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Update: We've included  the March 12 conversation from Sounds Good with Kate Lochte, Nikki Radford and  Ellen Gilbert of the Global Education Center. In this conversation, Gilbert explains the Global Education Center and previews the musicians and dancers at the festival.

The Hopkinsville International Festival, now in its sixth year, showcases some of the cultural diversity in the region. Featuring a global village, performance on two stages, food, lectures, language courses and more, it's a weekend that brings people together in an interactive nature that allows folks to engage, says event coordinators Nikki Radford and Nina Shalom. They speak with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with a preview.

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A Hopkinsville steel tubing plant has laid off 71 workers a year-and-a-half after committing to creating more than 280 jobs and investing $102 million into re-establishing operations in the region.

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Hopkinsville philanthropist and business owner Marilyn “Momma” Hays died over the weekend. She was 85 years old. 

Courtesy of Jennifer Brown, Kentucky New Era archives

Ted Poston was born in Hopkinsville in 1906. He attended an African American high school in Hopkinsville and earned his bachelor's degree in Nashville. In 1928, he moved to New York and joined the Harlem Renaissance. There, he became the first African American writer on staff at the New York Post and the first to make a career at a white mainstream paper, where he covered the major events of the Civil Rights Era. Kentucky New Era Opinion Editor Jennifer Brown joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to preview her "Ted Talk" coming up in March, with more about Hopkinsville's own, the "Dean of Black Journalists," Ted Poston.

Douglas Autotech Corp. Logo, douglasautotech.com

A car parts manufacturer in Christian County is expanding production while creating up to 115 new jobs. 

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  Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 2-year-old Hopkinsville boy who was hit by a train Monday while walking with his dog.


Hopkinsville Community College is the recipient of a two-hundred-thousand-dollar National Science Foundation grant. The funds go toward the Technological Education for the Rural Community project or TERC. HCC math instructor and principal investigator Sherry McCormack says the grant will specifically fund relevant math and engineering coursework designed to provide context to the manufacturing industry.

Casey Jones Distillery, Facebook

Christian County's Arlon Casey Jones, or AJ, and his wife, Peg Hays, produced their first spirit run of "Casey's Cut 92" a prohibition-style corn whiskey January 2nd. The whisky comes from a secret family recipe developed during the prohibition era, produced using a still built by Jones' grandfather, Alfred "Casey" Jones. They speak with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the distilling process, their progress on becoming legal distillers and how they got the antique still back from Land Between the Lakes.

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Thousands of wreaths will be placed on gravestones at four state cemeteries tomorrow, including Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville.  The nationwide observance, part of the Wreaths Across America program, will coincide with a noontime ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.  Veterans Cemetery West Director Richard Stanley said the group's mission is to remember, honor, and teach.

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A Hopkinsville auto-parts manufacturer plans to add 200 new jobs with a $25 million expansion.