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HAPPY THANKSGIVING from your KPA Staff

By David Thompson | November 17, 2017

Your KPA Central Office staff wishes you a safe, healthy and Happy Thanksgiving. As you pause that day, give thanks for all the blessings you have received, all of the opportunities you have been given. The KPA Office will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22 and will remain closed until 8 a.m., Monday, November 27.

Prophesy comes true as city wastes taxpayer dollars to fight a newspaper

By David Thompson | November 17, 2017

(Editor’s Note: The $66,840 stated in this report spent by the City of Danville to fight the Open Meetings violation was as of May, 2017. With the appeal to the Kentucky Supreme Court, you can expect the amount of tax dollars used far exceeds the May verified amount.)   Back in mid-1996, the late KPA Past President Steve Lowery prophesied […]

1972 plane crash on this day included two Richmond Register employees

By David Thompson | November 17, 2017

To read The Richmond Register’s story on the memorial, click here. Forty-five years ago today, on November 17, 1972, a Todd County plane crash took the lives of 10 prominent Madison County citizens. Two of the 10 were employees of The Richmond Register — James A. House, 21, who was city editor of The Richmond Register, and Russell Watson Jr., […]

Four State At-Large Board members named for 2018

By David Thompson | November 17, 2017

Each year, the incoming KPA President gets to select up to four people from KPA member newspapers to serve as a State At-Large Board member during his/her term in office. State At-Large members are appointed for one-year terms but can serve up to three consecutive years if selected by each incoming president. 2018 KPA President Peter Baniak has named the […]

Speaking of holidays, here’s the KPA Central Office schedule

By David Thompson | November 17, 2017

In our Happy Thanksgiving wish to you, I mention the KPA Central Office being closed Thursday and Friday of next week for the staff to celebrate. We will be closing early on Wednesday, November 22 as well. And On Second Thought will be on vacation Friday, November 24, too. So you can enjoy a peaceful holiday, unless something major breaks […]

Kentucky colleges not only ones withholding sexual assault files

By David Thompson | November 17, 2017

Much has been written in the last few months about sexual assaults on Kentucky college campuses. No one expects colleges anywhere to be immune. But it appears wherever the college is located, how the universities handle the reports are constant. (Editor’s Note: The following is an editorial published by the Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C.) When a sexual assault happens […]

Convention Rooms: We’ve made it easier to remember

By David Thompson | November 17, 2017

We’ve sent, a couple of times, a link to the online room reservation process with the Lexington Hilton Inn for the 2018 KPA Winter Convention. It was a link no one could remember so we’re making it easier. Here, give it a try. Go ahead and make your reservations now for the January 25-26 convention. www.kypress.com/lexingtonhilton See how quick and […]

Obituaries

By David Thompson | November 17, 2017

Todd Kleffman – Staff Writer, The Advocate Messenger http://newzgroup.com/PDFs/11-10/70124-10-25_A4001.pdf Kellee Dawn Edwards Whitlock – Reporter, Corbin Times Tribune, Harlan Daily Enterprise, Georgetown News Graphic http://newzgroup.com/PDFs/11-16/70253-11-13_6001.pdf Kellee’s husband John was also a reporter for some newspapers, as well as editor of the Owenton News-Herald, and director of the KPA News Bureau.

Article praises The Rural Blog

By David Thompson | November 17, 2017

By Melody Kramer, Wikimedia Foundation (Melody Kramer leads audience growth and development for the Wikimedia Foundation and frequently works with journalism organizations on projects related to audience development, engagement, and analytics.) In February 1942, The Atlantic published an essay by Arthur Morgan, a civil engineer and educator who had previously served as the first chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Morgan […]

SPJ/KGCA accepting Jennifer Schaaf Award nominations

By David Thompson | November 17, 2017

The Bluegrass Chapter of the SPJ and the Kentucky Government Communicators Association (or more properly, the Kentucky Association of Government Communicators) are accepting nominations through Wednesday, November 22, for the Jennifer Schaaf Award. Only journalists can make a nomination for the award and you are invited/encouraged to submit the name of a state government communicator who measures up to the […]