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Have tax questions? Submit to state website; applying taxes to nonprofit fitness center? Confusing

Kentucky Health News “Kentucky, which has the seventh highest rate of obesity in the U.S., will begin to tax fitness center and Weight Watchers memberships on July 1,” Chris Otts of WDRB notes in a report on the expansion of the state’s 6 percent sales tax to several services. Beaumont Y in Lexington “But is the YMCA – a nonprofit organization – required to collect the...

Special Olympics ‘Fifty Years of Hustle and Heart’ summer games start Friday at EKU

More than 1,400 Special Olympics athletes and more than 600 volunteers from throughout Kentucky will be celebrating “50 Years of Hustle and Heart” this weekend as the Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games return to Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond from Friday, June 1-Sunday, June 3. There are a number of events on Friday, June 1, leading up to the start of the Games. The Law Enforcement...

A yard sale aficionado’s dream, 400 Mile Sale spanning U.S. 68 across Ky runs through Sunday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A yard sale aficionado’s dream comes true later this week, with the 400 Mile Sale, taking place along the entire length of U. S. 68 in Kentucky, Thursday through Sunday.   400 Mile Sale spokesperson Debby Spencer said the sale started 14 years ago in hopes of enticing people to get off the interstates and parkways:  “It was hoped that people would shop in the many...

A spectacle in the sky: Jets Over Kentucky week scheduled in July at Lebanon-Springfield Airport

The world’s grandest jet event rolls, loops and spins its way over the skies of Lebanon in July when the 14th annual Jets Over Kentucky week gets underway. Scheduled for July 8-15 at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport, the largest remote control jet show on the planet features nearly 200 pilots from around the world, an aerobatic jet show, private plane tent tours and more. Casual fans and remote...

Local Talent, Bourbon take over Port Stage at Louisville’s 2018 Forecastle Festival July 13-15

Forecastle Festival’s Port Stage will take on a whole new vibe in 2018, dedicated to local musical acts, special Fireside Chats, featuring the rock stars of the bourbon industry, and up-close experiences with select national artists. Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams has curated an all-local lineup for Forecastle’s WFPK Port Stage, featuring an array of performances by Louisville...

Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp to feature Kentucky Proud products June 5-10

Kentucky Proud, which markets farm-fresh fare and ingredients from across the Bluegrass, will showcase the state’s top agricultural offerings and talented local chefs at June’s Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp June 5-10. The Kentucky Bourbon Affair is an intimate six-day exploration into the state’s signature spirit with more than 40 events featuring behind-the-scenes tours, private barrel...

Explore Kentucky’s longest creek June 9 at inaugural Elkhorn Float Fest at Georgetown’s Peninsula Park

The inaugural Elkhorn Creek Float Fest takes place Sat., June 9, at Peninsula Park in Scott County. This new, kid-friendly event features a full day float from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Kentucky’s longest creek and will be filmed by KET’s Downstream Production for a feature about Georgetown. This event takes place at beautiful Peninsula Park, which offers access to Elkhorn Creek. Tube rentals...

Special Memorial Day ceremonies planned for Kentucky’s five state veterans cemeteries

Kentucky’s five state veterans cemeteries will hold ceremonies this Memorial Day holiday honoring those who have died for our country. • Kentucky’s newest veterans cemetery, Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East in Hyden, will hold its Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 28. It will feature the “Soldiers of the Clouds” ceremony performed by the Perry County Central High School Junior...

Four state historic sites plant hemp crops in preparation for National Hemp History Week

Four Kentucky Historic Sites will plant hemp crops as part of the Kentucky Hemp Pilot Program this week in preparation for National Hemp History Week in June. The hemp plots will be showcased during a special event series, “Discover the Hemplands,” taking place June 5th through June 10th, and will be featured as part of the Heritage Hemp Trail. Each site has ties to the antebellum Kentucky hemp...

Shelby County to celebrate beginning of cycling season with Parks Pedal Party fundraiser June 2

Avid bikers and outdoor enthusiasts can now explore Shelby County via 12 cycling routes that cover 346 miles of gently rolling hills, picturesque parks and paved country roads. The grand kickoff of the Shelby County Bike Trails takes place on Sat., June 2 with the Parks Pedal Party, including an “In the Park” ride at Clear Creek Park that’s perfect for families and children, as well...

