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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 8  No. 2 February 2016 (c)

FrontPage News

Can Kentucky's merit system survive Matt Bevin? | Matt Bevin, General Assembly 2016, employment, merit system, state government, Kentucky

Will Kentucky\'s merit employees be in the soup?
Can Kentucky's merit system survive Matt Bevin?

...Republican Governor Matt Bevin now sits in the first floor office formerly occupied by Democrat Governor Steve Beshear. The new Governor has promised to shrink state government. Shrinking government means that there will be fewer state employees - many of whom are merit system employees. To do it, he will have to thread the needle last successfully threaded by Democratic Governor John Y. Brown. Brown did it by reorganizing state government. In a nutshell, when the agency goes, so do the employees that work for it, merit and non-merit.

Bevin has yet to follow Brown's lead. Instead, he is shrinking the state budget and forcing administrators to reduce staffing...

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Mary Potter

Commissioner of Education visits Hickman County Schools | education, Kentucky, Education Secretary Stephen Pruitt, college costs, Hickman County, Falcon Academy,
Commissioner of Education visits Hickman County Schools

For Kentucky school systems, it is not all about testing. It's just a lot about testing.

It's also a lot about college and career preparation and student achievement. Hickman County Schools, a tiny district hundreds of miles from the Capital City is doing something right in all those categories.

On February 4, 2016, Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt came down from the Capitol Plaza Tower in Frankfort to see for himself what has propelled a once was at risk system into a system of achievement all within a few years...

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Mary Potter

Liberal-arts education essential to advance in tech age  | education, Bevin, college costs, Kentucky, budget,
Liberal-arts education essential to advance in tech age

Psychology, sociology, history, political science, economics and philosophy -- some maintain that these and other "liberal arts" majors result in less-than-ideal job prospects.

Indeed, recently one presidential candidate called for "more welders, less philosophers" while a well-known venture capitalist quipped that English graduates, "end up working in a shoe store." Sadly, this sentiment seems to be growing right here in Kentucky.

And yet the liberal-arts majors listed above represent the undergraduate courses of study, respectively, of Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase; Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States; Samuel Palmisano, former CEO of IBM; Condoleeza Rice, former secretary of state; John Watson, CEO of Chevron, and Carl Icahn, billionaire Wall Street mogul.

And let's not forget J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame. She completed a bachelor's in French and classics..

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By Michael T. Benson, reprinted with permission 2-8-16

Community and Regional News

Candidate Ron Leach visits Paducah  | Kentucky, Rand Paul, Democrat, US Senate, Kentucky, election 2016, Ron Leach,

Ron Leach is running in the 2016 Democratic primary
Candidate Ron Leach visits Paducah

When Ron Leach shaved off his beard a month or so ago, his daughter asked him why. Hearing that he was going to run for office again after his defeat by Congressman Brett Guthrie in 2013, Leach's daughter said "Don't do it Dad. It's a trap."

It's a trap that combat veteran Leach is charging into...

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Mary Potter

Editorials

Expanded federal tax deductions for businesses would help agriculture industry | Rand Paul, agriculture, tax, farming, Kentucky politics,

Graves County students recently visited with Sen. Paul in his office.
Expanded federal tax deductions for businesses would help agriculture industry

...More often than not, one of the first issues farmers in Western Kentucky bring up is the uncertainty surrounding tax deductions for farm equipment. Owners of other types of small businesses throughout Kentucky have also raised the same concerns.

As a former small business owner, I understand and share their concerns. Last fall, I introduced the Full Expensing Act...

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul

Bevin's Budget: War against Kentucky's State Universities | Bevin, college costs, Kentucky, Tea Party, business, employment,

MSU faculty lined up for investiture of Pres. Davies
Bevin's Budget: War against Kentucky's State Universities

Governor Bevin is sending a clear and powerful message to the citizens of Kentucky.

His budget for 2016-2018 is a war on higher learning.

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Ivan Potter

Education

WKCTC Announces New Business Champions Council

(Paducah, Ky.) - West Kentucky Community and Technical College has lost a significant amount of state funding over the last several years, and business leaders are stepping up to let legislators know they agree with Gov. Matt Bevin that Kentucky can do better. Several local business leaders are serving as Business Champions as part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System's (KCTCS) Fuel the Force campaign, which is asking for restoration of postsecondary education funding.

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WKCTC press release

Graves High senior Kiersten Baker awarded MSU art class scholarship

Graves County High School senior Kiersten Baker was presented an award for a drawing she entered in the Yeiser Art Center's annual regional "Teen Spirit Exhibit."

