A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Still time to apply for the Kentucky Small Business tax credit but deadline is November 1

Time is limited, but Kentucky small businesses can still claim a tax credit of up to $25,000 on their 2018 tax returns. By submitting a complete application for the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit program by Nov. 1, small businesses stand the best chance of receiving approval in time for their 2018 tax filings. Tax credits are available for companies that, in the past 24 months, added at least one...

Kentucky Career Center, Mercer County Library, Goodwill team up for services to Hitachi lay-offs

During the month of October the Kentucky Career Center–Bluegrass Rapid Response Team and community partners have been working closely with the Mercer County Library to provide information and services to those affected by the Hitachi lay-offs. To date, the Kentucky Career Center-Bluegrass, Mercer County Skills U, and Goodwill Industries of Kentucky have held two sessions (October 4th and 9th). ...

Kentucky Lottery sales dip slightly in first quarter; current Powerball and Mega Millions runs closing gap

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Tonight’s BIG MEGA MILLIONS jackpot is an estimated $548 million. There is an extra $1 Megaplier feature for $2 tickets which can be purchased at any of the Kentucky Lottery’s retailers or online at www.kylottery.com) In Thursday’s meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Board of Directors, it was announced that first-quarter sales for FY19 (July 1 thru Sept. 30) dipped...

Keven Moore: Deadly accident raises questions about limousine industry’s safety standards

This past week, 20 people were killed in an awful limousine crash in Upstate New York in what investigators are calling one of the “most deadly” transportation accidents in years. Eighteen of those victims were in the 2001 Ford Excursion limousine when it crashed into a parked SUV in the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Country Store in Schoharie, N.Y., and two of the victims were pedestrians,...

Kentucky home sales rebound in August, second-highest monthly sales since June of last year

Kentucky home sales followed the national trend by rising in August and reaching 5,485 transactions. This is a 4.3 percent increase over August 2017 and the second highest monthly sales for the state since June 2017. For the year, home sales are trailing 2017 by just 1.02 percent, with 35,838 transactions through the first eight months of the year (36,208 sales were recorded in the same period for...

BBB warning Kentuckians after online kitten scam costs Rockcastle County man, daughter $350

A Rockcastle County man and his animal-loving daughter who hoped to adopt a Bengal kitten drove to Georgia to pick it up, and instead were scammed out of $350 by a phony website offering the pets. The Mt. Vernon man reported the issue to Better Business Bureau serving Central and Eastern Kentucky via the BBB Scam Tracker that he and his 14-year-old daughter had been looking for a Bengal kitten to...

Keeneland announces plans for new retail shop located in Lexington’s City Center Development

Keeneland Association has announced plans to open Keeneland Mercantile, a new retail shop within the $200 million mixed-use City Center development in the heart of downtown Lexington. Scheduled to open March 1, 2019, Keeneland Mercantile will share space with a new Starbucks facing Main Street on the ground level of The Offices at City Center, located at the intersection of Main and Limestone Streets....

DFI annual report: Financial services industry remains strong across Kentucky

Kentucky bankers shared their insights on small business and other lending, banking services, mergers and acquisitions, management succession, financial technology, and more in a report published on Wednesday. The Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions joins the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and the Federal Reserve System in releasing an annual report featuring the findings of a nationwide...

Kentucky’s Shahla Karimi enjoying diamond-studded success in New York City as jewelry designer

By Sara Spiegel Special to KyForward It was during the summer of 2014 that Shahla Karimi decided to take a break from life in New York City and spend time at her childhood home in LaGrange, a sleepy town just north of Louisville. She often went home when decisions weighed heavy, especially big life decisions. After a career spanning nearly a decade in the Big Apple, she needed to hit the reset button,...

Leadership Kentucky accepting applications for the Elevate Kentucky Class of 2019

Leadership Kentucky, one of the oldest statewide leadership development programs in the United States, is now accepting applications for the Elevate Kentucky Class of 2019. The Elevate Kentucky program offers young professionals in-depth personal and professional development while fostering a better understanding of the strengths and challenges facing the Commonwealth. During each session, class members...

