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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 5  No. 4  April 2014 (c)

FrontPage News

BREAKING NEWS: WKCTC Offering Enrollment Assistance for Displaced Mid-Continent Students at Skilled Craft Training Center April 22
BREAKING NEWS: WKCTC Offering Enrollment Assistance for Displaced Mid-Continent Students at Skilled Craft Training Center April 22

Mayfield, KY (April 16, 2014) –West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) personnel will be at the Skilled Craft Training Center near Mayfield Tuesday, April 22 providing on-site enrollment assistance to students who have been displaced by the closing of Mid-Continent University.

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Janett M. Blythe, WKCTC

Jail gets stay of execution

L to R: Judge Greg Pruitt, Magistrates Harold Jackson, Ricky DeWeese, Tommy Roberts, Treasurer Carol Melugin.
Jail gets stay of execution

(Clinton, KY – April 15, 2014) –The Hickman County Detention Center (aka “the jail”) has been sitting on death row for the past month. That’s about the time when the news leaked out that the jail would be closed by the Hickman County Fiscal Court at its April meeting.

Rumors of an April execution turned out to be premature.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

House Bill 463 - crafted to save KY millions | jail, prison, incarceration, Kentucky penal code

HB 463 will reduce prison population by 3,000 inmates between 2011 and 2021.
House Bill 463 - crafted to save KY millions

House Bill 463 is in a word, HUGE. Huge in length at 155 pages and huge in its effect on crime and punishment in Kentucky. A product of a task force made up of all three branches of government, House Bill 463 sailed through the General Assembly in 2011. Less than one month passed between introduction and signing into law...

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Price to share writing and living history on April 22nd
Price to share writing and living history on April 22nd See the full story ...
Ivan C. Potter, Publisher West Kentucky Journal

Community and Regional News

Annual jobless rates released for 2013
Annual jobless rates released for 2013

The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2013 at 6.1 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham counties, 6.5 percent each; Scott County, 6.7 percent; Boone, Daviess, Franklin, Madison and Shelby counties, 6.8 percent each; and Caldwell, Owen and Warren counties, 7 percent each.

Leslie County recorded the state’s highest annual unemployment rate in 2013 — 17.7 percent. It was followed by Harlan and Magoffin counties, 17.6 percent each; Letcher County, 17.3 percent; Knott County, 16.1 percent; Fulton and Jackson counties, 15 percent each; Bell County, 14.9 percent; Perry County, 13.7 percent; and McCreary County, 13.5 percent.

Editor's Note: To see how your area development district and county fared, go to that ADD's page.

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Kim Brannock - Ky Education Cabinet

Unemployment numbers Purchase and Pennyrile

County by County - Purchase and Pennyrile counties show only small changes in two years of unemployment.

Follow jump for county by county unemployment numbers for 2012 and 2013

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Unemployment numbers: Bluegrass ADD

Bluegrass Area Development District - heart of the Bluegrass not doin' so bad.

For a county by county breakdown, follow the jump.

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Unemployment numbers: Fivco, Big Sandy, K y River

Fivco, Big Sandy, Gateway, Kentucky River, Cumberland River and Lake Cumberland show double digit unemployment with few bright spots.

For county by county breakdown, follow the jump.

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Unemployment numbers: Green River and Barren

Green River and Barren Area Development Districts - regional gains and hopeful outlook.

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Unemployment numbers: Lincoln Trail and Kipda

Lincoln Trail and KIPDA - employment picture getting better.

For county by county breakdown, follow the jump.

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Unemployment numbers: Northern Kentucky, Buffalo Trace and Gateway

Northern Kentucky, Buffalo Trace and Gateway Counties - small changes over two years.

For a full county listing, follow the jump.

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Education

Cuba Elementary gets national recognition

Ms. Nikki Simpkins, left, and first graders at Cuba Elementary.
Cuba Elementary gets national recognition

(Frankfort, KY.) –Two Kentucky schools have been recognized as part of the National Title I Association’s National Title I Distinguished Schools program. Schools are chosen in two categories. Beechwood Elementary (Beechwood Ind.) is the state’s category 1 school, a school that has exceeded adequate yearly progress for two or more years. Cuba Elementary (Graves Co.) is the state’s category 2 school, a school that significantly closed the achievement gap between student groups.

