A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

30 years ago: Remembering the Carrollton bus crash, 27 victims with a commitment against drunk driving

Thirty years ago this month, the community of Radcliff, Ky., was devastated by the deadliest drunk driving crash in America. The Carrollton bus crash claimed the lives of 27 people on their way home from a church trip to an amusement park on May 14, 1988. The families of those killed and the 40 people who survived the crash, many of whom sustained injuries, were forever changed by this tragedy. “On...

Pew Trusts: Kentucky’s 2014 juvenile justice legislation yielding major benefits across state

By Jake Horowitz and Casey Pheiffer Pew Trusts Juvenile justice reforms enacted by Kentucky in 2014 are creating substantial benefits for youth, families, and communities throughout the state. Between fiscal years 2014 and 2017, the number of youths held in Department of Juvenile Justice facilities fell 34 percent, reflecting a reduction in detentions and commitments for lower-level offenses. In response...

The Rural Blog: China has apparently stopped buying U.S. soybeans, a move that will hurt farmers

“Chinese importers have canceled purchases of corn and cut orders for pork,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “Chinese importers’ new orders of sorghum, a grain used in animal feed, have dwindled while cancellations increased. . . . Livestock operations and food processors in China typically switch their soybean purchasing from the U.S. to Brazil and Argentina in the North American...

Explore Kentucky wineries and breweries with ‘Drink KY’ smartphone app, earn rewards as well

The Kentucky Derby is over. Spring has sprung (finally). It’s time to get out and explore the Bluegrass State. Your explorations may include some of Kentucky’s many small-farm wineries and locally owned craft breweries. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has a free smartphone app that will help you find what you’re looking for, record notes of the beverages you sample, and earn rewards as...

Rural Blog: Wendell Berry suggests dairy industry cooperative could be solution to save family farms

To save their farms, struggling small dairies should consider banding together in a cooperative as tobacco farmers did decades ago, author and farmer Wendell Berry writes for the Henry County Local in Kentucky. In March, the Sentinel-News in nearby Shelbyville reported that Dean Foods ended its milk-procurement contracts with dozens of small dairy farmers in Kentucky, and others nationwide, as of May...

A tasty meal for Mom — Kentucky State Parks offering Mother’s Day buffet on May 13

Treat mom to a tasty meal this Mother’s Day at a Kentucky State Park near you. Kentucky State Parks will be offering a Mother’s Day buffet on May 13 at nearly all its resort parks. The menu includes salad bar, fruit, cheese, roast beef, roast pork with apple dressing, chicken and dumplings, fried catfish and hush puppies, vegetables and desserts. Kentucky State Parks will be offering a Mother’s...

Kentucky artists present ‘Reflections of the Commonwealth’ at Governor’s Derby Exhibit

Work by 24 Kentucky artists is on view in Frankfort for the Governor’s Derby Exhibit, an annual initiative coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council. The exhibit is on display through June 4, in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort and is part of the Governor’s Derby Celebration. “The People’s Champ” by Jefferson County artist Victor Sweatt. “The Kentucky Derby is a time-honored tradition, and...

Ohio Valley Resource, Appalshop reporter Becker among Nieman special reporting fellowship winners

A rural reporter, a small-city editor and an investigative reporter and editor from Puerto Rico the first recipients of a new fellowship from The Nieman Foundation at Harvard University “to support reporting and public service investigations in under-served news markets,” as it is described by the Boston-based Abrams Foundation, which funds it. The 2019 Abrams Nieman Fellows for Local...

Versailles artist Ray Papka’s colorful ‘Juxtapositions’ featured through Oct. 31 at Kentucky. Artisan Center

The Kentucky Artisan Center announces a new exhibit of works by Versailles artist Ray Papka. This exhibit showcases 19 colorful and intriguing mixed media works that spring from a central idea into a juxtaposition of color, found materials, techniques and formats. Ray Papka Papka’s works are formed by his childhood and by 30 years as a Ph.D and educator in the field of brain and nerve sciences. Born...

