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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 7  No. 9 September 2015 (c)

FrontPage News

Discovery Park of America hosts Labor Day "Party in the Park" | Discovery Park of America, tourism, Tennessee, Cowboy Dan, Labor Day 2015

Cowboy Dan is taking the stage on The Great Lawn at 11:00 a.m.
Discovery Park of America hosts Labor Day "Party in the Park"

UNION CITY, TN- All tickets are just $10 on Monday, September 7th, as Discovery Park of America employees invite you to their Labor Day "Party in the Park!" Discovery Park is ordinarily closed on Mondays, but they are opening Labor Day with even more excitement than usual!

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Mary Nita Bondurant

Family Budget Calculator Shows What it Takes to Get By Throughout Ky. | family, money, Kentucky, economics
Family Budget Calculator Shows What it Takes to Get By Throughout Ky.


Today the Economic Policy Institute released an update to its signature Family Budget Calculator, which shows what's required for families to attain a secure yet modest standard of living in 618 communities throughout the country, including seven across Kentucky.

The Family Budget Calculator is a stark reminder that many jobs in Kentucky do not pay workers enough to meet their family's basic needs.

According to EPI, a two-parent, two-child family in Kentucky must earn at least $4,184 a month, or an annual total of $57,763, to make ends meet..

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Kentucky Center for Economic Policy

Community and Regional News

Horse and buggy doctor's office being restored | Kentucky, history, Clinton, medicine, Hickman County,

Dr. Thomas Lamkin\'s office has been relocated next to the Hickman County Museum.
Horse and buggy doctor's office being restored

In horse and buggy days, a physician could only cover so much territory. Consequently in the early 1900s there were as many as 28 doctors in Hickman County, "from Columbus to Clinton and from Oakton to Springhill."

Dr. Thomas Lenard Lamkin was one of these "horse-and-buggy doctors." His one-room office, located in the Springhill community, had all the necessities: an operating table, a life-sized skeleton, and castor oil in a whiskey bottle.

Dr. Lamkin's office has been relocated several times but now it has a permanent home. Thanks to its most recent owner, Carlean Black, the old doctor's office is now being restored and is part of the Hickman County Museum in Clinton...

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Liz Jewell

Graves County Schools students may register for archery, attend mandatory meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 | archery, Graves County Schools, sports, Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson, GCHS student, with some of his archery awards.
Graves County Schools students may register for archery, attend mandatory meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15

Archery is growing in popularity regionally and nationally. With Graves County High School student Dustin Johnson's success over the past two years as a state and national champion and recipient of tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships, interest is especially high in western Kentucky. Interested Graves County Middle and High school students as well as sixth graders at five of the district's elementary schools may join the schools' teams and they don't even have to own a bow!

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Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools

Leadership Launch at Murray State Paducah Regional Campus Sept. 4

MURRAY, Ky. -- Women of all ages and in all walks of life are invited to take part in a day of discovery of the leader in them through "Leadership Launch" at the Murray State Paducah Regional Campus. This day of information and inspiration, set for Friday, Sept. 4, is for women who lead in their families, communities, businesses and the public sector. The event runs from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and will be held at the Crisp Center on the MSU Paducah campus located at 4430 Sunset Avenue.

For registration information, follow the jump.

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Sherry McClaiin MSU

Editorials

Privatization of state parks: an bad idea supported by Bevin and Conway | Kentucky state parks, Bevin, Conway, privatization, government
Privatization of state parks: an bad idea supported by Bevin and Conway

...At one time, Kentucky's state parks were crown jewels enticing millions of tourists to the state. Shrinking resources have changed those parks from jewels to being described as "sad" and "dilapidated" by the candidates of the two major political parties. Instead of pledging increased support to polish the jewels, Conway and Bevin are willing to foist the parks off to private industry.

Have we learned nothing from privatizing jails?...

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Mary Potter - 1 opinion posted

Education

Marine software donated to WKCTC training program

PADUCAH, KY (August 31, 2015) - Rose Point Navigation Systems has donated its Rose Point ECS software to the Inland Logistics and Marine Institute at West Kentucky Community & Technical College, college officials announced today...

