Shannon White’s Just A Working Class Lady

Oh, hey, lookit on the Twitter:

Shannon White is just an everyday working class mom with kids in a working class private school, who wants to be all working class and tear down houses in the West End to create gardens– because that (ha) makes sense, and she’s just an everyday working class woman who can’t wait to join a working class golf league in the working class Original Highlands neighborhood where an annual pass is just a working class $375.

How common.

What To Do With Us This Weekend

Finally Friday and time to celebrate some good things in Possibility City. You might fund the V.V. . . .

Tonight at the Green Building: There’s a reception for the release of the latest Gill Holland project, the Louisville Counts book.  It’s a kids’ counting book with 22 bits of trivia and accompanying art from these local artists: Chris Radtke, Nico Jorcino, Jacob Heustis, Cynthia Reynolds, Natasha Sud, Monica Mahoney, Gibbs Rounsavall, Bryce Hudson, Amanda Bishop, J.B. Wilson, McKinley Moore, Julius Friedman, Lloyd Kelly, Russel Hulsey, Billy Hertz, Letitia Quesenberry, Thea Lura, Ashley Cecil, Sarah Lyon, Valerie Fuchs, Skylar Smith and Stephen Irwin. The reception is from 5-9. [Green]

Girl Jockey Catfight: Plan to get home by 9, or use that DVR, to catch the third episode of Jockeys on Animal Planet, in which Chantal Sutherland and Kayla Stra are featured in some sort of tussle. It’s a great show. At 9. [Animal Planet]

Card Fight: How come nobody’s offered the VV some tickets to Saturday’s night’s game at Papa John’s against Indiana State? Me and Luke may go tailgating for a while, but would really dig some free tix. The good news – the Cards are going to win!

Better Bluegrass: So off we’ll go Saturday night for the family fun at the Bluegrass Music Festival at the Water Tower. Can’t wait to see me some of those Bee-Liners. [Bluegrass]

Sunday Golf: Will be gathering up the gang Sunday for a $20 round of golf  on Metro Parks. Four of us get to play nine holes, with cart, for 20 bucks. Can’t beat that. [Metro Parks]

Monday Bike: This has become my favorite holiday weekend event. Thousands of us will bring our bikes to the Waterfront and speed off for Iroquois Park and back. The best thing — getting a free bike check, and t-shirt, and other goodies before and after the race. [Hike & Bike]

Fallout from a News-Free Weekend

It’s a lot easier to win golf tournaments when your opponent chokes out a snowman at 16 on Sunday. Tiger’s awesome (63 of 66 putts inside 10 feet), but still.

But is he Republican Enough? Joe Gerth notes that Trey Grayson spent a lot of last week reaching out to the right, assuring right-wingers that he’s nutty enough for them by opposing the Sotomayor Supreme Court nomination and saying he’s on their side on abortion. On Sunday, Al Cross said the Rand Paul candidacy will force Grayson further to the right. [Gerth, Cross]

They’re Polling This? Anybody wonder why Survey USA came out of sleep mode to poll people on the “Son-of-a-Bitch” episode?  Most people hadn’t heard about it, and of those who had, more said it would have no effect on their view of Jack Conway, though more said it would hurt him than help him. [Survey USA]

Deserved Derision: Sure, we can argue about the C-J’s bias in news stories. But using the paper’s decision to ignore the birther lawsuits as an example of bias is not advancing the case. [An Amusing Letter]

Enthusiasm for Curbs in 15: Lots of folks spent the weekend hauling their water-ruined crap to drop-off sites, except for residents of District 15. Council member Marianna Butler got curbside pickup arranged there. And is WHAS really making its reporters wear orange shirts? [WHAS-TV]

Twins on FB:  Abby Miller Hanger, the former WLKY-TV morning anchor, is featured in a C-J article about babies and technology. She recently gave birth to twins, which all you Facebookers already know about. [Courier]

You’re Already Late: If you want to drive a tram at the Fair, you better got over to the Fairgrounds. They’re taking applications for 800 temporary jobs this morning. [WHAS-TV]

No PGA Drama in “Land of Drama”

There was no drama in what PGA Communications Director Julius Mason calls “the land of drama.”

Jim Remy, the PGA president, also acknowledged that today’s announcement was “not the best kept secret in Louisville today.”

So here’s the news. In 2011 the PGA of American will host its PGA Senior Championship here and then in 2014 one of golf’s majors, the PGA Championship, will return to Louisville’s Valhalla for the third time.

“The 96th PGA Championship will be played at Valhalla Golf Club in 2014,” Remy announced to a round of applause from the hundred or so media members and dignitaries in attendance. There was a film recounting the Ryder Cup, the past PGAs and a general cheerleading session for Louisville’s sports scene.

Stations sent individuals from both their sports and news departments. Gene Kang was anxious to let everyone know his Dad’s an avid golfer.

