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Wilham has been mayor for 14 years
Roy Wilham of Trenton, Ohio, has been mayor of his town for 14 years. Recently, though, he is spending more time pounding the gavel in court than at a City Council meeting.
Wilham, who grew up in Danville, also hears misdemeanor cases in city court, much like county judges did in Kentucky until the state court system was reorganized in the late 1970s. Wilham served six years on the City Council before being elected mayor.
The Ohio city court helps ease the burden on the state courts. The time he devotes to the job has been increasing steadily. Court is now held once a week, instead of every other week. Wilham was profiled in The Middletown (Ohio) Journal. A recent afternoon found him hearing cases on assault, drug abuse, running a red light and a tax violation.
Wilham graduated from Danville High School in 1954 and then from Centre College. He became a Kentucky state trooper. After retiring from that, he handled insurance company claims until a few years ago.
He may live in Ohio, but he keeps up with home, returning for the University of Kentucky's home football games. He played basketball at DHS and was back in town a year or so ago to meet with Ken Snowden, who was his coach.
What is "apparent temperature?"
A reader called to ask what was this "apparent temperature" we run in the weather report.
Good question, since to the ordinary reader, it's pretty apparent what the temperature is when you look at the thermometer.
Think "wind chill." Apparent temperature is sort of the opposite of that. It measures "relative discomfort due to combined heat and humidity."
That information came from the Virginia State Climatology office Web site, which happened to be the first I came to.
For example, if the temperature is 70 and the humidity is 45, it will feel like 68 degrees. If the temperature is 90 and the humidity is 100, it will feel like the temperature is 131. Now we know why Kentucky is so hot in the summer. A temperature of 85 combined with 85 humidity (not so uncommon here) makes the apparent temperature 100.
It all has to do with the ability of the skin to be cooled through moisture (read sweat) evaporating from the skin.
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