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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 9  No. 2 February 2017 (c)

FrontPage News

Emerge Kentucky Class of 2017 visits Paducah  | Emerge Kentucky, women, politics, McCracken County, election,

L to R: Paducah City Commissioner Sarah Stewart Holland, Jennifer Moore, Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless, Family Court Judge Deanna Henschel
Emerge Kentucky Class of 2017 visits Paducah

On Friday, February 24, 2017, Emerge Kentucky introduced the class of 2017 to the Purchase. For some of the participants, it was their first visit.

Emerge Kentucky boasted a success rate of 60% in most recent election. It's helping women beat the electoral odds.

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Mary Potter

Fire at Harper's Country Hams touches many lives | Hickman County Kentucky, Harper's Country Hams, fire, business,

Harper\'s Country Hams totally destroyed by fire on February 8, 2017.
Fire at Harper's Country Hams touches many lives

(Hickman County, KY) - In the very early morning hours of Wednesday, February 8, 2017, scores of lives in this small rural county changed dramatically. Harper's Country Hams caught fire and burned to the ground...

Before and after photos in a slideshow after the jump.

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Mary Potter, WKJ photos

PSC puts the kibosh on Cumberland Valley Electric family business | electric, PSC, Kentucky Public Service Commission, Cumberland Valley Electric
PSC puts the kibosh on Cumberland Valley Electric family business

The Kentucky Public Service Commission had an issue with Cumberland Valley Electric's continued waivers of the utility's nepotism rule - four current Cumberland Valley employees are related to the utility's CEO and an additional 12 employees and a board member are related to other Cumberland Valley employees.

The PSC also reduced the utility's rate increase.

Cumberland Valley serves Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, Laurel, Leslie, Letcher, McCreary, and Whitley Counties in southeastern Kentucky.

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The Written Word: Foundation Language for Political Protest | The Atlantic Magazine, Donald Trump, current events, history,

For those with the time, magazines provide in-depth analysis of current events.
The Written Word: Foundation Language for Political Protest

During this time of political crisis in American government, most people only know what is covered each at 5:30 pm in national TV from ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, or MSNBC. Often these sources spend only a few seconds or few minutes covering national political news and events.

For those of you with the luxury of time, there is another way to be informed on what is happening in this Age of Trump.

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Ivan Potter

Community and Regional News

Verso Incorporated (Verso Paper) Reinvents Corporation for Profits in 2017

Verso Inc. is coming back. The stock has surged from cents to dollars.

Whether the paper mill it shuttered outside of Wickliffe in Ballard County will come back too remains up in the air.

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Ivan Potter

Former Governor Collins to speak at PADD Meeting | PADD, Martha Layne Collins, Mayfield, Purchase Area Development District,
Former Governor Collins to speak at PADD Meeting
PADD EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
Monday, February 27th at 3:00 PM
Guest Speaker
Honorable Martha Layne Collins
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Editorials

Feeling overwhelmed? Welcome to 2017, the year of breaking news | Republican Party, Donald Trump, Democrats,
Feeling overwhelmed? Welcome to 2017, the year of breaking news

Overwhelmed yet?

If you are not, I suspect that you are not watching the 24 news channels, listening to talk radio, following politics on social media.

Waking up each morning of this one month administration is another day of BREAKING NEWS...

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Mary Potter

Replace Obamacare with a better system - single payer health care

Dr. Senator Paul is right in one small part. Obamacare needs to be repealed. But it needs to be replaced with universal health care. Medical providers, especially those in rural areas, are burdened with complying with multiple health insurance companies.

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Mary Potter

Senate doubles campaign contribution limit  | politics, General Assembly 2017, Republicans, money and politics,

Contributions to pols will double under SB 75.
Senate doubles campaign contribution limit

To prove how just in touch our Kentucky State Senators are, just review one of the most pressing new legislative efforts to be offered up as law of the land during this session of the 2017 General Assembly...

The Kentucky Senate just passed Senate Bill 75 that would double the amount of money each political candidate could take for his or her campaign.

