A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky
Vol. 8 No. 9 September 2016 (c)
Governor loses round in Ky Supreme Court
While AG Beshear expressed hope that Gov will get along with him and House, chances seem remote.
The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled today that the Governor's unilateral cutting of university budgets was unconstitutional. In a 5-2 ruling, the Court ruled that the Governor exceeded his authority. The "cut" was not so much a denial of allocated funds as an order to the universities to not spend the funds allocated. Justice Noble said that once the funds were allocated, the governor could not tell universities not to spend them.
As would be expected, press releases immediately came from the parties. See the full story ...
Western Kentucky House races getting little notice from leadership and press
Dem Party Chair Rep. Sannie Overly can offer encourage to candidate Jesse Wright but not much else.
There are multiple House races going on in the far western end of the state, but the challengers are getting little attention from media and party leadership in Central Kentucky.
Sadly, that's no surprise to natives living as far from the capital and still be in the Bluegrass State. See the full story ...
|Green Creatures That Haunt Our Yards and Minds|
Thinking just how the piece of wood looked totally out of place nestled within the bed of soft spoken rain drops and fiber of the morning rain, I reached toward it.
To my surprise, the stick rose up on small powerful legs. In an instance my human world was being confronted by an alien creature, the kind sometimes found in late night B-movie monster movies. See the full story ...
Ivan Potter, story and photos
Sen. Paul on listening tour in River Counties
With Senator Paul: HCHS students Carley Byassee, Allison Pettit, Natalie Hannon, Taylor Ramage, Adriann Crider, Jakob Stahr, Sierra Miner, and teacher Kent Green
Sen. Rand Paul toured the River Counties earlier this summer in an event labeled not a campaign event. The ever unpredictable Kentucky senator never mentioned the election at two stops in Hickman and Fulton Counties on the tour. Instead, he spent more time listening than talking. See the full story ...
WAVE plans SOAR like event for Oct. 24 -25
Historic Columbus Belmont Park is site of WAVE Confluence October 24-25
WAVE, (West Kentucky Alliance for a Vibrant Economy), the effort by four Mississippi River Counties for jobs and attention, is planning a two day "confluence" at Columbus-Belmont Park October 24-25th. See the full story ...
|Concert: Nashville Songwriters in Paducah|
The Paducah Symphony Orchestra will present Jeff Dayton and guests in concert on Sept. 24th. See the full story ...
MSU grad to host alumni event on Sept. 22nd
Paducah Brew Werks in the old Greyhound bus terminal
MURRAY, Ky. -- Award-winning brewery Paducah Beer Werks, owned by Murray State University alumnus Todd Blume, will host a Murray State alumni event on Sept. 22.
The Graves County native turned his love of brewing beer and a degree in integrated studies from MSU into an award winning small brewery. See the full story ...
|River County Group has a new name and an old attitude|
At a steering committee meeting on September 8th, facilitator Jonathan Miller announced the results of an online pick the best name with best acronym contest to name the group formerly known as the River County Economic Development Project. Miller said the overwhelming choice was Western Kentucky Alliance for a Vibrant Economy- WAVE.
After organizing committees and writing a plan, the next step was a kickin' logo. One that is sharp and recognizable. One that embodies all the vibrant forward motion that WAVE wants to project. One that says great people, great jobs, great pay, opportunity for growth, happiness and bluebirds and all things chocolate. One that costs the four counties participating in the economic development project nothing.
Free. Zero. Zip. Nada. See the full story ...
|UK and U of L lawsuits in brief |
The famous Abbott and Costello burlesque routine riffing on a baseball line up- "Who's on first?" Answer: "Who" was our first thought as we read and listen to the ongoing battles between universities, foundations, a student newspaper and now public watchdog media group.
See the full story ...
Leadership students start year with culture, tourism tour
Sponsor Beverly Hopkins watches sophomores discover their family histories.
The 2016-2017 Hickman County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class visited tourism sites on Tuesday.
...Students spent time looking through the Society's archives, finding pictures of family members.
"Look at Grandma's hair!" was overheard more than once. See the full story ...
Murray State University departments of music and theatre present "Little Shop of Horrors"
Joseph Glaser (Seymour), Maddie Brasher-Evans (Audrey), and Issac Gish (Mushnick).
See the full story ...
MURRAY, Ky. -- The departments of music and theatre at Murray State University will present the fantastical and fun musical, "Little Shop of Horrors," in the Robert E. Johnson Theatre on the Murray State main campus beginning Sept. 29.
Fort Campbell Soldier 1st Lt. Jeffrey D. Cooper
First Lt. Jeffrey D. Cooper of Mill Creek, Washington
Gov. Matt Bevin Recognizes Sacrifice of Fort Campbell Soldier
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2016) - Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of 1st Lt. Jeffrey D. Cooper, a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. See the full story ...
Dr. Robert Learch joins Baptist Health Medical Group
Dr. Robert Learch
(Paducah, Ky.) Sept. 23, 2016 -- Internal medicine physician Robert Learch, DO, has joined Baptist Health Medical Group Family & Internal Medicine. See the full story ...
|Murray State receives farm gift|
Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture Dean Tony Brannon announced at the WAVE steering committee meeting the gift of Eagle Rest Plantation in Ballard County to the university. The gift is valued at over 2.5 million dollars and is one of the largest in the school's history. See the full story ...
Ag Commissioner takes fight for hemp production to feds
Hemp plant on display at MSU press conference. MSU is one of the schools experimenting with hemp production.
Quarles urges feds to reconsider positions
that could hinder industrial hemp research
Kentucky ag commissioner says government principles contradict Congressional intent See the full story ...
Ted Sloan, KDA
|Fancy Farm Arts Sale Saturday brings out shoppers|
Despite an uncertain weather forecast, shoppers showed up early at St. Jerome's Parish to shop and chat with their neighbors.
The Fancy Farm Arts Sale is becoming a stop on the fall circuit for craftspeople.
We shopped with friends from Frankfort who had fun picking up early Christmas presents.
I bought a tree...
See the full story ...
|Fulton County Dems schedule banquet for September 23rd|
The Fulton County Democratic Executive Committee is having a "Fulton County River Banquet" Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Methodist Enrichment Center, 105 East Wellington Street, Hickman, Ky.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Program starts at 7:00. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Contact Brad Wiley at 270-627-4119; or 270-236-2108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See the full story ...
|Rep. Kay prefiles transparency bill for Kentucky Retirement System|
FRANKFORT - Looking to better insulate Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) from politics while making the agency more publicly accountable, state Rep. James Kay pre-filed legislation today that would block future gubernatorial re-organizations of its board of trustees, lift secrecy on investments and limit the size of any future raises that KRS leaders receive. See the full story ...
LRC press release
Heritage Days 2016 - Waterfield friends share memories
Henry Edwards, a classmate of Harry Lee Waterfield looks on as LaDonna Latham makes a presentation to Waterfield honoring his father.
Friends gathered in Clinton to honor Harry Lee Waterfield, Sr. at the first event of Heritage Days to recall Waterfield, his life, times and family.
Everybody had stories- especially his son, Harry Lee Waterfield, Jr. who recalled his father's life in politics. 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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