Mount Everest getting 3G before Owensboro

 Just how remote is Owensboro anyway?

The Himalayas are getting 3G service before we do.

The New York Times reported this week: “The Hindustan Times carried a small news item the other day that, depending on your perspective, is good news or a sign of the apocalypse. It reported that a Nepali telecommunications firm had just started providing third-generation mobile network service, or 3G, at the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, to “allow thousands of climbers and trekkers who throng the region every year access to high-speed Internet and video calls using their mobile phones.”

AT&T says Owensboro is supposed to get 3G service by the end of the year.

Until then, head for Mount Everest to make a call.


September neighborhood alliance meetings set

Here is the list of Owensboro neighborhood alliance meetings in September:

Apollo Area Alliance – 6 p.m., Sept. 28 at Century Christian Church.

Audubon Bon Harbor Area Alliance – 6:30 p.m., Sept. 13 at Audubon Church of the Nazarene.

Dogwood Azalea Neighborhood Alliance – 5:30 p.m., Sept. 16 at the Edge Ice Center.

Dugan Best Neighborhood Alliance – 6 p.m., Sept. 28 at the Dugan Best Recreation Center.

Hillcrest Area Alliance – 6:30 p.m., Sept. 14 at the Owensboro Christian Church Community Room.

Midtown East Neighborhood Alliance – 5 p.m., Sept. 2 at Owensboro Christian Church.

Northwest Area Alliance – 5:30 p.m., Sept. 28 at Foust Elementary School Media Center.

Old Owensboro Neighborhood Alliance – 6 p.m., Sept. 14 at the Owensboro Police Department Community Room.

Seven Hills Neighborhood Alliance – 7 p.m., Sept. 2 at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Shifley-York Neighborhood Alliance – 5:30 p.m., Sept. 14 at Lewis Lane Baptist Church.

Southeast Alliance – 6:30 p.m., Sept. 9 at Newton Parrish Elementary School.

Wesleyan-Shawnee Neighborhood Alliance – 6 p.m., Sept. 28 at Kentucky Wesleyan College’s Winchester Center Cox Meeting Room.

Guthrie will be in Owensboro Aug. 30

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, a Bowling Green Republican, will host an “America Speaking Out” town hall meeting at Western Kentucky University’s Owensboro campus on Aug.30.

The meeting, which is open to the public, is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 4821 New Hartford Road.
America Speaking Out is an initiative of House Republicans.

“After collecting ideas and solutions, I will be talking about what I have heard from across the district and nation and invite individuals to discuss these top issues with me,” Guthrie said in a news release.

OMU customers demand electricity, water

Last week’s extended heat wave drove up electricity usage in Owensboro. Last Wednesday, when the temperature hit 95 degrees with high humidity keeping conditioners humming, OMU’s native load demand reached 192.4 megawatts, the peak so far for this year.
OMU’s all-time peak for local demand was set on Aug. 7, 2007, when it hit 203.4 megawatts. It was 99 degrees in Owensboro on that Tuesday.
But OMU customers weren’t just demanding a lot of electricity last week. They also used a lot of water. On Wednesday, the same day the electricity peak was set, OMU pumped 16.1 million gallons of water to its local customers and the Daviess County water districts it serves. That was this year’s peak for water usage.

Ben Hawes getting new golf carts

Ben Hawes Golf Course and Park operates a fleet of 60 Yamaha gasoline-powered golf carts, built in 2005. As early as July, they will be gone, probably replaced by 72 new electric carts, course manager Chris Cary said Tuesday.

“We’ll start the bidding process this week, and we’ll probably go with electric,” he said.

Electric carts are less expensive to operate and quieter, Cary said. But they have to perform, he said.

“We want them to go 36 holes (without recharging) and be able to go up No. 7.”

The seventh hole has the steepest hill on the course.

Golfers will be seeing plenty of other changes at the course, which the city took over from the state this week. The pro shop will have much more golf merchandise, Cary said, including apparel. A  bar and grill will be installed in the old house (former pro shop) near the putting green.

As for the course itself, some of the tee boxes will be lengthened to provide tees closer to the holes for players who prefer shorter distances. Walking bridges on the par-3 course will be repaired soon and both courses will be sprayed for mosquitoes.

The lights on the par-3 course will be turned on for the first time in about 10 years, as soon as they are repaired. Night play will be allowed until 10 p.m.

Weight loss tip

Want to lose weight?

Run for office.

It works, County Commissioner Mike Riney said at Thursday’s Fiscal Court meeting.

“The last time I had serious opposition in a race, I lost 25 pounds” from campaigning, Riney said.

He wasn’t campaigning this year, though. Riney decided to retire at the end of this term on Dec. 31.

McConnell discusses Kentucky flooding

Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office released this news Tuesday morning:

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday regarding the flooding in Kentucky:

“Last night Governor Beshear said he would seek a major disaster declaration from the President to help recover from the devastation wrought by a round of weekend storms and collateral flooding, and I’ll be sending a letter to the President today in support of Kentucky’s request for a major disaster declaration which would provide direct federal logistical support and cost sharing assistance to mitigate the effects of the flooding.

“Emergency declarations have been made in 48 counties throughout the commonwealth, and that number is likely to increase as recovery efforts continue. Tragically, four people have been confirmed dead as a result of flooding in Madison, Barren, Allen, and Lincoln counties. “My office has been in contact with the Governor’s office, and we’ll do all we can to assist him. It’s my understanding that Governor Beshear has spoken with the President about the situation and that FEMA is already working with state authorities in Kentucky to render assistance. “Our prayers are with the victims of the flooding in both the Commonwealth and in her sister state of Tennessee and our gratitude goes out to the first-responders and emergency personnel rendering aid to the impacted communities.”