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Vol. 5  No. 11  November 2014 (c)

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Arts Council Celebrates 10th Years With New Arts Fair | Hickman County Arts Council, Arts, crafts, music, entertainment, shopping
Arts Council Celebrates 10th Years With New Arts Fair

In 2014, the Hickman County Clinton Arts Council, Inc., celebrates its 10th year of operations. It's time again for the Arts Fair which is going to be the biggest ever.

Over the past ten years, with money generated by the Friends of Hickman County Arts, the Council has sponsored musical performances for young people, gardening and beautification programs, "Romeo and Juliet", folk artists, created quilt squares in public spaces, sponsored photography contests, book signings and scholarship programs, to name only some of the events throughout the last nine years the Council has been in existence.

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Ivan C. Potter, Chair Friends of Hickman County Arts

Witnessing history: 2nd woman to become KY Lt. Gov | Crit Luallen, Frankfort, women, state government, Steve Beshear, politics,

Judge Phillip Shepherd administers oath to Lt. Gov. Luallen with husband Lynn by her side.
Witnessing history: 2nd woman to become KY Lt. Gov

(Frankfort KY) - Crit Luallen was sworn in on Friday, November 14th to become the second woman to serve as Kentucky's Lieutenant Governor.

She took the oath before a crowd of 500 in the Rotunda of the State Capitol.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Community and Regional News

Stuff the truck or stuff the cruiser for food banks | Thanksgiving, food drive, Kentucky State Police, Baptist Health Paducah

Stuff the cruiser - Sgt. Michael Webb and Santa Claus (Retired Tpr. Dick Parkos)
Stuff the truck or stuff the cruiser for food banks

Opportunities to share food with those struggling in the holidays include stuffing food trucks and Kentucky State Police cruisers.

Giving thanks and giving back - it's what the season's about.

Follow the jump to find out how to help.

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Press releases

Education

Winners at Project Leadership 2014 announced


MURRAY, Ky. -- More than 350 students and their teachers from nine West Kentucky schools participated in the sixth annual Project Leadership Workshop at Murray State University Nov. 3.

The schools were Ballard Memorial, Livingston County, Graves County, Hickman County, Dawson Springs Junior and Senior High, Marshall County, Calloway County, Reidland Middle, Fulton County ATC and the YMCA Black Achievers from Louisville.

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Bob McGaughey, MSU press release

Musician Chris Thile honored as outstanding alum  | Murray State University, music, Nickel Creek, Chris Thile, mandolin

Chris Thile's 2014 Outstanding Alumni in Fine Arts award was presented to his parents, Scott and Kathy Thile, during the annual Taste of the Arts Dinner and Auction at Murray State University by Dr. Pam Wurgler (right), chair of the MSU department of musi
Musician Chris Thile honored as outstanding alum

MURRAY, Ky. -- Grammy Award-winning musician Chris Thile won the 2014 Outstanding Alumni in Fine Arts award, presented at the sixth annual A Taste of the Arts Dinner and Auction at Murray State University in October.

Thile, of Punch Brothers, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. In a review of his latest release, Who's Feeling Young Now?, London's Independent called Thile "the most remarkable mandolinist in the world."

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Sherry McClain, MSU Information Office,

Governor names new WKCTC Board members | Western Kentucky Community and Technical College, WKCTC, Paducah,

Jason Jones was named to WKCTC Board
Governor names new WKCTC Board members

PADUCAH, KY (November 20, 2014) - Gov. Steve Beshear recently announced the appointment of Mary Hammond and Jason E. Jones as new members to the West Kentucky Community and Technical College Board of Directors.

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Janett M. Blythe, WKCTC

Graves boys' basketball team to play its Dec. 15 game at Wingo School gym to honor great team from 30 years ago

The Graves County High School boys' basketball team will celebrate a special part of its county history when it hosts the Hickman County Falcons on Monday, Dec. 15, at the Wingo Elementary School gym.

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Paul Schaumburg, Community Relations Director, Graves County Schools

Arts & Entertainment

The soft winds of the South Pacific set the stage for musical comedy | Murray State University, theater, entertainment, art, music
The soft winds of the South Pacific set the stage for musical comedy

MURRAY, Ky. -- The classic musical theater production, South Pacific, will open at Murray State University's Robert E. Johnson Theater on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Produced jointly by the departments of theater and music, South Pacific includes the classic songs I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Head, Some Enchanted Evening, There is Nothin' Like a Dame, Younger than Springtime and Happy Talk.

