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A letter was recently sent by the executive director of the Friends of Land Between the Lakes regarding possible changes to the Homeplace 1850s working farm that is part of the recreational area.

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Health emergencies don’t pause for a pandemic or holiday celebrations. The Red Cross needs the help of blood donors across the country now to ensure patients continue to have access to lifesaving blood.

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With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in the county, Benton City Council once again met virtually via ZOOM last week for its monthly meeting.

Free cedar Christmas tree permits and information including maps and cutting guidelines will be available Nov. 27-Dec. 24 on the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area website, www.landbetweenthelakes.us/reservations. Permits can only be obtained online this year.

“Shop Local.” For many years, these two words have been thrown around to show a sense of support for local businesses. As we approach the end of 2020 with rising coronavirus cases and tough restrictions for businesses looming, the importance of those two words cannot be stressed enough.

CASA by the Lakes is currently hosting a CASA Christmas Cash Raffle. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20, and the winner will receive $500 cash. The drawing will take place on Nov. 30. Tickets can be purchased online at www.casabythelakes.org/casa-christmas-cash-raffle/ or in person from any…

PADUCAH — Being an educator was already a challenging career before COVID-19 was added to the mix. Recognizing pre-kindergarten through high school educators, administrators and staff members who have gone beyond their daily responsibilities is even more important as school employees continu…

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Kentucky is typically not the first state that comes to mind when discussing biodiversity in America, but one producer hopes to show that the state has more going for it than just squirrels and deer.

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A new face graced the Marshall County Board of Education meeting Thursday as Amy Waggoner was sworn in to fill the District 1 board seat, which was vacated by the resignation of Jeff Waters a month ago.

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Like much of what has already been done in 2020 in relation to the coronavirus, small businesses are trying to navigate yet another round of imposed requirements from state officials.

Parents and guardians looking to make their virtual-learning student more comfortable and productive can still pick up a desk from ‘Marshall County Desks’.

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As with other events in the area, the City of Benton’s 2020 Christmas parade will look much different than in years past. Because of the coronavirus the annual Dickens Christmas Festival has been canceled.

The Kentucky Lake Chamber of Commerce, with the help of West Kentucky Xerographics, recognizes women in the community who represent their business or organization well. So many leaders leaders have unique backgrounds and stories, and the chamber would like to share those stories.

Curbside drop-off sites have now opened for Operation Shoebox and will remain open through Nov. 23. For over twenty years, shoeboxes have been collected to give to children in need.

Learn a new hobby and preserve old time handwork skills with the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm Old Time Skills Workshops. Workshops are taught by Homeplace interpreters, traditional artisans who tell the stories of life on an 1850 family farm.

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A Kentucky woman born in Appalachia and reared in Paducah has written a book of linked short stories set in the land between the rivers.

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During a Nov. 10 public hearing, the Marshall County Fiscal Court heard a petition over the potential closure of the dead end portion of Walton Lane.

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Marshall County school students started the first day of a two-week virtual learning run Monday after administrators made the call last week due to increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases and quarantines.

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For nearly five months, drivers have had to deal with a 14-mile work zone along Interstate 24 in parts of Lyon, Caldwell and Trigg counties. Both directions of traffic are limited to one lane, as crews work to pave the eastbound lanes.

The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is now accepting applications for the class of 2021. The program, a tuition-free three-week immersive arts education experience, opens doors to a variety of scholarship opportunities and will be celebrating its thirty-fourth year next summer.

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On Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, veterans living in western Kentucky can receive a free last will and testament prepared by one of a number of local attorneys who have pledged to donate their time and experience to serve those who have served our country.

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Kentucky’s First Congressional District will receive more than $3.4 million for water system improvements, which included the North Marshall Water District.

At the 2020 Kentucky Recreation and Parks Society Conference and Trade Show on Wednesday, CFSB and Mike Miller Park were presented a Special Citation plaque at the James E. Bruce Convention Center.

As high school seniors and their parents begin the college financial aid process, they may find themselves faced with unfamiliar terms. This short glossary from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) may help.

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The Marshall County Parks Department has announced the 2020 Christmas in the Park Light Show will be held Nov. 27 through Dec. 30 again at Mike Miller Park in Draffenville. The exceptions to its schedule will be Christmas Eve and Christmas Day when the park will be closed.

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I am certain that I am not the only one grateful to have the election almost entirely behind us and that Kentucky’s next regular election will take place in 2022 – that means two more years before we have to see another television commercial, hear another radio ad, or receive another mail piece.

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According to the Marshall County School District website’s COVID-19 spreadsheet, as of Monday, 91 students who have not tested positive but are currently under quarantine due to exposure.

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On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour — the point in time that essentially ended “the war to end all wars” — Marshall County will take time to honor U.S. military veterans for their service to the nation.

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The 2020 General Election had more than 17,000 registered voters in Marshall County cast votes either by mail-in ballot, in-person early voting or in-person voting Tuesday. Approximately 9,000 of those ballots were received by in-person early voting. The following results are unofficial. Mai…

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GRAND RIVERS — Charles Watkins, the chief of the Grand Lakes Volunteer Fire Department in Grand Rivers, was named Kentucky Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year last week by the Kentucky Association of Fire Chiefs.

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Marshall County is now one of several counties that are considered a “red zone” due to having 25 average daily cases per 100,000 people. Nearby red zone counties include Calloway, McCracken, Graves and Lyon.

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Following a special called meeting on Thursday, Oct. 29, the City of Benton will begin enforcing nuisances to the exterior property areas and structures of buildings, residential and commercial, in the city.

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With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in the county, Benton City Council once again met virtually via ZOOM last week for its monthly meeting.

Free cedar Christmas tree permits and information including maps and cutting guidelines will be available Nov. 27-Dec. 24 on the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area website, www.landbetweenthelakes.us/reservations. Permits can only be obtained online this year.

“Shop Local.” For many years, these two words have been thrown around to show a sense of support for local businesses. As we approach the end of 2020 with rising coronavirus cases and tough restrictions for businesses looming, the importance of those two words cannot be stressed enough.