A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky
Vol. 11 No. 4 April 2019 (c)
Judge Cunningham: One last tour of the farthest end of his district
Retired Justice Bill Cunningham, up and down the stairs: Sue Ellen Morris, Allison Whitledge, Rebecca Biehslich, Melanie Kelley, Jim Paitsel, Judge Shea Nickell, Rick Major, Judge Hunter Whitesell, Tom Bugg, Judge Tim Langford, Dennis Lortie of the bar.
...Retired Justice Cunningham had lunch with some members of the First District Bar at The Meadows, Fulton's newest hotel. The Meadows, restored to its former glory, currently has nineteen bedrooms. There are plans to add more rooms in buildings acquired next door. The lunch group was treated to tours of the rooms and lunched in the tin ceilinged dining room. The Judge told stories, reminisced about shared acquaintances and talked cheerfully of a future in retirement... See the full story ...
Governor requests Presidential Disaster Declaration
Flooding closed roads in Fulton County and eight others in the Purchase.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 9, 2019) - Gov. Matt Bevin last week sent a letter to President Donald Trump, requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 58 Kentucky counties that were impacted during a severe weather event in February and March. The system produced extended episodes of strong winds and torrential rain which caused flooding, flash flooding, landslides, and mudslides.
The weather system caused over $41 million in damages statewide. Nine counties in the Purchase are among those in the request. Follow the jump for the full list.
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|YE GADS! PALM TREES ON THE MARCH????|
The USDA highlights their web ability to provide data by zip code and refinements which take into account more weather controlling elements such as mountains and bodies of water. This should allow more precision in plant hardiness decisions.
Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press points to zone changes indicative of global warming whereas USDA denies the soundness of using temperature lows as a predictor of change. He points out that "nearly entire states, such as Ohio, Nebraska, and Texas are in warmer zones." See the full story ...
Autumn "Grace" Anderson MSU student named Fulbright Scholar
Autumn "Grace" Anderson
MURRAY, Ky. -- Murray State University senior Autumn "Grace" Anderson has earned an English Teaching Assistant award from the Fulbright Program to teach English in Estonia See the full story ...
MSU press release
|Four Tilghman students chosen for Governor's School for the Arts|
Tilghman juniors Katherine Peck and Mark Taylor and sophomores Jenna Price and Mason Romanak have been selected as participants for the 2019 Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) program. See the full story ...
Transfer agreement for WKCTC to MSU inked
Dr. Anton Reece, WKCTC, and Dr. Bob Jackson, MSU, shake on their schools\' agreement
PADUCAH, KY (04/10/2019) An articulation agreement between Murray State University and West Kentucky Community and Technical College was signed April 9 that will provide WKCTC students who have earned an associate's degree a seamless transfer process into Murray State's nonprofit leadership studies program... See the full story ...
Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley of Richmond KY: April 20, 2019
Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, of Richmond, Kentucky,
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. See the full story ...
Adam Edelen at Murray State - Pizza, Politics and Progressives
Candidate Adam Edelen - pizza and politics at Murray State
(Murray KY April 6, 2019) - Candidate Adam Edelen was on Murray State's campus this sunny Saturday afternoon for a "Politics and Pizza" campaign stop. Stacked boxes of pizza and bottled water greeted those who came out to hear Edelen in Faculty Hall on the MSU campus.
The crowd was divided along age lines with a third college students, a third out of school adults and a third retirees. Edelen knew several there, greeting them by name and working them into his remarks.
Speaking without notes, Edelen spoke for twenty five minutes on issues dear to the hearts of progressives, students and environmental activists. Then he took lots of questions from those in attendance. See the full story ...
|Kentuckians for the Commonwealth PAC endorses Edelen|
....the KFTC Steering Committee voted at its March meeting for KFTC's New Power PAC to endorse Adam Edelen for governor in the Democratic primary... See the full story ...
Rep. Rocky Adkins - experience is key to winning
Rep. Rocky Adkins in Paducah on April 1, 2019.
Rep. Rocky Adkins was back in Paducah on Monday April 1st for a candidates' forum sponsored by the McCracken County Democratic Executive Committee...
In his remarks to the fifty plus attending the event in Laborer's Hall, Adkins pitch was that he has the "experience and proven leadership" to defeat Matt Bevin. He vowed to bring "common sense" back to Kentucky government... See the full story ...
|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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One Democrat and two Republicans vie for AG
Former McConnell lawyer, Daniel Cameron, is running 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. See the full story ...
2019 Secretary of State race is for an open seat
Former Miss America Heather French Henry one of eight candidates for secretary of state.
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. See the full story ...
Auditor's race draws four Dem challengers to incumbent Mike Harmon
Auditor Mike Harmon is running for a second term.
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: See the full story ...
Commissioner of Agriculture - Quarles faces challengers
Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles is seeking a second term.
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. See the full story ...
Treasurer's race will pit incumbent Allison Ball against one of two Dem challengers.
Josh Mers is one of two Dem challengers to incumbent Treasurer Ball.
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. See the full story ...
May 18: Program on Nathan Bedford Forrest in Clinton
Nathan Bedford Forrest: image from Wikipedia
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. See the full story ...
Towers of Tomorrow on display at Discovery Park of America
On display through May 5th, 20 Lego brick towers at DPA
UNION CITY, TENN. - The world's most famous skyscrapers engineered and built out of LEGO bricks are now on display at Discovery Park of America (DPA) in Union City, Tenn. All the way from Melbourne, Australia, "Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks," has arrived in this small Northwest, Tenn. town, and it is only the third time this exhibit has been on display in the United States.
"Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks" will be on display at DPA through May 5, 2019. The cost to see the exhibit is $4.95 with park admission. See the full story ...
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