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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 8  No. 2 February 2016 (c)

FrontPage News

Candidate Leach to be in Purchase

Senate candidate Ron Leach will be in Murray today at 10:00 at the Calloway County Courthouse.

On Saturday, Leach will be at the Little Castle Restaurant in Lone Oak at 8:30 a.m. at the McCracken County Democrats meeting.

Leach is running against Jim Gray of Lexington for the Democratic nomination. The winner will face Sen. Rand Paul in the fall.

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Who's killing  Bubba? | health, Kentucky, medicine, mortality rate, South
Who's killing Bubba?

...Bubba likes to start the day off with biscuits and gravy, eggs, home fries, bacon or sausage, or large ham steaks. Lunch is usually something involving processed meats or fried something.

This Southern lifestyle is now catching up with many young and middle aged men. Health experts are seeing a future where heart problems, obesity, and general lack of medical care is attacking a whole region of America...

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Ivan Potter

In Western Kentucky, contested House races are in the fall | Kentucky House of Representatives, politics, Western Kentucky, politics, Democrats, Republicans,
In Western Kentucky, contested House races are in the fall

The question of who will control the Kentucky House of Representative is burning up phone, text and email wires around the Capital City. Western Kentucky has a role to play in the outcome.

Who is running against who in western Kentucky?

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Mary Potter

Fundraising among GOP US 1st District House candidates buries Dems | Jason Batts, First Congressional District Kentucky, James Comer, Michael Pape, Republican primary,
Fundraising among GOP US 1st District House candidates buries Dems

Candidates for the seat being vacated by the retirement of Rep. Ed Whitfield are in the fundraising phase. Because there are multiple candidate filings, there will be a May primary.

It doesn't look hopeful for the Democrats. Candidate Samuel Gaskin has raised the most of the Democrats competing with under $5000 raised. So far, his opponents have raised zero dollars.

Three candidates on the GOP side have collectively raised over one half million dollars. As of December 31, 2015, Michael Pape has $214,630 cash on hand followed closely by James Comer at $205,741. Jason Batts reported $92,603.

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Mary Potter

Judge strikes down right to work ordinance

Federal Judge David J. Hale issued an order dated February 3, 2016 striking down Hardin County's right to work county ordinance. The District Judge said that only states may opt out of the 1935 National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

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Mary Potter

Rep. Sannie Overly elected to head Ky Dem Party  | Sannie Overly, Alison Lundergan Grimes, women, Kentucky House of Representatives, Democrats, politics,

Rep. Sannie Overly, left, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in Mayfield August 2015.
Rep. Sannie Overly elected to head Ky Dem Party

Rep. Sannie Overly was elected by the Kentucky Democratic Central Committee to head up the Kentucky Democratic Party. She replaces Patrick Hughes...

Overly's first job will be the four open seats in the House which will be filled in a special election on March 8th...

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Mary Potter

Community and Regional News

Lampe named station manager for WKMS | WKMS, public radio, Murray State University, Chad Lampe, Kate Lochte, Kentucky,

Chad Lampe named WKMS station manager.
Lampe named station manager for WKMS

Murray State President Bob Davies has named Chad Lampe as the new station manager of WKMS, effective February 1, 2016. Lampe served as the WKMS news director since 2007 and as interim station manager during the national search for the position. Kate Lochte retired as station manager during the fall of 2015 after nearly 25 years of service. In his new role, Lampe will oversee all operations of the station including news, engineering, business and fundraising.

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Jenni Todd

Editorials

Dear Senator Paul - Come Home  | Rand Paul, US Senate, presidential politics, Kentucky,

Kentucky fell in love with the 2010 version of Rand Paul. Is he the same man in 2016?
Dear Senator Paul - Come Home

2/3/16 Editor's Note: Sen. Paul announced the suspension (aka end) of his presidential campaign this morning. Below is the editorial we wrote back on February 23, 2015. He finally heard us.

