A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky
Vol. 9 No. 3 March 2017 (c)
Budget eliminating Corporation for Public Broadcasting will hit close to home
Local NPR station WKMS relies on federal and private funds to stay on the air.
Compared to other countries, America spends very little on its public media. At four hundred forty five million, the budget of the agency works out to $1.35 per person per year. As one commentator put it - that's barely the dry cleaning bill for the Pentagon.
But that doesn't mean the program has stayed under the opponents' radar. The President has zeroed out funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
That will hit us here at home if Congress doesn't step in. See the full story ...
|Comer to host town hall meeting in Paducah March 24th|
First Congressional District Representative James Comer will host a town hall meeting in Paducah on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Paducah Bank in the Commerce Center. See the full story ...
Budget cuts to housing have local effect
l to r: Robb Wallace, Sue Jones, Stormie, Kim Ferguson, Mayor Kay Ferguson, Christina Thomas, Baby Dayshia, Melissa Griffith and Mary Potter
The Columbus City Council toured the last house built under the program on Monday night. Mayor Kay Ferguson symbolically presented Christina Thomas with the key to her new home. Homeowner Christina Thomas and her four children, ages 10 months to 16 years, now have a beautiful four bedroom energy efficient home. Her house will be the last built for a long while if HUD money disappears.
Among the cuts to housing: disabled, senior, low income housing, homeless vets vouchers. See the full story ...
Mary Potter, Photo by Terri Lynne Davis courtesy of Hickman County Times
Earthquake rattles Purchase
A small quake hit the Mississippi River near Bardwell KY
Residents of the Jackson Purchase experienced a small quake Wednesday morning. The 2.5 magnitude quake hit the Mississippi River five miles west of Bardwell Kentucky. It rattled residents and dishes.
The quake is this year's reminder that this is an earthquake zone. See the full story ...
An Evening with the Stories and Tales of Irvin S. Cobb, One of Paducah's and Kentucky's Best Known Natives
Humorist, author, actor, satirist Irvin S. Cobb Meme by AQ Quotes
Dr. Bill Ellis will discuss Irvin S. Cobb's rise and fall at the McCracken County Library at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 30th in the McCracken County Library.
The event is free and open to the public. See the full story ...
Bobbie Wrinkle, McCracken County Library
|PSC Sets Public Meetings in KU, LG&E Rate Cases|
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 13, 2017) - The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold public meetings in Louisville, Lexington, and Madisonville to present information and receive comments on the requests for rate increases by the Kentucky Utilities Co. (KU) and the Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (LG&E)...
Kentucky Utilities has proposed to increase its electric rates across all classes of customers in order to generate an additional $103.1 million in revenue per year - an increase of about 6.4 percent. The company estimates that the base rate portion of the monthly bill for residential customers would, on average, rise by $7.16, to $122.49, an increase of about 6.2 percent from the current monthly average of $115.33. See the full story ...
PSC press release
|HCHS Drama Class performs Friday night|
Hickman County High School's Drama Class will present "Parents Just Don't Understand" on Friday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the HCHS gym.
The play is under the direction of Ann Heath. Admission is $5. See the full story ...
PTHS Mock Trial team finishes 13th out of 26 schools
Caroline Meiners, Addie Rogers, Kate Rogers, Anna Grace McGee, Claire Kelly, Peyton Ford, Sarah Katz, Ella Bailey, Talia Housman Row 2: Grace Denton, Eileen Sember , Jennifer Young, Lance Butler, Maddie Ybarzabal, Hannah Fischer, Will Denton, Jose Rober
The Paducah Tilghman High School Mock Trial Team competed at the Kentucky Mock Trial State Tournament on March 3 and 4. The team placed 13th overall out of 26 teams from across the state, and Tilghman was the only school representing Western Kentucky. See the full story ...
PTHS speech team competes at state
to r, Row 1: Addie Rogers, Nina Brown, Ella Bailey, Michael-Ellen Walden, Kate Criner, Erin Stafford Row 2: Sammy Lambert, Travis Trimble, Grace Raber, Emery Wainscott, Landon Rutherford, Anna Shelton, James Smiley
Thirteen students from Paducah Tilghman competed in the 2017 KHSSL State Senior Championships on March 10-11. Seven of the team's entries advanced to the second day of competition and earned recognition. See the full story ...
Students create a very tiny satellite and display at Capitol
Saeed Almalki (left) and Mitchell Harris (right) represented Murray State University\'s Telecommunications Systems Management (TSM) program at the 16th annual Posters-at-the-Capitol on March 2 in Frankfort, Ky. The students displayed the CricketSatellite
MURRAY, Ky. -- Saeed Almalki and Mitchell Harris represented Murray State University's Telecommunications Systems Management (TSM) program at the 16th annual Posters-at-the-Capitol on March 2 in Frankfort, Ky. The students displayed the CricketSatellite Project, a very small satellite that measures temperature at different altitudes... See the full story ...
Baptist Health April 2017 Programs
Childbirth and breastfeeding classes on schedule.
Baptist Health support groups and workshops are free and open to the public. See the full story ...
Angie Kinsey Timmons
|Quit-smoking bill receives final passage|
FRANKFORT--Drugs and services that help Kentuckians quit smoking or stop using other tobacco products would be more easily accessed under health insurance plans or Medicaid under a bill now on its way to becoming law.
Senate Bill 89 "will improve the health of Kentuckians and save taxpayer dollars by helping smokers quit smoking when they are ready to quit.," said Rep. Kimberly Poore Moser, R-Taylor Mill.. See the full story ...
|Legislative calendar 30 days over 3 months|
The Kentucky General Assembly gavels in on Tuesday, January 3rd then breaks on Friday, January 6th. Then it takes a month long break.
Welcome to the Legislature's short session. See the full story ...
First Southern Nights concert April 1st at Discovery Park
Mark your calendar and plan to enjoy the Ultimate Aldean experience as Greg West takes the stage for Discovery Park of America's first 2017 Southern Nights music festival on April 1st! See the full story ...
Mary Nita Bondurant, DPA
Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing
Ivan and Mary Potter shopping in Hazel KY
Meet the husband and wife team responsible for West Kentucky Journal.
Editor's Note: Updated - Ivan Potter retired from the Clinton City Council as of January 1, 2017.
WKJ now has over 6000 articles and 2.5 million yearly views. See the full story ...
Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal
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