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Murray State’s Alumni Legacy Tuition Grant a ‘game-changer for alumni families all over the country’

Murray State University is offering its Alumni Legacy Tuition Grant, providing in-state tuition rates to children, grandchildren and other descendants of alumni seeking an undergraduate degree at Murray State. Available beginning for summer 2020, the tuition grant will assist students for up to eight semesters towards the student’s first baccalaureate degree and is available for the fall and spring...

GRADD CCC Regional Network offering $3,000 in mini-grants for prevention of child abuse, neglect

The GRADD Community Collaboration for Children (CCC) Regional Network is currently offering a total of $3,000 in mini-grants to enhance and promote programs aimed at preventing and building awareness of child abuse and neglect. Organizations within Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster counties are eligible to apply. Projects must encompass one of the following goals: 1) focus...

Ellis Park wraps successful race meet with significant wagering, purse increases, sets sights on 2020

The end of Ellis Park’s 2019 race meet — which saw wagering increase 21 percent over 2018 and purses paid to horsemen go up 30 percent — conjures bigger visions for 2020. Ken Mimmack, manager of new owner Ellis Entertainment LLC, was mesmerized by the huge crowd that turned out Sunday for Kids Day. While Ellis Park doesn’t charge admission, making it impossible to know crowd size, he said,...

Murray State fall 2020 application for admission open; offers many degrees, classes entirely online

Registration for the fall 2020 semester at Murray State University is open as future Racers can apply today for admission. Murray State offers on-campus courses at its main Murray location as well as five regional campuses and educational presences in Paducah, Henderson, Madisonville, Hopkinsville and Fort Campbell. The university also offers many degrees and classes entirely online, providing a flexible...

Murray State recognized as one of ‘America’s Best Colleges’ by Forbes for 12th consecutive year

Forbes Magazine has recognized Murray State University on its “America’s Best Colleges” list for 2019. This marks the 12th consecutive year Murray State has been included on the prestigious list since its inception. The rankings are based on several categories, including on-time graduation rate, academic success, student satisfaction, alumni salary and student loan debt. Murray State, located...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Green River National Wildlife Refuge near Henderson to protect nearly 24,000 acres

Plans are in the works for the establishment of a national wildlife refuge near Henderson. A statement posted on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website in part read, “The Service has been directed to approve the establishment of the Green River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), near the confluence of the Green River and Ohio River in Henderson County. The refuge should consist of approximately...

SKAPS Industries plans $5 million expansion to newly acquired Henderson County production facility

SKAPS Industries, a producer of rolled fiberglass products, announced last week it will invest $5 million and create 20 full-time jobs at its recently acquired Henderson operation, formerly Matrix Composites Inc. The project includes upgrading the facility at 5549 State Route 425 and the purchase of additional manufacturing equipment. The investment will give SKAPS more production capacity, facilitating...

Kentucky Public Service Commission approves Big Rivers exit as Henderson power plant operator

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has relieved Big Rivers Electric Corp. (BREC) of any continuing obligation to operate an electric power plant for the city of Henderson. In an order issued today, the PSC determined that Henderson’s Station Two power plant “is no longer economically viable.” That finding echoes a provision in the contract under which BREC operates the plant and confirms...

State Senator Dorsey Ridley calls judges ruling on public Pension bill the right decision for Kentucky

State Senator Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, called last week’s ruling by the Franklin County Circuit Court striking down Senate Bill 151, the public pension bill, the right decision. The bill was found to be “unconstitutional and void.” Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled that SB 151 violates the Kentucky Constitution because it did not receive three readings on three...

Sen. Dorsey Ridley says Supreme Court’s decision on online sales tax good for Kentucky

Senator Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson is hailing the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to allow states to require online retailers to collect tax revenue owed to them. Senator Ridley has been working through the Kentucky General Assembly, its leaders and past governors to get to this stage, which will result in added revenue for the commonwealth. “This is a big deal for Kentucky,” said Senator Ridley....

Kentucky by Heart: ‘Dream Catcher’ Chase Fulcher helping Henderson neighbors achieve their dreams

Chase Fulcher decided long ago to live his life fueled by burning passion and a desire to improve others’ lives. He also understood unrelenting hard work and intense preparation were the best way of reaching his major life goals. Those timeless ingredients for success have worked quite well for this gentleman from the Ohio River town of Henderson, and consequently for the people of his Henderson...

Gov. Bevin requests presidential disaster declaration for 35 Kentucky counties impacted by flooding

Governor Matt Bevin has sent a letter to President Donald Trump, requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 35 Kentucky counties that were impacted during a severe weather event beginning on Feb. 21. The weather pattern produced torrential rain that resulted in flooding, landslides and mudslides, along with intense thunderstorms that led to flash flooding and tornadoes. Photo courtesy of Chuck...

Henderson’s John James Audubon State Park, other locations plan St. Patrick’s Day specials, events

Wear something green and get in free on St. Patrick’s Day at the John James Audubon State Park museum. The park in Henderson is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 with specials for visitors at the museum, gift shop, and golf course. John James Audubon museum (Photo from KSP) Guests who wear green on Saturday receive free museum admission. They can also enjoy “Shamrock baked goods” at...

Kentucky soybean growers produce highest ever yields in state; 107.76 bushels per acre is new record

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky soybean growers produced the highest ever documented yields in the state this year in the soybean yield contest hosted by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Kentucky Soybean Board. Meredith Farms, owned by Philip and Lea Meredith in Henderson, produced the record-breaking yield of 107.76 bushels per acre in...

Mack McCormick: The Kentucky Barbecue Book takes readers on barbecue pilgramage

Texas, Memphis, North Carolina and Kansas City are known as the “Big Four” of national barbecue fame. Amid the smoke and char, Kentucky barbecue has been largely — and unfairly — overlooked. While bourbon and fried chicken claim most of Kentucky’s culinary fame, the state’s barbecue is distinctive to the region as well. Although unusual and unfamiliar to many barbecue aficionados...

Everyday Heroes: Although the ‘poorest kid in school,’ Pullam went on to inspire rich lives

Roy Pullam won’t ever forget the nagging discomfort, the humiliation, the desperate nature of growing up in a poor family. Truth be told, he doesn’t want to forget because, even in the difficulty of those times, “there was always someone who came along and helped me at just the right time,” he recalled.   Those bittersweet memories spurred the middle school teacher to do wonderful acts...