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Vol. 9  No. 5 May 2017 (c)

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A Remembrance: Memorial Day 2017
A Remembrance: Memorial Day 2017

This Memorial Day let us not forget those who gave their all for our freedom. These faces are just a few of the soldiers with Kentucky connections we have featured since we began the Journal.

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Fort Campbell Soldier: Sgt. 1st Class Aaron A. Henderson | Afghanistan, war, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, Houlton, Maine

Sgt. 1st Class Aaron A. Henderson
Fort Campbell Soldier: Sgt. 1st Class Aaron A. Henderson

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2012) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. 1st Class Aaron A. Henderson, 33, of Houlton, Maine, died Oct. 2, at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit on Sept. 30 with an improvised explosive device in Zombalay Village, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky.

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Fort Campbell Soldier: Sgt. James M. Darrough | Fort Campbell, Afghanistan, Kentucky, Austin, Texas

Sgt. James M. Darrough
Fort Campbell Soldier: Sgt. James M. Darrough

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. James M. Darrough, 38, of Austin, Texas, died Oct. 29, in Kabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 101st Finance Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

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Fort Knox Soldier: Spc. Michael D. Elms | Fort Knox, Afghanistan, Kentucky, Arizona

Sgt. Michael D. Elm
Fort Knox Soldier: Spc. Michael D. Elms

Governor Beshear Recognizes Sacrifice of Fort Knox Soldier

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Knox soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Michael D. Elm, 25, of Phoenix, Arizona, died Oct. 14 in Khowst, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky.

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Kentucky Native Soldier: Pfc. Dustin P. Napier | Afghanistan, London, Kentucky, Stryker Brigade, Fort Wainwright, Alaska

Pfc. Dustin Napier
Kentucky Native Soldier: Pfc. Dustin P. Napier

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 10, 2012) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 

According to the Department of Defense, Pfc. Dustin P. Napier, 20, of London, KY, died Jan. 8 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from enemy small-arms fire.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

 

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Fort Campbell Soldier: Pfc Shane G. Wilson
Pfc. Shane WilsonFRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2012) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Pfc. Shane G. Wilson, 20, of Kuna, Idaho, died Oct. 18, in Khost, Afghanistan. Wilson was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

The Governor will order that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of Pfc. Wilsons’ interment for which arrangements are still pending.

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Fort Knox Soldier: Spc. Mikayla A. Bragg | Afghanistan, Fort Knox, Longview Washington, US Army
Fort Knox Soldier: Spc. Mikayla A. Bragg

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 27, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Knox soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 

According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Mikayla A. Bragg, 21, of Longview, Washington, died Dec. 21 in Khowst province, Afghanistan.  She was assigned to the 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky.

 

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Ft. Campbell Soldier: 1st Lt. John M. Runkle | Afghanistan, Fort Campbell, Kentucky

1st Lt. John M. Runkle
Ft. Campbell Soldier: 1st Lt. John M. Runkle

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 31, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of this Fort Campbell soldier, one of six who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, 1st Lt. John M. Runkle, 27, of West Salem, Ohio,  died May 25 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

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Ft. Campbell Soldier: Pfc. Anthony M. Nunn | Afghanistan, Fort Campbell, soldier, combat casualty, Burnet Texas

Pfc. Anthony M. Nunn
Ft. Campbell Soldier: Pfc. Anthony M. Nunn
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 1, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Pfc. Anthony M. Nunn, 19, of Burnet, Texas, died May 30, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

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Ft. Campbell Soldier: Sgt. Louie A. Ramos Velazquez | Afghanistan, Fort Campbell, Kentucky

Sgt. Louie A. Ramos Velazquez
Ft. Campbell Soldier: Sgt. Louie A. Ramos Velazquez

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 31, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of this Fort Campbell soldier, one of six who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense,  Sgt. Louie A. Ramos Velazquez, 39, of Camuy, Puerto Rico, died May 25 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

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Ft. Campbell Soldier: Sgt. Thomas A. Bohall | Afghanistan, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Wichita, Kansas

