About David Thompson

Long-time Central KY News Journal sports editor passes away

By David Thompson | January 12, 2018

Bobby Brockman of Campbellsville, son of the late Albert Brockman and Anna Mary Perkins Brockman, was born October 29, 1956 in Taylor County, Kentucky. He died Sunday, January 7, 2018 in Campbellsville.         Age:  61 Bobby’s storied career started while attending the University of Tennessee and working as a manager for Coach Ray Mears. Years later, it would be safe […]

We’re two weeks from the convention; are you registered?

By David Thompson | January 12, 2018

Two weeks from now we’ll be in the middle of the 2018 KPA Winter Convention. It’s January 25-26 at the Hilton Inn in downtown Lexington. Rooms are still available at the $109 room rate through the weekend but hurry. When they close the books, the Hilton will release our block of rooms to the public and can also increase the […]

Where KPA was ‘born’ 149 years ago tomorrow (Jan. 13)

By David Thompson | January 12, 2018

Somewhere in this row of buildings on St. Clair Street in downtown Frankfort, a group of Kentucky newspaper publishers met on Wednesday, January 13, 1869, to begin forming the Kentucky Press Association. An exact address of that location has not been found but we do know it was in the office of The Frankfort Yeoman, which was located in the […]

January 13, 1869: 19 newspapers gathered to form KPA

By David Thompson | January 12, 2018

Somewhere around 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 1869, representatives from 19 “outstanding Kentucky newspapers of the time” gathered at the office of The Frankfort Yeoman to begin forming the Kentucky Press Association. That’s 149 years ago tomorrow that those representatives, as described by Orval Baylor then editor of the Woodford Sun, came from as far away as Owensboro, Lebanon, […]

KPA turns 149 on Saturday!

By David Thompson | January 12, 2018

January 13, 1869     Her design was chosen last year as the official logo of KPA’s Sesquicentennial celebration throughout 2019.

Legislature goes home early; gets 4-day weekend

By David Thompson | January 12, 2018

After consulting with Kentucky State Police and monitoring weather forecasts, the Kentucky House and Senate canceled today’s (Friday’s) schedule and encouraged members to leave after Thursday’s session ended. Especially with the weather forecast for western Kentucky, Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer and House Speaker Pro Tem announced the two chambers agreed to cancel Friday’s agenda. The legislature is off […]

State budget now includes $8M for UL athletics broadcast television studio

By David Thompson | January 12, 2018

When I saw the synopsis of Senate Bill 70, filed by Sen. Chris McDaniel, who happens to be chair of the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee, I thought maybe Ralph Merkel at the University of Louisville was getting a really nice facility. After all, McDaniel’s bill calls for $8 million in the current budget be spent for a television broadcast/production […]

Sixth Circuit reverses decision that favored the Herald-Leader

By David Thompson | January 12, 2018

By Beth Musgrave, bmusgrave@herald-leader.com A three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Lexington can enforce a 2017 ordinance that would require all unsolicited materials to be delivered to doorsteps or mailboxes. The Lexington Herald-Leader filed a lawsuit challenging the ordinance in U.S. District Court, saying it violated its First Amendment right to free speech. […]

The Lake News finally gets its new website

By David Thompson | January 12, 2018

Loyd Ford has been hoping for a new website for quite a while. Sometimes for a family owned weekly newspaper, like Loyd’s The Lake News in Calvert City, things take a little time. But the 2016 KPA President was willing to wait as long as the end result was something he could be really proud of. Just a few weeks […]

Obituary: Genevieve Brannon, matriarch of state’s oldest newspaper, one of nation’s oldest as well

By David Thompson | January 12, 2018

Genevieve Brannon, matriarch of the Brannon family that owns the Bourbon County Citizen/Citizen-Advertiser died this week. A sign over the doorway identifies the newspaper as the “Oldest newspaper west of the Alleghenies.” The Citizen-Advertiser celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2007 and at the time was one of the five or six oldest newspaper in the United States. Genevieve was born […]