...We've already got a senator gone national. We have no expectation that he will do anything for us here back home. He has his heart's desire. He doesn't need us.

We need for you to stop leaning right, left or center. Please don't lean at all. Look at us and see us for what we are...

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Democrats must vote, whether we nominate Sanders or Clinton | Hillary Clinton, presidential politics, presidential primary, union, labor, Democrats,

Candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning in Paducah.
Democrats must vote, whether we nominate Sanders or Clinton

...Sanders and Clinton do mostly agree on the issues, especially on union issues. Sanders, an independent Vermont senator, doesn't rate a whole lot better than Clinton on the AFL-CIO legislative scorecard.

When she was a New York senator in 2001-2009, Clinton supported the union position on legislation 94 percent of the time. Sen. Sanders has a 98 percent score, according to the AFL-CIO.

When I taught history at a Kentucky community college, 90 and above was an A in my classes...

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Berry Craig

Education

Chamber HCHS Leadership Class meets local government  | leadership program, Hickman County, Hickman County High School,
Chamber HCHS Leadership Class meets local government

Hickman County High School students met with elected officials on Thursday. Students met first with District Judge Hunter Whitesell and court personnel then it was on to the executive and legislative branches.

First Row: Jason Batts, Taylor Ramage, Nathan Hartsell, Hunter Leblanc, Jacob Stahr, Nathan Howell, Judge Whitesell

Second Row: Carley Byassee, Averee Jewell, Madelyne Reynolds, Cassidy Luker, Alyssa Moore, Tristin Boaz, Emily Pickard

Third Row: Melanie Dowdy, Cinda Yates, Chase Boaz, Ally Samuel, Chelsea Johnson, Anna Ferguson, Caylee Barnett, Lauren Cox

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Mary Potter

Graves County Middle sponsoring formal wear consignment sale

Formal dresses aren\'t cheap - and girls don\'t wear them twice. Consignment is a great answerl
Graves County Middle sponsoring formal wear consignment sale

The Graves County Middle School Jr. Beta Club will host a formal dress consignment sale at the school between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 3-5. Middle school girls who plan to attend the formal are invited to try on and purchase dresses to wear to the event scheduled for this spring.

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Paul Schaumburg

Graves Students partner with GC Library
Graves Students partner with GC Library

Graves County Central Elementary School recently hosted Graves County Public Library director Deana Gschwind and cataloger Melissa Collins to participate in the school's professional learning communities program. They taught students about library and internet etiquette and then led them in making bookmarks from duct tape.

Pictured, from left, are (front row) Nataly Mata, Nathan Toon, Clayton Pickard, Brooklyn Williams, (middle row) Mylee Hayes, Tara Nicholson, Gracie Webber, Gary Gipson, (back row) Gschwind, Collins, and student Walker Johnson.

Graves County Central Elementary School recently hosted Graves County Public Library director Deana Gschwind and cataloger Melissa Collins to participate in the school's professional learning communities program. They taught students about library and internet etiquette and then led them in making bookmarks from duct tape.

Pictured, from left, are (front row) Nataly Mata, Nathan Toon, Clayton Pickard, Brooklyn Williams, (middle row) Mylee Hayes, Tara Nicholson, Gracie Webber, Gary Gipson, (back row) Gschwind, Collins, and student Walker Johnson.

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Prom dress consignment sale sponsored by Graves High All-Girl Cheerleaders re-scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6

Graves County High School's All-Girl Cheerleaders will host their third annual area-wide prom dress consignment sale at the school between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.

Anyone wishing to sell a very-gently-used prom or formal dress may enter their dress or dresses into the sale for a fee of $10 for the first dress and $5 for each additional dress.

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Arts & Entertainment

Playhouse in the Park shares award | Murray, Calloway County, art, drama, education,

Holly Bloodworth, left, director of the Playhouse's Penguin Project; and Lisa Cope, executive director of Murray Playhouse in the Park.
Playhouse in the Park shares award

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - At its meeting in Frankfort today, the Kentucky Board of Education presented the annual Dr. Samuel Robinson Award to co-winners - Playhouse in the Park/Murray Calloway County Community Theater and the Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform (PIMSER) at the University of Kentucky.

