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Vol. 10  No. 2 February 2018 (c)
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FrontPage News

Candidates receive NRA surveys days after Florida school shooting. | General Assembly 2018, guns, second amendment, Kentucky politics,
Candidates receive NRA surveys days after Florida school shooting.

The NRA is asking Kentucky candidates where they stand on Second Amendment issues.

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Mary Potter

How can this work? Lending money to struggling districts | education, Matt Bevin, General Assembly 2018,

Revolving loan fund - promises to pay like a Wimpy hamburger
How can this work? Lending money to struggling districts

Excuse my puzzlement, but is loaning money to struggling school systems a good idea? House Bill 141 which has now gone to the Kentucky Senate has been touted as a panacea for school districts having trouble making ends meet.

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Mary Potter

Nashville singer songwriter to be in concert Saturday | Hickman County Arts Council, music, Hickman County, Verlon Thompson,

Verlon Thompson will bring his songs and stories to Clinton on Feb. 24th.
Nashville singer songwriter to be in concert Saturday

Singer and songwriter Verlon Thompson will be in Clinton for a concert on Saturday, February 24th. Concert begins at 7:00 p.m. in in the Young Center on S. Washington Street.

No admission fee. Donations will go to Hickman County Arts Council which supports MADD Camp, a summer arts camp for students and other local arts and music activities.

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Budget will zero out UK Press  | General Assembly 2018, budget, Matt Bevin,
Budget will zero out UK Press

The budget submitted by Governor Bevin to the General Assembly, HB 200, will eliminate funding for the University Press of Kentucky.

Without state support, the Press will be forced to close.

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Mary Potter

House Bill 252: Unemployment benefits cut by almost 1/2 if passed | jobs, General Assembly 2018, Richard Heath, Matt Bevin, unemployment, labor, union,

Lt. Gov. Jeannette Hampton and Rep. Richard Heath picnic in Columbus
House Bill 252: Unemployment benefits cut by almost 1/2 if passed

When a job is lost through no fault of the worker, unemployment insurance provides a safety net until the worker becomes employed again. If the Republican controlled General Assembly has its way, that net will have bigger holes. House Bill 252 will make substantial changes in how much unemployment will be available and to who..

Several bill sponsors face opposition in November, 2018.

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Mary Potter

Mega Forces and Issues Framing 2018 | trends, 2018, oil prices, stock market, women, election 2018,
Mega Forces and Issues Framing 2018

....several issues and forces that will interact with each other to build new momentum and energy for disrupted future shock in Kentucky and the nation.

  1. Roaring stock market...New York stock market has gone from a rating and high of 6,000 points under President Obama in 2007 to 26,000 in 2018. Could 2018 see a market pricing correction of over 20% in one week? Will this be a "market crash" like 1929?
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Ivan Potter

Tearing, Burning, Falling Down- Losing History and Heritage in Small Towns | Western Kentucky, building collapse, economic development, Murray, Fulton, Bardwell,

Murray - a downtown corner collapses
Tearing, Burning, Falling Down- Losing History and Heritage in Small Towns

...Extreme weather: heavy rains, ice, snow, and fierce winds attack the roofs of old buildings. Once the integrity of the roof is compromised, it is only a matter of time before the water and other extreme elements of Mother Nature take the building down.

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Ivan Potter, Regional Geographer

Gun bills in 2018 General Assembly  | guns, General Assembly 2018,

Sen. Ralph Alvarado - employees named as marshals can store gun at school.
Gun bills in 2018 General Assembly

Gun bills: One will allow school personnel to store their guns at school.

Another will do away with that bothersome concealed carry license

One bill will let those with a concealed carry permit - even a temporary one - take their gun to college.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Mary Potter

House Concurrent Resolution 35 urges federal action on hemp | hemp, Kentucky, marijuana, General Assembly 2018,

: FRANKFORT, Feb. 12 --Rep. DJ Johnson, R-Owensboro, presents House Concurrent Resolution 35 which is on the House calendar today. Photo credit LRC Photos
House Concurrent Resolution 35 urges federal action on hemp

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION urging Congress to amend the federal Controlled Substances Act to remove hemp from the definition of marijuana...

February 19, 2018 Update: The Resolution passed the House and is on its way to the Kentucky Senate. If it passes, it will be sent to Congress.

