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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 11  No. 4 April 2019 (c)

FrontPage News

Judge Cunningham: One last tour of the farthest end of his district | Justice Bill Cunningham, author, history, Kentucky,

Retired Justice Bill Cunningham, up and down the stairs: Sue Ellen Morris, Allison Whitledge, Rebecca Biehslich, Melanie Kelley, Jim Paitsel, Judge Shea Nickell, Rick Major, Judge Hunter Whitesell, Tom Bugg, Judge Tim Langford, Dennis Lortie of the bar.
Judge Cunningham: One last tour of the farthest end of his district

...Retired Justice Cunningham had lunch with some members of the First District Bar at The Meadows, Fulton's newest hotel. The Meadows, restored to its former glory, currently has nineteen bedrooms. There are plans to add more rooms in buildings acquired next door. The lunch group was treated to tours of the rooms and lunched in the tin ceilinged dining room. The Judge told stories, reminisced about shared acquaintances and talked cheerfully of a future in retirement...

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Mary Potter

Community and Regional News

Remembering Kane School - black children, now adults, recall segregated education  | Black History Month, Hickman County, Kane School, African American education, children, Clinton, Kentucky

Kane School\'s principal appealed for books for his school.
Remembering Kane School - black children, now adults, recall segregated education

In 1917, a tornado swept through Clinton. Among other structures, the local high school was destroyed. The bricks from that school were used to build the new Kane School which opened in 1919. The school would educate African American children until its final closing in 1966.

Kane School was remembered as part of Black History Month on Saturday February 16th at a program at the Historical & Genealogical Society on North Washington Street in Clinton...

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Mary Potter

Court of Appeals Judge Nickell running for Kentucky Supreme Court | Judge Shea Nickell, Judge Bill Cunningham, Kentucky Supreme Court, election, judiciary

Judge Shea Nickell, left, is running for retired Judge Bill Cunningham\'s, right, Ky Supreme Court seat.
Court of Appeals Judge Nickell running for Kentucky Supreme Court

Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Shea Nickell is running for the seat vacated by First District Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham.

...Judges Cunningham and Nickell tour the River Counties (Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton and Hickman) every year, visiting schools, courthouses and meeting members of the bar...

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Mary Potter

Education

Autumn "Grace" Anderson MSU student named  Fulbright Scholar | education, Murray State University, Autumn Grace Anderson, Estonia

Autumn "Grace" Anderson
Autumn "Grace" Anderson MSU student named Fulbright Scholar

MURRAY, Ky. -- Murray State University senior Autumn "Grace" Anderson has earned an English Teaching Assistant award from the Fulbright Program to teach English in Estonia

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MSU press release

Four Tilghman students chosen for Governor's School for the Arts | Paducah Tilghman High School, governor's school for the arts, Kentucky,
Four Tilghman students chosen for Governor's School for the Arts

Tilghman juniors Katherine Peck and Mark Taylor and sophomores Jenna Price and Mason Romanak have been selected as participants for the 2019 Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) program.

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press release

Kentucky Governor Acknowledges Soldier Sacrifice

Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley of Richmond KY: April 20, 2019 | Operation Inherent Resolve, Richmond Kentucky, Fort Campbell, sacrifice,

Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, of Richmond, Kentucky,
Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley of Richmond KY: April 20, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 22, 2019) - Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky soldier who died in Iraq while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, of Richmond, Kentucky, died April 20 in Ninawa Province, Iraq, in a non-combat-related incident. The incident is under investigation.

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Press Release

Politics & Government

Governor's race in 2019 brings challengers to incumbent Bevin | bevin, Kentucky election 2019, governor race 2019, Beshear, Edelen, Adkins
Governor's race in 2019 brings challengers to incumbent Bevin

2019 is an unusual election year in Kentucky. There are no national offices on the ballot - no president, no congressional offices, no races that send a winner to Washington. There are no local races...

It should come as no surprise that the top of the tickets will get the most attention. With an incumbent in the governor's office, this election will be in large part a critique of Governor Matt Bevin's leadership.

