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Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky selects Charles George as new executive director

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky (WSWK) have announced Charles George is its new executive director, putting his many years of policy experience to work in guiding the organization in Frankfort and beyond. The group also released the findings of an economic impact report on jobs, payroll, and tax revenue generated by the wholesale and retail tiers of Kentucky’s alcoholic beverage industry. Authored...

Kentucky Skills U partners with Appalachian Regional Healthcare, offers free education

Kentucky Skills U, an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, is partnering with Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) and the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP) to offer free GED classes and employment to Eastern Kentucky residents. Through this unique partnership, ARH will offer employment opportunities to residents in the EKCEP Region who do not have...

Commerce Lexington announces addition of Klever, Vandegrift to Economic Development Division

Commerce Lexington Inc.’s Economic Development Division recently filled two positions on its team, including project manager and administrative and marketing positions. Cheryl Klever Cheryl Klever has been named as project manager for Commerce Lexington Inc.’s Economic Development Division. For the past seven years, she has worked in the nonprofit sector to develop relations, connect community...

Keven Moore: Hayrides may be a right of passage during the fall, but real dangers exist on the trail

As the leaves begin to change colors and the pumpkins come out, many families will be attending fall outings and festivals where hayrides have been fall tradition for decades. Hayrides are designed for a relaxing and scenic activity consisting of a recreational ride in a wagon or cart pulled by a tractor, horses or a truck, which has been loaded with hay or straw for comfortable seating. Historically...

Kentucky launches partnership with nation’s largest evidence-based reentry employment provider

The Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) has announced the opening of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) — a program that provides immediate, comprehensive employment services to people returning home from prison. CEO began offering reentry services in the Louisville metro area on Aug. 12. The program focuses outreach on those with the highest likelihood of returning to prison and...

Campbellsville University promotes Greensburg native Tim Judd to vice president for finance

Campbellsville University has announced that Tim Judd has been promoted to vice president for finance, chief financial officer. “Tim has been a valued member of our financial staff serving in several roles until the recent vice president position,” Campbellsville University President Michael V. Carter said. “He has led the Office of Business Services with integrity and dedication. We are proud...

BBB Trends: New research shows how scammers victimize consumers — and what you can do about it

Better Business Bureau New fraud research shows that people who live alone or have low financial literacy levels are more likely to lose money to fraudsters. The research also shows that the highest engagement and victimization rates involve online purchases and social media—outpacing telephone, mail and email fraud. Click image to download full report The report, “Exposed to Scams: What Separates...

Bowies Hero wins $1m Shadwell Turf for Breeders’ Cup berth; Keeneland smashes Pick Five mark

Agave Racing Stable, ERJ Racing and Madaket Stables’ Bowies Hero emerged from a crowded pack in the stretch to win the 34th running of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) for 3-year-olds and up by three-quarters of a length before a chamber of commerce Saturday afternoon crowd of 26,567. Keeneland smashed its Fall Meet all-sources and Pick Five wagering records, both set on Fall Stars Saturday...

UPS to Create 1,000 Jobs in Louisville with $750M in Projects, including new maintenance hangar

Alongside a 747-8F, the largest aircraft in UPS Airlines’ fleet, Gov. Matt Bevin today joined company executives in Louisville to unveil $750 million in projects to further support the shipping giant’s Worldport air hub and create 1,000 jobs across the coming years. File photos “UPS is a great corporate citizen and a significant economic driver for the commonwealth. We are thrilled to see the...

Homes are selling faster than ever in Kentucky; record-breaking sales pace continues

Five years ago (August 2015) homes in the Commonwealth took an average of 139 days to go under contract. This past August, homes stayed on the market an average of just 96 days. That is the shortest timeframe for August on record. 5,329 homes were sold in August compared to 5,485 homes in August of last year, a 3 percent decrease. Year-to-date figures are trending higher, however. So far in 2019,...

