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Photo by Crystal
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Give Blood and Give the Gift of Life

I have to admit I've been a little lax about getting into Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center on Old Hartford Road in Owensboro to give blood. It has been a while, and it shouldn't. But it was good to get back there today and see everybody and, especially, to give the good folks at the blood center a pint so that, down the road somewhere, somebody might be able to stick around a little while longer.

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Second & St. Ann, Downtown Owensboro (Photo by Dave Spencer)
Second & St. Ann, Downtown Owensboro (Photo by Dave Spencer)
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Semis Will Keep on Truckin’…Just Not Through Downtown Owensboro

Hopefully, the woes of the weary trucker won't be exacerbated too much now that heavy truck traffic has been re-routed around downtown Owensboro. It has become necessary to have the three-plus axle haulers or the 40,000 pounders--if not one in the same-- removed from the complicated Second Street equation. Even during the most minimal traffic situations, downtown Owensboro is kind of a nightmare while the Riverfront Crossing project continues at Second and St. Ann.

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Salem Drive Psychosis (Photo by Dave Spencer)
Salem Drive Psychosis (Photo by Dave Spencer)
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South Frederica Traffic Nightmare Extends Beyond Its Four Lanes

It was a simple task, really. I just had to run an errand out to Cracker Barrel. Easy enough, right? Actually, getting there was. But I used J.R. Miller Boulevard. It was the return trip that snatched me bald, figuratively speaking, of course. I really could have pulled my hair out. It shouldn't take twenty minutes to drive three and a half miles, the distance back to the station. But it did. South Frederica and its offshoots are far more than simply a force to be reckoned with at lunchtime. Strait jacket, anyone?

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Equipment used to make crystal meth (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Equipment used to make crystal meth (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
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Meth Labs Are an Owensboro Eyesore

Last week, I wrote a post about some of the neat things that can readily identify Owensboro. Unfortunately, a running joke throughout the community and surrounding communities suggests that I could have just as easily included meth labs in that post. Meth labs, and the insidious frequency of their development, are a terribly detrimental aspect of this or any community.

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Cracker Barrel Miracle (Photo by Dave Spencer)
Cracker Barrel Miracle (Photo by Dave Spencer)
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Waitress Discovers Ancestors’ Photo Hanging on Restaurant Wall

"If coincidences are just coincidences, why do they feel so contrived?" - Fox Mulder, "The X-Files"

I completely agree with the fictional federal agent. If something seems to be a coincidence, why does it feel like everything fell into place to make sure it happened precisely as it did? Coincidence? I think not. And when I learned the story of Sandra, a server at the Owensboro Cracker Barrel, I felt the exact same way.

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Photo by Dave Spencer
Photo by Dave Spencer
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You Know You’re from Owensboro When…

Every town is unique. Some of its citizens may not think so, but if you flesh it out and pay attention, you'll learn why. Owensboro is no different. It doesn't take much talking to learn that someone is a native of the Big O. In fact, I've come up with some ways to readily identify Owensboroans. You know you're from Owensboro when...

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Theatre Workshop of Owensboro
Theatre Workshop of Owensboro
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Theatre Workshop Presents ‘Gypsy’ and WBKR Has the Tickets

 

June 10-19, the Theatre Workshop of Owensboro is presenting "Gypsy"--the classic Stephen Sondheim/Jules Styne musical inspired by the life of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee. The show features familiar hits like "Let Me Entertain You" and "Everything's Coming Up Roses."

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Courtesy of flickr user Augapfel
Courtesy of flickr user Augapfel
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Hydrant Testing No Cause for Alarm: Now You Tell Me!

A very long time ago, I was driving to work. It was late; I was working thirds. As I was driving through town, I noticed that every fire hydrant I passed was open and spewing water all over the street. I don't remember who was on the air at the time, but he didn't seem to be too concerned when I told him. So as soon as I got on the air, I announced that hydrants all over town had exploded. I was young, very young.

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Google Streetview
Google Streetview
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A Burr (lew) Under My Saddle

Memo to the Burlew Boulevard-New Hartford Road intersection: You have seen the last of Dave Spencer! It does not matter to you that I might be in a hurry. It does not matter to you that it's the middle of the workday and I need to get back to the station. In fact, I'm under the impression that nothing matters to you if it as anything to do with me and my Hyundai. (Cue the music.)

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Courtesy of International Bluegrass Music Museum
Courtesy of International Bluegrass Music Museum
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Get Ready to ROMP!

ROMP (River of Music Party) is coming to Owensboro's Yellow Creek Park June 23-25. Get ready for unforgettable performances from Trampled by Turtles, the Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and two of my all-time favorite white-haired people--Emmylou Harris and Steve Martin, who will be performing with the Steep Canyon Rangers. But wait! There's more...

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Courtesy of legendaryent.com
Courtesy of legendaryent.com
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Legendary Live: The Top Ten by the Top Two

A few weeks ago, when Moon, Chad, and myself were planning the new Saturday morning countdown The BKR's Dozen, I mentioned that I was born to do countdowns. As luck would have it, the two acts at the top of Saturday's Legendary Live line-up--Montgomery Gentry and Rodney Atkins--each have five number one songs. So, here we go: The Top Ten of the Top Two! (Tiebreakers determined by length of stay on the chart.)

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Jim Beam's Montgomery Gentry at Aussie Bash
Montgomery Gentry Headlining Legendary Live 2011! (Tim Boyles, Getty Images for Beam Global)
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Legendary Live 2011!

Montgomery Gentry!  Rodney Atkins!  Kellie Pickler! Jason Michael Carroll!  Brett Eldredge!  LoCash Cowboys!  And WBKR's own Jaclyn Graves!  Legendary Entertainment Group proudly presents LEGENDARY LIVE, Owensboro's ultimate live music festival, Saturday, May 21st at Rivermont Park in downtown Owensboro!  

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