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From the Chair 1913 – 2013…what a difference 100 years makes! As we reflect and celebrate the centennial of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, one can only imagine what it was like 100 years ago and how the Owensboro-Daviess County region has evolved. We have much to celebrate and be excited about! Speaking from your Chambers perspective, we have grown from a few businesses affiliated with one another through the Owensboro Businessmen’s Association, originated in 1893 to creating the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce in 1913 to our current year of more than 1,000 member businesses strong. Business and entrepreneurship has been the critical link in the history of Owensboro, from the coal mines, to the many distilleries that have operated here, to the many small business that continue to be the bedrock of our communities, to one of the most important industries – now and then – agriculture. Today as a regional leader in many sectors of business, Greater Owensboro is diversified and has not relied on one sector to make our economy, which has paid dividends as recently through our performance during this nation’s “Great Recession”. Our leaders and businesses have strategically evolved with the local, national, and world economies keeping that strong determination to make a difference not only here in Greater Owensboro, but in many areas of the world as well. The millions of dollars of private investment being made in 2013 in the Greater Owensboro area are unprecedented and are applauded. Our local, state and federal governments set the stage with investments over the past several years in our downtown and region’s infrastructure, but now the show will begin with private investment. With a new hospital, a new downtown, new hotels, new restaurants, shops and boutiques it is sure to be a busy year in Owensboro! All of this has created new energy and renewed interest in what we all have

known as our jewel – Owensboro and Daviess County, Kentucky. We have come a long way thanks to the determination and leadership of many loyal members, board chairs, board members, presidents, and staff in the last 100 years. I can let you know today as your Chair of the board, that 2013 will be no different. Your board and staff are dedicated to making your chamber of commerce the best it can be and are excited to kick off the next 100 years of service to you, its members.

Gavin C. Roberts

2013 Chairman of the Board Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce


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An official publication of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce

Commerce 100 years: Chamber celebrates milestone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce celebrates its centennial in 2013.

Downtown Small and large businesses are choosing downtown. . . . . . 12 In the last two years, local developers, financial institutions and young entrepreneurs have chosen downtown as the location for their businesses — making the investment early in the transformation of the city’s core.

Arts & Entertainment Musuem has become a staple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Recently celebrating 35 years in Owensboro, the Museum of Fine Art has accepted forty anniversary gifts into its permanent collection. Gifts include works from Pablo Picasso and a complete collection of John James Audubon’s Birds of America.

Read all about it: Librar y offers something for all. . . . . . . . 18 Daviess County Public Library hosts an assortment of programs sure to delight and inspire book-lovers of all ages.

Entertainment value: Friday after 5 is free fun. . . . . . . . . . 22 A free summer concert seriers downtown has grown significantly since inception in the mid 1990s.

Wellness Owensboro Health puts patient care first . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 With a new hospital comes a new way of thinking —larger patient rooms, enhanced security and customer service representatives — all to make for a better patient experience. ­

Sports & Recreation Area Recreational Facilities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Owensboro was named Sports Illustrated’s #1 Sportstown in Kentucky. Here’s a listing of Owensboro’s world class sports and recreation facilities from sports complexes to golf courses to show you why Owensboro was chosen.

Transportation I-67 would benefit Owensboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 A 2012 study found justification to proceed with plans for a new interstate running from Nashville to northern Michigan, and passing directly through Owensboro.



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Agriculture Local food movement hits town. . . . . . . . . . . .34 Farmer’s markets and the Farm to Table program allow Owensboro residents to eat fresh.

Entrepreneurship Greener Owensboro Recycling. . . . . . . . . . . .38

John Fentress saw a need for curbside recycling in Owensboro and answered the call.

Neighbors Welcome to the Neighborhood . . . . . . . . . .42

Growing with entrepreneurial opportunities, industry and home-grown small businesses, Owensboro’s economy thrives, establishing a solid housing market largely unaffected by national trends.

Moving In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Helpful information for new residents.

K-12 Education Success in a global society . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Owensboro Public Schools are well known for an exceptional performing and fine arts curriculum to educate children beyond just academics.

Great expectations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . .56

Daviess County Public Schools have implemented the “Leader in Me” program, a school-wide transformational model based on the belief that all children have leadership potential.

Faith to Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58

Owensboro Catholic Schools are committed to instilling values, morals and proper attitudes.

Private Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

Several small private schools enhance the educational choices in Greater Owensboro.

Postsecondary Education A new trade . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Owensboro Community Technical College offers programs which allow non-traditional students to train for new careers and new starts.

Small Business Studio Slant thrives. . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . . . 64

Two years after opening, the handmade boutique and art galler y is thriving and even hosting festivals.

Industry Welding businesses fill need . . . . . . . . . . .78

From businesses that have been around 80 years to new ones that are experiencing growth, the welding and fabricating industry is alive and well in Owensboro.


From the Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Community at-a-Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 By the Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Dining and Catering Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Advertiser Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

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The Chamber staff outside the 4th and Frederica office in 1997. L-R: Cristy Ellis, Fred Reeves, Becky McGubbins, Dave Adkinson, Judy Potect, Susan High, Waitman Taylor, Esther Jonsing, Sandy Moore, Mary Hillard and Michelle Harris.

100 years:

Chamber celebrates a milestone By Joy Campbell

The Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce will replace its traditional annual dinner with a Centennial Celebration at 6 p.m. Jan. 13, 2013 that includes a retrospective as well as a focus on the business group’s current and future plans.The event will be held at the RiverPark Center. “We’re hosting this event as a reunion for past board chairs and as a celebration for our 974 current members,” Chamber President and CEO Amy Jackson said. “We hope the board chairs take great pride at this milestone and want to celebrate. They have a lot to be proud of.” Jackson said the Chamber staff has been doing its homework for the 100-year event — researching the organization’s history. It started as the Businessman’s Association in 1893 and became the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce in 1913. The Chamber is working with a local


vendor to create a commemorative video to debut at the celebration and to use afterward “to tell our story.” “We have a lot of boxes containing pictures and newspaper clippings of milestone events such as kicking off the International Bar-B-Que Festival in 1979, the first Go Vote Campaign, getting the “Blue Law” changed, and other topics, including current ones,” Jackson said.”The minutes of the first meeting are stored in the Kentucky Room.” The Chamber’s signature event — the Rooster Booster Breakfast — routinely attracts from 250 to 300 business people at 7:30 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month. For 35 years, Kirk Kirkpatrick has emceed the popular morning meeting. He introduced his audiences to “The Good News Phone,” as well as The Top Five — both still standard fare at the meetings. The white retro phone that sets atop O W E N S B O R O

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the podium actually continues to bring Chamber members announcements of new businesses, national recognitions and more, with Kirkpatrick always saying to the caller, “Well, that IS good news.” He also concludes the breakfast meetings with The Top Five that keys on a current topic in a manner similar to late-night talk show host David Letterman’s Top 10 List. “Kirk is responsible for making Rooster Booster the popular venue it is today,” Jackson said. Kirkpatrick started attending Chamber of commerce meetings when he was in his 20s. The group met in the basement of Gabe’s Tower, and its members were “almost all old bankers,” he said. “I felt out of place, but I represented Owensboro On the Air, and I wanted to make those connections.” He recently recalled how he came to be the Rooster Booster master of ceremonies

Kirk Kirkpatrick, left, and the Good News Phone at an early Rooster Booster meeting.

and how The Good News Phone was introduced. In the mid-1970s, Dr. Don Neel and Martel Wightman co-hosted the breakfast meetings and tried to make them entertaining, Kirkpatrick said. “When Dr. Neel was elected board chairman in 1976, he couldn’t continue as the emcee, so he asked me to do it. Next month I’ll end 35 years — serving out my contract,” Kirkpatrick quipped. “But we’re negotiating for an extension.” Records show that in 1978, the Owensboro-Daviess County Chamber of Commerce advocated for a toll road from Owensboro to Lafayette, Ind., opposed the Federal Aviation Administration’s closing of the control tower at the airport, successfully lobbied for a KET transmitter in Daviess County, successfully fought the Illinois Central Railroad closing, and spoke out for changes in the first land use plan for Owensboro, Daviess County and Whitesville. Chamber leaders moved the organization into its new role as “a voice for business and a voice on issues that affect the community.” And its leaders acknowledged that the Chamber likely would continue to change. That same year, the Chamber issued its 1977 Progress Report and 1978 Statement of Goals. And for the first time, the organization attracted more than 500 members. Some amazing things have happened under Chamber leadership, Kirkpatrick said. He credits Jane Haase and Dave Adkisson —two past presidents from the late ‘70s and early ‘80s — for their work to make the organization more professional. “At that time, we were facing some difficult situations with 12 to 13 percent interest rates and a crippling downtown,” Kirk-

patrick said. “We had the Executive Inn, but downtown was on its way to becoming embarrassing.”

Good News Phone debuts in 1981 Kirkpatrick

introduced The


News Phone at the Chamber’s annual dinner in 1981. He recalled brainstorming with Adkisson about how to find something positive to say during those bleak times. He suggested having someone phone in and deliver some good news. That was supposed

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to be a one-time device, but it has become an anticipated interruption each month — often garnering snickers when the ring continues after Kirkpatrick picks it up. The Top Five List was introduced at the end of the meeting as a way to keep the audience. “Everyone was leaving, and it was embarrassing for the speakers,” Kirkpatrick said. Kirkpatrick underplays his contributions of “two hours per month” as a volunteer and gives full credit to the professional Chamber staffs over the years and the members themselves. Adkisson, he said, placed a big emphasis on speakers and membership. “If you think about the value of the Chamber, it’s directly proportional to the members’ willingness to come and participate,” he said. “They can thank themselves for that. It’s sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Both Jackson and Kirkpatrick list several projects the Chamber has supported over the years that are now visible in the region such as the Natcher Bridge and Interstate spurs, and getting the tolls removed from the Natcher Parkway. “These were just pipe dreams. I never thought I’d see them in my lifetime,” Kirkpatrick said. The airport and riverport both went through periods when they were losing viability. Now, they are both thriving, he said. And the RiverPark Center was a key project for the city. “Where Owensboro is sitting now, compared to where it was, is truly remarkable,” Kirkpatrick said.”If you took a snapshot of the late ‘70s and fast-forwarded, I still would not have envisioned this.” He credits Mayor Ron Payne with following though on the vision for downtown Owensboro. He also sees the Chamber’s leadership on the convention center now under construction — lobbying for greater transparency on its scope and cost — as a pivotal point on that project. “The staff and members — they are why the Chamber works,” Kirkpatrick said.”It has a very active group of members. And they make a loud noise when they talk together.”

Chamber’s influence seen in spinoff groups

Adkisson, who is the current executive director of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, went to work for the Chamber at age 22. His interest in the organization’s history led to the collection of pictures of the past Chamber board chairpersons. He was able to find all but three. The Chamber went dormant from 1917 to 1920 in large part because so many young men were in service during


Waitman Taylor speaks at the opening of the MidAmerica Airpark in 1996.

World War I, “but it came roaring back in the ‘20s,” he said. Adkisson became the Chamber’s leader in 1976. “In remembering the Owensboro Chamber, what comes to mind are so many organizations that got their start from that group,” he said. “It was in many ways a catalyst and a shepherd for groups.” The International Bar-B-Que Festival started with the Chamber. The first steps for RiverPark Center’s came from a Chamber civic center committee. Leadership Owensboro also got its start with the group with Bob Darrell’s lead. The tourist commission evolved from the Chamber’s efforts to start a bed tax. Downtown Owensboro was a Chamber initiative. The Industrial Foundation — also a Chamber offshoot — recruited a number of industries to Owensboro, Adkisson said. “Some of those groups became completely independent, and others still have an affiliation,” he said. The Chamber’s history goes back to business people sitting around a table discussing how to make their community better, the former president said. “The Chamber offers a platform on which business leaders can organize the community and get something done.” Adkisson’s tenure was marked by a strong emphasis in recruiting industry and supporting community development projects. The Ohio River Bridge project, which led to the Natcher Bridge completion, was started in 1976 when Adkisson invited Bill Koch, the Holiday World presO W E N S B O R O

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ident, to come to talk about a four-lane road through southern Indiana. Collaboration, including strong relationships with mayors and judge-executives, is another way the Chamber makes a difference, Jackson said.. She learned of the importance of true collaboration as soon as she was hired, she said. “I met the mayor and judge first — even before I met the entire Chamber board.” Adkisson gives Chamber leaders after him credit for developing “better and stronger public policy and advocacy positions.” The community has a unified agenda for state legislators and speaks with one voice, he said. The Chamber’s membership list of nearly 1,000 names includes retail, small and large businesses, manufacturers, nonprofit groups and churches. “All of them are finding value, and that says a lot for the role we play in the community,” the president said. The Centennial Celebration is a big project, Jackson said. “We’re working hard to make it a wonderful celebration that will include some new awards,” she said. “And then we’ll have “The Dance of the Decades” featuring the Second Street Big Band. She also has a message for new businesses and industries and other entities in the community. “It’s never too late to become a part of the history of the Chamber,” Jackson said. “You can join any day and help to create the voice and be the face of Owensboro business.”

Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce Board Chairpersons — 1913 to 2013 1913 — J.A. Manning 1914 — E.W. Smith 1915 — John S. Wright, Sr. 1919 — L. Freeman Little 1920 — Marc Stuart 1921 — D.C. Stinson 1922 — B.F. Siler 1923 — Dr. Robert Brodie 1924 — S. R. Ewing 1925 — C. E. Field 1926 — J. D. Russell 1928 — O. H. Williams 1929 — W. D. Haley 1930 — Sam C. Coots 1931-32 — E. Kelley Short 1933-1942 — A. S. Griffin 1934 — Onis L. Greer 1936 — Sam Levy 1937 — W. T. Stevenson 1938 — Harry Bottorf 1939 — Gleeson Murphy, Jr. 1940 — Harry Holder 1943 — Milford Purdy 1944 — Walter Gannane 1945 — V. E. Anderson 1946 — John Polkinghorn 1947 — R. L. Lyon 1948 — Allen W. Haley 1949 — Berkley Davis 1950 — Henry Wilson

1951 — Dr. Haynes Barr 1952-53 — Ralph Wible 1954 — John Kirtley 1955 — Clyde Watson 1956 — E. Ray Jones 1957 — J. R. Miller 1958, 1966-67 — J. L. Bugg 1959 — S. J. Clark 1960 — James O. Mathews 1961 — C. J. “Chuck” Ehresman 1962 — W. E. Kennedy 1963 — Irvine Daniels 1964 — A. L. Roberts 1965 — J. R. Connell 1968 — C. Waitman Taylor 1969 — George O. Willis 1970 — James C. Zimmerman 1971 — Dwight L. Nelson 1972 — Robert T. Maddox 1973 — John R. Gregory 1974 — Thomas Gaffey 1975 — Robert H. Combs 1976 — Dr. Donald R. Neel 1977 — Carl R. Whitehouse 1978 — Roger F. McCormick 1979 — Edward C. Wathen 1980 — Richard Edwards 1981 — William Kurtz 1982 — Joe Hancock 1983 — Carl Weller

1984 — Alvin Rickard 1985 — Jerry H. Haase 1986 — Glenn Taylor 1987 — David York 1988 — Bob Carper 1989 — Alan Braden 1990 — Cheryl King 1991 — Keith Luedke 1992 — Don P. Moore, III 1993 — L. Stuart Augenstein 1994 — Frank Stainback 1995 — Gary Sisk 1996 — Jeffrey Ebelhar, CPA 1997 — Larry Mayfield 1998 — Deborah Nunley 1999 — Larry Maglinger 2000 — Tom Watson 2001 — Dean Rodney 2002 — Sim Davenport 2003 — John Ray 2004 — Mike Sullivan 2005 — Gary Smith 2006 — J. Todd Inman 2007 — Nick Cambron 2008 — Tish Correa-Osborne 2009 — Wayne Foster 2010 — Suzanne Northern Blazar 2011 — Shirley Cecil 2012 — Michael F. Beckwith 2013 — Gavin Roberts














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The Inquirer building on Third Street is now home to Simply Chic. Many businesses are migrating downtown during the redevelopment.

Small and large businesses are choosing downtown By Joy Campbell

“This summer when the new park opened, I knew I had made the right choice,” said Gayla Martin, owner of Coldstone Creamery at 5140 Frederica St. Martin is talking about her decision to open a satellite shop in downtown Owensboro. In the last two years, local developers, financial institutions and young entrepreneurs have chosen downtown as the location for their businesses — making the investment early in the transformation of the city’s core. These investors say they seized a good business opportunity, and they want to be a part of the rebuilding taking place with public and private investments that includes a new destination riverfront park, convention center and hotels, improved city streets and sidewalks, historic building preservation and downtown living opportunities. “Overall, I think downtown will be a tremendous asset. I know a lot of people are on the fence about locating there since it will be two more years before some of the projects are done,” Martin said. “But that said, we’re going in at the early stage with a good


location. We’ll go from there.” An estimated 20,000 people attended the city’s new Smothers Park grand opening over three summer days. Martin will operate her new shop from her Coldstone Creamery Frederica Street business. She will have a partner in the leased space at 101 W. Second St. when Lisa Haynes opens a second store for her Cup Cakery business. Haynes started Cup Cakery in Williamsburg Square in 2010. Two financial institutions also have chosen downtown for major investments. First Security Bank chose Owensboro for its corporate headquarters and has pumped in $6.5 million to transform the building at 313 Frederica St. into a showcase facility. And Fifth Third Bank is well under way with its $1 million construction of a brand new building at Fifth and Frederica streets. “We are big supporters and fans of all the downtown markets we serve, and our management and board believe that a strong downtown helps to develop the economic viability of a community,” said Lynn Cooper, president and CEO of First Security Bank. First Security was founded in Owensboro. Evansville, Bowling Green and others O W E N S B O R O

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courted First Security when the bank was considering the spot for its corporate offices, Cooper said. “It was a big decision for us — whether to choose Owensboro or another city. At the end of the day, we wanted to do whatever we could to contribute and help to support downtown Owensboro — not just in words but in actions,” he said. “We’re pleased to be in downtown Owensboro.” Last spring, Capone’s, an Italian restaurant at 222 Allen St., and Simply Chic, a home accents shop at 101A W. Third St. opened downtown. Both owners said they were fulfilling their dreams of owning their own businesses. Other new establishments made their downtown location choices on the cusp of the revitalization, including Bee Bops, a ‘50s-style diner; Gambrinus Libation Emporium, an upscale bar; and “C-ing” Polkadots, a gallery boutique — all debuting in 2010.

Downtown plan on track

A conservative estimate for downtown Owensboro’s private investments since 2009 is “just shy of $90 million,” according to Joe Berry, Owensboro’s downtown proj-

ect manager. That means the private investment exceeds the initial public investment of $89 million, he said. Berry recalls the forecast that economists with Gateway Planning Group, the original downtown development architects, made after looking at the downtown plan. “They said that within 20 years, the city would see a three to one private to public dollar investment of $300 million,” he said.”The fact that four years later we already are at one to one and going up is a really positive trend. From my perspective, the investments are paying dividends.” He sees three elements coming together as further indication of a downtown plan on track: • The largest piece of the public investment besides the convention center -Smothers Park -- is open and drawing large crowds downtown. • The residential piece is growing with two developers’ housing plans under way and other opportunities available. • The first corporate presence has been announced. That was accomplished when Jack Wells and Matt Hayden decided to build a new two-story, 60,000-square-foot office building on the old Don Moore Chevrolet-Cadillac property at 600 W. Second St. It will be the new home for the Owensboro operations of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, parent company of Texas Gas Transmission. The developers announced last spring that their $44 million downtown investment also includes a four- to five-story Holiday Inn, a condominium project and marina. “I can’t overstate Boardwalk Pipeline’s decision to locate downtown,” Berry said. “And tying in with a hotel is a great idea.” Jamie Buskill, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners’ chief financial officer, senior vice president and treasurer, said during the groundbreaking of the new office building for Texas Gas that his company is glad to continue its relationship with Owensboro. “We are excited about this groundbreaking and excited about being part of this revitalization effort in downtown Owensboro,” Buskill said. “If you look out, it’s quite remarkable what you’re seeing take place. As a company, we celebrate a new chapter in the history of Texas Gas. If you look at that history through the years we’ve been owned by a lot difference people — CSX, Transco, Williams and now Boardwalk. Yet if you look at each of those owners, they see value in having a significant presence in Owensboro. There’s more than luck as to why that is. It’s due to dedicated employees who have demonstrated time and time again the value they bring to the organization.”

Early adapters saw potential

Colby and Carole MacQuarrie, George and Nancy Skiadas, Rosemary and Larry Conder, Malcolm and Sally Bryant are examples of what Berry calls “early adapters.”

Nancy S. Martin, left front, talks with her friends Sandra Watts, back left, Mary Ann Breden, back right, and Barbara Wiley while waiting for their order at Famous Bistro, 102 W. Second St. The Bistro is one of many businesses that thrive downtown.

Colby’s and Famous Bistro restaurants, The Creme Coffee House and Corporate Centre are some of their investments.The Conders have purchased and renovated six downtown buildings and provided residential and business lease space. “In my opinion, these have undertaken the most risk, but they’re also the ones to reap the most benefits,” Berry said. “What we’re seeing is local capital, which is what we want,” Berry said. “These are very good businesses, but they’re in it for more than that -- they have a great deal of passion about Owensboro.” Terry Woodward also is restoring two downtown properties for residential-retail use. “I was inspired by the work that Colby (MacQuarrie) was doing with his restaurant,” George Skiadas said. He and Nancy chose downtown over south Frederica, where most of the development was occurring. They opened Famous Bistro at 102 W. Second in 1993. “I liked downtown and felt confident with the type of business I wanted to create that it was the place,” Skiadas said. He praised the early work of PRIDE, a grassroots organization devoted to improving

the appearance of Owensboro and Daviess County, for getting the public involved in creating a vision for Owensboro. The group held dozens of meetings starting in 2002 to gauge the public’s interest in improvement projects. The results were shared with city and county leaders. “Improving downtown kept cropping up,” he said. “We didn’t have the downtown character that a lot of nice communities have.” That is changing with the city’s and county’s public projects as well as private development, Skiadas said. City and county leaders also deserve credit for moving the downtown plan forward, he said. The Skiadases are taking another leap with their plans to open a second restaurant, The Lure Seafood & Grille, in the new Hampton Inn & Suites downtown -- on the Ohio River. The restaurant is targeted for opening in late 2013 -- when the hotel debuts. “Now, we will have so many choices for entertainment, restaurants, music, shows and shopping,” Skiadas said. “I’m optimistic about the future of all of downtown. I think it will go beyond the condos that have been announced with more of the waterfront developed.”

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John Cox, with Wilkerson Plastering and Acoustics, paints a pillar and retaining wall at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art at Frederica and Ninth

Art in Owensboro:

Museum has become a staple By Libby Johnson

The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art celebrated its 35th anniversary in the year 2012. Opened in 1977, the museum expands and enhances the cultural environment of the region through a permanent collection of American, European and Asian fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th century to the present. Major traveling exhibitions; visual and performing arts; interpretive events and educational programs for children and adults occur throughout the year. As part of the anniversary celebration, forty gifts to the permanent collection were welcomed in 2012, including:


•Three works by Pablo Picasso completed in the early 1950’s featuring Poissons, a large red earthenware ceramic bowl, and two female sculptural figures from his Lampe Femme series. •A complete collection of John James Audubon’s Birds of America features four Double Elephant Folio volumes produced by the Audubon Society of America. •Sixteen works on paper by the late Kentucky expatriate painter, Joseph Dudley Downing (1925-2007), represent some of the earliest works produced by the artist who was mentored by Pablo Picasso during the early years of his career in Paris. O W E N S B O R O

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•Two mid 20th century chalices rendered in enamel, silver and gold were crafted by celebrated European jeweler, Meinrad Burch founder of the famed Burch-Korrodi Studio in Zurich, Switzerland. •Eighteen works by Louisville sculptor, Robert Lockhart, including recent drawings and three-dimensional figures in clay, bronze and wood. In October 2012, a gala was held in joint celebration of the museum’s anniversary and the unveiling of a second bronze buffalo sculpture placed in Ryan Park. The buffalo sculptures are personal gifts from continued on page 17

Owensboro Museum of Fine Art employee Jason Hayden carries a painting by Rex Robinson before hanging it near an acrylic on wood cutout titled “Bluegrass, Bluegrass” during the OMFA’s “Bluegrass Roots” exhibition.

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Chris Gillispie, 6, center, reacts to other children’s handmade masks including 6-year-old Kayden Bellmar’s mask, at right, during the beginning day of the final series of four free art camps at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art.



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Mayor Ron Payne pats the nose of the bronze cow after unveiling the sculpture during the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art’s “Buffalo Bash� gala at Ryan Park. The piece is named the “Meadowlands Pair,� a bronze buffalo cow and calf.

