75 Years Ago

Jan. 6, 1945

Only five people attend Block plan meet Friday night: … Last night at a meeting to organize the Block Plan in Mayfield to further the war effort here. Only five people were present.

Today and every day the front of every newspaper is dark and gloomy with casualty lists. Today's Messenger has two stories, one Mayfield boy missing in action - one Mayfieldian killed in action.

Last night there were five people present at a meeting to plan further help on the home front. At the top of the front page of today's Messenger is … Last night there were five people present at a meeting to organize the whole city into the block plan to…

50 Years Ago

Jan. 6, 1970

Meningitis Report Causes Local Concern: A report of two cases of spinal meningitis have caused, what is termed undo alarm to many persons in Mayfield.

A young boy and girl, students are reported to contacted the inflammation of the spinal cord (meningitis) and one is in a local hospital, while the other case is in a Paducah hospital.

… Dr. Robert Orr, chairman of the Mayfield-Graves County Health Department said this morning that "one or two cases of the meningitis does not constitute an epidemic".

(Editor's Note: Both students passed away from meningitis within four days of this announcement)

25 Years Ago

Jan. 6 1995

CBS from New York is checking on us: Mayfield may well have slipped into the national scene by virtue of the icy weather this morning.

A reporter for CBS News in New York called the Mayfield Police Department to check on road conditions. "She asked what the roads were like down here, and I told her we had pavement on 'em, just like everywhere else," said Cpl. Barry Rice with a smile.

10 Years Ago

Jan. 12, 2010

Fiscal Court approves severing Health Depts.: The final necessary steps were taken for the Graves County Health Department to become an independently operating health services entity during the Graves County Fiscal Court meeting held Monday evening.

… The resolution received a motion for the Graves County Health Department to separate from the Purchase District Health Department, was signed and received unanimous approval from the Graves County Judge Executive Tony Smith and the County Commissioners.

5 Years Ago

Jan. 12, 2015

Graves library makes temporary move to Paris Rd. shopping center: The Graves County Public Library will soon have a new, but temporary home as it plans a major renovation of its North 17th street building.

Library Director Deana Gschwind told the Messenger the library will close Jan. 19th to move to the old Goody's building at the Paris Road shopping center.

1 Year Ago

Jan. 6, 2019

Doctor writes memoir of childhood in Fancy Farm: At 85 years old and recovering from heart surgery, Dr. Hilary Hunt decided to put his recuperation time to good use.

After years of neighbors hearing his tales and asking him to write a book, Hunt penned "Growing Up In Fancy Farm, Kentucky" over the course of about three weeks.

(Editor's Note: Dr. Hunts book Growing Up in Fancy Farm, Kentucky and his other books along with several other local authors are available at the Good News Shoppe.)

"You Read It Here First" was compiled by Mayfield Messenger circulation manager Mike Clark. All these stories can be found on microfilm in the genealogy room at the Graves County Public Library.