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Mary Potter

One Democrat and two Republicans vie for AG  | Kentucky election 2019, Kentucky attorney general, Greg Stumbo,

Former McConnell lawyer, Daniel Cameron, is running for AG.
One Democrat and two Republicans vie for AG

2019 is a year for candidates with great name recognition and/or big families. Turnout will be key.

In the race for attorney general, incumbent Andy Beshear is running for governor. That leaves an open seat.

Three candidates are vying for the job.

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2019 Secretary of State race is for an open seat | Kentucky election 2019, Kentucky secretary of state,

Former Miss America Heather French Henry one of eight candidates for secretary of state.
2019 Secretary of State race is for an open seat

2019 is an unusual election year in Kentucky.

In the race for secretary of state, incumbent Alison Lundergan Grimes, is not running. That leaves an open seat. Eight candidates are vying to become the next Kentucky Secretary of State.

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Mary Potter

Auditor's race draws four Dem challengers to incumbent Mike Harmon | Kentucky election 2019, Kentucky auditor, Chris Tobe, Sheri Donahue, Kelsey Hayes Coots, Drew Curtis,

Auditor Mike Harmon is running for a second term.
Auditor's race draws four Dem challengers to incumbent Mike Harmon

2019 is an unusual election year in Kentucky...No local races that bring out friends and families of candidates.

In the race for auditor, incumbent Mike Harmon is running for a second term. He's the only candidate on the Republican side.

On the Democratic side, there are four candidates:

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Mary Potter

Commissioner of Agriculture - Quarles faces challengers | Kentucky election 2019, kentucky commissioner of agriculture, Ryan Quarles, Bill Polyniak, Robert Haley Conway, Joe Trigg,

Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles is seeking a second term.
Commissioner of Agriculture - Quarles faces challengers

In the 2019 race for commissioner of agriculture, incumbent Ryan Quarles is running for a second term. He's drawn a challenger in Bill Polyniak on the Republican side.

On the Democratic side, there are two candidates: Robert Haley Conway and Joe Trigg.

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Mary Potter

Treasurer's race will pit incumbent Allison Ball against one of two Dem challengers. | Kentucky election 2019, Kentucky state treasurer, Allison Ball, Josh Mers, Michael Bowman

Josh Mers is one of two Dem challengers to incumbent Treasurer Ball.
Treasurer's race will pit incumbent Allison Ball against one of two Dem challengers.

2019 is a year for candidates with great name recognition and/or big families. It's a year with guaranteed low voter turnout.

In the race for treasurer, incumbent Allison Ball is running for a second term. She's the only candidate on the Republican side.

On the Democratic side, there are two candidates: Michael Bowman and Josh Mers.

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Mary Potter

Travel & Tourism

May 18: Program on Nathan Bedford Forrest in Clinton  | Jackson Purchase Historical Society, Hickman County Historical Society, Civil War,

Nathan Bedford Forrest: image from Wikipedia
May 18: Program on Nathan Bedford Forrest in Clinton

Richard "Rick" Justice will speak on "Tennessee Blitz: Nathan Bedford Forrest's Lighting Raids in Western Tennessee" at the Hickman County Historical Society, 107 S. Washington St. in Clinton on Saturday, May 18th at 10:30 a.m.

The program is a presentation of the Jackson Purchase Historical Society.

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Press release

Towers of Tomorrow on display at Discovery Park of America | Discovery Park of America, art, travel, Union City  Tennessee, DPA, Lego bricks

On display through May 5th, 20 Lego brick towers at DPA
Towers of Tomorrow on display at Discovery Park of America

UNION CITY, TENN. - The world's most famous skyscrapers engineered and built out of LEGO bricks are now on display at Discovery Park of America (DPA) in Union City, Tenn. All the way from Melbourne, Australia, "Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks," has arrived in this small Northwest, Tenn. town, and it is only the third time this exhibit has been on display in the United States.

"Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks" will be on display at DPA through May 5, 2019. The cost to see the exhibit is $4.95 with park admission.

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Mary Nita Bondurant

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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