Three Fayette schools recognized for green, healthy education projects; Trisko gets recognition

Kentucky students and teachers were recognized for their accomplishments at the Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools (KGHS) program and the Kentucky National Energy Education Development (KY NEED) Project’s 10th annual Youth Summit and Awards Luncheon in Frankfort. KGHS is a program of the Kentucky Environmental Education Council (KEEC). The event recognized students and their outstanding projects...

Rural Blog: Study shows fatal accidents are now more likely to involve use of drugs than alcohol

Fatal accidents, for the first time, are more likely to involve drugs than alcohol, says a study by the Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. In 2015, the last year for which figures are available, 43 percent of drivers tested in fatal crashes had drugs present in their system, compared to 37 percent with alcohol, Ashley Halsey III reports for...

Nine of state’s best educators named semifinalists for 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year award

Nine outstanding teachers from across the state – three elementary, three middle and three high school teachers – are semifinalists for the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline has announced. Winners of the Elementary, Middle and High School Teacher of the Year Awards, in addition to the overall 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, will be announced...

Unemployment rates dropped in 55 Kentucky counties in March; Woodford, Oldham, Shelby lowest

Unemployment rates dropped in 55 Kentucky counties between March 2016 and March 2017, rose in 53 and stayed the same in 12 counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.5 percent. It was followed by Oldham and Shelby counties, 3.7...

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park receives grant to install 30 recycling bins around camp grounds

enny Wiley State Resort Park will receive 30 recycling bins for its campground thanks to a grant made possible by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group in collaboration with Keep America Beautiful. The grant, obtained by the Friends of Jenny Wiley, is aimed at keeping parks across the country free of litter. The program has placed 3,400 recycling bins at parks in 38 states over the last four years. “We’re...

Fast-growing active-lifestyle restaurant CoreLife Eatery to open first Kentucky location in Florence

CoreLife Eatery, an active lifestyle restaurant offering a variety of greens, grains and broth-based dishes, is opening its first Kentucky location at 6785 Houston Road in Florence on Friday, May 5. The restaurant incorporates scratch cooking with flavorful source ingredients and a fast, casual service line for a healthy and affordable eating alternative. As part of the CoreLife Eatery’s commitment...

Changing the Game: Toyota employees earn national ‘Women in Manufacturing’ Award

The Manufacturing Institute has recognized 130 recipients of the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award, including two women from Toyota. Lisa Lawrence, a 28-year Toyota employee and body weld manager at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., and Nora Arellano, a senior engineering manager at Toyota Technical Center in York, MI., and Purdue...

State Department for Fish and Wildlife will auction surplus, confiscated items to public on May 1

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct its spring public auction of surplus and confiscated items May 1 at department headquarters in Frankfort. Surplus auction items include Polarkraft and Alumacraft boats, Mercury boat motors, four-wheel-drive Chevy, Ford and Dodge trucks, a Case track-hoe, office equipment and more. Bidding on surplus items is open to everyone. Confiscated...

University of Kentucky student compiles list of Ohio Valley region’s bee-friendly trees and shrubs

A University of Kentucky entomology student has developed a list of bee-friendly trees and shrubs for the Ohio Valley region. The list can help homeowners, who have a desire to participate in bee conservation efforts, find the right plants for their yards. “This list allows the average homeowner to participate in meaningful bee conservation efforts using science-based plant recommendations,” said...

AAA reports gas prices at their highest for the year but starting to stall; switch to summer blend done

Gas prices in the region continue to climb, although the pace has slowed somewhat in the past few days. Local refiners wrapped up the switch to summer-blend gasoline, resulting in significant price increases over the last two weeks. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.42. This price is a penny more expensive than one week ago, 13 cents more than one month ago...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Hope Scarves supporting cancer patients through stories and encouragement

Hope Scarves was created to capture the stories of courageous women and encourage others by passing along scarves and stories of hope to those diagnosed with cancer. Learn more about how a small idea in Louisville expanded to a national stage. Learn more at: hopescarves.org. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon,...

Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show moving from Red Mile to Kentucky Horse Park in 2018

The Junior League of Lexington announced the 2018 Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show will be held in the Kentucky Horse Park’s Rolex Arena. The Red Mile has been home to the Horse Show since its establishment in 1937 and next year’s move marks a historic change for this signature Saddlebred event and the Junior League of Lexington. A world class venue responsible for hosting the 2010 Alltech...

Rainy stretch of weather could slow progress of corn planting, UK agriculture specialists say

While corn planting is underway in the state, a soggy forecast over the next week could slow progress. Grain crops extension specialists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment remind growers to wait for dry weather to plant. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Kentucky producers have planted 19 percent of this year’s crop as of April 16....

Pennyrile Forest State Resort’s Trail of Tears Weekend chance to learn about route of the Cherokee

Learn about the route of the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears in western Kentucky during Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park’s Trail of Tears Weekend May 12-13. The event, co-sponsored by the Friends of Pennyrile, will feature a bus tour of the trail in Caldwell, Crittenden and Livingston counties. The bus will take participants to Mantle Rock Nature Preserve, which is an important point on Trail of...

Rural Blog: Coal company wants to turn reclaimed Eastern Kentucky strip mine into solar farm

An Eastern Kentucky coal company on Tuesday said it wants to build Appalachia’s largest solar farm on a reclaimed mountaintop strip mine in far Eastern Kentucky. The Berkeley Energy Group said the project, which is still in the early stages, would be the first large-scale solar project in Appalachia. It didn’t say how much the project would cost; former state auditor Adam Edelen, who is...

Scam Alert issued after utility customers around the state receive bogus demands for payment

Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a Scam Alert Wednesday to warn Kentuckians of reports of suspicious calls being made to utility customers in southeastern Kentucky. Kentuckians in Harlan, London and Pineville reported receiving a call from someone claiming to be a utility company employee who asks for a utility bill payment over the phone. If the customer refuses to pay immediately, the scammer...

For the first time since summer of 2015, monthly Kentucky real estate sales show a decline

For the first time since the summer of 2015, Kentucky real estate saw a decrease in monthly, year over year, home sales. The 2.2 percent decline in February (3,191 in 2017 versus 3,263 in 2016) comes at a time when housing inventories are at historical lows. The median price, however, remained strong, increasing over 5 percent to $114,298. “Last year, the market was really hot and properties moved...

Tommy Mullen: Animal control officer about the business of saving lives in Estill County

A recent report by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment on the condition of animal shelters in the Commonwealth, came to the official conclusion of what those in animal welfare have known for a while: things are bad. Kentucky ranks 50th in animal welfare in the nation. Counties across the Commonwealth are overburdened with maintaining many civic areas, meaning shelters...

As union struggles to survive, retired miners in danger of losing their health care, retirement benefits

While President Trump has promised to put coal miners back to work—a promise experts don’t expect to happen—thousands of retired miners are in danger of losing health benefits and the future of the United Mine Workers of America hangs in the balance, Dylan Brown reports for Greenwire. On April 28, about 23,000 former UMWA miners or their widows will lose their health care and pensions, “and...

Derby Day Breakfast at historic Waveland includes special menu, tour of the mansion

Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington will host its annual Derby Day breakfast on May 6 with a special menu for guests. To get started, guests will enjoy pimento cheese wafers with country ham pate and a cheese and chive scone with country ham. To keep the Derby experience pure Kentucky, guests will be served a hot brown tart, cheese grits with a jumbo shrimp garnish and fresh fruit with honey...