10:11 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Datebook: September 13 - International Chocolate Day

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Indulge in International Chocolate Day today, in honor of Milton Hershey's birthday. The US consumes over 3 billion pounds of chocolate each year. I may be responsible for like a third of that.

It’s Thursday, September 13

Land Between the Lakes celebrates the Elk and Bison Prairie on Saturday from 10 to 4 at the Golden Pond Visitor Center.  Watch a historical hunting presentation, learn about the benefits of native prairie plants, and take van tours of the prairie.  See details at

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9:58 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Datebook: September 12 - Flatwoods Monster Sighted 60 Years Ago

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An alleged alien or cryptid was reported sighted on this day in 1952 in Flatwoods, West Virginia. Some said it was a large, pulsating ball of light - others say it was ten-feet tall with a red, glowing face and green body, with stubby arms and long fingers, wearing a dark pleated skirt. Some suggest it was just a barn owl... A freaky alien barn owl.

It’s Wednesday, September 12

The Humane Society of Calloway County holds a yard sale from 7 to 2 Saturday at the Little Shop of Collars on the court square.  Drop off yard sale donations this week from 10 to 5:30 at the Little Shop of Collars.  No clothing or televisions, but all other items are welcome. 

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10:24 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Datebook: September 11 - 11 Years Ago

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Never forget.

It’s Tuesday, September 11

Donations are being accepted for the 7th annual Community-Wide Yard Sale to benefit the Mayfield-Graves County Needline and Food Pantry.  The sale is Saturday, and donations will be accepted through Friday.  Drop off items at First Christian Church in Mayfield between 9:30 and 3:30.  Volunteers are also needed; call 247-2204.

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11:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Datebook: September 10 - Large Hardon Collider Turns 4

The world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator turns the energetic age of 4 today. The goal of the collider is to test theories of particle physics and the Higgs Boson particle, which may have been found last July. It will soon upgrade to the Super Large Hadron Collider, similar to Super Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

It’s Monday, September 10

Murray State University offers “Conversation and Dessert” with Gautam Raghaven tonight at 7:30 in the Curris Center Ballroom.  Raghavan is the associate director of public engagement and LGBT liaison at The White House.  The event is free and open to the public.

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10:29 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Datebook: September 7 - Farnsworth Develops Electronic TV 85 Years Ago

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On this day in 1927, Philo Farnsworth transmitted a simple straight line in his San Francisco laboratory. The next image, shown to backers, was a dollar sign. This is because he had achieved the first fully electronic television system. The third image shown was an episode of Jersey Shore.

It’s Friday, September 7

Dr. Arthur Allen performs free oral cancer screenings tomorrow morning at Murray-Calloway County Hospital.  Risk for oral cancer increases with tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, overexposure to the sun, or a family history of cancer.  The screening helps catch cancer in its early stages.  Pre-registration is required by calling (270) 762-1832.

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12:00 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Datebook: September 6 - Diana's Funeral 15 Years Ago

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The public funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales took place on this day in 1997. Bells rang from Kensington Palace, Union Flags were lowered to half mast. The ceremony was held at Westminster Abbey and finished at her resting place in Althorp. Two billion people watched worldwide, making it one of the most watched events in history.

It’s Thursday, September 6

The 25th annual Trail of Tears Pow-Wow opens tomorrow night at 6 with a free outdoor concert at the Trail of Tears Park in Hopkinsville.  Hear music from Hopkinsville’s own Southern Dirt Band, followed by the nationally-known Native American group Indigenous.  Events continue on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 10 both mornings.

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10:12 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Datebook: September 5 - Animator Frank Thomas Turns 100

Pinocchio singing, Bambi and Thumper on ice, Lady and the Tramp eating spaghetti, "I Wanna Be Like You" from The Jungle Book, the dwarfs surrounding "dead" Snow White, penguins dancing with Mary Poppins and so, so many more memorable moments in Disney classics... animated by Frank Thomas (1912-2004) who turns 100 today.

It’s Wednesday, September 5

Murray Family Church hosts a “Refuse to Be a Victim” crime prevention seminar tomorrow evening at 6.  The three to four hour seminar promotes awareness and prevention of criminal confrontations, including tips on home, automobile, phone, technology, and travel safety.  The cost is $25 per person; pre-register by calling (270) 293-1223.

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10:03 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Datebook: September 4 - Little Rock Nine Blocked 55 Years Ago

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On September 4, 1957, Governor Orval Faubus deployed the Arkansas National Guard to support segregationists blocking nine African American students from entering Little Rock Central High School. Three weeks later, President Eisenhower sent our region's own 101st Airborne Division to protect the students and then federalized the Arkansas National Guard.

It’s Tuesday, September 4

The Murray Choral Society holds voice placement auditions for all singers, ages 15 and up, during the month of September.  Beginning October 1st, the group rehearses Monday nights from 6 to 7:30 to prepare a holiday concert.  For more information or to schedule an audition, call Dr. Amy Aucoin at (270) 809-6459.

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10:19 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Datebook: September 3 - Happy Labor Day

Labor Day parade in NYC in 1882
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Nothing better than a Monday off of work. Wait... what am I doing here?! Labor Day celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. Under President Cleveland, Congress unanimously voted to approve the holiday after the deaths of workers at the hands of the military during the Pullman Strike. 

It’s Labor Day, September 3

The City of Mayfield holds an organizational meeting for the second phase of the Let’s Paint the Town project. The project raises funds for paint and other supplies, then uses volunteer labor to improve the look of the downtown area. Volunteers and other interested individuals are invited to come to City Hall tomorrow evening at 5 to learn more.

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1:39 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Datebook: August 31 - Caligula Turns 2000

This Roman emperor is really, really old today, but he was only 24 when he succeeded his great-uncle (and 28 when he was assassinated). He is largely remembered as a cruel, extravagant, and perverse tyrant who sought unconstrained power. However, he initiated the construction of two new aqueducts and annexed Mauretania. But that stuff's not as interesting.

It’s Friday, August 31

The Humane Society of Calloway County holds Dog and Puppy Obedience Classes beginning September 5th.  Classes meet Wednesdays at 6PM, with an eight-week series for dogs and a seven-week series for puppies.  The cost is $50 for Humane Society members, or $70 for non-members.  To register, call (270) 759-1884.

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