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Is the Fancy Farm Political Speaking on its last legs?
Can St. Jerome\'s Parish Picnic survive if political speaking doesn\'t?
Is the Fancy Farm Political Speaking on its last legs?

Barry Peel, a former television reporter, penned an editorial in today's Lexington Herald Leader, aka www.kentucky.com expressing the view that the Fancy Farm political speaking "has outlived its usefulness because it has outlived its root values." (to read his editorial, click on "More")

Whether Peel is right or not depends on the political leadership of this state.

Frankly, we are not optimistic.

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Post Fancy Farm Questions:
Post Fancy Farm Questions: "What happen to the Democrats? Will they stand and fight in the fall elections?"

Many things were normal for this year's Fancy Farm Picnic. Heat index around 108 degrees. Homemade and professional signs screaming support "for our side" and distrust to the "other side."

The few Democrats speaking assumed the position of being General Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn. They were a token voice against the avalanche of Republican top grade speakers. Senator Rand Paul. Senator Mitch McConnell, Comer, candidate for Congress, and Kentucky Governor Bevin.

The Republicans had a field day with little to no opposition in their political presence from the Kentucky Democratic Party. This was due to the fact that for the first time in 50 years of modern Fancy Farm events, no leadership from Frankfort Democrats dared to show up at Fancy Farm.

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Benge Trail commemorated in Jackson Purchase
Cherokee Chief Troy Wayne Poteet discusses Trail of Tears Benge Route.
Benge Trail commemorated in Jackson Purchase

In 1838, John Benge led 1100 Cherokees and their households through Hickman County to cross the Mississippi River at Columbus. This little known chapter in the Trail of Tears is now preserved in signs and records in Clinton.

Out of this meeting came the formation of the Chickasaw-Cherokee History Center of the Jackson Purchase that will be housed at the Hickman County Historical Society Building."

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Nearly Half of Working Kentuckians Lack Access to a Retirement Account at Work

When it comes to a secure retirement many Kentuckians are in danger in part because they lack access to a retirement account at work that can help them save, new research by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy shows.

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The New Kentucky Project: New Ideas. New Leaders
Matt Jones s shown here at Fancy Farm Political Speaking 2015 is a cofounder of New Kentucky Project.
The New Kentucky Project: New Ideas. New Leaders

Kentucky Sports Radio founder Matt Jone and former State Auditor Adam Edelen launched their long awaited New Kentucky Project on Tuesday.

The New Kentucky Board roster includes one new leader west of I-65, the county attorney of Henderson County.

Whether the "new" touches the Purchase is a question for the future.

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Politics & Government

Calendar set for General Assembly's 2017 session
Calendar set for General Assembly's 2017 session

FRANKFORT - The 2017 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is scheduled to begin on Jan. 3 and will last 30 legislative days.

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Education

Candidates for WKCTC president to visit campus August 18 - 19th
Perrin Alford among the finalists for WKCTC president.
Candidates for WKCTC president to visit campus August 18 - 19th

Finalists for the position of president/CEO of West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) are scheduled for on-campus visits and interviews August 18 and 19. During those visits candidates will meet with WKCTC faculty, staff, students, the WKCTC board of directors and local leaders.

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Community and Regional News

River County Economic Development Project looking for a new name
Four River Counties formed a Riverport Authority. Pictured: the Port of Hickman
River County Economic Development Project looking for a new name

Organizers of the River County Economic Development Project are trying to strike a spark to bring jobs to the four Kentucky counties farthest from Frankfort.

Step One is to find a catchy name. Locals are being urged to visit survey monkey to select one.

Step Two: Have a conference.

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WKCTC Invites Public to Share September 11 Stories August 29

...To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the attacks, West Kentucky Community and Technical College invites the public to share their September 11 stories and hear the stories of others during a free one-hour presentation beginning at 11 a.m. in Matheson Library.

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