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NPR’s Robert Siegel to visit Murray State’s WKMS to kick off station’s 50th anniversary celebration

WKMS kicks off its 50th-anniversary celebrations by hosting an evening with National Public Radio’s (NPR) Robert Siegel at Wrather Auditorium on Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m., as a free event thanks to Murray State University’s Town & Gown. Siegel recently retired after more than 40 years at NPR as a reporter, News Director and host of All Things Considered, heard on WKMS Monday through...

Alaska Airlines announces new service to CVG, scheduled to begin August 18 to Seattle-Tacoma

Alaska Airlines celebrates its continuing growth with the announcement of new service to a brand-new destination for the airline: Cincinnati. Daily nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is scheduled to begin on Aug. 18. Cincinnati becomes the 93rd nonstop destination served from Alaska’s hub in Seattle. The route...

Downtown Lexington’s annual meeting and awards of excellence to be held March 25; purchase tickets here

Downtown Lexington Partnership will present its Annual Meeting & Awards of Excellence Luncheon Presented by Republic Bank to recognize the accomplishments that have transformed Lexington’s downtown by making it stronger, more vibrant and prosperous. Each year, this event recognizes six outstanding businesses and/or individuals that have made a lasting and positive impact on downtown. The...

Keven Moore: How to prepare your family and your business for the novel Coronavirus; stay ready

Unless you have been living under a rock these last few days, then you probably have been hearing and reading the news about the recent Coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently warned that it expects the novel coronavirus that has sparked outbreaks around the world to begin spreading at a community level in the United States, as a top official said that disruptions to daily...

BBB Trends: The ten riskiest scams of 2019 — cryptocurrency near top of the list for the first time

Two years ago, cryptocurrency scams were just emerging as a problem on BBB Scam Tracker, mostly a subset of investment scams. The Better Business Bureau added cryptocurrency as a scam category in 2019 and it leapt to the second riskiest scam, according to the latest BBB report, New Risks and Emerging Technologies: 2019 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report. Although employment scams remained the riskiest for...

Kentucky home sales jump 18.5 percent from last year; record-high 3,153 homes sold in January

Kentucky home sales in January 2020 jumped 18.5 percent over the previous year. The closings figure reached a record high for the month at 3,153 homes sold, compared to 2,661 in January of 2019. For the second straight month, overall nationwide sales substantially increased year-over-year, up 9.6 percent from a year ago (4.98 million in January 2019). Lawrence Yun, National Association of Realtors’...

T. Marzetti Co. announces $93 million investment in Hart Co.; expansion to create 140 jobs in Horse Cave

Gov. Andy Beshear will join local officials and executives from T. Marzetti Co. today to celebrate the company’s substantial job creation in Central Kentucky. The company, which manufactures salad dressings, sauces and other food products for the retail and foodservice markets, plans to expand its Hart County plant with a $92.8 million investment creating up to 140 full-time jobs. “I want to thank...

Keven Moore: The risks and hazards of events — for event-planners, event-goers, here’s a heads-up

Every week all across America cities, counties, schools, businesses, committees, groups, nonprofit organizations…etc.; plan and host events. These events range from festivals, concerts, fairs, fundraisers, homecomings, pep rallies, car shows, parades, carnivals, parties, social events, auctions, ceremonies, …etc. A special event is defined as a non-routine activity within a community, group or...

Local businesses, organizations sought as worksites for 2020 Summer Youth Job Training Program

The 2020 Summer Youth Job Training Program (SYJTP) is seeking local businesses and community-based organizations to serve as worksites for this year’s program. As part of the Summer Youth Job Training Program, participating employers do not incur direct wage costs. All of the youth workers’ wages and employment-related costs are paid directly by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. However,...

Keeneland offers Job Fair, Hiring Center for more than 2,000 seasonal employment opportunities

Keeneland is looking to fill more than 2,000 seasonal positions for the upcoming Spring Meet and will hold a Seasonal Job Fair on Feb. 29 and March 23, and a Hiring Center that will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout March. Staffing needs for the Spring Meet, which covers 16 days of racing from April 2-24 and the annual Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Kentucky Derby (G1) celebrations on May 1-2,...

