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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 9  No. 4 April 2017 (c)

FrontPage News

Garan reunion Saturday  | Garan, manufacturing, Clinton Kentucky, history, garments, clothing

Garan supervisors 1990: front row: Judy Beshears, Laura Beshears, Wanda Painter, Sue Spraggs, Lenora Puckett, Paula Hayden, Irene Lomax, Phyllis Campbell, Jan Rohrer, and Sherry O\'Steen, back row: Cindy Elkins, Sheila Bugg, Ricky Hagan and Jerry Bone.
Garan reunion Saturday

Garment manufacturing was a job creator in the last half of the twentieth century in Clinton Kentucky. Hundreds of families benefited from steady jobs. Women became managers and floor supervisors.

On Saturday, the Hickman County Historical Society will honor the Garan workers with a reception.

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Senator Paul discusses health care law in Paducah med forum | Rand Paul, health care, Paducah, Baptist Health Paducah, medicine

Sen. Rand Paul listens to a question at Paducah medical town hall
Senator Paul discusses health care law in Paducah med forum

(Paducah, KY April 18, 2017) - Senator Rand Paul was in his comfort zone addressing doctors and nurses. Senator/Dr. Paul, dressed in a sports jacket over scrubs, addressing medical professionals in a health care town hall meeting at the Carson-Myre Heart Center Auditorium, Baptist Health Hospital.

...Now that the GOP controls the legislative and executive branches, what happened?

"We got weak kneed and said Ah, we can't repeal the whole thing. Let's repeal parts of it and replace it with more government stuff."

Insurance companies came in for a great deal of criticism. "I don't give a you know what for insurance companies. They made 6 billion dollars before Obamacare and then they made 12 billion under Obamacare."

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Mary Potter

Rep. Comer holds town hall in Bardwell | James Comer, First Congressional District Kentucky, health care, Donald Trump, Obamacare,

Congressman Comer addresses town hall in Bardwell.
Rep. Comer holds town hall in Bardwell

(Bardwell KY - April 19, 2017) - First District Representative James Comer promised to hold a town hall meeting in every one of the 35 counties that make up his district. He visited his thirteenth this sunny Wednesday.

It wasn't a raucous crowd that greeted the Congressman in this small rural county for a morning session. Older, whiter, rural constituents listened quietly as Comer spoke at length on the three issues he is hearing most about: foreign affairs, tax reform and health care.

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Looking to 2019 - Can Bevin hold power? | Bevin, Kentucky politics, government,
Looking to 2019 - Can Bevin hold power?

Will Governor Bevin keep control of Kentucky politics and political power in Frankfort until 2019?

The answer is a "resounding YES!"

Right now, he has the best hand in the political poker game.

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Ivan Potter

How Governor Bevin makes mistakes in 2018

Governor Bevin is on the path to be a one term governor and

lose control of the Kentucky House of Representatives

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Ivan Potter, Publisher, West KY Journal

Community and Regional News

PSC Approves Big Rivers Electric Solar Energy Projects   | Kentucky Public Service Commission, solar power, Western Kentucky,
PSC Approves Big Rivers Electric Solar Energy Projects

FRANKFORT, KY - The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a proposal by Big Rivers Electric Corp. to build seven small solar power facilities across its service territory:

  • Livingston County Middle School, Burna - 10 kW - Jackson Purchase Energy

  • McCracken County High School, Paducah - 10 kW - Jackson Purchase Energy

  • Mike Miller Park, Benton - 10 kW - Jackson Purchase Energy

  • Kenergy offices, Henderson and Owensboro - 30 kW each - Kenergy

  • Meade RECC offices, Brandenburg - 20 kW; and Hardinsburg - 10 kW - Meade RECC

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PSC Press Release

Editorials

Garan reunion recalls glory days for local workers

Cutting, assembling, sewing, finishing garments requires skill and concentration.
Garan reunion recalls glory days for local workers

Those who sit in the halls of power and call garment making "low skilled labor" have obviously never made a shirt from a bolt of cloth...

It seems a cruel joke that while 350 workers in Clinton Kentucky lost their jobs, Garan still has an office on 5th Avenue in the Big Apple.

It's also a cruel joke to use jobs, jobs, jobs for politicians to climb up the political ladder. But the promise will keep working as long as workers want to believe.

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Mary Potter

Education

PTHS students chosen for Governor's Scholars Program | Paducah Tilghman High School, Governor's Scholars, Kentucky,

l to r: Peyton Patel, Anna Grace McGee, Emery Wainscott, Kaleb White, Jose Ricardo dos Remedios, Taylor Willis
PTHS students chosen for Governor's Scholars Program

Paducah Tilghman High School juniors Anna Grace McGee, Peyton Patel, Emery Wainscott, Taylor Willis, and Kaleb White have been chosen as scholars, and Jose Ricardo dos Remedios has been chosen as an alternate, for the 2017 Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program.

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Wayne Walden

Technology & Science

Students teams secure places in Idea State U finals | science, technology, Murray State University, education,

Bilingual Buddies, a company founded by Murray State students (from left to right) Willis Holmes, Corie Fitch and Edward Milan, won a spot in the business plan finals.
Students teams secure places in Idea State U finals

Bilingual Buddies, a company founded by Murray State students Edward Milan, Willis Holmes and Corie Fitch, won a spot in the business plan finals. Bilingual Buddies are interactive stuffed pets that teach children another language though interaction. With the special software app that has been developed, a child can speak to their pet in English, and it will repeat their words back to them in another language.

Three additional teams who work with the Kentucky Innovation Network office at Murray State placed in the finals. They are from Hopkinsville Community College and the University Of Kentucky Paducah School Of Engineering.

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About Us

Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing | Ivan Potter, Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal, politics, Clinton Kentucky,

Ivan and Mary Potter shopping in Hazel KY
Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing

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.

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Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal


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