In western Kentucky, Friday was a solemn day in the Muhlenberg County School System.  Classmates  mourned the loss of eight children a day after they died in an early morning fire in the Depoy community. 

Superintendent Randy McCarty spent much of the day at Longest Elementary School, where two of the Watson children attended.

Kate Lochte speaks with Louise Jones of the Kentucky Historical Society about the Watson & Robinson Families Collection on exhibit at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library. The collection features 27 handwritten letters detailing family history information and offers a glimpse into the history of African-American communities in Hopkinsville. A free community event, made possible by the Kentucky Historical Society and the African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky, will be held July 20 at the library. Sessions include open-sharing sessions about the letters, and a special panel discussion on researching African-American roots. For more information, contact the KHS Reference Desk at 502-564-1792, extension 4460, or email KHSrefdesk@ky.gov.