Sgt. Thomas A. Bohall
Ft. Campbell Soldier: Sgt. Thomas A. Bohall

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 31, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of this Fort Campbell soldier, one of six who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense,  Sgt. Thomas A. Bohall, 25, of Bel Aire, Kansas, died May 25 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

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Ft. Campbell Soldier: Spc. Adam J. Patton | Afghanistan, Fort Campbell, Kentucky

Spc. Adam J. Patton
Ft. Campbell Soldier: Spc. Adam J. Patton

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 31, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of this Fort Campbell soldier, one of six who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense,  Spc. Adam J. Patton, 21, of Port Orchard, Washington, died May 25 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

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Ft. Campbell Soldier: Spc. Christopher J. Scott | Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Afghanistan, New York

Spc. Christopher J. Scott
Ft. Campbell Soldier: Spc. Christopher J. Scott

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Christopher J. Scott, 21, of Tyrone, New York, died Sept. 3 at Kandahar province, Afghanistan of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky

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Ft. Campbell Soldier: Spc. Michael C. Roberts | Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Afghanistan, Texas,

Spc. Michael C. Roberts
Ft. Campbell Soldier: Spc. Michael C. Roberts

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Michael C. Roberts, 23, of Watauga, Texas, died Aug. 27 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 561st Military Police Company, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, Fort Campbell, Ky.

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Ft. Campbell Soldier: Spc. Rafael A. Nieves Jr. | Afghanistan, Fort Campbell, soldier, combat casualty,

Spc. Rafael A. Nieves, Jr.
Ft. Campbell Soldier: Spc. Rafael A. Nieves Jr.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 11, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Rafael A. Nieves Jr., 22, of Albany, NY, died July 10 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with small-arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

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Ft. Campbell Soldier: Staff Sgt. Edward D. Mills Jr. | Afghanistan, Fort Campbell, Kentucky

Staff Sgt. Edward D. Mills Jr.
Ft. Campbell Soldier: Staff Sgt. Edward D. Mills Jr.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 31, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of this Fort Campbell soldier, one of six who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Staff Sgt. Edward D. Mills Jr., 29, of New Castle, Pennsylvania.  died May 25 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

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Ft. Campbell Soldier: Staff Sgt. Ergin V. Osman | Afghanistan, Fort Campbell, Kentucky

Staff Sgt. Ergin V. Osman
Ft. Campbell Soldier: Staff Sgt. Ergin V. Osman

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 31, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of this Fort Campbell soldier, one of six who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense,  Staff Sgt. Ergin V. Osman, 35, of Jacksonville, North Carolina, died May 25 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

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Ft. Knox Soldier: Sgt. James Harvey | Afghanistan, Ft. Knox, soldier, Toms River NJ, Kentucky, Afghan War

Sgt. James W. Harvey II
Ft. Knox Soldier: Sgt. James Harvey
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 22, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Knox soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. James W. Harvey II, 23, of Toms River, N.J., died June 20 in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky.
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Ft. Knox Soldier: Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers | Afghanistan, Ft. Knox, soldier, Mt Olivet, Kentucky, Afghan War

Sgt. Jeremy R. Sanders
Ft. Knox Soldier: Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers

FRANKFORT, Ky.– Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky native, Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers, 27, of Mount Olivet, KY., died July 14 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, after enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire on July 13.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

 

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Ft. Knox Soldier: Sgt. Nicanor Amper IV | Afghanistan, Ft. Knox, soldier, San Jose CA, Kentucky, Afghan War

Sgt. Nicanor Amper IV
Ft. Knox Soldier: Sgt. Nicanor Amper IV

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 11, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Knox soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. Nicanor Amper IV, 36, of San Jose, California, died July 5 in Khowst, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade. He was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky.

