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West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area deer hunt spots reduced because of recent flooding

High water from the Ohio River continues to impact portions of West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in McCracken County. Due to flooding, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is adjusting the number of spots available for the area’s open firearms deer hunt scheduled Jan. 18-20. The first 115 hunters who appear at the designated check-in station from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. local...

McCracken County receives $360,000 grant for Lotus, a support center for survivors of assault and abuse

Gov. Andy Beshear and Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Dennis Keene have announced a $360,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to McCracken County for Lotus, an advocacy and support center for survivors of assault and abuse. The funding will further Lotus’s efforts in healing and recovery for survivors of sexual assault and child abuse. Lotus will use the grant to purchase...

West Kentucky Community and Technical College selected as finalist for 2020 Bellwether Awards

West Kentucky Community and Technical College is one of 30 community colleges selected as 2020 finalists for the highly coveted Bellwether Awards. Bellwether Finalists represent leading institutions of higher education whose outstanding and innovative programs and practices in community college education were selected among competitive submissions as exemplary. In February, the finalists will undergo...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet completes 100th bridge project through Bridging Kentucky program

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has reached a major milestone, completing its 100th bridge restoration project through the transformational Bridging Kentucky program. KYTC also recently awarded a contract to restore 106 bridges through an innovative design-build project – a move that will efficiently deliver critical bridge projects in 21 Eastern Kentucky counties. Bridging Kentucky is a six-year,...

Kentucky counties find new ways to help kids exercise, eat healthy foods, reduce chronic disease

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Communities across the state are working to ensure children in Kentucky are exercising and eating healthy foods. In McCracken County, local organizations teamed up with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky to build a new health park — an outdoor fitness and recreation area that also includes a community garden and walking track. Mike Muscarella, executive...

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...

Kentucky Public Service Commission approves transfer of sewer systems in McCracken County

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the transfer of two small sewer systems in McCracken County to the Paducah-McCracken County Joint Sewer System. In an order issued today, the PSC found that the transfer of the systems serving the Joann Estates and Wilmington Chiles subdivisions will benefit their customers by improving service and reducing their bills. The PSC also found that,...

WKCTC’s Robot Extreme Challenge draws 32 teams and nearly 200 students for annual competition

Nearly 200 students competed for top honors at the fourth annual Robot Extreme Challenge (RCX) held at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. With 32 teams participating in the competition, the most to compete in an RCX tournament at the college, the day’s events were divided into a morning competition for elementary and high school student and an afternoon competition for middle school...

Sweet 16: Covington Catholic, McCracken County, Bowling Green, Bardstown advance

Battle-tested Covington Catholic fought off Clay County to advance in the first round of the Boys’ Sweet 16. (Photo by Bryan Burke)   By Bryan Burke KyForward correspondent   Roundup of Thursday’s Sweet Sixteen games:   Covington Catholic 80, Clay County 78   Perhaps because they are battle-tested — having climbed over the likes of Holmes, Newport Central Catholic...