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Constance Alexander: More than pride in a basketball team, writer cherishes Cuba Ky. for a ‘little hammer’

In 1993, Beth Belote attended a writing workshop at Calloway County Public Library. Participants were encouraged to sift through a lifetime of memories and come up with one that was particularly vivid. Then it was up to the writer to embellish the thought by adding sensory details and lively dialogue to flesh out the past. Beth Belote did a masterful job, but her family didn’t discover what she’d...

Hemorrhagic disease confirmed in Graves County; deer disease not transmittable to humans

A white-tailed deer from Western Kentucky is the state’s first confirmed case of hemorrhagic disease this year. Murray State University’s Breathitt Veterinary Center recently confirmed to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources that a deceased female deer recovered from Graves County tested positive for hemorrhagic disease, sometimes referred to as “blue tongue” or EHD. Kentucky...

Rural Blog: Retired McCracken Co. Sheriff Hayden appointed sheriff of Graves Co. after death of friend

A former sheriff in one far Western Kentucky county has been appointed sheriff of an adjoining county, to fill the vacancy created by the death of a friend who was re-elected in November despite being indicted in August for drug possession. Graves County Judge-Executive Jesse Perry appointed retired McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden on Feb. 28. “After the announcement, Hayden, 52, briefly hugged...

Mayfield Consumer Products plans $8.3 million expansion to Graves County manufacturing facility

Branded candle and home fragrance manufacturer Mayfield Consumer Products LLC announced this week plans to add a facility and expand an existing building in Graves County with more than $8.3 million in investment that will create 52 full-time jobs. “We are excited about the growth that MCP has been blessed with,” said Troy Propes, CEO of MCP. “It’s a reflection of the dedicated employees that...

Shupe to present nine ‘World of Reptiles’ shows at Kentucky State Parks during July

Scott Shupe was one of those kids who would surprise his mother when she washed his clothes. She would often find a snake or a toad in his pants pocket. “I never outgrew that fascination with wildlife,” said Shupe, who grew up in Graves County and now lives in Murray. The wildlife author and naturalist has worked in wildlife in Kentucky, Florida, South Dakota and Oregon during the last 40 years. Scott...

Pew Trusts: Bookmobiles are still a thing, and Kentucky has more of them than any other state

By Jen Fifield Special to KyForward The van comes to a stop just as it reaches the hens. A bleating lamb is the first to greet Sandra Hennessee as she opens the van door and lets in the midday sun. To get here, on an Amish farm in rural western Kentucky, Hennessee headed west from the small town of Mayfield and drove for miles on a two-lane road, passing churches, farms and open fields. With every...

Old Time Kentucky: On Oct. 31, travelers to Boaz feared close encounter of worst kind with ghosts

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist Bud and Jake Johnson’s old coffin shop near Boaz, Ky., looked like the ruins of a little Greek temple. But at night, especially around Oct. 31… The wind rattled Virginia Creeper that clung to the front gable. Shadows danced spookily on its four columns. Dead leaves scratchily skipped across the front porch. Not a trace remains of the crumbling concrete structure...

Old Time Kentucky: Now rare as a May blizzard, Socialist Party once a big draw in Graves County

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist Kentucky is one of the redder Republican Red states. But some real Reds used to live in rural north Graves County, about as far west as the Bluegrass State goes. In 1911, tiny Viola hosted the “Second Annual Summer Meeting of Graves County, Ky., Socialists” according to The Christian Socialist newspaper. Today, Socialists are about as rare in Kentucky as May...

National Title I Association recognizes two Kentucky schools for closing achievement gap

Two Kentucky schools have been recognized as part of the National Title I Association’s National Title I Distinguished Schools program.   Schools are chosen in two categories. Beechwood Elementary in Kenton County is the state’s category 1 school, a school that has exceeded adequate yearly progress for two or more years. Cuba Elementary in Graves County is the state’s category 2 school,...

Doug Alexander: Fancy Farm should go back to being a ‘barn dance, picnic, gander pulling’

I knew a good church picnic long before I knew anything about politics.   Growing up in Owensboro I could go to a different Catholic church festival every weekend in and around Daviess County and for two dollars eat my fill of the best barbecue in the world then see a movie for quarter. That was dinner and a movie for $4.50 if I could get a date.   The barbecue cost more by the time I went...

Doug Alexander: Fancy Farm should go back to being a 'barn dance, picnic, gander pulling'

I knew a good church picnic long before I knew anything about politics.   Growing up in Owensboro I could go to a different Catholic church festival every weekend in and around Daviess County and for two dollars eat my fill of the best barbecue in the world then see a movie for quarter. That was dinner and a movie for $4.50 if I could get a date.   The barbecue cost more by the time I went...

Fancy Farm in Photos: Transforming a tiny town and a picnic into a raucous yearly event

On the first Saturday in August, the tiny town of Fancy Farm in Western Kentucky is transformed into a political hotspot. This year was no exception.   Story and photos by Michael Monks Special to KyForward   The tiny town of Fancy Farm in Western Kentucky looks like one of the quietest places on Earth for 364 days of the year. But on the first Saturday in August it is a raucous and must-attend...