Gayle Kaler

Lance Dennee, WKMS

With numerous projects underway in the City of Paducah: from neighborhood revitalization to riverfront development, workforce development, the foreign trade zone, efforts to attract young entrepreneurs and much more, this November's mayoral and city commissioners race has many in the community wondering about the leadership will look like guiding a changing Paducah. WKMS and The Paducah Sun hosted a forum Thursday night where candidates expressed their views on these topics.

Lance Dennee, WKMS / Kaler Harless

Candidates for Paducah Mayor squared off in the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce forum Thursday morning. Incumbent Gayle Kaler and challenger Brandi Harless outlined positions on topics ranging from regulations, manufacturing jobs, neighborhood revitalization, population decline and diversity outreach. 

James Chen, Jingdezhen, City of Crafts & Folk Art, courtesy of Paducah CVB

Representatives from UNESCO Cities of Crafts and Folk Art will meet in Paducah next September. This will be the first formally-designated annual meeting of the thematic area. 

Lance Dennee, WKMS

The owners of Silent Brigade Distillery, Mayor Gayle Kaler, Paducah Ambassadors and members of the community gathered Friday at the new business to begin producing the city's first bourbon since prohibition.

City of Paducah

Paducah city leaders want City Hall on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.

Brandi Harless for Mayor, via Facebook

Paducah mayoral candidate Brandi Harless is hosting a telephone town hall Thursday evening.

Paducah voters are encouraged to call 270-495-2788 at 6:30 p.m. to ask Harless questions. The event is hosted by city commissioner Allan Rhodes, who has endorsed Harless for mayor.

City of Paducah, via Facebook

With Tuesday's 4 p.m. filing deadline passed, five candidates have emerged in this year’s race for Paducah Mayor.

Incumbent Gayle Kaler is seeking a second term, and will be joined on May’s primary ballot by Arthur Baskin, Brandi Harless, Elliot Polach and Buzz VonTesmar.

Lance Dennee

McCracken County Judge/Executive Bob Leeper is promoting his work to trim the county budget. In the annual state of the county address today Leeper noted a recent communications audit has shown that the county can save $30,000 annually by cutting unused fax and phone lines.

The omnibus spending bill approved by Congress earlier this month included $200 million for continued deactivation and cleanup at the site of the former Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler says local leaders are already working on securing funding for the next budget cycle.

City of Paducah, via Facebook

An advisory group is now in place to help the city of Paducah decide whether to renovate its City Hall or construct a new one.