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Ivan Potter

Education

Hickman County Chamber Leadership students interact with local officials | leadership program, Hickman County Kentucky, Judge Kenny Wilson,

Row 1 - Ethan Jackson, Keaton Heath, Bobbi Crumble, Cheyenne Basch , Lauren Pittman, Isabella Buckingham, Gabby Collins, Laken Grubbs, Harlee Byassee, Lexy Riddle, Hannah Carroll Row 2 - Cinda Yates, Ward Carter, Judge Hunter Whitesell, Jason Batts, Zek
Hickman County Chamber Leadership students interact with local officials

Hickman County sophomores enrolled in the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program began Law and Government Day sitting in the jury box in the courtroom of the Hickman County Annex...

Early morning speaker, Hickman County District Court Judge Hunter Whitesell, got the day started with a discussion of civics with the students, telling them that America is a "country of laws."

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Mary Potter

Challenger Learning Center offers 2017 youth summer camps | WKCTC, Challenger Learning Center, youth, summer camps, Paducah,
Challenger Learning Center offers 2017 youth summer camps

Paducah, Kentucky (February 13, 2017) - The Challenger Learning Center (CLC) at Paducah will be offering a variety of summer camps with learning fun for kids of all ages. Early registration is encouraged as camps fill up fast. Preregistration is required.

For a full list of camps, prices, follow the jump.

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WKCTC press release

Graves High Academic Team wins 2017 Governor's Cup District Championship; next, Graves hosts regionals Feb. 18 | Graves County High School, academic team, education,
Graves High Academic Team wins 2017 Governor's Cup District Championship; next, Graves hosts regionals Feb. 18

Graves County High School Academic team: Individual winners include Ryan Overby, first in math; Emily Goddard, first in arts and humanities and first in language arts; Matthew Woods, second in science and second in social studies; Alec McClain, first in science, and second in math; Megan Schmitt, fifth in composition; Avery McClain, third in language arts; Logan Elliott, fifth in math; and Karli Prather, first in composition, third in science, and third in arts and humanities.

Not pictured are Kyler Thompson, who served as the team's manager for district-level competition; Katie Hendley, who also competed; and coach Lynda Hiles.

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Paul Schaumburg

Wingo students use math in crime scene investigations | Graves County Schools, Wingo Elementary, Kentucky, students,

Pictured above (L- R) Brian Easley, Chevy Adams, & Allie Rozzell
Wingo students use math in crime scene investigations

Wingo Elementary sixth graders recently became Crime Scene Investigators when they entered math class.

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Debbie Samples

WKCTC Offering Dental Clinic to Celebrate February's National Children's Dental Health Month

Healthy children need healthy teeth.
WKCTC Offering Dental Clinic to Celebrate February's National Children's Dental Health Month

Paducah, KY (February 1, 2017) - West Kentucky Community and Technical College's dental assisting program is offering a dental clinic throughout the month of February to celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month.

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Tammy Thompson, WKCTC

Health & Wellness

Moving day for babies, staff into new Baptist Health Paducah NICU | Baptist Health Paducah, health care, baby,
Moving day for babies, staff into new Baptist Health Paducah NICU

(Paducah, Ky.) Feb. 14, 2017 - It's moving day for five babies and their families into the spacious new John and Loree Eckstein NICU at Baptist Health following the grand opening Monday.

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Angie Timmons

Politics & Government

Know a role model woman? KWC seeking nominees | women, Kentucky, Women's History Month,
Know a role model woman? KWC seeking nominees

The Kentucky Commission on Women is seeking nominations for women who fit the bill as role models.

The program is in celebration of March - Women's History Month. Four winners will be featured on social media.

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Legislative calendar 30 days over 3 months | General Assembly 2017, Frankfort, Kentucky,
Legislative calendar 30 days over 3 months

The Kentucky General Assembly gavels in on Tuesday, January 3rd then breaks on Friday, January 6th. Then it takes a month long break.

Welcome to the Legislature's short session.

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Public benefit corporation bill heads to Senate

FRANKFORT--The Kentucky House has voted 78-17 for a bill that would allow public benefit corporations to do business in the Commonwealth.

Should House Bill 35 become law, Kentucky would become one of more than 31 states that allow for the creation of public benefit corporations--

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Words Plus Actions Equal The Language of Political Protest in America | March for Equality and Social Justice, Donald Trump, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth,

Hand made sign by Nancy Nettles at recent Murray March for Equality and Justice
Words Plus Actions Equal The Language of Political Protest in America

(Clinton, KY) - Hand made signs, small groups writing their thoughts down, letters to the editors, can assume a wave of momentum far greater then individual actions.

It's all in the timing.

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Ivan Potter, Publisher

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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