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Gettin' Ready for the County Fair

2014 May/June Edition

Every year when summer comes around, they stretch a banner 'cross the main street in town. You can feel something's happenin' in the air ... getting ready for the county fair. -Bruce Springsteen

 

The Devil & Mr. Cobb

2014 March/April Edition

March 11 marks the 70th anniversary of the death of Paducah's own Irvin S. Cobb, and by the time of his passing he had amassed a stunningly prolific and varied resume: author of over 60 books and 300 short stories, newspaper columnist, World War I correspondent, screenwriter, actor in 10 films, and host of the 6th Annual Academy Awards

Back Where They Belong

2014 March/April Edition

If you look at the empty lot on the corner of 9th and Broadway, you can see the ghost of a library. You can see it in the steps leading up to Grace Church. You can see it in the big black mailbox at 215 Ridgewood Avenue, and in the empty fountain that now calls the Jefferson Street median its home. You can see it, too, in the garden of the McCracken County Public Library in the two columns that recently made their way back from the garden of Mrs. Olivia Cave.

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait . . . for a Harper’s Country Ham

2013 November/December Edition

When you step into Harper’s Country Hams down in Clinton, KY, the aroma is overwhelming. Overwhelming in the most pan-fried, Southern, throwback-to-your-childhood, “Wake up! Mama’s makin’ breakfast!” kind of way. It’s the same aroma Curtis Harper smelled as a kid when his parents cured and smoked their own meats on their farm in Hickman County.

 

As the Cells Turn: The Twisted Tale of a Paducah Jail

2013 September/October Edition

On the spot where the McCracken County courthouse currently stands once sat a rotary jail. Yes, a rotary jail! Not many have heard of such a thing, much less that Paducah had one, and if you're anything like me, the first thought that popped in your head was, “We must've had a lot of naughty Rotarians if they needed their own separate slammer.” Nothing like that at all.

 

Voices from the Grave: Mary Wheeler

2013 September/October Edition

April 1, 1892 – July 26, 1979

Old 9, 137, Oak Grove Cemetery

 

A Look Back Into the Future

2013 September/October Edition

Pieces of a Nation

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Remembering the Tornado

2013 July/August Edition

Ralph Cooper will sit on the sidelines but remember the gridiron of days gone by at the 100th playing of the Tilghman/Mayfield football game this fall.      

 

Ralph Cooper expected to help the Tilghman football team make it three wins in a row over Mayfield on Turkey Day, 1944.     

 

An Injury to One is the Concern of All

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I often think about the old Knights of Labor on Labor Day.

 

Okay, I’m a retired history teacher who still packs a union card.

 

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