Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Oh, Kentucky

"This is a sad day for our wonderful, close-knit community. If we can't extend a helping hand for our elderly that have blazed the path for our current and future generations then that speaks volumes for our integrity." Rachel Keller Collins delivers the breaking and heartbreaking news in The Marshall County Tribune-Courier that the Marshall County Senior Citizens Center is giving up the fight.

Madisonville's hoping to draw new residents from Fort Campbell.

The Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum is leaving Owensboro for Central City.

Muhlenberg County is also getting a new indoor-sports facility.

For what (I think) is its third CEO in three years, Lexmark taps a lifer.

A couple of Erlanger-Elsmere originals are shutting down Florence's "hands-on" Herbs & More after 22 years, and it sounds like backroads driving, family visiting and maybe even (finally again) some fishing might be on the agenda. Patricia Scheyer's farewell feature at The River City News is a fun read.

Banking hiccups are holding back hemp in Kentucky, an Eddyville operator and other industry leaders tell Sen. McConnell and other congressional leaders.

There's a Head Start hard stop in Flemingsburg, but no one's yet saying what's up.

More on the passing of "King" Coleman: Per Steve LeMaster in the Floyd County Chronicle, visitation will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday in the Wayland High School gym, and the family asks memorial contributions go to the Mountain Sports Hall of Fame.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Oh, Kentucky

The Kentucky Department of Health says more than 60 county health departments are in jeopardy of closing within the next two years. Clark County's is one of them, and Whitney Liggett with The Winchester Sun has a very thorough report on how local officials are adapting to the crisis.

Facilities in Elsmere, Louisville, Owensboro, Paducah and Paintsville show up on a federal list of 400 problem nursing homes.

Here's the updated list of Need Line needed items in Murray, per the Murray Ledger & Times: mustard, potatoes, tea bags, bread, saltine crackers, pancake mix, pancake syrup, catsup, onions, Kool Aid, buns, peanut butter, pickle relish, pork and beans, sugar, Jiffy Mix, eggs, margarine, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, ground beef, hot dogs, chicken, toilet paper, dish liquid, laundry detergent, soap, plastic storage bags (1- and 2-gallon sizes), hotel or travel-size shampoo, lotions, soap and large brown bags.

Kentucky for sale:

Good jobs news from (Dave Cowens Drive in) Newport, (and between) New Haven and New Hope.

The guys opening the Alley on Main restaurant hope to capture some of Paintsville's history, and, with good Kentucky names like Estep and Pelphrey, that seems like a fitting plan.

A new Master of Science in Global Business with Blockchain Technology will be available this summer from the University of Cumberlands--and nowhere else in the state.

Rest in peace, "King" Kelly Coleman, "truly the greatest basketball player Kentucky has ever had." Great tribute from Josh Moore in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Oh, Kentucky

Fifty years and 12 stories of affordable housing for 55-year-old-and-older residents of Newport.

After 54 years of hellos at Harlan County schools, it's so long to Billie Gray.

The 32nd Charles Logsdon Historic Downtown Walking Tour commences Thursday in Etown.

Starting on digital literacy early, in Louisville.

Martin County is getting together Saturday to clean up and celebrate.

"Of course, lots of cities have amphitheaters, but not every town with a population of about 3,500 builds a venue that holds 5,000." Deborah Kohl Kremer has a nice feature in Kentucky Monthly on plucky Beaver Dam and its amphitheater.

Turning to sports, disc-golf season is underway in LawrenceburgSummit's Armco Park Iron Ore Hiking Trail, which "includes part of the brick road from the original Route 60 that went from Ashland to Lexington" (!), opened Saturday, but--too bad, so sad--you missed canoeing or kayaking the Woodbury-to-Aberdeen Green River Ramble.

Also, Danville's Advocate-Messenger lost its sports editor of three years to the Norton Center for the Arts, and the new person is an eager University of Louisville Cardinal alum who lives in Bullitt County and has been working on an assembly line.

Rest in peace, Rev. Dr. Hobgood, a Transylvania and College of the Bible product, former pastor of several Kentucky congregations and 2003-05 general minister and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) "whose leadership in a transitional time called us to faithfulness in our witness as a pro-reconciling anti-racist Church."