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Curren Sheldon / 100 Days in Appalachia

David Meinschein’s teachers, staff and students have sacrificed a lot this year amid the staggering challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Liam Niemeyer / Ohio Valley Resource

 Debby Dulworth has a lot of conversations with her cattle each day. She swings open a gate, driving the herd with repeated calls and the Hereford cattle respond in kind with groans and snorts.

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  Ballard County officials have confirmed their first positive case of the novel coronavirus.

Liam Niemeyer / WKMS

A Chinese bank is investing $200 million to expand a paper mill in Ballard County, potentially bringing more than 100 jobs to the region.

via Keith Todd / KYTC

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is holding a public meeting Tuesday evening (June 11) to discuss the proposed reconstruction of U.S. Highway 60 in Ballard County. The highway connects Paducah to the U.S. 51 Ohio River bridge. 

Matt Markgraf / WKMS

Multiple Chinese investors are developing a 72-acre multi-tract industrial park in Ballard County dedicated to processing Asian carp. Stakeholders, state and local leaders and international press gathered for the announcement Friday at Two Rivers Fisheries. The new International Fisheries Park will significantly expand and complement operations in and around the existing operation.

Liam Niemeyer | WKMS

  Ballard County and regional officials celebrated a ribbon-cutting for a new industrial hemp processing facility on Saturday. Officials see the facility as an example of the nascent hemp industry’s potential to bring jobs and investment to the region.


Aerosource-H Co-Founder and Manager Deborah Pape said more than $2.5 million was invested to renovate the warehouse. Pape said the Kevil facility began shipping out Cannabidiol extract, also known as CBD, in mid-February.


Phoenix Paper Wickliffe LLC, via Facebook

A Wickliffe paper mill is accepting applications for maintenance and operator positions. Phoenix Paper Wickliffe, LLC is looking for workers with at least ten years experience in the paper industry and manufacturing.

J. Tyler Franklin / WFPL

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is holding a community forum today in Ballard County. He will discuss economic development and other initiatives. 

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

An initiative is underway to make far west Kentucky a 'waterfowl mecca.' That's according to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials who are partnering with Ducks Unlimited in a $10 million dollar effort to transform 30,000 acres in Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton counties.