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PTHS Academic Team runner up in 2016 competition | Paducah Tilghman High School, education, governor's cup,
PTHS Academic Team runner up in 2016 competition

The PTHS Academic Team was district runner-up in District Governors Cup Competition held on January 20, 2016 at Paducah Tilghman High School.

The Quick Recall team, which included starters Meg Hancock, Reese Butler, John Holtgrewe and Jose Roberto dos Remedios was second. The Future Problem Solving team of Skylar Bundy, Madison Mercer, Taylor Willis and Grace Raber was second...

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Wayne Walden

PTMS speech team second in regionals
PTMS speech team second in regionals

The Paducah Middle School speech team took second place overall at the Kentucky High School Speech League regional competition at Murray High School on Saturday, February 6.

Photo: Front Row from left: Quinn Atnip, Hadley Pierce, Catherine Holm, Ella Wainscott, Gabby Copeland, Paige Kight, Zyla Dortch. Second Row: Walker McNeill, Grace Bakehouse, Erin Kelly, Emily Krall, Sam Kirchhoff, Kate Criner, Dylan Nevels, Karlie Hack, Nicole Miller, Lois Akpabio. Back Row: Brandon Reichard, Nick Tooley, Vic Tyler, Liberty Guyette, Travis Trimble

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The Futurist's Corner

Who's killing  Bubba? | health, Kentucky, medicine, mortality rate, South
Who's killing Bubba?

...Bubba likes to start the day off with biscuits and gravy, eggs, home fries, bacon or sausage, or large ham steaks. Lunch is usually something involving processed meats or fried something.

This Southern lifestyle is now catching up with many young and middle aged men. Health experts are seeing a future where heart problems, obesity, and general lack of medical care is attacking a whole region of America...

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Ivan Potter

Arts & Entertainment

Gallery in New Art School Building Named in Honor of Bill Ford Public open house planned for new building March 31 | WKCTC, Paducah, art, Kentucky,
Gallery in New Art School Building Named in Honor of Bill Ford Public open house planned for new building March 31

The main gallery in Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD)'s new 2D and Graphic Design Building has been named in Bill Ford's honor.

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Janett Blythe, WKCTC

Politics & Government

GOP Caucuses set for March 5th

Politiciking allowed at caucus sites.
GOP Caucuses set for March 5th

As of February 3rd, it looks like candidates are down to eight. Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Sen. Rand Paul have suspended their campaigns.

GOP presidential candidates will be on the March 5, 2016 caucus ballot in Kentucky.

For polling locations and a list of candidates, follow the jump.

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Governor sets date for special elections for legislative seats

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 4, 2016) - Today, Governor Matt Bevin filed four writs of election with the Secretary of State to schedule special elections on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. The special elections will fill the following vacancies in the Commonwealth of Kentucky House of Representatives:

House District 8 in Christian & Trigg counties vacated by the resignation of Rep. John Tilley
House District 98 in Boyd & Greenup counties vacated by the resignation of Rep. Tanya Pullin
House District 54 in Boyle & Casey counties vacated by the resignation of Rep. Mike Harmon
House District 62 in Fayette, Owen & Scott counties vacated by the resignation of Rep. Ryan Quarles

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press release

In Western Kentucky, contested House races are in the fall | Kentucky House of Representatives, politics, Western Kentucky, politics, Democrats, Republicans,
In Western Kentucky, contested House races are in the fall

The question of who will control the Kentucky House of Representative is burning up phone, text and email wires around the Capital City. Western Kentucky has a role to play in the outcome.

Who is running against who in western Kentucky?

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Mary Potter

Rep. Rudy attends breakfast

Commissioner Quarles with Rep. Steven Rudy
Rep. Rudy attends breakfast

Rep. Steven Rudy attended the Kentucky Proud Breakfast in Frankfort on February 9th and got his picture taken with Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles.

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Dept. of Agriculture photo submitted

About Us

No-Count Dog to the Rescue is second NCD adventure | No-Count Dog, Mary Potter, Ivan Potter, children's books, animals, hound dog

No-Count Dog and Julie must find a home for a lost kitten in this new adventure.
No-Count Dog to the Rescue is second NCD adventure

(Clinton KY) No-Count Dog is back for his second adventure in No-Count Dog to the Rescue. In his second outing, the lovable dog finds a lost kitten after the big storm of his first book. How No-Count and his friends care for the kitten is the story told in this colorfully illustrated new 44 page picture book.

No-Count Dog to the Rescue was written and illustrated by Mary and Ivan Potter. It has taken the Potters over two years to bring the lovable dog back to print.

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Mary Potter

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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