Paducah

McCracken County Sheriff’s Department

A Paducah man was arrested and charged Wednesday with the sexual abuse of a minor. McCracken County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint last month that 48-year-old David Averitt had sexually abused a child under the age of 12. 

WKCTC

West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah has a new president. Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Jay Box named Dr. Anton Reece to the position Friday night. 

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The National Weather Service in Paducah says this month is already the wettest August on record. As of Thursday, Paducah had more eight inches of rain when normal rainfall is 2.76 inches. 

City of Paducah

The Paducah Board of Commissioners met Tuesday night to discuss the future of revitalization efforts for the city. 

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the featured speaker at a Paducah area business gathering later this month. Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a public policy luncheon August 15. 

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

As reports across the Commonwealth show increased dependency on prescription pills and heroin, recovery centers seek creative solutions for these evolving addictions. CenterPoint Recovery Center for Men in Paducah may have just found one that works.

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Update Wednesday: Grabinski has been arrested after turning himself in Tuesday night. He is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree disorderly conduct, fourth-degree assault and menacing. He was released on a $2,500 dollar bond. 

Event flyer, via Concert Rally for Peace Facebook Event Page

A concert rally for peace and unity will be held in Paducah this weekend. Singers, poets and activists gather at the Noble Park Amphitheatre Sunday in the wake of recent racially motivated violence.

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Update: WKCTC has ended their campus alert for evacuation of the Allied Health Building and Emerging Technology Center.   

A natural gas leak near West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah this morning prompted evacuations of nearby buildings. According to a news release, a contractor for Atmos Energy reported damaging an 8-inch high pressure gas transmission line. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS - courtesy of Pogue Library

Paducah area native J. Polk Brooks found a unique business opportunity in western Kentucky during a time when most of the country was in financial despair. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Sarah Hopley, Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian for Pogue Library at Murray State University, about the special collection telling the story of the rise and fall of the Brooks Bus Line and the people who commuted out of the Great Depression to opportunity in Detroit and back home again.

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