State launches online reporting system to help researchers monitor deer disease outbreak

People can now go online to report suspected cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease in dead or dying deer. “We’ve created an easy-to-use online survey that allows people to notify the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife of dead or dying deer no matter what time of day,” said Gabe Jenkins, big game coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “We’ll use this information to create up-to-date...

Kentucky Small Grain Growers invest $785,000 in UK Grain and Forage Center, related research

The Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association Board and Promotion Council voted this month to invest $250,000 in new graduate housing for the University of Kentucky Grain and Forage Center for Excellence and an additional $290,000 in UK grain-related research projects. KySGGA’s contribution to the Center since fundraising began in November 2015 totals $785,000. This amount will be added to the Center’s...

Local artists featured at Waveland State Historic Site’s fourth annual Art Fair on Sept. 9-10

Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington will hold its 4th annual Waveland Art Fair on Sept. 9-10, 2017. Waveland Art Fair The fair will feature artists displaying their work. Food and wine vendors will also be at the park. Children’s activities sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society will be available throughout the weekend. The fair will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5...

Lewis County man is ‘Lucky For Life;’ claims top lottery prize ticket worth $1,000 a day

David Jordan, 54, of Quincy, is feeling lucky after winning $1,000 a day for life on the Kentucky Lottery’s Lucky For Life game. He matched the first five numbers and the Lucky Ball number to win the game’s top prize. Jordan plays Lucky For Life on a regular basis and often stops at Super Quick #13 in Garrison to buy his tickets. On Thursday, on his way into the store, he noticed a penny sitting...

Survivors of drug abuse herald new Kentucky laws aimed at opioid crisis at Capitol ceremony

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two examples of lives nearly wrecked by opioid abuse underscored the importance of three new laws aimed at the drug-abuse crisis in Kentucky. 
 Amy Compston of Ashland and Alex Elswick of Lexington shared their stories in a ceremony at the Capitol Tuesday.   One of the laws limits the prescribing of opioids to a three-day supply, with some exceptions, and increases penalties...

Surprise! Thomas More College president secretly joins in football team’s first full-pad practice

Imagine facing off on the football practice field — unknowingly — against the president of the university. That’s just what happened Sunday morning at the first full pad practice of the Thomas More College football team. TMC President David A. Armstrong secretly suited up and took the field. A former football player and coach, Armstrong aimed to motivate the football team. It worked. But...

Rural Blog: Justice coal firm demands Kentucky officials personally pay $4.5 million in damages

A coal company owned by West Virginia’s governor has taken the highly unusual if not unprecedented step of personally suing Kentucky environmental regulators who tried to get the firm to pay its fines and clean up its strip mines. Kentucky Fuel Corp., owned by Gov. Jim Justice, blames Natural Resources Commissioner Allen Luttrell and Deputy Commissioner John D. Small “for their company’s...

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department opens additional land for public use

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has opened more land for public use. The properties are in Gallatin, Nicholas, Owen, Pulaski and Wayne counties. • Rockcastle River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in eastern Pulaski County is the largest of the new WMAs and will offer hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers outstanding recreational opportunities. The WMA abuts the Daniel Boone...

Eight Kentucky sites among latest additions to National Register of Historic Places

The National Park Service has announced that eight Kentucky sites have recently been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including a Jewish cemetery, wholesale grocery warehouse and Victorian home school for girls. The sites were approved for nomination during a meeting of the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board, which is charged with evaluating National Register nominations...

Rural Blog: Ryan and Larry Craig share Al Smith Award for public service through journalism

Ryan Craig was majoring in history and public relations at Western Kentucky University when his uncle Larry, a rural journalist who was teaching journalism there, told him to try journalism: “You would do a lot more good, and wouldn’t have to worry about having too much money.” He followed in his uncle’s footsteps, buying a weekly paper and turning it into a respected watchdog. This week...