From page 14 Mayor and Mrs. Ron Payne. “The community response to the first two bronzes in Owensboro’s “Bronze Buffalo Trace� has been one of excitement and celebration. It is a point of pride that our community has such vision to document its past with public art, “ said Mary Bryan Hood, Director of the museum. On a daily basis, much of the museum’s foot traffic is tied to its educational programming for children. Kaleidoscope Kave and Artland are free and open to the public any time the museum is open. Artland is a is a special place designed to challenge and stimulate the imagination while allowing children to create works of art at their own pace. A permanent attraction, it features an art laboratory fully equipped with supplies and materials for making works of art and is complemented by child-sized easels and tables. Art students from local colleges provide the instruction. Special events planned for 2013 include a “River Arts� exhibition of three dimensional art to promote awareness and interest in public art, and the community’s first juried art show (to take place in early winter.) Looking into the future, the chief goal of the museum is to “expand education and outreach beyond Owensboro and become a regional arts center,� according to Hood. “We want to take concepts like Artland and Kaleidoscope Cave and move the museum beyond the perimeters of the walls.� Proposed legislation would change the name of the museum to Western Kentucky Center for Visual Arts and provide financial support for the center, which would allow it to grow and impact the community as much in its next 35 years as it has in the first 35.

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Two-year-old Molly Tudor of Owensboro flips through a picture book in the children’s section of the Daviess County Public Library. Tudor, her mother, Misty Bell, and her grandmother, Lou Kaiser, spent more than three hours in the library. “She likes the library,” Kaiser said.

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Library offers something for everyone By Libby Johnson

Gone are the days of dark, hushed libraries where anyone who spoke above a whisper received a glare of disapproval. Today’s libraries are more hub than hallowed space, and the Daviess County Public Library (DCPL) is no exception. The light-filled, contemporary facility on Frederica Street is practically a depot for reading and


reading-related activities for book lovers of all ages. Jim Blanton, the newly installed Director at DCPL, has a background in adult programming and big plans for enhancing programming for all ages in Owensboro. One of the newest tools in the Blanton’s arsenal is an app called “Aurasma Lite.” According to Blanton, Aurasma is virtual reality that be accessed via smart device and O W E N S B O R O

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through which, “library users can then subscribe to the library channel and access interactive displays throughout the building.” In October 2012, the library used Aurasma to conduct a scavenger hunt that jointly promoted Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Theatre Workshop of Owensboro’s (TWO) production of the stage version of the same title. “Readers could hold their device up to six clues from Dracula

and by participating, get entered in a drawing to win tickets to the TWO production.” The library also offered a showing of classic “Dracula” films and a discussion of Stoker’s famous work. Further implementation of expanded reading experiences using Aurasma is planned, but the app and its literary connections aren’t bound by the library walls. “The first use of Arasma was actually at this year’s East Bridge Art Festival,” said Blanton. “In the future, we’d like for people to be able to scan a quote or drawing, and get more information on that person or author, which will prompt them to come into the library or use online resources to borrow a book on their E-reader.” In anticipation of the 2012 holiday season and patrons receiving E-readers as gifts, the library held a series of “Tech Petting Zoos” which allowed patrons to come in to the library and get hands-on experience with a variety of E-readers and a chance to talk with staff about how they can be used with the library’s downloadable books collection. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Blanton reports that as of November 2012, DCPL, the current eBook checkout statistic was at 6,029. He reports, “This is up an amazing 278% from 2011 and we certainly expect this number to continue growing as we add more titles to our collection.” An exciting development for 2012 is that the library will begin checking out i-Pads for in-house use. Continuing an event begun in 2012, the Reading Garden Concerts series is expected to bring people to the library grounds again in summer 2013. Events like the concerts bring people to the library and help them see it as more than just a building filled with books and free internet. The library is a community resource and gathering place. With online resources, however, it isn’t even necessary to leave one’s house to utilize the library. Of course, DCPL also offers a constant stream of children’s programming. From Lego block parties and Nintendo competitions to visits from popular book characters like “Skippyjon Jones,” the library is intentional about keeping young readers’ activities age appropriate and separate. On Mondays and Thursdays each week, “Wee Read” (ages 2 and younger) and Circle Time (ages 3,4,&5) provide the opportunity for traditional story time. During holidays and school breaks, there are events for young patrons almost every day.

Gene and Jane Strehl, from left, look at eReaders at the Daviess County Public Library. The event allowed customers to touch/feel various eReader products and get hands-on experience with the devices. Shannon Sandefur, at right, outreach coordinator at the library, said all eReaders are now compatible with the library’s service.

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Gary White, left, and Veatrice Clark, both of Owensboro, dance to the music of the band Midnight Special during Friday After 5 on BB&T Plaza at the RiverPark Center.

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Try to find a place to park in downtown Owensboro on a Friday evening between Memorial Day and Labor Day and it’s difficult to imagine a time when, it wasn’t a bustling area. That was the case, however, but forward thinking and the development of a headlining event known as Friday After 5 have spurred the revitalization of Owensboro’s riverfront. In the mid nineteen-nineties, a committee known as Downtown Owensboro, including Kirk Kirkpatrick, focused in on


one of the district’s shortcomings. “The only thing left downtown at that point was what was left of ‘the E,’” Kirkpatrick recalls, speaking of the Executive Inn which stood on the site of the currently in-progress convention center. “There was no opportunity to see people after work and really just very little to bring people downtown,.” The idea for music and gathering on the riverfront was conceived and in 1994 the concerts began. “The first summer, our biggest victory was getting a payphone on the dock, and the second summer we got lights on the gazebo (where the initial concerts O W E N S B O R O

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were held),” says Kirkpatrick, “after that, we began to think big.” Friday After 5 officially got its start in 1996, with four concerts held in the RiverPark Center courtyard. The event was an immediate hit, and in 2001 was moved to its current location on the RiverPark Center patio, which was the brainchild of Kirkpatrick and Owensboro Mayor (then City Manager) Ron Payne. With its views of the river and the lit bridge at night, the patio – now known as BB&T Plaza- has been a huge hit and served as the epicenter of Friday After 5 fun. The four “Fs” (Fun, Family, Friends and Free) are not


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Raylee Roby, 7, competes in the hula-hoop contest Friday evening during Friday After 5 outside the RiverPark Center.

limited to the patio/main stage however. With a total of four venues of entertainment, attendees can also enjoy live entertainers in the RiverPark Center courtyard, a street fair that includes vendors and unique children’s events, or Gospel on the River, a series of free concerts each season featuring three different gospel groups in RiverPark Center’s Cannon Hall which seats up to 1,500 people. Each Friday’s Street Fair has a different theme. From hula hoop contests to couples water balloon toss contents (complete with prizes for winners and losers,) there is truly something for everyone. At sunset, the entire crowd is urged to convene on the patio to “Toast the Sunset” as it dips into the Ohio. Then the party continues. As well as being “where the weekend begins” (a slogan adopted in 2009) Friday After 5 regularly plays host to local high school “pre-unions.” Coordinators began noticing that many visitors were coming to Friday After 5 the night preceding the Saturday night class party. Knowing the classes don’t have much money, Friday After 5 (which is a non-profit organization with a volunteer board of directors and committee members who simply believe there is real value in providing a venue that allows the community to enjoy each other in a beautiful setting each summer Friday night) provides everything for free including a “pre-registration” table and chairs, as well as promoting each “pre-union” in their marketing. Mark Gordon, guitar for The Velvet Bombers, a very popular local band that has played the event annually for years says, “From a performer’s perspective, I guess the most remarkable and memorable thing about Friday After 5 is the energy of the crowd. It’s quite a feeling to be on stage in front of a few thousand enthusiastic people who are enjoying themselves..” The riverfront renaissance in Owensboro will only enhance Friday After 5. As Kirk Kirkpatrick says, “We’ve (Friday After 5) gone from being the cake to the icing.”


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Larger patient rooms. Enhanced security and safety measures. Customer service representatives to help you find your way and get the services you need. That’s just the beginning of what you’ll find at the new Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, opening June 1. The nine-story building that sits between Pleasant Valley Road and Daniels Lane is futurist in its structure, technology and design. Yet, it is surrounded by a serene campus. The glass exterior will allow the sun’s rays to illuminate the hospital’s interior. Each patient room will have a view of the 160-acre campus with ponds, gardens and trees.


Visitors and patients will be greeted by a spacious lobby with original works of art. Elevators will allow easy access to the public areas. The first floor will also include the gift shop and a chapel. “Our new hospital will be a place where not only the best and qualified physicians and nurses will be able to work together, but families will be able to stay with their loved ones—and in turn—help them heal quicker,” said Jeff Hastings, one of the hospital’s chaplains.

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patients as well as families. They will accommodate the latest technology—including bedside electronic charting that will allow doctors, nurses and other staff to provide the highest quality patient care. “Each floor is designed for premium efficiency,” said Jeff Barber, OMHS president and CEO. “Every patient room will provide maximum comfort and functionality.” Tools for care will be out of sight but within easy reach. All utilities—including ports for lines, drains and airways— will be hidden on panels behind patient beds. This arrangement will allow nurses to quickly provide whatever the patient

customer service representative in the front lobby who will in turn call the patient’s nurse to see if the patient is accepting visitors. If the nurse gives authorization, the visitor will receive an identification badge that will also serve as a key to the elevator—allowing access only to the floor where the patient’s room is located. Because families play significant roles in patient care, seven hospitality suites will be available for people to stay overnight to be near critically ill family members. They will include a king- or queensize bed, sofa sleeper, living room with television, kitchenette, desk, private

bath and access to laundry facilities. A commons area will feature a place for children to play. “The main thing is that the family can be close when needed, sometimes in the middle of the night, when it’s difficult to get back to the hospital quickly,” said Waitman Taylor, executive director for the Owensboro Health Foundation. “Families can safely come and go as needed, without having to bear the extra burden of extended travel.” A nominal rate will be charged to stay in the hospitality rooms and the foundation will continue to seek funding to maintain them.

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Area Recreation Facilities Adkisson Greenbelt Park The 15-mile Adkisson Greenbelt Park links neighborhoods, parks and schools. The trails offer a 10-foot wide asphalt surface to easily accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. Ben Hawes Park Golf Course (270) 687-7137 The park features an 18-hole regulation course, a 9-hole par 3 course and a driving range. The Pro Shop offers pull carts, golf cars and rental clubs plus golf apparel, clubs and balls. The public archery range at Ben Hawes Park is located near the Pro Shop. Combest Pool 1530 McJohnson Avenue Combest Pool is an Olympic-sized municipal pool on the east side of the city. The facility offers certified lifeguards, public swimming, swim lessons for youth and adults, fitness and acquatics classes and private party rentals. Cravens Pool 2815 Cravens Street Cravens Pool is a municipal pool on the west side of Owensboro. The facility offers a showering mushroom and lily pads and ranges from 1 to 4.5 feet deep.


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also home to Owensboro Youth Hockey Associaton, Hockey Cheerleading, varsity high school hockey and the Owensboro Figure Skating Club. English Park Boat Ramp Hanning Lane The English Park Boat Ramp opened in 2008 as part of a major upgrade to the riverfront park. The ramp features a wide ramp, reaserved parking for trailers and a dock. Hillcrest Golf Course 4346 Old Hartford Road (270) 687-8717 Hillcrest Golf Course is a year-round, 9-hole municipal golf course. It offers a pro shop, practice green and chipping green and features bermuda fairways, tees and bent grass greens. Horse Fork Creek Park Soccer Complex 3005 Fairview Drive (270) 685-6142 Horse Fork Creek Park features nine soccer fields and is home to the Daviess County Youth Soccer Association. Kendall-Perkins Park West Fifth Street Kendall-Perkins Park is a 2-acre neighborhood park featuring a Spray Park, two lighted tennis courts and two lighted basketball courts. The park has been the home of Owensboro’s Dust Bowl basketball tournament since 1973.


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lighted tennis courts and is host to youth and adult tennis tournaments and high school and college matches. The center is also home to the Moreland Park Tennis Association and the National Junior Tennis League. Owensboro Parks and Recreation Department provides tennis lessons during the spring, summer and fall.

Legion Park Byers Avenue Legion Park is the oldest city park. The 23.75acre park includes two tennis courts, one lighted basketball court and Spray Park.

