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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 9  No. 8 August 2017 (c)

FrontPage News

WKCTC Night at Noon Eclipse Party | Eclipse of 2017, Paducah, WKCTC, Western Kentucky Community and Technical College, science, NASA
WKCTC Night at Noon Eclipse Party

West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Night at Noon is set to mark the 2017 total solar eclipse in a street party atmosphere August 21 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the Night at Noon eclipse party is an official NASA viewing site and includes fun activities, music, science demonstrations and food with local vendors. Visitors can see the NASA high altitude balloon launch and meet Kentucky's only astronaut, Terry Wilcutt, who will speak at the event and emcee the eclipse. Night at Noon t-shirts and posters will be on sale to commemorate the big day. Cash only accepted. An XBox One will also be given away following the eclipse. Registration for the gaming system and for all Night at Noon details, visit nightatnoon.org.

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Tammy Thompson, WKCTC

Eclipse Euphoria Erupts Everywhere | Eclipse of 2017, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, marketing, tourism,
Eclipse Euphoria Erupts Everywhere

Kentucky - August 2017 If you haven't heard of the GREAT ECLIPSE OF 2017, then you are living in a bunker out in the wilds of Hickman County without wifi, cell service or a teevee.

The rest of us are contemplating "Where we will stand for the 2 minutes and 40 seconds that the sun will hide behind the moon." Well, two minutes and forty seconds if you make the trek to Hopkinsville which has been declared the EPICENTER FOR VIEWING. Hopkinsville has rebranded itself Eclipseville

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Mary Potter

Purchase Schools vary in approach to Eclipse Day | Eclipse of 2017, school 2017-2018, education, Graves County Schools, Hickman County, McCracken County,

FNB gave Wingo Elementary 500 pairs of eclipse glasses. Students won\'t be in school that day.
Purchase Schools vary in approach to Eclipse Day

Schools in the Purchase are all over the map - ha - in their approach to Eclipse Day, Monday August 21, 2017.

Answering the question whether to have school or to have a "non-traditional instruction day" depends on where you live.

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Mary Potter

Heroes Dinner will honor veterans | Hickman County Historical Society, World War I, Heritage Days 2017, Heroes Dinner

Author Tom Bugg\'s great uncle, Robbie Gale Bugg, who died at Camp Wadsworth, SC as he was preparing to deploy for WW I. It is combined with a picture of his newly closed and flag adorned grave at Salem Cemetery in Hickman County.
Heroes Dinner will honor veterans

In association with our annual Heritage Days, the Hickman County Historical Society is preparing for its third Heroes Campaign dinner. The dinner will be held on Tuesday, September 5th at 6:00 p.m. at the Hickman County Extension Office on James Phillips Drive next to the high school in Clinton. All veterans, regardless of the time of their service, and their guests are invited to attend.

The evening's program will center on the Gold Star Boys, an effort started in 1917 calling each community's attention to the local military personnel who had died in service to their country...

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Community and Regional News

Hickman County Heritage Days September 5 - 9: A Legacy Worth Celebrating | Heritage Days 2017, Kentucky history, Hickman County, art, Jackson Purchase
Hickman County Heritage Days September 5 - 9: A Legacy Worth Celebrating

TIMELINE 225 will be the starting point of a court square "Walk-Around Timeline" opening during Heritage Days, September 5-9.

The horizontal timeline chronicles 225 years of Hickman County history and coincides with this year's celebration of Kentucky statehood, 1792-2017. "Origins"(shown at left) is the first of ten timeline panels created by John Kelly Ross and Liz Jewell.

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Sprucing Up for Heritage Days  | Heritage Days 2017, Kentucky history, Hickman County Kentucky,

Repainted, refurbished exterior of this S. Washington St. buildingawaits Timeline 225 posters.
Sprucing Up for Heritage Days

Heritage Days is a time for Hickman Countians to reflect on events that shaped the region, and stories of those who gave Hickman County a legacy worth celebrating.

For 2017, reminders of our past will be hard to miss!

Downtown display windows for Timeline 225 have been spruced up, literally, with a dark green paint for Heritage Days 2017, September 5-9.

Events schedule follows.

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Liz Jewell, story and photos

Historical Society seeking descendants of WW I vets

American troops in WW I (source Wikipedia)
Historical Society seeking descendants of WW I vets

Over 350 Hickman Countians answered the call of duty in 1917 when America called millions of men and women to go "over there" to fight in World War I...

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Mary Potter

Editorials

Kentucky Political Time Line 2017-2019:  | Fancy Farm 2017, Kentucky politics, Graves County Kentucky,

Hottest flames at Fancy Farm were in the BBQ barrels.
Kentucky Political Time Line 2017-2019:

Fancy Farm is dead! Long live Fancy Farm!

Most of those in attendance at the just completed 2017 Fancy Farm were stunned as to the event dynamics change from the past few years.

While the hoopla of past podium speak offs was muted, the next few years will fan the flames of the Fancy Farm fracas.

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Ivan C. Potter, WKJ Publisher

Health & Wellness

BAPTIST HEALTH PADUCAH August 2017 events

Baptist Health Paducah offers a wide range of programs to the public during August.

Follow the jump to see the list.

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Angie Timmons, BHP

Agriculture, Home and Garden

Farmer asks Comer for help in soybean kills | agriculture, James Comer, Congress, dicamba, Monsanto, soybeans, river counties,

Fulton County farmer Jason Goodman "historic times" when chemical companies use farmers as guinea pigs.
Farmer asks Comer for help in soybean kills

(Clinton, KY August 3, 2017) - When it was question time at Rep. James Comer's town hall meeting in Clinton, Fulton County farmer Jacob Goodman raised an issue new to the first term Congressman and farmer.

Monsanto's super weedkiller, Dicamba, is drifting over the Mississippi River and killing soybeans planted in river bottoms.

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Mary Potter

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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