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Program 1604

1. Dave Does It!—Commercial Fishing
2. Downtown—Owensboro
3. Asbury Police Horses
4. Small Town Sexy
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Hickman County

Producer: Matt Grimm
Videographer: John Schroering, Matt Grimm
Audio: Roger Tremaine
Audio Post: Brent Abshear


Dave Does It!—Commercial Fishing

Most Kentuckians think of fishing as a relaxing way to spend a sunny summer day. For others, however, it's a means to earn a paycheck year-round in all kinds of conditions.

Dave Shuffett's next challenge is fishing on the Mississippi River with a family-owned commercial fishing operation.

David and Shelton Bencini of the Bencini Fish Market in Columbus carry on the traditions established by their great-grandfather over 100 years ago. Using hoop nets placed in the river with bait at the bottom, they pull in their day's catch and then head back to the market to clean the fish. We join them later at a community fish fry.

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Daviess County

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Owensboro Museum of Science and History
International Bluegrass Music Museum
RiverPark Center

Producer/Videographer: Dave Shuffett
Editor: Dan Taulbee


Downtown—Owensboro

Sample the cultural sights unique to Owensboro by strolling down Second Street in this Ohio River town.

The music born in the region is celebrated in the International Bluegrass Music Museum. In the permanent collection are the IBMM Bluegrass Hall of Fame, an exhibit devoted to Ohio County native Bill Monroe, historic instruments (some of which are available for "careful" handling), and a Pete Seeger banjo.

The Owensboro Museum of Science and History features Speedzeum, dedicated to the motorsports so popular in Kentucky, and the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center, named for the longtime Kentucky senator.

The crown jewel of any river city is the riverfront. RiverPark Center draws visitors from miles around to the riverbank for a variety of entertainment—more than 700 events each year. The center hosts everything from touring Broadway shows to local gospel music concerts and graduations.

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Jessamine County

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Asbury University Police Horse Training

Producer: Valerie Trimble
Videographers: John Schroering, Prentice Walker
Audio: Noel Depp
Editor: Jim Piston


Asbury Police Horses

The Rookies

If you've ever admired the calm professionalism of a police horse on patrol, you may have wondered where it got the training needed for the job.

At Asbury University in Wilmore, horses are trained by students to become mounts for police departments across the country.

It takes three to four years to train a police horse. All Asbury police mounts are Thoroughbred/Percheron geldings chosen for their calm disposition. They begin desensitization training as colts. Obstacle training is intensive, so the horses will not be spooked by the unexpected.

Once the horse performs consistently, it's taken out and exposed to traffic, trains, crowds, parades and downtown streets. The horses are also taught to ride in ranks and other cavalry-style drill formations. The Asbury students were honored with an invitation to demonstrate their training and success at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington in the fall of 2010.

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Nelson County

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Author website

Producer/Videographer: Dave Shuffett
Audio Post: Chuck Burgess
Editor: Kelly Campbell


Small Town Sexy

A Love Affair

Many young professionals are seduced by the bright lights of the big city, but Kim Huston prefers the quiet allure of the small town. As a Bloomfield native (population 900) and as president of the Nelson County Economic Development Agency in Bardstown, she knows her subject well.

Small Town Sexy, Kim's book, details all that is good about growing up and living in a small town. She has fun with the theme, with chapter titles like "Big City Envy," "Confessions of a Small Town Politician," and "'Parade It' for All to See." It's all in good taste as Kim convinces the reader to stop and appreciate small-town virtues, scenic byways, and eccentric characters. Ever mindful of economic development opportunities, she also emphasizes that you can be a business success in a small town, and offers examples of the great things that come in small packages.

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