100 years ago
Jan. 16, 1921
Herman King falls in vat of boiling dye — King, it is said, was working around the woolen mill when a piece of timber fell, striking him in the stomach and knocking him into the vat of scalding dye. He was unable to extricate himself, and workmen nearby, attracted by his screams pulled him from the vat.
Dr. Fuller, the attending physician reported that he will recover.
50 Years ago
Jan. 14, 1971
Don Dowdy becoming quite proficient in taxidermy — The art of taxidermy, whether it be a hobby or a profession, requires extreme talent, patience, perfection, and time.
Donald Dowdy, 24, a resident of 824 South Seventh Street and a Mayfield fireman, has created quite a reputation in the line of work in the Mayfield area.
He began working with taxidermy approximately three years ago, and has recently been licensed by the State Fish and Wildlife Association.
Don related an interesting, but not so humorous incident that happened to him once. He was working on a skunk and was trying to skin it. He had almost finished when the inevitable happened. Wonder how his wife, Renee, and their neighbors took to that?
25 Years ago
Jan. 16, 1996
Warning, support following church vandalism — The Graves County Sheriff’s Office is advising churches to secure their buildings and vehicles. The advisory comes in the wake of three recent cases of vandalism at separate churches in southwestern Graves County.
The churches vandalized include Wingo Baptist Church, the Pentecostal Church in Pryorsburg, and the Shady Grove Presbyterian Church.
No arrests have been made.
10 Years ago
Jan. 14, 2011
Graves school officials dealing with shooting threat — Graves County Superintendent Pete Galloway issued a statement assuring parents and students all measures had been taken to ensure the safety of every student and faculty member, as parents arrived to pick up their child from the high school after a rash of text messages spread like wildfire of another possible threat at the high school.
The text stated that since the previous bomb threat, (Wednesday), there would be a shooting during the pep rally.
5 Years ago
Jan. 12, 2016
Winning lottery ticket sold in Mayfield — Although no one claimed the giant Powerball jackpot in Saturday’s drawing, Kentucky Lottery officials said four winning tickets worth $50,000 each were sold in the state — including one in Mayfield.
The local winning ticket was sold at Minit Mart on Ky. 121.
According to two anonymous sources, the winning ticket was bought by a group of employees at Jackson Purchase Medical Center.
1 Year ago
Jan. 17, 2020
EF-1 twister confirmed in South Graves — The National Weather Service in Paducah determined an EF-1 tornado did touch down southeast of Wingo and traveled two miles during a severe windstorm Saturday morning.
NWS reported farm, outbuilding and tree damage as well as a chicken farm that had barns destroyed. Roofing was also removed from a tobacco barn at Clark Tobacco Barns on Stubblefield Road.
“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.