Louisville

Okolona Dude Wins KDF’s Fanatic Prize in Louisville KY

LOUISVILLE MAN WILL BE THIS YEAR’S THUNDERNATOR Louisville, KY.   – Through a special second chance promotion sponsored by the Kentucky Lottery, 43-year-old Okolona resident Michael Ernstberger of Louisville, Kentucky, won the opportunity to be this year’s Festival Fanatic for the 2015 Kentucky Derby Festival.  As part of his big win, Ernstberger will serve as the Thundernator for the Derby Festival Opening Ceremonies:  Thunder Over Louisville on Saturday, April 18.  Ernstberger will provide the Thunder countdown and “zero” ignition to activate the Thunder launch system sequence in the Command Center at the Galt House Hotel. Additionally, Michael receives  nine other  Festival VIP experiences…


GLI Chief Calls For Uniting Rural and Urban Kentuckians

From GLI’s Kent Oyler… “We See You; Do You See Us?” That was the profound quote from former Kentucky Governor Paul Patton as he discussed Kentucky’s urban-rural divide at the recent Leadership Louisville Best of Leadership Summit. Wow! We See You; Do You See Us? Those words should be a wakeup call for those of us in urban areas that have for years grumbled about the export of capital and political power to the rest of the state. Whether it is “fair” or not, the reality is that the balance of political power, and the accompanying share of the state’s…


Look What’s in the Sky for Louisville KY’s Thunder

From Kentucky Derby Festival… Louisville, KY.  The Kentucky Derby Festival has released the line-up for this year’s Thunder Over Louisville Air Show.  The 2015 show, set for 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 18th, will be non-stop with both military and civilian air acts.  A full list in alphabetical order is below. The show includes an appearance by the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds.  The Air Force Team will send 2 jets for this year’s show.  Although the jets will not be able to perform the aerobatics of the Thunderbirds demonstration due to changes with the air box, they will still be a featured…


Mayor seeks federal disaster assistance for flooding; Seven free drop-off sites set for flood debris

From the Mayor’s Office. . . Louisville, KY– Mayor Greg Fischer today continued the city’s action to seek federal disaster assistance in the wake of the recent record flooding by signing an order, declaring a local state of emergency. Fischer directed the city’s Emergency Management Agency to lead the process of gathering all damage and cost estimates citywide to be able to quickly apply for federal aid related to both individual and public losses stemming from the record rainfall last week. “The record rains, up to seven inches in some areas, caused devastating flash flooding and damage in all areas…


Waterfront Wednesday is Back on the Louisville KY Waterfront

From Louisville Public Media… 91.9 WFPK announces the launch of Louisville’s favorite concert series on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.  The WFPK Waterfront Wednesday® Concert Series is a monthly free concert on the Big Four Lawn in Louisville Waterfront Park, located next to the newly opened Big Four Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge. This concert will feature Shakey Graves, JD McPherson and Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers. It’s sponsored by Goose Island Brewing Company, MINI of Louisville, Republic Bank, Passport Health Plan  and Friends of the Waterfront. Additional support comes from Old 502 Winery and KitchenAid. “As Shakey Graves, [Alejandro] Rose-Garcia plays a gnarly composite of blues and folk…. Gritty groans and sexy…


The Jack Fry Story from Louisville Uncovered

Jack Fry’s, the iconic restaurant in the Highlands, is a big part of the River City’s booming culinary scene. But as Cyndy Tandy discovered, it was a different story when it opened in 1933. Legend has it that Jack Fry and his wife Flossy ran a bookmaking operation from the back of the restaurant in its early days. Fry shut down his restaurant in 1972, and it became (like every restaurant that closes) a stop for Mexican food. But when new owners took over in 1987, it became the classic Jack Fry’s that we’ve come to know and love. Jack…


Code Louisville Expanded to Fill 1,700 Local Tech Job Openings

From Metro Government…. LOUISVILLE KY —  The innovative Code Louisville tech-training program, a focus of President Obama’s visit to Louisville Thursday, is being expanded to help even more people get training for higher-paying technology jobs, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today. Fischer said the Learning House, a cloud based technology learning platform company headquartered in Louisville, has committed to bring an intensive coding “bootcamp” to Louisville later this year. The bootcamp will meet a growing demand from people who want full-time, concentrated IT skill development. The bootcamp will be based on the successful model enacted at Concordia University in Saint Paul, Minnesota and will…


The President, Pulling Out, Fire, Rain Highlight Louisville KY’s Week

Some of the highlights of a week of living in Louisville KY: JCPS Canceled Classes for Rain: On the last school day before Spring Break, JCPS canceled classes because it was raining too much. Remember when the only weather that could get you out of school was a foot of snow? I fully expect JCPS officials to cite oppressive sunshine, which could damage young eyeballs, for calling off school one of these days. Obama Leaves Town with a Weapon, Bourbon: Despite a few hours’ delay, the President’s visit to tech firm Indatus went smoothly, and highlighted the city’s focus on tech…


Love a Parade? – Here’s the Lineup for Pegasus in Louisville KY

Louisville, KY – The line-up is set for the 60th annual Republic Bank Pegasus Parade.  Floats and inflatable units participating in this year’s parade drew for positions at a special event tonight at 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen. “Best of Louisville” will be the theme for the Derby Festival’s oldest event, which will feature approximately 100 units marching down Broadway on Thursday, April 30th. Said Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO Mike Berry: “We wanted to pay tribute to the community that has supported the Festival for 60 years. Participants can decorate their units to reflect what they love about Louisville. Then, we’ll…


We’re #24!! Louisville KY Makes EPA’s Good List

Louisville Ranks 24th in EPA List of Top Cities with ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that Louisville was recognized for its sustainability efforts, being ranked 24th in the 2015 Top Cities list with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings.  This is the second year in a row Louisville has made the EPA’s Top Cities list, being ranked 25th in 2014. “Having Louisville ranked as an EPA Top City for two years in a row confirms that we are fully committed to working with our local business leaders to lower energy costs and reduce our carbon footprint,…