Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Oh, Kentucky

Christmas parades: Irvington and Owensboro, Nov. 18; Ashland, Nov. 21; Lebanon, Nov. 24; Brownsville and Danville, Nov. 25; Greenup, Nov. 28; Cumberland, London, Monticello and Richmond, Dec. 1; Arlington ("Around the Block"), Barbourville, Beaver Dam, Fordsville, Georgetown, Harlan, Hartford, Henderson, Lawrenceburg, Madisonville, Marion, Munfordville, Murray, Paducah ("Let It Glow, Let It Glow, Let It Glow"), Somerset and Winchester, Dec. 2; Dawson Springs and Evarts, Dec. 3; Mount Sterling, Dec. 4; Lexington, Dec. 5; Bardstown, Dec. 7; Frankfort, Dec. 8; Augusta, Cave City, Elkton, Hanson, Hopkinsville and Paintsville, Dec. 9, and La Center (donated canned goods and nonperishables go to the Ballard County Food Pantries) and Oak Grove, Dec. 16.

Kentucky is reportedly spending 15.8 percent less per public-school student than it was in 2008.

With about 40 percent of the state's regulations on combat sports rolled back, the WWE has returned to Kentucky for the first time in six years.

The Franklin-Simpson SKYCTC is doing something about Kentucky's CDL-driver shortage.

Rest in peace, Mr. Ausenbaugh, Western Kentucky State College attendee as an infant, Nebo Aces basketballer, one-time coal miner, journalist in Princeton and Russellville (and elsewhere), husband of former gift-shop manager for Barren River State Resort Park, and bonafide hall-of-famer. Barry Rose in Bowling Green's Daily News:

He probably wouldn’t have liked this analogy, but Ausenbaugh was the rock of a dream team of sorts on Western Kentucky University’s faculty that began in the mid-1970s under the direction of David B. Whitaker, head of the Department of Journalism.

In photojournalism, Jack Corn and Mike Morse created a nationally recognized program. In print, Bob Adams – or “Mr. A,” as we called him – taught the basics and shepherded the College Heights Herald staff. Jim Highland taught public affairs reporting and told us we could do practically anything.

Ausenbaugh, a former regional editor of The Courier-Journal, brought us back to reality and taught us how much we had to learn. To us, he knew everything about writing and editing, knew every Kentucky editor who might hire a young student for the summer and could throw in stories from his days at what he called the "Curious Jumble." He probably knew more Kentucky history and its towns than anyone in the History Department.

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