O.Z. Tyler Distillery becomes newest Heritage Member of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association

O.Z. Tyler Distillery has advanced to the “Heritage” member level in the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the highest rank in the non-profit trade group representing the state’s Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. O.Z. Tyler is the KDA’s eighth Heritage member and its first since 2015. To qualify as a Heritage member, distilleries must have at least 25,000 barrels of distilled spirits...

Carter Caves State Resort Park to host ninth annual Winter Adventure Weekend January 25-28

Carter Caves State Resort Park will present a weekend of outdoor adventure with its ninth annual Winter Adventure Weekend Jan. 25-28, 2018. Guests will be able to enjoy hiking, paddling trips, recreational tree climbing, cave tours including wild cave trips, winter survival, rappelling, ice climbing a zip line and other adventures. A list of trips is available for beginners and advanced winter adventurers...

Twenty-five Kentucky craft brewers partner with Willett Distillery for barrell-aged beer showcase

By law, a charred oak barrel can only be used once to create Bourbon whiskey. But there is life after Bourbon for used barrels and recycling has never tasted so good. now, Kentucky’s craft brewers are partnering with the historic Willett Distillery for an exciting barrel reuse experiment. Twenty-five craft brewers from across the Commonwealth assembled at Willet’s Bardstown distillery Monday...

Some reminders from AAA about how to deal with colder weather, snow on the road — be prepared

With the first snow of the season, AAA is providing a refresher on driving during snowy and icy conditions and winter car care prep. Cold temperatures wreak havoc on car batteries and tires, and snow causes treacherous driving conditions.  As a result, AAA is gearing up for winter emergency roadside assistance calls.  AAA’s fleet of tow trucks, battery trucks and light service vehicles are...

Kentucky State Parks to offer Eagle Watch Weekends at three locations in January and February

A unique Kentucky State Park tradition – Eagle Watch Weekends – will be offered once again in January and February 2018. The park system sponsors this wildlife-watching opportunity as bald eagles gather around the major lakes of western Kentucky looking for food. The park tours allow guests to observe and learn about these beautiful birds of prey. For four decades, the Kentucky State Parks have...

Winter schedule changes announced at three Kentucky State Resort Parks beginning in January

Three Kentucky state resort parks will temporarily close some operations this winter to allow renovations to be completed and to limit park expenses. There will no layoffs of full-time staff at any of the parks, Holland said. The restaurant at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park in Dawson Springs will be closed Jan. 3-24. New flooring and windows will be installed in the kitchen and dining room. This...

Department of Agriculture offers funding for projects to support specialty crops; proposals due March 1

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is seeking concept proposals for 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funding, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced. “This funding is intended for projects that make Kentucky specialty crops more competitive in both domestic and foreign markets,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Specialty crops make up a significant part of Kentucky’s...

Kentucky Small Business Development Center recognizes staff achievements at annual conference

By Natalie Cunningham Special to KyForward The Kentucky Small Business Development Center recognized staff members for their achievements at the annual fall conference held in Lexington. The center’s state director, Becky Naugle, and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Robert Coffee presented the 2017 Spirit Award to the Murray State University SBDC. The award recognizes the center that demonstrated...

Cincinnati Airport’s popular miniature therapy horse program wins award for best customer service

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport’s (CVG) miniature therapy horse program won another industry award, this time from Airport Council International – North America (ACI) for best customer service program. CVG’s partnership with Seven Oaks Farm began in 2016 and brings miniature therapy horses to the airport’s Terminal twice a month. The program is the only of its kind and...

Northern Kentucky distillery earns two awards from nation’s oldest international spirits competition

Boone County Distilling Company received high praise during the 2017 Tastings.com International Review of Spirits North American Whiskey & Cream Liqueur competition. Eighteen33, its flagship 10-year aged straight bourbon whiskey received a gold medal and a score of 93 points. White Hall Bourbon Cream also won a gold medal and a score of 91 points. The Tastings.com International Review of Spirits...

