A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky
Vol. 7 No. 10 October 2015 (c)
Bevin: Not voting for Rand Paul
Matt Bevin - not voting for Rand Paul - the guy\'s who\'s supposed to campaign for him this weekend.
Updated: Bevin walks back comment on Twitter.
Ryland Barton is reporting that gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin says he won't vote for Kentucky Senator Rand Paul in the presidential race.
Instead, he will vote for Ben Carson.
Awkward. See the full story ...
Ryland Barton, NPR
Comer running for Whitfield seat
James Comer, now candidate for Congress, in Hickman County in 2013.
Adam Beam at Kentucky.com is reporting that James Comer is going to run for Whitfield's seat.
Things sure change quickly. On Monday he was riding off into the sunset.
Wait. The First District stretches from sunrise to sunset. See the full story ...
|Hickman County Schools Declared DISTINGUISHED DISTRICT|
There is a lot to celebrate in the Hickman County School District at all levels.
The District has been recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education as a Distinguished School District based on accountability scores for the 2014-2015 school year.. See the full story ...
Jan Johnson, Director of District-wide Programs, Hickma Hickman County Schools
Whitfield not running in 2016
First District Congressman Ed Whitfield is retiring from Congress
First District Congressman Ed Whitfield is not running again for Congress.
The weirdest shaped district in America is about to get a new congressman in 2016. See the full story ...
Jamie Comer's decision to leak e-mails to newspaper went wrong
James Comer in Mayfield - Did the Courier Journal doom his election for governor?
This is a story of how an ex-girlfriend of a candidate for governor in the 2015 Republican primary altered the destiny of the Commonwealth. The story is based on confidential interviews that Kentucky Roll Call conducted over the past two months with credible sources close to the campaigns of Jamie Comer and Hal Heiner.
With leaked emails - stolen identities - private detectives - a sex and abuse scandal involving a major candidate for governor - it's a story straight out of a political thriller.
Thanks to Lowell Reese for allowing us to reprint. See the full story ...
Lowell Reese, KY Roll Call reprinted with permission
|Tipping Point: Mapping Predicted Population Changes - 2010 - 2030|
Back in July, when no one was looking, a US Census study charting population changes using census numbers for 2000 and 2010 then extrapolating out through the year 2050 was released. Some counties will do very well. Others will do very poorly. Not surprisingly, the greatest loss of population is in far Eastern Kentucky. The surprise is that the four counties of the Mississippi and a band of counties around the northwestern edge of the state are among the losers.
See the full story ...
|Murray State encourages degree completion with Project Graduate|
MURRAY, Ky. -- Murray State University is inviting adult students with 80 or more college credit hours to enroll in classes to complete their bachelor's degree in any of the spring, summer or fall 2016 semesters.
As a special incentive for those who apply during Project Graduate Week, Sept. 28-Oct. 2, Murray State will waive the application fee for eligible individuals... See the full story ...
|Still Room at 11th Annual Arts, Crafts, Book Fair|
The Hickman County Friends of the Arts is in the planning stages for the 11th Annual Christmas Arts/Crafts/Book Fair set for Saturday, November 21st, in the gymnasium at the Hickman County Elementary School in Clinton. The Fair draws shoppers from western Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee and is expected to be even bigger and better this year due to an advertising budget that includes a direct mail catalog.
The Fair is currently recruiting new vendors and is limited to craftsmen and artists who hand-make their own items for sale, vendors who offer food items prepared in their own kitchens and local companies, and authors signing and selling their books. More info after the jump. See the full story ...
|Berea College and Knox County to be part of demo project |
Berea College program working in Knox County Kentucky to be one of 10 demo programs -
Over six million Americans in rural areas live in poverty, including about 1.5 million children. In many communities, high rates of poverty have persisted for generations: over 300 rural counties have had poverty rates of over 20 percent in every Census since 1980. As President Obama has stated, "A child's course in life should be determined not by the ZIP code she's born in, but by the strength of her work ethic and the scope of her dreams." See the full story ...
White House Press Release
|COMER PREDICTS BIG FUTURE FOR INDUSTRIAL HEMP IN SPEECH TO HEMP INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION|
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Industrial hemp will cover tens of thousands of acres and generate thousands of jobs in Kentucky in the near future, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer told hundreds of hemp growers, processors, and enthusiasts at the Hemp Industries Association Conference today in Lexington.
"In the future, I think we're going to go from 1,700 acres to 10,000 acres to 20,000 acres to 40,000 acres".. See the full story ...
Ted Sloan, KY Department of Agriculture
|PADD Picnic draws hundreds |
Over 260 guests gathered for the 2015 Purchase Area Development District Annual Fish Fry at Columbus Belmont Park. See the full story ...
Prayers offered for police and emergency responders
Back- Alisha Moore, Leader; Shannon Payne, Co-Leader In front of them, L-R: Siriah Harris, Kera Adams, Cadence Byassee In front of them: Lizzy Hudson, Amber Wheeler and Maci Fuller. Paris Kirby and Kadynse Hayden, very front.
