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Your Dilapidated Barn Is Super Trendy. Just Ask HGTV

Sep 1, 2016

Larry Gerdes is having his barn taken down and disassembled in Malta Bend, Mo. It's about the size of a three-car garage but stands much taller in a clearing surrounded by 6-foot stalks of corn.

The barn's exterior is graying, part of its roof is missing, and there's a gaping hole looking out from the hayloft. It's about 100 years old, and it's not really useful.

"It's deteriorated and it would cost a lot of money to repair it," Gerdes says. "And it doesn't fit into modern farming. Unless you got two cows to let them loaf inside, nothing fits, and it's just obsolete."

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Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Mary Hammond has been appointed to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. On Sounds Good Matt Markgraf speaks with Hammond about how this opportunity came about, how the UNESCO designation has changed Paducah, how area residents can get involved and other events and efforts on the horizon.

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Less than a year away now from a total solar eclipse expected to draw thousands of tourists to western Kentucky, the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism has launched a website for the event.

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Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham will present a talk on the history of the Kentucky State Penitentiary at Eddyville Thursday, Sept. 8 at the McCracken County Public Library as part of their Evenings Upstairs program. 

And he's uniquely qualified for the job.

Cunningham has had a long professional association with the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville; as a public defender, a Commonwealth's Attorney, a Circuit Court Judge, and now in his present position on the Commonwealth's highest court.

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The executive director of Morehead Pride says he was particularly pleased at the number of young people who attended the town’s first festival to celebrate the LGBT community.  David Moore says there were activities all day long, some put on by other organizations. 

Actor and writer Gene Wilder, who brought his signature manic energy to films such as The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and the role that forever ensconced him in the collective memory of a generation of children, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died. He was 83.

Wilder died early Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn., of complications from Alzheimer's disease, according to a statement from his nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman.

Once upon a time, cigarettes were the currency of choice when those behind bars needed to barter. But these days, America's prisoners are trading with ramen.

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A Lexington-based bank is taking home the Kentucky State Fair's grand champion ham for $600,000 dollars.

Central Bank made the winning bid in a charity auction at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast this Thursday. 

Nestled among rolling hills and grazing cows, Elmore Mountain Bread in central Vermont is quintessentially pastoral. The setting is apropos, given the owners' recent decision to start grinding their own flour by stone — a veritable step back in time.

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On Sounds Good, MSU psychology professor Dr. Michael Bordieri and Tracy Ross discuss the Goldwater Rule, which largely prohibits mental health professionals from publicly diagnosing presidential candidates.

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