Kentucky agricultural cash receipts, net farm income rebound in past year from 2016 levels

Kentucky agricultural cash receipts and net farm income rebounded in the past year from 2016 levels, but are still well below the record levels set earlier in the decade. Agricultural economists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are projecting 2017 farm cash receipts to be $5.6 billion, which is a 3.5 percent increase from 2016. Preliminary indications also...

Sandhill Crane tours offered at Barren River Lake State Resort Park on two weekends in January

 Barren River Lake State Resort Park will host its Sandhill Crane tours on two weekends in late January, 2018. Thousands of sandhill cranes make Barren River Lake a winter stop as they congregate in huge numbers to migrate. The lake’s exposed mud flats in winter provide the birds with a perfect spot to rest and socialize as they settle in for the night. Area farmlands and wet meadows offer plenty...

Rural Blog: DEA targets opioid abuse in Appalachia with new Louisville office to handle Ky., Tenn., W.Va.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is targeting the opioid epidemic in Appalachia by establishing a new field office in Louisville on Jan. 1. Louisville already has a district office, one of 222 across the country, but it and the rest of Kentucky were part of the Detroit division, while West Virginia was part of the Washington, D.C., division and Tennessee was part of the Atlanta division. DEA...

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill plans holiday-themed events throughout the month of December

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill will host its annual holiday events throughout the month of December. Donations for the Giving Tree will be given to the Mercer County Family Resource Center. This year, guests are encouraged to bring new hats, gloves and jackets (children’s sizes 4 – 8), laundry detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets to the Welcome Center by Dec. 31 to benefit the local community. Illuminated...

Best-selling author Bruckheimer Named to National Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Trustees

WASHINGTON — The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that Linda Bruckheimer, an American novelist, photographer, entrepreneur and preservationist, has been elected to the National Trust’s Board of Trustees. New trustees were elected during the opening plenary of this year’s PastForward National Preservation Conference in Chicago. Bruckheimer, a two-time bestselling author,...

WKCTC Professors to share state’s history in second season of WKMS ‘Old Kentucky Tales’ podcast

West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Brent Taylor and Jason Donner are once again sharing quirky tales from Kentucky’s past with the second season podcast series of “Old Kentucky Tales” on WKMS. Taylor, a history professor, and Donner, an associate professor of communication, both of Paducah, take a light-hearted and amusing look into Kentucky’s history with...

2001 Horse of the Year Point Given retired from stud duty, to join Kentucky Horse Park Hall of Champions

Thoroughbred champion Point Given has been retired from stud duty at Calumet Farm and is set to join the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions in the spring of 2018, becoming the fifth Horse of the Year to occupy the famous barn. The 19-year-old son of Thunder Gulch won six Grade 1 races, including two legs of the 2001 Triple Crown, the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. For his efforts, he received...

Dept. of Agriculture seeking submissions for ‘From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate’ poster, essay contest

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is inviting Kentucky students to show in words and pictures how food gets “From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate” in its’ annual poster and essay Contest. “The food system is a complex network of farmers, processors, distributors, retailers, restaurants, and many others who have a hand in the production of the foods we enjoy,” Commissioner Quarles said....

KyCIR: Critical safety issues plague Kentucky’s juvenile detention centers, report says

By Kate Howard Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Kentucky’s juvenile detention centers overuse isolation rooms and lack basic mental health care for the thousands of youths that cycle through the system each year, a state consultant has concluded after an eight-month review. The newly released report states that the commonwealth’s detention centers had no mental health professionals...

UK Agriculture extension agents to host 11th annual Pastures Please!! event Jan. 22 in Georgetown

By Madeline Regis Special to KyForward University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host a Pastures Please!! pasture maintenance workshop from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Scott County Extension office, 1130 Cincinnati Road in Georgetown. The event is free, and snacks will be provided prior to the event by McCauley’s Feeds. Horse owners, farm owners and farm managers will have the opportunity to listen...