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Lexmark wins prestitious 2019 Printer/MFP Line of Year award from Keypoint Intelligence

Lexmark, a global imaging solutions leader, has won the prestigious 2019 Printer/MFP Line of the Year award from Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab (BLI), the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging hardware, software, and services. According to Keypoint Intelligence, the award is based on the strength and breadth of the range of Lexmark’s printers and MFPs tested....

National Racing Museum 2019 Hall of Fame inductees include Lane’s End owner Farish, jockey Perret

The National Museum of Racing will induct 16 new members into its Hall of Fame on Friday, Aug. 2. The 2019 induction class is comprised of jockey Craig Perret; the racehorses Royal Delta (KY), My Juliet (KY), and Waya (FR); and Pillars of the Turf James E. “Ted” Bassett III, Christopher T. Chenery, Richard L. “Dick” Duchossois, William S. Farish, John Hettinger, James R. Keene, Frank E. “Jimmy”...

BBB Trends: Getting a barrage of robocalls? Technically there may be a solution coming

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau The rise of complaints from consumers and businesses alike about the barrage of robocalls has reached a feverish pitch. As a result, the Federal Communications Commission and cell phone carriers across the nation have released the Caller Verified Program. This reactive measure is to help reduce the number of spam callers and robocalls, as scammers have improved...

Applications are open for Commerce Lexington’s Leadership Lexington class; here’s how to apply

Commerce Lexington is seeking applications for Leadership Lexington, an 11-month program, from September through June, and a prestigious leadership development program. Deadline to apply is May 15. The program involves a mandatory overnight orientation retreat August 15 and 16 then a full-day session lasting eight hours each month from September through June.  A Get Acquainted Reception will be held...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March 2019 unemployment rate at 4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March 2019 unemployment rate was 4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for March 2019 was down from the 4.1 percent reported for February 2019. The preliminary March 2019 jobless rate was down 0.3 percentage points from the 4.3...

Cassadee Pope headlines ‘CMT Next Women of Country Tour;’ will meet fans at Vera Bradley store

Country music star Cassadee Pope headlines the “CMT Next Women of Country Tour” in Lexington Saturday at Manchester Music Hall — but she’ll make a ‘meet-and-greet’ appearance at Vera Bradley at Fayette Mall beforehand. Meet Pope at Vera Bradley’s from 1-2 p.m. to get autographs, snap photos and try from some exclusive give-aways. Pope will share her favorite style...

CHI Saint Joseph Health partners with Bluegrass Sports Commission to present 35th Annual A Midsummer Night’s Run

CHI Saint Joseph Health has partnered with the Bluegrass Sports Commission to be the presenting sponsor for the 35th annual A Midsummer Night’s Run. T The popular running event will take place in downtown Lexington on Saturday, August 10, with festivities beginning at 6 p.m.   “A Midsummer Night’s Run is a summertime tradition in central Kentucky. Runners and walkers from across the Bluegrass...

Keven Moore: Spring has arrived, yard needs mowing, but grass clippings can be dangerous . . .

It’s springtime again, and like bears coming out of hibernation, motorcyclists are now crisscrossing our streets and roadways as riders are out enjoying the warmer weather and freedom that a bike provides. It’s also that time of year when many homeowners are gassing up lawn mowers and rushing out to mow down those pesky dandelions. Many homeowners and landowners will not give much thought as to...

Kentucky Real Estate Commission introduces new online licensing process for applicants

The Kentucky Real Estate Commission (KREC) announces a new online licensing process for all applicants for a real estate license. Applicants will now be able to apply and pay for their professional license through the KREC website at https://krec.ky.gov. “Our priority for the Public Protection Cabinet (PPC), which includes the Real Estate Commission, is to provide exceptional service to everyone...

