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There are about 7.4 billion people in the world but only 10 can say they are certified to view a total solar eclipse underwater and they received their certification at the Pennyrile Scuba Center.

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Two brothers came from Germany to visit their grandparents and see the eclipse. But, while they were in town, they also decided to run in the Jennie Stuart Medical Center’s 5K Road Race.

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For thousands of Christian County residents Aug. 21, 2017, will represent the date an unforgettable moment passed across the skies of the Pennyrile, but for Hopkinsville, Monday represented the first time the city got its place in the international spotlight.

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Around 8:15 p.m. Sunday night, Tab Brockman said during a phone interview he was “right smack in the middle of things and it’s still hopping,” during the final night of Summer Salute.

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A group of stargazers gathered at the point of greatest eclipse, Monday, to observe the once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. The world media mingled with visitors from across America and the world. For 2 minutes and 40 seconds we watched the silvery solar penumbra in a darkened sky.

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It was all in a name for BFFs Laura Stasek and Nancy Hopkins Hall, who decided they had to come to Kentucky for the 2017 Great American Eclipse and happened across Hopkinsville. Hopkinsville it was for the two friends, in honor of Hall’s middle name.

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Around 8:15 p.m. Sunday night, Tab Brockman said during a phone interview he was “right smack in the middle of things and it’s still hopping,” during the final night of Summer Salute.

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Editor’s note: This is the original story published Aug. 22, 1955, by the Kentucky New Era, about the “little men” that allegedly landed in the Kelly community Aug. 21, 1955. Monday, eclipse day, is the 62nd anniversary of the supposed invasion. No changes or edits have been made to the stor…

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The wait is over. The biggest astrological event of at least a generation is here and while most eclipse-viewers across the country are watching simply for the experience, one Indiana man is in Hopkinsville to help document it for researchers.

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In the heat of a summer’s day, Amy Geyer munched on ice-cold Dippin’ Dots while fiancé John Solem talked of leaving behind the cold temperatures of Minnesota.

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Jack Cross, a 17-year-old Texan, was supposed to undergo chemotherapy last week from Thursday to Saturday, but he didn’t hit his blood platelet markers. Jack is undergoing treatment for bifocal intracranial germinoma, a rare brain cancer, and the low platelet count could set back his chemo. …

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They may hail from the moonshine capital of the world but this weekend, Greg and Kelly Wiechard, of Dawsonville, Georgia, are camping at a Kentucky distillery in search of a different kind of moon shine come Monday during the Great American Eclipse.

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Comic book artists, cosplayers and good ol’ fashioned fans invaded the floors of the James E. Bruce Convention Center, Saturday, for Eclipse Con, the first-of-its-kind event for Hopkinsville, and a fundraiser for the Hopkinsville-Christian County Boys and Girls Club.

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The students at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School got a special treat during their lunch hour, Friday. Guy Consolmagno, Director of the Vatican Observatory, stopped by to speak at the school and prepare the students for the upcoming total solar eclipse.

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Of course, this isn’t our official name, but it sure has been fun for our city to embrace this scientific phenomena known as the Great American Eclipse.

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When Brooke Jung was hired as the City of Hopkinsville’s Solar Eclipse Marketing and Events Consultant on Aug. 17, 2016, I don’t think any of us could have predicted what exactly that would mean or look like, or the impact that she could or would have on this community, but it’s simply been …

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TELLURIDE, Colo. (AP) — A woman who considered herself the spiritual leader of a doomsday cult in Colorado has been sentenced to 64 years in prison for her role in the deaths of two children who were banished to a car without food or water because the girls were thought to have been impure.

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A red rocket, no bigger than a bottle of soda, was filled with vinegar and baking soda. Carefully placing it on a flat surface, 8-year-old Dave Hostetter slowly backed away from the rocket, holding on carefully to the attached string.

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Across the nation, people are looking forward to Monday’s total solar eclipse, which will darken the skies over the entire country when the moon passes between the Earth and sun.

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Traffic was still moving relatively well in Oregon on Sunday, a day before the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the United States since 1918.

Colleen R. Ochs Municipal Library, housed inside the Oak Grove Community Center on Thompsonville Lane, offers nearly 4,000 items for checkout, about 10 percent of that in DVDs and CDs and 1,000 in new fiction and nonfiction titles.

The R.F. Sink Library, located at 38 Screaming Eagle Blvd., is open to active-duty military and their families, military re­tirees, civilian employees and contractors and students enrolled in the programs at the Army Education Center.

The Pennyroyal Area Museum, locatedat 217 E. Ninth St., was originally constructed as a Post Office in 1914. Located across the street in the city's former downtownfire station is the Woody Winfree Fire Transportation Museum. The museum has a shop that features items with a "Pennyrile" conne…

The Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library is located at 1101 Bethel St. indowntown Hopkinsville. Some of the amenities include computers, a children's section, and a geneology collection, as well as collections of books, CDs and DVDs for checkout. Newspapers and magazines are also available.

The Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum, lo­cated at 5702 Tennessee Ave., was estab­lished in 1956 as a division museum for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). It covers the period from the early 1940s to the present.

Hooper Bowling Center, located at 5380 Tennessee Ave., offers 32 lanes, including eight lanes designed for recreational bowl­ing. The center also has a snack bar with plasma television.

The Hopkinsville-Christian County YMCA on Eagle Way bypass has an out­door swimming pool, indoor running track,weight resistance equipment, fitness classes, day care, teen activities and league sports.

Three public golf courses, all 18-hole ven­ues, are in the immediate vicinity of Hop­kinsville. These include The Links at Novadell, 500 Novadell Way off Fort Camp­bell Boulevard, 270-886-1101; Western Hills, 2160 Russellville Road, 270-885-6023; and Pennyrile Forest State Park, 20781 Pennyr…

Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center is lo­cated at 9503 Eagle Way bypass. This fam­ily destination features twisting tubes, a lazy river and a splash zone interactive playground.

Various presentations on nature are among the many activities offered at the Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.

Wouldn’t you rather stroll amidst outdoor stalls of fresh produce on a sunny day than roll your cart around a grocery store with artificial lights and piped in music?

The Pow Wow is an educational experience not often afforded in this area, for the participants, this is an opportunity to celebrate through dance, drumming and singing, food, and art the great heritage of the American Indian, the original inhabitants and caretakers of this great land. It is …

The Inaugural Summer Salute Festival rebrands and improves the 34-year run of Little River Days with a MAJOR format upgrade that includes national music acts, car shows, kids zone and much more – all geared to attract local and regional audiences.  City leaders and festival organizers are pr…

 (Across from Cole Park Golf course on William C. Lee Road)

 (Off of North Drive, across from Hopkinsville Community College, Litchfield Drive)