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Datebook: November 7 – Battle of Belmont 150 Years Ago

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The Battle of Belmont was fought on November 7, 1861, in Mississippi County, Missouri. It was the first combat test in the American Civil War for Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant, whose troops in this battle were the “nucleus” of the Union’s notable Army of the Tennessee. On November 6, Grant sailed from Cairo, Illinois, to attack the Confederate fortress at Columbus, Kentucky. The next morning, he learned that Confederate troops had crossed the Mississippi River to Belmont, Missouri. He landed his men on the Missouri side and marched to Belmont. Grant’s troops overran the Confederate camp and destroyed it. However, the scattered Confederate forces quickly reorganized and were reinforced from Columbus. They then counterattacked, supported by heavy artillery fire from across the river. Grant retreated to his riverboats and took his men to Paducah, Kentucky. The Confederates claimed Belmont as a Southern victory, but it was actually inconclusive. Grant had staged a demonstration and it was beaten off. Union losses were 607 (120 dead, 383 wounded, and 104 captured or missing). Confederate casualties were slightly higher at 641 (105 killed, 419 wounded, 106 captured, and 11 missing). The most important result of the battle was simply to give Grant combat experience at commanding a large force. It also gave President Abraham Lincoln, who was desperate for his armies to attack the Confederates somewhere that winter, a positive impression of Grant.

It’s Monday, November 7

The Murray State University Jazz Band and Jazz Orchestra perform their Fall Big Band Concert tomorrow night at 7:30 in Murray State’s Lovett Auditorium. The free hour long program includes jazz and standards from the great American Songbook.

Murray’s Playhouse in the Park fundraises with “Murray Dance Stars” Friday, November 18th at the Curris Center Ballroom. Tickets are $50 for a VIP table seat, $25 for General Admission. The Playhouse seeks to meet a match of up to $7500. Get tickets from one of the stars: Lance Allison, Erin Carrico, Gale Cornelison, Tawnya Hunter, Judi Little, Dr. William Robinson or Mark Welch.

First Presbyterian Church in Murray hosts a come and go as you wish event called Ecclesiaudio, sounds for sacred spaces, Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Meditation and prayer occurs with soundscape created by Like Water, the duo Danny Granstaff and Dean Hughes of Princeton, and presenters from Nashville and Murray. The church is at 1601 Main.

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Datebook: August 25 – Monty Hall turns 90

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Monty Hall was born Monte Halperin, August 25, 1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Canadian-born MC, producer, actor, singer and sportscaster may be best known as host of the television game show Let’s Make a Deal.  Let’s Make a Deal aired on NBC daytime from 1963 to 1968, and on ABC daytime from 1968 to  1976, followed by several syndication runs. Hall received stard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame, and Canada Walk of Fame. In 1968, the Government of Canada bestowed on him the prestigious Order of Canada for his charity work. Hall received the 2005 Ralph Edwards Service Award from Game Show Congress, and in 2007, was one of the first inductees into the American TV Game Show Hall of Fame.

It’s Thursday, August 25

Saturday is Fight Against Child Obesity Day in Paducah. Futskilz Soccer Training is organizing the free event from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the McCracken County soccer complex. LBL Environmental Education staff brings information about the USDA Forest Service’s More Kids in the Woods initiative. Greater Paducah Sustainability is providing recycling information. It’s for ages 6 and up, including relay races and games.

The Union City Community Concert Association opens its new year’s offerings with a showcase of the area’s most talented young people – Fair Show-Season 2 – to the Union City Civic Auditorium Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Market House Theatre’s Footlights is accepting registrations for its new trimester of classes starting Saturday. April Cochran leads the youth acting troupes for grades 1 thru 12 which meet Saturdays in the theatre classroom at 120 South Second Street in Paducah. Register through the theatre box office, 270-444-6828.

A Prairie Home Companion brings a Bill Monroe tribute to Murray November 5. See more at Thanks!

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: July 4 – Independence Day

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Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4th, 1826. James Monroe died on July 4th 1831. Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4th, 1872.

It’s Monday, the 4th of July

Mayfield’s Glory Days Festival Car Show continues downtown today. Activities starting at seven this evening at the Mayfield High School Track Area include a watermelon bust, dog show, The Diamonds in Concert and Fireworks.

LBL’s Homeplace offers Independence Day activities 1 to 4 today as does The Nature Station. See

Paducah’s July 4 Celebration features the Kentucky National Guard’s award-winning 202nd Army Band culminating its two-week concert series in our region. Hear its jazz combo opening a show at the Riverfront’s Wilson Stage at 6:30. The Paducah Community and Concert Band begins at 8. There are fireworks at 9:15. The Kentucky Avenue boat ramp will be unavailable from 5 p.m. until after the fireworks. Noble Park Pool is open noon to 6 today.

Madisonville’s 4th Fest continues at City Park today with children’s activities, the Chamber beer garden, a concert by the Jimmy Church Band and fireworks.

