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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 5  No. 12  December 2014 (c)

FrontPage News

Mike Miller, Marshall County Judge, dies at age 70 | Marshall County, Mike Miller, Kentucky, politics, Democrat, western Kentucky,

Marshall County Judge Mike Miller, in office since 1974, passed away December 15, 2014.
Mike Miller, Marshall County Judge, dies at age 70

Marshall County Judge Mike Miller collapsed in his office this morning and died at the Marshall County Hospital around 11 a.m.

The longest serving county judge in Kentucky, Miller, had just been elected to his 11th term.

Judge Miller was a favorite friend of ours and his wit and plain speaking will be missed.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Community and Regional News

Thirteen Tilghman students selected for All-State Choir | Paducah Tilghman High School, music, education, KMEA

Reagan Davidson, Claire Kelly, Elizabeth Katz, Millie Wyant, Michael-Ellen Walden, Bradley Duncan, Michael Hassel, Nathan Hawkins, Lucas Reed, Abigail Hawkins, Ariana Mundy, Zane Birdsong. Not pictured: Maggie Malone
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Wayne Walden, PR Officer Paducah Public Schools

Editorials

Dems, It's Time to Dump Dixie - The Daily Beast | opinion, Civil War, conservative, liberal, politics, sectionalism

Kentucky'sKentucky's Senator Henry Clay - passionately in favor of the Union.
Dems, It's Time to Dump Dixie - The Daily Beast

"With Mary Landrieu's ignominious exit, the Democrats will have lost their last senator in the Deep South. And that's a good thing. They should write it off--because they don't need it." Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast 12/8/14

A disturbing editorial by Michael Tomasky in the Daily Beast advocates Democrats abandon the Deep South to its own devices.

Is it 1850 all over again?

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Education

Winners at Project Leadership 2014 announced


MURRAY, Ky. -- More than 350 students and their teachers from nine West Kentucky schools participated in the sixth annual Project Leadership Workshop at Murray State University Nov. 3.

The schools were Ballard Memorial, Livingston County, Graves County, Hickman County, Dawson Springs Junior and Senior High, Marshall County, Calloway County, Reidland Middle, Fulton County ATC and the YMCA Black Achievers from Louisville.

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Bob McGaughey, MSU press release

Graves boys' basketball team to play its Dec. 15 game at Wingo School gym to honor great team from 30 years ago

The Graves County High School boys' basketball team will celebrate a special part of its county history when it hosts the Hickman County Falcons on Monday, Dec. 15, at the Wingo Elementary School gym.

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Paul Schaumburg, Community Relations Director, Graves County Schools

Politics & Government

PSC OKs Duke Energy Kentucky Generation Purchase

Utility will now have full ownership of East Bend plant in Rabbit Hash

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2014) - Duke Energy Kentucky will become the sole owner of the East Bend electric power plant in Boone County following Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) approval of the company's purchase of a minority interest held by Dayton Power & Light Co. (DP&L) of Ohio.

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Andrew Melnykovych, Kentucky Public Service Commission

Technology & Science

Energy Policy  Subject of White Paper | energy, Commonwealth Policy Institute, The Women's Network, coal,
Energy Policy Subject of White Paper

"Kentucky's Energy Future...at the Crossroads" begins with the current condition of Kentucky energy policy. It takes a little over a page to come to the point that present policy boils down to one four letter word - "COAL."

The CPI report makes clear there is no one solution. As one speaker put it, "We don't have a silver bullet for energy issues. We have silver buckshot."

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal - 2 opinions posted

Legislators weigh in on energy report | energy, coal, The Women's Network, General Assembly 2014,

Sen. Webb, Rep. Combs, Marzian and Glenn at Midway College forum.
Legislators weigh in on energy report

(Midway KY) - Four legislators shared their thoughts at The Women's Network's Annual Forum on this Saturday morning on Midway College's campus. Each brought their district's perspective to the need for a coherent energy policy.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

CPI Report: Energy Efficiency - Fastest, Cleanest, Most Cost Effective  | energy, conservation, net zero, Kentucky, coal, Commonwealth Policy Institute, The Women's Network,

Sarah Lynn Cunningham presents energy efficiency recommendations.
CPI Report: Energy Efficiency - Fastest, Cleanest, Most Cost Effective

" The Commonwealth's stated strategy defines energy efficiency as "the fastest, cleanest, most cost-effective and most secure way to meet Kentucky's growing demands." The state has one of the highest per capita energy usage rates in the nation. Therefore energy efficiency holds tremendous conservation opportunities and should command the highest priority in both budget and effort."

(Kentucky's Energy Future...at the Crossroads, page 3)

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Renewable Energy Standards needed in KY  | renewable energy, kentucky, coal, biomass, REEPS

Bobby Clark speaks on renewable energy at TWN Forum
Renewable Energy Standards needed in KY

Bobby Clark, President of Sustainable Business Ventures, presented the recommendations contained in "Kentucky's Energy Future...at the Crossroads" to an audience of eighty on a Saturday morning when UK was preparing to kick off against Georgia at noon.

Clark spoke of energy production that is not coal. Hydropower is being generated along the Salt River. Solar power generated at Ft. Knox which could become the first net zero military base in the US. Wind power sufficient to handle a small portion of the grid is being researched. Biomass, in the form of switchgrass...

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Is Least Cost the best way to regulate energy generation? | energy, power, electric, coal, public service commission, PSC, least cost standard

CPI Chair Col Owens presented recommendations for PSC changes.
Is Least Cost the best way to regulate energy generation?

(Midway, KY November 8, 2014) - "Kentucky has traditionally regulated energy generation under a "least cost" or "lowest possible cost" standard, which has not allowed consideration of "externalities" in the rate-setting process. Externalities represent a variety of "outside" costs to rate-setting decisions--for example, health and environmental impacts and jobs and local revenues lost from the closing of a generating plant."

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Economic Development in Rural Kentucky - investments in long term goals | energy, SOAR, economic development, Eastern Kentucky, coal,

Justin Maxson- SOAR is sorta working
Economic Development in Rural Kentucky - investments in long term goals

"Since 2011 Kentucky has lost 6,000 coal jobs, a 40 percent reduction in the industry workforce; for every coal job lost an estimated three additional jobs disappear. Kentucky coal production decreased in 2013 by more than 11.8 percent from 2012, to 80.5 million tons, the lowest level since 1963.57 Coal production will continue to drop leading to serious and potentially catastrophic job loss and significant reductions (estimated 41 percent) in coal severance tax collections that help fund local government services.."

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

About Us

Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing

Meet the husband and wife team responsible for West Kentucky Journal.

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Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal

No-Count Dog - from nuisance to hero in 40 pages | pet, dog, storm, evacuation, children, picture book, Kentucky, No-Count Dog

Photo courtesy of Gaye Bencini, Hickman County TImes
No-Count Dog - from nuisance to hero in 40 pages

Editor's Note: With No-Count Dog going to the Kentucky Book Fair this November, a look-back at this article might be in order.

The story of a hound dog who goes from being "no-count" to a hero is the newest collaboration between author Mary Potter and illustrator Jennifer Nuckolls.

When a big storm forces his best friend Julie to leave him behind, No-Count Dog is scared.

What can he do to save himself as the flood waters rise?

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Mary Potter


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