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...Just in time for the big snow storm, students at Hickman County High School recently celebrated "I Love to Read" Week with a school-wide book giveaway held in the high school library.
House Bill 145, a statewide ban, passed the House Health and Welfare Committee today.
If the bill becomes law, indoor smoking in public places will be banned everywhere in Kentucky.
Note to Readers: Twelve Hickman County High School sophomores in the 2014-2015 Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class made the rounds of government offices in Clinton last Thursday.
Courtney Cagle, a sophomore at Hickman County High School, filed the following press release.
...I want to share a few tips on how to best utilize your limited time and be more effective in the time you will have here in these hallowed halls of the Capitol Annex..
Editor's Note - Rep. Meeks graciously shared a portion of his newsletter with us. Good advice for anyone who wants to get a point across to General Assembly members during any session -not just this short one. Well worth reading and sharing.
On Monday, February 2, the Special License Plate Commission will consider a new license plate for SOAR - Shaping Our Appalachian Region.
If SOAR gets its own plate, it will be an ego-booster for a region seriously in need of a boost.
This month's Student Showcase display in the Hickman County High School Library featured clay sculptures created by Melinda Paul's middle school students. To conclude this month-long focus on sculpture, pottery, and ceramics, the high school library recently hosted local artist and Arts Council member Danny Whitlock.
Since retiring fifteen years ago, Mr. Whitlock has developed his interest in throwing pottery and is now quite accomplished at his craft.
...By 1970, there were almost 300 separate boards, commission, agencies that operated outside the control of the Governor's Office.
Frankfort, KY at this time, was a state capital divided into two warring camps. Governor Nunn and the Republican Party held control of the operations of state government. Democratic Lt. Governor Wendell Ford was building a massive campaign structure for the elections of 1971...
...RTW laws are calculated to undermine unions by enabling employees at a unionized workplace to receive union won wages and benefits without joining the union or paying the union a service fee. The idea is to discourage workers from joining unions, thereby weakening and ultimately destroying unions.
Not coincidentally, the states with the lowest percentages of union membership are right to work states. Nor it is a coincidence that they are among the poorest states in the Union.
The spots for party primaries on May 27th are set. With the exception of a race for treasurer, the Dems will have a quiet time of it.
On the GOP side, four slates for governor promise a livelier contest.
We list the candidates, their hometowns and our brilliant analysis after the jump.
VP Joe Biden eulogizes Sen. Wendell H. Ford - "His philosophy was summed up when he said, "why make a speech when you can sit down with your colleagues and work something out?"
For the VP's eulogy, follow the jump.
An overpass collapsed in Cincinnati over the weekend shutting down southbound I-75 while chunks of concrete were cleared away. A Kentucky man, construction worker Brandon Carl, 35, of Augusta, was killed in the collapse. Another man was injured.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rand Paul today urged the Kentucky General Assembly to pass a constitutional amendment to restore the right to vote for many nonviolent felons in the Commonwealth who have completed their sentences.
"Restoring voting rights for those who have repaid their debt to society is simply the right thing to do," - Sen. Rand Paul
On the first day of this short session of the General Assembly, Republican leaders filed SB 1 - a right to work bill that looks very much like local ordinances.
Co-sponsors are Senate President Robert Stivers II, Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, President Pro Tem David Givens, Majority Caucus Leader Dan Seum.
The new year of 2015 must be a real new year for our region.
The most recent report on state growth puts the Purchase behind other areas of Kentucky in growth...
...New county judges from McCracken to Fulton have a chance to change the economic down hill slide. It's going to take a commitment that mirrors, but does not imitate SOAR, (Save Our Appalachian Region).
A national right wing Republican friendly money campaign has targeted Kentucky as the next political ideological landscape to increase profits of large corporations.
Now, in the 15th year of the 21st Century, a new brand or concept of regionalism is taking shape in Kentucky. This new perspective towards economic development leaves behind the emphasis of federal-state-regional-local strata for a compressed regional-state-private model.
...Currently, there are too many regional schools for higher education in Kentucky and its high levels of poverty. Add another regional university like U. of Pikeville and the money pot for higher education gets smaller..
The old satellite direct TV viewing is in a lot of pain. Costs for ESPN programming has become the primary costs for satellite TV viewing. This model is losing millions of potential viewers as new generations of TV watchers are turning to NEXFIX, pod casts, and computer movie streaming.
Those prospective employers/businesses who state they do not want to come because of the lack "right to work" protections are the very ones we wish would go somewhere else. Businesses expecting a "permit" to hold employees in perpetual poverty should each and every one be rejected because WE RECOGNIZE OUR RESPONSIBILITY LIES WITH THE CITIZENS OF FULTON COUNTY NOT CORPORATE PROFITS.
from Nettles' Letter to Fulton County Magistrates December 24, 2014
New local taxes, embattled within the new Home Rule laws, will be fought at the state and local levels. Local government will have to scramble to cover loss funding from the state and feds.
Right next to Kentucky's mania with UK Sports is the mania for electing our constitutional officers. Normally, the race for Governor is the big show every four years. But in 2015, several new factors are at play in West Kentucky and across the state...
This story begins, as good ones often do, unexpectedly. My decision to take a random string of back roads from Memphis to a family reunion in central Illinois was driven by an urge to explore and treasure hunt the off-the-beaten-path antique stores that dot rural America. After a number of interesting stops, I found myself northbound on US Route 51, a highway with its own unique history, with the sun setting. As I pulled into the small town of Clinton, two thoughts came to mind; first, even if there are any antique stores they are bound to be closed by now and second, I need to keep moving anyway because, at the rate I am going, central Illinois may as well be central Wisconsin. However, logic and reason quickly went out the car window once I caught a glimpse of what looked to be an interesting piece of architecture...
...Proponents promise these laws will open the floodgates to new employment, but states that are right-to-work are not more effective at growing and attracting jobs. In fact, seven of the 11 states with the highest unemployment rates are right-to-work states, and 12 of the 15 states with the highest poverty rates. After Oklahoma passed right-to-work in 2001, its trend of growing manufacturing employment in the decade prior to the law was reversed.
The Hickman County Arts Council, Inc. will celebrate its tenth year with a birthday party.
A potluck dinner complete with birthday cake will be held at the Young Center in Clinton on Tuesday, January 13th at 6:00...
The program for the evening will be a tribute to the Council's oldest member, Dorothy Nell Harper.
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