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Bill Ford, Courtesy of Ray Lane

Doing business as Bill Ford Interiors, Inc. in Paducah, Bill Ford is involved in many of the city's cultural activities and has begun a new project called From Paducah With Love. The art book collects original pen and ink drawings by Ford with articles from the community about reflections and memories of the city. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte asks him more about the project, the gallery reception and how his signature bowties make an appearance.

Courtesy of Judy Schwender, National Quilt Museum

Caohagan is a 13 acre island in the south Philippines, 10 degrees above the equator. When quilting was introduced to the island, the inhabitants were able to increase their standard of living significantly. Their colorful quilts became increasingly popular worldwide and several are on display at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with curator Judy Schwender about the exhibit, "A Small Miracle of a Southern Island: Quilts of Caohagan" on display through October 13.

(Photo courtesy of John Scopes, Jr.)

What makes a person voluntarily step into the middle of one of the most controversial and contentious issues of modern times? And what makes them voluntarily step back out?

Western Kentucky native John Thomas Scopes volunteered to be the defendant in a much-ballyhooed trial testing a law he opposed, a law banning the teaching of human evolution in Tennessee. He stood on principle in an intense spotlight... and when the trial was over, he stepped back out, determined to live his own life. But, history was not finished with him just yet.


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Update: Today on Sounds Good, we featured the six finalists in this contest.

The six finalists are "Paducah True" by Joe Hansen, "Paddlewheels" by George Coryell and Mike Jones, "Paducah, Jewel on the Ohio" by J.D. Wilkes, "Back to Old Paducah" by The Wheelhouse Rousters, "Oh Paducah, on the Ohio" by Suzi Renaud and "Docked in Paducah Again" by Nathan Blake Lynn.

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  A shelter has been set up for evacuated flood victims in McCracken County.

American Red Cross Manager Angela Roberts says they have identified four affected areas, mostly within the Paducah city limits.

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Leadership Paducah recently made a record $42,200 donation to the Merryman House to go towards building an expanded campus and services. Director Mary Foley said "I was so unbelievably caught off guard. I'm not sure what I expected, but that exceeded my expectations." She speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the gift, the progress on their new building and new opportunities to connect with the community. 

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A Paducah Cooperative Ministry project is underway to provide housing to homeless women and children. A village consisting of six units is expected to open this Fall. 

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A vacant lot on South Second Street in downtown Paducah is being converted into a "pocket park" for local art.

A pocket park is a small space for public gatherings and Paducah city planner Steve Ervin calls it the perfect revitalization effort for a municipal space now used mostly for refuse collection.

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Market House Theatre in Paducah is extending its run of Mary Poppins due to popular demand. Executive Director Michael Cochran says it ties a record for the longest running show and largest attendance in the theatre's history. He speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the production, about the special fly system and how to get one of the few remaining tickets.

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Note: There was an opening reception last weekend like the flyer mentions. They also hold two more showings this weekend.

Paducah's Wastelanders have been active since the early 1960s, before the artist influx that made Paducah a UNESCO city for the arts. This group celebrates the Summer Solstice with a show this weekend in the historic Joe's Market at 10th and Park Ave. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Juanita Gilliam about the exhibit, who says there's something for everyone.

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