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Keeneland holds Hiring Center, Job Fair to fill more than 2,000 seasonal employment positions

Keeneland is readying for its 2019 Spring Meet with the announcement of two employment events aimed at filling more than 2,000 seasonal positions: a Hiring Center that opens Feb. 25 and a Job Fair on March 9. Staffing covers Food and Beverage Service, Parking and Security, The Keeneland Shop, Admissions, Programs, Track Maintenance and Guest Services for the Spring Meet, which covers 17 days of racing...

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission awards $14.2 million from state’s Breeder’s Incentive Fund in 2018

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) today announced payment of more than $14.2 million in breeder awards from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund (KTBIF). Kentucky-bred horses won over 4,000 races across the globe in 2018, which made breeders eligible for these incentive payments. KTBIF horses won in 33 states and four countries – including the Kentucky Derby. “As the...

BBB Trends: Get a call from an Unknown Number? Leave it alone — this is still the best advice

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau When was the last time you received a phone call from someone you actually wanted to hear from? Or, the phone number on the Caller ID was from a person or place that you recognized? Experts are saying cell phone owners are drowning in a sea of robo-calls: U.S. phones were inundated with 26.3 billion robo-calls last year, that’s a 46% increase from the 18 billion...

Robert Stadelman, Gregory Dempsey join Community Trust and Investment Co. in Lexington, Pikeville

Andy D. Waters, President and CEO of Community Trust and Investment Company (CTIC), has announced that Gregory Dempsey has joined CTIC’s Wealth and Trust Management (WTM) team as Assistant Vice President, Relationship Officer for Private Wealth Services in Pikeville. Bob Stadelman Also, Robert B. Stadelman has been appointed to a new role on CTIC’s Wealth and Trust Management team as Senior Vice...

Kentucky Retail Federation names 2019 board of directors; Kevin Cranley selected KRF chairman

The Kentucky Retail Federation has named Alicia Dawson (McDowell Professional Pharmacy), Robert Allen Adcock (Walmart Stores), Michael Cox (Pieratt’s Furniture and Appliance) and Adam Hinton (Hinton Mills) to the Federation’s 2019 board of directors. Kevin Cranley, president of Willis Music Company, was named the chairman of the board. He has served on the board since 2016 and brings 40 years...

LG&E and KU rolling out upgrades to online outage map, including mobile interactive design

Whether it’s for a few minutes, a few hours or a few days, experiencing a power outage is never convenient. Getting detailed information about the outage enables customers to make critical decisions regarding what they need to do until power is restored. For nearly a decade, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company have empowered customers by providing this important information...

Keven Moore: All dogs go to heaven, but they don’t need to accompany you while shopping in stores

If you have visited a retail establishment or a home improvement store recently, it’s pretty obvious that the country has been going to the dogs — literally! On my most recent home improvement trip to Home Depot over the weekend, I counted four dogs inside the store. I nearly tripped over one of those dogs that was on a leash because the owner was allowing his pet to walk some 15 feet in front...

Worthington manufacturer DropBox Inc. receives DHS contact, to add additional jobs in Greenup Co.

Worthington-based shipping container modification and customization company DropBox Inc. received an approximately $2.15 million U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contract to build container-based scanning units to detect nuclear materials entering US ports, a project expected to create up to 30 full-time jobs at its facility in nearby Wurtland. DropBox recently received the contract through...

LG&E and KU urging customers to remain vigilant as waters continue to rise, offer flood safety information

With increased flooding conditions across the region, LG&E and KU are on alert and monitoring areas within the utilities’ service territories and that run along the Ohio River. The utilities are following the river forecast and are prepared to modify service, as needed, to ensure the safety of customers within flooded areas, the general public and our crews in the field. Customers are urged...

BBB Trends: Let me call you sweetheart anytime of the year — but don’t be heartbroken by a scammer

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Online dating and matchmaking apps have made it easier than ever to meet new people and find a date – but that means they’ve made scammers’ work simpler too. Technology like this allows scam artists to create compelling backstories and fully-fledged identities in order to trick victims into helping someone who doesn’t even exist. It’s the basic framework...

