McCracken County

The McCracken County Fiscal Court voted on the first reading of a 2014-2015 budget Monday that totals $32m, including over $6m  for the McCracken County Jail. The jail has a large number of employees and houses more than 450 inmates. 

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McCracken County’s Animal Shelter Task Force is recommending the Humane Society there partner with the county’s animal control.  The plan, approved by the task force 6 to 3 Tuesday and sent to the Fiscal Court, has one director overseeing the operations of both Animal Control and Humane Society operations.

McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry and Deputy Judge-Executive Doug Harnice face a charge of tampering with public records in connection with unauthorized zone changes affecting at least 500 pieces of property in the county.  


Longtime Paducah Sun political reporter Bill Bartleman says he plans to run for McCracken County commissioner in next year’s election.

He says he’ll file at the end of the year for the first district seat currently held by Ronnie Freeman.

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The McCracken County Inspection Department will require haunted houses within the county to have a business license and be subject to inspection this Halloween season. Chief Inspector David Flowers said the inspection is something they started last year after complaints of people tripping over extension cords and mice feces. He said haunted houses need to be up to sanitary and safety standards, especially when children are present. As for the license, Flowers said any establishment that generates an income in the county should possess a business license. Licenses fees are  based off a business’ net profit.

Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Nancy Waldrop, Superintendent of the McCracken County Schools, about the new McCracken County High School. They talk about what qualities make the new school a "landmark" school regionally and nationally, the instructional design known as "small learning communities," and how the small-school intimacy of the previously separated high schools is being preserved in the much larger, consolidated school. Click here for more about the new high school.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has begun a series of meetings across the commonwealth to gauge public support for early voting.

Current law allows only limited early voting by absentee ballots, which are reserved for people who can’t get to the polls because of out-of-town travel, military service or health concerns.

Local United Way Making Impact on Poverty

Apr 2, 2013

The United Way of Paducah McCracken County is engaging in work visioned in the Impact Poverty Study. Executive Director Ashley Wright updates Paducah Rotary this week and WKMS listeners on the work underway and the progress made thus far.

See more at United Way of Paducah's website.

An automotive business is set to bring 150 jobs and make an 11 million dollar investment in McCracken County. Whitehall Industries makes aluminum parts for automobiles.

Paducah Economic Development President Chad Chancellor said the manufacturer is planning to move into the Tyler Mountain Water building that has been vacant for several years. Chancellor said the company is waiting on the results of an environmental study, which should be final within a month.

“We’ve been wanting an automotive supplier for a while because there’s automotive all around us,” he said. “I think it will be great to take an asset that’s sitting there with no jobs in it and turn it into a project like this.”


MCLIB's next Evenings Upstairs program on March 21 at 7 pm is titled "Explore Kentucky's Diverse Fiddling Traditions." John Harrod has been performing over forty years as he brings old music to new generations. Because of its location between major routes of western migration, Western Kentucky became a melting pot of culture in the 18th and 19th centuries. Harrod explores the region's musical roots and gives a preview on Sounds Good.