Articles by RickRedding

Ben Rhodes to Make NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Debut in 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY (September 21st, 2012) – 15-year-old racer Ben Rhodes, who is in his first full season of Late Model Stock racing, will make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Debut in 2013. The Louisville, Kentucky, native will drive the #14 Toyota with legendary crew chief Lee McCall joining him for a limited schedule of events with the eventual plan of racing full time in the series in 2014.

Reaction to Mayor’s Budget — Council Not Unanimous in Support

Here are reactions to the Mayor’s Budget Proposal — especially in the Southwest, Fischer gets praise for funding the Library, but Republicans including Jerry Miller and Ken Fleming were disappointed with the end result. There’s no doubt that this budget is an improvement, with no mention of cuts, layoffs or furloughs. “The Mayor’s proposal is a very workable approach to providing the services of government such as public safety, sanitation, economic development and maintaining and improving infrastructure. It is encouraging to know that the improving economy is slowly helping us restore services that had to be cut in tougher times….

Fischer’s Proposed Metro Budget Highlights

Here’s the highlights of the Mayor’s budget address, from Metro Goverment: LOUISVILLE, KY (May 24, 2012) – Mayor Greg Fischer today proposed a balanced budget for the new fiscal year that does not raise taxes but makes strategic investments in the future, including building the Southwest Regional Library, funding three new police recruit classes and foreclosing on 100 vacant and abandoned properties. The spending plan — $512 million in general fund dollars — also invests significantly in public safety, which will result in 96 new police officers and one new fire recruit class. The budget also makes structural changes that…

Talking Baseball at Breakfast

  At the Business First What’s Brewing Breakfast this morning, I learned a new reason to hate Albert Pujols, the former Cardinal slugger now hitting .212 (ha ha) with 3 homers for the Angels. Pujols is swinging a bat manufactured in Louisiana by a company named Marucci, one of several new competitors keeping our own Louisville Slugger personnel on their toes. Bill Clark, the president of H&B’s Slugger Division, said the company got a wake-up call a few years back and discovered other manufacturers had passed Slugger in quality. The company made improvements. Even though Slugger continues to dominate the…

Are You Overlooking Election Day?

No, I haven’t been paying close attention to the local political races. I hate that, because there are a few really interesting races being largely overlooked by the media. Chief among those is the 37th District Republican State Senate primary, featuring well-known locals Doug Hawkins and Chris Thieneman. The latter, who is a friend and involved in this site, has survived two challenges to his candidacy based on residency issues. But just last week he was cleared by a court to compete in the race. He says he’s raised more than $40,000 and has signs all over the district. Meanwhile…

City Spending $1.3 Million to Protect Library from Flooding

On August 4, 2009, the Main Library at 301 York Street suffered more than $7.8 million in damage from freak flash flooding that occurred as a result of a torrential rainfall. More than six feet of water poured into the lower level and destroyed the library’s operations center. The rain wasn’t the only culprit, however, as thousands of gallons of water overwhelmed the area’s combined storm and sewer lines creating a back-up that wreaked havoc throughout the 103 year-old facility.

West End Tragedy – Press Conferences Today

The tragic occurrences of Thursday afternoon in West Louisville have triggered much concern about conditions there and exactly what causes people to start shooting each other there. Even news personnel, in Facebook posts after the event, were expressing thanks that they weren’t caught in crossfire and being mentioned for their heroics in covering the shooting, which was a dangerous scene.

Forecastle’s After Party/Kickoff will be on the Belle

Here’s an official release from Forecastle: FORECASTLE ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE AFTER PARTY AND KICKOFF EVENT Preservation Hall Jazz Band to perform on the historic Belle of Louisville, with special appearances by members of My Morning Jacket  Official Forecastle kickoff party features performances by Dean & Britta and Purity Ring TICKETS ON SALE SATURDAY AT FORECASTLEFEST.COM   LOUISVILLE, KY – AC Entertainment and The Forecastle Festival are excited to announce details of a one-of-a-kind after-party for the 10th anniversary of the festival, set to take place during July 13-15, 2012. A special pre-party will serve as the kickoff to Forecastle on June 12. Following…

Weather No Match for Excitement of Oaks Winner

You’d probably never heard of Rosie Napravnik before yesterday. And if you were among those evacuated from the Infield because of a storm that delayed the Kentucky Oaks for a half-hour, you might have missed the historic performance, as the first female jockey ever to win the race guided Believe You Can to victory. All eyes were on the Infield evacuation as the storm approached Those who believed got a nice payoff – $29.60 on a $2 bet. My money was with On Fire Baby, who never challenged. But I came out even on the day, thanks to a longshot…