A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky
Vol. 10 No. 8 August 2018 (c)
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 9, 2018
ELECTION DAY: NOVEMBER 6, 2018
2018 Fancy Farm Picnic: Snark on the menu again this year
Red t-shirts on KY 120strong members - a sea of red
...A new group made its first appearance at the Stump Speak. KY 120strong, a pop up group of education, teacher, public employee advocates, hundreds came en masse to the Picnic...
They heard plenty of snark, zingers and partisan red meat serve ups.
For a vastly compressed round up of speeches and speakers, follow the jump. See the full story ...
Mary Potter, WKJ photos
Dr. Bob Jackson named MSU interim president
Dr. Robert Jackson led a $70 million dollar capital campaign for MSU.
MURRAY, Ky. -- The Murray State University Board of Regents has named Dr. Robert Jackson interim president, effective August 16. A 1985 graduate of Murray State University, Jackson currently serves as the president of the MSU Foundation. See the full story ...
Governor Bevin tells Murray crowd that no worries on charter schools
Mayor Jack Rose greets Governor Bevin at Murray City Hall.
...In answer to a confused Calloway Countian asking about charter schools, Bevin said he wasn't sure what Kentucky charter schools would look like because there are none yet. He said they would not be private. The potential exists that money allocated to existing schools will be divided up. If there are five schools where there were four, then the pot for each gets smaller. But, he said, if schools don't have students, they don't need the funds... See the full story ...
|Women Candidates in Purchase need love, support and most of all MONEY|
Women candidates are stepping up in the Purchase running for the Kentucky General Assembly. One of their biggest problems is - what else - raising money. Maybe supporters are having problems figuring out how, where, how much to donate?
Here's how and where to send checks or donate on the web. At the end of the story are some links to help maneuver this election cycle. No photos. We wanted to make this story easy and cheap to print out. See the full story ...
Fancy Farm 2018: Night before GOP event draws protestors
Anti gun violence protestor at Murray State August 3rd. GOP invite to NRA president Oliver North brought out opposition.
...Marchers who went to protest at Lovett Auditorium were met by barricades, a heavy police presence, with SWAT, fire truck and an ambulance standing by. Police faced the protestors and brandished handcuffs according to one participant.
One frustrated protestor was infuriated that police acted as if she and others there were the threat.. See the full story ...
Mary Potter, some photos submitted
|They're back - WSCK asking for 35% water rate increase|
ATTENTION WATER SERVICE COMPANY OF CUSTOMERS!
Water Service Company of Kentucky, the water company that serves
Clinton and Middlesboro is asking the Kentucky Public Service Commission
for a 35.29% rate increase.
THIS IS NOT A DONE DEAL!
We can defeat this request.
The more of us who protest, the louder our voices will be.
We need YOU!!
KENTUCKY PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
P.O. BOX 615
FRANKFORT, KY 40601
See the full story ...
|Hands On History at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site|
WICKLIFFE, Ky - (June 2, 2018) -- Family-friendly activities related to archaeology, Mississippian Native American culture and the natural environment will be offered on Saturdays through the summer at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site.
Each "Hands On History Saturday" activity will be demonstrated by park staff for visitors of all ages and will include games, pottery, baskets, bow and arrows, gourds and more. Each session will be from 10 a.m. to noon.
Saturday August 11 - Pottery ($1 materials fee)
Discover how Native Americans of the Mississippian culture made pottery. Make and take home a pinch pot. Program for ages 5 and up. See the full story ...
Fancy Farm Picnic 2018: Quarles does himself no favors as moderator
Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles moderator of Fancy Farm Picnic Speaking
Fancy Farm Picnic Political Speaking 2018 is now in the rear view mirror. It is an axiom of getting on the platform and spending five minutes being heckled or applauded that one can do little to help oneself. But one can do much to hurt oneself....
This year, the What Was He Thinking Award has to go to Commissioner Ryan Quarles. The young Commissioner of Agriculture served as this year's moderator of the political speaking. Instead of being the reach across the aisle, work to get things done, Ag Commissioner we thought we knew, Quarles came off as a right wing attack dog. See the full story ...
|Bowling Green soldier returns home from Korean War|
PFC Joe Elmore, of Bowling Green, was killed in action in December 1950
FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 1, 2018) - Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky soldier who died in the Korean War, but whose remains have just been positively identified and are in the process of being returned to his family in Bowling Green. See the full story ...
U.S. Hemp Roundtable Names Quarles 'Friend of Hemp'
Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles at dedication of Hickman County Farmer's Market
CYNTHIANA, Ky. (June 11, 2018) -- The United States Hemp Roundtable presented Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles with its "Friend of Hemp Award" at Kentucky Hemp Days during Hemp History Week... See the full story ...
|State Gov't spending record amount |
- In the two-year budget period that ended last month, Kentucky state government spent a record $4.2 billion on personal service contracts, memoranda of agreement, and film tax incentives, and in the first month of the new two-year budget, a record $2 billion of state agreements were approved. That one-month total exceeds the $1.8 billion spent on those agreements in the entire fiscal year which ended June 30, and is the most ever approved in a single month.
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Kentucky Ethics Newsletter
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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