Student Engagement: Teachers across the state are using drones as classroom supplement

By Mike Marsee Special to KyForward Anne Lopez has seen what drones can do for students. She has seen her students’ eyes light up when a drone whirrs to life, and she has seen those students throw themselves into a project in which they design and build their own drones. Drones are circling around an increasing number of Kentucky schools as teachers like Lopez, a STEM instructor at Eastside Middle...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Answering a few leftover questions from KET’s fall hunting call-in show

By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward Viewers of “Kentucky Afield” television picked up their phones and took to social media last weekend to submit more than 200 questions for the annual fall hunting call-in show. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources wildlife biologists Gabe Jenkins and John Morgan, along with Sgt. Rufus Cravens of the department’s Law Enforcement Division, joined...

Bluegrass & Backroads: From a one-acre garden and a few apple trees, Evans Cider Mill now a destination

Evans Orchard and Cider Mill in Georgetown was once a cattle and tobacco operation, but in the 1990s, the fifth generation of the Evans family planted a one-acre garden and a few apple trees. That modest operation has evolved into an agri-tourism destination. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music...

KET CEO Shae Hopkins to co-chair Organization of State Broadcast Executives Board of Directors

Shae Hopkins, KET executive director and CEO, was recently elected to serve a two-year term as co-chair of the Organization of State Broadcast Executives (OSBE) Board of Directors. “I’m very honored to have been elected as co-chair of the OBE Board of Directors. This is a testament to the respect that broadcasting leaders across the country have for KET and underscores KET’s reputation as one...

PBS, KET seek high school students interested in cancer research for 2018 Emperor Science Awards

High school students interested in cancer research opportunities are encouraged to apply to take part in the 2018 Emperor Science Award Program, sponsored by Stand Up To Cancer and PBS LearningMedia. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 1. The program aims to empower high school students to become the next generation of cancer researchers. One hundred students will be named 2018 Emperor Science...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Great American Dollhouse Museum creates entire community … only smaller

The Great American Dollhouse Museum in Danville, Kentucky is a fascinating mix of miniatures and story telling, where an entire community is created on a small-scale… but has a big impact on visitors young AND old. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader...

Amy Goyer, AARP’s family and caregiving expert, to be featured speaker at ‘Next Best Years Conference’

Amy Goyer is a writer, speaker and consultant specializing in caregiving.  She serves as AARP’s national Family and Caregiving Expert.  In addition, she is a columnist and spokesperson and has a “Taking Care” youtube series and vlog.  Goyer started her career as a music therapist and has worked in the aging field for more than 35 years at the local, state, national and international levels.  Amy...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Head to Bi-Water Farm for the produce — and the state’s first corn maze

Visit one of Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Certified Roadside Markets, Bi-Water Farm and Greenhouse in Georgetown, Ky., site of the state’s first corn maze. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton remind us each week, there’s so...

Author of opioid epidemic book Dreamland says it began with easy answers to tough questions

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News The opioid epidemic began with a desire for “easy answers to complicated problems,” and the solution to it needs to avoid similar mistakes, the author of the seminal book on the topic said recently on KET’s “Connections with Renee Shaw.” “As a culture we need to learn patience. It took us a long time to get into this and it will take...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Get a better look at history with a visit to the Kentucky Bison Company

Get a better look at history with a visit to the Woodland Farm and the Kentucky Bison Company, located in Goshen in Oldham County, where the buffalo still roam. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton remind us each week, there’s so...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Once a weekend hobby, Mr. G’s Kettle Corn now a full-time labor of love

From a local Kentucky farm in Jefferson County to the kettle, no other kettle corn is as fresh as Mr G’s Kettle Corn. This popular snack is available across the state. Order this Kentucky Proud product go to: mrgskettlecorn.com. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Owners of first Lavender farm in Kentucky call business a ‘work in progress’

Lavender Hills of Kentucky is a small farm located just outside of Brooksville in Bracken County … and is what the owners like to call a work in progress. When they began Lavender Hills they were the first lavender farm in Kentucky and have since learned some very hard lessons about this difficult to grow crop. More than just a flower, lavender has given this family something to come together around...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Youth Ballet in Lexington provides young with access to the art of dance

Bluegrass Youth Ballet in Lexington engages and inspires youth by providing access to the art of dance throughout the community. Learn more at: bluegrassyouthballet.org. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton remind us each week, there’s...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Louisville woodworker turns used bourbon barrels into just about anything

For years Jason Cohen of Louisville has used reclaimed recycled wood to create functional commercial and residential pieces of furniture. Now he is turning used bourbon barrels into just about anything … in fact he has more ideas than time to build them. Visit his Bourbon Barrel Furniture Store. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which...

KET to air live coverage of Fancy Farm picnic; Kentucky’s premier political event begins Aug. 5

KET will provide comprehensive coverage of Fancy Farm 2017, the state’s premier political event. The network will present both live and highlighted coverage of the event. Live coverage of Fancy Farm 2017, hosted by KET’s Casey Parker-Bell, begins Saturday, Aug. 5 at 3/2 pm on KET and online at KET.org. Live coverage continues through 5/4 pm, and the afternoon’s political stump speeches will...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Fancy Farm Picnic draws big crowds for barbecue, political speeches

The annual Fancy Farm Picnic, sponsored by St. Jerome Catholic Church in the far western part of the state, quickly transformed into Kentucky’s inaugural event for the statewide fall political season. Some of the nation’s most prominent politicians have addressed crowds of up to 15,000 from the speakers’ stand. This year’s event will be held Aug. 5. Kentucky is a state defined...

EKU hosting preview of KET documentary about NASA’s Voyager mission, info session on eclipse

Area residents are invited to learn more about the upcoming solar eclipse and get a sneak preview of a KET documentary about NASA’s Voyager mission at an event in Eastern Kentucky University’s Ravine on Friday evening, July 28. The event begins at 8 p.m. with some educational activities related to what will be a total solar eclipse across parts of western Kentucky (partial eclipse in Richmond area)...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Elk Creek Vineyards, the state’s largest winery, known for more than wine

Originally purchased as a hunting site in 1995, the Elk Creek Vineyards, covering 30 acres in Owen County, is now the largest winery in the Commonwealth. Go for a glass of wine or to attend Elk Creek’s popular summer concert series. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But,...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Quality products important at Quillin Leather and Tack and so is personal service

Ralph Quillin runs the nation’s largest “Custom Leather Shop” in Paris, Kentucky. The Quillin craftsmen and women make over 17,000 halters a year in the Main Street stores. Customers are sure that they like most — the leather products or the personal service provided by the staff. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Campbellsville marks Fourth of July with state’s largest holiday celebration

Since 1976, Campbellsville has hosted the state’s largest 4th of July celebration highlighting the great freedoms of the United States of America. City leaders call the event, which attracts up to 40,000 from all parts of Kentucky, a homecoming. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue....