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Constance Alexander: Celebrating Paducah’s Hotel Metropolitan, and the indomitable Maggie Steed

After Betty Dobson welcomed the Jackson Purchase Historical Society (JPHS) to Paducah’s Hotel Metropolitan for the organization’s March meeting, she stepped aside to let her alter-ego, Maggie Steed, talk about the landmark’s history. The original owner of The Metropolitan, Mrs. Steed landed in Paducah in the late 1800s. Before that, she’d worked in hotels in Indiana and Kentucky and understood...

REAL ID licenses available at new Madisonville issuance location; deadline for Ky. to comply is Oct. 1

Western Kentucky residents now have one more option to maintain U.S. air travel and military base entry thanks to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) expansion of REAL ID-compliant card access at a new Madisonville issuance location. The Hopkins County REAL ID Regional Driver’s Licensing office in Madisonville launched Monday serving all Kentuckians regardless of where they live. Any U.S....

Governor Andy Beshear announces $5 million state contribution for Barkley Regional Airport terminal

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear visited the Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah on Monday to announce a $5 million state contribution to build a new airport terminal, which is expected to encourage future growth in the region. State and local officials, as well as representatives from the business community, were on hand for the announcement of the project, which has been termed the region’s...

Barge strikes US 45 Ohio River Brookport Bridge at Paducah, minor damage, traffic maintained

The U.S. Coast Guard reported that a barge hit on the U.S. 45 Ohio River “Brookport” Bridge at Paducah Sunday morning. A towboat pushing eight empty barges scraped a pier on the main Kentucky span of the structure. Brookport Bridge (photo courtesy of KYTC) The Coast Guard immediately contacted the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to dispatch a certified bridge inspector to run a safety check on...

Kentucky Housing Corporation awards more than $12.4 million for affordable housing units

Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) awarded more than $12.4 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits (Housing Credits) and other program resources last week, providing communities throughout Kentucky more affordable housing options. KHC awards Housing Credits to developers annually through a competitive process. Housing Credits are tax incentives allocated by the Internal Revenue Service and are designed...

Community Foundation of West Kentucky accepting grant applications from area nonprofits until Feb. 14

The Community Foundation of West Kentucky will be accepting grant applications from area nonprofits who serve their communities of Western Kentucky in the areas of community art, educational attainment, health awareness, children’s program, social services and community improvement. The Community Foundation of West Kentucky will accept applications until 4 p.m. on Feb. 14. Each application will be...

Daily Yonder: Project aims to make Paducah, other Mississippi Delta region cities into rural tech hubs

By Bryce Oates Special to KyForward A tech project that has helped train young people and created jobs in southeast Missouri has received funding from a competitive federal grant program to expand its work into the Mississippi Delta. “Being selected is just validation that our vision to help improve our region and all the hard work of our partners and staff is moving our region in the right direction,”...

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...

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...

Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence names Angela Yannelli as new Chief Executive Officer

The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence has announced that Angela Yannelli is its new Chief Executive Officer. Yannelli, who worked at KCADV from 1997 to 2012, is returning after serving for seven years as a Senior Family Violence Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. She has worked to end intimate partner violence for more than 22 years,...

Six KY nursing homes are on a formerly unpublished list of 400 poor performers around the nation

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The U.S. senators from Pennsylvania have released a report that includes the names of nearly 400 nursing homes with a “persistent record of poor care” that had not previously been publicly available. Of the six Kentucky facilities on the poor-performers list, only Twin Rivers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Owensboro is getting additional oversight....

Paducah AQS Spring QuiltWeek Show generates record-breaking $25.5 million in economic impact

The American Quilter’s Society (AQS), the largest quilting membership organization in the world, revealed that the 2019 Spring QuiltWeek Show in Paducah generated an economic impact of $25.5 million, a number five times greater than the Kentucky State Fair. An economic powerhouse for Paducah and the surrounding region, QuiltWeek 2019 drew crowds of 31,000 quilting enthusiasts from 47 states and 11...

Constance Alexander: City’s Quilt shows a testament to Paducah’s planning and community cooperation

As a person who failed Home Economics in high school, I have hesitated to attend the quilt show in Paducah for years. But when my niece drove all the way from Montana to attend the springtime extravaganza, I realized I needed to get over my feelings of inadequacy regarding needlework. It was time for me to see the show. What I expected and what I experienced are two very different things. The day I...

Kentucky by Heart: From ‘splittin’ jeans’ to splitting genes, Pendleton County native earned Nobel Prize

Editor’s Note: This column originally appeared at KyForward May 3, 2016 By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Rural Kentucky had a big part to play in the awarding of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. That’s because Dr. Phillip Sharp, who accepted the international award along with Richard J. Roberts, was raised on a tobacco farm near Falmouth, along the Licking River, in Pendleton...

WKCTC’s Paducah School of Art and Design celebrates 10th anniversary with ‘Block Bash’

West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Paducah School of Art and Design first opened its doors to offer classes at 409 Broadway in downtown Paducah in August 2008 with drawing, painting and digital photography. Now the art school, with its completed three-building campus, covers two blocks on Paducah’s Madison and Harrison Streets and offers more than 40 programs each semester....

West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area to host 78th National Retriever Championship

Each year since 1941, the best retrieving dogs in the country compete for the title of national champion. The National Retriever Championship is the Super Bowl of the competitive retrieving world, and it is being held in Kentucky for the first time this year. The event starts Saturday at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area outside Paducah....

2018 National Citizen Survey results indicate City of Paducah’s residents enjoy ‘high quality of life’

The City of Paducah has received the results from the National Citizen Survey that was mailed earlier this year to 1,500 randomly-selected households within the Paducah city limits. The survey asks questions about a community’s livability which includes city services, civic participation, governance, and various community characteristics. On the conclusion page in the Community Livability report,...

UK student, Paducah resident named national patient ambassador for Shriners Hospitals for Children

Lexington Shriners Medical Center has announced that patient Lily Silverstein has been selected as one of the two new national patient ambassadors for 2018-2019. Every year, Shriners Hospitals for Children selects two National Patient Ambassadors to represent the health care system’s patients. The ambassadors spend the year telling their stories of perseverance in the face of adversity and the ways...

Kentucky Foundation for Women to honor Paducah’s Betty Dobson with 2018 Sallie Bingham Award

The Kentucky Foundation for Women announced Betty Dobson has been named winner of the 2018 Sallie Bingham Award. The award will be given at the foundation’s annual celebration of community, KFW Day, on Sunday, September 23th at Hopscotch House. Dobson was selected for her tireless work preserving and interpreting African American history at the Hotel Metropolitan in Paducah. Dobson co-founded the...