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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Left: In April, Graves County Health Department Director Noel Coplen said Mayfield Health and Rehab Center confirmed two of their staff had tested positive for COVID-19 and have since not been working. No residents were confirmed at that time. Below: The funeral of former Graves County Schoo…

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Debris from a destroyed chicken barn along Ky. 129 hung in the trees and almost appears to be suspended in midair following a January wind storm.

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Many businesses were adversely affected by the pandemic and subsequent government restrictions that followed to halt its spread.

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The funeral of former Graves County School Board member, Kevin Curtsinger, 57, of Wingo.

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November voting at Sedalia Elementary School.

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Mayfield High School loses to Murray.

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Sgt. First Class Phillip Wilson embraces his three boys, Randal, Hunter and Phillip, in front of the rest of the student body in Wingo Elementary’s gym in February. His wife, Mary Anne (background) had been plotting the veteran’s surprise return home for two weeks. ,

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Emergency personnel gathered to assess the response to a person trapped in a grain bin in March on Ky. 1710 east of Mayfield. According to Graves County Sheriff Jon Hayden, responders received a 911 call at 11:13 a.m. of the man trapped in a 80,000-bushel capacity bin. A rescue effort was un…

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Above: Protesters gathered on Broadway in Mayfield in June to protest George Floyd’s death and support BLM. Right: November voting at Sedalia Elementary School.

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The Fancy Farm still managed to sell pork during St. Jerome’s picnic in the midsts of tight government restrictions over the pandemic.

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A COVID-19 testing site was set up at Graves County High School. See A3 for additional photos from 2020.

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This year was filled with trials and tribulations for Mayfield and Graves County. While the biggest offender was certainly COVID-19, 2020 also saw several other news items.

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FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Finance and Administration Cabinet have launched an initiative to replace thousands of roadway lighting fixtures across the state with energy saving LED lights. The upgrades will reduce energy consumption of roadway lighting systems by …

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A 12-year-old female crashed a car through a wall at Mayfield Manor Apartments on North Fifth Street on Monday, the Graves County Sheriff’s Office reported.

PADUCAH — This holiday, the American Red Cross is encouraging everyday heroes to ring in the New Year with a lifesaving blood donation. Residents can help share the warmth with patients by rolling up a sleeve at the Paducah Holiday Heroes blood drive Dec. 31 to Jan. 3 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at …

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Hickory-Kentucky State Police, Post 1 is experiencing major issues regarding calls coming into the dispatch center. Area 911 dispatch centers in the Post 1 district and some in the Post 2 district are reporting outages. Post 1 dispatch is receiving 911 emergency calls from Verizon carriers a…