Owensboro Health Healthpark 1006 Ford Avenue (270) 688-4820 The Owensboro Medical Health System Health Park offers a wide range of wellness services in their 110,000 square-foot facility. The facility includes a cushioned indoor walking/running track, indoor lap pool, warm-water therapy pool, cardio and strength training equipment, enclosed free-weight area, racquetball courts, chapel and meditation garden

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and gymnasium. The facility also offers a wide range of therapeutic services. Owensboro Family YMCA 900 Kentucky Parkway (full family facility) 650 Chuck Gray Court (adults only with childcare available) (270) 926-9622 The Owensboro Family YMCA is an inclusive organization providing services to structure spirit, mind and body. The Owensboro Family YMCA offers a full selection of fitness and acquatics programs for every age in a Christian atmosphere. Owensboro Softball Complex 3900 West 5th Street Road Located in Jack C. Fisher Park, the complex features four lighted softball fields, a field house with concessions and announcer’s area. While providing space for local leagues and schools, it also hosts many local, state, regional and national tournaments. Owensboro Sportscenter Hickman Avenue The Owensboro Sportscenter is a 5,500-seat auditorium and arena. The venue hosts many public and private events and is home to the American Basketball Association’s Kentucky Bisons.






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Smothers Park Veteran’s Blvd The newly completed Smothers Park features three signature fountains, a cascading waterfall, a sprawling playground, spray park and more. Thompson-Berry Soccer Complex Raven Drive The Thompson-Berry Soccer Complex has 11 fields and a concession and restroom building. The complex is home to the Green River Area Soccer Association. Waymond Morris Park Football Complex 5200 Todd Bridge Road The complex features four lighted fields, concession and restroom building and 290-car lot. The complex is home to the OwensboroDaviess County Youth Football League.



Panther Creek Park 5160 Wayne Bridge Road Panther Creek features six diamonds for softball and baseball and is home to OwensboroDaviess County Babe Ruth League and Daviess County Church League.

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Windy Hollow Speedway 4731 Windy Hollow Road or (270) 785-4065 The area’s home for dirt track stock car racing features a three-eighths-mile banked dirt oval track. The racing season at Windy Hollow Speedway runs from April to October. Yellow Creek Park 5710 Kentucky 144 Yellow Creek has three lighted diamonds for softball and baseball and is home to Owensboro-Daviess County Babe Ruth League and Daviess County Church League.

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I-67 would benefit Owensboro By Benjamin Hoak

Until recently, Owensboro ranked as Kentucky’s third largest city, behind Louisville and Lexington. One major reason for the growth that allowed Bowling Green to pass Owensboro in population was interstate access – Bowling Green is located directly on I-65 between Nashville and Louisville. Owensboro officials have long dreamed of similar interstate access not just for ease of transportation, but for economic development purposes. Close proximity to an interstate is one of the top five factors when companies decide where to locate, said Nick Brake, president of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation. In fact, Owensboro is often left off the list of possible locations because the city simply doesn’t show up in databases that limit searches by proximity to an inter-


state. After decades of inaction on this front, though, hope is finally peeking over the horizon. A 2012 study found justification to proceed with plans for a new interstate (I-67) running from Nashville, TN, to northern Michigan – and passing directly through Owensboro. The study, commissioned by the I-67 Development Corporation and funded by several public and private groups, including $12,500 each from the City of Owensboro and Daviess County, projected that Kentucky would see between 24,900 and 32,000 vehicles daily on I-67 if it is built without tolls and between 21,200 and 28,500 vehicles with tolls. “It’s a huge opportunity for us to get noticed,” Brake said. Transportation benefits and savings for businesses and households across the area would result in an economic benefit O W E N S B O R O

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of $3.2 billion if the interstate is built without tolls, the study found. “We’ve already got … waterway, railway, airport,” said Amy Jackson, president and CEO of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce. “Bringing in the interstate … makes all the puzzle pieces fit for economic development.” Owensboro’s location as the geographic center for much of the eastern United States makes the need even more important, she said. The major advantage that I-67 proponents are touting is that I-67 would be a relatively cheap interstate to build because of its use of existing infrastructure. The proposed route uses mostly existing corridors from I-75 near Gaylord, MI, to I-69 near Indianapolis, to I-65 near Nashville. Only two major sections would have to be built from scratch – a 38-mile section of U.S. 231 from I-64 to

I-69 in southern Indiana and a 40-mile section from Manton, MI, to I-75. Near Owensboro, the route would include the Natcher Parkway, the new bypass extension and the William H. Natcher bridge, which is only using about 15 percent of its capacity now, Jackson said. Evansville, IN, and Louisville have faced tough battles for vital interstate bridges, while Owensboro has just such a bridge in its back pocket. I-67 would leverage the investment in the developing I-69 corridor running from Evansville to Indianapolis (the Evansville to Bloomington section is slated for completion in 2014) as it provides a less congested route from Nashville to points north. The Nashville to Chicago route is a major supply line, Brake said, and the clogged artery through Louisville needs the relief that I-67 could provide. While the plan makes sense on paper, what’s the reality that it will actually happen? If you’re willing to take the long view – as in two decades long – prospects are good. Brake said that because of Indiana’s history of finding creative ways to fund infrastructure (such as I-69), he feels good about getting road markers for I-67 posted within the next five to ten years. Completion likely would not occur for about 20 years as the focus of both Kentucky and Indiana’s transportation cabinets for the foreseeable future is on finishing I-69. Now that the feasibility study for I-67 has been completed, next steps include continuing to build local coalitions to support the project and find alternative funding mechanisms. The I-67 Development Corporation, made up of business and government leaders in the potential I-67 corridor, will continue to drive the project by keeping it on Kentucky and Indiana’s radar (Kentucky is doing studies on how to bring the Natcher Parkway and roads around Owensboro up to interstate standards) and seeking designation for the interstate at the federal level.

“That’s a big hurdle,” Brake said. While Owensboro residents won’t be on a new fast track towards Indianapolis in the next few years, it’s a distinct possibility for their children. “It might be a 10-, 15-, 20-year conversation,” Jackson said. “That is the tenacity it’s going to take.”

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Local food movement hits Owensboro By Benjamin Hoak

Which would you rather taste? A tired pink tomato that’s been sitting under fluorescent lights for three days after riding in a truck for three days before that, or a bright red tomato bursting with flavor that was on the vine just this morning? The answer, of course, is obvious, but it’s not always obvious how to make it happen in a busy world when many of us don’t grow our own fruits and vegetables. For an increasing group of Owensboro citizens and restaurants, though, the solution is easy: buy local. “People are realizing that things taste better because they’re harvested locally


and you eat them fresh,” said Annette Meyer Heisdorffer, a county extension agent for horticulture with the Daviess County Cooperative Extension Office. The best place to do that in Owensboro area is the Owensboro Regional Farmers Market, held in the parking lot at Owensboro Christian Church on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. to noon from April through October. While the original Owensboro Famers Market goes back to the early ‘70s, participation has exploded the last few years. When President Charlie Ward took over a few years ago, there were only about 12 vendors; in 2012, there were 37. “We’ve had a good turnout,” he said. “People are really interested in O W E N S B O R O

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locally grown produce, vegetables and fruit.” Several factors are driving the local food movement, starting with the obvious: “People like the flavor,” said Suzanne Cecil White of Cecil Farms, one of the larger vendors at the Farmer’s Market. “It tastes so good because it’s fresh.” You don’t get that flavor if you’re buying vegetables at the grocery store that have been shipped in from several states away. But if you’re sitting down at Colby’s Restaurant in downtown Owensboro? The tomato on your salad was likely on the vine in a field that morning. “It’s notably different. The flavor is so

China Newton of Reynolds Station teaches her grandson, Noah Bowman, 6, of Quinton, Ala., how to read the hanging scale on a Saturday morning during the Owensboro Regional Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market.


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From page 34 much better. Our customers … can tell immediately,” said owner Colby MacQuarrie. Farmers Market patrons also enjoy talking with the farmers who grow the produce they’re buying. They can find out exactly what pesticides, if any, were put on the food and ask any questions about how it was grown. Heisdorffer said the extension office takes farmers through training on how to keep their food supplies safe and how to use pesticides safely as they look for sustainable ways to produce fruits and vegetables. “Farmers in the area are definitely benefitting,” she said. Other benefits of the local food movement: it’s healthier for folks who want to clean up their diets, less shipping means a smaller carbon footprint and your community prospers economically when your money stays with local farmers. “Keeping the money in the community eventually comes back around to you,” White said. “We all use each other’s services.” Plus, you get a wide variety of food. “About anything that grows in western Kentucky, we’ve got it,” Ward said. It’s not just individuals who are seeing the benefits – the entire Owensboro area is dependent on agriculture. “Agriculture is such an economic boon for our county,” said Amy Jackson, president of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce. “Whether you’re growing 3,000 acres of corn and soybeans or 2 acres of vegetables (and) selling locally, it’s critical we have that diversity of agriculture.” Local restaurants are taking part in the local food movement as well. MacQuarrie has been buying local produce for the last 25 years. He uses anything from vegetables to blueberries and strawberries to squash and lettuce. “Generally if they have it, we buy it,” he said, adding that farmers appreciate the consistent business they get from restaurants. Ben Skiadas, who manages the Famous Bistro in downtown Owensboro, agrees. “We try to use as much local as possible without sacrificing quality or safety,” he said. He uses farm fresh eggs for brunch, runs specials with local chicken, pork and beef and has even experimented with local cheeses. Both restaurants, as well as several others, participate in a summer Farm to Table program organized by the Owensboro Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The program con-


nects local farmers with local restaurants so the restaurants can offer dishes every Tuesday evening made with nothing but locally grown products. “It’s been very successful for them,” said Karen Miller, executive director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. “What it’s done is expand the community’s knowledge that you can cook with local foods. I would much rather eat something from 15 minutes away than from California.” Skiadas said some Bistro customers won’t even order certain dishes unless they know the food is local – like the margarita pizza featuring fresh local tomatoes on top.


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Cecil Farms takes advantage of the program to invite other vendors and set up a mini-Farmers Market downtown on those Tuesday nights. White said they also offer a home delivery program for produce throughout the summer. People sign up for a season and get a variety of produce (whatever is ready to be picked) delivered to their home each week. “It’s kind of like a farmers market delivered to your doorstep,” White said. Whether you find the food at your door, at a local restaurant or at the Farmers Market, the message is clear: buy local – it’s good for everyone.

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John Fentress, left, owner of Greener Owensboro Recycling, and his first employee, Cody Crowe of Owensboro, stand with a dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth of recycled material collected from their residential and commercial customers.

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John Fentress discusses recycling with Brandi Kessler and her daughter, Kendall Kessler, 9.

By Jacqueline Jordan

John Fentress saw a need in the community and turned it into a business venture. After reading letters to the editor in the Messenger-Inquirer from Owensboro residents advocating for curb-side recycling, his interest piqued. When local government was hesitant to take action on the issue, he saw an opportunity. Fentress told the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce that he had no formal business education, so he began to read books about small business and entrepreneurship. It was then he launched Greener Owensboro Recycling. Two years later, the part-time project is a full-time business with 620 residential and 65 business and civic customers. And he just hired his first employee.

As a result of this start-up business, Fentress was named the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce. Fentress said he started the business to be an active and positive contributor to the community. “One of the most important characteristics in being a business person is that you have to want to know your customers,” Fentress wrote in his award-nomination essay. “I always try to meet my customers if at all possible when they first start our program.” The introduction isn’t merely meet and greet. Fentress said he asks about the customer’s family and listens to their story. “A community is made up of people, and in order to properly contribute you must know her people,” he wrote. Fentress also listens to the needs of O W E N S B O R O

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his customers and tries to meet them. When elderly or handicapped customers need him to pick up their recycling bin on their back porch, he makes the extra effort. When customers mentioned how low their trash output is when recycling, he found a way to ease their disposal costs. In Daviess County, residents are required to have a trash pick-up service. Customers who recycled most of their trash through GO Recycling were still paying the same fees for trash service as someone with an overflowing toter. As a response, GO Recycling started to offer trash pick-up as well as recycling, with a rate based on the output of trash. The change was not only a benefit for customers but a new stream of Continued on page 41









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From page 39 revenue for Fentressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; business. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all about business for Fentress â&#x20AC;&#x201D; community comes first. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each day I have an opportunity to be involved in a group or even an individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each day I have an opportunity to be a positive contributor to our community, not only through the work we do for our Earth, but in leading by example to others that you can make it here in (Daviess County) on your own.â&#x20AC;? Fentress said he learned how to be proactive in business by studying, working in and teaching the Toyota Production System and Business practice for ten years. With careful planning, he said, most situations they encountered already had a solution in place. When customers believed they were spending too much on waste removal, Fentress saw an opportunity instead of a problem. Another obstacle to overcome, he said, was the belief that recycling programs should be provided by the government, forcing everyone to recycle for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;greater good.â&#x20AC;? Fentress said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always disagreed with this method and instead believes people are inherently good and will do good things, like recycle their waste, if they are educated and have easy access to do so. Educating the community is key, he believes, and he has gone from knocking on doors to educating groups and clubs at meetings with which his customers are involved. As Fentress educates customers, his business grows.

