Five random observations from the week that was… plus a “hot take” on the news.
- Friday evening, my wife and I dined at Loma’s at the Opera House. Every time we eat there, I think of getting the shrimp & grits but then decide on something else. Well, this time I went for it. And I certainly was not disappointed! Lomas’ take on the southern classic dish includes beer cheese grits topped with shrimp sauteed in garlic butter, cherry tomatoes, roasted corn, candied bacon, and scallions. It was so good! Jen had the fried chicken salad — she said the chicken was some of the best she’s ever had, and she loves fried chicken. And if like me, you enjoy a great cocktail with your meal, you should know that Loma’s makes the best Old Fashioned in town.
- This is shameful! A Lawrenceburg man, Dustin Burley, who is running for the state legislature, had the police called on him. His alleged crime? Knocking on doors to canvass for other candidates. Burley happens to be Black. (Knocking while Black — Herald-Leader)
- Happy to see my favorite Kentucky author, Silas House, win a very prestigious award. receiving the Duggins Prize for Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist, the largest prize given to an LGBTQIA+ writer in the United States. (Herald-Leader article)
- If you travel Boone Avenue on your commute, you might want to avoid the 300 block Monday and Tuesday. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced it will be moving the three large trees at 351 Boone. Workers will be on site between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on both days. They intended to keep one lane open at all times, but significant delays are expected.
- I was delighted to see my friend (and everyone’s friend) Tim Smith featured recently in Kentucky Living magazine. Tim, as you no doubt know, is the host of Mornings on Main on WWKY here in Winchester. The article featured Tim as well as other radio personalities in Kentucky who are keeping local radio alive in the commonwealth. (Hometown radio personalities serve the community — Kentucky Living)
Hot take: It was nice seeing the rainbow flags downtown last month. It was a start, but we can do more. I want to see Winchester host a Pride festival and/or parade next year during Pride Month. Is anyone willing to step up and lead this effort? I’d be willing to help out, and I know I speak for the board of WinCity in saying we would be willing to do anything we can to help.