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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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Western Kentucky based indie, delta-folk band The Savage Radley is in the final days of their Indiegogo campaign, raising funds for their debut album 'Houses.' Shaina Goodman (Otto Sharp) and Stephen Montgomery stop by Sounds Good to speak with Austin Carter about how the funding will be spent in the recording process and some upcoming concerts.

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  Murray city leaders will break ground Thursday on a $61 million wastewater treatment plant expansion.

Upgrades at the Bee Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant will cause city water and wastewater bills to double over the next three years, but Mayor Jack Rose says the expansion is necessary to bring the plant up to Environmental Protection Agency and Kentucky Division of Water standards.

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Murray's Playhouse in the Park brings Little Women The Musical to the stage, opening tomorrow. Based on Louisa May Alcott's beloved book, the humorous and heart wrenching classic novel follows the story of Jo March and her sisters experiencing growing up in Civil War America. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte gets a preview with Music Director Brad Brauser and Kala Little who plays Jo.

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Playhouse in the Park in Murray hosts a Bourbon Tasting fundraiser at the Murray Country Club on June 12 to raise funds to match a $5,000 anonymous gift to help restock props destroyed by the fire last summer in downtown Murray. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with President of the Playhouse Board of Directors Dan Lavit and devoted volunteer Staci Stone about the bourbon picked out for the event, the hors d'oeuvres and live music.

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The Calloway County Sheriff’s Office reports two unrelated violent crimes have happened this week. 

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Murray city administrator Matt Mattingly's position is being eliminated from city operations as recently-elected mayor Jack Rose takes on many of the job's responsibilities himself.

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Murray-Calloway Endowment for Healthcare's Half Marathon celebrates its fifth year, April 18. The Endowment's Vice President for Development, Keith Travis, visits Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with details about the marathon, record enrollment, where the proceeds go and a special gift for every runner.

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The New York Times wrote after the premiere of Arsenic and Old Lace in 1939, the play was "so funny that none of us will ever forget it." Indeed, the farcical black comedy by Joseph Kesselring has outlasted the 20th Century and remains as popular as ever. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Jana Little and Marion Bradtke about the production opening this weekend at Murray's Playhouse in the Park.

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There will be an informational meeting Saturday morning on the campus of Murray State University regarding the possibility of opening a soup kitchen in Murray.

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