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Arts
3:49 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Paducah Symphony Ends First Season with New Director

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra performs at the Luther F. Carson Center
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It’s been about 8 months since the Paducah Symphony Orchestra has been under the watch of new executive Director Daniel Sene.  Not too long before Sene’s arrival came Artistic Director and Conductor Maestro Raffeale Ponti.  They are rounding out their first season together. This weekend. They’re visited the WKMS studios to talk about the PSO, and their history and the future of the orchestra.

Murray Half Marathon
2:22 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Murray Half Marathon Road Closures

Several roads in Murray and Calloway County will be closed tomorrow morning for the Murray Half Marathon. Runners  start at the Center for Health and Wellness on Poplar Street at 7 a.m. Traffic will be restricted in downtown Murray, Central Park, and on U.S. Hwy 641. Stretches of Main Street, Poplar, Bailey Road and Poor Farm road will also be closed. The Murray Calloway Endowment for Healthcare hosts the marathon to promote health awareness. Organizers expect traffic to return to normal after 11 a.m. Below is a complete list of the roads affected by the event:

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Music Interview
1:07 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds Play Lovett Live

Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds play Murray State's Lovett Live Onstage Concert Series Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 in Lovett Auditorium. Beyond The Edge host Tracy Ross and Lovett Live host Matt Parker recently spoke with lead singer  Arleigh Kincheloe about growing up in the Catskills Mountains, creating music with nine musicians, and the band's very generous fanbase. 

Culture
8:39 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Postmark Commemorating Kentucky Battle

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A special postmark is being issued as part of the re-enactment of the Civil War Battle of Sacramento in western Kentucky. The U.S. Postal Service will offer the postmark starting Tuesday as part of a series of commemorations marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which took place from 1861 to 1865. The postmark will be available at a log cabin near the battlegrounds in Sacramento. The Battle of Sacramento took place on December 28, 1861 between Union Major Eli H. Murray and Confederate Col. Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Culture
9:27 am
Fri April 13, 2012

SCV to Raise Confederate Flag in New Park off I-24

A flagpole flying the Confederate battle flag off Interstate 24 near exit 16 will be the centerpiece of a new park honoring Confederate soldiers.  The Sons of Confederate Veterans are funding construction of benches and a circle of bricks to represent southern soldiers who fought to secede  from the United States in the 1860s.  SCV Kentucky Division Commander John Suttles tells The Paducah Sun the land for the park was donated by a man who had Confederate ancestors.  McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry says he's worried about what visitors to Paducah and the county will think upon

Culture
2:28 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Kentucky Championship Coach Coming to Paducah

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The National Champion Kentucky Wildcats’ Trophy Tour will make a stop in Paducah on Friday. The visit is part of a state wide trip both by the championship trophy and the Wildcat’s coach, John Calipari. Fans will have the opportunity to take a picture with the trophy during the event at the Park Avenue Kroger between 7:30-8:30pm on Friday.

Music
4:26 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Musica Brasiliera: A Conversation with Maestro Celso Machado

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The Murray State University Classical Guitar Ensemble is fairly new to campus. Last year, the ensemble played in its first full concert with the string ensemble, and they will be doing so again this Tuesday evening. Much of the music from the first concert came from the Brazilian composer, Maestro Celso Machado. And this year, the ensemble will present the United States premier of Maestro Machado’s most recent composition for quartet, Suite Amazonas. Gary Pitts, a member of the ensemble, reports on the life and works of the composer.

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Owensboro Considers Skateboard Ban
10:08 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Owensboro Mayor Proposing Skateboard Ban

The mayor of Owensboro says he is proposing a skateboard ban due to vandalism.  Mayor Ron Payne says skateboards and bikes caused about $4,000 worth of damage last week at Riverfront Crossing Plaza, which opened downtown just six months ago.  Payne says he will propose an ordinance that would outlaw skateboards in the downtown area and stop bicyclists from jumping in the air to do tricks.  He says he will also propose more security downtown and that video cameras be mounted in strategic locations.

History & Heritage
9:32 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Gene Graham: Murray State's First Distinguished Alumnus

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The Distinguished Alumni Award is Murray State University’s highest accolade for graduates. Fifty years ago, the university issued the first of these awards to Gene Graham. In that same year, Graham was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and was a Harvard Nieman Fellow. Gary Pitts looked into the life and work of Murray State’s first Distinguished Alumnus.

 

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Culture
9:34 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Colorful spring unfolds on state website

Kentucky is in full bloom this spring, and the Commonwealth wants to make it easy to find the most colorful spots.  The state Departments of Travel and Parks are sponsoring the Unbridled Spring program again, with a website that includes reports from parks across Kentucky.  The reports are updated weekly, and the agencies say they provide a guide to locations where blooms are most beautiful.  The website is an off-shoot of Kentucky Tourism's site: http://www.kytourismapps.com/seasons .

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