A lot of folks showed up to join the fun/help take credit. David Tandy, Hal Heiner, Ken Fleming, Glen Stuckel, and Bob Henderson from the Metro Council showed up. Bruce Traughber from the Mayor’s Office. Jim Wood from the CVB. Senate candidate Maurice Sweeney chimed in with a question about using local vendors. Remy didn’t really have an answer for him.

Walt Gahm, representing the founding Gahm family, guaranteed that players and visitors won’t forget the hospitality of the community.

Remy presented a video with highlights from Valhalla events past. There are no details yet on tickets to the events.

In a Q and A, Remy said Valhalla has been discussed as a site for a long time.

Everybody had a good time talking about the lack of secrecy regarding the announcement.

Is it too late to say “We told you so.” ?

PGA in 2014: Cat Really out of Bag

Looks like the Courier-Journal’s discovered the semi-official word we told you about several weeks ago — tomorrow’s PGA announcement will include news that the 2014 PGA Championship is coming to Louisville’s Valhalla Golf Club.

After we reported that the PGA was making the announcement July 6, based on a leaked e-mail from former Sports Commission head Diane McGraw, PGA officials were quick to deny the news of the 2014 PGA. But the C-J’s Sheldon Shafer has managed to obtain a letter from PGA official Ben Rubin (yes, not Rubi, C-J) that details the plans for tomorrow’s press conference, including new news that the PGA Senior Championship will come to Valhalla in 2011.

While the news is expected, and local media like us and the C-J have ruined any surprise associated with tomorrow’s festivities, it’s still a huge piece of news for the community and for golf in the area.

PGA Scheduling Special Announcement

Wonder what this could be about?

Just got an invitation from the PGA of America to attend a special announcement on July 30 at Valhalla Golf Club. Headliners are the president and CEO, Jim Remy and Joe Steranka. The invite says “other VIP guests” will be there. Tiger Woods?

Was Diane McGraw right when she wrote in that infamous e-mail that the PGA will announce its championship is coming here in 2014? It’s hard to imagine anything else planned this far in advance that would merit the appearance of the PGA’s top brass. What a letdown it will be if they’re announcing anything else.

But when I spoke to him yesterday, interim Sports Commission director Karl Schmitt acted as if he had no idea what the PGA has in store, that he wasn’t aware of what the PGA has in store. Of course, it was his first day on the job.

OK, we get it. It’s not like we expected anyone to cough up the info before July 30.

Let’s hope it’s true, and Valhalla can look forward to hosting one of golf’s most prestigious events in five years.

This Place Could Use a Love Vigil

Not in the Dictionary? Anybody having one of those love vigils for Michael Jackson today?  The pop star’s memorial service finally comes today, and Al Sharpton has asked for churches across the U.S. to host love vigils. And he wants a Jackson stamp from the post office. Let’s thank Sharpton for adding a new phrase to our pop culture vocabulary.

PGA Denials: The PGA of America was quick to deny our story saying the PGA Championship is headed here in 2014. We saw that one coming, but still think Diane McGraw wouldn’t be so far out of the loop that she’d be wrong on this one. Loopy, yes. It was nice to get a mention in the C-J. [Courier]

Critical of Coverage: Republican party chair Brad Cummings wanted a full Op-Ed to express his disgust at the C-J’s coverage, or lack therof, of his anti-Abramson press conference last week. But the paper gave him a paltry 200 words, and printed it as a Letter to the Editor. [Courier]

Quote of the Day: From an anonymous reader at Gannett Blog, on an Indiana publisher telling his staff that job cuts are coming Thursday: “Any editor or publisher who makes his employees wait until Thursday to get the layoff news doesn’t even deserve to be leading a third-grade lunch line.” [Gannett Blog]

Is the Sky Falling on Racing or Not? WLKY’s John Boel found that purses at nearby tracks aren’t higher than those at Churchill, that attendance is up, that breeding numbers are holding their own.  That Churchill had an 81 percent increase in income last year. Still, if the state can’t support a year-round circuit and Ellis and Turfway close, the racing industry in Kentucky is in trouble. [Boel, BillyReed]

Really, Is This All You’ve Got?: Spencer County Judge-Executive David Jenkins says he thinks somebody stole his KACo credit card number and dashed to the Thorobred Lounge to use it to pile up a few hundred dollars’ worth of charges for lap dances. Ummn, David, you have to present the card to charge things. Did they slip the card back in your wallet, too?  [WAVE]

Medical Battle in the Media: Both Anthem and Norton sent their chiefs over to Fox41 to try and convince the public that they’re doing the right thing in their dispute. They both come off as big babies unwilling to talk to each other and get their differences resolved, while consumers suffer. [Fox41]

PGA Coming Here in 2014

The big piece of news in the story we had earlier today will have a much bigger impact on Louisville than whatever happens between the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Greater Louisville Sports Commission. Or between Diane McGraw and Jim Wood.