Keven Moore: Your local haunted house might be frightening, but it’s also potentially hazardous

Imagine that it’s October, the weather has started to turn cool and you have decided to take your family to the local haunted house to have a frightening experience. You pay your admission and wait your turn. As your heart rate begins to increase from the sounds inside, you notice the safety rules near the front entrance. But who reads safety rules, right? As you enter the haunted house and navigate...

Keeneland catalogs 4,509 horses for 2018 November Breeding Stock Sale featuring revised format

Keeneland has cataloged 4,509 horses for its 2018 November Breeding Stock Sale to be held Nov. 5-16. Headlining the November Sale catalog are graded stakes winners and graded stakes producers, led by champion Lady Eli, in foal to War Front; Grade 1 stakes winners Dream Tree, Lady Ivanka, Sailor’s Valentine, Vasilika and Zipessa, the latter in foal to Medaglia d’Oro; and Grade 2 winner Ollie’s...

State to celebrate global demand for Kentucky-made products during Manufacturing month in October

As one of the nation’s most manufacturing-intense states, Kentucky throughout October will recognize Manufacturing Month, the 4,500 manufacturing facilities, their more than 256,000 full-time employees and the increasing global demand for the commonwealth’s goods. Global demand for Kentucky products this year increased by 4.3 percent through July – the most recent figures available – over the...

Kristina Joyce named newest director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center

Kristina Joyce, who has more than 30 years of experience in entrepreneurship, business analysis and economic development, has been named director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center. “KSBDC’s programs reach many in Kentucky with unique and essential services,” said Nancy Cox, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “We are happy to be the...

As Kentucky’s Bourbon Heritage Month closes, aging inventory reaches a record 7.5 million barrels

As the Commonwealth closes out Kentucky Bourbon Heritage Month, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced that the state’s aging Bourbon inventory has reached 7.5 million barrels, the most since 1972. The total number of all barrels – including Bourbon, brandy and other spirits – reached 8.1 million, the most since 1971. The tax assessed value also hit a record high – $3 billion...

Baptist Health Corbin names Anthony W. Powers to replace Larry Gray as newest president

Anthony W. Powers, RN, MSN, MBA, has been named president at Baptist Health Corbin. Powers, who began his 20-year career at the hospital as a nursing unit director, has served as interim president since June. He replaces Larry W. Gray who was named president of Baptist Health Louisville. “Anthony’s connection to our community, his strong commitment to serving the hospital and supporting...

Keeneland names Everett Dobson, Walker Hancock, Gray Lyster to advisory board of directors

Cheyenne Stables’ Everett Dobson, Claiborne Farm President S. Walker Hancock Jr. and Ashview Farm Co-General Manager W. Gray Lyster IV have been named to Keeneland’s Advisory Board of Directors. Dobson, Hancock and Lyster will begin their service at the Advisory Board meeting on Oct. 11. The Keeneland Board, which meets semi-annually during the track’s April and October race meets, represents...

Investors Heritage Life Insurance will expand Frankfort headquarters with $1 million expansion

Investors Heritage Life Insurance Company will create 75 full-time jobs at its Frankfort headquarters, doubling its Kentucky workforce throughout the next five years with a $1 million investment. “This is a very exciting time for our company,” said Harry Lee Waterfield II, president and CEO of Investors Heritage. “We completed a merger transaction in March and our new partners, Aquarian Holdings,...

Covington’s Braxton Brewing Company is the Official Beer of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships

Since 1984, the world’s finest thoroughbreds have competed in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a place in history. Now, we make ours. With the utmost excitement, Covington-based Braxton Brewing Company has announced its place as the official beer partner of the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, taking place on November 2 and 3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville For this historic...

Plastic’s manufacturer Danimer Scientific plans for $36.2 million fermentation facility in Clark County

Danimer Scientific, a manufacturer of biodegradable and compostable plastic products, will locate a fermentation facility in Winchester with a $36.2 million investment and create 37 full-time jobs. Danimer Scientific’s leaders plan to purchase and revitalize the 88,000-square-foot former Alltech algae building on Rolling Hills Lane in Winchester. The company will use the fermentation plant to produce...