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West Kentucky Community and Technical College president outlines plans for recent $15 million gift

West Kentucky Community and Technical College President Dr. Anton Reece has outlined a tentative framework for how the college could use a recent $15 million gift. The historic gift from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott was donated last week to Paducah Junior College, Inc., which is the foundation for WKCTC. The donation is the largest gift from a single donor in the college’s history. “I...

Anna Baumann: How are Kentucky workers faring this Labor Day; where are quality jobs families need?

The longest economic recovery on record and a state unemployment rate of 4.3% sounds like a strong foundation for Kentuckians’ prosperity. But a close look at the numbers this Labor Day shows an economy where many Kentucky communities still lack jobs, especially quality jobs families need to thrive. When you take into account the many still-sidelined workers the official unemployment rate doesn’t...

Bill Straub: Take Carrollton KY, a good, safe place to live (as it should be) but diverse with ‘darker’ people

Some years back, at least a quarter-century ago when the burley economy was still thriving, I spent a couple days in Carrollton to research an article on migrant labor. I recall driving toward the Ohio River at the northern edge of town one evening when I happened upon a grocery store, and not just any grocery store. It was painted in red and green and the signs out front were all in Spanish. In this...

Daily Yonder: Influx of Hispanics good for rural population and economy, study shows

This map from the USDA's Economic Research Service shows the growth of Hispanic population in rural counties. A new study finds that this growth has led to higher rural incomes. (Source: Economic Research Service)   By Dennis Coates and T. H. Gindling Special to KyForward   Editor’s Note: Below is an excerpt from a recent paper that addresses the question of whether increasing Hispanic...