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Retired Courier Journal reporter pens 200th Hickman County Anniversary Proclamation
L to R: Sherry Allison, Howard Dillard and County Judge Kenny Wilson
Retired Courier Journal reporter pens 200th Hickman County Anniversary Proclamation

Former Courier Journal reporter, Ira Simmons, penned the proclamation commemorating the 200th anniversary of the first county of the Kentucky Jackson Purchase.

The proclamation reprinted in the story was read by Clinton City Councilman Howard Dillard and signed by Hickman County Judge Kenny Wilson and Anniversary Chair Sherry Allison.

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Run still on but Covid cancels this Saturday Pediatric Day at Discovery Park
A youth free day is cancelled for this Saturday.
Run still on but Covid cancels this Saturday Pediatric Day at Discovery Park

Due to the rising COVID-19 numbers in our region, and considering that a majority of our sponsors and vendors work in healthcare or emergency management, our partners have made the difficult decision to postpone Saturday September 18th Pediatric Day 2021 until Nov. 13.

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Paducah Public Schools to continue universal masking

Statement from Dr. Donald Shively, Superintendent, Paducah Public Schools:

"Paducah Public Schools began the year with Level 3 COVID-19 mitigation strategies due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and American Academy of Pediatrics continue to recommend masking for all students. Therefore, the Level 3 mitigation strategies will remain in place.

All students (ages preschool through grade 12), staff and visitors are required to wear a mask or face coverings that cover their nose and mouth at school, on the bus, and on district property when indoors.

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Mask Mandate Sparks Anger in Hickman County
Everyone in this building will mask up or go home according to state mandate.
Mask Mandate Sparks Anger in Hickman County

Hickman County Schools, a system that prided itself on community support and educational pride has run into the 21st century world of division along ideological lines. A special meeting of the School Board brought out a gym full of angry anti masking parents, teachers and community members.

And it wasn't pretty.

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Ten Years of Census Data Show Changes in the Purchase
Ten Years of Census Data Show Changes in the Purchase

Changes are in store for the Purchase because census data show gains and losses in unexpected areas. We break down the gains and losses in towns and counties of the most western Kentucky counties.

We break down the numbers in text, charts and zip code map.

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That Was the Year That Was - So Far
That Was the Year That Was - So Far

...there was one TV show that would pick me up once a week, make me laugh, cry, wonder what it all meant. This window into my new world was simply called "That Was the Week Was.' News events, art, songs, drama were presented and expressed in bundles of humor and satire.

Now, in this year of 2021, I sit here trying to just exist in a new world that seems to be changing every 10 seconds. The old me has become the new me. I read more. I think more. I do art. I build models. I collect stamps.

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Early history of Hickman County
Historical Society Chair Tom Bugg reads the early history of Hickman County at opening event of 200th anniversary
Early history of Hickman County

...Andrew Jackson and Isaac Shelby set this story in motion when they negotiated The Chickasaw Treaty of 1818. This treaty transferred a vast amount of Chickasaw Land in west Kentucky and west Tennessee to the US Government...

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Kentucky Positivity Rate drops below 11%
Kentucky Positivity Rate drops below 11%

Kentucky's positivity rate dropped below 11% in a report published September 24, 2021. Several Purchase counties have climbed out of high rate of spread to moderate - a good sign of possible easing.

Close to 8500 Kentuckians have died from the virus.

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