Kentucky American Water appoints Elaine Chambers director of rates and regulatory for Southeast Divison

Kentucky American Water has announced the appointment of Elaine Chambers as director, rates and regulatory for American Water’s Southeast Division, including Kentucky and Tennessee American Water. Elaine Chambers Chambers will report to Nick Rowe, senior vice president of American Water Southeast Division and president of Kentucky American Water. In this position, Chambers will lead the preparation...

Office furniture manufacturer OFS Brands to expand Leitchfield facility, creating 105 full-time jobs

OFS Brands Holding Inc., a furniture manufacturer for the office healthcare, education and hospitality sectors, will invest $1 million in its existing operation in Grayson County with plans to create 105 full-time jobs. “I am excited to announce that we have embarked on a plan to expand our operational footprint in our plant in Leitchfield, Ky. We are grateful for the support the City of Leitchfield...

Local businesses, community organizations invited to Summer Youth Job Training Program breakfast

The Summer Youth Job Training Program will host an informational breakfast for local businesses and community-based organizations on Monday, March 11, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Building, 101 E. Vine Street. Employers will learn about the program, and how they can partner with the City to provide career opportunities for Lexington youth at no cost. All Lexington-based businesses and organizations...

Keven Moore: It’s neither a bird nor a plane — OSHA is now using drones to improve inspections

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No…it’s an Occupational Safety and Health Administration drone? What? That’s right, folks, OSHA is in the midst of a technological revolution and has moved into the 21st century and is now using Unmanned Aircraft Systems to improve safety inspections. Whether these drones are called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Miniature Pilotless Aircraft or Flying Mini...

VisitLEX results for 2018 show new location leads to 22 percent increase in Visitors Center attendance

VisitLEX today released its results for 2018, which included a new calculation for direct spending impact on rooms and media impressions that exceeded 1.6 billion across the globe. The direct spending impact calculator more accurately assesses the overall value of hosting meetings, conventions and events. The move to Courthouse Square in June 2018 also led to large double-digit increases in Visitors...

21 C Museum Hotel in Lexington earns prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for third consecutive year

AAA has announced that 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Lexington has earned the coveted AAA Four Diamond Award, the third consecutive year the hotel has earned the distinction. “Travelers can expect elegance, comfort and style while staying at a Four Diamond hotel in the heart of downtown Lexington,” said Lori Weaver Hawkins, public and government affairs manager, AAA Blue Grass. 21c Museum Hotel...

Keeneland announces changes to format of 2019 April sale, to include horses of racing age

Keeneland announced today that it has expanded the 2019 April Sale, which traditionally features two-year-olds in training, to include horses of racing age. The April Sale is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, immediately following the Spring Meet opening weekend that kicks off Thursday, April 4. Headlining the nine stakes that weekend are the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central...

Community Trust Bank honored with SBA Gold Lender Award for 10th consecutive year

Community Trust Bank, Inc. was recently honored for the 10th consecutive year with the “Gold Lender Award” from the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) as Kentucky’s top volume SBA 7a Community Bank lender. Additionally, Community Trust Bank was the top SBA 504 “Third Party Lender” in Tennessee in federal fiscal year 2017–2018, with $11,480,850 of permanent...

Kentucky housing market experiences second-highest year ever; most local areas saw growth

For the fourth year in a row, Kentucky’s real estate market set new sales records in most of the local market areas, despite the statewide number being just shy of besting the 2017 mark. Kentucky housing market update, year end, for 2018 The 2018 state tally swelled to 52,305 units sold, approximately 750 homes short of the 2017 mark of 53,058. Housing inventory and the time it took for homes to...

Kentucky American Water offers tips on how to prevent frozen pipes this winter

With bitterly cold temperatures forecast for the next couple days in the Bluegrass, Kentucky American Water reminds customers of ways to help prevent their water pipes from freezing and potentially bursting.   · Make sure you have disconnected garden hoses from all outside spigots. · If you are going way, set the thermostat no lower than 55 degrees. · Keep a slow trickle of water flowing overnight...