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UK, local schools and agribusinesses team up to combat ‘brain drain’ in rural economies in Kentucky

By Carol Lea Spence UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Brain drain, the term for a community’s loss of intelligent, highly trained people, is a serious problem for local economies in Kentucky. Often, many from the younger generation leave home for an education and never return, because of a lack of opportunity. Faculty and staff in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food...

Mattress cover and component maker JOMEL Seams Reasonable opens sewing facility in Jamestown

National mattresses component maker JOMEL Seams Reasonable Inc. celebrated the opening of its 30-job manufacturing facility in Russell County last week. The $422,000 project included reconfiguring and equipping the former GGF Heritage manufacturing plant on Ferco Way. The leased plant, already operating with 14 employees, primarily manufactures zippered smooth-top mattress covers. It can also produce...

Rural Blog: ‘Wet’ vote in big lake-tourism county continues trend of rural areas forsaking Prohibition

When Congress and the states repealed Prohibition in 1933, they required that each state allow localities to continue banning the sale of alcoholic beverages. A swath of counties, mainly from the Appalachians to Texas, do that, but Prohibition has been eroding in recent years. Front page from last week’s Times Journal (Rural Blog Photo) In Kentucky, where lobbying by the distilling industry...

Run will once again honor murdered jogger Sarah Hart, benefit special scholarship fund

The “Run with all your Hart” logo is made up of Sarah Hart’s children’s handprints and footprint.   One year after Sarah Roberts Hart was tragically killed during a morning jog her family is keeping her memory alive while also supporting her community.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Judah”] The second “Run With All Your Hart” will take place Aug. 10 in Russell...

Tuition? $6 a month; Library usage? $2.50; Lindsey Wilson College in the ’20s? Priceless

Lindsey Wilson College Alumni Director Randy Burns, right, reviews material donated from the estate of the late Philip T. Aaron of Russell County, who attended Lindsey Wilson from 1927-29. Burns is joined by Aaron’s daughter, Mary Blakey, and her husband, Gary, both of Jamestown. (Photo from LWC)   It cost $6 per month to attend Lindsey Wilson Junior College in 1928-29, but $2.50 a month if...