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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 5  No. 7  July 2014 (c)

FrontPage News

Road to Fancy Farm bus tour begins today | Alison Lundergan Grimes, West Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, Fancy Farm Picnic 2014,

Coming to a county near you - Grimes begins "Road to Fancy Farm" tour
Road to Fancy Farm bus tour begins today

Senator Mitch McConnell for years has maintained a special relationship with small rural West Kentucky counties. In fact, many of these counties are listed as Democratic but have voted for McConnell, a Republican.

From Owensboro (Daviess County) down to Paducah (McCracken County) through some 13 counties of West Kentucky, Grimes has just released her “grass–roots effort” to connect with these voters.

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Ivan C. Potter, Publisher West Kentucky Journal

Jamie Comer is Gathering Speed and Momentum in Governors race | Comer, agriculture, Kentucky, governor's race

Comer speaking on biomass at Murray State last year.
Jamie Comer is Gathering Speed and Momentum in Governors race

Kentucky Agricultural Commissioner, Jamie Comer, is on “media fire.” During his term in office, he has been releasing an average of 3 statewide press releases a week...

 Compared to his rivals, Comer is getting eight times more local coverage..

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Ivan C. Potter, Publisher West Kentucky Journal

A new look for Fancy Farm Stump Speak | Fancy Farm Picnic 2014, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Mitch McConnell, election 2014, St. Jerome's Catholic Church, Mark Wilson, US Senate race,

Quietly waiting for the crowds to come, the pavilion at St. Jerome's is ready.
A new look for Fancy Farm Stump Speak

(Fancy Farm, KY) – On this quiet Sunday afternoon, Mark Wilson, chair of the political stump speaking that has made the Fancy Farm Picnic famous, surveyed the tons of concrete and brick that make up the new pavilion and proudly pronounced, “Now this is my baby.”

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Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal

PSC cuts Utilities Inc. increase request by 2/3

PSC Reduces Rate Adjustment for Water Service Corp.

Utility receives one-third of increase it sought for

Middlesboro and Clinton customers

Rates Clinton residences to go up $1.56 month per 5000 gallons

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Andrew Melnykovych, Kentucky Public Service Commission

Fluor Federal Services to begin deactivating Paducah plant | Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, nuclear clean up, nuclear waste, Department of Energy

DOE awards clean up contract to Fluor Federal.
Fluor Federal Services to begin deactivating Paducah plant

(Paducah, KY) – The US Department of Energy awarded a Task Order under the Nationwide Environmental Management ID/IQ Unrestricted Contract to Fluor Federal Services, Inc. for deactivation activities at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) in Paducah, Kentucky, which is currently leased to the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC). The estimated award is $420 million dollars over three years.

That is $96 million dollars more than reports and estimates earlier this year. In February, DOE allocated $324 million. An earlier estimate by Congressman Ed Whitfield put the cost at $265 million.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal - 2 opinions posted

Political doin's start before August 2nd | Fancy Farm, Politics, Grimes, McConnell, West Kentucky, Graves County, elections
Political doin's start before August 2nd

The political doin's start before the candidates take the stage in Fancy Farm, Kentucky. There's eatin' aplenty and hobknobbin' goin' on in the Purchase.

We have compiled a partial list of both GOP and Dem events.

(Email editor@westkyjournal.com and we will add events we probably missed.)

UPDATE: Correction: We had the GOP and Dem Saturday morning breakfast sites backwards. Thanks to reader for catching mistake. 

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Community and Regional News

Mark Wilson takes us on a tour of his town | Fancy Farm, St. Jerome's Catholic Church, Graves County Kentucky, Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson takes us on a tour of his town

Mark Wilson, the long suffering and long serving chair of the political portion of the Fancy Farm Picnic (Mark says that his wife is really in charge) took us on a tour of Fancy Farm and shared the wonders of his hometown. He even pointed out some Democrats to us as we traveled about in his golf cart.

Come along with us as we tour Fancy Farm, Kentucky.

