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"America's newest governors, Kentucky Republican Matt Bevin and Louisiana Democrat John Bel Edwards, have experienced opposite fates as voters have gotten to know them better since they were elected last fall.
In the Bluegrass State, Bevin's approval rating sits at 33 percent, well below the 57 percent support which his Democratic predecessor Steve Beshear enjoyed before he left office. Edwards, meanwhile, has a 10 percent higher approval rating than the 35 percent Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal had at the end of his term." Morning Consult
Father's Day celebrates the men who did their part. Not just biological dads, but those men who stuck around to see the job done proper...
My father went away six weeks after I was born...
Staff with the West Kentucky Workforce Board and the Kentucky Career Centers will be assisting Champion Homes to recruit their first 50 employees.
A job fair has been scheduled for June 1st and June 2nd from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Joe Creason Community Center in Benton.
As the Kentucky Community & Technical College System eliminates 506 jobs, it disclosed that it paid $815,741 last year to former president Michael McCall.
McCall, one of the highest-paid community college administrators in the country, retired in January 2015, ending a 16-year run as the only president that KCTCS ever had. The KCTCS Board of Regents gave him a one-year contract at his final annual salary to serve as president emeritus. Meanwhile, McCall moved to Isle of Palms, South Carolina, a beachfront town near Charleston.
One of the ways that Murray State University is covering the budget shortfall is by laying off the staff in its Office of Regional Outreach. Gina Winchester and her staff will no longer have jobs on June 30th.
MSU is raising tuition and cutting programs to deal with budget cuts.
... Kentucky ranks 6th-worst among states in percentage cuts to higher education since 2008 and is in the bottom 10 among states in other funding categories, according to a new report by the Center for Economic Policy.
This disinvestment once again threatens to limit students' access to higher education, as well as our state's opportunities for economic growth. For distressing statistics and a link to the new report, jump to story.
I Felt the Bern Tuesday, but I don't share my candidate's disdain for closed primaries...
...This left-leaning, union card-packing Democrat and lifelong Kentuckian is delighted Sanders, a Vermont independent, switched to my party to run for president. I've been a Sanders fan for years. I hope he stays a Democrat...
Again this summer, the Hickman County Arts Council is proud to display the artwork of Mr. Rick Harrison's students in the display case located in the hallway of our local Hickman County courthouse. The talents of Mr. Harrison's students can be viewed and appreciated over the coming summer.
Feeling depressed and let down after Tuesday's primary? Need to hear more politics talk?
Here's your chance.
The Paducah Lions Club will hear from two self described political junkies a week to the day after the primary at a luncheon meeting on May 24th...
A program honoring Robert Penn Warren also honored local writers in a program at the Hickman County Library.
Writers often draw inspiration from the works of their imagination, devoting their lives to creating a parallel world from their imaginations. Author Micah Gardner, one of the writers recognized during the event, draws her inspiration and ideas from landscape. "By day I am a biology teacher and at night, on weekends and whenever I can find the time, I write."
Gardner first began with poetry and short stories, taking two years to write her first novel. She has written two novels of a trilogy. "The Triskel Devices" series is a time travel series.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 16, 2016) -The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) is accepting applications for the FY 2016 Homeland Security Grant Program May 16, 2016 through July 8, 2016.
The grants, funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, can be used by city and county governments, fire protection districts, area development districts, and public universities to purchase first-responder equipment, communications, cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection.
The Kentucky Department of Insurance is ready, willing and able to assist victims of the Graves County tornado of May 10th.
The tornado that touched down near the county seat of Mayfield, was described as an EF-3. There were no fatalities, though there were multiple injuries. The storm destroyed multiple homes and businesses.
Those affected can get information on what to do after a storm and the rest of us can get info on what to do before a storm. Follow the jump to the link on "More" in the story
Ronda Sloan, Manager, Communications and Public Outreach suggested that consumers can use a toll free number to contact the state agency if they have a problem or a question. 1- 800-595-6053.
Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton had a large crowd both inside and out at the Little Castle in Lone Oak for an early Monday morning appearance. Estimate was there were about 110 supporters inside.
On the day before the Kentucky Democratic primary, she spent about one hour meeting the crowd and taking pictures.
There was a large media contingency. My wife, Brenda, got interviewed by the Wall Street Journal. I got interviewed by KFVS-TV.
Time is always the enemy in coverage of any major political event in modern America. So it was with the Bernie Sanders Rally in Paducah, KY. on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Some 50 media reporters were screened for entrance into the rally. Twenty or so large television cameras were set up to fully record the rally.
However, there were invisible media rules at work.
Normally, the quiet of the Julian Carroll Convention center is reserved for the likes of the Chamber of Commerce luncheons or the meetings of the regional business groups. Grown men and women sit quietly for lunch or power point sessions.
Starting at 11:00 am on Sunday, the 15th of May, a storm of sound shook the Convention Center when several thousand supporters of Bernie Sanders for President, came to party.
For many in attendance, waiting for five hours and listening for another almost two hours was worth the price of being a part of history in American presidential politics. There were many in the crowd that was first timers for any national politics. Well over half of those in attendance were between the ages of 18 to 35 years of age. This group made up probably 50 % of the room.
But by far, the most heart warming were the scenes of little boys and girls, looking wide eyed at what was happening.
Sanders came to Paducah Kentucky to lay a foundation of support in one of the largest Democratic strongholds in Kentucky. The strength of his speech made people wonder where this man of 74 years of age found the energy to day after day, campaign for leading America into the next new age of American futurism.
Paducah, KY - The Rotary Club of Paducah is seeking volunteers to construct a new public playground during a community build event which will take place the week of June 20-26, 2016. The playground will provide children of all ages and abilities with a place for active and creative play in a natural outdoor setting.
Four Hickman County Middle School students set out to convince local officials that the sidewalks in Clinton, the county seat, were awful and needed to be fixed. Kate Hogancamp, Riley Barber, Gracie Lusk and Emma Whitlock traveled the sidewalks and took photos of the worst ones then they turned the photos into a powerpoint presentation....
They beat 9 other regional middle schools to win the Young Leaders in Action Competition sponsored by MSU. Their project on sidewalk improvements for the City of Clinton impressed a huge panel of judges to take Grand Showcase Champions. Their project will be sent to the National Legislative Conference in Dallas, Tx to compete against other Young Leaders in Actions
Graves County High School juniors Ethan Murphey (left) and Mattison Sullivan have performed in some of the same music and drama circles over the years. They attended Graves County Central Elementary, Middle School, and High School at the same time. Both recently qualified to participate in the prestigious Governor's School for the Arts program this summer at Centre College in Danville.
A natural gas pipeline is being refitted to carry light sweet crude oil from the North Dakota's Bakken oil fields to Texas. The pipeline will go through McCracken, Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton Counties.
Pipelines carrying this kind of oil have exploded several times in the past few years. Emergency management officials in McCracken are getting the word out about how to deal with potential problems.
Trying to make sense out of Frankfort politics is like watching three people fighting each other to seize control of the surf board they are standing on - as it races toward the beach during a hurricane.
This image is fine if you are watching a rerun of The Three Stooges. However, this scenario is deadly if you want elected leaders to provide leadership during this era of wave after wave of political, social, military, and economic storms.
During my career with Kentucky state government, I served as non-merit employee for four Governors and two Presidents.
What follows is my personal assessment and professional ranking of the overall impact to moving the state of Kentucky forward.
Two groups of local students decorated eggs to celebrate Spring Chicken Festival in Clinton this weekend.
The Festival begins with music on the square of Clinton on Friday evening and continues all day Saturday with a 5K run/walk, music, vendors, children's events and of course - lots of food. The Spring Chicken Festival is a reflection of Hickman County's being the site of the most chicken barns in the state of Kentucky.
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