A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Kentucky organ recipients and donor families set to participate in 2018 Transplant Games of America

Second Chance at Life Team Ky. will be participating in this year’s Transplant Games of America in Salt Lake City, Utah, from August 2-8. Seventeen organ recipients and one living donor will compete in Olympic style events throughout the week. The people who have received the gift of life battle each other for the gold in 20 events, including: badminton, basketball, cycling, racquetball, running,...

UK Department of Entomology research shows urban gardens can aid in pollinator conservation

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A recent study conducted by University of Kentucky Department of Entomology researchers found that monarch butterflies and various bee species quickly find and use milkweeds in small urban gardens. The research showed that monarchs and bees have preferences for the type and size of the plants. “Our goal was to demonstrate to gardeners and homeowners that they...

Car Craft Summer Nationals return to Bowling Green’s Beech Bend Raceway Park July 20

Drag racing, burnouts, and classic cars will once again take over Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, as America’s definitive showcase of customized cars returns for the 2018 Car Craft Summer Nationals. The 2018 Car Craft Summer Nationals offers something for automotive enthusiasts and the whole family, including the return of Real Street Eliminator, an expanded two-day Car Craft...

Kentucky Arts Council co-sponsoring second annual Artists Thrive Summit July 31-Aug. 3 in Berea

The Kentucky Arts Council, along with the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the AIR Institute of Berea College, will present the second annual Artists Thrive Summit July 31-Aug. 3 in Berea. This is the second consecutive year Artists Thrive has held its annual convocation in Berea. The summit is geared toward artists, arts organizations, elected officials, foundations, economic development agencies...

Minneapolis-based firm CSL chosen to evaluate Northern Kentucky Convention Center expansion

Conventions, Sports and Leisure International (CSL) has been selected to lead a feasibility study on expanding the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.  Minneapolis-based CSL, which has worked on hundreds of convention center studies and analysis across the United States, was chosen among four competing firms by the Northern Kentucky Convention Center and meetNKY I Northern Kentucky Convention and...

Kentucky River Clean Sweep rescheduled for Aug. 18 due to high water levels; volunteers still needed

The 2018 Kentucky River Clean Sweep has been rescheduled for Aug. 18. A high water level caused the event – originally scheduled in June – to be postponed. Volunteers are needed to collect trash from the 12 miles of the Kentucky River that border Fayette County. You can register for the event at www.riversweep2018.eventbrite.com. Volunteers should gather at the Clays Ferry Boat Dock off KY 25 under...

Mighty Mike, largest American Alligator outside of Florida, leaving Newport Aquarium in September

After five years wowing millions of people at Newport Aquarium, Mighty Mike, the largest American Alligator outside of Florida, is preparing to head back to the Sunshine State this summer. At 14 feet long and 800 pounds, Mighty Mike’s size makes it clear that he is truly a living dinosaur. Mighty Mike, the largest American Alligator outside of Florida, is headed home after five years at Newport Aquarium...

Artisan Center celebrating Crystal Anniversary in July — 15 years with a clear view of the arts in Kentucky

July 2018, marks the Kentucky Artisan Center’s 15th year as Kentucky’s premier showcase for the arts. This Crystal Anniversary will be celebrated throughout the summer and fall and includes multiple gallery exhibits, hands-on workshops during the month of July in conjunction with Berea’s Festival of Learnshops, weekly artist demonstrations, readings, special programs and more! Botanical letters...

Forecastle announces enhanced environmental activism efforts for 2018 Festival July 13-15

The Forecastle Festival has, since 2003, aimed to offer equal parts music, art and environmental activism. The activist arm of the festival includes several sustainability partnerships that help to reduce the festival’s carbon footprint, properly dispose of waste, and protect biodiversity hotspots around the globe. This year, Forecastle has expanded its activism efforts and will be more focused on...

