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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 13  No. 7 July 2021 (c)  




 

FrontPage News

Gov. Beshear Announces K-12 School Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Delta Variant

Masks recommended indoors for all children under 12, unvaccinated Kentuckians 12 and older

...Governor recommended the following:

  • School districts should require all unvaccinated students and unvaccinated adults to wear a mask when in classrooms and other indoor school settings;
  • School districts should require all students under 12 years of age to wear a mask when in classrooms and other indoor school settings; and
  • School districts wishing to optimize safety and minimize risk of educational and athletic disruption should require all students and all adults to wear a mask while in classrooms and other indoor school settings.
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press release

KDP Chair Colmon Elridge to headline Music and Mimosas Event | Fancy Farm 2021, Graves County Kentucky, Democratic Party, music,
KDP Chair Colmon Elridge to headline Music and Mimosas Event

Graves County Dems are changing from their early morning eggs, biscuits, gravy and politics event to something new. Not so early in the morning this year with local musicians and poets entertaining.

KY Dem Chair Colmon Elridge will be moderating.

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Kentucky Receives $150,000 in Federal Funding to Preserve Three African American Historic Sites | Paducah, Kentucky, African American, tourism, history, Hotel Metropolitan,travel

Hotel Metropolitan will receive $50,000 to restore Purple Room
Kentucky Receives $150,000 in Federal Funding to Preserve Three African American Historic Sites

Each Kentucky project will receive $50,000 to continue efforts to preserve these historical sites that represent African American history and culture in the commonwealth. The funding will enhance each project's ability to serve as a tourism attraction in its community. The historic sites that will receive funding in Kentucky are: Cherokee State Park (Kenlake State Park), Hotel Metropolitan (Paducah) and Palmer Pharmacy (Lexington)

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press release

Politics & Government

Alben Barkley Dem Dinner set for August 5 | Fancy Farm 2021, Alben W. Barkley dinner, Paducah, Democratic Party, McCracken County,

Alben Barkley, a native of Paducah, was VP under Harry Truman
Alben Barkley Dem Dinner set for August 5

The 15th Annual Alben Barkley Democratic Dinner will be Thursday, August 5, 2021 in Walker Hall in Paducah. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 each.

For more information, read the story..

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Community and Regional News

Riverport funding includes Fulton and Paducah | Hickman, Kentucky, river industries, Mississippi River, Paducah,

Hickman's riverport is scheduled to get $136,265
Riverport funding includes Fulton and Paducah

Governor Beshear Announces Funding for Riverport Improvements

Five riverports awarded $500,000 in grants for critical repairs, equipment

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Press release

Education

Paducah Public Schools - back to classroom  | schools 2021-2022, pandemic, Paducah City Schools, Kentucky, education,
Paducah Public Schools - back to classroom

Schools across America and the world are struggling to provide in person learning in the face of the Delta variant of the coronavirus. Children under 12 are not cleared to take the vaccine and resistance remains high in Kentucky.

Paducah Public Schools just published its plan to adjust to local, state, and national COVID rates throughout the 2021-22 school year. To see the plan to reopen, follow the jump.

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Wayne Walden PPS

Travel & Tourism

Freedmen's School at Columbus KYv- teaching former slaves  | Civil War, Kentucky, Black Lives Matter, history, Freedman's Bureau, John Kelly Ross Jr., racism, race relations,

Columbus KY had a Freedmen School like this one in South Carolina.
Freedmen's School at Columbus KYv- teaching former slaves

"From 1866 to 1868 Columbus served as our regional center for the Freedmen's Bureau which had been formed to help the former slaves. Schools were set up for both children and adults, marriages were formally recognized, legal advice offered, courses and a savings bank established, labor contracts were negotiated and enforced, medical and food aid supplied, and disabled former soldiers were helped to obtain their pensions. The Union Army garrison at Columbus provided protection for both the Bureau's employees and for the former slaves from the hostility of most local whites.

But this proved to be only temporary..."

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John Kelly Ross, Jr.

About Us

Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing | Ivan Potter, Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal, politics, Clinton Kentucky,

Ivan and Mary Potter shopping in Hazel KY
Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing

Meet the husband and wife team responsible for West Kentucky Journal.

Editor's Note: Updated - Ivan Potter retired from the Clinton City Council as of January 1, 2017.

WKJ now has over 6000 articles and 2.5 million yearly views.

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Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal


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