Some Can’t-Miss Louisville KY News

I hope you’re checking back frequently here at Yesterday I posted something mid-afternoon about the crazy Metro Animal Services changes (though I didn’t know the icky news that Wayne Zelinsky was operating an “adult” business in his spare time). In the roughly 24 hours since, a dozen posts have gone up here.

One of the stops I made yesterday was at Bob Sokoler’s office, which might be nicknamed gadget central. The ex-broadcaster turned successful realtor has three giant computer monitors on his desk, along with enough high-tech stuff to make my head spin. He showed me some video tricks he’s using, (which I hope you’ve seen on the site) and about the piece he was writing on the good economic news about housing. And some great pics of Tea Leoni.

Meanwhile, U of L student Gabe Duverge was on top of yesterday’s big day in sports — national signing day.  One of our newest contributors, Angela Champion, detailed another story I didn’t know — the national notoriety of Jerry Lotz. There have been great new posts from Brigid Kaelin, Barbara Day, Chas Andrews and Kirk Kandle. And a funny little idea for Valentine’s by Tom Johnson.

Yesterday I talked with Kirby Adams, who you remember from her time on local television with WHAS-TV. Adams, who has made a career out of being a fitness fanatic and also hosts a radio show on healthy living, is going to contribute here at She’s #29 on our growing list. So keep coming back.

Now here’s some fresh news right out of the oven:

This month's NFocus features financial expert Mark Lamkin

LEO’s New Publisher: It sure sounds like LEO is doing something right. Southcomm, its owner, is bringing in an experience media executive, Lauren Feldman, as publisher, moving Pam Brooks over to full-time publisher of the monthly NFocus. Feldman was ad director at a paper in Lowell, Mass.  Brooks had been doing both jobs. Recently, NFocus named Laura Snyder its editor, and its website is better than you might expect, if you’re looking for pictures of people at parties.  This month, Mark Lamkin is on the cover, which is becoming quite the prestigious place to be seen.

New, Blue and Improved: Yes, the new C-J website is easier to navigate. I’d really like to say something snarky about it, but at first glance I can’t find anything to complain about. Well, except that the data section has dropped info about Jeffersontown.

Oh, Yeah, J-town: I’ve been getting tons of tips about the Jeffersontown government, that hotbed of nepotism, since my piece the other day on Bill Dieruf’s first hires. Here’s one: One of the comments defending the government came from Frank Pribble, a former major in the Jefferson County Police Department. He’s reportedly tight with Kim Weber, the newest code enforcement officer hired by Dieruf. And guess who just got hired on at the J-town police force — Matthew Pribble, the son of Frank.

And Downtown: Interesting that since the Mayor announced his agreement with Todd Blue on the Iron Quarter project, Blue has been on a local media tour talking about the project.  Blue fielded some softballs from Tara Bassett on the Louisville Live set (btw: nice move to get the hosts out from behind that ugly desk), using the term “underreported” at least twice. I suspect that Joe Elliott’s questions on his talk show this afternoon were tougher.

Downtown, part 2: I don’t see how Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse in the Whiskey Row next to the arena can fail. The project got some city economic development money and bigwigs like David Tandy and the Mayor sampled the barbecue today. The owners are Brett Davis and the Ton brothers of Basa fame.

Welcome to EdRadio: Ed Springston has been trying to figure out how to get back on the radio airwaves, and now he’s unfurling a new show on the Internets! Along with Ed Martin, Springston launches his My View Matters show Monday night. He’s looking for advertising support.

Danger- Bath Salts: I’m in favor of having the State go back to have legislative sessions every two years. Over in Frankfort, a House panel focused its attention on banning the sale of a type of synthetic drug called bath salts that is being sold at gas stations.