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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 11  No. 5 May 2019 (c)

 

FrontPage News

Getting Out the Message: Kentucky's Primary Election of 2019 | Kentucky election 2019, Primary May 2019, media,
Getting Out the Message: Kentucky's Primary Election of 2019

Now a week out from the 2019 primary election in Kentucky for governor and other constitutional officers, all the candidates are in the final phase of their fighting for voters.

Reaching the predicted 15% that will turn out to vote is of primary importance.

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Ivan Potter

Adkins visits Clinton on swing through Purchase | Rocky Adkins, election 2019, governor race 2019, Kentucky, politics,

Rep. Rocky Adkins greets Willet McClam, Jr., a day resident at Hickman County Senior Center
Adkins visits Clinton on swing through Purchase

(Clinton KY) - Kentucky House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins came through the River Counties on a campaign swing that takes him as far from his home as he can get. Adkins, who is running to be the Democratic nominee for governor in the May 21st primary, spoke briefly at the Hickman County Senior Citizen Center..

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Mary Potter

Young Historians Project - 7th graders share research for prizes | Hickman County Historical Society, Young Historians, education, Kentucky

L to R: Karen Stairs, media specialist, Cailin Russell, Carter Terry, Callie Douglas, Emma LeClere, Chris Harmony, language arts teacher Allison Kelly
Young Historians Project - 7th graders share research for prizes

Music, movies, horse racing, political scandal and military history were topics researched and presented by five students at the fifth annual Young Historians Project dinner...

The Young Historians Projects is a joint effort of Hickman County Schools, the Hickman County Historical Society with assistance from Paula McCuiston of the Hickman County Extension Service.

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Mary Potter

Community and Regional News

When the Carnival Comes to Town  | Clinton Kentucky, Spring Chicken Festival, Pope's Concessions,

Spring Chicken Festival welcome from Clinton First United Methodist Church
When the Carnival Comes to Town

Pope's Concessions rolled into Clinton on Thursday April 25th for the Spring Chicken Festival on the court square.Their welcome was a home cooked meal, groaning table of desserts and sweet tea served by members of Clinton First United Methodist Church...

The company travels the South and each appearance is a different experience...

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Mary Potter

Murray State University Bass Anglers ranked second in country ahead of national championship appearance

MSU Bass Anglers team members Brenden Bingham and Hunter McKinley.
Murray State University Bass Anglers ranked second in country ahead of national championship appearance

The Murray State University Bass Anglers fishing team is making waves in the middle of one of its strongest seasons. The team is ranked second in the entire country as of the latest Association of Collegiate Anglers standings released May 6, ahead of a national championship berth next month.

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Education

Graves County Board of Education selects Graves High principal Matthew Madding as district's new superintendent | Graves County Schools, Kentucky, education,

Matthew Madding will serve as superintendent of Graves County Schools beginning in 2019.
Graves County Board of Education selects Graves High principal Matthew Madding as district's new superintendent

Native son, Graves County High Class of '02 valedictorian Matthew Madding, will lead the Graves County School District as superintendent, beginning July 1. The Graves County Board of Education voted to hire him in a special, called meeting Wednesday afternoon, May 15.

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Paul Schaumburg

Kentucky Governor Acknowledges Soldier Sacrifice

Pfc. Michael A. Thomason, 28, Lincoln Park Michigan, April 29, 2019 | Fort Campbell, Operation Inherent Resolve, Syria, sacrifice, US Army, 101st Airborne

Pfc. Michael A. Thomason, 28, from Lincoln Park, Michigan
Pfc. Michael A. Thomason, 28, Lincoln Park Michigan, April 29, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 30, 2019) - Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell soldier who died in Syria while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

According to the Department of Defense, Pfc. Michael A. Thomason, 28, from Lincoln Park, Michigan, died April 29, 2019, in Kobani, Syria, of wounds sustained from a non-combat related incident.

Pfc. Thomason was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

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Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley of Richmond KY: April 20, 2019 | Operation Inherent Resolve, Richmond Kentucky, Fort Campbell, sacrifice,

Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, of Richmond, Kentucky,
Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley of Richmond KY: April 20, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 22, 2019) - Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky soldier who died in Iraq while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, of Richmond, Kentucky, died April 20 in Ninawa Province, Iraq, in a non-combat-related incident. The incident is under investigation.

