The Mixer opening delayed to Dec. 18

The Mixer will delay opening its doors at 112 E. Sixth St. until Dec. 18 due to construction delays.

The restaurant, bakery and bar, owned by Graham and Heather Dawson, will be in the former Young Hardware building.

"We had planned to open in early December and believed up until Monday that all was on target," said Heather Dawson in a news release. "No one is more disappointed about the delay than Graham and I are."

The construction setbacks beyond the Dawson's control have The Mixer team rescheduling parties, private events and grand opening events.

The Dawsons, along with Christian County Chamber of Commerce, will host the official ribbon cutting for the opening of The Mixer at 10 a.m. Dec. 19. Additionally, the chamber will host its December Business After Hours from 5 to 6:30 p.m. later that day.

Governor's program accepting applications

The Governor's School for Entrepreneurs in Kentucky has begun taking applications for next year's program focusing on product innovation and business model design.

A statement from the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet says the three-week summer program at Northern Kentucky University will accept 72 students who are currently in ninth, 10th and 11th grades. Applications are due in January and selections will be announced in April.

Students will work in teams to develop a business model, design a prototype and pitch ideas to judges.

Governor's School for Entrepreneurs Chairman Koleman Karleski calls the program "a unique, life-changing opportunity" to learn how to start a business.

Officials say students who attend can earn high school class credits, scholarships to Kentucky colleges and universities and access to tools to become an entrepreneur.

Magazine seeking proposals on folklife

The Kentucky Folklife Program at Western Kentucky University is looking for proposals for articles and other pieces documenting Kentucky's folklife.

The program said in a news release that this is the first call for proposals for the multimedia digital publication and said the magazine "explores the diversity of expressive cultures within Kentucky."

In addition to articles, the magazine is looking for ideas for photo essays, documentary film and audio, interviews and oral histories and performances.

Proposals of about 200 to 400 words can be submitted to with the subject heading "Kentucky Folklife Magazine Proposal." Published features receive a contributor's honorarium.

Paxton Media Group names Jamie Paxton as president, chief executive officer

Jamie Paxton is now the fifth-generation of the Paxton family to be named president of Paducah-based Paxton Media Group.

He will assume the new role Jan. 1. He succeeds David Paxton, who had held the position for 20 years. David Paxton will remain with the company as chairman. Jamie Paxton has also been elected to the board of directors of PMG.

Paxton Media Group owns the Messenger-Inquirer, the Paducah Sun, the Madisonville Messenger, the Hopkinsville New Era, the McLean County News and 66 other community newspapers and related websites in 10 states as well as WPSD-TV, a NBC-affiliated station in Paducah.

In his new position as president and chief executive officer, Jamie Paxton will be responsible for all aspects of the company's operations.

He is a CPA and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from the University of Notre Dame.

Teen pleads not guilty for assault on classmate

An 18-year-old Kentucky high schooler has pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault and criminal mischief in an assault on a reportedly autistic classmate.

News outlets report Damon Simmons is accused of attacking the Iroquois High student on Thursday with the help of three juvenile students. An arrest citation says surveillance video shows Simmons and the other students enter a bathroom at the Louisville school after the victim. Another student later found the victim lying in a pool of blood in the bathroom.

The victim's sister told WAVE-TV that her brother is on the autism spectrum. The victim told authorities that he didn't know his attackers. He has since undergone surgery for a fractured jaw and the loss of several teeth. WLKY-TV reports related charges have been filed against the juveniles.

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