My own Phyllis George (Brown) story

Ask me about my favorite memories so far with KPA, and at the top of the list would be an encounter with Phyllis George Brown. It happened in mid-October, 1983, just weeks after I started with KPA and just weeks before Phyllis and Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. welcomed Pamela Brown into the world on November 29, 1983. That story […]

News-Graphic changing schedule; finds boom in online access

From the Georgetown News-Graphic When the COVID 19 pandemic hit Kentucky, newspapers saw advertising fall and as a result, many made changes in their production schedules. Georgetown News-Graphic publisher Mike Scogin was among the first to react, stopping the Tuesday publication but maintaining Thursday’s and Saturday’s print edition. Last weekend, Scogin told his readers the schedule is changing again. Beginning […]

Moomey joins Herald-Leader, Report for America project as Pikeville-based reporter

Replaces Will Wright who becomes reporting fellow with the New York Times Journalist Liz Moomey, who has covered politics, city and community issues at publications in North Carolina, will become the Lexington Herald-Leader’s new reporter in Pikeville through the nationwide Report for America project. Moomey, a reporter at the Salisbury Post in Rowan County, N.C., will cover issues throughout Eastern Kentucky and […]

Additions and deletions from last week’s On Second Thought

Going back to last week’s On Second Thought, a couple of notes on two of the articles. First, the one about the News Enterprise offering a special advertising program — dubbed Community Pandemic Relief Program — as businesses begin to re-open isn’t limited to just the News Enterprise. Rebecca Morris, with the Grayson (County) Record, a Landmark weekly, emailed me […]

Kentucky soldier’s heroism, 20-year campaign for Medal of Honor, are subjects of IRJCI documentary to air on KET

 From the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues   As Americans honor patriotic sacrifice on Memorial Day, KET will premiere the story of a Kentucky soldier who repeatedly put his life on the line for his country – but wasn’t fully honored for it until 73 years later. From Honor to Medal: The Story of Garlin M. Conner, airing […]

Mississippi publisher to devote time to Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama CNHI newspapers

The Meridian (Mississippi) Star reported this week that its publisher, Bill Atkinson, has departed the newspaper to devote more of his time to sister newspapers in Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. The Meridian Star will soon begin the search for his successor. The Star’s news, advertising and circulation departments will continue their normal operations. Editor David Bohrer will serve as The […]

Number 1 in another issue is not where Kentucky wants to be

You’ve heard Gov. Andy Beshear and you’ve seen the reports that Kentucky has more adults applying for unemployment than any other state. That’s not something to brag about. Now comes word from Feeding America that Kentucky is, for the second consecutive year, at the top of the list in states with food insecure adults. Here’s a couple of graphs from […]

If you applied for a PPP loan before April 14, here’s an update from the Small Business Administration

From the National Newspaper Association The Small Business Administration has altered the application opportunities for small businesses structured as partnerships if they completed their loan applications prior to April 14.  As of that date, owners in businesses set up as partnerships were instructed not to submit applications as self-employed individuals but to add their compensation (up to $100,000 annually) to […]

Poetry Unites picks Kentucky because it has been ‘a writerly state’ for generations

You can imagine we get lots and lots of press releases coming through email and normally many of them we can set aside as a “group or individual just wanting some free promotion.” One this week appeared to be much the same but when I asked for some clarification on what the group wanted, the response contained some magic words: […]