UPDATE: Big Sandy News keeping its doors open, for now

After announcing earlier in the week that the Big Sandy News would be closing its door May 1 after the week’s issue was printed, GM Melissa Mitchell now says some late negotiations are allowing the Lawrence County weekly to continue printing. Her message is “We are still negotiating this. It is still printing at this time.” This is an update […]

Because of her love for Eastern Kentucky, Jamie Lucke receives East Kentucky Leadership award

By Will Wright, Lexington Herald-Leader Will Wright is a corps member with Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project. Based in Pikeville, Wright joined the Herald-Leader in January 2018 and reports on Eastern Kentucky.   A former editorial writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader won the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation’s 2019 award for Media and Technology for excellence in […]

For the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, thank you

For the first time since we asked you to help find pictures of fallen Kentucky soldiers from the Vietnam War, we won’t be asking you to help us in 2019. The photograph of every single Kentuckian killed during Vietnam has been submitted and is being displayed on the wall of “Faces Not Forgotten.” We first requested your help just before […]

On average, lobby groups spent $251,666 per day during 2019 30-day session; tally now at $7.55 million; $270,000 in advertising

‘Advertising’ was for the support or defeat of legislation during the session   By John Schaaf, Kentucky Legislation Ethics Commission Kentucky lobbying spending continued at a record pace in the 2019 General Assembly. Reports filed after the end of the session show that $7.55 million was spent on lobbying during the odd-year, 30-day session. That total was eight percent higher […]

Catherine Boone named publisher of Vicksburg, MS, Newsmedia

From the Vicksburg MS Post Catherine G. Boone has been named president and publisher at Vicksburg Newsmedia LLC, and will assume those duties in early June. Vicksburg Newsmedia publishes The Vicksburg Post, VicksburgPost.com and Vicksburg Living magazine and owns and operates Signs First and Speediprint. Catherine has been District 13 Board member for the Kentucky Press Association/Kentucky Press Service. KPA will undertake […]

Corbin Times Tribune changing to four-day schedule

By Bill Hanson, Publisher (A message to subscribers of the Corbin Times-Tribune) At the Times-Tribune, we have seen significant changes in how and where people obtain news and information, even compared to just a few years ago. Our readership remains strong, but our audience now accesses our content on multiple platforms such as print, online, social media and mobile, including […]

Walker named GM, ad director of Sentinel-Echo, Times-Tribune

From the Corbin Times-Tribune Mark Walker has been named general manager and advertising director for the London Sentinel-Echo and the Corbin Times-Tribune. Walker replaces Dave Eldridge, who returns to full-time duty at the Richmond Register. According to Bill Hanson, publisher for the London and Corbin newspapers, this transition will make all three properties stronger. “Mark will direct all of his […]

KLEC Op-Ed: Bright day in Kentucky for ethics and the law

By John Schaaf, Executive Director, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission (Permission is granted for KPA member newspapers to use this op-ed with proper credit to John Schaaf and the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission.)   The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission (KLEC) recently addressed a case in which it recognized the constitutional authority of the General Assembly in election contests for legislative races. […]

Big Sandy News closes its doors that were first opened in 1885 by 2 teenage owners

Barring a quick offer to purchase the Big Sandy News, publisher Melissa Mitchell announced that the Lawrence County weekly would be closing its doors May 1 just after that day’s issue was printed. Big Sandy News is owned by Kentucky News Group, Inc., and the company includes these other weeklies — Carlisle Mercury, Bath County News Outlook, Menifee County News […]

Ethics around the country: Shows issues aren’t unique to Kentucky

From this month’s Ethics Reporter newsletter put out by the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, you could read about: • Alabama legislators kill a bill that would’ve lifted any limits on what lobbyists could give to officials; • With three new indictments, a federal investigation into political corruption has resulted in charges against more than a dozen government officials (including legislators) […]