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ROMP may move up 2013 dates

Sep 17, 2012
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Organizers of the annual ROMP bluegrass festival in Owensboro are considering a change in next year's dates.  The festival is usually held during the last weekend in June, but organizers are polling fans to see if they would favor moving it up to the last weekend in May.  International Bluegrass Music Museum executive director Gabrielle Gray says organizers want to keep their audience happy, safe and cooler, if possible.  The proposed 2013 dates for the festival are either May 30th to June 1st or June 27th through the 29th.  Gray says the dates for next year's festival will be announced on

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Potential Adoptive and foster parents in the region will have access to some welcome resources in the coming weeks. Murray State University and a nationwide child advocacy group are hosting the Connect, Celebrate and Explore: Foster Care and Adoption Fair. 

WKMS @ ROMP: The Slideshow

Jul 1, 2012

We had a blast at ROMP  at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro, hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Museum. We hope you enjoyed the live broadcasts! Also a special shout-out to our friends at the Evansville-based NPR & PBS station, WNIN for helping make the trip and the broadcast possible.

See more photos on ROMP's Facebook page.

WKMS Broadcasts Live from ROMP Music Festival

Jun 22, 2012
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Murray State's listener-supported public radio service 91.3 WKMS-FM presents special live broadcasts from ROMP on Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30.

Opening the live broadcast Friday at 6 p.m. are The Farewell Drifters, an alt-folk band known for their ‘60s era-inspired harmonies. At 7:20 p.m. Lonesome River Band performs with longtime band member and multi-award winning banjo picker, Sammy Shelor. The Deadly Gentlemen take the stage at 8:40 p.m. performing a blend of epic folk and unconventional bluegrass. Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile headline the night at 10 p.m.   

Saturday at 6 p.m. hear Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three and their creative mix of American roots, western swing, early jazz and country blues. The 23 String Band follows at 7:20 p.m. playing bluegrass fueled by high-octane rock-n-roll. Old Crow Medicine Show headlines at 10 p.m with old-time folk and bluegrass. Other bands may be added to the broadcast schedule in the days leading up to the event.

A cash-strapped state Office for the Blind is coping by implementing a number of policy changes, and they’re all cost saving measures.

The mayor of Owensboro says he is proposing a skateboard ban due to vandalism.  Mayor Ron Payne says skateboards and bikes caused about $4,000 worth of damage last week at Riverfront Crossing Plaza, which opened downtown just six months ago.  Payne says he will propose an ordinance that would outlaw skateboards in the downtown area and stop bicyclists from jumping in the air to do tricks.  He says he will also propose more security downtown and that video cameras be mounted in strategic locations.

Owensboro Mayor Proposing Downtown Skateboarding Ban

Apr 5, 2012
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Owensboro’s mayor says he’s proposing a skateboard ban due to vandalism in city parks. Mayor Ron Payne said skateboards and bikes caused about $4,000 worth of damage this weekend at Riverfront Crossing Plaza, which opened downtown just six months ago. Payne told the Messenger-Inquirer he’s proposing an ordinance to outlaw skateboards in the area and stop bicyclists from jumping in the air to do tricks. His proposal also includes more security downtown including video cameras in strategic locations.

Owensboro Considers Walk of Fame

Mar 26, 2012

Officials in a western Kentucky city are embracing the idea of creating a downtown Walk of Fame.  Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne has city staff working on the idea this week after it was brought up last week during a City Commission workshop.  The idea came from a downtown development group that proposed making NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip the first inductee into the new Owensboro Walk of Fame next month.

TWO presents "Sweeney Todd"

Feb 9, 2012

Theatre Workshop of Owensboro is running Steven Sodenheim’s famous musical “Sweeney Todd” about a vengeful barber in post-industrial London. Benjamin Barker returns from 15 years in exile with a new alias- Sweeney Todd. Todd teams up with his old neighbor Mrs. Lovett and they devise a murderous partnership that also provides income for their day jobs. Todd slits the throats of his barbershop customers and disposes of the bodies in Mrs. Lovett’s bakery where she makes meat pies.

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