Per capita income in U.S. rose from 2017-18 but slowly, just 1.4% after inflation

The Rural Blog Per capita income in the U.S. rose from 2017 to 2018, but more slowly than in recent years, according to Bureau of Economic Analysis data, Tim Henderson reports for Stateline, the nonprofit, nonpartisan news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Kentucky data Nationwide, per capita income rose 1.4% in 2017-18 after inflation, a bit less than the previous year’s 1.6%. Between...

BBB Trends: Unsettled weather? Beware of lurking storm chasers — don’t let emotions get best of you

Storm chasers are people who follow severe weather hoping to get business from victims whose homes have been damaged by storms. They follow weather reports and sometimes will arrive in town before the storm even hits and are ready to pounce as soon as the weather breaks. After the storm hits, they’ll target areas hardest hit by damage because they “just so happen” to notice the homes have storm...

USDA’s Census of Agriculture gives valuable insights into economics activities on U.S. farms, ranches

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture, spanning some 6.4 million new points of information about America’s farms and ranches and those who operate them, including new data about on-farm decision making, down to the county level. Information collected by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) directly from farmers and...

Individual income tax filing deadline is Monday for both state and federal returns

The filing deadline to submit both federal and Kentucky individual income tax returns is Monday, April 15. Returns filed by taxpayers on April 15, will be considered timely filed. Returns that are mailed must be postmarked by April 15, 2019. As of April 10, the Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) received over 1.4 million individual income tax returns, which is slightly higher than last year’s...

Kentucky Proud is on the menu at the Kentucky Derby Festival; events to feature local foods, drinks

Kentucky Derby Festival revelers can enjoy Kentucky Proud foods and beverages in events throughout the annual celebration of the Commonwealth’s signature event. “Kentucky Proud and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture are thrilled to be a part of the Kentucky Derby Festival again this year,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “In the run-up to the most exciting two minutes in sports,...

Leadership Kentucky, celebrating 35th anniversary, names members of Elevate Kentucky Class of 2019

Leadership Kentucky, currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is proud to announce the members of 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 challenges facing our Commonwealth. “Elevate Kentucky is a great opportunity for young leaders to network across the...

Kentucky Lottery hits highest sales month in history in March, breaking record at $116.1 million

In March 2019, the Kentucky Lottery posted its highest sales month in history – and broke another record that had stood for nearly three decades. March sales were $116.1 million. This beat the previous record of $115.5 million, set in October 2018 during a Mega Millions run that for the first time in the game’s history saw a jackpot in excess of $1 billion. Leading the way for this massive month...

Plant for the Planet grants to enhance tree canopy across Kentucky as groups support environment

The Bluegrass state will be looking a little greener this year as more than two dozen organizations across Kentucky enhance the state’s tree canopy through tree planting projects. The projects are funded, in part, by the LG&E and KU Foundation’s Plant for the Planet grant program. The Foundation awarded this year’s grants to 25 organizations across 10 Kentucky counties. “Supporting the...

KY Farm Bureau Marketbasket survey shows slight increase in food prices to start 2019

The most recent Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Marketbasket Survey indicates a slight increase to the overall cost of food to start off 2019. 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 prices of 40 basic food items throughout the state and then averages the numbers...

BBB Trends: Time for some very important spring cleaning — Clean out your digital data

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau If your closet is feeling a little cluttered, imagine the ‘stuff’ that’s on your digital device? Perhaps the cleaning bug has bit and fortunately, springtime is a great time to add “digital spring cleaning” to your to-do list. There are several easy steps that everyone can do that will go a long way in tidying up digital disorder. Keep a Clean Machine Update...

Venture Connectors announces 10th annual Venture Sharks semifinalists; preliminary round April 17

Venture Connectors has chosen nine semifinalists to compete in the preliminary round of its 10th annual Venture Sharks business competition on Wednesday, April 17, at Saints Pizza Pub & SkyBar, 131 Breckinridge Lane. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and pitches begin at 5 p.m. During the event, all nine entrepreneurs will present their business plans to a panel of savvy investor sharks fishing for the...