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Clinton, KY. August 20, 2015 - Once again the urgency to consider hemp as an alternative crop comes out of the blue. The closing of the Wickliffe paper mill and loss of those very good jobs, the quietly sinking price of row crops and the need for jobs in counties that may be "work ready in progress" but have few new prospects, leave me to wonder why hemp research is dragging on for at least another year.
MURRAY, Ky. -- Dr. Brian Parr has joined the Hutson School of Agriculture at Murray State University in the department of agricultural science as professor and head. Parr, who previously got his professional start in higher education at Murray State, has returned after seven years at Auburn University...
Verso Announces Plans for Major Reductions in Coated Paper and Pulp Production Capacity
Actions at Androscoggin and Wickliffe Mills Will Reduce Production Capacity by 430,000 Tons of Coated Paper and 130,000 Tons of Dried Market Pulp
Just seven months after purchasing the paper mill formerly known as NewPage and formerly-formerly known as Westvaco, Verso Corp is closing the plant down. To read the reasoning for the shut down, read the press release posted on the company website after the jump:
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.
MURRAY, Ky. -- Murray State University's office of regional outreach is announcing its 2015-16 grant funding cycle. Now in its eighth year, the Regional Outreach Grant Program provides funding for new and innovative educational programming for West Kentucky youth and adults alike...
For the first time in anyone's memory, three women are on the ballot in November as running mates to gubernatorial candidates.
That's groundbreaking. No matter who wins the governor's chair, a woman will win the second chair.
Graves County Judge Jesse Perry and activist Lynda Winfrey were named Graves County Democrats of the Year at the Graves County Democratic Breakfast.
Apologies to those I promised that I would post their pictures during 2015 Fancy Farm coverage.
Editor's Note: more events have been added to this week's festivities - Mayor Phyllis Campbell invites visitors to stop by City Hall on S. Jefferson Street (behind the Hickman County Courthouse) on Thursday for refreshments. Hickman County Homemakers will be providing cookies downtown on Wednesday morning.
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.
It is time for the Kentucky General Assembly to step up and make alcohol sales legal statewide. Nibbling around the edges with ridiculous exceptions like having a golf course with lots of holes or a restaurant that is big, big or old, old is hypocrisy at the top. Wet. Dry. Damp.
Enough. Enough. Enough.
The Graves County Truck Pullers Association hosted its eighth annual truck and tractor pull Saturday night, Aug. 15, at the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds.
On Saturday, the Kentucky GOP will decide whether to abandon the presidential primary this year to let a favorite son run for two offices simultaneously.
No matter what happens on Saturday, a reconsideration of how Kentucky chooses its presidential candidate is in order.
Prisoners moved after Fiscal Court meeting
(Clinton, KY August 12, 2015) - In an early morning meeting, the Hickman County Fiscal Court voted to close the troubled Hickman County Detention Center. Local prisoners were immediately taken to the Fulton County Detention Center. State prisoners were split among several other jails in the area...
It's a decision that should come as no surprise.
Independent candidate for governor Drew Curtis and his running (and life) mate Heather Curtis submitted a 5000+ signature petition to the Secretary of State yesterday to get their names on the ballot in November.
For more on the independent candidate, follow the jump.
Candidate for Lt. Governor Sannie Overly toured the River Counties from Ballard to Fulton on Wednesday, July 29th. Overly spoke to small groups of supporters at stops in Wickliffe, Bardwell, Clinton and Fulton. She also stopped off at Columbus Belmont State Park.
...if you can't take the free form exercise of the 1st Amendment at a picnic, I have grave concerns for your ability to manage the business of the Commonwealth...
Close to six hundred Democrats gathered at Kentucky Lake for what was once called the Marshall County Bean Dinner. The annual night before Fancy Farm Picnic event is one of the many required events for Democratic office seekers. This year, the name of the event changed to honor former county Judge Mike Miller who passed away in 2015..
...GOP candidate for governor Matt Bevin provided the oddest speech of the day. He began by criticizing the event. We are "celebrating our divisions."
The candidate then went on to ask the crowd to rise and recite the Pledge of Allegiance with him. He went on to talk of the meaning of the Kentucky state flag...
More on the speeches after the jump.
The strategic take away from the 2015 Fancy Farm Picnic is that the Era of Big Federal funds flowing into Kentucky is drawing to a close...
Washington is running on empty...
(Mayfield, KY, August 1, 2015) - A smaller crowd of Democrats gathered at Mayfield High School to get their blood moving for the Fancy Farm political speaking later in the day. It was a subdued crowd - maybe because the Mike Miller Bean Dinner in Marshall County kept many out late. After almost a week of luncheons, dinners, golf scrambles and meet and greets, candidates were looking a tiny bit shell shocked...
Meg Hancock, senior, and Anna Grace McGee, sophomore, have been named state champions in the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts high school writing contest...
Todd Hollenbach - Mark Wilson has achieved the perfect trifecta of places polite Kentuckians don't go.
The 2015 Fancy Farm Picnic combines religion, politics and now with the addition of Matt Jones, sports.
Something else hit the Eggner Ferry Bridge early this morning.
Not a barge this time - a jon boat or a runabout.
How does one hit a bridge that big?
Keith Todd, intrepid media guy for KTC has the report.
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