Rural Blog: As black-lung cases have surged in Central Appalachia, so have lung transplants

A new study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine shows that, as black-lung cases have surged in the Central Appalachian coalfield, so have lung transplants. The expensive surgery can be risky, and most transplant recipients die within five years. The study, conducted by researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, “found that 62 black lung patients...

Dairy Nights at the Ballpark in June to honor Kentucky’s dairy industry producers

Kentucky dairy farm families can get free tickets to the ballpark for Dairy Night festivities at two minor league parks in June as part of a Dairy Month celebration. Bowling Green Ballpark, home of the Class A Hot Rods, will honor Kentucky’s dairy industry on June 7 prior to the Hot Rods’ game against the Lansing (Michigan) Lugnuts. Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, home of the Class A Legends,...

Five officers to be honored at Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony on May 24

Five Kentucky law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty will be honored at the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony on May 24 at the memorial monument site in Richmond. The name of Louisville Metro police officer Nicholas Rodman, who died in the line of duty March 29, 2017, will be added to the memorial. Additionally, Louisville police officer James Harrison, Clarkson...

Rural Blog: New report shows Ky. lost a half million acres of farmland to homebuilding in last 20 years

(Click for full report) A new report from the American Farmland Trust, the nation’s leading farmland-preservation group, says that America has been losing twice as much farmland as the group thought, and the leading cause of it is low-density residential development, especially in Kentucky, Al Cross reports for the Midway Messenger. Cross is the director of the Institute for Rural Journalism...

Phase one begins for renovation of The American Saddlebred Museum in Lexington

After two years of planning, phase one of the renovation at The American Saddlebred Museum is underway. Architect Christopher Quirk of Solid Light has designed the space, and Solid Light exhibit designers have created updated exhibitions. This is the second renovation since the museum opened at the Kentucky Horse Park in 1986. The first phase of the project is to update the visitor entrance, reconfigure...

Rural Blog: Fewer U.S. workers using prescription opioids but more using cocaine, marijuana

Fewer U.S. workers are using prescription opioids, but more are using cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana Fewer U.S. workers are using prescription opioids, but more are using methamphetamines, cocaine, and marijuana, according to data released by Quest Diagnostics, which conducts workplace drug testing, Katie Zezima reports for The Washington Post. The overall percentage of workers who tested...

Kentucky Horse Park announces summer event series celebrating 40th Anniversary

To commemorate the Kentucky Horse Park’s 40th Anniversary and the people, horses, and events it has touched, there will be a series of community events held at the Park throughout the spring and summer. From several Family Fun Nights to the second annual Run for Big Red 5K/10K, the KHP’s 40th Anniversary schedule includes options for all ages to enjoy. “We are proud of the Kentucky Horse Park’s...

Department of Agriculture recognizes three restaurants for reaching ‘Buy Local’ milestone

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has recognized three Kentucky Proud restaurants for reaching the lifetime cap on state reimbursements for local food purchases through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s “Buy Local” program. Bluebird Café of Stanford, Ramsey Enterprises Commissary of Lexington, and Windy Corner Market of Lexington were honored for reaching the $36,000 limit. “These...

Wide range of artists to highlight Arts and Crafts Festival at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park

A wide range of artists, from woodcarvers to quilters, will be on hand for the annual Arts and Crafts Festival May 26-27 at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. The Arts and Crafts Festival at Kentucky Dam Village (Photo from KSP) Visit with dozens of talented artisans as you enjoy the scenic view of Kentucky Lake. Jewelry-makers, potters, blacksmiths, painters and many other craft people will also...

Kentucky Bourbon Affair to feature exclusive private barrel picks by Hall of Fame master distillers

For the first time ever, legendary master distillers from the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame have banded together and hand-picked elite single barrels of bourbon and rye to be sold at the Kentucky Bourbon Affair closing event. This historic charitable event – called “Angel’s Fare” – also will feature a silent auction of rare whiskies, a vintage spirit tasting and an all-star lineup of Kentucky...