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“You are Loved” is a social media campaign the Graves County Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention/Policy (ASAP) Youth Council created for Mental Health Awareness. By using social media, public school signage, and electronic billboards, the group aims to spread the message letting the commun…

Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 1 received a call just after 4:30 p.m.on January 19 from a juvenile who reported her mother had assaulted her at their residence in Graves County. While troopers were responding to the residence, they were advised the mother had left the residence in a red Ch…

On January 18 at approximately 11:30 p.m., the Graves County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a disturbance call on KY 408 West. Deputies were made aware an individual involved had an active warrant for his arrest.

On January 14 at 3:41 p.m., the Mayfield Police Department responded to the intersection of S. Ninth Street and Central Avenue for a collision involving two pickup trucks. Upon arrival, officers observed one of the drivers, Steven Ellegood, laying in the roadway near the vehicles. It appeare…

Mayfield native Chef Anthony Faustina and Darion Parrott drove a food truck from Michigan to provide free meals to those in need.

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Good360, the global leader in product philanthropy and purposeful giving, announced that Lowe’s Home Improvement has committed $2 million in appliances to support up to 2,000 families recovering from the series of deadly tornadoes that ripped through the south and the midwest on Dec. 10-11.

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The tornado that devastated Mayfield and other western Kentucky communities on the night of Dec. 10 was apparently the deadliest and most destructive twister to strike the region in 104 years.

Tornado survivors in Mayfield and Graves County are now required to fill out an order form to get supplies at the Point of Distribution Center at the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds. Organizers say the form aims to make the process more efficient and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Western Kentucky residents who applied for assistance with FEMA following the Dec. 10, 2021, severe storms and tornadoes and received a determination letter regarding their eligibility should read the letter carefully. It might not be the final answer.

Kentucky student-athletes who are involved in agriculture are invited to apply for one of six scholarships and recognition as a 2022 Kentucky Ag Athlete of the Year, a partnership of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

The fellow went to the dentist office to get his teeth cleaned. After the examination, the doctor told the patient that there were three basic rules to ensure strong and healthy teeth. He said, “First of all, one should brush and floss regularly. Second of all, one should eat good foods inst…

A few days ago, I received in the mail a fairly large envelope from an organization whose professed intent (at least on the envelope) was to encourage Catholic voters to register, and to gauge their opinions on certain issues. The sender of said package had the word “Catholic” in its title, …

In Matthew 21:25 Jesus identifies only two sources for which something may originate. This caused the chief priests and elders difficulty when it came to answering Jesus’ question. They finally decided it was best to tell Jesus they didn’t know the answer.

More than 500 students were recently named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2021 semester at West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC). The semester ended on December 10, 2021. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must be a full-time WKCTC student earning at least a 3.5 grade…

Nine of the 60 legislative days we have this session are now behind us, a fact that provides perspective on why the work we did to prepare for this session was so important. I am pleased to see House committees begin meeting regularly to vet legislation and send bills and resolutions to the …

Bruce and Valerie Nedrow, of Mayfield, were presented a $3000 check from Paint For A Cure, a nonprofit that lends support to those affected by ALS.

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A new effort to preserve historic Black churches in the United States has received a $20 million donation that will go to help congregations including one that was slammed during the tornado that killed more than 20 people in Mayfield last month.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District is conducting debris removal and cleanup operations in Mayfield and Graves County in response to severe weather and tornadoes which caused widespread devastation Dec. 10-11, 2021. USACE is working under the direction of the Federal Emergen…

Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana has began sales for the 2022 Girl Scout Cookie Season and adds a brand-new cookie. The public can support local Girl Scout entrepreneurs by purchasing nine delicious flavors of iconic cookies.

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Organizers of the Kentucky Bourbon Benefit auction presented a check to Gov. Andy Beshear for $3.4 million that was raised to help relief efforts from the tornados that ravaged Western Kentucky in December.

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Four Rivers Indivisible is a chapter of Indivisible, a nationwide movement of thousands of volunteer-led local groups that engage in progressive advocacy and electoral work. Each group develops its own structure, goals and ways of organizing.

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On Jan. 6, Kimberly Seavers posted a photo on Facebook of her husband, Micah Seavers, barefoot at the checkout counter in Tractor Supply.

