A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky
Vol. 14 No. 9 September 2022 (c)
2050 Population Projections For Western Kentucky Challenge the Region to Unite
The First Congressional District - from Fulton to Frankfort. (Map credit - Google)
A new report from the Kentucky State Data Center at the University of Louisville forecasts significant lags in western Kentucky county populations through 2050. This is notably true in the Jackson Purchase where only McCracken County is projected to grow significantly Counties, especially Hickman County which may lose more than one-quarter of its current population, will experience significant population decreases. Graves, Calloway, and Marshall Counties will, according to the report, will do well to hold their present populations. See the full story ...
Fancy Farm 2022: Snide and Snark reigned supreme
Speaker of the Kentucky House David Osborne Snarkiest Speaker of FFP 2022
The award for the St. Jerome Picnic Political Speaking 2022 Snarkiest on the Platform had to go to Speaker of the Kentucky House Rep. David Osborne (R- 59 Oldham County), the Master of Ceremonies.
There was competition. See the full story ...
|Charles Booker Won Fancy Farm Picnic, Republicans Failed the Test of Leadership at Fancy Farm Event|
At a small crossroads of people and their way of life, called Fancy Farm, political history was made when a lone Democratic candidate named Charles Booker defeated a massive army of powerful Republicans.
With the absence of kingmaker Mitch McConnell and the "would be" next presidential candidate... See the full story ...
Ivan Potter, Publisher WKJ
KDP Chair Colmon Eldridge - Dems need to fight back
Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Colmon Eldridge
The first question I posed to Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Colman Eldridge was one shared by many frustrated Democrats in Western Kentucky.
"How does the Democratic Party plan to turn Western Kentucky from red to at least purple?" The first African American Chairman of any political party in Kentucky has obviously been thinking about the subject... See the full story ...
Indenture-The Reconstruction Era in Hickman County
Records stored in the Hickman County Courthouse tell story of indentured children
With post Civil War Reconstruction unpopular in the South, including the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Legislature came up with a clever idea to answer a labor shortage caused by losing 20% of its unpaid labor force. The answer was reviving and expanding the system of indentured servitude to orphans and poor children. State law created a system (complete with fill-in-the-blank forms) that empowered the County Judge to "bind out orphans, and children whose parents are incapable of bringing them up in moral courses." See the full story ...
Kit-Bacon Gressitt, research, Mary Potter
Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing
Ivan and Mary Potter shopping in Hazel KY
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. See the full story ...
Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal