Daviess County http://wkyufm.org en Proposed Trail Would Begin in Audubon State Park, Connect with Breckinridge County http://wkyufm.org/post/proposed-trail-would-begin-audubon-state-park-connect-breckinridge-county <p></p><p>Leaders in five Kentucky counties are gauging public support for an 80 mile trail that could be used for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.</p><p>The proposed trail would begin in Audobon State Park in Henderson County, and run through Daviess, Ohio, and Grayson counties before ending at Rough River Dam State Resort Park in Breckinridge County.</p><p>Daviess County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly told WKU Public Radio that local leaders are taking the idea to the public.</p><p>"All the county judges and mayors are going back to their communities to set up meetings where they can gauge the support in their communities,” Mattingly said. “We've kinda formed a loose coalition of the counties involved, so that we can apply for a federal grant."</p><p>Mattingly says the federal grant would fund a study that would look at the direction the trail would follow.</p><p>The Daviess County Judge-Executive cautions that it would take decades to plan and create an 80 mile trail. Mattingly says it took 25 years to finish the 15 mile greenbelt that rings Owensboro. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:31:52 +0000 Kevin Willis 44905 at http://wkyufm.org Proposed Trail Would Begin in Audubon State Park, Connect with Breckinridge County Bluegrass Music Service Expanding Presence to Owensboro http://wkyufm.org/post/bluegrass-music-service-expanding-presence-owensboro <p>A Tennessee-based company that provides online services for fans of bluegrass music is establishing a presence in Daviess County.</p><p>Terry Herd, co-founder of Nashville-based Bluegrass Today, told the Messenger-Inquirer that the decision indicates how significant Owensboro, Ky., is in the bluegrass music industry.</p><p>The city is home to the International Bluegrass Museum and hosts the annual ROMP: Bluegrass Roots and Branches Festival, which was named the "event of the year" in 2012 by the International Bluegrass Music Association.</p><p>Bluegrass Today, which launched about two years ago, includes news, airplay charts, forums and directories for fans.</p><p>The company said Sean Dysinger will head up its presence in Owensboro. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 16:38:43 +0000 Associated Press 43227 at http://wkyufm.org Bluegrass Music Service Expanding Presence to Owensboro Mayor Says New Convention Center Will Transform Owensboro into ‘An Entirely Different City’ http://wkyufm.org/post/mayor-says-new-convention-center-will-transform-owensboro-entirely-different-city <p>The new Owensboro Convention Center opens for business Wednesday as the Ag Expo begins. The city also has grand opening festivities slated for this weekend.&nbsp;<br /><br />Work began on the 170,000 square foot, $40-million dollar facility in March 2012. Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne says the finished product is impressive.<br /><br />“You go in and the lobby is 60 feet high and you have a lot of lot of unique artwork in there and two huge ballrooms up on the third floor.&nbsp; Off those ballrooms to the north and you have a balcony overlooking the Ohio River,” said Payne.</p><p>Payne says despite the facility’s size, it will be able to play host to events large and small.</p><p>“The exhibit hall can actually be separated into three separate exhibit halls if you want to do it," said Payne.&nbsp; "Or you can take the panels and open up the entire thing. So, lots of versatility which gives you a lot of options.”<br /> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:19:51 +0000 Emil Moffatt 43032 at http://wkyufm.org Mayor Says New Convention Center Will Transform Owensboro into ‘An Entirely Different City’ First Day on the Job for Western Kentucky Special Election Winner http://wkyufm.org/post/first-day-job-western-kentucky-special-election-winner <p>Kentucky’s newest House member was sworn into office Tuesday on the opening day of the 2014 General Assembly session.&nbsp;</p><p>Representative Suzanne Miles of Owensboro was also appointed to serve on the House Agriculture, Judiciary, and State Government Committees.&nbsp;</p><p>“I’m excited about serving on these committees, and hope to utilize my background as a small business owner, an advocate for our farming community, and my passion for government to help move our Commonwealth forward,” said Rep. Miles.</p><p>Miles, a Republican, won a special election in December to serve the remaining term of former Representative John Arnold.</p><p>Miles' victory eroded the Kentucky Democratic Party’s margin of control in the House. The Democrats now have 54 seats against the Republicans’ 46. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 20:13:31 +0000 Lisa Autry 42127 at http://wkyufm.org First Day on the Job for Western Kentucky Special Election Winner Photo and Video Exhibit at WKU Explores the Stories, People of Owensboro http://wkyufm.org/post/photo-and-video-exhibit-wku-explores-stories-people-owensboro <p></p><p></p><p>A photograph and video exhibit on display at WKU’s Mass Media and Technology Hall is dedicated to documenting the stories of those who live in Owensboro and Daviess County.</p><p><a href="http://www.mountainworkshops.org/" target="_blank"><em>Owensboro: An Old River City Discovers New Life</em></a> features 40 photographs and 21 video narratives. It’s the work of those who participated in the 38th annual <a href="http://www.mountainworkshops.org/about/" target="_blank">Mountain Workshops</a>, a one-week hands-on workshop led by the WKU School of Journalism and Broadcasting's photojournalism sequence.</p><p>For five days in October a group made up of both student and professional&nbsp; photojournalists made their way to Owensboro to find interesting people and stories that could be told through still and video images.</p><p>WKU Photojournalist-in-Residence Josh Meltzer, who&nbsp; helps direct the Mountain Workshops, met WKU Public Radio’s Kevin Willis at the gallery to talk about how some of the images came to life. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:47:16 +0000 Kevin Willis 40355 at http://wkyufm.org Photo and Video Exhibit at WKU Explores the Stories, People of Owensboro