UK hosting annual hemp field day Sept. 9 in conjunction with national hemp conference

The University of Kentucky industrial hemp agronomic science group will present their annual field day Sept. 9 in conjunction with the 2017 Hemp Industries Association’s Hemp Conference, which is Sept. 8-11 at the Lexington Convention Center. The field day is from 10 a.m. EDT until noon at UK’s Spindletop Research Farm and is open to the public. Preregistration is not required for the field day. Photo...

Several eastern Kentucky counties report presence of viral disease in white tailed deer population

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease has been reported in white-tailed deer in several east Kentucky counties, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources said. The department received confirmation from the Georgia- based Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study earlier this week of a Kentucky deer with a strain of the disease. “Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease is not transmittable to people...

Rural Blog: Kentucky historian laments the passing of country stores as large chains expand

The Rural Blog started reporting the impact of chain dollar stores on small, rural stores more than a year ago, and the trend seems to have accelerated, with reports recently from New England and Virginia, which noted that Dollar General Corp. has almost as many locations as McDonald’s. The closing of a small store in his neighborhood prompted David Cross, a lawyer and historian in Albany, Ky.,...

UK Master Cattleman program continues with 10 management strategy sessions planned

Another round of the University of Kentucky’s Master Cattleman program will begin soon. More than 4,000 beef producers have already participated in the comprehensive program and put the management strategies they learned into practice in their operations. The Master Cattleman program consists of 10 sessions that include management, marketing, nutrition, reproduction, health, genetics, forages, facilities,...

Georgetown welcomes fall fun with 37th annual Festival of the Horse, Seed to Feed Dinners

Celebrating the role of the horse and its heritage, the 37th Annual Festival of the Horse kicks off fall fun in Georgetown with a chili cook-off and family-friendly activities. Also on the calendar: Seed to Feed dinners held in unique locations in Georgetown and prepared by top chefs from the region, plenty of farm fun and the Oxford Antique Market. Horsin’ around The 37th Annual Festival...

Public archery trail at Grant County wildlife management area closed due to storm damage

The public archery trail at Curtis Gates Lloyd Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Grant County is closed until further notice for cleanup and repairs after storms littered the trail with debris and damaged some targets. The quarter mile trail courses through the wooded area near Leary Lake and includes 15 targets of varying yardage. White ash trees dominate this section of the WMA and many are dead...

Rural Blog: Famous for hauling coal, CSX president says company won’t buy any more coal trains

If you live in Appalachia, CSX trains carrying coal down the rails has been an everyday sight. But CSX’s new president thinks that may soon be a thing of the past. During a conference call with industry analysts last week, Hunter Harrison said he thinks “fossil fuels are dead” and the company will not buy any more locomotives for coal trains, Gregory Meyer reports for Financial Times....

Public invited to free EKU solar eclipse viewing; large telescopes available for participants

Eastern Kentucky University will host a free solar eclipse viewing event on Monday, Aug. 21. The public is invited to the University’s observation deck across Kit Carson Drive from the Perkins Building and behind the Granny Richardson Springs One-Room Schoolhouse. Some parking is available at the deck (turn at the schoolhouse), and some additional parking will be available in the Perkins Lot. Large...

Application process for popular mentor-youth dove hunts changed by Fish and Wildlife Department

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is changing its application process for the popular mentor-youth dove hunts being offered Sept. 2. The hunts allow adults to take kids hunting in dove fields that limit the number of participants. Traditionally, people had to call the department to sign up for a mentor-youth dove hunt. These were handled on a first-come, first-served basis. By...

Universe will provide state a sight to remember on Aug. 21 — as long as the weather cooperates

By Gail Hairston and Jenny Wells Special to KyForward Imagine humankind at the dawn of civilization, or even earlier. Men, women and children huddle mesmerized, terrified in their ignorance, as a bright sunny day suddenly darkens until the sun vanishes and stars appear in the midday sky. It is dark long enough for night creatures to make an appearance. Imagine the confusion, the panic, the helpless...