Kentucky State Parks offering discounts to current military, retirees and veterans through March 31

Current and former members of the nation’s armed services can receive lodging discounts at Kentucky State Parks with the “USA Military Discount” program now through Mar. 31. Those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists, are eligible for the program. “Kentucky State Parks are proud to offer this lodging discount to show...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Natural Bridge is one of Kentucky’s most beautiful, well-known landmarks

One of Kentucky’s most beautiful landmarks, Natural Bridge spans Powell and Wolfe counties and contains some 20 miles of hiking trails. Come along for a visit. 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...

Kentucky by Heart: A bucket list that’s already been fulfilled, sharing a deep sense of gratitude

Bucket lists get a lot of media play these days, and I’d like to offer mine, created Kentucky-style. But rather than suggest things on a list that I hope to do before I die, let me do a switcheroo. Please allow this grateful fellow to share items that have already been fulfilled…Kentucky by Heart blessings that have, and are, riding high in the commonwealth. Let’s call it a “Kentucky Thanksgiving...

See KY: Just as Daniel Boone did, adventurers flock to state’s eastern highlands south region

Cumberland Falls is just one of the highlights found in Daniel Boone’s former stomping grounds in Kentucky’s Eastern Highlands South region (Stateparks.com Photo)   Mountains, forests, ancient stone arches, raw beauty.   This is exactly the place one would expect to find pioneer and coal-mining history alongside outdoor adventures like whitewater rafting, rock climbing, zip lining, hiking,...

Johnathan Gay: Eastern Kentucky screaming for an artisan economy … why not embrace it?

These days, there’s lots of talk about how to diversify the economy in Appalachia in the wake of the coal bust. But what are our options? It doesn’t appear that an industrial renaissance is going to hit the mountains anytime soon. A manufacturing economy seems ill suited for our region, lacking as it in major population centers and readily available, qualified workers in spades. At the other end...