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The summer of 1962 I discovered small town America up close and personal...
With the wind at my back as I, a newly minted 14 year old, walked into downtown Clinton, Kentucky, I mentally contrasted the world of my grandparents in Clinton to my world in Jacksonville, Florida.
Heritage Days is a time for Hickman Countians to reflect on events that shaped the region, and stories of those who gave Hickman County a legacy worth celebrating.
For 2017, reminders of our past will be hard to miss!
Downtown display windows for Timeline 225 have been spruced up, literally, with a dark green paint for Heritage Days 2017, September 5-9.
Events schedule follows.
TIMELINE 225 will be the starting point of a court square "Walk-Around Timeline" opening during Heritage Days, September 5-9.
The horizontal timeline chronicles 225 years of Hickman County history and coincides with this year's celebration of Kentucky statehood, 1792-2017. "Origins"(shown at left) is the first of ten timeline panels created by John Kelly Ross and Liz Jewell.
Schools in the Purchase are all over the map - ha - in their approach to Eclipse Day, Monday August 21, 2017.
Answering the question whether to have school or to have a "non-traditional instruction day" depends on where you live.
West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Night at Noon is set to mark the 2017 total solar eclipse in a street party atmosphere August 21 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Free and open to the public, the Night at Noon eclipse party is an official NASA viewing site and includes fun activities, music, science demonstrations and food with local vendors. Visitors can see the NASA high altitude balloon launch and meet Kentucky's only astronaut, Terry Wilcutt, who will speak at the event and emcee the eclipse. Night at Noon t-shirts and posters will be on sale to commemorate the big day. Cash only accepted. An XBox One will also be given away following the eclipse. Registration for the gaming system and for all Night at Noon details, visit nightatnoon.org.
Fancy Farm is dead! Long live Fancy Farm!
Most of those in attendance at the just completed 2017 Fancy Farm were stunned as to the event dynamics change from the past few years.
While the hoopla of past podium speak offs was muted, the next few years will fan the flames of the Fancy Farm fracas.
Kentucky - August 2017 If you haven't heard of the GREAT ECLIPSE OF 2017, then you are living in a bunker out in the wilds of Hickman County without wifi, cell service or a teevee.
The rest of us are contemplating "Where we will stand for the 2 minutes and 40 seconds that the sun will hide behind the moon." Well, two minutes and forty seconds if you make the trek to Hopkinsville which has been declared the EPICENTER FOR VIEWING. Hopkinsville has rebranded itself Eclipseville
Paducah KY- August 3, 2017 - As the winners of Democratic awards were announced, the changing face of the Democratic Party was on display at the Alben Barkley Democratic Dinner on Thursday evening in Paducah. Three Democrats honored at the Dinner illustrate how the Kentucky Democratic Party in Western Kentucky is changing. Merryman Kemp, Aaron Bugg and Leighann Dycus were recognized for their contributions.
Rep. James Comer spent the first half of the town hall meeting in Hickman County talking about current events and explaining the reasons why public perception of nothing getting done may be correct.
While he said that there is never a dull moment with Donald Trump in the White House, he's willing to cut the new President a great deal of slack. He reminded listeners that Trump won his district by 50 points. Trump was sent to Washington to "shake things up" and he is certainly doing that. In his closing remarks, he urged giving the President "more time." He did not define how much more time.
(Clinton, KY August 3, 2017) - When it was question time at Rep. James Comer's town hall meeting in Clinton, Fulton County farmer Jacob Goodman raised an issue new to the first term Congressman and farmer.
Monsanto's super weedkiller, Dicamba, is drifting over the Mississippi River and killing soybeans planted in river bottoms.
...Over the next few weeks, writing for West Kentucky Journal occupied only a small corner of my mind. Standing aside while the consummate professionals at this top rated teaching hospital save my husband's life was my full time job - day and night...
Audubon Metals to Add 39 Jobs with Expansion in Henderson
Carter Lumber to Locate Manufacturing Facility in Bowling Green, Create 50 Jobs
West Kentucky Journal researched seventeen hospitals from Hopkinsville to Paducah. We looked at the number of beds, patients treated, patients admitted, numbers of nurses and doctors. Yearly hospitals treat over 300,000 people.
Researching the footprint that hospitals have in Western Kentucky only in terms of economic impact starkly illustrates the effect that changes in delivery of health and medical care will have on this region.
A recent report from the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that foreign holdings of U.S. farmland doubled between 2004 and 2014.
PADUCAH, KY (07/28/2017) West Kentucky Community and Technical College is offering a four-week Chair Yoga class beginning August 3.
The classes will be held four Thursday mornings August 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 8 - 8:45 a.m. in the Emerging Technology Center, Room 109.
The danger hiding in any debate or discussion about modern American health care is the number of people who will be or are impacted with a family member under going serious medical issues.
Congress and budget experts put the magic number of any great change to exiting ObamaCare at 22 million people.
But who is talking about the total impact to homes and families who are caught up in this new struggle for good health care?
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressmen James Comer (R-KY), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced federal legislation to end unnecessary and outdated regulations on industrial hemp. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act exempts industrial hemp from the Controlled Substance Act's definition of marijuana, creates a new category for hemp research at universities and state departments of agriculture, and allows for further commercialization of industrial hemp crops.
Susanna French of Benton in Marshall County Kentucky was elected in 2017 President of the National Federation of Democratic Women
Over 350 Hickman Countians answered the call of duty in 1917 when America called millions of men and women to go "over there" to fight in World War I...
SEVERITY OF FUTURE DEMENTIA BURDEN REVEALED IN 20 STATES INCLUDING KENTUCKY
Additional resources, training, and education are needed
LONDON, July 19, 2017 -- According to new data reported at the 2017 Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC 2017) in London, multiple regions of the United States have been revealed as neurology "deserts" due to a projected chronic shortage of neurologists, and a rapid rise in Alzheimer's disease and other dementia cases. T
(Clinton, KY) - An era ended this hot July evening with the bang of an auctioneer's gavel. The Hickman County Detention Center sold at auction relieving the Hickman Fiscal Court of the maintenance and upkeep of the building.
The Grand Old Party and the Democrats will gather again in the Purchase for a series of chomp ins around the annual Fancy Farm Picnic.
Thursday August 3, 2017
Congressman John Yarmuth will be the headliner at the McCracken County Democratic Dinner on Thursday, August 3rd. The dinner begins at 6:00 in Walker Hall, 229 Madison Street, in Paducah. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
Graves County Schools registration dates, back to school nights schedule follows the jump.
Noted author and Calloway County native Bobbie Smith Bryant is the guest speaker at the quarterly meeting of the Jackson Purchase Historical Society Saturday, July 22nd at the Purchase Area Development District office, 1002 Medical Center Drive, Mayfield, Kentucky. Bryant will talk about the subject of her recent book Farming in the Black Patch, winner of a 2016 Kentucky History Award. The event is sponsored by a grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council.
The meeting begins at 10:30 AM. It is open to the public and free of charge.
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