Editor's Note: a bittersweet honor - Cuba is scheduled to close at the end of this school year.

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Mary Potter & KDE press release

Mid-Continent closing June 30th.

A light extinguished. Mid-Continent is closing.
Mid-Continent closing June 30th.

(Mayfield, KY) - The beacon that called students to Mid-Continent University will no longer shine.

The school could not solve its financial issues and is closing.

The faculty are working without pay to finish semester classes.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Politics & Government

To close or not to close?  | jail closing, Hickman County, Kentucky, detention,

County Judge Greg Pruitt cites revenue losses from state prisoners as reason for closing jail.
To close or not to close?


(Clinton, KY) The Hickman County Fiscal Court may be soon asked by the current Hickman County Judge Greg Pruitt to vote to close the county jail and move police dispatch and 911 functions out of the county.

Rumors of a closing have circulated for months. The matter hasn’t come before the Fiscal Court, leading locals to believe that the rumors were unfounded. The issue arose again when a letter entitled “Open Letter to the Citizens of Hickman County” appeared in the March 18th issue of the Hickman County Times.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal - 1 opinion posted

A tale of two counties - Carlisle and Fulton made opposite decisions on local jails | Hickman County jail, Fulton County, Carlisle County, dispatch

Carlisle County located their dispatch service in their new courthouse.
A tale of two counties - Carlisle and Fulton made opposite decisions on local jails

When confronted with the same question - whether to build a new jail or not - the two counties to the north and south of Hickman County reached exactly opposite conclusions. One built. The other did not. And both are happy almost fifteen years later with the decisions they made.

While Hickman County struggles with deciding the fate of its jail, 911 call and dispatch service, Carlisle and Fulton Counties made those decisions years ago. We talked with both county judges to get their take on how their counties are dealing with jails and 911...

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Check, please.

Clinton Mayor Tommy Kimbro, left, and City Councilman Howard Dillard.
Check, please.

(Clinton, KY) – You're sitting in a nice restaurant in a party of six. Five get up and leave. The last one out says, "Just pay 1/6 of the check."

No problem. How bad can it be?

You open the bill and your heart skips a beat. The bill is over 200% more than you spent last time you were here.

Now what?

That's the scenario that confronted the Clinton City Council this week. The bill for dispatch is check is a lot more than they bargained for when they began planning next year's budget a month ago. The bad news came by mail.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Rep. Gooch threw woman's undies on dinner table? Ewwwww....
Rep. Gooch threw woman's undies on dinner table? Ewwwww....

Representative Jim Gooch (D- Providence) doesn't deny he threw a woman's underwear on a restaurant table in Mobile Alabama.

He told NPR that it didn't bother anyone.

 

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NPR - WFPL report

KET announces candidate debate schedule
KET announces candidate debate schedule

Beginning April 21st, KET's Kentucky Tonight with Bill Goodman will host a series of Congressional candidate debates.

Print and save the schedule so not a word is missed.

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KET press release

Hillary Clinton coming to Louisville

WFPL, Louisville's NPR station is reporting that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in Louisville on April 26th to speak to the United Methodist Women's Assembly, a gathering of 7000 Methodist women.

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Arts & Entertainment

Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss to be at MSU May 1st

Legendary singer, songwriter Willie Nelson and virtuoso Alison Krauss will be at Murray State on May 1st for their first joint tour.

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Technology & Science

Graves High student Melissa Shankle wins Ky. National Center for Women and Information Technology Award

Graves County High School student Melissa Shankle
Graves High student Melissa Shankle wins Ky. National Center for Women and Information Technology Award

Graves County High School student Melissa Shankle recently was selected as a Kentucky winner of the National Center for Women and Information Technology Award.

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Paul Schaumburg


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