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Council's alcohol ordinance debate could air on reality TV

Collin Buckingham, 31, of Los Angeles sets up a camera to film speakers from a podium Jan. 11 before the Mayfield City Council's meeting. Buckingham filmed footage he hopes will become part of a reality television series focusing on Paducah Beer Werks and its owner, Mayfield native Todd Blume.

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BY SHELLEY BYRNE sbyrne@mayfield-messenger.com
The Mayfield City Council's debate over whether to allow taverns could find its way onto reality television.
Collin Buckingham, 31, of Los Angeles recently finished filming footage . . . more »


Breakfast on sheet pan for easy meal

Potatoes, onions, smoked sausage and eggs can all be baked on a sheet pan for an easy breakfast.

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BY SHELLEY BYRNE sbyrne@mayfield-messenger.com
You may think I'm known for quick and easy dinners by this point, but you're wrong.
On weekends, I do quick and easy breakfasts, too.
I'm the oldest of three sisters, and quite a bit . . . more »



Fire Department plans annual meeting
The Lowes Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the main firehouse. The agenda includes election of officers. The meeting is open to the public.
Graves . . . more »


Humphries: Economy No. 1 priority

BY TOM BERRY news@mayfield-messenger.com
Kentucky 1st District Sen. Stan Humphries says he'll be busy with many issues that will affect voters across western Kentucky during the General Assembly's 2018 session but will be sure to . . . more »


Flu kills 50 in Kentucky, 2 children

At least 50 people, two of them children, have died from the flu in Kentucky, according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
In a news release last week, when the toll was 36, . . . more »


KSP releases traffic safety checkpoints

Staff report
Kentucky State Police Post 1 in Hickory will conduct traffic safety checkpoints throughout the 11-county district, including Graves County, to check motorists for compliance with motor vehicle laws, including . . . more »


Code Enforcement Citations

Staff report
The City of Mayfield's Code Enforcement Department ssued four citations for violation of city ordinances that remained out of compliance for the week of Jan. 2-5.
The list includes:
• Betty Koerner, 420 Housman . . . more »


'Dream' donation makes old truck's restoration possible

Terry Cooper (third from left) stands with his wife, Jana, and oncologists Dr. Winston Chua (far left) and Dr. Luis Concepcion of Oncology Associates after receiving his $700 check Friday from the Dream Foundation. He will use it to restore his grandfather's truck. The check presentation included a car care kit, detailing towels, balloons and a cake that said "Keep on Truckin'."

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BY SHELLEY BYRNE sbyrne@mayfield-messenger.com
Terry Cooper rode for miles in his Granddaddy's truck.
The powder blue 1962 Chevrolet C-10 hauled sacks of cotton on work days and fishing poles when the work was done.
After his . . . more »


2 in Graves charged with growing marijuana; MPD reports arrests

Staff report
Two Dorothy Lane residents face drug charges following a public tip to the Graves County Sheriff's Office Thursday concerning possible drug activity.
Sheriff Dewayne Redmon said deputies went to the residence and . . . more »


Woman hurt when ice smashes car windshield

Staff report
A Paducah woman was injured Thursday while driving on the Dick Castleman Bypass in Mayfield when a chunk of ice thrown from another vehicle smashed her windshield.
Mayfield Police Chief Nathan Kent said MPD officers . . . more »


Some retired teachers may lose medical care under Bevin's budget

BY JOHN CHEVES Lexington Herald Leader
FRANKFORT -- Gov. Matt Bevin's state budget proposal does not include any money for retired teachers' health care, causing a "huge concern" for teachers under age 65 who have retired in . . . more »


School district leaders shove back on Bevin's plan to tap reserve funds

BY AARON MUDD Bowling Green Daily News
Local school district leaders are pushing back on Gov. Matt Bevin's request that districts draw on their reserve funds to cover a greater share of their transportation costs.
While laying . . . more »


Fun in the snow

The ice and snow didn't keep local youngsters housebound over the past few days. Some took the opportunity to have some fun while out of school. (left to right) Tatum Blythe, Micayah Payton, Malaria Reed and Jonaysiah Reed ignore the frost and cold to get outdoors Wednesday.

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JOSEPH 'PEE WEE' PETTY/The Mayfield Messenger
The ice and snow didn't keep all local youngsters housebound over the past few days. Some took the opportunity to have some fun while out of school. Tatum Blythe (from left), Micayah . . . more »



Senior commodities distribution
The monthly senior citizens commodities distribution, previously scheduled for today at the Mayfield/Graves County Need Line and Food Pantry, has been rescheduled for 8-10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26 due . . . more »


Cold leads to spike in energy usage, bills

BY TOM BERRY news@mayfield-messenger.com
Energy bills for West Kentucky Rural Electric customers are expected to spike significantly in January, and company officials want customers to know why.
Georgann Lookofsky, . . . more »


Economic leader questions criteria of website rankings

BY SHELLEY BYRNE sbyrne@mayfield-messenger.com
A website has ranked the city of Mayfield as both the state's poorest city and the worst place to live, prompting a Graves County economic development official to question the . . . more »


Kentucky's budget puzzle missing huge piece: pension reform

BY TOM LOFTUS Courier-Journal
FRANKFORT -- A major missing piece in the lean 2018-20 state budget proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday is the impact of a pension reform bill that legislative leaders are secretly writing and . . . more »


Chamber's lunch connects businesses and charities

Business and nonprofit agency representatives mingle before the Mayfield/Graves County Chamber of Commerce's nonprofit luncheon Thursday. About 70 people attended the luncheon.

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BY SHELLEY BYRNE sbyrne@mayfield-messenger.com
The Mayfield/Graves County Chamber of Commerce's inaugural nonprofit luncheon Thursday was a chance for business people and charitable organizations to connect.
"It's a great . . . more »