10:29 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Datebook: September 17 - William Carlos Williams Turns 130

So much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens. Happy birthday to modernist poet William Carlos Williams. Poet Randall Jarrell said Williams' "quick transparent lines have the nervous and contracted strength, move as jerkily and intently as a bird."

It’s Tuesday, September 17

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive Thursday from 11 to 4 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1620 W. Main St., Murray. To schedule an appointment visit or call 1-800-733-2767 and use the sponsor code “Murray.”

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1:46 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Datebook: September 16 - Robert College Founded 150 Years Ago

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The oldest American school located outside of the United States, Robert College was founded on this day in Istanbul in 1863. It's an independent, private, accredited high school located on 65-acres. Among the alumni include several prime ministers, journalists, artists, entrepreneurs, and a Nobel Prize recipient.

It's Monday, September 16

Murray-Calloway County Hospital's Wellness Works program offers free blood pressure and osteoporosis screenings tomorrow morning from 8:30 to 11:30 at the Calloway County Senior Center. For more information on the Wellness Works schedule or about the screenings offered, call 270-762-1348.

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12:27 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Datebook: September 12 - JFK Marries Jackie 60 Years Ago

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They were formally introduced at a dinner party in 1952, when Kennedy was then busy running for the US Senate. Today was their wedding day in St. Mary's Church in Newport, Rhode Island. It was the social event of the season, with 700 guests and a reception with 1,200 guests. They honeymooned in Acapulco.

It’s Thursday, September 12

The Imani Milele choir sings at Memorial Baptist Church this Sunday at 6 p.m. The choir is made up of orphaned and vulnerable children who are beneficiaries of the good work of the Imani Milele Children child-care program. Memorial Baptist is located at the corner of 10th and Main streets in Murray.

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11:34 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Datebook: September 10 - Large Hadron Collider Powered Up 5 Years Ago

Considered "one of the greatest engineering milestones of mankind," the Large Hadron Collider powered up on this day in 2008, after 10 years of development by CERN. The aim is to test the predictions of particle physics, identify the Higgs boson particle, and advance human understanding of physical laws. 

It’s Tuesday, September 10

Murray-Calloway County Hospital's Wellness Works program offers free screenings for blood pressure, osteoporosis, and blood sugar tomorrow morning from 8 to 11 at the Calloway County Public Library. For more information, call 270-762-1348.

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11:19 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Datebook: September 9 - Tolstoy Turns 185

Leo Tolstoy is widely considered one of the world's greatest novelists, praised for his realistic fiction and complex moralistic aesthetic. Anton Chekhov wrote "What Tolstoy does serves to justify all hopes and aspirations in literature." If you're feeling brave, pick up War and Peace or Anna Karinena.

It's Monday, September 9

Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah presents "The King's Speech" tonight at 6:30 as part of its Faith in Film series. Bertie, who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. For more information, visit

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9:16 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Datebook: September 6 - Pennsylvania Railroad Derails 70 Years Ago

The 'Pennsy' was the largest railroad by traffic and revenue in the US for most of the 20th century. At its peak, it was the largest publicly traded company in the world. On this day in 1943, its premier train derailed, killing 79 in the junction. The roof peeled off "like a can of sardines." The cause: a faulty hot box. 

It’s Friday, September 6

The Pennyrile Area Cyclists host their annual challenge ride tomorrow morning starting at the Madisonville Community College campus. On-site registration starts at 7, and rides begin at 8 with 10, 22, 41 and 62 mile options available. For more information, visit

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11:06 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Datebook: Setember 5 - "Reign of Terror" Begins in France 220 Years Ago

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The Reign of Terror was a period of political violence during and after the French Revolution, incited by two rival factions, the Girondins and the Jacobins. Tens of thousands of "enemies of the revolution" met their fate at the guillotine. This lasted for just under a year, until a coup turned the tide and executed revolutionaries.

It’s Thursday, September 5

Dr. J. Duane Bolin is the keynote speaker for the MSU history department’s Dr. James W. Hammack Jr. Memorial Scholarship Banquet, to be held Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Curris Center Ballroom. The cost is $40 per person. Tomorrow’s the deadline to make reservations at 270-809-2234.

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9:31 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Datebook: September 4 - Google Founded 15 Years Ago

Larry Page and Sergey Brin were Ph.D students at Stanford University  when they incorporated Google as a privately held company on this day in 1998. By the end of the year, Google had indexed 60 million pages. Today, Google employs nearly 45,000 and is worth nearly $100 billion dollars.

It’s Wednesday, September 4

Baptist Health Paducah offers a Prepared Childbirth Class Saturday from 9 to 3 in Meeting Room A of Doctors Office Building 2. The free class is designed to help expectant parents in their second or third trimester learn about the labor and delivery process. To register, call (270) 575-2229.

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11:43 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Datebook: September 3 - Frederick Douglass Escapes to Freedom 175 Years Ago

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Dressed as a sailor, Frederick Douglass boarded a train to Maryland, transferred in Delaware, and took a steamboat to Philadelphia. He was a free man. He married free black woman Anna Murray, who had helped him secure the trip. On freedom, said he felt "as one might feel upon escape from a den of hungry lions."

It's Tuesday, September 3

New Covenant Christian Academy hosts The Lion's Roar Bike Ride Saturday morning, with registration starting at 7. Fifteen, thirty, and sixty-two mile options are available. All routes start and end at 218 College Street in Hardin. Race day registration is $22. Find registration forms at For more information call (270) 703-4953.

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9:26 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Datebook: August 30 - The "Red Telephone" Goes Into Operation 50 Years Ago

Even though this is on display at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum it is not, in fact, the red phone.
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The Moscow-Washington Hotline allows direct communication between leaders in the US and Russia - from the Pentagon to the Kremlin, and it is actually neither the color red, nor a telephone. It originated as a teletype machine, then facsimile unit, and is now email exchange. But a red phone is much more interesting.

It’s Friday, August 30

The Homeplace at Land Between the Lakes hosts a Trades Fair tomorrow and Sunday from 10 to 4 daily. Trades and crafts represented include chair making, cooking, quilting, knitting, spinning, bee keeping, historical instrument building, and woodworking. Find a complete schedule at

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