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A recruiting effort by the Ku Klux Klan is prompting concern among some Murray residents. Murray Police say an unknown person or group of people left flyers on driveways Saturday night.

Courtesy of Rosa Hudspeth

Pogue Library at Murray State University is home to numerous special collections and oral history projects. One of these recordings is the voice of Murray resident Florence Kenley-Hudspeth, who is now 80. In an oral history recording with Murray State in 1979, she reflects on life growing up in a time when Murray was a segregated community. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Sarah Hopley, Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian, describing Hudspeth's experience growing up in the 1940s and 50s and her thoughts on the Civil Rights Movement.

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A Murray teenager has been arrested after an alleged attempt to sell marijuana on social media.

Murray City Police took in 18-year-old Roger Jones II yesterday, after an undercover officer responded to his ad in person.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Disney's The Little Mermaid opens Thursday at Playhouse in the Park in Murray. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with Laurel Johnston, playing Ariel in the production. They talk about differences between the movie and musical and acting with a young cast.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Update: Visitation and funeral arrangements have been added to this post. Please see below. 

Sid Easley, former Murray State University Board of Regents Chair, Murray attorney and former District Judge for Calloway and Marshall Counties, died Tuesday. Easley had been battling cancer. 

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Murray's Swim, Bike, Run Club is hosting a 5K for Carter's Kids on Campus, honoring former club member Jim Carter, former VP of Institutional Advancement at Murray State and former president of MSU's Alumni Association. On Sounds Good, race manager Brady Parks speaks with Tracy Ross about the run, Carter's Kids and how Jim Carter was dedicated to fitness and giving every child the opportunity to experience college.

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The Calloway County Public Library hosts a series of events this month. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Sandy Linn  about the upcoming Legislative Meet & Greet, the Lounging With Literacy event, a Book Binding Workshop, the Zumba Gold Series and a Heath and Molly Concert. 

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The Murray Lions club is one of the oldest in the area, founded in 1939, and is also one of the largest in Kentucky - with 161 members. Their annual auction raises funds for community projects, from the KidSight program offering free vision screenings to young children to the local skate park and the renaissance park. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Vice President and Auction Chair Paul McCreary about a change to their auction format - now moving to an online format with expanded opportunities for items and bidding.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

National Night Out is a campaign designed to give people in high crime neighborhoods a secure area for local residents to have a block party. Since Murray isn't really a high crime area, the Murray Police Department has helped adapt the concept to be an emergency and public services block party, where the public can interact with first responders and public services to become more familiar with who they are in a non-emergency setting. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Sgt. David Howe of the Murray Police Department about the event including some unique educational response demonstrations.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Henry Wildy Harding Sr. was among the first settlers to Calloway County after Kentucky's first governor Isaac Shelby and Andrew Jackson negotiated the Jackson Purchase with the Chickasaw. Back then, this land was mostly untouched wilderness. Homes, barns and fences had to be built by felling trees. Harding settled on approximately 1,000 acres of what is now the northwestern part of Murray and Calloway County. Between two wives (his first died before moving to western Kentucky), he fathered 18 children, five of whom fought for the Confederate Army in the Civil War.

Later in his life, he oversaw the local school district, donating a portion of his land for one of the school houses and also founded First Baptist Church of Murray. David Reed of Gilbertsville is his great great grandson, semi-retired District Court Judge and co-author of a book The Ancestors and Descendants of Henry Wildy Harding Sr. with his cousin. They have a family reunion this weekend and Reed speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about Harding Sr.'s remarkable legacy.

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