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Annual conference to examine gaming, gambling issues this week at Clarion Hotel in Lexington

Gaming is big business. Millions of people play video games, which can be online or internet-based. Many participate in tournaments, some of which are staged in arenas before thousands of spectators. A growing body of research suggests the line between gaming entertainment and gambling is increasingly blurred. Whether gaming is gambling will be explored in depth at the 23rd annual Educational and Awareness...

Inman, Imhoff receive prestigious 2019 honors from Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS

The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR) presented its highest awards for 2019 at the recent Installation and Member Recognition Luncheon – Realtors of the Year, Good Neighbor and Distinguished Service – honoring outstanding realtors within the Association. Mike Inman was named LBAR’s Realtors of the Year for 2019. He is an agent with Coldwell Banker McMahan and member of LBAR for...

Community Trust Bank honored for 11th consecutive year with ‘Gold Lender Award’ by SBA

Community Trust Bank, Inc. was recently honored for the 11th consecutive year with the “Gold Lender Award” from the United States Small Business Administration as Kentucky’s top volume SBA 7a Community Bank lender in federal fiscal year 2018–2019. The award was presented at the SBA Lender’s Conference at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Additionally, Community Trust Bank was...

Kentucky Lottery President, CEO Tom Delacenserie to retire; sales increased dramatically on his watch

Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Tom Delacenserie has announced his retirement, effective March 6. Delacenserie, who turns 72 this year, assumed the top job in May 2017. Sales from FY17 through FY19 rose from $1,000,501,000 to $1,129,655,000, a $129.1 million (12.9 percent) increase during his tenure. “We’ve accomplished a tremendous amount in the last two and a half years,” Delacenserie said....

LG&E and KU to supply additional 100 megawatts of solar power to Kentucky customers

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company has filed with the Kentucky Public Service Commission for approval of three contracts that could mean one giant step forward for solar energy generation in Kentucky, with construction of the largest solar array in the Bluegrass. The filing consists of two separate renewable power agreements with two of the utilities’ largest industrial...

Home sales skyrocket to record levels in December, demand remains strong in Central Kentucky

Home sales surged in December, jumping 19 percent over 2018, to bring 2019 to a close as the highest year on record for real estate transactions. With 1,054 sales in the last month of the year, versus 887 in 2018, total sales for 2019 ended at 14,153, up 7 percent over the 13,278 sold last year. Single-family home sales saw an increase in sales of over 19 percent for the month, with 994 total sales...

Keven Moore: In work and in life, the wisdom gained is often underrated and overlooked

My grandfather Charlie Clemons was a small-time tobacco farmer and, like many in that generation in rural Kentucky, he grew up without running water or electricity just outside Peonia. At a young age, he was kept out of school by his father to help work the farm, thus causing him to live the rest of his life shackled with illiteracy. Yet, Charlie Clemons was one of the wisest men that I have ever...

Thoroughbred sales outlets announce reforms to two-year-old sales medication, riding crop policies

Officials from Keeneland Association, Fasig-Tipton Company Inc. and Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company Inc. (OBS) on Tuesday jointly announced significant changes to policies regarding medication, including restriction of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and a ban on bronchodilators at all 2-year-old sales, and limited use of riding crops at under tack shows. The revised Conditions of Sale...

Quarles says Kentucky to operate hemp program under 2014 Farm Bill provisions for one more year

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) will use 2020 as a year to transition from a hemp research pilot program to a commercial hemp program. “The 2018 Farm Bill removed industrial hemp from the federal list of controlled substances, a move which has been a catalyst for hemp growers and businesses,” Quarles said. “Wisely, Congress...

BBB Trends: If stores, restaurants close, here are some tips on gift cards, purchases, warranties

2019 saw the closure of many popular retailers, restaurants and bars around the country — some newer, and some with over 100 years longevity. While these closings have left us in search of new favorite spots to shop and dine, they also might leave us with some questions regarding gift cards, warranties, or recent purchases. BBB provides advice regarding steps you can take if a business suddenly...

Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale yields brisk trade, solid results; sales totaled $42,480,500

The Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, which featured the dams of 2019 Eclipse Award finalists, graded stakes-caliber fillies and yearlings by exciting young sires, concluded Friday with healthy results that reflect a competitive market for quality individuals. Gross sales for the five-day auction, held Jan. 13-17, totaled $42,480,500 compared to $48,280,100 from the four-day sale last year...

It’s now Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center, milestone naming rights for legendary facility

Lexington Center Corporation announced a landmark naming rights agreement with Central Bank, rebranding Lexington-Central Kentucky’s premier convention, meeting, sports and entertainment complex as Central Bank Center. The iconic Rupp Arena will be Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. The agreement is between Central Bank and JMI Sports, and UK / LCC’s multimedia rights partner.  This agreement...

Keven Moore: Sewer and backup coverage is a must for most homeowners; here’s what you need to know

I have been in the commercial insurance industry working as a risk management & safety professional now for 27 years, and have owned a homeowners insurance policy now for a total of 29 years and have been lucky enough to have never turned in an insurance claim.  Working for an insurance agency that also provides personal lines and writes thousands of homeowner policies, I have overheard my fair...

KFB Marketbasket Survey indicates 2019 ended with slight increase in overall food prices

The Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Marketbasket Survey results from the fourth quarter of 2019 indicate price fluctuations to most food items and a slight increase in the overall cost of food during the course of the year. The Marketbasket Survey is taken four times per year at the end of each quarter to monitor overall and categorical trends in food prices across the Commonwealth. The survey gathers the...

Broodmare Applauding sells for $360,000 in private purchase to top first session of Keeneland January

Applauding, an 11-year-old winning daughter of Congrats in foal to Curlin, who was consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, was a $360,000 private sale purchase by Hunter Valley Farm, agent, to lead Monday’s opening session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. Beginning with the 2019 November Breeding Stock Sale, Keeneland now reports post-sale transactions of horses initially...

BBB Trends: Older people are often targets of scams; here are most common, and how not to be a victim

According to the FBI, if you are age 60 or older, you are a likely target for scammers who sell fraudulent products and services by phone. Scammers know that senior citizens were raised to be polite and trusting, and often find it difficult to just say “no” or hang up the phone. Combined with the knowledge that senior citizens may have savings, own their own home and have excellent credit, these...

Could 2020 be the year you purchase an electric vehicle? Let LG&E and KU’s online Marketplace help

Choosing the right new car can be a challenge, but making a switch to an electric vehicle (EV) can feel even more complicated. That’s why Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are launching a new EV section of the utilities’ online Marketplace to help. Introduced in November 2019, the LG&E and KU Marketplace provides a one-stop-shop for those looking for energy-smart...

Keven Moore: Driving with snow and ice on top of your hood is dangerous and may be illegal

It’s January and once again it’s that time of the year in Kentucky when we are most at risk to receive a major snowfall for our region, and unlike our childhood, many of us don’t get the luxury of staying home on a snow day.  For those less fortunate and don’t have the luxury of a garage for your vehicle, scraping the ice and snow off of your windshield is pretty much the last thing many of...

Rupp Arena has big year in 2019, despite four-month closure; preliminary schedule for 2020 announced

2019 was a massive year for Rupp Arena. Highlights include numerous major concert touring artists like P!NK and Paul McCartney, the installation of new chairback seats in the upper arena and two new records set:  the fastest concert sell out in Rupp history (Luke Combs) and the highest number of concerts on sale in a single month (seven in November). 
Despite a four-month closure (June 15 – October...

BBB Trends: If you are going to one of the many home remodeling shows around, follow these tips

Better Business Bureau Whether you are doing repairs, adding on to your home or renovating a room, you may decide you need help with that project you are finally tackling. Now is the time to plan projects for the upcoming year, and you might find yourself at one of the many home remodeling trade shows offered around the country. These shows highlight the latest must-have features to update any living...