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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 8  No. 9 September 2016 (c)

FrontPage News

Governor loses round in Ky Supreme Court | Kentucky, University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, Murray State University, Matt Bevin, Andy Beshear, Greg Stumbo, Kentucky Supreme Court

While AG Beshear expressed hope that Gov will get along with him and House, chances seem remote.
Governor loses round in Ky Supreme Court

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled today that the Governor's unilateral cutting of university budgets was unconstitutional. In a 5-2 ruling, the Court ruled that the Governor exceeded his authority. The "cut" was not so much a denial of allocated funds as an order to the universities to not spend the funds allocated. Justice Noble said that once the funds were allocated, the governor could not tell universities not to spend them.

As would be expected, press releases immediately came from the parties.

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Mary Potter

Small hardware store expands with sweat equity | small business, Clinton Kentucky, economic development, economy,

Lloyd Callison, co-owner of Clinton Hardware, takes an early morning customer call
Small hardware store expands with sweat equity

(Clinton, KY) - Lloyd Callison, co-owner of Clinton Hardware with his wife, Sharon, calls running a hardware store a dream come true. He and his wife acquired the small corner hardware store almost three years ago when the last owner retired. Callison purchased a building next door and is expanding the hardware store by moving the main building "two doors down."

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Mary Potter

Western Kentucky House races getting little notice from leadership and press | election 2016, Republicans, Democrats, Kentucky

Dem Party Chair Rep. Sannie Overly can offer encourage to candidate Jesse Wright but not much else.
Western Kentucky House races getting little notice from leadership and press

There are multiple House races going on in the far western end of the state, but the challengers are getting little attention from media and party leadership in Central Kentucky.

Sadly, that's no surprise to natives living as far from the capital and still be in the Bluegrass State.

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Mary Potter

Green Creatures That Haunt Our Yards and Minds | nature, praying mantis, insects, gardening
Green Creatures That Haunt Our Yards and Minds

Thinking just how the piece of wood looked totally out of place nestled within the bed of soft spoken rain drops and fiber of the morning rain, I reached toward it.

To my surprise, the stick rose up on small powerful legs. In an instance my human world was being confronted by an alien creature, the kind sometimes found in late night B-movie monster movies.

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Ivan Potter, story and photos

Sen. Paul on listening tour in River Counties  | Rand Paul, election 2016, Kentucky, Hickman County Kentucky, Fulton County Kentucky, Senate race,

With Senator Paul: HCHS students Carley Byassee, Allison Pettit, Natalie Hannon, Taylor Ramage, Adriann Crider, Jakob Stahr, Sierra Miner, and teacher Kent Green
Sen. Paul on listening tour in River Counties

Sen. Rand Paul toured the River Counties earlier this summer in an event labeled not a campaign event. The ever unpredictable Kentucky senator never mentioned the election at two stops in Hickman and Fulton Counties on the tour. Instead, he spent more time listening than talking.

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Mary Potter

Community and Regional News

WAVE plans SOAR like event for Oct. 24 -25  | Kentucky, WAVE, Columbus Belmont Park, Jonathan Miller, economic development, Ballard County Kentucky, Carlisle County Kentucky, Hickman County Kentucky, Fulton County Kentucky,

Historic Columbus Belmont Park is site of WAVE Confluence October 24-25
WAVE plans SOAR like event for Oct. 24 -25

WAVE, (West Kentucky Alliance for a Vibrant Economy), the effort by four Mississippi River Counties for jobs and attention, is planning a two day "confluence" at Columbus-Belmont Park October 24-25th.

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Mary Potter

Concert: Nashville Songwriters in Paducah
Concert: Nashville Songwriters in Paducah

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra will present Jeff Dayton and guests in concert on Sept. 24th.

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MSU grad to host alumni event on Sept. 22nd | Paducah, Murray State University, small business

Paducah Brew Werks in the old Greyhound bus terminal
MSU grad to host alumni event on Sept. 22nd

MURRAY, Ky. -- Award-winning brewery Paducah Beer Werks, owned by Murray State University alumnus Todd Blume, will host a Murray State alumni event on Sept. 22.

The Graves County native turned his love of brewing beer and a degree in integrated studies from MSU into an award winning small brewery.

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Editorials

River County Group has a new name and an old attitude | Wave, river counties, Jonathan Miller, economic development, Ballard County Fulton County, Hickman County, Carlisle County Kentucky,
River County Group has a new name and an old attitude

At a steering committee meeting on September 8th, facilitator Jonathan Miller announced the results of an online pick the best name with best acronym contest to name the group formerly known as the River County Economic Development Project. Miller said the overwhelming choice was Western Kentucky Alliance for a Vibrant Economy- WAVE.

After organizing committees and writing a plan, the next step was a kickin' logo. One that is sharp and recognizable. One that embodies all the vibrant forward motion that WAVE wants to project. One that says great people, great jobs, great pay, opportunity for growth, happiness and bluebirds and all things chocolate. One that costs the four counties participating in the economic development project nothing.

Free. Zero. Zip. Nada.

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Education

UK and U of L lawsuits in brief  | University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, open meetings, open records
UK and U of L lawsuits in brief

The famous Abbott and Costello burlesque routine riffing on a baseball line up- "Who's on first?" Answer: "Who" was our first thought as we read and listen to the ongoing battles between universities, foundations, a student newspaper and now public watchdog media group.

