The Village Idiot hosting unveiling of commemorative mural of legendary Man o’ War Thursday

An unveiling party to celebrate a commemorative mural of the legendary racehorse Man o’ War will take place at the local pub The Village Idiot on Thursday, June 29, at 4 p.m. Commissioned by LexArts and sponsored by Mt. Brilliant Farm, the 30’ x 30’ mural was painted by Mexico City native and longtime Lexington resident Agustin Zarate. It is part of the Kentucky Horse Park’s Man o’ War Celebration,...

AAA offers tips to prepare for Brent Spence Bridge construction — yes, it’s impacting travel times

As tristate commuters prepare for the first Monday morning commute since the start of maintenance construction on the Brent Spence bridge, AAA warns of the significant impact it could have on travel. “The start of the Brent Spence Bridge maintenance project can cause major traffic troubles for commuters,” said Cheryl Parker, AAA spokeswoman. “We want motorists to be mindful of the impact this...

Rural Blog: ‘Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry’ documentary premiers in New York Friday

A film documenting the shifting values of rural America through the eyes of writer, farmer and activist Wendell Berry is set to premiere at the IFC Center in New York on June 30, reports Whitney Hale of the University of Kentucky. “Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry” is the first documentary about Berry, one of America’s most prominent living writers. It was filmed in and around...

Kentucky selected to host 2019 NCSLA annual conference; 500 expected to attend national event

Kentucky was front-and-center at last week’s National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) meeting in Denver, when the Commonwealth was selected to host the group’s 2019 annual conference. Kentucky beat Kansas to host the conference, which is expected to bring approximately 500 visitors to the state for four days. Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Commissioner Christine...

State PSC ruling allows LG&E, KU to invest in intelligent equipment, easing power restoration

The Kentucky Public Service Commission issued its ruling Thursday in the rate review for Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, upholding the majority of the settlement reached by 18 interested parties to the case. The ruling gives LG&E and KU the ability to invest in intelligent control equipment that will enhance reliability and enable faster restoration of service....

Kentucky Horse Park, U.S. Equestrian Federation sign lease to construct new headquarters

The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (US Equestrian) and the Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet announced that the Kentucky Horse Park Commission and US Equestrian have signed a 40-year ground lease on three acres of land, which includes the grant of an option to extend the lease for an additional 40 years at the conclusion of the initial term. The lease allows US Equestrian to...

Pesticide to control sugarcane aphid receives emergency exemption status, Quarles announces

Kentucky farmers may apply Sivanto Prime under a Section 18 Emergency Exemption to control the sugarcane aphid in sweet sorghum, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced Wednesday. “Some sweet sorghum growers have reported a total crop loss because of this destructive pest,” Quarles said. “Growers now can move forward with the certainty that this product will be available to protect their...

Allegiant grows again at CVG, announces two new destinations coming — to L.A. and Raleigh-Durham

Allegiant has announced new, nonstop flights connecting Cincinnati to Los Angeles and the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina. “We are proud to be growing again in Cincinnati. These new routes from CVG show that local travelers have continued to embrace Allegiant’s unique brand of ultra-low-cost fares and nonstop service to destinations around the country,” said Lukas Johnson, Allegiant senior...

Operation Dry Water: Fish and Wildlife officers to join other agencies to make holiday weekend safer

Boaters can feel safer during the upcoming holiday weekend as conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources join other law enforcement agencies for Operation Dry Water June 30-July 2. Operation Dry Water is a national campaign to educate the public about boating under the influence. The increased law enforcement presence around Kentucky’s lakes and rivers will...

Upcoming scheduled maintenance on Brent Spence Bridge anything but routine for area motorists

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor A routine maintenance project on the Brent Spence Bridge is expected to create a significant inconvenience for motorists traveling the corridor in the next two months. The project, which will begin June 23 at approximately 9 p.m., will include lane reductions, ramp closures and detours, most notably for motorists heading southbound into Kentucky on Interstate...

