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Only five months to winter

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By Calen McKinney

It's that time again - and I hate it.

Hot weather is inevitable, I know, but each year I wish that summer will pass us by and Mother Nature will give us a few more months of winter.

As I write this on Tuesday, I'm looking at a calendar and seeing those dreadful words again - "First Day of Summer." Well, if the weather so far has been any indication, it's going to be a hot one.

The Taylor County Fair is usually the telltale sign for me that hot weather has arrived. While the fair is enjoyable, I just hate being outside in hot weather.

This year's fair wasn't as hot as I had remembered, however, with plenty of large fans to help keep fairgoers cool.

When I was in high school, I spent my entire summer outside marching with the Campbellsville High School Marching Band.

I guess, since then, my tolerance for heat has shriveled and died. While spending some time out in the sun is fine, I just hate being outside for any long period of time.

It could be that my skin is prone to sunburn, and I always seem to forget my sunscreen.

It might be that I absolutely hate sweating, so I do my best to avoid it.

But I think it really comes down to that when it's hot, I know snow won't fall for many months to come.

I don't know about you, but I'm ready to pull out the coat and turn on the heat.

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Well, it looks like we have rescued Rescue.

I'll admit, I was really worried about the fate of our Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue and Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 employees.

At the joint Campbellsville City Council and Taylor Fiscal Court meeting a few weeks ago, it seemed like the conversation was going in circles, with each side firmly sticking to its guns.

I didn't know how the issue of funding Rescue and E-911 would be solved. After hearing hours of conversation at that meeting, I wasn't sure anyone else did either.

But then it happened. The groups seemed to finally put aside their differences and do what's best for the community. The shortfall of Rescue and E-911 will simply be divided - evenly - for the next four years.

It seems to me that this solution will benefit everyone. And, as Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young has promised, there will be work to reduce the deficits of both Rescue and E-911. When that happens, the city and county will each pay less for the service. That's great.

But the most important part of this equation is that Taylor County residents will continue to receive the standard of emergency service care to which they have become accustomed. The city and county worked through its differences to come together and reach a fair and equitable agreement. Let's hope we can do the same four years from now when this new agreement expires.

On a final note, I want to apologize to the employees of Rescue and E-911. I know they have been through a lot these last few months, from wondering who they will work for come next fiscal year or even if they will have jobs at all.

So, to them, thanks for hanging in there and thanks for the work you do. I hope I will never need you, but I'm sure glad you are there if I do.