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Community and Regional News

State Leasing Amphitheater at My Old Kentucky Home State Park to Nelson County | Kentucky, state parks, tourism,

Photo from Trip Advisor of happier times when amphitheater was open.
State Leasing Amphitheater at My Old Kentucky Home State Park to Nelson County

The Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet announced today that the Commonwealth of Kentucky is leasing the amphitheater at My Old Kentucky Home State Park to the Nelson County Fiscal Court.

If this arrangement works out, look for the state to shed more properties.

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Mary Potter

The Spencer Journal donated to Historical Society

Bro. R. Charles Blair has donated to the Hickman County Historical & Genealogical Society a copy of the September 2017 edition of the J. H. Spencer Historical Society's journal, The Spencer Journal, Vol. 9.

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Thomas H. Bugg

Editorials

Angry students organizing would make Alinsky proud
Angry students organizing would make Alinsky proud

The Valentine's Day murders of seventeen and the wounding more than a dozen others in Parkland Florida has generated a furious response from an unexpected quarter: students.

Dominating the news in the days following the attack were high school students. Angry, articulate students. Somewhere in the vast beyond, there's an old community organizer smiling down on them. Saul Alinsky is probably whispering "Go. Go. GO." in their ears.

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Mary Potter

Education

Graves High 2018 co-ed competition cheerleaders win seventh Universal Cheerleaders Association national title | Graves County Schools,

Graves County High School Coed Cheer Team. Photo by Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools)
Graves High 2018 co-ed competition cheerleaders win seventh Universal Cheerleaders Association national title

The Graves County High School co-ed competition cheerleading team recently won its seventh Universal Cheerleaders Association national title in Orlando, Fla., in the large co-ed division. Head coach Jon Summerville has led the team to seven national championships and ten state titles.

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Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools

Paducah Tilghman's Pierce Named Among Top 10% of Youth Volunteers by Prudential

PTHS freshman Hadley Pierce
Paducah Tilghman's Pierce Named Among Top 10% of Youth Volunteers by Prudential

Paducah, KY - Paducah Tilghman freshman Hadley Pierce has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and with a President's Volunteer Service Award from President Donald Trump.

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Wayne Walden, Paducah City Schools

Health & Wellness

Baptist Health March activities

Breastfeeding, childbirth, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson's - classes and groups for support and education meeting in March 2018 at Baptist Health Paducah.

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Angie Kinsey Timmons

Politics & Government

HB 227: solar power under attack | solar power, General Assembly 2018, utilities, Gooch

The solar power industry faces state and federal hurdles. Photo: www.solarpowerauthority.com
HB 227: solar power under attack

Update: The solar bill is back after House leadership added three (friendly) new members to Gooch's committee. Kentuckians for the Commonwealth are saying call, call, call the General Assembly.

Rep. Jim Gooch (R - House 12) of climate denying and coal loving fame brought HB 227 which would gut the growing solar power movement in Kentucky. Committee Chair Gooch pulled HB 227 off the Natural Resources & Energy Committee schedule on Thursday.

The bill supported by the traditional utility industry, is opposed by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and other consumer groups.

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Mary Potter

Local libraries to take a hit in KY budget | Kentucky, General Assembly 2018, Matt Bevin, budget, library,

The bookmobile is one service of local public libraries.
Local libraries to take a hit in KY budget

Local libraries will lose all state funding under Governor Bevin's 2018 budget. Supporters are being asked to express opinions to their legislators.

State funds account for 80% of some public library budgets.

Legislative Day in Frankfort for library supporters - February 15th.

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Mary Potter

Rare ADD History Document Found | Area Development Districts, PADD, economic development, economy, Kentucky

The Purchase Area Development District is headquartered in Mayfield. The author helped set up the ADDs.
Rare ADD History Document Found

Many of my records dwelt with the formation, organization of, and eventually the death of Kentucky Program Development Office. During 1972 I was a young regional planner for the state and oversaw specialized sections of the Kentucky Area Development Districts (ADDs) formation.

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Ivan C. Potter

About Us

Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing | Ivan Potter, Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal, politics, Clinton Kentucky,

Ivan and Mary Potter shopping in Hazel KY
Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing

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.

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Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal


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