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...

UK professor perfects low-pressure irrigation system that may offer alternative for small, isolated farms

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward A low-pressure irrigation system that a University of Kentucky horticulture extension professor perfected in Asia looks like it also will have practical applications for small growers in this country. Farmers who have no easily accessible electricity or water to their field or those who just want to reduce their water bill might find this to be a useful system,...

Kentucky’s best wines named during 2017 Commonwealth Commercial Wines Competition

Some familiar names and a first-time winner rounded out the list of Commissioner’s Cup-winning wineries at the 2017 Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition. “The Commissioner’s Cup is the highest recognition awarded in the Commonwealth to the top Kentucky wine of the year in each of four categories,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “These and the other medal-winning...

Kentucky State Parks historic homes plan full slate of events for Christmas and holiday celebrations

The Kentucky State Parks are open for the Christmas holidays with decorations, candlelight tours, special meals, entertainment and other unique events. My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown (From Kentucky State Parks) The historic homes, Waveland, White Hall, and My Old Kentucky Home, all have special Christmas tours planned. Resort parks are planning special meals and events for the children....

Kentucky among 27 states adopting new app mapping opioid overdoses in real time

By Christine Vestal Special to KyForward In the summer of 2016, drug overdose deaths in Baltimore were exploding and health commissioner Dr. Leana Wen told federal Drug Enforcement Administration officials the city needed real-time data to better manage its public health response. Four months later, the DEA’s Washington/Baltimore High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) team had developed a...

Delegates from across state to gather for 98th Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting Nov. 29

More than 2,000 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) members from across the state will gather for the organization’s 98th annual meeting November 29 – December 2 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Delegates from all of the state’s 120 counties assemble for the four-day event to participate in committee meetings, business sessions, award presentations, officer elections and to adopt 2018...

UK, UofL fans can show team spirit, increase highway safety during ‘Finish Strong’ seatbelt challenge

UK and UL football fans can show their team spirit and help reduce highway deaths this holiday season at two special events in Lexington and Louisville on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Representatives from the Kentucky State Police (KSP), the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) and Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Insurance Company will be giving away free red or blue t-shirts to the first 1,000 fans who arrive...

Alexander sworn in as new president of Kentucky Historical Society Governing Board

Constance Alexander, a writer and business consultant from Murray, was recently sworn in as president of the governing board of the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS). After she took the oath of office, as administered by Judge Phillip J. Shepherd, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort, she outlined her goals for the coming year emphasizing the connections between poetry and...

University of Kentucky professor, alumnus honored by American Society of Landscape Architects

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForwad Ned Crankshaw, chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Landscape Architecture, was recognized for his exceptional accomplishments and contributions to the field, when the American Society of Landscape Architects recently named him to their Council of Fellows. UK Landscape Architecture alumnus Christopher H. Manning also received the distinction. From...

Kentucky Distillers’ Association recognizes Northern Kentucky region as newest gateway to Bourbon Trail

The Northern Kentucky region is the newest official gateway to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventures, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced Thursday. Adam Johnson, Senior Director of the KDA’s KBT experiences, said Northern Kentucky is home to five burgeoning craft distilleries and a major corridor for thousands of Bourbon visitors looking to sample the state’s signature spirit. “This...