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Paducah Life

Paducah Radio History — Magic on the Ether

J.T. Crawford If you were around Paducah before the 1970s, you probably remember listening to WPAD. From the soaps and comedies of the 30s and 40s to the wacky DJs such as Jim Youngblood in the 50s and 60s, many reflect on WPAD when they think of...

Finding a Home in History

Finding a Home in HistoryIt’s One of “Those Houses”—One That Everyone Knows and Loves. And now, Janie and Buz Smith are Adding it to Their Collection of Home Experiences J.T. Crawford It could easily be a scene from a postcard. Tucked away in...

The Dim Light Guest House

A collaborative young couple has brought a historic brick beauty on Third Street back to LIFE By Darlene Mazzone In the middle of a pandemic, in the heart of downtown Paducah, in a structure whose windows have witnessed the centuries-long trajectory...

Halloween on Jefferson Street

Reflections on Paducah’s Autumnal World of WonderJ.T. Crawford “Come with me, and you’ll be, in a world of pure imagination. We’ll begin with a spin traveling in the world of my creation. What we’ll see will defy explanation.” It’s just...

La Petite Fleur

Cultivating Friendships for Fifty Years By Rosemarie Steele In 1965, Paducah native Lucinda Rudd and her friends were in their mid 20s. They knew little or nothing about gardening. There were a few established garden clubs in Paducah, but none for...

Paducah’s First Frontier: The 100 Block of Broadway

Paducah’s First FrontierJ.T. Crawford The heart and soul of the city of Paducah is and always has been its downtown. Even now, when the main flow of traffic in and out of the area takes place in what used to be farmland about five miles from...

A Modern Southern Belle

Preservationists Melinda and Cary Winchester bring the Belle Louise Historic Guest House back to life  By Amy Sullivan  For just a little over a year, Melinda Winchester, historic preservation specialist, and her husband...

The Wild World of Patience

J.T. Crawford Patience Renzulli lives in a world of magical creatures—from friendly squirrels bearing bouquets of flowers to cottontail bunnies with tiny carrots to miniature foxes who can stand perfectly poised and on guard indefinitely. It is a...

Precision. Paducah. Parts.

J.T. Crawford It’s a typical, sun-soaked, Southern California day as Steven Spielberg merges his Tesla onto the Pacific Coast Highway. The ground-breaking director has just left his L.A. home, on his way to a meeting about a new project. He glances...

Breathing New Life Into Opera

J.T. Crawford When Paducah Tilghman alum Blake Denson took the stage to perform at New York’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions back in March, he was humbled. But he wasn’t surprised. From birth, it appeared that Blake’s possibilities...