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Governor Beshear signed SB 128 into law this past week.
Is its purpose academic or athletic? Or both?
To implement or not is now left up to public and nonpublic schools across the Commonwealth. And the deadline to decide is fast approaching.
The Hickman County Historical & Genealogical Society is once again drawing attention to the accomplishments of ladies in our local area.
The Red Cross women volunteers provided many services in our county across the years. Many served as "Gray Ladies" at our local Clinton/Hickman County Hospital.
The Gray Lady service was a Red Cross volunteer women's organization which was begun in 1918.
The "Big Lie" that the election was "stolen" from Donald J. Trump is only the most recent lie spread on cable shows, the internet, and radio that have given so many a crazy sense of reality...
One would think that a Capitol Hill seditious insurrection and 500,000+ COVID deaths would force corporate advertisers to react to their advertising/underwriting of such dangerous lies.
We have a long way to go in curing the disease of spreading lies in traditional media, big social media sites, and the darkest corners of the web...
FRANKFORT - Legislation addressing sexual offenses committed by police officers while on duty passed the Kentucky Senate today by a 35-0 vote.
The measure, known as Senate Bill 52, would amend third-degree rape, third-degree sodomy and second-degree sexual abuse statutes so law enforcement officers could be charged with those crimes if they engage in sexual acts with a person under investigation, in custody or under arrest. A loophole in the current statutes excludes law enforcement officials, according to testimony from a committee hearing on the bill earlier this month.
PADUCAH, KY (Feb. 18, 2021)- - Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 1 Snow-Fighters are taking on round 3 of an extended snow and ice event. Many of the region's counties received 2 to 3 inches of snow overnight.
This past year has been turbulent, filled with lies and a devastating pandemic. Underlying this has been political division, made worse by a total breakdown in civil, civic conversations.
The Trump impeachment trial was Democrat's pursuing legal, constitutional truth and Republicans supporting lies and bogus technicalities with yet again an acquittal to impeachment.
Where do we go from here?..
If a conviction of a seditious president does not happen, House and Senate Democrats may push for a censure resolution to bar former President Donald Trump from holding future office(s) over his role in the U.S. Capitol riot.
Construction activity tumbled in Henderson and Henderson County last year, with home-building falling to the lowest levels in at least 25 years and overall construction dropping by more than half from 2006. The city and county issued permits for only 98 new houses in 2007. That's the fewest since at least 1982, when the county started requiring building permits for houses constructed outside the city limits.
Editor's Note: February 2008, we carried a story from the Henderson Gleaner about slow housing starts 2008 was the last crash of the economy.
Some highlights of the recommended plan:
- $1.9 billion through FY 2016 for the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. The total assumes $1.44 billion of "innovative financing" to be determined by a Kentucky-Indiana bi-state authority. The total also includes $231 million from sale of Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle (GARVEE) bonds this year and in FY 2011.
- A $300 million sale of state road bonds, of which about $155 million would be available for new projects. The rest would be used to finish state projects from a bond sale in 2009.
- $112 million from a second sale of bonds to support "BRAC" projects associated with the realignment of Fort Knox.
- $330 million for new bridges over Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake.
- $301 million through the coming biennium, and $611.1 million through FY 2016, for bridge replacements statewide.
Editor's Note: 2011 Things were calming down when our big story from the first week of February is a new commissioner for District 1
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2011) - Department of Corrections Director of Probation and Parole Tim Carman today announced the promotion of John Cooper to the position of Probation and Parole District 1 Assistant Supervisor covering Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken and Trigg counties. He assumed his new duties in District 1 on Feb. 1, 2011.
Editor's Note: February 2012 proved that the General Assembly could mess with our heads
UPDATE - All deadlines have been moved to Friday afternoon.
The filing deadline to run for Congress was extended to February 7th.
The filing deadline to run for the General Assembly?
As this is being written, it's in the hands of Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd.
Editor's Note: February 2013 found Clinton to be the first to support hemp. The product has stuttered in recent years.
CLINTON, KY. Feb. 5, 2013 - Last night, Clinton became the first city in West Kentucky to support Hemp. At its regular monthly meeting, the Clinton City Council voted 6-0 to issue letters of support to top federal and state officials on their efforts to re introduce industrial hemp into Kentucky as a new cash agri business crop.
