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Library to Host Real Estate Lunch & Learn Session at Benton

The Marshall County Public Library will be hosting a Lunch & Learn session on the topic of Real Estate on Wednesday, June 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at their Benton branch. The session will include a panel of experts consisting of lending agents, lawyers, and real estates agents who will discuss how to go about buying or selling a home.
“The process of buying or selling a home can be confusing and daunting,” says Ginger Henson, Adult Services Librarian for the Marshall County Public Library. “This session will allow attendees a chance to get their questions answered in a relaxed, informative manner that will hopefully relieve some of that stress.”
The Real Estate session is part of the library’s ongoing Lunch & Learn program. The programs are arranged so that busy, working adults may come and go as their schedule allows. A free lunch is provided. For more information about the library’s Lunch & Learn programs, please contact your local branch of the Marshall County Public Library, visit them online at, or check out their Facebook page.

Stiffer home inspections coming soon

(Filed June 4, 2014)

A more expansive home inspection will soon become a reality for Marshall County home owners. New Kentucky law requires more extensive inspections for remodeling older homes and new home construction. Marshall County Fiscal Court has been given little options for implementation of the new inspection requirements that will hold home owners and contractors to newer stiffer construction standards. Click here for more.

Airgas to build new Air Separation Unit (ASU) in Calvert City

RADNOR, PA – May 15, 2014 – Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), one of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, today announced that it has signed a long-term agreement to build an air separation unit (ASU) to supply tonnage oxygen and nitrogen via pipeline to Westlake Vinyls, Inc., a Westlake company, at its expanded Calvert City, KY manufacturing complex. Airgas’ new large-scale ASU is expected to be on-stream in the spring of 2016 and will also produce liquid oxygen, nitrogen, and argon to support expected growth in the region’s merchant bulk gas market.

“We’re very excited about our new relationship with Westlake and look forward to serving their atmospheric gas needs in Calvert City with our new state-of-the-art production facility,” said Airgas President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael L. Molinini. Click here for more information.



According to George Milam the $250,000 grant check from the state of Kentucky will go a long way toward completing the children’s art center in Marshall County. The presentation of the check was made Friday night, April 25 at the Marshall Arts Commission’s Race to the Finish event at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park Convention Center Friday night. In the photo above, from left to right are Carol Ann Rudolph, Martha Lewis, Patty Coakley, Senator Bob Leeper, Rep. Will Coursey, Linda McKinney, Event Coordinator Ann Riley, President Valera Brooks, Nancy Forsythe, George Milam, Midge Milam, Jody Rose, Vicki Wynn, Patty Sanders. All of theindividuals in the photo other than Rep. Coursey and Se. Leeper are members of the Marshall County Arts Commission Board of Directors.

country chevrolet

Country Chevrolet in Benton celebrated its 20th year in business with an open house on Friday, April 25. The firm donated 13 batting tees and three sets of youth catching gear and $500 to Marshall County Baseball/Softball Association. In the photo above, left to right, are Mike Reid, Ryan Reid, Misty Grebner; who are with Country Chevrolet; Bethany Cooper, Jeremy Rose and Zack Smith who are with MCBSA. Mrs. Grebner also serves as secretary/treasurer of MCBSA.


big singing

131st Big Singing set for May 25

The 131st Big Singing will take place in the Old Benton, KY courthouse in the upstairs Fiscal Courtroom on Sunday, May 25th. 


The morning session will begin at 10:00. A free lunch will be provided at the Woodman of the World building across the street. The afternoon session will go from 1:15 to around 3:30 p.m. The National Music Council designated Benton’s Big Singing as the oldest indigenous musical tradition in the nation. Click here for more information.



childrens art center

The Calvert City Lions Club President Jon King presents a donation to George Milam, MCAC representative, for Marshall County Children’s Art Center. The Center’s construction is partially funded by a community development building grant overseen by Marshall County Arts Commission. Local donations are being used to complete the facility. Stage, areas for art galleries, and classroom space will be used to provide experiences in music, drama, dance, and visual arts for children in Marshall County, and is the only “stand-alone” children’s art center in the state of Kentucky. For further information visit


rheinRhein named as new county agent

(Filed April 18, 2014) Benton- Nikki Rhein has been named the new Marshall County Extension Agent and she was introduced at the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting last Wednesday morning in Draffenville at Majestic Steakhouse by Lena Mallory Marshall County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development. Click here to read more.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

bunnyApril 12 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Draffenville. Special items for the children and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Children will also be able to sit and listen to children’s stories read by staff from the Marshall County Library. Click here for more information and the chance to win a plush bunny at 12 locations.

Easter Events Planned At Kentucky State Parks

Kentucky State Parks will be serving their annual Easter buffets April 20, and several parks are planning other special events.

The menu includes beef carved on the line, baked country ham, golden fried catfish and hushpuppies. The meal will also include fresh fruit, a cheese bar, garden vegetables, salad and desserts.

Several parks are planning egg hunts and other activities for guests. For more information, or to make lodging reservations, visit Click here for local Easter weekend events.


tater day171st Annual Tater Day Festival kicks off Friday

The Kiwanis Club of Benton, Kentucky presents the 171st Annual Tater Day Festival, April 4 - April 7 in downtown Benton with many events and great food. Casey's Amusements at the HH Lovett Park will be Friday through Monday. Vendors and food will be throughout Benton Friday – Monday. Click here for Schedule of Events:

Local food distributors to provide tastings and more at Tater Day

There will be a display of local food distributors on Monday, April 7, at Tater Day, at 1516 Main Street in Benton. A Lamb tasting will be available (while it lasts) starting at 8:00 a.m. The lamb was furnished by Paul Howard Purebred Katahdin Sheep Farm and cooked by Magic Valley BBQ. Click here for other unique presentations.

Atmos Energy “iDig It” Campaign
Celebrates National Safe Digging Month

Chance to win $811 for promoting Call 811 during April.

Before you dig into your next outdoor project, Atmos Energy Corporation invites you to join its “iDig It” campaign designed to remind property owners, construction crews, farmers and do-it-yourselfers always to call 811 before they dig. The reminder comes as utilities across the nation recognize April as National Safe Digging Month.

Click here for more information.

Jamie Cook, conservation educator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, demonstrates proper shotgun mounting technique with student Samantha Seaton. Hunter education certification helps ensure safe and ethical hunters in our state and is required for all licensed hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1975. Registration for hunter education courses is available only online at as is a list of upcoming courses. The courses are free.

Online hunter education registration goes statewide

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Online registration for Kentucky’s hunter education programs is now statewide.

The new system, which was tested in various regions of the state last fall, will help speed up the delivery of hunter education cards to participants.

“This is part of an overall effort by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to improve services to the public,” said Jamie Cook, the agency’s mentor hunting coordinator. “Online registration makes the process much more efficient.” Click here for details.