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press release

Free Concert

Enjoy free Southern Gospel bluegrass of Garms Family at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Paducah, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6

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Paul Schaumburg

Business

Amazon Planning on Brick & Motor Book Chain

On January 6, 2016, I asked several questions regarding Amazon's intentions of opening a chain of brick & mortar books stores. (See Amazon enters the bricks and mortar market )

On February 3, 2016, I got my answers.

This week, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are both discussing Amazon's move into a new book selling platform. Sources close to the operations of the Settle based brick & mortar Amazon bookstore are indicating that the retail giant is planning a national super strategy of 300 to 400 Amazon book stores to be opened in 2016.

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Ivan Potter

Amazon.com enters the bricks and mortar market | amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, books, business, publishing

Amazon.com - new store will have fewer titles with more visibility.
Amazon.com enters the bricks and mortar market

Online retail giant, Amazon.com, just opened a brick and mortar bookstore in University Station, Seattle, Washington. This location is within a blocks of the Amazon corporate office...

A new feature for book retail will be the strategy of showing each book face outward. In the old days before books were listed by independent book dealers, most books were shelved with only the binding showing. This allowed a normal shelf to handle 40 to 50 books for display. This new strategy of showing book faces outward will greatly reduce number of books per shelf. However, a higher rate of impulse shopping will take place...

The bigger issue is the question - Will this brick and mortar store become the template for Amazon to open up a chain of retail bookstores to challenge Barnes and Noble existing stores?..

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Ivan Potter

Politics & Government

GOP Caucuses set for March 5th

Politiciking allowed at caucus sites.
GOP Caucuses set for March 5th

As of February 3rd, it looks like candidates are down to eight. Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Sen. Rand Paul have suspended their campaigns.

GOP presidential candidates will be on the March 5, 2016 caucus ballot in Kentucky.

For polling locations and a list of candidates, follow the jump.

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Governor sets date for special elections for legislative seats

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 4, 2016) - Today, Governor Matt Bevin filed four writs of election with the Secretary of State to schedule special elections on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. The special elections will fill the following vacancies in the Commonwealth of Kentucky House of Representatives:

House District 8 in Christian & Trigg counties vacated by the resignation of Rep. John Tilley
House District 98 in Boyd & Greenup counties vacated by the resignation of Rep. Tanya Pullin
House District 54 in Boyle & Casey counties vacated by the resignation of Rep. Mike Harmon
House District 62 in Fayette, Owen & Scott counties vacated by the resignation of Rep. Ryan Quarles

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press release

Twenty Emerge Ketucky candidates on the ballot  | Kentucky politics, women, Emerge Kentucky,

Emerge Kentucky Chair Jennifer Moore is a Paducah native.
Twenty Emerge Ketucky candidates on the ballot

Since 2009, Emerge Kentucky has recruited and trained 140 Democratic women across the Commonwealth with the mission of increasing the number of women in elected office at all levels of government. There will be twenty Emerge candidates on the ballot this spring and fall.

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About Us

No-Count Dog to the Rescue is second NCD adventure | No-Count Dog, Mary Potter, Ivan Potter, children's books, animals, hound dog

No-Count Dog and Julie must find a home for a lost kitten in this new adventure.
No-Count Dog to the Rescue is second NCD adventure

(Clinton KY) No-Count Dog is back for his second adventure in No-Count Dog to the Rescue. In his second outing, the lovable dog finds a lost kitten after the big storm of his first book. How No-Count and his friends care for the kitten is the story told in this colorfully illustrated new 44 page picture book.

No-Count Dog to the Rescue was written and illustrated by Mary and Ivan Potter. It has taken the Potters over two years to bring the lovable dog back to print.

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Mary Potter

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


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