Murray State University has announced its Dean’s List recipients for the Fall 2021 semester. The list recognizes the academic accomplishments of the University’s undergraduate students. Graves County recipients include:

In an effort to better serve the community in reassessing damaged property, Property Valuation Administrator Howel Carr is asking that any affected resident or business owner please contact the PVA office by calling 270-247-3301 and provide your name and the address of the property that has …

An excavator works to remove debris from the former Greer Neon building on Broadway.

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On Dec. 31, 2021 at approximately 11:20 a.m., the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Critical Incident Response Team was requested to investigate a trooper-involved shooting that occurred in Graves County.

A bedroom in The Lighthouse Women’s and Children’s shelter is filled with debris.

A favorite local food truck, Larry, Darrell and Darrell, has been serving the community hot meals in the parking lot of CVS across from City Hall.

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On Tuesday, Jan. 11 officers of the Mayfield Police Department responded to the 121 Bypass for a three-vehicle collision involving injury. An investigation showed all three vehicles were traveling northbound along the bypass. A 2012 Ford Mustang, operated by Elizabeth Jones struck the rear e…

A computer is removed from the ruins and rubble of Whitlock CPA.

The Jackson Purchase Historical Society (JPHS) will meet on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 10:30 a.m. at the Discovery Park of America, 830 Everett Blvd., Union City, Tennessee. The speaker will be Scott Williams, who will speak on “The Accidental Fame and Lack of Fortune of West Tennessee’s David Crockett.”

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Previously in the Mayfield Messenger on the weekend of Dec. 11-12, 2021 — The Good News Shoppe was featured as one of the communities ‘Tis the season to shop local’ picks, showcasing their wide array of religious gifts. Much like The Bloom Company, another feature that December weekend, The …

Bruce and Valerie Nedrow, of Mayfield, were presented a $3000 check from Paint For A Cure, a nonprofit that lends support to those affected by ALS.

Kentucky agricultural operations have been significantly impacted by recent tornadoes and severe storms that occurred in early December 2021. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has technical and financial assistance available to help farmers and livestock producers recover.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College recognized more than 1,000 candidates for graduation during walk-thru Fall 2021 Commencement ceremonies that aired on the college’s Facebook page and YouTube channels on Dec. 11, 2021.

Since adjourning the 2021 Regular Session, I have used this update to share how we were preparing for this session. Interim committees met and heard testimony, gathered information, and focused on how to use the knowledge and data gained to craft thoughtful, intentional policies to help addr…

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The Administrative Office of the Courts announced that some Graves County court operations have began, one month after the deadly tornado outbreak ripped through western Kentucky, destroying the Graves County Courthouse in Mayfield.

You may have heard about the little boy who went to the ballgame with his grandfather. Well, as luck would have it, the little boy somehow wondered off and couldn’t find his grandfather. The little boy got scared and asked a security guard if he would help him find his grandfather. The secur…

A crowd can exercise great control over people. Many celebrities, movie stars, athletes, etc., like their roles because of the masses of people that seem to hang on their every word. Many of these people can’t go anywhere or do anything without constantly being followed around by fans and me…

Having stared at the gift card for two weeks, it was decided that its time had come, and Cracker Barrell would provide our Sunday evening meal. So I called in our choices and later set off to pick up the to-go order.

The Mayfield Middle School Site Based Decision Making Council will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 19. The meeting will begin at 3:15 p.m. in the middle school conference room.

On Jan. 1, Mayfield Police Department officers responded to the area of S. Twelfth Street and West College to a report of someone cutting wire. Contact was made with Jason Kimbrough, , 42 of Sheffield, Alabama. Kimbrough was in possession of a truck load of copper wire that he had been cutti…

Troopers with Kentucky State Police, Post 1 are investigating a Sunday afternoon collision that sent a Graves County woman to an out of state hospital. On January 9 at approximately 1:20 p.m., Kentucky State Police, Post 1 received a call of a single vehicle collision in front of 1249 State …

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The Mayfield Community Foundation was created, prior to the disaster, to build a stronger community and enhance the quality of life for those in the area. Once the record breaking tornado hit Mayfield, the community foundation sprang into action, helping every citizen in need they possibly c…

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Artwork in many forms has been proven to not only be healing for the artist themselves, but for the person, or community in this case, receiving it.

The Mayfield Messenger and Grace Life Church headquarters buildings

Sledding in the snow

Graves County Courthouse and the Wall of Hope