 

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Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal

St. Jerome's 17 acre complex now on National Register | Fancy Farm Picnic, St. Jerome's Catholic Church, Graves County, Kentucky,

St. Jerome's Catholic Church Complex sign is in center of Complex.
St. Jerome's 17 acre complex now on National Register

(Fancy Farm, KY – July 20, 2014) Fancy Farm’s St. Jerome’s Church unveiled a new bronze plaque on this hot, sunny summer afternoon. The plaque commemorates the designation of seventeen acres of the St. Jerome’s Catholic Church Complex in this small Graves County community listing in the National Register of Historic Places on January 8, 2014.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Coming for Fancy Farm Picnic? Take some time to explore the Jackson Purchase | Discovery Park of America, West Kentucky, Jackson Purchase, Mayfield, Fancy Farm Picnic, Columbus Belmont Park, Cadiz, Paducah

Places to escape politics include Union City TN's The Discovery Park of America.
Coming for Fancy Farm Picnic? Take some time to explore the Jackson Purchase

Coming down to the farthest corner of the state for barbecue and bombast?

Why not get away from the madding crowd by visiting places unconnected to politics?

We have a few suggestions:

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Mary Potter

Editorials

Fancy Farm Fires Invokes Ancient Tribal Political Warfare  | Fancy Farm Picnic 2014, Graves County Kentucky, Politics, McConnell, Rand Paul, Alison Lundergan Grimes,
Fancy Farm Fires Invokes Ancient Tribal Political Warfare

FANCY FARM, KY. From the annals of civilizations through out history, there has been one single fact of kings and governments: political power is never shared or given, it is always taken.

The year is 2014. In just eight days, a great battle will take place in a far away rural crossroads called Fancy Farm...

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Ivan C. Potter, Publisher West Kentucky Journal

Education

PTHS asks to be debate site for McConnell-Grimes  | Grimes, McConnell, election, Paducah Tilghman High School, debate, US Senate race,
PTHS asks to be debate site for McConnell-Grimes

“A comfortable, familiar site, a high school offers citizens from all walks of life a welcoming place to come and watch the debate, and due to our reputation and history as a state leader in debate and speech, it's particularly fitting that Paducah Tilghman serve as a host for this important election's debate."

- Paducah Tilghman Speech Team coach and Kentucky’s National Forensic League Coach of the Year Martha Emmons Paducah Tilghman Speech Team coach and Kentucky’s National Forensic League Coach of the Year Martha Emmons. 

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Wayne Walden, PR Officer Paducah Public Schools

Six Jackson Purchase students, each representing a different high school, place highly in 2014 National FBLA Conference

Students from six different Jackson Purchase high schools were among the national winners at the recent 2014 National Future Business Leaders of America Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Two other far western Kentucky high schools also placed in the top ten in their categories of competition.

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Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools & KDE press release

Health & Wellness

Hearing: Federal Government Must Study Health Impact of Mountaintop Removal Mining | coal, mountaintop removal, drinking water, environment, Congress, John Yarmuth,

Yarmuth:“If that were the drinking water here in Congress, we not only wouldn’t drink it – we would not stand for it.”
Hearing: Federal Government Must Study Health Impact of Mountaintop Removal Mining

...This Congress, Yarmuth introduced H.R. 526, the Appalachian Community Health Emergency (ACHE) Act, which would halt permits for mountaintop removal mining operations until the federal government can study its health impacts on nearby communities and declare the practice safe.

According to recent peer-reviewed research, people living near mountaintop removal coal mining sites have increased rates of cancer, birth defects, and mortality...

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Stephen George

August is busy month at Baptist Health in Paducah | health, Paducah, Western Baptist Hospital, Kentucky
August is busy month at Baptist Health in Paducah

From support groups for stroke survivors, cancer and arthritis sufferers to classes for preteen girls, August will be a busy month for health awareness in at Baptist Health in Paducah.

Follow the jump for the schedule.

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Angie Kinsey, Baptist Health Paducah

Business

Restored Coca Cola building to house microbrewery | history, Jackson Purchase, Paducah,

Ed Musselman shares before and after story of Coke plant.
Restored Coca Cola building to house microbrewery

Paducah developers Ed and Meagan Musselman are bringing a dream to life. Their work continues on the old Coca-Cola building in Paducah.

Ed Musselman told the Jackson Purchase Historical Society on Saturday that they are committed to staying as close to the period as humanly possible. With the exception of electrical units, their contractor and architect has done just that.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

About Us

That’s Right, Kid, I’m Reading a Newspaper. Deal with It!

Reading newspapers in public - going the way of the carrier pigeon and indoor cigarette smoking?
That’s Right, Kid, I’m Reading a Newspaper. Deal with It!

It was a rare moment of reality! It was at a juncture of disruptive technology, hunger, old media and a smart mouth preteen. The time was 12:04 on a recent Friday when I was confronted with change.

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Ivan C. Potter, Publisher West Kentucky Journal


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