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"We should not have to beg for services for our people"

(Hickman) County to send formal protest to Dr. Stack's office (State Department of Health) in regard to Purchase District Health Department not providing services for citizens here..

The nurse and clerk were hired under contract instead of being hired directly under the Purchase District Health Department. "In other words, they were hired by contract where they would not be put in the state retirement system," he said.

He said both of them recently made a request to the director of the Purchase District Health Department to be put under the state's retirement plan. "We were assured at the local health board meeting, and I was assured at the district meeting, that these ladies would not be asked to take a pay cut."

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Hudson's Globes and Maps to be at DPA
Hudson's Globes and Maps to be at DPA

Discovery Park of America released details today about the upcoming temporary exhibit premiering at the museum and heritage park that will shine a spotlight on one of the most unique collections of globes and maps in the world. "The Fascinating World of Murray Hudson's Globes and Maps" will be on display in the museum's ATA Traveling Exhibit Hall Dec. 2, 2021-March 1, 2022.

Editor's note - Go. Go. Go to see this exhibit.

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Mississippi River Profile
Mississippi River Profile

The Mississippi River is one of the world's major river systems in size, habitat diversity and biological productivity. It is also one of the world's most important commercial waterways and one of North America's great migration routes for both birds and fishes.

Barges and their tows move approximately 175 million tons of freight each year on the upper Mississippi through a system of 29 locks and dams.

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New River Port at Cairo IL will be a Game Changer for River Trade
New River Port at Cairo IL will be a Game Changer for River Trade

The state of Illinois made a commitment of four million dollars to the Alexander--Cairo Port Project on June 2, 2021.

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Cairo Port will be one of emerging maritime national security concerns

The just announced and planned river port on the Mississippi River at Cairo, Illinois will be completed in 2023. At that time the port will become a new central axis in American inland shipping security framework...

Port security has emerged as a significant part of the US Government debate on U.S. homeland security. The primary issues for Congress and states are (1) how to fund and structure needed local port development (2) designing new commitments to maintaining safe and secure maritime shipping from and into American ports.

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 October 1 - Kentucky Positivity Rate drops below 10%
October 1 - Kentucky Positivity Rate drops below 10%

Kentucky's positivity rate dropped below 10% in a report published October1, 2021. Several Purchase counties have climbed out of high rate of spread to moderate - a good sign of possible easing.

8800 Kentuckians have died from the virus.

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Retired Courier Journal reporter pens 200th Hickman County Anniversary Proclamation
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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Early history of Hickman County
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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Homegrown Heroes Remembered During 200th Celebration
Homegrown Heroes Remembered During 200th Celebration

Our country has been protected and served by many men and women throughout its history. As we have recently remembered 9/11and as we approach our county's bicentennial celebration this fall, the Hickman County Historical & Genealogical Society remembers homegrown heroes...

During the era of the Korean crisis, William Batts stood guard over a nuclear cannon...

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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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Covid Cases as of September 13, 2021
Covid Cases as of September 13, 2021

All but one Kentucky county in red zone as of September 13, 2021. Over 8000 deaths associated with virus.

Positivity rate 13.70%

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Run still on but Covid cancels this Saturday Pediatric Day at Discovery Park
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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Freedom without responsibility is selfishness
Freedom without responsibility is selfishness

To the Editor:

I am a wife who, more times than I would like to count, has sat with her husband as a tube down his throat breathed for him. I have listened to the whoosh whoosh of oxygen being pushed into his lungs as he slept in a medically induced coma...

The bleating of the "freedom" lovers is drowning all else out...Freedom without responsibility is selfishness.

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Covid surging back in Kentucky: as of 9/2/21
Covid surging back in Kentucky: as of 9/2/21

Carlisle and Trigg get out of red. Hickman gets in deeper. Eastern Kentucky suffering far more cases.

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The Fate of Our Empire?
The Fate of Our Empire?

...The very achievements of Roman civilization hastened conditions for its collapse. The interconnectedness that the Roman empire achieved created ideal conditions for the pandemics that would overwhelm it...

...It is the impact of the virus on our belief systems that are the most intriguing.

Just as climate change and pandemics undermined a ruling Roman worldview, COVID has shaken the modern faith that we can reshape our natural world as we please...

Editor's Note: Why I love historians. Our story doesn't repeat but it may have more verses and a chorus.

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Political Speaking 2021 - what does a half empty pavilion predict?
Political Speaking 2021 - what does a half empty pavilion predict?

With Fancy Farm's St. Jerome's Picnic over for 2021, the organizers of The Political Speaking (TPS from now on) are probably just glad it's over. Until next year. The complete abandonment by state Democratic elected officials and poohbahs cut the crowd down by more than half.

Is it time to change?

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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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The Current State of the Commonwealth: a reflection on Cameron vs Beshear
The Current State of the Commonwealth: a reflection on Cameron vs Beshear
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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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Laura's Dream: big enough for a county to share
Laura's Dream: big enough for a county to share

Sometimes a dream is so big it pulls a whole county into it. Such was the dream Hickman County librarian Laura Poole envisioned for a children's museum in Paducah. Funding wasn't forthcoming so that the Paducah dream was shelved.

When Laura began working at the Hickman County Library in 2013, she again started thinking about the children's museum. This one would be part of the library she managed and open without charge. As the idea spread, help and helpers started coming.

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Mask Mandate Sparks Anger in Hickman County
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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PPS to follow Governor's Executive Order
PPS to follow Governor's Executive Order

Paducah Public Schools will begin the school year with a Level 3 COVID-19 mitigation strategy due to a surge of COVID cases due to the Delta variant. The Level 3 strategy follows Governor Beshear's Executive Order on August 10 requiring that all Kentucky public school students, staff, and visitors wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.

The first day of school for students is Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

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Speakers confirmed for Picnic
Speakers confirmed for Picnic

A list of confirmed Political Speakers follows:

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McConnell and Paul skipping Fancy Farm Picnic
McConnell and Paul skipping Fancy Farm Picnic

Kentucky's two US senators are skipping the 2021 Fancy Farm Picnic citing duties in Washington.

With Graves County in the red zone for Covid infections and 2021 not an election year, there will be empty chairs on the speakers' platform.

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Paducah Public Schools - back to classroom
Paducah Public Schools - back to classroom

Schools across America and the world are struggling to provide in person learning in the face of the Delta variant of the coronavirus. Children under 12 are not cleared to take the vaccine and resistance remains high in Kentucky.

Paducah Public Schools just published its plan to adjust to local, state, and national COVID rates throughout the 2021-22 school year. To see the plan to reopen, follow the jump.

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