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K-12 Education OHS ceramics student Gabrielle Epperson sculpts a piece of pottery in art class.

Success in a global society By Dr. Larry D. Vick, Superintendent of the Owensboro Public Schools

Owensboro Public Schools serve a diverse student population and work diligently to meet the needs of every child whether academically advanced or academically challenged. We strive to ensure that every student has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential and be successful in a global society. All OPS 5th through 12th grade students are provided individual MacBook Air laptops. Digital lessons are routinely incorporated into instruction. Because of the approach the district has taken to prepare students to be responsible digital citizens and proficient computer users, OPS has been invited to become a part of the national research program, Project Red, that is sponsored by Intel Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, SMART Technologies, and the Pearson Foundation. The Kentucky Department of Education is using the OPS initiative as a model. The national School Administrator magazine and eSchool News are among the publications that have featured articles about the OPS Digital Initiative. We are committed to continuing to align curriculum to national standards and to provide the education necessary for today’s students to be successful as they graduate from Owensboro Public Schools. As a way to monitor achievement, student growth


in areas of math, reading and language usage is measured through the Measures of Academic Progress testing system. A key to meaningful instruction is tailoring individual instruction to this data and our schools are doing just that. Our mission is to graduate every student equipped to think critically and creatively, solve problems, and communicate and collaborate effectively. Owensboro High School has a long tradition of excellence ranging from academics and the arts to athletics. The high school offers approximately 20 Advanced Placement courses. In 2012, OHS was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s best high schools. Routinely, Owensboro Public Schools produce National Merit Finalists, Governor’s Scholars,

Regional Academic All-Stars, state MathCounts winners, Duke TIP program participants, state music competition winners, academic team standouts, and outstanding athletes, just to mention a few areas of excellence. Examples of what our OHS graduates achieve are the 2012 OHS Hall of Achievement inductees: JP Fentress, an engineer who was on the ground floor of developing life support systems for NASA; Rev. LaMont Jones, Jr., a publisher; Franklin Neubauer, a National Parks Service planner and developer; Phil Sayre, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist; Sis. Sharon Sullivan, OSU, a community religious leader and educator; and Tommy Thompson, Representative to the Kentucky House and homebuilder. They

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joined 45 other outstanding scientists, artists, decorated military personnel, performers, a lieutenant governor, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, business leaders, an award-winning author, and educators who represent Owensboro High School in the Hall of Achievement. OPS has the most comprehensive fine arts instruction in the state, which provides opportunities in dance, drama, music, and the visual arts. From preschool through 12th grade, our students participate in a wide variety of programs that complement and enrich our studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; educational experience. Each spring, more than 1,000 students participate in a week-long district fine arts festival at the RiverPark Center. Each elementary school has a signature music ensemble that attracts instrumental music students at an early age. Younger students are also provided dance, drama and visual arts opportunities. Research tells us that the study of the arts can significantly boost student achievement, reduce discipline problems, and increase student success. Participation in the arts stimulates creativity, critical thinking, and enriches an individual for life. As superintendent, what I am most

proud of in this district is our unique and caring culture. We take the time to get to know each of our students. Each child has a unique set of strengths and abilities, and we take great pride in discovering and nurturing those individual talents. Our cultural diversity is an asset to all of our students. Students from a variety of backgrounds work

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A Daviess County Public School student demonstrates Habit three of the “Leader In Me” model.

‘Great Expectations’ By Mike Gray

The Daviess County Public Schools district has established “Great Expectations” for students and staff. DCPS is meeting – and exceeding – expectations for preparing students to succeed in the K-12 classroom, at college and other post-secondary institutions, and in the workplace with family-sustainable careers. DCPS was designated a Proficient district on K-PREP (Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress). This assessment of how well we are teaching and learning “core content” curriculum is important. But DCPS also understands the importance of guiding students as they grow into contributing members of our community. Four Daviess County elementary schools – Country Heights, East View, Sorgho and Whitesville – have implemented “The Leader in Me,” a schoolwide transformational model based on the belief that all children have leadership potential. The program is based on


“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey and is adapted for children with a goal of preparing them for college and career, with the skills needed to thrive in the world in which they will live and work. The Seven Habits are embedded into the daily routines of each school. The language is incorporated into lessons, conversations and communications.

All students are given opportunities to serve in leadership roles in the classroom, and encouraged to translate the Seven Habits into actions outside the school, at home and elsewhere. The Seven Habits, as defined by Covey, are as follows: 1. Habit #1 – Be Proactive – To be proactive means to be a responsible person. Take initiative; choose actions, attitudes

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and moods. Do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking. 2. Habit #2 – Begin with the End in Mind – This means planning ahead and setting goals. Do things that have meaning and make a difference. You are an important part of the workplace and contribute to the mission and vision. Look for ways to be a good citizen. 3. Habit #3 – Put First Things First – Spend time on things that are most important and say no to things you know you should not do. Set priorities, make a schedule, and follow your plan. Be disciplined and organized. 4. Habit#4 – Think Win-Win – Balance courage for getting what you want with consideration for what others want. When conflicts arise, look for a win-win solution. 5. Habit #5 – Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood – Listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. Try to see things from other people’s perspective. Listen to others without interrupting. Listen with your eyes, ears, and heart. 6. Habit #6 – Synergize – Value other people’s strengths and learn from them. Get along well with others, work in groups and teams. 7. Habit #7 – Sharpen the Saw – Eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep (body). Learn in many ways and be a lifelong-learner (brain). Spend time with family and friends (heart) and find ways to help people (soul). By incorporating these traits and really making them habits, children learn skills

valued by parents and employers alike, such as time management, communication, conflict management and a desire to learn. DCPS students are able to identify the benefits of the Seven Habits. Leah Welch, a student at East View Elementary School, said Habit 1 – “Be Proactive” – has made a positive difference in her life. “Being proactive has taught me to be in charge of myself,” she said. “It keeps me on track with homework and other stuff I do.” Country Heights Elementary School third-grader Skylar McDaniel understands the value of synergizing. “Everybody has things they’re good at,” Skylar said. “Whenever we work together, we use everyone’s strengths to make our work

the best it can be.” Families can support the Seven Habits at home even if their children do not attend a Leader In Me school. Resources include “The Leader In Me” by Stephen R. Covey; and “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens” and “The Seven Habits of Happy Kids” by Sean Covey. In addition, offers a variety of resources to help parents nurture these habits in their children. At schools across the Daviess County Public Schools district, students are challenged and encouraged to develop leadership skills and reach their greatest potentials as students and as individuals. DCPS has “Great Expectations” for ALL of our young leaders!

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Faith in education “For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6 The Owensboro Catholic Schools are committed to instilling values, morals and proper attitudes. Owensboro Catholic upholds a standard of order and discipline to teach students responsibility, accountability and respect. We prepare each student for life in this world and in Eternity with the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church. Integrating the Catholic Faith and Traditions are part of every aspect of OCS. The Owensboro Catholic Schools focus on four pillars – Daily Faith Formation, Academic Excellence, Championship Caliber Athletics and Award Winning Extracurricular Activities. Faith formation includes many activities in addition to coursework. Activities


include weekly mass, sacramental preparation, service projects and grade level prayer days and days of recollection. OCS exceed the average composite scores at the region, state and national levels on nationally-normed standardized tests. The OCHS Class of 2012 scored an average ACT composite score of 23.0, exceeding national and state averages and the highest in OCHS history. Keeping up with best practices, current research and continuous improvement is fundamental for a successful curriculum for all students. For the K-6 grade levels, iPod touches and iPads have been integrated into the curriculum as a method of review of basic concepts, such as addition and multiplication facts. For grades 7-8 iPads have been incorporated to reinforce learning concepts. The athletic program through OCS O W E N S B O R O

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develops God-given talents in leadership and self-discipline, work ethic, drive and determination. The football Aces finished their season as district champions and city-county champions with a record of 11-1. The volleyball team earned the district and region title and advanced to the state tournament for the second straight year. A volleyball team member earned District Player of the Year. The fast pitch softball team continues to be the most winning program in the state, earning its 12th straight Regional Title. Our athletes continue to earn accolades at the local, regional, and state levels. Extra-curricular activities give students countless opportunities to share their gifts and talents. An OCS student earned 1st place in the State Individual Future Problem Solving competition. The Marching Aces earned 5th place in

the state, the highest finish in OCHS history, with the program, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Marching Band:2112.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Students in the OCS system are committed to giving back to their community. Service projects are an integral part of their education. Sr. Mary Timothy Bland, OCS 2nd Grade teacher, was named the Diocesan Educator of the Year. The Owensboro Catholic Schools have led the way in communication with its students, families and the general public. We utilize Facebook, Twitter, YouTube along with a free iPhone and Droid app along with a mobile version of its website at Enrollment on the opening day of the 2012 school year for K-12 totaled 1351. This was consistent with the start of the 2011 school year.

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Rick Jourdain uses a milling machine to make a tool makers vise base out of steel on Monday, Nov. 26, in the manufacturing lab in Owensboro Community & Technical College's Advanced Technology Center. Jourdain is a student of the school's Computerized Manufacturing and Machining program.

A new trade By Kristi McCabe

When Rick Jourdain grew tired of jobs that left him feeling unfulfilled and without security for the future, he knew it was time to make a change. Rick was weighing his options when he met Dr.


Jim Klauber, the president of Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC), at his son’s ball game. The two men began talking, and Dr. Klauber asked Rick if he had ever considered going back to school. “I had been unemployed for about six O W E N S B O R O

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months,” said Jourdain. “And I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I talked to Dr. Klauber for a while, and he convinced me to give it a try. He gave me contact information for someone at the college, and I made a phone call. I’ve been here for three semesters now, and I love it.”

Jourdain will graduate in December 2013 with an Associate’s of Applied Science degree in computerized manufacturing and machining. At that point, he will begin looking for a job as a machinist or a Computerized Numeric Control (CNC) operator. “This program has been excellent experience for me, because I have the opportunity to apply skills that I will need on the job,” Jourdain explained. “The staff is wonderful, and they show general concern for all of their students. It was difficult for me to come back at this point in life, but the instructors have been very encouraging.” For older students like Jourdain, the prospect of going back to school after many years of being in the workforce can be an intimidating experience. A supportive faculty and knowledgeable instructors can offer a much-needed support system, and that is exactly what nontraditional students will find at OCTC. Danny Moseley, Program Coordinator of OCTC’s Computerized Manufacturing and Machining department, said he receives anywhere from 50 to 60 calls per year from potential employers who are looking for new graduates to fill jobs. “The curriculum is industry-based, so our students are well-prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation,” Moseley explained. “All of the equipment in our state-of-the-art lab is industry-standard. Our students work with real, live machines here, so they are not intimidated by those machines when they enter the work world.” Moseley said the program has an advisory board, which works closely with local manufacturing industries to help students transition from the classroom to new jobs. Many students participate in internships, which sometimes opens a door to employment. “When our graduates leave, they go on to different avenues,” said Moseley. “Some go into CNC programming, others become CNC operators, and others go into maintenance or become machinists. Whatever field they choose, they are well-prepared.” Continued on page 63

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Rick Jourdain uses a milling machine to make a tool makers vise base out of steel in the manufacturing lab in Owensboro Community & Technical College's Advanced Technology Center.

from page 61 Another benefit of the program is that students can literally go across the street to Western Kentucky University’s Owensboro campus and earn a bachelor’s degree. “Our associate’s degrees transfer to WKU,” said Moseley. “So students can continue their education there.” Moseley and others in his department are always thinking of ways to increase enrollment, and they participate in career days. Moseley said enrollment has been down in recent years, and that there are many toolmakers who are retiring with no one to fill those positions. “I want to get the word out that there are many good jobs out there to be filled,” said Moseley. “I have graduates who are going out there and finding jobs that pay $25 an hour. This industry will continue to grow by leaps and bounds, and we work hard to keep our curriculum up-to-date.” When asked if he would recommend the program to others who are in similar situations, Jourdain said he would. “Absolutely,” said Jourdain. “The faculty is great, and they work around your schedule. They want you to finish your education and be successful. This was definitely a good move for me, and also for my kids’ sake. I am showing them that education is important, and that it’s never too late to go back to school.”


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Small business Local jewelry artist Paula Myers Canant, left, prepares a pedestal for a piece of ceramic art held by Katherine Taylor as they ready Studio Slant, 412 East Second St., for an opening.

