1) Kyndle Country got some great news last Friday when Century Aluminum announced it was changing its mind on shutdowns and layoffs at its Sebree smelter. It's hard to overstate the smelter's economic impact on our region. It also employs folks from all four Kyndle counties and beyond. Friday'sreversal was a terrific early Christmas present.
2) Kudos to Henderson County Attorney Steve Gold and his staff for creating an online database of records and related information about Henderson County's budget. For those interested in really digging in to how the county spends its money, the site is invaluable.
3) Mark your calendars for Feb. 11. On that date Kyndle will be arranging transportation up to the State Capitol in Frankfort so that, during the day, folks can help us advocate for more funding in the new state budget for Kentucky's community colleges and, that evening, join people from around the region for West Kentucky Thank You Night at the Frankfort Convention Center, where completing I-69 will be a major theme. More information about those events will be coming soon.
4) The City of Henderson will celebrate the completed installation of decorative lamps along Second Street with a lighting ceremonyTuesday at 4:45 p.m.at the corner of Second And Alvasia,
5) At Kyndle's Legislative Preview breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 11 at the Henderson Fine Arts Center, our Government Affairs Committee and Commerce Council will offer up Kyndle's Legislative Priorities for 2016. The list includes federal, state and local issues we will concentrate efforts on in the coming year. Some of the local issues were derived from a poll of members that included asking them to rank in importance to the business community some of the "Big Ideas" in the Henderson Vision Plan. The top-ranked item was development of a new community conference/meeting center. Join us for breakfast on Jan. 11 to hear the rest of that list.
7) The Sureway grocery store in Providence has a new manager with big plans.
8) Union County High School FFA students had a goal of collecting 1,000 cans of donated food to give to needy families during the holidays. They would up getting more than twice that.
9) Like many others, I'm sad to see the exits of some truly talented and knowledgeable journalists from The Gleaner. Business Editor Chuck Stinnett, Reporter Frank Boyett, Photographer Darren Phegley, Columnist Ron Jenkins, Sports Editor Jim Kurk and several others celebrated their final days the newspaper last week. Editor Tom Lovett will be hard-pressed to replace their expertise and continue to cover Northwest Kentucky news properly. Now more than ever, Tom could use the community's help. If you have a something going on you think is newsworthy, don't hesitate to let Tom know by calling him at (270) 827-2000 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't assume Tom will know what is happening around town. Reach out to him. It will help him keep local news a priority.
10) Lots of great stuff coming up on the Kyndle Calendar. Check it out here.