When I first interviewed for the job here in Dawson Springs, I didn’t know much about the city. But one of the first things I noticed back in February 2016 when I visited was a large blowup University of Kentucky Wildcat in the front yard of a home on Hamby Avenue.

The cat was blown up on game days. I saw pictures of the inflatable mascot in past editions of the newspaper and it seemed like a good-natured tradition.

Unfortunately, that tradition has come to an end. Jerrol Miller, the owner of the home, yard and inflatable cat, has had to retire the decoration. Jerroll visited the office to let me know the cat is out of commission. The weather, especially the wind, has taken its toll on the Wildcat and Jerrol hasn’t been able to put it up in its condition.

He doesn’t plan on purchasing another decoration as he says he’s getting too old to be putting it up and taking it down so often.

Jerrol said he’s had a lot of fun with the cat. Jerrol, obviously a Kentucky Wildcat fan, and his son, Jeff Miller, a University of Louisville Cardinal fan, have poked fun at each other using the lawn decoration.

Jerrol said one day he put a bunch of red feathers in the cat’s mouth after the Wildcats beat the Cardinals in basketball. I also remember Scott telling me that Jeff once dressed the cat in Louisville gear.

Thanks Jerrol for letting us know why we haven’t seen the cat out and thanks for entertaining passers-by.


From Reader’s Digest: Mike walked into a post office just before Valentine’s day, he couldn’t help noticing a man standing in a corner sticking “Love” stamps on bright pink envelopes with hearts all over them.  Then the man got out a bottle of Chanel perfume from his pocket and started spraying scent over the envelopes.

By now Mike’s curiosity had got the better of him, and so he asked the man why he was sending all those cards.  The man replied, “I’m sending out 500 Valentine cards signed, ‘Guess who?’”

“But why?” asked Mike.

“I’m a divorce lawyer,” the man replied.