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More Hot Weather Cooking the Country as Tri-State Prepares to be Re-heated Like a Leftover

Can we go ahead and mark it down? 2011 is one of the worst weather years I can ever remember. Record winter cold, tornadoes, floods, and now this heat! I might have included last week's extraordinary and national-headline-making heat reading in my recent post about the worst storms I've ever experienced, except for the fact that a heat wave doesn't qualify. But it does qualify when the categories are "discomfort" and "dangerous."

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The Worst Storms I Remember – Dave Spencer’s Top Five

I don’t remember very many really bad storms as a child. We’d have tornado warnings and the sirens would sound. That would frighten the life out of me, but then we’d head over to my grandmother’s house and go down into her basement and then nothing would materialize. And when I was kid, I LOVED snowstorms. But I’m all grown up now. And I have grown-up attitudes about some of these nasty storms. In a nutshell, I’m not a fan. Here now are the worst storms I can remember:

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Third Baptist Church of Owensboro (Photo by Dave Spencer)
Third Baptist Church of Owensboro (Photo by Dave Spencer)
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Third Baptist Church Opens Its Doors to Counseling Service

Third Baptist Church in Owensboro is one busy building. And I'm not even talking about weekly services and regular church activities throughout the week. Third Church opens its doors to the homeless in need of a meal on Thursdays and accommodates a recovery group on Tuesdays. And now, it plays host to licensed couples therapist and pastoral counselor Joe Bob Pierce and Cornerstone Counseling Services.

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Owensboro Business, UniFirst, Featured On CBS Show “Undercover Boss”

Last night I was watching CBS 44 at the beginning of the show it talked about UniFirst, a company in Owensboro; they are the leading supplier of uniforms, workwear and related products to businesses big and small since 1936.  It was a very interesting show the President and CEO put on a wig and fake mustache and worked along side with people in the company to see how it was to work there and what could be done to make life easier in the company.

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Photo by Dave Spencer
Photo by Dave Spencer
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Parrish Avenue Church Sign Gets Right to the Point

"It's always your favorite sins that do you in."

That's my favorite line from Kenny Chesney's latest hit, "You and Tequila," written by Matraca Berg and Deana Carter. But I'll try to withhold playing the song as I drive down West Parrish Avenue in Owensboro. Thanks to Grace Pointe Church and this tongue-in-cheek little number, I had a big enough laugh that I needed to pull over.

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Photo by Dave Spencer
Photo by Dave Spencer
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Temporary Relief from Road Closing Anxiety Has Arrived

While doing my live broadcast yesterday, I received a text from my sister that cracked me up. It said, "I'M SICK AND TIRED OF ALL THE ROAD CLOSINGS!!!" Wait, let me check. Yes, it did come with three exclamation points. Don't want to short-change. But, yeah, it was funny because I had said that just the other day as I was trying to get from the WBKR studios to the bypass; I go the back way--up Byers to New Hartford. Well, I did, anyway. 

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Honorary WBKR pet. (Photo by Dave Spencer)
Honorary WBKR pet. (Photo by Dave Spencer)
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As Cities Expand, Wildlife Proliferates

You can sure tell when a city's limits are expanding. And, no, I'm not talking about the obvious signs like the actual retail and dining establishments cropping up at a breakneck pace. No I'm talking about...roadkill. Yep, it's a pretty grim indicator, but an indicator nonetheless, as far as I'm concerned. In fact, I'm seeing more and more wildlife within the city and county limits than I have ever seen before--the WBKR parking lot included.

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Courtesy of flickr user dougtone
Courtesy of flickr user dougtone
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Cyclists Tracing Underground Railroad Route Coming Through Owensboro

I've always wanted to do a theme vacation where I travel a famous route, trail, or path. Route 66 leaps immediately to mind, only because that's probably the closest. Or so I thought. A group of cyclists called Spoke 'N Revolutions Youth Cycling is travelling the Underground Railroad--and they're coming through Owensboro.

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Photo by Crystal
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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