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Datebook: June 23 – Antarctic Treaty goes into effect, 50 years ago

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The Antarctic Treaty System went into effect June 23, 1961. The treaty and related agreements, eventually signed by 47 countries, set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, establishes freedom of scientific investigation and bans military activity on that continent. The treaty was the first arms control agreement established during the Cold War. The main objective of the ATS is to ensure in the interests of all humankind that Antarctica shall continue forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord… and the penguins are forever grateful.

It’s Thursday, June 23

A new exhibit of works by the Trigg County Quilters Guild will be on display at the Janice Mason Art Museum in Cadiz starting tomorrow.  There’s an opening reception from 6 to 8 tomorrow night.  The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 to 4 and on Sundays from 1 to 4.

Land Between the Lakes is participating in a nationwide food drive this summer.  Collection boxes are available at campgrounds, facilities, and administrative offices.  All of the donations will go to local food banks.  Needed items include canned fruit, juice, multigrain cereal, snacks, canned vegetables, and soups.  More information is available at

The Upper Town Heritage Foundation in Paducah hosts a lecture on Saturday in honor of Black Music Month.  Keynote speaker Dr. Tammy Turner will discuss the history of the blues, and the presentation will include early recordings of blues singers.  The event starts at 5p.m. at the Hotel Metropolitan in Paducah.

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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: May 20 – Kentucky proclaims neutrality 150 years ago

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Civil War battle map of Kentucky, published in Harper's Weekly October 19, 1861.

On May 20, 1861, both houses of Kentucky’s General Assembly passed declarations of neutrality, declared by Governor Magoffin. Both the North and South respected the Commonwealth’s neutrality, but positioned themselves  strategically to take advantage of any change in the situation, with camps along the border. Click here to read more about Kentucky’s neutrality and the resulting difficulties.

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Paducah’s Human Rights Commission and the City feature musicians, singers, dancers, poets, and other entertainers from the area tonight at 7 in the 5th Annual Evening of Performance at the Carson Center. It’s a free performance with refreshments. Doors open at 6:30.

Kentucky Emergency Management’s website,, offers short interactive exercises about earthquake preparedness topics including hunting for hazards in your home that could fall on you during a quake, keeping emergency survival kits in your home, your car, and your office, about dropping, covering and holding on, and what to do after the shaking stops.

The Lowertown Arts and Music Festival opens in Paducah today with activities from 3 to 10 p.m. Tomorrow’s hours are 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and the Festival continues Sunday noon to 5.

Parking is at the Paducah Bank at north 5th and Monroe or the Carson Center lots at south 2nd and Washington, because Lowertown streets are closed to traffic for the duration.

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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.

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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: May 10 – Barbary Pirates Declare War on US 210 Years Ago

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Burning of the USS Philadelphia

On May 10, 1801, Ysuf Karamanli, the Pasha of Tripoli declared war on the United States of America in the customary Barbary manner of cutting down the flagstaff in front of the U.S. Consulate. Karamanli had demanded $225,000  from the newly-inaugurated president Thomas Jefferson, whom, of course, refused. Read more about the First Barbary War.

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The McCracken County Public Library, 555 Washington Street in Paducah, hosts a free outdoor production of Romeo and Juliet this evening at 6 in the garden area. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic supper for this 90 minute experience of the inaugural Stone Soup Shakespeare Tour. Audience members will be involved in the play.

Murray’s Jazz in the Park is Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. featuring ensembles from Murray, Graves County, Trigg County, Inman, and Paducah Middle Schools as well as those from Murray and Marshall County High. The Jerry Tolson Orchestra of Louisville performs at 7 p.m. Vendors on site. In case of rain, music moves from the amphitheatre in Central Park to Murray Middle School.

“This Spud’s For You” benefits the Mayfield-Graves County Needline and Food Pantry this week. Tickets are $5 for the spudtacular potato bar at First Presbyterian Ministries Center at 9th and Broadway from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday.

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Datebook: April 28 – Dennis Tito becomes 1st space tourist 10 years ago

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Dennis Tito, an engineer and multimillionaire, is most widely known as the first space tourist to fund his own trip into space. On April 28, 2001 he began nearly eight days in orbit as a crew member of ISS EP-1, a visiting mission to the International Space Station. Read more about his trip.

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Cache River Wetlands Center in Ullin, Illinois is postponing its annual Nature Fest that was set for Saturday. The new date is June 4. Rising floodwaters have made The Center inaccessible.

The Rotary Quilt Show features World War II Quilts through Saturday at the Robert Cherry Civic Center, 2701 Park Avenue in Paducah. Open 9 to 6 today and tomorrow, 9 to 4 Saturday. $5 admission

Love is in the air as William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens at Murray State’s Robert E. Johnson Theatre. Performances are at 7:30 tonight, tomorrow and Saturday nights. There’s a 2:30 matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $15.

Purchase Area Master Gardeners hold a plant sale Saturday from 9 to noon at the demonstration garden on Coleman Road, close to east off Exit 4, Paducah. Flowers, fruits, vegetables, small trees available. Learn about identifying insect pests at 10.

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