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Kentucky Native Soldier: Lt. Col. John D. Loftis | Kentucky, Afghanistan, Paducah

Lt. Col. John D. Loftis
Kentucky Native Soldier: Lt. Col. John D. Loftis
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 28, 2012) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Lt. Col. John D. Loftis, 44, of Paducah, Kentucky, died Feb. 25 from wounds received during an attack at the Interior Ministry, Kabul, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 866th Air Expeditionary Squadron, Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Kentucky Native Soldier: Pfc. Brandon S. Mullins

Pfc. Brandon S. Mullins
Kentucky Native Soldier: Pfc. Brandon S. Mullins

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 28, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky native soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Pfc. Brandon S. Mullins, 21, of Owensboro, Kentucky, died Aug. 25 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

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Spc. Isiah L. Booker  | Fort Campbell, Operation Inherent Resolve, Iraq, soldier sacrifice

Spc. Isiah L. Booker
Spc. Isiah L. Booker

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 9, 2017) - Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell Soldier, Spc. Isiah L. Booker, of Cibolo, Texas, who died while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

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Community and Regional News

Gaye Bencini: Hickman County Times Editor keeps going with humor, Facebook and lots of friends | Gaye Bencini, editor, journalism, writing, Hickman County Times, Kentucky, humor, Clinton, Iron Banks Lodge

When people wear their hair like this, it\'s quite possible it\'s because they\'ve lost all the matches to their earrings - Gaye Bencini Facebook 5/20/17
Gaye Bencini: Hickman County Times Editor keeps going with humor, Facebook and lots of friends

Hickman County Times owner, publisher, editor, writer, photographer, duster in chief Gaye Bencini is a one woman journalism empire. Of course she is too modest to see it that way. Her self effacing humor comes through in her writing. For example, a Facebook apology recently:

"Dear HCHS Class of 2017, I fall to my knees and beg you to make sure all your folks know graduation Friday starts at 7 p.m. Even though it's been announced correctly in the Times for, say, three or four weeks, in this week's edition right over the bar code, a little bigger than a freckle, it says 8 p.m. and that's what your granny will see. If she comes at 8, she will possibly miss you getting your diploma, a once in a lifetime happening, and worse, she will want to stab Mrs. Gaye."

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Mary Potter

Comparing eight Purchase counties in health measures | health, town hall meetings, medical, hospital,
Comparing eight Purchase counties in health measures

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has a nifty interactive website for studying health outcomes state by state and county by county. We looked at some of the measures for our area. Marshall County stands out as the 8th healthiest in the state.

Adult Obesity: Adult obesity is defined in this study as adults who report a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or more.

Kentuckians report that 33% of adults are obese. In the Purchase, Livingston, Graves, Calloway are at 30%, Fulton at 32%, Carlisle 33%, Ballard, McCracken and Marshall at 34%, and Hickman at 35%

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Mary Potter

Garan employees reminisce on garment factory work | Historical Society, Hickman County Historical Society, Garan, factory, work,

Garan reunion: Laurie McMillin, Katie Wooley, Stella Johnson, Shirley Workman, Janice Dean, Peggy Hill, Betty Bradberry, Nicky McClanahan, Sue Spraggs, Glenda Jones, Laura Beshears, Judy Graham, Angie McCowan, Charlotte Burgess and Susie French. Sign over
Garan employees reminisce on garment factory work

Twenty five former Garan employees gathered at the Hickman County Historical Society to reminisce about the old days. Janice Dean brought the longevity pins she earned over the years working at the garment factory. Dean earned 85 cents an hour when she started. Other workers also commented on their paychecks. Stella Johnson remembered making a $1 an hour.

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Mary Potter

Young Historians 2017: Studying history in 7th grade earns rewards and cupcakes | history, Young Historians, Hickman County Historical Society, Hickman County Arts Council, student competition, education,

Winners in 2017 Young Historians Project: Karen Ellegood, Jessica Barnett, Wes Carter, Rhett Dalton, Garrett Ward
Young Historians 2017: Studying history in 7th grade earns rewards and cupcakes

What do Loretta Lynn, Lou Gehrig, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe and Secretariat have in common?

Besides all being famous, their lives were profiled in speeches and power point presentations by the five seventh grade finalists in the Young Historians Project.

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Mary Potter

Health & Wellness

Fifteen college students selected by Baptist Health for Pre-Med Academy

(Paducah, KY) May 9, 2017 -- Fifteen students from seven colleges have been selected for the first Baptist Health Paducah Pre-Med Academy summer program.

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Angie Timmons

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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