By Tina Forrest

Studio Slant thrives

It was just two years ago when Studio Slant first opened its doors. Owned by Travis Chaney, the CEO of Dynamic Directions; part owner of a local Ameriprise Financial office and his wife Christy Taylor Chaney, vice president


of Glenn Funeral Homes, Studio Slant is described as a handmade boutique and art gallery located in downtown Owensboro. “Everything at Studio Slant is 100 percent handmade,” said Katherine Taylor, curator of the gallery. “It’s all dif-


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ferent and you won’t find at any other store.” Taylor said they pride themselves on keeping up with what’s trending in other places and then presenting them to the area. Continued on page 66

Meagan Williams paints while musically inspired by disc jockey Chad Gesser, not pictured, as the crowd watches her work on stage during the East Bridge Art and Music Festival next to Studio Slant at East Second and Clay streets.


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“I did not hear one complaint.” Taylor recalled about the day of the festival. Taylor also said now that the event had a successful run this year, getting new artist, vendors and entertainment has been a lot easier. “The very first year I was begging for vendors and artists,” said Taylor with a laugh. “But this year the word spread about how good last year was and people are coming to me asking how to apply.”

Another wellknown event hosted by Studio Slant is the East Bridge Art and Music Festival.

“The handmade movement is huge in very big cities such as New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles,” said Taylor. “So we’re exposing the arts to Owensboro.” she added. But exhibiting great works is not all Studio Slant is about. They have also been working hard to stay involved with the community. Studio Slant represents by volunteering their time with face painting booths at different local events and by hosting painting classes at their studio. Taylor said the painting classes are “something that’s different, fun and unique” and classes can be booked for private parties Tuesday through Friday. They also hold public events monthly. Another well-known event hosted by Studio Slant is the East Bridge Art and Music Festival. The inaugural event was held in August 2011 and it brought in more than 1,900 people. The East Bridge Art and Music Festival is a one day event held downtown in Owensboro that showcases local as well as national artists and musicians to anyone curious about the arts. Local restaurants downtown as well as food vendors are also there to offer food and drinks. This year, the festival was combined with Bridge Day and more than 10,000 people participated in the walk over the bridge and enjoyed the music, food and art vendors at the festival. Bridge Day, in its second year, is when the bridge that connects Owensboro and Indiana, closes to traffic for several hours for people enjoy a leisurely walk or bike ride. This year, people were able to take pleasure in viewing the newly opened Smothers Park, while walking the bridge between Kentucky and Indiana. Taylor said Owensboro city officials asked Studio Slant if they’d be willing to do their festival on the same day as Bridge Day. Combining the two events gives residents and participants who chose to walk the blue bridge something else to do besides just walk to Indiana and back. It’s also something every member of the family can enjoy. “This is just another way to promote the arts with a bunch of tri-state artists, live music and local food vendors,” said Taylor of the East Bridge Art and Music Festival. Taylor also said combining the two events got great feedback from the


With 2013’s festival being scheduled for September 7, Taylor has less than a year to plan, but she said she’s already hard at work. She said the 2013 chalk contest will be much larger and they are looking into the festival lasting a little bit longer into the night. So instead of closing at 10 p.m., it would last until possibly 11 p.m. With the construction of Smothers Park now complete, Taylor said Studio Slant is proud to be a part of the downtown scene. “We were down here before it was anything,” said Taylor. “But when we moved down here we trusted that it would be amazing.”

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Above: Owensboro Community and Technical College Art Club members work on their street art project as part of the East Bridge Art and Music Festival in conjunction with Bridge Day in Owensboro. “We’re going for the People’s Choice award,” club President Jessica Ritter said.


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is the industrial and cultural hub of western Kentucky. Located along the southern banks of the Ohio River, Owensboro is the fourth largest city in terms of population in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It is also centrally located to many of the largest metropolitan areas in the Midwest and the southern United States. Owensboro is located 32 miles southeast of Evansville, Ind.; 134 miles north of Nashville, Tenn.; 109 miles southwest of Louisville, Ky.; 209 miles southeast of St. Louis, Mo.; and 209 miles southwest of Cincinnati, Ohio. Owensboro enjoys a diverse economic base. Of the 45,525 people who work in Daviess County, less than 25 percent work for the county’s 10 largest employers.


Anthropologists suggest western Kentucky — including the Owensboro area — may have been home to Native American cultures for as long as 12,000 years. More recently, the region served as home and hunting ground for the Shawnee and other tribes, who lived here until territorial disputes forced them north of the Ohio River in 1758. The first known settlers of European descent came to Owensboro in the late 1790s. Local legend has it that in 1798 or 1799, a trapper named William Smeathers built a cabin along the river. Over time, a community grew up around the cabin, first called Yellow Banks, then Rossborough, and finally Owensboro, in honor of Colonel Abraham


Owen. Daviess County — Kentucky’s 58th — formed in 1815 and was named in honor of Colonel Joseph Hamilton Daveiss, although the spelling was later modified.


Between moderately cold winters and warm, humid summers, the greater Owensboro area experiences a wide temperature fluctuation. The average annual temperature is 58.4 degrees, with extremes of 105 degrees in 1954 and 1944 and a low of minus 21 degrees in 1951. In the winter, the average temperature is 39.6 degrees, and in the summer 76.9 degrees is the estimated average. Temperatures are generally highest in July and August and lowest in January. The average annual rainfall O W E N S B O R O

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for Daviess County is 44.27 inches.


Daily morning newspaper service for indepth local news and regional and national news is provided by Owensboro’s MessengerInquirer. The Owensboro market is served by five broadcasting networks located in Evansville, Ind., including WFIE-Channel 14 (NBC), WTVW-Channel 7 (Fox), WAZEChannel 19 (The CW) and WEVV-Channel 44 (CBS). OCTV is a community cable television station run by Owensboro Community & Technical College and airs a variety of community events.

More than 20 radio stations serve the greater Owensboro area offering local news headlines and a variety of News/Talk, Country, Top 40, Oldies, Light and Rock formats.


Daviess County ranks first among Kentucky counties in total soybean production and third in total corn production. More than 84 percent of the land in Daviess County is devoted to agriculture.

Business and Industry

The Owensboro area serves as the industrial hub of Western Kentucky, with major industries including aluminum, steel, distilling, mining, automotive manufacturing and natural gas transmission. Locally produced commodities include automotive components, meat products, smokeless tobacco, office furniture, spaghetti sauce, bourbon whiskey, chemicals, large steel vessels, grain processing, refined oil, paper, plastic extension and casement windows.


Local passenger and charter air service is available at the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport. The airport has two concrete runways measuring 5,000 and 8,000 feet. The longer runway has a full-instrument landing system that provides all-weather capabilities. Allegiant Airlines provides non-stop ser-

vice to Orlando Sanford International Airport with two weekly flights on Wednesday and Saturday. Cape Air provides year-round daily service of 18 fights per week between Owensboro’s regional airport and St. Louis International Airport. Owensboro is served by an excellent highway system. The Audubon and William H. Natcher Parkways are designated as Interstate spurs and provide connections to Interstate highways in the south and west. U.S. Highways 60, 231 and 431 provide direct access in all directions, including a direct connection to I-64 via the William H. Natcher Bridge. Four of the several dozen common carrier trucking companies serving Owensboro maintain local terminals. CSX Transportation provides the city with mainline rail services. The Owensboro Riverport Authority is an international port and is designated as a Foreign Trade Zone. The Riverport provides barge, rail and storage facilities. The city of Owensboro operates a city-wide bus service, and private taxi, rental car and luxury limousine services also are available.

Cost of Living  

Residents of Greater Owensboro enjoy some of the lowest cost of living anywhere. In particular, the cost of utilities (electricity, water and sewer) are some of the lowest in the nation.

The American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association (ACCRA) produces the ACCRA Cost of Living Index to provide a measure of living cost comparisons among urban areas. The index measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in more than 300 participating areas. The average for all participating areas equals 100 and each participant’s index is read as a percentage of the average for all areas. As shown below, greater Owensboro costs are lower than the average in every category. Type Percentage All items 94 Grocery 93 Housing 88 Utilities 101 Transportation 95 Healthcare 90 Miscellaneous 97


The City of Owensboro operates under a city manager form of government where an elected mayor and four elected city commissioners appoint a city manager. The mayor is elected to a four-year term, while the commissioners each serve two-year terms. The current mayor began his term in 2009. The commissioners began their service in January 2013. The city’s Web site is www.owensboro. org. Daviess County is part of Kentucky’s

European muralist Pavel Forman from Olomouc in the Czech Republic, left, local artists Monty Helm, center, and John Schartung work on a mural celebrating Owensboro native, Johnny Depp, in downtown Owensboro.


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A pedestrian crosses the street in December 2011 in the 100 block of West Second Street in front of the renovated Smith-Werner Building.

county fiscal court system and is represented by an elected judge/executive and three elected county commissioners. Each county official serves a four-year term. The current fiscal court began its term in January 2011. The county’s website is


Owensboro is served by more than 150 Protestant churches of 22 different denominations, 18 Catholic churches and one Jewish Temple.


Two public school systems, Owensboro Public Schools and Daviess County Public Schools, plus the parochial Owensboro Catholic School system comprise the K-12 education system in the community. Heritage Christian School and Majesty Academy provide Christian education. Hastings’ Early Learning Center offers the Montessori Method of education for preschool children. The Maximilian Montessori Academy offers the Montessori Method of education for preschool through 8th grade. And Triplett High School offers the Montessori Method for 9th to 12th graders. Owensboro is home to two four-year liberal arts institutions — Brescia University and Kentucky Wesleyan College. Each has an enrollment of approximately 800 students and Brescia offers some graduate-level degree


programs. Owensboro Community & Technical College is one of 16 colleges in the Kentucky Community & Technical College System and is one of the fastest growing colleges in the system. The Business and Industry division of Owensboro Community & Technical College offers the Work Keys assessment tests which can be used to determine individual skill levels for certain jobs. Free training for individuals to improve their scores and improve their employability is also available. Western Kentucky University offers extensive undergraduate and graduate programs in Owensboro. In 2010, the first building for a new Western Kentucky University satellite campus opened on U.S. 231. The project was funded locally by Daviess County Fiscal Court and calls for additional buildings. Murray State University also offers classes in Owensboro. Daymar College is a private career college that offers a variety of training and certifications.

Sports & Entertainment

The greater Owensboro area has excellent public recreation facilities sponsored and maintained by the Owensboro Parks and Recreation Department and the Daviess County Parks and Recreation Department. O W E N S B O R O

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Facilities include numerous parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, golf courses, disc golf courses, tennis courts, softball and baseball diamonds, basketball courts, soccer fields, nature trails, a municipal ice center and a greenbelt trail for biking and walking. There are two softball complexes, a soccer complex, a youth football complex and sand volleyball courts. At least four playgrounds are equipped for the physically disabled. Recently completed is Smothers Park, a sprawling downtown park along the river front which features three signature fountains and waterfall feature, a large playgound, spray park and more. The Owensboro Sportscenter is a 5,500-seat air-conditioned auditorium/ arena maintained by the city. Ben Hawes Park has two golf courses. Owensboro is home to the Kentucky Wesleyan College Panthers men’s basketball program. With eight NCAA Division II championships, 18 Final Four appearances and more tournament victories than any other NCAA school, KWC is THE winter sports event in Owensboro. Some of the area’s private recreation facilities include three country clubs with golf courses, five swimming pools, 12 indoor movie theaters, three bowling facilities, a large YMCA, the OMHS HealthPark and indoor and outdoor tennis courts.

much of the Owensboro area’s calendar. One of the biggest and best known is the International Bar-B-Q Festival, which takes place downtown the second weekend each May. Thousands of hungry barbecue lovers sample mutton, chicken and burgoo served up by cooking teams participating in the event. The festival includes musical entertainment, carnival rides and more than 100 booths selling handmade arts and crafts. Throughout the summer, a variety of musical styles can be enjoyed at free Friday After 5 concerts each Friday evening on the downtown riverfront. Other events include the International Bluegrass Music Museum’s River of Music Party (ROMP) each June, the Daviess County Lions Club Fair and Dragon Boat Festival in August, Reid’s Orchard Apple Festival in October, and many more.