Kentucky breeders receive $14.3 million through Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) has announced the release of the 2019 Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Funds (KBIF), totaling more than $14.3 million. The incentive fund encourages Thoroughbred horse owners and breeders to conduct business in Kentucky, benefiting the state’s economy and ensuring horse racing remains one of Kentucky’s renowned industries. To qualify for the...

Sun-powered rickhouses reflect partnership between Kentucky Utilities Company and Maker’s Mark

A new 560-panel solar array is now online in Loretto, marking a milestone in the partnership between Kentucky Utilities Company and Maker’s Mark to produce electricity using the sun. The new array stands just east of the distillery’s rickhouses on its property in Loretto along Highway 52. Without compromising any part of the unique Maker’s Mark production process that makes its bourbon so distinctive,...

Real estate market picks up where 2019 left off; pending sales indicate transactions to continue climb

The first month of a new decade saw a huge boost in real estate sales, jumping 20 percent versus 2019. Total home sales reached 828 in January compared to 691 during January last year. This is coming out of 2019, a record year in many ways, that ended up 7 percent over 2018 and, in December, posted an increase of 19 percent year-over-year. In January, single-family home sales saw an increase in sales...

Keven Moore: Now that we’re older and more mature, we see KISS and ask ‘are rock concerts safe?’

A week ago today many of my fellow classmates, neighbors and Facebook friends were all recently called up to active duty as members of the Kiss Army as many of them were sharing photographs, videos and Facebook live videos of the concert in Rupp Arena. I decided to pass on the concert that night, but with all the social media postings it did take me to a day when I was in middle school in the mid-...

Braidy Industries’ Bouchard files lawsuit against stockholders citing right to remove board members

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Braidy Industries founder Craig T. Bouchard filed a lawsuit against the company he started three years ago and against some of its stockholders. Bouchard’s action comes about a month after he was ousted as the CEO and board chairman of the aluminum rolling mill being proposed in northeastern Kentucky. He filed the lawsuit on Valentine’s Day in the state of Delaware,...

Kentucky nation’s top whiskey exporter; $33 billion in goods, services shipped abroad in 2019

As Kentucky’s signature bourbon industry continues to boom, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the Commonwealth is the nation’s leading exporter of whiskey, which includes bourbon and rye, according to 2019 export reports. Beshear made the announcement while filling the 16th millionth barrel of Jim Beam at Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont Monday. “We are immensely proud of our signature...

AAA offers tips on checking your car’s tires and what to do about what you see; pothole season is coming

AAA is encouraging motorists to use George Washington’s head (on a quarter) to check their tires, reducing risks on the road, including the potential damage to their tires and vehicles caused by potholes. Regularly checking tire pressure and tread depth are the two checks says can help motorists keep tires in optimal condition. “The two most important tire safety checks – a pressure reading and...

Commentary: Airport execs say KY must invest in critical infrastructure to better connect us to world

By Eric Frankl, Candace McGraw, and Dan Mann Special to KyFoward In 2019, Kentuckians took to the skies like never before. At the Commonwealth’s three largest commercial airports — Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF), and Blue Grass Airport (LEX) — we collectively served nearly 15 million passengers. But the millions of...

Record hotel room revenue, transient room taxes collected highlight VisitLEX 2019 report

VisitLEX has released its results for 2019 with record hotel room revenue and transient room taxes collected leading the way. “The tourism industry enjoyed a strong 2019,” said Mary Quinn Ramer, president of VisitLEX. “Increases in hotel room revenue spurred by modest growth in Average Daily Rate (ADR) led to an increase in transient room tax.” Here are some highlights from 2019: • Transient...

Leadership Kentucky announces 2020 Board of Directors; Barbara Dickens to serve as Board Chair

Leadership Kentucky, one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership development programs in the United States, has announced its 2020 Board of Directors. Barbara Dickens will serve as the 2020 Board Chair, and Dan Bork was announced as the 2021 Board Chair-Elect. Ken Perdue, a member of the Board of the Directors since 2014 and member of the Leadership Kentucky (LKY) Class of 2011, has...