Kentucky Artisan Center sparkles in May with demonstrations featuring ornaments and jewelry

Gereald Legrand Price carves a Celtic pattern in sterling silver (Photo from KAC) The Kentucky Artisan Center will feature demonstrations of sparkling ornaments and jewelry during the month of May. Demonstrations will showcase handmade ornaments from lampworked and stained glass in a multitude of colors. Jewelry cut in intricate designs from sterling silver will also be featured. Artist demonstrations...

University of Kentucky research will gauge effect of indoor arenas on horse and human health

By Holly Wiemers UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Little research has been conducted on indoor riding arena environments. To remedy this gap in understanding the effects on horse and human health from indoor arenas, a graduate student in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering is conducting a survey...

1.3 million-plus Kentuckians had privacy breaches by social media network Facebook, reports Beshear

More than 1.3 million Kentuckians have been impacted by an alleged privacy breach by social media network Facebook, Attorney General Andy Beshear said. Beshear and a group of AGs sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on March 26 asking for the number of users impacted by the breach. According to the information provided to Beshear by Facebook, the approximate number of Kentuckians affected...

Turfway Park to feature free admission, concert during Saturday’s Kentucky Derby simulacast

Northern Kentucky’s Turfway Park racetrack will host its annual Kentucky Derby simulcast and Party in the Paddock Saturday, May 5, including a free concert by Naked Karate Girls. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and wagering windows open at 10 a.m., 30 minutes before the first race from Churchill Downs. The Party in the Paddock begins at 1 p.m. and continues to 8 p.m., with Naked Karate Girls taking the...

Statue of heroic Korean War horse Sgt. Reckless to be dedicated at Kentucky Horse Park on May 12

A larger-than-life, 1,000-pound statue of Sgt. Reckless, the heroic Korean War horse, will be unveiled at a dedication ceremony at the Kentucky Horse Park on May 12 at 1 p.m. The dedication of the statue at the park follows a more than two-year effort by Marine Corps veterans and private citizens who have been actively involved in nationwide efforts to raise money to place the statue at the park. Although...

UK Equine Farm and Facilities Expo to be held May 31 at Knapper Farm in Harrodsburg

University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host its annual Farm and Facilities Expo from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 31 at Knapper Farm, which is located at 485 Chatham Lane in Harrodsburg. Farm managers and horse owners will have the opportunity to explore visitor booths and see displays on every aspect of horse farm management. Speakers will provide educational talks about utilizing cost sharing,...

Winners announced for state’s annual ‘Capture the Earth’ photography, video contests

Drakes Creek Middle School eighth-grader Julia Freeman is the winner of the eighth annual “Capture the Earth” photography contest for middle school students, sponsored by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in celebration of Earth Day. Keegan Hennessy, a 10th-grade student at Scott High School in Taylor Mill, won the “Capture the Earth” videography contest for high school students with...

Bardstown’s Preservation Distillery becomes 38th member of Kentucky Distillers’ Association

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Preservation Distillery in Bardstown is the newest and 38th member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Founder Marci Palatella said she has dreamed of opening a distillery since 1985 when she got into the spirits and wine business as a leading international distributor,...

University of Kentucky plant pathologists warns cold, wet spring could lead to seedling blights in corn

This year’s wet, chilly spring has delayed corn planting across the state. With additional recent rains, the corn that is in the ground could be susceptible to seedling blights, said Kiersten Wise, University of Kentucky extension plant pathologist in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Corn plants affected by seedling blight may have poor emergence. Photo courtesy of the Crop Protection...

Kentucky State Police, U.S. DEA to partner on April 28 for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Kentucky State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency are partnering on April 28 to encourage citizens to remove potentially dangerous medicines from their homes and dispose of them safely. “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and health issue by providing a convenient way for citizens to help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths,” said KSP...

UK Wheat Science Group to host field day May 8 at Research & Education Center farm in Princeton

The University of Kentucky Wheat Science Group will host its annual field day on May 8 at the UK Research and Education Center farm in Princeton. Registration begins at 8 a.m. (CDT), and the tour starts at 8:45 a.m. 2017 UK wheat field day participants tour variety trials (Photo by Steve Patton, UK Ag) Specialists with the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Grain and Forage Center...