10 Things I Think You Need To Know for Jan. 25

1) It'll be a very interesting race for the District 12 seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives now that Webster County Judge-Executive Jim Townsend, a Democrat, has filed to run against longtime incumbent Jim Gooch, a Providence businessman who recently switched to the Republican Party.The district includes all of Webster County and parts of Daviess, McLean and Hopkins counties. They're both good candidates. Both men are devoted to their district and will be responsive to the needs of their constituents. Both men are strong supporters of Kyndle and its efforts. By the way, that's not Townsend in the picture The Gleaner used; it's Webster County Economic Development Council chairman Steve Whitsell. This is Judge Townsend:

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2) Gov. Matt Bevin will unveil his draft budget tomorrow, one of his first major acts as the commonwealth's new chief executive. The anticipation surrounding his presentation has been something to behold, as pundits and observers try to figure out in advance how austere it will be considering the huge financial burden Kentucky faces in shoring up its state employee and teacher pension funds. It's important to remember the actual budget will be passed by the General Assembly, and the governor's draft is merely a way to start the debate.  

3) My recent Community Comment on WEVV about one area I certainly hope Gov. Bevin's budget supports, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.  

4) My thoughts on the Evansville Icemen move to Owensboro: It's Ron Geary's team and he can do what he thinks is best. It's the City of Evansville's arena and it certainly isn't obligated to subsidize a private business such that the city suffers a significant loss. I admire Owensboro's willingness to try to make this new arrangement work. I wonder if there is enough fan support and corporate support in Owensboro for the Icemen to remain viable as an ECHL team. I wonder if there is enough time to renovate the Sportscenter for hockey before October.  I wonder if Evansville fans will support a new team.
 
5) At the snowstorm-shortened Kentuckians for Better Transportation State Conference last week in Lexington, folks with vested interests in transportation infrastructure in this state gathered for what has become a must-attend event for public and private sector leaders. I helped staff a boothdevoted to information on I-69.   
 
6) Speaking of I-69, you can help the effort to build the I-69 Ohio River bridge by buying a ticket to the BridgeLink Experience, a fun and unique event set for this Friday night at the Evansville home of Dr. Mark and Donna Logan. Tickets are $250 each, are tax deductible, and include delicious and unusual food items prepared by Mark and his Commonwealth Kitchen + Bar partner Jayson Munoz, appetizers from Pangea Kitchen, an open bar presented by Acropolis Greek Restaurant, a premium bourbon tasting hosted by bourbon expert Tom Fischer, a tasting of fine wines featuring varieties from The Prisoner Winery; live music, cigar samples, a silent auction and more. Proceeds benefit BridgeLink. Contact Kyndle at (270) 826-7505 or info@kyndle.usfor more info and to RSVP.     
 
7) Tim Farmer, host of the popular "Kentucky Afield" show on KET, will be the featured speaker at Saturday's McLean County Wild Game Dinner at Buck Creek Baptist Church just North of Livermore.

8) Bravo to this Union County educator for his good work helping those less fortunate. 
 
9) Be looking for more details about West Kentucky Thank You Night, a free reception at the Frankfort Convention Center from 5 to 7 p.m. EST on Feb. 11 designed to give all involved the chance to interact with state legislators, thank them for their service and urge them to keep Western Kentucky's needs and desires at the top of their minds as they make decisions. BBQ and refreshments will be available. Kyndle will be providing round-trip transportation from Henderson up to Frankfort and back that day for anyone who'd like to attend. 

10) Great Brown Bag Series lecture about smoking cessation options for small business set for today at noon at Kyndle. Check out the full calendar of upcoming Kyndle events here

The 10 Things Business Spotlight shines this week on Wilkerson's Shoes and Royster's Machine Shop. 

Kyndle would like to thank The Gleaner and Union County First for the use of images throughout this site.