Boaters need to verify Hull Identification numbers before hitting the open water, state says

The Kentucky Department of Vehicle Regulation is alerting boaters of a recent change in federal law regarding the registration and renewal process for vessels. Beginning January 2018, boat owners will need to verify all Hull Identification Numbers (HIN) when renewing or applying for new registrations. All HIN registrations must be valid and formatted correctly in order to be compliant with the new...

Daily Yonder: Many rural programs facing deep cuts under current federal budget proposal

USDA’s Rural Development, which helps provide water, power, broadband, housing, and small business loans in rural America, gets identified for deep cuts in the president’s budget proposal. The proposal, which is just the first salvo in the budget battle, also recommends eliminating agencies like the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Delta Regional Authority. President Trump’s budget...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down slightly in February at 4.9 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for February 2017 was down 0.1 percent from the January 2017 rate of 5.0 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary February 2017 jobless rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the 5.2 percent rate recorded for the state in...

Kentucky Arts Council, Center for the Performing Arts presenting cultural accessibility summit

As the baby boom generation ages and more inclusive classrooms are able take field trips, accommodating people with disabilities at performance halls and museums is taking center stage. That’s the observation of Stacy Ridgway, manager of accessibility services at Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville. The center has been a standard bearer in accessibility since it first introduced...

Attorney General files motion to intervene in KSU’s records’ lawsuit against Kentucky Kernel

Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court seeking to intervene in Kentucky State University’s lawsuit against a student newspaper. At issue is KSU’s denial of requested documents by the Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky’s student newspaper, and of a request by Beshear’s office to legally review the withheld documents. Beshear said the power of the...

Grant County needle exchange program ‘operates just as it should,’ according to first year report

In its first year of operation, the Grant County syringe access exchange program has helped 130 people prevent infectious diseases spread through IV drug use. Services are offered on Wednesday afternoons at the Northern Kentucky Health Department’s Grant County Health Center in Williamstown. The program launched on March 16, 2016. “The syringe access exchange program has operated exactly as it...

Case of low pathogenic avian influenza detected on Christian County farm in western Kentucky

Federal and state authorities say a case of low pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in a commercial poultry flock in western Kentucky. Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert C. Stout said the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the presence of H7N9 low pathogenic avian influenza in samples taken from the Christian County premises. The virus exposure at the premises...

Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian Davidson featured speaker at Thursday’s Rotary Club meeting

The Rotary Club of Lexington will hold its weekly meeting Thursday, March 23, at 12 p.m., at Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike. The program’s guest speaker will be Donald Davidson, noted author and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian. A passionate interest in the “500” since his early teens irresistibly drew the English-born-and-raised Davidson to the Speedway for a three-week visit...

After meeting with Trump, Barr tells town meeting he will vote ‘enthusiastically’ for GOP health reform bill

A day after meeting with President Trump, Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr of Lexington told constituents Saturday that he would vote for the health-reform bill proposed by leaders of his party because it is the only alternative to Democrats’ 2010 reform law. Asked if he would vote against the bill, “I’m not going to vote no on something that’s better than the status quo. I’m going to vote...

Bluegrass & Backroads: During the winter, Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge is really for the birds

Reelfoot Lake spans southwestern Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee and is home to thousands of birds, and the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge. Winter is one of the best seasons to see hundreds of thousands of birds — eagles, ducks and geese primarily — that use the sanctuary as a stopping off point for their migratory journey. Take a visit to Fulton County. Kentucky is a state defined...

State Fish and Wildlife Department to remove largemouth bass from Anderson County’s Beaver Lake

The Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources plans to remove smaller largemouth bass from Beaver Lake in Anderson County to improve the quality of bass and sunfish. The removed bass will be released into Boltz Lake in Grant County and Taylorsville Lake in Spencer, Anderson and Nelson counties. “The largemouth bass are becoming too crowded in Beaver Lake, which...

UK College of Agriculture to host emergency wheat freeze damage training session on March 21

Recent freezing temperatures may have caused damage to Kentucky’s wheat crop. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host an emergency wheat freeze damage training to help producers assess potential damage and help them make appropriate management decisions. The training begins with registration at 8 a.m. CDT Tuesday, March 21 at the University of Kentucky Research...

Indianapolis-bound basketball fans should be ready to pay tolls on new bridges in Jefferson County

Basketball fans from across Kentucky are making the drive to Indianapolis for opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament to see their teams in action. The University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Northern Kentucky University play Friday. For many drivers, it will be their first trip across new and improved tolled bridges. All-electronic tolling on the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River...

Alcoholic Beverage Control, state parks partner to provide statewide STAR training sessions

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and the Kentucky Department of Parks are teaming up to provide monthly Server Training in Alcohol Regulations (STAR) classes for ABC licensees and their employees. The STAR course is a two-hour class for individuals that serve or sell alcoholic beverages in Kentucky. The course provides an overview of the state’s liquor laws and covers topics such...

Bill defining horses as livestock goes to Bevin for signature, called a ‘step forward for the industry’

The Kentucky House of Representatives unanimously passed Senate Bill 139, which would amend the definition of livestock in Kentucky to include horses and equines. The bill now moves to Gov. Matt Bevin for his signature. Securing livestock classification has been among the top policy priorities of the Kentucky Equine Education Project since its 2004 creation. “SB 139 is an important step forward...

Rural Blog: Budget office says 24 million could lose coverage; rural counties would be hardest hit

The Congressional Budget Office predicted this week “that 24 million fewer people would have coverage a decade from now than if the Affordable Care Act remains intact, nearly doubling the share of Americans who are uninsured from 10 percent to 19 percent,” Amy Goldstein, Elise Viebeck, Kelsey Snell and Mike DeBonis report for The Washington Post. The impact would be greater in rural areas,...

Kentucky Labor Cabinet to conduct free OSHA training sessions in Lexington next week

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet will host free OSHA training in Lexington from March 20-23. The week-long workplace safety seminar is a part of the Labor Cabinet’s Population Center Training series which are held in various cities across the state throughout the year. Population Center Training courses are for both employers and employees and are typically given over a one-week period at each location....

Urban Farmer: With big swings in temps, who knows when to start . . . a gardener’s conundrum

By Ginger Dawson Special to KyForward This winter sure is weird.  This was supposed to be my first year to have time to really get an early crop garden started.  I was ready for it.  I had mesclun (a lettuce mix), two types of radishes, two types of spinach and peas all ready and waiting to go. But when to start?  In the past, this was a fairly easy thing to decide.  I didn’t really have time...

Appalachian Regional Commission grant distributes $200,000 to 54 Kentucky counties

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved a grant for $200,000 to provide technical assistance and training in water and wastewater utility finance, management, and operations to rural utility services located throughout Kentucky’s 54 Appalachian counties. The training includes water treatment and distribution system, asset management, rate analysis, Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA)...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Blending roots and rock music, Jerico Woods Band has unique sound

The Jericho Woods Band is a Kentucky-based Roots/Americana group based on a family farm in Webster County. With influences ranging from Bluegrass, Roots and Rock music, Jericho Woods has a unique sound and deliver an entertaining live show. Watch their story. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music...