1) Sen. Rand Paul will speak at a West Kentucky Coal Forum set for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Arnold Convention Center in Sturgis. The hour-long forum will include a panel discussion that will include River View Coal executive Heath Lovell, Kentucky Coal Association V.P. David Moss, Warrior Coal G.M. Bill Adelman and several area business owners who serve the mine industry. The public is invited.
2) Hendersonian Bently Tittle, who died last year at age 38 of Kidney cancer, has plenty of connections to tonight's episode of the popular TV crime drama "Castle." Tittle forged a writing/producing/acting career in television and movies after graduating from Western Kentucky University. He married screenwriter Christine Roum, and they have a son, Theo. According to a Facebook post by Tittle's sister, Jennifer, Christine was the lead writer for tonight's "Castle" and inserted a reference to Bently - the name of a ship on which several scenes take place. The show airs at 9 p.m. Central on ABC.
3) Hendersonian Greg Risch, former CFO of Accuride Corp., was recently named the president of that company's Gunnite division. Congratulations, Greg.
4) Some churches in Sebree worked together to put what sounded like an awesome holiday shopping event last weekend.
5) Four McLean County High School students attended the Western Kentucky University luncheon that took place on Nov. 10 at the Convention Center in Owensboro. Cable Wilson, Briana Ward, Makayla Level and Brittany Level attended this luncheon hosted by WKU to recognize high performing students across the region. Superintendent Terry Hayes and Principal Drew Taylor attended as well.
6) BridgeLink executive Director Justin Groenert, BridgeLink consultant Dennis Faulkenberg and I got to address last week's I-69 Regional Summit in Bloomington, Ind., about the latest developments on I-69 in Kentucky and the road's bridge over the Ohio River. Section 4 in Indiana, from Crane to Bloomington, will open soon. Here's a recap from a writer for the Bloomington paper. Here's a cool drone video flyover of Section 4.
7) Speaking of drones, here's a nice summary of a recent Kyndle Brown Bag Series lecture on the use of drones in business, especially farming, by The Gleaner's Chuck Stinnett.
8) Congrats to Jean Carver for winning Kyndle's second annual Fire Pit Pitch Contest last week.
9) Did you know that all Kyndle stakeholders can get our entire membership list for free in just about any format they choose. The list includes company name, primary contact, main business phone number and postal address (we can't give out emails), perfect for making sales calls or direct mail campaigns. This is a great benefit for our members, who might have to pay a hefty amount for a similarly condensed and packaged list. Call us at (270) 826-7505 for more information.