No one will confirm it, but the PGA Championship is likely coming to Valhalla Golf Club in 2014. The event was held in Louisville in 1996 and 2000. The major championship was expected to make regular stops here, and if it does come in 2014, it would be a 14-year-hiatus.

The PGA’s official site has the tournament booked at various locations through 2016, but there’s no site penciled in for 2014. As we learned from Diane McGraw’s angry letter this morning, the PGA is planning a major announcement later this month in Louisville, to be attended by PGA officials. It doesn’t take much deductive reasoning to figure out that it will announce Valhalla as the 2014 site.

Valhalla, of course, is owned by the PGA, which took full control after the successful 2000 tournament, won by Tiger Woods.  It played host to a rousingly successful 2008 Ryder Cup, proving to PGA officials that Louisville has what it takes to host a major golf event.

And it’s about time. In fact, a six-year gap between major events is longer than most would have expected.

Bluegrass Treasures & Horse Farms Give-Away

We recently gave away copies of The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks because we love our magnificent state parks system.

And now, thanks to Sunshine Publications, we’ve pleased to give away two copies (each) of Horse Farms and Horse Tales of the Bluegrass and Bluegrass Treasures: A Guide to Extraordinary Lodging, Dining & Entertainment. If you’re a Kentuckian or someone who plans to visit the Commonwealth of Kentucky, these books could come in handy.

Horse Farms tells the stories of Kentucky’s thoroughbred industry dating back to the Commonwealth’s early statehood and includes some recent additions to the racing scene. The stories of the beautiful horse farms we all cherish are deep and interesting. A few have absentee owners, some are family-owned and operated but all of them consistently produce outstanding horses. The book is a thin 91 pages but contains 85 black and white photographs and an area map. It includes a visitor’s guide that details racetracks, rehabilitation facilities and a jockey school.

Bluegrass Treasures is a real traveler’s guide and details the Bluegress Region. You’ll find information about the finest inns, beds & breakfasts, coffee shops, cafes, bistros, fine restaurants, golf courses, horses, lakes, hiking trails, theaters, festivals, the arts and an infamous castle. The book is likewise a thin and convenient 94 pages and contains tons of full-color photographs and maps. Written by Wilma Clapp and Mary Newton Davis, it’s also sure to be treasured by anyone who loves Kentucky.

So, leave a comment we’ll draw winners this Friday afternoon. You know the drill. Two winners receive a copy of each book.

In light of recent horse industry news, the least we can do is keep this conversation going. So maybe let us know what you love about the Bluegrass with your comment. And keep it positive.

CLICK HERE to enter the contest by leaving a comment…

Summer: It’s What’s for the ‘Ville

Hot, Hot, Hot and Air Quality Alerts. A power outage over in Jake’s neighborhood.

Belles On: Sorry, I don’t have anything to say about American Idol. But the Southern Belles reality TV series premieres tonight at 10 on SOAPnet, #75 on your Insight system. Here’s something on it from a TV industry site:

. . . is a real-life “Sex and the City” that takes place in the South, but not the South that stereotypes are made of. The backdrop is the progressive, art-centric and warm community of Louisville, Kentucky. The series will showcase the intense friendships and family values that are part of the Southern way of life. These five fabulous and sexy modern women are breaking the rules of Southern tradition as they go on a journey of self-discovery.

CW Streak Ends: Our friend Dan Spangler, host of the CW Louisville Live morning show, hasn’t missed a show, to our knowledge, since its debut last March, some 14 months. But he’s on the road for a few days, and Craig Hoffman is in the kitchen/studio over there. By our count, that’s about 300 straight shows.

Free Speech vs. Litter: At a hearing Tuesday on the proposed anti-littering ordinance, Metro Council members seemed to back down a little, saying they were open to suggestions from the Courier-Journal about ways to curb the distribution of ad flyers in neighborhoods.  One complainant held up a McDonald’s bag and a C-J flyer, asking what’s the difference when it’s tossed in your yard. Show some courage, Council, and push for the ordinance. [Courier]

Swing for Hope: Our promise – a $25 raffle ticket investment will pay off. And the June 17 golf outing for Volunteers of America is a worthy way to spend a Wednesday, at Quail Chase. [VOA]

Arrogance at Churchill: It’s possible that in addition to the slots issue that execs talked about yesterday, what’s also killing the track in the eyes of fans is corporate arrogance. I was told that upon showing up in a really expensive box on Oaks Day, one group had to wait, and wait, while the track hunted down someone who could clean up the bird poop on seats in the box, which had obviously not been cleaned in anticipation of the spring meet. Eric Crawford’s got a good take on the corporate-y-ness of it all.  [Crawford]

Stay with us, more to come.