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FRANKFORT — A Kentucky judge has temporarily blocked a new parole board policy that would give dozens of convicted murderers another chance at potentially cutting short their life-in-prison sentences.

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This evocative tintype depicts the Kentucky State Penitentiary’s first three cell houses at the turn of the 20th century, roughly 14 years after the prison’s construction on the banks of the Cumberland River.

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What began as a credit union operation in the parking lot of the B.F. Goodrich Chemical plant in Calvert City, has turned into 50 years of serving the community and the expansion into three locations. Lake Chem Community Federal Credit Union celebrated its anniversary this week at all three …

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Dr. Sarah Shelton, Louisville, a Paducah native, has been elected president of the International Association of Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP). The IACFP is led by an international board of directors and has had a global presence for more than 63 years. The organization support…

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From June 9-16, the Kentucky Career Centers added job openings to its database for the regional employers. Some of the added jobs are listed below (Paducah unless noted otherwise noted):

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The McCracken County School District Board gave Superintendent Steve Carter outstanding marks in its annual evaluation of his work at its board meeting Thursday.

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The World War II B-25 bomber “Show Me” visited Paducah on Friday as part of Honor Flight Bluegrass’ WWII B-25 Barnstorming Tour Across Kentucky. It’s supported by the Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund. The bomber’s visit drew a large number of people, including veterans, to Midwest Aviati…

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Kona is a 4-year-old terrier mix at the McCracken County Humane Society, 4000 Coleman Road. She is spayed, current on shots and microchipped. She tested negative for heartworm.

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Today — June 19 — is officially a federal holiday in the United States, after President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law on Thursday. It’s a historic moment welcomed by the Paducah-McCracken County NAACP branch.

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METROPOLIS, Ill. -- In another sign things are returning to normal, the Metropolis City Council approved a street closure request for the Fourth of July weekend.

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Hummingbirds are intriguing to watch and a marvel of engineering. Hummers are the only bird that can fly backwards and upside down providing us the antics that we so enjoy watching. To maintain their tiny weight, equal to a make-up cotton ball or 2.5 paperclips, they must eat nectar every fi…

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EDDYVILLE — The Lyon County Fiscal Court voted on the second and final reading of its fiscal year 2021-22 budget and discussed other business during a June 10 meeting.

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• Lone Oak Elementary SBDM — meeting, 3 p.m. Monday, LOE conference room.

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The Agenda is a listing of government meetings on Monday.

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MAYFIELD — As the curtain lifts on many restrictions related to COVID-19 last year, the far reaching effects the pandemic had on the movie industry is becoming more apparent. One small-town theater owner believes things will never be the same again.

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PRINCETON — A utility-scale solar farm in Caldwell County is being proposed by National Grid Renewables, a renewable energy development company based in Minnesota.

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Massac Memorial Hospital announced during the week of May 30 that the board of directors has appointed Lennis Thompson as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the hospital.

Thompson, of Paducah, has over 30 years of healthcare leadership experience.

He will succeed Rick Goins and assume responsibilities on July 6.

After graduating from Murray State University, Thompson spent time in financial leadership roles at local area hospitals, including both Baptist Health and Mercy Health. He has also served as CEO of Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services, Inc. Thompson has developed a reputation for improving financial management and progressing business operations.

“I’m honored to become a part of the Massac Memorial team” said Thompson. “Being passionate about the future of healthcare, I look forward to working with the board, the hospital staff, the providers and this community to keep the rich history of Massac Memorial Hospital moving forward. This is an excellent opportunity.”

Thompson has been active in the Paducah community, serving on various organizations’ boards of directors, including Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center and Paducah Water Works. He is also a graduate of Leadership Paducah.

Thompson currently serves as the vice president of operations at KentuckyCare.

According to chairman Paul Henry, the MMH board received approximately 40 “very well qualified applicaitons. It was gratifying to see the number and quality of applicants from all over the country.” The board “sweat blood to whittle them down” to the Top 5, who came for in-person interviews. In the end, “the board as a whole felt Lennis is the best person for the hospital and the community with his nearby roots and is best qualified for the position.”