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Mary Potter

Leadership students start year with culture, tourism tour | Hickman County Kentucky, Chamber of Commerce, leadership program, students, history,

Sponsor Beverly Hopkins watches sophomores discover their family histories.
Leadership students start year with culture, tourism tour

The 2016-2017 Hickman County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class visited tourism sites on Tuesday.

...Students spent time looking through the Society's archives, finding pictures of family members.

"Look at Grandma's hair!" was overheard more than once.

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Mary Potter

Murray State University departments of music and theatre present "Little Shop of Horrors" | Murray State University, theatre, theater, Little Shop of Horrors, Kentucky,

Joseph Glaser (Seymour), Maddie Brasher-Evans (Audrey), and Issac Gish (Mushnick).
Murray State University departments of music and theatre present "Little Shop of Horrors"
MURRAY, Ky. -- The departments of music and theatre at Murray State University will present the fantastical and fun musical, "Little Shop of Horrors," in the Robert E. Johnson Theatre on the Murray State main campus beginning Sept. 29.
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West Kentucky Community and Technical College Named Among Ten Finalist for 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence | Western Kentucky Community and Technical College, WKCTC, Paducah, Kentucky, college,
West Kentucky Community and Technical College Named Among Ten Finalist for 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

WKCTC has earned a place on the ten finalists' list every year the Prize has been awarded

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WKCTC press release

Kentucky Governor Acknowledges Soldier Sacrifice

Fort Campbell Soldier 1st Lt. Jeffrey D. Cooper  | Kuwait, Fort Campbell, soldier, sacrifice, military,

First Lt. Jeffrey D. Cooper of Mill Creek, Washington
Fort Campbell Soldier 1st Lt. Jeffrey D. Cooper

Gov. Matt Bevin Recognizes Sacrifice of Fort Campbell Soldier

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2016) - Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of 1st Lt. Jeffrey D. Cooper, a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

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Health & Wellness

Dr. Robert Learch joins Baptist Health Medical Group     | medicine, Paducah, Kentucky, Baptist Health Paducah,

Dr. Robert Learch
Dr. Robert Learch joins Baptist Health Medical Group

(Paducah, Ky.) Sept. 23, 2016 -- Internal medicine physician Robert Learch, DO, has joined Baptist Health Medical Group Family & Internal Medicine.

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Angie Timmons

Agriculture, Home and Garden

Murray State receives farm gift | Murray State University, agriculture, Ballard County, Kentucky,
Murray State receives farm gift

Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture Dean Tony Brannon announced at the WAVE steering committee meeting the gift of Eagle Rest Plantation in Ballard County to the university. The gift is valued at over 2.5 million dollars and is one of the largest in the school's history.

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Mary Potter

Ag Commissioner takes fight for hemp production to feds | hemp, agriculture, federal government, Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Department of Agriculture

Hemp plant on display at MSU press conference. MSU is one of the schools experimenting with hemp production.
Ag Commissioner takes fight for hemp production to feds

Quarles urges feds to reconsider positions
that could hinder industrial hemp research

Kentucky ag commissioner says government principles contradict Congressional intent

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Ted Sloan, KDA

Arts & Entertainment

Fancy Farm Arts Sale Saturday brings out shoppers | Fancy Farm 2016, arts and crafts, Kentucky,
Fancy Farm Arts Sale Saturday brings out shoppers

Despite an uncertain weather forecast, shoppers showed up early at St. Jerome's Parish to shop and chat with their neighbors.

The Fancy Farm Arts Sale is becoming a stop on the fall circuit for craftspeople.

We shopped with friends from Frankfort who had fun picking up early Christmas presents.

I bought a tree...

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Mary Potter

Politics & Government

Fulton County Dems schedule banquet for September 23rd | Democrat, Fulton County Kentucky, politics,
Fulton County Dems schedule banquet for September 23rd

The Fulton County Democratic Executive Committee is having a "Fulton County River Banquet" Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Methodist Enrichment Center, 105 East Wellington Street, Hickman, Ky.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Program starts at 7:00. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Contact Brad Wiley at 270-627-4119; or 270-236-2108 or email bwiley29@yahoo.com.

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Rep. Kay prefiles transparency bill for Kentucky Retirement System

FRANKFORT - Looking to better insulate Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) from politics while making the agency more publicly accountable, state Rep. James Kay pre-filed legislation today that would block future gubernatorial re-organizations of its board of trustees, lift secrecy on investments and limit the size of any future raises that KRS leaders receive.

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LRC press release

Rep. Montell appointed to Education and Workforce Cabinet

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2016) - Gov. Matt Bevin today announced the appointment of Republican Rep. Brad Montell of Shelby County as Deputy Secretary for the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Montell will officially resign his legislative post and begin his tenure with the Bevin administration on Oct. 1. A seven-term state representative from Simpsonville, he had previously chosen not to seek re-election this November.

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Travel & Tourism

Heritage Days 2016 - Waterfield friends share memories  | Harry Lee Waterfield, history, Hickman County, Kentucky,

Henry Edwards, a classmate of Harry Lee Waterfield looks on as LaDonna Latham makes a presentation to Waterfield honoring his father.
Heritage Days 2016 - Waterfield friends share memories

Friends gathered in Clinton to honor Harry Lee Waterfield, Sr. at the first event of Heritage Days to recall Waterfield, his life, times and family.

Everybody had stories- especially his son, Harry Lee Waterfield, Jr. who recalled his father's life in politics.

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Mary Potter

About Us

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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