Owensboro Kentucky Smothers Park At Night by: Brandon Gerrod Photography
Brandon Gerrod Photography.
Downtown Owensboro | Kentucky Life | KET
Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne gives us a tour of Smothers Park, the centerpiece of Owensboro's riverfront development.
The park fountains were designed by the company that created the famous fountains at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Three signature fountains are timed to put on a show every 15 minutes. Water cascades down steps to the Ohio River.
The park is truly family friendly for everyone. The Lazy Dayz Playground is one of the largest playgrounds in the country and it's completely accessible to those with handicaps. It features a wheelchair path and swings for special-needs children. Whimsical, larger than life creatures like a cardinal, a fish and a squirrel—all made of fiberglass—decorate the playground.
The park also remembers history and sacrifice. The Shelton Memorial, which honors America's POWs and MIAs, is named for Colonel Charles E. Shelton, an Owensboro native who was shot down over Laos in 1965 during the Vietnam War.
Veterans Boulevard was redeveloped as part of the riverfront project. A promenade along the river completes the picture. Tim Ross, director of public events for Owensboro, says the city uses the park for events like the Friday night concert series Bluegrass on the Banks.
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A Summery Day at Smothers Park
The Ohio River Has Begun Flooding Smothers Park in Owensboro
We saw this coming earlier this week and now it has begun. And, at this writing, the heaviest of the rain hasn't even started.
Jimmy Rhoades, Owensboro, Kentucky native and UK HealthCare ECMO patient
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MUSIC PLAYING] My name is James Rhoades. I live in Owensboro, Kentucky, 54 years old. I go by Jimmy, and that's how I'm pretty much known to all my friends and families. 2017, the spring season, actually the months of February and March, I had what was diagnosed or told to me as the common flu in a beginning bout. And I went to the local clinic system in Owensboro and couldn't get over it.
So on a couple revisits, I think three different trips, I was told once that I had touch of pneumonia, bronchitis, and then finally I was told that I had pleurisy, all infections, lung infections. Nobody ever did a chest X-ray. So they had no idea that DVT, Deep Vein Thrombosis, was blood clots moving. And my lungs were filling up with blood clots. And that was the process that started my illness.
They took me to the hospital, which took some convincing. I'm a little bit stubborn, but wife got me in the car and took me to Owensboro, the new Owensboro health system hospital, and took me to the emergency room. Again, I was extremely ill, almost semi-unconscious, in and out, sleeping on the couch while waiting to get in to be seen.
And I remember going in to the check-in room, and they started running my vitals. And one of the first things that was an immediate sign was I remember they did my blood sugar, and they checked my blood sugar. And it was like 945. They knew right there that something was going on in my blood.
I remember a conversation, which was my first introduction to who is now my current and became my cardiology doctor, my cardiologist in Owensboro, Dr. Kishor Vora. My first meeting with him is he was explaining to my wife that they were going to do some processes to me, and they were looking at the possibility doing a CT scan and some other scopes. And I asked the doctor. I said, again, being as sick as I was, I asked him if I could go somewhere and get a second opinion.
And he kind of leaned over the bed and got close to my ear. And he said, yeah, yeah, man, I'll sign you out. I'll start the paperwork right now.
He said but I'll give you a heads up. If you're going to the next closest hospital, which was Evansville, Indiana, 35 miles away-- he said if you're going to Evansville, you'll be dead before you get there. And I guess at that point, I knew how serious I was and hearing it from a doctor.
That's my last conscious memories in Owensboro. After I know I was at 12, 14-hour open heart surgery in Owensboro. Dr. Vora put together a team, Dr. Ung and some other surgical doctors in cardiology and vascular doctors in Owensboro. And they worked on me for about 14 hours. And I was told they had come out and told my family that they were successful with repairing my heart. Blood clots were removed.
And at that point, they thought, in about 45 minutes, they would have me off life support bypass, and the family would know the next steps. There was a time span of an hour. Hour and a half went by, and my son started panicking. He knew something wasn't right.
And about two hours later, they had come out and told my family that they couldn't take me off the ECMO machine, the bypass. My heart was swollen, and my heart was enlarged and wouldn't come back. Because of the weeks of being sick, it had pumped thickened blood, that puttied blood from the deep vein thrombosis. Because of the heart being a muscle, the muscle had grown just like, if you work out, your biceps grow. And at that point, the call was made by Dr. Ung and Dr. Vora and the team in Owensboro to get UK medical and Dr. Sekela involved. And they said they were going to bring a special transport unit from Lexington to Owensboro.
I was sternum open for 8 and 1/2 days. I was on ECMO for almost nine total days, the machines totally living for me. Through the process of me being shut down, from what I've learned and what my family was instructed, was that cooling time and that time of my body relaxing let my heart and my organs return to a normal, rested size instead of being so pumped up like they were from working with the thickened blood.
And on that eighth-- 8 and 1/2 day, on that day, they said my heart just started mimicking and following the machine. And my heart naturally started following ECMO and the pattern and the beating. And at that point, Dr. Tessmann, who was on the team with Dr. Sekela, I know there was a consult that they discussed that the time had come to close my sternum and start weaning me off the ECMO.
So that nine-day cycle was-- and again, you know, I'm unconscious. So at this point, everything I've learned in hindsight. But you know, I know that I was in good hands. I've always bled blue. I've always been a UK fan before the medical, you know, before a UK medical fan, but I was a UK Cat's fan.
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Nona's Downtown Market Owensboro Kentucky
Nona's Downtown Market located in Owensboro Kentucky is an intriguing and eclectic local business that will surely captivate. From fresh produce and milk, baked goods, soaps, lotions, and decor, Nona's Market stands out! With a beautiful location at Owensboro's newly renovated riverfront, kind hearted and spirited service, Nona's will definitely win you over!
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Hereward the Wake - Scarlet Begonias (2013.08.23 - Smother's Park, Owensboro, KY)
Smothers Park Timelapse.
Timelapse of Smothers Park in downtown Owensboro, Kentucky.
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Classic Truss: Glover Cary Bridge - Owensboro, Kentucky
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This is a Raw Data file with no edits: Tim the Trucker drives over the Glover Cary Bridge, which is a classic truss bridge over the Ohio River, from Indiana Highway 161 into Owensboro, Kentucky on Highway 2262.
Hampton Inn & Suites Owensboro Downtown/Riverside - Owensboro (Kentucky) - United States
Hampton Inn & Suites Owensboro Downtown/Riverside hotel city: Owensboro (Kentucky) - Country: United States
Address: 401 West 2nd Street; zip code: KY 42301
Featuring an indoor swimming pool and an on-site salon and spa, Hampton Inn & Suites Owensboro Downtown/Riverside is located in Owensboro, Kentucky. Free Wi-Fi access is available.
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Downtown Timelapse of Owensboro Kentucky
Taken on with a GoPro Hero 2 camera, set to time lapse put on a kitchen timer that rotates a full 360 in 60 minutes. While I didn't let it timelapse a full 60 minutes, it's still impressive the view of the Ohio River with Smother's Park.
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