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Rob Canning, WKMS

Local officials are hopeful a new spec building north of Murray could help bring western Kentucky onto the national and global stage for business investment. 

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A new study shows that Calloway County has the highest life expectancy among western Kentucky counties and one of the highest overall in the state.

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A new jobs report shows unemployment rates fell in 83 Kentucky counties, rose in 33 and remained the same in 4 between April 2015 and April 2016. 

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Officials say an area of southern Calloway County was evacuated yesterday due to a propane truck that had overturned and caught fire.  

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The Calloway County Fiscal Court's Solid Waste Committee is looking at expanding the county’s nuisance ordinance.

Committee chair Tim Todd says the current ordinance is not defined well enough and lacking in the areas of enforcement and penalties.

Kentucky State Police

The Kentucky State Police are investigating a cockfighting ring in Calloway County.  

Around 7:20pm Saturday, KSP Troopers received a report of a cockfighting event being held in a building off of Protemus Rd. in Lynn Grove.  

Jenni Todd, WKMS

The Calloway County Public Library hosts a series of events this month. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Sandy Linn  about the upcoming Legislative Meet & Greet, the Lounging With Literacy event, a Book Binding Workshop, the Zumba Gold Series and a Heath and Molly Concert. 

UPDATE: Missing Calloway County Woman Found

Oct 6, 2015
Calloway County Sheriff

Update: Maxine Jones, the Calloway County woman missing since Sunday, has been found. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

American pioneer and frontiersman Daniel Boone is considered one of the founding fathers of white settlement in Kentucky and though it can be a challenge to find relevance to Boone to the far western part of Kentucky - since there's no evidence he personally spent time in the region, one could argue a connection through his daughter, says Murray State history professor Ted Franklin Belue. He's done significant research on Boone, including consulting with the History Channel and serving on the board of the Filson Historical Society. Todd Hatton speaks with Belue about Boone and his legacy in the Commonwealth.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Henry Wildy Harding Sr. was among the first settlers to Calloway County after Kentucky's first governor Isaac Shelby and Andrew Jackson negotiated the Jackson Purchase with the Chickasaw. Back then, this land was mostly untouched wilderness. Homes, barns and fences had to be built by felling trees. Harding settled on approximately 1,000 acres of what is now the northwestern part of Murray and Calloway County. Between two wives (his first died before moving to western Kentucky), he fathered 18 children, five of whom fought for the Confederate Army in the Civil War.

Later in his life, he oversaw the local school district, donating a portion of his land for one of the school houses and also founded First Baptist Church of Murray. David Reed of Gilbertsville is his great great grandson, semi-retired District Court Judge and co-author of a book The Ancestors and Descendants of Henry Wildy Harding Sr. with his cousin. They have a family reunion this weekend and Reed speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about Harding Sr.'s remarkable legacy.

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