Editor's Note - This story didn't get published until February 8, 2009 after electricity was restored.
Sparkly, twinkly covers of ice on trees, bushes, cars, houses - the outdoors shone on Tuesday morning, January 27th. We stayed inside for much of the day thinking how pretty it was. The power went off at 10:10 pm. Monday night.
No worries. We had cat food and cocoa and plenty of coffee.
Little did we know that pretty would become ugly and scary very soon as the temperature dropped and the power didn't come back on for eight days.
The Christmas Season of 2020 brought the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. It also brought death tolls that rise every day, governments in Frankfort and Washington that cannot agree even when it seems there should be no dispute.
It's the holiday that caps a year that rivals 1918 and 1931.
This year has seen much tragedy with the COVID-19 pandemic, but at other points in our history we have seen bright moments at this time of year even in the midst of similar pain.
The Spanish Flu of 1918 killed more than an estimated 50 million of the world's population. In that year, the Armistice was finally reached to end The Great War, World War I.
But there was an exciting new toy for good boys and girls that year as well.
When the General Assembly reconvenes on January 5, 2021, Republicans will be high fiving their November wins.
That will mean hard times ahead for Governor Andy Beshear. Republican rule plus a pandemic that continues to rage out of control will put any platform plans out of reach.
When Hickman County voters pull up to the elementary school gym on Tuesday, they will be greeted by smiling students, hired for one purpose: to help them get through the voting process safely...
Seven Hickman County High School seniors, Caitlyn Toombes, Shajuanta Knox, Jenna Moore, Jason Hayden, Kadey Wilkey,and Karlie Smith wrote essays as their job applications. On Election Day, these seven student helpers will be greeting voters, directing traffic and opening and sanitizing doors and and flat surfaces. They will be reminding voters to carry in their licenses or identification cards.
Using a skill honed in the Marines, Amy McGrath is piloting herself around Kentucky in her campaign to defeat Senator Mitch McConnell.
McGrath was in Murray on Tuesday and Mayfield the week before. She will be at Kenlake Resort Park in Marshall County this Saturday at 4:30 central time for a get out the vote event with local Democratic candidates.
While audiences have been small, outdoors, masked and socially distanced, those who show up come away enthusiastic.
Clinton resident, Elizabeth Jewell, drove to Murray on Tuesday to see McGrath. "I had a few doubts about Amy at first but seeing her at the debate and in person, I had no doubt--she could be a powerful new voice in the senate" she said.
The Jackson Purchase Historical Society announced that Brian K. Clardy, Associate Professor of History at Murray State University, has received the Dr. Lonnie E. Maness Award for the outstanding article in the Journal of the Jackson Purchase Historical Society in 2020. Dr. Clardy's article, "Blood at the Root: A Historiographical Commentary on Lynching in America"
With so many others in the Commonwealth today we stand in solidarity with those feeling the frustration and outrage of yet another injustice in the case of Breonna Taylor's death at the hands of Louisville police. Assurances that the letter of the law was observed is hardly comforting when the law has been written, manipulated, and used to deny justice to persons of color in too many times and places. And once again, the opportunity to promote healing and community reconciliation has been passed over. We deplore the injuries endured by protestors and police alike, and hold in our prayers the healing of their bodies, minds, and spirits as we pray for the very soul of our nation.
...While I disagreed with Grassley on most issues, I admired his independence and willingness to part ways with the leadership of his own party. I appreciated his bipartisanship, for example, when he and Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN) teamed up to limit subsidies for large farm operators.
Unfortunately, that Grassley is a relic of the past..
In a recent visit to Paducah, Democratic Senate candidate Amy McGrath began by telling supporters that the global pandemic is the first international crisis that no one in the world is looking to America for leadership. She accused Mitch McConnell of making America weaker.
"During the height of World War II, we were losing 250 Americans a day. We are now losing 1000 Americans a day to corona virus."
Law No. 1
The entrenchment of traditions, without compassion and or vision, suffocates the rise of educational innovation.
and on through Law No. 7
They call themselves "concerned mothers and grandparents." Others are now calling them the Ghost Battalion of West Kentucky. Old time political observers are starting to question that they may become the best chance, in the far West Kentucky, to defeat Senator Mitch McConnell in 2020.
"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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