Award winning author Bobbie Ann Mason featured speaker for Murray State’s first Easley Lecture

The Easley Lecture will be held Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Curris Center Ballroom on the campus of Murray State University. The event is free and open to the public. The series is named in honor of Sid Easley, former Murray State University Board of Regents chair, the first Golden Horseshoe Award recipient, Murray State alumnus and long-time supporter of the Murray State department of history. “This...

Rural Blog: Former coal executive Zatezalo nominated to head federal mine safety agency

President Trump’s pick to head the federal mine-safety agency is David Zatezalo, who “repeatedly clashed with federal regulators when the Obama administration Labor Department tried to step up industry-wide enforcement in the wake of the worst U.S. coal mining disaster in a generation,” Ken Ward Jr. reports for the Charleston Gazette-Mail. The White House announced a long list of...

Roundtable says poor health a major obstacle to economic development in Appalachia

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Appalachia faces many hurdles when it comes to economic development and creating a healthy workforce, including education barriers, addiction issues, stigma and overall poor health. Those were the conclusions of a 13-member panel convened to discuss the findings of two new Appalachian Regional Commission reports that found Appalachian health continues to fall...

Planned Parenthood claims transfer agreement with hospital canceled due to pressure from Bevin

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky claims in a lawsuit against Gov. Matt Bevin that he put pressure on Louisville hospitals to keep the organization from getting a state license for an abortion clinic in the city, Deborah Yetter reports for The Courier-Journal. A trial brief filed Aug. 30 alleges that the governor threatened “to block millions of dollars in public funds from University...

Carter Caves State Resort Park the site for annual Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin’ Sept. 6-9

Carter Caves State Resort Park will host the annual Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin’ from Sept. 6-9. The festival that began as a family reunion honors old-time music and eastern Kentucky traditions as well as the late master fiddler J.P. Fraley. Musicians will be jamming in parking lots and sharing music around the campfires of Carter Caves State Resort Park. Musical instruments such as dulcimer,...

Watch for scammers using fake charities to profit from hurricane relief efforts, Beshear says

Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a scam alert to warn Kentuckians of fake charity scams related to Hurricane Harvey. Due to the lasting devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Beshear is asking Kentuckians to be wary of scammers attempting to profit from relief efforts. “The families and communities impacted by this deadly storm deserve our help,” said Beshear. “I am asking generous Kentuckians...

UK College of Agriculture offering Wheat Field School to prepare producers for new growing season

Specialists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Food and Environment are offering a Wheat Field School to help producers prepare for the 2017-18 growing season. The field school is from 8:30 a.m. CDT until 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at UK’s Research and Education Center in Princeton. It is the third school UK specialists have offered wheat growers this year. “We wanted to host these schools...

State soybean growers sought to assist in UK project on field management, insect control

A University of Kentucky postdoctoral scholar needs Kentucky soybean growers’ help with two new research projects. The projects are led by Jerrod Penn, postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Agricultural Economics, and investigate issues in row crops such as field management, insects and weed control. The first project is a brief survey designed to help researchers understand growers’ field...

Rural Blog: Role of African Americans in Appalachia coal industry largely unrecognized

When someone is asked to imagine a person living in Appalachia, they’ll likely imagine a white person. But the Appalachians have a significant African American population in certain places. The Washington Post’s Emma Ockerman writes a fascinating piece about what it means to be an African American living in Appalachia, feeling “like a racial minority within a cultural minority.”...

Community Leadership Program graduates address tobacco use in high school students in Appalachia

By Mallory Powell Special to KyForward Lifelong habits of tobacco use often begin during one’s teenage years. For Kentucky, this reality is particularly concerning, as the rate of tobacco use among Kentucky high school students is well above the national average — 35.8 percent compared with 20.2 percent. This includes all forms of tobacco, from cigarettes to vapes to chewing tobacco, though the...

