Pups on display as ‘Storybook dachshunds’ lead Christmas Parade

By Randy Patrick, Kentucky Standard Christmas in Bardstown is going to the dogs — in a good way. Children’s author Leigh Anne Florence’s famous Kentucky wiener dogs, Woody and Chloe, led this year’s Bardstown holiday parade downtown Dec. 7. They are the stars of her books, and thus represent this year’s parade theme, “A Storybook Christmas.” “Woody is the grand marshal, […]

Convention Update: More sessions added to program

We’re six weeks away from the 2018 KPA Winter Convention, scheduled for January 25-26 at the Hilton Inn in Downtown Lexington. The January 26 sessions have been tweaked since last Friday and it’s worth a visit to see what all’s there. We’ve added the titles of the three technology sessions Lisa Griffin will be doing. We also also added a […]

Business Meeting set for January 25; letter, proxy are in the mail

The Kentucky Press Association will hold its annual Business Meeting at 11:30 a.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at the Hilton Inn Downtown in Lexington. The meeting is part of the 2018 KPA Winter Convention. Currently, the only matter to be voted upon is the election of the 2018 KPA Vice President. At its 2017 Fall Board Retreat, the […]

Baker named publisher at Ledger-Independent

Rodney Baker has been named publisher of The Ledger Independent. The announcement came last Friday from Lee Enterprises, parent company of the newspaper and a major provider of local news, information, and advertising. “Rod is an experienced digital and print advertising leader with more than 19 years in the newspaper industry,” said Lee Tier Three Group Publisher Cathy Hughes. “He […]

Hall of Fame nominations being accepted for 2018 class

Where would you find winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Peabody and Emmy awards? Where would you find the first African American woman to cover the U.S. Senate and the White House? Where would find men and women who have labored to tell the stories of Kentuckians, of Kentucky politics, of the struggle to improve the quality of life in the […]

CHIP money may be drying up; Kentucky could be among 20 to run out by end of March, 2018

At least 11 states will exhaust their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funds before the end of the year, if Congress fails to extend federal funding for the program, according to a survey of state Medicaid officials by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Officials in another 20 states, including KENTUCKY, expect to run out of money for the state-federal program, which provides […]

Obituary: Barbara Logsdon, Cave Country Newspapers/Jobe Publishing

Barbara Logsdon, one of the longest-serving newspaper professionals in Kentucky, died Thursday, December 7.  She was 78 years old. Barbara’s winning personality made her a community treasure for the 60 years she worked in various capacities for the Hart County newspapers.  Graduating from high school, she went to work for the Wilson Family Newspapers with the intent of working two […]

Russian hackers reinforce reason notices need to not just be online

From Phil Lucey, North Carolina Press Association We are getting help from the Russians in our online public notice arguments:  A cyber attack slowed county government to a crawl Wednesday in North Carolina’s most populous metro area as deputies processed jail inmates by hand, the tax office turned away electronic payments and building code inspectors switched to paper records. http://www.sunherald.com/news/business/article188306554.html  […]

Chris Christie-esque politicians want to eliminate public notice advertising in newspapers

They claim it’s to save money, but we know better. Their true aim is to punish newspapers for tough reporting. All things considered, it has been a pretty good year for public notice. PNRC (the Public Notice Resource Center) has been tracking about 150 separate bills introduced in 2017 or carried over from the previous year that relate to public […]

Proposed newsprint tariffs threaten small-town newspapers

Arlington, VA – Monday, December 4, more than 1,100 newspapers in small and medium-sized communities across the United States signed a letter calling on Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to heavily scrutinize the anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitions filed in September by Longview, WA-based paper mill, North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC).  NORPAC’s petition asks for steep import duties in excess of 50 percent […]