Henry noted that Thompson is “walking into” a critical access hospital that offers several services other do not, including its relationship with the Orthopedic Institute of Western Kentucky and having the Orthopedic Institute Surgery Center in Metropolis; an updated infrastructure including new software, the construction/renovation of the Massac Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic and a new MRI and CT; an on-staff psychiatrist with Dr. Adam Connell; and its own ambulance service.

“I look forward to him coming on,” Henry said. “We've got a full plate for him.”

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A new set of hands is poised to take the helm of the McCracken County Public Library as the institution’s board of trustees announced the selection of a new library director Friday.

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The Capt. Virgil McCracken Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will have its traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July.

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The Barkley Regional Airport Authority board, along with its counterpart, the Barkley Blue Sky Alliance, received a report earlier this week on how to proceed with fundraising for the planned new passenger terminal.

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A crowd of around 60 people, including local pastors and some city officials, gathered Thursday evening for a prayer vigil outside of the Forest Hills Rental Office in the Forest Hills neighborhood. It featured passionate prayers by several people. It was organized in the wake of the recent …

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The city of Paducah announced four candidates for its city manager job on Thursday, including two from Kentucky and one from Tennessee, and Illinois.

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The Agenda is a listing of government meetings today.

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TODAYChair Yoga Class with Suzi Renaud, 12:15 — 1 p.m., Paducah Parks and Recreation Center, 1527 Martin Luther King Drive, call 270-444-8508 to reserve space. COVID-19 guidelines in place.

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LEDBETTER — Tuesday, June 15. Markets totaled 707 head. Compared to last week: slaughter cows, steady to $2 higher; slaughter bulls, steady to $2 higher.

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Mayfield City Hall recently hosted a public hearing regarding the proposed farmers market. The hearing was a prerequisite for a grant that, if awarded, is worth $250,000.

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WASHINGTON — Republicans are accusing President Joe Biden of being weak on Russia after his summit with Vladimir Putin, conveniently ignoring four years of Putin flattery from former President Donald Trump.

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MAYFIELD — The theme of empowerment, threaded through community and unity, will encompass this weekend’s Second Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Eddie Williams Park, beginning Saturday and concluding Sunday with Father’s Day dedicated to empowering African-American men.

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Millwork Products, a wholesale distributor of pre-hung doors and millwork, is expanding its Paducah operation — for the fourth time.

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As baseball fans may know, the Paducah community has a unique history when it comes to America’s favorite pastime. It dates back to the 1800s and the legacy still continues at Brooks Stadium and other fields in the county.

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The Agenda is a listing of government meetings today.

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PRINCETON — Caldwell County Schools issued a statement Monday announcing that Aaron McClung will be taking over as Caldwell County High School principal.

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A Marshall County man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute U-47700, commonly known as U-4, a Schedule I controlled substance, and to distributing, possessing with the intent to distribute, and importing U-4 from China.

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Natanya Burns receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot from registered nurse Rhiannon Greer during a vaccination clinic held Tuesday at Paducah Middle School. The clinic, coordinated through Wild Health, was open to students in the Paducah Independent School District.

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When he earned the Patrick Lally Memorial Scholarship as a 2003 Paducah Tilghman High School graduate, Geco Ross said he wanted to be a high school principal.

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Paducah Power System’s $80.76 million Fiscal Year 2022 budget, approved Monday along with new electric rates effective July 1, show improvements over the previous year in a number of areas.

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You look around the kitchen and you see 10- to 12-year-olds wearing toques, kneading dough, spreading pizza sauce on crusts and laying on toppings before putting pizzas in the oven. Where are you?

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A group of Paducah pastors met Monday with city and police officials in the wake of the recent shootings in Paducah and McCracken County.

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The Agenda is a listing of government meetings today.