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Arts & Cultural Attractions

Owensboro boasts some of the best arts and cultural activities for a city its size in the country. Whether your interests lie in museums, music, art or theater, Owensboro has it. The curtain is always rising on a new event at the RiverPark Center on the Ohio River in downtown Owensboro. The RiverPark Center includes a 1,500 seat multi-purpose auditorium, an experimental theatre that seats up to 300, lobbies and support facilities, a riverfront plaza, an open-air courtyard, and meeting/reception rooms. Each year, the RiverPark Center hosts more than 150 performance events and more than 900 private and civic events. The RiverPark Center is home to several local performing arts organizations including the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Owensboro Dance Theatre, the Owensboro Community College Oak Island Theatre and the Owensboro Concert Association. Theatre Workshop of Owensboro is celebrating more than 40 years of presenting community theatre to greater Owensboro. Theatre Workshop of Owensboro is housed in the old opryhouse. Bill Monroe, known as the “father of bluegrass music,” was born and raised in Rosine, Ky., just a short drive from Owensboro. That tradition is still alive and well in the area and is celebrated at the International Bluegrass Music Museum, which displays the history of bluegrass music through interpretive exhibits, posters, costumes and instruments. Other local bluegrass events include museum jam sessions, the Yellowbanks Dulcimer Festival at English Park and the annual ROMP! River of Music Party bluegrass festival. The Owensboro Area Museum of Science and History and the Wendell Ford Government Education Center is one of the finest facilities of its kind in the region. Among the


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Doris Black, left, and Ed Almes walk by the black granite fountains while visiting Smothers Park. “It’s gorgeous,” Black said. “The whole thing is beautiful,” Almes said. “It’s a nice place to relax.”

features of the museum are historic memorabilia, including arts, crafts and antiques, as well as natural history exhibits and an indoor play area. The museum’s SpeedZeum exhibit celebrates the rich racing heritage of the region, covering everything from Soapbox Derby to local dirt track auto racing to NASCAR, motorcycle racing to hydroplane boats. With six active NASCAR drivers and countless crew members in service in NASCAR’s various racing circuits, Owensboro claims one of the highest levels of motorsports participation of any city in the country. The Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts is housed in two historic structures — the Carnegie Library and the John Hampden Smith House, which dates to the Civil War. The museum features a permanent collection of paintings and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries, decorative arts dating back as far as the 16th century, and the spectacular Stained Glass Gallery. The museum also features traveling exhibits and hosts educational youth tours during the school year. The Daviess County Public Library pro-


vides services to the entire county population from a facility located in the center of Owensboro. The library provides a wide array of services, including materials in all formats for all age groups; reference and information services; Kentucky history and genealogy research services; interlibrary loan; programming for children and adults; home bound delivery service; public access Internet; dial-in access to the on-line catalog; fax and photocopy services; and outreach services to schools, daycare and headstart centers, and other community agencies. About 275,000 people visit the library each year.


Owensboro Health is committed to providing health education, prevention, early intervention and wellness programs in addition to high-quality, cost-effective inpatient and outpatient services. At all locations, they offer state-of-the-art technology with a medical staff of 130+ physicians representing a wide range of specialties. This not-for-profit regional health care provider


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serves 13 counties in Kentucky and southern Indiana. The main hospital, located at 811 East Parrish Avenue, is licensed for 469 beds. A new facility on the eastern edge of Owensboro is currently under construction. The Owensboro Health Healthpark was established in 1998 to improve the health of the community. Located at 1006 Ford Avenue, the Healthpark includes a health and fitness center, a diagnostic center, a health resource center, outpatient therapy services, a chapel and physician offices. Several walk-in clinics for illness or minor emergencies are located throughout the community and operated by a variety of providers. The Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center provides centralized, quality, local care to cancer patients in the region. River Valley Behavioral Health provides mental health, substance abuse and mental retardation/developmental disability services in a seven-county area. Its facility in the Cigar Factory Complex contains the agency’s offices for outpatient therapy,

Nancy and Frank Howard of Mason watch the approach of The Trojan Horsemen Flight Demonstration Team fly their T-28 Warbirds in formation during the free air show commemorating the reopening of Smothers Park after three years of construction.

case management, DUI education, prevention center/library and administrative services. River Valley also provides residential programs as well as inpatient treatment for children ages 5 to 18 at River Valley Behavioral Health Hospital. Wendell Fosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Campus for Developmental Disabilities is a private, non-profit therapy, training and residential facility for children and adults with developmental disabilities. The center also offers outpatient services, including physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. The 63-bed residential facility is the only such facility in Kentucky specializing in residential training and individualized therapy for people diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The facility emphasizes training and development of each individual to help them reach their maximum potential. Houses on the perimeter of the campus provide independent living and assisted living opportunities for 19 additional adults.


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By Kristi McCabe and Joy Campbell

When John G. “Pete” Barnard and his wife returned to the Owensboro area in 1932, they were looking for a way to make a living. Since “Mr. Pete” had previously worked as a general superintendent at a steel mill in Indiana, he decided to go with a business he knew, and set up a small welding job shop in Owensboro. That company, now known as Modern Welding, is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, and his family is as dedicated as ever to carrying on his dream. Tony Honey, Modern Welding’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said the company’s success can be traced to one simple fact: Employee loyalty. “Mr. Barnard wanted his company to feel like a family,” noted Honey, who has been with the company for 31 years in varying capacities. “We have a special quality that creates longevity in our employees; they want to stay with us. That all revolves around creating a family-like atmosphere.” Modern Welding began when Barnard built steel tanks for oil fields, at a time when there was a lot of oil drilling taking place in the Owensboro area. “The business began to grow when the demand for tanks became greater,” said Honey. “Growth has continued in a steady fashion, and Modern Welding is now the largest steel tank manufacturer in the country.” With its corporate office based in Owensboro, Modern Welding has eleven manufacturing plants in varying locations across the U.S. The company has nine steel tank and vessel fabrication subsidiaries, as well as five welding supply stores. Its products include ASME pressure vessels, fuel dispensing systems, and above-ground horizontal tanks. Modern Welding has continued to diversify its products and services over the years, and plans to continue that trend in the future. Although Modern Welding has faced many changes over the years—including the acquisitions of several other companies—one thing has not changed: It is still a family-run business. Barnard’s grandson, Jim Jones, currently serves as President/CEO of Modern Welding, and says the company is his family’s heritage. “It’s the only thing we’ve ever known,” remarked Jones. “My mother was involved with the business, and so were my brothers and I. I grew up working in the plant and at Modern Supply and am proud to still be a part of my grandfather’s legacy.”

A Modern Welding employee removes cables.

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Looking to the future, Modern Welding will continue to evolve to meet the demands of a tough economy. “We always try to take advantage of innovative techniques and products, and diversify when we can,” said Tony Honey. “We will continue to foster longevity by maintaining a quality product, and just keep doing what we’re doing.” One innovation Modern Welding has undertaken is supplying AV (aviation) gas tanks at the Owensboro airport. This allows pilots to fly in and fill their tanks using a credit card, like a gas station. “A lot of small airports are doing that,” Jones noted. Jones said the company is also considering expanding the business to the service sector, by forming a division to deal with tank maintenance. This is important at this time due to the changes in gasoline and diesel fuel formulation. The new fuels require that a tank be properly maintained. As Modern Welding celebrates 80 years of doing business, one thing remains clear: its success hinges on the dedication of its employees. “My grandfather’s vision was to run a company that operates like a family, and I think we have been successful in doing that,” said Jim Jones. “We have employees who have been here for 30 or 40 years, and that says a lot about their loyalty. Our employees make us who we are, and we look forward to another 80 years in business.” Just as businesses thrive for 80 years, new ones are continuing to open and grow. Matt Castlen knew as he was growing up on his family’s farm in the Thruston area that he wanted to own his own business one day. So, he prepared for that. And at age 19, Castlen started his own company, Castlen Welding and Manufacturing. Today, at age 26, he and his wife, Laura, have grown their Maceo business to include three divisions with 14 employees. The growth also includes a new office and warehousing facility nearing completion on U.S. 60 and Iceland Road across from the Kinder-Morgan river terminal. That building — about a $1 million investment — will serve as a warehouse and distribution cen

life. “We’re a company that never says no,” he said. “If someone needs something, we’ll try to build it for them.” The company continues to provide service welding and has added two new divisions — mechanical erection to service the commercial agriculture industry within a 150 to 200-mile radius — and manufacturing of material handling equipment for fertilizer and grain handling. Examples of Castlen Welding and Manufacturing’s offerings are grain systems, agriculture buildings, crane services, mechanical contracting, repairs and sandblasting.

ter for the three divisions. As a high school student, Castlen took night and summer classes at Owensboro Community & Technical College. When he graduated from high school, he also received certifications in welding and blueprinting from OCTC. “I always had a desire to design and build things,” Castlen said. “The way we got our start was that at age 19, I designed a grapple for a front-end loader and implemented the idea. We sold them all over the country including to the military.” Castlen has continued to nurture that ingenuity he learned early in his

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By The Numbers


Business Cost Kentucky Index, 2008 (U.S. = 100.0)   Labor Cost 93   Energy Cost 71   Overall Business Cost 90   Kentucky is tied for the 9th lowest overall business cost in the nation.       Gross State Product Per Wage, 2008   Kentucky $2.16   U.S. $2.17             Industrial Electric Cost Per KWH, 2008   Kentucky $0.05   U.S. $0.07   Kentucky has the 8th lowest cost for industrial electric power amongst the 50 states.     Daviess County Statistical Summary   Population 2010   Daviess County 95,944   Labor Market Area 482,785       Daviess County   Per Capita Income 2008 $33,278   Median Household Income 2009 $43,031  Median Home Price 2009 $108,700           Total Available Labor 2010   Daviess County 4,528   Labor Market Area 23,902           Unemployment Rate 2010   Daviess County 9.2   Labor Market Area 9.1   U.S. 9.6       Average Weekly Wage 2010   Daviess County $666   Labor Market Area $745   U.S. $899


Population by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2009 Daviess County Labor Market Area Number Percent Number Percent White 88,655 92.9 444,457 92.4  Black 4,748 5.0 26,503 5.5 Asian 633 0.7 3,795 0.8  American Indian/Alaskan Native 164 0.2 914 0.2  Native Hwaiian/Pacific Islander 41 0.0 193 0.0 Other/Multirace 1,153 1.2 5,401 1.1 Hispanic Origin 1,784 1.9 7,842 1.6   Note: Hispanic is not a race category. A person can be white, black, etc. and be of hispanic origin. Source: Applied Geographic Solutions, Simi Valley, Ca.   Population Projections   2015 2020 2025  Daviess County 96,931 98,507 99,890  Source:  Kentucky State Data Center, University of Louisville.



Major employers in the greater Owensboro area

Owensborol Health 3300 Daviess County Public Schools County School System 1785 US Bank Home Mortgage Mortgage Processing 1022 Owensboro Public Schools Public School System 778 Specialty Food Group Processed meat products 450 Wal-Mart (2 stores) Retail 541 Unilever Foods North America Pasta and simmer sauces 475 Owensboro Community & Technical College 494 City of Owensboro City Government 481 Commonwealth of Kentucky State Government 471 Toyotetsu MidAmerica LLC Automotive stampings and welded assemblies 390 Titan Contracting Specialty mechanical construction 350 UniFirst Uniform distribution 341 Kimberly-Clark Corp Tissue paper & towels 337 Premium Allied Tool Metal Stamping 250 Swedish Match North America Smokeless Tobacco products 354 Boardwalk Natural gas Pipeline Headquarters 228 Owensboro Municipal Utilities Public Utilities 250 Metalsa Truck Frame Manufacturer 230 Green River District Health Health Department 224 AT&T National directory call center 158 Sazerac Bottling/warehouse plant of whiskey, gin, etc. 215 MPD Inc. Commercial Tubes and Components, microwave & police radar equipment, breath analyzers, ceramics & ceramic to metal seals 230 Miles Farm Supply Farm Services 175 Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline Inc. Headquarters 429 CRS OneSource Wholesale food, equipment and supplies and distribution 150 Owensboro Grain Soybean processor 159 Sara Lee Bakery Group Wholesale producer of bread and bun products 150 Source: Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation.

Summary of Recent Locations and Expansions, 2007-Present Reported Companies Jobs Investment Manufacturing Location 1 28 $25,000,000  Manufacturing Expansion 28 548-572 $112,791,786  Supportive/Service Location 1 3 $8,000,000  Supportive/Service Expansion 6 212-825 $33,165,075  Note: Totals include announced locations and expansions. Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (8/15/10).

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Percent of U.S. Within 600 Miles of Owensboro   Population 44%   Personal Income 56%   Retail Sales 41%   Manufacturing Employment 52%

Highway Distance to Selected Market Centers City Miles   1. Atlanta, GA 2. Baltimore, MD 3. Birmingham, AL 4. Boston, MA 5. Buffalo, NY 6. Charlotte, NC 7. Chicago, IL 8. Cincinnati, OH 9. Cleveland, OH 10. Columbus, OH 11. Dallas, TX 12. Detroit, MI 13. Houston, TX 14. Indianapolis, IN 15. Jacksonville, FL 16. Kansas City, MO 17. Lexington, KY 18. Louisville, KY 19. Memphis, TN 20. Minneapolis, MN 21. Nashville, TN 22. New Orleans, LA 23. New York, NY 24. Norfolk, VA 25. Oklahoma City, OK 26. Omaha, NE 27. Philadelphia, PA 28. Pittsburgh, PA 29. St. Louis, MO 30. Wichita, KS Source:  ESRI ArcView Streetmap, 2007.  