Fraudulent blacktop contractors targeting central Kentucky residents, attorney general’s office says

Attorney General Andy Beshear and Woodford County Sheriff Wayne “Tiny” Wright said Monday a group of door-to-door blacktop contractors is targeting elderly residents in Woodford County, and possibly families in the Central Kentucky region. Beshear said Wright contacted his office after a Woodford County resident was pressured into overpaying contractors to seal her driveway. Wright said the woman...

Fish and Wildlife Department sets public meeting for Hunter Access Program in south central Kentucky

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct a public meeting to discuss the possibility of a hunting access program in the 14-county Conservation Reserve and Enhancement Program area June 20 in Barren County. “We are discussing leasing acreage for small game hunting,” said Ben Robinson, assistant director of the Wildlife Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife...

Gayle Pille: Good neighbors being good neighbors — also welcome the Carolina Wrens to mailboxes

Some folks have all the luck. Shelly Sandfoss of Fort Wright recently had the pleasure of watching and photographing Carolina Wrens out her front door, not in a tree, or shrub, or hanging planter – but in her mailbox. Stop all mail delivery and roll out the welcome mat. This isn’t a first for Shelly. Every year she leaves her mailbox lid open spring through fall in case a Carolina Wren, or any...

Chef Foster: During produce boom, the question is how much are you willing to spend on great food?

In the midst of a summer boom of produce, we need to calculate just how far we are willing to go to shop and eat local. Does it matter to you that most locally grown food is more expensive? Are you frustrated that most of the produce we buy at the market doesn’t last for weeks, that is actually has a true expiration date? Are you aware that most of what we grow and buy and eat from our local producers...

Bourbon Country Burn: New cycling event highlights Kentucky’s Bourbon distilleries from a bike

A brand new cycling event, Bourbon Country Burn, brings together some of central Kentucky’s most iconic tourism destinations. The event is a three-day fully supported cycling event headquartered at the Kentucky Horse Park Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2017. Daily distance options range from 20 miles to 100 miles, and will stop at six different bourbon distilleries throughout the event. Riders will also...

Series of Kids Day Camps on Archaeology start June 23 at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site

A series of four Kids Day Camps on archaeology start June 23 at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site. The camps, also scheduled for June 30, July 7 and July 14, are open to kids ages 9-11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each of these four days. These exciting and educational summer day camps will provide children hands-on learning experiences about archaeology. The four camp sessions will provide interactive...

New KIDS COUNT data ranks Kentucky 34th in nation in overall child well-being; gains in health, economics

Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The 2017 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book, which includes county-level data, will be released in November. “Every year, the Data Book offers us a clear choice,” said Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. “Do...

Kentuckians who lose coverage resulting from Medicaid cuts will have few if any options

By Dustin Pugel Special to KyForward Many of Kentucky’s 1.4 million Medicaid enrollees would lose coverage from the radical cuts proposed in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the proposed Trump Budget. Because of the changes in the AHCA to the marketplaces, those left without Medicaid coverage wouldn’t have other affordable options for insurance, either. This toxic combination of slashing...

Peregrine falcon mom Diana soon to become empty nester as young prepare to take first flight

While summer break is when many young students flock home, others are preparing to leave the nest for the first time. Diana, the peregrine falcon nesting at Louisville Gas and Electric Company’s Mill Creek power plant since 2006, will soon become an “empty nester,” sending off her three young falcons who will take their first flight in the coming days. She and her brood have been drawing the...

With temperatures on the rise, KSP warns that warmer weather poses significant danger for children

Temperatures are on the rise this week and KSP is warning parents not to leave a child alone in a hot car. It may seem like common sense, but every year law enforcement agencies answer calls about unattended children in vehicles. KidsandCars.org reports that 39 children died in the U.S. during 2016 from vehicular heat stroke with 11 deaths already in 2017. KSP spokesman Lt. Michael Webb says vehicle...