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Martha Thomas is hoping the tempting taste of spicy - and not-so-spicy chili - will trump any lingering warm temperatures in late September for the annual Mayfield-Graves County Animal Shelter's annual chili cook-off and benefit auction fundraiser.

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MURRAY -- The third annual Sid Easley Lecture will be held in the large ballroom in the Curris Center at Murray State University on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. The Sid Easley Lecture is sponsored by the history department at MSU.

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FRANKFORT -- Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has proclaimed the week of Sept. 15-21 as Farm Safety and Health Week in Kentucky to encourage farmers and farm workers to put safety first at all times.

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MURRAY -- "This is our ninth annual Construction Career Day event, with about 900 students coming here today," said Chris Nelson. The executive director of the Associated General Contractors of Western Kentucky spoke Wednesday, Sept. 11, from the floor of the Murray State University Expo Cen…

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Not even brain surgery could keep Kent Wilson from planning western Kentucky's first walk to raise awareness and funds for research to combat chiari malformation.

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An Illinois man had to be tasered by Graves County Sheriff's deputies after resisting arrest on various charges.

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PADUCAH -- The United States Census process takes place every 10 years and the next one will be in 2020. The census is the largest peacetime government operation. In 2010, over 1 million census workers counted over 310 million people and 120 million households.

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Announcements A Graves County grand jury indicted three people charged in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting Friday and added additional charges for two of them.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) You feel empowered, but you'll need to maintain that attitude if you are to clear away some of the obstacles a professional or community involvement might draw. Tension disappears, as do some of the hassles. Tonight: Relax, then decide. This Week: You seem to be abl…

Farmington Elementary School this year welcomes new employees, from left, preschool instructional assistant Lisa Heathcott, special education teacher Lacy Elliott, first grade teacher Mercedes Nisbet, and fifth grade writing teacher Lindsay Weaks.

FRANKFORT -- The father of Kentucky's secretary of state was convicted Thursday of orchestrating a scheme to funnel illegal contributions to his daughter's failed 2014 U.S. Senate campaign against Republican Mitch McConnell.

DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you give some additional information about H. pylori infection? I was diagnosed with it recently, via biopsies taken during an endoscopic procedure. I was given instructions on antibiotics to be taken, which I followed through on.

PADUCAH -- An investigation by the McCracken County Sheriff's Office and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms led to the arrest of a Mayfield man Wednesday on firearm possession and transaction charges.

WASHINGTON -- New calculations suggest the universe could be a couple billion years younger than scientists now estimate, and even younger than suggested by two other calculations published this year that trimmed hundreds of millions of years from the age of the cosmos.

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Helping locals with homemade, hand-crafted seasonal decorations, Relay For Life of Mayfield and Graves County is also giving the opportunity to help fight cancer.

METROPOLIS, Ill. -- According to information released from Massac County Sheriff Chad Kaylor, a search warrant was executed the evening of Sept. 9 in the 2900 block of North Avenue. The search warrant was obtained following an investigation dating back to early 2019.

TIJUANA, Mexico -- A new level of despair spread among tens of thousands of migrants waiting on the Mexican border to seek refuge in the U.S. as the Trump administration began enforcing radical new restrictions Thursday on who qualifies for asylum.

"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." -- Mae West

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) You might be feeling as if you need a change of pace. Give yourself permission to do just that. You have a strong sense of how to deal with a child, a co-worker or possibly a pet. You feel more secure even if you are not expressing your thoughts. Tonight: Play it cool.

Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Jackson of Mayfield will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on September 13, 2019. Mr. Jackson and the former Cindy Pritchard were married on September 13, 1969 at the residence of Bill and Gerry Pritchard of Wingo with Harvey Lynn Elder officiating. Attendants were…

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Like many churches, Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church celebrates an annual homecoming with special music, a guest preacher and a potluck meal. But a keen eye by a church member made this year's homecoming a tad more special.

The topic I would like to address with this column, and at least one more, is not the most comfortable of subjects, but for that reason alone, is necessary to bring up and shed light upon.

Dear Heloise: My husband and I are traveling to France this year, but we've never been to Europe before. We'd like to do a little research before we get there, and we'd like to know who to turn to if we encounter a serious problem. Any hints for us? -- Raymond and Kelly N., Inglewood, Calif.

I write these words on September 11, 2019. My Facebook news feed is filled with posts about 9/11. Most of the posts say something like "Don't Forget," "Remember 9/11," "Never Forgotten," or "Always in Our Hearts."

Graves County Emergency Management Director Tracy Warner has set Thursday, Sept. 19, as the date for a National Weather Service Skywarn weather spotter training.

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am in my mid-50s and in good health (I don't take any medications). I rarely get sick with colds or flu. I have been vaccinated with all the common vaccinations for our childhood. With all the immigrants coming into our country, I am wondering if any have been given childho…

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats are moving on two fronts to block President Donald Trump from using special emergency powers to transfer money from military base construction projects like new schools to pay for new fences along the U.S.-Mexico border.

FRANKFORT -- Public education grabbed the spotlight in Kentucky's race for governor on Monday as Democratic nominee Andy Beshear and Republican incumbent Matt Bevin exchanged caustic words over whether the state's schools are adequately funded.

The City of Mayfield's Public Works Department has scheduled its next limb pick-up from Sept. 30-Oct. 3 for residents south of Broadway and Oct. 7-10 for residents north of Broadway.

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Remembering 9/11 took on both physical and emotional roles for members of Mayfield Fire Department at a special event that symbolized the sacrificial effort of New York firefighters that tragic day 18 years ago.

FRANKFORT -- A federal appeals court on Monday vacated what it called a "well-below-guidelines" prison sentence for the man who tackled U.S. Sen. Rand Paul outside his Kentucky home, ordering a resentencing for the attack that broke the lawmaker's ribs.

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly forced out John Bolton, his hawkish national security adviser with whom he had strong disagreements on Iran, Afghanistan and a cascade of other global challenges.

Dear Heloise: My "from scratch" yellow cake tends to be on the dry side. What can I do so it's more moist? I try not to overbeat or overbake. -- L.R., Harrisonburg, Va.

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Businesses may offer alcohol as the result of an 8-1 Mayfield City Council vote Monday that also opens the way for bars.

"Cholesterol" is probably one of the most common words you hear when it comes to heart disease, what and what not to eat, and general health and well-being. And while the more one hears about something, the easier it can be to become desensitized to it, it's important to stay aware of the cr…

PADUCAH -- The Mayfield High School marching band placed second in its class at the Mustang Music in Motion band contest, held Saturday at McCracken County High School. The contest was not sanctioned by the Kentucky Music Educators Association.