Don’t dig until you call; strict fines in force now — and will be enforced — if pipelines are damaged

Excavators, including homeowners, could be subject to strict fines if they dig up and damage underground utility facilities.   Legislation enacted by the 2018 General Assembly, which takes effect July 14, is designed to cut down on the number of incidents that occur, especially to natural gas or hazardous liquid pipelines. 
The state Public Service Commission said they will investigate dig-ins...

17th Ohio River Paddlefest, largest paddling event in U.S., is Aug. 4, benefits Outdoor Adventure Clubs

For the 17th year, the Ohio River Paddlefest will attract over 2,000 people to participate in the 9-mile paddle down the Ohio through Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.  Presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Paddlefest is recognized by the American Canoe Association as the largest paddling event in the nation.  Paddlers from 20+ states will take to the water Saturday morning, August 4th, in 1,600...

Big Bone Lick fish relocated by state Fish and Wildlife team, as leaking dam is evaluated

Helping save fish facing an uncertain future and improving a public fishing opportunity at the same time were all in day’s work for a team of fisheries biologists and technicians with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources this week. The department offered its assistance to the Kentucky Department of Parks after the recent discovery of a leaking dam at Big Bone Lick State Historic...

BB Riverboats barge arrives; $2 million upgrade will convert former casino into multi-use facility

The former casino barge that BB Riverboats is converting into a multi-purpose facility completed its 700-mile, 10-day trip from Wood River, Illinois, arriving on the Covington riverfront shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday. The BB Riverboats barge with a view of the Cincinnati skyline as a backdrop. The view will be a little different when renovations in Covington are completed. The barge will then make...

Rural Blog: ‘Farmers for America’ documentary addresses the aging of the country’s farmers

A new documentary, “Farmers for America,” addresses big changes coming to the nation’s systems for growing, distributing and consuming food, and how America’s farmers are addressing them. Farmers face changing consumer demands as more people shop at farmers’ markets, commit to eating more local food and try to learn more about where their food comes from. Meanwhile, the...

The Rural Blog: Farmers urge president to suspend tariffs on Mexico in face of NAFTA negotiations

More than 60 companies and organizations representing American dairy farmers and cheesemakers wrote an open letter to President Trump praising him for his efforts to halt Canadian dairy subsidies but asking that the administration roll back its new tariffs on Mexico. They urged the rollback “in light of that country’s constructive engagement in North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations...

NKy’s New Riff Distilling going for Guinness World Record ‘Biggest Bourbon Toast’ for whiskey launch

New Riff Distilling, a Northern Kentucky distillery offering a new riff on American whiskey, will host the “World’s Biggest Bourbon Toast” on July 31. Yes, they’re going for the record books — as in a Guinness World Record for ‘World’s Biggest Bourbon Toast.’ The toast includes a preview of New Riff Bourbon that is launching on August 1, which embraces the ultimate...

BB Riverboats purchases former Argosy Casino barge for new floating facility on Newport waterfront

BB Riverboats, which operates riverboat excursions on the Ohio River from Newport Landing, is bringing a former casino barge to the region, which the company will convert into a new event facility, catering operation, wharf, and business offices. The barge was once part of a floating complex that housed the Argosy Casino in Sioux City, Iowa. It is now being towed from a shipyard in Wood River, Illinois...

Tree researchers gather in Lexington on July 11 to share work in saving native trees

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward American forests, both rural and urban, fight for their health against invasive species and pests every day. Scientists around the country are working diligently to protect and restore some iconic native species. Many of those scientific partners will gather in Lexington in mid-July to share their research findings. The public also is welcome to come and hear...

Kentucky students honored for posters, essays that show how foods get ‘From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate’

Kentucky students were honored for posters and essays that show how foods get “From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate” during the annual Poster and Essay Contest awards ceremony last week at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Each winner received a $100 check from Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom, a meal featuring foods from Kentucky Proud producers, and tickets to the Lexington Legends baseball...

Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program wins USDA Grant for nearly $100K

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program was awarded a $99,913 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand its efforts to help Kentucky schools serve local foods to their students. “This funding will put more focus on equipping farmers and food producers to sell their products to Kentucky schools,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “Tina Garland...