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1. Rhonda McEnroe
2. Historical Markers 1762 and 2164—Jackie Robinson
3. Guntown Mountain
4. Downtown—Danville
5. Dave Does It!—Commonwealth Cleanup
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Daviess County

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Enroe Studio

Producer: Matt Grimm
Audio Post: Brent Abshear

Rhonda McEnroe

A treasured fixture in the Owensboro art community, Rhonda McEnroe not only creates art, but helps others hone their talents. Her prolific portfolio is outdone only by her generosity of spirit in teaching others.

A self-taught painter, she first focused on watercolors in a realistic approach. Now she engages in the full range of media—watercolor, oil, pastel, and soft mixed media—in abstract techniques as well as realism.

She uses two different signatures on her work: "Rhonda McEnroe" for realism and "Enroe" for abstracts, figure drawing, and design work. She's painted on handmade paper and wood, and a series on bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe was done in clay relief and acrylic. Her large-scale projects include a floor-to-ceiling oil canvas of forest nymphs. Her abstracts include an 18-foot, three-dimensional canvas that wrapped a corner.

We visit her in the classroom to explore how she inspires students from age 20 to 80.

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Union County

Producer: Jim Piston

Historical Markers 1762 and 2164—Jackie Robinson

Years before Jackie Robinson courageously faced racial hostility as the first African-American player in Major League Baseball, he was standing up against racial discrimination in his Army career, a career that brought him, for a brief time, to Kentucky's Camp Breckinridge.

A four-sport letterman at UCLA, Robinson was drafted into the Army during World War II. As a second lieutenant at Fort Hood, Texas, he refused an order to sit in the back of a bus. Arrested and court-martialed, he was acquitted on all charges, then transferred to Camp Breckinridge.

In Kentucky, he served as an athletic coach and played baseball on the Army post team. (A couple of years earlier, at Fort Riley, Kansas, the Army had refused to let him play on the all-white team there.)

After his honorable discharge from the Army, he played in the Negro Baseball League and in 1946 signed a contract with the Montreal Royals, the top farm club for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The next year he joined the Dodgers, and went on to lead them to six World Series championships.

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Barren County

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Guntown Mountain

Producer: Frank Simkonis
Audio: Doug Collins
Audio Post: Brent Abshear
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Guntown Mountain

It's been a long time since frontier Kentucky was considered the West, but some folks here in Barren County are having fun re-creating those wild days of yore. Guntown Mountain offers family entertainment in its version of an Old West town.

Here you can find everything from the sheriff's office and jail to a funeral parlor complete with pine boxes. It's all about fun here, and actors, singers and dancers offer several shows throughout the day—country-western music performances, an old-time medicine show with magic tricks, and a can-can show in the saloon.

The highlight of any day would be the live gunfights performed on the street—loosely based upon actual fights from the past.

Guntown Mountain is said to be the highest point in the Mammoth Cave area, and you can reach the top via shuttle bus or chair lift— one of the few such lifts in the commonwealth.

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Boyle County

Producer: John Schroering
Videographers: Jaxon Combs, John Schroering


Founded early in Kentucky's history, Danville is known as the City of Firsts, and its vibrant downtown helps this Boyle County town keep its top spot in culture and history.

The location of the first Kentucky courthouse in 1785, Danville was the first capital of Kentucky. It still takes the spotlight in politics, having hosted both the 2000 and 2012 vice presidential debates. Home to the first college and the first law school in the West, Danville today is home to Centre College, one of the top private liberal arts colleges in the country.

Downtown Danville boasts a vibrant Main Street filled with shops and restaurants, the Community Arts Center, as well as Constitution Square State Park and historic churches. In June, music fills the air during the Great American Brass Band Festival.

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Cumberland County

Producer: Matt Grimm
Videographer: John Schroering
Audio: Brent Abshear

Dave Does It!—Commonwealth Cleanup

Dave Shuffett travels to Dale Hollow Lake in Burkesville to join a team of volunteers picking up trash and litter during Commonwealth Cleanup Week.

The program, which is celebrating its 15th year, was implemented by Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet and provides Kentucky communities with organized opportunities to do some outdoor spring cleaning.

The Dale Hollow event was organized by Eastern Kentucky PRIDE (Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment). Armed with trash bags and wearing gloves, the volunteers combed the hillsides picking up all kinds of trash—including a kitchen sink.

The Dale Hollow cleanup is one of many events statewide during Commonwealth Cleanup Week. For more information, see the Commonwealth Cleanup website.

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