Constance Alexander: ‘Music Alive’ program offers hope to Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers alike

More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, and more than 15 million are providing unpaid care for them. Total up the cost, and it is estimated that the 18.2 billion hours of unpaid care and assistance to those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia contribute a whopping $230.1 billion to the nation. If those numbers are not enough to get your attention, get a load of this: •...

Constance Alexander: Marshall County native Gilliard Ross provides vivid images of Murray’s past

According to the nursery rhyme that begins, “Monday’s child is fair of face,” the baby born on Friday is “loving and giving.” And while Mother Goose’s predictions have been wrong countless times, she was absolutely right when it came to Gillard Ross, born in Marshall County Ky., nearly one hundred years ago on Friday, April 12, 1918. Better known to people in Calloway County as Popeye,...

Constance Alexander: With broad appeal, Murray celebrates positive resources for all age groups

In 1988, Murray was still celebrating its designation by Rand-McNally as the #1 retirement community in America, and I was getting married and moving here. As a native northeasterner far from retirement age, I had reservations about my new Kentucky home. Soon after settling in, however, I realized that Murray and Calloway County offered benefits that were not confined to any one age group. Over the...

TranspARTation grants awarded to 10 Kentucky schools to send students to events

The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded TranspARTation grants to 10 Kentucky schools that will use the funding to send students to arts events and performances at venues across the state.   TranspARTation grants provide funding to Kentucky classrooms for transportation to and from live arts events. Grants are based on the mileage from the school building to the arts organization or performance venue...