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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 6  No. 5 May 2015 (c)

FrontPage News

Comer Concedes

In an emailed letter to supporters this morning, Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer and candidate for governor conceded to the primary to his rival Matt Bevin.

...While I do not want to let you down, I believe it is in the best interest of the Republican Party and Kentucky to avoid a long, divisive, and expensive recount. Now is the time to be united against Jack Conway and I stand united with Matt Bevin...

For the full text of Comer's message, follow the jump.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Bevin takes high road for GOP primary victory | James Comer, Matt Bevin, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, conservative, Republican, GOP, Primary 2015, Kentucky, governor's race 2015,
Bevin takes high road for GOP primary victory

How did Matt Bevin, who got a dismal one third of the vote in his last outing, beat three experienced politicians?

Two words: Angry voters.

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Ivan Potter & Mary Potter

Fallen KY National Guard members honored  | military, Kentucky National Guard, Frankfort, veterans,

Fallen KY National Guard member names are listed on new monument.
Fallen KY National Guard members honored

The Kentucky National Guard Memorial, dedicated on May 25, 2015, was built to remember the hundreds of soldiers and airmen who perished since 1912, when Kentucky adopted federal legislation that established the modern National Guard.

"A good many survivors [in the audience] have a loved one that this memorial is being dedicated to here today," Kentucky Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini told an overflow crowd..."

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal, Ted Sloan, Com'r of Ag press release

Kentucky earns a "D" on report on status of women

The Institute for Women's Policy Research released a study examining multiple categories and ranked the states and District of Columbia in the Status of Women in the States study.

Thank goodness for West Virginia.

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Community and Regional News

New Program Provides Relief for Struggling Families while Increasing Efficiency of Tax Collection | Hickman County, Kentucky, property taxes,

Hickman County Attorney Jason Batts offers new program for taxpayers.
New Program Provides Relief for Struggling Families while Increasing Efficiency of Tax Collection

(Clinton, Kentucky, May 21, 2015) - Hickman County Attorney, Jason Batts, announced that the office has now fully implemented a new program designed to assist those families struggling to pay their taxes while benefiting the needs of the community. The new program has been met with great enthusiasm by people taking advantage of it.

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Editorials

Thank God Mitch is thinking about retiring...why else write his memoir? | McConnell, politics, Kentucky, US Senate,

Majority Leader McConnell writing his memoirs.
Thank God Mitch is thinking about retiring...why else write his memoir?

...In a press release today, McConnell talks of writing about his early years with his struggle over polio. He will also write about his being on the public paycheck for over forty years.

The book has a tentative title of "The Long Game." How appropriate for Mitch to use this name. The real career of McConnell has been one massive game...

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Ivan C. Potter, Publisher West Kentucky Journal

Education

Discount tickets to Cards/Reds game benefit band
Discount tickets to Cards/Reds game benefit band

When the Cincinnati Reds visit the St. Louis Cardinals at 7:15 p.m. Monday, July 27, be among those fans from western Kentucky in attendance and help the Graves County High School Band at the same time!..

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Paul Schaumburg, Community Relations Director, Graves County Schools

Graves County Middle School students find inspiration through march of long line of 2015 Graves High grads | Graves County Schools, Mayfield, education, graduation
Graves County Middle School students find inspiration through march of long line of 2015 Graves High grads

Graves County High School will graduate a record number of seniors in the Class of 2015 Friday night. A line of some 339 graduates stretched from GCHS to Graves County Middle School Tuesday morning. Eventually, all the seniors marched through the first floor of the middle school.

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Paul Schaumburg, Community Relations Director, Graves County Schools

Rogers Named 2015 Kentucky SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year

Carpentry Instructor Lynn Rogers
Rogers Named 2015 Kentucky SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year

Lynn Rogers, a carpentry instructor at Paducah Area Technology Center, was named the 2015 SkillsUSA Kentucky Advisor of the Year.

The prestigious "Advisor of the Year" award is given to those individuals who provide the guidance and leadership necessary to ensure America has an educated and highly skilled workforce. One of Roger's students, Sami Riis, also placed fourth in the carpentry division at the state competition.

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Wayne Walden, PR Officer Paducah Public Schools

Arts & Entertainment

They're Back! Student works on display in Hickman County Courthouse | art, school, Hickman County Arts Council, education,
They're Back! Student works on display in Hickman County Courthouse

Again this summer, the Hickman County Arts Council is pleased to display pieces of two dimensional art from students in both Hickman County Elementary and Hickman County High School. The artwork will be on display in one of the courthouse display cases through the month of August.

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Danny Whitlock

Bad luck and good news for "dangerous dreams" in 2016

MSU's 2015 Shakespeare Festival suffered from the Ides of March. Of over 1000 students registered to see "Much Ado About Nothing" only 140 had the chance before bad weather shut the play and the university down.

That's the bad news.

Good news arrived recently with the announcement of a grant from South Arts to support the 2016 festival, so ASC will be back on campus March 8-10, for its tour, "Dangerous Dreams."

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Constance Alexander

About Us

Three orphan kittens find foster parents

Shoestrings are fascinating.
Three orphan kittens find foster parents

...Best they could figure, the mama was most likely the three legged stray that had been hanging out around the police station. Mama had been killed - hit by a car. A good Samaritan called the police to report there were babies. There they were and there they could not stay...

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

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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