National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October: Five ways to thwart threats from cybercriminals

Cybercriminals are in it for the money – and their ever-shifting targets and tactics require continuous vigilance. Although overall ransomware attacks decreased by 20 percent, ransomware directed towards large enterprises rose by 20 percent, and ransomware targeting mobile devices rose by 33 percent. Supply chain attacks, which are used to gain private payment information from individuals or corporate...

Keeneland catalogues more than 4,500 horses for November Breeding Stock sale set for Nov. 6-17

Keeneland has cataloged 4,549 horses for the 2019 November Breeding Stock Sale, which will be held Nov. 6-17 and begin with an exclusive Book 1 featuring 275 graded stakes-winning fillies and mares and notable weanlings. Also cataloged to the sale are offerings connected to two Triple Crown winners: 23 broodmares in foal to 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, 22 weanlings by the stallion and...

Significant job growth expected for Kentucky, according to Occupational Outlook Dashboard

Each of Kentucky’s 10 Local Workforce Areas (LWA) is expected to have at least 33 occupations grow by 20 percent or more in the next 10 years. This growth will account for more than 280,000 total job openings, according to the Occupational Outlook Dashboard (2016-2026) from the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS) within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). Kentucky’s projected...

BBB study reveals business email compromise scams skyrocketing, costing businesses $3 billion

An in-depth investigative study by Better Business Bureau finds that business email compromise scams are skyrocketing in frequency and have cost businesses and other organizations nationwide more than $3 billion since 2016. Business email compromise fraud is an email phishing scam that typically targets people who pay bills in businesses, government and nonprofit organizations. It affects both big...

Keeneland’s November Sale to begin a day later (Nov. 6) to accommodate buyers traveling to Kentucky

Keeneland has announced that its 2019 November Breeding Stock Sale will begin on Nov. 6 at noon and run through Nov. 17. The November Sale, originally scheduled to begin Nov. 5, was moved back a day to allow buyers more time to travel to Kentucky from the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita in Southern California and inspect horses at the sale. “In keeping with Keeneland’s...

New study shows Campbellsville University’s total economic impact nearly $200 million

Campbellsville University has a total economic impact from its operations on the main campus and in its Louisville, Harrodsburg and Somerset regional centers of almost $200 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, according to a new study recently completed by Younger Associates of Jackson, Tenn. The $199,868,340 is a measure of the total dollar value that flows through the operations of Campbellsville...

Glasgow family physician R. Brent Wright named newest president of Kentucky Medical Association

R. Brent Wright, M.D., MMM, a Glasgow family medicine physician, was installed as the 169th President of the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) on Sept. 21 during the organization’s Annual Meeting in Louisville. KMA members also elected four other officers during the 2019 Annual Meeting. Robert Couch, M.D., of Louisville, was elected president-elect, Dale E. Toney, M.D., of Lexington was elected...

Home sales continue to climb going into fall buying season; Central Kentucky’s August sales up 4%

The weather was hot in August and so was the real estate market in Central Kentucky. Sales were up 4 percent compared to last year, with total transactions in August reaching 1,389, compared to 1,339 in 2018. Single family home sales jumped 5 percent overall, 1,311 in August versus 1,252 in 2018. Condos/townhome sales dropped to 78 in August from 87 last year, a decrease of 10 percent. Year-to-date,...

Kentucky’s average gas prices jump 20 cents over past week, experience largest price increase in nation

As gas prices rose in many areas across the country last week, Kentucky led the nation with the largest week-over-week rise in average gas price, jumping 20 cents. However, at $2.53, the current average in Kentucky for unleaded is still well below the $2.77 motorists were paying in Kentucky last year at this time. Despite the recent jump, Kentucky still has about the 17th cheapest average gas price...

Venture Connectors Oct. 2 lunch to feature update on West Sixth Brewing’s expansion in Louisville

The Venture Connectors luncheon on Oct. 2 will feature Ben Self, co-founder of Lexington-based West Sixth Brewing, who will share the story behind its $2 million expansion in Louisville. West Sixth is turning a 120-year-old carriage house in NuLu into a 9,000-square-foot brewery, barrel-aging warehouse and taproom. The new location at 821 E. Market St. is slated to open in early 2020. West Sixth Brewing...