Washington, D.C – Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning says he received about 125 thousand dollars at two fundraisers this month and suggests his potential Democratic challengers may want to rethink the race. Bunning spoke with reporters during his weekly conference call from Washington Tuesday. He says that though fundraising has improved, he probably won't need to generate as much money as he had first expected.
Mayfield, KY – Preliminary work has started for the new Fancy Farm Elementary School. An excavating company Tuesday began tilling the school's future site, just south of the current school. The bidding process for construction work will begin soon. All bids for the project are due by mid-May. Construction is expected to be completed in time for the 2010 school year.
Calvert City, KY – After cutting 26 jobs in January, Calvert City-based Gerdau Ameristeel will lay off another 5 percent of its employees. The Paducah Sun reports the steel mill begins reducing its workforce by 28 starting Friday. The employees were a part of a local chapter of the United Steelworkers. The cuts leave 101 USW members at the plant. The workers have 24-month callback rights, but would lose that privilege if they accept severance packages.
Paducah, KY – The 25th Annual American Quilter's Society Show and Contest will open to the general public tomorrow after months of uncertainty. The status of a loan for renovations to the Executive Inn and Convention Center had put show's future in jeopardy. But as Executive Director of the Paducah Convention and Visitor Bureau Mary Hammond tells community correspondent J-J Leatherman, the week ahead looks bright.
Murray, KY – Growing pains, song and dance: the High School Musical movies have proved a hit with young people the world over. This Friday, the theatrical production of High School Musical II opens at Murray's Playhouse in the Park, a follow-up to last year's run of the first play. Jacque Day talks with director Lisa Cope and the two teenage leads about everything from long rehearsals to the realistic portrayal of teen angst.
High School Musical II opens Friday, April 24 and runs through May 10.