Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Oh, Kentucky

Merry Christmas from Paducah:

Merry Christmas in Paducah, after all.

Christmas parades: Owensboro, Nov. 19; Ashland, Nov. 22; Lebanon, Nov. 25; Brownsville and Sebree, Nov. 26; Bardstown, Dec. 1; Maysville (the KHSAA girls' golf champ and her Mason County High teammates will serve as emcees), Monticello and Richmond, Dec. 2; Arlington, Beaver Dam, Beaver Dam/Hartford (but the party starts Friday), Berea, Bowling Green, Cadiz, Clinton, Columbia, Flatwoods, Frankfort, Glasgow, Harlan, Henderson, Horse Cave, Madisonville, Manchester, Munfordville, Murray, Paducah, Paintsville, Paris, Somerset and Winchester, Dec. 3; Boyce, Nortonville ($100 top prize), Owenton and Schochoh, Dec. 4; Hickman and Lexington, Dec. 6; Augusta, Burnside, Cave City, Crofton, Elkton, Hopkinsville, La Center, Livermore, Nicholasville and Pikeville, Dec. 10, and Auburn, Dec. 11.

F. Kathleen Foley in the Los Angeles Times: "To her credit, Winkler never condescends to her Southerners — a welcome departure from other recent playwrights who fetishize their characters’ regionalisms. The characters in ‘Kentucky’ may be wildly eccentric and speak with a twang, but they are otherwise people, coping as best they can with the detritus of disappointed lives. Given a more assured staging, one suspects that this ‘Kentucky’ could more effectively express the soaring musicality of a colorful and misunderstood state."

The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame aims to open July 1, 2017, in Elizabethtown.

Happy 60th, Greer's Florist of Glasgow.

Mapping WKU's "safe spaces."

The unemployment rate went down in 82 Kentucky counties from October 2015 to October 2016, up in 33 and stayed the same in five. The low was 3 percent in Woodford County; the high, 14.1 in Magoffin. And statewide, it was 4.6 percent--a tick better than the national (4.7).

Toward more construction workers in and around Louisville.

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