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Protective zone implemented below Lake Barkley lock as officials test barrier to restrict Asian carp

The lock chamber of the Lake Barkley tailwater in Western Kentucky has closed to fishing, bow fishing and boat anchoring in order to protect an experimental barrier being installed to block the movement of Asian carp into the lake. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is one of several agencies and partners involved with an extensive research project to investigate the effectiveness...

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: Russelville dedicates statue to honor legacy of African-American Journalist Alice Dunnigan

A small county-seat town in Western Kentucky will honor native daughter Alice Allison Dunnigan (1906-1983), the first African-American woman to receive White House press credentials, with the dedication of a bronze statue Friday. The Dunnigan statue will stand in Russellville’s civil rights park, at East Sixth and Morgan streets, as a permanent memorial. Alice Dunnigan statue in her hometown (Photo...

Anglers can learn latest about sport fishing, Asian carp in Western Kentucky at April 21 public meeting

Learn more about efforts to combat Asian carp and the state of fishing in Western Kentucky during a Town Hall meeting set for 7-9 p.m. (Central) March 21 at the Lyon Convention Center in Eddyville. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources holds these public meetings annually to keep residents updated on fisheries-related topics. All interested persons are welcome to attend. (Photo from...

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...

Rural Blog: Trump, McConnell urge TVA not to close two of its oldest coal-fired plants, one in Paradise

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County. The town of Paradise, which no longer exists, was made famous in 1971 by John Prine’s eponymous anti-strip mining song. (Photo by Kathleen Cole) President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky are trying to convince to the federally owned Tennessee Valley Authority not to close two of its...

Jamie Vaught: Several preseason college basketball yearbooks picking UK as nation’s No. 1 team

If you’re like me as a college hoops fan, you certainly would look forward every fall when the popular college basketball yearbooks hit the newsstands or become available online. My love for preseason yearbooks began when I was a kid. I had to ask my mom or dad to buy a copy and they obliged. My first yearbook, I believe, was the one about major league baseball by Street & Smith’s,...

Two Ky. organizations received $100,000 federal grants to fight opioid abuse, childhood obesity

Two Kentucky organizations have received $100,000 grants from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration that will be used to address two different health issues that plague our state: opioids and childhood obesity. The Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center will use its grant money to establish a regional Opioid Crisis Response Network in collaboration with St. Claire HealthCare,...

Constance Alexander: Conflict and compromise come alive on Western Kentucky History Day

For the fourth year in a row, students from elementary, middle, and high schools in Western Kentucky made the past come alive on History Day. The annual event, sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society, brought approximately seventy-five youngsters to Murray State University’s Crisp Center in Paducah last week, where they competed for opportunities to showcase their history projects at a statewide...

Sen. Dorsey Ridley announces more than $3.7 million in Ky Lottery proceeds for District 4 higher education

Senator Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, announced this week that higher education in Western Kentucky once again reaped the rewards of the Kentucky Lottery proceeds. During the 2017 fiscal year, there were 2,271 scholarships worth $3,561,533 awarded to students in Senate District 4, which Senator Ridley represents. The 4th District includes Caldwell, Crittenden, Henderson, Livingston, Union and Webster...

Western Kentucky gets back to work in preparation for Miami Beach Bowl; Higbee picked for Senior Bowl

After enjoying a brief break, No. 25 Western Kentucky got back on the practice field in game-week fashion as they continued preparations for the 2015 Miami Beach Bowl, set for Dec. 21 from Marlins Park in Miami. The game against South Florida will be broadcast nationally on ESPN with a 1:30 p.m. CT kick. Veteran broadcaster Dave LaMont and Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard will call the game from...

Comer to mosquito-plagued Western Ky.: ‘This is a serious problem … help on the way’

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will commit resources to conduct aerial mosquito control applications around Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley in an effort to knock down a significant infestation caused by heavy rains in the area. Department officials met with representatives of Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration last week, and the group put together...