Strong winds, heavy rain from remnants of Hurricane Harvey will enter Kentucky late in the week

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky will be receiving some strong winds and heavy rain from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey on Thursday and Friday. “But it’s not going to be like what Texas or Louisiana got,” said John Gordon with the National Weather Service office in Louisville. “It’s also not going to be like Hurricane Ike in 2008, with 70- to 80-mile-per-hour winds that came flying...

Kentucky Forest Industries’ Wood Expo features classes, exhibits along with competitions

The Kentucky Wood Expo returns to Masterson Station Park in Lexington Sept. 15-16, and the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will have a big hand in two days of educational and fun activities for the entire family. The biennial event, sponsored by the Kentucky Forest Industries Association, offers classes, competitions and more than 50 exhibits and demonstrations for everyone, from...

Kentucky Air National Guard in Texas to assist with Hurricane Harvey rescue and recovery efforts

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today LOUISVILLE, Ky. –  Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard are in Texas, aiding rescue and recovery efforts from catastrophic Hurricane Harvey. Fourteen Airmen are among those deployed, where they will comprise two Personnel Recovery Teams. They all have expertise in swift-water rescue, confined-space operations and emergency medical care. Equipment they brought...

UK’s Gluck Equine Research Center to celebrate 30 years of improving horse health, well-being

The University of Kentucky Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center is celebrating 30 years of legacy service to the equine community worldwide. A 30th anniversary research seminar, open house and celebration dinner will be Oct. 12. The seminar will begin at 8 a.m. at the Gluck Center and will feature the inaugural Teri Lear Memorial Lecture followed by an open house. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m....

FDA expected to decide if smokeless cigarette can be sold in U.S., delays ruling on health claims

Philip Morris International says it has created a heat-not-burn smoking device that will have 90 to 95 percent less toxic compounds than cigarettes, “an innovation it claims could save lives and eliminate smoking in America,” William Wan reports for The Washington Post. The process gently heats sticks of tobacco in a special battery-operated device and is sold in 25 countries under the...

Rural Blog: Department of Energy report could provide a boost to coal, nuclear industries

The Department of Energy released a controversial study last week that says too much electricity from renewable energy and natural gas could make the U.S. power grid less reliable in the future. The 187-page study, commissioned by Energy Secretary Rick Perry in April, recommends that federal regulators make changes to wholesale electricity markets that could potentially benefit existing coal and nuclear...

Worth the Wait: 4-H Solar Eclipse Camp gave youth front-row seat for once-in-a-lifetime event

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward At 11:55 a.m. CDT last Monday, Cory Stone, NASA solar system ambassador, gave the call for eclipse glasses to go on and excitement ensued. The moment for which campers at the 4-H Solar Eclipse Camp had been waiting had arrived. The viewing of the total solar eclipse was the culmination of a weekend of learning and fun at the West Kentucky 4-H Camp. Located in Dawson...

Grand Champion ham attracts $325,000 bid at 54th annual KFB Country Ham Breakfast charity event

The 54th annual Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast brought in an incredible $325,000 winning bid for the Kentucky State Fair’s Grand Champion Country Ham Thursday. Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney kicked off the remarks portion of the program. “Along with other agriculture organizations, we are committed to improving lives in rural Kentucky. We love Kentucky, because we believe...

Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame will induct 23 new members in Class of 2017

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The 23 inductees to the 2017 Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame received a grand preannouncement surprise when the Fastrax parachute team dropped onto the front lawn of the State Capitol on Tuesday carrying large American, Purple Heart and Veterans flags with them. It was a fitting display since the inductees served in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines in such conflicts...

Rural Blog: Interior halts study on health effects of large-scale surface mining in Central Appalachia

The Interior Department has ordered to halt a $1 million study of whether large-scale surface mining in Central Appalachia has caused health problems. The U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement had hired The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to do the study. It included a public meeting in Hazard, Ky., on the day the halt was announced. The meeting, and one...