The Oscars: 5 things you might not know Thursday, Feb 6 2020 

Impress your Oscars watch party friends with these fun facts about the Academy Awards.

        

Oscars 2020: Where to watch this year’s nominees Thursday, Feb 6 2020 

Whether you want to go out to the movies or stay in and stream, there's a variety of ways to catch up on the nominees before the Academy Awards.

        

The top questions about the Oscars, according to Google Thursday, Feb 6 2020 

Here are the top questions people have been asking about the 92nd annual Academy Awards.

        

Council Approves Contracts For Six City-Owned Golf Courses Thursday, Feb 6 2020 

Louisville’s publicly-owned golf courses are all staying open at least for now.

Louisville Metro Council approved the six golf management contracts negotiated by Metro government during its regular meeting on Thursday. The government originally sought to negotiate contracts for nine public golf courses.

Metro Parks and Recreation will manage the remaining three courses Bobby Nichols, Crescent Hill and Cherokee until the city chooses an outside operator. A tenth golf course, Quail Chase, already has an existing contract which goes through 2024.

The city’s golf courses have struggled to break even in recent years, leading council members to raise greens fees to improve their chances of survival. Some were at risk of being shut down as Louisville enacted budget cuts last year. Further cuts will be possible this year in the face of rising pension costs if lawmakers cannot agree on new tax revenue.

Republican Kevin Kramer of District 11 was one of only two no votes on the contracts resolution. He repeatedly expressed concern that the failure to land contracts for the three outstanding courses puts them at risk.

“If we don’t have a pro in place at those three courses, it doesn’t guarantee their closure, but it certainly doesn’t guarantee their continuing in operation,” Kramer said.

In response, Democrat Bill Hollander of District 9, who represents the area including Crescent Hill Golf Course, pointed out that closing any course would require a majority vote from the council.

“They will open on March 1, the law requires that,” he said. “And the law also requires that they will continue to be in operation unless we vote to close them.”

The contracts reached by the city ensure a 55/45 revenue split between the government and managers based on mutually agreed projections. If those projections are surpassed, the split would drop to 50/50.

In a news release following the vote, Mayor Greg Fischer said he approved of the decision.

“This is a win-win for our city, our employees, our golfers, our pros and the taxpayers,” he said, according to the statement.

The winning contractors are:

  • Patrick Vadden for Charlie Vettiner Golf Course
  • Greg Basham for Iroquois Golf Course
    Tommy Betz for Long Run Golf Course
    Kevin Greenwell for Seneca Golf Course
    The First Tee of Louisville (Youth Golf Coalition Inc.) for Shawnee Golf Course
    Grant Hummel for Sun Valley Golf Course

Also on Thursday, the Council approved a non-binding resolution to transition city operations to clean electricity by 2030. The vote was 15 to 4, with Republicans casting all of the no votes.

Louisville Metro Council approves six golf contracts, passes sustainability resolution Thursday, Feb 6 2020 

There's an existing contract for 27-hole Quail Chase, 7000 Cooper Chapel Lane, which lasts through 2024.

       

Metro Council approves contracts for 6 of Louisville’s public golf courses Thursday, Feb 6 2020 

It's not clear if Mayor Greg Fischer's office will find golf pros to lead Bobby Nichols Golf Course, Cherokee Golf Course and Crescent Hill Golf Course.

Dog left tied to gate outside LMAS shelter has a name, is in better health after emergency surgery Thursday, Feb 6 2020 

LMAS officials said in a news release that the 3-year-old male pit bull, who has been named Koal, is "not out of the woods" yet, however.

Sellersburg man killed in ATV accident Thursday, Feb 6 2020 

The accident happened just before 8 p.m. Wednesday on Poplar Log Bridge Road in Daviess County.

TARC3 drivers return to work amid pay dispute Thursday, Feb 6 2020 

TARC believes the drivers who have returned to work will help ensure passenger services improve.

        

Louisville cab drivers end strike that left many disabled TARC 3 passengers stranded Thursday, Feb 6 2020 

A deal has ended the driver strike that left disabled passengers waiting on Louisville's para-transit service, but not all drivers came back to work.

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