Employment by Major Industry by Place of Work, 2009  378 713 324 1,059 642 513 328 209 455 315 738 470 859 178 726 451 179 109 291 749 134 664 850 752 703 641 777 495 209 647


Civilian Labor Force 

Daviess County Labor Market Area 2009 Sept. 2010 2009 Sept. 2010  Civilian Labor Force 48,557 49,314 244,695 243,364  Employed 43,967 45,130 222,385 222,107 Unemployed 4,590 4,184 22,310 21,257  Unemployment Rate (%) 9.5 8.5 9.1 8.7  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Daviess County Labor Market Area Employment Percent Employment Percent All Industries 42,309 100.0 210,025 100.0  Agriculture, Forestry, 123 0.3 617 0.3 Fishing and Hunting Mining 167 0.4 N/A N/A  Construction 1,997 4.7 11,430 5.4  Manufacturing 5,547 13.1 32,012 15.2  Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 9,379 22.2 41,575 19.8 Information 504 1.2 3,305 1.6  Financial Activities 2,315 5.5 8,389 4.0  Services 14,645 34.6 77,752 37.0  Public Administration 1,347 3.2 5,228 2.5  Other 8 0.0 N/A N/A  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Average Weekly Wage, 2009   Daviess Co. Kentucky U.S. Ohio  All Industries $657 $731 $876 $787  Agriculture, Forestry, 596 582 503 509 Fishing and Hunting Mining 1,014 1,215 1,644 1,190 Construction 686 832 946 907  Manufacturing 862 923 1,056 985  Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 645 674 750 699 Information 698 791 1,330 979  Financial Activities 756 947 1,343 1,032  Services 513 650 791 712  Public Administration 748 802 1,037 994  Other 1,041 961 890 606  Indiana Illinois Tennessee Virginia All Industries $736 $931 $774 $928  Agriculture, Forestry, 580 597 500 505 Fishing and Hunting Mining 1,112 1,160 1,099 1.158  Construction 905 1,138 823 872  Manufacturing 1,007 1,076 936 962  Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 649 798 732 714 Information 840 1,191 998 1,422  Financial Activities 908 1,533 1,091 1,189  Services 638 842 704 913  Public Administration 772 1,077 787 1,287  Other 667 798 1,185 738  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

Personal Income Labor market counties are composed of counties which significantly exist within the sixty (60) minute drive range of the originating county’s county seat. A county will be included within the radius if the centroid point of a county (a point representing the center of the geographic area of a county) falls within the drive zone. Additionally, all contiguous counties will be classified as part of the labor market with the exception of non-Kentucky contiguous counties which have been excluded by the above mentioned 60-minute drive range and have a border with the Mississippi and/or Ohio Rivers.

2004 2009 Pct. Change  Daviess County $27,602 $33,390 21.0 % Kentucky $27,479 $32,258 17.4 %  U.S. $33,881 $39,635 17.0 % Labor Market Area $19,560- $33,149 $23,089- $39,237 Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.


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Dining & Catering Guide

Owensboro Eateries

offer a wide variety of choices from pizza and family dining to world-famous barbecue, ethnic and gourmet foods. The following restaurants are members of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce.

54 Pizza Express

Buffalo Wild Wings

Culver’s Restaurant

Anthony’s Catering Connection


Cup Cakery

(270) 683-5454 3101 East Alvey Park Drive Owensboro, KY 42303 (270) 256-4874 603 Suffolk Drive Owensboro, KY 42303 http://anthonyscateringconnection. com/

Bee Bop’s

(270) 663-0623 122 A West 2nd Street Owensboro KY 42301

(270) 686-7800 4736 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301 (270) 683-0907 4601 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301

Colby’s Fine Food and Spirits

(270) 685-4239 204 West Third Street Owensboro, KY42303

(270) 689-4040 3020 Highland Pointe Drive Owensboro, KY 42303 (270) 684-3809 231 Williamsburg Square Owensboro, KY 42303 pCakeryOwensboro

Dunkin’ Donuts

(270) 686-8200 3011 Frederica Street Owensboro KY 42301

El Tucan

(270) 689-0954 3600 Frederica St. Suite F Owensboro, KY 42301

Famous Bistro

(270) 686-8202 102 West Second Street Owensboro, KY 42303

Gambrinus Libation Emporium

(270) 663-5464 116 A West 2nd Street Owensboro KY 42303

Great Harvest Bread Co.

(270) 691-0093 3211 Frederica Street, Suite G Owensboro, KY 42301

Just Rennie’s Catering

(812)401-8098 100 Southeast 4th Street Evansville, IN 47708



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Lee’s Famous Recipe Fried Chicken

(270) 685-4542 1001 Burlew Boulevard Owensboro, KY 42303

Logan’s Roadhouse

(270) 684-3131 2945 Wimsatt Court Owensboro, KY 42303

Maloney’s Pizza & Wings

(270) 684-8080 3030 Highland Point Drive Owensboro, KY 42303

Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn, Inc.

Niko’s Italian Restaurant

Plan well.

Owensboro PreArrangement Center

(270) 852-1618 2200 East Parrish Avenue Owensboro, KY 42303

(270) 684-8143 2840 West Parrish Avenue Owensboro, KY42301

Miller House Restaurant & Catering

(270) 685-5878 301 East 5th Street Owensboro, KY 42303

Mirko Pasta

(270) 683-1100 611 Emory Drive Owensboro, KY 42301

Honor well.

Remember well.

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory

Owensboro Memorial Gardens

Cemetery and Mausoleum

Glenn Family Services 270-683-1505

Leave well.


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“Where local Folks Bring Visitors for Owensboro’s Best Bar-B-Q” Mutton • Chicken • Ham Pork • Ribs • Beef Dine In or Carry Out Custom Cooking & Catering Gift Certificates Banquet Room

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O’Bryan’s Bar & Grill

(270) 229-9100 7006 Highway 815 Owensboro, KY 42301

Old Hickory Bar-B-Q, Inc.

(270) 926-9000 338 Washington Avenue Owensboro, KY 42301

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Olive Garden Restaurant

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(270) 683-4848 5204 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42303


Panera Bread

(270) 683-9033 4600 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301

726 Harvard Drive Owensboro, KY 42301 270-685-4663 • 800-866-9696

Papa John’s Pizza

(270) 684-3300 2510 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301

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Penn Station East Coast Subs

(270) 683-1515 3525 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301

Pizza by the Guy

(270) 686-8603 3115 Commonwealth Court Owensboro, KY 42303


(270) 684-1111 1401 Carter Road Owensboro, KY 42301

Starbucks Coffee Company

Taylor’s Bar & Grill



(270) 684-0272 2402 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301

(270) 683-5577 2509 West Parrish Avenue Owensboro, KY 42301 (270) 685-4111 5257 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42303

(270) 684-1330 3739 US Hwy 60 Suite A Owensboro, KY 42301

T.G.I. Friday’s

White Castle

(270) 686-1910 5135 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42303

(270) 926-5333 4641 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301

PizzaRoma (Hwy 60 East Location) (270) 691-0064 3020 Hwy 60 East Owensboro, KY 42303

Real Hacienda Mexican Restaurant

(270) 684-5595 3023 Highland Point Drive Owensboro, KY 42303

Red Lobster

(270) 926-4045 3410 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301

1627 State Route 271 N. • Post Office Box 500 Hawesville, KY 42348 • (270) 685-2493

Rolling Pin Pastry Shop, Inc.

(270) 683-8363 1129 East 18th Street Owensboro, KY 42303

1724 Sweeney Street Suite B • Owensboro, KY 42303 Tel: (270)926-4129 • M-F 9am-5pm Private appointments Saturday by Request

"A Place where ALL WOMEN can come and feel beautiful."


(270) 686-7505 3500 Villa Point Suite 101 Owensboro, KY 42303

PRODUCTS • Post-Mastectomy Apparel: Bras, Breast Forms, Camisoles, Medical Wigs, and Human Hair Eyebrows • Bras for all women Sized 32AA-56N • Swimwear size 6-30 • Compression Garmets for Lymphedema • SassyBax Shape Wear and Save the Ta Tas! • Knockout Panties • Good Nighties!

Schnitzelbank Catering

(812) 634-2584 409 Third Avenue Jasper, IN 47546

Shogun of Japan

(270) 685-9980 5010 Wildcat Way Owensboro, KY 42303


(270) 683-7788 5000 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301


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YoLo Frozen Yogurt

(270) 686-7575 2680 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301

Yummies by Yuck

(270) 903-2700 2922 Greenhill Drive Owensboro, KY 42303


(270) 691-6166 5030 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301

Z’s Restaurant & Bar

(270) 852-2322 1100 Walnut Street Owensboro, KY 42301

Serving the Owensboro community since 1961




What You Can’t Get Anywhere Else... Service, Knowledgeable Sales Staff & Selection . 86

120 E. 14th St., Owensboro

Store Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-6pm, Sat. 9am-5pm, Closed Sunday


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Advertiser index Associated Engineers Inc.............................. 9 Audubon Area Community Services, Inc....... 6 BB&T........................................................... 37 Brescia University....................................... 63 Brushwood Apartments.............................. 53 Bryant Engineering, Inc............................... 37 Century 21 Partners, Deborah Nunley....... 48 CherriCare................................................... 87 City of Owensboro..................................... 11 CRS OneSource........................................... 19 Daviess County Public Schools................... 57 Daviess County Parks.................................. 17 Edward Jones................................Inside Back Ebelhar Whitehead, PLLC............................ 80 First Baptist Church.................................... 22 First Security Bank...................................... 32 Fern Terrace................................................ 27 Fleet Feet....................................................... 6 Gavin Roberts .............................................. 3 Greenwell-Chisholm Printing Co.................. 2 Hampton Inn............................................... 29 Hermitage Care & Rehabilitation Center.... 29 Home Builders Association

of Owensboro............................................. 48 Independence Bank.................................... 40 International Bar-B-Q Festival..................... 21 Jagoe Homes, Inc......................................... 46 Just Rennies................................................. 23 Kentucky Wesleyan College........................ 61 Lance & Co. Jewelers.................................. 69 Legendary Entertainment........................... 19 Marcus Bosley and Assoc............................. 18 Martin Custom Building, Inc....................... 44 Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn, Inc............................ 75 Norman King Electric................................... 9 Old Hickory Bar-B-Q, Inc............................. 84 On Time Fab............................................... 17 Owensboro Dermatology............................. 1 Owensboro Health Healthpark................... 25 Owensboro Catholic Schools..................... 59 Owensboro Christian Church.................... 50 Owensboro Community & Technical College.....................Inside Front Owensboro Medical Health System ......................................................Back Cover Owensboro Museum of Fine Art................. 58

Owensboro Museum of Science & History................................... 20 Owensboro Public Schools......................... 53 Owensboro Symphony Orchestra.............. 15 Owensboro Winnelson, Co......................... 48 Patti’s Resale, Inc........................................... 9 RBS Design Group...................................... 41 Real Living/Home Realty............................ 51 Republic Bank & Trust................................ 48 Richard C. Good, M.D.................................. 22 Risner and Associates.................................. 50 Scott, Murphy & Daniel............................... 33 South Central Bank of Daviess County....... 37 Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc...... 13 State Farm Insurance............................. 67,87 The Summit................................................. 26 Time Warner Cable....................................... 1 Thompson Homes...................................... 50 Towne Square Mall........................................ 7 US Bank......................................................... 6 Wendell Foster’s Campus for Developmental Disabilities................... 57 Western Kentucky University..................... 62

Daniel Dick, Agent 270.686.7676 Specializing in Transfers & Relocations to the Owensboro Area 3101 Alvery Park Drive E • Owensboro • Next to 54 Pizza Express


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Has the gall to think a financial advisor should talk with her, not at her. Is it crazy to demand an actual conversation with your financial advisor? To expect that he listens as much as he speaks? Not to Edward Jones. With locations in neighborhoods, not skyscrapers, we’re built for easy access and genuine conversations. And have been for 88 years. Join the nearly 7 million investors who know. Face time and think time make sense.

Call visit any of our eight financial advisors in the John or M Hess Owensboro area. To find an Edward Jones office near you, Financial Advisor .

call 1-800-ED-JONES or visit

2429 W Parrish Avenue Owensboro, KY 42301 270-926-9700

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