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Janett Blythe, WKCTC

Murray State completes learning center partnerships | Murray State University, computers, technology, Carlisle, Hickman, Fulton, Ballard, River Counties

Opening the Barlow computer center.
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Mary Potter, photos supplied

Governor Beshear Acknowledges

Kentucky Air Force Captain Matthew D. Roland | Afghanistan, Afghan War, Kentucky soldier, Operation Freedom's Sentinel

Air Force Captain Matthew D. Roland, age 27
Kentucky Air Force Captain Matthew D. Roland

According to the Department of Defense, Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, of Lexington, Kentucky, died of wounds suffered Aug. 26 when the vehicle he was traveling in was attacked near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan. Capt. Roland was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida.

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Governor's Office Press Release

Health & Wellness

Baptist Health Paducah heart attack care receives national performance award

Paducah, KY - Aug. 31, 2015 - Heart attack treatment at Baptist Health Paducah was recently recognized among the nation's best by the American College of Cardiology for the third year...

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Angie Timmons

Politics & Government

Teachers file federal lawsuit against Kentucky Teachers Retirement System

Three plaintiffs joined in a class action suit filed in federal court in Louisville this afternoon. The Plaintiffs claim that they are receiving a cut in benefits because of mismanagement of the retirement fund.

Chris Tobin, author of Kentucky Fried Pension, sent the press release that follows.

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Chris Tobin, press release

Victory Lap! Senator Paul praises GOP for caucus vote | Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell, presidential primary, presidential politics, Kentucky Republican Party

Does Rand Paul owe big thanks to senior Kentucky senator for caucus vote?
Victory Lap! Senator Paul praises GOP for caucus vote

Senator Rand Paul got what he wanted from the Republican Executive Committee on Saturday when it voted to pull out of the May presidential primary and hold a March caucus instead.

If reports coming from Frankfort are accurate, what will he owe Senator McConnell for the change?

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Mary Potter - 1 opinion posted

19th Amendment - women's vote is 95 years old. | women, Kentucky, 19th Amendment, suffrage

Lt. Governor Crit Luallen at swearing in ceremony.
19th Amendment - women's vote is 95 years old.

Amendment XIX


The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

..Today, Lt. Governor Crit Luallen will take part in a commemoration at the Kentucky State Fair of the 95th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution which gave women the right to vote.

Would the women who fought the long battle to get the vote make of universal suffrage in 2015?..

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Mary Potter

Travel & Tourism

Heritage Days set for September 8 -12th | Hickman County, Kentucky, history, Heritage Days 2015
Heritage Days set for September 8 -12th

Hickman County has a history worth knowing about and celebrating. With a dramatic view of the Mississippi River and some of the most fertile hills, valleys, and woods in the upper South, this place was off and running from the beginning...

Heritage Days, a week-long event spearheaded by the Hickman County Museum and Hickman County Historical and Genealogical Society, is a time for Hickman Countians to reflect on their local history and applaud those communities and individuals of Hickman County who helped establish a legacy worth remembering.

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Liz Jewell

Fancy Farm Arts & Crafts Fair Sept 12 | Fancy Farm, Kentucky, arts and crafts, Graves County, travel, tourism
Fancy Farm Arts & Crafts Fair Sept 12 See the full story ...

Technology & Science

MSU professors present "God's Blueprint: Scientific Evidences for a God-Designed Universe" | Murray State University, science, religion, Big Bang theory, education,

Murray State University faculty members Dr. Josh Ridley (left) and Dr. Murphy Smith will present a Christian Faculty Network event, "God\'s Blueprint: Scientific Evidences for a God-Designed Universe," on campus. Photo provided
MSU professors present "God's Blueprint: Scientific Evidences for a God-Designed Universe"

MURRAY, Ky. -- Christian Faculty Network (CFN) is sponsoring a speaker event, "God's Blueprint: Scientific Evidences for a God-Designed Universe," on Monday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. in the Curris Center Theater, located on the third floor. The event is open to all students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community.

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Sherry McClain, MSU

About Us

Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing

Meet the husband and wife team responsible for West Kentucky Journal.

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Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal


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