A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky
Vol. 10 No. 3 March 2018 (c)
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|Pension Rally to be held in Mayfield|
There will be a Purchase Area Pension Rally held on Thursday, March 15th at 5:30 p.m. at Kess Creek Park, located at 201 Locust Dr, Mayfield, KY.
Public employees, retirees, teachers, classified staff and administrators are welcome to attend. Many in our area do not have the opportunity to visit Frankfort to have their voices heard regarding Senate Bill 1, the "pension bill." Please bring signs and wear red to support public employees to show solidarity in Western Kentucky.
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Ravings of a sleep deprived citizen
Salvador Dali obviously liked daylight savings time as much as the rest of us.
I am convinced that many of our sleep dysfunctions are caused by changing the wretched clocks twice a year. The hour change means that sleep patterns must be reestablished and that is not good for the human body. We need sleep and we need it regularly to function.
When 6:00 am becomes 7:00 am, then a few months later is 6:00 a.m. again, that's just not healthy. Instead of taking a sleep aid, we need to get a schedule established and stick to it. Any infant's parent will be the first to say that changing sleep times makes for a cranky baby.
It also makes for cranky adults. See the full story ...
|Candidates receive NRA surveys days after Florida school shooting.|
The NRA is asking Kentucky candidates where they stand on Second Amendment issues. See the full story ...
|Budget will zero out UK Press |
The budget submitted by Governor Bevin to the General Assembly, HB 200, will eliminate funding for the University Press of Kentucky.
Without state support, the Press will be forced to close. See the full story ...
House Bill 252: Unemployment benefits cut by almost 1/2 if passed
Lt. Gov. Jeannette Hampton and Rep. Richard Heath picnic in Columbus
When a job is lost through no fault of the worker, unemployment insurance provides a safety net until the worker becomes employed again. If the Republican controlled General Assembly has its way, that net will have bigger holes. House Bill 252 will make substantial changes in how much unemployment will be available and to who..
Several bill sponsors face opposition in November, 2018. See the full story ...
Gun bills in 2018 General Assembly
Sen. Ralph Alvarado - employees named as marshals can store gun at school.
Gun bills: One will allow school personnel to store their guns at school.
Another will do away with that bothersome concealed carry license
One bill will let those with a concealed carry permit - even a temporary one - take their gun to college.
What could possibly go wrong? See the full story ...
Rain doesn't dampen historians' enthusiasm
Eddie Clark describes finding landmarks in Tennessee named for DeArmond family.
...rain early in the day did not deter family historians from gathering and swapping stories about ancestors now gone. See the full story ...
|The Spencer Journal donated to Historical Society|
Bro. R. Charles Blair has donated to the Hickman County Historical & Genealogical Society a copy of the September 2017 edition of the J. H. Spencer Historical Society's journal, The Spencer Journal, Vol. 9. See the full story ...
Thomas H. Bugg
|Angry students organizing would make Alinsky proud|
The Valentine's Day murders of seventeen and the wounding more than a dozen others in Parkland Florida has generated a furious response from an unexpected quarter: students.
Dominating the news in the days following the attack were high school students. Angry, articulate students. Somewhere in the vast beyond, there's an old community organizer smiling down on them. Saul Alinsky is probably whispering "Go. Go. GO." in their ears. See the full story ...
SB 1 - the devil is in the details
SB 1, the pension bill, has issues according to retirees
...Senate Bill 1 would reduce benefits in areas such as compensatory and sick time. Would those changes reduce long-term liabilities? According to the analysis, the answer is "no." Those changes would have minimal impact. Would a new optional defined contribution plan reduce liabilities? The actuary says "the plan will not decrease the employer cost," but will simply shift the risks to the workers... See the full story ...
James Carroll, President, Kentucky Government Retirees
Graves High 2018 co-ed competition cheerleaders win seventh Universal Cheerleaders Association national title
Graves County High School Coed Cheer Team. Photo by Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools)
The Graves County High School co-ed competition cheerleading team recently won its seventh Universal Cheerleaders Association national title in Orlando, Fla., in the large co-ed division. Head coach Jon Summerville has led the team to seven national championships and ten state titles. See the full story ...
Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools
Hickman County High celebrates I Love to Read Week
Avid reader, Alyssa Moore, was the winner of the Most AR books tested during the week.
With February being Library Lovers' Month and March 2 being Dr. Seuss's Birthday and Read Across America Day, Hickman County High School recently participated in I Love to Read Week with several fun activities designed to celebrate and promote reading.
See the full story ...
Paducah Tilghman's Pierce Named Among Top 10% of Youth Volunteers by Prudential
PTHS freshman Hadley Pierce
Paducah, KY - Paducah Tilghman freshman Hadley Pierce has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and with a President's Volunteer Service Award from President Donald Trump. See the full story ...
Wayne Walden, Paducah City Schools
|Baptist Health March activities|
Breastfeeding, childbirth, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson's - classes and groups for support and education meeting in March 2018 at Baptist Health Paducah. See the full story ...
Angie Kinsey Timmons
HB 227: solar power under attack
The solar power industry faces state and federal hurdles. Photo: www.solarpowerauthority.com
Update: The solar bill is back after House leadership added three (friendly) new members to Gooch's committee. Kentuckians for the Commonwealth are saying call, call, call the General Assembly.
Rep. Jim Gooch (R - House 12) of climate denying and coal loving fame brought HB 227 which would gut the growing solar power movement in Kentucky. Committee Chair Gooch pulled HB 227 off the Natural Resources & Energy Committee schedule on Thursday.
The bill supported by the traditional utility industry, is opposed by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and other consumer groups. See the full story ...
Local libraries to take a hit in KY budget
The bookmobile is one service of local public libraries.
Local libraries will lose all state funding under Governor Bevin's 2018 budget. Supporters are being asked to express opinions to their legislators.
State funds account for 80% of some public library budgets.
Legislative Day in Frankfort for library supporters - February 15th.
See the full story ...
Rare ADD History Document Found
The Purchase Area Development District is headquartered in Mayfield. The author helped set up the ADDs.
Many of my records dwelt with the formation, organization of, and eventually the death of Kentucky Program Development Office. During 1972 I was a young regional planner for the state and oversaw specialized sections of the Kentucky Area Development Districts (ADDs) formation. See the full story ...
Ivan C. Potter
Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing
Ivan and Mary Potter shopping in Hazel KY
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. See the full story ...
Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal
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