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Is it because it’s viewed as blood money?
That was one response when folks in our office were debating why on earth no public agency in Anderson County has applied for a Bluegrass Pipeline grant.
I guess the blood money scenario is a possibility, but given the stated state of financial affairs around here, it would seem they’d take money from nearly any source.
After all, it’s not like they’re taking a one-week loan from Tony Soprano, you know?
When the pipeline folks announced the availability of those grants, I’m guessing most folks figured they were for fire and EMS purposes to build those agencies up in case of a pipeline-based emergency.
That’s clearly not the case, particularly after seeing the variety of Kentucky and Ohio organizations that received grants during the past couple of weeks.
Of course there were some fire and EMS grants awarded, but there were also funds released for education, animal shelter assistance and even wildlife funds.
What’s more, grants are also available for economic development, youth or senior services and enhancement of open spaces and parks.
Gee, now where have I read in the past few months about a county that is desperate for economic development, screaming for park improvements, a senior citizens center that is on the brink of losing many of its services, and a school district so desperate for funds that it joined others in hiring a lobbyist to harass state lawmakers into giving them more?
Oh, that’s right, right in this very newspaper.
Curious, I asked around and found out that the city and county governments are considering what they’ll apply for in a second round of grants, as is the school district. Others I asked said they weren’t even aware the grants are available.
Let’s hope the senior center, adult education and other worthy agencies apply, too, whether they agree with the pipeline or not.
Speaking of agree …
I have no idea what the city council’s take will be on the chamber of commerce’s proposed changes to the sign ordinance, but I’m willing to bet that, barring some serious changes, it will be a non-starter with the fiscal court.
The chamber wanted to add a few billboards, but planning and zoning commissioners beefed up that proposal to allow as many as 32.
Well that should look just great, huh?
Forget a simple majority; my guess is that such a proposal won’t get the vote of even one magistrate.
Personally, I’d hope it doesn’t get a single vote from anyone simply because of its call to force people to remove campaign signs from their private property within seven days of an election, while other businesses (real estate, service) can keep their signs up for up to a month.
I know folks tire quickly of campaign signs, but I’d prefer to err on the side of the First Amendment in this case.
Speaking of hope …
It’s amazing to see how generous people can be when it comes to helping children.
Everyone does a little something; even people who don’t want or have use of children support them through their taxes, like it or not.
Then there are those who go fully out of their way who aren’t looking for publicity or a pat on the back.
Denny Markwell is one of those people.
Denny is best known for butchering deer at his shop located at 1389 Bruner Road.
Check that. He is best known for the venison summer sausage he makes at his shop, but that’s another story.
Again this year, Denny and his staff voluntarily cut and wrapped the deer killed during a youth hunt organized by local Fish and Wildlife agents that allows children who would otherwise get a chance to hunt to learn how to safely do so.
Denny and his crew cut and wrapped nearly 30 deer and didn’t charge the children or their parents a dime.
That’s nearly $3,000 in services that he donated again this year, which is simply and incredibly generous act.
The bottom line is that Denny doesn’t have to do that, but he does it because he knows that it’s far better to have children learning how to hunt than it is to do many of the other activities children seem to do these days.
On behalf of hunters all over Anderson County, thanks for what you do, Denny.