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Press Release

Politics & Government

Candidate Heather French Henry still focused on vet issues

Candidate Heather French Henry was in the Purchase this week.
Candidate Heather French Henry still focused on vet issues

Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Heather French Henry was in the Purchase this week visiting courthouses and restaurants.

As Miss America, (September 1999-October 2000) her focus was on homeless veterans. After her reign, she continued her interest in veterans' issues. Henry was Commissioner of Veteran Affairs in 2014 by Governor Steve Beshear. Henry stresses that her experience working across party lines for veterans' issues is a major asset for a secretary of state working with a legislature run by Republicans.

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Mary Potter

Governor's race in 2019 brings challengers to incumbent Bevin | bevin, Kentucky election 2019, governor race 2019, Beshear, Edelen, Adkins
Governor's race in 2019 brings challengers to incumbent Bevin

2019 is an unusual election year in Kentucky. There are no national offices on the ballot - no president, no congressional offices, no races that send a winner to Washington. There are no local races...

It should come as no surprise that the top of the tickets will get the most attention. With an incumbent in the governor's office, this election will be in large part a critique of Governor Matt Bevin's leadership.

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Mary Potter

One Democrat and two Republicans vie for AG  | Kentucky election 2019, Kentucky attorney general, Greg Stumbo,

Former McConnell lawyer, Daniel Cameron, is running for AG.
One Democrat and two Republicans vie for AG

2019 is a year for candidates with great name recognition and/or big families. Turnout will be key.

In the race for attorney general, incumbent Andy Beshear is running for governor. That leaves an open seat.

Three candidates are vying for the job.

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2019 Secretary of State race is for an open seat | Kentucky election 2019, Kentucky secretary of state,

Former Miss America Heather French Henry one of eight candidates for secretary of state.
2019 Secretary of State race is for an open seat

2019 is an unusual election year in Kentucky.

In the race for secretary of state, incumbent Alison Lundergan Grimes, is not running. That leaves an open seat. Eight candidates are vying to become the next Kentucky Secretary of State.

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Mary Potter

Auditor's race draws four Dem challengers to incumbent Mike Harmon | Kentucky election 2019, Kentucky auditor, Chris Tobe, Sheri Donahue, Kelsey Hayes Coots, Drew Curtis,

Auditor Mike Harmon is running for a second term.
Auditor's race draws four Dem challengers to incumbent Mike Harmon

2019 is an unusual election year in Kentucky...No local races that bring out friends and families of candidates.

In the race for auditor, incumbent Mike Harmon is running for a second term. He's the only candidate on the Republican side.

On the Democratic side, there are four candidates:

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Mary Potter

Commissioner of Agriculture - Quarles faces challengers | Kentucky election 2019, kentucky commissioner of agriculture, Ryan Quarles, Bill Polyniak, Robert Haley Conway, Joe Trigg,

Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles is seeking a second term.
Commissioner of Agriculture - Quarles faces challengers

In the 2019 race for commissioner of agriculture, incumbent Ryan Quarles is running for a second term. He's drawn a challenger in Bill Polyniak on the Republican side.

On the Democratic side, there are two candidates: Robert Haley Conway and Joe Trigg.

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Mary Potter

Treasurer's race will pit incumbent Allison Ball against one of two Dem challengers. | Kentucky election 2019, Kentucky state treasurer, Allison Ball, Josh Mers, Michael Bowman

Josh Mers is one of two Dem challengers to incumbent Treasurer Ball.
Treasurer's race will pit incumbent Allison Ball against one of two Dem challengers.

2019 is a year for candidates with great name recognition and/or big families. It's a year with guaranteed low voter turnout.

In the race for treasurer, incumbent Allison Ball is running for a second term. She's the only candidate on the Republican side.

On the Democratic side, there are two candidates: Michael Bowman and Josh Mers.

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Mary Potter

Travel & Tourism

May 18: Program on Nathan Bedford Forrest in Clinton  | Jackson Purchase Historical Society, Hickman County Historical Society, Civil War,

Nathan Bedford Forrest: image from Wikipedia
May 18: Program on Nathan Bedford Forrest in Clinton

Richard "Rick" Justice will speak on "Tennessee Blitz: Nathan Bedford Forrest's Lighting Raids in Western Tennessee" at the Hickman County Historical Society, 107 S. Washington St. in Clinton on Saturday, May 18th at 10:30 a.m.

The program is a presentation of the Jackson Purchase Historical Society.

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Press release

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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