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A confession: When I left on vacation the end of April, I put that week's column in the wrong category and it never ran. I figured that out just this week. That's why there are a couple of Derby related items in today's column.

Perryville youngster on Australian radio

A Perryville youngster shared his Kentucky Derby picks with horse race fans in Australia.

The Friday before the Derby, Chris Sumner, son of Julie Clay, was on the air live on radio station 2NUR in Newcastle, Australia.

His mother has a cousin, Wayne Stamm, who is a radio personality there. In an e-mail she had told him about trips to Keeneland this spring where Chris had ended up with enough good picks to come away with money in his pocket.

With the Kentucky Derby here and a chance for Australian listeners to hear choices straight from a Kentuckian, Chris got his chance to share his Derby picks Down Under.


The Perryville Elementary School fifth-grader nailed the results, his mom said.

Salvisa band performs at Governor's breakfast

Royal Blue made its third appearance at the Governor's Derby Day Breakfast in Frankfort.

It also marked the second event for the group during Gov. Ernie Fletcher's administration. The bluegrass musicians from Salvisa performed at the Governor's Mansion on New Year's Eve.

Members are Frank Goodlett, Emma Dell Goodlett, Karen Maxfield, Maurice Goodlett and Ric Maxfield.

KET rerunning show as tribute to Henson

KET is rerunning "Summerstock" next Sunday as a tribute to "the life and legacy of Pioneer Playhouse founder Col. Eben C. Henson."

Henson died in April. He started the outdoor repertory theater in 1950.

The documentary by Henson's son Robby, details a year of the playhouse from auditions for actors, rehearsals, personal relationships and the tearing down of the last set of the season.

Son Robby also wrote and directed "Pharaoh's Army" and "The Badge."

The program will at 10 p.m. Sunday on KET1 and also can be seen at 7 p.m. June 12 on KET2.

Danville students help the community

Each morning on my way to work, I drive by Danville High School, where the sign out front keeps me posted on all sorts of things.

This week, my attention was drawn to the message that members of the National Honor Society had put in 800 hours of community service work this year.

Good for them!

St Jude's no longer accepting cards

Saving card fronts for St. Jude's Ranch for Children has been too popular as a way to help provide funds.

According to the Web site (, they are no longer accepting the cards. The page with the notice shows two children on a huge pile of cards.

"We have received over one million parcels containing card fronts and this is far more than we can now use," they say. "In fact, the cost associated with handling so many cards is beginning to draw from funds that are needed to care for our children. Our kids are buried in cards!"

Magazine mentions Crab Orchard

Sometimes it pays to read the inserts that we put with our paper.

A recent issue of American Profile magazine mentioned Crab Orchard in its "Tidbits" section. The Lincoln County town is the birth place of one Col. George Washington Miller, who founded the 101 Ranch and Wild West Show, according to the item. The show started in 1879 in Oklahoma.

He managed to cover quite a distance following his birth in 1841.

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