A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky
Vol. 8 No. 5 May 2016 (c)
|Champion Homes Begins Employee Recruitment|
Staff with the West Kentucky Workforce Board and the Kentucky Career Centers will be assisting Champion Homes to recruit their first 50 employees.
A job fair has been scheduled for June 1st and June 2nd from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Joe Creason Community Center in Benton. See the full story ...
PADD Press Release
Despite KCTCS Declines and Cuts, Former President Got Huge Payout
Former KCTCS President Michael McCall. Photo courtesy of Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.
As the Kentucky Community & Technical College System eliminates 506 jobs, it disclosed that it paid $815,741 last year to former president Michael McCall.
McCall, one of the highest-paid community college administrators in the country, retired in January 2015, ending a 16-year run as the only president that KCTCS ever had. The KCTCS Board of Regents gave him a one-year contract at his final annual salary to serve as president emeritus. Meanwhile, McCall moved to Isle of Palms, South Carolina, a beachfront town near Charleston. See the full story ...
James McNair, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting
MSU cuts outreach to meet budget shortfall
Gina Winchester, MSU Outreach Director, and her staff will lose jobs June 30th.
One of the ways that Murray State University is covering the budget shortfall is by laying off the staff in its Office of Regional Outreach. Gina Winchester and her staff will no longer have jobs on June 30th.
MSU is raising tuition and cutting programs to deal with budget cuts. See the full story ...
Not had enough politics? Potters' will post prognosticate May 24th
Mary & Ivan Potter will speak to the Paducah Lions Club on May 24th.
Feeling depressed and let down after Tuesday's primary? Need to hear more politics talk?
Here's your chance.
The Paducah Lions Club will hear from two self described political junkies a week to the day after the primary at a luncheon meeting on May 24th... See the full story ...
On Father's Day - June 19, 2011
Father\'s Day - remembering the father I never knew.
Father's Day celebrates the men who did their part. Not just biological dads, but those men who stuck around to see the job done proper...
My father went away six weeks after I was born... See the full story ...
Bernie Sanders, the Ultimate Presidential Campaigner
Senator Bernie Sanders - "think outside the box"
Sanders came to Paducah Kentucky to lay a foundation of support in one of the largest Democratic strongholds in Kentucky. The strength of his speech made people wonder where this man of 74 years of age found the energy to day after day, campaign for leading America into the next new age of American futurism. See the full story ...
|Clinton attracts over 100 to Monday Paducah appearance|
Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton had a large crowd both inside and out at the Little Castle in Lone Oak for an early Monday morning appearance. Estimate was there were about 110 supporters inside.
On the day before the Kentucky Democratic primary, she spent about one hour meeting the crowd and taking pictures.
There was a large media contingency. My wife, Brenda, got interviewed by the Wall Street Journal. I got interviewed by KFVS-TV. See the full story ...
|Continued Higher Education Cuts Place Kentucky Among Worst in Country|
... Kentucky ranks 6th-worst among states in percentage cuts to higher education since 2008 and is in the bottom 10 among states in other funding categories, according to a new report by the Center for Economic Policy.
This disinvestment once again threatens to limit students' access to higher education, as well as our state's opportunities for economic growth. For distressing statistics and a link to the new report, jump to story. See the full story ...
Kentucky Center for Economic Policy
Sanders Rally attracts young and younger people
Lots of little folks, like Abby, came to Sanders\' rally on Sunday
For many in attendance, waiting for five hours and listening for another almost two hours was worth the price of being a part of history in American presidential politics. There were many in the crowd that was first timers for any national politics. Well over half of those in attendance were between the ages of 18 to 35 years of age. This group made up probably 50 % of the room.
But by far, the most heart warming were the scenes of little boys and girls, looking wide eyed at what was happening. See the full story ...
Media Rules on Covering a Presidential Campaign
TV cameras are king at political events.
Time is always the enemy in coverage of any major political event in modern America. So it was with the Bernie Sanders Rally in Paducah, KY. on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Some 50 media reporters were screened for entrance into the rally. Twenty or so large television cameras were set up to fully record the rally.
However, there were invisible media rules at work. See the full story ...
|Department of Insurance reaching out to Graves County|
The Kentucky Department of Insurance is ready, willing and able to assist victims of the Graves County tornado of May 10th.
The tornado that touched down near the county seat of Mayfield, was described as an EF-3. There were no fatalities, though there were multiple injuries. The storm destroyed multiple homes and businesses.
Those affected can get information on what to do after a storm and the rest of us can get info on what to do before a storm. Follow the jump to the link on "More" in the story
Ronda Sloan, Manager, Communications and Public Outreach suggested that consumers can use a toll free number to contact the state agency if they have a problem or a question. 1- 800-595-6053. See the full story ...
I'm for Bernie Sanders and closed primaries
Bernie Sanders exhorting supporters in Paducah. Photo by Berry Craig
I Felt the Bern Tuesday, but I don't share my candidate's disdain for closed primaries...
...This left-leaning, union card-packing Democrat and lifelong Kentuckian is delighted Sanders, a Vermont independent, switched to my party to run for president. I've been a Sanders fan for years. I hope he stays a Democrat... See the full story ...
Student Artwork on Display at Hickman County Courthouse
Eye of the Dragon by Paidyn Burgess
Again this summer, the Hickman County Arts Council is proud to display the artwork of Mr. Rick Harrison's students in the display case located in the hallway of our local Hickman County courthouse. The talents of Mr. Harrison's students can be viewed and appreciated over the coming summer. See the full story ...
Graves High juniors Ethan Murphey, Mattison Sullivan set for 2016 Governor's School for the Arts at Centre College
Ethan Murphey and Mattison Sullivan will attend Governor\'s School for the Arts Summer 2016
Graves County High School juniors Ethan Murphey (left) and Mattison Sullivan have performed in some of the same music and drama circles over the years. They attended Graves County Central Elementary, Middle School, and High School at the same time. Both recently qualified to participate in the prestigious Governor's School for the Arts program this summer at Centre College in Danville. See the full story ...
(photo by Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools
|Leader in Me Community Service Day|
Hickman County Middle School students all turned out in late April to work around Clinton and Columbus on public works projects. The work day was the culmination of a year long program called "Leader in Me".
The Leader in Me initiative is based on author Stephen Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective People". See the full story ...
Mary Potter, photos and information supplied by Beverly Hopkins
Young Leaders in Action are Grand Showcase Champions
Kate Hogancamp, Emma Whitlock, Riley Barber, Gracie Lusk - winners of MSU Young Leaders competition
Four Hickman County Middle School students set out to convince local officials that the sidewalks in Clinton, the county seat, were awful and needed to be fixed. Kate Hogancamp, Riley Barber, Gracie Lusk and Emma Whitlock traveled the sidewalks and took photos of the worst ones then they turned the photos into a powerpoint presentation....
They beat 9 other regional middle schools to win the Young Leaders in Action Competition sponsored by MSU. Their project on sidewalk improvements for the City of Clinton impressed a huge panel of judges to take Grand Showcase Champions. Their project will be sent to the National Legislative Conference in Dallas, Tx to compete against other Young Leaders in Actions See the full story ...
|Kentucky Office of Homeland Security now accepting grant applications|
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 16, 2016) -The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) is accepting applications for the FY 2016 Homeland Security Grant Program May 16, 2016 through July 8, 2016.
The grants, funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, can be used by city and county governments, fire protection districts, area development districts, and public universities to purchase first-responder equipment, communications, cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. See the full story ...
|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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