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  Solar panels were installed at the entrance of Mike Miller Park in Draffenville last week as part of an educational and demonstration effort by Big Rivers Electric Corporation. The solar station is funded in part through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for Am…

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  The total solar eclipse is upon us and in the final days before our area is inundated with tourists hoping for clear skies and a front-row view, law enforcement and emergency responders are doing their best to make preparations for safety.

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 Officials representing the City of Benton, Benton Park Board, Marshall County, the Marshall County Disc Golf Club and Community Financial Services Bank (CFSB) gathered near the Joe Creason Community Building at the H.H. Lovett Park last week for the groundbreaking ceremony of a nine-hole di…

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  Justin Lamb (D), 30, of Benton, who is currently serving his first term as Benton City Councilman, last week announced his intent to run for Marshall County 1st District Commissioner in the 2018 general election. Incumbent Commissioner Bob Gold (D), who is currently serving his third term,…

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  Visitors from around the globe are planning a stay in Marshall County for the solar eclipse on Aug. 21 and with the event just under two weeks away, tourism officials say the county’s inventory of overnight accommodations is at 95 percent capacity.

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 Even though it’s an off year in Kentucky politics, there is no lack of interest in the Fancy Farm picnic, the annual St. Jerome Parish fundraiser. The same holds true with the Friday night events that will take place in Marshall County which precede the picnic. The current political climate…

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 A jury will convene in Marshall County Circuit Court on Dec. 4 to  determine if Bonita Walker was justified when she allegedly opened fire on several ATV and UTV riders who crossed onto her property in Fairdealing off Salem Chapel Road on Feb. 19.

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In a special-called Benton City Council meeting last Thursday, on the agenda was the selection of a new police chief to replace Tracy Watwood, who retired Monday.  Opposition from two council members instead resulted in the naming of an interim chief.

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  The Marshall County Board of Education last week decided to give Superintendent Trent Lovett the green light to convene the Planning Committee to determine whether or not the old South Marshall Middle School will be labeled as “surplus property.” This is the first step toward making a fina…

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  Benton City Hall’s exterior revitalization project was awarded to West Kentucky Specialties Co. of Hardin for  $76,318. Benton Mayor Rita Dotson said the council had budgeted for the project, the scope of which includes pressure-washing the entire exterior surface, repairing all holes and …

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  More than 500 people in the region including many in Marshall County, have completed human trafficking training as a result of  collaboration between Mercy Health and the Office of the Attorney General. Attorney General Andy Beshear, Attorney General’s Office Detective Rickey Lynn and Ally…

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  Vallery West, 46, appeared in Marshall Circuit Court last week for her final sentencing more than a year after being arrested and charged with the theft of funds from the Marshall County Rescue Squad.

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  Just over a year ago, Marshall County began to see an influx of liquor stores as licenses were issued following a vote in 2015 to end prohibition. Since then, other than a few new storefronts, not much appears to have changed on the surface in Marshall County.  Behind the scenes, however, …

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  Planning is progressing on Benton’s new library that will be located on West 12th Street.

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  The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife yesterday released the name of the man who drowned last Thursday on Kentucky Lake.

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  If chili dog, barbecue chicken or chicken caesar-themed pizzas or fish tacos sound good to you, you need to run (not walk)  to Big Guys Pizza Grill.