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Local candidate forum previews election


The Clemens Fine Art Center of West Kentucky Community & Technical College was the site for a local Candidate Forum Thursday night, focusing on races in the Jackson Purchase, especially the contest between Jeff Hines and Bob Leeper for County Judge-Executive. The theater was about half-full for the event, sponsored by the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce, and began with brief comments from candidates for County PVA, County Clerk, City Commission and County Commission. Issues that were brought forth and addressed by the candidates, included: local sales option tax, Paducah Power System rates, generating tax revenue, industry and the Animal Shelter. (Stock Photos; Updated: 10:29 am, Friday)

KY Heritage Council to revitalize Paducah

The more people you have, the more you draw people to your area. That's the point behind a series of meetings this week hosted by the Kentucky Heritage Council in Paducah. The goal is to market downtown as a viable living and business friendly community. Melinda Windchester, Paducah's Downtown Development Specialist, said since May 4, buildings that were for sale are now in the hands of buyers and have closed or are under contract. Also, they have had nine additional businesses move in to downtown. They are either leasing their spaces or they were businesses that decided to stay downtown and relocated. Windchester said major incentives are the tax credits and grants the city and state offer that you might not know about. She said money was just approved for facade improvements and asbestos removal at the Columbia Theater. (Updated: 10:25 am, Friday)

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Calloway teacher finalist for KY award

The Kentucky 2015 Teacher of the Year statewide finalists includes Scott Pile of Calloway County Middle School. Pile has spent his twelve-year career teaching science in Calloway County. He is the academic team coach, and faculty sponsor for Lakers for Christ. Pile received his bachelor's and master's degrees at Murray State University. He joined 21 other teachers from Kentucky who were presented Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards. Ashland has given the awards annually since 1988. Recipients receive cash awards and certificates. (Updated: 10:16 am, Friday)

Alexander honored by Governor

Kentuckians who have made significant contributions to the arts were honored for their creative achievements and lifelong commitment to the arts as recipients of the 2014 Governor’s Awards. Constance Alexander received the media award. Alexander is an award-winning writer and instructor in Murray State University’s department of English and philosophy. Alexander is a poet, playwright, fiction writer, newspaper columnist and independent producer with extensive publication, production and broadcasting credits. A community leader and civic journalist, her writings have been published nationwide. (Updated: 10:14 am, Friday)

Warrant issued for bank robbery suspect

The Cadiz Police Department has issued a warrant in connection to a bank robbery Thursday. Police said they are searching for 19-year-old Donald Cardale Bacon II of Cadiz, and they have charged him with Robbery - Second Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence in connection with Thursday's robbery at Heritage Bank in Cadiz. Police said Bacon came into the bank just after noon dressed in a light blue hooded sweatshirt, which was turned around with the hood over his face with eye holes cut out of the hood. Bacon demanded money from the teller. Police said no one saw Bacon brandish a weapon, and no one was injured. Bacon then fled the scene on foot to a wooded area near the bank.  Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Cadiz Police Department at (270) 522-8888. (Updated: 10:12 am, Friday)

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