Clinton, KY - September 22, 2015 - Over seventy people gathered on the Hickman County Courthouse lawn to pray for the safety of police and emergency responders in the aftermath of KSP Trooper Joseph Ponder's shooting death. Girl Scout Daisy Troop was also on hand to take part in the service.
See the full story ...
|Ky. LRC has a new Director: Era of sex, drugs, rock-n-roll over|
David Byerman, from the Nevada Senate, has just signed a two year contract for a base salary of $ 135,000. If he is still standing in six months, he will get a 5% raise.
On the surface, Byerman looks like a good choice. His background is impressive. His entire public career has been deep in the areas of public policy, inter agency coordination, government-people communications, and issue problem solving.
However, the question of the day is, "Can he deal with the Dark Side of the insider Frankfort politics and the General Assembly without losing his job?" See the full story ...
|October is Anti-Bullying Awareness Month and Kentucky Safe Schools Week- October 18-24, 2015|
October is Bullying Prevention Month and Kentucky Center for School Safety proudly announces the theme for Kentucky Safe Schools Week (October 18-24) This year's theme "I WANT TO BE A SCHOOL SAFETY SUPERHERO..." See the full story ...
Karen McCuiston, MSU
| Murray State to host Come Together Kentucky|
MURRAY, Ky. -- Murray State University is hosting the 20th "Come Together Kentucky" Oct. 23-25. The Come Together Kentucky conference targeted toward LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) college students, high school students, community members and the ally community. The conference is free to all who want to attend.
This year's conference theme is "With Liberty and Justice for All." See the full story ...
Graves High assistant Kamalie Matthews transforms late football start into college degree, coaching, NFL dreams
Graves COunty High School Assistant Coach Kamalie Matthews
Kamalie (pronounced kuh-MALL-ee) Matthews never dreamed football would be a part of his life. When he finally decided to pursue it, he had a rocky start. Now, he's working as an assistant coach and teaching assistant at Graves County High School and hoping to get a call to the National Football League! See the full story ...
Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools
|Hancock Selected to Attend Princeton University Symposium|
Meg Hancock, a senior at Paducah Tilghman High School, has been invited to be one of only 90 outstanding student artists and scholars from across the country to attend Princeton University's Creative Arts and Humanities Symposium. See the full story ...
Hickman County Heritage Days - a rolling history lesson
From left, Stacey Simmons, Mallorie Hobbs, Mrs. Lynn Yarbro, Mrs. Karen Dean, Jondavid McClanahan
During the week following Labor Day, Hickman Countians focused on the history of their county. It was a week of all ages learning something new. Photo - Ms. Dean's 8th grade history class researches at Historical & Genealogical Society. See the full story ...
Churches unite for a "Heartfelt Connection"
Listening to Riverheart Band share gospel music outdoors on a Sunday evening.
Members of Clinton First United Methodist Church are partnering with members of New Obion Missionary Baptist Church in an effort to reach the heart of Clinton. The effort named "Heartfelt Connection" focuses on reaching out to the unchurched and needy of the community. See the full story ...
|Department of Corrections honors employees|
Frankfort, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2015) - The Kentucky Department of Corrections recently honored employees across the state at its annual Corrections Awards Luncheon held Sept. 9 in Louisville.
Among those honored were Department of Corrections Hero Awards were presented to: Jon Tangerose, lieutenant and Donnie Konias, sergeant, Western Kentucky Correctional Complex (WKCC); See the full story ...
Michael A. Caudill Kentucky Department Of Corrections
There's plenty to do in Hickman County! Interagency Council members share plans for fall
Front row: Leanna Wilkerson, Deena Pittman, Becky Seaton, Laura Poole & Lilly, Liz Jewell, Melissa Goodman, back row L to R Ken Jewell, Beverly Hopkins, Vicki Batts, Jason Batts, Mattea Mitchell, Lisa Adams, Kenny Wiilson
(Clinton, KY - September 4, 2015) The Hickman County Interagency Council met at the Extension Office on James Phillip Drive on Friday morning. The group shared news of what their groups and agencies are up to this fall. Representatives of the two local nursing homes, churches, business and volunteer agencies come together quarterly.
Melissa Goodman, Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences in Hickman County opened the meeting by first asking participants to limit their reports to three minutes then repeating the goal of the group is "working together to strengthen Hickman County." See the full story ...
Pumpkin Village opens October 1st at Discovery Park
John Watkins, Camden Napper and Oracio Tajeda are busy creating an awesome Lion for this year\'s McDonald\'s Pumpkin Village at Discovery Park of America.
(Discovery Park of America, Union City TN) - McDonald's Pumpkin Village opens on October 1st and will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday throughout the month of October. See the full story ...
Mary Nita Bondurant
|Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing|
Meet the husband and wife team responsible for West Kentucky Journal. See the full story ...
Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal
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