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Technology & Science

Is Least Cost the best way to regulate energy generation? | energy, power, electric, coal, public service commission, PSC, least cost standard

CPI Chair Col Owens presented recommendations for PSC changes.
Is Least Cost the best way to regulate energy generation?

(Midway, KY November 8, 2014) - "Kentucky has traditionally regulated energy generation under a "least cost" or "lowest possible cost" standard, which has not allowed consideration of "externalities" in the rate-setting process. Externalities represent a variety of "outside" costs to rate-setting decisions--for example, health and environmental impacts and jobs and local revenues lost from the closing of a generating plant."

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Energy Policy  Subject of White Paper | energy, Commonwealth Policy Institute, The Women's Network, coal,
Energy Policy Subject of White Paper

"Kentucky's Energy Future...at the Crossroads" begins with the current condition of Kentucky energy policy. It takes a little over a page to come to the point that present policy boils down to one four letter word - "COAL."

The CPI report makes clear there is no one solution. As one speaker put it, "We don't have a silver bullet for energy issues. We have silver buckshot."

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal - 2 opinions posted

Legislators weigh in on energy report | energy, coal, The Women's Network, General Assembly 2014,

Sen. Webb, Rep. Combs, Marzian and Glenn at Midway College forum.
Legislators weigh in on energy report

(Midway KY) - Four legislators shared their thoughts at The Women's Network's Annual Forum on this Saturday morning on Midway College's campus. Each brought their district's perspective to the need for a coherent energy policy.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Economic Development in Rural Kentucky - investments in long term goals | energy, SOAR, economic development, Eastern Kentucky, coal,

Justin Maxson- SOAR is sorta working
Economic Development in Rural Kentucky - investments in long term goals

"Since 2011 Kentucky has lost 6,000 coal jobs, a 40 percent reduction in the industry workforce; for every coal job lost an estimated three additional jobs disappear. Kentucky coal production decreased in 2013 by more than 11.8 percent from 2012, to 80.5 million tons, the lowest level since 1963.57 Coal production will continue to drop leading to serious and potentially catastrophic job loss and significant reductions (estimated 41 percent) in coal severance tax collections that help fund local government services.."

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Renewable Energy Standards needed in KY  | renewable energy, kentucky, coal, biomass, REEPS

Bobby Clark speaks on renewable energy at TWN Forum
Renewable Energy Standards needed in KY

Bobby Clark, President of Sustainable Business Ventures, presented the recommendations contained in "Kentucky's Energy Future...at the Crossroads" to an audience of eighty on a Saturday morning when UK was preparing to kick off against Georgia at noon.

Clark spoke of energy production that is not coal. Hydropower is being generated along the Salt River. Solar power generated at Ft. Knox which could become the first net zero military base in the US. Wind power sufficient to handle a small portion of the grid is being researched. Biomass, in the form of switchgrass...

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

CPI Report: Energy Efficiency - Fastest, Cleanest, Most Cost Effective  | energy, conservation, net zero, Kentucky, coal, Commonwealth Policy Institute, The Women's Network,

Sarah Lynn Cunningham presents energy efficiency recommendations.
CPI Report: Energy Efficiency - Fastest, Cleanest, Most Cost Effective

" The Commonwealth's stated strategy defines energy efficiency as "the fastest, cleanest, most cost-effective and most secure way to meet Kentucky's growing demands." The state has one of the highest per capita energy usage rates in the nation. Therefore energy efficiency holds tremendous conservation opportunities and should command the highest priority in both budget and effort."

(Kentucky's Energy Future...at the Crossroads, page 3)

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

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

No-Count Dog - from nuisance to hero in 40 pages | pet, dog, storm, evacuation, children, picture book, Kentucky, No-Count Dog

Photo courtesy of Gaye Bencini, Hickman County TImes
No-Count Dog - from nuisance to hero in 40 pages

Editor's Note: With No-Count Dog going to the Kentucky Book Fair this November, a look-back at this article might be in order.

The story of a hound dog who goes from being "no-count" to a hero is the newest collaboration between author Mary Potter and illustrator Jennifer Nuckolls.

When a big storm forces his best friend Julie to leave him behind, No-Count Dog is scared.

What can he do to save himself as the flood waters rise?

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Mary Potter


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