webster, 1941. he’s also known for his collaborations with director Alfred Hitchcock, composing the scores for Psycho, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Vertigo. Additionally, he composed Citizen Kane, Taxi Driver, The Twilight Zone and Have Gun-Will Travel. Happy birthday Bernard!

It’s Wednesday, June 29

July 1 the Red Cross collects blood at the Mayfield Graves County Habitat for Humanity ReStore. It’s at 901 Paducah Road, 45 North. The mobile donation vehicle is there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. ReStore accepts donations of commercial, industrial, agricultural and residential items.

Friday there’s an Art Party Extravaganza at the Murray Art Guild from 6 to 9 p.m. It’s open to all at no charge at the Guild, 500 North Fourth. Enjoy live music, making bowls for the Empty Bowls project, refreshments and an exhibition reception. See for details.

Saturday morning the forty piece 202nd Army Band performs in Murray’s Freedom Fest Parade which starts at 9:30 at 10th and Main and winds up at Briggs and Stratton. The Band also performs after the parade on the court square street fair stage from 11:30 to 12:30. The Band is recruiting musicians who want to serve Kentucky and the nation. E-mail for an audition.

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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

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.

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Datebook: June 7 – Supreme Court sets precedent for vulgar writing 40 years ago

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On June 7, 1971, the US Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Paul Cohen, setting a precedent for protecting vulgar writing under the First Amendment of the Constitution.  Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 was a United States Supreme Court case dealing with freedom of speech. The Court overturned a disturbing the peace conviction of a man wearing a jacket decorated with profanity.

It’s Tuesday, June 7

There’s a Jackson Purchase ACA Trail Ride, Saddle Up for St. Jude, Saturday at Wrangler’s Campground in LBL. Registration is from 9 to 11:30 am; with the ride running from 12:30 to 4 pm. Lunch will take place from 11 am to noon. The award ceremony is set for 4 pm. Lunch is provided for participants collecting donations. Contact

Mickey Garrison offers a drawing workshop at the Murray Art Guild for youth ages 10 and up, all next week, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Traditional drawing techniques and fun themes with heroes and characters are part of the experience. Get details about this and other summer art workshops at

The Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts hosts a free visual and performing arts camp, Bluegrass Splash, for children ages 6 to 14 next Monday through July 1. Make reservations for the variety of sessions by phoning the museum. Tomorrow’s the deadline. See or call 270-685-3181.

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