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Paducah Life

Loretta Lynn: THE Queen of Country Music

J.T. Crawford It was easy to feel trapped. No matter which way little Loretta Webb looked, she saw walls. Hemmed in by the mountains of eastern Kentucky, the barriers were more than geographic—they were hewn from abject poverty.  The oldest of...

Can the Katterjohn Building Be Saved?

PHOTOS BY PADUCAH DRONE   By the late 1800s, the United States expanded at unprecedented speeds. The railroad system replaced covered wagons, ushering large groups of people across the expanse of our nation at an unheard-of rate.   The new...

Saving LowerTown

Special thanks to sponsors such as Flooring America for bringing stories to LIFE!   We lost more than just physical buildings. Each of these communities contained something less tangible–neighborhoods like these are ecosystems. They incubate...

Hugh Edwards – Paducah Photography Pioneer

Photos courtesy of the McCracken County Public Library   In 1903, a Paducah riverboat engineer and his wife welcomed to the world a son. Hugh Logan Edwards, Jr. came into a nation full of promise—a progressive era of rapid changes and societal...

On Broadway

LIFE, in the city of Paducah, flows the same direction as its creeks and streams—straight to the cradle of the Ohio River where you will find far western Kentucky’s heartbeat in downtown Paducah. Downtown has remained the focal point of our area...

The Happy World of Hedgehoggery

If you drop by Paducah city hall and visit Assistant City Manager Michelle Smolen’s office, there is always a small chance you’ll find a little, soft blanket coiled into a tight bundle on her desk. It will sit there, motionless, as its inhabitant is...

Comfort Food

When Marsha Millay took the job as Nutritional Services Coordinator at Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center, she was admittedly a little nervous about it. She’d begun her career years earlier in the Army serving as a chef in a headquarters company...

Lives in Transition

Paducah Public Schools Tackle the Problem of Homelessness, Putting Students and Families on the Path to Success   Eighteen-year-old Brianna stood stoically just inside Paducah Tilghman High School’s office. Outwardly, she was motionless—frozen...

A Spectacular Spring For Dogwoods

This spring, Paducah burst forth in a dazzling display of unparalleled beauty. Per the usual, the city’s dogwood trees blossomed in their own time—and this year, just in time for spring walks under blue skies, nighttime viewing of illuminated yards...