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“Turn around, don’t drown” is a common, catchy phrase to remind drivers not to cross flooded roadways. But in a situation where a car is swept away by fast-moving currents, Graves County will be better prepared due to a state grant, additional fundraising and training.

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Nearly 100 school districts across Kentucky are getting new school buses through the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Tuesday.

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Week Two of the 2021 Regular Session is in the books and I am pleased to report we took advantage of the three legislative days we had this week to consider more legislation that will help our state move forward through this pandemic and set the stage for stronger checks and balances, cleare…

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FRANKFORT — A unit of 44 Kentucky State Police troopers will join local, state and federal law enforcement agencies from across the country to provide security at the presidential inauguration today.

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MOUNT STERLING, Ky. (AP) — Nestlé Prepared Foods is recalling more than 762,000 pounds of pepperoni Hot Pockets, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said.

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Snow showers came down heavy at times Friday afternoon in Graves County and the region. This picture outside the Graves County Courthouse showed the large flakes swirling in the brisk wind.

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Not knowing when a major catastrophe might strike, a group has been in the planning stages to have people in south Graves County better prepared to help their neighbors and themselves until emergency crews can respond.

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Last year was difficult. The pandemic affected everything in its wake, and made life stressful for everyone, especially first responders. However for the Graves County Sheriff’s Office, a downward trend starting prior to 2020 remained unfettered and continued to improve

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I don’t make as many pies as I do cakes. I’m not sure why because I like pie, but I just don’t make many. Perhaps it’s because cakes last longer or maybe pies take longer to make or at least it seems that way.

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When last we met, I wondered if that week was going to be one of the more “stormy” weeks in American governmental history. Sadly, I was quite right.

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Concerns with the coronavirus may have canceled this year’s local Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration service, but the president of the Mayfield and Graves County branch of the NAACP is encouraging people to join a virtual ceremony with Murray State University.

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Not even having to look back on 2020, Graves County Judge-Executive Jesse Perry knew how much COVID-19 impacted various arms of county government and daily life for its citizens. And while there were many negatives, he noted bright spots from seeing the communities of the county and city com…

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A Graves County school bus driver, on a ventilator for nearly two months because of COVID-19, is slowly but surely showing signs of improvement as his family tracks his progress and celebrates his milestones.

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The Kentucky General Assembly has officially begun legislative business for the 2021 Regular Session. Our first official few days back in Frankfort have been productive. Diligent work throughout the 2020 Interim and handling initial procedural res- ponsibilities bring me confidence in what t…

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Graves County is knocking on the door of 3,000 coronavirus cases following 90 new cases reported on Monday.

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Monday evening was the first Mayfield City Council meeting of the new year, bringing with it the results of the November election. However, before the meeting began in earnest, Mayor Kathy O’Nan touched on what she hopes to see in the new year.

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At their first virtual meeting of 2021 Monday, Graves County Fiscal Court members approved surplusing several road department vehicles through an internet auction in hopes of saving the county money.

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The monthly senior citizens commodities distribution will be held Friday, Jan. 15, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Mayfield-Graves County Needline and Food Pantry, located at 429 S. Ninth St.

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A complaint of gunfire and alleged drug activity resulted in charges of a Fancy Farm man and Mayfield woman, according to Kentucky State Police.

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One of the first things a physician often says when he examines a patient is, “Open up and say, Ahhh.” It is often possible to make a diagnosis just by looking inside a person’s mouth or their throat. Some problems can be detected by the tongue’s appearance.

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A male house finch seems puzzled by frost on a bird feeder in Carlisle County. The befuddled bird soon put the icy design on the back burner and chowed down on seeds.

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Dr. Bob Jackson, President of Murray State University, has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus of Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity and inducted into the Order of West Range, a lifetime achievement award and the highest honor bestowed upon alumni for service to society and accom…

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While some reach new heights, one Graves County High School graduate reached new depths after enlisting last year.

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Maryann Lehrmann prepares for her COVID-19 vaccine from Walgreens’ Nanette Harris Thursday at Mayfield Health and Rehabilitation. Long-term health care facility residents were receiving their initial round of vaccines this week, with Green Acres Healthcare getting vaccinations Monday and Mil…

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With 2020 in the rearview mirror, Mayfield’s mayor was able to highlight some of the good that came amid a difficult year ruled by COVID-19 and praised the city’s public safety leaders for their devotion to local communities throughout 2020.

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Fulton County Transit Interim Operations Manager/Human Resources/Safety Manager Paul Maxwell installs a new air purifier in the main office building at Fulton. The same air purifier was also installed in the Maintenance building, HR building, and at the FCTA office building in Mayfield. Fund…

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I begin this column on Monday morning, bright sunshine providing a gentle beginning to what may be one of the more stormy weeks in the history of American government.

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Remember the time you were expecting a piece of candy or a pickle to taste sweet, but it was bitter? It sent a shock to your taste buds. You quickly had to get something to drink in order to get the taste out.

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As the spring semester gets underway for Graves County Schools, administrators are continuing to monitor numbers for any areas impacted by COVID-19 restrictions or quarantines.

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Tonight (Sunday) marks the final showing of the Fairground Festival of Lights at the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds. The showing will run from 5:30-9 p.m., highlighting local business and organization lighted displays for the holidays. Monetary and food items are also being collected for…

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The new year has finally arrived and newly elected officials must now assume their roles on the Mayfield City Council and Graves County Schools Board of Education following their wins in November’s general election.

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When we convene the 2021 session on Tuesday, Jan. 5, it will mark the 20th annual session since Kentucky voters amended the state’s 1891 constitution in 2000. Because 2021 is an odd-numbered year, we will meet for only 30 legislative days and must adjourn by March 30. Without a doubt, the bu…

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Mayfield Independent, Graves County schools and Northside Baptist Christian School will start back Monday, but will do so in different capacities.

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Purchase Area Development District Long-Term Care Ombudsman Sarah Dodd (left) is shown with additional gifts for Fern Terrace residents in Mayfield and Murray. The Silver Bells program was awarded a $1,000 community grant from Walmart, which Dodd used for the extra purchases. Also shown is W…

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New Year’s resolutions. Those are three words that can cause anyone to cringe. Some may find them fun to ponder or discuss, while others don’t want to spend time putting out into the universe what he or she will — underscore — do in the next 365 days of the new year.

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Seven-year-old Roman Carr (left) wanted to give a second helping of food to those in need after he helped with the ASAP Thanksgiving dinner event. To grant his Christmas wish, Carr’s Steakhouse prepared free spaghetti dinners for those in need on Christmas Eve. Also pictured is restaurant ma…

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A joint project testing wastewater at Mayfield’s treatment facility could highlight future COVID-19 spikes in the community before symptoms can even develop in local residents.

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Though we are still very much within the Christmas season (should it really ever end?), the holiday itself has come and gone.

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Ellen Forester (driving) and Marilyn Miller get popcorn from Connor Adams, an employee of Princess Theaters on Friday. The theater was offering concession stand items and cars were lined up by the Mayfield Shopping Plaza to help support the local business.