Muhlenberg County

Society
12:43 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Church Leader: Muhlenberg County House Fire Survivors Improving

Credit Watson Family Fundraiser Facebook Page

A tight-knit community in western Kentucky is preparing to say goodbye to a mother and eight of her children who perished last week in a house fire. 

Thirty-six-year-old Chad Watson and his 11-year-old daughter Kylie were the only ones who made it out of the house alive, but they won't be at the funerals.  They are still being treated for lung damage and severe burns.   

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Culture
3:54 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Muhlenberg County Students Cope with Losing Classmates to Fire

Left to right: LaRae Watson, 35, Madison Watson, 15, Kaitlyn Watson, 14, Morgan Watson, 13, Emily Watson, 9, Samuel Watson, 8, Raegan Watson, 7 and 4-year-old twins Mark and Nathaniel Watson
Credit Facebook

In western Kentucky, Friday was a solemn day in the Muhlenberg County School System.  Classmates  mourned the loss of eight children a day after they died in an early morning fire in the Depoy community. 

Superintendent Randy McCarty spent much of the day at Longest Elementary School, where two of the Watson children attended.

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Fire
11:41 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Nine Family Members Confirmed Dead Following Muhlenberg County House Fire

Credit Lisa Autry

Updated at 3:20 pm

The nine victims of Thursday's Muhlenberg County house fire ranged in ages from 4 to 36 and included twin brothers.

Investigators with the Kentucky State Police and state fire marshal’s office say the fire was accidental and caused by an electric baseboard heater malfunction. 

Kentucky State Police spokesman Stu Recke confirmed the names of the nine family members who died in the fire that broke out around 2 a.m. in the town of Depoy.

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Culture
12:41 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Hundreds Gather at Phil Everly Memorial

Don (right) and Phil (left) Everly in a 1958 promotional photo.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

About 200 people listened to songs and tributes at a memorial service in Powderly this past weekend for Phil Everly, who passed away January 3rd at the age of 74.  With his brother, Don, the duo had 19 Top 40 hits between 1957 and 1962. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. 

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Environment
2:15 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

McConnell Urges TVA to Keep Coal-Fired Plant

McConnell and Johnson

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell met Wednesday with Tennessee Valley Authority president William Johnson to seek continued operation of the Paradise Fossil Plant, a coal-fired generator in Muhlenberg County.

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Business
12:17 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Muhlenberg County to Get New Gas-Fired Power Plant

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Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities are asking for approval to build a new 700 million dollar natural gas-fired generating plant in western Kentucky, and a smaller solar-powered station at one of their existing sites.

Spokeswoman Chris Whelan said the new gas-fired facility in Muhlenberg County will be similar to the station being built at Cane Run in Jefferson County. The companies are phasing out three of their coal-fired plants.

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Jobs
5:08 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

New Muhlenberg County Opportunity Center Receives Funding

Credit Muhlenberg County Opportunity Center

The Muhlenberg County Opportunity Center in Greenville is ready to begin construction on a new facility that will create 25 additional jobs.

The vocational evaluation and training center received a $500,000 Kentucky Department for Local Government grant Tuesday, matching $500,000 federal grant.

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Arts
4:23 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Divas & Dogs & Other Circus Adventures Comes to Greenville

"Divas & Dogs & Other Circus Adventures" occur Friday, April 26th, at 7 p.m. at the Felix E. Martin Jr. Hall Creative and Performing Arts Center in Greenville, Kentucky. The family show involves a funny clown, a hat stealing dog, a lady who barks, skateboard riding dogs, and more! We speak with David Probus about the show. See more at the Felix E. Martin Jr. Hall website.

Society
8:19 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Man's Estate Donates To Every KY Animal Shelter

Credit hopkinscountyhumanesociety.com

A Muhlenberg County farmer who never turned away a stray cat has left a portion of his estate to every county-run animal shelter in the state. County officials around the Commonwealth received checks earlier this month from a man they never met. Muhlenberg County dairy farmer Bland Hardison made sure all of Kentucky's 120 counties will receive a check for $1,432.47.

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Arts
1:42 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

'Mark Twain' Comes to the Felix E. Martin Jr. Hall in Greenville

John Chappell as Mark Twain
Credit IMDB

Mark Twain comes to Muhlenberg County's Felix E. Martin Jr. Hall in Greenville tomorrow night (February 16) at 7. We speak with John Chappell who has toured with this actor's portrait of Samuel Clemens for over a decade, in a live, amusing recreation of the great 19th Century American author. Kate Lochte spoke with Chappell on Sounds Good.

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