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LBX unveils Lexington Customer Experience Center; provides demonstrations, training, customer support

Gov. Matt Bevin congratulated LBX Co. LLC, which produces Link-Belt excavators, material handlers and forestry equipment, on opening its $10 million-plus customer experience and training center in Lexington. Bevin “LBX has established itself as a dynamic employer and valuable corporate partner in Lexington, and we are excited to see their footprint continue to expand in Kentucky,” Gov. Bevin said....

BBB Trends: Don’t fall victim to scammers when renting; research listing before paying deposit

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Finding a new place to live is stressful, and scammers know that people in the midst of moving don’t always have time to do the necessary research. Don’t be one of them. Consider this scenario: You respond to an online rental listing that touts a beautiful home, low rent, and great amenities. It looks legitimate; con artists often use real photos and...

UK short courses teach owners how to get most from woodlands, achieve particular management goals

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Woodland owners can find many benefits from attending one of three University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service short courses tailored to their region. The 2019 Woodland Owners Short Course will take place around the state in July and August. “There are many resources available to help woodland owners achieve their objectives, but not everyone knows...

BBB Trends: Put the bite on fake pet-sitting gigs — be sure you know who you are dealing with

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Looking for a pet sitter? (KyForward photo) If you’re a pet sitter and receive a request to watch a potential client’s pet, make sure you know who you’re dealing with. Help Wanted The scam works like this: the pet sitter receives an urgent request by email or text to watch a beloved pet. The message includes basic information like length of time they’re...

Field and Main Bank to celebrate opening of first full-service banking center in Lexington Monday

Field & Main Bank is opening the doors to its first full-service banking center in Lexington. The new Field & Main banking center is located in the heart of downtown Lexington at 369 E. Main Street. The lobby will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with drive-thru access also available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The banking center will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. “We at Field...

USDA, UK, Purdue partnering to provide technical assistance for long-term rural economic growth

Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley announced the names of 47 rural communities and regions that will receive technical assistance to help create and implement long-term economic development plans. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing the assistance through an initiative called Rural Economic Development Innovation, REDI. USDA’s Innovation Center created...

Keven Moore: Taking the fun out of everything — but inflatables can be dangerous; be watchful

How dangerous are inflatable slides or bounce houses? Well, that depends on if you ask my college-aged daughter Amanda who had an incident that would cause most kids to develop a phobia of inflatables. This incident occurred when she was just 4-years-old playing alone inside an inflatable moonwalk right next to us as my wife and I were watching our oldest daughter compete in a softball game. We were...

Ag Commissioner Quarles wants farmers to be treated fairly, farmers want trade over aid

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says the new tariffs announced by President Donald Trump are about fairness to farmers. Speaking to reporters this week, Quarles said since taking office, he has been an advocate for policies that “give American farmers access to other countries, and that we’re also treated fairly and equally compared to other countries.” He said...

BBB Trends: Be aware of some common summertime scams — and please avoid them; here are some tips

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Before stowing the winter coat and slathering on the sunscreen, read up about some common summertime scams, and be on the watch for those that might be targeting you. Concert and Festival Tickets Food, fun and music just go together during the summer months. If you haven’t already, you’ll be seeing plenty of postings for food, art and music events on various...

Kentucky home sales not hampered by near record-low inventory; pricing comparable to 2018

The number of homes available for sale continues to slide in Kentucky. That figure sits at a near-record low of 3.5 months, which is the time it would take to sell off all listed homes if no others were added to the market. This fact hasn’t seemed to slow down sales just yet, however. April 2019 saw 4,581 homes sold which is up half a percent over April 2018’s figure of 4,552. Year-to-date, homes...

ColorPoint converts 1.8 million sq. ft. greenhouse to hemp production, to merge with AgTech Scientific

ColorPoint has transitioned to become a hemp only company and has merged operations with AgTech Scientific of Paris. The fully vertically integrated hemp company will immediately become a leader of outdoor and indoor grown quality hemp products. The operations have been granted both a Hemp Grower License and Hemp Processor License from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
 1,837,847 sq. ft. Greenhouse...

Better Business Bureau warns of ‘electricity shutoff’ phone scam targeting Central Kentucky

Better Business Bureau serving Central & Eastern Kentucky has heard from local businesses this week that received calls from scammers posing as Kentucky Utilities, threatening that their power would be shut off immediately if they did not pay their bill by phone right away. These businesses also said that when they called back numbers left by the scammers, the voice greeting sounded exactly the...

BBB Trends: Hitting the road? Watch for these common schemes targeting travelers — happy trip!

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau The summer travel season is here and many people are getting ready or have already left to enjoy a little time off. Unfortunately, there are some common tricks travelers fall for if they’re not careful. Fake Websites: scammers make billions of dollars taking money from unsuspecting travelers who book online. Then when the person arrives at the destination, sometimes...

Walmart’s 6th Anniversary of Veterans Welcome Home Commitment includes 4,500+ hires in KY

Walmart celebrates the 6th anniversary of its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment with the announcement of more than 226,000 veteran hires since its launch in 2013, including 4,534 in Kentucky. The Veterans Welcome Home Commitment guarantees a job offer to any eligible, honorably discharged U.S. veteran. “Veterans bring their strong value systems and capable leadership to our business,” said Retired...

Sayre Christian Village breaks ground for addition to assisted living Friendship Towers Apartments

Sayre Christian Village broke ground for a 15,840 square-foot addition to the assisted living Friendship Towers Apartments at 580 Greenfield Drive in Lexington on May 21. Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and Karen Venis, Executive Director of Sayre Christian Village, spoke about the positive impact that SCV has on the community and how growth for SCV is good for the city. They were joined by District 4...

Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products plans $100 million expansion to Bowling Green facility

Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products Group will expand its existing operation in Bowling Green with a nearly $100 million investment expected to create more than 50 full-time jobs. Georgia-Pacific will grow its plant’s footprint in the South Central Kentucky Industrial Park by 80,000 square feet to increase production capacity for Dixie plates and bowls. Construction is already underway, and company...

Keven Moore: There are risks associated with a Disney vacation, but don’t let that stop you

It’s that time of the year where many of us are finalizing our summer vacation plans and dreaming of some far away tropical Caribbean beach somewhere. Then there are those of you like my childhood classmate, Kevin Fugette, who is a self-professed “Disney Crusader” who is always planning their umpteenth Disney vacation trip. As I write, he is actually visiting Disney World for his 30th visit....

Allen Waugerman named president and chief executive officer of Lexmark effective immediately

Lexmark, a global imaging solutions leader, announced that its board of directors has unanimously selected Allen Waugerman as Lexmark president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Allen Waugerman Waugerman joined Lexmark at its inception in 1991 and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including leading the company on an interim basis during the CEO search. Since 2016 Waugerman...

Country Boy Brewing announces $1.8 million expansion to Georgetown brewery and taproom

Country Boy Brewing has announced today that it is breaking ground on a $1.8 Million expansion of its production brewery and taproom located in Georgetown. The nearly 19,000 square foot expansion will house additional storage, a future testing lab, and future canning line- expanding the production capacity and efficiency of the brewery. Along with the additional four acres, the brewery acquired in...

BBB Trends: It’s Military Appreciation Month, veterans; advice — beware of pension poachers

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau May is National Military Appreciation Month, an observance that encourages citizens to honor current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and those that perished in the line of duty in pursuit of American freedom. But even the noblest of ideals won’t deter unscrupulous individuals out there looking to make a few quick bucks or steal the identity of the...